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My friend, designer Ayse Birsel, recently taught me an incredibly powerful way to be more successful. Of course, as you know success is defined by the person who wants to achieve it. Success could be a new job, a better relationship with your spouse, a great school for your kids, ...

Intentions can take a direct path but also many indirect ones.

When we speak of dreams coming true, we are talking about some form of desire. Beyond the basic necessities for food, water, and shelter, which are enough to satisfy the desire to survive, human beings invent countless other desires. What we all experience is that some of our desires come ...

If You're Comfortable, You're Not Leading

Have you ever been tempted to put your kids on a plane and send them to the other side of the world for the summer? For Ingar Skaug, that was a normal part of childhood. Skaug, a native of Norway, grew up to become President and Group CEO of Wilh. ...

How Zuckerberg Destroyed My Post

On a Friday night in early September, my roommate Zach and I were playing a game of FIFA. We were unsure of where all of our friends were, and what was going on that night around campus. A laid-back night of FIFA suddenly sparked an idea for a startup that ...

Why Delighting Someone Is In Your Job Description

Every morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. I am reminded by our CEO and talented team at StratIS, why it is crucial to think about how we are delighting someone on a daily basis. In our morning standup meetings, our leaders Felicite Moorman and Ryan Buchert, remind us that an extremely ...

Tony Robbins’ Pre-talk Ritual Is Crazy

At the urging of several people, I watched Tony Robbin’s Netflix documentary I am Not Your Guruand really enjoyed it. It documents his “Date with Destiny” six-day event Robbins hosts which costs attendees $4,995. There’s a scene where the documentarian asks him if he gets nervous or has stage ...

How To Cope With A Person Who's Irritable Most Of The Time? Some Ideas

At home and at work, the emotional state of the people around you matters a lot. Due to a phenomenon called emotional contagion, you’re very likely to “catch” a person’s mood, and unfortunately, bad moods are more catching than good moods. So how do you cope with being ...

How To Find Your Calling (or…what I Learned By Accident Because Of AirBnB)

He died. He was giving a speech, sat down, and the next thing… he was dead. They called an ambulance. They got paramedics. They did that thing. They brought him back to life. But his body didn’t like living. He died again. Eight more times they used machines to ...

What I Learned About Marketing, My Job, And Life From A Flight Attendant

I got through security just in time to board my 9:00 a.m. flight to Boston. Fortunately, I was upgraded to first class and I planned to split my time between napping and preparing for the next day’s client meetings. I boarded, took my seat, and that’s when the ...

A) Hard wood grows slowly…

Jewel was broke and homeless, but she still turned down a million dollar check when she was 19 years old. Jewel was broke and millions in debt after selling 30,000,000 albums, and built back from scratch when she was 30. Jewel has switched genres, written music from folk to pop to country to ...

You learn to accept challenges

In my existence, crossing the street always consisted of looking left, looking right, then looking left again. May 31, 2016, I touched down in London town. Imagine my surprise when the motion of looking left, first, was no longer the norm. I was aware of this difference before arriving in London, but ...

How To See A Beautiful Person In The Mirror

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Kimberly Snyder, CN Society has allowed our notion of beauty to go awry. Countless women--and not just women--look in the mirror and see a reflection of inadequacy. They have fallen short of an ideal that was defective to begin with. But conditioned since childhood to ...