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Build a side project, build an empire

Question: What do Craigslist and Albert Einstein have in common? Answer: Their big idea started as a side project. 1905. Albert Einstein worked six days a week full-time in an office, examining patent applications. He dedicated all his remaining hours to studying and experimenting with physics. One day, the Theory Of Relativity was conceived — completely off-the-clock.

Not all pauses are created equal

Not all pauses are created equal How better procrastination can improve your productivity and performance   The next time you’re facing an important decision, Frank Partnoy, the author of Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, suggests a two-step process: One — figure out the maximum time you have available before you can respond. Two — wait until

Why work alone won’t ever fulfill you

Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through your mouth and exhaling through your nose. Expand your belly as you inhale, then notice it fall as you breathe out. As you continue breathing deeply, feel the sensations inside your body — first in your toes, then your feet, and up

Achieving success is simpler than you think

Google “how to be successful,” and you’ll be flooded with over a billion results in about half a second. On YouTube, you’ll find upwards of 200 million videos promising a sure pathway to success. On Amazon, you can choose from more than 3,000 books on the topic. Considering the sheer volume of content published

The new rules of effective leadership

The rules of leadership have changed. Telling people what to do and how to do it is no longer enough — because today’s workforce demands more from its leaders. In a Harvard Business Review survey of more than 19,000 respondents, researchers found that people feel and perform better (and more sustainably) at work when four basic

How to “Kondo” your to-do list: the secret to prioritizing what truly matters

“Does this spark joy?” Marie Kondo’s decluttering philosophy is everywhere. It’s in our news feeds and Instagram stories. It applies to our book collections, Facebook friends, and even our family members. In a nutshell: we should keep what causes joy and release what doesn’t. The popularity of Kondo’s approach proves how

A guide to effective (not excessive) collaboration

If you’ve tasted a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, then I’m sure you’ll agree: collaborations can be delicious. And highly profitable. In 2000, founders and fellow bootstrappers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield sold their unconventional ice cream company to Unilever for $326 million. Apparently, Cohen and Greenfield were a

Mind your emotions: why emotional agility is the key to personal growth

What do scorn, hate, anxiety, shame, and regret have in common? According to David Hawkins, they may be killing us. It’s no secret that our emotions can play a significant role in our mental and physical health. But Hawkins, a psychiatrist and lecturer, theorizes that what we feel on a daily basis

Why no one is really productive

And how we lost our creative genius Wow, what a productive baby. Said no one ever. Imagine a toddler walking around the house with a Fitbit, a pocket planner, and a cup of coffee, saying: “Everything from my morning play time to my afternoon PB&J gets ranked in a corresponding quadrant.

Lateness isn’t a sign of disrespect

One of Mahatma Gandhi’s most treasured possessions was an Ingersoll pocket watch that cost about a dollar. Adamant about punctuality, the world-renowned pacifist was never without it. Gandhi lived his life according to a strict timetable. In his words: “You may not waste a grain of rice or a scrap of

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