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I've been coaching execs for 25 years, and the same 6 habits keep coming up in the best leaders

Over the past 25 years, I've coached a mix of executives in for profit and not-for-profit companies like Kellogg's, Monsanto, SoCalGas, Newark City Government, The United Way, IBM, and AT&T. I've been in board rooms with people fretting about decreases in market share, swirling about regulatory …

Leadership

How A 'Zero-Based' Calendar Can Supercharge Your Productivity

Blank space on your calendar could turn into wasted time.<p>As a solopreneur, I create my own schedule and my productivity is limited only by the hours in my day and how I manage them. To that end, I'm always looking for better ways to keep track of tasks, arrange my days, organize my to-dos, and …

Successful CEOs Use These 5 Hacks to Always Stay Productive

You don't always have to feel behind. Here's what it takes to get out of the perpetual cycle of busyness and stay two steps ahead.<p>It's no secret that startups are hard. To be successful, it can require unending mental and physical energy, superhuman patience, and a massive demand on the most …

4 Conversational Habits That Successful People Always Practice

Remember that the art of listening is as important as art of speaking.<p><i>How do I become well spoken? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jane Chin (陳盈錦), President, Medical Science</b> …

Intelligence Isn't Something You're Born With. It's Acquired When You Learn How To Do These 5 Things

Intelligence is earned.<p>Outliers have a tendency to give the masses the wrong ideas.<p>When we hear stories about a seven year old who can speak 14 different languages, or see a video of someone with a photographic memory repeating back every single person's name in a fifty person auditorium, we sit …

Why Even Ambitious People Rarely Become Successful

Success is not extrinsic.<p>Success is <i>not</i> extrinsic.<p>It's not measurable.<p>"Success" can only truly occur internally, because it is based on emotion. At the most basic level, success if your relationship with yourself. Most people are living a lie. They purposefully ignore and distract themselves from …

Self-improvement

8 Ways to Go From Quitter to Go-Getter

Persistence, more than talent, determines how far you go and where you end up.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Success, more than anything, is an attitude you carry about yourself and your life. We are all capable of confidence, of having it all, losing it all and …

Self-improvement

9 Stressful Things You Need to Stop Tolerating--if You Want to Be Successful

Don't tolerate anything that stresses you or gets in the way of your success.<p>There are many things that can stress us out, especially when we want to create our own success stories.<p>Unfortunately, most of us end up tolerating some of our own bad habits, even though they cause much of the stress we …

How to Go From Successful to Very Successful (and Why Most People Can't Do It)

Many people want success more than anything else.<p>Many people want success more than anything else. And they'll sacrifice everything to have it -- which is often the cost of admission.<p>But there's a problem. Sustaining success, and going <i>beyond</i> success is nearly impossible for most people. Hence Greg …

Motivation

7 daily habits of rich people that you should copy

It’s easy to imagine that wealthy people share common traits like living below their means and investing wisely. But as Certified Financial Planner …

Tim Ferriss Says You Have the Wrong Idea About Fear, and It's Killing Your Dreams

The bestselling author and podcast host talks to Entrepreneur about his new TV show.<p>Tim Ferriss says that most aspiring entrepreneurs don't understand fear and risk.<p>"This word 'risk' gets thrown around a lot, as does 'fear,' and neither gets defined very well. So people end up paralyzed," Ferriss …

TED Talks

12 lessons you learn or regret forever

Sticking your neck out and taking charge of your career is no trivial matter. Whether that’s switching careers, going back to school, or walking away …

The Inconvenient Truths About Getting Work Done

Humans are prolific procrastinators. People have struggled with habitual hesitation going back to ancient civilizations. It’s easy to make plans and …

Procrastination

The Impediment to Action Advances Action

Marcus Aurelius said that.<p><i>Here is the complete quote: “Our actions may be impeded, but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions.</i> …

A simple piece of advice from my high-school math teacher helped me start my own business — and I'm convinced it can motivate you to do anything

In 2008, after holding down a day job for all of six weeks, I gave up on the whole job thing to pursue an online business.<p>At the time, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, but I figured if I was going to be broke and miserable, I might as well be while working on my own terms. And at that …

Motivation

A therapist outlines the 3 main reasons people never change

<i>Katherine Schafler is a New York City-based psychotherapist with 14 years' counseling experience.</i><p>1. True change is about taking personal accountability<p>The first reason is best explained by the father of psychology himself, Sigmund Freud:<p><i>"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom</i> …

Sigmund Freud

Want to Be A Better Leader? Then Adopt These 9 Habits!

