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.
Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve. Unleash potential in yourself and in those you lead by encouraging a growth--rather than fixed--mindset.
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.
No words can express how much I care about your safety and wellbeing. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful. Going forward, I've asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception.
Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few continuing education courses.
Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what they had to say.
Do you think of yourself as lazy? If so, do you think that's a good thing? It just might be the key to success. That's according to Michael Lewis, author of the bestsellers Moneyball, The Big Short, and many more.
Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates' favorite book, or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily simple way to commit more content to memory:
Emotional intelligence is more than a hot topic or trending hashtag.
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.
There are two schools of thought about how information should flow within companies. By far the most common way is chain of command, which means that you always flow communication through your manager.
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.
When I'm not busy expressing my gratitude for absolutely nothin'? I go with a standard "Best" at the end of my messages. Isn't my creativity just astounding? It's not that I don't want to cap off my email with something great. It's just that I often find myself drawing a blank.
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.
When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day. We already know too much noise is not a good thing for our brains or our bodies.
I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and actually listen to the other person with all my being. I eventually avoided the mistake of talking about polarizing topics like politics or race, and learned to stay neutral, positive, and upbeat.
Spearheading the sustainable energy movement. Attempting to solve rush hour traffic. Exploring the unknown regions of outer space. Responding to fans (and critics) on social media. To say billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is keeping busy would surely be an understatement.
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.
Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews."
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.
Most of us spend some amount of time--sometimes a lot!--online. Instead of chasing after provocative headlines and weird old tricks, why not spend time on sites that will make you smarter in life, shrewder in business, and wiser in leadership?
Notice how Bezos describes these people as "talented experts." Aren't all experts talented? In a sense, yes. But as years of research reveal, it's not only about who is on the team, but how they work together.
Twenty six percent of adults in the United States have not read even a portion of a book within the last year. It's an unfortunate reality considering that researchers have found that consuming the written word is exceptionally good for people. Here's what studies have found.
At the center of every significant innovation is always an idea. Clarence Birdseye's idea about freezing fish revolutionized the food industry and American diets. Charles Schwab's idea about flat commissions changed investing forever.
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.
We get old when the weight of our memories and regrets starts to exceed that of our dreams. When it to comes to the topic of retirement, the old rules no longer apply.
Are you unstoppable or average? Do you get derailed by prior success?
This phrase will save a lot of time.
They say there's no fountain of youth. But a comprehensive new Harvard University study is the latest report to break down exactly how much extra time you can get yourself on this planet if you follow a small number of positive life habits.
Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.
Great relationships give life significantly more purpose, and in business, they translate to resources, advice and stability. Trust is at the heart of these connections. A trustworthy person will use roughly the same behavior and language in any situation.
Tim Ferriss has made a career of distilling snackable bits of advice from his own personal productivity experiments. He's also become expert at observing these same hacks from any number of über-successful people in his expanding inner circle.
It can be tempting to imagine that all millionaires caught a lucky break or two along the way and that's why they achieved the success they have. Well, luck certainly played its part, but that's because most millionaires (or billionaires) aggressively created it.
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.
Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google.
Mental strength and inner peace go hand in hand. Mentally strong people are confident that they can handle whatever life throws their way. That's not to say they don't feel pain or that they don't get sad--they experience their emotions on a deep level.
When Yale began offering a new course this semester, over 1,000 students jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't about business, technology or innovation. It's about how to be happy. Nearly a fourth of the undergraduate student body enrolled in Psyc 157: Psychology and the Good Life.
Jeff Bezos. Elon Musk. These two tech visionaries share a lot in common. They're both known as extremely innovative thinkers. They're both trying to change the world, one by altering the way people buy products and the other by convincing consumers to drive electric automobiles.
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.
When's the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? Yeah, right. But of course, you read books from cover to cover. I mean, who in their right mind wouldn't? Turns out, lots of folks. I once believed in the sacredness of books -- each text deserved to be read in its entirety.
Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data, and spent millions trying to better understand its people.
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.
This is a post from Michael Simmons, co-founder of Empact. At the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin l eft formal schooling to become an apprentice to his father. As a teenager, he showed no particular talent or aptitude aside from his love of books.
