#003: Serve Others Selflessly [Great Results Challenge]

  In past decades, “self” has been placed on centre stage in our society. With that, many cultures have put more and more emphasis on concepts that seek to help “self” be happier and more fulfilled. There’s a whole industry around this: the self-help industry, where we hear concepts such as personal achievement, personal development,…

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4 Lessons I Learned about Dreams from a Discussion with a 54 Year Old Guitarist

A few months ago, I was talking with a friend, a 54 year old woman. During our discussion, with a spark of passion in her eyes, she talked about her love for music. Being a musician, I was curious to know which musical instrument(s) she plays. When I asked, she answered, “I don’t play any…

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7 Simple Steps to Manage Your Time More Effectively

Why do 24 hours in a day seem not enough? I must have asked myself this question a million times. In my “younger” years, I would lament: Why can’t there be more than 24 hours in a day? As if having more hours in a day would have made that much of a difference. It…

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The Importance of an Air Conditioner [Food for Thought]

Air Conditioner

Recently, I stumbled upon an article I wrote a few years ago, at a time when I was writing for my drawers (and my hard drive folders). Although the analogy I use in it may not win me a literary prize, I believe its message is still relevant and valuable. Here we go… As I…

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#002: Tackle Your Tasks Head On, Even Those You Don’t Enjoy and Don’t Feel Like Doing [Great Results Challenge]

  A sure way to get nowhere fast is to insist on solely doing things you enjoy. Add to this a propensity to work only when you feel like it, and you have a recipe for a life of poor results, missed opportunities, and, in the end, regrets. The road to great results is paved…

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Meaning Shapes Reality [Food for Thought]

Meaning Shapes Reality

When I was 16 years old, I fell and cut my left wrist on a broken window. It was a close call, but I made it. As a result of this accident, my ring and little fingers have lost mobility and sensitivity. Not a good thing for an aspiring pianist… This “unfortunate” event could have…

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#001: Increase Your Level of Commitment [Great Results Challenge]

If you research the lives of people you admire—athletes, musicians, entertainers, academics, entrepreneurs, writer, etc.—you’ll find that most of them, if not all of them, have achieved great results in their chosen field because of commitment. If you interview couples who share a wonderful relationship, as you listen to their love story and wise advice,…

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Why Love at First Sight Won’t Help You

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend. I could tell she was excited about something. I saw it in her walk, her smile, her eyes; the glow of excitement was all over her. After a few exchanges, the reason for her excitement became crystal clear: she met someone special, who has…

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Deal with Distractions and Double Your Productivity Starting Today

When it comes to productivity and getting important things done, one of the greatest challenges we face today is distractions. Emails, phone calls, social media, wandering thoughts and people are but a few of these distractions. In a world where the number of distractions competing for our attention is ever increasing, learning to deal with…

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Are Any of These 4 Internal Obstacles Standing in the Way of Your Dreams?

You probably have dreams that you cherish and would like to make a reality. But you realize that making a dream come true isn’t always easy, and you may sometimes feel like there’s a conspiracy to prevent you from pursuing your dreams and achieving your goals. It’s normal. In fact, overcoming obstacles is an intricate part of…

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