Selflessness is the sincere concern for the well being of others. It’s about love. It’s about compassion. It’s about kindness and faith. It’s about making a difference in the world. Sure, you are only one, but you are one. You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Smile and enjoy the fact that you have the ability to make a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.
This article is by Deborah Grayson Riegel, president of Elevated Training Inc., a communication skills training and coaching company. It is excerpted from her book, Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.
Temporarily losing my left eyebrow changed me permanently.
As I entered the salon, I should have wondered if a seven-dollar procedure could include rigorous safety measures. But by the time I might have thought it through more carefully, the salon lady had already applied a gluey glob of hot wax to my face, let it set, and, with a flex of her toned bicep, ripped it off. With an inch of eyebrow attached. The part I had been planning to keep.
It's the time of year when those of us living and working in the north northern hemisphere wish we could take the office outside, the way indulgent teachers once moved our classes outside if the spring weather were especially alluring.
Slowly but surely, London is gearing up for the 2012 summer Olympics — though we have good reason to be doubtful about the logistics of the games, the hope is that they will leave a permanent mark on the city.
Are your saboteurs winning? Are you going through life with a negative frame of mind, casting negative judgments on the people and ideas before you? Are you a stickler, a pleaser, a hyper-achiever, or prone to play the victim? Do those tendencies keep you from total success?
You probably think a microwave door handle must be cleaner than the toilet seat in your office. In fact, most people believe the restroom is the epicenter of germs in the office—and it turns out, most are wrong.
Siri is a loyal mistress, following you wherever you go — but is she a good listener?
Since the iPhone 4S began coming standard with Siri last October, the voice activated personal assistant has become a cultural phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel star in Siri-themed ads for the phone. A creepy iPhone case forces you to interact with Siri. A different project enables Siri to destroy your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and a viral video shows what happens when Siri goes psycho.
Facebook announced some intended changes to its data use policy to "enhance transparency", according to a Friday post on its Facebook and Privacy page. The updates include better explanations, examples, and "tips" denoted in the text with a lightbulb, as well as some revelations about how third parties deal with users' data.
In the revised data use policy, Facebook makes explicit that any time one of your Facebook friends starts using an app, game, or partner website (that, is a site where you can log in using Facebook credentials), Facebook hands that service all of the "publicly available" information on that user. Information that is always publicly available only includes basic stuff like your name or cover photo, but users can have their entire profile publicly available, and thus handed to a service.
The best way to negate bad habits is to replace them with good habits. Sounds simple, but looking at this list you'll realize it's a challenge. Don't get daunted, though-- take small steps and make replacements incrementally.
Over time, minor positive changes will grow into major steps towards improving your life. There are plenty more; these are just examples of replacements I've found beneficial in my own life. Work on making your own customized list of bad habits and thoughts with their corresponding positive replacements. Not only will it serve as a helpful guide to the changes you feel you should make in your life; it also might reveal to you personal priorities and values you hadn't consciously thought about before.
Count me in as one of those who believes the “open” office environment makes it a lot harder to get any real work done. I know that lots of people like to trumpet the benefits of a wall-less, collaborative workspace, and I’ve worked in a number of them, but all I found is that they’re noisy, distracting, and impossible to easily have a private phone call in.
The public art project was started by Candy Chang, a New Orleans-based artist. In February of last year, she painted the side of a derelict house in her neighbourhood with chalkboard paint and stencilled the sentence “Before I die I want to …”
Anonymous people wrote down their hopes and secrets. They were funny, sad and poignant — the kind of stuff you get lost in for hours. Strangers wanted to “transend (sic) the space time continuum,” “get my wife back” or “see a moose.” The wall was taken down last September, but Chang’s idea caught on.
Michelle Higgins visited a spot on the TransCanada highway Tuesday in an attempt to recall what happened when her car hit a moose, a story that has been making headlines around the world. On May 7, the night-shift worker left her home in Norris Arm, N.L., en route to work 60 kilometres away. When she pulled into the parking lot, shocked co-workers asked about her car’s smashed windshield and missing roof. Physicians say her traumatized state allowed the woman to finish her journey in the mangled car, oblivious to the fact she had hit one of Canada’s largest terrestrial animals. Even returning to the scene failed to jog her memory. Jake Edmiston of the National Post caught up with Ms. Higgins late Tuesday to talk about the experience
I’m going to say it straight up: Charisma is old school. Not Vince Vaughn Old School but Bill Clinton’90s old school.*
We are living in a new era dominated by Millennial hoodie-and-Converse-wearing billionaires, a world in which a staggering rate of change and disruptive innovation is the order of the day. Old-fashioned charisma is no longer enough to get attention, get ahead, or get the job anymore. Now, it’s those with the fearlessness to go after what they want and the audacity to do it how they want who are making their mark and changing the world.
There’s no question that the school of hard knocks can be, well, hard. When life becomes tough, many of us stop chasing our dreams and retreat under a big ugly flannel security blanket. Let’s face it: we’re terrified of failure.
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
Some days, just don’t seem to go right. Maybe you get into an argument with your partner, or end up yelling at the kids. Or perhaps work goes badly -- you make a silly mistake, or accidentally delete the file you were working on.
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