10 Important Reasons To Make Time For Silence, Rest, & Solitude

By Thursday, October 23, 2014 0 Permalink 0

It’s amazing how tuned out we become to the motor of the air-conditioner and refrigerator—the sudden silence is a startling reprieve. Likewise, we become numb to the buzz of our technology saturated world. Smartphone users check their device every six and a half minutes, which works out to around 150 times a day. Silence is replaced with a cacophony of communication, and solitude is replaced with social media. Indeed they’re an endangered species: silence and solitude; ...

Living the Good Life: 35 Profound Quotes From the “Seven Sages of Greece”

By Friday, October 17, 2014 0 Permalink 0

There are many things for which we owe the Greeks: democracy, geometry, the marathon. Not to mention souvlaki, moussaka, and baklava. But arguably the most valuable asset to any person: wisdom. Indeed wisdom is synonymous with Greece—the cradle of Western thought is traced to the ancient Έλληνες. Of all the wise philosophers, 7 were distinguished from the early 6th Century BC and bestowed the title of “The Seven Sages." On living a good life, ...

Hacking Into Your Happy Chemicals: Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, & Oxytocin

By Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1 Permalink 0

We might not have a money tree, but we can have a happiness tree. Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can intentionally cause them to flow. Being in a positive state has significant impact on our motivation, productivity, and wellbeing. No sane person would be opposed to having ...

10 Powerful Habits From 10 Highly Respected People

By Monday, October 6, 2014 2 Permalink 0

There are over 7 billion people in the world. A single trait sets a small handful apart; celebrated and emulated individuals have earned something more valuable than gold. Aretha Franklin knows the answer—R.E.S.P.E.C.T. You can command obedience, you can cause fear, you can buy services, but respect?—You’ve gotta earn that. It’s such a heavy word, filled with reverence and awe. Like an oak tree, it doesn’t grow overnight. But intentionally and ...

40 Little Decisions That Will Deeply Enrich Your Life

By Friday, October 3, 2014 0 Permalink 0

It's a blistering 30 degrees outside, Michael is walking down the street in shorts and a T-shirt. Many drive past, curiously looking at him. But one family turns the car around. With that little decision, everyone's life is turned upside down. It's the inspiring story behind the movie The Blind Side. Not only is Michael Oher's life transformed into an NFL star and Superbowl champ, but the entire Tuohy family is blessed ...

Stoicism: 7 Life-Lessons From The Ancient School of Success

By Monday, September 29, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Some of the greatest leaders in history were Stoics: Cicero, Epictetus, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius. It's no surprise considering Stoicism's emphasis on self-mastery. Success and leadership has to start with looking in the mirror. The key is found in responding--not reacting to external circumstances. Stoics taught although we can't control what happens to us in life, we can control our perception of it, which makes all the difference. Responding requires being mindful, aware, and in ...

7 Ways Successful & Fulfilled People Think Differently

By Thursday, September 25, 2014 2 Permalink 5

We pay to kill cockroaches and spiders. In Thailand, they pay to eat cockroaches and spiders. As different forms of thinking separates cultures, it’s also the case between those who are happy and successful, and those who aren’t. Great change has always come from thinking outside the box. Familiarity often turns our box into a prison without realization, crippling our potential success and sapping our happiness. To reflect, assess, and challenge our ...

Uncovering the 10 Culprits Robbing Your Happiness

By Thursday, September 18, 2014 0 Permalink 2

I got pick-pocketed in Cusco recently. That's one way to make a grown man cry. The pain of robbery always goes beyond the loss of material possessions. It's that sense of violation. When our joy, peace and happiness is yanked away and replaced with a profound bitterness. My intuition was screaming something wasn't right. An old lady dropped a newspaper in front of me, that's when her accomplice slipped my wallet. Hindsight always ...

3 Unique Strategies For Productivity & Smashing Your Goals

By Sunday, September 14, 2014 2 Permalink 0

I’ve done something special…   I've wrestled with an alligator, I’ve tussled with a whale; I done handcuffed lightning, Throw thunder in jail.   You know I’m bad!   Only last week I murdered a rock, Injured a stone, Hospitalised a brick, I'm so mean I make medicine sick! No doubt Ali did something special. 1974. George Foreman. Rumble in the Jungle. Odds were stacked against Ali as he took on the undefeated world heavyweight champion. If he stood any chance against Foreman’s raw punching ...

10 Hidden Blessings in Rejection, Losing, & Failure. 

By Friday, September 5, 2014 4 Permalink 1

Rejection. Losing. Failure. Nobody strives for them. No athlete sets out to lose, no entrepreneur’s goal is bankruptcy. But as if an act of divine mercy, there’s positives to be found in the negatives. In fact, it’s almost gospel the extent we hear successful people preaching the value in failing and lessons in losing. Many are familiar with Michael Jordan’s quote, “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost ...

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