Emerson Xu

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How To Use Holiday Downtime To Advance Your Career

The extra downtime can be the perfect time to finally sort out your professional goals.<p>Often during the holidays we have some extra time on our hands. Without work, college, or other distractions, we can take the time to catch up on our year and look ahead to next year.<p>For me, the most important …

The 4 Essential Elements To Getting Your Point Across

Showing empathy is one of the keys to building great relationships and better communication. But how do you get personal without overstepping your bounds? Here’s a guide for striking the right balance.<p>If you want people to listen to you–really listen–it may be time to take up juggling.<p>Not …

Leadership

Work Smart: Do Your Worst Task First (Or, Eat a Live Frog Every Morning)

Mark Twain famously said that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you. Your frog is your worst task, and you should do it first thing in the morning.<p>The best work habit you can ever get into is very simple: …

Time Management

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Albert Einstein

Your Weekend Has 60 Hours–Here’s How To Wring The Most Out Of Them

Do your weekends fly by too fast? Craft weekends that are memorable, relaxing, and productive with these 10 tips from productivity expert Laura Vanderkam.<p>Weekends always seem to go quickly, but they’re longer than we think. There are 60 hours between that 6 p.m. Friday beer and that 6 a.m. Monday …

Time Management

3 Steps To Pursuing Your Ideal Career

There’s often a gap between identifying what you naturally gravitate toward and gain energy from and how that translates into your full-time work. Take a deep breath and dive in with these three steps that’ll start closing it.<p>Someone recently told me that the time he spent unemployed was the best …

The Art Of Letting Go: How I Learned To Stop Procrastinating

Distractions and false needs are controlling your life. Zen Habits’ Leo Babauta tells us why you need to let go.<p>People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. –Thich Nhat Hanh<p>The end of procrastination is the art of …

Procrastination

These are the best tech companies to work for in 2014, according to Glassdoor. http://f-st.co/GieSwbO "Rather than 'it's because they pay a lot' or because it's 'hey, we're Facebook, and we give everyone as much food as they possibly eat," says Glassdoor SVP of People Allyson Willoughby, "the reasons people like where they work were much deeper."

How To Stand In Front Of A Room Full Of People And Tell A Stellar Story

Whether it’s a board room or a banquet hall, speaking to an audience can be intimidating. Beyond imagining everyone in their underwear, how can you get past the stage fright to tell a riveting story?<p>It happened 18 years ago, but Kevin Allison remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He was up on …

Public Speaking

The Secrets To Career Contentment: Don’t Follow Your Passion

“Do what you love” has become a career mantra, but is it a formula for real success?<p>“Follow your passion,” might be the most common career guidance, but it is actually bad advice.<p>The theory that following your passion leads to success first surfaced in the ’70s, and in the intervening decades it’s …

"Being a founder is about being driven to distraction by life so much that you decide to put something new in it, an act of creation. Being a CEO is an act of execution, it's not about being driven to distraction; it's about a relentless focus on what you're doing. There's a tremendous amount of personal growth and change that you have to go through in order to begin that journey." Bonobos CEO Andy Dunn: If You're Not Self-Aware, You Have No Hope Of Scaling http://f-st.co/ZwhRFXi

6 Ways To Fall In Love With Your Job All Over Again

If only you could return to the honeymoon phase of a job. Bring the fire back with small steps that makes a huge difference.<p>Remember when you first started your current job? Just like in the early throes of dating, you found every interaction exciting. Even the Monday morning staff meeting! Your …

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7 Predictions For The Future Of Work

We might not have holographic conference calls or teleporting commutes (yet), but corporate anthropology can give us a realistic glimpse of our futures in the workplace.<p>Everything you thought you knew about the workplace is already outdated.<p>Gone are the days when decisions were made from the top …

The Workplace

How To Harness The Creative Power Of Introverts At Work

The person with the best, most creative ideas isn’t always heard. Here’s how to understand and work with introverts.<p>What do Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mahatma Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Darwin, J.K. Rowling, and Rosa Parks have in common? They are all people who made an …

