What It Takes To Change Your Brain’s Patterns After Age 25

“In most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.”

That quote was made famous by Harvard psychologist William James in his 1890 book The Principles of Psychology, and is believed to be the first time modern psychology introduced the idea that one’s personality becomes fixed after a certain age.

More than a century since James’s influential text, we know that, unfortunately, our brains start to solidify by the age of 25, but that, fortunately, change is still possible after. The key is continuously creating new pathways and connections to break apart stuck neural patterns in the brain.

Simply put, when the brain is young and not yet fully formed, there’s a lot of flexibility and plasticity, which explains why kids learn so quickly, says Deborah Ancona, a professor of management and organizational studies at MIT.

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Most of our brain’s patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it’s possible to change your brain’s pathways and patterns with these methods.

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What The Most Successful Employers Know

If you read the lists of best places to work, you might notice the same companies appear year after year. Google, Bain & Company, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Facebook, and Twitter, for example, are perennial favorites on Glassdoor’s annual list.

Renowned perks like company chefs, nap rooms, and massages might seem like obvious reasons for their ranking, but Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, says it’s deeper than that; the best employers know how to use workforce data.

“Smart companies rely on data to inform all of their recruitment decisions—everything from job seeker perceptions to industry trends and talent supply,” she says. “They analyze this data to gain meaningful insight that helps them understand where to focus their recruitment efforts to get the best return on their investment.”

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Those companies that are always topping the best-places-to-work lists? They are following these steps to find and keep employees happy.

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12 Habits Of Exceptional Leaders

One of the most popular Dilbert comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down because of a weak economy?” To which Dilbert’s boss replies, “These meetings will go faster if you stop putting things in context.”

Great leadership is indeed a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole.

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You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a hard time explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Here are 12 habits exceptional leaders have in common.

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Keep your inbox empty with one of these four strategies

No matter how much time we spend trying to optimize our inbox — from batch checking messages to adding bells and whistles — email takes over our lives. Looking at my stats from last month, I received and processed over 10,000 emails (eek!), so finding the right way to manage all this online correspondence has been critical for my day-to-day sanity.

Turns out, though, the “right way” to manage email depends a lot on your own personal style. I’ve rounded up some of the most popular and successful strategies so that you can decide which one is best for you.

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Your own personal style has a big impact on what the ‘right way’ to manage your emails will be. Find out which one of these four strategies will work for you.

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4 tricks for answering unexpected interview questions

Seemingly out of nowhere, strange interview questions like, “If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?” or “Tell me about your most awkward moment,” have become surprisingly popular with hiring managers. As if the interview process wasn’t stressful enough.

So, what can you do when an interviewer wants to hear about your most creative Halloween costume? Here’s a four-step plan to help you avoid that deer in the headlights look.

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Prepare yourself for the unexpected with these tips on answering interview questions.

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Seven Ways to Make LinkedIn Help You Find A Job

Now that LinkedIn is 12 years old and has more than 300 million members, most professionals have figured out how to set up a profile and build connections. But with ever-increasing numbers of hiring managers and recruiters using the site to hunt for job candidates and potential employers routinely checking LinkedIn before they make hiring decisions, it’s worth reviewing your profile to make sure it does you the most good. Here are seven basic steps you can take to make your LinkedIn profile more powerful.

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Linkedin is now an indispensable tool for managers and recruiters. Here are some tips to make your profile work for you!

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4 Priceless Lessons For All Working Mothers

Through necessity, I’ve been a working mom my whole life. At times it was tough to balance all my responsibilities and if I was truly honest, I was the person who carried most of the burden and guilt. I strived for perfection, the desire to be superwoman, the commitment to be a perfect wife, the expectation to be a stellar employee, and an available daughter to attend to tasks for my aging parents. But most of all I wanted to be the best mom I could be. Having come out the other side of a vortex

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Remember; you are teaching your children all the time—whether you are physically with them or not.

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