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Closure of PE Forums

Personal Excellence Forums

Hi everyone! Today I have a sad announcement to make regarding the PE Forums. After almost 6 years of having the forums (the launch post here in October 2010), it is with a heavy heart that I announce the closure of the PE Forums. For most of you, this update won’t be relevant — if so, just skip...

The Toddler Strategy

Toddler crying

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...

16 Things Successful People Do at the Start of Every Workday [Infographic]

16 Things Successful People Do at the Beginning of Every Workday [Infographic]

Successful people have certain common routines and habits that they follow daily. Today’s infographic shares 16 common things that successful people do at the start of every workday: My favorite ones are saying no (#11), helping others (#9), stretching and moving around (#5), and being grateful (#16). Just saying no has helped me regain hundreds...

The Difference Between Profit and Value

Green fronds

There comes a time when we need to think about the weight of profit vs. value in what we do. Many of the decisions made in today’s world are based on profit, not value. Even when value is considered, it’s done so as a subset of profit. For example, if value is truly the driver, there wouldn’t be so...

How to Be Assertive Without Being Aggressive [PEP009]

Confident boy with cape

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

Busy, crowded street filled with people

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...