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Episode 19 - Opinions: Everyone and their dog has one

4/19/2018
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Opinions: Everyone and their dog has one Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License “Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance” - Plato Humans are social animals. -We spend our entire lives applying for acceptance into a social circles. Whether it be a clique at school, a university, a job with a company, or a movement, we’re always looking for a pace to belong. -When your...

Duration:00:15:11

Episode 18 - Part 2: 3 Ps in driving success: Patience, Perseverance, Persistence

4/12/2018
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Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License Perseverance. Definition: consistent continuation in the act of a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties,obstacles, or discouragement. “Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.” - Samuel Johnson Perseverance is the continuation of...

Duration:00:12:26

Episode 18 - Part 1: 3 Ps in driving success: Patience, Perseverance, Persistence

4/5/2018
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3 Ps in driving success: Patience, Perseverance, Persistence Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License https://www.huffingtonpost.com/malcolm-levene/the-relevance-of-the-3-ps-patience-perseverance- persistence_b_9608116.html Patience. Definition: able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. As the bearing of provocation, annoyance,...

Duration:00:11:30

Episode 17 - Gratitude: the 1st step towards spreading kindness

3/29/2018
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Gratitude: the 1st step towards spreading kindness Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License http://happierhuman.com/benefits-of-gratitude/ Gratitude - a feeling of appreciation or thanks. The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. - Gratitude makes us happier. - Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a...

Duration:00:16:12

Episode 16: Dealing with hostility, keeping your head while everyone is losing theirs

3/22/2018
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Dealing with hostility, keeping your head while everyone is losing theirs Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License - In life; you can’t choose the people you deal with, sometimes you can (i.e friends); but in other situations, you are stuck with people whom you may not be comfortable dealing with. That is a part and parcel of life; and you should consider it as a form of testing for...

Duration:00:14:00

Episode 15 - Part 2: Luck. How far can it bring you?

3/15/2018
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Luck. How far can it bring you? Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License “I am a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it” - Thomas Jefferson - Psychologists use the term hindsight bias to describe our tendency to think, after the fact, that an event was predictable even when it wasn’t. Hindsight bias, also known as the knew-it-all-along effect or...

Duration:00:12:04

Episode 15 - Part 1: Luck. How far can it bring you?

3/12/2018
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Luck. How far can it bring you? Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/why-luck-matters-more-than-you-might- think/476394/ - Definition: success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions. - Most people give luck more credit than it is due. Sunny skies that happened when you REALLY needed it? Luck....

Duration:00:11:38

Episode 14: Breaking the rules; and getting away with it

3/8/2018
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Breaking the rules; and getting away with it Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License “Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching- even when doing the wrong thing is legal.” - Aldo Leopold - Everybody loves a good “bad-boy” story about the person who broke rules and did well with it. - On the last episode on honesty, I talked about my gambling story and how I...

Duration:00:12:01

Episode 13: Honesty, the only policy?

3/1/2018
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Honesty, the only policy? Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License https://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-ann-kennedy/is-honesty-really-the-bes_b_6171242.html “Honesty without kindness, humor and goodheartedness can be just mean” - Pema Chodron - Talk about introduction and how advise needs to be properly applied. Like would you want someone to tell you that you’re ugly; although beauty is in...

Duration:00:15:50

Episode 12 - Part 1: Money and Finances, advice and lessons from an ex-gambler and suicide survivor

2/19/2018
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Episode 12 - Part 1: Money and Finances, advice and lessons from an ex-gambler and suicide survivor Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License “Money can’t buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery” - Spike Milligan - not a coincidence we talk about it after forgiveness, which probably was too gloomy and somber for it’s own good. But it was a topic close to my...

Duration:00:11:39

Episode 11: Forgiveness, it can set you free

2/15/2018
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Forgiveness, it can set you free Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License “If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive” - Mother Theresa - As previously spoken about in episodes on challenges and failures; Being hurt in life is a very normal process because sooner or later; things will not turn the way we hoped or expected it to. - While it’s important not to stress the small...

