Productivity

How to create a Content Copywriter “résumé”

  As résumés are going out of fashion, why not standout in the job market by showing your creativity and sense of humor? Here's a sample "résumé" for applying to a content copywriter job position. A relevant bachelors degree, experience and referrals are a bonus. *...

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Social media etiquette for teens

  We've all been thrust into the world of technology without a guidebook. Add to this mix -teens, their growing brains and varied interests, and things can get confusing and overwhelming pretty quickly. In the midst of such a digital landscape where devices rule our...

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Finding civility in chaos

  Can we really define chaos?  Let's imagine you are in the deep woods taking a hike. This overgrown forest seems beautiful where every tree, plant and critter has found a perfect home and is in peace with the environment around it. But, has this place been like this...

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How to grow resilient children

  What is resilience: We want to raise our children to be kind and loving people. We tell them to value compassion more than anything else in life. Ideal parents want to empower their children to believe in themselves and encourage them to realize their highest...

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Find meaning in the mundane

  All it takes is a single question:  There's a point in life when you start to question everything. You're asking if racing to that swing in the playground, making cup after cup after cup of coffee, all the diets you've been on, the walks you've taken, the places in...

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Want to solve problems? Start with changing your attitude.

  What are problems?  Almost all situations we perceive as problems are global and mostly built on ideas of uncertainty and anticipation fueled by our wild imagination of a fictional reality. Our global problems are anticipatory and anthropological. Like inequality,...

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Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

  Why we crave digital distractions?  Unlike real life that can be boring and monotonous, on the internet, even if you want nothing, you can always get something. When we are bored, lonely and feel like we’re unable to make a dent in the world like we want to, we seek...

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3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

  Predict, Mitigate and Eliminate distraction addictions: There are three ways we can deal with a myriad of distractions we face each day. Because managing distractions is a huge part of maintaining our attention on the big projects and long term goals of our life.  ...

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Creating an ideal environment for children to thrive

  How children thrive:  Children thrive in stability and predictability. They cannot find civility in chaos like some of us adults can. So, its up to us parents to give them the sense of security they crave for. It can be a tiny corner at home, on a stage where they...

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Here’s how to ace that job interview

  You're for sale:  You've landed an awesome job interview. Congratulations! Its time to prepare yourself for the sale. Wait, you don't know what you have to sell? Believe it or not, an interview is a platform for you to sell three aspects of yourself. You're a...

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Raising children who persevere

“I am not a genius. But I will have a calling and I will challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.” - From Grit by Angela Duckworth What parents want: ...

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Contemplate death so you can live and give more

  Living is a team sport. Dying is a team sport. ~ Timothy Leary. A culture of denial:  When we talk about death, if we at all do, we don't entertain it for the exact experience of what it is. Genocides and decapitations happen elsewhere or on TV. Angelina Jolie might...

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Embrace self compassion. And find the peace you seek.

  We all crave a sense of order, balance and calm in a world of information overload. And in this daily pursuit, we find ourselves even more lost. By adopting a compassionate approach to ourselves, we can stop chasing the perfect version of life that doesn’t really...

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Strategies to grow attention span

  This past Wednesday afternoon, my 9 year old son kept switching between two tasks. Writing a full page of a mantra praising Lord Shiva, a homework from our Sunday Hindu school. (He hated it) Reading 10 pages of the comic book, Calvin and Hobbes. (He loved it) As he...

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Here’s how you can extend your brain

  What is Brain extending:  We usually don't live in the present moment, because we find ourselves overwhelmed in our heads with tasks that need to be remembered, facts we've just learnt and out-of-the-blue ideas that have sparked inside of us. At the same time, we...

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Strategies for reducing stress in children

  Strategies to improve your family's wellbeing:  Teaching children how to manage stress is key to their emotional and physical well being. Here are some practical strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your children and the over all wellbeing of your...

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Where do your roots of optimism come from?

  If there's anything unifying about humanity's existence, its our solitary pursuit of happiness. Its the way in which we choose to define our successes and identify our failures. Its how we contemplate on how well we've spent our lives. Its our unbridled hope for our...

