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  • 7 Signs You’re Drinking Less Water Than You Should

    Akshay Sharma
    26 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    There is nothing more refreshing than a ice-cold glass of water. Sometimes, your favorite drink too can’t satisfy you more than a glass of plain water. Water is found in abundant, still we do a lot of harm to our body by not taking it in sufficient quantity. Water is essential for our well-being as it helps to keep the body hydrated. If you are depriving yourself from H2O you are making your way to larger health problems. Here are 7 signs that you are not drinking enough water daily.   1. You Have Dry Skin Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it tells a lot about the…
  • 7 Tips To Burn Belly Fat & Get Lean Immediately

    Redesign My Existence
    22 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Ok, so I’ve been trying and trying (and trying some more) to get lean for a LONG time. I constantly watch what I eat and I exercise a lot but have never quite achieved the results I’m after. And when I say ‘results’, what I’m really talking about here is how to get rid of belly fat and have a super defined body. Well, the good news is that in the last few months I’ve made some awesome changes that really work. I’m starting to see some great results, and while I’m not quite where I want to be yet, I’ve made my best progress so far. Plus…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Promises with Yourself

    Time Management Ninja
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    We make promises to others all the time. And we feel very guilty when we break them. Often, we put commitments to others above our own priorities. Yet, when it comes to pledges that we make with ourselves, we are quick to let those go. Why is it so hard to keep promises we make to […]
  • 21-Day Simplify Your Life Program Guide and Checklist

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    Craig Bailey
    25 May 2015 | 2:40 am
  • Practical Travel Tips And Tidbits Of Advice

    24 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    As regular readers know, I love to travel and have been fortunate to go on many adventures around the world. What fascinates me the most besides seeing new sights and tasting new food, are the things I learn along the way. It is eye opening to view different ways of living, exotic flavors, and both ancient and unusual customs, which have helped me gain new perspectives and have made me a better traveler. I want to share some of the practical and surprising travel tips and tidbits I’ve picked up from my journeys to spread awareness and help you in your travels too. There’s more…
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    Rynaldo Papoy
    27 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    Many people complain: I have no friends. Or: “I turn away people.” Maybe you’re being a good friend? Here we remember the … 10 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD FRIEND 1 – You do not solve the problem of your friend, you help to solve. When we have a problem, we immediately ask for help from friends. Some may help, others do not. However, a friend does not expect that the other has an obligation to solve all the problems of friends, but you can at least encourage friends to solve their problems and suggest solutions. On the other hand, if a friend can not help each…
  • 3 You Won’t Believe Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem

    26 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    When you look in the mirror, who do you see? If you could have an outer body experience that will show you who you really are, would you? I know these questions may sound cliché but when compared to the way you’re living your life right now, can you answer them? People often forget about the realness of true satisfaction and happiness. Are you really happy with your life right now? Do you concern yourself with what people say or think about you? I could ask you question after question but the fact of the matter is this; if you don’t know who you really are beneath flesh view,…
  • Should You Cook With Expensive Wine or Cheap Wine?

    Andrew Meggitt
    25 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    We all know that wine tastes great — well, most of it does. But what is it within the wine that enables us to enjoy it? Just like the food we eat, wine comes in a vast array of flavors and styles. What makes each wine unique is the combination of sugars, acid, aroma compounds, tannin, and alcohol. These components, in differing combinations, give each wine its unique character. From a culinary standpoint, these wine attributes can also enhance a dish. For example, with white meats or fish, you’d want to try a dry unoaked white wine. And for a heavier dish that contains beef and…
  • What A Man Can Expect When Expecting Counseling

    Lawrence Stein
    22 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Men are often on the other side of my office door, pacing in the waiting room as I prepare for our first session of psychological counseling. Many of my male patients are nervous the first time we meet and have never reached out for mental health therapy before. Some worry that asking for help is a sign of defeat. Some can’t decide what to talk about in our first session, which can be scary for them. I take a moment to breathe and prepare myself before opening my door for the first time to meet someone new. As a private practitioner for over 15 years working in Red Bank, NJ with my brethren…
  • Markers of Success— Understanding the Successful From the Unsuccessful

    Lisa Smith
    21 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    It is difficult to formulate an equation for success or draw an ideal image of the successful man or woman. It is also not possible to determine parameters to judge the success of a particular person by. There can however be a few points of difference noticed in attitude and work ethics of those that succeed and those that do not. Successful people have a keen sense of self awareness, which is why they are likely to be clear about their goals and oriented towards achieving them. Keeping a journal or maintaining To-do lists, reading every day and being open to talk about new ideas, help them…
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  • Get Out of Unnecessary Meetings by Voicing Productive Alternatives

    Patrick Allan
    27 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Some meetings can be a complete waste of time , especially when you know your presence isn’t essential. Here is a non-confrontational way to try and get out of those meetings so you can get back to your work.Read more...
  • “Slim by Chocolate!”

    Whitson Gordon
    27 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
    “Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. [io9 ]Read more...
  • Sort Photos Automatically by Location with Hazel

    Thorin Klosowski
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hazel is already great way to automate cleaning up your Mac and it’s also great for photo organization. Blogger Jacob Salmela shares a script to sort photos you upload to Dropbox into location-based directories.Read more...
  • How to Install an Under-the-Sink Filter for Better Tasting Tap Water

    Timothy Dahl on Workshop, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    27 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Tap water in the US is generally safe, but in certain areas it can have a funky taste. Tap water can also contain traces of pesticides, VOCs, lead, and dirt, all of which you don’t want to ingest no matter how small the amount. Install an under the sink water filter to improve your water’s taste and remove many of the impurities.Read more...
  • Don’t Fix Your Yoga Pose By (Just) Looking at the Instructor

    Beth Skwarecki on Vitals, shared by Andy Orin to Lifehacker
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When you look at your yoga instructor (or that super talented person in the front row), you may realize your pose doesn’t look quite the same as theirs. But you don’t want to imitate others exactly. In fact, doing so can be detrimental to you.Read more...
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  • Unitasker Wednesday: Melon Slicer

    Erin Doland
    27 May 2015 | 7:57 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! After more than eight years of writing unitasker posts for Unclutterer (close to 400 featured products), I think it might be time to create a word or phrase specifically for unitaskers that are poor substitutes for knives (like knife-nots or uni-cutters or something along those lines). Because I sincerely believe that half the unitaskers we feature fall into this category. This week’s unitasker, as I’m sure you’ve already concluded, is a…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    27 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    2013 Change the workaholic mindset to improve productivitySpending too many hours at work? Being a workaholic could hurt your productivity. 2010 Preserving for posterity or hoarding?“A Generation X pack rat forfeits his treasures” is a thought-provoking article that explores the fanfare surrounding Douglas Coupland’s recent donation of his home’s vast collection of clutter to a university’s library. Solving the mug clutter problemWhat do you do to keep mugs from overwhelming your cupboards? How do you organize your coffee cups? What is the “right”…
  • Organize your smartphone for summer travel

    David Caolo
    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    For people who own smartphones, one of your phone’s benefits is that it can serve as your mobile computer when you’re traveling. To help facilitate this change in purpose, you may also wish to switch things up on your phone. You can make adjustments to the the apps on your home screen, the alerts your smartphone delivers, and more before departing for a trip. The following suggestions are what I recommend making to your smartphone while preparing to travel. Re-organize applications Depending on the model of smartphone you have, you likely have a limited number of apps you can…
  • An ode to the high utility of the five-gallon bucket

    David Caolo
    25 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every Wednesday, we highlight a unitasker on Unclutterer. These humorous posts point out a product that does a single thing, and for the majority of people has little utility. Today’s post is about the opposite, a multitasker with high utility: the five-gallon plastic bucket. I have dozens of these, and I’d gladly take a few more. This unassuming little tool is about the most useful thing I have around my house. I believe every homeowner can find uses for several. They’re inexpensive, durable, and infinitely useful. The following are ways I use my buckets around the house…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    24 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    2013 Manage Your Day-to-Day: A new productivity book from 99U featuring advice from UncluttererErin is one of 20 contributors to Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind, the first book in a three-part series exploring creative productivity, time management, individually tailored processes, and great design. 2011 Ask Unclutterer: Organizing and uncluttering strategies for people with ADHD and visual processorsReader Shannon is looking for tips for people with ADHD and who are also visual processors. 2010 Ask Unclutterer: Storing spicesI was…
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  • Memories stay, people don’t.

    Jelly Wong
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Memories stay, people don’t.The post Memories stay, people don’t. appeared first on Lifehack.
  • 20 Questions Parents Should Ask Themselves Every Day

    Tamara Lechner
    26 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. – Ray Romano Parenting is both the most difficult and most rewarding job. Kids don’t come with a manual, but if they did it might include these questions you should get in the habit of asking yourself. Are My Kids Having Fun? Life tends to get so busy that sometime we forget to prioritize play. Am I Having Fun? Same question (almost). If you are so busy chauffering and cooking and doing laundry that you are forgetting to enjoy your children,…
  • 10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time

    Casey Imafidon
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Successful people are great at making the most of their time. They understand that their time is equivalent to whatever money that can be made in that time. They are clear and focused on such time usage, and this requires some mental toughness. I hope you can maximize your time and become more successful at getting more done. Here are 10 things successful people do to maximize their time. 1. They delegate Successful people know that they are not the best at everything. So they find people that are smarter and more efficient to do tasks they are not the best at. They leverage the knowledge and…
  • Letting go means to come to the realization that some…

    Jelly Wong
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny. – Steve MaraboliThe post Letting go means to come to the realization that some… appeared first on Lifehack.
  • 11 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do

    Keertana subramani
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mentally strong parents are the most crucial ingredient in raising mentally strong children who have the courage to explore their passions, the ability to lead fulfilling lives and the values to be an exemplary member of the society. By ensuring that you know the do’s and don’ts of parenting with mental strength, you can raise your child to be a bolder, more prepared citizen of our world. So watch out, here are the11 things mentally strong parents don’t do. 1. They don’t preach Mentally strong parents recognize that facilitating their child’s development by being…
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  • Jurassic Park Car Replica Is Perfect for Dinosaur Hunting

    Nicole Smith
    27 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    This Jurassic Park tour vehicle replica seems like it could have been driven straight out of the original Jurassic Park movie. This awesome vehicle was made by Imgur user scoodidabop. He started with a ’93 Ford Explorer and made quite a few changes to it. He spent about two years looking for the parts he needed and […] Read more on MAKE The post Jurassic Park Car Replica Is Perfect for Dinosaur Hunting appeared first on Make:.
  • LED Stickers Are an Easy Gateway into Making

    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    We all recognize the power of making with LEDs. (Arduino “Hello World!” anyone?) LEDs have been the lure drawing many into the world of making. However, LED projects have remained inaccessible to many young ladies. No more! LiteSeeds LED stickers are about to change all that. While walking the aisles of Maker Faire’s Start-Up Pavilion I came […] Read more on MAKE The post LED Stickers Are an Easy Gateway into Making appeared first on Make:.
  • Handmade Beauty: Hairpin Leg Vanity Table with Built-In Storage

    Haley Pierson-Cox
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve got a few woodworking skills under your belt and are looking for a fun and challenging springtime project to tackle, this modern-meets-rustic hairpin leg vanity table is a great way to expand your furniture-building know-how! My favorite part about this project’s design is definitely the fold-up doors that […] Read more on MAKE The post Handmade Beauty: Hairpin Leg Vanity Table with Built-In Storage appeared first on Make:.
  • Help Crowdsource a Giant 3D Printed Edgar Allan Poe Statue

    Matt Stultz
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The We The Builders team has been collaboratively creating fantastic sculptures of our nation’s forefathers for the past few years. Now, they have turned their sights on an iconic figure of their hometown of Baltimore: Edgar Allen Poe. This new project, Edgar Allen Print, is off to a great start, but needs […] Read more on MAKE The post Help Crowdsource a Giant 3D Printed Edgar Allan Poe Statue appeared first on Make:.
  • Sweat, Hugs, and VR at the ITP Spring Show

    Donald Bell
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The 2015 Spring Show for New York’s Tisch ITP graduate program showcases a wide range of interactive projects. Here are a handful that would look right at home at Maker Faire. Read more on MAKE The post Sweat, Hugs, and VR at the ITP Spring Show appeared first on Make:.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Pyrography, aka Woodburning

    Jeremy Anderberg
    27 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Pyrography — derived from the Greek pur (fire) and graphos (writing) — has been around since fire itself. While there isn’t hard evidence, it’s quite likely that cavemen etched the walls of their caves with fire sticks. While today it’s primarily done on wood with a heated pen, it’s been done (and continues to be done) on leather, clay, and even gourds. Historically, it was used to decorate and brand various tools and musical instruments. Kitchenware or folk guitars were marked with a little bit of art both to convey the owner’s personality, and to…
  • 11 Personal Finance Goals for Your 20s

    Brett and Kate McKay
    26 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    You’ll sometimes hear these days that 30 is the new 20, and the importance of moving towards career, relationship, and finance goals in your twenties gets overlooked. When it comes to the latter category, it may seem like getting your financial house in order is something you can work on once you settle down and start your “real life.” After all, it may not seem like you have many assets to manage; you may be just out of college, still in debt, and not making much money at your first job. But even so, there are steps you can start taking now that will lay a good foundation for building…
  • Memorial Day Manvotional: The Eternal Remembrance of the Brave

    Brett & Kate McKay
    24 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Editor’s note: The ancient Greeks held a public funeral each year to honor all those who had fallen in war. After the first year of the Peloponnesian War, the renowned statesman and general Pericles was chosen to give the annual funeral oration. These were some of the words, as recorded by Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian War, which Pericles spoke. “The Eternal Remembrance of the Brave” From Pericles’ Funeral Oration Most of those who have spoken here before me have commended the lawgiver who added this oration to our other funeral customs. It…
  • The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: May 22, 2015

    22 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The winner of last week’s AoM store giveaway…hasn’t gotten back to us yet. Check your inbox–it could be you! My Picks This Week It’s graduation season, which means you should be on the lookout for gifts for the people in your life who’ve earned a diploma or degree. Nothing chintzy either — something unique and meaningful is the way to go. That’s where Huckberry’s graduate shop comes in. It’s chock-full of high-quality items that any young man heading out on his own will appreciate. One option is the Seiko Dive Watch; as a young…
  • Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Casual Summer Style [VIDEO]

    22 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    A lot of times when guys think of upgrading their style, they think about wearing more formal clothes like a sport coat and tie. But there are easy ways to upgrade your casual style just a notch, so that you look a little sharper, but don’t look out of place in everyday situations. It’s as effortless as trading one item for another. Today I’ll show you a few easy summertime style upgrades. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Editing by Jordan Crowder
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  • The Cavalry, The Lottery And The Fire (Sid Savara)
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus Picture the scene – our hero gets knocked off his horse and is face down in the dirt… He lifts his eyes up and sees the enemies’ boots in front of him. He knows it’s over…you’re on the edge of your seat, and all of a sudden, out of nowhere…. He’s rescued! The cavalry is here! That’s great for the movies – but that’s not real life. The fact is…if you go through life waiting for the cavalry to come,…
  • Reflection Questions – The Most Important Questions You’ll Answer This Year (Sid Savara)
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter F. Drucker Too often in life we can get caught up in the unimportant, and lose sight of the gifts we have right in front of us. We can also lose our way, or forget the reasons we took on projects or goals in the first place. For this reason, I like to think back over the last past twelve months, and plan for the year ahead by reflecting with a list of powerful questions I’ve developed over the years. I’ve been cutting many non-essentials out of my…
  • A Christmas Story – A Tale of Craig’s List and Two Frying Pans (Sid Savara)
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “My brother will love these.  It’s the first time he has had a home in four years.  Thank you so much.” He smiled, gave me a big, musky, hug, and drove away. I wasn’t sure if I had just done a good deed, or been hustled by a Craig’s List scam artist. This story actually begins months before – so let’s go back to the beginning. This is a true story, with names changed by request. My New Beginning We were poor graduate students sharing a tiny one bedroom apartment in what you could kindly call a “less desirable” neighborhood. That summer,…
  • Failure Is Not The Real Enemy (Sid Savara)
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard As the clock winds down in your life, each second that passes is an opportunity that will never come again. The first time that I had this thought, it scared me. Over time however – it has empowered me, and I have helped my clients so that it empowers them. Today, this moment, I want this knowledge to empower you and to teach you: that failure is not the real enemy. Why Do We Fear Failure? There are many reasons people fear failure – and they’re…
  • The “Wanting” Life (Sid Savara)
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 am
    “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” –Lao Tzu What do you think your life would be like….if you only chased after what you really, truly wanted? Instead of what you think you should want? Let’s imagine this (maybe you’ve felt this way before)…. You’re looking at pictures and updates from your friends, seeing what they did this weekend – Sitting around a fireplace laughing Sipping tropical drinks on the beach Cooking in their fancy kitchen Climbing mountains And you think to yourself – “I…
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  • There’s Nothing Like Losing To Push You On The Path To Winning

    24 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A current look at my (now closed) elementary school in Cudahy, Wisconsin – with my childhood playground in the foreground. This holiday weekend I’m visiting my hometown of Cudahy, Wisconsin to spend some time with my family. Cruising around the old neighborhoods, and past my old elementary school and playground, brought back some childhood memories that played a huge role in putting me on the path to business success. They’re not particularly happy memories, but with the benefit of hindsight I can certainly say they were extremely motivational – that is, events that…
  • Beyond The Basics: The 10 Best Ways To Fine-Tune Your Leadership

    17 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Now that you’ve absorbed the 8 basic principles of More Human Leadership, learned the 10 immutable laws that go with them, and truly know the difference between a boss and a leader, it’s now time to dig a little deeper. Let’s get beyond those basics and into a little leadership fine-tuning – those refinements and adjustments that keep that wheel of success turning without too much friction.  I’ve summarized 10 of my favorite “fine-tuners” here – dig in deeper via the links to get the full lesson. Keep away from the Accountability Trap –…
  • The Essence of More Human Leadership (or, How A Single Quote Launched a 10-year Journey)

    10 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    It was February  5th, 2006.  I had just launched a blog called “Ramblings From a Glass Half-Full”, and had been posting some random musings drawn from an internal need to “share perspectives and learn from other experiences“. I posted about the places I visited, my favorite football team, my taste in music…..just your run-of-the-mill personal journal. At the time I was also a corporate Senior Vice President of Operations trying to hone my craft as a leader, but for those first few months I really hadn’t been motivated to write too much about that,…
  • How One Bad Round Of Golf Gave Me One Huge Leadership Lesson

    3 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A Par 3 Over Water In Palm Springs Brings Back a Powerful Lesson I’m in Palm Springs California this weekend at the beautiful La Quinta resort, on an annual golf vacation with friends I have known for as many as 40 years. It’s been a relaxing and fun experience, but walking up to a par 3 hole that features a water hazard always brings back memories, not of a hole-in-one or a long holed putt, but a huge leadership (and life) lesson. Back in 1984 I was playing a friendly round with friends and clients in San Antonio, where I was working at the time as a public accountant. I was really…
  • The One Thing Leaders Cannot Alter or Change (No Matter How Hard They Try)

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Five years ago this week I released my free e-book, “Leadership From A Glass Half-Full: The 5 Lessons You Need To Learn Before You Jump Into the Pool”. It sprung from a wish to pay forward what I had learned the hard way: “I wish I had some kind of guidebook that at the very least warned me about the things I just absolutely had to know before I got started (as a leader)” It’s been downloaded nearly 14,000 times, and I am truly grateful that it has been read, and hopefully found useful, by so many of you. In celebration of this anniversary I’m…
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    Live Your Legend

  • How to Borrow (and Ethically Steal) Ideas & Inspiration: An Everyday Practice

    20 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Our surrogate Bulgarian family (and me with a fist full of Antonia’s freshly-baked bread) – My most recent educators. “Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.” -Eric Allen The Kung-Fu Inspired Practice… When I was living in Spain about ten years ago, I met a guy who had moved to Shaolin, China for a year after finishing university. I vividly remember the conversation, which started with him showing up to…
  • Is This What You Do When No One’s Watching?

    13 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    World Tour Update: Our rental car just landed us in the rather-deserted mountain village of Bansko, Bulgaria to catch up on work and writing before our next LYL event in Sofia in a few days. Judging by the donkey I just saw pulling a buggy filled with a farmer and his crops, I think we’ve chosen the right place. The above picture was taken on a trail run this morning, and it’s very possible those furry guys had a hand in the home-bottled yogurt we had for breakfast a couple hours later. Either way, this shepherd and his colleagues inspired today’s article. Here’s…
  • How to Avoid Making the Wrong Big Decisions (like choosing the wrong path)

    7 May 2015 | 8:39 am
    The fear of making the wrong decision haunts and paralyzes a lot of people. Should I leave my job or stay? Should I pursue this passion or that? What if I choose the wrong direction? The confusion usually leads to one of two things: blindly (and hastily) making big decisions, or going on forever without doing anything – both of which we want to avoid. So, let’s talk about making the “right” choice… Last week while on a train from Transylvania to Bucharest, I met a student named Andrey. He was from a small town in northern Romania and going to university in…
  • “Forced” off the Beaten Path (& Hanging with Dracula) in Transylvania, Romania

    Chelsea Dinsmore
    4 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber Memorable Moments in Transylvania:  Enjoying a free evening walking tour in Brasov, wearing six layers each of our summer clothes, as the temperature dropped to 38 degrees F and the rain and snow started to sprinkle. So much for packing to avoid winter. The thrilled look on Chelsea’s face when Scott tried to act like Dracula outside his castle. See above. Days on the Road: 113 Countries Visited: 11 Hours spent on trains in past two weeks: Over 25 WHERE WE…
  • The 1st 100 Days Trying to Work Around the World: My 4 Major Challenges & (Hopeful) Solutions

    29 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
     “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.”  – Mike Tyson Disclaimer: I realize I run the risk of sounding like an ungrateful ass for even bringing up today’s topic, but I assure you this is not me complaining. It’s me sharing a personal challenge that most “location independent” entrepreneurs don’t seem to fully disclose. I’d be doing you a big disservice if I didn’t bring it up. Thanks in advance for going into it with an open mind. I hope it helps. 100 Days Working with No Office (250 to go)……
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • Ice Age - Meltdown! AKA LED Stalactite

    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Greeting to the community!My first instructable and hopefully there will be more. :)This is easy way to make great home decoration for living room, kids room or your bedroom. Photos are not clear enough but you are gonna get the point. Pardon my English because I come from Serbia where English isn't...By: vkingnsContinue Reading »
  • DIY Lathe Roasted Whole Lamb

    27 May 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Say it with me - LATHE LAMB! "Lathe lamb" was the phrase of the day when our hackerspace, The Rabbit Hole, went to Fedora Labs. Our mission? To primarily use only industrial-grade power tools to lathe roast and enjoy a whole lamb. That's right, lathe roast a WHOLE lamb! It turned out delicious ...By: TymkrsContinue Reading »
  • Free-form Soldering LED Tree

    27 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    This is a fun free-form soldering project for the holidays. It uses two flip-flop circuits to light up 16 LEDs, and you can arrange them any way you would like. This Instructable will show a (sort of) tree shape.Free-form soldering does not use a circuit board. The components are soldered directl...By: CarlSContinue Reading »
  • Plyboo CNC Armchair

    27 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Plyboo CNC Armchair is an exercise in cnc fabricated furniture that looks to move away from the visual language of CNC mark making and geometry, and towards the production of an object that is not a reflection of the tool on which it was made. Drawing inspiration from traditional armchair design...By: abertoniContinue Reading »
  • DIY Nightstand: IKEA LACK table hack

    27 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    On one of my very frequent trips to IKEA, I found inexpensive LACK tables that were the perfect color to work as nightstands in my bedroom . The only problem was that they were too low for my bed. At $13 each, it was worth trying to find a way to make them work. My solution? Cut the legs of one tab...By: EYSpaceContinue Reading »
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  • Interview: Increasing Productivity

    Mark Shead
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I asked a number of productive people the question: How do you use planning to increase your productivity? One thing that stuck out to me after reading all the answers is that planning is really the act of making decisions together, in a batch, ahead of time. Instead of making a bunch of little decisions as to what you are going to do throughout the day, you make decisions at least about the important things all at once when you are viewing your day, week, etc. as a whole. This lets you decide what you want to accomplish while looking at the 50,000 foot level instead of having your…
  • Interview: Avoiding Distractions

    Mark Shead
    5 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    For this post I sent out a questionnaire to a number of people asking about their single best tip for avoiding distractions. Most everything suggested falls into two categories: Controlling your mind Controlling your environment Obviously, controlling your environment is just another way of controlling your mind. What I liked best about reading all these suggestions is the number of different ways people have for creating a distraction-free work experience. Read on. I’m sure you’ll find a number of tips that will help you be more productive. Make it difficult to be distracted.
  • Bill Payment Features

    Mark Shead
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Most people are familiar with the basic idea behind bill payment systems, but if you’ve never used one, you may not be familiar with the ways it can save you time. Even if you’ve used the bill payment system from your bank for years, you might not be familiar with all the features that are available from other institutions. The goal of this post is to look at some features and capabilities of bill payment systems and how these things can help make you more productive. For people that aren’t familiar with bill payment systems, here is how they work. When you need to pay…
  • Paperless Document Formats

    Mark Shead
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Moving from paper-based documents to paperless documents can offer a number of benefits. In addition to saving physical space, paperless documents are easier to search and to share. Paperless documents also don’t have the same type of physical limitations of paper and enable workflow solutions that simply aren’t possible with physical copies. For example, multiple people can view a paperless document simultaneously, while a single paper copy can only be viewed by a handful of people at the same time and everyone must be in the same room together. There are all kinds of different…
  • The Art of Pinging

    Mark Shead
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In this article we are going to talk about networking. Specifically, we want to look at how to “ping” people. I believe the term “ping” comes from the excellent book Never Eat Alone. A ping is defined as a small action that keeps the relationship with someone in your network alive. First let’s talk about the benefits of pinging your network of contacts, then we’ll look at how to actually do it. Benefits of Pinging Our brains organize information in a very efficient way. Imagine that our memories are a bunch of envelopes in a pile. The size of the envelope…
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  • Apple Watch: A Test Run for Travelers

    10 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    This almost makes me want an Apple Watch, but not quite.  Maybe the best thing, if you really want to go this way, is to way for Gen 2… Will the Apple Watch become as indispensable on the road as a passport? Siri won’t say. But we will. Source: Apple Watch: A Test Run for TravelersSimilar Posts: None Found
  • 11 Reasons Why Southwest Is the Best Airline You’re Probably Not Flying – Blog – Airfarewatchdog

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Yet another report came out this week, this time from the United States Travel Association, all about the state of domestic air travel – how much we, the Source: 11 Reasons Why Southwest Is the Best Airline You’re Probably Not Flying – Blog – AirfarewatchdogSimilar Posts: None Found
  • Annual American Airlines Buy Miles Bonus Ends April 30th

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Approximately once a year, many of the U.S. frequent flyer programs offer a bonus when you purchase miles. American’s program is open right now, and represents a compelling way to get extra miles. Bonuses start at the 6,000 mile level (e.g., buy 6K miles and get an extra 1,500 miles for $177. In that case, after taxes and a $30 processing fee are added in, you’re paying $ .029 per mile, which is a pretty good deal. The more miles you buy, however, the sweeter it gets. If you go whole hog and purchase 100,000 miles, you’ll receive a bonus of 60,000 miles, for a total cost of…
  • DIY travel size toiletries with plastic drinking straws

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    No, this isn’t the second installment of a series of posts involving straws!  I’d seen this somewhere in the past and just this morning stumbled across another post on the topic at Lifehacker.  Courtesy of Lifehacker and the Mighty Girl site, how to make your own mini-sized toiletry “sticks” with plastic straws.  All you need are straws, Q-tips, toiletries, a Sharpie or similar marker, and an inexpensive bag sealer. Full instructions are at Mighty Girl:  Make Travel Size Toiletries With a Heat Sealer    Similar Posts: None Found
  • Never lose a spray straw again with Hold-It Straw Holder

    19 Jan 2014 | 5:26 am
    Hold It is one of those little tools that I suspect many of us never knew existed.  If you’ve ever lost the little tube off a can of WD-40, brake cleaner, compressed air or the like, this inexpensive widget will prevent it from happening in the future.  Available from Amazon.  $1.98 for a package of 2. Similar Posts: None Found
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  • 5 Simple Techniques to Get Unstuck

    Melissa Heisler
    9 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    It happens to each one of us at one time or another. We become stuck. We enter a state of lethargy. Whether it involves our work or our home life, there are just days (and unfortunately sometimes weeks and months) where we feel stuck. We don’t seem to have the energy to move forward. We feel the need to get things done but can’t find a grain of momentum to make it happen. After a while we know we have to do something, yet we sit on the couch like an immobile brick. Stuck. When this happens, remember that feeling like a brick is your key to becoming unstuck. When you can use the BRICK…
  • How to Truly Forgive Yourself

    Mary O'Malley
    5 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    What would happen if you were to realize that everything you have done is just a part of the natural unfolding of life, and that it is forgivable?  What would it be like if you forgave yourself for all of it? I have been reading the book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, and I want to share this inspirational excerpt about forgiveness: “What if I forgave myself?  I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have?  What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it…
  • Broke? Burned out? Depressed? Try investing in Yourself

    Sandra Beck
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    I have had the luxury of speaking before large groups of people lately. Seems people want to hear what I have to say, which is really funny because I generally prefer to read in the tub or walk in the mountains. I usually listen to what the universe tells me before sitting down to write, and the universe speaks to me when people email me, call me, talk to me after an event of ask me questions and tells me what to talk about. “I don’t have any money. My book isn’t selling. I’m working three jobs. Nobody is…blah blah blah…” I am known for being a straight-shooter, sometimes…
  • How to Honor Your Survival System

    Mary O'Malley
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    We all created a finely-crafted survival system to bury or numb our pain when we were young.  We had to, as it was absolutely necessary for survival.  Life was too scary, and we didn’t have the skills to meet ourselves in our hearts. Our survival system can include compulsions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, shopping, work, sex, the Internet, busyness, self-judgment, and chronic worry.  I think about all of those years that I shut down the pain with food, drugs and alcohol.  In one year alone, I gained 97 pounds.  I would have died of the pain if I had not numbed myself with food.  I…
  • My Gratitude List

    Noelle Sterne
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Every morning I sit outside on my high-floor terrace in South Florida, sip my coffee, and read an uplifting pamphlet or two. Then I write out my day’s schedule. Too often, despite the uplifting material, I start worrying about this client or that deadline or the seemingly endless list of tasks on the schedule. And my quiet time erodes into anxiety. The activity that’s supposed to help me ease into the day with a positive outlook has the opposite effect. Instead of returning to my home office refreshed and ready to work, I’m drained and irritable. As I kept noticing how I felt, and…
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  • How Does Ancient Wisdom Intersect with a Primal Perspective?

    Mark Sisson
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I spend a lot of time talking about evolutionary blueprints, primordial logic and genetic instinct because I happen to think there’s value in it. We live today with the belief (or maybe bluster) that we’re “evolved” beyond our evolution. Too often there’s a resistance to scrutinize our innate responses to the world, to question our choices or to imagine that what we want to pursue is anything other than deep and enlightened rationality at its finest. Sometimes people are offended by the concept of seeing themselves as products of their evolution. For some people, it’s the…
  • A Brilliant Way to Enjoy the Summer

    Mark Sisson
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re springing into summer, and into perfect weather for outdoor activities—we’re already there in Malibu. I’ve been catching some rays (and vitamin D as a result) while hiking, paddle boarding, cycling, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. The key word in that last sentence is “playing”—it’s central to how I stay in shape and enjoy life. But it wasn’t always this way. As many of you probably know, my love of low level aerobic activity and sport as play developed from a 20 year career as a competitive endurance athlete. I logged tens of thousands of training…
  • Introducing The Primal Endurance Podcast!

    Mark Sisson
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Back in November of 2013, we published our first Primal Blueprint Podcast, and have since published a total of 69 weekly feature-length episodes, along with over 100 audio recordings of Mark’s Daily Apple articles. Check out each of the feature-length shows here at the Archives. We started this venture on a whim, noticing that podcasting was becoming pretty popular. Since then, podcasts have become one of the most prominent emerging media forms in our high tech world, and the Primal Blueprint Podcast and the Mark’s Daily Apple audio narrations have become a major element of our…
  • Dear Mark: Your Milk Questions Answered

    Mark Sisson
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For today’s Dear Mark, I’m responding to as many of the questions and concerns relayed in the comment section of last week’s raw milk post. You guys had a lot of them, ranging from whether raw milk can help with eczema and adult asthma, if homogenization is dangerous, why raw milk might taste and smell fishy, to how many people get sick from pasteurized milk. I also respond to reports of raw milk not being a panacea for immune health, and even an active impediment to it. Lots of ground is covered today, so let’s get right to it. Here we go: Is homogenization…
  • Weekend Link Love – Edition 349

    Mark Sisson
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sweepstakes of the Week: Enter to win a 5-year supply of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo Tomorrow’s your last chance to get the Autoimmune Wellness Bundle: more than 40 premier autoimmune resources, a $500+ value, for just $39. If any Primal Blueprint Podcast listeners would be so kind, please fill out this survey when you have a chance. Thanks! Research of the Week Researchers just found stone tools from 3.3 million years ago, pushing hominid technology back 700,000 years. Despite their bamboo diets, pandas still have the guts of carnivores. Poor pandas. Preschoolers by and large are not…
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  • The Place Where You Are

    26 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    By Leo Babauta We rush through our days with so much to do, so much we should be doing, so much we’re missing out on … but how often do we stop to appreciate the place where we are right now? I don’t mean to focus on the journey, because that’s many different places … but instead to focus on where you are at this particular time. The physical place you’re in, the emotional state you’re in, the phase you are in life. Pause for a moment, right now, to notice where you are. What is it like? What is the light like? What about the sounds, the smells, the…
  • Feeling Determined to Change

    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Leo Babauta Let’s say you’ve been wanting to quit smoking for awhile, or you’ve really been wanting to start exercising. All of a sudden, you read something that motivates you … you’re ready to make the change! You’re determined. You’re going to make this happen. That’s amazing. The question is: are you going to convert this determination into actual lasting change? How will you do that? The feeling of determination is wonderful, but it can be ephemeral. It doesn’t necessarily last for more than a few days, unless you create an…
  • Practicing Non-Judgment

    15 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Leo Babauta We go through our day judging our experiences, other people, ourselves: this is good, this is bad. If all goes well, most of it will be good, but more than we realize, we dislike certain experiences, things about people, about ourselves. We “like” online comments by others, or pages on the Internet. We give a thumbs up or thumbs down to movies, to restaurant experiences, songs. It’s ingrained in our thinking processes. What would it be like to drop all of that judging as good and bad? What would it be like to simply experience something, without judgment? Try…
  • Hold Your Own Feet to the Fire

    13 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    By Leo Babauta Lots of us want to change our habits — get healthier, procrastinate less, write a book, save some money, get fit, read more, get good at something. And when it comes to changing habits, we know what doesn’t work. What doesn’t work: saying you’re going to make a change, intending to, and then failing to do it. You’ve done this, and so have I: you say, “I’m going to start eating healthier and exercising!” And you truly mean to do it. And you start out trying your best. And then things just kinda fade away, fizzle out, flop. That’s…
  • Don’t Waste Your Opportunity

    7 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Leo Babauta For most of us, our biggest sin is taking things for granted. I’m as guilty as anyone else: I wake up and rush into online work or reading, forgetting to appreciate what a miracle this new day is. I’m alive! I’ve been given another amazing day, full of opportunities, and that is truly breath-taking. I’m human, with a body and a conscious mind … and what an opportunity that is! We take this for granted, but if someone came up to you and said, “Hey, I can give you the power to make 10 people’s lives better every day of your life”…
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    Marc and Angel Hack Life

  • 40 Powerful Mantras to Help You Think Positive

    Angel Chernoff
    24 May 2015 | 7:53 pm
    When things go wrong, don’t go with them. “I don’t want to feel overwhelmed.  I’m tired of the anxiety and stress.  Too often my mind is consumed with negative thoughts and my body is filled with physical tension.  It hurts.  I don’t want to feel like this.  I don’t want to feel like I live in a whirlwind of exhaustion 24/7.  I don’t want to just ‘get by’ day to day…” Those are the opening lines right out of a live chat session I had last night with a long-time reader and recent course student of ours.  I’m sharing this with you today…
  • 7 Reasons it’s Time to Move On and Embrace Change

    Marc Chernoff
    20 May 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Change isn’t part of the process; it is the process.  The bad news: nothing is permanent.  The good news: nothing is permanent. Today, with the help of a friend, Brian Gardner (check out his inspiring site), we made the first design change to our site in nearly a decade. Yes, a decade. If you think about how drastically the internet and technology has matured in the past ten years, it’s impossible not to wonder why we didn’t update our site design sooner. All details aside – and there are plenty of them – the answer is: Resistance to change. Sure, in the past we’ve preached…
  • 9 Addictions 90% of Us Struggle With

    Marc Chernoff
    17 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    We are addicted to our thoughts.  We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. “I’m addicted!” she said. “But didn’t you just tell me you’ve been clean for 15 years?” I asked. “I have been,” she said. “So what are you addicted to?” I asked. “To doing what I shouldn’t be doing, even though I know better,” she said.  “I’m addicted to doing it the wrong way, because it’s easier and safer, and just the way I’ve always done it.  I’m addicted to letting my negativity and anger and fear get the best of me every day.  And honestly, that’s…
  • 3 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

    Marc Chernoff
    13 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    The greatest step toward a life of simplicity is to learn to let go. Imagine you had a ripe, juicy apple sitting on an otherwise empty table in front of you.  You pick it up eagerly, take a nibble, and begin to taste it. You already know how an apple should taste, and so when this one is a bit more tart than you expected, you make a face, feel a sense of disappointment and swallow it, dissatisfied. Or perhaps the apple tastes EXACTLY as you expected – nothing special at all.  So you swallow without even pausing to enjoy its flavor, and you move on with your day. In the first scenario, the…
  • 16 Simple Ways to Love Yourself Again

    Marc Chernoff
    10 May 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you. “Today I lost the respect of a few people I love, and the desire to kill myself, when I finally took your advice and told everyone the truth about who I really am and what I’ve decided to do with my life.  In a nutshell, I’ve chosen to love and honor myself, instead of convincing others to do it for me every day.” Those are lines right out of a live chat session I had this morning with a longtime reader and recent course member of ours.  Although this person asked to remain anonymous, they gave me…
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  • Acquired by Knowingly Corp

    Christina Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 22, 2015 Press Contact: Alessandra Wike Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based Internet startup, announced today that it has acquired a portion of the assets of Gigaom. These assets include the website,, as well as the content library. At the helm of […] Acquired by Knowingly Corp originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • About Gigaom

    Gigaom Management
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    *** UPDATE AS OF MAY 26 *** The information below is no longer current. See this post for a current update. A brief note on our company Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is […] About Gigaom originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Fear, food and the internet of things at SXSW

    Stacey Higginbotham
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Unfortunate timing means I’ll miss a huge chunk of this year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival happening in my hometown of Austin, Texas this year. I’m both saddened a bit relieved since it is my 14th year attending the festival, and it will be a nice […] Fear, food and the internet of things at SXSW originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Apple’s take on the smartwatch: Elegant evolution

    Kevin C. Tofel
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    After attending the “Spring Forward” event to get all of the remaining Apple Watch details and then getting some hands-on time with the device, I walked away with mixed emotions. On the one hand, debuted a polished product that was very responsive in my use. On […] Apple’s take on the smartwatch: Elegant evolution originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
  • Apple Pay on the wrist: How Apple’s watch gets around the ID problem

    Kevin Fitchard
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Apple only gave a fleeting demo of how contactless payments would work on its new Apple Watch at its Spring Forward event on Monday, but it was an impressive one. You select a card from Passbook in the watch interface and then tap the wearable device […] Apple Pay on the wrist: How Apple’s watch gets around the ID problem originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2015. Continue reading…
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    Organize IT

  • Co-citation prospects – clearing the road to the Top-3

    3 May 2015 | 4:44 am
    Over the past few years, Google has repeatedly played with changes in search engine algorithms, which naturally had some impact on SEO. Speaking more specifically, such SEO items as keywords, backlinks and text links begin to lose importance in SEO optimization, mainly because of constant updates of algorithms. With the latest algorithm updates – Panda and Penguin link building has been radically changed. The innovative agencies, such as HTP digital marketing manchester, have quickly adjusted their approaches, and they claim they are capable of achieving decent results. Now, SEO-experts…
  • Next Gen Tablet Screens On Their Way?

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:31 am
    Over recent years, graphene remains one of the most talked about materials, as experts believe it could revolutionise electronics production. Among the companies that are actively leading the development in this direction, Samsung is the one that seems to have achieved encouraging results. In accordance with a report published by Samsung it seems that the technogiant knows to accelerate the commercialisation of graphene, and thus bring the ready products based on the neoteric material to the end customer… and it is supposedly about a ready prototype of the flexible tablet. Samsung…
  • The ‘Side Effects’ Of Wind Power Approach

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Wind, an inexhaustible source of clean energy, is becoming more widely used at strategic level, rapidly gaining public support at the same time. Wind power has been used since ancient Babylon (wetlands drainage), Egypt (grain grinding) and China and Manchuria (pumping water from the rice fields) times. In Europe, this technology was introduced in the XII century, while the adoption of truly modern approaches started only in the XX century. Wind power can operate in areas with wind speeds above 4.5 m/s level. Wind power stations can either conduct their business within a network of an existing…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Gretchen Rubin

  • Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves (Gretchen Rubin)
    26 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Of everything that I’ve considered and concluded about happiness and good habits, I think this phrase sums it up best. We must strive to know ourselves, and accept the truth about ourselves, but at the same time, try to do the best we can. As Flannery O’Connor put it, “Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.” (Letter, December 9, 1961, quoted in The Habit of Being.) Agree, disagree?
  • Need a Good Gift for a Father in Your Life? Look No Further! (Gretchen Rubin)
    25 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
     Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day in the United States and Canada. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for a father in your life, may I suggest my new (bestselling) book, Better Than Before? It’s all about how we can master our habits. I’ve heard from a lot of people who are giving the book as a gift. I offer free, signed bookplates, to make books more special, but if you’d like one (or as many as you’d like), request soon, because it can take a little while to get those signed and mailed back. Request bookplates here. (U.S. and Canada only, sorry–mailing…
  • Do You Have an Image that Calms You? Like a Clock During a Thunderstorm. (Gretchen Rubin)
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    “Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.” -Robert Louis Stevenson I love this image, and often recall it to my mind when I feel anxious or harried. Do you have an image that calms you?
  • Trying to Change a Habit? Beware These 5 Traps. (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Today is Tip Day: Avoid five habit traps that can destroy your good habits. In my book Better Than Before, I describe the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. Habits — the most fascinating subject ever. One thing I observed is that when we’re trying to master our habits, it’s important to be aware of the justifications or arguments that we sometimes invoke that interfere with keeping a good habit. They slip in so easily and quickly, it can be hard to spot them. Be on the look-out for these five popular lines of thoughts: 1. Thinking, “Well, now that I’ve…
  • Podcast 13: Stop Reading a Book, a Know-Yourself-Better Quiz, and the Trap of Free Stuff. (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Time for the next episode of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin“ Always game to talk about her clutter issues, Elizabeth reports on the status of her closet, in the aftermath of our special clutter-clearing in episode 10. For better and after closet photos, look here. (Boy, I love before-and-afters.) Also, many listeners responded to tell us how they “treat themselves,” which was the Try This at Home for episode 9. Excellent treats! This week: Try This at Home: Stop reading a book if you don’t enjoy it.  (If you want more ideas for reading better than before, check out this…
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  • John Nash has left the building

    25 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    So goodbye John Nash, brilliant mathematician and beautiful mind, who has sadly just passed away after being involved in a taxi crash with his wife. Nash was famous for many things, but was probably most well-known for being the subject of the biopic A Beautiful Mind – an Oscar-winning production that sugar-coated the details although mainly stayed true to spirit of Nash’s remarkable story. Outside of the mainstream media Nash is best known for his work on partial differential equations and game theory – and it is this latter development which has had the biggest impact on…
  • Spike activity 12-05-2015

    23 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: No, there is no evidence for a link between video games and Alzheimer’s disease, reports HeadQuarters after recent media bungles. We’re still waiting to hear on SimCity and Parkinson’s disease though. The American Psychiatric Association has a new corporate video that looks like a Viagra advert. BPS Research Digest reports on a fascinating study that gives a preliminary taxonomy of the voices inside your head. What does fMRI measure? Essential piece from the Brain Box blog that gives an excellent guide to fMRI. New Republic…
  • Irregularities in Science

    20 May 2015 | 1:02 am
    A paper in the high-profile journal Science has been alleged to be based on fraudulent data, with the PI calling for it to be retracted. The original paper purported to use survey data to show that people being asked about gay marriage changed their attitudes if they were asked the survey questions by someone who was gay themselves. That may still be true, but the work of a team that set out to replicate the original study seems to show that the data reported in that paper was never collected in the way reported, and at least partly fabricated. The document containing these accusations is…
  • In the mind of a drone

    17 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    Longreads has an excellent article on the psychology of drone warfare that looks at this particularly modern form of air-to-ground combat from many, thought-provoking angles. These include the effect of humanless warfare, how suicide bombers are being dronified, how reducing the risk to soldiers might make civilians a more inviting target, whether remote-drone-pilot PTSD is convenient myth, and most interesting, the reliance of ‘Pattern-of-Life Analysis’ on which to base strikes. Apart from these “personal strikes,” there are also “signature strikes,” here meaning strikes…
  • Spike activity 15-05-2015

    17 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: What does fMRI measure? Excellent fMRI primer on the Brain Box blog. The Wall Street Journal has an excellent profile of neuroscientist Sophie Scott and her research understanding laughter. Time has a piece on how rappers are de-stigmatising mental illness. A brilliant review of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s book ‘Do No Harm’ from The New Yorker also works as a wonderful stand-alone article. APA Monitor has a great interview with cognitive psychology pioneer Jerome Bruner as he approaches his 100th birthday. The Brighter…
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    Scott H Young

  • You Don’t Pay Enough for Information

    Scott Young
    26 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Some time ago, I read a forum discussion involving one student asking for advice about getting into grad school. One of the commenters gave an unusual piece of advice: before you commit to a university, a lab, or even grad school itself, do one year as a paid research assistant. It’s unusual advice because most people wouldn’t consider it. Why spend a year as a research assistant which won’t count towards completing a degree? The answer is information. This person didn’t know what they wanted, so doing a test year will give information as to whether or not the person actually likes…
  • How to Build Habits of Moderation

    Scott Young
    21 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    In many ways, breaking a bad habit is easier than creating a new, good habit. Going to the gym takes up a time slot every day you do it. But “not smoking” or “not eating junk food” don’t require you to block out any time at all. In other ways, breaking bad habits is incredibly hard. Nearly every person I’ve ever met has self-professed bad habits they feel unable to control. Maybe it’s not even an addiction, just something simple like using your phone too much or watching too much television. Is it Best to Go Cold Turkey? I’ve always been a lot better at breaking bad habits by…
  • Should You Accept Your Constraints or Try to Improve Them?

    Scott Young
    13 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    One book that had a huge impact on me was The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr. The book’s thesis was simple: time-management doesn’t work because your energy is more limited than time. Before the book, I used to get frustrated with my inability to follow my own schedules. I’d carefully carve out chunks of time for studying, working on my business, exercise, reading and more. But then I’d fail to follow it. I’d break down and wonder why I couldn’t be as productive as all those other people I admired. Reading the book clued me into a constraint: that any…
  • Why the Smartest People Don’t Always Give the Best Advice: The Importance of Local Wisdom

    Scott Young
    5 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Say you want to become a novelist: who would give you better advice on getting started, Stephen King or someone who just published their first book? I imagine most people would lean towards Stephen King. After all, he’s an incredibly successful author, so he certainly knows a lot of things that a first-time author wouldn’t. If King and this first-time author gave contradictory advice, you’d probably ignore the newbie and listen to the legend. This doesn’t just apply to novelists. Scientists would prefer to look to Einstein for inspiration than the colleague who just got tenure.
  • My New TEDx Talk: One Simple Method to Learn Any Language

    Scott Young
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Funny story about this TEDx. We had decided, as you’ll see from the video, to open with a question to the audience. We wanted to know how many people had put effort into learning a language, but they still can’t hold conversations in it. We were expecting about half the room to raise their hand. When we presented, nearly everyone raised their hand. Some people put up both hands. Clearly, learning languages is a problem for many people. We believe we know what the solution is, and it’s actually quite simple. In the above TEDx, Vat and I discuss what we discovered about…
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    A Daring Adventure

  • How To Not Freak Out When You Feel Like Life Is Tormenting You

    Tim Brownson
    26 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    The following is a guest post from Lynn Hauka. You sprinted out the door this morning and vaulted into your car, only to hear the click of a dead battery when you turned the ignition key. Your boss yelled at you for being two hours late, seemingly unaware of just how freaking long it takes for someone to show up and give a jump start. It’s like he thinks you were late on purpose. You’re convinced he backstabbed you in the client meeting this afternoon. Oh sure, he sounded innocent enough. But you’ve got his number. He’s probably dissing you to his boss right now. You can practically…
  • TGIF

    Tim Brownson
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last weekend I worked most of the day on Saturday and Sunday training new Life Coaches and do you know what? I loved every second of it. 12 years ago the thought of working at a weekend would only have been marginally better than the thought of have two fighting ferrets dropped down my underwear. TGIF I rarely said ‘thank God it’s Friday’, but I said ‘thank fuck it’s Friday‘ a lot. In fact pretty much every week. I was in a job I hated and all I wanted to do was get out of the office and go home for a beer to relax and forget about the fact that about half my waking life was…
  • 3 Simple Ways To Build A Life You Enjoy

    Tim Brownson
    19 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    It appears that every time I get swamped with Coach The Life Coach, client work and general life ‘stuff’ I get an influx of quality guest posts to help bail me out. If anybody quotes the Law of Attraction at me I will probably hunt them down and commit some atrocity involving ferrets, the blood of a bat and a butter knife, so don’t go there! Today’s post is written by James from Men With Mens who happens to be probably the only James on the planet I’d be happy to give a big kiss on the cheek to if we were to meet in person. Don’t ask. 3 Simple Ways To…
  • The Truth Behind Positive Thinking

    Tim Brownson
    11 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The following is a guest post from Mike Bundrant We’re all brainwashed. Think positively or risk failure and misery. I beg to differ. The truth is, if you insist on thinking positively all the time., you will probably be less happy. You may also set yourself up for disappointment and even massive failure. How is this the case? The Positive Thinking Delusion The popular sentiment around positive thinking is that if you think things will go well, then they will indeed go well! In other words, you end up being delusional a good percentage of the time. Things don’t always go well, and rarely…
  • How Do I Deal With Fear?

    Tim Brownson
    6 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    I went to see the comedian Mitch Fatal a couple of weeks ago at the Orlando Improv Theatre. At the end of an excellent show the host asked if anybody would like to come up on stage and tell a joke. I immediately stuck my hand up and along with 4 or 5 others was called on stage. I’ve never stood on a comedy stage before with all the lights glaring in my eyes, knowing there was a packed Saturday night audience in there even though I could barely see past the first two rows. It was an exhilarating experience. I was third to go and I stood there patiently waiting as I listened to two fairly…
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    Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

  • 7 Truths that Helped Me To Heal from Trauma and Abuse

    27 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    Chances are if you’re reading this right now, there’s something you want to change: Maybe you want a better job Maybe you want a different partner Maybe you want to find your purpose If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably tried various methods to answer these tough questions, ranging from the Internet to alcohol to therapy. I grew up in a suburb outside of New York City in a family that valued high achievement. As in many Indian families, I was taught that success is an external thing you pursue. An esteemed job you can brag about is like the Holy Grail for many in my culture,…
  • 5 Quotes to Jumpstart Your Gratefulness and Peace of Mind

    Marcella Chamorro
    26 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    There is nothing I seek more than gratefulness and peace of mind. When I’m in their grip, I’m floating on air. You've felt it, too, haven't you? Then, you've also felt it slip away... Because it's tough to spend every moment of our lives in a state of gratitude, especially when things that happen to us aren't exactly positive, right? It's tough to be grateful on a rainy day when everything seems to go wrong. Not to mention feel peace of mind! Luckily, there's a way to jumpstart your gratitude engine and get back into a peaceful frame of mind.  Here are a few quotes I love to read…
  • The Five Positive Effects of Abstaining From Social Media

    Mikhail Blacer
    26 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    The way we communicate has been changed forever, thanks to social media. Whereas letters and telegrams took forever to reach their destinations, nowadays, a simple press of a button allows you to send a message instantly regardless of location. We can’t deny the fact that social media brought a lot of benefits, particularly with regard to communicating with friends and loved ones. It has also broken language and continental barriers, allowing you to know what is happening around the world by just sitting in front of the monitor or by swiping the screen of your mobile phone. However, being…
  • 9 Ways to Reach Your Goals Lightning Fast

    Tom Casano
    25 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Fully Commit Decide that you're going to keep working at it until your reach your goal. The word "de-cide" literally means "to cut away from". Think of the other strong commitments you've made in your life. There's no turning back, you stick to it consistently and keep moving forward, no matter what. Make this same kind of commitment to your goal. Challenge Your Excuses Don't let your excuses rule you. Listen to them and write them down. Make a list of all of the excuses and reasons why you can't be working on it today. You're not "in the mood", something came up, etc. If there are real…
  • 6 Ways to Ditch Unhealthy Eating Habits with Minimal Effort

    Marianne Stenger
    25 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Our eating habits and food choices are shaped by far more than just hunger, which is why for most of us, choosing a salad over a slice of pizza requires some serious willpower. Over the past decade, researchers from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab have made some fascinating discoveries about how our environment and perceptions of food affect not only what but also how much we eat. So here are six ways you can use their research to trick yourself into making healthier food choices every time. Use smaller plates The size of plate you use directly impacts how much you end up eating,…
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    Life Optimizer

  • How Theodore Roosevelt Earn a Brown Belt in Judo, Wrote Multiple Books, Read 4 Hours a Day, and Won the Presidency, All At The Same Time

    Donald Latumahina
    19 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    Note: This is a guest post by Michael Rank of History in Five Minutes Podcast In the late 1800s, a doctor visited a wealthy couple in New York to examine their sickly son. He was severely asthmatic, a condition often fatal in those days. Dr. Dudley Sargent told him that due to this condition and his weak heart, failure to lead a quiet life would result in death. Theodore Roosevelt’s father disagreed with this diagnosis. He took his son aside and told him that sitting idly in one’s weakness was no way to live: “Theodore, you have the mind but you have not the body, and without…
  • 4 Proven Success Lessons from the Story of KFC

    Donald Latumahina
    14 May 2015 | 3:22 am
    A while back, I read the story of how Colonel Sanders built Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). It’s an inspiring story, and I learned a lot from it. You might want to read the complete story yourself, but here I’d like to share the lessons I learned from the story with you. Without further ado, here are the lessons I learned: 1. Be resilient. Failure happens to all of us. In fact, if you never fail, that’s most likely because you never tried. Failure is inevitable on the way to success. Since failure is inevitable, what matters is how you respond to it. If you respond correctly, failure…
  • A New Version of HabitMaster Is Now Available

    Donald Latumahina
    5 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you have followed this blog for some time, you might know that I develop apps for iOS. I have been an app developer since 2011. Today I’d like to let you know that HabitMaster – the habit-building app I develop – has a new version available. The new version is optimized for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and has two new features. Here is how it would look like on your device (if you read this through an email, you might need to click the “Display Images” link in your email reader first): HabitMaster is my most popular app. I’m glad that many people have found it useful for building…
  • The Two Levels of Optimizing Life

    Donald Latumahina
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:59 am
    To optimize your life, there are two levels you need to work on: macro and micro. Macro deals with optimizing the direction of your life, while micro deals with optimizing your day. You need both to fully optimize your life. Macro includes things such as: Finding your life purpose. Finding your vision and how to get there. Reviewing how your year has been. Micro, on the other hand, includes things such as: Having a good morning routine. Using productivity tools (e.g. a to-do list) to get your tasks done. Eliminating distractions to focus on the task at hand. As you can see, both of them are…
  • A Powerful Concept for Your Decision-Making

    Donald Latumahina
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    A while back, I read Launch by Jeff Walker. It’s a good book on online business, and I learned a lot from it. But there is an interesting statement there that I’d like to explore here. In the book, the author stated that the most important concept in business for him is “opportunity cost.” It means that whenever you take an opportunity, you are giving up another opportunity. This is a fact that many people overlook—but being aware of it will help you make good decisions. I believe that it’s an important concept not just in business, but also in life in general. While making…
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • The Stop Procrastinating Now Course is Open to Join!

    Henrik Edberg
    27 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Today is the big day – my brand new 10-week Stop Procrastinating Now Course is open to join. Plus, if you join during this launch period you also get free life-time access to all the material in my 31 Days to a Simpler Life Course as a special bonus. The registration to join this course will only be open for 1 week, until 1.00 p.m EDT (that’s 17.00 GMT) on Wednesday the 3:rd of June. Click here to learn more and to join the course I have worked on this course for the past 5 months but it all started over 10 years ago when I made a decision to finally stop putting so many things off in my…
  • How Would Your Life Change If You Stopped Procrastinating So Much?

    Henrik Edberg
    21 May 2015 | 6:51 am
    That’s a question I’ve asked myself many times. And I’ve spent many, many hours in the past dreaming about where such a change could take me in life and in the world. I know many others out there have done that too. Still – after close to 9 years – one of the absolutely most common issues I get emails and comments about is how to stop procrastinating. So since the first day of this year I have been working on a new course filled with all the best things I have learned in the past decade and I use almost every day and week. These are the strategies, exercises and simple…
  • Don’t Compare Your Life to Someone’s High-Light Reel

    Henrik Edberg
    13 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao Tzu Today I’d like to focus on a negative habit that creates insecurity within, erodes self-esteem and can make you feel quite unhappy with your own life . It’s something that has sprung up as we have moved a part of our lives on to the internet and social media. And that habit is to compare yourself and your life to other people’s high-light reels. What do I mean by that? That it’s so easy to start comparing your life to the lives of friends, old classmates or celebrities…
  • How to Overcome Victim Thinking: 3 Powerful Steps for a Happier Life

    Henrik Edberg
    6 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” Helen Keller How do you react if something in your life doesn’t go as you wish? Well, at first you’ll probably feel pain of some sort. But what happens after that? What do you do after the initial pain? Do you think of yourself as a victim, as someone with little or no control or power? Do you slip back into a familiar headspace where you feel sorry for yourself and where you feel like someone – or the whole world – is against you? I used to get stuck in that destructive…
  • 15 Simple Ways to Spread Kindness in Your World Starting Today

    Henrik Edberg
    28 Apr 2015 | 4:52 am
    “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” Albert Schweitzer “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James Kindness is often a pretty simple thing to spread in the world. But we sometimes forget about it. Or don’t remember how it can help us all. Three things that I like to keep in mind and that help me to try to be a kinder person are these: I get what I give. Yep, some people will be…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • Podcast 03 – David Allen guides you through a Mind Sweep

    Stephen Lease
    27 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
      What if you had an objective list of everything that currently holds your attention? Get out your note-taking devices as David Allen guides us through a sample coaching “Mind Sweep” session (one of the first steps to practicing GTD). We guarantee that you’ll have at least one valuable “Oh, yeah! That reminds me…” thought during this episode! Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Mind Sweep Capture   Links   GTD Business Services Coaching Seminars Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Seminars GTD Connect…
  • Podcast 02 – David Allen talks to Daniel Pink

    Stephen Lease
    27 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
      How do we combat information overload? In this GTD Connect preview, David Allen & best-selling author Daniel Pink (Drive, To Sell Is Human) discuss technology’s impact on our decision making. They cover GTD’s timeless solution to the current problem, as well as Dan’s personal GTD setup. Be sure to check out the GTD Connect discount at the end of the interview! Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Inbox Next Action Waiting for Someday maybe   Links Daniel Pinks Website  Daniel Pinks TedTalk Tools Discussed: Microsoft word field notes   GTD Business…
  • Podcast 01 – David Allen talks about the New Edition of Getting Things Done®

    Stephen Lease
    27 May 2015 | 10:34 am
      What’s different now?  Over the 15 years since David Allen first published Getting Things Done, the ability to achieve  “Stress-Free Productivity” grows more important than ever.  David Joins us in an all-new interview where we discuss the changing times, why people get trapped in unproductive thinking, and how to instantly gain more clear space. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Brainstorming Wild Success Checklists   Links About David Allen Buy the new edition of Getting Things Done Visit the microsite for the new edition of Getting Things Done…
  • Free Your Mind with GTD

    Stephen Lease
    26 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    As David Allen says, “Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” Here is a testimonial from a fellow GTD Practitioner on the powerful effects of that GTD premise: “My mind is now being freed up to drive larger strategic needs rather than holding all the details. I can now sleep more soundly and awake with much more energy.” -GTD Practitioner
  • New Getting Things Done Podcast Coming Soon

    Stephen Lease
    21 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    New Getting Things Done Podcast Coming Soon
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    Productive Flourishing

  • Is Your Lack of Motivation a Red Alert or a False Alarm?

    Pace Smith
    27 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Pace Smith, The Pathfinding Coach. Are you feeling unmotivated? That might be a red alert, signaling that you are off your path and that you must make a change immediately. On the other hand, it might be a false alarm, signaling that you need to, like, eat some peanuts or something. I’ve seen would-be Creative Giants turn away from their heart’s deepest calling because they mistook a false alarm for a red alert. I’ve seen would-be Creative Giants quit a career that could have been deeply fulfilling if only they had eaten a handful…
  • Episode 31: Building Your Money Muscle with Joan Sotkin

    Charlie Gilkey
    26 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    Highlights of This Episode: Why Joan’s ostensibly successful business went under What’s behind many people’s financial problems Why business and marketing are really about connection Why it’s harder than ever to save money and to spend wisely Why smart people make “really stupid” decisions Why our relationship with money ends up being the dumping ground for unexpressed feelings Why it’s sometimes easier to manage debt than to manage savings “Whatever you’re feeling about money has nothing to do with money.” –Joan Sotkin (Click to share – thanks!)…
  • Learn While You’re Doing

    Charlie Gilkey
    21 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Seth’s latest post You don’t know Lefsetz? was coming from the right place, but as I read it, I had a strong sense that it would shut down a lot of people. Here’s the ending: If you don’t know who the must-reads in your field are, find out before your customers and competitors do. Too much doing, not enough knowing. Yes, I have a bias toward action, but being on the other side of success and fame, I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of over-researching what everyone else is doing to the effect that you don’t actually get started. (I did this with the…
  • Get Your Content to Work Harder for You Through Licensing

    Rachel Rodgers
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Rachel Rodgers. Well, today is a treat because we’re going to talk about leveraging your intellectual property (loose translation: more bank in your tank). You’ve probably heard of all sorts of ways to extend your content to make it work harder for you. Books, courses, and events are natural ways to do this, but licensing is another way to get your content to work harder for you. (Think: more money, more time, and more influence; and, no, this is not a Ponzi scheme.) But the ins-and-outs of licensing are an enigma — one of those things we…
  • Episode 30: Advancing Craftsmanship with Breanne Dyck

    Charlie Gilkey
    19 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Highlights of This Episode: How an unexpected email made Breanne realize that she could make courses and start helping people What Breanne did to overcome her aversion to taking risks and experimenting Why the “hack first” mentality is actually making us less effective How perfectionism and the curse of expertise are keeping us from being more effective and prolific teachers Why you have to let go of your expertise to become a better expert How the pursuit of craftsmanship and excellence is always a pursuit worth doing “The truth is, stuff isn’t always going to be…
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    Get Organised

  • Productivity Lie #20: Meetings should be scheduled for the mornings

    Tracey Foulkes
    25 May 2015 | 3:32 am
      Since leaving the corporate environment almost 12 years ago now, I’ve worked with many companies of all shapes and sizes. Let’s just say I totally understand why meetings are usually set for early in the morning … it’s easier to get everyone to attend and you’re less likely to get last minute cancellations due […] The post Productivity Lie #20: Meetings should be scheduled for the mornings appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Work+Life=balance: Infographic

    19 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The post Work+Life=balance: Infographic appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Lie #19: Do it well or don’t do it at all

    Tracey Foulkes
    13 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
      I’m struck by an early recollection of myself: heavy full fringe, two long low ponytails hanging over my school blazer-covered shoulders while I sit on a hard (cold) wooden school bench looking up. My big blue eyes meet those of the teacher. In my seven-year-old’s mind, she’s a hero, mentor and God and she […] The post Productivity Lie #19: Do it well or don’t do it at all appeared first on Get Organised.
  • GDP vs GNH : Infographic

    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    by catiavide. The post GDP vs GNH : Infographic appeared first on Get Organised.
  • Productivity Lie #18: To be a great employee, you always need to be available

    Tracey Foulkes
    6 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
      One of the first slides I show during our Productive Time workshop says, “In today’s workplace, it’s no longer good enough to just show up!” And while that might well be true, there is a vast difference between ‘showing up’ or ‘just being there’ and being actively engaged. So, before unpacking this lie of […] The post Productivity Lie #18: To be a great employee, you always need to be available appeared first on Get Organised.
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • Reddit Is Calling Your Name

    Marc Majers
    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    When was the last time you used Reddit? Recently Stephen Herron reminded me of the site’s powerful knowledge base. According to Wikipedia, “Reddit is an entertainment, social networking, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links.” Basically the site is user-generated content and people promote stories by voting on them. Discover news stories and links instantly on Reddit. The site is divided into hot, new, rising, controversial, top, gilded, wiki and promoted content. You can also use the site to find…
  • Listen Carefully: Tips To Protect Your Hearing

    Marc Majers
    17 May 2015 | 3:43 am
    1 in 6 teens has noise-induced hearing loss from loud sounds. Teen hearing loss has increased 30 percent in the last decade. As little as 10 seconds at a loud stadium or concert can cause permanent hearing damage. What are you doing to make sure your child doesn’t suffer hearing loss? Ways to prevent hearing loss 1. Step away from sound source 2. Turn down volume 3. Wear ear plugs Find out more about the Listen Carefully Movement. My mom suffered from hearing loss so I saw first hand how not being able to hear can dramatically impact your life. Protect your hearing as much as you can!
  • Need a Random Number?

    Marc Majers
    15 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Do you need to generate a random number? Then you need to check out The site states, “We offer true random numbers to anyone on the Internet. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs.” You can use the site for holding drawings, lotteries and sweepstakes, to drive online games, for scientific applications and for art and music. So try it out the next time you want to pick a number out of a hat! Thanks to Dawg Pound Girl for the lead. Random Number Generator…
  • Dribble for Inspiration

    Marc Majers
    10 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    Are you looking for creative inspiration? Why not look at the work of others to spark your creative juices? You can share your work here too! Dribble is a place to showcase your illustrations, sketches, icons, greeting cards, photography, web, email and interface designs for the world to see.
  • Free PDF to Word Converter

    Marc Majers
    8 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    I discovered a free online tool that scans a PDF and converts it to a Word (.docx) quite acurately. I have tried other tools of this nature in the past but this is solid because it can do many pages at once. However since it’s free the system will make you wait up to 30 minutes for the conversion unless you want to purchase the actual software. They ask for your email address when uploading your file so they can tell you when it’s ready. InvestInTech PDF to OCR: - Files of all sizes can be sent for conversion an unlimited number of times - All pages in the document are converted -…
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    Root Simple

  • Extreme Measures: Squirrel Proofing Your Fruit Trees

    Mr. Homegrown
    27 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot about this fruit tree cage that Kelly spotted on the Theordore Payne garden tour this spring (see some more images of that lovely Altadena garden here). Squirrels just stripped our peach tree of every single fruit (though I’ve found that I can still eat the half-gnawed ones I find on the ground). Other options I’ve considered: Bird netting. But this stuff is a real pain to work with. And it doesn’t always work. Squirrels are persistent! Removing fruit and ripening it indoors. I did this last year with some success, but I was not on top of the…
  • Skyglow Raises Awareness of Light Pollution

    Mr. Homegrown
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Two local LA photographers, Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan, just surpassed their Kickstarter goal to fund a very worthy project: a book, using the duo’s stunning timelapse photography to raise awareness of the problem of light pollution. For us humans, if we can’t see the night sky we lose our sense of wonder. But light pollution also harms many of the earth’s organisms, from migrating birds to insects. This is one of those problems that would be relatively easy to fix simply by making sure that lighting is not directed upwards and by using bulbs that emit light on a…
  • Picture Sundays: The life so short, the craft so long to learn . . .

    Mr. Homegrown
    24 May 2015 | 1:31 pm
    An illustration from the Kelmscott edition of The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, designed and illustrated by William Morris. I want to recreate that sundial.
  • Saturday Tweets: Holiday Weekend Edition

    Mr. Homegrown
    23 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    Watch a bee be born: — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 21, 2015 Urban Farmers Say It's Time They Got Their Own Research Farms — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 21, 2015 Green Hot Sauce recipe: — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 22, 2015 Not a new video, but thoughtful and beautiful re: handcraft: A World Through the Hands via @beingtweets — Root Simple (@rootsimple) May 18, 2015 The Case for Building a Garden in the Middle of the Street via @StreetsblogNet…
  • Tools for Conquering Internet Addiction

    Mr. Homegrown
    22 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    I think there are two deadly sins for the DIYer: One is accumulating cast off items for theoretical future projects. The other is falling into the trap of either researching a subject so thoroughly that somehow you never get around to actually doing it, or avoiding doing that research in the first place by checking email, Facebook or any of the other anti-productive tools our Silicon Valley overlords subject us to.  It’s the distraction problem I’d like to look at today. The state of restless research and “busyness” that leads to ultimate inaction is an aspect of what…
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  • The Tree Planting Party Continues with #careSHAREgrow

    Jessica Hodges
    27 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Tis the seasons for growing, so why not contribute the mess free way! Let us do all the dirty work. All you have to do is Tweet your heart out and win some awesome prizes! Sounds like a win/win to us! Come check out our next #careSHAREgrow Twitter party. Join us Thursday, June 4th from 4-5pm EST Follow @Shoplet on Twitter using the hashtag #careSHAREgrow to join the convo. If this will be your first time joining us, here’s how it works. With every tweet using the hashtag #careSHAREgrow, Shoplet and Trees for the Future will plant a tree in the tweeter’s honor. So where do your…
  • Winner of the Lion Gift Bundle

    Jessica Hodges
    26 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Congratulations to Carrie Conley, winner of the Lion Gift Bundle giveaway. Now your office will be perfectly organized and super colorful too! If you guys still want to get your hands on this awesome assortment of Lion Poly folders and envelopes, Just check them out right here at Lion has an array of colors, sizes and styles to choose from. Not to mention their folders are super sturdy. You’ll have these babies for a very long time. Thanks to everyone for participating and make sure to be on the lookout for more fun and useful prizes again in the future! The post Winner of…
  • Win a Basyx by HON Mesh Chair

    Jessica Hodges
    25 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Win a basyx by hon mesh chair Everyone needs a good chair. But getting your hands on a good chair doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank and resorting to your college ramen years just to get one. Our friends at Hon are hooking up one lucky winner with a Basyx by Hon Mesh Chair! The super affordable  and super high quality basyx line is definitely a Shoplet favorite. This gorgeous chair features a slim design, a breathable mesh back and adjustable lumbar support. The seat cushion is super cushy so you’ll be sitting pretty through all of your office tasks. So, wanna win this…
  • Best of Office Weekly Round Up: Best Duct Tape Art

    Alejandro Paulino
    22 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Duct tape is such a versatile tool. It has so many uses for so many different things. It can even be used to create the type of artwork that reminds you that humans can really think up the wildest things and make it a reality. In this week’s roundup, we look at some of the best works of art created using duct tape. You’re crowding me, bub! Artist Vincent Ricottilli makes heavy use of duct tape in his art, and his pieces, like this one, take anywhere from 7-10 hours spread over a couple of days to complete. And who can argue with the results as these two badass superheroes brawling it out…
  • Meet Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison – “The Future + Green Initiatives”

    Jessica Hodges
    21 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Meet Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison – The Future + Green Initiatives In the final installment if our 5 part series, Shoplet CEO Tony Ellison shares with us all of the initiatives Shoplet has undertaken to make strides towards a greener future. In celebration of the final episode, Shoplet has taken our blog into the future and launched a fresh, redesign. Bringing in our love of the environment, we’ve streamlined our look and will continue to bring you the same fun content you have grown to love from us. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new design so feel free to leave us a…
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    Think Simple Now

  • A Guide to Happiness via Self-Compassion

    Guest of TSN
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    You’re a kind person. A loving person. A compassionate person. To other people. But you hold yourself to a higher standard. When you make a mistake, you’re tough on yourself. You judge yourself. You tell yourself you need to do better. And although part of you thinks you’re doing this to keep yourself honest, perfect and at the high standards the world around you expects, another part of you — a small, delicate, exhausted part — wishes you could just let it go. Because when you hold on to the shame, blame or guilt from a past mistake, this negativity colors your view of the world,…
  • How to Handle Your Haters

    Kayla Albert
    25 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    With my multiple streams of income drying up one by one and no light of opportunity on the horizon, I was quickly losing faith in my ability to create a sustainable life as a writer. The long stretches of nothing to do were cementing my career-driven depression, and I was beginning to feel completely disconnected from my purpose. I was incredibly insecure about my lack of forward movement, so I attempted to avoid conversations that brought up the topic of careers. Then one day, a family gathering prompted a conversation about a local retail store that was considered to be a great place to…
  • How to Reclaim Your Life After Childhood Abuse

    Guest of TSN
    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m a survivor of child sexual abuse. But even after decades I still can’t say that completely without shame. That’s the nature of this kind of abuse. Logic tells us we were children. We had no choice. But the wounds go deep and are so hidden that for me, and many like me, that feeling of shame becomes as much a part of who we are as our eye color. We just learn to live with it. We survive. But once innocence is lost, it can never return. I believe many survivors of childhood abuse are drawn to spiritual traditions. Those of us who manage to fight the low self-esteem and the numbing…
  • How to Be Grateful When You Aren’t Feeling It

    Kate Swoboda
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    You want to be grateful for what you have, but if you cut straight to the truth? You aren’t feeling it. For a lot of people, acknowledging that truth brings with it immediate shame — the shame of knowing that in a world where so many people go homeless or hungry; or are hurt, abandoned, or abused; or are dealing with a serious illness or the death of a loved one, not feeling grateful is very, very bad. So, we try gratitude on. “Okay,” we say, tossing our hair back and squaring our shoulders. “Let me focus on gratitude. Here I go.” We think of 10 things to be grateful for, and then…
  • 31 Promises to Change Your Life

    Guest of TSN
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a young girl, I learned early that I was different. I heard family members talking; I heard the mean taunts and the comments about my mother. I was constantly compared to a woman I knew nothing about. Every time I did something wrong or didn’t get something right, I would brace for the barrage of insults and name calling. The most popular one was “You are going to be just like your mother.” No one had to tell me what that meant. I figured that out early when, at four years old, my cousin nicely told me I would never amount to anything. I promised myself that I would prove everyone…
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    Sources of Insight

  • The Integrating Generalist and the Art of Connecting the Dots

    23 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    “Music is the silence between the notes.” — Claude Debussy If you like to connect the dots, or put the puzzle together, or simply see the big picture, you just might be an Integrating Generalist. Integrating Generalists are masters of the art of integration. Integrating Generalists can apply specialist knowledge to general problems.  They are expert pattern matchers.  They see patterns in things, even where others do not. They can cross-pollinate ideas, perform creative synthesis, and apply their skill across a wide range of disciplines, domains, and fields. In the book, Business…
  • How To Visualize Non-Attachment

    14 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    “Detachment means letting go and nonattachment means simply letting be.” — Stephen Levine Letting go of thoughts or letting them “float by” is a useful skill for life. Some thoughts aren’t worth dwelling on, and some thoughts do more harm when you hold on to them. Practicing non-attachment can help you quiet your mind. Non-attachment can also help you respond vs. react.  You can use non-attachment to help you create a gap between the stimulus and your response. In the book … And I Breathed: My Journey from a Life of Matter to a Life That Matters, Jason Garner shares a…
  • Stretch Into Your Body Glove

    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” — T. Guillemets Your body is like a glove. You can stretch into your body glove to become all that you’re capable of. I was reading the book … And I Breathed: My Journey from a Life of Matter to a Life That Matters, by Jason Garner.   In it, he shares the insight that yoga helps you stretch into your body glove, and you can use yoga moves to become all that you’re capable of. I’m a big believer that the right metaphors can empower us, and I really like the body…
  • Why Start a Blog

    4 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    “Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.” – Scott Adams Why start a blog? There are many reasons to start a blog, but here are a few: Working on your blog is working on your life. Blogging is a way to learn how to ship ideas and incremental value (to yourself and others.) Blogging is also a way to grow and share your expertise. Blogging is also a way to build your personal platform for impact. Blogging is a way to spend more time doing what makes you come alive. For some, starting a blog means freedom. They want to be able to work anywhere, anytime.
  • Gain and Loss Framing

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    “An evil gain equals a loss.” — Syrus Should you focus on the positive benefits? Or, should you focus on the cost or risk or loss of not doing something? If you want to be more persuasive, you need to know when to focus on gains and when to focus on losses. A gain-frame is when you frame a message focused on the positive outcome.  A loss-frame is when you focus on the costs or the loss, such as opportunity cost. The key thing to keep in mind is that we do more to avoid pain, than to seek gain, and that we prefer more certain outcomes than uncertain alternatives. Gain and Loss…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Life Doesn’t Have To Be So Complicated… (Plus FREE stuff for you!)

    Kylie Browne
    27 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    Break Free Of Stress, Overwhelm, And Frustration – In Just 21 Days Sometimes it seems like life just gets overwhelming – too much to do, too much stuff, too little time, a confused sense of what matters… But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can help you break free from stress, overwhelm, and frustration – allin just 21 days. In our popular 21-Day Simplify Your Life Challenge, you complete a daily challenge – a task to do or a decision to make. You simplify clutter, priorities, chores, perfectionism, morning and evening routines, other people, information,…
  • 21-Day Simplify Your Life Program Guide and Checklist

    Craig Bailey
    25 May 2015 | 2:40 am
  • Stop The ‘What’s For Dinner?’ Dilemma!

    Kylie Browne
    19 May 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Time-poor, activity-rich parents tend to despise meal time. Do these scenarios sound familiar? The 5pm mad-dash to the supermarket in the hope of finding a quick and easy yet nutritional meal to feed your hungry family before you skip off to sports training. Or Scrounging around in the refrigerator hoping to find inspiration from bare minimum stock supplies. Stop The ‘What’s-For-Dinner?’ Dilemma With These Simple Organization Tips 1. Menu Planning In the long run, menu planning saves you money. It allows you to prepare a meal one night, and use any leftover ingredients on…
  • Are Your Time Management Skills Failing You?

    Kylie Browne
    13 May 2015 | 9:23 pm
    There is a lot to do in a normal day. Dishes need to be washed. Clothes need to be laundered. Beds need to be made. Floors need to be swept. Kids need to be fed, bathed and ready. Pets need to be fed, walked and played with. Extended family members need to be checked on, called or supported. And some days, it’s overwhelming. You probably think you’re doing the best you can. The question is, can you do better? Is it time for a change? Mix things up a bit and try something new. Why not? You have nothing to lose yet you might gain a few more minutes in your day to do more of the…
  • Remember This When You Feel Overwhelmed

    Kylie Browne
    6 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    If the thought of decluttering makes you break into a sweat, then today’s tip is just for you. Let’s keep it simple. This little strategy is easy to remember AND it works. Try it! If you don’t love it or use it, let it go. Here are some comments from people who have made decisions based on this simple strategy. Sometimes I think I just have to get everything perfect…but that is just an illusion. Thank you for freeing me from this ridiculous notion. Sandra All of a sudden I feel as if a ten tonne weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I feel in control again, not…
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  • weekend #21 – after eye surgery

    21 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
      Hi everyone!   I had a break last weekend because of an eye surgery. 5 days face down was quite hard but now it’s over! Here’s an animated video to get the idea….         ‘If the surgeon places an intraocular gas bubble in the eye (to maintain retinal reattachment while the eye heals from surgery), the patient will have to maintain a face-down position postoperatively.’   read more here     I still have that gas bubble but it’s getting smaller every day. Only problem is to look straight down when the bubble…
  • weekend #19 – abstract blue

    7 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
      I’ve been doodling and painting this week… a lot.   This is one of the abstract acrylic works for   Paint Party Friday         two details of that       And some spring flowers I saw on Monday…       Have a relaxing weekend!     ps. I can not leave a comment on your blog if you don’t have name/URL option… So many great posts I’d love to comment but can’t…    
  • weekend #18 – Bronte beach Sydney

    1 May 2015 | 1:53 am
      but first my entry to   Paint Party Friday   This is how I felt 27.4.  Quiet.       And now to the beach!   ‘Sydney memories’   We take bus number 378     after 20-30 mins we see…     our favorite beach in Sydney – Bronte   Let’s continue     ahead right are changing rooms and toilets       and then – a sea pool…brrr too cold for me!       we passed the pool       and I started to shoot, these amazing rocks, I love them!  …
  • weekend #17 – forests and swans

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:31 am
        Hi everybody! I can feel it – spring is in Helsinki! Even if it’s not very warm yet you can see some flowers, green baby leaves and evenings are longer, today sunset is at 9 pm. By the way, I like practical  time and date site!     Here’s my forest collage for   Paint Party Friday   Note! If you want my comment check you have name/URL option on, thank you!     All these paintings are here.       Themute swan(Cygnus olor) /kyhmyjoutsen   shot in Seurasaari, Helsinki. If you want to see my old posts from…
  • forests – metsiä #7 – #9

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
      Theme Art challenge April: 9 forests     Teemataiteen huhtikuun haaste: 9 metsää   All 9 works / kaikki 9 työtä here/täällä.     final three works and collage   viimeiset kolme työtä ja kuvakooste     #7       #8       #9           KIITOS! Tämä oli kaikin puolin mukava haaste!    
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    Mystic Madness

  • Why You Should Marry Your Best Friend

    26 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Marriage is a lifelong relationship that gives many people serious concern when they realize that their lives are now tied to their partners. Can I cope with him or her? Can my partner be able to satisfy me always and if not, will I be able to manage him or her for the rest of my life? These are some of the questions that will come up in your mind. The solution to these problems as experience has shown is getting married to your best friend. Here are some of the reasons why you should marry your best friend. You know each other very well One of the reasons why many marriages do not last is…
  • The Reason Why men Are Left by Women

    25 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Statistics have shown that women file for divorce more than men. Many people may not know the reason why most of the divorce cases in court are filed by women. The reason for this is how women react to marital issues. Women normally file for divorce when they are not happy in marriage. Though some of them may try to endure some difficulties in marriages while a good number of them are not able to cope with marriage issues and thus they prefer to break up and look for a better alternative. But these divorces cases reveal the common reasons why women file for divorce or leave their husbands…
  • How to Tell Your Spouse that You Are Not Happy with Him or Her

    24 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Some people do not make any complaint to their partners even when they are not feeling happy about their relationship or when their partners stepped on their toes. Even though, couples are advised to accommodate the dark side or weak point of their partners, this does not mean that you should not complain to your partner when you are wronged. However, the manner you make the complaints matters a lot. You may have a case but you can spoil it by way you make the complaint. Some complaints in some marriages end up in a fight which does not even solve the problem. It only spoils the moment and…
  • When to Complain to Your Spouse

    22 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Definitely, your partner may not always be able to meet up with your expectation. If that is the case, you should not die in silence. You have to complain or let him or her know that there is a problem. However, it is not every issue that you should complain about. There is the tendency for some people to think that most couples become annoyed with their partners when they are not able to meet their financial needs. Financial needs are important but they are the main issues that can result in unhappiness in marriage. They only constitute a problem when your partner intentionally does not want…
  • How to Survive an Affair

    21 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Now, you have resolved to end an affair and you have actually ended it. But you are emotionally destabilize by what you did. You have not actually been able to remove the person you have affair with from your mind or you still have feelings towards him or her. It seems that you are finding it difficult to do without the person you are having an affair with. But you still have feeling or at least sympathy for your partner. Is it actually possible for you to survive this affair? This may be the question going on in your mind. The truth is that you can actually survive the affair if you make…
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    How to of the Day

  • How to Simplify Your Life

    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Simplifying doesn't need to be complicated. Learning to create a quieter, more balanced space in your life can help immensely, and taking little steps is the best way to make it happen. Eliminating clutter, getting organized, simplifying your relationships, and learning to take the time to slow down and appreciate the little things can help to keep you sane. You can start today. Steps Eliminating Clutter Decide what stuff is unnecessary. Simplifying doesn't need to be complicated: Identify what's most important to you and eliminate everything else. Imagine you had to pack everything you owned…
  • How to Hold a Handstand

    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Doing a handstand requires you to have a mastery of strength, technique, and balance. Whether you’re a cheerleader, a gymnast, or a yogi, learning to do a handstand can help you get centered, learn balancing techniques, and move on toward more advanced skills, such as the front walkover or the front handspring. Once you’ve learned how to do a handstand, however, you will want to know how to be able to hold it for a long period of time without falling over. To do this, you’ll need to build your upper body strength, grip the ground, and kick all the way up before you begin. Steps…
  • How to Make Crispy Cream Cheese Wontons

    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Cream cheese wontons have a crispy outside and a creamy, delicious inside. This crispy cream cheese wontons recipe serves 8 to 10 people, with 2 to 3 wontons per person. Ingredients 8 ounces (230 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature 2 ounces (55 grams) green onion, finely minced 1 wonton wrapper, package 2 to 4 cups of corn oil to use for frying Sweet & sour dipping sauce (optional) Salt for taste Steps Prepare the filling. Take 1/2 cup of cream cheese and let it sit out in room temperature for around thirty minutes to soften it a bit. Remove the end and top part off one green onion.
  • How to Make a Hula Hoop

    24 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hula hooping is a fun activity that can be a great cardiovascular exercise, burning up to 200 calories per 30 minutes of use.[1] Hula hoops purchased at a store can be too big, too small, or too light for your personal preference. Use the following steps on how to make a hula hoop that measures up to your individual needs. Steps Preparing for Assembly Figure out your measurements. To determine the exact length of irrigation tubing you need to construct your hula hoop, stand up straight and measure the distance from your feet to your chest (or anywhere between your belly button and your…
  • How to Meditate

    24 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm. It may come as a surprise to learn that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what's going on around you. This article will introduce you to the basics of meditation, enabling you to begin your journey on the path of enlightenment and bliss. Steps Sample Techniques Sample Meditation Techniques Sample Safe Space Visualization Preparing to Meditate Choose a peaceful environment. Meditation should be…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Online Negativity: How to Create a Better Internet for Everyone

    26 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently, I have been seeing frequent incidences of negativity online. For example, people snapping at each other. People criticizing at every single thing. People losing their temper at one another. While I don’t remember when the internet became such an angry place, I do remember it used to be more peaceful and welcoming. This was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, where people were generally supportive and having actual conversations online (as opposed to the sarcastic swipes we see today). I was already running my own websites…
  • Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs [Infographic]

    14 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Recently I had the pleasure of working with 2 coaching clients who happen to share a common goal — healthy living and weight loss. And guess what: both of them have lost a combined 7 kg / 15.4 lbs in the past 2 months alone! While exercising / increased fitness was part of their personal action plan, a huge part came from eating a cleaner diet — cutting down on the unhealthy foods like chocolates and fried food, doing more home cooking, and going for the good carbs over the bad carbs. Today’s infographic gives you a lowdown on good carbs vs. bad carbs and the carbs you should eat…
  • Closing Blog Comments at PE

    13 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Hi everyone! Today I’d like to announce the closing of blog comments at PE. I’ve actually already made the shift a month ago, but am only announcing it now as I’ve been thinking about the best way to break the news (and also I’ve been busy with Soulmate Journey, coaching and other work). This is a decision I feel divided about, even today. However, I feel it needs to be done. For a while, I’ve felt burdened moderating comments at PE. Having run the blog for 6.5 years, I’ve seen many kinds of comments, from the good to the bad, from meaningful…
  • The Day My Pet Died: How to Cope When Your Pet Passes Away

    8 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    January 28, 2015. I’ll never forget this day. It was the day my cat, Nancy Bird, died. He was 2. We (my husband and I) don’t know what led him to his death, and probably will never know. All we know is that he likely fell from one of the top floors of our building (we last saw him at the 9th floor before we went for our jog; an hour later we found his body on the ground floor). It’s either that (1) he slipped and fell by his own carelessness (quite unlikely), (2) he was surprised by someone/something and slipped and fell, or (3) someone pushed him off the building. We shudder to even…
  • Is It Too Late to Pursue My Dreams? [Ask Celes]

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Hey everyone! While we’re in the middle of the life purpose series (part 3 is coming up, stay tuned), today I’m excited to address reader Marie-Anne’s question on whether it’s too late to pursue her dreams. While Marie-Anne is 60, she asks a question that’s actually shared by many even in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Most people tend to assume that it’s too late to pursue what they want to do, especially if they’ve been working in a totally unrelated field. So, is it too late? And if it’s not too late, what can we do? Watch my reply below. (If you’re unable to see the video…
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    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development

  • 25 Songs That Have Empowered Women

    Steven Aitchison
    26 May 2015 | 12:56 am
    Over the last few decades women have really stood up against the patriarchal society we live and said ‘enough is enough.’  Although we still live in a patriarchal society, the boundaries are being blurred thanks to some of the most influential music of our time. I thought I would compile a list of 25 songs that depict the changing attitudes of women over the last 50 years, particularly over the last 20 years. In no particular order here are: 25 Songs That Have Empowered Women I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor Firework – Katy…
  • 21 Toxic Habits That Ruin Our Relationships

    Chantalle Gerber
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Take a moment… And picture the people you love more than anything. Perhaps it’s your parents, best friend, partner or children. You’d do anything for them right? If they were in pain, you’d comfort them. If they were ill, you’d care for them. If they were in danger, you’d protect them. But what if I told you that there are ways that you may be hurting them…without even realizing? What! That’s right, I said it. You see, there are many TOXIC but seemingly small habits that many of us have… And they are often the very reasons that our relationships fall apart. But sadly, we…
  • Learn How to Live in the Flow of Life

    Frank Wanderer
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    On the ordinary days of our life, you work, educate your children, have some fun, build and sustain connections with others, that is, you live an ordinary life. The question is, whether you are mindful during all these things, or you just perform these activities mechanically, automatically. What is the evidence for me that you are not mindful? First, that you are not present. To be present means that you are fully alert, attentive, and conscious in the present moment. Whatever you do, you do that fully consciously, you focus your entire attention on that particular activity. Or, do you feel…
  • ONE Mind-Blowing Technique to Heal, Strengthen, and Attract Relationships

    Steven Aitchison
    19 May 2015 | 3:57 am
    Over the last 9 years of working online, and offline,helping thousands of people around the world with my Guided Meditations, Positive Affirmations, coaching and various other products, there is one technique I have developed to heal, strengthen and attract relationships in your life, that has had amazing results for everyone who has used it. The Technique Before I go on and tell you what this technique is I would like to share with you how it started. About 16 years ago I was working with a company called British Telecommunications in the UK and was a customer service advisor on the phone…
  • What Were You In Your Past Life

    Steven Aitchison
    18 May 2015 | 12:12 am
    Do you ever get a feeling that you’ve lived before? Lots of cultures believe in past lives, that we’re are all old souls and the life we are living just now is just another incarnation of our true soul. A fascinating writer on this subject is Edgar Cayce and his work on the Akashic Records.  In the book he describes cases where people are having trouble in this life and they wish to learn of their past lives to understand their current situation.  Whether you believe it or not it’s a fascinating read and, at the very least, interesting. Today I wanted to share with you a…
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    Exile Lifestyle

  • Cabins

    25 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Cabins are beautiful. They’re ubiquitous examples of simple architecture: a place for everything, everything in its place, and nothing that doesn’t need to be there. Some walls, a fireplace to keep warm, a bed to sleep in, and some kind of heated surface upon which to cook a basic meal from un-messed-with ingredients. But as much as cabins have become a visible representation of the ‘simple life,’ not all of us want to live in cabins. Even those of us who crave that kind of simplicity, upon reflection, would probably prefer some other living situation, outside of…
  • The Right Laboratory

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    I love experiments. Being able to try new things, see how well they jive with my ambitions, and then adjusting my lifestyle accordingly. Experiments are a key component to my happiness, present and future. I started Asymmetrical Press with Josh and Ryan from The Minimalists because the three of us wanted to build a laboratory. We wanted to have an optimized means of creating new work, using new technologies, trying out new business models, and distributing in new ways. We wanted to bring new people to the forefront: people who are talented as hell, but hadn’t gotten the recognition we…
  • Thirty

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today is my 30th birthday. It’s a day that pop culture tells me I should fear and worry over. A day I haven’t really thought about these last six years, focused as I’ve been on wringing every last drop from my 20s. It’s a day that, though no different from any other day, marks a psychological occasion for many people. I’m happy to find myself more excited than trepidatious: I can’t wait to see what happens next, and what I might be able to accomplish and experience these next ten years. What amazing people I might meet, world events I might watch unfold,…
  • Appropriation

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    There’s a meme going around in which an attractive person is shown wearing fashionable clothing in public. Typically they’re wearing something a little over the top, or at the very least rugged in a high-end way. The caption of the post or the text displayed over the image reads “Live your life.” If you trace such messages back to their source, it’s remarkable how they promulgate. This one started out as a reference to a hip-hop song by T.I. and Rihanna, which, if you watch the video, evokes a sense of not giving a damn about what other people think, regardless…
  • Kindness and Reason

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    This essay originally appeared in my free newsletter. When we ask someone to be reasonable, what we’re really asking is for them to see things our way. To put on our shoes and walk around a little. Certainly once they’ve seen our point of view they’ll rethink their position on the matter in question. But reason is not the study of truth, it’s the application of logic, establishment and verification of facts, and justification of our actions and beliefs based on data (experiences, science, convincing arguments we encounter, etc). Reason compels us to use the best…
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    Time Management Ninja

  • 5 Ways to Keep Promises with Yourself

    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    We make promises to others all the time. And we feel very guilty when we break them. Often, we put commitments to others above our own priorities. Yet, when it comes to pledges that we make with ourselves, we are quick to let those go. Why is it so hard to keep promises we make to […]
  • 4 Tips on Doing What You Don’t Want to Do

    21 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    It was 5AM. I really did not want to go for a run. Or hit the gym, for that matter. Yet, I knew I should. And it was one of my current top goals. So, against my will, I put on my running clothes and headed out the door into the darkness. The Start is […]
  • Please Take My 2015 TMN Reader Survey

    18 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    I am always striving to make Time Management Ninja more impactful for you. Today, I want your input to help make TMN even better.   Please take a few minutes to fill out the 2015 TMN Reader Survey. This survey went out yesterday via the weekly TMN newsletter, however I am also posting it here […]
  • Podcast: Apple Watch Productivity Debate [Link]

    15 May 2015 | 7:35 am
    Podcast: Apple Watch Productivity Debate Beyond the Todo List Episode #100 Thinking about getting an Apple Watch? Listen to Episode #100 of Erik Fisher’s “Beyond the Todo List.” Erik, myself, and Mike Vardy (of “The Productivityist“) debate the uses and productivity of the new Apple Watch. I discuss many of the tasks that I currently employ with my Apple Watch, and Mike voices his concerns about how the Apple Watch can be a distraction. (Secretly, I think Mike is just jealous that he doesn’t have one yet… :P)
  • Choose Which Tasks You Will Drop Today

    13 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Your todo list is endless. From the moment you begin your day, you know that you will not be able to get to all of your work. You fight your way through your list, only to discover that you dropped an important task (or two) along the way. Instead of letting this happen, a better tactic […]
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

  • Get To Know Yourself: 29 Questions to Discover the Real You

    25 May 2015 | 7:25 pm
    At the core of our desires is living a life of purpose and meaning. At the core of a life of purpose and meaning is being of service to others. At the core of being of service to others is finding peace and happiness. At the core of finding peace and happiness, we discover who we are. And to do that, we must get over a little irony, that most of us hardly know – much less, know well – the single person we have spent every second of our existence with, our own selves. Think you’re the exception? Let me ask you then: how well do you know yourself? We are not talking about taking a…
  • One Reason Women Sabotage Their Success (And What to Do About It)

    11 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    The Love Affair with Being Right It is ultimately wrongness not rightness that can teach us who we are. ~Kathryn Schulz I am astonished by how many bright, amazing, talented, skillful and beautiful women just flat out sabotage their own success. Simply astonished! In just the last nine months of observing my female coaching clients, I have seen a pattern that I find a little disturbing. This is not exclusive to all men – I have had male clients who also sabotage their own success but the pattern points more to women, and that’s what we’re going to talk about here.
  • 9 Lies that Happy People Refuse to Believe

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Growing up is hard enough. Why make it harder on purpose? I remember being 11-years old and getting plucked from one country to another – Iran to Turkey to be exact – only to be plucked again at 14 from Turkey to America. Try adjusting as a normal kid in an American high school as a kid from the middle east. Yeah. That was not fun. I’m sure your childhood was hard in its own way. Your family doesn’t have to move across countries and oceans and introduce you to double culture shocks for childhood to be hard. A stupid kid bullying you is enough to give you self-esteem…
  • How to Accept Yourself: One Simple Rule You Must Know

    19 Mar 2015 | 12:20 am
    How to Accept Yourself: Start Here Repeat after me: I accept myself. I love myself. I forgive myself for what I didn’t know until I learned it. Did you do it? How do you feel? Maybe a tad bit lighter and happier? Or maybe not. I hope you don’t fall into this category but I know some of my readers do. You may be so deeply rooted into self-criticism that you have grown a thick layer of cynicism, one that you may mistakenly think of as self-protection. How do I know this? Well, experience, of course. A few years ago, I was as negative, cynical and pessimistic as they come – and…
  • How to Pack Light for a Long Trip as a Woman

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:46 am
    Come Travel with Me: How to Pack Light for a Long Trip If you want to see my pack for traveling to Europe from North America for 5 weeks without checking in luggage, then check out my first packing video. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you found this video useful! Welcome to my 2nd packing video for traveling to Japan for 3 weeks. I show you how to pack light as a woman and still look plenty stylish and yet not check in any luggage when you are traveling internationally. Are you ready? I share my very best packing tips and tricks to look great with your essentials…
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  • Practical Travel Tips And Tidbits Of Advice

    24 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    As regular readers know, I love to travel and have been fortunate to go on many adventures around the world. What fascinates me the most besides seeing new sights and tasting new food, are the things I learn along the way. It is eye opening to view different ways of living, exotic flavors, and both ancient and unusual customs, which have helped me gain new perspectives and have made me a better traveler. I want to share some of the practical and surprising travel tips and tidbits I’ve picked up from my journeys to spread awareness and help you in your travels too. There’s more…
  • Life Lessons From The Lost Boys And The Good Lie

    18 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    I watch a lot of movies. Most of them are just for fun and entertainment so I tend to quickly forget the details of the plot a few days later. But every so often I stumble upon a hidden gem that touches my heart, fills me with hope and humility, inspires, and sticks with me.A few weeks ago I was talking to my mom who lives several thousands of miles away, and she mentioned she had recently watched a good movie called The Good Lie. I’d never heard of it before, but my curiosity was peaked when she mentioned Reese Witherspoon was in it. Turns out it’s produced by Ron Howard as well. The…
  • Untemplater Income Report April 2015

    11 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    April was a great month. The weather warmed up, I stayed rather busy, got to try some new restaurants, and had some great times with family and friends. San Francisco is such a great home base! The days in April went by really fast, but that’s nothing new. I have noticed that I have a harder time keeping track of which day of the week it is now that I do all my work from home though. Thank goodness for calendar reminders and to-do list apps that sync across devices. I’d be a mess without them.Even though I usually work seven days a week, it doesn’t feel overwhelming at all…
  • Can You Get Unemployment Benefits If You Have A Side Business?

    4 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    It felt great writing my recent post, How I Negotiated A Severance Package And Got Paid To Quit My Job, and I’m glad that I am able to help spread hope to more people that it is possible to negotiate a severance instead of simply handing in your two weeks notice. Shortly after I published the post, a reader asked me a great follow-up question: Is it possible to get unemployment benefits if you have a side business but lose a day job?Never having filed for unemployment myself before, I didn’t know the answer right off the bat, but the question definitely piqued my interest. I set out to…
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free!

    23 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    I’ve always been one to LOVE free stuff. I’m sure a lot of you do too. It doesn’t even have to be something that interesting or of great value for me to get excited about something free. San Francisco is a great city for free things and constantly has me saying, the best things in life are free! It’s easy to get caught up in life and work but it’s worth it to take a step back from time to time and be thankful for so many fabulous things we can enjoy for free. I had one of those, “Gosh I love everything about free” moments today which inspired me to…
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • Living a Great Life Doesn’t Always Include Fame, Wealth, or Power

    19 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    When you imagine living a great life, what do you see? Do you imagine having the perfect partner, unlimited wealth, or sitting on a beach with white, pristine sand? We often picture something that we think would make us happy. Something that would solve our problems. In my case, the perceived solution was wealth. I believed that if I could just make enough money, I’d be secure, and then I’d be able to do what I wanted. This was before I started Wake Up Cloud. I was waiting to have enough, so I could feel like I was enough, so I could do what I loved. Luckily, I decided to start before…
  • When You Feel Confused About Life

    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    I often receive emails that go something like this: “Henri, I’m confused about my direction in life. I don’t know where to start, or what my passion is.” If there’s anything I’ve noticed in my life, it’s that confusion is a given. Even though I’m doing what I love, I experience confusion. The good news is that the confusion is normal. The bad news is that our mind’s want to get rid of the confusion, which only makes it worse. There’s nothing you have to do about being confused. Simply let it be, and let it unravel itself. The video As always, below is a short…
  • Why You Can’t Logically Figure Out Your Passion

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:03 am
    I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009. And I’ve been on this path myself for my whole adult life. What I’ve begun to see is that you can’t logically force your passion to reveal itself. It’s a process of unfolding, discovering, and letting go. We’re all born with a specific set of strengths. We each view the world in a slightly different way, which means that we contribute to it in our unique way. But we grow up around people that tell us what we can do, and what we can’t. We’re told we can’t do this, or say that. So we learn to suppress who we…
  • When You Don’t Have Time to Follow Your Passion

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:08 am
    Sometimes people come to me with a laundry list of excuses. One of the main ones is: “Henri, I can’t follow my passion because I have kids and a job. I’m not like you. I don’t have enough time.” But time is never the problem. You can always use whatever time you have to explore and follow what makes you come alive. Even if you only have five minutes, you can use that time to listen to an audiobook, read a book, take a course, or explore your interests. Just because you can’t do much doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything. It’s about starting with what you have. The…
  • Doing What You Love Isn’t Always Fun

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    There’s a fantasy floating out there. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s that when you find your passion, or do what you love, you won’t have problems anymore. When an obstacle lands on your path, you’ll fly over it on your shiny unicorn, and all will be well. But reality is quite different. Because you see, even when you’re doing what you love, you’re still living life, and life is a mixed bag. The consequences If you believe that everything should be perfect when you find your passion, you may never believe that you’ve found your passion. Or found something you’re…
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    Asian Efficiency

  • TPS40: Batch Cooking w/ Allison Stevens

    Asian Efficiency Team
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Allison is an expert in cooking, nutrition and efficient cook and we’ll be talking about how you can batch and automate healthy, gluten-free meals with her meal planning website Cheat Sheet Why 5 o’clock is the worst time to ask,“What’s for dinner?” What skills are most needed for effective cooking. How to tell the […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • 10 Tips for Mental Toughness in Tennis, Work and Life

    Aaron Lynn
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is a special post co-authored by Banri Tanaka, Asian Efficiency’s resident statistician and mathematics genius. At our annual retreat last year, every Asian Efficiency team member gave a short presentation on a topic of their choice. We heard about a lot of different things, from personal finance, to travel hacking, to how to work […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • TPS39: Personal and Business Productivity w/ Amber DeLaGarza

    Asian Efficiency Team
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Amber is The Productivity Specialist. She works with business owners who feel overwhelmed and out of time, yet want to achieve higher levels of success. Amber helps her clients maximize their time and reach their goals through one-on-one personal productivity training and business efficiency consulting. Cheat Sheet The #1 thing to do when you are […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • Two Asian Efficiency Success Stories

    Thanh Pham
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today I’d like to share with you two success stories. The first one is of Josh, a GTD practitioner who initially discovered Asian Efficiency through our OmniFocus articles and then later on joined Rituals and the Productivity Blueprint. Here’s a video of him sharing his success story. The second one is of Patrick who […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • How to Make Your iPhone Asian Efficient with Workflow for iOS

    Mike Schmitz
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ever wish you could do more with your iPhone? Ever struggle to get iOS to do what would take you only a few seconds to do on your Mac? One of the biggest problems with iOS is that everything is “sandboxed”, meaning that it’s very hard to move things from one application to another like you […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
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    The Summit Blog

  • Playing hooky is not the answer

    Julie Poland
    27 May 2015 | 3:21 am
    Well, it's the informal beginning of summer.  It seems that Google Images: celluloidheroreviews.comonly last week it was too icy, too cold, too snowy, too windy or whatever to do chores, go on appointments or attend meetings.  And now, well the siren call of balmy breezes causes minds to turn to picnics, a day joyriding in the convertible, or lounging by the swimming pool.Are you tempted to play hooky, take off on a whim and just do something for fun?  Do you have cabin fever in a big way?  What's the problem? After all, isn't life balance what we're all striving for?
  • How will you know you've achieved it?

    Julie Poland
    26 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    One of the biggest benefits of setting written goals is that Google Images: camny.orgyou create a measurement device for your performance.  But some goal-setters miss out on the full feeling of achievement because their goals are intangible.  Here are some examples:I am going to get into shape.I am going to be a good parent.I will be a business success.When goals are intangible,  one person's definition can be quite different than another's.  For instance, what does it mean to get into shape?  Do you define it by weighing a certain amount, by bench pressing a certain…
  • Friday Favorites - Are you chasing success?

    Julie Poland
    22 May 2015 | 3:13 am
    Do you see yourself as successful?  Do you often think about whether you are more or less successful than, say, the guy or gal who lives next door to you?  Let's put comparisons aside for this post, because you will always - always - be able to find people who exemplify society's tangible (and in many ways superficial) definition of success.  This post is all about you. What does the word "Success" mean to you?  This is an important question for you to answer for several reasons:Until you have defined it you can't align your behavior around it.You could chase something and…
  • Flitting like a butterfly - and going nowhere

    Julie Poland
    21 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    How many flowers do you think this butterfly will visit in the Google Images: pageresource.comcourse of the day?  Thirty?  Three hundred?  We know a highly valued professional who uses the same working style as the butterfly - he lands for a moment on a task or problem, notices it, frowns over it, and then moves to the next.  He touches dozens of activities, but he feels that, although he's quite busy, he's going nowhere.Compounding the situation is the fact that the guy is brilliant and experienced.  He's the company guru, and he knows what needs to be done to…
  • Tom Leonard says less tolerance is a good thing

    Julie Poland
    20 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    Google Images: stevescottsite.comThis young woman isn't happy. We can only imagine what her companion is doing or saying, but he seems quite pleased with the situation.  Should she hang around and hope things get better?  Or do you think she'd be better off cutting her losses right here and extricating herself from the situation?  What is she tolerating, and how much more should she take?The dictionary defines tolerance as endurance or allowance.  When you endure you continue on, despite the fact that it doesn't feel good.  Allowance is a bit different…
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    Your Life YOUR Way

  • To My Cousin & All Class 12 Students Worried About The Future: You’re More Than A Number or A Grade.

    26 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – B.F. Skinner. A new life awaits! (This is an open letter to my cousin and ALL of you recent + to-be 12th graders. Don’t let numbers define you. Create your own destiny. And don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. You are more than they know, more than you believe.)  Hi Sweetheart! May 25th was the day you had been waiting for, the day when you would find out what “your future holds”. Along with 10,40,367 teenagers who appeared for the all important CBSE 12th Standard…
  • Debunked! 3 Myths That Get In The Way of Business Success.

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:09 pm
    There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. – Christopher Morley. 3 Myths That Get In The Way Business of Success I’ve always been a driven person. Back in the 80’s, as a teenager I used to carry a little newspaper clipping in my wallet that said “Decide to Succeed!”. As cheesy as that may sound, it served as a powerful daily reminder to stay on track for the bigger dreams and goals that I had in life. As I grew older and achieved many of those goals and dreams, I realised that I needed to sit down and actually define what success…
  • 4 Small, Simple Ways To Get Back Your Sparkle

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realising that life is made up of little things. – Frank A Clark. Pic credit: Little things are happening around us every day. Every moment, in fact, we are encountering little things. Yesterday, when I was walking into a shop, a woman smiled at me. I smiled back and thought to myself, “That was such a small thing but it made me happy to be acknowledged by a stranger.” Often we dismiss the small stuff because we are caught up in the bigger picture. We’re working towards our goals that are afar off and forget to…
  • 5 BIG Reasons to Let Go of the Past.

    Rajeshwari Chakravarty
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:21 am
    Sometimes letting go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on. – Eckhart Tolle. Pic credit: Randy Heinitz @ Letting go of the past and embracing the present continues to be the most rewarding experience of my life.  This is not an overnight task and may take be tough and challenging, but the results far outweigh the effort. Maybe like me, it starts with you asking what baggage you’ve been carrying for a while. Is it a relationship, a strong belief, a mistake made, an unfulfilled desire or lingering hurt? You see, knowing who or…
  • 75 of the Best, Most Inspiring Quotes on Hopes + (Following your) Dreams

    11 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Every woman’s life is the sum of all her choices, and Revlon India is here to support that. Choices by Revlon is a platform that will allow every woman to express her opinions and make her choices freely. This month, Revlon talks about Hopes & Dreams and believes that each woman should dream at whatever scale she desires, then pursue to accomplish them. Hello Darling! It’s always so fun to kick off a brand new year, isn’t it? Fresh start. Clean slate. A do-over if you will. A chance to get back on track with your goals and dreams. Let go of some old ones. Create new ones. While…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • My Ultimate Manifesting Miracle

    24 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Many won’t understand the miracle that transpired for me here. You might expect someone’s biggest manifesting success to be about big money or a career breakthrough. Maybe a fairy tale love story or a body transformation. But trust me, this one was a big deal in my world … Everyone who knows me knows my world revolves around my blind kitty Elvis. He is my favorite thing about life. I love and adore him more than anything else. So when he got sick, I got scared. When he didn’t perk up after a few days, we went to the vet. They did blood tests, shaved his belly for an…
  • LOA Stories of Kitties Come Home

    22 May 2015 | 7:40 am
    Who doesn’t love a good success story involving kitties? That’s what this post is – stories of cool cats come home. It’s dedicated to anyone who gets caught up in worry or fear about a favorite feline gone awol. Take heart (and a lesson) from these powerful creators who manifested their kitties home sweet home: Astha We live in a house surrounded by trees on one side and a main road on the other. Two days before our cat went out and didn’t return. We were all tensed the whole day whether someone took her away (as she is really cute) or some animal attacked her.
  • Question Everything (That Doesn’t Feel Good)

    19 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Yesterday I wrote a newsletter encouraging conscious creators to use their guidance even on the things we take for granted. Including popular abundance practices like picking up pennies and carrying hundred dollar bills around. I shared how those practices actually foster anti-abundance for me. So it’s worth tuning in to make sure a process or exercise truly is taking us where we want to go. This morning I was tested to walk my talk about prioritizing inner guidance over popular opinion … A valued friend who is an international luminary shared an article on her facebook page about…
  • 2 LOA Secrets to Attract Love & Romance

    17 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Aspiring lovers wanting to manifest a romance or spouse will find all sorts of good law of attraction tips for it, including: getting clear about what you want making a list of traits & qualities of your desired partner  releasing limiting beliefs about love and relationships visioning yourself in the relationship using an affirmation, etc. But there are two secrets that savvy creators know make all the difference in the world when it comes to drawing in the love of a lifetime. These aren’t popular suggestions, but they are powerful ones. So if you’re serious about getting…
  • How to Manifest a Miracle for Someone Else

    13 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    A reader emailed this morning asking how to manifest for someone else, and a few hours later my business partner told me a really cool story about it. I took it as a sign to share the tip. Here it is by reader request, compliments of Lisa Hayes‘ wisdom and expertise – how to manifest a miracle for someone else: First of all, don’t tell anyone you’re doing it. Otherwise your ego gets caught up in it and that’s not the cleanest energy. So keep quiet about it. Second, all you do is take five minutes a day to visualize their success. Just loosely hold it in your…
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    Dave Ursillo

  • How to Get Your Stuck, Stubborn Story Out of Your Head and Into the World

    Dave Ursillo
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I love helping self-starters make their stories shine. A flowing, confident About Me page is enough to organically grow your business and your brand. Telling your story is all you need to turn some anonymous visitors into paying clients. A story creates an emotional bond with people. It conveys that you’re human, that you care, and invites readers into trusting you — and wanting to work with you. All, through simple words. I help coaches, creatives, professionals and self-employed entrepreneurs make their stories shine online for all of these reasons and more. But…
  • How to Support Authors You Love (And Even Those You Only Kinda-Sorta Enjoy)

    Dave Ursillo
    4 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    So you have an author whose work you particularly love. (Or even, kinda-sorta enjoy.) How do you go about supporting that author? Is it as simple as buying a book? Does sharing it on social media do any amount of good? What ways can you go about supporting some of your favorite authors? As an author who’s self-published 5 books (the most recent, I Am We, a collection of 68 powerful little poems, was released in April), I’ve been hearing questions like these quite a bit. I thought it would be fun to offer my insights on how you can best help support your favorite authors. Not…
  • Yoga Teachers, Need a Poem for Savasana? Read One of These 7 from My New Book, I Am We

    Dave Ursillo
    4 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    As a yoga teacher, there’s something special about opening or closing a good yoga class with a poem, an intention, or some form of reading that brings deeper contemplation to the moving meditation that is yoga. After just publishing my newest book, I Am We, I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of my own poems to my yoga students at Laughing Elephant Yoga in Rhode Island. It turns out that many of the poems in I Am We are pretty powerful little morsels for us yogis. The collection of poems itself, which runs the gamut from spiritual to blasphemous, loving and kind to playful…
  • Art: Privilege or Right? Rethinking the Price of Things. Like Books.

    Dave Ursillo
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    The prices of things are strange, when you think about it. A plane ticket to India from Boston may run you $1,000, but a STAR WARS LEGO set could have cost just as much last holiday season. Then there are things like booze and books. In the East Village, my old neighborhood in New York City, a craft beer or martini could set you back between $8 and $15. And you pee that out. If you’re lucky, you won’t have a headache the next day. A book? A book usually costs the same. It can take the author years to write and publish. If it’s a good read, that…
  • I Am We: Faces, Pieces, Incarnations, Under the Banner of One Soul. My New Book of Poems.

    Dave Ursillo
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am a brawler, a fighter, an untamed jerk, and an animal. I am a poet. A lover. A compassionate servant. And a giver. I am a blasphemer. I am devout. I am an agitator. I am an artist. I am all of these things. I am none of them. This is who I am. This is who I’ve discovered–all these sides, these incarnations, of my Self. This is all that I am when I am unapologetically me. It’s not about the image. It’s never about how someone sees me, interprets me, or understands me. This is how I must understand my Self–the many sides, pieces, incarnations of my True…
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Superhuman Productivity

  • Pop Quiz: Describe Your Company’s Values

    Kelley Lujan
    26 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    Pop Quiz: Describe your company’s values right now. Was this difficult to do? If so, there’s a good opportunity to improve your company culture. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, describes a brand as “what people are saying about you when you are not in the room.” Company culture is slightly different — it’s what people notice when they walk in the door.When you have a strong company culture, two things happen:People can easily identify what the business is all about.Employees can easily answer the questions: Who are we? How does our business operate? What values do we…
  • Elon Musk’s Typical Weekly Schedule is Kind of a Whirlwind

    Rosemina Nazarali
    19 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Photo via The DrumAs the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk is a person with a pretty busy schedule. His life’s goal is to save humans from destroying themselves and the Earth we live on — that is a pretty ambitious task. How does he run both companies and still make time for his family? With the help of a private jet and occasionally crashing at a friend’s place, of course.“The life that Musk has created to manage all of these endeavours is preposterous,” writes Ashlee Vance in the upcoming biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic…
  • For Millennials at Work, Flexibility and Freedom Trump Pay

    Marissa Brassfield
    15 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    New research from EY, a global professional services organization, confirms a conviction of mine: millennials at work care more about flexibility and freedom than pay. Those who want to woo millennials will definitely want to read this one.TL;DR: Millennials want flexible work schedules, but they don’t want to be stigmatized for it.I’ve worked remotely since 2007, and have experienced almost every imaginable negative response from managers, clients and colleagues, most under the You work from home, so you must slack off during the day umbrella.At a previous editorial job, we…
  • Are Computers Causing Nearsightedness?

    Marissa Brassfield
    14 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Kings College London researchers believe that computers are causing nearsightedness. Here’s how to fight back.In Europe, about one-fourth of the population is nearsighted. But when you drill down to Europeans aged 25 to 29, the percentage of nearsightedness goes up to 47.2 — nearly half.There’s strong evidence that computers are to blame.Higher education has been linked to nearsightedness in the past, and this new study found that it was indeed highly predictive: Individuals who received a college degree are about twice as likely to be nearsighted than those who left school…
  • Some Men are Faking Their 80-Hour Workweeks, And They Have a Good Reason

    Rosemina Nazarali
    12 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    We live in a culture of workaholism. Particularly in North America, it’s become cool to brag about the amount of hours you work, and for entrepreneurs to proudly claim they haven’t had a vacation in more than five years. Perhaps this culture is turning a whole lot of us into big liars, but we are lying out of necessity.A recent study conducted by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, found that a lot of those people that claim to work 80-90 hour workweeks were lying. This was especially true for male employees.Reid interviewed more than…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Online Negativity: How to Create a Better Internet for Everyone

    26 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Recently, I have been seeing frequent incidences of negativity online. For example, people snapping at each other. People criticizing at every single thing. People losing their temper at one another. While I don’t remember when the internet became such an angry place, I do remember it used to be more peaceful and welcoming. This was back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, where people were generally supportive and having actual conversations online (as opposed to the sarcastic swipes we see today). I was already running my own websites…
  • Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs [Infographic]

    14 May 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Recently I had the pleasure of working with 2 coaching clients who happen to share a common goal — healthy living and weight loss. And guess what: both of them have lost a combined 7 kg / 15.4 lbs in the past 2 months alone! While exercising / increased fitness was part of their personal action plan, a huge part came from eating a cleaner diet — cutting down on the unhealthy foods like chocolates and fried food, doing more home cooking, and going for the good carbs over the bad carbs. Today’s infographic gives you a lowdown on good carbs vs. bad carbs and the carbs you should eat…
  • Closing Blog Comments at PE

    13 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Hi everyone! Today I’d like to announce the closing of blog comments at PE. I’ve actually already made the shift a month ago, but am only announcing it now as I’ve been thinking about the best way to break the news (and also I’ve been busy with Soulmate Journey, coaching and other work). This is a decision I feel divided about, even today. However, I feel it needs to be done. For a while, I’ve felt burdened moderating comments at PE. Having run the blog for 6.5 years, I’ve seen many kinds of comments, from the good to the bad, from meaningful…
  • The Day My Pet Died: How to Cope When Your Pet Passes Away

    8 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    January 28, 2015. I’ll never forget this day. It was the day my cat, Nancy Bird, died. He was 2. We (my husband and I) don’t know what led him to his death, and probably will never know. All we know is that he likely fell from one of the top floors of our building (we last saw him at the 9th floor before we went for our jog; an hour later we found his body on the ground floor). It’s either that (1) he slipped and fell by his own carelessness (quite unlikely), (2) he was surprised by someone/something and slipped and fell, or (3) someone pushed him off the building. We shudder to even…
  • Is It Too Late to Pursue My Dreams? [Ask Celes]

    12 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Hey everyone! While we’re in the middle of the life purpose series (part 3 is coming up, stay tuned), today I’m excited to address reader Marie-Anne’s question on whether it’s too late to pursue her dreams. While Marie-Anne is 60, she asks a question that’s actually shared by many even in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Most people tend to assume that it’s too late to pursue what they want to do, especially if they’ve been working in a totally unrelated field. So, is it too late? And if it’s not too late, what can we do? Watch my reply below. (If you’re unable to see the video…
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    Productive Superdad

  • Giveaway: The Best-Selling E-mail Productivity Course on Udemy

    Timo Kiander
    22 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    Are you the lucky one who gets the best-selling Udemy course on Gmail productivity for free? At the time of writing this post, this training has over 6900 students and it has 161 reviews, with the star rating of close to five stars (from 1 to 5 scale).I have gone through the training myself and I loved it! Now it's your chance to experience this course yourself. […]
  • 5 Ways to Increase Your Sleep Quality and Set Yourself Up to Be More Productive Tomorrow

    Timo Kiander
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Photo Credit: Merlijn Hoek via Compfight cc ​This is a guest post by Matt Murrell. Whether you are a self-employed entrepreneur, 9-5 employee, or a stay-at-home parent, we can all agree that it is difficult to relax and wind down at the end of the day. […]
  • 5 (+18) Ways I Work Smarter, Not Harder, at My Home Office

    Timo Kiander
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: IntelFreePress via Compfight cc I have the luxury of working at home and this has clearly improved my productivity in many ways. For instance, I don’t have to worry about phones ringing all the time, running from a meeting to another or being constantly interrupted by my fellow colleagues. I can pretty much control the way I work, define my hours and tackle the distractions. […]
  • 9 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Parents [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Timo Kiander
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are a parent, you have probably a lot of things you have to manage at the same time: taking care of the kids, spending time with your family, spending time with yourself and earning a living (either by working for someone else, by building your own business or even, by doing the both!). […]
  • Consistency: The Real Fastlane to Success and Productivity

    Timo Kiander
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Photo Credit: Yandle via Compfight cc This is a guest post by Michal Stawicki. Persistence is the prerequisite of results, hence the prerequisite of productivity. Only lasting results matter in the long run and you are here for the long run, years, and decades. Developing persistence is your shortcut to success. The raw meaning of success is that consistent action, is superior to intermittent action in every aspect. […]
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    Thad Thoughts

  • Self-Parking Cars: Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time?

    Thad Puckett
    27 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    A video of a Volvo self-parking car went viral recently.  Turns out the car owner had turned down an additional package called “pedestrian detection”. Of all the things the car maker should have included in the base package, the ability to not hit people would seem to me to be high up on that list. Volvo says horrible ‘self-parking car accident’ happened because driver didn’t have ‘pedestrian detection’ This is one of those places where you would think the human interaction, as in “our product doesn’t run over people” should have been built in.
  • This Book Should Scare You

    Thad Puckett
    26 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s the most troubling book you’ve read? The one that you pondered and considered and maybe even worried over for weeks or months after you’ve finished it? Now, think again: what’s the most troubling book you’ve never read? It’s this one (likely): The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. No, it’s not a Stephen King type horror work. But this book should scare you. It’s actually currently the number one best seller on Amazon’s Business Development list. Both authors teach at MIT’s…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Compromised App Store Edition

    Thad Puckett
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is really not about being an Apple guy.  This is about wanting people who think they have devices “just as good as” Apple’s to know that their devices and their operating systems are really very insecure and quite dangerous. In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its “Five Eyes” allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and popular mobile app stores—including those of Google and Samsung. According…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Resets Don’t Wipe Data Edition

    Thad Puckett
    22 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    Friday Funday Fact: Android is still a security nightmare. Your security! Weaknesses in the factory reset function within Google’s Android mobile operating system mean data from more than 500 million phones can be discovered despite being wiped, researchers have found. Read more:,millions-of-android-phones-dont-completely-wipe-data.aspx#ixzz3arvJBV3J The post Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Resets Don’t Wipe Data Edition appeared first on Thad Thoughts. If you've enjoyed this, be sure to follow Thad on Twitter.
  • Banish iOS Apps Unless They Do This

    Thad Puckett
    21 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    One of the things most busy executives and managers like are apps and services that are simple to understand and simple to use.. We all want applications on our iPhones that work. I don’t want to have to put in a password, I don’t want to wait. We just want to work with the app. Many financial service companies (banks, investments, credit cards) are especially good at rolling out mobile apps. Some of those mobile actually really good. They work well. Period. They provide a lot of information to you. But some of them suffer from a key fault: When you have to key in a password every…
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  • Energy Shifts

    Lori Lynn Smith
    11 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Current Energy Shifts Are you feeling it? More synchronicity. More awareness. People waking up. Mixed office groups coming together in unification of intent. Surprising groups seeking alternative healing and healthier eating. McDonalds profits falling. Chipotle restaurant chain saying no to GMO foods. Things feel lighter, like waking up to a beautiful clear morning after an intense thunder and lightening storm. Notes in the Corners It’s here. A real shift is occurring. My friend lives in an area with lots of water around her, and underground springs and streams. Rains and snow melt as well…
  • Movement + Meditation + Muse

    Lori Lynn Smith
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Update: April 6, 2015 Where oh where did the first 100 days go? I knew that my 100 day challenge would be difficult but I wasn’t quite prepared for how hard it would be.  First, I know better I should have only picked one that rather than three.  Second, I have a vague idea that this would be emotional challenging, but wow! Needless to say in many ways I didn’t complete the challenge, I did almost no exercise related movement occasional walks in the forest is all. Mediation and Journalling were high but not daily.  This is the area that impacted me the most though and it has…
  • PDR 79 – 4 Ways to Achieve the Life You Desire with Lene St John

    Lori Lynn Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    Join us as Lene’ shares how her very personal trauma allows her to help so many others. Lene’ Lynn St. John (first name is pronounced Len-AY) has 30+ years of life experience in the Self-Development field. From becoming a Peer Counselor as a High School Senior to staffing an experiential self-knowledge seminar in Phoenix, called Omega Vector to now being a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker. She is also the host of her own radio show, called “BEING TRUE TO YOU” on Her experienced speaker/facilitator for classes, workshops, seminars and support groups is…
  • PDR 78 – The Secret of your Immortal Self with Guy Finley

    Lori Lynn Smith
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Join us as Guy and I chat about the universal truths that he has written about in his new book The Secret of your Immortal Self. GUY FINLEY is the bestselling author of The Secret of Letting Go, The Courage to be Free, and 40 other works that have sold over two million copies in 24 languages worldwide. For over 30 years Guy has revealed the authentic path to a higher life of happiness, success, and true love. He lives and teaches in Merlin, OR where he is Director of non-profit Life of Learning Foundation.  In The Secret of Your Immortal Self: Key Lessons for…
  • PDR 77 – THE DOLPHIN’S DANCE: Discover Your True Self Through A Powerful 5-Step Journey Into Conscious Awareness with Micheline Nader

    Lori Lynn Smith
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Join us as Micheline walks us through the journey to Conscious Awareness. Micheline Nader is a successful entrepreneur who founded, managed, and sold a number of healthcare companies. Micheline holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master’s in Public Health and a doctoral degree in healthcare management.   Interview Hot Topics What is the Dolphin’s DANCE? Micheline shares her journey into conscious awareness Why the dolphin an important symbol What is the difference between emotions and feelings? What is a Belief Matrix? What is the “core pattern” vs. the “shadow…
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    Embrace Possibility Blog

  • Life Lessons Learned from the Late William Zinsser

    Robert Chen
    12 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    William Zinsser, American writer and teacher, passed away at the age of 92 this past week. I had the privilege of meeting Bill a few years ago when I interviewed him for the Modeling Success Series. In addition, to the wonderful insights from that interview, we built a relationship that has been invaluable to me. I’m sadden by the loss of this great man to the world. His spirit and teachings live on. Here are three lessons he taught me with both his actions and words: Follow your passion The first advice Bill gave me was to stop trying to please everyone and to do what you are made…
  • The Real Meaning of Passion

    Robert Chen
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    My wife just shared with me a sad story about a woman getting killed in a freak accident while walking down the street in NYC. Uncontrollable events like this happen all the time and they remind me of the fragile and fleeting nature of life and the importance of living it to the fullest now. If you’re still putting up with a mediocre life in hopes of getting something out of it at the end, please reconsider. One way to live a fulfilling life is to … … follow your PASSION.   Passion is one of those words that people use often without really understanding the original…
  • How to Get Along with Almost Anyone (it’s easier than you think)

    Robert Chen
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Over the years, I’ve received a lot of advice from friends and family, trained professionals and books on how to get along with others and build strong relationships. Most of it is insightful and effective but when I’m caught up in the moment, I find it hard to apply what I’ve learned. This is especially true when it involves a multi-step process. After analyzing many methods and experimenting in my own interactions, I’ve found one simple guideline that has helped me enhance every one of my interpersonal relationships This simple easy-to-remember tip is: Make the…
  • Why Good Intentions Fall Short

    Robert Chen
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:36 am
    “I’m just trying to help.” How often have you said or thought these words? If you’re a loving parent, good friend or caring colleague, probably one too many times. It’s a plea you usually make when your good intentions fall short and it reflects both frustration and surprise. So why does this happen? Why are you met with hostility, instead of thanks, when you offer helpful advice or take action to help someone else? To be honest, the blame lies with your good-intentioned approach. I know that sounds harsh but hear me out. You give advice or take action to help…
  • Look Back, Project Forward and Stay Present

    Robert Chen
    30 Dec 2013 | 6:15 pm
    In the last days before the new year, it’s an opportune time to bring the past, present and future together.  Let’s start by … … looking back. Reflect on 2013 – what were the major highlights and disappointments? Take time to celebrate both your successes and failures.  Successes confirm that your skills and plan were on point.  Failures identify opportunities for growth and invite flexibility in your plan.  This year, I’ve achieved some of my goals, changed a few others and failed at a good bunch. If you’re hitting all of your goals, you may be…
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    BucketListly Blog

  • 3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Solo Traveler’s Journal...

    26 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    3 Days in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 1 2014 had ended gloriously for me and as a new year began, I started to map out my travel for 2015. Since I have a major plan for Europe this year, I decided to cover all the countries I have always wanted to go in this part of the world before heading for Europe. Vietnam was the top of my list and so I decided to hop on the next plane available and began my journey from Ho Chi Minh City (or what the locals referred to as Saigon) and made my way up from there. Another reason why I started my journey from the South is that,…
  • Climbing the Abandoned Ghost Skyscraper in Bangkok During my 4...

    19 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Climbing the Abandoned Ghost Skyscraper in Bangkok During my 4 months period of rest in Bangkok right after a 5 weeks adventure in New Zealand, as you can imagined, I grew bored quickly living life at “home”. Nothing excited me anymore.. until I found out that there is an abandoned skyscraper that I could climb right on my home turf. That building was the Sathorn Unique Skyscraper, an abandoned ghost tower that were built during Thailand’s economy boom in the 90s and came to a crashing halt due to the economy crisis that followed. It did not take me long to find a reason to go there. A…
  • Last 5 Days in Dunedin New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s...

    12 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Last 5 Days in Dunedin New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 14 All good things must come to an end. This is our last entry that wraps up my 5 weeks trip in New Zealand. It was truly a spiritual experience to be able to travel through this wonderful country, making unforgettable memories with friends on the road. My trip ended in Dunedin, where most of my time were spent on reuniting with many friends I made along the way. I couldn’t have think of a better way to end my trip more than spending my time with those I enjoyed hanging out with. From living like students in a student…
  • Lake Tekapo & Mount Cook New Zealand’s Solo...

    5 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Lake Tekapo & Mount Cook New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 13 My journey did not end after I accomplished my life-long dream to skydive in New Zealand. I continued up north to Lake Tekapo, a place where the color of the lake will fool you into thinking that it was photoshopped and then reunited with my friends, Viola and Megan again in Mt Cook. We then joined force and tackled the Hooker Valley walk together. Here are our experience: Video Interesting Links Don’t forget to add these to your bucket list Walk the Hooker Valley Track, New Zealand Hooker Valley Track is one of the…
  • Skydive in Queenstown with the NZONE New Zealand’s Solo...

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    Skydive in Queenstown with the NZONE New Zealand’s Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 12 After spending 3 days walking the Routeburn Track Great Walk with Ashley and Rachel, we were back in Queenstown again but this time I had my mind set on doing a skydive once and for all. Me, Ahsley and Rachel then hung out in Queenstown for a bit and we headed seperate ways. And this is what jumping off a moving plane and being plunged down by gravity from 15,000 ft feels like: Video Interesting Links Don’t forget to add these to your bucket list Skydive What could be more epic than skydiving in…
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  • Nutribullet

    22 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    TL;DR I’m using Nutribullet to make smoothies, and it’s awesome! Reviewing blenders is new to me, because I never had one. But somehow Nutribullet got into my head (podcasts), and I finally got one. Source: So far it’s been fantastic! The smoothies are better than any smoothies you can buy. And there’re so many things to make them with… Blueberries. Carrots. Celery. Almond butter. Oats. Sage. Avocados. Cashews. Mangos. Ice. Protein whey. Protein whey, Carl! Source:…
  • I returned my Apple iWatch

    20 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Still need a review?:) Ok, I’m a fan of wearable tech, and for the last 10 years I’ve been dreaming of an analogue of Fallout’s Pip-Boy in the real world. Source: And I was among the first to try on iWatch during the trial sessions at the Apple Store on Regent Street. However, during the trial there was no opportunity to explore iWatch functionality, apps, and the personnel was not allowed to answer specific questions. The looks of iWatch is fantastic. However, two weeks later when I had one of my own to play with,…
  • Emoji Mac shortcut, LLOP emoji, Unicode 7.0 emoji list and Symbola font

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    You might see “broken” images in this post, and this is totally explainable. I’m using symbols that are not yet included into standard fonts on most devices for testing purposes. It’s all good. This is my little cheatsheet for emoji stuff: opening Mac emoji keyboard, pasting hidden emoji and viewing Unicode 7.0 emoji. Emoji Mac shortcut Press Ctrl+Cmd+Space to call emoji keyboard on a Mac. Press and hold yellow skinned emoji to reveal human skin tones. Live long and prosper emoji Here’s a list of LLOP emoji with skin tones. #FFC430 (basic yellow) llap emoji…
  • Sky Garden in London

    22 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sky Garden is a public garden on top of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper (20 Fenchurch Street — the one melting cars with its concave glassy surface.). There’re observation decks, open air terrace, public spaces up there. And it’s free! Though you’ll have to make an advance booking. There’s an option to book a table at one of the Sky Garden’s bars/cafes: Skypod (great cocktails), Darwin or Fenchurch Seafood. You’ll get a table for 2 hours as well as the access to Sky Garden. Celebrating 1 year in London: There’re a great view of Shard, Thames, Canary…
  • Card game: Star Realms review

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Star Realms card game was born as a successful Kickstarter project. Back in 2013 the creators (partly responsible for Ascension, too) reached the $20,000 funding goal in less than 5 days. Now in 2015 it’s released as both physical deck and multi-platform digital game (iOS/Android, Windows, Mac). It’s a 2 player a spaceship combat deck-building game, average playing time is 20 minutes. If you want to play with 3-4 players, you can do it, but you’ll need two copies of the deck. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in…
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    Euphoric Roots

  • Is It Easier To Speak Your Truth Or Go With The Flow?

    Bigus Cheryl
    22 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Sometimes conversations can get a little uncomfortable. So what do you do? Is It Easier To Speak Your Truth Or Go With The Flow? For me personally, it depends on the situation but I err on the side of being true to me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t admit when I’m wrong, it means being thoughtful and respectful in communicating and debating different thoughts, beliefs and ideas. Where things start to go sideways is in written communications such as online forums. We have to remember that we can’t see body language or hear tone and inflection in someone’s voice.
  • Fear + New Life Lessons

    Bigus Cheryl
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    “Whenever you take an adversarial attitude toward something, you give it power.” ~ Dr. Christiane Northrup What scares you? For many of my peers (and myself) who market and communicate for our businesses over the internet, there is a lot of fear around a few areas: Fear of being criticized. Fear of being thought a fraud. Fear of being called a fraud. Fear of being seen. Fear of not being accepted. Fear of not having the approval of others. I think that covers it. This part of entrepreneurship can bring up a lot of fears and growth opportunities, but many of the people that have…
  • Difficulty Maintaining a Positive Mindset?

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    A positive mindset is like meditation, there are many students and very few masters.   I get it…I’m not asking you to always be Positive Polly, but… What tools do you use regularly to maintain your mindset and do you use them effectively?  In all honesty, it’s been hit or miss with me sometimes.   It’s been said, and I can attest that growing a business is the biggest personal development challenge. You will grown in ways you never thought of or wanted to. This single feat pushes you and challenges you in more areas than you care to explore. It can be…
  • From Stress to Success

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:44 pm
    A 30-Day Writing Challenge photo credit: Nomadic Lass via photopin cc I had two things come into my orbit within an hour of each other that have provoked me to do another 30-Day Writing Challenge. First, was Jeff Goins’ 500 Word Challenge and the second was John DeMartini’s book From Stress to Success in Just 31 Days which I checked out of my local library. The strange thing is that both of these are “31” Day challenges. Really…I’ve never seen a “31” day challenge. They always seem to be “30” days or “21” days or even…
  • How to Get an Immediate Answer from Your Intuition

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    FROM: The post How to Get an Immediate Answer from Your Intuition appeared first on Euphoric Roots.
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • 4 Distorted Beliefs That Slaughter Your Chances at a Better Life

    19 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    What you know to be fact can actually be fiction. At this point you’re probably wondering how you could come to believe such things. If you think it is right it must be right, right? I mean it’s not like you just pull this stuff out of the air. It
  • Life After Being Rejected: How to Move on Unfazed

    4 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Rejection can take a lot out of you, leaving you drained and ready to throw in the towel. Putting all your hope into something just to find out that you didn’t get the green light can feel like the wind just got knocked out of you. I know… When I
  • How to Reach Your Potential Despite Your Limitations

    20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 pm
    You know you want to become more but something is stopping you. Or maybe it’s a bunch of things. It happens when you know you’re good at something but you can’t seem to polish it just right to get to the level you aspire to. For instance, let’s say you’re
  • 8 Habits of Successful People You Need to Adapt if You Want to be Anything Like Them

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    For some people being successful seems to be the way they live their lives. Pretty much everything works out for them in a great way. It reminds me of a time when someone was describing this type of person to me. She was actually telling me about a time when
  • Comfort Zone? How Being Uneasy Will Make You Happier

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:35 pm
    I know it’s kind of hard to believe but it is true. Being weirded out can be the best thing for you. Doing something that you otherwise wouldn’t, can make you uneasy at first but in the end you’ll be so much happier. Remember when you were a baby. You
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  • How To Make Money With Paid Surveys

    26 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    You can make money online with surveys that offer money for your opinions. Below is an infographic that shows you the necessary steps to make some money to pay your bills or to buy a pint at the weekend.   Please feel free to use this infographic on your own site only if you link back to Alternatively copy the text below and paste it into your blog. <a href=””><img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-926″…
  • The Best Affiliate Programs 2015

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    Affiliate marketing for many is a favorite way to make a living earning online. For bloggers worldwide, this is the activity and strategy of choice to make money online.There are thousands of affiliate marketing opportunities available online today. Which one is the best? This is a hard question to answer because you  may be prefer to be an affiliate for a certain company, company type, product type or service type or you may prefer to join an affiliate service that offers a catalog of programs that you can join. What program will I join? I you are new to affiliate marketing then you…
  • Start Making Money With Infolinks

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Do you have a blog? You can start making money from your content by joining the Infolinks ad network. This ad network offer a wide range of solutions for bloggers including intext links, in frame adverts and pop under adverts. How do they work? The intext links are simply links on certain keywords withing your content. In frame adverts appear within the sidebars of your website of in the frame of the page if your website is not full width. The pop under adverts work in the same way as the above inframe adverts however, the adverts appear from the bottom of your screen. How do I apply? Head…
  • Free Promotion to 50,000 People on Twitter

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    How would you like free promotion on Twitter? If you would like your product/service or app promoted to 50,000 followers on Twitter for free, then check out our special promotion on our services page. Whats the offer? Offering 1 free promotional tweet to a following of 50,000 people. Take advantage of this limited time only offer now by clicking here… The post Free Promotion to 50,000 People on Twitter appeared first on Moneyjojo.
  • QuickRewards the Swagbucks Alternative

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Do you love Swagbucks? Do you live in the USA, UK or Canada? If so you can start earning money online by signing up to QuickRewards. The website has been the main rival of Swagbucks since it launched thirteen years ago in 2002. QuickRewards works in a similar way to Swagbucks in that you get paid for taking surveys, using coupons for offers, playing games and videos. Other features unique to this site includes visiting websites and shopping. The Rewards on Offer QuickRewards offer over 50 redemption offers for you to cash out your earnings. You can redeem your earnings via, PayPal,…
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    High Performance Lifestyle

  • Low Motivation? Here’s How To Get Motivated In Under 2 Minutes

    Kosio Angelov
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even the most motivated people feel unmotivated at times. It’s only human. But, just because you have moments of low (or no) motivation does not mean you just get to sit and do nothing, hoping that you’ll get fired up by random luck. Your motivation is so important that you cannot leave it to chance. You need to know how to get yourself motivated when you need to. Here’s exactly how to do it (in 2 minutes or less): FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. Let’s face it. You cannot do anything unless you…
  • Deliberate Practice: How To Improve Your Productivity… Fast

    Kosio Angelov
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    When you think of improving productivity, you most likely imagine fancy to-do lists, sophisticated calendars and glamorous lifehacks. Yet, the real improvements are hidden in plain sight. In getting better at the things that you do every single day. And the best part? You see quick, measurable results for relatively small amounts of effort. Here’s how to improve productivity fast in just 4 simple steps? FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. What if you improved your typing speed by 10%? Not a seemingly big time saver…
  • How To Turn A Bland Morning Routine Into A Productivity Powerhouse

    Kosio Angelov
    5 May 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Successful and productive people know that how they spend their mornings has a tremendous effect on the rest of the day. You might be wondering: “What do these people actually do during their mornings that gives them the edge?” The answer is rather simple: They have carefully-designed intentional morning routines that ensures that every day is a success. Here’s how to turn your bland morning ritual into a productive powerhouse: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. The quality of your day is directly…
  • 5 Steps To (Finally) Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine

    Kosio Angelov
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    This is a guest post by Kayla Mathews from Let’s face it: From the time we’re kids, we know exercise is important. When we were children, though, it was much easier to get all the exercise we needed! After all, part of being young is being active. I remember riding my bike around my family’s driveway for hours when I was a kid. I don’t remember having any soreness or joint aches afterwards; I just remember that it was a blast. If I’m on a bike for more than 10 minutes now, though, I feel like my legs are going to pop off (this is probably part of the reason…
  • Want To Be Happy? Optimize Your Downtime (3 Easy Steps)

    Kosio Angelov
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you work hard? I bet you do. Here’s a more interesting question though – do you relax as hard as you work? Do you optimize your downtime as much as you do your work and productivity? Most people don’t. And that’s why there is so much unhappiness and lack of excitement in high performers. Let’s put an end to it. Let’s make you happy again. Here’s how: FREE Download: how ultra-successful people schedule their days (and how YOU can do it too) – get it here. Productivity and time management concentrate mainly on how to get more done, or how to do it…
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  • Your are already doing creative visualization. So better get good at it.

    albert van zyl
    24 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Creative visualization refers to the practice of seeking to affect the outer world by changing one's thoughts and expectations. Some believe in it. Others think it is nonsense. But I have realized that we all do it. So we might as well be good at it.I realize that for most days and events, I have a clear expectation about whether it is going to be fun or a drag, easy or difficult. I am never purely neutral. And it is clear to me that these expectations play an important role in what I end up experiencing. No, I am not arguing that you can 'think and grow rich'. But you must concede that we…
  • The muse is inside us, not outside.

    albert van zyl
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    There are many things that want to do or that I feel I should do, that I don't know how to do. I want to train to become a good long distance runner. But many of my friends are cyclists and when I don't ride with them, I don't see them. Or at work we will soon have a meeting with some high flyers to solve an issue that they disagree on. I feel that I should be able to solve this, but at the moment I don't know how. The tension between what I feel I should and what I can causes stress and worry.I've been reading Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey's book Slowing Down to the Speed of Life.
  • The energy to step free of negativity and self criticism

    albert van zyl
    5 Apr 2015 | 2:46 am
    We had had an amazing long weekend with friends. Now we had to go to a family Easter lunch. And after that we had tickets to go to a concert in Kirstenbosch, the local botanical garden. Sounds great, right? But my introverted nature had had enough. OK, I know I had to do the Easter lunch. But that was enough, no? To pack our stuff up again and go to a concert? Arggghh. The introverted Albert needed some time in the cave. So I told my wife that I didn't want to go this evening and went and lay down on the bed.As soon as I lay down and closed my eyes, I knew that I wanted this situation to be…
  • Keep your seat

    albert van zyl
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Pema Chodron says: "Understand that if we hold our seat when we want to retaliate - even if it's only briefly - we are starting to dissolve a pattern of aggression that will continue to hurt us and others forever if we let it."I get a lot of energy from 'holding my seat'. When someone says something that bothers me and I can prevent myself from reacting immediately, externally or internally, then magic happens. Someone criticizes me and my immediate reaction is to want to lash out at them (when I think they are wrong) or at myself (when I think they are right). When I can prevent…
  • The opposite of determination: Change your life gently

    albert van zyl
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    I have been trying to lose weight and cut down on caffeine for a very long time. I'm as determined as they come, but before I can catch myself, there I am: overeating and over-caffeining again. Why? I hope this scenario is not familiar to you. But a few conversations with friends (field work for this post :-) suggest to me that it is. So why do we keep doing things that we'd love to stop doing?There is a story from India about how to catch a monkey. You make a hole the size of a monkey's claw in a pumpkin. The monkey sticks its claw into the hole and grabs the seeds from inside the pumpkin.
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    PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech » Life

  • The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY of Smart Phones

    Barb Abramson
    5 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    I love my smart phone. I can’t imagine not having it nearby. It has become an integral part of my day, one that makes my life easier. It gives me directions, checks the weather, dials my friends, wakes me up, monitors my home, entertains me and so much more. I would be lost without it. But... The post The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY of Smart Phones appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • 5 Motivation Killers to Beware Of

    Brianna Johnson
    3 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Motivation is a code everyone is trying to crack. Whether it’s physical fitness, career progress, or personal accomplishments, motivation is necessary for success in all areas of life. In Career Analyst Dan Pink’s TED Talk, The Puzzle of Motivation, he outlines just how and why motivating ourselves and others can be confusing. In fact, the... The post 5 Motivation Killers to Beware Of appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Time + Effort = Success: The Long Lost Art of Patience

    Daniel Wallen
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:52 am
    It takes time and effort to achieve anything worth doing. Discover the long lost art of patience. This is the only success secret you need to know. “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” ― Seneca Are you a slave to short-term thinking? The average person is, according to a totally unscientific Internet search... The post Time + Effort = Success: The Long Lost Art of Patience appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • Trash Your Motivation Gimmicks: What Really Gets Us Moving?

    Brianna Johnson
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Motivation is an elusive force. Some people bounce off to the gym each morning, while others battle themselves to show up once a week. Some people run several successful businesses, while others quit their first business in the development stages. The internet is flooded with motivation tips and “tricks,” but they fail to have a uniform impact... The post Trash Your Motivation Gimmicks: What Really Gets Us Moving? appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
  • My Dog Taught Me How to Be a Better Person in These 8 Ways

    Daniel Wallen
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:16 am
    I have a confession. My dog is a better person than I am. Adopting her was the best decision I ever made. She taught me how to be a better person in these eight ways. Three years ago, I adopted a beagle named Dixie. Here’s a picture of her. Don’t you love her spotted coat?... The post My Dog Taught Me How to Be a Better Person in These 8 Ways appeared first on PakWired • Business, Startups and Tech.
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  • Reverse Engineering to Reach Any Life Goal You Set

    Katrina Cobb
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve heard the saying perhaps, but what does it really mean when it comes to making plans for your future? So much of what I do in my coaching practice is about setting goals, and then outlining the plan to reach those goals by working backwards and planning all the little milestones to hit along the way to the big picture. This method of reverse engineering works perfectly whether you’re planning for something way off in the distance, like retirement, or shorter term, like getting out of debt, as well as for health and fitness goals. The bottom line is you have to know, with…
  • If You Have A Daughter, You’ll Understand This

    Gervase Kolmos
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you have a daughter, you understand. I have huge dreams for my daughter, and the more experiences I have as a mother, wife and woman, the more my dreams for her stretch and deepen. I know you must feel the same way. I want my daughter to wake up every morning and love her life, knowing that she has the power to write her own story. I want her to fearlessly pursue her dreams—whether they be unconventional, far-fetched or “ordinary.” My dream for her is that she chases meaningful experiences and relationships, and not things or society’s status markers. I want her to take pride in…
  • 4 Lessons For Success, No Matter Where You are In Your Career

    Shauna Mackenzie
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
      Over the past few months, I’ve done some reflecting on my career, and the lessons I have learned so far. I spent almost a decade in school, and didn’t realize until I started working – and changed careers – that having a successful career requires more than showing up on time and getting your work done. I can’t tell you how many times my friends and I have said some variation of the following: “How come no one told us having a career was so much work?” Here are a few lessons I’ve learned that will help you make progress in your career, no matter where you start, or…
  • Monday Morning Pep Talk | Making Choices Without Commitment

    Shauna Mackenzie
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if we could only do the things we loved and never have to do the things we disliked? As fulfilling as that sounds, and while we do need to be better about saying no to more things, there will always be a certain bucket of things, activities, situations, or unforeseen circumstances that we must deal with. So how can we be more productive and efficient when dealing with the things we don’t want to do but have to? Age-old wisdom says it’s all about attitude. It really boils down to making a choice – have a good attitude or have a bad attitude about…
  • “Yes, I am training for an event. It is called life.”

    Courtney Townley
    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
          I get 2 questions all too often when I workout:   Are you getting ready for a competition? What are you preparing for?   I thought it was funny when it first started happening, but these days I get a little more irritated than entertained because I think it is a sad testament to the way we view a woman taking care of herself. Apparently, a healthy, fit woman at the gym needs a reason to be there other than for HERSELF. Maybe she isn’t there because she is trying to lose inches, gain accolades or prove anything to anyone other than herself. Maybe she is simply…
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    Redesign My Existence

  • 7 Tips To Burn Belly Fat & Get Lean Immediately

    22 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Ok, so I’ve been trying and trying (and trying some more) to get lean for a LONG time. I constantly watch what I eat and I exercise a lot but have never quite achieved the results I’m after. And when I say ‘results’, what I’m really talking about here is how to get rid of belly fat and have a super defined body. Well, the good news is that in the last few months I’ve made some awesome changes that really work. I’m starting to see some great results, and while I’m not quite where I want to be yet, I’ve made my best progress so far. Plus…
  • My Personal Goals For 2015: April Report

    15 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    Hey ho. Welcome to my monthly goals report, where I share with you the progress I’ve made over the last number of weeks towards kicking the ass of my personal goals for 2015. This report is actually going to cover March and April because sadly I didn’t get to write a report for March. Why, you ask? Cause I got freakin’ married in April! Here’s some pics from my big day. So needless to say, my wedding was my priority in April This meant some of my goals took a bit of a backseat for the last few weeks. Having said that, I still managed to actually fully complete a…
  • Why The 8 Hour Work Day Will Ruin Your Life

    6 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    Let me start off by saying what this post isn’t. This post is not a rant against people who work full time doing something they love. In fact, doing what you love as much as possible is the ultimate goal behind this post. Personally, I work full time for a charity organisation. And ultimately, I find this work very rewarding. But I bet I’d feel a whole lot differently if I worked for some faceless corporation, selling my time to help someone else get rich. In fact, that’s exactly what I used to do before I started working for charities. And that’s precisely why I…
  • Minimalist Living: The Mindset For A Beautiful Existence

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:56 am
    Minimalism is a beautiful thing. I’ve realized, with 100% certainty, that less is truly more. With fewer possessions comes richer experiences, new opportunities, awesome spontaneity and most importantly – new found freedom. By having less, you can focus on bringing more quality into your life. Your possessions will be fewer but what you do own will be meaningful and of the highest quality. You’ll have healthier and stronger relationships. You’ll have deeper and richer experiences. Simple living means quality over quantity. But at the heart of all of this is a mindset…
  • Short Inspirational Quotes: The Next Chapter In Your Life

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    Something exceptional happened to me recently. I got married. Wow. I still can’t believe it! It was the most amazing day of my life and I shared it with everyone I care about most in the world. And even though I’m still in the midst of the celebrations, I’ve had one BIG realization: I’m now entering a major new chapter in my life. And what’s even clearer is that this chapter will be written by me. I’m the author.  And I can make my story be about anything I want. See, where you’re at right now in your life and where you’ve come from in the…
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  • Noisli for Chrome is here!

    21 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    We’re exited to welcome the Noisli Chrome extension as a new family member!After launching Noisli 2.0 a few months ago, we promised to continue to work hard and further improve the service. Improving the User Experience is one of our main priorities and with this new extension we guarantee you that using Noisli just got even simpler, more efficient and fun.With Noisli for Chrome you will have quick and easy access to the main functionalities and features of Noisli in order to maximise your productivity. Now you’re one click away from playing your favourite Combos, without…
  • Organizing Your Life? Start With Your To-Do List!

    20 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Last week, this tweet from Jill Duffy, tech writer and contributing editor at made us think:Take a moment to glance at your calendar and to-do list. It's one of the most productive ways to start your day. #GetOrganized— Jill e Duffy (@jilleduffy) May 5, 2015 As much as we try to optimize and organize our lives, the question is whether we have everything in place to have a good start or whether we are setting ourselves up for failure from the beginning. GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND TASKS Every big project starts with a small step, and the first one is often getting it out of our…
  • How To Fight Spring Fever

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    Spring is here and for many of us this means also having to deal with a period of low energy and fatigue.During winter our body adopts and protects itself from lower temperatures and reduced sunlight. Longer days and warmer temperatures lead to an increase in activity but our bodies take more time to adjust the sleep-awake cycle and thus our timing is often out of sync.Our Tips for overcoming Spring Fever:1. Prepare Your Body Start early to train your body for the frequent weather and temperature changes. Cold showers will prepare your body and train your vessels.2. Change Your Diet Fuel your…
  • The Pomodoro Technique with Noisli

    20 Apr 2015 | 6:07 am
    What is it? The Pomodoro Technique is a simple method for time management. By breaking down your work into small intervals (traditionally 25 minutes in length) you can improve your work and study habits and thus be more efficient and productive.The goal The goal is to conclude as many sessions as possible during your day. It is important that during one session you fully focus on your task and avoid any outside distractions. If somebody or something tries to distract you, inform the other person that you don’t want to be disturbed, schedule a time when you can get back to them and do so…
  • Re-Imagining Work

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:54 am
    How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem — and could it also be part of the solution? A reflection by Dave Coplin on the future of work and how our workplaces might be if more organisations would adapt the full, empowering potential of technology and encourage an open, collaborative and flexible work culture. — Your Noisli TeamRe-Imagining Work by Noisli Blog.
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  • Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    17 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Guides to Choose A Best Dehumidifier 2014 – 2015  What is A Dehumidifier? A dehumidifier is an appliance commonly used in spaces to remove excess moisture or humidity out of the air. In this article, you will find our dehumidifier reviews info. All dehumidifiers come assembled with the same basic components: a fan compressor, cooling coils, a reheater and a reservoir. Generally, the fan compressor pulls in the air and distributes a cooling agent over the device’s coils. Collected air is… Continue Reading ›› The post Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports…
  • What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking

    9 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    What Happens from The Moment You Quit Smoking I believe people all know that smoking harms our body, but there are still a myriad of smokers in the world. Most people like to smoke, because, in their minds, smoking can bring joys or make them feel better and they might think less about its risks. Though smoking might give you the transitory illusions of joys, this is at the price of your health. However, you still can’t quit smoking. I… Continue Reading ›› The post What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking appeared first on
  • Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural Smell

    1 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    5. Try to Make it Smell Naturally Perhaps, you may think that adding some lemony or piney scent into your clean clothes or kitchens could be nicer, but, actually, synthetic fragrance in most air fresheners and laundry products releases multiple chemical gases into the indoor air. And cleaning-related products, such as laundry detergents, fresheners or fabric softeners, can also emit chemical gases. One study found that a plug-in air fresher can emit about 20 kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs),… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural…
  • How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement?

    1 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Guides and Reviews for Basement Dehumidifiers 2015 In today’s post, we will firstly talk about the humidity problems in basement, and then we will go over to how to solve the humid problem – Choosing A Best Dehumidifier for basement, and lastly we will talk about some top rated basement dehumidifiers and reviews of them. Basement and Humidity Basements are more likely to be deluged with heavy moisture becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is because cool… Continue Reading ›› The post How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement? appeared first on…
  • Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    30 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Whole House Dehumidifier Choosing Guide 2015 Why a whole house dehumidifier is needed? Excess moisture in the air can cause lots of discomforts, which may further lead to serious health issues. Dehumidifiers are increasingly believed to be a great solution to this problem. And the whole house dehumidifier is the elite of humidity regulation. This post is for whole house dehumidifier reviews, ratings, and consumer reports info. A whole house dehumidifier not only can eliminate problems caused by high humidity,… Continue Reading ›› The post Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews…
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  • How to Get Out of A Funk: A Not So Shiny Update on the Wedding Challenge

    21 May 2015 | 6:09 pm
    “This isn’t going well. I’m in trouble,” I say as I bang my head against the table one morning over coffee. “Ok, what’s going on?” my friend Helen says with a chuckle, clearly amused by my theatrics. “Well, there are less than two weeks left in the month and it seems like everything I’ve done up to this point has been for nothing.” For starters, I’m... The post How to Get Out of A Funk: A Not So Shiny Update on the Wedding Challenge appeared first on .
  • The Art of Being Vulnerable & Asking for Help

    14 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Ok, let’s just get this out of the way. Do you know anyone who’s engaged or thinking about getting engaged? I’ve been working on some AWESOME new content for my wedding site, Idojour including a guide with over 175 of the best wedding planning websites, apps, tools and shops that people are raving about. If you know someone who’d be interested in this... The post The Art of Being Vulnerable & Asking for Help appeared first on .
  • Can I Earn $1000 In A Month?

    7 May 2015 | 7:40 pm
    In January, I set off to simplify my life. I called it my month of less. “I want simple. I want organized, less stuff, less clutter, fewer decisions to make and errands to run. I want less time wasted, so that I can have more time doing things that I care about,” I wrote. Today, I’m taking things in the opposite direction. This... The post Can I Earn $1000 In A Month? appeared first on .
  • 12 Things I Learned from My Year of Monthly Challenges

    30 Apr 2015 | 7:59 pm
    In the last 12 months, I learned how to meditate, sew, and play the guitar. I gave up gluten, dairy, and sugar, wrote a (horrible) novel, and held a fifteen minute plank. I experimented with lucid dreaming, cold showers, and the Law of Attraction. I organized my life (and my digital assets too), hacked the perfect night of sleep, and dove into the dangers... The post 12 Things I Learned from My Year of Monthly Challenges appeared first on .
  • The Zen of the Everyday Pastime

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    At the beginning of the month, I embarked on a creative adventure: to learn how to sew. I set off to make a nightgown for each of my daughters, because I’ve found that specific goals (make two nightgowns) have a much greater chance of being accomplished than vague ones (learn to sew). It was a challenge in every sense of the word... The post The Zen of the Everyday Pastime appeared first on .
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  • How to roast cauliflower for a great low carb meal

    The Munk
    11 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Cauliflower is a type of super food, a low-carb and gluten free option loved by many for it’s versatility in... The post How to roast cauliflower for a great low carb meal appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Amazing health benefits of cooking with cauliflower

    The Munk
    10 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Cauliflower is an extremely versatile vegetable and has been used in numerous low-carb recipes, from cauliflower bakes, cauliflower pizza to... The post Amazing health benefits of cooking with cauliflower appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Heavenly gluten free chocolate cake recipe

    The Munk
    8 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Ok, I’m a chocolate cake addict. There I said it. But I am also gluten intolerant so getting my fix... The post Heavenly gluten free chocolate cake recipe appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Quick low carb chocolate cake in 3 minutes

    The Munk
    7 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    You can’t get much better than this delicious and quick low fat dessert recipe. Not only can you make this... The post Quick low carb chocolate cake in 3 minutes appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
  • Easy low carb garlic bread sticks recipe

    The Munk
    6 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Oh Yumm! I’m totally in love with these healthy garlic bread sticks. And this bread stick recipe is not only low-carb... The post Easy low carb garlic bread sticks recipe appeared first on LIFE MUNK.
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    VIP for Air

  • What is CADR?

    D stone
    24 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    This post is from ItCADR – What Is It? CADR expands to Clean Air Delivery Rate and is the number value assigned to an air purifier based on a set of independent tests that are conducted for AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers). AHAM started measuring and assigning CADR rating to air purifiers from the 1980s. As per […]The post What is CADR? appeared first on
  • What Features A Great Air Purifier Should Have?

    D stone
    6 May 2015 | 6:11 pm
    This post is from ItFeatures of Air Purifiers That You Need to Keep in Mind According to professionals in the air purifiers industry, the most important characteristic of a good air purifier is its HEPA filter. The reason is that HEPA is the most effective solution against small airborne particles and allergens. Even if there are other types […]The post What Features A Great Air Purifier Should Have? appeared first on
  • Questions to Ask When You Choosing An Air Purifier

    D stone
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:59 pm
    This post is from ItQuestions to Ask When Choosing an Air Purifier Before choosing an air purifier, here are five essential questions that you need to ask yourself: 1. Would I rather have a room or a whole house air purifier? According to experts, Opting for a furnace filter that’s much cheaper and works well with an existing […]The post Questions to Ask When You Choosing An Air Purifier appeared first on
  • For Different Type of Pollutants: How to Choose An Air Purifier?

    D stone
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    This post is from ItAir Purifiers and Types of Pollutants There are various pollutants in the air and each of them requires a different type of treatment. An air purifier that is able to treat some combinations of pollutants can easily be found. However, it can be difficult to get an air purifier that deals with all types […]The post For Different Type of Pollutants: How to Choose An Air Purifier? appeared first on
  • 5 Tips to Choose an Allergy Air Purifier

    D stone
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    This post is from It5 Things to Consider When Choosing An Air Purifier for Allergies An air purifier is an indispensable device in every home considering how inhaling particles in the air can trigger allergic symptoms. However, with a vast array of air purifiers available in the market, choosing the right one for your needs can be quite […]The post 5 Tips to Choose an Allergy Air Purifier appeared first on
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  • Just Because

    22 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Picture this: Brooklyn. Sunday brunch date. Dead of winter. Over coffee and mimosas, Meredyth and I got to talking about how much we love our annual cruises. We started discussing where we want to go in 2015 and why we love our cruises so much. When we dug into why, we came to realize it wasn’t the vacation or the food or the beautiful places we get to visit – what makes those trips so special is how instantly rejuvenated we both feel when we can stare off at endless ocean. It’s inspiring and romantic and grounding and refreshing and just about the best thing ever. Then we both got…
  • Multi-Passionate Must-Haves

    12 May 2015 | 1:01 am
    Today’s the day! Multi-Passionate Must-Haves is out and I’m excited to let you know about how you can thrive in your career as a multi-passionate peep, give back to others (by supporting breast cancer research), & get 94% off some of the best products created by and for multi-passionates (including moi!). 26 courses, audios and ebooks – worth $1,730 – that allow you to integrate your many passions into your life and use them as fuel for income, are yours for just $97 ‘til Thursday at midnight. That includes my product, Coaching Biz Badassery Bootcamp, along with: 2015 Life is…
  • How to Get More Done in the Next 3 Months Than in the Past 3 Years

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from one of my Audacity Coaching clients, Carrie Smith. Carrie’s no-nonsense, cathartic shove-filled three steps of how she’s accomplished so much is so little time is EXACTLY what Audacious people need to hear! I think you’ll love how real and honest her article is. Enjoy! When you work for yourself, or have a full-time job along with a side hustle, your personal projects and hobbies often get pushed to the back burner. You’re busy doing everyone else’s work because, well, you have to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. This…
  • Learn How to Live an Audacious Life

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In a recent interview with Michael Peggs of You University, I talk about how to live an audacious life. Some of the specifics we covered are listed below as well as the links to Michael’s post. I hope you’ll give it a listen and join in the conversation in the comments. What we talked about: How to turn yourself all the way up and reach your potential Suckdom and overcoming sucky circumstances How to create a personal support system Why tenacity is the greatest virtue of them all How to NOT live by default Click here to head over to You University and check it out. Or listen on…
  • The Power of Your Inner Dork

    2 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The following is a guest post from one of my Audacity Coaching clients, Vicki Aubin. In this super vulnerable article, Vicki shares her story with a lesson for Audacious people everywhere. Enjoy! If 10 years ago, you’d told me that someday I’d be speaking publicly and on video about all things career development, I’d have said you were nuts. I was always a shy geek growing up but always had a TON of creativity and ideas inside of me, more than most people know or that I cared to remember. I did well in school, had lots of friends, participated in activities like dance, band and sports,…
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  • Microsoft to Stop Production of Windows

    10 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the “last version” of the dominant desktop software. His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would update Windows in future in an “ongoing manner”. Instead of new stand-alone versions, Windows 10 would be improved in regular instalments, the firm said. Mr Nixon made his comments during Microsoft’s Ignite conference held in Chicago this week. In a statement, Microsoft said Mr Nixon’s comments reflected a change in the way that it made…
  • Windows Defender Can Now Remove “Superfish” Malware From Lenovo Computers

    21 Feb 2015 | 2:37 am
    After the Lenovo computers shipped with “Superfish”,a malware which is vulnerable to the users can now be removed easily.By updating your Windows Defender the Superfish malware can be removed fully. “We are working with McAfee and Microsoft to have the Superfish software and certificate quarantined or removed using their industry-leading tools and technologies,” Lenovo said on Friday. Lenovo also said that, by updating McAfee also the malware can be removed fully. A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that “Microsoft security software detects and removes the Superfish…
  • US And British Spies Hacked Sim Card Database

    20 Feb 2015 | 1:02 am
    American and British spies hacked into the world’s largest sim card manufacturer in a move that gave them unfettered access to billions of cellphones around the globe.The NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters targeted Gemalto, a multinational firm in the Netherlands that makes mobile phone SIM cards, to monitor mobile communications without permission from telephone companies. With the encryption keys, the intelligence services can secretly monitor a large portion of global communications over mobile devices without using a warrant or wiretap. Mark Rumold,…
  • The Pirate Bay is Back

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    The Pirate Bay is back The veteran file sharing site is back up. Not all moderatorsare pleased with the reborned Pirate Bay The veteran file sharing site Pirate Bay has reappeared with a phoenix rising from the ashes. The servers were raided by the Sweedish authorities 2 months ago but the page is back online as promised, even one day before the teased 1 February deadline. The page is not fully functioning as there is no way for new users to register and they have no working contact us button. the page lacks RSS feeds. The core service is though back online exactly as it was on 9 December,…
  • Common Reactions Between Programmers When Things Go Wrong

    2 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    1. “I don’t know whether to delete this or rewrite it” 2. “I should check Github for a starting framework” 3. “Why does this script need so many libraries?” 4. “There must be a solution somewhere on the Internet.” 5. “Is there a plugin for this functionality?” 6. “The site works, but I’m dreading Internet Explorer.” 7. “For a logic statement this doesn’t seem very logical.” 8. “I spent 30 minutes writing a function and 2 hours getting it to work.” 9. “After reading several blog posts, I now know that I’ve been doing this completely wrong the entire…
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    Hacked Living

  • Why “Noah” Was The Most Important Movie of the 21st Century

    Fred Gorgias
    26 May 2015 | 10:06 pm
      Darren Aronofsky has answered two important questions that have plagued atheists for centuries with his biblically epic film, “Noah”. These questions have been a major obstacle for progress in the thinking world, but now we have the tools to overcome them.   Question #1: Why didn’t the animals on The Ark eat each other?   Answer: They put them to sleep.   Oops. Wait. That’s Tinkerbell sprinkling faerie dust. Definitely not what happened in biblical times. Sorry about that. Here’s what really happened:     Question #2: How did one…
  • Analyzing Over-Analyzing

    Fred Gorgias
    19 May 2015 | 1:05 am
      Analyze (verb): 1. to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements. 2. to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc.   At it’s core, analyzing is never in and of itself wrong to do. Our brains are constantly interpreting information we receive and using it to understand other people, predict behaviors, and figure out who or what to blame. The only problems with analyzing come from the following causes:   You aren’t good at analyzing. It’s not necessarily your fault. Human…
  • May’s Crazy Holiday Calendar

    Fred Gorgias
    2 May 2015 | 9:06 am
      Have you been noticing more and more weird holidays cropping up in your life? You are not alone, but someday you will be. Everyone you know will die. The month of May is a special month because we at Hacked Living say so, and we’ve compiled a list of holidays to celebrate with other people while you still can!*   May 1 – International Space Day May 2 – Naked Gardening Day May 3 – Morning After Pill Day May 4 – International Respect for Chickens Day May 5 – Childhood Depression Awareness Day May 6 – Try Really Hard To Remember Your Kid In…
  • The Greatest Tipping Guide To Ever Exist

    Fred Gorgias
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
      Everybody has an opinion about how to tip these days. They are all wrong. This guide to tipping is the best guide to tipping ever written.   As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t tip a cow… but this is 2015 and we’re a civilized people, so if you find yourself at a restaurant being served by a cow, you should probably tip it. But not too much, maybe 10%. Just because she’s overweight doesn’t mean she won’t mistake a generous tip for an invitation for sex. And definitely don’t ask her if she “moo”s in bed. Women have feelings, man.
  • 3 Reasons Your Marriage Failed (For Men)

    Fred Gorgias
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
      Remember when you were happily married? You remember the good times because of the positivity effect (people favor positive memories over negative ones). Your marriage actually sucked. Hard. That’s why you are divorced. Don’t be stupid.   If you don’t want to have the same shitty marriage over and over again, it’s important to identify what went wrong with your last marriage. History has a tendency to repeat itself, and while it may be alluring to righteously coldcock a bitch without a twinge of guilt, your rap sheet down at the station is getting close to…
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    Live and Dare

  • The Process Of Meditation – How To Deepen Your Practice

    26 May 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare. [Originally published as a guest post on (slightly adapted version)]“I’ve been meditating every day for 20-30 minutes, for the past 6 months, but I feel my practice is now stuck, and I don’t know how to make it deeper.”Have you ever felt like this? Maybe for you it’s two months, or two years, or ten years.As a meditation coach and blogger, I get this type complaint fairly often. Assuming that you have a clear understanding of the meditation technique you are…
  • Episode 007: Life Wisdom from ex-Buddhist monk Nithya Shanti

    5 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.This is an episode packed with practical tips and spiritual wisdom. I interview Nithya Shanti, who is an internationally respected spiritual teacher, seminar leader,writer and educator, and who was ordained as a Buddhist Monk in the Theravada tradition in 2002.After six years of living in forest meditation monasteries in Thailand, Sri Lanka and also various parts of India and the US, he was guided to live, learn and serve in broader ways than the traditional role of a monk permitted. With the blessings of his…
  • Contemplative Prayer and Christian Meditation

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Meditation is defined a mental exercise of regulating attention, either by focusing it on a single object (focused attention meditation”), or by keeping it open flowing through whatever is in our present moment experience (“open monitoring meditation”). It involves relaxing the body, calming the mind, going beyond discursive thinking, and looking inside. The objective usually is to take you to deeper states of consciousness, to experience yourself beyond the mind, or to “see things as they…
  • Episode 006: Guided “I Am” meditation

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.I am personally a fan of unguided meditations, but I recognize the power of guided meditations, especially for beginners. The type of guided meditation in this audio is what I like to call “I Am Meditation”. The first time I experienced something similar was with a Satsang with master Mooji, in the year 2008.Meditation is the art of controlling your attention. While in most styles of meditation we focus our attention on a certain object – either external or internal, gross or subtle – in…
  • Meditation for Beginners – The Ultimate Guide for Building a Meditation Habit

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Do you wish to start meditating? Perhaps you have tried to start, but simply can’t find the discipline or time to start. If that is your case, you came to the right place. This is a meditation guide for beginners, to help you build a meditation habit.If you have strong willpower, clear motivation and unshakable discipline, then this guide won’t be needed for you. Otherwise, keep reading.These principles are designed to make creating a meditation habit as easy as it can be. It will guide you to create…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Is Your Pursuit of Happiness Making You Miserable?

    Kelli Cooper
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    In theory, becoming a happier person is easy. Just follow your heart. Appreciate the little things. Be kinder to yourself. Blah, blah blah. Don’t mean to sound cynical there…I write a personal development blog after all and coach people on how to create their most awesome life. So, you know I’m staunchly in favor of this whole getting happy thing. But, as anyone who has dipped their toe in the lake of personal growth may have come to realize…this whole pursuit of happiness thing is often easier said than done. All sorts of things have f$cked us up in various ways, from…
  • Law of Attraction: Raising Your Vibration When It’s Being Attacked at Every Turn

    Kelli Cooper
    25 May 2015 | 1:12 am
    For such a simple concept, actually applying the law of attraction in everyday life often seems anything but. You’re trying to feel good about money but your husband can’t stop moaning about the bills. You’re trying to develop a better perspective on your job, but your co-workers are constantly complaining about everything all the time. You’re trying to reduce your myriad fears that are holding you back in countless ways, but you can’t seem to get away from all the doom and gloom that is being reported from around the globe. You’re trying to become more…
  • Podcast Episode #2: Law of Attraction and What It Really Means to Act ‘As If’

    Kelli Cooper
    21 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    Many people misunderstand what law of attraction really is, and believe it encourages people to be delusional…far from it. The things we want represent certain feelings to us, and in order to get them with the most ease and joy, we have to basically be feelings those feelings now. We have to believe we can have what we want, and proceed accordingly regardless of the current nature of our experience. Today’s podcast delves into this topic quite nicely. Enjoy guys and please leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts, challenges and tips regarding acting ‘as if.’…
  • Law of Attraction: Shifting Energy When What You Want Seems Light Years Away from Your Current Reality Part 1

    Kelli Cooper
    20 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    You get law of attraction in theory, and believe things can be different. But then your mind is like…um, no. It implores you to take a good hard look at your life now and asks how in the hell can you get from here to where you would actually rather be? It doesn’t mean to shit all over your dreams, and thinks it is helping protect you from disappointment and the big, black void of the unknown that we have been conditioned to be absolutely terrified of. But, your mind ,as much good it does in countless ways, can really be the proverbial wet blanket, when it comes to consciously…
  • Law of Attraction: 4 Ways You Block that Delightful Space of Allowing

    Kelli Cooper
    18 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    You would think learning about this whole law of attraction thing would make for an easier time getting into a emotional and mental state that is conducive to attracting what we want. But, the process of understanding law of attraction in theory to actually thinking, feeling and behaving in an LOA-friendly fashion is a process, a process that never really ends actually. This is because there will always be something new we want to create, and we’ll probably have to do a bit of inner work to become a match. New forms of resistance may pop up that may have not been triggered…
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  • 21 Good/Cute Questions To Ask A Girl

    Akshay Sharma
    27 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    When it comes to asking a girl questions, you need to be extra careful. Girls interpret questions differently and even if you didn’t meant something they will think that you mean it. So, before asking questions to a girl, you better think on it ten times (if she will like it or not). However, you don’t need to worry, as we are here to help you out. We have handpicked 21 good and cute questions to ask a girl that she will definitely love to answer. Ask her any question listed here to keep the conversation going with your crush. #1 What’s your idea of the perfect date? Why it is…
  • 7 Signs You’re Drinking Less Water Than You Should

    Akshay Sharma
    26 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    There is nothing more refreshing than a ice-cold glass of water. Sometimes, your favorite drink too can’t satisfy you more than a glass of plain water. Water is found in abundant, still we do a lot of harm to our body by not taking it in sufficient quantity. Water is essential for our well-being as it helps to keep the body hydrated. If you are depriving yourself from H2O you are making your way to larger health problems. Here are 7 signs that you are not drinking enough water daily.   1. You Have Dry Skin Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it tells a lot about the…
  • 7 Qualities For Success That Are Often Neglected

    Akshay Sharma
    25 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    While talking about success, people always bring in the words – Hard Word, Suffer, Strategy, Focused Mind and few more. However, a lot of people often overlook the small things that are often related with Success. Success is absolute and even small details cannot be ignored if you really want to be successful. To be successful, you need to build a new perspective and outlook. Here are some of the qualities that successful people rely on, to out-throw their competitors.   1. Attention Successful people have always been very attentive. They pay a very close attention to the things…
  • 50 FUN Would You Rather Questions of All Time

    Akshay Sharma
    24 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    “Would You Rather” is a fun party or conversation game where one poses a list of questions starting with “Would you Rather”. You are allowed to chose any one option from questions like “Would you rather be a cow or a chicken?”, you are not allowed to chose “both” or “neither”. Its a fun game to play where players are made to debate their rationales. Game seems interesting? Here are 50+ would you rather questions that you can ask during a “would you rather” party game. The list includes would you rather questions for…
  • 5 Rules to Stay Positive in a Negative Situation

    Akshay Sharma
    22 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    Negative situations happens to everyone, it is not only you who has to face such such situations. In fact, negative situations make up a large part of our life as it teaches us to deal with circumstances. Don’t forget, when you are on the right track you need to face more negative situations then you once did. Maybe, those negative situations are just a test for our success. Therefore, being positive even during the greatest tragedy is important in life. Positive thinking won’t only let you be happy in life but will even offer you the strength to deal with negative situations with…
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    Imperfect Spirituality

  • Three Ways to Feel Deeply Without Becoming Overwhelmed

    Polly Campbell
    27 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    I laughed I cried. I freaked out, yelled, sighed, felt excited and anxious – and that was just Monday. I am an emotional person – and so are you. We all are, it’s a distinction that separates us from other animals. Yet, many people don’t show or share their emotions. Others try to blow through them or suppress them or deny and dull them by drinking or shopping or eating so that they don’t have to feel the rough stuff. Thing is, emotions can provide us valuable clues that tell us when we are on track in our lives or falling over the edge. We can use them to guide us, help us make…
  • Why Happy Tears are Good for You

    Polly Campbell
    25 May 2015 | 6:18 am
    “This is the best day ever,” Sweet P said with tears running along her nose, dripping off her chin. She cried and smiled as she looked around her room. We had updated her room – new shelving, new comforter, a few other big-kid things – as part of a birthday surprise and Sweet P was psyched. But still she cried. I do too at sappy commercials and videos of others doing good deeds. I cried when I held my baby for the first time, and my first book. When I saw J in his tux moments before he’d become Mr. J and all the times in between. Later when I tucked Sweet P in after the big bedroom…
  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Heart

    Polly Campbell
    20 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Kindness can be a pretty simple thing, a ‘Thank You,’ holding the door open for another, donating to someone in need, offering a gentle smile, or helping a neighbor. Leading with compassion rather than hostility. But we can make this so hard. We get caught thinking that our kindnesses are too small, that they don’t matter, that we can’t make a difference. We believe that if we cannot save the rainforests or end crime that we are powerless to do anything. Baloney.  To be a good in the world, though, you’ve got to get out of your own way. Stop over thinking and start feeling.
  • Lead with Kindness

    Polly Campbell
    18 May 2015 | 5:07 am
    Yesterday, a friend, whom I don’t talk to often, took time from her ridiculously full life to write me a note. She told me that these posts make a difference to her. That they make her think and that she appreciates my work and the friendship. The note came at just the right time: In a moment when I wondered if all this hard work was worth it. If it mattered. And in that moment, her kindness kept me going. It’s the little things that make a big difference. But we overthink this detail. We think that we can never do enough. We figure, well, if I can’t end war, poverty, AND global warming…
  • How to Cut Cravings

    Polly Campbell
    13 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    One of the best ways for me to manage my cravings – which seem to strike in the mid-afternoon – is to keep the food that gets me into trouble out of the house. I rarely buy chips so when I want them, I have to find something else to eat. But there are other strategies that help keep my cravings at bay. If if I eat a good breakfast with fruit and protein and usually a whole grain like a piece of bread, I rarely crave chips or sugary snacks later in the day. That experience is backed up by research. In a study, Heather Leidy and other researchers found that those who ate a good breakfast…
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  • Which is Right? : Hearing Aids Vs Personal Sound Amplifiers

    21 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Comparisons Between Personal Sound Amplifiers and Hearing Aids The older we get, the more susceptible we become to hearing loss. Being a quite complex and common condition, it’s important that one understands everything about it, from the basics to how it’s bound to end up impacting the rest of your life. The very first step that... Read Article → The post Which is Right? : Hearing Aids Vs Personal Sound Amplifiers appeared first on
  • Guides to Choose A Best Reverse Osmosis System 2014 -2015

    12 May 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This post is about Reverse Osmosis System reviews, we will firstly introduce the working methods of reverse osmosis systems, then we come to the application and usages of it. And then we will talk about the tips to choose a right reverse osmosis system for home or office. After that, we will introduce some top... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Reverse Osmosis System 2014 -2015 appeared first on
  • How Does Personal Sound Amplifier Work?

    8 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    An Intensive Look at Personal Sound Amplifiers With old age come many things, like partial memory loss, vision impairment and hearing loss. Though inevitable, there exist a couple of ways through which you can manage these conditions. In the case of hearing loss, you can adopt hearing enhancement medical gadgets such as hearing aids or personal... Read Article → The post How Does Personal Sound Amplifier Work? appeared first on
  • Espresso Machine Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    5 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Guide to Purchasing the Best Espresso Machine 2014 – 2015 Espresso Machine – Why You Should Buy One? Everyone loves espresso – with its light creamy texture, rich aroma and the slightly bitter taste that is simply irresistible. In fact, a cup of espresso provides a perfect way to start your day or to have... Read Article → The post Espresso Machine Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015 appeared first on
  • Ultimate Guides to Buying the Best Hearing Aid

    29 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Guides to Choose A Hearing Aid With the increasing population of baby boomers all over the world, the demand for tools that assists their overall comfort and convenience in performing day-to-day tasks has also gone up since the past decade. In fact, survey says that at least 79 million people just celebrated their 65th birthday,... Read Article → The post Ultimate Guides to Buying the Best Hearing Aid appeared first on
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    Life Jottings

  • 5 easy steps to recharge your life

    26 May 2015 | 3:20 am
    The screens in my computer froze indefinitely this morning. I could not do anything with it during that time as everything went into an abrupt halt and only after restarting it, I was able to proceed further. I was able to sense that something was wrong with my computer from a few months back when […] The post 5 easy steps to recharge your life appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Don’t miss these steps to transform your life

    24 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    Those of you who have white washed your home where you live would know the complexities involved in it. It is a very tedious process. Your normal life would be thrown out of gear at least for a week. All the things would be dumped and moved from one room to another, moving space restricted […] The post Don’t miss these steps to transform your life appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • How can you have a great morning?

    22 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    There are times when we feel very depressed, frustrated and clueless about what goes on inside us. I am sure that all of us have got up one morning, completely confused on the state of life and wondering what can be done to make it better. Your mind seems completely blank and inactive. You don’t […] The post How can you have a great morning? appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • The ultimate guide to deal with difficult people

    22 May 2015 | 1:28 am
    Each and every day, we have to get across so many people. Unless you lock yourself inside your room, there is no way that you can avoid being in contact with others. There is no problem in dealing with people who are pleasant and make you feel comfortable. But, the concern arises out of some […] The post The ultimate guide to deal with difficult people appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Why Am I stuck in a boring 9 to 5 job?

    21 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    As I was reading through the life stories of some of the successful people of the world, that too, those who rose up in life from the ashes, a huge question started ringing in my mind making me restless. Why can’t I be one among them? What should I do to chart one such success […] The post Why Am I stuck in a boring 9 to 5 job? appeared first on Life Jottings.
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    Fierce and Finest

  • Warren Buffett – Motivation for ages

    18 May 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Buffett is one of the most recognized motivational speakers and examples of personal success, but why is that?  To put it bluntly: it’s his unshakable will and drive for success.  In his mind, he never doubted that he would become a very wealthy man, even as a young boy.  That level of confidence is rare these days, many of us talk the talk, but only few walk the walk. Success is directly proportionate to the ability to set and follow-through with your goals.  You must learn how to roll with the punches and forget about the possibility of failure. Warren Buffett got to where he is now…
  • The importance and benefits of mentoring

    5 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Whether you are a student, an athlete, a businessman, young or old, mentoring can help you get further to achieving your goals in life.  A strong mentor relationship can not only forward the aspirations of one in-need, but it can also be just as rewarding for the mentor, too.  It can be hard to get started along the path to your success, sometimes we need that little push to get moving, and mentoring could be the thing to provide it for you. Learn by example If you decide to get a mentor to teach you the ways of a particular career or industry, you are learning from someone who has the…
  • The best GoPro motivation videos

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    The GoPro has brought a revolution to the world of self recording by offering a unique point of view for a completely immersive experience of what once were regularly filmed videos.  Trying to capture your most memorable moments from your own perspective and sharing them to the world has never been so easy. If there is anything you need to do to push yourself to experience life to the fullest and start living your dreams, instead of being glued to your armchair, it’s watching someone else turn their dreams into reality. The GoPro brings you just that, the motivation of seeing near…
  • Why optimists make great leaders

    11 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Optimism is a real thing, with real scientific basis, and real success stories that confirm why it is so important to have enough of it to live a healthy, happy life.  Optimism isn’t just about being happy all the time, that’s what people often get confused about.  An optimistic leader operates on a different level than someone who is just going with the flow, taking whatever life puts in front of them. Optimistic Leaders are Logical Another common misconception about optimists is that they are deluded by their own happiness or they wish for things to happen.  This is not true,…
  • Stay The Course

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    You can plan for the worst and hope for the best. You can pray to get, rather than righteously, just to be. You can wish and dream and seek and search, but, if you’re on the right path to begin with, then ultimately, you shall receive. Once your path is charted, never, and I mean never, give up. Life will continue to knock you down, a lot, as no one is ever uncontested by challenges. Your journey will be defined by not “how many” times you get knocked down, but “how” you get back up, each and every time stronger, with more resiliency and resolve, from each brutal…
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    Edited Daily

  • Elon’s SpaceX Gets Certified For National Security Launches; Can You Say Disruption?

    Edited Daily Staff
    27 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    While few doubted it would happen, the news that Elon Musk’s scrappy, pushy and — yes — disruptive launch company SpaceX won certification from Space and Missile Systems Center carries enormous import for the international launch industry, for the Pentagon, the Air Force and the Intelligence Community.The post Elon’s SpaceX Gets Certified For National Security Launches; Can You Say Disruption? appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Modi: India’s media magician

    Edited Daily Staff
    27 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    It’s been a strange year for the Indian media, to say the least. Last May, most journalists and commentators alike were full of excitement and optimism, eager to document the speed-of-light change promised by a new, “can-do” government led by Prime Minister…The post Modi: India’s media magician appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Child Dragged Around on a Leash by His Mother in the Philippines

    Edited Daily Staff
    27 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    A child who was filmed being dragged around on a leash by his mother in the Philippines has been taken into care after there was an online backlash when she posted the footage online.The post Child Dragged Around on a Leash by His Mother in the Philippines appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • Bill Nye Explains the Law of Attraction

    Edited Daily Staff
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Bill Nye talks about the magical powers of the universe.The post Bill Nye Explains the Law of Attraction appeared first on Edited Daily.
  • How To Have Cybersex On The Internet

    Edited Daily Staff
    27 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is how our parents cybersexed.The post How To Have Cybersex On The Internet appeared first on Edited Daily.
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    Productivity Theory

  • The Emotional Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language

    Kayla Matthews
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    You might not think that learning a foreign language is especially important to your daily productivity. You might also wonder why I spend so much time writing about the benefits and reasons why you should learn at least one foreign language.  After all, I’m a productivity blogger – not a linguist. The Ties between Language Learning and Productivity For the last year and a half I’ve been learning Japanese and, the truth is, I feel that linguistic development is very much tied to our mental processes and our productivity – in the everyday and throughout our lives. In the time I’ve…
  • Use a Digital Calendar to Plan Every Second of Your Day

    Kayla Matthews
    13 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Back in the days before computers, if you wanted to keep track of your calendar you had to get a weekly planner, write down everything and pray you didn’t lose track of your reminders. Now, with computers, tablets and cellphones, you can access your calendar from anywhere. I used to think planning every second of my day wouldn’t make much of a difference. However, once I started doing it, I realized I could prioritize my work so much more if I included everything in my weekly calendar. I prefer to use Google’s digital calendar because it allows me to sync up my schedule on my…
  • Use This 60-Second Mindful Meditation Tool to Calm Down

    Kayla Matthews
    6 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Every day we’re faced with problems. Most of them are little problems, but when we let each little problem affect us, the pile quickly builds up. Eventually, it can feel as though you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, and it feels like you can’t get through anything. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the best thing to do is take a step back from all the things that are bothering you and mindfully try to calm down. Take the time to rest and regroup. Your problems do not have to weigh you down. One tool I found in the last week that I absolutely love is a simple…
  • Why and How to Keep Learning after College

    Kayla Matthews
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    The saying might be annoying, but it’s true: Your college years pass by in an instant. Now that you’ve graduated and you’re out in the adult world, education might seem like something from your distant past. You might even find yourself missing the classroom and learning in general. Being a graduate definitely has its perks, but who says your education has to stop after college? The best part is, you can always go back to college, but you don’t have to. Education is all around you – you just have to know where to look. No matter what your interests are, you always have room to learn…
  • How to Create A Priority System at Work

    Kayla Matthews
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    You thought your day looked clear this morning, but now it’s lunchtime and you have a million things to do. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. For those of us who succeeded in getting all the work/tasks done, we owe our success to prioritizing. Fortunately, prioritizing isn’t an inherited skill; it’s something that can be worked upon and perfected. Practice the tips below in order to improve your prioritizing skills and to boost personal efficiency. Mind the Deadlines The first step in creating a priority system: Know the due date of each project. The items that have the nearest…
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    Developed Self - Personal Growth and Self Improvement Tips

  • Why is Eye Contact Important?

    15 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Eye contact is the second strongest form of communication. Given the number of poems, songs and paintings devoted to the eyes, people consider eye contact almost as important as talking. Eye contact may form the first impression you leave with a potential employer. It might seal the deal for a prospective client. It could assure […]The post Why is Eye Contact Important? appeared first on Developed Self.
  • Learn Speed Reading & Advanced Memory

    6 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    If you're like most people, you probably have a long list books you want to read, languages you want to speak... even skills you want to learn.The fact is, today were confronted with more more information, and there so many things we wish we could learn and remember.A couple of years ago, I had the […]The post Learn Speed Reading & Advanced Memory appeared first on Developed Self.
  • Best Self Esteem Books Review

    30 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Self-Esteem is perhaps the biggest factor in determining our happiness. If we aren’t happy with who we are, then this unhappiness manifests in every area of our lives. Luckily the self-help genre has produced some excellent guidebooks for understanding self-esteem and coming up with strategies to develop a healthy sense of self. Here are 5 […]The post Best Self Esteem Books Review appeared first on Developed Self.
  • 20 Positive Affirmations for Self Esteem

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    Self esteem is a very important aspect to posses in order to live a happy life. Without it, a person becomes shy and withdrawn, eventually causing them to dislike themselves. However, this negative state-of-mind can easily be turned around with positive affirmations. With more self esteem, a person will be less self-conscious, more confident and […]The post 20 Positive Affirmations for Self Esteem appeared first on Developed Self.
  • Time Management Training Games

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:14 am
    All of your preparation and inspiring messages about the crucial issue of time management will come to naught if you cannot give your audience the tools to make it happen. You can’t show up, say “you need time management to survive. Thank you all for coming. Good night.” Any decent time management seminar has to […]The post Time Management Training Games appeared first on Developed Self.
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