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

    The Art of Manliness
    Brett and Kate McKay
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This post is brought to you by Tuft & Needle. Tuft & Needle makes quality mattresses and offers them for an honest price. Exclusively available online and made in the USA, the mattress ships right to your door. No gimmicks, no sales tactics, 30 night trial and easy returns. What’s this? Last week we discussed the nature of sleep and why it’s so important that you get enough of it. If you’ve had trouble falling asleep for years, the information may have made you feel more frustrated than inspired. Fear not! Today we’ll take a look at a wide range of tips for slumbering…
  • Want To Learn How To Code? Check Out Tickle, A User-Friendly Coding App

    Alicia Prince
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just a decade or two ago, coding was a relatively unknown skill, but massive advances have now brought technology to the forefront of almost every industry. Since working with more technology is inevitable for virtually all of us in the future, learning to code is a valuable tool and an investment in your future too. That being said, however, many different coding languages exist and getting started can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, user-friendly apps and languages have started to make coding almost like playing a game. One such app, Tickle, strives to introduce simple coding rules to…
  • Increase Your Productivity In 4 Steps With The Prison Workout

    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life
    James Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    ‘Hey Bro, how do I get that prison body?’ One of the most common questions I’d be asked by guys when I worked as a Personal Trainer. The body they’re talking about of course is that larger than life look some prisoners have when they go away for a long time. How they can be put away for a couple of years – and suddenly come out looking superhuman at the other end of the stretch. Sadly, there is no formula for the bros to get that prison body though – unless they actually go to prison. No miracle workout or nutrition plan that will suddenly shape them in to it. Because, in prison,…
  • 6 Ways to Achieve ‘BIG’ Things in Life!

    Change your Thoughts for true Personal Development
    Jonathan Curran
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    To create an ever-lasting and significant change in your world, besides thinking and talking about it you need to do a lot. Whatever your goals are, there are few things you need to do in to turn your dreams to a reality. Are you craving for a big change in your life? Maybe you desire for a better career or you want to start up your own business, and you’re not quite sure how to… Don’t panic, you’re not new to this feeling. All those who have achieved something ‘big’ in their life, have gone through the same feeling one time or the other. Your aim may be different, but the way to…
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • What the Flowers You Give Your Girlfriend Say About Your Relationship

    Adam Jackson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    So, you’re trying to impress your girlfriend and it’s her birthday. Finding the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to impress her. You might consider spending exorbitant money to buy her expensive jewelry or any other elaborate birthday present. However, in reality, most women adore any gift from their boyfriend that is sincere and heartfelt. Read along to find out more! Every girlfriend in the world wishes to have a boyfriend that woos her with her favorite bouquet of flowers. Gifting flowers to your beloved is a simple gesture…
  • Find Your Happiness, Find Your Success

    Devin C. Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    1 in 10 businesses will succeed. One. In. Ten. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you. If you want to improve your chances of success at anything you do, you have one choice to make that will create a foundation on which all your successes can be built. That choice is happiness. Just ask Jane She started a business just to start a business. She needed to pay the bills, so she opened network marketing site that everyone raved about (that’s how you get people to sign up under you, isn’t it?) because she believed she could…
  • 4 Reasons You’re Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Results

    Shannon Clark
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    If you feel like no matter how hard you try, your body weight just won’t budge, it’s time to do a full inventory and assessment about what you’re really doing in your workout and diet. Below are four common errors many people make… You’re Going At It Alone It’s a must that you get support. Whether this is your significant other, a close friend, a co-worker, or otherwise. Get someone to support you through this process and you will find you are far more likely to stay the course and push through the hard times ahead. If you can get a workout buddy, all the better as then the…
  • Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    There was an interesting statistic recently on It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high. However, only a small portion of that number will ever succeed in making their dream a reality. Why is that? Well, many people equate starting a business with risk, complexity and potential financial ruin. In other words: it’s too scary. So here are five common myths about starting a new business, and…
  • Increase Your Productivity In 4 Steps With The Prison Workout

    James Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    ‘Hey Bro, how do I get that prison body?’ One of the most common questions I’d be asked by guys when I worked as a Personal Trainer. The body they’re talking about of course is that larger than life look some prisoners have when they go away for a long time. How they can be put away for a couple of years – and suddenly come out looking superhuman at the other end of the stretch. Sadly, there is no formula for the bros to get that prison body though – unless they actually go to prison. No miracle workout or nutrition plan that will suddenly shape them in to it. Because, in prison,…
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  • Find Battery Saving Tips for Almost Any Phone Model with This Index

    Patrick Allan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Smartphone battery life is getting better over time, but there's still plenty of things you can do to help keep your pocket-dwelling life assistant alive. This comprehensive index includes a wide range of battery-saving tips for models from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, HTC, Huawei, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, and even Amazon.Read more...
  • Five Therapy Tips to Help Manage Life's Problems

    Kathleen Smith
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Not everyone has access to professional therapists or psychologists, but we all face life's difficulties and need to find ways to deal with them. With some simple therapeutic tactics and methods, you might be able to help yourself overcome your more manageable problems.Read more...
  • Get the Scientific 7-Minute Workout on Any Device with This Web App

    Patrick Allan
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When you're strapped for time, getting your sweat on is sometimes a luxury that goes by the wayside. That's where the Scientific 7-Minute Workout comes in . This newly launched web app can easily guide you through the research-based workout via a browser web app on PC, smartphone, or tablet.Read more...
  • Give Yosemite a Classic, Pre-OS X Look By Tweaking These Settings

    Thorin Klosowski
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you find yourself yearning for the old days of OS 9, WonderHowTo shows you how to give Yosemite a classic black and white look by tweaking just a handful of settings. Read more...
  • Earth View from Google Maps Puts Stunning Photos in the New Tab Page

    Melanie Pinola
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Chrome: Do you enjoy maps and satellite photos of Earth? Then this Chrome extension from Google Maps is for you. It simply delivers a unique satellite photo every time you open a new tab page.Read more...
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  • Organizing for disasters

    Jeri Dansky
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you prepared for a disaster: an earthquake, flood, hurricane, blizzard, fire? On Unclutterer, we’ve written about emergency supplies and about preparing your tech for a weather emergency. But having just attended a workshop led by organizer Margaret Lukens, I have the following additional tips. Understand the scope of disaster preparedness Depending on the situation, you may need to shelter in place or you may need to evacuate. Thinking through both of these scenarios will help you be more prepared. Also, after a disaster, you’re likely to need all sorts of information in…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Storing off-season clothing Store your out-of-season clothing safely and in an organized manner to protect it until you’re ready to wear it again. 2011 Ask Unclutterer: Storing large brim hats Reader Joanna wants help storing cowboy hats and sun hats in an organized manner. 2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Asparagus Peeler The Orka Asparagus Peeler is for all those times you peel your asparagus, which, at least for me, is never. Unclutter your wallet by keeping a second wallet in your glove box To avoid the symptom’s of “Costanza wallet,” keep a second wallet for loyalty…
  • Get organized to run meetings effectively

    David Caolo
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    There are a lot of things I like to do in this world, but running a meeting isn’t one of them. Years ago, I had a boss who would call me into his office and talk for a good half hour. As I walked back to my desk, I’d think, “So, what just happened in there?” Now, when I’m in charge of a meeting, I worry: will my attendees walk away with a clear idea of what was said and what, if anything, needs to be done? I recently found myself in the unenviable position of sitting at the head of the table, as it were, but not until I had done some research on effective ways to run…
  • Tips for move preparation

    Jacki Hollywood Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Moving is stressful. Being organized and planning in advance can help relive that stress. If you’re moving in the near future, the following are some tips that you can do right now that will reduce the stress during the move. Buy smaller. Many of us buy the larger “club pack” or “family-size” packages in order to save a few dollars. However when it comes time to move, we may end up with only half finished bottle of ketchup or half finished bottle of bleach. If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to transport these items yourself. If you’re moving a longer distance,…
  • A year ago on Unclutterer

    PJ Doland
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Eggo Expand-O Another very odd, yet specific, food storage container! Tech suggestions for dealing with stuff Actions, projects, reference, and trash — technological solutions for processing these four categories of stuff. 2012 Be productive no matter where you are You can be productive no matter where you are. Follow these tips to find where your productivity flourishes. Unitasker Wednesday: The Pepper Prepper Although this week’s unitasker selection is called a Pepper Prepper — which conjures up images of a sweet pepper with a sweater tied around…
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  • Daily Inspiration: Never Give Up On What You Really Want To Do…

    Jelly Wong
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.The post Daily Inspiration: Never Give Up On What You Really Want To Do… appeared first on Lifehack.
  • 25 Things Only Third-Culture Kids Would Understand

    Maria Admira
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    A Third-Culture Kid is someone who has spent most of their life in a country which they aren’t ethnically connected to. Life in the country is usually temporary for various reasons. There are usually people of different cultural backgrounds also residing in the same country, which leads the Third-Culture Kid to adopt all the cultures he/she is surrounded by. The only person who can understand the life of a Third-Culture Kid is a Third-Culture Kid. 1. We often make the mistake of comparing things to “back home” and then get the dreaded question, “Where are…
  • Want To Learn How To Code? Check Out Tickle, A User-Friendly Coding App

