What’s Your Action Plan? 3 Lessons From An Olympian

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Inspiration, Productivity | 2 comments

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“There’s always a way to achieve your goals.”

What are your goals and what is your action plan for achieving them?

Read on to discover several lessons from the inspiring life of Wilma Rudolph that will help you form an action plan in order to make your dreams a reality. 

The Remarkable Story of Wilma Rudolph

As the doctor examined four-year-old Wilma’s twisted leg, he told the little girl that she would never walk again.

But Wilma and her family believed she could overcome all odds.

“When you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals,” Wilma explained. “‘I can’t’ are two words that have never been in my vocabulary.”

Not only did Wilma walk again, but sixteen years later she also competed in the 1960 Olympic games in Rome.

She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics, and she set a world record in the 200-meter dash.

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The Key to Productivity: 4 Steps to Laser-Like Focus

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity, Time Management | 6 comments

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“I object to intellect without discipline.”

Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with one of the show’s most famous characters: Mister Spock.

He’s the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. The highly-intelligent Vulcans dedicate their lives to mastering logic, learning everything they can, and suppressing their emotions.

Of course, Spock is just a fictional television character. No one can suppress their emotions as coolly as he does. Nor should anyone want to. Indeed, his crew mates, Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy, continually try to prove to him that emotions are often just as important as logic when making decisions.

But from Spock we discover one of the keys to productivity and expertise: laser-like focus.

Read on for four steps to train yourself to think like a Vulcan so you can boost your productivity and allow your creativity to flourish.

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How To Maximize Study Time & Master Any Subject

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Study Tips, Time Management, Videos | 15 comments

Neo Matrix Study Skills

How to maximize your study time & get Matrix-style results.

It’s the night before a final exam.

I’m poring over the class study guide and wishing I had the ability to download all of the course material into my brain, Matrix-style.

In the film, the main character Neo is hooked up to a giant computer. Download the kung fu computer program and zap. He’s now a martial artist.

You’re probably thinking, “Only in the movies.”

But what if I told you there is a surprisingly easy method to study quickly and effectively and get Matrix-style results? What if I told you that anyone can use this method to raise his or her grades by at least half a point in one semester?

And, even better, after graduation this skill will be a life-long asset, helping you in any career you decide to pursue.

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4 Reasons To Keep An Idea Journal

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity, Writing | 5 comments

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Habits of Highly Creative People:
The Idea Journal

Leonardo da Vinci. Marie Curie. 

Thomas Edison. Beatrix Potter.

What do all four of these people have in common?

Not only were they highly motivated and creative individuals, but they also all kept an idea journal.

An idea journal is quite different from a diary. You use an idea journal not to record all of the things that happened to you throughout the day, but to jot down daily goals, achievements, opinions, observations, or bits of inspiration. If you’re working on a project, you can fill the idea journal with updates on your progress, thoughts on how to improve the project, and anything else that motivates you.

A writer’s idea journal might be filled with ideas for stories or articles or blog posts (no need to fear writer’s block when you have an idea journal). An artist’s might contain sketches or inspirations for drawings. Ultimately, the idea journal exists as a private place to plant your ideas and watch them grow.

Here are four reasons why you should keep an idea journal.

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5 Free Websites That Teach How To Code Online

Posted by on Mar 11, 2013 in Education, Technology | 4 comments

Your dog learning how to code.

Even your dog is learning how to code. Smart dog.

Code Challenge

Why You Should Learn How To Code

Ever wondered how you could program your own app for a smart phone or tablet computer? Or build an online game? Learning the magic of computer coding is now easier than ever, and it’s an invaluable skill to master.

Nearly every business has an online presence. Knowing how to code will give a boost to your resumé at any job position you apply to in the future. It can also help you if you choose to start your own business.

And, even if you are not particularly interested in the inner workings of technology, coding is a great way to exercise your brain.

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