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How to lead effortlessly

Live and lead actively:  We're all leaders because we lead our lives. But, is there a way to live an optimal existence? Yes, here's how. Take Initiative: Sometimes all you've to do in a new situation is to take initiative to be labeled as a leader. Even such quick...

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How to be Human: Man vs. Animal

  I grew up watching Indian movies and rubbernecking at street fights in my hometown. Most often during the most dramatic moments of these events, one person would be challenging another with, "Are you a human or an animal? Are you eating grass or rice?" When we would...

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Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

  Personal accountability leads to extraordinary personal productivity. And channeling that productive energy in the right direction can transform children into leaders. And, its possible for these little beings to become great leaders while keeping their humanity...

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How to meditate

  1. Create a sacred bubble in your house. It can be a small mat or rug on which you can sit comfortably. Pick a favorite thing to give you company. It can be a pillow, a trinket or even a book. Now you have created a shell where you are full of bliss (Go with the...

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Momentous

It’s not the lack of money that makes me cry like my heart is about to burst. You want to know what it is?   It’s something you have or don’t more than I do, because there’s no straight finish line here. It ticks away silently mocking our indignant ways with wasteful...

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The cardinal wisdom of the Native Americans

  The 7 Sacred Directions of Life:  In the Native American way, there are 7 sacred directions of a life's journey. There are the 4 cardinal directions representing the different stages in his life and there's the sky above and the earth below and the 7th direction...

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Focus: The new age currency

  Disclaimer:  This post will require your undivided attention.    What's that? Focus, the concept of undivided attention is staying on a task for an extended period of time. It's our capacity to do deep, uninterrupted, quality work. A recent Bankrate survey of top...

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On Diversity and Collaboration

Scott Lanyon, Vice Provost & Dean of Graduate Education at the University of Minnesota said this at the U of M Arts Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement ceremony this afternoon. "Earning a graduate degree is a significant undertaking, one that less than 10%...

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Why darkness can be a gift

  Years ago, you had looked up to see if anyone loved what you wrote. You tried to look in their eyes to see If they understood your scribbles. Your childhood hand wrote in dyslexia, waving your pen with much fun as daddy's shaving foam, But now its purposefully...

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Want to thrive in life? Start a journal.

Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things—childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves—that go on slipping like sand through our fingers. ~ Salman Rushdie * A journal is a meta...

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Thoughts that changed this life

“When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in...

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Pick up grit on the way to greatness

  "To be gritty is to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To be gritty is to hold fast to an interesting and purposeful goal. To be gritty is to invest, day after week after year, in challenging practice. To be gritty is to fall down seven times, and rise...

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Want to transcend the plight of life? Meditate.

Why this guide: (Long claim.) It has no hyperbole or BS. Things you will need: Just your phone. BUT, out of reach on a 20 minute timer. Nothing else, not even a Sanskrit prayer or an orange robe. * What is meditation:  The action of inaction Nothing but your state of...

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Words that changed this life..

... and tenderly touching a piece of bread in one's coat pocket, first stroking it with frozen gloveless fingers, then breaking off a crumb and putting it in one's mouth ... * This is one of those longing nights when my eyelids don't shut tight because of the welling...

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Where the mind is free

When I read Sylvia Plath poetry, I often think of the manner in which she died. Putting her head in an open oven and killing herself, while her little children slept in the adjacent bedroom. Did she see herself alone in her thoughts? Was her loneliness self inflicted?...

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Karma Yoga and the secrets to Inner Transformation

*** Source: Lessons of Life of Bhakthi (Devotion) from the Ramayana: By Swami Tejomayananda, an Indian spiritual leader and head of Chinmaya Mission. These are my notes on the discourse I attended when he visited Atlanta in July of 2015.  * I feel that it is my duty...

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Now

Of all the things I have and can desire to have, my time on this earth, and the time my kids will have of mine is finite. I am mindful of that. What I am also painfully mindful is that I do not choose well how I spend it. As an adult, time and the freedom to do...

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