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How to Solicit Advice (And Still Seem Competent)

Studies show that asking for advice is more effective than soliciting feedback — but only if done correctly. We’ve long been obsessed with the idea of offering “feedback” in the workplace. A quick Google search results in dozens of well-meaning articles offering tips for both giving and soliciting employee feedback.

How the Myth of Sacrifice Is Hurting Your Team and Your Bottom Line

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. If you’re not first, you’re last. It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. There’s no traffic on the extra mile. I’ve noticed lately that the narrative around tech is becoming more and more similar to the

Why Your Brain Needs Time for Doing Nothing At All

Being successful and being busy are not one and the same. The old crocodile was floating at the river’s edge when a younger crocodile swam up next to him, “I’ve heard from many that you’re the fiercest hunter in all of the river bottoms. Please, teach me your ways.” Awoken

Calling It Quits: Why Stopping Might Be the Key to Momentum

I remember the day I decided to quit. There was nothing momentous about it. It was a regular afternoon, and I was putting in time at a software company I believed in as I had for so many years before. I was writing a line of code when I realized

Debunking the Myth of Willpower and Success

Strategies for achieving your goals, regardless of your willpower to succeed July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Famed U.S. historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. declared humanity’s first successful lunar mission in 1969 as the most important event of the 20th century. He even ranked Neil Armstrong

Think You’re Not Creative? Think Again: A Mini-Guide to Real Creativity

Creativity is just problem-solving — start with one small problem at a time.   We put “geniuses” like Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo and David Bowie on a pedestal because their acclaimed creations live on — and they shared them in a highly public way. But, creativity doesn’t require a public

It’s Time to Reconsider Ambition

What do you think it takes to be successful? Creativity, planning, and goal setting are probably at the top of that list. But research doesn’t necessarily agree. From a young age, we’re told that professional success leads to happiness and we need to set ambitious goals in order to get

Forget motivation — how to succeed (even when you’re ready to quit)

Exciting goals. I’ve set quite a few of them in my time. Learn Spanish. Start blogging. Run that marathon. I’m strong on good intentions. I love the bubble of enthusiasm that comes with carving out a new goal-post. I’m never short on motivation, either: the kind that generates 100-carat determination.

How a perception shift can sharpen your productivity

Mind time and clock time are two totally different things, according to Adrian Bejan, a mechanical engineering professor at Duke University. In fact, actual time doesn’t affect how we experience its passing. In an upcoming paper in the European Review, he explains that our perception of time is influenced by the quick, involuntary eye movements

Why hyper-growth can be a huge detriment to the success of your startup

“The way [that] failures die is they run out of money.” It’s probably no surprise that these words were spoken by Paul Graham during an interview. What is even more interesting is what Graham says next: “If a place has really good food, it can be in an obscure location, charge

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