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Stop Staring at Phelps! 4 Ways to Avoid Losing at Life

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.le clos boxing

The day of the race came.…

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Thinking Like Siri – A Better Way to Get Through Life

Photo courtesy of Navigon

Photo courtesy of Navigon

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.…

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The Formula for a Happier Day

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“When will I ever use this again?”

We all know that question. We thought it a million times in junior high and high school. I know that I said it every day in algebra and trigonometry.

But today I want to share a math formula that you can actually use every day to improve your life. This formula isn’t some new revelation like Einstein’s theories but it is a formula that you are already using every day without realizing it.

The formula is E x P = O

Seems so simple, right? Where here is the explanation:

E stands for “Event”

In any given day you have hundreds of “events”. Most of them are small, some are big, and every once in a while you get one that is a huge, big, deal.…

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Better Check Your Lens!

Lenses

Have you ever been on a trip with someone and later shared the pictures you had each taken? The first thing you will notice is that their pictures are completely different than yours. You went to the same places and photographed the same things yet you have vastly different pictures. How does that happen?

Some may think it is because of a difference in camera or lighting but the truth is that we are all seeing the world differently. We are each looking through our own, personalized “lens”. This lens has been created by your life experiences and your philosophy towards the world. Your lens is unique to you because you are unique in the world.

It has been said that, “No two people have ever read the exact same book.” Likewise, no two people will ever have the same view on any event in life.…

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The Color of the Dress Actually Matters!

From Kim Kardashian's Twitter

From Kim Kardashian’s Twitter

In case you have been on a deserted island for the past week or decided to go on a non-internet diet, you should know that the internet has been going nuts over a very important social topic. It is the most searched, posted, discussed, trending topic since Thursday. People have divided themselves into two very opinionated sides of the debate. The topic? What color is that dress?!!dress 2

The picture in question (seen to the right) shows either a white dress with gold stripes or a blue dress with black stripes. It is the same picture but people see it completely differently. Below is a picture from Wired.com that shows the original picture in the middle and how some people perceive it on the left and right.…

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Life Lesson from a Competitive Athlete

Cross Country Lesson

I found this through social media this morning and love the lesson it teaches:

Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

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Amazing Advice on Happiness at 92-years Old

Age and Positivity

This delightful story was shared with me on Facebook this morning and I wanted to make sure I captured it so I wouldn’t forget about it. Great words of wisdom from an elderly lady. We could all learn something from her:

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.…

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