A new study suggests that there might be a pretty simple way to increase your performance levels: positive self-talk.
The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, looked at how different psychological techniques affected success while playing an online gaming system.
The participants were 44,742 volunteers, 16-92 years old, that were recruited to the project via the BBC Lab UK website.
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For China, Friends Abroad Can Be Expensive.
For years now, China's been lavishly courting friends across the developing world. Commodity-dependent countries get cheap financing for development; China gains diplomatic clout and a bargain on those commodities. Both sides win â€“ that is, until they don't. The perils of this strategy are quickly becoming apparent. In recent years, changes of government in countries such as Myanmar and Sri Lanka have led to questions about deals signed with China under previous administrations. Now, Venezuela's slow-motion meltdown is exposing just how terrible these deals can be for both borrowers and for China.
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Here is our look at 50 companies that do well by doing good fixing society issues.
The 50 companies chosen for this year's Change the World list hail from 22 countries. Use our interactive map to see how the corporations doing good by way of big business are spread out across the globe.
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These are the 10 emerging markets of the future.
A new report from BMI Research has identified the ´10 emerging markets of the future´ ” the countries that are set to become new drivers of economic growth over the next 10 years.
BMI estimates that these countries will cumulatively add $4.3 trillion to global GDP by 2025 ” roughly the equivalent of Japan´s current economy.
In general, manufacturing and construction are the sectors that will drive the economies. BMI reports that new manufacturing hubs are set to emerge in Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Pakistan, and that these countries will see particularly strong growth in exporting manufacturing industries. And construction growth is going to be widespread throughout all the countries ” partly to facilitate increases in urban populations and partly to help develop the manufacturing sector.
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Modern Money Theory and New Currency Theory
This paper discusses Modern Money Theory (MMT) from the perspective of a New Currency Theory (NCT) as represented by proponents of monetary reform. In the paradigmatic framework of currency teachings versus banking teachings, MMT, in contrast to its self-image as a chartal theory of money, represents banking theory much more than currency teaching. Its understanding of fractional reserve banking and monetary sovereignty is misleadingly incomplete. Thus, NCT's analyses appear to be a more adequate foundation for modern sovereign money
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IMF euro Greece
IMF admits disastrous love affair with the euro and apologises for the immolation of Greece
In an astonishing admission, the report said its own investigators were unable to obtain key records or penetrate the activities of secretive "ad-hoc task forces". Mrs Lagarde herself is not accused of obstruction.
"Many documents were prepared outside the regular established channels; written documentation on some sensitive matters could not be located. The IEO in some instances has not been able to determine who made certain decisions or what information was available, nor has it been able to assess the relative roles of management and staff," it said.
The report said the whole approach to the eurozone was characterised by "groupthink" and intellectual capture. They had no fall-back plans on how to tackle a systemic crisis in the eurozone “ or how to deal with the politics of a multinational currency union“ because they had ruled out any possibility that it could happen.
"Before the launch of the euro, the IMF´s public statements tended to emphasise the advantages of the common currency," it said. Some staff members warned that the design of the euro was fundamentally flawed but they were overruled
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Experts think bitcoin is the future technology of finance
Even if bitcoin fades into obscurity, finance experts believe that the technology behind it will live on and even change how financial services work. According to a study conducted by Swiss non-profit World Economic Forum, the blockchain, which is the public ledger that makes bitcoin transactions possible without a central infrastructure overseeing them, has the potential to "reshape financial services." The forum is known for holding an annual conference that brings business and finance experts together.
Weforum's report says large central banks have already begun looking at how the blockchain can transform the way they move money, especially between countries. It will allow them to do more secure and faster transactions that also cost less than they do today.
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Should You Learn To Code To Build A Mobile-first Startup?
Should non-technical founders learn to code? The answer depends on whether the question is asked within the confines of Silicon Valley or outside it.
Most Silicon Valley pundits will have you believe that you can’t build a software business if you cannot code. In fact, most VCs make it tough on non-technical entrepreneurs that run software businesses, and even tougher for those that don’t have a technical cofounder.
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Common traits of highly intelligent people
Are highly adaptable
Understand how much they don't know
Have insatiable curiosity
Like their own company
Have high self-control
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Success Habits of Wealthy People That Cost Nothing
Wake up early.
Keep themselves busy.
Know when to say "no."
Don’t watch TV, they read.
Write to-do lists the night before.
Set goals and visualize.
Manage their money.
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How Talking Too Much Can Hurt You by @RosatoDonna
When you’ve got the floor in a meeting, do you notice people looking at the clock or their phones?
When you’re chatting over the water cooler, do you find yourself chiming in before your colleagues finish their sentences?
Do you typically go off on tangents when you tell a story?
Do people nod blankly and say “uh huh” a lot when you’re speaking?
Do you notice that people at work prefer to communicate with you via email?
You may be an overtalker.
Most people who talk too much don’t realize they do it, says Annie Stevens, managing partner for ClearRock, a leadership development and executive coaching firm. No matter whether it’s fueled by insecurity or overconfidence, however, this quality can be deadly to one’s career—especially these days.
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Looking for the ideal job? There's an equation for that
You’re looking for your dream job, and you receive an offer, but how do you know if this one is the one? Maths.
Brian Christian, co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions has examined the science behind decision making and come up with the answer to when you should stop holding out for a better offer and just commit.
It all comes down to one equation: your best option is the one you find 37% of the way through your search period.
This is ‘optimal stopping’ theory, and it is a formula that can be applied to more than just hunting for your ideal job.
It can also be of use to people on the other side of the table who are hiring new employees. The secretary problem, as shown in the graph below, is a well-known example of the dilemma faced by employers.