How to Disengage From Small-Talk Nicely

If your mind is on matters more important, being pressured to participate in small-talk with those around you can be a torturous ordeal. You’ll risk diverting your focus from important maters, waste time you should be spending elsewhere, and feel a general lack of productivity while engaging in it. There is a time and place for small-talk to be had. There’s no denying that it is an important social exchange of niceties. Engaging in small talk helps you stay tuned to the social setting which you’re in, and is sometimes a source of important news. Having touched on the positive...

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Why You Should Be Careful Comparing Yourself to Others

The age of information brings with it a window into a seemingly unlimited pool of competition. Like never before, we are now competing at a global scale in everything we do. This article will find a place online and be subject to the many words others have written, the many ideas others have shared, and the many criticisms others have conjured. It becomes easy to fall into a cycle of comparison when partaking in what you feel is worthwhile to be doing. Your motivation levels will fluctuate based on the competitors you discover, and your survival instinct to be on...

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Marlon Brando’s Habits of Influencing Others

Despite being one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men for numerous decades, Marlon Brando had an uncanny ability to surprise his interviewers – as well as listeners – with his introspective and humble ways of speaking. Living up to, and exceeding, the expectations he carried with him is a difficult thing to do. People idolize and respect Hollywood superstars before they begin speaking and showing their true colors. Being able to live up to those expectations as well as provide substance and perhaps some lessons along the way is an ability that one should study and implement for themselves....

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3 Tips for Increasing Influence You Can Learn From Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer: We have no affiliations with Russia, Putin. We do not endorse his politics, tactics, strategy, or actions. To get better at learning things from those you analyze, be realistic about which aspects of their behavior you can adopt immediately and which habits have been shaped by years of practice and hard work. This case study will highlight a select few seconds from various video clips of Vladimir Putin. We will highlight and expand on three small, and possibly unnoticed aspects of his behavior towards others. These tips are powerful because you can adopt them instantly, without needing to...

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Why You Should Be Careful Bringing Up People’s Past

You’ve probably had the reaction of cringing while looking at your old high school photos. Our past is sometimes a sensitive subject, which we often try to glaze over with the confidence of the current-day. There is advice out there to not let your past mistakes define you, and to try improving for the future by starting with doing things right today. The existence of these sayings gives validity to the notion of our past sometimes being painful. The lack of ability to change things which happened in the past can cause a lot of regret to build up inside a...

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Why You Should Want to Lead a Pack

The concept of being a “pack-leader” will be used in reference to leading many or just being by yourself. It shouldn’t matter how much control you attain, because being the one who has the final say matters more. The desire to lead a pack can manifest itself into many aspects of life. There are people who want to lead bigger packs than others. As well as people for whom leading packs becomes a problem. Becoming the leader of a pack is sometimes needed to propel your truth, but the argument against absolute power always stands. Pack-leading should not be utilized...

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Why You Should Be Gentle With Naive People

The intellect of those you meet in life will vary. You’ll meet some people who know more than you in specific facets of life, and you’ll meet people who just can’t get on the same page. These instances are not of concern in everyday life. However, when there are consequences for someone’s lack of experience, you’ll need to correct them in order to remain unaffected yourself. Examples of instances when those around you lack the proper knowledge can include working together on an issue at work, collaborating on a business venture, or merely planning for a dangerous mountain-top hike. If...

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How to Make Your Compliments More Effective

Compliments can help you attain things which you wouldn’t be able to without voicing them. They are an important tool in everyday conversation, and in achieving desired reactions from those who you interact with. You may have gone on a date and complimented your counterpart in an effort to set the mood right. You may have also complimented your potential manager on their choice of footwear during an interview in hopes of setting a good impression. Compliments are nothing to be shy about or hold back if they come from genuine thought. Dale Carnegie described the differences between compliments and flattery...

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Why You Should Never Argue With Final Decisions

There will be times when you fully believe a decision being made around you is not the right one. You might have ideas which are factually better than the ones being implemented by other people, and you may have a vision which others fail to realize. The lack of being understood in this sense is a painful undergoing. You will not feel heard by those around you and you will not feel trusted. Placing the Team First The first thing you should remember is that the people making the decisions around you feel exactly the same way about their...

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Why We Instinctively Fear People with No Core Beliefs

When analyzing the introduction of new people in their life, humans instinctively look for central, or core, beliefs. Learning of others’ core beliefs allows us to somewhat predict the actions of another, as well as pinpoint what matters to the opposition most. Doing this allows us to know whether someone is a threat to us and to those who we hold close. If we can’t triangulate the central ideologies of those we meet – then we instinctively begin to distance ourselves from them. When a person’s core beliefs are hidden, they have no known weaknesses in the eyes of...

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