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  • The Most Important Thing School Can Teach You

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  -Albert Einstein College is an important time in life. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of classroom education, and a pivotal time to discover one’s passions. Unfortunately, this is precisely the time at which those potential passions are crushed. As a child, you are told you can be anything. The world is your oyster, they say. And herein lies the hypocrisy of our society: every year students are ushered off into the job world knowing their majors, but not the possibilities. For many, the world…
  • Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business

    The Invisible Mentor
    Avil Beckford
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business – Tracy Pepe, Nose Knows Consulting Recently, I became aware of olfactive branding, and I was curious about the concept and wanted to learn more about it. If you walked into the Trump Hotel and Tower in Toronto, you would smell champagne and caviar. Tracy Pepe, an olfactive branding specialist created that unique smell for the company. The champagne and caviar scent creates images of luxury, which is what you would expect from the Trump Hotel and Tower. Olfactive…
  • Finding Paradise

    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine
    Darren Hardy
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you feel restless or dissatisfied with life? Do you seek a certain paradise… The life of your imagination, dreams and childhood fantasies? Let me see if I can help you find your paradise. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine, Rachel. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Rachel has the perfect life.  In her mid-forties she is as healthy and radiant as she’s ever been. She has a husband who adores her and three kids who multiply that love. Yet lately she admitted, she’s been feeling… restless. Like something was missing and she had…
  • Why You Should Never Give Up

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    Tony Fahkry
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe Think like a Billionaire I am fascinated by billionaires. There I said it. Please don’t hold me in contempt as I endeavour to explain myself. Okay, it may have been a little presumptuous of me, since you would not be mistaken for assuming my fascination was owing to their wealth status – right? I should be clear that my curiosity extends towards the…
  • WOW Beginnings (1 of 2)

    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine
    Darren Hardy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In part 1 of this week’s series, I want to talk to you about WOW beginnings—businesses where young entrepreneurs hit it big early. I want to share one such story with you. One disclaimer however, I have a certain weakness for the business I am about to share with you…but more on that later. In the summer of 1978 two friends, lets call them Cohen and Greenfield opened a makeshift ice cream parlor in an abandoned gas station in northern Vermont of all places.  Not perhaps you would think the most ideal location for to sell ice cream. These two men…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • Why You Should Never Give Up

    Tony Fahkry
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe Think like a Billionaire I am fascinated by billionaires. There I said it. Please don’t hold me in contempt as I endeavour to explain myself. Okay, it may have been a little presumptuous of me, since you would not be mistaken for assuming my fascination was owing to their wealth status – right? I should be clear that my curiosity extends towards the…
  • The Most Important Thing School Can Teach You

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  -Albert Einstein College is an important time in life. It’s the culmination of a lifetime of classroom education, and a pivotal time to discover one’s passions. Unfortunately, this is precisely the time at which those potential passions are crushed. As a child, you are told you can be anything. The world is your oyster, they say. And herein lies the hypocrisy of our society: every year students are ushered off into the job world knowing their majors, but not the possibilities. For many, the world…
  • How to Be in the Present

    satish torani
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    'Consider your thoughts like a dog passing by' Be in the present. I’m sure you have encountered this statement at several occasions but how do we just be in the present? I've attempted to understand Eckhart Tolle’s teachings on this. The above funny & yet wise statement has been said by Eckhart Tolle & I found it very interesting to write about because of the simplicity with which we can relate to it. Firstly why is it so necessary to be in the present? 1. It helps you focus on the task at hand In this age of so called multi-tasking, we keep switching back & forth between our…
  • How to Find What You Love to Do

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    As reported by Forbes this past summer, 52.3 percent of American workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. If you're among the unsatisfied majority, there's one thing you should know: It doesn't have to be this way. In May of this year, Pick the Brain outlined certain steps you can take when you're in a situation you don't enjoy. But what if doing what you love involves something totally different? Whether you're just starting out in your career or have been at it for decades, it's never too early - or too late - to start doing something you truly love to do. The most important question is…
  • 30 Ways To Revive The Spontaneous Happiness You’ve Longed For Since Childhood

    Jesse Fernandez
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Do you ever find yourself searching for happiness? You search, you make a forced effort, and still…you find it difficult to fill that void in your life. Perhaps you’re relying on a future that you feel might warrant this spontaneous happiness, or you’re seeking to acquire it from someone who your think has the power in them to just inject a jolt of joy back into your life. It seems all too familiar…you scour every imaginable area looking for a change, but it predictably fails and depression feels like it’s lurking. Nonetheless, the truest form of contentment and happiness you strive…
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    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine

  • WOW Beginnings (1 of 2)

    Darren Hardy
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In part 1 of this week’s series, I want to talk to you about WOW beginnings—businesses where young entrepreneurs hit it big early. I want to share one such story with you. One disclaimer however, I have a certain weakness for the business I am about to share with you…but more on that later. In the summer of 1978 two friends, lets call them Cohen and Greenfield opened a makeshift ice cream parlor in an abandoned gas station in northern Vermont of all places.  Not perhaps you would think the most ideal location for to sell ice cream. These two men…
  • WOW Inspiration

    Darren Hardy
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today and here in the US we celebrate Veteran’s day, a day to honor those courageous souls who put their life on the lines in order to protect their country. Veterans serve not only as a shining example of bravery, but also of inspiration, which I want to address in this week’s post. In a culture that is obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the importance of inspiration. Inspiration has the power to propel us from a life of apathy to one of infinite possibility.  It can transform the mundane into the magnificent. Inspiration is a powerful force…
  • Finding Paradise

    Darren Hardy
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you feel restless or dissatisfied with life? Do you seek a certain paradise… The life of your imagination, dreams and childhood fantasies? Let me see if I can help you find your paradise. Just the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine, Rachel. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you Rachel has the perfect life.  In her mid-forties she is as healthy and radiant as she’s ever been. She has a husband who adores her and three kids who multiply that love. Yet lately she admitted, she’s been feeling… restless. Like something was missing and she had…
  • WOW Work Ethic

    Darren Hardy
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I want to ask you a few questions. Do you take pride in your work? Do you get up each and every day eager to get to work? Do you give your all no matter what each and every day? And the ultimate question, do you think others are WOWed by your work ethic? Oh, I’m sure you think you work really hard. You THINK you work long hours, but…. in a 2011 TED Talk Niall Ferguson, professor of business management at Harvard University described how the western culture (that’s you and your peeps) are losing its work ethic, particularly in comparison to most eastern…
  • Rich Habits

    Darren Hardy
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week I shared with you the two Money Making Rules that I live and thrive by. To continue our theme of wealth, I’ve picked my favorite ½ dozen rich habits. Now let’s create a 30 day Get Rich Campaign: Just for 30 days, exercise the habits of a rich person. Just 30, after that you can go back to poor habits if you like, but only for 30… until the next issue of SUCCESS Magazine hits your mailbox, try on these habits. You in? Okay… the first habit is: ...CLICK TO READ MORE Oh and PS… you probably saw the teaser page in the…
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business

    Avil Beckford
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business Olfactive Branding: Using the Power of Scent in Your Business – Tracy Pepe, Nose Knows Consulting Recently, I became aware of olfactive branding, and I was curious about the concept and wanted to learn more about it. If you walked into the Trump Hotel and Tower in Toronto, you would smell champagne and caviar. Tracy Pepe, an olfactive branding specialist created that unique smell for the company. The champagne and caviar scent creates images of luxury, which is what you would expect from the Trump Hotel and Tower. Olfactive…
  • Tips from the Entrepreneur Symposium Held in Toronto

    Avil Beckford
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Tips from the Entrepreneur Symposium Held in Toronto Recently at the Entrepreneur Symposium held in Toronto, the presenters shared some tips and tricks to help entrepreneurs to become more successful. Today, I will focus on Chris Hokansson from One Red Bird, and Ann Kaplan, CEO and President of iFinance Canada Inc. Tips from the Entrepreneur Symposium Held in Toronto Further Reading: 7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake 5 Marketing Mistakes and their Solutions – Chris Hokansson Definition of Marketing: Everything you do in your business to make the phone…
  • F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library

    Avil Beckford
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library F Scott Fitzgerald Essential Reading List – Image Credit via Open Culture Born on September 24, 1896, F Scott Fitzgerald, novelist, essayist and short story writer is best known for The Great Gatsby, which accurately depicted the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties boom years of excess. He often wrote about tragic love. While at Princeton, Fitzgerald began his literary career, and he loved it so much that he started to neglect his studies and subsequently dropped out of school. At Princeton, he contributed pieces to the Princeton Tigers, Nassau Literary…
  • 7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake

    Avil Beckford
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake 7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake Recently, I attended the Entrepreneur Symposium where Colin Sprake, the founder of Make Your Mark delivered an excellent presentation on the 7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit. The thrust of the presentation was on focusing on the needs of your clients and prospects. His advice, which makes sense, is contrarian to what we are taught. So, for instance, we are taught to craft an elevator pitch, and at events, when we introduce…
  • I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review

    Avil Beckford
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review A friend once told me that she is scared to read science fiction. She is scared because sci-fi often predicts certain scientific developments, which she doesn’t want to learn about. For her, some of those predictions may be scary, and she thinks that she is better off not knowing. In I Robot, and the other robot stories in the series, Isaac Asimov predicts certain real developments in the field of robotics. A point worth noting, is that Karel Čapek, a prolific Czech writer, introduced the word robot in his play, R.
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    Success Consciousness Blog on Self Improvement and Achieving Success

  • Some Weird Facts about Facebook

    Remez Sasson
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    It’s quite strange, how posts are liked and shared on Facebook. I don’t know if it is just my account acting in this way, or other people’s accounts as well. When I post on Facebook about a new article, and add a link to the article on my website, I find that hardly anyone adds a “like”, not to say share. When I post a quote, a short sentence or a tip, I get a few likes, and sometimes some share them. However, when I post an image with a quote, I get quite a number of shares and “likes”. What does this mean? It seems people on Facebook like quotes and…
  • You Don’t Have to Rehearse to Be Yourself

    Luke Glowacki
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Your grip on the steering wheel becomes tighter. The commute to work is a little lighter than usual, but the travel time is weighing heavily on you this morning. You’re weighing all of the alternatives of what will happen today at work. If you respond one way, your boss may respond a different way. If you say something wrong, the new clients might walk out the door. To avoid this, you rehearse every conceivable scenario that may happen so that you can appropriately respond. Does this sound familiar? These thoughts, when they happen occasionally, are actually quite normal. It shows that…
  • Is It Possible to Be Calm and Detached, but also Active and Energetic?

    Remez Sasson
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    In my book, ‘Emotional Detachment for a Better Life’, I brought up an example of expressing detachment when standing in line, and someone barges in, and goes to the front of the line. In this example, I suggested to endeavor to stay calm and not to get irritated. A reader, raised concern that if we stay calm and poised all the time and make it a habit, how can we lead our lives in the real world? He further said that we get some peace when we detach ourselves to most of the things, but we are also at the danger of loosing the grip, or in other words, making ourselves unfit to…
  • Do You Try to Boost Your Ego and Impress People?

    Remez Sasson
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Most people want to show off. That’s natural. They want to create a certain self-image, which often, is only a cover, a mask. Many want to impress their friends, and strangers too. Do they succeed to do so, or they just get the opposite reaction? This depends on what they do. If you have done something good, achieved or received something other people admire, you might attract people’s attention and make an impression on them. However, this is not always the case. Example One What about someone who drives at high speed, believing people would say,” what a good driver! He has…
  • Do You Go on a Mental Vacation Every Now and Then?

    Remez Sasson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Do you go for a vacation now and then? Most people do. However, you cannot leave your work whenever you want, and in most cases, it is once a year, sometimes twice. There is another kind of vacation, which you can enjoy, without asking anyone for permission. You can go on this vacation almost at any time or place you want. Its effects are no smaller than an actual vacation, when you leave work and home and travel somewhere. I refer to a mental vacation. Sounds strange? No, it’s not strange at all. There are various forms of mental vacations, but one of them is familiar, and you enjoy it…
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    Success Circuit

  • Shane Hudson – Author, Web developer and Founder

    10 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Probably the hardest interview to conduct is one with a family member. As many people have enquired about and how it came about, I have taken on the task of interviewing the founder and creator of the site, my eldest son Shane Hudson. I have vivid memories of 2 year old Shane dismantling mobile […]
  • Christopher Ashman – London to LA

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    I had the great pleasure of speaking to Christopher Ashman about his latest film Kettled which also starred his wife, Kimberley Wintle. He also shared how he manages to work in both England and America. Would you like to start by telling me about yourself? I was born in Liverpool but grew up in a […]
  • Craig Evans – SprungMedia

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:33 am
    I originally came across Craig Evans when he contacted me about his digital marketing agency, Sprung Media, so I decided to find out more about the man himself! Could you start by telling me about yourself? Sure, I grew up in Buckinghamshire with my parents and sister. We lived in a tiny village in the […]
  • David Muscat – Billy Elliot’s Mr Braithwaite

    11 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
      Billy Elliot the Musical has been amazing audiences since it first appeared in London’s West End in 2005. Telling the story of a mining village admidst the 1980’s miner’s strikes, Billy Elliott tells the inspirational story of a young boy who fought his family and other villagers to make his dancing dreams come true. […]
  • Karolina Sivas – Broken at Love

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:55 pm
    We are all aware of the power of the internet for advertising new films, songs , actors or anything you can dream of. One of the mediums used by many people is YouTube, actress Karolina Sivas is no exception, she currently has a very successfull series airing on youTube. She tells us all about it! […]
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    Jef Menguin

  • Better Time Management Training

    Jef Menguin
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Many time management training serves as time wasters. Companies spend time, money, and opportunities on time management training that says almost the same things. Better Time Management Training observe 3 P’s; pertinent, practical, and polished. I encourage you to continue reading and apply these simple suggestions.
  • Team Building Articles

    Jef Menguin
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Do you want to run successful team building programs. You can find below some of the articles I have written. May any of these be of help to you.
  • Service Hall of Shame

    Jef Menguin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    I design customer service training in the Philippines. One of the most effective workshop is that of SERVICE HALL OF SHAME. I encourage participants to share service stories. They are customers too and many of them must have experienced bad customer service. During the story telling exercise, we look for the worst service stories. They post their stories in the hall of shame...
  • On Your Presence as a Leader

    Jef Menguin
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:35 pm
    You can be in a room full of participants wearing expensive suits. But people will surely give their attention to someone in shirts and jeans if his name is Warren Buffet. What you wear creates the first impression. Your presence and the way you connect with people brings impact. Dress for Success and Executive Image […]
  • Public Speaking Articles

