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The Power Of The Mind: How To Train Yourself To Be More Successful :...

The Power Of The Mind: How To Train Yourself To Be More Successful :...
How can you use the latest discoveries in brain science to improve your life? Here are some techniques. November 02, 2011 Leadership tycoon Warren Bennis once said, “We seem to collect information because we have the ability to do so, but we are so busy collecting it that we haven’t devised a means of using it. There is a wealth of information at our disposal today on the latest discoveries in brain science. We can either drown in this information or turn it into a lifesaver by extracting its practical knowledge. Use visualization to learn a new skill Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to continuously create new neural pathways. In a Harvard University study, two groups of volunteers were presented with a piece of unfamiliar piano music. Albert Einstein, who is credited with saying that “imagination is more important than knowledge,” used visualization throughout his entire life. Achieve your goals by keeping your mouth shut Heed this information and keep your goals to yourself.

Is Starting A Business Safer Than Your Job? [Infographic] | Lendio - StumbleUpon What's Better - Getting a Job or Starting a Business? With a slow economy, many people have turned to entrepreneurship as a means to pay the bills. Which begs the question, what’s better today — getting a job or starting a business? We dug deep to find out the numbers and have compared the risk of starting a business to keeping a job. What do you think? Small Business Loans Made Simple Create a Free Lendio Account Overview “Laid off? “True entrepreneurs reduce risk to the point that action becomes quite logical.” Unemployment Rate: 9.1% 26% of North American workers are self-employedIn 2008 on average 2,356 people went into business for themselves every day.Their ventures accounted for 78% of U.S. businesses SELF-EMPLOYMENT There are only four paths toward business ownership: Start a business from scratchBecome a consultantBuy a non-franchise businessBuy a franchise (the most secure choice) Among the fastest-growing industries are: Reemployment figures: To reduce risk: Incorporated Self-Employed

7 Ways to Enhance Focus, Creativity, Productivity and Performance Back in my corporate lawyer days, there was one guy who everyone hated. Not because he was mean or underhanded or cut-throat. He was actually quite nice and always willing to help. People hated him because he was good. While everyone else fretted and froze under the dizzying pace and pressure of the job, he seemed to always keep it together, to thrive and even come alive as the fire got hotter. He wasn’t an adrenaline junkie or cowboy. I used to wonder what he was doing differently. Because if it wasn’t genetic, if it was something that could be learned, I wanted to know. I never figured it out before I left the law. Turns out, there are a handful of things most super-performers do different that underlie or, at least substantially accelerate their success. Time for Mindset Domination Strategy #2. In part 1 of this series , we introduced the first of three little-known practices that turbo-charge your creativity, productivity and develop breakout problem-solving ability—Building In Space.

The 14 Most Powerful and Effective Words in Marketing | 60 Second Marketer | Tips, Tools and Techniques for Marketers Around the Globe In Go Mobile, the book I’ve written with Jeanne Hopkins from HubSpot, we review a list of the 14 most powerful words in marketing so that readers can use them in their mobile marketing campaigns. This post gives you a sneak peak at the list that’s included in the book. Enjoy. Have you ever bought a product that you didn’t really need? Or, you may have been told about a deadline to buy concert tickets, join a health club or even buy a car for 0% interest. What’s up with that? This week, I’ll be posting blogs on this very topic. Below, you’ll find the 14 most powerful and effective words in marketing. I’ll cover this entire topic in depth when I speak at the SXSW conference. FreeNowYouSaveMoneyEasyGuaranteeHealthResultsNewLoveDiscoveryProvenSafety After decades of testing, these words have proven to be the ones that are the most persuasive at encouraging people to choose Brand A over Brand B. What do all these words have in common? How should you use these words in your marketing campaigns?

Six Deadly Security Blunders Businesses Make Small, subtle mistakes can lead to big security breaches Sometimes it's the unknown or overlooked little mistakes that leave an organization wide open to attack: a missing hash mark in a server configuration, a long-forgotten PBX user account, or an embedded Web server in an office printer. With compliance pressures, increasingly cagey malware, and the fear of being the next front-page data breach victim, it's no wonder that enterprises might not notice potential problems with their lower-profile devices, or make subtle configuration mistakes. Even so, ignorance is no excuse when the bad guys hone in on an inconspicuous weakness, like a few older, rarely used desktops that haven't been updated with the latest patches. It takes only one weak link for an attacker to gain a foothold into an organization and steal valuable data, or set up shop for long-term cyberespionage. Spooked yet? 1 of 7 More Insights

10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Site: What it is: Mike Michalowicz provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with tips on everything from starting a business to networking to marketing and health care. Why you should read it: Mike not only provides great tips but he provides great tips from REAL people. #2. Site: What it is: Written by a panel of small business owners, the site offers tips and advice on everything business related. Small business trends really covers EVERYTHING! #3. Site: Run by two brothers, Matthew and Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur is exactly what it sounds like; a site dedicated to young entrepreneurs. Between blog posts, forums, polls and interviews with other small business owners, the site offers fantastic content. #4. Site: Why you should read it: #5. #6. #7. #8.

