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The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

The Future of Cities, as Gabe Klein Sees It

In 2011, Gabe Klein came into town after a short stint as D.C.’s transportation head, with an unusual background for a transportation commissioner in …

Zulily Closes First Day As A Public Company At $37.70 A Share, Marking A Win For Flash Sales

Closing the day at $37.70 a share, Zulily is proving to be a success among flash and daily deals sites. Its first-day performance could give other companies confidence in the possibility of going public, despite doubts in the long-term potential of the model. As we noted earlier in the day, Gilt …

The 10 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make In A Job Negotiation

<b>1) Not Negotiating</b><p>…the overarching theme to successful job negotiations is to <b>be respectful and reasonable at all times</b>. Be sure to keep this guiding …

Consultants Should All Get Real Jobs

I challenge all consultants to spend some time — at least a year — back in a “real” job, working shoulder to shoulder with the same kinds of people who pay for their advice. So few authors and experts are willing to do this, because they’re afraid. They know it’s much harder to be accountable for a …

The #1 Skill Of Extremely Likable (And Successful) People

<b>SPECIAL FROM</b> <i>Grandparents.com</i><p>Consider this research from the Associated Press:<p>The average attention span in 2012: 8 seconds<p>The average attention span in 2000: 12 seconds<p>The average attention span of a goldfish: 9 seconds<p>Clearly, we've got an attention span problem in our culture.<p>Each day, the …

Why Improving The Customer Experience Matters: A Customer Loyalty Tale

Have you noticed how many ridiculously bad experiences we put up with as consumers? This article is about how some companies are turning that awfulness into opportunities to grow their profits, brands and customer loyalty while leaving their competitors behind.<p>But before we get there, let’s review …

What Playboy Playmates can teach you about making accurate predictions

In 2006 ten Playboy Playmates were asked to make stock picks.<p>Half the Playmates beat the S&P 500 while less than a third of professional money …

The Pope and the “Gay Lobby”

Why did the Roman Catholic cardinals choose, as their Pope, a man who liked to ride the bus and cook his own dinner? Didn’t they guess that such a person might not be a good advertisement of the Church’s magnificence? And when Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose the name Francis, after St. Francis of …

The Six Rules of Intelligent Investing

What does it take to manage money? How do you know which assets to buy and sell? How do you know which stocks to buy and sell? What should you do in a market correction? When you should adjust your portfolio? How can you avoid costly mistakes?<p>Should you pay someone to manage your money for you?<p>The …

Experimenting with a 7 day work week

Written on 10th June, 2013<br>Comments<p>For the first two weeks of last month, I religiously tried to follow a new routine I created for myself: a 7 day …

Protecting Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Changes in technology mean that the Fourth Amendment protects a lot less than you think. But law professors (and Supreme Court justices) are …

The Single Most Important Element for Business Success

If somebody asked you what is the most crucial aspect of business to focus on to ensure success, what would you say?<p>Some would choose Sales. Some would say Marketing. Many would claim it’s Leadership. Others believe it’s Systems. More than a few would be adamant that the most important element is …

Design, And Insecurity, Is Back At Apple

“Can’t innovate anymore, my ass.”<p>The phrase uttered by Phil Schiller during today’s keynote got a few laughs from the predictably enthusiastic WWDC audience. To me it dropped like a ton of bricked iPhones.<p>Let’s catch up. The last time we heard from Apple was at its absurdly aggressive September …

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of the company getting funded. The following is a list of …

8 Stunning Markets Foodies Can't Miss

When traveling, there's no easier way to get a true taste of the local culture than by heading for a stroll around the marketplace. The world over, markets are a place for meeting with friends, checking out the day's offerings, and, of course, stocking up on some of the freshest ingredients …

Foodies

What You Can Do Instead Of Loving Someone You Can’t Be With

Instead of loving someone you can’t be with, fictionalize them. Reimagine your encounters as dreams: the kind you wake up from, shake off, disregard; …

You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think

The video achieved instant popularity and has been watched millions of times — a successful viral campaign which has been widely talked about.<p>In the video, a small group of women are asked to describe their faces to a person whom they cannot see. The person is a forensic artist who is there to draw …

Psychology