    Jef Menguin
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    These public speaking ideas helped me improve myself as a professional speaker. Try them. Some of you will not get the ideas at first. That's okay. You are not expected to get it right the first time. Also, these articles will be growing in number. You should bookmark this page.
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    Talent Development Resources

  • Björk: using her music for teaching science

    Douglas Eby
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    A new article on the Fast Company magazine site Co.Create notes that musician Björk is extending her album ‘Biophilia’ and related iTunes apps to a “multi-platform educational program for kids.” Here are some excerpts from the article: Album, concerts, repeat. That’s the music industry’s formula, and after more than 19 years of mostly following it, the Icelandic singer decided it was time to do something different–and for an eccentric woman like Björk, that means really different. With her latest, Biophilia, Björk has produced a genre-bending album…
  • Don’t Mess With My Brain [Mental Health and Creative People]

    Douglas Eby
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975, based on the novel by Ken Kesey), criminal Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is transferred to a mental institution due to his apparently deranged behavior, which turns out to be a deliberate gambit by him to serve out his sentence in an easier place than prison. He is passionately antiauthoritarian and constantly disruptive in response to the stifling hospital routine, especially the iron rule of Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). He is even given electro-shock therapy to subdue his defiance. (It doesn’t…
  • Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult

    Douglas Eby
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Halle Berry said she recalls being terrified that her violent father, who physically abused her mother, would turn on her. “I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that sort of implanted in me. Somehow I felt not worthy.” She explained, “Before I’m ‘Halle Berry,’ I’m little Halle…a little girl growing in this environment that damaged me…I’ve spent my adult life trying to really heal from that.” From my article The Alchemy of Art: Creative Expression and Healing. Her comments are very…
  • Creative collaboration

    Douglas Eby
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    The wry and witty TV comedy series “30 Rock” (starring and created by Tina Fey) often features scenes in the writers room for the fictional variety show, “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Actor Keith Powell (at left in photo) plays the stuffy, Harvard-educated writer James “Toofer” Spurlock. He sat in on the real “30 Rock” writers room and reported, “It’s actually a lot like what we film. I kind of started watching firsthand what they were doing. “I also feel like there’s always these creative environments we’re always in. I’m a writer…
  • Joe Vitale and Morty Lefkoe on intention versus inspiration

    Douglas Eby
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Morty Lefkoe quotes Joe Vitale: “I realize that most intentions are limitations. Intentions come from your ego and can actually limit what is possible for you to receive… “For me, I want inspiration. When it comes, that becomes my new intention. But the intention comes from inspiration, not from limitation. The intention comes from the Divine, not my pipsqueak ego.” Lefkoe comments: “Joe made an important distinction between inspiration, which comes from who we really are (the ‘creator’) and intention, which comes from who we think we are (the ego, the…
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    Aviv's Blog

  • The Key: What Tim Cook Can Teach You

    Aviv Shahar
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Here are eleven quotes in Tim Cook’s own words. In order to provoke your thinking and introspective reflection I inserted key questions below each quote. I encourage you to think about these questions and to add your own reflections. You can also use these questions to create discussions with your team. © Aviv Shahar
  • The Key: Are You Creating Collective Stupidity or Collective Breakthroughs?

    Aviv Shahar
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Here is a question for you: Twenty years into the coaching revolution, why do we see so many sub-optimal teams that produce collective stupidity instead of collective wisdom and breakthroughs? Read more here © Aviv Shahar
  • The KEY: World Cup Innovation Lesson

    Aviv Shahar
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    What can we learn from Germany’s winning the World Cup? How are these insights relevant to your organization’s innovation strategy? Successful innovation requires resilience, enthusiasm, the commitment of resources, a disciplined process, and the best minds of your organization working together and having conversations at a whole new level. The German team demonstrated a systems approach to its matches. Its members brought depth, focus, selfless team spirit, and disciplined execution. Read the KEY here.   © Aviv Shahar
  • The KEY: Lesson from the Israeli Air Force – Start Talking to Yourself

    Aviv Shahar
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The Israeli Air Force discovered one of the best training methodologies I have ever encountered. In this KEY you will learn more about what I discovered during my fighter pilot course: talking out loud can make you more efficient. It can even save your life. Read the Key here.   © Aviv Shahar
  • The Triangle of Change

    Aviv Shahar
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:26 pm
    You just landed in the executive chair, the role you’ve desired. Now you must realize your window of opportunity. Where to begin? How do you rally your new team to make critical changes and actualize your vision? This was the situation Ron found himself. When he earned the executive position he had imagined for years, he knew he needed to take action immediately. In this Key you will learn how Ron approached his opportunity to accelerate the growth of his organization. You will discover the three critical elements to mobilize change. Read more here.   © Aviv Shahar
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  • Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur?

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Are entrepreneurs born or made? You can take a class or earn a degree!   I grew up in an entrepreneur incubator!  Both my parents had thriving businesses and did not have the benefit of any college classes in entrepreneurship.  I think if you interviewed them, they would tell you it was experience.  They were passionate and did not know they could fail. Do you have what it takes? Education/Experience If you do not get the skills from education, you are left with experience.  In my parent’s case, they both grew up in entrepreneurial families.  Their parents either had a retail…
  • It Is Time for Year-End Tax Planning

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    It is time for year-end tax planning! You can do something about your tax bill just by doing a little tax planning. There is plenty of time to make a difference in your tax bill by just following these suggestions. Everybody knows they should do something, but they do not because either they do not know what to do or do not take the time to do it. The IRS is counting on you doing nothing! Do you like receiving those huge refunds from the Internal Revenue Service? How do you explain getting a big refund check from the government? You do not receive interest or even a thank you, but you loaned…
  • Win or Lose

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Win or lose is not universal! “In war, you win or lose, live or die – and the difference is just an eyelash.” (Douglas MacArthur)  “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” (Vince Lombardi) How do you measure success or failure? Life may be played like a game, but not everything is a win or loss. Many people measure success in dollars and cents, but there are other ways to measure success. How do you measure parenting, friendship, love,…
  • How an Online MBA Could Pay for Your New House

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    Business professionals who earn an MBA reap benefits for their hard work. They assuredly earn a higher income and take the fast track to improved career opportunities. An awareness of the factors that affect salary and job options helps prospective students plan for success.   Increased Earning Potential According to the September 2014 Salary Survey compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for four-year business graduates is $57,000. Forbes indicates that following re-entry into the workforce, MBA graduates typically earn an average of…
  • Goals You Will Never Achieve

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:04 am
    Athletes, successful business people, and achievers set goals! Stop procrastinating or  you will find yourself never achieving anything. Goals should be specific, measurable attainable, realistic and timely. SMART goals are a framework for setting goals! Any goal that you want to achieve requires consistent effort over time or it will remain just a dream or wish you will never achieve. There are shocking statistics that say seventy-six (76%) percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. That means no emergency savings, savings or retirement savings. Why do Americans have such a low…
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    Coaching Confidence

  • Coaching Quote of the Day 23rd November 2014

    Jen Waller
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    “Theoretically there is a perfect possibility of happiness: believing in the indestructible element in oneself and not striving towards it.” (Franz Kafka) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 23rd November 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 22nd November 2014

    Jen Waller
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:37 am
    “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” (John F. Kennedy) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 22nd November 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • 6 Coaching Opportunities To Uplevel Your Coaching Skills Thanks To Neuroscience

    Jen Waller
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In this weeks guest post Amy Brann shares some of her expertise on the subject of Neuroscience and coaching 6 Coaching Opportunities To Uplevel Your Coaching Skills Thanks To Neuroscience By Amy Brann From the perspective of Coaches, neuroscience is the field that can inform them of important things about the brain. Things that are key to new ways that you work with clients and also things that underpin things you are already familiar with. Neuroscience can explain why and how Coaching works. It can enlighten Coaches as to things to pay particular attention to. It can warn against other…
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 21st November 2014

    Jen Waller
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” (Henry David Thoreau) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 21st November 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 46 of 2014:

    Jen Waller
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Each Thursday 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: “The reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” (Robert J. McKain) Tweeted on 15th November The quote with the next highest amount of RT’s was a tie between: “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” (James A.Froude) Tweeted on 15th November and “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be…
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    Lauren Rains

  • Work Smarter: The Not To Do List [Making Ideas Happen]

    Lauren Rains
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    My name is Lauren Rains, and I’m a chronic TO DO list builder. There! I said it. In the past, I started project after project after project, but rarely finished them. In the past, I’d let myself brainstorm on projects time and time again, without moving forward onto prototyping or testing or researching. Does this ever sound like you? If so, read on. The thing is, if you want to make ideas happen – if you want to put your projects, ideas, writing, art, etc out into the world – you have to get disciplined, you have to get focused, and you have to be able to SAY NO to…
  • You Have The Ideas. But How Do You Execute Them?

    Lauren Rains
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    I’m currently studying themes around Action, Execution, and Prioritization. One of the books I’m reading in this study is Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky, the founder and CEO of Behance. According to the author execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues. I’m still reading the book, but I wanted to share with you a few key points I’ve taken away thus far. I highly recommend this if you are someone who tends to be stuck in idea and brainstorm mode. There is extreme creative talent…
  • Is there a cap on love?

    Lauren Rains
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    There is no greater gift in this world than to give and receive love. This does not mean taking love, nor does it mean forfeiting it to someone attempting to steal it. Are you giving love to those around you, and those you interact with on a daily basis? Are you giving those that love your the opportunity to share that with you? Do you have walls up that prevent people from being a fulfilling part of your life? Are you pushing your comfort zones in order to be more open to giving and receiving love? By love I mean compassion, support, interest, acknowledgment, respect, and understanding.
  • How To Be A Book Lover and Still Be a Minimalist

    Lauren Rains
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Saying goodbye to my beloved paperback books was one of the most difficult steps on my journey into minimalism. But it was worth it. One of life’s simplest pleasures is that of holding a book in your own two hands, the sound of turning each page, your finger lightly sliding across the smooth paper as you follow it with each sentence read. My question for you today is as follows: Is the nostalgia of paperback books too strong to stray you away from going minimalist in the way you read and collect books? It used to be for me. It has been two years since I’ve purchased a book…
  • Your Capacity to Put Yourself Out on a Line: 6 Questions of IF

    Lauren Rains
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:45 pm
    1. If you had a chance to paint a mural in a busy subway station where most people rush by on their way or staring at their phones, yet every now and again, it would catch someone’s eye and make them think, question, believe, smile, cry, feel – what would you paint on that mural? 2. If you were going to give a large audience one piece of advice that the hard lessons of hindsight has taught you, what would it be? 3. If you saw someone crying to themselves in a park, would you walk past them, or would you try to find some way to comfort them? 4. If a homeless man on the street…
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    Monetize Your Life

  • What is Meditation, a Beginners Guide to Learning Meditation

    Michael Fletcher
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    “We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the…
  • Personal Power: How to use Know What You Don’t Know

    Michael Fletcher
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    Know What You Don’t Know is the process I use to approach pretty much every new skill I want to add to my box of tricks. I’ll run you through at a very high level how you can use Know What You Don’t Know to put together a blogging action plan. Step 1 – What do we need to know In a very Covey way we begin with the end in mind. What is the desired outcome? We would like to learn how to build a successful blog. On a high level what would this entail? If we had no clue at this point it’s time to go do some research. For Dummies books are very useful at this stage as is hanging…
  • Friday Link Love

    Michael Fletcher
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The second edition of my Friday link love, this week made for some truly enjoyable reading as it was packed full of practical advice. one of my favourites was the guide to google analytics very informative. 9 Ways to use Google Calender to be your money – Trent over at the simple dolllar discusses how he uses Google calender to organize his finances. I’m a very recent convert to Google calender and have so far only been using it to organize my writing and design projects. Trent adds some very useful tips to keep your money goals on track. The 20 something Coupon clipper – I Will Teach…
  • Evernote to flip the lid on July 14th?

    Michael Fletcher
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
    According the Evernote blog announcement, we need to prepare ourselves, come the 14th of July We’re making an announcement about something new. Something we’ve been working on for a little while. Something that will change the way you interact with Evernote, and, maybe even, change how you think about Evernote. Speculation is rife about the Evernote blog announcement about what July 14th will bring. So what is the evernote announcement on the 14th July going to be? This is my personal Evernote wishlist none of which will end up being the July 14th Surprise no doubt. What’s in the July…
  • Enjoy 60 Good Seconds with me – Beginner meditation in 60 seconds

    Michael Fletcher
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Meditation anywhere The brain waves of meditators show why they’re healthier. Neuroscientists have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different areas of the cortex—brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they were calmer and happier than before. Benefits of meditation So you heard about meditation and haven’t had the time or the knowledge to look into it. In just 60 seconds I’ll give you a very quick introductory lesson to relax your mind in 60 seconds. So that you can enjoy the benefits…
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  • How To Turn Your Art into a Renaissance Business (Case Study)

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    A lot of multipotentialites are artists. It’s actually pretty rare to meet one that isn’t versed in at least one artistic medium. Some multipods view their art as a hobby, while others seek to elevate it to an income stream or even to their primary source of work. If you are going to make money with your art, then how do your other passions fit into the mix? You don’t want to be just another session musician or freelance illustrator, you want to be the musician who gives speeches and travels or the holistic illustrator who teaches entrepreneurship classes and creates…
  • Why Abandoned Interests are Never a Waste of Time

    Bev Webb
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve been studying a subject for a while now and you’re getting kind of bored with it. What do you do? If you’re a multipotentialite, the chances are that you toss it aside, so you can sink your teeth into something new. Something more exciting. Plenty of us have dropped interests without a second thought when we’ve decided that we’ve had enough. Of course, this tends to be easier to do when it’s a hobby or evening class, but it’s not that unusual for us to switch between college courses and degree majors either. When we do this, we sometimes feel a bit guilty. We feel…
  • The Overarching Theme Kit: a Free Quick-Start Guide to Help You Combine Many Interests in One Business

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A lot of people ask me whether they need a niche for their business. “Choose a niche” is popular advice these days, and easy advice to dispense. Unfortunately, it’s not very helpful for those of us who have multiple passions and can’t see ourselves focusing solely on one area. It’s true that there are some multipotentialites who enjoy building and running multiple niche businesses. But many others struggle with the challenge of splitting up our time and focus. So if you’re interested in starting a business, what do you do? Do you build a narrow business…
  • How To Come up with a Project You Can Stick with

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a guest post by Jessi Frey. Many multipotentialites want to start their own blog or business but struggle to find an idea that they can commit to but which doesn’t feel too limiting. They’re excited to get started but they’re scared they’ll fall out of love with their business before it becomes profitable or that they’ll get bored of their new interest before they get anywhere with it. Most traditional advice urges us to pick a niche and dominate it. Niches are usually described as specific topics within bigger areas. For example, to niche down, rather…
  • Help! It Feels like Everyone Else is more “Together” than Me

    Bev Webb
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes we find ourselves re-evaluating our lives, our work, and even our legacies. Often we do this when we’re feeling particularly vulnerable or uncertain about the future. We also do it when we reach milestones in our lives, for example when we turn twenty, thirty, and forty. We do it one year after graduating from university or a couple of years after starting a new business. We do it after big life events such as the breakup of a relationship or the death of a loved one. We begin to compare ourselves with those around us and inevitably find ourselves wanting. Other people are…
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    Deep Existence

  • Is It Better To Base Your Goals On Time Or Quantity?

    Stephen Guise
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s an important topic that’s rarely, if ever discussed.  When setting a goal, is it better to aim for a certain number of quantifiable milestones or to aim for an amount of time? Example: should you aim to run for three miles or 20 minutes? The right answer depends on several factors that we’ll cover. I like to write for the “beginner” in a way that advanced achievers can benefit too. For example, Mini Habits can help the most undisciplined people turn their habits and life around, but the concepts can also help already-disciplined people take their…
  • The Imperfect Travel Experiment (Liveblog)

    Stephen Guise
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    “I’ve made a huge mistake.” WEDNESDAY, Nov 5th 8 PM (EST)  Have you ever thought, “what if I just packed my bags right now and went somewhere?” I’ve had that thought quite often, and this time, I’m pulling the trigger and I’m (digitally) bringing you along with me!  I’m going to Portland tomorrow and staying for one week. …but I shouldn’t. Interestingly, this trip has a high chance of failure. Here’s why I might be making a mistake… Reasons I Should NOT Go (Imperfections) I decided to go tonight at 8 PM on a…
  • Growth Mindset Vs. Performance Mindset

    Stephen Guise
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    You have a very important choice to make today: will you be growth-driven or performance-driven? Choose to be growth-driven. Here’s why performance-driven mindsets are bad: A performance-driven person constantly evaluates themselves, their performance, and how they measure up to expectations. It results in persistent, sometimes crippling self-judgment and perfectionism. This is a common way people go about their lives, but it comes with the following problems: Shame & guilt Feelings of inadequacy Pressure  Negativity bias Judgmental mindset A growth-driven person, though, looks…
  • WARNING: Don’t Overanalyze Procrastination

    Stephen Guise
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The hardest problem to try to solve is one that doesn’t actually exist. Sometimes when I’ve been procrastinating, I’ve assumed that there’s some huge problem that’s preventing me from working. Shortly after, I find myself focused on finding this problem: Am I too tired? Are my motivation and/or willpower low? Am I lost on my project and thus avoiding it? Am I giving in too easily to distractions? Am I addicted to them? When I assume that there is a problem preventing me from working right now, I’ll try to solve it. This actually brings me one step…
  • Direction Is Everything

    Stephen Guise
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Small steps create exceptional results despite seeming meaningless. Do you know their secret of success? They enable you to effortlessly change your direction. People most often look at the size of their actions (or intended actions), but the direction you’re currently headed in is far more important than that—so much so that if you only thought about your direction and pivoted when necessary, you’d do very well in life. When you’re on the couch watching TV, you’re pointed towards more mindless relaxation. When you’re lying in bed, you’re pointed toward…
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    The Liberated Life Project

  • The 3 Building Blocks of Transformation

    Maia Duerr
    2 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    True transformation occurs only when we can look at ourselves squarely and face our attachments and inner demons, free from the buzz of commercial distraction and false social realities. We have to retreat into our own cocoons and come face-to-face with who we are.  We have to turn toward our own inner darkness.  For only by abandoning its attachments and facing the darkness does the caterpillar’s body begin to spread out and its light, beautiful wings begin to form. ~Julia Butterfly Hill __________________________ This past month, I’ve been supporting the 24 people who are going…
  • The “Yes!” List / September

    Maia Duerr
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Raising awareness about the crippling effect of student loan debt Last month’s “Yes!” list was a big hit — so it continues! Honestly, when I wrote up the September list it didn’t cross my mind that I was using the same name as a fantastic magazine. But now that I get that, I’m sending a big nod of recognition and thanks to the original YES! magazine, which has long been one of my very favorite publications. Any resemblance between this list and the magazine is coincidental, but I highly encourage you to check them out. So here we go into the September Yes! list……
  • The Great Matter

    Maia Duerr
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    I. The Great Matter Let me respectfully remind you Life and death are of supreme importance - Time passes swiftly and opportunity is lost - Let us awaken - awaken . . . Take heed: Do not squander your life.   I’ve chanted those words hundreds of times at the end of retreat days in Zen communities I’ve practiced with. I’ve heard the phrase “the Great Matter” an equal number of times. But I’m not sure I ever really got what this meant until a month ago. In Zen Buddhism, life and death are referred to as “the Great Matter.” As in, nothing else really matters when it comes…
  • The “Yes!” List

    Maia Duerr
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about despair and hope… how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on — from our own neighborhood to all around the global community. In this age of nearly unlimited internet connectivity, we hear about these tragedies in nearly real time: More than a thousand people killed in Gaza, no end in sight… Kids from Central America and Mexico locked up in Texas warehouses… Thousands of impoverished Detroit residents lose access to their water… In the middle of my…
  • Freedom Friday: June 2014

    Maia Duerr
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lauren Ayer and some of her “quilts of change”   This month’s Freedom Friday list highlights some of the people who have graduated from my “Fall in Love with Your Work” course. This is a diverse and inspiring group of folks: each of them have faced their fears and followed their dreams for ‘liberation-based livelihood.’ I have loved watching each of them develop their ideas into real-life creations and products, and I thought you would enjoy meeting them too. I’ll be teaching an updated and expanded version of Fall in Love with Your Work this October — be…
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    Motivation Diversity Success Blog

  • New 2015 Calendars Of Dolphins Sharks Whales

    Clint Cora
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Whales Dolphins Calendars For 2015 As some of you might know, I’m a certified scuba diver.  The main reason why I became a scuba diver many years ago, was to see marine life in its natural environment in the oceans.  I still try to go somewhere for a dive trip each year if I can. I also select my favourite choices of new calendars each year featuring marine life like tropical fish, dolphins, whales and sharks for a partner website called Free Spirit Activewear.  I have taken the liberty to reproduce my selections right here below. Just click on each one to see further details at…
  • 2015 Motivational Inspirational Success Calendars

    Clint Cora
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Motivational Inspirational Success Calendars Each year, I select the best motivational, inspirational and success themed calendars and the new ones for 2015 have been released. These awesome calendars are made through and they will keep you motivated in your day to day life when you are in your office or home. Although they are at my website in the Motivational Calendars section, I have also reproduced my favourite selections below for your browsing pleasure. Just click on each one to get further details at where they are stocked. — — — —…
  • Lake Placid Winter Trip Planned

    Clint Cora
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Here is the event description of a long weekend winter trip that I’m running through my social Meetup group in February, 2015. It’s time for our annual February Family Day long weekend trip and this season, we are going to Lake Placid, New York! Lake Placid was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games and therefore is already built up to be a prime tourist destination.  There is a LOT of variety for activities including; All sorts of winter sports including the opportunities to try out Olympic sports like bobsledding, skeleton/luge run, cross country skiing even with biathalon…
  • Chinese Kung Fu Martial Arts Video

    Clint Cora
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Chinese Kung Fu Martial Arts Video In all the years I’ve been training in martial arts, I’ve never released a video on my Chinese kung fu martial arts forms.  Most of the focus on my publicly released martial arts videos has been on my various karate weapons forms. During my competition career, I was one of the few competitors who competed in different martial arts styles including Chinese styles known as ‘soft styles’ because of the more flowing techniques compared to the more linear ones in ‘hard styles’ like karate and tae kwon do.   A significant…
  • Second Karate Weapons Bo Staff Video

    Clint Cora
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Karate Weapons Bo Staff Video I hope you caught my first new video featuring my martial arts weapons on the beach.  I did mention that we shot my entire bo staff form (routine) a few times.  One angle in particular was quite interesting as it was from a distance. The camcorder was sort of facing the direction of the sunshine at that time so there was an effect of a silhouette on my body.  The video footage from this distance was not used at all for the first bo staff video.  So this second video along with a different music sound track will give my karate weapons bo staff form a slightly…
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  • 22 Simple Yet Effective Ways To Make A Great First Impression

    Kamal Murdia
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    To a great mind nothing is little. Little things, are so extraordinary – Sherlock Holmes First impression is topic of classic interest and particularly timely in today’s world. The knowledge about psychology of first impression is crucial in the persona game. It is rarely taught in schools and rarely does anyone discuss this in a […]
  • This is How I Create More Time for Myself

    Naveen Kulkarni
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Lots of my friends and colleagues wonder and ask me how I make time for myself for doing ‘so many things’ at a time. How I find time for blogging, that’s the essential curiosity they generally have , given that I work as a full-time employee at a software company. Let Me Break the Myth […]
  • 9 Personal Development Books You Can’t Afford To Miss (Heard About Goldmines?)

    Naveen Kulkarni
    26 Jan 2014 | 2:26 am
    There are countless books on personal development topics. All of those personal development books or guides have some message in them that motivates you and inspires you. To me, a great book is something that has sheer force to create a fire inside you to take an immediate action. A great book also opens your eyes and clears the dust on a common misconception which you believed since your childhood. Good book makes you powerful and confident.
  • One Month Later – Meditating With OmHarmonics Meditation Music

    Naveen Kulkarni
    17 Dec 2013 | 7:39 pm
    This is my follow-up post on my personal experiences with meditation and meditation audio tracks. I am also sharing a guided meditation video link in this article. Calmness ahead !!
  • How I Experienced Hidden Powers of Meditation With MindValley’s OmHarmonics Meditation Audio Tracks

    Naveen Kulkarni
    9 Nov 2013 | 9:17 am
    For years, I conveniently avoided meditation, not because I underestimated their benefits, but I felt meditation is boring. I always felt, meditation is, waking up early at 4 am, putting a yoga mat on the floor and doing deep breathing. I did initiate few threads of yoga, but couldn’t really stick to them. As I […]
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  • Travel and reflection at a Japanese Tea House

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Some days, you just need to move. Be in the sun. Explore. The Japanese Tea House in Fairmount Park was the perfect place to spend this particular afternoon being curious and trusting your intuition on where to go, what to explore, when to rest and relax. You step softly on the stone path. Notice the grass. The sound it makes in the wind. The feeling of the warmth of the sun in a cool breeze.Quiet footsteps and hushed voices in wonder at the beauty of this sacred place.You look up. Beauty abounds in every leaf, every drop of water, every fiber of wood.The path leads you through the gardens.
  • Old City Philadelphia Engagement | Dana + Patrick

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
  • Fonthill Castle Wedding | Nicole + David

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
      Venue: Fonthill Castle, 525 E Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    “Addiction isn’t about substance – you aren’t addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.” - Susan Cheever Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Cher Zavala. Everyone struggles to control their own emotions from time to time. But for many recovering addicts, struggling with emotional self-control is […] The post 5 Ways to Gain Control Over Your Addictive Emotions appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year

    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France We all have a dream we want to fulfill. What is it for you? Is it something you have always been passionate about? Maybe there is something you want to contribute to the world […] The post Inspiring Ideas from the Book Dream Year appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale I have a confession to make. I haven’t been taking care of myself lately like I usually do. (I have been having a little too much fun basking in the glory of the […] The post 5 Ways to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    “Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to ultimately be at peace with themselves. What human beings can be, they must be.” – Abraham Maslow Do you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead of you? If so you aren’t doing what you’re meant to do. Now […] The post How to Start Doing What You’re Really Meant to Do appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
  • 4 Key Ways to Dismantle Your Limiting Beliefs

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.” - Mignon McLaughlin So you’re not following your dreams, huh? Why not? You don’t believe your dreams are possible do you? If you really believed you could have what you wanted, you would be doing what it takes to get it, right? We all have limiting beliefs, […] The post 4 Key Ways to Dismantle Your Limiting Beliefs appeared first on Shake Off the Grind.
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  • Being Judged By Our Leaders -- By Douglas E. Castle

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
     Being Judged By Our LeadersOriginally Published In The TAKING COMMAND! BlogWe tend to judge an entire organization, its culture, its integrity and its success prospects by our assessment of its leader, and his or her perceived quality. Leaders, and their personalities are part of branding.An organization, whether commercial or governmental, will be judged by its most visible and highest-ranking leaders and commanders. Just as the legendary Steve Jobs was able to keep Apple's stock flying high, the recent mid-term elections were an example of the opposite case -- where the voters…
  • Your Business: Management Versus Leadership - Douglas E. Castle

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Your Business: Management Versus LeadershipThere Are Significant Distinctions Between Management And LeadershipArticle By: Douglas E. CastleOriginally Published In The TAKING COMMAND! BlogLeaders lead people. Manager managetasks. There is a significant differenceIn my practice of Management Consulting, I have met managers and I have met leaders. It is clear that some managers are terrible leaders, and some leaders are very poor managers. It is rare that I have met a manager who was a great leader, or a leader who was a great manager. The skill sets and functions of each are quite different,…
  • 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…
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    Write Change Grow

  • Why My First Attempt at Business Failed – Writing for Free

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This is part 3 in the Why My First Attempt At Business Failed series.Go back and check out my other articles No Product and Lack of Direction to get the full picture.Here is another mistake I made during my first attempt at business.I gave my writing away for free.When I started writing I did some free work “for the exposure”.Writing for exposure is supposed to get you noticed and hopefully bring in some well-paying jobs. Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.Some people believe a bit of free work in the beginning is okay. Others advise don’t do it at all.Not…
  • Beauty and Joy #1

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Welcome to the first edition of Beauty and Joy!Beauty and Joy is a new weekly pictorial series, capturing photos of my life. It’s a weekly reminder to look for the beauty and joy all around you.I hope it brings you joy as well. Let’s get started.It’s storm season in Brisbane, so the sky is putting on its own breathtaking light show.I have a garden full of weeds but I always appreciate the beauty when it appears. Stop waiting for your ‘perfect’ garden and appreciate the garden you already have.When I was in New York recently I went book shopping. I bought a lot of…
  • Write Change Grow Update

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I thought I would give you a quick update on what’s happening here at Write Change Grow headquarters.Firstly (and hopefully you have already noticed) I am writing a lot more! My plan is to have a new post Monday – Friday for you to enjoy.That’s 5 new posts per week!Two of those will be exciting new features. Wednesday you can expect Sexy Word of the Week (check out the first two – Boundaries and Self-discipline if you missed them already) and on Friday you can expect a new pictorial post aptly named Beauty and Joy.This regular feature will be photos highlighting the…
  • Sexy Word of the Week – Self-Discipline

