Entrepreneurship, Side Hustles, and Getting Noticed in a Crowded World (Dorie Clark)


Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, contributor to Harvard Business Review, and the author of the new book Entrepreneurial You. In this chat, we discuss how anyone can become an entrepreneur in their own way, the importance of having side projects, how to identify ways you can add value to people’s lives, and how to cut through the noise and competition to get noticed in the real world. We also talk about the difference between selling products/services vs. asking for donations, how technology and automation will change the job market, and why “soft skills” like creativity and social skills are less replaceable than pure technical expertise.


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DorieClark.com
@dorieclark
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Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

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My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles of 2017

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As we enter the new year, now is a perfect time to reflect back on the past twelve months and the multiple ways we’ve grown and changed as individuals.

The Emotion Machine first started in June of 2009 and currently has over 500 articles about a range of topics in psychology and self improvement including Positive Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation, Stoicism, and much more.

Every year I put together a “Best Articles” list to showcase some of the more popular and well-liked articles that have been published over the past year. This is a great collection if you are new to this site and would like to start diving into what you can learn here.

Here are my best psychology and self improvement articles of 2017 – check them out and see if there is anything you’ve missed, I think you’ll find a lot of awesome tips and advice!

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Make Kindness Cool Again: Practical Ways to Build a Newer, Nicer World (Tara Cousineau)


Tara Cousineau is a clinical psychologist and author of the book The Kindness Cure. In this chat, we discuss the current state of kindness (and cruelty) in our world and practical ways we can make kindness cool again. One big factor is how the internet and social media shape what we see in the world (with an emphasis on negative news) – this can lead to a “cool to be cruel” mentality. We also talk about the importance of both mindfulness and forgiveness when overriding our old impulses and instincts, and how this relates to being a kinder and nicer person in the future.


Discover more about Tara Cousineau here:

TaraCousineau.com
@taracousphd

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The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World

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Nightmares May Be a Sign It’s Time to Change Something In Your Life

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Dreams and nightmares have always been a fascinating yet perplexing subject to study in psychology.

While the majority of our dreams may have no real underlying meaning or purpose behind them (what I sometimes call “brain vomit”) that doesn’t mean that our dreams never have anything important to say or teach us about our lives.

If you wake up from a dream and it sticks with you and leaves a lasting impression on you, then that dream must be resonating with you in some way (even if it’s just a raw feeling).

For example, if I have a dream about an old friend who I haven’t spoke to in awhile, that may influence me to want to contact that person and see how they are doing.

Was it my brain trying to send me a specific message to contact them? Not necessarily, but that doesn’t mean we can’t interpret our dreams as we see fit and find some meaning in them.

If a dream is meaningful to you, then it’s meaningful to you. There’s no science that can take that away from you, even if on a neurological level dreams may just be random processing.

Nightmares can be even more interesting. In fact, in a new study published in the scientific journal Motivation and Emotion, researchers analyzed participants dream diaries to find re-occurring dreams and nightmares.

They discovered that individuals who had re-occurring nightmares were more likely to report that they were also feeling more powerless, anxious, or frustrated with their lives.

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How to Improve Your Social Skills and Better Connect With People (Jeff Callahan)


Jeff Callahan is a social skills and communication coach behind the site Become More Compelling. In this chat, we talk about how we first became interested in self improvement, advice on how to overcome social anxiety and start new conversations, the importance of taking action and trying new things, and why it’s okay to be self-conscious when you’re first learning new skills. We also touch on the importance of staying connected with old friends and family, our idea of the “scariest social situations,” and what we can learn from stand-up comedians.


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Become More Compelling
How to Effortlessly Join Any Group Conversation

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Never Split The Difference

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