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12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

The result of enormous success is often pretty noisy – lots of people talking, writing and sharing stories about it.  The actual process of achieving enormous success, on the other hand, is far more discreet.  But it’s this process that happens quietly, behind-the-scenes, that makes all the difference in the world.

Marc and I are fortunate enough to know a number of enormously successful human beings.  Regardless of lifestyle, industry or profession, they all share many of the same quiet rituals.  And that’s precisely what I want to discuss with you today.

Building upon our recent video blog post on success, here are twelve things the most successful people we know do quietly and diligently:

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Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The long read: How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific.

 

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This 'long read' article describes a world beyond ours: what some billionaires are doing with their money, and why. Must-read.

It's about Apocalypse, survival, Lord of the Rings, and more...

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The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss

The 1 Thing You Need to Know About How Power Changes You as a Boss | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Science and history have shown that people who focus on others--those who are emotionally intelligent and generous--are the ones who typically rise to power. You might wonder then, why are there so many stories of leaders who abuse their power through corruption or abuse? There's a scientific reason for this. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Being in a position of power will change you. Here are some interesting points made why that is so and what can be done about it.

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A top venture capital firm predicts these 8 trends will take over cloud computing in 2018

A top venture capital firm predicts these 8 trends will take over cloud computing in 2018 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Bessemer Venture Partners knows the cloud.

The Silicon Valley venture capital firm meets with over a thousand cloud companies each year and keeps close tabs on its dozens of investments in the cloud market. Just to round things out, Bessemer also researches 78 cloud companies that have already gone public, keeping tabs on their performance so as to better advise their still-private investments.

All of this data comes together in the firm's annual State of the Cloud report, which Bessemer published Thursday. 

In the report, Bessemer investors Byron Deeter, Kristina Shen and Anna Khan share what they see in the year ahead for companies on the cloud. 

Here's what they expect to see in 2018. Read more: click image or title.

 

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It's very important to know new trends in technology to stay ahead of the game, no matter what you do.

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8 productivity hacks for working from home

8 productivity hacks for working from home | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Get your work done even when you're not in your cubicle.

With bomb cyclones, blizzards and polar vortexes attacking cities across the country, many professionals will be working from home this week.

It may seem like working from home is the ideal excuse for breakfast in bed, but it can also mean losing precious work hours. Read more: click image or title.

 

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More of us are #workingfromhome. It does not mean that suddenly you are off the hook. Some discipline is required to keep quality in your work, and even exceed the standards to keep your boss pleased.

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Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Start by looking for patterns.

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?

We’ve surveyed and assessed more than 35,000 leaders from thousands of companies across more than 100 countries, and found that 73% of leaders feel distracted from their current task either “some” or “most” of the time. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Focus is quintessential in our drive for #success and #accomplishment.

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I Banned my Phone from the Bedroom for Two Weeks. Here’s What Happened.

I Banned my Phone from the Bedroom for Two Weeks. Here’s What Happened. | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

After numerous ill-fated attempts that petered out after a couple of days, I’ve successfully kept my phone out of the bedroom for two weeks straight. ...

...And so I took the plunge. I barred my phone from the bedroom for two weeks straight, and I got a lot more of what I actually wanted from my day. Here’s what happened.

 

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Best practices living with your #smartphone

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Best practices living with your #smartphone.

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Top 5 Gifts for Men

1. Aphrodisiac Box. 2. An Allergic to Work t-shirt 3..Thug Kitchen Cookbook. 4. Megaphone. 5. Funny socks on Etsy:

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How Startups Should Do Customer Discovery – ThinkGrowth.org

How Startups Should Do Customer Discovery – ThinkGrowth.org | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Teams that build continuous customer discovery into their DNA will become smarter than their investors, and build more successful companies.

It’s been over 4 years since I first blogged about Ashwin. He’s one of my ex-students who wanted to raise a seed round to build an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drones) with a Hyper-spectral camera and... Read more: click image or title.

 

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Perspective in developing new products is of the essence. This article shows that the approach may decide what you manufacture, or not. Delivering what the client needs is what you want to do.

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The Art Of Building A Bold Business

The Art Of Building A Bold Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Bold is one of the many words that describe Cyndie Spiegel, a small business coach on a mission to empower one hundred thousand women to build bold businesses by 2020. She shares her tips on inspiration, vulnerability and flexibility when it comes to going big and bold in business. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Not only #startups that grow into #unicorns. There are many more bold businesses.

