Michael Valdez

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The Ugly But Honest Truth About Motivation

Motivation alone will not help you accomplish your goals. There, the elephant in the room has been called out. We are fascinated by motivation, its origin, how to obtain it, keep it, fuel it and more. We have motivational speakers, self-help books and gurus all available and ready to help us be and …

Motivation

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?

<b>"Loneliness is dangerous. It's addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you don't wanna deal with people."</b><p>-- Unknown<p>This is a difficult one for most people to understand. For me, it's especially hard because I have a massive fear of abandonment, and feeling lonely brings out those fears in full …

Bruce Lee

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

9 Ways to Think Like a Leader

Leaders think differently.<p>Many years ago, I had the opportunity to shadow the CEO of a major technology company for one day. That one day changed my life forever. Walking through the hallways of his company, hearing him interact on phone calls and watching him tackle projects and challenges was …

Happiness

8 Mental Habits the Most Successful People Learn to Break

It's not what you learn, but what you unlearn that matters.<p>Sometimes, success comes not from what you learn to do but what you learn to stop doing.<p>That bit of wisdom comes from Sandja Brügmann, serial entrepreneur and founder of the Passion Institute, a recently launched online educational program …

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

What Leaders Need To Do To Fix Broken Work-Life Balance

You can say that you value work-life balance, but your actions speak louder than your words.<p>Melinda Lehman was busy. As one of the founding partners at Happen, a global innovation strategy agency, she was in the midst of expanding its North American presence. Lehman tells <i>Fast Company</i> she was “going …