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Why do smart people do stupid things? The science of avoiding poor decision making

The quality of your decisions today will determine the quality of your life tomorrow.<p>Our decisions influence how well we make use of our talents, …

Critical Thinking

How to lead with influence instead of authority

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring …

Leadership

How to Establish Values on a Small Team

When Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, was asked what he’d do differently if he could restart his company from scratch, he responded with this: “If I could go back and do Zappos all over again I would actually come up with our values from day one.”<p>Developing your corporate values early in your …

Management

Self-Selected Teams: How to Make Your People More Productive and Happy

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan<p>Hiring the right talent is not enough to build a …

Management

8 Successful Mental Habits to Defeat Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

How intense is work right now? These simple and useful techniques may help lessen your anxiety.<p>Are you under intense pressure at work? Perhaps you're a busy entrepreneur and founder of a startup racking up sixty hours per week to keep your business afloat. Or the CEO of a company that just got …

Mental Health

This Is the Most Common Reason People Have Sex

And it doesn't change as we age.<p>What motivates you to have sex? If you ask around, you’ll undoubtedly find a large number of answers to this question.<p>Consider this: A decade ago, sex researchers Cindy Meston and David Buss asked hundreds of college students to think about all of the potential …

Gender

Buffett to Berkshire Shareholders: Be Prepared to Lose Half Your Money

There's a price to pay if you want long-term riches.<p>Few investors can match the track record of investing performance that Warren Buffett has …

Warren Buffett Once Told a 14-Year-Old Kid the Secret to Success in 1 Simple Sentence

At a Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting over a decade ago, Warren Buffett tells a 14-year-old kid a success lesson that was meant for all of us.<p>On May 1, 2004, Berkshire Hathaway held its annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where nearly 20,000 people attended this annual ritual.<p>As reporter Jason …

Success

Do You Have What It Takes To Be Super Successful? These 3 Questions Will Reveal the Truth

It's time to rewire how you think about success<p>We all want to be successful yet few are super successful. Why? Because more often than not, we lose sight of who we are and we fall into the trap of trying to fit a mold that isn't right for us. Those that are super successful know their strengths, …

Self-improvement

This Elderly Couple Retired 27 Years Ago—When They Were Both 38. Here’s How They Did It

They have been traveling ever since.<p>Who doesn’t like the idea of retiring early? Financial independence means the freedom to do what you want, when …

Retirement

7 Things You Should Do When Your Child Ignores You

It’s infuriating when a child doesn’t listen to directions. And if you’re pressed for time—and he won’t budge—it can be especially …

7 Words Confident People Don't Have in Their Vocabulary

If you want to make a sale, inspire your team, or feel confident, these words have no place in your conversations.<p>When we become anxious, we begin to use words that don't do a great job at hiding those feelings. It's an unfortunate thing that happens -- I mean, who wants their audience to validate …

Vocabulary

I'm a Millennial Millionaire. Here's How I Got So Rich

By any definition, becoming a millionaire by your 30s isn’t easy, unless you happen to come from a lot of money. Tips abound on how you can …

How to Avoid the Validation Trap

Why do you get nervous before an interview? When you see someone attractive, why don’t you talk to him/her? Pressure.<p>Pressure is what prevents us …

4 Toxic Leadership Phrases You Probably Say Daily

They might seem harmless, but these words and phrases tell employees that you're not a people-focused leader.<p>As leaders, our language defines us. Literally.<p>In a new report, the behavioral analytics platform Mattersight analyzed at least 10 minutes of public speaking engagements from well-known …

Leadership

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

Leadership

5 Tips for How to Read Faster Without Losing Comprehension

Remember the 1996 John Travolta movie <i>Phenomenon?</i> No? Well, that’s okay – neither do I. But I remember the trailer, in which Travolta gets zapped by …

Productivity

3 Retirement Mistakes You'll Come to Regret

Want to enjoy retirement to the fullest? Then steer clear of these major blunders.<p>On the road to retirement, countless seniors encounter their share …

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 …

Science Says This Is the Simplest Way to Remember More of What You Read

Hit pause. Reflect on the content. Excel. Repeat.<p>Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates' favorite book or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily …

Online

10 things intelligent people never say

There are some things you simply never want to say at work.<p>These phrases carry special power: they have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true.<p>Worst of all, there's no taking them back once they slip out.<p>I'm not talking about shocking slips of the tongue, off-color …

Self-help

The mental exercise that helped me achieve one of the biggest successes of my career

That comfort zone can be a cozy place, until we're catapulted from it when we least expect it. And then, it changes our life forever. Much like the quote "The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions."<p>This happened to me at a most opportune time, when I was a …

Charisma

Four Ways To Train Your Brain To Empower Your Life

I remember going to my first nine-day silent meditation retreat eight years ago when I was living in Perth, Australia. I was nervous beforehand because I couldn’t imagine being silent for that long. I worried about “imagined” tragedies and events that I would miss out on and wondered if the world …

Mindfulness

10 inspiring TED talks to boost your money goals

<b>TED is a nonprofit organization that formed in 1984 with the goal of spreading ideas in areas of technology, entertainment, and design, and has</b> …

Morgan Stanley

You Have to Say No to Many Good Things to Have a Great Life | Inc.com

As a leadership professor at New York University, I see some of the world's top students. A recent conversation reminded me that our university's culture still misguides them.<p>Our corporate worlds suffer the same problem as my student. The more elite the institution, the more I see it.<p>My student was …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Fastest Path to the CEO Job, According to a 10-Year Study

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.<p>Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But our data shows a …

Leadership

6 Meeting Hacks (And 1 Weird Tip) That Instantly Boost Your Credibility | Inc.com

This is it: the Big Meeting. You've brought a conference room's worth of people together to make an important decision, close that huge sale, or kick off a new strategic initiative. Trouble is, most of these people barely know each other. And some of them barely know <i>you</i>.<p>You'll need to build trust …

Women of Color

Oprah Winfrey’s 9 best pieces of career advice

When Oprah Winfrey speaks, she can command a room to listen. Many of us were reminded of her oratory powers when she received the Cecil B. DeMille …

Oprah Winfrey

1 Common Mistake That Keeps Your Business at a Standstill (and How to Fix It) | Inc.com

First-time entrepreneurs are always wide-eyed with ambition (as they should and need to be). They believe that their idea is the idea -- and it very well might be. They think, know, are beyond convinced, that everyone in the world will want what they are hawking.<p>Great. So how do you plan to get …

It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become an Expert in Anything: Use These 4 Techniques | Inc.com

10,000 hours.<p>That's how long it takes to master your craft, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Whether you want to become a better leader, an expert in marketing or a master of a language, it's going to take time. With all of the new social media platforms and business opportunities, …

Leonardo Da Vinci