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5 Ways to Turn Any Crisis Into A Successful Opportunity

5 Ways to Turn Any Crisis Into A Successful Opportunity | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs face obstacles from the moment they wake up in the morning, whether they’re trying to satisfy investors, struggling to meet payroll, dealing with unexpected complications or delivering a new product to the market. 

Of course, not everyone is cut out for these rough seas. But some individuals stand out as being particularly well-suited for dealing with what investor and advisor Ben Horowitz calls the "hard things"

It's these entrepreneurs who turn what seems to be an unending stream of difficulty into advantage. They emerge from obstacles stronger and more successful.

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The real #entrepreneur turns adversity into advantage.

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Extra! Extra! How To Get Press Coverage For Your Small Business 

Extra! Extra! How To Get Press Coverage For Your Small Business  | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
"Small business owners wear a lot of hats, including the one of Accountant, Customer Service Specialist, and Product Manager. So, they might not always have the time to put on the “marketer’s hat”. While mom-and-pop shops should definitely focus on delivering that amazing small business experience, they shouldn’t forget to market that amazing experience to the outside world." Read more: click image or title.
 
 

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Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is more often than not, initially a small business, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire. The people who create these businesses are called entrepreneurs.

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The Four Cringe-Worthy Mistakes Too Many Startups Make with Data

The Four Cringe-Worthy Mistakes Too Many Startups Make with Data | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
HotelTonight's Chief Data and Strategy Officer talks about how startups should set up and mine their data to drive insights that actually make a difference.

If there’s one thing that grinds Amanda Richardson’s gears, it’s fads.

As Chief Data and Strategy Officer for HotelTonight (she was previously their VP Product), she oversees 400 to 500 data events for an app with millions of monthly users. Her team registers hundreds of events from every user session. She’s steeped in the data world and is a keen observer of how other companies are increasingly leveraging data to make decisions. But what she sees are a number of trends and approaches to data that aren’t just lazy, but also ineffective, misleading, and costing companies a ton of opportunity. Read more: click image or title.

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Richard Branson Explains Why He's Different From Elon Musk, and What He Looks For When Investing in Startups

Richard Branson Explains Why He's Different From Elon Musk, and What He Looks For When Investing in Startups | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

The Virgin Group found says, "I'd happily invest in a company that ends up failing in order to find a young entrepreneur who will go on to change the world.

Two of my favorite things are taking calculated risks and helping to grow businesses. I've built my career on these pillars with Virgin, but I have always made targeted investments outside the Group, too,...Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great article with Richard #Branson opening up. Excerpted from Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography by Richard Branson

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How to Get Your First 100k (Active) Users –

What we learned growing Winnie’s network of parents from a small private beta to a booming national community.

Acquiring your first 100k active users is an art, but a messy one—especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing and paid acquisition. Winnie crossed this important milestone…

 

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Great article describing how to grow your #users base.

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Today, Michio Kaku Described What Life Will Look Like in Twenty Years

Today, Michio Kaku Described What Life Will Look Like in Twenty Years | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Today, at the World Government Summit held in Dubai, Michio Kaku presented his vision of what life will look like in the next twenty years.

The topic at hand? Change.

It seems that each day brings with it a revolution in artificial intelligence, space travel, and DNA, which is the building block of life itself. Though these developments are inspiring, the rapid pace at which science and technology are advancing is sometimes a little disquieting. And according to Kaku, in the next twenty years, things are going to get really weird.

From toilets that read our proteins to walls that talk to us, Kaku painted a staggeringly beautiful (and somewhat comical) picture of the world of tomorrow. Read full article: click image or title.

 

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Our #future is changing now. Some visionaries are trying to give an idea of what it will be like.

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Five myths of pre-seed investing

Five myths of pre-seed investing | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Pre-seed has risen in prominence in recent months due to the growing gap between what founders are seeking at the seed stage and what the market is offering, yet conversations around pre-seed come with preconceived notions and false assumptions about the companies and investors who care about early-stage funding.

To break down these misconceptions, we’ve assembled a list of 5 common myths about pre-seed and share what’s behind our passion for feeding the ideas of tomorrow’s next great companies.

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"Need to know" about #pre-seed investing.

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The 9 Deadliest Startup Sins – ThinkGrowth.org

Whether your venture is a new pizza parlor or the hottest new software product, beware: These nine flawed assumptions are toxic. 1.Assuming you know what the customer wants. First and deadliest of..  Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent article. #Startups need to be in touch with their customers and find out what it is they need and want.

