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You've Been Painting Rooms Wrong All These Years

Paint is one of the best ways to dramatically change a room, especially on a low budget. It may seem as simple as deciding on a color, buying paint, …

This is why you aren’t achieving success despite working super hard

Oftentimes, we find ourselves hitting a brick wall. So much time has been spent on pursuing a target, a goal and our wants. We ask ourselves “Why do …

39 questions to make small talk with anyone

There’s nothing quite like breaking the conversational barrier with a friend or co-worker. In order to reach that level of chummy rapport, though, …

24 life skills every adult should master before turning 30

There’s no handbook for adult life.<p>Somehow you’re just supposed to know that you should have more money coming in than going out and you shouldn’t …

Time Management

90 Percent of Interviewers Would Disqualify a Job Candidate for This 1 Reason

Not sending a thank you note, however, surprisingly won't lose you any points.<p>With so many job interview how-to guides out there, you'd think we'd all be nailing them by now. A new survey from recruiting solutions company JazzHR, however, shows that candidates still are making employers all over …

These 3 habits can completely transform your confidence

Most people misunderstand confidence …<p>They think that people are just naturally confident.<p>This is false.<p>People who have unearned levels of …

How to Bounce Back After Hitting Rock Bottom In Your Career, According to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs

These three lessons from those who have been there can show you the best way out.<p>Like most people, I relish the feel-good stories of successful people who overcame setbacks to make it to the top. But what about when you have a complete career breakdown? I mean a time when you hit rock bottom and …

How to accomplish more in 30 days than most people do in 365

“The best ambition killer is trying to play someone else’s game.” — Dan Sullivan<p>Craig Ballantyne, author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the …

Motivation

What Steve Jobs, Venus Williams, and the Dalai Lama Have to Say About Focus (Hint: It's Really Important)

Is your mind wandering off again? This will inspire you to find your focus again and get going.<p>Anytime is a good time to spring into action. But making the decision to get work done, start that project, or pursue that dream is only half the battle. You will need a deep reserve of commitment and …

7 Things You Must Do Every Morning If You Want to Be Successful

The morning hours could be a perfect time for you to do some journaling or meditation.<p>It can take months for a new habit to stick, making it difficult to trade your old bad behaviors in for new, healthier ones. But if you shift that new habit to first thing in the morning, you may speed up that …

How to Hook Your Audience Within the First 60 Seconds

Start with the power your audience craves.<p>How you open and close your presentation decides everything.<p>Nothing matters more for effectiveness.<p>The internet is full of great ideas for how to open and how to close speeches. You'll be ahead of most speakers if you can just avoid the most common …

13 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Made All the Difference in His Life

A short passage from a Steve Jobs commencement address teaches an important lesson.<p>Steve Jobs was famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for his "reality distortion field," his ability to make other people believe the seemingly impossible was actually possible.<p>But the first person he …

7 Toxic Thinking Mistakes That Will Keep You From Being Mentally Strong

Changing the way you think will change your entire life.<p>Just because you think something doesn't make it true. Yet, you likely believe your brain when it casts doubt on your abilities or when it tells you that people don't like you even though there's little evidence supporting such statements.<p>In …

5 Outfits to Crush Your Workweek | Valet.

How we dress for work is a long way from the days of staid office dress codes, when men were expected to wear a simple grey suit (the same damn suit …

Why most people won’t ever achieve greatness

Anyone can achieve greatness. Anyone.<p>Greatness is relative, yes. The results might look different; for some, simply quitting an addiction means …

This Habit Will Make Everyone Think of You as a Leader, Instantly

Curiosity didn't kill the cat. It made him a harbinger of success.<p>Whether or not you want to be a leader, most of us would agree that being looked up to and admired is a good thing. Yet, the qualities that we see as admirable are changing along with our societal norms. One behavior, however, that …

4 Small Habits That Can Instantly Make You More Energetic and Productive

Mental energy is a valuable currency that can be maximized with these four simple habits.<p>Everything we do on a daily basis affects our mental energy in some form or fashion. Deciding what to wear, what to eat, what route to take to work, and what order to return your calls in are just a few of the …

Steve Jobs Practiced 1 Habit That Turned Good Presentations Into Great Ones

The best CEO presenters follow one rule that made Steve Jobs a master showman.<p>Steve Jobs was a master showman. In my opinion, Jobs was the best business storyteller of our time. Every product launch was brilliantly performed. Every move, demo, image and slide was in sync and beautifully …

From patience, passion to execution: Lessons from successful entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial mindset is the magic element in the recipe of successful startup development. There are many challenges that may come in the way, …

Shah Rukh Khan wants to do away with the tag of being a superstar

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan who is currently prepping up for his film Zero believes that he should do away with the tag of being a superstar instead he …

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

20 Technical Architecture Drawing Tips

The black sheep of all architectural drawing has got to be technical drawing. Everybody loves drawing perspectives, sketches —you know the creative, …

Drawing

A Suitcase-Size Satellite’s Big Image of Frozen Earth Below

About two weeks ago, a satellite called Iceye-X1 hitched a ride into orbit aboard an Indian rocket. It’s about the size of a suitcase, and has already sent its first picture, constructed out of microwave radar reflections, back to Earth.<p>“I personally love this image,” said Rafal Modrzewski, the …