Sunday, January 31, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do

Tony Robbins makes it his business to know why we do the things we do. The pioneering life coach has spoken to millions of people through his best-selling books and three-day seminars.

Validation

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference

Zig Ziglar teaches people all over the world the fundamentals of sales and success. Here he tells a story of a woman with a negative attitude who hated her job, shifted her attitude and changed her life.

This video is from his Ziglar Inspire Podcast which I highly recommend you visit. Go here for more info.

Quote of the day

"Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."
- Jim Rohn

Monday, January 25, 2010

Richard St. John: Secrets of success in 8 words, 3 minutes

Why do people succeed? Is it because theyre smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.




Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and Rich: Spike's Guide to Success

Have you ever wondered what leads to success? Maybe you just need to be smart to succeed? Or you need to be great looking, or very lucky? Well, Richard St. John says those things don’t lead to success. And he should know. He spent 10 years researching success and interviewing over 500 successful people, from Martha Stewart, to actor Russell Crowe, to DNA discoverer James Watson, to the top people in many different fields. After analyzing and sorting all the information, Richard discovered the top 8 factors that are the foundation for success in any field. He also discovered that, contrary to popular belief, most successful people aren’t especially smart, good-looking, or lucky. They’re ordinary people, without special gifts, who achieve success by following the 8 factors. Richard himself is a good example. He says, "I could never figure out how an ordinary guy like me succeeded in business, won top awards and became a millionaire. So I started a little project to ask other people what led to their success, and somehow it grew into a 10-year journey of discovery that I’m thrilled I can now share with others." The story is in Richard’s new book, Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and Rich: Spike's Guide to Success, an easy-to-read analysis that gets beyond the clichés to distill what the world’s most successful people really do have in common.

About the Author

Richard St. John is an award-winning communicator. His design and photography work have appeared in prestigious publications such as Communication Arts. His corporate videos and scripts have won top international awards, and his marketing communications company, The St. John Group, has thrived for over 25 years. Richard is proof that if you do what you love, the money will come; he followed his passions and became a millionaire. In the area of sports, he has run marathons on all seven continents, with a personal best of 2:43, and climbed two of the world’s highest mountains, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. Richard thinks of himself as a "de-mystic." He spent his first career helping large companies de-mystify their technology so it was more understandable and approachable for their customers. Now, in his second career, and with the publication of his book Stupid, Ugly, Unlucky and Rich: Spike's Guide to Success
, Richard is de-mystifying the whole subject of success and making it easier for people to understand and apply in their own lives.

How to Build a Stronger Ego

There’s a notion that’s been spread around the spiritual side of the self-help field that suggests one of our primary aims in life should be ego-less enlightenment, a state where we achieve near-perfect inner peace, where we’re one with everything but attached to nothing, and where nothing in the physical world can knock us off balance.

In his interesting post: How to Build a Stronger Ego, Steve Pavlina suggests exactly the opposite, that we build a stronger ego. Some Character-building ideas, that he offers:

Honesty – See how honest and open you can make your character. Be honest in your dealings with others. Stop pretending and hiding who you are. Share yourself openly with the world.

Courage – Continually push yourself to face your fears instead of shrinking from them. This will give your character more options.

Exploration – Experiment. Learn by trial and error. Step into the unknown and learn by doing. Develop an ego that loves to dive in and explore new things.

Service – Tune your ego in the direction of serving others, such that the stronger your ego becomes, the more you push yourself to help people. Make service to others part of your identity.

Acceptance – When you accept yourself as having a strong ego, you’ll be more willing to accept other strong people into your life as well instead of feeling you need to attack the strong in order to justify your own weakness.

Discipline – Develop an ego that identifies itself with good habits like regular exercise and solid productivity.

Connection – Develop your social skills, so you can connect with others easily. Learn how to surround your ego with social support that helps to refine your positive character qualities while chipping away at your unwanted attributes.

Notice that since these are character qualities, they can’t be taken away from you. You may lose your possessions, job, relationships, etc., but your character qualities are yours to keep.

Quote of the day

"Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well."
- Lord Chesterfield

Sunday, January 24, 2010

David Blaine at TEDMED 2009

For the first time, David Blaine shares his story about breaking the world record for holding his breath. Simply amazing!

Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen!

Wear Sunscreen or the Sunscreen Speech are the common names of an essay actually called "Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young" written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997.



Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young
The original, by Mary Schmich - June 1, 1997

Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there's no reason we can't entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.

I encourage anyone over 26 to try this and thank you for indulging my attempt.Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Quote of the day

"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided."
- Tony Robbins

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Quote of the day

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do."
- Dale Carnegie