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Self-Describe

Self-Describe
Picture this: You meet someone new. "What do you do?" he asks. "I'm an architect," you say. "Oh, really?" he answers. "Maybe," you reply. "Oh wow," he says. And you're off. You sound awesome. Now picture this: You meet someone new. "I'm a passionate, innovative, dynamic provider of architectural services who uses a collaborative approach to create and deliver outstanding customer experiences." And he's off, never to be seen again... because you sound like a pompous ass. Do you--whether on your website, or more likely on social media accounts--describe yourself differently than you do in person? Do you use hacky clichés and overblown superlatives and breathless adjectives? Do you write things about yourself you would never have the nerve to actually say? If so, it's time for a change. Here are some words that are great when used by other people to describe you, but you should never use to describe yourself: "Motivated." "Authority." If you have to say you're an authority, you aren't. "Innovative." Related:  Productivity

9 Keys To Sucess I'm fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all share the same perspectives and beliefs. And they act on those beliefs: 1. Time doesn't fill me. I fill time. Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time. 2. Some of your employees drive you nuts. You chose them. Think about the type of people you want to work with. Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people. 3. Dues aren't paid, past tense. No matter what you've done or accomplished in the past, you're never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work. Remarkably successful people never feel entitled--except to the fruits of their labor. 4. 5. Ask them why they failed. 6.

Business Plans Are a Waste of Time. Here's What to Do Instead If you're taking time to carefully perfect a business plan to help ensure your company's model is sound and that it will be a success--stop. That's the word from William Hsu, c0-founder and managing partner at start-up accelerator MuckerLab. Hsu, who's been both a successful entrepreneur and an executive at AT&T and eBay, says that starting a company is "a career for really irrational people. In all probability, whatever the idea is will fail. Building a reality distortion field is how entrepreneurs convince themselves and their employees that this is a good idea." With that in mind, he advises: 1. A great team trumps a great idea every time, Hsu says. In either case, having great team members can fill in any areas where the entrepreneur lacks strength, he says. 2. "Whatever hypothesis you have about the market, it's probably wrong by definition," he says. Then, he says, pivot and reconfigure on the basis of that market response. 3. Does that mean you should never look ahead?

Get Hired I was recently asked for interview advice. 1. These are guidelines and examples. Have I disclaimered myself enough? Interview Objective: Join the 180° Club What You Hopefully Did Months Ago Because I GUARANTEE This Will Happen Before Your Interview What You Should Do Leading Up to the Interview What You Should Bring The Suit This is Not a Party "Fashionably Late" Does Not Exist The Handshake How Enthusiastic You Should Appear Question Category Overview: What I (the Interviewer) am Really Trying to Figure Out Tell Me About Yourself What are Your Strengths? What are Your Weaknesses? Your Phone Describe a Time You Had Difficulty Working with a Coworker. What Was Your Biggest Mistake? Describe Your Ideal Workplace What Do You Know About this Company? Why do You Want this Job? Do You Have Any Questions for Me? Lunch: Price Considerations Lunch: Limit Your Pickiness Lunch: Appropriate BAC Level Lunch: Very Important Additional Consideration What to Remember Regarding a Thank You Email

Why Face-To-Face Meetings Are Overrated You know the feeling. Everyone’s sitting around a table, ideas are building on ideas, and intellectual sparks are lighting up the room. It’s tempting to think that this kind of magic only happens when people can see and touch each other. Let’s assume for a second that that’s true: Breakthrough ideas only happen when people are interacting face-to-face. Given that, you’re only going to frustrate yourself and everyone else if you summon the brain trust too frequently for those "a-ha!" This is why at 37signals we don’t meet in person all that often. But what about those spur-of-the-moment rays of brilliance? By rationing in-person meetings, their stature is elevated to that of a rare treat. Reprinted from the book Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