6 Ways To Be A Kick-Ass Mentor

There are mentors, and then there are kick-ass mentors. And if you’re going to take on the mantle of giving someone else career guidance, insight, and advice, you might as well aspire to greatness.<p>After Kristin Mosher signed up for Pathbuilders, an Atlanta, Georgia, leadership and mentoring …

9 Essential Principles to Create, Lead, and Sustain

How to work with yourself and others. The newest problems of the world find solutions in the oldest timeless practices like mindfulness, authenticity, and devotion.<p>With the cascade of new technologies and social changes, we are constantly challenged to spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure …

6 Simple Habits That Can Save You Hours

Every minute counts! Three productivity experts offer six ideas for hacking your habits for maximum productivity.<p>From shortcuts and life hacks to proven productivity methods, we’re all looking to save time and get more done. If you want to be even more successful, it’s time to tap into your super …

Time Management

How To Overcome Self-Doubt And A Lack of Motivation

You don’t feel like doing anything, you’re in a rut. Here are some possible solutions to help you get back on your feet.<p>This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of overtiredness from a few days of hard work, and a lack of sleep last night.<p>I couldn’t motivate myself to do …

Motivation

Pay-what-you-want restaurants around the world

As any weary traveller should know, there's no such thing as a free lunch. But if you look hard enough, you can always find a cheap one. Pay-what-you-want restaurants offer their customers the chance to fill up without obliging them to empty their wallet when they're finished. Of course, that …

How to Overcome The 6 Most Toxic Employee Behaviors

Identify, prevent, and get rid of the most toxic of workplace behaviors forever.<p>The old adage that <i>“People are hired for their talents and fired for their behavior”</i> is true. People often fail at work by exhibiting patterns of behavior that are toxic to the organization. The following six varieties …

5 Free Apps To Help You Get Your Team On Track, Travel Smarter, And More

If you want to get away, need to pay some bills, or just want to share some files, this edition of Free App Friday is for you.<p>As always, while they’re free now, we can’t guarantee how long they’ll last–so don’t wait too long.<p><b>Travel Guides by the Telegraph (iOS)</b><p>Tired of unqualified reviewers? In …

Apps

How To Combat A Ridiculous Work Schedule And Stop Feeling So Overwhelmed

What’s mental breathing space? Exactly what you’re missing.<p>When Crystal Paine launched MoneySavingMom.com in 2007, she thought it would be a small offshoot of the blog she had been keeping. Then the economy crashed, and millions of people wanted to know how she fed her family for $35 a week. She …

5 Productive Ways To Respond To Criticism

Receiving criticism can suck. Here’s how to make an uncomfortable situation a win/win for both parties involved.<p>The “fight” or “flight” response is hard wired in our brains.<p>Today, few things are a matter of life and death, but our fight or flight response is still triggered in many situations. One …

The Neuroscience Of Effective Leadership

Your grandma really did have some great advice. Science proves what she knew all along about the positive habits of good leaders.<p>What do you get when you cross your grandmother’s advice with the latest research in neuroscience?<p>According to Eric J. McNulty, this unlikely intersection holds the key …

The Two Emotions That Can Save Your Brain From Burnout

In the world of entrepreneurship, burnout is real and failure is the default. Cultivating excitement and empathy can help.<p>There are two emotions that you can control to prevent burnout and increase the likelihood of success: excitement and empathy.<p>Empathy is for your customer and for the problem …

How To Manage Like A Pro When You Have No Idea What You're Doing

But your transition from lowly associate to all-powerful manager didn't happen overnight. Since your first summer internship you've been preparing for this role. Your experience and work ethic have finally been recognized. You've been promoted to a title and paycheck that reflect your real worth. …

9 Career Mistakes Everyone Needs To Make

Some mistakes are even necessary for your future success. They open your eyes and make you more resilient.<p>If J.K. Rowling had never hit rock bottom, for example, she might have never pushed hard enough to finish the outrageously successful Harry Potter series. And if Steve Jobs had never been fired …

6 Ways To Be A Hemingway-Level Productive Badass

Like they always say: Where there’s an indomitable will, there’s a Hemingway.<p>To say that Ernest Hemingway is a writer’s writer is an understatement, just as to say that George Plimpton is an editor’s editor is an understatement. And in the mid-1950s, the author of <i>Farewell to Arms, the Sun Also</i> …

Literature