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7 cutting-edge tips to achieve what you really want in life

It's not uncommon, at any stage in your life, to feel like you're just going through the motions. Being in a rut stops you achieving your full potential and living a meaningful life and yet it's easy to fall into the habit of doing what's expected of you rather than achieving what you really want. And getting yourself out of a rut can be a major challenge. To inspire you—and spur you into action—seven entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share here how they learned to overcome self-limiting ...
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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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Bringing mindfulness to your career

Interest in mindfulness training and applying mindfulness at work is growing steadily. "Nothing provides more opportunities than the workplace for us to feel discouraged, disappointed, bored, overwhelmed, envious, embarrassed, anxious, irritated, outraged, and afraid to say what we really feel," says Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer Leah Weiss. Yet learning to be mindful can put us in "a much better position to change a bad situation" by helping us to respond more creatively to life...
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What am I doing with my life? Find your answer here with these steps

We hear a lot these days about how we need to find our purpose and how the secret to success and happiness is to find fulfilling work and have meaning in our lives. Yet many people wonder if they've made the right career, relationship, or life choices. When you're feeling unfulfilled by a life that bears little resemblance to the one you imagined or wanted to live, trying to figure out how to achieve a happier and more successful life can be overwhelming. "I see so many peopl...
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The science of happiness, in four simple work habits

Almost everyone experiences some days at work that are less satisfying than others. If your job is making you miserable however, you may be looking for a new job with another company or maybe considering a change of career. If you don't have a viable alternative however, the good news is you may not have to leave your current job to feel happier at work. According to happiness researcher Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, while genetics and life experience influence your natural capacity for happiness, ...
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How to refocus your strategy and reenergize your team

As an entrepreneur, what you're doing is less important than why you're doing it. While your passion drives the business forward, purpose gives meaning to your work.  And to be successful, your goals need to be aligned with your purpose. Otherwise, it's easy to lose energy and enthusiasm for what you're doing if you lose sight of why you're doing it. In this article, founder and CEO Stanley Meytin shares the key questions you can ask your clients, your employees and even your...
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30 free ways to find the answer to "What should I do with my life?"

Work plays a huge role in your life and you're far more likely to be successful in an occupation that you feel passionate about. If you don't find your work meaningful and rewarding, you may be feeling bored, frustrated and dissatisfied. Whether you're embarking on your first career or considering a major career shift, finding the right path can be challenging. "There's no question that it takes time and effort to find your passion, purpose, career path—whatever you want to call it—but it d...
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Don’t know what you want? Improve these 7 universal skills

There are some people who have always known what they wanted to do and others whose conviction has grown over time, yet it isn't the worst thing in the world if you don't know what you want to do in life. You don't need to know your exact destination; you just need a rough idea where you're going, says Darius Foroux. And while you're figuring it out, it's important to keep learning. In a recent blog post, Foroux shares his top tips on accepting the uncertainty, knowing your direction, and t...
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3 entrepreneurial lessons I learned on the streets of Cambodia

Everyone feels a pull towards some defining purpose to his or her life. It's important not to mistake the path for the goal however. "It's easy to believe that you've set yourself on a direct course to your end goal, but you should always be open to new paths that appear along the way. You may learn the most from those you set out to help and find a more rewarding route to your destination," says entrepreneur Matt Smith. He shares here how he was inspired to change direction from a career in med...
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How to avoid killing your startup

The vast majority of startups fail despite an increasing number of founders willing to share they lessons they've learned in a bid to help others avoid making the same mistakes. While there may be various factors involved, according to Louis Efron the key to building a sustainable business is your ability to balance purpose with execution. To help your startup achieve its full potential, Efron shares here how to give equal weight to purpose and profit and why this is crucial for both not-fo...
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