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  • 27 Tips for Mastering Anything
    niche and stand out 3 Rebel against the wrong path and use that anger as motivation Mozart was a child prodigy on the piano At a very young age his domineering father toured Europe with him When he discovered a talent for unique composition his father suppressed it It wasn t until he rejected his father entirely that he became a master We are often attracted to the wrong things whether it be money fame or approval 4 Love your subject at a very basic level The things that transfixed you as a child that you found most exciting was not a passing fancy but a message about what you re supposed to do For Marie Curie it was wandering into her father s laboratory and being fascinated by his instruments 5 Find the ideal apprenticeship Charles Darwin was a mediocre student He scraped by in school more interested in specimens than classes When the chance to join an expedition to the Americas came he almost didn t go What he saw on that boat lead to his life s work and one of the most influential theories of all time We are often raised as dependents then given over to teachers It s experience and exploration that can transform us and lead to mastery 6 Engage in deep observation practice incessantly and experiment Deep observation You don t need to impress people You need to watch them By learning the rules you can dominate Practice practice practice Our brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of superiority hamper that 9

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  • Digital Curator
    talking about having friends with whom you can do mutually beneficial exchanges that generate real income If someone is supporting your business it means they re helping you generate business How many of your friends have sent real business your way How many of your friends are your paying customers I could probably list at least 50 entrepreneurs I know that I could call on the phone propose a business deal and within an hour we ll have a tentative agreement to do something that generates at least 50K in extra revenue for someone Individual consumers normally don t care about this B2B side of my business The vast majority of them just enjoy my free content Some of them wonder how I actually make money since I hardly have anything to sell to them They don t know that most of my income comes not from individuals or from visitors to my website but from other businesses What s an example of a deal I ve done with another business One simple example would be my book deal with Hay House I receive ongoing royalties as well as a share of licensing fees whenever they get the book published in another language It s been 5 1 2 years since my book came out and this deal still generates ongoing income for my business as well as for Hay House This was one of the smaller deals See Full Story on stevepavlina com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Business Entrepreneur Friends Money Social Work When We Learn From Failure and When We Don t 30 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment When do you pass the buck and when do you take the blame New research shows most of us only cop to failures if they can t be attributed to something or someone else But when we dodge accountability we prevent ourselves from learning In their recent HBS working paper Christopher G Myers Bradley R Staats and Francesca Gino identify what they call an ambiguity of responsibility which plays a powerful role in determining when you learn from failure and when you don t It goes something like this When we fail we internally pinpoint what the authors call an attribution of responsibility namely taking personal ownership for the outcome or blaming it on external circumstances If you take personal ownership their research shows you re much more likely to learn from and work harder after that mistake But in cases when it s unclear if you re responsible for the failure you re less likely to internally attribute a failure and thus less likely to learn Myers told me Importantly he pointed out that this could be the case even when someone is highly accountable for the outcome Francesca Gino and Brad Staats have shown that surgeons learn far less from their own failures learning instead from their own successes and others failures presumably due to the ambiguity that comes from a bad surgical outcome the surgeon is held accountable for the outcome but it is unclear if it is his or her responsibility he said For example there could have been an unforeseen complication an error in another part of treatment et cetera Importantly this means that even when people intend to learn from errors the ambiguity of responsibility can undermine those good intentions The researchers came to these conclusions after putting volunteers through several experiments In the one subjects had to decide whether or not a car should be cleared for an upcoming race a situation modeled directly after the Challenger explosion One piece of crucial information the likelihood of a gasket failure 99 99 was omitted but available via a link Later the same group was given a similar test in which they had to identify a potential terrorist with additional information available via email See Full Story on blogs hbr org Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Attributed to Something Blame Cop to Failures Learn from Failure Christina Bechhold Make Your Customers Feel Like Part of the Club 29 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Great marketing starts with great branding Who you are what you stand for and why you re uniquely positioned to serve your market Establishing a strong identity from the very early stages even if it means trying a few different iterations to find what feels right for your customer is critical You have to know who you are before you can build a community around yourself My experience as both an investor in and user of consumer tech in particular suggests that community is key Ensuring your customers feel like an integral part of the world you are creating through regular outreach engagement partnerships and content is an ideal way to cultivate product evangelists who will disseminate your message with sincere enthusiasm Multiplying home grown ambassadors not buying expensive campaigns drives early virality People want to fall in love with products feel like they re onto something great and share it with others Everlane for example does it through unique value based storytelling and a striking infographic on just how much a designer t shirt costs to make and mark up the payment app Cover seems to be doing it by strategically targeting only the hot restaurants their young bill splitting users frequent paying your bill with a couple taps at spots like Charlie Bird or L Artusi in New York no doubt makes you feel like a regular with a tab A company I invested in found that witty branded content on topics and products hyper relevant to their community encouraged regular social sharing through their platform and giving early coverage to other brands in their space encourages cross promotion to new audiences Another company has a weekly Instagram photo contest that has become so competitive winning feels like hitting the jackpot despite the fact the prize is simply having your photo shared with their almost 100k followers Marketing fails when it s

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  • Career
    help you avoid sticking out like a sore thumb and earn you more respect from the locals Career takeaway If you re in a new job or career make it seem like you belong Learn the lingo hang out where your peers do and read up on industry news The sooner you start the sooner you really will belong See Full Story on blog brazencareerist com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Culture History Languages Seasonal Jobs Traveling 4 Ways You Unknowingly Disrupt Your Career 5 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment We oftentimes lose momentum in our careers without any real explanation Perhaps we are given feedback from our colleagues and supervisors but many times the details that lie beneath the truth are missing Over time you may realize that you just don t fit in anymore and you are on to the next employer Did you not fit because the culture wasn t right or did you not meet the standards and expectations for success You must always know what is expected from you for your success at work and seek to understand whenever those behind you pull out in front of you Never assume that success is guaranteed or you may unknowingly begin to disrupt your career before you have been able to create and sustain any real momentum Every company has an employee formula for success Your responsibility is to figure it out for yourself so that you are clear with the formula s translation and how you can deliver upon it Trust yourself enough to navigate and explore it It s like a treasure hunt You ll never know what intelligence and insight you will find until you try Look beyond the obvious and be patient You will eventually find the key to unlock the code so that you can begin to influence the success formula yourself See Full Story on www forbes com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Employee Formula to Success Momentum Responsibility A Simple Trick to Always Keep Your Resume Updated 9 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Picture this That dream job suddenly becomes available you have an opportunity to secure a promotion or your annual review sneakily shows up on your calendar You realize you haven t updated your resume in well too long After putting in all the work you want to ensure your biggest accomplishments are reflected But well what are they When you suddenly need a shiny fresh resume the whole process can instantly feel overwhelming As your long to do list is continuously filled with more pressing tasks and resume updating gets pushed further down the list you may find yourself scrambling to recall the important contributions you ve made in your current or most recent position But while drawing a blank is normal especially if you ve been with the same company for years describing the impact you ve had doesn t have to feel so burdensome In fact there s one simple action you can take now that requires mere seconds and doesn t interrupt your workflow Create a brag folder in your inbox Every time a client sings your praises a colleague gushes over your contributions to the latest team project or your boss asks you to take on a new responsibility go ahead and drag that email on over to the folder Even if every compliment or activity isn t necessarily resume worthy scrolling through a folder full of flattering messages may get your gears turning on other achievements Plus knowing there s one place to look makes the entire process feel much less daunting See Full Story on www themuse com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Dream Job Opportunity Promotion Updated Resume The secret to gaining more career bargaining power 4 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment If you ve ever visited a country where bargaining is the norm you learn very quickly that you have to be willing to walk away If the salesman knows you really truly want what he s selling the price is going to be far greater than the price if he thinks he has to win you over In your career having that ability to walk away gives you a tremendous advantage over those who can t Here s why and how to get that ability Have a Go to Hell fund Common Sense Millennial blogger Kali Hawlk advises Millennials and really everyone else to create a fund that will allow them one day to simply tell their bosses to well go to Hell This is a special savings account where you set aside money with the express goal of being able to use it should you ever really need to leave your job In an interview on the website Stacking Benjamins Hawlk clarified that she doesn t mean actually burning your bridges always resign politely but rather just be prepared should you need to walk out that door How this helps you negotiate When you have that option to to walk out the door you can be more confident in your requests Your boss doesn t need to know you can walk away because that sounds like a threat anyway but you ll present your arguments in favor of a flexible schedule or additional vacation or a transfer to a more exciting team because you know that being turned down isn t the end of the world Cross train Cross training is where you learn to do more than one job Some managers require you to do this but many don t Do it anyway Having the skills to do multiple jobs in a department increases your value See Full Story on www cbsnews com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Bargaining Power Career Career Progression Secret Why Working Too Hard Could Be Bad For Your Career 14 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment You would think that working really really

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  • Craft
    day Find your perfect niche and stand out 3 Rebel against the wrong path and use that anger as motivation Mozart was a child prodigy on the piano At a very young age his domineering father toured Europe with him When he discovered a talent for unique composition his father suppressed it It wasn t until he rejected his father entirely that he became a master We are often attracted to the wrong things whether it be money fame or approval 4 Love your subject at a very basic level The things that transfixed you as a child that you found most exciting was not a passing fancy but a message about what you re supposed to do For Marie Curie it was wandering into her father s laboratory and being fascinated by his instruments 5 Find the ideal apprenticeship Charles Darwin was a mediocre student He scraped by in school more interested in specimens than classes When the chance to join an expedition to the Americas came he almost didn t go What he saw on that boat lead to his life s work and one of the most influential theories of all time We are often raised as dependents then given over to teachers It s experience and exploration that can transform us and lead to mastery 6 Engage in deep observation practice incessantly and experiment Deep observation You don t need to impress people You need to watch them By learning the rules you can dominate Practice practice practice Our brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of

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  • Development
    brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of superiority hamper that 9 Engage in intense practice and lean toward resistance and pain Hall of Famer Bill Bradley was suited for basketball only in height He was slow couldn t jump and had no feel for the game He practiced three or more hours after school on weekends put weights in his shoes and taped cardboard to the bottom of his glasses so he could dribble without seeing the ball That was just the beginning of his regimen Intense practice with resistance can be twice as effective as what s easy 10 Rely on trial and error more than anything Paul Graham was always fascinated by computers He eventually found that he learned by tackling problems failing and trying again not by being taught That experience eventually lead to the creation of YCombinator which gives entrepreneurs the support to do what he did Now apprenticeships are less likely to be formal You have to make your own based on your unique style of learning See Full Story on entrepreneur com Filed Under Career Progression Entrepreneurship Tagged With Career Craft Development Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship Improvement Master Mastery Self development Self improvement Work If You Have a Bad Boss These Are Your Options 9 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment A good boss provides encouragement development mentoring and support while also being fair constructively critical and helpful in integrating employees into high performing teams This is a boss you remember for years one who has a lasting impact on your career But what

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  • Entrepreneur
    In addition to writing down all of his ideas Camp solicits the opinions of friends coworkers and investors Sometimes he ll wait a while before asking for their opinions He tells Blanda In the case of Uber I had the idea for about a year I had registered Ubercab com early on I was working on the prototype and it was all very casual And then my cofounder Travis Kalanick saw it He got the vision and became my most active collaborator on the product You want people who are really passionate about the idea I would rather have someone who is super passionate about the 3 idea on my list than me taking my 1 idea and trying to get people onboard What s fascinating about this answer is the balance between Camp s introversion and extroversion Like a musician learning an instrument there is a time period of solitary practice followed by a period of asking others how it sounds When others respond passionately to how it sounds Camp knows he has a good idea 2 Find the excitement in early stages Today countless consumers have an Uber app on their phone Imagine the thrill of being on the team that first designed and built that system This is where Camp seems to be at his most excited When I think of Uber it was probably a year to a year and a half before the product got to where it worked and then two years before cofounder Travis Kalanick started rocking it It takes a little time to get a system up and running and everyone forgets the first couple of years because you are toiling in obscurity But those two years are very important because that s when you come up with a bold idea you see all the issues you design the whole system and then it starts to resonate The key takeaway here is a reminder that even grand slam ideas like Uber do not develop overnight See Full Story on www inc com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Entrepreneur Start up Worthy Uber Cofounder Worth Pursuing Paying Monthly Bills Before the Company Has Earned a Dime 19 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Not every startup is lucky enough to score sales or investments early on Often an entrepreneur must manage without a source of income for several months at a stretch What entrepreneurs do to pay their monthly bills during a startup s infancy can involve a mix of activities as creative as their inventions Here s a roundup of approaches from nine entrepreneurs who shared their experiences with me by email or Skype for my book How We Did It Their replies ranged from restricting their living expenses or moving in with a girlfriend to working at a furniture store or a restaurant Others sold shares of the enterprise or did consulting or even worked two jobs Borrowing from retirement savings and taking a part time job It took about six months for my business to turn a profit and money was definitely tight says Debra Cohen president of HRN a company with a home improvement contractor referral network in New York City My husband and I had just purchased our first home and we were living on one income Plus I had to take a 5 000 loan from his retirement savings plan to launch my business she says I took a part time job in a local furniture store just to bring in a few extra hundred dollars a month Cohen adds It also gave me the opportunity to network with decorators painters movers etc Moving in with a girlfriend and her parents When I started I was lucky enough to live with my girlfriend s parents recalls Patrick DeAmorim founder of Decate no a social network company in Bergen Norway In doing so he had a roof over his head food and basic comforts But if he had to do it over again he would take on a job and save enough to live for six months without an income I d also have made sure to have some kind of safety net just in case he adds See Full Story on www entrepreneur com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Company Earned a Dime Entrepreneur Investments Paying Monthly Bills Source of Income How Early Stage Startups Can Attract Seasoned Executives 7 May 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment For an entrepreneur looking to quickly scale a startup balance is everything There s the balance between expanding too fast and too slow spending enough to grow and saving enough to stay afloat embracing ambition and staying realistic But perhaps the most important balance is that between the young hungry entrepreneurs and the seasoned startup veterans As a new entrepreneur do not underestimate how much you have to learn If you truly want to move quickly and avoid detrimental rookie mistakes you need to invest in people that have done it successfully before While startups need the enthusiasm and creativity of fresh faced entrepreneurs who are willing to work all night they also recognize the importance of finding experienced senior level executives who can use their years in the business to direct strategy and planning These leaders can add tremendous value in hiring training setting realistic expectations dealing with similarly experienced people like investors and unlocking a much deeper network of potential customers and mentors Knowing when and how to hire senior management can be a huge asset to expansion but it can also be a struggle The first step is attracting senior level employees to the company It can be challenging to figure out how to lure great talent away from established companies and cushy paychecks but doing so is important for your startup s growth In the early days this comes down to two strategies selling the vision and demonstrating measurable progress The appeal away from that comfortable corporate lifestyle is excitement adventure and the

