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Why 'Finding Your Passion' Isn't Enough Why 'Finding Your Passion' Isn't Enough

We like to say that people should “find their passion” to experience success in their careers and, therefore, in their lives. If you really love something, it’ll feel easy and right. Right? That may actually be the worst possible way to approach new ventures.

Find Your Real Goals by Asking 'Why?' Find Your Real Goals by Asking 'Why?'

I’m very good at wanting to buy things. I want to buy a new sound system, for example. This would mean ripping five speakers out of my walls, patching up the holes, and buying a $700 soundbar. My wife points out that the current system works well, and asked me why I want to replace it. And I had to admit why: I have…

How to Avoid a Life of Regret How to Avoid a Life of Regret

What is it you’ll regret most about your life when your time is up? Failure to fulfill your duty and obligations? Or the failure to follow your dreams? New research from Cornell University suggests our biggest regrets have nothing to do with our responsibilities in life.

It's Time for a Mid-Year Money Goal Check-In It's Time for a Mid-Year Money Goal Check-In

We’re just about half-way through the year, so let’s take some time to do a check-in on our 2018 money goals.

Set a 'Rejection Goal' and It Might Just Lead to Success Set a 'Rejection Goal' and It Might Just Lead to Success

Actors have a saying: You don’t get 100% of the parts you don’t audition for. If you’re an artistic type, or a writerly type, or even just someone who’s looking for a job, you may have found rejections to be so painful that you’ve just stopped applying for things. Social media and streaming TV is so soothing—why would…

Boost Your Motivation by Focusing on Why You Need to Complete a Task  Boost Your Motivation by Focusing on Why You Need to Complete a Task 

When you realize you need to get something done, you probably think to yourself, “I have to do that soon.” But that type of thinking disrupts your motivation in two ways: by messing with your sense of time and robbing you of urgency.

The Only Thing Keeping You From Improving Is You The Only Thing Keeping You From Improving Is You

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

Questions to Ask Yourself at Every Point in Your Career Questions to Ask Yourself at Every Point in Your Career

When you’re going about your day-to-day, it’s easy to put important questions about your career—what you really want to do, how you get there—on the backburner as you complete the tasks you need to get done now. And who wants to think about work in the few hours we have off?

What Are You Most Proud of Financially? What Are You Most Proud of Financially?

Worrying about your finances can feel like a full-time job, which is why it’s important to take time to recognize your accomplishments, big and small, every once in a while. When you hit an important milestone, open a Roth IRA or simply become more mindful of where your money is going and what you do to make…

Build Your Social Budget Like a Financial Budget Build Your Social Budget Like a Financial Budget

Do you feel like your social life is out of control? Maybe you (or your kids) have events every evening, when all you want to do is spend a quiet night at home. Maybe you feel like you’re spending too much time “touching base” and “picking brains” with people you aren’t close to, and not enough time with your friends.…

Tell Your Boss Your Five-Year Plan Tell Your Boss Your Five-Year Plan

A job isn’t just a job for many people—we want to be fulfilled, and often we want to be working toward a greater good or some measure of personal growth.

How to Help Your Friends Reach Their Fitness Goals (Without Joining Them in the Gym) How to Help Your Friends Reach Their Fitness Goals (Without Joining Them in the Gym)

Buddying up can help you reach your fitness resolutions—or whatever goal you happen to be chasing. But you don’t have to work out together to help each other (couples, breathe a sigh of relief). Try one of these to support your friend:

What to Do If You've Already Failed at Your New Year's Resolution What to Do If You've Already Failed at Your New Year's Resolution

Chances are good that you’ve already decided to ditch your New Year’s resolution.

Make Your New Year's Resolution Smaller Make Your New Year's Resolution Smaller

New Year’s resolutions are usually centered around a big aspirational goal: I’ll work out every day, I’ll write a book, I’ll never eat junk food. But most of us fail at our resolutions. One problem is that we’re setting our goals too high. If you want to reach a huge goal, first you have to set a small one.

Don't Get Stuck in the Cookie Jar Don't Get Stuck in the Cookie Jar

Welcome back to Mid-Week Meditations, Lifehacker’s weekly dip into the pool of stoic wisdom, and a guide to using its waters to reflect on and improve your life.

The Most Inspiring Fitness Goals From Our Readers The Most Inspiring Fitness Goals From Our Readers

We asked about your fitness goals for the coming year, and it looks like 2018 is going to be full of awesomeness as you try new things and take your current habits to new levels. Here are some goals to inspire the rest of us.

Perform a Life Audit to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018 Perform a Life Audit to Set Yourself Up for Success in 2018

If you’re determined to get your life in order in 2018, all you need is a sharpie, some post-it notes, a blank wall, and an hour or two of free time.

What Are Your 2018 Food Resolutions? What Are Your 2018 Food Resolutions?

Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. It’s a new year, which means people are making all sorts of changes, particularly in the kitchen.

Enough With the Resolutions Already Enough With the Resolutions Already

Today is no different than yesterday. You probably woke up this morning with big plans to “really make some changes this year,” but you know what? It’s not going to work. Why? Because you’ve already decided that waiting until the new year to become the new and improved you is the right course of action.

If You Want to Stick to a New Year's Resolution, Phrase It Differently If You Want to Stick to a New Year's Resolution, Phrase It Differently

In 2017, for the first time in my life, I actually stuck to a resolution. What’s more, I’d failed at the same resolution—to make a budget and stick to it—for many previous years. Now, if you think there’s something shameful in a grown person not being able to handle her finances, you’re right! But what’s even more…

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