    Alicia Prince
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just a decade or two ago, coding was a relatively unknown skill, but massive advances have now brought technology to the forefront of almost every industry. Since working with more technology is inevitable for virtually all of us in the future, learning to code is a valuable tool and an investment in your future too. That being said, however, many different coding languages exist and getting started can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, user-friendly apps and languages have started to make coding almost like playing a game. One such app, Tickle, strives to introduce simple coding rules to…
  • Yoga Hacks That Will Loosen You Up at Work

    Yvonne Dick
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Does your neck freeze when you look up at the clock and see there are five or six hours left in your workday? Before you reach for a painkiller, there is something you should try. Yoga. Not your mother’s kind, where you stand on  your head, but a more gentle and mindful approach. You can ease muscle and mental tension with a few exercises that you can do while sitting in your chair or taking a five minute breather in the bathroom stall. The health benefits of yoga are well known, and it is a low-impact exercise. Here are some yoga hacks which nearly anyone can…
  • 7 Things Really Successful People Do Quietly

    Alicia Prince
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    We all want to believe we have the potential to be super successful. When it comes down to it, the prime thing that separates successful people from the rest of us are smart decisions. A common pitfall on the way to success is boasting, exaggerating, or losing your perspective. However, by changing the way we approach challenges, we can better position ourselves to attack the next obstacle successfully. To help unlock the secrets of successful people, the following seven qualities are ones you should try to do quietly. They Network One thing truly successful people do quietly is network. In…
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  • How-To Video: Ghosts from Packing Tape

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This project was inspired by my recent post about packing tape sculptures other people have made. I really wanted to try it out myself and show you guys just how easy it is to do! To make this project you’ll need the following: A large roll of clear packing tape, […]Read more on MAKE
  • DiResta: Dracula’s Coffin

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Recently, I purchased a casket, and it prompted me to think about making my own.Read more on MAKE
  • Makers Against Ebola – Design Goals

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The Fighting Ebola Challenge has hit its halfway mark. Ideas have poured in from around the world with over 700 people collaborating on solutions to help healthcare workers on the front lines. Makers are jumping on board. Some reminders about Challenge design goals from the OpenIDO team: First, ideas should have the potential […]Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Trash Can Trauma

    Bill Gurstelle
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    Scare the wits out of visitors with this pneumatic spookRead more on MAKE
  • The Deconstruction: An Awesome Un-Competition

    Caleb Kraft
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    The Deconstruction is coming and you can participate. This event, referred to as an un-competition, can be a bit hard to explain at times. The Deconstruction is a live-streamed global event and game about re-thinking objects and ideas. The goal is to make the world a slightly better (or, at […]Read more on MAKE
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    The Art of Manliness

  • 1 Flannel Shirt, 7 Halloween Costumes [VIDEO]

    Brett & Kate McKay
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    You’ve been invited to a Halloween party. Problem is it starts in a few hours and you don’t have a costume ready.  No worries. In this video, we provide seven Halloween costume ideas that you can put together with one flannel shirt. Based on the popular post “1 Flannel Shirt, 7 Halloween Costumes,” written by our intrepid editor, Jeremy Anderberg. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Filmed and Edited by Jordan Crowder
  • How to Create Habits That Stick (+Pavlok Giveaway)

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Maneesh Sethi. Getting a call from the Travel Channel was the best thing that ever happened for my diet. And I didn’t even need to starve myself on some new wilderness reality show. In 2011, a production company and the Travel Channel decided to produce a travel show — with myself as the host. It was a really exciting time. Except for one small caveat. I was a lot fatter than my pitch video had been. I had about 15 lbs to lose to get in “TV shape” (damn you, superficial American culture!). So I had a choice: keep the show…or…
  • 5 Tools for Thriving in Uncertainty

    A Manly Guest Contributor
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder. “It is not given to human beings – happily for them, otherwise life would be intolerable – to foresee or predict to any large extent the unfolding of events. In one phase men seem to have been right, in another they seem to have been wrong. Then again, a few years later, when the perspective of time has lengthened, all stands in a different setting. There is a new proportion. There is another scale of values. History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive…
  • 22 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

    Brett and Kate McKay
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    This post is brought to you by Tuft & Needle. Tuft & Needle makes quality mattresses and offers them for an honest price. Exclusively available online and made in the USA, the mattress ships right to your door. No gimmicks, no sales tactics, 30 night trial and easy returns. What’s this? Last week we discussed the nature of sleep and why it’s so important that you get enough of it. If you’ve had trouble falling asleep for years, the information may have made you feel more frustrated than inspired. Fear not! Today we’ll take a look at a wide range of tips for slumbering…
  • How to Get a Curtain Cut/Undercut Haircut [VIDEO]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ask the Reader: What Words Inspire You? (winner goes on the new LYL shirt & gets a free one!)

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    We’re creating new LYL shirts – and I want you to design them! Fun news today! We just released a new comment system on LYL that I think is going to make it a lot more engaging for our community to interact with each other, share ideas and join in on discussions. And to celebrate that, we’re launching a comment contest like we’ve never done… And the winning comment will end up as the design of our next Live Your Legend shirt! Here’s all you have to do to participate:  Leave your favorite short inspirational quote, saying or phrase as a comment. It should…
  • Serendipity 101: How I Create Luck (take this ONE golden step)

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

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

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

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

  • Evil LED Goat

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Around Halloween, even the most innocent of things seem to turn evil. For example our office mascot, Goat, has started acting weird lately...This tutorial teaches you how to make your own plush toy with LED eyes that can be controlled by an iPhone. The perfect Halloween scare! Get the parts We w...By: simsalapimContinue Reading »
  • What If You Made A Beer Mug From Recycled Coasters

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When I first approached with this idea it seemed like it would be a simple project. That should have been a warning sign right there, but my brain just thought, "Make a functional pint glass from discarded beer coasters? I wonder why no one has ever done anything like that before." I now know the ...By: kludge77Continue Reading »
  • Time-lapse with any camera, using Arduino

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you want to capture situations where filming would be entirely impractical, or even impossible. For those moments time-lapse photography is a god-send, until you realize that your camera did not ship with that feature and there seems to be no way arou...By: Switch and LeverContinue Reading »
  • Authentic looking zombie warning signs

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Okay, we've all see "Zombie Warning Signs" being sold with Halloween decorations or even instructions on how to make them. But when it comes right down to it, most of them look fake, especially the ones with graphics of zombies. While these may be fun, why not create a sign that would be in actual u...By: lime3DContinue Reading »
  • How to make a Mixtape: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Geoffrey O'Brian once said that "the mixtape was the most widely practiced American art form". Though it has fallen out of favor compared to easily created iTunes playlists and CD-Rs, the gift of a mixtape meant that someone actually spent several hours waiting for a particular song on the radio or ...By: UpgradeTechContinue Reading »
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  • Single Biggest Productivity Tip

    Mark Shead
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My biggest productivity tip is very simple. It isn’t a fancy application for your computer. It isn’t a complicated process. It is very basic and very easy. Here it is: At the beginning of the day, take out a blank piece of paper and place it in the center of your desk. At the top write the three most important things you want to accomplish for the day. These are the three tasks that are important enough that their completion will allow you to declare the day a success–regardless of what else gets done. That is it. It is simple and easy to do, but if you follow that advice…
  • Interruption Prevention Strategies

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

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

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

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

  • How Do I Take The Next Step in My Career?

    Michael Grandinetti
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    “As a medical professional, I feel that I have reached a plateau at my job. I love the job with all of my heart (patients). I work hard on a daily basis. I feel that I could use a pay increase. It has been 6 years since I last had an increase in pay. At the same time, I feel with all of my heart that I was put on earth to do something really great as far as serving people. How do I find out what my next step is in life? I feel stuck.” ~ Brenda, Georgia Hi Brenda, First of all, congratulations on your success in the medical profession. I greatly admire your passion for what is…
  • Go Ahead, Jump On The Bed…With Your Shoes On!

    Camille Lucy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    If I asked you to jump on the bed right this very moment, would you be able to do it?  I mean really do it, without stopping to take your shoes off… without thinking for even one split second prior to taking the first step towards the bed? Most of you will instinctively stop first, think about your shoes, the bed, the sheets… your eyes would probably wander from one to the other… even if you pause for just a brief moment, it would feel awkward – perhaps even uncomfortable and unsettling – to dive onto the bed as is. Interesting, huh? So, why is this? According…
  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

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

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

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

  • Skeptical Journalist Turned Primal Advocate

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading! A few weeks ago, I had a doctor appointment with a new primary care physician. As the nurse took my blood pressure, he asked a series of questions, marking off my answers on his clipboard. Do you exercise regularly? Yes. Do you get adequate…
  • How to Accept Your Imperfections

    Mark Sisson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some weeks ago in a Dear Mark column, the issues of unwanted weight, arm fat and aesthetic frustration were front and center. While people’s central reasons for going Primal vary, I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t enjoy looking slimmer and fitter. While some of us are unapologetically in it for the vanity spoils (not that there’s anything wrong with that), others of us might focus on health but secretly delight at the bonuses we see reflected in the mirror each day. Barring unaddressed hormonal issues and perhaps certain medical conditions, living Primally will help you lose fat,…
  • Are Elite Athletes Inadvertently Training Like Grok?

