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  • 10 Addictions You Must Give Up to Be Free of Pain

    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Your addiction, your choice. Why do people get addicted to smoking, drugs, violence or junk food? Why do they turn to habits that slowly but surely kill them? Is it possible that they lose control of their senses and that outside factors such as peer pressure – which is driven largely by morons of society – is in charge of their actions? Is it remotely possible that a smoking or drug abuse or junk food addiction is not through a fault of your own and that some inexplicable force from the universe twisted your arm to smoke that joint or to get hooked on junk food or drink yourself…
  • 7 Day Productivity Plan – An Infographic

    Get Organised
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.The post 7 Day Productivity Plan – An Infographic appeared first on Get Organised.
  • The Definitive Guide to Organize Your Life And Get Rid of Clutter

    Personal Development Training (Sid Savara)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    “The things you own end up owning you.” -Tyler Durden, Fight Club Did you know that the average home size in the US has more than doubled in recent years?  According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average  new home was only 983 square feet in 1950 – compared with 2,349 square feet in 2004!  And yet we *still* often have trouble stuffing everything we own into our houses.  With all that extra space, it’s getting harder than ever to organize everything we own as well.  Our culture has embraced bigger is better, more is better. Recently though,…
  • Cow-Sized Plywood Spider Walker Shrieks Like Swarming Demon Horde

    Sean Michael Ragan
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    CNC cut gear driven walker mechanism based on Klann linkage. Read more on MAKE
  • Making stuff with SplatForm at the Edinburgh mini Maker Faire

    Alasdair Allan
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    I talked to Evan Lind—the inventor of SplatForm, a new free-form social toy system—about it, and what it's actually supposed to be for, and how he came up with the idea in the first place.Read more on MAKE
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • 5 Ways To Cope With Workplace Stress

    Jo Casey
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    Workplace stress happens to the best of us. Even if you love your job, there are going to be days where you are likely to feel overwhelmed, overwrought or just plain stressed out. Things won’t always go your way. People won’t always deliver things to you on time, or do things the way that you’d want them to. Deadlines get moved, pressure gets ramped up and clients can be a nightmare. The more importance you put on your work, the more stressful it can become. But that doesn’t mean you should start slacking and not putting so much into what you do – well, not really. Think about it…
  • What’s In Your Web?

    Brad Apling
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Think all spiders are basically slackers just waiting around for home food delivery? Stop and look closer. Sure, some of them may not have any ‘gusto’, but the more industrious ones are driven to succeed. You’ll find not just one web but two, three or even four of them ready for the catch of the day. One might be larger (for the big hauls) and the others will be smaller (hey, snacks can be a meal!), but they are set up and ready. Pretty smart thinking on the spider’s part. Different size webs, kept within a defined area that was manageable. Think about it. You wouldn’t find a crab…
  • How to Stop Black-and-White Thinking from Destroying Your Life

    Adelina Moisan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    “Black” or “white”, “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “smart” or “stupid”, “strong” or “weak”. Do you live your life in black and white terms? Is your mood in constant fluctuation, going from great to depressed in under one minute? Many people suffer from this black-and-white thinking pattern, which is greatly influenced by their childhood and earlier experiences. The all or nothing type of thinking can seriously damage your sense of self, well-being, happiness, and relationships. How do I know? Because I am a recovering black-and-white thinker. I,…
  • Five Tough Spring Cleaning Projects and How to Tackle Them

    Hannah Whittenly
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    When the birds return and the grass starts turning green, we want to fling open windows and set to scrubbing the house down from top to bottom to match the fresh new season outside. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it can be made easy, too! (Permanently) Foggy Glass Shower Doors No, it’s not the remnants of your steamy shower. It’s a winter’s worth of soap scum built up on your once crystal clear doors. There are two solutions that can get those doors looking pristine again. The first is to use white vinegar in a spray bottle or to use a soap scum removal product…
  • Happy and Healthy Marriage – Your Wife Might be More Upset Than You Think

    Erika Remmington
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Marriage isn’t always easy. That’s a fact. Relationships take work. We all know that. What we may not know is how to do the work or when there’s nothing left to be done. There are things you can do to improve your union in an attempt to preserve it, as well as to have a happy and healthy marriage. Start with these suggestions. Be Self-Centered That’s right. Focus on yourself. See what you can do to make things better and to promote change in your relationship. We can’t make other people change. Figure out what tangible steps you can take toward improving…
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  • Would You Leave Your Job if Your Employer Paid You to Quit?

    Eric Ravenscraft
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Knowing when to quit your job is never an easy thing to figure out. Amazon has recently taken an interesting approach by offering up to $5,000 to employees who want to quit. Would you take it?Read more...
  • Download Music and TV Shows in Sequential Order with uTorrent

    Whitson Gordon
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    BitTorrent is great for downloading multiple files in a group, but you can actually download them in order with uTorrent—so you can start listening to that first track right away, before the whole torrent has downloaded.Read more...
  • Your House Isn't Perfectly Clean, but People Aren't Judging You

    Whitson Gordon
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tell me if this sounds familiar: you invite company over only to find that your house is a little messy, so you go on a frantic cleaning binge to try and pretty it up for them. Apartment Therapy says relax: no one's judging you for something we all do.Read more...
  • App Config Changes System Settings Based on the App You're Using

    Whitson Gordon
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Android: Ever find yourself manually changing volume, turning on Bluetooth, or adjusting brightness for certain apps? App Config automatically tweaks these (and other) settings as soon as an app is opened.Read more...
  • The Most Practical Uses for Location Sharing Services

    Eric Ravenscraft
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Location tracking and sharing services get a bad reputation. It can feel like there's too much sharing going on. However, there are still some good reasons to share where you are or, alternatively, to make use of all the data everyone else is sharing.Read more...
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  • Estate planning for your digital assets

    David Caolo
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Earlier this week, we published a post on estate organizing to help others after you’ve passed. It’s an uncomfortable topic, but an important one that we would like to explore a little more. Today, I want to point out how this applies to your digital life — photos, music, and a variety of documents that we store digitally have sentimental value, monetary value, or significant meaning to surviving family or friends. Who will gain access to them after you’re gone? And how? Leave your logins The most obvious thing you can do is also among the most important: leave a list…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Avoiding magazine clutter How do you keep from being overwhelmed by magazines coming into your home? Jeri offers tips for keeping magazines from becoming clutter. 2011 Staying organized during an office move With an office move, your entire office needs to be put away instantly or you could suffer negative repercussions, like losing productivity, clients, income, or even your job. 2010 Organizing the creative mind While some ideas are killed for good reason, most ideas are abandoned half-baked as a result of obstacles during execution. Unitasker Wednesday: Pineapple slicer Whenever…
  • Being organized about logins and passwords

    Jeri Dansky
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’ve been changing a lot of passwords this week because of the major computer security problem known as Heartbleed. While going through this exercise was no fun, there were some good things that happened as a result, too. Managing passwords Most importantly, I’m managing passwords better. As I change them, I enter them into 1Password. It’s one of the many password management tools around — and the one Dave recommended a while ago. Before, I had a few critical passwords in 1Password as an estate organization tool; I could give my executor (and the person with my financial…
  • Estate organization

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    No one likes to think about dying, but disorganization and lack of planning while you’re alive can lead to family disputes and large tax payments after you’ve passed away. The following are a few tips to help you get organized in case of an emergency. List what you own Create a home inventory listing everything you own. Most lawyers suggest you include everything with a value greater than $100. However, if there are sentimental items valued less than $100, list those as well. Non-physical items should also be inventoried. This would include digital music and movie collections and computer…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Baby tooth organizer Since the Tooth Fairy takes teeth away, there is absolutely no need in the entire universe for the Baby Tooth Flapbook. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday: Pour some iced coffee on me There are special trays to make frozen coffee cubes and special coffeemakers to make only iced coffee. Seriously. These things exists. I’m not making them up. They’re real. Using timers to improve productivity Timers help you to stay focused and complete tasks — specifically the not-so-fun ones and the ones that have to get done — in reasonable amounts…
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  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.

    Brian Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas A. EdisonThe post Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. appeared first on Lifehack.
  • Trello – A Beautiful Organiser App

    Steve Dotto
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’m hard-pressed to think of an area of technology that has more really good apps then the Organizer, To-Do List, TaskManager space. Each has its own strength and it’s own philosophy. Recently I have becoming enamored with Trello, The reason, it is visually very appealing and creates a corkboard metaphor which really speaks to my organizational style. It doesn’t hurt that it’s mostly free! But free or not, this Trello is one organiser worth considering if you were looking to become better organized in a team environment. Overcome Email Overload, With Steve Get control…
  • You Can’t Control How Some People Will Treat You Or What They Say About You

    Jelly Wong
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You can’t control how some people will treat you or what they say about you. But you can control how you react to it. Ever faced people who bother you? I’m sure all of us have faced such people before. It’s okay when we have to face them just once or twice, but there are times when these people emerge in facets of our life where we have to deal with them on an ongoing basis. They can be business associates, fellow colleagues, friends, or even family members and relatives. In such cases, we have to learn how to deal with them. Here are my 9 tips to handle such people: 9 Ways…
  • A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand

    Brian Lee
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. - Ayn RandThe post A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. – Ayn Rand appeared first on Lifehack.
  • 7 Tactics of Following Up Without Being Annoying

    Tayyab Babar
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The significance of following up, touching base and chasing the client shouldn’t be undervalued. Many people, especially people like me who are in PR, have seen it in action; whether it’s sending a lot of pitches and follow-up emails or making phone calls. Conscientious follow-up has helped me win business, get a story published in the newspaper, and pitch multiple ideas to clients and the media. Strong and active following-up conveys a message to the potential client that you want to work them, that you are the right person for the job, and that you are just waiting to get…
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    The Art of Manliness

  • Art of Manliness Podcast #64: Survivorman With Les Stroud

    Brett & Kate McKay
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:29 pm
    In this episode I talk to survival expert and TV star Les Stroud, better known as Survivorman. Show Highlights: How Les ended up as a wilderness survival TV star Why Les thinks all the other wilderness survival shows are fakes The most important wilderness survival tip every man should know How the wild has affected Les’ music And much more! Listen to the Podcast! Listen to the episode on a separate page. Follow us on SoundCloud Subscribe via iTunes Follow us on Stitcher Subscribe to the podcast in the media player of your choice.
  • Just in Time for Easter: How to Make Fried Rabbit and Sage Buttermilk Waffles

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Editor’s note: After we posted Creek’s article this week on how to field dress and butcher a rabbit, several of you said you’d like to know a good recipe for cooking the rabbit after you’ve sliced and diced it. Well, just as there are numerous ways to skin a cat, there are tons of great ways to cook a rabbit. But it’s hard to beat this down-home delicious recipe from Stacy Harris. In the spring, watch for fried rabbit to appear on the menus at many high-end restaurants. It’s a real delicacy – there is a certain fineness of texture, quality, and flavor in…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: April 18, 2014

    Brett & Kate McKay
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Last week’s winner was Clay from Auburn, AL. He picked the Freestyle Navigator watch. My Picks This Week By now, we all know that every man should carry a pocket knife. The knives from Great Eastern Cutlery are a great choice, and are made with carbon steel, which is known for its ability to hold an edge. Can You Handlebar puts out facial hair grooming products that simply can’t be beat, and has long been one of my personal favorites. The LifeStraw is an essential survival tool; even if you already have water rations for the apocalypse, you should have one of these on hand as…
  • Is College for Everyone? 11 Alternatives to the Traditional 4-Year College

    Jeremy Anderberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    So far in this series on whether or not college is truly for everyone, we’ve covered both the history of higher ed, and the pros and cons of attending a 4-year university. Today, we’re going to look at alternatives to the traditional 4-year degree. One-quarter of college grads are in jobs that don’t require a degree. And of the 30 jobs projected to grow the fastest in the next decade, only 7 require a standard 4-year degree. Although it may not seem like it based on what you hear in the media and from the general public, there are a number of very legitimate opportunities other than the…
  • Outfitted & Equipped: Spring Office Casual

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    This post is brought to you by JackThreads. Sign Up & Save More Than 50% On Premium Menswear. How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Editor’s note: This gallery was curated by Barron Cuadro of The Effortless Gent. Come spring and summer — and the warm weather that they bring — the office dress code tends to loosen a little bit. Dressing in light layers will ensure you’re ready for both a warm lunch on the patio and a brisk happy-hour at a rooftop bar after work. You won’t go wrong with our selections below. 1. The Sport Coat. Gagliardi Navy Linen…
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    Personal Development Training

  • The Definitive Guide to Organize Your Life And Get Rid of Clutter (Sid Savara)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:35 am
    “The things you own end up owning you.” -Tyler Durden, Fight Club Did you know that the average home size in the US has more than doubled in recent years?  According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average  new home was only 983 square feet in 1950 – compared with 2,349 square feet in 2004!  And yet we *still* often have trouble stuffing everything we own into our houses.  With all that extra space, it’s getting harder than ever to organize everything we own as well.  Our culture has embraced bigger is better, more is better. Recently though,…
  • Strategies for Dealing With Email Overload – How To Get To And Maintain Inbox Zero (Sid Savara)
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that U.S. Workers spend 13 hours per week reading, writing or responding to email?* I can’t imagine spending that much time on email anymore. I doubt I spend more than 45 minutes a day now.   But then again…. I’ve gone from receiving thousands of emails per day down to reading and replying to a few dozen per day. How? I’ll show you.  How I Got To Inbox Zero I used to receive upwards of 2,000 email per day. I have since whittled it down to around 200-300 email per day coming in. 80% of those I scan the subject line and delete – and I almost never…
  • You Can’t Start a Fire… (Sid Savara)
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s 1984.  Bruce Springsteen is about to be one of the biggest stars in the world – and he’s enraged. After wrapping up his final recording session at The Hit Factory in New York city he meets with Jon Landau, his manager, to pick the final 14 songs for his upcoming album Born In The USA. Over two years in the making, they have at least 70 tracks to pick from, however, Landau tells Bruce there isn’t a single hit among them and the two of them get into an argument.  Bruce is frustrated, not just by the argument, but also by the challenges of trying to finish this…
  • The 10 Second Trick to Make Every Minute Count (Sid Savara)
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:30 am
    “Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.” - Coria Kent We’re all dying one minute, one hour and one day at a time – but time flies by so fast that we often aren’t aware of just how fleeting our moments really are. We wake up one day and can’t believe another year or decade has gone by, and we ask ourselves…. Where did the time go? How did we not notice it passing? I have a trick I’ve been using that really makes me value every moment, and today I’m going to share this trick with you. Living a Moment at a Time The…
  • My Secret For Personal Growth and Change: How To Change Yourself (Sid Savara)
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    We know that throughout our lives we will come across opportunities disguised as challenges, and often these are opportunities to change ourselves. Today, I am going to show you the exact process I use to make better decisions. These four questions have profoundly impacted my life and those of my clients when faced with a major crossroads.  You may be standing at a deciding point in your life as well – and I know this guidance will help you make the most out of the precious moments of your life. The First Question: Do You Want To? More important than anything else is considering what…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Absolutely Essential Qualities Of Great Leadership

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “This (leadership) really is hard to learn. People keep trying the easy way out – they keep reading the books, they keep going to the courses –that’s only feeding your intellect.  You cannot learn this as a concept. You have to learn it from experience” - Jeannie Coyle On the latest edition of the More Human Podcast, leadership consultant, author and strategist Jeannie Coyle and I tackle a big topic – the essential qualities of leadership: The value of experience in developing great leaders, versus traditional tools and training The key character traits common to great…
  • Torn From The Headlines Leadership Lesson: To Fire Or Not To Fire?

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Every business makes mistakes, but then there are MISTAKES. The ones that offer a supreme challenge to a leader: To Fire or Not To Fire? One such challenge came up earlier this week over at US Airways (now part of American Airlines), when a company Tweet went way off the rails. I mean, WAY off. It inadvertently sent a (very) obscene image over the Internet  (Note: the link is to a news story, not the image or Tweet) The company issued an apology, took the Tweet off the feed, and then… heads were going to roll, right? Wrong. They didn’t fire anybody. Here is what their…
  • The Most Precious Resource of Leadership

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It takes work to secure, it’s hard to keep, and if you lose it, you lose – BIG. And, it’s really hard to get it back. It’s that precious to the effective leader. It MUST be kept, at all costs, and with all the effort you can muster. What is it? Your word. I’ve never seen a ship sink so fast when a leader doesn’t keep their word. It’s like a big house of cards that collapses in a millisecond. And the really tricky thing about it is, the size and extent of the word that’s not kept really doesn’t matter much  - they all can create that…
  • 5 Simple Secrets To Leadership Productivity

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m often asked, “How can a leader be more productive?”, which is shorthand for: “Help! I’m sinking in quicksand here – what can I do to get all this stuff I need to get done, done?” Well, the answer isn’t in the “doing”. And, it’s not about how fast, or how well. Nope, it’s none of these. The best way to leadership productivity is simply this: Making the best selection of WHAT to do at any given moment. (Although I have to add that it certainly doesn’t hurt to do things fast and well – as long as they’re the RIGHT things.) In any…
  • How a Good Life Builds a (Better Than) Great Company – The Zen of Jonathan Fields

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    “A good life isn’t a place at which you arrive, it is a lens through which you see and create your world” – from the Good Life Project “Living Creed” On the latest edition of the More Human Podcast, my special guest is Jonathan Fields, a New York City dad, husband and lawyer turned award-winning author, media-producer and entrepreneur. He is one of those unique people on the planet that can be dynamic, thoughtful, challenging, zen, and mind-blowing all in one short conversation. His last best-selling book, “Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into…
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    Live Your Legend

  • 3 Ways to Use World Travel to Make Your Extraordinary Impact (Reader Spotlight #9)

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd People Constantly Surprise Me Or more specifically, YOU surprise me. That’s probably been the most consistent thing I’ve noticed over the past few years of building Live Your Legend. It’s also been the most inspiring. I constantly get to hear unbelievable stories of people – I’m looking at you – doing things and pursuing projects most would never even think to consider. And that’s why we launched our Reader Spotlights back in 2012 – to show the rest of…
  • What to Do When the Next Step Feels Impossible

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:53 pm
    I hear this a lot… “I’d start if I only knew what to do next.” It comes up too often, in fact. Sometimes it feels like progress is impossible. Like every distraction was designed for me. As if the only thing in the world you can’t think of is what your next step should be – and how to possibly get yourself to take it. When you’re first starting out, this can feel like a massive weight – heavy and debilitating. It can put you well beyond overwhelm, at times approaching panic. You can’t possibly see how you’d get from here to there.
  • Curing Your Superhero Syndrome: 3 Steps to Building a Successful Virtual Team (& Scalable Business)

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:24 pm
    “Rome wasn’t built in a day…that’s true. But, it also took a lot more than just one person to build it!” - Chris Ducker, author of Virtual Freedom You Ever Had Superhero Syndrome? Years ago, I used to think I wanted to build a business that had exactly one employee – me. I loved the idea of how simple that sounded and the freedom it would allow. I also had no idea what I was talking about. It didn’t take long after Live Your Legend started to grow for me to realized how naive that was, especially given the impact I wanted our revolution here to have on…
  • Meet Your Family: Here’s Why Your Crazy Ideas Will Always Have a Home

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    “A company is not like a family. It is a family.” – Simon Sinek Last week while at the TED Active conference, I heard Simon Sinek speak these words during his talk on leadership. The talk hasn’t been published yet, but it did kick off the inspiration for today’s post. After you’ve read it, will you take a second to chime in with something fun about yourself in the comments? I want to see what makes this family what it is. More on that below… I often refer to our community here as a family. And that’s exactly how I see what you and I have built…
  • Converting Enemies into Friends: How to Work (Well) with the Most Difficult People

    18 Mar 2014 | 2:50 pm
    “First like. Then be liked.” Lessons on Enemies and Influence… If you were to break down my annual spending, almost all of it would fall under three categories: Education, Experiences and People. Business or personal, there’s never been a more profitable way for me to allocate resources. For the past few years, I’ve made it a ritual to invest a few weeks (and usually $5,000-$10,000) in immersing myself in the experiences I believe can significantly move the needle. Now I see the investment as mandatory. The results have made it so. I realize this isn’t…
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • Functional Soldered Abacus Pinky Ring

