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Business Insider recently did a piece suggesting startups have gotten "very boring". http://read.bi/PRC3UQ

I don't think the tech industry is any more or less capable of substance than others. It's only the speed at which it moves that sometimes makes it seem void. The offerings come fast and in big numbers, so the fathoms that inevitably disappoint seem monumental.

Like with any other era or industry or sector, it takes some time and dedicated thought to identify the rare opportunity that offers tangible value, makes real street-level change, and can provide growth and profitability. (See what Steve ...

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What Makes a Good Leader?

We’re all about inspiring change. So naturally, we’re avid listeners of the TED Radio Hour. And a recent show about disruptive leadership tackled a characteristic we’re often curious about: charisma. What is it, who has it, and how does it affect leadership skills? According to Seth Godin, our common conception of charisma is way off. We assume leaders are naturally charismatic, able to inspire people to follow them on innate ability alone. But studies show that charisma follows leadership, not the other way around. Charisma isn’t always innate; in many cases, it’s something you learn ...

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Listening - Two Ears and a Mouth - 2gno.me

Demonstrating good listening skills can result in us securing successful business deals and solidifying healthy relationships. Yet, how many times have we found ourselves talking to people only to discover they hadn’t really heard us at all? Or looking back and realizing we’d talked too much ourselves without bothering to find out how the other person was feeling?

For centuries, wise people have understood the importance of minimizing the noise we make in order to listen to and learn from those around us. “We have two ears and one mouth,” philosopher Epictetus said, “so we may listen twice ...

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We’ve all watched interviews with famous people who’ve said they’ve known what they wanted to do since they were little kids. For those of us who have never felt so certain, it can feel uncomfortable and even disappointing. Some people go through life never knowing or realizing what their true passion is.

I know someone like that. He signed up for the Air Force as a young man and made that his career, but in his downtime, building things always fascinated him. If he didn’t have a hammer or saw in his hands, he was reading ...

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