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How to Guarantee Success (trading fear for belief)

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

What would you do if you were guaranteed success? What would you start if you knew you could not fail? What dream has been wet down and stuffed in the back of the closet because you were afraid you would never be able to reach it? Here’s the problem …

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Why You Need Challenges (life’s unkind mirror)

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 under Character & Values

Circumstances less often create the person as they reveal who we already are. Certainly, they help shape us over time. But at any particular moment, trying circumstances show us a truer mirror than we may want to peer into. This is why…

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“Complete System Failure” (a vital lesson in moral vigilance)

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 under Character & Values

If we protect our computer systems with spam filters and virus protection and firewalls and the like, why do we so quickly download such awful garbage into the most important memory storage system we will ever own?

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The Happy Life of a Blogger (7 ways blogging can improve your happiness)

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 under Happiness

Perhaps you’ve wondered how blogging has affected the lives of bloggers. There are, of course, 6 and 7-figure income bloggers. There are world-traveling bloggers. Blogging has brought notoriety and book-signing deals and public stages for many. But for me, the most obvious reward has been a boost to my personal happiness. Perhaps yours can be enhanced by blogging as well. Click here to see how blogging can improve happiness.

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4 Life Lessons Learned from my Daughter’s Baby Shower

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 under Life

Life has a way of getting in the way of our plans and mixing things up a bit. And that’s okay. What matters most about life’s little sucker punches is the way we deal with them and the lessons we learn because of them. Here are 4 life-lessons I’ve recently been thinking about since a special event in our lives.

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Belief is Overrated (kick it up a notch)

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

Belief is the blanket we wrap ourselves in when life seems cold and dark and harsh. It is the hope that shines in the darkened tunnels of life. It is a framework, a map and a marker on the path we choose to travel. It unlocks doors and oils hinges and greases paths. But it’s only the starting point.

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How to Work, Love and Live with Negative People

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 under Happiness

Do you regularly interact with the chronically negative? Is there someone in your life who whines and moans and complains about everything, predicting doom and gloom around every corner, seeing dark clouds brooding in every silver lining? If you do, you don’t need me to tell you how draining it can be. But how can you protect your own happiness around such regular negativity?

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My Final Words to my Graduating Seniors

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

As a high school teacher, I send almost 200 kids off into the world every year to try figure out where they fit in the world. But if I’ve merely taught them the finer points of the subjects I teach, I believe I’ve failed them. The following words are a more polished version of what I share with them each year on the last day of class.

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The Value of Adversity (the oak tree poem)

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 under Adversity & Challenge

When life gets dark and dreary, when the clouds of discontent swell and burst hard upon you with so much utter violence and ferocity you can scarcely take it anymore, let this simple poem inspire you through the toughest parts of your most challenging moments.

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The Incredible Power of Words

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 under Personal Development

Words are the bodies the soul of an idea is born into. The quality of our words attracts others to our cause or repels them from it. Sometimes, the quality of an idea is enough to give it wings. At other times, the words used to convey an idea are the nails in the coffin of its premature death.

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Failure is What You Make of it

Posted on May 29, 2014 under Personal Development

Most people think failure is a bad thing to be avoided, to be ran from, hidden, afraid of and discouraged. And frankly, it doesn’t feel good at all. In fact, it feels terrible, sometimes like you’ve been slammed in the face with the shovel. It’s a fall, a step back, evidence you suck! But it’s not that at all.

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How to Influence People even though You’re a Hypocrite

Posted on May 26, 2014 under Character & Values

Too often, our words get drowned in the noise of our own behavior. We tell others to live one way and yet fall woefully short ourselves. This is inevitable because we are all imperfect beings. The problem is less our inconsistency and more our lack of humility.

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