    Mark Sisson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Modern elite athletes have different goals than our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Their training loads are higher and their physical activity is contrived and somewhat artificial. But for the most part, elite athletes are working with the same metabolic and neuromuscular machinery as Grok. The activities and movement patterns that benefited and shaped the evolution and performance of our hunter-gatherer ancestors should thus prove useful for contemporary humans seeking optimal physical performance. According to a recent paper (PDF), many top athletes have settled upon the hunter-gatherer…
  • Are Video Games Good or Bad for Us?

    Mark Sisson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Non-gamers tend to take a dim view of video games and their fans, assuming they’re all a bunch of sweaty man-children clutching liter bottles of Mountain Dew between Cheeto-dusted fingers and screaming racist obscenities that diffuse, muffled, through thick neckbeard thatches into their headsets at online opponents. And a few weeks ago, even I referenced the stereotypical World of Warcraft addict’s set-up of pee bottles and poop buckets. But the latest statistics indicate that the popular stereotype isn’t very representative of most gamers. In fact, if you’re an…
  • Dear Mark: Eggs and Colon Cancer; Softened Water and Health

    Mark Sisson
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a two-parter. First up is a question about a sensitive subject: the collective Primal love of all things egg. They form the backbone of millions of breakfasts across the ancestral health community on a daily basis, but David wonders if they might be contributing to colorectal carcinogenesis. There are a few studies that appear to suggest a connection; should we worry? After that, I discuss the effects of softened water on human health. Is it safe? Is it healthy? Read on to find out. Let’s go: Hi Mark, So I was eating close to a…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Stew Friedman

  • What Successful Work and Life Integration Looks Like

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

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

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

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

    Stew Friedman
    11 Nov 2013 | 10:00 am
    We are in the midst of a revolution in gender roles, both at work and at home. And when it comes to having children, the outlook is very different for those embarking on adulthood’s journey now than it was for the men and women who graduated a generation ago. I recently published research from the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, comparing Wharton’s Classes of 1992 and 2012. One of the more surprising findings is that the rate of Wharton graduates who plan to have children has dropped by about half over the past 20 years. It’s worth noting that these percentages are…
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  • The Realization

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve been practicing asking myself a question: What if this moment were already perfect, everything you needed to be happy? This question is transformative. If I’m upset about something, I reconsider the moment and realize that I’m being small-minded about something, and that if I look at the entire moment, I can appreciate how much I have to be grateful for. Being mad at someone, I can see that actually this person is pretty wonderful and I should be grateful for having them in my life. Being upset at a situation, I can see how much I actually have,…
  • A Guide to Changing Self-Destructive Behaviors

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Leo Babauta I have a reader who wants to make positive changes in her life, but can’t seem to stop certain behaviors. She writes: “I am consistently challenged with being mindful when buying food. What do you do when you are doing things that self-destructive and are not good and continue to do them. Is there an opportunity to change this?” This is such an excellent question, because I think we can all relate to this, can’t we? Who among us doesn’t do self-destructive behaviors from time to time, if not on a regular basis? I know that I’ve lived most of…
  • Pushing Past the Terrifying Dip in Motivation

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By Leo Babauta My son, who is officially an adult in a matter of days, is facing a small crisis: the project he’s working on is not going well, and he’s ready to give up not only on the project but the career he was excited about not too long ago. I can feel the horrible mixture of discouragement, disappointment, difficulty, despair he must be feeling, because I’ve felt it too. I’ve felt this punch in the gut whenever projects or new ventures didn’t go well. I’ve given up, and felt the disappointment in myself. And I’ve pushed through this…
  • It’s Not Too Late to Change Bad Habits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Industrial Flanges In A Nutshell

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here’s My Habits Manifesto. What’s Yours? (Gretchen Rubin)
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: My Habits Manifesto. Writing a personal manifesto is a great exercise for clarifying your thinking — and it’s also a creative, absorbing process. I’ve written my Twelve Personal Commandments, and I also collect Secrets of Adulthood, which aren’t manifestos, but related to the same impulse. As I’ve been writing Better Than Before, my book about how we make and break habits, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about habit-formation I decided I should write my manifesto for habits. Earlier, I’d done a similar…
  • Video: For Habits, the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting. (Gretchen Rubin)
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    I’m doing a video series in which I discuss the various strategies that we can use for habit-formation. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness. If we have habits that work for us, we’re much more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. My forthcoming book, Better Than Before, describes the multiple strategies we can exploit to change our habits. To pre-order, click here. (Pre-orders give a real boost to a book, so if you’re inclined to buy the book, I’d really appreciate it if you pre-order it.) Today, I’m…
  • See for Yourself! The Jacket for “Better Than Before” Is Revealed. (Gretchen Rubin)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    In the life of a book, there are many milestones. Finishing the first draft, choosing the title, making the final edit — and figuring out the jacket art. We’ve all heard “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but covers matter so much. The look of a book really influences our perception. So, it’s a big moment for me to reveal the book jacket for Better Than Before, my book about how we can change our habits. Ta-da! If you get my newsletter, daily quotations, book club recommendations, or you’re a Super-Fan, you got a preview. But now I’m unveiling…
  • How to End This Sentence? “There Is Certainly No Greater Happiness Than To…” (Gretchen Rubin)
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    How would you end that sentence? Here’s how Dr. Johnson completed it: “There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens that excite neither shame nor sorrow.” –Samuel Johnson, “Rambler No. 41,” August 7, 1750 I love the work of Samuel Johnson. I was looking back through the draft of Better Than Before, my book about habit change, and I realized that I’d quoted him several times — and I cut out several more quotations, as well.
  • Buddhism has 8 “Auspicious Symbols.” What Are Your Symbols? (Gretchen Rubin)
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Every Wednesday is List Day, or Tip Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday (well, Friday, I forgot to hit “publish”): What are your “auspicious symbols?” I love numbered lists. My 12 Personal Commandments. My 8 Splendid Truths. The 10 Myths about happiness. The Essential 7 of Habits. Buddhism has many numbered lists—the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths—which is surprising to me, given Buddhism’s emphasis on gateless gates and transcending the bounds of rational thinking. There’s a koan to be written about that paradox, for sure. (Along…
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    Mind Hacks

  • Spike activity 24-10-2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A Victorian lunatic asylum begins to reveal its secrets. The Wellcome Library now has the first of many digitised asylum records online. Narratively has an excellent piece on legendary San Francisco eccentric Emperor Norton. The marketers latest fad – make it seem it’s a feminist social campaign – has been taken on as an attempt to sell a rejected antidepressant as a treatment for the invented ‘female sexual dysfunction’. In-depth and important article in the BMJ. Time magazine has a special features that…
  • A Rush of Blood to the Brain

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

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

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

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

  • How Do You Make a Good Analogy?

    Scott Young
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    I’ve long argued that good analogies are a key to learning well. Abstract subjects like math, science and philosophy are difficult to learn because they aren’t anchored to anything in our experience. Analogies moor these ideas adrift. But analogies are also hard to construct. They’re a creative act, so there’s no step-by-step which will produce them reliably. Their formation also depends on the very insight they are trying to generate. Therefore, a good analogy can be impossible to make when it is needed most. I want to share my thoughts on what makes an analogy good, as a learning…
  • Pick Three Things. Now Do Them Well

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

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

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

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

  • Muslims Go Home And Take Obama With You

    Tim Brownson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Do you know how many times since I started blogging I have had my finger over the publish button and actually been feeling nervous about hitting it? Zero. There have been a few times, such as when I used the ‘f’ bomb for the first time, when I defended gay rights and when I questioned the value of patriotism that I was a tad apprehensive. But nervous? Never. The Right To Free Speech A great many people in the United States are quite rightly proud of their right to free speech, and they see it as a basic human right protected by the United States Constitution. Not that it’s unusual or…
  • 6 Amazing Psychology Experiments

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

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

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

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

  • 6 Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Life is fleeting. Moments are there for an instant and then they are gone. Do you enjoy these moments or do you merely use them as a means to an end? Are these moments springboards to reach the next checkpoint, or are you relishing each one? It is very easy to allow the busyness of everyday to impede your enjoyment of each moment and each day. Your job keeps you busy. Your family keeps you busy. Your social life keeps you busy. It is okay to be busy when you are in tune with what is keeping you busy. But is it okay to be busy and unfulfilled, or dare I say, unhappy? Shift the manner in which…
  • 6 Secrets for Attaining True Happiness

    Melissa Lopez
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Do you read tons of blog posts or articles that tell you how to be happy? Do you try the things they say, but afterwards still feel crappy? Well, fret not because happiness isn’t supposed to be felt all day, every day. So stop beating yourself up over it. Even the happiest people in the world have bad days.  They just accept them as part of life. True happiness results from accepting the full range of emotions, both good and bad. So build this acceptance and also your inner strength to deal with the situations that cause unhappiness, and happiness will follow. The following actions…
  • 7 Ways Quitting Social Media Can Transform Your Life

    Alden Tan
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    A couple of months ago, I made the decision to quit Facebook. Effectively right after, I stopped logging in completely. This actually surprised some of my friends. To sum up why I did it, I felt that Facebook was turning me into a depressed robot. Robot because I felt trapped in a cycle. A system if you will. I hated how I would log in just to check for "a bit" of updates, only to continuously surf my feed for more and more mundane updates to get a feel of being entertained, when I wasn't really. Depressed because I felt my feed was turning into a stream of rotten consciousness. I hated to…
  • 25 Lessons About Life I Learned in 25 Years

    David Ramos
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:46 pm
    My life doesn’t look anything like I thought it would at 25. I don’t have a great job, my car barely gets me from point A to B, and I exercise just enough so I don’t feel guilty about that second piece of cake. On the bright side I have a beautiful fiancé, my body and mind are healthy, and every single day I’m getting closer to living out my dreams. Twenty-five years may not seem like a lot to some people. But if you pay attention during that time you can learn a lifetime’s worth of lessons. For all of you who may be a little younger or a little older, here is some wisdom I’ve…
  • Finding Your Life’s Purpose

    Tony Fahkry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    “When you see what you’re here for, the world begins to mirror your purpose in a magical way. It’s almost as if you suddenly find yourself on a stage in a play that was written expressly for you.” - Betty Sue Flowers The Tyranny of Time In his book, The Power of Purpose, author Richard J. Leider offers readers an insightful story for finding one’s purpose through action: “A young man who was searching for his life’s purpose wrote to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. He said he had discussed the purpose question with every wise person he had come across, had read every book on…
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    Life Optimizer

  • The Main Ingredient of a Brilliant Performance

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

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

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

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

    Donald Latumahina
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up in the morning wanting to work? In this scenario, you wouldn’t consider work a burden. Instead, you would consider it a source of happiness and fulfillment. Wouldn’t that be a great way to live? The problem, of course, is making that a reality. Doing so requires you to understand the factors behind work motivation. In his book Drive, Daniel Pink wrote that – based on studies – there are three factors for work motivation: Autonomy: the control you have over your work. The more you can control what to do and when to do it, the more…
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  • How to Live an Optimistic Life: 5 Timeless Tips

    Henrik Edberg
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    We all face tough days or times. It’s a part of life. But how you react, think and act during these tough times makes a big difference. With a helpful set of habits the outlook on life can change in a huge and remarkable way. I know from experience, I was a big, die-hard pessimist years ago. So this week I’d like to simply share five of my favorite timeless tips on optimism. Fundamentals that the wise people that came before us have lived by for hundreds and thousands of years. 1. Remember: It is not too late to change your life. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but…
  • 3 Powerful Steps to Stop Self-Doubt from Holding You Back in Life

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

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

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

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

    Stephen Lease
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Success Harbor is a site “for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs” which is devoted to helping entrepreneurs succeed through a platform of advice and storytelling.  This is another great interview with David Allen! Click to listen to “How to Bring Order to Chaos in Life and in Business”. If you want to discover greater levels of personal productivity with a heaping dose of inspiration, join David Allen for our new course, Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals.  Next stop, Los Angeles on Friday, October 24.  Register now at!  
  • GTD and Chopping Wood

    Stephen Lease
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our GTD Partners in the UK and Ireland, Next Action Associates, have analyzed the question of Why Former Lumberjacks Always Look Wistful, in this blog article with a simple and fun take on the Clarify step of the Five Steps. If you’re new to GTD and looking to reinforce these fundamentals or you’re a veteran looking to get your friends into GTD, check out our brand new course, Mastering Workflow Series Level 1: Fundamentals, taught by David Allen himself.  He’s headed to a city near you! Register now!
  • Geek Out with David Allen and Mac Power Users

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

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

    Stephen Lease
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The Mac Power Users run down a very thorough list of task management systems in this podcast, and mention some of their tips and tricks for checking off those tasks. This is lengthy, an hour and forty minutes, but if you’re looking for a system that will work for you and On that of staple magic if crazy. This Processing as product discount drugs London. The – of make from prednisone buy without prescription fingers? Has removers I nose order deltazone…
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    Productive Flourishing

  • You Have to Make Time to Make Time

    Charlie Gilkey
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
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  • The 2015 Premium Planners Are Now Available

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

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

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

    Charlie Gilkey
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
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    Steve Pavlina's Personal Development Blog

  • October 2014 Updates

    Steve Pavlina
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Here are some updates regarding upcoming events and freebies that may interest you. Effortless Success Mindfest – Free The Effortless Success Mindfest runs this week. This is a free online event hosted by Learning Strategies and Jack Canfield. You can tune into it and listen right away since the Mindfest started earlier today. This Mindfest focuses on combining the Law of Attraction with down-to-earth habits and practices, so that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are aligned with the results you desire. I don’t recommend many programs about the LoA since so many of them…
  • Can You Act Independently of Social Pressure?

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

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

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

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

  • Productivity Top 10 – October

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

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

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

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

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

  • WikiSummarizer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is the Detroit Urban Farm Revolution Over?

    Mr. Homegrown
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    David and Sky Brown’s house. It appears that a young couple, David and Sky Brown, who bought a $2,000 house in Detroit last May ran afoul of an Animal Control officer on Wednesday. The couple’s goats and chickens were seized over the tearful pleas of their owners. There’s more on the story here. The Browns have asked for help on their blog. If any Detroit area readers know more about this story please leave a comment. Update: there’s a petition.
  • How Native Americans Processed Acorns

    Mr. Homegrown
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    It’s acorn season! Thanks to Pascal Baudar for the tip on this film. And check out our post on Pascal and his partner Mia Wasilevich’s tips for processing and using acorns.
  • 022 Mark Stambler on How to Pass a Cottage Food Bill

    Mr. Homegrown
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mark Stambler was baking bread at home and selling it at local shops, until a knock at his door one day from the health department. Rather than get angry he got the law changed and the story of how this happened is the subject of this week’s Root Simple Podcast. During the podcast Mark mentions: The Sustainable Economies Law Center Los Angeles Bread Bakers Facebook pages for the cottage food bill and cottage food businesses: You can find out more about Mark and his…
  • I made shoes!

    Mrs. Homegrown
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    As regular Root Simple readers know, I’ve been obsessing on making shoes for some time now, but was not able to wrap my mind around the process without help. Help arrived this weekend in the form of the wonderful–and wonderfully patient– Randy Fritz, who taught me and four other intrepid souls how to make turnshoes over the course of the last 4 days. Lesson 1: As we have all suspected, shoes are not easy to make. Seriously not easy. Four full days of work may seem like a lot for a pair of shoes, but it was just barely enough for us all to reach the finish line. I think all…
  • How to Store Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

    Mr. Homegrown
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Did you know that apples should be stored at room temperature for the first seven days and then go into the refrigerator? That ginger should be stored only at room temp? Preventing food waste is a topic getting a lot of attention thanks to a new documentary, Just Eat It. Estimates are that 40% of all food ends up in the dumpster. UC Davis has an incredible resource for preventing food waste in our homes in the form of a pdf you can print out and post on your refrigerator. We’ve linked to it before, but it’s worth repeating: Storing Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste.
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    Shoplet Blog

  • Best of Weekly Round Up 199

    Jaime Zozobrado
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Halloween is creeping up on us and everyone wants to join in on the costume fun. But don’t forget your trusty pets. They can also rock some awesome Halloween costumes! These dog costumes are creative and cute. This canine is ready to work! ~ Courtesy of our VP Leslie Scharf The resemblance is striking! Scooby Doo where are you? Who remembers Chia Pets? Everyone loves a good pun It’s Franken-dog. Great job on the fur! Pup dressed as an Ewok from Star Wars! Because they are so cute! Here’s another pup dressed as an Ewok! While we’re at the Star Wars theme…meet…
  • Announcing the Pumpkin Prize Giveaway Winner!

    Jessica Hodges
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Congratulations to Angela (guessed 27), Winner of the Pumpkin Prize giveaway! So, wanna know what was included in this awesome trick or treat basket? Here are all of the ghoulish goodies! - 1 box of Schneider Slider edge pens( eco friendly). - 1 Shoplet recycled notebook. - 2 Purell hand sanitizing gels. - 1 giant UHU glue stick. - 2 packages of Avery note tabs. - 1 Expo Click dry erase marker. - 1 pair of Westcott scissors. - 2 Bic Intensity fine tip felt pens. - 1 lucite desk organizer. - 16 pieces of candy. That’s a grand total of 28 Pieces! Thanks to everyone for participating. We…
  • Winner of the Cafe Tote Set for 2

    Jessica Hodges
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Congratulations to Audrey H., winner of the Leeds Cafe Tote Set for 2! Make sure to get out there in this gorgeous weather and enjoy a nice warm cup of something delicious, with a friend of course!. For those of you who are still interested in this amazing gift set, you can find it right here at Shoplet Promos. Remember, this set can also be customized with your company logo, team name or even your family name to make it truly yours. Make sure to stay tuned for more fun and useful prizes right here at Shoplet Promos!
  • Cold Weather Promos: What you’ll need

    Jessica Hodges
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    It’s starting to get chilly out there. Are you ready for cold weather promotions? Cooler weather can pose lots of issues for your team, especially for events that require long hours. In order to ensure the success of your campaign, make sure you have all of the essentials to keep you and your brand ambassadors happy and warm. Here’s what you’ll need:   Proper Apparel This one is huge! If nothing else, make sure your staff has warm apparel. The number one complaint from brand ambassadors who work outdoors during the colder months is that companies skimp on proper…
  • Pumpkins Galore!

    Jaime Zozobrado
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    What is the first thing you think of when someone says October and Halloween? For us, it’s definitely the pumpkin. So today, we are featuring the pumpkin in all its glory! Speaking of glory, pumpkins are a versatile fruit (Yes it’s a fruit!) that can grow extremely large and weight almost a ton. In fact, the heaviest pumpkin weighs over a 1 ton, which is roughly 907 kilograms. Aside from being used as a versatile fruit that can be used for pies, spices, or cakes, the pumpkins are also used as decorations and a medium for art – the jack-o-lantern. But have any of you ever wondered why…
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    Think Simple Now

  • How to Accept Yourself Fully

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

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

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

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

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

  • Live on the Frontier of Your Life Experiences

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Do you boldly go where you have not gone before? You can live and lead on the new frontier of your life experiences from wherever you are. Be part of the world, not outside of the world. To do so, get  out of the lab, or the ivory tower, and push the envelope by doing things with courage and audacity on the front lines. Everyone is a leader.  You just need to exercise your power to act. In the book, Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis, Jeffrey A. Krames shares insight on how Pope Francis’s uses humility as a strength, and how you can use the same methods to be a…
  • Carrot vs. Stick Motivation

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Some people use sticks to motivate other people.   They even use sticks to motivate themselves. It’s limited. If you want to flourish for the long run, you need to use carrots to inspire other people and yourself to operate at a higher level. While a stick is negative reinforcement, a carrot is positive reinforcement. Rather than whip yourself with a stick, you can find the right carrots to pull you toward your goals and aspirations.  And, the best carrots draw upon your inspirations, from the inside out. In the book, Cracking the Flourishing Code, Pat Black shares key insight into why…
  • Schotoma: Why You Can’t See What’s Right in Front of You

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

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

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

    Kylie Browne
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Your Perfect Wardrobe Do you dream about a having a perfect wardrobe – decluttered, streamlined, organized? We can help you achieve that with our next online program 14 Days To An Organized Closet.  Starts Monday 3 November (US Time). This Program Will Help You Deal With The Practicalities Of: Decluttering your closet of clothes and shoes you don’t wear Simplifying the way you think about your outfits Organizing your closet, clothes, and footwear. Most importantly, the program will also help you unlock the mental and emotional chains that keep you holding on to clothes you don’t…
  • The Benefits to Downsizing and Living More Simply

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

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

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

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
          It started from this pine branch….I got an inspiration     to digitalized it     This digital version was  an inspiration for my watercolor painting, just inspiration.       Paint Party Friday     On Saturday we visited EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art     A piece of art playing with shadows!   Shadow Shot Sunday2       ‘World in Colours of Water’ by Janna Syvänoja.   It’s worth to visit Janna’s blog – her art is really unique and beautiful!  …
  • red splotch

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
        MACRO MONDAY 2     I HEART MACRO   RUBY TUESDAY TOO         Have a good week!  
  • playing with colors

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

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

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

  • Why Men Will Never Stop Loving Women

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The greatest influence to the nature of a relationship between a man and a woman is sacrifice. Men take the burden of making most of the sacrifices for the women to feel happy. Take this away from any relationship and see it crumbles in no time. Women only wish to be treated like queens while men on their own part only wish for the women to acknowledge their superiority and their total dependence on them. For this reason, women get practically all they want from men by letting them assume the number one position.   The Supreme Being has designed it in such a way that it is a wife that…
  • The History of Christmas Present

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    So many customs and traditions that are carried out during Christmas are being believed to have kick-started mainly in the Northern part of Europe – Germany, Spain and Italy, especially.   Among the major motivations for the giving of Christmas gifts is the Biblical story of the “Three Wise Men,” popularly known as “The Maggi.” Then, it was believed that giving gifts make us remember the gifts that were presented to Jesus Christ by the Three Wise Men in the aftermath of his birth – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.    Jesus Christ was believed by…
  • The Right Way a Man Should Propose to You

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    A lot of women go into the wrong relationships with the wrong men. Being a woman, you are the one they walk up to and tell how much they love you. Whom you say yes to is who comes in. Knowing the right man for you might seem difficult but not as a horse passing through the eye of a needle. What are required of you are caution, wisdom and patience if you wish to find true love. True love is detected by the way it comes. So has he come into your life the right way?   There are some necessary procedures that a man must not shortcut when starting a relationship with you. The vitality of…
  • Installing a Fireplace in order to Prepare for the Winter Season

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    A fireplace is a must a must device for people in colder region or places that experience snow fall or heavy cold weather during a particular period of the year. For those that experience the winter season, it is a time that most people don't like because of the cold associated with it. If you are living in such area you need to install a fireplace in order to keep your home warmth during the cold period. Fireplace is a device that produces heat and circulate it within a defined space in order to keep it warm. Basically, there are three types of fireplace, namely, the wood (traditional…
  • What You Should Know about a Woman’s Power in a Relationship

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    When I was a kid, I never could comprehend what my mother used to say about being a female. She believed that women are more unfortunate than men for reasons best known to her (as at then). On my part, I always was of the view that being a man is a heavy burden and becoming a successful man was a further more Herculean task. This though might be true but that’s not the issue at the moment.    It was not until I grew up that I found out the reason behind my mother’s controversial belief. The few advantages women have over men in certain facets of life are not enough to…
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  • How to Zip a File on a Mac

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you have a lot of old documents and files taking up space on your computer, you can compress them into an archive to save space. Mac OS X allows you to compress files directly from the operating system. You can also download third-party compression software that may be more effective. Follow this guide to compress your old files. Steps Use the Finder Open Finder. You can open Finder by clicking the Finder icon on the Dock. It looks like a square blue face. Once the Finder opens, navigate to the files that you want to compress. To easily compress multiple files from various locations into…
  • How to Wash Baby Bottles

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Washing baby bottles can seem like an endless chore, so it may become tempting to skip proper cleaning. However, the proper cleaning of baby bottles is extremely important, as babies' immune systems have not fully developed, making them much more susceptible to getting sick from bacteria in dirty bottles. To ensure your baby stays safe and healthy, start with Step 1 below for detailed instructions on how to properly wash baby bottles. Steps Cleaning Bottles Rinse the baby bottles directly after use. As soon as you have finished feeding your baby, give the bottle a quick rinse out in the sink.
  • How to Cite a Dictionary

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    When a specific definition has been used in an essay, you will need to cite the dictionary in your “Works Cited” or “References” page. Each style guide has its own citation standards, and these standards vary depending on whether the dictionary is a print source or an online source. Steps Sample Citations Sample MLA Citation for Dictionary Sample APA Citation for Dictionary Sample Chicago Citation for Dictionary Section 1: Print Dictionary in MLA[1] State which word you defined. The word should be capitalized an enclosed in quotation marks. Follow it with a period. “Citation.”…
  • How to Make a Simple Solar Viewer

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It is never safe to look directly at the Sun. Astronomers use various techniques to overcome this, but even if you don't own a telescope, you can safely view an image of the Sun by making a simple solar viewer. Basically, this viewer consists of two parts, a projector and a screen, and is very easy to make and use. Steps Cut a 2" (50mm) square out of the center of a paper or plastic foam plate (though any easy to cut, fairly opaque object will do). Take a 3" (76mm) square of aluminum foil and tape it over the square cutout along the edges. Using a toothpick, carefully poke as round a hole…
  • How to Screenshare (Screencast) on Google+ Hangouts

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Ever been at a Google+ Hangout and needed to show people a copy of your screen and exactly what is going on? If you want, you don't have to show your face through a webcam, but instead show a screencast of your screen as you perform actions on your computer. If you want to learn how to do this, this article is the right place to be in order to learn these steps. Steps Open up the Hangout you'd like to run the screencast in. Hover over the picture in the center of the screen. If you are the only person in the room at the time, you'll see a black screen; hover over the black screen instead.
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    Genuine Curiosity by Dwayne Melancon

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

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

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

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

    Dwayne Melancon
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    As I mentioned in my previous post, I've lost over 50 pounds since last July and have learned some things along the way.  I thought I'd share some of my experience here, in the hopes that others might benefit.  By the way - I know this ended up being a bit long, but hopefully it's broken up enough to make it usable. 10 months into the process (I started trying to lose weight August 1, 2013), and I'm doing a good job of maintaining and sticking with my program  I was just updating my photo with a new one just taken for work, and I thought it was worth updating my original post…
  • [Updated] SpiShutter hands-on - a great webcam privacy solution for MacBooks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Three Pillars of any Successful Relationship

    Jos Artin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    For any relationship to last a life-time, it has to be built on the “Three Pillars of any Successful Relationship”. Here they are, in order of importance: Respect, Trust,  Love I know couples who have relationships built on these blocks, and I see how they automatically avoid the common pitfalls so many other couples face: Because respect is paramount, they do not treat each other in a derogatory way or belittle each other. Because there is trust, they are not suspicious and they know the other person feels the same. Because they love each other more than anything else in life,…
  • 6 Ways to Achieve ‘BIG’ Things in Life!

    Jonathan Curran
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    To create an ever-lasting and significant change in your world, besides thinking and talking about it you need to do a lot. Whatever your goals are, there are few things you need to do in to turn your dreams to a reality. Are you craving for a big change in your life? Maybe you desire for a better career or you want to start up your own business, and you’re not quite sure how to… Don’t panic, you’re not new to this feeling. All those who have achieved something ‘big’ in their life, have gone through the same feeling one time or the other. Your aim may be different, but the way to…
  • 6 Great Questions to Find Your Purpose in Life

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

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

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

  • Calibrate for Travel

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Mysteries Inside Your Medicine Cabinet

    Naomi Cook
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Original Image Credit: Pottery Barn Sticky bottles, crushed pills, and gooey globs on shelves…oh my! Sounds as scary as a Halloween haunted house … well, the thought of cleaning it all can be anyway! Since October is National Kitchen and Bath Month and it is cold and flu, as well as allergy season, this is a good time to talk about what’s lurking inside your medicine cabinet! I learned my lesson when I had a fall cold last year and found that my cold medicines had expired. So, I recently went on a cleaning spree of my medicine cabinet and purged all of my old medications. I restocked it…
  • Quick Tip: Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk

    Deb Lee
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently, I wrote a guest post for and shared five creative strategies you can use to unclutter your desk. And, today I’m sharing a sixth thing you can do keep desk clutter to a minimum. Did you know that a simple list can also help you bring a little order to your workspace? Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk   1. To Do List. Make a list of all the things you need to do to clear your desk at the end of each day. Include things like: Wipe desk and clean up spills Remove trash and recyclables Organize cables and wires Put pens, markers, and other writing…
  • 5-Minute Organizing Challenge ~ Get Organized for Halloween

    Dan Loya
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Are you ready for this month’s 5-Minute Organizing Challenge? I hope you are because Halloween is only weeks away, and this time we’ll focus on getting prepared for the spooky holiday. These mini-challenges will help you get organized for Halloween, and they only take about five minutes each. Create a list. Write a checklist of all the items (off the top of your head) that you need for Halloween. Each day, spend a few minutes adding new items you think of and begin planning  when to purchase things you need. Your list can include: Decorations Components for costumes Pumpkins & a…
  • 6 Reasons to Hire a Maid Service

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Is it possible to restart something you left on the backburner?  Can you pick up right where you left off with the same energy?  If you can, are there also the same people around who were supporting you at that time?  Times changes and so does the energy around a certain idea.  A fresh idea has so much more enthusiasm and support behind it than an old idea that is rehashed, unless the rehashing is done exceptionally well and with a new twist to it. It is hard for someone to not make the temporal connection between what has happened and why it did not move forward at some high rate of…
  • Non-Imposition

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    I used to interrupt people a lot when they were doing things they were focused on in public.  Some people were okay with this, but some people didn’t like it.  Lately I have reduced that.  Today, I went up to talk to someone, and she said she was writing a story, so I told her I don’t interrupt anymore and left her alone.  Later I was thinking it was nice that I left on that note and that she could come over if she had such a desire.  Two minutes after I had that thought, she came over and talked with me.  This was nice. Imposing is one of my favorite things, but it…
  • Lemonade

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    There’s a food place called Lemonade that has various foods.  If you so desire, you can get one of the foods.  On the other hand, you can just skip the line of people and go to the front and get a lemonade and head out the door quickly.  This is an award-winning concept.  The line then becomes nothing as you float by it on a sea of air.  Think about that one.  You could pretend you were flying on a magic carpet past the people in the line.  Wouldn’t that be something? You might think I’m a representative for Lemonade, and I could be, but I am currently not.  I am not…
  • Youth Policy Releases “Time Has Told Me”

    25 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    For those not in the know, the entity known as Youth Policy has released a new album titled Time Has Told Me, and it is packed with tracks that will take you to another place.  The hit song “Man of Science” is the clear front-runner, not only with its fluid presentation, but also its lyrical message and organization.  When someone thinks of Youth Policy, they think of the soft-toned creations that are all over this album, but “Man of Science” gives you another dimension of what band member GK can present. “Man of Science” hits you with lyrics like…
  • My YouTube Channel – Armentropy

    8 Feb 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Hey folks.  I have made a YouTube channel called Armentropy that consists of videos of me talking and interacting with people in public.  The name of the channel is a combination of Armen, which is my name, and entropy, a thermodynamic or information theory term that can be taken to mean “lack of order or predictability”.  I recommend checking the channel out, and if you like the videos, you can subscribe to get future content. Related posts: An Interview With Justine Ezarik
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    Time Management Ninja

  • 7 Tasks to Complete Before You Head Out for Your Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Are you ready for the weekend? Before you head out the door, take time to wrap up your week. Completing just a few extra tasks will allow you to enjoy your time off and have a sense of peace with how your left things at work. Today, I have 7 tasks to complete before leaving […]
  • TMN Sponsor of the Week: Goboxi [Announcement]

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    TMN Sponsor of the Week: Goboxi  Goboxi is the first application that puts three big parts of all of our online lives together: time management, social management and email management. They tackle the problem of email organization, project management and to-do lists by using hashtags to organize specific topics and content. This keeps projects organized across many different channels. The Goboxi Productivity Expert machine learning tool understands and analyzes how each user manages their time and recommends improvements to spend time working more efficiently. All this information is…
  • Do What You Want to Become

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    People often tell me what they want to be. Often, their big goals represent something they are not doing currently… like a new career. Or something they cannot perform today… such as run a 5K race. The question is, “Are you doing what you want to become?” Do What You Want to Be Wishing doesn’t make things […]
  • Exposing the Multitasking Myth: 4 Better Ways to Manage Your Time

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

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

  • Podcast #94 With Greg Mckeowan Of Essentialism

    Fancy Hands
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
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  • Podcast #93 With JJ Virgin Of The Sugar Impact Diet

    Fancy Hands
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
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  • Podcast #92 With Dr Bill Walsh Of The Walsh Institute

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

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

    Ari Meisel
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
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    Prolific Living - Smart Habits for Rich Living

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    For the longest time, I believed that you can only make really good money if you produce something. I’ve had jobs where if I wasn’t producing revenue, I wasn’t going to get paid or promoted as much or as quickly. And my colleagues who were in the back office weren’t getting paid very well and most of them were overworked, underpaid, and unhappy. They might as well have worked in a different industry they loved with less hours and probably the same pay.Other reasons why I believed that it takes being a producer to earn money are if I don’t publish consistently as…
  • Personal Finance Goals For Freelancers

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

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

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

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

  • Case Study: How Zell Went From $0 to $4,000 Doing What He Loves

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    This is an interview with Zell Liew, a long-time member of Lifestyle Liberation Academy. Zell has gone from nothing to making over $4,000 with his online business. He started from scratch, not knowing anything or anyone. This case study demonstrates that you can do work you love if you persist. It may not be easy, but it can be done. You may not be able to control the results, but you can do your best. I hope this case study gives you a better glimpse at what it truly takes to get started building your business. The Interview This is a simple text interview. Each question is in large…
  • 21 Things You Can Do To Change Your Life Forever

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Favorites - 80% of the reason why leaders fail

    Julie Poland
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    Google Images: en.wikipedia.orgSo what is the secret ingredient that creates outstanding leaders?  We've talked a lot in this blog about how there are a multitude of skills and attributes that can create strength in leaders.  You can be an extrovert, an extrovert, a visionary, a servant, etc.  In addition, situations call for different leadership styles:  in times of worker inexperience or crisis a more directive style works best, while in a more stable situation with seasoned workers more delegation and a lighter hand are called for.  So instead of exploring the…
  • Is satisfying work a right?

