20 life lessons I wish I knew 10 years ago

While it's natural to look back on our lives and think "I wish I'd known that sooner," it's important to reflect on the choices we make as a tool for learning rather than with a deep sense of regret for any opportunities we missed. Facing our own challenges and making our own mistakes form a natural and necessary part of our personal growth. Nevertheless, the insights we gain from other people's experiences—and those we share with others from our own experiences—can also serve as ...
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5 misconceptions about networking

The biggest obstacle to building and using networks more effectively isn't lack of skill, says organisational behaviour professor Herminia Ibarra, it's your mindset. Networking provides valuable opportunities for connecting with a wide range of people to exchange information, ideas and support, making it one of the most important resources for business, career, professional and personal growth. And it's your attitude towards—and beliefs about—networking that determine how muc...
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Wharton's Adam Grant: How to receive criticism without being left crushed and unmotivated

While positive feedback feels good, it's constructive criticism that's vital for our personal and professional growth. Learning relies in large part on recognizing, analyzing, and fixing our mistakes, which may have to be pointed out to us. And yet because of our brain's negativity bias, we may feel offended by criticism and react defensively. "If you never get criticized, then you never really get challenged to improve," says organizational psychologist, author and top-rated Wharton professor A...
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The paradox of behavior change

In a culture that encourages us to aspire to lofty goals, we often underestimate how hard it is to achieve them. To reach our goals we need to form new habits and forming new habits means having to make changes in our behavior. When we fail to establish new habits, it's because we try change too much too quickly, says James Clear. Even when you're making a change for the better, "the faster you try to change, the more likely you are to backslide, says Clear. Here, he shares how effecti...
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How to attain self-realization (a guide to become a better you)

We often get so caught up in the daily grind that we lose sight of what really matters to us. Whether you call it personal growth, personal development, self-actualization or self-realization, the intention is the same—and that's to achieve your fullest potential by discovering what you're capable of and striving to be the best you can be. Although self-realization takes time and practice, once the practice becomes a habit you'll feel more in control of your life, writes Eugene K. Choi. In this ...
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How to excel as a mentor or mentee

Whether you're a first-time entrepreneur or looking to advance your career, having a trusted mentor who's willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience can boost your personal and professional growth. And there are benefits for the mentor too. Apart from gaining a sense of satisfaction from knowing you're helping someone to achieve their goals, being a mentor also gives you an opportunity to enhance your own leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills. Here, John C. Maxwell sha...
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Why random acts of kindness are a smart strategy to succeed as an entrepreneur

Kindness is an excellent trait to have as a human being—and it's a good for business too. A random act of kindness not only directly benefits the person you're being kind to; it often inspires them to do the same for others. And—whether you're giving back or paying it forward—random acts of kindness can boost your health and well-being. Here, growth strategist Eddie Yoon explores some of the science behind the benefits of kindness and shares why random acts of kindness in particular may be one o...
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Our favorite personal development books, February 2018

Personal development is a lifelong process of understanding yourself, developing new, healthy habits, and improving your knowledge and skills to enhance every aspect of your life and achieve your fullest potential. Making a commitment to personal development is the first step on the path to personal fulfilment. Like many people, you may have started the year with plans to create a healthier, happier, more successful version of yourself. And like many people those plans may have already fallen by...
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Editor’s letter: Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

Most of us start a new year full of optimism and enthusiasm as we strive to fulfil our potential and become the best possible version of ourselves. To fulfil your potential however, you need to focus on exploring your own interests and talents and this can put you in a difficult position when you have to juggle competing priorities. Although it may seem selfish to prioritise your needs over others, if you selflessly devote your time and energy to other people's needs you'll struggle to meet your...
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The biggest lessons that 2017 taught me

Around this time of the year, one of my favourite activities is reflecting back on what some of my biggest lessons in life, business and success have been for the year-to-date.So what have been some of the biggest lessons that 2017 has taught me?Here are a few highlights from what was a pretty long list…​Regular self-evaluation is important in awakening our self-awareness as being unaware is like thinking tomorrow will be totally different while inwardly you remain the same.Meditation offers the...
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