Kevin Swan

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10 daily tasks that will help you become successful over time

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."<p>Aristotle is credited with saying these 15 famous words, though they're actually an interpretation of a passage from Aristotle's writings by historian Will Durant. And for most of my life, I didn't believe them.<p>I fought …

Time Management

19 Things to Tell Yourself If You Really Hate Motivational Sayings

Sick of tired of those motivational one-liners? Then this is just for you.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Aren't you just sick and tired of motivational sayings?<p>They veer from the vacuous to vapid.<p>They mean everything, until …

The World's Simplest Formula for Success

Who would've thought that when it comes to building a framework for success, all you need to remember are three little words.<p>If you're stuck in any part of your life, and aren't sure how to move forward, I have a nifty little formula to help you take purposeful action. It goes like …

This Crazy-sounding Memory Trick Is the Cure for Your Forgetfulness

Always forgetting to buy milk or finish that one work task? Science has a solution.<p>"For me, an iPhone arrived, a baby arrived; in life you're constantly connected and there's always too much to do. My memory capacity has basically shrunk to zero at this point," complains working mom Katherine …

8 Daily Steps to Compete Like a Champion

Each day, whether we realize it or not, we endeavor to compete for something; the affection or love of a partner, a promotion in the workplace or, …

This Shortcut to Success Could Save You Decades

Surprisingly, very few people take advantage of it.<p><i>What's the most badass life hack? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Brandon Lee, entrepreneur, investor, optimist, on Quora:</b><p>Hands down, it's</b> …

Want a Simpler, Less Stressful Life? Make These 10 Small Changes

Crowdsourced wisdom on how to clear the mental and physical clutter from your life.<p>Humans used to suffer from scarcity. These days lots of us in America suffer from overabundance. There's just too much in our lives, we feel -- too much stuff, too much information, too many worries.<p>If you want …

10 Epic Drives in the U.S. National Parks

Pack your hiking shoes, your camera and some camping gear, because some of the most epic drives in the United States are hidden inside National Parks …

National Parks

I launched a profitable business in 24 hours — here are my 3 best productivity tips

It's not your fault. Our lives are designed for distraction. The ability to focus deeply on one idea at a time is becoming rarer and rarer.<p>"We're now living in an Idea Economy," HP CEO Meg Whitman wrote on LinkedIn.<p>Whereas manufactured goods were once the material that drove our economy, ideas are …

5 Lessons I Learned Closing Big Deals With Companies like Amazon

Five lessons I learned from closing big B2B deals.<p>Business development is a key driver for your success as an entrepreneur. To sell your product, you have two options. You can sell a few units to many customers , which requires lots of marketing dollars and sales support. Or, you can focus on …

10 Success lessons from Mark Zuckerberg – “Youngest Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share115<p>Tweet<p>Share29<p>+15<p>Shares 149<p>Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet who created the Facebook social network that now has more …

From Viral Video to $1 Billion Acquisition - The Story of Dollar Shave Club

Who knew $1 razor cartridges could be worth so much?<p>In one of the most expensive deals of its kind, e-commerce startup Dollar Shave Club (DSC) has just been acquired by body products giant Unilever to the tune of $1 billion in cold, hard cash.<p>The monthly subscription service ships razors and other …

How That Crazy Cylinder Illusion Works

Back in June we spotted a video that had us flummoxed: a few round-looking shapes appear as squares in a mirror. Rotating them 180 degrees produced …

The Latest Internet Optical Illusion Will Give Your Brain a Major Workout

This is extremely frustrating... yet fun.<p>New week, new optical illusion to distract us from the day's to-do list. Yes, today might only be Monday, but the Internet is already at it again with another headache-inducing puzzle.<p>This one, which we found on Daily Mail's site, presents us with a line of …

An Interview with Tony Robbins

Four million people have attended Tony Robbins’ self-improvement workshops. 50 million have bought his books and recordings. He has been a consultant …

Bill Clinton

This Simple Trick Will Leave You With ZERO Emails After Vacation

You'll return to an empty inbox.<p>Way too many Americans left vacation days unused last year. According to new research, the number-one reason they did so was the fear of returning to piles of work back at the office, including tons of unread emails.<p>Catching up on past correspondence can take an …

6 Simple Time Management Strategies That Will Transform the Way You Work

In a business where time is literally money (as many freelancers and agencies bill by the hour), having tight control over how you manage your time …

Project Management

10 Motivational TED Talks to Start Your Morning

Enjoy a side order of inspiration and knowledge with your breakfast.<p>One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their …

12 Habits Of Genuine People

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with …

Emotional Intelligence

4 Secrets Of Releasing Deep Emotional Pain

Someone crushed my heart pretty badly. It was one of those breakups you don't see coming, the kind of heartbreak you never thought could happen to …

Breakups

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

Sam Is the Key to Game of Thrones' Ending

<b>Spoilers for</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <b>Season 6 finale past this point.</b><p>Of all the big, explosive scenes in the <i>Game of Thrones</i> finale, one curiously stood out: …

TV Series

HBO just told us who Jon Snow’s parents are, well ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

Even if you’re not watching <i>Game of Thrones</i>, you probably know the sixth season of HBO’s top TV show to date has just ended, and what a massive season …

How to Exude Confidence Even If You Don't Feel It

Why confidence is the key ingredient to success.<p>"It is important not to fear fear, but to harness it--use it as fuel to take your business to the next level. After all, fear is energy." And thus spoke Richard Branson, entrepreneurial mastermind.<p>Branson is indeed correct, fear is just energy, and …

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

feridun akgüngör<p>You probably know the feeling all too well: You arrive at the office with a clear plan for the day and then, in what feels like just a moment, you find yourself on your way back home. Nine or 10 hours have passed but you’ve accomplished only a few of your priorities. And, most …

Why My Success Lies Within My Imperfections

I'm a recovering, aspiring perfectionist. I say aspiring, because let's be clear, I never actually reached perfection. Here is what I mean by that....<p>Up until recently, I wanted my life to be perfect.<p>And if it wasn't perfect - I made damn sure that y'all thought it was.<p>I would frantically clean my …

A psychologist explains how successful people do more in a day than others do in a week

Everyone knows someone who works full time, volunteers, runs a successful blog, and somehow still finds time to go grocery shopping, cook organic Instagram-worthy meals, foster a loving relationship, walk his or her adorable Boston Terrier, and, oh — train for a half marathon.<p>These kinds of …

Success