5 Ways to Become a Constant Learner

5 Ways to Become a Constant Learner

School’s back in session, and just because you’ve already graduated, it doesn’t mean you have to stop learning and evolving. The greatest of the greats – like Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates – never take off their learning caps; no matter how many years have passed since school. By self-teaching, they’re able to brush up on their skills and find new passions to supercharge their success in the most unexpected ways. You can also become a constant learner, starting today. Here are 5 ways to become a student in the University of Life (and have fun while doing it): Read President Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah, George R.R. Martin, and Warren Buffet have each famously spoken out about how reading got them to where they are today and how it continues to shape and inform their decision making on a daily basis. By reading just a few minutes a day, you’ll be sculpting your brain to be more creative and sharp, while also picking up valuable information along the way. Experiment If you’re in a rut, shaking things up and experimenting is a surefire way to become a constant learner. For instance, world-class chefs swear by trialing as a way to learn new cooking skills and discover tasty dishes. Even when their experiments taste awful, it’s still a valuable learning experience, because they find out what doesn’t work. If you’re more inclined to order on Seamless every single night, you can find other creative ways to experiment in and outside of work, like trying a new morning routine. By dipping your toes in unfamiliar territory, you’ll be constantly learning and discovering...
3 Ways to Strengthen Your Emotional Intelligence

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Emotional Intelligence

It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Einstein (which you very well could be!), there’s another trait that’s just as important as IQ: it’s EQ. Emotional intelligence is the ability to handle situations and others in a smart way through your feelings and reactions. Everything from resolving an office spackle to closing a business deal is more dependent on your emotional smarts than anything else. And just like your IQ, it’s something that can be honed and sharpened to bring further success. Without further ado, here are some simple ways to boost your emotional intelligence, even during a stressful or conflict-ridden workday: Practice mindfulness Essentially, mindfulness is the ability to pay attention to your present moment with calmness and collectiveness. The Google empire highly values mindfulness as a technique to help employees become emotionally intelligent.  As the leader of their program said, “At any time, whatever is happening to you — whether you’re under stress, you’re being shouted at, or anything else — you have the skill to bring the mind to a place that’s calm and clear. If you can do that, it lays the foundation for emotional intelligence.” They’re able to achieve this by meditating and reflecting for a few minutes a day. You can too by penciling in reflection before a big meeting or busy workday. Even if you don’t have time to meditate, Harvard studies suggest the mere act of breathing calmly will bolster your EQ during times of stress. Redefine failure “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning...
5 Ways to Become a Master Networker

5 Ways to Become a Master Networker

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “it’s all about who you know.” While that does have a lot of truth to it, it’s often easier said than done. Even if you’re the bell of the ball at parties, it can still be hard to find and connect with the people who will propel your career and business forward. Thankfully, even if you’re an introvert, networking is a skill that can be learned pretty effortlessly. It’s just like riding a bike; it might seem a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll become easy as pie. Here are 5 ways to become a master networker in no time: Get personal When you’re out and about networking, it goes a lot easier when you feel like you’re talking to a friend, or if you forge a connection beyond a mutual business exchange. That’s why networking expert Achim Nowak, author of Infectious: How to Connect Deeply and Unleash the Energetic Leader Within, recommends revealing something personal about yourself to others. Nope, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) reveal details about your last date, but you can take steps to let some personal details lose and make the connection flourish. He recommends sprinkling some personality when you’re asked the standard Q&A. For instance, when asked “where are you from,” don’t be afraid to follow up with “______, and I have to go to a high school reunion there next month; I’m a little nervous.” Volunteer  Looking for a place to meet remarkable people? Forbes recommends volunteering or attending fundraisers. You’re not only supporting a good cause, but you’re in a space...
4 Simple Skills That Will Radically Improve Your Life

4 Simple Skills That Will Radically Improve Your Life

During a busy day, it’s tempting to just focus on improving skills that are directly related to your job. Highly successful people, on the other hand, know that improving themselves outside the realm of their career can be just as, if not more, important. Even if the skills don’t seem earth shattering or have a direct impact on their current role, they find some time during the day to learn things that can improve their lives for the better. Here are some of those very simple skills that will improve your life in a big way. Sprinkle these into your daily routine, and see just how far they take you: Scheduling around your energy Studies estimate that social media has cost us trillions of dollars in lost productivity. So if you’re one of those people who’s tempted to check Facebook during the workday, you’re not alone. But rather than attempting to avoid social media (and other distractions) completely, science says you should learn how to schedule around your energy instead. Quite simply, no one can completely avoid distractions during a busy day. The better option is to harness that finite focus you have towards maximum productivity. For instance, Dr. Travis Bradberry suggests doing around 50 minutes of work followed by around 15 minutes of rest. Even if you don’t want to follow his schedule, being aware of and prioritizing around your times of maximum productivity (and avoiding the infamous afternoon slump) is a vital skill to learn. Thinking of your time as money Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say ‘no’ to...
How to Shift Your Thinking Towards Success

How to Shift Your Thinking Towards Success

3 Ways to Shift Your Thinking Towards Success More than anything, your thinking plays a huge part in your achievements. For instance, if Sara Blakely thought rejection was the end of the road, she would have never became the world’s youngest female billionaire. Granted, we know you’re not a Debby Downer or Negative Nancy, but who wouldn’t want to think like a champion? With some small tweaks in your mentality, you can see some massive changes in your life. Here are some common mentalities that are probably holding you back, and how you can shift your thinking towards success instead: Turn defensiveness into curiosity Who here just loves getting feedback and critique? No one? Alright, we’ll admit that getting feedback can be tough to stomach and pretty unpleasant. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but a gigantic way to shift your thinking towards success is to make feedback your best friend. Don’t believe us? A Forbes study found that leaders who asked for the least feedback were only ranked as 17% effective by their peers and employees. On the other hand, leaders who asked for the most feedback received an average effectiveness rating of 83%. So start shifting your thinking by being curious about your performance. Ask a friend for tips, reach out to The Tribe, jump at opportunities to receive an employee review; the opportunities are endless. Turn talent into habits Plenty of studies say that an abundance mindset brings along a lot of positive changes, while a fixed mindset brings along the exact opposite. This plays out in big ways with your career – a person...
4 Daily Decisions That Will Make You More Successful

4 Daily Decisions That Will Make You More Successful

Anyone who has ever been on a diet can attest that much of a diet’s success has to do with making the right decisions constantly. However, during a busy workday, there are a million and a half things that are out of our control all the time. That’s why our success is largely determined by the choices we can make. Successful people thrive, achieve, and enjoy success because they make smart decisions every day. Without further ado, here are some of those decisions. If you incorporate them in your daily life, success will never be far away. They choose to feel good about themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Like many other success stories, Roosevelt realized that she couldn’t choose who was happy with her and who wasn’t (and there were certainly plenty of people unhappy with her). Although she couldn’t control what people thought of her, she could control the way she thought about herself.  So choose to realize your greatness. A baby step you can start today is leaving yourself positive notes daily. They choose to set specific goals. Successful people don’t start with a million aspirations and attempt to work on every single one of them all at once. Pop icon Madonna hit the spot when she said, “I’m tough, ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a [expletive], okay.” To a successful person, an aspiration is a specific, well-conceived desire. You can do this today by turning your dreams into specific, time-sensitive goals, and placing them near the top of your priority list. They choose to...