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How to Develop a Sound Mind

How to Develop a Sound Mind | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else. – John Locke


There are a number of diverse issues that could alter our wellbeing / contentment — entailing aliment, standard of living, workout routines, anxiety, family, and line of business et al. However, the principal aspect that frequently gets ignored is the strength of the mind. Sound mind is the gateway to form / sustain an active and cheerful life.


Your beliefs are exceptionally influential and can direct all phases of your life comprising your health. Most of us are only to some extent conscious of the reasonings that run through our mind. To truly concentrate and have knowledge of all ideas that you sense can be draining and not to point out, kind of intimidating too.


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How to Hack Your Brain

How to Hack Your Brain | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

You are not who you think you are. Your personality and identity is significantly more malleable than you realize. With a few simple tricks, you can exploit your brain's innate functionality to change just about anything about yourself. Here's how.


You Are Not Necessarily the Person You Think You Are


You are not who you are, but rather the product of many influences. The saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" exists for a reason: the longer you've been the person you think you are, the harder it becomes to change. The thing is, you can dramatically change who you are. It's actually not so much that it's difficult to change, but that you've developed patterns and habits that make it easier to do things the way you do them.


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When to Quit your Passion and Change Course

When to Quit your Passion and Change Course | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Remember what it was like the first few weeks in a foreign language class? The first couple days learning a new musical instrument? HTML or Javascript? Or what about the first few days of a new workout?


They’re easy—the first period of developmental progress in just about anything comes with the reward of great results.


When I first started playing trombone, I enjoyed the same sort of success—I was getting better and better, and putting in very little effort to do so. Throughout my grade school years, and even into college, my improvement slowed a little, but I was still achieving great gains in my playing ability.


But I wasn’t even close to “hands-down amazing.”


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10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business

10 Great Tips for Success in Both Life and Business | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Sometimes what helps us to be successful in our professional lives is not such a great idea in our personal lives — competition is a quality that comes to mind. At the same time, we all have a limited amount of time each day to do the things that we want to do.


So for the sake of saving time and energy, I’m sharing a list of tips that will help you be successful in both life and in business.


1. Add Value
No matter what you do and where you go, you can’t go wrong with adding value. Simply put value is anything that people are willing to pay for. In your professional life, the more value you can offer the more money you can make. In your personal life, more value translates to closer relationships and strong personal growth. The best way to add value is to find the intersection between what people are willing to pay for and what service or product you can offer that is aligned with your values, strengths and goals.


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7 Smart Ways to Build Self Confidence

7 Smart Ways to Build Self Confidence | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“Your perception of yourself has an enormous impact on how others perceive you.” – Erin Falconer of Pick the Brain.


“If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.” ~Author Unknown


I believe the best way to build self confidence is by broadening your life experiences. When you work hard to increase your knowledge, skills and experiences, you’ll automatically become a confident person.


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. ~Anaïs Nin, Diary, 1969


As you constantly increasing your exposure to life, you’ll build your confidence in mastering or doing anything.


Confidence is something that you have to workout like a muscle.


You can’t be confident at everything. We all lack confidence in some areas of life that we are not familiar with.


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Self Development Tips

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As long as you are still alive, you are capable of changing and growing. You can do anything you want to do, be anything you want to be. Listen to some positive thoughts on how to continue your self development and then apply them in your own life.


  • Accept personal responsibility for your own growth; no one can do it for you. What you do today will determine your readiness for tomorrow.
  • Take time every day to do something for yourself.
  • Take classes to stay current in your field of expertise. The world is changing rapidly and you must learn to manage change to avoid obsolescence. The way Will Rogers put this was that "Even if you are on the right track, if you just sit there you will get run over."


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The Fifty Success Habits

The Fifty Success Habits | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

So I thought that I might write a quick review of every self-help book ever written all right here in this one little post. Simple enough. I love the easy jobs. Surely it couldn’t be that hard, could it? I figured that maybe I could take the important lessons from every self-help book I’ve read and every life experience I’ve endured, condense all that into fifty key points and save everybody a whole bunch of reading time. Sure, global book sales in the self-help field might take a down-turn for a decade or so, but I’m willing to take that chance and put in a solid sixty minutes (or so) work for the good of humanity; my gift to mankind.


