PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images I thought I had made it through my teens and 20's without succumbing to addiction like many Americans before me had. Until one day, I realized that I had built a relationship with my iPhone that I just couldn't quit. This is going to sound weird, but it was kind of my closest friend, we did everything together. I brought it on all of my favorite trips, watched my cat grow up from a kitten into a full fledged Insta-famous feline. When I needed a kick in the butt it helped me to find motivation, I brought my phone to bed, it entertained me on flights, and embarrassingly enough it even came to the bathroom with me on more than one occasion. Heaven forbid I left the house without my tiny electronic friend. When we think of addicts, we think of addictions of alcohol, to drugs, or even to shopping or gambling. But when you look around, you'll see that many people have a far more common, yet no less serious addiction to their phone. Yes, smartphone addiction is a … [Read more...] about 5 Easy Ways to Break Your Cell Phone Addiction
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PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images When a global business like Dunkin Donuts, Budweiser, and McDonalds start making serious changes to their business practices, it’s a good idea to pay attention. These three brands, known mostly for selling low-priced, unhealthy food and drink products around the globe, are making a step in the right direction and trying to go green. In this effort, McDonald's is on a mission to make its packaging and restaurants more eco-friendly, Dunkin Donuts has jumped on board the green train by halting the use Styrofoam cups, and Budweiser has committed to brewing all of its beer by renewable energy by 2025. What do transitions like this say about the green movement? Going green is right for your business. As an entrepreneur, you must continually evaluate your company and look for ways to cut costs. Fortunately, a number of these strategies can also be good for the environment. It’s a win-win, right? The desire for achieving business efficiencies through … [Read more...] about What are Dunkin Donuts, Budweiser, and McDonald’s all Changing About Their Brands?
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images Working with clients in all domains of their lives I see patterns. Here is a recent trend of patterns I've seen popping up over the last year. Whether it be in their career, with their boss or business partner, their direct reports, or their spouse, their friends, their kids, stuff comes up that slows us down. Here are 5 common "lies" I see holding people back, slowing them down, and wasting precious energetic resources. Have a look, any of these for you? Whether we're talking business or personal, career or relationships (they all meld together anyway if you're living a rich and full life!), these things apply to all. Notice where you spend ANY energy, wasting precious bandwidth, brainwidth, heartwidth, and just energetic currency on any of these. And then breathe and let it go. Get in there. … [Read more...] about 5 Lies That Will Hold You Back in Your Career & Relationships
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images The #MeToo movement has set off the implosion of a growing number of careers. Now it's on the brink of taking down an entire business: The Weinstein Company, with yesterday's announcement of a civil rights lawsuit filed by the State of New York. At least 50 women, including high-profile entertainment figures, have publicly accused co-founder Harvey Weinstein of actions spanning from sexual harassment to rape. The chance the company will now collapse before finding a willing buyer is an extreme example of how corporate culture can destroy businesses as well as drive them to success. New York Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman filed suit on February 11. The complaint alleged "a years-long gender-based hostile work environment, a pattern of quid pro quo sexual harassment, and routine misuse of corporate resources for unlawful ends that extended from in or about 2005 through at least in or about October 2017." The lawsuit insists that sale of the company ensure … [Read more...] about #MeToo Has Ended Careers and Now It May Kill Its First Company
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images Facebook's not cool anymore. Not according to the gatekeepers of all things cool: kids and young adults. An independent study released by research firm eMarketer found that Facebook will lose 2 million users under the age of 25 this year. The research also found that less than half of Americans between 12 and 17 years old will use Facebook at least once a month in 2018. Instead, these younger digital-savvy users are headed elsewhere. As Facebook bleeds younger users, Snapchat is expected to swoop them up. Snapchat will pick up 1.9 million users under the age of 25 this year, CNBC reports. Facebook is still growing. But the users who are joining are older. What kid wants to hang out in the same place as their parents and grandparents? Facebook still has far more users than Snapchat -- almost double by some accounts. There's also the possibility that as Snapchat's user base continues to grow, it might start to lose its luster for your audiences. "The question … [Read more...] about Teens Are Leaving Facebook in Droves for This Way-Cooler App