Journaling can be really relaxing, as can talking through your day with a partner or friend.
Journaling can be really relaxing, as can talking through your day with a partner or friend.
Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.
We often think it's our problems--our troublesome life circumstances--that make us unhappy, and that if our circumstances would just change to something more desirable, then happiness would be easy. It turns out, though, that it's not our circumstances that make us happy or unhappy.
If you want to create visually interesting slides, less is more. Slide design guru Nancy Duarte recommends following a three-second rule. If viewers do not understand the gist of your slide in three seconds, it's too complicated. "Think of your slides as billboards," says Duarte.
While about a book a week might sound daunting, it's probably doable by even the busiest of people. Writer Stephanie Huston says her thinking that she didn't have enough time turned out to be a lame excuse.
Another year has passed. It's time to start over with a clean slate. Maybe 2015 didn't go the way you planned; you didn't follow through with your great ideas and your goals weren't met. Well it's a new year and a can be new you on January 1.
Our proposal does set the upper limit for ebook retail pricing based on the hardcover price of each book. The reason we are doing this is that, with our experience selling a lot of content online, we simply don't think the ebook market can be successful with pricing higher than $12.99 or $14.99.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
Brad Feld, a managing director of the Foundry Group, started blogging in October about his latest episode of depression. The problem wasn't new--the prominent venture capitalist had struggled with mood disorders throughout his adult life--and he didn't expect much of a response.
Life has already begun. There is no interlude. Nor is there a trial version. Your every decision matters. Your online friends are fake friends. Unfortunately, it's true. Most of them do not care about you and will not come in your hour of need. If you fall in love, be ready to get your heart broken.
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
Your good times are temporary and your bad times are temporary. So when you're up, enjoy it, bask in it, and be grateful for it. And when you're down, know you will get through it. Know that it's not the end, and that it's just a rough patch.
From time to time, I come across a list of life lessons "as described by an 80-year-old man." They've been widely shared online, and maybe you've seen them pop up in your social feeds.
Labor intensive. Most consulting services rely on humans as the fundamental source of research, analysis, recommendations, process definition, process management, and facilitation. Billable time-based business model.
Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it difficult to measure and to know what to do to improve it if you're lacking. You can always take a scientifically validated test, such as the one that comes with the Emotional Intelligence 2.
While it may seem counterintuitive, it's one of the best things a parent can do. According to Dr. Stephanie O'Leary, a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology and author of Parenting in the Real World: The Rules Have Changed, failure is good for kids on several levels.
Reverse-engineer what you read. If it feels like good writing, what makes it good? If it's awful, why? Prose is a window onto the world. Let your readers see what you are seeing by using visual, concrete language.
Test drive your dream car. You don't need to blow your budget to experience a thrill. Go to lunch with someone you barely know. This might sound grim if you're shy, but it actually tends to expand both your mind and your comfort zone. Perform a random act of kindness.
When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others.
Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that. Turns out that's wrong.
Find your spark - A few times in life you will find your spark. It could be that art class you took in Italy. It could be the love interest you meet at a conference party. It could be the startup that you work late into the night for.
That's basically my mantra: I may not be as talented, or educated, or experienced as other people... but I can always try to out-work them. But we can all work smarter, too. That's the real key to success: working harder and smarter.
If anyone's managed to figure out how to exploit a formula for e-commerce, it's the Samwer brothers--Oliver, Marc, and Alexander. As chronicled by in June 2012, the Germany-based trio built Rocket Internet, which has copycatted dozens of overseas startups, from Amazon to Uber.
Understand that life is the ultimate video game: It keeps leveling up, and you have to level up with it. Do something well enough that you make it look easy. Even if it takes 10,000 hours to get there, it'll be worth it in the end. Figure out what your values are and stick with them.
We all have the same amount of time. That's why people who are more productive -- and successful -- use their time more effectively. And that's why my Inc. colleague Chris Winfield is such a great resource for entrepreneurs.
For most ambitious people, we want to accomplish things. We are driven for results, doing more, learning things, getting promoted, and starting new ventures. But we also have our personal lives we can't ignore for optimum balance and happiness.
It doesn't matter how good your strategy is, if you're not skilled at what you do, that strategy won't take you very far. As Jason Fried and DHH have said: "Many amateur golfers think they need expensive clubs. But it's the swing that matters, not the club.
Making money with money. How did Mark Zuckerberg make $4 billion in one day last week? How did Jeff Bezos make $6 billion in 20 minutes a couple of days ago? Was it by increasing their hourly wage? No, as you know, it was by equity. You are frail.
As Pharmapacks' sales mushroomed, so did the complaints. Part of this was growing pains--it took a while to figure out how to fill so many orders fast without screwing up.
