Become a Morning Person: Resetting Your Internal Clock For Success


Did you know that you will wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few? Now that many, right?

Maybe it’s time to start thinking about how to get more out of your mornings. If you are not a morning person, but you wish you were, this useful playlist is right for you.

Listen to why early wake-ups are good for you, how they can improve your morning routine and daily productivity, and what strategies might work best for you

via Huffington Post 

Discover why early-risers are more likely to get better grades in school, have a better social life and suffer less from depression.

by @ilyaneversleeps via LinkedIn 

The person you spy out your window going for an early morning jog while you’re still in your pajamas probably knows some secrets to success. Here they are. 

by @carlosinho via Lifehack 

Are you wondering why you actually NEED to wake up earlier? Here’s the answer: in order to get your wheels rolling in the morning and keep it that way throughout the day.

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The Second Age Of Social Media

I hate social media.

If the pause between two of my thoughts is too long, my fingers quickly pull up Facebook and my eyes scroll through my friends’ lives like I browse through the stories in a magazine. As I become conscious of the productivity trap I’ve walked into, I recommit to staying focused. A few minutes later, I’m back.

My friend’s accomplishments as told on Facebook sometimes make me feel insecure. Don’t get me wrong. I celebrate the success of my friends. But when I’m barraged with their trophy wall at the same time that I’m procrastinating, my self-esteem takes a hit. I wonder why I’m so lazy. I finally normalize after I remind myself that I’m still the same person.

Here’s the thing though… I love Facebook. I love love love Facebook. It has helped deepen hundreds of personal and business relationships that I would’ve fallen out of touch with otherwise. It has helped me find a voice. It has led to entirely new forms of relationships.

Just like a new acquaintance we can’t decide if we like yet, social media has only recently walked into my life and all of our lives, and we’re still figuring it out.


The Second Age Of Social Media

I use the word Facebook, but what I really mean to say is the Internet. Over the past few years, Facebook’s functionality has become synonymous with the Internet’s.

We all now have the ability to quickly share our thoughts with the world through audio (ie - Soundcloud and Podcasts), video (ie - Youtube & Vimeo), slides (ie - SlideShare), links (ie - PandaWhale, Reddit), photos (Pinterest, Instagram), documents (DocStoc, Scribd), long-form articles (Medium, LinkedIn Pulse).

When reading content online, we expect the ability to comment, like, and follow the content and its creator.

Just like Facebook has infected the Internet, the Internet has infected our lives. In a world where we are always connected through Smartphones, the line between offline and online disappears.

Rather than slow down, the shift seems to be increasing exponentially as the amount of content people share continues to double every year.

What does this all mean for how we build relationships in the 21st century? 

Well. You’ve asked the right person.

Over the past year, I’ve interviewed 100+ of the world’s top relationship builders and researchers about this shift, applied the principles to my life, and wrote about it for Forbes, Business Insider, Harvard Business Review, and the Huffington Post.

Network Literacy

I believe that thriving in this new era means embracing network literacy; the critical, counterintuitive skillset that helps individuals and businesses systematically build their networks. I believe that network literacy will be one of the most important new literacies of the 21st century.

Here are suggestions for how to develop your network literacy:

People who have network literacy have an incredible opportunity to build more successful careers and more fulfilling personal lives.

As the saying goes, “May you live in interesting times.” Well, it seems that we do.

Michael Simmons writes at and is co-founder of Empact. To receive his most popular articles, join his free newsletter.

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Lifesaving Guide: Mom’s Best Fall Back to School Tips


We tend to feel anxious when the relaxed days of summer begin to give way to the busier days of fall. Switching to homework, rules, and weekday routines can be a big jump for both parents and kids. Fortunately, with a little preparation and just the right attitude, your family will have a memorable back-to-school experience.

via Huffington Post  

We hope these deals and time-saving tricks will help ease you into the new school year!

via Huffington Post  

Don’t miss a great opportunity to revisit the habits, actions and tools you used as a child to tame the Back-to-School Freak Out. They’ll come in handy as an adult!

 via US News and World Report 

While these next two months can be a budget-busting time for some families, you don’t have to break the bank to get your kids ready for school. Here are 3 major money traps of back-to-school shopping and how to avoid them.

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Experience A New Language: Answering all the Whys and the Hows To Getting Started


Everybody’s heard about numerous intellectual benefits and practical opportunities that learning a foreign language provides. But have these reasons been enough to convince you to start?

We created this playlist to talk about the lesser known advantages, tips and strategies that might not have crossed your mind. Please join the discussion and tell us how you’re learning languages in comments below!

via PsyBlog

People used to think that learning two languages created confusion in the mind. Though new research has revealed the incredible psychological benefits of learning another language, which extend way beyond being able to order a cup of coffee abroad or ask directions to your hotel.

via Lifehacker

Learning a new language might be quite a tricky thing to do once you’re an adult. But with the help of a few new methods of learning, you can give yourself the best chance for to learn a new language at any age.

via SuperheroYou

Learning a new language is a very common New Year’s Resolution for many Americans, but most never actually follow through. Here’s some incentive: we live in a world where just 5% of the population speaks English natively. Whether you want to update your resume or have a better time on vacation, you can finally learn a new language with these tips.

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