How To Contribute In People’s Lives.

Share your secrets openly. “It’s the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” — Sheryl Sandberg You want to create something significant, but, you’re unclear. What to do and how it can be accomplished? Everyone...

What I Did When I Got Lost

Time flows like a river, and there is nothing we can do to go back in time or move forward into the future — so our boat has no oars. We can only steer our way through life at a constant speed — which is why our boat only has a rudder. Let’s talk about how important that rudder is in the right hands.

Want to Be More Driven? Honor Reflection

Looking back is not easy, but using it to light your creative fire is the secret to your success. As I look back over my life, I can’t help but be thankful for where I am today. Every now and then, memories invade my thoughts and cause me to place a high priority...

I Want To Help You Say; NO.

Whew! I got through that speech. The one I did not want to do. I know I said YES when they ask me to give the talk to eighty plus old-timers. (I can use ‘old-timers’ since I am one). The most extended hour known to man was mine when I talked about something I knew...

When No One Will Support You, Support Yourself

When you have a serious goal, it lives inside your mind. It’s a burning desire that doesn’t go away. Even when a bout of demoralization or simple uncreativity strikes, you still have that goal burning. It’s smoldering, perhaps not burning strong, but it’s still there....

Stop Doing This One Thing Today

You may not even realize what you’ve been doing wrong.  You are meant for great things.  Let’s start there.  Do you believe it? I’ll bet you do. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this.  Take a few seconds to center yourself. After you’ve read...

How to “Become a Better Person”

How do you become a better person? What does that even mean? Who gets to decide? What are the standards? How do you know for certain you’re moving in the right direction? The definition of better changes depending on the context. You can improve in certain areas while...

I’ve Been Living A Lie For The Past Decade

It’s like waking up to realize someone else had lived your life and did a crappy job, but at least now you’re free. It’s not easy to accept an idea which shatters your entire worldview. Some people choose to deny. Others decide to confront and retaliate against the...

Do Yourself a Favor: Focus on What Matters

Cleaning up your time will ultimately clean up your life. We all can relate to times that seem to be in complete chaos. Mornings are dreadful. Nights aren’t any better. Days are longer and more stressful than ever, as you pace around thinking about what you’ll have to...

6 Things Every Writer Should Do Before 6 AM

The early morning has gold in its mouth — German proverb I am about to reveal to you the secret of massive productivity and inevitable success. It involves maximizing your time and accomplishing more in a few hours than most people accomplish in a week. It is a...

The Surprising Upside Of Being A Perfectionist

Perfectionism can actually be quite wonderful. “What’s your biggest weakness?” You’ve probably heard that it’s no longer considered a wise move to respond to this common interview question by saying, “Well, I’m a bit of a perfectionist”. Being organized and...

What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do

📌 Be clear regarding your values.  “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” — Roy E. Disney A wise choice might be easier if you’re aware of your values.  Whenever you’re stuck, return to your values and take another crack...

How to Say Goodbye to Procrastination From Now On

Overcoming your procrastinating self starts with managing your procrastinating habits. Most of us want to get a lot done—and fast. There are deadlines to meet and other tasks to get to, so time is obviously of the essence. But most of us also struggle with the...

How to Walk Through Transition with Intention

Honor Your Limits. Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing. Celebrate Small Wins. Long ago, settlers were the adventurous ones, trading in their sweat and safety for the promise of a better life. These days, “settling in” rarely involves danger. But it does still demand...

I Doubled My Productivity With One Simple Change

You can too if you’re willing to think differently I like simplicity. I always have. But, there have been a lot of times in my life when I have found myself in the midst of a storm of complexity. I also enjoy getting things done. Even before productivity became the...

8 Keys To Master The Art Of Persuasion

Can you get your peers to see things from your point of view? Do you have great ideas but you are unable to convince your coworkers or your boss, or are you a business owner finding it difficult to get your staff to adjust to new changes? Maybe you need to master the...

Forget ‘Doing,’ Sometimes It’s Best To Wait

Yesterday I ordered a traditional breakfast here in Singapore. It’s made with Kaya toast, coffee, and two half-boiled eggs. When the kindest Chinese man you could think of served it to me, I thought the half-boiled eggs were hard boiled eggs.  Fifteen seconds...

Why Perfection Should Never Be the Goal

We Are Not Robots for a Reason This life was never designed for us to be perfect. But for some reason, there are lots of people wanting to be perfect. We want all that we do to be spot on — no errors. It’s normal. I get it. At least, that’s what some think. Let’s...

Why You Need to Publish Your Originality

Creating: the lost art in a world of conformity. Creativity: the use of unique, imaginative ideas in the capacity of producing something new. With all the sophisticated improvements we see nearly every day, it can become easy to forget the need to use our own...

