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4 Simple Ways to Be More Original (and Satisfied) at Work by J.T. O’Donnell


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For many people, work lacks freedom – a nagging feeling there’s a set of golden handcuffs keeping you from unleashing your potential. A study by Gallup shows just 13% of workers feel engaged at work. Leaving the majority of the world’s working population wondering how they got trapped in their careers and longing to not be one of the masses. But rather, an original.

Sadly, so few ever take the steps necessary to become an original. Why?

In a word: fear.

In his newest book, Originals, Professor Adam Grant sets upon a journey to debunk the myth being an original requires extreme risk taking. His goal? To persuade you and I that originals are actually far more ordinary than we realize. More importantly, to encourage us all to be more original because of the incredible professional benefits it provides.

2 Paths To Achievement… Which One Are You On?

Psychologists determined years ago achievement is accomplished in one of two ways: conformity or originality. The first stays the proven course. The second takes the road less traveled. Conformity plays it safe, while originality challenges the status quo. It’s not hard to see why we all admire originality – it’s so much rarer than conformity. As a result, it gets labeled as harder.  Read more…


Why attitude is more important than IQ by Travis Bradberry, LinkedIn

Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ
Dr. Travis Bradberry

Coauthor Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart

Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ

Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and performance, and her latest study shows that your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ.

Dweck found that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed.  Read more….

The One Mindset Really, Really Rich People Always Avoid The very wealthy never allow themselves to succumb to one particular way of thinking. It’s a surprising one.

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 By Chris Matyszczyk Owner, Howard Raucous LLC@ChrisMatyszczyk

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

As you sit there in meetings, on planes, and in fine airport bathrooms, wondering why you’re not yet truly wealthy, what reasons do you give yourself?

Do you tell yourself that you occasionally allow negative thoughts to invade you? Do you think that’s the reason why millions of dollars haven’t flown your way?

I don’t want to be negative, but that may not be the case. There’s quite some evidence that being negative is a terribly positive trait in the most successful. So do you worry that you don’t have enough drive, enough aggression, enough Trump-like joie-de-vivre in order to climb the highest piles of money?

I don’t think it’s that either.  Read more….

15 Ways Successful People Approach Life Differently by Jeff Haden

In many ways successful people are the same as everyone else.

Yet look closely and you’ll see that in certain key ways, they are very, very different.

Here are the qualities that set exceptional people apart:

1. They hate playing politics.

Successful people can’t stand playing politics — and to some degree, people who play politics. They don’t care about jockeying for promotions or trying to be “right” in a meeting.

A successful person’s primary focus is on solving difficult problems and accomplishing cool things.

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