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  • 10 Great Books that Will Boost Your Creativity

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    Jessica Millis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Becoming more creative can be challenging, especially if you have no idea where to start. You’ve probably already scoured Google for the answers to all your creative problems and whether if you’ve found answers or not, you walked away from the search engine not feeling like you found what would get you over the hump. Today you’ll read about books that are designed to do just that and boost your creative qualities as much as you can imagine. The following list was formed with no particular order in mind. They are all equally beneficial to boosting your creativity; however, you will not…
  • How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    Shawn McKibben
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
      I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said. After the conversation, I would complicate things further by blaming myself for a botched pick up line or a job interview that didn’t go so well. Thus, the vicious cycle would continue. I would always blame myself for something I wasn’t doing. The truth is, people are just people, just like you and I. However, people believe that they are so unique that…
  • AdDetector Notifies You if a Story You’re Reading Is Sponsored

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Firefox/Chrome: Some web sites will have sponsored stories in their timeline—it's how they pay the bills. If you want your browser to warn you which stories are ads, AdDetector works in Firefox and Chrome.Read more...
  • Lessons from Doctor Who: “Scared Is a Super Power”

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness teaches us that our physical reactions don't need to reflect our mental states. We can't ignore our heart racing, but we can choose our reaction. A recent episode of Doctor Who explains this lesson well.Read more...
  • 4 Ways to Improve Visualization and Get the Body You Want

    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development
    Charly Redants
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    To achieve results, you must also be fully focused on your ultimate goal. Same goes for your body image. To achieve the body you want, you have to be able to clearly see the goal in your mind´s eye. The vision could be based on a picture from a magazine or from the internet, the way you looked when you were on the college playing sports, someone you saw at the beach, or any combination of these things. What is important is that you create a specific image of how you want your body to look. The creation of this mental picture is a tool called visualization. Consciously creating a positive…
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • In An Emergency, Be An Asset, Not A Liability

    Wilder Leavitt
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Most of us experience life as a set of predicable events that unfold as a series of manageable challenges. When we hit a speed bump in our day, there is usually plenty of time to select among several amenable choices or at least choose the least of all evils. However, once in a while, we are faced with an event that qualifies as an emergency, a situation that raises our heart rate, places us in a position of stress and indecision, and which may actually threaten our life or limb. When emergencies happen, there is little time for comprehensive analysis, thoughtful contemplation and making good…
  • Check Your Ego, Build Your Relationships

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Picture yourself at work leading your way to a one-to-one meeting with your boss. Words start flowing and you can feel them like bullets fired by a machine gun hitting you deep down somewhere you can almost feel the pain: They are the foundations of your ego being badly shaken, holding on again and again after every strike. Nonetheless, you stand strong and do not let your feelings throw you to say something wrong. However, the damage is done. As common as this panorama may seem, it is always brought about due to the same cause: Our egos. And the less flexible we are to the external threats…
  • 10 Great Books that Will Boost Your Creativity

    Jessica Millis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Becoming more creative can be challenging, especially if you have no idea where to start. You’ve probably already scoured Google for the answers to all your creative problems and whether if you’ve found answers or not, you walked away from the search engine not feeling like you found what would get you over the hump. Today you’ll read about books that are designed to do just that and boost your creative qualities as much as you can imagine. The following list was formed with no particular order in mind. They are all equally beneficial to boosting your creativity; however, you will not…
  • How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

    Shawn McKibben
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
      I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said. After the conversation, I would complicate things further by blaming myself for a botched pick up line or a job interview that didn’t go so well. Thus, the vicious cycle would continue. I would always blame myself for something I wasn’t doing. The truth is, people are just people, just like you and I. However, people believe that they are so unique that…
  • How Not To Network

    Devin C. Hughes
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    I spent the better part of an afternoon recently having a conversation with someone on my Southwest flight back home. Like many of us who travel frequently, I was bored, restless and looking for something to occupy my time. Keep in mind, the battery on my iPAD was dead and I was looking around aimlessly for some sort of intellectual stimulation. I introduced myself to the woman sitting one seat over from me who kept trying to make eye contact and initiate a conversation. I tried like the dickens to avoid it at first but I caved in and allowed her in my world. I am a sucker for persistence. I…
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  • Lessons from Doctor Who: “Scared Is a Super Power”

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mindfulness teaches us that our physical reactions don't need to reflect our mental states. We can't ignore our heart racing, but we can choose our reaction. A recent episode of Doctor Who explains this lesson well.Read more...
  • Your Home Insurance Might Cover the Receipt of Counterfeit Money

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Counterfeit money sucks, but it happens to the best of us. The person who gave it to you might not even know it's counterfeit. You'll find out you've got a bogus bill when you try to use it at the store or at the bank, though. Thankfully, your insurance company might cover your loss.Read more...
  • Check for “Unaccompanied Minor” Fees Before Buying an Airline Ticket

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Sometimes we have to send our kids alone on a flight. Airlines take on extra responsibilities for "unaccompanied minors," so you'll need to figure that into the cost of a ticket. Each airline has different fees, and they're subject to change.Read more...
  • ​Wait Until a Formal Job Offer Before Handing Over Your Social Security Number

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    When you apply for a job you'll often give them basic information like employment history. Think twice before giving out that Social Security Number. The job application could be a scam.Read more...
  • AdDetector Notifies You if a Story You’re Reading Is Sponsored

    Dave Greenbaum
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Firefox/Chrome: Some web sites will have sponsored stories in their timeline—it's how they pay the bills. If you want your browser to warn you which stories are ads, AdDetector works in Firefox and Chrome.Read more...
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  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Eggo Expand-O Another very odd, yet specific, food storage container! Tech suggestions for dealing with stuff Actions, projects, reference, and trash — technological solutions for processing these four categories of stuff. 2012 Be productive no matter where you are You can be productive no matter where you are. Follow these tips to find where your productivity flourishes. Unitasker Wednesday: The Pepper Prepper Although this week’s unitasker selection is called a Pepper Prepper — which conjures up images of a sweet pepper with a sweater tied around…
  • Keeping things simple

    Jeri Dansky
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sometimes we get bogged down when uncluttering or organizing because we make things too complicated. The following are some examples of ways to avoid complexity and get things done. Shredding C. G. P. Grey said in one of his podcasts that he shreds all papers he’s decided not to keep. This saves him sorting through papers and deciding which ones need to be shredded and which ones don’t. We know people hit “decision fatigue,” so there’s definitely some logic to avoiding unnecessary decision-making and saving one’s mental energy for where it’s really…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Infant Whirlpool Bubbling Spa

    Erin Doland
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Regular readers of the site know that I’m a mom with a five-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter. If I were to compare myself to most moms in the US, I’d describe myself as fairly typical when it comes to buying baby supplies and such. I never went over the top with buying gadgets, but certainly spent some money on tools that made being a parent to a baby more convenient (e.g. we own a fancy diaper pail but not a self-rocking bassinet). As a…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    2012 Make up your mind! How to make the process of decision making easier Making important decisions can be stressful, but being organized with your approach can make the decision-making process easier. 2011 Ask Unclutterer: Hesitant to get rid of old computers because may need files off old machines Reader K is reluctant to get rid of her old computers because she’s afraid there is data on them she may one day need. 2010 Unitasker Wednesday: MySneezee When I hear the phrase “sneeze guard,” I think of the glass shield that sits above the food on a buffet line. But I’m…
  • Organize wiry earbuds

    David Caolo
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    When not in use, they’re unwieldy and messy. Even when tucked in a drawer, they tend to sprawl out and take over the whole thing. But, even though they create a mess, I still prefer to have them. I’m talking about earbuds. When you buy a new smartphone or digital music player, you often get a “free” pair. They don’t usually fit well, so you buy a cheap pair from the drug store or the mall. Perhaps you’re an audiophile, which means you likely ignore the default pair for something you really like. Next thing you know, all your earbuds’ cables are tangled…
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  • 30 Most Beautiful Bookshops Around The World

    Rajeshwari Chakravarty
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    With the ease of acquiring e-books in one click, the brick and mortar bookstores seem to be sadly reducing in popularity. However, book lovers argue that a traditional temple of books can be an eclectic atmosphere that propels discovery, fantasy, entertainment, solitude and social networking. These spectacular bookstores encourage readers to put aside technology and enjoy the pleasures of the printed word on page. 1. Libreria El Pendulo, Mexico City, Mexico Besides browsing through the shelves, you can sip a mojito, munch on food, enjoy live music or stand-up comedy at this cross between a…
  • Lost In Translation: 30 Words With No English Equivalent

    Hiba Argane
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    As extensive as the English language might be, other languages continue to have many words that are completely absent! This list has 30 words from all around the world with no exact english equivalents and maybe you’ll find some of these interesting or perhaps even be motivated to pick up a new language, because why not? 1. Schadenfreude (German) A feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people. Notice the “Freud” in there, perhaps Sigmund Freud loved hearing about people’s troubles and built up his psychodynamic field on…
  • This List of Group Halloween Costume Ideas Will Blow Your Mind

    Megan Olson
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s getting to be that time when you need to make a decision on what you will be this year. If you are going as a crew, here are 30 group Halloween costume ideas to help you make that final decision! 1. The Seven Deadly Sins (Photo Credit) This group costume is a great idea for your group of seven. Who doesn’t want to dress up and be a deadly sin? This is an awesome DIY costume that you can make with your friends and not spend a fortune on. 2. Batman Villains (Photo Credit) This is a group costume than can accommodate any large group.
  • Get Your Creative Juices Flowing Again With These Tips

    Michael Cheng
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Are you stuck in a rut? It’s not your fault. Your cynical lifestyle of sleeping, eating and working is probably contributing to that. Should you quit your job? Definitely not. Instead, you need to do something different. A large part of maintaining a creative mindset is staying fresh. The only way this can happen is through new experiences. They don’t even have to be entirely new. You can even dig into past experiences and view them in a different light, now that you have a more developed outlook in life. The best part is, once you kickstart your creative juices, it doesn’t…
  • You’d Love to Work in These 15 Dream Workplaces

    Alicia Prince
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    For anyone who has worked in a traditional office setting, the drawbacks are all too familiar. Harsh lighting, enclosed spaces and few windows can easily make workers feel like they’re in a cage. However, abolishing the standard office has become common, particularly when it comes to technology companies. In the hope of increasing employee creativity and morale, these incredible offices take a employee-centric approach to their design. Below we’ve listed 15 dream workplaces and why they are so awesome. Regardless of where you work, you’ll want to trade your everyday for…
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  • Makers Against Ebola – Zipper Extenders

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Exhausted from heat inside a protective suit and burdened with layers of gloves, to disrobe you need to grasp and pull a tiny zipper tab. Who needs this challenge!? Not only would this be frustrating but it could be dangerous. Lack of dexterity and coordination can cause exposure to infection. One solution proposed at Fighting […]Read more on MAKE
  • Incredible Insects On The Form 1+ 3D Printer

    Caleb Kraft
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Klaus Leitl is an Austrian artist who makes insects. Incredibly lifelike insects such as the Mayfly shown above. He posted some examples on the Formlabs forums, and they quickly took notice. They’ve posted an interview with him about how 3D printing is changing his craft. The interview and accompanying pictures […]Read more on MAKE
  • Makers Against Ebola – Training Videos

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    Between the caregiver and the Ebola virus is protective clothing. Dressing and undressing correctly are essential for safety. These training videos instruct workers on how to do both correctly. Worn right it protects; worn wrong it infects. Let’s remember the context. Infection comes from contacting the virus and transferring it to your system. Being careless or not […]Read more on MAKE
  • Cool Crowdfunding, October 18, 2014

    Caleb Kraft
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    This week's collection of cool crowdfunding projects includes books, tools and much more!Read more on MAKE
  • Make it Last

    Bill Olson
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Make It Last Build Series, Sponsored by Microchip and Energizer Welcome to Make It Last, a project build series and contest, sponsored by Microchip and Energizer. Over the course of this contest, we’re going to cover a series of three project builds, demonstrating some of the finer points of […]
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    The Art of Manliness

  • How to Get a Curtain Cut/Undercut Haircut [VIDEO]

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The movie Fury comes out today, and folks are talking about it for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the hairstyle Brad Pitt is rocking in the film. Short on the sides and long on the top, it’s called the curtain cut or undercut, and it has a distinctly vintage-looking vibe. According to Wikipedia, the curtained hairstyle has its origins in the Edwardian Age, and became popular “as a more practical solution to the longer hair and sideburns fashionable from the 1840s to 1890s.” (Interesting, though one struggles to understand what exactly was impractical about…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: October 17, 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Last week’s winner of the AoM store giveaway was Jesus from Hollywood, FL, and he chose the AoM pocket knife. My Picks This Week My picks this week all center on apparel. Suitable offers custom-made suits (you’ll have to send your measurements) at very affordable prices. Featuring high-quality elements like breathable fabrics and double-vented jackets, you’ll look classy and feel comfortable. K-Way is a fall staple for Huckberry, with their 100% waterproof and windproof jackets. This year they have a new line of two-layer down jackets and vests that are both warm and portable.
  • Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Levitate

    Brett & Kate McKay
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that’ll have them thinking you’re the coolest dude in the world. First up: how to levitate. You’ll be surprised how realistic the effect is — to an 8-year-old, at least. Illustration by Ted Slampyak.
  • How to Paddle a Canoe: The J-Stroke

    Darren Bush
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Two of the manliest men in modern literature are Aragorn and Boromir in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I mean, who doesn’t want to be those guys (especially Aragorn)? They are capital-M Manly. So imagine my dismay, nay, despair, when in the film version of The Fellowship of the Ring, these outstanding specimens of virility jump into their beautiful elvish canoes, grab their paddles like grain shovels, and splash off like a couple of clumsy orcs. I believe I muttered something about the director spending a few hundred bucks for canoe lessons for the actors. They get hundreds of hours of…
  • A Review of the Tough Mudder by a Curmudgeonly, 55-Year-Old Vermonter

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Photo Source Editors note: What happens when a crusty Vermonter, who stays in shape by splitting wood and whose idea of fun is hanging out in a primitive shack in the woods, tries one of the most popular events in the exploding obstacle race movement? James “Uncle Buzz” Surwilo filed this report. Tough Mudder calls itself “probably the toughest event on the planet.” But after participating in a Tough Mudder event myself, I would substitute “hardly” for the rather odd qualifier “probably.” To the uninitiated, a Tough Mudder event – mind you, event, not competition…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • The Quickest Path To Building Trust – In Just 6 (Big) Steps

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    You’ve accepted a big leadership position at a company that had been mismanaged for many years, leaving its employees discouraged, jaded and skeptical. You have big plans to take this group to greatness using your brand of More Human Leadership, but the top brass wants it done “yesterday”. What’s the first thing you must do to kickstart this transformation? Building trust as soon as possible. It’s the 2nd principle of More Human Leadership – and an absolute must for any lasting change. Because the last thing a leader needs in quickly pushing goals,…
  • Leading Past The Target

    12 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    It was so much fun we didn’t want it to be over. We were having a great ride on this roller coaster, and the cool thing was, there were more thrilling twists and turns ahead of us. But reality had intervened, and we had to stop – and, on top of that, all the riders had to go their separate ways. It was July of 2010, and I was playing a round of golf with my core management team in Billings, Montana. Our company had just been sold for a very nice profit for the investors. The buyers had already signaled their intentions to change the management structure post-closing, which meant I…
  • Do Leaders Need To Be Liked To Be Successful?

    5 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I was reading the Sunday NY Times this morning (my weekly old-school ritual) and came across this quote in Adam Bryant’s “Corner Office” column: I used to care a lot that people liked me. That’s no longer as much the case. Of course, nobody wants not to be liked, but I don’t care as much. I remember feeling liberated when it no longer influenced my decision-making. - Deborah Bial, president of the Posse Foundation These words brought back to mind my own struggles with the need to be liked. When I was suddenly thrust into a COO-type role when I was 27, the desire to be…
  • (Beware of) The 7 Deadly Leadership Sins

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Anyone who is chosen to be a leader has to take on one huge responsibility to do it successfully – to be the person who “shows the way“.   It’s the very definition of the word “lead“. In that position, all eyes are on YOU. Your actions, attitudes, and demeanor will dictate how well your team will perform. It calls for a great sense of self-awareness, and a keen sense of the trap doors that will inevitably lurk around every corner. I call them the seven deadly leadership sins. Commit one, and we lose a key element of our team dynamic.   If we succumb to…
  • 10 Great Leadership Quotes (And How To Use Them To Inspire Your Team)

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    These past few evenings we’ve been watching the fantastic Ken Burns mini-series on PBS called “The Roosevelts – An Intimate History”. The first two chapters were focused on Teddy Roosevelt, who is one of the most fascinating, inspiring, and complex leaders I’ve ever studied. He was a brilliant man who could really “bring it” in his public speeches – an ability to rally people behind him by using eloquent words and fierce passion. Many of those words still inspire today, especially his famous “Man in the Arena” speech in 1910. There…
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    Live Your Legend

  • Serendipity 101: How I Create Luck (take this ONE golden step)

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    “…when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist Today we’re talking about luck, which is especially close to my heart, since Luckey is my middle name. For real – it’s my mom’s maiden name (spelled “Luckey”). Also, the below article is a lot shorter than usual, so to add to the fun, I’ve linked to a handful of our most popular articles on the topics discussed. Take some time a soak them in. Now, time to get lucky… Have you ever seen the people who just seem…
  • The Fully-Exposed Live Your Legend Case Study & Biz Teardown: 18 Steps to Turn Your Idea into a Global Revolution

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    “Give people something & someone to believe in. And even more… Create something to belong to.” – Jonathan Fields, Founder of RevolutionU This post is possibly the most in-depth and actionable resource I’ve ever written – it’s a step-by-step case study and teardown of exactly how I built Live Your Legend and the movement and revolution it’s become. It will take about 20 minutes to read, and is meant to provide a road map for making your own impact. It also breaks down how I’ve applied every step of Jonathan Fields’ 18-point…
  • The World’s Most Powerful Question for Finding Your Life’s Work

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    “Don’t just build a business, start a revolution.” -Jonathan Fields, author of The Art of Revolution Finding and doing work you love absolutely must start with self-discovery. In creating all of Live Your Legend’s tools, articles and trainings over the years, I’ve come across endless questions and exercises to help our community make those discoveries. These questions make it possible to identify passions, and more importantly, to figure out the difference you want to make in the world. In the past two years, I’ve come across one question that has…
  • The Start-A-Blog Challenge Begins Today! Free 7-day Dream Job Writing Course + Video Tutorial: Start Your Blog in Under 10 Minutes (with Zero Tech Experience)

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    “It’s a luxury being a writer because all you ever think about is life.”  - Amy Tan  I have fun news. The LYL Start-A-Blog Challenge is back & starts now! Plus, I created a free writing course, just for you… I believe a blog is hands-down the most powerful passion-discovery and career-transition tool on the planet. When I consider everything I’ve done in the past decade to learn about myself, build a career and make a difference, nothing has been more powerful than my decision to start a blog and adopt a daily writing, reflection and discovery habit. Nothing else even…
  • How to Become a Main Stage TED Speaker: Interview with TED Content Director Kelly Stoetzel

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Stepping Onto the World’s Stage Most of you probably already know my obsession with TED. Their 1,700+ free videos from the smartest, most talented, influential, creative and crazy people in the world provide more useful education and inspiration than just about anything else I’ve found on the Internet. To date their talks have been watched well over 1 billion times. Over the past few decades the TED stage has become one of the most prestigious on the planet. Those who share their ideas in front of that crowd often immediately rocket to the top of their industry. And…
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • Jet Pack

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Hi Everyone,This is my first post to this since I only discovered the site today. So many great things on here I thought i'd share the Jet Pack costume I made last year.I made this for Halloween last year and it was great fun, especially when people couldn't figure out how my legs were floating haha...By: dingdongdannyoreillyandthehairybowsiesContinue Reading »
  • To Infinity and Beyond Dress

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What is an infinity Dress? An Infinity dress is simply a dress which can be worn in many different ways. Some say it can be worn in an Infinite number of styles - It’s like the swiss army knife of the wardrobe. An Infinity Dress consists of a Skirt, a boobtube/waistband and two VERY long Scarfs whi...By: Rainbow_HanContinue Reading »
  • LED Paper Chandelier

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Anthro Envy /,anTHrō 'envē/ (n): the active coveting of all things AnthroListen, we've all been there. We've all walked into Anthro and gone weak in the knees contemplating how all their gorgeous items would look in our living spaces. We've meandered over, timidly grasped hold of the price tag, take...By: denahemersonContinue Reading »
  • Leather Anime Style Mask

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Decide On A Character Decide whether you want to use an existing character or an original. In this case my daughter wanted something from a new movie. He liked Anime/ Kabuki style but wanted something 'darker.' Things You Will Need You will need the following items to complete this project:Le...By: mitchellguyonContinue Reading »
  • 3D printed mini Jack O’Lantern Planter

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If you’re hosting a halloween party at home and are looking for something small, to cover spots/areas at home that do not have anything halloween'ene like your rest room, study table etc, this “3D printed mini Jack O’Lantern planter” may come handy.This is a great idea for your office area to keep ...By: CarmelitoAndradeContinue Reading »
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  • Interruption Prevention Strategies

    Mark Shead
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you work in an office, you probably deal with interruptions. Now, not all interruptions are bad–the whole point of working in an office with other people is so that interactions can occur. However, it is possible to get into a situation where your entire day is spent dealing with interruptions. If you need to cut down on the interruptions in your life, consider some of these methods. 1. No seating If you have your own office, you might consider getting rid of the extra chairs. People are less likely to come in and stay for a long period of time if you don’t have a place to sit.
  • Simple Time Savings Investments

    Mark Shead
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Poor organization is one of the biggest productivity killers. When you can’t find a tool you need or have to sort through a pile of outdated papers to find the one you are looking for, it slows you down and eats up valuable minutes that could be spent on something more important. In this post, we are going to look at some simple things you can do to help make your life more productive by organizing specific areas. Most of these are things where 15 minutes of focused effort will go a long way toward saving you hours in the future. 1. Clean out your closet You’ve probably heard the…
  • Going Back to College

    Mark Shead
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer is ending and students are headed back to school. But what if you are past college age, replete with family responsibilities, holding down a full time job, and still feel like some additional training would improve your career? Thanks to the Internet, there are all kinds of options for getting a degree while keeping your current job and still making it to your kid’s baseball games. I recently completed an online master’s degree in software engineering through Harvard’s Extension School, and I can definitely say that in a world where you have to constantly retrain…
  • Getting the Most out of College

    Mark Shead
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    With students all headed back to school, it is a good time to look at some ways to get the most out of college. College is a fascinating place and most people won’t fully appreciate all the opportunities they were given until years later. With that in mind, here are some tips for students wanting to get the most out of their college experience. 1. Networking A large part of the value of a college education is the people you meet, but to really take advantage of that you are going to have to intentionally network with people. Don’t be the person who sees every person as a potential…
  • 5 Efficient College Tips

    Mark Shead
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are two ways to approach college. The first is to be intentional and plan out your studies. The second is to just let college “happen” to you. Obviously a little planning can go a long ways toward giving you the best educational experience. In this post, we are going to look at five tips for making your college years more efficient. 1. Take intersession courses from a junior college. Over Christmas break of my junior year, my brother and I took American History from our hometown community college in seven days. These were eight hour days with two or three tests each day. The…
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    Inspire Me Today » Blog

  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Mike and Tori’s House after Hurricane Odile My husband and I love the Baja Peninsula, visiting it frequently over the past few years. On September 14, 2014, Hurricane Odile hit. With no phone or internet service it was days or, in one case, a week before we heard from our friends who live there. Without communication, I became obsessed with any reports I could get from the area. I looked at photos of damage. I worried about the lack of food, water, and electricity. I concerned over my friends safety as desperation looting began. That week I was also hit with a massive cold. You see,…
  • How Much Are You Carrying?

