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Video – The Opportunity of Adversity
by On February 26, 2010

The thesaurus might equate “disabled” with synonyms like “useless” and “mutilated,” but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity — in her case, being born without shinbones — actually opens the door for human potential.

Aimee Mullins was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run — competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta.

At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

After school, Mullins did some modeling — including a legendary runway show for Alexander McQueen — and then turned to acting, appearing as the Leopard Queen in Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle. In 2008 she was the official Ambassador for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

She’s a passionate advocate for a new kind of thinking about prosthetics, and recently mentioned to an interviewer that she’s been looking closely at MIT’s in-development powered robotic ankle, “which I fully plan on having.”

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Need Memory Training? A Poem about Being Forgetful
by On February 25, 2010

memorybuttonDo you forget more than you remember?

Our Memory Training Workshop can help! You will learn how to remember names, abstract information and even cures for absent-mindedness.  We guarantee you will see at least a 300% increase in your memory.

After taking our workshop, won’t relate to this funny poem about forgetting….

Forgetter Be Forgotten?
My forgetter’s getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke

For when I’m ‘here’ I’m wondering
If I really should be ‘there’
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven’t got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,
Say ‘what am I here for?’
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,
Say ‘Hi’ and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, ‘who the hell was that?

Yes, my forgetter’s getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it’s driving me plumb crazy
And that isn’t any joke.

Please send this to everyone you know


More information on Freedom Personal Development’s Memory Training Workshop

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Tolerance (with audio)
by On February 24, 2010

being who they truly are. Quite often it’s what other people think, what have they have taught us to believe, and most importantly, what they say…the indelible, powerful, influence of words. What I’ve come to realize is many times the things that come out of my own cialis24pharmacy online mouth are not necessarily what I truly believe deep down inside. There is no connection to my core, no pipeline to my soul. They are a collection of other people’s perspectives and opinions that appeared during a time when a perspective was needed and have hung around ever since. After a while, it has become a part of my make-up and ultimately starts to flow out of my mouth the next time that topic comes up in conversation. And so it goes… What I have found helpful is to examine areas of my life where I have strong opinions and a rigid viewpoint. Where did it come from and pharmacyonline canada24d when did it begin? When I start to look closer, many times I will find some old programming still clunking away. It’s not who I am or how I truly feel if I stop to think about it, just something I picked up along the way and accepted by listening to someone else…handed down through the generations. Or it may be an area of my business where I’ve come to see my actions indicate a belief about a certain industry, type of person, or part of our business process. When I really think about that core belief, I realize I don’t even agree with it–it’s simply a thought that has taken hold as a result of an experience. So my challenge is to pick an area where you may express strong opinions or potentially judge others and ask yourself – where did this come from and have I ever really examined why I feel this way? Do I truly believe this? What would it be like if you simply said “whatever” in lieu of judgment? Post one of your revelations, and cast some light on it. Perhaps it’s time for new perspective, one that is unbiased…one that comes from within. Be Free! Ken Budka Training Coordinator

Top 10 Negative Self-Talk Phrases and How to Replace Them
by On February 23, 2010

Self-TalkToday’s Top 10 Tips Tuesday comes from life coach Russell Small (

Our challenge to you this week is to consciously listen to what you say to yourself. Jot your dominant thoughts down on a piece of paper. Then look at the list below and identify the limiting self-talk patterns you hold (listed on the left). Take these negative phrases and replace them with the affirming phrases on the right.

Remember, what is within, so without. Our inner world creates the outer circumstance and shapes the events that we experience. Our inner world consists of our thoughts, and beliefs. A belief is a thought with a feeling associated with it. We can consciously choose to change our thoughts and beliefs at any time and by doing so we can improve the quality of our experiences.

Every time we possess a feeling or experience an emotion – of any kind- we have chosen it. If we chose to feel negatively and believe a thought – then we have chosen to be a product of bad thinking. A thought can produce an emotion only if you believe it to be true. Believe it or not holding onto a thought and creating a feeling is a choice, just like it’s our choice to insert a new one.

