why someone in every business should play devil’s advocate

As a teacher, coach and friend people often think that my job is to support others and offer advice. And they’d be right but I’m not always Mr. Nice. In fact, I often play devil’s advocate. I have found that most people who come up with “great” ideas are often not so great. I’ve also…

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why we should study investing

Have you ever picked up the financial section of your local newspaper or watched the economic news. A big section is reserved for numbers, all over the page. For some those numbers are a dream come true, for others they are their worst nightmares. I’m talking about the page which lists all the stocks and…

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time management tip # 6 where do you find the time?

People sometimes ask me how I am able to spend an hour a day writing these posts, study an hour a day, exercise for one hour, and watch two shows a day on top of having a full-time job and being a father. In other words, they want to know where I find the time…

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do you know how scary a tsunami is

On Mar 11th, 2011, Japan was struck by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. It has taken its toll on both the land and the people of the Tohoku area and will be forever etched in the minds of Japanese people as well as many people the world over. While very similar to the…

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we were meant to live so get out there and do something

Yesterday my wife received an email from her sister imploring us to leave Japan. This after her mother asked us to evacuate a few days earlier. As they are closer to the situation they cannot help but worry. The situation is very real to them but over here in Osaka as I said in my previous post…

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how crises are handled in Japan

While I would like to write about success, at times like these I feel compelled to comment on the situation just a few hundred miles (km) east of where I live. It is now day four of the crisis here in Japan. And yet, here in Osaka, it is a lovely spring day. Were it…

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don’t let fear eat you up

Today’s post is harder to write than usual. I have started writing 4 or 5 different ones but none of them felt right for today’s post. Why? Because a lot’s going on over here. And it’s weighing on my mind. While I don’t live anywhere near the affected areas, each day seems to bring with it…

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what does your word mean to you?

What does your word mean to you? To me, it means everything. I used to be flippant with my yesses and promises but these days I guard them with my life. It’s so easy for us to mistakenly promise that which we later regret. Point in case, a client of mine a while ago made…

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why is it the people that need to diet never do and the people who don’t do

The other day when I was talking with a friend who is interested in marketing and the self-development field he mentioned something to me that I found rather interesting. He told me that he had heard someone say this about his self-development material, “The people who don’t need it, buy it. The people who need…

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what we can learn in the aftermath of the Sendai earthquake

On March 11th, 2011, at 2:46pm Japan time, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan. The largest earthquake to ever hit this nation. The reports are still rolling in but from what I have seen on TV and heard from friends here that the devastation is beyond words. Sendai was struck with 10 meter (1 meter…

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