Life has a tendency to surround us with so much ‘stuff’ that we often forget the end game, or the goal we’re striving for. Years are burned this way. You wake up after 3 years at a job, having never been promoted, and wonder what happened. Are you destined for mediocrity? Do you not know how to move forward in life? There are never simple answers here. If there were, we’d all be clown-happy 24/7 and frankly anyone telling you that they can solve all of your problems is more likely to inject you with nothing but false hope that will eventually lead to your failure. So let’s step back for a second and hit on a couple of reasons why you’re not leaping forward […]
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Everyone wants to live an exceptional life. The problem arises when it comes time to define what that means to you. If you embrace someone else’s definition of what an exceptional life is, you will end up disappointed sooner or later, because you alone have to determine what you want. It can be tough to get clear on what you want, and you won’t always be perfectly clear, but the goal isn’t to be clear, the goal is to move forward and explore. If you knew everything, life would get boring fast. There has to be a degree of uncertainty to keep things interesting. With that said, I thought I’d throw in a few ways on how you can get Be Kind One of the […]
There is a lot of talk about time management, career management, project management and even life management. Today, I am going to suggest to you the management of something which I think is very important and very much ignored: your circle of friends. Or better yet, the design of your circle of friends. Think about it: every week, you spend quite a few hours with your friends. The proper circle of friends for you can be a lot more than a bunch of people you hang out with or tweet to. Having the right friends can mean: Very fun experiences together, you look forward to every time; A powerful connection, based on your core common points; A deep sense of respect and appreciation for each […]
I have read hundreds of books and articles on personal development. Through it all I’ve digested and considered thousands of ideas, so-called best practices, and the always popular lifehacks. While there is no way to distill all of these books, your life, your job, or happiness into a simple list of tips, I am going to pick a handful that I personally view as the most important. While everyone is clearly different and dealing with their own set of unique circumstances, I really believe that at some level each of these ideas can be applied to just about anyone. Take a look, consider them, and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Life isn’t smooth sailing. You will need to accept that there are […]
Gallup asked thousands of US workers a provocative question: “At work, do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day?” Shockingly, only 32% of people said that they did. Other countries were even worse. This represents a remarkable misallocation of talent: imagine the huge overall gain to productivity that would come from reshuffling everyone into roles they are suited for! Alas, no one can pick people up and shuffle them around by force; not Gallup, not the government, not even the Jolly Green Giant. Only the people themselves can do this. This means you. So if, on reflection, you discover you’re one of the 68% that doesn’t get the chance to use their true talents at work, here are a […]
When you want to get something done around the house, you might use a number of different tools – hammer, nails, superglue, detailed instructions, etc. It depends on the job, right? Choosing the wrong tool means you’ll end up wasting time, grabbing the right one means you’ll finish sooner and be able to move on to other tasks. When it comes to getting things done during your workday, you need to choose the right tool too. So what are the key items in your productivity toolkit – and how can you use them? Tool #1: SuperglueOne of the fastest ways to improve your productivity is to superglue your butt to your chair. I’m a writer, and I know how very easy it is to do […]