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30 Things You Need To Know To Be Successful In Life

What does it take to be successful in life? There's no simple answer, but history has shown that there are practices that can maximize your chances of a productive, happy life.


This advice will help you make the most of it.

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The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine Altucher Confidential

The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine Altucher Confidential | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The way to have good ideas is to get close to killing yourself. It’s  like weightlifting. When you lift slightly more than you can handle, you  get stronger.


In life, when the gun is to your head, you either figure it out, or you die.

When you cut yourself open, you bleed ideas. If you’re broke and close to death, you have to start coming up with ideas.


If you destroy your life, you need to come up with ideas to rebuild it.


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Why You're Bad At Understanding Irony

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The neuroscience of irony: It's a lot more complicated than rain on your wedding day.

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Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination

Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

After a long delay, psychological science is beginning to understand the complexities of procrastination.


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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2014 6:10 AM

This will help many people, including me!

Randy Bauer's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:04 PM

I PROMISE TO READ THIS TOMORROW.

Do The Hard Stuff First.

 

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Three Lessons From Gandhi’s Experiments In Truth

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Is life a series of successes and failures, or an experiment?


I invite you to reflect on your life over the past five years. Consider the key events that shaped your experience, that helped form how you view the world today. How do you feel about those experiences? What is the story about your past that shapes how you see the world today?


These questions came to me as I finished reading Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, titled “Experiments in Truth”. Gandhi’s emphasis on life as an experiment is an important distinction to a typical perspective of life as a series of successes and failures.


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A fine blog post by Chad Renando. 

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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2014 6:12 AM

Treat life as an experiment - see learning as the critical issue.

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Most People Can't Multitask, But a Few Are Exceptional.

Most People Can't Multitask, But a Few Are Exceptional. | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

There is generally an inverse relationship between how good people are at multitasking and how good they think they are.


What makes the supertaskers able to do what they do? Are most of us doomed to a unitasking future?



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You are either born with the neural architecture that allows you to overcome the usual multitasking challenges, or you aren’t.


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malek's comment, May 24, 2014 7:32 AM
I concur and wonder: why organizations want multitasking skill in every job!
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Super Brains: Kaku on What Makes a Genius

Super Brains: Kaku on What Makes a Genius | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Are champions born or are they made? Science still cannot settle that debate. But one thing is clear: Certain brain injuries can produce super geniuses. This is not an invitation to throw yourself down the stairs head first. Science has yet to figure out why specific brain injuries can give people remarkable abilities.


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United States of Secrets

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In “United States of Secrets,” the excellent documentary - FRONTLINE -reveals the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world - and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public.


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The Cumulative Power of Narrative

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Narratives have great power, but their power increases dramatically when building on other narratives. What does that mean in practice? It means that we need to be thoughtful and deliberately make choices about where we choose to pursue our narratives.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

John Hagel has been writing a series of blog post about the power of narratives. Follow the link and submerge yourself in a foundation of wisdom. 


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Why Are We So Busy?

Why Are We So Busy? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Since the 1930s, U.S. G.D.P. has grown, in real terms, by a factor of sixteen. Why hasn’t that wealth translated into more leisure time?


Once, we were warned about a future of overabundant leisure. Now we’re busy complaining about being busier than ever.


Illustration by Nishant Choksi.


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Gained In Translation

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“Would You Kill the Fat Man?” is the title of a recent book about a set of moral problems that philosophers like to ponder, and psychologists to put to their experimental subjects.


In the canonical form, you are on a footbridge watching a trolley speeding down a track that will kill five unsuspecting people. You can push a fat man over the bridge onto the tracks to save the five. (You cannot stop the trolley by jumping yourself, only the fat man is heavy enough.) Would you do it?

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Nudging people’s judgments - When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian.

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6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy

6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

I hate to admit it, but people annoy me pretty regularly. Not only strangers and acquaintances, but those dear to me, as well! What’s wrong with everyone?! That’s what I used to wonder – what’s their problem?


Now I know better. When something that someone is doing annoys or irritates us, it is actually something about ourselves that we are not fully aware of.

This is the concept of “mirroring”. Psychology calls this projection. We are projecting that which we need to see about ourselves onto someone else so that we are able to see it. When we see that behavior in ourselves, it is called projection recall. Think of it like an actual mirror, where other people are the mirror. We cannot see ourselves clearly until we look in the mirror. The mirror does not get personal or have an agenda. It simply and truthfully reflects back
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Shakia's curator insight, May 19, 2014 12:29 PM

This one shows us how their are many different people in your life who have an impact on you. The ones that gets on our nerves the most and the ones who bug us are the ones who really make our day better. 

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In Praise of Slowness

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Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

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Challenging the Wisdom of Crowds

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A new paper by a Princeton evolutionary biologist suggests that small groups make the best decisions. 


It is the noise inherent in small groups that enhances their accuracy, allowing individuals in such groups to avoid the detrimental effects of correlated information while exploiting the benefits of collective decision-making.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Read the journal from Proceedings of the Royal Society hereDecision accuracy in complex environments is often maximized by small group sizes.

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Reinvent Yourself

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Major life changes are never easy, because your instincts and the urgent matters of the day work against you. But when you learn to focus on your future self, you'll be surprised at what you can achieve.


