Vangelis Bibakis

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The insanely slow road to building a blog (and why most people give up)

Building a successful blog is <i>hard</i>. There’s a lot more to it than simply creating a blog and writing your first post. For starters, readers won’t show up just because you’re writing. You have to tell people about your work if you want them to care.<p>But a lot of what it takes to build a successful …

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Psychology

The 4 types of productivity

Within weeks of starting my first job out of college, I was sent to the in-house time management training program. I dutifully attended the class and used the planner they provided as instructed. But as the weeks went by, I noticed that my productivity hadn’t improved. As I looked around at my …

Productivity

43 lessons growing from $0 to $1+ million in revenue, twice

<i>Image credit: dskok</i><p>23. Annual plans are amazing. Implement them ASAP.<p>You offer your users a discount for the year and in exchange, you get approximately 10 months worth of revenue right away (depending on how you discount), rather than one month of revenue each month. That can easily make the …

Product Management

Library

Leadership Credibility: 10 Qualities Every Employee Looks For in a Leader | Inc.com

When it comes down to it, employees are evaluating and forming opinions about the leaders in their company just as much as employers are evaluating the employees. As great as the work may be, if there isn't a strong leader in place employees are going to leave to look for a better environment; thus …

Leadership

10 Things Great Leaders Say Every Week | Inc.com

Great leaders set great goals, and they ensure that those who follow them know what those goals are. That's why it's important to focus on how everyone's daily work connects to the big picture.<p>I'm borrowing from one of the greats here: Sam Walton, who built the most successful retail operation in …

Leadership

Why, dear God, haven’t you started marketing yet?

“We have thousands of users and we have done no marketing!”<p>This has become a common refrain among companies that I’ve been meeting with recently. I know their expectation is that I’ll be impressed by their thriftiness, but my internal reaction is quite different:<p>Why the heck not?!<p>If you’re starting …

Marketing

21 Tips for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>At age 15 I started a clothing company with a friend's scanner and sold T-shirts to my peers at school. I parlayed that money and started a mobile detailing business.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember.<p>I've had …

People Don't Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head …

Your Willpower Won’t Help You Lose Weight, You Need To Change Your Environment

Trick yourself into weight loss by putting fruit and vegetables front and center in the kitchen.<p>January is the month of good intentions. We start the year trying to lose weight, eat more healthily, and go to the gym more regularly. Many of us finish it by following familiar habits: too much beer …

Will Power

Online reputation is more valuable than money or power

My Google search for “Michael Fertik” returns a page of uncommon order and serenity, like one of those Japanese gardens where the gravel has been diligently raked into perfect swirls. The first result is his personal website, then Wikipedia, Twitter and LinkedIn, followed by a couple of prestigious …

Online Life

Why People Think I'm Super Productive

Your life doesn’t have to be rigidly structured to be productive.<p>It’s funny, because many readers seem to think I’m a super productive, ultra focused, uber disciplined guy.<p>I’m not.<p>I get lazy, I sneak snacks when no one is looking, I sleep in sometimes, I take naps, I binge read on the Internet when …

6 Simple Rules For Tapping Into People’s Creative Potential

With these tips you can fire your chief innovation officer today.<p>The days when innovation was the sole responsibility of the chief innovation officer or corporate venturing group are over. Today companies are realizing they need to harness the innovative power of all their employees if they want to …

Stephen Hawking: "Humans Have Entered a New Stage of Evolution"

This means Hawking says that we have entered a new phase of evolution. "At first, evolution proceeded by natural selection, from random mutations. …

The 5 Stages of Becoming a Successful Thought Leader

The idea of becoming a thought leader is a nebulous and confusing concept to grasp. Every leader’s approach is different, and there’s no secret formula to success.<p>Becoming a thought leader doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time — not to mention a willingness to share the “secrets” of your success …

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

<b>We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.</b><p>In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people …

Medical Journals

The Case Against Cooking

The guy from Con Edison comes knocking on our apartment door once a month. He’s there to read the gas meter in our kitchen, where the gas meter is …

Fortune.com

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Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain