Angela Provencio Norton

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How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the 'Paper Clip Strategy'

In 1993, a bank in Abbotsford, Canada hired a 23-year-old stock broker named Trent Dyrsmid.<p>Dyrsmid was a rookie so nobody at the firm expected too much of his performance. Moreover, Abbotsford was still a relatively small suburb back then, tucked away in the shadow of nearby Vancouver where most of …

Why Brands Need to Skip the Ads and Start Telling Stories

You can skip this ad in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … skip ad. C'mon, you know you want to. We all do. While the stats vary, there's evidence that around nine out …

5 Powerful Habits That Will Make You a Better Communicator

The most important thing all great communicators have in common is a heightened sense of awareness of specific situations. Practicing these habits will help get you to that level.<p>Use the following methods to improve your interpersonal interactions. After all, what is more important than having your …

8 Easy Ways to Kill Bad Habits, According to Research

Bad habits; we all got’em. You know what they are. You know you should stop. But… it’s hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. And …

Social Media Is Too Important to Be Left to the Marketing Department

When customers need help, they expect companies to offer it quickly and through multiple social media channels — but most companies aren’t set up to do that. Some companies increase their social media staff to offer live responses during big events like the Super Bowl or the Grammys, but then they …

How to Trick Your Brain Into Conquering Fear, According to This Top Harvard Professor

Fear can sideline a person's dream of professional success. Tweak your body language and boost your authentic presence to feel more confident.<p>Social psychologist, Harvard Professor, author and public speaker Amy Cuddy delivered a phenomenally popular TED Talk in 2012, sharing how clear, nonverbal …

Why Successful People Know Being Wrong Is Often the Right Thing To Do

Sometimes being right can cost you everything.<p>There are times that for the sake of your business you may have to eat crow. It is one of the hardest parts of relationships, but it can be critical to maintaining the peace.<p>Have you ever been in a situation with a client where you knew you were right …

Why Your Back Hurts (and How to Fix It)

Are you sitting down right now? If so, please continue reading.<p>Being a fitness trainer is a lot of fun. I have the ability to work with people that are looking to improve their health and are eager to get in better shape. I could go on and on about how much I love my job but that's not why I'm …

Yoga

Story for Business: How to Create Stories That Move People to Act

Do you use stories to engage your audience? Want to see how powerful stories can be? To discover how to create stories for business that move people …

Social Media

Doing These 7 Things Can Skyrocket Your Success

What if the browser that you use makes you more productive?<p>How would you like it if you can increase your focus, save time and get more organized …

Productivity

A Giant Galaxy Orbiting Our Own Just Appeared Out of Nowhere

Researchers scanning the skies just got a big surprise. They spotted a humongous galaxy orbiting our own, where none had been seen before. It …

Learn What Makes a Photograph 'Art' with The MoMA's New Photography Course

Don’t understand why Ansel Adam’s monochromatic landscapes are considered “art?” New York’s Museum of Modern Art ( MoMA) can get you up to speed. …

Books

The Incredible Alternative To Mindfulness Meditation You Probably Haven't Tried

We keep seeing more studies demonstrating us how mindfulness meditation can change the brain, make us feel better, and generally improve our lives. …

FINALLY Break Your Bad Habit With These 6 Steps

The power of habits is real. While deliberately starting good habits can help you succeed in work and life, poor behavior patterns can put a real damper on achieving your biggest goals. Hoping to learn more about how to break bad habits, we chatted with Kacey Cardin, a creative multipreneur, …

How to Trick Your Brain Into Working When it Doesn't Want To

<i>How do you get yourself to work effectively/focused when the motivation isn't there or you don't feel like it? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Charles Duhigg, Staff Writer, New York Times</b> …

Quora

Why Writing Is the Most Important Skill an Entrepreneur Should Master

Writing is the most important skill an entrepreneur can master.<p>One of the benefits of starting a company is that you get to meet a lot of interesting people. If you're smart, you make the most of this benefit by asking them for advice. I've found that most people jump at the chance to share their …

Would Your Dog Really Know If You Passed Away?

We hear stories about dogs mourning their owners after they’ve passed away. There was Figo, the K-9 officer who was photographed in 2013 paying his …

Using LinkedIn Pulse For Your Online Marketing Strategy

<b>What Is LinkedIn Pulse?</b><p>If you haven't joined this news gathering app from LinkedIn, you should. It's a daily news app powered by your professional connections on LinkedIn. You can choose which influencers to follow and Pulse will give you news stories and headlines based on the industry leaders you …

Marketing

Swifter pace of universe expansion baffles physicists

A discrepancy in the measurement of how quickly the universe is expanding has been found by researchers at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, …

Consciousness Works Differently Than You Think, According To This New Theory

We might see things before we're actually aware of them.<p>We may not be nearly as aware of the world around us as we'd like to think, according to a thought-provoking new theory in cognitive neuroscience.<p>Just like a movie appears continuous even though it's made up of a series of separate images, our …

Consciousness

Why most people don't learn from their mistakes

The surgery, called Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, is a heart attack prevention method that basically calls for a doctor to install a new tube for blood to flow to the heart because the old tube is clogged from too many cheeseburgers.<p>Because the heart needed to be stopped to install the new tube, …

A man who spent 5 years studying rich people found they share a trait anyone can adopt

After studying wealthy people for over five years, author Thomas C. Corley pinpointed a hallmark of the rich: <b>positivity.</b><p>"Long-term success is only possible when you have a positive mental outlook," he writes in his book, "Change Your Habits, Change Your Life."<p>On the flip side, negativity can be …

Self-improvement

3 Powerful Ways To Stay Positive

We've all received the well-meaning advice to "stay positive." The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It's hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking.<p>The …

Emotional Intelligence

9 Low-Cost Online Marketing Hacks

Read on in this post to discover 9 ways you can promote your brand online for free.<p>Every business owner can't afford to hire an expert marketing consultant team. For those of you who are simply too cash-strapped but need to get the word out about your business, you've come to the right place.<p>Read …

99 Tools To Enhance Your Freelance Lifestyle

The world of freelancing is incredibly competitive, even now more than ever. If you want to be successful as a freelancer in the 21st century, you …

Want to write a novel? First Novel Awards finalists say it's better with age

After she published her first book of short stories in 2003, the acclaimed collection <i>The Rule of Last Clear Chance</i>, Judith McCormack set out to write a novel.<p>Twelve years later, she published <i>Backspring</i>.<p>"It took me a long time because I was learning how to write a novel," says McCormack, 62, who is …

How to Free Yourself from Your Brain

On many fronts people feel the urge to change their lives--so why don't they succeed? We live in therapeutic times. Advice surrounds us about …

3 Surefire Ways To Jumpstart Your Creativity

These things always get the juices flowing.<p>When it comes to getting the creative juices flowing, here are some of the most common suggestions:<p>Drink a massive cup of coffee. Listen to music that inspires you. Watch a "really creative" movie. Go for a long walk. Surround yourself with other creative …

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Happiness and Success

An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any destructive …

Self-awareness

10 Ways to Increase Your Fiction Writing Productivity

<b>Know what you’re writing.</b> Even if you’re a seat-of-your-pants, anti-outlining writer, you should know in advance what you’re sitting down to write. …