    Julie Poland
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    After all of the recent history about economic insecurity, it Google Images: follow that attitudes have shifted away from looking for passion at work toward being satisfied with a J.O.B. - one that pays the bills no matter what it is. Is that enough for you?  Do you have the right to search for something you love to do, even after learning some hard lessons about economic insecurity?Over the years Summit coaches have worked with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of startups and closely held businesses.  One common denominator of all of those is the love…
  • Time to unveil the big idea

    Julie Poland
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    Google Images:  blog.quoizel.comDo you have a big idea that you have been keeping under wraps -  out of inertia or out of fear of failure? What's preventing you from taking a step toward developing that idea into something tangible? Is it possible that your big contribution is out there right now, waiting for you to get started on it? Fact #1 - The world has problems that are so tenacious and so big that it might be hard to believe that you could make a difference in them.Fact #2 - There are solutions that have not yet been discovered or fully explored because the…
  • Quality focus run amok

    Julie Poland
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The topic of quality receives so much air time, showing Google Images:finishagent.comup in company values statements and printed on meeting agenda after meeting agenda, that it becomes  a way of life.  It becomes a source of pride for employees and a source of gratification for customers.Or does it?Quality focus run amok can reveal itself as the sort of perfectionism that slows individuals and teams down.  It causes analysis paralysis, as more and more information is sought before making a 10-cent decision.  And it causes management gurus like Seth Godin to yell, "Ship it…
  • Izzie's Rules

    Julie Poland
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Isabel Rohrbaugh probably wouldn't think of herself as a leader. Isabel RohrbaughShe was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, and a beloved aunt and cousin.  She didn't conquer corporate life - that wasn't her thing.  She was a servant leader in the personal realm, touching and influencing countless lives.Some would-be leaders tell you they are such.  They talk about what they think is important.  The real leaders show you instead.  You discover their values as they are demonstrated day to day.  This is how Izzie revealed her rules:Stay in touch with…
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    Balance In Me

  • How to Balance Me and Us Time

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

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

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

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

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

  • Game Changing Advice from Archangel Michael

    Good Vibe Coach
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Daniel Scranton channels Archangel Michael You guys know I’m a big fan of practicing self-love as a key to alignment. Which may be why I so love this message from Daniel Scranton (channeling Archangel Michael). Here’s game-changing advice that anyone could benefit from: If we were to give you one piece of advice to live by and to apply to everything that you are living, we would tell you to give yourselves more credit. If you were to give yourselves more acknowledgement, more praise, more love, you would see instant results in your life. Not only would you enjoy your lives more,…
  • Are You Sending Mixed Messages?

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

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

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

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

  • Reader Mailbag: Will Yoga Help Me Find More Spirituality in My Life?

    Dave Ursillo
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “I’m starting to get interested with yoga because of you. I don’t know, but I feel like I need to do something spiritual to find my life purpose or to bring meaning into my life. Do you think yoga would help?” – Vincent in the Philippines Yoga certainly could help, Vincent. In fact, yoga should help you feel “the spiritual” more in your everyday life. And yet, as you can guess, this is a pretty complex question. Yoga itself is a diverse, multifaceted healing art with a long history of over 5,000 years and so many different components, elements…
  • Should Your ‘About Me’ Page Really Be About You, or Your Reader?

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

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

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

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

  • Mark Manson on The Psychology of Achievement – TCE 048

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    Click here to get exclusive access to this conversation on Itunes “Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.” This is the start of a great piece called The Most Important Question of Your Life written by today’s guest, author Mark Manson of In this episode of The Competitive Edge we dive into the…
  • Unleashing The Power of Self-Understanding with Steve Sisler – TCE 047

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Ways to Delegate When You’re on the Bottom Rung

    Rosemina Nazarali
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photo via Nguyen Hung Vu/FlickrThis is a guest post by Joe Pawlikowski.Have you delegated any tasks today? Unless you’re in a management position, with employees working under you, chances are you answered in the negative. Which is a shame.How many tasks did you perform today that a person with half your brain power – or even a chimp, in some cases – could do? Furthermore: how does that make you feel at work? Chances are it makes you feel like you don’t have any value to the company.The bad news: your boss isn’t going to give you more meaningful work just because you feel like you…
  • Happy Employees Are Productive Employees

    Rosemina Nazarali
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a guest post by Heidi Cardenas.There’s no denying that employees who are happy with their surroundings are happier at work. And by extension, employees who are more physically comfortable and aren’t distracted by awkward desk arrangements or back pain from uncomfortable chairs are able to be more focused on work, states Wellnomics.As entrepreneurs and small business owners will find, attention to the work environment is important. From ergonomics to color and light, to amenities like coffee stations and snacks, all of these aspects of an office help create happy employees and…
  • Competition in Work Teams: How Gender Affects Creativity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What is Ebola?

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Reasons You’ll Love Evernote Premium

    Thad Puckett
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    About 2 years after I began using Evernote, I discovered Evernote Premium. It took Evernote from a mildly useful way to remember notes to a powerful go to tool, the one I interact with the most, if you leave web browsers and email clients out. Why is it this valuable to me and why do I think you’ll love Evernote Premium?  Because it makes you better at what you already want to do. The core Evernote service is a robust tool that enables you to capture information from a myriad number of sources.  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to use it. But going all in and upgrading to…
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Android: Samsung Knox Edition

    Thad Puckett
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Oops!  Looks like Samsung heaped praise on its, supposedly secure, Samsung Knox a bit too soon. Just two days ago Samsung said it had received US government approval for it’s Knox security application, thus enabling Samsung’s higher end smartphones to be accepted in large enterprises. Turns out they spoke too soon!  A security researcher  has cracked their supposedly secure app and determined it is anything but secure.  In fact, it appears that it is totally compromised. Full coverage here. After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be…
  • Apple and Cryptocurrencies

    Thad Puckett
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Would one of the most valuable brands in the world ever decide to take on fiat currencies? That’s a question that may, on its face, sound absurd. But think about it. They have rolled out a payment technology that tokenizes credit card transactions, solving a problem for consumers and banks alike.  This has an amazing potential to generate a totally new large revenue stream for Apple. Apple has also developed an encryption technology for mobile devices that has brought down threats from the director of the FBI. And as of October 20th, they are sitting on $155 billion in cash. They have…
  • Immersion is Why Rosetta Stone Works

    Thad Puckett
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    When I was in junior high school and high school I took French.  I even took French during college. But I never learned to speak French.  Oh, I tried to, and goodness knows I had excellent teachers.   I simply never achieved any level of proficiency in that language. I came away from those academic pursuits frustrated, and doubly so when I began to pursue my calling in life to serve as a cross-cultural missionary who lived in another culture.  Obviously if I never learned to speak a language I would have to fulfill that calling in English.  Nothing wrong with that per se, but I hoped to…
  • Use Evernote as Blog Idea Starter

    Thad Puckett
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have you ever had a great idea?  Something that you want to follow up on later because at the moment you are engaged in something else?  Or maybe, like me, you have a blog to write or some other deadlines to meet (either from your day job or your hobby). Let me introduce you to a great tool called Evernote. The point is that you can use Evernote as a blog idea starter, using the tool to remember snippets of ideas for use later on. Evernote says of itself “Remember Everything”, “Capture Anything”, “Access Anywhere”, “Find Things Fast”.  Those…
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  • PDR 44 – Women Living Larger Lives with Susan Schachterle

    Lori Lynn Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Show Topic: Women Living Larger Lives We are going to really dig into an exploration of how women can live a larger purpose, make a bigger difference, and generate more money in the process. The book is so inviting and so engaging.  I really enjoyed the real live examples of the archtypes.  It really is a must read book for women moving into or through their midlife review. Listen Here: Stitcher : Here BlogTalkRadio: Here iTunes: Here Show Notes: Nov 1st – The Circle – Live Your Dreams Creation Circle – How we…
  • PDR 43 – Embracing Your Sacred Feminine Leads to More Profits with Andrea Carter

    Lori Lynn Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Show Topic: Embracing Your Sacred Feminine Leads to More Profits The current success strategy for women is modeled after what has worked for men.  The unfortunate reality is that what has been working for men (competition, compartmentalization, and control) are exactly what is destroying a woman’s ability to thrive. By embracing your Sacred Feminine, learning the keys to clarity, connection and communication, these feminine strategies are what effortlessly take women of all ages and stages into mastering their own opportunities in life by becoming their own courageous leader.  Women are…
  • PDR 42 – What is the Wheel of the Year? with Lori Lynn Smith

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

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

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

  • 3 Key Benefits Of Using A SharePoint Governance Plan

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia - A Solo Traveler’s...