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Let’s look at a dictionary meaning for self-discipline.Discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement: eg Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline.I think my favourite version is from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.the ability to make you do things that should be done.In a nutshell self-discipline is what got me out of bed at 4.30 this morning to write this post.Just to be clear, I’m not a self-discipline expert.What I am is someone who is always working on improving my self-discipline so it certainly is a familiar topic. Sometimes I’m…
  • Why My First Attempt at Business Failed – Lack of Direction

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    This post is part 2 of the Why My First Attempt at Business Failed series, so if you missed yesterday’s post you can read it here.As I mentioned in part 1, I started off wanting to be a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and websites.I had a clear direction.As many freelancers do when they want to break into the market, I started pitching to publications.Smooth sailing so far.The problem was I wasn’t pitching as regularly as I should have been. I seriously underestimated the number of pitches I needed to be sending out. While there may not be a ‘magic number’,…
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • Pre-Holiday Sale: Get 3 Books For $.99 Each

    Barrie Davenport
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Are you starting to think about holiday gifts? We’re just five weeks away from Christmas, and if you or the people on your gift list love self-improvement, this is a great week to stock up on my books. I’m running a special Pre-Holiday $.99 Sale on three of my books: Building Confidence: Get Motivated, Overcome… Continue Reading… The post Pre-Holiday Sale: Get 3 Books For $.99 Each appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 25 Things To Remember When Low Self-Esteem Kicks Your Butt

    Barrie Davenport
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    There was a time in my life when I didn’t believe in myself. Having grown up in your average dysfunctional family, I found myself in the role of peacekeeper and people pleaser from a young age. I believed if I was compliant and accommodating, I could keep everyone happy and prevent the wackadoodle behavior… Continue Reading… The post 25 Things To Remember When Low Self-Esteem Kicks Your Butt appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • How To Fix A Relationship With A “Couple Bubble”

    Barrie Davenport
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    Have you ever considered going to a relationship therapist to help you and your significant other work through conflict? Frustration, fighting, and detachment are common problems in marriage or any intimate relationship, but when you learn how to create a “couple bubble,” you have a powerful platform for quickly regaining trust… Continue Reading… The post How To Fix A Relationship With A “Couple Bubble” appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 30 Signs Of Emotional Abuse In A Relationship

    Barrie Davenport
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Nothing is more damaging to your confidence and self-esteem than being in an emotionally abusive relationship. Unlike physical abuse which rears its ugly head in dramatic outbursts, emotional abuse can be more insidious and elusive. In some cases, neither the abuser nor the victim are fully aware it’s happening. The most obvious scenario for emotional… Continue Reading… The post 30 Signs Of Emotional Abuse In A Relationship appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Positive Mental Attitude: 10 Mindsets For Happiness

    Barrie Davenport
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    You have somewhere around 45,000 negative thoughts a day. Not just you — everyone does. That’s about 80% of all of your thoughts. The vast majority of our thoughts are unpleasant, stressful, or self-sabotaging. Our brains are like a network news channel, only reporting the bad stuff with a sprinkling of good news to keep… Continue Reading… The post Positive Mental Attitude: 10 Mindsets For Happiness appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
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    Abundance Tapestry

  • I Am Finally Moving Home

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    “Living through a home renovation is like living in the wild….you do whatever it takes to survive.” anonymous I am finally moving home! And, I can’t wait to begin a new phase in my life! If you are new to my blog, read this post about how I manifested my new home. The picture is an image of what my new place looks like a few days ago. We began home renovation in early September. At first, we started out with some challenges due to Feng Shui elements that we wanted to incorporate. According to our Feng Shui Master, our new place is already well positioned to bring…
  • 5 Crucial Factors for Money Manifestation

    16 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    “Clean the energy pathways and you can have, do or be anything your want” —Joe Vitale You may be expecting miraculous instantaneous results especially after being informed about the wonders of removing old programing that would unblock your money and abundance channels. Deleting old programs can be done through various forms of energy healing, NLP or hypnosis therapies. Energy healers, including myself, emphasize on the importance of dealing with your problem at the subconscious rather than the conscious for deeper healing. And so, you have understood that if you weed from…
  • Repair Your Soul Matrix With Healing Birth Trauma

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    “In the instant of our first breath, we are infused with the single greatest force in the universe–the power to translate the possibilities of our minds into the reality of our world. To fully awaken to our power, however, requires a subtle change in the way we think of our ourselves in life, a shift in belief. Just the way sound creates visible waves as it travels through a droplet of water, our ‘belief waves’ ripple through the quantum fabric of the universe to become our bodies.” Greg Braden You are like a diamond; perfect and divine in your soul matrix. You are…
  • How to Overcome the Need for a Success Guarantee

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    “If we get our self-esteem from superficial places, from our popularity, appearance, business success, financial situation, health, any of these, we will be disappointed, because no one can guarantee that we’ll have them tomorrow.” Kathy Ireland Stuck at a crossroad? One reason why you may feel stuck because you would like to have the guarantee of a successful outcome before you make a change. Having the guarantee of success gives you the perception that it is safe to give up what you already have. Without the guarantee, you prefer not to run any perceived risk. One classic…
  • How Digging Deep Enhances Your Creativity

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    “Way down deep, you know what you like. You know what you’re drawn to. You know what will work for you. If you doubt this, or like a good majority of the people, feel totally lost when it comes to envisioning what you want, what is missing isn’t some superhuman insight; what’s missing is very simply trust in yourself.” Fran Sorin, Digging Deep I was introduced to Fran Sorin’s Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening book after getting acquainted with her online, a few years back. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. Not just any gardening…
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  • Your Prosperity Forcefield

    John Clark
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Prosperity is a subject that is kind of a taboo. We are bombarded daily by messages in movies, on the news and pretty much every where that having money is bad and having lots of money is really, really bad. As Zig Ziglar is famous for saying, “Money is not the most important thing in life but it ranks right up there with oxygen.” In this video, Randy Gage explores the “Prosperity Forcefield”. 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
  • Seek Your Challenge

    John Clark
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Does this ever happen to you? In this video, Randy Gage explores the ideas behind the challenges that come up in our lives. 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 Lie of Prosperity

    John Clark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    This is an interesting video… In this video, Randy Gage explores “The Lie of Prosperity”. 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
  • Jim Rohn – Disciplines Work Miracles

    John Clark
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    In this video, Jim Rohn explores how “disciplines work miracles”. It is not important ONLY to have the vision but applying the action or discipline that works the miracle. Action is the only thing that will bring about the results and at the end of the day, “Results is the name of the game.” 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
  • Jim Rohn – Power Living – The Big D’s

    John Clark
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    In this video, Jim Rohn explores the “Four D’s” for powerful living. This will be one of the best 16:28 minutes of today, 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
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    Your Success At Last

  • Are You Afraid Of Success (Tracy Brinkmann)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    It is well documented that many people fail to achieve their goals in life due to the phenomenon known as "fear of failure" but are you aware that a major factor that is often overlooked, is a state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Change will do you Good (Tracy Brinkmann)
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    The last rays of summer’s warmth ebb away, then autumn breezes and more recently winters blast is upon us, we recognize once again, that change is inevitable. Nature is constantly changing and yet,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why Are You Angry? (Tracy Brinkmann)
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    As you go about your daily life, take notice of how you relate with your family, friends, and co-workers. What do you see? A kind, patient, caring person who goes out of her way to take other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Quick Guide To An Amazing Self Talk (Tracy Brinkmann)
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Self-talk is a soundtrack that is constantly playing in your head. It's impact from the inside out and is dramatic. You see, the conversations you have with yourself help determine, even alter, your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 8 Tips To Control Your Anger (Tracy Brinkmann)
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Controlling your anger is a highly worthwhile endeavor. While, challenging, the payoffs are worth the effort and time to realish this important life altering goal. Try these tips to get back on track... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Maria Erving

  • Money is from God

    Maria Erving
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sometimes I receive the most wonderful emails from people who has found my articles illuminating and helpful, and receiving those kinds of emails really makes my day. It’s so wonderful to hear that what I share has made an impact in someone else’s life in the ways that they describe it to me. It fills my heart with joy and gratitude. I recently got an email from someone who has experienced a spiritual opening and who found one of my articles to deepen his understanding of where he’s at in his process of awakening, and this person also had a question that I think many can…
  • Surrender Your Problems And Struggles

    Maria Erving
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Have you tried to solve something in your life for ages, or tried to accomplish something of great importance to you, like finding a job or having a career breakthrough but have not yet succeeded? Is there something in your life that you have wanted for a very long time and you have prayed and [...]The post Surrender Your Problems And Struggles appeared first on Maria Erving.
  • Bless EVERYTHING In Your Life!

    Maria Erving
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    Last night I woke up at 2 am with a strong, intuitive message that I should write a post where I invite people to bless everything in their lives by reading the post below out loud with sincerity and feeling. If your heart calls you to do it, then do it right away if you can.  I have a feeling it will be very transformative. While you read it out loud you could also imagine/visualize a swirling white or golden light that touches everything you bless, every object, situation and every heart and mind. Feel the words and the blessings as you say them out loud. Don’t rush through it. Do…
  • How To Handle Divine Storms (Transformation)

    Maria Erving
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    At a certain point in the unfoldment of our spiritual development we come to a place where we feel that we have reached an end and we don’t know what to do or where to go next. This can happen many times, it’s like a circle of transformation where we encounter the same processes time and time again as we grow but in different ways each time, and with our spiritual growth we come to get familiarized with them and that allows us to go through them faster and smoother each time they appear. Here’s How The Transformation Process Usually Goes We might have done a lot of inner…
  • Keys to Spiritual and Personal Transformation

    Maria Erving
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    There’s a few absolutely crucial points that has to be in place for any real transformation to be able to take place, and below I’ll describe eight of them, including the number one key that helps transform any challenges or desires for your life into a living reality. This last key is the most [...]The post Keys to Spiritual and Personal Transformation appeared first on Maria Erving.
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    Empower Yourself through Awareness

  • Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting

    Yorinda Wanner
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Knitting can help our Well Being A few month ago I stumbled upon a craft group in our local library. I was given some wool and knitting needles since I was keen to join in. One of the ladies in her seventies told me that she is a co-ordinator for Operation Cover Up(OCU) group in the Rodney area north of Auckland. You may be able to imagine my surprise and wondering if I heard  right. Yes, I did hear correctly. Operation Cover Up is a charity organization under the umbrella of Mission without Borders. The way it works is that people all over New Zealand donate their time to knit or crochet…
  • Understanding ourselves through Hand Analysis

    Yorinda Wanner
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Hand Analysis and Understanding Ourselves Understanding ourselves is probably one of the most important things we can do in our lives.  A while ago I stumbled on Hand Analysis through Leanne Chesser‘s blog. Reading her posts sparked my curiosity.  I like to express my sincere appreciation to Leanne for taking the time to prepare this very comprehensive analysis and help to understanding myself. Richard Unger has developed Hand Analysis, a scientific approach to analysing finger- and handprints, to provide a way to know ourselves more. Some of the aspects a Hand Analysis covers are:…
  • Turning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions

    Yorinda Wanner
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Turning self-defeating Beliefs into Empowering Questions Becoming aware of our thoughts and beliefs can help us change them. On page 82 in the book ‘Super Brain’ by Dr. Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi self defeating beliefs are referred to as software programs, but “they are even more pernicious since they dig in deeper with every repetition.” The book lists 6 beliefs and I have turned some of the suggestions to turn these around into questions. 1. It’s all my fault Why do I focus on a solution? Why is fault finding pointless? 2. I am not good enough Why am…
  • Amazing Performance showing us what is possible

    Yorinda Wanner
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    What else is possible? You can see the outstanding performance of Swan Lake by The Great Chinese State Circus. Not only would some of the things this amazing ballerina does be difficult on solid ground but she does them….. well, watch the video and find out. Click here to view the embedded video. Image Credit: Pixabay Leave a Comment! Share this?
  • SuperBetter 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 her short video intro to the Super Better game “Study after study shows that resilience is the single most important personal skill you can develop — if you want to be happier, healthier and more successful in whatever you do.” In the…
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    Personal Excellence

  • What Texting and Mobile Usage Does to Your Spine

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We live in a time when mobile devices have become the de-facto of everyday life. Most of us check our phone several times a day, be it to check messages, send e-mails, surf the net, or call someone. Some of us watch movies on our tablets or read e-books on our e-reader while on the go. For others, we may be texting for as long as hours a day! If you’re a mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader user, time to look up (literally). A new study published in the journal Surgical Technology International suggests that the typical texting and mobile surfing posture is the equivalent of…
  • Are You Giving Your Attention to Empty Vessels?

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Have you heard of the phrase “Empty vessels make the most noise”? It’s a proverb that means that those with the least talent and knowledge usually speak the most, speak the loudest, and create the most fuss–whatever that makes their presence felt as much as possible. Empty vessels is used in the analogy because in physics, empty containers do create louder noises than filled ones. If you take two empty glasses, fill one up with water, and then blow into both glasses in turn, you’ll find that the empty glass creates a louder noise than the filled…
  • Upgrade Your Tools (How I Gained 10 Hours/Week, Every Week)

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    A MacBook Air and its various software Do you sometimes get frustrated by your devices because they aren’t working the way you want? Have you ever had productivity gaps due to your tools not working well, or even… not working at all? If so, it may be time to upgrade your tools! Top Skills + Top Tools = Top Output In Skills Development and Leveling Up, I shared the importance of developing our skills and improving on those skills, in order to deliver the maximum results in our goals. Similarly, it’s important to have the best (and by “best”, I mean…
  • How Do Top Achievers Stay Motivated? Introducing: Anti-Procrastination Program, Your One-Stop Program to Eliminate Procrastination!