How to Become an “Overnight Success”

My five-year journey from “nobody” to “somebody.” “Advice is an autobiography and NOTHING else.” — James Altucher People hate advice given by someone who isn’t living what they tell other people. It’s easy enough to write a book or a blog post that regurgitates ideas,...

The Necessary Lies You Need To Succeed

It’s a common rule of thumb to forget the story and celebrate the glory. Without mincing words, no one is interested in your merciless drudgery or the amount of time you put in getting things done. The shame-shamble history repeats itself; we all want to be...

Overwhelmed? 4 Simple Steps to Regain Control

Have you ever felt there’s too much weight on your shoulders? Maybe too many ideas in your head, too many tasks on your to-do list, with little to no time to pursue them all? Your worries buzz and hiss and rumble in a tidal wave of overwhelming pressure. Suffocating....

7 Ways To Create Momentum In Your Life

Keep pushing forward Momentum makes it easier to create change.  It’s much harder to find the first client than to find the tenth.  If you have to lose 50 pounds, the second 10 are easier to lose than the first 10. It’s just hard to get started when you’re...

Goals Suck. Systems Work.

I get a lot of emails about goals — and I mean — a lot. But if I had the ultimate answer for accomplishing your goals flawlessly, I’d live in a huge mansion. One of the biggest reasons that I see people fail in their goals is that whatever they want to do, whatever...

Give Your Creativity a Platform

You may not know where to start, but keeping those ideas moving changes everything. I've always considered myself a creative person. From the moment I was able to pick up a crayon, I would attempt to construct a world that was the epitome of happiness. Throughout my...

This is What 70 Looks Like, Episode #3

Channeling my inner Nancy Pelosi I’ve been flattered of late, in a way not experienced before. Two years ago I moved to the Hudson Valley town of its namesake river. To Hudson, New York. A lighthouse sits right off the city’s shoreline; the Catskill Mountains rise to...

You Should Never Hide What You Really Like

Your quirks are just what we need. With all the new trends and updates going live every second, it’s hard to figure out what we actually like. There’s just so much being thrown in our faces that we lose our ability to point out what satisfies our cravings. Since the...

Don’t Waste It

A Few Simple Reasons Why You Should Use What You Already Have I’ve mentioned in the past that I love playing the piano, keyboard, workstation, or whatever anyone wants to call an instrument with black and white keys. If it makes musical sounds, there’s a chance I...

Why Brainwashing Might Be Good For You

I’ve been where you are. I’ve had the feeling of, “I can’t wait to start the new year with this new habit.” Maybe it’s writing. Maybe it’s working out. What happens after a month? It tends to drift, that commitment, that memory, that motivation. That motivation...

5 Ways to Use Fear to Get What You Want

It never fails. Every time I launch something new in my business, like this course I’m currently developing, all my doubts and fears come flying to the forefront again, even though can see the infinite possibilities this will open for my clients. The fear pushes aside...

You don’t know what you don’t know.

You don’t know what you don’t know. It’s a riddle challenging every new leader. I wish I’d understood twenty or twenty-five years ago there were ten thousand things I didn’t even know I needed to know. If I’d understood that, I would’ve been a better leader from the...

How to Respond to People Who Don’t Believe In You

Maximizing your potential by minimizing your distractions. I'm pretty sure you can remember a time when someone treated you like you didn’t exist. It made you so upset you didn’t even know how to respond. Like when a person you know questioned your ability to follow...

This Stupid Facebook App Controls My Life

Want to see how much time I spend on my iPhone every day? Four hours and ten minutes on average. LIKE, WHAT?! And a whopping 60–70% of my time is spent on social media.  If you want to break it down even further, here it is… This is a problem. I Am Obsessed With...

What the heck is a leadership mantra?

Listen. Sweat. Create. Be kind. Give. This is my personal mantra. Several years ago I thought carefully about picking words to define my best self. These are the words I chose. They represent the things important to me and serve as a day to day reminder of how I want...

The Subtle Reason of Choosing Your Problems

In life, there is no escaping from problems and struggles. Even if you manage to change your current lifestyle, don’t be surprised to find yourself surrounded by an entirely new set of issues and struggles.  It’s another matter that context and magnitude of your...

My Daily Routine in a Tech Company.

Don’t Envy our lives through rose-tinted glasses. I work as a manager for a tech services company based out of India (We are also lovingly called sweatshops, body shops, cost-cutting shops etc.). We are also nicknamed as owls (night-owls, day-owls, twilight-owls,...

This is What You Can Learn from Rebellious Artists

“The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art / project / enterprise is to you — and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.” - Steven Pressfield In 19th century France the success of an artist was dictated by...

