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…

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.

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?

Personal branding: Be aware of your pigeonhole, because it’s hard to switch

Many people aren’t aware that when they begin to make a name for themselves, they are creating a brand… and what’s more, that brand becomes hard to change once it’s become established in people’s minds.

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 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.

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?

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...

Don’t get mad – get creative

It’s not just in movies where nerds get their revenge.

Business is a social game

If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, you should have at least 10 good friends who are already successful entrepreneurs. Few entrepreneurs succeed in isolation, because, business is a social game.

It’s all in the name: Predicting popularity through science

Styles change and fashions evolve. But why do some things become more popular than others?

15 minutes of fame? Study finds true fame isn’t fleeting

Contrary to popular belief, the people who become truly famous, stay famous for decades.

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.

Slow wealth: JD Roth on his 14-point financial philosophy

“Over the course of five years, I’ve managed to pay off over $35,000 in debt, quit my day job, and go from having nothing saved to fully funding my retirement accounts every year. In the process, I’ve developed a 14-point philosophy.”

A few peeks at how nonconformists achieve success

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

Surprising connections between sleep & gratitude

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.

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.

Overcoming the social costs of being different

“From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way.” – Bill Watterson Goodness knows I’ve put in my share of being different than most...

Want to be happier? Be more grateful

Want to quickly improve your happiness and satisfaction with life? Then the pen may be a mighty weapon.