success is not just about the money

Many people dream of being rich. And there are some people with money who think money can buy anything. It can buy many things but it can’t buy happiness, a stress-free life, a happy marriage, good weather, good relationships with your children, and a whole host of other things. With that said, money does make…

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if you want to succeed remember the Bulldog

For those of you who don’t know – I’m big into tech. Computers, cameras, the iPhone, Bluray, etc. I like staying in touch with what’s going on around me and as such I’m always playing around with new gadgets and software. These days I’m studying more and more about website design, iPhone apps and Facebook. Now…

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time management tip # 5 24 hours a day

We all get 24 hours a day. No matter if we’re Japanese, American, tall or short, male or female, rich or poor. We can’t make more time. The only difference is how we use the time we’re given. We can adjust our schedule within the day to seemingly “create” time to do things we previously…

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a great lesson of success from the movie Ice Age

One of the greatest gifts parents can give their children is that of language. In my case that means English and Japanese as I’m British (though I sound American) and my wife is Japanese. As we live in Japan and our son attends a Japanese daycare we’re not concerned about him picking up Japanese but…

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the weather in Japan has a little something for everyone

Anyone who has studied Japanese for more than a few years will have studied how to write a letter. While in English we’re free to start off the letter any way we see fit, in Japanese letters often begin with a comment about the weather. I remember our class asking our teacher why that was…

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dream of the impossible, start with the possible

Back in elementary school in 5th grade we had a science fair. I was partnered with one of my best friends at the time and I clearly remembering sitting down at my house to figure out what our project would be. We threw a few ideas back and forth until we came up with what…

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10 must read novels you won’t soon forget

Ever since I was a young child I have enjoyed reading, the only problem was that I enjoyed reading comics; Superman, Spiderman, etc. I suppose I was like any other kid, I did my best to get out of doing my homework. When teachers assigned us book reports I would find a book that had…

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one of Thomas Edison’s best quotes

The other day I finally decided to sit down and get cracking on my vlogs…and I must say that it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought. Talking to a computer screen does feel a little weird, but since it’s my first one so I can only get better. I spent some time thinking about what…

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five minutes a day can transform your life

The number one excuse that we all love is – “I have no time.” I used it and I’ve heard it more times than I can remember. But rather than read you the riot act about how it’s not that you don’t have time today I thought I’d throw out some ideas of how we…

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online marketing is just one part of your marketing plan

Marketing is the lifeblood of any company. You could have the best staff, the best product and the best ideas but if no one knows about you, you’re not going to be very successful. It is one of the lessons I learned early in my career as I decided to open an English school in…

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