So let's boil that down--having a thought makes it easier for you to have that thought again. That's not good news for the perpetually gloomy (though happily, it seems gratitude, can work the opposite way, building up your positivity muscles). It gets worse, too.
Other options include programs that use binaural beats to help induce whole-brain functioning, or a way of connecting the left and right sides of your brain.
You might ask him to begin by developing real-time awareness of when he's dealing with situations head on and when he's finessing them.
Building discipline is like building muscle: For example, every time I work on my side plank, despite the burn, I strengthen my obliques. Similarly, every time I force myself out of bed, I strengthen my discipline--not just for the next morning, but for life.
"Having awoken your rational brain, you have the opportunity to bring your focus back to what you rationally want to be focusing on. In meditation, that's your breath. In work, that's your current task," he writes on Better Humans.
We did not find that precisely living out your dreams matters much for your health. It was not the happiest or the most relaxed older participants who lived the longest. It was those who were most engaged in pursuing their goals.
Sit cross-legged in a quiet place, preferably on a low pillow to reduce strain on your back. Take deep breaths. Close your eyes and listen to your inner monologue, the thoughts that spin through your mind all the time: work, home, TV, whatever. Those thoughts are the chattering of your "monkey mind.
15. A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. --David Brinkley 16. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. --Eleanor Roosevelt 17. If you're going through hell, keep going.
Of course things will get hard! You will cry, be frustrated, afraid, angry, and totally beaten to a pulp, but when the average person stops getting up, you have to rise once more.
When you meet someone, after "What do you do?", you run out of things to say. You stink at small talk, and those first five minutes are tough because you're a little shy and a little insecure. But you want to make a good impression. You want people to genuinely like you.
Don't praise a child for getting a high grade on a test; praise her for the studying she did, which led to the result. Don't praise for winning a race or a game; instead, offer praise for all the sweat she put in during practice--again, which led to the result.
The rights words can motivate, inspire, and even change lives. The right words can turn an otherwise meaningless conversation into an unforgettable moment for your audience. In short, words matter.
Highly successful people are not afraid to fail because they know that when they do, they'll learn a lesson and get better. And they say "yes," even when doing so might be scary. In fact, experts believe that risk-takers climb the company ladder faster and are early adopters of technology.
Whether you're running a business, leading a team, reconciling a friendship or trying to be the best spouse you can be, we are all prone to irrational thinking that can hurt our professional and personal relationships, or keep us stuck.
No one has enough friends. And if that's not reason enough to be likable, we tend to do business and build professional and relationships with people we like. We're instinctively drawn to people who are modest, agreeable, polite, kind... in short, to people who are genuinely likable.
Why do many people who read self-help books fail to get results? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. We are out of balance and it's killing us.
Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth, even Aristotle: The list of great minds that were also obsessive walkers is long. Why is the connection between wandering feet and a productive brain so strong and so long-lasting?
If your workspace is noisy, the brain will try to handle all the individual pieces of data in the noise. All that data processing takes energy you otherwise could use to focus on your job. It also increases levels of the stress-hormone cortisol and decreases levels of dopamine.
Time magazine lists it as one of the 10 greatest speeches of all time. It is a poignant expression of the travails of a troubled nation. And it contains an opening line that most Americans can still recite years after they learned it in school.
1. We overprotect kids, trying to keep them safe from all physical dangers--which ultimately increases their likelihood of real health issues. 2. We inhibit children's academic growth (especially among boys), because the lack of physical activity makes it harder for them to concentrate.
It only takes seven minutes to change how you approach your day. Using the routine described below when you get to work will make a world of difference in your productivity, your attitude, your success, and your health. It's like the approach you make to the tee on a golf course.
If you're an entrepreneur, your goal is to build a successful business. Your system is your processes for sales, marketing, fulfillment, operations, etc. If you're a coach, your goal is to win a championship. Your system is what your team does at practice each day.
Everyone wants to be productive, but boosting productivity doesn't happen by itself. Sometimes it takes a motivational quote to shift us in the right direction. Here are some powerful thoughts to get you started on a more productive year.
Some people are incredibly likable because of the things they do. Some people are incredibly charismatic because of the things they do. And some people are incredibly likable because of the things they don't do.
Want to stay healthy, both emotionally and physically? Researchers from UC San Diego and Yale have some simple advice for you: Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook.
"I was recently driving to a meeting in Silicon Valley and had to charge my Tesla. I decided to stop at the San Carlos supercharger on my way to Palo Alto and there were 5 other Tesla cars waiting in line to get a charging space.
You work really hard. In fact, you might not be able to work any harder. But you can still work smarter.
