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  • To People Who Want to Blog — But Can’t Get Started

    Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin
    Jef Menguin
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... Get your pen and paper. Think of a person you know… of someone you care about. That person will be your audience for your initial blog posts. Don’t worry about what platform to use. You can install one in five minutes. You just need to start something today. Write ten, twenty, thirty, or hundred things […] The post To People Who Want to Blog — But Can’t Get Started appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • 5 Things You Can Do to Kickstart Your Day

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Have you ever had days where you just don't feel like doing anything? At the end of the day, you look back and you realize you've accomplished nothing. These are called zero days. Zero productivity, zero accomplishments, zero wins. It's alright to relax and unwind once in a while, but if it happens too often, you need to change something. And the best time to start that change is in the morning. The morning is the most important part of our day. It sets the tone and tempo for the rest of the day. If you're feeling lethargic and unmotivated in the morning, you'll likely retain that feeling all…
  • How To Live Life On A Fully Charged Battery

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    Vani Chugh
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”---Harriet Tubman Beautiful words, right? It’s our dreams and the hope of fulfilling them that can make life joyful. Yet, it’s these very dreams, the road bumps we encounter as we chase them and those odd curve balls that life keeps throwing our way that gradually start choking the dreamer in all of us. While some of us maybe better equipped to handle failures thanks to our conditioning and personality, there are many…
  • The #1 Trait of A Successful Person

    Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin
    Jef Menguin
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... As you know, I am now in Bangkok, Thailand. I have just finished a 7 hour seminar for leaders of Tiens. There were 25 of them and this one is for the books for me. I have to deliver in English and the only one who understands me was the most successful…and he was my […] The post The #1 Trait of A Successful Person appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • 4 Traits of a Strong Mind

    Embrace The Chaos
    Bob Miglani
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    A young man was walking in New York City and approached an older gentleman asking, “Sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?”. The older man responded as he walked away with a smile, “Practice my boy. Practice.”…or so goes the tale. Like most things in life, if we want to become really good at Continue reading...
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • A Simple Routine to Increase Your Overall Health, Well-being and Productivity

    Justin Harmon
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Life is hectic! There is always so much going on, it’s hard to find the time to do anything outside of your already busy schedule. Let alone having any energy to do any more than you already do. Any free time you finally manage to find in your day ends up with a sluggish posture on your sofa zoned out to the latest episode of Game of Thrones. It may not be very productive or be much help to your health, but let’s face it, it feels good to just sit back and relax after a long day, and indulge in the satisfaction that comes from your favorite show. There’s nothing wrong with a little…
  • 4 Alternatives to Aggressive Behavior That Can Lead to a Better and Happier You

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Why do you always end up resenting making tantrums, sounding like a bitch, losing your patience or blowing your top?  Is it because you really were having a bad day or the person you were dealing with was such a pain in the neck? Whichever is the case, most of us do not like having to end up making such a scene. Remember those hurtful feelings, regrets, thinking whether you should have done that or not, or brooding over whether you were right in that behavior or not? This happens many times when you end up with an aggressive behavior or response. describes this: Aggressive…
  • Five Important Steps You Should Take After A Recovery Program

    Hannah Whittenly
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Recovery does not end after a recovery program does. Whether you have been in treatment for thirty, sixty or ninety days, there is a lot more work to be done. If you are really serious about staying clean, then there are some additional steps that should be taken in order to stay on the road to recovery. Find Meetings Most recovery programs are based on a twelve step program. It is important to find twelve step meetings near you and attend them regularly. For anyone new to recovery, most people recommend ninety meetings in ninety days. There are meetings at almost any time of day, from early…
  • 5 Things You Can Do to Kickstart Your Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Have you ever had days where you just don't feel like doing anything? At the end of the day, you look back and you realize you've accomplished nothing. These are called zero days. Zero productivity, zero accomplishments, zero wins. It's alright to relax and unwind once in a while, but if it happens too often, you need to change something. And the best time to start that change is in the morning. The morning is the most important part of our day. It sets the tone and tempo for the rest of the day. If you're feeling lethargic and unmotivated in the morning, you'll likely retain that feeling all…
  • How To Live Life On A Fully Charged Battery

    Vani Chugh
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
    “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”---Harriet Tubman Beautiful words, right? It’s our dreams and the hope of fulfilling them that can make life joyful. Yet, it’s these very dreams, the road bumps we encounter as we chase them and those odd curve balls that life keeps throwing our way that gradually start choking the dreamer in all of us. While some of us maybe better equipped to handle failures thanks to our conditioning and personality, there are many…
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  • The Six Keys

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Note: This is a guest article from —————————- Your future success or failure is going to depend largely upon your ability to absorb facts, skills procedures and put them to use. Our Brain likes to store the information it receives into a organized fashion. This make it easier for our mind to comprehend and retain. We can [...]
  • Do You Know The “Code”?

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Recently, my XBox 360 spoiled, it received the “ring of death”. So I’ve decided to plug my PlayStation 3 to play instead. Yes, I’m a little bit outdated, I haven’t gotten PS4 yet. Anyway, back to the story… After I’ve plugged in everything and ready to play, something uncool happened – it would not play [...]
  • Practice And Reality

    10 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    I started working out lately. Probably because I’m getting fat. Well, the real reason is, I’ve been feeling fatigue easily and seems to be “catching my breath” lately. In another word, these are all signs that I’m not fit. So I started going to the gym to work out. No, I don’t do the weights [...]
  • Message for 2014

    29 Dec 2013 | 6:06 pm
    I’d like to start by sharing this video by Ashton Kutcher. It’s impressive – a Hollywood actor who knows about success. Message For 2014 You need to work if you want to achieve great success in 2014. The trouble is, most people associate “work” to something negative and always in search of another way to [...]
  • 5 More Secrets

    2 Dec 2013 | 5:42 pm
    Sometimes, being successful is simply by understanding one pivotal secret that is so powerful and profound. Then applying it into your daily life. The more you apply, the more success starts to appear, effortlessly. This is why, when 2 people read a book, one person achieved success while the other person gained nothing. Because the [...]
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    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine

  • Become a WOW Leader (2 of 2)

    Darren Hardy
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week I shared a story of authenticity to illustrate the single most important principle for being a great leader and strengthening the influence you have with others. Now to wrap up our learning for part 2 of this series on how to bolster your ability to become a WOW leader, I promised to outline the three most important questions to contemplate, consider and substantiate to imbue power into your WOW Power. Let’s start with a good reminder from the leadership example we started with, Mahatma Gandhi. This is one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi: “Live as if you were to die…
  • Become a WOW Leader (1 of 2)

    Darren Hardy
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    As we continue our journey on helping you create a WOW year, over the next two posts we are going to focus on bolstering your WOW Power—your influence on people, circumstances, the community and the marketplace around you. We want to help you become a WOW leader. Having met, interviewed, studied and/or featured many of the greatest leaders alive today the most admirable, powerful, compelling, WOWing, quality of a leader is… Wait, before I tell you, what do YOU think it is? Think about it. What do you think is the quality that people admire most in their leaders? When you think of…
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Darren Hardy
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We are all excellent storytellers. We have a story for everything. We have a story for why we can’t lose weight, stick to our diets, jog, do pushups, get up early, eat healthy, exercise regularly and stay disciplined. “I’m big-boned.” “It’s bad for my knees.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m too old.” “It’s impossible when I travel.” “I deserve a reward.” “I have PMS.” “It’s fat-free.” “There are starving children in China.” Recently my friend Kerri…
  • Giving WOW Presentations (4 of 4)

    Darren Hardy
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the last post I promised to give you the three-point formula that will help you WOW in any presentation you do. Ready for it? But first, if you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3 of the series, make sure to do so. Being familiar with these greatest presentations in history that I included in the earlier posts will give you the framework for what I am about to share now. Also, I promised to share with you the commercial… or presentation, as I saw it, that was so effective. It was the commercial released at the 2013 Super Bowl by Dodge Ram called,…
  • Giving WOW Presentations (3 of 4)

    Darren Hardy
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Welcome back to another week of WOW presentations. If you missed out on the previous installments, make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2. You don’t want to miss out on some of the greatest speeches to ever come from Lyndon B. Johnson, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. In next week’s concluding installment, I will provide a three-point plan on how you can start crafting your own WOW presentations. But first, let’s continue with another round of WOW presentations, including one of my all-time favorite keynote speakers. If you had one last presentation to…
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • The Business Idea Factory by Andrii Sedniev

    Avil Beckford
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The Business Idea Factory by Andrii Sedniev On The Invisible Mentor blog we talk a lot about generating ideas, because having one or two great ideas has the capacity to catapult your business and career. We have looked at the idea generation model in the Art of Thought by Graham Wallas as well as A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. When I downloaded The Business Idea Factory: A World-Class System for Creating Successful Business Ideas for free from the Digital Book Today’s website during a promotion, at the back of my mind, I was thinking if this book really had…
  • The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton

    Avil Beckford
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton is a fascinating short story because the reader has to decide how the story ends. Once again, this is a short story from American Literature that I use to practice my speed reading drills. In the story, there is a semi-barbaric king, who metes out justice, not by using a jury, but by forcing the accused to appear at the amphitheater – with his subjects watching the show – and choose one of two doors. Image Credit: Wikipedia – Stockton, by Charles Parker Behind one door is a vicious tiger, who…
  • Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer – Review

    Avil Beckford
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer Have you ever been in a situation where someone mentioned a book and you hadn’t read or known about it? That happened to me in an interview with Andrew Warner, the founder of Mixergy. One of the five books that Andrew would like to have with him on a desert island is Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer. When I first heard the title of the book, I immediately thought of the Cain and Abel Story in the Bible. In the Bible story, Cain kills his brother Abel, but that’s not the case with Jeffrey Archer’s book. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer is among 100 books…
  • BrainRead: Effective Speed Reading – Reading like the Swedish by Göran Askeljung

    Avil Beckford
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    BrainRead – Effective Speed Reading – Reading like the Swedish by Göran Askeljung I purchased BrainRead: Effective Speed Reading – Reading like the Swedish by Göran Askeljung over 10 months ago, and I had been waiting for the English edition for months, so I am not sure why it took me so long to read it. Göran Askeljung was born in Sweden, and the Swedes are among the fastest readers in the world with a high level of comprehension. It turns out that Swedish children learn to read quickly from watching television. The population in Sweden is not big enough for film makers to…
  • How habits are formed

    Avil Beckford
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How habits are formed Information circulates all the time and they somehow become truths, no one ever questioning them. For instance, we have heard that in the story Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (My review), he only has three wishes, where did that information come from? The truth is that while in possession of the lamp, any wish that Aladdin makes is granted. In this instance, it is important to read the Aladdin story that is translated into English from Arabic. Likewise, we have often heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but is that the truth? Or another misconception? How are habits…
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    Success Consciousness Blog on Self Improvement and Achieving Success

  • Robert Collier Inspirational Quotes about Success

    Remez Sasson
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I have added a page with Robert Collier quotes, to the quotes directory of this website. His quotes are an inspiration to all success seekers. Robert Collier was born in 1885. He was an American author of self-help, and New Thought metaphysical books in the 20th century. Robert Collier wrote about abundance, desire, faith, visualization, acting confidently and success. His books have changed the lives of thousands of people. You will find Read Robert Collier quotes at: Here are a few of his quotes: “Visualize this thing that you…
  • 6 Simple Tips to Create Happiness and Peace in Your Life

    Remez Sasson
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Do you want to live a life filled with happiness and inner peace? I am sure you do. You might think it is tough and impossible, and that a life of happiness and peace requires particular circumstances. This is not so. There is no right time. Every day is the right time. To bring happiness and peace into your life you need to act, not just dream about them. You will also need to make some inner changes and remove negative influences from your life. Tips to create happiness and peace in your life 1) Happiness and peace are not dependent on possessions and circumstances. Material possessions,…
  • The Easy Way to Read PDF eBooks on the Screen of Your Smartphone

    Remez Sasson
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    The easy way to read PDF eBooks on the screen of your smartphone When I bought my first smartphone, one of the first things I did, was to download a few eBooks. I liked the idea of being able to read my favorite books at any time or place. I found the ePub format easy to read on the screen, but PDF files were a problem. The fonts were too small, and when I zoomed in, only part of the page was displayed. I had to scroll from left to right and up and down to be able to read the page. This was annoying. It was a bit easier, when I held the phone horizontally, but still, the fonts were too small…
  • Holding on to Anger Is Like Grasping a Hot Coal

    Remez Sasson
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:59 am
    “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha - These words, said about 2500 years ago, are still valid today. Whom do you punish when you are angry? You punish yourself. Does anger help you in any way? Does anger solve any problem? Do you feel any better afterwards? The obvious answer is, NO. When you are angry, your emotions get agitated, your blood pressure goes up, you become impatient and irritable, and you lose control over your actions and reactions. Anger hides common sense…
  • The Pain of Being Mis-Understood

    Guest Author
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:46 pm
    There is a time in all of our lives when we feel discarded, abandoned, lost, unimportant, invisible, cast aside, and basically unwanted and unloved, at least in the way that we want to be or yearn to be. I think we can all recall an event or a situation where we felt unheard. A time when we ached to be acknowledged and validated for WHO we are. I know I have. The pain of being mis-understood was so great that at times it felt unbearable. About a month ago I came across a video on social media that had gone viral. It was a video of an abandoned/homeless dog named Miley. Miley had been living…
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    Success Circuit

  • DJ Clark – Teen Idol Revisited

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    In July 2013, we spoke to young actor DJ Clark and writer/director James T Kirk about their web show, Teen Idol. James is a fan of the Fox TV show Glee and especially a fan of actor, author and screen writer Chris Colfer. After appearing as an extra in Chris' film Struck by Lightning, James was inspired to write his own show. I caught up with James and DJ to see how they were both getting on.
  • Daniel Pearson

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    He has been heard on BBC Radio, hailed as ‘The UK’s best new singer-songwriter’ by Allgigs and has over 23,000 Twitter followers! Daniel Pearson is a British songwriter and musician who started his solo work in 2010 and has had soaring successes with his albums.  I’m an indie rock singer-songwriter and I’ve released two albums […]
  • Anna Renee Roberts Revisited

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
    We last heard from Anna Roberts in September 2013 where we learned about her acting and singing role in the popular web series Destroy the Alpha Gammas (DAG). In recent months, her life has spiralled in different directions and landed her solidly on the path of music, leading to two single releases and an album […]
  • Jake Hyndman-Whittier – Something Like Kites

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:30 pm
      Like many musicians, Something Like Kites singer Jake is building his dream from the ground up. Something like Kites is a ‘one-man band hybrid of pop, electro, acoustic and hip-hop music’. It still strikes me just how hard musicians have to work, especially if they do not belong to a record company and where […]
  • Kate Drummond – The Tale of Grim

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I wonder how many of you are gamers. You may be aware of the popular Splinter Cell series of games. Even though I am not a gamer, when I was approached about school teacher turned actress Kate Drummond who plays the lead character Anna Grimsdottir (Grim) in the Splinter Cell: Blacklist games, I just had […]
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    Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin

  • What is important to you as a communicator?

    Jef Menguin
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... I cannot teach you the easiest and the best ways to communicate with others. I believe you have to find that for yourself. I can only share with you the ideas which are working for me now. Five years from now, some of these ideas will be polished. Others will be thrown away for experience […] The post What is important to you as a communicator? appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • Here’s why I use pre-performance routine — and why you must too!

