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Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah Winfrey All Use the 5-Hour Rule

Top business leaders often spend five hours per week doing deliberate learning.

In the article "Malcolm Gladwell Got Us Wrong," the researchers behind the 10,000-Hour Rule set the record straight: Different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice in order for someone to become world-class.

If 10,000 hours isn't an absolute rule that applies across fields, what does it really take to become world class in the world of work? Read more: click image or title.

 

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12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter

12 Websites That Can Make You Incredibly Smarter | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Learning new things makes you a better person. Work on gaining new knowledge with these 12 websites.

Self-learning has been more popular as the amount of information available online is increasing, allowing us to broaden our views with any topics that interest us. As you can find almost any course you wish to attend online, on popular websites such as Coursera and Khan Academy, you can easily change your career and start learning about something that really inspires you.

We present you with a list of 12 websites that you can use to expand your knowledge base and seize new opportunities. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Learn something new every day.

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So many new things to learn, so little time....
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How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes

How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an absolute gem you missed earlier in the year.

 

Take the post titled "The Two Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever," by marketer Josh Spector, for example. As short as it is useful, the piece is one of the most recommended posts of 2016, Medium informs me. It's not hard to see why.

 

Spector offers five dead-simple changes you can make to basically any piece of writing in a matter of seconds that will make it more forceful and compelling. We'd all enjoy reading a bit more if more writers followed his tips.

Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Simplify, get to the point, eliminate unnecessary wording.

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Super quick changes, outsize impact.

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What I Learned From The Very Rich

What I Learned From The Very Rich | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

In my travels I've met several billionaires; interestingly, two were not yet that successful but later became so; none would remember me, but I certainly remember them. In my first career, I was a geologist, and I met all three billionaires while I was in the oil and gas business. What is interesting to me is that two of them were not yet billionaires when I met them. The first encounter was with Australian businessman Robert Holmes a' Court, whose company Bell Resources had bought the East Coast (Westport, Connecticut) international E&P company called Weeks Petroleum back in 1983. But since Weeks Petroleum was in the middle of buying the public company I worked for, Energy Minerals Corporation (Denver, Colorado), I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Holmes a' Court. In fact, since I was the Chief Geologist at Energy Minerals, and a triple board meeting was scheduled, I was asked to lead a field trip along the edges of the Denver Basin to give the Aussies and the Weeks Petroleum people an introduction to some of the oil and gas plays Energy Minerals was involved with at the time. This turned into quite an affair, with all of us packed on a bus and driving up and down the Front Range, stopping to look at outcrops that told the story of oil in the Denver Basin. I briefly spoke with the big guy on that trip, but later I saw how things worked in his world.

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Excellent article filled with wisdom for situations when choosing investments, investing in companies, deciding on important business deals and going through essential #negotiations.

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Roberto Voltolina's curator insight, March 22, 2016 4:06 AM
Le persone/aziende di successo non lo raggiungono per caso. Storia interessante da leggere che contiene tre piccole "lezioni": 

1) Lessons I took away from this experience included the tremendous attention to detail brought to bear by Mr. Holmes a' Court and his team, their wisdom in only keeping people on staff who actually added to the bottom line, and their clear vision and decisiveness in determining whether a course of action moved the ball forward or merely kept everyone busy. 

2) Lessons I took away from this encounter that I use as an investor include looking for company leaders who are strong contributors to the life of their communities, who have a curiosity about how things work, who are innovative, and who are open to the concept of life-long learning for leaders within the firm.

3) Lessons I learned from this encounter that I use in evaluating stocks include tolerating big thinkers who are aggressive but remembering that aggressive risk takers can get into trouble once in a while. This tends to make me see companies that are big risk-takers as trades, not investments; or at least as investments that need to be watched carefully.
Cheyenne Hernandez's curator insight, March 23, 2016 8:08 AM

Through all of these people, he was able to learn at least one thing from each person. Although none of these people specially remember him by name, he was able to take better skills from them to make him a better. He worked his way to be a better speaker, and which it allowed him to get more people to draw their attention to him. 

 

In my opinion, everyone has to start somewhere. You may not start right at the top, you have to work your way to the top. Your achievements depend on how hard you're willing to work. 

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5 Ways to Make an Amazing First Impression With Potential Clients

5 Ways to Make an Amazing First Impression With Potential Clients | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The first impression someone has of you can make or break the rest of the relationship.

In fact, studies have shown that people begin to judge others 1/10 of a second after meeting them. This reaction is usually not a conscious choice. It's a trait left over in our DNA from our prehistoric days when judging someone new was a life-or-death decision.

Not only are first impressions important in your personal life, they're even more important in your career. Many deals I've closed have come down to the sheer fact that people felt more comfortable with my team and me than they did with my competition.

