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Life Is an Occasion. Rise to It!

Believe it or not, my life is based on a true story. Come to think of it, so is yours. And so was Quentin Crisp‘s. One of the lines he left with us before his death at age 90 was, “Life was a funny thing that happened to me on the way to the grave.” When we can joke about …

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Playing It Safe Is Risky; Adventure Is THERE: DARE to Grab It!

“What? You plan to go to Japan to study the language? You’re nearly 24, without a college education, so why would you want to do that? How will you support yourself? And if you do learn the language, what will you do with it? Aren’t you taking a big gamble?” Yes, I was taking a gamble, but isn’t that what …

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How Unique Are You?

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Unlocking the Secrets of Motivation

I. Overview Last January, Tom made a New Year’s resolution to improve his physical fitness. Unlike many others who made similar resolutions, he kept his and is now reaping the benefits. His coworker and friend, Larry, would like to follow Tom’s example, but complains, “I don’t have the motivation. I don’t know how Tom does it. I suppose I lack …

Mold Monumental Motivation

Last January, Tom made a New Year’s resolution to improve his physical fitness. Unlike many others who made similar resolutions, he kept his and is now reaping the benefits. His co-worker and friend, Larry, would like to follow Tom’s example, but complains, “I don’t have the motivation. I don’t know how Tom does it. I suppose I lack willpower.” Many …

A lack of motivation simply means we don’t have a strong enough reason to act

Self-Motivation: “When the why is big enough the how is easy.” (Jim Rohn) You would have no chance of reaching your destination if the gas tank of your car was empty. Similarly, you cannot reach your goals if you lack motivation, for it is the fuel that drives us. What do we mean by motivation? It is simply the desire to …

Attention All Motivational Speakers and Self Help Gurus

Preach always. Use words when necessary. – St. Francis of Assisi. * * * * * * * * * Is suicide ever justified? Most people would agree that terminally ill people should have the right to end their lives particularly if the quality of their lives is absent. But what about the rest of us? How about the person …

Motivation: The Burning Desire

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.” — Napoleon Hill One of the most important issues of this generation is that of the lack of motivation. Be it in education, career, health, social life, relationships, spiritual development, self improvement or personal development, one of the …

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Adversity: Here to Break Us or Make Us?

Pain, suffering, stress, and other difficulties are the admission tickets to the game of life. But, at times, we cannot help suspecting that life would be much more pleasant without the hassles. Is that what you think? Before answering, ponder the following. In a world without hurdles, there are no champions; without suffering, there are no saints; without battles, there …

Life is full of surprises, and you’re one of them

Life is full of surprises, and you are one of them. I’ll begin by offering two reasons YOU are so surprising. The first deals with your relationship with the universe. Although the size of the universe can be measured, its vastness is unfathomable. Nevertheless, I’ll try to paint a picture of its size. Imagine gathering all the beaches on earth …