6 Things Likable People do Differently
Entrepreneurship, better, How-To, likable, person
Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:10:26 +0000
He’s sitting at the corner of the bar surrounded on all sides with people jostling just to get with earshot of him. He’s the guy that everyone wants to know and to be around. A lot of guys assume being well liked man is just something you either have or don’t have but this is a mistake. You too can become a likeable person by adapting the right mindset and mannerisms. Here are 6 Things Likable People do differently: They Remember Everybody’s Name In his classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie says that “Names are the sweetest and most important sound in any language.” In order to build rapport with someone it is absolutely essential to remember that person’s name. A person’s name is such a strong part of their identity, that if you don’t know their name then you cannot truly know them as a person. Not only is remembering someone’s name in a conversation important, but it is also a good idea to repeatedly use their name in conversation. By doing this, it helps to accelerate the connection between two people because a person feels that they are recognized and appreciated when their name is used as opposed to a generic pronoun. They’re Great Listeners Humans are by nature selfish creatures. We love to talk about ourselves, our accomplishments our problems and more. To take the time to actually listen and care what someone else has to say will make you stand out from your peers. Just as repeating someone’s name makes them feel special, giving them the chance to talk about themselves makes them feel special as well. Being a great listener is about more than just shutting up. It’s about being an active listener too, which means that you are acknowledging what they’re saying, and enhancing the conversation by prompting them with more questions and comments. Being a great listener is also about being respectful. When someone is trying to have serious conversation, you shouldn’t be clicking away on your smartphone or checking out the cute girl that walked by. Give all your attention to the person speaking. They Exude Positivity They say that we’re the product of the 5 people we spend the most time with. If someone wants to be successful and happy, they’re going to avoid negative people. This is why people who exude positivity are never short on friends. These are the guys that everyone loves to be around and wants to be best friends with. The world we live in abundant with negativity. Whether we watch in on TV, see it on our social media feeds, or hear problems from family and friends, negativity always seems to find its way into our lives. Despite this, we are not doomed to be negative. In fact, people who are positive are so because they have optimistic views of their lives and their future. If you want to be this type of guy, be the voice of positivity in a world of negativity. Don’t complain, don’t pout. Always have a smile on your face and do what you can to improve the lives of others. They Are Genuine Just as people loathe negativity and selfishness, they hate people who are dishonest and disingenuous. These people are often called ‘fake’. The reason fake people are universally disliked is because of they are dishonest about their life they’re probably going to be dishonest about their intentions and beliefs. This always ends up creating headaches and unneeded drama for all parties involved. While some girls can get away with it, this is something all men seeking to be more likeable should avoid. Being genuine is about portraying who you really are to the world. You should never try to pretend to be someone you’re not, but at the same time don’t hide your strengths and accomplishments. They Don’t Judge People When we surround ourselves with friends, we want to be able to confide in them our thoughts and feelings. We never want them to criticize or make fun of us and doing so is that fastest way to lose friends. You’re never going to see or hear likeable people talking behind people’s backs, teasing them, or engaging in gossip. Even if you are not overt about being judgmental, people can often sense when they are being judged. A roll of the eyes or a little snicker is enough to having people feel awful. Instead of looking down or criticizing others, realize that everyone is different This means that people are always going to have different thoughts and opinions, and they expect their friends to reconcile with those differences. They Speak Clearly and Confident Having excellent speaking skills is a core characteristic of likeable people. When someone is the life of a party or ‘working a room’, it’s hard to do so with a soft and timid voice. They make sure to talk loudly and clearly, enunciating all their words so that others can fully understand them. They also have a friendly tone, and don’t judge or lambast others when conversing. In addition to being a clear speaker, these people also speak their minds. They don’t hide their true thoughts and dance around simple questions. They always mean what they say. So there you have it, six tried and true characteristics of likeable men. Again while genetics may determine our personalities to an extent, by saying that you are not capable of becoming a likeable person is a limiting belief that you must shatter if you wish to become the type of guy people want to surround themselves with.