Great leadership works everywhere and with teams of all sizes<p>Over the course of my career, I must have spent over 3000 hours reading leadership books, attending training sessions, and studying leadership. From this I learned a lot of things which have worked, many that didn't and several I should …

Live a Life You Won't Regret by Avoiding the Top 5 Things People Regret Most

Don't let this list of regrets become your own. Here's how.<p>Regret is one of the most challenging emotions we face in life. It's particularly difficult because there's nothing you can do about the things you did, or didn't do, in your past. In fact, I find regret more challenging than the fear of …

Empowering Kanye West Quotes That Will Inspire You To Live Your Best Life

He may be a controversial figure, but he can be incredibly inspirational.<p>Kanye West has done and said some controversial things.<p>He's supported Donald …

14 super successful people share the books they think everyone should read

They can be modes of escapism and fantasy; they can serve as therapy or education, catharsis or self-identification. They allow us to focus  —  they give permission to drift. Different and differing revelations can surge and mixed emotions can flood. That's the magic of words.<p>Here is the list of 14 …

Success

12 Habits Of Genuine People

There’s an enormous amount of research suggesting that emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs.<p>People with high EQs make $29,000 more annually than …

Emotional Intelligence

Want More Purpose in Your Life and Work? Here's the Answer

The key to success isn't seeking wisdom from external resources. It turns out you need to look inside.<p>For those of us chasing success, all it takes to convince us to click on a link is a mention of the word in a headline. Who can blame us? We think it'll offer the insight we need to get closer to …

Just Move the Chains: Daniel Pink on the Science of Staying Motivated | Heleo

“The question you should be asking is, ‘Can I do one small thing tomorrow to make things a little bit better?’ And the answer is almost always …

A psychologist explains why self-esteem is a sham and can get in the way of your success

Psychologist and author of "Insight" Tasha Eurich shares why self-esteem is not such a great thing for achieving success. The following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>So why is self-esteem a sham? And why might high self-esteem actually get in the way of your success?</i><p><i>You're probably even hearing that</i> …

Self-esteem

10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business

Sometimes what helps us to be successful in our professional lives is not such a great idea in our personal lives — competition is a quality that …

Self-improvement

Bill Gates just recommended a book that people have been obsessed with since the election

"Hillbilly Elegy," a memoir of growing up in rural Appalachia, follows that pattern.<p>"I am not a self-made man," Gates wrote in the blog post. Growing up in Seattle, his parents afforded Gates every advantage he could want. So when he read J.D. Vance's account of childhood in Ohio and Kentucky, …

28 Toxic Thoughts Successful People Refuse to Believe

The biggest threats to your success are in your head.<p>Have you ever thought about all the businesses that do not exist because someone with a great idea didn't feel smart enough or worthy enough to pursue it? I constantly wonder if the next life-changing company is sitting in the mind of someone who …

Success

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable – Thrive Global – Medium

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A <i>select few</i> are completely unstoppable.<p>Those who are unstoppable are in their own …

Motivation

5 things I had to give up to be successful

There's an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life.<p>No matter what you're trying to accomplish, you'll have to give up something in order to make it happen.<p>When I asked people on Facebook what they had given up to get something else they wanted, I got about 60 answers.<p><i>Even if you get what</i> …

8 books to read if you want to succeed in business

The truth is that you can never know enough. There is always more to learn, and there are infinite ways you can grow. Whether you're an ambitious entrepreneur, a rising executive or someone just starting out, you can often find the keys to success in a good book.<p>If you're up for the challenge, …

Employment