7 lessons from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich that everyone should learn

There are so many incredible books that have been written on success. He Who Thinks He Can by Orison Swett Marden, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie to name just a few. But one book is mentioned time and time again by nearly every…

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20 lessons from kindergarten to succeed in life and business

Life doesn’t have to be that complicated. And yet, we all know some people that succeed in doing just that. The founding fathers were believers in K.I.S. (keep it simple).  The United States Constitution – a whopping 6 pages long. If it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. Today it’s more like,…

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what does a good teacher cost and how do you find one?

Something must be wrong. According to my passport I’m 37. That means that I’ve been an educator in one form or another for over 21 years. Wow. How did I get into teaching? By accident really. Back in high school, I needed some extracurricular credit in order to graduate, so rather than be a camp…

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life in Japan is more than just Kyoto, washlets, Kimonos, rice, and sushi

Japan is an interesting country. It’s a country where old meets new, where tradition goes hand in hand with high-tech gadgets. I first came here back in ’94 on a study abroad program. Not knowing what to expect, I decided to enroll in a 6 month program and test the waters so to speak. It…

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how bad do you want it?

Each day I study. Each day I write. Each day I think. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a line in a movie that catches my attention. Sometimes half my day disappears into my education. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun. Take today, I spent 4 hours studying finance…and let me tell you, after…

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I know – two of the most dangerous words in the English language

“I know.” How many times have we heard people say this only to find out later that they didn’t? Growing up in Asia, due to the language barrier, I often found myself in situations that led to major misunderstandings. People would say, “Yes” or  “I know” when they really should have been saying, “I have…

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Instagram, from zero to a billion in a year…and what it means for us

The other day I came across the news that Facebook had bought Instagram for 1 billion dollars. An app. That is basically the photo version of Twitter. Created just over a year ago. With less than 20 employees. And no income?! All I can say is, “Wow!” A single solitary app worth a billion dollars…

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15 tips from Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, on how to succeed at business

Ask Mark Zuckerburg. Ask Bill Gates. Ask Warren Bufftet. You’ll pretty much get the same answer. The question  – What’s the secret to success? Time and time again, I’ve talked about the different elements of success and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, I’m sure you’ll have noticed that I touch…

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what my who-knew list can teach us about success

Success, for the most part, is a study and application of the obvious. The problem in life for most people today is not that they can’t find the secret to success; it’s either don’t take the time to look for it or they can’t be bothered to apply what they find. It boggles my mind…

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30 questions in 30 days that could change your life forever

Most people don’t realize how powerful questions are. The amazing thing about questions is that once asked, our minds go to work on them. That is how we are wired. The problem is that so many of us ask ourselves lousy questions. We ask ourselves things such as, “Why can’t I lose weight?” Our mind…

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