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  • Improvement
    day Find your perfect niche and stand out 3 Rebel against the wrong path and use that anger as motivation Mozart was a child prodigy on the piano At a very young age his domineering father toured Europe with him When he discovered a talent for unique composition his father suppressed it It wasn t until he rejected his father entirely that he became a master We are often attracted to the wrong things whether it be money fame or approval 4 Love your subject at a very basic level The things that transfixed you as a child that you found most exciting was not a passing fancy but a message about what you re supposed to do For Marie Curie it was wandering into her father s laboratory and being fascinated by his instruments 5 Find the ideal apprenticeship Charles Darwin was a mediocre student He scraped by in school more interested in specimens than classes When the chance to join an expedition to the Americas came he almost didn t go What he saw on that boat lead to his life s work and one of the most influential theories of all time We are often raised as dependents then given over to teachers It s experience and exploration that can transform us and lead to mastery 6 Engage in deep observation practice incessantly and experiment Deep observation You don t need to impress people You need to watch them By learning the rules you can dominate Practice practice practice Our brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of

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  • Master
    day Find your perfect niche and stand out 3 Rebel against the wrong path and use that anger as motivation Mozart was a child prodigy on the piano At a very young age his domineering father toured Europe with him When he discovered a talent for unique composition his father suppressed it It wasn t until he rejected his father entirely that he became a master We are often attracted to the wrong things whether it be money fame or approval 4 Love your subject at a very basic level The things that transfixed you as a child that you found most exciting was not a passing fancy but a message about what you re supposed to do For Marie Curie it was wandering into her father s laboratory and being fascinated by his instruments 5 Find the ideal apprenticeship Charles Darwin was a mediocre student He scraped by in school more interested in specimens than classes When the chance to join an expedition to the Americas came he almost didn t go What he saw on that boat lead to his life s work and one of the most influential theories of all time We are often raised as dependents then given over to teachers It s experience and exploration that can transform us and lead to mastery 6 Engage in deep observation practice incessantly and experiment Deep observation You don t need to impress people You need to watch them By learning the rules you can dominate Practice practice practice Our brains are set up to master skills By repeating one thing over and over again neurons are recruited hardwired and mirrored That s one of the reasons you never forget how to ride a bike Experiment You don t know if you re a master until you test it Do it before you re ready so you actually learn 7 Value learning over money so you re not a slave to everyone s opinion Instead of a more lucrative time consuming commercial job Martha Graham took a poorly paying teaching job that allowed her time to train and develop the innovations in dance that made her as revolutionary as Picasso was for painting Training learning and mentorship don t come from the highest paying highest pressure jobs Those lead you down a conservative path of pleasing others 8 Revert to a feeling of inferiority in order to truly learn Daniel Everett a gifted linguist was failing to learn the language of the Paraha tribe in the Amazon which stumped researchers for years He failed because he approached it as a linguist and Christian missionary from a position of superiority He didn t master the language until he learned it like one of the Paraha s children dependent on the tribe and subject to the same restraints inferiority and need for support that they were Entering a new place or path you need to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible Lingering prejudices and feelings of

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