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Mark Cuban's push to kill net neutrality shows what a hypocrite he is

After making his fortune thanks to net neutrality, Cuban is pushing to allow internet "fast lanes"<p>Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with <i>The Washington Post</i> yesterday, Cuban said …

7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity

Being more productive means first learning what and how to manage on a daily basis.<p>There is no lack of conversation about what drives productivity. Do we drink more coffee? Should we take multiple short breaks? Do we need to have longer lunch breaks?<p>I think productivity comes from a combination of …

6 Awesome Zen Stories That Will Teach You Important Life Lessons

Life lessons from a Buddhist monk and a fish

I linger on my friend Pravin’s porch in Baltimore. I adjust the modest hemline on my white shift dress and comb my fingers through my hair. Then …

Living Rooms

7 Simple Tips to Help You Find Happiness

Most often happiness is not far off, just a little hidden. Here's how to uncover it.<p>Everyone would like to be happy. Some find happiness more easily than others. I like to consider myself a happy person. Certainly, I am much happier today than when I was younger. Much of the angst and insecurity of …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

The 8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.<p>Via The How of …

5-Step Process for Dealing with Negative Thoughts | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Like most aspiring NBA basketball players, I had an ear for doubters. When I heard anything indirectly or directly regarding the low probability of …

Self-help

These Meditation Practices Will Help You Find Calm, No Matter Which Method You Prefer

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy.<p>It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. At the age of 21, I got out of college, broke and in debt, and by the time I …

Personal Finance

Want Tip: Gents, How to Choose the Right Bag Ladies love their bags, and it is this love that lets them expertly pick out which specific bag to use for specific times and places. Unfortunately, most guys are still learning to bring bags. This is a good progress from stuffing everything in pockets, but there’s still room for improvement with coordinating your bag with your style and outfit. You’ve probably seen the guy in the tailored suit, polished oxfords, and… an out-of-place backpack. Don’t be him. The Issue: With the demands of life, guys are finding themselves bringing along more items than just their wallet, keys, and phone. Suddenly there’s a need for a bag that holds everything and keeps things organized. While bags serve the same purpose, their styles do not. Depending on what your personal style is and where you’re going, there are certain bags that fit the occasion more than others. The Tip and Gear: Messenger Messenger bags are awesome! They come in a variety of casual and dressy styles, and have pieces from both fast fashion and high end labels. Their single strap and sleek form allow you to move them around easily without taking them off, making them a great choice for people on the go and those who take public transportation a lot. Editor’s Pick: Ben Sherman Messenger Bag With Union Jack Print Backpack They’re the most comfortable to wear with dual straps that help distribute the weight of the bag evenly. No matter how polished a backpack gets though, make them with leather or add some polished hardware details, they are no doubt casual. If you’ll be wearing something dressy, don’t carry a backpack. Take pity on your blazer. Editor’s Pick: ASOS Backpack with Contrast Straps Briefcase There’s no messing around with the briefcase; it’s business and work all the way. While there are now more casual versions of the briefcase in canvas and bright colors, it’s the inverse of the backpack; it tends to look awkward with a casual outfit. Tee, shorts, and sneakers with a briefcase? Don’t think so. Editor’s Pick: Boconi Bryant Leather Laptop Briefcase Tote A wonderful enigma. You can carry a tote to school, to the coffee shop, for grocery, to the beach, and sometimes even for work, and it just fits. Some totes have a slightly more feminine look, but don’t be afraid of making it part of your menswear outfit. Editor’s Pick: Veja Cabas Canvas Tote Folio Super minimal. Just need something to keep your documents, or maybe a tablet or light laptop, intact? Go with a folio. They mostly come in leather, so they do have a naturally dressy look. Try bringing one along for a meeting instead of a briefcase if you’re only carrying a few documents. Editor’s Pick: Polo Ralph Lauren Leather Zippered Folio Barrel Often an underrated style, the barrel bag is a cool option for a gym bag or as a lightweight carry-on for travels. Hold it by the handles or wear it with a strap, and use it when you want something more edgy or athletic than a messenger bag. Editor’s Pick: Fred Perry Classic Barrel Bag Remember these tips when you’re choosing which bag to bring with you for the day! Tell us, what type of bag do you use right now, and what’s your favorite thing about it?

Ladies love their bags, and it is this love that lets them expertly pick out which specific bag to use for specific times and places. Unfortunately, …

Men's Fashion

9 Self-Assuring Affirmations For When You Need A Little Boost

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

23 Quick & Easy Ways To Beat Stress

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, and it's rarely a pleasant experience. But before you grab that pint of ice cream, pop a Xanax or hit the …

Essential Oils

5 Keys to Finding Meaning in Your Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life can often become cluttered with one to-do list after another, an endless string of tasks needing completion. In all this hustle and bustle, it’s …

Outsourcing

Questions and Answers: A Beginners Guide to Meditation

In an extract from her just-published book, Inspiration Meditation, (part of the Go Creative! series) Orna Ross, bestselling novelist and poet and …

10 Ways To Be More Mindful And Improve Your Overall Well-Being

The benefits of mindfulness are plenty and have been clinically proven to improve a wide range of clinical disorders, including chronic pain, anxiety …

Meditate For 5 Minutes A Day: It Can Change Your Life

Five minutes a day can change your life. I know so many people who don’t meditate simply because they have no clue as to what meditation even means. …

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s …

Become More Productive Without Actually Doing More Work

It may seem counterintuitive, but research suggests taking time to recharge, be of service, helps make you more productive.<p>In an effort to out-do colleagues and stay at the top of their game, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals work crazy hours, remain plugged in and forego …

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

25 Simple Lifehacks

When scheduling an interview, ask what times the employer is interviewing and try to be first or last.<p>... Put a mirror behind you at the counter. This way, angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you, and the chances of them behaving irrationally lowers …

Lifehacks

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

How to Quit Your Procrastination Habit Once And For All

The first step is awareness–the rest will follow. Here’s how to own up to you procrastination habits, and correct them for good.<p>We all procrastinate, and by and large, we all know the solutions to our procrastination.<p>I put off writing this article (ironically, I know, and yes I know you’ll put off …

How to get your ideas to spread

In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out …

Seth Godin

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5 Ways to Get a Confidence Boost

Whatever you're about to do, it's incredibly important--and you're incredibly nervous. Here's how to get a quick shot of confidence.<p>A key pitch meeting. A critical presentation. A new product roll-out. Whatever you're about to do, it's incredibly important--and you're incredibly nervous. What you …

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

Becoming and staying productive isn’t about hard-to-follow programs or logging your every move in an app. It’s about self-care. Here are daily to-dos to get you started.<p>It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d …