Why to encourage others to be brilliant

It is a beautiful thing to create, to produce, to go out there in the world and make a contribution. But it is just as important that we teach others to create and produce, that we encourage them…

Giving it 200 percent: Marketing your product

A common mistake people make is that they’ll spend 500 hours creating a product and then 20 hours promoting it. Then they wonder why no one is buying.

Self-discipline and the power of social pressure

A big part of self-discipline comes from social pressure. This is how people in the military can become very disciplined, particularly in special forces. They don’t want to hold their team back, so they have to do their best.

“I don’t know how” is not a valid reason

If you don’t know how, learn how. Use that fancy brain that learned how to walk, talk, and read. It’s still capable of further learning, is it not? Of course it is!

How the brain creates the ‘buzz’ that helps ideas spread

How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted?

The no-excuses guide to getting rid of lousy excuses

Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to avoid dealing with unpleasant truths. But as long as we buy into those excuses, we can never move past them.

Let it go… but not in the boardroom

Study by USC Marshall School of Business and USC faculty illuminates how facial expressions affect cooperation While Disney’s Frozen Academy...

It looks like success really does breed success

For decades, it has been observed that similar people experience divergent success trajectories, with some repeatedly succeeding and others repeatedly failing.

11 ways to connect with the people who make failure impossible

The people around you dictate your success. They can also forecast our failure.

The lure of entertainment & work is hard to resist

Trying to resist that late-night tweet or checking your work email again?

Award-winning books get more negative ratings

Looking for a good book? Stay away from the award-winning section of the bookstore or library.

The obstacle is the path

Often we’re discouraged because of some tough challenge or obstacle in our way. But a shift in mindset, courtesy of a Zen proverb, can change everything: The obstacle is the path.

Be specific to maximize your chances for happiness

The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says.

How to reclaim your focus

Our attention is often pulled in too many directions, leaving us feeling overloaded, distracted, chaotic, spread thinly, without focus. So what can you do?

Success isn’t a competition: How boosting others can help you in the long run

How does someone else’s success mean anything bad for you?

Does intrinsic motivation actually exist?

While some psychologists still argue that people perform better when they do something because they want to, research suggests we shouldn’t even make that distinction.

When mom is the CEO at home, workplace ambitions take a back seat

It’s often said that women can have it all – motherhood and a career. But a study suggests that women who rule the household have less energy for or interest in being a rising star in the workplace.

Why to give back by contributing to your field

Contributors get noticed and attract new friends and opportunities easily, and contributing is much easier than you might assume

Buying experiences, not stuff, leads to greater happiness

Can money make us happy if we spend it on the right purchases?

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.