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If there's one common thread amongst some of the best university commencement speeches out there, it's failure. University, it turns out, is easy compared to the rest of life, and to prepare you for that, everyone from Denzel Washington to J.K. Rowling have dedicated their time in front of graduates to help us all remember that.

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Regardless of what you think about the current U.S. president, the position itself has traditionally been viewed as an extremely important one on the global stage; the U.S. president is considered one the most powerful people in the world because of the country's global influence. It's a busy and high-pressure job so being productive is paramount. With that said, here are ten of our favourite productivity tips from former U.S. presidents.

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Patience is the foundation of nearly every good habit. Without it, you cannot save money, learn a new skill or lose weight. Patience is also one of the hardest qualities to cultivate.

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Doubt is essential to your health goals, says Mark Sisson. If you're too sure and get stuck on your beliefs, you end up ignoring the other possibilities that can lead to the real ah-ha moments that help you break through plateaus and reach your goals. So, have a little doubt.

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Negotiating anything is a complicated process, but it's no secret that the more information you have, the better. That includes information about how the other person is feeling about a topic. Harvard Business Review points out that one way to get that info is to tell a story and look for facial expressions.

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Coming up with creative ideas is tough enough as it is, but coming up with good ideas is even harder. Everyone has their own little system for this, and in a blog post, Amjad Masad shares what he learned from programmer John Carmack, most famous for his work on games like Quake and Doom.

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I'm a bit pernickety. I get fussy when I'm hungry, bummed out when I don't exercise, or anxious when I'm in a big crowd. Most of my long term friends know how to handle me when I dive into some weird mood, but new friends (and significant others) don't. So, I came up with a user manual for myself to help them (and myself).