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PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: What Oprah, Richard Branson, and Bill Gates Do on the Weekend

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Want to be successful? It’s not a Monday through Friday gig. The one thing the world’s most successful media moguls, inventors, and artists have in common is that they don’t stop doing what they do, just because it’s the weekend.

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If that makes you feel tired already, don’t despair: the real secret that superstars share is that they’re always striving for harmony between work and personal life. It’s less about working all the time, and more about living consistently — which also means taking care of themselves, seven days a week.

In this week’s roundup, we look at a few weekend habits that might inspire you, plus get some tips on how big your LinkedIn network should be, and learn how to deal with invasive questions at the holiday party.

Emma Rushton at Lifehack: 12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

“I’ve read countless articles about what successful people do on their weekends,” Rushton writes. “Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’”

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So what do famously successful people do? Oprah sits in stillness for 20 minutes a day. Timothy Ferris sets only two goals per day. Anna Wintour sets aside an hour for tennis. Learn more at Rushton’s post.

Ed Han at The Balance: How Big Should Your LinkedIn Network Be?

“One of the most frustrating truths about a job search is that just about every question on the subject can legitimately be answered, ‘It depends,” Han writes. “A one-page resume might actually make sense in some instances (e.g., newly-minted bachelor’s degree-holder), there may actually be a legitimate reason to share your Social Security Number with a recruiter and maybe providing your land line is sensible in a specific circumstance.”

As you might have guessed, “How big should my LinkedIn network be?” is one of those “it depends” questions. A better question might be, “How big should my LinkedIn network be … given my particular career goals?” Han offers some answers, plus a few other things to think about when you’re building your network.

Alison Green at Ask a Manager: Everyone Wants to Know Why I’m Not Eating at Office Food Events

“Now that it’s holiday time, I’m in a food conundrum,” an Ask a Manager reader writes. “Due to multiple food allergies, I have to scrutinize every bit of food that I eat. I’ve found myself in a company that has many social events for employees that revolve around food. There are annual chili cookoffs, bake offs, potlucks, carnivals, brunches, monthly birthday celebrations, bbqs, etc.”

If you’ve ever worked with humans, you know what’s coming next: the office busybodies, and a bunch of invasive questions. Green’s answer will be useful for anyone who’s ever had to dodge well-meaning digging expeditions like these.

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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
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