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The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool - Harrison Monarth. It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath.

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool - Harrison Monarth

But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial. In “Puppy Love,” a perfectly adorable yellow lab becomes inseparable friends with a Clydesdale. Sneaking out of his pen, the pup and the horse “talk” in the stables and cavort on an idyllic farm –until someone comes to adopt the dog. The distressed puppy whines and places his paws against the window of the car set to take him to his new home. All seems lost until the Clydesdale rallies the other horses to stop the vehicle from leaving.

Forget the fact that Anheuser-Busch’s 60-second spot (which cost north of $4 million) aired close to the end of a lopsided championship game that was over before halftime. Become The Best Version of Yourself Through Self-Monitoring — Willpowered. We can’t stand breaking promises to anyone…except ourselves Breaking a promise to our friends, to our family, or to our boss seems almost unfathomable.

Become The Best Version of Yourself Through Self-Monitoring — Willpowered

10 Daily Habits That Will Give You Incredible Willpower — Willpowered. “We are what we repeatedly do.

10 Daily Habits That Will Give You Incredible Willpower — Willpowered

Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle. The complete and logical guide to winning at your own life in 19 super difficult steps — Some stuff I wrote one time. The Physics of Productivity. 10 immutable laws of mistakes. Mistakes are inevitable.

10 immutable laws of mistakes

But as Allan Norton explains, certain laws govern how we deal with them, learn from them, conceal them, and even profit from them. For something so certain, so common, and so potentially destructive, mistakes remain a mystery. Ben's Blog. 12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans. May your actions speak louder than your words.

12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

May your life preach louder than your lips. May your success be your noise in the end. The result of enormous success is often pretty noisy – lots of people talking, writing and sharing stories about it. The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool - Harrison Monarth. The Simplest Way to Avoid Wasting Time. 5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder. Best Advice. 6 Simple Habits That Can Save You Hours. From shortcuts and life hacks to proven productivity methods, we’re all looking to save time and get more done.

6 Simple Habits That Can Save You Hours

If you want to be even more successful, it’s time to tap into your super powers: your habits. A Duke University study found that 40% of the decisions we make each day are habits. While bad habits can derail you, good habits can put minutes back on the clock because they put you in a proactive mode and help eliminate wasted time. We reached out to three productivity experts who offered six ideas for implementing habits that save time and improve your workflow: The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance - Scott Stossel. I choked.

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance - Scott Stossel

It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety. Before we’d started, the most important thing was to win. But during the match, I just wanted to get off the court fast. Burping uncontrollably, afraid of throwing up, I hit balls out. I hit them into the net. This sort of thing—purposely losing matches to escape intolerable anxiety—happened dozens of times throughout my school sports career. Choking when you’re expected to perform—whether you’re squaring off in tennis or vying for resources or key accounts or a desirable role at work—is actually surprisingly common.

How to Focus: The 4 Best Secrets to Unitasking. The One Thing Successful People Never Do. The 6 Keys To Being Awesome At Everything. I've been playing tennis for nearly five decades.

The 6 Keys To Being Awesome At Everything

I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I'm far from the player I wish I were. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, because I've taken the opportunity, for the first time in many years, to play tennis nearly every day. My game has gotten progressively stronger. Michael Jordan Quotes - 70 Quotes by Michael Jordan - Michael Jordan Quotes.

5 steps to becoming "unflusterable" (MoneyWatch) In 20 years of travel, I've stayed in lots of hotels in lots of places, from negative-star hotels in rural China to ultra-luxe properties in the world's biggest cities (the latter only if I got a steal, used points or someone else was picking up the tab...

5 steps to becoming "unflusterable"

I travel cheap). I'd like to think I've seen the best and worst that the hospitality industry has to offer, and that nothing -- good or bad -- could faze me. So Imagine my surprise last month when a mid-range business hotel in New Jersey gave such jaw-droppingly great service that I practically had to walk outside to make sure I didn't accidentally walk into the Four Seasons. Though I am obsessed with great service and loathe its opposite, I am actually a pretty easy customer. I don't expect extraordinary service everywhere, so if I get treated at a basically good level by basically friendly people, I am friendly and understanding in return. Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. 8 Pieces of Professional Advice I Didn't Want But Definitely Needed.

Joshua Prager at TED2013: In search for the man who destroyed my body. Photos: James Duncan Davidson When Joshua Prager was young, he dreamt he would grow up to play baseball.

Joshua Prager at TED2013: In search for the man who destroyed my body

Or be a doctor. He never imagined that at the age of 19 he would find himself paralyzed in the hospital, and that he’d have to reteach his body to move, to relearn to breathe and speak. In his new book Half-life, Prager returns to Jerusalem, where a truck hit the bus he was riding in and broke his neck. On stage today Prager tells the story of his return to Jerusalem and the challenge of facing the man who had so radically altered his fate: the driver of that truck.

That night 21 years ago, Prager was 19 and reveling in his newfound strength. When he landed he was a quadriplegic. Prager returned to New York and began his life as a journalist, typing hundreds of thousands of words with just one finger. Prager went back to Jerusalem to search for Abed. With help from a man he met in the street, Prager arrived at Abed’s house. The Power of storytelling.