    Camille Lucy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    One day, I was so overwhelmed that I came up with this analogy for how I felt.  I felt like I was carrying 100 bags, and as I tried to steady myself, they began falling. As I reached to stop one from falling, inevitably another one fell. The vision in my mind ended with all the bags on the floor, and a frazzled “me” standing there, looking at the mess. I am sure many of you can relate to this. In today’s hustle and bustle society and culture, we try to do so many things at once. We try to be so many things at once, switching hats from one to another, then back, again. And while we all…
  • Safety Checklist

    Melissa Heisler
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Recently a client admitted to falling back into an old undesirable habit. Ashley had once again become a tyrant at home. She was obsessed with the cleanliness of her house. She worried about getting things done on time. She stopped interacting with her family. The only time she spoke to them was when she was barking out an order or reprimanding when something was not done correctly or on time. Ashley was obsessed with her to-do list. She was frantic to complete each item. She was becoming very stressed by all she wanted to complete. The first thing I told her was, “Congratulations.” The…
  • Try Shoes On For Size (and Comfort!)

    Camille Lucy
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    It is so true that until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, you have no idea what it’s like. You can hypothesize and surmise, but you really have no idea. Even when that “someone” is you. It’s easy to say what you “would” or “wouldn’t” do in a situation prior to living it. But the truth is, you haven’t a clue. Until we are faced with a situation, there isn’t a way to fully understand how it feels for all the senses and all the emotions that arise. We often surprise ourselves with our reactions to occurrences in our…
  • How to Drop the Drama and Enjoy Your Life

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Our client, Cindy, was returning to work in just 2 weeks after a long hiatus. She had requested an individual session because, for no apparent reason, her life had become “dramatic”. Perhaps you are familiar with this phenomenon. This is when perfectly normal situations appear to be larger than life and oh–so–dramatic. You go to the fridge and find there is no more milk for your coffee and it is grounds (pun intended) for a major melt down. You have a headache and suddenly an aspirin won’t do – its time to plan an operation for your rapidly growing brain tumor. By the…
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  • Weekend Link Love – Edition 318

    Mark Sisson
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ve got three Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminars coming up: In NYC on November 1; Richmond, VA on November 15; and West Bloomfield, MI, also on November 15. Kickstart your Primal lifestyle – or give someone else the gift of a lifetime! Research of the Week Eating disorders may have a gut bacterial origin. Biomarkers of dairy fat consumption are yet again associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Is Ebola more virulent in selenium-deficient people (an old PDF)? Even in surgery, the placebo effect exist. A “Paleothitic-type diet” has favorable effects on…
  • Slow Roasted Chicken

    Worker Bee
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There are already so many different recipes for cooking a whole chicken, you might wonder why you need one more. But if you’re a fan of store-bought rotisserie chicken, then you definitely need this one. Just like a cooked chicken from the market, the meat on this bird is plump, juicy and tender and the skin browned and deeply flavorful. Plus, this recipe is so simple and hands-off that it’s basically as convenient as driving to the store to buy a rotisserie chicken. What’s the secret? Low and slow. Most recipes for roasted whole chicken crank the oven temperature above 400 ºF/205 ºC…
  • Finding My New Normal

    17 Oct 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! I want to share my MDA success story. I consider it a success because it has been a long-term solution and not a “quick fix.” I can’t thank you enough for the website contributions and the insights on primal living. I finally…
  • How Your Primal Connection to Water Runs Deeper Than Thirst

    Mark Sisson
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The guy who kayaks and sets up camp along the same river each year. The woman who gets through the first year after her husband’s death one nightly hot bath at a time. The girl who brings her thoughts to the ocean each evening before sunset. The boy who throws rocks in the lake every day. The older couple who fall asleep to the sound of the waves. When was the last time you spent a period of time next to (or in) water? Maybe it was a week, or maybe it was ten minutes. Chances are, no matter how little time it was, it changed you somehow. It shifted your mood. It relaxed your thoughts. It…
  • Why These Nine Famous Thinkers Walked So Much

    Mark Sisson
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A couple weeks back, I wrote about how integral walking is to being human. And over the years I’ve written about the health benefits of walking, how and why you should walk barefoot, and even a definitive guide on the subject. In other words, I’m a huge proponent of walking and I think just about everyone who’s able should do more of it. But I’m not the only one that finds daily walks critical to health, energy, mental clarity and, ultimately, at least in some part, my success as a human being. Many of the most accomplished and creative people throughout history have…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Stew Friedman

  • What Successful Work and Life Integration Looks Like

    Stew Friedman
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Too many people believe that to achieve great things we must make brutal sacrifices, that to succeed in work we must focus single-mindedly, at the expense of everything else in life. Even those who reject the idea of a zero-sum game fall prey to a kind of binary thinking revealed by the term we use to describe the ideal lifestyle: “work/life balance.” The idea that “work” competes with “life” ignores that “life” is actually the intersection and interaction of four major domains: work, home, community, and the private self. From years of studying people in many different…
  • Does Corporate America Finally Get What Working Parents Need?

    Stew Friedman
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    At this week’s White House Summit on Working Families, President Obama and others made a moral case for changing the way we work. “Family leave, childcare, workplace flexibility, a decent wage – these are not frills, they are basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses. They should be part of our bottom line as a society,” the president remarked. Yet there was also a strong business case for change, with vociferous and impassioned representation from our nation’s private sector. Bob Moritz, PwC’s US Chairman and Senior Partner, called on his peers to make significant…
  • Working Dads Need “Me Time” Too

    Alyssa Westring
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mother’s Day is widely recognized as a day to acknowledge moms who all-too-often forsake relaxation and self-care for the sake of family, work, and community responsibilities.  It’s no surprise that many Mother’s Day gifts are designed to give Mom one day to put herself first (e.g., sleeping in, a break from chores and cooking, getting a massage or pedicure).  Yet, as Father’s Day nears, few people acknowledge the fact that dads, too, are now increasingly engaged in childcare and household responsibilities, in addition to demanding jobs. Fathers are more likely than mothers to log…
  • Reduce Stress by Pursuing Four-Way Wins

    Stew Friedman
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The pendulum is finally swinging back from the apogee of complete immersion in work as the business ideal. A great hue and cry now strains to contain our out-of-control culture of overwork. We know it reduces productivity, destroys civic engagement, and produces all manner of stress-related health problems. The good news is that you can do something about it, for yourself and for your employees. You can be less stressed and more productive by spending less time on and less attention to work — while being more engaged with your family, your community, and the things you do for just you. You…
  • 7 Policy Changes America Needs So People Can Work and Have Kids

    Stew Friedman
    11 Nov 2013 | 10:00 am
    We are in the midst of a revolution in gender roles, both at work and at home. And when it comes to having children, the outlook is very different for those embarking on adulthood’s journey now than it was for the men and women who graduated a generation ago. I recently published research from the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, comparing Wharton’s Classes of 1992 and 2012. One of the more surprising findings is that the rate of Wharton graduates who plan to have children has dropped by about half over the past 20 years. It’s worth noting that these percentages are…
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  • It’s Not Too Late to Change Bad Habits

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Leo Babauta If you’re deeply in debt, or your bad health habits have overwhelmed you, it’s likely that you don’t feel you can make a big impact on those problems anymore. I know when I was an overweight, sedentary smoker, who was so far in debt that I was constantly depressed … I felt hopeless. It feels like any attempt you make to change your situation will have no real impact. It feels like it’s not worth making an effort. One reader wrote: ‘I keep feeling like I don’t know what to do that will have a significant impact and that at this point,…
  • The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    By Leo Babauta Sticking to a new habit isn’t easy — but if you set up your habit change smartly, you can make it stick. Starting a new habit isn’t too hard — we often get excited about starting an exercise plan or diet or waking up early, for example. But a number of obstacles get in the way of sticking to the habit long enough for it to become automatic. Here are the usual obstacles: You lose enthusiasm: Probably the No. 1 reason people fail is that the enthusiasm they feel when they first start the habit, when they’re fantasizing about how great it’ll be,…
  • My Most Effective Learning Tools

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    By Leo Babauta This blog has been a way for me to share what I’ve learned, about simplicity, mindfulness, habits, motivation, work, parenting, life. And it’s been quite a journey of learning. I look back on when I started Zen Habits, nearly eight years ago, and I’m amazed at how much I’ve changed. I’ve lost more weight, become vegan, learned a lot about meditation and mindfulness and contentedness, have experimented with going car-free and unschooling our kids and traveling, have moved to two different cities, and have grown as a person. In lots of ways,…
  • What I Do When I Fail

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    By Leo Babauta I fail at things much more than you might imagine, given that I’ve written books on forming habits and being content with yourself and being a minimalist and more. I fail at all of that stuff, and it feels just as horrible for me as it does for anyone else. I get down on myself, feel guilty, try to avoid thinking about it, would rather hide it from everyone else. Failing at things can really suck. And yet, I get back up and try again. I fail at eating healthy on a regular basis, but I keep trying again. I’m pretty good these days at sticking to an exercise plan, but…
  • How to Put Your Writing in Public

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    By Leo Babauta You’d think that after 8 years of public blogging and writing books, I’d be completely free of fear when it comes to putting my writing out in public. You would, of course, be wrong. I still get little shivers of nervousness when I hit the “Publish” button on any post, and bigger fears still when I publish a print book or ebook. Writing in public is like speaking in public, if you’re doing it right. You’re baring your soul for all to judge, and there are few things as scary as that. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not only…
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    Marc and Angel Hack Life

  • 18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

    Marc Chernoff
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clear vision again. Last night I had a long conversation with my wise, 71-year-old dad about living and growing through adversity.  One of the last things he said before we got off the phone resonated with me so much, I wrote it down: “It’s been my experience that most people aren’t truly happy until they’ve had many reasons to be sad.  I believe…
  • 27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often

    Marc Chernoff
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated. In life, unnecessary tolerations can bleed you of energy and make it impossible for you to function effectively.  You can’t live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when you’re spending all your energy tolerating things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  Sometimes you need to put your foot down. In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients, book readers and blog subscribers (subscribe here) every month who have been tolerating the wrong things for far too long.  If you feel like you have been…
  • 7 Crazy Mistakes We Make in the Pursuit of Happiness

    Angel Chernoff
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:58 pm
    by Chantalle Gerber “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ―Albert Camus Let’s face it.  Every time you turn around, you find new advice on being happy.  Books promising to reveal the true secret of happiness.  Blog posts telling you, “Write down three things that make you happy today.”  Friends saying, “Move on!” and, “Cheer up!” after you’ve had a bad day. And maybe you’re wondering… what’s wrong with that? Happiness is a good thing…
  • 11 Ways to Let Go and Feel Less Stress

    Angel Chernoff
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ―C.S. Lewis This morning, I received a long email from a reader named Evan who is struggling with letting go of a failed relationship.  In his email he explains, in rather vivid detail, the signs and symptoms of a toxic relationship that has been heading south for many years.  He admits that he needs to let go, but he struggles with it, because doing so means he must finally face reality, which requires him to let go of the idea in his head about…
  • 7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way

    Marc Chernoff
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.” ―Paulo Coelho Today marks the five-year anniversary of a close friend’s unexpected passing.  This morning I caught myself reflecting on that dreary morning when I received the news, and how several colleagues and acquaintances whom I barely knew came up to me over the subsequent hours and gave me a pat on the back, a hug, or a genuine “I’m sorry.” In the midst of my sorrow I now realize this tragic loss taught me three important things.  First, the worst things can happen to the best people for…
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    Organize IT

  • Industrial Flanges In A Nutshell

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Flange is a device designed for seamless connection of pumps, pipes and valves. This connection method provides an easy way to modifying, cleaning or inspecting the system. Usually, the flanges come with welded or threaded connection; however, the market offers custom stainless steel flanges solutions as well – the firms like AlexanderComley produce both standard and custom-made flanges that meet virtually any requirements. Flange mounting itself implies using bolts; impermeability is achieved due to gaskets. Industrial flanges are constructed from various materials: with processed surfaces…
  • Natural Remedies For Hayfever and Other Allergy Types

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The symptoms of allergic conditions may be different depending on the type of ailment. Thus, when treating allergies with allopathic methods (that mainly imply using conventional pharmaceutical medications), the attention is primarily directed at the presenting symptoms: dermatitis (eczema, itching, redness, etc.), allergic rhinitis (runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes) and etc. Alternative therapies, mainly deprived of undesired side effects, provide a brilliant opportunity of using drugs for each symptom or treating the body as a whole (more typical of homeopathic approaches). Thus,…
  • Why Online Casino Popularity Keeps On Growing?

    31 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    Day after day more and more online casinos enter the gambling battlefield, boasting more neoteric graphics and miraculous winnings, promising an unforgettable adventure. But what stands behind the success of online gambling hubs? Availability & wide selection Thanks to the rapid development of web technologies, most of our compatriots can access virtually any casino in the world in a single click. In order to play slot machines, many had to travel long distances; moreover, not every house it is will necessarily offer a large selection of slot machines. Fortunately for many, a decent…
  • Glass Reinforced Concrete: Guiding The Modern Architecture

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Glass reinforced concrete represents a composite material consisting of fine-grained concrete (matrix) and dispersion reinforced with short glass fibers. Thus, glass reinforced concrete (or GRC) combines the typical of the conventional concrete high compressive strength with extreme flexibility and tensility (4-5 times higher than in concrete), strength (10-15 times higher) and frost resistance (more than 300 cycles). This is an environmentally friendly material that does not contain harmful ingredients and belongs to the category of non-combustible materials. Glass reinforced concrete offers…
  • Parking Ventilation: The Basics Of Design Explained

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The growing demand of both industrial towns and large cities in carports, caused by the high population density in the urban areas, throw designers together with a good number of challenges. The main objectives set to car park ventilation professionals are typically the following: Maintain the acceptable indoor air parameters Ensure decent fire resistance Implement an environment-friendly system Covered parking facilities are usually located below the ground level and require the installation of mechanical ventilation in nine cases out of ten. Semi-covered parking constructions, as a rule,…
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    The Happiness Project

  • How to End This Sentence? “There Is Certainly No Greater Happiness Than To…” (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    How would you end that sentence? Here’s how Dr. Johnson completed it: “There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens that excite neither shame nor sorrow.” –Samuel Johnson, “Rambler No. 41,” August 7, 1750 I love the work of Samuel Johnson. I was looking back through the draft of Better Than Before, my book about habit change, and I realized that I’d quoted him several times — and I cut out several more quotations, as well.
  • Buddhism has 8 “Auspicious Symbols.” What Are Your Symbols? (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday (well, Friday, I forgot to hit “publish”): What are your “auspicious symbols?” I love numbered lists. My 12 Personal Commandments. My 8 Splendid Truths. The 10 Myths about happiness. The Essential 7 of Habits. Buddhism has many numbered lists—the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths—which is surprising to me, given Buddhism’s emphasis on gateless gates and transcending the bounds of rational thinking. There’s a koan to be written about that paradox, for sure. (Along…
  • Secrets of Adulthood: Nothing Is More Exhausting Than the Task That’s Never Started. (Gretchen Rubin)
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree? For the research for my forthcoming book about habit change, Better Than Before, I asked people about the habits they most wanted to change. I found that most habits fall into the “Essential Seven“: 1. Eat and drink more healthfully (give up sugar, eat more vegetables, drink less alcohol) 2. Exercise regularly 3. Save, spend, and earn wisely (save regularly, pay down debt, donate to worthy causes, stick to a budget) 4. Rest, relax, and enjoy (stop watching TV in bed, turn off a cell phone, spend time in nature, cultivate…
  • “Have You Heard It? Can You Remember?” (Gretchen Rubin)
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    “The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and sea weed, and the smell of the sea, and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking forever and ever on the beach. And, oh, the cry of the sea gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?” — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe This passage has always stayed in my mind, as the best evocation of the feeling of being at the sea shore that I’ve ever read. Also, as a writer, I’ve thought a lot about the oddities…
  • 7 Tips To Make It Easier To Have Healthy Eating Habits. (Gretchen Rubin)
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips that make it easier to have healthy eating habits. Many people were very intrigued by my interview with behavioral scientist Brian Wansink and his ideas. He studies eating behavior and consumer habits, and has a book that just came out: Slim By Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. I asked him for some of his top tips, and he gave me these excellent suggestions to “Help your kitchen make you slim.” Serve vegetables first. Serve the main dish from the stove or counter, so that to get…
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    Mind Hacks

  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    An article from Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry that discusses the concept of ‘moral disability’ and brain trauma in Victorian times includes a fascinating section on what was presumably thought to be the science of ‘knocking some sense into the brain’. The piece is by medical historian Brandy Shillace who researches Victorian scientific ideas and how they affected society. Sadly, the article is locked (quite rightly, humanities can kill if not used correctly) but this is the key section: While eighteenth-century French philosopher François Bichat had suggested that…
  • Hallucinating astronauts

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I’ve got a piece in The Observer about the stresses, strains and mind-bending effects of space flight. NASA considers behavioural and psychiatric conditions to be one of the most significant risks to the integrity of astronaut functioning and there is a surprisingly long history of these difficulties adversely affecting missions. Perhaps more seriously, hallucinations have been associated with the breakdown of crew coherence and space mission stress. In 1976, crew from the Russian Soyuz-21 mission were brought back to Earth early after they reported an acrid smell aboard the Salyut-5…
  • Spike activity 05-10-2014

    4 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Dropping science: neuroscientists throw down epic / excruciating rap battle on Twitter. Bring the line noise. The New Yorker has an interesting piece on the neuroscientific legacy of the Vietnam War. In neuroscience terms, it was America’s World War One. The latest edition of Nature NeuroPod is particularly good: psychosis, detecting animacy, network theory for brains. Livescience covers an interesting study finding that the uncanny valley effect is affected by loneliness. The US Government spend $300 million on BRAIN initiative…
  • A review of Susan Greenfield’s “Mind Change”

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was asked to write a review of Susan Greenfield’s new book “Mind Change” for the October edition of Literary Review magazine which has just been published. You can read the review in the print edition and I did have the full text posted here but the good folks at the magazine have also put it online to read in full, so do check it out at the link below. Mind Change marshals many published sources to address these claims. However, this provides little scientific insight owing to Greenfield’s difficulty with synthesising the evidence in any meaningful sense, while she also…
  • Buggin’ Out

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Sociology journal Transition has a fascinating article giving a history of the surprisingly frequent appearance of schizophrenia in rap music. In psychiatric circles, schizophrenia is considered a serious mental illness that causes delusions, hallucinations, and social withdrawal. But in rap, schizophrenia means something else: a mode of defiance, a boast, or a threat. The term appears frequently when describing competition between rappers. In “Speak Ya Clout,” the duo Gang Starr rhymes that they are “schizophrenic with rhyme plus we’re well organized” as a way of warning that they…
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    Scott H Young

  • Pick Three Things. Now Do Them Well

    Scott Young
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Plans fail in more ways than they succeed. Complex plans fail in far more ways than simple ones. Good plans and strategies are usually simple. This is especially true when your own behavior becomes a factor in success. An exercise plan, studying strategy or business goal doesn’t just succeed or fail based on its interaction with the world. It succeeds or fails based on its interaction with you. Complicated plans are harder to stick with. They introduce mental overhead in thinking about the plan itself. That overhead cost distracts from the real work, sometimes to the exclusion of it.
  • Why do Engineers Think They’ll Be Good at Picking Stocks?

    Scott Young
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    I’ve met a lot of engineers who have become fascinated with investing in the stock market. Except it’s usually not straightforward index investing (which is probably the main thing non-professionals should be investing in) but something convoluted involving a lot of math, options and stock picking. Anyone who studies finance or economics probably understands why this is a bad idea. Stock prices may not be perfect, but they at least approximate their true value. Whenever someone realizes a stock is underpriced, they try to buy it, thus bidding up the price. Why do I have so many friends in…
  • Is it Better to Review Back or Learn Ahead?

    Scott Young
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    I have a lot of open questions about learning. One of those is whether it is better to review back or learn ahead to maintain knowledge. Reviewing back would be going through material you’ve already completed and testing yourself on it again. This is the principle through which spaced repetition systems work. I’m currently reviewing back words and sentences I learned in China through Anki. Learning ahead means learning the next level as a means of strengthening knowledge. I took an introductory class in artificial intelligence during the MIT Challenge. Learning ahead would mean taking a…
  • How I’m Maintaining the Ability to Speak Six Languages

    Scott Young
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    It’s now been over a month since Vat and I returned from Korea and ended the year without English. Now is the most sensitive time for determining whether I can maintain the ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean, so I wanted to share my plan. If you learn something quickly you also forget it quickly. Luckily, this has an easy solution: small practice sessions, scheduled in advance. When I learned French, my strategy coming back to Canada for maintaining my ability was simply to practice a lot with French people. I’d try to meet French people and practice. When I wasn’t…
  • Why Learn “Useless” Things?

    Scott Young
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Early on when Vat and I were learning Korean, he complained to me about a vocabulary list he was learning from. The list had intermediate-level words such as “technique” and “to brighten” to which Vat said, “when am I ever going to use these words?” The complaint was a fair one, we were still in the beginner phase, so learning these words was probably not very efficient. But the exact phrasing of his complaint got me thinking. How often would we actually use these words? In Chinese, which I reached a higher level in, I knew that the word for “technique” (技术) was important…
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    A Daring Adventure

  • 6 Amazing Psychology Experiments

    Tim Brownson
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    We tend to think that as Human Beings we are rational creatures and that we make decisions based on facts and what is best for us (and often  those around us) in the long-run. Yet nothing could be further from the truth, we rarely make decisions that way, even when we think otherwise. We can easily see blind spots in other peoples thinking (which is why Life Coaching can be so successful) yet have a tendency to think we’re not victim to the same phenomenon. We see people behave in terrible ways and we think of them as sub-human and that we could never do such terrible things. Yet the…
  • The Final Nail In The Law Of Attraction Coffin

    Tim Brownson
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I’m sorry if this hurts your feelings or has you bristling with indignation, but the Law of Attraction is officially fucking stupid. Before I go any further let me make a confession. I was suckered by  the abomination that is‘The Secret‘ like a lot of other people. I was given a copy on my second NLP Master Practitioner training before it had even been released in this country. It sat on my desk for a few weeks before I even got round to watching, but when I did, I found  fascinating. Bye-Bye Common Sense The reason I found it so was because I abandoned all critical thinking,…
  • The One And Only Cause Of Stress And How To Deal With It

    Tim Brownson
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    You will often hear people that their job is highly stressful. Or that bringing up kids is stressful. Or even that the pace of modern life is stressful. But none of those statements are true. There is no job that’s stressful, no children who are stressful and modern life per se isn’t stressful. You maybe thinking, “What the fuck? Brownson has finally flipped. We all knew it had to happen sooner or later, but nobody could have anticipated he’d lose the plot this spectacularly!” Bear with me before you suggest I get Baker Acted and see if you agree. What Is Stress? The…
  • Time Management for Right-Brained People

    Tim Brownson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I once had a prospective client call me with her opening line being, “I’m looking for help with time management.” I responded by saying, “Yeh me too, do you know anybody who is any good at it?” Needless to say we didn’t work together. The fact is, I hate working on productivity and time management issues with clients and I even say so on my ‘Are we a good fit‘ page. It doesn’t inspire me, I’m not very good at it and there are people far more qualified to help than I. I’ve always presumed that time management is just something…
  • A Pointless Letter To My 10 Year-Old Self

    Tim Brownson
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Over the years there has been a trend of self development bloggers and Life Coaches writing letters of advice and encouragement to younger versions of  themselves. As I talked about in this post on ‘awesome blessings’, we often don’t know at the time what is best for us. Therefore, knowing that things aren’t as bad at we at first think, could be really useful, right? Losing the job you had set your heart on (as I did in the post I just mentioned) may turn out to be a lucky break with you ending up in a career you love, or job you prefer. Getting dumped by the partner you think a…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • Finding Your Life’s Purpose

    Tony Fahkry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    “When you see what you’re here for, the world begins to mirror your purpose in a magical way. It’s almost as if you suddenly find yourself on a stage in a play that was written expressly for you.” - Betty Sue Flowers The Tyranny of Time In his book, The Power of Purpose, author Richard J. Leider offers readers an insightful story for finding one’s purpose through action: “A young man who was searching for his life’s purpose wrote to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. He said he had discussed the purpose question with every wise person he had come across, had read every book on…
  • Top 10 Online Resources for Self-improvement that we shouldn’t be Ignoring

    Jenny Wescott
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    As humans, we are always trying to better ourselves and strive for success. However, without a little support, this can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately, there are plenty of online resources you can tap into to keep you at the top of your game and make sure those objectives are met. Let’s look at ten of the best. Day One Keeping a diary of milestones you have achieved, such as weight loss or quitting smoking, has been shown to help increase your motivation. Keeping a diary is also a great way to stay positive, as you can reflect on happy memories. Day One is a beautiful app that can sync…
  • Feeling Stuck? Make Your Anger Work for You

    Cecille Doroja
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Imagine this. You come to the office early to get more work done. You walk toward your desk, and the first person you meet is your boss. He tells you that you need to revise your report. Again. As you listen to your boss rant how terrible your report is, you feel the blood rush to your face. You suddenly feel the urge to hit something—anything—but you don’t want to be called unprofessional. Instead, you clutch a stack of papers in your hand, your palms turning white. Sounds familiar? You, my friend, had just experienced anger. Fight or Flight Did you ever notice how your body tenses and…
  • 17 Habits To Create Long-Term Happiness Within You

    Alden Tan
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Lately, I've been seeing a lot of articles on happiness online. They mostly talk about the things we can do to become happy. But the thing is, what we should aim for is long-term happiness. We want that happiness to stick. And how do we do that? We do it with habits. We need to start creating a culture of happiness for ourselves, one that doesn't whisk away because of a bad mood, a bad day or a bad whatever. Let it stick! Here's 17 habits to create long-term happiness within you 1) Make a point to travel yearly Travelling is how you absorb different cultures and expand your mind. That's how…
  • 7 Super Productive Time Management Strategies for Bloggers

    Claire Bullerwell
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Time management is a huge problem for many bloggers. But it doesn’t have to be. With some simple but very effective organization strategies put in place, any blogger can confidently be carrying out all their blogging tasks on time and in an organized manner. Here are seven super productive time management strategies bloggers can implement and start using today. #1 Use a Blog Post Planner I see that using a blogging schedule is becoming the norm amongst organized, professional bloggers; but I’m still surprised to hear (through blog comments chit chat) that many bloggers do not use a…
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    Life Optimizer

  • The Main Ingredient of a Brilliant Performance

    Donald Latumahina
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    What do you think the main ingredient of a brilliant performance is? The performance here could be a presentation, an exam, a piece of writing, or something else. What do you think the key is that can make or break it? The answer, I believe, is preparation. Preparation is what makes the difference between great and mediocre performances. Eric Buttterworth put it well: Behind every brilliant performance there were countless hours of practice and preparation. You might think that some people are a “natural” at what they do. But guess what? There is no such thing as a “natural” when it…
  • How to Avoid Stress: The Proven Strategy

    Donald Latumahina
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Like it or not, stress is a potential problem for all of us. Stress can reduce your quality of life. It can also reduce the quality of your relationships. That’s why it’s important that you learn how to avoid stress. The key to avoid stress, I believe, is this: live with margin. Margin is the difference between your maximum capacity and the capacity you use. Living with margin means living below your maximum capacity. Think of your life as a bucket of water. If you fill the bucket to capacity, then even a small shock can cause the water to spill out. But if there is enough space…
  • The Power of Knowledge (and What You Need to Harness It)

    Donald Latumahina
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    What do you think is the key to getting ahead? While it’s not the only one, I believe that an important factor is knowledge. Knowledge is power; the more of it you have, the more power you have. The good news is that there is a virtually unlimited amount of knowledge available to you through the Internet and other sources. The bad news is that the limiting factor in acquiring it is you. The problem is not the availability of knowledge; it’s how hungry your mind is. Thomas Friedman called it Curiosity Quotient (CQ). I recently read a good paper on this topic. It contains a quote from…
  • A Cheap and Easy Way to Enrich Your Life

    Donald Latumahina
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to live your life to the fullest? To do so, the one thing you need to do is to enrich your life. You need to broaden your life experiences and taste more of the richness life has to offer. You might think that you need to spend a lot of money and go overseas for that, but there is actually a cheap and easy alternative. Here it is: Explore your city. Yes, explore your city. You don’t need to go overseas. You don’t even need to go out of town. A while back, there was a Dutch girl who faked a trip to Southeast Asia. She posted pictures on Facebook showing the exciting…
  • The Three Essential Keys to Work Motivation

    Donald Latumahina
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up in the morning wanting to work? In this scenario, you wouldn’t consider work a burden. Instead, you would consider it a source of happiness and fulfillment. Wouldn’t that be a great way to live? The problem, of course, is making that a reality. Doing so requires you to understand the factors behind work motivation. In his book Drive, Daniel Pink wrote that – based on studies – there are three factors for work motivation: Autonomy: the control you have over your work. The more you can control what to do and when to do it, the more…
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • 3 Powerful Steps to Stop Self-Doubt from Holding You Back in Life

    Henrik Edberg
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Self-doubt can be a troubling and persuasive voice that holds you back. It holds you back from seizing your opportunities. It makes getting started or finishing things harder than they need to be. Sure, it can sometimes be useful as it helps you to soberly see your current limitations or simply recognize a half-baked or bad idea. But mostly, it holds you back in life. So how can you get around that, how can you overcome those times of self-doubt so that you can move forward once again? In this article I’ll explore 3 simple steps + one bonus tip that have helped me to decrease that…
  • 21 Quick Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

    Henrik Edberg
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier. Why? You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy. You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too. You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about…
  • It’s the 8 Year Anniversary – So You Get 30% Off on All My Courses Until Monday

    Henrik Edberg
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    NOTE: This offer is now over. The Positivity Blog is now 8 years old. And this year has been one of the very best ones so far. Probably to a large degree thanks to what happened in 2013. It was by far the worst year for the blog and my business with big problems with my webhost and the traffic declining to the point that I started to think about going out and looking for another job. And all of that made me more motivated to work harder and smarter. It made me more grateful for my opportunity here. And those things I have carried with me into this year too. Besides writing some of my longest…
  • 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Simplify Your Thinking and to Start Taking Action Today

    Henrik Edberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    ”Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough.” Confucius One of my biggest problems used to be that I thought too much. I overthought any little problem until it became a bigger and scarier thing in my mind. I overthought positive things until they didn’t seem to be that positive anymore. I overanalyzed and deconstructed things until the happiness that comes from just being in a moment and enjoying it fell apart. This locked me into analysis paralysis. Little action was taken. Opportunities were rarely used. Life stood still and felt…
  • Winnie the Pooh’s Top 5 Tips for a Happy Life

    Henrik Edberg
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    ”Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best — ” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” Winnie the Pooh is a kind bear. He cares greatly about his friends. And he has always seemed like a pretty happy bear to me. He’s also a favorite of mine so today I’d like to simply share 5 of my favorite happiness tips from…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Geek Out with David Allen and Mac Power Users

    Stephen Lease
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    The Mac Power Users at 5by5, Katie Floyd and David Sparks are both GTDers.  Although of course it is catered toward mac users, this is a great listen for anyone — much of the discussion applies to GTD philosophy and practice in-general, and many of the apps and programs discussed will interface with PC as well (just don’t tell the Mac Power Users we told you!) David Allen has a knack for keeping it fresh with each interview, and this is no exception!  Enjoy! Click here to listen to the full interview! If you are a veteran GTDer hoping to get a friend started practicing, you…
  • David Allen’s Food For Thought – October 2014

    Stephen Lease
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
      Climb the Fire Tower—Weekly Several times recently I have had the opportunity to spend time with some real “veterans” of my seminars and methods, and the one lament that almost all of them have is their lack of habit with the Weekly Review. “You know, David, it all works really well, except that I haven’t really been able to get to the Weekly Review on a regular basis.” Eso, con la un recuerdo la viagra en la mujer último. 5363. “Spanish cámara que plantas contienen sildenafil demanda endurecimiento un los…
  • Task Management Tech and Methods

    Stephen Lease
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks.  This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and support your GTD practice, this is a great overview of many different task apps. Click to listen to the full Task Management episode!  
  • Part 3: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This series from the Workologist explains various connections between GTD and psychology.  Click here to read Part 3, which details the concept of flow. Missed Parts 1 and 2? Read Part 2 now! Read Part 1 now!
  • Part 2: Psychology of GTD

    Stephen Lease
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The second part of this series from the Workologist delving into why GTD works from a psychological perspective goes into the goal setting side of the GTD practice.  Read Part 2 now! Missed Part 1?  Read it here!
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    Productive Flourishing

  • The 2015 Premium Planners Are Now Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
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  • Confidence: Make It. Don’t Fake It.

    Jeffrey Davis
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
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  • Build Quality Relationships with the Virtual Handshake Method

    Charlie Gilkey
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • The Free Planners for October 2014 Are Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
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  • A Punch in the Face to Fear

    Cory Huff
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • Can You Act Independently of Social Pressure?

    Steve Pavlina
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    One thing I really like about open relationships is the ability to learn through experience more quickly. There are valuable lessons to be learned from a long-term monogamous relationship, but I found that my understanding of relationships quickly accelerated with a more open attitude towards connections. This is a predictable consequence of being able to learn from a greater variety of partners/teachers. As I see it, this is the same learning dynamic that you can gain by working for different companies, with different teams, and in different industries. You’ll surely learn some…
  • Do You Owe The World Anything?

    Steve Pavlina
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    The standard economic narrative as applied to human history tells us that barter came first, then money, and then credit and debt. In actuality we know that these concepts developed in the opposite order. Debt and credit pre-date the use of money by thousands of years. Money, in the form of early coins, came into usage largely as a way of keeping track of debts. And finally, the human use of barter systems actually arose after money, not before. Barter is employed by people who’ve already learned about money, and barter systems often use an equivalent of money to manage trades, such…
  • Ones and Tens

    Steve Pavlina
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When you present yourself to the world, do you have a tendency to sanitize your public image? Do you show other people, especially strangers, your safest and most socially acceptable aspects first? Do you find it sensible to avoid the risk of judgment so as to make socialization easier? When you get to know other people, do you engage with their sanitized public selves first as well? Do you stick with the most socially acceptable topics for discussion, so as to avoid any significant risk of causing offense? When you explore a potential romantic connection for the first time, do you play it…
  • Changing Your Culture

    Steve Pavlina
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    If you were to design your own human culture, what would you include? What would you leave out? Here are some basic design questions to consider, based on the three core principles of personal growth. Truth How would your culture relate to truth? Would you create a very honest, truth-based culture? Would your culture encourage the discovery and sharing of new truths? To what extent would people own, hide, or manipulate the truth? Would you create a culture based on shared stories and/or mythology, even if the stories are made up? Would you favor politeness over honesty in communication? Note…
  • Dominated by Jesus

    Steve Pavlina
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Rachelle and I watched an interesting documentary this week called Caesar’s Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus. I also met the makers of this documentary when they were in Vegas a couple weeks ago, and we had a delightful conversation about a variety of subjects, including the film. Caesar’s Messiah explores the character of Jesus and whether he actually existed as a real person or if he was an invented literary figure. Instead of drowning in Church dogma, the goal of this documentary was to search for facts and genuine historical evidence of who Jesus really was. I…
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    Get Organised

  • Productivity Top 10 – October

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
      We all know you are likely overloaded with too much reading and not enough time to read it in. Don’t stress, here’s a list of great productivity reads on the net. In no particular order … Productivity in daily life 1. 6 Things that will make you more productive  2. 8 Productivity tips I […] The post Productivity Top 10 – October appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Top 10 – September

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:22 am
      There are few things as blissful as kicking back with a good read. This month we bring you our selection of the best of the best ‘you-really-should-read-this’ list of the top 10 productivity reads on the net right now. Productivity and Daily Life 1. The 7 P’s of a highly effective evening routine 2. […] The post Productivity Top 10 – September appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productive Email

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Click on the image below to access the Productive Email presentation (note: videos are not included in this presentation) The post Productive Email appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Motivation and The Model of Therapeutic Power

    Monique Chelin
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    After a hectic few months of too much productivity and too little pleasure and restoration, I am struggling to keep up the pace. Where has all the motivation gone? I wake up in the mornings feeling tired to the bone even after a good night’s rest. Sound familiar? I found this quote by ZigZiglar which […] The post Motivation and The Model of Therapeutic Power appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Use Time Management to Deal With Laundry – Your Nemesis

    Leticia Pfeiffer
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you live in a metropolitan city where Chinese laundries are on every corner or have someone come into your home to manage your laundry then this blog is not for you.  If not, read on. Laundry is your nemesis.  Dirty clothes never stop piling up.  Stains lurk on your favorite pants waiting for you […] The post Use Time Management to Deal With Laundry – Your Nemesis appeared first on Get Organised.
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • WikiSummarizer

    Marc Majers
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Don’t have time to read an entire WikiPedia entry? You should then try something that quickly summaries Wikipedia articles. WikiSummarizer is your answer because it automatically summarizes Wikipedia articles. The result is a summary that presents the most important points of the original text. WikiSummarizer reminds me a game we played in improv acting called Half Life. In the game, you would start out with 4 minutes to tell a story. Then you would do it again with only 2 minutes. Then tell it in 1 minute. Then tell the story in 30 seconds. Then tell the story again in 15 seconds.
  • Even a 2-year Old Can Use It

    Marc Majers
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The iPad is designed so even a 2-year old can use it, how do you fare with it? As technology continues to press on, Apple remains true to simplicity by keeping their mobile devices easy to use. Is the iPhone 6 plus a step in the wrong direction? Have you moved from an Apple mobile device to Android and back or vice versa? Why do you choose your mobile platform? Is it based on price?
  • Ranker, I Don’t Even Know Her?

