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Creative New Ways to Practice Self-Improvement

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The chances are high that you have read articles before about healthy ways to self-improve. If you have read more than one of those such articles, a pattern probably emerged. This post is not like those others.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

Finding a Mentor for Career Growth

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A mentor is a very valuable person you can have in your life. Many people don't see education as a life-long process but it really is. If you're not learning, you're not growing, and after receiving a formal education, a lot of people think that they're set in life and won't need another teacher to show them the way. But a mentor does more than what a teacher would do. A mentor guides you, advises you, and supports you in not only your personal life, but also in your career. Think of a mentor as a friend who've done what you've done and can show you how to do it better than what you're doing now.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Important Career Advice Nobody Will Tell You

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Everyone who has been job searching knows the struggles of landing the ideal position. But they're probably tired of hearing the same kind of advice that's being touted over and over again; namely suggestions on how to tailor your resume or follow up with people in your social networks.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

The Role of Empathy in Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Those interested in pursuing training in occupational therapy obviously have a strong desire to learn and understand how various parts of the human body work, both independently and as a whole. While the actual mechanics of how the body functions is extremely fascinating in and of itself, there is another aspect of occupational therapy that is as important -- perhaps even more important in some circumstances.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Healthcare

The Importance of Workplace Interpersonal Skills

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Every workplace has employees with different personalities, and the only way to foster collaboration in such an environment is by cultivating good interpersonal skills as an individual.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

5 Ways to Defeat Procrastination

Posted by Brian Spence on May 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We have all procrastinated at work. Usually, we just explain it away with excuses of laziness or the unpleasantness of a task. Unfortunately, procrastination is more than just a nuisance. It hampers productivity and negatively impacts our mental health. As Dr. Tim Pychyl, professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa points out, procrastination is actually a failed attempt at emotional regulation. Here are five suggestions to defeat procrastination.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Productivity

Likeability Leads to Success

Posted by Brian Spence on May 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 says that likeability is a quality that leads to success. You may know someone who just seems to breeze through by being agreeable and good natured. They may not have the highest IQ or the most impressive credentials from a prestigious university, but their accomplishments are undeniable. Bradberry attributes this to Emotional Intelligence.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Positivity Enhances Productivity

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Patrick Bet-David is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and thought leader in business practices. His videos and presentations are designed to give life-lessons to burgeoning entrepreneurs in start-ups; but his lessons can be applied to any area of productivity. His enthusiasm is contagious, and listening to one of his lectures, you would never guess that his family escaped Iran years ago and settled in the United States to start a new life. Far from being discouraged by what he left behind, Patrick found a way to find the best life has to offer here and to share his secrets of success with others.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement, Productivity

Resurrecting the Art of the Compliment

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

French writer Luc de Clapiers once said, "If people did not compliment one another, there would be little society." Compliments function like social currency and often grease the wheels of our interpersonal interactions. The recipient of a well given compliment may remember it for years. One study even found that when exercising, people seem to perform better after receiving a compliment. However, many of us have a complicated relationship with compliments and recognition in general.

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Topics: Career Advice, Self-Improvement

Mental Health and the Anxiety Economy

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Freeze! What are you doing this very minute? If you're playing with your hair, chewing on a fingernail, or balancing a pet on your lap, you're using coping mechanisms to relieve stress and calm your nerves. And there's a whole industry out there trying to sell you more stuff to make you feel better.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

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