9 things successful people NEVER do LinkedIn Influencer, Dr. Travis Bradberry, published this post originally on LinkedIn. My last post, How Successful People Stay Calm, really struck a nerve (it's already approaching 1.5 million reads here on LinkedIn). TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). While the list that follows isn’t exhaustive, it presents nine key things that you can avoid in order to increase your emotional intelligence and performance. 1. When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. 2. 3. 4. Related: Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success (LinkedIn) 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Dr.
25 Reasons Why You MUST Go To Burning Man Once In Your Life Burning Man is the biggest and most bizarre party in the world, comprised of 60,000 people camping in the desert of Nevada for a week. It’s utter insanity that will rock your world forever. photo by Duncan Rawlinson Here are 25 reasons why you won’t be able to stop yourself from going after reading this article… Art Installations Workshops The Burning Man guide is full of hundreds of workshops, ranging from the most depraved spanking classes to the most spiritual meditation/yoga classes. Holotropic BreathingDIY Energy MachineGong MeditationLaughter YogaRadical ImprovIntroduction to Open Relationships & PolyamoryKnife ThrowingThe Neurobiology of HallucinationHow to Save the WorldTalking with Strangers Fire Dodgeball The description in the guide read: “Bring your own gloves.” ‘Truth is Beauty’ Statue This sculpture has quickly become one of the most iconic images from BM, but pictures do not do her justice. Dust Storms This Timelapse Gift Economy The only thing you can buy with money at BM is ice.
Love People, Not Pleasure Photo ABD AL-RAHMAN III was an emir and caliph of Córdoba in 10th-century Spain. He was an absolute ruler who lived in complete luxury. Here’s how he assessed his life: “I have now reigned above 50 years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Fame, riches and pleasure beyond imagination. “I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: They amount to 14.” Abd al-Rahman’s problem wasn’t happiness, as he believed — it was unhappiness. What is unhappiness? As strange as it seems, being happier than average does not mean that one can’t also be unhappier than average. So when people say, “I am an unhappy person,” they are really doing sums, whether they realize it or not. If you ask an unhappy person why he is unhappy, he’ll almost always blame circumstance. THERE are also smaller circumstantial sources of unhappiness. Circumstances are certainly important. Have you ever known an alcoholic?
How Can I Stay Motivated and Finish My School Work? Rise and Shine: 10 Steps to Becoming a Morning Person | Casey Cavanagh In the perfect world we would all be morning people. We would wake up calm, refreshed and ready to tackle the day. But this isn't a perfect world, and many of us have hectic morning routines that are considered a success only if we're able to make it to work on time and with no coffee stains on our shirts. Waking up early has many advantages. However, try as we might, it seems no matter how early we set the alarm, we always end up hitting snooze (one too many times). But somehow those intentions slip away as we catch our Zzzs, and suddenly making that 6 a.m. spin class seems significantly less pressing when the sun is seeping through our blinds and our warm cloud of a mattress is hugging us. It is not just how many hours of sleep we get a night that affects our ability to wake up early, happy and productive. No deadlines to meet. 1. Still, people insist they are too busy to make time for more sleep. 2. Make your room a haven for relaxation and sleep. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
30 rules successful people follow Electric-car maker Tesla is scheduled to be released after the bell Thursday, and Mike Ramsey joins MoneyBeat … More » Tesla's Earnings: What to Watch For I Took The Dalai Lama To A Ski Resort And He Told Me The Meaning Of Life In the mid ’80s, I was living in Santa Fe, N.M., making a shabby living writing magazine articles, when a peculiar assignment came my way. I had become friendly with a group of Tibetan exiles who lived in a compound on Canyon Road, where they ran a business selling Tibetan rugs, jewelry, and religious items. The Tibetans had settled in Santa Fe because its mountains, adobe buildings, and high-altitude environment reminded them of home. The founder of the Tibetan community was a man named Paljor Thondup. Thondup had escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet as a kid, crossing the Himalayas with his family in an epic, multiyear journey by yak and horseback. The Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Rutherford began making phone calls. Among the many phone calls Rutherford made, one was to me. I desperately needed the money, and so I agreed. The Dalai Lama arrived in Santa Fe on April 1, 1991. He rose every morning at 3:30 a.m. and meditated for several hours. “I suppose so.
How to Be a Better Time Manager Throughout most of my 20s I was constantly late—to work, appointments, parties, whatever. People usually cut me slack for it, and I just chalked up my god-awful time management to being overly busy. Now that I'm older, wiser and even busier, I know my lateness was less about a packed schedule and more about a cloudy, unorganized mind. We've all heard (and probably failed at) tried-and-true “time management” tips, such as when to reply to e-mails and how to structure a to-do list. #1 Meditate mindfully. #2 Figure out why you waste time. #3 Be a little more grateful. #4 Try pomodoro.
