it pays to listen to the advice of our parents

Life is full of lessons; lessons in school, lessons in love, lessons in parenting and so on. But many of the most important lessons aren’t actually taught but rather learnt. Some, the hard way. Just the other day I was reminded again of how little we know in spite of all the knowledge available to…

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to see the future all one needs to do is look at the kids

As I’ve mentioned before teaching is one of my greatest joys. Back when I started, it was all about helping people understand my language and showing my students how much fun it could be. But over the years I changed. I realized that English was more than just a language but rather a tool with…

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kids understand negotiation 101 better than anyone

Life is all about negotiation. From the minute children can stand negotiation begins. With my son about to turn three, we are slowly tightening the screws while he attempts to expand his boundaries. It is a constant battle that any parent can relate to. Some parents cave and give their children what they want. Other parents go…

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a night out at the movies action style

In case you don’t know…I’m a big action movie buff. Always have been since the age of 4 when my parents took me to the theater to watch Star Wars. They told me that I didn’t really understand what was going on but I was jumping up and down on the seat as it was…

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how to use Facebook and SAVE time

One entry that I get more feedback on than any other from my clients is that of my time management tip of how to best use 5 minutes. One client happened to read it and when we sat down for our monthly meeting they brought up the fact that, while they liked the concept, they…

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are self-help books for the birds?

I used to think self-help books were a joke. I mean the name themselves just turned me off. Why would I need help? I had a strong foundation thanks to my parents upbringing. I could deal with the stress in my life. I had money. Life was good. What would I need help with? Well,…

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a friend’s story shows us just what is important in life

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might have noticed that I try and vary my articles. Some are meant to be hard hitting, others entertaining. Some theoretical, others more practical. And some are just for the heck of it. But hopefully I do my best to make each one somewhat thought-provoking. Where…

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why start with why in building our dreams

My wife is often asked by people – how did you learn English? People wonder if she studied abroad, or if she was born overseas. No and no. She went old school – she studied. There were nights when she cried and days when she wanted to give up. But she didn’t. She listened, read,…

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even from behind prison bars you can do more than you think

Many people liked the story I found on Facebook entitled, A Glass of Milk – Paid in Full so I decided to share another one that I came across. Here at www.isucceedbook.com I like to talk about the unlimited possibilities that exist for each of us. And yet, there are times despite our best efforts…

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if you’re looking for a place to get started, start by admitting your mistakes

Children learn pretty early on that owning up to their mistakes can land them in a whole heap of trouble. As such children learn to lie or simply pretend that nothing happened. Being an only child my parents often looked at me when something was found broken in our house. It became so ingrained in…

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