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All great success ultimately begins with an idea, but what makes ideas become reality is the fuel of human desire. An idea by itself can give you a temporary feeling of inspiration, but burning desire is what gets you through all the perspiration necessary to overcome the inevitable obstacles along the way. Take a moment to think about the goals you’ve set for yourself. How committed are you to achieving these goals? Under what conditions would you give up? What if you could significantly increase...

by School Of Life on 4 July 2016

Every parent loses his or her patience — it’s a fact of life. There are no perfect angels when it comes to moms and dads — we all get frustrated or angry and lose it from time to time. But patience can be developed over time — it’s a habit, and like any other habit, it just takes some focus. Here’s a list of 10 great tips and methods you can experiment with to help you become a more patient parent: 1. Count to 10. This one really works. When you feel yourself getting frustrated or angry,...

by School Of Life on 25 June 2016

Procrastination, the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute, can be a major problem in both your career and your personal life. Side effects include missed opportunities, frenzied work hours, stress, overwhelm, resentment, and guilt. This article will explore the root causes of procrastination and give you several practical tools to overcome it. The behavior pattern of procrastination can be triggered in many different ways, so you won’t always procrastinate for the same reason....

by School Of Life on 25 June 2016

One problem-solving technique you should master is changing perspectives to redefine the problems. The way you define a problem is often the key to solving it. Take a current problem from your life that you’re having difficulty solving. Then ask yourself: How can this problem be redefined as a financial problem? A health problem? A time management problem? A human resource or staffing problem? A technology problem? A prioritization problem? A communication problem? An education problem? Here’s...

by School Of Life on 25 June 2016

When you view your life as a series of different compartments, each with different rules, then life gets pretty complicated. Having a harmonious life is very difficult because you constantly feel the need to task switch. My relationship needs attention. Oh no, I’ve been neglecting my health. I need to work harder. I’ve got to stop thinking so much and take more action. The different “bins” of your life are all fighting for your time. And the longer you neglect one of those bins, the louder...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

There’s much more to life than basic subjects, and unless you have an exceptional teacher who is willing to break out of the mold, your child isn’t learning the crucial things he or she needs to learn in life. Think about your own experience for a moment. When you got out of high school, did you know everything you needed in order to survive in life, let alone succeed? If you were lucky, you knew how to read and had some basic history and math skills, and if you were even luckier, you had good...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

Balancing thought and action is a challenge for many people, especially those who are self-employed. How much time should you spend thinking vs. doing? We hear things like, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” implying that careful thought must govern all action. But then there are also the cries of, “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” pressing for immediate action. How do you know when to think vs. when to act? Where’s the point of balance between analysis paralysis on the thinking...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

Negative thinking, in all its many-splendored forms, has a way of creeping into conversations and our thinking without our noticing them. The key to success, in my humble opinion, is learning to spot these thoughts and squash them like little bugs. Then replace them with positive ones. You’ll notice a huge difference in everything you do. As the Dalai Lama said, “The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016

Should we or should we not set big, hairy, audacious goals where success is far from certain (at least without the benefit of hindsight)? I for one am grateful for the existence of people who set big goals. Our computers, the Internet, or the various freedoms I enjoy today is because of the existence and drive of “unrealistic” goal setters. If you have a Hitler setting big goals and you don’t have an equally strong goal-setter like Winston Churchill on your side, well, … there won’t...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016

To die happy, you must live life with that end in mind. Live a life of purpose. That’s easier said than done, of course. In this post, I’ll look at a great way to find that purpose in your life, and to live every day with that purpose in mind, and to align your daily actions with that purpose. First ask why But first, let’s ask the obvious question: “Why does this matter?” Let’s consider for a moment the life that most of us lead: we get up in the morning, we do what we have to do for...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016