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If Money could buy Happiness, You won’t get enough Bang for Your Buck

As human beings, we oftentimes dwell too much on the unanswerable question “Can money buy happiness?” Indeed, it is an age-old question and yet so many of us have defined our happiness by the amount of assets and wealth that we have. It’s that many individuals attain more wealth over time and get richer in the process. Ironically, all the money in the world can never equal the price tag that happiness oftentimes has attached to it. So what is it that drives us to attain wealth that drives us to earn more and attain more assets and possessions? Does this truly make us happy, or is this nothing more than an illusion that will result in disappointment? Granted, money will enable you to buy […]

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7 Ways to Create a Workplace That Breeds Success

Once upon a time, people went to work just for money. Now, so many go to work for purpose and meaning. So if your team isn’t performing the way you hoped, ask yourself if you’re fostering that sense of self-actualization, that sense of purpose/belonging that ‘ole Maslow taught us about back in the day. You’ve heard about Zappos, Beats and all the game changers in their industries. They’re not game-changers because they maintain a stone-age mentality. They’re game-changers because they promote their employees to be their best. They encourage them to do things differently. They open the door to positivity, creativity, and innovation. And their profits soar because of it. There’s More to Business Than Just Your MBO When’s the last time you high-fived someone […]

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3 Habits Surprisingly Killing Your Productivity

Yesterday about 6:30 p.m. a gaping sense of panic set in. Did I send that article? Wait, did I finish that article? Hey, did I eat today? Why are the lights off? Did everyone leave? How did this happen to me, again? I was content with my accomplishments that day, never leaving my workstation. At one point, I responded to twenty emails, while answering the phone. In addition, I scheduled five meetings, created a beautiful report with splashy graphics and squeezed in assisting a teammate. Turns out my leg muscles were cramped, two of those meetings were scheduled at the same time and a bewildered client called to inquire why I emailed her regarding my cat, Mr. Whiskers. By the way, I missed the crucial […]

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The importance of asking yourself “What’s Next?”

Asking yourself “What’s next?” As humans, we are creatures of habit. But we must understand that habits are highly poisonous. Did he just say poisonous?” Hold on, relax. I know what you’re probably thinking, “what about my morning routine?” “Or going to church with my family on Sunday’s? Are those habits poisonous too?” Let me explain before you exit this window. When I say, “Habits are poisonous” what I mean is that habits make us comfortable. I am not saying that you should stop brushing your teeth every morning or quit the job you have been working at for 2 years now. That would be silly. What I want people to do is to ask themselves one question. “What’s next?” This habit will allow you […]

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Get After It…Now!

  “People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” – Charles Bukowski Yes, people are strange. You, me, and everyone else – we’re all guilty of wasting our lives. We sweat the small stuff while losing sight of our dreams. If you’re lucky, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and not have to spend those final moments wondering “if only?” I can’t think of anything that fills me with such dread. Me? I’m dreaming of enjoying a passive income from the vista of a tropical beach; in one hand a great book, in the other, strong local rum. I’ll buy a pet monkey and slurp spicy noodles […]

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Make Time For Yourself: 7 Tips For Your Successful Personal Project

You’ve a great idea and a burning desire for a personal project. Therefore, you want to ensure that it gets done, you enjoy doing it and the outcome exceeds your expectations. So what can you do to increase the chances of your project’s success whether it’s writing a novel, redecorating your home, organising a large family celebration or turning that damp old shed into a creative studio? Success factors are those things, that if you pay attention to them, will get you the right results. I’ve completed personal projects such as restoring houses, fixing bicycles, writing books and getting the studio sorted. So I’ve put together my favourite success factors based on this experience. 1. Make the decision to definitely do it. There are pipe […]

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Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

The Universal Truth about Fear: it affects everyone one of us. But when was the last time we stopped to really analyze our fears? Not only to see what they are but also to see what they stop us from becoming. How many opportunities do we miss out on by avoiding things we’re afraid of? The reality is we’ll never know. There could be life-changing jobs, friendships and business connections, just waiting to be taken or formed. And that’s the scary side effect of letting fear control our lives: we never know what we’re truly capable of achieving. We risk years of regret, what-ifs, and should-have-dones by giving fear the keys and letting it decide our ultimate destination. Despite all its uncertainty, fear does make […]

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Have a Life Fit for Pharrell

You went to work today dreading it. And what happened? Did a magical unicorn come and drop a bomb of happy on you? No. Your boss called you in his office, first thing, and asks why you made a decision you made last week. He proceeds to rip you a new one, so before you walk out of his office, you’re left feeling even smaller than you did when you walked in to work this morning. Or maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed (because hey! that happens every other day), went to the fridge and found someone had finished all the milk, so you had to eat dry cereal since you were out of Sprite, too. Thus setting the tone […]

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5 Personality Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have

If it’s just about the money, forget it. Running your own business can be a wild and crazy ride. And if money is your sole motivation, it simply won’t be enough to sustain you when you’re hanging on for dear life. Running your own start-up business, you’ll have to wear many hats. In the early days, you’ll likely find yourself doing literally everything: selling, marketing, invoicing, emailing, planning, meeting, cleaning… and maybe even crying! It’s a tough gig. And the large skill set required precludes many people from leaving the bosom of their 9-5 world. But for those who are about to take the leap of faith, the following five personality traits will help you survive the crazy world of entrepreneurship: 1. Curiosity. Possibly the […]

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6 Steps to Avoiding Envy & Frustration While Building an Online Business

To build an online business you not only have to have the tools, patience, knowledge and resources; you also have to be prepared to deal the overwhelming emotions that come with it. I found that the greatest emotions to conquer are envy and frustration. You go online and there they are, websites that look better and are more creative and innovative than yours! They all seem to have it all figured out. They’re up and running and most of all, they seem to be making money! Sometimes it feels like there’s some sort of secret online business club where they give you all the secrets to success and everyone’s a member but you! And there YOU are, struggling along. You’ve made some progress but you’re […]

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