This great article shares top snippets of career advice from people such as Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, J.K Rowling, Steve Jobs, Maya Angelou and many more. If clichés like "Follow your passion," "Give 110%," and "Be true to yourself" just aren't cutting it for you, then we've got some fresh takes on how to get a head start on your career. From "Don't work too hard" to "Relax," here's some of the best — and often unconventional — advice for you from some really successful people: Richard Branson: Never look back in regret — move on to the next thing Richard Branson's mother taught him that. "The amount of time people waste dwelling on failures, rather than putting that energy into another project, always amazes me," ...


When and How to Stop Doing Low Value Work

This helpful HBR article on how to give up low value work reminded me of the TED talk by Seema Bansal: How to fix a broken education system ... without any more money. Seema Bansal forged a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in India, by setting an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80 percent of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking reforms that will work in every school without additional resources. When Bansal investigated what was going on in these under performing schools, she found a key issue was that teachers were doing low value work. Here is a guide to help YOU give up low value work: In the past, time management experts would recommend that you divide up your work into A tasks, B tasks, and C tasks. The concept was to do the A tasks ...


How to Handle Your Stress So You Can Be Successful If you feel that stress is affecting your work, health and well-being, you are not alone. Here are some tips on how to de-stress that actually work. Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front-work, family, social, health-with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work. But there are ways you can help yourself. Here are seven rituals successful people use to decrease stress and find relaxation. 1. Set up your boundaries. In today's frantic world it's easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day, but no reasonable person can maintain that as a way to live. The answer is ...


Around age 11, Bill Gates started to become a problem for his parents.   Photo Credit: jurvetson via Compfight cc As his intellectual capacity grew, so did his argumentativeness. He refused to do the things his mom asked of him, like cleaning his room and showing up on time to dinner, according to The Wall Street Journal. It came to a head one night when Gates was about 12 years old. The "tempestuous" know-it-all got into a "nasty" shouting match with his mother, according to The Journal, and his father threw a glass of water in his face. Soon after, Gates told a counsellor: "I'm at war with my parents over who is in control." Gates' adolescent behaviour might seem like nothing remarkable — many ...


We wonder if that moment will ever arrive when we finally know that all our hard work and sacrifice was worth it. This moment is something beyond merely making or losing a lot of money, gaining a title, or improving an SEO ranking. We’ve all heard the saying that there are two defining moments in life: When we are born and when we find out why. We believe there is a third moment and perhaps it is the most important. It is the moment you commit to actually do something about it for the long haul. It is the moment when there is no turning back. In this pivotal moment we discover who we are and what we stand for and what we are going to do about it. It isn't ...


7 Ways Most People Ruin Their Own Success

7 Ways Most People Ruin Their Own Success Thousands of people read my recent column on productivity in hopes of being more successful. Some of them will make it. Many of them won't. Lots of people say they want to be successful. They work to be more productive. And yet they manage to sabotage their path at every turn. Perhaps it's because they don't know any better. Or maybe they have blind spots concerning their own behavior. Many are simply not committed enough to go out of their comfort zone and make success happen. I see the patterns all the time in entrepreneurs and managers alike. They can simply be their own worst enemies. Here are the typical ways perfectly smart and capable people keep themselves from reaching their full potential. 1. Taking shortcuts. The best ...


Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and killing your productivity? What the experts say The good news is you can turn a bad day into a good one. “Happiness is a choice,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. Even when something objectively negative happens—your star employee gives notice or you’re late to an important meeting with the CEO—it’s important to focus on the positive things that are also happening. “Studies show that when you’re positive, you’re 31% more productive, ...


Do you remember when you were young and you hung on every word your mum/dad/grandparent/ teacher said? They knew everything! An answer for whatever you asked - Why is the sky blue? Where does the sun go at night? Thanks to Google, today's parents can look even more knowledgeable. As the child of the family things are sorted out for you and answers are provided and everything else is someone else's responsibility. The same can be true when we enter the world of work. Someone is there to show you how to do it, explain when you don't understand and everything else outside of your task is someone else's responsibility. Or is it? As a Director of a rapidly expanding company I had to interview many people to pull together the right team. ...


I failed...     In this short interview, author and guru Daniel Goleman interviews CEO Bill George who reveals insights into being successful in business. In fact, he says, 'Don’t promote someone to a high-level position until they've actually confronted themselves and said, “I failed.” At the end, Daniel invites you to 'weigh in' asking 'How did you handle an interview question about your past job failures?' This is a great chance to share your insights with him on LinkedIn. When former Medtronic CEO, Bill George, interviewed leadership candidates, he was interested in learning about both their failures and successes. After all, everyone has made mistakes on the job. But in George's mind, the best leaders are humble enough to recognize that they messed up, learn what not to do in the future, and develop resilience.


Dr. Travis Bradberry outlines some great ways people can use to stay calm in this informative article: The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we've found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. Stress can wreak havoc on one’s physical and mental health (e.g. A Yale study found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance ...