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  • 57 Things to Keep in Evernote

    Time Management Ninja
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Most people have heard of the note-taking application Evernote. Many have tried it out online or on their mobile devices. However, one of the most often asked questions I get about it is, “What am I supposed to put in it?” So today, I am sharing 57 things that you can capture in Evernote. 57 […]
  • 30 Special Resume Designs To Impress Employers

    Elizabeth Andal
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We can all agree that first impressions are important factors in a variety of situations in day-to-day life. One scenario in which they are particularly important is in the search for employment. It’s a tough world of competition in the job market and the best way to beat the competitive rush is by making the best first impression you possibly can. This first impression lies in the good old resume. The last thing you want is to get knocked out of the playing field by a person with a more attractive resume. To get you started, here a few special resume designs certain to impress any…
  • Have a Son Leaving the Nest Soon? Prepare Him to Thrive By Gifting a Copy of Heading Out on Your Own

    The Art of Manliness
    Brett & Kate McKay
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and for many young men out there, that means not only returning to class, but leaving home for the first time. Leaving the nest can be a big change and a big challenge; things a young man’s parents once did for him, he now has to figure out how to do on his own. Is he prepared to hit the ground running? Will he sink or swim? If you want him to be doing the backstroke right out the gate, pick up the essential manual on living independently: Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days. What Is Heading Out on Your Own? Heading…
  • What Is Social Anxiety? And 7 Ways To Cure It

    A Daring Adventure
    Tim Brownson
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about 15 million adults in the US suffer from social anxiety. I say that’s a total crock of shit. In my rather arrogant opinion, it’s way, way, higher. In fact, I’d go as far to say it’s at least 100 million. You may think that it’s highly arrogant of me to suggest a professional body that’s only purpose is to study anxiety can get it so hopelessly wrong. But bear with me, and see if you agree when I explain what social anxiety actually is. I have talked before that I was diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety…
  • How Getting In Touch With Your Body Will Unlock Your Creative Flow

    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development
    Laura Probert
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ever hear famous authors talk about whole books moving through them onto the page…about how the work was channeled or the flow unstoppable? Think that would never happen to you because you aren’t “Chosen” or “Special” like them? Think again. Those folks are in touch with the miraculous energy of creativity that comes through being […] The post How Getting In Touch With Your Body Will Unlock Your Creative Flow appeared first on Change your thoughts.
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • How to get great customer service, anywhere.

    Dan Goss
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
      Dealing with corporate customer service departments is often one of the most frustrating experiences of modern life, and many of us have horror stories of futile attempts to resolve a simple issue amid a minefield of unhelpful automated phone trees and uncaring representatives. By following a few easy steps, however, we can make sure our problem is solved easily and effectively, no matter the company we are calling. 1. Think about what you want, and do your homework. Calling up customer service with only a vague idea of what you need is a sure-fire way to wind up confused, frustrated…
  • 5 Questions You Need To Ask Before Taking A Risk

    Theo J Ellis
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:44 am
      “I think there’s a difference between a gamble and a calculated risk.” – Edmund H. North Taking a risk can be a scary thing, no matter what type of risk it is. And that fear alone can paralyze you before you even take your first step. You’ll tell yourself crippling stories and make up all the excuses in the world to play it safe. Yet you know playing it safe will get you nothing but safe. That’s understandable. So to ease off your fears and worries there are 5 questions I want you to ask yourself. I guarantee when you do, you’ll be ready to…
  • 7 Inspirational quotes by CEOs and co-founder that will guide you to be successful

    kaushal gohil
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ever wondered what it takes to be a CEO of top companies or to have a successful start up. Answer to this might be quite complicated taking into consideration wide range of factors. One don’t only needs to have adequate qualification, experience or expertise to be CEO or to have a successful startup, this indeed is an important factor but it’s not everything. So, the question is what it takes to be successful, if you go to find an answer for this, you will probably get a wide range of views and opinion. The most common answer will include key element like being positive, having…
  • ASMR Relaxation and Tingle Braingasms

    Mr OmegaPhi
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Do you get tingles when you stare into a drawing, or when you hear a type of repetitive sound? Are you burnt out from long days at work or essentially bored out of your mind watching the same fast paced and extremely jolting television commericals? ASMR is a new entertainment style on youtube and other video sharing sites. When people listen to artists brush hair, or watch them fold towels, they are triggered into a type of euphoric relaxation where tingles melt their minds. The phenomenon is Autonomous Meridian Sensory Response and many people say the tingles in their heads and spine began…
  • I Made $11.65 My First Year in Business! 51 Questions for Getting Through the Struggle

    Robin Oxford-Davis
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    So, in April of 2014, I published my first post on my new blog “a prayerful & practical guide to facing change and challenge.” And yes, over the last 12+ months, I made a whopping $11.65 selling my ebooks and guides…wtf! But I have to say that surprisingly, I was initially elated about my $11.65! For me, receiving even the slightest form of validation is something to be grateful for and I am! But obviously I gotta figure out how to work through the struggle if I’m going to make a living at this and its appears that I have a long way to go. That being said and…
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  • The Cityscape Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you love your city (or one you’ve traveled to), an aerial view of it might be the best backdrop for your workstation. Today’s featured workspace showcases awe-inspiring night and day city views.Read more...
  • If Your Flight Is Overbooked, Don't Volunteer to Get Bumped

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Flights are overbooked all the time. If you’re going to be bumped, don’t volunteer to take the airline’s compensation—whether they offer cash or a voucher. Instead, be one of those passengers involuntarily denied boarding and receive much more in compensation.Read more...
  • Keep Spending in Check with the $1 Per Use Rule

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Spending money on things we don’t use that often or that aren’t important to us is a huge waste. One way to evaluate purchases to make sure we’re putting our hard-earned money to good use: The $1 per use rule.Read more...
  • Most Popular Record Player: Technics SL-1200MK2

    Alan Henry
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Whether you’re listening to old records handed down to you or you’re getting into vinyl for the first time, you need a solid record player. Last week we asked you for your favorites , then looked at the five best record players and put them to a vote. Now it’s time to highlight your favorite.Read more...
  • Deadspin 22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura | Gizmodo Why Are URLs Fu

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Deadspin 22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura | Gizmodo Why Are URLs Full of So Many Garbage Characters? | Jezebel Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name | Kotaku Bungie Is Erasing Peter Dinklage From Destiny | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
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  • Organizing if money were no object

    David Caolo
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    When my sisters and I were kids, we would sometimes play the Million Dollar Game. It amounted to little more than this: If you had a hundred million dollars, what would you do with it? Back then, the answers came fast and furious: Ride a helicopter to school! Live in a house made of gold! Have a pet zebra! Have a hundred pet zebras! Today, let’s have a little fun and play the Million Dollar Game for Organizing, Productivity, and Uncluttering. If money were no object, the following are some of the over-the-top products I’d consider introducing to my life. Park your helicopter on…
  • Calendly is fantastic for easy, organized scheduling

    David Caolo
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    I recently wrote about a few tech options for busy summer scheduling. After that article was published, I ran across Calendly, and now I’m wishing I could to back in time and mention that app in that post. Seeing as time travel is not yet possible, I’ve decided to mention the app independently. I’m loving Calendly because it’s a hands-off, passive solution for scheduling. It lets you share a single link with potential collaborators, and it automatically accounts for what you already have on your schedule. When you first create an account, you can link Calendly to…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    2 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    2010 Ask Unclutterer: I’m organized but my workplace isn’tI’ve heard about some companies doing a 2x a year “office clean-up” day — I don’t know if my office will go for it, but I’m interested in hearing if others have experience with this method. 2009 Do it nowI try to hold true to the two-minute “Do it now” policy at work, and an extended five-minute “Do it now” policy at home. Weekend Project: Your closet floorsTo be able to vacuum and/or sweep the floors of my closets, I have to pull out storage containers and crawl…
  • Ask Unclutterer: An art student’s dilemma

    Jeri Dansky
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Unclutterer reader Jaclyn recently asked for suggestions regarding her particular artwork situation: I have a bachelors degree in fine arts. Even though I graduated what seems like a lifetime ago, many of my old drawings, paintings, and prints lurk in a basement closet. I recently framed a pair of lithographs to hang over the couch, and they are a delight. However, I live in a relatively small house and have no desire to upsize any time soon, so even if everything felt worthy of public display, I wouldn’t have space for it. Some of my paintings are so big, I’m not sure I know…
  • Unitasker Wednesday: Ultimate infomercial montage

    Erin Doland
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Regular readers of the site know that I have a special place in my heart for infomercials. There are so many reasons to love them: the horrible acting, the ridiculous products they advertise, and (my favorite) the depictions of the horrible life one must endure before acquiring the ridiculous products. This week, instead of featuring a specific product for Unitasker Wednesday, I thought I would share with you an awesome find from my friend Rebecca. I’m calling it the Please help me! video montage: Post written by Erin DolandLet Unclutterer help you get your home or office organized.
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  • What People Who Appear To Be Indifferent Want To Tell You

    Casey Imafidon
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    We live in our own worlds and do not want to be consumed in the external. We are content with who we are want we have. We may not have personal convictions, strong beliefs, principles, or any kind of soul. We just want to be distant and unengaged. Perhaps this is the best for us after all. 1. We don’t really care Yes we don’t care. We can numb our feelings and will make dumb conversationalists. Perhaps we are so caught up in our world that what is going on the outside simply doesn’t bother us. 2. We don’t focus on the world There are so many distractions. We just…
  • 10 Things Only People Who Don’t Care About What Others Say Would Understand

    Casey Imafidon
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    People think that those who do not listen to their criticism or opinions are dumb, ignorant or callous. But most times it goes beyond just simply being selfish. It means that you want to assert your authority and responsibility for what choices you need to take. This makes you bolder and defiant to reaching goals and attaining success. Thus such people can understand certain things. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss 1. You know what choices matter Not all things that are said to…
  • 8 Reasons You Should Not Always Overthink

    Casey Imafidon
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The human mind likes to be engaged and aware. Actively it always wants to be put to action. However it is left for you to term if these actions are right for you or not. For many thinking may just be the solution to their problem, but in the real sense if not regulated in the right dose it could lead to their debacle. 1. It doesn’t heal the pain but extends the time-frame “Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” – Ezra Taft Benson Over-thinking is a slow and insidious killer. It is not an antidote rather it is a poison…
  • 30 Special Resume Designs To Impress Employers

    Elizabeth Andal
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We can all agree that first impressions are important factors in a variety of situations in day-to-day life. One scenario in which they are particularly important is in the search for employment. It’s a tough world of competition in the job market and the best way to beat the competitive rush is by making the best first impression you possibly can. This first impression lies in the good old resume. The last thing you want is to get knocked out of the playing field by a person with a more attractive resume. To get you started, here a few special resume designs certain to impress any…
  • 8 Things Only People Who Play Digital Pianos Would Understand

    Dianna Labrien
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Digital pianos are the future of the music. They are small in size, yet capable of producing big sounds and I’m not just talking about piano sounds! If you have tried to play a digital piano at least once in your life or already have one at home, then here are eight things you can absolutely relate to! 1. You can play and hear the music the way the composer heard it Did you know that J.S. Bach actually wrote many of his pieces for the harpsichord, not the piano (though they are typically played on the piano)? Digital pianos usually have this sound among the many others, so you can…
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    Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

  • Beware the Hackable Google Beacons Made by Estimote

    Alasdair Allan
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:50 am
    Manufacturers were quick to support Google’s new Eddystone beacon standard, but in the rush to support it, some manufacturers are ignoring basic security. Read more on MAKE The post Beware the Hackable Google Beacons Made by Estimote appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: Build a Motion Control Rig for Time-Lapse Photography

    Tyler Winegarner
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    In this project, you'll learn how to use an Arduino microcontroller and a stepper motor to precisely control the panning of a camera during a time lapse. Read more on MAKE The post Build a Motion Control Rig for Time-Lapse Photography appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Upcycle Glass Spheres into Unique Speaker Enclosures

    Jeremy Cook
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you were to create a speaker enclosure, conventional wisdom would have you starting with medium density fiberboard (MDF), or, possibly, some other wood product. Ryan Sweeney, however, decided instead to use a thick glass cylinder for each speaker, mounting them with cut bamboo. The idea for this came to […] Read more on MAKE The post Upcycle Glass Spheres into Unique Speaker Enclosures appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Here Are the 5 Finalists for the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge

    Jon Christian
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The winning project will be announced at MakerCon New York during the week of September 21. Here's a breakdown of the five finalists. Read more on MAKE The post Here Are the 5 Finalists for the Pitch Your Prototype Challenge appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • This Second-Grader Built an Arduino-Embedded Pinewood Derby Car

    Cabe Atwell
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Makers come in many different forms, nationalities, and ages. The same can be said about the many projects that those Makers design and build, which range from robotics to automated homes and everything in between. One of the more interesting projects I came across at the Westport Maker Faire was from a young […] Read more on MAKE The post This Second-Grader Built an Arduino-Embedded Pinewood Derby Car appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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    The Art of Manliness

  • What Every Young Man Should Know About Student Loans

    Brett and Kate McKay
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Back-to-school time is once again right around the corner. Millions of recent high school graduates will be heading off to colleges and universities to fill their minds with knowledge and their bellies with ramen. New students are thinking about a lot of things — what friends they’ll make, what classes they’ll take, and what it’ll be like being away from home for the first time. What they’re probably not thinking about, unfortunately, are the loans they’ve likely taken out to pay for the education and experience that awaits them. This aversion is understandable — the…
  • Podcast #126: Christianity, Masculinity, and Manly Maxims With Stephen Mansfield

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    During the past few centuries, Christian churches have had some difficulty reaching men. During the late 19th century and even today, churches created special programs in an attempt to get more men in their pews. But why does this difficulty exist in the first place? And what can be done about it? In today’s podcast I talk to author and speaker Stephen Mansfield about this issue as well as his book Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men. If you’re a Christian, you’ll find Stephen’s insights about the church and men interesting; if you’re not a Christian, it’s…
  • Viking Mythology: What a Man Can Learn From Ragnarok — the Norse Apocalypse

    Jeremy Anderberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Throughout this series on Norse mythology, I’ve referenced Ragnarok — the Norse apocalypse. It’s where gods and beasts alike meet their demise, and the world crashes into oblivion. Calling it an apocalypse was actually a little misleading, though. You see, Ragnarok wasn’t actually the end of all things, but rather the end of a certain era. It was both the destruction and subsequent recreation of the cosmos. For the Vikings, time wasn’t seen as linear; it didn’t have a start and an end. It was cyclical; seasons came and went and came again, and life’s blessings and trials…
  • Have a Son Leaving the Nest Soon? Prepare Him to Thrive By Gifting a Copy of Heading Out on Your Own

    Brett & Kate McKay
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and for many young men out there, that means not only returning to class, but leaving home for the first time. Leaving the nest can be a big change and a big challenge; things a young man’s parents once did for him, he now has to figure out how to do on his own. Is he prepared to hit the ground running? Will he sink or swim? If you want him to be doing the backstroke right out the gate, pick up the essential manual on living independently: Heading Out on Your Own: 31 Basic Life Skills in 31 Days. What Is Heading Out on Your Own? Heading…
  • Blow It Out Your Barracks Bag! WWII Slang From the Front

    Brett and Kate McKay
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    “Our fighting men are makers of slang because they are adventurous individuals and they are not restricted by decorum and their taste is unlimited. Their hunting ground for new terms is in their native tongue as well as foreign. They adopt traditional devices of similitude, making attributes work for the whole. They use hidden resemblances, they know no limitations and have no boundaries. They have substituted far-fetched figures for a hundred literary descriptions, using abbreviations most freely, compositions, formations of words to resemble the sound and picturesque synonyms. Their…
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    Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie

  • Leadership – What’s Love Got To Do With it?

    2 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    In anticipation of my 1,000th post coming up on August 23rd, I wanted to share a few of my favorites over the past 10 years. These posts go to the core of my principles of More Human leadership, as well as take a peek into my heart and soul. That’s been the nature of this blog – documenting a personal journey that has revealed itself little by little, and week after week. I’m so glad you’ve been along for the ride, and I also hope you enjoy (or re-enjoy) these favorite posts with me. Thank you! This post, originally published in November of 2009, came at a sad time for…
  • The 6 Most Effective Lessons For The On-The-Job Leadership Teacher

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I always thought it was strange how great leadership was always thought to be vitally important to a businesses success, but yet it was quite often the least discussed thing in the meeting rooms, and the budget money allocated to “leadership training” was always limited (or the first thing to get cut back). Why is this the case? It’s a question that has banged around in my head for a long time. I think in many respects leadership was just thought to be a “passed along” skill that didn’t need any formal teaching structure attached to it. That is, if you wanted to learn, you…
  • How I Discovered My Leadership Secret Weapon

    19 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Note: This is the 4rd installment of excerpts from my book manuscript of “More Human: A Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership”.   Today’s story is about how I found my leadership secret weapon – an operational metric that could play a key role in our march to greatness, and provide a critical link between great customer service and profit. It was a marker I could meaningfully connect to a higher purpose of employee happiness -one of the key principles of More Human Leadership. Failing the Supermarket Test “Greatness is achieved when customers say we are great” –…
  • 15 Steps To Great Leadership (The More Human Way)

    12 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Frank sat back, shook his head, and looked me straight in the eyes. “How did you do this? I mean, to get from where you started to where you ended up must have been a hell of a story.” It was May of 2010.We had just finished a review of one of our operating centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Our company was up for sale, and Frank was with a group representing one of the opening bidders getting a chance to really “kick the tires”. They had spent the day driving and walking around, and everywhere they went, they saw smiling faces, and palpable senses of pride and dedication. The charts and…
  • Why Great Leadership Can Always Use More Cowbell

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Note: This is the 3rd installment of excerpts from my book manuscript of “More Human: A Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership”.  The first installment is here, and the second here.  It’s a story about how a fun employee recognition program pulled a team closer together in their quest to go from good to great, building and cementing a solid foundation of pride, respect, trust and goodwill.  It is a key step towards building the culture of accountability that is the heart of More Human leadership. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” –…
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    Live Your Legend

  • 21 Small Actions to Take (Right Now) When Progress Feels Impossible

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:37 pm
    My 8-Year Lesson… Last Sunday was Live Your Legend’s fourth birthday (that’s me up there celebrating in the Sahara Desert a couple weeks ago). Well, at least that’s our official age. There were another four years before that when I was working on it with seemingly zero growth and no one paying attention, but we won’t get into that right now. In the past eight years I’ve screwed a lot of things up, gotten a few right and learned plenty. But there’s one lesson that stands out above all others. Ready for it? You can always do something. Sometimes it…
  • Top of My Class & Rejected from Every Job: A Cautionary Tale & Terrifying Alternative

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Have you ever made a seemingly small decision that ended up redirecting everything? That’s what I’d like to share with you today: the story of that one decision and the ripple it’s had on my world, in the hopes it will help you through whatever decisions of your own – big or small – you’re considering right now. To start, I think it’s time you meet my Spanish family. Pictured above from left to right, they are: Juan Antonio, Juan, Maria and Rafa* (and Chelsea). Twelve years ago I spent five months living with these amazing, hilarious and generous souls. They…
  • The Fully-Exposed Live Your Legend Case Study & Biz Teardown: 18 Steps to Turn Your Idea into a Global Revolution

    16 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    “Give people something & someone to believe in. And even more… Create something to belong to.” – Jonathan Fields, Founder of RevolutionU **A Note for Action-Takers** Today’s post is one of the most in-depth and actionable resources I’ve written, and I’ve recently updated it for all of you. It’s a step-by-step case study and teardown of exactly how I built Live Your Legend and the movement and revolution it’s become. It will take about 20 minutes to read, and is meant to provide a road map for making your own impact. It also breaks…
  • 32 Ways to Easily Make New Friends at Live Events (& how an introvert met 70 people in 12 hours)

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People Last week we talked about creating luck and the importance of showing up. Now let’s dig a lot deeper and talk about how to build genuine connections once you’re out in the real world… Have you ever been standing alone in a room full of strangers? You don’t recognize anyone. You’re not even sure you belong there, and you have no idea what…
  • One Action Successful People Take to Create Tremendous “Luck” & Get Consistent Results

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
      The Action That Leads to Big Things Last night around 100 inspiring people gathered in a very old outdoor amphitheater in the middle of Paris, France to join my good friend Leo Babauta and me for a joint Live Your Legend Local + Zen Habits event (it felt more like a party to me – and was almost certainly the coolest venue we’ve had during all of this year’s World Tour). The energy and possibility from everyone on those stone steps was contagious. As I looked at the crowd, I noticed they all did something very unique that night. Something most people convince…
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    Instructables: exploring - featured

  • DIY Wood Wedding Cake Toppers

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Romantic, DIY, personalized cake toppers are easy to make with just a few simple items. There are numerous ways of doing this. We used laser cutter/engraver but it is just as easy with various wood burning tools or a simple soldering iron. Here is a great instructable on wood burning and one usin...By: SoHa SMARTContinue Reading »
  • The Ultimate Guide to Desoldering

    4 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    From using desoldering irons to sketchily knocking breadboard components off on the side of a table, there are tons of ways to remove components from a circuit board. Desoldering is an important skill to learn once you've gotten the hang of soldering, because messing up a soldering job isn't improba...By: printeractionContinue Reading »
  • Moldover's Light-Theremin CD (DIY version)

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Hi! I'm Moldover. I make music and I make musical instruments. I released my first original album (self-titled) as Moldover in 2009. The Awesome Edition of this album came on a CD mounted onto a custom-designed circuit board that is also a musical instrument. This instrument is a simple, self-c...By: MoldoverContinue Reading »
  • Settlers of Catan 3D Version

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The making of a six player Settlers of Catan Board. Hexagon Tiles The first stage of the journey is the making of hexagonal templates to be the bases of each resource tile. I wanted the templates to be as accurate as possible so after some careful measuring of the original Catan tiles I settled o...By: DaveDicksonContinue Reading »
  • How to make a Borderlands Psycho mask:

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Hi guys! Borderlands is one of my all time favourite games, so I've always wanted to make a Psycho mask. Therefore, I thought I would share how I eventually made my own.The materials you will need:- Monster clay or any other sulfur free clay- A dremel - Rice- 1 3/4 PVC pipe- 1 small piece of MDF- Ca...By: OctoPropsContinue Reading »
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  • Future Work

    Mark Shead
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I lived in Michigan for the first half of the 2000s and saw a lot of people who had lost their jobs in the auto industry. What was sad is that the layoffs weren’t much of a surprise to people looking in from the outside, but they were often very surprising for the people who lost their jobs. The thing is, those people were probably in a better position to understand what was happening than anyone else. It is very easy to overlook what today tells you about tomorrow when you are right in the middle of things. This post is an attempt to look at how work is likely to change in the future.
  • 5 Ways My Phone Makes Me More Productive

    Mark Shead
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    1. Banking and Bills My bank recently added the ability to deposit checks by taking a picture of them in their Android application. This saves me time, makes sure that my checks don’t get lost in the mail and simplifies the deposit process. 2. Reading I’m still a big fan of physical books, but having a few books on my phone means that I can do something useful when I have an unexpected delay waiting for someone. I also use it to read to my kids at night because I can turn off the room light and still read the screen. With the light off they go to sleep faster. Recently we read…
  • Managing Expectations and Perceptions

    Mark Shead
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In my last post, I talked about two experiments that showed how the expectations of teachers can make kids get better grades and how the expectations of scientists can make rats do better on mazes. My point was that if you aren’t paying attention to how people perceive you, chances are you will fall short of your full potential. In this post, I want to look at three things you can do to manage how others perceive you and how you can influence their expectations. 1. Under promise / Over deliver CEO Craig needs two projects done by two of his direct reports. He asks Tom when he can expect…
  • Two Important Experiments

    Mark Shead
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Let me start this post by telling you about two experiments. The first experiment involved rats. Scientists were given two sets of rats. One set had been “genetically modified” to increase their intelligence. The scientists were asked to test the rats to determine how much smarter the “super rats” actually were. In the second experiment, elementary school teachers were given two lists of their students. One list had all the students that were “gifted.” The other list had the name of all the students that were just average. In both of these experiments, the…
  • Interview: Productive Mental Zone

    Mark Shead
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Regardless of what you call it, everyone knows what it is like to work in the “zone.” It is the place in which everything comes together easily. You are focused, and sometimes it is easy to spend several hours without realizing the time is passing. Being in the “zone” is what you experience when you see that it is 3pm, you’ve been working since 9am and didn’t even realize you missed lunch. So how do you create that mental zone? We asked a number of highly productive people: What method do you use to keep yourself in your most productive mental zone? One of…
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  • How To Heal Your Guilt And Shame

    Mary O'Malley
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    A woman in one of my groups shared her experience of overwhelming guilt and shame.  Four years ago, she rescued a puppy that had deep fears, probably because of abuse.  Several months later, it began lunging at people on the street and actually nipped a woman.  After extensive training, the dog has come a long way and has not exhibited this kind of behavior for quite some time.  While my friend was out of town recently, the dog was being cared for by a neighbor and during a walk, it nipped an eight year old boy in the neighborhood.  After learning of the incident, my friend felt so…
  • Allow Kindness to Heal Your Struggling Self

    Mary O'Malley
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    With the return of my son’s cancer, I have had lots of opportunities to be with fear and despair.   Sharing this journey with my son has taken me to a deeper level of presence than I have ever known. My body has been a very dear friend throughout this fierce process, especially my belly and my breath. Whenever I am caught in the fear-based mind, sometimes all I can do is soften my belly and allow a deeper breath. The belly is one of the best biofeedback mechanisms we have.  If it is tight, we are up in our heads. But if the belly is soft, we are down in our hearts. When I pull my…
  • World’s Largest Novel Project Just Launched!

    Yahaya Baruwa
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    If it were impossible to fail, what would you do differently or how would you live your life? For this 27 year-old author and entrepreneur – Yahaya Baruwa – the answer is very clear. After having developed the courage to take a leap of faith and write his now bestselling novel, Struggles of a Dreamer: the Battle between a Dream and Tradition – at a very young age, this author acts as if it is impossible to fail. This seems to be the driving force behind everything he has been able to accomplish to date. One example of this, is his current attempt to print the world’s…
  • A Mother’s Message (A Message to All Our Inner Children)

    Camille Lucy
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    If I were to leave my beautiful children with a special message for them to carry close for the rest of their days as they walk this Earth in their magnificent bodies, it would be to remember their source: remember love. This message is relevant for all of us, as we are all grown versions of our inner children, seeking guidance and support in the same way we did as little ones.  Some of us require even more love and support as we mature, as we navigate through this life and face challenges and pains we didn’t expect or know how to process and handle. Remembering love is as easy as…
  • Death to Multitasking

    Melissa Heisler
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I love going to Mexico. For every task, there is a “guy” who does it. They do not have jack-of-all-trades handymen. If you are working on your house, you do not call one person, but have to contact a separate plumber, electrician, and painter. And it is not just about home repairs. If you need your shoes shined, there is a guy for that. Our Mexican friend would never consider shining her own shoes; it is not her role and she would be taking away someone else’s job. She looks at us with a quizzical face when we talk about how much we do on our own. If you need a key made in Mexico, you…
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  • An Introduction to Isometrics: How to Build Strength Without Even Moving

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post from Todd Kuslikis of Warning: Some of you are about to think I’m crazy. For those of you who haven’t heard of isometrics, this strength building concept is going to make you think I’ve officially walked off the deep end. Functional strength and awesome muscle mass gains with out even moving? This must be some kind of joke, right? It’s not. Let’s do a little experiment. Stop what you’re doing for a second, sit up straight and bring your palms together, fingers pointing out, about 12 inches away from you. Now press them together as hard…
  • Dear Mark: Fasting Issues, Pullup Neck Pain, and Red Palm Oil

    Mark Sisson
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. The first one comes from Neda, who’s experiencing some issues that may be related to her fasting schedule. How should she modify her fasting? Or should she eliminate it altogether? The second question concerns a common issue: neck pain during pullups. Why does it happen and how can we avoid it? And finally, what’s the deal with red palm oil? I give my take on the controversial oil, drawing on randomized controlled trials and personal feelings about orangutans to arrive at my conclusion. Let’s go: I…
  • Weekend Link Love – Edition 359

    Mark Sisson
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Research of the Week There is no connection between salt intake and heart disease or overall mortality in healthy older adults. A single night of sleep deprivation can have lasting effects on circadian-related genes that control metabolism in men (PDF). According to a recent review, low intensity radiofrequency radiation (emitted by devices such as smart phones) appears to “induce oxidative effects in biological systems.” Supplementation with mammalian omega-3s (seal oil) improved athletes’ neuromuscular function and performance. In overweight postmenopausal women, high-fat…
  • Coconut Fish Soup with Red Palm Oil

    Worker Bee
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    This gorgeous fish soup is quick and easy to make, rich in flavor, and filled with healthy fats. It’s also really delicious; a weeknight meal you’ll want to make over and over again But the real reason to check out this recipe is that it’s a perfect example of how (and why) you should cook with unrefined red palm oil. Unrefined red palm oil is incredibly dense with antioxidants and vitamins. Full-spectrum Vitamin E, co-enzyme Q10, betacarotenes, vitamin A, and vitamin K…they’re all there in abundance. There’s no secret to cooking with red palm oil, just use it in the same way that…
  • Positively Primal: A Merry Makeover

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! Flash back to 2012: we felt sick every day, counted calories religiously, felt guilty after eating any kind of food…we were fueled by low self-esteem and disorderly eating. We’d both just completed a 12 week diet and exercise plan—not…
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  • Advice for People in Their Early 20s

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:01 pm
    By Leo Babauta A young woman wrote to me recently about fears about the future: ‘I’m in my 20s and I’m trying to figure my future out. I’m just wondering how to stop worrying and letting the fear of the unknown totally consume my daily thoughts (I’m moving from Sweden to American and have no idea how to find a job, a place to live, etc.). I’m very much scared of the future, even though I have overcome obstacles before.’ The first thing I would say to her is: You are not alone. Lots of people, young and old, are afraid of the unknown, especially when…
  • A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    By Leo Babauta There aren’t many of us who don’t have some bad habit we’d like to quit: smoking, sweets, shopping, nail-biting, porn, excessive checking of phones or social media, other distractions … The problem is that we think we don’t have the willpower, faced with past evidence of failure after failure when we’ve tried to quit before. We don’t think we can quit, so we don’t even try. Or if we do try, we give ourselves an “out,” and don’t fully commit ourselves. Let me tell you this: quitting a bad habit takes everything…
  • Worried About What You’re Not Doing

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    By Leo Babauta In any given moment, many of us are thinking about what we’re not doing. We feel guilty that we’re not doing more. Worried that we’re not as productive as we could be. Guilty that we procrastinate. We feel guilty that we don’t exercise more, eat right, have better bodies. We worry that we should be doing something better, something more amazing, doing what the amazing people we see online are doing. We worry about what we have to do later, what’s next, where we’re going. We worry about the goals we’re not reaching, or that we might not…
  • The Gods of This Day

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    By Leo Babauta This morning my son Seth woke up, gave me my morning hug, and then I told him that he and I are gods. We’re the Gods of This Day, and we have the power to make today one of the most amazing days ever. We don’t have unlimited power, but we have great influence. To make today amazing, we need to: Choose activities we love, or turn ordinary things into amazing activities. Really pay attention to each activity, and really appreciate its amazingness. Or, we could just let today be ordinary and not care. We chose to care. So we spent about 20 minutes thinking out what we…
  • The Joyful Results of My Grand Travel Experiment

    22 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    By Leo Babauta I’m just finishing up four weeks in Europe with Eva and the kids, and wrapping up my Grand Travel Experiment. I have to say it was (mostly) a success. I wasn’t perfect, but even in the failures, I learned a lot. I’ve written recently about my work and workout routines while I travel, so I’ll try not to repeat too much, but this post will be an overall summary of the entire experiment. During this experiment, I wanted to work on several problem areas for me in past trips: Overeating No regular exercise routine No regular work routine No regular meditation Not being able…
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  • 12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude (That Will Change your Life)

    Marc Chernoff
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:04 pm
    “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh Gratitude leads to greatness.  It can literally turn what you have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity, and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day. The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings.  Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life. When Angel and I discus the importance of gratitude with our coaching/course…
  • 9 Signs it’s Time to Change Your Mindset

    Marc Chernoff
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    It is ultimately only our own thoughts that help us or hurt us. Once our mindset changes, everything on the outside gradually changes along with it. “There’s a brilliant, beautiful, priceless piece of art in front of you!  It’s elaborate and detailed – a painstaking labor of love and devotion!  The colors and textures are like no other – they soar and dip, they shine and leap right off the canvas!  And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the tiny, black housefly that has landed on it.  Why would you do such a thing?” She cracked a half smile and starred at me in silence.
  • 7 Reliable Steps to Change Your Life at Any Age

    Marc Chernoff
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Never assume that you’re stuck with the way things are right now.  You aren’t.  Things can change if you want them to, at any age.  Life changes every single moment, and so can you. As I watched a re-run of the Academy Awards last night at a friend’s house, I noticed an obvious commonality between many of the speeches actors and actresses make when they accept an award.  It goes something like: “This means so much so me.  My whole life has been leading up to this moment.” The interesting thing about this sentiment, I think, is that our whole lives have been leading up…
  • 10 Life-Changing Tips for Highly Sensitive People

    Angel Chernoff
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    by Mely Brown “And those who were seen dancing were thought insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Nietzsche Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weak or broken.  But to feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the characteristic of a truly alive and compassionate human being.  It is not the sensitive person who is broken, it is society’s understanding that has become dysfunctional and emotionally incapacitated.  There is zero shame in expressing your authentic feelings.  Those who are at times described as being ‘too emotional’ or…
  • 40 Rituals that Make Relationships Last 40+ Years

    Marc Chernoff
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:57 pm
    Relationships must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed. Every fairy tale, it seems, ends with the same predictable phrase, “happily ever after.”  And yet every amazing couple I have ever known agrees that nothing about a healthy, long-term relationship is forever happy.  There are moments of bliss, no doubt, and lengthy spans of fun-loving companionship.  Yet these good times come at no small effort, and the guy or girl who reads such fiction and dreams his or her troubles will end when he or she departs the altar is well advised to…
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  • Secrets of Adulthood: “__ Is a Good Servant But a Bad Master.” Fill in the Blank. (Gretchen Rubin)
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    From Further Secrets of Adulthood: “_____ is a good servant but a bad master.” What else would you suggest? Habits, certainly. Ambition. Television. Punctuality. How would you fill in that blank?    
  • 5 Reasons Why Going to a Podcasting Conference Made Me Happier. (Gretchen Rubin)
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    This weekend, my sister Elizabeth and I went to the Podcast Movement conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Now that we’re doing our weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin,  how better to embrace our podcaster identity than to go to a conference? We had a great time, and it made me happier, for several reasons. 1.  Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree: relationships make people happy, so anything that widens our relationships tends to boost happiness. Elizabeth and I met a bunch of fun new people this weekend. 2. Likewise, anything that deepens relationships tends to…
  • My College Roommate Sent Me a Sketch of Myself–What a Memory. (Gretchen Rubin)
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: “Always remember how easy it is to forget.” I’ve tried a lot of things — keeping a one-sentence journal, taking tourist photos of my own romance — to help hang on to memories. It’s funny, though, what can unleash a memory. A smell, for instance, can invoke memories very powerfully. I had a rush of memory when Rebecca Lemov, one of my college roommates, emailed me this sketch. While looking through her dusty sketchbooks, she found this drawing of me. She also sent a photo of a note that I wrote to her around that time. (My…
  • Revealed! Book Club Choices for August 2015. (Gretchen Rubin)
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: I was very happy that the Washington Post included Better Than Before in its terrific list, A summer reading list that will help you professionally. Many great ideas for reading. (Want to know more about Better Than Before? Excerpt here. Audio clip here. Discussion guides here.) Now enough about me and my book (!) — on to the fun part. Three terrific books. Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult…
  • Podcast 23: Choose an Office TV Show, Do You Savor or Spree, and Keeping Good Habits While Traveling. (Gretchen Rubin)
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” Update: Elizabeth clarifies that Adam is protective, but not over-protective (she felt that she was a bit harsh in episode 20). Try This at Home: Choose an office TV show. Elizabeth’s office watches Game of Thrones, and everyone has fun discussing it.  Or maybe a family TV show–my family’s TV show is The Office. (Listen to the bonus clip.) Or you could have an office podcast! Know Yourself Better: Do you prefer to savor or spree when you’re enjoying certain pleasures? This is related to, but…
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  • Laughter as a window on the infant mind

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    What makes a baby laugh? The answer might reveal a lot about the making of our minds, says Tom Stafford. What makes babies laugh? It sounds like one of the most fun questions a researcher could investigate, but there’s a serious scientific reason why Caspar Addyman wants to find out. He’s not the first to ask this question. Darwin studied laughter in his infant son, and Freud formed a theory that our tendency to laugh originates in a sense of superiority. So we take pleasure at seeing another’s suffering – slapstick style pratfalls and accidents being good examples –…
  • Spike activity 24-07-2015

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:36 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why does the concept of ‘schizophrenia’ still persist? Great post from Psychodiagnosticator. Nature reviews two new movies on notorious psychology experiments: the Stanford Prison Experiment and Milgram’s conformity experiments. Can the thought of money make people more conservative? Another social priming effect bites the dust Neuroskeptic with a great analysis. The Psychologist has a transcript of a recent ‘teenagers debunked’ talk at the Latitude Festival. Oliver Sack’s excellent biography On The…
  • Are online experiment participants paying attention?

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Online testing is sure to play a large part in the future of Psychology. Using Mechanical Turk or other crowdsourcing sites for research, psychologists can quickly and easily gather data for any study where the responses can be provided online. One concern, however, is that online samples may be less motivated to pay attention to the tasks they are participating in. Not only is nobody watching how they do these online experiments, they whole experience is framed as a work-for-cash gig, so there is pressure to complete any activity as quickly and with as low effort as possible. To the extent…
  • Conspiracy theory as character flaw

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Philosophy professor Quassim Cassam has a piece in Aeon arguing that conspiracy theorists should be understood in terms of the intellectual vices. It is a dead-end, he says, to try to understand the reasons someone gives for believing a conspiracy theory. Consider someone called Oliver who believes that 9/11 was an inside job: Usually, when philosophers try to explain why someone believes things (weird or otherwise), they focus on that person’s reasons rather than their character traits. On this view, the way to explain why Oliver believes that 9/11 was an inside job is to identify his…
  • Spike activity 13-07-2015

    13 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    A slightly belated Spike Activity to capture some of the responses to the APA report plus quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: APA makes a non-apology on Twitter and gets panned in response. “the organization’s long-standing ethics director, Stephen Behnke, had been removed from his position as a result of the report and signaled that other firings or sanctions could follow” according to the Washington Post. Psychologist accused of enabling US torture backed by former FBI chief, reports The Guardian. The wrangling begins. PsychCentral editor John Grohol resigns…
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  • The Isomorphism of Ideas

    Scott Young
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    An analogy works by realizing that two ideas, or two parts of those ideas, are the same thing. Learning about derivatives in calculus, you may get the sneaking feeling that it reminds you of an odometer and speedometer on a car. That’s not a coincidence, the speedometer actually is the (absolute) first derivative of the amount of distance you travel. If you learn about physics and realize that voltage in electricity is analogous with height in gravity, that’s also not a coincidence. They’re both ways of indicating potential energies. Even if the two things being compared are totally…
  • Is There Value in Ideas You Can’t Remember?

    Scott Young
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    When I give learning advice, as a rule, I suggest active recall. That’s the process of giving the answer to the question without looking at the solution. The best way to understand active recall is to look at more passive review strategies. Rereading notes, for example, is not active recall because you never need to produce the answer to a question without looking at it. Instead you are simply making the ideas increasingly familiar. Students, for the most part, should focus on active recall strategies, not passive ones. The majority of testing methods for academic subjects focus on being…
  • Why Focusing Can Often Feel Lazy

    Scott Young
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A lot of ideas sound right when you hear them, but don’t feel right when you do them. This is often because they have unseen side effects that aren’t immediately obvious when you first learn them. One such idea is that focus matters more than time management. That is to say, it’s better to have focus on a limited number of ongoing projects, than to perfectly optimize all the time usage in your day. The intuition behind this idea is simple: we have less ability to focus than we have time in the day. Since focus is the real bottleneck of our productive output, it makes more sense to…
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Go at Your Own Pace

    Scott Young
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    It’s okay to learn slowly. That might sound funny from a guy who is known (perhaps even notorious) for trying to learn things faster, but it’s true. My motivation for doing the MIT Challenge was (a) to see if I could do it and (b) if I could, hopefully help other people imagine self-education goals that they’d like to pursue. The same was true for the year without English. But the intention was never to make people feel inferior if they don’t decide to take on all the exams for an undergraduate degree in one year, or don’t try to learn four languages back-to-back. Indeed, given…
  • Building, Searching and the Algorithm for Finding the Best Spouse

    Scott Young
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Let me tell you about my favorite mathematical proof. It’s for a puzzle called the marriage problem (alternatively called the secretary problem or the sultan’s dowry). It’s my favorite for belonging to a rare category of “mathematical proofs which also have to do with sex.” The problem is very simple: Suppose you are looking to get hitched. You have many people you could potentially marry. How do you find the best spouse? Well, as a mathematical puzzle, rather than a human one, we need to define the process for finding and evaluating suitors a bit more rigidly to answer that…
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    A Daring Adventure

  • What Is Social Anxiety? And 7 Ways To Cure It

    Tim Brownson
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America about 15 million adults in the US suffer from social anxiety. I say that’s a total crock of shit. In my rather arrogant opinion, it’s way, way, higher. In fact, I’d go as far to say it’s at least 100 million. You may think that it’s highly arrogant of me to suggest a professional body that’s only purpose is to study anxiety can get it so hopelessly wrong. But bear with me, and see if you agree when I explain what social anxiety actually is. I have talked before that I was diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety…
  • The Dark Side Of Life

    Tim Brownson
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    It was about 2.30am as we stood in the taxi rank outside the night club on a warm, clammy summers evening waiting for a ride home. All 4 of us were way too drunk to drive and I was almost too drunk to stand. I just wanted to get home. Finally our turn arrived and I poked my head through the open taxi window and asked, “How much to Matlock?” “20 quid” came the reply” I looked at my friends for confirmation and on receiving nodding heads jumped in the back of the cab. About 3 miles from Matlock and my friend in the front had fallen asleep as was usually the case. I leaned forward and…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Not Be Realistic

    Tim Brownson
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    The following is a guest post from Theresa Ho. “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” – Will Smith. Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’m just trying to be realistic” because everyone around you is telling you to be more realistic. Well what if you weren’t trying to be realistic?  Where would you be now with your goals and dreams? I’ll admit I used to say this phrase a lot.  “I’m just trying to be realistic.”   Looking back, I’ve discovered I’d say it in the following 3 situations. 1. I Disliked Change We are wired up to resist the one…
  • Life Sucks

    Tim Brownson
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    This has been the shittiest week I have had in a long time and I’m struggling to stay upbeat if I am being honest. At the moment my wife is back in England supporting her mum, Kate, who has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I can’t help but think of the post I wrote at the beginning of the year when Kate had a nasty fall out walking. She banged her head and she had to be airlifted to hospital as ambulances could not access where we were. The Fragility of Life I called the post The Fragility of Life. How fucking ironic is that? Irony usually makes me smile, but this time it makes…
  • How to Face Your Negative Thoughts (Even If You’d Rather Just Distract Yourself)

    Tim Brownson
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    The following is a guest post from Cylon. Are you constantly haunted by bad memories or negative thoughts? Maybe you have negative feelings toward someone who hurt you. Maybe you did something in the past that you can’t mentally let go. Maybe you’re just having random negative ideas or perceptions. Many of us are afraid to be alone with our own thoughts – specifically our negative ones. This fear causes us to flee from silence and “alone time.” We flee to the outside world, looking desperately for social interactions to distract ourselves. And yes, we’re designed to be social…
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  • 7 Steps To Build The Bravery Your Success Is Riding On

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Fear is an emotion that often gets a bad rap.  The truth is that without it, saber tooth tigers would have eaten our cave dwelling ancestors long ago.  While we no longer face daily threats to our physical survival, the culture we live in thrives on fear mongering and often makes us feel and act as though we do.  And so the challenge we face in our today’s modern world is to discern between the fears that are serving us and those that are holding us back. That takes courage. Of course being courageous isn’t about pretending that bad things don’t happen or that real risks are all in…
  • 3 Self-Confidence Secrets To Instantly Stop Feeling Inferior

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
    It's soul-destroying, isn't it? Feeling inferior transforms every day into just one more crushing experience. Another day on the sidelines losing hope that you'll never get your turn to shine, or even fit in. It leaves you consumed with self-disappointment. It’s no wonder you feel insignificant, inadequate, a total bother to others. Inferiority is a hideous place to be. Oh boy, it’s hell. I was trapped there for the greater part of my life, until my thirties. Then I decided to work out what made me feel so much less confident than everyone else. Thankfully, I beat inferiority into…
  • 3 Reasons to Journal Your Thoughts

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Experts say thoughts come into our minds close to 80,000 times a day. Coupled with everything else we are constantly thinking about, talk about brain overload! Whether you're an entrepreneur building a business where your thoughts are inventions, or you're brainstorming a project you want to make a masterpiece, or perhaps you're planning a vacation that you want to capture every detail....wherever you are, your thoughts are creations. Thus, every thought has meaning. But, in reality, how often do we really stop to “think” about what we are “thinking?” Not just by becoming in-tune with…
  • How To Boost Your Brian Power with These 7 Superfoods

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Whether you simply want to boost your current cognitive functionality or are trying to improve your overall brain health, there are numerous techniques that you can follow. For example, many researchers recommend taking active steps to keep your brain engaged such as learning a new language. You can also benefit from adopting a daily exercise routine. Additionally, there are numerous other ways to boost your brain power, including getting enough sleep, taking nootropic supplements and reading about complex topics. Fortunately, you can also take advantage of a wide variety of superfoods to…
  • 8 Excuses You Need to Eliminate in Order to Succeed in Life

    Alden Tan
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    1) "I'm too busy." To put it bluntly, busy is bullshit. Everybody is busy today. If you really want something, you absolutely will make time for it no matter what. On the flip side, if somebody constantly says he's too busy for you, you may want to re-evaluate your relationship with that person. They don't think you're that important. Hence, get rid of them and start surrounding yourself with better people in life. 2) "I feel uninspired at this moment." Here's something to think about: "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and do the work." - Chuck Close. If you constantly…
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    Life Optimizer

  • 4 Steps to Living a Meaningful Life

    Donald Latumahina
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    What do you think it takes to live a happy life? Many people believe that things such as money or fame can give them happiness. But the fact is: you can be wildly successful on the outside but still feel empty inside. There are countless stories of people like that. We, of course, must not fall into that trap. So what should we do? I recently read an interesting statement in the blink of Are You Fully Charged?: Happiness isn’t something you can achieve by seeking it; rather, happiness is a by-product of living a meaningful life. I completely agree. Happiness is a by-product of living a…
  • A Hero in My Life

    Donald Latumahina
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    Generous. Smart. Caring. These are the words that come to my mind to describe my mom. Mom wasn’t just the person who raised me; she was also one of my closest friends. She was always ready to listen to my stories. She gave me advice. She was my hero. In May 2011, mom was diagnosed with cancer. The news came to my sister and me while we were on the dining table celebrating her birthday. Imagine how shocked we were. Mom underwent medical treatments, and things got better. From 2012 to 2014, she lived a relatively normal life. In the beginning of this year, however, the cancer returned. It got…
  • Mid-Year Review: Making the Most of This Year

    Donald Latumahina
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    We are now in July. That means the first half of this year has passed, and we are entering the second half. Many people wait until the end of the year before reflecting on their lives, but I think it’s a good idea to do it now. Why? Because you still have half a year left. You can still make this year right. You can still make this year your best ever. So, how should you do a mid-year review? Here are some ideas: 1. Check your life map. If you don’t have one, I suggest you create a life map. This is a simple but effective way to see the big picture of your life. In personal finance, many…
  • A Special Offer from Blinkist

    Donald Latumahina
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    As you might know, I’m a fan of Blinkist. I find it to be a good way to learn more in less time. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Blinkist is a service that gives you key insights from nonfiction books so that you don’t need to read entire books. Instead of spending days on a book, you just need to spend around 15 minutes. As a result, you can learn from a lot more books in the same amount of time. Blinkist has an app available for iOS and Android (in addition to its website), so you can read the content on your favorite device. The good news is, there is now a special offer for…
  • Making the Most of the Seasons in Life

    Donald Latumahina
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    I like to learn from the lives of others, and one of the things I’ve learned is that life consists of seasons. You don’t always live the same way. You don’t always do the same things. Instead, there are seasons in your life. Your ability to make the most of these seasons is essential to living your life to the fullest. A new season for you could be a new job, a new place to live, or a new mindset. The important thing is that it makes a significant change in the way you live. The life of Theodore Roosevelt (TR) is a good example. There were clear seasons in his life, such as when he was…
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    Practical Happiness & Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog

  • The Stop Procrastinating Now Course is Open to Join (but Closes on Friday)

    Henrik Edberg
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    The 10-week Stop Procrastinating Now Course is open again to join. If you join during this 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. Plus, you also get free access to the 6 brand new bonuses I have created over the summer (if you joined Stop Procrastinating Now in May or June and haven’t received an email earlier today with information on how to access these new bonuses then click here to contact me and I’ll send you the download links). The registration to join this course will only be open for 4 days…
  • How to Focus on What Truly Matters This Summer

    Henrik Edberg
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    In today’s article I’d like to share 5 simple questions that I often use. Questions I hope will be as helpful for you as they are for me to refocus on what truly matters in your life during the rest of the summer and as fall is starting to approach. 1. Is this useful? It’s very easy to spend a lot of time on things that do not really matter much. To spend hours, days or even weeks on being angry at someone, replaying a mistake or failure in one’s mind or to dwell on something negative and feeling more and more like a victim. You can waste a big chunk of time on that. So I…
  • Calvin and Hobbes’ Top 5 Tips for a Happy Life

    Henrik Edberg
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” One the best things when I was a kid was to go down to the local used books store with my weekly allowance in hand. I’d buy all kinds of things. Among them my favorite monthly comic book that collected all these odd and hilarious comics from all around the world. And one of them was Calvin and Hobbes. I didn’t always understand it, Calvin and Hobbes had strange and serious thoughts mixed in with the crazy and imaginative adventures of…
  • How to Not Take Things So Personally: 6 Helpful Habits

    Henrik Edberg
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” Mahatma Gandhi A very common problem that can drag your self-esteem down or build up so much anger that steam may start to come out of your ears is to take things too personally. And so you may try to grow some thicker skin and let criticism, negativity or verbal attacks just wash off of you. But that’s often easier said than done. So in this week’s article I’d like to share 6 habits that really work for me – at least in most cases – and helps me to reduce the stress, anger and hurt in my life. I hope they’ll be useful for you too.
  • How to Take Consistent Action Every Day: 5 Powerful Habits

    Henrik Edberg
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo Da Vinci One of the biggest and most common problems with improving your life or the success you want out of is that you may not take consistent action over a longer time period. Now, consistency isn’t the sexiest or most exciting word. But it is, coupled with time, what will give you real results in your life. Sticking with the program and doing something consistently – and not just when you feel inspired or…
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    Getting Things Done®

  • New GTD public courses just added to our U.S. schedule

    GTD Times Staff
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Our new Mastering Workflow Series courses are coming to Washington, DC on August 18, Chicago on August 26, and Atlanta on Sept. 22. If you’re new to GTD or looking for a refresher, start with Level 1: Fundamentals. If you have the basics down and are ready to go deeper with your GTD implementation, take Level 2: Projects & Priorities.     Special rates are available for: Groups of 5 or more people (must register together) Staff of not-for-profit organizations Full-time students Educators Government employees (inlcuding military) Graduates of the same previous GTD…
  • Podcast 07 – Guided GTD Weekly Review

    GTD Times Staff
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
      Ever wonder what it would be like to have a David Allen Company coach guide you through an entire GTD Weekly Review? Now, in this interactive session, Senior GTD Coach Meg Edwards takes you through the entire process step by step. As you get clear, get current, and get creative, you’ll quickly see why the Weekly Review is considered *the* critical success factor in maintaining an integrated life management system. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Reflect Horizons of Focus Weekly Review   Links David Allen’s Weekly Review article GTD Weekly Review Checklist   GTD…
  • Podcast 06 – GTD and Creativity

    GTD Times Staff
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
      Can creative people practice GTD?  Isn’t all that structure restricting?  Find out as David Allen talks with Todd Henry, the author of The Accidental Creative and Die Empty.  Thousands of creatives have found that implementing GTD’s methodology actually provides more freedom to create. David has said that to be creative, you don’t need time, you need space. Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Horizons of Focus Weekly Review   Links Todd Henry The Accidental Creative The Accidental Creative   GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches…
  • Curious how others are implementing GTD?

    GTD Times Staff
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Are you curious how others are implementing GTD®? There’s a lively discussion going on in our free forum about how people have adapted the GTD methodology to meet their personal needs.
  • Podcast 05 – GTD and Daily Habits

    John Forrister
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
      How do you create major impact using GTD? Join David Allen and Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, as they discuss the cumulative costs and benefits of our seemingly insignificant daily decisions. As David says in Ready For Anything, “In the end, it is attention to detail that makes all the difference.” Listen GTD Methodology Highlights Capture Organize Weekly Review   Links Charles Duhigg The Power of Habit    GTD Business Services Coaching Courses Keynote Speeches GTD Connect   GTD Individual Services Coaching Public Courses GTD Connect Shop…
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    Productive Flourishing

  • Which Wolf Will You Feed?

    Charlie Gilkey
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:05:50) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Editor’s note: I recorded this as a podcast for the Creative Giant Show. I hope you enjoy it, and if you’d like to hear more episodes of the Creative Giant Show, you’ll find them in the Show’s archives. I want to kick this one off with a parable. It’s from the Native America tradition. We’re going to say it’s Cherokee because, well, that’s the closest reference I’ve been able to find. One evening, an elderly Cherokee brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He…
  • The Free Planners for August 2015 Are Available

    Charlie Gilkey
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    The free planners for August are available on the Free Planners page. (Click to share this – thanks!) Have you felt the “back to school/work” transition yet? I’m starting to feel it ‘round here in terms of questions people are asking via email and offline. If you’re still vacationing, enjoy it, but, personally, I’m glad to be back into the thick of things, too. One of the things I’ve been working on is getting some new resource pages finished. In case you haven’t seen them, they’re either in the sidebar or you can see a current list on the New Here? page. Keep your…
  • Episode 40: Your Work Is a Gift with James Victore

    Charlie Gilkey
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:43:17) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Highlights of This Episode: What two things made James realize that he needed to embrace his own style of art Why he says the design field either “attracts low self-esteem” or creates it Why “we’re all sitting around waiting for permission to be great” What he means when he says “your work is a gift” How creatives can handle the tension between making art that makes them happy and doing the work that’s expected of them in order to pay the bills Where the “sexy” label for his work comes from Why…
  • Episode 39: Be True to Yourself with Natalie Sisson

    Charlie Gilkey
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:38:52) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Highlights of This Episode: How Natalie got started in entrepreneurship — and why she didn’t start earlier Why “every single piece” of starting Suitcase Entrepreneur was a challenge despite Natalie’s marketing experience How she knew she was on the right track What Natalie learned that she wishes someone had told her before she started Why she chose to self-publish and how she got her Kickstarter supporters involved in the process Why Kickstarter is best regarded as a PR tool rather than as a primary…
  • Episode 38: Every Day Is a Pivotal Point with Kevin Briggs

    Charlie Gilkey
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:40:05) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Highlights of This Episode: Why it’s difficult for first responders to get all the training they need in the area of suicide prevention Why, when people tell him he has saved lives, Kevin doesn’t look at it like that How his work on the bridge changed him – and how it took a toll Why compartmentalizing different aspects of your life can work for only so long What the Quality of Life Triad is and why self-care is at the top Why many people are so reluctant to seek help How the RELEASE model — recognize,…
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • One Year Without Social Media

    Steve Pavlina
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:25 pm
    In July 2014 I decided to quit social media, including deleting my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Now that more than a year has passed, I’ll share an update about the past year of being free of social media. At the time it was mildly difficult to make the decision to quit, but that was only because frequent engagement with social media for so many years had caused it to build up a greater presence in my mind than it deserved. It felt like I’d be giving up something of value that I might miss. Truthfully, however, I don’t miss it, not even a little. Logically I…
  • Prisoners

    Steve Pavlina
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Last night a secure prison transport vehicle crashed near Xenia, Ohio. At last report half of the prisoners were killed in the accident. And there were a lot of injuries. But many of the survivors were able to escape the damaged vehicle and ran off on foot in different directions. Most of the escapees have since been recaptured, but many are still at large. Law enforcement officers are continuing the search, but they don’t realistically expect to be able to recapture everyone who escaped. One local official admitted, “We’ll try as hard as we can, but we probably…
  • Conscious Heart Workshop Recap

    Steve Pavlina
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:31 pm
    Since people who couldn’t attend have been asking me about the recent Conscious Heart Workshop last month, I’ll share some details about how it turned out, both from my perspective and that of the attendees. As a refresher, what was unique about this workshop (our 11th since 2009) is that there was no pre-set theme and no pre-planned content or structure. The idea was to go with the flow of inspiration all the way through. It was also intended to be a co-creative event, meaning that attendees could influence how it turned out if they felt inspired to do so. Let’s start with…
  • The Forge of Life

    Steve Pavlina
    7 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Sometimes I like thinking of life as a forge that molds us and gives us shape and substance as we live. We come into this world like blocks of marble, and we’re sculpted by experience. We can let the forge do its job on its own. But we also have the option to consciously participate in the process if we feel ready for that. We can collaborate with the forge in order to have a say in what we’re becoming. Recently I attended a workshop by author/speaker Tim Freke. Tim shared an idea that resonated with me. First he noted the conception that when we die, some people imagine that…
  • Retiring Wealthy Without Money

    Steve Pavlina
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    I just received the following email this morning (edited to protect the person’s privacy): Hi Steve, How is your week going? I’m ___ with ___, a company helping people achieve financial success through technology. I came across your site, Steve Pavlina, as I was looking into how young adults can take more control of their money and lives. Your 20s are typically the perfect time to start planning for retirement, but sometimes life gets in the way. What did you do successfully in your 20s, or if you could go back in time, is there anything you would have done differently to ensure…
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    Leading Hands Through Technology

  • Two Ways To Make Twitter More User Friendly

    Marc Majers
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    @Jack Dorsey, I am a Twitter fan. I was an early adopter. I get it. However I have seen hundreds of people not get it and I know why. I think it comes down to two reasons people don’t get Twitter – not understanding who their message is going to and how to write a tweet. First of all there needs to be a paradigm shift from public and private accounts to public and private messages. When a message is written let the person choose “do my followers see this” or “does it go public”. People who don’t get Twitter don’t understand how to setup their…
  • Bing Versus Google

    Marc Majers
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    Right now Bing is 20% of what people use to search online. So have you tried using it to search? The other day I stumbled upon Bing It On which compares Bing and Google’s search results side-by-side. The site asks you to enter in a search term, review the search results, pick one you like and then tells you which one’s results you preferred.
  • About Books Is A Good Way To Start Reading

    Marc Majers
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    You are interested in a book. You may know the title or the author. You also may manage to find yourself on Amazon like always. However you have thought of trying another way to find a book that’s more comprehensive? About Books allows you to search for a book based on title, author or subject however it includes Google and Wikipedia results too. Try it and let us know what you think. It’s a rather basic search but it gives you a good starting place.
  • Compare the best deals from all 12 internet providers

    Marc Majers
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Is your Internet provider charging you too much? Are you looking for new ways to save money? If you want to compare the best deals from all 12 internet providers, then you need to check out Broadband Now. It’s never easy to make a switch but if you are going to save lots of money it can’t hurt to check. Type in your ZIP code and see what providers are in your area. Then you’ll see what you could be saving.
  • YouTube Deals

    Marc Majers
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Are you looking for the latest deals? Money Man Matt Granite is the self-proclaimed “money-saving guru” and is on a mission to live a five-star life on a one-star budget. He shares daily deals and savings tips on TV stations across the country. Now you can also check out Matt on his own YouTube Channel were he share his deals too! Find excellent deals and ways to save every day on YouTube Deals.
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    Root Simple

  • Breaking Broodiness in Chickens

    Mr. Homegrown
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    This picture is what happens when I forget to take a picture of our broody hens. This past week three of our four hens decided to all get broody at once. And since we have only one nesting box they all crammed into the box as tight as passengers in economy class in what passes for air travel these days. Since it’s August and hot and humid, I began to worry that they would overheat. Then I remembered a trick passed along by a UC David avian veterinarian at a conference I recently attended. He suggested giving broody hens a cold (out of the tap) bath. I gave this a try, giving each broody…
  • On Homesteading Burnout and the Need to Focus

    Mr. Homegrown
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    At book tour appearances we often said that, while we do a lot of projects as research for our books, readers should not try to do everything. Our message has always been that this movement is not an “all of the above” proposition; you don’t have to raise chickens, brew beer, sew, keep bees, make pickles etc.; you can go with your strengths and make friends with people who do what you’re not good at. But do I follow my own advice? Not so much. I’ve been thinking lately about trying to focus on the things I’m good at and go KonMari on the stuff I’ve…
  • Picture Sundays: Behind the Scenes on the Root Simple Podcast

    Mr. Homegrown
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    One of our cats, Trout, “assisting” with the production of our (mostly) weekly podcast. Thank you all for listening.
  • Saturday Tweets: Oatmeal, Bikes and a Pickle Maker

    Mr. Homegrown
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Basic Overnight Oatmeal Recipe — Root Simple (@rootsimple) July 28, 2015 BBC News – Which oils are best to cook with? — Root Simple (@rootsimple) July 28, 2015 The Skip Garden a moveable urban veggie patch built with 90% reclaimed materials — Root Simple (@rootsimple) August 1, 2015 ‘Sandorkraut: A Pickle Maker’ — Root Simple (@rootsimple) July 30, 2015 Watch bicyclist lift and move car blocking bike path via @BoingBoing — Root Simple (@rootsimple) July 28,…
  • Kickstart the North Memphis Farmers Collective

    Mr. Homegrown
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Of the many vegetable gardens that sprung up in the wake of the 2008 econopocalypse, more than a few touched off neighborhood aesthetic disputes and visits from code enforcement officials. One such tempest involved Adam Guerrero, a high school math teacher in Memphis whose garden got him in trouble in 2011 (and whose cat allegedly damaged a neighbor’s 1991 Cadillac Seville–the horrors!). As often is the case in these stories, there’s a happy ending. What began in one yard has grown into an urban farming movement transforming vacant lots into sources of food and jobs.
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  • Extinct: 100+ Years of Loss

    Jessica Choi
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The recent death of Zimbabwe’s beloved Cecil, a Southwest African lion who’s species is on the endangered list, brought to light a very serious issue of human impact on animal populations. Cecil’s death stands as the poster child of human arrogance, an inexplicable sense of entitlement and delusions of grandeur. The reason for Cecil’s death was not for necessity such as food, survival or self defense. It was purely for bragging rights and sport. Nothing more. Like Cecil, entire species have been relentlessly hunted and driven to extinction for similar reasons along…
  • Win a Fellowes Saturn Laminator

    Jessica Choi
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    The new school year is about to start. Are you ready? We all know that students need books, pens and pencils but what about the long forgotten office supplies that help make the difference between a B and an A+? Can you say laminator? We can! This week, Fellowes is giving 1 lucky winner this awesome Saturn 3i95 laminator. Make an erasable calendar for your locker, create impressive book report covers and preserve important documents and schedules by using this sweet laminator. The Saturn has a 9-1/2″ entry width that can accommodate multiple document sizes. It can also perform hot…
  • Best of Office Weekly Roundup: World’s Oldest Trees

    Alejandro Paulino
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
      All living organisms on earth are born, grow old, and eventually pass away. Trees are much the same way, but their lifespans can spend decades, centuries, and even millennia! In this week’s roundup, we’re going to take a look at some of the world’s oldest trees which, coincidentally, are also the oldest living organisms on earth. “You’re gonna have to speak up. My hearing isn’t what it used to be.” The two oldest living trees in the world are a species of tree called pinus longaeva. At 5,064 and 4,864 years, these trees were alive before the first pyramids of Ancient…
  • Cool Swag Designs

    Jessica Choi
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    We all have our personal stash of promo giveaways somewhere in our home. It might be the pen you use to write your grocery list, the calendar from your favorite take out restaurant or even that super comfy t-shirt you wear to do some cleaning around the house. Swag is everywhere but what makes a promotional giveaway memorable? Giving consumers something useful is definitely a start. Choosing something useful AND visually impressive will definitely earn you more real estate in the minds of your target audience. So, If you’re looking for something different and innovative for your next…
  • Care Share Grow Twitter Party

    Jessica Choi
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Before we get into the details of the Twitter Party, I’d like to share something dear to me with all of you. I have been writing for you guys for over a year now as the voice of Shoplet’s blog. Bringing you giveaways, chats, videos and interesting content ranging from back to school supplies to environmental issues has been a great joy for me. We like to keep topics light and breezy, but this week has brought me great sadness. The only way I can express this is to come to you not as an enterprise, but as a living breathing human being. My story is something that I feel I must…
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    Think Simple Now

  • 5 Tips to Communicate Better

    Kayla Albert
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    After muscling through a variety of work-related changes, I began to grow frustrated with the upheaval and lack of respect that I perceived I was getting from my coworkers. I felt as if I possessed the skills required to do the job I was hired to do, but my ideas weren’t receiving the attention they deserved and often times, my presence went completely unnoticed. The experience pushed me to grow a thick skin, a kind of “I don’t care what you think” attitude. And I was ready to battle anyone that attempted to question my competence or step on my toes. So when a new team member asked to…
  • 5 Lessons I Learned from Going Broke

    Guest of TSN
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three years ago I quit my job as a brand manager to become a freelance writer. I spent half of the first year travelling. For the next two years I survived on the small income I made from my fledging freelance writing business, supplemented by savings. It’s been a struggle and things did not take off the way I would have hoped. This year money finally ran out. It’s been a strange experience – having no money (except the little I make with writing and doing house-sitting on the side). Oddly enough, I’m not as freaked out as I thought I would be. I will admit that it is not easy. I…
  • 4 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

    Rebecca A. Watson
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    After a nice walk on a Saturday, my friend told me she had some housework to do and was weighing her options. “I really don’t want to do it now, but if I wait until Sunday night, it’ll put a damper on my whole weekend. It’s like I won’t really enjoy anything until it’s done.” Boy, could I relate. I had been the world’s worst procrastinator in high school, somehow managing to pull off amazing feats of academic strength with all-nighters, but that all changed after an incident in college. I stayed up late into the night finishing a paper and had to drive to class to hand it in.
  • How to Cope When Little Things Overwhelm You

    Guest of TSN
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I have always been wary of the little things in life. The little things can steal my serenity, rob me of peace of mind and kill my joy. At the same time, I have been aware of the little things in my life: The smell of freshly brewed coffee The overheard laughter of a stranger A spider web glistening with morning dew How can I be defeated by little things or more likely, how can I LET little things defeat me? I identify with the concept of Chinese Water Torture as a method of ultimate despair — the premise being that drops of water fall onto the forehead of a restrained individual and…
  • How to See Today In New Light

    Kayla Albert
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was constantly requesting change but viewing everything with the same lens and mindset that had created what I didn’t want in the first place. I was blind to the changes that had occurred and were constantly occurring, caught in a battle between the reality I perceived and the reality that actually existed. Often times this is how we handle our relationships — we spend an exorbitant amount of time pushing for positive change, but our attention has been stuck for so long on what’s wrong that we don’t adjust when things begin shifting and moving in a different direction. We may be…
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    Sources of Insight

  • Jobs, Careers, and Callings

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”  — Émile Zol One theory of work is that people tend to see themselves in jobs, careers, or callings. Depending on how you view what you do, this impacts how you show up, how engaged you are, how meaningful your work is, and your intrinsic rewards. What if, instead of a job, you are living your mission?  Or pursuing your calling?  That’s a very different mindset than showing up for a paycheck. And there are lots of ways to transform jobs into careers and careers into…
  • Innovate Like Einstein: An Eight-Step System for Innovation

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt Innovation is a game everyone can play. But you need innovation tools and techniques to be more effective. What if you could innovate like Archimedes, Einstein, or Edison?  What new process would you create, what new product would you design, or what new idea would you think up? For some, innovation is more systematic.  For others, it’s more serendipity.  In all cases, a big idea is rooted in insight. In the book, The Four Lenses of Innovation: A Power Tool for Creative Thinking, Rowan…
  • Insight

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    “The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.” What is insight? A dictionary definition might say insight is inner sight, mental vision, or wisdom. Maybe Edward de Bono says it best when he says insight is a eureka moment, and he describes two kinds. The first kind of insight is where we short-circuit a longer path with a shorter one.  Maybe one day, we find a shorter way home. The second is type of insight is like a eureka moment, where we gain a sudden flash of insight, and a new understanding. With a flash of insight, there may be no…
  • Image Streaming — Think Faster, More Visually, and More Fluidly

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein Image Streaming is a technique you can use to improve your visual thinking and verbal fluency. Whether you want flashes of insights or simply to build your working vocabulary, you can practice Image Streaming on your own. Image Streaming is a creative thinking technique developed by Win Wenger, Ph.D.  He modeled it after visual thinkers like Einstein.  Wenger claims that Einstein developed the foundations for the theory of relativity while visualizing himself “driving a…
  • Everyone Has a Story

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” – Orson Welles Everyone has a story.  But not everyone tells their story. And we don’t always ask. Sharing the stories that shaped your life doesn’t make you weak.   It makes you human. When we share stories of the defining moments in our lives, we connect at a deeper level, beyond roles and goals. In The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life, Tommy Spaulding shares how everyone has a story and how vulnerability is a strength, not…
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    Get Organized Wizard

  • Filing The Paper Molehill Before It Becomes a Mountain

    Kylie Browne
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Paperwork. Ugh! If you don’t keep on top of filing your papers you’ll find yourself having to deal with hours of work. Whether you run your own home business or are responsible for the household filing, we’re going to look at folder organization and folder labelling.  Sounds boring, right? Trust me, clearing your workspace and decluttering those annoying paper piles will make you feel more organized and productive. I’ll show you how to get started in 7 simple steps. We’ll start with the basics of: how you can file your papers who we need to file things…
  • Steps To Success When Moving Home

    Kylie Browne
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Does the thought of moving house fill you with dread or excitement? It’s common to feel overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, or disorganized when facing such a change to the status quo. It’s also a time of change, happiness, fresh start, a chance to get and stay organized. Today we’ll focus on that and set ourselves up for success. First we’ll talk about mindset. Then we’ll arm you with simple strategies that will move you to action. Mindsets To Help You Move House Without The Drama Grab a coffee, tea or wine, settle back and enjoy the next half hour re-setting…
  • How Much Decluttering Can You Do In 10 Minutes?

    Kylie Browne
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:16 pm
    10 Minutes Every Day. That’s all is takes to to start a decluttering goal. It’s amazing what you can achieve in 10 minutes. Investing in a small amount of time can lead to huge changes. Let’s think about what can be done that will make you feel better. Attack that drawer that holds everything that doesn’t have a home. Clean the grime from the sink hole in the kitchen. Grab a box or the laundry basket and pick up everything that’s currently placed in the wrong room. Put books back on the shelf. Don’t worry about ordering this time, just put them where they…
  • A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place

    Kylie Browne
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Expecting your home to look like the pages out of a magazine is not realistic. You live, eat and rest in that space. You might even work there. You may have pets. Or children. Or A flat mate. Life gets in the way of a perfectly organized home. Expecting perfection will lead to disappointment and frustration. However attaining a well-organized home that suits your lifestyle IS achievable. We can show you how with our power-decluttering program for getting rid of household clutter in 5 or 10 minutes a day over 30 days. A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place Whenever we start our…
  • Get Organized To Sell Your Home

    Kylie Browne
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Selling your home can be one of the most stressful things you have to do. It might be that: You want to get the best price You want it to sell quickly You want to be able to move on without any dramas All of the above! Get your home looking its best with these little tips. Get Organized To Sell Your Home Here’s a quick checklist to help get you thinking about best ways to up-sell your home. What’s The Street Appeal? If you’re in a house, take a look at the: Lawns and garden Pathway to the front door Front door Roof Gutters. If you’re in an apartment, take a look at…
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  • weekend #31 – knock on wood

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:49 pm
      but first my entry for     Paint Party Friday     ‘a pear’   ink & watercolor     I hope you have name/URL option to leave a comment on your blog - I'd like to interact with you!     The other day   I put my camera down, down…   You can see tiny little things, great shapes…   I love the smell of soil…                     Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • weekend #30 – painting outdoors

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:17 pm
      The other day I painted outdoors,   I found a good, private spot   Paint Party Friday   ‘these shoes are made for walking….’ and painting           Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   I can NOT comment on your blog   if you don’t have name/URL option to leave a comment….    
  • weekend #29 – be there!

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:50 pm
      here’s my entry for   Paint Party Friday     I try to sketch, just relax and let it go… Not easy because I’m a control freak but this kind of painting feels really good!         We have thousands of international visitors in Helsinki right now. On Thursday I was watching on television how joy and happiness can glue people together – doing the show and watching it on tv. I felt so good listening ‘be there’ and see people moving and enjoying! That was (is) COOL!   Thank you  ‘The World Gymnaestrada 2015…
  • weekend #28 – summer greens

    9 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
      My entry for   Paint Party Friday   is green   trees I saw from a window…         and a few close-ups       And now a few photos with green         Here’s music I love, to listen and DANCE! Do you like this kind of music?         Dear Blogger blogger,   Please let me comment on you blog,   have a name/URL option to leave a comment, thanks!     Have a relaxing weekend!    
  • weekend #27 – lupins

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 pm
      ‘home made’ lupins for   Paint Party Friday       quick watercolor splashes on my sketchbook and together they look like lupins!   Sorry, no, no, joking…here you see REAL lupins       look at this beauty     What a structure, what a color, just amazing!   Simple but soooo beautiful……..     Have a relaxing weekend!     ps.   I can NOT comment on your blog if you don’t have   name/URL option to leave a comment….    
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    Simplistic Thoughts

  • Racing on the Big Island of Hawaii: Evolution Racing School, Day 2

    12 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Day two started out about the same as day one, but with even more rain. The track was completely covered in water by the time the first cars were going out.   In addition to the rain, which for the most part didn’t let up all day, we were running more difficult courses. The courses were tighter than the first day and the instructor changed it throughout the day. The rain was a great teaching tool. Because I had so little grip (wet track and nearly bald tires) every mistake I made was amplified. If I was too aggressive with the gas, slide. Brake too hard, slide. Turn too hard,…
  • Racing on the Big Island of Hawaii: Evolution Racing School Day 1

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
      The day started off like it often does here in Hilo, wet. The above picture is what the weather looked like just before I took my first run on the track. Having never done auto racing before, I was a little nervous and didn’t quite know what to expect. My first lap was spent between figuring out where I was supposed to be going and sliding around the course. After a very full weekend and around 100 laps later, I can say that this is one of the funnest and most useful things I have ever done. Obviously, the focus of the school is to make you faster, and without a doubt I am…
  • Racing on the Big Island of Hawaii

    1 Nov 2014 | 12:54 am
    It’s been a while since I have posted on Simplistic Thoughts. Moving from Japan back to the US, and then moving again to Hawaii meant a lot of changes. We have been here for just over a year and things are going well. Enough about that….onto racing. For quite a long time now, I have been wanting to get into auto racing. After a bit of searching, I found there is a small racing track and an autocross group. Autocross is a race where a small track  is setup using cones and a solo driver drives the course trying to get the best time possible. I went out to see the group several…
  • Six Months in Hawaii

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

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

  • How to Get Into Shape for Horseback Riding

    4 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When you begin any new sport, one of the first things you need to do is be in the right physical shape for it. Every sport uses different muscle groups and stretches new areas of your body, which means that you will concentrate on different exercises in order to get in shape. This is no different with horseback riding. Although people say the horse does all the work, anyone who rides knows that to be a good rider, you need to be an athlete, and riding requires a lot of fitness. The best way to get in great shape and become a good rider is to ride. Having strong muscles is half of it, but…
  • How to Dispute Your Experian Credit Report

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Experian is one of three major nationwide credit reporting agencies that collects information to issue credit scores and provide credit reports on consumers. Inaccurate information on your credit report – especially if it's negative – can impact your credit score and affect your ability to obtain home or auto financing or other consumer credit. For this reason, you should review the information in your credit report at least once a year and make sure it's correct. If you find an error in your Experian credit report, Experian is required by federal law to correct it.[1] Steps Disputing…
  • How to Belly Roll

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The belly roll, or undulation, is an essential movement in belly dancing, a mesmerizing dance form that originated in the Middle East. Rolling your belly is done by flexing and unflexing your abdominal muscles so that the stomach undulates while the hips and spine remain still. With practice, you can train your muscles to roll at varying speeds. Steps Learning to Control Your Abdominal Muscles Position yourself in front of a mirror. Stand facing the mirror with your feet about shoulder-width apart and your back erect. Keep your arms at your sides. Relax your abdominal muscles and let your…
  • How to Get Rid of Dog Urine Smell

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Pet urine can fill a house with the smell of ammonia and other strong scents. Although you may get used to the scent, the longer you go without treating the stain and smell, the harder it will be to remove from your walls, carpet, clothes and furniture. You can get rid of dog urine smells whether they are new or old. Steps Prepare your Home Ensure your dog is no longer urinating inside the house. It will be impossible to remove all of the smell if it is an ongoing problem. If the dog is not house trained, make this your first priority. If your dog is grown but still has problems, let the dog…
  • How to Crochet a Flower

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever had a boring jacket or handbag that needs to be jazzed up? Make a flower like this, sew it on, and there's a fix! With basic skills, you can make these flowers in minutes and add a touch of flair to anything. Steps Choose your yarn. These instructions are designed for worsted-weight yarn, often labeled "4" in the United States. You may use a different yarn weight, but the flower may end up with an unusual shape. If you're a newbie, pick a light color. This makes it easier to see how the stitches line up and what you need to fix. Pick your hook. A size H hook is a good choice for…
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    Best Cell Phone Plans

  • T-Mobile Cell Phone Plans Available in 2015

    15 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    T-Mobile is the 3rd largest company of the big four US carriers and the 2nd biggest GSM provider, with more than 30 million customers. Compared to other carriers such as Verizon, it provides great plans, and since its latest 'unCarrier' change, all plans offered are contract-free. The disadvantage in this is that subsidized handsets will no longer be offered. One of the certain
  • Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans Worth a Look

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    If you don’t want to be bound to a contract, a prepaid plan is an excellent fit. There are small companies that offer the best prepaid phone plans with unlimited talk, text and nice amount of data. There’s actually something for any budget-and you’ll save over a postpaid plan. Below are the most affordable prepaid cell phone plans with nationwide network coverage assuming light usage.
  • AT&T Cell Phone Plans Introducing Rollover Data Plan

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    AT&T is among the biggest cell phone service providers in the US. Announcing of outstanding coast-to-coast network coverage and fast data speeds, it is no surprise why AT&T has become an effective choice for people who need a cell phone network. Not to mention, they possess several plan offerings ideal to just about everyone. With lots of different smartphones, mobile hotspots, and
  • Cheapest Cell Phone Plans - Compare & Save!

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
    I've discovered The best cheapest cell phone plans offered in the market today, starting at $5 a month and moving up from that, all the plans covered here are no contract plans, which make it easy for a try. The handset includes basic phones to Smartphone's, cell phones usually cost around $250 or even much less, so your heart is not going to race each time the bill arrives, simply because
  • Top Cell Phone Companies That Offers Best Deals

    27 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Choosing a wireless provider is important as getting a Smartphone. The service provider offers the network, considering that you'll possibly end up spending an acceptable price for the service, and there is no reason in keeping with a poor service. However, there is no assured way to forecast this. For every person who may have a bad story experience with a carrier, recently there tend to be
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    Genuine Curiosity by Dwayne Melancon

  • eBike technology from Bosch - hands-on

    Dwayne Melancon
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, Bosch eBike Systems brought an eBike out to me so I could try it out. What's an eBike, you ask? In technical terms, an eBike is a bicycle that has been augmented with an electrical assist that provides supplemental power while you pedal. In practical terms, it is an impressive tool to help you simplify your commuting or road cycling jaunts.Bosch doesn't make the bikes - they make the "mid-drive" systems that are built into the bikes, so you can find different types, sizes and styles of bikes to fit your needs and preferences. You can find out more and locate a dealer…
  • Revamp Your Home Office to Improve Productivity

    Dwayne Melancon
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Working from home may seem ideal for some, while others consider it an anti-social nightmare. Regardless of how you feel about your new work-from-home situation, there are undoubtedly some pros and cons. Sure, you now have time to throw in a load of laundry while "at work," and you're definitely saving money on gas. But there are also a lot of distractions that come with your new work environment, from barking dogs, to the lure of the television.A simple room revamp may be the answer.A New LookYou may already have an old desk that still has all of its legs, and hey, maybe that lamp from…
  • Is Your Apple Watch's Crown Dial Getting Sticky? Don't Sweat It

    Dwayne Melancon
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    I recently got an Apple Watch, and the other day I noticed the crown dial (aka the "little spinny knob thingy") was suddenly hard to rotate, and not very responsive to clicks. After a little thinking and experimenting, I remember that I'd been using the Watch to record workouts and it's been particularly hot in Portland lately. It seems that the minerals in my sweat were accumulating under the crown knob and making interfering with its proper operation.Wash away your troublesIf this happens to you, the fix is easy. Simply rinse off the watch in warm (not hot) water with…
  • 5 Websites That Will Make Your Life Easier

    Dwayne Melancon
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    As I move through life, I like to find easier ways of doing monotonous, frustrating, or time-consuming things. In particular, I like things I can do from my phone, or my iPad when I have a few minutes to spare.If you think picking up the phone to place a pizza order is too old-school, then you'll be delighted to know there are an abundance of websites that cater to your daily needs. Life is hectic enough, so take a weight off your shoulders by letting technology do the work. Whether you need to pass an upcoming test or are craving Ben & Jerry's at 2am, these websites have you…
  • Get Work Done Even While Out of the Office

    Dwayne Melancon
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:22 pm
    While most of us typically get our work done in the office, sometimes you just can’t be at your desk (or you choose not to be).From getting your car fixed, to taking care of your sick child to traveling on a business trip, you often have to find ways to be productive in remote locations. Fortunately, modern technology can turn your kitchen table into a work station, and a coffee shop or auto repair shop lobby into a conference room.Tablets and large-format phones like the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 PlusTo stay current with your work even when out of the office, you need an…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Facing Negative Criticism? 5 Tips to Deal with Criticism [Video]

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Last week, I got a somewhat nasty comment from a blog visitor calling me a “false prophet,” saying I’m “shepherding the meek,” and to “lead [him] or get out of [his] way.” It inspired me to create a video on how to deal with negative criticism, because let’s face it — no matter what you do in life, you are bound to face negative criticism from others. So how do we deal with them? Well, in today’s video, I share 5 tips to deal with negative criticism. Watch the video below! (If you’re unable to see the video above, watch it…
  • The Story of Bullshit

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Have you heard the story of bullshit before? It goes like this: A pheasant was standing in a field chatting with a bull. (Celes: A pheasant is a kind of bird.) “I would love to be able to get to the top of yonder tree,”sighed the pheasant, “but I haven’t got the energy.” Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied thebull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The pheasant pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actuallygave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the secondbranch. And…
  • Before You Speak… Think [Graphic]

    13 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    A few days ago I came across this insightful graphic which I thought to share with you guys. It’s on 5 questions to ask yourself before speaking: Click image for larger version I thought these 5 questions serve as a great self-reminder to always share the most positive and inspiring comments with others. While it’s not possible to adhere to these 5 criteria all the time (especially if we’ve never given second thought to our words before), constantly asking ourselves these 5 questions will make it second nature over time.  Here are examples of how to apply each…
  • How to Stay Positive All the Time [Video]

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    A question I’m frequently asked by my clients and PE readers is, “How can I stay positive all the time?” In today’s video, I share 5 tips on how to stay positive, including when you’re facing tough times. Watch to learn more! (If you’re unable to see the video above, watch it here: Links referenced in the video: How to Meditate in 5 Simple Steps Increase Your Mental Clarity in Just 15 Minutes The Day I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion How To Be Happy: 10 Timeless Principles for Lasting Happiness How To Be Unhappy:…
  • The Day I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion: 6 Tips on When to Quit Your Job

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    My resignation letter to my ex-company. The envelope is all yellow now as it’s been nearly 7 years! Last year I was spring cleaning and found my resignation letter to my previous company. This was the same letter that officialized my departure from the corporate world and my pursuing my passion. Today, I thought to share it with you : Dear ****** (my then-manager’s name), I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Assistant Brand Manager in P&G. My last day will be 30 Sep 2008. Thank you for the professional and personal development you have assisted me…
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    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development

  • The Power We Have Forgotten About…

    Steven Aitchison
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    There’s one thing we all have control of, something nobody, whatever happens, can take away from us. It’s something that we used when we were kids and the world was a huge universe of opportunities, of possibilities, of heros, of amazing people, of dreams, of new lives, of new love. And then…. Something happened……we grew […] The post The Power We Have Forgotten About… appeared first on Change your thoughts.
  • How Getting In Touch With Your Body Will Unlock Your Creative Flow

    Laura Probert
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ever hear famous authors talk about whole books moving through them onto the page…about how the work was channeled or the flow unstoppable? Think that would never happen to you because you aren’t “Chosen” or “Special” like them? Think again. Those folks are in touch with the miraculous energy of creativity that comes through being […] The post How Getting In Touch With Your Body Will Unlock Your Creative Flow appeared first on Change your thoughts.
  • 8 Ways to Create Good Karma and Why It’s a Must.