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Negative Self-Talk Replace with Positive Self-Talk
1.  I never get anything right… 1.  I always learn from my mistakes and failures
2.  This is difficult… 2.  Challenges make me stronger
3.  I have no time to ______ 3.  I will make time to ______
4.  I am cursed 4.  I am blessed
5.  What if I try and fail? 5.  This will work for me!
6.  I wish I had ______ 6.  ______ is on the way!
7.  There goes another opportunity… 7.  Things always turn out for the best
8.  I’ll never get there… 8.  I am stretching towards my biggest goals
9.   I can’t do that… 9.  I’ll do that and to the best of my ability!
10. If only I were ______ I would 10. Because I am ______ I will do this

For more ideas on how to turn negative phrases into positives, visit:

How to Remember Meeting Times
by On February 22, 2010

Leah SimpsonHas this ever happened to you? You are in someone’s office, or on the phone in your car, and you set up a meeting. By the time you get to your calendar to write it down, you cannot recall the time of the meeting? You have to call the person and look like you either did not really care about your meeting or that you are not very smart. Well, you do care, and you are smart, so how can we stop that from happening?

We will use the Mental File Folder System we teach at our Memory Training Workshop – all you need is a File, an Image and some Glue.

Step 1 – File 

You know what the person looks like, so you have your file.

Step 2 – Image

 Now you need an image for the time of the meeting. From your Tree List, you have images for times on the hour—1 through 12. That’s a good start. Now you just need an image for the minute—usually appointments start on the hour or half hour. Sometimes, the quarter hour. So let’s get pictures for 15, 30, and 45. 15 is easy—a paycheck (or money) from your tree list.

For 30 and 45, we will use a bit of advanced numbers. Using phonetics to create a picture for 30, you get “Muh” for 3 and “Suh” for 0. “Muh-Suh”. I use Mouse. Using phonetics for 45, you get “Ruh” for 4, and “Luh” for 5. “Ruh-Luh” I use rail.

For more information on advanced numbers, be sure to check out the Advanced Numbers and Playing Cards program available on our website. Otherwise, you can use mouse for 30 and rail for 45.

Step 3 – Glue

So, you have a 2:30 meeting with Dave. Picture Dave with a big light switch on his face. When you flip the light switch, a mouse comes running out of his mouth. Now you know your meeting is at 2:30.

You have a 3:45 meeting with Mike. Picture Mike swinging a stool over his head. He smacks the stool into a rail. Now you know your meeting with Mike is at 3:45.

One more. You have a 1:00 meeting with Nick. Picture Nick with a big tree coming out of his head. You know your meeting with Nick is at 1:00.

Can you remember that picture until you write it on your calendar—of course you can! Just use your memory tools!

Be Free!

Leah Simpson

Video – Brian Tracy on Doing What You Love
by On February 19, 2010

Why do people continue to work after they have achieved their financial goals? Because it makes them happy! When you do what you love, your brain releases endorphins that make you feel good and gives you a natural high.

Happiness is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. When you are moving towards a goal, your brain motivates you by producing more endorphins. So if you are loving what you do, it makes striving for achievement motivating and it is a forgone conclusion you will become successful…..and have fun doing it!

I hope you are doing what you love.

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How to Create a Business Book Club
by On February 17, 2010

Abby Marks BealeCreating a Business Book Club to Make Your Business Reading Easier

Don’t you just marvel at people at work who talk about the books they read and what they learned? You think, “Good for them, they’ve got time to read. . . but I don’t.” Yes, time is certainly a factor but what’s one of the best ways to make time? Make a commitment to others and meet regularly.

In other words, create a business book club!

