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    Happy National Book Lovers Day

    5 Reasons Why Reading is Good for Your Health:



    Did you know studies have shown that reading reduces stress by 68%? Reading is not just entertaining, but there are many other benefits such as: encouraging positive thinking, developing life skills, relaxing your mind, improving memory, focus and concentration.


    5 Reasons Why Reading is Good for Your Health:

  1. Encourage Life Goals - Reading about someone moving beyond obstacles can motivate you to meet your own goals

  2. Melt Away Stress - Reading can help you chill out and escape from the worries of the world

  3. Improve Sleep – Reading by your bedside with a dim light can help to calm your mind and body to get some shut eye

  4. Sharpen Memory - Reading creates mental stimulation which keeps your brain active and strengthens your attention span

  5. Boost Your Vocabulary – Reading will develop your verbal abilities, increase your vocabulary and improve how you express yourself



  6. ULTIMATLEY the more you READ, the more you GROW!
    Sit back relax, read and enjoy a good book, it will make your brain come alive. #NationalBookLoversDay #readinglist #summerreading #instagrammers #instadaily #instagood #growyour mind #readtogrow #readersidinstagram

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    About The Author : Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, lifestyle and transformation coach Georgia Woodbine shares her strategies for success. Widely known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker and a highly sought after trainer, she has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She has been a guest speaker at The Learning Annex, Jacob Javits Convention Center, 103.9FM, 98.7Kiss FM, Power 104.4FM, Sirius Radio XM, and featured in Daily News, Rolling Out Magazine, The Journal News and Amsterdam News. She has authored several books, including: How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul, Jewels of Inspiration and Reflections, How To Choose Your Career Path, How to Attract the Right Man into Your Life, Minute of Motivation, and has produced cutting-edge informational audio programs and workbooks, including: Make it Happen, Live By Your Design and How to Write the Book Inside You. She developed a curriculum based on her book How to Choose Your Career Path: Charting Your Success, and lectured at numerous school districts and colleges to help prepare students with employment tools and life skills. In love with life, she enjoys being an empowerment advocate for others to find their true purpose. She continues to capture her audiences with her message of hope, inspiration and the power of intention. Her passion continues to touch countless souls in their pursuit of happiness.

    Article also appeared on NYC Black online at http://www.nycityblack.com/health-care-starts-true-axiom/ NYCityBlack’s mission is to provide the African-American community an online resource which will help promote the growth of Black-Owned businesses and community organizations, and encourage the support for African-American events.

    Georgia Woodbine is a member of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC) New York State’s largest African American Chamber of Commerce and LIAACC is a member of the US Black Chambers, Inc. Georgia Woodbine is a past honoree of the prestigious Unlock Your Dreams Awards Conference.

    To purchase your book (s) today or to view Georgia Woodbine’s entire catalog of products and services log on to her website today at http://www.georgiawoodbine.com/shop/.

    For information about her next book signing, review copies, or interviews please contact Daniel Perito at 914-779-4355 or email us at gwoodbine@yahoo.com Visit www.georgiawoodbine.com

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    BLACK BUSINESS—The Little Engine That Could Change America

    by Phil Andrews


    Certainly the Small engine that could change America”. As I write this article, the story of John H. Johnson Founder of Jet and Ebony Magazine served as a fantastic inspiration for writing “The Little Engine that could Change America” article today.

    In a book about the life of Mr. John H. Johnson, titled Succeeding Against the Odds, I learned that if you develop people self-interest they will develop your self-interest. He inspired me to a life of service to others, and I am forever grateful of his impact on my life.

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    Mr. John H. Johnson life served as a fantastic inspiration to not only to Blacks, but to all Americans. He was a man of humble beginnings that borrowed $ 500.00 dollars from his mother to start a 500 Million Dollar business empire, at a time when conditions were harsh for Black Americans.

    Madame C. Walker gave us a glimpse in how to get started on our path to financial empowerment when she stated we often get our best start when we push ourselves, and a start is often is what is needed to get us on the road to financial achievement.

    S. B. Fuller is another financial giant that who became a millionaire in the height of segregation. He once said that his mother told him that they lacked what they needed because his father did not have the desire for achievement.

    He learned a valuable lesson which is known as the Secret of the Ages—when you have desire, you are not starting with nothing. Desire is that starting point of all achievement. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, but with desire you already have riches with your reach if only you learn to turn your desire into a magnificent passion.

    Blacks in America have a tremendous amount of persistence and resiliency. We are one of the most educated people of the world and our earning power is greater than some countries in the world.

    I have made a determination to focus my life in the area helping Blacks advance in the area of Economic Empowerment. I stand on the shoulders of such fantastic business tycoons such as Mr. John H. Johnson, Reginald Lewis, Earl Graves, Robert Johnson, A. G. Gaston, Madame C. J. Walker, and S. B. Fuller, just to name a few.

    I was inspired by another fantastic businessman Mr. Percy Sutton. He stated that the reason for lack of business development was that many blacks did not grow up in a culture of business.

    I am grateful for the gains that we are achieving in the area of business development, and I believe that future generations will benefit from the life work of these and the untold heroes that are advocates for Black Business Development. I was inspired by Mr. Percy Sutton quote: “I believe that anything is possible if one has access to people of ability and capital. All of his life he had been exposed to people of ability, but sometimes lacked the capital.

    His quote inspired me to go into the Haircut Barbershop Franchise by finding people of ability to work together, and combining capital.

    The Corporation we formed Nguzo Saba Inc. went on to open multiple Haircut Hut Barbershop Franchises for well over a decade. I am indebted to Mr. Percy Sutton for the wisdom that he imparted in one page in a book written by Mr. Robert H. Adams titled 15 Years of Minority Business Development.

    I also give thanks to Mr. Robert H. Adams, Publisher of Economic Forum Minority Business Review for featuring me in the same book along with such giants as Mr. Percy Sutton.

    With the proper utilization of such websites as Unity-movement.com Black Americans increase their capacity to be the Large Engine could transform America through tapping into their unused potential. We have many African American leading Fortune 500 companies and they are training the next generation of leaders to continue to build on the economic gains we have made in America.

    Black Power will continue to grow to new heights and levels in the years to come in America. I am excited to be witness such gains, and remain steadfast in doing my part to change the economic landscape of America.

    Phil Andrews is the President of Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. located online at www.liaacc.org


    Phil Andrews
    President
    Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (LIAACC)
    www.liaacc.org
    info@liaacc.org
    347.475.7158
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    Millennials: Plan For Retirement Now Or Pay The Price Later

    Millennials are a stressed out generation.


    A study by the American Psychological Association reported that the group of Americans in their early 20s to late 30s came in at a 5.4 stress level on a scale of 1-10, higher than the American average of 4.9.

    Among the things keeping them up at night are predictions of being the first generation that will be less well off than their parents – and that includes retirements that potentially will be less secure. No longer do millennials have the pensions to look forward to in retirement like their parents and grandparents before them, and no longer do they have the confidence that Social Security will help at least supplement some of their retirement income.

    “Every generation has had its own set of trials and adversaries to conquer,” says David Rosell, financial professional and author of Keep Climbing: A Millennial’s Guide to Financial Planning (www.DavidRosell.com.) “However, today’s generation of young adults faces a uniquely challenging environment. And saving money for retirement is a luxury that many just can’t afford.”

    Rosell goes on to say that sometimes millennials have to struggle for a while in order to acquire a sound financial foundation for the future.

    He offers some tips to millennials for improving the odds their retirements will be a little more stress free:

  • Start saving and investing early. If it’s true that the early bird catches the worm, it’s certainly true that the early investor catches a sound retirement. If you start investing $2,000 a year for seven years in an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) at the age of 19, you could be a millionaire by age 65. While it might not be practical for most 19 year olds to invest $2,000 a year, Rosell says, the point is that making sacrifices and saving or investing money early makes life much easier down the road.

  • Be patient, it’s a long road ahead. Patience isn’t always the word that comes to mind when we think about millennials. However, if you are working your first or second full-time job, and beginning to put money into investment accounts, you need to remember that retirement is a long way down the road. “The current stock market volatility can be a very emotional time for investors,” Rosell says. “But the worst move one can make in the middle of such turbulence is to bail. Many investors abandon long-term strategies for the presumed safety of cash. But Millennials have time on their side to be patient with their investments.

  • Don’t be your own worst enemy. Obtaining guidance from a financial advisor can help millennials live the life they imagined during their working years and once they retire. The economy will go through ups and downs during your lifetime, but having a financial professional to guide you can improve your financial future and keep you from making some common, costly mistakes.

    “There is no greater value than peace of mind when it comes to your investments,” Rosell says. “The time for millennials to start thinking long term is now before they get too far along in their career and realize they are going to have to start playing catch-up.”

    About David Rosell
    David Rosell (www.DavidRosell.com), author of Keep Climbing: A Millennial’s Guide to Financial Planning and Failure is NOT an Option, is a sought-after speaker who has addressed international audiences including the Million Dollar Round Table. He is a recipient of the Retirement Distribution Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and has been featured on NPR and FOX Business News. His company, Rosell Wealth Management, was a select finalist in 2008 for the management of the $500 million Oregon 529 College Fund. He is the past chairman of the Bend, Ore., Chamber of Commerce, the City Club of Central Oregon and his Toastmasters chapter. With a current tally of more than 65 countries on four different continents, Rosell has a love of extreme travel and adventure.

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    (BPRW) South Florida Company Thanks African-American Achievers during 25th Anniversary Celebration

    Philanthropic Impact from Annual Awards Ceremony Totals More Than $560,000


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    (Black PR Wire) Five South Floridians were recently honored during the 25th anniversary of the African-American Achievers awards ceremony, sponsored by JM Family Enterprises and its subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus. In recognition of this year’s milestone and the continued efforts of all of the African-American Achievers to improve the quality of life in their communities, JM Family made a contribution of $25,000 to the three South Florida-based Urban League chapters.