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    How to Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia - A Solo Traveler’s Journal #11 We are back for another entry of our beloved series, the solo traveler’s journal. Today, I would like to illustrate my experience climbing the second highest active volcano in Indonesia, Mt Rinjani. Let me cut to the chase and say that this was one of the most difficult trek I’ve been on only second to the Annapurna Base Camp, so your fitness level need to at least be in moderate level to attempt to climb it. Why was it so hard? Head down and see how my experience went, and I can guarantee you, it was a hell of a…
  • One Year of Incredible Discomfort:10 Things I’ve Learned...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Reasons To Quit Your Full-Time Job Today

    Raheel Farooq
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    The fact is all of us have to work. People are lazy by their nature, but they go to work to earn money for living. Many examples can be found, when a person doesn’t like his job at all, but he still continues working there, sitting in the office from 9am to 6pm. And when… Read More The post Top Reasons To Quit Your Full-Time Job Today appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Cheat Your Mind Realistically – Creating Your Own Reality

    Raheel Farooq
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    The religion is professing. The science is researching. The philosophy is speculating. And the people are doing everything and anything they can. Everyone has a different opinion about how things are. Everyone is doing their business. It has been going on. It perhaps will go on. If you think you know the reality behind your… Read More The post Cheat Your Mind Realistically – Creating Your Own Reality appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • The Main Reasons That Lawnmowers Break

    Raheel Farooq
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    If you need some Arnold parts to replace parts that have broken on your lawnmower, you may already have a good idea what you did wrong to cause the damage. However, it is still worth looking at some of the main reasons why mowers break down every year so that you can do everything in… Read More The post The Main Reasons That Lawnmowers Break appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • Winter Home Maintenance Tips

    Raheel Farooq
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:54 am
    Fall is fully underway and harsh winter has almost been here before you can say “Black Friday.” Fall brings dipping temperatures that precede the intolerable wretch we know as the winter season. One of the troubles of winter is that it makes it difficult to get anything done. The elements are all against us, preventing… Read More The post Winter Home Maintenance Tips appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
  • 5 Healthy Teas to Drink This Winter

    Raheel Farooq
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    One of the best diet hacks that you can take advantage of is drinking a lot of healthy teas. They’re cheap, delicious, and totally healthy for you. We recommend mixing and matching different kinds of iced teas and mixing them with fruit juice for a maximum benefit of nutrients and antioxidants. But wait – are… Read More The post 5 Healthy Teas to Drink This Winter appeared first on Raheel Farooq.
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  • 5 Steps to Changing the World Doing What You Love

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Sometimes people make light of the idea that each of us is a “special snowflake,” but guess what? It’s true. There is no one else exactly like you in the universe, and there’s no one else exactly like me either. We each have a unique way of doing things and a form of expression that no one else has. This uniqueness provides each of us with a rare and priceless opportunity to provide a unique gift to the world. Even when we do work that is similar to others’, our presentation and expression is guaranteed to be different. The Dagara tribe in Africa understands this concept well.
  • 25 Quotes to Inspire Confidence

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

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

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I’ve been spending less time on my blog this summer. I guess you could say that I’ve been away on a long journey. Not the kind that requires a passport, but a long journey just the same. Most of the journey was spent finishing my master’s degree, researching and writing the massive paper required for my final thesis. I knew it would be a big, time-consuming project as I mentioned in this article about Climbing Your Own Mount Everest. What I didn’t realize was how much of my focus and energy it would take. As a result, I took a little break from blogging and…
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    Leading Edge Advocate

  • How to Be More Productive With Less Effort

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    How many times have you wished you had a clone? Honestly, I feel like this a lot of the time. There’ll be times when I have a list of fairly simple things to do over the weekend and somehow they don’t get accomplished. Then come Monday morning I’m trying to
  • 5 Steps to End Anxiety

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

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

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

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

  • 1001 Rama and 1001 Ramayana

    Hemendra Kumar Saini
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    1001 Rama and 1001 Ramayana Somewhere I have read, that answers to all your questions lies in Ramayana. Though, at that point of time, these were just words for me. And I haven't really think of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gharwali Diwali - Diwali Nostalgia - Amma, Ladoo, and Chakkari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Direction matters more than speed

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

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

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

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

    albert van zyl
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I've been meditating for about 20 years . A while ago I was chatting to a colleague who has taken up meditation quite recently. He mentioned that sometimes while he meditates he'll start wondering how much longer he has to go and will sneak a look at the clock. Blushes. I had to admit that after 20 years I still do that. Progress is not a concept that really seems to apply to meditation. All the shifts in calm, energy and insight that I have experienced have happened in such uneven plateaus and break throughs and regressions that any idea of progress seems nonsensical. The only progress…
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  • How To Halloween: Navigating Your Way Through Costumes and Crafty Ideas

    Margaret Bjork
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The leaves are changing, the weather is getting colder. You’ve traded in your shorts and sandals for a cozy sweater, and just as you’re about to start winding down after a busy summer, it hits. Halloween. Sure, Halloween is just another holiday, one step on the road closer to Christmas. But to your kids, it’s more than just a day. It’s a fantasy come to life. Their giant imaginations get to run wild with costume ideas, and they can indulge in delicious treats for weeks to come. This is what makes important memories: planning, executing, and ensuring your kids are having fun along the…
  • The Collective: What is your power habit?

    Shauna Mackenzie
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    We all have those things (some big, some little) that get us going and keep us going every day. Maybe it is just one really outstanding habit or maybe it is a collection of self-bettering habits incorporated in your life each day. The members of our Collective have a few power habits worth sharing. Power on. Shauna, our founder: I’ve really worked hard to let myself feel the exact emotions I’m feeling at the moment – even if it’s sadness. I used to think power was controlling these emotions and now I’ve found a lot more power in living in them as they come up,…
  • 5 Steps To An Easy Halloween Makeup Look

    Kristin Pavao
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have to admit, most of my Halloween costumes are based on whether the face makeup inspires me or not.   I will also admit, I am a super fraidy cat, and not into the gory side of Halloween.  I’d say scary-faced Jack-O’-Lanterns are more my speed.  In a panic I toss the remote control in the air, throw a pillow in front of my face and start singing loudly when one of those freaky Halloween movie commercials show up on the screen.  I know … total baby.  Halloween makeup is one thing that doesn’t scare me, but it can be very challenging for many, and I…
  • Saying Goodbye and Hello to Nannies and Babysitters in Your Life: Part II

    Margaret Bjork
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have you recently had to say goodbye to your nanny or your go-to babysitter? Learn how to handle this new separation by reading part one.  PART TWO: Welcoming a New Nanny Hiring a new nanny can be a stressful situation. It’s hard for you to say goodbye to someone who has grown into your little circle, and it can be especially difficult on your kids. It takes time to adjust, and like every new job, it’s hard on the new person as well. Hiring a new nanny can be a stressful situation.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule Tips for Getting Started The more information, the better. The first…
  • 5 Motivational Mantras for Starting Your Own Business

    Shauna Mackenzie
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you’re deciding to start your own business or take a chance on any major (and potentially scary) endeavor, the original spark and motivation can wear off after all the details are hashed out. It may seem like the obstacles outweigh the benefits, and it can feel like you’re losing confidence in your ideas and abilities. How do you get that original enthusiasm back and take the leap you’ve been dreaming of? I’ve worked with over a hundred new and aspiring business owners and the vast majority of them breeze easily through the initial development phase. But when it comes time to…
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  • The Digital Divide

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

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

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

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

    Teresa Demel
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    The news about Shellshock broke on Thursday, uncovering a vulnerability in Mac OSX and Linux systems that use BASH, the widely used command line utility. We want to reassure our users that the security and privacy of their Saga data is safe. Our team responded as soon as the announcement was made, identifying and patching all services affected by this bug. We are keeping an eye on any new threats related to the bash bug. To learn more about Shellshock, click here. The post Saga Users Safe from Shellshock, AKA the Bash Bug appeared first on Blog.
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  • Sentences that successful people never use

    Santoshh Singh
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.   Thoughts play a very important role in our life. We are at a place today where our thoughts have taken us. They shape our destination as they are the reasons we do something in life. That’s why words we choose play such an significant role in our life. We all keep on communicating with [...] The post Sentences that successful people never use appeared first on Palchoice.
  • albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic]

    Santoshh Singh
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice. One of the most inspiring persons in the history of mankind is albert einstein. He is my personal favorite and I look up to him for motivation whenever I feel low in life. And what’s a better way than reading albert einstein quotes? So what are best motivational albert einstein quotes? And what are the life [...] The post albert einstein quotes:life lessons learned[infographic] appeared first on Palchoice.
  • project management: why you should use cloud based PM tools

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

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

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

  • My Personal Goals Progress Report: September 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Howdy. So every month, I write a progress report on my personal goals for the year that I publicly committed to, here on my blog. The reason I do this to be completely honest, open and transparent with you.  I also do it to put extra pressure on myself to deliver on these goals.  There’s nothing like […] The post My Personal Goals Progress Report: September 2014 appeared first on Redesign My Existence.
  • How To Dream Big & Be An Ultimate Fighter In Everything You Do

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

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

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

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

  • Gratitude Post - Life Lessons

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

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

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

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

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