If you are one of those people who is always asking yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?” this post is for you. How many thoughts do you think the human mind processes every minute? 5? 10 Maybe? The actual number is around 48.6 for the average human according the the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California. That’s just under one per second or somewhere in between 60 and 80 THOUSAND PER DAY!!! Please set aside a few of these thoughts, and let me ask you a few questions.

Have you ever heard of the 5 P’s? I’m sure that you have. It goes something like this, “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” Over the last few years I’ve heard people from different parts of the U.S. and in multiple industries quote different renditions of this phrase. It is a powerful thought and works well when a manager is trying to enforce accuracy and perfection from his team or an individual is attempting to stick to their workout commitment. It is effective and safe for most normal tasks and jobs. The problem is that I’m really not too interested in being normal and if you’re reading this I suspect that you aren’t either. I wholeheartedly agree that planning is essential to the success of any goal or idea and there

Mark Cuban has made it known that he writes the word “Listen” at the top of his notepad as he watches investment pitches while filming Shark Tank. He does this with the idea that every time he looks at the page he is reminded to truly grasp the information that the presenter is revealing to him and the other Sharks. I would say that this particular trait has assisted Mr. Cuban even from the very beginning of his career. Just after college he noticed a niche that needed to be serviced and learned the skills necessary to fill it. This resulted in him building MicroSolutions and later selling it for $6 million and launching him into a high level and successful career. It can be tremendously easy to get lost staring at a screen for hours on end while working on a pet project or to take the same zombifying path through your city every day and pay no attention, but leaders need to be mindful of what is happening around them in order to be effective.
Here are Three Ways to Use Mindfulness to Your Advantage:

We all have our morning rituals. As a part of mine; every day after breakfast with my family and on my way out of the door I download the “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” podcast from the previous day’s show. One day, after my daily commute, I settled in at my desk and began listening to the show. I had no idea that on this day I would accidentally stumble upon something so uproariously funny that for just a moment I would actually have to question Jim Cramer’s credibility.

Many consider themselves a leader just because of their job title or the number of followers they have on social media sites, but when it comes time to gather a team to trudge through a tough situation they look back to see that there are no people behind them. It takes some exclusive characteristics to be able to inspire others to follow you through dire straits. Here is a list of 6 qualities that leaders need to develop to inspire other real people to follow them.