    “Through the African-American Achievers awards, we say thank you to unsung heroes for their accomplishments and contributions to South Florida,” said Colin Brown, president and CEO of JM Family. “As we celebrate 25 years of this special program, we are grateful for the dedication of our past and present honorees. Their continued determination and selflessness is an inspiration to our community and the next generation of leaders making a difference.”

    Created by the company’s founder and automotive legend Jim Moran in 1992, the African-American Achievers awards has recognized 152 individuals and contributed $564,000 on their behalf to approximately 130 unique non-profit organizations throughout South Florida. This year’s special donation to the Urban League will help the organizations continue their work in the South Florida community.

    "We are grateful to have a strong partnership with JM Family Enterprises and thank them for providing such a generous gift to the three Urban League affiliates in South Florida,” said Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. “Their support will help us continue our collective mission of empowering communities and changing the lives of children and families in South Florida."

    Also part of the evening’s festivities, South Florida high school senior Phabie Jean received the 2017 Jerome Edmund Gray Youth Achiever Award. The first Youth Achiever was named during the 1996 African-American Achievers awards. This year the 22nd exceptional student was awarded with this honor, which was named in memory of 1995 African-American Achiever Jerome Edmund Gray, Esq., and includes a four-year, needs-based scholarship to Florida State University.

    The 2017 honorees are:

    Tarell Alvin McCraney – Arts & Culture
    Shaun M. Davis, CPA – Business & Entrepreneurism
    Enid Curtis Pinkney – Community Service
    Anthony Lockhart, Ed.D. – Education
    Phabie Jean – Youth Achiever

    For full bios of the honorees and to learn more, visit africanamericanachievers.com or check out the African-American Achievers Facebook page.

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    INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

    by Dr. Tasha Eurich


    The key to a better relationship? More insight! At a time when where the political stage has turned into the set of a reality TV show, and narcissism and self-delusion are all around us, the topic of self-awareness is more relevant than ever. Organizational psychologist Dr. Tasha Eurich’s INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life (Crown Business; May 2017), is all about how to resist the powerful "cult of self" that's sweeping our society and thrive in an increasingly unaware world.

    Even though 95 percent of the population fancies themselves as self-aware, one need not look far to know that this is likely wishful thinking. More often than not, when we think we know the answers to the questions “Who am I, really?” and “How do others really see me?,” we are, in fact, dead wrong. Because, as it turns out, the mere act of analyzing ourselves doesn’t mean that we actually understand ourselves—and it’s even more different than understanding how we come across to the people around us. Think about the many examples: The tone-deaf college student who drops out of school to become a singer. The thrice-divorced spouse who’s convinced that the end of each marriage was their ex’s fault. The narcissistic friend-of-a-friend who posts seventeen times a day to Facebook—and truly believes that people are interested in what she ate for breakfast. In today’s world, despite the critical role self-awareness plays in our success and happiness, it’s unfortunately a remarkably rare quality.

    INSIGHT is for anyone who wants to make the leap from self-blindness to self-insight, and in turn reap the rewards of smarter choices, stronger relationships, and a better life.

    What we might not realize is just how critical self-awareness is to our survival and success—at work, in our relationships, and in life. There is strong scientific evidence that people who know themselves (and understand how others see them) are happier. They make smarter decisions. They have better personal and professional relationships. They raise more mature children. They’re more creative, more confident, and better communicators. They’re less aggressive and less prone to lying. They’re better performers at work who get more promotions. They even lead more profitable companies. Need we go on?

    "Self-knowledge is key to a happy life, but it can be hard to know ourselves. It’s easy to get distracted by the way we wish we were, or what we think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what’s actually true. In INSIGHT, Tasha Eurich shines a spotlight on people who have managed to gain insight into themselves, and she suggests groundbreaking strategies and tips for seeing ourselves clearly. This book is a powerful resource for anyone seeking to live a happier, more successful life." - Gretchen Rubin, NY Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project, and Better Than Before

    About the Author
    Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, New York Times bestselling author (Bankable Leadership). She is also the founder of The Eurich Group, where she’s helped thousands of leaders and teams improve their effectiveness through greater self-awareness. Dr. Eurich has contributed to Entrepreneur, CNBC.com, and The Huffington Post, and has been featured in outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Inc. She’s been named one of Denver Business Journal’s ”40 Under 40” as well as a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, and in 2015 she was named a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association. Her TEDx talk has been viewed more than a million times.

    INSIGHT: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life


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    Creating a Life That Matters

    by Pete Bissonette


    Does your work give your life meaning?

    I’m not asking whether you are happy, but whether your life has meaning.

    A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology examined attitudes toward happiness and meaning. It showed a meaningful life and a happy life overlap in certain ways, but are ultimately different.

    “While happiness is an emotion felt in the here and now, it ultimately fades away, just as all emotions do,” wrote Emily Esfahani Smith about the study in The Atlantic. “The amount of time people report feeling good or bad correlates with happiness but not at all with meaning. Meaning, on the other hand, is enduring. It connects the past to the present to the future.”

    Another study confirmed this, she said. “People who have meaning in their lives, in the form of a clearly defined purpose, rate their satisfaction with life higher even when they were feeling bad than those who did not have a clearly defined purpose.”

    Giving your work meaning can be a simple shift in perspective, as it was for me.

    Back in the 1990s the focus of our company, Learning Strategies, was to sell more audio programs and enrollments. We were sales oriented as were most companies.

    Then we switched our mindset from selling to helping more people experience their potential, and two things happened. First, I felt more fulfilled and happier, and second, our business grew significantly. The level of meaning in my life increased considerably as did the success we enjoyed.

    My colleague Stewart Emery and his co-authors of the book Success Built to Last interviewed two hundred of the world’s most successful people and uncovered the same experiences.

    “Above all else, no matter where they have chosen to excel—in business, the arts, sports, social service, community, or family—each has achieved success by focusing on the things that matter most to them,” he said.

    “Enduringly successful people follow their hearts, aligning their thoughts and actions with their passions,” said Stewart. “They become energized by their work and stay on purpose and committed in the face of setbacks and challenges.”

    I couldn’t agree with him more. During our company’s long-term success, there have been some extremely difficult times. But as long as we held fast to our vision to serve others, we really never had to worry. It fueled everything we did.

    To create a life that matters to you, consider the following:

  • What gives your life meaning? What brings you the greatest joy? Loving what you do and who you are is the greatest motivator for building lasting success. Just shifting our company focus from sales to impacting people, gave me and our staff meaning, and it continues twenty years later. Is there a shift like that you can make?


  • Are your thoughts toxic or supportive? Are negative thoughts and self-doubt or the criticism of others drowning out that voice inside of your head—that whisper or “silent scream” telling you what really matters? Learn to responsibly manage your thoughts in ways that keep you on track to your goals, despite obstacles or burdens you will undoubtedly face.


  • Are you taking action? What are you doing to bring you closer to your goals or attract into your life people and activities that will support you? While meaning drives success, meaning without action will get you nowhere.


  • When you align your thoughts and actions with what gives your life meaning, you magnify your passion and impart greater clarity to your purpose than ever before.

    Pete Bissonette is author of the forthcoming novel, Breakfast Tea & Bourbon, where living a meaningful and joyous life weaves through the story. He is the president of Minneapolis-based Learning Strategies, a personal development training and publishing company founded in 1981. For more about his novel, please visit: http://www.breakfastteaandbourbon.com/


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    Is It Past Time To Reprogram The Software In Your Brain

    We all fall into habits and routines – it’s the nature of being human.


    But even when you realize your daily behaviors are inhibiting you from achieving your goals, that doesn’t mean you can just vow to change one day and all will be well.




    “Every single behavior that you demonstrate – good, bad or ugly – is actually run by your unconscious mind,” says Carol Talbot, a keynote speaker and author of YOU The Divine Genius (www.Youthedivinegenius.com). “So if you want to change a behavior, you can’t do it by willpower alone. You have to get into the unconscious mind and change it there.”

    She likens it to running a new program on a computer. First, you need to install the program – or at least upgrade the existing software.

    Here’s why: Research indicates that the unconscious mind is running you on its auto pilot 95 percent of the time, Talbot says.

    “That means the conscious mind provides 5 percent or less of our cognitive activity during the day,” she says. “So even when you think you’re consciously making a decision, you’re not. You are operating from pre-existing programs running at the unconscious level.”

    The good news, Talbot says, is you really can reprogram the “software” in your brain. But she cautions that unlearning a lifetime worth of habits is no simple feat.

    “A lot of the thoughts and attitudes rumbling around in your brain were probably programmed during childhood, which means they’re out of date,” she says. “It’s also likely that many beliefs that guide your life aren’t even your own. They were adopted from your family, culture or heritage.”

    There’s a lot involved in unbinding those ties to the past, but Talbot offers a few tips to point you in the right direction.

  • Understand that belief creates experience. People often think that experience is what leads to beliefs, but it’s actually the other way around. Your beliefs shape your destiny. For example, if deep down you believe you’re not good enough to accomplish something, then that belief will create the reality. “It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Talbot says. “So when was the last time you examined your beliefs? Are they outdated and only supporting a limited view of what’s really possible for you? Maybe it’s time to choose your own beliefs rather than operate from those passed down by your ancestors.”

  • Be the cause for all the effects in your life. Life is a chain reaction of causes and effects. Everything that happens was caused by what happened before and is the effect for what will happen next. “Some people seem stuck on the ‘effect’ side of life, bemoaning their bad luck,” Talbot says. “Others habitually think of themselves on the ‘cause’ side of life, always doing and achieving things.”

  • Your words say more than you realize. The way we share and express our thoughts and beliefs is through language. And the language we use makes a huge difference, Talbot says. “You can change the language you use every day to label people, events, situations and circumstances in your life,” she says. “As soon as the label you put on them changes, your experience and perception of the person, the event, the situation or the circumstance also change.”

  • “Once you realize you’re creating your life as you go along, it gives you the power to change,” Talbot says. “You can choose to pay attention to different things, interpret experiences differently, feel differently and act differently.”

