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48 tips on becoming more powerful

Robert Greene, author of "The 48 Laws of Power," has some insight.<p>Power is "the measure of the degree of control you have over circumstances in your life and the actions of the people around you," Greene tells Business Insider. "It is a skill that is developed by a deep understanding of human …

Self-help

Survey: What people in their 30s wish they’d known in their 20s

This year is around the time when many of my peers are turning 30 years old. We were born in the early to mid-1980s, spent most of childhood in the 90s, and attended college in the early 2000s. We’ve since gone off on very different career and personal paths.<p>It’s now been about a decade since we …

Psychology

'The Canvas Strategy' is the fastest way to become indispensable at work

<i>Ryan Holiday is the author of "The Obstacle is the Way." He is former director of marketing at American Apparel and dropped out of college at 19. He gives monthly book recommendations here.</i><p>When I first got a job as an assistant in Hollywood, someone told me that the best thing I could do as an …

New England Patriots

The Best Jobs For Every Personality Type

Does your job fit your personality?<p>The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, which measures preferences like introversion and extroversion, has been part of business culture for decades. Today about 80% of the Fortune 500 and 89 of Fortune 100 companies use it to analyze the …

Personality

The strengths and weaknesses of every personality type

Even though the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator personality test is controversial, it's still extremely popular in today's business world.<p>It tests four behavioral binaries to come up with 16 distinctive personality types. To give you an idea of how important it is, 80% of the Fortune 500 companies and …

Personality
Employment

16 Motivational Quotes From Lesser-Known Entrepreneurs | Inc.com

As we start another month, it's always a good idea to pump yourself up a little. These quotes from lesser-known entrepreneurs (e.g., not Mark Cuban or Richard Branson) offer some insight into starting a company. They can serve as some motivation for your day.<p>1. "How you climb a mountain is more …

Entrepreneurship

A Crash Course in Stoicism

In his discourse entitled “we ought not to yearn for things that are not under our control” (<i>Discourses</i>, 3.24), the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, …

12 CEOs Say How They Expect People To Prepare For Meetings With Them

We reached out to some high-profile CEOs to get their perspective on what they expect out of a meeting. One common theme is being clear on what you want to achieve in the meeting. Also, don't babble.<p>From being prepared to bringing energy, knowing your numbers or keeping it short and sweet, here are …

Leadership

13 Words That Can Hurt Your Credibility Without You Even Realizing It

Most people don't realize how they sound to others.<p>The words you choose could hurt your credibility without you even knowing it.<p>An obvious one is "like," but there are less obvious words and phrases that might be tripping you up.<p>We spoke with Carmen Fought, a professor of linguistics at Pitzer …

Public Speaking

The 'NPR Grammar Hall Of Shame' Opens With 'I' And 'Me'

We asked for nominations for "most misused word or phrase," and they came pouring in. <i>Weekend Edition</i> listeners and NPR.org readers have many gripes about the grammar gaffes they see and hear every day.<p>From nearly 450 story comments, 500 emails and more than 900 Facebook posts we received in …

25 Time-Management Tips Every Young Professional Should Know

Garbugli's presentation "26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known At 20" was viewed millions of times and became SlideShare's "Most Liked" presentation of 2013. He's now raising money via a Kickstarter campaign for an in-depth book on the subject, "Hacking Time."<p>Here, he's shared his new …

Time Management

How Super Successful People Consistently Achieve More

<i>Shane Snow, founder of Contently, wondered about that very question. So he set off to reexamine the conventional wisdom about success and wound up writing the book Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success. Below, he explains what mentors, failure, and "neurotic</i> …

Self-improvement

The Daily Routines Of 12 Famous Writers

We often assume that great things are done by those who were blessed with natural talent, genius, and skill.<p>But how many great things could have been done by people who never fully realized their potential?<p>I think many of us, myself included, are capable of much more than we typically produce — our …

