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3 words that'll change your life

3 words that'll change your life | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
While it's true that the only way to get anywhere in business is by failing -- a lot -- that only works if you learn from your mistakes and then move on. Some people wear failure and regret like an albatross around their neck, completely unaware of how masochistic that sort of behavior is. You only gain wisdom if you learn lessons from failure, forgive yourself -- I mean really forgive yourself -- and then get on with your business. And treat others' failure the same way.
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Internet Explorer Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Track Mouse Movements

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Allows Hackers to Track Mouse Movements | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
A vulnerability in different versions of Microsoft's widely used browser Internet Explorer can allow hackers to track the movements of your mouse.

This can potentially reveal sensitive data introduced via virtual keyboards, which are used precisely to avoid data theft via another online threat: key stroke loggers. Spider.io found out that Internet Explorer versions 6 to 10 are vulnerable to this kind of exploitation. What's worse, hackers could potentially track your movements even if the I.E. window is minimized.

This vulnerability is also apparently very easy to take advantage of. All a hacker needs to do is buy a display ad on any webpage and wait until a user visits it. If the tab remains open, the hacker has continuous access to your mouse movements.
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Dozens of Indiegogo Campaigns Spring Up in Response to Connecticut School Shooting

Dozens of Indiegogo Campaigns Spring Up in Response to Connecticut School Shooting | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Within hours of the news breaking of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, dozens of people took to Indiegogo to create crowdfunding campaigns to benefit victims, emergency responders, memorial services and others.

There is at least one notable exception with a proven track record for fundraising for worthy causes on Indiegogo, and that's Max Sidorov's campaign to help the families of victims with funeral, medical and counseling costs.

Sidorov was the guy behind the earlier Indiegogo campaign to raise money for bullied bus monitor Karen Klein to send her on a vacation, which raised over half a million dollars.

He's also raised money since then on the platform for other anti-drunk driving and bullying campaigns.
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The Top Five Career Regrets

The Top Five Career Regrets | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
... I've been on a mission to categorically answer the awkward but significant question of exactly what we'd do if we could magically rewind our careers. The hope? That by exposing what others are most disappointed about in their professional lives, we're maximizing our chances of minimizing regret in our own.

To this end, I sat down with 30 professionals between the ages of 28 and 58, and asked each what they regretted most about their careers to date. The group was diverse: I spoke with a 39-year-old managing director of a large investment bank, a failing self-employed photographer, a millionaire entrepreneur, and a Fortune 500 CEO. Disappointment doesn't discriminate; no matter what industry the individual operated in, what role they had been given, or whether they were soaring successes or mired in failure, five dominant themes shone through. Importantly, the effects of bad career decisions and disconfirmed expectancies were felt equally across age groups.

Far from being suppressed, career regrets should hold a privileged place in your emotional repertoire. Research shows (PDF) that regret can be a powerful catalyst for change, far outweighing the short-term emotional downsides. As famed psychologist Dr. Neal Roese recently stated, "On average, regret is a helpful emotion." It can even be an inspiring one. But it means that we must articulate and celebrate our disappointments, understanding that it's our capacity to experience regret deeply, and learn from it constructively to ultimately frame our future success.
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Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013

Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013 | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Goals have counterproductive side effects. There's a better way to hold yourself accountable.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:37 AM

"So what can you do in the absence of goals? It's still often necessary to drive toward achievements, especially in business. We need help setting direction and measuring progress. But maybe there's a better way to achieve those things while sidestepping goals' negative side effects.

I want to propose one: Instead of identifying goals, consider identifying areas of focus.

A goal defines an outcome you want to achieve; an area of focus establishes activities you want to spend your time doing. A goal is a result; an area of focus is a path. A goal points to a future you intend to reach; an area of focus settles you into the present." 

 

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One Question For Seth Godin

One Question For Seth Godin | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
SETH GODIN has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas sprea...
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What If You Don't Want to Be a Manager?

What If You Don't Want to Be a Manager? | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Seventy-six percent of employees don't want their boss's job. So what's their career path?

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, December 13, 2012 9:49 AM

Who do you want to be?

