Understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs | Motivation Series Part 1

Do you understand your motivation?
What motivates you?

Do you ever catch yourself saying things like, “If I was motivated enough,” “I need more motivation,” “I just don’t feel motivated”?

To understand and stimulate our motivations, I will be creating a 4 part series on motivation. We will be looking at a variety of motivation types and how we can apply the knowledge to our daily lives. Motivation is usually broadly defined as a strong will or desire, but things that motivate me may not motivate you, and at its core, motivation is a very personal topic and its foundation may be vastly different for each individual.

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How to Increase Your Reading Speed and Retention

Take your reading skills to the next level by implementing simple strategies
Take your reading skills to the next level by implementing simple strategies

Have you ever wanted to increase your reading speed and retention for school or work?  Many professors at the university level tend to assign more reading than is possible to read.  Your workplace may require you to read and digest technical manuals frequently.  Or you may be a high school student trying to develop skills for college.  Whatever your case may be, reading is a crucial skill in the information age where many jobs are fast becoming knowledge work.

The tips I’ll share with you below are especially useful for textbooks that are mainly information gathering and retention-type reading.  The tips below can also be applied to other types of reading that require high retention. Continue reading How to Increase Your Reading Speed and Retention

Minimalism, 7 Steps to a Simpler Life

Got Minimalist?
Got Minimalist?

Up until recently, I’ve never gave much thought to minimalism and how it could benefit my life.  Although growing up I was raised in a ‘mottainai‘ culture, I never connected its ideals with minimalism.  Stumbling across blogs such as mnmlist, aspects of minimalistic living resonated well with me and I began to implement the simple pieces of minimalism to my work and living space to great success. Continue reading Minimalism, 7 Steps to a Simpler Life

Never Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

evernote-logoNever Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

Just like anyone else, I’m sure that you’ve lost a few great ideas along the way because you didn’t have a way to record the idea when it came up.  Moleskine® are great to carry around town, but when I’m in front of a computer at work and a flow of ideas come rushing, I need a good method to catch it.  In the past, when my ideas came up, I would rush to write it down on a piece of paper, or type it up in a text document to save it for later, but I never ended up using the notes.  I’d tried emailing it to myself and keeping the hand written notes, but it didn’t work out for me because I didn’t get into the habit of looking back at my notes.

This is when I found Evernote.

What is Evernote?
Taken directly from Evernote’s website,”Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.”  Simply put, Evernote is an application that allows you to take notes in many forms. (Text, images, video, audio)  But the biggest selling point for me was the automatic syncing that allowed me to access the same notes on any computer I used. Continue reading Never Lose Great Ideas Again with Evernote : A great tool for all Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

Why 100 Calorie Packs Make You Fat

Are you really eating less?
Are you really eating less?

This is a guest post by Dave Darmon, the author of LifeExcursion.

I don’t know when these false healthy alternatives arrived in our always dieting society, but I do know that they are not helping one bit. Sure, the premise sounds great. “Want your favorite snack? Here, have 1/6th less of it!” That does sound amazing. That is until you kill the whole box.

I used to work in an office place. You know, the kind of place where everyone has their own cubicles, works 9-5, sits around all day, does enough work to not get fired, gossips at the water-cooler and everywhere else, and eats all that unhealthy food provided by everyone for birthday’s, celebrations, Friday’s and so on. Luckily, while I was there, I stayed quite focused and the lifestyle structure really helped me focus on my training despite my dislike for the whole answering to ‘The Man’ deal. I built these great friendships that I have to this day. Unfortunately, these great friends opened themselves, and for a short while me, to the world of 100 calorie packs. Continue reading Why 100 Calorie Packs Make You Fat

10 Tips to Get More Out of Google in Less Time

Use the 10 tips to make you a better Googler!
Use the 10 tips to make you a better Googler!

We know that Google holds the majority market share for search results on the Internet, and with 76.7 billion searches last year, Google gets asked a lot of questions.  But to get the best answers, we have to know how to ask the right questions.  I put together 10 simple tips below to help you get more out of Google and in less time:

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The 7 Extraordinary Benefits of Rising Early

Greet the morning sun
Enjoy the sunrise

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

* Ring! * ah, !@$&%*(!!!!

I’ve always been terrible at waking up early. As soon as the alarm went off, I would hit the snooze button faster than I could think about hitting the snooze button. I hated waking up early, I felt too tired, too groggy. I had tried many times to become an early riser, only to fail every single time. As I mentioned in my previous posts, because I was a night owl, I always felt best after the sun went down. Being a night owl may not have been such a problem if my work schedule fit my natural sleep patterns, but I was expected to be in the office at 8am which made for an entertaining morning sprint out the door every single day!

Fortunately, I was able to overcome the night owl chronotype by studying and experimenting with various theories and creating an effective method of early rising. After many attempts and many failures, I was able to re-create myself as an early bird. I currently wake up at 5:00 am and since creating the habit, I have personally seen a marked decrease in procrastination and solid improvement in my punctuality. If that’s not enough to convince you to wake up, here are a few more gifts waking up early will award you with.

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4 Tips to Combat Sweat During Lunchtime Exercise

Try the 4 tips to minimize odor and sweat stains
Try the 4 tips to minimize odor and sweat stains

Is the thought of getting sweaty keeping you from exercising during lunchtime?
Sweating helps our body cool down to its optimal temperature, but when you want to get some exercise in during work hours or lunchtime, being drenched in sweat and smelling like a pig sty isn’t the best way to get along with your coworkers. Although there is no way to completely keep you from breaking a sweat, there are many things you can do to minimize sweat stains and body odor during work.

Here are 4 simple tips to get you started:

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5 Lessons I Learned From a 300 Million Dollar Man

Are you taking advantage of learning opportunities at your workplace?
Are you taking advantage of learning opportunities at your workplace?

5 Lessons I Learned from a 300 Million Dollar Man

Living in a capitalistic society, I tend to wonder what characteristics contribute to a financially successful person. Although I currently work in a constrictive corporate 9 to 5, there are many opportunities to learn and enrich myself within the confines of my company. Even among the negatives of the corporate world, I’m lucky enough to work in an environment where the president of the company is readily accessible.

Thomas, the president of the company, created the business from scratch 35 years ago with his father and brother. With only $20,000 in capital to start the company, they worked tirelessly out of their small living room. Since then, the business has grown exponentially, raising revenues to $300,000,000 and employing over 600 full time staff.

I used to be a night owl and had a difficult time getting out of bed and getting to work. (If you haven’t read my post ‘night owl turned early bird,’ let’s just say I was consistently late to work) Obviously, the president took notice of my tardiness and so began the “come into my office, for a talk.” Rather than threats or intimidation, however, he began teaching me what he believed lead to his successes in life.

The 5 lessons I learned from the 300 million dollar man:

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What Are You Doing To Prepare For The Future?

Are you prepared for the future?
World Population Since 1300 A.D. Chart

Did you know:

There are 540,000 words in the English language; about five times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

Did you know:

Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago; New media, Organic agriculture, e-business, Nanotechnology, Homeland security

Did you know:

1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005 met online

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