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How to Keep Long-term Focus When You’re Putting Out Fires

Life moves forward, whether you’re on board with the direction or not. If you’re like me, your 20’s was predicated by a lot of fun, a lot of procrastinated growing up and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was 28, I opted for the “lighting round” and met and married my wife within 6 months (which was all well and good), but then had a kid on the way 6 months after that. And let’s not forget I was also starting a business. If you focus solely on the present, your future will suck, hard. And when you’re a parent, it starts to weigh on you that you’ll be the asshole that sent future generations ghost-riding off a proverbial cliff. But, if you focus only […]

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7 Little Known Ways In Which Poor Sleep Is Killing You And Your Career

Tired huh? Or more like exhausted? Fact: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent, or 40.6 million, of American adults are sleeping six hours or less everyday. Chances are you’re in that statistic. In today’s information age sleep deprivation is an epidemic. Screens bombard you all day. Computer screens at work and home, screens in building foyers, bus stands, and of course the one that sits cozily in your pocket. Oh, and that cute little smartphone often accompanies you to bed! You furiously work late into the night, trying to get that extra little bit done. Sometimes, it’s that addictive ping from the smartphone alerting you to yet another email. At other times, it’s a document you’ve got to finish […]

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Why We Fail To Pursue A More Purpose-Driven Profession

There is a wealth of books and blogs out there these days disclosing the latest findings on the how and why of our thinking. But even in this information-overload era we live in, the stats for those living a life less desired, especially in their work-life, still remain to be absurdly high. One wonders what’s missing. As an answer to this, let me shed some personal insights on the “why” of this conundrum by sharing these “not-so-obvious” reasons behind your inability to revamp yourself, your work, and your life. I’m also convinced the answers to these dilemmas once you have actually thought about them will become self-evident. Semantic Memory Think for a moment how many times you have read an inspiring passage from a blog […]

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5 Inspiring People Who Started With Nothing and Changed the World

Ever wish that you could do something amazing in your life? Maybe, you’ve got a ‘big’ dream but you’re worried that it will never be anything more than a fantasy. You’re worried that you’re just not capable enough. To be successful at something requires a great deal of skill, talent and even luck, right? What if I told you that success is in your own hands? And that if you want it bad enough, there’s just one thing you need to do? Well…it’s true and if you let me, I’ll prove it to you. I’d like to share with you how five ordinary people just like you and I literally changed the world. They were certainly not lucky, and even skill and talent are not […]

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Boost Your Self Esteem Today – Great Things Can Happen

Most of us could use a bit of a self-esteem boost now and then. Self-esteem is all about how we feel inside. When our self esteem is low, we can find ourselves living with anxiety, we can be more prone to tolerating abusive behavior and relationships, and we can fail to live up to our full potential. There can also be cons to self esteem. For instance, when a person’s sense of self worth is much too high, it can become arrogance or what is termed ‘narcissism’, and this can create problems. Such persons can find it difficult to accept and learn from their own mistakes and can develop a false sense of entitlement. Developing a balanced level of self-esteem is key. For some, a […]

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4 Must Have Character Traits to be Successful

Will people buy from you if you are not a good person? Yes. Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not? Yes it does. Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life. • Ambition • Self-Motivation • Perseverance • Passion • Flexibility • and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind. Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being? Entrepreneurship, at its core, is about people being authentic. Brilliant, motivated people creating solutions […]

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Seven Things You Need to Know About Writing for the Web – Whatever Your Job

Have you ever read a web page, blog post, Facebook update or email that was just plain bad? Perhaps it was riddled with mistakes – or perhaps it was full of jargon, badly structured, or otherwise difficult to read. Almost all of us will write something online at some point in our lives: a personal blog, a company web page, a Facebook update, an email… And if you want to impress (your clients, your boss, your peers), then you have to be able to write well for the web. It’s not hard, but it is a little different from what you might have learned in school. Here’s what you need to know: #1: Big Words Don’t Win Any Prizes You don’t need to use long, […]

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10 Small Steps to Achieve Your Goals faster and Have Way More Fun Than The Neighbors

  1. Spend time around positive people This. Is. Key. I mean for real. I want you to test this out – Here’s how: Begin to notice how you feel when you are around different types of people, negative people will make you feel heavy and tired, oh and then you will begin to say negatives things they are saying too. Positive people who support your goals and ideas, who are cheerful and carefree will give you energy, make you feel good and more determined to live a better life. You have fun with these people and they don’t take things too seriously. 2. Have great goals to work towards Write your goals down. The best way to do this is project yourself into the […]

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All In! Life Lessons From A Gambler

If you were given a 99 percent chance to win at a hand of poker, you’d jump on it right? What if I threw in the fact that you’d be dealt pocket aces, even better right? A few days ago World Series of Poker mainstay Connor Drinan had this very situation. What I am referring to is the WSOP’s Big One for One Drop, a straight up challenge tournament pitting players head to head in a showdown that boasts a $1 million buy-in. (For those like me who have never played poker, that’s a fancy way of saying it costs $1 million join the fun) That sounds insane until you realize the winner gets nearly $16 million in the pot to take home! I caught […]

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15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day

Mindfulness and Focus are hot topics right now among the Leadership and Management communities. I get questions now and again from clients and colleagues who recognize the value but don’t know where to begin. I understand. The word “mindfulness” can conjure up all kinds of images, usually involving people in business attire sitting cross-legged on boardroom tables. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but crossing that chasm from myth to fact can be a bit much to overcome in one giant leap. Luckily, there are some small, deceptively simple steps you can make toward becoming more mindful at work that don’t involve a yoga mat or the skills of a professional contortionist. Here are 15 things you can do starting tomorrow to […]

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