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    What to do when the batteries in your calculator run out and there are too many buttons to press to get to the calculator app on your mobile device?  I know, no one can figure out things in their head anymore. Reach for one of the oldest calculating devices called an abacus. Lucky you just happens t...By: caitlinsdadContinue Reading »
  • DIY Diaper Rash Cream

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Those poor baby bottoms suffer quite a bit! Think about it: all that booty movement, chaffing, not to mention wearing relentless un-breathing diapers that make air circulation on sensitive parts a joke! Enter in the life-changing diaper rash creme! This stuff is miraculous in that it can gently soot...By: amalkhanContinue Reading »
  • Metal Trellis for Garden VInes

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    This is my first ible and only my third welding project... ever. Please know that I am *very* aware that my welds need to improve. I just choose to improve as I make things, rather than with a bunch of throw-away welds. Besides, knowing that I will be sharing these projects with the Maker communit...By: hhanlinContinue Reading »
  • Crochet Dragon Eggs with Baby Dragon

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    This all started when I made a crochet chicken for a co-worker of mine who was feeling sad that she had to give away her brood of chickens (since the city bylaws don't allow them in residential areas).   When another colleague saw the chicken I made, she wanted one too.  "You want a chicken?" I aske...By: ChrysNContinue Reading »
  • Reflective Prism

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    This display system uses a technique that is often referred to as Pepper's Ghost. It was first invented by Giambattista della Porta in 1584 and has been commonly used in theatre. Some of its famous uses include Alexander McQueen's performance with Kate Moss, Tupac's CG concert cameo, and numerous Ha...By: rtilton1Continue Reading »
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    Inspire Me Today » Blog

  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes! Part 2

    Valerie Sheppard
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome back.  I trust that you have explored holding the energy of Ease and that you’re finding it serves your feelings of happiness to do so. Let’s continue with how being in Ease helps you experience Peace. Ease is the surface layer of this deeper inner state. Peace is your State of Being beyond resistance. A place we all strive to get, and yet, there’s only one place to go to arrive there. Peace is within the Essence of you, the inner state of allowing and trust, the space of unequivocal knowing that everything is exquisitely right, that all is well, regardless of outer…
  • Your Triumph Over Discontentment

    Guy Finley
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Discontentment is a kind of psychic echo. In fact, whatever the unhappiness may be, it is only an inner echo that is “sounding” within us. As difficult as it may be to understand this at the present time, suffering only seems real. It has no real life. How is this possible? Our inner stress, strain, and pain feel real to us, for sure; but then, so do all of the fears we feel in the middle of a nightmare. But where is the terror once we wake up? It doesn’t exist anymore because it was only real as long as we were participating in the bad dream. Try to see this important idea.
  • Your Past Doesn’t Have to Determine Your Present

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    In today’s world, where technology has eclipsed our humanity, many of us are looking for a way to operate in our lives with a day-to-day sense of excellence and wellbeing, a way that fulfills our spiritual nature. People have tried different religions or disciplines with varying degrees of success or failure. They have taken motivational workshops to try to discover some meaning to apply to their lives and many have come away wondering, “Is this all there is?” This vague sense of emptiness or dissatisfaction can permeate our lives, even when we accomplish the goals we set…
  • Why Are We So Stressed? And What Can We Do About It?

    Melissa Heisler
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Never in history have we had such comforts and ease of living. Our grocery store shelves are stocked and we can cook a meal in minutes. We can communicate with family and friends around the world instantaneously and face to face. Modern conveniences make our day to day life easy. Then why the heck are we so stressed? The reason is because of this technology, and our limbic brain. I have been preaching this a long time and recently spoke about it.  Now new research by Dr. Marc Schoen, psychologist and faculty member at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, has proven it. Much of technology is…
  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes!

    Valerie Sheppard
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    I’m sure this sounds like bizarre advice, and you’re itching to know what happiness has to do with peas and grapes. It came from one of my favorite mantras… A friend overheard me quietly saying it one day, and she thought I said “Eat peas and grapes.” It never occurred to me that what I was saying might sound like that. I laughed as I thought it about it for a moment. I do love eating that’s for sure. In fact, it’s probably one of my all-time favorite things to do. It’s not the chewing and swallowing part of eating, of course; it’s the exquisite tastes and the various…
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  • Announcement: The Primal Life Kit Is on Sale Now!

    Mark Sisson
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    If you’ve been hanging with me for a while, you’ve probably noticed I’m always encouraging my readers to explore new research, new recipes, and new regimens to lift their Primal journey past plateaus and to the next level. I’ve found a great resource for both the Primal newbie looking to activate his hunter-gatherer roots and the Primal connoisseur looking to expand her Primal knowledge. Put together by our friends at, the Primal Life Kit is a compilation of all the ancestral tools you need to cook, eat, workout, and live Primally. There’s a total…
  • Weekend Link Love

    Mark Sisson
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am about halfway through the writing of Primal Endurance, a breakthrough book that will change the way we look at endurance training and competition. The main emphasis is on low-carb and/or ketogenic diets and training strategies. I am looking for Success Stories that exemplify this approach. If you compete in any event and have had success training and racing on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, I would love to hear details and maybe even feature your story in the book. Please submit your story here. Thanks! Episode #15 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s another great…
  • Grilled Broccoli and Shrimp Salad

    Worker Bee
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    After grilling broccoli once, you’re going to wonder why you’ve never thought of cooking it this way before. Charred and crispy around the edges, tender with just a little bit of crunch, grilling brings out the best in broccoli. Toss grilled broccoli in a big bowl with lime and chili grilled shrimp and you’ve got one amazing salad. Grilled broccoli doesn’t taste all that much different than broccoli roasted in a high-heat oven, but it cooks faster. The bright green color and a bit of crunch remain intact. Plus, who wants to crank the oven to 450 ºF in the summer? Brassicas such as…
  • Failure Isn’t a Setback, It’s a Catalyst for Change

    Mark Sisson
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! Growing up in Orange County I was always active. As a kid I was always at the beach, on my bike, or on my skateboard. Summers I’d be outdoors from sunup to sundown and usually hot and sweaty from all the activity. My family didn’t have a lot…
  • You Are What You (Think You) Eat

    Mark Sisson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week’s post on marketing took me in an interesting turn this week. I stumbled on an article on NPR highlighting a past but very provocative study that I’ve been toying with for a couple of days now. Having spent years researching the placebo effect, Alia Crum, a clinical psychologist and researcher for Columbia Business School, was intrigued by the possibility that food could also be subject to certain physical placebo-generated outcomes. She wondered if our beliefs about a food or drink could influence the effects it physically elicited in us. After all, if what we…
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  • Confidence in Your Business

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    By Leo Babauta The urgent desire for a successful business, and the fear of losing business, drives many a good person to do sleazy things. I’m not talking about casino owners or pimps or politicians or corporations. I’m talking about good small business owners who become marketers. Let’s say you have a blog, and you write good stuff, and people like it. Now what? How do you build that into a business? Maybe you see people who’ve made millions online: How did they do it? Internet marketing. They built mailing lists, then manipulated those lists through emotional…
  • 10 Ways to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Leo Babauta Life would be grand if we only did what our fleeting hearts wanted to do, each moment of the day. Unfortunately, the laundry, taxes and difficult conversations would never get done. The best books would never be written. All the achievements of humankind would be imagined, not realized. So what should we do if we’re facing a task we don’t want to do? Well, we can run, and find distraction. That usually works, until it causes problems. Or we can find a way to get crap done. Here’s how to get crap done. Meditate on why you need to do this. Instead of giving in…
  • On Making It Through Tough Journeys

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me about a very tough journey he and his wife are setting out upon, and asked for some words of advice or motivation though this tough time. Difficult times can be a test of our souls, and as such can be some of the most instructive times possible. It’s easy to be happy and motivated when things are going well. But what happens when they fall apart, or unexpected troubles come your way, or things go exactly as you don’t want them to? What do you do then? I’ll share some things I’ve been learning about personally, and give you a word of…
  • The Hard Stuff Often Matters Most

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Leo Babauta I’ve tried a lot of types of exercise, but by far the most effective exercise in terms of results for time spent is heavy barbell lifts. For 10-15 minutes of lifting a barbell laden with weights, I get a better physique, improved health, more strength and muscle, less bodyfat. I’ve spent hours running, doing bodyweight exercises, doing Crossfit, playing sports, biking, swimming, and generally doing the craziest kinds of exercises possible. They’re all very good, but for the time that I’ve invested in them, weights are the ones that matter most.
  • What to Think About During Exercise

    8 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Leo Babauta A reader wrote to me and said he gets bored during running, which makes him want to just stop running. And so he asked for suggestions for what to think about while running or exercising in general. Such a great question: if you’re bored, why would you want to do it? Why not read fun stuff on the Internet instead? Well, other than the fantastic health benefits, exercise is a wonderful time to think, to practice mindfulness, to socialize, to escape distraction. A little background about my qualifications: when I started running in 2005, I could barely run 5 minutes and was…
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    Marc and Angel Hack Life

  • 40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have

    Marc Chernoff
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Happiness is an attitude we act upon.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happier and stronger.  The amount of work is the same. “My body sometimes feels sore, but it works.  I don’t sleep well most nights, but I do wake up to experience another day.  My wallet is not full, but my stomach is.  I don’t have all the things I’ve ever wanted, but I do have everything I need.  I’m thankful, because although my life is by no means perfect, it is MY life and I choose to be thankful in it, as I continue to do the best I can.” That’s an entry from my grandmother’s journal,…
  • 25 Things You Should Never Stop Doing for Yourself

    Marc Chernoff
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and your life, not what’s best for everyone else. When I was 16 years old and too young to fully grasp the sensitivity of the situation, I interviewed my grandmother’s friend, JoAnn, who was terminally ill, for a school project entitled “The Speed of Life.”  About five minutes into the interview I began questioning JoAnn about her illness and her life situation. “So,” I tried to delicately ask, “What is it like to wake up every morning and know that you are dying?” “Well,” she replied, “What is it like to wake up…
  • 20 Things to Stop Letting People Do to You

    Marc Chernoff
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Be with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you. This past Sunday, while we were enjoying an afternoon barbeque at our friend Sara’s house, her 16-year-old foster child, Cody, received a visit from his biological mother – a woman who has been in and out of prison and rehab her whole life. Although Sara was a bit reluctant about it, she let them talk in the family room alone, and we eavesdropped from the kitchen just to make sure everything was okay. Cody’s mother was extremely rough around the edges and almost immediately started bringing up hurtful memories from the…
  • 4 Good Reminders When You’ve Had a Bad Day

    Angel Chernoff
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I have learned that life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and that life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to push forward even when times are tough. Sometimes I catch myself staring at the people around me – studying their gestures and expressions.  I wonder, “What’s their story?  What are they searching for?  What makes their heart beat with happiness, with sorrow, with fear, and with longing?”  And then I ask myself, “What thoughts might Marc and I post on this blog to inspire them, and to remind them…
  • 9 Things to Stop Doing During Hard Times

    Marc Chernoff
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The most beautiful smiles are often the ones that once struggled through the tears. One thing I can say for sure: September 2008 through December 2009 was an extremely hard time for us.  In that seemingly short 15-month timespan, Angel lost her breadwinning job (which drastically affected our livelihood), we lost a mutual close friend to cardiac arrest, and then, just as we were starting to get back on our feet, Angel’s brother passed away unexpectedly as well. As you can imagine, each of these losses felt horrific.  And when stacked back to back to back, it was sometimes difficult just…
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    Organize IT

  • Involved In Geophysics: Professional Responsibilities

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Depending on the specialization (exploration, seismology geophysics and etc.), a geophysicist is responsible for various tasks implementation. Thus, a geophysics specialist can conduct the business in a research laboratory equipped with all the bells and whistles as well as in the field, leaving the comfortable office for site exploration. Geophysicists typically visit deserts, mountains and other unusual and hard to reach places; sometimes they have no other choice but to climb the mountains or cross over wild rivers. Geophysicists are involved in various natural deposits researches, ore,…
  • A Korean-Japanese Discovers The Way For Massive Graphene Production

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    A group of researchers from Korea and Japan announced they have found a simple way for industrial scale production of two-dimensional graphene film. The neoteric material is more affordable, transparent and durable in comparison with indium tin oxide (ITO), used as a transparent conductor at the moment. Graphene offers immunity to decay effect and incredible lifetime. The brand-new material represents a carbon layer of only 1 atom in thickness, where carbon atoms form a hexagonal lattice, which reminds of a bee honeycomb. Graphene film was discovered in 2005 by a group of scientists from the…
  • No-Win No-Fee Investment Fund Shut Down

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A far famed investment fund with a charging structure functioning under the ‘no win no fee’ principle was shut down as it fails to win over savers. Established in the first quarter of 2011 by Nigel Legge, a proficient and respectable stock picker, The Vinculum Global Equity faces its last days. An affair started by Legge collided with a major finance issue – the former Liontrust headman, the fund has managed to raise as little as 2.5m in euro. Therefore, an economically non-viable enterprise was subjected to a radical measure – shut down. Three years ago, just when the fund was called…
  • The Basics Of Scrap Metal

    17 Mar 2014 | 7:37 am
    A solid scrap metal dealer is highly likely to buy virtually any kind of scrap metal; however, if you are looking to plunge into the business, undergoing a basic training is obligatory. Let’s start from the very beginning – the definition. The large class of scrap metals is typically represented by a variety of obsolete metal products, collected for further processing. Scrap metals are subjected to melting procedure, and once this sub-mission is accomplished, the materials enter the manufacturing line iteratively. Generally, scrap metal is characterized by the types of metal it consists…
  • Choosing A Maternity Wedding Dress Properly

    6 Mar 2014 | 4:03 am
    Pregnant brides have their own special charm and there is no reason in abandoning the idea of celebration and wearing an elegant wedding dress because of a rounded tummy. Mentioned below is a couple of tips on how to choose a wedding dress properly and enjoy one of the best days in your life. Wedding dress must be comfortable and figure-flattering, plus it should reflect your personality and make you squeal with delight when you wear it. Remember, that your baby will have enough stress when relieving the exciting moments with you, so you should at least make him or her feel comfortable in…
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    The Happiness Project

  • “Collectors…Who Aim at Completing a Series, and Those Who Long to Possess Things that Have Betwitched Them.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    “Collectors are basically of two kinds; those who aim at completing a series, and those who long to possess things that have bewitched them. The former, of whom stamp and coin collectors are the obvious examples, enjoy the pleasures of a limited aim, and its comforting certainties. The latter may suffer ups and downs, changes of heart and deceptions, but they have several great advantages. They never know when some new love will inflame them; they learn a great deal more about themselves from their possessions; and in the end they are surrounded by old friends, with long love stories…
  • Before and After: “When I’d Leave My Office, I Wouldn’t Visit the Restroom.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    I’m writing my next book, Before and After, about how we make and break habits–an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here. To hear when the book goes on sale, sign up here. This week’s story comes from someone who wants to stay anonymous. I have to say, this is one of the most ingenious strategies I’ve encountered in all my research. It’s a strategy that’s readily…
  • “After Playing Guitar, I’m Filled with a Sense of Contentment…After Solitaire, with Self-Loathing.” (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Habits interview: Ian Ayres. I’ve followed Ian Ayres’s career with interest for a long time. He’s a professor at Yale Law School, where I went, but he’s also from Kansas City and went to the same high school as I did. We Kansas Citians are always on the watch for our fellow K.C. natives. I assume it’s the same for every home town or home state: my parents can list every single famous person from Nebraska. (They both grew up in North Platte.) He’s also written several books, including Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done …
  • Lost Your Keys Again? 8 Tips for Finding Misplaced Objects. (Gretchen Rubin)
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for finding misplaced objects. Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible,” and I’m often struck by how much happiness I get from making improvements in small, seemingly trivial aspects of my life. And one of those aspects? Keeping track of my stuff. Not being able to find something is a minor challenge to happiness, of course — but it’s one of those minor things that can make me crazy. Today,…
  • Secret of Adulthood: Pay Careful Attention to Anything You Try to Hide. (Gretchen Rubin)
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   As I’ve been studying habits, and how we make or break habits, I’ve been struck by the fact that we should pay special attention to any habit that we try to hide.  The desire to prevent family or co-workers from acting as witnesses—from seeing what’s on the computer screen or knowing how much time or money is spent on a habit—shows that in some way, our actions don’t reflect our values. One way to attack a hidden bad habit—secret smoking, secret shopping, secret monitoring of an ex-sweetheart on Facebook—is to force it out into…
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 18-04-2014

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wired has a fascinating interview with psychopath researcher Kent Kiehl. He of the mobile brain scanner. Scanning brain energy could help predict who will wake from vegetative state. Interesting piece on preliminary research covered by The Conversation Contrary to news stories, a recent study did not tell us that smoking weed damages your brain, reports The Daily Beast. Gay genes? Yeah, but no, well kind of… but, so what? Excellent piece from Wiring the Brain. You guys all read Wiring the Brain right? The Association for Psychological…
  • Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the one on the right) is described as showing “more grey and white matter in artists’ brains connected to visual imagination and fine motor control”. This could be a bit alarming, especially if you are an artist, because that’s actually a map of a mouse brain. Whether artists have ‘different brains’ or not, in any meaningful sense, is perhaps slightly…
  • It’s your own time you’re wasting

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) at the union’s annual conference narrowly voted for a motion calling for training materials and policies on applying neuroscience to education and for further research on how…
  • The biases of pop psychology

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    I just found this great piece at Scientific American that makes a fascinating point about how pop psychology books that inform us about our biases tend not to inform us about our most important bias – the effect of making things into stories – despite the fact that they rely on it to get their message across The piece starts by quoting economist Tyler Cowen: “There’s the Nudge book, the Sway book, the Blink book… [they are] all about the ways in which we screw up. And there are so many ways, but what I find interesting is that none of these books identify what, to me, is…
  • Spike activity 11-04-2014

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Things I’ve learned since being sectioned. Good piece on the appropriately named Sectioned blog. The New York Times covers the latest in rising fads in proposed psychiatric diagnoses: sluggish cognitive tempo. Don’t Throw Out The Baby With The Dead Salmon. Neuroskeptic discusses critiques of fMRI. Slate has a eulogy to a man with amnesia taught us how memories become personal through scientific studies where he was known as ‘KC’ – now known to be Kent Cochrane. Suspect in the disturbingly weird ‘selling…
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    Scott H Young

  • How Much Harder is Learning Chinese Than Spanish?