    2 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    This is the enquiries page for the Anti-Procrastination Program product. Read more about the intensive eight-module program: View the 14-minute program preview: Get the program NOW and overcome procrastination for life: Any questions? Post them below in the comments section and I’ll revert to you shortly. Thank you! The post How Do Top Achievers Stay Motivated? Introducing: Anti-Procrastination Program, Your One-Stop Program to…
  • From Six-Figure Debt to $20,000/Month Revenue (The 21-Day Incubation Period)

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Have you heard of the term “incubation period”? Medical definition aside, an incubation period refers to the period which an embryo develops within an egg, to the point the egg hatches. Different types of eggs have different incubation periods. With the most common egg, the chicken egg, a 21-day incubation period (give or take a few days) is needed, assuming incubation conditions are met (right temperature, right humidity, and timely turning of egg). Crack a fertilized chicken egg before it completes its 21-day incubation, and you will be greeted with a gory mess as you destroy…
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Our Worst Crimes Are Against the Self

    Justin Mazza
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    “People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” – Thomas Szasz Selfhood – the quality that constitutes one’s individuality; the state of having an individual identity. Are you living a life that is more aligned with your “authentic” self – who you are – or your fictional, pseudo-self – how the world defines you? The fictional pseudo-self would be the roles you play. Parent, occupation, nationality, income status, citizen, religion, etc. The truth is we do a…
  • Apex for Life – Take Your Life and Business to the Next Level with John Di Lemme

    Justin Mazza
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    “My goal is to help YOU achieve the Apex level in all areas of your life.” – John Di Lemme I was contacted by one of John Di Lemme’s affiliate promoters last month. They asked me if I would be interested in becoming an affiliate partner with them. To be honest I had never heard of John Di Lemme before and wasn’t sure if I wanted to promote him and his coaching program. After doing some research on John I felt it was safe enough to become an affiliate for his company. Yesterday I received a “Thank You” card in the mail directly from John including his business card with his…
  • Aweber – Email Marketing Made Easier

    Justin Mazza
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I get asked quite a bit about what newsletter service provider to use by newbie bloggers, business people and self-employed people. If you don’t have a newsletter service for your blog or business I highly recommend it. I recently chatted with an author while attending the Monster Mania Convention and he had a newsletter sign-up sheet at his table; which is very smart by the way. But he wasn’t using a newsletter service and was doing it the hard way through his AOL account. He could make his life much easier if he had all his email subscribers in his Aweber account because they have all…
  • Bashar – History of Atlantis

    Justin Mazza
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Questioner: I’m very fascinated by Atlantis. Bashar: Yes. Q: I do believe that many of us and myself were there. B: Absolutely, yes. Q: And Halloween… B: Is the commemoration of the day before the destruction of Atlantis. Q: What was going on then, what were we doing and who was involved and who was helping us or not because I know we were communicating with other beings they helped us… B: Well yes, but you’re also asking about a span of history covering thousands of years. Q: Well just the twelve thousand years ago when we actually physically…You know 12,000, years ago we…
  • Bashar – A Message to Any type of Artist

    Justin Mazza
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    Bashar: Are you artistically expressive in some way? Questioner: Yes. B: How? Q: I like to do fashion, or drawing, or poems. B: Are you doing as much of that as you would love to do? Q: No. B: Why not? Q: I feel it’s not important enough. B: What excites you the most is not important enough? Q: I feel like it doesn’t contribute to society. B: Really. Then why do you think you exist, why do you think it excites you? Q: Well, I feel like I should share that… B: Is that just a puzzle and a mystery to you? Q: No, I feel like I should share it – I just don’t know how. B:…
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  • You Become What You Think

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
        You become what you think. If you think positive you get positive results. If you get negative you get negative results. Why is this? This is because we live in a world of energy. The reason I continue to live a very blessed, financially prosperous, authentic, and beautiful life is because that is [...]
  • How To Be At Peace

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    Have you ever wondered why peace seems to allude you? Truth is, peace can come to you by simply being yourself. Yes. Being true to who you are and awakening to the peace within you is going to open up the space of peace that lives within you. Align with peace. Become and embody peace. [...]
  • 2 Tips To Having More Happiness In Your Life Today

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
      Happiness. Do you have it? It seems to be something that comes and goes for most people. Why is it that people say they want to be happy. But, actually do things that don’t make them happy and leave them feeling sad, worried, and frustrated with daily life? In my journey, happiness never seems [...]
  • 3 Simple Tips To A Joyful Life

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    A joyful life. If you asked anybody;  if they wanted to a have a more joyful life, what would they answer? Most would answer an absolute yes. A more joyful life and having joy in ones life is ideally a great space to be in energetically. However, why is it that if most want a [...]
  • Play Big In Life

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
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    Making JGB

  • PROJECT | Making JGB Web Series & Youtube Channel

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    It is one of my biggest dreams to have my own popular Youtube channel. I’ve always wanted to be a Youtube personality and ‘TV host’ of sorts and now I’m putting the time and effort into making it come to life. I’m currently writing, producing and hosting my very own reality web series. In this series I am documenting the ‘Making of JGB’. Tune in for bi-weekly episodes where I track the process of attempting to make a living out of my passions. I have big dreams and huge goals – my aims are to prove that it’s possible to use the internet…
  • MTL to Mooloolaba

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    I took a bunch of footage during my travels from Montreal, Canada to Mooloolaba, Queensland so that I had something to practice my editing and creative video production skills with. This video took me about 1 week to pull together, it’s the first time I’ve ever made something of the sort. Pretty happy with the result! Especially eager to keep making videos – each video I’ve made has helped me to expand on the skill set. Things I learned in making this: – How to build in titles – How to download and install plugins – Basic sound editing –…
  • CHALLENGE | 8 Week Bootcamp

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
    CHALLENGE – Design a full body strength training workout using outdoor park equipment. – Alternate running and strength training with 48-72 hour rest in between strength training workouts. – Eat well, drink 5 litres of water per day. – Track stats and progress. – Document and create an ‘8 Week Bootcamp’ video episode. TRACK – Walking / Running (km) – Heart Rate – Calorie Burning – Nutrition – Water Consumption GOAL – Reduce BMI – Tone – Muscle definition – Gain strength TOOLS / APPS – Couch…
  • EPISODE | On Creative Processes & Digital Storytelling

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Making JGB Episode 1 TRANSCRIPT “This was me 5 years ago. I recorded this on a whim, feeling especially inspired to start filming videos documenting the creative process of my passion project called Make Yourself coming to life. And here I am now. 5 years later and I still don’t have anything to show for this documentation project, which is so disappointing and frustrating. It’s not that I haven’t documented though! I have tons of footage and picture evidence of my life story and the creative process I’ve gone through over the years. All this documentation exists and is ready to…
  • PROJECT | Build a Freelancing Business & Website

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    While vacationing back home in Montreal for Canadian Summer, I’ve put a lot of time into building my small business website. I put this page together over the course of a few weeks and am very happy with the result. Here’s hoping this will translate into lots of new client work! Please do share if you know of anyone who might be interested in my services. The biggest challenge was deciding on a business name. I chose JGB Studios as it seems a good name for an ‘umbrella company’ where all my projects can be housed under one name and place. As my business grows I hope to…
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    Shaad Hamid

  • Shirk – The Five Forms of Shirk

    Shaad Hamid
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    This blog post appeared first on Shaad's SEO blogBismillah wassalathu wassalamu ala rasulillah A word many of us have heard and yet not fully understand is Shirk. I find many Muslims getting confused over this in daily and practical life. Theoretically, it makes sense. During the dars, or … Continue reading →
  • Making this Ramadan your best ever!

    Shaad Hamid
    7 Jun 2014 | 5:41 am
    This blog post appeared first on Shaad's SEO blogThe ultimate objective of Ramadan is to get closer to Allah. Getting closer to Allah is relative, I don’t care if you perform salah only on Jumuah, I don’t care if you pray 3 times a day and miss Fajr … Continue reading →
  • Barakah – What is Barakah?

    Shaad Hamid
    12 May 2014 | 6:08 am
    This blog post appeared first on Shaad's SEO blogWe all ask Allah for Barakah, we all want Barakah, but what exactly IS Barakah? In English we translate it to mean ‘blessings’. Unfortunately, this is a highly problematic translation as such a translation limits it’s actual deep and beautiful … Continue reading →
  • Aam-ul-huzn – What did our Nabi (Sal) Lose?

    Shaad Hamid
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:05 am
    This blog post appeared first on Shaad's SEO blogBismillah wassalathu wassalamu ala rasoolillah When reading the story of the life of our beloved nabi-e-kareem sallallahu alaihiwasallam (sal), it really saddens me when people just go over his blessed life as if it’s some story or a series of … Continue reading →
  • Letter to my nieces and nephews

    Shaad Hamid
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:48 am
    This blog post appeared first on Shaad's SEO blogBismillah wasSalatu was Salaamu ‘ala Rasoolillah – In the Name of Allah, I begin by asking Allah to send Greetings and Peace upon our Messenger (Sal). My darling nieces and nephews, masha’Allah I can’t imagine how fast and how much … Continue reading →
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    Success Journey

  • Everything Starts With Passion

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Something will always be missing. You won’t feel happy. You won’t be fulfilled. And it will make you restless. Kind of like “it’s OK” but not “it”. Like you didn’t belong there. Who has a bigger chance to make a difference, to succeed? For me, it’s only food. I know I need it, otherwise I get grumpy. But that’s all. It’s just food. On the other side, my five year old says: Mom, can I have eggs for breakfast? But I would like them sunny side up, with crunchy sides and a lot of salt, over potatoes, peppers, onions and…
  • Get Unstuck – The Most Ignored Secret

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    Takeaway: Don’t wait. Always experiment. Focus on what’s within your control and what you can do right now. Being somewhere you don’t belong. How does that analyzing working for you? You’ve read some books and blog posts, you went through all the possible questions, you discussed it with your friends… …and still feel lost. Maybe even unprepared and afraid. In my mind it looks like a giant snowball. So much bigger than me. Way outside of my comfort zone. I don’t know what it consist of or what to expect. It feels like an avalanche. It can burry you…
  • Dream

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Stuck in the system? You know, you have to work where you work because you have bills to pay. And after all your job is not so bad – most of the time you can get it done in five or six hours, you are kind of independent and you get four weeks of paid vacation. If that’s what you want, I mean truly want, I’m very happy for you. But this message is mainly for those of you who secretly, or not so secretly dream of something better. You feel it. You know it’s out there even though you may not be sure exactly what it is. You don’t know where to start or how to make it…
  • Humor Helps

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Fact: “Funny” bridges the gap between professional and friendly. Action: Begin collecting funny things that happened to you. From 21.5 Unbreakable Laws of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
  • That’s how winning is done.

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you’re hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be…
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    News To Live By

  • 1 Easy Way to Strengthen Every Networking Email

    Danny Rubin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Take a look at the first line of this article from USA TODAY on November 12. “The federal and state health insurance exchanges open for business Saturday…” The writer puts the most important information — open enrollment for health care is back — at the top so I don’t need to search around for it. In journalism, you never want to “bury the lead” (sometimes written as lede) and hide your main point. The same rules apply in the world of networking (more networking tips here). Except in our careers, the lead is our “big ask.” –…
  • What a Graduate School Personal Statement Should Look Like

    Danny Rubin
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    If you’d like to work one-on-one with your graduate school personal statement, check out my coaching page! Does Mitch Everts have an answer to the student debt crisis? The University of Montana sophomore devised a simple idea: allow people to pay their students loans by withholding money from their paychecks. From the article on NBC Montana: According to Pew Research, the average graduate with a bachelor’s degree makes $45,000 a year, and their student loan debt is $30,000. If they pay 10 percent through income withholding, they could have those loans paid off in about eight…
  • 12 Line Graphs That Sum Up Our Lives at Work

    Danny Rubin
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    In January 2014, I wrote a post called “These Line Graphs Perfectly Sum Up Our Lives from Start to Finish.” It was a big hit and fetched 140,00 views on Business Insider. Line graphs like this one:   I decided to create 12 more line graphs and this time focus on our lives at work. Let’s start with how we feel throughout the day. High energy. Low energy. Doesn’t matter — we can’t stop looking at our phones.   Bored at work? Remember YOU control your destiny.   There’s a better way.   If you’d like help as you “make…
  • 3 Powerful Thank-You Notes You Can Write in Under 30 Seconds

    Danny Rubin
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Negative political ads can improve our careers. No, really! Don’t get mad at what I’m about to write. Promise? OK. Here goes… Political TV ads are valuable and educational. Wait! Come back! I can explain. The election is over, Republicans now have the largest House majority in nearly a century and we can all return to a world free of political ads. Well, almost. Hear me out first. Yes, political ads are often negative and even a bit slimy — although sometimes the commercials are wickedly clever (watch the “spelling bee” ad). But look beyond the…
  • 4 Sneaky Words That Diminish Everything You Write

    Danny Rubin
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Wasn’t that crazy? Did you see this after the baseball game? I can’t believe he said those things! What about that guy and all these other people at the basketball game? You’re thinking…Umm, what the heck is going on? My point exactly. Pronouns are a nuisance and in particular the four in bold: this, that, these and those. You might not realize how often those the pronouns creep into your writing, but in total they the words create confusion and water down your message. Emails, job applications, presentations. All over the place. So let me start over. Did you…
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    Embrace The Chaos

  • How to Stay Calm in the Midst of Chaos: 3 Tips to Regain Control and Be Strong in Stressful Situations

    Bob Miglani
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
      Whether we’re at work facing a difficult situation or at home trying to put the kids to bed, stress can come upon us in an instance. It can be easy to lose control and composure when we’re facing chaos because we get emotional and find ourselves overreacting. Often it is triggered by a sensation Continue reading...
  • How to Overcome Fear: 15 Ways to Break Free and Move Forward

    Bob Miglani
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    We fear the unknown, the unpredictable, the randomness. We fear a dead end job. We fear a low salary in a field we’re about to pursue. We fear losing a loved one. We fear a business climate filled with turbulence, change and disruption. We fear a life without meaning. We fear failure. Fear sucks the Continue reading...
  • How to Adapt to Change in the Workplace: 6 Tips to Gain Control and Move Forward

    Bob Miglani
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    A sudden, unexpected event happens that forces us to change how we work, what we think of our career aspiration and our life. A change in the workplace policies or practices, a change in the relationship we had with our boss or our co-workers or a shock to the overall business from a competitor or Continue reading...
  • 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...
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    The Code of Extraordinary Change

  • Explore Vastly

    Steve Errey
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    People say that life’s a journey, and I think they’re probably right. You start at point A, and end up at point Dead, and the journey between is pretty much up to you. It’s interesting to note that while that journey is a straight line in terms of time, it’s never a straight line in terms of action or thought. It feels like you meander and swerve, pivot and refocus, adjust and steer all the time. All of those verbs are about exploration, which, I think, is what the journey’s about too. There’s an expanse of life ahead of you that remains to be explored. You…
  • Gratitude, Confidence and Why You Should Give a Damn

    Steve Errey
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m grateful for a lot of things. Sunshine. Fresh, crisp sheets. Laughing ’til I cry. The first sip of coffee. Netflix binges. There’s something magical about gratitude that takes you out of your head and into your body. It’s gets you out of trying to plan and control everything and slap-bang into the right now. But I wonder if it’s possible to experience gratitude if you’re surrounded by walls built to protect you from the loss of control and certainty? You might be able to intellectually appreciate that you’re grateful for your lot, but that…
  • Get Off Your Butt And Get Some Focus

    Steve Errey
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A human being without action isn’t really a human being at all. They might look like one and walk like one, they might even talk like one. But they’re not really alive. Unfortunately, inaction is natural. We’re wired to stay in the place we feel safe and comfortable. But inaction leads to procrastination and atrophy, and this cycle of safety, comfort, procrastination and atrophy continues. Until, that is, it’s interrupted by something. An intention is a good start, but is pointless without following through. An idea is amazing, but valueless unless it’s explored.
  • You Have The Right to Lose Everything

