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9 Signs You're A Perfectionist (And That's Not A Good Thing)

“I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” Phrases like that are often a bit of a humble brag said by individuals who insist that although their pursuit of excellence can be a bit of a drag, it’s also a badge of honor.<p>And while the drive excellence can be the key to success — elite athletes, groundbreaking …

How To Make Your Brain Become Mentally Stronger

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Dean Yeong.</i><p>I don’t think mental toughness is something you are born with, and I strongly …

People who work from home make $4,000 more in salary every year

Around 3.9 million Americans are working from home — and many are getting paid more money for it than they would make in regular office jobs.<p>That’s …

12 timeless habits of likable leaders

Think back to the leaders in your life that you liked. They were also the ones who were most successful, right? According to an article in Harvard …

6 rituals that ancient wise men used to stay calm

People have enormous respect for ancient wisdom. They just don’t read it. Funny thing is, we’re more likely to live happier lives when we visit the …

This Is How Childhood Bullying Affects Your Adult Life

You're reading This Is How Childhood Bullying Affects Your Adult Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If …

Mental Disorders

How understanding conversation styles can make you successful

Though no two people’s conversational styles are exactly alike, there are patterns that tend to characterize styles.<p>Expecting shorter pauses between …

How to increase mental toughness: 4 secrets of Navy SEALs and Olympians

Know what’s really interesting? Learning how Navy SEALs build mental toughness to handle deadly situations.<p>Know what else is really interesting? …

5 Ways Powerfully Confident People Gain Mental Strength

Confidence and mental strength often go hand in hand.<p>One aspect of confidence that is rarely discussed is mental strength. While you may be able to identify a confident person based on their presence--the way that they carry themselves as they enter a room--you may not as easily pinpoint the …

5 Actionable Steps to Overcome Negative Thinking

Negative thinking only compounds your challenges. Lay the groundwork for success with these positive and practical tips.<p>Do you remember playing with building blocks as a kid? It was fun to place one upon the other until, ultimately, they all came crashing to the ground, leading to fits of laughter. …

How to Become More Self-Aware, According to Research

You probably know more than a few people who are just clueless about themselves.<p>They make the same errors over and over but never seem to notice. …

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

College Graduates: Follow These 7 Habits and You'll Have Your Most Productive Summer Yet

This is how you grow 10 times faster than everyone else.<p>Congratulations.<p>No, not for graduating. That's meh. That's expected.<p>Congratulations for exiting the Training Area of life and entering the real world. Now, the game begins for real.<p>Habit 1: Wake Yourself Up (Keep Your Alarm)<p>Now that the world …

Why Negativity Ruins More Good Ideas Than Anything Else (and 5 Tips to Avoid It)

Don't let negative people or encounters get in the way of your ultimate success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We are often faced with negativity in our entrepreneurial journey -- not everything will go the way we want it to. If you fail, embrace it, get up off the …

Self-help

Try This New '5 Goals in 5 Months' Action Plan for Every Employee

Goals should be clear, attainable, not so distant, and foster a discussion.<p>Pull the drawstring on a bow, shut your eyes, and shoot an arrow in any direction.<p>What will you hit?<p>Most of us will miss the target by a mile.<p>That's essentially what happens when you don't set specific and attainable goals …

Train Your Brain to Break Bad Habits

A well-designed app can help address daily costly mistakes.<p>By definition, it's not easy to change habits. They can be the source of poor time management, interrupt our creativity and impact our leadership. In fact, people sometimes need a near-death experience or a threatening loved one as the …

How to Tell if That New Skill Is Really Worth Learning

Don't waste time on something that will decline in value.<p><i>What are the best skills to learn? 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 Auren Hoffman, SafeGraph CEO. fmr LiveRamp CEO. Started</b> …

Willpower doesn't work — here's how to actually change your habits

Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business — willpower won't help you with any of these things.<p>Personal progress and achieving success are best approached <i>like you're overcoming addiction.</i> Because, …

Self-improvement

Eight Reasons Why It's So Hard To Really Change Your Behavior

Changing our behavior is a self-engineering challenge with few equals. I’m talking about long-term, sustained change, not short-run bursts that sputter out before real change happens. Whether the change involves diet, exercise, habits, dependencies or anything else, changing behavior is one of the …

Self-help

9 Things Smart People Won't Do

They consciously avoid these behaviors because they are tempting and easy to fall into if one isn’t careful.<p>My recent post, “10 Ways Smart People Stay Calm,” really struck a nerve. The trick is that managing your emotions is as much about what you <b>won’t do</b> as it is about what you <b>will do</b>.<p>TalentSmart …

Emotional Intelligence

Want to Raise Inspired Kids? A Navy SEAL Commander Says Teach Them These 10 Things

Rule No. 1: Make your bed, so you'll start the day with a consistent accomplishment.<p>A few years ago, a retired Navy SEAL commander named Bill McRaven gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas. His words went viral, starting with his advice that no matter what you do, if you want to be …

10 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself

There is more to a healthy, happy life than hydration, salads and sleep.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Here is a simple fact: if you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. It is crucial to your success and longevity to find ways to take care of yourself that …

Self-help

You May Be Holding Your Daughter Back With This Common Practice. Here's How to Raise a Confident Leader

It may not be the easiest thing to do now, but she'll thank you for it later. So will we.<p>A while ago, I saw a little girl wearing a cheeky shirt that said <i>"Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go places."</i><p>It made me smile. I liked the thought of this little girl being a rebel (or at least being …

14 Ways to Improve Your Self-Discipline (Infographic)

These simple tricks will help you avoid temptation and reach your goals.<p>Trying to kick a bad habit? Eat healthier? Go to the gym every day? It’s important to achieve your goals and become your best self, but no one said it'd be easy. It takes a lot of self-discipline.<p>Self-discipline is vital to …

Will Power

Three Must-Have Attitudes for Moving from Victim to Victor.

Like<p><b>Like</b> <b>Love</b> <b>Haha</b> <b>Wow</b> <b>Sad</b> <b>Angry</b><p><b>1</b><p>(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) A victim, according to Peter McWilliams, is a person to whom life happens. If you are going to achieve …

Be the Most Persuasive Person in the Room: 9 Things Highly Influential People Always Do, According to Science

Sometimes facts, logic, and reasoning aren't enough. Here's how the most persuasive people make a great argument even more convincing.<p>Every successful person I know is extremely good at persuading other people. Not manipulating or pressuring, but genuinely <i>persuading</i>: Describing the logic and …

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 …

How to say no without feeling guilty

They're asking you for something. And you feel like if you say no, they're going to hate you. So you're tempted to say yes, even though you don't …

Self-help

The Success-Killing Mistakes Even Smart People Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Sometimes the will to succeed just isn't enough.<p>What does it take to be truly successful? Genius grant recipient Angela Duckworth and others have pointed to grit--the ability to persevere in the face of obstacles and setbacks--as a key quality that helps some people reach huge achievements while …

5 magical ideas that make real scientific sense

I was hesitant to write this. I'm the guy who talks about using evidence-backed stuff — scientific research — to get real results. But now I'm going …