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It’s been almost 20 years since my diagnosis, and I’ve learned quite a bit. Are you someone who enjoys the unsolicited opinions of strangers and acquaintances? If so, I can’t recommend cancer highly enough. You won’t even have the first pathology report in your hands before the advice comes pouring in. Laugh and the world laughs with you; get cancer and the world can’t shut its trap. Stop eating sugar; keep up your weight with milkshakes. Listen to a recent story on NPR; do not read a recent story in Time magazine. Exercise—but not too vigorously; exercise—hard, like Lance Armstrong.…
Opening/Preliminary Remarks My idea of and take on the assignment I have here today is to have a dialogue - an interactive session - with you graduands and students and Faculty of the University, and, of course, others who are here as Guests for the First Convocation of the University, on my thoughts concerning the future of ourselves and our country on the basis of the deepening state of privation and fitful life and existence being experienced by many, if not most, Nigerians today. It is, of course, possible for me - since they say and must have stated that…
Sometimes, it takes a single word — like “because” — to change someone’s mind. That’s according to Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania who’s compiled a list of “magic words” that can change the way you communicate. Using the word “because” while trying to convince someone to do something has a compelling result, he tells CNBC Make It: More people will listen to you, and do what you want. Berger points to nearly a 50-year-old study from Harvard University, wherein researchers sat in a university library and waited for someone to use…
Most successful business leaders will tell you that their primary motivation is to "change the world" and to build something lasting, not to make a lot of money, while the conventional wisdom is that employees work for money, above all else. Yet my own experience leads me to believe that non-cash motivators may be more effective in the long term than financial incentives. I agree with Charles P. Garcia, who ties motivation most strongly to leadership, in his classic book, Leadership Lessons of the White House Fellows, based on this group of more than 600 prominent leaders from every sector…
A professional organizer shares her decluttering secrets. Decluttering your home is a notoriously difficult task. What makes it so hard is that decluttering isn't just about stuff—it's also about emotional baggage and unfinished business. Regardless of our desire to simplify our homes and lives, our attachment to objects can make it difficult (or near-impossible) to let them go. We tend to ask ourselves the wrong questions when deciding what to keep and get rid of: "Could this be useful one day? Did someone give this to me? Did I pay a lot of money for this item?" Instead, Shira Gill,…
What if the secret to being happier was purely just to get older? It sounds absurd, but at 63 years old, I can say that the last few decades have been a tale of two midlives: one very dark from my 30s- to -40s, and one truly splendid ... starting when I hit 50. The No. 1 reason? My emotional intelligence increased. And, as I discovered while writing my book, “Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age,” high emotional intelligence is a crucial ingredient for boosting happiness and resilience. Emotional intelligence, which is the capacity…
You might assume winning arguments — over politics, a work project, or even where to eat — requires hours of researching data and rehearsing well-informed points. Not necessarily, says Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Most people think changing minds requires “some version of pushing” with “more facts, more figures [and] more emotional appeals,” but that method usually fails, he says. “We spend a lot of time thinking, ‘If the client didn’t bite, my colleague didn’t listen, or my spouse didn’t hear me, let me tell them one more time,’” he tells CNBC Make…
Sometimes, the signs that someone is smart are easily recognizable. Other giveaways are more subtle. The top one: being a good listener, says New York-based psychotherapist and career coach Jenny Maenpaa. People who “are able to perceive an interaction holistically, rather than just being in the moment and responding to the last thing you said with the first thing they thought of” are usually highly intelligent, Maenpaa tells CNBC Make It. This skill is also known as active listening, and it requires more than just sitting in silence while someone speaks. “Active listening is when someone can listen to you…
It all began for me with a one-year public commitment to walk 20,000 steps a day, and to share my step count, a daily photo, and my insights on Facebook and Instagram. I had been on a fitness journey for 10 years. I started as a runner. I eventually realized I enjoyed walking so much more so I made the decision to stop running and walk even more. Five years later, I wanted to encourage and motivate others to do the same, so I started a blog and kicked it off with that splashy, public commitment to walk 20,000 steps…
Having a strong executive presence is the difference between making an impact and feeling like you're just going through the motions. Good work and good intentions alone won't propel your career forward. To make things happen, you need to master your own emotions, have a clear and compelling point of view, and be able to bring others along. "She was born with it" is a common misbelief. In fact, the opposite is true. Executive presence is a collection of skills that can be learned and improved. Executive presence is all about your ability to project confidence, establish credibility, and inspire…
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UN envoy says 'reasonable grounds' to believe Hamas committed sexual violence on Oct. 7 The…
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Scientists may have finally solved the mystery of consciousness. Their discoveries are troubling

Throughout history, attempts by mere mortals to plumb the inner recesses of the soul have…
March 02, 2024

Super Eagles coach Peseiro leaves at end of contract

Nigeria's Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro said on Friday he had left the job only weeks…

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