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Dress me for success -- First Impressions

I've got an interview tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton on May 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Article about successful people who use just one software tool.

A few years ago, perhaps 5-10, I read a brief article by someone who interviewed a number of strikingly-successful somewhat-famous people and concluded the one thing they all had in common was that they relied on a single software tool for nearly everything. Can you point me to the piece? [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Apr 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Small business guru, may I sit at your feet?

You've started a small business, things have been tough, you've been staring down the barrel of failure, but you've turned it around, you made it work. How did you do it? What changes in practice and attitude really made a difference to your success? What resources did you draw upon? I'd really like to hear how you made it through the tough times. If your business is arts/craft related, even better. [more inside]
posted by M.Onniker on Apr 7, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me vanquish my green-eyed monster!

How can I stop feeling envy about my friends' successes? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Mar 11, 2014 - 23 answers

how do really busy and successful people manage it all and stay sane?

I've taken on a lot of work recently and I feel like I am at capacity, yet it seems like other more successful people manage to do so much more, and with greater efficiency. How do these people manage to use their time so well? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Feb 15, 2014 - 27 answers

Dust myself off? Okay, how?

At the age of 50-something, it appears that I've seriously failed at life. Some years ago, I left a stable and well-paid career for one that I thought would be more interesting. It did not work out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

3 motivational tools to help me rock 2014

I want an app, a visual reminder & a sound track. 2014 is going to be my best year yet, and I need some tools to make it work. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me focus less on my fears and more on my dreams.

I'm struggling with a lack of self-confidence and undercurrent of doubt, and hoping that I might be able to shift my attention more towards what I hope for the future than what I fear from it. What are some simple techniques that I can use to gradually move the spotlight over to the positive? Looking for very concrete exercises or practices. Something like: “start each morning writing a vision of what you want.” Would that actually work? I'd think it might just freak me out more, make me feel guilty that I'm not there yet. But something concrete like that. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

What was the business book I read five years ago?

I read a business book about five years ago that was about creativity and success in the workplace. It was a creative approach to business for hip young professionals. I remember it had red/pink drawings/scribbles on the cover and came out some time around 2008. It had a rather clever title. Do you know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Jun 30, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I learn to master failure with grace?

What resources, whether they're books, websites, or other media address how to stop letting success and failure affect me so much? In other words, how can I start accepting failure as an inevitability? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Apr 24, 2013 - 16 answers

Survivor stories - persons living well despite chronic pain.

Encouragement and survivor stories from persons in chronic pain? Symptoms of what may be fibromyalgia and an inability to manage the pain well are depriving my life of beauty, art, and color; I am looking for underdog stories. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean on Apr 15, 2013 - 11 answers

OKC's Kiss/Kill/Marry

Have you (or someone you know) been successful with individuals who are a low match for you on OKC? I consider low to be below '80% Match'. This is assuming you've both answered at least a 100 questions. Success I consider to be at least a few months of going out. I'm trying to get a sense of whether it is reasonable to ignore contact from low-matching individuals or if those scores are just meaningless once you get to know someone in person. Should you give that person a shot or is it a waste of time? I'm not so much concerned with the friend or enemy score.
posted by who squared on Mar 31, 2013 - 32 answers

Films, shows, videos, imagery representing success and failure in American culture?

Depictions of success and failure in American culture? Films, videos, commercials, shows, songs, and other (non-literary) media requested. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Jan 3, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me fake it until I make it.

I want to be better, faster, smarter and stronger, but I'm behind the eight ball. Help? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester on Dec 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Multiple successful musicians?

What musicians were members of more than one big, successful band? [more inside]
posted by Cosine on Aug 16, 2012 - 133 answers

How can I avoid self-sabotage and turn this internship into a career?

I just landed a dream internship (part time, unpaid) that will probably last about 6-8 months. Please help me avoid self sabotage so I can turn it into a job/career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 7 answers

How to help someone catch up on the soft skills he should have picked up growing up?

What can help someone learn the 'soft skills' of successful employment? I have a friend who is constantly putting up barriers to his own success, and i think that it might just be a matter of recognizing what he's doing and what to do differently. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What do you do when you achieve without trying?

