Adopting This Simple Habit Will Make You Insanely Successful and Confident, According to Science

Adopting This Simple Habit Will Make You Insanely Successful and Confident, According to Science

Research suggests there’s one remarkably simple behavior that separates ultra-successful people from the rest. How many times do we look at one aspect of our lives or another — be it weight, stress, or finances — and wish it were different? Or that we knew how to change it? Carol Dweck, a researcher from Stanford University, spent over 3 decades trying to solve this common problem, and get to the root of why some people are able to figure out and overcome new challenges, while others failed. The answer was quite simple, actually. She found that there were two different approaches to life and resulting behaviors that separated the ultra-successful from the rest. These two habits are known as the “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”: A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way. They think success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. These two very different approaches, Dweck’s research found, are at the root of whether some people become the best in their field while others languish. Why you should use this behavior. Individuals who commit to a growth mindset have been found to accomplish more (both professionally and personally) than those with a fixed... read more
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Managing a Big Project

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Managing a Big Project

Image source: StockSnap It turns out that you are more likely to fail than to succeed in handling and completing a big project. According to statistics, fewer than a third of all projects were successfully completed on time and within the budget over the past year, only 56% of all project managers are certified, and most of the time 80% of them they have no idea how their projects align with their company’s business strategy. Nevertheless, an astounding 97% of organizations believe project management is critical to business performance and organizational success, which is why you – as a project manager – should give it your best to get things done on time and within the budget. To accomplish that, you should have a proper plan, an excellent drive and a mindset to avoid making critical mistakes when managing a big project. 1) Failing to Define Goals   When your team isn’t given a clear set of goals, they will waste more time on figuring out what should be done than doing the actual work. Simply put, they can’t be productive if they have no clue what they’re working for, or what their work means. That implies that there will be problems with prioritizing, so the tasks will most likely get completed in the wrong order. 2) False risks assessment     Underestimating or refusing to acknowledge risk can ultimately derail both your schedule and your project plan, thus increasing project costs dramatically. On the other hand, overestimating risks is detrimental to a project as well, since being overly cautious will keep you from taking action. Assess risks and... read more
3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

Multitasking is one of the most coveted job skills out there. After all, we’d all love to be the rock star worker who can tackle multiple projects at once without batting an eye. However, while it would nice to take on everything at once, studies show that it’s horrible for productivity and focus. It’s been proven again and again that multitasking detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, while destroying cognitive ability on all fronts. With that in mind, here are some pointers on how to stop multitasking in a demanding workplace: Allow yourself to unplug Sure, tech has done wonders for society’s productivity as a whole. However, the day-to-day bleeps, notifications and emails are not helping your focus. Unplugging can do wonders for limiting the urgency to multitask created by electronics. However, as with everything else, we need to be realistic; you can’t live the life of a caveman, and you certainly can’t banish electronics from your office. Instead, find time in your day to detach from media and electronic devices. Block off an email-free hour, or leave your phone stuffed in a drawer for the morning. Trust me, those messages will still be there when you return. Use tech to fight tech Tech is finally starting to fight back against itself in the battle to end multitasking. There are numerous apps, plugins and widgets out there that can eliminate non-essential electronics to help your productivity. Since you can’t live the life of a caveman, this is the next best step. For, instance, I use tools to pair down and filter my email. I obviously can’t... read more
5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

Sometimes, if you’ve been at your job or position for a while – or are just plain overworked – your inspiration and motivation at work can start running on empty. However, even if you want a new job (or better yet, plan to start a business), it doesn’t mean you have to dislike your current one. Although we’re huge fans of setting new career and business goals, we’re also proponents of having a positive outlook in the present. In order to reach for new heights, you can’t let your present situation drag you down. Thankfully, with some shifts in perspective and tweaks to your routine, you can squeeze some meaning out of your current workday. Try one or two of these tips on for starters, and see how they can help you find motivation at work: Think like a child We’re certainly not advocating for temper tantrums at work; we’re referring to the wide-eyed, fresh perspective that children have. Children are endlessly fascinated, and they bring questioning and curiosity into every situation. If you think back to it, you probably weren’t so different during your first few weeks in the office – everything was new, and you looked at every process with fresh eyes. You can bring back that refreshing outlook today by looking for improvements everywhere at your job. For instance, if there’s a blogging system your team has been using for years, perhaps there’s now a better mousetrap you can utilize. Science says this perspective brings about increased creativity and innovation, and it might be just the kick-start you need to find inspiration and motivation at work. Bring about new opportunities You can’t... read more
Learn These 7 Tough Skills to Dramatically Improve Your Entire Life