    Steve Errey
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What do you have in your pockets or in your bag right now? Some loose change? A set of keys? A receipt or two? Your wallet? Maybe your phone? What if you lost that stuff? What would happen? You’d probably worry about it, fret about it or maybe curse like a drunk dock-worker. You might be upset that you lost some of your stuff. You’d sigh as you realise you have to get going replacing it all. But what about you? What impact does this have on you, other than some momentary frustration? None whatsoever. When it gets to the bigger stuff, like a car, a friend, a house, a job, a partner…
  • How to Do The Thing You Never Thought You Could Do

    Steve Errey
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I never thought I could give a keynote speech. I never thought I could write a novel. I never thought I could complete a marathon. But I have done those things, and there’s a heap more stuff that I never thought I could do that I’m working on. That’s the thing with doing the thing you never thought you could do. You think you could never do it, until you do. Then it’s real I’m willing to bet you’ve done things you never thought you could do. And I’ll put money on the fact that there’s something right now that you think you could never do. So if…
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    Love Guide by Dr Prem

  • Things you should do to make relationship work

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    Love relationship is a beautiful combination of so many things that if they are in absolute order, nothing can make a love relationship fail. If a relationship lacks these important things, then nothing can make a relationship happy and satisfying. Click through what are the important factors that are essential to make a relationship work: Communication Communication is the most important factor in a relationship. It is the way to express your happiness, complaints, and grievances to your partner. Some people do not give much importance to communication in relationships, and sadly end up…
  • Facts everybody having a love and sex life should know

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    Everybody has their own love and a sex life, but still one is always curious to know about other’s love life not because of any other reason but just to confirm the level and standard of their love life. Well, if you agree to this and you belong to this category then this article is surely for you. Click through to find out facts related to one’s sex and love life: Women are marvelous spies Starting from the first day when a woman goes with a man on date, women do not depend upon men to reveal their life to them, and therefore, they do their homework beforehand only. Women spy on the man…
  • Get ready for an arranged marriage, and make it work for you

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    We humans are bound to make many decisions in our lifetime; some are easy while the others are tough. One such decision, that many people find difficult to make is the decision regarding marriage. Yes, marriage is such a big commitment and a responsibility, which some people fear, as they do not find themselves ready for a lifelong commitment. Broadly speaking, marriage could be classified into two categories: arranged marriage and love marriage. In love marriage, we know the intended spouse pretty well, because we have been with him or her during the courtship period. A couple knows each…
  • Rekindling the love after a breakup

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    One sure thing about breakup is the hurt and pain one goes through. Spending so many years together and then one sudden day finding yourself all alone is something that many couple find hard to bear. The amount of pain after a breakup depends upon the intensity of love between two people, and the reason that caused a split. Sometimes the reasons are so big and intolerable that both the partners find it better to end things once and for all. However, in some other cases, both the partners at first think that they should take a decision to split but after a few days they realize that they are…
  • Having a solid, committed relationship as a teenager

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    Weather teenagers can have serious relationships is a highly debated topic and as a result, some people believe that yes they can have a serious relationship while others believe that serious relationships are not teenager’s cup of tea. The reason behind the latter perspective is the dynamic nature of teenagers. Their thought process tends to change according to situations, and the same goes for their likings and dislikes as well. Often, teenagers lack the maturity to understand the seriousness of love and affairs. They think too much about other people, as in what do they think about them,…
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    The Start of Happiness

  • The 4 Ridiculously Easy Steps Towards Excellence

    Simon Somlai
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    "Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better" - Pat Riley Humans hate change. (Immediate change at least)Do you struggle to pack your bags and move location?Do you struggle to adapt when changing jobs?Do you struggle to change habits?We always have and probably always will. This is because instant change usually entails that we need to adapt in a short period of time. This requires the exertion of a BIG amount of energy.And energy...Well, let's just say that humans are instinctively programmed to be lazy.We'll have to move out of our comfort zone, away from the…
  • 4 Ways to Live a Happier Life

    Kimanzi Constable
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    In July of 2011 I hit the lowest point of my life. I was 170 pounds overweight, I was at a job I absolutely hated, and I lived in a place that made me worried about my family’s safety. Oh yeah, I owed over $100,000 to the IRS (almost forgot about that one).One day that July I was sitting on the couch crying as everything came crashing down on my head at the same time. The straw that broke the camels back was my wife and I separating. Everyday we fought about everything because of all the problems I brought into our lives. I sat there that day with the TV on not really thinking about what I…
  • 7 Essential Traits for Life as an Entrepreneur

    Jermaine Harris
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    To be a successful entrepreneur you need to have certain attributes as part of your personality. If are a budding entrepreneur, the chances are that you already have some of these attributes and a little work and personal development will get you to the point where success as an entrepreneur becomes inevitable.Since studying 100’s of entrepreneurs and becoming an entrepreneur myself, I believe that there are certain traits that you must have to be a success. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list but I believe if you can cultivate these 7 traits you will create an amazing level of…
  • How to Run a Marathon With No (or Little) Training

    Brendan Baker
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    As I turned the final corner I could feel myself breaking up… breaking up in tears that is. It was an amazing feeling. I had dreamt of this moment for a while now.There was still about 500 metres to run and I now had a tunnel of spectators cheering me on from both sides. This is it, I thought. The moment I had been waiting for.My legs were screaming in agony and my mind was slightly dazed but extremely focused on the goal that was now in sight. All I wanted to do was walk but I couldn’t walk now… not now… not after 42km of pain and agony and with only 500 metres to go.I continued…
  • 10 Daily Affirmations to Energise and Inspire You

    Farnoosh Brock
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    The Morning Cycle: Anxiety, Dread, Negativity“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.”Mark MessierI would go to bed every night promising myself that everything will be okay and that my life is generally pretty good and that I’m reasonably successful. I'd remind myself of all the wonderful things that are happening and how grateful I should feel.Then morning would come, as it always does, and I'd wake up with anxiety and dread. I would have a dozen terrible thoughts running through my head and literally feel heavy from the weight of these thoughts while still…
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    Big Picture. Fine Focus.

  • Beauty & Blessings: This Week in Photos #potd #liveoutloudeveryday #choose2matter

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    My dad sent this to me via @pinterest. Who knew he even knew what @pinterest was. He is such a cute man and a wonderful father. Happy Birthday week Pops! Taking gift card giving to a whole new level! @starbucks One last bloom from my beautiful bouquet from 2 weeks ago + a little reminder to keep on believing! “Don’t stop believing…”-Journey One of my favourite books full of great information, recipes, personal stories, tips, tricks and more! @jessicaalba Winter has unofficially arrived. Mother nature is not messing around. One week prior, it was +15 degrees! I consider…
  • Key to Fulfillment: M.Y.O.B.! #liveoutloudeveryday #lifeisgood #choose2matter

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have a confession to make…yes another one. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of confessing lately and truth be told, it’s doing me some good. I want to be loved. I want to be liked. But this “want” has gotten me into a bit of trouble. Let me explain. There are times (much more than I’d like to admit) when my ego wants to be loved-a longing to be fulfilled but as opposed to it coming from the inside out, it is a “temporary” fulfillment that comes from external validation. As I fall into a state of trying to satisfy my ego, I have become aware of how this…
  • Everyday Gourmet: This Week’s Menu! #cleaneating #foodielove #nomnom #liveoutloudeveryday

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Drew and I are heading on vacation this Saturday. As such, this week’s menu is all about using up what is in our fridge. From a taste of Thailand to a Ukrainian-inspired casserole to some favourite quick and easy Italian favourites, this week’s menu is an experience for the taste buds.   I love cabbage rolls so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this recipe via @pinterest that didn’t require the traditional stuffing and rolling. UNSTUFFED CABBAGE CASSEROLE by Zerrin of Give Recipe (to check out the original recipe, click on the image below and show her some…
  • This Week in Photos: Thanksgiving Continues! feat. @tenavenorth @meghan_trainor @annvoskamp #potd #liveoutloudeveryday #lifeisbeautiful #1000gifts

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ever since I began the Everyday New Project over a year ago, something has changed or rather someone. That someone being me. I’ve always sought to be someone who doesn’t take people or things for granted and for the most part I’d like to think that being grateful comes naturally for me. But when I started this project, I became even more aware of the incredible and immense blessings all around us. Though a part of me wonders what I may have missed out on/taken for granted, I am more inspired to be even more present to the amazing things God is doing in our lives each…
  • Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. #liveoutloudeveryday #choose2matter #leadership

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    PENELOPE. How would you pronounce this? I ask this because last week our family welcomed two darling little twin girls to our family: Baby Amelia and Baby Penelope.  Right after they were born, I called my parents to wish them congrats on the arrival of their new granddaughters. At the same time, I was curious as to how they would pronounce these names (Penelope in particular). They had no problem with Amelia however when it came time to say the other name, it turned out to be a bit of a challenge. When I asked my mum what her new granddaughters names were, she replied: “Amelia and…
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  • Johnny Depp Doesn’t Watch His Own Movies

    Michael Sanghara
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:10 pm
    This interview clip shows Johnny Depp’s highly creative personality and how he truly has a massive spark of passion for the creative process and is not as curious with the final product. He claims to never have watched his own movies. Passion is purpose! “I’ve always kind of tried to avoid them as much as possible… I just prefer the experience. I like the experience, I like the process, I like doing the work. But then, you know if I’ve got to see myself – I don’t like to see the thing become the product, I suppose. Once they say “You’re wrapped” on the film, it…
  • R. Buckminster Fuller’s Epiphany

    Michael Sanghara
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Inventor, Scientist, Author and President of the Mensa, Buckminister Fuller heard a voice during depression and his contemplation with suicide that would change the course of his life forever. He was becoming an alcoholic, felt guilty about his daughter dying of polio and was at the brink of absolute financial troubles and began having suicidal thoughts of taking his own life to help his family out with insurance money when he had his eye opening 360 moment and heard something profound from within.   The Infamous Voice of Wisdom From Within: “From now on you need never await temporal…
  • J Cole

    Darcy Hayer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Born: January 28, 1985, Germany | Successful For: Hip Hop Artist, Producer | Zodiac Sign: Aquarius “I’m here to spread a message of hope. Follow your heart. Don’t follow what you’ve been told you’re supposed to do.” – J Cole Inner Keys to Success: GET FULLY INDULGED, ALL OR NOTHING: J Cole started rapping as a preteen when he was only 12 years old, his inspiration for the art came from a cousin that taught him the skills of rhyming and wordplay. By the time he was only 14, he’d already written hundreds of rhymes, filling notebooks with lyrics. Since Cole…
  • Amber Heard Quote

    Michael Sanghara
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing.” - Amber Heard
  • Alexander Ovechkin

    Michael Sanghara
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Born: September 17, 1985, Moscow, Russia | Successful For: NHL Player | Zodiac Sign: Virgo “Hockey is my life and money is money. If you think about money, you stop playing hockey.” – Alexander Ovechkin Inner Keys to Success: PASSION, PASSION, PASSION; IT IS THE DEFINITIVE TRAIT TO SUCCESS: Alexander Ovechkin has a very strong passion and love for the game. This was obvious at such a young age. Whenever he saw a hockey game on TV, at just 2 years old, he would drop all of his toys and run to the TV, protesting if his parents tried to change the channel. He was so energetic and…
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    Epic Thoughts

  • Expressionless faces

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    I walk down the street engrossed in my mind. People walk around me without noticing me. Exultant faces, oblivious to reality is all that I see, without a spark of interest in the other walkers. Who is this or that? No one asks. Need help? No one says anything. I woke up in this strange […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Relax and Be Present With This Simple Ritual

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Last week I had the Monday of all Mondays. The kind of day that gives Mondays a bad name; when everything that can go wrong does go wrong. First, my car wouldn’t start. I had to take it to the shop, which caused me to forget I had scheduled coffee with a friend. My phone died, so I wasn’t able to work at the repair shop. Then I spent the day trying to catch up, feeling frantic and frenzied. We’ve all had one of these days. But then a wonderful thing happened, and my day took a turn for the better. In the mailbox was a big plum-colored envelope from my friend Andy at…
  • 8 Signs You Are Meant To Be An Entrepreneur

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If you’re anything like me, being an entrepreneur isn’t really optional. It’s in our DNA. It’s how we think and feel about the world around us. I started my first business at age 12, mowing lawns. Since then I’ve gone on to create and co-create several other successful businesses, including  working with CEO’s and other entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry. We entrepreneurs certainly vary in our styles and in the processes we use for creating businesses. However, some traits seem to be universal. If these signs resonate with you, even if you don’t…
  • 5 Steps to Changing the World Doing What You Love

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Sometimes people make light of the idea that each of us is a “special snowflake,” but guess what? It’s true. There is no one else exactly like you in the universe, and there’s no one else exactly like me either. We each have a unique way of doing things and a form of expression that no one else has. This uniqueness provides each of us with a rare and priceless opportunity to provide a unique gift to the world. Even when we do work that is similar to others’, our presentation and expression is guaranteed to be different. The Dagara tribe in Africa understands this concept well.
  • 25 Quotes to Inspire Confidence

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you wish you felt more confident, you’re not alone. Everyone experiences fear and uncertainty at some point in their lives. Everyone has a lack of confidence about something. If you are striving to do new things or pushing your boundaries, it can be difficult to stay confident, even if you’re usually a confident person. Unfortunately, confidence doesn’t just show up at your door one day, even though you may wish it would. In fact, confidence comes from trying new things, overcoming fear, and reaching for your dreams. For me, a good example is my lack of confidence around…
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    Married with Luggage

  • How Fitness Saved Me from Depression and Suicide (Podcast #89 with Amy Clover)

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    Episode 89 comes to you from sunny but cool Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re talking about Today we’re talking to a woman who used exercise to manage her depression and bring her back from the brink of suicide. This is powerful stuff. “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” […]
  • Podcast #88 – Learning to Stop Judging Others

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Episode 88 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re talking about a topic we all encounter: dealing with judgement, to and from, others. “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti Show Notes We judge other people. There, we’ve admitted it to both you and to ourselves. It […]
  • Podcast #87 – Having a Conversation about Death

    5 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Episode 87 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re talking about death and how acknowledging it will improve your life. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~ Mark Twain Show Notes How do you talk with your partner […]
  • Podcast #86 – One of the scariest moments of our travels

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Episode 86 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re sharing one of the scariest moments in our travels and how it feels looking back now. Gather round the fire, my friend! After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~ Philip Pullman Show Notes For the last […]
  • Curating our Experiences (Podcast #85 with Joel Zaslofsky)

