12 rich, powerful people share their surprising definitions of success

Success can mean different things to different people. For many people success is measured by how wealthy, famous or powerful you are. "But if you ask people who fit the conventional definition of a successful individual, many will tell you that those achievements aren't what make them feel accomplished," writes Shana Lebowitz. The first step towards achieving success is being able to define what success means to you and to help you decide, Lebowitz shares here what "some of the world's most pow...
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How to figure out if you’re in the wrong job

When you spend most of your waking hours at work, you want to be sure you're doing work you care about. If you're doing a job you don't really connect with and feel like you don't fit in, you may need to look for a job that better aligns with your personal motives. A mismatch between your job and your motives stops you living up to your potential yet, unlike skills and values, motives can be hard to identify because we're often not conscious of them, says author Car...
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3 science-backed ways to improve your performance

In today's world, the rapid pace of change and innovation leaves no room for complacency. Businesses have to continuously improve their products, services and processes to thrive. Athletes continuously improve their performance in pursuit of excellence. And to continue being successful, you also have to make an ongoing effort to improve your current level of proficiency and performance. Continuous improvement isn't optional. It's "a requirement rather than an aspiration," writes Sonia Thomp...
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Why you should start some goals in the middle

If you struggle with setting goals and find it even more difficult to achieve them, the problem may not be lack of motivation or willpower. The classic method of setting a  goal with the end result in mind, then working backwards to break it down into actionable steps doesn't work for every kind of goal, says author and entrepreneur Scott Young. While they still require planning, commitment and effort, some goals aren't sequential and it's better not to set the concrete results you wan...
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The 21 most important questions of your life

The start of a new year traditionally signals a time for reviewing where you are in life and working out where you want to be and how to get there. Yet many people struggle to find the answers they need to help them move forward. Feeling dissatisfied with some aspect of your life, yet unable to identify what needs to change, means you're not asking yourself the right questions. "The right question at the right time can spark the right answer that changes your life," writes Darius Foroux. Here, h...
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Stuck? We've got 50 secrets motivated people use to get things done.

 We all lose momentum sometimes no matter how worthy our goals. When you're making plans and setting goals, you feel a sense of optimism for your success. Once you start putting them into action however, your enthusiasm and energy can taper off making it harder for you to stay on target. And the harder it gets, the more likely you'll start heading towards a downward spiral of demotivation. To help you avoid the slump, Nina Zipkin shares here some top tips for kickstarting your motivation an...
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This ancient habit will maximize your focus

The world around you has evolved much quicker than your brain has. Life's no longer about constantly having to avoid being eaten by predators or other immediate threats to your survival. Yet even in the absence of any real danger, your nervous system still triggers the acute stress response—commonly known as the fight-or-flight response—when you have a presentation, job interview, exam, or uncomfortable social situation to contend with. Being constantly fearful, worried and stressed diminishes y...
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Why successful people spend 10 hours a week on “compound time”

The most precious resource we all have is time, and to get the most out of life we need to spend our time wisely.  To invest in your future, you need "step away from your to-do list and ... invest in activities that have a long-term payoff in greater knowledge, creativity, and energy," says entrepreneur and author Michael Simmons. He shares here how to achieve a lifestyle that helps you accomplish more in less time by adopting these daily habits that can bring order and ...
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8 TED talks to help you overcome your fear of failure

  Fear is a powerful human emotion and when your fear of failure represents a strong psychological threat, your motivation to avoid that fear is stronger than your motivation to succeed. Successful people see failure as a temporary setback. They embrace it as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than allowing it to get in the way of achieving their goals. If you're struggling to overcome your fear of failure, these TED talks may help you put your fear into perspective and stop it holding...
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The one question I ask myself whenever a task feels impossible

Often the only thing that stops us achieving our full potential is our lack of self-belief. Thinking that a particular goal is either possible or impossible to achieve usually has less to do with your true capability and more to do with the beliefs you have about yourself. Alex Cavoulacos, author and founder of The Muse, shares here how she was unwittingly limiting her potential, how she broke out of that mindset, and the crucial question that can change your perspective when faced with a new ch...
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