Parents need to stop pushing their children to compete and outperform others. Life is not all about being the best or the most popular. Children are taught the paradigms of achievement and success, and their minds are constantly burdened by the need to live up to their parents' expectations.
Startup hubs are popping up like mushrooms across the world, each with its own culture, competitive advantages and opportunities for creating unique businesses. What might these hubs learn from each other to dial up their performance?
Remember no matter who you are, whether an introvert or an extrovert, you can be a leader, a mover, and shaker. And skills can be learned.
Women are developing "swarm intelligence" -- forming self-organized systems where the collective behavior is simply to help one another. This shows up in the tremendous growth of women's professional organizations, where women come together toward a universal higher consciousness with the purpose of helping one another grow and succeed individually and collectively.
A recent blog item in the Washington Post about opinion polling brings to mind someone my Jewish mother would call a "macher," which, by the way, can be a Janus-faced label of both praise and ridicule.
You can become a LinkedIn influencer without the official designation by being strategic about your activities focusing on the ones that build your influence.
When most people think of networking, they envision adding people to their Rolodex that can potentially be of benefit to them in the future. But that's only one side of the coin, and many forget that effective networking involves a mutually beneficial exchange. It's less about grabbing someone's business card and more about building a lasting holistic partnership.
The internet isn't turning us into lonely hermits, but unlike say in elementary school, you're not necessarily going to be friends with people just because you may see them everyday.
The ethics of networking flow both ways. High-character people reach out for help in honorable ways, and those on the receiving end who consider themselves honorable people respond in a gracious and dignified manner.
You gain so much power from a mastermind event. It's a chance to bring together people from all kinds of industries and backgrounds. Guards drop, hard questions get asked and passions soar.
Networking is one of the most powerful tools for personal and professional advancement. Successful people know this: they introduce each other to new business opportunities, help each other's children land top internships, and invest time and energy into each other's initiatives.
Some people are just so interested in getting to know you as a person. They are so invested in you that you sometimes start to question their intentions and pull yourself away from them thinking that the other person wants something from you.
I stared the future in the face, and only because I was willing to feel incompetent. I was willing not to be the smartest person in the room. I was willing to learn.
If your head starts spinning whenever tech-savvy people start riffing about things like SEO, SMM, SEM, CPC, CTR, and so on, you're probably not alone. To make heads or tails of social media, I recently caught up with Ross Taylor, owner of Alameda Internet Marketing, a Bay Area SEO company that specializes in helping small- and medium-sized businesses get found online.
When I discovered Periscope through an online group called Freedom Hackers Mastermind on Facebook I was more than excited!!!! I had been waiting for a live stream platform to come into the market, especially an easy to use app like Periscope.
Minor detail: I don't actually know Oprah. But even I got distracted on Twitter after reading the original title for this article -- "Why Research...