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Episode 85 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re talking about how to document the experiences of your life without keeping a journal. It’s ironic, how we often forget the things worth remembering, but remember the things worth forgetting” ~ Anonymous Show Notes In the moment we always believe we’ll remember the events from our life […]
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    The Personal Freedom Project

  • Overcoming Fear – The Minimalists Guide

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
      Overcoming fear to follow your hearts desires and your deepest wishes is the hardest part because until you do, you stay stuck. Fear can hold people back for years and even for someone’s whole life where their dreams never become realized, only to be taken to the grave. Fear dictates our lives in most cases, our […]
  • How To Make a Vision Board You’ll Love

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
      Ahhhh… Vision boards. And finally your going to create one unless your just browsing. Well let me tell you why you should make one. In fact the first video does exactly that. So I won’t bother with the details. But what I will say is that vision boards are probably the most effective visualization […]
  • 10 Easy Ways To Stay Positive

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer.     Life has its ups and downs but I […]
  • A Proven Way To Finding Purpose + Living a Life That’s Possible

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The world we live in is an illusion, one we never question because we are not meant to. It’s a system that’s in place a system that controls you and makes your decisions for you. From the food you eat, clothes you wear, we can even go as far as to say it controls the […]
  • Personal Development Around The Web

    22 May 2014 | 1:00 am
        So last week I shared a few of my blog posts from around the web. I hope you enjoyed them and found some that resonated with you. This week I promised  part two. Again I hope you will find a post that will help you in some way. Check them out below.   […]
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    Simple Life Strategies

  • How to Figure Out Your Life Purpose

    Zoë B
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Have you ever wondered why oh why on earth am I here? What is the meaning of this life? Of everything?! Just what am I supposed to be doing with my life? Well buckle up sunshine, because I have spent the last decade pondering this and I actually have an answer for you today. Obviously – this is only my humble opinion, but I have to say, since I’ve figured out why I’m here and the purpose of my own life, things have become a little clearer, and a lot less confusing. The purpose of life is to discover our unique talents & to utilize them in a way that serves the world. That’s all.
  • Wisdom from Buckminster Fuller | 10 Inspiring Quotes

    Zoë B
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
      On the weekend I felt inspired to post this quote by Buckminster Fuller on the Simple Life Strategies Facebook Page (if you’ve not liked us on here, then get involved): “We should do away with the absolutely spurious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery…
  • Creating Space for the Big Things in Life (I just got married!)

    Zoë B
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    A week ago I got married (more on that later…and pictures to come!). I’ve already soaked up some golden nuggets from this shiny happy experience (many more than I anticipated), but one of the biggest things I’ve taken from it is the importance of consciously creating space for the big things in your life. Lets face it. Marriage is a BIG THING. You only do it once (well that’s the idea anyway). So it’s crucial that you’re 100% present and in the moment. The thing is – it’s actually the hardest time in your life to be present because there is SO MUCH GOING ON. Like most big…
  • What to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed (5 simple steps)

    Zoë B
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Have you ever had so much going on that your mind just feels like a big gooey mess? You know – those days, weeks, months when you’ve got so many things piled up on your to do list that you can’t even think straight to pick just one thing to get done? If you’re an overachiever or an ambitious kind of person (like moi), overwhelm might just be your arch nemesis. But listen up, because I’ve learned that there are a few proactive things you can do to bring your friend overwhelm to it’s knees. Being honest with you, I have always suffered from overwhelm. Maybe you have too? I think it…
  • Steve Jobs’s Final Dying Words (and what we can learn from them)

    Zoë B
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Last week I read the last words Steve Jobs ever said before he passed away. And I have to say when I saw those words on paper, it gave me goose bumps and I decided right there and then that I HAD to write about this. Steve Jobs was an enigma. He was quirky. I like to share little known facts about the man who pretty much changed the world with one small technological device. Before I reveal his dying words, did you know that: He liked to walk bare foot (even while in corporate environments and during million dollar negotiations) He was vegan and often went on diets where he would only eat…
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    Think Smarter World

  • The 3 C’s of a Modern and Enlightened Society
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Creating, Creative, and Caring If we look around in most advanced nations of the world, there is surely no shortage of people Creating, being Creative, and Caring: 61,299,500 cars have been produced around the world this year so far (Creating) $545 Billion dollars of advertising worldwide will have been created by end of 2014 (Creative) $345 Billion dollars will be given to charities in just the U.S. alone in 2014 (Caring) The numbers are impressive.  But for the three C’s to provide us a more enlightened society, they need to work together.  In other words, when in the act of creating,…
  • Partnership with the Universe [Quote]
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    Create, be Creative, and definitely Care… The post Partnership with the Universe [Quote] appeared first on Think Smarter World.
  • 20/20 Consciousness
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Photo Credit: kenteegardin via Compfight cc Consciousness Websters: a : the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself b : the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact c : awareness; especially : concern for some social or political cause So to simplify – Consciousness is Inner Awareness, External Awareness, and Concern for Others. To me, the definition implies that to gain high levels of inner and external awareness and concern for others, requires increasing levels of knowledge, mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. The…
  • Move Over Power-Nap, Make Room for the 5-Minute Mini-Meditation
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
      Photo Credit: keioffice26 via Compfight cc    If you are a regular meditator, you already know the great benefits meditation provides for improving overall health, lowering stress, and increasing your capacity for mindfulness.  Some people meditate 20 minutes once a day, others perhaps even longer and more frequently.  I generally achieve one 30-45 minute session a day and this usually works well for me. However, I came to realize that on some days, that one session was not enough.  In my case, I found that even though I had meditated in the morning, I could end up in a…
  • What-If?
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    I have recently been finding that simple phrase to be a very strong source of motivation.  I’m captivated by its simplicity and its power.  The mere saying of that phrase to any scenario that you are facing  immediately takes you into the realm of possibility.  And, dwelling in possibilities is where you want to be most of the time.  Why, because we live in a Universe of infinite-possibilities that are available for us to access with our imaginations.  What-If is the catalyst to enable us to move beyond hesitation and fear. What-If allows us to begin the process of imagination in a…
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    NLP Singapore - Training Courses | Jacky Lim

  • Are You Losing Your Confidence? Here’s How You Can Get Your Swagger Back

    Jacky Lim
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    The field of sales – undeniably, it is a cutthroat business. It is a constant rat race to get ahead of everyone else in reaching mounting sales profit and financial success. It takes a steadfast spirit and an unwavering character to truly survive and come out triumphant every single competitive day. You are always in the pursuit of that decisive “yes”, because a single “no” could cost you a huge chunk of time, effort and profit. Being a salesperson means that it is not enough to be good, you have to outstanding. It is about transforming yourself into that top-notch total package to…
  • How to Handle Failure and Come Out Successful

    Jacky Lim
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    You often hear that failures are the building blocks to achievement and that the lessons you learn from these are the laying foundation to appreciating the successes you will attain in life. After all, our most fulfilling successes are best relished after overcoming disappointments. Inevitably, failure is a part of life that all of us have to deal with. It is a matter of knowing to stand up once again after stumbling or faltering. Time and time again, we are reminded to “Try and try until you succeed.” We have to come to the realization and terms that we should never be embarrassed of our…
  • The Truth and Hype of Hypnosis

    Jacky Lim
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    They say that the subconscious mind is a state of mind, that when harnessed, can create a significant influence in your life. It has a limitless source of powerful kept information, creativity, inspiration and untapped potential. Once you tap the wonders of this state, it greatly heightens your sense of awareness, increase your empathy for others and immensely enhances your clarity of thought. Not only that, the subconscious allows you to tap into your history and understand the root of your fears and phobias. There have been quite a number of methods that help you access the potentials of…
  • How Did Disney Make His Dream Into a Reality?

    Jacky Lim
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    Do you remember the time when you were asked as a young kid what your dream is when you grow up? I bet you dreamt big! Some of you would have probably imagined about becoming a distinguished doctor, a successful business mogul or a wandering world traveler. Isn’t it amazing how exaggerated and elaborate our dreams were when we were young? And then, we blame reality for bursting our bubbles. Most just settle with what is there and think that their once youthful and bright dreams are not really for them and is simply just a dream, after all. But deep within you know that really is not the…
  • A Wealthy Mind to A Wealthy Pocket

    Jacky Lim
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    I stumbled upon a quote by businessman and motivational speaker Robert Kiyosaki of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame that says, “The single most powerful asset we have is our mind. If trained well, it can create enormous wealth.” Wealth Starts in the Mind I could not agree more. After all, it is true that the way to becoming rich is to think like the rich. You may not realize it, but attaining wealth is in fact a state of mind. It is a conscious act that must be chosen. It does not manifest on its own and it is actually created by the human mind. For the most part, we often equate wealth with…
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    Newaccra Magazine - success, personal development, healthy lifestyle, current sports & entertainment

  • Why Fuse ODG Deserves a Big Bowl of Fufu

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    I was supporting Manchester United in a pub in England as usual. At halftime, an advert came on. It was a charity organization looking for donations. I will never forget the images they showed on the screen. They filmed some African children who looked liked they were starving to the point of death. These children had flies on their mouth, phlegm coming out of their nose and a several sores on their face. It was a sickening sight. I stared at the screen and asked myself, ‘where in Africa do they get these pictures from?’ Just then, my British mate asked if that was from my home…
  • Newaccra Magazine Celebrates One Year Anniversary

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    For immediate distribution Press Contact Irene Danquah Accra Ghana, Wednesday October 22, 2014 – Newaccra Magazine, an increasingly popular success and personal development magazine dedicated to current students, fresh graduates and young entrepreneurs, today announces the first anniversary of its launch. Twelve months after launching, Newaccra Magazine has created original content that has appeared on some of the biggest websites in Africa. The magazine has been praised as an enriching resource for success, entrepreneurship, healthy lifestyle, current sports and…
  • Three Problems of Higher Education in Ghana and How to Fix them

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is a cartoon of an angry graduate who returned to his former school and demanded to see the dean. The graduate handed over his degree certificate and graduation gowns to the confused dean, and demanded a cash refund of his school fees. His beef? The degree couldn’t help him find a job three full years after graduating. So he wanted his money back! In order to make sure that cartoon does not become real in Ghana, we have to fix many things. Here are solutions to three of them;   Rising Fees These days, an increasing number of people are now comparing getting an education to…
  • Meet The 15 Companies Competing for The Ghana Startup Cup 2014

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The Business startup competition, The Ghana Startup Cup 2014, has shifted into higher gear with an announcement of the  fifteen (15) Semi finalists to progress in the competition. From the pool of applicants, these semi-finalists were selected by a jury made up of  professionals, entreprenuers and investors like Lexis Bill, JoyFM; Ethel D. Cofie, Edel Technologies; Wayne Miranda, Growth Mosaic; Thomson Tsuwa, RtHE Consult; Beatrice Odonkor, Tiffany Consult; Nathan Pritzker, Startup America; Kweku Fleming, Stanford SEED; and Leticia Browne, Ghana Angel Investor Network. The Ghana Startup cup…
  • How is Social Media affecting Ghana’s Youth? A communications professional weighs in

    Fatima Ibrahim
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:20 am
    Social media is a term that describes applications and websites that allow users to socially interact with each other online. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Google hangouts, LinkedIn, Snapchat to mention a few are some examples of social media platforms which allow users to access the latest trending information. Social media’s effects on the Ghanaian youth are both positive and negative. Youth between the ages of 12 and 25 are most vulnerable to the negative sides of social media. They are the ones who spend long hours socializing and browsing the internet instead of doing…
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    Why I Left Google

  • Case Study: $2700/Month of Passive Income by Publishing Kindle eBooks, and No Writing

    Arman Assadi
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Total Reading Time: 8 minutes. Before the Dark Ages, the industrial revolution, the birth of technology, and even the internet — we had books. Books are one of the few constants that distinctly identify human culture. But with the birth of digital products and the internet, one thing has changed, and that is the explosion ... The post Case Study: $2700/Month of Passive Income by Publishing Kindle eBooks, and No Writing appeared first on Why I Left Google.
  • Why the Most Successful People Burn Their Bridges and You Should Too

    Arman Assadi
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Total Reading Time: 3 minutes. Do you have a backup plan? When I left Google in June of 2012, I didn’t. I only knew one thing: it was my destiny to become an entrepreneur and the time had come. It’s quite a frightening exhilaration. If you’re an entrepreneur now, you remember the raw emotions that ... The post Why the Most Successful People Burn Their Bridges and You Should Too appeared first on Why I Left Google.
  • How to Automate Your Personal Finances and Stop Worrying about Money

    Arman Assadi
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Total Reading Time: 8 minutes. “We’re heading to Belize with some friends to go diving at the Great Blue Hole near Belize — you should come! Can you make it?” “Umm…I’m not sure if I have the funds for that. Let me think about it and get back to you.” Or… “This is a really great investment ... The post How to Automate Your Personal Finances and Stop Worrying about Money appeared first on Why I Left Google.
  • I Discovered What the Rich Know about Wealth and I Can’t Keep It to Myself

    Arman Assadi
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Total Reading Time: 4 minutes. Over the past few months I’ve discovered a big secret, and experienced a massive paradigm shift…AKA a holy sh*t moment. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been studying money, wealth, and business — yet it took me this long to figure out the secret. If you look at my ... The post I Discovered What the Rich Know about Wealth and I Can’t Keep It to Myself appeared first on Why I Left Google.
  • How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, and Live a Fascinating Life

    Arman Assadi
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Total Reading Time: 2.5 minutes. Know the feeling when you hear a ridiculous statement or opinion that makes you want to rip your hair out and pray for humanity? I used to get offended easily by perspectives that conflicted with my own. I would try to see and appreciate the new perspective, but couldn’t. But ... The post How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, and Live a Fascinating Life appeared first on Why I Left Google.
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    Hillary Rettig

  • It’s NaNoWriMo / AcWriMo Time!

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s that time of year again!   Visit our NaNoWriMo Resource Center so that, come November 30, you’ll be partying like SuperWriter!  
  • The 14 Rules of Prolific Writing

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    The proper goal for all writing projects should be to “Get it done.” (Not fabulousness, comprehensiveness, to create a best seller, “revolutionize my field,” impress my advisor/family, make a fortune, etc. See Rule #13 on Quality, below.) Use a speedy, free-writing, free-revising technique. Aim for a large number of quick drafts where you make a […]
  • Meet Compassionate Objectivity, The Antidote to Guilt

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:46 am
    “I should succeed at this job despite the fact that we’re severely under-resourced and my boss is chronically disorganized. If I don’t, I’m a loser.” “If I don’t sacrifice everything to my kids, I’m a terrible parent.” “If I don’t get my hour of exercise in every single day, I’m just a lazy slob.” “If my book doesn’t […]
  • Why Amazon is This Writer’s Best Friend

    30 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Right now, there’s a contract dispute going on between Amazon and the publisher Hachette Book Group, with the result that Amazon is delaying shipment of some Hachette books and removing “pre-order” buttons from listings of others. Read some news stories and you might think all authors are pro-Hachette and anti-Amazon. But that is not at […]
  • Why a Course on Weight Loss for Writers?

