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    Achieve Success: Cut Toxic People Out!

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    “Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.” – Shirley MacLaine

    Successful, happy, likeable people tend to be able to set boundaries better than others and are good at speaking up for themselves in a respectful yet firm fashion. For others, especially some who are highly sensitive, it can be a real struggle to …

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    Lessons From LeBron On How to Become More Likable

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    LeBron James surprised and thrilled his hometown fans in his choice to move back to his humble roots in Akron, Ohio to play for the Cavs. His bold decision generated unprecedented positive media coverage and gave an immediate booster shot to his personal brand.  As the best basketball player on the NBA league and the …

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    What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted

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    On the surface, stress might seem like a good way to kick-start  productivity, but studies show that when we are under stress we can’t think as broadly, widely or deeply. Stress can increase motor function but it decreases perception, cognition and creativity.

    David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work and the co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute, studies …

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    Smart Ways to Control Your Level of Happiness

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    Though many write and sing about it (most recently Pharrell Williams blockbuster “Happy”), happiness doesn’t come naturally to most people – yet it’s within most everyone’s reach. Experts say the key to becoming a happier person is recognizing certain behaviors, thoughts and the mindsets that happy people share. Happy people are not necessarily smarter, better looking, more successful, …

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    Could a Great Corporate Culture Be Bad for Employees?

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    The old adage – don’t try to fit a square peg in a round hole, holds true for educating children, relationships, relating to your boss and for finding a suitable fit for employees in the workplace. We often assume that if a company is well-known for having a great corporate culture, then anyone who is …

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    Stop Striving for Perfection!

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    In Debora Spar’s book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, the Barnard college President writes that striving for perfection is a futile goal and it will only lead to frustration and unhappiness.  Debora Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Raised after the tumult of the 1960s, she presumed the gender war was over. As one …

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    Could Understanding Homer Simpson and Spock Improve Your Business?

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    Companies are constantly struggling to find ways to motivate and engage their employees; behavioral economics may be able to help. This field of study examines the psychological factors that effect the economic decisions we make. People tend to make decisions based on intuition rather than on logic. The problem with this is that many times …

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    Should You Read this Later? When Procrastination is Good

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    There’s a National Association for just about anything you can think of including The Procrastination Association. As they say on their website, ‘Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after. If it weren’t for the last-minute, nothing would ever get done. Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off NOW.’  …

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    How Small Business Owners Can Attract ‘Top Talent?’

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    Every start-up would love to have the influence that Google has in attracting ‘Top Talent.”  After all, who wouldn’t want the absolute best talent in the industry clamoring to join your ranks? First thing you can do is recognize the strengths start-ups inherently have and capitalize on those areas. Then you should learn more about …

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    Don’t Just Go Through Life’s Transitions-Grow from Them

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    “The best way out is always through.” –Robert Frost

    An amazing number of people have gone through major life changes this past year. Just a few examples: Over 21 million students will enter college in 2014, over 2 million people will marry in 2014, millions of people moved and 288,000 people started new jobs in April alone. …

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