How to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Compelling Career Video #resumevid The good news: recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates for jobs. The bad news: there are 250 million LinkedIn profiles out there, making it rather difficult to stand out. Here’s a solution: new tool Resu-ME transforms your LinkedIn profile into a compelling career video complete with a voice-over and a handy infographic – in just a few clicks. Just like tools like Vizify and BrandYourself do cool things with Twitter and your online presence in general, Resu-ME are using the API straight from your LinkedIn profile (which you have to authorise). I’m impressed with both the quality of the video and the speed at which it gets created, most LinkedIn API tools out there tend to crash when I test them but this one seems robust which is a good start. Resu-ME is developed by Adecco Group, the world’s largest provider of HR solutions, specifically for IT, Engineering and Finance professionals although the tool can be used by anyone that has an English-language LinkedIn profile. Jörgen Sundberg

How the Rich Get Rich John D. Rockefeller, America's first billionaire, said, "If your only goal is to become rich, you'll never achieve it." Easy for him to say, but his point is well taken: If the only thing you care about is making money, no matter how much money you make it will never be enough. Still, even though we all define and calculate success differently, most of us would like wealth to factor into our equations. To find out how, check out the 400 Individual Tax Returns Reporting the Largest Adjusted Gross Incomes, an annual report issued by the IRS. (The latest report is for 2009, which to you and me was a long time ago but to the government is really, really up to date.) In 2009 it took $77.4 million in adjusted gross income to make the top 400. A mere $77.4 million only got you in, though; the average earnings were $202.4 million, a lot of money but well down from the $334.8 million average in 2007. Where it gets interesting is how the top 400 made their money: Obvious conclusions:

Home How to Be Way More Productive Wake Up With More Energy Many people feel tired in the morning not because they didn't sleep enough but because they have low blood sugar. You can minimize this by consuming a tablespoon or two of unsweetened almond butter before you go to sleep. It's a very simple way to stabilize your blood sugar. (I've tested this by having a continuous glucose monitor implanted in my side.) Right away, a lot of people will go from feeling groggy to feeling extremely alert when they wake up. Double Your Reading Speed in Five Minutes Write down a sentence, any sentence that has eight to 12 words and fills a single line on a page or screen. Clear Your Inbox in Half the Time The only consistent way to get to inbox zero is to respond to fewer emails, because each response breeds more email. The first is five.sentenc.es, which gives you a footer that says, "Why is this email five sentences or less?" Boomerang is an extension for Gmail. As told to Inc. editor-at-large Tom Foster.

Career Excuses To Quit Making Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Dreamers are a dime a dozen. The world is lousy with dreamers. Doers? People who actually change their lives? Page 1 of 2 I had eight jobs in eight years. I was a serial quitter, and the same thing would happen at every one. I’d have a six-month honeymoon period at the new job. “They don’t get me! Then I’d quit and start a new job. The funny thing is that the same problems from the last job would show up at the next one. Eventually I had to be honest and admit something terrifying: The common denominator in every bad job I ever had was me. I could coast through the rest of my life starting and quitting, starting and quitting. Not just dream about it, but actually do something. Maybe you know what that feels like. The worst part is I spent 10 years making excuses. It’s time that you and I retire our excuses for not changing our lives, starting with these five: 1. 2.

6 Habits of Remarkably Likable People When you meet someone, after, "What do you do?" you're out of things to say. You suck at small talk, and those first five minutes are tough because you're a little shy and a little insecure. But you want to make a good impression. You want people to genuinely like you. Here's how remarkably likeable people do it: They lose the power pose. I know: Your parents taught you to stand tall, square your shoulders, stride purposefully forward, drop your voice a couple of registers, and shake hands with a firm grip. It's great to display nonverbal self-confidence, but go too far and it seems like you're trying to establish your importance. No matter how big a deal you are you pale in comparison to say, oh, Nelson Mandela. Clinton takes a step forward (avoiding the "you must come to me" power move); Mandela steps forward with a smile and bends slightly forward as if, ever so slightly, to bow (a clear sign of deference and respect in nearly every culture); Clinton does the same. You meet someone.

How to Be Happier at Work: 10 Tips Happiness--in your business life and your personal life--is often a matter of subtraction, not addition. Consider, for example, what happens when you stop doing the following 10 things: 1. Blaming. People make mistakes. So you blame them for your problems. But you're also to blame. Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn't masochistic, it's empowering--because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time. And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier. 2. No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Sure, superficially they might seem to, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship that is not based on substance is not a real relationship. Genuine relationships make you happier, and you'll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself. 3. 4. Interrupting isn't just rude. Want people to like you? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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