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The luckiest people are often bold enough to go after what they want

Is it possible to influence luck? Eight-year-old Julie Amberg was excited when her Aunt Nancy showed up to visit. Nancy, however, wanted some adult time with her sister, so she sent Julie on a mission. “Go outside and see if you can find a four-leaf clover, and I’ll give you a dollar for each one you bring me.” The odds of her getting a long, one-on-one, conversation with her sister were pretty good: studies show there is only one four-leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers. A few minutes later, however, Julie was back in the house with a four-leaf clover. Aunt Nancy gave her a dollar and sent her back out again. A few more minutes passed and Julie was back with another....

Posted: Nov 30, 2017

Envy can be a good thing when you use it to drive change

This column is primarily about human motivation, and because of that I’ve considered writing about envy for years.It is a negative emotion which has been condemned by all cultures throughout history, yet it is a powerful motivator.Envy can be terribly destructive, and surprisingly, constructive.Envy, as defined by Mirriam-Webster, is: painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.People often mistakenly use the word “jealousy” when they mean “envy”. The feeling of jealousy is the anxiety we feel when someone tries to take something we have earned, already own, or feel we have a right to.Envy is about coveting...

Posted: Nov 1, 2017

Four ways to exercise your creativity

Recently I was contacted by a reader asking me if I would suggest some exercises that he could use to think more creatively. That request has inspired me to write about some fun ways that everyone can exercise their creative mind.The purpose of these exercises is to condition your mind to quickly make new connections or combinations between two or more existing items or ideas. When this becomes second nature, you will begin to automatically notice connections that you never saw before. Some of these may even turn into money-making opportunities.Find new uses. Select a common item such as a bottle, comb, fork, or chair, then come up with ten or more alternate ways that you use that...

Posted: Oct 2, 2017

How you interpret what you see is limited by our worldview

Fresh from making mud pies, Paul and I were coated in dirt from our elbows to our fingertips. We walked into the kitchen to clean up for lunch, where we found Rafe leaning against the wall, shaking, and crying uncontrollably. His face, wet with tears, was red, and a line of drool hung from his open mouth.I was shocked. I couldn’t imagine anything that could make Rafe cry. He was powerful; twice my size, and twice my age, he was the first older boy I had ever been associated with. “What’s wrong?” I asked.He mumbled incoherently, so I asked, “Are you hurt?”Just then, Frank, the brother between Paul and Rafe, walked into the room. “He isn’t hurt. He said a bad word, and...

Posted: Sep 6, 2017

How far has your imagination taken you?

Did you ever steal something from a store; shoplift a candy bar; anything?” asked my college girlfriend. She had just told me that, as a little girl, she took something from a gift shop without paying for it, and how her parents severely scolded her.I shook my head, “No.”“Seriously, never?”Susan was so disappointed. It was apparent that she wanted a story; and immediately my imagination kicked in. So, I replied, “Well, never intentionally.”“What does that mean?”“There was this one time, when I was twelve years old, that I accidentally stole something. And, I probably shouldn’t be talking about it because I could still get into trouble for it.”“How could you get in...

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