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Conquering The Enemies of Innovation: Silence and Fear

Conquering The Enemies of Innovation: Silence and Fear | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
It takes courage for employees to voice new ideas.
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Peter Vander Auwera's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:16 PM

"Innovate in every area with your influence"

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6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day

6 Simple Rituals To Reach Your Potential Every Day | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
It’s Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. Two San Francisco entrepreneurs are pitching their ventures to potential investors today. They’d both agree that this is one of the most important days of their lives.

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Abdul Abdirahman's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:13 PM

What to be more productive and feel like you are accomplishing your goals DAILY, here are a few tips that can help.

donhornsby's curator insight, December 13, 2012 6:25 AM

(Great quote - and excellent suggestions) “Every day I need physical energy, mental clarity, and emotional balance to tackle everything that comes my way,” Mike said. “Self-care is the secret to performing at the highest level.”

 

Here are the six simple rituals he uses to perform at his highest, which you too can begin implementing right away:

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4 Ways to Thrive by Connecting with Your Passion

4 Ways to Thrive by Connecting with Your Passion | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Digging is hard work.

 

Digging is hard work. I’ve dug lots of irrigation ditches and post holes while growing up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. It’s dirty work because the only way to clear a clogged ditch is to get in the muck and shovel out heavy, sodden clumps of debris so the water can run smoothly on down the ditch.

 

Often, the stuff clogging the system is not visible from the top because irrigation water tends to be muddy. It’s only after you start that your shovel finds more mass to the blockage. I hate digging out irrigation ditches because there’s always something more to be dug out.

 

Whether it’s shoveling out the muck from an irrigation ditch or removing the barriers that prevent us from moving ahead in life, nothing moves forward until the deed is done. Tamping it down may take care of the clutter, but only for a while, and it will eventually it will build up entire the entire system is blocked.

 

Digging down in our own lives so we can move past barriers in our life means more than skimming the surface. Our society would lead us to believe that peeling back the surface layers is all that is needed to understand ourselves and overcome obstacles. Not true, but I suspect you already know this deep down.


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Career lessons from Gen Y

Career lessons from Gen Y | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Members of Gen Y have a bit of career advice for the rest of us about surviving in a turbulent economy.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 12, 2012 4:57 AM

Embrace change, keep learning, be willing to start over, and find what you really want to do. Not bad career advice, especially from those who are so young.

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The Broken Link Building Bible

The Broken Link Building Bible | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article intro:
"Broken link building may perhaps be the most effective, white-hat link building strategy in years. In particular, broken link building is appealing because the success of the campaign is directly proportional to how much good you do for the web. You profit only if you create good content to replace lost or abandoned content that webmasters still want to link to. This is the type of strategy that marries so many of the competing interests our industry: content vs. links, link earning vs link building, inbound vs. outbound, etc.

Below, I attempt to organize as much as I know about broken link building tactics. Throughout the piece I mention tools that will help you make the broken link building process scalable and less monotonous.

Table of Contents

1. Overview

2. Prospecting

2.1. Resource Page Targeting w/ Keywords
2.1.1. Selecting Keywords
2.1.2. Prospecting Phrases
2.1.3. Scraping Search Results
2.1.4. Extracting URLs
2.1.5. Header Checks
2.1.6 Opportunity Qualification
2.1.7. Prospecting Tools

2.2. Resource Page Targeting w/ Model URL
2.2.1. Site Selection
2.2.2. Backlink Acquisition
2.2.3. Extracting URLs
2.2.4. Header Checks
2.2.5. Opportunity Qualification
2.2.6. Prospecting Shortcuts

2.3. Direct URL Targeting
2.3.1. Site Crawling
2.3.2. Opportunity Selection

3. Content Creation
3.1. Rebuilding Tools
3.2. Raised Expectations

4. Outreach
4.1. Contact Finding
4.2. Email Templates

5. Conclusions & Community

6. Credits..."

Each element is analyzed with detailed information. Read full article here:
http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-broken-link-building-bible


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Dollars Per Day's comment, January 3, 2013 9:17 AM
what a huge resource, great for seeking out those pesky broken links!
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Who’s the Character in My Character-Based Leadership Style?