    About Carol Talbot
    Carol Talbot (www.caroltalbot.me), author of the soon-to-be-released book YOU The Divine Genius, is a keynote speaker who has delivered inspiring messages to corporations and conferences in more than 20 countries. She is a Certified Master Trainer of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), a Certified Trainer of hypnosis and a Certified Master Trainer of Time Line Therapy. In addition, she is a Master Firewalk Instructor, firing up teams and groups to walk across burning hot coals. Talbot also is the Amazon bestselling author of Hitting the Wall … and Breaking Through.


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    A 4-Step Process For Making Kindness An Everyday Habit In 2017

    Even Lady Gaga Says It’s The Right Thing To Do


    When Lady Gaga recently told her fans that kindness – not wealth and fame – is what creates harmony in the world she may have been on to something.

    Research has shown that being kind makes us happier and also is contagious, inspiring others to be kind as well. For example, one such study published in the Journal of Social Psychology linked performing acts of kindness to an increase in life satisfaction.

    That’s why as people make their resolutions for the coming New Year, they should make up their minds to commit purposeful acts of kindness every day, says Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global), a kindness activist and author whose latest book is Watch Your Delivery.

    “Making kindness a habit changes lives – your own life and others,” van Rij says. “I believe we’re born with innate kindness, but we’ve just forgotten about it because we’re always running. We’re just too busy doing other things and we need to remind ourselves to be kind.”

    She says we as a society have dropped the ball on human kindness and it’s time we picked it back up.

    “I truly believe that we are all born with innate kindness, but then the hand that feeds us or the environment makes us abandon it pretty fast,” van Rij says. “By the time we are 5, we have learned to compete and to strive for success. It’s time for a new measuring stick for success.”

    She says by following a four-step process, people can put a little more kindness in the world and quickly fall into the habit of committing kindness every day:

  • Be kind to yourself. It’s hard to have the patience to be kind to others if we can’t even take the time to be kind to ourselves. “This might seem selfish, but it’s not,” van Rij says. “By being kind to ourselves, we shape our attitude toward others.”


  • Answer rudeness with kindness. This one is difficult, van Rij acknowledges. “When someone is rude to you, the first thing you do is instantly react and not always in a positive way,” she says. “And the second thing you do is say it’s about me. They were nasty to me.” But van Rij says it’s not about you, it’s about the emotion. By answering rudeness with kindness, you diffuse the situation and there’s also a certain satisfaction in seeing the change in the attitude of the person who was rude.


  • Watch your delivery. The tone that accompanies your words is as important as what you are saying. Do you need to soften your tone? Does what you say sound more aggressive than what you mean? Body language also can send a message you didn’t intend, so be aware of your body language and your facial expressions.


  • Acknowledge kindness when you see it. When you acknowledge the kind acts you see, that person will be encouraged to continue to spread kindness. Acknowledging kindness in others also will serve as a reminder to you about how you can show kindness.


  • “Unfortunately, one of the reasons we don’t always treat each other well is that we are a fear-based society, and fear only breeds more fear,” van Rij says. “But luckily there is an antidote because just as fear breeds more fear, I believe kindness grows more kindness.”

    About Gabriella van Rij
    Gabriella van Rij (www.gabriella.global) is a speaker, author and activist whose latest book, Watch Your Delivery, explores how we often fail in communicating. She began her life as an orphan in Pakistan, and today is a frequent guest on TV and radio. She also is the author of I Can Find My Might and I Can Find My Might. I Can Find My Might.


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    Three Leadership Lessons From “The Boss” By Mario Moussa and Derek Newberry


    If you want to learn invaluable lessons about leading people, you don’t need to look any further than Bruce Springsteen's recently published memoir, Born to Run. This is a rock star with substance. He can help raise your game, whether you are an entrepreneur, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or – dare we say it? – a politician campaigning to run the most powerful country in the world.

    They call him “The Boss” for a reason. Springsteen knows how to launch a start-up operation from scratch, assess his strengths and limitations with bracing honesty, and create an inspirational vision. He’s known for his ability to speak to the American worker, but he has plenty to teach business and political leaders, too. Here’s three important lessons:

    1. Experiment With Your Passion

    It happened in a record store, when Springsteen saw “THE HAIR.” It adorned the four mop-top musicians on the cover of Meet the Beatles. He embraced the look -- a vision, if you like, in business terms -- and decided to create a band in the mold of the Fab Four. But the Boss wasn’t made over night. As with any startup, it took years of hard work and experimentation for Springsteen to become a household name.

    Early in his "launch" phase, he dedicated himself to two basic tasks. He honed his craft and built a team.

    Springsteen learned to love performance at the local YMCA, where, as a young Catholic-school boy, he had the rare opportunity to do the Twist with public-school girls. But soon he found his true calling as a rock-and-roller and learned how to let his fingers do the dancing on the frets. He was nothing if not disciplined, memorizing the licks of the best guitarists on the local scene and practicing until his “fingertips were as hard as an armadillo’s shell.”

    A rocker needs a band, of course, and Springsteen searched for years until he found the musicians who together could tell his distinctive story. The unflagging effort produced a group that ultimately included guitarist Steve Van Zandt, saxophonist Clarence Clemmons, and the other artists who had just the right mix of sound, talent, personality, and image.

    Sure, Springsteen had something to say, but he experimented, made mistakes, regrouped, and worked like crazy for years before he learned how to communicate it. Take note, would-be leaders: there are no short-cuts to realizing your vision.

    2. Know Thyself

    Ancient philosophers and successful rock stars know how important it is to “know thyself.” For Springsteen, that meant acknowledging he didn’t have much of a voice. He realized that, for him “to sell you what you’re buying,” he would have to do it all: “write, arrange, play, perform and, yes, sing to the best of my ability.”

    Like Springsteen, management expert Jim Collins has learned that great leaders “confront the brutal facts.” For example, mutual fund tycoon Charles Schwab, who is dyslexic, recalls of his college days: “Some of the most brilliant people at Stanford . . . had no clue about how to get out of a wet paper bag socially. In my case, I knew I wasn’t that smart, in English anyway. But I’ve always felt that I had very strong conceptual abilities. I could imagine things much faster than some other people who were stuck thinking sequentially.” Springsteen, for his part, recounts that his “vocal imperfections” only inspired him to work harder on his writing and performing.

    We all operate to some degree with what psychologist Shelley E. Taylor calls “positive illusions.” In other words, we think we’re just a little more talented than we actually are, and usually this self-deception helps us get by. But it is counter-productive if you want to perform at the highest levels. As Springsteen observes, “the sound in your head has little to do with how you actually sound.” For him, a tape recorder served the function of a “bullshit detector.”

    To be your best – as a communicator or team leader -- you’ll need your own detector.

    3. Become the Person You Want to Be

    In a recent interview, NPR’s Terry Gross asks Springsteen if he ever thought about the fact that “many people really wanted to be you.” He responds: “I had plenty of days where I'd go, "Man, I wish I could be that guy."

    Is Springsteen admitting to being inauthentic on stage? Hardly. He is recognizing that a performance of any kind is all about being on stage. When you run a meeting, deliver a speech, or give feedback, you are on stage, performing. In other words, it takes discipline – professionalism and commitment – to communicate and connect; it involves consciously playing the right role, whether it be rock star, business leader, or president. Yes, you have to “confront the brutal facts about yourself,” but then you have to work with your limitations to get people to buy into your vision.

    GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt once said: “Leadership is an intense journey into yourself.” Born To Run is an account of one such journey, which led Bruce from Colts Neck, New Jersey to becoming “The Boss.” We would be thankful if all of our leaders – corporate as well as political – were willing to walk a similar path.

    Dr. Mario Moussa and Dr. Derek Newberry are the authors of Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance. Dr. Moussa teaches in the Executive Programs at Wharton School of Executive Education. Dr. Newberry is a lecturer at the Wharton School. Connect with Dr. Moussa at www.moussaconsulting.com, and with Dr. Newberry via Twitter, @derekonewberry.


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    5 Ways to Regain Confidence & Courageousness When the Going Gets Tough

    Achievement Against-the-Odds: America’s leading expert on helping individuals live ‘the best season of their life,’ DeLores Pressley, helping others become bold, confident and courageous enough to break through barriers and overcome obstacles to achieve any professional & personal endeavor


     DeLores Pressley


    Plus-size modeling mogul turned international speaking industry powerhouse and author DeLores Pressley knows the pain and disappointment of rejection and judgements based solely on her appearance, both professionally and personally—she lived it time and time again. But, rather than allowing the numerous barrier-inducing critics of her plus-size shape define who she was, how she would live her life, and what measure of success and happiness she could achieve, DeLores chose to face what she regards as, “that cold winter season” head on, turning what others had deemed as challenges into the very assets that would help her realize tremendous success in all aspects of her life.

    Not only did DeLores embrace her appearance and excel as a plus-sized model, she was emboldened enough to help others do the same by becoming President of Dimensions Plus Model Agency—a firm representing over 100 models, placing them with premier fashion retailers such as Nordstrom, Lane Bryant, Just My Size, Dillard’s, and Liz Claiborne. And, she didn’t stop there as DeLores also became the founder of the Plus USA Women Beauty Pageant and Convention, providing an opportunity for hundreds of women to achieve the dreams she herself accomplished. She’s since established herself as a six-figure international speaker who has shared the platform with A-Listers the likes of OPRAH, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, and Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

    It’s abundantly clear DeLores has had the last laugh amid the glut of naysayers who would otherwise have cut her extraordinary “larger than life” success story far short based merely on her appearance. She learned to thrive in every proverbial “season” of her life despite the trials and tribulations that presented. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that untold millions of other women and men, alike, are suffering setbacks based on their own “limitations,” whether real or perceived.

     author DeLores Pressley


    “Life is best described metaphorically as continuously transitioning through each of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall,” DeLores notes. “Truly successful people are not those who try to avoid certain seasons, but rather are those who choose to embrace, overcome, and thrive as they seamlessly flow between seasons, regardless of how long or difficult each one may be. And, successful people don’t just overcome the difficult season of winter, but actually thrive during the harsh cold; they also blossom throughout the spring; reap a lush harvest during the summer; and adequately prepare for the fall and winter that inevitably follow. Such cyclical expectations and preparations are mindsets that are key to sustained and ‘against the odds’ success.”

    As America’s leading expert on helping individuals live “the best season of their life,” DeLores now teaches others how to be bold, confident and courageous—no matter what “season” they themselves are in—to overcome obstacles and excel.

    With this in mind, here are five tips from DeLores on how to be confident and courageous through every season of your own life:

  1. Fuel future successes with past achievements. It's easy to feel like a failure after a particularly harsh setback and even the most empowered of us can, at times, doubt ourselves. However, no matter where you are in your career or life, you have undoubtedly done something that has made an impact. For instance, I had a client who was having suicidal thoughts and I talked her out of being suicidal. This had a tremendous ripple effect as everyone positively impacted by her is a result of the conversation we had to keep her alive. If I’m not proud of anything else, I can be proud of that and realize if I’ve had one success I can have others. You need to take the same mentality. Not every past achievement needs to be as profound as saving a life but find those times you made a difference in the world and know that you can do it again.


  2. Regularly invest in "The Power of You." Do you ever get to the end of the day, week, month or even year and feel like you haven't accomplished anything? Chances are you've accomplished much more than you realize but without any tangible, physical evidence it can be difficult to bring those accomplishments to mind. A great way to create a visual bank of your accomplishments is to make deposits in what I call, “The Power of You Jar.” Every time you accomplish something or do something good, write it down on a slip of paper and put it in a jar. Watching that jar fill up is empowering. Then any time you’re feeling bad or doubting yourself, just reach into the jar and get that reminder of what you’ve already accomplished.


  3. Channel your inner prize fighter. You can learn a lot from boxers. They spend three minutes fighting each round and 60 to 90 seconds resting. During that time in between rounds they are getting refueled, receiving advice, and getting encouragement. They have a whole training team that is supporting them and speaking life into them. Could you imagine how disastrous it would be if their trainer said, “You're going to lose” or, “You should quit”? Any doubt during a fight could lead to a knock out. Yet we allow negative people in our corners all the time - people who are not encouraging and people who don’t help us. Is it any wonder we are getting knocked down? When channeling your inner prize fighter, it's important to not only come out of your corner swinging but when you're resting and rebuilding in between rounds, make sure the people with you are truly in your corner.


  4. Cease self-doubt with an actual "Stop" sign. If there's one piece of self-help advice you've heard ad nauseam, it's probably, "Don’t speak or think negatively." Wonderful advice but for many, it can be next to impossible to follow. Even if you've attended the most incredible motivational seminar or are pumped up from a motivational book or video, the principles you've learned and the changes you want to make often quickly fade in following weeks or months. An effective way to keep that motivational level up and to make those changes stick is to use visual cues. For instance, if you want to stop thinking negatively, get an actual stop sign - it doesn't have to be full sized, just big enough to be a reminder. Put it in your office, your bedroom, or wherever it needs to be visible. Then any time you are doubting yourself, you can SEE the stop sign and this will be the reminder to hit the brakes and get back on track.


  5. Don’t outsource your success. In an era where outsourcing is very popular, everything from manufacturing jobs to administrative duties are being outsourced. One thing you must not outsource is your success. If you have achieved something, surmounted an obstacle, or had any sort of triumph, take credit for it. If you find yourself saying, "It was nothing," or "I didn't really do much," people will believe it. This doesn't mean suddenly become a glory hog but it does mean take credit where credit is due. Allow yourself to be seen as successful and you will feel successful, too.


  6. Some “winter seasons” in your life will be more challenging than others. The best way to get through those inevitable cold, harsh days is to take stock and give yourself credit for what you've already accomplished, surround yourself with people who support you, stop negative thinking at its onset, and allow yourself to acknowledge and enjoy present, in-the-moment pleasures. Doing so will give you the motivation and fire you need to be confident and courageous to work through any difficult season.

    International Keynote Motivational Speaker, Executive Life Coach and Author DeLores Pressley is dedicated to helping people take action to launch bold, confident and courageous lives. She is the CEO of DeLores Pressley Worldwide and Founder of the Global Up Woman™ Network—a movement to empower and elevate women in business. She may be reached online at www.delorespressley.com. Those interested in her Speaker Success Summits specifically may reach her at www.launchlivesummit.com.


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    5 Ways to Simplify Your Day & Get More Done

    By Johan Gunnars, CEO & Co-Founder of Simpliday


    Nowadays, most kids—and maybe some adults—probably don’t recognize the old tradition of tying a string around your finger to remind yourself of something important. That’s because reminders, while still as valuable as ever, have evolved with technology (in most cases, for the better). However, even with all the tech options we have to help us remember things today, it can often still feel like daily life isn’t getting any easier or simpler. So where are we going wrong?

    The truth is that creating and using reminders is an art—and doing it well is the key to simplifying and empowering your day. Here are 5 ways to get more out of every reminder you make.

    1. Write it down
    Research shows that just by writing down your goals you are 42 percent more likely to achieve them. While many of us may have graduated from string tying to long, oftentimes meandering trails of Post-it® notes to take us from task to task, there’s definitely a better way. Put your notes where you’re always bound to see them, on something you carry around with you everywhere and check all the time: your calendar on your phone. That way, you’ll have a timely reference wherever you are, whenever you need it, and you’ll avoid wasting time or energy in the form of missed or duplicated tasks.

    2. Be specific
    How many times have you left yourself a note and been too vague for your own good? You might be trying to simplify things for yourself by taking the shorthand route to your reminders, but after a few days or weeks have gone by, there’s a good chance you won’t remember what an unclear note like “return call” was in reference to. Make things easier on yourself by doing the initial work to be as specific as possible—include location details, links, or attachments to relevant documents so your reminders are as helpful as possible. This tiny extra effort will simplify things for you and pay off in the long run.

    3. Share the love
    Sometimes teamwork is the best way to remember something important and get things done. Indeed, 70 percent of people who sent weekly updates to a friend reported successful goal achievement—and that’s compared to 35 percent of those who kept their goals to themselves! Whenever possible, share your reminders with other relevant parties; it will not only help keep your tasks top of mind, it will improve communication and collaboration which, of course, makes everything simpler.

    4. Don’t be too ambitious
    The keyword here is simplicity, and it’s important to be mindful of that when you’re planning your day. I’ve spoken before about the perils of multitasking, and the same is true of trying to pack too many reminders into one day. This is the reason syncing your reminders and calendar together is so important: having a visual representation of all the things you want or need to stay aware of will also help you to prioritize what’s most important; everything that can wait until another day, should.


    Establishing a routine is a great way to help us prioritize the things in our lives that need our attention. It’s the reason Steve Jobs infamously wore the same outfit every day—one less decision to make in a day full of intensive decision-making. However, we all lead complicated lives that can often blow our cherished routines into little bits. And that’s okay—as long as you’re prepared. Make sure to find a solution that adapts the way your life moves, and empowers you with the ability to easily move things around when you need to. That will help to ensure that you can easily get your routine back on track if it happens to be derailed.

    Reminders may seem like the perfect way to simplify and organize our lives, but we often make them ineffective by trying to do too much. After all, anybody who’s downloaded an independent reminder app—to go along with their calendar app, note-taking app, checklist app, and email app—knows the true cost of so-called organization. While these apps may all live on your phone, accessing and coordinating between them all can seem like a full-time job (and there’s nothing less simple or more stressful than that!). When it comes to the life-simplifying powers of reminders, remember this: they should help rather than hinder. These 5 tips will help ensure that your reminders live up to their potential.

    About the Author
    Johan Gunnars is an entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Simpliday—Meetings, Reminders & Email in One, a new iPhone calendar app allowing users to achieve a more organized and efficient life by bringing together meetings, reminders and email in one customizable, beautiful, user-friendly app. Gunnars experience in productivity, software, e-commerce, consumer electronics, among others, leads him to focus on how companies and products can make a difference while connecting to the overall vision and strategy. Gunnars is based in Malmo, Sweden. For more information about Gunnars and Simpliday, visit Simpliday.


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    Turning Off Stress By Inviting Tranquility And Inspiration In With The Simple Act Of Coloring


    Deerfield Beach, FL, July 7, 2016 - Just when a sympathetic heart seems like it can't take anymore, reach for something to help quiet the mind and ease the soul. Inkspirations coloring books for adults offer a way to turn off negativity while healing the spirit. Art therapy has long proven its effects as an aid in emotional and mental restoration, and it is not news that coloring as active meditation reduces stress and quiets thoughts. However, from the original publishers of Chicken Soup for the Soul now comes a line of coloring books ready to encourage, inspire, and help worries fade.

    Whether coloring with friends, family, or on your own, it doesn't take much to color your day a little brighter. With moving quotes alongside unique and graceful images, Inkspirations coloring books include a wide array of themes to help express creativity and enjoy therapy through coloring. To start overcoming heartache, releasing tensions, and building positive energy, readers can visit the new Inkspirations website, www.Inkspirations.com.

    The website is a reader's portal to a more colorful world, giving a peek at the wide spread of unique pages Inkspirations has to offer, and some highly anticipated releases.

    On coloring lists now:

    * Inkspirations in the Garden (June 2016)

    Anyone blessed with a green thumb knows that a garden is nature's haven, and when properly tended can transform a patch of ground into a place of splendor that abounds with intoxicating colors, scents, and wildlife. Inkspirations in the Garden celebrates gardens in all their glory, from images of delightful cottage gardens to well-manicured rose gardens, from lush tropical gardens to relaxing Zen gardens. The original designs feature exquisite floral patterns to color and customize, plus heartwarming scenes of loveable backyard critters, like ladybugs and bumblebees, and even the squirrels and rabbits who sometimes become our garden nemeses. Inkspirations in the Garden pays homage to those who make weeds into wonders and have been enriched by gardening's lessons about a life well-tended and nurtured. Please visit: http://amzn.to/21nxZQS

    * Inkspirations Animal Kingdom (June 2016)

    For coloring enthusiasts looking for inspiration, nature provides a dazzling array of colors and patterns – the bold black stripes on a tiger's back, the kaleidoscope of teals in a peacock's plumes, the fiery orange of a fox's coat, or the rainbow of colors in a macaw's feathers. Now you can add your own burst of color with Inkspirations Animal Kingdom, which showcases more than thirty beautifully detailed designs of a menagerie of animals large and small. Paired with inspiring quotes and heartfelt lessons we humans can learn from our animal counterparts, this book will uplift and inspire whether you are an avid colorist or an armchair explorer. For information, please visit: http://amzn.to/1Q6oUen

    Also see www.Inkspirations.com for:

    • Inkspirations for Women (March 2016)
    • Inkspirations for Recovery (February 2016)

    Coloring to come:

    * Inkspirations for a Happy Heart (June 2016)

    Sharing more than 30 original designs to make your own, plus motivating mantras to help you relax, unwind, and greet each day with renewed optimism and creative energy. Whether you're new to coloring or a gel-pen aficionado, you may have already admired the artistic creations of Diane Yi, whose stunning artwork has been shared, pinned, or colored around the world. With Diane's style of intricate details with exquisite flourishes, Inkspirations for a Happy Heart provides a perfect canvas that will inspire you to color your world a little brighter. Please see: http://amzn.to/28G4xLo

    * Inkspirations for Cat Lovers (July 2016)

    Cats are curious, regal, intelligent, and playful. They oblige us humans by allowing us to share our lives and hearts with them. Inkspirations for Cat Lovers celebrates the magic, mystery, and merriment of cats throughout the seasons, from Siamese to the Sphynx, Abyssinians to Persians, Maine Coons to calicos, and more. From long-haired to short-haired and everything in between, you will find more than 30 original designs that celebrate the many ways in which cats bring joy (and fur!) into our lives. Inkspirations for Cat Lovers is a fitting tribute to our whiskered companions who color our world brighter every day. Please see: http://amzn.to/1PuN3G7




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    Becoming A Sage: What Young Americans Can Learn From The Wisdom Of Their Elders

    "Courageous, transparent, and insightful. Here is a memoir of a different and delightful sort. From an early onset storyteller through challenges, successes, and failures, Sharon emerges as an elder who is aging consciously and positively—an authentic sage. Reading Sharon's memoir is like sitting with her, sipping tea, and being in the presence of incarnate wisdom and inspiration.” – Jack Williamson, chaplain, Colonel, USAF (Ret), co-facilitator, Boulder, Colorado, chapter of Sage-ing International


    Boulder, CO, April 29, 2016 - The force is with Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse in her latest book Becoming A Sage: Discovering Life's Lessons, One Story at a Time (HCI Books -- $15.95). As a framework for gaining wisdom, Wegscheider-Cruse reveals the secret elements that give power to becoming a "human 'being' rather than a human 'doing'.”

    "Sages are powerful and wise…Sages take their earned wisdom and manifest it in their outer worlds…”

    Confined into a two-part book, Wegscheider-Cruse generously offers lessons she has learned from her personal experiences from the early years to the golden years and ends with a finishing touch on the essentials of being a sage. This book is purposed to encourage everyone to reflect their own experiences, write them down and rather than ignoring them, share them over and over again. Becoming A Sage is a blueprint for the world to share their experiences. "When we have meetings of sages, imagine the wisdom shared!”

    In part one, Wegscheider-Cruse shares short, clipped memories of her own life journey—"the deep lows, the soaring highs, the mundane and the magnificent.” In a cozy storytelling manner, she builds a relationship with her readers as if they were her very own child. Each short story is accompanied with the lesson she learned from that moment in her life.

    "Transformation is the path to becoming a sage… We are never finished products; each time we add new learning to what we know, we become wiser…It is important that our stories do not wither and die with us.”

    Part two briefly and concisely defines what a sage is and how to become one. With nurturing precision, each sentence in part two offers clarity on how an individual fulfills their life's purpose. "Experience. Glean wisdom. Transform. Change... We transform as we fully experience life.”

    Highlights from the book of Sage qualities include:

  • Think clearly. They are not overwhelmed or scattered.
  • Work out problems. They don't stay stuck or confused.
  • Make decisions. They don't procrastinate or waver.
  • Make things happen. They know someday is now.
  • Influence events. They are leaders rather that followers.
  • Win the respect of others. They don't demand it.
  • Take charge of a situation. They don't wait needlessly.
  • Have a vision and carry it out. They don't accept current circumstances.
  • Be a force that unifies. They are creators, not destroyers.


  • The short stories, the lessons learned and the wisdom given in Becoming A Sage helps the reader to find tranquility as they examine their own life. This is a book to pay attention to for many generations to come, as wisdom is always timeless. This book will never leave the reader's bookshelf, and just might have sitting next to it a collection of the reader's own short stories and life lessons.

    About the Author:
    Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse is the founding Chairperson of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and founder of Onsite Workshops. She has brought hope and healing to millions as an author, counselor, trainer, consultant, and lecturer. She has written 18 books translated into 13 languages, and broke ground and fostered a movement with her works, Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic Family and Learning to Love Yourself. Sharon has traveled the world and developed programs in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada, and has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Larry King Show, as well as in multiple media events.

    Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441-5569 Becoming a Sage: Discovering Life's Lessons, One Story at a Time

    ISBN: 978-0-7573-1904-4
    $15.95
    February 2016


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    The 5 Secret Habits of Successful People

    by Regan Hillyer


    Successful people often get the question: “What is the secret to success?” Which is usually followed up by, “There is no secret to success, just work hard.”

    Although you do need to put in the work, there is a “secret” series of things that all successful people do in order to create massive results through every area of their life.

    It is true that success does not happen overnight. Instead, success is created through daily actions and habits that eventually compound over time, resulting in the outcomes that you desire. Where you are right now in your life is simply the sum total of all of your decisions and actions that have compounded, resulting in the life that you are living now.

    Too many people leave this world with dreams trapped within them, with goals they haven’t achieved and with regrets that they wanted to do more things that made them happy. If more people knew and applied the five secret habits of successful people, there would be so many more people who would be leading happier, more fulfilled lives!

    Regardless of whether you are in a job and want to quit your job, whether you desire to have long lasting relationships, if you are working on sculpting your ideal body, or whether you are looking to take your finances to the next level, these five secret habits of successful people are applicable to achieving success that you are looking to create in any area of your life.

    Secret Habit #1: Decide On What You Desire

    The first habit that successful people have when it comes to creating their success is that they always decide on what it is that they want. If you are not seeing the results you desire in your life right now, chances are, you may not have actually made a solid decision on exactly what it is that you want!

    The decision is not a vague one of “I want to create success” or, “I want to earn more money”. Instead, it is a decision of total clarity and detail. For example, the decision you may make look like, “I want to create an extra $40,000 in cash savings in the next 12 months starting from .”

    As a part of making the decision, successful people then also specify exactly how the result will be measured. For example, “I will know when I have achieved this goal of creating an extra $40,000 in cash savings because I can log into my internet backing on and see that the balance has increased by over $40,000USD or more since . Sit down right now and get completely clear on the decisions you need to make in every every of your life, in order to achieve what you desire. Don’t forget to also include how you are going to measure when the result is achieved!

    Secret Habit #2: Obsess Over What You Want

    Now that you have started creating the habit of deciding exactly what you desire to achieve in your life, the next habit to start creating is turning your focus to your desired result. In other words, begin obsessing about it!

    Your thoughts control your actions, which then control your results. If you can train yourself to think more regularly, precisely and vividly about exactly what you’ve decided that you desire, you will notice yourself taking more action daily. That will get you on the path to creating the results you’re after! It sounds easy, focusing your thoughts more on what you want… Yet, in the busy world we live in, people can find this quite challenging!

    Some great ways to trigger your thoughts to focus in on what you want, more regularly are below:

    Save your desired result or goal as a screensaver on your phone and on your computer. Trust me, you will glance at it often! As a result, you will trigger thoughts that get you thinking and obsessing over the goal that you desire. Set an alarm on your phone for every 2 or 3 hours and when the alarm goes off, simply think about what you desire. Get into the state of imagining what it will be like when you have already achieved your goal. The greater the emotional charge associated with connecting to the goal, the more thoughts you will have, and the more action you will take and the faster you will see results!

    Secret Habit #3: Remove Your Internal Blocks And Limits

    The next habit that all successful people know and understand they need to create is having the ability to work on their own success mindset. Everyone creates blocks and limits internally in their own mind, which can quickly bring their results and their success to a standing hold! Examples of internal blocks and limits that so many people deal with are: a lack of self belief, fears, negative self talk and self sabotaging thoughts.

    Remember from Secret 2 that your thoughts determine your actions which then determine your results and your level of success. So if you have negative thoughts that are creeping in while you are trying to focus on the goal that you decided on, it can dramatically slow down your results.

    Here’s what you need to know. It is normal to have internal blocks and limits. Regardless of how successful you are right now, you will still have internal blocks and limits pop up that you need to learn how to deal with. Many people believe that once you reach a certain level of success, you become bulletproof, and no longer deal with things like fear and self doubt. When really, it is the opposite. Often, there are more internal blocks as you’re making progress, but successful people are simply more practiced at overcoming the internal blocks and working out how to move through them.

    If you’re not sure if you have internal blocks and limits then understand this: If you didn’t have any internal blocks, then you would have everything you desire in your life already. The next time internal blocks and limits show up for you, the first key to overcoming them is to actually acknowledge them. Catch the fear or the negative self talk or the self sabotaging thoughts and recognize them as the blocks that they are.

    The next thing to do is to ask yourself, if I was to achieve the goal that I decided on, what is the worst thing that is going to happen? Be real with yourself here in assessing the situation. Fear for example, is created in order to keep yourself safe. Once you realize that you will still be safe when achieving your goal (even though it may still seem scary), you are able to move past the fear. You may still feel the fear, but not in a way where it blocks you and consumes you to the point of inaction.

    Make a list right now of all of the internal blocks and limits you have right now when you think about achieving your goal. Be aware of what comes up for you and make a note of this.

    For example, “I’m scared of how it’s going to happen”, is a fear.
    “I’m not sure that I can do it”, is self doubt.
    “Nothing I do ever worked out, why should I bother with this”, is negative self talk.

    Then start asking yourself, what’s the worst thing that’s going to happen and make a list of all of that. When you realize that the worst case scenario isn’t actually that bad, it will be much easier to move forward!

    Secret Habit #4: Shortcut Your Success

    Have you noticed that when successful people start doing something or say they’re going to do something, often it happens really fast for them? Now instead of sitting back and saying “Oh that’s just because they’re them.” Or, “They’re so lucky, everything always works out for them”, have you stopped to think that maybe they know something that you don’t?

    One of the biggest secret habits that successful people have is simply this: They understand and know how to shortcut their success and wherever they can, the find the fastest way to their desired goal. Successful people are always looking for the fastest way to get from where they are, to where they desire to be, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get there (we’ll talk about that next!).

    Have you thought about how it is that a successful person can go from one industry to another, without any prior experience in that industry and still get results? Or, they have great results training their body, and they also seem to have a great relationship and a profitable business? This is not happening by luck or chance, successful people are simply applying the same secret habit across various different areas of their life.

    Here’s how successful people shortcut their success:

    Successful people have a deep understanding of exactly where they currently are. Let’s call this Point A. They are real with themselves and the results they are currently receiving with where they’re at (good at bad!). Successful people are crystal clear on exactly where they want to be. Let’s call this Point B. They can see it, with total clarity and they understand why they want to be at that next level.

    Then successful people do whatever it takes to find the person who is at their Point B or, who have the strategy to get them to their Point B. What happens next is, successful people ask the person at Point B: How did they get there? What steps did they take? How did they condition their mindset? How did they overcome the blocks and the limits?. They then apply the knowledge and the strategy to their own life so they can accelerate their own results.

    Next time you look at a successful person, don’t assume they’re completely self-made. Successful people are very good at leveraging other people’s knowledge, results and experiences in order to accelerate their own results! For example, if a successful person decided to run a marathon for the first time, they wouldn’t just battle it out and hope for the best. They would find a training that specializes in helping people run marathons, or they’d find a marathon runner and take advice from them.

    Or, if they wanted to grow their income in their business from $100,000 per year to $500,000 per year, they would find the right business coach that either had the result, or had helped many people create the result that they desired, and they would learn from them. It’s a simple concept, but a well kept secret habit of successful people that you can easily apply in your own life right away! Sit down and make a list of all the people who you know who could help accelerate your results, or, all of the people that you could seek out and get to know that could help you reach your goals faster. Contact them, learn from them, and watch your success compound rapidly!

    Secret Habit #5: Take Massive Daily Action

    Last but certainly not least, one of the most important things that all successful people do is that they take massive action. Successful people decide what they want, condition their mind to obsess over it, move past their internal blocks and limits, short cut their success and then they take massive action, daily. If you cultivate the previous four secret habits but don’t get into a habit of taking massive daily action, you’ll find that your success won’t happen as quickly as you like.

    The key to this secret habit is that the massive action is taken daily. It is consistent, and it happens no matter what. Unsuccessful people tend to take massive action in bursts, in fits and starts and they do not condition themselves to take the action daily. Let's take going to the gym for example. If someone says, “I want to get fit lose 11 pounds” and they then take action and go to the gym, the action often looks like a 3 mile run that day. Bear in mind that they haven’t run or exercised in over a year and they wake up the next morning with their body aching, so much so that they don’t go back to the gym. Then, before they know it, it’s been a week since they went to the gym and they’re not seeing results.

    The successful person understands that their action needs to be daily. It needs to happen consistently so they ensure that they don’t burn out on day one or week one. Instead, the successful person would start just with half a mile and slightly increase the distance every day. This way, over time they had worked up to 3 miles, shifted the weight and had the desired result through taking massive action, daily. At the end of the day, successful people are just people, who have chosen to focus their time and energy on upleveling the results in their life. Now that you know the 5 secret habits of successful people, there is nothing stopping you applying these and becoming just as successful as the people you admire, if not even more successful!

    For more information, go to: www.reganhillyer.com


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    Three Ways Highly Successful People Define Success & How It Will Change Your Perspective

    So you ate that holiday cookie! Then what? By Susan Ford Collins


    Did you eat all the rest and abandon your diet? And have more the next day?

    Whether it's a cookie, a lost sale, or a bitter dose of negative feedback, the same result occurs all too often… one mistake and people tell themselves, “I can't. I quit.”

    Highly successful people aren’t perfect either, but the big difference is… they don’t expect to be! They give themselves permission to make mistakes and experience setbacks. Then, instead of spiraling down into lethargy and depression, they take a deep breath, figure out what they learned (like… when you’re famished, don’t stand next to a platter of cookies at a party! Post yourself near the veggies and cold cuts.) Then HSPs re-focus on their outcome and keep going.

    What successes have you had? And where do you store them?

    In a drawer, scrapbook or old cigar box? Here’s a secret I learned by observing Highly Successful People (HSPs) for 20 years. HSPs have a Success File in their memory, and on their Smartphone or computer. When they’re eating, driving, or relaxing in bed, they “rewind” to when they woke up and review the successes they had that day… and in past days. Heads up: Even when the world acknowledges you, you still have to Success File. You have to acknowledge yourself to experience The Joy of Success!

    Successes HSPs included were… ate a good breakfast, did my exercise routine, patiently called my child’s spelling words, responded to 8 phone calls and 23 emails… before I left for work. Wait! Those aren’t successes, you say. But for HSPs they are! They know their Big Successes came as the result of 1,000’s of tiny successes… like stopping to buy gas so they weren’t late for a deal-clenching presentation like the other guy! Why is remembering your successes so important? Because success in your past gives you confidence in your future… the self-confidence you need to keep going past setbacks and missteps.

    What is success? HSPs use a very different definition!

    For HSPs, success has three essential parts:

    1- Completion… The dictionary says success is accomplishing wealth, respect and fame. But for HSPs it’s far more. Lots of people accomplish lots and lots of things but still don’t feel successful. Why? Because feeling successful requires an extra step… self-acknowledging.

    2- Deletion… for HSPs, success has a vital second part. Success is knowing when enough is enough; when a job, relationship or method isn’t working and it’s time to stop; when you’re pushing too long and hard and you need to regain your health, relationships and balance.

    Heads up… When you notice the same incompletions occurring over and over, stop and ask yourself: Is this a goal I plan to complete? Or is this “a good idea” I have no real intention of completing? If so, it’s time to delete that “supposed goal” and substitute one you are committed to now.

    For HSPs success is also…

    3- Creation… using your accumulated knowledge and experience to break through to innovation, to new approaches, products and services. To new ways of living healthy successful lives.

    HPSs Success File all three parts of success. And you can too!

    They set aside a few minutes each day to ask themselves: What did I complete today? What did I give up or let go today? What did I realize and innovate?

    When your Success File is low, you feel needy and insecure.
    When your Success File is full, you feel Success-FULL. And FULL-Filled.


    So give it a go… list as many of the 1,000s of things you did today as you can. No judgments, just list them. And try doing it with a friend or partner who can spur you on!

    Susan Ford Collins is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and the founder of The Technology of Success. She began her career as a young researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a radical idea: to focus her research on healthy, highly successful people (HSPs) rather than dysfunctional ones. With more than two decades studying HSPs and two additional decades working with them, she now shares what she has learned about leadership and management. Susan and her husband live happily in their tropical Miami home, surrounded by lush gardens, koi ponds and an indoor/outdoor aviary filled with exotic finches.

    The Technology of Success book series includes:

    The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want, [New edition, Greenleaf Book Group Press, October 20, 2015]

    Success Has Gears: Using the Right Gear at the Right Time in Business & Life, [2014]

    Our Children Are Watching: 10 Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success, [2014]

    Find Susan on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, www.technologyofsuccess.com


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    Get Hip to The Business of Human Potential

    Melanie Dewberry


    Melanie Dewberry



    We often neglect our own emotional and spiritual well-being in order to excel in other areas in our life with the year slowly winding down it is easy to feel disparaged and apathetic towards work or school. Melanie Dewberry is a life coach who puts emphasis on the importance of a person’s personal and spiritual growth. This enlighten soul is a life coach, public speaker, and “soul-namer,” who speaks to audiences across the world.

    DewBerry spends her days coaching future “purposepreneurs,” as she likes to refer to those who seek her advice. In her sessions, she instills courage, soul resonance, and even some financial tips to help people who have lost their way in life. “Undeterred, wildly intuitive, evocative, aha breakthroughs” are some choice words used to describe her sessions with past clients.

    Melanie DewBerry specializes in “Soul Naming,” which she says is similar to a brand for the soul. She encourages claiming one’s identity and exercising our genius. Soul Naming is her method of connecting to a poetic, straightforward, higher consciousness. In her soon-to-release book, “The Power of Naming, “ DewBerry guides readers on their spiritual path, integrating their spiritual consciousness into their work and their being, while teaching them to live on purpose.

    DewBerry is also an accomplished public speaker whose down-to-earth approach opens doors to applicable conversations on consciousness in business and life. She has been a featured speaker for TEDx conferences, University seminars, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and several other business and self-help engagements.

    If you would like to learn more about Melanie Dewberry, visit her on her website www.melaniedewberry.com.


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    The Success Quiz - Learn the Answers from Highly Successful People

    Susan Ford Collins


    Success Quiz: Are You Using All 10 Success Skills… At the Right Time?

    Most people complain about not having enough time, but the truth is most of us spend time doing things that don’t matter to our success. What does?

    Take a few minutes to complete this Success Quiz. Then I will share with you how Highly Successful People (HSPs) answered these questions…

    1. How often do you acknowledge yourself for what you accomplish?
    Circle one:   daily   weekly   monthly   annually

    2. How often do you fall asleep thinking about what you didn’t get done or you’re afraid will happen?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    3. Are you able to maintain your confidence when obstacles and failures confront you?
    Circle one:  rarely   sometimes   frequently

    4. Do you pride yourself on doing “more-better-faster”?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    5. Do you make time to learn the basics of new skills before you start using them?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    6. Can you stand up in a meeting and say you don’t agree?
    Circle one:   Yes   No

    7. How often do you push so hard that you can’t slow down to rest?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    8. Do you share your dreams with others or keep them to yourself?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    9. Do you spell out the details of outcomes you delegate?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently

    10. Would you rather (Circle one)
    Ask an expert for input   or   figure it out yourself

    11. Do you need to know how you’ll reach your goal before you take action?
    Circle one:   Yes   No

    12. Can you comfortably move into the unknown when you have a clear outcome in mind?
    Circle one:   Yes   No

    13. Do methods and solutions come to you out of the blue?
    Circle one:  rarely   sometimes   frequently

    14. When you are stressed, do you spend time away from the task?
    Circle one:   rarely   sometimes   frequently


    So now let’s compare your answers with theirs…

    1. HSPs make time each day to acknowledge themselves for the successes they’re having. But the successes they have in mind aren’t just the usual ones. For them, success goes beyond finishing “business to dos.” It includes things that keep their lives in balance… eating a good breakfast, exercising, spending time with family and friends, buying gas, dropping off the dry cleaning and remembering to pick it up. Most people don’t acknowledge themselves for completing things like these, but what happens to your productivity when you leave them undone? For HSPs, success also means saying NO to actions that violate their values and dreams. Deletion Successes can be the most important ones of all! And how about acknowledging yourself for your creative ideas... even if no one agrees they're possible yet!

    2. People who “succeed big” know that the last few minutes of their day are most important. Your brain is in the Alpha State so it’s the perfect time to think about what you want tomorrow and long term. And the worst time to beat yourself up for oversights and failures. As you fall asleep, plan how you’ll make corrections instead. Remember: What you think is what you get, like it or not… so focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want. That tiny change in focus will enhance your ability to move your life and career ahead!

    3. If you are Success Filing—that is, acknowledging your successes each day—you will have the confidence to continue to move ahead when everything goes wrong, when obstacles besiege you and everyone disappoints you. Remember: When your Success File is full, you feel Success-Full. When it is low, you feel dependent and needy… at the mercy of others’ opinions and in need of their agreement. HSPs are willing to put off low priority items, but making time to Success File each day is a number one item for them.

    4. Constantly priding yourself on doing more-better-faster lands you in The Success Trap, constantly having to work longer and harder to raise the quantity-quality bar higher and higher. It can also land you in the hospital. For staying power, you need to acknowledge yourself for slowing down to learn new skills and technologies, for allowing your mind to wander into future possibilities and solutions. In today's business environment, creativity and innovation are becoming more important than productivity.

    5. It is essential to slow down to a stop from time to time. Why? Because unless you do, you won’t be able to gear your mind back to learn new skills and technologies and so you'll slip behind. HSPs schedule time to learn the most efficient tools and approaches available, rather than slogging along with equipment, programs and procedures that weren’t designed to do what you need to do now. Make time to master the basics before you attempt to gear up into 2nd Gear production. Otherwise the mistakes you make will trip up you and your teammates and take more time in the end.

    6. To stay ahead, you have to be able to disagree with the pack. For some people, getting others’ agreement is more important than getting their result. Not so for HSPs. They can stand up, disagree and then so powerfully communicate the details of the scenario they see, hear and feel, that other people take on their vision and team up with them. They lead the way by inspiration, not perspiration.

    7. When you push so long and hard that you can’t slow down to rest, you’ve gone over the edge. HSPs use this over-the-edge feeling to signal when they’re overusing the 2nd Gear of Success. Yes, success has three gear-like phases and unless you know when to shift, unless you can use all three gears as circumstances require, you’ll burn out your transmission… and that means your body. And the time lost will set your business way back. Read The Joy of Success and Success Has Gears for specifics on the Three Gears of Success and Leadership.

    8. Highly successful business people share their dreams with Co-dreamers, people who hold onto the details of their dream with them. People who contribute additional perspectives and information. People they can call when they come out of a meeting so devastated that their dream seems to have literally been erased from their minds. One phone call to a Co-dreamer can get you back on track. Who are your Co-dreamers? And who are your Co-dreaders (the ones who always tell you reasons why it can’t work) Make sure you know the difference!

    9. Going so fast that you can’t gear down to spell out the details of a task you’re delegating may seem expedient at the time. But in the long run it could ruin your business. To get the support you need from coworkers, customers and vendors, you need to share precisely what you have in mind. When you provide a sketch, others will automatically fill in the details they have in mind instead of the ones you have in mind. Beware of Sensory Fill-in! Who is responsible for the errors that result? You are of course.

    10. Would you rather ask an expert or figure it out yourself? Well, that all depends. If you're climbing up the learning curve, then asking experts and following their directions is what works best… with one exception. When you know next to nothing about something, using a salesperson as your expert may set you up to buy what’s best for him or her, but not for you. Consult an independent expert before you make a major purchase. On the other hand, depending on tried-and-true experts when you are creating something new, may take you back to how it’s already been done. Listen to their input but, as its creator, know that you are the ultimate expert when it comes to your dream!

    11. When we were kids, we were rewarded for doing things by the book. But as the head of your own business or life, that simply won’t work. These days, having-to-know-how upfront will hold you back. What you need is a thoroughly detailed outcome… then the appropriate method will find you. Powerful life changes, inventions and new businesses frequently start out as hunches or middle of the night Ahas! Most leaders I interview tell me they rarely know how, but they always know what.

    12. The ability to venture into the unknown is essential today. The marketplace is changing so rapidly that top CEOs say they don’t have a ten-year plan or a five-minute plan either. Flexibility is key. Can you think on your feet? Can you seize an opportunity that others fail to notice? Can you abandon your ten-year-ago or five-minute-ago action plan and take the next step to your dream when it presents itself?

    13. For years I interviewed inventors and creators and over and over I heard the same comments. I woke up in the night with a clear image in my head or a voice telling me what to do. Or I was taking a shower when my idea hit me. Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon.com, was so sure about his hunch that he packed up everything he owned and moved across the country in pursuit of his dream. And we all know he found it!

    14. When you’re stuck, instead of sitting and staring at your computer screen, get up and do something else. Go for a walk or switch to a project that requires another mindset altogether. HSPs constantly tell me their most creative solutions come when they walk away from their desk and WHAM! The solution comes out of the blue… or out of the right brain. They say they strategically use the Alpha State to “program in” their problem at night and they trust their mind to deliver a solution when they first wake up. And it does.

    Susan Ford Collins is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and the founder of The Technology of Success. She began her career as a young researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a radical idea: to focus her research on healthy, highly successful people (HSPs) rather than dysfunctional ones. With more than two decades studying HSPs and two additional decades working with them, she now shares what she has learned about leadership and management. Susan and her husband live happily in their tropical Miami home, surrounded by lush gardens, koi ponds and an indoor/outdoor aviary filled with exotic finches.

    The Technology of Success book series includes:

    The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want, [New edition, Greenleaf Book Group Press, October 20, 2015]

    Success Has Gears: Using the Right Gear at the Right Time in Business & Life, [2014]

    Our Children Are Watching: 10 Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success, [2014]

    Find Susan on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, www.technologyofsuccess.com


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    We’re Stuck in a Success Crisis! And It’s Affecting Our Kids

    By Susan Ford Collins


    Success and leadership have gears… and we’re not shifting them correctly! We've gotten stuck in “the more-better-faster, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, too-busy-racing-around-to-enjoy-our-lives” gear. We're over-fed, under-nourished, over-medicated, under-rested, and under-satisfied. Think of the wear and tear trying to get everywhere only using one gear… 2nd gear… would put on your car. That's what's happening to most of us.

    Our kids understand this intuitively. And they’re speaking up. In interviews, many teens said, “I don't WANT to be successful!” Why? “Because if you’re successful, you never have time for family, friends and fun. You’re always working. Your boss never appreciates you and keeps asking for more.” No wonder they don’t want to be successful! Let’s stop and take a close look at what’s off. And how to correct it.

    When we drive, we shift gears up and down as circumstances require, or our automatic transmission shifts for us. As we succeed and lead we need to do the same thing, but we aren’t. Let’s take a closer look at when the three gears of success and leadership are needed.

    As we succeed…

    1st Gear is for starting and restarting, learning and relearning
    2nd Gear is for accelerating performance, producing and competing
    3rd Gear is for breaking through outmoded approaches to creativity and innovation.

    But here’s where it gets tricky. We use the word success as though it means the same thing all the time, but it doesn’t. What we mean by success is quite different in each gear. And the leadership we need in each gear is quite different too. This is what our kids don’t realize, and we haven’t either, till now.

    Success in 1st Gear means following rules and regs so we can perform our new skill safely and effectively. Then the meaning of success shifts. And our leadership needs to shift too.

    Success in 2nd Gear means weeding out beginner’s rules and devising shortcuts so we can produce more quantity, more quality, more customers, more profit, in less time with less people. (It’s the more-better-faster gear our kids are hoping to avoid, but they will need in the future… like it or not.) Now we need more freedom and independence with timely evaluations and easy access to our leaders for additional input. Then when we start feeling our gears grinding, our bodies more and more stressed, our return on effort diminishing, we need to shift to 3rd.

    Success in 3rd Gear is being creative, innovative and collaborative so we can continue advancing our careers and our lives. In 3rd gear we are leading our own project and looking for expertise and support.

    But many people fail to shift into 3rd. Why?