    Scott Young
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    A big question I had in my mind before starting this trip was how much harder is learning an Asian language like Chinese than a European one like Spanish? Obviously Chinese is harder, but how much? Is it just a little harder than Spanish or is it several times more difficult? My experience with both Chinese and Spanish is limited: I spent three months in Spain and am entering my third month in China. However, I would say both have been a success. There’s still a lot to learn, but I feel I can have conversations about most topics in both languages and, in the case of Spanish, I can also…
  • The Three-Step Strategy to Study Hard Without Burning Out

    Scott Young
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Most of the time I talk about learning better, I try to focus on long-term habits. Build good habits over months and years, and they’ll serve you for the rest of your life. Even if you fall off the wagon, it’s easier to rebuild old habits than construct fresh ones. Sometimes, however, you won’t have that luxury. You’ll have a big test or deadline which you need to learn a lot, fast. In this article, I’m going to share the strategy I used both when tackling the roughly four-fold pace of the MIT Challenge and currently, learning to speak Chinese over three months. What makes this…
  • Never Be Too Pleased With Your Past Work

    Scott Young
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Out of the thousand articles I’ve written, there are few that I genuinely like. Most of those I feel are mostly correct or useful, upon reflection, are still lacking in a lot of ways. Sometimes they’re too wordy, the research is too sparse or there are obvious counterarguments I ignored. I feel the same way about all of my books, and all of my products. Since I wrote Learn More, Study Less, several years ago, I’ve done at least five major renovations (although often as different packages, rather than a complete replacement to its predecessor). Even after five generations, I’m still…
  • Learning Portuguese Over 2 Months + 1 Week

    Scott Young
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:11 pm
    I originally wrote this article about learning Portuguese in the last week of our stay in Brazil. Now, more than a month later, we’re finally able to upload the video. Hopefully the nearly one-month lateness of this post doesn’t confuse anyone. It’s my last week here in Brazil, learning Portuguese. Vat and I landed a little over two months ago in Florianopolis with the goal of not speaking English the entire time. I wanted to share my thoughts on our progress, as well as how it differed from Spain, the first country of our four-part journey. Overall Language Progress Before I go into…
  • I Was Wrong About China: A First Two Weeks in China (and Chinese)

    Scott Young
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:53 am
    A little less than two weeks ago, Vat and I arrived in Kunming, China with the goal of not speaking any English. Now that we’re in I wanted to write about life in China and first impressions on learning Chinese. I wanted to be as thorough as possible documenting the progress in learning Chinese, so for those who are only mildly interested, I’ve divided the article into six parts, which you can skip through: Why I Was Wrong About China Life in China First Impressions on Learning Chinese My Goals for Chinese Studying Chinese Immersion in Chinese EDIT: When I originally wrote this article, I…
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    A Daring Adventure

  • Jesus Was A Socialist

    Tim Brownson
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m not a religious person, but equally, I’m not anti-religion either. My stance on God is similarly non-committal. I don’t believe in a higher power, but nor I disbelieve in a higher power. I guess I’m an agnostic. The fact of the matter is, nobody knows about the latter and it’s impossible to accurately quantify the value of the former. Of course some delusional souls from both sides of the debate who don’t understand the difference between a belief and a fact, will insist that they know for sure God either does or doesn’t exist. And likewise, people who are deeply religious…
  • What Is Sunk Cost Fallacy – And Why Can It Hurt You?

    Tim Brownson
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the early 90’s driven on by my love of music I started a record store in my rather small home town. I knew from the get-go that I couldn’t afford to spend all my time there because I needed a steady income to pay my mortgage and as such I looked for a partner. After many beer fueled chats in pubs and even one in particular at a soccer game I was introduced to a guy who fitted the bill. He didn’t have my business skills or much money to invest, but he did have a love of music, a good ear for what would and wouldn’t sell and a strong desire to make it happen. The first year was a…
  • My Name Is Tim And I Have A Garden Gnome Addiction

    Tim Brownson
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Just over 10 years ago I had two discs in my neck removed at C4 and C5. At the time I knew I had problems with other discs lower down and further procedures were probably going to be necessary at some stage. I started having some discomfort a few months ago and made an appointment to see a spinal specialist. During the consult he asked me about my previous surgeries and said, “I see you had a discectomy and spinal fusion in 2003.” “No” I said, “I didn’t have a fusion, just the discectomy” He looked at me blankly for a moment and then nodded slowly whilst saying, “Well we…
  • How Your Focus is Screwing Up Your Future

    Tim Brownson
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    The following is a guest post from Lea Bullen. ———— My aunt doesn’t drive. She never learned. Well, actually kind of she did. After buying a new car and having a couple of children, my uncle thought it would be a good idea for his wife to learn to drive. She had never gotten behind the wheel before but things were changing and it’s a useful skill. Her being able to drive would be great. She and the kids wouldn’t have to wait for him or be limited to the schedule of public transportation. They could just hop in the car sitting right outside and be on…
  • 20 Awesome Celebrity Quotes Worth Sharing

    Tim Brownson
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:28 pm
    There is a cognitive bias in psychology called the halo effect. Effectively it means that the more we admire and/or like somebody, the more we are likely to agree and align with something they say. Advertisers use it to great effect when paying huge sums to stars to promote their products. After all, if the latest hot celeb is wearing a product it must be worth buying, right? Politicians use it also, which is why few Obama fanatics can see his flaws and few GOP members can see his attributes. Sadly, some people take this celebrity worship to ridiculous lengths. Rather than stop to think if…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • 7 Things You Are Doing That Are Definitely Making You Average

    Alden Tan
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I've come to realize lately that there is a fine line between being normal, and being average. Being a normal person is good of course. To me, it means you're inherently good and will lead an ordinary life . You probably wouldn't bring any harm to those around you. But normal can mean average, where you you don't push yourself to truly live your life to the fullest and realize your greatest potential. And the sad part is, being average is under the guise of being normal. Thus, people readily accept it. Ready to shatter the illusion and step it up? Here's 7 things you're doing that's…
  • Infantile Sexuality Part 3: Developing Mature Sexuality

    Dr. Clark Falconer
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
    In my first post I outlined the importance of understanding ‘infantile sexuality’; in my second I pointed to how aspects of love and aggression can interrupt developing sexual and subjective identity. Here I outline a few aspects of how ‘mature’ sexuality develops out of ‘infantile’ sexuality. 1) SEX and LOVE Attraction to others is inevitable; so it’s important to distinguish the desire of sexuality from who we are as human beings. As we mature overall we realize that sexual urges are often exquisitely painful longings for unity. As sexuality matures we recognize that…
  • Your Skin Is Talking To You: Are You Listening?

    Yancy Lael
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Your skin is a mess and you’ve tried everything. Prescriptions, supplements, peels and oils. But what if something more is at work? What if your skin is a reflection of something deeper? During my 20-year journey of healing my skin, I’ve come to discover that acne and other skin conditions are our bodies’ way of demanding our attention. The problem is, we’re so busy battling our skin, we don’t take the time to listen to it. Here are five things your skin may be trying to telling you: 1. You are harboring unresolved anger. When feelings of anger get bottled up and linger year after…
  • 4 Smart Ways to Challenge Yourself

    Eddie Ezeanu
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The idea of challenging yourself is one of the pillars of personal development. By challenging yourself, you grow as a person and you learn to trust yourself more, which greatly increases your likelihood of having happiness and success in life. Some ways of challenging yourself though are better than others. The best ones in my view are the ones that meet 3 fundamental conditions: They take you out of your comfort zone without putting you in serious danger; They provide you an intense, accelerated learning experience; and They help you develop skills and attitudes that are highly valuable to…
  • Why Emotional Intelligence Is So Important

    Stephen Guise
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    We already know the answers to life. Health? Eat well and exercise. Success? Work hard and smart. Happiness? Be content with what you have, give more than you receive, and go to Disney World occasionally. It's pretty standard stuff and nearly everyone knows it. But 2/3 of the USA is overweight, not everyone succeeds, and misery seems to abound as much as happiness. We aren't surprised by this because we're used to seeing these things. We've even fallen prey to these conditions ourselves. This equation is missing something, isn't it? Famous Mistakes Bill Clinton had an affair as the President…
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    Life Optimizer

  • The Key Mindset for Your Personal Growth

    Donald Latumahina
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to your personal growth, your mindset plays an important role. If you have the right mindset, you will grow much. But if you don’t, you will hinder your own growth. Your mindset in this case could be either fixed mindset or growth mindset. Fixed mindset believes that your abilities are fixed. You are either good at something or you aren’t. If you believe that you aren’t good at math, for instance, then you will take it as a fact that can never change. Fixed mindset is the enemy of personal growth. Growth mindset, on the other hand, believes that you can always…
  • How Has Your Year Been?

    Donald Latumahina
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are now in April, and that means a quarter has passed in 2014. There are only three quarters left this year. I think it’s a good time to stop and reflect on how our year has been. Has it been a good one? Or perhaps it’s not as good as it should be? Many people wait until the end of the year before they do some reflection. But that’s too late! Isn’t it better to do it now while we can still get things right this year? To help you reflect, here are three questions that you could ask yourself: Are you on track to achieve your goals? You might have set some goals in the New Year. But…
  • How to Achieve Your Goals with the Power of Iteration

    Donald Latumahina
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote that optimism is a key attitude that you must have to do great things. Optimism is indeed important, but it’s not enough. You still need to get good at what you do. You still need to achieve your goals. For this, a method that I find useful is iteration. It means that instead of trying to be perfect the first time you do something, you simply aim to get better over time. You want your second try to be better than your first one, your third try to be better than your second one, and so on. This way you will eventually achieve your goal. The development of Microsoft…
  • My Productivity Interview: 5 Questions Answered

    Donald Latumahina
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Dan Schawbel recently interviewed me on the topic of productivity. In the interview, he gave me some good questions that I think touch the core of the topic. Here they are: What are some of the best ways to have a productive day? What are a few of your routines everyday that make you more productive and give you life balance? What is the best way to save your time? What are the obstacles to saving time on projects? Can you name some of the productivity tools you recommend and why they are important? How has technology made workers more productive yet less productive at the same time? More…
  • Optimism: Key to Doing Great Things

    Donald Latumahina
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    In 2011, Paul Graham published an essay titled Why Startup Hubs Work. There he wrote about what makes a startup hub, like Silicon Valley, works. Here is an excerpt: … it is a particularly valuable thing when the atmosphere around you encourages you to do something that would otherwise seem too ambitious. In most places the atmosphere pulls you back toward the mean. I flew into the Bay Area a few days ago. I notice this every time I fly over the Valley: somehow you can sense something is going on. Obviously you can sense prosperity in how well kept a place looks. But there are different…
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • Last Chance to Join The Simplicity Course

    Henrik Edberg
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Just a quick heads up today. I will stop selling the first course I created – The Simplicity Course – in 5 days, at midnight EST on Friday the 25:th of April. Why? It is time to make room for new premium programs. And although I still think The Simplicity Course is a very helpful course it is also spread over many areas of personal development like simpler thinking, social skills, losing weight and becoming more productive. At this point I want to create more focused programs like the step-by-step courses I have created during the past two years and will continue to do as this year…
  • 29 Inspiring Procrastination and Productivity Quotes

    Henrik Edberg
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    You know what you want to do. You certainly know what you need to be doing. But you’re off somewhere else. Because procrastination has once again swept into your mind and actions. And so you escape. Onto Facebook, into a video game or a movie or simply by doing easier and less important tasks. I am no stranger to this. I have been there hundreds of times, especially during my early twenties when I was I college. But what can you do about it? Well, today I won’t be sharing what has been most helpful for me to minimize my own procrastination. Instead I’d like to offer 29 of the smartest,…
  • How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits

    Henrik Edberg
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” Bo Bennett “To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.” Peter McWilliams “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” Anais Nin One of the very first things I started to work on consciously with my own personal development was to improve my outlook on life. It was over 10 years ago that I started to delve into this topic and to step by step – and while sometimes tumbling backwards – build a more…
  • How to Stop Catastrophizing and Start Living a Happier and More Relaxed Life

    Henrik Edberg
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin One of the most destructive daily habits I carried with me for a long time and I think it is a very common one for many people was the thought habit of catastrophizing. This is when you build up a nightmare scenario of how everything could go totally wrong in some situation and imagine a big catastrophe in your mind. You may have a presentation tomorrow and your mind starts to pull up a scenario where you have left your notes at home, you make a fool of yourself, you are embarrassed…
  • I’m 34 Today (So You Get 34% Off on All My Products for the Next 34 Hours)

    Henrik Edberg
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:25 am
    NOTE: This offer is now over. Today is my 34:th birthday. And I want to do something fun to celebrate that and to thank you for all your kindness and support over this past year. So for the next 34 hours you can get any of my 6 digital and downloadable courses and guides at a 34 percent discount. This offer is only available until 01.00 a.m EST (that’s 5.00 a.m GMT) Saturday the 29:th of March. I’m off to celebrate a bit now, have a wonderful day and check out the information below to learn more about the courses and guides. You can get any of these downloadable courses and guides…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • GTD – A Key to Organizational Success

    John Forrister
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The Software Advice blog called A Million Little Wins has a post about how they’ve applied GTD at an organizational level. Borrowing from the classic text on organization, Getting Things Done by David Allen, we updated the author’s advice to reflect the modern project management tools that we use and adapted his core principles to apply to our business. Here’s what we teach to all of our employees: This is our adaptation of Allen’s “getting things done.”  The principle is twofold: Get everything out of your head and documented in one place. Most people know that if you need…
  • It’s Time to Get Your Email Under Control!

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Register now!  Join us Tuesday, April 29 from 10-11:15 a.m. PDT, for our “Getting Email Under Control” webinar.  We’ll  focus on the keys for effectively managing email. You’ll learn strategies for dealing with backlog, the questions to ask to get “In” to zero on a regular basis, and tips for organizing actionable and non-actionable email. 
  • “Envision Wild Success” featured in Inc. Magazine

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    Inc. Magazine’s Article “30-Second Strategies for Better Performance and Productivity” features GTD’s “envision wild success” as it’s number one 30-second strategy.  Read the full article here!  
  • New Guide for Microsoft Outlook® 2013 GTDers!

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    New! Our best-practices guide for implementing GTD with Microsoft Outlook® 2013. This Guide will show you how to: - Set up Outlook Tasks for your Projects and Actions - Use the Calendar as a critical foundation for actions - Get email to zero - Create useful reference lists in Notes - Organize contacts - Move faster with speed keys and shortcuts Just $10 for the PDF download. Next Action: Click here to buy it!
  • Practical application of GTD in your world

    GTD Times Staff
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:52 pm
    We have two webinars for you this week, on the practical application of GTD in your world. Keys to Getting Things Done walks you through the 5 steps of the GTD control model for your workflow. You’ll learn about the best practices and tools for managing the five steps of your workflow: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Review & Engage. March 26, 10:00am Pacific Keys to Getting Things Done GTD & Outlook® gives you our detailed recommendations for building a GTD system in the Windows desktop version of Outlook. Learn the best practices to get email under control on a regular basis,…
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    Evolving Worker

  • Custom Built Kitchen Cabinet

    Johannes Kraft
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Custom built kitchen cabinets are important home additions that you should be going for. Better yet, you can make your own cabinet depending on your personal preferences and have it deliver its expected purpose. The custom built kitchen cabinets are important in the storage of kitchen stuff including ingredients and even utensils depending on the size. Constructing kitchen cabinets as an additional action after building is always the right thing to do because it saves you the hustle of having to buy extra tools and furniture for storage such as stools and mini cupboards. Wall mounted cabinets…
  • Usefulness Of House Washing

    Johannes Kraft
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    House washing is a process that involves using a pressure washer to clean the interior or exterior of a house and yard. Using a high-velocity water spray the pressure washer can spray away mud, dirt, dust, algae, mold, paint, oil, grease and grime from the surfaces like concrete, verandahs, pavements, footpaths, roofs, bricks, timber, windows, paintwork, stairwells and driveways. House washing is often used as the step undertaken before painting or re-painting a house, after renovations have been completed on a house or room or to clean a house and yard before selling a property.  A…
  • Affordable Way to Eradicate the Unwanted Hosts in Our Space

    Johannes Kraft
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A beautiful house is what everyone wants to return to after a day’s long work. Every member of the family also works day and night to maintain the beautiful decor of the house. We all take keen interest in deciding the interiors starting from the paint on the walls to the kind of furniture that would further enhance the decor of the house. It is truly said that maintenance requires more attention than buying anything, and when it comes to house we would find this statement absolutely true. There is a regular routine for clean ship of the house. Dusting, mopping, washing are few of the…
  • Diy Retaining Wall

    Johannes Kraft
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Retaining walls are all the hype these days because not only do they look good, but they’re convenient as well. They keep sloped areas in your land from sliding and spilling dirt all over your yard or sidewalk, and they prevent erosion. Of course, if you’re taking the first steps toward creating your own retaining wall, you already know all of that and are ready to start planning everything out. What you’re more than likely curious about right now is just how much it’s going to cost you. Taking into account just how large your retaining wall will be, and the material…
  • Bargain, Investment Or Vintage Finds

    Johannes Kraft
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    When it’s time to furnish your house, there are many places you can shop. Perhaps you’re looking for quality investment pieces, or have an eye for vintage treasures – or maybe you need to temporarily furnish your house and are just looking for a good bargain. Whatever your preference, you have quite a few options. A furniture store is a great place to find new and modern items for your home. Items bought here usually come with a warranty or guarantee of some kind, so it’s an ideal place for investment pieces that will adorn your house for years to come. These are great…
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    Productive Flourishing

  • Three in the Morning

    Charlie Gilkey
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    When we wear out our minds, stubbornly clinging to one partial view of things, refusing to see a deeper agreement between this and its complimentary opposite, we have what is called “three in the morning.” What is this “three in the morning?” A monkey trainer went to his monkeys and told them: “As regards your chestnuts: you are going to have three measures in the morning and four in the afternoon.” At this they all become angry. So he said: “All right, in that case I will give you four in the morning and three in the afternoon.” This time they…
  • How Creative Accretion Leads to Epiphanies

    Charlie Gilkey
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If you’ve ever thought about the creative process, you may have wondered how we go from idly musing about something one day to an epiphany many days later in a completely different context. Creative accretion is one type of catalytic activity that helps us understand what’s going on. Accretion is normally used to describe how stellar systems are formed. The gravity of a particularly heavy molecule in the void of space attracts smaller particles to it and the smaller molecules stick to the heavier one. The heavier molecule is now that much heavier, so it attracts even more…
  • Good Strategy and Leadership Helps You Sleep At Night

    Charlie Gilkey
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    “You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.” – Harold Geneen I found the LinkedIn article “What’s Keeping CEOs Up At Night: Six Facts That Will Surprise You” to be interesting on its own, but also interesting to consider in light of its similarity to what keeps so many small business owners up at night. Like the author of that article, I’m going to hand-wave that sales and revenue are perennial challenges. Here are the six facts he shares: Surprises…
  • Create Focused Time to Start Finishing What Matters

    Charlie Gilkey
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I’m just returning from an out-of-country trip, and I’m happy to be home and back into the flow. I’d be even happier if some of the stuff that piled up while I was gone finished itself up, but, alas, that’s not the way it works. That’s why it’s so important I create the focused time needed to get the stuff done that actually matters now. Regardless of whether you’ve been out of the flow, though, you likely have a pile of stuff to work through, as well. There are frogs you haven’t swallowed yet or things you know are really valuable and important…
  • The Free Planners for April 2014 Are Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Welcome to Quarter 2, 2014! What projects have you made progress on, what new projects have you added to your to-do list, and what old projects need to go because they no longer align with your plans and goals? I hope you’ve also noticed your energy, enthusiasm, and motivation start to pick up. That tends to happen around Spring – a renewal of sorts to get you moving on the stuff that matters most. The free planners for April are available on the Free Planners page. (Click to share this – thanks!) Click here to download your April planners. And we’re FINALLY excited to…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Skydiving in Las Vegas on April 14

    Steve Pavlina
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    It’s time to tackle one of the items on my bucket list. Rachelle and I now have a reservation to go skydiving — first time for both of us. We opted to go with Skydive Las Vegas. We’re signed up for the 8am skydive on April 14. We jump from about 2.5 miles above the ground. I believe we freefall for about a minute, then parachute for 5-7 minutes. It looks like we’ll have a nice view of Lake Mead as we jump out of the plane. You’re welcome to join us if this sounds like something you’d like to try. If you want to jump with us, you can make a…
  • Prime Your Brain for a Permanent Performance Gain (in a Few Minutes)

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Inside your skull is a massive supercomputer. You own it free and clear. With its 100 billion neurons, and with a typical neuron linking to 1000 to 10,000 other neurons, your highly networked brain is incredibly powerful and capable. Pick up a simple object nearby like a pen or a spoon, and look at it. Turn it upside down. Spin it around. Notice that your brain is able to recognize the object no matter how you position it. You can change the lighting by putting the object in shadow. You can obscure part of it from view. You can bend or break it. And your brain still recognizes that object…
  • Disruptive Innovation

    Steve Pavlina
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:14 am
    I must admit that I enjoy seeing the disruptive ripples that the Internet inflicts upon traditional business models. The old models do their best to fight to survive. For example, New Jersey recently banned Tesla from selling its cars in the state, mainly so the state’s inefficient auto dealerships won’t have to compete with Tesla’s direct sales model. New Jersey is the fifth state to ban Tesla sales so far. Two other states also severely restrict Tesla sales, and at least two more have pending legislation along these lines. Tesla stirred up a hornet’s nest of…
  • Let’s Go Skydiving!

