The Real Secret to Success Isn’t Really a Secret

Over my career, I have observed people with different personalities, backgrounds, and behavioral styles achieve success in life. Many times I wondered if there was a recurring theme running through their success stories that would clearly illustrate what creates success. When I was interviewing average business owners and entrepreneurs for my book, Masters of Success, I asked […]

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Your To-Do List Isn’t Working. Here’s How to Fix It in 1 Step

You’re probably familiar with the story for a jar that represents the time available in your life. You fill the jar with rocks, pebbles, and sand representing the big, medium, and small stuff you do every day. If you start with pebbles and sand, you’ll run out of space for the big rocks–the things that matter most. But, by […]

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How to Use SMART Goals to Change a Habit

You might find it easy to apply SMART goal principles to your life goals or other personal goals, like losing weight or getting better grades. But what about changing habits – can SMART goal setting apply there, too? In today’s class *puts on teacherly glasses* we’re going to turn a desired habit change into a SMART goal. Speaking Up In Meetings Let’s say Sally has plenty of good […]

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13 Examples of Achievable Career Goals

Need some career inspiration for setting your short- and long-term goals? Here are 13 ideas to help you get started, plus how to achieve them. Most people aspire to grow professionally because they see it as the best way to become more fulfilled and improve their living standards. But career development isn’t always easy; many […]

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14 Productivity Tips From Top Business Leaders

Some people hold themselves accountable by logging work on productivity apps, while others turn to blogs and books inspirational productivity quotes. Regardless of how you motivate yourself to get things done in the workplace, now and then we all find ourselves searching for productivity tips to keep us moving forward. And if you don’t think this applies to you, consider […]

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10 Micro-Habits That Will Transform Your Life

With every new job, relationship, habit—you name it—I consider learning in baby steps. You didn’t pop out of your mother’s womb knowing how to walk, much less run, did you? First, you laid there, for months, before rolling over, then crawling, then pulling yourself up, before you wobbled a couple of steps and everyone around […]

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Why Bad Habits Are Easy and Good Habits Are Hard

If you ever needed proof that God has a sense of humor, you need only look at how we’re wired to form habits. Humans are astonishing in their ability to habitualize almost any behavior. With sufficient practice, we can learn to perform tasks of mind-boggling complexity with little or no conscious effort: driving, dancing, playing musical […]

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Five Thinking Habits of the ‘Mega Successful’

Being successful starts with your thoughts. Thinking habits drive behaviors. Good or bad, productive or useless thought precedes action. Self-defeating thoughts can derail a career whether it’s leadership, selling, entrepreneurship… you name it. Clear, rational and optimistic thinking leads to eventual success. To reach your career goals, adopt the mindset of the top 5%. Develop […]

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How the ’15 Minute Rule’ Helps this Writer Accomplish Major Goals

Want to write a book? Lose weight? Learn Spanish? Tackling a major goal may seem impossible, but 15 minutes a day is all it takes, according to musician and journalist Paul Cantor. “Can you do it for 15 minutes? Because often you’ll find that you can, and that kind of gets you out of just wanting to do […]

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