Psychology

Mental Health and Wellness in the Startup Realm

By | May 26, 2016 at 11:05 am

During my relatively short six-year journey through the startup landscape- I’ve been through ugly founder breakups, I’ve lost plenty of money, way too much time, and I ended up in the hospital from exhaustion from too many 100 hour weeks. That’s just the tip of the…

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Here’s the Hierarchy of Needs Behind Personal Branding

By | Apr 18, 2016 at 11:05 am

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6 Questions to Change the Way You Think about Stress

By | Sep 29, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The belief that stress is beneficial could lengthen your life. That was the conclusion of an eight-year study of 30,000 people and their stress. In the end, stress only increased the risk of death for people who thought it was bad. People with high…

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Stress Can Be Good for You (Seriously) 

By | Sep 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

For years, researchers Kelly McGonigal spread the message that stress was toxic. Unsurprisingly, people weren’t too happy to hear that message. The takeaway – that if you can’t reduce your stress, you’re doomed – isn’t the most uplifting. But these days, McGonigal is spreading…

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Entrepreneurs and the Psychology of Success

By | Sep 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

It’s a thrilling prospect – turning your idea into a huge success! Creating a thriving company, finding financial success, earning respect, and joining the ranks of modern day superheros like Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk. Being an entrepreneur is an…

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Richard Branson Explains How to Be Happy 

By | Aug 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

Success isn’t what makes him happy, explains Virgin founder Richard Branson in his contribution to Dear Stranger: Letters on the Subject of Happiness (July 2015). To clarify, that means that having a billion dollars, a private island, and your very own Wikipedia page aren’t…

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Are You After Money, Power, or Happiness?  

By | Aug 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

In a famous psychology study, researchers talked to hospital cleaning staff about their work. Expecting to hear about drudgery and boredom, they were surprised when some people spoke of great fulfillment. These cleaners were the ones who took on extra jobs, like socializing with…

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The 24 Character Strengths in Psychology (and How to Identify Yours)

By | Aug 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm

At work, we tend to think about using our skills: our ability to write, design, code, or use Excel. That kind of focus means we’re doing the things we’re good at, but not necessarily the things that make us feel alive. But what if…

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What Your Myers-Briggs Personality Predicts About Your Career Success

By | Aug 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Could your Myers-Briggs personality type predict what what your career destiny will look like? According to a survey conducted by Truity Psychometrics, your chances at succeeding in your career can actually boil down to whether you’re an ENFJ or an ISTP. In a recently…

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Empathy: the Most Important Thing

By | Jul 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Here is a true story. One day during the summer before I turned fourteen, I was at a day camp near Walden Lake in Massachusetts. My friend, Scott, was playfully teasing another camper, Monica, about her mascara-smeared eyebrows – an accident she had caused…

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5 Tips for Avoiding Stagnation (in Life and Business)

By | Jul 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

“People often don’t learn the skills they need or use the skills they have,” psychologist Carol Dweck writes in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In other words, we stagnate. We stop growing, stop learning, and wonder why success eludes us. Stagnation…

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Do You Have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

By | Jun 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Psychologist Carol Dweck starts out her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success with a story that’s too cute not to share. She recounts an experiment where she gave puzzles to 10-year-olds – first easy ones, then hard ones. “Confronted with the hard puzzles,…

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What’s the Most Important Trait for Startup Founders?

By | Apr 27, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Do you have the most important trait that startup founders need? In moments of doubt, you might start asking yourself if you’re qualified to be startup founder at all. As outliers hit it big and your startup is still struggling, it’s easy to wonder: am…

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Purpose-Driven Work: Helping People Find Their Calling

By | Apr 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

‘Work with purpose’ is an old phrase being given new meaning in today’s world, with a whole new class of technology devoted to helping people identify ways to create purpose-driven work and make them work better. The fascinating part is: the competing theories rarely…