    Steve Pavlina
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Sometimes I’m asked what drives me most, what inspires me to take action. My answer is curiosity. I’m curious about a great many things. I love to learn experientially most of all. Here’s a list of some things I’ve explored in my life thus far (in no particular order): 30 days of continuous travel 35 days of continuous travel 3 months of comedy improv lessons and two live performances 6 years of Toastmasters (dozens of speeches) competing in several speech contests traveling and speaking internationally 2 years serving as an officer of a non-profit corporation…
  • Business Is a Social Game

    Steve Pavlina
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to be an effective entrepreneur, I’d say you should have at least 10 good friends who are already successful entrepreneurs. If that sounds like a lot to you, I’d say that something is very wrong with your mindset. Few entrepreneurs succeed in isolation. Business is a social game. I’d estimate that about half of the money I’ve made in business (and in my life overall) actually came from other businesses. The other half would be directly from consumers. That includes my computer games business. For my personal development business, a lot more of my revenue…
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    Get Organised

  • 7 Day Productivity Plan – An Infographic

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.The post 7 Day Productivity Plan – An Infographic appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Sleep & Time – An Infographic

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.  The post Sleep & Time – An Infographic appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Quote: Perfection

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The post Productivity Quote: Perfection appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Quote: Get it Done

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The post Productivity Quote: Get it Done appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Quote: Work and Money

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The post Productivity Quote: Work and Money appeared first on Get Organised.
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • Test Your Vocabulary

    Marc Majers
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    How well is your vocabulary? This test below is the estimated number of entries in a standard dictionary for which you know at least one definition. How well did you do?
  • Instagram Tips For Parents

    Marc Majers
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    What is Instagram? Who can see my teens photos? If you are looking for answers to these questions follow the link below. Here are some Instagram tips from the link: Ignore people you don’t want to hear from. . Block people that bother you. Report problematic content.
  • Heartbleed Status Check

    Marc Majers
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Below is some information on the Heartbleed bug that is or was impacting certain (but not all) secure websites. The primary ones affected are those websites that used a free open-source encryption technology to cut the cost of encryption. It appears most financial and banking websites did not use this free encryption tool but I have not yet confirmed that. The second attached article discusses Heartbleed as it pertains to Fidelity. Experts are cautioning NOT to change your password until the website in question is patched. The status of patching can be checked on this website:…
  • TV Boss – Ratings Information

    Marc Majers
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Do you know the parental TV ratings? Each time a TV show begins the symbol flashes in the corner to help you to determine if a program is suitable for your child. Below are the current TV ratings. Also below are a few tips from the website regarding curbing your TV viewing habits. TV Ratings TY-Y - All Children TV-Y7 - Directed to Older Children TV-Y7-FV - Directed to Older Children TV-G - General Audience TV-PG - Parental Guidance Suggested TV-14 - Parents Strongly Cautioned TV-MA - Mature Audience Only Household TV Viewing Habits Lay the Groundwork Choose Age-Appropiate Programs…
  • Firefox Download Helper

    Marc Majers
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    Need a great browser tool to manage your downloads? Are you a Firefox browser fan? You must have Firefox to use this add-on, but it will revolutionize the way to manage your downloads. This handy add-on helps not only download and convert Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites but also works also for audio and picture galleries.
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    Root Simple

  • Saturday Linkages: Of Gut Microbes and Hyperbolic Bronnerianism

    Mr. Homegrown
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Futura House: a prefab tiny house from the 1960s. It’s time to bring back the #futurahouse:  The Surprising Gut Microbes of African Hunter-Gatherers … FDA says, keep lilies away from your cats … Sophisticated sundial clock in Medellín, Colombia … Grand Theft Seafood: Popular Farmers’ Market Fish Vendor Arrested on Multiple…
  • On the Back Porch of America

    Mr. Homegrown
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    I rag on Hollywood a lot. But today, for a change, I get to point to something positive. Root Simple pal and LA bike revolutionary, Ben Guzman and his business partner Angela Wood produce videos, through their company Small Medium Large, that readers of this blog will love. Small Medium Large’s series, The Back Porch of America, is like the Foxfire books come to life. You can watch a couple of episodes here. This is what television would look like if we dispensed with false reality show drama and treated subjects with respect. Four more episodes will come out later this year. Small…
  • Dry Climate Vegetables

    Mr. Homegrown
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here in Arrakis, I mean California, we’re in the midst of a terrible drought. And unfortunately, most of the seeds we buy for our vegetable gardens are adapted to require lots of water. One solution is to find veggies that have reseeded accidentally without supplemental irrigation. Here’s a short list of reseeding rogue veggies from our garden that have thrived with just the small burst of rain we got last month. New Zealand Spinach The one I’m most excited about is New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides). It’s reappeared for at lest three years now. And for us…
  • Plant Thievery

    Mr. Homegrown
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Arrow points to missing barrel cactus. Will the cactus on the right be next? I know I’m supposed to be Mr. Groovy Permaculuture Dude, but it’s hard not to get angry when a barrel cactus gets jacked out of the front yard. The irony is that I planted this cactus to keep people from stealing the nectaplums higher up the front slope. Clearly I need to either let go of it all and accept the free exchange of the universe thing or plant a giant man-eating Venus fly trap to protect the barrel cactus. Have you experienced plant thievery? Comments!
  • Anagallis monellii : A New Favorite

    Mrs. Homegrown
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last fall we planted Anagallis monellii “Blue Pimpernel” in a bed of mixed flowers and herbs. This plant is neither edible or medicinal, but we hoped the bees would like its many blue flowers. Anagallis monellii is a Mediterranean native, so it is well suited to the California climate, and it follows that it does not need much water. It is perennial in zones 9 to 11 (that’s us), but can be grown as an annual elsewhere. If you see Anagallis monellii without blooms, it is not much to look at. It’s a rangy, low-slung plant with uninteresting foliage. What it excels at is…
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    Shoplet Office Supplies Blog

  • WIN a Vinyl Multi-Ring Zippered Portfolio from Samsill!

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    This Samsill Vinyl Multi-Ring Zippered Portfolio is basically like carrying around a portable, yet fashionable, office. Bring this portfolio pack, containing all of your super important notes and office accessories, to meetings, on your daily commute, or to your local cafe. Never be without your essential documents, thanks to this zippered portfolio from Samsill! Here’s what this all-in-one organizational beauty features: -A wraparound security zipper, which opens to a lined interior -A dual-powered calculator -An expandable snap closure document pocket -An 8.5×11″ writing…
  • Best of Office Weekly Roundup 188

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Grow plants from pencils?? Awesome. Via Magazine Timepass LOL these passive aggressive office notes are awesome. Via The FW Make your own awesome upcycled notebook! Via Joyzz These are TOO cute. Javier Perez turns everyday objects into cute illustrations. Via My Modern Met  The Make-Everything-OK button really does make everything OK WOW. These pencil lead sculptures are INCREDIBLE. Via Creative Pool Here’s you go-to source for Duck Tape crafts! Via Madin Crafts These coffee mugs are so creative! Via Bens Bargains Happy Easter, everyone!
  • WINNER of the Leeds “Trash Talking” Backpack Stuffed with Sustainable Goodies Giveaway

    Jessica Hodges
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Congratulations to April Bladen, who is the winner of the Leeds “Trash Talking” Backpack stuffed with sustainable goodies giveaway. If you are still interested in purchasing any of the items featured in the giveaway, you can find them on Shoplet and Shoplet Promos: Leeds Trash Talking Backpack Pentel EnerGel RTX Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pen BIC Ecolutions Mechanical Pencils Mead Recycled Notebook At-a-Glance Monthly Planner Officemate Recycled Big Pencil Cup Want more giveaways from Shoplet Promos? Make sure to check back soon for more chances to win cool and useful products. May’s…
  • Don’t Crash Your Springtime Vibe by Catching an Office Cold!

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know what they say,“April showers bring May flowers”…and  the sniffles. The office is one of the easiest places for colds to spread. Protect yourself against that guy that doesn’t wash his hands, that girl that constantly licks her fingers, and every other possible office mishap that can get you sick this season. Save those sick days for when you really need ‘em! Here are some essential sanitary items that you can use to keep your desk (and yourself) germ-free: Hand Sanitizer: Our hands are exposed to an insane amount of germs throughout the course of the day. Keep a small…
  • The Advantages (+ Disadvantages) of Coffee & Tea!

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Coffee or tea? This is the predicament we face at least twice a day when filling up our mugs in the break room. A caffeine-addict, like myself, probably makes this decision in conjunction with his/her degree of exhaustion. If one is a zombie person, then one opts for a cuppa joe, but if one is simply looking to add some pep to one’s step, then tea’s the way to be. Being that most of us rely on these caffeinated beverages to get us through the day, I thought it’s probably worth knowing just how healthy coffee and tea actually are for us… COFFEE “There is certainly…
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    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
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    Sources of Insight

  • 10 Big Ideas from Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    “Becoming is better than being.” — Carol S. Dweck What if you could break the chain of limiting thoughts about who you are and all you could be? What if you could embrace challenges, struggles, criticisms, and setbacks as a source of growth? You can. That’s what a growth mindset is all about. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed. In the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our…
  • 7 Power Questions to Start Your Day

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire Tony Robbins uses his physiology to create powerful results. He’s trained himself to use his emotions as a source of power in everything he does. You can do the same. By asking yourself the right questions, you can change your focus.  And by focusing on “feeling your feelings”, you can teach yourself to summon your most powerful emotions to support you from the start of the day and throughout your day (you’ll be able to “remember the feeling.”) This is a simple way to practice emotional mastery while you…
  • What Optimists Do Differently

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde What do optimists do differently than pessimists? They are unrealistic. They ignore their failures. But you know what? It works. They succeed where others fail. In the book, Awaken the Giant Within:  How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny, Tony Robbins shares what optimists do differently. The Secret of the Optimist’s Future Success Optimists see themselves as better than they are. Via Awaken the Giant Within: “In fact, many studies have focused on…
  • Don’t Let the Great Writer, the Great Athlete, or the Great Genius Hold You Back

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.” — Henry Ford If you need to be a Great Writer, a Great Athlete, or a Great Genius, you hold yourself back. You won’t take chances, you’ll have a fear of failure, and you’ll focus on results instead of actual learning. And that’s how you get stuck and stagnate, and fall into the trap of perfectionism. In the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck shares 3 stories about people who changed from a fixed mindset that held them back, to a growth…
  • 10 Big Ideas from Out Think

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    “Almost everything is imitation.  The most original minds borrow from one another.” – Voltaire We’ve entered a new era. Whether you call it the age of imagination, ideation, conceptualization, creativity, or innovation – creativity, mental flexibility, and collaboration are the new core ingredients of competitive advantage. In the book, Out Think: How Innovative Leaders Drive Exceptional Outcomes, G. Shawn Hunter shares how individuals, teams, and leaders can innovate by going above and beyond routine tasks and operations to make work more meaningful, collaborate in…
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    Manage your life now

  • How to Turn Off or Disable Comments in WordPress

    Alex Chris
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is an easy way to turn off comments in WordPress posts or pages without a plugin and this is what we will explain in this WordPress tutorial. Why you may want to disable comments in WordPress posts or pages? Although comments are welcomed for a lot of reasons, sometimes you may need to turn them off to either avoid spam or to restrict users from posting comments on old posts or outdated topics. WordPress gives you a number of options to control comments and below we will see how to disable comments on new posts, how to turn off comments on old posts and how to allow comments only for a…
  • How to add Google Maps to WordPress

    Alex Chris
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Knowing how to add google maps to WordPress can be useful when you want to show your visitors where your shop or offices are physically located and provide them with directions on how to find you. This is especially true for local businesses and fortunately there is a very easy way to do that in WordPress. If you find this tutorial useful you may also want to check our wordpress tutorials for beginners and especially the one about adding YouTube videos to WordPress. How to add Google Maps in a WordPress Post Our objective with all the WordPress tutorials is to explain how you can do things in…
  • Gmail Tips

    Alex Chris
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Gmail tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of gmail client. Follow this page to receive new gmail tips that will make your life easier. Gmail is among the most popular email clients and while it is very simple to use it is also very powerful. Knowing little tips and tricks can save time and make your work more efficient. Gmail Tips Gmail Tips Gmail tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of gmail client. Follow this page to receive new gmail tips that will make your life easier. Gmail is among the most popular email clients and while it is very simple to use it is also very…
  • Youtube tricks and tips

    Alex Chris
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    YouTube tips and tricks to make better use of YouTube either for personal or business use. YouTube is by far the most popular video platform on the web and Google is trying to make it easy to use by continuously adding new features for editing, viewing or sharing YouTube videos. Many users don’t know that these features exist and either they spend more time than needed for a YouTube related task or they pay for a third party service, something that is not necessary. Our goal with the YouTube tricks and tips guide is to give you all those tips and tricks to make a more efficient use of…
  • WordPress tutorials for beginners

    Alex Chris
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Free wordpress tutorials for beginners – WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform because it is very easy to use but yet very powerful. While there are many wordpress tutorials for beginners on the web, we have created a set of tutorials that are essential for everyone starting with wordpress now. All tutorials are up-to-date with the latest WordPress versions, are in a step-by-step format and this page is updated frequently with new tutorials. WordPress tutorials for beginners How to Turn Off or Disable Comments in WordPress There is an easy way to turn off comments in…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Everyday cleaning essentials that simplify your life

    Kylie Browne
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:16 am
    Now that we have a cleaning schedule organized let’s consider what we already have in our households that can help make our cleaning regime simple and organized. You don’t need all the bells, whistles and marvels that late night television spruiks ad nauseum for 30 minutes at a time! Let’s get back to basics and make an inexpensive, practical list of ways to keep our homes sparkling. Vinegar – clean kettles, coffee cups, tea pots, tiles, chrome, fridges, enamel surfaces, washing machines, rust marks. The wonders of vinegar are endless. Here are 150+ uses for vinegar,…
  • A Simple Checklist For Cleaning

    Kylie Browne
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    It’s of no surprise that women tend to have a greater responsibility when it comes to domestic chores. Some of you may be lucky enough to have a husband (partner, significant other) or children to help with the load. And for those people I give you a heartfelt “yay for you!”. With my husband on shift work and my children still quite young, I tend to take on the majority of the household chores. And some days, it’s overwhelming! A study published in 2012 by  PLos ONE, researched the connection between domestic work and physiological distress. After studying more than…
  • 7 Days To A Dramatically Decluttered Home – Yes You CAN Do It!

    Kylie Browne
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    Not another declutter program? No, not another… this is our most powerful home declutter program! 7 Days To A Dramatically Decluttered Home For the third time we will be running 7 Days To A Dramatically Decluttered Home online. So whether you’re a first timer or you’re back to refresh your decluttering challenges, be ready to start on Monday 7 April. Unsure about joining? Here’s what people are saying about the program: This program was just the push I needed to start to get my place back in shape – especially after the toll of years of on-and-off renovations.
  • Make Way For Change!

    Kylie Browne
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A funny episode of How I  Met Your Mother saw one of the characters, Barney, refusing to allow any of his belongings to be thrown out when his new girlfriend, Quinn, moves in with him. Yet Quinn throws away most of her things so that they didn’t have doubles of everything. Barney was challenged by a friend who suggested that he didn’t throw anything away because he secretly didn’t think the relationship would work out. Hence,  he would be less  troubled and inconvenienced if the relationship did sour. His life wouldn’t change much. His apartment, his belongings, his…
  • What’s Your Learning Style?

    Kylie Browne
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Wikipedia quotes that Learning style is an individual’s natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations. One of the most common categorizations of learning styles is Neil Fleming’s VARK/VAK model, which includes: Visual learners Auditory learners Reading-writing preference learners Kinesthetic or tactile learners. We cover a lot of different styles of learning in our programs. We know a lot of you love keeping journals, writing checklists or using your iPhone apps to help you stay organized. And it was interesting to see the replies to…
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  • spring is here!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
         Yes, it’s true – spring is here! A few weeks earlier than ‘normally’ but what is normal today!       Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City          
  • I saw…

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
      …a reindeer. Having a spring break in Helsinki?!       …a driftwood with shadow       …open sea – no ice, no snow!!! yeeee!       …a retro car         Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City       Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • women by Paco Sanguino

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
      Hola a todos! I’m back at home again. Hubby came to Málaga for a short vacation and we came back home together.   Here in Helsinki evenings are brighter again – today sunset is at 8:11 pm. And no snow!!!   We visited El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (CAC). Here are a few paintings of Paco Sanguino’s collection.   I like these a lot – how about you? Do you like this type of art?     Shadows, painted shadows!                       Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays…
  • I can feel the spring…

    14 Mar 2014 | 2:37 am
        THANK YOU for your supporting messages last weekend!   I feel good today! I’ve even lost some weight - thanks to my strict but healthy diet. Can’t remember when I’ve eaten so much fruits and vegetables!       Shiny sea….     The Weekend in Black&White     and here you can see how far I shot that b&w shot…         shadows at the beach       Signs of spring!     But how about these…     SLURP! yummyyummyyummy!!!     Shadow Shot…
  • i was on a drip

    7 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
        4 days in a hospital, I got out today. I had diverticulitis, not really dangerous but enough to keep me in a hospital. Today I feel fine!     The Weekend in Black&White     Shadow Shot Sunday2     Sundays In My City       I’ll have more photos next week. Now I have too much other things to do   Have a relaxing weekend!    
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    Simplistic Thoughts

  • Six Months in Hawaii: Hawaii Island Gourmet

    30 Mar 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I wrote a post a few months back about my journey to Hawaii Island. After nearly eight years living in Japan, my wife and I decided to come back to the US and chose Hawaii as our new home. We just recently passed the six month mark, and all is going well. We were finally able to move from our one room condo in Hilo to a house in Mountain View. We have a little longer drive and it is a little colder, but we wanted to live here for a while before we commit to purchasing. We are hoping it will be a little warmer during the summer months. My wife found a job working at a tour company that…
  • DIY Standing Computer Desk

    5 Jan 2014 | 2:54 pm
    I’m not a big fan of heart attacks and I definitely want to avoid back problems. There are a growing number of studies showing how bad sitting all day is for you. The animated video below lists a number of the problems that are caused . (Also see below for what you need to build one yourself) Unfortunately, I still have to spend a lot of time in front of a computer nearly everyday. When I first learned about people using standing desks I wanted to give it a try. At the time, I knew I would be moving soon and so I never did. I have recently moved to Hawaii and I needed a way to create…
  • Made in the USA

    25 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    A town full of empty buildings, closed signs, and homeless people. This was the sight I was greeted with after returning to my home town after seven years in Japan. I recently watched “Death by China“, a movie about how all the products coming from China, and the policies and methods that are used to create them, are destroying America. Since I have been out of the country for so long, the change has not been gradual. A lot of the information in this video wasn’t new to me. It’s no surprise that there are bad and unsafe working conditions, government subsidizing, and…
  • Palms and Blue Sky

    24 Nov 2013 | 9:32 pm
    I actually took this picture a few days ago, but I figured better late than never. Even though it’s November you would never know it. The weather is warm and the sky is blue!
  • Incorporating Exercise Into Everyday Activities

    10 Nov 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Not all exercise has to be done at the gym or as part of an exercise routine. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as changing your daily habits. Parking farther from the store, walking when you could drive, or even getting up to change the TV channel  instead of using the remote. There are a lot of things that you could probably change in your daily life to burn a few more calories. For me, that was walking to the post office today. At about 2 miles away, it would have been much quicker and easier to drive. Instead, I decided to turn it into an adventure and walked.  I got exercise,…
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    Professional Organizer Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Scott Roewer's organizing blog DeClutterYou

  • Menu Planning For A Month – Steps To Achieve Mealtime Bliss

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    How often do you end up eating something for dinner that isn’t healthy, or that doesn’t even taste good, just because it’s the fastest, easiest option? Or maybe you feel guilty because you are so rushed at the end of a busy day, that you can’t prepare the balanced and delicious meals your family deserves. When you don’t plan ahead, you end up making poor decisions about what to eat for you and your family, but turning that around can be easier than you think.  There’s a bonus for readers at the end of this article! Keep reading. If you spend a little time at the beginning of each…
  • 10 Tips To Cure Paper Clutter

