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By Travis Bradberry

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years. Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.

While many factors contribute to Starbucks’ immunity to economic trends, most are driven by Schultz. Starbucks’ massive size hasn’t stopped him from realizing his vision of creating a company that’s about much more than making money selling coffee; Schultz is committed to selling an experience and a lifestyle, both of which are inspired by a trip to Italy as a child, where he was drawn to the cafe scene.

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By Dr. Travis Bradberry

Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can make or break your career. When you make a mistake, they either magnify the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive.

Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary, and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of.

All self-talk is driven by important beliefs that you hold about yourself. It plays an understated but powerful role in success because it can both spur you forward to achieve your goals and hold you back.

“He who believes he can and he who believes he cannot are both correct.” -Henry Ford

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence (EQ) of more than a million people and found that 90% of top performers are high in EQ. These successful, high EQ individuals possess an important skill—the ability to recognize and control negative self-talk so that it doesn’t prevent them from reaching their full potential.

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By Gretchen Rubin

‘Tis the season to be jolly — and also stressed out. If you’re feeling irritable, rushed, resentful, lonely, or overwhelmed, keep these strategies in mind to help boost your happiness:

1. Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is a major disturber of people’s moods. Jet lag, traveling, parties, and over-excited children all make it hard to get your usual number of hours. Making an effort to get to bed at a decent hour really pays off.

2. Exercise. Studies show that one of the quickest and surest ways to boost your mood is to exercise. If you’re away from home and can’t do your usual routine, even a short walk will help. Even better, exercise outside, where the sunlight will help improve your mood and focus.

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By Travis Bradberry

It’s great to be smart, but intelligence is a hard thing to pin down. In many cases, how smart people think you are is just as important as how smart you actually are.

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” -Woodrow Wilson

As it turns out, intelligence only explains about 20% of how you do in life; much of the other 80% comes down to emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ is a skill that’s so important that 90% of top performers in the workplace have high EQs and people with high EQs make $28,000 more annually than those with low EQs.

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By Simon Sprague

My Year Abroad in BCG’s Ambassador Programme

Looking back at the five years I have spent at BCG thus far, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively. I’ve seen some incredible places, had experiences I never thought I would, and met a diverse array of people—both BCGers and those I’ve worked with as clients. In 2016, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to transfer offices from London to Summit, New Jersey for 12 months as part of BCG’s Ambassador Programme. Now that I’m back in London, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience and it is fair to say that it was a period of great renewal for me, both personally and professionally.

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By Bernard Marr

Even though the term emotional intelligence (EQ) was coined in the early 1990s, it has received a lot of attention in recent years because of the belief that a high EQ can impact your career in positive ways. Turns out people with just an average IQ were able to outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time, and the distinction resides in the former group’s higher EQ. Fortunately, unlike your IQ, you can improve your EQ, but first you need to understand what it is, how to test it and what you can do to boost it.

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By Gregg Swanson

The society today is one that is fast changing that if one isn’t careful they may find that have been sucked up into a life that they do not necessary want or expect to be in. technology most of all has taken over the world that you would find someone with a lot more friends on line that the friends that they have in person. People have become less trusting and they are now more defensive with every question that they are asked. Children are becoming less social as the days go by with most of them having more time to play video games that interact with others in person. The same children will one day have to work in an environment that is full of people and they will simply not be able to hack it there.

This has brought about the idea of more people wanting to change how they live so as to improve their life. This is improving their lives emotionally, mentally and even physically in some cases. So, what are the habits that can make a person improve their lives dramatically. Below are 6 Powerful Habits To Improve Your Life.

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Mastering your money has a lot more to do with psychology and mindset than we might think.

That’s what Napoleon Hill preached in his bestselling 1937 book, “Think and Grow Rich,” the culmination of his intensive study of over 500 self-made millionaires.

Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has interviewed 1,200 of the world’s wealthiest people during the past three decades, agrees. As backwards as it sounds, getting rich often has less to do with the money than the mentality, he writes in his book “How Rich People Think.”

Here are 13 mindsets of the wealthy that you could adopt today:

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College for me was a haven for learning. When I finished high school with flying colors and obtained admission to do a major in computer science at one of the top-ranked colleges, I was thrilled to bits. I thought to myself that now I can learn more and achieve even greater glory to myself by focusing and studying in college. 

Most of the professors were really good and made the class very interactive and the learning process was fun and yet fulfilling. The days were very, very hectic and there was hardly any free time for partying and socializing. There were deadlines for umpteen writing assignments and essays and each of them took up so much of effort and time that by the end of the semester I was feeling overwhelmed with excessive work. Like many other students, I was stressed out and didn’t know what to do about it. I was simply waiting to hand over my term paper and go back home and take a well-deserved break. 

However, there was this roommate of mine who never seemed to fret or worry about completing assignments and papers. When I asked him how come he is not working on any of papers, he just smiled and walked away. I felt he was behaving foolishly and he is going to have a tough time completing his papers especially the 20-page term paper due at the end of the term. 

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By Leon Ho

Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie “The Eagle” is a British skier whom no one believed in before he made it to the Olympics.

Eddie was slightly overweight, extremely far sighted (he wore thick glasses) and trained in second hand equipment. At times he even stayed in a Finnish mental hospital because he couldn’t afford genuine accommodation. Many people came to doubt his ability as a skier.  If he didn’t have confidence in himself, he could never have endured all this, and never would have made it to the Olympics; which he did, and became internationally loved as a figurehead and emblem of the Olympic spirit.

When I think about all the great people like Eddie, who achieved greatness through their confidence, I wonder where it came from. I don’t think confidence came naturally to them. It didn’t come naturally to me.

 

If confidence doesn’t come naturally, where is it from?

When I was a small child, before attending school I remember my friends and I seemed almost limitless in confidence.  We lived fearlessly. Though all our lives were open to us, we never looked forward and worried. We had not collected any regrets.  I remember nobody seemed more confident than anyone else, nobody carried themselves as superior.

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