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3 things millennials want in a career (hint: it’s not more money)

For the generation that will soon become the majority of America’s workforce, flexible work hours and personal fulfillment are more important than a bigger paycheck.

What’s the biggest incentive you can offer a millennial to come work for you instead of your competition? If you answered “more money” …


Meet 'social agents,' real estate’s new middlemen

Nataliya Gorokhovskaya recently got her real estate license to help her husband invest in properties. She’s not interested in helping others buy and …

Real Estate

Brainstorming Does Not Work

Why people who brainstorm are wasting their time.

Brainstorming was invented by advertising executive Alex Osborn in 1939 and first published in 1942 …


Top 10 Things You can Do Today to Be More Happier, Backed by Science

I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are …


4 Ways to Provide Outstanding Customer Service on Social Media


Sharing great content is only half the battle on social media. You also need to engage your community. Are you set up to handle customer service through social media?

Providing great customer service is critical online. Whether you're prepared or not, your customers will be expecting a …

Customer Service

Personal Real Estate Branding

Julie Owens Real Estate Broker - Rockeville MD

Branded Agent is a well-written page turner for agents and brokers that want to bring their business …


Steve Jobs Knew How to Run a Meeting: Here's How He Did it


At 31 years old, Steve Jobs left Apple and started NeXT. Here's an inside look at a company meeting, and what you can learn from it.

Brilliant. Passionate. Overbearing. Impatient.

Steve Jobs's management style has been described in many ways, both positive and negative. Love …

Steve Jobs

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.

Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …


50 Must-Read Personal Development Bloggers That’ll Change Your Life

Tired of reading the same blogs over and over? Looking for fresh articles to read? A new angle on your favorite personal development topics? I got …

A Vision of the 'Apartment of the Future' From Poland

NArchitekTURA creates a versatile and open live-work space.

Predicting the future tends to be a thankless enterprise, but architect Bartosz Haduch was willing to give it a shot. His firm, NArchitekTURA, eagerly accepted an invitation to participate in a competition to design the “apartment of the …


Why Everyone From Beethoven, Goethe, Dickens, Darwin To Steve Jobs Took Long Walks and Why You Should Too

One day, when Marc Andreessen, the money man behind such tech giants as Facebook, Twitter, and Zynga, was out driving around his home in Palo Alto,

For This Family Simplicity is the End, Not the Means

Carmella Rayone McCafferty lives (purportedly happily) in a 665 sq ft Wyoming cabin with her husband and three kids. We could stop there and have a …


15 secrets from recruiters on how to get hired

We spoke with hiring managers at the 100 Best Companies to Work For to find out what they look for in ideal job candidates, how to impress them, and what it takes to get hired. Here’s what they shared:

“It is important for candidates to have passion. No matter which department you’re in, your …


The virtuous circle of sustainable growth: how lean management practices at Procter&Gamble and Toyota make for an environment based on customer focus and people development


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10 Incredible Insights on Life, Proven by Science, That Will Phenomenally Boost Your Happiness

It’s easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.

One example: While I’m definitely into finding ways to improve personal …

Inside the Psychology of Productivity


Burned out? Can't get it all done? The problem might be in your head.

You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. Family time means reading sales …


The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?

A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …


Stop Overdosing on Celebrity Gossip, The News, and Low Quality Information

The low quality information you get from the news, gossip and social media is polluting your brain, and the worse part is, it's made out to feel …

Information Overload

17 Must Read Books on Becoming Instantly More Productive and How To Manage Life Better

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In Getting Results the Agile Way, author J.D. Meier introduces Agile Results®-a simple system for meaningful results! It’s a …

5 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Help You Be Happy Everyday

As a young child, I did not realize how fortunate I was to have a Buddhist mother. I simply assumed that all children grew up with the gifts of …


Make Room For Happiness : 10 Habits You Must Quit to Be Happy

When you quit doing the wrong things, you make more room for the things that make you happy. So starting today…

1. Quit procrastinating on your goals …


Star Silicon Valley entrepreneur: Here's why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet

"In Spanish, we have a saying that when a genius points at the moon, a fool looks at the finger. I find that happens a lot with bitcoin." —Wences Casares

Serial entrepreneur Wences Casares created Argentina's first internet provider and later sold his online brokerage firm to Banco Santander for


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4 Ways You Can Make Your Home Smart Today


Ever wanted to automate the heating system and appliances in your house? Now is the time!

Twenty years ago, if you visited a fair or exhibit that portrayed the "Home of the Future," it would likely have incorporated some of the many gadgets and applications used to power homes today. From …

Domestic Technology

MIT Students Redesign The How-To Video, In 4 Easy Steps

MIT researchers aim to use crowd feedback to build better step-by-step menus for online how-to videos.

Whether you want to learn how to make scrambled eggs like Gordon Ramsay, drive a stick shift without stalling out or just wax the tips of your mustache, you can find plenty of videos online …

Infographic: Consumer Trust in Social Networks Up from Last Year

Facebook and Pinterest remain the most trusted social networks for product recommendations and shopping, according to the Social Recommendation Index …

Social Media

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The Power of Meditation : How It Helped Me Rediscover Happiness and Boost Productivity

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed to be so vague …