Tim Smith

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Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling…

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life<p>In Japan, millions of people have <i>ikigai</i> …

Happiness

The 7 Most Important Life Lessons to Learn While You're Still Young

They'll put you on the path to happiness and success.<p><i>What did you learn too late in life? 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 Nelson Wang, founder of ceolifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p>I wish I …

Quora

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge — there are only 24 hours in a day. Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they …

Time Management

7 Must-Visit Beaches Maui Has to Offer

Among the eight main islands that make up Hawaii, Maui (aka the Valley Isle) is one of the best spots to visit if you're looking for fewer tourists and abundant gorgeous beaches. In fact, the low-key island offers so many options that it was difficult to visit them all on my most recent five-day …

Beaches

This Study of 300,000 Leaders Revealed the Top 10 Traits for Success

According to leadership development consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, these are the skills that leaders need to succeed.<p>Leadership was once called by historian James MacGregor Burns "one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." Given the results of some recent …

Leadership

4 Habits of Ultra-Likable Leaders That Are Hard to Find

When society puts so much value on external accomplishments, good leaders start with what's inside.<p>I often tell people that leadership is a journey. When you think you've arrived at the top of the mountain, look up. You'll always find another peak to climb.<p>The truth about leadership is actually …

Leadership

Everything You Need to Know About Down

Like wool, down is one of those insulators that Mama Nature has been perfecting for millennia. In spite of how remarkably sophisticated our human-made insulations have become, I doubt we will ever truly match the warmth-to-weight ratio and packability of down.<p>I tapped five experts in the outdoor …

A perfect week in Tierra del Fuego

Travel to the terminus of the Andes and you’ve truly reached the end of the world once you set foot on Tierra del Fuego, a mythical land of fire and ice marooned off the southern tip of South America. Split in two by a border, it’s never been easier to visit both the Chilean and Argentinean sides …

South America

The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either) | Inc.com

If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong--wrong wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn't-<i>be</i>-more-wrong."<p>The quote appears on …

Bill Gates

Everybody Knows Better Than to Make This 1 Simple Resume Mistake (but Most People Can't Stop Doing It Anyway) | Inc.com

What if I were to tell you about an incredibly common résumé mistake that prevents most people from getting the jobs they want--even when they're highly qualified?<p>It's a deceptive error that job seekers and employers rarely even notice out of context--but it's fatal.<p>In fact, fixing it flies in the …

Employment

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development. Companies less frequently offer formal training — a trend that has been around for years. This may be because employees change jobs so frequently (job tenure now averages about four years) that firms don’t see the value in investing in …

Human Resources

How to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Boss

Bad bosses aren’t just a workplace nuisance. A leader’s manipulative, passive-aggressive, credit-taking, and overly critical behavior can lead to workplace bullying, job dissatisfaction, psychological distress, and depression among employees according to a set of recent studies by the University of …

Emotional Intelligence

Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike<p>Normally I am not given to praying but the occasion demands it. After bowing twice and clapping twice, I make a silent …

Hiking

10 Things All Inspirational People Immediately Stop Doing (to Discover Genuine Happiness) | Inc.com

Be honest with yourself.<p>You are the problem--the one creating your own suffering. You--the voice in your head reading this, thinking about past experiences, and dreaming of the future--are the only one responsible for your pain, discomfort, and limitations.<p>It's a difficult truth to stomach. Because …

Self-help

6 Signs to Instantly Identify Someone With True Leadership Skills | Inc.com

What are the defining attributes of great leaders? That's the age-old question thought leaders and scholars galore have been attempting to answer in mountains of books and literature.<p>While great leadership, to an extent, can be personal and subjective to the follower, there are universal principles …

Leadership

These Two Interview Questions Accurately Predict Job Success | Inc.com

The problem starts by using laundry lists of skills and competencies to screen candidates and then asking a hodgepodge of supposedly clever questions to confirm the interviewer's initial biased reaction to the candidate. These emotional feelings are then voted on using thumbs with the biggest thumb …

