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Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking | Inc.com

It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. Most of us develop a stable of people with whom we like to work. We know their styles, and they know ours. It's comfortable and expedient. It is easy …

Self-improvement

How Mad Men Gets the Writing Right: Q&A

There is no show on television that is more combed through, picked over and squawked about than <i>Mad Men</i>. Whether Joan mentions lustrous restaurant Le …

Language

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

Auto-forward important mail to your phone as a text message

Set your email app to forward messages from a particular sender to your phone's SMS address automatically.<p>How many urgent emails have you received today? This week? This month? For most people, the answer is "not many."<p>Last week's "Brevity is the soul of email" recommended disabling all email …

Apps

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

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Stunning Celebrity Portraits Taken at Vanity Fair's Oscar Party

<b>Lupita Nyong'o</b><p>Did you catch last night's Oscars? If not, here's a quick recap. Jareto Leto and Lupita Nyong'o gave two eloquent and moving acceptance speeches, Ellen (or rather Bradley Cooper) took a celebrity-filled selfie that broke Twitter, and Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win..again. Of course, the …

Paul Rudd

The (Not So Difficult) Trick To Get Your Emails Read

To stand out in a flooded inbox, you need to begin with the end.<p>We spend hours sorting through the 150 billion or so emails that ricochet around the Internet every day. So which ones get the click?<p>Popular email clients like Gmail show the first 50 or so characters of the body copy in the inbox …

The Ten Golden Rules on Living the Good Life

What is good life? What is happiness? What is success? What is pleasure? How should I treat other people? How should I cope with unfortunate events? How can I get rid off unnecessary worry? How should I handle liberty?<p>The answers to all these questions are condensed in a little book, The Ten Golden …

Getting Sober Killed My Love Life

The final straw in my 10-year drinking career was the homely guy from the Internet. His OkCupid pictures hadn't looked especially unattractive—they were, you know, fine — but I met up with him anyway because I was lonely in a brand new city. I also had poor standards, especially when I drank.<p>We met …

Turning Around That Creative Jealousy

<b>Yay! You're doing something creative.</b><p>We can all probably remember the moment when we first realized that we could create cool stuff. That moment when …

Stressed About Money? 6 Ways to Combat It

<i>by Jane Bianchi</i><p>Whether you’re pulling your hair out because you can’t seem to save enough money for your emergency fund or you’re having a hard time dealing with your significant other’s spending habits, various types of money anxiety can be triggered by what one expert labels as “thinking …

The 8 Ways To Start Every Day Like A Winner

Six Ways To Spot An Opportunity That Could Improve Your Business--Or Your Life

How to spot an opportunity may be the key entrepreneurial trait, but you can’t do it on an island. You can’t simply wait for inspiration to strike you out of the blue and for you to suddenly realize “what the world truly needs is…”<p>That is not how it works.<p>So, what do you do?<p>You begin, in what you …

Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule–How To Really Improve At Any Skill

The popular 10,000-Hour Rule claims that it takes 10,000 hours of working at a skill to become an expert. But research suggests that to become awesome at a skill, it’s not about quantity of time spent, it’s about quality.<p>If you’ve spent any time wondering at what makes people successful, you’ve …

Can reading make you smarter?

There is evidence that reading can increase levels of all three major categories of intelligence. I believe my discovery of Spider-Man and other comic books turned me into a straight-A student<p>When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my …

7 Easy Tips to Actually Fixing Your Life in 2014

Less talking, more doing.<p>It's a brand new year! Whether you're looking for a special someone, hunting for that next job, or wanting to make some extra cash, the steps you take to achieve your goals are as important as setting them in the first place. Check out the seven easy tips below that will …

The Best Looks from Couture Spring 2014

As glamorous haute couture creations take to the runway in Paris, we're compiling the top one-of-a-kind looks to note. Follow our edit here.<p>As glamorous haute couture creations take to the runway in Paris, we're compiling the top one-of-a-kind looks to note. Follow our edit here.

How Curiosity Cultivates Creativity

A lesson from the life of Leonardo da Vinci about how observing the world around you can lead to creative breakthroughs.<p>If an idea is the seed of strategy, experience is the seed of an idea.<p>But can there be qualitative differences in experience? Yes, research has shown that the reason time seems to …

How To Run A Workshop: Guidelines And Checklist

I created a “checklist” of tasks, plus tips and techniques, to ensure a successful workshop.<p>One thing that this checklist won’t address is having a workshop leader with strong facilitation skills. While it may sound trivial (heck, can’t just anyone lead one of these workshops?), a workshop leader …

Business Strategy Is Worth Doing Well, Even When It's Flawed

<i>Good implementation of even a poor strategy can lead to the discovery of better ones.</i><p>When an assignment to create the first version of Apple’s Graphing Calculator software was cancelled in 1993, freelance software developers Ron Avitzur and Greg Robbins paid no heed. In an act of …

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The apps that can write you a love letter, sext and more

Soon technology will be able to deal with all those difficult writing tasks – from resignation letters and song lyrics to sexting. How good are the current apps?<p>As technology evolves, the effort it takes to write to other people has shrunk at an incredibly fast rate. First we wrote letters. Next we …

Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance

Getting enough exercise doesn’t just make your butt look good; it also can save it in the office or at home.<p>Maybe you should be asking your boss for midday workouts.<p>Interesting research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> shows that exercise isn’t a selfish indulgence (how dare you care about …

Death To The Open Office Floor Plan!

This week the <i>New Yorker</i>‘s Maria Konnikova methodically broke down the reasons open offices destroy productivity. Namely, they’re too noisy or too …

How To Be Happy—Right Now

It's the universal quest. And it might be way easier to embrace than you think.<p><b>1. Be nice to yourself.</b> "Sometimes the biggest bully you know is you," says Gabrielle Bernstein, author of the New York Times bestseller <i>May Cause Miracles</i>. "Every thought is an affirmation either lifting you up or …

We need to have a frank discussion about marriage

The reasons people normally cite for getting hitched no longer make sense. We should be asking: why get married at all?<p>Marriage, as most know it in western countries, is regarded as the end goal of a relationship between (usually) a man and woman, and it normally has some sort of religious …

How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do,”</i> Will Durant observed in summarizing Aristotle. <i>“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,”</i> William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits …