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7 Things Successful People Do Every Day

7 Things Successful People Do Every Day | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
  I have been interviewing over 30 multimillionaires, 5 billionaires, world-class athletes, NYT bestselling authors, and billionaires.  Moreover, having a family member who has been ranked # 21 wealthiest person in the US and #41 in the world by Forbes...
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Personal development articles that help people construct meaningful lives: creativity, productivity, mindfulness, and improvisation skills.
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20 Productivity Apps to Be Your Most Efficient You

20 Productivity Apps to Be Your Most Efficient You | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
For the majority of my life I've been an inefficient and unorganized mess. I've somehow managed to get by, but I'm highly distracted, lose things, make men
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Bridging Psychological Distance

Bridging Psychological Distance | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Four types of gaps—social, temporal, spatial, and experiential—separate us from our goals.
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This article is full of strategies and tactics for decreasing or increasing four psychological gaps between you and your goals. The substitution tricks listed near the end are brilliant! 

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8 Ways Not to Manage Your Email (and 5 and a Half Tactics that Work)

8 Ways Not to Manage Your Email (and 5 and a Half Tactics that Work) | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Preliminary results from a two-year experiment in self-management.
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Managing the flow of information in email contributes to extraordinary living! These are great tips. 

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Thich Nhat Hanh on Loosening the Knots of Anger - Lion's Roar

Thich Nhat Hanh on Loosening the Knots of Anger - Lion's Roar | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Thich Nhat Hanh teaches us how to relax the bonds of anger, attachment and delusion through mindfulness and kindness toward ourselves.
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For THOSE days. 

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To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion

To Find Happiness, Forget About Passion | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Several years ago, a friend decided she wanted to follow her passion. She loved the liberal arts and academe. She was a talented graphic designer, a great writer, and was the president of a student...
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The Confidence Gap

The Confidence Gap | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.
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What to do about it? Women, DO something and stop thinking so much. 

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30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. #10 Is An Absolute Must.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. #10 Is An Absolute Must. | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
And the last one nearly broke my heart.
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The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science

The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Connecting our minds and bodies--by sleeping, stepping away from the keyboard, and breaking a sweat--might be the best way to get through a creative...
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1. WRITE FASTER AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MEMORIES BY USING A PEN AND PAPER 2. A MESSY DESK TO EXPLORE NEW IDEAS 3. A NOTEBOOK TO CATALOG IDEAS AS THEY COME 4. A PAIR OF RUNNING SHOES TO SPARK DIVERGENT THINKING 5. A PAIR OF HEADPHONES TO CREATE AMBIENT NOISE FOR CONCENTRATION 6. A COMFY CHAIR FOR BRIEF BUT INSPIRING NAPS
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The Secrets of The Best Public Speakers

The Secrets of The Best Public Speakers | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Expert advice on how celebrities and politicians manage to deliver smooth and seemingly spontaneous performances.
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"It’s the preparation that allows you to be spontaneous!"

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5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Many exercises exist that can help you develop mental strength. But here are five that can get you started.
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1. Evaluate Your Core Beliefs

2. Expend Your Mental Energy Wisely

3. Replace Negative Thoughts with Productive Thoughts

4. Practice Tolerating Discomfort

5. Relect on Your Progress Daily

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18 Inspirational & Empowering Quotes for Women

18 Inspirational & Empowering Quotes for Women | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Uplifting & positive quotes for women
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Incredible quotes for us ladies!

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3 Factors That Can Make or Break Your Productivity

3 Factors That Can Make or Break Your Productivity | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Answer these three questions to jumpstart your productivity.
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1. What are your routines and are they working? 2. Where do you work? 3. Who do you spend the most time with?
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people don't pick up these bad habits.
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Exactly. Toughen up, people! (myself included)

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4 Steps to Dispel a Bad Mood

4 Steps to Dispel a Bad Mood | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Shift your state of mind and improve your work.
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1) Engage breathing

2) Activate a positive feeling

3) Reframe thinking

What else is possible here?What is the opportunity in this situation?What really matters right now?What could I learn in this moment?What does my heart say? What does my gut say?What is a more useful/constructive/positive approach?What is the most desirable outcome?

4) Reengage action 

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Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up

Pronouns Matter when Psyching Yourself Up | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
It’s not weird to refer to yourself in the second or third person.
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This is a simple, easy way to tap into the power of self talk! 

