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Check Your Ego, Build Your Relationships

Picture yourself at work leading your way to a one-to-one meeting with your boss. Words start flowing and you can feel them like bullets fired by a machine gun hitting you deep down somewhere you can almost feel the pain: They are the foundations of your ego being badly shaken, holding on again and again after every strike. Nonetheless, you stand strong and do not let your feelings throw you to say something wrong. However, the damage is done. As common as this panorama may seem, it is always brought about due to the same cause: Our egos. And the less flexible we are to the external threats it receives, the more resistance and emotional pain we will suffer as a result. Here you will […]

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How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

  I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said. After the conversation, I would complicate things further by blaming myself for a botched pick up line or a job interview that didn’t go so well. Thus, the vicious cycle would continue. I would always blame myself for something I wasn’t doing. The truth is, people are just people, just like you and I. However, people believe that they are so unique that if only they said the right thing, people would be interested in them. I certainly […]

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How Not To Network

I spent the better part of an afternoon recently having a conversation with someone on my Southwest flight back home. Like many of us who travel frequently, I was bored, restless and looking for something to occupy my time. Keep in mind, the battery on my iPAD was dead and I was looking around aimlessly for some sort of intellectual stimulation. I introduced myself to the woman sitting one seat over from me who kept trying to make eye contact and initiate a conversation. I tried like the dickens to avoid it at first but I caved in and allowed her in my world. I am a sucker for persistence. I was also really, really bored! I soon found out just how eager she was […]

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6 Life Lessons We All Know But Always Forget

School isn’t the only place where we can learn—day-to-day experiences can deal us some major life lessons that you won’t find in any academic book. Sadly, because we are always too wrapped up in our fast-paced lives, we forget about these life gems that help us become better people. Now that we’re adults, we’ve become even more stubborn and hard-headed than when we were children, and sometimes, it takes the discipline of a strict teacher to beat some sense into us. That disciplinarian can come in the form of an actual slap on the head, or it may come in the form of an online article that aims to remind us of the lessons we’ve forgotten. 1.Be productive, not busy. Never let your job rule […]

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How to Deal With a Jealous Friend (7 Things You Desperately Need to Know)

A friend ruined my date night with my wife! Let me show you the picture I was in. One night, while me and my wife were dining in a restaurant, a friend dropped by our table. Little did I know that he came to sabotage our evening. Before narrating what happened next, I better explain who this guy is, and why I bother to write about my relationship with him and this episode. I grew up with him. We did everything young boys would do in the neighborhood together. We’d continue being friends ’til we have grown out of our kids’ bodies and became much bigger, and began preoccupied with girls. While in college, we’d always catch up with each other’s developments. We were best […]

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5 Ways To Get Busy At Work – Boost Your Productivity Now

It’s no secret that when you’re in a positive emotional state of mind everything just seems to seamlessly fall into place. “If you smile when you wake up, even if you have to force it, you will be happier for the rest of the day” we’ve all heard this somewhere before! But here are some more practical and scientifically proven ways you can boost productivity and well-being. 1. Your office interior design matters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re working from home or in an office; your work space design play a key role in boosting your productive energy and mental health. There are several things to keep in mind when designing your office; colour, flow, space and furniture all play an important part in creative […]

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3 Powerful Ways To Boost Your Self Confidence

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.” – Samuel Johnson There’s a lot of truth to the quote above by Samuel Johnson. Almost everything great starts with self confidence. Confidence is what sunlight is to plants, without it, you’ll struggle, be unhappy, and find it hard to make real progress. Confidence is a big part of success, doing things exceptionally well, and being proud of what you do. Confidence is a big part of being happy and developing your skills. These 3 powerful ways to boost confidence have helped me a lot, and still do. So I’m sure you’ll gain value from this article to help you on your journey. 1. Sharpen your skills. When I first started out blogging 2 years ago, I […]

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5 Steps for Sharpening Your Mind for Success

Your success is not in your hands. It’s in your mind. I saw you snicker and that’s not some psycho mumbo jumbo. When you make up your mind to be a success, your mind leads your actions. Those actions lead you to success because you become what you think about most. You know it’s true. Remember the gorgeous blonde you saw in the bar and you fell all over yourself trying to pick her up? It didn’t work. Because you had in your mind that she was out of your league, but you tried anyway. She thought it was hilarious that you couldn’t talk like a grown man, but she wasn’t going out of there with someone who wasn’t ready for her level of class. […]

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The One Technique to Get What You Want From Difficult People

Last week I was in Silicon Valley and I was meeting with one of my consulting clients, a CTO at a high growth startup. During our conversation, we started talking about one of his engineering managers. He was struggling to manage this fellow, since every time they were trying to make a decision (green-lighting a new feature, adjusting their strategy, etc.) this manager reacted with resistance. It didn’t matter what the decision was; it seemed like he always had an objection. Luckily, I was able to help. How? Well, I know a lot about this kind of difficult behavior firsthand, because I used to be that guy. As engineers we are taught to look for bottlenecks. When building software the ability to think through potential […]

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5 Ways To Add Spark to Your Cup of Coffee (and Life)

Is your coffee just something you grab as a take-out from the faceless coffee shop on your way to the office? Or is it worse, some grey watery liquid dispensed from a machine. Could you be getting more from your coffee and indeed life? 1. Pause just a moment and do it well. If you’ve ever been to Paris, amid the rush and packed metros, you may have seen that the French have a great way to enjoy coffee. They don’t do the take-out but they don’t sit down either. It’s au comptoir and it saves a few cents as well. A big advantage of standing at the bar is that the coffee is drunk from a nice little china cup – it’ll be an […]

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