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Just like laundry and dirty dishes, paper clutter is one thing you can be sure will always keep collecting in your home. But unlike a full sink or an overflowing hamper, your piles of paper can be much easier to ignore. With a little effort – and consistency – you can keep that paper clutter at bay. Here are our top ten tips on how to do it: 1. Schedule an appointment every week (or every other week) to sort through any papers that have accumulated on your desk, in the kitchen, etc. If you’re keeping up with it, this appointment should take no more than 10-20 minutes at most. Write it…
  • Dyeing Easter Eggs – The Best Guide On The Web

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Easter is upon us and bunnies abound. Whether you’re gathering the kids for the annual egg dyeing tradition, or you’re getting crafty with DIY decorations, we’ve got all the info you’re looking for to make and display gorgeous Easter eggs this year. Our favorite tips from around the web: Practical Considerations This is messy business, so start out by protecting your workspace with newspaper, a plastic drop cloth or an old sheet and break out the rubber gloves if you’re concerned about staining your hands. If you don’t already have what you need, REAL SIMPLE has your shopping list…
  • Top 10 Garage Organizing Tips – Just in Time For Spring

    1 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    As the temperatures are finally creeping up, it’s time to take our Spring cleaning and organizing campaign outside… to the garage. Make the most of this underappreciated space in your home and get it ready for smart storage and for working on your favorite projects. Even if you just want to just make room to finally move your car inside, remember these top tips for your best organizing results: 1. Designate separate spaces or zones in which to group like items together, such as sports gear, gardening tools, automotive supplies, house repair, etc. It makes finding things easy, clean up is…
  • Passover Planning – Nothing To Get Stressed Over

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    The crocuses are barely pushing up outside and the first major holidays of the year are upon us. If thought of hosting your Passover seder has you stressing, trust me, bubaleh, it’s all going to be fine. We’re going to take care of everything… don’t you worry. First off, forget about getting it perfect. It’s never going to be the same meal you remember from your childhood seders, nor should it be. Make the holiday your own by choosing your favorite traditions and letting go of the rest. Although Passover is one of the most religious of the Jewish holidays, families practice its…
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    Mystic Madness

  • Business Development Strategy: The 4th Dimension Approach

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    It is not easy to turn a small business into a mega one. Research and statistics have shown that very few of so many small scale businesses translate into a mega scale business. However, some fizzle out while others remain where they are almost forever. Staying small does not in any way guarantee any success in business. It is sure that people do business to make a profit whether it is an entrepreneur or a partnership business. Anyone who desires to grow the business is encouraged to spice the business with the following strategies.   Quality products and services: no matter what the…
  • Dating Abuse in Teens

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Parents are known to provide the necessary safety or protection for their kids. Howbeit, when the kid grows into adolescent; parents seem to see less of the risk of dating abuse in teenagers. Hence, the necessary assistance is not provided and the teen in question is left open for the risks. Even when parents seem to know the risks, the methods often applied is obsolete and of none effect.   Learn to know the risk associated with the abuses in teens and its probable solutions. Especially in this generation, it is no longer safe and recommended for parents to assume that their teens are…
  • Parenting that Matters

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Over the ages, parenting has been a major concern all over the world. If the world must be a better place for humanity, then parenting must be well looked into. This is because; the family is the smallest unit that makes up the world. Some new parents have received conflicting information about the subject matter, thereby leaving them confused. This write up will highlight the result of empirical research for successful parenting.   Here we go……. Put yourself in good shape at first. There have been various researches that say that children are negatively affected when their…
  • Parental Behaviours that May Cripple the Future of a Child as a Leader

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Parenting is not so easy. This is because you will not only take care of yourself as a parent, but you will also take care of your spouse and the kids as well. And every step a parent takes may have a far reaching effect which may be either positive or negative on the kids. Every parent is therefore recommended to be extra careful in relating with their children. This write up will examine some parental behaviour that may have serious negative effects on the future of a child as a leader.   Let’s be on the move……. We never share the mistake we had in the past with the…
  • Do You Want To Be Financially Successful?

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Many people desire to be successful in their various life endeavours. It is germane to say that financial success is not ruled out. It seems that anyone who is not financially successful is a failure. Though, this notion is not correct. Howbeit I need to expressly state that those that are financially successful are very tactful. If you must be financially successful, then you must go the extra mile. Do you want to be financially successful? Read these.   Some habits of financially successful people Financially successful people draw a budget and strictly follow it. You must be able to…
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Break Your Addiction to a Person

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Love can cause a drug-like high, producing fantasies, causing sleeplessness and causing you to ignore other things in your life for this single element. An addictive relationship is characterized by the need to continue to engage with the person despite obvious negative consequences. You should diagnose your relationships with other people and then go through psychological and physical steps to remove yourself from the patterns of an obsessive attachment. EditSteps EditDiagnosing an Addictive Relationship Make a list. Write a column for positive things you get out of the relationship, and…
  • How to Make Crepes

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Crepes are pancakes' French, feather-light cousin. They are delicious plain or spread with a filling like butter, sugar, jam, chocolate or even something savory. This article describes how to make crepe batter, cook crepes, and serve them with different types of filling. EditIngredients 1 cup of whole milk 4 eggs 1 cup of flour 1-1/2 teaspoons of sugar 1/8 teaspoon of salt 2 tablespoons of butter, melted EditSteps EditMaking the Batter Whisk the eggs and salt. Begin by breaking them into a bowl. Use a whisk to break the yolks and lightly beat the eggs so the whites and yolks are just…
  • How to Get an International Frequent Flyer Ticket During High Season

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the biggest myths of using frequent flyer miles to travel internationally is the perception that you must travel during low-season to find a seat. While it is true that airlines usually set aside fewer seats for frequent flyer award travel when the likelihood is higher that paying passengers will want to purchase those seats, there are some techniques you can use to maximize your chances of getting those seats for your vacation. EditSteps Book early. If you are planning to travel during high season, call the airline's frequent flyer desk or visit their web site to book that award…
  • How to Make Easter S'mores With Peeps

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    What could be better than combining two great childhood food memories to create a delicious and colorful Easter treat? You can add S’mores with Peeps to your children’s Easter baskets or serve them with Easter morning breakfast. The steps below show how easy it is to add marshmallow Peeps to your traditional S’mores to make a wickedly sweet Easter treat. EditIngredients Servings: 4 1 package Peeps (4) 4 1-oz. squares semi-sweet chocolate 4 graham crackers EditSteps Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) while you break each graham cracker in half and place them on a cookie sheet. Place a…
  • How to Block Text Messages

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Unwanted texts can be annoying and unexpectedly costly, especially if your data plan doesn't allow unlimited texts. If you're getting mountains of texts from a clingy ex or an automated spam-bot, your inbox space is being wasted and your bank account's being drained. Nip the problem in the bud before your next billing statement! This guide will help you block unwanted texts once and for all. EditSteps EditBlocking Texts through Your Carrier Call your carrier's tech support. Your carrier will most likely have a number you can call for tech support issues. On smart phones, calling this number…
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    Genuine Curiosity by Dwayne Melancon

  • 5 Time Management Tips for Top Executives

    Dwayne Melancon
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Maren Kate Donovan I had the pleasure of talking with Maren Kate Donovan, the CEO of Zirtual on a busy day in New York the other day, regarding some insights she's developed around executive productivity.  She has distilled these down to 5 tips through things she's learned on her journey at Zirtual, where she has created a company that provides virtual assistant services to executives.   She's learned through trial & error, watching more experienced people, and interviewing others who were already doing the things to which she aspired - an approach I love.  Here are her…
  • Productivity tip for podcast listeners

    Dwayne Melancon
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    I listen to a lot of podcasts during my commute, while traveling, and while running or walking.  For me, this is a crucial activity to "feed my head" with data about topics I care about.  If you like podcasts, but feel like you don't have enough time to keep up, I have a tip to make it more productive:  Variable Speed Playback Back in the day, I began listening to audio books on my iPod and discovered that the iPod had a built-in setting to allow me to adjust the playback speed of the books (you could slow it down, as well as speed it up).  I began to enjoy the…
  • Conquering Burnout, and Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Dwayne Melancon
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Do you have to drag your body out of bed on weekday mornings? Does the idea of spending another day at the office fill you with dread? Are you finding it harder and harder to get excited about your job and the work that you do?If so, chances are good that you are suffering from job burnout. This has been a big topic at tech conferences in the past year (I'm in the tech industry) but I think it applies far beyond tech. According to the Mayo Clinic, work-related burnout is a form of stress that can cause us to feel mentally, emotionally or physically tired. It can give us unusual doubts…
  • Take better notes: Top tips for students and professionals

    Dwayne Melancon
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    If you're like me, you spend a lot of time in meetings, and you can't remember everything that happens.  That means you take a lot of notes, right?  Unfortunately, many of us have had to learn how to take notes via "trial by fire" exercises - in other words, you just have to figure it out on your own.Note Taking 101: Have a system in mind I recently discovered a great resource with information about taking notes:  an article from on "Note Taking 101" which does a great job of covering the basics of good note taking, focusing on tools and systems you can…
  • How to lose 50 pounds in 6 months

    Dwayne Melancon
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:17 pm
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I've lost over 50 pounds since last July and have learned some things along the way.  I thought I'd share some of my experience here, in the hopes that others might benefit.  By the way - I know this ended up being a bit long, but hopefully it's broken up enough to make it usable.First, I started this journey due to a "wake up call" from my Doctor at my last physical.  Getting older, plus a lot of travel, plus some bad habits (no exercise, poor discipline when it comes to eating, etc.) had all stacked up and the odds were no longer in my…
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    Personal Excellence

  • 7 Limiting Beliefs Keeping You from Living Your Best Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Transition

    Adel Refai
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” By : Alexander Graham Bell Transition is a part of life.  When we’re children, the different chapters in life come in rapid succession. Crawling to walking to running. Crying to talking to communicating. Our first day at school. Our first day at high school. Our first day in college. The first time we found something (or someone) we’re passionate about. The first time we felt true pain. The first time we realized…
  • [Video] A Quick Way To Meet New People Who Can Actually Become Your Friends

    Paul Sanders
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you meet new people on a regular basis, then you have a great chance to build a very fulfilling social life. Better yet, if the people you’re meeting are interesting to you, then the task just gets easier. While most of us don’t stumble upon that many new people, we can actually do something about it. The problem is that many people make the mistake of thinking that they can go to random places like bars or clubs, and make friends there. That’s actually not the best way, as most people go there to meet their existing friends, and not new ones. Friendship works in a way, where you…
  • 3 Important Things You Should Do To Change Successfully And Positively

    Aqilah Norazman
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou. We’ve all been there. There will be times in our life where we want to make a change. It could be something physical like building up your miles so you can run the London Marathon one day. Or something mental like doing something you like instead of doing something just because you have to do. But how do you know that, in carving the path to change, you will be successful? image courtesy of Four years ago I was on my own…
  • 2 Must Haves for Falling Back in Love with Your Spouse

    Marci Payne
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you worried about losing that loving feeling with your spouse? You wish you felt like you did when you first met. Sparks fade and fireworks fizzle, but the friendship and intimacy in marriage can keep growing. Everyone’s marriage naturally changes over time. And most hit a dry spell when their relationship is better described as living with a roommate, being a financial partner, or upholding a business contract. Ouch! While emotionally divorced couples can be stable and functional, it sure can be miserable. Learn how to think and feel more positive about your spouse again, even a…
  • Passion Shouldn’t Be A Hobby

    Adel Refai
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur is the people I meet.  It’s interesting to me how we tend to associate with people that are similar to us.  When I worked in corporate America, I interacted almost entirely with people in the same world.  People that also worked for investment firms.  Breakfast, lunch and happy hour was with the same type of people.  If I made new friends, they were from within the very large company I worked at. And it’s only natural. I spend the majority of my waking hours there, so who else would I meet and socialize with?  It’s a matter of…
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    Exile Lifestyle

  • Fortunate

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    This piece was originally published in Exiles, a collection of essays I publish twice-monthly. I had several subscribers suggest I publish it here on the blog, as well, and decided it was probably worth sharing. More about Exiles here, if you’re curious. I’m fortunate to live in a time where my brand of weird is not just acceptable, but celebrated. I’m fortunate to have access to tools and resources that allow me to pick up new skills, glean new knowledge, and experience new things at a pace limited only by my level of interest and time invested. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by…
  • Visible Brush Strokes

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    The uncomfortable reality of perfectionism is that it encourages creative-sequestration: if you know you won’t be able to do something well, you’re less likely to try, in order to avoid failure (or less-than-perfection). This was true in my case, at least. When I was younger I was terrified of coming across as less than I was capable of, and that meant I seldom emerged from my comfort zone. It was a small world I lived in, but everything was where it was supposed to be. A closet-sized room without a mote of dust in sight. I’m going to be 29-years-old tomorrow, and something…
  • Be the Machete

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    There’s a confidence that comes with blazing trails. Knowing that you can set off into the woods with nothing but your wits and ambitions, with a damn good chance of not just surviving, but thriving. Carving a trail from one place to another; one way of living to another. The path you shape will be there for future travelers to discover and wonder over; to follow partway and popularize among their friends; to explore more fully, the sharp bits safely whittled down to stumps. The path you sculpt will, if it’s interesting or useful or leads someplace amazing, eventually become a…
  • Watching the Periphery

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    I’m in publishing, but I’m watching the video game world closely. There’s some really interesting stuff going on in that industry. Valve has innovated along multiple fronts. Amazon is a barbarian at the gate. Even the big players — Microsoft and Sony and Nintendo — are making moves like rookies with something to prove. It’s been an interesting couple of years in video games, and the next few years should be even more so. I’m also watching the film and TV industries. Both are very different creatures, but share many of the same concerns and issues as the…
  • Set the Goal, Enjoy the Journey

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    When I write, I start with a framework. A skeleton of what I’m doing, to establish the rough shape, size, and purpose of what I’ll eventually end up with. With a blog post, that means I figure out what point I want to make, and establish how best to express it. With a book, I determine who the characters are, what kind of world they live in, and what important things happen in each chapter. In between these milestones — these pre-determined landmarks in my work — anything could happen. The story I’m telling might take a sharp right turn, and I may end up explaining a…
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    Organize to Revitalize!

  • Fact Friday: Smiling is Good for Your Overall Health

    Deb Lee
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The power of a smile is transformative and we all have that power when we smile … there is a science behind smiling that begins in the brain. Once the smiling muscles in the face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy. Your brain keeps track of your smiles, kind of like a smile scorecard. It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in. Studies have shown how smiling reduces stress, increases our overall health, well being and attitude.” Read More: Your Smile is Worth a…
  • Why Every Business Should Have An E-mail Newsletter

    Nealey Stapleton
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hey small business peeps! Do you have an e-mail newsletter? Do you send it out to your subscribers regularly? If your answer to either question is no, then this article is for you. I’ll explain the importance of having an e-newsletter and how to send it out regularly without much effort. Enjoy! What is an e-mail newsletter? An e-mail newsletter is a digital bulletin that delivers valuable tips and the latest news to your subscribers. Sending one out is a very common business practice, so let’s talk about how it can boost sales and ways to implement it efficiently and effectively. Why…
  • Fact Friday: Everyone Struggles with Work-Life Balance — Even People Without Kids

    Deb Lee
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “According to a new study from Rice University and University of California, San Diego, scientists and engineers without kids have still felt the stigma associated with “flexible” schedules within their work culture. The study found workers can have a negative attitude towards their place of employment and were less interested in staying at their jobs when they felt their employers looked down on individuals that needed a more flexible schedule.“ Read More: Work-Life Balance Even Affects Those without Kids, Study Finds | | 3.31.2014     Related…
  • Let it Go! Start Decluttering, Clear Your Mind and Space!

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    “If you want to grow, you gotta let it go.” This is the mantra of Gail Blanke, author of Throw out Fifty Things (affiliate link). And, a mantra that I highly recommend. Our lives are filled with so much stuff, and as I’ve learned over the course of my life much of it isn’t needed. So, why not let it go? At least some of it. Clear the clutter, clear you mind, and make room for success…there’s no time like the present to start decluttering. In my line of work, I’m always called upon to find space for client’s possessions. I’ll admit, sometimes working with a professional…
  • ADHD Resources That Provide New Perspectives, Education, and Support

    Ellen Delap
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    If you, your spouse, or your child has just been diagnosed with ADHD, it can be a moment that can truly transform you. You may experience a sense of relief knowing that your struggles have a reason. It can also be the time to learn more about ADHD, the symptoms, and potential solutions. Learning is key to help you reframe and gain awareness of the next steps you may need to take. So, take a minute to review the websites below to get more details.    “Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence…
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    Time Management Ninja

  • If It’s Not on Your List… Don’t Do It!

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    It happens to all of us. You’re hard at work doing an important task. Then, several minutes later you “wake up” to find yourself doing some meaningless item that popped up. Your important work has been pushed to the side and you’re not sure when you will get back to it. In fact, thirteen emails and […]
  • 7 Reasons Your Day Planner (or Smartphone) is Empty

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    Is your calendar clear? Is your todo list blank? Is your address book empty? Your time management tools can’t help you if they are blank. When you go looking for information in your Day Planner, iPhone, and Moleskine… are they empty? You Get Out What You Put In Your time management tools are only valuable if […]
  • 6 Ways to Get Organized for Next Year’s Taxes

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Today is tax day in the U.S. I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last possible minute to file. It is estimated that 30% of Americans file their taxes in the last two weeks before the deadline. That is some serious procrastination, which leads to much unneeded stress and life friction. […]
  • 10 Tasks You Should Never Put on the Back Burner

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    When things get busy, we all have tasks we put off. Sometimes items end up on the back burner out of necessity. If you are putting off the right things, it can be a good move to reduce your workload. Other times, you are simply setting yourself up for trouble later. So, what tasks are […]
  • 21 Ways to Perk Up Your Productivity

    8 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Sometimes your productivity needs a boost. Like those days when you can’t seem to make any progress on your list. Or when, no matter what you do, you can’t get your energy level up. How do you get going when you just don’t feel like, well, going? Perk Up Your Productivity Some days, getting your […]
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    The Art of Less Doing

  • Pro Content – Processs Feedback Loop

    Fancy Hands
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
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  • Things I Found Interesting This Week (4/18/14)

    Fancy Hands
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
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    16 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
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  • Automate Your Basic Payments with Square Cash and Zapier

    Ari M
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
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  • How to Master the Art of Breathing

    Fancy Hands
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

  • 50 Daily Positive Affirmations for Women

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Are you a woman who battles insecurity or lack of self-esteem? Do you talk down to yourself and rarely give yourself praise and love? Then these positive affirmations are for you because whoever you are, whatever your life circumstance or your current situation, you are worthy of joy, happiness and inner peace (link to my favorite guided meditation). A note to my male readers: If you have read this blog any length of time, you know that I always speak to all my readers. The stuff here applies to all. But today’s message of positive affirmations for women is especially for my female…
  • How to Pack Light for a Long Trip and Still Look Stylish

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Complete How-To Video on Packing Light for a 5+ Week International Trip without Checking In Luggage Light Packing is Not Magic. Light packing is not magic. It is a skill you can learn. Why bother, you wonder? Because of this: If you want to thoroughly enjoy your travels, if you want to focus on what matters on your trips and not have worries of lost luggage or break your back carrying stuff you’ll never use, if (and only if) you get the most out of your travel experience for which you are paying dearly, then packing light is essential. Do you want to know how to pack light for a long…
  • 30 Small Acts of Kindness You Could Be Doing Today

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:13 am
    The road to inner peace is paved with kindness. Pure, loving, sweet kindness. That’s good news because we can all travel this road since kindness is something we are all born with. You knew that, didn’t you? You are born with kindness. You don’t have to learn kindness here on earth, you bring it to earth with you. It is a part of your soul, your nature, and your true self. Kindness is who you are at your happiest and most balanced place, but you have to take care not to lose who you are in the often fast-paced comparison-frenzy world that we live in. You have to take care not to unlearn…
  • 10 Addictions You Must Give Up to Be Free of Pain

    17 Mar 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Your addiction, your choice. Why do people get addicted to smoking, drugs, violence or junk food? Why do they turn to habits that slowly but surely kill them? Is it possible that they lose control of their senses and that outside factors such as peer pressure – which is driven largely by morons of society – is in charge of their actions? Is it remotely possible that a smoking or drug abuse or junk food addiction is not through a fault of your own and that some inexplicable force from the universe twisted your arm to smoke that joint or to get hooked on junk food or drink yourself…
  • Failing at Your Goals? Simplify Your Success Formula

    10 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    It’s not you. But it takes you to change it. You set your goal with all the right intentions. You are determined, serious and give them your best shot. You don’t lack for smarts. You are a hard worker and doing all the right things, but you still fail at achieving those goals. Why? Why then do you fail at your goals when you are (yes you ARE) smart and driven and have good intentions? You want to leave your dead-end job and your horrid boss for better opportunities, but you just can’t take the leap. You want to get out of a bad relationship that is destroying your self-esteem and…
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  • 20 Email Etiquette Tips To Protect Your Career And Save You From Embarrassment

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    I will never forget the day I was in our computer lab in high school (I’d rather not say how many years ago that was now haha) when I said to my best friend, “Hey do I really need to create an email account? I don’t know why I’d need one.” Ah how funny it is to reminisce on my youthful days of innocence, so long before my smartphone and laptop practically became permanently attached to my body. I had no idea back then how reliant I’d become on email later on and the importance of learning email etiquette tips to protect my career and save me from…
  • How Much Do You Need To Quit The Job You Hate?

