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
5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

5 Smart Tips To Help You Stay Focused, No Matter What

In today’s digital age, it’s hard to stay focused among all the bleeps and notifications coming from our smartphones, computers and fitness watches. In fact, studies have found that on average, humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. So, in today’s world of constant digital bombardment and work demands, how do you actually stay focused? While our brains are extremely powerful, they’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Thankfully, you can train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand with some expert tips: Avoid multitasking While multitasking might sound neat on a job description, it actually detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, and destroys you productivity. Instead of letting multitasking hijack your productivity, consider prioritizing instead. Rank your tasks in terms of importance, and take them on one at a time in order of priority. This won’t only help your focus, but it will utilize your depleting mental batteries on the most important things first. Do your ABCs No — not the alphabet, but this trick from Harvard Business Review is just as simple to learn. It’s a way to stomp “your brain’s brake pedal” when a distraction pops up, and it involves three steps: First, become aware of your options — you can either give into the distraction, or keep going. Next, breathe deeply. Finally, choose what option you’ll move forward with. Most likely, after taking these steps, you’ll be able to continue on with your task. Use tech to fight back  The research found that these alerts send a message to our brains that something else is urgently needing our attention, when in reality, it is... read more
How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

How to Destroy Your Procrastination Habits For Good

People procrastinate for many reasons, but the result is always the same: they rush to get the task done at the last minute or miss the deadline. Even though it feels frustrating to procrastinate, people still continue this bad habit. Why? According to Caroline Webb in the Harvard Business Review, our brains are programmed to put off tasks. Webb shows research from UCLA proving that the allure of near-term gain almost always outweighs the attraction of future reward. Given the choice between concrete and more abstract ideas, our brain naturally sides with more material notions. But just because our brains are seemingly working against us doesn’t mean we can’t overcome procrastination. Instead, it should inspire us to work at the task even more because it isn’t a personal flaw but a part of our natural make-up that can be re-trained. Without further ado, here is the research backed-guide to get started: Find an Accountability Partner When we share our goals with someone else, it creates social pressure, but unlike the peer pressure we faced in high school, this type can lead to success. Sharing your goals with a partner can create a system where you have a cheerleader and walking living reminder to stop procrastinating. In fact, according to Webb’s research, experts have found that we instinctively want to be respected by peers, and are more likely to reach our goals this way. So when you have a task at work to complete, tell someone when you will finish it. If you tell a client or employee exactly when you’ll get something done, your brain will feel more obligated... read more
5 Billionaire Habits You Need to Start Using Today

5 Billionaire Habits You Need to Start Using Today

Becoming a billionaire might seem like an impossible pipe dream, but the amount of them keeps getting bigger every year. Yes, it’s no cakewalk, but it is something that is possible and within your grasp. You won’t become a billionaire overnight, but you can start taking control of your financial success today. Here are some of the proven habits of billionaires that will take you to the top: Live well below your means. Trying to become a billionaire doesn’t mean you should live like one. In fact, the truly wealthy know that luxury involves building financial freedom instead of being shackled to extravagant purchases. Mark Cuban, for example, suggests living incredibly frugally to achieve billionaire status: “Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can…The first step to getting rich requires discipline.” To start getting your money to work for you, try our 20-30-50 plan – it’s a fun, flexible way to start accounting for your dollars. Seek out people smarter than you. It’s a misconception that becoming ultra-successful involves cutthroat competition and not giving others the time of day. Take Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, for example, who said “Don’t be threatened by people smarter than you.” In fact, Thomas Corley, who studied the wealthy in Rich Habits: The Daily Success Secrets of Entrepreneurs, found that 79 percent of wealthy people spend at least five hours a month networking-whether it’s through conferences, client meetings, or just getting coffee at Starbucks. On your path to billionaire status, don’t be afraid to network with others, or to reach out to a mentor for advice. People... read more
5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

