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5 Things That Really Smart People Do

5 Things That Really Smart People Do
Most people don't really think much about how they learn. Generally you assume learning comes naturally. You listen to someone speak either in conversation or in a lecture and you simply absorb what they are saying, right? But the need for learning never ends, so your desire to do so should always outweigh your desire to be right. 1. You know the one I am talking about. 2. If you can't quiet the inner voice, then at least use it to your advantage. 3. Some people are naturally curious and others are not. 4. No concept or theory comes out of thin air. 5. Often people shut out learning due to the person delivering the material. Related:  PRODUCTIVITYInteresting

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives. Jane was up until 4 a.m. putting the final touches on her deck. Joe, on the other hand, went to sleep last night at 11 p.m., as he does most nights of the week. Which entrepreneur would you bet on? And, which entrepreneur most closely resembles you? Jane and Joe are fictional characters but having been immersed in the world of startups in both New York and San Francisco, I see a lot of Janes. This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak with my friend Mike Del Ponte, who resembles the character of Joe. "Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way," Mike said. Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Successful Leadership Skills For too long, we’ve thought of “hard skills” and “soft skills” as mutually exclusive. Hard skills are supposed to provide the value, and soft skills supposed to be subordinate, inferior, and all about feelings. Some frameworks of leadership reinforce this myth by encouraging positioning leaders as above the group and magically removed from doubt and anxiety. In reality, there is nothing “soft” about the skills needed to relate to people well enough to lead them. True leadership involves both hard skills and harder skills. Here’s what I mean. Defining Hard and Soft Skills “Hard skills” are often thought of as the occupational skills necessary to complete the tangible elements of a job. “Soft skills” can be seen as the behavioral ways in which people go about their occupational tasks. Hard skills can get the job done. Leadership’s Hard and Soft Skills Leadership’s Harder Skills Many leaders end up over-compensating. Improving Your Harder Skills 1. 2. 3.

8 Timeless Business Principles Want trendy, flavor-of-the-month management ideas? You won't find 'em on this list. -{ thus }-/Flickr 188 in Share Please Login to Connect Your Account with Evernote Some business principles come and go. A company I worked for started so many game-changing transformational programs and then, like a disgraced member of the Politburo, quickly abandoned and airbrushed them out of our corporate history so we could start yet another "business-critical" program that would be abandoned. Fortunately, there are some business principles you can use forever: When people speak from a position of position of power or authority or fame, it's tempting to place greater emphasis on their input, advice, and ideas. Warren Buffett? That approach works to a point--but only to a point. When Branson says , "Screw it; just do it and get on with it," it's powerful. If the guy who delivers your lunch says it, it should be just as powerful. Never discount the message because you discount the messenger. How? (Don't worry.

12 Things Killer Employees Do Before Noon A recent study published in an American Psychological Association journal, Emotion, suggests that early birds are generally happier than night owls. More than 700 respondents, ranging from ages 17 to 79, were surveyed and asked about their emotional state, health, and preferred time of day. Self-professed "morning people" reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls. It's certainly true that the working world does. Do you want to be more like them? 1. [In Pictures: 10 Ways to Boost Work Productivity.] 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. [See 7 Work Habits That Are Making You Sick.] 7. 8.

Gelukkiger dankzij 8 dagelijkse gewoontes Zodra je een job gezocht hebt, verschijnt hier je laatste zoekopdracht. Gelukkig zijn is de enige echte maatstaf voor persoonlijk succes. Maar hoe kan je door enkele kleine veranderingen in je dagelijkse routine heel wat gelukkiger worden in je leven én carrière? Ontdek het hier met behulp van 8 handige tips! 1. De meest voorkomende bron van stress is de perceptie dat je veel te veel werk hebt, en dat je dit niet op tijd gedaan zult krijgen. 2. De grootste vijanden van geluk zijn zorgen die ontstaan door een overdreven aandacht op zaken die buiten jouw controle vallen. 3. Aangezien je geen gedachten kan lezen, weet je niet echt waarom sommige mensen zich op een bepaalde manier gedragen. 4. Je zal merken dat je sneller gelukkig wordt, wanneer je een cadeau geeft aan iemand anders. 5. In vele huishoudens dient de televisie als 'achtergrondgeluid', terwijl er andere dingen worden gedaan zoals eten, huiswerk maken, poetsen of strijken. 6. 7. 8. (nm) – Bron:

