13 Habits to Increase Focus – Kirby Ingles


Do you spend your day with a clear plan or strategy?

What has the most emotional impact on you?

How are you spending your time? On the Urgent or the Important?

How Do You Contribute to the Problem?

You will normally do the things that distract you like checking email, answering phone calls, sending text messages and responding to notifications on your smart phone. Productivity requires you to focus on your day. Analyze the key components of your day, create a plan and focus on what you can control. We live in an age of distraction. Everyone wants your attention and you are connected to the rest of the world 24/7. I can even log onto the internet and get a live feed of the space station right now.

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Has Social Media Replaced the Resume? – Reade Milner


For years, professionals have taken the art of making the perfect resume seriously, creating impressive images of themselves every single time they hit the job market. Today however, it seems that more professionals are focusing more on making their online portfolios through their social media profiles even more impressive, instead of working on the traditional resume. Is this really the new professional norm? Has social media really taken the throne from the resume?

Why Social Media is Replacing the Resume

Social media’s power is undeniable, especially when you use it to enrich your career. Here are a few reasons why social media is fast replacing the traditional resume:

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Want Happier Relationships? – Jed Jurchenko


I have been a fan of the UFC since the beginning. When I was in grade school, my parents told me to pick a sport. Andrew, my next-door neighbor, and best friend, had recently enrolled in karate classes, and I was eager to join him. This was the beginning of my journey into a style of martial arts called American Kenpo. Then, in 1993, everything changed.

I was fifteen years old when the first Ultimate Fighting Championship took place. Royce Gracie, stepped into the octagon-shaped UFC ring and dominated the competition. Royce used his skill, agility, and famous Brazilian Jujitsu to win three matches in a row. Although he weighed a meager 175 pounds, Royce was able to achieve victory over much larger opponents.

After this initial contest, Karate studios began integrating jujitsu and other styles into their disciplines. Today, most dojos teach some form of mixed martial arts. Royce demonstrated to the world that being well-versed in one style is not good enough. Yet, one thing that has not changed is the octagon shaped ring. The octagon is a place for conflict, fighting, and battle. For twenty-two years, UFC fighters have been, “going to war” in the octagon.

Sadly, this is not too different from many marriages. While the octagon is designed for UFC fighters, it appears that husbands and wives have found their way into the ring. Far too many couples have become well versed in the deadly arts of criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. Couples have become so skilled at going to war that the divorce rate for first marriages range between 40-50%.

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