    27 May 2014 | 9:10 am
    On June 9, I will be thrilled to start the second run of my SavvyAuthors’ exclusive Weight Loss for Writers class. To my knowledge, you won’t find another class like it anywhere. But why a class on weight loss just for writers? Well, for one thing, writing is a sedentary occupation, so it’s easy for writers […]
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    Personal Development for the Journey to Success

  • 8 Really Good Reasons to Get Healthy Now (Does Health Create Wealth?)

    Rebekah Donovan
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    If you are reading this article then you are one of the many of us out there trying to improve both our mental and physical health. Much time and energy is spent on becoming a better person. The question you may be asking is, does my health really affect my chances of success? And the […] The post 8 Really Good Reasons to Get Healthy Now (Does Health Create Wealth?) appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • How to Forgive Your Past and Step Into Your Greatness

    James Michael Jones
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    Everyone has a story they love to tell at dinner parties. Of course some are true, but past tales often get embellished for dramatic or comedic effect for the greater entertainment of listeners. I most certainly do this. When I was 10 or so, my older sisters and I were playing in our backyard when […] The post How to Forgive Your Past and Step Into Your Greatness appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • 3 Ways to Move More and Sit Less at Work

    Rebekah Donovan
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    With many of us working 8 hours a day in an office being sat down for the majority of our work day is unavoidable. But we are becoming ever more aware that being tied to our desks all day isn’t doing us any favours. With that in mind this article will look at 3 ways […] The post 3 Ways to Move More and Sit Less at Work appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • How To Be Successful Without Having Stress in Your Life

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    You already know what it really takes to succeed, you know it’s simple but not easy as it requires time, dedication, focus and consistency. But I’ve noticed that once people start leveling up in life, they also bring more stress into their daily routine. And instead of enjoying the benefits of their career, bigger salary, […] The post How To Be Successful Without Having Stress in Your Life appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • The Positivity Pipe-Dream (And the One Thing No Life Hack on the Planet Can Make Up For)

    Daniel Wallen
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Internet is full of dishonest marketers making false promises. Ads with ridiculous headlines like, “Lose 10 lbs overnight!” and, “Make $1,000 this week!” dominate your Facebook feed. All humans are impatient by design, so it’s not difficult to see how you might be tempted to believe in a life hack that will give you […] The post The Positivity Pipe-Dream (And the One Thing No Life Hack on the Planet Can Make Up For) appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
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    Unstoppable Gainer

  • Powerful Secret to Insanely High Productivity

    Theo Ellis
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:47 pm
    “Everyday, all day I have to be productive. And when I ain’t productive, I get concerned.” – Young Jeezy The quote above is an example of someone who;s insanely productive. Wouldn’t it be great If you could be like that? Well the good news is you can, you just have to learn the right disciplines first. [...]
  • 2 Ways To Crush Your Fears Like A Man

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    There I was. . .Standing beside the pool scared shitless. A boy, of nine years old, was looking at his friends having a ball of fun in the water. All of a sudden my uncle appeared from no-where and threw me in the water. I thought I was going to die. I hated him for years to [...]
  • How To Change A Belief In 5 Minutes (yes, it is that easy)

    Tom McCann
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    We like to think that we are in charge of ourselves and our actions. To a degree this is true- we have the power to change at any moment. However, at all times there is something below the surface calling the shots- our beliefs. If you have a belief that “Money is bad” then your [...]
  • Do THIS while relaxing in your spare time

    Tom McCann
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Life is busy. . . Now more than ever. That’s why it’s increasingly important to use your spare time well. Two years ago, I began to invest some of my spare time in the way I’m going to show you now, and it has made an incredible difference in the quality of my life. Imagine [...]
  • What are you creating to avoid doing the important? Brain Hack

    Tom McCann
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    The brain endlessly fascinates me. With 100 billion neurons, it is a supercomputer of the highest order. It’s almost perfect- except for one thing. . . . . . it designed for a life 10,000 years ago. This mismatch shows up in a number of interesting ways. Today, I want to share one that you’re [...]
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    How I'm Building My Life

  • Chicago Marathon: Post Race Analysis

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    What an incredible job the city of Chicago and Bank of America did in putting on this year’s marathon. There were 1.4 million spectators lining the course, all of whom were incredible (except for the 12 people who inevitably decide it’s a great idea at mile 20 to casually walk across the street while a group […] The post Chicago Marathon: Post Race Analysis appeared first on How I'm Building My Life.
  • Chicago Marathon: Race Day Preparation

    8 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Race Day Preparation Training is all but over, you’re into your taper and you’re ready to race. There are a number of things that you have likely forgotten about leading up to your race. Let’s explore what is needed to ensure your race day preparation is locked, loaded, and ready to go! Race Day Attire You’re inside […] The post Chicago Marathon: Race Day Preparation appeared first on How I'm Building My Life.
  • Chicago Marathon Training: Run Faster

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Gaining confidence as you approach race day is essential. Today I had 10 miles that included 2 3 mile repeats ahead of race pace with a mile recovery in between. I ran these at 6:40/mi. These types of workouts are essential in order to run faster and achieve the goals that you set out when you began […] The post Chicago Marathon Training: Run Faster appeared first on How I'm Building My Life.
  • Chicago Marathon Training: Gotta Get Lucky To PR

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    You’ve gotta get lucky to PR. That’s what I learned after closing out another week of training. You can train your ass off, but if the stars don’t align on race day, you’ll run the race you intended to just at a slower pace than you needed to PR. What the hell happened!? This week was extremely […] The post Chicago Marathon Training: Gotta Get Lucky To PR appeared first on How I'm Building My Life.
  • Chicago Marathon Training: Life Happens

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Life happens. Last week my girlfriend’s mother was diagnosed with a malignant tumor on her brain. In a whirlwind of a long weekend we drove about 25 hours and spent some time at the hospital ahead of the surgery to remove the tumor. First off, I am running for the American Cancer Society in Chicago, so if you […] The post Chicago Marathon Training: Life Happens appeared first on How I'm Building My Life.
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    Think Like an Entrepreneur

  • Feeling Stuck? Why You’ve Got to Leap Before You Look

    Deborah A Bailey
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. A lot of times we get stuck because we’re afraid to take the next, best step.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Diving in the Deep End

    Deborah A Bailey
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    After years of wishing and hoping, I wrote and published 2 novels in a little over 2 years. So of course after the writing and publishing came the promoting–which is probably the hardest part.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Work Supposed to Make You Miserable?

    Deborah A Bailey
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Years ago I had a coworker who used to say that work wasn’t supposed to be fun, that’s why it was called, “work.” He also said that the corporate world was a “necessary... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why You Should Stop Looking for the Meaning of Life and Just Live It

    Deborah A Bailey
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:11 am
    Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sometimes You Just Need a Time Out

    Deborah A Bailey
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    When I was at AT&T, I had a project leader who, if you asked her to prioritize your work would say, they’re all priorities. When you’re already overwhelmed and tired of running,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Doug Biben

  • Quit Procrastinating in 5 Steps

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
          Life would be so much better (and easier) if we could do the things we want to do when we want to do them. But, sometimes procrastination can be a problem.   Procrastination Help   1.  Don’t get caught in the all or nothing trap.  Let’s say you want to clean the […] The post Quit Procrastinating in 5 Steps appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Going from good to Great-

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
          Going from Good to Great   I wanted to get in great shape.  On my terms.  I liked working out, but I didn’t want to eat oatmeal for breakfast.  Or  do lots of cardio.  I didn’t want to give up drinking on the weekends and sleeping late.  I certainly couldn’t give up […] The post Going from good to Great- appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Inspirational Poster 4

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
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  • Day 1 at Duke Basketball- Strategy

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
            “Success is not a matter of wanting to win. It’s a matter of preparing to win- which is much more important.” - Duke Basketball Coach,  Mike Krzyzewski      Duke Basketball is one of the most successful sports programs of our time. Coach Mike Kryzyzewski is one of the best college […] The post Day 1 at Duke Basketball- Strategy appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Inspirational Posters (3)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
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    The Stand Tall Method© - Stand Tall-ista Blog

  • Authentically Me

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    I told my itty bitty shitty committee to sit down and shut up by taking this leap.  This is something I would have NEVER done pre-Stand Tall. NEVER!! Because I grew up with the message that appearance is everything. I'm tired of that old, worn out story and I'm removing it from my mental library starting today with this video. What will you do to show up in your authenticity?
  • Happiness: I GOT This!

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    I'm in charge of my happiness! Yes!! I AM IN CHARGE OF MY HAPPINESS!! As an empath I used to feel that what others did or said had great influence on my happiness factor. (Powerless, party of one your table is ready.)  Actually, I used to allow it. (Sometimes I still do because old habits die hard.) The truth is the older I get the more I realize that  NO ONE has that power to impact my happiness unless I give it to them. No one! The choice is ALWAYS mine. Frankly, I'm I'm really sick and tired of allowing others to take my good mood and plop it in the…
  • "What Do I want To Be When I Grow Up?"

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    "What's my purpose?" "What am I meant to be doing with my life?" As a coach and an intuitive I've heard this question many times. I even asked this question of myself a time or two. We grow up thinking that by the time we hit that magical age of 20-something that we should have it all figured out. Our path should be clear. We should know the direction we are headed in. Should, Should, Should!The bottom line is this, sometimes we don't know. Sometimes we try a few things on for size before we truly find our "calling". And sometimes, we feel we have found it only to have it…
  • Not Broken; Just Piecing (Peace-ing) It All Together (part 1)

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Image: Kelly Rae Roberts "I'm tired of feeling this way. Of being where I am." Those were the words that tumbled out of my mouth on Saturday. I was and I am tired of feeling pissed off, hurt, stuck, disconnected, resentful, emotionally heavy. I'm tired as hell, because that's not me. Actually, that's a is me and that's been my hurdle all along. Not owning my feelings fully. Not sitting with them so that they can have their moment in the light in order to move on and be released. Instead, I've swallowed my hurt. Pushed down my anger. Run the other direction from my…
  • Being My Own Cake

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    How often have you looked to others for a sign, any sign, that you were OK? How often have you sought the approval of someone else?I'm raising my hand really high in the air right now. I've looked to others for that reassurance that I'm worthy. I've even taken the passive - aggressive approach to gaining a compliment. Yep, I admit saying things like, "I looked in the mirror today and thought 'When did the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man inhibit my body'?" <Cue space for a compliment.>While I'm not interested in playing the blame game, the reality is that we've been conditioned to look…
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    Personal Development For You

  • Little activities can boost your self-confidence effectively

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Little activities can boost your self-confidence effectively It does not matter how smart you think you are, if you don’t have confidence in yourself you are not going too far, one thing that held me back was low self-confidence. For years I was struggling with law self-esteem because I saw the things around me in […] The post Little activities can boost your self-confidence effectively appeared first on Personal Development For You.
  • 8 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    How to deal with stress Into each life some rain must fall, as the old song goes. Very often, that rain takes the form of stress. Whether it’s due to a job, family members, financial conditions, or just day to day survival, we all have to deal with stress from time to time.     […] The post 8 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress appeared first on Personal Development For You.
  • 15 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People

    7 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
      Dealing with difficult people can sometimes be a daunting task, but combative and challenging people don’t have to ruin your day. Provided below are fifteen tips in order to help with handling the difficult person or situation. how to deal with difficult People   1. Examine the Situation   Taking a step back and […] The post 15 Tips for Dealing with Difficult People appeared first on Personal Development For You.
  • Tips on how to get your company’s creative juices flowing

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    how to become more creative Creativity is a very important part of life. Being creative gives us the power to come up with some really great ideas. When we bring these ideas to life, it adds value and substance to our everyday life and brings joy too. Having a creative mind not only helps us […] The post Tips on how to get your company’s creative juices flowing appeared first on Personal Development For You.
  • how to attract your soul mate

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    how to attract your soul mate   The law of attraction assumes that like attracts like and by focusing on positive thoughts, you will achieve a positive result. By applying this principle, you will not fail in achieving any of your goals including getting your lifelong partner. The following tips would help you get your […] The post how to attract your soul mate appeared first on Personal Development For You.
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    Garrett Paknis
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    Do you ever feel stuck in life?   One of the most common complaints I hear is that a lot of us feel unsure of where we are in our life.  We want to add value to our days, but we don't know how.  Well, when you find yourself in a rut… it’s time to change up your routine.When we are questioning what we’re doing with our life, we must think outside of the box.  It’s important to shake things up so you allow your perspective to shift.  Whether it’s volunteering your time so your life becomes a little less “me-focused” or trying a new class at…

    Garrett Paknis
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    The only reason you’re questioning yourself is because you’re supposed to be.  We can often criticize our self-questioning and not realize that it’s okay to wonder about own motives.  And do you want to know why it’s okay?   Because it signifies that there’s a need to change within and it’s fantastic to want to change.Our self-judgement for the way we treat our-selves comes from the fear to change.  It’s easy to say we are wrong, but is it easy to get to the root of why we are wrong?  Fuck no, it isn’t.  It’s not easy, but it’s…

    Garrett Paknis
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    The wreckage of our past is behind us.  The spoils of our mistakes have been buried and the time of our lives where we are allowed to feel tremendous joy is here.  Will you join me in welcoming this new life?At all junctions of our existence, we must choose between the various roads that lie ahead.  We are faced with obstacles no matter which path we travel down, but as long as we choose carefully, the obstacles will guide us to the most wondrous life we can imagine.So let’s choose wisely – together.  Let’s decide to be there for each other and help one another out…

    Garrett Paknis
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    What is it within us that seeks approval from others?  Whether it’s the need for our work to be appreciated or making sure our bulging muscles are perfectly shown off in our cut-off tank top – why are we externally focused when we should only be validated by our own opinions?Every single action of ours that is attached to a need of approval should be evaluated.  When we place our self-importance in the hands of others  – or when we are walking down the street with any sort of vanity – it becomes an issue.Let your flaws show you the way.  Let your large muscles…

    Garrett Paknis
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Sailing away from the shore, we leave what we know behind.  It’s time to set out on a new journey and find the treasure that awaits.What are you setting out for in your life?  What is the treasure that you hope to claim?  Whether it’s personal growth or a new relationship, we set sail into a new direction day after day, navigating our ship against the strong head winds.These head winds will rage, but we must keep steering the wheel with the wind – rather than against.  When we can steer in partnership with the wind, we find that we are guided to the correct…
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