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    15 Things Successful People Do

    “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

    Whether in business or life, there's a fine line between success and failure. Booker T. Washington’s quote highlights the inevitability of obstacles on the path to success. In fact, I firmly believe success and failure go hand-in-hand. Those looking to succeed must first fail or learn from those who failed.

    Successful individuals aren’t just born, there’s a lot more that goes into the equation. I've found those who are highly successful have a lot more in common than we may think. If you’re seeking success, these habits may come in handy.

    1. Fail. No matter how hard you work, failure can and will happen. The most successful people understand the reality of failure, and its importance in finding success. Rather than running and hiding when you fail, embrace it. Learn from this mistake and you won’t fail in the same way again.

    2. Set goals.
    Those who are successful set daily achievable goals. Find success by solidifying S.M.A.R.T. -- smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely -- goals. Stop juggling a mental to-do list of just long-term goals and establish small daily goals to achieve your vision.

    3. Don’t rely on luck.
    Many relate success to being in the right place at the right time. While this is an element of success, there’s also the crucial involvement of blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t hold yourself back by waiting for the perfect timing or idea. Some of the most successful people got there by hitting the ground running, even if timing wasn’t perfect.

    4. Track progress.
    Success comes from regularly monitoring behaviors, strategies, and tactics. How can you make adjustments if you don’t know how you’re doing? Hold yourself accountable by checking your progress as often as possible.

    5. Act.
    Successful people don’t always know the right answer, but the keep moving anyway. Don’t let obstacles stall you when you’re searching for the right solution. Taking action will lead to answers.

    6. Connect the dots.
    Those who are successful have the ability to see the greater picture. They identify and connect the tiny details to get there. Look at things in a “past, present, and future” context to receive favorable results.

    7. Display realistic optimism.
    Those who succeed truly believe in their abilities. This respectfully drives them forward. Assess your abilities to gain a clear understanding of what you are able to accomplish. This will allow you balance yourself through the aid of find someone or something else.

    8. Continued improvement.
    Successful people habitually thrive on self-improvement, whether it’s in terms of learning from mistakes or simply using their weaknesses as opportunities. Channel this habit by continually searching for ways to be better. Maybe your networking skills are rusty or you need some extra training -- set goals for improving your weak spots.

    9. Commit.
    Success doesn’t come without effort. The most successful individuals are often the most committed to what they’re working toward. Throw yourself into your tasks and go the extra mile every single day. Make no exceptions.

    10. Be alert.
    A keen sense of awareness breeds success. If you’re not keyed into your environment, you’re sure to miss opportunities. Do you know what’s being said within your company, feedback from clients, or even in your entire industry?

    11. Persevere.
    Truly successful people never give up. Do they ever fail? Yes. But as times get hard, their stamina to move forward doesn’t wane. Develop a willingness to work through the challenges you encounter along the way.

    12. Communicate with confidence.
    Those who are successful have an ease for convincing others. They don’t manipulate or pressure, but logically explain the benefits. Communicating with confidence will allow you to more easily negotiate your visions.

    13. Display humility.
    The most successful individuals lack an ego. It’s their fault when they fail. Hold yourself accountable for every aspect of your life by focusing on remaining focused and humble.

    14. Be flexible.
    Plans may change. Successful people roll with the punches. Rather than getting frustrated, swiftly maneuver in another direction.

    15. Make connections. Successful people often attribute their achievements to the help of others. You can’t and won’t be able to do this alone. Invest in generating mutually beneficial business connections and partners. Even if you have all the skills necessary to run your company, a business partner could complement your weaknesses.

    Initiating these habits of successful people will fuel you on your search for achievement.

    What do you think is the most important habit of successful people?


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    The ABCDE Method for Setting Priorities

    Effectiveness is doing the right things. Your ability to plan and organize your work, in advance, so you are always working on your highest value tasks determines your success as much as any other factor.

    The ABCDE Method for Priorities

    The process of setting short-term priorities begins with a pad of paper and a pen. Whenever you feel overwhelmed by too many things to do and too little time in which to do them, sit down, take a deep breath, and list all those tasks you need to accomplish. Although there is never enough time to do everything, there is always enough time to do the most important things, and to stay with them until they are done right.

    Setting Better Priorities

    The best method for setting priorities on your list, once you have determined your major goals or objectives, is the A-B-C-D-E method. You place one of those letters in the margin before each of the tasks on your list before you begin.

    “A” stands for “very important;” something you must do. There can be serious negative consequences if you don’t do it.

    “B” stands for “important;” something you should do. This is not as important as your ‘A’ tasks. There are only minor negative consequences if it is not completed.

    “C” stands for things that are “nice to do;” but which are not as important as ‘A’ or ‘B,’ tasks. There are no negative consequences for not completing it.

    “D” stands for “delegate.” You can assign this task to someone else who can do the job instead of you.

    “E” stands for “eliminate, whenever possible.” You should eliminate every single activity you possibly can, to free up your time.

    When you use the A-B-C-D-E method, you can very easily sort out what is important and unimportant. This then will focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential for you to do.

    Just Say No

    Once you can clearly determine the one or two things that you should be doing, above all others, just say no to all diversions and distractions and focus single-mindedly on accomplishing those priorities.

    Much stress that you experience in your work life comes from working on low-priority tasks. The amazing discovery is that as soon as you start working on your highest-value activity, all your stress disappears. You feel a continuous stream of energy and enthusiasm. As you work toward the completion of something that is really important, you feel an increased sense of personal value and inner satisfaction. You experience a sensation of self-mastery and self-control. You feel calm, confident and capable.

    Action Exercises

    Here are three ideas that you can use, every day, to help you set priorities and to keep you working at your best:

    First, take the time to be clear about your goals and objectives so that the priorities you set are moving you in the direction of something that is of real value to you.

    Second, remember that what counts is not the amount of time that you put in overall; rather, it’s the amount of time that you spend working on high-priority tasks.

    Third, understand that the most important factor in setting priorities is your ability to make wise choices. You are always free to choose to engage in one activity or another.

    Resolve today to set clear priorities in every area of your life, and always choose the activities that will assure you the greatest health, happiness and prosperity in the long term.


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    Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Look (and Be) Smarter

    Whether you're trying to survive an intensive college schedule or just want to seem smarter in front of your friends, you can do a lot of things to both look and be smarter. Here are ten simple tricks for boosting your real (and perceived) brain power.

    10. Read Faster and Better

    Obviously, one of the best ways to boost your intelligence is to read more! You can read faster (and thus consume more knowledge) by getting your speech mechanism out of the equation. So give your mouth something to do, like eating, humming, or chewing gum to get through that stuff quickly. Then, take some time to absorb and reflect on what you read to keep it in your memory. Whether it's War and Peace or just the Wikipedia Random button, you'll be surprised by how much more you learn when you're reading not just fast, but well.

    9. Speak Up (and Do It With Expression)

    The more you can contribute to a conversation, a meeting, or other discourse, the smarter you'll come off. Even if it means admitting ignorance or asking questions, you'll still look better than if you stay silent—and you might actually learn something in the process. Expressive speech is key: you can boost your credibility a lot by simply making sure you speak with an engaging tone. Change your pitch and volume as necessary, and try to minimize the number of pauses as you speak. A little confidence goes a long way.

    8. Don't Fall Prey to BS

    When someone's trying to convince you of something, they can often resort to logical fallacies, appeals to your emotion, and other "workarounds". Learn the most common forms of BS so you can detect them as they come up. By knowing what they are, you'll also be able to avoid dishing out those same fallacies yourself, which can be a big hit to your credibility if someone catches you.

    7. Focus on What You Know

    When engaged in a heated discussion with your friends, you're bound to stumble upon a few holes in your knowledge. It's okay to admit when you don't know something, but if you're feeling particularly self-conscious and want to keep up the appearance of intelligence, the key is emphasizing what you do know. If you're in an argument, don't stress disagreement so much as agreement—that way, you aren't straying away from things you know about. You're stressing the parts you do know while still taking part in the discussion.

    6. Get Some Exercise

    A healthy body means a healthy brain. So, in between all the reading and mind-expanding, make sure you're leading a healthy physical life, too. That means eating right and getting regular exercise. A number of studies. have shown links between regular activity and intellectual capacity, productivity, and creativity. Will spending all day at the gym make you smarter? Not quite, but sitting around all day will not only kill you, but hinder your brain from being at its absolute best.

    5. Talk to Yourself

    While mumbling to oneself is often looked at the behavior of a crazy person, a recent study showed that talking out loud to yourself can help give you a temporary cognitive boost when trying to find something. The theory behind it: when you give yourself verbal labels to a task you're performing, you focus better on the task at hand at any given moment. So when you feel the need to open your mouth, don't fight the urge—it might help you get things done faster.

    4. Learn a Second Language

    People who know a second or third language are often perceived as smart by others, but research shows that it can actually make you smarter, too. If you know a second language, you're able to adapt to and switch between certain mental tasks better than those that only know one, so if you want to give your brain a real boost, learning a new language is a real (and useful!) way to do so. It's not actually hard to do, either: all you need is this simple four step method to learn in just a few months.

    3. Do Things the Hard Way

    Technology really has made our lives easier (after all, that's what Lifehacker's all about), but sometimes it's worth doing things the hard way. Take GPS navigation, for example: it's great that you can essentially never get lost, but if you rely on it too much, you'll never truly learn your way around. Instead, wean yourself off your GPS dependency and actually learn your way around town, develop a sense of direction, and learn to navigate using your brain. Doing things the hard way can help keep your brain sharp, so don't be afraid to forgo the easy stuff once in a while.

    2. Know What Won't Make You Smarter

    There's a lot of work going into researching what makes us smarter—much of which we've mentioned here—but it's also important to know what won't make you smarter. Check out our list of nine stubborn brain myths that just won't die to see just a few examples, like "the internet is making us dumber" (it isn't, if you use it properly), "listening to classical music makes children smarter" (unlikely), or that "brain games make you smarter" (don't waste your time). The less time you spend on silly myths, the more time you can spend actually expanding your brain, so get these out of your system now.

    1. Just Believe You Can Be Smarter

    The last step? Just believe you can be smarter. Studies have shown that this simple belief can actually make it true. That isn't to say you should be pompous: you need to assume you aren't that great yet, which will leave you open to learning new things and asking new questions—the exact sort of things that can make you smarter. But it'll never happen if you believe your intelligence is somehow fixed, so once that roadblock is gone, you may find you're much freer to pursue the level of intelligence you want. If you're having trouble doing that, it may be time to recalibrate your reality—attitude is everything.


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    10 Life Lessons to Excel in Your 30s

    1. Start Saving for Retirement Now, Not Later

    2. Start Taking Care of Your Health Now, Not Later

    3. Don’t Spend Time with People Who Don’t Treat You Well

    4. Be Good to the People You Care About

    5. You can’t have everything; Focus On Doing a Few Things Really Well

    6. Don’t Be Afraid of Taking Risks, You Can Still Change

    7. You Must Continue to Grow and Develop Yourself

    8. Nobody (Still) Knows What They’re Doing, Get Used to It

    9. Invest in Your Family; It’s Worth It

    10. Be kind to yourself, respect yourself

    For full article of above, visit: http://markmanson.net/10-life-lessons-excel-30s

    Ted Talk: Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

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    6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

    Your attention is limited and valuable. You need less information. You need good filters.

    Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear.

    Most of us feel that way. But not all of us. The most organized people don’t.

    They’re calm, cool and “in the moment”, not juggling nine things and worried about being done by 7PM.

    It’s not hard to figure out why: they have help — aides and assistants to take care of these things so the VIP can be “in the moment.”

    In the course of my work as a scientific researcher, I’ve had the chance to meet governors, cabinet members, music celebrities, and the heads of Fortune 500 companies. Their skills and accomplishments vary, but as a group, one thing is remarkably constant. I’ve repeatedly been struck by how liberating it is for them not to have to worry about whether there is someplace else they need to be, or someone else they need to be talking to. They take their time, make eye contact, relax, and are really there with whomever they’re talking to. They don’t have to worry if there is someone more important they should be talking to at that moment because their staff— their external attentional filters— have already determined for them that this is the best way they should be using their time.

    Must be nice since you and I have to multitask and cut things short to try and get everything done, stressing the whole time.

    But here’s the thing: You can be like that too. And it doesn’t require a staff of 10.

    So who is your assistant? You are. Then who’s the VIP? You are. (Yes, I am actively encouraging you to develop a split personality.)

    We just need to get a few systems in place ahead of time. What’s the first step?

    1) The VIP’s Brain Is Empty. And That’s A Good Thing.

    The President of the United States is not desperately trying to remember his to-do list.

    He has outsourced to his staff all the things that come next so he can focus 100% on what’s in front of him.

    No, you don’t have a group of aides but there’s still a key principle you can use: Get it out of your head.

    “Shift the burden of organizing from our brains to the external world… Writing them down gets them out of your head, clearing your brain of the clutter that is interfering with being able to focus on what you want to focus on.”

    Everything you’re worried about, every to-do, every concern gets written down in one place.

    One. Not scattered across a notepad at home, your iPad in the office, your email inbox, sticky notes on your monitor, and your unreliable memory.

    That scattering makes you wonder if you’ve forgotten something — and research shows it produces anxiety.

    So get it out of your head and on one list. Afterwards, Getting Things Done author David Allen says break it up into 4 categories:

    1. Do it
    2. Delegate it
    3. Defer it
    4. Drop it

    Once you have those 4 lists you know what you actually need to do and it’s all in one place. Just having that list is a big step toward VIP cool.

    Why does this work? There’s some neuroscience behind it. Writing things down deactivates “rehearsal loops.”

    “When we have something on our minds that is important— especially a To Do item— we’re afraid we’ll forget it, so our brain rehearses it, tossing it around and around in circles in something that cognitive psychologists actually refer to as the rehearsal loop, a network of brain regions that ties together the frontal cortex just behind your eyeballs and the hippocampus in the center of your brain… The problem is that it works too well, keeping items in rehearsal until we attend to them. Writing them down gives both implicit and explicit permission to the rehearsal loop to let them go, to relax its neural circuits so that we can focus on something else.”

    Research shows that when you leave things unfinished and worry, it actually makes you stupid. Solution? Write it all down.

    (For more on how the great geniuses of history leverage notebooks, click here.)

    So you got all the to-do’s out of your brain and onto a list. You know what can be delegated, deferred and dropped — and what you actually need to do.

    Now how do you get through the day like a calm VIP?

    2) “Mr. President, Your Next Meeting Is About To Begin”

    The President of the United States doesn’t check his watch. He’s scheduled down to the minute and aides tell him when it’s time to go.

    You may not have assistants but any smartphone has alarms and reminders.

    Time management also requires structuring your future with reminders. That is, one of the secrets to managing time in the present is to anticipate future needs so that you’re not left scrambling and playing catch-up all the time.

    Ironically, your phone probably interrupts you with unimportant texts, emails, and status updates — but not about the key priorities for your day.

    Few of us have our calendar so organized ahead of time that we can let it dictate all our actions moment to moment.

    What’s the key? Alarms don’t work with to-do lists.

    As Cal Newport recommends, assign every to-do a block of time on your calendar. Then you can gauge how much you can actually get done:

    “Scheduling forces you to confront the reality of how much time you actually have and how long things will take. Now that you look at the whole picture you’re able to get something productive out of every free hour you have in your workday. You not only squeeze more work in but you’re able to put work into places where you can do it best.”

    You’re less likely to procrastinate when an activity has an assigned block of time, because the decision was already made.

    And once it has a time block, you can be the VIP. Alarms allow your mind to be calm knowing you’ll be reminded about the next thing.

    I know what some of you are thinking: But I get interrupted. I get distracted.

    But there’s a way to deal with interruptions — even if you don’t have a Secret Service detail to keep people out of your office.

    3) Set Up Filters

    Every morning the President gets a top secret document with everything he needs to know from the agencies beneath him.

    What’s key isn’t what the document contains, it’s what it doesn’t contain: 50 status updates, 100 tweets, 10 cat pictures and 1000 unimportant emails.

    He can focus on what matters because he isn’t distracted by what doesn’t. Meanwhile, you probably feel overwhelmed by information

    “Today, our attentional filters easily become overwhelmed. Successful people— or people who can afford it— employ layers of people whose job it is to narrow the attentional filter. That is, corporate heads, political leaders, spoiled movie stars, and others whose time and attention are especially valuable have a staff of people around them who are effectively extensions of their own brains, replicating and refining the functions of the prefrontal cortex’s attentional filter.”

    “I have information overload!”, you scream. But as technology visionary Clay Shirky says, “It’s not information overload; it’s filter failure.”

    Your attention is limited and valuable. You need less information. You need good filters.

    “Our brains do have the ability to process the information we take in, but at a cost: We can have trouble separating the trivial from the important, and all this information processing makes us tired. Neurons are living cells with a metabolism; they need oxygen and glucose to survive and when they’ve been working hard, we experience fatigue…”

    A good low-tech solution is to hide for part of the day. I’m as serious as a heart attack. Go where people cannot reach you and get solid work done.

    That’s not an option for everyone. I get it. No problem. But people who feel technology has left them overloaded with information are using it wrong.

    Use technology like a DVR to time-shift your communications. People should reach you when you want them to, not when they want to.

    Handle all communications in specified “batches“: a set time when you check email, voicemail, etc.

    Some people say, “I can’t do that.” But you probably can do it more than you think, especially early and late in the day.

