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Have you seen this video? Karen X. Cheng taught herself to dance in one year, and filmed herself at various different points in her learning experience. The video quickly went viral, and Cheng shared some advice with us on how to make your videos go viral, too

"First, I posted to Facebook/Twitter, and submitted it to social news sites like Reddit and Hacker News. I personally asked many of my friends to share it. I tweeted it at well-known dancers. I emailed bloggers who had covered other viral dance videos.
Of all the things I tried, Reddit paid off. It got to the top of the GetMotivated subredditI did this by following the advice in this article.

Here, more tips!

When Julie Smolyansky’s father the founder of Lifeway Foods had a sudden heart attack and passed away the running of his $12 million company fell to her… 

What motivates the young CEO is the fact that Lifeway is driven by bringing the health benefits of kefir—a cultured dairy drink popular in Eastern Europe for many, many years—to the world. 

These questions may help you find the passion that will power your business into Lifeway-level success:

1. What is your pre-existing commitment?

2. What community are you here to serve?

3. If you set aside market trends and opportunities, and instead committed to your passion, to something you are willing to persist through slammed doors for, what would that thing be?

I decided to become a designer, but I had no design skills… So I taught myself—everyday I would do my day job in record time and rush home to learn design. Super talented people go to RISD for 4 years and learn design properly. I hacked together my piecemeal design education in 6 months—there was no way I was ready to become a designer. But I was so ready to leave Microsoft. So I started the job search and got rejected a few times. Then I got the job at Exec.

Cheng’s after-hours side hustle is evidence of one of the principles of building an antifragile career: When you have a secure but unsatisfying day job, you can take an unbridled bent to your next calling by night. 


Here’s more from Karen Cheng on how to become more unstoppable every day.

Seeing progress boosts your performance: In a recent study, students were paid to build Lego figurines called Bionicles. Every additional figurine earned a decreasing amount of money. Group one participants saw their Bionicles dismantled as soon as they were built. While told that their work would be disassembled at the end of the study, group two students placed each completed Bionicle on a desk before continuing onto the next one. Group two out-built group one, eleven to seven.
Seeing the visible indication of progress of accumulating Bionicles drove group one to keep building, even with diminishing monetary returns and knowledge of their Bionicles’ eventual disassembled fates.
Countless game, app, and website designers grasp this potency of visible progress. Managers can leverage that motivating effect by communicating progress to their team and showing how their work interacts to move the needle. Everyone gets a boost by showing their work, keeping track of and recording their accomplishments. Take time to reflect on and acknowledge how your work has progressed. All it takes is a pause to get the satisfying sight of all your own kind of accumulating Bionicles rather than letting them slip past you, unrecognized sources of fuel.
3 motivational mind tricks designed to power progress

Seeing progress boosts your performance: In a recent study, students were paid to build Lego figurines called Bionicles. Every additional figurine earned a decreasing amount of money. Group one participants saw their Bionicles dismantled as soon as they were built. While told that their work would be disassembled at the end of the study, group two students placed each completed Bionicle on a desk before continuing onto the next one. Group two out-built group one, eleven to seven.

Seeing the visible indication of progress of accumulating Bionicles drove group one to keep building, even with diminishing monetary returns and knowledge of their Bionicles’ eventual disassembled fates.

Countless game, app, and website designers grasp this potency of visible progress. Managers can leverage that motivating effect by communicating progress to their team and showing how their work interacts to move the needle. Everyone gets a boost by showing their work, keeping track of and recording their accomplishments. Take time to reflect on and acknowledge how your work has progressed. All it takes is a pause to get the satisfying sight of all your own kind of accumulating Bionicles rather than letting them slip past you, unrecognized sources of fuel.

3 motivational mind tricks designed to power progress

You’ve probably heard that a happy employee is a productive one who can boost the bottom line. But just how much?
Here are some numbers:
33% higher profitability (Gallup)
43% more productivity (Hay Group)
37% higher sales (Shawn Achor)
300% more innovation (HBR)
51% lower turnover (Gallup)
50% less safety incidents (Babcock Marine Clyde)
66% decrease in sick leave (Forbes)
125% less burnout (HBR)
Here, some tips for staying happy at work

You’ve probably heard that a happy employee is a productive one who can boost the bottom line. But just how much?

Here are some numbers:

  • 33% higher profitability (Gallup)
  • 43% more productivity (Hay Group)
  • 37% higher sales (Shawn Achor)
  • 300% more innovation (HBR)
  • 51% lower turnover (Gallup)
  • 50% less safety incidents (Babcock Marine Clyde)
  • 66% decrease in sick leave (Forbes)
  • 125% less burnout (HBR)

Here, some tips for staying happy at work