    Like an Indie driver, a manager at one of America’s companies constantly pressed down his accelerator and his teams’ accelerators too. Sick days and errors kept increasing. Morale kept dropping. Even though Jim constantly complained he was exhausted, his heart was pounding and he couldn’t sleep, even though he had more vacation days saved up than anyone else, he wouldn’t take time off. Why? Because he kept telling himself his team wouldn’t produce at the same level without him and his results would slip… and so would his bonus.

    By disproportionately incenting, bonusing and promoting 2nd Gear activities, Corporate America is multiplying the problem… as well as resultant family and health issues and budget-breaking costs. This complex interaction of success and leadership errors is producing The Success Crisis.

    But wait. The Success Crisis is costing far more! Overusing 2nd Gear means underusing 1st and 3rd… squeezing out time we need to replace outdated systems and equipment, to learn new methods and technologies (1st). And eating up time to think about what will work and how to start creating the future we want (3rd).

    At a time when our infrastructure is crumbling, when train wrecks kill and maim us because we haven’t installed the latest safety systems, when we’ve sent manufacturing overseas and immigration policies prevent the smartest and most innovative international students from coming to our universities and think tanks, we need to pause to re-think, think and pre-think.

    Fortunately some of our kids are taking matters into their own hands, showing the way to the future they want. And we will want too.

    At 16, Blake Ross was a threat to Bill Gates… or so the cover of Wired magazine declared!

    His psychologist mother Abby remembers: Blake spent hours in his room. ”We didn’t know what was going on in there at first, but when he started requesting programming books for his birthday, we began to get an idea.” When he wanted to do an internship in Silicon Valley, Abby had to file his work papers for him because he was three days short of 16! Still a teen, this self-taught coder co-founded Mozilla Firefox and sparked a global phenomenon. Firefox has been downloaded more than 226,265,215 times (as I write), threatening the supremacy of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as predicted! At 20, Blake had to buy a tux to attend a dinner for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year. In 2013 Blake resigned from his position as Director of Product for Facebook to dream about what’s next for him. And Blake just turned 30!

    Are you using all three Success and Leadership Gears at the right time? Is your organization? Who do you know who is stuck?

    About the Author:
    Susan Ford Collins is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and the founder of The Technology of Success. She began her career as a young researcher at the National Institutes of Health with a radical idea: to focus her research on healthy, highly successful people (HSPs) rather than dysfunctional ones. With more than two decades studying HSPs and two additional decades working with them, she now shares what she has learned about leadership and management. Susan and her husband live happily in their tropical Miami home, surrounded by lush gardens, koi ponds and an indoor/outdoor aviary filled with exotic finches.

    The Technology of Success book series includes:

    The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want, [New edition, Greenleaf Book Group Press, October 20, 2015]

    Success Has Gears: Using the Right Gear at the Right Time in Business & Life, [2014]

    Our Children Are Watching: 10 Skills for Leading the Next Generation to Success, [2014]

    Find Susan on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, www.technologyofsuccess.com


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    Melanie DewBerry is Thriving in the Business of Human Potential and Spiritual Enlightenment


    Melanie DewBerry



    Get hip to the business of human potential, Melanie DewBerry is. She is a life coach, public speaker, and “soul-namer,” who speaks to audiences across the world.

    DewBerry spends her days coaching future “purposepreneurs,” as she likes to refer to those who seek her advice. In her sessions, she instills courage, soul resonance, and even some financial tips to help people who have lost their way in life. “Undeterred, wildly intuitive, evolving,” are some choice words used to describe her sessions with past clients.

    Melanie DewBerry specializes in “Soul Naming,” which she says is similar to a brand for the soul. She encourages claiming one’s identity and exercising our genius. Soul Naming is her method of connecting to a poetic, straightforward, higher consciousness. She guides her clients on their spiritual path, integrating their path into their work and their being, while teaching them to live on purpose.

    DewBerry also hosts her own Wisdom Salons—small group sessions that allow people to genuinely connect, have meaningful conversation without agenda, practice intimacy, and create community within a diverse group of people.

    Melanie DewBerry is also an accomplished public speaker whose down-to-earth approach opens doors to applicable conversations on consciousness in business and life. She has been a featured speaker for TEDx conferences, University seminars, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and several other business and self-help engagements.

    Melanie DewBerry speaking at TEDxPannonia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHYpnBZi2cw

    Melanie DewBerry speaking at Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability Forum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYwvrkKdL8E

    If you would like to learn more about Melanie DewBerry, visit her on her website www.melaniedewberry.com.


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    “Change Your Shoes; 365 Life Resolutions”

    an inspirational journal that guide readers through a discovery of daily resolutions to create positive life changes.


     author Kathy Andersen



    In her new book, award-winning author, Kathy Andersen, takes readers on a daily journey to create one life resolution per day to step into all one wants out of life. According to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and LeanIn.org Founder: “Kathy Andersen is an inspiration for every girl and woman who wants to achieve her dreams. After surviving over a decade of sexual abuse by her father, Kathy had the courage and determination to “change her shoes” and build the life she wanted for herself. She now devotes herself to helping others. This book will give girls and women a daily tool to overcome challenges and build the futures they desire.” Jack Canfield, Co-Creator of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® Series and Coauthor of The Success Principles, "Kathy's book is an invaluable tool to help you do one of the most important things you can do for yourself—commit to doing one thing each day that will get you closer to all you want in your life." Inspired by Kathy's first book, Change Your Shoes~Live Your Greatest Life, this new book is filled with daily quotes and questions that will move you to take just one step each day toward the change you want in your life.

    Andersen is on a mission to help people create positive change in their lives. Kathy teaches people how to create the change they want in every aspect of life, from work, wealth, relationships, health, and more. Kathy has spent almost 20 years helping adults, children, leaders, athletes, and corporations, transform visions of change into reality.

    Kathy is unique in that she has lived and learned change after swapping her corporate high heels to hiking boots to move beyond a childhood of sexual abuse. Kathy’s point of view is a rarely-found combination of leading expertise and direct personal experience.

    “When we dare to change our shoes, when we are bold enough to step out, when we are brave enough to dig deep, and when we are strong enough to leap high, we can create infinite change.”

    An experienced media guest, Kathy is a go-to source on change including:

    Taking the First Next Step to Change—Starting Today!

    • Changing Your Wants Into Wealth
    • Daily Strategies to Turn Challenge into Change
    • Transforming Your Weight and Wellness from the "Inside Out”
    • Turning Your Work into a Labor of Love
    • Changing Your Relationships from Average to Awesome
    • Turning a Painful Past into a Purposeful Future
    • Steps to Thriving Beyond Abuse and Trauma
    • Corporate Leadership: Creating Positive Change in Communities
    • Politics and Positive Change: Can Politicians Really Be Forces of Positive Change
    • Giving Back: Simple Steps to Create the Change You Want in the World

    Kathy is the author of the five-time award-winning motivational memoir, Change Your Shoes~Live Your Greatest Life. This book takes readers on a transformational journey of inspiration to realize and fulfill their dreams, aspirations, and greatest pursuits. Kathy’s latest book, Change Your Shoes~365 Life Resolutions, is soon to be released.

    One of Kathy’s current programs, Change Your Shoes and Lean In, is a collaboration with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In to help victims of child sex trafficking and exploitation to create change and step into a bright future. Kathy has also worked with Major League Baseball players Miguel Cabrera and Pedro Martinez to establish their charitable foundations to change the lives of children in need.

    To learn more about Kathy Andersen, please visit www.kathyandersen.com.

    “Make no mistake about this women’s advice and lessons. She comes from a position of skill and strength.”
    Christine Letts
    Harvard University, Executive Education.


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    When It Comes To Public Speaking, Knowing Your ActorType Is Key To A Masterful Presentation


    New York, NY, July 17, 2014 - Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, "What you do speaks so loud, I cannot hear what you say.” So when it comes to public speaking, what is it that gets in the way of being heard? Robyn Hatcher has learned the secret, so it's no surprise that when she talks – people listen!

    In her new book, Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press), Hatcher reveals her groundbreaking formula for mastering public speaking through ActorTypes. Drawing from her vast experience as a working actor and script-writer in theatre and TV, she helps readers identify their primary communications style, or ActorType, and applies her revolutionary approach to break down barriers for people who struggle with speaking in large or small groups.

    Hatcher believes communication is an art form in itself and since every person has an ActorType the trick is to find the 'right' combination of the nine types; Hero, Villain, Innocent, Sex Symbol, Curmudgeon, Whiz Kid, Super Hero, Buddy and Comic. Do you know your ActorType? Maybe you're a Denzel Washington or Ian Somerhalder, or possibly a Jennifer Lopez or Sandra Bullock?

    In addition to the book, Hatcher offers a variety of tools for public speaking training. These include a Vocal Workout CD that features voice training, breathing exercises, pronunciation practices and articulation and intonation drills; a Training and Coaching Workshop for improved presentations, public speaking and communications, and a dynamic and inspirational Keynote Speaker at all conferences or corporate meetings. Together, these tools can become an integral part in every aspect of a person's life.

    "Public speaking is, simply put, a constant in our everyday lives and it's just not an option to take things for granted,” says Hatcher. "Whether you're giving the presentation of your career, coaching a soccer team, or running for PTA president – honing your communication skills and playing to your ActorType is your key to success.”

    About Robyn Hatcher:
    Robyn Hatcher is founder and principal of SpeakEtc., a boutique communications company that focuses on presentation training. She is an acclaimed actress, voiceover artist, writer, and expert communications guest for Huffpost Live. This highly successful businesswoman and sought-after speaker is also a member of the prestigious New York Women in Communications, Inc. (NYWICI), Savor the Success, Step Up Women's Network, Writers Guild of America East, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and was an appointed member and committee chair of Manhattan's Board Five for six years.

    For more information and to take a 5-minute quiz to learn your ActorType, please visit the website at: www.SpeakEtc.com.

    Please see Robyn at: http://youtu.be/PtKVg7Kr0ro

    Standing Ovation Presentations
    Motivational Press, Inc.
    Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
    Price: $22.95 (paperback); $9.99 (ebook)
    ISBN-10: 1935723855
    ISBN-13: 978-1935723851
    Page count: 304 pages


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