    Marc Majers
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Do dream of top 10 lists? Why not make your vote count? At vote on lists of people, film, TV, music, sports, videos, and comics to name a few. List it. Rank it. Love it.
  • How To Setup Select Ringtones

    Marc Majers
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    How do you set up only certain ring tones to ring for some people and none for others? One way to do it with the ringers is have a ringtone that is completely silent. Set that to be the default ringtone, and then assign a normal ringtone to people you want to hear from. The drawback is that you may miss calls that way, but sometimes that just makes the most sense. Here’s a link that explains one way to do it. You can do it with GarageBand, but the link below looks much easier. Thanks to Mike Kimmel for the information how to do this trick.
  • Great Infographic Creation Tool

    Marc Majers
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    Do you need to create an infographic and have no idea where to start? Why not start with a template and fill in the blanks? I found a great infographic tool called Easely that may help fill this gap. You can create an account and give it a try.
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    Root Simple

  • Picture Sundays: Homemade Shoes

    Mr. Homegrown
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Randy Fritz’s four day Los Angeles turnshoe class is nearing completion. Kelly will blog about this later in the week. In the meantime here’s one of the student’s new, not quite complete, shoes.
  • Kimchi Class with Hae Jung Cho November 15

    Mr. Homegrown
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Kimchi master Hae Jung Cho is teaching a how-to class on November 15 at 10 am: This 3-hour class is a hands-on experience where you make two kinds of fermented kimchi – napa cabbage (poggi) and radish (kkakdugi) – and one quick pickle. We then share a light meal of rice, kimchi, soup and other side dishes. You leave the class with three containers of kimchi and pickles that you have made, printed recipes and the know-how to replicate the kimchi at home. Fee: $75. Anyone interested in this class should email Hae Jung at More info here.
  • Saturday Tweets: Food Waste, Log Floors and Trash Can Potatoes

    Mr. Homegrown
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    New documentary Just Eat It highlights American food waste from soup to Nuts: via @good — Pierre Ferrari (@HeiferCEO) October 17, 2014 MPs' turnout for Get Britain Cycling debate is eloquent testimony to how much they care about the subject @Cycletta — Human Race Events (@HumanRaceEvents) October 18, 2014 Lovely Log Round Floor via @Natural Building Blog — Root Simple (@rootsimple) October 17, 2014 Rototiller Cob via @Natural Building Blog —…
  • How You can Help Dragonflys

    Mr. Homegrown
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Green Darners (Anax junius) laying eggs. © Dennis Paulson. Want to help dragonfly populations? The Migratory Dragonfly Project is a citizen science project you can participate in. All you need is a pond or wetland to visit and a computer. Participants monitor the timing, duration, and direction of travel of migrating dragonflies, and note any additional behaviors in a directed migratory flight such as feeding or mating. Photos or videos are strongly encouraged to aid in identification. When gathered across a wide geographic range and throughout a span of years, these data will provide…
  • Ways to Critter Proof Your Vegetable Beds: A Competition

    Mr. Homegrown
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Day and night superimposed: bird netting fail! Root Simple is proud to announce our equivalent of the X-Prize. No, we’re not asking you to figure out a low tech method to catapult rich silicon valley executives into the vacuum of space. What we’re looking for is a means to mammal proof vegetables beds that is: Convenient Effective Attractive Wildlife friendly Easily disassembled in the off season Note that we’re going to be particularly stringent in judging the aesthetics of the solution. Mrs. Homegrown has an M.F.A., and is a blistering in-house art and design critic…
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    Shoplet Blog

  • Pumpkin Prize Giveaway.

    Jessica Hodges
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Halloween is definitely our favorite time of year here at Shoplet. With all of these cool office supplies, it’s easy to get creative with our costumes. This year, we decided to bring you in on the fun by hosting the Pumpkin Prize Giveaway. This prize pack come chock full of office goodies including: - Eco friendly Schneider pens. - Westcott scissors. - Purell travel gels and much more! We also included an assortment of other prizes inside thais cute little pumpkin. Don’t worry, we didn’t forget to add some delicious candy! The rules are super simple: - All you have to do, is…
  • Best of Weekly Round Up 198

    Jaime Zozobrado
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    On this round up, we’ve gathered really cool office layout designs. Be warned, viewing these awesome pics may come with side effects of jaw droppping awe, a case of “Where Can I Get This” syndrome, and even jealousy. Here are the amazing office layouts: Yuppie? It definitely looks young, urban and professional. The whole set doesn’t touch the floor at all! Here’s a really clean layout that saves a lot of space. Anyone would enjoy working in these cubicles.  This layout gives a more complete feel. You even get a window sized opening to see your coworkers! Because…
  • WIN a Leeds Cafe Tote

    Jessica Hodges
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Aaaaah, the weather is cool, the leaves are turning, and its time to take out your cuddliest sweaters. Enjoy the fall weather by planning a coffee date outdoors!. This month, Shoplet Promos is giving 2 lucky winners a Cafe Tote Set. This set is designed for 2 to enjoy a home made cup of your favorite hot beverage…. To go! This Cafe Tote Set comes with 9 pieces, which include: - A 24-oz. stainless steel bottle. - Two 10-oz. stainless steel tumblers. - Milk and sugar dispensers. - Two teaspoons. - One fabric napkin. - The carrying case conveniently secures all gift set components, so you…
  • Promos Done Right- New York Comic Con

    Jessica Hodges
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Halloween arrives early every year in NYC with the coming of the New York Comic Con. It’s a feast for the eyes with cosplay and costumes galore. One of pop culture’s most popular and largest conventions, draws attendees from all over the country who hope to gain access to exclusive panels, merchandise, celebrity appearances and freebies. Courtesy of our friends at Chevrolet, one of the Comic Con’s featured partners, Shoplet Promos had the opportunity to see what this year’s Con had to offer. We talked to our friends at Chevrolet and some other exhibitors to see what kinds of…
  • How to Spot the Signs of Fraud.

    Jessica Hodges
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    We all know running a business is tough. As a business owner, one of the challenges is being able to siphon good customers from fraudulent ones. The problem is that its not always easy to tell the difference. Shoplet keeps close relationships with our vendors and we share in their accomplishments and struggles. Recently, our friends at Kleer-fax paid us a visit and shared with us their personal story on how to spot the signs of fraud. A big thanks to Kleer-fax for this week’s business post:  We recently received an inquiry via email for a very large order: 4,500 Jazz Bands at full…
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    Think Simple Now

  • How to Accept Yourself Fully

    Guest of TSN
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve been going through life feeling like a fraud. Every time a friend expressed awe over my seemingly perfect life, I gulped a big one and prayed they would never realize what my banal day-to-day existence was really like. When I was in school, at every exam I hoped that this wouldn’t be the first one I would fail miserably, starting a chain reaction of terrible grades, followed by flunking out of school and ending up on the street … or in jail. Every time I walked into an interview, there was a big part of me wondering if this time I would be able to outsmart them. Or if I…
  • 3 Lessons on Creating Trust

    Rebecca A. Watson
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    My husband and I have been considering buying a house but knew we had some hurdles that might make it unlikely. We contacted a loan officer who worked with us and gave us a positive opinion. We were absolutely thrilled and started looking at homes. It turned out, however, that he’d processed some incorrect information and we might not be able to get a loan this year after all. To say we were bummed out would be an understatement. Both of us tried to see the positive side but couldn’t seem to shake our disappointment. Neither of us wanted to talk about it, but finally I brought it up.
  • 6 Lessons On Letting Go

    Guest of TSN
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    All my life, I have relied on goal-setting to achieve results. Whether it came to school work, or even just taking time to hang out with my friends, I would plan the entire day out on outlook or use one of many goal setting techniques that I had learned. For example, I would stick a piece of paper on the ceiling of my bedroom with my goals written on it so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up. And while all this helped me achieve great results, I noticed that I was always chasing the next big thing or the next goal I set for myself. I noticed that I never felt genuine contentment…
  • How to Make Your Dream a Reality

    Carin Kiphart
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    To me, these two seemingly innocuous words, “some” and “day,” when put together are the most empty and depressing seven letters in our language. They are a synonym for “never” and “ain’t going to happen.” They are the lie we tell ourselves for a dream that we will never ever, in our lifetime, accomplish. It is belied in the tone of voice — faithless and empty — this combo of words usually parenthesized by a pair of audible sighs. Sigh, “Someday I’m going to …” Sigh. Once again we have deceived and cheated ourselves. Whatever happened to carpe diem? Seize the…
  • 5 Life Lessons from World Travel

    Guest of TSN
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’ve spent the last year wandering around the globe and exploring this wondrous thing called life. Through 26 flights, I’ve managed to circle the globe twice and touch five of the seven continents. The journey led me to scuba diving for a month straight with whale sharks on islands in Thailand to hitchhiking my way through an African country to being paid to make sand castles on the beautiful Australian beaches to almost having a foot amputated in Asia. It’s been a hell of an experience. I’ve learned more about the world and myself than any book, teacher or person could tell me. I’m…
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    Sources of Insight

  • Schotoma: Why You Can’t See What’s Right in Front of You

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sometimes people can’t see (or hear) what’s right in front of them. Sometimes it’s opportunities. Sometimes it’s something they are looking for. Has this every happened to you?   Somebody is asking you for something.  You put it right in front of them, or give them the answer. And yet they don’t see it.  Or, they still don’t hear it? Somehow it doesn’t register. It’s because they have a belief.  Either they believe you don’t have the answer or that you can’t have the answer or you can’t have the answer right here, right now.   Or they believe the answer…
  • Do What Scares The Stuff Out Of You!

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    This is a guest post by Sarah Chana Mocke.  She is an influential leader in the software architect space and a leader of world-wide communities at Microsoft. Sara has grown her career over the years by owning her choices, diving deep, and exploring and expanding what she’s capable of.  She is a life-long learner, and she uses her strengths and skills to help lift others up and amplify their impact. Without further ado, here’s Sara with some things that have worked for her in shaping her career while pursuing her passions … We often hear from others that we own our own careers. That…
  • How To Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

    13 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    “We Become What We Think About.”  — Earl Nightingale I was looking for techniques for how to change your life. One of that caught my eye, is a technique by Earl Nightingale. In the book, How To Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds, Robert C. Worstell shares insight and inspiration from Earl Nightingale on how to instantly change your life. 3 Steps to Change Your Life According to Earl Nightingale, you become what you think about.  And that’s the key to changing your life. Via How To Completely Change Your Life in 30 Seconds: Here’s the secret in 3 steps:…
  • The One Who Gives Their All

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    I got a card from my Dad.  Here’s what it says: “The guy who’s ‘got it all” might be the one who stands out in the crowd — but the guy who gives his all is the one who stand out in the world.” Powerful words of wisdom. Image by Cliff
  • 10 Big Ideas from Emotional Capitalists: The Ultimate Guide to Developing Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Research tells us that to be successful in our personal and professional lives, we need emotional intelligence (EQ.) What is emotional intelligence or “EQ”? Technically, EQ is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.” And, a lack of EQ can hold us back in significant ways. In the book, Emotional Capitalists: The Ultimate Guide to Developing Emotional Intelligence for Leaders, Martyn Newman shows us how to get emotional intelligence, and use it to achieve…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • The Benefits to Downsizing and Living More Simply

    Kylie Browne
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The decision to downsize your home can be fuelled by various reasons: The kids have left home Retirement The loss of a spouse Financial strains The desire to live more simply. Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a hard process for many. There are emotional strains to paring back your belongings and sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture when you’re caught up in the emotion. Dealing with decades of worldly possessions can be considered cathartic. However a lot of people find it overwhelming when it comes time to take action. Once the decluttering process starts, you…
  • Don’t Let Mess Ruin Your Productivity

    Kylie Browne
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Working from home and staying organized is a challenge many of us face. We hear from many people each week with frustrations about their home office: My office is a dumping ground. I moved into my new house 4 years ago and there are still unpacked boxes in my office space. Keely We just moved and my home office is a crazy maze of boxes half opened! TCC My home office has become a dumping spot for everything that doesn’t have a home elsewhere in our house. I am ready to grab control of the space and improve my productivity by having a space that makes sense for my business! Mandy We…
  • Solutions to Home Office Challenges

    Kylie Browne
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    What’s your biggest home office challenge? Towering paper piles Ineffective filing systems Unsatisfactory habits for dealing with all the clutter Dual room functionality that just doesn’t work. We can help you create your perfect home office – decluttered, streamlined, organized. That sounds good, doesn’t it! Join us for our next online program: 7 Days To An Organized Home Office.  It starts Monday 13 October (US time). 7 Days To An Organized Home Office Over the 7 days we’ll cover: How to reclaim your office space How to sort your piles of paper How…
  • 6 Easy Steps To Staying Organized

    Kylie Browne
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    If you competed in the 2014 Disorganized Olympics*, would you receive a medal?  Merriam-Webster defines disorganized as: not arranged or planned in a particular way not having parts arranged in a neat and effective way not able to keep things arranged in a neat or effective way.  For most of us who undertake declutter projects, satisfaction is short-lived.  You find that you have spent time and energy creating a clever system that will keep your home or workspace looking fabulous but in the blink of  day, you’re back to square one. * There is no Disorganized Olympics. I made…
  • 3 Mindsets To Help You Let Go Of Clutter

    Kylie Browne
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Do you spend a lot of time thinking and planning, with little action? Lisa recently asked this question: We moved into our new house over a year ago now and I’m frustrated with the amount of stuff we have that clutters my home. I want to purge. I want to throw every un-useful thing out and start fresh. However every time I try to make a start, I find some crazy reason to keep these things. I’ve read books, done e-courses, written list after list about what I need to do but I just can’t seem to do it when it comes to the crunch. What am I doing wrong? Help Me!
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  • playing with colors

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:49 am
        I’ve been painting…a lot!   BUT. I’m still trying to learn how to paint with water and colors Here’s one I did yesterday, ‘dancer’. I wanted to learn how to leave white white….     Paint Party Friday           One of my favorite brushes….     Maple tree leaves are playing with light and shadows…   Shadow Shot Sunday2         Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. I’ll be busy this weekend - I’ll visit your blogs on Sunday evening…
  • eat me! said red apple

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
      MACRO MONDAY2     I HEART MACRO     RUBY TUESDAY TOO       Have a good week!    
  • aquarelle painting is so difficult!

    9 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
      Heeelp!   Three sessions of aquarelle painting learning behind and I’m totally lost! I’ve tried and tried to learn when the paper is ready to paint – not too dry not too wet, how to leave ‘air’ or ‘space’,  layer by layer…autch! Here’s one work which is not actually ‘my style’ but this is how it became…   Paint Party Friday         Autumn is here with lots of shadows!                       Shadow Shot Sunday2      …
  • city of imagination

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:17 pm
      MACRO MONDAY 2   I HEART MACRO   RUBY TUESDAY TOO     a detail     of this painting, watercolor, marker pen        
  • water and colors = colored droplets

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:42 pm
    I joined a watercolor painting group… Two sessions behind and painting feels more challenging than before! paper is too dry or too wet, did I choose the right color or did I paint white area by mistake etc.   But I love painting! creating!   None of the works is ready yet, so here’s one I did this summer…     Paint Party Friday       water makes tiny droplets when spraying watercolors….                       Shadow Shot Sunday2     Have a relaxing weekend!    
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    Mystic Madness

  • How to Celebrate Your Boyfriend’s Birthday

    19 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    One of the special day in everybody's life is their birthday. Though, it is celebrated once every year, people don't normally put their birthday on a low profile. It is a time you know people who love you because they will give you lots of gifts. If you really love your boyfriend, you will try to make him happy during this day. If you are worrying about how to the day memorable for him, you are not alone. You don't have to worry yourself so much about it. There are different ways of making him have a memorable birthday celebration. Here are some of the things you should do to…
  • How to communicate to a Man Through Body Language

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Most women talk of body language but have never, and will never use them because they don’t know how to. The use of body language is the most advance and, in fact, the most effective means of romantically communicating to the opposite sex when you want to get him or her in the mood.    Men love body language more than you can ever imagine and as a woman, you’ve got to know how to use yours if you nurture the dream of attracting any man of your choice. For men who understand this perfectly, it is just a matter of a snip of the finger and they are yours. In as much as men…
  • How to Avoid Being Abused In Your Relationship

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you are in a relationship, it is important that you do everything possible to avoid abusive relationship. This is because it has a lot of consequences.  It can lead to your death and even if you survive or it will affect you mentally and may leave you with some physical scares. There is also the issue of trust as well as financial damages. In fact, abusive relationship entails a lot of things. In the light of the above, it is therefore important that you avoid it. Here are some of the tips that you should apply in order to avoid abusive relationship.   Call it a quit when you…
  • Break up: Why You Should Experience One

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    When you find out that you love someone, there is no doubt that you will be willing to walk on fire just to protect him or her from a lot of things. This is the reason why in every relationship, apart from showing love and care to your partner, there is another responsibility you and your partner own each other that is next on the list. This is the protection of each other from a probable emotional hazard (as perceived by many) called break up. The fear of break up is an element of any relationship where love, whether mutual or one-sided do exist. One thing we all know love, itself, is in…
  • How to Protect Your Power in Your Relationship in 3 Steps

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    When it all started, I can guess how you felt about the new development that just took place in your life – You felt like the luckiest girl in the world. You felt butterflies in your stomach each time his presence is expected. You also became a gist freak as you are always busy narrating the goings-on in the newly born relationship. How is it right now? Is he still the man you knew him to be – the romantic, loving and charming man that always took your breath away? I guess not.   He has become the man who is always late to a date; the one who calls you whenever he wants to be…
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  • How to Make a LEGO Costume

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    LEGO costumes are both creative and easy to make. For something quick, try making a basic LEGO brick costume. For something a little more complicated, attempt a LEGO man costume. Here's what you need to know about making either one. Steps LEGO Brick Costume Get a box. The box must be tall enough to cover the entire torso of the intended wearer and about shoulder-wide. Do not get a box that extends below the knees or past the elbows, as either trait will make it impossible to move around in. Ideally, the box will end just above the hips and at the shoulder line so that the wearer will still…
  • How to Make Barbecue Sauce

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A really good barbecue sauce can add life to a whole host of your favorite meat dishes. Making your own barbecue sauce is so easy, and the results are so flavorful, that you may never go back to bottled sauce again! As with all good things in life, there are various ways to make a delicious sauce, so dig in and find which of these suggestions you most enjoy. Ingredients Easy microwave barbecue sauce: 2 tablespoons of butter 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion 2 cloves of garlic, minced 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1…
  • How to Convert a Microsoft Word Document to PDF Format

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sharing a file in PDF format allows people to view the document regardless of what word processor they are using. More importantly, it prevents formatting errors from cropping up due to word-processor incompatibilities, making PDFs a must for official documents like resumes and important letters. To convert a Microsoft Word document to PDF format, use one of the following methods. Steps Word 2010 and 2013 Open the file in Office Word 2010. Click the "File" tab and go to Save As. In the "File Types" field, choose Create PDF or XPS Document. The add-in - Save as PDF/XPS is built in Word 2010,…
  • How to Congratulate Someone

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    When something great happens to a friend, family member or colleague, congratulations are in order! But sometimes it's not easy to find the right words and know what gestures to make to show you care. As long as you express heartfelt enthusiasm for the person's good fortune, your congratulations will be well received. See Step 1 and beyond for good ideas you can put to use when it's time to tell someone congrats on their achievement. Steps Congratulating Someone in Person Bring up the accomplishment. Don't skirt around the issue when there's something to celebrate! Mention the reason that…
  • How to Make Fake Blood

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Vampires? Zombies? Werewolves? It's either the end of the world as we know it, or it's Halloween, and nothing adds to the frightening thrill of Halloween like lots and lots of sticky, realistic blood! There are as many ways to concoct it as there are to ooze it, ranging from edible blood made from everyday ingredients, to the chillingly realistic blood used in movies. Steps Realistic Syrup Blood (edible) This mix can get quite sticky and may stain clothes but is easily removed from skin with baby wipes or warm water. It tastes sweet, and looks real—–especially in front of a still camera.
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    Genuine Curiosity by Dwayne Melancon

  • Why Getting Out of Your Comfort Zones Can Make You Happier

    Dwayne Melancon
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What do you do when things are "going fine?" Think about it: generally speaking, you like your job; your boss and co-workers are cool (for the most part); you have a pretty short commute, and the work that you do is interesting and fulfilling. If all that is true, why do you catch yourself daydreaming throughout the workday about learning how to rock climb, or heading out for an epic road trip with some of your buddies? Actually, the desire to try new things is a normal and natural feeling. As Life Hacker notes, stepping out of your daily routine can actually help you to be more productive…
  • Apologies for site issues and kudos to

    Dwayne Melancon
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Some of you have sent me emails, messages, etc. over the past few days regarding this site being offline. I apologize for that, but have good news: everything is back to normal now.Yes, was down for about a week due to a snafu at my domain registrar. All should be fine now, and you'll see some posts showing up here soon (I have a backlog). Kudos to HoverPart of the solution to my issue drove me to change domain providers. I have heard a lot of good things about Hover in the past so I decided to give them a try. Actually, I've been an email customer of theirs for a…
  • Sharper Minds Through Video Games?

    Dwayne Melancon
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I play a lot of video games during my travels - it is a great release to unwind in my hotel room, and I find it very relaxing (yes).  I flit from one to another quite often, but my current favorites are Borderlands 2, Diablo III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops.  I also tend to apply lessons I learn from video games into how I view the world; for example, I have given multiple talks about what information security can learn from video games - such as this brief talk the RSA Security Conference earlier this year).   With that in mind, I wanted to make sure I wasn't deluding myself -…
  • Updated: How to lose 50 pounds in 6 months

    Dwayne Melancon
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:17 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. 10 months into the process (I started trying to lose weight August 1, 2013), and I'm doing a good job of maintaining and sticking with my program  I was just updating my photo with a new one just taken for work, and I thought it was worth updating my original post…
  • [Updated] SpiShutter hands-on - a great webcam privacy solution for MacBooks

    Dwayne Melancon
    24 May 2014 | 10:49 pm
    A while back, I shared how you can use cellophane tape to keep people from spying on you with your webcam.For the past month or so, I've been using an alternative called the SpiShutter which I really like so I wanted to share it with you.  Here is a brief video walk-through showing how it works: I have the black version of the SpiShutter, but they come in a couple of other colors, as well. By the way - the privacy screen I mention is the 3M Gold Privacy Filter for MacBook Pro Retina computers - they are available for most other computers, as well.  That's meant for a different…
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    Personal Excellence

  • How Long Would You Spend to Teach Your (Future) Baby to Walk, Before Giving Up?

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Have you ever taught a baby how to walk? According to BabyCenter, most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old and walk by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Some babies take longer, walking only when they’re 17 months old, though it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them — it’s simply different babies needing different time for development. Now, imagine you’ve a baby (for those of you who are already parents, no imagining needed here), and it’s now 9 months old — in its learning-to-walk phase. (For…
  • Ask Celes – I’m Getting Married and I’m Afraid of My Wife Seeing My Private Parts. Help?

