How anybody can be more optimistic and be more successful

Optimism is one of the skills that can improve your Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI has been proven to be a major factor in people being successful. Can anybody learn to be optimistic and be more successful? Yes, according to Martin Seligman, Ph.D. who studied the subject of optimism for 25 years. Being optimistic is a…

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How do we find passion?

This is one of the questions I have heard many times that I would like to address in this note from my heart. Validity of the Question: Before I attempt to give an answer, I would like to address validity of the question. In order to move forward, we need to consider what “passion” is…

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My tribute to Tom Magliozzi and what motivated him

I want to offer my tribute to Tom Magliozzi, one of the brothers and co-host of NPR show “Car Talk” who passed away on 11/3/14. I also want to offer my condolences to his family and his fans. I heard Doug Berman, the producer of the show, on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, sharing an…

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Your brain in Play: How to empower kids to develop empathy

I met this teacher named Jennifer and she shared a very creative way to empower kids to develop empathy. She had two kids in her office that had got into a physical fight. Before she did anything else, she asked them to play UNO while she took care of some things. She stayed busy while…

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How do we motivate our self and others?

How does a person with high emotional intelligence motivate himself/herself and others When my friend’s son (call him Matt) was about 11 years old I took him to a nice restaurant for a meal. He always had a good appetite and good taste for food. At the end of the nice, long meal, he asked…

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Wanting what you have

I went on an outing with some high school students. These students were mostly from families that migrated from Latin America and had a large generation gap with their parents. One of the girls exclaimed that she couldn’t understand how somebody can be married for over forty years and not get bored. She continued on,…

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From Resistance to Freedom

I was describing an NPR interview of Reid Hoffman, the CEO of LinkedIn to a group of people. In the interview, Reid described how LinkedIn helped their employees to be employable throughout their lives even if they did not remain employed by LinkedIn. In the 21st century the relationship between employer and employees is temporary,…

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Emotional Intelligence: Noble goal in action

Date: 7/22/14 Today I heard part of the radio interview on NPR with Reid Hoffman, CEO of Linkedin and co-author of the book, “Alliance: Managing Talent in the Network Age.” During the interview he mentioned one of the characteristics needed in this new age is transparency about loyalty. How companies should acknowledge the fact that…

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Personal Leadership of Sir Robert Swan

What does it take to make a commitment to achieve something without having any idea and putting zero effort to figure out how you will get there? Then follow through to keep your word, like your life depends on it. Personal Leadership by Sir Robert Swan (May 16, 2014) I attended a talk by Sir…

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What keeps us imprisoned even though we are physically free?

Freedom is not just being out of prison. Many people are in private prisons created within their minds. They maintain attitudes that foster unhappiness for themselves and others. They stay in jobs they don’t enjoy and remain in relationships that are unhealthy. Often people possess negative self-images that are harmful to themselves and others. All…

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Ready for Emotional Transition? Start with a Simple Action!

This is my first blog. This blog is dedicated to the people who have had some desire to write blogs but have been procrastinating by telling themselves: I am not a good writer or my English language is not appropriate for writing public blogs. What I have to say is not valuable OR there are…

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Inner City Outing (ICO) Rafting Trip

I led a rafting trip with some youth from STAR group homes in San Jose, CA. Two of the participants were really obnoxious and rude starting at the pre-trip meeting and all through the drive to the Trinity River. However, during the first half of the trip, a transformation occurred. I passed them while they…

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