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If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This - Peter Bregman

If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This - Peter Bregman
This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes. People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do nothing? It’s hard to justify. Meditation brings many benefits: It refreshes us, helps us settle into what’s happening now, makes us wiser and gentler, helps us cope in a world that overloads us with information and communication, and more. How? Research shows that an ability to resist urges will improve your relationships, increase your dependability, and raise your performance. Our ability to resist an impulse determines our success in learning a new behavior or changing an old habit. As it turns out, that’s one of the things meditation teaches us. When I sat down to meditate this morning, relaxing a little more with each out-breath, I was successful in letting all my concerns drift away. Related:  5 Gestion Temps & ProjetReflect

Never Say No to Networking - Kathryn Minshew by Kathryn Minshew | 9:00 AM October 18, 2012 When new entrepreneurs ask me for advice, I sometimes tell them to NYFO — Network Your Face Off. Nearly everything I’ve accomplished in the past two years, from speaking on CNN to watching my company cross 1.7 million users in less than a year, can be directly traced back to connections I’ve made and help I’ve received from a network that is vast, diverse, and active. The best networking suggestion I can offer? Always say yes to invitations, even if it’s not clear what you’ll get out of the meeting. You could call it making your own luck, by increasing the odds of making the right connection. Of course you can’t possibly take every meeting. Hand in hand with this philosophy comes another, highly complementary strategy: When you want something, broadcast that to everyone you meet. I didn’t know any of those three people had a Yahoo connection; in fact, they were hardly the ones I would have deemed most likely.

Eight (harsh) Truths That Will Improve Your Life... They say life is what we make of it. By the end of this post, I hope to have helped you decide whether that statement is true or not. There is no doubt that life has its ups and downs. However, how we deal with them can sometimes make all the difference. Some of these lessons may be old-hat for you. 1. Friends will always come and go in your life; even though I'm back in the UK now, all my friends are in university around the country and not exactly in meeting distance. Important Lesson: There are an abundance of amazing people out there for you to meet and build relationships with. You won't always get what you want in life: people are going to be late, people will let you down, items you want won't always be available. Important Lesson: Don't look for happiness in material possessions and if things don't go your way, learn to accept them. Important Lesson: Not everyone is always going to like you, and that's fine. 4. 5. As the saying goes - "Only those who are asleep make no mistakes".

The Elegant Email — www.randsinrepose For me, the amount of email that arrives is inversely proportionate to my amount of free time. This means the less time I have to read mail, the more mail that arrives. Greater minds than mine have attempted to tackle this unfortunate time management situation, so I’m going to keep it simple. You and I are busy people. We may or may not know each other, but we have the same goal – how can each of us effectively surf an ever-growing pile of information? To this end, I would like to come to an agreement with you. An Email Contract Before we start, there are two kinds of email: original content and follow-on content. Let’s begin… Say something of substance with your subject. As I’m considering a subject line, I work under the erroneous, paranoid assumption that the someone I’m sending an email to is not going to read it. Yes, poetry. In the world of databases, there is a concept called an index. A three (or four) paragraph limit. Here’s the deal. Think. A Sense of Doneness and Humanity Rands

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. We can’t keep up with the pace of change, let alone get ahead of it. What to do, then? We cannot ignore the daily demands of running a company, which traditional hierarchies and managerial processes can still do very well. The existing structures and processes that together form an organization’s operating system need an additional element to address the challenges produced by mounting complexity and rapid change.

The Three Phases of Life One of life's great fascinations is watching people evolve over time. Some people grow and develop, while others seem to be stuck in patterns that limit their happiness and well-being. Others excel in certain areas of their lives while failing miserably in others. A small few are spectacularly successful by conventional measures yet are perpetually dissatisfied. Is there a simple model we can use to make sense of these observations? Many years of watching and thinking have led me to believe that we can further our understanding by simplifying the problem. I want to be a little precise with words here. Why is this important? Schlepper Let us begin with the first state. This term comes from the Yiddish verb "schlep," which means "to drag." Literally, a schlepper is a carrier. First of all, just because you are schlepping does not mean you are forbidden to think. In general, we all need to schlep. Schleppers quickly perceive the great injustice of life. So, we all start out as schleppers.

90 Things I've Learned From Founding 4 Technology Companies — betashop On October 27, 2010 I wrote a blog post about the “57 Things I Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies.” It has been awesome, flattering, and humbling to see that post went viral and has been seen by so many thousands of people — mainly aspiring entrepreneurs — and has been translated into many languages. This past week while I was in Tokyo for meetings with potential partners for Fab, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on startups. The discussion quickly turned to those 57 things. Amazing. Thousands of miles away and two years later, people still want to talk about those 57 things! So, here goes. 90 Things I’ve Learned Founding 4 Tech Companies:

The Secret Phrase That Sparks Creative Solutions Words of Wisdom For Woodworkers Do not argue with an idiot; he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. The last thing I want to do is hurt you; But it’s still on the list. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. If I agreed with you we’d both be wrong. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. War does not determine who is right – only who is left. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good evening’, and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. A bus station is where a bus stops. How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

9 Easy Ways to Remember Your Presentation Material : Lifestyle Crush your anxiety with these methods that will help you thoroughly remember all of your slides before you get to them. April 11, 2012 One of the most common reasons we experience presentation anxiety is the fear that we will forget what we have to say and risk losing credibility. A method many use to address this fear is to create PowerPoint slides as a memory aid. Seasoned presenters are able to announce a slide before showing it. Here are nine tips to help you remember what you have to say. 1. Research into brain science has proven that there is a very deep connection between the way we remember an event and the space in which it occurred. 2. Mind maps are diagrams that allow you to lay out all of your presentation material in a visual shape rather than in list form. You can draw mind maps manually or you can purchase mind mapping software such as Matchware or MindGenius. 3. 4. How long should you be rehearsing your presentation? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Illustration by Cannaday Chapman