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  • 4 Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Happiness

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    Theo Ellis
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. - Charles Spurgeon Notice how when you're around kids everybody's mood changes in the room? You can't help but gravitate towards their positive energy, regardless of how you may be feeling. Kids are the best examples of people who are clearly happy. And If anybody is to learn anything about happiness, the best place to learn from is kids themselves. When was the last time you were around kids? Maybe it was your neice, nephew, son, daughter or kids passing you by in the street. Either way, I can guarantee they were oozing…
  • ‘Tis the Season for a Knockout

    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine
    Darren Hardy
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    While many people mistakenly excuse lack of productivity during the holiday period, NOW is the time when you can get out in front and gain some serious strides on the competition. When I was in real estate, most of my colleagues went into hibernation mode in December. Since many people do not buy or sell houses around the holiday season, they rationalized taking it easy—big mistake! I did exactly the opposite, kicked it up a notch, and seized a huge market advantage. Three Ways to Knockout Your Competition in December: 1 - Fill up your January calendar This was my greatest…
  • Thinking to Win: 3 Things the Super Successful Naturally Do

    Personal Development for the Journey to Success
    Noel Patrick
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are some common thoughts that go through the minds of successful people when faced with challenges. Here are three important ones to consider. It’s time to begin thinking to WIN.   1. They gather data and try to make decisions based on truth. You should make decisions when you feel you have a full […] The post Thinking to Win: 3 Things the Super Successful Naturally Do appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • 5 Passive Income Myths Blocking You from Earning Passive Income, Debunked

    Personal Excellence
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Hi guys! In a few days’ time on Dec 6, I’ll be starting a new run of my passive income course. This is my third year teaching the course (3 2 seats left by the way, so secure your seat asap to join! Update Dec 5: Our seats are all filled up and registration is now CLOSED!), and I’m super excited to work with the latest batch of participants. While waiting for the course to start, I thought to debunk some common myths about passive income (P.I.) that prevent many from earning it. 1. I need to invest / trade forex / get property / etc. to earn passive income. When…
  • This One Phrase Changed My Life

    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement
    Tobi Atkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    There is an old zen saying “The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything".  I first heard this phrase from a mentor of mine a few years ago and it made me rethink my whole approach to the way I was living my life. I used to be a someone who would cut corners on what I thought were small things. For example, I would make my bed but I wouldn't tuck the sheets all the way in. I would clean the house but not pull the lounge out and vacuum under. I would complete a task to 80% of my ability and then stop when I thought it was good enough. What I couldn't see at the time was; by…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • 4 Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Happiness

    Theo Ellis
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. - Charles Spurgeon Notice how when you're around kids everybody's mood changes in the room? You can't help but gravitate towards their positive energy, regardless of how you may be feeling. Kids are the best examples of people who are clearly happy. And If anybody is to learn anything about happiness, the best place to learn from is kids themselves. When was the last time you were around kids? Maybe it was your neice, nephew, son, daughter or kids passing you by in the street. Either way, I can guarantee they were oozing…
  • 5 Inspirational Thoughts For When You’re Having a Bad Day

    Jamie Flexman
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:24 pm
    You know what I’m talking about. From the second your alarm clock screams into action to every waking minute thereafter – it’s a relentless struggle in your journey to find your way back into bed so you can bid a fond farewell to the day from hell. Maybe yesterday was one of those days and the stress, frustration and anguish linger fresh in the memory. Perhaps tomorrow will drag you out the wrong side of the bed and slingshot you towards an 18 hour joyride of unhappiness and inadequacy. But what if, today is that day? What if today has you by the throat and its suffocating grip is…
  • This One Phrase Changed My Life

    Tobi Atkins
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    There is an old zen saying “The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything".  I first heard this phrase from a mentor of mine a few years ago and it made me rethink my whole approach to the way I was living my life. I used to be a someone who would cut corners on what I thought were small things. For example, I would make my bed but I wouldn't tuck the sheets all the way in. I would clean the house but not pull the lounge out and vacuum under. I would complete a task to 80% of my ability and then stop when I thought it was good enough. What I couldn't see at the time was; by…
  • 15 Reasons The World Loves Motivational Quotes

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    People use motivational  quotes all the time, I know I do I put them up all the time on my what’s app and Facebook profile and I get a lot of feedback from my friends as  you know we  always get a déjà-vu whenever you hear or read one. However, people still love them especially when they are used for motivation and inspiration, so here I have compiled for you 15 of them that are sure to get you going! Reason no 15 - You Wish to See a Change. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them." The change may be for you or you may want to change the world. There is nothing wrong in wishing…
  • 4 Steps To A Meaningful Career While Raising A Family

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Several times in my life I’ve walked away from well-paying jobs in order to pursue a more meaningful career, one that more deeply connected with the type of person that I wanted to be. Recently in my Facebook Group, I was asked how someone could walk away from large sums of money to pursue a meaningful career. While at the same time raising two children. This was a challenging questions since it’s not something that I have personal experience with. Every time I’ve walked away from a well-paying job, I was unmarried and childless. After giving the question considerable thought, I came up…
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    Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine

  • ‘Tis the Season for a Knockout

    Darren Hardy
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    While many people mistakenly excuse lack of productivity during the holiday period, NOW is the time when you can get out in front and gain some serious strides on the competition. When I was in real estate, most of my colleagues went into hibernation mode in December. Since many people do not buy or sell houses around the holiday season, they rationalized taking it easy—big mistake! I did exactly the opposite, kicked it up a notch, and seized a huge market advantage. Three Ways to Knockout Your Competition in December: 1 - Fill up your January calendar This was my greatest…
  • Legend of Dreams

    Darren Hardy
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today I want to share a legend with you, a legend about dreams. Long ago an old Lakota spiritual leader was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and searcher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language. As he spoke, Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's willow hoop, which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life, how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to adulthood. Finally we go to old age…
  • The Origin of an Obsession

    Darren Hardy
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have an obsession. And I know exactly who to blame: my grandmother. It all started one afternoon shortly after my 8th birthday when my grandmother picked me up from school. This itself wasn’t unusual. My grandmother would often pick me up with an Igloo cooler in the back seat packed with the classic grandmother lunch: sliced fruit, chocolate milk, and a bologna sandwich cut in two, perfect, crustless triangles. We’d eat lunch in her car in the parking lot of a movie theatre before going in or we’d take it to the Fairyland Amusement Park. I still remember waving…
  • WOW Beginnings (2 of 2)

    Darren Hardy
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In part two of our WOW Beginnings series, here’s a lesson I want to share with you: Go back to being a bit naïve. Just as Brian Wong, whom I interviewed on the December CD of SUCCESS Magazine, said it, “Be willing to ask questions and be naïve.” You see, I think the older, and seemingly wiser and more experienced we become, the more we THINK we need to know the answers to questions and problems. We use our “experience” to project answers. The problem is our experience is from the past and the present is probably a very different…
  • 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…
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    The Invisible Mentor

  • Reading Globally: The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge

    Avil Beckford
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    Reading Globally: The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge Reading Globally: The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge Don Tapscott, author of The Digital Economy, and business executive specializing in the role of technology in business and society predicts that the already quickened pace of technology will accelerate. Many jobs have been lost to automation in the past two decades, and many more will be lost to robotics and big data. How safe is your career, and will you be a victim of automation? I do not have the answer, but I think we can intentionally read our way to a solution.
  • The Invisible Mentor Top Blog Posts of 2014

    Avil Beckford
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Invisible Mentor Top Blog Posts of 2014 The Invisible Mentor Top Blog Posts of 2014 I cannot believe that 2015 is two weeks away, where did the time go? Several years ago, I read that blogs like mine take a while to gain traction because they do not cover news, and now I am starting to see that there is some truth to that. Last year, and even this year, the most popular posts are years old, and in fact, several of them that were on the list last year are on this year’s list as well. I suspect that they are popular because they are book reviews of classic literature. It’s interesting…
  • An Evening with Don Tapscott at the Rotman School of Management

    Avil Beckford
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    An Evening with Don Tapscott at the Rotman School of Management An Evening with Don Tapscott at the Rotman School of Management How good are you at thinking on your feet? I must admit that I am not that great because I tend to reflect on the information that I am taking in, therefore it is difficult for me to respond right away. With that in mind, I recently attended The Digital Economy – A 20-Year Retrospective and Perspectives for the Future, a part of the Big Ideas Speaker Series @ Rotman, where Matthew Bishop, Globalisation Editor, The Economist interviewed Don Tapscott. This year…
  • Are You Stuck in a Creative Rut?

    Avil Beckford
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    Are You Stuck in a Creative Rut? Are You Stuck in a Creative Rut – My Tarot Cards I often generate great ideas, but over the past year or so, the creative pump has not been working properly. I get some ideas, but far from the amount that I am accustomed to generating so I am feeling very frustrated. Many people have a vision of a light bulb and ta-da, like magic, a great idea hits you like a ton of brick. Although it is a compelling image, great ideas are seldom born that way. You have to create a fertile ground for the ideas to percolate before your Eureka moment occurs. 5 Steps to…
  • Better Note-Taking: Learning to Abbreviate Words

    Avil Beckford
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:12 am
    Taking Better Notes – Learning to Abbreviate Words Better Note-Taking: Learning to Abbreviate Words Note taking is an art, but I did not recognize that until recently. I take notes when I read books and take courses, and sometimes I take better notes than at other times. What I have noticed, especially when I have read a book and have not written the review in a day or two, if I have not taken very good notes, then I have a very difficult time remembering all the important points in the book. Although I would love to think of myself as Wonder Woman, the reality is that the curve of…
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  • How to Better Understand Behavioural Issues

    Amber Waddy
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:04 am
    We all try our best to act like one of the crowd and do what we can not to offend or upset others. Sometimes, however, we don’t always see what we’re doing until it’s pointed out to us. Everyone has behavioural issues to some degree, but for a few of us it’s extremely prominent. Learning what could be behind your actions brings you one step closer to controlling them. Here are just a few examples of things you may find yourself doing and what could be behind it. Issue No. 1 – Acting Up In Public The Problem We all have that friend who acts the fool and does…
  • Successful People Use Their Imagination

    Remez Sasson
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:47 pm
    If you want to achieve success, you need to use your imagination. Successful people build mental images of their goals. A clear mental image of what they want to achieve, helps them see their goal, and the way toward it, clearly and with detail. This helps them know what steps they need to take. Inventions, buildings, cars, shopping malls, and any kind of business, started as an idea, and then as a mental image in the mind of their creators. All successful people create in their minds, what they want to do, before setting out to do it. A mental image is a road map. With this map you plan your…
  • Why It Is Difficult to Wake Up Early and a Few Solutions

    Remez Sasson
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Do you find it difficult to wake up early in the morning? Do you set an alarm clock at a certain hour, and when it rings, you either don’t hear it, or just stop it ringing and continue to sleep? This happens to a lot of people, and is not a matter of laziness as you might think. There several causes for getting up late. Knowing the reasons, can help you solve the issue. Reasons for Waking Up Late and the Solutions Going to sleep late This is one of the main reasons for waking up late. You just don’t have enough hours of sleep. There are too many distractions, the TV, computers,…
  • Do One Thing a Day to Improve Your Life

    Remez Sasson
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    A day comes and a day goes, and life is the same. It’s like a circle that keeps spinning. You tell yourself that you need to make changes in your life, but you do nothing, except talk and complain. Every day, you do the same things. It’s like watching the same movie over and again. You want change, and you dream of change, however, you do nothing about it. This can lead to frustration and unhappiness. You might have great dreams, but you do not really believe you will ever be able to accomplish them. This might be true or not. You will never know, until you begin doing something…
  • 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…
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    Success Circuit

  • Nadim Naaman – Going MAD in the West End

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    This Christmas, go MAD for new songs from our talented West End stars! A previous interview from Joe Davison explained the new Christmas album in aid of the Make A Difference Trust (MAD). I spoke to one of the West End singers, Nadim Naaman featured on the album. Could you tell us who you are […]
  • Joe Davison – Going MAD for Christmas with West End Stars

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Like so many people, I love listening to Christmas music but occasionally I get tired of hearing the same songs over and over, year after year. This year, you have the opportunity to purchase a new and original Christmas Album written and sung by some of our favourite West End stars which will also aid […]
  • The Buffering Series Finale – A Review

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    On 26th April 2012 an actor from Glee (Curt Mega) and a group of his friends released a pilot episode for their web series called Buffering, about Ben Little, an out of work actor whose last show was cancelled. He therefore decided to make a web series. Glee fans flocked to watch it and over […]
  • Curt Mega – The Buffering Finale

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I have been privilaged once again to talk to Curt Mega about his epic web series, Buffering. After episode 5 garnered more than 50,000 YouTube viewers, the excitement in preperation for episode 6, the Buffering season finale has been palpable. What has made this show so popular, why and in what way has it changed […]
  • Brittany Belland – A New Buffering Beauty

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:48 pm
    If you are a frequent reader, there is no way that you could avoid seeing stars from the web show Buffering, from Curt Mega (Glee) to the writer Mike Tobias. The latest actress to appear in the show, Brittany Belland makes her debut appearance in the finale episode which is due to be released on […]
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    Jef Menguin

  • Make your work your calling.

    Jef Menguin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you see your work as only a job, then it’s dragging you away from what you really want to be doing. If you see it as a calling, then it is no longer a toiling sacrifice. Instead, it becomes an expression of you, a part of you. Make your work your calling. Jef Menguin
  • Ask for help in growing your leaders.

    Jef Menguin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Sometimes, you need help from outside. You can get a professional speaker to disturb complacent attitudes and lack of malasakit. Someone said the “good is the enemy of great”. Do you agree? A new leadership idea and a new way of seeing things from someone from outside sometimes is all you need to wake up […]
  • Potentials for leaders

    Jef Menguin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Leaders are meant to grow. Develop leaders with competence and confidence to deliver business goals. Develop leaders who continually grow sharper and wiser. Develop leaders who believe that building other leaders is the lifeblood of the organization. Most importantly, enroll your leaders in a sustained and systematic leadership development program. Your organization has huge potentials. […]
  • Raise the bar!

    Jef Menguin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    If you don’t aim higher, you’ll never go higher. High jumpers are always raising the bar to see if they can clear the new height they set for themselves. Inevitably, they won’t clear the bar on the first jump, but over time and with lots of practice, they will make the jump successfully. Learn to […]
  • Why train the trainers?

    Jef Menguin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:19 am
    You have to train your trainers to keep them stay ahead. You cannot expect your employees to learn and grow faster than your trainers. Send your trainers to the classroom and let them learn new ways of helping employees learn.
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  • Family Escape at Rumba Resort in Caloundra

    Annabel Candy
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Spending quality time with the kids always tops my wish list but only really happens when we go away on a family holiday. Despite my best intentions
  • Funny Travel Story: Why Now Broken Shoes? Why Now?!

    Annabel Candy
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In 2010 when I got invited to visit Shanghai with Coca-Cola I literally had nothing to wear. Well, nothing that you’d wear in the city because all I had was beach wear. Remember that I’d been living the dream in the jungle in Costa Rica for 18 months and owned nothing remotely smart. So I bought a […]
  • Travel Packing Essentials: a Pretty Dress by Adrift

    Annabel Candy
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every year for Christmas I buy myself a pretty dress then give it to my husband to give to me. It works a treat because I always get a new dress that
  • What’s the Best Island Travel Experience?

    Annabel Candy
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I'm an island girl. Having grown up in England, but as far as you can get from the ocean on that island of eccentrics, I yearned for the seaside as a
  • Who Else Wants Luxury Travel on a Budget?

    Annabel Candy
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Surely I'm not alone in dreaming of luxury travel and a champagne experience on a beer budget? It seems like a pipe dream but, armed with some
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    Talent Development Resources

  • Achievement pressure and the word salad breakdown

    Douglas Eby
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    The term “nervous breakdown” may be loose and non-medical, but still somewhat useful and descriptive.  If it is extreme enough, the experience may get called a psychosis. One of the things that intrigued me in the story below is the symptom of “word salad” – which the Wikipedia page on Schizophasia explains is “confused, and often repetitious, language that is symptomatic of various mental illnesses.” [The image is a piece embroidered by a schizophrenic patient at the Glore Psychiatric Museum.] But the page also points out that the phrase…
  • On Meaning: The Silver Lining of The Recession

    Guest Author
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    By Laura Berman Fortgang –  Human beings have often engaged in the search for meaning, but today’s economic downturn has brought the subject to light in a new way. People are re-evaluating whether their financial power to accumulate possessions and wealth is the only determining factor of their happiness and success. Some are being forced to shrink their activities, their budgets and their ambitions and many report that it is not all bad. Sure, economic woes are scary and many are frightened of how long they may last, but those that can keep their wits about them are also…
  • Creative People: Robert Fritz on Believing vs. Creating

    Cat Robson
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Robert Fritz notes that most creative people do not always hold positive attitudes and thoughts, or think that well of themselves. Here are excerpts from an article of his: For years we have heard that what you believe will determine how well you will succeed in life. So every year, people diligently attempt to change their beliefs to ones that favor their success and limit their failure. There is an entire industry that supports that cause. “You are what you believe,” is advertised with the certainty of a great mathematician adding two and two, or a great French chef adding just…
  • Jim Rohn on Emotion and Change

    Douglas Eby
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In his article “The Four Emotions that can Lead to Life Change,” personal development leader Jim Rohn noted, “Most of us need to be pushed to the wall to make decisions. And once we reach this point, we have to deal with the conflicting emotions that come with making them. … “Making life-changing decisions can be likened to internal civil war. Conflicting armies of emotions, each with its own arsenal of reasons, battle each other for supremacy of our minds.” He writes that he doesn’t have much advice to give about decision-making except this:…
  • Resources on Creative People, Personality and Mental Health

    Douglas Eby
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    This long page includes a video of my online 1 hour presentation, plus multiple short video excerpts, plus notes and multiple links to articles and other resources. Main topics: Personality: High Sensitivity | Self Concept / Self Esteem Mental Health: Anxiety | Depression | Trauma Sections include: A Complex Personality Insecurity and Androgyny High Sensitivity Shyness Our Shadow Self See the page: Creative People: Personality and Mental Health webinar. Originally posted 2013-02-01 17:31:20.
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    Katarina Nolte

  • 4-Book-Bundle # 1: Digestion, Diet & Hormones

    Katarina Nolte
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Finally… Get rid of constipation, once and for all, by eliminating its causes. Regain regularity, lose stubborn fat and get your hormones in order. All in one fell swoop! Everyone gets constipated at some point in time and everyone wants to know how to get rid of constipation A.S.A.P. The short URL for this post is:
  • Interview: Elijah Akeem

    Katarina Nolte
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Today I'm interviewing Elijah Akeem, an entrepreneur, musician and music producer whose super cool 30+ hip-hop, dance, ambient R&B/soul tracks are a pleasure to listen to. The short URL for this post is:
  • New Posts Below Old Ones

    Katarina Nolte
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A list of recently updated posts. The short URL for this post is:
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    Katarina Nolte
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
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    Katarina Nolte
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
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  • Why I Love Taxes!

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    I love taxes which is a huge paradigm shift for me!  I used to hate taxes so much that I used the tax code to reduce my taxes to zero.  Yes, that is right, I paid zero taxes for a very long time legally!  When you invest in assets, you can depreciate them and use depreciation to reduce your taxes.  Is that the only way to reduce your taxes?  No, learn what rich people do to lower their taxes. Do You love taxes? Why do I love taxes?  Taxes are at the lowest rates right now and it is expected to stay that way.  Just look at what Mitt Romney or Warren Buffett paid in taxes.  Their…
  • How Do I Get Rich and Successful Friends?

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Rich and successful friends will make you rich!  In a conversation attributed to F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald said “The rich are different from you and me.”  Ernest Hemingway responded:  “Yes, they have more money.”  Believe it or not the money is not what you want from rich people, but the connections and what you can learn from them.  Do the rich think differently from you? Background I have been around rich people all my life.  Notice I did not say I was one of them.  I did not know that my parents were rich until I was an adult.  I was brought up by…
  • Failure Is an Industry!

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    There are industries that encourage failure! Do companies really want you to fail or quit? Not every company! For example, insurance companies, particularly property and casualty companies want you to pay for the insurance and never make a claim. When you make a claim, they do everything to slow down the process before they have to pay you for your loss. Is this isolated? This may be a contrarian view, but I do not think so. There are companies and industries that succeed based on your failure. I mentioned one industry which is insurance! They were created based on your mistakes in the case…
  • Do You Take Responsibility or Just Make Excuses?

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:09 am
    Do you take responsibility or just make excuses? When you fail, do you make excuses?  Do you take responsibility for your actions or blame others?  What is your excuse for poor performance?  Excuses keep you from looking at the real problem!  Excuses will make you give up!  Do you start out with good intentions and tolerate poor results?  Why? Background I wrote an article about successful and unsuccessful people which states successful people make no excuses and unsuccessful people blame others for their misfortune.  Taking responsibility for your actions will help you achieve…
  • Reasons Why Life Insurance Can Be Denied

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:03 am
    Applying for life insurance is an important process that every adult with dependents should do. It’s as detailed of a process as applying for health insurance. There are three possible outcomes: approved, postponed, or denied. A postponed application means you may need to provide additional documentation or have a second test. If you know these top five reasons why life insurance is denied, you may be able to avoid a denial or know your next best move. 1.      Being Obese Being overweight is one thing, but obesity is weighed negatively against life insurance applicants. The reason is…
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    Coaching Confidence

  • Coaching Quote of the Day 21st December 2014

    Jen Waller
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:21 pm
    “There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.” (Jane Austen) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 21st December 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • 2014 Blog review – March

    Jen Waller
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Over the remainder of this year I’ll be recapping what’s been happening here on Coaching Confidence, the coaching blog during 2014. In previous days we started by looking at the posts that happened in January and February, so today we move onto: March Guest Posts Secrets of Confident People: 50 Strategies You Need to Shine (book extract) by Richard Nugent “Dear money, thank you for . . . .” By Helen Collier What You Need to Know About F.O.M.O. (Fear of Missing Out) By Gail Gaspar Your Book is the Hook by Karen Williams Most RT’d quote on our Twitter feed each week:…
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 20th December 2014

    Jen Waller
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:16 pm
    “Pianists call me a composer, composers call me a pianist. The classicists think me a futurist, and the futurists call me a reactionary.” (Anton Rubinstein) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 20th December 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
  • 2014 Blog review – February

    Jen Waller
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Over the remainder of this year I’ll be recapping what’s been happening here on Coaching Confidence, the coaching blog during 2014. Yesterday we started by looking at the posts that happened in January, so today we move onto: February Guest Posts “5 Google+ Features That Are Useful For Coaches” By Chris Chaves “Is it Wrong Not to Have a Goal?” By Louise Gillespie-Smith “Showing the way” by Kaitlyn Hatch “Spare Some Time for Coaching and Mentoring” By Beverley Ireland-Symonds   Most RT’d quote on our Twitter feed each…
  • Coaching Quote of the Day 19th December 2014

    Jen Waller
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    “Hope is a talent like any other.” (Storm Jameson) The post Coaching Quote of the Day 19th December 2014 appeared first on Coaching Confidence.
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    Business Fitness

  • Caught in a Vortex of Expectations? Listen to Find Your Way Out.

    Dawn Lennon
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    I’ve always had a strong dependency on words. They help me get a grip on the world around me and the nature of people who could hurt or help me. They’ve often saved me from myself. There’s so much going … Continue reading →
  • Unearthing Your Creative Side: It’s All in How You Dig.

    Dawn Lennon
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    I love a good book. A gripping play. A haunting song. An elegant sculpture. A graceful dance. All that artistry, that creativity, fully on display astounds and moves me. I also love a well-designed plan. A complex project that comes … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #7 | Showing Respect

    Dawn Lennon
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Do you have a question about supervising that you would like me to answer here? If so, please put it in a comment after this post or any that preceded it. This series will continue based on those questions, so … Continue reading →
  • Getting Your Head Around Supervising–Episode #6 | Misreading Employees

    Dawn Lennon
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    “How do good supervisors get a correct read on their employees?” That’s the questions I left you with at the end of Episode #5. Supervisors tend to draw all kinds of conclusions about their employees based upon behaviors they see … Continue reading →
  • 4 Ways Distraction Threatens Your Career | Fight Back

    Dawn Lennon
    15 Jun 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Distracted? Never, you claim, always fully tuned in, just multitasking. It’s a popular self-deception. We’re all guilty to a degree. Research has long debunked the notion of multitasking, our claim of being engaged in multiple things (aided by our digital … Continue reading →
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    Monetize Your Life

  • Optimizing Your Time Online

    Michael Fletcher
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    I find that my online time is often unstructured and extremely unexciting going through the same routine refreshing pages on social media sites and generally waiting for things to happen. It doesn’t have to be this way! Why have a structured surfing schedule? You have a truckload of goals, personal goals, professional goals, social goals and whole host of other goals I haven’t thought of. All the information you need is out there on the web. l haven’t seen it out there but I have faith that for pretty much any problem you encounter some helpful soul has posted a solution. The only…
  • Be the Lighthouse not the ship: Attract the Power of Positivity

    Michael Fletcher
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 am
    Life is often seen as a journey, a long voyage through troubled seas. I disagree life is a a function of the company we keep. Every day our seas are ravaged by storms of adversity and strife. Many of us are caught in amongst swells being thrown about and generally feeling out of control of our vessels and our journey’s. How do we arrest this and bring our lives under control? Simple, realize that this is just a metaphor, you don’t have to be the boat. Your life need not be out of control and better still you can make it your job to save more vessels in distress. Take Charge As an…
  • Free Time Free self development

    Michael Fletcher
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    For the majority of us the state of the economy has become a drain on the resources. We are being forced to become more careful about the ways we spend our income. We haven’t however become any more vigilant about how we spend our more valuable resource time. Developing ourselves doesn’t cost a cent these days. As we try to do more in less time Free time is precious. Our time on earth is finite and we should be making the most of every second we have. Once you’ve realised this your time is filled with opportunity. Every day becomes a chance to develop yourself. An opportunity to add…
  • Really Simple Syndication: What is RSS? Why use RSS feeds? How to use RSS?

    Michael Fletcher
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:50 am
    So you visited my site or another blog and would like to pop in more often and keep track of the content on the site. So you add the site as a bookmark and Bob’s your father’s brother. Except what if you wanted to be notified when new content is added or existing content is updated. Well you can by subscribing to the RSS feed but what the heck is an RSS feed? What is RSS RSS feeds are the answer to the modern internet. The internet is all grown up and with the growth of broadband across the planet we have as a planet access to more information faster than at any time in history. We are no…
  • Take back your time! 3 ways to take control of your life one minute at a time

    Michael Fletcher
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Take back your Time I find that every week, every day, every hour I have less time, less minutes at my disposal. More and more I find that somewhere during all work and play I’ve lost sight of what is important. Where is the meaning in our lives. When did we stop trying to live meaningfully in the time alloted to us. I put it to you that the meaning in our lives does not live in the big things the huge projects or enormous undertakings. Rather the meaning is standing in plain sight in all the minutes between this one and the last one you’ll ever see. Tomorrow is nothing, next…
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  • How To Hit the Pillow Each Night Feeling Completely Fulfilled and Satisfied

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I rested my head on my pillow. What a good day, I thought. What a good good day! It felt full, whole, satisfying. What had made today so great? I pondered. I thought for a minute, reached for my notebook and pen, and sketched the following: All four of these elements had been present in my day in some capacity. I hadn’t worked long hours, but I had spent some time that morning in a flow state, working intensely on my book. I had gone for a long walk with Grendel that afternoon. I’d gone to a friend’s birthday party that night and had stopped to enjoy my favorite Mexican food…
  • A Holiday Sale at Puttylike! 50% Off Renaissance Business and Productivity for Multipotentialites

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Season’s greetings, multipotentialite friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the holiday spirit. I’m also feeling immensely grateful for all of the love and support you guys have shown me recently. As I mentioned in last week’s email, life has been a little heavy and complicated lately. I appreciate all of the kind emails and warm wishes more than you know. To say thanks, I’ve decided to hold a big holiday sale this week. For the next 72 hours, both Renaissance Business and Productivity for Multipotentialites will be 50% off. If you’ve been…
  • “Mike the Musician” or The Dangers of Doing Only One Thing

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note from Emilie: This is a guest post by Mike Pumphrey. I have a confession to make. I’m not a multipotentialite. At least not by nature. Instead, I’ve trained myself to be one. Is such a thing possible? Can you learn to be a scanner if your natural temperament leads you to do one thing and one thing only? I believe you can. And in becoming a multipotentialite, I’ve realized that not only is the multipotentialite life a more fulfilling one for me, but that it also offers protection against some of the challenges that life throws at you. A Specialist’s Childhood My parents…
  • Are You a Multipotentialite AND an Introvert?

    Bev Webb
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How would you feel about the following weekend plan? Kicking it all off with drinks straight from work, going out for a meal, moving onto a night of bars and clubs, and following that up over the next two days with brunches, meet-ups, meals out, parties, and a house full of guests to enjoy them with. What do you think? Are you feeling excited or are you running away at the mere suggestion? This plan is the exact plan a friend of mine was telling me about a couple of days ago. The thing is, the more she brimmed over with excitement, the more petrified I became of that weekend. I don’t…
  • 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…
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    Deep Existence

  • Don’t Tell Me You Don’t Have Time

    Stephen Guise
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    You have time for the things that matter to you. “I don’t have time” is better phrased as, “that’s not important enough.” What if there’s an emergency? You have time for that. What if you’re in a business meeting and someone offers you 72 million dollars to leave without saying a word? Goodbye meeting! Time Is NEVER Valid As A General Excuse Do you ever tell yourself you don’t have time for something? No time to exercise? Not enough time to sleep a 8 hours per night? Not enough time to cook meals? Don’t.  You can say you…
  • The Cold Shower Experiment (30 Days)

    Stephen Guise
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    You don’t even need to use that knob on the left. The blue one works just fine. (photo by eelke dekker) I’ve decided to experiment by only taking cold showers for the next 30 days (and potentially longer). I literally just finished my first cold shower today, and I’ll be documenting the whole experience here. “You freak! Why take cold showers?”  Cold showers have a number of documented health benefits Cold showers are challenging—I like to challenge myself Cold showers are refreshing. Ridiculously refreshing. Too refreshing? I love to experiment! Ok, on to…
  • Emotional Gambling: The Problem With Expectations

    Stephen Guise
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Having high expectations at the casino rarely ends well, but I think she did alright. (photo by Bev Wagar) I have two questions for you: 1. Should you expect to love this article?  A. You could expect this article to be a revelation that transforms your life. B. You could come into this article with no expectations, saying, “I’m not sure what I’ll get out of this, but I’ll read it to find out.” 2. Should I expect this article to be well-received? A. I could base my identity as a writer and person on how well this goes. *gulp* B. I could write this…
  • When Fear Means Opportunity

    Stephen Guise
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    If you’re afraid, take notice. You could be facing the opportunity of a lifetime. There’s a big difference between “pure” fear—like when you believe your life is in danger—and the more common, harmless fear. I’m moving to Portland, Oregon after only 4 months in Jacksonville Beach, FL. I’m afraid because it’s going to be expensive (high fees for breaking my current lease, plus other moving costs), I’m moving from a 950 sq. ft. luxury apartment into a TINY 150 sq. ft. apartment, and the city is much colder and wetter than Jacksonville.
  • 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…
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    The Liberated Life Project

  • Giving Thanks

    Maia Duerr
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. ~Brother David Steindl-Rast   This week, you’re probably receiving dozens of emails from businesses and blogs touting the virtues of gratitude – and encouraging you to buy things. Well, to be perfectly honest, this message is kind of like that… but it’s different, too. On this day before Thanksgiving, my heart feels full-up with thankfulness for so many reasons: For you, dear reader, as the Liberated Life Project celebrates her fourth birthday. Thank you for being a supporter for however long…
  • 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…
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    Motivation Diversity Success Blog

  • How I Used Music In Martial Arts

    Clint Cora
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Music In My Martial Arts I remember the first time the martial arts tournament circuit started to allow competitors to use music in forms (martial arts routines) competition.  These were usually black belt competitors who performed their martial arts forms with a music track background. Back in those days, the music soundtrack was usually on a cassette tape through a boom box at the division ring or if a tournament was large enough, it would be played through a PA system. This was an exciting time since the whole concept of using music in martial arts was so new and many of us felt that…
  • My Own Ski Training Schedule This Winter

    Clint Cora
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
              My Ski Training Schedule For all alpine snow skiers past first or second timer level, ie, got through Discover Skiing – to have any significant improvement in your skiing, it takes mileage and ideally with coaching to make sure you are not continuing with bad habits. Ideally, you should aim to get in at least 12 to 15 ski days per season at minimum. Otherwise any changes, if any, will be minimal. I did not make this up – it’s well accepted among the ski pro industry and community. I do about 60 days per season. When I hear recreational…
  • 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…
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  • Unlimited Abundance Program by Christie Marie Sheldon – My Review

    Naveen Kulkarni
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I am huge fan of personal development books, because they are the ones that opened up me to a new world. No wonder, my home is full of self-help books :-) Apart from books, there is another format of information consumption that really allowed me to enrich myself and grow, is the ‘audio’ format. Thanks […]
  • 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 !!
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    Shake Off the Grind

  • 7 Essential Ways to Feel More Alive and Invigorated

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell I realize more and more the importance of creating a life filled with exhilaration and excitement. If I don’t create adventure I get bored and stuck in a rut. […] The post 7 Essential Ways to Feel More Alive and Invigorated appeared first on 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.
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  • Increasing Trust Drives Marketing - Leadership In Marketing

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The 'Trust Factor' And MarketingIt Is Becoming Increasingly Difficult To Win Your Target Market's TrustIt is Becoming Increasingly Difficult To Convert Your Targeted Prospects To PurchasersWhat You Must Do To Earn And Maintain TrustFrom The Mad Marketing Tactics BlogFrom The TAKING COMMAND BlogBy Douglas E. CastleTrust is a huge asset in every business situation. It's crucial in marketing and sales.While it's possible to do business with people who don't trust you, it takes a lot longer-- and itusually involves complex negotiations and ridiculously detailed contracts. The objective is tobuild…
  • No News Is Bad News

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
      NO NEWS IS BAD NEWS In Silence, People Tend To Think The Worst In Management And Leadership, Frequent Communication Is Essential From An Article In The TAKING COMMAND! Blog By Douglas E. Castle During prolonged periods of silence, people are left to wonder; that wondering leads to visualization of negative possibilities and potentials (generally speaking, and in accord with the basic insecurities of Human Beings). The longer and more absolute the silence, the more these negative thoughts tend to propagate. If you are a leader, manager or commander and you are silent, any one or…
  • 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…
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    Write Change Grow

  • Beauty and Joy #3

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Let’s dive into this week’s photos!This week found me celebrating over a wine with one of my closest friends. After 14 years working for one company she’s moving onto a new company and career path. Starting a new job is an exciting and challenging time!Brisbane (my home town) is experiencing an exciting state of expansion. New bars and restaurants are popping up everywhere. As a person who loves to experience new venues, food and people this is music to my ears!On Friday night I had an amazing experience – I went to the opening night of ‘The Nutcracker’ by…
  • Sexy Word of the Week – Kindness

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Think about how much better the world would be if people were kinder to one another. Think about them being more caring, considerate and thoughtful.Imagine people being kinder to each other.Imagine people being kinder to their children. To someone else’s children.Imagine people being kinder to animals.Imagine us all being kinder to the environment.Imagine us being kinder to ourselves. No more name calling and self-loathing (bring that on!)The amazing thing is we don’t have to imagine it. We can do it right now. Right this second.Give a work colleague a genuine compliment or offer to help…
  • How to Deal with Negative People

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    All of us have to deal with negative people at some point.With the holidays fast approaching we may have to deal with more negativity than usual.Yes we may love our relatives but that doesn’t stop them from being negative and bringing down the whole room.Here are my tips on how to deal with negative people.Don’t be one yourselfThis one is probably the most important – don’t be a negative Nelly yourself. It’s boring and not fun.Whilst we all have our tough times there is a big difference between struggling with a particularly hard time in our lives and…
  • How to Laugh More

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? When did you laugh so hard you had tears rolling down your face?Not laughing enough? Here are my tips on turning that around.Hang out with people who make you laughCertain people make us laugh. They either know us well enough to understand what makes us chuckle or they appeal to our sense of humour. Perhaps their sense of humour makes us more funny ourselves!Regardless of the reason we often laugh in their company. These are definitely people we should be spending more time with.Know your own sense of humourI was going to write you should…
  • How to Cope with Feelings of Loneliness

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all have moments when we feel lonely.It doesn’t matter if you are married, married with kids or single. We all have times when we have to deal with loneliness of some description.Here are my tips for getting through those times.Understand that being lonely and being alone are not the same thingThis is really important. We need to understand the distinction between being alone and being lonely.Spending time on your own, does not necessarily mean you are lonely.Don’t assume for instance that single people are lonely. I’ll use myself as an example here. I’m single (and…
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    Live Bold and Bloom

  • 60 Deep Questions To Ask Yourself To Create “Aha” Moments

    Barrie Davenport
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Questions are powerful. They force answers. Compelling questions force us to think deeply and examine ourselves. Sometimes they challenge our beliefs about what we “know” to be true. As a coach, I use thoughtful questions to help clients elicit insights, uncover buried beliefs, and reach conclusions about who they are and what they want for… Continue Reading… The post 60 Deep Questions To Ask Yourself To Create “Aha” Moments appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • What Is Mindfulness? Find Out In My New Book

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    I suffered with it for years. At times it was debilitating. Sometimes it made me physically ill. I’m sure there are times when you deal with it too. Stress and anxiety. The feeling of overwhelm. A racing heart. Unexplained dread. Looping thoughts. Panicky feelings. Exhaustion. Life IS stressful. All of the normal, everyday stimuli, demands, and deadlines alone… Continue Reading… The post What Is Mindfulness? Find Out In My New Book appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • 12 Proven Habits Of Happy People

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    When I was in my twenties, I wrote a happiness list. I remember clearly writing the list and believing once I attained those things, I would feel content and free to enjoy life. I’m embarrassed to tell you everything I put on the list. It seems so materialistic to me now. But let’s just… Continue Reading… The post 12 Proven Habits Of Happy People appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • Loving Kindness: The Path To Joy And Inner Peace

    Barrie Davenport
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:52 am
    A guest post by Daniel Zandt of Stillminds. As a society, we spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to be happy. Take the burgeoning field of positive psychology, which seeks to lead us on the path to exceptional mental health, not just freedom from disorder. We don’t want to simply survive…. Continue Reading… The post Loving Kindness: The Path To Joy And Inner Peace appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
  • How To Love Yourself: 20 Ways To Cultivate Self-Worth

    Barrie Davenport
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why is it that we have such a hard time loving ourselves? Even when we know in our heads we are worthy, we don’t feel it in our hearts. We don’t believe it when a loved one says, “You’re beautiful, smart, and capable.” Instead, we believe that little inner voice whispering, “You’re ugly, stupid,… Continue Reading… The post How To Love Yourself: 20 Ways To Cultivate Self-Worth appeared first on Live Bold and Bloom.
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    Abundance Tapestry

  • My New Home – A Luminous Transformation

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:56 pm
    “A house is made of walls and beams. A home is made of love and dreams.” We wanted more light in our new place. And that’s what we got. Our new home is nice and bright, with unblocked light and wind flow from one end to the other end. Also, we made sure that there was ample lighting, with a combination of cove and down light effects. See the luminous effects in my newly renovated home…. It is a huge change from the previous design that the previous owners had. They had previously constructed walls that blocked the flow of light. Additionally, because the tiles and…
  • 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…
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    Personal Success Factors

  • Habits of Unsuccessful People versus Successful People

    Stephen Borgman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Ever wondered what separates unsuccessful people from successful people? I often talk about thoughts and feelings on this blog. However, I recently came across this helpful infographic about behavior. Success habits will most often lead to successful people. The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.  ~Samuel Johnson Many thanks to for sharing this with us. One of my unhealthy habits is fear of change.  What I can see from this infographic is that I need to take calculated risks, viewing them as exciting opportunities,…
  • Can You Really Make Money Online?!

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

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

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

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

    John Clark
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    In this video, Brian Tracy explores the subject of leadership and how good leaders are invaluable. 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
  • 3 Books That Changed My Life – Top Self Development Books

    John Clark
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:46 pm
    When it comes to success, there is no better man to take advise from then Brian Tracy. Make sure to make a list of these books and get reading and make sure to take actionable notes and get busy. Make sure to watch this video from end, take notes and TAKE ACTION!! As Always, Here’s to Your LifetoSuccess, God Bless You, John Clark
  • Is There A Real Recipe For Success?

    John Clark
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    This is a great video… In this video, John Assaraf explores what is the necessary steps for success. Success will come when we start to take the action on activities that will bring about the results that we are looking for. 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
  • Dream BIG!

    John Clark
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    This is another great video by Randy Gage… In this video, Randy explores the ideas and advantages of “Dreaming BIG”! 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 -The Law of Averages

    John Clark
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    In this video, Jim Rohn explores the “law of averages”. He uses the parable of the sower from the bible to explain how the law of average works out. Make sure to watch this video from the beginning to the 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

  • Bad Habits And How To Break Them (Tracy Brinkmann)
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Unless you’re perfect, you probably have a habit that drives you or others nuts. The conflicting nature of bad habits makes them difficult to overcome. What is your bad habit? Here is the good news... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It’s YOUR Life Do You Need To Change It? (Tracy Brinkmann)
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    How is your life going? Just Okay? Not well? Want to change it radically? Is it going Okay but you'd like to make it a bit better? Have you even thought about it? You should! Lets chat about a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Your Reason For Being Here? (Tracy Brinkmann)
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Why are we here? Why do these things happen to us and how can we deal with them better? All great questions and today I want to tell you what I think life is and what you can do to deal with those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What 5 Simple Actions Will Bring You Success? (Tracy Brinkmann)
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Who doesn't want more success in their personal or professional life? Whatever you've already accomplished, there's always another interesting mountain to climb. If you’re looking for more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Maria Erving

  • About Dreams and Signs from the Universe

    Maria Erving
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Can you help me interpret my dreams and the signs I receive from the Universe, Maria? Quite often I receive emails from people who share with me their nightly dreams or all the different signs they get from the universe, and today I received these two emails: “Many years back I had a vivid dream where I was with some kind of entity, the entity looked like a human silhouette but had no human features. It also had what looked like stars or the universes as a body, I hope this make sense? In my dream he said he was leaving me and I remember crying in my dream and also woke up crying. The…
  • Write a letter to God

    Maria Erving
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Writing letters to God can bring peace back to you, so today I want to invite you to write one. It can be about anything; if you have important questions that you need answers to, or if you feel unfocused and scattered in your energy and need more centering, then writing a letter to God can help you come back to yourself again. I have written letters to God when I have wanted to be sure about something that I couldn’t solve for myself but that I knew needed my attention and for many other reasons as well, and then when I have finished the letter I put it away in a box I have made,…
  • I Feel a Presence – Is It An Angel?

    Maria Erving
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Is It An Angel? Question: Hello Maria, I wanted to validate my thoughts about angels and devils, and reading your article was helpful and resonated with me. My question is though, can you know the name of the angel that sits on your shoulder? I have a feeling my angel is Raziel. But I [...]The post I Feel a Presence – Is It An Angel? appeared first on Maria Erving.
  • Get Unstuck With Self-Awareness (Free mp3)

    Maria Erving
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Thank you all for the questions I received in regards to my free Teleseminar; thank you for sharing your concerns and thoughts with me, I really appreciate you opening your hearts to me. What I found was a theme and here’s a few of the things people wrote to me about: Life is a never ending struggle, it’s hard to breathe even. I feel depressed and without direction. I can’t get over past hurts. I act happy but I’m broken inside. I feel lost and alone, and I can’t get out of this hole. People don’t understand what I’m saying. I’m just existing…
  • Don’t Lose Faith! Keep Moving Forward

    Maria Erving
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    As you have given ”life” to the seed of your vision by becoming clear about it, you know there must be harvest time at some point but sometimes we can feel doubt creeping in, or even worse there might be times when we feel like the walls are really closing in on us, and so [...]The post Don’t Lose Faith! Keep Moving Forward appeared first on Maria Erving.
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    Empower Yourself through Awareness

  • Empathy versus Sympathy

    Yorinda Wanner
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    The video below demonstrates in a funny way Brené Brown‘s way of explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy. The definition of empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” while the “feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune” is the one for sympathy.  Did you ever experience that unpleasant feeling when you are telling someone your deepest emotions and their response was sympathetic? How was it when someone was really just there with you when you expressed what is going on for you?  Click here to…
  • 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?
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    Personal Excellence

  • Have You Seen this Lady Before? (The Market Leader Effect)

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    For the past month, Ken has been telling me about this stock image model who seems to appear everywhere. He would point out her ads whenever we chance by them (for example, there’s this storage solutions ad near our home with her in it; she’s also in Teamviewer ads, and we use Teamviewer), but I never really believed him. I thought it was just a fluke, since I’ve seen stock images get overused before. UNTIL one day when Ken came across yet another of her ads while surfing. As he shouted in exasperation, I glanced at his laptop in curiosity. Sure enough, there she was,…
  • 5 Passive Income Myths Blocking You from Earning Passive Income, Debunked

    2 Dec 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Hi guys! In a few days’ time on Dec 6, I’ll be starting a new run of my passive income course. This is my third year teaching the course (3 2 seats left by the way, so secure your seat asap to join! Update Dec 5: Our seats are all filled up and registration is now CLOSED!), and I’m super excited to work with the latest batch of participants. While waiting for the course to start, I thought to debunk some common myths about passive income (P.I.) that prevent many from earning it. 1. I need to invest / trade forex / get property / etc. to earn passive income. When…
  • [Sign Ups CLOSED] Earn Money While You Sleep: Join Passive Income Business Course NOW! [Starts Dec 6]

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    Update Dec 4: The seats are taken up fast and there are only 8 6 3 2 1 seat left!! If you’re interested in earning passive income and being financially free for life, this is the course for you. Read on for details, and register at the end of the post! Our seats are all filled up and registration is now CLOSED. Thanks everyone for your interest and for those of you who’ve registered, look forward to working with you in our first session on Dec 6! Are you interested in earning passive income? Want to stop spending your time just to earn money every day? Do you want to spend…
  • 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…
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    Mazzastick Personal Growth Blog

  • Emotional Health and Money Q & A

    Justin Mazza
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Question: How do I keep from losing my mind on this planet? Answer: Understand that it is not just your mind that is being affected here. It is the entire collective consciousness of the planet. The collective mind is something we all share via the body and brain. The brain can tune into whatever aspects of the collective that it is tuned into. So, if you are experiencing emotional unrest that is because you are tuned to that frequency. Question: How do I change the tune? Answer: That is quite simple once you understand the mechanical aspects of doing just that. Your brain is a…
  • Silva Mind Body Healing

    Justin Mazza
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    “90 percent of all illnesses are caused by the mind.” – Jose Silva That’s a famous quote from mind empowerment pioneer Jose Silva, the man credited with bringing modern meditation to the west. Silva was convinced that if most illnesses are caused by the mind, they can also be REVERSED by the mind. He spent over 4 decades of his life studying the human mind and collaborating with scientists and researchers, attempting to understand and awaken this possibility. And what he found may just change the course of medical history. I’d like to introduce you to The Silva Method…
  • Michael Tsarion – Creative Man vs Destructive Man

    Justin Mazza
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Interviewer: What is the difference between a creative man and a destructive man? Michael Tsarion: That’s a supreme question, a very important question. And it’s very important to ask these kinds of questions because there are different kinds of human beings walking around on the Earth. And you know again – using our reason – to not only be able to monitor ourselves, but to be able to judge other people is very, very, important. In the New Age movement there is this whole cult of “Though Shall Not Judge” and all of this malarkey, you know I’m very, very, much against…
  • Site Build It Now Available For WordPress

    Justin Mazza
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Have You Struggled to Create Your Online Business With WordPress? You are not alone. WordPress “as-is” won’t build a business. You need more. Complete step-by-step guide to building a business on WordPress. Keyword and niche research tool that returns thousands of potentially profitable keyword and business ideas. Knowledge base of business-building articles and tutorials, including many WordPress-specific topics. Vetted WordPress plugin recommendations from our experts. 24/7 Customer support, and dedicated, success-focused user forums. Yes, You Can Now Use SBI! With…
  • Bashar – Transformation & Integration

    Justin Mazza
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    “So becoming more of yourself is also becoming more aware, not only of the light, but also of the dark.” – Bashar Bashar: Because every single one of you that are on earth now in some way, shape, or form chose to be on earth now because you knew that you would be going through a transition and a transformation at this time in your planet’s history. And on some level, in some way you wanted to participate. You wanted to be a part of that because it’s a very exciting place to be right now. As you say in your language – “it’s where it’s happening”. It is…
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    Val Nelson

  • Do You Hate Small Talk?

    Val Nelson
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Can you relate to this networking event nametag?That dread of so-called “small talk” is a classic concern of introverts. It might be the crux of why we are sometimes seen as anti-social. If we’re going to stop dreading certain social situations (networking events, holiday parties…), we have to deal with our dread of small talk. Common worries I’ve heard from introverts: “People think I’m a snob just because I’m not interested in the conversation.” “I’m not shy and I am friendly, but I don’t like small talk about…
  • Are You Rushing Around Like a Squirrel?

    Val Nelson
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Feeling squirrely this time of year? Racing after nuts before winter? (Photo by David Johnson, click for his site.) This seems to be the start of many conversations I’m having in late August… “Maybe it’s the change of seasons, but I am… off/ spinning/ questioning everything/ feeling squirrely/ jittery… [fill in your own words].” I am feeling it. Are you? I started looking at my calendar for September and I could get overwhelmed if I’m not careful. I’ll be speaking at two new places in September, and launching 3 programs in September and…
  • Self-employment Ideas for Introverts

    Val Nelson
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Is this you? You realize you lean towards introversion and that’s an OK thing! You’re thinking maybe you just need to find the right path that fits your introverted style. No more extrovert mask to fit in! And you think self-employment might give you the freedom to create work the way you want it. (Yes!) But, you’re nervous about what self-employment avenues will work for you as an introvert. (“Ack, and what about marketing?!”) Sound familiar? You’re not alone. That self-employment excitement combined with worry is common for introverts. And yet there are…
  • 10 Most Popular Posts on My Blog

    Val Nelson
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:07 pm
    These 10 posts on my blog have been the “greatest hits.” I put a lot of my heart and insights into these. These posts cover my usual range of topics so they give you a good sense of what I’m about: introverts, self-employment, marketing, confidence, fear, and leaps of faith. Being Introverted Is a GOOD Thing! The Introvert’s Path from Pain to Confidence You Are Closer Than You Think Your “Worst” Trait Could Be Your Superpower The Self-Employment Leap of Faith When Something Feels Too Big for You, Say Yes Tackling My Fears, One Layer at a Time Networking Secrets from an…
  • 4 Tips to Break the Overthinking Loop

    Val Nelson
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The classic cat in the doorway indecision = Analysis Paralysis.Can you relate to getting stuck in overthinking, rethinking, and… thinking again, until you’re getting less clear?! I call it Analysis Paralysis. I was part of a discussion online about the overthinking loop, and my friend, Alison, offered these fantastic tips. These tips are tried-and-true and easy-to-do. (There’s brain research to back this up.) Since introverts tend to be especially prone to the challenge of overthinking, I knew I had to get her tips out to you too. I invited her to write a guest post, and here it…
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  • Life Is Truly Meant To Be Lived

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
  • 3 Simple Tips To A Beautiful Life

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
      A beautiful life. If you asked anybody;  if they wanted to a have a more beautiful life, what would they answer? Most would answer an absolute yes. A more beautiful life and having beautiful in ones life is ideally a great space to be in energetically. However, why is it that if most want [...]
  • 3 Tips To Greatness Within

    29 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    There is greatness in you. Yes it is true. There are times in your life when you may doubt this, however if you take a look at where your life is headed do you see that glimmer of hope ? As you take entire stock of you life see what you are grateful for that [...]
  • 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. [...]
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  • 出会いエロ系サイト

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 pm
  • セフレ プレイ

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:04 pm
    絶対に色々な出会い系サイトを使ってみる場合には、自分のタイプの素敵なおなご性を探し出してみてください。第一印象の良い出会いテクニックに関してお知らせするがで。 結局同じ婚活サービスの場合でも、利用者ごとに感じるものが違うのが当然です。できるだけ客観的な評価を知りたいのなら、婚活をがんばっているより多くの方から、助言してもらうことが重要です。…
  • 出会い系 安全 無料

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    ただ異性を釣りことを考えぇー(マスオさん風てEる人にシツェ!(;゚Д゚)みれば、遊び相手を物色するおっ(^ω^)ために利用料を払っても(・∀・)イイ!!とは思ってE泣。・゚・(ノД`)・゚・。め、料マネー(^ω^)ノが発生しねーよwwwwwwオー手軽な無料出会E系サイトを使われてEるとEうん●ーーー!ケ━━━(゚∀゚)━━━!!!!!!スが一般的でつ。 滅多に異性との、出会Eがなくて、大勢の、集まりの、場では |Д´)ノ 》…
  • Mコミュ プロフィール

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    最近ではSNSを使って素敵な出会いを今、望んでいる方が多く、SNSを通じていいお相手との出会いを果たした人も多数いると聞きます。 最近では多種多様になってきているので、あちこちのSNSをうまく使って長く付き合えるような出会いに巡り合うことが可能なのです。
  • 少年と熟女

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    良好と太鼓判を押せる程度の、評判のよい無料出会い系サイトをどのようにして探し出すのか、そのベストで手間のかからないやり方は、信頼できるランキングやレビューのWEBサイトをいくつかチェックしてみることです。 あなたがスマホを利用しているのなら、まずは出会い系掲示板を開いてみて下さい。おなじみの出会い系サイトよりも、利用するまでの敷居が低いので、試しやすいのではないでしょうか。…
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  • Comedy is Truth

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:06 am
    They say comedy is truth. I agree. My comedy debut has revealed truths about my journey that are both enlightening and entertaining. Continue reading →              Related StoriesThe Paradox of Change – A Gestalt PerspectiveIs your thinking ‘black and white’? What about shades of green?“Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter” 
  • Change for change’s sake: What about tradition and stability?

    8 May 2014 | 6:18 am
    I recently attended a conference at which Ralph Stacey, a renowned professor in the field of complexity, said something that resonated with me. He said that “we have become obsessed with change.” He went to say that “this is nonsensical. … Continue reading →                Comments[…] “Change for change’s sake: What about tradition and ... by Blog posts for coaches from around the web - 25th May 2014Related StoriesTaking a Long Hard Look at Change – Balancing Cautiousness and…
  • Is your thinking ‘black and white’? What about shades of green?

    20 Sep 2013 | 12:30 am
    I was recently watching a BBC current affairs programme during which Jeremy Paxman, a somewhat cantankerous British journalist, hosted a healthy, challenging debate about the English Lake District National Park. This debate was of particular interest to me. The Lake … Continue reading →                CommentsTony, How very true and enlightening. We are all so very ... by Matt GlanfieldThanks Debbie. I will keep posting. The research I'm doing for ... by TonyTony A very interesting article, I just love how you…
  • “Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter”

    30 Aug 2013 | 9:11 am
    Stephanie Davies has recently published her first book, Laughology - Improve Your Life with the Science of Laughter. Continue reading →              Related StoriesThe Science of Well-Being – Happiness Research UpdatedMind The Gap Voiceover Re-InstatedWhat we think about most of the time, really does become our reality 
  • Embodied Leadership – A Must Read Book Review

    14 Aug 2013 | 12:46 am
    This post links the reader to my OD blog, for a review of Pete Hamill's book on Embodied Leadership. Continue reading →              Related StoriesThe Paradox of Change – A Gestalt Perspective“Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter”Mind The Gap Voiceover Re-Instated 
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    Start Your Business

  • Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    You are not the only one trying to find a sure or at least a little surer way through. To cover your back. To increase your odds. People often ask, “What is the best way to learn entrepreneurship?“. While cruel, the best way to learn entrepreneurship is to become an entrepreneur and create something. Just to do it. Two things are clear: There is no one pre-defined road to success and none of those online tests will work. Why? Because the tests are not able to consider the most important thing, your customer. Will you be able to make your customer to pull out her wallet and pay?
  • The Foe

    6 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    He knows it all. It’s the guy who knows it all. You know him, too. He has all the experience. He’s read all the books and attended all seminars. And yet, something’s missing. He hasn’t been able to deliver. There’s no measurable benefit. But wait. He knows it all. He talks a lot. But there is a disconnect. There is a gap. Not enough courage to take action. No guts to stand up for something. No guts to show this is what I do. This is what I believe in. But wait. He knows it all. He dreams. How would his life be different if he finally made the decision. And stuck…
  • It All 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 really “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. But 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, right? Right? If that’s what you want, I mean truly want, I’m very happy for you. Dream of something better. You feel it. You know it’s out there, even though you may not be exactly sure what it is. You may not know how to describe it. You you may not know where to start or how to make it happen. Maybe you lack…
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    News To Live By

  • How to Write an Effective “Guest Post” Email Pitch

    Danny Rubin
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Nice guys finish first. NFL quarterback Andrew Luck has the weirdest habit every time he’s tackled. The star player for the Indianapolis Colts gets up, shakes off the hit and says “Great job!” to the guy who clobbered him. Huh? Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal explains how Luck is the “most perplexing trash talker” in the NFL. Why compliment someone who’s not on your team? What’s the point? Perhaps Luck, who is already setting records in only his third season, wants to confuse the opposition. Or maybe he’s just a super nice guy.
  • 5 Email Templates to Help You Build Business Relationships

    Danny Rubin
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Work by yourself…with other people. Working from home is good and bad at the same time. At my last job as a media researcher, I worked from my apartment for over three years. I loved the flexibility. I did not love the isolation; too much quiet and zero human interaction. Back then, I wish I had SpareChair, dubbed the “Airbnb of Coworking.” I read an article by Laura Shin at Forbes about SpareChair and its founder Sharona Coutts. The idea is simple: sign up to be a guest at someone’s home/office or host people at your own place — even if guests need to sit on…
  • Best Job Interview Strategy: Tell Stories

    Danny Rubin
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    Ralph Baer scribbled on a note pad and changed entertainment forever. What was on that piece of paper? CNN’s Doug Gross says Baer imagined a “game box” to let people “play board, action, sports and other games on most television sets.” With a $2,500 budget, Baer ultimately created the first video game console and launched what is now a billion-dollar industry. This week Baer died at age 92. Raise your hand if you’ve never played a video game. Exactly. We owe the German immigrant a debt of thanks for his invention. But look deeper and we find a hidden…
  • 7 Words You Need to Stop Capitalizing

    Danny Rubin
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:58 am
    Just because your birthday means a lot doesn’t mean it’s capitalized. Look, I don’t want to rain on NASA’s interplanetary parade. In early December, NASA scientists did send the new Orion spacecraft 3,604 miles beyond Earth as they prep to one day put humans on Mars. Remarkable achievement. Bravos all around. Yet even an historic flight into outer space doesn’t excuse writing errors. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. called the space mission “Day One of the Mars era.” Let’s examine Bolden’s words. He capitalized words…
  • Yes, You Can Network Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

    Danny Rubin
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is such a snoozer. Everyone is on vacation or at least mentally checked out at their desks. Who wants to do business with all that eggnog and gingerbread on the brain, right? Well…not so fast. Everywhere I look, I see people hard at work in “sleepy” December. – Amazon unveiled its own line of diapers – Facebook kicked off a daily news brief called Facecast in your News Feed (watch it here) – And finally, a manager at Target gave an epic motivational speech to prep employees for the holiday rush Sure seems like…
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    The Code of Extraordinary Change

  • The Difference Between Self-Doubt and Second-Guessing

    Steve Errey
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    One big reason people end up lost, afraid and without confidence is because they’re full of self-doubt. Another is that they’re always second-guessing themselves, but not much thought is given to the difference between these two experiences and what it means for how you handle each of them. So here’s the difference. Second-guessing is wondering if your actions are enough. Did you take the right job? Did you move to the right city? Are you dating the right person? It also projects forwards. How do I know which job is the right one? How do I know where I should move to? How do…
  • Is Trying to Be Perfect Ruining Your Life?

