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Make Your Own Luck. Mary and Charles could be considered fortunate—what are the chances that the owner would stop them when they were most in need of a home? And yet, they were the ones who agreed to investigate an unlikely prospect. Their open-mindedness turned a strange moment into a lucky break. People who spot and seize opportunity are different. They are more open to life's forking paths, so they see possibilities others miss. And if things don't work out the way they'd hoped, they brush off disappointment and launch themselves headlong toward the next fortunate circumstance. As a result, they're happier and more likely to achieve their goals. Psychologists are figuring out why some people always seem to juggle incredible opportunities. 1. Luck is hard to study, and yet scientists have uncovered the startlingly large role chance plays in love and work. Elizabeth Nutt Williams, a psychology professor at St. 2. Serendipity smiles upon people who have a more relaxed approach to life. 3.

The takeaway? 4. 20 Life Lessons A Wise Man Would Share. Top five regrets of the dying. There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware: 1. "This was the most common regret of all. 2. "This came from every male patient that I nursed. 3. "Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. 4. 5. The Holstee Manifesto Poster - "This is your life" 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time. By Celes on Jun 16, 2009 | ShareThis Email This Post This is volume 1 of the 101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time Series.

Volume 1 Quotes: Inspirational quotes on Life, Purpose, Past/Present/Future, Dreams & Passion, Goals, Hard Work, Change, Truth & Honesty, Imagination & CreativityVolume 2 Quotes: Inspirational quotes on Confidence & Personal Power, Courage & Fear, Obstacles, Failure & SuccessVolume 3 Quotes: Inspirational quotes on Taking Action, Planning, Persistence, Time Management & Productivity, Wealth, Money & Finance, Happiness & Emotional Mastery, LoveVolume 4 Quotes: Inspirational quotes on Learning & Growth, Attitudes & Mindsets, Responsibility, Gratitude & Kindness, Friendship, Leadership, Helping Others, People & The World “I am always doing things I can’t do.

That is how I get to do them.” -Pablo Picasso Lately I have been posting inspiring quotes on Facebook and Twitter. The thing I love about inspiring quotes is that they pack so much wisdom in so few words. The Style Guy's Guide to Friendship, Schmoozing, and Social Advancement: The Style Guy. Life is a euphemism for social climbing. There's no shame in deliberately scaling the social ladder. That's evolution. We are social animals, and we thrive in the company of others. Finding the best others we can is part of the natural-selection mechanism, and it's far safer than rock climbing. And getting to the top of society is like getting to the top of Mount Everest, except you can stay there, usually in comfort. It's an adventure. It's exciting, like sport. We often hear the platitude of cynics, "It's not what you know but who you know.

" We are all social climbers, whether we know it or not. I remember, some years ago, I became enraged briefly with the professionally impertinent writer George Wayne, and he said with touching sincerity, "Don't be mad at me, Glenn. There is no shame in rising in the esteem of one's fellows (and of course of the ladies), so let's not be shy about social climbing. "I played that course. "Oh, that's a great job. Like that. What Makes a Good Friend? Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done. The 100 Best Lifehacks of 2010: The Year in Review. Happy New Year everyone! It’s the first week of 2011 and many of us are getting ready to kick off the brand new year with a big bang.

As we start off 2011 with our new resolutions and goals, let us now look back at the best posts at Lifehack in the past year. In this review post, I have gathered 100 of the best LifeHack articles in 2010. These articles have been selected based on your votes and how much YOU have talked about them in social media (Facebook and Twitter). I have categorized these 100 articles into 11 main categories of Overall Personal Growth, Maximizing Productivity & GTD, Lifestyle & Habits, Inspiration & Motivation, Goal Achievement & Success, Emotional Mastery, People Skills & Relationships, Communications & Writing, Business & Career, Creativity & Inspiration, Family and Miscellaneous.