Say NO To Things You Don’t Believe In

Without explaining yourself.  There will always be something super important ahead of you. Once in a lifetime job offer, you would be crazy to reject, the meeting you must attend or client you have to build a relationship with. The list can go on and on. I have used...

Do you know the Nutbush?

I cannot dance. At every event where there’s dancing, people literally have to drag me onto the dance floor. Once they get me there, I’m so worried about how awful I look, I can’t enjoy myself. But when the Nutbush comes on, suddenly, I’m transformed from Baby in the...

Learn the Importance of Saying a Painful “No”

This week, one of my closest friends asked for my help with a data and communications project that would take a lot of time and collaboration. It’s the kind of project that sadly cannot be done at any time, requires a lot of updating of shared spreadsheets and...

7 Ways to Finally Build Habits that Stick

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. — Jim Ryun I am a strong believer that if you manage to build the right habits you will succeed in whatever you do. Establishing habits and sticking to them requires a lot of willpower and dedication....

The Magical Art of Tidying Up Your Whole Life

Several years ago when Marie Kondo wrote her book suggesting all the ways to reduce, fold and organize your “stuff”, many people became absorbed with at least starting to address their clutter. That was good, but I wonder how many people put the same energy into...

Taming The Ego

Sigmund Freud wrote a book that changed the Western World: Das Unbehagen In Der Kultur. The English translation is “Civilization and it’s Discontents.” This, in my opinion, does not do justice to what he was trying to say. The German word, Das Unbehagen, is closer to...

If You Want To Find The Shortcut To Success, You

About a year ago I started listening to podcasts. I subscribed to popular ones such as the Tim Ferris Podcast, Masters of Scale with Ried Hoffman and The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes. I enjoyed listening to their interviews and hearing the stories of wildly...

What Gets Measured Gets Improved

(my personal systems for tracking self-improvement in all areas of my life) I’m improving all areas of my life. I do this by following daily disciplines connected to the outputs I want to achieve. I track my daily disciplines. In fact, whenever I start a new habit, I...

Chasing Money? Getting Nowhere? Try This Instead!

Chasing money for its own sake distorts your values. You often end up sacrificing too much for it. You may sacrifice your self-esteem, your health, your time, and your reputation. It’s also not uncommon to sacrifice your friendships and relationships. Naturally, when...

My Wake-Up Routine…

And No, I’m Do Not, Will Not, Shall Not Wake At Dawn! The above is my idea of bliss. Oh to be a cat! To sleep whenever, where ever. Here it is, my awaited morning routine. It’s not mind blowing… rather quite mundane,one might say…But here it is, all the same.  Sorry,...

Being Afraid to Lose Will Ruin Your Chances of Success

We all know the daunting feeling that comes with starting — or trying to start — something new. A new profession. Trying out a new hobby. Learning a new skill. Perhaps even writing and publishing a post here on Medium. Whatever it is, the feelings can be overwhelming...

How to Be a Good Boss.

“A good boss is one who walks around you under your hat”. You know the expression, “No one’s perfect.” It’s a good excuse to use when you have no other, as long as you don’t overuse it. Bosses are human, too, so they’re not perfect either. Even the best of them don’t...

Are You Wasting Your Time on Self-Help Books?

This is a sort of follow on from my last piece —We Know What to Do, so Why Aren’t We Doing It?— and something that I have been thinking about lately.  Over the past few years, I have read and listened to quite a few self-help books/audiobooks. Popular titles such...

How To Solve The Biggest Problems With Fear

FEAR- The four letter word that can make or break a person!! Every year we hear about the increase in suicide rates around the world, and no matter how much we improve our lives in all the fields, still the suicide rates have not yet come down. Suicidal trends have...

Who is holding you back?

It’s easy to identify the trolls. Trolls are people who have nothing good to say. They are the ones who live to stir up anger, rage and sadness. Many of them are unsatisfied with their lives. They are seeking an outlet for attention. They are seeking a stage. ...

The Game of Life

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry I am here to support life.  This is my new mission statement. I make this stand because I am life, a sentient being among other...

Don’t Sleep on Your Wins

They say a loss can make or break you. From it, you can either learn, adjust and move forward or lay down, accept defeat and give up.  But a win can be equally as devastating on the journey towards your success.  You may have seen it happen to someone else...

No, I Don’t Want to Be Like Them

Defending the beauty in what you bring to the table. aybe you have a favorite movie star, a favorite singer, maybe even a favorite athlete. Most people want to be just like them—whoever they are. They look at every little detail and follow their every move. I’ve done...

10 Rules for Living Your Best Life

This post was originally an answer to this question on Quora — What are your personal 10 Commandments? Get yourself right first — We all want to “change the world,” and have an impact on other people’s lives. It’s honorable. But is it practical? Imagine a world where...

