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The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

Facebook Engagement Sharply Drops 50% Over Last 18 Months

Is your Facebook Page suffering from a steep drop in engagement rate? According to a 2018 study conducted by Buzzsumo and Buffer, you’re not alone.<p>The study analyzed more than 43 million posts from the top 20,000 brands on Facebook and found that all Pages suffered more than a 50 percent reduction …

Social Media

14 Agility Drills For Men Over 40

Feel like an athlete again with moves that build speed, reaction time, and conditioning.<p>Basketball isn’t just a “young man’s game.” Neither is ice hockey, tennis, touch football, or martial arts. In fact, there’s no sport or leisure activity you should have to give up completely just because you’re …

Exercise

These qualities make you seem like less of a leader—the reason why is depressing

Are you cooperative and nurturing at the office? To most, those traits would seem like assets at work. Turns out, they may also make you seem less …

University at Buffalo

Infographic: 10 essential parts of highly ranked websites

When customers want to find you, are search engines offering your website as a top result?Digital marketers and PR pros must pay keen attention to …

Marketing

Why content marketers must be active on social media

At one time or another, most of us have struggled with social media.<p>Whether you’re stuck figuring out what to say, how to say it or where to post it, …

Social Media

Why working hard could be BAD for you: Employees who put in too much effort perform worse and don't get promoted, study says

We are told that hard work can lead to more promotions, a higher pay raise and general overall happiness.<p>But a new study has revealed that working …

The Workplace

Doing These 24 Uncomfortable Things Will Pay Off Forever

<i>This story originally appeared on BusinessInsider.com.</i><p>Challenge yourself to lead a better life.<p>Making a change for the better isn't always easy, but …

Self-help

Not Enough Time in the Day? Ask Yourself These 50 Tough Questions to Find Out Why

Poor time management isn't about a lack of time. It's about how you think about time.<p>Hands down, one of the most common problems faced by entrepreneurs is a "lack of time." Yet, how is it that some people achieve so much more than others when we all share the same 24 hours? It's not because they …

Time Management

A new study shows how managers can double employee satisfaction

Meditation retreats and free trail mix are nice, but what employees <i>really</i> want is less trendy, and less materialistic, than that.<p>According to a new survey from the American Psychological Association, the top determinant of employee satisfaction and trust in their employer is the timeless concept of …

Research

10 Things Mentally Strong People Give Up to Gain Inner Peace

Letting go of certain things can open the door to true contentment in life.<p>Mental strength and inner peace go hand in hand. Mentally strong people are confident that they can handle whatever life throws their way.<p>That's not to say they don't feel pain or that they don't get sad--they experience …

Self-help

6 Unexpected Signs You're a Much Better Leader Than You Think

Charisma? Drive? Passion? Not exactly.<p>Think for a moment about the most effective boss that you've ever worked with in your life. As you look back, ponder for a moment what made that individual stand out. What characteristics made him or her special?<p>Was it charisma? Drive? Enthusiasm? The ability …

Leadership

15 Traits of Unstoppable People

Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Unstoppable people are like warriors. They are always ready to take on the world. They are guided by a light from within, …

Self-improvement

Mark Cuban's Best Productivity Hack Is Seriously Beyond Brilliant

Controlling his schedule gives him power over his success, health, and destiny. Here's how he does it.<p>Conventional wisdom says that "collaboration" is the key to success. Indeed, companies have spent umpteen billions of dollars on open plan offices specifically to increase the number of meetings …

Time Management

Public Speaking Outside Your Comfort Zone: Why Do It, and How to Do It Well

From reading the room to improvisation to the "slow burn" of follow up, here's how to savor the experience.<p>Sooner or later in your life as an entrepreneur, you'll be called upon to speak publicly about your experience.<p>Sooner or later, too, you'll be called upon to speak publicly on a topic that has …