Do not attempt to read this whole post at once! Instead, bookmark this mega list post and come back time and again to read the articles relevant to you at that point in time. Family. Lifehacks. 100 Tips to Improve Your Life. How To Recover From 10 Types of Demotivation. Zen Apps: Desktop Tools to Organize Your Brain :: Articles :: Th. Great believers in the power of organization to drive productive creativity, we’re always on the look out for new (and preferably free) tech applications that can help us stay on track, improve focus, or just waste less time on the unimportant stuff. Here, we run down a few recent faves that are helping us magnify our ability to make ideas happen: Evernote. A one-stop system for visual filing.

Recently, I decided to completely digitize my personal files using Evernote. Receipts, medical files, and old business plans have all been imported into notebooks, while my myriad of magazine pulls have been similarly organized into a quickly accessible visual database (that’s entirely personalized). The iPhone app is pretty stellar as well, and great for getting a quick pic of things that need to be remembered on-the-go – everything from artworks seen in passing to apartment listings. Pathfinder.A turbo-charged version of the regular Mac finder.

The Pomodoro Technique™ What is The Pomodoro Technique? EASY for anyone to use! Improves productivity IMMEDIATELY! FUN to do! Why Pomodoro? The Pomodoro Technique isn’t like any other time-management method on the market today. For many people, time is an enemy. Essential to the Pomodoro Technique is the notion that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. Whether it’s a call, a Facebook message, or suddenly realizing you need to change the oil in your car, many distracting thoughts and events come up when you’re at work. Most of us are intimately acquainted with the guilt that comes from procrastinating. Who does the technique work for? These are all ways real folks use the Pomodoro Technique: Motivate yourself to write.Limit distractions.Keep track of how long you’re spending brainstorming / writing / revising.Reduce back and neck pain by walking around during Pomodoro breaks.Draft a book in three weeks.

How It works. About • The Time Hack. The Time Hack is an experiment aimed at exploring whether our perception of time is influenced by our actions. The year-long project aims to test whether time itself is flexible and whether our brains measure time differently than the clocks around us. Research suggests a person’s perception of how much time has passed between two points and how well memories are recorded onto an individual’s brain are partially dependent on the amount of new experiences that person has during any given day. Experts argue that when one engages in a new experience, that person’s perception of time differs from when that individual engages in a mundane or repetitive task. The Time Hack aims to explore these two ideas. Each day, I engage in a new experience to understand how my perception of time speeds and slows in relation to each event.

For more information on the logistics of the project, take a look at the parameters section of the site. 29 Semi-Productive Things I Do Online When I’m Trying to Avoid R. You don’t always have to work hard to be productive. Productivity can simply be the side effect of doing the right things. So here’s a list of 29 semi-productive things I do online when my mind is set on avoiding ‘real work.’ Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at TED.com, Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library.

Here’s another list. And another. Oh, and ever since I bought my new (super sexy) Apple iPad , I’ve been enjoying all of these sites on the go and catching looks from almost everyone who passes me while I browse. So what kind of semi-productive things do you do online in your off-time? Photo by: Colorblind Picaso Party Casino Related 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less April 19, 2012 In "Happiness" October 4, 2010. 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People. With a twist to the common list of habits that are useful to establish, here are 7 habits that you do best to avoid.

Just like finding habits that can be useful for you it’s important to find habits that are holding you back. Most of these 7 habits can easily become such a normal, everyday part of life that you hardly notice it (or how it’s affecting you). I’ve dabbled with all of them quite a bit. Not surprisingly I didn’t get much of the important stuff done. I’d also like to add that these are just 7 broad habits you can establish to become highly ineffective in most parts of your life. I pretty sure there are several more. 1. Maybe you’ve heard this quote by Woody Allen: “Eighty percent of success is showing up” One of the biggest and simplest thing you can do to ensure more success in your life – whether it be in your social life, your career or with your health – is simply to show up more. 2.

. - Swallow that frog. 3. 4. And thereby seldom taking action. 5. 6. 7. The Personal Excellence Blog. Gel conference: exploring good experience. Auto-Tune the News #2: pirates. drugs. gay marriage. Small-change-project. Unboxed - If You’re Open to Growth, You Tend to Grow. Facebook's Ben Barry On How To Hack Your Job. Former Rolling Stone journalist and author Julia Cameron once said, “What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” Quotes like this sound great, but can a career ever work out that way? Ben Barry, a designer at Facebook, will you tell it can.

