Want the right answer? Simply trust your instincts

A study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard, and instead trust your instincts.

See yourself as outsiders do to measure progress toward goals

When people feel they’ve hit a roadblock in reaching a personal goal, such as losing weight, a change in perspective may give them the help...

Comments & traffic statistics help empower bloggers

Whether bloggers are writing to change the world, or just discussing a bad break-up, they may get an extra boost of motivation from traffic-measuring and interactive tools that help them feel more connected to and more influential in their communities.

30 major causes of failure

Life’s greatest tragedy consists of men and women who earnestly try, and fail! The tragedy lies in the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared to the few who succeed.

The Enchanted Kettle, aka the legend of Coca-Cola

Fifty years ago, an old country doctor drove to town, hitched his horse, quietly slipped into a drug store by the back door. His mission was destined to bring to the South the most far-flung benefit since the Civil War.

Business plans: Thinking long-term

A lot can change in 20 years. If you had a PC 20 years ago, you probably had a 386 or 486 running MS-DOS 5.0 and possibly Windows 3.0. No smart phones. No iPods or iTunes. No web browsers. No Google or Yahoo. No YouTube. No social media unless you liked BBSing.

Underdogs have more motivation? Not so fast…

Members of a group or team will work harder when they’re competing against a group with lower status than when pitted against a more highly ranked group.

Crazy talk: The do-what-you-love guide

When I wrote the first words of my blog, more than five years ago, I had no idea those few keystrokes would change my life.

Scientists search for the source of creativity

Calling it a ‘right brain’ phenomenon is too simple, researchers say It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC...

8 tips to help you overcome procrastination

Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. Side effects include missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, feeling overwhelmed, resentment and guilt.

Why to take pride in your failures

Pride in success can prevent us from taking further action toward our goals. We should not allow our brains to convince us that a failure is a success just so that we can stop trying.

Feeling in control can help you live longer

A high sense of control all but wipes out educational differences when it comes to mortality.

Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive

Feeling sluggish? The solution may require getting outside the box — that big brick-and-mortar box called a building.

Seeing progress toward your goal will help you achieve it

Whether you are swimming in the Olympics or saving for a vacation, being able to see progress toward your goal will help you reach it.

Social scientists build case for ‘survival of the kindest’

In contrast to “every man for himself” interpretations of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, social scientists are building the case that humans are successful as a species precisely because of our nurturing, altruistic and compassionate traits.

Having trouble achieving work-life balance? Knowing your strategies is key

When there are conflicting demands from work, home and the classroom, any hectic time can be filled with stress.

Research suggests that the key to happiness is gratitude

With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and high school and college graduations upcoming, there will be plenty of gift-giving and well wishes. When those start pouring in, let yourself be grateful — it’s the best way to achieve happiness.

Respect matters more than money for happiness in life

Research suggests that overall happiness in life is more related to how much you are respected and admired by those around you, not to the status that comes from how much money you have stashed in your bank account.

Entrepreneurs pray more, see God as a personal, interactive being

American entrepreneurs pray more frequently, are more likely to see God as personal, and are more likely to attend services in congregations that encourage business and profit-making, according to a study by Baylor University scholars of business and sociology.

Gender stereotypes influence entrepreneurial career goals

Studies reveal that in the dog-eat-dog, look-out-for-Number 1, highly-competitive business world, only the aggressive, risk-taking alpha male can expect to succeed as an entrepreneur.