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This is Napoleon Hill’s most ignored secret to success

The author of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ believed it could change everything It’s crucial to have a trusted network. Napoleon Hill’s “The Path to Personal Power” focuses on one of the most neglected steps in the life coach’s famous program of success — and one that he personally described as critical to the workability of his overall approach: the formation of a Master Mind group. In his 1937 “Think and Grow Rich”, Hill defined the Master Mind (which he always capitalized) as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose.” In plain terms, Hill’s Master Mind group is, quite simply, a support group or fellowship consisting of two or more members (but usually no more than seven to keep things wieldy), which meets...

7 Steps to Remove Toxic Beliefs and Overcome Confirmation Bias

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Growing up as a high-level swimmer, I discovered at an early age that the results I get in life are proportional to the amount of hard work I put in. Ever since, I believed deeply that if I worked harder, I’d reach my goals faster and have more of what I want in life. That belief drove a lot of the choices I made and profoundly impacted how I lived my life. But what if this belief was actually… misguided? What if that was just a story I was telling myself… that wasn’t entirely true? Then I’d pretty much be shooting myself in the foot, every day, without realizing it. Hmmm. Now think about this: What if some of YOUR core beliefs (about yourself, others, and the world) were false, and are actually sabotaging your happiness, health, and ...

The Best Life Advice from 2018 Commencement Speeches

Steal some wisdom from these brilliant minds.      NurPhoto/Getty Images  The Class of 2018 had some amazing commencement speakers, and we’ve collected their best insights so you can gain inspiration no matter your age. Whether you’re graduating this year, or even if your own commencement happened years ago, you’ll still be able to score valuable life advice from speakers like Tim Cook, Amal Clooney, Chadwick Boseman, and more. Tim Cook at Duke University “Fearlessness means taking the first step, even if you don’t know where it will take you. It means being driven by a higher purpose, rather than by applause. It means knowing that you reveal your character when you stand apart, more than when you stand with the crowd. If you step up, without fear of failure… if you talk and listen to each...

Loneliness and longevity

Do you live alone? How much do you rely on your smartphone or computer to interact with others? How often do you find yourself feeling lonely? We don’t often think about the repercussions of living a solitary life, but maybe it’s time we start. According to new research published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a lack of social connection may have serious consequences for our health and longevity. Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed nearly 35 years of data on how loneliness, social isolation and living alone can impact your lifespan. What they discovered was deeply unsettling. “The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something public health takes very seriously,” says BYU researcher Julianne Holt-Lundstad, lead author of the study. “We need to start taking our...

5 Skills to Learn If You Want to Be More Confident (Yes, Confidence Can Be Learned)

This one “hard skill” might help more entrepreneurs than any other. Creating a successful business requires many skills. There’s one that helps improve results the fastest. As a growth consultant, I saw the many ways businesses can fail. I’ve also seen them succeed–often for the same people, the same leaders. As I studied each situation, there were two common themes that showed up over and over again. The main reasons good people, good ideas, and good teams fail are: They lack the ability to be flexible and pivot. They make excuses or find a way to place blame. The foundation of both of those shortcomings is the lack of confidence. You need confidence, and so does your team. There are ways to build confidence in yourself while building it in your team as well....

Steve Jobs’s Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say ‘No’ Is Brilliant

With so many things coming our way every day, Steve Jobs calls us back to the importance of focus with one prophetic quote. In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of focus. That’s why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here’s what he said at an Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in 1997: People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I ...

5 Habits You Need to Drop Immediately For a Successful 2018

What worked this year may not help you next year. Prepare for 2018 by changing the behaviors that aren’t serving you and your business. CREDIT: Getty Images It’s no secret that our world moves quickly. Start-ups launch at a rate of about 1240 per day in the U.S. alone. New technologies pop up faster than toadstools after rain and change the way we think about pretty much everything. Geographies previously thought of as “remote” are now connected and ready to buy. In such a volatile business climate, the only safe assumption is that what worked for you this year won’t work next year. At least, not as well. So as we look to 2018 and beyond, there are a few bad habits we should drop right now if we want to be successful in the year ahead. 1. Delaying investment i...

Changing these 4 beliefs will make you surprisingly happy

Changing these 4 beliefs will make you surprisingly happy Traffic upsets you. People upset you. Your job upsets you… Wrong, wrong and wrong. Actually, none of those things upset you. Your beliefs about them do. That’s what the ancient Stoic philosophers believed. From The Daily Stoic: “People are not disturbed by things, but by the views they take of them.” – Epictetus Let’s say you expect something to cost $90. Turns out it costs $80. You’re thrilled. But if you expect it to cost $30 and it costs $80, you want to murder someone. Price didn’t change. Your belief did. And that determined your reaction. Oh, and science agrees with the Stoics here. Big time. Albert Ellis was a psychologist and he took the ideas of the Stoics and weaponized them into some of the most effective therapies that p...

A Self-Made Billionaire Reveals the 1 Mental Hurdle That You Must Overcome to Reach Your Potential

A Self-Made Billionaire Reveals the 1 Mental Hurdle That You Must Overcome to Reach Your Potential People who can do this are winners; those who can’t are losers, according to the world’s most influential hedge fund entrepreneur. By Carmine Gallo Billionaire Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater, one of the world’s largest and best-performing hedge funds. A true entrepreneurial success story, Dalio started his company in a two-bedroom apartment. He was a self-described ordinary kid and worse-than-ordinary student. Forty-two years after starting his company, Dalio decided to share his success secrets in his new book, Principles. I received an early copy of the book, which weighs in at a hefty 560 pages. But Dalio says one chapter in particular is the most important. In it, he reve...

You Need a Personal Brand. Here’s How You Build One.

When people Google you, what will they find? Image credit: Tetra Images | Getty Images Entrepreneur, Growth Hacker and Marketer One of the most important aspects of starting a company or career is building your personal brand. That’s because your reputation is a crucial part of doing business, both online and offline. Here are some reasons why it’s essential to have a personal brand. 1. Building trust. If people plan to talk to you, work with you or buy from you, they’re going to check you out online. Having a personal brand means they can easily find you online, get you know you before they meet you, and learn what differentiates you from the competition. It’s great to have your own website, preferably with your full name as the domain, so people can search for the...

What makes a good small business owner? Passion, courage, community investment

Quint Studer I have a great empathy for small businesses and their importance to a community. Depending on which research you read, anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of new jobs come from small businesses. Most small business are locally owned. Most of the owners took at great risk in starting a business. If I had read the statistics on the chance of a small business making it one year, I may have never started one. In the book “E-Myth Revisited,” the author Michael Gerber shared that 80 percent of startup companies will not survive one year. But if a business makes it one year, they are in good shape, right? Wrong. Eighty percent of companies that make it one year will not make it five years. Another point the book makes is that most people who start a business do so because they...

Testosterone Boosts Done Right, Skip the gimmicks

9 Body Hacks to Naturally Increase Testosterone Visit the Fitness Video Library Story at-a-glance– Beginning around age 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline, and continue to do so as he ages, leading to symptoms such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, and difficulties with concentration and memory Dietary and exercise changes, particularly limiting sugar/fructose, eating healthy saturated fats and engaging in high-intensity exercises and strength training, can be very effective at boosting testosterone levels naturally Other strategies to boost testosterone include optimizing your vitamin D levels and reducing stress By Dr. Mercola Testosterone, a hormone produced primarily by the testicles, is often associated with the epitome of “manhood...

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