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How to Leave Your Ego at the Door (Originally posted on Medium.) People often misidentify self-confidence for egotistical behaviour, and vice versa. These two have a very distinct difference. Confidence is usually backed with logic, reasoning or experience. An egotistical stance, on the other hand, might be backed with, well, some sort of inflexible stubbornness or heavy feeling of accomplishment. Egos — big egos, especially — can be dangerous. How to Leave Your Ego at the Door
The 7 Things Successful People Never Say The 7 Things Successful People Never Say You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success.
The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and how to solve it) The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and how to solve it) Update: This article was republished on Lifehacker on July 26, 2010. Sometimes you wake up, and within the first hour or so, you know it’s going to be a bad day. It happened to me a couple days ago, and it happened to my girlfriend just this morning. So I’d like to take this opportunity to go on the record saying this entire notion of having a “bad day” is bullshit! Don’t worry, this is not a rant, there’s real science behind it.
The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and how to solve it)
12 Things You Are Doing To Sabotage Your Future I have mentored, counseled, encouraged, discouraged, hired and fired hundreds of people over the past 25 years. Oftentimes failure is less about a lack of talent or ability, and more about self sabotage. These are frequent road blocks I see in people, myself included. 1. 12 Things You Are Doing To Sabotage Your Future
The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People A few weeks ago I received a postcard in the mail from the CEO of Petra Coach, the creator of Align Software and a fellow member of Entrepreneurs Organization. I've never met him, but Andy Bailey and his postcard that I hung up on my wahave already had a profound effect on me, reinforcing values I believe in and reminding me on a daily basis of the attitudes and habits that I know I need to embrace in order to become successful. Below are the 16 differences between successful people and unsuccessful people that Andy Bailey and the postcard claim, followed by a picture of the postcard itself:
5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive 5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive I got an email at 5 in the morning that made me angry. It pressed every button. It accused. It threatened. It cc-ed people.
Bill Rielly had it all: a degree from West Point, an executive position at Microsoft, strong faith, a great family life, and plenty of money. He even got along well with his in-laws! So why did he have so much stress and anxiety that he could barely sleep at night? I have worked with Bill for several years now and we both believe his experience could be useful for other capable, driven individuals. At one time, no level of success seemed enough for Bill. Greg McKeown | Blog | Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day – Harvard Business Review Greg McKeown | Blog | Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day – Harvard Business Review
Live Happier: Ten Things to Stop Doing Right Now Happiness -- in your business life and your personal life -- is often a matter of subtraction and not addition. You may not need more of some things; you might simply need less of others. Like what can happen when you stop doing the following: 1. Blaming. People make mistakes. Live Happier: Ten Things to Stop Doing Right Now
Nine Things Successful People Do Differently - Heidi Grant Halvorson Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post. Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently - Heidi Grant Halvorson

Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing.

10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal

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What to Do When You Fall Back Into Your Old, Less Productive Ways What happens after you’ve tried a new productivity routine for a few hours, a day, or even a week only to then find yourself seemingly right back where you started? Do you give up? Or try once more with renewed determination to make the habit stick?
Fix Bad Habits: Insights from a 7-Year Obsession We all have lousy habits. Things we’d like to do, or know we should, but just don’t seem to happen: exercise, diet, productivity or flossing longer than a week after the visit to the dentist. In that sense, I’m like most people – still a work in progress.But, unlike most people, I’ve had on ongoing obsession with figuring out how to fix those lousy habits. I’ve spent thousands of hours being an experimental guinea pig, uncovering surprising findings, such as: Implementing a daily exercise plan is easier than exercising 3 times per weekChanging 10 meals will change 90% of your eating habitsLearning a new skill or language can be accomplished with 5 minutes a day I don’t expect most people to replicate my, perhaps unhealthy, obsession with self-experimentation.
Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good In the workplace and in life, we are little more than the sum of our habits. Who we are and what we accomplish depends largely on a vast network of routines and behaviors that we carry out with little to no thought whatsoever. As neuroscientist David Eagleman writes in Incognito, “Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making. And most of the time, it’s not.”
“The Ostrich Problem” and The Danger of Not Tracking Your Progress Say you’re working on a new book. Or undertaking a new exercise routine. Perhaps you haven’t been keeping tabs on how many words you’ve written, or weight lost.
New Habit? Set a Schedule, Not a Deadline Designed by Dave Tappy for the Noun Project Productivity blogs and self-help books everywhere have given us the classic trope of a beaten-down-worker quitting their job in a blaze of glory and living happily after — but real life is much more complicated than that. Maybe you hate your job, maybe you just kind of dislike it. Or it may be a “placeholder” job while you finish school, look for a new one, or get a side project or start-up off the ground. Either way, as Alina Tugend in the New York Times shows us, there are things you can do to make it better, worth your time, or to help you get out wisely. First, Tugend advises, try to figure out the reasons behind your dissatisfaction by making a list of what you don’t like — but don’t just say “everything,” go into specifics.
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