Personal Development

Ways to Build and Lose Trust

14 Ways to Build (and Lose) Trust

By Frank Sonnenberg / December 17, 2014 /

Trust is not an abstract, theoretical, idealistic goal forever beyond our reach. Trust—or a lack of it—is inherent in every action that we take and affects everything that we do. Trust is the cement that binds relationships, keeping spouses together, business deals intact and political systems stable. Without trust, marriages fail, voters become apathetic and…

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Top of Mind: Who’s Your Role Model?

By SUCCESS Staff / December 15, 2014 /

I have several role models, but none more important than my mom. She is an immigrant who has overcome major challenges in life and has never quit. Her energy, discipline and raw enthusiasm are contagious and inspiring. My mom is also hilarious, super-smart, an incredible parent and the least selfish person I have ever met.…

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How Passion Can Mend Spirits (and Harps)

By Jessica Krampe / December 11, 2014 /

George Flores, a virtuoso in his field as a harp technician, used to be a heavy-metal singer. He admits that the sharp turn from the world of pounding rock music in 1993 to the precise, patient tuning and building of concert harps was a dramatic one. “A heavy-metal guy coming into the classical world is…

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What If Schools Graded Character and Values as Much as Math and Reading?

By Shelby Skrhak / December 10, 2014 /

Positive psychology is “more than a smiley face,” says psychologist and author Martin Seligman, Ph.D. “I’m trying to broaden the scope of positive psychology,” he adds, to include not just positive thinking but positive relationships, healthy living and the development of character. Seligman joins entrepreneurs, educators and publishing executives, including SUCCESS magazine owner Stuart Johnson, for International Positive…

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The SUCCESS 25: 2014’s Personal Development Leaders

By Chelsea Greenwood / December 9, 2014 /

Success isn’t solely about reaching a financial or professional pinnacle. Success also involves cultivating solid relationships, striving to achieve health and well-being, giving back to others and generally leading a life of purpose. Success isn’t an endpoint—it’s a lifelong process. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”29571″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”480″,”style”:”width: 150px; height: 197px; float: left; margin: 5px;”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”366″}}]]The individuals you’ll read about below comprise the…

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When Negotiating, Use Pronouns Like ‘We’—and 12 Other Win-Win Tactics

By Rhett Power / December 9, 2014 /

The next time you find yourself locked in a battle for your way, here are 13 important strategies that you can use in the challenging art of negotiation.  Related: Follow These 9 Steps to Ask for What You Want (and Actually Get It) 1. Think of the long-term mutual gain instead of the short-time personal gain.…

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