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Top Google recruiter: Here are the most common resume mistakes that 'drive me nuts'

Top Google recruiter: Here are the most common resume mistakes that 'drive me nuts' | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A senior Google recruiter explains the importance of having a high-quality resume.

Google looks for four key traits when interviewing candidates: general cognitive ability, leadership, "Googliness" and role-related knowledge.

But to even make it to the interview stage you have to "absolutely nail" your resume, says Lisa Stern Haynes, the global staffing lead and senior recruiter at Google.

In fact, a poorly written resume is the ultimate disqualifier for applicants, she says in a Google Partners podcast. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great advice. Check before applying for your next job.

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33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect

33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

What do people want out of work? More than money, more than benefits, much more than job security, a recent survey says, they want to be treated with respect.

 

If that sounds like you, how can you increase the respect you get each day at work? It turns out that there are specific habits you can cultivate that allow you to train the people you work with to treat you respectfully each day.

 

Here are 33 of these proven habits that can help, if you're willing to stick with them. Implement a few, take inspiration from the others, and you'll likely see dividends quickly. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Respect? Treat others with respect.

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Most of these are small, subtle changes in behavior, but they can have a big impact on how much other people respect you.

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50 startups that will boom in 2018, according to VCs

50 startups that will boom in 2018, according to VCs | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

2018 is almost upon us and so it is once again time to predict which startups will take the tech industry by storm next year.

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?

We reached out to a number of top VCs and asked them which startups will boom in 2018. We invited participation from investors from a variety of backgrounds and investing philosophies. This includes some of the top VCs in the Valley (Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Bessemer, Greylock Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia). Read more: click image or title.

 

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Very interesting to see what is coming and becoming successful.

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Arianna Huffington says she became truly successful when she quit one common bad habit

Arianna Huffington says she became truly successful when she quit one common bad habit | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Arianna Huffington says believing this bad habit makes you successful is a "complete delusion.

Media mogul Arianna Huffington has been very vocal about the importance of sleep since accidentally overworking herself to the point of exhaustion in 2007.

Critics may point out that she managed to establish a successful media company, the Huffington Post, after years of losing sleep and prior to becoming a champion for wellness and balance. But Huffington says that's not the case.

Contrary to popular belief, she tells CNBC Make It at a Fuel List event hosted by her wellness site Thrive Global, that she truly became successful when she quit working round-the-clock.

 

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Being well rested must be a priority for #startup #entrepreneurs.

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Looking Into the Crystal Ball: 22 Predictions for 2018

Looking Into the Crystal Ball: 22 Predictions for 2018 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Predicting the future is hardly a precise science, but it's possible to identify macro trends by paying close attention to what's happening in an industry. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Find what #trends are influencing our world.

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​Your industry will be disrupted (again) in three years

​Your industry will be disrupted (again) in three years | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Whatever industry you’re in, a rethink will be due soon, says SAS’ Evan Stubbs. And that goes for the forty year old analytics company too. Read more: click image or title.

 

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#Technology, #AI, #robotics, #IoT, all are part of the exponential changing spiral we're experiencing now. 

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Watch a hacker take control of a robot vacuum cleaner to spy on its Owner

Watch a hacker take control of a robot vacuum cleaner to spy on its Owner | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Experts from cyber firm Check Point, who dubbed the flaws "HomeHack", were able to use the flaws to take control of LG user accounts which, by extension, gave them access.

 

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New challenges in the #tech world, #IOT and #Robotics

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11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You…

11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You… | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Most people fall into two camps: natural born leaders and the rest of us

.While some people were gifted with the charisma and confidence required to make leading others a breeze, everyone else has to cultivate these skills through time, dedication, and hard work.

But, signing up for long classes that focus on leadership isn’t ideal for many, especially if you are focused on building or running a business. Plus, the financial investment required for some courses can leave such training out of reach if you’re fighting with a limited budget.

Does that mean you have to put aside your dreams of being the simmering unicorn of leadership wisdom your team needs to succeed? Well, of course not. There are plenty of free resources that can help you increase your competency, often on your own schedule.

These classes let you access high-quality educational resources (some are even from leading universities) without asking for a dime. Here are 11 places that will help you increase your skill level on a rocket-like trajectory. Read more: click image or title.

 

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