7 Essential Ways to Feel More Alive and Invigorated

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“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell I realize more and more the importance of creating a life filled with exhilaration and excitement. If I don’t create adventure I get bored and stuck in a rut. […]

10 Must-Read Books to Help You Think Big, Be Bold, and Live Better

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“He that loves reading has everything within his reach.” - William Godwin Do remember the very first personal growth book you read? For me it was the infamous Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill. A friend let me borrow it in my early twenties and I immediately started to realize new possibilities and perspectives. That’s […]

6 Important Questions to Assess Your Level of Grit and Resiliency

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”  ― Nelson Mandela Doesn’t it seem like certain people are just made to handle adversity? They face whatever is in their path with courage and boldness, and they make the best out of a difficult situation. Terry Fox is a wonderful […]

A Year in Review: The Top 15 Posts of Shake off the Grind from 2013

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“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, […]

How to Raise Your Self-Esteem and Feel Completely Amazing About Yourself


“We need to see ourselves as basic miracles.” – Virginia Satir Perfection means completed, finished, and without flaws. It means there is nothing left to work on and no possibility of mistakes. Sorry to burst your bubble, since you and I are human beings perfection doesn’t apply to us. We are fallible and will make […]

Top 20 Traits of Resilient and Unstoppable People


“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon There are times when I’m grateful for my ability to “roll with the punches” and “go with the flow.” Hey some things are our of our control, why not just keep moving forward and learn from the experience, right? Because sometimes the “punches” […]

Learning Curves, Growing Pains, and Plateaus: Can you Accept Your Fate?

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“WE ARE EITHER PROGRESSING OR RETROGRADING ALL THE WHILE; THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS REMAINING STATIONARY IN THIS LIFE.” - JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE When people think of growth they often think of gaining something or expanding. This is often true, but growth and change can also be very subtle. Just because there is no apparent […]

Episode #14 – New Rules for Career Success: Interview with Dan Schawbel


Job competition is fierce these days. We’re either a casualty of high unemployment rates or the elevator to the top is already crammed full. Companies have tighter standards, and we can say good-bye to our father’s loyalty program between worker and organization. Let’s face it, we’re not guaranteed anything when it comes to a career this […]

How to Stop Killing Your Dreams Before They Are Born

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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein  If you’ve been around a young child you know how vivid their imaginations can be. They are born to dream big! And so are we. Young children are an example of pure unadulterated imagination. From imaginary friends to pretend play, they are able to create a new world in which […]

30 Days to a Bold, Powerful, and Significant Life


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau We all have dreams and desires for our life. We want to live with courage and have the faith to take big steps toward success and significance. But, if you’re like many people, fear, doubt, and uncertainty […]

Get Out of a Rut by Checking these 5 Blind Spots

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” - Marianne Williamson  I love this quotation by Marianne Williamson because it reminds me that fear will not only emerge in times of strain and stress, but […]

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