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Today’s article is by contributor Romeo Jeremiah, a philosophical independent thinker, and author of The Wealth Number, a book that provides a financial solution to pursuing the job you’d love. I’ve taken quite a few “rest and relaxation” vacations over the past year, four of which have been outside the United States. For me, the most enjoyable experiences during my vacations are when I learn about other people, many of whom are also vacationing from the United States. It’s amazing, because most people really enjoy talking openly about themselves. If you’ve been to a…
  • Embracing Millennials At Work: My Journey With Gen Y

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all get along at work? Imagine if we never felt like our bosses were outdated and stubborn. Hard to do? Now try to envision today’s college grads coming on board without a single streak of impatience or entitlement. That’s usually a lot tougher! I’ve had quite a bumpy journey with Gen Yers in my career, but I’m convinced we should try harder to improve how we work together. It’s time for embracing Millennials at work! The longer I’ve been in the workforce, the more I’ve realized how difficult it is to work with…
  • Thanks For Three Great Years And Here’s To Three More!

    10 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    I recently discovered, haha by accident mind you, that I’d passed my three year blogversary on Untemplater! I remember being much more aware of time at my six month and one year mark, but got lost in the blur of things after that. I can’t believe year two totally passed me by. Goes to show how quickly time goes when you’re having fun! One of the main reasons I’ve lasted as long as I have, which I explain over on, is because I love to write. I think it’s really hard to be a blogger long term if you don’t like to sit in front of a computer and…
  • Financial Advice For Self Employed Solopreneurs And Side Hustlers

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    More and more people are leaving traditional careers to become entrepreneurs. But there’s a lot that has to happen before you can get funding, start making a profit, and hire employees. So starting a side hustle is a good way to get your feet wet and make your way towards being a self employed solopreneur. The catch is that it takes money to make money! But the good news is it doesn’t have to take a lot of cash, you just need to be smart with money. If you can follow a few of my core tips of financial advice, you’ll be able to avoid many common and costly mistakes.
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • Live Your Truth: 7 Powerful Lessons

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    Are you living your truth? Are you following your heart with reckless abandon? Or do you feel like you’re holding back? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. And it doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough. It simply means that you may need to tweak where you’re going, and how you’re doing things. And that’s what today’s article is about. You see, I recently came across a book called Live Your Truth by Kamal Ravikant. I resonated so deeply with the book that I had to share some of my favorite passages. So if you’re interested in living your truth, keep reading. 1. Work on Yourself We…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Following Your Heart

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    This post is a part of the Follow Your Heart series. Would you like to follow your heart, but your mind or something else is stopping you? Does it feel uncomfortable, uncertain, and maybe even confusing to follow your heart? What you are experiencing is very normal and very common when you are beginning to follow your heart. It is just the sign that you are heading in the right direction, because your mind and body are making adjustments to a new way of being and living. Your mind wants proof that heart-centered living works. The only problem is that you won’t get proof until you start to…
  • How to Plan, Outline and Write Your Book (Without Feeling Overwhelmed)

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    At first all seems well. You’re humming along writing your book. You’re excited to ship your book out to the world. But then doubts creep up. You’re not sure if you’re on the right rack. You feel you’re almost randomly throwing words together. Images of doom take residence in your mind. You see yourself sitting on a street corner, begging for change, regretting ever trying to string a sentence together. You don’t feel good enough. You’re confused, frustrated, and ready to give up. There’s a Better Way It’s called planning. Planning helps me avoid the madness of…
  • On Depression, Feeling Worthless, and Finding Your Truth

    18 Mar 2014 | 2:49 am
    It all started on a cold December night. A war was being waged within me. Each morning, I’d wake up feeling like I had lead flowing through my veins, helping gravity do its job. I’d drag myself out of bed, doing what I had to do. I was living my passion, surrounded by people I loved, but it felt empty. Somewhere, in a dusty corner of my being, I knew this too would pass, but there was doubt. I wondered if something had gone horribly wrong in the control room of the Universe. Maybe an operator had grown an affinity for Vodka, who knows? But I was worried, because obviously this wasn’t…
  • 12 Lessons Learned from Building a 10,000 Subscriber Blog

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:05 am
    Wake Up Cloud just reached 10,000 12,000 subscribers. It took me three years to reach 10,000 subscribers. I’ve made mistakes, I’ve had my expectations shattered, and I’ve wanted to throw in the towel. So today I wanted to share some of the core lessons I’ve learned from getting to 10,000 blog subscribers. There are things not spoken about in the blogging world, and today I’m going to cover them. There’s honesty ahead, so proceed at your own risk. And remember to grab some tea or coffee. 1. Advice I’m going to start this article off with one of the biggest lessons…
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    Asian Efficiency - Time Management and Productivity

  • Manipulating Reality by Using Goals as Attention Filters

    Aaron Lynn
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Let’s talk about how we can use our goals to help us filter our attention… and get us to achieving our goals faster and more productively. This is something that we go into detail in the Productivity Blueprint, but here’s a more exploratory version. Simply put, when you have goals, they help you focus as […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • How I Use 1Password

    Thanh Pham
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favorite Mac apps is 1Password. If you’re unfamiliar with this app, it manages passwords for you and it saves you a lot of time logging in on websites. With all the recent security bugs making the news (and forcing you to change your passwords) I thought I would share how I use […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 4 Steps to Accessing Emergency Superpower Mode

    Aaron Lynn
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the recurring themes between the Asian Efficiency team this year has been the idea of balance vs going “all out”. We’ve found that most people prefer balance – work hard, take breaks when you need to, and maintain some semblance of a life. But there are also times when you need to go […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • How do I stay on top of OmniFocus projects when I’m waiting for someone else?

    Thanh Pham
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    One under-utilized aspect of OmniFocus is that it can help you keep track of who you need to follow up with. Most people use OmniFocus to organize tasks and then check things off as they complete them. That’s great but you’re really missing out on a powerful utility of OmniFocus – especially when you’re delegating […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 7 Tech Tips for Your iPad to Be Insanely Productive

    Thanh Pham
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    After my recent post on how I ditched my laptop and went iPad-only I’ve received a lot of emails requesting more tips and tricks for the iPad. You ask, I write. So I came up with a list of 7 handy tips that will make you more productive on the iPad. 1. Re-order Apps Based […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
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    The Summit Blog

  • What the punishment is really about

    Julie Poland
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    A brouhaha was generated here in the local high school Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluriwhen a high school senior (horrors!) asked the visiting Miss America to the prom during an assembly where she was the guest.  As a result of his grandstanding, the young man was sentenced to a three-day in-school suspension.  Factions have arisen on both sides of the administration's actions, with some saying, "C'mon, he's a kid and this is no big deal," and others asserting that "He was forewarned about the consequences and chose to do it anyway."  Miss America herself has said that it "was…
  • How much do you want the result?

    Julie Poland
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    The leader of a membership organization said yesterday that Google Images: snakemaster749.blogspot.comthe process of change for growth for which he was hired cost a lot of members.  His organization started with 375 members, and as the changes were implemented 300 of them left.  That's 80% of the original membership base saying sayonara.  Maybe this leader didn't know what he was doing.  How could he intend to grow and instead decimate his organization and not get fired?The rest of the story is that the organization has since gained 700 new members.  Apparently the…
  • Birthday presents for the guests

    Julie Poland
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Last evening six women sat around a living room with theGoogle Images:  arizonafoothillsmagazine.combirthday girl and her three young daughters, munching on - what else? - chocolate dessert.  In celebration of her birthday, the woman cooked dinner for the friends and then gave each of them a present for her birthday.The presents were not tangible things, but that's why you're reading about this here.  As the gathering settled in with stomachs full the woman went around the room one by one and told each friend the traits that she treasures about them, and the…
  • Tell your customer what you're doing

    Julie Poland
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    The patient sits on the exam table in the doctor’s office and Google Images:  clintonhealth.orgthe nurse practitioner says, “This is going to feel cold,” and then “You’re going to feel a little pinch.” The needle is inserted into the patient’s  arm and before you know it the immunization is over.The tech support chat customer reads, “I’m going to check the settings on your account,” on his monitor and then refills his coffee while he waits for the tech support rep to come back with another typed update on her progress with fixing his account.In both of the cases…
  • Another stupid plot twist

    Julie Poland
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    The only real difference between comedy and tragedy is Google Images:  Spamalot - blogs.naplesnews.comthe ending - the middle parts are quite similar.  The main character faces a series of challenges, and attempts to use his or her resources to overcome them.  Some of the funniest comedies ever have included events like:KidnappingMuggingTraffic accidents, some multi-car pileupsUnplanned pregnancyBusiness failureDeath of loved onesMurderThese events don't sound too funny when combined into a list, and the protagonist in the story isn't taking them lightly when they are…
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    Balance In Me

  • Sitting Kills: How to Have a Healthier Workday

    31 Mar 2014 | 9:29 am
    By guest author Adrienne Erin Between smoking cigarettes, overeating, alcohol use and even going to tanning salons, there are plenty of habits that lead to chronic illness, diseases and overall poor health. Now we can add sitting for prolonged periods to the list of habits that can attribute to poor health. Countless studies have shown that periods of time spent sitting as little as three hours daily can lead to serious health problems and even death. If you’re one of the millions of Americans whose work involves a desk, a computer screen and lots of time spent being sedentary, it’s time…
  • Finding Balance at Your Workplace

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    By guest author Jessica Sochesky There is a lot of information out there about finding the right work-life balance, but there are so many different definitions of what that balance should look like. The one that is gaining popularity and becoming more practical for anyone to achieve is incorporating fitness and a healthy lifestyle into the workplace. From a few simple adjustments in your day-to-day routine to major changes in corporate infrastructure, incorporating health and wellness into your work life is now more attainable than ever. Corporate wellness plans and daily workplace exercise…
  • 4 Steps to Be Happy with Your Career

    10 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    By guest author Nadine Swayne You wake up, get your morning coffee and stand by the kitchen sink, breathing a big sigh, thinking, “I really don’t like my job!” Having the right balance in life and work can hold the key to your happiness. However, many of today’s individuals are weighed down with a host of obligations, along with work, that includes family, children, marriage and giving back to the community. Committing yourself to the right career choice is equally important and can help turn your drudgery into something that you’re passionate about. Step 1. Achieve…
  • Make the Most of Your Personality at Work and at Home

    3 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    By guest author Adrienne Erin There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to introversion and extroversion, the personality traits that tend to define us and assign us certain behaviors and characteristics. We’ve all heard that introverts tend to be quieter and more guarded, whereas extroverts are more social and open with others. You may be surprised to learn that many of us have qualities of both personality types. People who have qualities of both introverts and extroverts are called ambiverts, and being a mix of both is more common than you might think. Whether you are an introvert,…
  • 7 Daily Habits to Make More Time For Relationships

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:56 am
    By guest author Dorothy Hunter Busy people think they don’t have time to eat. They also think that they have no time to sleep. If they can’t even eat or sleep, they definitely don’t have time for nurturing their relationships. It’s across the board, too. It’s not just between married couples but even between a parent and a child and even among friends. When time is too short, it’s often the relationship that suffer. But it should never be like that. Because behind all the glitz and success, it’s the people who stay beside you that matter the most.
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    Nona Jordan Coaching

  • The healing power of curiosity

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The thorniest issues inspire the most powerful questions. The very first question I asked my first coach was, “How can I possibly ask for payment to do something I love? Work that feels like a spiritual calling?” This one question led me to answers and insights and healing that was extraordinarily powerful. Frankly, I remember […]Related Articles:Your TRUE VisionA woman who investsYou are “the One”Let it Flow, Baby.The REAL Treat
  • The Language of Abundance

    24 Feb 2014 | 3:02 pm
    We live in a very all or nothing society. Here’s the kind of stuff I heard growing up (and stuff a lot of my clients heard, too)… Either you are successful or you are a failure. You are either rich or you are poor. You do it right or you do it wrong. Either you […]Related Articles:A woman who investsFeeding the GhostsYour TRUE VisionWhat is Your Legacy, Mama?The Power of Integrity
  • MoneyLoveMagic: Law of Attraction + Money

    20 Feb 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Law of Attraction and Money Welcome to the first episode of MoneyLoveMagic: the place for fun, transformative money conversations for women in business. Today on the MoneyLoveMagic podcast, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Jeannette Maw - Law of Attraction teacher, fellow master coach and all around fun, high energy woman! For insight into amping up […]Related Articles:Building a Successful Solo BusinessLet’s Work TogetherA woman who investsSpeakingWorking with Money Fear
  • A woman who invests

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today, I am a woman who invests. This is an evolution, a journey for me. And it is far richer and goes much deeper than just money in an investment account (though that’s pretty exciting to me, too). It was hard for me to conceptualize investing actual dollars until I learned how to invest in […]Related Articles:The healing power of curiosityThe Language of AbundanceThe year-end financial review, done with loveA Money Mind BenderYour TRUE Vision
  • Love Letters in the Dark

    15 Jan 2014 | 12:10 pm
    For those of you who struggle today. Be it with your business, your financial situation, or with your relationships. Maybe your whole life feels like it’s falling apart. Maybe you’ve hit the bottom, maybe you are still in free fall. Maybe you aren’t there today, but when you find yourself in the dark, today I […]Related Articles:Why Chaos is PerfectAre you Devoted?You are “the One”Let Go to GrowWhat’s In Your (Financial) Closet?
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • The Manifesting Experiment

    Good Vibe Coach
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    What’s your best process for manifesting what you want? We talked different ways to leverage law of attraction over here last month. Have you experimented with different approaches to discover your favorite LOA routine? Maybe it’s to … Write it down. (Once or make a daily list?) Speak it out loud. (One time or repeated affirmations?) Think a little thought and let it go – or make it your single-minded focus? Keep it to yourself – or declare it to others? Use deadlines or keep it open? Get specific with details or to let Universe fill those in? Include…
  • Q&A: How to Help Another Heal?

    Good Vibe Coach
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    How to help manifest a loved one’s healing? It’s a situation many of us bump into sooner or later. Today’s question comes from a reader who has tried visioning her son’s health and wellness, but his symptoms persist. Here’s the question: It’s easier to manifest healing in oneself. However I am having challenges when it comes to healing for my son. He developed some pain on his legs and all the doctors and lab tests come up clean. The doctors are stumped and I am at my wits’ end. I try to see him healed and well again but … it does not seem to be…
  • Sleep Your Way to Success

    Good Vibe Coach
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Enjoy this guest post from LOA coach Nancy Barry-Jansson on what sleep has to do with manifesting: What’s the connection between sleeping and success? You might be surprised! It is a well-known spiritual teaching that anything that exists in physical form, including your success in life, started first as an idea. When the idea is contemplated and the imagination takes hold, the thought begins to attract vibrationally similar thoughts and before you know it the idea begins to take shape. Brain science tells us that our mind does not know the difference between reality and imagined past,…
  • The Attachment Test

    Good Vibe Coach
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    How to know if attachment is spoiling your manifesting game? Here’s a quick quiz to help you know whether your manifesting process could benefit from some “letting go” practices. It’s easy to believe our happiness or well-being depends on certain outcomes – like becoming financially stable, recovering our health, finding a good partner, etc. But whenever we think we have to have specific results before we’ll feel good, that spoils the party. That perspective tells Universe we “need” something to happen in order to be happy, and that’s a…
  • How Easy Is It – for Real?

    Good Vibe Coach
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    From this week’s Easy World post, where we reviewed Julia Rogers Hamrick’s parallel reality where everything unfolds smoothly and effortlessly, Nneka Working Mystic writes: I’m walking a line now between ease and effort. On the one hand, I’ve undertaken some endeavors, like running, that take effort. I’m having a BALL with it!!! At the same time, I know the value of alignment. I know ease. I know allowing. And, I LOVE that. So, my question is, do you walk a line between ease and effort? Or is it all ease? In either case, how does it look for you? I love that question, Nneka.
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  • 7 TV Remakes You Probably Forgot

    Aric Mitchell
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    We live in a world of reboots and remakes, but apparently it’s always been that way. Don’t believe us? Just check out these 7 TV remakes you probably forgot about and tell us death of originality is a new thing. 1. The Munsters Today Completely new cast takes over for the classic crew of Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis and Yvonne De Carlo. Surprisingly, the new cast, led by Lee Meriwether as Lilly Munster, manages to air two more episodes than the original crew. The Munsters Today took place in 1987. The 22-year absence between this show and the first was explained by a science experiment…
  • 6 Tips For Leaving Your Job Better Than You Found It

    Aric Mitchell
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    The last six years have been pretty rough for the job market, so if you’re among the few movers and shakers who are actually heading up the ladder instead of falling off it, then you probably have a good handle on professionalism and what it can mean to your future. You know that even if you’re leaving a job, it’s good practice not to burn any bridges, even if you have no plans or desire to utilize those bridges again. In fact, we suggest that if you’re leaving your job, it’s best to leave it better than you found it. Here are six tips for how you can do just…
  • 5 Signs It’s Time To Change Apartments

    Aric Mitchell
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    The desire to change apartments seems impossible when you first get settled in to your new place, but it’s not long before the new usually wears off and you start dreaming about the next step: becoming a homeowner. But some tenants don’t have to get to that stage before they’re ready to get out of dodge, and we can’t always blame them for feeling that way. There are certain signs that indicate it’s time to change apartments as soon as humanly possible. (Five that we could think of.) They are: Rent goes beyond the threshold of home ownership… Renting an apartment certainly has…
  • Writing Career: Why It’s The Suckiest, Most Rewarding Profession

    Aric Mitchell
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:07 am
    Want a writing career? There are some things you’ll need to know before you set out down this path. First, some good news. I’ve been doing it full-time for six years, and am by no means a great writer. Translation: you don’t have to be to earn a living. Now the bad news: despite the opportunities available, very few make it in this business. (And sorry, creative types, it is a business if you want any kind of a future in it.) Yes, a writing career will defy your expectations in both good and bad ways. Here’s why it’s the suckiest, most rewarding profession. Why It Sucks: Few people…
  • 5 Reasons To Kill Your Teen Texting Plan

    Aric Mitchell
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    His hood adorns his head to conceal his eyes shifting downward. His body remains stone-still in an effort to fool you even as those thumbs are going 90-to-nothing. Teen texting. He’s not fooling you or anyone else when he tries to be discreet about it, yet he insists on the ruse because, at some level, he remains aware it’s something he shouldn’t be doing in some situations. In other words, he knows better, but that doesn’t stop him. Now before we get into the reasons why you should kill your teen’s texting plan, let’s precursor everything we’re about to say with this: In no…
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    CatalystMLM | MLM Community

  • EP.61 – Chris Brogan Discusses How Human Business Will Build Relationships In Business; And Bring Success

