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If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?

“I really became a robot,” a manager at an accounting firm explained. She and her colleagues worked extraordinarily long hours, but, she said, “I thought it was normal. It’s like brainwashing. You are in a kind of mental system where you are under increasing demands, and you say to yourself that it …

Leadership

Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour

Tackle personal tasks before sunrise; find focus before distractions begin<p>By<p>Hilary Potkewitz<p>Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to.<p>Russ Perry, the 33-year-old …

Time Management

If Strategy Is So Important, Why Don’t We Make Time for It?

Almost every leader wants to make more time for strategic thinking. In one survey of 10,000 senior leaders, 97% of them said that being strategic was the leadership behavior most important to their organization’s success.<p>And yet in another study, a full 96% of the leaders surveyed said they lacked …

Management

28 Successful Executives Share the Best Advice They Received From Their Dads

A father's example and advice can inexorably affect the lives of his children.<p>A father's example and advice can inexorably affect the lives of his children. Here's how more than two dozen successful leaders say their dads affected their trajectories.<p>1. Surround yourself with great people.<p>"The best …

Leadership

Escaping the vicious cycle of Plan & Execute

Tell me if this sounds familiar:<p>Well-thought-out strategies change seemingly every other quarter.<br>• 9-month projects that take two years to …

I'm a CEO, and This Is How I Really Spend My Time Every Day

The role does have its perks, but it's not what most people imagine.<p><i>What does a CEO of a start-up do? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Heidi Zak, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of ThirdLove,</b> …

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10 things that immediately happen when real leadership shows up

"There are no bad teams, only bad leaders." ― Jocko Willink<p>What does the environment around you look like?<p>Is it obvious to you and everyone else what …

Self-improvement

How to Negotiate Using the FBI's 5-Step Hostage Strategy

Whether it's a VC, a partner, an employee, a spouse, or your child, getting someone to see things your way means doing this first.<p>I've often written about negotiation and how we undermine ourselves by buying into false narratives about how approach a negotiation. Sometimes that means adopting an <b>us</b> …

Self-improvement

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it.<p>No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us …

Credibility

12 Podcasts That Will Make You a Better Leader

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better.<p>Podcasts continue to grow in popularity as a convenient way to stay on top of all kinds of topics. As a result, the field is becoming steadily more crowded--a recent check of iTunes showed more than 100 podcasts with the word <i>leadership</i> in …

Self-improvement

5 Things You Need to Do to Set Yourself Up for a Promotion

Identify the skills you need to make yourself stand out from the competition.<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone wants a promotion, but it’s not as simple as waiting a year or two to “get” one. That’s because promotions are earned, not given. This is …

Leadership

What’s The Best Way to Finance a Rental Property?

Investing in a rental property is a smart move — we can all mostly agree on that. But, how should we go about financing a rental property? That’s the …

This California couple uses more water than all of the homes in Los Angeles

<i>This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Rafaela Tijerina first met <i>la</i> …

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1. They Wake Up At The Same Time

It’s tempting to sleep in on the weekend to catch up on your sleep. Though it feels good temporarily, having an inconsistent wake-up time disturbs your circadian rhythm. Your body cycles through an elaborate series of sleep phases in order for you to wake up rested and refreshed. One of these …

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10 Tips For First Time Dividend Investors

<b>10 Tips For First Time Dividend Investors by Ben Reynolds</b><p>Do you remember the first time you purchased a stock or mutual fund?<p>I can look back on when …

16 Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Presentation Skills From 16 Powerful TED Talks

Want to deliver better presentations? Learning by example -- especially from outstanding TED Talks -- can sometimes be the best way to learn.<p>You may not be delivering a TED Talk, but still. You want to captivate your audience. You <i>need</i> to captivate your audience. (Here's looking at you, Colonel …

Public Speaking

High Dividend Stock Yields 8%, Pays Monthly, Good Cash Flow Growth

Are you obsessed with finding monthly high dividend stocks? Don't worry, you've got plenty of company. If you've read some of our recent articles, …

6 negotiating tricks to try when selling your house

When my husband and I first started the hunt for Atlanta, GA, real estate, I cringed at the tough negotiating he was doing, as did our agent. "You sound like a fast-talking big-city businessman," she said to him in her smooth drawl. But as cringe-worthy as it seemed at the time, he was just …

Top 101 Mind-Blowing Failure Quotes To Achieve Success In Your Life

There is no one in the world who achieved success without experiencing the taste of failure, if there is anyone who achieved success without testing …

10 Lethal Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Real Estate Investment

Even though your first deal won’t be perfect, you don’t want it to be so bad that it will knock you out of the game. Stay afloat by avoiding these …

How much can I borrow for an investment property?

<b>“The secret to investing is to figure out the value of something – and then pay a lot less.”</b><p>J. Greenblatt<p>For many people, the decision to invest in …

The key to giving the perfect public talk

<i>According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.</i><p>Knowing humans, this shouldn't be that …

10 public speaking mistakes successful people don't make

After interviewing successful professionals such as Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Duarte and Michael Port on my podcast, Improving Public Speaking, I have discovered what high achievers consider these mistakes to be.<p>The mistakes most professionals make in public speaking include:<p>When speaking in public, you …

Public Speaking

4 Signs a Property Is Worth Buying and Renting Out

Do you have fantasies of becoming a landlord? That is, do you dream that one day, you'll purchase a promising piece of property, move in some reliable tenants, then kick back and collect rent well into retirement?<p>If you've got the cash and ambition to follow through, there are plenty of condos, …

An Open Letter to Sales Reps

For all of you who don’t know: Sales is hard. Really f*!@^%g hard. I’m not talking about order fulfillment – that’s not selling. I’m talking about …

Selling

3 Powerful Leadership Lessons From Introverted CEOs

Leadership wisdom from the quiet but super successful.<p>If you want scientific evidence to reassure you that introverts can make great leaders, there's plenty available. From their superior listening skills to deep expertise, quieter types in the C-suite have plenty of advantages, according to …

Leadership

These 20 Books Are Game Changers, Read Them Before You Turn 30

Books offer wisdom that we ourselves might need years to figure out. Between 20 and 30, we all would undergo lots of struggles and have lots of …