This Is The Right Time To Fire A Client

A couple of months ago, I fired a client. Not in the ‘come into my office, I’ve got some bad news’ style of firing either. No, it was short and to the point. I effectively said, ‘I’ll refund your money, don’t contact me again’. I was paid to run a marketing campaign...

7 Ways to Catch Your Dream

t’s Time to Release that Emergency Brake Holding You Back My grandparents must have had the steepest driveway in the entire state of New Jersey. Ascending it as a child sitting in the back seat seemed like climbing Mt. Everest. I mean the car was practically vertical...

5 Productivity Blockers and How to Fix Them

Yes, this is “one of those lists”. But it’s short and sweet, and I’m sure you’ll find yourself falling into at least one of these traps once a day. Food Photo by Nielsen Ramon on Unsplash Don’t eat while your working, it’s as simple as that. Opting for “desk-lunch”...

ill-prepared

We mistakenly teach children that when they do what they are supposed to, things work out, or rather “bad things” don’t happen. I think that’s the biggest fallacy. I lost my first job after college. I did what I was supposed to do. Came to work on time, was a team...

Is chasing your dream at all cost worth it?

A recent US news about a TV actor who graduated from Yale University. When he was young, he gave up his high-paying job and chase his dream. In recent years, there has been no more TV show for him. Then he work as a supermarket cashier and get noticed by his peers....

Did You Leave Something in Your Cart?

This is a regular email heading in my inbox. I am a self-titled “chronic cart filler” for online purchasing. Our world, in all of its brilliant marketing and promotion, feeds on human impulses. It feeds on our need for instant gratification, last-minute spending and...

I Once Was A King

You don’t need tons of money to feel like a King. Coming from where I came from, I wasn’t supposed to have nice things. No fancy clothes, no expensive cars, not even a remote sign of success. That wasn’t supposed to be in the cards for someone like me. Things Changed...

Stop Burdening Yourself with Unnecessary Ideals

It’s Okay If You're Not Feeling Well-Mannered There’s a development related process in psychology. It takes place during our childhood. When we’re kids, we’re egocentric. Till the age of at least four to six. After that, we turn into social animals. Allocentric...

Why You’ve got to endure a little bit more!

Our lives are a giant puzzle. Each piece on it own makes no sense but when all the pieces are put together, it makes a very beautiful picture. some of the pieces that make up the puzzle are big while others are very small. If you have ever tried to solve a puzzle, you...

7 Things You Should Care Less About

“It never ceases to amaze me: the things people care about” — Marty Rubin Some things are worthy of your attention and concern. Others are not. Spending too much mental energy on the wrong things can move you further away from happiness and contentment. Making these...

Is entrepreneurship like firing a rifle?

My first crack at entrepreneurship was like learning to fire a weapon while someone’s shooting at you. I learnt my lessons on the battlefield, the most significant being this: Climbing over the top of the trench and charging as hard as you can is NOT a recipe...

Unlock Your Creativity, Avoid The Dementors

“Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” — Albert Einstein I have a simple rule in life. Avoid people that bring you down. Using this rule has helped me a lot in life, so far. For instance, right after graduation I decided to ignore...

Rise and Shine!

How to Get Up Early, Have a Miracle Morning and Improve Yourself Sounds great, and it is. Getting up early is difficult — and good Nowadays I’m getting up early. Okay, don’t think too much of it. It’s not that I’m waiting at five o’clock next to my bed in a yoga pose...

Why You Might Want to Give Up Social Media

yourself what, if anything, social media is adding to your life? Maybe it’s a great way to connect with others, but just maybe it’s a poor substitute for interacting with others in a more meaningful way. How do you use social websites? Consider these ideas when...

When Are We Ever Ready To Do Anything?

Why do we believe that perfection works for us when it doesn’t? Listening to a radio programme recently, a caller was talking about how they had been preparing to have children for a few years and that now they were ‘ready’. It was all part of their plan. Another...

Why Monday is Not Just Another Day

Monday is a hard day only for those, who perceive it negatively. Well starting from the good wishes and loads of positive vibes to you and if you are reading this from your office desk on Monday Morning in search of some super motivational piece of content, you came...

Be the Best Leader: Demonstrate Respect

A cornerstone of effective leadership is the demonstration of respect. It sounds so easy. Lead well. Got it. Be respectful. Got it. But day in and day out the personalities and priorities of your team members mingle and sometimes collide. Varying degrees of expertise,...

You Don’t Have To Wake Up Early To Be Successful

You have to do right thing at the right time. While bidding goodbye to 2017, I made a commitment to make 2018 the best year so far. I wrote down huge goals, backed with super-detailed plans including all the actionable steps, routines and mindsets I needed to develop...

How to stay Motivated in a Job?

I have already chosen to do Job!!! So now my only Job is to at least Stay Motivated!!! It’s not at all a bad thing to do any job, but really bad if I do it whole my lifespan. But for the sometime of my lifespan in which I am doing the job, I should do it very honestly...

How to Start and Stick to your Dreams

The reality of following through to your Dream How do you start something? How do you actually start a business? How do you start writing your book? How do you start doing things you’ve always wanted to do? In today’s world, you get lost in the information available...

Taking Time Off

Once again, I’m taking time away from certain social media sites in order to concentrate on other things. Some folks have labeled this my ‘digital detox’, something that is apparently a thing now among the hip crowd. Problem is, it’s not a detox OR a trendy thing I’m...

