How to Predict Where You’ll End Up in Life

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First things first

First things first

Do first things first, and second things not at all.

Peter Drucker

“The ability to set priorities, focus on them and not deviate may be the most important skill for success in life. The quote from Peter Drucker was written in the context of talking about business efficiency but can be applied to any field. With limited time and energy that is available, there are only so many things that can be done – no matter how many time management skills you learn. And because not all things get you the same return on investment it is important that you only do those things that are the best investment of your time, energy and also money.”

Source: First things first (Quote of the Month, December 2010)

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More great thoughts from my hero, Brian Johnson…

#perfection and #excellence

My guiding thought for this year:

“Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

Vince Lombardi

My inspiration and guide for this journey is Brian Johnson of (click the referral link in the menu bar). I first curated content from Brian in 2012 — fully 7 years ago — but in true Buddhist fashion, the teacher did not totally appear because the student was not ready.

In 2018 I floated like a twig in the rapids of divorce, business failure, and foreclosure slamming first up against one rock and then another, barely staying afloat. In 2019 (accompanied by one extraordinary person who saw in me what I could not see in myself) I am charting an aspirational course for success focusing on Energy, Work and Love with Brian as my guide. Join me. Make 2019 the greatest year of your life in an unending string of such awesome years…

Make 2019 the greatest year of your life in an unending string of such awesome years…

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How To Overcome Your Fear In 30 Seconds

As far as I can tell, I first ‘discovered’ Brian Johnson and his teaching on ‘ancient intelligence’ 7 years ago. This year? I am camping on his site learning and implementing all I can. Want to learn more? Click the link in the menu bar…

Bright, shiny objects!

Brian Johnson’s teachings are one of the best things I’ve discovered recently. He says:

Everyone has fear. Regardless of who we are, we all experience this emotion. Even the toughest of sporting legends and the bravest characters in history have at some point been crippled by fear. It’s what we do when fear is gripping our body and questioning our mindset that sets us apart.

Fear can often act as an indication that we have lost. It puts up an invisible barrier between our dreams signaling that we are at odds of achieving them. However, having the courage to break through that wall and turn your fear into excitement is what drives success and sets us free.

In this 12-minute video, Philosopher’s Notes author, Brian Johnson, is back again with some invaluable advice as he explains why we feel fear, and how we can all conquer it by following three…

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Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

Did you happen to see this on 60 minutes? I did and it stunned me…

Bright, shiny objects!

“60 Minutes” goes inside a landmark government study of young minds to see if phones, tablets and other screens are impacting adolescent brain development. Anderson Cooper reports.

Source: Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

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Equipping the next generation to conquer overload and distraction

Blogging Statistics and Trends: The 2018 Survey of 1000+ Bloggers

We’ve asked 1000 bloggers to tell us how they do it. How long is a typical blog post? What does it include? How is it promoted? Here is the complete report of blogging statistics, trends and insights, showing what bloggers are doing and what works now.

Source: Blogging Statistics and Trends: The 2018 Survey of 1000+ Bloggers | Orbit Media Studios

5 Stories That Prove the Road to Success Is Not a Straight Line

Whether you hold every job in the industry or fight through all obstacles to get to a country that will allow you to explore your passions. Your career is whatever you want it to be, so don’t hold yourself back: 5 Stories That Prove the Road to Success Is Not a Straight Line – Glassdoor Blog

Hands-on with Microsoft Launcher 5.0

I use this and I love it!

Want to get great at something? Get a coach

Need a coach? I’m can help you master WordPress, content marketing, internet marketing, and social media. Contact me here…

9 common-sense rules for getting the most out of meetings

Good thoughts on effective meetings

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Veteran financier Ray Dalio has been in every kind of meeting: the good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s how he keeps his meetings focused and productive: 9 common-sense rules for getting the most out of meetings


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The Little Things

A good reminder from Brian Johnson to focus on the ‘little things’…

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Is Your Client Newsletter a Marketing Albatross?

I like seeing other bloggers using Frankly, I think it’s all you need to establish a website. When it comes to the topic of marketing newsletters, my favorite approach is to pair a blog with MailChimp and create an ‘rss to newsletter’ campaign. Here are some other thoughts on the topic…

Marketing Craftsmanship

albatrossClient newsletters are the most widely used, often abused and hotly debated marketing tactic for professional services firms of any size. Here are three highly subjective myths and realities to help your firm determine whether it’s a worthwhile tool, or how to improve your current newsletter.

MYTH #1:       Your B2B Firm Needs a Client Newsletter

Marketers want you to believe that your firm needs a newsletter. But traditional newsletters – containing commentary ranging from tax legislation to new technology, or who’s joined the firm – are not a marketing necessity. In fact, at many firms their client newsletter is a marketing albatross. Each issue involves a frustrating hunt for timely information of genuine interest. Some firms avoid this pain by slapping their logo on boilerplate content purchased from a 3rd party, but those firms can pay a bigger price, in terms of brand damage. It says to target audiences, “We value our…

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Energy 101 – Intro

Sorry! Couldn’t resist sharing this one. I have dropped a television entertainment subscription to subscribe to Brian’s Optimize channel instead…

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We’re going to have a hard time actualizing our potential if we have a hard time getting out of bed. Energy is SUPER important. In fact, it’s the engine for our actualization. In this class, we’ll integrate a lot of the most essential aspects of eating, moving, and sleeping. But first, we’ll start by stepping back and recognizing just how important it is that we flip the switch in our minds—raising our standards and TRULY committing to being our best, most energized selves so we can change the world together, one person at a time, starting with YOU and me…


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How to Make Today a Masterpiece

One last thought today by Brian Johnson of

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#Reinventing Yourself by Steve Chandler

Another great post by Brian Johnson of…

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The 7-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Google Tasks

Do you keep a task list? It can be very helpful in keeping on top of all the things you have to do. When you consider that many of the tasks we must perform come to us in an email, then knowing how to use Google’s integrated task feature is a great help. “Learn how to get started with Google Tasks in just seven minutes, on your desktop or phone. With the new Google Tasks, you’ll be more productive and organized than ever”: The 7-Minute Guide to Getting Started With Google Tasks

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How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Effective ways on how to stop multitasking and start focusing if you want to boost your productivity and achieve more in less time: How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

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