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I’ve Read More Than 500 Cover Letters and Here’s What I’ve Spotted

Reading Time: 5 minutes There are about 3.69 million results on a Google search for “cover letter template,” which isn’t surprising. Many are concerned with making sure they have the right cover letter format, so they go searching for a template. Here’s the problem with that approach: by definition, a template (especially those residing on Page 1 of Google’s …

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High Achievers Are the Ones Who Make the Most Mistakes

Reading Time: 5 minutes The impact mistakes have had on most people’s lives is tremendous. At school, you were taught to answer questions with model answers. At home, you were taught to be disciplined, have good manners and follow social etiquette. And at work, you’ve become accustomed to a constant expectation that you operate in a mistake-free manner! The problem …

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How Jotting Down Ideas in 30 Seconds Boosts Creativity

Reading Time: 3 minutes An adult has an average of 50,000 thoughts every day. Now try to recall 100 of those thoughts from earlier today. Pretty hard, right? It’s normal to forget most of them as our brains have to filter out unnecessary information so that we don’t go insane. [1] The problem is that we forget a lot of great ideas …

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A Declutter Formula to Help You Throw Stuff Away Without Regret

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the average American home, there are over 300,000 items.[1] That’s true even though 1 in 10 Americans (and rising) rent offsite storage[4] and even though the size of the American house has tripled in the past 50 years.[2] Do some math too: the average American home ownership tenure is about 9-10 years, meaning people …

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Why Work Life Balance Is a Curse

Reading Time: 5 minutes Kate is a hardworking manager working at a startup company.  She toils at work but gets that nagging feeling that she’s missing out on living her life. And then perversely, when she’s not working, she tries to switch off ‘work-mode’ to enjoy her passions, friends, family… but eventually, she finds that she just doesn’t have the …

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How Not to Give a Boring Presentation

Reading Time: 4 minutes The usual approach when preparing a presentation is putting the points into slides. But the best presentations do not seek to merely inform. They make a lasting mark. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech inspired a nation to reconsider their assumptions around race and social justice. Ronald Reagan’s speech in Berlin, delivered …

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How To Climb Up Your Career Ladder Faster Than Others In A Big Corporate.

Reading Time: 5 minutes When you are working for a large company, it’s easy to feel like a little fish in a big pond. Perhaps despite your best efforts, you aren’t advancing along your career path as quickly as you would like. There are so many people vying for top positions that showcasing your talents can be a struggle. …

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What to Keep and What to Toss? Asking These 15 Questions Can Make Decluttering Easier

Reading Time: 6 minutes I recently moved to a new state and a new home. Moves like that are always exciting/scary/full of unknowns, but the one thing you can always count on is that you will be overwhelmed by how much stuff you have. It never fails: I begin packing a room and I’ve only just begun when I …

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8 Psychological Tricks To Help You Nail the Interview of Your Dream Job

Reading Time: 6 minutes Why You Should Focus on Psychology in Your Next Interview Whether you realize it or not, psychology impacts every aspect of your life. For example, color psychology is used by marketing companies to influence the products you buy. You can even use color psychology to help make a good first impression, which is something we’ll …