Learn These 7 Tough Skills to Dramatically Improve Your Entire Life

We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy workweek. Wealthy and successful people, on the other hand, never stop reaching for new heights and learning new skills, even if a teacher or boss isn’t telling them to. The ultra-successful know that there are some other skills outside of their job description that can also immensely improve their wealth and their life. Well after they graduate, they’re still constant learners. Start off by implementing one or two of these skills into your daily routine, and you’ll start to notice a massive difference in your success: Thinking of your time as money As Jim Rohn once said, “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” Time is one of our few non-renewable resources — we only have a finite amount of it every day. Without learning to manage your time, you let urgent tasks and other people control how you spend your life. You don’t have to turn into a Debbie Downer, but viewing your time as money is increasingly vital as we try to fit more and more into our daily lives. With everyone clamoring to achieve the ever-evasive “work-life balance,” it’s more important than ever to learn when it’s better to delegate a task rather than do it yourself. By doing this, you won’t only stay sane, but you’ll see your wealth pile up in the process. So don’t waste your time on administrative tasks when you could be on the phone making sales calls. You’ll earn more and enjoy the ride more by sticking to what you’re best at. Scheduling your energy With social media screaming... read more
5 Smart Networking Tricks You Need to Use

5 Smart Networking Tricks You Need to Use

Studies show that the majority of jobs are found through networking. Even if you’re not looking for a job, the reality is that success often requires forging meaningful connections and partnerships beyond your close circle. We know, we know – networking is easier said than done sometimes, especially if you’re not the most social person. Thankfully, there are some brilliant networking tricks that can make this increasingly-necessary skill painless for anyone. Without further ado, here are some of those networking tricks. Start using them today, and you’ll be amazed at how far they take you: Show up early Showing up to a crowded event and seamlessly merging into a group of people deep in conversation is intimidating for just about anyone. That’s why Wendy Gelberg, author of The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career, recommends showing up early as a seamless way to connect with others. That way, you’ll meet the few early stragglers who will be eager to come up to you and network. By the time the party really gets started, you’ll be the center of the conversation! Act like you want to talk Often, our default reaction when we have no one to talk to at an event is to bury our noses deep in our iPhones and pretend we’re busy. The Wall Street Journal says that’s completely wrong because it makes you appear uninviting and unapproachable. Instead, you should simply act like you want to talk to people. Have inviting body language, and smile instead of squinting at your Twitter. Even if no one talks to you, they’ll be happy to strike up a conversation... read more
Ditch These 5 Bad Work Habits to Immediately Improve Your Life

Ditch These 5 Bad Work Habits to Immediately Improve Your Life

When it comes to our careers, we usually focus on getting our tasks done, and if there’s time left over, we try to pick up some new positive routines. While we’re huge proponents of getting stuff done and creating good habits, this approach ignores the bad work habits that could be holding you back. Your net success is determined by what remains when your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones. By noticing the negative aspects of your day-to-day life, you’ll drastically improve it. We won’t keep you in suspense – here are some of those bad work habits you can drop today to immediately improve your life: Start having sloppy writing.  If you aren’t in a role that involves a lot of writing, this communication habit probably doesn’t seem like big deal. Harvard University research, however, says otherwise – they found that writing is one of the most important skills in any career. It can boost productivity, strengthen leadership, and even improve your chances of a promotion. Bad writing, on the other hand, results in the opposite. You can stop one of the bad work habits right in it’s tracks by devoting time to your writing. Consider double-checking your emails before sending them off, and ensuring they use clear and error-free language. If you want more concrete ways to improve you writing, check out my article on Stephen King’s expert writing tips. Stop saying ‘yes’ to everything. We’re all told that being agreeable and saying “yes” is polite and desirable, especially when dealing with a supervisor or manager. While that might be true during a dinner party, in the business world, it can... read more
The Secret To Your  Self-Motivation Lies In This Surprising Science-Backed Habit