    Maybe your boss wants you ridiculously responsive. Fine. Set up an email filter so only the boss’s emails get through immediately.

    “…you can set up e-mail filters in most e-mail programs and phones, designating certain people whose mail you want to get through to you right away, while other mail just accumulates in your inbox until you have time to deal with it. And for people who really can’t be away from e-mail, another effective trick is to set up a special, private e-mail account and give that address only to those few people who need to be able to reach you right away, and check your other accounts only at designated times.”

    So you’ve got reminders and filters and you’re not running around worried anymore.

    But when you sit down to work you realize there is still just too much to do. How can you keep calm when there are so many decisions to make?

    4) The Incredible Power of “Good Enough”

    The President doesn’t make little decisions. The thousands of people working under him handle those so only the big stuff bubbles up to his agenda.

    But given you don’t have thousands of people working under you (or maybe any for that matter) you handle every decision, business and personal.

    As I’ve said before, “You can do anything once you stop trying to do everything.” Be a perfectionist about it all and you’ll have a nervous breakdown.

    What is satisficing? It’s the art of quickly picking the option that is “good enough.” And research shows it’s the path to productivity — and happiness.

    “Recent research in social psychology has shown that happy people are not people who have more; rather, they are people who are happy with what they already have. Happy people engage in satisficing all of the time, even if they don’t know it. Warren Buffett can be seen as embracing satisficing to an extreme— one of the richest men in the world, he lives in Omaha, a block from the highway, in the same modest home he has lived in for fifty years… But Buffett does not satisfice with his investment strategies; satisficing is a tool for not wasting time on things that are not your highest priority. For your high-priority endeavors, the old-fashioned pursuit of excellence remains the right strategy.”

    Will this decision result in you losing your job? No? Then opt for the “good enough” solution and focus on what matters most.

    Your boss’s priorities change midday. More stuff keeps getting added to your list. How can this not throw a monkeywrench into your well-laid plan?

    5) “Mr. President, There’s Been A Change…”

    When changes come up for the Commander-in-Chief he shifts seamlessly because his aides have already revised the day’s plans. So he stays calm.

    You can stay cool too, but it requires a little bit more effort. New things will come in, priorities will change and you need to process and adapt.

    Always have your notebook ready to capture new ideas and to-do’s.

    And throughout the day you need moments of triage and “active sorting” where you restructure the list from your big brain dump.

    “Your brain needs to engage on some consistent basis with all of your commitments and activities,” Allen says. “You must be assured that you are doing what you need to be doing, and that it’s OK to be not doing what you’re not doing. If it’s on your mind, then your mind isn’t clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind…” That trusted system is to write it down."

    Once you update your list, apply the Eisenhower Matrix.

    When you know which category everything fits into, you can attack the list in a prioritized way.

    (For more on how Navy SEALs, Astronauts and Samurai make good decisions, click here.)

    Okay, you are master of your schedule, your mind is empty and you’re ready to focus… Now what?

    6) Have A “War Room”

    Ever seen a picture of the President’s desk? Does it have piles of papers and 1000 random post-its? No.

    Research shows a desk that looks like the aftermath of a natural disaster saps your ability to concentrate.

    You don’t need to be a neat-freak but when it’s time for you to stop planning and be the VIP, have a separate work area designed for focus.

    "One way to exploit the hippocampus’s natural style of memory storage is to create different work spaces for the different kinds of work we do. But we use the same computer screen for balancing our checkbook, responding to e-mails from our boss, making online purchases, watching videos of cats playing the piano, storing photos of our loved ones, listening to our favorite music, paying bills, and reading the daily news. It’s no wonder we can’t remember everything— the brain simply wasn’t designed to have so much information in one place… The neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks goes one further: If you’re working on two completely separate projects, dedicate one desk or table or section of the house for each. Just stepping into a different space hits the reset button on your brain and allows for more productive and creative thinking."

    According to productivity guru Tim Ferriss, focus is just the product of removing distractions.

    So you want your VIP work area to have what the VIP needs. And nothing else.

    "A germane finding in cognitive psychology for gaining that control is to make visible the things you need regularly, and hide things that you don’t."

    I can hear the whining already: But I don’t have two offices! I barely have one!

    This isn’t about real estate, it’s about mental space. Your desk can be where you plan, but the VIP works on the couch.

