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J.K. Rowling on Failure And Imagination

On this first Monday of the New Year, I thought how powerful it would be to share J.K. Rowling’s marvelous 2008 Harvard commencement speech on failure and imagination, two things she illuminates in a way that brings fresh life to their power and impact as we look ahead. Highlights include:“…why do I talk about the benefits of failure?

January 2011 resolutions and a plan of action

In 2011, I am becoming the queen of self-micromanagement. I have tried lofty, big-picture, annual resolutions and obtained them with some success. I have tried practical, quarterly goals and seen greater success.

How to Take Control of Your Finances in 2011

The new year is upon us! I’ve talked to a lot of folks lately who have resolved to make this the year they get out of debt. Or start an emergency fund. Or earn more money. These resolutions don’t mean a whit, though, if you don’t have a plan. For the past five years, I’ve shared the following road map, adding one new tip every January.

9 Techniques to Delivering a Speech with Confidence

Recently, I attended TEDxSF, a communal, multidisciplinary event (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) whose goal is to bring thinkers together to share ideas they’re passionate about. While there, I had the pleasure of watching nearly a dozen different speakers talk to a packed auditorium.

How to Make Your Good Intentions Stick

Losing weight. Exercising regularly. Drinking less alcohol and caffeine. Developing better time management habits. Keeping up with chores. Whatever it is, I bet you’ve got plenty of good intentions right now. But however great your intentions, you might not succeed.

Becoming Superhuman in 2011

As we advance in the spiritual life and in the practice of systematic self-examination we are often surprised by the discovery of vast unknown tracts of the inner life of the soul.

"Nature, Which Makes Nothing Durable, Always Repeats Itself So That Nothing Which It Makes May Be Lost."

"Nature, which makes nothing durable, always repeats itself so that nothing which it makes may be lost." -- Oscar Wilde * A great way to start the new year is to help someone, and if you want to take a step in the next five minutes to help someone, sign up to be an organ donor.

Review: Goals!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For my first book review of 2011, which will pop up on the site on Sunday and appear in subscriber’s mailboxes early in the morning of the first working Monday of the year, I thought I’d take a look at one of the best books out there about defining and setting goals, since so many people start ou

How To Give Yourself The Break Your Body Needs

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is allow yourself to rest. Unfortunately, this isn’t always as easy or natural as it seems.

Linkswitch #50: Happy New Years!

How to Maintain Your Personal Brand as a Corporate Employee A strong personal brand is beneficial on many levels. At the core it differentiates the designer, developer, marketer, etc, from the rest of the pack within crowded disciplines.

Reader Story: A Fresh Start on the Path to Prosperity

This guest post from Louisa Rogers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

How To Be The Person You Want To Be

In a previous post I asked if you were an emotional pack rat. Stephen responded and left the following comment: "Any thoughts on how to change your character, you know, the way you are that means that you would behave in the same regrettable way in the future?"It's an interesting question and the answers usually lie in two camps: yes you can change and no you can't.

Video: Happiness-Boosting Resolutions for 2011.

The original book video for The Happiness Project book features many of my favorite resolutions. With the help of the fabulous Maria Giacchino, I've updated the video to highlight some of the resolutions that other people have made. Check it out! I'm always fascinated to hear about other people's resolutions and add them to my own list all the time.

3 Sure Fire Signs You Are Addicted To Overdrive – (Detox Plan Included)

Do you spend your day buried in your social network, email, or text messages? Do you have a better relationship with your technology than you do with yourself? Does your pulse race with every looming to-do item in your face? If you’re like me, you have become addicted to overdrive, struggling to maintain the quiet space in your life, running from it, believing you have too

Meet Bryan Franklin: The $10 Million Business Coach

You guys know I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the world of personal development and, yes, even the world of coaching.Why? Because I see a lot of folks getting into it after they’ve failed at nearly everything else and it’s either that or grad school.