One Man’s Impact in the World

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Some days it’s easy to undermine our impact in this world, especially when we’re just one person living in a world of 7 billion people. Yet, each and everyone of us has an impact on the world by virtue of living in it. Even when we think that we’re just quietly living out our life and being...

Disconnect

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In a world where everyone is increasingly connected, I feel oddly disconnected. While we have Facebook that links us with people, I feel that social media has become more of a tool for low level transmissions and knee jerk reactions. Because most social media channels (by most, I guess I really mean FB) showcase posts that...

The Toddler Strategy

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A while back I read this interesting piece on Seth Godin’s blog about the toddler strategy. He says most people don’t get too upset with what a 2-year-old says to them. That’s because a 2-year-old is just a toddler, with little understanding of the world, just forming his/her first experiences of life. A 2-year-old may say something ridiculous, like remarking on someone’s shortcomings...

How to Be Assertive Without Being Aggressive [PEP009]

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PE reader Saim asks, “Hi Celes, this is Saim from Pakistan. For the last 6 years, I’ve been working in Saudi Arabia in a multinational company. Some of my friends recommended me the PE website and shared with me some free ebooks from the site. I’ve been reading your articles, courses, etc. for the last...

Busy vs. Productive: 7 Tips to be Productive, Not Busy

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We live in a highly cluttered world today. There are advertisements everywhere, driving different marketing messages into our brains. The internet is available 24/7, keeping us busy every minute of the day. And we are automatically put in a matrix the moment we are born, where we are fitted into society’s mould and inculcated with imposed purposes. Because of that, I suspect many of...

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying (and What To Do About Them) [PEP007]

Live With No Regrets

A palliative nurse who cared for dying patients in the last weeks of their lives took the liberty to record the most common regrets among them. Among these regrets were revealing statements like wishing they didn’t work so hard, wishing they had the courage to express their feelings, and wishing they had stayed in touch with...