    Steven Aitchison
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    Ah Karma. Should have been a 4 letter word for the number of times it gets dropped. You hear it so often now. “Karma will get her”.  When I hear that this is the first thing that pops in my head: “the monster in the closet that’s hungry and angry will get her just as […] The post 8 Ways to Create Good Karma and Why It’s a Must. appeared first on Change your thoughts.
  • 100 Years of Womens Fashion in 2 Minutes

    Steven Aitchison
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Everybody has got their opinions on what decade had the best fashion and what was the worst, for me it was definitely the 70’s. This video shows us 100 years of Women’s Fashion in 2 Minutes and it’s quite fun to watch the different styles over the decades. Also check out 100 Years of Men’s […] The post 100 Years of Womens Fashion in 2 Minutes appeared first on Change your thoughts.
  • 100 years of Men’s Fashion in 3 Minutes

    Steven Aitchison
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:39 pm
    Everybody has got their opinions on what decade had the best fashion and what was the worst, for me it was definitely the 70’s. This video shows us 100 years of Men’s Fashion in 3 Minutes and it’s quite fun to watch the different styles over the decades. Also check out 100 years of Women’s […] The post 100 years of Men’s Fashion in 3 Minutes appeared first on Change your thoughts.
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    Exile Lifestyle

  • Scale

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    Occasionally I’ll have someone tell me that they don’t want to learn more about a topic because that would kill the joy that topic brings them. They don’t want to know anything about biology, for instance, because doing so might reduce the wonder they experience when perusing fields of flowers. They just want to look at the colors and shapes, and smell the wonderful fragrances. They don’t want to understand sociology because it may make them cynical about their interactions with others, and they don’t want that to burden their good times with friends. This is an…
  • It’s Easy

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    It’s easy to be snarky and dismissive of ideas that don’t align with your own. It’s easy to preach to the choir, to rally the troops, to shout into an audience of people who already agree with you. To say all the things you know will reinforce their existing beliefs. It’s easy and it’s often rewarded, with clicks and applause and shares. Because by being dismissive of ideas foreign to our own we’re reinforcing biases: we’re telling someone they’re right, and there’s nothing we like better than being right. Far more difficult is opening…
  • The One

    16 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    The following essay is an excerpt from my new book, Some Thoughts About Relationships. From a very young age, many of us are told stories about The One: a mystical person who is placed on this planet for us and us alone. It’s our “hero’s journey” to find this individual, wherever they may be. If pop culture is to be believed, there will be a series of comedic situations and dramatic adventures that lead up to our finding them. In real life, however, The One is a concept that isn’t just irrational, it’s potentially harmful. The idea that there’s someone out there who is…
  • Iceberging

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    We’re all, every one of us, multifaceted and infinitely complex creatures. We are impossible to fully understand and just as difficult to describe in any cohesive, coherent way. But we try. Oh how we try. We megaphone who we are through blog posts and tweets. We curate images that appeal to our sensibilities. We share news items and think-pieces that reflect our views on a given issue. It’s so easy these days to be someone; to be a public figure. The result of the myriad platforms and opportunities that provide this ease, though, is that we often hobble our own efforts at clear…
  • Stuff-Focus

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    A common misperception about minimalism and simplicity is that if you have nothing, you’re living in accordance with these concepts. “I’ve never had much money,” some might say, “so I guess I’ve been a minimalist my whole life.” It’s possible this is true, but minimalism is more about living intentionally than owning few things. I own very little because my passion is travel, and I don’t need much to pursue the lifestyle I enjoy. Carrying more actually hinders me, so owning little — while still possessing the things that allow me to do…
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    Timeless Information

  • Play With Life

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Life is here for you to play with.  You’re meant to mess with it and see what’s good for you. Filter out what you don’t want by doing what you do want.  That’s the only path to success.  Until you can do that, you are stuck. Find your own joy.  This can’t be taken from you.  When you find it, power is in your hands, and noone elses.  Only head to others once you have found yours, or else you will come from a place of need. Life is meant for the playful, the doing, the being ones. Related posts: Guest Post On Assessing Potential At Life Optimizer
  • Instance

    17 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
    To fulfill some sort of purpose, you have to do things in an instance.  You can’t overthink about them or probably even think about them if you want to get things rolling.  This is the only smooth way to go.  When you are in a focused state with some momentum, good things show up.  Until you are in that state, they won’t.  You have to put in your effort to get in such a state. It’s like you can’t buy groceries until you get to the grocery store.  Once you get there, you can buy all the fruits.  Trying to buy fruits before you get there is like trying to make…
  • That Guy Named Armen, The Podcast

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    Hey all. I haven’t been posting here any more, but I am posting episodes of my new podcast called That Guy Named Armen, or you can also find it on iTunes.  Check it out and let me know what you think! Edit: Oh and if you enjoy it go ahead and like That Guy Named Armen on Facebook! Related posts: Timeless Information Podcast #001 – Take The First Step Sites To Mention 12-10-2009 Plus Podcast Plus Map
  • Close Your Eyes

    5 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Sometimes you need to close your eyes.  I am doing this right now while typing up this post.  It is a peaceful thing, and leads to you going into a different headspace.  Sometimes our eyes are open for too much of the day.  It isn’t healthy. Try this and see if it leads to you thinking differently.  Maybe you can try typing up a letter to yourself with your eyes closed.  It is less full of distraction, and makes you feel like it is just you and your thoughts. Where are you going to go in this world?  Do you follow your passions or what  moves you, or do you just do things you…
  • Self-Awareness In 2015

    1 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    The clock hits 12.  It’s a new year in terms of time.  What is time?  You look to the celebration to the left and to the right.  A lot of movement and energy sets the scene.  Is it fleeting, and does that same moving time make it fleeting?  Here’s a mint plant:                                     Mint The person who you are and the person you will become – are they so different?  Maybe there are parts of yourself you seek to express more and parts you seek to suppress. “Don’t get too abstract”, they say.  “Give us more…
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    Time Management Ninja

  • 57 Things to Keep in Evernote

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Most people have heard of the note-taking application Evernote. Many have tried it out online or on their mobile devices. However, one of the most often asked questions I get about it is, “What am I supposed to put in it?” So today, I am sharing 57 things that you can capture in Evernote. 57 […]
  • The Clock is Always Ticking on Your Dreams

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
    “You can’t finish if you don’t start.” Yet, most people never begin the journey to their dreams. They talk about it. And talk some more. And on. Before they know it, their dream is several years (or decades!) old. It has become more of a fable than a dream. Often talked about, but never a […]
  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Meetings to a Manageable Size

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:06 am
      Are your meetings unmanageable? Often, it is because the meeting size is too large. Or perhaps, you have invited the wrong group of people. Inviting too many people is a common meeting mistake that results in confusion, inaction, and wasted time. How many people should you invite to your meeting? The 42 Person Meeting I recently […]
  • 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Week

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    You roll out of bed and get ready for Monday. It’s the start of a new week. Are you prepared for what’s coming your way? Better yet, do you even know what you are doing and where you are headed? Start Your Week with a Plan How do you begin your week? Getting a productive start […]
  • Why a Fresh Start Can Make You More Productive

    17 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    Do you ever get stuck on a project? No forward motion is happening, no matter what effort you put into it. Maybe you are out of ideas. Or out of energy. The one thing you know is that you are stuck. When you get to this point, you should consider starting over… from the beginning. […]
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  • Our Top 5 Day-Timer Tips

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Here are our top 5 Day-Timer tips that Day-Timer users love! Implement them into your schedule and in your Day-Timer for a simpler look at your to-dos, schedule, and goals! Which will you try? 1 – #DayTimerTip: Just thought of something you want to try? Put it in your planner at the beginning of the month to encourage yourself to do it! 2 – #DayTimerTip: Use different colored pens to easily decipher tasks in your Day-Timer. 3 – #DayTimerTip: Use Day-Timer Hot List to prioritize all the tasks written in your Day-Timer! 4 – #‎DayTimerTip: Create a few to-do lists so…
  • The Rose Gold Malibu!

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Your favorite Day-Timer organizer has a new color! The Malibu is now featured in Rose Gold for a limited time only. You’ll fall in love with it again for all the same reasons you love your Malibu; soft, high quality genuine leather, flexible leather, zippered pockets. There are endless pockets to store all your sticky notes, stickers, paper clips, business cards and more! It’s the perfect organizer to hold everything you need! It also has two pen loops, which is perfect if you color code your plans and appointments! Not only is it extremely functional, it’s trendy and fashionable with…
  • A Fresh Work Space

    17 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    A Clean and Productive Work Space At work, sometimes you get so caught up in all the work you’re doing you don’t realize how disorganized your work environment is. The fact is, a clean work environment can help increase productivity and help you prioritize what needs to be done each day. Creating an organized workspace is crucial. Start by sorting through the things you use most often each day and set those items and papers aside. Since these are your important and most frequently visited items, it’s best to keep them near you in their own dedicated space. You use these items most…
  • Hello Winter Holidays!

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is under way, you’re officially in the winter holiday mode! Here comes Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice and more! Each requires planning, so before it’s too late, plan what you and your loved ones will be doing! No matter what you celebrate, think about enjoying time outside, whether you’re taking a walk or sledding in the snow. Either way, enjoy some fresh air and spend time outdoors with your family this holiday season! Don’t forget about the decorations this year. Is your home festive and cozy for all your friends and…
  • Decorating your Day-Timer®

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

  • Episode #174 with Edan Harari of Kinetic Massage

    Ari M
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • Episode #173 with David Schneider of Ninja Outreach

    Ari M
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • Episode #172 with Nir Eyal of Hooked

    Ari M
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • Episode #171 with Timo Ahopelto of The Human Charger

    Ari M
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • Episode #170 with Trevor Shirk of the United States Army Rangers

    Ari M
    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
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  • How To Make People Happy All The Time

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Dealing with difficult people is incredibly frustrating. Some people are just super cranky and moody all the time – you never know how they’ll react. Others are awkward, weird, power-tripping even with no experience, or straight out crazy. But what do you when you work with someone who’s a micro-manager and is making your life a living hell? Make things easier on yourself by learning how to make people happy all the time.Today’s post is from a freelancing friend of mine, Lauren, whom I recently met at a networking event. We both do similar types of work and really hit…
  • The Top 5 Reasons To Invest Your Savings

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Making money simply for money’s sake is a pretty empty endeavor. Money is only a medium of exchange after all and becoming obsessed with it can change a person. Some buy fancy clothes, expensive cars and vacation properties they’ll seldom ever enjoy. Others simply reinvest all their proceeds because they feel guilty spending. Perhaps they are petrified of running out of money in retirement because the government is a terrible role model when it comes to budgeting and social security. Neither extreme on the spectrum is very healthy over the long run. What also can hurt your future…
  • Income Report June 2015

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Ah the endless days of summer. Fortunately, we didn’t have too much “June gloom” in San Francisco. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Bay Area, we have an odd micro climate here that tends to bring a lot of fog, “white outs,” and chilly 60 degree days in June. Even wearing a winter coat for the 4th of July is pretty common. Some people hate that type of weather, but I think it’s kinda neat to look out the window and only see a blanket of white fog everywhere – as long as it’s not every day for four weeks straight.As far as…
  • How To Weather A Stock Market Downturn

    13 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    With stock market turmoil happening again thanks to Greece, Puerto Rico, China and the US expecting to raise rates soon, many people are beginning to wonder whether we’re in for a painful correction. Don’t freak out! This post will help you learn how to weather a stock market downturn and ride through a storm.When the market was on the decline in 2009, investors panicked. Those were scary times. Instead of staying the course with their investments, a lot of investors who were in panic mode sold out of the market and were left with only 50% of what they once had. Dreams of…
  • Bridge The Intent Impact Gap For Better Communication

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    Over the last several months, I’ve spent a good amount of time reflecting and practicing self-improvement techniques. One area I’ve been working on is communication. More specifically, I’m focusing on bridging the intent impact gap when I communicate and listen. I’ll get into what the intent impact gap means in a second. Being able to stop and think about who I am as a person and how I can continue to improve wasn’t something I had much time to do prior to engineering my layoff earlier this year.I’m really grateful that I was able to get paid to quit my…
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    Wake Up Cloud

  • When You’re Afraid to Tell Your Story

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    For a long time, I was afraid to share my story. Friends. Family. Random stranger on the internet. What would they think? There was a recent discussion about this very topic in the Lifestyle Liberation Academy, which prompted this article. Many people have the exact same fear. In fact, if you don’t have this fear, you’re probably in the minority. Somehow we’re afraid of sharing who we are. We’re afraid of being ourselves We’re afraid of doing the only thing that we can, and must, do. You see, you can’t be anyone else. Your purpose is to be fully yourself, and share what you have…
  • How to Find Bestselling Book Ideas

    14 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    I’ve written a handful of books. And I sell hundreds of copies each and every month. Naturally, people ask me how I come up with ideas for my books. I thought I’d cover that today. My method (if you want to call it that) is extremely simple. And at the base of it is inspiration. I do what I love, so I follow my heart, and I ultimately write what wants to be written. Now, I also include practical elements, such as what people want, because I’m here to help, and to be able to help, I have to pay attention to what people want. Find Bestselling Book Ideas Here’s a…
  • What If You’re Not Passionate About Anything?

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    “I don’t feel passionate about anything, help?” That has to be one of the most common questions I get. And it holds you back from starting, because you have an unhelpful definition of what passion truly is. Following your passion does not look the way you think it does. It’s often very, very different. This isn’t something most people tell you. They want to sell you the dream that everything is going to be rainbows and pixies if you can just find that one perfect passion. Yeah. Probably not going to happen. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. On the…
  • The 20 Essential Habits of Highly Passionate People

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    I’ve always worked hard at whatever I’ve been doing. My work-ethic comes from doing what I enjoy, and not forcing myself to do something. Highly passionate people aren’t just lucky, they share common characteristics. They work hard, they trust their intuition and they persevere. I personally don’t see myself having any other options than following my passion. Without doing what I truly want, life would be without color, without joy and without meaning. We all have the habits necessary, we just need to let them shine. 1. Excitement When I was in my late teens, I…
  • When You Don’t Know What to Do in Life

    2 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Don’t know what you want to do in life? Can you feel the pressure of needing to know? It doesn’t matter whether you’re 23, or 65, we all seem to feel that we need to know where we’re going. I get emails from people all over the world. And it has become clear to me that we all struggle with the same uncertainty. No one truly knows where they’re going. But then you might say: “Okay, Henri. That’s fine. But I don’t even know where to start.” The good news is that you don’t have to know where to start, or even where you’re going, in order to live a fulfilling…
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    Asian Efficiency

  • TPS50: The Future of Work w/ Andrew Sinkov of Evernote

    Asian Efficiency Team
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Zachary visits Evernote HQ and discusses the history of the company and the future of work and productivity with Evernote’s VP of Marketing & Co-founder Andrew Sinkov. Cheat Sheet How Andrew helped start Evernote. Why Evernote is very popular in Japan. Tips for using Evernote for everything. What the 400-person Evernote team uses Evernote for. Andrew’s […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • How to Simplify Your Life with Systems

    Annie Mueller
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Life is vast, unpredictable, and complicated. Systems make it simpler. Systems thinking allows us to take control of a part of life, reduce it to a manageable set of inputs and outputs, and establish some predictability. A haphazard collection of tools, habits, and methods is not the same as a purposeful system. Let’s take a […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • Rituals is Now Open

    Asian Efficiency Team
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Our Rituals course is now open for a week. Make sure you join before it’s closed if you’re interested in improving your life, habits and rituals. Here’s what you can expect inside the Rituals course: Learn the Rituals System that we use to install any habit and make them run on autopilot Learn and install the […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • TPS49: Delegation and outsourcing w/ Julia Tunstall

    Asian Efficiency Team
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Julia Tunstall is a delegation specialist and automation nerd. She works with solo business owners to help them streamline their business and find opportunities to delegate and automate their busywork so they can spend their time doing the work they care about. Cheat Sheet What mistakes to avoid when hiring virtual help (a.k.a. lessons learned […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
  • The Rituals Grand Re-Opening

    Thanh Pham
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
      Hi everyone, Ever since we first opened the Rituals course it has been a huge hit. We’ve helped hundreds of people with their rituals to become more productive and successful. Due to popular demand we will be opening up the course again for a limited number of spots. On Wednesday July 29th at 9am […] Please visit the post on the website to read the whole post.
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    The Summit Blog

  • Rush to judgment in planning

    Julie Poland
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    The planning team is assembled, and in earnest.  They are Google Images: wendycaro.photoshelter.comready to run, to set out the company’s agenda for the next planning period.  The participants have come armed with ideas for improvements, innovations, etc.  They gallop into the process, ready to make their mark, their personal contribution to the organization’s future success.Then the facilitator says “Hold on there, not so fast!” and the most enthusiastic contributors are taken aback.  A couple of them look downright irritated, to be stopped in their tracks just…
  • Leveraging the power of three

    Julie Poland
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:48 am
    We often write about the importance of allocating oneGoogle Images: tardis.wikia.comon one time with direct reports, to make sure that each of your staff members has adequate opportunity to talk with you about current issues, career planning, developmental topics, etc.  But for some purposes, a conversation between two people doesn’t cut it, according to the authors of Tribal Leadership.Some leaders overuse one on one communication to maintain control over their departments and their employees’ actions.  Tribal Leadership’s authors would tell you that a leader’s excess of…
  • Get unstuck and rewrite your story

    Julie Poland
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    The two people described in this blog post are stuck.  Google Images: compeap.comThese two illustrations are designed to show you a process for getting unstuck and rewriting your story about your future.Annette just got dumped – again.  She and her most recent guy were most of the way to the marriage altar – the date and venue were already set.  Then something caused him to back out, and although he didn’t tell her directly, she heard he had a new relationship that developed during a business trip he took recently.  This isn’t the first time a man let her down in a…
  • Without these skills, leadership success is elusive

    Julie Poland
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    In his book People Skills, Robert Bolton Ph.D. says Google Images: iplaceconnect.comthat 80% of the reason why leaders fail at work is because of their inability to get along with other people. Said another way, regardless of prior work experience, intelligence, or education, people skills are the must-have for success.Why are they so important?If this sounds too squishy for you, consider how many ways you have to influence or affect the behavior of other people. You communicate performance expectations and provide feedback on progress to desired results.  You ask favors, give…
  • Superworker is different from supervisor

    Julie Poland
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:12 am
    What process do you use to identify your up-and-coming supervisors? Google Images: gettingequal.comIf you are like many leaders you look to the super workers among your employees for your candidates.The SuperworkerYour Superworker does what he or she is required to do and more.  You can count on him to work autonomously.  You can rely on her to have a can-do mindset about her work, even in the midst of challenges and setbacks.  You notice that your super workers have attracted followers among their peers - they answer questions and rally the troops on a daily basis.The…
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    Good Vibe Blog

  • Q&A: When You Really Need It?

    2 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    Conscious creators are well taught about what a vibe-kinker “need” and attachment are. Which is why it’s wise to drop the need whenever we realize it’s in play. This last week a couple readers have asked the same question that goes something like this: But what about when you really need it? One example is a woman two weeks away from being homeless. She’s in a constant state of worry, sobs every day about her predicament, and has had no success in her fundraising or money making efforts. When she hears my advice to drop the need, it falls very flat. Her specific…
  • The Manifesting Diagnostic

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    If you’re wondering where your stuff is, this chart may help troubleshoot your manifesting process to put law of attraction back to work in your favor. (Click any step for more detail on that instruction.)   For readers who’d like a more legible version, click the thumbnail below for the full size chart. (For those of us don’t have our glasses handy.) * * * * * * * *
  • It’s Not About the Tea

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    The other day someone asked how I’d managed to lose 20 pounds. She was guessing the number, because all I know is I’ve gone from Beautiful to Cute to Ravishing past Hot on the Yay scale. If anyone knows how much that is, don’t tell me – I like living beyond the numbers! I gave her the answer she was expecting, although it wasn’t an accurate or helpful one … I told her what I’d been doing differently. Conscious creators know how misleading that is – to attribute the change to actions only and not acknowledge the role of the vibrational shift. The…
  • How to Manifest a Keeper

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    This post is by request after Mia asked how I manifested the guy who felt like “home sweet home” the first time I laid eyes on him. I’ve probably shared this story somewhere else, but I like it so much I thought it worth retelling. It’s 2006 and I’ve been actively dating a bunch of fabulous men for about a year or two. I’ve had an absolute blast with amazing guys, but the whole “rotation,” we’ll call it, is starting to lose its luster. I’m (finally) in the mood for a keeper. Someone I can put some time in with. To get to know…
  • 10 Ways to Transform a Relationship Using Law of Attraction

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    There are lots of ways to transform a relationship, but this list is devoted to ten law of attraction ways. Even one of these ideas – put into practice – can make all the difference in your marriage, friendship or relationship with a family member, co-worker or neighbor. You don’t need to engage all ten. Just be on the lookout for which appeals most: 1. Look for things to appreciate. This is common advice in LOA circles, and for good reason. It’s a game-changer to develop a habit of noticing what we like about our other person. Don’t overlook this gem for its…
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    Dave Ursillo

  • How Do You Choose Where to Share Your Writing?

    Dave Ursillo
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “When you’ve written a piece, or you’re conceiving writing a piece, how do you decide where it goes? How do you decide that this piece goes in a book of essays, or is an article on another’s website, or is a blog post of your own? Do you have a strategy other than what just feels right?” — Laura, from Bali How Do You Choose Where to Share Your Writing? These days, you can share your writing anywhere, anytime. A poem in a Facebook update. A collection of essays in Kindle book form. Passing observations on Twitter. And let’s not forget…
  • Say It for You, or Say It for Them.

    Dave Ursillo
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    There’s a familiar struggle that I hear from writers and self-starters revolving around how to share their writing: Figuring out who the writing is actually meant for. But really? There’s a deeper question to be asked. It’s bigger than “Who is the audience?” and “How will this be received by my ideal readers?” The question drives at the soul of the writing and why it was written at all. The question, when asked, will more directly influence the merit, service, worth and value of the writing you share than any question about customer profiles,…
  • So, I Poured onto the Page, Now How Do I Write to Explain?

    Dave Ursillo
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    “Dave, I find the ‘pouring’ aspect of writing so easy, and feel like pouring is my best writing. It flows so much better. But writing to explain–I find that tough. Painful even! But there are some posts I write that I need to explain. So perhaps it doesn’t mean the writing has less flow, less meaning, less quality? It’s just that it’s a different skill?” — Alex in London Writing with outcome in mind is completely different than pouring on the page, Alex. You’re right! Pouring on the page is an act of catharsis — communion…
  • 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…
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    Ridiculously Efficient | Rebellious Productivity

  • Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec Shares Productivity Tips

    Rosemina Nazarali
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Photo via Business2Community.Robert Herjavec is the founder of Herjavec Group, a global information security firm that helps enterprises protect themselves against cyber threats. He is also an author that offers business advice through his books, Driven and The Will To Win, and helps entrepreneurs through ABC’s Shark Tank. Clearly, he’s pretty efficient. He’s decided to share some of the the tips that keep him so efficient with readers of Fortune. Below are the highlights.Know what’s coming.Herjavec suggests looking at the next two weeks of your calendar so you are…
  • Managing Expectations After Hours

    Kelley Lujan
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Is your boss one of those entrepreneurs who seems to work 24/7 and never sleep? If so, does he/she expect you to do the same? In order to decrease tension and anxiety while increasing productivity, it is very important to manage expectations and communicate about what is expected of you after hours up front.The number one rule is to respect each other’s time. When you respect your own time and value it as your most precious resource, others will too. Imagine minutes were like $100 bills. Would you waste them or give them away as easily?Our team has taken some precautions to make sure that…
  • Avoiding Burnout and Boredom

    Marissa Brassfield
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Being ridiculously efficient is like being a sprinter and a long-distance runner at once. We thrive under tight deadlines, find focus even in stressful work environments, and have the stamina to continually produce results, on project after project.Two ENORMOUS obstacles threaten us long-term: burnout and boredom.When we burn out, our body’s bank account is overdrawn. Energy, emotional control, creativity and concentration are all depleted. And it squanders any hope of a truly “free” night or weekend. And when we’re bored — when we’re not taking…
  • Study Proves That Sleeping At Work Is Good For Productivity

    Rosemina Nazarali
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Sometimes, a midday power nap is exactly what you need to get a quick surge of energy to ramp up your afternoon productivity. A recent study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences proves that snoozing in the office is actually a good thing.Researchers from the University of Michigan had 40 participants, aged 18 to 50, perform computer tasks and answer a series of questions about their moods and levels of tiredness. One group was allowed to take a nap for an hour, while the rest spent that time watching a nature video. All the participants kept a consistent sleep…
  • Why Your Story is Your Most Valuable Asset

    Kelley Lujan
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    People won’t remember your name, title, or profession. However, they will remember your story. Your story is something that makes you uniquely you and something that people can relate to.A perfect elevator pitch is no more than elements of your story. It isn’t easy to perfect right off the bat. Rather, it is something that grows and evolves over time. Maria Onzain shares her 10 best tips to perfect your elevator pitch.Understand what an elevator pitch is.What do you do for a living?How do you help others?What makes you different?Be concise and clear.Target your pitch.Be focused.Create a…
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    Personal Excellence

  • Facing Negative Criticism? 5 Tips to Deal with Criticism [Video]

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Last week, I got a somewhat nasty comment from a blog visitor calling me a “false prophet,” saying I’m “shepherding the meek,” and to “lead [him] or get out of [his] way.” It inspired me to create a video on how to deal with negative criticism, because let’s face it — no matter what you do in life, you are bound to face negative criticism from others. So how do we deal with them? Well, in today’s video, I share 5 tips to deal with negative criticism. Watch the video below! (If you’re unable to see the video above, watch it…
  • The Story of Bullshit

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:43 am
    Have you heard the story of bullshit before? It goes like this: A pheasant was standing in a field chatting with a bull. (Celes: A pheasant is a kind of bird.) “I would love to be able to get to the top of yonder tree,”sighed the pheasant, “but I haven’t got the energy.” Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied thebull. “They’re packed with nutrients.” The pheasant pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actuallygave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree.The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the secondbranch. And…
  • Before You Speak… Think [Graphic]

    13 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    A few days ago I came across this insightful graphic which I thought to share with you guys. It’s on 5 questions to ask yourself before speaking: Click image for larger version I thought these 5 questions serve as a great self-reminder to always share the most positive and inspiring comments with others. While it’s not possible to adhere to these 5 criteria all the time (especially if we’ve never given second thought to our words before), constantly asking ourselves these 5 questions will make it second nature over time.  Here are examples of how to apply each…
  • How to Stay Positive All the Time [Video]

    9 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    A question I’m frequently asked by my clients and PE readers is, “How can I stay positive all the time?” In today’s video, I share 5 tips on how to stay positive, including when you’re facing tough times. Watch to learn more! (If you’re unable to see the video above, watch it here: Links referenced in the video: How to Meditate in 5 Simple Steps Increase Your Mental Clarity in Just 15 Minutes The Day I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion How To Be Happy: 10 Timeless Principles for Lasting Happiness How To Be Unhappy:…
  • The Day I Quit My Job to Pursue My Passion: 6 Tips on When to Quit Your Job

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 am
    My resignation letter to my ex-company. The envelope is all yellow now as it’s been nearly 7 years! Last year I was spring cleaning and found my resignation letter to my previous company. This was the same letter that officialized my departure from the corporate world and my pursuing my passion. Today, I thought to share it with you : Dear ****** (my then-manager’s name), I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Assistant Brand Manager in P&G. My last day will be 30 Sep 2008. Thank you for the professional and personal development you have assisted me…
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    The Blurbler

  • Clever Uses For Used Plastic Bottles

    Mick Gill
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Clever Uses For Used Plastic Bottles Why you should Donate!
  • How To Meditate

    Mick Gill
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    You may have heard of Meditation but thought that it was to difficult. Well it's not and the benefits are wonderful. Check out how in theimage below or visit mindful.orgWhy you should Donate!
  • What is Ebola?

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

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

    Mick Gill
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Often go to bed late? It could leave you with a chronic sleep disorder Read More
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    Got Impact?

  • Signal-to-Noise

    Max Impact
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    It's all about signal-to-noise! One foundational principle in the art of impact is that of constantly boosting signal (the important, the significant; those activities that add value, that are consistent with our aims and principles, that we care about) while relentlessly reducing noise (the trivial, the non-important, distractions and time-wasters). This is an analytical concept at heart; in all sorts of scientific situations we are trying to detect an effect or a thing in the midst of a sea of noise. The pentaquark [1], the icy plains on Pluto [2], or even primordial B-mode polarizations :)…
  • Framed!

    Max Impact
    30 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Here's a joke for you to lighten up the blog. There's two fish in a tank....[punchline to come]The point will be that the impact of the punch(line) is always proportional to the quality of the set-up. the process of creating a context which can then be changed rapidly. Maximum shock and surprise--both pleasurable and painful--results from something unanticipated, being hit from an unexpected angle, the sudden appearance of something previously hidden. Set-up relies on our tendency is to see everything within "frames"--mental models, norms formed through previous experience--which we can use…
  • Why Do I Keep F--in' Up?

    Max Impact
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:52 am
    Neil Young hits the nail on the head here:Even though I think he intended this to be rhetorical, it's a fundamental question that deserves careful attention. To make an impact it's best to avoid the big errors, the ones that drain our energy in fixing and cleaning up the consequences.Many would cite poor decisions, bad luck, lack of information, emotions, being mislead, rushing etc. as reasons for our snafus. All are valid, but are there some deeper causes that lead to our propensity to mess up? One answer comes from the discipline of systems thinking which shows that often, no matter how…
  • Roll Away the Stone

    Max Impact
    26 May 2014 | 10:20 am
    A Mott the Hoople flavored post on the idea of pushing while making sure we are pushing in the right direction! Firstly, some classic British glam rock for those that enjoy this:“Negotiation is the art of letting them have your own way” Daniel Vare (Italian diplomat)There is a thin line between the idea of going with (while ensuring it’s where we want to go) and manipulating someone to get your own way. However this thin line can be walked in instances that necessitate it. As Robert Green wrote in his book ‘The 48 Laws of Power’:“The best deceptions are the ones that seem to…
  • Always Something Hidden

    Max Impact
    19 Jan 2014 | 7:08 am
    There's a rock garden in Japan where, when standing at any point in the garden, seventeen large stones are visible. An aerial photograph shows that there are, in fact, eighteen rocks in the garden.A simple story but, for me, memorable and I think of this often (it was told by the karate sensei Shigeru Kimura during one of his training sessions). The message that I take from it is that there is always something hidden--in all circumstances, with everyone we meet, in ourselves--there's always something we cannot see or perceive. It's this hidden aspect that can be a risk, an opportunity, an…
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  • Why Android is really the worst for your security

    Thad Puckett
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    If you’ve read this blog for long, you know I don’t like Android, and really love iPhone. So you won’t have been surprised when I have said that you Android users really are in great and grave danger of having your personal security put at risk by use of an Android phone. Stagefright, you see, isn’t something you have when you start your acting career.  If you are an Android user it’s a little vulnerability on your shiny new Android phone (most likely), and definitely on your old Android phone (old as in last month or last year; 950 million phones share the…
  • Robots Will Take Your Job: Factory Worker Edition

    Thad Puckett
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Like it or not, robots are here to stay.  Some of them are in your homes (and have been for awhile; think of Roomba).  Some have been shown to do amazing things with construction.  They’ve been in auto manufacturers for decades. But now robots are going places in numbers they haven’t gone to date.  One such place is a factory in China. It used to be that good paying jobs existed in great numbers across China, and many other parts of the world, in factory work. No longer. In this example, 90% of human workers were replaced by robots, with a massive increase in productivity and…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Permanent Vegetative State Edition

    Thad Puckett
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Coming just two days after the most recent one, yet another Android vulnerability has been discovered. This one uses the same SMS message vector, via a media file. This affects almost 50% of Android devices, and can render them to a “permanent vegetative state”. Read more here:  New vulnerability can put Android phones into permanent vegetative state You really really should get rid of that Android. The post Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Permanent Vegetative State Edition appeared first on Thad Thoughts. If you've enjoyed this, be sure to follow Thad on Twitter.
  • Office 365 Is The Best Office Suite for Apple

    Thad Puckett
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft makes the best office suite for Apple products. Period. This is from an Apple devotee, and someone who generally doesn’t like Microsoft products. Why the change? Why confess that I use Word almost daily, Excel almost daily, but Powerpoint only rarely? Here’s why. The Redmond Bombast (Steve Balmer) has gone on to NBA franchise ownership, and Microsoft has a new CEO; one who understands the era he and his company are in. Satya Nadella is his name, and he’s revitalizing Microsoft in many ways, only one of which is his commitment to have Microsoft…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: While You Were Sleeping Edition

    Thad Puckett
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Another day, another Android vulnerability discovered. This one is particularly nasty, because the vulnerability can be compromised by a bad guy merely sending you a media file to your phone number via MMS.  Once on your phone, the remote hacker can gain full access to your phone, all of this while you are completely unaware of the hack attack.  It can be done even while you sleep! Seems like a particularly bad one. More here at this article:  Researchers find vulnerability that affects 95% of Android devices   The post Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: While You Were…
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  • Passionate Life

    Lori Lynn Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Recently, I was traveling for some really interesting meetings… during the meeting, I was asked “why do you want to do this now?” My immediate answer was, “Because I want a new adventure!” For the last 10 years I have been able to say this of all the projects, work, career choices I have made.  Crazy right? No.  It was a choice. From the moment I decided to change, it was a choice. Every day I made a choice to be happy, to live life on my own terms, to do only things that I was passionate about.   For me this happened in two ways.  If I didn’t like a…
  • 5 Easy Steps to Complete your Goals

    Lori Lynn Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    In “Think and Grow Rich”. Napoleon Hill wrote “nothing is impossible to the person who backs DESIRE with enduring FAITH.”. Let’s simplify that by saying “nothing is impossible to the person who establishes a definite goal and truly believes that they can attain that goal.” Once you’ve established your goal, there are two key elements necessary to accomplishing that goal, a definite date and a definite plan. I’ve learned that it’s easier to accomplish things if we break them down into small tasks. You don’t just put the whole steak in your mouth, you cut it up into small…
  • Powerful Habits

    Lori Lynn Smith
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Think for a moment about your Self. Is there something that you would like to have, somewhere you would like to go, or something you would like to do? What is holding you back? I can probably guess at the possible answers:”Not enough money.” “Not enough time.” “I couldn’t do that!” Straight talk here, I believe that the only thing holding you back from doing what you would like is you! I have definitely been there too.  I have been in that place where I used lots of excuses and blamed others.  But we all have the ability to decide, decide to change…
  • Fear Is Afraid You Will Learn This Secret

    Lori Lynn Smith
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
      Hey Beautiful Soul!, Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to interview some brilliant people, Guy Finley has definitely been a fan favourite. Guy has this way of speaking the right words at the right time, allowing you to hear what you need the most. Guy’s, not for profit organization, Life of Learning Foundation has released an extraordinary program I felt certain you’d want to know about… It’s called Stop Being Afraid Once and For All — a phenomenal 1-hour audio program that shows you the one unthinkable action that gives you total authority…
  • Fearlessness: Fear is your Friend

    Lori Lynn Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
      Definition Fearless: to be without fear; brave or bold   There is no doubt the fear is a very powerful emotion.  It has the power to propel us forward or stick us to the ground.  We could talk for hours about what fear is and what it does to us. I am not hear to wallow in the past though, I am here to help propel you forward. You have been there right?  on a stage, in a room, with a person, on a plane.  You were afraid.  I definitely have been.  One time that pops into my head is my first triathlon.  I had registered, that was easy, a quick form online.  No one could see…
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  • Two Quick Tips to Be More Patient

    Robert Chen
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    If you’re the type to lose patience quickly or if your patience is wearing thin at this moment, here are two tips that can help immediately: Remove expectations You lose patience when something you expect to happen does not happen. You expect your colleague to get back to you within 24 hours and you’re mad when they take 3 days. You expect your kids to behave in public and lose it when they don’t. You expect the train system to be running on time and you’re angry at the transit system when you’re late for work. You expect a promotion and begin sending out…
  • 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…
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  • Luxor, the Land of the Palaces Egypt Solo Traveler’s...

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Luxor, the Land of the Palaces Egypt Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 3 Luxor, once the capital jewel of Ancient Egypt is my final stop during my trip here. This place is dubbed the land of palaces because there are several ruins and temples discovered in the area and after traveling 6 hours to the border of Sudan to see Abu Simbel, this was a welcome change. I love Luxor. This place is filled with history, laid back vibe and friendly people and if I were going to live in Egypt, Luxor would be the place. Half of my satisfaction came from the hospitality provided by the owner of the Bob Marley…
  • Exploring The Ancient Ruins of Abu Simbel from Aswan Egypt Solo...

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Exploring The Ancient Ruins of Abu Simbel from Aswan Egypt Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 2 Abu Simbel and Aswan are really out of its way and it takes quite a determination for a traveler to go down as far as the south border of Egypt-Sudan. I was that traveler and today, I am here to report that the 9 hours train ride from Cairo and a 6 hours drive from Aswan (one way) was all worth it. Abu Simbel is the father of all Egyptian ruins and let me tell you why through my photography. Video Interesting Links Don’t forget to add these to your bucket list Travel to Aswan, Egypt Aswan is…
  • Getting Scammed in Cairo Was Worth It Egypt Solo...

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Getting Scammed in Cairo Was Worth It Egypt Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 1 The topic of getting scammed in Egypt need no introduction from me. In fact, I have written a whole article about it awhile back with my greatest passion. It was a problem I was not prepared for and so I paid the price dearly. That said, I still think Egypt is one of the most unique country you can experience. Walking through the mysterious old city of Cairo and the historic ancient ruins in this country, one could only imagine oneself as Indiana Jones exploring a long lost civilization. There’s no other country…
  • Follow Me & I’ll Show You Egypt 11 Days in Egypt in 22...

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Follow Me & I’ll Show You Egypt 11 Days in Egypt in 22 Photos I have always believed that the middle east is one of the most mysterious unexplored area in the world. Not to mention, the fact that most media like to paint the area negatively because of all the turmoil in the region. Granted that some area are dangerous but that does not mean that the whole of the middle east is dangerous. To prove this, I decided to go on a “Pilgrimage” journey through the middle east starting from Egypt. Repeated terrorist activities in Egypt is a problem that has affected the once popular desintation…
  • Hiking & Riding Motorcycles in Sapa Vietnam Solo Traveler’s...

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hiking & Riding Motorcycles in Sapa Vietnam Solo Traveler’s Journal Part 4 A good journey always ended with a bang and this trip was no exception. Sapa, a little town in the north of Vietnam that overlooks the terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley, was my last destination. Sapa is not just well known for the beautiful mountains and rice fields, but also for the relentless haggling of the Blank Hmong minorities trying to get you to buy their trinkets. Although, it was a little annoying at times, we were able to find a way to avoid them and enjoy the landscape in peace, by renting a…
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  • Alexander McQueen dress & Bosch t-shirts

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Source: After visiting “Savage Beauty” exhibition of Alexander McQueen’s work at Victoria and Albert I’ve been reflecting over the dress. It appeared in the last collection of McQueen (left unfinished at the time of his death). The dress features a mashup between elements of Hieronymus Bosch paintings: The Temptation of St. Anthony and The Garden of Earthly Delights. Source: Being a fan of both…
  • USB vacuum cleaner

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Few days ago I randomly walked into Poundland, a UK store chain where everything’s 1 pound. They have a corner with chip (and mostly useless) gadgets. However, there was a neat USB vacuum cleaner there this time. Which is kinda cool, so I bought it. Surprisingly, it kicks ass. It has 2 suction modes, a flashlight and two brushes. It can actually clean the keyboard or similar delicate surfaces when 2000W vacuum is an overkill. No wonder it’s 5x more expensive on Amazon. Totally, totally worth it.
  • Ceremony of the Keys

    24 Jun 2015 | 1:42 pm
    TL;DR Next time you’re in London, book a free ticket to Ceremony of the Keys. I did it It’s honestly one of the best touristy things you can do in London! You’ll get to walk inside the Tower of London (normally £24 for a ticket) when all visitors have left, get to witness one of the oldest ceremonies with beefeaters, talk to the Chief Yeoman Warder — and it’s absolutely free! What is Ceremony of the Keys Ceremony of the Keys is held every night at the Tower of London, and has done so in some form or another since the 14th century. At exactly 9.53pm, the Chief Yeoman…
  • Spotify Running

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Spotify Running is a new feature of Spotify app. It’s not a running playlist, it’s more awesome than that! Select Running on the menu, and then the app will play tracks syncing the music beat with your running tempo. All the tracks are specifically designed so that the tempo could be changed while you’re running. When you start, hold the device for a few seconds, so that it could measure your tempo. Unfortunately it doesn’t update the tempo automatically while you’re running, but you can measure it anytime, and the track will magically adjust its tempo. Also,…
  • 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:…
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  • 50 Inspiring Self Development Quotes To Transform Your Life

    Lucas Falconer
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Self development. Change. Improvement. You have the power to be whatever you want to be. From the day you are born until the day you die. Your destiny is always in the palm of your hands. It‰’s always one breath away, one thought away, but it is always, always, there. You always know who you really are and what you really want. Self development starts from your mind. Your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions are what shape you and make you into what you are. This is your battleground. This is where you must focus if you want to change your life. If you want to see your dreams come…
  • 51 and a ½ Inspirational & Encouraging Quotes To Live By

    Lucas Falconer
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Everybody needs somebody or something to lift their spirits. For me this something has always been quotes. Encouraging quotes from people who have gone through what you are going through now can be very powerful in helping you stay strong and hopeful when the going gets tough. I strongly believe that a quote is a window into another person life and by taking the time to really understand the quote; you can learn from the person‰’s lifetime worth of experiences (both good and bad) and use them to positively affect your life. So whether you‰’ve just faced tragedy, didn‰’t…
  • The 37 Best Quotes About Life You Will Ever Read

    Lucas Falconer
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The best quotes about life. I know the title sets a very lofty goal that maybe you don‰’t think is very realistic. I mean quotes are subjective aren‰’t they? So different people like different ones. Well yes that‰’s true but the underlying fact is, is that we all experience the same feelings. So while a quote can be subjective and you might like one quote over the other based on your current circumstances. There are some circumstances that are universal and everybody experiences them. Things like falling in love, laughing, success or even failure happen to everybody.
  • 30 Inspirational Quotes About Leadership

    Lucas Falconer
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    No one is ever born a Leader. Leadership is a torch which is passed down through generations. It is a characteristic which is learnt and refined by the experiences of others. It is a fire which has kept the human race going. This is one of the first leadership posts on this website and I feel it‰’s very appropriate that a resource which teaches leadership should honor and appreciate the great leaders who have come before us. A quote is a window into another person‰’s soul, and just like how iron sharpens iron we should use the use these quotes full of wisdom to sharpen our…
  • How To Be A Better Person & Transform Your Life

    Lucas Falconer
    4 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How many of you woke up today thinking that today would be different? That today would be the day you‰’d finally live to your potential and would transform your life. Or wait I‰’ll change the question, how many of you slept last night with that goal in mind? That today you‰’d wake up early and workout and drink that green hipster smoothie everybody‰’s crazy about, that you‰’d do yoga, be super productive and get all of your work done? If you‰’re reading this particular post now, I can confidently bet that 99% of you did or at least have done sometime…
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  • How to Stay Motivated When You Just Really Want to Lie on the Couch

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Summer is really here. The days are longer, the sun is out and the heat is on. You’re sitting inside you see the sun shining into the window. As you take a deeper look through the glass you can see the leaves on the trees swaying from the breeze. It
  • Why Hope Is All You Need to Be the Greatest

    13 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Okay, so you have this really great idea of what you want to do with your life. You’ve finally come up with something that you believe you can really enjoy, while at the same time getting out of the tedious cycle of misery that has become your work and home
  • Why You Have to Stop Judging Others to Make a Breakthrough

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:52 pm
    I know the feeling. You’ve tried a couple of things in an attempt to make some headway but it just seems like you’re running in place. There are times when you get so frustrated, you don’t know what to do anymore. You don’t understand what you’re doing wrong. Why aren’t
  • Why Gamble With Your Life? 7 Good Habits for Guaranteed Success

    16 Jun 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Okay, so you know exactly what you want to do with your life. You know what you want it to be. You’ve spent hours on end over months if not years figuring out who has done it the best. You may even have a few examples of success stories that
  • They Lied To You, Why You Need To Be Selfish

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Yes, you’ve been deceived. All that talk about how you shouldn’t be selfish is rubbish. As you grow up you’re taught all about how being selfish is a bad thing. How it won’t serve you and in fact would make you a bad person that no one wants to be
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  • Effective Opinions, a powerful and reliable online survey panel

    21 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Effective Opinions is an online survey panel community owned and managed by Market Research professionals. They give you the opportunity to get paid for sharing your thoughts and opinions about large corporations and brands. Their panel member area is easy to use and straight forward, so you spend more time taking part in interesting surveys and earning money. Effective opinions service offers you cash by PayPal or amazons vouchers. Take part in interesting online surveys, earn great cash rewards! Sign up here for free now. Where your opinion really counts! Effective Opinions believes that…
  • Be a Guaranteed Winner Today!!!