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Publisher and CEO of Owner Magazine, Chris Brogan, is a very sought-after keynote speaker who has helped thousands find their confidence in the industry. Chris has been on many television shows like the Dr Phil show, as well as takes pride on once presenting to a princess. Chris has over thirteen years of experience in online networks, social communities, and sixteen years of enterprise telecommunications experience. He is a New York Times Bestselling author of six books and counting, including The Impact Equation, with Julien Smith. Subscribe To Our Podcast on iTunes – Video / Audio…
  • EP.60 – John Lee Dumas Discusses How Life After Military Led Him To His Entrepreneur Dreams; By Helping Others

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    After graduating from Providence College, John Lee Dumas joined the US Army as an officer. John spent 13 months overseas, and seven more years serving in the United States. After getting out of the military John was at the point of “what now” in life. After trying a few other jobs out he wanted to work for himself. John started off in real estate, but then realised that he was not feeding his real passion in helping others through the podcast process. Hear more in this interview about his process of thinking and how it helps others. “I have no clue where this ride will take…
  • EP.59 – Joel Comm Shares How He Stumbled Into The Marketing World And The Steps He Took To Succeed

    30 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From having .87 cents in his bank account, Joel Comm decided that if he worked hard he would never have to experience that again. Joel later created a multi million dollar corporation and made his dreams come true. Joel is a best selling author who has been recognised by NY Times for his works. He now spends his time being a guru for others who want to succeed in the business world and marketing. Joel uses his humour to discuss his nineteen years in business.   Subscribe To Our Podcast on iTunes – Video / Audio Only Takeaways: “Content is not only King, it’s…
  • EP.58 – Scott Stratten Discusses How He Figured Out Viral Marketing, For Everyones Advantage

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Formerly in the music industry, Scott Stratten wanted to achieve something more. He is the founder and president of Un-Marketing and is an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing. Scott is a best selling author, who was named one of the top five social media influencers by Forbes Magazine. Speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, and Cirque du Soleil, Scott still finds the time to share his insights through books, podcasts, and social media on a regular basis. Scott enjoys guiding people through the viral, social, and relationship marketing…
  • EP.57 – Tom Ziglar Discusses How A Positive Mind, And Attitude Will Bring You To Success

    16 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Growing up with a positive influence Tom Ziglar walked away from a professional golf career to join his father, Zig Ziglar, in the family business. Tom thought he would eventually regret giving up his dream but Instead, he says, “It was replaced with something better. Tom grew up around passion, and success and at a young age and knew nothing else. Tom Ziglar now is following in his father’s footsteps, and could not be happier. Tom uses sales training and inspirational messages to touch hundreds of thousands of the Ziglar Inc. followers lives. “It was character that got us out of…
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    Dave Ursillo

  • A 3 Step-Process for Becoming a Better Writer, Entrepreneur or Human Being

    Dave Ursillo
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:48 am
    I feel very lucky to do the work that I do in my life, and one of the things that I enjoy the most is helping people put action to their dreams. Projects like my online writers’ group, The Literati Writers, has brought 80 amazing people from 7 countries to my doorstep for just that reason. What I never realized was that the common theme of my work would become: help these writers actually write. Since August 2012 when my writers’ group was founded, I’ve learned that the single biggest struggle that writers deal with is actually writing. It doesn’t matter if…
  • A Note and a Thought on Tragedy, Human Nature, and Staying ‘Boston Strong’

    Dave Ursillo
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many things have changed since 9/11, the tragedy of all tragedies for us Americans, which brought out both the best and the worst in us: pride and jingoism, strength and anger, determination and discrimination, unity and bloodlust. We’ve learned much since then–more about the world, more about ourselves. We have seen the sins of our own ways, and seem to recall it more quickly than what we’ve done right. We do still understand that things are not so black and white. Evil is not just evil and good is not just good. The good can do evil. And evil is just human, like us. Life,…
  • 2 Simple Manners that Actually Bring More Love Into Your Life

    Dave Ursillo
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Two of the manners that your grandma used to scold you about can actually help you bring more love into your life. If you hear your resident bullshit alarm going off in your head, don’t worry. This isn’t self-helpy fluff talk–it’s a matter of understanding the weight of your words, and choosing to make the most of the power of your language. Me, I was the type of kid who always questioned what he was told by the adults in charge. Even something simple and like remembering “Please” and “Thank you” made me say, “Why? What’s really…
  • 6 Tips for Starting a Blog (When You Know Don’t Know What You’re Doing, Except that You Care)

    Dave Ursillo
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s been five years since I started this blog. I really didn’t know what I was doing when I started it. But, I was lucky to have started my blog when I did–the landscape of the blogosphere was different then. “Way back” in 2009, the online world was hardly as saturated for content. Today, there are websites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy that purely exist to create “highly shareable” essays, list posts and pieces. Even local news stations are in on easily clickable online content. Which leaves you and me–people who care about creating valuable…
  • Parenting Without Children (Happy April Fool’s Day!)

    Dave Ursillo
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    What can today’s parents learn from those without children? What perspectives, refreshing ideas and unencumbered insights can some of the foremost “unparents” of our modern age share with parents who are struggling to rear their kids? Turns out, quite a bit. Everybody knows that parents of today are often too close to their own parenting to be able to see their parenting shortcomings and failures. High school drop-out rates are soaring. Twenty-something unemployment continues to skyrocket. More post-graduates than ever are living on their parents’…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Free Kindle Book On Lifehacks

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Today I published my 2nd book on Amazon. You can grab it here for free for a limited time: Lifehacks: 63 Ways to Save Money, Improve Time Management, Produce Great Work, and Increase Productivity  BTW if you don’t have a kindle, you can just use Kindle’s Free Reader on your preferred devicee: PC, Mac, Iphone, Droid. Sweet Giveaway Details After getting your free copy, if you enjoy the book and leave a review on Amazon, you will be automatically entered into a sweet giveaway contest… Three people who’ve left reviews will be chosen to receive $1,000 in free goodies.
  • How to Shift The Way You Communicate To Get More of What You Want…Leaked Podcast

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    I’ve been trying to figure out what my next big project was for awhile… Honestly it’s been a source of stress up until some recent clarity. My “aha moment” came to me on the heels of my first trip to SXSW a few weeks ago.  I was drinking some complimentary boxed vino with my roomie Ben on the flight back to Rio rapping on questions like: What activities currently excite me? What would be the most fun and impactful thing that I could create with what I already have? Would I be consistently excited about working on this for the next year? I’ve been geeking…
  • The Most Effortless and Effective Outsourcing System I’ve Used

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Two years ago I started my outsourcing journey. Since then I’ve tried a ton of different companies and works to offload as many tasks that I shouldn’t be doing as possible. Today I want to share the most effective business outsourcing setup I’ve come across. It’s what I use today and has massively increased my output…. Here’s the deal. If you’ve heard of outsourcing, you know there is probably specialists who could be executing tasks you’re currently doing. Odds are they can probably do a better job for less than your hourly rate as well. So why the heck…
  • How to Get International Media Coverage

    11 Mar 2014 | 5:24 pm
    “You’re going on in 5…and relax. You’re only going to be in front of a few million people.” I wasn’t quite sporting the same grin as the Channel 7 camera guy. I was about to do a live interview on their Sunrise breakfast program. It was Australia’s most popular morning show. Similar to Good Morning America, but for the land down under I suppose. Two hours before that I was at an ABC studio filming for FusionTV on the heels of a call with Radio New Zealand. How the heck did this happen from a single blog post? Below is the story of how I accidentally got international, mainstream…
  • My Goals For 2014

    6 Jan 2014 | 7:26 pm
    I strongly believe the main reason that 2013 was the most productive, fun, and interesting year of my life was due to the goal setting exercise I performed below… A few days ago, I published the framework I used to create holistically ambitious goals last year. Below is a transparent view of my thought process to craft my goals for 2014 culminating in a list that displays all of them. The Goal Setting Process The first step was to revaluate and confirm the areas of my life that are most important to me. In no particular order they are: Family / Personal / Social Well-Being Personal…
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    Zen Inspiration

  • [Passage] “Tuesdays with Morrie” By Mitch Albom

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    “Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails.  “But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is.
  • [Passage] From Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    “People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave. A soul mate’s purpose is to shake you up, tear…
  • [Passage] Aldous Leonard Huxley.

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are not normal in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is the measure of their mental sickness. These…
  • 4 Things I Learned About Life

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    haven’t read The Alchemist.Yeah, I know. For someone who writes an article about Paulo Coelho AT LEAST I should read the book that made him a success. But the only book I read was Aleph and it was really good. After reading it, I had an image of him as a very spiritual and calm person. To learn more about Paulo Coelho, I read his authorized biography, “The Warrior’s Life,” which was written by Fernando Morais. The most interesting parts of the book were the stories of his youth, which were far from what I had imagined. They were inspiring and made me reflect upon my life. Read further…
  • Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    “Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They’re lonely. They’re missing somebody.They’re in love with someone they probably shouldn’t be in love with. They have secrets you wouldn’t believe. They wish and they dream and they hope, and they look out the window whenever they’re in the car or on a bus or a train and they watch people on the streets and wonder what they’ve been through. They wonder if there are people out there like them. They’re like you, and you could tell them everything and they would understand.  And right now, they’re…
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    The Simplicity Post

  • Interruption 101: how not to teach someone to use Microsoft Outlook

    Jørgen Sundgot
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    If you’re ever on the lookout for an example of good intentions gone bad, look no further than your nearest basic course in how to get the most out of Microsoft Outlook. Almost invariably, such courses are replete with productivity faux pas: here are a few gems I’ve collected. 1. Enable the reading pane Don’t enable the damned reading pane. Why? Because you’ll end up doing what most people do wrong with e-mail: snacking. One moment, you decide to be productive, and the next you’re skipping back and forth between e-mails worse than over-stressed, scatter-brained knowledge worker (oh,…
  • Show me your todo list, and I’ll tell you who you are

    Jørgen Sundgot
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    From the moment we wake up, we start doing things – some of which we must, and some of which we want. Brush our teeth. Have breakfast. Go to work, or stay at home. Pave a road, or draft a presentation. There’s a seemingly endless number of things to do – but where do they all come from? Different perspectives make for different insights According to author David Allen of Getting Things Done fame, most of us have in the range of a hundred to three hundred tasks vying for our attention at any given time. Provided he’s right (he is), that means all you would need to reveal how…
  • Quotes: Albert Einstein on translating complexity to simplicity

    Jørgen Sundgot
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." -Albert Einstein
  • An infallible way to determine whether you are a creature of comfort

    Jørgen Sundgot
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Growth happen outside our comfort zone – or so it’s often said. Personally, I’d rather say it is vastly accelerated, but perhaps the distinction is moot. Regardless, few of us like to think of ourselves as creatures of comfort – because society now dictates that we must continuously challenge ourselves. Then again, we also tend to think we’re better than everyone else at most everything. So, I’ll share a trick that will let you determine whether you really are a creature of comfort – but only if you promise not to cheat, because the trick only works if you have a…
  • Mind’s masochism: a brief history of why we insist on having too much on our minds

    Jørgen Sundgot
    17 Feb 2014 | 1:59 pm
    According to science, the storage capacity of our brain remains a matter of some debate. Let’s ignore for a moment that the complexity of our brain negates a direct conversion from brains to bytes, and rather focus on how estimates still range from a terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) to the petabyte range (1,000 terabytes) – either of which seem to indicate that the brain offers storage space in abundance. Why, then, do most everyone complain about having too much on their minds? Part of the reason is that, for a very long time, our particular branch on the tree of life has made do with the…
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Good Posture for Health and Productivity

    Marissa Brassfield
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    © endostock — Fotolia Many of us spend upwards of eight hours a day at our desks. Historically, humans are not sedentary creatures, and this prolonged motionless state can raise health concerns. In order to avoid the health risks associated with sitting all day, practice good posture while sitting at your desk. Research underway at Harvard and the University of Waterloo suggests that a dynamic perching position halfway between sitting and standing where our hips are at a 135-degree angle offers the best remedy for our motionless days. This method keeps our legs engaged, while…
  • 3 Ways to Harness Productivity Like a Navy SEAL

    Rosemina Nazarali
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    (CC) Official U.S. Navy Page/Flickr Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran and the co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc.. He has taken some of the practices he learned as a Navy SEAL and has applied them to the culture in his own organization. Gleeson says Navy SEALs practice habits that heighten productivity, and these are habits that can be used by any company. “When performing capture-or-kill missions in Iraq, we often used Humvees as insert platforms. It didn’t take long to see the difficulty of getting out of a Humvee and over a six-foot wall while wearing nearly…
  • France Wants to Limit After Hours Work Emails

    Rosemina Nazarali
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    © neirfy – France is working toward ensuring its citizens have a solid work-life balance by limiting work emails and phone calls after hours. Labor unions and corporate representatives have agreed that workers have the opportunity to disconnect from all remote communications tools. This means that 250,000 employees in consulting, computing and polling firms would not be required to check email or take phone calls after regular work hours. The accord has been signed, but is still pending approval from the Labor Ministry. The main point of the accord is to ensure that all…
  • Productivity Hacks From Super Successful People

    Marissa Brassfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    © kikkerdirk – Max Nisen of Business Insider recently talked with some of the worlds most successful business people about how they maintain a productive lifestyle with so much on their plate at any given time. The following three productivity hacks rang true to me, and I think they can help you become a more productive person as well. Neil Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker Skillful Delegation Parker says, “being productive is not about the sheer quantity of stuff you get done – its about maximizing your effectiveness.” Consider the task at hand. Can…
  • Finding the Balance Between Empathy and Burnout

    Rosemina Nazarali
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    © Picture Factory — Fotolia New research from Michigan State University found that managers who invest a lot of energy into ensuring all workplace decisions are fair are at a higher risk of feeling both mentally and emotionally drained. On the flip side, a recently survey from Lee Hecht Harrison revealed that most supervisors are not empathetic. “We were interested in better understanding the consequences of fair behaviors for actors, as opposed to recipients, with the suspicion that acting fair may come at some cost to managers,” said Russell E. Johnson, assistant…
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    Personal Excellence

  • 7 Limiting Beliefs Keeping You from Living Your Best Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Have scientists found the genetic switch that could end obesity?

    Mick Gill
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    Have scientists found the genetic switch that could end obesity? Read More
  • Samsung launches wink-powered selfie camera with flip display

    Mick Gill
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:36 am
    Samsung launches wink-powered selfie camera with flip display
  • The contact lens that could give you infrared vision

    Mick Gill
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:33 am
    The contact lens that could give you infrared vision
  • E-cigarettes May Lead To Smoking In Teens Says Study

    Mick Gill
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:46 am
    E-cigarettes, promoted as a way to quit regular cigarettes, may actually be a new route to conventional smoking and nicotine addiction for teenagers, according to a new study. In the first analysis of the relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking among adolescents in the United States, researchers found that adolescents who used the devices were more likely to smoke cigarettes and less likely to quit smoking. A warning message inside a package of cigarettes is mandatory in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The study of nearly 40,000 youth around the country also found that e-cigarette…
  • The Science Of Happiness

    Mick Gill
    2 Jan 2014 | 11:33 am
    How to be Happy. Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.Why you should Donate!
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    Thad Thoughts

  • Easter: It’s Not About Bunnies

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Easter: It’s Not About Bunnies is a post from Thad Thoughts Related posts: My Favorite Deal Site Adds RSS Feeds ThadThoughts in Top 100 Tech Blogs to Watch in 2013
  • Sunset at 30,000 feet.

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Published via Pressgram Sunset at 30,000 feet. is a post from Thad Thoughts Related posts: My Favorite Deal Site Adds RSS Feeds Testing Pressgram Sheryl Sandburg
  • What is Good About Good Friday?

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
      If you are a Christian by practice, you most likely know that today is Good Friday.  It is a part of the most important week in the Christian calendar because it is part of the story of Easter.  On Good Friday, Jesus, having been arrested the night before, was tried (at night), found guilty in a sham court, railroaded to a death sentence, and hung on a Roman cross, where He died. When I was younger  I wondered what it was that made this day good.  What is good about Good Friday? When I lived in Taiwan, I learned that Chinese Christians call it something a bit more literal.  In…
  • 10 Tips: How To Beat Stress

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Bite Size Chunks to Success – How To Reduce Stress and Begin Managing Stress and Controlling It Once And For All   If you hang around long enough, you will find stress. Actually, you don’t have to look. It finds you. Not all stress is bad stress. Stress can keep us motivated and performing. But too much stress is not good. In fact, it is worse than not good, it can be detrimental to your health. It is important to learn how to cope with the stresses we face, because most of us will never be able to fully avoid stress. We have to learn how to deal with it. These suggestions…
  • How Do You Trust The Internet Again?

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Image courtesy of Neal Sanche, via Flickr. I have been a fan of the Internet from the first time I used it in 1992. No, it wasn’t what it is now back then, but from day one I could see it would be pretty amazing. So, when the trust that makes possible so many of the interactions we take very much for granted via the Internet was discovered to be compromised this past week (the vulnerability was old; the public awareness was new), I knew it was going to be a difficult week. If you haven’t heard of the Heartbleed vulnerability, you haven’t been paying attention. If you think…
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    Sacred Earth Partners Training and Retreat Center

  • PDR 14 – Viewing your life holistically with Debbie Marshall

    Lori Lynn Smith
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Show Topic: Viewing your life holistically with Debbie Marshall Hashtag: #PassionDivaRadio Call in Number: (347) 637-3175 Show Details: Whether you acknowledge it or not, making a change in one area of life will impact all of the other areas.  Experiencing success or disappointment in on area of life will carry over to all other areas.  How do we manage our life holistically, taking into account the “domino effect”? We will discuss situations faced every day—choices, issues, disappointments and successes.  We will talk about how to take a high-level view of our life and make the…
  • PDR 13 – Top 5 Ways to Easily Recognize Angels with Kimberly Marooney

    Lori Lynn Smith
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Show Topic: Top 5 Ways to Easily Recognize Angels Hashtag: #PassionDivaRadio Call in Number: (347) 637-3175 Show Details: How would your life change if you could easily recognize the ways your angels communicate with you? Recognizing our angels and how they guide us is one of the greatest blessings in life. Rev. Dr. Kimberly Marooney is a pioneer in the fields of Angelology and Spiritual Transformation. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide to recognize how angels are communicating personally with them! By listening to angels and following their guidance, Kimberly has…
  • PDR 12 – Divine Guidance and your Akashic Record with Lisa Barnett

    Lori Lynn Smith
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Show Topic: Divine Guidance and your Akashic Record Hashtag: #PassionDivaRadio Call in Number: (347) 637-3175 Show Details: Guest: Lisa Barnett Lisa Barnett is the Founder of Akashic Knowing School of Wisdom and is an internationally recognized teacher with more than twenty years of experience in the spiritual healing forum.  Through her school, Lisa shares resources to bring clarity and healing to you, by using the ancient yet accessible Akashic guidance.  Lisa accesses the healing energy of the Akasha for her clients and she will share that energy with you today. Find out even more at…
  • Adding Google Authorship to Your WordPress Website

    Lori Lynn Smith
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
      So how do you set your pretty picture to show up in the Google Search? I mean really how cool is it when you are randomly searching for something in your area of expertise and your face pops up.   Now think about all the ways that this can connect with your readers and potential clients.   When people start hearing/reading your articles, they will go looking for more.  They can easily see your articles and be more inclined to read some more. This is how to get set up: Step 1:  Setup Your Google Plus (Google+) account.  Ensure that you fill out everything!  Upload a good quality…
  • Beautiful Screened Garden House, I want one!

    Lori Lynn Smith
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Honestly I can’t really help it!  It is snowing yet again today and I am getting itchy figures. I want to be working in my garden.   So many great ideas floating around in my head. This is a great article showing a critter proof garden.  If you were building something like this more north where there is snow, you would want to use a sturdier frame.  Nevertheless it is super cool.  I am thinking of something like this for my chickens. Check out this great info from Houzz! The edible garden is a thing of beauty. It’s personal, and like singing a song, there is no one right way to…
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    BucketListly Blog

  • Australia Part 3: The Kings Canyon - Solo Traveler’s Journal...