New Wine Out of Old Wineskins

I solve most of my challenges and work through hard decisions while I am out running. Therefore, it was no surprise to me that a challenge that I didn’t really think I needed a solution to popped up on a recent run. As I ran, I kept thinking about conversations I had...

Have You Been Living a Disempowered Life?

This morning I woke feeling fed up with my life, my situation, and God. Nothing has been going right for, well, the past 10 years. I’ve tried to remain positive and optimistic with the full expectation that ONE day my life will finally be MUCH better than it’s been....

School Is Absolutely Worthless

I hate school. I think it’s one of the worse institutions established. Since we were old enough to remember we were told that school is the answer to education, acquiring skills, and financial freedom.  But in reality, it’s just an organization meant to convince...

How To Be Persistent With Your Goals

Even When the Finish Line Is Hazy Do you find yourself quickly growing frustrated when taking on a new skill or workout routine? Or do you have a goal you’ve been pursuing for years — maybe even since childhood — but still haven’t achieved the results you’ve desired?...

Discovering Moments of Clarity

“On a clear day,” according to Frank Sinatra, “you can see forever.”  While we often wait for outbreaks of clear perception, where we understand something deeply from a level of intuitive knowingness, where we effortlessly connect the dots, it may be possible to...

Which Direction of Motivation Do You Have?

My client thought her partner’s lack of interest in buying a new house together was a sign that he wasn’t interested in the relationship, but as it turns out, it was actually a sign that she needed to communicate with him in a different way. She was so excited about...

Being A Parent AND Pursuing A Dream

When you become a parent, your dreams don’t just disappear. You might want to pursue a new career, become debt-free, get in shape, or maybe even all of the above. But you’re already overwhelmed — how do you pursue a dream while being a parent? Here are five steps you...

This is How You Get Work that Matters Done

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” — Alexander Graham Bell Believe it or not, there’s a good reason lion tamers only use a chair to keep an angry lion at bay. For years, I wondered why an animal...

Happiness: A Deadly Modern Illusion

Why an unhealthy view of success is ruining your drive. hether it’s a job we hope for or a relationship we dream of, happiness is often at the top of our pursuits. We want to feel good about heading into any avenue of our lives. The satisfaction from this sense of...

This is How Your Hustle Can Hurt You

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”- Lao Tzu There’s a prevailing theme of hustle being pushed in our culture. Social media is flooded with words like “grind,” and “crushing it.” Athletes to actors invariably credit their success to spending more...

The Best Way to Learn Anything

Never back down from a mental challenge again. So, you’ve found a nice, comfortable place to read. Peaceful and quiet, you settle down to dig into that new book everyone has been raving about all year. Seconds tick away as the worries of life fade into the shadows. ...

Negative Experiences are Good For You

What a wild ride this life can be. From losing a grandmother in the middle of my first semester of graduate school to having my daughter born six weeks early later in the same year, I’ve been through some rough patches recently. And yet, 2017 was my best year ever....

Productivity Hacks For Working Moms

Are you a working mom and struggling to get things done or meeting set deadlines? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed and wish for some extra help? Well, as a working mom, I can totally relate. More so, because my children are still little, which even makes the demands...

Unmanaging Emails: Talk is not cheap

This is a personal story about my “Love-Hate” relationship with email. When the first email programmes became commercial round 1976, I was 13 years old. This teenager lived by a river in Australia and spent most of her time on High School, homework, reading, and...

Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

How to quit polishing and start publishing Do you have impossibly high standards?  Do you hold back on hitting publish because you just want to polish your draft a little bit more?  Do you resist sharing because your writing isn’t quite ready for prime...

Art & Soul Reloaded-A-Long Week 2

Know thy Enemy This is the second week of the series Art & Soul Reloaded-A-Long. For the introduction of this series, see here. It’s time for the second week of the Art & Soul Reloaded-A-Long. How did you do during the first week? Hopefully, you tracked your...

How John D. Stiller Became Poor to Become Rich

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Staring out the heavily tinted glass window of his penthouse suite, John D. Stiller sipped on his third Macallan Scotch this morning. “It is over!” “Malcolm P. Wesson! That little weasel embezzled...

Breakthrough at the Coffee Shop

The tall, imposing middle-aged man with the word “Security” emblazoned on the back of his heavy winter jacket spoke into his shoulder mic. Jess walked past him carrying her steaming cup of coffee, unable to discern what he was saying. She claimed a small table near...

The Most Successful Way to Fail

Getting back up when staying down is more convenient. A few years ago, I was a high school student with a long list of goals. It’s almost insane to think about how fast time has flown. Bright-eyed and excited about what the future had in store for me, I was oozing...

