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11 ways smart people sabotage their success

Sometimes the smartest people do the dumbest things.<p>A group of Quora users drew from their experiences to address the question, “What are some stupid …

Self-improvement

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …

15 interview questions to measure emotional intelligence

Earlier this year, Container Store CEO Kip Tindell said one of the most important things a leader can have is high emotional intelligence.<p>“Emotional …

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Why Your Emails Get Replies (Or Don’t)

Why do some of your messages get prompt replies and others vanish into the aether? As Anna Codrea‑Rado contends at <i>Quartz</i>, the details are in the attention.<p>Recapping a Carnegie Mellon University study, she observes that :<p>… people are more likely to respond to information requests–whether important …

The Wrong Way To Look At Your Career

<b>Part of the series Breaking Through Career Inertia</b><p>Last week, in a teleclass I gave to 450+ women who want breakthrough to a bold plan for more happiness, success and reward, a great question came up: “Kathy, exactly how do we break through our career inertia?<p>My answer was simple – 100% commitment. …

40 Things To Say Before You Die

Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry.<p>They’re just short sentences with big meaning.<p>I hope they get you talking.<p><b>40</b> <b><br>“I wonder.”</b><p>Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will be better …

The Week Ahead: What's An Investor To Do Now?

The stock market has been on a tear since the June 24 lows as last week’s gains surprised even the most bullish analysts. The S&P 500 gained 3% for the week and over 6% since the June lows.<p>The comments last week by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke fueled a new round of optimism as we entered earnings …

23 Ways To Make Money Using The Nerdiest Site On The Internet

But one way that people don't use it enough is when it comes to money.<p>If you work in finance, play in stocks, invest, have a mortgage, or pay taxes, Wolfram Alpha is here to make your life better.<p>It's got incredibly detailed data for thousands of companies and if you work in finance it better be a …

Do You Really Understand What Your Business Model Is?

It may not be what you think.<p>Vivek Wadhwa, entrepreneur turned academic writes in one of his blogs:<p>“Everyone talks about business models. But I’ll bet that if you quizzed a random sample of these people, you’d find that they really don’t know what a business model is.”<p>I couldn’t agree more. In …

What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced

Smart watches! I sure hope you like them, because literally everyone is developing one. And yet, given the vanishingly small proportion of watches that are “smart,” clearly, something is holding them back. Here are the trends that jumped out when I undertook a more or less comprehensive catalog of …

Smartwatches

The Best Question To Ask Really Smart People

<i>He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes;</i> <i><br>he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.<br>—Chinese Proverb</i><p>One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned has to do with two kinds of smart. I sum it up like this: Intelligence is learning from your mistakes, but wisdom is learning from …

The Tracking Solutions That Could Lead An Explosion In Mobile Marketing

The effectiveness of any advertising campaign rests on a brand's ability to effectively deliver their message to a target audience.<p>As advertisers look to follow consumers across screen, brands need to know how and on what devices target audiences are consuming content. They need to track and …

Diversification: Why Not Put Everything in Whatever Will Go Up the Most?

The U.S. markets are doing well this year. Many other asset classes are not. The S&P 500 was up 16.9% at its peak on June 18. Then it dropped 2.9% in the last 10 days of the quarter. This gain in the U.S. markets has some people questioning the merits of a global portfolio. But the track record of …

Next-gen finance wizards stick to what they know

<i>"I tried to find companies and products that I understood and that I had a personal interest in owning."</i><p>A pearl of wisdom from Warren Buffett, the so-called Oracle of Omaha? No, this one comes from 12-year-old Carly O'Connell.<p>O'Connell and three other young investors are the winners of the annual …

How To Master The Art Of Self-Promotion

It’s possible to spread your content without cheapening your brand. Here’s how to make your message hot, without looking like a hot dog.<p>“Politics is a direct-response business,” declares the digital director of President Obama’s re-election campaign. “People do things if you ask them to do it, and …

Social Media

3 Reasons Exercise Makes You Smarter

Your brain is a part of your body. Your body works better with exercise–and, research suggests, so does your brain.<p>If you need more reason to make a jog part of your morning routine or to turn your afternoon meetings into walk-n-talks, try this: <i>exercise boosts your cognitive functioning and</i> …

Humanity

Dell eyes wearable computing move as PC business keeps slumping

Struggling computer maker Dell is considering a move into the "wearable computing" space, as it grapples with the effects of a shrinking PC …

The First Step To Building Your Personal Brand

Sure, everyone knows what a brand is. Coke, Pepsi, McDonald’s. But that buzzword is getting thrown around a whole lot in career and job search conversations these days, too. And you might be thinking to yourself, “why do <i>I</i> really have to care about this?”<p>Here’s why: Whether you’re on the job hunt, a …

9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up.<p>While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, …

New Research: You’re Doing Customer Experience Innovation Wrong

“Innovation” has become a buzzword in the customer experience field.<p>In a recent Forrester survey of 100 customer experience professionals, nearly half of respondents said that their executive team’s strategy for customer experience is market differentiation. And an ambitious 13% said that they’ll …

The 8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard

Google Ventures’ Jake Knapp takes us through the lightning-fast process he employs to get a team’s ideas down on paper.<p>[<i>Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint. Read the first part here, the second here, and the third …

Design

5 Career Mistakes Millennials Make — and How to Avoid Them

Overcome the negative stereotypes about Generation Y — such as being narcissistic slackers — and get ahead in the workplace.<p>From having a sense of …

Pew Research Center

The Invisible Rich

The biggest barrier to becoming rich is living like you're rich before you are.<p><i>Editor's note: This classic Knight Kiplinger column was originally</i> …

Eastern Europe

Could Covering College For Your Kids Be A Bad Thing?

Given that a college degree can easily cost a cool hundred <i></i>thousand (or two), there are plenty of good reasons to fear having to save up <i>that</i> much money. But a fear of harming your kid’s odds of success probably didn’t make your list.<p>However, that’s the very conclusion that Laura Hamilton, assistant …

7 Ways to Make the Rest of 2013 Amazing

The year is halfway done. Are you on track to meet your year end goals? Here are some ways to make sure you blow through the finish line by December 31st.<p>The older I get, the faster time flies. A month seems to go by like a day. It's hard to fathom that half the year is gone and I am already busy …

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8 Ways to Be Smarter

Intelligence isn't simply a fixed quantity, a learning expert explained in a talk recently. How smart we are is powerfully affected by our situation, and that's something we can control.<p>Somewhere along the way in life you’ve probably taken an IQ test and were give some number as an answer. That …

Self-improvement