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Commencement Addresses

Jeff Bezos: ‘It’s harder to be kind than clever’

Here is the full video and transcript of Jeff Bezos’ commencement address to Princeton’s Class of 2010.

Commencement Addresses

Ellen DeGeneres: ‘As you grow, you’ll realize the definition of success changes’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres' commencement address to Tulane's Class of 2009.

How To

The ultimate guide to crafting your elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a 30- to 60-second statement composed of your job experience, aspirations and what you can do for a company. It’s not easy to distill both your best traits and how you can help a future workplace into a short pitch, which is why it’s important to work on.

Productivity

Here’s why you need to make yourself a ‘To-Not-Do’ list

Given time is your most precious resource, I contend it is essential to give regular, disciplined thought to what you should stop doing. Maybe not every day, but at least once or twice a month.

Success

Being different beats being better

I always thought that the best wins at anything. That might be true for sports. But not for life and business. If you’re trying to build a profitable business or stable career, you might be approaching it all wrong.

The Whole Human

Focus on what you can control and you will win every time

Don’t worry about what others are doing — especially if you find it turning into envy or frustration. You’re on your own path for a reason. Know your purpose, clarify your goals and keep powering forward with confidence and conviction.

The Whole Human

10 unmistakable habits of irresistible people

Since being irresistible isn’t the result of dumb luck, it’s time to study the habits of irresistible people so that you can use them to your benefit. Get ready to say “hello” to a new, more irresistible you.

Commencement Addresses

J.K. Rowling: ‘Failure gave me an inner security that I had never attained by passing examinations’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of J.K. Rowling's commencement address to Harvard's Class of 2008.

Commencement Addresses

Conan O’Brien: ‘Through disappointment you can gain clarity’

It's graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full video and transcript of Conan O'Brien's commencement address to Dartmouth's Class of 2011.

Commencement Addresses

David Foster Wallace: ‘You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t’

It’s graduation season, and we here at Ladders have decided to take a look back and showcase some past commencement addresses that stand the test of time. Here is the full transcript of David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to Kenyon College’s Class of 2005.

Communication

This is what causes poor communication in the workplace

It’s easier than ever to communicate with colleagues. And yet, that doesn’t always make us more efficient. In fact, just the opposite happens.

Books

10 beach reads for summer 2018

The days are getting longer, which means more daylight hours to spend outside strolling, meeting up with friends, or stretched out on a beach with a good book (or ten). From short stories to historical fiction to nonfiction, we rounded up ten great books to read on the beach this summer. Enjoy!

The Whole Human

17 quarter-life crises everyone has (or will experience)

Quarter-life crises come in many forms, big and small, but we bet you’ve experienced or will experience the seventeen life events below. Unfortunately, they hit you in the face like a Mack Truck. Just remember: They won’t quite kill you, but they’ll teach you some hard-earned lessons.

The Whole Human

5 fascinating books on how to break bad habits

Let’s look at 5 books that will teach you how habits work, why your brain won’t do the “right” thing, how to address these issues, and how to defeat the dark forces that are actively working against your best intentions.

Email

Ashton Kutcher’s simple, yet brilliant, email strategy

On a recent episode of The Thrive Global Podcast, Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington sat down with television and film actor, venture capitalist, philanthropist, producer and — the role that matters most to him — father Ashton Kutcher. In a wide-ranging conversation, Huffington and Kutcher spoke about everything from family, social media and privacy to sleeping, time management and what it means to truly relax.

Office Life

How to pay attention to the warning signs that you’re acting like a brat

“Anything you can do, I can do better.” Those may be classic lyrics from Annie Get Your Gun, but they also seem to be an underlying theme with a large percentage of people in the workplace.

Productivity

Here’s how to quickly blow past the top 1-3% in your industry

You can blow-past the elite. Just don’t lose yourself on the way up. Keep doing what you’re doing. Maintain that same level of discipline and productivity. Keep producing. Keep creating. Stick with your process. It’s killing it.

News

Smart or sad? One-third of us work during vacation to enjoy vacation

Respondents claimed it made them more productive during the summer if they didn't stop working completely. It may seem counterintuitive to the concept of a relaxing vacation, but some of us feel like we need to keep working on our breaks to feel less stressed about work.

Social Media

Instagram will let you track how much time you waste on its app

I have an Instagram account. Chances are, you probably have one too — just like the more than 500 million people who reportedly use the social media platform every day. But how much time is too much time? Instagrammers will be able to check out their "time spent" within the "Usage Insights" feature.

Books

Author Frank Hanna on why college shouldn’t be our best years

It's a tale as old as time: enjoy college, graduate, then watch younger people have all the fun you used to have as you struggle through your 9-to-5 job. But one author believes that there has to be a lot more to life than that.

Office Life

Why we fall for fake experts and how to watch out for them

It is too easy to be duped by charlatans in your office. They may look like experts, they may talk like experts, but when you take a deeper look, you realize that there is nothing of substance going on there.

Personal Branding

How to promote yourself without feeling fake

When I started my career, I thought it was enough to put my head down and just do good work. I quickly learned, however, that this wasn’t the case. My contribution was not always clear to leadership, or worse, others took credit for my work. To succeed, I had to start putting myself forward and speaking up, even when I felt uncomfortable.

The Whole Human

4 skills to help keep you grounded

One thing will always be true, in entrepreneurship and in life: You’ll never know exactly what’s coming next. Here are four skills to help you out.

Job search

This is the smartest thing I’ve ever done in an interview

I didn’t lie or manipulate. Everything I said was true and I only promised what I was willing to deliver on if I was hired. I simply presented the parts of myself that the interviewer would be most likely to resonate with.

Books

‘Sophia of Silicon Valley’: What it’s like working with the most powerful people in tech

In her debut novel, "Sophia of Silicon Valley," Anna Yen chronicles her own career rise through the ranks in Silicon Valley. The book is a lightly fictionalized retelling of working under Steve Jobs at Pixar and Elon Musk at Tesla.