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Life 2.0: Who are You?

Life 2.0: Who are You? | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Imagine that I wheeled a really big blackboard in front of you, drew a white dot in the centre of it, and then asked you, "What do you see?"


What would you reply?


Probably ninety-five percept of us will say, "I see a white dot".


But what about the blackboard? Such a big blackboard and yet we focus on a white dot.


Why?
Because this is the pattern of the mind: We are accustomed to looking at the figure not the background.


It is this fascination with the trees instead of the forest that can blind us to a far greater awareness of reality.......we seem to have a real problem with seeing the bigger picture. We will see clouds and not the sky; see individual life 'forms' instead of feeling the Presence of life itself; recognise thoughts instead of the Consciousness that all thought arises in; and focus on specific news, 'good' or 'bad', without recognising the one perfect process of Self-realisation that is always going on in the background.

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What Determines Your Personal Value?

What Determines Your Personal Value? | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

The way we perceive our own worth as a person has a profound influence on every aspect of our life. Today’s culture sends a lot of mixed signals that can easily distort our views about what makes us a worthwhile person.

 

Unless we develop a well grounded understanding of the true nature of personal value, we will probably end up adopting one or more of these distorted views.

 

How Self-worth Affects confidence

Our confidence in our own abilities will ultimately be the deciding factor when it comes to taking action and producing results...

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50 Life Secrets and Tips | High Existence

50 Life Secrets and Tips | High Existence | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

A list of 50 secrets of life and tips to inspire your mind. Although some of these tips are known a reminder is always welcome!

 

At the end of this post, you will find a link to a second list that contains 50 themes more...!

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Meditation and The Art of Writing

Meditation and The Art of Writing | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

I want to tell you about an invaluable writing asset.

 

It’s become a non-negotiable element of my writing process, and I hope it becomes the same for you.

 

Writing is hard work. It’s not hard like electrical engineering (a chapter in my past life), which was a mind-numbing, sleep-depriving, hair-pulling kind of hard.

 

Writing is more a sweet torture, soreness-post-crazy-workout kind of hard.

 

You know the routine: The words get stuck. The ideas get jammed. The mind gets cluttered, and you get discouraged.

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10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

10 Wise Lessons: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

As I recently celebrated another year of life and am entering a new phase of mid-life (whatever that is) I began to contemplate the lessons that I would pass on to my younger self.


Whether you are young or young at heart, it is never too late to change — or incorporate some new (and better) practices into your daily life.

 

Here are 10 wise lessons that I wish I knew when I was younger:

 

1. Don’t worry about what other people think of you.
I used to worry too much what others thought of me, of my decisions and of my actions. Eventually, I came to realize that if you’re wasting too much time seeking validation, respect or approval from others, then you won’t have time to accomplish all that you desire...

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How To Discover the Greatness Within

How To Discover the Greatness Within | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Within all human beings, no matter what part of the world they’re from, what their environment has been, what culture they come from, what their religious tradition is, there lives a certain kind of greatness. Everyone knows that this greatness lives within them. We call it different things, but the bottom line is that we all have a central wish to be as good, true, kind, and as profitable a human being that we can be. It’s in our very DNA. And that divine code if you will, is the same in every human being. We just dress it differently.

 

Within every individual there lives a wish to embody something grand, beautiful, kind, true, and loving. None of us – no matter where you go in the world – can escape the need we have to realize the truth of ourselves...

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7 Powerful Tips To Becoming a Better Listener

7 Powerful Tips To Becoming a Better Listener | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When people speak, do you listen? How much of what's communicated do you internalize?

 

Recently, I was talking to someone who was not very present in the conversation. Even though she would nod and say "Yeah" the whole time we communicated, her follow-up comments would reveal she wasn't listening 100%.

 

For example, there was a point when I talking about A, but she kept replying to me as if I was saying B.
I thought it was really strange, so I repeated what I said in a slower, more precise manner. But the same thing happened - while she would nod and say "Yeah" while I was speaking, her reply suggested she did not get the gist of what I was trying to say...

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5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep People Stuck, Unsuccessful, and Mediocre For Life

5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep People Stuck, Unsuccessful, and Mediocre For Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Is it just me, or is the whole “fitting in” thing highly overrated?

 

Yes, there’s a certain comfort in going with the flow, being one of many, and following the same path as millions before you. Yes, it’s easier to not be stupid and put yourself way out on a ledge and risk your predictable and stable life. Yes, it’s fun to fantasize about one day someone walks in and “discovers” your hidden brilliance and plucks you from your normal life and drops you into the one of your dreams.