Being a member of a business book club is the easiest, most fun way to get you to read while infusing your brain with usable information. (You can also adapt this information for starting a casual book club with your friends.) Setting one up is easy if you follow these simple parameters:

  • Ideal Size: 10-12 (knowing that only 8-10 will probably make it on a regular basis)
  • Meeting Frequency: Once a month at the same time (i.e.1st Friday of the month)
  • Suggested Meeting Length: 30-60 minutes before work begins or over lunch (after work creates high levels of attrition)
  • Location: A quiet and private conference or meeting room
  • Fees: Just the cost of the books
  • Refreshments: optional, pot-luck or bring- your- own

At your first meeting, decide what types of books you want to read. Then talk about ground rules to include the responsibilities of members such as reading the book (!), attending meetings, absentee policy, judgment-free participation guidelines, guests, etc.

Every meeting should have a designated facilitator who reminds members of the upcoming meeting, leads the discussion, monitors start and stop times, and encourages dialogue from all participants. The facilitator can stay the same or rotate among the members.

That’s it! As you continue to meet, go with what works and abandon things that don’t. As a result, you will be more interested in reading, more interesting to talk to and more well-informed!


Abby Marks Beale is founder of The Corporate Educator, a professional speaking and training company specializing in helping with busy people work smarter, faster and just plain better. Go to

Abby also created Freedom Personal Development’s Reading Smart Workshop – check for locations in your area.

57 Reasons Why People LOVE Working at Freedom Personal Development
by On February 16, 2010

Freedom 3CYesterday, on our blog, we announced Freedom Personal Development was hiring for sales / speaker positions.  If you are wondering what kind of people work here, and WHY they work here, we are proud to share with you the responses collected from our current team.  We asked everyone to submit a few bullet points on why they like working with this company.

You will notice our Core Values were a popular response – click here for more details on the values we anchor our decisions and direction to.

Here is what the current Freedom Team had to say about working at Freedom Personal Development…..