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Dear Celes, I am a 25-year old man. I am facing the biggest crisis in my life as I am going to get married. My brief background would make it clear. When I was a kid, around 10, my female cousin (around the same age) and I would sleep together. On one such occasion, her hand accidentally touched my thigh and felt something bulging. She asked me what it was. In my child-like, innocent enthusiasm I opened my shorts and she saw my erect p****. She got excited and started rocking it, saying that she had now seen my ‘shame-shame’. Later, in the same excitement, she told all this to…
  • Aha Moments: How World Icons Got their Ideas and Inspiration [Infographic]

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hi everyone!! I apologize for the lack of updates! While I originally thought that I would have all the time in the world to create new content on PE after my wedding, as it turned out, I’ve been busy with moving into my new home (done), furnishing it (done; will be recording new Celes.TV video with house tour soon), and now loaded with a series of projects (the current live run of Anti-Procrastination Course which will last till mid-Oct, business collaborations, multiple one-to-one coaching clients, and an upcoming workshop engagement), among the admin work of managing a business.
  • What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross “The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time. What’s a Bucket List? If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. Why Create a Bucket List?
  • Write a Letter to Your Future Self (Review of my Past Letters and Tips to Write Your Letter!)

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Writing a letter to your future self is a concept I first wrote about in 2009, in my article of the same name. It is also the task for Day 29 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program. As I was recently reviewing the letters from my past self (in 2008) and writing my next batch of letters to my future selves, I thought it’s the perfect chance to record a video tutorial of the process and show you guys how you can do the same too! Watch the video below (please leave a “like” on my YouTube video page if you want more videos like this!): (If you’re unable to see the…
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    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development

  • 6 Great Questions to Find Your Purpose in Life

    Steven Aitchison
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    Have you ever asked yourself ‘Why the hell am I here, what is my purpose in life’? I believe there are two reasons we were put on this amazing place we call ‘Earth': 1. To find out what our purpose is 2. To start living our purpose and do what we were born to do. You are here to make a difference in the world, to leave your mark, to say ‘I made a difference’ when you are lying in your bed waiting in the crossover lounge, you were born for a reason, and the first part of the puzzle is to find out why you were born.  Some people go to their graves never knowing…
  • 4 Ways to Improve Visualization and Get the Body You Want

    Charly Redants
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    To achieve results, you must also be fully focused on your ultimate goal. Same goes for your body image. To achieve the body you want, you have to be able to clearly see the goal in your mind´s eye. The vision could be based on a picture from a magazine or from the internet, the way you looked when you were on the college playing sports, someone you saw at the beach, or any combination of these things. What is important is that you create a specific image of how you want your body to look. The creation of this mental picture is a tool called visualization. Consciously creating a positive…
  • Ten Ways to Create Genuine Happiness in Your Life

    Mike Oppland
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being always happy is not an easy thing to do. But there are some tips and trick that can help you create genuine happiness. 1. Separate you from your mind. This is one of the biggest deterrents for people in their “quest” for happiness. You are not your mind. Have you ever heard the saying “my mind is playing tricks on me?” Your mind is great at playing tricks on you, and for some reason you tend to believe everything the mind tells you. It judges, victimizes, sabotages, and worries, and every story it produces is the truth for you. The belief in these so-called truths and stories…
  • Why I Quit My Dream Job and Looked for My Tribe

    Ion Doaga
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bravery is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain and hard work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. – Veronica Roth I imagined it differently… When I was hired at my new job I believed that with this company it’s the beginning of my well-being. It offered a great career. A great career means more money. It promised me a secured and an improved quality of life. Though, I knew it won’t be easy, I was ready to sacrifice my relationships, give up on physical exercises and things that fulfilled me with little happy emotions, and work really hard in hope that…
  • 7 Amazing Ways to Motivate Yourself

    Jonathan Curran
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whatever your goals or dreams are, motivation assists you to achieve them in a better way. It helps you to keep a balance in your life, career and success. ‘Time is never the same’, no matter how much you have achieved or how much have you owned, things get turned with a blink of eye. In such leaps and bounds of life, motivation seems to be the key to your success. To describe ‘motivation’, we can say it is a natural force that drives you to struggle from time to time for accomplishing your goals and meeting your success. Read on the seven amazing ways to motivate yourself: 1 Start…
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  • Calibrate for Travel

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    A massive misconception I try and stomp out whenever possible is that you have to be wealthy to travel. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’m not wealthy. Most of the people I know who travel regularly aren’t wealthy. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have more money to spend on travel, but it’s not a requirement. It opens up more options, but in some ways also makes a person less likely to find the really good stuff; more on why, below. Unfortunately, money isn’t the only misperception most people have about travel. It’s these misperceptions that I…
  • Expert Sleepist

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    We spend a lot of time trying to improve our tennis swing. And our abdominal muscles. And our capacity to make money. There’s nothing wrong with these things. It’s a good idea to know how to make money so that you can support your craft and buy food, and it’s nice to have fitness and athletic goals to work toward. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of greatness in some aspects of our lives, we neglect other, sometimes quite vital aspects. Sleep, for instance, is more than just a little important. It defines everything else that we do, keeping our brains primed to form memories…
  • Sentimentality and the Present

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    We calibrate our actions to happiness. That is to say, we generally do the things that we believe will bring us the greatest net happiness over time. Unfortunately, the actions we take can result in less happiness and more discouragement, dissatisfaction, and despair. This commonly results from a misunderstanding of the relationship between sentimentality and the present. Sentimentality is a prediction of how we’ll feel in the future. We prime for nostalgia by making a guess about the wants and feelings of a future potential self; one that maybe misses this restaurant or perhaps regrets…
  • Pre-Order Considerations

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    My new nonfiction book, Considerations, will hit shelves on November 1, and is now available for pre-order through Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Gumroad. Considerations is a book about asking questions, attaining new perspectives, figuring out what you believe, and determining how these beliefs can help guide your actions Because of my coffee pricing policy, the book costs a whopping $2.99. If you pre-order the book and email me a receipt or some other proof-of-purchase, you’ll also receive 30 Days of Doing, free of charge (though it can also be had for $2.99 after the fact, if you miss…
  • Stack for Serendipity

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    I’m sometimes told that I published a piece of work at exactly the right time. A new book, blog post, or newsletter arrived at the very moment a reader was thinking about the same topic, and I helped provide the right words, insight, or even just a kick out the door to motivate them toward their next step. I love when this happens. Not because I think I had much to do with them taking those next steps — I might help strike a spark, but they provide the fuel and stoke it into a fire — but because it’s an example of how we can perform what seem to be feats of magic just by…
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  • 6 Reasons to Hire a Maid Service

    Deb Lee
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post by Lizzie Weakly explains the many benefits of using a maid service. If you’re a homeowner who spends any amount of time cleaning your home, you may have considered contracting a maid service. For those who are still on the fence, the following six points will help to convince you that using a service is a wonderful idea. 6 Reasons to Get Maid Service   1. More Time to Focus on Family Hiring a professional maid service is the perfect way to shift the focus from routine cleaning to valuable family time. Hours spent maintaining a clean home will easily eat away…
  • Use Fiverr To Get Stuff Done Quickly and Inexpensively

    Nealey Stapleton
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Fiverr. Fiverr. Fiverr. I like saying Fiverr; it has a nice ring to it and it just sounds cool. Have you heard of it? If you haven’t and you’re looking for an inexpensive way to hire someone to get something done, then have I got just the thing for you. Yep, Fiverr! Cool Fiverr Features   1. Everything starts at $5. Of course, there are add-ons to get extra products or services with your order, but you can get a whole lot for five bucks. It’s pretty irresistible and signing up for an account is free. 2. Access your account anywhere. Like almost everything else these days, Fiverr…
  • Fact Friday: Multitasking Lowers Your IQ

    Deb Lee
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ. A study at the University of London found that participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines that were similar to what they’d expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night. IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an 8-year-old child.“   Read More: Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest | | 10.8.2014   Related Information The Myth of Multitasking:…
  • Wage War on Your Cluttered Office (Part 2)

    Stephanie Shalofsky
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Original Image Credit: If you’re still waging war on your cluttered office, don’t stop! I’m picking up where I left off from my previous post — Wage War on Your Cluttered Office (Part 1) — to share more things you can do. Today’s post shares some additional steps that you can take to get your office organized and functioning well. If you have already started to do what I outlined in Part 1, you’re half way there and you can surely see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most important is to remember that staying clutter-free is an ongoing…
  • Renovation Organization: How to Prepare for Remodeling Your Home

    Ellen Delap
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Home renovation is sweeping the nation. According to a recent survey,  more than half of us will be renovating in the next two years. With home prices rising, it’s a great way to invest in your home. It’s also a great way to make the most of your existing space. Home owners make a choice to be DIYers or employ a professional to do the work. It’s a big investment and you want to do it right. Most especially, in either case, you want renovation organization throughout the project. Original Image Credit: How to Prepare for Your Home Renovation   1.
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  • Exposing the Multitasking Myth: 4 Better Ways to Manage Your Time

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post by Centask productivity blogger Bojan Dordevic. Bojan loves to write about all things time management and technology, and is the senior editor of AlphaEfficiency Magazine. While many people take pride in their “ability” to multitask, dividing your attention between two or more tasks can actually result in diminishing returns on your […]
  • 5 Things to Do Before the Meeting Begins

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    We have all shown up to that meeting. The one with no purpose. The one with no advance notice or details. And the one where no one could even find where the meeting was being held. It ends up being a waste of everyone’s time. To ensure your meeting is a success, you need to […]
  • TMN Sponsor of the Week: JetPens [Announcement]

    15 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    TMN Sponsor of the Week: JetPens Special thanks to JetPens for sponsoring Time Management Ninja this week. JetPens is a web store dedicated to providing unique, high-quality writing instruments and stationery products with fast shipping and top-notch service. They offer a vast selection of the best pens, pencils, office toys, and organization tools from around the world. Some examples of their organizational tools: - A pencil case that transforms into a pen holder - A staple-less stapler that fastens paper without clips or staples - A super-slim pen that easily fits into one’s wallet -…
  • Are You Making These 5 Calendar Mistakes?

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Staying on top of your calendar can be a real challenge. Your day is full of appointments, meeting invites, and other requests for your time. You need to manage your calendar or it will be taken over by those who will steal your time bit-by-bit until you discover that you have none left for your own […]
  • How to Boost Your Productivity With Just One Little Word

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This is a guest post by Linda Coussement. Linda helps entrepreneurs lead, grow and improve their remarkable businesses. Download her 10 page interactive Vision Guide and get a flying start to the growth and improvement of YOUR business. Isn’t it hard to say NO? Sure you can take on that extra project. And sure you can […]
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  • Decorating your Day-Timer®

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Love your Day-Timer® but want it to feel… a little more like you? There are tons of Day-Timer users that customize their planners to make them more personal. You may be asking yourself, “how do you decorate a planner?” Well we talked to some Day-Timer decorating experts and have pictures of how they personalized theirs! One of our Instagram followers, @craftyscrappymamas, made her own Day-Timer charm! Her style is now reflected in her Day-Timer with things she likes, like an earring of hers and a cute mom keychain. Her Day-Timer charm isn’t going anywhere, either, because it’s…
  • Planner Accessories

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    We know you love your Day-Timer®, and we want you to get the most out of it! So have you ever considered planner accessories to make your planner even more functional? We have great accessories that are made perfectly for your Day-Timer! We have a line of planner accessories to compliment your Day-Timer and improve your everyday planning! Is your Day-Timer your go-to planner at work? It knows all the meetings you have each day, contact information and maybe even notes jotted on the margins? Do we have a solution for you to make your Day-Timer even better! We offer a business card holder so…
  • Environmentally Friendly Planners

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Every year there is one thing that should always be scheduled in your planner – buying a new one.  When choosing a new planner you might want to use the same format, or you may want to try something new! But when looking for a new planner have you ever considered how much of the planner is made from recycled content? It is time for you to consider recycled planners, since not all planners are made the same!   Here at Day-Timer we love to recycle, after all we are a paper company! When choosing our paper we think about how conscious you are of the environment; that’s why all of our…
  • The Value of an Academic Planner

    11 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    An academic planner starts in July and ends in June. But what’s the purpose of having a planner that starts in July? There’s no difference in the format between planners, so what’s the big deal? Well, here’s what we know: Students Love Academic Planners When you’re a student and your planner aligns with your school year, it’s nice. Everything aligns well between your school work and your planner. Plus as a student, you’re taking notes, remembering readings, and scheduling assignments for classes. An academic planner helps you prioritize what needs to be done! Teachers Love…
  • Plan The Perfect 4th

    20 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Follow these tips and suggestions this Fourth of July for an exciting holiday! If You’re Hosting A Party: Having a get together with friends and family is always fun, and properly planning for it will make it even more enjoyable for you and your guests! Here are some tips to get the most out of planning for your party. Create a budget and stick to it! Budgets may seem like a drag, so to keep costs low think of how many people you’re inviting, how crazy your decorations will be, and if your guests should bring a side and beverage. Pick a theme for your party! Come on, you can do better…
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    The Art of Less Doing

  • Podcast #92 With Dr Bill Walsh Of The Walsh Institute

    Fancy Hands
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
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  • Podcast #91 With David Epstein Of The Sports Gene

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    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
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  • Podcast#91 w/ David Epstein Of The Sports Gene

    Ari Meisel
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
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  • Podcast #90 With Joe Polish And Dean Jackson Of I Love Marketing

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    9 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
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  • Podcast #89 With Nathan Whitmore Of OpenSTIM

    Fancy Hands
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

  • How to Show Empathy: 4 Habits of Highly Empathic People

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    I cried when I heard the news about Robin Williams. Not once, not twice, but many many times. I was so sad at the loss his family and friends would feel, so sad for the rest of us to not be able to experience his genius again on the stage or on the big screen. Robin Williams is no more. I didn’t like that one bit. Such tragic awful news. Then a few days later, I was angry at Robin. Furious! Outraged! I would have conversations with him in my mind, screaming “How Could You Do This?”, “What were you thinking?”, “Are you out of your mind?” and…
  • Want to Be Happy? 5 Powerful Ways Meditation Can Make It Happen

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:28 pm
    The power of the quiet mind, and how to get it. What if you could enhance and improve your life not by another new technique or tips you get from the media or books or online personal development blogs (including this one!) but rather by awakening a true power within you? What if you learned to quiet your mind before you began your day every morning? What would that do to your happiness and inner peace (aff)? How would that impact your dreams, your goals, your whole life? If we truly understood and believed in the power of a quiet mind, we would never allow the commotion of the outside world…
  • Top 202 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes on Life

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    I’ve loved and collected quotations since I bought my first journal at age 12 many moons ago. You see, before the internet, we had books and libraries, paper and pens but we still loved quotations – or quotes for short. They were just harder to assimilate and enjoy! Now inspirational quotes are ubiquitous, in fact so much that you may have become blind to them. Don’t. They still work even if you feel hopeless and desperate. You just need to find your favorites. Here are my favorite 202 inspirational and motivational quotes on life for happiness, inner peace, and success.
  • 8 Ways Perfectionism is Ruining Your Life (And How to Cure It)

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Let’s find out. Is perfectionism ruining your life too? Perfection is the state of being perfect, and this state does not exist. (You knew that, right? Apparently, some of us perfectionists were left off the memo!) Perfection is a moving target, forever deluding those of us silly enough to chase it. You can’t ever catch it, my dear, much like chasing a rainbow, or your shadow, or a fleeting thought. It is impossible to capture the state of perfection – or perfectionism – and to be one with it. So if you seek and praise perfectionism, it is ruining your life. Quietly and…
  • How to Get to Know Yourself in 5 Fool-Proof Steps

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Living a lie comes out sooner or later. The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais Nin When I read this quote first, I felt something tighten in my heart. I was still at my corporate job, living in total conflict with my core values, and still denying the reality of the situation. It took a simple phrase to snap me out of my coma and help me see how I had created my own agony: By denying who I am. And for what? So I could go on being someone else to impress people I don’t care about for reasons that don’t matter?
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  • Personal Finance Goals For Freelancers

    13 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Do you want to be a successful freelancer? One of the critical skills you will need is money management. Not only do you need to maintain the books and records of each of your side gigs (use my tips on how to do your own bookkeeping), you need to be able to stay on top of your personal finances as well. It takes a lot of time to build up a steady flow of income as a freelancer, and that requires a lot of discipline with your money. So before you start to launch into a freelancing career, start out by setting specific personal finance goals for yourself first.I strongly believe in…
  • London Top 10 Sites For Fun, Good Eats, And Adventure

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    I had the chance to visit London for a second time recently and what an upside surprise it was. When I went to London for the first time many years prior, I enjoyed the city but I was a bit tired and short on time since I was on my way home from a trip to Paris. So I was thrilled that my recent trip to London was phenomenal and relaxing. I spent 7 days strolling around London and was also able to take a couple day trip excursions outside the city, which was well worth the extra money and time. I want to share some of my new favorite London Top 10 sites for fun, good eats, and adventure…
  • Business And Management Lessons From Peter Drucker

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Peter Drucker is often referred to as “the founder of modern management,” making large impacts through his work in management consulting, teaching, and writing 39 books. He also wrote for the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and The Harvard Business Review. This influential guy knew how to keep busy, and there are some helpful business lessons from Peter Drucker that every current, future, or active manager and entrepreneur should know.Drucker was a business thinker and believed “that in modern society there is no other leadership group but managers. If the managers of our…
  • Questions To Ask During An Interview

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    In case you missed my last post, When It’s Finally Time To Find A New Job, I am plowing full speed ahead in job search mode. As part of my own interview prep, I’ve put together a list of questions to ask during an interview to help those of you who are also on the job hunt. When it comes to interviewing, the more prep the better!Having been at my current company for way too long, I’ve interviewed over 400 candidates for jobs as people came and left. I’m a bit off my game now that I’m the one actively looking for work since I’ve been on the other side of…
  • When It’s Finally Time To Find A New Job: My Job Search Quest Begins

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    Life is funny. When we’re kids we have all kinds of fun and crazy ideas of what we want to be when we grow up. We were free from inhibitions, fears, and biases because we were busy being enthusiastic, curious, and silly. But as we grow up, our thoughts and aspirations can become cloudy and more uncertain. Doubt creeps in, and we find ourselves having a lot more questions than answers. A lot of us end up on career paths very different from where we thought we’d go. I know I sure did. It’s a lot harder than we realized as kids to have a successful career that goes in a…
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • 21 Things You Can Do To Change Your Life Forever

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:46 am
    Last night I had a dream. It was Christmas Eve. And I was receiving presents. At that time, all I could think of was “I don’t want these. It’s just more stuff I won’t use.” Looking back, I can see how much I’ve changed. I almost haven’t noticed the change, because it sneaks up on you, until it’s impossible to ignore. It’s like when you were a kid. You got taller, but you didn’t notice until you stood up against the wall with the marks. The same holds true for life changes. You are constantly changing, but it’s hard to notice until it pokes you in the ribs. It’s not…
  • When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Everywhere you look, you’re told to achieve. And sure, you can get things done, but at what cost? If you’re anything like me, you want to do work you love, but you also want to remain somewhat sane. Life isn’t all about work. It’s not all about achieving. There are times when you feel like taking action. And there are times when you don’t feel like doing anything. When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything — The Video Before you read the rest of the post, watch this short video where I share how I deal with these periods. And if you want to get…
  • How to Do What You Love

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” - Joseph Campbell Just a few short years ago, I didn’t know I could get paid to do what I love. I was stuck in rules, shoulds, and what people thought I should do. But then things changed. I started listening to myself, to my inner GPS. I discovered more joy, happiness, and peace. I realized that life isn’t about getting something or becoming someone in order to be happy. Life is about being happy and then following the inspirational nudges you get. The truth is that you can do what you…
  • How to Make Great Decisions in Life + Business

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    Aah. Decisions. Should I do this, or that? Should I follow my passion, or should I take the “safe” road? Our lives are made up of decisions. How you make those decisions determines your life. But it’s not just how, but from where you make decisions. That’s what many people miss. They may achieve success, but without following their inner authority, they may never achieve satisfaction. Make Good Decisions — The Video So how do you make good decisions both in life and business? In the video below I share my story, and what I’ve learned from helping people…
  • “How Often Should I Blog?”

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    A common question I get is: “How often should I blog?” Should you post something daily? Three times per week? What about weekly? Is weekly too little? What people are really asking is: What should I do in order to succeed? We reach for formulas. We want guarantees. I know, because I did this when I started in late 2009. And I still do. I’m in no way immune. But this isn’t the right focus if you want to live a satisfying life. How Often to Blog (Video) So what’s the answer then? Is there a magic number, and if not, what do you do instead? The answer can be found…
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    The Summit Blog

  • Friday Favorites: Which thinking hat are you wearing?

