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Why Quitters Prosper

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Quitters never prosper, right?  We learn from an early age that giving up is a bad thing.  We should endure, push forward and keep trying. What if that’s wrong?  What if there are times you should absolutely, positively give up? The guys at Freakonomics think so.  Last week they did a podcast titled The Upside of Quitting.  (This link takes you to the podcast.  If you prefer you can find the transcript of The Upside of Qutting here.) Many people get caught in what economists call the “sunk-cost fallacy.” Stephen Dubner, from Freakonomics and Hal Arkes,a psychology professor at Ohio State University explain: Dubner: A “sunk cost” is just what it sounds like: time or money you’ve already spent. The sunk-cost fallacy is whe...

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Steve Jobs’ Leadership Legacy: Focus On Strategy

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Few CEOs these days have a strategy. That’s the conclusion Richard Rummelt draws in his new book Good Strategy/Bad Strategy. But once of Jobs’ many strengths has been his profound understanding of, and sensitivity to, externalities. When Apple roared back to market dominance and outstanding profitability in 2005, it wasn’t just because iPods were cool. It was because, at the beginning of the century, Jobs had put in place a product plan aimed at one great external future event: the moment that broadband penetration in the U.S. exceeded 50%. Once that occurred, digital entertainment became technically and commercially feasible. In the period 2002-5, Jobs assembled and owned all the components he’d need to take advantage of the new broadband market: WebObjects, Safari,...

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How to Get More Great Ideas in the Shower

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If you’re like me, you probably get your best ideas while shampooing your hair. There’s something about the steam of a shower, the relaxation, and letting your mind wander that invites brilliant ideas to bubble up. But is there any way to bump that bubbling process up a bit? Can you consciously power up your shower? I asked career coach Jenn Lee, who does corporate team building and productivity workshops, for some tips. 1. Think about what you want to think about. “Prior to entering the shower, take a few moments and pick one item you want to focus your creative thoughts towards,” says Lee. “Most of us have a ‘must do today’ list as well as things you would like to accomplish over the next week or so. Because I blog and speak on a variety of topics I keep a li...

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DIY Gel Air Freshener

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Homemade Gel Air Freshener Make Your Own Color & Smell Combinations With These Easy Air Freshener Recipes 2 cups water 4 packages Gelatin (plain) 15 to 20 drops Essential Oil (adjust to personal preference) 1 to 2 TBS salt Food Coloring Directions: In a small pot, mix 1 cup water, essential oil and food coloring. As soon as it starts to boil, remove from heat. Completely dissolve gelatin and salt in the hot water then add the other cup of water (cold)–stir well (gently so it doesn’t foam). Pour into jars and set aside for a couple days before using so the gelatin has a chance to completely set (you can refrigerate to speed up the process). Once cooled, cover with lids that have a few holes punched in them to al...

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Kindle Touch vs. Kindle 3

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Kindle Touch has no keyboard as Kindle 3 but it is lighter   Display: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch There are no questions, Kindle Touch display is better because touch feature. So, Kindle Touch Vs Kindle3: 1-0. I was a little disappointing of resolution of Kindle Touch as iRiver is still better as you can see in below table. Model Display Color Display Display technology Touch screen Resolution Display size Kindle Touch No eInk Pearl Yes 800×600 6inch Kindle No ...

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Can You Learn Willpower?

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We all admire people who seem perfectly in control of themselves. They exercise regularly; they finish projects on time. In a study of one million people, most said that self-control was their biggest weakness. So can people build up their willpower? Or are some people just born that way? In their fascinating new book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, Roy F. Baumeister, a professor of psychology, and John Tierney, a New York Times reporter, argue that all of us can learn to become better masters of our impulses. We just have to learn that willpower is a muscle, and like all muscles, can be exhausted through overuse, but also trained to be made stronger. Baumeister, who directs the social psychology program at Florida State University, agreed to answe...

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4 Secrets Happy Entrepreneurs Know

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Starting a business is a daunting prospect. It can be expensive, frustrating — and lonely. To counter that last part, at least, Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams founded In Good Company, a community workspace for women business owners in New York City. Over the years, they’ve learned a lot about what makes entrepreneurs flounder, and what makes them soar serenely over the rough patches. In their new book, The Big Enough Company, they outline four secrets that happy entrepreneurs know: 1. Stamina matters. “Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint, and it can take a while before you see the financial fruits of your labor,” says Lancaster. “Sure, you can work around the clock and sacrifice everything else in your life for the sake of your busine...

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Most important foods to buy organic

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If you would like to "go green" and buy all organic foods, it may be that your aspirations are bigger than your budget. Here are 15 foods that are definitely worth buying organic. At the top of the list are meat, dairy and eggs. When bought organic, these three foods are free of antibiotics, pesticides, and added growth hormones. Animals that are raised organically feed on a diet that is free of pesticides and fertilizers, which is healthier for you and the animal itself. Certain fruits and vegetables retain high levels of pesticides even after they have been washed and are therefore high on the "purchase organic" list. Fruits like peaches and nectarines, grapes, and even bell peppers, have thin permeable skins that easily absorb pesticides and should always be bought organic....

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100 ways to protect enviroment everyday

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           In Your Home – Conserve Energy Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month. If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120oF / 50oC. Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket. Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods. Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time. Set your refrigerator temperature at 36F to 38F which is around 3oC and your freezer at 0F to 5F which is arounf -15oC . When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use.. Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every...

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9 Eternal Rules of Teamwork

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A team must have a leader. In most sales groups the leader is the sale manager and the team members are that manager’s direct reports. However, there are many cases when teams consist of people from different organizations, in which case, there still needs to be a team leader. The team leader is responsible for delivering the outcome that the team is expected to achieve, even though the leader will need to depend upon the team to deliver the result. The team must have unanimous focus on a quantifiable goal. Teamwork is impossible if team members do not have a very clear idea of what they’re trying to achieve. Teamwork requires that every member of the team understand exactly what the team is tasked with achieving. That sense of exactness is only possible when the team...

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