20 Incredible Photos Taken With an iPhone 6
Photography, beautiful, Incredible, Inspiration, iphone 6, photos
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:33:17 +0000
Do you dream of taking beautiful photos but sadly do not have the cash for high-end DLSR cameras? If that is the case, there is no need to worry since all you really need to be able to take some gorgeous photos is a mobile phone with a good camera, some handy mobile photography tips, and a collection of photos that can serve as your inspiration. It might sound crazy to take beautiful photos using only your mobile phone but when you have something like the iPhone 6, taking crazy beautiful photographs isn’t really hard to do. Take a look at its specs and you will see what makes the iPhone’s camera amazing. iPhone 6 Specs Below are the specs of the iPhone 6 camera so check them out to see how it can be used to take photos that are wonderfully beautiful. 8 mega pixel camera Five elements lens 2 maximum aperture Optical image stabilization 2 Mega pixel and f2.2 front camera 1080 video 120/240 slow motion With those specs, you practically have a high-end point and shoot camera in your hands and all you need are the skills and the creativity to start snapping those photos. The autofocus performance of the camera on the iPhone 6 has been vastly improved plus it comes with a face detection sensor which Apple calls “focus pixels”. Apple also claims that this is the first ever Smart phone they produced that comes with an optical image stabilization system. All in all, this is an outstanding camera that can produce outstanding pictures. Photograph the World More and more people are relying on the top-notch camera of their iPhone 6 to snap images and they are coming out with some truly amazing images. Have a look at the pictures below and you will be hard-pressed to believe that they were all snapped with iPhone 6 cameras; they are simply that good! So what else are you waiting for? Grab your iPhone and start snapping pictures. With some practice and some tips and tricks under your belt, you can quickly come up with images that are just as beautiful or even more beautiful than the ones shown below. Just snap away and let your iPhone 6 do the best for you. The Autumn Forest by Flavio Salt Breeze by Toni Windolph Autumn by Daniel Wildi Disappearance by Martin Dietrich Surprise Ending by the Mack4 Crashing Waves by Andy Royston Chicago by Aurimas Fall brings coziness by Mert Burmali When I first saw you I was deep in clear blue water by Natalia Ancora Ningxia Road Night Market by Masaru Autumn by Patrick Ostertag Boy at Beach by John Medhurst Florida Citrus by Andy Royston Flower by Flyanooy On the edge by Matthias Joesch Sydney Aerial View by Ryan Olliffe A light chop on the bays… by Andy Royston Untitled by Einherjar2k8 Hamburg Hauptbahnhof by svepo5 Miami by Asad
20 Everyday Little Things Left Unnoticed
Design, common artifacts, design, everyday, life, things, well designed
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:27:41 +0000
“The little things.” Most of the time this phrase is used to describe why a relationship works or not. Like a conversation between two friends: Friend: What makes him the best boyfriend in the world? Girlfriend: It’s the “little things.” But these “little things” aren’t just exclusive to relationships. More often than not, we neglect important “little things” because they’re so well-designed, we feel that they’ll always be there. These things are common artifacts we use daily. We often take them for granted, not realizing that without them it’ll be difficult to achieve our everyday needs and tasks. Here are 20 “little things” that are often left unnoticed but will make our lives a living hell if they no longer exist. The Roads Without them, everyone will have no sense of direction. Ever tried to picture a city without streets, intersecting infrastructures and highways? There will be no traffic because it’ll be just one big pile of car wreck! Besides, if there are no roads, Google Maps won’t exist. Camera The engineering of cameras – from the oldest to the most high-tech – is purely