This is How I Became a Better Leader.

And I am still learning. As a newly promoted manager, I had expected my mentor to give me valuable advice, do’s and don’ts and tips’n tricks on how to be an effective leader. Instead, he just handed over to me a bulky well-thumbed book. The Bhagavad Gita “Just...

This is What I Would Tell My Younger Self

“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.”  — Herbert Henry Asquith I was arguably the worst barista that ever lived. I singled-handedly dashed the hopes and dreams of hundreds of Bay Area coffee lovers. Unsuspecting patrons, young and old,...

3 Reasons Why It Feels You Don’t Do Enough

We’re always busy, running from one place to the other, struggling to finish the endless list of daily tasks. As each day passes, you feel that you could’ve done a lot more in those days. It seems that no matter how much effort you put in, no matter how many...

The 2 Things You Need To Be Successful

I never could help but wonder how did some people achieve success in their lives. Was it blind luck? It just happened that success knocked at their doors? Were their born with a high IQ? Did they know something I didn’t? For so long, I struggled to find the right...

Do you need to Make Some Changes?

Yes, you have to! Insanity is doing the same thing yet expecting different results. If we choose to accept this definition to be the universally accepted definition of insanity, then I can thus say that we all are insane at some points of our life. I assure you that...

Dream the Impossible Dream in 2019

What would you do if you had all the love, support, health, vitality, time, talent, money, opportunity, and abundance to do whatever you would like in 2019? What would you do if you had no limitations placed on you and every opportunity you needed to manifest a...

Why Resolve Dissolves…

Let’s Play Ball! You know the drill. The old year was a disappointment and the new season for change is around the corner. New Year’s Resolutions!  They’re back. Now, what do you do? Play ball? Or go with failure’s flow? Choose at your own risk. ‘You’ are at...

What Do You Really Want?

Coasting through life is one of the surest ways to end up feeling bad about something, eventually. At some point you’ll default to saying that you’re comfortable in your life, want for nothing, and want nothing to change. But more often than not those are just lies we...

You Already Have What You Need to Begin

It’s time we ditched the same old excuses. Take a look around and you’ll come across some of the most successful people in the world. They have fame. They have talent. They have it all. It becomes easy to put every one of them in the same box. Characterizing them as...

Success Can Make You Weak

“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” — Proverbs 16:18 Last month I wrote my best performing article thus far on Medium. With over 12,000 views, 5,900 reads, and 400 fans, it stands far above everything else I’ve ever written. But...

Mastering time management

Or how to get more done by doing less Most people do time management completely wrong way. I started my business career by developing websites and doing online marketing for local clients in Finland. I remember meeting some of the other web developers and digital...

This Is Why Rejection Is Good for You

Change your perception, change your outcome. There are many things we’d rather experience than to be rejected. It doesn’t feel good at all. In fact, it stinks. For some, this means turning away from their pursuits altogether. Settling for the identity of someone...

Inspiration Goes Both Ways

A moment of inspiration can strike when you least expect it. It was a tough day at work. I was annoyed and exhausted from the daily grind.  On the way to the gym after my shift was done, I couldn’t help but wonder how much longer I am going to have to work at my...

10 Simple Ways to Make 2019 Your Favorite Year

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” ~ Winston Churchill. Like many other people, I had given up on goal-setting. I’d set many goals and failed miserably. After every dismal attempt, I lost hope and energy.  I was only...

This Moment Now

Wind rustling leaves of trees Birds fighting windy currents, Gray sky dots distant horizons Presence of this moment now. Lonely figure moves in the distance Struggling towards some destination, Bonsai thriving in cold winter wind Nature’s forces sublimely present. My...

You Don’t Have to Set so Many Goals

The art of leaving room for change. I used to think being productive meant listing a ton of goals for the future. A load of plans had to be visible to my eyes in order to feel as though I was doing something. People who didn’t do this were “lazy” and...

The Effortless Way to Success

I am a conscious being, but I do not understand consciousness. I see it in myself, and I see it in others, and many times I imagine that everything has consciousness. What I do know about consciousness is elementary. It’s the silent words that speak in my head, the...

How This Article Will Change Your Life

Unraveling the Butterfly Effect Our past action inevitably shaped the future outcomes of our lives. Every conscious and unconscious choice you made will alter your life one way or another. But how big can the impacts of a small change be in such a complex environment?...

Develop Mental Toughness

Ever feel an overwhelming urge to put yourself to the test?  Those are the feelings I’ve been having so of late.  The need to test my limits. Push my mind and body to see how far I can go. Then go some more.  2018 has been a somewhat lazy kind of year...

