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“The lion’s share of wealth, two-thirds of wealth in the United States, is going to end up in the hands of women by the year 2030, and we’re not ready for it,” warns Jean Chatzky, New York Times Bestselling Author and financial editor at the TODAY Show.

Chatzky and I sat down to talk about how to course-correct this impending problem.

“Because of educational trends, more women than men are graduating from college and certain graduate programs, therefore, women will earn more money than before. …


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IN-Q, Author of “Inspire Within” Photo Courtesy of Daniel N. Johnson

Poetry might be something you’ve ignored since you were forced to read it in ninth grade English. However, thanks to IN-Q (National Poetry Slam champion, award-winning poet, and multi-platinum songwriter), poetry is finding a fresh voice and global audience.

In his new book Inquire Within, he inspires the reader to do just that, moving us through a gamut of topics to consider and challenging us to ask questions about ourselves, our beliefs, and the world at large.


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Vanderkam on the TED stage. PHOTO CREDIT: MARLA AUFMUTH/ TED

Ever feel buried under a never-ending pile of email, paperwork, to-do’s, obligations, and other people’s demands? Are you seeking the seemingly elusive concept of ‘work-life balance,’ or feel burned out?

Enter bestselling author and TED speaker Laura Vanderkam whose work focuses on time management and productivity. Her core beliefs: “Spend more time on the things that matter, and less on the things that don’t” and “Time might be finite, but possibilities are endless”.

In her latest book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities, she writes a short fable to remind us just how important it is to manage our time well, as well as exemplify what happens when we don’t. …


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Looking for a new podcast to spark inspiration, motivation, and help you in your path to becoming your best self?

Then you’re in luck, because I’ve rounded up the top eighteen women-hosted podcasts so you can try them out during your commute, while you’re making dinner, or when your other favorite series is on hiatus between seasons.

“Podcasts are such a uniquely personal medium because they’ve become part of people’s daily routines,” shares Jenny Mast, former executive producer of original content at Stitcher. “ It’s almost as if podcasts have become a tool that helps us shape our own identities.


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Let’s face it: happiness is something we all seek, so much so that it’s written as a foundational human right in our Constitution. Yet, somehow, this seemingly basic feeling evades so many of us.

Fortunately, NYU Stern School of Business professor and New York Times bestselling author Scott Galloway has something to say about the “formula for a life well-lived”.

Who knew the secrets to happiness lay within a business school professor?

In his latest book The Algebra Of Happiness: Notes On The Pursuit Of Success, Love, And Meaning, he mixes personal anecdotes with no BS insights. …


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Are you a manager, or hoping to become one? Ever feel nervous that someone’s going to notice that you’re shooting from the hip and figuring it out as you go? Feeling lost or unprepared to help others succeed?

If so, you’re not alone. Julie Zhuo felt the same way when she was flung into management at age 25 because her skills as a top product designer were noticed. After years of trial and error, she became Silicon Valley’s go-to gal for management. …


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Want to know one of the fastest ways to achieve your goals?

Become a person of influence. In the land of online influencers, I don’t necessarily mean you have to gain a million followers on Instagram and post selfies. That is just one narrow definition of having influence.

Influence is versatile: you can gain it in your neighborhood, office, within a volunteer organization, an industry, a country, or globally. It is not defined exclusively by the number of people who know your name. But it is predicated on how many of the right people do, as defined by your goals.

I tapped one of the people who is best in the world at it (aka is a global person of influence) to share some of his top lessons on becoming a person of influence, and how he’s applied these lessons to his personal life and businesses. …


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Embrace these tips on saying and hearing no to honor yourself and your relationships. PHOTO BY ISAIAH RUSTAD, COURTESY OF UNSPLASH

When’s the last time someone told you no? How did you respond?

We all get a lot of requests. And if you’re anything like me, you love to be helpful because you’re a giver. Perhaps you even get anxious at the thought of turning someone down. Or when you do, you’re left feeling guilty.

I’ve come to realize that you can’t say yes to everything. If you did, you’d not only run out of time to advance your primary projects, but you’d also water down the impact of your ‘yes’.

Because of this, I decided to find ways to say no, and do so gracefully. However, you can control only your own actions and intentions, not someone else’s response. It became brutally clear from other people’s reactions when they received my “no” replies that they “didn’t get the memo”. …


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Consider this: When was the last time you achieved something and did it 100% independently? How did you get your last job, client, referral, or recommendation?

It’s likely that most successes you’ve achieved occurred in tandem with someone else, or many others.

LinkedIn revealed that 85% of jobs come from one’s network. And, that statistic is even higher for those in executive-level positions.

It’s the people you know, and who know of you, who open the doors to the success you’re seeking.

What’s the best way to approach how you build and cultivate relationships? Become a connector.

How? To help us, I sat down with fellow superconnector Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The Connector’s Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grow Your Influence And Impact.


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Field of dreams if you build it, will they come PHOTO BY FRANCISCO GONZALEZ ON UNSPLASH

Ever struggle to get attention to your product or service? If you’re tired of spending on ads, don’t have the budget, or are looking to diversify your inbound traffic, it might be time to consider joint ventures, which require no upfront expenditure.

What is a joint venture? According to Charles Byrd, Founder and CEO of Byrd Word, it’s “A temporary or ongoing promotion that consists of one party supplying the audience, and the other the product or service, for a percentage of the revenue from sales generated.”

Byrd is a Silicon Valley veteran with deep background in joint ventures, systems, and productivity. …

About

Darrah Brustein

On a mission to debunk "sleep when you're dead" culture + chasing others people's definitions of success to build a life of your own design. www.darrah.co

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