Persistence is the ability to stick with something. If you practice the violin for over a year in order to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” perfectly, that’s persistence!  Persistence can also mean something that lasts for a very long time. . Definition of persistence according to vocabulary.com 1 – noun – the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating […]

How to Train Your Brain to Focus

The science-backed reasons you can’t focus, and how to change that.   “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” —Dr. Seuss People often say that if you follow your passion, you’re never really “working” at work. But that’s not always true. To understand why […]

3 Habits Holding Back Your Mental Performance

Nowadays, most of us spend time doing work that prioritizes the mind, spending hours staring at a screen, solving problems and flexing our creativity. For that reason, knowing how to optimize mental performance isn’t just important, it can mean the difference between success and failure. The problem is, while most of us know some basic activities for improving cognitive performance, […]


There are two polar opposites: Staying still and Breaking. It’s easy to visualize each end of the axis, whatever the activity. In between is stretching. Stretching is growth. Extending our reach. Becoming more resilient, limber and powerful. Stretching hurts a bit, and maybe leaves us just a little bit sore. But then, tomorrow, we can stretch further than […]

6 Reasons Why You Need to Rethink Success

Over the last several years, I have become addicted to reading, writing and talking about success. I follow motivational speakers on Twitter. I regularly listen to tips and tricks on podcasts and YouTube about how to find success in your career, business, relationships, or extracurricular activities. I’ve gone to talks, networked, made connections, and sought […]

3 Steps to Cultivating a Winning Mindset

The key to success is all in your head. Mindset is everything when it comes to being successful. It doesn’t matter how talented you are or how many connections you have. If you don’t have the right mindset you won’t go very far. You’re always going to have a winner’s or loser’s mindset. A winner’s mindset acknowledges that whatever […]

What’s In Your Coffee?

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? “Well because someone bumped into me, of course!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was coffee in your cup. Had there been […]

3 Instant Cures for Stress and Overwhelm

These quick and simple tips will give you the clarity and momentum you need to keep growing. If you have ambitious goals of creating new levels of growth and success in your life, then odds are you deal with a fair amount of stress. This doesn’t mean you’re weak, worrisome or in-over-your-head. It simply means you’re human. […]

Which is worse…

Failure or fear of failure? Fear or fear of fear? Trying and failing or not trying at all? Speaking up and not being heard, or suffering in silence? Caring and losing, or not caring at all? Doing or wondering? Source: Seth Godin For some, the answers may not be clear, cut and dry; whereas for […]

Character Is Fate, Deeds Not Words

It was 162 years ago that one of our favorite subjects on this site was born: Booker T. Washington. Born a slave in Virginia, made free by the Civil War, and then a self-educated college graduate, Booker T. Washington is one of the most underrated of all the Civil Rights Activists, a man who in […]

Facing the inner critic

Part of his power comes from the shadows. We hear his voice, we know it by heart. He announces his presence with a rumble and he runs away with a wisp of smoke. But again and again, we resist looking him in the eye, fearful of how powerful he is. We’re afraid that like the […]

7 Ways to Break Free From Your Fears

Everything is a test in life. Defining moments like graduation, job, marriage, house, relationships, failures, and pain are daunting moments. Our conscious mind dwells on living up to expectations that society pushes on us. Fear carries a great source of growth; a doorway to discover more about you.  However approaching such tests with a negative […]

What Are You Afraid Of?

HOW OUR BRAINS CREATE FEAR – AND WHY YOUNG PEOPLE PUSH PAST What makes us afraid? Snakes, the dark, rejection, love, spiders, the unknown, public speaking, flying, storms, failure — though the reasons are varied, we are all hardwired to feel fear. Or are we? What about people who never seem to be afraid? Or […]

The Importance Of Perseverance

Processes necessitate time for completion and precision. We must understand that the things that we desire will need fighting for and endless effort. In order for us to accomplish our aspirations, we must comprehend the importance of perseverance. Perseverance means fighting through, past your comfort zone. It means not giving up when the task reaches […]

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