Raising money is a black swan &045; Venture Hacks Nivi · December 9th, 2008 Raising money is like finding a black swan. It seems like you will forever keep hearing “no”, “let’s keep talking”, or “find a lead.” Or worse, you sign a term sheet and it blows up before you can close it. It seems like you’ll never raise money, until one day—boom—you meet the right investor, he says yes, you negotiate a deal, and suddenly there’s money in your bank account. What’s a black swan? A black swan is a highly improbable, high impact, and unpredictable event. 9/11 was a black swan. Once you see enough white swans, you start assuming all swans are white—until you see a black one. The nos don’t matter. The chances of raising money are low. (The exception to this rule are the chosen ones: “obviously” fundable companies that are founded by successful entrepreneurs, companies that are making money by the truck load, or have cured cancer, or whatever.) There will be no precedent for a yes. If you’re looking for a black swan, ignore the nos. 1. 2. 3. “Thanks.

Robyn Beavers Role Model: Mae JemisonThree Words to Describe Herself: Goofy, optimistic, and a little nerdyCrucial Reads: Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart and Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter LovinsSource of Courage: The support of her family. As a civil engineer, Robyn Beavers is determined to see more women in science and engineering, and she is certainly a role model for young girls in this industry. Beavers is the founding member of Google's Green Business & Operations strategy team. She has served as an AARA Fellow for the Department of Energy, and worked with Vestas in pioneering the creation of WindMade, an international NGO that provides companies with the means to "label" their commitment to renewable energy and sustainability. Currently she is working for Dean Kamen as head of commercialization for water and power technologies.

12 Brawny Business Intelligence Products For SMBs -- InformationWeek Business intelligence isn't just for the big boys anymore. Check out our short list of star SMB options, from easy-to-deploy SaaS choices to affordable versions of the biggest BI suites. 1 of 14 12 Brawny Business Intelligence Options For SMBsBusiness intelligence started out as a technology geared to large organizations with big budgets and plenty of IT support. The good news for small and midsize businesses is that BI has gone mainstream and that trend has led to plenty of low-cost, easy-to-deploy, and easy-to-manage BI options. There are desktop-analysis tools that enable power users to distribute reports, dashboards, and data visualizations across your organization. Working smarter--not harder--is what business intelligence is all about. Midmarket CIOs Rate Analytics As Top To-Do Item 5 Factors In Agile BI Cost, IT Support Top BI Obstacles For SMBs What's Next In Analytics Can Open Source Solve Big Data For SMBs? The Ultimate Shortcut To Fast Analysis More Insights

How Fewer Working Hours Can Save Our Health, Economy, and the Planet |... September 9, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Millions of Americans have lost control over the basic rhythm of their daily lives. Imagining a world in which jobs take up much less of our time may seem utopian, especially now, when a scarcity mentality dominates the economic conversation. But fewer work hours for people with jobs is a key step toward solving the unemployment crisis—while giving Americans healthier lives. Today, driven both by necessity and the deliberate choice to live simply, more Americans are shifting toward fewer work hours. Finding Time Economists today focus solely on growth as a mechanism for job creation. The grueling schedules of the 19th century undermined health and prevented people from achieving what we now call quality of life. Since the 1970s, Americans have been working longer. Not surprisingly, over the last 20 years, a large number of U.S. employees report being overworked.

The Benefits of Top-Down Thinking & Why it is Critical to Entrepreneurs... For the first 5 years of my career I was a “bottom up” thinker and worker. I assembled tons of data, grouped things, found results and drew conclusions. It was difficult to make the transition to a “top down” thinker but as a senior executive – and as an entrepreneur – you’re far less effective without this skill in your arsenal. The difference is in formulating hypothesis then testing conclusions / data vs. assembling data and finding patterns. I started my career as a programmer. In billing we literally started thinking about all of the types of bills that would be generated for customers: full payment, partial payment, split payment, senior discount, student discount, level pay plan, etc. I next moved into system design where I designed computer systems to deal with large industrial natural gas customers and telecommunication companies. I spent the first 5 years of my career as a “bottom up thinker.” The wisest mentor I ever had was Ameet Shah, my partner on several projects.

Five Skills You Need for Startup Success, According to Ethernet Inventor Bo... Ethernet inventor and generally accomplished tech super-guy Bob Metcalfe gave a great opening keynote talk at this morning's Capital Factory Demo Day in Austin, Texas. The event has been good so far and is live streaming online for free. Metcalfe offered a wide ranging talk to open the day but included some tasty tidbits in the form of two lists: five personal skills that entrepreneurs need to develop in order to succeed in building tech companies that scale and six types of people a startup ecosystem needs to include in order to foster success. Five Skills Entrepreneurs Need Be healthy. Metcalfe said that the phrase people use for bringing in older, more experienced CEOs as "adult supervision" might be patronizing, but it's really about bringing in an infusion of human capital in the form of skills like the above. The group that's in shortest supply is usually scaling entrepreneurs: there's no shortage of ideas, just of people skilled at managing them.

13 Business Books That Will Blow Your Mind Having never taken a business class in college I find that I read and listen to a lot of business books to round out my education. The books usually aren't "How to Manage Your Cash Flow" but rather get me to rethink the way I run my business, which--despite no business classes or diploma--continues to be in business 13 plus years after I started it. In that time, here are 13 of the books that had the biggest impact on how I run my business (in no particular order): Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink: If you supervise anyone in your business, this book is a must read. It shows that what science knows about motivation, business isn't putting into practice. In fact, many of the incentives we create can actually de-motivate our employees. The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham: I wanted to have at least one book that was dedicated to small business and the entrepreneurial spirit.