How to Influence Like Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ influence reached into the homes of billions around the world. He was a person who was essential in morphing what was once a bodiless idea into one of the wealthiest corporations to ever exist. An article on this site will not do Jobs’ influential traits any justice. He was a visionary, a stellar businessman, and most importantly, a person who had an exceptional understanding of consumer psychology. He was rebellious and was not shy in voicing darker truths. Accounts of his personality stem from experiences of his brilliance to the effects of his brutality. However, there is...

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Why It’s Strategic to Downplay Your Experience

One of life’s more interesting scenarios to analyze is someone answering a question akin to, “Have you done this before?” To the ignorance of the one answering, their answer can set the tune for how their interactions play out in the long run. Pride is a difficult thing to curb. Walking into a boxing class with moderate experience and communicating your experience level in front of onlookers is a tricky scenario to navigate. Does your definition of moderate match theirs? Though it is difficult for us to admit, our sense of pride often manages to squeeze into the picture....

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Why Others’ Suspicion of You Can Be a Good Thing

You’ll be judged for various reasons as you move through life. Your choice of style can be looked down on and scoffed at. Your choice of verbiage will attract some and scare others away. You may say things which strengthen your perceived innocence, or serve to draw suspicion. The suspicion others may have of you can touch on various traits. They’ll sometimes suspect you to be a liar, and sometimes a lazy worker. Suspicion of you may manifest itself in others talking behind your back and checking every move you make. Suspicion is difficult to escape. It is typically based...

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Be careful when criticizing people. Serving to make them feel alone in the mistakes they've made can discourage improvement.

Why You Shouldn’t Alienate People When You Criticize Them

A common mistake people make while delivering criticism is serving to alienate the person they are critiquing. Making the people you criticize feel alone in a puddle of their mistakes is not an effective way of teaching a lesson. Allowing someone to feel alone with their mistakes discourages them from making the changes needed to move forward. It can serve to depress someone who was hopeful about their progress prior to your intervention, and more importantly, it serves to ruin their perception of you as a mentor. This article hopes to shed light on what it looks like to alienate...

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Attempting to discredit competition is a sign of weakness on your part.

Why You Shouldn’t Aim to Discredit Competition

In much of what you decide to become skilled in, you’ll experience competitive feelings toward others who are practicing the the same skills you are. Whether you are working on becoming a better salesman, or a better javelin thrower, developing a skill often leads to being compared to other skilled individuals. If you choose not to compare yourself to others, the ones around you will. People’s desire to establish hierarchy in domains they observe is a powerful behavioral force. In order to be considered skilled in whatever domain you’ve dedicated your time to, be prepared to compete. In the face of...

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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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How to Influence Like 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 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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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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