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Many of us dream of a future that's very different from our present. We'll live in Hawaii instead of Hackensack; abandon singlehood for family life; or paint murals for a living. But getting from here to there is hard, largely because some powerful psychological forces align against reinvention.


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The Military Case For Sharing Knowledge

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When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing knowledge.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 21, 2014 10:47 AM

This is a strong case for personal knowledge mastery.


Powerful reflections from General McChrystal: 


"What we found is we had to change. We had to change our culture about information. We had to knock down walls. We had to share. We had to change from who needs to know to the fact that who doesn't know, and we need to tell, and tell them as quickly as we can. It was a significant culture shift for an organization that had secrecy in its DNA."


"What we did was we changed the idea of information, instead of knowledge is power, to one where sharing is power. It was the fundamental shift, not new tactics, not new weapons, not new anything else."

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 22, 2014 2:45 AM

This piece features an interactive transcript of a talk with this four-star general credited for creating a revolution in warfare that fuses intelligence and operations. ~ D

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Why You Should Plan for Serendipity

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If you’re a busy professional like me, chances are your calendar looks a lot like a Tetris board. Every minute of every day is accounted for. Some hyper-organization is necessary, of course. How else would business get done? But on a recent trip to Chicago, my colleague Aaron Ferber reminded me of the importance of leaving room in one’s personal and work life for serendipity.


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The Simple Secret to Reinvention

The Simple Secret to Reinvention | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

If someone is going to eat your lunch, shouldn’t it be you?


That’s the question posed by entrepreneur and venture capitalist Josh Linkner in his new book, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate TransformationLinkner urges companies to pursue not success, but rather a long series of successes, each springing from--and sometimes obliterating--the one before it. Toward that end, he advises leaders to develop a heightened awareness of change and a willingness to strike when the iron is just warming up.


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Don't Fool Yourself - There Is No Work/Life Balance

Don't Fool Yourself - There Is No Work/Life Balance | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The idea of achieving work/life balance is a modern-day knockoff of the American Dream, rooted in the minds of ambitious yet overworked professionals who want to “have it all” -- work and play, career and family.


I don’t believe there is such a thing as “work/life balance.” You don’t hear people talking about finding a “family/life balance” or an “eating/life balance.” IT'S ALL LIFE.


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malek's curator insight, May 9, 2014 7:44 AM

Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life . But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance.

To find out more about your own personal balance 

Work/Life Balance Quiz
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 9, 2014 2:32 PM

Work/life balance is about integrating various activities into life. It cannot be about finding a mythical mean where we are at work 50% of the time and the rest is free time. It is all life and when we work we should be present and when we play we should be present. Here is where mindfulness plays an important role.

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'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation

'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

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Oasis Way and the Postnormal Era: How Understanding Serendipity Will Lead You to Success

A highly anticipated book by Ilkka Kakko on Seredipity.


The key conclusion of the book is that innovation activities can be improved by understanding serendipity and applying serendipity management principles. The book gives practical, hands-on advices, how to harness serendipity on individual, community and organizational levels. It describes the possibilities to enhance serendipity in business environments by workspace design, both physical and virtual, and explains how to increase coincidencity in the team building process.


Download the book for free on Slideshare through the link in this Scoop. 

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

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The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you're on the right track in your career and personal life.


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Management consultant and coach Allison Rimm, author of The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life says it’s possible for all of us to find joy in our business and personal lives, but to do so requires strategy.

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Pat Headley's curator insight, May 8, 2014 11:17 AM

We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated--joyful even--and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the larger part of our day going through the motions, feeling exhausted and wondering what the point of it all is. 6Steps2Success  6StepsCoaching 

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We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down

We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. A person walking indoors – on a treadmill in a room facing a blank wall – produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down.



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Anne Whisken's curator insight, May 8, 2014 7:51 PM

'It’s important to note that, according to the study, the type of creativity affected by walking is associated with “divergent,” rather than “convergent,” thinking. In other words, walking benefits creative brainstorming but not the kind of focused thinking required for single, correct answers.'

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/news/creativity-and-walking/#ixzz31Ag3q0vI

Character Minutes's curator insight, May 14, 2014 4:55 PM

Great info to share with the trait of creativity.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, May 17, 2014 6:17 AM

Κάτι ήξερε και ο Αριστοτέλης: 

http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A0%CE%B5%CF%81%CE%B9%CF%80%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE_%CE%A3%CF%87%CE%BF%CE%BB%CE%AE

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Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity

Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

"What is important is seldom urgent," Dwight D. Eisenhower liked to say, "and what is urgent is seldom important." 


The quote shows how Eisenhower distinguished between urgency and importance, an understanding that's critical for anyone who wants their hours worked to actually advance their careers. If you're checking your email every 10 minutes, you might not know the difference. 



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Scott Belsky: What Are You Willing to Be Bad At?

Scott Belsky: What Are You Willing to Be Bad At? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In our careers and in our work, we can only get a few things right, so we need to choose what we focus on purposefully. More importantly, we need to choose things that are different from our peers. This is our competitive advantage and it is what can propel us to success.


In this 99U talk, Behance co-founder Scott Belsky shares how companies like Apple and Southwest Airlines use this strategy to ensure long term success. But finding your competitive advantage is only step one, the world changes quickly, and just as fast as you find your niche, you should be looking for another one.


“Self-awareness,” says Belsky, “is the only sustainable competitive advantage you can find.” 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.