genius. You basically point the camera at any subject, click a small button, and voila, you have a small, digital replica of the subject. Thanks to cameras, “selfie” was invented and titled Oxford’s 2013 Word of the Year. Plastic Bag Sure, most plastic bags are the bane of every environmentalist’s existence. But if you really think about it, a medium-sized, virtually weightless, plastic bag can carry several canned goods and boxed items without splitting. That’s practically 100% heavier than the bag’s actual weight. Porcelain Toilet This bath fixture should never be taken for granted because up until now a lot of countries don’t have access to toilets. We forget that toilets not just essentially clean after us, they also prevent the spread of airborne diseases from human wastes. Zipper Zippers are everywhere – from garments to little utility bags. They’re convenient and impeccable. They’re well-designed that the brand name “zipper” lost its trademark because people kept associating zipping fasteners to the word. Without zippers, numerous industries will have a hard time manufacturing their products. Keys You know that people often neglect this artifact because “I can’t find my keys!” is probably one of the most uttered sentences of all time. Keys are small and portable, but their importance and function are magnanimous. They safely lock you in and cleverly lock intruders out. Lipstick The go-to beauty product of practically every woman in the world. When a woman doesn’t want her face made-up but still want to look presentable, the solution is lipstick. When a woman wants to feel instant empowerment, the fix is lipstick. Stairs Without them, the only option to go from Ground A to Ground B is to climb, burglar-style. Stairs make the climb convenient. It’s a lot safer, too. Elevator Like stairs, elevators make the climb a lot faster. Not all people are healthy enough to use the stairs from Floor 1 to Floor 20. Thanks to elevators, the hike is smoother and less dangerous to one’s health. Gears They’re used to make things work seamlessly—from battery-operated watches to big machineries. If gears are broken, the whole mechanism is broken. That’s how important gears are. Hinges How can doors, cupboards, and laptops work without hinges? Doors will be forever shut without them. Cupboards can’t be opened or closed properly without hinges. Laptops will basically turn into humungous tablets without them. Backpack This is the go-to bag of, well, backpackers. Backpacks are also the bag of choice of students and professionals carrying heavy loads of books and laptops. Whenever you carry something heavy, your shoulders give silent thanks to you when you use backpacks. Chair This piece of furniture is often unappreciated and complained about (especially if the bum area is hard). But what would you do if you don’t have chairs? Squat on the floor? Stand for hours? Clothespins They’re not just used for pinning clothes. These days, clothespins, particularly the wooden ones, are used for crafts and designs. Apart from being multipurpose, they’re cheap too. Knife This is one of the most basic kitchen tools. How can you chop, slice and dice if you have no knife? Egg Carton Since 1911, egg cartons have been preventing eggs from breaking. Without them, transporting eggs can be very challenging. Egg cartons made from paper are absolutely genius too since they’re eco-friendly. Tissue Box Efficient and convenient, the tissue box is a smart invention for organization and sanitation. Tissue boxes are pretty study, too. Keyboard Arrow Keys You see them every time you use your computer or laptop. You occasionally use them for convenience. But you’ll truly appreciate their functions when your mouse malfunctions. IKEA’s Flat Packaging IKEA products are already amazing – regardless if you’re adept or not in figuring out how to solve their “puzzle.” But what’s more amazing is the brand’s flat packaging system. It minimizes space, cost and weight. Amazon Dropdown Menu The king of all dropdown menus. This amazing feature makes Amazon shopping easier and faster. Without it, the search button will be abused and battered.