You know, the criticism I wanted to share wasn't so important after all. My opinion may even be changing on this. It might be better if I speak to their team leader first. Maybe what I saw a few weeks ago wasn't really the whole picture.
It's easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver.
The CEO might re-envision the way his company tackles innovation and product development, perhaps by bringing in other departments that don't normally get to participate in this work, and creating incentives for original thinking from anyone in the company.
You will train yourself and those who work with you to focus on what is critical rather than what is urgent. The two may sometimes be the same, but most often urgency trumps critical because it is harder to say "no" to an urgent request if you do not have a clear priority in place.
If you're at mile marker 1 and your dream is at mile marker 50, you just need enough info and support to get to mile marker 3 or 4. Once you get there, you'll need further instructions. But you have no clue what those instructions will be, because you don't currently know what you don't know.
It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. You know exactly what you want to do, but there are endless obstacles in your way. There is so much competition -- thousands or millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do.
1. Pick an upcoming meeting or a one-on-one conversation and experiment with making listening your first priority. Don't listen for anything. Instead, notice how many offers come your way (remember, they're not always positive).
20 years ago, you probably would've laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What's a google? But, as you know, Google's become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world.
5. They make it home for dinner. Kruse first learned this one from Intel's Andy Grove, who said, "There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done." Highly successful people know what they value in life. Yes, work, but also what else they value.
Address pain points and dreams. Innovating just to innovate doesn't do any good--real innovation always has the end user in mind and creates something that will meet their needs and address their pain points. However, many people aren't aware of or can't vocalize what they really want in a product.
What habits have changed people’s lives? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a tuxedo salesperson for missing a rotation. I was devastated. Guess what? I bounced back.
In a nutshell, he holds a meeting only when it's necessary. When I was there in 2015, SpaceX meetings were rare, but I would say they were most common in my group. I worked in Dragon development, which is primarily project/systems engineering for the variety of Dragon products.
Smiling, as it turns out, has truly remarkable effects. First, doing it actually makes you feel good even if you're not feeling good in the moment.
People who know how to persuade also know that just pushing your own argument will get you nowhere. They certainly are able to articulate their position in a convincing way, but that is only half the equation. They are actively listening when in persuasion mode.
Business cares about enterprise. Leadership cares about people.
When you're constantly multitasking and putting in long days--and who isn't?--the right apps can be a lifesaver. Once you hit on the combination that works for you, your personal and professional lives run more effectively. Suddenly you're less stressed and more productive. 1.
Who doesn't want their life to be amazing? No one really wants to live a life of blah mediocrity. But stuff just gets in the way. Life happens. Maybe you think you don't have control. Maybe you think it's too late to change your path. Hogwash.
These are questions Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker asks in his book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. They're questions I've often encountered --and attempted to tackle-- throughout my career as a business writer and editor.
The results are impressive. Nielsen says he's used flashcards to build up his understanding of complex topics such as AlphaGo, reading the same paper multiple times, pulling out bits of learning to memorize on flashcards each time through, until he had absorbed the whole thing.
This is a guest post from Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, the $250 million company group of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me, Wow 1 Day Painting, and Shack Shine. Warren Buffett, the CEO of the fourth-largest company in the country, isn't as busy as you are.
If your emails are too long, they likely won't be read at all. In fact, President Lincoln's powerful Gettysburg Address was only 272 words. Less is more. Steve Jobs was the quintessential communicator and entrepreneur.
People like creating to-do lists. It makes them feel productive and useful, as each completed task gets a well-deserved check mark beside it. In theory, all the tasks on a daily list get completed. Then, you can sit back on your couch and congratulate yourself for finishing a hard day's work.
Start with why -- and not your why. Write your customers' why. What's their problem and why do they want to solve it right now? Have a perspective. Establishing credibility is less about what you've done and learned in the past and more about how you view the present.
7. You don't take action. Knowing what to do isn't enough. To get unstuck, you have to take action. Set small, manageable goals every day and start building on those baby steps. 8. You don't believe in yourself. The worst form of undermining is the kind you do to yourself.
Blaming myself -- While it's important to take responsibility for your part, excessive self-blame isn't productive. In fact, it's been linked to mental health problems, like depression.
Happiness is something that we all want, yet so few feel as though they really understand how to achieve it consistently. We are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us that material items, the right partner, and external achievement metrics will deliver the happiness that we want.
On the softer side of building the business, the website includes best practices for leading startups. Like I said in my latest book, The Invisible Advantage, culture can either be the rocket fuel or death knell of an organization. Google's site embraces this sentiment wholeheartedly.
Knowledge building is one of the most vital things you can do to increase your chances of creating a successful business, living a full life and enjoying what you do. It's a massive priority for me, and I try to spend 30-40% of my time on it. Here's some ideas to get you started...