Public Speaking

Executive Presence: What Is It, Why You Need It And How To Get It

“Executive presence!” It’s a term that’s often shrouded in mystique, whispered as if it’s something magical, and many people struggle to understand it. Executive presence is critical, but it doesn’t need to be mysterious. Most importantly, executive presence is a skill, not a trait — that means …

Leadership

How To Avoid The Number One Cause of Business Closure

Around the world, the top reason for closing a business is lack of profits, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. And turning a profit starts with generating enough revenue—the kind that keeps on flowing and consistenly covers your overhead.<p>For many one-person service businesses, …

Small Business

This Brilliantly Simply Trick to Remember Things Is So Effective, You Won't Believe You Weren't Already Doing It

I'm warning you. It's really simple. But I can't believe I haven't been doing this my whole adult life.<p>Sometimes the simplest solutions are best.<p>A couple of weeks ago, I took a summer Friday and headed to Rhode Island. It was a nice trip. One of the highlights: My wife and I joined my aunt and …

Rhode Island

3 Little Words You Should Never Say

<i>The article below was originally published on The Muse.</i><p>You’re in a meeting, just wrapping up your status update, and things are going well. The group …

Leadership

7 ways managers motivate and demotivate employees

Few things are as costly and disruptive as managers who kill morale. Demotivated employees underperform and then walk out the door at the first …

Emotional Intelligence

Time for a Personal Rebrand? Here's What You Need to Know.

Follow these three steps, and you'll be ready to take your brand to the next level.<p>This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>It’s no secret to any reader of this blog that an intentional, carefully-managed personal brand is critical to take control of your career in today’s …

Public Relations

The Difference between Traditional Marketing and Digital Marketing

Which strategy for marketing will provide me the perfect reach and most quantifiable profit for the income I spend? That is the question promoters …

Marketing

5 Simple Ways to Master Emotions When People Push Your Buttons

Learn to manage your anger before it manages you.<p>Ever let your temper get the best of you? Been there. It's virtually impossible not to get triggered by something or someone especially when working with difficult people. But as any good leader will attest, we're human and we all have our …

Emotional Intelligence

With 10 Short Words, This Airline Passenger Taught an Incredible Lesson in Emotional Intelligence, as She Persuaded a Plane Full of People to Support Her

She did seven key things. And she persuaded the entire plane as a result.<p>This is a story about an airplane passenger, a viral video--and a lesson in emotional intelligence.<p>By now you may have seen the video (embedded at the bottom of this post). It has more than 3.5 million views on Facebook in …

Emotional Intelligence

How to Use Servant Leadership to Improve Your Corporate Culture

The servant is definitely below in the hierarchy of any organization, right? The servant serves the bosses and has little status in the organization. …

Corporate Culture

7 Powerful Tactics Mentally Strong People Use to Prevent Toxic People From Taking a Toll on Their Lives

Toxic people can drain your mental strength. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to limit their influence.<p>While one toxic person may use manipulation and lies, another may resort to intimidation and incivility. And if you're not careful, people like that can take a serious toll on your …

Self-help

Stop Thinking In Tasks And To-Dos. Start Thinking In Outcomes

We all toil under a tyranny of to-dos. Life can feel like an endless succession of tedious tasks we struggle to complete, and we may cross everything off our to-do lists, but it can still feel like we aren’t achieving what we really want. It’s why we click on every productivity hack that pops up in …

Time Management

Oprah Winfrey Reveals the Reason Why Millennials Really Frustrate Her (You Might Be Surprised)

Oprah didn't earn her first million until she was 32. Here's what she has to say to young people about success.<p>A household name, Oprah -- media proprietor, philanthropist, and billionaire -- is now one of the 500 richest people in the world.<p>With years and years of media and business experience, you …

Oprah Winfrey

Data-Driven Digital Marketing: How to Improve Your Marketing Strategies

Big data has opened the door for businesses to market their products and services much more effectively. In fact, according to a new survey of senior …

Marketing
Marketing