Lazy but Talented

While walking back to my hotel from a conference in St. Louis, I saw someone wearing a shirt that said ‘Lazy but Talented.’ I think it was a Nike shirt. I’ve always been impressed with Nike’s advertising, but this slogan didn’t ring true. In the US, we seem to be overly obsessed with talent as if it is the most important part of success. It isn’t that talent is unimportant, but when it really comes down to what will make you successful, being hardworking is much more important. If you have

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Published in: on March 28, 2017 at 7:48 am  Leave a Comment  

10 Signs You’ve Been Doing Well In 2016 Though You Don’t Think So

On the face of it, you may think 2016 isn’t a good year at all, considering what’s happening all around the world and on a personal level, it may seem that there’s just nothing special about 2016 from any other years. But then again, it’s your attitude towards life that matters and you may have overlooked certain things if you don’t think you’ve been doing well this year. You may have debts to pay off, but you don’t live malnourished and below the poverty line. You may not have found your

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Published in: on March 23, 2017 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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5 Common Habits of Effective Startup CEOs

Being the CEO of a startup is a lot of hard work. You need to manage the inevitable chaos, wearing multiple hats as a leader, a thinker, and a doer. It can easily be overwhelming when you need to balance everyday tasks alongside the “big picture” tasks that drive the vision and the future of your company. Once a startup gets some traction, CEOs have to transition from “doer-in-chief” to leading the company and managing the big picture projects, products, cash flow, team culture, and

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Published in: on March 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

Improve Your Test Scores With the “Hard Start-Jump to Easy” Technique

Exams can drain your focus and mental energy fast, so it’s best to get the tough stuff out of the way first. This super simple approach to test-taking can help reduce your stress and improve your test scores. In her book A Mind for Numbers, Barbara Oakley recommends the “hard start-jump to easy” technique for anyone who struggles on tests. Here’s what you do: Start on a really hard question-like an essay question, or the stuff you tend to find at the end of the test-and work on it for a

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Published in: on February 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Productivity and Battery Life

I’ve recently made two changes that have made me surprisingly more productive. The first was switching from my 17-inch MacBook Pro to a MacBook Air. The second was switching to a newer Mifi device to get to the Internet over the cellular network. The commonality between these two changes is they both replaced devices with batteries that normally lasted about 4 hours. The new Mifi and laptop can get 8 to 12 hours of life on a single charge. When I first bought the MacBook Air, I thought it

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Published in: on February 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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4 Free Video Editing Tools

These days, one can’t imagine life without videos, especially if you actively share ideas online. Videos produce an instant impression on the audience and perhaps leave a deeper impact than text content alone. Although with a bit of experience editing video doesn’t require much effort, choosing the right tool in the first place takes time. Luckily, there are free video editors available today for every user category – Windows, Mac, and mobile filmmaking enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at

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Published in: on February 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Improve Your Test Scores With the “Hard Start-Jump to Easy” Technique

Exams can drain your focus and mental energy fast, so it’s best to get the tough stuff out of the way first. This super simple approach to test-taking can help reduce your stress and improve your test scores. In her book A Mind for Numbers, Barbara Oakley recommends the “hard start-jump to easy” technique for anyone who struggles on tests. Here’s what you do: Start on a really hard question-like an essay question, or the stuff you tend to find at the end of the test-and work on it for a

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Published in: on February 9, 2017 at 11:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Productivity and Battery Life

I’ve recently made two changes that have made me surprisingly more productive. The first was switching from my 17-inch MacBook Pro to a MacBook Air. The second was switching to a newer Mifi device to get to the Internet over the cellular network. The commonality between these two changes is they both replaced devices with batteries that normally lasted about 4 hours. The new Mifi and laptop can get 8 to 12 hours of life on a single charge. When I first bought the MacBook Air, I thought it

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Published in: on February 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spend Less Time Deciding

One of the biggest ways people lose their productivity is in trying to decide what to do. This probably seems silly, but if you look at most planning techniques, they are mostly designed to reduce the amount of time you have to spend making a decision on what to do next. Why? Because that is probably one of the biggest time drains people face. Instead of working on something important, they spend time trying to decide or worrying about what to do next. If you are really bad about this, you

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Published in: on January 26, 2017 at 10:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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