Why Chasing Perfection Is A Pointless Pursuit

When I was growing up, I always used to think perfection was something to strive for. I wanted to get 100% in my exams. I wanted to be the best footballer player I could be. I wanted to be the best at everything. To be perfect. As I failed to achieve these targets, I...

Beating Burnout When You Feel You Can’t Go On

Everyone feels burned out sooner or later.  It’s a challenging thing to manage, since you feel that you’ve already done everything you can do and completely tapped your resources. But it’s likely that you can manage what’s happening in your life. We’re good at making...

How to Confront: Overcoming The Fear of Anger

Use anger wisely to get what you want. It was 9 PM. My boss called me. He raised his voice. I immediately lowered my voice and spoke softly. I’d do anything to calm him down first. Apparently, he wanted to complain of a mistake I made at work. Then he asked me to work...

Are you Certain?

When I read the news, listen to political debates or hear some of what politicians say, I realize that there is not a single thing that I can say I know with the certainty that politicians and leaders seem to possess for every single one of their beliefs. I often try...

Learn To Cherish The Difficult People In Your Life

Are there others around you, day in and day out, who make you miserable? Wouldn’t you love to change the dynamics of your experiences with them? The existence of difficult people can be viewed as an opportunity to learn. What can you pick up from these people, and how...

Why I Will NEVER Be “Suzy” Homemaker…

This is a rant of sorts, and perhaps a pity party. Everyone is welcome, so long as we don’t turn it into a pissing contest. Everyone has their own version of their own personal hell. This does not necessarily mean this is the way it is, all the time though, just to be...

A few life lessons from a game of poker

The game that has been around for centuries, does come with its own share of wisdom. We could all take note of a few observations I made from my years of playing poker, that helps me do well in life. Here are a few things I learned (feel free to comment if you have a...

Just Because It Ended Doesn’t Mean it Failed

There is some good there if you are open to it Things begin and things end, however, there can always be something positive that can come out of the experience if you choose to see it. Although it may be challenging to see it at first, whether a relationship or a job...

How To Think Positively In Tough Times

Sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side even when things are going fairly well. When you’re going through tough times, gaining the “glass is half full” mentality can be a feat in itself! Don’t Get Overwhelmed When you’re in the middle of a stressful situation,...

Luck Journal #2 – Sleep My Superpower

I don’t know what it is, I can’t sleep. You know who never says this — me, that’s who. I have a number of negatives in my life, but on the positive side, I have no issues sleeping. This sounds like it must be a major problem for many people. In my everyday life, I...

Mental Martial Arts

Self Defense for Your Mind How does your psyche protect itself from the slings and arrows of life, such as: insults, physical mistreatment, guilt, verbal attacks on you, anger, resentment, fear, hatred, self-loathing, unending stress, jealousy, unacceptable thoughts,...

Did Your Computer Cyber-Bully You Today?

I was minding my business, getting on with my day. Clearing out a bunch of emails, answering some, saving some for later — you know the drill… I decided to check my Spam Folder in case Chrome decided something was junk which was, in fact, actual correspondence. What...

For When You Just Want to Hide

Opportunity, Transition, and the Bumpy Road Between Here and There When Jeff Goins asks, “What is your superpower — the thing you handle with ease that others find difficult?” I answer without hesitation. “Transitions.” And yet, as I face yet another transition, I...

The myth of hiding mediocricity

Office door open. Part two. This is part two — in a two-part series — about the connection between strong leadership and an open office door. Keeping your office door open doesn’t magically make you a great leader but it does say things about who you are and your...

Surprised by Running Thoughts

When was the last time you actually stopped to listen to the thoughts running through your head? When you listen to what your mind is saying to you, you might just be surprised. Taking the Time During a class I was taking, the instructor challenged us to stop...

A Million Reasons I’m Lucky - A Series #1

Almost four months ago I started an experiment. I heard an author on a podcast mention that it was possible to change your luck. He talked about a scientific study done in England that showed this was possible. He also gave an exercise to change you mentally in the...

The Smallest School In The World

It wasn’t much of a classroom. A cramped room, with four seats. I was the only student there, but my teachers we amazing. They were the heads of businesses, writers, scientists, military officers, many of whom were famous — they came to me whenever I chose. I had...

Why I have no patience for transcendental meditation

Transcendental meditation, I’ve been told, is the greatest thing since sliced bread. There are thousands of successful people who swear by it. I’ve tried it and I don’t have the patience for it… Sorry. Last year I tried transcendental meditation as a way to unclutter...

Encouraging Entrepreneurship In Your Children

Whatever happened to the lemonade stands? Deep down, nearly every one of us wants to be an entrepreneur. However, forgoing your weekly paycheck to follow your true passion takes lots of self-confidence. Many of us lack that confidence. Therefore, a great portion of...

7 Tips for Improving Your Self-Improvement Efforts

There’s no shortage of self-improvement books, courses, manuals, videos, and ideas. The information needed to become fit, wealthy, healthy, famous, confident, and likable is readily available. The challenge isn’t information. It’s implementation. It’s frustrating to...

Start NOW and Love the Holidays with One Simple Tactic

A simple plan to keep away the year-end blues Fact: September is nearly over.  For many of us that statement doesn’t hold a lot of weight, maybe you’ve been looking forward to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, maybe you haven’t. No biggie. What if I added onto that statement?...

The Secret To Building Rapport With Anybody

“Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make [them] feel that you understand [them], that you have a strong common bond” — Tony Robbins “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” — Theodore Roosevelt Strong and healthy...

Can What’s Missing Be Your Strength?

How being a vegetarian chef can turn you into a rock star! A song called ‘Figure It Out’ by English rock band Royal Blood came up on one of my Spotify playlists recently reminding me of a magazine interview with them that I read a while ago. I’m not really a rock fan,...

Hard Work vs. Smart Work — It’s a Draw!

Witness the match between Smart work and Hard work. Who wins? In today’s manipulative and fast-growing world, hard work doesn’t seem enough. Adding something will get us the perfect success recipe. The success strategy doesn’t completely rely on hard work now. There’s...

You believe more fake news than you realize

Fake news has always been out there. Even before the age of the internet, we’ve had men in powdered wigs whispering to their friends in the newspaper industry to put out fake news. It’s nothing new. It just seems like there’s more fake news now because we have a...

How to Avoid a Meltdown at Work

I teach middle-school students in an after-school program, which itself can be challenging. But one particular kid really knows how to push my buttons, and he’s the ringleader when it comes to stirring up trouble. I do my best to stay calm, telling myself that their...

In 3 Simple Steps You Can Accomplish Any Goal

Stay focused. Go after your dreams. And keep moving toward your goals." - LL Cool J For life to be worth living, we need goals. I’m not necessarily talking “Next year, I’m going to be on a rocket to Mars” goals. I’m also not talking about “Today, I’m going to brush my...

You Are The Average Of Your Last 5 Thoughts (Part Deux)

Shape your thoughts, shape your life If you’ve just stumbled on this post, I urge you to read Part One of this two part article here. If you’re feeling lazy, here’s a watered-down recap: Jim Rohn’s famous saying that you’re the average of the five people you spend the...

Every time you feel like giving up. Don’t

Yesterday I felt like giving up. I felt lethargic, unmotivated and when I looked at the drivel I was producing I really began to question why exactly I was waking up at an ungodly hour each morning to churn out such tripe. I slowly came to a very important...

The World Needs More Homemaking Career Women

Yes, you read right! It means we need more career women to focus on the home and we need more women whose sole career are their homes. We’re going to talk a lot about productivity, value, and purpose for women and we are also going to talk about the meaning, purpose,...

The reason I must struggle, in less than 900 words

An easy life does not exist. Yet I am surrounded by services which seek to make my life easier and eradicate any form of struggle from the equation. I can get a coffee from the comfort of my car (Illustration by Sarah Healy) I can get a cup of coffee without even...

The Employment Myth

Most people I know are either unemployed, employed, self-employed or business-owners. However, rather than just being 4 distinct stages or levels in the journey of life, it seems to define people a lot more. And so, there seems to be a lot of stereotypes around. I’ve...

This is What Happens When You Develop Grit

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” — George Bernard Shaw 100million Americans can trace their roots back to Ellis Island. Including me. My father’s grandparents arrived from Sicily and Calabria just a few years into...

You Will Always Get My Very Best

Set your expectations high with me and I will do all I can to shatter them. I am an extremely competitive person. I always want to be the best at everything I do. Winning has always been extremely important to me. Many people have asked me over the years why I am this...

What Happens When You “Think Inside The Box”?

Problem Solving Requires More Than Creativity And Slogans Since the late nineteen-sixties, we’ve been told to “think outside the box.” For a while, the idea behind the slogan became the Holy Grail of problem solving. And the slogan “Think Outside The Box” became the...

The worst thing someone’s ever said to me

When I was twelve years old I probably had the worst thing anyone close to me has ever said. I still think about it, especially when I feel hopeless. The worst that someone’s ever said to me lingers in the back of my head even to this day. I was always told I was lazy...

You Are The Average Of Your Last 5 Thoughts (Part One)

Audit your own thinking before you do so the people around you “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”  — Marcus Aurelius The saying that you should surround yourself with positive and successful people so that their wisdom and good...

Executive Leadership: Success From Day One

Stories and Strategies for Nonprofit Leaders I’ve been in executive management in the nonprofit world for over 22 years. Ten or more prior years of nonprofit middle and senior management. A brief and unhappy stint in the for profit world of health care. From these...

What You Need to Know About Working After Retirement

On a path to return to work? If so, you’re in good company. It’s called “reverse retirement,” and it’s a LOT more common than you might think. More than a third of retirees return to work on either a full-time and part-time basis. A recent paper published by the...

Do This One Thing If You Use Something A Lot

It will change your life. In the last week of July, I made a decision in my life that made a lot of sense. I paid to become a Medium Member. No this isn’t a post about why every single person should be a member or anything like that. Though I will say it feels great...

Your Impact is So Much Bigger than You Know

Keep doing what you're doing! I get it, you feel discouraged sometimes. Am I really helping anyone? Is this all just a big waste of time? Is my purpose just a silly dream? I know I ask myself these questions when I have a setback or when things don’t seem to be moving...

Accept Your Flaws And Then Enhance Your Strengths!

It took me a long time to unlock a secret to living a productive and happy life. Would you like to know what it is? It is simple really. You have to be self-aware. But here is the problem with being self-aware. Many people hate the things that they are bad at. They...