    Jef Menguin
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... I found out that I perform best when I follow my pre-performance routine. I have more energy and I feel more ready to accomplish my objectives everyday. Therefore, I resolve that I Will Give My Best Everyday And I Will Begin My Day and Everyday Activity With My Pre-performance Routine Dear friends and readers, I […] The post Here’s why I use pre-performance routine — and why you must too! appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • To People Who Want to Blog — But Can’t Get Started

    Jef Menguin
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... Get your pen and paper. Think of a person you know… of someone you care about. That person will be your audience for your initial blog posts. Don’t worry about what platform to use. You can install one in five minutes. You just need to start something today. Write ten, twenty, thirty, or hundred things […] The post To People Who Want to Blog — But Can’t Get Started appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • The #1 Trait of A Successful Person

    Jef Menguin
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... As you know, I am now in Bangkok, Thailand. I have just finished a 7 hour seminar for leaders of Tiens. There were 25 of them and this one is for the books for me. I have to deliver in English and the only one who understands me was the most successful…and he was my […] The post The #1 Trait of A Successful Person appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
  • Success Begins in Thought

    Jef Menguin
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:59 pm
    You can develop your personal leadership 365 days a year... To Lead People You Must Create In You A New Mindset And Let this Mindset Lead You Everyday Dear Friends and Subscribers, In a few hours, I will  lead a six hour training for leaders here in Bangkok, Thailand. I intend to excite and equip 30 leaders. There are hundreds of lessons I intend to […] The post Success Begins in Thought appeared first on Six Minutes of Leadership | Jef Menguin.
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    GET In the HOT Spot with Annabel Candy

  • Chillaxing

    Annabel Candy
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Easter is one of my favorite holidays, not just because I love chocolate, but because the eggs, chicks and bunnies are all
  • 11 Good Books to Read this Holiday

    Annabel Candy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reading is right up there with travel as one of my favourite activities. It's another escape from the real world and one
  • 7 Books and 7 Lessons on Paleo Eating and Fasting

    Annabel Candy
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I've read many books on Paleo and fasting recently and as usual with my book round ups I don't recommend all the books
  • Long Lunch in Italy

    Annabel Candy
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I visited Italy with high expectations for the food and wasn't disappointed. Although they were all different every eating
  • Do You Ever Feel Like a Fool?

    Annabel Candy
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    April Fool's Day is always a fun time for pranks,practical jokes and laughter. I sometimes sticky tape the kids into their
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  • Bill Harris on cognitive development

    Douglas Eby
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    “Unless you can be aware of something, you can’t be moral about it, feel something about it, create art about it…” Bill Harris is a “long time student of contemporary psychology, quantum mechanical physics, the evolution of non-linear systems (chaos theory) and the effects of a wide range of neurotechnologies on human change, evolution and healing” and director of Centerpointe Research Institute. He declares in an article that “Cognitive development is one of the most important, if not the most important, line of development. “Why? Because many…
  • Developing creativity and letting in more stimuli

    Douglas Eby
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    An Eide Neurolearning post refers to studies on attentional style and creativity, including a study that notes, “…psychometric measures of creativity and measures of real-world creative achievement are associated with a habitual tendency toward diffuse rather than focused attention, which results in ineffective filtering of distracting or irrelevant environmental stimuli.” From the Highly Sensitive site post Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity. Related articles Highly sensitive people: latent inhibition and creativity Better at noticing subtle details Gifts and…
  • What about intuition?

    Douglas Eby
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Can intuition be a useful extension or complement to rational thought? Many think so. Others caution it can be uncertain and misleading. Author and coach Tama J. Kieves notes we may block intuitive understanding because “It’s hard to let insights in, if we’ve dead bolted the doors. “Sometimes we are begging for clarity, just as long as it’s a nice, tidy, respectable answer and preferably one that doesn’t really require us to change much at all. “Secretly, I’m looking for guidance that tells me that nothing has to change and I will get everything…
  • Are Creative Brains Different?

    Douglas Eby
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Some research concludes “Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists.” But with the flood of brain imaging studies, it is worth noting there are critiques of the validity and meaning of the technology. Continued: Do Artists Have Unique Brains? Related articles The “Right Brain” Is Not the Only Source of Creativity Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime: Scientific American How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain? This Is Your Brain On The Internet
  • Many talented people use or abuse drugs

    Douglas Eby
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Psychologist and creativity coach/author Eric Maisel, PhD says “The artist is often a drug and alcohol abuser. “The challenge for the creative artist stirred by [their] work and dream is to maintain mood equilibrium without resorting to mood-altering drugs. The social environment of the artist makes this challenge doubly difficult.” [From article Counseling Artists: The Twelve Challenges of the Artist, The California Therapist, May/June 1990.] Eric Maisel is author of the book Creative Recovery: A Complete Addiction Treatment Program That Uses Your Natural Creativity Lady…
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    Katarina Nolte

  • One in four women is taking mental health meds and the other three are using a vibrator.

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    ~ SteveDenver The SHORT URL for this post is: Related Posts:It’s finally been found that women do actually love to…‘Manly’ hormone actually makes women want to…Research into female sexuality is still controversial,…The average forced-sex laborer is between the ages of 13 andFacebook: “Phil N. Molé” – Preventing…Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:‘Manly’ hormone actually makes women want to…It’s finally been found that women do actually love to…15 Plants to Help…
  • 15 Plants to Help Save Bees | EcoWatch

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    “One way is to increase the number of bees and other pollinators in your area by including plants that provide essential habitat.” The SHORT URL for this post is: Related Posts:The earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants.The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale…‘Let’s tax the sun’: new law shocks world…Book Review: Aquaponic Gardening By Jenny R. JohnsonTexas women sue after humiliating body cavity searches on…Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:One in four women is…
  • Interview: Bret Welty

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Bret Welty is a 25-year veteran blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Boise, Idaho. The SHORT URL for this post is: Related Posts:Get Interviewed: Authors, Writers, Musicians and Artists…Ronald McCrary InterviewMusic Review: Burden to Bear By Lael SummerInterview: Matthew C. MartinoInterview: Marko StoutReaders who viewed this page, also viewed:15 Plants to Help Save Bees | EcoWatchHow Wolves Change Rivers | video | @GrrlScientist | Science…
  • How Wolves Change Rivers | video | @GrrlScientist | Science | The Guardian

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    “Wolves are crucial for maintaining a healthy ecosystem -- a fact that was conveniently forgotten when they were exterminated from almost all of the continental United States by ranchers, farmers, trappers and hunters.” The SHORT URL for this post is: Related Posts:What really creates change is the change of mind. Before youThe point is this: Unless we evolve a nonanthropocentric…Yemeni child bride, eight, ‘dies on wedding…Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in…Science will destroy humanity, says team…
  • Where’s the greatest generation when we need them? The baby boomers, my generation, the most greedy bunch of bastards in history. We created this entire mess. And we take no responsibility for it. Shame on us.

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    ~ Gary Null The SHORT URL for this post is: Related Posts:We can create a violent population by denying pleasure.Your generation needs everything to be about you. And…Everywhere, the attempt is to impose uniformity and…We are addicted to holding on to what is predictable.Book Review: Papal Bull: An Ex-Catholic Calls Out the…Readers who viewed this page, also viewed:How Wolves Change Rivers | video | @GrrlScientist | Science…Subscribe to receive monthly news, freebies and previews!
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    Omar Eduardo Fernández

  • Developing skills to be a great Product Manager

    Omar Eduardo Fernandez
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Finding a consistent definition for what a Product Manager (PM) role entails is no easy feat, as I have quickly figured out while starting to dip my toes into the product management world.  This is true even when try to narrow my scope to thinking about product management within tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. There seems to be as many definitions for 'product management' as there are roles out there, and a great deal of opinions around what makes someone a good product manager.  At first I found the many ways in which people thought about product management a bit…
  • Focusing on Product Management - how I am planning to develop my product management skills

    Omar Eduardo Fernandez
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:27 pm
    I have always found intrigue in the idea of writing posts for this blog, but the reality is that my focus has jumped around from topic to topic, making the site frustrating to follow.  The main reason this has been the case is a lack of a topic of which I would like to extensively write about and continue to learn and share things. I decided to bring some focus to the blog around the topic of Product Management.  I think it is a intriguing and interesting topic and I recently started more strongly focusing my career on Product Management, at least for the next few years, and there…
  • Everyday kindness is the true antidote to senseless violence

    Omar Eduardo Fernandez
    18 Apr 2013 | 7:38 am
    My thoughts after the terrible Boston Bombings on Marathon Day, 2013.There are many disheartening news, heart-wrenching stories about civilians getting killed, attacks on innocent people, senseless aggression.  The world, as seen through the lenses of what the news portrays, looks bleak.   Our sense of security proves to be just a creation in our head, quite illusory, and although we must do what we can through legislation to reduce violence and senseless killings, the more powerful antidote to this is to bring out of everyone what truly makes humanity special, our sense of love and…
  • Pebbles & Excellence

    Omar Eduardo Fernandez
    31 Jan 2013 | 9:55 am
    "Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain."  ~Author UnknownFocus on being excellent at conquering the small pebbles.
  • Asia Tour 2012: An Introduction

    Omar Eduardo Fernandez
    25 Dec 2012 | 7:31 pm
    This story has two main characters, Omar and Meru, with special guest appearances by friend and interesting characters (including intense sales women, soldiers, etc.)Omar is your not so typical Puerto Rican boy who has developed a (healthy?) love/hate relationship with Japan and Asia in general. Mostly love, but sometimes it's still difficult for him to understand why all this food goodness has to be so far from the US. Meru is Omar's Filipino-American big sister. Crazy, energetic, and wicked smart, Meru's charm has been known to captivate everyone around her and puzzle them. "Why is this…
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    A Meaningful Existence

  • The Best Piece of Advice I Ever Received

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The best piece of advice that I ever received was…. …to stay in school and get an education. Simple really. But that piece of advise changed my life. It changed the trajectory of my life. Getting an education gave me options. Without an education, I would be stuck in a small-town, probably working in a menial job and not making much money. I would be hanging around people who also working in menial jobs, not making much money and having limited choices in life. Going to university and getting a degree and later going to college and getting second degree gave me the confidence to…
  • Hello 2014 : Happy New Year!

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:59 pm
    I hope everyone is surrounded by their loved ones during this special time of the year. It’s a time for reflection on the year that 2013 was and on what potential 2014 has in store. A new year is a time of possibilities. Anything can happen. Take action to make this the best year ever! I wish you good health, tons of happiness, and love for 2014. Happy New Year! Hello 2014 : Happy New Year! is from A Meaningful Existence
  • Have a very Merry Christmas!

    24 Dec 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Merry Christmas to all my friends and readers from around the world. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement over the last few years. Christmas is a time for being with family and loved ones – I hope you are surrounded with ones you love and who love you during this special holiday time. Have a very Merry Christmas! is from A Meaningful Existence
  • Your Life Can Change in the Blink of an Eye

    3 Dec 2013 | 7:25 am
    Your life can change in the blink of an eye. We are creatures of habit and chances are that what you are doing right now is what you did yesterday at this same time and what you’ll probably be doing tomorrow at the same time, too. We usually get up at the same time, eat the same foods, do the same thing every day and be around the same people. Same ole, same ole. Day after day. Until one day, one moment, everything changes. Change can come faster than the blink of an eye. We get laid off. Our spouse leaves us. We get rejected. We accept a job in another country. We get denied a loan. We…
  • Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

    11 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    Lest We Forget those who gave their lives for the freedom that we enjoy every day.   At 11:00 a.m. today, November 11, 2013, there will be a minute of silence for the entire country. How will you remember? In Flanders Fields written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918), Canadian Army In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In…
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    Aviv's Blog

  • Greatness is Not a Destination

    Aviv Shahar
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    What you do along your professional journey prepares you for what you are here to serve. In the case of Gandhi, for instance, his early study of the British law helped him negotiate for India’s independence. For John Paul II, it was his stage acting as a young man during the war that prepared him for the role of his life as the first Pope in the TV age. Steve Jobs described his early study of calligraphy as the catalyst to the idea of merging design and beauty into computers. The point is that much of your work is about building capabilities and seeding possibilities. Your journey is…
  • Winning a Dogfight in The Air

    Aviv Shahar
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    In this Key I am going to share with you a focusing practice. This practice saved my life and it can save your life too, not just in flight, but in business and at work. Life is not a dogfight. There is a lot more to living and working than a fight between two opposing sides. Many situations are not a zero sum game, where one side is the winner and the other the loser. We now operate in a world that is hyper-complex in more ways than we can easily navigate. You often collaborate with the competition, and co-create opportunities with all parties involved. This is a universe of exponential…
  • Cloister for Business Breakthroughs

    Aviv Shahar
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:23 am
    I enjoyed last week working with a great German team. The leadership team generated new insights, new ideas, and new agreements and created accelerated velocity. We worked in a cloister where Benedict nuns used to work, surrounded by wine country…a great place to create business breakthroughs.  
  • My Answer to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

    Aviv Shahar
    27 Feb 2014 | 11:57 pm
    In his compelling interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella framed the ultimate game-changing question but left it unanswered. The question Nadella asked is: “How do you create that self-organizing capability to drive innovation and be focused?” Here is my answer to Nadella’s captivating question. © Aviv Shahar
  • Three Horses for the Year of The Horse

    Aviv Shahar
    10 Feb 2014 | 10:45 am
    A Chinese teacher offered me an intriguing parable. He said, “In this year of the horse you get to choose among three types, the race horse, the dressage horse and the work horse. The race horse is an intense thoroughbred that can quickly accelerate to a wild run. The dressage horse is a gentle and graceful animal that can teach you how to ride. The large, strong work horse can plow on and carry your cart forward steadily. This year offers you these three choices. You must select which one will lead you.” What is your choice? Which horse is the one to help you move your business…
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  • Krant on Krant(cents) Interview

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 am
    Who else should interview me than me! The self interview is a writing exercise using a question as a strategy for reflection. Something I do often as I get older. It may be a recurring article format if you like the results. I am using it to share ideas, strategies and motivation in an effort to reveal more of myself. I will pick some issues, problems or outcomes that I think you may find interesting. What do I have to share? Is this just self promotion? I try to avoid talking about myself because my parents said it is bragging. I decided to use the format to share a variety of subjects that…
  • How to Buy Income Property

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Buying income property is one of the best ways to reach your financial goals!.  Income property is investment property bought or developed to earn income through renting, leasing or price appreciation.  This can be a condominium, townhouse, home, apartment building, industrial property or commercial office building.  Have you ever thought about buying income property?  Is there a great time to buy real estate? Some think a low interest rate stimulates more sales. Unfortunately when interest rates are low, prices are usually high. Just before the real estate bubble, banks were lending…
  • 5 Steps to Financial Literacy

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:17 am
    This is National Financial Literacy Month! It is time to take control of your finances. Decide today, that you are responsible for your financial future, make better financial decisions, differentiate between wants and needs, get out of debt, start a savings account, track your expenses, start budgeting, set and achieve goals. If you are happy with your situation, don’t change! If not, read on. Unless someone else is responsible for you, you have to take care of yourself financially. Getting started is easy, get the things you need or missing. It may be skills or details. Before you can…
  • How Much Money Do You Need to Retire?

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    Everyone says money!  How much is enough to take care of you for the rest of your life?  Do you have a number?  Does it cover inflation, medical insurance and all your  “needs” and your “wants”?  Fidelity says you should have at least 8 times your ending salary! Whatever you think, you need to add ten percent!  Why?  You probably underestimated how long you may live. How do you figure out how much you need for the rest of your life? A lot of people say they need one, two, three million dollars.  In other words they back into the yearly amount of money they need to…
  • Diversify your Portfolio to Reach your Financial Goals

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    In finance, you should diversify your investment portfolio by reducing risk by investing in a variety of assets. Typically, this means asset allocation. Asset allocation is an investment strategy to balance risk and reward by adjusting the percentage of each asset in an investment portfolio according to your risk tolerance, goals and time frame. Are you diversified? My investment strategy How do you make your investment decisions? It should start with your financial goals! Before you can make investing decisions, you need some savings to invest. I always make savings a priority. I start…
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    Coaching Confidence


    Jen Waller
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    With 20 years sports coaching experience DeAngelo Wiser specialises in leadership. In today’s guest post, which can be easily transposed into other team contexts, Coach Wiser shares some of his experience and knowledge of working with teams. HOW WILL YOU WIN YOUR FIRST GAME….YOUR NEW TEAM? by DeAngelo Wiser Wiser Sports Leadership There’s nothing like coaching a team for the first time, whether it’s your very first job, or if you’ve been around awhile and are just taking over another team. How will you gain trust and convince them you have their best interests at heart? Why…
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 25th April 2014

    Jen Waller
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    “Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his image.” (Goethe) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 25th April 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 24th April 2014

    Jen Waller
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    “Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure and generally occasion ourselves.” (Benjamin Disraeli) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 24th April 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 16 of 2014:

    Jen Waller
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Each Monday I share the most RT’d quote(s) from the blogs twitter account over the previous week. Last week the most RT’d tweet was:  “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” (Tony Robbins) Tweeted on 15th April The next most RT quote was: “People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it.” (George Bernard Shaw) Tweeted on 7th April   Many thanks to everyone who shared the quotes above and the other quotes from last week. I know that there…
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 23rd April 2014

    Jen Waller
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:26 pm
    “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” (Lao-Tze) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 23rd April 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
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    Lauren Rains

  • A Collection of Thoughts: (#2) Pain

    Lauren Rains
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    The pain of loss knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter who your God is, or even if you have a God. It doesn’t matter how you pay your bills. It doesn’t matter if your skin is white or black or anything in between. It doesn’t matter your country of origin or how your government works. It doesn’t matter where you fit in society. Loss is Loss. Pain is Pain. We have all had to say goodbye to something or someone before we were ready. We must take care of one another. image credit About Thought Collections: This is an array of  anecdotes, reflections, and lessons…
  • A Collection of Thoughts: (#1) On Who You Are vs. Who You Were

    Lauren Rains
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
      In order to become who you are, you must stop being who you were. About Thought Collections: This is an array of  anecdotes, reflections, and lessons  I have or am taking to heart through my travels, pursuits, and encounters. Some I learn through the books I read, others are words of wisdom passed onto me through conversations with others, and some simply work their way out of the wood work as I go about my daily day. Discussions the comments: What are your thoughts, personal stories, added reflections on the above? 
  • “Life is finite, yet knowledge, and our search for it, is infinite,” said my friend Jing.

    Lauren Rains
    19 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    One of life’s most remarkable gifts is making an acquaintance with a new friend whom, before you even know it, has already altered your life for the better. This is one of the unending reasons that I love to travel: you’re constantly connecting with people who’s ways of being, thinking and acting teach you invaluable lessons. Some of these lessons would take you years to learn yourself if it weren’t for these “by chance” friends that end up saying those magic words that resonate with you forever. Which brings me to my story… I met Jing a mere five…
  • That Last Day at the Base of the Mountain …or starting on your path

    Lauren Rains
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:16 pm
    There will come a time in your life when you’ll find yourself at the base of a mountain, eager to get to the top of what stands before you, yet scared as hell – I mean, really scared as hell – to take that first step. You’ll stay there, pacing back and forth, knowing that it’s only a matter of time before you finally GO. You’ll stay there, and come damn near close to convincing yourself that maybe the path to the top of that mountain isn’t actually for you, that maybe you’re better off down there. And you’ll stay there, as your entire…
  • Why I Want To Write. Why I Want to Share My Story.

    Lauren Rains
    14 Jan 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The following is from my daily morning writing session on and is copy-and-pasted word-for-word with very little editing done to it. Well, it’s time to start writing again. For I am, in fact, a writer. Or, at least, I used to be one. I used to love writing. I used to love putting thoughts together on paper. And somewhere along the way, I decided I wasn’t a writer anymore. Back when I was in 7th grade, in the year of 2000, my English teacher gave a class assignment to write a sequel chapter to some book we were reading about Stonehenge. Instead of the required 4 pages,…
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    Business Fitness

  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #3 | You and Your Mistakes

    Dawn Lennon
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    So what do good supervisors do when they make mistakes? That’s the question I left you with after Episode #2. Supervising is murky. It doesn’t lend itself to measurement. Subjective evaluation, yes, but hard measures, not that I can see. … Continue reading →
  • Give a Little. Get a Lot. | Generosity Matters.

    Dawn Lennon
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Doing isn’t giving, although doing is required. At work we have jobs to do. The better we do them, the more likely we’ll be valued and rewarded. That’s true even if we: Dislike the tasks we’re assigned Know  the job … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode # 2 | It Starts with You.

    Dawn Lennon
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    What does it take to provide good supervision? That’s the question I left you with after Episode #1. The quick answer:   Stay connected to the needs of your employees. Supervisors affect the ability of employees to produce good work … Continue reading →
  • Unexpected Discoveries from Unrelated Experiences | Taking My Own Advice

    Dawn Lennon
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Finding something of value you weren’t looking for can be thrilling, especially when it includes self-discovery. Recently, I wrote a post about how learning something unrelated to your job can actually boost your career. I figured if that advice was … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising- Episode #1 | What’s Your Take?

    Dawn Lennon
    9 Mar 2014 | 10:55 am
    Supervising  doesn’t seem that hard.  It sure didn’t to me at first. I never set out to become a supervisor, but I always paid attention to the supervisors I had, particularly what I did and didn’t like about the way … Continue reading →
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  • Supporting Multipotentialite Kids is Out Today! (And we’re having a 48 Hour Sale)

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Hi multipotentialites! Woo hoo! I’m thrilled to announce that my new video guide for parents is out today! It’s called Supporting Multipotentialite Kids, and you can grab a copy here. I’ve designed this video to be helpful for parents, teenagers (feel free to watch it with your parents!), educators, or even adults who want to better understand their own upbringing and how it may have affected them as adult multipods. I tried to make the content insightful, educational but also practical, with specific action steps that you can take to immediately help a multipotentialite…
  • How To Deal With Negative Thoughts

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have all kinds of thoughts, all the time. Positive thoughts, sad thoughts, longing, excitement, pain, nostalgia, fear. Some thoughts are meaningless and mundane, others are revelatory. The National Science Foundation estimates that we have 50,000 thoughts each day, 95% of which are repeated each day. I used to think that just because I thought something, it was what I believed. That the thought represented some Truth within me. I would think, I haven’t gotten enough done today, and take the thought at face value, automatically believing it and consequently feeling bad about myself. I…
  • Supporting Multipotentialite Kids is Coming Out Next Week (Here’s a Sneak Peak + Contest!)

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hey Multipods! I have some really exciting news for you today. After nearly a year of research, a heck of a lot of writing and a few live presentations, I am ecstatic to announce that my new video guide, Supporting Multipotentialite Kids will be coming out next Wednesday, April 23! I’m really proud of this and I can’t wait to share it with you. I think you’ll find it both educational and highly actionable. I will also be giving away 2 free copies of Supporting Multipotentialite Kids. More details at the bottom of this post. In the video guide, I go over 10 strategies that…
  • The Pop-Up Shop: an Awesome Opportunity for Multipotentialites?

    Bev Webb
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Looking back, I guess I’ve always been an accidental entrepreneur. I never really set out to run my own business; I always did it to fulfill a need. It was the same when I started a craft fair. I’d been looking for a birthday present for a friend and really wanted something handmade – something with a bit of creativity and integrity. My city is full of shops selling stuff, but I wanted something special, not something from a retail chain with identical franchises up and down the country. However, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find an independent retailer that…
  • Launching Books, Lifelong Learning and Living on Your Own Terms: a Profile of Puttypeep, Thea van Diepen

    Janet Brent
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note from Emilie: I’m always amazed at the incredible growth I see in the Puttytribe. I’ve witnessed all kinds of projects come to life, from books being written to new businesses launched to radical life changes and moves across the globe. I’ve also gotten to see several puttypeeps grow more confident and start pursuing more of their interests and projects. It’s amazing to watch. I thought it would be fun to share some of our community’s “wins” with you. Today’s post is a profile of one of our longtime members in the Puttytribe, Thea van…
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    Deep Existence

  • Jack LaLanne: “Treat Your Body Like A Slave”

    Stephen Guise
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    “Would you get your dog up in the morning, and give him a cup of coffee, a cigarette, and a doughnut? [interviewer laughs] Why are you laughing? You’d kill the dog! And look at how many Americans got up this morning with a cup of coffee, a cigarette, and a doughnut.” - Jack LaLanne Jack Lalanne pulled 70 boats in the water for 1.5 miles in Long Beach, California. Oh, and his hands and feet were tied. And one more thing—he was 70 years old! That’s ridiculous. But when he was a sugarholic teenager, he had pimples and boils all over his face and was 30 pounds…
  • Prolonged Sitting Is Lethal: This 10 Second Trick Could Save Your Life

    Stephen Guise
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Sitting down all day is lethal. If you sit all day and you know it, don’t gloss over this fact: you are slowly killing yourself! Studies on prolonged sitting: A 2014 Study found that prolonged sitting is a major health hazard for older women (93,000 participants) A 2010 Study found that prolonged sitting increases mortality rates and decreases life spans across the board (120,000+ participants) Another study was published in 2012 with 222,497 people answering a questionnaire. It too found that “prolonged sitting is a risk factor for all-cause mortality, independent of physical…
  • I Tried Meditating: It’s Worth It

    Stephen Guise
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Cats “meditate” all day long. For a while, I’ve been hesitant to meditate. Reasons have ranged from “I’m not Buddhist” to “it’s weird.” But meditation doesn’t have to be religious and I’M weird, so I tried out non-religious meditation.  I sat in my chair, closed my eyes, and without moving or fidgeting, I focused my mind on my breathing. Simple. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. In seconds, rogue thoughts dove in to take my mind away from thinking about breathing. I had to keep refocusing on the breathing as I…
  • Mini Habits Is Officially An Audiobook!

    Stephen Guise
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    What happens when you combine one of the highest rated books on the marketplace with the world’s greatest narrator? The one audiobook to rule them all.  Click. Buy. Listen. Smile. Eat Lunch (optional). You can now buy the Mini Habits audiobook on Amazon or Audible! Daniel Penz (narrator) makes Mini Habits even more engaging than usual because he reads it with amazing inflection; he isn’t afraid to “modify” his voice either. Some parts will have you laughing out loud. Of course, it’s not just for fun: Mini Habits is a life-changing book. If you’re…
  • Why I Love Rejection

    Stephen Guise
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    Sun gazing: it’s a cool idea, but it’ll damage your retinas. It’s the sun’s special way of rejecting you. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Finance. My degree is folded up to fit inside a small folio organizer. I haven’t used it yet, but I sure did try. For a year, I searched for jobs. For a year, I was rejected at the point of application, the first interview, or the second interview. These companies didn’t believe that I was worth it, or else they were in financial trouble, or else they thought someone else could do a better job. I grit my teeth for…
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    Motivation Diversity Success Blog

  • Should We Allow Our Pets To Sleep With Us?

    Clint Cora
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Should Pets Sleep With Us? In my dog blog Life With Dogs and Puppies, I recently posed a question to dog owners whether we should allow our pets to sleep with us in our bedrooms or not.  Surprisingly, there were a lot of responses as dog owners are very passionate when it comes to their pets. I have always claimed that in my opinion, pets have the ability to make us humans better.  I even wrote about this in my personal development book The Life Champion In You.  Through responsible pet ownership, we learn not only responsibility but compassion.  I know that these are two main lessons…
  • Learning To Ski Is Not A Competition

    Clint Cora
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
      Learning To Snow Ski After 12 years of teaching downhill snow skiing, I’ve come across all types of ski students and one thing for certain is that we can never predict with total accuracy on who is going to pick up the new sport faster than others.  Although we would assume that those in better physical shape would automatically do better, this has proven to be incorrect sometimes. The same thing with males compared to females and adults compared to children.  Sometimes the men learn faster than the women while sometimes it’s the other way around.  Sometimes adults do…
  • My Spring Fitness Workout Schedule Includes Hiking

    Clint Cora
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    Spring Fitness Workouts The ski season has been just awesome as the colder than usual winter resulted in not only great snow conditions but a longer than expected ski season for me.  I started skiing in early December and therefore was on my winter fitness schedule for the last few months.  As of this writing, there is still plenty of snow out there as I’m still skiing a few days per week although my teaching stint at Glen Eden has finished for the winter. My last ski day at Mt St Louis Moonstone will likely be this weekend but I estimate that I’ll still be skiing for at least…
  • My Ski Video From This Winter Season

    Clint Cora
    3 Mar 2014 | 4:30 pm
    My 2014 Ski Video Learning comes in different forms and different people prefer different ways to learn new things.  Some prefer to read, some prefer to listen and others prefer to watch.  A combination of forms will usually help speed up learning and in snow skiing this is no different. Usually in my ski lessons, I explain techniques to my ski students verbally and then demonstrate the techniques to them to give them a visual.  This combination of learning has been very effective for my ski students.  This is also how I like to learn on the ski slopes for my own skiing as well when I…
  • Another Poor Example Of Telemarketing

    Clint Cora
    9 Jan 2014 | 6:19 am
    Poor Telemarketing Yesterday, I got a phone call from somebody which turned out to be yet another poor example of telemarketing.  A guy with an Indian accent claimed that he was doing a ‘verification’ for the Google listing of one of my websites (this one).  When I asked him to identify himself, he gave me a western first name (no last name), did not reveal the business or company he was representing and only repeated that he was doing a verification again. He obviously went to my website prior to the call but did not dig very deep as he probably went as far as getting my…
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • Where are You Holding Back Your Passion and Gifts?

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?” - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Each of us is on this […] The post Where are You Holding Back Your Passion and Gifts? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Feeling Stuck? What are You Really Committed to?

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning?… There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?” - LeBron James The last post I wrote was about focusing on the possibilities for your life. It was about […] The post Feeling Stuck? What are You Really Committed to? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Uncover Greater Possibilities Despite Gloomy Circumstances

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today. - Les Brown There are many reasons why we don’t get what we want. I’m sure you could put a long list together of all the barriers, obstacles and circumstances that are preventing you from living a more fulfilling life. […] The post How to Uncover Greater Possibilities Despite Gloomy Circumstances appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Are You Playing the Game of Life, or Sitting on the Sidelines?

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” - George Herman “Babe” Ruth What I really wanted to call this post was, “How to Live an Epic Life.” But sorry, I couldn’t resist the sports analogy. (MLB has started and March Madness is still swirling.) To me, living an epic life means doing […] The post Are You Playing the Game of Life, or Sitting on the Sidelines? appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Stop Starving Your Spirit and Start Feeding Your Soul’s Hunger

    23 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner Do you ever get that feeling that there is something more to life? It’s that feeling in your heart that you are meant to do something huge! […] The post Stop Starving Your Spirit and Start Feeding Your Soul’s Hunger appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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  • Commercial Espionage Versus Competitive Intelligence

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    COMMERCIAL ESPIONAGE - PROFITABLE, ILLEGAL, RISKY AND SOMETIMES FATALNote: It’s crucially important to know the difference between commercial espionage (which generally involves theft, among other illegal activities), and competitive intelligence, which is more challenging, but which does not ever require the foolishness of breaking laws and risking incarceration, deportation or, on occasion, death. Stealing information and selling it to a third party for a price is not a profession -- it is a death wish waiting to be fulfilled.It takes a great set of skills to gather competitive…
  • Leadership And Decisionmaking By Intuition

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The greatest leaders, managers, commanders and other responsible decision makers generally lead by their "gut" -- a twitterword [this latter is a Lingovation] for intuition. But how does a responsible individual differentiate between emotions (which are negative factors in decision making in a business or battlefield context) and intuition? Knowing the difference is absolutely crucial.Click:  Scoop.itRelated articlesIndividual Decisionmaking Is 90% Emotional ( Leadership Was and What Leadership Has Become ( and…
  • Keep Them Wondering - Mysterious Moves...

    30 Aug 2013 | 10:37 am
    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MY READERSIf you would like to continue reading articles written by Douglas E. Castle, you have two new choices:1) Visit his new professional website and business blog at, where he discusses fixing broken businesses and fueling and accelerating the growth curve of successful or potentially successful companies or organizations, or you may:2) Visit his multi-subject personal blog at which will now be the ultimate, centralized consolidation of the large list of blogs which follow. While I might continue to post to these…
  • Embassy Closings: Leader Turns Coward.

    7 Aug 2013 | 5:55 pm
    In your command, if you personally demonstrate cowardice, it will spread like a flu pandemic throughout the troops in your charge. After that, your troops won't think twice about disobeying your orders as your alpha underlings each try to grab command and control of your troops. After a while you will have chaos and anarchy. The United States, instead of using the intelligence it has to make some pre-emptive enemy camp strikes (the drones need more testing), and simultaneously shoring up its embassies with wider protective perimeters, extra military guards and better security checks in a show…
  • I Will Be Resuming Command. Slowly at first....

    5 Aug 2013 | 7:00 am
    I'm Not Jealous Of Alec Baldwin. I'm Just Jealous Of His HAIR.Friends, Colleagues, Clients, Readers And The Occasional Paper Clip Thief:I should be back to my usual pattern of obsessive blogging on too many subjects by August 8th, and I thank you so kindly for your patience while I'm rapidly on the mend.In the meantime, would you please do me a great kindness and 1) visit my new blog at, and then 2) follow me (please...this only takes a quick moment) on my brand-new Twitter account at you, and I'm hoping that you've missed…
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    Write Change Grow

  • The Myth of a Life with No Regrets

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    No RegretsYou see it written everyone. Personal development blogs and motivational quotes often push the live life with no regrets mantra.Here’s my take on it. It’s bull. Rubbish. Crapola.I haven’t met a person who doesn’t have a regret (or two). At 18 perhaps you may not have regrets (though I doubt it) but at 48 (yes that’s my current age) I think it’s downright impossible.Trying to implement a life with “no regrets” could be seen just as harmful as trying to have a “perfect life” since neither of them exists.It’s time to…
  • Do You Need to Reconnect with Old Friends?

    8 Mar 2014 | 6:16 pm
    I had breakfast with a friend recently that I hadn’t seen in ages.I didn’t realize time had gotten away from me and I hadn’t seen her in a year. I was shocked when I realized how long it had been.We had a wonderful time. It was lovely catching up with her and hearing all about how her life was going.It was a big wake up call for me.As regular readers will know last year wasn’t the best year for me. For various reasons I spent a lot of time alone and didn’t see some of my friends as often. I lost touch with a lot of people.Consequently, I’m on a mission…
  • Are Your Goals on Track for the Year?

    3 Mar 2014 | 2:27 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, it’s March already. Two months down for 2014.Two months in and I have an important question to ask you - How are your goals going for the year so far?Are you on track with your monthly goals or have your swerved off track?Here are some things to consider.Monthly goalsIf your first thought was – what monthly goals? – well there’s your problem right there.Hopefully you set yourself goals for the year. I am also hoping you wrote them down.But did you take the next step?  Did you break your big kick-ass goals down into monthly tasks? Did…
  • Stop Picking People to Pieces

    30 Jan 2014 | 1:09 am
    I was out with some friends recently when I noticed the conversation take an unpleasant turn.Every time someone walked in the door the people I was with would critique them, picking them to pieces if they didn’t like their clothes, hair or shoes etc.It was a tad unsettling.I love people watching. I love seeing all sorts of different people. I find it fascinating. Of course I have had negative thoughts about how certain people look but I tend to keep those to myself.Criticizing others seems far too common and in some cases a bit of a team sport.Here are my tips on how to be less critical…
  • The But Challenge that has Nothing to do with Diet or Exercise

    20 Jan 2014 | 1:42 am
    Years ago I worked with a woman whose husband would regularly win trips through his work to 5 star resorts.  This couple went to some amazing places, yet when I asked the woman about her trip the answer was always the same.His response was ‘it was a great – but’.  She was a lovely woman but the more time I spent with her I came to realize something. There was always a but, always some flaw in whatever she had experienced no matter how incredible it was.How many times have you heard someone say something like – it was wonderful but?How many times have you said…
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • Financial Freedom: How To Be CFO Of Your Own Life

    Barrie Davenport
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    I admit I don’t enjoy managing money. I get no thrill from scrutinizing my investments, analyzing the stock market, and pondering ways to make my money work for me. I definitely don’t enjoy paying bills, creating spreadsheets, and tracking expenses. Money has always felt abstract to me. The majority of it sits somewhere in a… Continue Reading…
  • Contentment As A Way Of Life

    Barrie Davenport
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    “I just want to be happy.” How many times have you said that to yourself over the years? How many times have you found yourself feeling unhappy, wondering why and what you can do to turn it around? We do back flips to harness that elusive emotion. We desperately strive to make money, buy stuff… Continue Reading…
  • People Pleaser? How To Release The Need To Please

    Barrie Davenport
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    When I was a younger woman, I wanted everyone to like me. I was motivated by the positive reinforcement I received when making others happy, and I felt my worthiness was connected to pleasing. Disappointing people, making them angry, or going against what other’s deemed acceptable was deeply uncomfortable for me. So I tried hard… Continue Reading…
  • 15 Negative Thoughts Holding You Back From Health and Happiness

    Barrie Davenport
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Put a rubber band around your wrist. Throughout your day, when you notice the rubber band, stop for a moment and examine the thoughts you were just thinking. Were they positive, neutral, or negative? As you examine your thoughts, also pay attention to how you feel. Are you calm? Agitated? Anxious? Irritated? Energized? Take a… Continue Reading…
  • 20 Things Confident People Never Do

    Barrie Davenport
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Her heart was pounding. A dozen pairs of eyes were staring her way. The only thing between her and complete nakedness was a thin robe. And she was about to drop the robe, step up on a platform, and stand before all of these people without a stitch of clothing. The instructor looked at her, letting… Continue Reading…
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    Abundance Tapestry

  • 10 Empowering Thoughts To Prosperity Consciousness

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    “Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.” Eric Butterworth Photo Credit: Ichtor | Dreamstime Stock Images I would like to share my treasure trove of 10 empowering thoughts to Prosperity Consciousness: 1. I am the co-creator of my reality. By taking ownership, I release blame of anyone else or the situation at hand. Instead, I consciously choose to co-create with the universe by focusing my thoughts in the direction of my dreams. 2. My net worth is influenced by my…
  • How to Shift Your Money Desire Consciously

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    “The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Allow me to clarify on a point where much confusion arise with many people: the desire for money. The desire to have money is nothing wrong. Many make the idea of desiring money as being sinful. This is not wise thinking. After all, we need money to pay for our living expenses. And if we have hopes and dreams to change the world to a better place, we need the necessary capital to fund these. Desires are borne out of contrast. It is our wish for a more expanded experience that…
  • Money Is Not a Dirty Word

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    “Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.” Friedrich Nietzsche Money is not a dirty word. Yet, many people make it out to be. They avoid talking about it at all cost. They squirm whenever they have to ask for money in exchange for their service or product. They conclude that the desire for money is a sin, partly from watching way too many Hollywood movies about how the pursuit for money corrupts the mind. Then, there are the religious ones take comfort in being spiritual and poor. Let’s put things in…
  • How to Heal Your Emotional Money Story

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    I work on removing fear and restoring love into my money story. Many of us have little awareness about how disrupted we had been feeling from having our money story. The reason is because we have been suppressing a lot of our negative emotions. We are taught to bury them, so that we can appear confident and “put together” in front of the world. The crux is that just because you had been suppressing your emotions, does not mean that they don’t exist. In fact, these are precisely the dangerous ones that lurk in your subconscious. Over a period of time, they can explodbe into…
  • 5 Sabotaging Stories by Your Money Gremlin

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:32 pm
    “Through consistent sabotage, your Money Gremlin stops you from becoming your best self and aligning with your highest potential.” Your Money Gremlin can sabotage your plans for prosperity. At the soul level, all of us are gifted with the blueprint for abundance and success. Yet, our individual blueprint can become corrupted by what goes on at the mental and emotional levels. Not forgetting, the mental, emotional and spiritual levels permeate each other. For easy understanding, your Money Gremlin is the psychological personification of your limiting beliefs and negative emotions…
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    Ayo Adebamowo

  • How I Became a Director Within 4.5 Years of Graduation

    29 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    I first met Lorraine Wright at a Book Launch in London in 2012 where she was one of the keynote speakers on the night. I found her recent story of how she became a Director at UBS less than 5 years after graduation from London's Brunel University highly inspirational and subsequently asked her to permit me reproduce it for the benefit of my readers. Please read, be inspired and informed!Lorraine Wright, Director at UBS and Founder, University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY)Lorraine Wright, a Director at UBS investment bank, co-founder of the Young professionals powerlist Network (YPP), and…
  • It is Unto You According to Your Goals

    8 Sep 2013 | 8:47 am
    We make progress by pursuing and actualising a vision - a dream, a desire, an aspiration or a goal. We make progress in proportion to the size of our vision. We don't achieve the same levels of success in life because among other reasons, we don’t have the same size of vision nor are we equally committed to the pursuit of our individual vision.The progress you’ve made till date is based on a number of important goals you have accomplished till date. The goals you’ve accomplishedare in turn directly related to those you’ve pursued.  To ascertain your level of progress say in the…
  • Tomorrow is Decided Today

    24 Jun 2013 | 11:57 am
    Part of living is making preparations for the future. This is important for the simple fact that tomorrow will be different from today; we know this because today is different from yesterday. One of the most importantaction plans you can take from now is to begin to think about the kind of future you want and to work towards creating it. Not many people do this, rather what the majority do is to leave their future to chances effectively leaving themselves with no choice than to accept whatever life eventually throws their way.The successful however think and act differently. Most of the key…
  • Succeeding By Chance or By Design?

    12 Mar 2013 | 1:35 pm
    The kind of success most people expect and experience in their endeavours is oftentimes nothing more than incidental success. It is the kind of success obtained by chance, casually and not necessarily requiring strategic actions to make happen. The problem with incidental success is that it has very low probability of accomplishment - it may or may not be achieved. Not only that, the quality of results obtained is often average, less than satisfactory and unsustainable. When you formulate aspirations with no action plans, entertain hope with no strategy or keep dreaming without doing, you are…
  • Comfort Zone: The Cemetery of Dreams

    13 Jan 2013 | 1:57 pm
    Not many succeed because among other reasons, not many are prepared to come out of their comfort zone to take risks. A point in time came in the life of Jeff Beezo, the Founder and CEO of when he had to make a choice between remaining in his comfort zone - a well paying job in the corporate world of finance and pursuing a dream of seizing the opportunities presented by the internet gold rush of the 1990s.Although advised by a respected colleague against leaving his secured job, he decided to apply what he called a "regret minimisation framework” in which he imagined whether…
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    Personal Success Factors

  • Can You Really Make Money Online?!

    Stephen Borgman
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Make Money Online: How I Created My First Web Startup This is a guest post from Lars King, an entrepreneur in the making.   MINDSET I had just made $150 in two days, online, from total strangers. How was this possible, you ask? Two words: passive income. For the last couple of years, I’ve been listening to a podcast called “Smart Passive Income,” detailing the what, how and why of passive income. People would come on the show and tell success stories about how they make money in their sleep. Little did I know that these podcasts were actually conditioning my mind to see new…
  • Build Your Life Like Martin Luther King Jr

    Stephen Borgman
    20 Jan 2014 | 7:05 am
    John 12:24-25 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Jesus Christ, fortelling his coming death “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot, Christian martyr, 1945 As a Caucasian, I have a lot of shame for the infamous history of slavery and segregation in our country. One man changed all that, and his name was…
  • 6 Best Free Strengths Test Sites

    Stephen Borgman
    15 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    Organizations are more than the sum of the individuals that compose them, but the most basic, and perhaps the most important, form of strengths investment lies with the individual.  When more individuals within organizations have their talents identified, understood, and integrated into their lives, the organization has greater potential.  ~Donald O. Clifton and James K. Harter, Investing in Strengths Donald Clifton and other researchers challenged business leaders to think about identifying and growing people’s strengths, instead of only looking  at weaknesses. When we are doing the…
  • Amplify Your Life By Developing Your Goals

    Stephen Borgman
    6 Jan 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you ready for a larger, greater, and stronger life?  Developing your goals is one of the best ways to amplify your life. According to, to amplify is: 1. to make larger, greater, or stronger; enlarge; extend.2. to expand in stating or describing, as by details or illustrations; clarify by expanding. Did you know that you can expand your life in stating and describing your goals? When we reach down inside ourselves to tap into our deepest desires, we can articulate and amplify those desires into a vision of what we want for our lives. I can’t think of a better…
  • Check Out This Goal Setting Template For The New Year (And Beyond)

    Stephen Borgman
    2 Jan 2014 | 7:16 am
    By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” Alan Lakein Would you like to have your Best Year Yet in 2014?  I’ve put together a goal setting template for your own personal growth plan.  I’m going to summarize the series of posts I’ve put together over the last couple of months.  If you follow it carefully, you’ll be positioning yourself to move beyond a simple wish list of resolutions to solid personal and professional results. photo credit: The…
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  • Deal with Life Head On – Grant Rant #179

    John Clark
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    S*** (Life) happens… Life happens to all of us. It is not what happens to us but what we do about what happens that matters. The question is… what do we do or how do we react about the things that happen to us? If we face then “head on”, as Grant Cardone suggests in his video above, we start to show the marks of a well adjusted, mature human being. Let’s take responsibility for the “stuff” that happens in our lives and face it head on!! As Always, Here’s to Your LifetoSuccess, God Bless You, John Clark
  • The Top Success Tips of All Time – Grant Rant #181

    John Clark
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:38 am
    Grant Cardone dispenses some GREAT #success advice again… Here is an added bonus tip from me >>>> NEVER GIVE UP!! When you throw in the towel, game over. I realize that you may have to call it quits on an endeavor or a work relationship or a job but only if this is causing you to move from a situation that is not serving you to one that is. As Always, Here’s to Your LifetoSuccess, God Bless You, John Clark
  • Youth is King!?!?

    John Clark
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    In the beginning of this song, while the piano is playing Sammy Hagar says a couple of lines before the song starts and one of them is…. “Youth is king.” I have heard that not only in that song but uncountable times before that and it never bothered me until just recently… Up until then, I always had thought that it had only applied to those who were young of age and starting to become an old fart I was really starting to take issue with that statement being that I hear it almost everyday day at the end of my workout, which by the way is a great place to have this song…
  • Top Wealth Creation Strategies For Financial Success

    John Clark
    5 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    This is a fantastic video by Brian Tracy exploring the ideas of wealth creation. As my late, great mentor, Jim Rohn has said many times, “Results is the name of the game.” When it comes to financial success, it comes down to the results that you help others achieve. This can be done by selling a great product or service. Make sure to watch this video from beginning to end, take notes and TAKE ACTION!! As Always, Here’s to Your LifetoSuccess, God Bless You, John Clark
  • The Pain of Regret or The Pain of Discipline…

    John Clark
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The late, great Jim Rohn said in his keynote address that we will suffer from one of two pains, either the pain of regret or the pain of discipline. And that the pain of regret weighs tons… With the 1st quarter of 2014 quickly coming to a close, it is time to examine where we are at and to determine if we are going to develop the disciplines to make 2014 or are we going to let another year go by with the pain of regret. The problem with the pain of regret is that not only do you look back and feel regret for the actions that you did not take BUT you have also wasted all that time with…
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    Your Success At Last

  • Two Keys To Being Fulfilled And Happy (Tracy Brinkmann)
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Even thought I have been studying human and personal development from 20+ years now; I, like you, still fall pray to things getting in the way of remembering the simplest of lessons that keep us from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Viewpoints And The Five Cs of Diamonds (Tracy Brinkmann)
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Your Viewpoints are like facets of a diamond, the more facets a diamond has the more beautiful it becomes. Let me share with you how the four Cs of valuing a diamond can improve the value of your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Listen To Your Heart Song (Tracy Brinkmann)
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The voice inside us.... we all have it... do you listen to it? Do you even hear it? WHAT you .... don't? No way... let me share with you some ideas about why you should listen to your inner voice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Grudge Not Just A Horror Movie (Tracy Brinkmann)
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Have you seen "The Grudge"? The movie were a powerful rage takes a supernatural form in the form of a creepy looking girl with long black hair, in desperate need of a tan that locks onto a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do Not Eat It All! (Tracy Brinkmann)
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over the course of our life's we have been taught lessons, openly or overtly, some of these lessons have impacted the way we think, what we do, who we hang out with and HOW WE EAT. Let me tell you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Maria Erving

  • Spirituality in Nerja, Spain

    Maria Erving
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Intuition and Awareness Workshop in Nerja (Malaga) Learn how to discover and develop your intuition and deepen your awareness and experience how life puts you right back to the rhythm of the universe and your true life when you are true to yourself. You will learn what intuition is, how it communicates, how to develop it, and what it is that hinders us from listening to it, trusting it, and acting on it. Learn how to discern between the voice of the ego and your intuition, and how to develop your intuition so that it becomes the guiding light in your life. We will do lots of exercises that…
  • Allow Yourself To Make Mistakes

    Maria Erving
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Sometimes there’s hesitation, and self doubt, and anxiety, .. maybe even a lot of ‘what if’s’. But what if.. what if it’s not such a big deal, and what if not just go for it even if you’re unsure? Twenty years from now, or even a year from now, what will it matter? If you’re not sure about something (and have been hesitating for ages), why not give it a go anyway – even if it might turn out to be a so called mistake? Sometimes doing something is better than doing nothing (and sometimes it’s best to not do anything if there’s hesitation,…
  • Why We Don’t Trust Ourselves (our intuition)

    Maria Erving
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:27 am
    Intuition is life taking care of us (guiding us) but most people don’t trust life and therefore struggle like hell, turning to even more doing – while actually to stop the doing for a while is so much more productive and helpful. It’s when we take a break from the frenetic doing and trying to figure things out that we can relax and then let life come in and speak to us through intuition. But why is there hesitation, why do the majority of human beings second guess themselves so much? Why is it that when we feel something, we sense something is off, but we then a moment later…
  • When Others Feel Uncomfortable When You Follow Your Heart

    Maria Erving
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:10 am
    When you follow your gut there will come periods where your integrity and dedication will be tested, and this might sound as if it has nothing to do with awakening, but it has actually a lot to do with awakening. There will be tests along the way and they will usually [...]The post When Others Feel Uncomfortable When You Follow Your Heart appeared first on Maria Erving. Related posts: To Follow Your Heart Is To Be Willing To Not Know The Next Step In order to come to that which you know not... Awareness Is The Key – The Heart Knows The Way There are ultimately no mistakes, all that…
  • Most People Don’t Want To Wake Up

    Maria Erving
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    Most people live mechanical, disconnected lives, with minds stuffed with beliefs and concepts, and if they are on the spiritual path they are even more stuffed with concepts and different spiritual ideas that they take as being true. Those concepts they hold on for dear life and protect them with all they have. They go on pondering things like is there's a life after death, or "what was I in my previous life" and so on – but why not ponder on if there is life before death? I mean, right now. Is there Life in your life? We have not been thrown into life, life is in us (what if you are not in…
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    More Freedom Abundance Well Being and Time

  • Super Better introduction to the Game for getting better

    Yorinda Wanner
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Jane McConigal had concussion which was not getting better and she started playing ‘Jane the concussion slayer’ which helped, which then led to creating Super Better (see video below). One of the aspects of the games that appealed to me was that it builds resilience in four areas: mental, emotional, physical and social. Jane says in Click here to Continue Reading
  • Having a Good Day with Nature and Beauty

    Yorinda Wanner
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:11 pm
     (affiliate link) How can we make each day a good day? There are lots of things which we can do for ourselves. One of the things would be spending time in nature.The TED Talk below has two views on this one by a young girl and another by an elderly man.It also has a lot Click here to Continue Reading
  • Appreciation for Matt Mullenweg and WordPress

    Yorinda Wanner
    3 Mar 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This post is about my appreciation for the developer of WordPress Matt Mullenweg. You can find out more about him on Matt Mullenweg on Wikipedia The reason Matt was brought to my attetion today was a link to Matt: Philosophical Conversation with Reid Hoffman in my WordPress dashbord. He also founded ‘Automattic’ which provides various softwares one Click here to Continue Reading
  • Playing and Meditating with Mandalas

    Yorinda Wanner
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Playing and Meditating with Mandalas Do you think that coloring in is only for children?Think again!  It can be very meditative and relaxing when we spend time to color in Mandalas.Doing this is just for our own benefit and the outcome doesn’t matter. Nobody has to see it.You don’t even have to keep the end Click here to Continue Reading
  • Empowering Questions help getting more Results we want

    Yorinda Wanner
    28 Jan 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Turning Affirmations into Empowering Questions A way to engage our own powerful internal search engine we can ask ourselves questions. The purpose of these questions is to focus on what we want and allow the answers and or evidence to present themselves.This may happen immediatly or it may take more time. Focusing on what we Click here to Continue Reading
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    Personal Excellence

  • 7 Limiting Beliefs Keeping You from Living Your Best Life

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:57 am
    During the late Medieval period, around the 15th to 17th centuries, a weird psychiatric disorder swept through Europe. Many people believed that they were made of glass and were likely to shatter into pieces with even the slightest of contact. This order was later named the “Glass delusion” and was duly recorded in the research journal History of Psychiatry. Such a belief meant that people took great lengths to change their lifestyle habits, adjust their behaviors, and even avoid human contact such that they won’t get “shattered.” For example, a 1561…
  • The Science of Happiness [Infographic]

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Is there a science to happiness? Well according to this infographic, there is! Check out the patterns, backed up by science, that are linked to happy people. Apparently, married people are 10% happier than unmarried people (I’m surprised!), healthy people are 20% happier than average (this, I’m NOT surprised ), Mexico kids are the happiest in the world, and sleep-deprived people tend to have a penchant for remembering negative ideas: Click for larger version. (Infographic by: Webpage FX) While useful facts, remember that at the end of the day, happiness is a state of mind. Some…
  • Why I Got Depressed Writing My Latest Book: Your Guide to Getting Through Development Hell

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you currently working on a project that seems never-ending? Are you on the brink of quitting because the work has turned out to be much more than you anticipated when you signed up for it? If so, welcome to “development hell.” A term that originated in the media industry, “development hell” refers to a state where a project gets “stuck” in development, unable to progress to production stage. Personally, I think “development hell” can be used to describe any project — not just film projects — that’s in limbo. Basically, if…
  • Lost in Life? Here’s Some Inspiration. [Infographic]

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    In my quest to make PE the number one resource for personal development, I want to bring inspiration and life lessons to you in every way possible. This means branching out of articles to share inspirational quotes, manifestos, videos, and now… infographics! You may have seen them before — infographics (short for information graphics) are simple graphics, usually charts or diagrams, that represent information in a visual way. It’s a quick and easy way to get information. Like manifestos, I plan to add infographics once in a while, i.e. every time I find something worth…
  • How to Make Your Vision Board (2014 edition)

    4 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    In 2011, I created a vision board video tutorial (you can watch the video here). Well, given that it’s now 2014 and I have realized my 2011 goals since 2013, I thought it’s time for a vision board update! And what better way to walk you guys through the process than through a video tutorial? Here is my latest video showing how to create your vision board (2014 edition). Watch, enjoy, and don’t forget to “like” and leave a comment with a picture of your board! (If you’re unable to see the video above, watch it via this…
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Have You Outgrown Your Box?

    Justin Mazza
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom. -Osho In America, I can’t speak for the rest of the world; people have a lot of expectations of what they are supposed to do with their lives. Not only do we have expectations of what to do with our lives, we seldom hesitate to tell others what to do with their lives too! As if there is a one size fits all model.   Marriage Just about everyone believes they are supposed to get…
  • Pics of the Ruins of Fort Howard

    Justin Mazza
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Last weekend my family and I took a trip to Fort Howard. Fort Howard was originally created to protect the port of Baltimore from an attack from sea. You can read more about Fort Howard here. During Halloween time the Fort is converted to a haunted house known as the Haunted Dungeons. I had experienced it over a decade ago and it was a lot of walking and a lot of fun too. It takes almost 2 hours to complete the haunted attraction. Some of the ruins still have some remnants of the decorations that they use for the attraction. This topic would be great for Weirdo October since not only is the…
  • You Are an Artist and Life is Your Canvas

    Justin Mazza
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Today is the best day of your life so enjoy it. Let your concerns and worries go because you have a team of people on your side that are helping you every step of the way. Breath in the beauty of each and every moment you experience because life is supposed to be fun and exciting. Learn to observe your thoughts as you go throughout the day. Make sure they are in alignment with your highest truths about yourself. Whenever a negative or fear based thought pops into your head just say, “delete that.” As I am typing this it is a beautiful, sunny day outside. The weather is getting…
  • Learn “Feng Shui” absolutely free!

    Justin Mazza
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:18 am
    Learn the life-changing secrets of “Feng Shui” in the FREE 6-day Diamond Feng Shui Fest online beginning April 14 Feng Shui is more than good interior design and having space that “feels” good. When done right it can be one of the most powerful personal development tools ever. Beginning April 14, Feng Shui master Marie Diamond will tell you exactly how to use Feng Shui in your home to: • Attract more rewards for your talents and accomplishments • Reduce drama, conflict, and stress in your home and workplace • Learn and remember anything easily • Have more…
  • Start Your Blog Today at 50% OFF

    Justin Mazza
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    I’ve helped many people start their blog’s. The majority of people use my webhosting company HostGator to get their blog on the web. Unfortunately, many of them paid full price for the service. Today only, March 25th 2014 HostGator is having a 50% off sale and yearly domain registration is reduced to just $4. Basically you could be paying as little as $2.48 a month to have your blog online and just pay a one time yearly fee of $4 to register your domain name. That’s literally dirt cheap. Also, HostGator will donate $1 on every sale to the American Red Cross. HostGator is…
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    Val Nelson

  • Why You Get Tongue-Tied When Describing Your Work

    Val Nelson
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    [I almost titled this post, "Stop Worrying About the Words." You'll see why.] Even if you have some memorized answer to “What do you do?”, you probably still worry about whether you’re using the right words. There’s so much stress over the words related to our work. You’re not alone in that struggle. I especially notice this struggle when it comes to describing a new business or cause that you’re really excited about. It feels like there’s no possible way to capture all that is in your heart about it. Using only a few words to capture it feels like…
  • 1 Easy Step for Getting New Clients Now

    Val Nelson
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:01 am
    This is not some gimmick. I’m going to give you the exact step below because I’m concerned that so many people skip over this easy and effective step. I notice that people starting businesses, or even with existing businesses, make it way too hard on themselves to get a few new clients. You don’t even need a website, a speaking engagement, a business card, or a networking event to get some new clients. This is the easiest and fastest way to get new clients. I can’t believe how many people skip over this!! I recently had a first coaching session with a client who we…
  • I Opened My Heart and Found Strength, Not Weakness

    Val Nelson
    14 Feb 2014 | 8:26 am
    I learned an important lesson about the heart when I went to my father’s funeral many years ago. The day he died, a friend came over and took me for a walk in the February chill and listened to my worries. I told her I was afraid I couldn’t handle all the emotions, and that I was especially afraid to be at the funeral and feel raw emotions in front of everyone when I felt so vulnerable. It was one of those major shy moments when I wanted to hide. She gave me a gift that has helped me with that fear ever since. She gave me a rose quartz heart to keep in my pocket. She said it was a…
  • LinkedIn Profile Essentials: Why and How

    Val Nelson
    4 Feb 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It’s time for a post about LinkedIn because I’m spending a lot of time explaining it. Even people who have been using it a while are not using it as well as they could be. You’re leaving money on the table if you don’t use it, or if you don’t use it well. And it doesn’t take much time at all! There’s really no down side to having an updated LinkedIn profile. And plenty of up sides. Below are a few specific reasons why you should, followed by quick tips on how to make it work best. I’m including links to step-by-step instructions. Even if…
  • My Mission to Support Quiet and Shy Girls

    Val Nelson
    25 Jan 2014 | 1:55 am
    “Quiet Girls” have a lot to say! I was painfully shy at one time, and I understand the stuckness and pain of it. I feel called to help quiet girls who feel stuck. I’ve begun some projects that might interest you too, described at the end. I was that super shy kid while growing up, who could barely get a word out of my mouth even though I craved being heard and understood. It was more painful than it needed to be. I have broken free of that shyness grip and I have studied how I did it, and how others have done it. I know how to help. I feel called to pass it on.  Today I…
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  • Patience

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
      Successful people are patient. They don’t rush. If you noticed many things in life your big dreams take time to manifest. The truth is that as you flow with your true nature of who you are speaking your truth and being the best version of you possible in alignment with source you tap into [...]
  • Your Power Is In The Now

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
      What is this power. Nobody knows. Yet, this power is in the now. It is present within you at all times. It doesn’t come from the past or your future. Your power is now. Taking baby steps to your big dreams is the key. And as you take these steps to climbing, the power [...]
  • Give A Lot

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
      When you are on your path to fulfilling your big dreams in life you will recognize one common theme. This common theme requires you to switch your mindset from what can I get? To What Can I give? When you dream big and follow your big dreams, you giving a lot is what will [...]
  • Believe In Yourself

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
      As you start on your journey or are in your journey of following your big dreams. The main thing you want to remember and this is the key. You want to always believe in yourself. This means very simply that you have this inner knowing that you will achieve that which you are seeking [...]
  • Follow your Dreams

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
          You have big dreams. It is time to follow your big dreams. Why is this? It is because you are capable of achieving your big dreams. What are you following your big dreams or someone else’s dreams for you ? Seek to pursue your big dreams in life. As you pursue your [...]
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    Making JGB

  • CHALLENGE | Moderate and Host a live Q&A with band British India

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:28 pm
    How’s this for a last minute challenge? A friend who works in PR contacted me this morning asking if I could moderate and host a live Q&A interview session with the band British India. Experience: None Willingness: Tons Some of the skill sets I most want to expand upon and get more professional experience are: a) experience on camera b) video hosting c) interviewing So it’s a go! A perfect challenge to get experience and start off a portfolio. More info about the event here: Join the live hangout…
  • PROJECT: B-School

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Only a day after handing in my resignation to work, my Mom introduced me to Marie Forleo’s B-School. Her 8 week business program had just closed for registration only a week prior and I was beside myself with the bad timing. I read through everything I could find on Marie online and watched all of her video content. I found myself inspired to come across someone with similar passions who was making a living out of life coaching, teaching and social marketing… all things I want to make a living out of! She has personality and drive, she’s positive and makes great online…
  • CHALLENGE | Mindful in May

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I’ve registered for Mindful in May. What is it? Charity initiative, money goes to building clean water wells in developing countries.  Set a personal challenge: Be mindful everyday! 10 minute meditations provided everyday throughout the challenge. Why am I doing it? Recently started meditating, found it to be incredibly useful for my busy life and active mind.  Challenging myself to implement daily meditations. Get better at disconnecting from ‘inner chatter’, learn to ‘let go’ and ‘just be’. How can you get involved? Do the challenge…
  • PROJECT | Social Media Marketing Strategy

    6 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
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  • I QUIT! Time to Start Working for Myself

    23 Mar 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I did it! After years of working on my ‘side project’ while working a comfortable well-paid job, I have finally mustered up the guts to say goodbye to my security-blanket-of-a-day-job and take the leap of faith towards working for myself. The decision didn’t quite come naturally. There were a number of riffs in my normally stress-free work environment and this pushed me to reconsider why I was working there and whether it was worth my time and energy anymore. I was passionate about the environment but the workload and its everyday management made it hard to enjoy the…
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  • 無料出会い系サイトは悪質業者の巣窟・・・?

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    無料の出会い系サイトには、様々な業者が潜んでいます。 他の出会い系サイトはもちろん、アダルトサイト、競馬予想サイトなど、色々なサイトの業者がいるのです。 また、アフィリエイトなど、報酬目当てで出会い系サイトを利用する業者もいます。 あるいは、メールアドレスを回収して、それを売り飛ばす業者もいます。 いずれにしても、このような業者の存在は、非常に煩わしいと言えます。…
  • メールアドレスの受け渡し制限有り・無料出会い系サイト

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    無料の出会い系サイトの中には、メールアドレスの交換ができないサイトもあるのです。 有料のサイトであれば、お金さえ払えばメールアドレスを交換することができるのですが、無料のサイトだとそれができないことも多いのです。 サイト側にしてみれば、できるだけサイト内でメールのやり取りをしてもらいたいのです。…
  • 登録している女性の数について~有料と無料で違いはあるのか?~

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 am
    無料の出会い系サイトと、有料の出会い系サイトとでは、どちらが女性の利用者数は多いのでしょうか? 一見すると、無料の出会い系サイトの方が、女性の利用者は多いように見えます。 しかし、実はそうではないのです。 なぜなら、有料の出会い系サイトでも、女性は無料で利用できるサイトがほとんどなのです。 つまり、女性にとっては無料でも有料でも関係ないのです。…
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    News To Live By

  • Google’s Top HR Person on #1 Job Interview Tactic

    Danny Rubin
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    By Danny Rubin Thomas Friedman did every Millennial a huge solid with his recent column. The NY Times journalist sat down with Laszlo Bock, the head of hiring for all of Google (“SVP of People Operations”), and asked, among several career topics, what’s your best advice for job interviews? Bock’s answer: “What you want to do is say: ‘Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate; here’s the story demonstrating it; here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.’…Most people in an interview don’t make explicit their thought process behind how…
  • Why No One Wants to Hire You

    Danny Rubin
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    By Danny Rubin I based today’s column on a question from a News To Live By reader. If you have a burning career question, submit it here. It could become part of a future NTLB newsletter! Question: How do I make myself stand out at an entry-level position that tons of grads are going for? Answer below… Please understand I don’t mean the next line with any disrespect. But no one wants to hire you. You’re not a bad person or anything. You might be nice, charismatic and willing to start at the bottom. You may also have a stellar resume; high marks at college and solid…
  • The Official Creed for Anyone Who Starts a New Job

    Danny Rubin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    I will fit in. By Danny Rubin Spring has sprung and with it comes new beginnings. Major League Baseball is back, the Lannisters et al battle each other once more on “Game of Thrones” (spoiler alert) and the housing market wakes (slowly) from a winter slumber. Feels like everyone and everything starts fresh. This spring — or any season, really — if you find yourself at a new job or internship and face an unfamiliar office environment, rely on the mantra below to survive those first awkward weeks. The “First Day of Work” Creed At my new…
  • This One Blog Post Will Boost Your Career 10 Different Ways

    Danny Rubin
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    By Danny Rubin Heartbleed. You’re the worst. How many of you spent last week — and maybe this week too — changing a slew of passwords to outrun the supposedly devastating computer virus? After all that mess, then comes another headache: keep track of all the NEW passwords I know. It’s a lot of info to store in our heads. I can barely remember what I did last week, let alone a random password I created nine months ago. As we all try our best to remember the past, let’s hit “pause” on NTLB, reach into the archives and revive the most useful career posts…
  • How to Improve Everything You Write in Three Minutes or Less

    Danny Rubin
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Three minutes to Smart Town. All Aboard! By Danny Rubin Congrats! You’re about to receive a makeover. On April 9, Twitter announced plans to roll out a new site design, and everyone seems to think the renovations look suspiciously like Facebook. Make sure to snag your FREE copy of “25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25” by Danny Rubin! Full of smart tips to take the work world by storm. Click here for your free copy! Among the updates, according to CNN: - much larger profile photo and header image - sort a person’s tweets based on photos, videos or replies…
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    Embrace The Chaos

  • 4 Traits of a Strong Mind

    Bob Miglani
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    A young man was walking in New York City and approached an older gentleman asking, “Sir, how do I get to Carnegie Hall?”. The older man responded as he walked away with a smile, “Practice my boy. Practice.”…or so goes the tale. Like most things in life, if we want to become really good at Continue reading...
  • How to Become More Resilient: 5 Ways to Learn to Bounce Back

    Bob Miglani
    11 Mar 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Comfort can be nice. But these days, it’s good to be prepared for the ups and downs we all face or will face eventually. “Comfort is the enemy of achievement.” – Farrah Gray What I have realized is that while we should be grateful for each and every “normal” and “boring” day, we should make Continue reading...
  • How to Move Forward When You Feel Negative About Yourself: 3 Ways to Get Going Right Now

    Bob Miglani
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:16 am
    Winters are tough for me. I look at the year ahead and know that I’m supposed to be working on fresh new goals.  But it’s tough getting motivated. Feeling lethargic, I tend to procrastinate, often feeling negative about myself.  Trading old habits for new ones can be daunting.  Losing weight, taking a new career step, Continue reading...
  • 63 Tips on How to Get Unstuck in 2014

    Bob Miglani
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:43 am
    Sometimes I dread the New Year for this uneasy feeling of making resolutions that may not stick. The problem with the resolutions I used to set for myself is the follow through. Each time I would gain some momentum in my life, my mind would create these negative stories causing me stop following through on Continue reading...
  • 12 Not So Obvious Things to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

    Bob Miglani
    27 Nov 2013 | 8:02 am
    Yes, we should be thankful for a lot of things this Thanksgiving.  Parents, spouses, children, friends and loved ones are usually at the top of our list.  But this Thanksgiving, perhaps we should be thankful for a few other things in our life that may not be so obvious. Why not be thankful for the Continue reading...
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    The Code of Extraordinary Change

  • How to Not to Be Swayed by Others

    Steve Errey
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    You know what I think? You should sell up, close your bank accounts and give me 75% of the proceeds. It’s probably best if you throw in a vacation for me too. Somewhere hot and on the water with good shrimp. You still get 25%, which is plenty enough to start again in a cheaper neighborhood, and I really think I kinda deserve it after everything I’ve done. Of course, that’s just my opinion. You make up your own mind, which, I’m sure, you’ve already done. I may not have been at my persuasive best just then, but I’ll bet there have been other times when…
  • Skin and Armour

    Steve Errey
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    There was a guy who once loved someone so deeply that he thought his heart would break forever when she went away. There was a guy who wanted to wrap his arms around the world but got distracted by cynicism and apathy. There was a guy who once met opportunity with guts and a smile but learned to choose certainty over possibility. That guy was me (as if you hadn’t figured it out), so I guess the old adage of “you teach best what you most need to learn” is true. In becoming a confidence coach I’ve learned heaps about where my armour ends and my skin begins. Armour…
  • Where Does Confidence Come From?

    Steve Errey
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you could pick up a carton of confidence at the store, along with your coconut water and granola, you’d soon be a confidence-guzzling giant. Need a boost of confidence to push through? Just mix up a confidence smoothie. Trembling in the face of challenge you don’t think you’re a match for? How about grating some confidence into a salad for a instant hit of go-get-em. Trying to make a decision but filled with second-guessing? Spread some confidence onto your bread instead of butter or mustard for the best damn sandwich you’ve ever had. Sadly, you can’t buy…
  • ActionPoint > Great Expectations

    Steve Errey
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    People are like nitrogen or traffic jams – we’re everywhere. At home, at work, in the store, on the street, in traffic, in meetings, in restaurants – people all over the place. To help navigate through the sea of people you encounter in an average day, you have a bundle of expectations about what they’ll do and how they’ll act. He’ll be wanting to leave soon. She won’t give a damn. I’ll get laughed out of the room. You won’t even notice. Unbeknownst to you, some of those expectations will affect your decisions, actions and feelings, taking…
  • How to Deal With Rejection

    Steve Errey
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    My romantic history reads like Cliff Notes from all of Shakespeare’s’ tragedy’s. And most of his comedy’s. Not entirely successful then, with a smattering of jealousy and rejection by the ladle full. Rejection’s out there all the time. In your relationships, in your career and with your friends, and it hurts like nothing else, right? It’s tempting to cast “rejection” as the enemy, the thing that makes you feel small, unwanted and not good enough, and the thing that destroys your confidence. So, here are 3 ways to deal with rejection the next…
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  • Simplicity: The secret to life is really that simple? – 6 Steps

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. When you least expect it, something will come out of the blue and test you to your limits. It could be losing your wallet, losing your job, or the end of a relationship, but what is the best way to[...]
  • Why Feminism Should Die So We Can Get Our Women Back

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    As a child of the 80s, and having grown up in a strict family, I was always taught to respect everyone as much as possible. I had many strong females in my family, and my respect for women in general is high because of that. This article is in no[...]
  • Find Yourself: Why You Should Get Away From Everything Atleast Once In Your life

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Go Find Yourself Its a cliche. Lets get that out of the way straight away. Going away to find yourself is something you’ve heard about many times, and you’re sceptical. You ask yourself, do you really have to go travel to find yourself? Can’t you just stay home and be who[...]
  • Pickup: 10 Best Pickup and Seduction Books Of All Time

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    Every young man gets to a moment in his life where the quality of the woman in his life are not what he would like. What are the options at this point? 1. Realise that this is it and his looks/money/status just don’t give him the higher value girls that[...]
  • Why Is Choosing a Life Direction Only Half The Battle?

    29 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    By Jamal Albayaa Choosing a life direction How does one set a good goal to achieve all the things that they want from life? It’s a flustering question and the first thing on everyone’s mind is “I simply don’t know where to start.”  Whether you want to sleep better, get[...]
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    The Start of Happiness

  • 5 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have on Your Deathbed

    Brendan Baker
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    As the age old saying goes: “YOLO!”Oh wait, that’s the new age saying. The age old saying is what that acronym actually stands for… “You Only Live Once”.Time seems to be racing at such a fast pace these days. Have you noticed?Over the past 18 months as I’ve been writing here on The Start of Happiness I’ve been doing some deep and big thinking. It’s been about getting absolute clarity of what I want to do in life and ensuring I give myself to it to make it a reality.When I look back on my life I don’t want to be living with any regrets. That’s why I made the biggest and…
  • Trajectory: A Model For Your Path in Life

    Brendan Baker
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Today, I’m going to share with you a concept that I absolutely love. It’s something that I remind myself of on a regular basis to help me move forward, stay focused and stay disciplined in the direction of my goals.It’s a concept that I like to call trajectory.Your trajectory is simply the path in life that you choose. When you continue to progress your life in a certain direction you will reach a certain end-goal. The thing is, a slight change in your trajectory can lead to huge differences in the outcomes you get in life.  Let's Get SpecificLet’s look at an example. If…
  • 3 Things I Wish I Did Before I Quit My Job

    Brendan Baker
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    As you know, last year I quit my job, left the corporate world and decided it was time for me to work on something of my own. I felt it was the right time for me. I had enough experience to understand how business worked and I was also unmarried at the time with no children. I’m well aware that priorities in life change when you’re married and have children so I wanted to give it a go while this window of opportunity was still open. Now, I’m married ... and I’m sure that children will be on the cards in the next couple of years so the clock is ticking! As I reflect on my final 6…
  • The 3-Step Process for Cutting Down on Social Media

    Brendan Baker
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Social media is an integral part of every day life. It has become one of the most common and effective ways of communicating with others. With the huge rise and use of social media, businesses are now starting to pour investment into social media marketing. Yet, is social media really that glitzy and glamorous or can it take away from the experience of what life is really about?I previously wrote an article 'Why Technology Sucks! Lose Your Phone and Find Happiness". I was fired up after watching a video and just spilled my beans into that post. It explains why technology is having a negative…
  • 5 Healthy Ways to Being Happy

    Brendan Baker
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    A healthy lifestyle and happiness go hand-in-hand, yet why is it that so many of us lack the discipline to follow through and really make that difference?Today, I'm excited to share a guest article from an expert on fitness, nutrition and self-improvement who provides some great, well-researched strategies for helping you live a more healthy lifestyle. Aqilah Norazman shares with us her experience in overcoming health issues, how it related to her own happiness and some quality tips for raising your happiness levels by living a more healthy lifestyle.Take it away, Aqilah!Enter Aqilah"To keep…
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    Regain Your Time

  • Are You Wasting Time On This Task? (Maura Thomas,
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Time management is an outdated concept, and many of the traditional “tips” aren’t relevant for the 21st century. One typical piece of “time management” advice that is contrary to effective task management is to try to estimate on your to-do list how long each task will take. If you are using a logical and useful […] The post Are You Wasting Time On This Task? appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • 5 Tips for Organized Spaces (Maura Thomas,
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I specialize in personal productivity and achieving your significant results, not residential organizing. But I know that being surrounded by clutter in your personal space definitely has an affect on your productivity. For more on this, I called on my friend and certified professional organizer, Janice Russell to share some great ideas. Organized Spaces, by […] The post 5 Tips for Organized Spaces appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • 3 Tips to Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track (Maura Thomas,
    3 Feb 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The Secrets to Achieving Goals Now that the New Year is behind us, and the gym isn’t so crowded any more, it made me realize that a lot of people have a hard time achieving goals they’ve set for themselves. In order to make continual progress on your significant results, use these three techniques from […] The post 3 Tips to Getting Your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • A Systematic Approach to Productivity (Maura Thomas,
    20 Jan 2014 | 3:59 pm
    System, noun: a harmonious arrangement or pattern; a group of related parts that move or work together; any formulated method of plan or procedure Atul Gawande, world-renowned surgeon, Harvard professor, and author of “The Checklist Manifesto,” says that there are three characteristics of a successful system: The data to determine success vs. failure. The ability […] The post A Systematic Approach to Productivity appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • 3 Steps to Quickly Catching Up on Email After Vacation (Maura Thomas,
    16 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    “Conventional Wisdom” when it comes to vacations has two big problems: People skip vacation altogether with the rationalization that it would just mean working twice as hard before and after, so it’s not worth it. (43% of Americans don’t take all of their vacation time, and Americans get less paid vacation than workers in any […] The post 3 Steps to Quickly Catching Up on Email After Vacation appeared first on Regain Your Time.
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    Big Picture. Fine Focus.