    Julie Poland
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Google Images: polyvore.comOne of the most commonly cited workplace time wasters is the meeting.  Groups get into a groove, and that turns into a rut.  Sometimes the discussion goes round and round with no actionable outcome.Is your team running short on creative ideas? In your staff meetings do you feel like you're reliving the same old discussions (or arguments) about solving the same old problems and not making any progress? Try using the metaphorical "hats" developed by Edward deBono in his book, Six Thinking Hats to change things up a itThe premise is this:…
  • Your name is your strategy

    Julie Poland
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    At first blush this post might appear to be targeted Google Images: pleated-jeans.comtoward start ups and would-be small business owners.  But if you are considering doing any changing of name - to modernize, to overcome a less-than-stellar prior reputation, etc. - know that your name pronounces your strategy to the world.  You need to choose it with intention and forethought, and a bit of research doesn't hurt either.Here are some of the naming pitfalls that can destroy your business:A name that nobody can pronounce or is difficult to remember.  How are they going to look you…
  • If you want to learn, teach

    Julie Poland
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    One of the most frustrating elements in training can be the degree of retention (or lack thereof) of delivered information by the participants.  This is one of the reasons why employers sometimes hesitate to make the investment in developing staff - they don't see any difference when the whole thing is over.Among the strategies employed to improve this are exams and certifications.  While it is true that scores on these tools can convey an individual's recalled data set, they don't address the real question:  How can you help employees learn and apply more, more efficiently?
  • Are you ready to lead a big change?

    Julie Poland
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    You and your company might be in a situation where an overhaul Google Images: bri-williams.blogspot.comis necessary.  Perhaps you would like to do more than make a few tweaks here and there.  Most companies who undertake this level of change do so for one of two main reasons:·         Inspiration– a leader has someplace he or she wants the company to go, and the leader won’t take no for an answer.·         Desperation- external threats or internal challenges are causing the company to be at…
  • Recruit for values and passion, not for skills

    Julie Poland
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Perhaps this sounds like heresy, especially if your organization Google Images: gemrecruitment.comhas processes in place for documenting core competencies for particular roles, or if the jobs in your company are regulated and require certifications, licenses, etc.  But here's the thing - skills can be trained.  Values and passion are much more firmly ingrained, and as such are far more difficult to change. If a candidate starts out as a bad fit in the values and passion departments, they are likely to stay a bad fit no matter what resources the company expends to try to help them…
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    Balance In Me

  • How to Balance Me and Us Time

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Nobody can put a price on ‘me time’ – whether you’ve had a stressful week at work or just want a moment to have a good think, we all need a little time out now and then. But when you’ve got a partner, this can be easier said than done, particularly if you’re in the honeymoon phase of a relationship. On the flip side, if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you might not be spending enough time with your partner. If you’re having trouble striking the balance, here are a few tips on how you can both make the most of your ‘me’ and…
  • How to Balance a Love of Food with a Desire to Be Healthy

    Adrienne Erin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By guest author Adrienne Erin Despite countless fraudulent Internet ads that claim the contrary, there is no magic pill to make us skinny. Even though we sometimes hate to admit it, it’s clear that the only road to healthy living is a two lane highway: exercise and healthy eating. Americans are famous for clocking hours at the gym to make up for their poor food choices. I tell myself a plate of French fries will be erased by a half an hour on the elliptical or an ice cream sundae will be forgotten thanks to Saturday morning yoga. Unfortunately, the old saying “abs are made in the…
  • How to Balance Our Time

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    By guest author Traci Lawrence How can we tell if our Lives are Out of Balance? We can tell that our lives are not balanced through honest self-evaluation. We can ask ourselves how we’re spending our time. Do we work too much? Are we connected to electronics continually? How much quality time do we spend with our families? Are we devoting too much time to our hobbies? How often do we help other people with no thought of getting anything in return? Jasmin Tanjeloff, LMHC writes, on, about two kinds of balance of which we need to be aware: Balance in our internal world (mind,…
  • How to Balance Appearance and Reality

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    By guest author Traci Lawrence What is the difference between Appearance and Reality? According to, appearance [uh-peer-uh ns] – the state, condition, manner, or style in which a person or object appears; outward look or aspect. reality [ree-al-i-tee] – the state or quality of being real; something that exists independently of ideas concerning it. Reality is fact while appearance is perception. For example: The clown in the image to the right appears slender in the mirror, but he is overweight in reality. A small dog may appear to be cute and cuddly while the…
  • For the Ladies: Tips for Finding a Happy, Healthy Relationship

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    By guest author Christina Moore Of all the different problems we can have in the various areas of our lives, anything in the love department can really do a number on us emotionally. It is the rare person who doesn’t crave a healthy, loving relationship with someone with whom you can build a life together. Wanting this, and not having it can be distressing to say the least. The failed relationships and bad dates fill us with despair, and we are convinced we will be alone forever. But, you can find that great relationship—it is not something reserved for a special few. You deserve it just…
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    Nona Jordan Coaching

  • Going to the Source

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It was the year my husband went to Afghanistan.  I knew that year I was going to take time every damn day for me. To do the things that I love. And I did. I hiked, I meditated outdoors. I danced. I talked to my guides and I spent time with dear friends. I slept […]Related Articles:Surf LessonsThe Nature of MoneyYour TRUE VisionNot Quite ReadyThe REAL Treat
  • Solving a Better Problem

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I was very good at solving the ‘not enough’ problem. Over and over again, monthly – if not every two weeks – I found myself filled with fear and the rush that would come with scrambling around, finding money, paying bills, shuffling debt around. Then I would reward myself with mindless spending on stuff that I didn’t really […]Related Articles:Extreme Gratitude: Not for SissiesWhat’s In Your (Financial) Closet?The healing power of curiosityOne and the SameOne Practice for 2012
  • The Nature of Money

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    “Money is just dirty paper.”  I worked in a bank in my early 20’s. Believe me, when you count bills all day and your fingers turn black from the counting, stacking and wrapping of different denominations of money, that is the experience of money. Dirty paper. But if it were just dirty paper, it wouldn’t take so […]Related Articles:Going to the SourceLet it Flow, Baby.A woman who investsThe $25,000 Hole in My BudgetPlaying with Money Energy
  • Podcast: Goddess Guidance for Abundance

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Goddesses for Abundance & Prosperity This week’s podcast had some technical issues – there is an echo on my speech throughout, but my guest, Amy Palko, was totally unaffected. If you listen in, all of Amy’s answers are crystal clear. You can listen through BlogTalkRadio, or subscribe through iTunes. But for those of you who […]Related Articles:Playing with Money EnergyYou are “the One”The healing power of curiosityLove Changes Everything (Even Money)The year-end financial review, done with love
  • The $25,000 Hole in My Budget

    12 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    $25,200. My nine year old asked me a few weeks ago what color my hair REALLY is. That question (as many of her questions do) shook me awake. Her question invited me into an exploration of my relationship with my own beauty and the cultural ideas of beauty that are everywhere – and the financial cost […]Related Articles:A woman who investsYour TRUE VisionThe REAL TreatThe Nature of MoneyThe healing power of curiosity
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • Are You Sending Mixed Messages?

    Good Vibe Coach
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Enjoy this insightful guest post from law of attraction coach Sharon Ballantine (also an LOA Leader for her top rated blog) on the misaligned signals we sometimes send: You might have thought that the Universal Law of Attraction stated that whatever you thought about, you would automatically get. So you know what you want. You think about it a lot, but you still aren’t getting it. So what’s wrong? Does it mean that the Law of Attraction doesn’t work? First, you know that LOA does work. It has to; it is a natural law. Just like the Law of Gravity, it works all the time – whether we…
  • Q&A: Stuck in Negative Environment

    Good Vibe Coach
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Okay, fellow creators – you’re up again. Got a question this morning from one of our younger readers that we haven’t addressed before. His question goes like this: So you know how one of the most important tips for LOA is remove yourself from negative situations? I literally cannot remove myself from my life because I live with my aunt and uncle. So if I am constantly surrounded by negativity, what can I do? He’s certainly not the first conscious creator to feel handicapped in his vibration management practice due to being immersed in a negative situation. How have you…
  • Easy Peasy Manifesting

    Good Vibe Coach
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Sometimes we make this manifesting stuff harder and more complicated than it really is. Here’s a simple LOA formula for manifesting whatever you want – reliably and swiftly. It works whether you’re playing with a big desire you’ve had a while or a brand new easy peasy project. And it works whether you’re an LOA newbie or a seasoned manifesting pro. You’ll love these three easy steps: 1. Think on your desired goal. Maybe it’s a sold out speaking event, a super hot date, a debt free balance sheet. Whatever you want, hold it in mind as if it’s a…
  • Why to Stop Expecting Miracles

    Good Vibe Coach
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    What’s taking your miracle so long to manifest? If your desire still feels like a miracle to you, that’s probably why. Because things don’t manifest that we don’t easily believe in or expect. Our big dreams unfold when it feels like a logical “of course” next step. That’s what vibrational alignment is all about. When we’re in the same neighborhood as our desire is. Not on the other side of the globe. In fact, listen to this story … … I know a certain 6 year old who decided one day that he’d rather go to work than go to school. (Those were the options given to him…
  • Astro Revelations for Entrepreneurs

    Good Vibe Coach
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    There’s a special place in my heart for fellow freelancers and self employed healers. The work we do feels more important than ever, yet there are many gifted energy workers walking away from their soul work because they haven’t figured out how to make it work. Which is why I get super-creative about supporting our success from a variety of angles. From the vibration activations here at the blog, as well as the posts on getting friendly with money, to the money courses and LOA Biz Panel calls at GVU, and the LOA coach training with Lisa, I can now add to that list of support for…
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    Dave Ursillo

  • Should Your ‘About Me’ Page Really Be About You, or Your Reader?

    Dave Ursillo
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to detail how to use storytelling to write a great About Me page. What you suggest certainly makes sense, because I know that I get a good feeling about someone when I go to their About Page and want to know more about them… But, doesn’t your advice contradict what Marie Forleo and Derek Halpern say, that ‘the About Page is not about you”‘? What have been your findings when working with clients?” – Ania in Holland My friend Ania (who is a brand new mom, by the way– congratulations…
  • How to Make Your Story Shine

    Dave Ursillo
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “People fascinate me. Their bodies. Their brains, their emotions, their ideals, their histories, their choices, and their dreams. Their stories. It all comes back to stories. Everything everywhere is ultimately a story.” — Victoria Erickson (thanks to Meg for the quote) As I sat with change in my personal life over the summer, I suddenly felt holes in my values of service and contribution to the lives of others after having closed my writers’ group, The Literati Writers, in April. The brief hiatus, still ongoing but drawing to a close, was needed to evolve my online…
  • By The Time You Will Have Read This

    Dave Ursillo
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By the time you will have read this, I am miles away. Grown. Changed. Many steps, far gone. That’s how it works, this writer’s game. What words I share are few. What words I speak are fewer. And by the time you will have read what I say, my soul will have already moved on. The lessons shared, I’ve already outgrown them. The pains revealed, already healed. The hopes and the dreams expire too, and new ones have already slid into place. That’s why what I write, I never fear. No secrets I speak can be used against me. No old wounds shared could be opened again. No…
  • Markers Along the Journey: How to Find Your Path When the Journey Changes

    Dave Ursillo
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    I write you today with a late summer sun dipping behind me. My shadow falls evenly across my laptop, screen fogged by the light, as my fingers tap at the keyboard. The days are shorter now in Southern New England, and the nights are cooler. Autumn is here, and I must face the inevitable. Another winter is inbound. I may be a solar-powered human for my love of sun, and light, and long days that never end. But here with winter looming, I must accept that the brightness is destined to get dimmer. It’s a change I hate to accept. I want to fight it and curse the Universe. But I know deep…
  • 10 Books that Will Inspire You to Travel

    Dave Ursillo
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Two weeks after publishing my latest book Big Apple, Black Sand and the Midnight Sun, I’ve found myself in many conversations about travel and adventure with readers, family and friends. Today, I thought it would be fun to round up a collection of the best travel- and adventure-based books that have been recommended to me by readers and friends in some of those conversations. No doubt, these books will inspire you to travel and make adventures of your own. Better yet, they might help to remind each of us that the journey doesn’t stop when the travel ends–we need to…
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    Life-Long Learner

  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

    13 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Do you think if you understood how your brain worked and why you behave the way you do, you’d be better equipped to perform at a high level? If the answer isn’t at a resounding yes for you yet, that may change after today’s episode. I’m honored to have Steve Sisler founder of the behavioral resource group to take us through a deep dive on the power of behavioral profiling and how we can use it to level up work, relationships, and performance. There’s a lot of different behavior profile tests out there, but in my…
  • Inside The Mind Of A Venture Capitalist with Steve Schlafman – TCE 046

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “A common effort, yields common results” Man I love that, and I think it’s so important to keep in mind in the pursuit of doing hard things. Today I’m so exicted to have my close friend on the show Steve Schlafman. Steve’s an investor at well known venture capital firm RRE Ventures and is someone whose work ethic and hustle I genuinely admire. We’ve had a lot of entrepreneurs on this show, but today I wanted to bring someone on the other side of the table on. Steve sees 100’s if not thousands of companies a year…
  • Abundant Joy: How To Be The Happiest Person In The Room

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Two months ago I realized I’ve been doing my gratitude practice at about 25% of what it could be… I fell into this new ritual kind of by accident, but I’ve never been happier and held a more persistent sense of inner joy since I started this so I had to share it with you. I feel like I’ve beat this into the ground, but happiness (and everything else) is an inside job. To be filled with joy is a decision rooted in your ability to properly and consistently take an empowering perspective. Even though I…
  • Inside the Mind of A Dreams Dealer with Steve Sims – TCE 044

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Tell me if any of these things sound cool… Riding exotic cars across the Mojave desert, traveling to space…getting to play a concert with Journey! I’ve always been a fan of spending my money on experiences versus stuff and I’m pretty sure today’s guest would agree. I’m so pumped to have Steve Sims, the founder of Blue Fish which is the premier executive concierge service in the world. Steve is what I call a dreams dealer. If you can think of an experience you want for you life, he figures out a way to create…
  • How to Make A Killer First Impression With Ben Altman – TCE 043

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes Ever met someone that left you inspired, energized and impressed? What was it about their behavior that left you feeling that way? Today we’re going to decode the art of making a killer first impression with my buddy Ben Altman. Ben is the founder of Charisma on Command and my ol roomie in Brazil. After going from average joe to social powerhouse by working on himself for 5+ years Ben now teaches presentation skills to people all over the world. And what presentation is more impactful than making a killer first…
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Competition in Work Teams: How Gender Affects Creativity

    Marissa Brassfield
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    (CC) Unsplash If creativity is what you’re after, don’t force your female employees to be part of head-to-head competitions between work teams. Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis pitted mixed-gender and same-sex teams in a performance-based competition for a cash prize, and compared this information against actual data gathered from 50 teams at an oil and gas company.The results? When teams competed against each other, men-only or men-dominated groups were far more creative. When teams worked together collaboratively, women-led and women-dominated groups pulled…
  • Breaking Barriers: Organize Your Home Office to Get Stuff Done

    Rosemina Nazarali
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    This is a guest post by Keri Lunt Stevens.It’s hard to justify allotting several hours to a home office deep clean when you have projects that are due and clients who are waiting. But, what you may not have considered is that your productivity is likely suffering due to the mess you won’t address. Disorganization can cost you in multiple ways including late fees, wasted time and unnecessary purchases (because you—ahem—can’t find anything). To make more time and save more money, use these tips to get stuff done:Barrier No. 1: TimeTo break the barrier of too-little time, assess how…
  • Virgin Group Announces Unlimited Vacation Policy

    Marissa Brassfield
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    (CC) binder.donedat/Flickr Richard Branson is one of today’s most heralded visionaries. His latest policy move at Virgin marks another tremendous step forward in how high-profile companies do business.Employees at the Virgin Group have one more reason to give their all: unlimited vacation. CEO Richard Branson writes in a blog post that salaried staff can “take off whenever they want, for as long as they want.”No need for approval. No tallying up vacation days, either by the employee or by his manager. The decision to work or not work is solely up to the employee.Branson says…
  • 9 Responses to Google’s Email Rules

    Marissa Brassfield
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    (CC) Phil.Wendler/Flickr“How Google Works,” the recently published business book by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, shares a number of key Google practices. Chief among them, as you’d imagine, are email rules, and Time recently compiled a list of Schmidt and Rosenberg’s top email tips.The kicker here, of course, is that these rules don’t equally apply to executives and the teams who must carry out the action items in each missive. The following are my edits on Google’s rules for emailing, as they pertain to key staff and team members.Google Rule 1:…
  • Disappearing Office Forces You to Stop at 6 PM

    Marissa Brassfield
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Photo: HeldergroenAmsterdam design studio Heldergroen has an approach to work-life alignment that we at Ridiculously Efficient can definitely get behind: a disappearing office in which the desks vanish at 6 p.m. each day.You read that right. The workspaces are all connected to the ceiling with strong steel cables. When it’s quitting time, a simple key turn lifts the spaces into the sky and out of reach.Technically, this theatre-inspired infrastructure serves a functional purpose: at nights and on weekends, the space is free to be used as a yoga studio, dance floor, cocktail reception,…
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    Personal Excellence

  • How Long Would You Spend to Teach Your (Future) Baby to Walk, Before Giving Up?

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Have you ever taught a baby how to walk? According to BabyCenter, most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old and walk by the time they’re 14 or 15 months old. Some babies take longer, walking only when they’re 17 months old, though it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them — it’s simply different babies needing different time for development. Now, imagine you’ve a baby (for those of you who are already parents, no imagining needed here), and it’s now 9 months old — in its learning-to-walk phase. (For…
  • Ask Celes – I’m Getting Married and I’m Afraid of My Wife Seeing My Private Parts. Help?

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    Dear Celes, I am a 25-year old man. I am facing the biggest crisis in my life as I am going to get married. My brief background would make it clear. When I was a kid, around 10, my female cousin (around the same age) and I would sleep together. On one such occasion, her hand accidentally touched my thigh and felt something bulging. She asked me what it was. In my child-like, innocent enthusiasm I opened my shorts and she saw my erect p****. She got excited and started rocking it, saying that she had now seen my ‘shame-shame’. Later, in the same excitement, she told all this to…
  • Aha Moments: How World Icons Got their Ideas and Inspiration [Infographic]

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hi everyone!! I apologize for the lack of updates! While I originally thought that I would have all the time in the world to create new content on PE after my wedding, as it turned out, I’ve been busy with moving into my new home (done), furnishing it (done; will be recording new Celes.TV video with house tour soon), and now loaded with a series of projects (the current live run of Anti-Procrastination Course which will last till mid-Oct, business collaborations, multiple one-to-one coaching clients, and an upcoming workshop engagement), among the admin work of managing a business.
  • What’s on Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Every man dies – Not every man really lives.” ~ William Ross “The only people who fear death are those with regrets.” ~ Author Unknown A few days ago, I was surfing online when I came across someone’s bucket list. It quickly inspired me to create my own list and write an article about it at the same time. What’s a Bucket List? If you haven’t heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfill and life experiences you desire to experience before you die. Why Create a Bucket List?
  • Write a Letter to Your Future Self (Review of my Past Letters and Tips to Write Your Letter!)

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Writing a letter to your future self is a concept I first wrote about in 2009, in my article of the same name. It is also the task for Day 29 of Live a Better Life in 30 Days Program. As I was recently reviewing the letters from my past self (in 2008) and writing my next batch of letters to my future selves, I thought it’s the perfect chance to record a video tutorial of the process and show you guys how you can do the same too! Watch the video below (please leave a “like” on my YouTube video page if you want more videos like this!): (If you’re unable to see the…
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    The Blurbler

  • What is Ebola?