The Secret To Your Self-Motivation Lies In This Surprising Science-Backed Habit

We can do anything we set our minds to. But sometimes it can feel like our brains are working against us when it comes to achieving our goals. Plans to learn a new skill, get in shape, or to save money and start a business, keep getting pushed back in the hopes that Future You will handle it “someday.” It’s a crippling behavioral cycle that can eat away at your self-motivation. In fact, in psychology, procrastination is classified as a form of self-sabotage. But there’s good news. While learning how to become self-motivated may feel difficult or nebulous, the potential solution is remarkably simple, according to Psychology Today and cognitive neuroscience. In their findings, a psychology professor at Harvard University, Ron Siegel, suggested that the key to following through on motivation boils down to this: bring optimism and fun back into the picture. This sounds a little hokey, right? After all, completing a term paper or your taxes isn’t exactly fun. While this habit seems anything but scientific, the neurological reasons behind it aren’t. According to the research, the reason we procrastinate on our ambitions lies in our primal psychology: “Our modern brains are still wired up for the ancient evolutionary purpose of surviving in a dangerous environment. Over a million years or so, we developed specialized neural structures that selectively tuned in to danger signals.” So when the time comes for us to create and be productive, instead of focusing on the pleasurable and rewarding aspects of obtaining our goals, our brains dwell on the anxiety and fear that comes along with doing something new or putting ourselves... read more
How to Make Lifelong Learning a Daily Habit

How to Make Lifelong Learning a Daily Habit

It’s easy to get tunnel vision in business and only focus on the tasks directly ahead of you. However, setting aside a little time to learn and hone new skills on a daily basis is key. It’ll not only allow you to survive in this changing entrepreneurial landscape but to thrive in it. Many of us still operate under the idea that, once we leave school with our diplomas in hand, there’s no need to continue mastering different areas of knowledge. However, the reality is that we no longer live in a world where learning can stay fixed for anyone in any trade. Adaptation is a currency worth its weight in gold in today’s business world, where new innovations are continuously changing the game. Being a constant learner means staying sharp, relevant in your field, and ahead of the curve. And forming these habits doesn’t have to be difficult or terribly time consuming either. There are a number of simple ways to implement lifelong learning into your day-to-day routine, no matter how busy you are: Set specific and concrete learning goals First things first, get those self-improvement ideas out of your head and out into the real world in a tangible way. Writing a list of what you want to learn can help you stick to your goals in a meaningful way. Next, create objectives that are manageable, by breaking down big picture goals into daily, monthly, and annual stepping stones. If you want to learn more about SEO techniques, for example, you could set a goal to read one blog post about your area of interest per day.... read more
5 Decisions Ultra Successful People Make Every Single Day

5 Decisions Ultra Successful People Make Every Single Day

Let’s face it: there are a million and a half things that will be out of your control daily. Whether it’s a grumpy boss or a late subway, a lot of your daily routine is left up to chance. While you can’t control your environment, you can control how you respond to it. So ultra-successful people thrive, achieve, and enjoy success because they make smart decisions every day, no matter what life throws their way. So choose to be make everyday incredibly successful by making these decisions daily:  They choose to feel good about themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” While you can’t control if people will be kind to you, you can choose how they affect you. Just like Eleanor Roosevelt, realize that your attitude doesn’t – and shouldn’t – be affected by how others treat you. So know that no matter what sort of attitude others give you, know that you can choose to be positive. They choose to work hard instead of dream. Yes, it feels nice to daydream and imagine the great things that could happen when we finally achieve what we’ve been longing for – from opening a business, to finally fitting in a dress two sizes smaller. However, as the iconic author and poet Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” Dreams don’t come true just because you spaced off during the workday. Successful people don’t only know this, but they use it to push themselves forward. They realize they’ll achieve their dreams eventually, but they don’t get discouraged when it takes a whole... read more