 

But eventually, it becomes obvious that the “discovery” will never come and that stability and security is an illusion. I know, because I’ve been there. For years I took a typical approach to my life. Follow the crowd, get a decent somewhat stable corporate job, and avoid rocking the boat by making any drastic changes. But eventually I realized three things...

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Top 100 Personal Development Blogs

Top 100 Personal Development Blogs | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Personal development can affect all aspects of your life, from controlling your negative thoughts to gaining the self-confidence to excel at work. If you’re in need of some inspiration to get you on the right road to improving yourself, the Internet is full of blogs that can offer guidance, advice and support to aid you in your journey. We’ve brought together 100 here, in no particular order, to help you get started.


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These are some of the most popular personal development blogs out there, so make sure to add them to your bookmarks...

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Your Inner Critic Needs A Vacation

Your Inner Critic Needs A Vacation | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Mimi Meredith suggested I check out a post she wrote about refraining from criticism for a whole month. Being an obliging soul, I did, and I must say, her post really has me thinking. I have been maintaining that a lot of the strife we encounter online and in the real world is based on a sense of entitlement. You know, entitlement along the lines of, “I’m entitled to my opinion and yours is stupid.” But Mimi has a bit of a different idea. She thinks that we butt heads with each other a lot because we are so critical of each other.

 

In a way, this isn’t really our fault. Bloggers tend to end their posts by asking us to weigh in or by asking us what we think. Facebook and Twitter ask us what’s on our minds. We want to answer all of these things honestly, and honestly, a lot of times our first response is to critique.

 

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Mastering THE BOUNCE

Mastering THE BOUNCE | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“I’m going to give you a little advice… There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen and be the ball.”

 

That was actually a quote from Ty Webb, played by Chevy Chase, in the movie Caddyshack. (I’ve always wanted to use a Caddyshack quote in one of my letters!)

 

This month’s SUCCESS is what we call our COMEBACKS issue, which features those companies, entrepreneurs and leaders who have experienced a bit of a fall from grace. When down and out, they could have easily stayed there, given up hope, given up on their dreams and given up on themselves, but they didn’t. Instead of collapsing, they bounced. And they came back stronger, better and and more equipped to achieve greatness than ever before...

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12 Ways to Get a Second Chance in Life

12 Ways to Get a Second Chance in Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

We all need second chances. This isn’t a perfect world. We’re not perfect people. I’m probably on my 1000th second chance right now and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Because even though I’ve failed a lot, it means I’ve tried a lot too.

 

We rarely get things right the first time. Almost every major accomplishment in a person’s life starts with the decision to try again and again – to get up after every failed attempt and give it another shot.

 

The only difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is attitude. Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures. It’s about positively adjusting your attitude toward future possibilities. Here’s how...

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11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination

11 Practical Ways To Stop Procrastination | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier. The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle.

Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

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5 Questions To Ask To See If You Are In The Wrong Business

5 Questions To Ask To See If You Are In The Wrong Business | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“I’m going to build a business!”


These words have a certain magical energy to them. They give every solopreneur, looking to hang out a shingle on the Internet, a sense of being on the same level as a Bill Gates, or a Donald Trump, or a Larry Ellison. The vision of a future business maven who creates an empire and makes a mark in the world.

 

What’s nice about this dream is that it has a fair chance of coming true… for anyone. Yes, even you and me!

 

That’s why many call the Internet a “great leveler” that flattens the playing field and gives you a fair shot at massive success.

 

Still, building a business can be hard work – if you let it...

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27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done! | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. You finish one task and six more pop out of no where; it never ends. To toss a major understatement at you - you need to invest your time wisely and that means being productive.

 

Yes, the dreaded 'P' word. Easier said than done, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just aren’t productive. You want to be, but things seem to never get done.

 

Here’s why...

 

What Kills Productivity?
There are only a few broad reasons why your productivity could be suffering. I’ll talk about all the specific instances in a moment, but let’s start with a high-level look:...

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Stop Asking for Permission

Stop Asking for Permission | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

I visited New York City with my mom and younger sister recently. We were walking near Battery Park when we saw a man wearing a clown wig and playing a ukulele- making up songs as people walked by.

 

It was this man, Freddy Harrington.

 

To onlookers he was a street musician, a comedian entertaining passers by. But he spoke of things much deeper.

 

In this video interview, you learn that he is not merely a street musician trying to make a couple bucks to survive, but a high school science teacher with a much deeper message. His message?...

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How to Appreciate the Pain of Financial Problems

How to Appreciate the Pain of Financial Problems | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Coming out of consumer debt (car, credit card, student loans) was an extremely painful experience for me. In fact, I intentionally allowed it to be more painful than necessary by going through the process faster and cutting expenses more deeply. While yes, that’s bordering sadism, my goal was, and still is, to never go back in debt again…EVER!

 

Although this occurred years ago, I have no problem remembering that discouraging period vividly.
The sacrifices I made, the feelings I sometimes hurt by saying no, and the immense amount of work required to bring my freedom into fruition are all seared into my memory. In short, I am forever scarred by the experience, and that’s fine with me!

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Refuse to Lose!

It seems like successful people have no problems. Quite the opposite. The truth is, everyone faces challenges from time-to-time. The secret to success is to understand obstacles are stepping stones to achievement, helping you develop skills and character. You must learn the lessons, and refuse to lose!

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Developing Resilience - Career Development from MindTools.com

Developing Resilience - Career Development from MindTools.com | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Do you bounce back from setbacks, or let them derail your goals? Learn how to develop resilience, so that you can keep moving forwards.

 

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison

 

According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. And, since the prolific inventor was awarded more than 1,000 patents, it's easy to imagine him failing on a daily basis in his lab at Menlo Park.

 

In spite of struggling with "failure" throughout his entire working life, Edison never let it get the best of him. All of these "failures," which are reported to be in the tens of thousands, simply showed him how not to invent something. His resilience gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture...

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Pillars for excellence in leadership | Guillermo De Los Rios

Pillars for excellence in leadership | Guillermo De Los Rios | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

It is known in civil engineering that every structure of lofty buildings needs strong pillars that can provide a strong and an unshakable support for the building to stand even in stormy weather.

 

This principle applies to leadership.

 

Let us go through 11 pillars for excellence in leadership:

 

1. Self-knowledge

Excellent leaders are people who know themselves. They know their strengths, their weaknesses, their limitations, their talents, their skills, their dreams and they know their values. They make decisions based on their values...


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75 Affirmations for Personal Development

75 Affirmations for Personal Development | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Introduction

 

Neurons that fire together wire together. So the more we practice having thoughts or beliefs that benefit our well-being, the more naturally those thoughts and beliefs will play themselves out in our everyday life.

 

Affirmations are one way to develop new beliefs that can eventually become second-nature. Every morning or evening we can repeat these affirmations with a clear and focused mind, and with practice these beliefs can take hold inside our brains.

 

One caveat, however, is to make sure that the affirmations you repeat to yourself are congruent with reality, and aligned with your core values. I’ve seen many people come up with delusional affirmations and then attempt to ingrain them into their minds. Even when they do succeed, those beliefs can be detrimental...

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Why most people DIE BROKE and how you can avoid it

Why most people DIE BROKE and how you can avoid it | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When you think of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or any other billionaire, what image comes to your mind? Obviously, money and success. But have you ever thought about why they’re so successful, or how their thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors differ from yours? In fact, it’s the way they think, and the unique beliefs they embrace, that makes all the difference between the average person and the highly successful individual.


Here’s another question to ponder: Were they born with a natural gift for earning lots of money, or did they learn how to focus their brain’s intention and attention mechanism in such a way that earning and keeping money was a forgone conclusion?

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Your Competitive Advantage: REST

Your Competitive Advantage: REST | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Refueling the jets… Learning to Value Time Off

By the time you read this I am off on my 10-year wedding anniversary vacation trip through the South of France and Italy. In that honor I am republishing an article I wrote on high-performance productivity a few years back. Enjoy!

How does America regain its supremacy in the productive world?

 

How do YOU improve your personal productivity?
ANSWER: Go on vacation.

 

438 million. That is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take in 2007, according to Harris Interactive research group—more than any other industrialized nation.

 

Here is the result: America ranks No. 1 in depression and mental health problems...

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The Amazing Power of Being Present | zen habits

The Amazing Power of Being Present | zen habits | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ ~Thich Nhat Hahn


How can you bring calm and peace to the middle of a stress-ful, chaotic day?

 

The answer is simple, though not always so easy to put into practice: learn to be present.

 

No matter how out-of-control your day is, no matter how stressful your job or life becomes, the act of being present can become an oasis. It can change your life, and it’s incredibly simple.

 

When I asked people what things prevent them from having a peaceful day, some of the responses:...

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What’s your response to failure?

What’s your response to failure? | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.

 

When I was growing up, one of the questions I used to hear from motivational speakers was this: “If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve?”


That seemed to be an intriguing question. At the time it prompted me to look ahead to life’s possibilities. But then one day I realized that it was really a bad question. Why? Because it takes a person’s thinking down the wrong track. There is no achievement without failure. To even imply that it might be possible gives people the wrong impression.

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