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5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

7 Of History’s Weirdest, Most Awesome Productivity Tips

Beethoven, Franklin, Angelou. Caffeine, nudity, hotel rooms. How Fast Company–and history’s greats–do productivity.<p>If genius is close to madness, then works of genius require working like a mad man, woman, or muppet.<p>As Amanda Green writes on Mental Floss–drawing from Mason Curry’s <i>Daily Rituals: How</i> …

Here's A Shocking Truth If You Think You've Wasted Your Life

No!<p>It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able …

The Paradox Of Doing More

How to truly get the most out of your time.<p>“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”― Henri Bergson<p>Between trying to survive, lead, and create with multiple simultaneous projects, it’s been a busy year. I am often asked how I manage to keep …

How Failure Is One Of The Most Important Factors In Success

If you have a risk profile where you’re willing to fail,” says Rajesh Anandan, the SVP of Unicef Ventures, “you value learning, because you’re going …

3 Weird Things Breakfast Does To Your Brain

The day’s purportedly most important meal is more than meets the eye: science shows that the <b>when</b> and <b>what</b> of your breakfast transforms how your mind works the rest of the day.<p>How so? As a new paper published in the <i>Frontiers of Human Neuroscience</i> argues, breaking your fast is a many-faceted thing. …

The Science Of Great Ideas–How to Train Your Creative Brain

Creativity is a mystery right? Maybe not. Here’s a look at the science of the creative process and how to harness your brain’s power to come up with more great ideas.<p>Ah, ideas. Who doesn’t want more great ideas? I know I do.<p>I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect …

Why Hustling Helps People To Become Insanely Successful

Take a page from Twitter investor Chris Sacca to take your career to the next level–put your nose to the grindstone, hustle, schlep, slog, and invent a consultancy.<p>Super lucky people get so frustratingly fortunate by finding ways to expose themselves to positive chance.<p>Such is the story of Chris …

The Science of Procrastination and How to Manage It, Animated

From AsapSCIENCE — who have previously brought us the scientific cure for hangovers, the neurobiology of orgasms, and how music enchants the brain — comes this illustrated explication of the science of procrastination and how to manage it, a fine addition to these five perspectives on …

How to Make Your Own Luck

<i>“You are what you settle for,”</i> Janis Joplin admonished in her final interview. <i>“You are ONLY as much as you settle for.”</i> In <b>Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career</b> (<i>public library</i>), which comes on the heels of their indispensable guide to mastering …

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Incredibly Happy

It's easy to think of happiness as a <i>result</i>, but happiness is also a <i>driver</i>.<p>One example: While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity (whether a one-day burst, or a lifetime, or things you should <i>not</i> do every day), probably the best way to be more productive is to just be …

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Be Nice to Everyone. It's Worth It

When you're nice to others, it pays back in spades. Just ask airplane designer Devon Schuler.<p>Devon Schuler is an airplane designer. He spends a great deal of time thinking about ways to improve flying and he loves sketching airplane designs. There is just one problem: Devon is only 9 and no one is …

How Your “Someday” List Reveals Who You Really Are And What You Really Want To Do

If you say you’re going to do something “someday,” what does that mean exactly? According to the team behind productivity app Any.do, if you don’t make progress on that goal in six weeks, you’re probably never going to.<p>Once upon a time, to-do lists were simply scrawled on scraps of paper. These …

7 Tips For Battling–And Even Embracing–Procrastination

It doesn’t have to hurt so much. In fact, some procrastinating can lead to productivity.<p>There are days when business owners just don’t feel like working–especially solopreneurs who work from home. With no one watching over your shoulder, it’s easy to let hours–or even days–of unproductive time …

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …

The Five People Who Determine Your Success

Anyone who has accomplished anything of significance didn’t do it alone. Neither should you. Think about the five people you spend the most time with and answer this blindingly simple yet imperative question: <i>Do they make you better?</i><p>If they don’t, the question then becomes: <i>Wh</i><i>o does makes you</b> …

These 365 Quotes Will Inspire You Every Day This Year

Best-selling author and entrepreneur Dave Kerpen shares 365 powerful, inspirational quotes for leaders in 2015<p>With a new year nearly upon us, it's a great time to get inspired about the future, your vision, your goals and executing on those goals. I'm so grateful for all of the inspiration I've …

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps</i> …

Perfectionists: 5 Ways to Find Some Peace in 2014

You can't control the jerks and slackers of the world, but you can control how you react to them.<p>Perfectionists have their place in business. They tend to be high achievers and often serve as critics who can help weed out flaws from products and processes.<p>But these folks have it rough in some ways. …

4 Ways to Fail and One Way to Win

Success requires two things: goals and process. The tricky part is how you put those two things together.<p>Success requires two things: knowing where you're going (goals) and doing things that get you there (process). There five ways to think about the relationship between goals and process. Only …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

How to Create a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is never automatic. You have to work at it! Here's how to become a master of the mind.<p>A positive attitude--optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm--makes everything in business easier. A positive attitude boosts you up when you're down and supercharges you when you're already "on a …

What Every Leader Must Know About Personal Development

<i>Man is a mystery. If you spend your entire life trying to puzzle it out do not say that you’ve wasted your time. I occupy myself with this mystery because I want to be a man. -</i> Fyodor Dostoevsky<p>Columbia Business School recently published my book <i>Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s</i> …

8 Steps to Winning Friends, Influencing People, and Getting Any Damn Thing You Want

<b>Sooner or later every leader realizes that most of the people he needs to be successful don’t report to him. Business success as well as personal success relies on persuasion. Here are the 8 persuasive secrets from the most persuasive person I’ve ever met.</b><p>It was 9:30 in the evening and I was …

The Key to Success? Relationships.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you ask 10 entrepreneurs to tell you the key to business success, you're likely to get 10 different answers. I'm sure one would say product innovation, and while that's definitely a significant factor, it's not the right answer. And, …

12 Ways to Take Control of Your Life in 2014

Whether you're making pasta, writing a card, engaging a neighbor or making an apology, give the thing you do your full attention and do them to the best of your ability. Those around you will take notice of your attention to detail and the way you fully immerse yourself in conversations and tasks, …

20 Things Nobody Told You While Growing Up

Amanda Bradbury<p>Read full profile<p>There are so many things I wish I had known while growing up. No one ever tells you the hard truths of life. Maybe …

The Scientific Way to Mend a Broken Heart

Most of us have experienced heartbreak, and when you think about how it made you feel, it's very similar to physical pain and suffering. That's no …