  • Good Tuesday

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Getting fish and chips on Good Friday is like going Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. There’s a good chance that there will be long line-ups and you will have to wait. If you can’t deal with it, then it’s probably in your best interest that you select a different food of choice or day to shop. Last Friday was Good Friday. Like many others, we wanted fish and chips so we placed our order over the phone. It was 4pm and our pick-up time was 6pm.  So just before 6, Drew and I headed to the restaurant to pick-up our order. Upon arriving, we noticed a bunch of people waiting for their…
  • This Week’s Menu #Foodlove #Foodie

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tagged: Clean Eating, Dinner, everyday gourmet, Food, Menu Plan, Organic Food, Photos
  • This Week in Photos #inspiration

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    This Sunday, Drew & I will celebrate two incredible events: the resurrection of Jesus AND our 1st anniversary! Another day of seeing recurring numbers. If you find yourself in the same boat, click on the image to see what they mean! My current read: Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh (Click image for a free download) Be-You-To-Full In honour of my amazing soccer teammates and our back-to-back championship, here are some lessons from the field that apply to life. A spectacular sunset in Toronto Tagged: art, Books, inspiration, Photo journal, Photos, Religion and Spirituality
  • Guest Post: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Kersti Abawi

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve been stressed, I’ve been stressed, we’ve all been stressed at some point. But, what do we do about it? Just as there are a plethora of personality types out there, there are a plethora of tools and techniques available to help you reduce the stress in your life. One increasingly popular technique is called The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. I have the great privilege of knowing Kersti Abawi, who is a psychotherapist, yoga and meditation teacher, and facilitator of Phoenix Rising Yoga and MBSR (She works out of The Bear Clinic in Oakville, Ontario, which offers…
  • This Week’s Menu #foodie #foodlove

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tagged: art, Clean Eating, Dinner, Gourmet, Menu Plan, Organic Food, Photo
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    Shaun Rosenberg

  • A Lesson about Judging Others

    Shaun Rosenberg
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    We’ve all heard not to judge others and that every time we point our finger at someone 4 fingers are pointing back to us. We’ll I’d like to share a neat little story with you that I found on the web. There is a lot of wisdom in it. A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry,…
  • How To Cut The Amount Of Drama You Create By 90%

    Shaun Rosenberg
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:33 am
    We all have that person in our lives that thrives on drama. They seem to always be in the middle of it and it seems to always follow them around. If you know someone like that in your life, send them this article to help them cut back and have a less stressful life. If you’re the person whom drama follows around, take heart of what we will have to say here. There is one sentence that can eliminate 90% of the drama that you create! But before I get into that I have a word of caution. This sentence that I am about to tell you only helps reduce the amount of drama that you personally put off…
  • 8 Simple Self Improvement Ideas That Work If You Do Them

    Shaun Rosenberg
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:31 am
    We always are on the lookout for self improvement ideas that work, but to be honest there is only so much that you can learn by reading. To be truly successful in life you need to make sure you have a balanced life and that you are actually putting forth the effort to do the things you want. Here are some self improvement ideas that sound pretty basic, but if you are doing them day in and day out, they can lead to a much better life. 1. Eat Right Too many people are filling their stomach with junk, crap, and corn syrup then can’t figure out why they aren’t losing any weight or why they…
  • 8 Convincing Reasons To Stop Seeing Yourself As A Victim

    Shaun Rosenberg
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:16 am
    It’s never my fault! I’m just the victim. Things would have been better if not for my bad luck! Does this sound familiar? Have you blamed others or life for the situation that you are in? Were you really wrong to? It is natural for us to convince ourselves that we were the victim and that there wasn’t anything we could have done to make things work out better for us. Whether we do this consciously to persuade others or unconsciously to persuade ourselves, it’s never our fault. Playing the victim helps you win arguments, it helps you gain higher ground, but rarely does it help you grow…
  • A Common Lie We Tell Ourselves To Sabotage Our Success

    Shaun Rosenberg
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:59 am
    I’ve been running online businesses for years now. It has been a fun experience and has taught me a lot about the world of business and about life in general. One thing I have noticed along the way is that we tend to tell ourselves little lies that can get in the way of our success. I’m sorry to say that I’ve been guilty of this as well. My sites were getting most of their traffic from the search engines. Anybody who has marketed things online knows that the search engines are constantly changing and updating their algorithm. In fact Google alone makes hundreds of different changes to…
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    Alternative Badassery

  • What If You Stopped Believing Your Bad Habits Are Bad?

    Cassie Nolan
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “I really need to start leaving some food on my plate. I always eat every last bite. I probably eat so much food I don’t actually need just because it’s there…” I was saying this to myself in my head the other night after dinner. I’ve said it many times. But that night, for whatever reason, some part of my brain argued back: “Why? Why do I need to stop clearing my plate? I’m not even a little bit overweight. I eat mostly healthy foods. Is eating everything I’m served–by myself or others–really an issue? Maybe I’m filling…
  • Why Conventional Career Advice Puts You on the Wrong Track

    Cassie Nolan
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note from Cassie: This is a guest post by Cody Wheeler at Academy Success. Interested in guest posting for Alternative Badassery? Contact me. If you follow the advice of most “career experts” out there, you’re basically going to be digging a deeper and deeper hole every day. You may not get out of this hole until you’re in your 60s. Or worse, this hole may end up killing you before you retire. See, there’s a pretty big problem with career experts. Most of them have never changed careers… so how are they qualified to tell you what to do? Confused? Let Me…
  • How I Know He’s “The One”

    Cassie Nolan
    14 Feb 2014 | 5:00 am
    Note: Another sappy Valentine’s Day post from me this year. Who am I? John doesn’t believe in “The One,” which is fine and sounds more harsh than it is. Specifically, he doesn’t believe two people are undeniably destined for each other, that they’re this perfectly-matched pair that the universe is set on bringing together so they can begin this beautiful, effortless relationship, and continue to mesh magically till the end of their days, living happily ever after. Which is to say, he thinks no relationship is perfect and every relationship takes a lot of…
  • They’re Wrong About Pessimists

    Cassie Nolan
    17 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    “You’re always so negative.” “Look on the bright side.” “Nothing pleases you.” So-called pessimists are used to hearing this kind of talk from family and friends. I should know–most of those closest to me consider me more or less a pessimist, and never fail to remind me of it. I’ve always kind of felt they were a little off in their evaluation, though. Like, a naturally negative person? Me? It doesn’t seem right. My observations don’t seem negative to me; they just seem real. They just reflect reality. And besides, if I really…
  • Fun Facts About Our Engagement (+ Pictures)

    Cassie Nolan
    10 Oct 2013 | 5:00 am
    Note: This is a “Cassie’s Personal Life”-type post, so if you’re not into that, see ya next time (asshole). Remember this post? You guys, he proposed. I said yes. We’re engaged. We’re getting married. (It took me a solid two weeks post-proposal to fully realize what actually happened, and based on the undertone of disbelief in those words above that just came out of me, I apparently still haven’t wrapped my head around the fact that John is going to be my husband and I’m going to be his wife. Like…what? WHAT?! We’re getting m a r r i…
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    Epic Thoughts

  • The Quantum Enigma…

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    Epica never ceases to amaze me. That’s all i can say! Recently the band was working on their sixth album called as the title of this post: “The Quantum Enigma”, which will be out in early May. In their songs, EPICA talks about scientific topics, such as quantum physics and others. This is not an […]
  • 10 Reasons to read

    6 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Many people criticize my obsession with reading because I spend a lot of time with eyes among books . And I come to say to those who at least are 10 reasons and many others, I prefer to read a thousand times that surrender to the reality of the world today. # 1. Reading makes […]
  • Dark’s Face

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:18 pm
    He was going to close the window of the room, when suddenly he saw between the dark shadow of a face, strange, mysterious. He tried to get closer to see better what was that silhouette at night . He was scared. His hands were shaking . Finally he reached the corner where the strange thing […]
  • What do you want?

    4 Jan 2014 | 5:54 pm
    As far I look I see your eyes subtly intertwines with mine. You are shy and don’t want to admit it, but I realize it while slowly under my head . Sometimes I feel pretty sure about feelings for me , as many as yesterday, no. What do you want? Hide your feelings as  saying […]
  • Misanthropy

    19 Nov 2013 | 5:31 pm
    Unfortunately our society is full of men and women that, just to make money, they do everything to cause harm to others. Example of this is the ” organ tourism ” or the illegal sale of organs, which are taking big boom in the world . Resulting from this a lot of kidnappings , mostly […]
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    Outside the Lines | Live Your Life On Purpose

  • Hello world!

    30 Mar 2014 | 12:32 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
  • Standard Blog Post With All The Trimmings

    9 Nov 2013 | 2:38 am
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  • Post Format: Quote

    8 Nov 2013 | 12:13 am
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  • Our Trip in Brooklyn

    7 Nov 2013 | 7:20 pm
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  • Awesome Gallery Post

    6 Nov 2013 | 11:24 pm
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  • What Could Happen if You Didn’t Hate Mondays?

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you don’t like Mondays, you’re not alone. Many people experience higher levels of anxiety before they head to work at the start of the week. If that sounds like you, one reason might be that you’re in the wrong career, so you dread returning to your job. You may not realize how much this affects every day of your week. The anxiety begins to build on Sunday and doesn’t lessen until Tuesday or Wednesday. Then when Thursday and Friday roll around, excitement and anticipation for the weekend begins. It’s a vicious cycle, and you’re never truly in the moment…
  • 8 Strategies to Climbing Your Own Mount Everest

    19 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    “Why would anyone ever want to climb Mount Everest?” I thought to myself as my class on leadership began a case study of the skills it takes to climb the highest mountain in the world. It’s dangerous, cold, and uncomfortable. It would stretch you to your absolute outer limits, and in the end, you may not succeed. That’s when I realized, we all have our own Mount Everests to climb. While your particular “Mount Everest” may not include literally climbing the highest mountain in the world, you are likely facing a challenge or obstacle, or pushing yourself to…
  • 10 Ways to Create Your Own Good Luck

    10 Mar 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Some people seem to have it all: a great career, lots of friends, good health, a great marriage, and plenty of money. How did they get all that? Are they just “lucky”? How can you be “lucky” too? While good things and bad things happen to everyone, it’s the choices we make every day that determine our ultimate reality. Chances are if you really look at the “lucky” person’s life, you may find that she received some great opportunities. But the real deciding factors are that (a) she made the most of them, and (b) she helped create those…
  • It’s the Little Things – February 2014

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:02 pm
    February is coming to an end and Spring is almost here! Like many of you, I’m ready for the sun. My daughter and her family were in town this month, and we had lots of fun rollerskating. I felt like a 10-year old kid again. This month, Portland was also hit by an out-of-character snow storm. The storm shut our city down for several days, with snow and freezing rain. The weather caused unsafe driving conditions, but also created beautiful ice sculptures on the trees and road signs. Marley enjoyed the snow, although he wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. A few weeks later, signs…
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    Achieve the Green Beret Way

  • Don’t Put Too Many Things on Your List

    Michael Martel
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    When it comes to lists, you may think that the more, the merrier. Not so! In fact, after about 10 items, your list starts to decrease in productivity. The vast number of to-dos actually discourages you, and you fall into the old, “I’m never going to get it all done, so why bother?” mindset. Then […]
  • What is the Best Productivity System?

    Michael Martel
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Every time another productivity book hits the best-seller list, thousands of people jettison their planners, calendars, software programs, and iPad/iPhone apps, thinking that if they just buy the latest and greatest system, they’ll be able to get a handle on their ever-expanding to-do list. The problem with this approach is that while it can be […]
  • Predict Your Success for 2014

    Michael Martel
    2 Jan 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s the beginning of 2014 and it’s pretty likely that you have set some goals for yourself this year.  Do you want to be able to predict your success for the goal? It is really quite simple. Just divide the time for you to accomplish the goal by how far you are already into the […]
  • The Single Most Important Factor in Success

    Michael Martel
    28 Dec 2013 | 12:20 pm
    I have taken inspiration from a post by Dan Kennedy.  These words ring true for so many people. It’s been almost eleven years since I retired from the military.  I have written books, talked in front of crowds, been on Executive teams crafting business strategy.  None of this most people would have thought possible. Before […]
  • Merry Christmas – Gift Giving

    Michael Martel
    22 Dec 2013 | 8:38 am
    First of all, I wish you and your very family a very Merry Christmas and all the blessings and joy for the upcoming year. I have to admit that I have spent many hours lately at the local stores and online looking and shopping for presents and that is all well and fine for everyone.  […]
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    Married with Luggage

  • Let’s Get Romantic, Shall We? (+ Your Chance to Win a Romantic Trip in Europe!)

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Whew! After a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, the day is here. You might think we’re talking about our 10th anniversary, but we’re actually talking about the release of our latest book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World. Our favorite reader review so far? …their story has me […]
  • Reconnecting with a Lost Love (Podcast #58 with Michelle Colon-Johnson)

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Married with Luggage: The Podcast is a weekly 20-minute podcast where we share lessons about love from our own adventures and couples just like you. We invite you to make every Wednesday a standing date with the Married with Luggage Podcast. “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” ~ Robert Browning Show Notes Have you ever […]
  • How We Write Books Together

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    We sit side by side at the desk, sharing amusing anecdotes and agreeing on every sentence that gets typed. We smile warmly at each other, amazed at how fast the story flows. It’s effortless, just like our love. Nice image, huh? Too bad it’s not true. How we write books together is a lot like […]
  • Spicing Up Your Sex Life (Podcast #57 with Cecilie Kjensli)

    Married with Luggage
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    Married with Luggage: The Podcast is a weekly 20-minute podcast where we share lessons about love from our own adventures and couples just like you. We invite you to make every Wednesday a standing date with the Married with Luggage Podcast. It’s been so long since I’ve had sex I’ve forgotten who ties up whom.” Joan Rivers […]
  • Embracing Unconventional Romance

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    This week Betsy and I completed the second draft of our latest book, Married with Luggage: What We Learned About Love by Traveling the World. We celebrated with a long walk through the hills surrounding our village here in Spain. It was an opportunity to step away from the words and launch planning and just […]
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    Shift into Balance

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    Anna Papalia
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Shift into Balance - Life & Career Coaching for Professionals Being in a relationship with someone who doesn’t see you, appreciate you or understand you can take a major toll because although you may try really hard and spend a lot of energy on forcing it to work it doesn’t result in a better relationship, it just results in pain. I married the wrong person and there was a lot of pain in our marriage because nothing we did seemed to work. It was hard to believe that working hard wasn’t the answer. It was hard to believe that quitting was the best solution but I just remember how…
  • Break a bad habit

    Anna Papalia
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Shift into Balance - Life & Career Coaching for Professionals Do you have a habit that you’d like to break? All habits from biting your nails to eating when you aren’t hungry and buying stuff you can’t afford are all formed and created the same way through reminder, routine and reward. If you’d like to make a good habit stick follow the formula. If you’d like to break a bad habit become conscious of the formula and then crowd out your current bad habits with new better ones. Last week I detailed how the formula works. Reminder- the trigger. The light turns green. Routine- the…
  • Make a good habit stick

    Anna Papalia
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Shift into Balance - Life & Career Coaching for Professionals Last week I wrote about how to pick a new habit and this week I am going to cover how to make a good habit stick. Habits whether they are good or bad are all formed and created the same way through reminder, routine and reward. Reminder- the trigger. The light turns green. Routine- the action you take. You step on the gas Reward- the benefit. You get closer to where you are going. A client once asked me, “Why is it so easy to stick to bad habits and so hard to make a good habit stick?” In the most basic terms, “It depends…
  • Pick a new habit

    Anna Papalia
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Shift into Balance - Life & Career Coaching for Professionals We all have habits, whether they are good or bad they are formed and created the same way, through reminder, routine and reward. Today, I am going to cover how to pick a new habit and next week I am going to talk about how to make your new habit stick. Pick One- You can only change 1 to 2 things at a time. You can’t try to stop smoking, diet and make your bed everyday. So, focus on one and then when you make reasonable progress start working on the next. Coaching tip- Do not fool yourself into thinking that you can…
  • It is your choice

    Anna Papalia
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Shift into Balance - Life & Career Coaching for Professionals Everything in your life is a reflection of your choices. Everything you do is a choice. Whether it feels that way or not, it’s still a choice. You can let others make a choice for you but that is choosing to let others decide. You can do nothing, but that is choosing not to make a choice. No matter which way you slice it, whether you actively choose, have someone else choose or do absolutely nothing- IT IS YOUR CHOICE! If you want a different, new and improved life you must make different, new and improved choices. The only…
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    The Personal Freedom Project

  • 19 Extraordinary Ways You Can Live a Better Life. #12 Is Compulsory!

