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Harnessing the power of social media in defining your role as a parent, educator, or as an advocate. Or simply finding your life's purpose and living life with authenticity.
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Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? - Forbes

Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? - Forbes | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

Who are the most influential people in social media, the power influencers who have grasped what the social media revolution is all about? Here's a list of fifty people who have very substantial social media followings.  Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2012/01/25/who-are-the-top-50-social-media-power-influencers/

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The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - Forbes

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - Forbes | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)
These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware! "

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TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude

"Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials."

A powerful reminder of what happiness truly is and how powerful gratitude can bring it forth in our lives. Happiness revealed...in a stunning, beautiful way that will surely make you appreciate the gift that is today, tomorrow and beyond. Watch it and be glad you spent 10minutes of your life on it.

Have a happy, grateful, super weekend everyone! Live it well! :=)

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Conformity Begins on the Playground

Conformity Begins on the Playground | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"I was a weird kid. Instead of playing tag at recess or gossiping with the other girls, I used to play with my imaginary friends and go on adventures."

"Show Yourself

The only way out of this dreary existence is to embrace those things that make you different and unique. True fulfillment comes not only from being yourself, but from showing yourself to the world. Feature your eccentricities and your passions and be unapologetic about it. Recapture who you were as a kid, long before society began its crusade to make you feel bad about just being you.

I will end with this little gem that popped up on my Twitter feed a few weeks ago. I love this.

Your success is directly entwined with how much you embrace your true nature.

- Everett Bogue"

http://puttylike.com/conformity-begins-on-the-playground/

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Did You Enjoy Your Story?

Did You Enjoy Your Story? | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"The pen you pick up to craft your story? It’s a pen. Not a pencil. You can’t erase what you’ve written, but you can always write something new. Something different. Something incredible. Anything you want. Starting now.


Today’s future, tomorrow’s future, and every day after wants to know, “Did you enjoy your story”? How will you answer?" 

http://www.lifewithoutpants.com/life/enjoy-the-story/ ;

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what i learned about LIFE

WE HAVE TIME

By Octavian Paller

Translated by Sorana Lucia Salomeia

 

We have time for everything:
to sleep, to run from one place to another,
to regret having mistaken and to mistake again,
to judge the others and to forgive ourselves,
we have time for reading and writing,
for making corrections to our texts, to regret ever having written,
we have time to make projects and never respect them,
we have time to make illusions and gamble through their ashes later on.
We have time for ambitions and illnesses,
to blame it all on ambitions and details,
we have time to watch the clouds, advertisements or some ordinary accident,
we have time to chase our wonders away and to postpone the answers,
we have time to break a dream to pieces and then to reinvent it,
we have time to make friends, lose them,
we have time to learn our lessons and then forget them quickly afterwards,
we have time to be given gifts and not understand them.
We have time for them all.


But there is no time for just a drop of tenderness.
When we are about to get to that too – we die.


I have learned some things during my lifetime,
experiences that I am now sharing with you!!

 

I have learned that you cannot make somebody love you;
All you can do is be the beloved one.
Everything else… depends on the others.

 

I have learned that, no matter how much I might care,
Others might not care at all.

 

I have learned that it could take years to earn somebody’s confidence
And only a few seconds to lose it.,

 

I have learned that it is not WHAT you have in life,
But WHO is there for you to have.

 

I have learned that charms could be of use for only About 15 minutes,
Afterwards, nevertheless, you had better know something.


I have learned that you should never compare yourself
to what others can do better than you,
but you what you can do yourself;

 

I have learned that what happens to the others is not as import as
what I can do to help;

 

I have learned that in whatever you might cut things,
They will always turn out to have two sides;

 

I have learned that when you have to depart from your dearest ones,
you should do it with the warmest words;

It could be the last time you see them.

 

I have learned that you could carry on for a long time
After stating you cannot take it any longer;


I have learned that heroes are those who do what is right,
when the ought to, regardless of the consequences;

 

I have learned that there are people who love you
But do not know how to show it;

 

I have learned that when I am upset I have the RIGHT to be so
But I do not have the right to be mean as well;


I have learned that true friendship continues
to exist even when great distances are involved
And that goes for true love too.

 

I have learned that, if somebody does not love you
the way you might want to be loved,

It does not mean they do not love you with all their heart.

 

I have learned that no matter how good a friend might be to you,
They will inevitably hurt you from time to time
And you will have to forgive;

 

I have learned that it is not always enough to be forgiven by others,
Sometimes you must learn how to forgive your own self;

 

I have learned that, regardless of how much you might suffer,
The world will never cease running because of your pain.

 

I have learned that the past and circumstances could alter your personality,
But it is certainly YOU to be held responsible for what you become;

 

I have learned that, if two people argue, it does not mean
they do not love each other,

As well as their not arguing would not prove that they subsequently

are in love.

 

I have learned that you should sometimes put the person in the first place
And not their deeds;

 

I have learned that two persons could be watching the very same thing
And perceive two totally different meanings;


I have learned that, in spite of any consequences,
Those who are fair and honest with themselves reach higher peaks in life;

 

I have learned that one’s life could be changed in only a few hours’ time
By people who might have never even known them;

 

I have learned that when you believe there is nothing more you could offer,
You will always find the strength to help a friend who in need.

 

I have learned that writing, Just like speaking,
Could soothe your inner pain.

 

I have learned that the ones you hold dearest
Are taken away from you far too soon…

 

I have learned that it is far too difficult to realize
Where to draw the borders between kindness, not hurting the others
and firmly sustaining your ideas.

 

I have learned to love
In order to be loved in my turn.

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Defining Success: What is Your Greatest Accomplishment?

Defining Success: What is Your Greatest Accomplishment? | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"What is your greatest accomplishment? It’s a question without an easy answer. But maybe it’s not so much about where you’ve been as it is where you’re going."

"But keep this in mind: Your greatest accomplishment isn’t set in stone – your past doesn’t define your future. The future is out there for you to conquer – the road ahead is wide open and you’re in the drivers seat. When you think about your greatest accomplishments, think about where you are today, think about being alive, think about all the good in your life and the good you can bring to the world around you."

"Whether your greatest accomplishment is finishing college or raising your kids, surpassing the legacy of generations before you or volunteering your time for the less fortunate. We all have something (many things) to be proud of. We all have a story to tell. Every one of these responses serve as reaffirmation that we are all inherently good people. People that strive to do more and be more for ourselves and for our communities." 

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Learn life lessons to improve your life

Learn life lessons to improve your life | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"There is divine beauty in learning... To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth."

"Yes, life has a way of teaching us lessons that we would never learn otherwise. Some of life’s lessons we would rather not have, some of what we learn we wish we did not have to, and that is exactly what makes life such an excellent teacher. Life has its own natural and logical consequences. If life was predictable and always in our control, how would we learn? Things do not often go as planned, despite our best intentions. the solace is, we can learn and grow from what life teaches us, no matter what!

 

So ask yourself everyday, “What have I learned?”

This simple question will help you:

*Have a focus on growth and self-transformation rather than seeing yourself as a finished product.

*Allow you to keep evolving as we are all works in progress

*Help you find lessons from everything you experience

*Make the best out of things and grow from the most difficult of circumstances

*Think of how you can make something positive come from a difficult lesson, even if this is one lesson you could do without learning!
*Make peace with the fact that sometimes you are on the “fast track” and other times you might feel more in the “remedial class” of life. We all learn at different rates. and the best part is – in the school of life there is no such thing as “staying back” even if you experience failure.Will help you focus on moving on a in a positive direction instead of measuring how far you “should have” come already.

*Make peace with the fact that sometimes lessons are learned the hard way."

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"Tim Tebow Law" Would Let Homeschooled Virginia Kids Play Public School Sports, Already Lets Columnists Complain About Too Much Choice - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

"Tim Tebow Law" Would Let Homeschooled Virginia Kids Play Public School Sports, Already Lets Columnists Complain About Too Much Choice - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"Sometime this week Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote on a lawwhich would allow the state's "tens of thousands of" homeschooled kids to play sports on public school teams; in fact it would prevent public schools from being part of any intramural-type organizations which barred the presence of homeschoolers.HB 947 is known to its friends as as the "Tim Tebow law" because the Denver Broncos quarterback was homeschooled in Florida, but played on his local school's football team after pushing for the bill which gave him permission to do just that. Said bill is expected to pass in in the State House, having already cleared the House Education Committee.


Fourteen states allow for homeschooled kids to play public school sports. Thirteen more allow kids to play with certain conditions attached."

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Transforming Lives through Social Entrepreneurship - Middlebury Magazine

Transforming Lives through Social Entrepreneurship - Middlebury Magazine | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"In her 40-minute presentation on January 26, Novogratz showed example after example of how social entrepreneurs in India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and other developing nations have used “robust business models with a humanitarian ethos” to transform people’s lives. They have brought electric light to people who otherwise depended upon kerosene lamps; they have built factories to manufacture mosquito nets to ward off malaria; they have created ambulance services so people could be transported to the hospital instead of the morgue."

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Transforming Lives through Social Entrepreneurship - Middlebury Magazine

Transforming Lives through Social Entrepreneurship - Middlebury Magazine | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
RT @jnovogratz: Middlebury launched its Center for Social Entrepreneurship - proud to be part of it http://t.co/0FX9bDfT...
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Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work | Other Side Group

Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work | Other Side Group | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
Infographic of the Week: Social Networking at Work http://t.co/M9rjMJSg...
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10 Tips for Building a Strong Online Community Around Your Startup

10 Tips for Building a Strong Online Community Around Your Startup | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
A solid social media community can be an enormous asset to any company, but don't expect to grow one overnight. Heed these 10 tested tips.
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What Motivates Successful Entrepreneurs? - Forbes

What Motivates Successful Entrepreneurs? - Forbes | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"I've seen pretty much every size, shape and flavor of entrepreneur over the past 20 years while living and breathing all things business.  Companies come and go.  They succeed and fail. Inevitably, the entrepreneurs that start these companies also come and go because, they too, succeed and fail. So what motivates successful entrepreneurs? Many I see move on to their next business, others take a break to lick their wounds, and still others seem to leave startup life permanently."