    Steve Errey
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    I make a mean omelet, but it’s never going to win a Michelin star. I can string a sentence together, but I’m no Shakespeare. And my singing voice sounds great in the shower, but would have customers demanding their money back if I did a solo gig at the Royal Albert Hall. I do have high standards though. Standing on a really tall ladder and touching the moon high. But I gave up on perfection a long time ago. You know perfection, right? It’s the thing that keeps you awake at night; the thing that makes you feel like you’ll never be good enough; the oppressor who never…
  • 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.
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    Love Guide by Dr Prem

  • Traits that help to find a con in a relationship

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:16 am
    Love is such a beautiful thing, and being in a love relationship with your partner is even more beautiful. Meeting your special someone for the first time, or that first time you talk to him over telephone is just magical. It is like flying in the colorful sky without any fetters and limitations. A relationship starts with a person we find we can confide into, and share those intimate and most exclusive moments with them. If these feelings are mutual in both the partners then things go well, but if one of the partners do not have this similar motive behind being in a relationship, then the…
  • Skills that help stop a fight in love before it starts

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Be it a small fight in a relationship or a war between two nations, both have almost the same reason that gives it a start. A war starts between two nations when one of them tries to impose its will on another. When one nation feels that, the other nation is trying to get its way and is dictating a law then the conflict starts, which eventually leads to a war. Similar is the case of love relationships. When a person feels that his partner is taking him for granted and is trying to impose her will on him, he starts feeling agitated and frustrated, which comes out in the form of small fights.
  • Relationship pitfalls to be wary of

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Life of a human being is full of relationships, be it a relationship with a friend, family, relatives, neighbors, children, or with a beloved. Every relationship has its certain rules and regulations, which when observed with loyalty, make a relationship work. We all yearn for lives wherein good people and happy relationships surround us, and we feel happy and keep others happy. However, reality is a bit different, as making a relationship successful and happy is not an easy task, and it surely is not everyone’s cup of tea. Here, we are referring to love relationships, which demand equal…
  • Should parents limit teen relationships

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Teenage is a very enjoyable, joyous, and a conflicted age. It is joyous and enjoyable, as many things happen to start to a teenager for very first time in life, so a teenager seems to enjoy some changes and happenings. On the other hand, a teenage life is full of conflicts and confusions regarding so many changes taking place. At times, it gets hard for a teenager to understand all that is happening because their mind is not that capable to understand everything and behave with utmost maturity. This is why parents of teenagers also remain worried about their child’s behavior and whereabouts…
  • Key to keep romance and passion alive in love relationships

    Dr Prem Jagyasi (c)
    30 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    A love relationship starts when two individuals fall truly, madly, and deeply in love with each other. Everything seems so beautiful and life seems to be blissful. Both the partners in a relationship like nothing else as much as they like to spend time in each other’s company. The mere thought of meeting each other make them feel butterflies in the stomach and some even dream of meeting their beloved every day. However, many people complain that the true, mad, and the deep love that they experienced at the start seems to vanish as years pass. The intensity of romance and passion dips and…
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    The Start of Happiness

  • 5 Ways to Build Self-Pride

    Gen Ford
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Having a positive self-image and healthy self-esteem is essential to overall wellbeing. One way to help build this positive self-image, and truly be ‘your own best friend’, is to regularly find ways to build self-pride. And I don’t mean pride in the ugly ‘hubris’ sense, but instead as a virtue best defined by the Greek philosopher Aristotle: “Pride, then, seems to be a sort of crown of the virtues; for it makes them more powerful, and it is not found without them. Therefore it is hard to be truly proud; for it is impossible without nobility and goodness of…
  • 6 Strategies That Millionaires Use to Guarantee Success

    Brendan Baker
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    Do you want to be a millionaire? Sure you do! Who doesn’t? We know that money can’t buy happiness, but in saying that, money is still useful. Money gives you the ability to continue doing what you love. The work that you are doing on a daily basis should be what you love doing. To be able to continue doing what you love, you need to be able to earn an income from doing it. This is why I think money is actually really valuable and does have its place in happiness. The key is to earn that income from doing what you love, instead of earning that income stressing yourself out doing something…
  • How to Find Your Signature Strengths

    Scott Barlow
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:09 am
    In 2006 I got fired from my job. They told me I was being laid off, but the real reason they wanted me gone was because I was very bad at my job…(ok extremely bad!) I didn’t like it at all, In fact I dreaded it so much that I would stay awake late on Sunday night watching TV, trying to avoid having to go in the next day. I came home to tell my wife about my lack of gainful employment and I tried to put on a brave face so she wouldn’t get worried. With a mortgage, lots of debt and very little savings and many other real worries… she saw right through it. I spent several days just…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Regain Your Time

  • Tips for Recovering from a Business Trip (Maura Thomas,
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Travel Tips That Work for Vacation, Too   I was recently approached by Entrepreneur Magazine to write an article about getting back into the swing after a mid-week business trip. I discussed how to quickly catch up on email (learn about my “Four Pass Technique”), how to keep your schedule manageable (do you always drain […] The post Tips for Recovering from a Business Trip appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • Is Your System Missing Any of These 5 Productivity Tools? (Maura Thomas,
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In order to be productive, you need the right components. And there are more high-tech tools than ever before. Choosing among them can be dizzying, but there are really only a few things you need to remember. Productivity Tools One, your productivity tools have to be ones you will actually use. You have to know […] The post Is Your System Missing Any of These 5 Productivity Tools? appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • The Most Important Question Before Taking Notes (Maura Thomas,
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Why Are You Taking Notes? This seems like a simple question, and yet most people don’t consider it, they just grab their pad or notebook and head to the next meeting, or class. Some people find that it’s the biggest deterrent to going paperless. There is a good reason for taking notes, but doing it […] The post The Most Important Question Before Taking Notes appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • How to be More Productive by Lunchtime: 15 Tips (Maura Thomas,
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What did you really accomplish last week? If you can’t remember doing anything that matters amid all the email and other busywork, it’s time to power up your productivity habits. Here’s list of 15 tips from my Empowered Productivity System to help you learn how to be more productive. Fight email overload Stop the onslaught. […] The post How to be More Productive by Lunchtime: 15 Tips appeared first on Regain Your Time.
  • 5 Best Travel Accessories from an Occasional Road Warrior (Maura Thomas,
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:14 am
    What to Pack? Travel Gear You Need for Productivity and Convenience There are times when I’m on the road a lot. To maintain balance, I try to arrange my schedule so that I have at least one full week at home every month. The other three weeks I’m usually in airports and hotels about 2-3 […] The post 5 Best Travel Accessories from an Occasional Road Warrior appeared first on Regain Your Time.
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    Big Picture. Fine Focus.

  • Beauty & Blessings: This Week in Photos a.k.a. Gift Ideas! #potd #christmas #liveoutloudeveryday @yourfreedomlife

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hello beautiful souls, Happy Weekend. I cannot believe that Christmas is a mere 5 days away! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was thinking “it’s already December?” Santa came early this year and showered me with some of my favourite things, which for those of you who are last minute shoppers, may provide some inspiration for gift ideas! As my last post before Christmas, Drew and I want to take a moment to wish you and yours the most wonderful Christmas and Holidays! May your hearts be overflowing with the grace, love, and joy of this festive time.   For the one…
  • Mid-Week Love (Letter). #liveoutloudeveryday #lifeisbeautiful #choose2matter #hopeandlife

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Hello beautiful soul, Happy Wednesday! I hope this week is treating you well and that you are equally treating this week well. Have you ever been so consumed by the path you were on and somehow found yourself lost in the journey? I have. I still feel lost sometimes. I want to do so much yet somehow I feel like I am doing nothing. I want to become more of who God wants me to be yet I struggle with letting go of the nagging logical/”realist” within me (who longs to look good, make sense of everything, and be ‘successful’ in the eyes of others). The interesting thing is,…
  • Backdoor Drama #choose2matter #liveoutloudeveryday #leadership #hopeandlife

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    A couple of months ago, the family was together for some sort of celebration (there are a lot of those when you have a big family:)) and the learning bug came buzzing away. My teachers? My 5-year old niece Brooklyn and her little sister 3-year old Marilyn. Brooklyn (5) is on the left and Marilyn (3) is on the right. Both girls came to the back sliding door. Marilyn wanted to go outside. Brooklyn wanted to come inside. And neither were willing to back down from their plan. And so, after much frustration both girls ended up frustrated and in tears…both blaming the other. I should note that…
  • Everyday Gourmet: This Week’s Menu #foodielove #cleaneating #nomnom

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    It’s true, food can be Nutritious AND Delicious!   For even more meal ideas, click on this image:)   SESAME-GINGER CHICKPEA CAKES from Photo courtesy of Click on the image to check out this recipe and many others! TOMATO-BACON-ROSEMARY PIZZA from Photo courtesy of Click on the image to check out the full recipe! ORECCHIETTE CARBONARA WITH CHARRED BRUSSELS SPROUTS from Photo courtesy of Click on the image to be taken to the original recipe!   Tagged: Clean…
  • Beauty & Blessings: This Week in Photos! feat. @PTXofficial #potd #liveoutloudeveryday #lifeisbeautiful #design

    Big Picture. Fine Focus.
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Giant Crayons found on a spontaneous trip to at Terra Greenhouse in Flamborough, ON   Marriage occurs one day at a time and for Drew and I, our vows to one another are renewed every morning.   How would YOU answer this?   If you’re on the look out for a great gift (Christmas, Birthday, Baby Shower, etc), check out these super cute personalized towels made by my uber talented mother-in-love Andrea Lesiuczok of Stitchery-Doo-Da. Click on this photo to be taken to her Facebook page to see even more cuteness!   This may be one of the prettiest Christmas cards I’ve…
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  • Floyd Mayweather Jr on Self Belief

    Darcy Hayer
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:20 pm
    “I’m in this sport to be the best.” Mayweather touches on his strong level of confidence in himself and how some may think he’s cocky but he states that he just really believes he’s that great.  “I would lie in bed, and I was nine years old, and say to myself: ‘I want to be the richest man in the world.’ I’ve come a long way from there.” - Floyd Mayweather Jr  
  • Magic Johnson

    Darcy Hayer
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Born: August 4, 1959, Michigan, US | Successful For: NBA Legend, Entrepreneur | Zodiac Sign: Leo If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better. – Magic Johnson Inner Keys to Success: AN INTENSE DESIRE, A YEARNING PASSION FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE: Magic Johnson’s mom bought him a basketball at age 5, and his passion for the sport began. Johnson states he’d take…
  • Notorious B.I.G. Quote

    Michael Sanghara
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:40 pm
    “Stay far from timid, only make moves when your hearts in it, and live the phrase Sky’s the limit.” - Notorious B.I.G.
  • Nick Vujicic: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries

    Darcy Hayer
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
      Nick Vujicic is an inspiring man, showing that happiness is a mindset, and that attitude is everything. Born with no legs, and no arms, Vujicic has found a way to be ecstatic with life regardless of physical disadvantages, Vujicic now goes around the world inspiring people that life is what you make it, and that happiness is ultimately defined by our inner perspectives. You can check out Nick Vujicic’s foundation Life Without Limbs by clicking here.
  • Magic Johnson: Dream It Before You Become It

    Darcy Hayer
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
      You have to dream it before you become it! Magic Johnson would visualize and dream about being the CEO when working as an office cleaner as a 16 year old kid for two African American businessmen. When the two businessmen were not around, Magic Johnson would go to the biggest office room, sit in the big office chair, hit the intercom as if he had an assistant and ask for his coffee and newspaper, and act as if he was a CEO. Magic Johnson now has a net worth of around half a billion dollars, and even does some motivational speaking. It’s the key principle, fake it to make it!
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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

  • What Every 44 Year Old Woman Should Know by Now (Podcast #93)

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Episode 93 comes to you from chilly Andalucia, Spain. In honor of Betsy’s recent birthday, we’re talking about the pearls of wisdom she’s learned along the way. It starts with granny panties and ends with champagne, so we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ~ Albert […]
  • Surviving a Stay-at-Home Digital Detox (Podcast #92)

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Episode 92 comes to you from sunny Spain. Today we’re revealing the results of our week-long digital fast. Were we tempted to go online? Did we go crazy? Most importantly, why did we do it in the first place? Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” ~ Gertrude Stein […]
  • Feed your Passion (Podcast #91 with John Parsons)

    3 Dec 2014 | 2:33 am
    Episode 91 comes to you from chilly southern Spain. So many people get wrapped up in making a living from their passions, but that’s not always possible. So they give up entirely. This is true for music, painting, writing, sports, etc. But you can have it both ways…and today’s guest is living proof. Find out […]
  • Cultivating Optimism and Overcoming Tragedy (Podcast #90 with Edie Weinstein)

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Episode 90 comes to you from sunny Andalucia, Spain. Today we’re talking about cultivating optimism, especially when bad things happen. For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” ~ Winston Churchill Show Notes Are you an optimist? Do you look at each new experience as […]
  • 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.” […]
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    Simple Life Strategies

  • How to Find Fulfilment in 2015

    Zoë B
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I woke up early today. Earlier than usual anyway. And so with the luxury of a few hours up my sleeve, I’m sitting in my kitchen reflecting about what has been an amazing year. It’s funny how we can be so eager to get to January so we can start planning new goals…new projects…new dreams…yet we often forget the crucial act of celebrating the things we HAVE achieved So let me ask you? What have you achieved in 2014? I bet it’s more than you think. Last week I tasked one of my clients with the job of writing a list of all the things she had achieved this year. At the time she thought…
  • How to live your passion

    Zoë B
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    It’s a stormy, rainy night here in Sydney. I’m curled up in my kitchen pondering events from yesterday. Breaking all my own rules…writing to you guys on a Saturday. A cup of peppermint tea in hand and my cats for company. As I sit and reflect, it occurs to me that yesterday was a big day for me. I had the pleasure of working with one of my beautiful clients on her last session of the passion program. After many weeks working closely together, it is so overwhelmingly incredible to see how far she has come. You know what she said to me? She said that she had spent so many years choosing…
  • Backstage at my wedding (yes there’s pics!)

