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7 Mental Shifts That Allowed Me to Become a Millionaire at 22

As of this writing, I’m 22. In the last 12 months I’ve generated a million dollars in commissions in one of the most competitive industries on the planet, where my average competitor is at least double my age with 10 times the tenure in the business. I have a master’s degree from a prestigious …

Tony Hsieh, Peter Thiel, and 18 Other Industry-Changing Entrepreneurs on the Best Pieces of Advice They Ever Received

Because success doesn't just come naturally to aspiring startup founders.<p>Regardless of how we define it, success can feel like a fleeting and often elusive target. It takes confidence, passion, and drive to accomplish your goals and to recognize success when you've achieved it.<p>Here's how 20 …

Success

What Your Brain Is Doing When You Think It's Doing Nothing - PsyBlog

Solved? Long-standing mystery about what the brain is doing when it’s doing nothing.<p>When your brain feels like its resting, it may actually be …

From the projects to a $2.3 billion fortune — the inspiring rags-to-riches story of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz

Growing up in New York City housing projects, Howard Schultz says he never dreamed of going into business.<p>Schultz certainly never imagined he'd one day run a global coffee chain and have a net worth estimated at $2.3 billion, according to Wealth-X.<p>The chairman and CEO of Starbucks writes in his …

Howard Schultz

Three Keys to Increase Your Productivity

Being productive is a challenge for most of us in business today. Persevering and achieving your business dreams in the midst of a negative world is …

Your Business

The Secret to Productivity: Focus

Technology has helped us do so much more, so much faster. But many experts argue that work-related systems and tools haven’t necessarily made us more productive. How many times does your phone, tablet or computer chime to indicate email or a Facebook notification?<p>The reality is that while …

Self-improvement

5 Daily Habits of Great Leaders

Great leaders separate themselves from the pack in distinct ways. Here are five of them!<p>There are certain personality traits that make it easier to become a great leader, but the fact is that anyone can ascend to that level through commitment and discipline. Only through experience can you start to …

Leadership

The Secrets to Debugging Your Brain

Our brains are the most bug ridden pieces of junk since Internet Explorer.<p><i>This post originally appeared on Quora: How to debug your brain</i><p><i>Post by Oliver Emberton, founder of Silktide, on Quora</i><p>To replicate one common bug, try telling your brain to "go to the gym". Most brains will respond by updating …

The Brain

101 Guide To Building Your Personal Brand

Building your personal brand is how you make your presence known. Companies like Coca Cola, McDonald’s, and Apple have well-known brands that are …

Don’t Waste the Tiny Gaps in Your Schedule

Take a look at your calendar. How many 30-minute gaps can you spot between events? You can thank the automated scheduling platforms of the 1990′s and …

Productivity

13 Great Reasons to Smile More Every Day

A smile a day may not keep the doctor away, but it can make you feel better, make others trust you more, and lead to a longer life.<p>I walked into our local coffee shop today and was greeted by a friendly and smiling barista as he took my order. My returned smile remained on my face as I turned to …

Happiness

How Great Coaches Ask, Listen, and Empathize

Historically, leaders achieved their position by virtue of experience on the job and in-depth knowledge. They were expected to <i>have answers</i> and to readily provide them when employees were unsure about what to do or how to do it. The leader was the person who <i>knew the most</i>, and that was the basis of …

Leadership

The Secret To Making A Great First Impression Is Ridiculously Simple

If you want someone to walk away from a conversation feeling great about you, then consider following an oft-suggested but rarely followed prescription: shutting up.<p>Let the other person talk.<p>It'll make them feel awesome.<p>As Harvard researchers discovered, talking about ourselves makes the reward …

Networking

Get More Energy In 3 Minutes: The Brain-Based Way

Do you want more energy? We all have 24 hours in a day and people, places, projects that need our attention.<p>While we may not be able to eliminate our entire list of responsibilities, we can monitor our energy. Like hours in a day, our energy seems finite – but it doesn’t have to be that way. We are …

Leadership

11 Ways to Avoid Distractions and Stay Focused

Sometimes it seems that for as many hours there are in the day, there are three times as many interruptions that take you away from work that needs to get done. So what can you do to get a little more clarity and get rid of those distractions? Give some of these suggestions a try.<p><b>1. Turn off the</b> …

William Shakespeare
Work-life Balance

7 Daily Habits of Exceptionally Productive Leaders

You don't have to be a born leader to be a great leader. Just focus on doing a few things very well.<p>Why are some leaders better and more productive than others? While some people believe that you're either born a great leader or you're not, that's not really the case at all. Anyone can learn to be …

Employment

15 Successful Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Ever Got

Entrepreneurship

Why You Need to Throw Away Your Goals

As entrepreneurs we are supposed to be goal-getters, achievers and risk takers. On the internet you will find over a million blog posts having …

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.<p>We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the …

Sleep

Harvard Management Legend Clay Christensen Defends His 'Disruption' Theory, Explains The Only Way Apple Can Win

<i>Joel Benjamin</i><p>Harvard's Clay Christensen is today's most influential modern management thinker. His 1997 book, "The Innovator's Dilemma," detailed his theory of "disruptive innovation" — explaining how smart incumbents are toppled by upstarts in an era of fast technological change. He has continued …

Harvard Business School

Malcolm Gladwell Reveals The Personality Trait That's Made Him So Successful

Malcolm Gladwell is probably the most widely read writer of nonfiction alive. He's sold over 4.5 million books.<p>Recently, a Quartz reporter asked him what's made him so successful, and Gladwell had the perfect response.<p>"What I try to do — try to be — is unafraid of making a fool of myself," the …

Success

When Not to Multitask

We should be thankful for our ability to multitask. If we couldn’t shift our mental gears quickly, we wouldn’t be able to have a conversation while …

Productivity

10 Words to Never Use for Your Personal Brand | Personal Branding Blog - Stand Out In Your Career

<i>Everyone has a unique personal brand.</i><p>When it comes to defining your personal brand, it’s important to be very careful in what you say when describing …

Branding

The 10 Worst Body Language Mistakes People Make While Giving Presentations

Body Language

We Can’t Always Control What Makes Us Successful

The 2002 movie <i>Minority Report</i> told the story of a future in which law enforcement could tell who would commit crimes in the future. The police then arrested those people before they could commit the crimes.<p>A good deal of work in the social sciences tries to do the same thing, albeit without …

Harvard Business Review

Remembering Priya Haji: “The Best Social Entrepreneur Of Our Generation”

With her mix of passion, smarts, and approachability, Priya Haji was a precocious, prolific, and pioneering force in Silicon Valley. She died earlier this month.<p>The story of Priya Haji’s life is full of numbers. There are upsetting numbers, like 44–her age when she died earlier this month from a …

Silicon Valley