Walking the halls of Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, you’ll see his work everywhere, including a signed poster from President Obama. Today, he’s helping design the company’s new campus, laying out materials for its f8 developer conferences, and coming up with ways to visually represent Facebook’s famous hacker culture. We sat down with him on the eve of Facebook’s move to their new headquarters to ask him what it takes to do great work, having the guts to believe in yourself, and how the importance of personal projects can help you land your dream gig. How did you get hired at Facebook? Definitely. Design Your Own Profession - Anne-Marie Slaughter. By Anne-Marie Slaughter | 9:25 AM December 22, 2011 The world is coming apart in many interesting ways. I recently bought an iPad. After using it for a few days I bought a wireless keyboard. A week later I bought a case that puts the iPad in one half and the keyboard in the other.

Presto! A disaggregated laptop that is lighter and more versatile, since I can use the screen by itself as an e-reader and the keyboard with other devices. A similar phenomenon is happening with traditional professions. Consider journalism, the profession most obviously shattered by this trend. Reporters on the ground now also perform a different function: they help protect human rights. Between the reporter and the editor is now an entire layer of verification functions. One level up, editors are not only super-storytellers but super-curators, figuring out what streams of information should weave together on the website and in actual stories.

This phenomenon is already alive and well on Twitter. Is happiness at work a 'dirty' word? Productive Flourishing. Self-Image Is The Key To Success In Business And In Life. “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge. "--Napoleon Hill It has been conclusively demonstrated that individuals who expect to succeed at a given venture are more likely to do so than those who expect to fail.

Positive expectations work as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy--those who expect to succeed are more likely to do so, thus maintaining and reinforcing their expectation for success. Today, we are going to take this analysis one step further and address the underlying cause of these expectations. The expectations we have for ourselves are largely determined by our self-image. The opinion you have of yourself directly impacts your expectations and thus your chances for success in ventures of all sorts. If you consider yourself a slow learner, chances are you will remain so.

If you believe that you cannot learn a foreign language, you aren’t likely to do so. If you believe that you can’t grow a profitable business, chances are that you never will. Related: The 5As of Actualization. First we make our habits, then our habits make us. – Charles C. Noble One of the most effective ways to actualize your own potential and goals is to form habits and routines that make the actualization (almost) automatic. We see reflections of this observation in the works of Aristotle and Lao Tzu from millennia ago on through the works of contemporary thinkers such as Stephen Covey and the Dalai Lama.

At a certain point, habits allow you to reach the optimal state of achieving without trying to achieve. The lead quote sums up things nicely, though, in that habit-building can be an active process, too. Much like choosing to be around people who help us flourish, choosing and habituating the actions that help us flourish is largely within our control.

Since we can choose, do, track, and evaluate the habits and routines that help us actualize ourselves and our goals, there’s a process with discrete but related steps. AimAwarenessActionAccountabilityAssessment Aim Awareness Action Accountability. The Bottom-line Bookclub. Tim Ferriss: Smash fear, learn anything. Cold Remedy: 18 Real-World Lifestyle Design Case Studies (Now It’s Your Turn) If not in 2010, then when? (Photo: jphilipson) The video case studies that I asked for in the last post really caught me unprepared. I…am…so happy that it’s hard to put it into words. From Denmark to India, from college students to retirees, from yoga instructors to engineers, the stories poured in. Narrowing them down to finalists, even with several people, was excruciating, but below you will find 15 of our favorites.

Many more are worth watching (I watched them all) and can be found here, or by searching “4hww success” on YouTube. There are also 150 comments on the last post full of practical how-to implementations. The below videos represent a real-life crash course in the many paths and practicalities of lifestyle design. Happy New Year, y’all. It can be. Gary Misner (below) Gary is a 22-year old from Long Island. Chuck Holton (below) From Chuck: My attempts at leaving the corporate world met with very limited success until I read the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. I did it Tim! Nope. How to Listen to Music: A Vintage Guide to the 7 Essential Skills.