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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How to Stop Cringing in the Mirror (recognizing what’s truly beautiful)

Posted on May 22, 2014 under Mind & Attitude

Why do we start paying so much attention to things like wrinkles and nose lengths and freckles and blemishes and all our perceived imperfections? Why do we look so closely at the so-called blemishes that we miss the beauty that surrounds the “blemish” entirely?

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Regret

How Regret Poisons Happiness (and the simple antitode that stops it)

Posted on May 19, 2014 under Personal Development

Have you ever wished you had done things differently? Or wished someone else hadn’t done what they did? Have you ever longed to go back and repeat something from your past so you could go a different way, choose a different path, change your mind, do over the thing you did or was done to you?

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How to Easily Turn Procrastination off and Motivation on

Posted on May 15, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

Do you struggle to get things done? Do you procrastinate until it’s either too late to finish or too late to finish adequately? Well, did you know there was a simple mind trick that can magically transform your procrastinating ways into the motivation you need to finally be a productivity wizard?

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10 Invaluable Life Lessons from Mom

Posted on May 11, 2014 under Love & Relationships , Marriage and Family

Motherhood is a profession worthy of a 7-figure celebration. In fact, Motherhood is the highest paying job on the market. What other position pays in the currency of so profound and deep a love as a Mothers’ love?

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The burning WHY

The Burning WHY that Inspires your Soul (getting things done, part II)

Posted on May 9, 2014 under Inspiration & Motivation

Find the burning WHY that drives you and the HOW will follow. Your WHY is what burns in your soul. It is the reason behind your activity. It is the fundamental purpose and passion that animates you.

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The Best Kept Secret to Getting things Done (part I of III)

Posted on May 6, 2014 under Productivity

There’s a reason Michael Jordan is Michael Jordan and not Michael Phelps or Michael J. Fox or Michael Jackson. His name became synonymous with basketball because basketball is what he focused all his time on. He lived and breathed it. He married it. What have you married? What do you live and breathe?

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Don’t Despair: Most People are Decent

Posted on May 1, 2014 under Character & Values

When it seems like everyone has betrayed you, don’t lose hope. Remember, most people are decent. Even when it is difficult to see, most are behind the scenes of life, doing the work of living decent lives.

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