  1. Freedom Personal Development gives me the chance to impact thousands of people.
  2. It forces me to grow and be a living example of our core values.
  3. It allows me to live out what work is supposed to be – a vehicle for freedom in my Life and my family’s Life, while doing something that benefits society in a very direct way.
  4. It’s fun!
  5. I am working with a product that truly improves the lives of everyone who comes in contact with it.
  6. It is infectious – not only to me but to all of our clients – to be surrounded by co-workers who set and accomplish goals and strive to live life to the fullest with great attitudes.
  7. The company’s core values of integrity, joy, freedom, excellence, and profitability are in perfect harmony with my personal values.
  8. The freedom and flexibility it allows me in planning my own life.
  9. The joy and professionalism of the people at Freedom Personal Development make it a wonderful place to work.
  10. The company keeps me in touch with people who care about others and who are genuine in their desire to help mankind; while at the same time allowing me the opportunity to grow as a person through my friendships within the company.
  11. By associating with the right people, I am kept abreast of what is happening in the speaking arena.
  12. Most importantly, the company’s core values are in sync with my personal aspirations.
  13. It is an organization made up of people who actually live out the core values.
  14. As a former Olympic athlete, I love being part of a closely knit team. The Freedom Team allows me to maintain my my own personal identity and strengths while simultaneously feasting on the dynamics of a team with mind boggling core values.
  15. The leadership is savvy, the principles that drive the training and instruction are proven, and the customer service is poised to truly satisfy our clients. WOW. What’s not be juiced out of your mind about?
  16. It’s not a job, it’s your own business.
  17. There are no limit to what you can accomplish.
  18. Working with different people and places everyday.
  19. Everyone in the company shares the same values as I do.
  20. I am privileged to have relationships with this inspiring group of overachievers who are supportive and eager for my growth.
  21. I am surrounded by the best group of professionals in the world. I am honored.
  22. I am blessed to work and associate with the highest quality individuals who constantly challenge me to pursue my own personal freedoms.
  23. The opportunity I have been given to change others lives (hopefully profoundly) gives me great joy.
  24. I am working with the most amazing people both professionally and personally.
  25. The ability to change people’s lives with my career.
  26. Working with Freedom Personal Development is not just a career, it is a way of life.
  27. Freedom Personal Development allows me to achieve my life’s purpose, which is to help people achieve joy and success in the personal and professional lives.
  28. The people in this organization are literally the most inspiring, passionate, competitive and FUN group I have ever been around. It’s an absolute blessing to call them colleagues and friends.
  29. The company’s core values of integrity, joy, freedom, excellence, and profitability fire me up and continue to teach and guide me on daily basis.
  30. I am so fortunate to be working with a company that encourages and supports growth in every aspect of your life to achieve balance (mental, physical, financial, professional, spiritual).
  31. Everyone needs to be held accountable….FPD does that for me and it helps me succeed.
  32. I work with the most amazing and inspirational people I could imagine. Who could ask for more?
  33. I like working at Freedom Personal Development because of the values promoted and lived, the caliber of people I’m surrounded by, and the opportunity to have an impact in a very positive way.
  34. The core values are in line with my values and outlook on life.
  35. The products and services we offer truly enhance people’s lives.
  36. Life is too short to not surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. Everyone at FPD is a positive influence.
  37. I have never worked for an organization as dedicated to growth and development as FPD. Truly an outstanding group of individuals who consistently are there for each other and willing to help in every possible way.
  38. I have grown more as an individual in this organization than ever before. A true reflection of our core values, especially that of Freedom which I enjoy more and more each day. I am continually inspired by everyone in this organization and am proud to be one of the essential ingredients in the mix.
  39. I enjoy the enthusiastic and cultivating atmosphere of Freedom Personal Development.
  40. This is the first job where I can actually say I like going to work.
  41. I believe the products we offer and services we provide GENUINELY help people.
  42. The quality of the people, the values that this company has, the energy, enthusiasm, and ambiance these people exude keeps me smiling.
  43. The company lives by its core values.
  44. The flexibility of working from home.
  45. The positive work atmosphere helps me become a more positive person.
  46. It’s a training company that truly strives to be what it should be, consistent with their Core Values, and what they teach.
  47. Emphasis on Gratitude and the pursuit of Excellence…how cool is that!
  48. The people are terrific to work with and the positive energy is important.
  49. The company treats me with respect and it’s like being in a family atmosphere. Simply stated, all companies should be like this one.
  50. I love the work I do here and the rewards are endless if you put your mind to it.
  51. WORK?!? I have too much fun to call this work. Seriously, if you stopped paying me, I would still show up.
  52. I have the freedom to pursue and develop new ideas and products.
  53. The products we produce make a positive impact in the lives of our clients.
  54. The culture is focused on continual improvement, for me professionally, personally and for the company.
  55. Our Core Values and the way we use them to make decisions ROCK!
  56. The atmosphere at Freedom Personal Development and the attitudes of the people working with the company have provided me with an environment fostering growth in both my professional life and in my personal life.
  57. I am able to help people increase the quality of their lives, while improving my own self, and I can see immediate evidence of that every single day.

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Visit our Career Opportunities page if you would like more information on how to join the Freedom Personal Development Team.

Freedom Personal Development is Hiring
by On February 15, 2010

Freedom Personal Development is hiring for multiple speaker/sales postitions in major cities across the country. If you are looking for a career where you are your own boss, have access to the best coaches in the country and live a life of freedom all while helping people better their lives, this is the job for you.

Here is more information about the position and how to apply:


• To sell and teach the most sought after business skills in America.
• To give high impact presentations to groups of 5 to 150 people.
• To develop and maintain relationships with our training clients.

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Video – Tony Robbins on Motivation in a Slump
by On February 12, 2010

What do you focus on when turbulence hits your life? Where do your emotions take you? Tony Robbins talks with Matt Lauer on NBC’s the “TODAY” show about emotional fitness in today’s economic times. Learn what it takes to thrive, not just survive.