Important Life Lessons from Children’s Books

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Important Life Lessons from Children’s Books I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t reading books. But looking back to my childhood, I realize that many of the children’s books that I read are the Disney version. In the last two years, especially while I was on The Virtual Literary World Tour, I read the original version of some of those stories and you get an appreciation for Disney. Have you read The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition, some of those stories will give you nightmares? But for me, I always like to return to the original sources. Additionally, in the past five years, I have … [Read more...]

Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge – Take Your Blogging to the Next Level

Take Your Blogging to the Next Level

Take Your Blogging to the Next Level - You Can Do It! Have you ever felt a sense of accomplishment after completing a project that is important to you? I participated in Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge, and yesterday, I completed 30 consecutive days of blogging. I have blogged for 30 consecutive days before, but what makes this different is the Challenge aspect. The first time I blogged for 30 days I had a reason for doing so, but this time around, I had a little help from a few friends, and it was like looking over the shoulders of an A-List blogger to see how she does things. In writing, you often learn that you should show … [Read more...]

A New Way to Think about Reading Books

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A New Way to Think about Reading Books Nearly everyone these days is stretched for time, and time is one thing that none of us can get more of. You read the research about the benefits of reading books, and perhaps you have even taken a speed reading course or two. Yet, you cannot read as much as you would like to. When you were taught to read, you were taught to read word-by-word, from the start of the book to the end. Is it not interesting that you were never offered an advanced course in reading so that you could unlearn some of the rules of reading, and learn the new ones? When a child is first learning to read, there are certain … [Read more...]

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!

Failure shouldn't stop you! If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again! Have you ever had an idea that you believed in, but failed after execution? I am in that situation right now. For 2015, I decided to host a reading challenge, where participants read a book a week for 52 weeks. To me, it seemed like an easy enough challenge since on average I read three books each week. The idea for the reading challenge came out of a good place, me wanting to make a difference in other people’s lives. I have mentioned several times about feeling depressed after hearing Don Tapscott say that more jobs will be lost to robotics. The answer to staying relevant in the … [Read more...]

Gratitude and a Second Chance

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Gratitude and a Second Chance While growing up in Jamaica, I often heard that when one door closes, another one opens. I have also heard another variation, when one door closes, a window opens. Regardless of the variation, there is some truth to the adage. In How to Interview: What I Learned after 20 Years of Interviewing, I wrote about a lost opportunity when I was interviewed a few years ago, and the interviewee couldn’t use the interview because I was speaking too fast. But recently, as I sometimes do, I have reflected on my life, and I am wondering if it was really a lost opportunity since I learned some major lessons from my … [Read more...]