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.
This is where I reach the end of my endurance. I haven't even gotten into the non-fiction stuff, but alas ... I must eat. With this list, you'll feel like you can dominate the Trivial Pursuit literature section! Life is good.
Warren Buffett is probably the most successful investor in American history. He credits a 1936 book called One Thousand Ways to Make $1,000 (which he found in the library when he was 7 years old) with giving him his initial career inspiration. The book was out of print for decades.
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.
The quest to be more effective at work has hatched misconceptions about what having a productive workday really means. It has also led most people into thinking that being busy is tantamount to being productive.
TED is one of the world's premier cultural events, providing not just a chance for the thousand or so attendees to hear from some of the smartest people around, but also opening up this knowledge to millions of learners around the world through the event's wildly popular online videos.
The stereotype of a successful salesperson is an extrovert who sells anything to anybody. He (or, less commonly, she) charms customers so thoroughly that they sign on the dotted line before they know what hit them. Customers, however, don't find extroverted salespeople charming.
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.
Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once. For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:
What are some things you realize as you get older? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. As I've gotten older, I've learned 10 key lessons in life that I wanted to share with you.
Someday, my daughter is going to kill me for this one, but it's a story that will vindicate parents everywhere.
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.
In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaced it with provides even more valuable insight for entrepreneurs and leaders.
In the article "Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong," the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice in order for someone to become world-class.
We live in a world where the insult has become the weapon of choice. Competitors use them to get us off our game.
When you're stuck in a rut, it often feels like you need a big change--a new job, a globetrotting dream vacation, a wildly different, way healthier, lifestyle. But the problem with big changes is that they're usually terrifying. And expensive. And difficult.
What if I were to tell you that you could increase the odds that your kids will achieve great success in life--maybe greater success than you've had--simply by making a small change in how you praise them and talk about achievement? It turns out, you can.
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.
When it comes to improving your health, productivity, and business's growth, time management is a necessity for mastery of those domains. Even if you know your goals for the upcoming week, that's not enough.
I write about productivity and personal achievement for a living, so take it from me: You already know how to be successful. All the good advice? You've already heard it.
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.
It's easy to find someone to tell you what you want to hear, but your true ally is one who tells you what you need to learn. Give yourself an edge with these 25 gems of sage advice that most people ignore.
Some people instantly light up a room. They make us feel important. They make us feel special. While we can't always define it, we know when someone just has it. The person is naturally likable. But there's a flip side.
It's just one of those days where nothing seems to be going right. And, to be honest, it's a pretty crappy feeling.
Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It's easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under your control, and it's a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).
What parent doesn't want their child to do well in school, stay out of trouble, and grow up to be a highly successful adult? But as I've found over the years raising my own daughter, that's far easier said than done.
Podcasting is a great way to learn and be inspired. It's a new use of technology that hearkens back to the original social medium, storytelling.
This is a post from Michael Simmons, co-founder of Empact. Let's face it, we love productivity! As a culture, we have a seemingly unending appetite for viral articles on productivity hacks.
In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of focus. That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today.
If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there. Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your relationships, be happier, write a book, or start a business -- willpower won't help you with any of these things.
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.
Last night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles delivered one of the most spectacular Super Bowl performances of all time. And he did it while facing the NFL's version of Goliath: the New England Patriots. Foles wasn't even supposed to be in this position.
What can you say about yourself? We can say many things--good and bad--but we all want to be able to say things that will make us feel good about ourselves and our influence on others.
It's never too late to invest in your career. Fortunately, we live in a time where we all have access to an elite education at our fingertips, not to mention completely free of charge.
It's been a dream of civilizations since the dawn of time: If we can't live forever, can we at least slow down the aging process and stretch our lives out as long as possible?
What are some of the best life tips? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Over the past 31 years of my life, I've learned a lot through my experiences. These include:
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.
Be kind. The benefits of being kind--or at the very least courteous--far outweigh the effort you put in. Do random acts of kindness. Compliment someone. If a retail or food-service worker makes a mistake, be understanding and patient. Kind people live longer than unkind people.