Are you in a bad mood today? There's a chance you picked it up from a friend or family member the same way you would catch a cold! A new study led by Rob Eyre of the University of Warwick found that moods "may spread from person to person via a process known as social contagion."Read More »
I really want to thank the 25,000 of you that subscribe to this blog as well as the 2,143,265 people that have visited over the years. Your comments have been wonderful and I hope I’ve been able to add value to what you are working on in your life.
Today is an exciting day for me, 1st because I turn 40 years old today, and second because I have finally launched the Successify YouTube channel. There you will be able to find videos dealing with all aspects of self-improvement, goal setting, self-esteem, and other life hacks. I am just getting it up and running so enjoy the intro video below and you can really support what I’m doing by subscribing to the channel using the link below.… Read the rest!Read More »
"I wish I was that talented!" "I wish I was born with half of his talent." When people talk about talent, what are they actually describing?Read More »
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo
Sculpting has been around for thousands of years. For most of its history, the sculpting process started with an artisan thinking of an image he wanted to create and then beating, hammering, chiseling, and polishing the stone to make it look like what the sculptor pictured in his mind.
In the late 15th century, a young artisan came along that took an entirely different approach to sculpting. Rather than think of the stone being turned into the statue he had in his mind, he imagined that there was a statue already trapped inside the stone, waiting for him to release it. His job was to chisel away anything that wasn’t a part of the beautiful sculpture trapped inside.… Read the rest!Read More »
I love the Olympics because there are always so many amazing stories of dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship. The recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were no exception.
But one of the best life lessons I observed this year was not an example of any of the noble qualities listed above. This life lesson comes from the tragic and cautionary tale of Chad le Clos from South Africa.
Chad le Clos is a star freestyle and butterfly swimmer, having won a world champion and Olympic gold medal. In the 2012 Olympics he even beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly, Phelp’s favorite race. When Phelps announced he was coming out of retirement to participate in 2016 Olympic Games, an instant rivalry match was created.
The day of the race came.… Read the rest!Read More »
What would you be willing to sacrifice now to build something that would vastly improve your future?
How long would you have the patience to prepare before you saw any results?
I learned an important lesson from an unlikely source.
Our children need to fail more often. What they learn about failure will determine much of their success in life. I had to watch my son "fail" last night.Read More »
Recently I was able to be a part of an amazing group of people who traveled to the Dominican Republic to provide dental care for people in need. Every time I participate in one of these trips, I always feel like the people I am serving are having a bigger impact on my life than I am having on theirs. I always feel like I am the one receiving the charity.
I’ve thought a lot about that feeling over the years. What is it about doing good for others that changes us and inspires us to give more? Why do I feel the most excitement and energy when I spend every ounce of it trying to improve somebody else’s life?
The Giving Paradox
I’m sure that most of you have all had the same experience that I described above.… Read the rest!Read More »
A few years ago my wife and I took a trip to Costa Rica. Upon arrival we rented a car and headed out to our first destination which was a few hours away. I had a map so I figured I’d be in great shape. About 20 minutes into the drive I found myself practically lost in the tangle of unmarked streets and dirt roads. Frustrated, I turned to Siri for help. If you’ve ever been the passenger on a road trip with a man, you know how hard it is for us to ask for help.
I typed the address to our destination in my phone and instantly Siri had discovered the ideal route to get there. We were on our way.… Read the rest!Read More »
Let me start this post with a math problem. Wait! Don’t click away so fast. I hate math too but bear with me for just a moment. I promise it will be worth it.
Think of some possible solutions for the following equation:
(______ + ______ – _______) x ______ = 100
The truth is that there are literally an infinite combination of numbers that you could put into those spaces to get the answer of 100.
Now let’s look at another equation:
(25 + 40 – 15) x 2 = ________
This equation gives us just one answer: 100. Every time, no question.
What’s the point?
Look at the first equation again. You could stare at the answer (100) all day long and come up with a number of different ways to fill in those blanks, but in the end you would realize that you couldn’t even make a dent in the number of possibilities.… Read the rest!Read More »