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The Best Speakers Answer These 3 Questions Before Walking on Stage

Start with the structure to ensure success.<p>Every great TED talk begins with a good outline. If you want your presentation to leave a TED worthy impression, you'll need to start planning long before the day of the speech: how can you make your message memorable? What should be included in the talk? …

7 Toxic Thoughts You Need to Stop Now (If You Want to Succeed) | Inc.com

Are you the kind of <b>person who overthinks</b> and <b>overanalyzes everything</b> so much that you end up working less effectively than you'd like?<p>The good news is you're not alone. It's a trait shared by many, many people--particularly those in leadership. The bad news: it needs to stop, because it's causing …

Self-help

Best-Selling Author Adam Grant: The Most Highly-Functional Companies Have These 3 Traits

In his new TED podcast WorkLife, Wharton psychologist Adam Grant visits the strongest functioning workplaces and shares their secret ingredient.<p>How do the best companies create a workplace worth going to? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is now partnering with TED to do <i>WorkLife</i>, a new podcast …

Habits Expert Charles Duhigg Dives Into the Science Behind Productivity Hacks | Heleo

“This act of allowing yourself to think is very, very useful because it’s a structured time when we force ourselves to think more deeply about our …

Productivity

How to fix a broken heart: The foolproof ways according to a psychologist

A broken heart can feel like the end of the world, especially if you didn’t expect it - and moving on can feel impossible.<p>But it is possible - and …

Self-help

Want to Win an Argument? Science Says Stop Doing This 1 Thing

Once you start yelling, your listener will struggle to process what you say rationally.<p>Things don't always go smoothly in life, and when you encounter a bump, the temptation to yell at others can explode. Don't do it--a raised voice is one of the biggest swords you can drive into the stomach of …

10 things genuinely confident people do differently

True confidence — as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities — has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly …

Self-improvement

How to Come Up With a Brilliant Business Idea | Inc.com

<i>Editor's Note: The following is adapted from</i> Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup From Idea to Empire<i>, published this month by Inc. Media and Amacom, a division of the American Management Association.</i><p>Sure, you want to be an empire maker. But first you need an idea. A …

Entrepreneurship

So, You're Lost? The Advice You'd Never Expect

Here’s a secret: you <i>will</i> lose your way. We all do. At some point in our lives, we wake up and wonder where we are and, more importantly, why we are …

These 3 Words Will Make You a Time Management Expert | Inc.com

For many of us, time management feels like a magical key to success. We have a to-do list that grows faster than we can work. We invest in systems, books and planners, all in hopes of mastering our time. If we could only find the right trick to stay on top of it and get things done!<p>Meanwhile, we …

Time Management

Richard Branson Says You'll Be More Successful if You Develop This Daily Habit | Inc.com

"Some of Virgin's most successful companies have been born from random moments--if we hadn't opened our notebooks, they would never have happened," Richard Branson wrote in a recent blog post. Note-taking is a simple process, yet Branson believes that most leaders neglect to break out a notepad to …

Productivity

Stanford Professor: Working From Home Makes You Happier and More Efficient (There's Just 1 Catch) | Inc.com

Work from home or go to an office: Which kind of workers are happier and more efficient?<p>For the first time--surprisingly--there's some solid academic research on the subject, led by a Stanford economics professor.<p>We won't hide the ball. Yes, the study found that workers who were allowed to work …

The Workplace

Your 50s Will Probably Be the Most Unhappy Time of Your Life

Everybody’s life is filled with ups and downs, but new research suggests everyone’s life follows a particular pattern when it comes to our general …

In Just 2 Words, Sheryl Sandberg Said 1 Thing Separates Those Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream | Inc.com

Want to achieve more? Take a page from Sheryl Sandberg, and start ruthlessly prioritizing.<p>Here's why.<p>Many people get things done. They consistently check items off their to-do lists. They're extremely busy -- but are they accomplishing what matters most? Are they achieving what they truly hope to …

Sheryl Sandberg

These 9 Easy Hacks Will Keep You Alert and Productive All Afternoon | Inc.com

If you're like most people, the late afternoon is not the most productive moment in your workday. Instead, you find yourself zoning out during meetings, struggling to focus on complex tasks, and maybe discreetly yawning at your desk.<p>Are there things you can do to feel alert, energized, and engaged …

Wellness

How to make yourself work when you're not in the mood

Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, only to go home and toil late into the night, frantically trying to finish what they …

Procrastination

Three scientifically proven ways to make a habit stick

As the year comes to a close, many of us start to plan lofty New Year’s resolutions. Next year, we tell ourselves, will be the year of eating …

I break down my life into 4 'task buckets' — and it's helped me be great at everything I do

Great lives often include a collection of unbelievable stories. But they are not merely a collection of unbelievable stories. A great life is forged and created in the shadows of them. As Muhammad Ali once put it, <b>"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses</b> — behind the lines, in the gym, and …

Text Messaging

5 Unexpected But Simple Habits to Make You More Productive | Inc.com

The whole point of working "smarter, not harder," is to do more with less, to move faster than normal, to get to the end result in a more effective way than before. It's the cerebral way of saying, "Instead of getting 10 men to carry this huge rock, how do we build ten wheels to carry the stone and …

Time Management

Science Says These 10 Things Will Help You Raise Extremely Smart and Successful Kids | Inc.com

What parent doesn't want their child to do well in school, stay out of trouble, and grow up to be a highly successful adult? But as I've found over the years raising my own daughter, that's far easier said than done.<p>The truth is, there is no set path to guaranteed parenting success (believe me, …

Parenting

The Most Successful People Stop Doing These 5 Things | Inc.com

According to researchers at Duke University, up to 40% of our behaviors on any given day are driven by habit.<p>That's half your life spent on autopilot. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you've put in the work and been diligent about building good habits.<p>Unfortunately, most of us haven't. We …

Success

The First Interstellar Object to Visit Us Is More Incredible Than We Ever Expected

It has travelled for hundreds of millions of years.<p>The first asteroid observed visiting our Solar System from elsewhere isn't just unusual in its …

How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How to Protect Yourself From It)

The Wi-Fi Pineapple enables anyone to steal data on public Wi-Fi networks. Here’s how it facilitates two sophisticated network attacks and how to protect yourself against them.<p><i>This article is part of</i> How Hacking Works<i>, Motherboard's guide to demystifying information security.</i><p>In popular media, …

An Algorithm Is Coming for Your Food

The San Francisco–based accelerator IndieBio’s Demo Day is delightfully awkward. Scores of investors and journalists shuffle past nervous teams of …

Machine Learning

How a Handful of Billionaires Kept Their Friend Harvey Weinstein in Power

The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault saga is a scandal for the ages. But the grave accusations of harassment and, in some cases, rape from over 100 …

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Black Mirror

7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way | Inc.com

As elders are always telling younger people, experience is the best teacher. But if you can take in a life lesson without putting yourself through difficulty--if you can benefit from someone else's experience instead of your own--so much the better.<p>Here are seven such lessons that it would be great …

Motivation

8 things the smartest people never reveal about themselves at work

At work, sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.<p>Trouble is, you can't build a strong professional network if you don't open up to your colleagues. Doing so is …

Science explains how to get what you want

Whether it's getting your partner to do more housework or making your colleagues back your latest idea, we all end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to persuade or even manipulate others.<p>So can science offer any clever tricks to get people to do what we want, without resorting to …

Psychology

Here’s how much money you need to be happy, according to a new analysis by wealth experts

The idea that money can't buy happiness has been disproved by science, at least up to a point. Experts say that happiness <i>does</i> increase with wealth, …

Real Estate