Who’s the Character in My Character-Based Leadership Style? | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it

I’ve been self-employed for a decade (more if you look closely), but it wasn’t until this year that I became an entrepreneur and began to see my leadership style shift closer to authenticity.What’s the change and why is it affecting my leadership style and character?

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Don't Leave a Legacy; Live One

Don't Leave a Legacy; Live One | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
If you've spent your whole career making money, maybe now's the time to make an impact.
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3 Ways To Replace Busy With Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO

3 Ways To Replace Busy With Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Are you promoting activity and busyness or are you focused on being effective? Here are some ways to dial in on the latter.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 15, 2012 6:54 AM

I am always looking for ways to be less busy - and therefore more effective.  This article has a number of great suggestions.  

 

(From the article):The bottom line is the demand that managers tend to put on their people create a flurry of activity, yet little additional productivity. When in the end, being really busy in itself doesn’t pay bills, doesn’t foster innovation, and won’t strengthen culture. In fact, too much busyness may in fact yield the opposite. So with this in mind, try replacing busy with the following three things to yield greater results.

 

Annette Schmeling's curator insight, December 16, 2012 7:03 AM

Slow down, breathe, and consider what is essential and the best ways of engaging.  Good insights of core values at the heart of what we need to do.

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Lead Generation scheme coming to your mailbox

Lead Generation scheme coming to your mailbox | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Have you gotten an envelope in your mailbox recently promising easy money? Clark has, and you might get one too. Here's why you need to watch out.
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To Be or Not To Be Humble | Transformational Leadership

To Be or Not To Be Humble | Transformational Leadership | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
The most appropriate question to ask ourselves when we share our results is “what is my intention here”? If we are already grounded in who we are “tooting the horn” is about sharing ourselves, sharing the work we passionately care about, sharing the contributions of others, and serving the organization. Doesn’t feel so uncomfortable does it?

C.S. Lewis summed it up perfectly: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of yourself less”. For me, the essence of humility is finding our place to serve. This is the journey of transformational leadership.
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Seth's Blog: Most advice is bad advice...

Seth's Blog: Most advice is bad advice... | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
People mean well, especially friends and family, but they're going to give you bad advice. This leads to two challenges as you strive to create original work that matters: 1. Ignore their advice, even the well-meant entreaties that you stick...
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Google Maps Is Back On The iPhone: Native iOS App Released

Google Maps Is Back On The iPhone: Native iOS App Released | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Google has released its long-awaited map app for the iPhone. And it delivers all the expected features: voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, traffic, public transit, Street View and so on.
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Starting a Virtual Assistant Business

Starting a Virtual Assistant Business | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
How to start your online business being a virtual assistant.
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In 1998, when I started my business, many thought that I was making a huge mistake. I disagreed and I'm glad I took the leap of faith.

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Forbes10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave YouForbesHave you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again?

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Make Your Employees Love Working for You: 4 Simple Steps [VIDEO]

Make Your Employees Love Working for You: 4 Simple Steps [VIDEO] | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Amy Buckner Chowdhry explains how she improved employee retention at AnswerLab, the digital experience consultancy she co-founded.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, December 13, 2012 6:25 AM

Are you making them happy - without people, your business wouldn't exist.

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How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right)

How to React When Someone Says You're Wrong (but You Know You're Right) | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
We've all been in the circumstance where we're having a conversation (or argument) with someone and they're convinced you're wrong about something, even though you know you're right.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 11, 2012 7:45 AM

(Great Thoughts): "Just because you know you're right it doesn't mean getting into an actual argument is worth it. Sometimes, it's best to just let things go. At the very least, before you set out to prove that you're right, it's good to check your own argument. To those ends, Gil suggests you consider a few points before you even react."

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A Question of Monetization

A Question of Monetization | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Monetization of a website can be tricky business. Some individuals seem to have the golden touch, while others simply can't manage to profit the proverbial
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A Simple Error that Tanked My Site and Stopped My Heart

A Simple Error that Tanked My Site and Stopped My Heart | Business in the Digital Era | Scoop.it
Earlier this year a number of our sites tanked and when I say tanked I mean THEY TANKED. Not only did visits dry up, as a result of their rankings evaporating, but all toolbar PageRank disappeared reverting to n/a.
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