mastery is just the beginning

Having been an English teacher for half my life I have discovered some interesting things about psychology, relationships, tricks, language and success. But it wasn’t until I started studying success and business almost 5 years ago that I started seeing the relationship between how our actions (or inactions as the case may be) either lead…

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Brooke Burke’s beauty is everywhere

Each of us is an individual. And we each see the world a little differently. 5 different people can witness the same event but listening to them retell it you’d get 5 different versions of what happened. Part of it is because of our values and upbringing, another is of focus, then there’s skill sets…

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7 habits for a healthy, long life

Health – there’s no dismissing its importance and yet so many people overlook it. We tend to focus on money, our family, our friends, our house, taxes, promotions and the list goes on and on. But for some reason, health tends to get swept under the rug. We avoid getting checkups, we cancel dental appointments,…

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life takes you where you least expect

The other day a client and I talked over dinner and we got on the topic of one very dear to my heart – education. She mentioned how she had wanted to study English in university and become a translator, but ended up going with accounting instead. I remember being a teenager – I didn’t have…

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J.K. Rowling’s two keys to success

Last night my mother sent me over J.K. Rowling’s commencement address to the Harvard class of ’08 in which she talks about the two key elements to success in life. Listening to her speech made me realize how simple, and yet complex, life really is. Success isn’t some magic that can be found from attending…

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the easier life is, the less capable we are of handling stress

Everyone reading this blog is very lucky. I can say so without any doubt because you have access to a computer, are sitting in a comfortable chair and enjoy conveniences such as air conditioning and refrigeration. It is very likely that you have a decent job that pays your bills and allows you to put aside…

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the scorpion and the frog

One of the common stories you will come across when reading self-help books is that of the scorpion and the frog. For those of you who haven’t heard it before it goes like this. A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him…

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forget being perfect, the message is the key

I’m a perfectionist by nature. Ask my friends and they’ll tell you that I like it when things make sense and everything fits nice and neat. I make lists. I plan ahead. I do whatever I can to avoid complications. But despite our best intentions no matter how hard we try things don’t always go…

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getting something for free can be more expensive than you think

There is one word that so many of us find hard to resist – free. We love free snacks, free games, free rides, free anything. There’s something about getting something for nothing that appeals to our nature. But not everything that’s free is good. In fact, I’ve learned firsthand how free advice can be downright…

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how to eliminate or reduce stress

Stress is one of the silent killers of life. It destroys our body, our mind, our relationships, our happiness, our achievements and pretty much anything you can think of. At present, I could name you at least 10 people I know personally that are suffering from stress. What’s amazing about stress is that the causes…

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