    Mick Gill
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Ebola is a deadly disease caused by a virus. There are five strains, and four of them can make people sick. After entering the body, it kills cells, making some of them explode. It wrecks the immune system, causes heavy bleeding inside the body, and damages almost every organ.View Visual Guide To EbolaWhy you should Donate!
  • How butter and cheese can keep you slim - and even ward off diabetes

    Mick Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    How butter and cheese can keep you slim - and even ward off diabetes Read More
  • Often go to bed late? It could leave you with a chronic sleep disorder

    Mick Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Often go to bed late? It could leave you with a chronic sleep disorder Read More
  • LIQUID METAL shown to reconnect severed nerves in a frog

    Mick Gill
    1 May 2014 | 10:07 pm
    LIQUID METAL shown to reconnect severed nerves in a frogRead More
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    Mick Gill
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Forget sharks! Mosquitoes are the world's deadliest animals
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    Thad Thoughts

  • Use Evernote as Blog Idea Starter

    Thad Puckett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever had a great idea?  Something that you want to follow up on later because at the moment you are engaged in something else?  Or maybe, like me, you have a blog to write or some other deadlines to meet (either from your day job or your hobby). Let me introduce you to a great tool called Evernote. The point is that you can use Evernote as a blog idea starter, using the tool to remember snippets of ideas for use later on. Evernote says of itself “Remember Everything”, “Capture Anything”, “Access Anywhere”, “Find Things Fast”.  Those…
  • Juicies+ is the Cable Apple Should Have Made

    Thad Puckett
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    About a year ago (October 2013) I backed a Kickstarter project that made a bold promise:  to make the cable Apple should have made. My account was debited in early November of that year, but it took until the late summer 2014 to receive the Lightning cable. It was well worth the wait. Called Juicies+, this is easily the best cable for an iOS device that I have ever owned or used. It is exactly what it says it is:  the cable Apple should have made. If you have ever owned an iOS device, you’ll have received a ubiquitous white cable.  You use it for charging.  Nothing special about it…
  • 5 Observations About Dreamforce 14

    Thad Puckett
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Dreamforce 14 got off to a big start yesterday.  The annual love-fest grows bigger each year, but somehow manages to be relevant and engaging each year. This is my 6th Dreamforce, and the changes through the years have been fairly noticeable. Here are 5 observations about Dreamforce 14 1. is serious about philanthropy, and doing good works.  Their 1-1-1 philosophy isn’t just a slogan.  They find innovative ways each year to engage conference participants in this philosophy of doing good in the community.  This year the method is a canned food drive.
  • Salesforce is Perfect for Small Business

    Thad Puckett
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    After working at my current job for 6 years, I am convinced that Salesforce is perfect for small business. When I started working at The Karis Group in 2009, I was thrown head first in to the deep end of the CRM pool. I was eager, interested, intrigued, fascinated by technology, but I had never used a CRM.  My introduction to Salesforce, which I quickly was given the task to administer (yeah, scary, right?), came with the job. Learning Salesforce was fun.  I had no preconceived ideas about what a CRM should be.  I knew my way around a Linux server, loved the command line (in *nix not…
  • Tips for a Successful Dreamforce

    Thad Puckett
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Dreamforce 14 is upon us.  This will be my 6th Dreamforce! Here is a brief list of things I’ve learned along the way that I want to share to help you have a successful Dreamforce. 1.  Bring comfortable shoes and wear them.  More than your computer, more than your phone, more than your charger, bring comfortable shoes.  You’ll walk a lot more than you normally do. 2.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.  If you have a full conference pass you don’t need to worry about breakfast or lunch.  This year they will be available in many of the conference venues, but if the…
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    Sacred Earth Partners Training and Retreat Center

  • PDR 42 – What is the Wheel of the Year? with Lori Lynn Smith

    Lori Lynn Smith
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Show Topic: What is the Wheel of the Year? The Four Seasons mark a seasonal change caused by the Sun. These are Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, we are all familiar with these.   The cross quarter days are usually celebrated as significant agricultural festivals.These are Samhain, Imbolic, Beltane and Lughnasad. Together they make up the Wheel Of The Year. The Wheel Of The Year, is often broken into eight festivals, most commonly Seasonal Festivals or Celtic Sabbats, these are a common theme throughout the world. The Festivals of the Wheel Of The Year represent the connections of the…
  • PDR 41 – Simple strategies to get you started on Social Media with Susan Friesen

    Lori Lynn Smith
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Show Topic: Simple strategies to get you started on Social Media   Special Guest: Susan Friesen Entrepreneurs are often befuddled over social media – they either don’t get it, find it’s a waste of time, or have no idea where to begin.  There are 5 initial strategies everyone should follow when embarking on social media to ensure better overall success: Have a plan Know Your Audience Ensure Others Know You’re on Social Media Be Consistent with Your Brand Identity Don’t become a Ghost Town   Listen Here:…
  • PDR 40 – Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life with Priya Rana Kapoor

    Lori Lynn Smith
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Show Topic: Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life   Special Guest: Priya Rana Kapoor Today we are going to be speaking with Priya Rana Kapoor the author of “Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life,” In the book Priya outlines her successfully proven method that helps bridge the gap between disinterest and complete engagement. The outcomes of her process, “The Permission JourneyTM,” lead to a happier environment and increased productivity both at home and at work.   Listen Here: Stitcher : Here…
  • PDR 39 – Coaching and Empowering Others with Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin

    Lori Lynn Smith
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Show Topic: Coaching and Empowering Others   Special Guest: Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin REVEREND, Dr. KEVIN T. COUGHLIN (RevKev) SHARES ABOUT EMPOWERING OTHERS AS A PROFESSIONAL MASTER COACH, AS A REVEREND, AND AS A TRAINER.   Listen Here: Stitcher : Here BlogTalkRadio: Here iTunes: Here Show Notes: Nov 1st – The Circle – Live Your Dreams Creation Circle – How we can use the natural cycles of wheel of the year to create our dream lives. About RevKev Reverend Kevin…
  • PDR 38 – Inspired Planning Actions for your Solopreneur Business with Lori Lynn Smith

    Lori Lynn Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Show Topic: Inspired Planning Actions  for your Solopreneur Business   Special Guest: Lori Lynn Smith Did you accomplish what you wanted to last year? Did you feel you moving aimlessly from task to task? According to the Small Business Development Center, lack of planning is one of the top three reasons businesses fail. Without a plan, it is easy to see every task as equally important.   Listen Here: Stitcher : Here BlogTalkRadio: Here iTunes: Here Show Notes: Nov 1st – Live Your Dreams Creation Circle – How…
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    Social Hacks

  • 3 Key Benefits Of Using A SharePoint Governance Plan

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    If you’ve recently installed a SharePoint system within your organisation and haven’t addressed or fully grasped the Governance feature, you will definitely need to read on. The 3 benefits of using a governance plan listed below only scratch the surface in why you should take advantage of one, and whilst this isn’t an in-depth article, these 3 broad points are key in understanding just how powerful this feature can be. Understanding SharePoint Governance ‘SharePoint Governance‘ is exactly what it says – the governing of exactly how your SharePoint will be utilized within…
  • Is Poor Internet Performance Compromising Your Business?

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    We’ve all heard the business cliché about time equalling money and its modern equivalent, “Money never sleeps”, just as we know the age old proverb, “Time waits for no man”, but what if there was that one factor we could control, something allowing us to seemingly cheat Old Father Time and consequently improve a business’ performance. What if I was to tell you that one factor was a simple fix, something often overlooked due to its ostensibly complex nature and unnecessary esoteric jargon? The 21st century has introduced a vast array of technological advances to the business…
  • Keep Your Business Head In The Clouds With NetSuite

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    What Is NetSuite? To fully understand NetSuite and all of its benefits and functions, you first need to take a few steps back and overlook its ostensibly complex features by focussing on its overall and fundamental goal: to run a business efficiently and economically online from one single piece of computer software. Compounding further on this broad summary, still keeping it simple yet simultaneously highlighting just how easy NetSuite software is to utilize, think of it as a system capable of storing all company data in a one database. All information and analytical data is accessed via a…
  • How To Use Social Media When You Are Moving To a New Place

    6 Nov 2012 | 12:23 am
    Moving to a new place is an important decision which requires extensive planning and preparation in advance. You can move to a new place either by yourself or you can avail the services of a moving company. Your moving experience depends a lot on the moving company you choose (if you are hiring a moving company). Before zeroing in on one company you need to do a thorough research both online and offline. You can refer to the client testimonials to get idea about the long distance moving companies and accordingly decide. You must also ask for referrals from the moving company and call them. I…
  • 10 Ways To Hack Your Dress Code For a Job Interview

    2 Sep 2012 | 9:15 pm
    Dressing and getting ready for a job interview is one of the most nerve wracking things that you have to do. Aside from your wedding day it’s probably the most thought and effort that you put into your appearance. I’ve personally seen CEOs check out of interviews and not say a word beyond “hi” when someone showed up dressed way too casually, or even if they had on tennis shoes instead of dress shoes. But it doesn’t have to be so difficult. There are some really good, simple rules to follow to take some of the worry out of dressing for an interview and will take a bit of the stress…
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    BucketListly Blog

  • One Year of Incredible Discomfort:10 Things I’ve Learned...

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    One Year of Incredible Discomfort:10 Things I’ve Learned From Climbing Mountains It was only October 2013 that I began prepping myself for my first solo trekking trip in the Himalayas, Nepal. At the time, I had no clue what trekking was and I had never have an interest in it. Things changed when my curiosity took over. "What would it be like to walk among the Himalayas?" Since then, I have climbed Mt Chiang Dao in Thailand, Mt Fuji in Japan, Mt Rinjani in Indonesia, a few little canyon hikes in Australia and I plan to celebrate this achievement with the climb of Mt Ngauruhoe in New Zealand.
  • 12 Hours in Bangkok - Things to Do On the 18th of August 2014,...

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    12 Hours in Bangkok - Things to Do On the 18th of August 2014, I had an opportunity to become a traveler in my own home town, Bangkok. My friend from New York attended a wedding in Koh Phi Phi and on her way back, she decided to do a short stop in Bangkok. I was very excited to show her around because in all my 25 years living in Thailand, I have never had a chance to see Bangkok from a traveler’s perspective. Here was my chance, and I never looked at Bangkok the same way again. I came up with the itinerary to show Danielle around ranging from temples to roof top bars. Even though some…
  • Magical Things Happen WhenYou Have Nothing to Do There is no...

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Magical Things Happen WhenYou Have Nothing to Do There is no denying that with the overload of information we have in our hands, there is an urge to try and control everything around us. From planning your itinerary down right to the last detail to booking everything months before your travel. This gives us a false sense of control and expectation and when things don’t go as planned (which often happens), you are usually left disappointed. When you try to control your travel, you lose the opportunity to experience the unexpected, which is often where magical things happen that makes…
  • Japan Part 5: Road trip in Kumamoto with Friends And we have...

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Japan Part 5: Road trip in Kumamoto with Friends And we have finally come to the last part of the Solo Traveler’s Journal #10 about Japan. It has been a long ride since the first part where I climbed Mt Fuji! In this part, I decided to change the pace a little, and met up with a friend who I hadn’t seen for 10 years since school. We decided to meet at the Kumamoto arcade area after I arrived in the city. It was definitely a good change of pace after traveling alone in this country for so long. Since my friend has been an English teacher in the JET program for a year now, a little…
  • Japan Part 4: Kyoto and Gion Matsuri For the first time in my...

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Japan Part 4: Kyoto and Gion Matsuri For the first time in my travel, I came to Kyoto without a plan. I decided to give myself some rooms for whatever opportunities that may come my way, and man, was I glad I did it. It was July 2014 when I was there and in July every year, Kyoto celebrates the Gion Matsuri, one of the most famous festival in Japan. The city is crowned with a parade on the 17th and 24th of July, and 2 nights leading to the parade, the streets of Gion district are reserved for pedestrians and street vendors. The streets are lined with night stalls selling all kinds of food and…
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  • Best gym ever

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Just finished my first workout at the gym. And I want to write a post about it! Why, I just didn’t expect a gym to be so appealing. With this many enjoyable things and details. For the record, I’m not a gym rat, though I’ve been to ~10 gyms (also in different countries) and those gym experiences were more or less similar — until this time. Take out your notebooks, gym owners. Gym who? So, the gym I’m talking about is PureGym (, it’s a UK gym chain, established in 2008. It’s positioned in the affordable fitness sector: membership starts from…
  • 10 awesome home gadgets people rarely use

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    This list contains 10 domestic gadgets that proved themselves to be unexpectedly useful and enjoyable. I’m not going to list such things as iPhone or Nespresso, since they are widely known, and if someone doesn’t use them it’s for either financial or ideological reasons. Most of the listed gadgets have been on the market for a while, but still many people don’t know about them or doubt that the purchase will be worth it. So, I’m going to name the things that I’m using and that (in my opinion) are WORTH IT. The images used, and the links and descriptions are…
  • Graze box free code

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Graze is a new service that offers a subscription to a delivery of healthy snacks by post in UK. The idea is having convenient & healthy, pre-portioned snacks sent direct to you in the post. The boxes are designed to encourage you to munch on goodness throughout the day, instead of fatty biscuits and crisps. It’s definitely more healthy than most things you’ll find in an office vending machine. Original price for one time delivery is £3.99 I received a Graze box free code from a friend and signed up for a free first glaze box (you have to cancel the subscription online to stop…
  • Emmy 2014 predictions

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    TV series watchers might have seen the list of Emmy nominations. Who, do you think, should have it? Here’s my list. All Emmy 2014 predictions are based on personal opinions, interviews with the actors and occasional watching experience :) Drama Series: Winner: “True Detective” (HBO) Nominees: “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “House of Cards” (Netflix) “Mad Men” (AMC) “True Detective” (HBO) Last year’s winner: Breaking Bad Lead Actress in a Drama Series Winner: Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” Nominees:…
  • Get free money from Payoneer: request $100 to get paid

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Payoneer is a US Payment Request Service allows you to send requests for payments to US companies. It’s easy! Just send a US payment request of $100 by July 31st 2014, and you can be one of the ten winners who will actually receive $100, courtesy of Payoneer. To use US Payment Request Service for payment requests just fill in the details of the company you want to get paid by, then fill in the amount of money to request — and you’re done!
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    Raheel Farooq

  • What Is Education?

    Raheel Farooq
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Education is what provides us with genuine knowledge. Genuine knowledge is what helps understand and deal with life optimally. Coping with the challenges of life, or dealing with the real life problems optimally means acting properly under specific conditions, which is only possible when we have developed some understanding of the life which we believe… Read More The post What Is Education? appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Choosing Your Living Room Furniture the Right Way

    Raheel Farooq
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    When it comes to choosing your living room furniture it can be a very bar process, it’s hard for the simple fact that it can be a hard job to pinpoint the right furniture for your home along with measurements of those furniture items. There’re a lot of variables that one has to think about… Read More The post Choosing Your Living Room Furniture the Right Way appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • How to Change a Habit – A Simple Trick

    Raheel Farooq
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:48 am
    Changing a habit is always a difficult task; for everyone, no exception! The wise call habit second nature because it is often so deep rooted in our personality that everything contrary to it seems unnatural to us. If you smoke cigarettes, you’ll be amazed at people who quit it. It would seem rather odd to… Read More The post How to Change a Habit – A Simple Trick appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • The Rootless Tree – A Dialogue with the Dumb

    Raheel Farooq
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    “If I give you my clothes and you wear them like I do, will you become me?” I asked. “No.” He said. “If you buy the shoes just like mine and put them on and walk like I do, will people mistake you for me?” I asked. He nodded his head in no. “If you… Read More The post The Rootless Tree – A Dialogue with the Dumb appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • 5 Most Shameful Ways You Can Use up Your Savings

    Raheel Farooq
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:38 am
    The funny thing about savings is that it takes a really long time for you to build it up to a respectable amount—but you can end up wasting it all in an instant. Now, there are understandable ways of digging into your savings account, like paying off a credit card debt as opposed to facing… Read More The post 5 Most Shameful Ways You Can Use up Your Savings appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
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  • 25 Quotes to Inspire Confidence

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

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Pursue your passion. That’s the traditional wisdom, right? But there’s more to it than just that. In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau explains how you can also find a purpose in the pursuit of a quest. The book is based on his experience visiting 193 countries, and how the pursuit of that quest also gave him great purpose in life. Since I received two copies of the book from the publisher (thanks, Chris!), I’m giving away a hardback version of Chris’s book to one lucky reader! The contest details are at the end of this post. So what is a…
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Finding Your Purpose

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I’ve been spending less time on my blog this summer. I guess you could say that I’ve been away on a long journey. Not the kind that requires a passport, but a long journey just the same. Most of the journey was spent finishing my master’s degree, researching and writing the massive paper required for my final thesis. I knew it would be a big, time-consuming project as I mentioned in this article about Climbing Your Own Mount Everest. What I didn’t realize was how much of my focus and energy it would take. As a result, I took a little break from blogging and…
  • 7 Things Successful People Never Say

    3 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Have you ever noticed that the most successful people share a certain kind of attitude? For example, successful people don’t spend a lot of time complaining. They’re busy taking action and creating their success. As you read the following list, think about whether you hear yourself saying any of these things. If you do, consider how you might shift to a more positive and success-oriented point of view. 7 Things You Won’t Hear Successful People Say: 1. I’m completely overwhelmed: Successful people never say this because they guard their time and manage their energy.
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • 5 Steps to End Anxiety

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    When anxiety strikes it can take over. It can easily prevent you from being able to focus on anything else. If you're anxious about a future event or even something that is happening currently but elsewhere, you'll find that you cannot do anything else. You may set yourself up to
  • From Talking to Doing: How to Get Started on Your Life Goals

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Are you getting anywhere with your goals? You know why right? It’s because all you do is talk about the life you want to live. You haven’t taken any action to make it happen. This reminds me of my friend’s situation. He wanted to buy a house. That was
  • The Trait You Need to Succeed

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    My entire year of 12th grade was excited about my upcoming independence. Graduating high school meant that I was a full-fledged adult. I was of legal age and completed my education requirements. I would finally be in a place where I could begin to be my own person, take control
  • 7 Ways That Are Sure to Get You Through Tough Times

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Aren’t you sick of tough times? Every time something comes up you just want to throw in the towel. It even has you reconsidering your plans and goals. That’s what happened when my mom got sick. Just a few weeks before I got the phone call that she experiencing
  • 6 Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier Than Ever

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Don’t you wish your life was easier? Every time I would sit down on my couch to work from home, I just couldn’t get started. It was definitely something I needed to do. If I didn’t, it would mean more work later on. For some reason it was so hard
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    Life Stalker

  • Gharwali Diwali - Diwali Nostalgia - Amma, Ladoo, and Chakkari

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    I was watching this beautiful Pepsi, gharwali diwali short film, and this made me remind of my gharwali diwali. When I used to celebrate the diwali, like no used to do, when everything was so simple,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Timeless Jokes Ageless Wisdom - A Book Review

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    Timeless Jokes Ageless Wisdom - A Book Review How many times, it happened with you, that you read a joke, have a little laugh. And then, you forward it to someone else. Now think, you are going... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 37 Inspirational Quotes about Happiness

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Turn on the light. #1. Turn on the light. Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times. If one only remembers to turn on the light. J. K. Rowling Don't Lose Happiness #2. Don't lose... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Money Vs. Human Values

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Money Vs. Value of Life I asked him, "Uncle, your landlord is at home or not" The man was busy with those beautiful marigolds. I thought he hadn't heard what I said, so I repeat, "Uncle, your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 18 Writing Tips From Famous Authors

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    Writing Tips #1 Tip#1, Just Start Writing Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. Louis L'Amour Writing Tips#2 Tip#2, Dude, don't play smart. Here... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    A Word for Things Unsaid

  • Dos & Don’ts of connecting with new, don't-know-personally Facebook friends

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    #4 of How to make Real Friends out of your new Facebook Friends Making real friends out of your friend-request-added-friends demand social techniques that are frighteningly distinct from playing the numbers game. It is about building relations. Do you wish to make friends and not merely add them as profile decorations? Do you know that being an online star with 10 million friends is entirely different from making good friends out of total strangers? What do girls need to understand before writing to guys they do not know outside Facebook? What do men need to keep in…
  • If you want ‘pingbacks’ from your Facebook friends, ping them

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Tip #3 Reciprocate: Give, if you want to receiveRemember, the hand that takes can also give. Limiting your sense of value, only to what you receive, will leave you high and dry soon. Have you noticed how winners win like bosses on Facebook? They have more likes on their images, their statuses are nothing short of a busy cafe, people read their notes, and their links look like a bunch of barnacles were sharing it across the entire internet, their opinions have more likes than others in discussion threads ETC. These Facebook bosses are life of the party, the “interactors”, and the givers…
  • How to not Scare off new Friends on Facebook with the ‘You’

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Tip #2 Being ‘you’ is not the same as being the depressed youNarcissists, loners, trolls, table hogs, and social pariahs have an excuse: They call it the ‘F***-U-I-Don’t-Care-What-You-Think-Of-Me and It-Is-My-Life. They will never make real friends on Facebook. They will grow old posting Emo quotes and Emo images on their walls.The internet is full of memes of such. Look closely: What depth of impression about their social life do their statuses, likes, comments, and general behavior give you about them? Deep inside, we are all lonely people looking for acceptance, and companionship.
  • Why politeness and courtesy still matter in making real friends on Facebook

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    In the introduction to the concurrent tips about not only adding friends on Facebook, but also keeping them, we summarized why friendship is more than just clicking (no pun). It is a phenomenon that needs constant watering. There is a lot going on in each dynamic. Here is the first of the tips. Tip #1 Be Polite: Courtesy out from among Cavemen In a world of eye-tripping SMS texts, foul-mouthed trolls, acerbic Bitch Please-es, Jihadist chat-bombers, and such general caveman-nery, the magnificent institution of politeness and manners still go a long way. In a world of…
  • How to make real friends out of your new Facebook friends – and keep them

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Long title, is it not? Yes, friendship is as complicated. Making new friends and building friendship were once priorities that fed solely off community traditions and social etiquette: regular phone calls, dinners, dates, et al. That institution stood strong until Facebook intruded–it has demystified social taboos and introduced new dynamics into the ages-worth of electives about friendship. Phones and dinners are still indispensable. However, the social networking site’s offer of proximity and accessibility has relieved relational proscriptions. Unfortunately, the portal is…
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  • Never lose you’re remotes

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
        Organization Use Velcro and stick 1 or 2 (depends on how big your remote is) on your remote and stick 1 or 2 (depends on how many you have on the remote) on you’re coffee table. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Never Lose your Remotes AgainThe Skinny on Recognizing Weight Loss ScamsNever Lose a Nail Again!Eat two meals a day – way to lose weightWays To Gut Out Your Gut: Take Time Off to Rest and Recover RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Never lose you’re remotes comes from LifeTricks.
  • Accented letter for passcodes