    Zoë B
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    I just got my wedding photos back and OMG it is SO EXCITING to see the whole day again captured on film. Thanks a million Louisa Seton Photography & Kath at Bright Photography - love your work! Getting married really is awesome. Everyone says it will be one of the best days of your life…but you kind of don’t believe it. Until you get there. And it really is. I’ve been pondering what it is that makes it so special and I think it’s a few things. The first is everyone is just so happy for you! There’s so much positive energy and you all sort of feed off each other’s high energy…
  • 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…
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    Think Smarter World

  • Kurt Vonnegut’s Sage Advice on Art, Creativity, and Life [Quote]
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    In 2006, students from Xavier High School were given an assignment to write to their favorite authors—five of the students chose Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s response, the only one the class received, encapsulates essential wisdom unbounded by craft or circumstance. What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
  • 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…
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    NLP Singapore - Training Courses | Jacky Lim

  • How to Overcome Public Speaking with NLP

    Jacky Lim
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    If you were to be asked right now what your greatest fear is, what would it be? It would not come as a surprise if the fear of public speaking is the first thing that comes to your mind. Just the mere thought of speaking in front of a group or, even more daunting, a huge crowd of people peering their eyes directly at you is just enough to squeeze out all your sweat and send shivers because of sheer nervousness. Jerry Seinfeld has even joked about it saying that, “I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I…
  • Excellence and Success: How to Unleash Your Personal Power

    Jacky Lim
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    How do you achieve success? How do you fulfill your life’s desires? Best-selling self-development books and motivational speakers would probably have one common answer to those hard-hitting questions. It is all about Personal Power. It has been used one too many times that its essence and definition have become all jumbled up and has even become a cliché that has lost its meaning. But let us gear back and put substantial meaning into it – the NLP way, of course. The Many Definitions of Personal Power It would be no surprise to you if I say that personal power is the key to personal…
  • How to Crush Bad Habits Away: Lessons from an Author, a Dog Whisperer and a Philosopher

    Jacky Lim
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    If I were to ask you “What is the unhealthiest habit you would want to get rid of right at this very moment?”, what would it be? For a lot of you, your answer may not be just one specific habit. The list could be long – from smoking, food bingeing, procrastination, being overly critical or pessimistic to having lack of focus or a short temper. And overcoming even just one of these bad habits is surely one tough challenge, breaking it only to realize you jumped right back again the next day. Bad Habits are Hard to Break   Breaking bad habits is a cycle of hit and misses for a lot of…
  • 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…
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  • Three Songs from FuseODG’s New Album That will Make Your Weekend

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    If you haven’t heard meaningful music in years, this is for you! If you are looking for music that makes you proudly African, this is for you. And if you are looking for music to show your non- African friends, this is for you   FuseODG’s first album titled This Is New Africa (TINA) is out on iTunes now! The 16 track album available in deluxe edition blends chart- topping songs that are already radio hits, with very thoughtful songs that will make you love Africa more. Apart from the hit singles, these three newer tracks stand out;   Letter to TINA The album opens on a…
  • Graduate Unemployment: What Students and Graduates Can Do to Help Themselves.

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Higher education in Ghana has several problems. This is a two-part article that offers solutions to some of the problems. Part 1 of this article is titled ‘Three Problems of Higher Education and How to fix them’. It discusses steps  educational institutions can take to help solve the problems.  See the first part here. In this second part, here are  four things students and recent graduates can do for themselves.   Add real skills to your qualifications Few people talk about this, but one of the causes of graduate unemployment is the fact that a lot of students are getting empty…
  • Degrees Don’t Put Food on the Table

    Jonathan Adzokpe
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:04 pm
    It will interest you to know that in all history, there has been no generation pursuing as many degree/diploma programmes as our present generation. In the past, a mere middle school leaving certificate, or an A-level certificate was enough to get one a good job. But today, the rather stiff competition on the job front has forced many people to acquire even more degrees than they need, in my opinion. The other day a friend told me that he was going for a master’s programme. When I asked why he was going for another degree when he was just done with one, he said, “I know I may not…
  • Emotional Intelligence, Relationships and Strengths in Leadership.

    Kwamina Ekremet
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    This article is part of a series that explains the true meaning of leadership. In the first part of this series (The True Meaning of Leadership), we touched on the first four letters- L-E-A-D, of  Leadership. Today’s part will look at the ERS; Emotional Intelligence,Relationships and Strengths of a leader.   1.   The Leader and her Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI) echoes Plato’s assertion that, “man know thyself”. Daniel Goleman, the chief promoter of EI uses a framework of five elements to define EI: - Self awareness – the ability to…
  • The True Meaning Of Leadership

    Kwamina Ekremet
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    In this series of articles on leadership, we will look at the real meaning of leadership as a mnemonic. I have divided the entire article into three parts. The first part will look at the first four letters of the word Leadership (LEAD)- Legacy, Education, Attitude and Desire.   1. The leader and her LEGACY One of my all time best movies is ‘Troy’. My favourite scenes include where Thetis, the mother of Achilles, reveals to her son Achilles, played by Brad Pitt, the two possible paths for his life. One path led to a loving family man who will be blessed with health,…
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    Why I Left Google

  • How to Instantly Upgrade Yourself with a Secret Mastermind Group

    Arman Assadi
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Total Reading Time: 6 minutes. In 1936 a man by the name of Napoleon Hill published a book that would go on to become the bestselling non-fiction book of all time. Within this book, Think and Grow Rich, are 13 steps for achieving anything (even riches), and living a fulfilled life. One of the most important steps in ... The post How to Instantly Upgrade Yourself with a Secret Mastermind Group appeared first on 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.
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  • How to Deal With Your Nonactivist Family

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:21 am
    For many activists, holidays are incredibly stressful. If you’re a vegan, for instance, there’s nothing like being compelled to watch your loved ones eagerly consume the carcass of a poor, dead bird, while you yourself are singled out for your “weird” refusal to do so, to make you feel like an outsider, and cause you […]
  • 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 […]
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    Personal Development for the Journey to Success

  • Benefits of Belly Breathing for Digestive Health

    Rebekah Donovan
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    It is safe to say that in many aspects of our lives we have come further away from nature than was ever intended. Previously this month I discussed how a lack of simple movement is having a slow but steady detrimental effect on your physical health, how being mentally and physically healthier can help you […] The post Benefits of Belly Breathing for Digestive Health appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • Thinking to Win: 3 Things the Super Successful Naturally Do

    Noel Patrick
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    There are some common thoughts that go through the minds of successful people when faced with challenges. Here are three important ones to consider. It’s time to begin thinking to WIN.   1. They gather data and try to make decisions based on truth. You should make decisions when you feel you have a full […] The post Thinking to Win: 3 Things the Super Successful Naturally Do appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • Put Yourself First: 3 Reasons Self-Care is Essential for Your Success

    Daniel Wallen
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Self-care is not a selfish act. It is a key ingredient of a healthy and happy life. If you don’t put yourself first, then you will become so miserable and exhausted that your performance will suffer in every aspect of life. Read on to discover three reasons why self-care is essential for your success. 1. […] The post Put Yourself First: 3 Reasons Self-Care is Essential for Your Success appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • What I Learned About God as a Lutheran School Drop Out

    James Michael Jones
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    When I was a child I was sent to a fancy Lutheran school that guaranteed an upbringing of strict academia and a free pass into the afterlife. Our class had prayer 3 times a day, “chapel” every Wednesday, morning group devotion, and even a “Happy Birthday Jesus” cake for Christmas. While this seems like a […] The post What I Learned About God as a Lutheran School Drop Out appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
  • The 6 (Alternative) Benefits of Meditation for Health and Happiness

    Rebekah Donovan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    There are numerous physical and mental benefits to meditation. Far more scientific research is now being done into the measurable mental benefits of meditation with particular reference to its effect on grey matter. Throughout this article I will touch on just six (alternative) benefits of meditation, and one way to implement them, and why you […] The post The 6 (Alternative) Benefits of Meditation for Health and Happiness appeared first on Personal Development for the Journey to Success.
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  • Resilience: 7 Steps To Keep Going When The Going Get’s Tough

    Tom McCann
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This is a guest post from Kathryn Sandford of [Note from Tom: When I asked Kathryn to write a guest post for Unstoppable Gainer, I was delighted when she said yes. Kathryn has a writing style that cuts right to the heart of the matter and digs deep. With that, take it away Kathryn!] ___________________________________________________ [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Spirituality in Stilettos

  • Leading Parallel Lives: Are A Mother & Daughter Really Walking on Different Paths

    Diane Danvers Simmons
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
      She’s in the last stage of puberty; I’m menopausal. She’s experiencing the throes of first love; I’ve been thrown by love. She’s finding herself; I’m rediscovering myself. Two perspectives, one special relationship, and, to top it all, she’s stealing my clothes, shoes, and jewelry. The differences and similarities are uncanny, and more than enough to test any good woman on either end of the spectrum. While she’s bent over in pain, hugging a hot water bottle and sobbing over her cracked baby eggcup, I’m pulling off my clothes, stepping into a cold shower and weeping…
  • Women in Film, Owning it,Feeling it,Living it!

    Diane Danvers Simmons
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Last weekend I had the honor of moderating “The Women in Film” Panel discussion at the Carmel International Film Festival. In the process I felt reignited by the candid, lively, insightful conversations we had, as well as the laughter and wine shared with four exceptionally talented, accomplished, beautiful women who are “Owning it” in the Film industry. The Power of “F” in Film- Fearless, Focused, Far reaching & authentically Female …These women are totally Fabulous! Five women with very different backgrounds,but, like minded in our approach to life,…
  • Giving Young Women a Voice!

    Diane Danvers Simmons
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    It was such an inspiration and gift to produce this video for The Women’s Fund/CFFMC, under the guiding principals of Own it Feel it Live it. The principals of Own it Feel it Live it, are simple for anyone to follow and working with the young women of ‘Girl’s Health in Girls Hands’ proved that these three simple steps ground us while freeing us at each phase of our journey. Own your Power, is at the core of GHGH, as the girls make the choice to take a leadership role in creating the life they want to live . Feel it, is the bridge to living it for the young women as…
  • Conversations That Do Make a Difference!

    Diane Danvers Simmons
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Last night, in the company of  two hundred men and women,I, attended the “Women’s Economic & Leadership Forum’s” dinner in Monterey County. An evening of good wine, food, conversation and most importantly continued ENLIGHTENMENT and HOPE ! An evening where courageous women shared their stories.Women, who’ve broken down the walls that could have prohibited them from reaching their dreams.Why, because they were given a chance, they had a mentor, someone who cared when others gave up. Women, who recognize that to grow, conversations, intimate discussions,…
  • Spiritually on Safari.

    Diane Danvers Simmons
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Tracking side by side on Safari with a remarkable diversity of animals, including the the “Big Five”, is truly a Spiritual experience. As the trivia and noise of western society subsides into oblivion, One’s senses are instantly ignited. Initially  self preservation kicks in; then you realize, they’re watching you watch them and they really don’t give a dam how many “likes” you’ll get on instagram! The African “Big Five” include; Lions, Leopards , Buffalo, Rhinos and Elephants, named so by hunters from the colonial era as they were…
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  • 4 Steps to a Profitable Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Building a profitable business should be a goal for every entrepreneur! Are you ready for the New Year? 2015 is on the horizon and I’m getting really excited! I love December! It’s a time to start thinking about fresh new ideas! It’s also a time to right some wrongs and have a new start. I want to share 4 great tips with you to help you start out your New Year right and structure your business for growth. Step 1 to a Profitable Business – Know Your Perfect Customer If you’re going to grow a profitable business you must know who your perfect customer is. The world…
  • Design a Marketing Process in Your Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Several years ago I fell flat on my face in a business. It failed mainly because I didn’t understand marketing, more specifically Internet marketing. It also failed because I didn’t have a plan or a process in my business. (Perhaps I  should mention that making money wasn’t a choice for me, it was that or lose my house.) Because I didn’t understand marketing and didn’t have the right knowledge I couldn’t reach enough people to purchase my products and services. So many people struggle in their businesses because they don’t have enough cash flow. Here’s…
  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know how to get your attention. Those aren’t just headlines you’re reading my friends, they’re actually marketing strategies. Marketing strategies that unfortunately work too well. Marketing Strategies – It’s All About the Yellow The objective is…
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen but as I constantly say, we must get educated. Education is key to being able to enjoy benefits of the Internet’s fruits and not have to worry about being a victim of a scam. Just a couple of days ago someone called one of my clients that by the way does use…
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do you just move on? The entrepreneur that thrives in today’s world is the one that admits they’re guilty of being complacent and creates systems in their business (and lives) to defuse it.  They know that the key to growing a business is having the appropriate steps in place to avoid falling into complacency.
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    Challenge Away

  • Challenges Are Fun…

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I’ve had a lot of fun doing challenges over the last year. I’m still planning on doing more challenges and writing about them. Right now, I’m working on some projects (mostly regarding guitar playing and teaching), writing for publications, and enjoying my life. When I find a challenge is worthwhile, I’ll pass it along. If you enjoy my writing, feel free to check out my personal blog at It’s a place for random thoughts, experiences, and it will become an archive for my work. The post Challenges Are Fun… appeared first on Challenge Away.
  • The No Complaints Challenge