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    If you are like me then you love being a winner! Today is your lucky day! You can win a fabulous book worth $12.99 You can win Your Guide to Making Money With Online Surveys How do you win this prize guaranteed? Very simple! Go through the site and locate the Three Hidden Stars The stars look like this:   Once you see the stars, copy the URL of the page or take note of the page and fill in the required form below: URL/Page/Location of Star 1 URL/Page/Location of Star 2 URL/Page/Location of Star 3 Email Address – To Receive Your Prize On successful completion you will receive your…
  • 5 Best Get Paid To Watch Videos Sites

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Are you the type of person that watches a lot of random videos when you surf the web? You can get paid to watch videos from certain websites online. Which ones are the best? We have picked the 5 best get paid to watch videos site for you to go, sign up and get paid for viewing new video content. 5)Paid2YouTube As the name suggests, you get paid to watch YouTube videos. The site has been in business for quite a while and is a legitimate money making opportunity. The payments from this site are low. You get paid $0.005 per video watched, therefore you will spend a large amount of time watching…
  • New Ebook Now Available to Purchase

    6 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    We now have an ebook available for our readers to download. The ebook is entitled: “Your Guide To Making Money With Paid Surveys” The ebook provides readers with a comprehensive guide to making money online with paid surveys. The guide outlines the various steps to take in order to successfully make money online and has reviews of survey panels that you can join in order to start earning cash. The ebook can be purchased using the link below: $12.99 – Purchase Checkout Added to cart The post New Ebook Now Available to Purchase appeared first on Moneyjojo.
  • The Best Affiliate Programs 2015

    29 May 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…
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  • Which is the best mattress for my luxury bed?

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
        Home Decor I am findings the best mattress for my bed, I have back pain and I want only best mattress for back pain in the mean time i read trusted review from and i got help. Also any reader can suggest me for other. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Keep Mattress From SaggingThe Liquor That Doubles as a Mattress RefresherFreshen and Deodorize your MattressDIY Linen Spray – Author CommentsCleaning Mattress Stains RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Which is the best mattress for my…
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  • Awesome Body Hacks

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
        Beauty A body hack is a technique that helps in improving an individual’s mental or health state. It can be surprisingly effective and helpful. Here are some awesome body hacks that will make your life better. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Aim for the Body when ServingWays to Go Out Your Guts: Take MeasurementsSet Up Your Golf Shot: Body AlignmentHelping Your Child Develop Good Posture, While Doing Homework – Author CommentsMiracles of Magic Eraser – Author Comments RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Awesome…
  • P-wheel. Clean up less pee.

    16 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
        Cleaning A retractable potty training target for you son, husband, roommate and friends. Encourages them to lift the seat and get it in the toilet. The more pee in the toilet, the less you have to clean. Be the first to comment... Related Posts:– Author CommentsDrift with Rear Wheel Drive AutoUse the Hand Brake Technique to Drift with Rear Wheel Drive and Manual TransmissionHow to Play Racing Games on your PhoneDrink While you Clean RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick P-wheel. Clean up less pee. comes from LifeTricks.
  • Cleaning Ceiling Fans with Pillowcase

    11 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
        Cleaning If you have an extra pillowcase lying around use it to clean your ceiling fans. Place the fan blade between the pillowcase and pull lightly toward you, the excess dust falls into the underside of the pillowcase. Genius! Be the first to comment... Related Posts:Dust Off your Ceiling Fan Blades with a PillowcaseHow to Repair Noisy Computer FansWarm your Room in Winter with the Ceiling FanWater Down Liquid Soaps and Cleaning ProductsRe-Use Ice Cream Pails RSS Feed Powered by MaxBlogPress Bring My Blog Visitors BackThis Trick Cleaning Ceiling Fans with Pillowcase…
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  • Surrendering

    albert van zyl
    25 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    “Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that it is more important to fulfill your authentic desires than listen to your fears. Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere. Trust that the flow of life contains you, is bigger than you, and will take care of you—if you let it.” ~Vironika Tugaleva
  • Not what you want to be when you grow up, but rather WHO

    albert van zyl
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    From Lodro Rinzler's book "The Buddha walks into the office".
  • We have a bias towards action. Even when its not productive.

    albert van zyl
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    From: "We have a bias toward action. When faced with uncertainty or a problem, particularly an ambiguous one, we prefer to do something, even if it’s counterproductive and doing nothing is the best course of action. Consider the case of professional soccer goalies who need to defend against penalty kicks. What is the most effective strategy for stopping the ball? Most of us think that if we were in their shoes, we would be better off jumping to the right or to the left. As it turns out, staying in the center is best. Research…
  • Choosing yourself rather than Facebook

    albert van zyl
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    "Don't focus on those things in the material world that you cannot control or possibly ever change, when you can focus on inner health your, your inner world, on the things that matter." - James Altucher You know those 'dead' spots in the day? You may have just finished another piece of work or the next email on your list is a tough one? At these points I often reach for some relief. Quickly see what other emails there are or check Facebook or grab another coffee or eat something. You know how that feels?Contrast that feeling with taking a walk when you are stuck. Or reading that article…
  • The two powers of intent

    albert van zyl
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    Will power is over rated. Clear intent is the thing. When your intent is clear you have a chance and a second chance.Lets say I want to remain calmer during my work day by take the odd short walk. What happens is that at some point in my normal crazy day I will remember or at least be reminded to talk that walk. Its a somewhat magical. The reminder just pops up in my head like a screen alert. Its gentle and non-imposing. So it also takes a little resolve to actually take these opportunities. But without clear intent none of this happens. Try it. Be clear about what you want. Perhaps you…
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  • 101 Self Improvement Resources That Will Take You From Stuck To Unstoppable

    Bastiaan Blikman
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:14 pm
    You know the feeling right? Hours and hours you spend searching the Internet in the hope to find a solution for your problem. You wonder how hard it can be to find the right resource. That one article, video, course or book that will solve your problem. Maybe you lack self-confidence, get angry easily, don’t like your job or you miss a sense of purpose and meaning in your life. Whatever it is, there is a humongous amount of information out there. To be honest, I think we can all agree that there is too much information and it can be really overwhelming. Of course you only want the best for…
  • How To Dramatically Boost Your Self-Confidence And Achieve Your Biggest Goals

    Chantalle Blikman
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Let’s face it. We all have that nagging voice inside our heads saying; “There is far more that you can do and be in this life” Deep down we all believe that we are capable of so much more. More friends, more success, more money, more purpose and meaning… But then there’s the biggest enemy of all. It’s the ONE thing that somehow leads us to spending almost our whole lives feeling stuck and helpless. And that’s our self-confidence.   Maybe you’re stuck in a job you don’t like. Perhaps it feels repetitive and boring and it’s just not what your heart desires. You lack…
  • 5 Solid Reasons To Take Control Of Your Anxiety

    Chantalle Blikman
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:24 am
    It’s very frustrating… You know, never knowing if and when bad things will happen. Things can change at any moment… People can hurt you. You could become injured or ill. You could lose someone dear to you. Tomorrow you could make a HUGE mistake or completely fail at something. Life is full of uncertainty. And this is especially hard for those of us who struggle with an unhealthy amount of anxious thoughts. Anxiety takes its toll on me too…trust me. I really want to help you to overcome this problem in your life. So I’m sharing 5 things I try to remind myself of…
  • Live A Fulfilling And Meaningful Life: 33 Powerful Tips From Experts

    Bastiaan Blikman
    7 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    Let’s face it. You’re frustrated. It’s so difficult to feel certain about what you’re supposed to be doing with your life. One minute, it’s the happiest day of your life, the next you’re feeling unsatisfied or even a bit depressed. If only there was a way to find a real sense of meaning and purpose. So that you could feel driven, motivated and like you’re on a clear path in life. Well… it just so happens that you’re in luck. Chantalle and I have been fortunate enough to get the No. 1 TIP from 33 influential bloggers to help you live a fulfilling and meaningful life. And…
  • 5 Things You Should Never Do After a Breakup (And What To Do Instead)

    Bastiaan Blikman
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    It hurts, doesn’t it? You start out a relationship with great expectations… Slowly you let down all your walls, and put all your trust in this one person. And you hope to live a life of shared dreams and commitments. And then suddenly… It’s all over. What happened?! Maybe it hit you like a hammer in the head or maybe you saw it coming. Unexpected or not, it’s painful! You get thrown into unknown territory and wonder how to survive a break up. The dreams and expectations you had get shattered. You feel completely crap and lost. And you doubt if you will ever feel truly happy…
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  • Hacking The To-Do List: How To Be More Productive With Your Time

    Randy Wang
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    by Randy Wang Have you used to-do lists before?Most of us probably have. In fact, most of us probably have an active to-do list somewhere with tasks beckoning to be checked off.  But have you thought about why we use to-do lists?At their simplest, to-do lists prevent us from forgetting tasks. Often these tasks come in the form of mundane tasks like buying stuff from the grocery store — lower priority tasks that aren’t top-of-mind and so we are afraid we might forget. But at more advanced levels, to-do lists become mission-critical tools that serve not only to remind, but…
  • The Sustainable Six-Pack Diet: 6 Guidelines For Eating Clean And Staying Lean Long-Term

    Randy Wang
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    by Randy Wang At the end of September last year, I put an end to my obsession with tracking my meals.I had been experimenting with diet and nutrition for nine months prior and decided it was time to test out whether I could take what I'd learned and synthesize it into a simple set of guidelines for eating clean that I could follow indefinitely with minimal effort.In other words, I wanted to figure out a sustainable way of eating that would keep me healthy and lean long-term (as opposed to the shorter-term approaches suggested in my articles on burning fat and bulking…
  • My Checklist For 2015

    Randy Wang
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    by Randy Wang As 2015 approaches, I thought it would be a meaningful exercise to first review the things I’ve done in 2014 and then put together a checklist of things I’d like to do in 2015. In the past, the thought of setting goals for the New Year wouldn’t occur to me until New Year’s day, hung-over from partying the night before. Unsurprisingly, any hasty “resolutions" I came up with would invariably remain unresolved by year-end. This past year, however, was different, and I give this blog a lot of the credit.I’ve found that the act of publishing my…
  • Hacking Self-Improvement: How To Become 37x Better Each Year

    Randy Wang
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    by Randy Wang Do you have a book that you've been meaning to read for a long time but just haven't gotten around to it? For me that book was "Delivering Happiness” by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos. The book sat on my iBookshelf for nearly three years until I finally dusted off the imaginary cobwebs and started reading what is now one of my favorite books. Despite being a non-fiction book about business and company culture, it is a very entertaining read that literally had me laughing-out-loud at times. But humor aside, there are tons of useful takeaways…
  • Hacking Weight Gain: 4 Things You Should NOT Do If You Want To Bulk Up

    Randy Wang
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    by Randy Wang The end goal for my diet-related experiments has always been to eventually come up with a way of eating that not only optimizes health and performance, but is also truly sustainable in the long-term. Earlier in the year, I had explored weight loss with my six-pack abs in three months experiment. The fat-burning routine that I developed proved very effective for getting lean, but I don’t consider it a sustainable routine since it doesn't address an important question:After I become lean and healthy, how should I adjust my routine so that I can maintain my desired…
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  • Diets don’t work: Food, feelings and finding freedom

    Aleka Thorvalson
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you are confused about how to find peace with food, your weight and body image, you are not alone. This is a pervasive, frustrating and complicated issue with many, many layers. Learn why diets don't work and how to find freedom from food: The post Diets don’t work: Food, feelings and finding freedom appeared first on .
  • Monday Morning Pep Talk | The power of social accountability

    Shauna Mackenzie
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    We talk a lot about goal-setting on Best Kept Self but do you really know how jarring the statistics are for people who take into account certain practices for setting them? For example – writing them down. A study in 1979 of Harvard Graduates, as cited in the book What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business […] The post Monday Morning Pep Talk | The power of social accountability appeared first on .

    Shauna Mackenzie
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    MY STORY: I am a working mom with a working spouse, and I am actively strategizing on how to keep all the balls in the air while still enjoying the life I have. Like most parents, there is an endless list of things to do and never enough time to do. I felt like I had […] The post MARGARET BJORK appeared first on .

    Shauna Mackenzie
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    MY STORY: A seemingly insignificant moment completely changed the course of my life.  I picked up an O Magazine to read on a flight when I came upon an article that, on any other day, I would not have read.  The perfect conditions of mind-numbing boredom + no other entertainment options (that one can only […] The post JESSIE MAHER appeared first on .

    Shauna Mackenzie
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    MY STORY: As I opened my mother’s “magic makeup drawer”, beams of light shot out from all angles.  Okay, maybe it didn’t happen quite like that, but that’s how I remember it. I feel truly fortunate to have discovered my life’s passion at the age of five. My mother is an artist and when I […] The post KRISTIN PAVAO appeared first on .
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  • The Power of Breaking the Routine and Taking some Time Off

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    When was the last time you took consciously some time off? We often read about routine and habits, about workflow and rituals and how to optimise our days and maximise our output. The better our day is scheduled the more we will get done. This might be true for some cases, but you might as well get stuck in your routine.In order to think creatively and to innovate you need to take a step back and try to see things from a different angle. Many creative thinkers know the power of taking a break and how to disrupt the work routine. Stefan Sagmeister, New York-based graphic designer and…
  • How to prevent distractions if you’re working from home

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    “In 2014, 23% of employed persons did some or all of their work at home” according to the American Time Use Survey. Also in the UK, nearly 14% of those who work, are home workers. It’s certainly a trend that is rising, but there are a few things to keep in mind in order to avoid distractions.1. Set boundaries with family and friends Many homeworkers complain that family and friends don’t understand that just because you’re home all day, it doesn’t mean you’re available. They will knock on your door, invite you for afternoon tea or to hang out with them. You can help yourself and…
  • Prioritise tasks using the Eisenhower Box

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    For those times when you’re overwhelmed by all the things you “should” do, help yourself with the Eisenhower Decision Matrix.Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president of the United States, once said: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”He prioritised things using the following rule:1. Important – urgent = Do it now2. Important – not urgent = Decide a time to do it3. Urgent – not important = Delegate it4. Not urgent – not important = Delete itYou should…
  • 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…
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  • 10 Messages You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Facts You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking Nicotine, the main drug in a cigarette or tobacco, is the reason for smoking addiction. After long time smoking, your brain will adapt to nicotine and long for a cigarette. When are boring, in blue mood or tired, your brain may give out a message: you need a cigarette. This happens again and again. Many things can trigger your cravings for a cigarette, the smell of a cigarette, an ashtray next to… Continue Reading ›› The post 10 Messages You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking appeared first on
  • Five Air Purification Technologies

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Five Modern Methods of Air Purification For most families, keeping the high-quality indoor air is of great importance for their well-beings. The best way to maintain the clean and pure indoor air is to circulate the air through natural ways, such as, opening the doors or windows. However, most modern houses are sealed tightly, making it hard for the natural breezes to blow through them. So purifying the air naturally seems to be unavailable for most homes. Fortunately, modern technologies… Continue Reading ›› The post Five Air Purification Technologies appeared first on…
  • Treatment and Control of Asthma

    14 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Asthma Treatment and Control Methods Asthma is a type of chronic disease. The frustrating fact is that it is incurable, but there still have many methods, such as using useful tools or taking medications, to help treat or control asthma. In addition, some practical benchmarks can also be used to estimate your progress of treatment. 1. Helpful tools: The Peak Flow Meter This little device is simple and easy to handle in hands. When you blow air into it, the… Continue Reading ›› The post Treatment and Control of Asthma appeared first on
  • Germ Guardian Air Purifier Reviews: AC4825, AC5000E and More…

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Main Features of Air Purifiers from Germ Guardian GermGuardian is a consumer products company that develops and sells superior home environment products for mass retail. GermGuardian Air Purifiers, backed by Guardian technologies, focus on creating a better home environment for customers. Germ Guardian Air Purifiers, ideal to use in rooms sizing 100 to 800 square feet, utilize innovative, safe and natural technologies to clean and refresh the air. And, at the core of Guardian technology, the naturally occurring ultraviolet (UV-C)… Continue Reading ›› The post Germ Guardian…
  • Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Guides to Choose A Holmes Air Purifier As one of the leading makers of electric goods, Holmes has gained rich experiences in producing excellent and dependable products through over 30 years’ attempts. We will talk about Holmes air purifier reviews in this post. Air purifier might be a relatively new sector, but this also means that great potentials are waiting for Holmes. And Holmes air purifiers have taken up some market share in portable and console air purifiers field once… Continue Reading ›› The post Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015 appeared first…
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  • Dealing With (Mom) Judgement, Criticism and Guilt

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    “Show me a mother, and I’ll show you a woman who feels guilty for something, thanks in no small part to the judgmental internet musings of other moms who’ve made different choices.” So says Brandy Zadrozny in an article she wrote for the Daily Beast earlier this year. I’ve written about the toxic nature of shame before, and as a mother of... The post Dealing With (Mom) Judgement, Criticism and Guilt appeared first on .
  • The Weird and Fascinating World of Unschooling

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Logan LaPlante was 13  when he gave a TED talk about how homeschooling makes him happy. It’s an inspiring message that racked up over 8 million views on YouTube. You can watch it here: What makes Logan’s story newsworthy, however, is that he’s not just a regular homeschooler. He has complete freedom to learn whatever, however, wherever and whenever he wants. Turns out, there’s... The post The Weird and Fascinating World of Unschooling appeared first on .
  • Raising Resilient Kids: How Teach Them to Thrive and Flourish in the Real World

    16 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    “I can’t do it,” my five year old says. Again. We’re playing a flashcard game as part of this month’s parenting challenge and I’m teaching her to read simple words. Get a word right, she gets a point. Get a word wrong, Mommy gets a point. ‘Quit saying that’, I think to myself. I’m at a loss for what else to... The post Raising Resilient Kids: How Teach Them to Thrive and Flourish in the Real World appeared first on .
  • Forget Finding Your One True Calling – The World Needs More Multi-Passionate People

    9 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Some people are born knowing what they’re meant to do with their lives. Not me. I never grew up with a burning passion I had to pursue. There was no inner voice whispering in my ear day in and day out. I only knew that I wanted to do something that I loved, and do it well. The problem? I’ve got a lot... The post Forget Finding Your One True Calling – The World Needs More Multi-Passionate People appeared first on .
  • How to Take Risks, Build Confidence & Keep Going: A Guide For the Sensitive & Shy (Like Me)

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I took a risk last week. I didn’t publish a typical Hackerella post – one that marries personal anecdotes and insights with research and data. Instead, I decided to share 2500 words (and accompanying photos) about a little girl who finds a magic wand in the woods. Not exactly the work you’d expect to read on this blog, but it was the... The post How to Take Risks, Build Confidence & Keep Going: A Guide For the Sensitive & Shy (Like Me) appeared first on .
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    Live and Dare

  • Mindfulness Tools To Integrate Meditation In Your Daily Life [for serious meditators]

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.A daily seated practice of meditation is essential, yet not enough. For meditation to be truly transformative, it has to go beyond the cushion.We have conditioned our mind day in and day out, for years, to function in a certain way. This automatic way of being limits our consciousness, and often brings stress, negative emotions, and much confusion.In order to rewire these mental patterns, our meditation needs to be influencing our states moment after moment. This may sound like a very far-fetched ideal, but there…
  • Episode 011: Movement For Meditation

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Mind and body are intimately connected, so our journey towards stillness can start with using the body – which is easier to work with than the mind. The body can be used for healing emotions and the mind, and also as an anchor for developing tranquility.Several spiritual traditions work initially with the body for grounding attention, in support for going deeper into ourselves, to subtler states of consciousness. If your body and breath are not calm and harmonious, your mind will likely be bogged down, and…
  • True Nonduality And Neo-Advaita – Moving Beyond A Cognitive Realization

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:57 am
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Of the several non-dual spiritual traditions, Advaita Vedanta is perhaps the oldest. It is based on the teachings of the Upanishads (the oldest of which, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, dates from 900 BCE), the Brahma Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. It’s most famous historical exponent was Adi Shankara, who in the 800 CE revived Hinduism in a Buddhism-dominated India, winning over all its opponents in debate.In the last 200 years, with the cross-fertilization between East and West, Advaita Vedanta got modernized,…
  • Choosing a Meditation Teacher

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Do you need a meditation teacher? Should you join a meditation group/center? This is a very common question for people learning meditation, and one for which there is no easy answer. Yet the number of meditation teachers out there is increasing, and it’s important you know who can better serve you, and also be able to separate the genuine from the phony.Let’s take a look at what’s involved.The traditional role of a meditation teacherTraditionally speaking, meditation was not taught as a standalone…
  • Episode 010: Hacking the Mind

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    Read more about Life, Happiness, Meditation, Coaching, Success at Live and Dare.Meditation is a great way to find yourself and to improve your life. But meditation is not only what happens when you’re on the cushion – it’s a way of life.Your mind in meditation is a reflection of your mind in daily life, and vice-versa.  So another way to deepen your meditation practice is to actually make sure that you don’t have a thousand threads of unresolved tasks and unprocessed information hanging around your brain. In order words, psychic decluttering is important.In this…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: What It REALLY Means to Act ‘As If’ (Free E-Book)

    Kelli Cooper
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    When it comes to harnessing the power of law of attraction, this whole acting ‘as if’ thing can really throw people for a loop. How do you act like you have what you want, when you actually don’t? There is a lot of misunderstanding about the law of attraction, and many take this mean you are being encouraged to be completely delusional, lie to yourself, and just pretend your problems, or things you don’t like, just simply don’t exist. Yeah, that is not how it works. Denial and lying to ourselves are major manifesting cockblockers if you will. This can be tricky…
  • Podcast Episode #11: How My Misery Made Me a Manifesting Machine

    Kelli Cooper
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:25 pm
    My biggest strides with law of attraction came during some really shitty times in my life…I am not free of the cliche that hard times really make us grow. The thing is, when the going gets really rough, operating in a more LOA-friendly way certainly becomes more challenging. Won’t put up a fight on that point. But, we always have a choice on how to feel and behave. Again, it’s hard, and we may not be perfect at it, at every turn. It’s all good. But at some point, we do need to shift our focus  Today’s podcast delves into some personal issues I faced, and how…
  • Law of Attraction: The Low Down on Visualizing

    Kelli Cooper
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    When it comes to the law of attraction, you hear a lot about visualizing. Often times, it is almost as if law of attraction and visualizing become synonymous. But it is important to remember that the law of attraction is not a tool; it is not something you can ‘use.’ Harnessing its power is all about what you are ‘being.’ Not what you are doing. It is a way of explaining how reality is created, and why what happens happens, both in an individual’s life, and our collective experience as a whole. It is kind of like gravity—you aren’t ‘using’ it,…
  • Working with Law of Attraction When You’re Still Wondering If It’s Complete Bullsh*t

    Kelli Cooper
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The law of attraction is not some new concept that was invented by the people who wrote The Secret. The idea our inner world influences our external experience was discussed long before this. There were many books that discussed the law of attraction (thought it wasn’t always referred to by this name) that date back to the early 1900’s. There are probably some that are even older…don’t feel like Googling that right now to confirm. The reason it is so much more well-known now, is because our overall consciousness is expanding, and more and more people are starting to…
  • Podcast Episode #10: Law of Attraction: How Do I Know If My Stuff Is Coming?

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Ah, the most asked question regarding the law of attraction. We are dying to know the signs which indicate what we want, is in fact, coming to us. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question or course of exact events that unfold as your manifestation nears. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t indicators your energy is indeed changing, and you are aligning more closely with what you want. Today I am going to chat you up about a few of those signs, and this information will without a doubt give you a much better understanding of how the manifesting process tends to…
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    Life Hacks Magazine

  • 7 Psychological Life Hacks that Will Make Your Social Life Damn Easy

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Everyone loves Life Hacks, Just because it makes our life a hell lot easier. This is our first post on Life Hacks, and we have decided to share with you a great list of Psychological Life Hacks that will make… Continue Reading →
  • Friendship Day: Best Friendship Quotes of All Time

    1 Aug 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Friends are the best people of our lives. They are caring, funny, insulting, counselors and weird, but the most important persons next to our families.On this occasion of “Friendship Day” we bring you the best quotes ever said for friends,… Continue Reading →
  • 10 Tricks To Become A Positive Person That Everyone Loves

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Becoming a loving and positive person is more like a dream to just about everyone. No wonder people are good at heart and all you have to do is pull that positive and loving side of you out. There are… Continue Reading →
  • How To Lead a Happy Life

    26 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    God had provided us with a free will and that we all must realize that life is not a rock that we need to carry on our shoulders but a stoned rock that looks at us with a smile. I… Continue Reading →
  • 5 Personalities Who Turned Thier Failures into Success

    23 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Believe it or not, NO one is able to get success at the first shot. Some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs were the ones who had the hardest time during their early years. It may sound like a joke… Continue Reading →
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    Imperfect Spirituality

  • Power Ups Make for Better Moments

    Polly Campbell
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    Sweet P is playing the piano and it isn’t good. She’s learning a new song. And, it’s tough going. New notes and rhythms to practice. But she keeps going. Partly because I threatened her. But mostly now, because she’s sucked in, curious, trying to figure it out. She keeps going, note after wrong note, then again, then the right note, then again. Little by little, but with each little quarter note, she is putting together an entire song. I can hear pieces of it now. The tempo and tones coming together. This is how it goes for us at work or parenting or healing or loving.
  • Don’t Take it Personally

    Polly Campbell
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    We were wandering along a forest trail talking about how it’s good to be a flexible thinker. To go with the flow and learn to adapt. To compromise with your friends, sometimes and allow them to do the same for you. “I am good with that,” Sweet P says. And she can be. “But then I get my heart broken. And I get stuck.” And she does. Sweet P feels things deeply. The joys and exhilaration of peak experiences. The despair and hurt and hopelessness of failed friendships or disappointment. I do too. Always have. I still have memories of Bobby in second grade when the teacher called him out…
  • Why We Feel Self-Conscious

    Polly Campbell
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    I was sitting alone in the middle of a restaurant when I realized I had a huge stain the shape of Idaho across the front of my blouse. I felt self-conscious. Like everyone was looking at me and my expansive stain. The negative feelings intensified even as finished up my errands by picking up the dry cleaning (yeah, pretty sure they wanted to pull the shirt off me right there and give it a good wash). But the truth is, probably nobody noticed the stain. In fact, it’s unlikely they even noticed me at all. What is the Spotlight Effect Human beings are like that. So often we feel self-conscious…
  • How to Ease Mental Fatigue

    Polly Campbell
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Too many things to do, places to go, decisions to make can leave us mentally tired and worn out by the end of the day. Even when our calendars are filled with things we enjoy, the cumulative effect of always doing can sap our self control and leave us exhausted. Then we are prone to greater health risks, unhappiness and burnout. But we can keep the burnout at bay But, micro-breaks – little pauses throughout our days – and some other practices can help ease the feeling of overwhelm and stress. Three Ways to Ease Mental Fatigue Simplifying decisions. We are faced with scores of decisions…
  • Managing Mental Fatigue

    Polly Campbell
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    It’s happens often. I arrive at the end of the day exhausted. On paper it doesn’t look like I’ve done much. A few loads of laundry, in between sessions of wall ball with my daughter in between phone interviews and blog posts and magazine assignments and copy edits and invoicing, in between cooking dinner and checking in with friends. It’s my summer schedule. And for all the flexibility with how I spend my time, I wind up using it all. There are very few breaks to unwind. At the end of the day, I’m exhausted.  It isn’t the ‘I-feel-like-I’ve-run-a-marathon’ kind of physical…
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  • Tips on How to Be An Attractive Man in Girls’ Eyes

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    7 Tips: How to be an Attractive Man? Before you can be considered as an attractive person, does it mean you need to have a body chiseled to perfection plus a handsome face? The truth is, there are several men out there who are regarded as attractive, yet they are not exactly the kind of people... Read Article → The post Tips on How to Be An Attractive Man in Girls’ Eyes appeared first on
  • 10 Tips on How to Persuade A Friend

    10 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Tips on How to Persuade a Friend If you are looking to persuade a friend regardless of your purpose, it helps to apply the following tips that are proven to work in helping you achieve your goal. 1. Be encouraging by being optimistic abut future outcomes. Perhaps your friend is having some hesitations or reservations... Read Article → The post 10 Tips on How to Persuade A Friend appeared first on
  • Reviews to Choose A Washer and Dryer 2015

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Factors to Consider When Choosing A Home Washer and Dryer Size: A great washer and dryer firstly must fit your available space properly. That is why many customers choose a washer-dryer combo or a laundry center. Both of them are compact in size. So a washer and dryer with compact size are more likely to... Read Article → The post Reviews to Choose A Washer and Dryer 2015 appeared first on
  • Best Pressure Cooker Consumer Report 2015

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Guides on Choosing An Electric Pressure Cooker In today’s post, we will talk about pressure cookers. Firstly, we will introduce the working principle of pressure cookers, and then we will move to tips to choose a great home pressure cooker, and at last, we will introduce some best pressure cookers and reviews of them. What... Read Article → The post Best Pressure Cooker Consumer Report 2015 appeared first on
  • Guides to Choose A Best Ergonomic Office Chair for Back Pain

    20 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The Importance of Having a Most Comfortable Office Chair Due to the prolonged amount of time one spends sitting while in the office, the likelihood of them developing back and spine problems are very high. It is for this reason that people are advised to adopt comfortable ergonomic office chairs that can help compound or... Read Article → The post Guides to Choose A Best Ergonomic Office Chair for Back Pain appeared first on
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    Life Jottings

  • A tribute to Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam – Must read

    28 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Can a person from a very humble background succeed and come up in life? Is it possible for an ordinary person to rise through the corridors of influence and power where only the elite can wade through? Is it possible that somebody can etch their name on the pages of world history through sheer dedication, […] The post A tribute to Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam – Must read appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Acts of Kindness

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:24 am
    Today morning, as I was driving to office, it so happened that I had to wait in a narrow road for a moment so that the vehicles on the opposite side can pass through. I was also listening to some music being played in the car’s audio system, that I remained very calm and composed […] The post Acts of Kindness appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Dark lessons of life learnt in my 20’s

    15 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    I enjoyed reading this post by Abhishek Bharadwaj. A very clear depiction of the reality. Read and enjoy! Source : During one of those intense conversations with my close friend she remarked — “You know what your problem is? You think you are good, you do good to people and good will happen to you. You are […] The post Dark lessons of life learnt in my 20’s appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Need for Motivating Factor in life

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    A friend recently told me that he has started to go to the gym as a girl with whom he recently developed friendship maintains a perfect structure. He feels that he needs to keep himself fit and look good so that he will have the feel good factor to continue the relationship. Another college going […] The post Need for Motivating Factor in life appeared first on Life Jottings.
  • Simplified Tax filing with H&R Block

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    It is July and for those who pay taxes every year, this is a period of time where we become busy with our Form 16 and other associated tax filing activities. Earlier, we used to seek the help of some professionals who would file the Saral form for us for a fee. Gone are those […] The post Simplified Tax filing with H&R Block appeared first on Life Jottings.
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    Productivity Theory

  • Tips to Help You Get Over Guilt, Jealousy or Self-Hate

    Kayla Matthews
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes we become blinded to our positive attributes, which leaves us soaking in a puddle of negativity. Emotions like jealousy, guilt and self-loathing seep into our skin, getting harder and harder to remove with each passing second. This dark, unpleasant experience is an inevitable part of the human experience. Luckily, there are some things you can do to escape the negativity with greater ease and speed: Talk to Someone Who Loves You One of the best things to do when self-loathing strikes is to reach out to someone who is familiar with all the good you have to offer. What are friends and…
  • Tips for Getting Over Your Exercise Frustrations

    Kayla Matthews
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Having a worthwhile workout at the gym requires good physical and mental health. However, you can easily start feeling down if you’ve hit a plateau in your progress. Maybe you’re fed up that you can’t lift as many pounds you would like, or you’re struggling to make the scale show the number you want. These kinds of challenges are natural, but it can be tough to not let them dampen your spirits. Keep reading to get some tips about how to stay uplifted even when fitness is one of your main frustrations. Be Patient Getting and staying fit are processes, not races. If you haven’t…
  • Should You Give Up Hobbies for Better Productivity at Work?

    Kayla Matthews
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    A workplace that inspires passion and drive often houses employees who are genuinely connected to their work. This helps to create a phenomenal work output. However, mental fatigue is certainly a downside of being consumed by work even while at home. A perpetual yearning to perform one’s job productively can cut into time for small yet significant personal hobbies that – according to studies – actually boost work performance. The study, published in 2014 by the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, concluded that businesses should increase employee awareness of the…
  • 7 Ways to Recover When You’re Mentally Exhausted

    Kayla Matthews
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Anyone who’s ever undertaken a huge project, such as completing their finals or taking on an important client project at work, will tell you that it can be mentally exhausting. Once the task is complete, it can feel as if you’re totally emotionally drained, with no energy left to interact with others or even do anything. If this state of affairs is left unchecked, other problems can quickly come about in the mentally exhausted person’s work, family and social life. Luckily though, there are ways to recover when you’re mentally exhausted, and ways to avoid the situation…
  • Best Kinds of Workouts for Your Personality Type

    Kayla Matthews
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Are you tired of paying for a gym membership that only sounded like a good idea when you signed up? Do you have a garage full of exercise and sports equipment that never gets used? Do you sign up for workout classes but drop out after the first couple of sessions because it’s “not my thing?” You may be looking at exercise the wrong way. Like most things in life, workouts are not a “one size fits all” solution to getting fit and staying that way. If you’re tired of starting an exercise regime only to find yourself making excuses for not continuing, you might want to step back and…
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  • 5 reasons to get a spare car key

    8 Jul 2015 | 5:51 am
    So … why exactly is it so important? Being in the locksmith trade, we see all the pitfalls of not having a spare key. Just as a doctor can see all the negative effects a poor lifestyle may have. So for us to really make it as easy to read and understand, we have put together a list of our top 5 reasons to get a spare car key. Security. The risk of having only one key, without knowing where the other may be is an obvious risk. We would change the locks to our home if we lost a house key (I would hope) so why neglect the same for your car? COST. This is almost worthy of number one spot.
  • keyless vehicle theft uk

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
     Keyless vehicle theft is rising. The car criminals toolset is advancing just as fast as the automotive market is it would appear. With the rise in ease of use technology, you must ask yourselves, at what cost are we getting this. With recent keyless vehicle theft being highlighted on all media outlets, we are now hearing of stories that cars go missing throughout the world. This is now the case on our home soil. With the rise in ease of use goods and developments being brought in to keyless entry vehicles, it is no surprise that keyless vehicle theft is on the rise. The automotive…
  • Telford Auto Locksmith

    11 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    CutMyKey | Telford Auto Locksmith If you did not know already from out about page, we are Telford based auto locksmith company. We have the facilities to offer automotive car key replacement, we focus our efforts on the auto locksmith related issues affecting our customers. We offer a complete on-site, auto locksmith service in the Telford Shropshire county and surrounding local areas. We come on-site to cut vehicle keys and program them into your vehicle. If you have wanted an auto locksmith near you, then we are here to fill that void. Call or email to book an appointment. The reasons…
  • Keys We Offer

    9 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
      Take a look below at the types of keys and the quality which we sell:   Did you know that these keys can both be programmed to work to many vehicles. Even a ford transit van can now have a stylish flip-key with full remote functions built in. Grab an upgrade today! Often people settle for nothing better than the key which they have been given, buy at we offer you the choice. No longer must you carry a key which doesn’t match your other belongings! Styling needn’t stop at just your accessories, get a new stylish key to match! Pricing for these keys is…
  • broken car key

    9 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    If you have broken car key or have a near to breaking key, read below! If your key is broken, stuck in the ignition/lock, or about to break, we can fix and replace the key without a problem. Although don’t make the situation worse by attempting to use or fix it. Some keys are prone to breaking, cylinder keys repeat the pattern either side, so if you have a deep cut on the top then a deep cut must be on the bottom of the key profile. Some keys, especially aftermarket ones, are made of composite metals and do not offer the strength of genuine keys. With all this said, a hefty blow can…
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    Stupid Simple Hacks

  • E-mail Sales Hacks That Will Boost Your Sales Through the Roof

    Keith Hearn
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    Most online marketers will agree, building a strong email list is key, so I put tother some e-mail sales hacks that can drastically improve your sales E-mails definitely take the first place when it comes to successful sales marketing, as opposed to sales marketing through popular social media. Sorry Facebook and Twitter, it’s just not your day. And we completely understand why. E-mails, which remain at the very core of sales, are real, personal, and more direct. You get to share everything with your customers, and then some. You can share news to drive more traffic to your website, or in…
  • Mailinator – Instant Disposable E-mail Address

    Keith Hearn
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Learn how to stay incognito online and avoid spam by using Mailinator! Whether you’re signing up for a free coupon, or registering a new account, you’re always obliged to provide your real e-mail address in order to verify your account. Most of the time, we do this automatically, without even thinking about it. We just type in our e-mail address and move along as if nothing happened. Although it doesn’t sound like a big deal, eventually your precious inbox gets spammed with bundles of ads for things you don’t even remember signing up for. The real word for this situation would be:…
  • 7 LifeHacks to Find Free Stuff Online

    Keith Hearn
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    If you like free stuff, we have a few ways you can find free stuff online We live in a materialistic era, where everything revolves around money, shopping and owning things. With today’s economy however, it’s hard not to think like a cheapskate. This might sound too rough, but the truth of the matter is, we’re all beginning to think frugal. If you can pinch a few pennies here and there, why not? You’re probably sitting by your computer, trying to avoid clicking on those annoying ads that keep offering you free things. While, this is a good idea that prevents your computer from…
  • How To Promote Yourself Online Without Spending Money

    Guest Post
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Do you want to promote yourself online without spending money? Well, you’re in right place. I’m going to show you some methods where can promote yourself or your business online without spending money. There are many ways you may advertise for free, but you’re going to have to invest some of your time and energy. If you are willing to do that, you will find that there are tons of ways you can do this without spending money. Follow these basic instructions and maybe one day you’ll become famous online: 1. Create a website First of all, you should create a blog of…
  • 10 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong Your Whole Life [Video]

    Keith Hearn
    10 Jun 2015 | 9:27 am
    How to cut those tiny cherry tomatoes in a single swipe. The proper way to store your closes. Shopping made easier. Who knew that you’ve been doing these things wrong your whole life!   Share This! The post 10 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong Your Whole Life [Video] appeared first on Stupid Simple Hacks.
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    Renaissance Man Journal

  • How To Learn Almost Anything: The One Tip That Einstein Gave To His Son

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    Albert Einstein is remembered as one of the greatest minds of history. His name has become a synonym for the word “genius” and to be compared to Einstein is considered as the ultimate compliment. It means that the person giving this compliment regards the other person as intellectually brilliant. However Einstein faced many struggles towards becoming the genius that he later became. He failed several subjects in primary school and when he finished university, he was not accepted into any doctoral program. He also did not find any work in academia and instead had to get employment…
  • Every Challenge Is An Opportunity: Change The Way You Think About Problems And Always Come Out On Top

    20 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill Life is full of struggle. Sometimes it seems as if you can’t catch a break. Everything is going against you. Only if you had been born taller, richer, more handsome, or stronger, then things could have been easier. Unfortunately, you got what you were dealt and there is no use in fretting about it. You have to work with what you got. However not everything depends on luck. There are many things that you can do to change your life around. If…
  • How To Quadruple Your Salary And Get The Job You Want

    21 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    I remember sitting in my chair at work one day, looking around and noticing all the sour faces sitting at their desks. It was an open office type of set-up which has become very trendy for big multinational conglomerates, but also increasingly started appearing in the smaller firms as well. Everyone was sitting, staring at their screens, clicking away. I thought to myself: I don’t want to do this. I didn’t want to work at this type of job for the rest of my life. Freshly out of university, I ended up getting hired to do what was essentially a dead-end job. Most of the talk at the…
  • What You Can Learn From The Chimps: Traits Of The Alpha Male Leader – Part 3

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    More lessons from the African Jungle to dominate in the Concrete Jungle. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. 7) Charisma An alpha is a bigger than life persona. His presence dominates the central stage. He exudes a certain energy and a magnetism that pulls others towards him. This natural aura that an alpha male leader has is called charisma. By having charisma, others are naturally drawn to him and he gets conferred respect from below. Individuals follow charismatic leaders because they want to, not because they are forced to. A charismatic leader is inspirational in the very essence of his…
  • What You Can Learn From The Chimps: Traits Of The Alpha Male Leader – Part 2

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    More lessons from the African Jungle to dominate in the Concrete Jungle. Read Part 1 here: 5) Ruthlessness When his authority is challenged, an alpha needs to be ruthless and show everyone who is the boss. Christopher Boehm spent considerable time observing chimpanzees in the wild and writes: “I know from my ongoing tutelage that normally the alpha male will not allow other males to display when he does, for their displays are – in chimpanzee political language – challenges to his high status. Jealous of this authority, he carefully dominates everyday group scenes by rushing around…
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    DeskTime Insights

  • Employee performance reviews: productive or destructive?

    Krista Krumina
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Instead of effecting positive change in employee behavior and productivity, traditional performance reviews not only fail to create the desired response, but some 30% end up decreasing employee performance, according to research from It’s up to managers to make the dialogue in the annual performance review as employee-friendly as possible. The first step – move away from […]
  • The reality of staying motivated at work

    Terēze Elpere
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    Top 3 of tips from real professionals at a workplace Different tools and methods are available online to keep your mind to stay in focus. Google has become the nr.1 instrument when you are searching for inspiration, which helps you get thousands of tips and ways of staying inspired, motivated and focused on your work. […]
  • Digitalisation of Written Content : Friend or Foe?

    Natalie Knipse
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    In this world where technology or overpopulating our desks and minds it is easy to lose track of ones core values and skill. We often refer to the past as „a simpler time” and yet here we are with a gadget and an app for almost anything we could ever need. This has escalated to […]
  • What does your office desk say about you?

    Krista Krumina
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Your desk says more about you than you think. Is your desk preened to perfection or overflowing with paperwork? Can you see your screen through a sticky note haze or is your desk a home away from home? There are a number of office personalities, from neat freak to chaotic workaholic – take this quiz to […]
  • Workdays are getting longer? Study shows – it’s a myth

    Krista Krumina
    26 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Everyone loves Fridays. The first five days after the weekend might the hardest, but Friday’s the day it’s about to get easier. And when the weekend’s so close you can feel it, no wonder people end up leaving before it’s 5pm. It turns out, leaving earlier doesn’t only apply to Fridays. We examined employees working […]
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