The short but powerful guide to finding your passion

Following your passion can be a tough thing… but figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.

9 simple daily habits to ignite your passion

It turns out passion is not as elusive as we think.

8 traits of successful entrepreneurs: Do you have what it takes?

Starting a business is a lot of work. Anyone who tells you it’s not is either lying or has never actually started one themselves.

Why willpower alone is not enough to motivate you

Unconscious motivation plays a substantial role in how we respond to challenges. Find out how much.

The small-scale approach to achieving great things

Think big. Live to the max. Change the world. These high-flying statements are meant to encourage us to achieve great things with our lives. But, rather than being an inspiration, do such huge goals just leave you feeling overwhelmed instead?

Does success really make people happy?

Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, say researchers who examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people.

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...

Go with your gut: Intuition is more than just a hunch

Most of us experience ‘gut feelings’ we can’t explain, such as instantly loving — or hating — a new property when we’re house-hunting or the snap judgments we make on meeting new people.

20 ways to sustain motivation when you’re struggling

It’s hard to keep yourself going when you don’t feel the same excitement as you did in the beginning.

A few peeks at how nonconformists achieve success

Iconoclasts are individuals who do things that others say can’t be done.

No pain, no gain also applies to happiness

People who work hard at improving a skill or ability may experience stress in the moment, but experience greater happiness on a daily basis and longer term. Here’s why.

Can’t find a dream job? Create your own

I’ve been stuck in a job I hate, and I felt imprisoned, trapped doing work that bored me while following orders of others and helping them achieve their goals.

One gene’s link to optimism and self-esteem

Scientists have identified for the first time a particular gene’s link to optimism, self-esteem and “mastery,” the belief that one has control over one’s own life — three critical psychological resources for coping well with stress and depression.

The absolute beginner’s guide to starting a small online business

I’ve been working online full time for almost 10 years, since age 19. I’ve had a lot of failures and a lot of successes. There is no better way to learn how to succeed than to learn from someone who has already done it.

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.

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.

Profound impact of our unconscious on reaching goals

Whether you are a habitual list maker, or you prefer to keep your tasks in your head, everyone pursues their goals in this ever-changing, chaotic environment.

Impossible goals? Tweak with new targets

Research suggests that it is pro athlete’s ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him successful.

Achieving fame, wealth and beauty are psychological dead ends, study says

If you think having loads of money, fetching looks, or the admiration of many will improve your life — think again.

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.