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    This post is for you if you are seeking to live a better life. Even if you implement one of these things in your life today, It could make  a big difference.   Wake up Ask questions about everything, do you really think the life you are living is the truth? Do you sense a […]
  • 30 Powerful Quotes That Will Change Your Life Forever

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:25 am
    Ahhh quotes… The thing about quotes is that they give you a perspective or outlook you didn’t see before, some resonate with you more than others and some will ultimately be what you need  for a shift or change in your life. You may have a favorite I’ll let you share them in the comments, […]
  • How To Create a Work Life Balance Doing These 5 Simple Things (Especially #4)

    13 Feb 2014 | 5:35 am
    Is Your Work-life balance none existent? We can be thrown out of our routine when change happens. This could be starting a new job moving home, or when other things take place that mess with your usual routine, your work life balance now seems like you’re not getting anything done, spinning in circles + getting […]
  • How To Find Your Purpose In Life

    9 Jan 2014 | 3:10 am
    I think you should realize that the purpose of life is to enjoy it, yes enjoy your life. I know, I know… your thinking to yourself but I’m just one car away from being happy and that big house I’ve always dreamed of is all I need then that’s it ill be OK honestly. Well […]
  • Live a Life You Love In 3 Seemingly Obvious Steps

    21 Nov 2013 | 4:28 am
    Live a life you love – Does this sound far fetched?  Like a lie?  Or something that only happens to other people? Well I wouldn’t throw the idea out the window just yet because first of all you might hit someone in the face with it and second It might actually be possible to live […]
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    Simple Life Strategies

  • Three Killer Tips to Have it All in Life

    Zoë B
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to have it all? Everyone knows that you can’t have success without the hard work right? I interviewed Hay House author Megan Dalla-Camina, to get to the bottom of this.  Megan has over 20 years experience in the corporate world working with multi-billion dollar businesses and she shares her journey to success in her new book: Getting Real About Having it All. Most successful people would have us believe that success brings with it back-breaking work hours, unsociable schedules and a whole lot of blood sweat and tears…but Megan has another way in…
  • What Miley Cyrus, smelling roses and excited puppy dogs have in common and why you need to know now. Intrigued?

    Zoë B
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    I read a few weeks ago that despite having recently had a number one album in the US, Miley Cyrus is more unhappy than she has ever been. Now before I explain the relevance of roses and puppy dogs, just think about this for a moment. She’s smashed one of her MAJOR goals in life; to reach number ONE on the charts, even after her publicized difficulties, and yet she still feels at her unhappiest. So why is she so unhappy? I can’t speak for Miley, but I do have a few ideas around this, because it’s something I see a lot as a coach. Chasing goals can be a dangerous game to play. In-fact in…
  • The One Tip that Will Get You Absolutely Anything You Want in Life. Guaranteed.

    Zoë B
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
    A few weeks ago I interviewed Stanford Professor Bob Sutton (an amazingly intelligent and lovely man by the way). Bob knows a lot about successful people and companies (in-fact he’s spent time with the head of Google and lots of other very successful human beings). Our chat got me thinking about how there’s one very simple step that absolutely anyone can take to guarantee them results. And I’m really excited to share that with you now. I use this all the time and it’s never let me down. It’s kind of a no-brainer really and you’ll see why. People often come to me as a coach to help…
  • Scaling Up Excellence – Stanford Professor Bob Sutton

    Zoë B
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Have you ever wondered how companies like Facebook and Google succeed? Or just what it takes to create a hugely successful business or organisation? If you have, then Stanford Professor Bob Sutton has some great tips to share with you today in this video interview. I interviewed Bob about his new book (co-authored with Huggy Rao): Scaling Up Excellence and he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to success in both small and large organisations. He’s spent time with some of the biggest multi-million dollar businesses including Facebook, Google, Walmart and Starbucks – and he wants to…
  • How to Train Your Brain – Tips from Hay House Author Susan Pearse

    Zoë B
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I want to let you in on a little secret this week. Did you know that your brain is the most important piece of equipment you have!? Think of it like your own personal computer. Like most computers, your brain needs a little training and today Hay House author Susan Pearse is going to show you how to train your own brain so you can enjoy more happiness and success in life. I was lucky enough to interview Susan about her new book (co-written by Martina Sheehan): Wired for Life, which I have to say I cannot wait to get my hands on. Susan and Martina have studied the brain for over 10 years and…
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    Think Smarter World

  • Intelligent Risk Taking for the Risk Averse
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    Contrary to what you may believe—or have been taught to believe—failure is good. It teaches, builds character, instructs us how not to do something, and leads to understanding of how to do it correctly. Sometimes the only path to success is through failure. In fact, venture capitalists often prefer to staff their start-ups’ leadership teams with people who have a few failures under their belt, the theory being that they know the path of what doesn’t work, and now in a different set of conditions, they’ll find the path to success. Of course, the team is ideally comprised of people…
  • Becoming Goal Oriented in a Continually Changing World
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Once we start to understand the world around us better through tools such as systems thinking, we’re naturally going to identify areas for improvement. We’ll begin to see where making some changes can vastly improve how we do things, and we may even decide to create new goals for ourselves. Having a high-level map of what we would like to achieve is a key step in moving from the reactive to proactive mindset as covered in Chapter One of Think Smarter in a Digitally Enabled World. But the reality is that over 90% of people don’t actively set, write down, or track their goals. Why? It…
  • Four Must Have Tools to Manage Information Abundance
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    Unlimited access to the world’s’ collective information is only as good as our ability to organize, manage, and retrieve it effectively. As productivity guru David Allen says: “We must go beyond our brain’s limitations to hold information for us.” If you aren’t familiar with David’s “Getting Things Done” methodology, one of the key points of his approach is to relieve the burden on the part of your mind that excels at short-term, not long- term, memory capture. You can achieve this by filing away information into some type of “off-brain” storage—a notebook, folder,…
  • Have You Found What You’re Looking For?
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:42 am
    In the course of being more mindful and asking better questions about the various aspects of our lives, we subsequently need to improve our ability to find the answers to those questions. The Internet has given us an amazing gift: the organized treasury of the world’s collective knowledge. But in order for us to make the most of this valuable resource, we need to be able to access it effectively. The best way to accomplish this is to significantly increase our ability to use the major Internet search engines so that we can find exactly the information we’re looking for. And, given how big…
  • The Subtle Shift of Mind that Allows You to Harness the World’s Collective Knowledge
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In today’s digital age, one of the key skills required for success is being able to control the massive amounts of information and knowledge we have coming at us from all directions. Because most of us are rightly overwhelmed by this constant barrage, we must go beyond passively receiving information that others think we want or need to proactively target, seek, organize, and understand the information that will make our lives better.   Image: Will Lion, Flickr The truth is, the constant influx of news, images, and video is giving us a digital hangover, much like you get after one too many…
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    Be a Light ToThe World: Ikechi Awazie | Be a Light ToThe World: Ikechi Awazie

  • Does It Make Sense To Be Your Greatest Self

    Ikechi Awazie
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am   So you want to be at your highest level. You want every area in your life to be at it’s top form; you want to develop to your greatest self. What does it mean to be your greatest self? Is it something to be achieved? Does it actually make sense to be your best self or is it just a  wishful thinking? What is Your Greatest Self? The concept of being your greatest self is a term in which an individual reaches his full potential. It’s a state in which everything you do is right. You are actually clear about your core values and goals; You know your…
  • Be An Inspiration: A Free School Under The Metro Bridge

    Ikechi Awazie
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s no news that there are places in this world where children are lacking the basic amenities of life. These children are born into a life of slum and garbage. They become cheap workers and are exploited by gangs or forced into child labour, they hardly have a chance to decide their own destiny  Even though there are organisations battling to give children happiness in this world, they can’t be everywhere. This brings a question; who will stand in the gap and give this children an intentional life on earth? Meet Rajesh Kumar Sharma, a 43 year old shoe…
  • The Truth About Finding Your Call

    Ikechi Awazie
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:42 am
    Image courtesy of   Have you been in a situation where you want to take a leap in your life but you don’t where to start. You want to make your life intentional but don’t know your calling. I stumbled upon an interesting comment this week. A guy wanted to know how to discover his calling. He had resigned from his high paying job because he wanted to enjoy freedom and experience something bigger to make a mark in the world. Unfortunately, he was not getting this experience from his current job. The topic about finding your calling has been on for ages.
  • How A Man Built A Road On The Mountain Without Support

    Ikechi Awazie
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    Every man has the potential to influence his generation When you are faced with a situation that is beyond your ability and control, the natural thing to do is to sweep it under the carpet. After all, it’s beyond your ability and there is nothing you can do about it. If you certainly agree with me, then this true live story should change your mindset. Born in  Musahar community considered as the lowest among the Hindu scheduled castes in india was a poor labourer named Dashrath Manjhi. Dashrath Manjihi lived in  Gahlour village near Gaya, Bihar. His village was flanked by mountain…
  • Can Your Life Be The Most Insanely Awesome Thing You Can Imagine

    Ikechi Awazie
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gracie Walton, CC-BY 2.0 via Flickr You just turned 30 or maybe you are 40. Its a whole new journey and you want to make the best of it. So you decide to make your life the most insanely awesome thing you can imagine but then you come to a realisation, even though you feel you know what you want to do, you don’t know where to start. You think about it but don’t know how to make that impact in your life. Is it really possible for your life to be insanely awesome? This is really hard to answer. The reason is because such issue is subjective. No one can accurately give you a…
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  • Adopt The Minimalist Approach To Email

    Camilla Carboni
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Less is always more, except when it comes to chocolate. There’s a great deal to be said about efficiency in day-to-day life and in the workplace. In a society that is easily distracted by numerous gadgets and accessories, focus has become an underrated ability. My favorite book of the moment is Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. It’s hysterically funny, despite being non-fiction. I state that because my friend couldn’t quite comprehend how a non-fiction work could get me laughing out loud. All I can say is–read it–Ferriss just has a unique way with…
  • The Trick To Success Is Simply To Begin

    Camilla Carboni
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    It’s all too common that one has a great idea and talks about it a lot but acts on it only a little. Worse, no action is dedicated to the idea at all. What I’ve learned in my 30 years is that life is really quite open to ideas, but it’s up to you to make them real. Things don’t happen by simply wishing them, nor do they come a-knocking while you sit around hoping, but apply just a little effort and suddenly life rearranges itself to assist you in realizing your idea. As Pablo Picasso said, “Action is the foundational key to all success.” Experience has…
  • Book Review: Start A Freedom Business By Colin Wright

    Melissa VanDover
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Start A Freedom Business written by Colin Wright was a really enjoyable read and it ties in nicely with Create The Dream’s belief that you can reach your goals in a way that is purely unique to yourself. Wright opens the book sharing his own personal story but quickly transitions into explaining what a freedom business is. He helps describe to the reader the necessary mind-set you must have to start and run a freedom business, as well as some changes you may need to make to your current mindset to be successful. My favorite part of the book is when Wright begins to discuss freedom…
  • The Key To Staying Organized

    Camilla Carboni
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    During a one on one meeting at work my boss asked me how I manage to stay so organized despite the constant tide of incoming work and often overwhelming deadlines we face on a day-to-day basis. I paused for a moment and tried to think exactly what enabled me to stay so on top of things, regardless of the number or severity of tasks at hand. I really didn’t know exactly how to answer, for truthfully I had not yet thought about why it is that some people are able to take on more and more without reaching an inundation threshold, while others flail at the very first sign of stress. What…
  • Prioritizing With Stephen Covey’s Important Urgent Matrix

    Melissa VanDover
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
      Prioritizing can be difficult, especially with all the things that we need to do during a normal week. I’ve been experimenting with different ways to prioritize my tasks and I recently found some success with Stephen Covey’s Important Urgent Matrix. I however have gone a few steps further to develop a process that utilizes this matrix and seems to work well for me. I’m going to share my process with you below in the hopes that it’ll help you prioritize your work load. My process has been pulled from the million different books and articles I’ve read on the…
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  • Re: Are weight loss supplements really effective?

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    There is no such issue as a fat burner pill, liquid, powder, or supplement! Got it? consider it. If any of this garbage worked, why would 2/3 of the adults within the United States be overweight, obese, or morbidly obese? we might be lined up while not defrayal a dime on advertising to shop for a weight loss product that really worked.
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    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Eat often, however in tiny parts. The less your body peaks and falls on the glucose scale, the less probably it'll be to gormandise and/or store unwanted fat. Ideally, cut calories, however don’t starve yourself. If you eat the proper foods and eat typically enough, you won’t end up intake immense parts and deadly sin normally.
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    Love To Talk
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:25 pm
    You only go around this lifetime once. Do what makes you feel good. Take care of yourself. Happiness is an inside job. No one can make us happy but if you feel joyful, excited, and full of life when you're with someone else then it can't be wrong. Stay with your husband if that is your choice, but you must live and be happy with your choices. You are the one making these decisions and choices.
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    10 Mar 2014 | 2:56 am
    Sip Oolong TeaResearch suggests that people with mild eczema who drink oolong tea three times a day may show improvement in itching and other symptoms. Compounds in the tea called polyphenols appear to be responsible.Regards:Packers and Movers in Thiruvanmiyur:LST
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    31 Jan 2014 | 9:51 am
    Sorry you feel so sad, I know the feeling. I have one person other then my family to talk to, and I can't spill my guts to anyone. I worry what people will think of me if they know some of the things I've done. For the most part I am a good person just sometimes make bad choices. I don't like being alone when there are so many people in my life, but they judge too much. Why can't people just realize we are who we are and love us.
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  • I’m A Blogfest 2014 Speaker!

    Terressa Dotson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    I wish I had words for the feelings I have, but I don’t. This is frecking amazing. I can’t wait to meet the other speakers (on my twitter!) and people attending. If you’re going.. tell me on Twitter, Facebook, anything!! I want to meet you. Happiness is something that I strive for everyday. It’s  a journey and it’s hard. It requires learning about yourself and what makes you feel good. On top of that, it requires you to take action on what makes you feel good while disregarding what doesn’t. Being given the opportunity to share my tricks on how to maintain…
  • Product Review: Nikki Sharp 5 Day Workout Plan

    Terressa Dotson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week I teased you with my first thoughts on Nikki Sharps 5 day workout plan. All held true through challenges and sweat as I finished up all 5 days.                 The set up of the plan is very similar to her 5 day detox. There is more information then you know what to do with including what stretches to do when, the background of what workouts your doing and how they can help you, etc. There is even a printable food diary you can use if you feel so inclined. Day by day the workouts varied and were very cardio based. By cardio I don’t mean…
  • BlogFest 2014: Speaker Potential

    Terressa Dotson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    You have 5 more days to vote for me to speak at BlogFest. So I thought I would explain a little further into what I would talk about if I was chosen and why.   What I decided was important to speak to is goals. I have always had short term and long term goals, as everyone does, right? Short Term Goals: Make your meals for the week Exceed your longest run Blog 3-5x a week Get up early 3 days this week to workout Go to a social gathering once a week Long Term Goals: Graduate high school Get a bachelors degree Find a job you love Find a different job if you eventually do not love above job…
  • Product Preview: Nikki Sharp’s Workout Plan

    Terressa Dotson
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here we are, back at it! Nikki Sharp has become someone I not only look to for physical inspiration (let’s be honest, she is absolutely stunning) but also mental. This woman is so strong, and so talented when it comes to guiding a healthy lifestyle, I am truly honored to be able to review yet another one of her products. If you haven’t seen my review on Nikki’s 5 day detox, check it out here. And if you are interested to learn more about her background, I also got to interview her. Almost a month ago (where does the time go?), Nikki released another product; a 5 day workout…
  • Fit. Got a Facelift!

    Terressa Dotson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    So early right? We are only 5 months old! Here’s the deal: The brand name Fit. was very broad, which is what I wanted at first. We are all alike in our journey striving for our greater goals, right? But as I started to find my voice, connect with people and businesses alike; I started to see myself more as a blogger. I am in the process of achieving my bigger goals in my life, in fitness, in my personal relationships. And so are all of you! That is how Achieving Fit. was born. This is a place for you to learn, develop, find yourself with the world! You’re happy and…
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