How do people deal with 'success' they never sought, and with what we call 'talent' and 'intelligence'? [more inside]
posted by inkypinky on Apr 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Why do some people fail after early success

Two questions: What are some tech or science discoveries that quickly became outdated? Two: What are some of the stories of early tech innovators whose genius flamed out quickly? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Apr 18, 2012 - 35 answers

Keep my sister's accomplishments from running over mine

How do I stop diminishing my (fitness/athletic) accomplishments when hearing about friends' and family's accomplishments? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Apr 1, 2012 - 19 answers

How to be rich

Help me understand that money is not the same as success. [more inside]
posted by superfish on Mar 7, 2012 - 23 answers

Doyyy I wish I could do that herp derp derp

How do I talk to people whose work I admire without coming across as starstruck, opportunistic, tactless, or otherwise obnoxious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 - 16 answers

Helping children cope with adversity

I need help supporting my daughter who is upset following a stranger than life moment. I want to learn about famous people who were perhaps looked over when they were younger but then went on to do amazing things for humanity. I'd also be interested in hearing stories that are closer to everyday life if you ever felt you were ripped off when you were younger and now you have been able to use that experience and overcome adversity. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Dec 4, 2011 - 38 answers

A successful PhD: software recommendations and other tips?

Hacks for a Successful PhD? I'm looking for tips or software that will help me - as a new PhD student - finish successfully. Researchers: tell me your tricks! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Documentaries on Rags to Riches Needed

Looking for documentaries online on rags to riches success stories - about people who made it despite the odds, on a shoe string.
posted by watercarrier on Oct 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Super-successful fears for future

Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

an event, not a person.

Give me your quotes and platitudes about failure. [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 on Jul 25, 2011 - 42 answers

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

I feel sometimes like I'm fighting a losing battle with myself: to accomplish certain things, stave off certain bad habits, develop certain good ones. How do you actually change yourself for the better when your lizard-brain is fighting you every step of the way? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jun 2, 2011 - 24 answers

Efficient or lazy?

I wait until, I think a task needs to be done ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY or NO MORE DELAY possible to do anything. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Apr 27, 2011 - 23 answers

How can I overcome my fear of self-promotion?

How can I get better at promoting myself and my work, without dwelling on my failures or fearing I'll be judged? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Apr 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Measuring IT success

How do I measure the success of my IT department? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Mar 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Exodus from Addiction: Stories for the journey

I am looking for strong examples of people who were functional, positive contributors to society as drunks, who were able to accomplish even more after they stopped drinking. [more inside]
posted by perspicio on Mar 5, 2011 - 28 answers

Podcasts about success?

Does anyone know of a podcast that focuses on interviews with successful people? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Mar 3, 2011 - 4 answers

PhD retrospective

PhD filter: What do you wish you had done or known, as you started your PhD? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Failing Successfully

How do I make a habit of failing successfully (or at least in ways interesting to myself and others)? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Self sabotage

What is self-fulfilling failure called? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Dec 22, 2010 - 20 answers

Time travel story about lone loser in family of overachievers?

I'm looking for a science fiction short story, probably from a science fiction magazine from the mid-1990s, involving time travel; a female graduate student from the future visits a contemporary ladies' man to figure out why he, alone in a family of very successful people, never excelled at anything in life. [more inside]
posted by mistersix on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Has anyone successfully used a psychic to find a missing pet?

We are trying to locate a missing, much-loved, skittish dog? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Does success literally taste sweet?

Does success literally taste sweet? [more inside]
posted by sninctown on Oct 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Smarty Pants?

Was there ever a study that suggested that children become more successful / independent / happy / etc. when they're allowed to choose their own outfits from an early age? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Aug 30, 2010 - 3 answers

How did you get out of debt?

What are your success stories for getting out of credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2010 - 25 answers

How can I be who I want to be?

How can I be who I want to be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2010 - 24 answers

Tell me your stories of failure.

Did you take a risk and fail? How did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2010 - 17 answers

The Game

Teach me about "The Game" and how people, including yourself, play it. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 15, 2010 - 40 answers

Where can I find the secret of success in life from famous dead people?

I want to know if there are any other famous history figures who give out secret of success similar to Ieyasu Precept? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Mar 14, 2010 - 6 answers

He's a good man. And Thorough.

I started at an internship where the vibe is very sink or swim. I'm treading water, but I'm not feeling like I am getting the attention or recognition that I'm used to, nor do I feel like I am performing at my full potential. How do I feel ok about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 - 16 answers

The fear of not finding a quote...

Trying to remember a specific quote about fear of success, and my google-fu is failing. [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Nov 28, 2009 - 5 answers

From Awful to Awesome

Are there any stories of people notable/talented/successful in their field who started out being completely crap? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 5, 2009 - 32 answers

Blogs that do for my GPA what Get Rich Slowly did for my credit score

Can anyone point me in the direction of blogs about succeeding in college and grad school? Bonus points if they're geared towards professionals working 40+ hours a week, instead of coaching teenagers through the nuances of dorm life. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Aug 8, 2009 - 5 answers

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