a pen and a piece of paper are two of the most powerful tools at our disposal

Computers are a feat of human ingenuity. With the right skills there’s no telling what we can do with a standard computer. We have access to knowledge that used to be in the hands of the privileged. We can do things faster with less effort than ever before. And now we can carry it around with…

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are you willing to pay the price of education?

In life we get two educations, whether we want to or not. We get an education from school, and another from life. Both have benefits as well as drawbacks. In school it’s more about theory whereas in the real world it’s about application. In school you can mess around and still get by, the real…

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what do success and relationships have in common with allergies?

Last week a bike accident. This week allergies…sometimes you just can’t win. Spring here in Japan brings with it warmer weather, the cherry blossoms, new fruits and a feeling of excitement. There’s a sort of buzz in the air. People’s fashion slowly changes to reflect this; the colors and the styles. Unfortunately spring also brings…

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if you’re not learning from mentors now, you’ll hate yourself later

When we hear the word mentor we often think of someone who lights the way; taking someone under their wing to teach them the tricks of the trade. We also imagine a sort of face-to-face interaction between the two parties; the mentor and the protege. However that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. I…

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see how easily you can enjoy life with baby steps

In case you didn’t know it, I’m a big movie fan. Well, I was, until about two years ago when my son became the center of our world. These days it’s hard to find time to squeeze in a movie but we do so whenever we get the chance. The great thing about movies is…

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start building your own personal success library today

If you’ve had the chance to go back and take a look at some of my older posts then you’ll know that I am a strong advocate of reading. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, if you knew me in my college years you’d ask me where all my books were. Why? Cuz most…

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the dangers of working with partners

Working with partners is a unique experience and one that I recommend everyone try at least once. Partnerships can be some of the most rewarding, as well as the most frustrating, experiences of your life. Either way though, you’ll learn more than you thought possible. You’ll get a crash course in negotiation, relationships, attitude, work…

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location, taste and speed are three factors every restaurant should consider

Last year a new restaurant opened up just down the street, they did a fabulous job with the decor, were very welcoming and had the potential to be a hit in the area. Only one problem – hmmm…how should I put it? They sucked. So despite sinking an estimated $25,000 into the place, they closed…

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the best laid plans of mice and men

Each day we wake up, get ready for the day, then head out the door to face whatever challenges we have. As we spend quite a sizable amount of time at the office it comes as no surprise that many of our challenges are work related but as we all know a whole range of…

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just how good is Japanese food?

Food. I love the stuff. We all do, but what you might not know about me is I will sacrifice nearly every other entertainment expenditure to eat good food. Soft, succulent pieces of meat that drop off the bone. Fruit that makes your taste buds jump up and down with glee. Sushi so exquisite that it melts…

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