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CEO Alexandra Dickinson suggests these 3 tips to be so much better at” asking for — and getting — anything you want.”
1. Prepare with research--
"You want to do your homework and do some bench-marking," Dickinson says. The research step is important because it will help you determine your focus. "You have to know what you are willing to give on, and what is top priority for you," she says.
2. Hone in on what you want--
The second step is about strategy. "You need to be crystal clear on what you are asking for," Dickinson says. For example, if you're trying to negotiate your salary, you can't just say "I'd like a raise." Clarify your goal with numbers.
3. Ask respectfully--...

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1. One of the most creative geniuses of the 20th century, Walt Disney, was once fired from a newspaper because he “lacked creativity.” His first animation company Laugh-O-Gram films eventually was forced to close as well. Desperate and out of money, Disney found his way to Hollywood and faced even more criticism and failure until finally, his first few classic films started to skyrocket in popularity.

2.Steve Jobs was booted from his own company and had a comeback from an almost irrecoverable failure. Jobs found success in his 20s when Apple became a massive empire, but when he was 30, Apple’s board of directors decided to fire him. Jobs founded a new company, NeXT, which wa...

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1. Get comfortable with the cost of deciding-- Understand that refusing to decide is a decision, and it means sticking with the status quo. Indecision indicates one of three things: fear, concern over past mistakes, or a lack of information.

2. Control your emotions-- emotional decisions can have long-term repercussions.

3. Know what you want-- Business success comes from knowing your desired outcome. You need a laser-beam focus on what you want to create. Never lose sight of your target or goal.

4. Do your homework-- Don't make decisions based solely on emotions and gut instinct. Do as much due diligence as you can, and the rest will be intuitive.

5. Build an A-Team-- Seek valued input, insight...

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According to Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, top-rated professor at Wharton business school-- The less you care about your own success, the more successful you will be. "One of the things that stands out for me when I think about what distinguishes the greatest leaders of our time, is that success is very rarely a goal for them, it's a byproduct of other goals that they have," says Grant. The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed, to advance a vision or an idea or a project that is bigger than one person. Grant says: "…the bigger you aim there, the more you focus on doing something that's going to benefit others, the more likely you are to produce something...

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Emails can sometimes feel like a full-time Job. Office workers receive more than 100 emails per day and spend about 6.3 hours checking both their work and personal messages. These 2 hacks will show you how to get that overflowing inbox under control.
1. Check emails only after you've marked something off your to-do list—organize your tasks by priority, and work on all of those before you delve into your emails.
2.Turn off email notifications—Psychologists say email notifications can easily become a "toxic source of stress.” Research shows that each notification throws us off by 64 seconds, and it takes about 20 minutes to reach productivity again.
3. Be aggressive with your sp...

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Interviews of over 50 influencers, millionaires, entrepreneurs, and celebrities all share these morning tips in common for success. And don't worry, it doesn’t involve waking up at 4am.
1.Cover the physical basics— sleep, drink water, exercise, fuel your body with nutritious food.
2.Cover the emotional and spiritual basics— infuse your morning with gratitude, reflection, maybe even meditation and prayer.
3.Take control of your day right at the start— Begin your day setting your expectations and tasks, instead of jumping right into your e-mail.
4. Put your most creative, challenging work first— Handle the heavy lifting first
5.Remember routine means daily— Wheth...

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According to statistics, more than half fail within five years of starting, and the most consistent failure of small businesses is a lack of capital, and by extension, a lack of investment. Here are the 6 things you need to invest enough money into to ensure success:
1.Design- your logo, business cards, and general branding all help your business stand out and build a good reputation.
2.Marketing- this makes sure your product is coherent and consistent in its advertising.
3.Technology- internal systems, cell service, and a website are likely to have an instant effect on the productivity of the workforce.
4.Legal advice- you can protect yourself from potential legal issues.
5.Accounting service- y...

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SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has developed a company culture that encourages employees to speak up when something is broken, problematic, or when the leadership is wrong. "Evidence shows that minority opinions improve decision-making even when they are incorrect," says organizational psychologist Adam Grant. Musk preaches to employees the importance of speaking up on their concerns: "'And we're not going to have a culture where the messenger gets shot. We're going to celebrate the person who called a potential threat or risk to our attention.'" Being vulnerable is “such a powerful way to create a culture where voice is not something to be feared and it's not an exercise in futility,"...

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