Being popular is actually over-rated. Many people confuse it with leadership. They are not the same. Popularity is about being liked whereas leadership is about being respected.  Mr. Popular focuses on his/her needs whereas the leader is consumed with meeting group goals and objectives. It is a waste of time trying to be Mr./Ms. Popular if you have a desire to be a change agent. I should know since I was Mr. Popular in college.  The person doing

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View Make it Better Here and Now on YouTube Hello, Al Spinks here, and thanks for your interest. You know what? I just don’t get it. We live in one of the greatest nations on earth but I feel we’re letting that greatness slip away. From an individual perspective, it seems as if we are yielding to a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. It’s as if we want others to do for us that which

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“I should have more money” “I should be further along in my career” “I should have gotten that job” “I should be healthy” “I should have my retirement in place” “I should be in school” “I should finish school” “I should be married” “I should get a divorce” “I should lose weight” “I should have said something in the meeting” “I should have just shut up” These are just a few ways that our mind

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What is happening worldwide is that the world’s central bankers (the Fed in the U.S.) are trying to fight a global excess of debt by stimulating more debt.  The are creating a bigger and larger debt bubble.  This debt bubble like the previous two will burst.  The previous two bubbles were the stock market bubble which burst in 2001 and the housing bubble which burst in 2007. When the debt bubble burst (not if), the

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In business, we often think that we have to escape work to find inner peace. However, right where you are, you can tap into your well of tranquility. Often people save up and can’t wait to go on vacation.  But, they find flights delayed, bad   accommodations, bad company, and everything goes wrong.  It’s not about escaping to find peace, it’s about tapping into your own inner peace no matter where you are. How?  By

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Purpose I like to watch people living their purpose. The person who was born to sing and finds satisfaction in singing everywhere, in public and in private; the artist who loves to paint and finds great satisfaction and expression in blessing people through his or her creative gifting. My housekeeper who makes things shine better than I can, and organizes my life to make it easier and more effective. People living in their purpose not

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Here are 5 ways people behave in organizations that are the surest path to poor results and lack of accomplishment.   These behaviors are prevalent in most workplaces.  Ineffective leadership allows these behaviors to persist which can harm organizations and lead to lethargy, low morale and poor productivity in the workplace. 1. Practice poor and inappropriate communication Holding discussions by email when face to face communication is needed and the failure to call a face to

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Jiddu  Krisnamurti  (1875-1986), was an Indian writer and speaker of great original power.  I was introduced to his work in a college course on philosophy and religion.  What amazed me then and continues to do so is the manner in which Krishnamurti approached the world and its problems. For instance, he stated the following comment about the world’s seemingly unsolvable problems:  “One can see that ideologies play a tremendous part in the life of man

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Why is your dollar worthless?  The answer is because it has no tangible backing.  For over 4000 years of human history the most common backing of currencies was either gold or silver.  The reason why nations for over 40 centuries backed their currencies with gold or silver was that it tied or anchored their currency to the earth.  They could only expand their monetary unit in tandem with the production of gold or silver.  It

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