Personal and Professional Development Blog

This website contains more than 200 lessons about how to achieve personal and professional success. These articles, written by Todd Smith, an entrepreneur for the last 30 years, reveal that it is indeed the little things that can influence every part of our lives and make all the difference. Todd has achieved the top 1% of 1% of the people in his chosen fields. He invites you to peruse the list below to find articles that appeal to you.

The Fundamentals of Eye Contact

Eye contact is a non-verbal communication that can have profound influence on your social and professional interactions. In general, eye contact demonstrates interest and confidence. But it’s not that simple. When is your gaze considered too long? How do you make eye contact when you are speaking with more than one person? If someone doesn’t […]

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15 Ways to Increase Your Value and Influence at Work

Put yourself in the position of the owner of your business or the leader of your organization. What qualities would you look for in the employee whom you would advance within your management structure? If you had to lay people off, what type of person would you release? What type would you keep? Now put […]

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15 Tips to Keep From Getting Sick

As we move into prime flu season, I want to share with you what I do to stay well. A key part of my success and happiness is that I seldom get sick and I believe it is because of the little things I do that keep me feeling good. When you understand how viruses […]

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The Importance of Being On Time

Have you noticed that tardiness is on the rise? People are chronically late for work; for their child’s teacher conference or athletic contest; or even for parties and celebrations. As the old saying goes, “they will even be late for their own funeral.” Yet, punctuality is one of the key ways that we can positively […]

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Don’t Worry About What You Can’t Control

This is lesson #48 from my book Little Things Matter, 100 Ways to Improve Your Life Today. If you are like most people you probably spend more time worrying than you should. Worrying about job security, project deadlines, health, shrinking budgets, rising taxes, the housing market, world poverty, our children’s safety, even the weather. Some […]

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The Growing Importance of Soft Skills

We are living in an era of constant change. Because businesses are becoming less dictatorial and more social, the understanding and value of soft skills to an organization are growing daily. In Top 10 Soft Skills to Master, I touched on a couple reasons why soft skills are important, but those were just the tip […]

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11 Ways to Increase Your Discipline

While having lunch with a friend last week, he told me how impressed he was with one of the speakers at a conference he recently attended. Sabriye Tenberken became gradually visually impaired and eventually completely blind by the age of thirteen. Ms. Tenberken overcame her handicap and went on to achieve great success. During her […]

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To Earn Respect You Must Show Respect

I recently posed this question on the Facebook Little Things Matter fan page: “What are the things you notice about people that make you respect them?” Reading the responses was interesting and when I compared the fans’ comments to my list, one common theme stood out. Everyone agrees that you earn respect by showing respect. […]

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The Power of Showing Your Appreciation

William James, well-known psychologist and philosopher, said, “The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” If we are honest with ourselves, we all want and need to feel valued for who we are and recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. It’s important for us to know that we have made a […]

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The Secret to Becoming an Effective Leader

After taking the last year off from my writing, I’m back! I am going to commit to writing at least one new article a month sharing some of the most important lessons I am learning on my journey! One of the things I enjoyed this past year was observing the attributes of men and women […]

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49 Ways to Improve Your Email Brand

Have you ever considered that every email you send makes an impression on someone? Each impression plays a small, but important role in defining your personal brand. Just as every product has a brand, so do each of us. We’re all branding ourselves every day, in every way—by how we sound on the phone; by […]

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130 Time Management Tips

One of the most important keys to personal and professional success lies in how you spend your time. Each day contains twenty-four hours, but how we spend those hours is what separates people who enjoy lives of happiness, fulfillment and success from those who experience lives filled with frustration, disappointment, and often failure. When Olympic […]

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What’s Your Brand?

Have you ever stopped to think that everything you do or neglect to do affects a person’s impression of you? It is true that the way people view you impacts every aspect of your life—from your career to your personal relationships. Nothing is exempt. In today’s lesson you will learn that the little things you […]

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The Duplication Effect of Leadership

Whether or not you hold the formal title of “leader,” there are people around you looking for someone from whom to take their cues in any number of situations. By the end of this post, you’ll realize that your role in leading others is much more significant than you currently believe. We have all heard […]

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