Writing

12 Public Speaking Habits To Avoid At All Costs

Public Speaking

New York City Used To Be A Terrifying Place

The New York City of the 1970s, however, looked very different from the safe and gentrified metropolis we know today. The Bowery, now lined with luxury apartments, housed much of the city's illicit activities, while drug dealers and prostitutes worked openly from Park Slope to Times …

Crime

25 Life Hacks For The Modern Gentleman

There are certain things every guy should know.<p>From such kitchen knowledge as how to properly cook a steak or pour a cocktail, to a fashion sense like how to match your dress shoes to your suit and how to get the right haircut, these tips will make every guy's life a little easier.<p><b>Roll your shirt</b> …

Lifehacks

11 Mind-Blowing Physics Discoveries Made In 2014

From detecting elusive particles forged in the core of our sun to teleporting quantum data farther than ever before, these physicists' scientific research has helped us better understand the universe in which we live as well as pave the way for a future of quantum computers, nuclear fusion, and …

Physics

5 Important Lessons Learned In 20 Years As An Entrepreneur

Seattle-based entrepreneur Ian Lurie started online marketing firm Portent, Inc. in 1995, when dial-up was king. Today his firm has led digital strategies for major companies like Lucky Brand and Kate Spade.<p>Lurie collected the most important lessons he's learned over the past two decades about …

Online

The Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To New Year's Resolutions

These are your unoriginal regurgitated New Year's resolutions. And they are getting pretty tiresome, especially considering the vast majority of you never fulfill them, choosing instead to wallow in the banality of your own existence, and roll them over again next year.<p><i>"Hey fat ass, I already know</i> …

Times Square

What I Learned About Life After Interviewing 80 Highly Successful People

Over the past year I interviewed about 80 guests for my podcast. My only criteria: I was fascinated by some aspect of each person.<p>I didn't limit myself by saying "each one had to be an entrepreneur" or "had to be a success."<p>I just wanted to talk to anyone who made me curious about their lives. I …

Motivation

163 Ways To Win At Life In Your 20s, According To A 30-Year-Old Who Sold A Startup For Lots Of Cash

As Brennan described it to Business Insider in an email, "It's enough to take some time off to recharge and give back to the startup/int'l development communities, but you wont see me in a private jet anytime soon."<p>Brennan learned a lot about business and life during his 20s and wanted to help …

Cybercrime

How to Be a Better Digital Native

The other morning I found myself getting really agitated. Not because my three-year-old was whining or because I was behind on a deadline—no, I was …

Crossword Puzzles

30 Workouts that Take 10 Minutes (or Less)

• Heel touches:Stand with feet wide, arms extended at sides. Keeping left arms straight, touch right hand to left foot, then immediately repeat on …

7 Inspiring Ways To Start Your Day

But sometimes it seems like a game of chance waiting to see if you'll wake up motivated or not — unless you take matters into your own hands, that is.<p>A recent Quora thread asked users to share their best strategies for finding inspiration first thing in the morning, and we've rounded up the best …

Quora

12 Surprising Things That Can Make You Successful

From the month you were born to your comedic timing, the weirdest quirks can affect how successful you'll ultimately be.<p>We combed through research on success to identify 12 surprising things that can influence your career trajectory. While some factors can be sought out, others are beyond your …

High School

The Art of Letter Writing | The Art of Manliness

In the days of cell phones, email, and text messages, letter writing can seem hopelessly outdated. But it’s an art worth bringing back, and not …

The Steve Jobs Guide To Manipulating People And Getting What You Want

Jobs faced many obstacles to get Apple, and later Pixar, off the ground. But Jobs had a unique way of crafting his own reality, a "distortion field" that could persuade people that his personal beliefs were actually facts, which is how he pushed his companies forward.<p>And he also used a blend of …

Apple Store

33 War Strategies That Will Help You Win In Business

You may not realize it, but every day you enter the office you step into a minefield of personal politics at a company facing fierce competitors.<p>In Robert Greene's "The 33 Strategies of War," the renowned author analyzes the tactics of history's greatest military leaders and presents their …

War