Employment

This Is Totally Why You're Not Successful Yet | Inc.com

You're frustrated. No matter how hard you work, how much you plan, or how badly you want it, you are not living the life of your dreams. But success takes more than hard work. You may not want to admit it, but it's possible that the biggest obstacle to success is YOU. It's likely you're guilty of …

Self-improvement

Don't Set Up an LLC Without Doing This 1 Thing | Inc.com

You're starting a new business. Your friend told you to set up a limited liability company (LLC). So you set one up and opened up a bank account. You're ready to dive in. But you forgot one thing--how is the LLC taxed? It seems your friend forgot to mention this part.<p>Understanding LLC taxation can …

Retirement

Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

When I worked as a management consultant, I had a client that I thought of as difficult. Let’s call her Marguerite. She and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. I disagreed with the direction she was taking our project, the people she chose to involve, and the pace at which she thought we should do our …

Leadership

6 Great Business Books to Read in 2018 | Inc.com

Want to know about some of the great business books coming out in 2018? I receive tons of advance copies from publishers and authors, and here are some of my favorites that will be released in the next few months.<p>(If you see a few books you like, consider pre-ordering instead of waiting until the …

Stephen King

Employees Say This 1 Thing Would Make Them Work Harder (And 6 Reasons Why Managers Won't Do It) | Inc.com

Contrary to popular belief, fear isn't the strongest motivator.<p>81 percent of respondents to Glassdoor's <i>Employee Appreciation Survey</i> said they're motivated to work harder when their boss shows appreciation for their work. In contrast, only 38 percent said they work harder when their boss is …

Employment

Seeking the Lost Art of Growing Old with Intention

Great lives often begin amid tumult and suffering. Seventy years ago, long before Bernd Heinrich became one of history’s fastest ultramarathoners, and ages before his scientific studies on ravens made him a leading naturalist, he was a skinny, impoverished kid living in a hut in the forest of …

New York City

Find the ultimate in urban adventure in Richmond, VA

Lawyers and legislators keep Richmond buttoned up on weekdays. But on weekends? Downtown transforms into an urban adventure zone, especially along the James River: paddlers crash through Class III and IV rapids, mountain bikers rip down single tracks and climbers scramble across boulders, abandoned …

Hiking

Eastern Hokkaidō: adventures on the edge of Japan

Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaidō is best known for two things: winter sports and Sapporo beer. But the little-known eastern side of the island is a dream escape at any time of year for the adventurous visitor, whether you’re into beer or not.<p>In eastern Hokkaidō wildlife wonders abound (is …

National Parks

This 1 Rule Will Seriously Up Your Company's Innovation Game | Inc.com

One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their customers want? Or maybe leveraging existing …

Innovation

Emailing While You’re on Vacation Is a Quick Way to Ruin Company Culture

Companies expend untold energy building culture—defining their values, revamping their office space, organizing holiday parties and volunteer outings. And yet many managers don’t seem to realize that while company culture can be really hard to build, it’s incredibly easy to destroy. And you may …

The Workplace

How to Control Your Emotions During a Difficult Conversation

It’s hard not to get worked up emotionally when you’re in a tense conversation. After all, a disagreement can feel like a threat. You’re afraid you’re going to have to give up something — your point of view, the way you’re used to doing something, the notion that you’re right, or maybe even power – …

Self-help

20 Dream Hunts You Can Actually Afford

Your Adventure Awaits<p>This isn’t another list of cheap do-it-yourself hunts (though some of these are easily taken on your own). Nor is it a roundup …

Hunting

Jim Harrison: The Misadventure Journals

<i>Editor’s Note: This story originally ran in the Dec. 2008–Jan. 2009 issue of Field & Stream. This is the first time it has appeared online.</i><p>When we …

Mary Poppins