Duration:00:15:57

Episode 10 - Part 2: Living life without regrets

2/8/2018
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Living life without regrets Part 2 Music: “Just A Blip” by Andy G. Cohen From the Free Music Archive Released under a Creative Commons Attribution International License - Personal story - Let Go of the Victim Mentality. The longer time spent complaining, the longer the amount of time required to formulate solutions and to get out of the issues encountered/experienced. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by...

Duration:00:13:23

Episode 10 - Part 1: Living life without regrets

2/5/2018
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Living life without regrets - From wikipedia: “Regret is a negative conscious and emotional emotion to one’s personal decision-making, a choice resulting in action or inaction. Regret is related to perceived opportunity.” - Seeing all of this growing up had a profound impact on me as it made me resolve never to have regrets. Obviously, saying is easier than doing it; but over time and years, this has now changed to “if ever there is a doubt in doing something that could cause regret,...

Duration:00:10:26

Episode 9: Be present for today, tomorrow will come soon enough

2/1/2018
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Be present for today, tomorrow will come soon enough “Remember then: there is only one time that is important– Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” - Leo Tolstoy “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” - Oprah Winfrey - Today is an important day; you may not think it as such but it is. Why? Because today...

Duration:00:10:12

Episode 8: Happiness, Overrated or just misunderstood?

1/25/2018
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Happiness, Overrated or just misunderstood? https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-judith-rich/happiness-its-overrated_b_685851.html - The world puts alot of emphasis on living a “happy” life. There is a huge industry towards “finding happiness” that proposes that if you don’t have ongoing happiness then you need to pursue it. You need to find your purpose, change your job, get a new partner, move locations—do something, anything, to find the happiness that you are missing. - A never-ending...

Duration:00:12:56

Episode 7: Moving on and letting go - Part 2

1/18/2018
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Moving on and letting go: Part 2 -Summary and recap from the 1st Episode. - No one is saying that this process is easy, but there is no denying that it’s important in order to ensure that you don’t become mentally affected by what has happened, and also to allow moving on with one’s life. - Talk about 2nd Suicide attempt as an example of the stages. - Also equally important is being able to forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you forget, but it does mean that you let go of all...

Duration:00:08:46

Episode 7: Moving on and letting go - Part 1

1/15/2018
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Moving on and letting go: Part 1 Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. Charles R. Swindoll 5 stages of grief: https://grief.com/the-five-stages-of-grief/ - The phrase letting go tends to be more associated with relationships and associations with other people, but it actually applies to everything in life. - People start off idealistic and...

Duration:00:12:13

Episode 6: Stop sweating the small stuff

1/11/2018
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Stop sweating the small stuff - All of us have our struggles in life as we grow up. This is because we all have a small amount of effort that we can use to combat things that happen. For things that are especially important to us; we worry. - This is because We can be very narrow and macro-minded when it comes to what we perceive as our problems. Also, this is not helped by the fact that as humans, we are very inward and self-looking. - Despite popular belief and practise, being...

Duration:00:10:14

Episode 5: Failures, failures and more failures; it’s not the end of the world

1/5/2018
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Failures, failures and more failures; it’s not the end of the world “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill- - When we do things; it either works or it doesn’t. Similar to turning on-off the lights, it should be regarded as one of 2 possibilities. In that sense; failure gets a bad reputation as a one-time-shot and done, but really; it’s part of everyday challenges. - In fact, failure is life’s great teacher; it’s...

Duration:00:15:01

Episode 4: An introduction to realistic optimism

12/28/2017
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An introduction to realistic optimism http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/optimism_pessimism.htm The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. -William Arthur Ward- - The world is generally split across optimists whom call themselves “being positive” and pessimists are generally sub-divided into people whom call themselves “realistic” and those whom can be best be politely described as “critical”. - The truth is,...

Duration:00:10:17

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