8 Popular Websites That Have Fallen from Grace
Technology, grace, internet, popular, websites
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:02:57 +0000
If change in the real world is constant, change in cyber world is inescapable. One day, you’re the hottest website in the world; the next, you’re barely scraping by. Unlike in the real world where cleaning up an act over and over again is accorded, the cyber world is a lot more unforgiving. One wrong move online and it can trigger a bad domino effect. No wonder, current popular websites are more vigilant than ever. Mapquest Way before Google Maps gained the top online mapping services spot, MapQuest’s name was already established. To some extent, the latter provides street-level instructions on how to get from point A to point B. MapQuest also boasts several cool features like GasPrices page, travel-help information and blog and real-time traffic details. For all intents and purposes, it should’ve stayed on the top. Unfortunately (for MapQuest), Google Maps came along. And just like anything Google touches, its digital mapping application turned into gold. Albeit, MapQuest is still active and there are still a lot of MapQuest loyalists. Still no one can contest the truth that Google Maps, even with its occasional hitches, easily dethroned MapQuest. Geocities Formerly ranked as the third most visited site online—which is HUGE and quite impressive—the site’s Alexa rank as of April 2014 dropped to the 5918th spot. This isn’t just a typical case of fall from grace; it’s the definition of probably the greatest online fall from grace. During its glory days in the mid ’90s, Geocities was the go-to web hosting site. It was the epitome of cool websites since it has its own lingo, cities for categories, neighborhoods for groupings, and homesteaders for its users. When Yahoo acquired the site in 1999, the names were discarded. Ten years later, Geocities announced that it’ll shut down in the US, Canada and Europe. The only light of the tunnel for Geocities these days is its availability in Japan. Sourceforge SourceForge used to be the top source code repository online. The program lost its shine when it was discovered that it not-so-secretly bundled malicious software with each download. The worse thing is that even if you opt out of the “offer” to download the installer, the program will still do it anyway. As a result, users install both the unapproved installer and the SourceForge program itself. Although there’s a turnaround way to actually disapprove the installer that will be acknowledged by the program, people can’t be bothered to fix something that they didn’t approve in the first place. Hence, SourceForge’s low Alexa ranking these days. Livejournal Back in the early 2000, Livejournal was THE blog hosting site. It was the place where bloggers thrived; it was the easy-to-use online diary or journal. But over the years, particularly during its acquisition, Livejournal lost its popularity. The rise of Blogger and WordPress didn’t help at all. Nowadays, Livejournal is primarily used as an avenue for Russian political commentary (it was acquired by a Russian media company). Other than that, Livejournal’s only claim to fame these days is it still hosts George R.R. Martin’s “Not a Blog.” Quickmeme This particular fall from grace has a lot to do with netiquette. The insidious action of Quickmeme’s CEO triggered the fall. Remember the ‘one wrong move online’ mentioned earlier? Quickmeme is the prime example of that. The short version of the story is this: Quickmeme’s CEO disguised as gtwo8, became a moderator for /r/AdviceAnimals, one of the most viewed categories of Reddit. A mod had the power to “up” and “down” the votes. For a couple of years, with the apparent “help” of gtwo8, the meme website became the top of its field. When a new meme site, Livememe, started gaining popularity, the unraveling of the alleged vote manipulation started. After more than a year of investigation, gtwo8 and his site were banned from Reddit. Digg Digg is a social news site that is still popular in some areas up to this days. But it can’t be denied that the site lost a massive number of readers because of its unsatisfactory “changes.” Most of the changes started internally, hence the resignation of the good number of staff members before the site’s much publicized decline. The infamous change was turning user-driven content to content for revenue. Digg’s story is the classic case of “money isn’t everything.” Myspace In the past, if you didn’t have a MySpace account, you weren’t part of the “in” crowd. A lot of people—especially teens, college students and music enthusiasts—used the website to connect with other people around the world. It was the pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter era. Around 2003 to 2007, MySpace was the king. It was such a big deal that people spent a lot of time just choosing the right .GIF to describe their current mood. Alas, those were the days. When Facebook gained popularity, it was the start of MySpace’s fall from grace. Mismanagement onsite and offsite didn’t help as well. Today, MySpace is now stylized as myspace. It is co-owned by Justin Timberlake which is probably the reason why it’s now music-centric. But even with a famous name attached to it, myspace’s former luster is forever gone. Chatroulette About four years ago, Chatroulette was a popular online chat site. It was somewhat the online version of a fusion of blind and speed dating. It gained massive popularity in the beginning because it was a fun yet distant way to socialize. However, the online crowd dwindled when perverts ruled the site. Its pornographic-like behavior received major criticism especially from parents. These days, the site is still active but dropped down to rank 9,277 in Alexa’s 2014 ranking.