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Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things

Another reason to spend money on experiences rather than things | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
"To do or to have? That is the question."
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"All of the studies indicated that anticipation of an experience is more exciting and pleasant than the anticipation of a material purchase—regardless of the price of the purchase."

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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it

by Sarah Briggs

 

"We also know that people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners.

"The good news is, these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice. Why some of us master them earlier than others is another topic, one that may have something to do with parenting, environment, and even genetics. But the point is, we’re all capable. The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 18, 2014 3:22 PM

The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners.


In this article Saga Briggs examines which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.


A recommended read. You can follow the author Saga Milena on Twitter here: @SagaMilena


Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 19, 2014 6:21 AM

A very useful article that recognises that there is a skill (or at least a process) involved to achieve effective learning, and that we can learn this skill, i.e. learn to learn. As the article explains: "The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners" It goes on to examine which learning strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.

 

Reading time: 15 mins

 

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The Character Code | Aspen Ideas Festival

We're in a world full of good people, but who don't have a clear vocabulary for character.  We don't have a moral system. Here, David Brooks puts forth Western civilization’s ancient recipe for being a better person—and how we forgot it.
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"What motivated [the Greeks] to make  all these audacious decisions?...Well, they grew up with an ideology, an ideology established by Homer...The honor code was based, in part, on how transitory life is and how fleeting and how deeply insignificant an individual life can be... and so In Homeric morality, one of the things a great man wants to do is fight against that insignificance...and the way you do that is by achieving eternal fame and glory. You perform deeds of excellence in order to win the admiration of eternity...so the Homeric man risks his life to win honor."

 

The first great trait in this code: courage...

then assertiveness (making your mark, your presence felt)

prowess (being excellent at something, working hard and displaying your excellence to the world),

lack of self doubt

 

Entirely different code: Code of Bible (turns greek code on his head) - series of inversions

Achieve loftiness spirit by caring for the downtrodden, you achieve greatness by demonstrating meekness, you achieve power by demonstrating your dependence on God, you achieve strength by acknowledging vulnerability, you achieve wisdom by being aware of your own ignorance, you find yourself by losing yourself, to get everything you have to give everything up. Dorothy Day as example.

 

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Sleep as a Competitive Advantage

Sleep as a Competitive Advantage | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Too many of us live by the myth that one less hour of sleep gives us one more hour of productivity, Tony Schwartz writes in the Life@Work column. In reality, lost sleep not only leaves us more fatigued, but also takes a toll on our cognitive capacity.
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The most powerful short-term solution for insufficient sleep isn't caffeine. Brilliant advice from Tony Schwartz. http://nyti.ms/1mdClrC ;

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12 Effective Ways To Gain Respect In The Workplace

12 Effective Ways To Gain Respect In The Workplace | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
This article looks at the concept of workplace respect, and offers tips on how you can achieve and maintain the respect of your colleagues.
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Exceptional tips. All 12. Practice practice practice these~

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Social Change and the Shadow Side of Passion (SSIR)

Social Change and the Shadow Side of Passion (SSIR) | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Major opportunities to change the world often lie within our biggest personal challenges.
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"The medicine you create for yourself while healing your wound can become a gift to the world."

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7 Things Successful People Do Every Day

7 Things Successful People Do Every Day | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
  I have been interviewing over 30 multimillionaires, 5 billionaires, world-class athletes, NYT bestselling authors, and billionaires.  Moreover, having a family member who has been ranked # 21 wealthiest person in the US and #41 in the world by Forbes...
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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
Editors' Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a Dec. 3 guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here.
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Confessions of an editor: A review of ‘How to Write Short’ by Roy Peter Clark

Confessions of an editor: A review of ‘How to Write Short’ by Roy Peter Clark | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
In “How to Write Short,” Roy Peter Clark says a 140-character limit can be a useful tool.
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The Founder Of A Famous Ad Agency Wrote A Fantastic Memo On How To Be A Good Writer

The Founder Of A Famous Ad Agency Wrote A Fantastic Memo On How To Be A Good Writer | Extraordinary Living | Scoop.it
David Ogilvy, founder of the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, gives 10 tips for writing like a mad man. Ogilvy says people who think well, write well.
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"Good writing is not a natural gift. Your have to learn to write well." Here are 10 tips.

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