    10 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Well, this one will be fun. I borrowed this one from best selling author, Neil Strauss. I will warn you, this one will probably cost you some money. But like anything in life if you don’t have skin in the game, it won’t really make an impact on you. Preparing for the No Complaints Challenge Start by going to a store or the bank. Get ten to twenty dollars in single dollar bills (or equivalent currency). Try to get the crispest freshest ones, mostly because they just feel cool and smell amazing. Now, that you have your stack or roll, go on about your day but be wary that each time…
  • The Gratitude Challenge

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    Have you ever felt disappointed that your life wasn’t as good as your friends’ on Facebook? Maybe you’re not driving your dream car or living in the house you want. Life is tough… [/sarcasm] More than likely if you’re reading this on your iPhone or anywhere other than the library, you’re living above what the government has designated as the “poverty line” and you probably have some employable skills that are valuable to others. Hey, you can at least read. It’s easy to overlook the blessings in your life. I don’t want this post to be…
  • A Simple Challenge That Will Bring On Instant Anxiety

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” -Jerry Seinfeld This one is going to really push you. I’m not sure the evolutionary psychological origin of the fear of public speaking. I’m guessing it has something to do with the primitive tribal mentality. If you made a fool out of yourself in front of you tribe you might have been ostracized and forced to live…
  • The New Food Challenge

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
      Quick, what’s your favorite food? Do you remember when you first tried it? Probably not. I’m guessing it’s been your favorite food for a long, long time. I grew up a pretty picky eater. The cuisine in central Wisconsin consisted of cheese, bratwurst, cheese curds, frozen pizza, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, and cheese. Pretty adventurous, eh? As a youngster I found myself in the proverbial pocket. I knew I liked chicken tenders and french fries. So, why try anything else when I went to restaurants? I may have only had one chance a month to dine-out. Why screw it up…
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    Think Like an Entrepreneur

  • “The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur” Book Review

    Deborah A Bailey
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    From time to time, I’m sent books to review and feature on my Secrets of Success blog. Since this book fits the entrepreneurial theme, I wanted to share my review of it here. The Economy of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 7 Steps to Get Moving & Get Free from What’s Holding You Back

    Deborah A Bailey
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    Have you ever felt that if you had more money, or more degrees or knew more of the “right people” you’d be okay? Perhaps you feel that you’re too old to go for your dreams. Or maybe you believe you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Doug Biben

  • Crush Your 2015 New Years Resolutions

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
          New Year Resolutions & Goal Setting Tips:     Avoid Obstacles Now When we make New Years Resolutions, we’re full of energy and motivation.  The first couple weeks go well and then, it gets hard and about 70% of people will quit their New Years resolution by the third week.    This is […] The post Crush Your 2015 New Years Resolutions appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Trash your “To Do List” and Get More Done!

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
             Time Management Strategy:  3 Post-it Strategy     Do you ever end the day and think,  “What did I really accomplish today?”   I use this time management strategy and I can tell you it works incredibly well.  It’s simple, but keeps you focused on what’s really important to you.  It […] The post Trash your “To Do List” and Get More Done! appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Inspiring Speeches from YouTube

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:46 pm
      The most Inspiring Speeches from YouTube    Oprah Winfrey  Harvard Commencement Address Its easy to forget how inspiring Oprah Winfrey’s life really is.  Another great graduation speech and not just for Harvard Grads.     One of the best Ted Talks on YouTube, Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from […] The post Inspiring Speeches from YouTube appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Do more and procrastinate less

    18 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
                       Do More and Procrastiante Less   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.     1.  Don’t get caught in the all […] The post Do more and procrastinate less appeared first on Doug Biben.
  • Getting comitted to losing weight

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
            Losing Weight & Getting Back In Shape   When I was younger,  I couldn’t  really commit to losing weight and  getting in great shape.  I liked working out and being healthy, but I sabotaged my effort with drinking and partying,  burgers and pizza, too often to achieve consistent results.  I was […] The post Getting comitted to losing weight appeared first on Doug Biben.
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    The Stand Tall Method© - Stand Tall-ista Blog

  • Negative Thoughts Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Ever since I was about 10 years old, give or take a few, I've battled with negative thoughts. I didn't just battle them, I was terrified of them. Terrified that because I was having them, they would then come to fruition. My reaction to those thoughts had always been to push them away. To negate them. To plead with God, The Universe, and my spiritual team to ensure that they didn’t happen. When the Law Of Attraction hit my scene many years ago, I became even more concerned about the impact of my negative thoughts. "Thoughts become things." "What you think about you bring about." "Holy…
  • "Why Are We Should-Ing All Over Ourselves?"

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    Great question!  Why are we "should-ing" all over ourselves?I should be thinner.I should forgive and forget.I should just get over it.I should be grateful for the things I have.I should be more productive.I should eat less and exercise more.I should be happier.I should. I should. I should.  BLECH!!!Should-ing all over ourselves seems to be pandemic and it stinks! The Why's There are many reasons we "should" all over ourselves, but here are my top eight ...Fear of what others will think .Fear that we may disappoint or piss someone off.  (Enter guilt, stage left)Feelings of not…
  • 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…
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    Personal Development For You

  • How to motivate yourself with gentle steps?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    How to get motivated with gentle steps Well we all have times that are not so good, we don’t feel enthusiastic for some hidden reasons inside us. Well that’s normal because we as human beings we always encounter those kind of situations and it’s very easy to pass by them. But we have to learn […]
  • Confidence quotes to change your life

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Confidence quotes We all need to be confidence in our lives so that we can handle bigger tasks and bigger opportunities at work or with relationships, if we don’t have confidence nothing else matters, but hopefully confidence can be gained, we can learn how to gain more confidence. In this post I have gathered most […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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.     […]
  • 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 […]
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    Just Enlightenment


    Garrett Paknis
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    How easy is it to feel as if nothing that we do matters when we are encountering difficult times?  I know all about what getting down on myself feels like.  It seems normal to start thinking that we should’ve made a different choice or taken a different route in life.  It’s almost common for us to believe we’ve made a wrong turn – down the wrong road – to have gotten us to this much confusion.But what if we turned down the correct road and it led us here?  What if in this very moment, with all our pain and all our chaos and…

    Garrett Paknis
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    "But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” - Robert FrontDo you ever feel like there’s so much to accomplish before you can take a break?  That life is a continuous hamster wheel of demands and responsibilities?  Do you ever find yourself cursing all you have to do?What if you allowed yourself one day to just turn off from the world?  For a minute, imagine you had no commitments – no job, no relationships to tend to – what would you do?  Would you waste it or would you milk it for every ounce of pleasure you could squeeze?Life has been a choice…

    Garrett Paknis
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    “I’ve felt that fire and I’ve been burned, but I wouldn’t trade the pain for what I’ve learned – I wouldn’t trade the pain for what I’ve learned.” – Crystal Ball, P!nkEmbrace the intensity.  How are we supposed to grow if we are always running when the fire comes blazing?  When we stand next to or in the flames, we ignite the type of growth and change within that allows us to reach new heights of self discovery.Think about it.  Life is a continious opportunity to learn and to change day by day.  When we don’t welcome this change, we miss out on…

    Garrett Paknis
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Do you ever feel like you are running on empty and can’t encounter one more obstacle – that you just want to give up? I know how your commitment can be tested time and time again and how it is almost easier to turn your optimism into pessimism when you wake up day after day without seeing the change that you hope to have seen by this point in your life.It can be almost debilitating to your psyche and spirit to face the reality that all of your hard work seems to have counted for nothing - am I right?  This can easily enough be a reason to throw in the towel and call it…

    Garrett Paknis
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    We, as a society, are being put to a test.  We are at a time of our existence as human beings when we must band together or else there is going to be continued destruction that will have more and more personal resonance.The way we treat one another and the amount of fear – rather than love – that runs rampant in our world is debilitating.  It is more than difficult to sit here and watch, feeling helpless while people make poor decision after poor decision.But the poor decision making ends with YOU.  In other words – are you in or are you out?  Are you for peace or…
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  • Run In The Snow

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Today was one of those days that it was a serious mental battle as to whether or not I would get up and run. Between not getting as much sleep as I normally do and catching sight of the temperature approaching freezing, I was not too keen on going out for what I had planned to be a 5 or 6 mile day. The impending precipitation in the forecast was another mitigating factor affecting my decision making process. I finally did get out of bed and was still grumbling around deciding what to do when I
  • Early Morning Workouts

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I got up nice and early today to get a lift and a run in for the morning. I've been making myself get up earlier and earlier lately, but my 5:45am alarm was not met with much excitement. Still, I was up and lifting before the sun came up, but then a few minutes into my lift, my dad directed my attention to the sunrise. My picture doesn't do it justice, but it was a really nice sunrise and a great view to start the day. The clouds were laid almost perfectly parallel to the horizon above where the
  • Do One Thing Today

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    At some point or another, the familiar environment of traditional school learning falls away from your life. I imagine it can range to almost any age or level of schooling, but I would posit that it happens to basically everyone. For me, it happened when I graduated from college and was no longer in an environment directed towards learning, but for some it gets more complicated. This is an idea that I've been working on mentally since before I left college and I was spurred on to write this post
  • Back To Running and Into The Cold

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    I've been looking forward to today for pretty much two weeks now. Today is the day I got back to running after giving my hamstring some time to heal up and it went about as well as I could have hoped. I got a nice 3 miler in this morning as the sun was coming up and was almost entirely pain free, which is more than I can say for any other run that I've done in over a month, so it certainly feels good to start getting back into some run training. To try and avoid further issues, I'm going to
  • The Sweet Spot

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    There's a point in a good workout that is undeniably awesome; maybe half to three-quarters of the way through at one of the more intense parts. I call it the sweet spot. I used to get it mainly in leg press lifts and deadlifts where you just got some heavy weight and the only thing that can possibly exist in your mind is that lift - getting the weight from point a to point b. I've gotten to where I find it in running too if I'm doing a longer run, around 4-5 miles in, I just zone out and there's
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    A Curious Happy Blogger

  • My guest post at Pick The Brain!

    Atiba Shaikh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    Hey everyone, I am so excited to tell you that I’ve written a post for Pick The Brain community!!! You can view it through the link below: 7 Ways Accepting Change Can Improve Your Chance Of Success While many of us are aware that accepting changes is essential to live a better life and be happy, it’s not that easy to accept the change especially when it seems like it is being an obstacle to your dreams and success. Through this post, I highlight some ways in which the changes can be helpful for you and your success. So check it out now and let me know what you think of my post,…
  • Why and how to let go of perfection

    Atiba Shaikh
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    There have always been mixed views about perfection. The two schools of thought regarding perfection are: 1) You should strive to be perfect or the expert in whatever you do, and not get complacent and think that that’s all you are capable of; and 2) Perfection is bad as it makes you forever dissatisfied, no matter how much you have achieved. It affects your happiness & growth. As you may have guessed from the title, today, I won’t be focusing on the pros and cons of perfection. I’ll simply go with the latter point and discuss various ways in which perfection is bad…
  • Let go in 3 simple steps

    Atiba Shaikh
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    Just let go of the worries, the grudges, the past. You can’t move on towards a better life unless you let it go. The past hurts, failures, fears, grudges will keep holding you back for as long as you don’t take action to remove them – they will keep controlling your present and future and prevent it from being as great as it can be. You keep hearing similar phrases. Most of the time, you are also aware that how holding on to your past or a grudge may be affecting your growth and happiness. But no matter how hard you try, you are just unable to ‘move on’. All…
  • Staying true to your long term goals

    Atiba Shaikh
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Staying focused on your path and working on your goals for a long period of time is hard work, and can often be frustrating, especially when you lose your motivation and get stranded on the way. In my earlier post, 4 reasons why you might have lost your motivation, I talked about some factors which may cause you to lose your motivation half way through the achieving process. Today I’ll be telling you about some of the ways in which you can get past your demotivated state of mind & start working on your goals again. Note that just like in the earlier post, I’ll be mostly…
  • Welcome!

    Atiba Shaikh
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Hello and welcome to A Curious Happy Blogger! As you may have guessed, my blog isn’t exactly new. What’s new is the self hosted version of this blog. But, as you’ve dropped by my apparently new site, I feel it’s my duty to welcome you here and to acquaint you with my blog – and myself – before I start with the normal writing process. Accordingly, in this post, I’ll be telling you about the values which I hold important in my life. I’ll also enlist some of the corresponding posts from this blog – this will serve the dual purpose of…
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