5 Bad Professional Habits You Need to Drop to Become Ultra-Successful

The New Year is a perfect time to rejuvenate your success, and adopt new routines to surge forward. That’s all well and good, but what about your bad professional habits? We often become so ingrained in our routines that we fail to notice the ones that are dragging us down. So this New Year, we’re inviting you to look at your bad habits, and drop them like, well…bad habits. It won’t be a cakewalk, but it will allow you to replace your harmful routines with positive outcomes. Start shifting these behaviors today and you’ll be amazed at just how far you get in 2017: Procrastinating When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects ‘till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor, and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. Distracted listening With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been attributed as one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if... read more
5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

5 Ways to Stay Self-Motivated Every Single Day

Coffee might be your saving grace to get through the workday, but caffeine on its own won’t cut it in the long-run. To stay passionate and excited about work, you’re going to need to harness your inner motivation. It’s stronger than a shot of espresso, and it can keep you going on even the most sleep-deprived and toughest of days. We won’t keep you in suspense; here’s how you can stay self-motivated every single day: Practice humility. Surprisingly, humility can go a long way toward keeping you motivated. Oprah Winfrey may be one of the world’s most powerful and accomplished women, but she takes the hype surrounding her with a grain of salt. “There’s this part of me that’s afraid of what will happen if I believe it all,” she has said. Even Oprah has bad press days — so she’s learned that by staying humble she can keep her internal motivation going, no matter what happens. You too can follow in Winfrey’s footsteps and keep that entrepreneurial flame flickering by keeping your head low and not relying on the validation of others. Remember your strengths The inimitable Mary Kay Ash once said, “Within yourself lies everything you ever dreamed of being.” Being an entrepreneur isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s likely that you jumped in because you had the talent, drive, and enthusiasm to make things happen. If you’re feeling down on yourself, take some time to examine those fantastic traits that got you where you are. If you need an extra-strength boost of motivation, consider journaling those talents. Celebrate the little wins We’re sorry to be the ones... read more
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 5-Minute Habits of The Wealthy and Successful

5 5-Minute Habits of The Wealthy and Successful

It may have taken a while for wealthy and successful individuals to get to their place in life, but it all started with some tiny habits. Money is tied to almost all of our decisions, and it’s those minuscule daily choices that can snowball into big success (or failure). The good news is that you can get started on the track to billionaire status in just five minutes a day. Here’s how to get started: Track your spending The only way to truly build wealth is by investing, and that won’t happen on a larger scale if you don’t know where your paycheck is heading. Think of it like stepping on a scale: it might not be the most fun thing to do, but you have to get a sense of where you are now to move forward and progress. So for just five minutes (most likely even less), you’re going to adopt one of the habits of wealthy by tracking how much money you spend daily and monthly, and whether it’s going towards wants, needs, or your financial future. Once you have a clear sense of this, it’s time to improve – which brings us to our next point: Save (and invest) money like clockwork In terms of financial success, one of the habits of the wealthy you can instantly adopt is to automate your savings. Even if we intend to save our money, we’re only human, and sometimes we forget or spend more money than we realize. However, if you automate your savings, that money is instantly tucked away where it’s harder to spend carelessly, and easier to use for... 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 Expert Salary Negotiation Tips

5 Expert Salary Negotiation Tips

Now that everyone is back from their summer excursions, job hunting season is in full swing. Whether you’re considering a new career, or just trying to get a salary bump in your current position, now’s the time to earn more and finally get your true value. Although it might seem a little scary at first, we have some painless salary negotiation tips that can transform it into an exciting opportunity: Your paycheck isn’t the only benefit on the table One of the most overlooked salary negotiation tips is that your paycheck isn’t the only benefit an employer can offer. Everything from extra vacation days to a company gym membership are also extra perks that you can stretch for. And who couldn’t use more time at the beach or a better workout? The best part: most of these perks are a lot more flexible and negotiable – according to The Muse Career Coach Melony Wilding, “It’s much more attractive for an employer to ‘throw in’ extra PTO days or a work-from-home option rather than boosting the salary offered.” If your potential employer is a little hesitant to tack on all the money you wanted, this is a great way to close the gap towards your true net worth. Get scientific Cold hard facts are hard to dispute. That’s why Glamour recommends getting scientific with your negotiations. There’s a vast sea of information online regarding what similar people are getting paid by industry, location, job title, and skills. So do your homework – be ready to drop figures left and right while justifying your raise or new salary. Using this as one... read more