When You Can’t Make Up Your Mind, Just Do It

Up until June, I was a regular volunteer with a nonprofit that assisted low-income families. This morning I tried to decide whether or not to start volunteering there again. Summer travels had taken me away and I had gotten out of the habit. A few days ago, I was...

How to Win Any Argument

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” — Thomas Jefferson Have you ever tried to have a serious discussion with someone who strongly believes the opposite of you? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Kind of like butting your head against a concrete wall, or...

The Ancient Romans Hit The Snooze Bar Too

Times Change But Hearts And Minds Stay The Same I found myself talking to a friend one day, oddly enough, about something in the U.S. Constitution. He told me that the particular law we were talking about was ridiculous and archaic. The men writing that law could have...

3 Ways to Unlock the Best Version of You

When I decide to undertake long-term action that might make me a better human I will inevitably face adversity in my journey. Adversity can enter my life in many different forms. It is the ultimate shapeshifter. It can invade under the guise of excuse,...

5 Life Changing YA Books to Accelerate Your Growth

NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. We appreciate your help in supporting the work of PublishousNOW. Do the words “young adult book” make you cringe? That’s always been my immediate reaction. “YA” brought to mind crushes, vampires, and clunky writing. Besides,...

Why Your Own Speed is Often the Best Speed

High speed is not everyone’s speed. We all need to find our own rhythm. Comparing ourselves to others only adds to our anguish. Yet when we find that place of equilibrium; that space where we feel in flow, we are probably moving to life’s drumbeat at a speed just...

You Find More Value in What You Pay For

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” — Warren Buffett What was the last thing you purchased? Were you satisfied with it? How would your perception of its value change if you had received it for free? Would you feel so bad thinking about throwing it away? My...

What Is A Podcast?

A serious question from the older generation Attention all young people, this is NOT a how-to post. This is a serious question from an old broad. I’m serious about wanting to know the ins and outs of what a podcast is and how to do one. I’m an old school chick. I got...

A Hustler’s Burden

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Kurian. And I am a bonafide hustler. Why I Am The Way I Am Often times I have moments where I sit back and reflect on my life. I think about why I am the way I am. I wonder why I have such a hard time unplugging...

Why Being in Your 60’s is the Ultimate Startup

Here you are, sailing along in your sixties. Maybe retirement is on the horizon. Perhaps it is not even a consideration, yet. But somewhere in the back of your mind might lurk the scary question: What’s next? Well, my friends, what’s next is the Ultimate Startup. One...

4 Tools I Use to Boost Productivity

How I take care of business and boost my mental health Iam disorganized. I am lazy. I am low on energy. I am all these things; but, I am aware of these things, and unlike many with the same traits, I put effort towards battling these weaknesses. Last month I wrote...

6 Activities To Keep Life Simple

As the population continues to grow, the more than a trend for less is developing. This sort of trend is a minimalistic lifestyle. That isn’t to say this movement is bad, in fact, it’s still a good move as we move away from less material things and focus more on the...

4 More Wonderful Myth Busters on Creativity

Remember these words: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10,NIV).” I want you to know that some of the things you have been told about being artist are NOT true....

Start Fire To your Own Initiative

I am a procrastinator — a waster of time. I am sucked in by games on my phone, posts on Facebook, and the television. BUT I am a writer looking for inspiration in what I read and what I see and what I do. “An open calendar with short notes scribbled next to the dates”...

The Importance Of Being Self-Aware

Take an inventory of yourself and figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are. I will be honest with you my dear friends. I am absolutely terrible at a lot of things. No seriously. Here is a list of all the things that I am bad at: Algebra. Repairing things that...

Why Motivation Matters And Where to Find It

Motivation is described as interactions of both conscious and unconscious influences. It is the intensity of our desires or needs, It is influenced by the reward or value of our goals, It is dependant on the expectation we lay on ourselves and from our friends,...

This is What Happens When You Empower a Genius

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincen van Gogh Heis considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. In just under 9 years he produced some 800 works of art. And in 2015, his...

We Should Focus on Outliers More

What’s an Outlier? In my article on education, I mentioned how some students, often the systemically disobedient, tend to be some of the most intelligent. These individuals, outliers from the normal distribution in more ways than one, can be some of the greatest...

Are You Ready For the REAL New Year

That’s Sept 4th This Year, In Case You’re Wondering, And Yes You Need to Set Some Goals My Mom and I never liked summer all that much. Oh sure, there were those days where I lay on my back and breathed in fresh cut grass, or where I went blueberry picking in the field...

Do Millennials Really Need to Stop Whining?

“Millennials can be very hardworking, but it’s easier to tell the story of the ones who are entitled.” -Kathryn Minshew I feel like I know next to nothing about my own generation. The two-edged sword that is the Internet has allowed us to form in our minds what it...

And This Door Too I Shall Kick Down

In order to be successful in life, you will have to learn how to create opportunities for yourself. Have you ever felt trapped? Have you ever felt that you keep having to face one closed door after another whenever you are trying to make a better life for yourself? It...

Being Able To Face The Person In The Mirror

It all starts with having the ability to love and respect yourself. You can go through your entire life answering other people’s questions falsely. You can spend your days giving people half-truths. Everyone can get fooled by your answers. But here is the thing… You...

This is Why Searching for Your Passion is Unreliable

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” — Nelson Mandela “Should I be a professional baseball player or a movie star?” I once asked my younger brother. I made the inquiry as casually...

Golden Rules For Start Up Entrepreneurs

A Must Have Guide 1. Marry Your Company And The Employees! 💑 Working harmoniously with your employees and co-founders is like getting married to them! Understanding and compromising are two important traits that can help your business run smoothly. 2. Have a ‘KISS’...

Be A Person of Value, Watch Sales Skyrocket

“I HATE selling!” For some reason, people have this view of selling as if it is an unclimbable mountain. People the world over seem to be deathly afraid of selling and perhaps it is because we have had so many undesirable encounters with people trying to sell us...

You Can Only Achieve Success When You First Define It

“Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree, “What road do I take?” The cat asked, “Where do you want to go?” “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it really doesn’t matter, does it?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Some...

Dreams Can’t Happen Without Goals

For some reason when people find out I run 100-mile races, they all react the same way. After getting over the shock, the first question they ask is, “how in the world can you run 100 miles? I don’t even like driving 100 miles.” Since I am in sales and I know that the...

What Are You Doing To Improve Yourself?

What actions are you actually taking to improve yourself? Most us have an idea of what we want to look like physically. We have an idea of how much money we would like to be making. Many of us even know what kind of a house we would like to live in and what kind of...

Plans Allowing Immediate Newness

What is Pain? “You mock my pain! Life is pain, anyone who says otherwise is obviously selling something!” William Goodman, The Princess Bride These are the kind of quotes that you repeat to yourself when every muscle in your body aches, your mind is twirling towards...

Three Things That Increase Influence | The Front

Leaders are leaders because they have influence! This video was such a hit, so by request… here are three things you can do to increase influence. If you engage actively, and spend the time to really work on or learn these three things, you can increase your influence...

Why Your Dreams Are Worth the Wait

And What to Do in the Meantime You have this dream. But it’s taking forever to happen and you’re not getting any younger. You wonder what it’s going to take to get there and if you ever will. You’re not alone. We like things to happen quickly. Don’t we? We despise...

How to get the mentorship of your dreams

Getting a great mentorship can be tough regardless of your profession, but especially for an artist Sometimes being an artist is hard. Being creative and having the whole world in front of you it can be difficult to really know what direction to go, even knowing where...

Are You Aware of These Productivity Leaks?

Imagine you have a bucket of water. It’s nothing fancy really. It’s just a big ol’ bucket that you use to carry water around. Every person on the planet has a different bucket. Now, each day, you have a goal. Your goal is to carry the bucket full of water from point A...

Self-Help Advice From the Guy Who Really Needs Help

Have you ever been reading one of those self-help books and you think to yourself “yeah, easy for you to write about how to overcome and succeed, you’re writing this on your yacht in the middle of the ocean because I’m stupid enough to buy your book” and then you hurl...

Do You Want More Optimism in Your Life?

Here are five choices.  Choices Made, Make Us. Pastor David Jeremiah says; “No one drifts towards holiness.” Since this statement is true, we then must be intentional about our faith and lifestyle. Therefore, my wife and I practice these five choices. We do this, not...

The greatness of children

So, I was watching a Nike commercial for a Marketing Class. And, just as You-tube hopes and predicted I would, I clicked on a related video. Another Nike ad - and greatness. It was called Nike: Find Your Greatness And I think we can all agree that if there’s one...

7 Steps to Crunching Criticism

Everyone is impacted by criticism of some sort. But leaders and those who take risks with new ideas are commonly targeted. There is not much we can do to completely stop criticism. But there are some things we can learn, and there are ways of protecting ourselves from...

Your Success is My Success

A Woman’s Worth I’m reading Marianne Williamson’s book this weekend. The name is the subtitle of this post. What insight, people! It’s one of those books from which you take small morsels of thought at a time and chew and churn to digest the message correctly. Written...

7 Serious Challenges of Effective Leadership

And how to eliminate them... Although during my college years I’ve been among the list of ambitious people, I still never considered leadership to be as important as I feel it is nowadays. You may wonder: “What changed this?” Knowledge comes with experience. I...

Why Are Awkward Conversations So Difficult?

Hint: Because You’re Trying Too Hard Earlier this week I taught a course called “Is Management for Me.” The class was full of about 35 adults who work in various parts of the Ontario Government. There were people who were a couple of years from retiring, and there...

10 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Whoever said, “Traveling is beautiful but not as beautiful as coming home,” clearly wasn’t an out of work actor. About two years ago, after nearly a decade of schlepping from one cramped casting room to the next, I parted ways with the love of my life. New York City....

Seven Leadership Lessons to Help You Climb Higher

I was a 17-year-old teenager who went to college as far away as I could and stay within the US mainland. That’s how badly I wanted to get away from home. Here was a typical kid from Bronx, with all the common traits of growing up in that environment. I believe it was...

Is Working From Home Worse Than a Regular 9–5 ?

Ah working from home. Every startup blog and the 4-hour work-week tell us that this is what we should be aiming for. It gives you freedom so you can travel anywhere you want while still earning money, you can work from your bed for god's sake! What could be better?...

Why Am I Awake at 5AM?

And why it may not be a bad idea for you too. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Benjamin Franklin First, I am not going to try and convince you to be a morning person. So often, the ‘gurus’ tell us anyone can be a morning person...