11 Productivity Hacks to Boost Your Mental Focus Making a dent in the universe requires focus. So we've collated 11 simple and easy to use tips on improving your mental concentration. Most of it is a basic stuff that I tried myself, so I selected what got me the best results. What works for me may not work for you but the best way to find out is to keep testing new ideas all the time ( and eventually adopt what works and move on from what doesn't )! #1. Lack of sleep decreases production of chemicals such as dopamine or adrenaline that regulate your attention. Our tip: Have a fixed time to wake up and go to bed when your body gets tired. - This way you let your body regulate how much sleep it needs. #2. Simple carbs digest very quickly and cause insulin spike which pulls excess glucose out of your bloodstream. Complex carbs take longer to digest delivering your brain a steady supply of energy. Our tip: Eat complex carbs while working. #3. Our tip: Track your energy / focus and mood levels every hour for a week or two. #4. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep Sleep. Parents crave it, but children and especially teenagers, need it. When educators and policymakers debate the relationship between sleep schedules and school performance and — given the constraints of buses, sports and everything else that seem so much more important — what they should do about it, they miss an intimate biological fact: Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. Scientists now argue that a primary purpose of sleep is learning consolidation, separating the signal from the noise and flagging what is most valuable. School schedules change slowly, if at all, and the burden of helping teenagers get the sleep they need is squarely on parents. Absolutely. Start with the basics. Sleep isn’t merely rest or downtime; the brain comes out to play when head meets pillow. So you want to remember your Spanish vocabulary (or “How I Met Your Mother” trivia or Red Sox batting averages)? Easy. And you want to rip on the guitar, or on the court, right? What about math tests? Sleep.
15 Life Skills They Don't Teach Our Kids in School Image courtesy of Michelle Horton I got pregnant on the day I graduated college, meaning I was catapulted to the depths of adulthood immediately. There was no testing the waters, getting used to my brand-new lifestyle one step at a time. Nuh-uh. And because of this, I got a true sense of how ill-prepared I was for the real world, compared to how much useless knowledge had been stuffed into my brain over the last 20-odd years. There’s only so much that can be taught within the walls of a school, I know. But thank heavens for that Greek Literature class, amirite? Here are 15 life skills that kids typically aren’t learning in school, and yet they’ll definitely need to know: 1. I’m not talking about stocks and portfolios (but, okay, those too), I just mean the very simple, very necessary art of budgeting and making household finance decisions. 2. A class on interest rates alone would have saved me from a few mega financial blunders. 3. Sustainability Blogging Contest 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
The Secret to Raising Smart Kids A brilliant student, Jonathan sailed through grade school. He completed his assignments easily and routinely earned As. Jonathan puzzled over why some of his classmates struggled, and his parents told him he had a special gift. In the seventh grade, however, Jonathan suddenly lost interest in school, refusing to do homework or study for tests. As a consequence, his grades plummeted. His parents tried to boost their son's confidence by assuring him that he was very smart. Our society worships talent, and many people assume that possessing superior intelligence or ability—along with confidence in that ability—is a recipe for success. The result plays out in children like Jonathan, who coast through the early grades under the dangerous notion that no-effort academic achievement defines them as smart or gifted. People can learn to be helpless, too, but not everyone reacts to setbacks this way. Others, meanwhile, focused on fixing errors and honing their skills. You did a good job drawing.
Realizing I Signed Up For Another 25 Years Of Debt Changed The Way I Spend My Money Chenell Tull, 27, e-business coordinator, Philadelphia Her Aha! Moment “In January I started using my commute to work as an opportunity to increase my money knowledge by listening to financial podcasts. Many of the shows featured people seeking advice on how to deal with debt balances in the hundreds of thousands. I had my own debt at the time—about $50,000 in student loans—but I was making the minimum payments. I was unfamiliar with the difference, but got worried when I learned that variable rates can cause payments to increase … a lot. I freaked out. I used a debt calculator to estimate how many years it would take me to pay off my loans at my current rate. RELATED: I Want to Pay Off My Student Loans I knew I had to find ways to scale back in order to get debt-free faster. “Since March I’ve paid off $9,942—or $6,742 more than I would have if I didn’t change my attitude about debt repayment.” Her Aha! RELATED: Money Mic: My 30th Birthday Present to Myself?
Resolved to be healthier & wealthier? 4 habits you need to succeed Depending on which study or urban myth you believe, the typical American gains two to 10 pounds during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's. And there is no question that December is the spendiest month of the year. Credit card issuers can document it, and retailers count on it. And January? Ellie Kay, co-author of "Lean Body, Fat Wallet," said it might be easier to do both at the same time since the same four habits are required for each endeavor. 1. The first habit is to monitor your thoughts and redirect them. Athletes visualize success because it's a tool that works. 2. The second habit is what the authors call the 3-D habit, and it's a way to keep bad habits from getting the better of you. 3. The third habit is knowing and keeping up with your numbers. With weight, it means if you are taking in more calories (intake) than our body uses in a day (outgo), that unused energy will be banked in the form of fat. 4. Get the Family on Board Recognize Enemies of Success