How to Hang Onto Your Best & Brightest Entrepreneurs are fulfilling a crucial role by creating jobs. That’s great for our economy, and for our society as a whole, but for entrepreneurs themselves the real challenge is often retention. The key task, from an entrepreneur’s point of view, goes beyond creating jobs. It's creating jobs that will not only attract good people but also allow the company to retain, over time, the best and brightest. As an entrepreneur, you may bring people into your business before you really know what you need them to do. That means you need to get directly involved in retention. Start by deciding exactly who you need to retain. Hire from within Top talent typically assumes that they have to move out to move up.

7 Reasons Why You Aren't Happy The Noob Guide to Online Marketing (With Giant INFOGRAPHIC) “Get me to page 1 of Google, while emailing our customers a bi-weekly newsletter, engaging influencers on Twitter, maintaining a captive Facebook audience, capturing new leads, and putting out 3 blog posts a week.” Harsh? Yes. Familiar? Definitely. Everything a Non-Marketer Needs to Take a Business from Zero to Hero Online What you are about to read might be a little shocking. Let the story and the course begin... A typical marketing storyline You’ve just been put in charge of “Internet marketing” at your new sweatshop startup (don’t worry, I live there too - replete with rusty sewing machines and fake Nike stitching patterns). It’s much more than just one job. With that in mind, I’d like to present you with: A 15,000,000 pixel infographic (that’s fifteen million colored squares, which could make it the largest infographic in history). It takes a lot of work - although not as much as writing all this - so no whining please. Social media marketing (SMM) Email marketing Lead Generation Analytics

Nine Strategies Successful People Use to Overcome Stress My experience with insomnia and being able to cure it by systematically addressing the stress showed me just how much a problem stress could be and what it takes to resolve it. Just talk to people with insomnia and simply tell them to not stress, 95% of the time, it just doesn't work like that :(. Oh, but I'm not attempting to deny that stress can be a problem. I've just never experienced it to any note worthy degree, because I try, rather successfully, to keep myself from worrying about that outside of my control, remain honest and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. 'Don't stress' effectively means 'don't have the mental and physiological reactions that your body does'. Not that lack of stress is a bad thing, but the greater you suffer from stress, the less that telling yourself not to feel it has an effect, like a physically weak person fighting against a greater and greater force.

Accelerate! Perhaps the greatest challenge business leaders face today is how to stay competitive amid constant turbulence and disruption. Any company that has made it past the start-up stage is optimized for efficiency rather than for strategic agility—the ability to capitalize on opportunities and dodge threats with speed and assurance. I could give you 100 examples of companies that, like Borders and RIM, recognized the need for a big strategic move but couldn’t pull themselves together to make it and ended up sitting by as nimbler competitors ate their lunch. The examples always play out the same way: An organization that’s facing a real threat or eyeing a new opportunity tries—and fails—to cram through some sort of major transformation using a change process that worked in the past. But the old ways of setting and implementing strategy are failing us. We can’t keep up with the pace of change, let alone get ahead of it. What to do, then?

Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter How terribly obnoxious of you. Thanks for sharing. Well, it is probably not the smartest move ever to call monolingual people dumb. People in Europe need only travel a few hours to encounter another language, and bi- and tri-linguality is essential to business and communication there. Also, way to be a dick. Yes, I realize that's the norm in Europe, where there's an international border every 50 miles. LH is an American-run site, with a largely American audience and authors who (I believe) are all American, so let's not pretend like suddenly the cultural norms around here are based on what happens in Europe or Canada.

10 Reasons Your Social Marketing Initiative Will Fail A 2012 study by the Social Media Examiner found that 83% of marketers said social media is important to their businesses. These folks have almost all initiated social marketing initiatives to connect with customers, prospects, and influencers via social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn. But if these initiatives are so important, why do so many of them fail to bring value to their organizations, while siphoning valuable resources that could be used better elsewhere? Here are ten main reasons a social initiative falls flat on its face: Poorly-defined (or no) success metrics or goals.