Waking Up from Success

And Being Saved from True Failure I have always wanted to do something great. From an early age, I believed I was made to do something great. And yet, I have always been in conflict over what ‘great’ or ‘successful’ really meant. We all have this longing in our soul...

Why Children Can Also Teach Adults Life Lessons

As a mom, I often find myself learning some significant life lessons from my children. Children are the best when it comes to teaching us how to tackle some challenges in life. They are so innocent, and with that comes a sense of purity and sincerity. Sometimes, I...

Empower the Weak, Change the World

When we think about world change makers, we automatically think of the big names. Personages who have made history are the ones who left our world with significant changes and therefore are still remembered nowadays. When I speak to ordinary people like you and me...

12 simple Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker

“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.” — Mark Twain We can learn a great deal from the Ancient Greeks when it comes to public speaking. The pioneers of theater and philosophy believed words held up the pillars of the...

One Simple Decision We All Make: Wreck or Ruin?

I have been having the same conversation with myself for the last year. - Are you strong enough to press on? - Would it really be so bad to just rest? No one is watching! - No, it is these moments of fatigue that count the most. Press on.   At some point every week...

The Long-Term ROI of a Great Mentor

It took me a year, but a few weeks ago, I reached my goal for writing on Medium. After posting a title I knew would immediately turn some people off, I received the following message: “Damn it, you did it again: A productivity based article that doesn’t repeat the...

Leadership Lesson From The Trail

Sliding down the side of a cliff Instead of paying attention to the trail I was calculating in my mind how fast I would need to do this segment to catch up to my running partner who had gone ahead when I had stopped to “check my hydration level”. Suddenly my plant...

Why Your Expectations Are Killing Your Productivity

Spoiler Alert: Because They Are Stealth I had one of those A-HA moments a few months ago. We all have them — those moments where there’s almost literally a flash of light and you think or shout “HOLY CRAP THAT’S WHY THAT HAPPENS!” I want to share this particular one...

Crash Course in Home Simplifying

One of the great laws of productivity is that a project expands to fill the time allotted to it. Thankfully, it works the other way too, and with a bit of concentration and a plan, you can tackle a seemingly huge project like “simplify the house” and make great...

How to Love the Home You Have

If you’re looking for more contentment at home, you’re in luck. There are many tiny habits that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you feel happier at home. Even if your current house or apartment isn’t everything you desire, you’ll be more content...

4 Best Practices to Run a Business Smoothly

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or a budding one, how a business is run is important. In fact, how it is run can determine whether your business will sink or prosper. I’ve talked briefly about how the entrepreneur lifestyle can seem glamorous. How some people...

5 Benefits of Adopting an Experimental Mindset

Learn something. Try something. Improve something. Repeat. We have never been inundated with more information. Access to anything we have ever wanted to learn is a click away. We can learn from the greatest minds in the world by listening to Tim Ferriss. We can learn...

I am a survivor

... and so are you. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~Helen Keller Reflect. I decided to make a list of all I have survived in my life. I doubt my list is exhaustive, but I am amazed by the length of it anyway. If you...

5 Steps to Train Your Brain to Focus

I confess…I’m prone to distraction. And it used to be impossible for me to stay on any one task for more than 10 minutes at a time. There were just too many things competing for my attention. It would start when I was writing and had to do a little research. I love...

How to Have Conversations with Meaning

Regardless of if you are confident in your own skin or not, this is a guide to build your confidence but also to have conversations with purpose and growth behind them. Have you ever had conversations that have gone nowhere at all? I’m sure you have online all the...

Here are 5 Morning Rituals That Make You Feel Great

Practice these every day for awesome feels and great productivity. Let me ask you a question: Do you have a morning ritual? Of course, you have. But does that morning ritual make you feel great? Every day you routinely wake up and you go through it on auto-pilot. You...

When The Road To Daylight Is Through The Gloom

I know where I am. I look ahead to where I want to be. Each step must take me closer. It’s hard. Sometimes, like today, I feel that I will just die with things left undone, unsaid, and unfinished. That my fear will come true and my memorial will be, ‘Well, at least...

Turn the Page

Bad Results I was coming off three bad races in a row, two DNFs (Did Not Finish) and a DFL (Dead Fricking Last) and I was beginning to think that maybe I needed to retire from this trail racing/ultra running thing and run normal distances like the marathon or...

The One Thing to Avoid Doing on Social Media

There are many types of approaches to grow your business, and that’s alright. But it’s this particular approach that bothers me a lot and I’m not alone in that. Many marketers and influencers a like have said this tactic doesn’t work. Here’s how to break that habit,...

Leadership Thoughts From the Treadmill

Treadmill or Dreadmill? Treadmill runs are my least favorite way to get exercise but when it is -13 outside with a foot of fresh snow, the outdoor running needs to take a backseat. At least that was what I was trying to convince myself as I ran on the dreadmill....

Get Off Your Ass And Do Something

A Productive Way of Life In the early stages of running my business, I was someone who struggled with working. Procrastination was a common theme for me and I also succumbed easily to distractions. For several years that was my life where I did minimal work and...

Don’t Be Safe. Be You.

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” — John A Shedd Recently a friend and I sat down to catch up. One of the questions I wanted to make sure and ask him as our conversation continued was what he thought about some of the more recent...

