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8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success

8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity and Stifle Your Success

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10 emotional intelligence skills that successful people have A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason. Notably, 78% of leaders said personality sets great employees apart, more than cultural fit (53%) and even an employee’s skills (39%).

How to find your writing voice When you’re a writer or a blogger, you’re putting your voice out there. It’s a lot like standing on stage singing your heart out for all the world to see. But figuring out your writing voice isn’t easy. It’s especially hard for new writers to find their writing voice, because they already feel awkward having their work in the spotlight and subject to public approval. So they write in a voice that they feel they should use – but their writing voice usually comes off sounding stiff and generic. Maybe you’ve struggled with finding your writing voice yourself.

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice In his new book "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise", psychologist Anders Ericsson and journalist Robert Pool distill an impressive body of research on "mastering almost any skill." Indeed, deliberate practice can help you master new skills. Deliberate practice involves a series of techniques designed to learn efficiently and purposefully. This involves goal setting, breaking down complex tasks into chunks, developing highly complex and sophisticated representations of possible scenarios, getting out of your comfort zone, and receiving constant feedback. But as they note midway through their book -- and I believe this is a really important caveat-- the techniques of deliberate practice are most applicable to "highly developed fields" such as chess, sports, and musical performance in which the rules of the domain are well established and passed on from generation to generation.

10 Simple Productivity Tricks To Manage Overloaded Information Do you need to manage overloaded information? Simple productivity tricks can help you cope with information in your job and your personal and social life. Here’s how to cope. You need systems to help you to keep track of everything. Once you have a trusted system in place, you can relax.

13 Free Design Tools for Visual Marketers on a Budget They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest ... a pretty cover doesn’t hurt when it comes to your marketing. That’s why -- whether you're creating lead generation content, social media content, calls-to-action, or infographics -- your marketing materials should always be as visually appealing as possible. Problem is, actually creating all these beautiful visuals isn't exactly every marketer's forte. Oh, another problem? The 5 Essential Story Ingredients Like Steven James’ advice? Then you’ll love his book, Story Trumps StructureOrder now >> Imagine that I’m telling you about my day and I say, “I woke up. I ate breakfast. I left for work.” Is that a story?

Rhythmicity: The Importance of Practicing Tricky Passages in Rhythm - The Bulletproof Musician It’s often said that timing is everything. Yes, people are typically referring to life or business when they say this, but it appears that the same could be said for athletic and musical endeavors as well. After all, space out for a moment in orchestra, and you could very well end up playing a solo that nobody saw coming. But on an even more fundamental level, whether we’re hitting a tennis ball (bounce…hit), driving a golf ball (tick…tock), or nailing a particularly difficult shift, there are indications that rhythm may be a critical (but underappreciated) factor in the successful execution of complex motor skills.

What Is 'The Zone' Anyway? One thing that will definitely help you stay in the zone is to eliminate the Internet as a distraction. Once you've removed the temptation to check Facebook, Google+, or Reddit a thousand times an hour, it becomes tangibly easier to achieve it. Sometimes some people find it easier to achieve the Zone during a certain point of the day, such as the wee hours of the morning or the middle of the night. Some people, like I have experienced myself on numerous occasions, require an overwhelming amount of distractions in order to achieve it. Some of my best work I've done by mentally isolating myself from the world around me while I was sitting in the break room at work, or in the middle of a moderately busy coffee shop or fast food restaurant.

» The Many Reasons We Rely Upon Our Clutter Post written by Leo Babauta. Clutter isn’t an easy problem to solve, no matter how many times I might tell you to toss it out, tell you that you don’t need it. A book isn’t just an object with words on it. A jewelry box isn’t just a container. Clothes aren’t just protection from the elements. Each of these inanimate objects means so much more to us.

8 Things Entrepreneurial People Do Differently Entrepreneurship goes beyond Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Garrett Camp, and it embodies something bigger than Twitter and WhatsApp. Entrepreneurship is a mindset, an attitude, and a lifestyle adopted by people who aren't satisfied with the status quo. It's an approach to life that favors creativity over conformity and action over inaction. Bestselling author, investor, and entrepreneur James Altucher says that for him, "Being an 'entrepreneur' doesn't mean starting the next Facebook. Or even starting any business at all.

11 Plot Pitfalls - And How to Rescue Your Story From Them We’ve all been there: basking in the glow of a finished manuscript, only to read it over and realize something is wrong with the plot. Finding ourselves unable to identify the problem only makes matters worse. But take heart! Here are some common plot gaffes and sensible ways to revise without starting over. Nihilism and Creativity in the Philosophy of Nietzsche ISSN 1393-614X Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy Vol. 11 2007 ________________________________________________ Abstract Against some recent attempts to place Nietzsche within the nihilistic tradition, I argue here that Nietzsche was not a nihilist. The first part of the article provides an analysis of creativity and nihility as two aspects of the interpretative process. It also integrates this analysis of the interpretative process with Nietzsche’s theory of affects, arguing that particular interpretative attitudes correspond to particular affective structures.

The Emergent Task Planner » - Dave Seah The Emergent Task Planner (ETP) is a paper-based daily planning sheet designed to keep you focused in the face of chaos. Start the day by declaring what you want to get done, and the ETP helps you stick to the plan by with task, time, and scheduling support. Because it’s paper, it’s easy to keep your task list in view without fiddling with computer screens. Portable and always-on, with ample space for note taking, the ETP is designed to make your day more productive by serving as an anchor for your mind. A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design So, here's a Vision Of The Future that's popular right now. It's a lot of this sort of thing. As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work.