Dress For Success: Two Reasons Why You Must

What is the first thing people notice when you walk into any room? How you look! You want everything you do and that includes how you are dressed to be the best representation of you. You need to brand yourself the way you want others to see you.  Decisions are...

Meaningful connection with people: is it dead?

I always had a weird feeling when I went to school. I could never understand what it was. At first, assumed it might be the fact that I didn’t integrate with the other peers. The more time passed, the more intense that feeling got. It took me 2 years to discover that...

The 5 Psychology Secrets to Help You Say NO

Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best. We have been hearing this advice for a long time. And We all know that we need to say “no,” a lot more than we say “yes.” But we don’t. And we pay the price, with over-cluttered calendars, over-saturated...

The Awesome Power of Listening

When I lived in Virginia, I ran every Saturday morning with a group of other Galloway runners (run/walk method), and one of the other runners decided I needed to finally break the two-hour half marathon barrier. I had gotten close with a 2:00:58 half marathon, but I...

How to Ignite the Fire Inside of You

“Managers light a fire under people. Leaders light a fire in people.” — Kathy Austin Earlier this year, I finished an entire yellow junior legal pad worth of notes from the books I’ve listened to over a couple of months. The ENTIRE THING has notes. I had to look...

Build a Safe and Successful Mobile Office

What do you take with you to work in a taxi, in a plane, in a waiting room or in a medical clinic while you wait? Before you leave, check to make sure you have charged your tablet or phone. And, if you do a lot of working away from your office charge your portable...

How to Make a Dent in the Universe

Bashing self-help is all the rage these days. In 2018 (and beyond) it’s cool to be the nonchalant type who doesn’t care about goals, sees competition as inherently evil, thinks self-help is a charlatan’s game and mocks people who want to improve. Let’s just call a...

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

When you change your inner story, you’ll change your outer story. DG’s family struggled to make ends meet. After his parents divorced, he lived with his father, a construction worker. When money was tight, they lived in homes his father was remodeling. Smaller than...

How to Actually have an Awesome Vacation.

If you come home as happy as you leave, you have had a good vacation. The ancient Romans were known for their extravagant and decadent banquets. There were multiple courses and loads of wine to be consumed and the feasting lasted all night. The foods that rich Romans...

The Positives Of Thinking Negatively

The world embraces positive thinking and discourages one from having a negative attitude or thoughts. A quick Google search shows pages upon pages of links teaching you how to escape negative thinking. This makes a great deal of sense. Who wants to see a negative...

How to be a Good Critic

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: ABCDEF? It is FEEDBACK However, feedback is a double-edged sword. A positive...

Paying Attention to Details

Stop moving so fast. “The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.”  —Charles R. Swindoll Life can get pretty busy. Each day holds a new challenge, stretching us in ways we didn’t think were possible. With every task...

How to Reach the Right People

What I learned about marketing after trying to do too much Do you want to win over the world? That’s the dream we buy into when we have something to say or sell.  It’s appealing to have an office 10 feet from your bed. The thought of having my car’s tires...

Make Your Purpose A Part Of Your Life

The purpose of life is a life of purpose Do you wake up each day dreading the idea of spending another day at work? You might even feel the need to be a part of something bigger and more meaningful.  If you’ve failed to discover and build your life around...

How Do I Keep Losing Me?

Seriously, where has me been going? (+Gratitude) It happened again. I finished the project. I didn’t let up at the end and allow my momentum to fizzle out leaving another unfinished project on a dusty pile of broken dreams. I Even Knew What I Was Doing Next I...

The Blue Square of Homelessness Continues!

I have just listened to an article on the radio about homelessness. The guest was explaining why he felt it was good to give money to people who are begging. It reminded me of a blog post that I wrote in March. Homeless Blue Squares! - Rachel DodmanAs I write this, I...

How to Let Haters Make You Stronger

The more you create and share online, the more likely you are to encounter people that disagree with you. And sometimes they are quite rude about it. We all have those comments from time to time. I’ve had my fair share, and I expect to get more. The first left me...

5 Simple Ways to Boost Productivity

The key to achieving insane levels of productivity is motivation, the phenomenal experience that drives you towards achieving your goals. And the science behind motivation is dopamine. So find a way to hack your dopamine and you boost your productivity automatically....

Why we Spend endless hours on Social Media

Pull down the mask! We are found in an era where it almost feels like we are living two lives. We have our normal life which we live in and we have the social media life! In recent times, I have come to realize that some people tend to focus more on their social media...

A Little Book For The Tired And Overworked

“You don’t really go home, do you, Fred?” Mike, my colleague, asked me. “Yes I do,” I replied. “Come on, admit it, you sleep in the office.” “What, no way. I went home late last night and I came early this morning.” “O my Lord, do you even sleep?” Mike asked. “A...

