V ALEXIS

40 Flips | 4 Magazines | 12 Likes | @VALEXIS2015 | Keep up with V ALEXIS on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “V ALEXIS”

Why work-life balance is overrated for happiness and success: The four burners theory

According to a 2017 Gallup poll on the state of the American Workplace, approximately 53 percent of employees stated that a job role that allows them …

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …

Marketing

What Science Says About Identifying High-Potential Employees

How inclusive or exclusive should organizations be when developing their employees’ talents? In a world of unlimited resources, organizations would surely invest in everyone. After all, as Henry Ford is credited as saying, “the only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is …

Human Resources

17 Verbal Habits of Highly Likable People

It starts with what you say--and what you know not to say.<p>We all know a few people--probably just a few, actually--who win over everyone they meet. Their charisma is hard to quantify, and yet it makes others feel at ease and drawn to them.<p>How do they do it? One of two ways: either they're born with …

Making R the Enterprise Standard for Cross-Platform Analytics, Both On-Premises and in the Cloud

<i>By Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Data Group</i><p>Less than a year ago we decided to acquire Revolution Analytics, the leading …

4 LinkedIn updates to take advantage of even if you're not job searching

You not only have an up-to-date profile, but you also have a stellar headline, plenty of endorsements and a photo that manages to make you look both …

Data Journalism for Researchers: Masterclass at the World Resources Forum

<b>By Stella Mikhailova, MSc in Sustainability and Management, University of Bath</b><p>Florian Ramseger is a product specialist at software company Tableau. This year he came to the World Resources Forum, an international conference that takes place annually in Davos, Switzerland, and brings together people …

Data Visualization

Why Ruminating Hurts Success And How To Hurdle Those Thoughts

Fight or flight is the theory that states when we feel threatened we fight in the situation or flee. In prehistoric times, fight or flight was a survival mechanism and only those who were finely tuned passed this innate capability to their children. Without doing so, people became victims to …

Are You Guilty of Wasting Your Time This Way?

The top 10 time wasters we are all guilty of and what we should do about it.<p>When you want to be productive but you don't know what to do, or you want to be effective but you keep getting distracted, you end up wasting a lot of time.<p>The way to put a stop to our biggest time wasters is to identify …

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

Create and protect your Make Time, people.<p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us …

Time Management

5 Things Mentally Tough People Don’t Do

Whether you are on the court or in the board room. <i>Mental strength</i> is demanded on a day to day basis for those in high profile positions. Athlete’s, …

How To Master Your Life With The Decision-Making Diet

When I first noticed that Steve Jobs, Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg are mostly seen in the same clothes, I wondered why these powerful and wealthy people (globally influential to the nth degree) didn’t seem to buy new clothes. Clearly, it wasn’t about affordability. There simply had to be some …

Will Power

10 Free Machine Learning books

7 Steps to Mastering Machine Learning With Python

<b>By Matthew Mayo, KDnuggets.</b><p>Step 4: Getting Started with Machine Learning in Python<p>Python. <i>Check</i>.<br>• Machine learning fundamentals. <i>Check.</i><br>• Numpy. …

How This Startup Solves Our Too-Much-Data Problem

Using lessons from quantum computing and music, Teraki claims to cut data torrents from our sensor-bedecked world by up to 90%.<p>Smart thermostats like Google’s Nest report the temperature and can be controlled online. Fitness bands like the Fitbit Surge beam your steps, heart rate, and other fitness …

Microsoft and Code.org launch Minecraft tutorial to teach kids how to code

Microsoft has announced a partnership with Code.org that will bring Minecraft into the education curriculum.<p>Mojang, the Sweden-based game development studio that shot to prominence due to its work on Minecraft, was acquired by Microsoft for $2.5 billion last year.<p>Founded in 2013, Code.org is a …

Cultivating Happiness In Your Life

There are many people in the world with amazing, magical qualities. I have my own, very special magical gift. I can, for a seemingly endless amount of time, re-play a bad experience over and over in my head . . .<p><b>I Gotta Grudge</b><p>It's almost like a loop tape, screening the same bad memory. Repeatedly. …

Happiness

The 10 Best Tools to Help You Save Money

Don’t want to overspend your budget, swipe your credit card too many times, and feel like a financial mess? Instead of beating yourself up for the …

Personal Finance

Check out 10 technologies that could change your life in 2016

Introduction<p>Forget drones, FinTech and (especially) apps that claim to be 'digitally disruptive'. The big tech trends that will have a significant …

10 Surreal Destinations you Have to See to Believe

There are certain destinations in the world that are so surreal, and so unbelievable, that they’re impossible to comprehend until you witness their …

New Zealand

7 Challenges Successful People Overcome

It's truly fascinating how successful people approach problems. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome.<p>Their confidence in the face of hardship is driven by the ability to let go of the negativity that holds so many otherwise sensible people …

Self-improvement

Why millennials should stick to renting and ignore advice to buy a home

Major online realtor Trulia says it’s high time to take a risk but drinking the real estate Kool-Aid will only lead to financial heartache<p>Today’s 20-somethings and even those in their early 30s came of age in what may have been the worst national real estate market on record since their …

How to Stop Procrastinating and Actually Get Stuff Done

I can be a pretty bad procrastinator.In school, I put off writing essays until the day before they were due. At home, the dishes pile up and out of …

Procrastination

Microsoft is using the cloud to help you make beautiful PowerPoint slides

For most people, PowerPoint is boring. When you need to make a presentation, it’s the most basic and obvious choice. Unless you have some design chops and/or a lot of time, a ‘beautiful PowerPoint presentation’ is often something of an oxymoron.<p>But that could start changing. Microsoft is …

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

1/<p>90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018.<p>Google<p>Deleting files to make room for files is going to become a thing of …

Internet of Things

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding.<p>The best sorts …

Small Business

3 Heavy Lifters That Can Supercharge Your Business Analytics

Leverage the power of business intelligence to master the art of being a data leader.<p>Since the dawn of the computer age, companies have sought to fully understand--and benefit from--the various opportunities that collecting and analyzing data can deliver. I've personally been hesitant to identify …