3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

3 Habits That Will Make You Mentally Tough and Ultra-Successful

Champions don’t always have perfect victories. Most of the time, they encounter plenty of road bumps and obstacles on their way to success. Winners succeed when life throws inevitable curveballs their way because they have the mental toughness to keep going. They have the strength and grit to never give up, and the confidence in their beliefs to make it past the finish line. You can adopt that same attitude, and become mentally tough too, with some small tweaks to your routine: Practice the 40% rule  The Navy SEALs, who have a thing or two to say about being mentally tough, swear by the 40% rule to stay determined. It was developed by David Goggins, a Navy SEAL Veteran and Ironman triathlete, who said that: “When your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done.” This is more than just a motivational statement: science backs up that we’re often more physically and mentally capable than we believe. For instance, researchers found that subjects who were given a placebo but told it was caffeine were able to lift significantly more weight than those who were really given caffeine. When your mind is telling you “no”, push yourself just a little further; where you get to eventually will surprise you. Create tiny daily goals Mark Spitz, a USA Olympic gold medalist in swimming, said, “I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” Sometimes it’s difficult to focus on the big picture, like completing SEALs training or making it to the Olympics. So instead, these competitors set daily goals. They select one or two things that they want to accomplish that day to bring... read more
5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

All you need is confidence, and the doors of opportunity will burst wide open. After all, you need to believe in yourself before anyone else will. However, having unshakable confidence can be easier said than done. When you’re living boldly, there will be road bumps and slip-ups, and your confidence reserves can start running on empty. That’s why trailblazing entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs find ways to build their confidence daily. Without further ado, here are the ways to restore your confidence constantly: Celebrate on paper It’s easy to dwell on your slip-ups and forget all the fantastic things you’re accomplishing. The cold hard truth is that people recognizing you for the latter can be far and between. That’s why you need to become your own best cheerleader. An easy way to restore your confidence and celebrate those daily wins is to write them down. After work, jot down 5 great things you did that very day. They can be big wins, or small victories; the key is that you’re starting to notice your own greatness. Science says this act of journaling has a plethora of confidence boosting benefits. Fake it ‘till you make it Yep, it’s a well-worn cliché, but you know what? There’s plenty of truth to it. Harvard Professor and Ted Talk star Amy Cuddy found that those with extreme confidence initially just acted the part – like dressing better and having powerful body language. If you start feigning confidence, you too will eventually develop genuine self-belief. Go for the small wins Confidence isn’t an all or nothing scenario—instead, it’s built a brick at a time. As author... read more
5 Inspiring Career Tips from Billionaire Entrepreneurs

5 Inspiring Career Tips from Billionaire Entrepreneurs

Whether your job is at a standstill or you’re itching to start the next billion-dollar business, now’s the perfect time to reinvent your career. Take it from self-made billionaires like Oprah and Buffet– it’s never too late or too difficult to reinvent yourself and achieve that success you’ve always dreamed of. To get started, here some of the best nuggets of wisdom that billionaire moguls have used to propel themselves forward. Sprinkle them into your career, and see just how far they take you: “If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning.” –-Larry Page Google would not have facilitated today’s need for faster and more convenient access to information if co-founder Larry Page did not get up excited every day until his dream to make Google a household name became a reality. Just like Page, you should realize that the chance to make a positive difference every day can wake you up more than the strongest cup of coffee ever will. Even if you’re not running a company, find that positive change you can make every day to energize and motivate you. If you’re grasping at straws, take those first steps towards finding the job that makes you excited every single day. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk…. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” –Mark Zuckerberg Facebook would not have been what it is today if Zuckerberg and his colleagues did not have the guts to pursue their idea to connect the world through social media–which back then was not just revolutionary,... read more
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... read more
3 Awesome Ways to Make Your Habits Stick

3 Awesome Ways to Make Your Habits Stick

The internet (and our site!) is chock full of awesome habits that can shift your life towards success. As you probably know, this is easier said than done. When life gets in the way, there are tons of things that can turn our successful habits into occasional wishes. Thankfully, there are some-science backed ways to make your habits stick like glue: Create specific actions. To the successful, a dream isn’t something achieved by deliberating how to reach it, but rather a specific, well-conceived desire that always happens. That’s why the scientific key to creating an iron-clad habit is to state when and where you intend to perform the action. Renowned entrepreneur and habit expert James Clear reports that in a study performed by the British Journal of Health Psychology, people who set an intention by creating an action plan of when and where to work out had a 91 percent success rate in making time for exercise each week. The two other groups, a control group and a group who simply read a motivational pamphlet on the health benefits of exercise, had just 38 and 35 percent success rates, respectively. For example, instead of saying you will be more efficient in your workday, try setting a digital calendar notification for reading your email only in the morning, at noon, and before you go home, and then let it snowball from there. Make a backup plan. As you probably know, it’s almost odd when things go exactly to plan. That’s why you need a backup plan for those inevitable roadblocks. Instead of completely derailing your habit, you’re simply discovering a new way to make it work. For instance, your... read more
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... read more
5 Attitudes That Will Make you Incredibly Successful

5 Attitudes That Will Make you Incredibly Successful

You could be a finance wiz. You could have that genius idea that makes Einstein turn green with envy. Even so, without the right attitude, you’ll get nowhere. Granted, you probably aren’t a stubborn curmudgeon telling children to get off your lawn. But everyone can benefit from a fresh attitude, one that really drives them forward. So whether your entrepreneurial journey is winding up, cruising right along, or at a dead standstill, take inspiration from these attitudes, and see where they will take you this year. You’ll be amazed at the results. “It’s not too late” Think you need to be young, rich, or on a path of victory to start a successful business? Think again. Look no further than Ray Crock, who at the ripe age of 52, was selling paper cups and milkshake mixers for a living – that is until he went on to found McDonald’s. Lest you think this is just an outlier, take a look at studies by The Kauffman Foundation, which found that most entrepreneurs are 40 years of age on average, and more than 60 percent of them are married and have a child. Realize that no matter what the circumstances are; your age, the amount of money you have, or even if you’re just getting started, there will always be an excuse, but it’s never too late (or to early) to make a positive change.  “I’ll try again” Part of being successful in business is knowing your burn rate and when to say “when”. But an even bigger part is realizing that failure is an often big part of the success equation.... read more
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... read more
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... read more
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... read more