You are Not Your Social Media Profile

What you see on my profile is in no way an adequate description of who I am. I mean, c’mon, I only get 200 or so characters in my bio, and that picture is tiny.  Whatever you think of the people you meet on social media, and whoever you think they are, is...

How you can change in desperate times

We always want to strive for what’s best for us.  There is nothing wrong with having the desire to have what’s the best, for you and for your family. Whatever the circumstances might be, to improve in your life, change has to be persistent. People will often...

3 Simple Steps to Build Your Life’s True Vision

Sometimes, life seems so stagnant. You find yourself in this mundane routine. Everything you do is just to get by, just so you can say “I did it” and move on. Without clarity, this situation will stay unchanged. But if you’re reading this article, then you have a...

4, 3, 2, 1 — Happy New You!

It’s a brand new year “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve...

Why I Stopped Revealing my Salary

Judge me by my Expertise, and not by my Salary Some time back, I was taking interviews of some candidates, for filling a crucial position within my organization. I finally zeroed on an amazing candidate who was a “superstar” in every respect. He was a technical whiz...

The Benefits of Finding Followers and Sharing Info

I know, many of the “experts” will say gaining tons of followers on various SNS is about as productive in the long run as being high school homecoming royalty. They will say that focusing on followers that are also “true fans” of your work is what really counts. And I...

Living Successfully With Screwed-Up People

By Elizabeth B. Brown There is no doubt that life is hard for some people, maybe for all. Sometimes the resolution of others to their problems can project on our own life, and most of the time those people are the ones who surround us, we care about, and we share...

Natural Freedom

Strong feelings of peace and love Pervasive warmth in my spirit, Not sure from where they come Just enjoying pleasant sensations. Waves washing through my heart Unexplained but deeply felt, Calmness as this day progresses Beauty in still blooming flowers. Nature’s...

Why Can’t I Get Everything Done?

Recently I was asked to help a collegue get her work/life schedule in order. The best system I know about is the Getting Things Done, GTD, approach. Since she is a, “ just give me the facts” sort of a person, I developed a lite version of the GTD system. The barebones...

Set Yourself Free in 17 Seconds or Less

Diving Into The Deep End When I first started transitioning from daydreaming to goal-setting, I felt like I’d fallen into quicksand. I was just overwhelmed: too many goals, and no strategy. I felt like a drowning person, flailing around. Too soon, the time I’d set...

How To Attract True Love

“For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” — Ivan Panin LOVE — that elusive emotion that captures our hearts, minds, and imagination! We all...

Making the Impossible Possible

As I was reviewing my first ninety days in my current position it began to dawn on me that the quotas I was required to hit were going to be nearly impossible. I stepped into a position where I thought there were some established processes in place and that it was...

You Worry and Waste Time Until you take Action

Nothing is under your control so take a deep breath and relax! Relax life happens Why worry about things you cannot change? You cannot stop time ticking, the morning will come whether you want it or not. The dreaded moment of standing up in front of many people and...

Where can I park? Lateral thinking.

Recently I saw an instant application of lateral thinking. It works in situations were vertical thinking doesn’t provide an answer. “Lateral thinking seeks to get away from the patterns that are leading in a definite direction and to move sideways by re-forming the...

How My Productivity Obsession Helps Others

And Today, I Would Like To Help Change Your Productivity One year ago, I was stressed out and in the depths of struggle with work. I can remember it clear as day. Waking up early one Saturday morning and feeling terrible. My dreams were haunted by my day job and my...

9 Things Successful People Never Do

“No amount of experimentation can prove me right. One experiment can prove me wrong.” Albert Einstein. At least I think the quote is from Einstein. I Googled it. And who cares if the quote originally came from Einstein or not. You people who write posts about quote...

8 Ways To Deal With A Job You Don’t Like

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle” — Steve Jobs Sooner or later, it’s something we all face, a job we just can’t stand.  It might be the job itself, the corporate environment, or the boss....

Is Life Purpose Overrated? No – Here’s Why

“We can’t ALL just do whatever we want all day. If everyone followed their highest purpose in life, who would run the gas station? Who would collect the trash? Who would serve you at a restaurant? Who would repair your septic tank? There are people in this world that...

Take Off Your Team Jersey

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” — Friedrich Nietzsche The crowd cheers as...

Things I learned from the Ninja Turtles

My childhood was chaotic to say the least. But there was one thing I could always count on. And that was Saturday morning cartoons. My favorite, as you might be able to guess from the title of this article, was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I learned many life...

A Useful Perspective On Your Greatest Goals

Goals are meant to give us a direction in life, right? Without them, how could we carve a path in all this mess? We always must have an end-goal, something we strive for every day. Go to the library and get any self-help book. Chances are you’ll stumble upon pieces of...

