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The 4 rituals that will make you an expert at anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Why (and How) to Grow Your Service Company Debt-Free

Bigger is not necessarily better. Debt-free and profitable is better.<p>The truth is, there's zero reason to take on debt if you start and grow a service company. Yes, even if you want to grow fast. Early on when launching my own business, I made the mistake of thinking some debt would be good, …

How to Split Your Time Effectively Across Multiple Companies

Richard Branson said, "You need to learn when to go forward and when to say no, which can be difficult -- especially if you prefer to say yes, like I do."<p>One of the most exciting things about starting a successful second business is realizing you have the ability to do it all over again. For some …

3 Habits That Will Make You More Patient (and More Peaceful)

Cut out toxic people.<p><i>What is the best way to practice patience? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p>I've been embarrassingly impatient. I've yelled at customer service reps at Ikea for being too …

Anger Management

This 10-Minute Routine Will Boost Clarity and Creativity

Get your subconscious working for you.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." -- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests. It controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, and all the vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the …

Creativity

A counterintelligence expert says there are 4 types of people — and you can't earn someone's trust without knowing theirs

At some point during his career with the FBI, Robin Dreeke abandoned the "golden rule" — the old adage that you should treat others as you would like to be treated.<p>He replaced it with another guideline, this one from author and speaker Tony Alessandra, called the "platinum rule": Treat others as …

Self-improvement

To Improve Your Focus, Just Eat Like A Drone Pilot

Concentration, focus, and memory all get a boost from consuming this one antioxidant.<p>That mid-morning crash you get after having a cup of coffee and a muffin for breakfast might be acceptable if you work at a desk, but imagine if your ability to focus and respond had more serious consequences. The …

Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help …

Chemistry

How to build a drywall arch | HowToSpecialist - How to Build, Step by Step DIY Plans

This step by step diy article is about <b>how to build a drywall arch</b>, on a metal or wooden frame. Building a <b>metal stud frame arch</b> is not as difficult as …

Woodworking

Secrets of Selling to the Super Rich: Superstars of Luxury: A Book of Compelling Insider Advice and Insight

By Susan Kime Sep. 26th, 2016<p>Photo Credit: Secrets of Selling to the Super Rich<p>The few numbers most affluence researchers and luxury journalists know …

Epic: Happiness and Success: The Five Elements of Happiness

What does happiness means to you? Ever wonder why you are not feeling happy? Are you happy with your life? And what can you do about it if not? Learn …

Happiness

Three Common Storytelling Mistakes

I know you think storytelling is important, because you’re reading this blog post. Or do you need to be persuaded? The human mind is structured to remember stories, not facts, or things, or lists, or even ideas. Do you want proof?<p>Here it is. It’s a fact that we are much safer today, in 2016, from …

San Bernardino

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Learning To Enjoy The Here & Now

<i>September 29, 2016</i><p><b>Each episode of depression doubles the risk that there will be another one. In other words, the more often you feel depressed, the</b> …

Mindfulness

5 Habits That'll Kickstart Your Dreams

So many people have that passion project they’ve always dreamed of, and so many haven’t taken the plunge. There’s always a reasonable explanation. Maybe it’s not fully formed yet. Maybe you don’t have the right team yet. Maybe you’ll need extra cash to pull it off. Either way, there’s always a …

Motivation

Release the Infinite Monkeys to Make VR Great

I have zero virtual-reality skills. I don’t know how to work in Unity, the graphics software engine often used to make immersive worlds. I have …

There Are Two Paths to Success and Happiness. Which Will You Choose?

Sometimes reaching your dreams involves taking a detour.<p>How do you go after your goals for career and life? Do you map out the steps you have to take between here and there and lay out a plan for completing each step? Or do you take a more holistic, improvisational approach?<p>It turns out both work …

Three Proven Ways To Double Your Results On LinkedIn

For years, I got zero results on LinkedIn. Zilch. Nada. A big goose egg.<p>Today, I get nearly all my clients from LinkedIn. They call – or email – me. In this article, I’m going to show you three unbelievably effective ways to turn LinkedIn into an engine that can power your career to a much greater …

Marketing

5 Design Jobs That Won’t Exist In The Future

And seven jobs that will grow, according to design leaders at Frog, Ideo, Artefact, Teague, and more.<p>Organ designers, chief drone experience designers, cybernetic director. Those are some of the fanciful new roles that could be created by the global design industry in the next few years.<p>But what …

TRUST YOURSELF: A practical guide to achieve any goal and live beyond fear

Life is not meant to be easy.<p>There are seemingly infinite constraints (e.g., genetic and environmental) stopping you from being and living as you …

The difference between design and product management

Yesterday I was asked how a designer differs from a product manager. I found the answer surprisingly hard to give. Everyone designs, but not everyone …

3 ways to attract hiring managers on LinkedIn

You've just spent hours slaving away at your keyboard. Your fingers ache, your eyes start to blur.<p>Have you been working on the next great literary masterpiece?<p>Or your PhD dissertation?<p>Nope. You've spent all that time making sure your LinkedIn profile is finally complete.<p>Let's be real: Few things …

Employment

The One Thing You Need to Remember When Assigning Tasks to Your Team

There are only two ways to create value: through projects and processes. Leaders need to understand the difference and make sure they put “project …

Eight Mistakes You’ll (Probably) Make in Your First Product Management Job

Here are some mistakes that I expect most first-time product managers to make – even after coursework, certificates, and online tutorials. New …

Product Management

Setting up a workstation for a healthier you

Health is wealth, says the old adage. Unfortunately, the age of digitalization means that more people than ever hunch over PCs from dawn to dusk. …

Product Design Tools On a Startup Budget

If you want to pursue a new side project, launch an app, or build a startup, the beginning stages are typically lean. You don’t want to sacrifice …

Innovation, Mayo Clinic-Style

As any organization grows, it is increasingly difficult to be agile and spontaneous Read more

Innovation

Seven Secrets Of Great UX Design

While most people understand that a well-designed website is important, they underestimate the full impact their UX choices have.<p>From designing with a global audience in mind to auto-filling forms with ‘opt-outs’ instead of ‘opt-ins,’ seven technology leaders from Forbes Technology Council offer …

UX Design

The Science Behind Great Product Design

Companies that produce highly user-friendly and innovative products are those that know how to mix functionality with design.

Business School

Personas: Why is it important to understand your users?

<i>Image credit: Xtensio</i><p>Personas are amazing! If you don’t have them or if you have them but don’t use them (what a waste!) then you’re missing out on a …

6 Must-Know Tips For New & Aspiring Shoe Designers

With more than two decades of fashion experience — punctuated by iconic red-carpet moments, celebrity sightings and support from superstars Rihanna, …