Selfless I know.


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Slavica Bogdanov's comment, May 1, 2012 8:24 PM
Thank you. It felt good to read this, more than words can say.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 2, 2012 3:54 AM
Great Slavica! Yes, this post gives us a lot of interesting insights to be successful and it easy to read!
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how to be creative

how to be creative | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

So you want to be more crea­tive, in art, in busi­ness, wha­te­ver. Here are some tips that have wor­ked for me over the years:


1. Ignore every­body.

The more ori­gi­nal your idea is, the less good advice other peo­ple will be able to give you. When I first star­ted with the biz card for­mat, peo­ple thought I was nuts. Why wasn’t I trying to do something more easy for mar­kets to digest i.e. cutey-pie gree­ting cards or wha­te­ver?


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3 Things a CEO Learned: a Yoga Manifesto

3 Things a CEO Learned:  a Yoga Manifesto | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Def Jam records founder Russell Simmons, “The Voice” star and singer Adam Levine, and Jon Bon Jovi all practice yoga. People from all walks of life, all ages and all religions practice yoga for spirituality, relaxation, detox, strength and flexibility. Looking in from the outside, I always wondered, “What do they know that I don’t?”


When my wife suggested taking a yoga class two years ago, I went with trepidation and visions of chanting, incense, and body parts in odd places.


What I didn’t know at the time was that I was beginning a journey learning more about myself and, surprisingly, more about business than I learned at one of the top ten business schools in the country and 20 years of professional experience.
Here are three things I learned:


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Change Any Habit Painlessly: 6 Tips

Change Any Habit Painlessly: 6 Tips | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Almost everything you currently do... you can do even better. Here's how.


Want to change an old habit? You probably should: One study determined that over 40% of the "decisions" we make every day aren't really decisions.


They're habits.


Much of the time we don't really make decisions. We do what we've done before, and that makes us less productive, less effective, less healthy and fit—less everything—than we could be.


So what can we do? Change an old habit into a new habit.


While changing a habit isn't easy, it is simple—especially if you follow the process described by Charles Duhigg, the author of the bestselling book The Power of Habit. (Definitely worth a read, especially if you want to harness the power of habits to improve not just yourself but also your team or business.)


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Leadership Mantra: Delegation.

Leadership Mantra: Delegation. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Delegation, an indication that identifies a real leader!


“Following the suggestion of a reader, in my last leadership mantra, I’ll approach with you a topic that is, in my opinion, very often misunderstood and not often enough used to fair value.”


What does mean delegation for you?


What are the words that come to your mind when you hear or you think to delegation?


Before reading further, you could invest a few minutes, to be clear about this issue.


What is emerged and to which group you belong to?


Here are a few groups:


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Leadership Mantra: Anticipation.

Leadership Mantra: Anticipation. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Anticipating needs is the ultimate goal!


Finding solutions, by anticipating the demands of the members of your team, your customers or prospects, it’s a tremendous advantage.


Imagine you meet someone who is interested in you, and situations that you need to adjust in your life, before you meet how you would feel you?


I think the answer is simple; VERY WELL!...


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3 Things You Can Do Today to Start Living a Happier Life

3 Things You Can Do Today to Start Living a Happier Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt


Happiness must not always come from big things and events. It can come from smaller, daily habits too.


So today I’d simply like to take a look at 3 quick tips and habits that help me to live a happier life. Pick one and see how it works for you.


Help someone.


Helping someone out is one of simplest but also one of the most powerful things one can do to live a happy life.


How can you help someone out? By giving them value in some form. Such forms could be:...


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Are You Postponing Your Life Until Tomorrow? 8 Ways to Start Living NOW

Are You Postponing Your Life Until Tomorrow? 8 Ways to Start Living NOW | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

There is nothing worse than looking back at life with regret. But if we keep walking the road of constant procrastination, this outcome is guaranteed. It’s not too late to make the necessary changes.


I was controlled by an eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, for over a decade. During this time, I postponed eating and living always to the future. I didn’t want to “waste” calories today if I could eat tomorrow when there might be better food, a nicer atmosphere or better circumstances. I didn’t want to let myself go today if I might be able to do that tomorrow. I didn’t skip harming workouts to go out and have fun because of the chance that tomorrow would be a better opportunity.


Unsurprisingly, tomorrow never came around. At least, the “right” tomorrow on which I could finally start taking care of myself was seemingly elusive and the result was me walking down a very dangerous path.


Now that I am in recovery and have my eating disorder under control, I’ve noticed the same things happening in different areas of my life. Whether it relates to work or to my relationships, important things are way too often put off until tomorrow.


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The Ten Habits of Passionate People

The Ten Habits of Passionate People | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When you find your passion, you’ll have a boost of motivation to get started and change your life.


However, this motivation won’t last if you don’t turn it into habits.


We are creatures of habits. Our human nature always looks for ways to create patterns and do things on autopilot.


Habits are what differentiate successful people from others.


The habits that you’ve developed in the LOST phase – where you used to wander aimlessly without a clear passion or purpose – won’t help you build a life of passion.


That’s why you need to develop a new set of habits to serve you in your newly passionate pursuit.


These are 10 habits of passionate people that you can start cultivating today:


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“Happiness Without a Good Work Ethic Is Pretty Impossible.”

“Happiness Without a Good Work Ethic Is Pretty Impossible.” | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Hugh is a cartoonist with a wildly popular blog, gapingvoid. He is the master of capturing a large idea in a single drawing, and a great deal of his work focuses on happiness: how to find happiness in work; how to have the courage to be yourself, do what you love, and take risks; how to build a life around your own values, interests, and temperament.


He has a new book, Freedom Is Blogging in Your Underwear, where he explores how blogging, and the intellectual and creative freedom it gives him, changed his life.


Having a blog isn’t the right route to happiness for everyone, of course. But zoikes, it’s a thrilling tool. And his book is really about how to think big for yourself and the possibilities that the internet offers.


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The 50 Best Mind Hacks on the Web

The 50 Best Mind Hacks on the Web | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Mind hacks. Ever since Tom Stafford and Matt Webb introduced us to the hidden logic of our upstairs system in their 2004 neuroscience tome, these simple tricks have taken the blogosphere by storm.


Nowadays, there’s a hack for everything, from your sex life to your kitchen stove. We compiled the Web’s 50 best mind (and life, and career, and…you get the point) hacks. These self-improvement gleanings are bound to make you a better, well, everything:

  • Work and Career
  • Your Finances
  • Life Skills
  • Fitness and Health
  • Family and Relationship
  • Home Hacks
  • Other Useful Hacks
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8 Harsh Truths that Will Improve Your Life

8 Harsh Truths that Will Improve Your Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

They say life is what we make of it. By the end of this post, I hope to have helped you decide whether that statement is true or not.


There is no doubt that life has its ups and downs. However, how we deal with them can sometimes make all the difference. Today I want to share eight harsh truths that I've come to learn from life. There's also a message in each that I think we can all learn from, and when applied, will improve our lives infinitely.


Some of these lessons may be old-hat for you. If so, look for ways to refine the idea to ensure your getting the most out of it. On the other hand, you may completely disagree with an idea or two and that's great! Let us know your thoughts so we can all learn from each other.


1. Friends Come and Go...


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Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”


“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”


“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”


You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer.


Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favourite tips from him.


1. Approve of yourself.

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”


2. Your limitations may just be in your mind.

3. Lighten up and have some fun.

4. Let go of anger.

5. Release yourself from entitlement.

6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.

7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.

8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.

9. Do what you want to do.


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The Best Way to Solve a Problem: Give Up

The Best Way to Solve a Problem: Give Up | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Sometimes the easiest way to solve a problem is to stop participating in the problem. Sometimes the smartest choice is giving up.


