Syed Mohidul Islam

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5 cognitive biases that are killing your decisions

<i>This post originally appeared on Crew blog.</i><p>It’s hard to accept that what holds us back from reaching our potential is all in our head.<p>While it may be a bit of a cliche, we really are our own worst enemies.<p>Maintaining a growth mindset isn’t a matter of walking up a staircase one small step at a …

Critical Thinking

Why I Come to Work Every Day

Inc. Magazine just named PhotoShelter one of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the United States. This is our first time appearing on the Inc. …

7 Short Books Worth More Than an MBA | Inc.com

Over the past few decades, the value of an MBA has declined, probably because the academic world can't keep up with the rapid pace of change in the business world.<p>Relatively few entrepreneurs have MBAs, but I'll bet that almost all of the successful ones have read and truly treasure these seven …

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Self-improvement

6 Reasons You're Settling for a Lackluster Life (And What to Do About It Starting Now)

photo credit: 365 x52 A Faraway Land of Magic Where I'd Sit and Dream of Places I'm Going To via photopin (license)<p>I believe in a lot of things, but one thing I don't believe in is <i>settling</i>. Whether you are settling for a relationship that doesn't meet your needs, a job that doesn't light up your …

70 Questions to Boost Your Critical Thinking

In each step of the RED Model of Critical Thinking, the key is to ask questions. Asking questions helps us look more deeply at the issue, break it …

10 Things High EQ People Don't Do

Many people hang their success in life on their IQ level. Yet, there is something that can be an even stronger predictor of success. We all know …

We Asked 25 Experts for the One Piece of Advice That’s Changed Their Life the Most

Fitness, nutrition, and health pros dish out tips all the time on how to live better. And we appreciate all of it (and share it too!), but we wanted …

Your First Steps to a Profitable, Freelance Side Business

What difference would $500 a month make to you? How about $1,000 a month? Would you save for the vacation of a lifetime? Invest in a college fund for …

Small Business

A Formula to Stop You from Overcommitting Your Time

When I dive into time coaching clients’ schedules, I consistently discover that people misdiagnose themselves as having a “productivity” problem when, in fact, their bigger issue is an overcommitment problem. When they have committed to more external projects and personal goals and obligations than …

7 Thoughts That Make Failure Inevitable | Inc.com

Success comes from not only believing in your vision, but also in yourself. Sounds easy enough, but it gets complicated when self-doubt and toxic thinking take over. These thoughts aren't a mere nuisance. Such negativity can create an impenetrable roadblock between you and your dream of …

Self-help

12 Universal Truths That Will Change Your Life for the Better

photo credit: Lotus Carroll via photopin cc<p>I'm no Oprah and I certainly haven't learned all there is to learn about life, but there are a few things that I know for sure. These universal truths apply to you no matter where you are in life or what mistakes you've made in the past. So read them, …

Made in California: Fender an instrument of change in guitar industry

Deep inside a cavernous factory in Corona, some legendary rock names gather nonchalantly along a wall.<p>There's Eric Clapton next to Jeff Beck, with Mark Knopfler only inches away — not the actual musicians, but the bespoke guitar necks that those performers prefer bolted to their Fender …

Jimi Hendrix

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making

<i>Published with permission from Natural Living Ideas</i><p>You might be realizing that most of the products out there that aren’t made organically or …

Homemade

13 Key Differences Between Dreamers and Doers

Freelancing can be suicidal, and making sacrifices to travel in your twenties can be unsettling… but how cool, is not settling?<p>I wanted to see the …

16 Things You Should Do At The End Of Every Work Day

Last week when I laid out the 16 things you should do at the start of every work day, I said the first few hours in the office can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight. But in order to successfully accomplish your morning routine, you’ll have to end the …

Evolution towards the Data-Driven Enterprise

Data has always been important for many (if not all) companies. Today however it is becoming increasingly easier to collect data about customers, business transactions, devices etc…, . This data enables companies to (more dynamically) optimize their business models and processes and differentiate …

Big Data

Why the Future Belongs to Google -- Part II

If you have read the first part of this series, I have written about the strengths and foibles of two enormous tech giants -- Apple and Microsoft. In the final part of this series, I am turning my attention to another giant and delving deep into the big G.<p><b>Big as a Galaxy</b><p>They're responsible for a …