How I’m Using Post-it Notes to Stay Productive

A confession on why I find post-it notes so helpful and I can’t live without them anymore. The first week of January I vowed to clean up the space that I’m working in. But over the past few weeks, my desk is warmed with tiny pieces of coloured paper. From written...

Stop Complaining and Comparing

Start accepting and contrasting. Have you wasted your life complaining about not having enough? Not doing enough? Not experiencing enough? Have you wasted time comparing yourself to an old classmate via Instagram or Facebook? Oh, look at him on his fancy new...

Make the Most of Time

 My pillow and warm blanket kept me, hostage, longer than I should have let them. Thank goodness for the snooze button that allowed extra time for cozy sleep…until I had to scramble to get up so I wouldn’t be late to start my day. Time. I want it to linger on the...

One Thing You Can Do to Make It a Good Year

No matter what your circumstances are, you can make this a good year. We welcome every new year with a celebration. It’s easy at the beginning of the year to call it happy and expect good things. Will it last? If we don’t do something we’ll find ourselves with a good...

Breaking Hidden Rules Made Me More Productive

It was all about breaking a hidden rule Finish I recently read a book called Finish by an author I follow, Jon Acuff. In it, he talks about the reasons we don’t finish the projects or goals we set out for ourselves, and he offers research-driven, practical advice to...

What We Can Learn About Productivity From Subway

2017 was the year the Subway branch store of nearly 27,000 stores strong in the US in 2016 plummeted to 25,835 by the end of 2017. Today we’ll look into some of the causes of that, but also how we can use this news to increase our own productivity in our own lives....

Instructive Life Lessons from My Cat for the New Year

It’s a New Year and everyone’s getting on the goal-setting bandwagon — including my cat. It’s remarkable! It’s not like she walked up and made the announcement to me. You know felines. They like to think they are subtle and unobserved unless they decide it’s time for...

Magnetic Motivation

Shaping our goals and visions to pull us into the future we want now. Pizza is now off the menu. Got to battle the bulge a bit so I can’t eat pizza anymore. The cheese has too many calories (and what is pizza without melty cheese you can sink your teeth in?) and the...

6 Principles to Empower Making Decisions

Our daily decisions matter. We have all made decisions we regret — some immediately, some down the road and some continually! How should we make decisions in our daily lives? How can we be sure we are making the right decision? There is a solid process for making...

Reflections on a Michelangelo Quote

“If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.” It took over two years for one of the most revered artistic geniuses in history to complete his statue of David. But the fact he was a genius didn’t mean he didn’t have to do the work. He still...

How to Simplify Your Work Space to Improve Creativity

Want to improve creativity? Maybe your workspace is holding you back. Creative types are messy, right? We get that reputation a lot. When I’m up to my eyeballs in a project, my office can be downright chaotic. Creative people tend to keep a lot of stuff because we see...

How to Find More Time for What Really Matters

Rethinking how we think about our time Ever wonder when you're going to find time for, well anything? What if an abundance of provision fell from the sky each day like manna? Would we grab it and save it? What if we were guaranteed the same amount every day — an...

I’m Not Setting Any Goals This Year

Maybe you shouldn’t, either This is the time of year that every personal development writer starts using a dirty, four-letter word: Goal. And the tips they give for setting and achieving goals are consistent, evidence-based, and solid. Almost without exception, they...

4 Ways to Join the Start-up World

In order of increasing difficulty. Have you ever considered joining a start-up? Do you have a great idea that the world can't live without? Maybe this will inspire you to join the start-up world. I’m from the Greater Toronto Area, and when I’m not listening to Drake,...

Creating a Plan to Achieving Your Goals

What does it take to actually complete or achieve goals? It is the end of another year and everyone is talking about goal setting and life planning. Why? Because we want to live the best years of our lives now. Every year, people set New Years Resolutions and goals...

3 Tips for Choosing Your Holiday Pace

The sprint towards Christmas is now on. How ready are you for the month of December? Is your calendar jammed packed with activities, traditions, work-related obligations as well as shopping to-dos? How will you choose your pace for the holiday season? Lately, I’ve...

3 Reasons for Respecting the Gift of Time

Have you ever heard of the man or woman that seen running alongside their bicycle? A passerby asks “Why are you running alongside your bicycle?” The ‘running’ man or woman replied: “Because I don’t have time to stop and get on my bicycle.” Have you ever felt like...

Focus on This 1 Skill to be a Better Man

Hey, Man! Let me ask you a question: Are you where you want to be right now in life? You likely answered “No.” to this question. How do I know? Because you’re young and you’re a dude. You don’t have everything you want in life, yet. But, what if you could? What if you...

21 Tips and Tricks to be More Productive

Over the last month, can you think back to what your work hours have been? Have you been settling into the traditional 9 am to 5 pm job? Or more than 40 hours a week? Do those hours feel excruciatingly stressful or productive? Our work cultures today, seem to work us...

How to Do What You Don’t Want to Do

I’ll ask the obvious question first: Why would you want to do what you don’t want to do? Why even discuss doing what you don’t want to do? The answer is, quite simply, not that simple. If you’re feeling stuck and tired of procrastinating, this is how to do what you...

How to Keep Busy Teens Involved in Music

It is a busy time of year in music studios and school music programs. As a parent and teacher, there are countless concerts, performances, and end of year events. They are all great opportunities but honestly, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes. It’s also the...