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexlawrence/2012/05/10/what-motivates-successful-entrepreneurs/

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How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

Why prestige is the enemy of passion, or how to master the balance of setting boundaries and making friends.

“Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.” But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrives at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living."

Read more: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/27/purpose-work-love/

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We’re All Entrepreneurs

We’re All Entrepreneurs | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"What is an entrepreneur? Inside all of us is the desire to do something great, to succeed, to have an impact. We're all entrepreneurs."

"Don’t get stuck on the “entrepreneur” label. Whether you’re running your own business, working a nine to five, or unemployed, the idea, the passion, and that burning flame that represents entrepreneurship and ultimately, the desire to do something great, is within us all.
 

We’re all entrepreneurs." 

http://www.lifewithoutpants.com/entrepreneurship/were-all-entrepreneurs/ ;

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#28 All the things you learned in third grade

#28 All the things you learned in third grade | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"Yes, we all started down the same school path but along the way our lives took different turns. Wide roads twisted into off-ramps, off-ramps broke into sidestreets, and sidestreets split into dirty little paths every which way until we all ended up where we are today. Life gets tricky and sometimes our day jobs feel so far away from everything we learned when we were young. But there’s something so sweet about the things we learned in third grade – about how they shaped our world and got us started on the same page. We started rolling down long lives of learning … but it all started when we all knew the same things:"
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http://1000awesomethings.com/2012/03/13/28-all-the-things-you-learned-in-third-grade/#comments

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Best motivational video ever for creative people and startups..

"Put forth the idea before it is late.. One of the best motivational videos.."

Remember when you were a KID? When you used to dream, believe and acted on your dreams? It's never too late.  You can still make things happen today!

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18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You

18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
Live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Work to excel, not compete. Listen to your own inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else.


This is the way to inspire people! This is how you can grow into the best version of YOU!

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Women are best at being social on social media

Women are best at being social on social media | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"She found that there is a consistent difference in how women and men express themselves in social media sites such as Facebook and blogs, with women tending to disclose more about emotional topics and write about these in a more expressive way, for example with more emoticons, kisses and unconventional typography.

 

Results of extensive study reveals gender divide in use of social media -- and how celebrities exploit social media to connect with their fans."

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Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of AWESOME

"Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome."

‎"There are times in life when you'll be tossed in the well, too with twists in your stomach and with holes in your heart. And when that bad news washes over you, when that pain sponges and soaks in, I just really hope you feel, you've always got two choices. One: You can swirl and twirl and gloom and doom forever. Or two, you can grieve and then face the future with newly-sober eyes." - Neil Pasricha, Author The Book of Awesome

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Parenting Advice That Also Applies to Entrepreneurship - Forbes

Parenting Advice That Also Applies to Entrepreneurship - Forbes | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"I've learned a lot about parenting from being an entrepreneur and vice versa. I detailed some of my lessons a few months ago here. I'ma big fan of crossover advice and transferable lessons."

"Don’t lose sight of who you are.

The experience of owning and running a business can be all-consuming – and so too can having a child. But be careful; don’t relinquish all of your other passions in the process of raising your child or business. Hobbies, friendships, career, your relationship with your partner and family – these are all components of a full life that inform and strengthen you as a person. Whether parenting your children or growing your business, don’t lose sight of yourself as a whole person and let a little balance win the day." 

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Greatest Parenting Inventions

Greatest Parenting Inventions | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

The greatest parenting inventions, likevaccines, Sesame Street, Cheerios, and Velcro, plus more cool (and must-have!) baby and kid stuff that make life easier for parents. Plus, meet some amazing mom inventors!

What's your favorite parenting invention? Read more: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/greatest-parenting-inventions?pnid=312140

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Study: Your Facebook Personality Is The Real You

Study: Your Facebook Personality Is The Real You | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it

"If you think you're different on Facebook than you are in real life, you've got some explaining to do.

A 2011 study from the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Psychology called "Manifestations of Personality in Online Social Networks: Self-Reported Facebook-Related Behaviors and Observable Profile Information" published in the academic journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking found that Facebook users are no different online than they are offline. The study also revealed strong connections between real personality and Facebook-related behavior. Social and personality processes, the study says, accurately mirror non-virtual environments."

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9 Best Practices for Social Networking in the Workplace

9 Best Practices for Social Networking in the Workplace | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
To make sure you are putting your best digital foot forward, follow these nine easy steps for workplace social networking.
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Social Networking Stats and Trends From Around the World | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog

Social Networking Stats and Trends From Around the World | Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog | Parenting, Advocating and Change-making | Scoop.it
Social Networking Stats and Trends From Around the World - infographic Social Media (RT @shawnaseigel: RT @getelastic Social Networking Stats and Trends From Around the World http://t.co/OmSKlfVU...)...
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