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
        Personal Protection & Security Use an accented letter as your passcode. No one will ever be able to guess it. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Use Accented Letters in your PasswordLearn More Two and Three Letter Words Before a Game of ScrabbleMake a Unique Framed Monogram By Tracing Out the Letter and Gluing Strips of Paper and Rolled Pieces to The OutlineUse Letter Organizers to Store Flip Flops or FlatsOutsmart your Auto Correct by Typing an Extra Letter when Trying to Spell a Contraction RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis…
  • Use SafetyTat temporary tattoo on your child in case they become lost

    3 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
        Parenting It has happened to the best of us. Your attention shifts for a second and your child wanders off. Use these temporary tattoos, customized with your mobile number, to reunite with your child quickly. Great for theme parks and airports. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Put Temporary Tattoos on your Kids in Case they get LostMake a Temporary Tattoo that Will Last a Full MonthStore your Cables in your Sunglasses CaseTake a Picture Your Luggage With Your Phone to Keep Handy in Case Baggage is LostTraveling with Little Ones? RSS Feed Powered…
  • McDonalds Secret Menu: McCrepe

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
        McDonald's Order the McDonald’s hot cakes and a yogurt parfait separately. Then fill the flapjack with yogurt, berries and granola. Voila! You can have your jazzed-up pancake and eat it, too. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Starbucks Secret Menu: Black EyeMcDonald’s Big Mac Secret Sauce RecipeStarbucks Secret Menu: Affogato-Style FrappuccinoStarbucks Secret Menu: Tammy’s MistakeStarbucks Secret Menu: Strawberry Fields For-Never RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick McDonalds Secret Menu: McCrepe comes from…
  • DIY Chocolate-Dipped Cone Coffee Cups

    26 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
        Coffee Melt a 12-oz bag of chocolate chips w/ 1/4 cup coconut oil, then pour small amounts inside 6 ice cream cones. Swirl cones to coat inside. Repeat until covered. Turn upside down to dip rims. Place upright to harden, then add coffee or espresso. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Easy Chocolate-Dipped Frozen BananasBrew coffee without a coffee makerDairy Queen Secret Menu: Chocolate Chip BlizzardRemove Stains from Coffee & Tea CupsStarbucks Secret Menu: Chocolate Cream Frappuccino RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick…
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    High Performance Lifestyle

  • Positive Thinking: 5 Superb Hacks For A More Positive Attitude

    Kosio Angelov
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Science has proven time and time again that using positive thinking when working increases performance across the board (compared to working with a neutral or negative mindset). A positive attitude boost productivity by as much as 31%, as well as your creativity, willpower, energy, imagination and even mood. Yet, positive thinking is one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated drivers of performance. Everyone looks for the latest app, or time management system, when a much happier (and easier) productivity-boosting solution is available: happiness. If you ever wondered how to have a…
  • The Art of Goal Setting: How To Set Goals The Right Way

    Kosio Angelov
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Goals give a direction, a purpose, to everything that you do. Without them you are just aimlessly jumping from task to task and that can only lead to overwhelm, dissatisfaction and lack of success. However, simply setting goals is not enough! You need to set the RIGHT goals for yourself. If you ever wondered how to set goals the right way, this training is for you. It will show you the 3 must-haves of good goals (along with examples of goals) and how to avoid “fake” ones that waste your valuable time and energy. FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and…
  • How To Stay Focused: 5 Steps To Boosting Concentration

    Kosio Angelov
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    How well you’ve mastered the skill of how to stay focused on the task at hand is going to determine your level of success. If you are able to stay focused at work, or at school, and on your goals, you’ll be productive, you’ll get things done and you’ll reach your goals in record time. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. If you are constantly distracted, or multitasking all the time, you are preventing yourself from reaching the next level. The big question is: how can you stay focused in the age of distractions? In a time where there are so many constant demands…
  • How To Wake Up Early: The Secret of Crazy Successful People

    Kosio Angelov
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Getting up early is a trait that many successful people share. From famous people in history like Benjamin Franklin to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Olympic athletes and artists to entertainers, singers and entrepreneurs like Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter) and Richard Branson, waking up early in the morning allows them to get a head-start. The big question is: how do they do it? And most importantly, how can YOU do it too? How can you wake up early and not fill tired, but instead, be energetic, happy and ready for new adventures? If you ever wondered (or even tried to be an “early…
  • How To Break Bad Habits Once And For All… Right Now

    Kosio Angelov
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your habits. Have enough good ones and you’ll be successful. Accumulate too many bad habits (such as biting your nails or excessive email checking) and you are headed for disaster. The big question is how to break bad habits? Why do you have them in the first place? How long does it take to break a habit? This video training provides all the answers: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. Download the free audio podcast of this episode on iTunes. In this…
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  • Direction matters more than speed

    albert van zyl
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    I have been working two jobs for the last two months and it's  been hard. I'm in meetings for most of the working day. So I've been up really early to read, write and prepare for meetings. As a result even the time that I normally take to plan my day has been under pressure. A glib work associate quipped that planning is a waste of time that you could have used to do the stuff that you are planning for. And I was busy enough to think that perhaps he is right. But all that is nonsense and eventually I ended up with a hysterical amount of work to do and a mild case of hysteria brought…
  • The Geiger Counter method for making great to do lists

    albert van zyl
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    To do lists are very helpful to keep us focused. But it is not only important to do things right; we should also make sure that we are doing the right things.To do lists cannot tell is what we should be doing. So how to decide what is most important and should be on our to do lists in the first place?Deep down we know what is most important and most urgent. That is what your mind and heart is trying to tell you when you can't sleep in the middle of the night! The challenge is just to access the 'deep down' in the light of day.One of the best ways to access our internal priority list is…
  • Welcoming the hardness of life

    albert van zyl
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:17 am
     Life can be hard. But we often make it even harder by resisting this fact. If you think that life should be easy, you are irritated and angry when life is hard. "It shouldn't be like this", we think. These thoughts create resistance. Ironically such resistance make life even harder.But who said life should be easy? And perhaps we can make it a little easier by not expecting it to be easy, by accepting life's hardness.This last week was a challenging week for me at work. I had to work with large groups of people that I had not worked with before and there were often unsurprising clashes…
  • Minding your own business and getting what you want

    albert van zyl
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I have been working on Byron Katie's advice to mind my own business. This means that I focus on the things that are under my own control, not the things that are under others' control. Paradoxically I've found that this is massively empowering.I had a really bad bout of flu recently  and I spent four days in bed while on a work trip. Towards the end of it, I was completely sick of being on my own. I started feeling a little sorry for myself and a little resentful that no-one was coming to see me or phoning me. But this was clearly minding other peoples' business. Who they call and visit…
  • Meditation and looking at the clock

    albert van zyl
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I've been meditating for about 20 years . A while ago I was chatting to a colleague who has taken up meditation quite recently. He mentioned that sometimes while he meditates he'll start wondering how much longer he has to go and will sneak a look at the clock. Blushes. I had to admit that after 20 years I still do that. Progress is not a concept that really seems to apply to meditation. All the shifts in calm, energy and insight that I have experienced have happened in such uneven plateaus and break throughs and regressions that any idea of progress seems nonsensical. The only progress…
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  • 5 Reasons Why Food Tracking (Not Calorie Counting) Will Forever Change The Way You Eat

    Randy Wang
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    by Randy WangI’ve been tracking my meals consistently for the past nine months, and I can honestly say that the habit has completely changed the way I look at food. The more commonly used term for food tracking is “calorie counting”, but I avoid using that term since calories really shouldn't be the focus when deciding on what to eat. Instead the focus should be put on food quality and macronutrient content, which I’ll get into later.   Below are five reasons (from obvious to less obvious) why I think tracking your food — for even a brief period of time — can have a…
  • Low-Fat vs Low-Carb Diet: What's Healthier? (Video Compilation)

    Randy Wang
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    by Randy Wang We seem to be at an interesting time in history for human nutrition.In the 1980's, the USDA declared that eating a diet low in fat was the healthy way to go, and most of world followed. This has led to a massive 30+ year experiment in which we are all guinea pigs taught to eat low-fat, high-carb diets.But with obesity and related health problems (e.g. diabetes, heart disease) only getting worse since the 1980's, the idea that a low-fat diet might not be so great is starting to sound less and less crazy.To think that the "experts" may have been wrong all this time still boggles…
  • Rice Bulking Update 2: How Gluten Kicked My Ass

    Randy Wang
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    by Randy WangThis is Update 2 of my bulking/weight-gain experiment. If you’ve missed the previous articles, you can catch up with Rice Bulking 0 and Rice Bulking 1.After gaining a respectable 2.2 kg of muscle and only 0.2 kg of fat in July by adding white rice to my formerly-low-carb routine, I decided to see what would happen to this weight-gain experiment if I replaced the rice with pasta instead.Why pasta? You’ve probably heard about the "gluten-free" craze that has taken the health and fitness world by storm in recent years. If you've ever wondered what the big deal is about gluten…
  • Niche Site Experiment Update: Is New Content Enough?

    Randy Wang
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    by Randy WangLast month I started a niche site experiment where I launched my very first WordPress website from scratch to learn about WordPress and search engine optimization (SEO). The site is, and the goal, in addition to learning, is to see how high I can rank in Google’s search results for the term “portable pull up bar”.  To be clear, I’m using this site as a learning tool and don’t expect it to generate much traffic or revenue -- search volume on Google for portable pull up bars isn’t very high. I chose to target this niche on a whim one day…
  • Rice Bulking Update: Bring On The Gluten

    Randy Wang
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    by Randy WangIt's been one month since I started my Rice Bulking Experiment. The goal here is to learn how to spend minimal time and effort to gain weight and muscle mass while staying lean.The reason I'm calling this a "rice bulk" is because I've been using white rice to make up for the increase in calories I need on top of my formerly-low-carb diet. White rice is inexpensive and easy to prepare in large batches. This has allowed me to keep the rest of my weekly routine relatively consistent in terms of meal prep.The overall routine in July was as follows:Diet350-450g (450-600 calories) of…
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  • Mascara: A Guide To Perfect Lashes

    Kristin Pavao
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I remember reading in a magazine years ago, to get the perfect results from your lash curler, you’d need to squeeze your lashes for exactly 17 seconds. 17 seconds?! I picture someone with an eye lash curler in one hand, mirror in the other.  Another person holding a stop watch says “OK READY!?  … CURL!”  And they finally hit the perfect curl at 17 seconds. I’ll admit, after reading that article I counted the seconds out every morning before applying mascara.  And I’ll admit again, I secretly wish I was the girl with the stop watch. So that leads me to…
  • 5 Style Tips Your Mom DIDN’T Teach You

    Megan Brandle
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    These style tips are extremely useful and ones I wasn’t necessarily taught growing up. To some they may be common knowledge, while others may have an “Ah Ha” moment, call their Mom and ask WHY?? #5 –Always Have an Emergency Kit on HandThese are a must have for everyone.  It is super easy to put your own kit together, or simply buy one. Minimergency Kits from Pinch Provisions are a great example, and contain items like: hairspray, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, lip balm, earring backs, clear elastics, mending kit, double-sided tape, stain remover, deodorant…
  • A (Healthy) Breakfast for Every Kind of Morning

    Jessie Maher
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Put the spoon down and step away from the candy coated breakfast.Your mornings deserve better.  You deserve better.  No matter how much (or how little) time you have in the morning I have a breakfast for you. Put the spoon down and step away from the candy coated breakfast. Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule No time at all?No problem.Prepare your breakfast the night before with these two easy recipes:  Chia Seed Pudding:  You’ll Need: Glass Jar 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or water) ¼ Cup Chia Seeds 1 Tablespoons Raw Honey ¼ Fresh or frozen blueberries *Add cinnamon or ¼…
  • Saying Goodbye and Hello to Nannies and Babysitters in Your Life: Part I

    Margaret Bjork
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We recently had to say goodbye to our beloved nanny, Ansley. It was a sad time, as we all loved her so much and she was such a huge part of our family, but she told us she was relocating to pursue a degree. What could we do? She gave us a whole six weeks’ notice, and we knew it was going to be a long, emotional six weeks. But it put us in the mindset of preparing to say goodbye, and also to say hello to a new nanny. Be prepared that your current nanny (no matter how loved) will not be with you forever. It may be hard news to hear, but it can be handled in a manner that works well for both…
  • 9 Signs You’re Not Taking Care of Yourself & What to Do About It

    Shauna Mackenzie
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Staying healthy is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. But health isn’t just about the shape of your body or what your doctor can measure, like blood pressure. It’s also about your mind, and having an unsound mind can affect your health in negative ways. Look out for these warning signs that you need to reboot, both mentally and physically: Look out for these warning signs that you need to reboot, both mentally and physically:Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule 1. You’re on edge, agitated easily, and you worry all the time. You feel compressed or squeezed from…
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  • The Digital Divide

    Kitty Ireland
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    The Digital Divide When reading tech media it’s easy to forget that 72% of the global population does not own a smartphone (as of 2013). That percentage will decline as adoption increases, and it is expected that half of the world’s population will own a smartphone by 2017. However, the next 1.5 billion new smartphone users are expected to come from only 12 countries. First-world technology solves first-world problems. Last week I wrote about the convenience economy, and questioned whether innovations like apps and wearables are really improving quality of life for those us who can afford…
  • The New Face of Saga

    Teresa Demel
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Saga has recently changed in a few important ways. The Android version also has a cleaner user interface, which also works faster and takes up less space on your phone. To give feedback on this version, please fill out this survey: The iOS version allows you to search your lifelog by date. Can’t remember what you did on your mom’s birthday? Want to remember the name of that awesome restaurant in Italy? Search your lifelog by tapping the Filter button on your Lifelog page. The filter feature also allows you to see the more interesting spots you visited by…
  • You Have 500 Apps and Your Life Still Sucks

    Kitty Ireland
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    I Want My Tech Utopia, and I Want it Now Our culture is obsessed with the promise of technology. When I say “our culture” I am including myself in what is actually a small sub-group of Western, first world society. We carry smartphones and the latest tablets and laptops. We populate Twitter with erudite commentary about apps that send disappearing photos, or simply say, “YO.” We complain about technical glitches when trying to stream Apple events. It takes a certain amount of disposable income to invest in something like a wearable activity tracker, or to pay for the monthly data plan…
  • Finding Patterns in Personal Data

    Kitty Ireland
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    A common response when I talk to the uninitiated about lifelogging is a scrunched brow that silently asks, “why would anyone want to do that?” The answer to that question can vary widely. Some people have very specific goals for self-tracking, like regulating blood sugar or understanding their moods. Others seemingly just want to collect data about themselves, and as much of it as possible. You might see them at Quantified Self conferences wearing multiple fitness trackers and an automatic camera or two. They’re not just OCD (maybe a few are), they’re making an open ended…
  • Saga Users Safe from Shellshock, AKA the Bash Bug

    Teresa Demel
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The news about Shellshock broke on Thursday, uncovering a vulnerability in Mac OSX and Linux systems that use BASH, the widely used command line utility. We want to reassure our users that the security and privacy of their Saga data is safe. Our team responded as soon as the announcement was made, identifying and patching all services affected by this bug. We are keeping an eye on any new threats related to the bash bug. To learn more about Shellshock, click here. The post Saga Users Safe from Shellshock, AKA the Bash Bug appeared first on Blog.
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  • project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools

    18 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
    The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice. How Cloud Based Project Management Enhances Your Company’s Performance ? If you look back even just as little as 10 years ago, few people had ever heard of the cloud.  It was a form of technology that was for the most part exclusive to a very specific group of businesses.  The average small business owner [...] The post project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools appeared first on Palchoice.
  • top 9 motivational hard working quotes

    Santoshh Singh
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice. we all need motivation in order to keep performing at our best. In my quest to keep myself motivated, i came up with these top 9 motivational hard working quotes. These are not simple quotes to be read and forgotten. These are the pearls that i have chosen over a period of time. I have [...] The post top 9 motivational hard working quotes appeared first on Palchoice.
  • Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people

    Santoshh Singh
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice. Curiosity is at the bottom of all the progress in human society. We always want to know what causes someone to achieve incredible success in life. We constantly search for some kind of secret formula that can make us a success as well. Do you want to know the top 7 evening habits of highly [...] The post Top 7 evening habits of highly effective people appeared first on Palchoice.
  • 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings

    Santoshh Singh
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice. Yesterday one of my posts has resulted in 609 % increase in website traffic in a single day. After posting it I tried to list down all the things that I did differently that resulted in such a phenomenal increase in my blog traffic. Of course I am trying a number of things to increase [...] The post 609 % increase in website traffic: top 10 learnings appeared first on Palchoice.
  • morning habits of highly successful leaders

    Santoshh Singh
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The post morning habits of highly successful leaders appeared first on Palchoice. Do you know that morning habits of highly successful leaders are interestingly different from others? We all know that start of the morning usually decides what kind of day we are going to have. A good start at the morning may means mega-productive and professionally satisfying day. But if we falter at the start of [...] The post morning habits of highly successful leaders appeared first on Palchoice.
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  • How To Dream Big & Be An Ultimate Fighter In Everything You Do

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about meaningful coincidence. Say what? Fair enough. Let me explain. Meaningful coincidence is the idea that in our lives, there’s no such thing as random, unconnected events. All coincidences have a deeper meaning. If you believe in meaningful coincidence then you don’t believe in luck or chance – you […] The post How To Dream Big & Be An Ultimate Fighter In Everything You Do appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • 14 Anti Aging Foods To Keep You Young

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Let’s be honest, everybody grows older.  There’s no escaping that fact. But you can escape ending up with a face that’s more crumpled than an old newspaper. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, not everybody looks their age. And the easiest way to slash years off how you look (and how you feel) is to eat […] The post 14 Anti Aging Foods To Keep You Young appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • How To Develop Attention To Detail Like Outkast Didn’t

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    Photo credit: Jamie Tanner This was the moment I was waiting for. I stood there, alongside 37,000 other excited people, patiently waiting for Outkast – the headline act for Ireland’s largest music festival called the Electric Picnic – to take to the stage and do their thing. You could feel the anticipation in the air. […] The post How To Develop Attention To Detail Like Outkast Didn’t appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • My Personal Goals Progress Report: August 2014

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Each month, I post a progress report on my personal goals for the year that I publicly committed to right here on my blog. I do this to be completely honest, open and transparent with you.  I also do it to put extra pressure on myself to deliver on these goals.  There’s nothing like being in […] The post My Personal Goals Progress Report: August 2014 appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • How To Create The Mindset For Wealth

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    Let me ask you, what are the odds that you’ll become a millionaire? One in a million? One in a thousand? Well, the answer is 1 in 50. That’s right, 1 in 50 people living in the world right now are millionaires. This makes it entirely doable and something that’s very achievable for you. Boom. […] The post How To Create The Mindset For Wealth appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
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  • Gratitude Post - Life Lessons

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    When I was a child, my schooling was not the most meaningful thing in my life. There were a million other matters that were more meaningfulor at least I believed to be more meaningful at the time.It wasn't that I didn't care to learn, but more that I didn't perceive a great deal of benefit in what my school deemed as essential. Unfortunately, the school I went to was not the best and they spent the majority of their time teaching students the test rather than teaching students to think for themselves. Luckily, I had access to the Internet and a few teachers and friends that supported my…
  • Sometimes failing to Reach a Goal Is the Best Thing That Can Happen to Us

    Patrick Dwyer
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    What happens when you set a goal and you don't meet that goal? I recently faced this question myself. As many of you might be aware I set a goal to compete in my first triathlon. A big chunk of that goal consisted of facing my fear of swimming in open water.Months of training and tough work was committed towards this goal, but when race day finally arrived I made the decision to not swim and only participated in the biking and running. Although I made a considerable bit of swimming progress and successfully swam in open water during practices, which I had never done before, I still did not…
  • Gratitude Post - Music

    Patrick Dwyer
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Music is a gift that I have become exceedingly grateful for over the years.  I myself fail to be musically inclined and couldn't carry a tune or catch a beat if my life depended on it.  All the same, I do relish music immensely, including all kinds, from classical to hip hop and other music most would have difficulty classifying.  Music can touch and trigger feelings and ideas that words alone would have trouble expressing.  By taking those same vague words and molding them around a repetitive, almost harsh bass note with a hi-hat, you have something that truly speaks.
  • Start Your Day on the Right Foot by Implementing a Ritual

    Patrick Dwyer
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Every morning people wake up to the shrieking of an alarm clock to start their day. Not the utmost optimal way to wake up, but unfortunately that is our reality. What follows in the next hour or two before we leave our homes will pretty much decide our outlook and attitude for the majority of the rest of the day.  So, what is it you do after you hear that alarm start to blare? Do you hit snooze a few times till you're running behind, and now are rushing out the door? Do you roll out of bed on the first ring and jump right into necessities needed to arrive to work on time?  Hopefully…
  • Gratitude Post - Family

    Patrick Dwyer
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At the close of each day, what is the last thought that you find your mind lingering on?  For me it is usually what I hope to achieve the following day.  How many of us habitually take a moment to review what we are thankful for?  Furthermore, how many of us actually show our gratitude for the daily treasures we receive?In an effort to grow more as a human being,  I have decided to start a weekly post here on where I take a moment to express my gratitude toward events and people of the previous week.  Here is the first in that weekly…
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