    Or your desktop computer is for preparation, but the VIP works on your iPad (which deliberately lacks apps for Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

    When it’s time for VIP work you want everything you need to get the job done — and nothing else.
    (For more tricks successful people use to make themselves great, click here.)

    So how do we pull all this together?

    Sum Up

    The steps to being as organized and calm as the Commander-in-Chief:

    1. Get your to-do’s out of your head and onto one document.
    2. Lock in your calendar and set alarms so you don’t need to think about what’s next.
    3. Use “batching” and filters so you only get the info you need when you need it.
    4. Opt for “good enough” on the little decisions so you can focus on the big ones.
    5. Regularly capture, triage and prioritize new items.
    6. Have a “War Room” that contains what you need — and nothing else.

    You used to need a secretary vigilantly monitoring the phone all day… then came answering machines and voicemail.

    Technology has come a long way since then and with some planning you can use it to keep your cool and accomplish great things.

    It’s hard at first. And, yes, you’ll stumble. You’ll need to tweak and customize. But with time you’ll evolve a personal system that works.

    And you’ll learn the lesson that every VIP knows: The trickiest thing to learn to manage is yourself. But once you can handle that, you can handle anything.


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    thank you for this great information , actual i read before Cal Newport article that you mentioned in your post and it was very amazing what inside it and i want to add more those tips that talk about on how to stop being lazy and they worked for me and i will post them herefirst you will have to get enough sleep
    second thing you have to wash your face every day
    try also to doing exercises everyday at least walk for 15 min every day
    try to keep your home and office tidy and clean
    i hope those tips are useful for anyone

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    Common Grammar Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

    by Ilya Pozin

    As easy as these mistakes are to make, they are also easy to catch. Luckily, they are also easy to fix!

    When applying for a job, pitching an idea, communicating with a client, or selling a prospect, the smallest mistakes can kill the deal. Not only will you look unprofessional and careless, you could also look dumb!

    I often get pitched ideas for a new business, but my perception of the person behind a potentially great idea might be completely thrown off if that person makes a dumb grammar mistake in an email. How can you expect me to think of you as a professional if you can’t take the time to double check your grammar? Or maybe you simply don’t know the write (got you!) rules.

    With the number of emails we send every day, it’s now more important than ever to double check what we are sending. I’ve highlighted a few of the most common errors people make, all of which should be avoided.

    1. You’re vs. Your

    You are = You’re. For example, “You’re officially part of the club. Congratulations!”

    Related to you = Your. For example, “Thank you. Your efforts have undeniably increased our revenue stream”

    Biggest common mistake: Your welcome. Should be You’re welcome!

    2. They’re vs. Their vs. There

    They are = They’re. For example: “They’re joining us for dinner Friday evening, so be sure and purchase enough red and white wine for the entire group”

    Belonging to them = Their. For example: “Their dedication was simply remarkable, and I would work with them again in a heartbeat”

    Regarding a location = There. For example: “I will leave the envelope over there”

    3. Lose vs. Loose

    Opposite of win = Lose. For example: “I have a feeling the Bulls are going to lose this game”

    Opposite of tight = Loose. For example: “Please fix the loose handle immediately”

    4. It’s vs. Its

    Short for it is or it has = It’s. For example: “This is going to change the way we view this industry. It’s earth-shattering!”

    Possessive form of it = Its. For example: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” - Winston Churchill

    5. Effect vs. Affect

    A result = Effect. For example: “The lighting had a major effect on productivity levels. With more natural light in the room, employees appear more inspired”

    To influence = Affect. For example: “The new HR team is affecting employees’ motivation, and the feedback we have been receiving is overwhelmingly positive!”

    6. Alot

    This word does not exist What you are trying to say is “a lot” for example, maybe you have a lot of marketing experience. Additionally, it is unprofessional. Try replacing this with words like “ample” or “x years of marketing experience”.

    7. Then vs. Than
    Time related =Then. For example: “We are looking forward to meeting you then”

    Comparison related =Than. For example: “I much prefer to meet in my area, rather than yours, as mine has a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops”

    Saying “I have more to offer then that” to an investor won’t lead to your next round of funding.

    Save this guide. Reference it. Don’t let being in a rush make you look like a fool. Edit your work, or ask someone else to glance at it for you. These errors may seem insignificant, but your intelligence will be questioned when these mistakes are discovered...and they will be.


    Another thing that has appeared since social media is the problem with conjunctions involving "have". The words 'could, 'would', 'should' when combined with the word 'have' become "could've", "would've", and "should've". People are incorrectly writing "could of", "would of", and "should of".


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