Lose Weight Faster than Ever

No such thing as “fast”. Millions of people will see that headline and they’ll be reaching for their wallets and minds faster than a snowball in an avalanche. We want to lose weight, have that perfect body, be healthy and we want it fast and easy. Sadly though there...

5 Easy Ways to Beat Negative Stress

Positive Stress versus Negative Stress We can experience positive stress or negative stress. Yes, we can experience stress in two forms indeed. Negative stress is obviously the one that we want to reduce and keep under control. In this article, we are going to focus...

Do You Deserve Money?

Revise your relationship with money! Let’s talk about money! Yes, you’ve got me right! Yes, I know it is often considered a “dirty word” by idealistic, spiritual, and non-materialistic people. But how about “cleaning it up” together? I call myself a creative and many...

The Art of Pulverizing Excuses

Having Less Excuses, And Far More Action So far this week on my blog I’ve been sharing pointers and tips revolving around excuses. From finding more options to finding someone that can help you. But all in all I’ve been dancing around how exactly do we pulverize our...

How Not to be Held Captive by Fear

The wind howled. The rain pelted. The thunder cracked. The sky grew darker. Then bang… I used to fear a lot. As a matter of fact, fear kept me from doing many things. I didn’t like to eat at a restaurant alone or even with my kids. I didn’t want to travel anywhere by...

How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Stop everything you’re doing right now. Just stop, relax and think for a moment. Are you busy steamrolling ahead? Are you in a rush, racing against time to get things done? Do you feel anxious? Well….stop! It’s time to find out how to relieve stress and anxiety….once...

3 Productivity Techniques Help Work-Life Balance

Getting Things Done. Have you ever marveled at sportsmen and women that get to the top of their profession? I am amazed at how simple they make everything about their sports look. I wondered “how were they successful?” and realised it’s to do with their technique....

How to Find Your Quiet

We live loud, busy lives. Going all the time on the outside with noisy minds on the inside. How can we find any quiet spaces in our lives? How can we calm our inner world? It’s not easy but I found a way. And if I did, you can find your quiet too. Every day I have a...

How much can we believe our negative thoughts?

If you feel like you are swimming against the current and your arms can’t move, your voice is strained, and every good thing you do produces only more bad. I want you to stop. Drown for three seconds and get to know how close to death you are because negative thoughts...

Great Joy in the Middle of a Brutal Week!

What a week! During this seven day stretch: two friends died, my mother is in the hospital, my wife had surgery (and I do all the housework, laundry, meal preparation and so on until she is fully recovered) and I am dealing with a persistent and sometimes debilitating...

How to Overcome the Failure Myth

What exactly is the Failure Myth? Let’s break it down… First we’ll tackle the confusing mixed messages regarding failure. Optimists look at failure as a teacher and friend. believing failure teaches us things like try again, be persistent, never give up — spinning it...

6 Things Introverts Hate

Living in an extroverted world is painful Being an introvert in an extroverted world is painful. My mom told me this story, so it must be true. “You were about five years old, and we were sitting in our car, waiting for the pedestrian to cross the street. Just as she...

A Lesson in Life’s Messes

Life is messy. Some of you may read that line and think, “Duh Brandon. I think you are a little behind.” Truth be told, I might be. There are times (and they come way more often than not) that things do not go exactly as planned. Our plans may conflict with someone...

Press On

Let’s face it. There are days when we all have to do hard things we just do not want to do. It’s not always easy to get up in the morning. You may have had: a restless night a child kept you up a bad dream “baggage” carried over from yesterday or any number of...

The World’s REAL Currency

Regardless of what the media want you to believe, the world only has one currency. Yes. One. Can you guess what it is? Probably not. Euro? No. Yuan? Nope. Dollar? Not that one either. It’s not Bitcoin, Ethereum, or any other crypto-currency. So, what is it? You use it...

You are What [Who] You Listen to

Whether you believe me yet or not, you may be enslaved by the radio. Stop! Take that colander off your head, I’m not talking about that kind of radio enslavement. (The government would shut me down for sure if I started talking about… Wait… Um… Nevermind.) What I’m...

How to Reach Your Full Potential

You don’t have to settle for second best. It is within your ability to reach your full potential. Every human being has the ability to reach his/her full potential. That’s what you’ve been created for. Your purpose in life is to reach your full potential. So what is...

How To Improve The Quality Of Your Life

“Can you improve the quality of your life?” What would your answer be that question? Can it even be considered to be a fair question? Or have you made peace with the idea of “what’s meant to be will be”? Have you given up on all your dreams and have you accepted the...

5 Step Crash Course in “I Believe”

Sometimes I discount their ramblings because of their tender ages, because what can they teach me? They take me to task on the matter of “I Believe” and teach a valuable lesson. School of Life It feels like I am perpetually in school. It is the joy of learning...

Clay is Nicole’s flunkie here at Publishous (maybe “devoted husband” sounds better).  Clay is a Dave Ramsey-trained financial coach and small business expert. Get his advice on finances at MakeDollarsMakeSense.com and leadership at ClayAkers.com
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Clay is Nicole’s flunkie here at Publishous (maybe “devoted husband” sounds better).  Clay is a Dave Ramsey-trained financial coach and small business expert. Get his advice on finances at MakeDollarsMakeSense.com and leadership at ClayAkers.com

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