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This Is The Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success

This Is The Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success

The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is…. 

"It's emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan," Paul Tough writes in "How Children Succeed." "It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do." 

Tough says that people who test high in ____ get better grades in school and college, commit fewer crimes, and stay married longer.

3 Things You Can Learn Right Now!

3 Things You Can Learn Right Now!

In 2015, Doreetha Daniels received her associate degree in social sciences from College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, California. But Daniels wasn’t a typical student: She was 99 years old. In the college press release about her graduation, Daniels indicated that she wanted to get her degree simply to better herself; her six years of school during that pursuit were a testament to her will, determination, and commitment to learning.
Here are three things you can do to keep learning… for free!

Put Your Pants On

Put Your Pants On

...and other practical pointers for those who work from home.

My first experience working from home was nearly ten years ago and it was born out of necessity.  I'd shared a very small office with a colleague and we were constantly butting heads.  It was tough.  I suggested to the boss that the only way we could achieve some sort of harmony in the office was if we each took a couple days to work from home every week.

My apartment was a 10 minute walk from the office and I was determined to make it work.  With a cell phone, desktop computer and internet access, I set out to make the most of a difficult situation.  

Within a few short weeks, my productivity was up, I was less stressed and our team was getting along much better.  

Since I started Fire Starter Brands in 2010, we've been a work-from-home company.  Each of our team members functions with a laptop, wifi, headset and a handful of cloud or web-based tools.

I've learned that working from home is not easy for most people.  It takes a certain level of discipline, focus and support to pull it off. Here are some of the most important lessons I've learned.

10 Things You're Probably Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care."

10 Things You're Probably Doing at Work That Say "I Don't Care."

We’ve all been at a restaurant where the waiter forgets your special request and looks as though he’d rather be just about anywhere else in that moment. Then there’s the grocery store clerk who avoids eye contact and is annoyed with your coupons. Clearly these people don’t care, but is it possible we’re sending similar signals at work without realizing it?

14 Easy Ways To Become More Productive

14 Easy Ways To Become More Productive

LinkedIn Influencer, Jeff Haden published this post originally on LinkedIn.

In the spirit of the topic let's get right to it:

1. Eliminate one ego commitment.

We all do things that have more to do with ego than results. Maybe you serve on a committee because you like how it looks on your CV. Maybe you