I don’t think that giving up should be your primary method for dealing with problems. But there are certainly a lot of cases where it just seems to be the most intelligent answer.


The more I stop trying to force things to happen, the more they just seem to sort themselves out. The more I let things happen, the less time I spend trying to make them happen.


Giving up is really about honoring your feelings. It’s about giving up trying to force yourself into a mold of societal shoulds and embracing your true self.

So here’s an invitation to…


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Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life | Illuminated Mind

Seven Weird Habits That Will Change Your Life | Illuminated Mind | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Some habits will help you live a better life. They’ll help you improve what’s already working or help you fix what’s not working very well.


But what about habits that completely change the game entirely? What are the questions that uproot your beliefs, shake them from its roots and move you into a bigger pot?


These are seven habits that won’t just improve your game, or help you “level up.” They’ll help you play a different game, one that you completely design yourself.


Regularly engage in time travel. Often the best way to solve a problem is to have a conversation with your future self...


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Martin Gysler's comment, April 30, 2012 10:28 AM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment. I'm glad that you like this post. Cheers!
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 30, 2012 11:40 AM
Yes loved it! hope lot of people read it and apply it. I actually plan to wakl in my future today and take notes. Will keep you posted. Let me know what you think of this article, if you have the time:) http://www.scoop.it/t/attractitude-finances/p/1696864296/3-time-management-concepts-that-will-change-your-life
Martin Gysler's comment, May 1, 2012 5:12 PM
Hi Slavica, thank you for your comment and the link to your blog post. We could speak about it tomorrow on Skype.
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Leadership Mantra: Potential.

Leadership Mantra: Potential. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Potential is a tool for action!


How many times have I heard, “it has tremendous potential”, you can imagine, on numerous occasions. Yet many years later, the huge potential has brought forth a mouse!


Why?


For the simple reason that the potential has remained unrealized and unused, because there never was any concrete action.


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How to Keep Creating a New Habit When You Feel Like Giving Up

How to Keep Creating a New Habit When You Feel Like Giving Up | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Now, creating a new habit isn’t always easy. You often start out all enthusiastic and excited. But since you usually have to keep doing it every day for about 30 days or once a week for a whole lot of weeks to make the habit into something that sticks and feels natural it becomes harder after a while.


Life may interfere. Perhaps you get overwhelmed at work or at home. Maybe you go away for a vacation or a conference somewhere. Or maybe – because change is scary and could be harmful – your mind starts to create thoughts that that try to persuade you to quit this new and possibly positive change.


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The #1 Reason You Second-Guess Your Value (and how to stop it)

The #1 Reason You Second-Guess Your Value (and how to stop it) | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

You know that you have something of great importance to share with the world. You know this is a cause that needs to be spread.


It’s burning a hole in your gut, and it’s taking everything you can to not let it burst out from within you.


But instead of fireworks and a blaze of glory…


Dead air.


Somewhere between the passion, the avalanche of ideas, and the torrent of enthusiasm entered a familiar foe: the Voice of “Reason.”


Cunningly, he pretends to be your friend, your ally, and most importantly, your Protector. He’ll keep you safe from the critics and failures, he tells you. He’ll keep you swaddled in the hypnotic warmth of reason and a cocoon of bubble-wrapped existence.


Shadowed in his well intentioned promises of security and comfort, though, is a sinking sense of defeat; a disbelief and decay of the great adventure that was dying to be born within you.


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Have An Impossible Dream

Have An Impossible Dream | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

I love to dream. When I was a kid, I used to dream about flying like a bird. It was one of those dreams that I knew was impossible, but was cool to envision. I could see the ground below, and the clouds up high.

I hated to wake up.
As I’ve grown older, I’ve been tempted to put those dreams aside.
I’ve been told to be a realist and tone those dreams down.
Don’t get your hopes up John, it will lead to a letdown.
Put your dreams away, and do the mundane.
Follow the rules and do what you’re told.
Don’t color outside the box.
Put the colors away.
Black and White.
Do it… now.
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