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3 Battle-Tested Leadership Tips I Learned From a Four-Star General

Be the leader your people would follow into battle.<p>General H. Hugh Shelton is a true American hero. He served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton and under President George W. Bush. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, Gulf War, and Operation Uphold Democracy, …

Leadership

What is Spiritual Sex?

What if instead of an obstacle, sex was a pathway toward a spiritual life? Those of us who have been raised with religious backgrounds have often …

Ideology

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP): Military’s Version of a 401k

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement plan offered for active members of the armed services. Despite having some of the same advantages of a 401k or IRA, less than 50% of active duty service members use it, according to Doug Nordman, U.S. Navy retiree and author of "The Military Guide To …

Retirement

12 Mini Habits of Insanely Successful People

“Mini habits” are daily routines that take just a few minutes to perform, but have huge returns in the overall quality of your life as a result of …

Happiness

9 Strong Mental Habits That Successful People Never Give Up

Got a bad mental practice you want to break? Don't do it until you see if it's on this list of strong mental habits that successful people never quit.

List-Worthy

5 Effective Study Habits You Should Be Practicing

With exams, quizzes, essays, projects, and myriad deadlines for different things, effective study habits are critical for keeping stress at bay …

Teaching

7 books that will train your brain to overachieve

1. "Curious"<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It<p><b>Author:</b> Ian Leslie<p><b>5 Second Summary:</b> Harness your natural curiosity to develop the ability to think more broadly and deeply.<p><b>Best Quote:</b> "Curious learners go deep, and they go wide. They are the people best equipped for the …

Mathematics

How to Invest Money When You Don't Have Any

My quest to learn about finance as an ignorant twentysomething.<p>For months after college, my job was to sit in a windowless warehouse with dozens of other schlubs and type summaries of meetings dictated to me over the phone. The shift went from midnight to 6 AM. I'd eat the free Dominos my employer …

Retirement
Time Management

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

The 7 Keys To Incredible Life Success

There was a time in my life, the majority of my youth, when I was a slacker whose primary skill was to find new ways to avoid anything worthwhile. I …

12 Money Hacks You Must Learn Now Or Regret It In 20 Years

If you’re a young professional, the lifestyle of your 40s will be dictated by your choices in the coming years, and even in the coming months. They …

Personal Finance

Six money milestones to hit while you're in your 30s

There's something about being in your 30s that feels more adult.<p>You may be making more money now and — after some trial and error — are better at managing your finances.<p>But that doesn't mean you're exactly where you want to be. You might still be paying off student loans and credit card debt. That …

Personal Finance

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a huge indicator of success. Here's how to know if you've got it.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to …

Emotional Intelligence

9 Ways to Think Like a Leader

Leaders think differently.<p>Many years ago, I had the opportunity to shadow the CEO of a major technology company for one day. That one day changed my life forever. Walking through the hallways of his company, hearing him interact on phone calls and watching him tackle projects and challenges was …