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Video – Clarity and Purpose By Anthony Robbins
by On June 25, 2010

Everyone has the ability to live an extraordinary life. So why don’t more people live up to their potential? In this 8-minute video, Anthony Robbins argues it is because of our standards.

What ever you focus on in life tends to happen. Anthony shares a story with a thought-provoking message – life will pay any price you ask from it.

So when you ask, remember to:

1. Be specific – you will get what you ask for so make sure you ask for exactly what you want. Clarity is power.
2. Know the reasons behind your request. Purpose is power.
3. Have a massive action plan and know what you have to do to make it happen. A plan is power.

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Video – Steve Jobs on How to Live Before You Die
by On June 18, 2010

Steve Jobs dropped out of college to follow his passions. In this Stanford University commence speech, he shares some of the most pivotal points in his life. He urges graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself.

Recent comment from YouTube:

  • What I have learnt from these 15 minutes, I couldn’t have learnt from any other source. These 15 minutes will help me make my decision of what to do in life. I will “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”
  • best 15 mins of my life thank you!
  • You can achieve far better… or far worse. College and degrees are just one of many paths. Who’s to say Jobs or Gates would have done better if they hadn’t dropped out? It’s up to each one of us to know what’s best for ourselves.
  • I loved his focus on organic growth, i.e., living in the moment, doing things that fulfil you, and letting life unfold on its own. It’s so much more liberating than setting a goal and heading towards it with blinkers on.

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Video – The Secret and Oprah on Larry King
by On June 11, 2010

Larry King interview Oprah on the book, The Secret, and the impact it has had on her life. Oprah makes the point that you, and only you, are in charge of your life. This gives you great responsibility and creative power to attract what you want.

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Video – No Arms. No Legs. No Worries!
by On June 4, 2010

Born with no legs and no arms, Nick Vujicic encourages others, to focus on what they DO have, not what they DON’T have. And what Nick has is an incredible attitude and life filled with humor, smiles and thankfulness.

This video will give you chills, warm your heart and a reason to express gratitude for the gifts in your life.

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Video – Morning Motivation from a Little Girl
by On May 28, 2010

This little girl knows how to start out her day on a positive note!

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How do you start your morning?

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Fast Company Video – How to Write a To-Do List that Actually Gets Done
by On May 21, 2010 posted an article and video earlier this month on how to accomplish what you set out to do each day.  Enjoy!

A to-do list is a fundamental tool for getting things done: it helps you plan your day, see what you’ve accomplished, and what you should work on next. But a badly-written to-do list can actually sabotage your productivity instead of boost it.

The best part of using a to-do list is crossing items off of it as done, finished, complete. Some tasks are easier to tick off as done than others, so you want to make your to-do list as doable as possible. A common mistake is assigning ourselves impossible tasks that never get done because we didn’t think them through. If you put in some thought up front, you can pare down your to-do list to the tasks you’re most likely to check off the list.

First, know the difference between a project, goal, and a task. A project is a big undertaking that involves several tasks. A goal is something you want to achieve through both tasks and repetitive actions. “Clean out the garage,” “Save $5,000,” “Learn how to speak French”–these are projects and goals, and they don’t belong on your to-do list. They’d just sit there and haunt you, because it wouldn’t be clear where to start. Reserve your to-do list for the next steps that move a project along. Your goal to “Save $5,000” is going to start with a simple task, like setting up a monthly savings transfer.

Second, break down your to-do’s into small, manageable bites. Don’t put “Write 50 page report” on your to-do list. Try something smaller, like “Jot down 5 main ideas for the report.” Use specific action verbs. Instead of writing “Ask Susan about her French class,” opt for “Email Susan” or “Call Susan.” That makes it easier for you to see what tasks you can do in certain situations. If you’re at your computer, you can quickly send an email; if you’re in the waiting room at the dentist, you can make a call on your cell phone. Give yourself enough information to get the task done wherever you are.

Finally, purge your list of the stuff that’s not moving. Your to-do list should be a fluid document, changing every single day. Still, we all have items that have stuck around on our lists for weeks, months, or even years. Every once in a while, audit the oldest stuff on your list, and think about why you’ve put it off so long. Can you break it down into a smaller, less procrastination-worthy tasks? Is it something you need to do at all? Try to recognize your block around the task and clear it away.

The most popular tool for keeping track of your to-do list is plain old pen and paper, but some computer-based tools are fantastic, too. is a Web-based to-do list you can access from work, home, or from your smartphone. Things is an iPhone app that lets you work with your to-do’s on the go. If most of your tasks come in through email, try Gmail or Outlook’s built-in Task lists.

Whatever to-do list tool you do decide to use, remember to keep the tasks you put on it small, manageable, and specific to increase their chances of getting done.

Author: Gina Trapani is the author of Upgrade Your Life and founding editor of Work Smart appears every week on


Video – How Great Leaders Inspire Action
by On May 14, 2010

How do you explain when others are able to achieve something that defies all of the assumptions? There is a pattern. As it turns out, all of the great leaders and organizations in the world act, think and communicate in the exact same way.

Simion calls it the “Golden Circle” and it centers on the question of “Why,” as in what is your purpose, cause or belief. It is a powerful model for inspirational leadership.

His examples range from Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

Video – Randy Pausch on Time Managment
by On May 7, 2010

Randy Pausch, author of the Last Lecture, gives his perspective on how to deal with the commody of time.

When presented with a task or looking at your to-do list, Randy suggests asking yourself these questions:

Why am I doing this? What is the goal?
Why will I succeed?
What happens if I choose not to do it?

Another great point he makes has to do with gaining experience. He says:

“Good judgements come from experience, and experience comes from bad judgements.”

So when you make a mistake, remember it is an opportunity to learn from it and you will be able to use that experience to make better decisions in the future.

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Video – The Marshmallow Challenge
by On April 30, 2010

Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients – dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow? And why does a surprising group always beat the average? (hint: it is not recent business school graduates)

In this TED Talk, Tom Wujec from Autodesk presents some surprisingly deep research into the “marshmallow problem” — a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. His insights ranges from how to build effective teams as well as the role of incentives and how they relate to performance.

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Video – Time Management and the 80-20 Rule
by On April 23, 2010

The average person has about 300 projects to take care of right now. The fact is, you will never get caught up – but you WILL start getting your life under control when you STOP doing things.

What should you stop? How do you determine this?

Take a look at your tasks to finish. Ask yourself, “If I could only do one of these things before I was called out of town for a month, what one thing would I be sure to do before I left?” Obviously, that becomes your number one priority for that day.

According to Brian Tracy, the key to time management is setting priorities. When you identify what your most important priority to finish RIGHT NOW, and disciplining yourself to finishing it, RIGHT NOW, you will achieve greater results in your life than working on many low priority tasks.

If you focus on clearing up little things first, you will find that the small things multiple and you will spend your entire day clearing up the little things.

Do the worst first, and stay with it until you are done. If you can make a habit of doing this, you will double your productivity each and every day.

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