In various religious texts, there can be found some interesting personal development gems. One from the Bible is “The Parable of the Talents.” The Parable of the Talents is one of the stories Jesus told to teach a moral lesson. Although the word “talents” in the story refers literally to money, you can obviously extend the meaning to other areas. It’s interesting to read it using the common definition of “talents.” Here’s the story: The Parable of the Talents Again, it will be like...

by School Of Life on 12 August 2016

Here is a collection of quotes on dreams: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”. – Colin Powell “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. – Harriet Tubman “You have to dream before your dreams can come true”. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams...

by School Of Life on 10 August 2016

After a stock market rally, many investors will sell some of their stock to “lock in their gains.” They cash out and take the rewards they’ve accumulated. Partly this is to ensure that the rewards of their efforts are actually received because in a short period of time the market could very well erase them. The money from the stock sales can be used to pay taxes, to upgrade the person’s standard of living, or to reinvest elsewhere. This strategy of locking in your gains applies to personal...

by School Of Life on 10 August 2016

Tony Robbins says that thinking is a process of asking and answering questions. He stresses the importance of asking the right questions to get the right answers and therefore the right results. I agree with him. Most people ask lousy questions that cripple their results. Lousy questions turn your focus away from what you want and towards more of what you don’t want. And since we ask and answer mental questions every day, our questions wield great power over our results. Here are some examples...

by School Of Life on 10 August 2016

Here is a collection of quotes on fear: “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones”. – Thich Nhat Hanh “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will”. – W. Clement Stone “The only thing we have to fear is...

by School Of Life on 7 August 2016

Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to avoid dealing with unpleasant truths. But as long as we buy into those excuses, we can never move past them. Instead of addressing the underlying problem, we merely hide the symptoms. One of the most important steps in personal growth is to uproot excuse-making and confront the real issues behind the excuses with consciousness and courage. Here are some of the most common excuses and their underlying truths: I don’t have enough time. Whenever you hear yourself...

by School Of Life on 7 August 2016

One of the most basic ways to grow as a human being is to try something new. Do something you’ve never done before. Break out of your comfort zone. New situations challenge us. Our brains have to work at full capacity to understand new patterns instead of just rerunning old ones. In completely new situations, we’re like fish out of water. It may feel uncomfortable and awkward, and our performance will probably be lousy. But this is a terrific way to grow. This is the kind of challenge our neural...

by School Of Life on 7 August 2016

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon to Anakin, Star Wars Episode I The quote above, as cheesy as George Lucas’ writing often is, contains a nugget of Jedi wisdom that I’ve repeatedly found to be true. Your focus determines your reality. It’s something we don’t think about much of the time, but give it some consideration now: • If you wake up in the morning and think about the miserable things you need to do later in the day, you’ll have a miserable...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016

Risk taking is an integral part of business and life, but so few people know how to manage it properly. The word risk has a slightly negative connotation to it — it implies danger, tension, and possible loss. But risk also has a positive side, the chance of hitting a big win, of getting more on the back side than you invest on the front side. All risks are not equal, however. Some risks are just plain dumb, and you should never take them. But even in those cases, there’s usually some emotional...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016

Being patient is one of the most important qualities to develop if you care about personal growth. It’s also one of the most difficult. Wouldn’t it be nice if after you identified a change you’d like to make, you could just snap your fingers, and the change would occur instantly? Unfortunately, it’s rarely so easy as that, despite what marketers tell you. I remember in my early 20s, I’d often read a book on a new subject and get gung ho about applying it. Maybe it was the first book I’d...

by School Of Life on 5 August 2016