The Top 10 Skills You Need to Become a Success

Success comes from the mastery of a core set of skills that can be applied to any position, field or company. When you practice and strengthen these skills in your work, you’ll rise to the top. Over at US News today, discover the crucial talents you need to launch your career.

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10 Things Successful People Never Do

You know successful people create goals and rise early, but what about the things they avoid? In order to have good habits, you have to get rid of the bad ones. Over at US News today, I share ten things you’ll probably never see a successful person do. Read it here.

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The Double Edge of Job Comfort

When you’re comfortable in your job, it can be both a blessing and a curse. Job comfort can mean security and career advancement, but it can also mean boredom, depression and existential crises. Over at US News today, I talk about the pros and cons of settling into a job. Read it here.

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What’s Your Verdict?

Serial PodcastHave you guys been listening to Serial? Ryan and I started this weekend, and only have two episodes before we’re caught up. I am a podcast fanatic, but Ryan and I don’t usually listen to podcasts together. I had to convince him that this would be worth it by telling him that everyone else is listening too, and now he is hooked.

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The Back-Up Plan

I have a set of simple daily practices that I do every day. They are things like run, floss, write, read, kiss Ryan, meditate, take my vitamins.  Some of these things, I have done my entire life. Some are new. But they all have the same thing in common: the back-up plan.

There seems to be a lot of shame around the back-up plan. Like, you didn’t get your first choice, so you have to be resigned to the runner-up. You have to settle.  But when I build a new habit, or put a new goal out in the Universe, I always think about the back-up plan.

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Follow-Through on Your Dreams
Get stuff done / Jumpstart your dreams / Write every day / Start a running habit / Keep promises to yourself / Eat healthy
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Here’s Why You’re Not Getting the Job

Sending out lots of résumés with no responses? Or perhaps you’re getting interviews, but not the job? While it may feel like you’re doing everything in your power to land a new job, if you’re having trouble closing the deal, it’s time for another look. There are probably obvious reasons why you’re not getting the job, and over at US News I talk about three to take into consideration.

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Here’s What Smart People Know That the Latest Fads, Diets and Lifestyles Don’t

You can eat fat by the pails of lard now, but no carbs. Or try an all-meat diet. Or just eat raw veggies. I have never understood diets. Or “lifestyles” as diets are now called. These days you’re not on a diet, you change your lifestyle. No longer are you buying into a temporary act, but a permanent change.

Ever notice how every diet has a detailed system for you to follow? Complexity is added so that a product is new and novel to the customer. The result is the answer. That thing you’ve been missing. You just didn’t know the right rules to follow.

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Follow-Through on Your Dreams
Get stuff done / Jumpstart your dreams / Write every day / Start a running habit / Keep promises to yourself / Eat healthy
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On the Rules No One Else is Playing By

The American Dream speaks the language of ambition and its tongue whispers it is not for lack of luck, but lack of effort that you are a failure. Put in the work and you’ll become a success. Luck nor social constructs or randomness or the genetic lottery create the richest men of the world – and they are men – but an exchange of value. The rules are: work hard and be rewarded in return. Except we know that’s not true.

“The U.S. has the 4th-highest degree of wealth inequality in the world, trailing only Russia, Ukraine, and Lebanon,” reports former U.S.

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3 Work Habits to Cultivate Now

Our lives are a series of habits. Our brain craves habits because it wants to be more efficient. We each have good habits and bad habits, and each habit consists of the same loop: a cue, routine, and reward. Over at US News, I share the three key habits you should cultivate at work.

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