Posts filed as “Talent”

Why Successful People Don’t Believe in Comparisons

“Comparison is the death of joy.” – Mark Twain I don’t mean to say successful people don’t believe in comparison, as in they don’t believe it exists. Rather, the most successful people reframe comparison as learning opportunities instead of competition. Named the “next Pelé” and going pro at the age of 14, Freddy Adu, was…

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Believe in Your Goals, but Earn Your Gifts

You’ve probably heard of the Pygmalion effect. It’s when people start to escalate their performance because of the expectations others have of them. It’s named after the Greek myth of Pygmalion who fell in love with an ivory sculpture he created. He loved his sculpture so much that he wished her alive as his wife,…

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Why Energy is More Important Than Skills and Results

I had an interview recently with Victor Cho. Victor is currently the CEO of Evite, the digital invitation service. You may have used them to organize a dinner event, or your kid’s birthday party. Evite currently has about 70 employees, which as he describes, is big enough to offer a full spectrum of organizational challenges,…

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Nobody Else Knows What They Are Doing Either

“I don’t belong here. I have no idea what I’m doing. They’re going to figure out I’m a fraud.” Have you ever believed you are not deserving or worried people will reveal you as a fraud? Have you ever thought someone else could do your job better, or thought you got that bonus or promotion…

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We See the Company Through the Lens of Who We Work For

Whatever industry you are in, you have competition. The only thing that differentiates you from anyone else in the long term is the people inside the company. I recently started a new business building beautiful eLearning courses specifically so thought-leaders, authors and speakers could scale their minds. I thought it was unique, one-of-a-kind. I thought…

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Your Expertise Might Be An Illusion

Here’s an old brain trick: Look below. Which line is longer? You know this trick. They are the same, right?   But I changed the trick. Here are the same lines as above but I took the fins off. Look again.   Yes. You see they are different now. Ten percent different. Maybe you weren’t fooled because you anticipated a…

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How’s the Boss?

Research compiled and beautifully presented by Susan Wegener and the good people of Best Masters Degrees. Enjoy!…

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Now, more than ever, we need women in leadership

In his wonderful book, Stumbling on Happiness, Harvard researcher Daniel Gilbert points out that often our best bet for making decisions we will both enjoy and benefit from, is to ask our peers who have made similar decisions. Gilbert’s advice before embarking on an important decision is to ask someone whom we trust, who has…

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Talent is cheaper than table salt

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King, Author Carol Dweck led a fascinating study back in 1998 in which she and her colleagues worked with four hundred 5th graders and gave them a series of tests, mostly puzzles,…

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Labels, mazes and stupefying change

Francis Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor by President Clinton, in 1998. She is founder of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she is the recipient of 22 honorary doctorate degrees. She has been awarded nearly every prestigous…

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