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Australia Part 3: The Kings Canyon - Solo Traveler’s Journal #7 Great times don’t last forever, and so here is the final part of my Australian backpacking trip. Continuing from my part 2 post, where we left off after 2 days adventuring around Uluru and the Kata Tjuta. Today, me and Aurelie (a friend I met along the way) began our journey in a very early morning, where we (once again) were the last to arrive at the coach waiting for us (in our defense, it was 4:30 in the morning!). We took off to a trip I had been anticipating since the beginning, the Rim Walk of the Kings Canyon in the…
  • Get Your Backpack Ready,Your Bucket List is about to go...

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Get Your Backpack Ready,Your Bucket List is about to go Mobile Today, we are excited to officially announce our long anticipated BucketListly iPhone app. As some of you may know, we’ve been testing our app thoroughly for a couple of months now and with the release of version 1.02, we believe it is now ready for prime time. Download iPhone App So grab your backpack, and let’s tackle the world with BucketListly. Here are a few things you can do with our app: With BucketListly app, you will be able to take your online bucket list anywhere you go in the world. The app will keep your bucket…
  • Australia Part 2 - Uluru & the Kata Tjuta- A Solo...

    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Australia Part 2 - Uluru & the Kata Tjuta- A Solo Traveler’s Journal #7 Continuing from where we left off on Australia Part 1 photo essay, where I started off my Australian backpacking trip in Sydney, doing urban walks, was mesmerized by the backpacker community, and enjoyed the city life I don’t usually like. Today, we took off to Ayers Rock where the infamous Uluru mountain is located and answer this question once and for all, "Is Uluru worth a visit?". You will soon realize that Uluru is not just a single rock in the middle of a desert like most locals (who’ve never been there)…
  • Budget Tips: Travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock) without breaking the...

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Budget Tips: Travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock) without breaking the bank Last month, I got a chance to visit one of the most beautiful natural monument in Australia, the Uluru (Ayers Rock). As some of you may know, traveling in Australia can get expensive real fast, and Uluru is no exception, but there are some ways you can save costs and still enjoy everything the Australian Outback has to offer. Today, I will list all the things I learned first hand that I wish I knew so you can plan your trip a little easier. Budget Accommodation The problem with Uluru is that almost all the resorts in Yulara,…
  • Australia Part 1 - Sydney’s Urban Walk - A Solo...

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    Australia Part 1 - Sydney’s Urban Walk - A Solo Traveler’s Journal #7 In February 2014, I had a chance to revisited my childhood travel. Australia was the first country I had ever set foot on outside of Thailand when I was 8 and I was excited to see how my childhood memory differs from the reality. The main reason I chose Australia as my destination was Uluru (Ayers Rock). Uluru is a large sandstone rock formation in the middle of the desert in Australia. The fact that it is magnificent in itself and it is my first time traveling to a desert, I decided without hesitation that Australia…
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    Justin Harmon

  • 10 Most Inspiring and Empowering Videos for Your Journey

    Justin Harmon
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Who doesn’t like a good video to bring some positive inspiration into their day?Below are my top 10 most inspiring and empowering videos for transformation and growth. Let the awesomeness begin!Enjoy!1. Charlie Chaplin’s Speech from The Great Dictator. My all time favorite! 2. Steve Jobs. Need I say more? 3. Brendon Burchard. Caged, Comfortable, or Charged. Which Life is Yours? 4. Why Do We Fall5. Desire6. Fear7. Vision8. Lost But Won9. The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn’t Give Up10. Sarah Kay. If I Should Have a Daughter… There are just a few of…
  • IMPACT for Growth

    Justin Harmon
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Growth is completely unavoidable.Whether you’re searching for a way to grow as a person to better your life, trying to move forward in your business, or just living day to day not attempting to do anything, you are still growing in one way or another.Growth is everywhere, in all of us, and in everything. It’s the driving force in life.Not all of us grow at the same pace and we’re not meant to. The speed of growth depends on many things. When it comes to our inner growth, it’s based on our experiences, our actions, our beliefs, desires, etc.When it comes to making…
  • Is Information Overload Keeping you From Moving Forward on Your Journey? How I Became Unstuck and Started Making Real Progress.

    Justin Harmon
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:44 pm
    You know it’s a problem. You start searching for that specific answer that will help you take the next step towards your goals.You search. You read. You become inspired. Then you keep reading. Keep consuming.The next thing you know, it’s been a day, a week, a month, since you took any real action to move forward on your goals.Information Overload Is Paralyzing!If you’re not careful, you’ll end up becoming stuck in a constant stream of consuming content that will begin to make your head spin from the circles you’ve been running in.It starts out innocently enough.
  • How to Win the War for Your Freedom

    Justin Harmon
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre Everything’s internal. At least that’s what I’ve convinced myself.Your life. Your current circumstances. The situation you’re in. The people you see and the world around you.It all comes as a direct result of your inner position. The role you play within yourself has a lot to do with the reality you experience.Inner PositionsInner positions, are the mindsets or perceptions for how you view and interact with the world.Do you have a lot of negativity and pessimism for the world or do you try to…
  • Creating a Routine to Improve your Productivity, Focus, & Overall Performance on your Journey

    Justin Harmon
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A few weeks ago I came to a startling realization about how I was living my life, conducting my work, and going about my day-to-day process.I was doing what I had been doing for the previous few months, which was not very much of anything productive or meaningful, and I started to think about the direction my life was taking.I didn’t like what I saw.I had been following a routine that included doing things that led to ZERO progress on my journey towards making a difference and creating and inspiring freedom and growth in people’s lives and businesses.Experiencing a DescentHow could I…
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    Raheel Farooq

  • Application to Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif - Need Your Support

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hello dear readers! Thank you so much for supporting my in my cause to fight against oppression. As you know, I had filed an application to the Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif nearly a month ago against unfair possession of my land from some people. When my accused relatives came to know of the petition, they bombarded me with threats and defamation. What happened next? See for yourself below.This is the second application I submitted to the CM Punjab. It is reproduced word by word here so that it may serve you and others as a record.The computerized response from the complaint…
  • 10 Divine Rules to Find Peace of Soul

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Spiritual peace is actually what every human being on earth is searching for, sometimes consciously, often unconsciously. Sooner or later, everyone recognizes that wealth, beauty, fame, popularity, skills, etc., do not have that magic wand which could turn our life into a life of full of bliss. The solution to all the pains of humanity, as every man of wisdom from Confucius and Socrates to Osho and modern practitioners of yoga have been reiterating, lies within us.When we have recognized the impotency of mundane merits to bring spiritual peace, we naturally urge the ultimate solution. And it…
  • Becoming the CEO of Your Company

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Many aspire to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. Is there a formula to follow, and what traits are expected of the appointed Chief Executive Officers? The executive recruitment often requires exceptional skills and characteristics of the individual being considered for the position. Certainly, most valuable asset is an extraordinary knowledge of the industry acquired through vast experience, education or the combination of both attributes. EducationOn the way to the corporate ladder, some kind of formal education is typically required. In many cases, a degree in business-related…
  • 3 Bad Social Habits That Make You Unhappy

    12 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Humans are not perfect. They have shortcomings, they make mistakes.To err is human.But the happiness that some achieve sometimes in their life is definitely perfect. The way to this happiness is lit by the courage to overcome bad habits that cause unhappiness in our life. Society confronts us with some of the greatest advantages and disadvantages as humans. We're protected, but we're bound. We're loved, but we're forced to be like our lovers. This kind of restrictions makes some sensitive souls uneasy to the extent that they gradually become depressed.There is no rule to a…
  • Simple Ways to Recover from Holiday Spending

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The Yuletide season is the time of the year for gift-giving, parties, and indulging in holiday specialties like ham and queso de bola. Now that the holidays are over, do you find your pockets empty once again? Are you wondering where your 13th month pay or Christmas bonus went? Are you worried you may have charged too much on your credit cards when you bought presents? You are not alone. A lot of us, despite having received some extra cash for Christmas, have spent most—if not all—of it during the holidays. Here are some tips to help you recover from your last holiday spending spree:…
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    Euphoric Roots

  • Perfect Spring Salads

    31 Mar 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Over half of the Euphoric Roots readers are in the Northern Hemisphere, and those Dear Souls are heading into Spring. Salads are my go-to lunch meal. I like them because I can pre-prep a couple of days in advance (without adding the dressing) and have a ready to go lunch on a busy day that […] The post Perfect Spring Salads appeared first on Euphoric Roots, contact Cheryl for reposting permission.
  • The Euphoric Life Project: Louise Thompson

    Cheryl Bigus
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:18 pm
      I am so grateful to present Louise Thompson as the inaugural interview for our segment called, The Euphoric Life Project! I met Louise two years ago while she was a life coach and a yoga instructor. I remember her saying at the time she was writing a book. What she birthed from two years […] The post The Euphoric Life Project: Louise Thompson appeared first on Euphoric Roots, contact Cheryl Bigus for reposting permission.
  • Do Amazing Work

    24 Feb 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Two weeks ago I got a huge surprise in my inbox. I was recognized by an organization that I have no formal relationship with but love everything they do. The Institute for the Psychology of Eating is at the forefront of mind-body science and teaching. They have done so much to educate an army of […] The post Do Amazing Work appeared first on Euphoric Roots, contact Cheryl for reposting permission.
  • Self-Care When Things Don’t Go As Planned

    Cheryl Bigus
    19 Feb 2014 | 2:30 pm
    How did it go with the “Homework” from last week? Apologies for being late on this weeks self-care guidance. It’s been a tough week with the death of good friend of my husband’s at a very young age. A little retreat was in order to care for myself and my husband; I just can’t make […] The post Self-Care When Things Don’t Go As Planned appeared first on Euphoric Roots, contact Cheryl Bigus for reposting permission.
  • How to Start with Your Self-Care + Homework

    Cheryl Bigus
    9 Feb 2014 | 3:40 pm
      When I outwardly admitted to myself that I had a big problem with my self-care and putting myself first, my life had already hit a crisis point. 30 pounds over-weight, drinking too much, declining body-image and self-esteem and feeling really resentful toward all the people that I loved and adored. That was the tipping […] The post How to Start with Your Self-Care + Homework appeared first on Euphoric Roots, contact Cheryl Bigus for reposting permission.
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  • 26 Powerful Quotes About Strength

    Osman Abraham
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Life can be tough. Sometimes when everything seems to being going well, life just yanks you down like a rollercoaster and takes you through its twist and turns. It makes you feel miserable and weak. Like all hope is lost, and that there is nothing you can do about it.  But I urge you NEVER lose hope. While life has been able to break the strongest of spirits, it is also witness to the millions who have been resilient and have fought back; People who have mustered all of their courage and have wrestled with their problems; People who have come out victorious. It is these people who you can…
  • 27 Mind-Blowing Differences Between Winners and Losers

    Osman Abraham
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:58 pm
    In our society being a WINNER is what symbolizes success. Victory is the ultimate factor and we live and die by it. We don’t tolerate failure and it isn’t an option. If somebody fails in our society he or she is demeaned as unsuccessful. But “don’t panic” I am only mentioning extremes. Most people fall somewhere in the grey area (more closer to the winning side) between Winning and Losing. The general public is generally successful at something’s but then lose at others. They are successful enough to be recognized but then don’t fail enough to be forgotten. To give you a better…
  • The Leaders Guide to Communication: 7 Powerful Tips for Public Speaking

    Osman Abraham
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:53 pm
    What is Public Speaking? According to Wikipedia “Public speaking is the process and act of speaking or giving a lecture to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain a listening audience”. But I don’t really like this definition. According to me public speaking is simply talking to more than one person at a time. It doesn’t really matter the number of people present, because as long as you are speaking to more than one person at a time the way you talk and the words you use are fundamentally the same. For example for 1 person…
  • The Kobe Bryant Guide to Life: 7 Killer Tips to Become More Successful

    Osman Abraham
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Why Kobe Bryant? Well I feel he’s one of the best basketball players to have ever played the game. Age has finally caught up to him but there are still many tricks you can learn from his basketball success. 7 Tips to Become More Successful: 1. Kobe’s IQ Kobe Bryant has arguably the highest basketball IQ in the NBA. He is one of the most technically sound players in the entire game. And he’s always one step ahead of his competition whenever he’s on the basketball court. What does this have to do with success? Well in life knowledge is power. The more you know, the better you can…
  • 5 Explosive Tips to Skyrocket Your Productivity

    Osman Abraham
    6 Mar 2014 | 6:10 pm
    What is Productivity? Productivity is the measure of how effectively someone uses their time. It is the precise ratio between the amount of time inputted with the amount of work outputted. Benefits of Increasing Your Productivity Greater productivity can greatly improve your life. You will be able to get more work done on a daily basis. You won’t feel the stress of deadlines and will enjoy your work more You will become generally more positive and happy due to less stress You will have a lot more spare time to enjoy with your family and friends Still not convinced? Well think about it like…
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • How to Get Over Your Ex: 10 Ways That Work

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    When you develop a connection and have been with someone for a long time it can be hard to just continue on with your love life without them. You may even feel like it’s impossible.I remember when I experienced my first tough break up. I was dating the guy
  • Stop Living in Reverse: Letting Go of the Past

    26 Mar 2014 | 4:17 am
    Don’t you want to keep moving forward with your life?How many times are you going to play that scenario over in your head? It’s like your rehearsing for a part.What good is it doing you anyway? The likelihood of the exact same thing happening again so that you
  • 6 Tips to Think Big, Follow Your Dreams and Live Triumphantly

    12 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    When you’re a kid you’re encouraged to let your imagination run wild. Your creativity was endless. There were no limits to what is possible.But somewhere down the line the reins were tightened and you didn’t get to pretend anymore.Creative is a word to describe artists. Imagination seems only
  • How to Succeed When You Fail

    11 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    So you don't miss any good tips, I wanted to let you know about my contribution to another site.My post on Pick the Brain is about how you're getting in your own way, it's filled with the same personal development stuff you love just like the Leading Edge Advocate
  • 5 Reasons Why You’re Not Living the Dream

    26 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all have a vision for our lives. It may not be crystal clear but you know what you want, the basic idea of it. And it's probably quite different from your current situation.From time to time you think about living the dream, how you imagined your life. But
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    The Happpy Guy

  • Better Things are Waiting

    Rahul Chowdhury
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    It was noon when my phone suddenly rang. It was a call from a very close friend of mine, she needed to check her entrance exams results but her internet connection wasn’t working. I immediately checked the list of candidates selected for the interview from the university website but couldn’t find her name anywhere. I doubled checked, tripled checked. Her name wasn’t on the list. I had to tell her but I was hesitating as she would get upset. After having a final look, I told her that I couldn’t find her name anywhere. Naturally she was a bit sad as she was expecting that she would be…
  • Healthy is Happiness

    Rahul Chowdhury
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    I think you have heard this phrase “Health is Wealth” a lot of times, but surprisingly many of us tend to neglect this truth maybe because of procrastination or lack of time. If you are one of them it’s nothing to be ashamed of, you are not alone, most of us do the same thing and frankly speaking I used to do this too. Back in the year 2009 I got into exercising just to add some mass to my skinny body and look good. I wasn’t concerned about how exercising can keep me healthy, my only goal was to fit well in those extremely loose clothes. While I gained some decent muscle mass (I used…
  • Moments to Enjoy

    Rahul Chowdhury
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    These days I am really really busy. Stuck in between college assignments and other works, I hardly find any time to enjoy. However, last Sunday I took the entire day off and spent some time having fun with my close one in a water park. The experience was truly refreshing. After having a couple of weeks following a monotonous routine, my productivity was decreasing. I wasn’t able to be much creative as I was always packed up in a tight schedule. On that day I didn’t work on a single thing. I just enjoyed the whole day and to be true it didn’t hamper my work to even the smallest extent…
  • The Little Things in Life

    Rahul Chowdhury
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Happiness is not always enclosed within big packages, sometimes it comes from little things too. Things that are common in our daily life. Things which we often overlook. Sometimes we are too busy to have a little pause and look around us, or sometimes we just don’t care about these little things but if we learn to pay even a little bit of attention to these things around us they can make us feel happy. A few years ago, I came across a term “High-Speed Photography” and not being able to resist myself I immediately checked out some photos which were shot using this technique. I found…
  • Refining Choices

    Rahul Chowdhury
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    We need to make choices at every crossroads of life, it is how life works and our choices creates our future, define ourselves and are responsible for the happiness or sadness that comes our way. Earlier in most cases making a decision wasn’t as tough as it is right now because previously we weren’t much advanced as we are now, and there weren’t many options to choose from. As the world and all the things in it evolved, it created a labyrinth for all of us when it comes to making choices and as a result of this we end up making a bad choice in a number of cases. I get stuck in such…
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  • Using a Twitter Strategy

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you want to be successful on Twitter you must use a Twitter strategy. Twitter strategies are simply the activities that you regularly undertake to make Twitter work for your business or for your social media profile. Twitter is a great way in which you can connect with people that you would never be able to connect with without having that social media to get your disposal. What makes Twitter unique is that you can connect with people who are relevant to you and your field of interest or business. There are several simple strategies to can use to make the second most popular social media…
  • Swagbucks Review

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Swagbucks is an online rewards program that offers gifts, gift cards and Paypal payments when users reach points targets for completing tasks. Swagbucks offers you an array of activities that you can undertake in your spare time to gather up reward points, which you can then swap for rewards. Get points for watching videos For every 9 videos you watch on Swagbucks you will get rewarded points. Most videos on the service are short and most under 5 minutes. Videos include fitness, entertainment and food information or how-to’s. Rewards for searching on Swagbucks You can earn rewards by…
  • Free Plagiarism Checker

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Plagiarism software as useful for blogger to use to ensure that there content is not plagiarizing the work of another. Plagiarism is not a crime however it is an ethical offence for journalists, bloggers and any other form of writer. Search engines such as Google punish those who copy and duplicate content from a website or another publication. There are both paid and free plagiarism checkers available both online an software you can download to your desktop or tablet. Free online plagiarism checkers The best free online plagiarism checker is Plagspotter. It is very a worth while resource…
  • Free Pagerank Checker

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Pagerank (PR) is one of over 200 of Google’s algorithms or a criterion in which the search engine uses in order to rank websites when people search for terms or keywords into Google search. It was probably the most important factors in search until those at Google discovered that spammers were manipulating their pagerank in order to get high search rankings. The importance of pagerank is not so significant today but it does however bear a factor in a websites ranking on Google’s search ranking. How is pagerank defined? Pagerank of a website is ranked between 0-10. New websites or…
  • Google webmaster tools

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Google Webmaster Tools is a free resources offered by Google for webmasters and bloggers. The free resource highlights problems that occur a bloggers websites. By fixing these problems can result in a better search result. Webmaster Tools is therefore an all in one site analyse SEO resource to get your website found on Google. Finding problems with your website The free SEO tool allows you can analyse your website’s health and you can discover problems related to crawl errors by the Google Bot. The Google Bot is the crawler that will go through your website, analysing content including…
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    Life Stalker

  • Life is Like a Camera. Visualize, Focus, Shoot and Develop

    Hemu Saini
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Life is Like a Camera. Visualize, Focus, Shoot and Develop Camera is like life, dude. First you need to relax, visualize and then click, after that you will get your perfect picture, he said. At... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How To Be Happy?

    Hemu Saini
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:01 pm
    How To Be Happy? My dear brother Navi messaged me a damn inspirational quote, "You aren't successful if you aren't happy". So I texted him back, then he replied me back, then there we go with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dharma. The Path of Righteousness

    Hemu Saini
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Dharma. The Path of Righteousness Me and Nani were playing in the park. And then couple of elderly lady came down to Nani, gave her some pamphlet. I insisted Nani, to show me the pamphlet. Pamphlet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smile. Because You Can.

    Hemu Saini
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Smile. Because You Can. He smiled and asks me to stop. And When I ask him, why? He replied with a smile, Brother! I have just cleaned the floor and if you make it dirty, I will make you clean this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What is Happiness?

    Hemu Saini
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:31 pm
    What is Happiness Bhaiya, what is happiness? He asked. And I replied, when you will grow up, you will know the answer. You are too small about these heavy words. GWZ8S6E6SQDB You might feel, it is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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