"All time" here is like a year or so. Pulse isn't that old.
But that's been plenty of time for the platform to enjoy a veritable landslide of digital musings from ninjas and gurus from here to world's end. As with any open content platform, there's going to be some hogwash to sort through, but LinkedIn does a nice job at surfacing the good, relevant stuff into your News Feed.
And luckily for me, they also make it pretty easy to sort through the entire archive of Pulse articles based on their popularity. How convenient for a blogger writing about the top Pulse articles of all time. Heh.
So, here are the top 20 LinkedIn Pulse articles "of all time" as ranked by LinkedIn Pulse, themselves.
#1: How Successful People Stay Calm, Dr. Travis Bradberry
"Besides increasing your risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity, stress decreases your cognitive performance. Fortunately, though, unless a lion is chasing you, the bulk of your stress is subjective and under your control. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ under stressful circumstances. This lowers their stress levels regardless of what’s happening in their environment, ensuring that the stress they experience is intermittent and not prolonged."
#2: 6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them, Kathy Caprino
"People are toxic to be around when they believe that everything that happens in life is a direct assault on them or is in some way all about them. The reality is that what people say and do to you is much more about them than you. People’s reactions to you are about their filters, and their perspectives, wounds, and experiences. Whether people think you’re amazing, or believe you’re the worst, again, it’s more about them. I’m not saying we should be narcissists and ignore all feedback. I am saying that so much hurt, disappointment, and sadness in our lives comes from our taking things personally when it’s far more productive and healthy to let go of others’ good or bad opinion of you."
#3: 11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader, Dave Kerpen
"The world is more complex than ever before, and yet what customers often respond to best is simplicity -- in design, form, and function. Taking complex projects, challenges, and ideas and distilling them to their simplest components allows customers, staff, and other stakeholders to better understand and buy into your vision. We humans all crave simplicity, and so today's leader must be focused and deliver simplicity."
#4: Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success, Dr. Travis Bradberry
"Drinking caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline. Adrenaline is the source of the “fight-or-flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response. This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email. When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyper-aroused state, your emotions overrun your behavior."
#5: The No. 1 Career Mistake Capable People Make, Greg McKeown
"Capable people end up doing lots of projects well but are distracted from what would otherwise be their highest point of contribution, which I define as the intersection of talent, passion and market (see more on this in the Harvard Business Review article "The Disciplined Pursuit of Less"). Then, both the company and the employee lose out."
#6: Three Things I've Learned From Warren Buffet, Bill Gates
"He says a shareholder has to act as if he owns the entire business, looking at the future profit stream and deciding what it’s worth. And you have to be willing to ignore the market rather than follow it, because you want to take advantage of the market’s mistakes -- the companies that have been underpriced."
#8: The One Thing Successful People Never Do, Bernard Marr
"You could argue that every experience of failure increases the hunger for success. The truly successful won't be beaten -- they take responsibility for failure, learn from it, and start all over from a stronger position."
#9: Stop Using These 16 Terms to Describe Yourself, Jeff Haden
"Do you describe yourself differently -- on your website, promotional materials, or especially on social media -- than you do in person? Do you use cheesy clichés and overblown superlatives and breathless adjectives? Do you write things about yourself you would never have the nerve to actually say?"
#11: 9 Things Successful People Won't Do, Dr. Travis Bradberry
"When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When emotionally intelligent people feel good about something that they’ve done, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from them."
#12: The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Correct Them, Laszlo Bock
"A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won't get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, 'I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.'"
#13: 9 Qualities of Truly Confident People, Dharmesh Shah
"First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others. Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard."
#14: 8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday, Ilya Pozin
"While no one likes admitting it, sheer laziness is the No. 1 contributor to lost productivity. In fact, a number of time-saving methods -- take meetings and emails for example -- are actually just ways to get out of doing real work. "
#15: 10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job in 2014, James Altucher
"People spend what they make. If your salary increases $5,000, you spend an extra $2,000 on features for your car, you have an affair, you buy a new computer, a better couch, a bigger TV, and then you ask, 'where did all the money go?' Even though you needed none of the above now you need one more thing: another increase in your salary, so back to the corporate casino for one more try at the salary roulette wheel. I have never once seen anyone save the increase in their salary. In other words, don’t stay at the job for safe salary increases over time. That will never get you where you want -- freedom from financial worry. Only free time, imagination, creativity, and an ability to disappear will help you deliver value that nobody ever delivered before in the history of mankind."
#16: Stop Using These 30 Phrases at Work, Bernard Marr
"Are your meetings buzzing with so much management lingo that you find it hard to get to the real meaning of what is being said? The problem I have with these phrases is that they sound so pretentious and often are counter-productive because they irritate people so much and deflect from the real meaning."
#17: The Top 5 Things You Should Never Do At Work, Kathy Caprino
"Literally the biggest lesson I’ve learned in business is that success is all about relationships. It’s truly about who you know, and how they feel and think about you (and how you make them feel). I’m not saying that your amazing talent and skill aren’t important. Of course they are. I am saying that we don’t thrive and succeed alone. We need other people. And these people are not just our former bosses -- they are people who reported to you, teamed with you, shared coffee and drinks with you, took training sessions with you, got yelled at alongside of you, and weathered tough times with you."
#18: How I Hire: Focus On Personality, Richard Branson
"Some managers get hung up on qualifications. I only look at them after everything else. If somebody has five degrees and more A grades than you can fit on one side of paper, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right person for the job. Great grades count for nothing if they aren’t partnered with broad-ranging experience and a winning personality."
#19: The Most Important Interview Question of All Time - Part 1, Lou Adler
"The details underlying the accomplishment are what's most important. This is what real interviewing is about -- getting into the details and comparing what the candidate has accomplished in comparison to what needs to be accomplished."
#20: The 3 Questions People Always Forget to Ask in an Interview, James Caan
"It is important to show any prospective employee that you are the type of person who is ambitious and is looking to move their career forward. No one wants to take on an individual who is going to be content to coast and you need to show that you are not coming along just for an easy ride. Any ambitious and forward-thinking company will be looking for like minded individuals."