Because first impressions play an important role in a new business relationship, I've studied top entrepreneurs and researched how people make judgments on first interactions. Below is a list of five things to do when meeting a potential client for the first time. Read more: click image or title.

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Simple tips to make a great impression when #meeting someone for the first time. This is useful in more ways than just business.

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Birgit Plange's curator insight, July 30, 2015 5:46 AM

You never have a second chance for your first impression, so be prepared...

Du hast keine zweite Chance fuer den ersten Eindruck, Vorbereitung ist alles...

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You never have a second chance on your first impression, be prepared

Man hat keine zweite Chance fuer den ersten Eindruck, Vorbereitung ist alles...

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SBESSCPA's curator insight, August 6, 2015 3:34 PM

Use these research-backed tips to make the best first impression in a new business relationship

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400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups

400 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
All the free tools to start and grow your startup and business.



Here is one more to help create your Business Plan:

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Find some free #tools in this amazing pile of #resources. Freebies for #Business, #Marketing, #Design and #Code, #Productivity and #Learning.

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6 Practical Steps to Learning How to Build a Startup

6 Practical Steps to Learning How to Build a Startup | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Starting a new and innovative business is not a highly structured process, and finding time for structured learning is unlikely.

Despite the rush in every academic institution to offer more courses on entrepreneurship, I still haven’t found it to be something you can learn in school. Of course, you can pick up the basic principles this way, but the problem is that the practical rules for success are changing so fast that no academic can keep up. The best thing you can learn in school is how to learn.

The successful entrepreneurs I have met and worked with over the years all seem to share that passion for learning, and they see rapid market change not as a problem, but as an opportunity for them to move ahead of the crowd in changing the world. Making big money is usually the last thing on their mind, and most are happy living on Ramen noodles in a sparse apartment.

From a practical standpoint, there are many ways to learn about business change, and the opportunities that may spring up at any moment. Here are six steps that every aspiring entrepreneur should take full advantage of:  Click on title or image to read more.




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When you're underwater, and resource-constrained, like most startups, Growthink can be a valuable partner to help you progress in areas like organizing and developing the business plan and pursuing funding.
Their service can be a well-managed extension of your own human resources. The people at Growthink care about their work and are very "hands-on", which is required in this process.
We found Growthink to be strong not only with the assigned projects, but also the extra things needed to get a company off the ground, and not always specifically laid out in the assignment - networking for advisors, funding sources, potential partners. We used them for more than one of our startups.  
- Marc Junkunc, Principal

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Martin Zwilling hits the nail right on the head. There is no school to learn how to create startups or how to be an entrepreneur. Just learn how to learn, see opportunities, adapt, be flexible... Great article.

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54 Mistakes of a Startup CEO

54 Mistakes of a Startup CEO | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Here's a running list of my mistakes at CB Insights. They span all facets of building a company – everything from HR to culture to product to sales to operations to admin.

We’re having a pretty great year at CB Insights – revenue is up, the team is growing and we’re executing at a high level.

But things weren’t always good.

We’ve had lean times and made many, many mistakes. Most were the result of things I did (or didn’t do) and I’ve been keeping a list of my screw-ups as a reminder to myself.

With that in mind, and as the new year approaches, I thought I’d share my list more publicly as a reminder to myself and as a public way for the team to keep me honest. For other entrepreneurs, I hope this list is useful, provides a laugh, or lets you see that you’re not the only one.

As you’ll see, my screw-ups span all facets of building a company – everything from HR to culture to product to sales to operations to admin. I am what you might call “multi-talented.”

So here they are in no particular order, bucketed by category.  You’ll notice that some of these screw-ups sorta contradict each other. Yup – building a company is messy. Read more: https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/startup-ceo-screwups/





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And mistakes we'll make. This CEO kept track of them and made a great list. Good stuff to learn from and shorten the learning curve.

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How This Famous Movie Quote Is Able to Change Your Bad Habits Almost Immediately

How This Famous Movie Quote Is Able to Change Your Bad Habits Almost Immediately | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

In the movie Empire Strikes Back, Yoda lets us in on a little time-tested secret that every successful person (not just Jedi Masters) has mastered.

Remember how your mother used to tell you things growing up, like, "Don't swim after a meal or you'll get indigestion." Whatever mom said, whether it was from her wisdom or an old wive's tale, probably stuck with you to adulthood.

Then, somewhere around your early twenties, you challenged mom's belief system. You went swimming, and no, you did not get indigestion. You were liberated!

As children, we were taught many limiting beliefs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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When #Yoda talks, we listen...

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Feeling Stuck? Take Mark Zuckerberg's Advice And Commit To A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself

Feeling Stuck? Take Mark Zuckerberg's Advice And Commit To A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Last week Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard, the college he ‘dropped out’ of to start Facebook, to deliver the commencement address. One might expect he’d have talked about leadership, innovation or risk taking. Perhaps even on the dangers of living life as though it were a Facebook feed. But no, he focused on purpose; urging Harvard's bright young scholars to commit their lives to a purpose greater than themselves.

“ Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves," Zuckerberg said, "that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness."

Of course it's easy to look at Zuckerberg, whose net wealth is estimated to exceed sixty billion dollars, and think "Easy for him to say." However, there’s a growing body of research to back him up. Studies show that having a sense of purpose is an increasingly strong predictor of happiness and a powerful antidote to depression.  Read more: click image or title.

 

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Without #purpose in your life there is not much to live for.

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Mark Zuckerberg's commencement address at Harvard urged graduates to find their purpose. Research shows that it is by committing to a purpose greater than our own status, significance and security that we can find true happiness.

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The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.

 

That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back?

 

While neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession won’t speak definitively for everyone, he says there are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Focus is essential in our life, all the time. Stay focused and you'll be successful.

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Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.

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There are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective.
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The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next thing I knew . . . it was noon. Where did the day go? And, more importantly, why didn’t I get anything substantive done? Sure, I cleared out my inbox, but I didn’t tackle a thing on my to-do list.

After my lackluster morning, I decided to do some research and really figure out the right way to spend the first hour of my workday. And after a little practice, I learned just how productive one can be when you’re thoughtful about this. So grab some coffee and make these four things a staple in your morning work routine: Read more: click image or title.



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Sound advice. That is what #productivity is all about.

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Shaun Payne-Pinkston's curator insight, February 22, 2016 4:09 AM

Producing results is key, so why not take the steps to yield the production you seek #whenyouthinkgowithpink

Roberto Voltolina's curator insight, February 24, 2016 11:12 AM

Le prime quattro cose da fare ogni mattina:
1- "mangiare il rospo"
2- "cercare le bandierine rosse"
3- organizzare la propria lista delle "cose da fare"
4- salutare i tuoi colleghi

 

Questo interessante articolo in inglese spiega in modo semplice come migliorare la propria produttività sul posto di lavoro, semplicemente facendo dei piccoli accorgimenti comportamentali nell'organizzazione del lavoro.

 

Come si può leggere nell'articolo si passa dal "mangiare il rospo", ovvero fare al mattino le cose più importanti o più pesanti come prima cosa in modo da liberare la mente, al "cercare le bandierine rosse", ovvero velocemente controllare le email e cercare le più importanti da prendere in carico.


La classica lista delle cose da fare è un punto che può sembrare banale, ma che in realtà permette di essere molto più efficaci. E infine, il contivare le relazioni all'interno dell'ambiente lavorativo è un qualcosa che va a migliorare in generale il benessere e dunque lo svolgimento delle proprie attività.

Nancy Allison's curator insight, March 4, 2016 3:43 PM

Ever find that it's noon and you haven't accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.

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This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame

This is How Effective Leaders Move Beyond Blame | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Next Big Sound's Head of Engineering Dave Zwieback cautions against the perils of blame — and shares how to circumvent them to build a more resilient company.


The only way to extract a full account of what happened is to remove blame and punishment from our retrospectives.


If we want to make our systems and companies more resilient, we have to not wish away the failure, but learn and improve from it.


Choose reconciliation over retribution when something goes wrong. You’re less likely to lose people and lessons.


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Wow! Excellent article. How to learn from your #failures on an organizational/company level. Must read!

One of the best articles I've read in a while.

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The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret - The New York Times

The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret - The New York Times | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Everyone knows about the spread of war and the hopeless intractability of poverty. But everyone is wrong.

We journalists are a bit like vultures, feasting on war, scandal and disaster. Turn on the news, and you see Syrian refugees, Volkswagen corruption, dysfunctional government.

Yet that reflects a selection bias in how we report the news: We cover planes that crash, not planes that take off. Indeed, maybe the most important thing happening in the world today is something that we almost never cover: a stunning decline in poverty, illiteracy and disease.

Huh? You’re wondering what I’ve been smoking! Everybody knows about the spread of war, the rise of AIDS and other diseases, the hopeless intractability of poverty. Read more: click image or title.


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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

NIcholas #Kristof is my favorite journalist. He looks with different eyes and reports creatively. Let's try to do the same in our jobs. Explore different angles, look for solutions, create positive situations. Make a difference, don't be a follower.

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Online video tutorials & training | lynda.com

Online video tutorials & training | lynda.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

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Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today and start learning.


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Discover the site that just got acquired by Linkedin for $1.5 Billion.

Unlimited learning in an amazing number of fields for a small fee. This woman had a great idea, built it out over the years and is now making a great exit. It took a lot of work, but she succeeded.

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20 Quotes To Turn Your Obstacles Into Opportunities

Adapted from "The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph"



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Every step is learning. Failure is part of the learning process. Great slideshare.

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