15 Cool iOS 8 Tricks iPhone Users Need to Know
Technology, hacks, ios, iphone, Tips, tricks
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:31:26 +0000
Just like simple logo designs have their own “secret” meanings and symbolisms, operating systems also have hidden (or not so hidden) tricks. Apple’s iOS 8 is a prime example of an operating system that’s brimming with tips and tricks that make the use of the iPhone a lot convenient and productive. Want to find out these tricks? Here are 15 impressive iOS 8 hacks that will make your life easier and your work more productive. Auto-Fill Payment Forms Are you an avid Amazon or Netflix shopper? Save time and hassle from manually filling yet another Amazon or Netflix payment form by just scanning your credit card. When you scan your card, Safari will automatically and safely input your card’s name, account number and expiration date for you. Look for the “Scan Credit Card” option to use this feature. Customized Group Names Do you always send a message to the wrong group? To avoid confusion and incorrectly sending messages, you can now name your group messages in the Messages app. This will make group messaging a lot more organized and less befuddling. Anyone in it can edit or rename the group’s name, too. Sharing Multiple Pictures Feature Saw your hottie neighbor and want to instantly share the photo goodness to your friends? You’ll definitely enjoy the new iOS 8 feature where you can share multiple recent photos via email and text faster than before. The five-image limit is finally gone. Sharing Current Location Feature Asking someone to pick you up because you’re lost (again)? Share your iPhone’s exact location to track you down easily. You can share your whereabouts from your phone’s Messages app. New Tools for Photo Editing Do you frequently use your iPhone’s camera to create tap-worthy Instagram photos? Enjoy the new photo editing tools of iOS 8. They feature a new layout, better composition tools, and smarter adjustments, just to name a few. Interactive Notifications Getting tired of going from one app to another just to deal with your notifications? With the new interactive notification trick in iOS 8, you can respond to messages and emails faster, mark a reminder complete or deal with your calendar invites from anywhere on your device. No more switching apps, no more going back and forth. Deleted Photos Recovery Accidentally erased a photo or deliberately deleted one but now regretting your action? You still have a saving grace, thanks to the new OS’s deleted photo recovery feature. Look for the “Recently Deleted” album and you’re saved! Message Storage Restrictions Is your brimming message history taking up a lot of storage space? By default, every message on your iPhone is stored forever. With the new “Keep Messages” option, you now have the opportunity to keep messages for a month, a year, or forever. Battery-Draining Apps Detection Feature Getting frustrated because your battery keeps dropping down without you using the phone? Finding the culprit/s is now easy to do. Check the “Battery Usage” for each apps installed on your device and see which application is draining your battery. No Hands “Hey, Siri” Want to impress someone (who’s not aware of this trick, that is) and command Siri without using your hands? Look for “Allow Hey Siri” tab and to customize a no-hand, voice-activated command. Any unit older than iPhone 6 and 6+ must be connected to a power source to use this feature though. Siri-Shazam Team-Up Heard a song you instantly like but can’t figure out the title? Thanks to the Siri and Shazam team-up, you can easily identify the title of the song. Another kickass feature of this collaboration is its direct link to purchase the song via iTunes. Safari Desktop Request Are mobile versions of websites not your cup of tea? Thankfully, Safari has finally included an option where you can request the desktop version of a website. It took Apple a while to adopt this feature that Chrome users have been enjoying for some time now. Self-Timer Frustrated with how you can’t get the perfect selfie or groupie? iOS 8 now features a self-timer that can help you take the amazing non-blurry selfie/groufie shot. The great thing is you no longer need to buy a third-party app to enjoy the mobile self-timer. Reader Mode Available Having a hard time enlarging a website text to properly read an article? With the new “Reader Mode Available,” iOS 8 users now have the chance to choose a more convenient way of reading the news. No more squinting, no more rummaging for your spectacles. Hide Photo Feature Do you have photos you don’t want your nosy friend to see? With the “Hide” option you can safely store your “confidential” photos without worrying someone will see them and embarrass or incriminate you. Albeit still visible in Album views, the hidden photos will not show in Moments, Collections and Years view.