How Can Art Battle Against Human Trafficking?

A look at the first 5 days of creative art in YELLOW. For the past 5 days I have drawn a picture to go with a prayer scripture. One every day. And the pictures had to be in yellow. Yes — yellow. I am advocating against human trafficking working with IJMCanada...

Just be now,

please Before your mind starts shaking head no, Before the past starts lecturing, Before the future starts speculating. Just BE now! Before you have time to check, Before your hair looks perfect, Before the straitjacket starts feeling comfortable again. Just BE...

Everything Happens For You, Not To You

I’ve recently become a personal-growth coach, and one of the concepts that I teach is how to change your mindset. So when I stumbled upon this quote from Byron Katie on Brooke Castillo’s, The Life Coach School podcast, I was in complete awe. I absolutely LOVED this...

6 Qualities Everyone Should Possess

When I was growing up I heard numerous examples of people bragging about how much money they made or how many women they slept with. Everyone it seemed had a big mouth and love to brag and brag. I admit that I started to look up to these individuals and believed what...

How To Make Money With YouTube

“To me, YouTube isn’t just, ‘Watch my videos!’ It’s, ‘Let’s have a conversation and get involved in each other’s lives.’ I want to make [my fans] feel like they have a reason to have a YouTube account because they can comment and have a voice” — Shane Dawson You may...

Done Is Better Than Perfect

The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt. Sylvia Plath They say that everyone has a novel inside them. Maybe you know someone who is hard at work on theirs. You read their comments online or chat with them at an event. They tell you they’ve been working on it for a...

Self-Reliance: Necessary for the Future?

“The best lightning rod for your own protection is your own spine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Being self-reliant these days is beginning to disappear. I mean you have many people receiving some sort of paycheck or subsidies. According to the US Census Bureau data released...

This is Where You Go to Practice Mindfulness

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. — John Muir” Japan’s innovation and unique pop culture have drawn globetrotters and backpackers the world over. The “Land of the Rising Sun,” has introduced everything from leading-edge technology to...

Assumptions: Making an Ass Out of U and Me

Drawing Conclusions Without Enough Evidence We make assumptions every day. We assume the world will keep on turning and that the sun will rise every day. Assumptions like these are based upon a lifetime of experience, but sometimes we make assumptions which we accept...

Conflict Resolution: The Truth is in the Middle

Fair judgment in conflict resolution is one hallmark of solid leadership. Conclusions about right and wrong should be determined thoughtfully and without haste. I have short-circuited balanced and fair responses because I didn’t know what I needed to know. When a snap...

The Power of My Ponytail

Finding My Mojo After Sickness and Anxiety I have to admit, with full disclosure, that I have given up workouts over the past few weeks. I know what all the fitness people are going to say; “But it’s so good for you” “You will have more energy” “Your body will thank...

How To Look Confident Even When You’re Nervous

Self-confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it yourself? Confidence gives you an advantage in any situation. “With confidence, you have won before you have started” — Marcus Garvey You’re more...

What does it mean to “be present”?

How this phrase has changed over time and what we can do about it I’m lucky that, as an English teacher, I’m exposed to books that cover a full spectrum of genres, styles, and subject matter. In one class, we just finished Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town. In another,...

How To Make Money With Your Passion

You might have heard of others enjoying a fun and fulfilling career related to their passion. They get to spend their time at work doing things they like! What about you? Do you feel as if you’re chained to a job you loathe? Do you dream of making money with your...

Why Not Leave Things to Chance?

I can’t call myself too responsible but a person eagerly aspiring to happiness — well, yes. And sometimes it happens that you lose yourself in daily routine, obsessing about whether this or that task is completed. Why do you do this? In this case I don’t believe that...

Want to get over it? Go through it.

Sometimes you have to go through the pain, to experience the joy. -Danity Kane Life is full of messy things. Really messy things. Sometimes we make our own mess. And other times the mess is made by someone else, sometimes even without our knowledge. Nonetheless life...

The Day lost my Most Creative Employee

And I stifled his Creativity. I am a manager by profession and a developer at heart. And having risen up from the position of a junior developer, I prided myself in knowing about each and every nuance of the developer “species”; their fears, their sorrows, their...

What a One-Year Sabbatical Can Do for a Family

A person sure can learn a lot in a year! As I’m looking at the calendar, I have mixed emotions as I realize that my year-long sabbatical from banking is about to come to an end. At once I am: amazed at the things that I’ve been able to accomplish, critical of myself...

How to Write Your Own Success Story

Everyone wants to be a success in both their personal and professional lives. In order to attract success, however, you have to be an active player in your life. After all, you can’t sit on the sidelines and expect everything to fall in place. So are you willing to...

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...

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...

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