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Noted: 5 Habits Of Relentless Entrepreneurs via Small Business Trends

September 7th, 2014 Comments off

5 Habits Of Relentless Entrepreneurs via Small Business Trends

5 Habits Of Relentless Entrepreneurs via Small Business Trends

Anyone can start a business, but it’s hard to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are achievers but their achievements don’t come without pitfalls. What makes entrepreneurs tick? What is it about them that makes them so ambitious, confident, and, well…different from others? Let’s find out.

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Noted: The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done via Lifehacker

September 3rd, 2014 Comments off

I often use the concept of inertia when helping people with their career, but this article takes it a much higher level. — Douglas

The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done via Lifehacker

The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done via Lifehacker

In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, which described the three laws of motion and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science. These laws also work well as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work, and improving your life.

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Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

Noted: How Taking A 20-Minute Walk Every Day Transformed My Approach To Work via Fast Company

If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from the physical, emotional, and mental epidemic that the scientific community calls “sitting disease.”

But unlike many other illnesses that require a team of doctors, the cure is in our own hands–or feet, rather–and all we have to do is take a walk.

Last week we challenged readers, and ourselves, to restore some energy, focus, and creativity by taking either a 20-minute lunchtime walk or two 15-minute mid-morning and mid-afternoon walks each day.

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Noted: “Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.

Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. But meetings don’t have to be that way.

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Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force. They number 42 million, or one-third of all workers in the nation. That figure is expected to rise to 40% — some 60 million people — by the end of the decade.

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Noted: How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

August 24th, 2014 Comments off

How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

Being an early riser has its benefits, but it isn’t for everyone. Some of humanity’s greatest minds (Voltaire for example) were renowned for sleeping in. Depending on personality, environment, and work schedule, being an early riser may not be practical.

A few months ago I gave early rising a try. I was able to wake up 1-1.5 hours earlier, but I couldn’t adjust to the early bed time. Each night around 10:00, no matter how tired I’d felt that day, my mind became active and I was unable to shut down until after 12:00. After a few weeks, sleep deprivation set in and I went back to my normal sleep pattern.

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Noted: Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

Here's Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

In 2011, Canadian tech analyst Chris Umiastowski had a well-paying job at TD Securities.
But he decided he needed to leave. He writes on his blog:

By January 2011, the day I walked into my boss’ office to ask him to fire me, it was the culmination of 4 years of planning my departure.

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Noted: 6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them via Fast Company

I have a lot of ideas in my head. And for the most part, that’s where they used to stay.

In my head. Where other people couldn’t see them, interact with them or build upon them. Where they were safe and untested and uncriticized. All mine.

Sure, I’ve created some. Some might say I’ve created plenty. But that’s only because they can’t see what I’m not creating. For example, this very post sat dormant for at least a month while I pondered, waited and nitpicked at it.

Because the riskiest, most dangerous and potentially most interesting ideas are the easiest to hold back. I would pin them down like butterflies on a mat, like art at a museum. They were in spreadsheets, in notebooks, on scrap paper around my desk.

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Noted: Debunking The Myth That Jerk Bosses Get Results via Fast Company

August 7th, 2014 Comments off

Debunking The Myth That Jerk Bosses Get Results via Fast Company

Debunking The Myth That Jerk Bosses Get Results via Fast Company

Over the years we’ve seen some shining examples of notorious brutes pretty much killing it. From examining their managerial style and their success, one might correlate the two and conclude that being a jerk is the best way to get stuff done.

Don’t fall for it.

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Noted: 15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

15 Best Brainstorming And Mind-Mapping Tech Tools For Every Creative Mind via Lifehack

In order to be able to see a relationship between various ideas and information, we use mind mapping. This includes gathering thoughts, coming up with new ideas, project planning, and more to solve problems or have novel ideas. Today I compiled thea list of 15 mind-mapping tech tools that will help every creative mind be even more creative. If you like one particular tool I check out sites like Techradar, PCmag, Techriggs and CNET that have many insightful user reviews to get more information.

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