Just Do Right! shared by Maya Angelou and Evan Carmichael

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

“Do right”,  simple isn’t it? Why do so many of us believe we can’t just do right? When faced with the choice, how can we move towards right action? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Evan Carmichael and the late Maya Angelou is a quick nudge in the right direction. Maya encourages us to trust our inner spirit and make choices which will leave happiness and joy as a result. Evan adds his unique brand of motivation to help us believe we have the power to accomplish the two simple words, do right.

Check out Evan’s awesome book here: Your One Word: The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter

Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur with a successful YouTube channel and website. His goal is to reach people around the world to help them follow their skill sets and pursue fulfilling work. Evan has a humble tone and a bold goal, which he moves toward each day with focus; it’s a joy to watch and read his work. Connect with Evan via YouTube, his blog, and Twitter.

The great Maya Angelou was a prolific writer, poet and communicator. As a young woman from Stamps Arkansas who faced the challenges of single motherhood and poverty she rose to greatness with integrity and grace. Her well-known work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings went from banned to standard course adoption in universities around the world. Connect with Maya’s library of work and legacy via her website.

Thank you Evan Carmichael for bringing us this awesome clip and thank you to Maya Angelou for a life of wisdom communicated through prose.

Thank for reading, have an awesome day!

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Self Discipline Like A Roman Emperor, shared by Thomas Frank

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

–Marcus Aurelius–

Why is it so hard to do the things that are in line with our goals but not with our desires at that moment? How can we harness the power of our minds to create a steady fountain of self-discipline each day? Today’s video shared by Thomas Frank may help us understand how Marcus Aurelius envisioned human motivation in his classic work, Meditations. Check out some Wise Reads of today to train that disciplined mind: 

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who practiced the age-old tradition of Stoicism. His work, Meditations can be held as one of the foremost works in Stoic philosophy. Aurelius was also known as a Philosopher King, a lover of wisdom, who questioned and challenged the preconceived notions of those in his circle.

Thomas Frank is likely to be called the Philosopher King of College. His ever-growing YouTube channel and website began as an endeavor to help students develop better study habits. Thomas has now moved past study habits to concepts such as motivation, discipline, fear and anxiety. Thomas has succeeded in helping thousands of students move on to college and excel in higher education. He has now taken his show on the road speaking to companies, graduates and educators to further his message.

Many thanks to Marcus Aurelius, Thomas Frank and all other Philosopher Kings for their contributions and guidance to so many of us.

Enjoy the day and Stay Wise!

Ego is the Enemy, shared by Ryan Holiday

All bad qualities center around the ego. When the ego is gone, Realization results by itself.

Ramana Maharshi

Can the stories we tell ourselves be detrimental to our development and growth? How dangerous can the Ego really be?   Will a study of the Ego result in humility and self awareness?

In today’s Daily Dose, author Ryan Holiday presents his new book, Ego is the Enemy, to employees at Google. Ryan’s work guides us through the phases of aspiration, success and failure, as they are tied to life lessons. Check it out below!

Ego Is the Enemy

Learn more about Ryan and his other wonderful creative works via twitter and his website. Also, check out his other Wise Read below!

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

Don’t Follow Your Passion, Take It With You – shared by Mike Rowe

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.

-Benjamin Franklin-

What if you were told not to follow your passion, rather to bring it alongside with you? Countless motivational speakers, successful people and even our parents tell us to follow our passion. Could they all be wrong?

Mike Rowe, from the show Dirty Jobs shares a story with us about missed opportunity, explaining how our happiness does not always depend of the type of job we perform. He shares a story of a Septic Tank Entrepreneur who became financially successful and did so because the market was untapped, not because it was his passion!

Mike expands this line of thinking with his new book, Profoundly Disconnected : A True Confession From Mike Rowe By Mike Rowe

Mike continues to tell us that many awesome opportunities are available to us while we are still discovering and nurturing our passion. Don’t pass those up! They could help you make a great living, support your family, support your community and even finance your ultimate passions.  Check out this video and you could be open to a different perspective.

PragerU’s mission is to explain and spread what they call “Americanism” through the power of the Internet. They are a conservative thought bubble, producing five-minute videos explaining profoundly significant and uniquely American concepts.

Check out Mike Rowe’s Pod Cast and PragerU for some pretty innovative content.

Have a great day and Stay Wise!

Me, My Selfie and I, shared by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.

-May Sarton-

Would Freud have imagined discussing someone’s Facebook posts or Twitter arguments during a session? Has our “online identity” become so powerful that it can affect our mental health? How do we navigate the digital world while still holding a richness of self? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Linda Papadopoulos is a great start in understanding the power of our online image.

Linda Papadopoulos, shares anecdotes about how the opinions of other can infiltrate our lives through social media. We once were told “what will THEY say about you?”; now we know what THEY will say  because it’s affirmed by the instant feedback of social media. The number of likes, hearts or smiley face emoji’s can either bring joy or despair to those of us who hold the opinion of others very close to our hearts.  What can we do to maintain mental health while still enjoying the amazing digital world we live in? Check out Linda’s Wise Reads below!

Linda Papadopoulos is a Canadian psychologist of Greek descent, based in England. Over the past decade Dr. Linda has become one of the most well-recognized faces on British TV. She is a regular commentator on psychological issues in broadcast, radio and print media. She is the author of 9 books, one of her most recent, Whose Life is it Anyway? helps us live life on our own terms. Connect with Linda Papadopoulos and her awesome work via her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks to Dr. Linda for her continued commitment to positive mental health. I hope you enjoy her work as much as I have.

Develop Grit! shared by Project Life Mastery & Angela Duckworth

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

-Julie Andrews-

What makes some of us work harder than others? Can doing “one hard thing” a day help develop “grit” early in life? Today’s Daily Dose shared by Stefan at Project Life Mastery is a great primer to understanding the world of “grit”.

Stefan’s thesis comes from a book by Angela Duckworth, check it out below:

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela quit a stressful consultant position to teach math to seventh graders in the New York City. After studying why some students worked harder and longer than others, she began to develop an understanding of the qualities which promote perseverance.  Angela then developed a Grit Scale which is a series of questions to test your ability to persevere.  Check it out here!

If you enjoy this clip, check out more from Project Life Mastery. Stefan James does an awesome job helping us move toward a more abundant life. Learn more about Angela Duckworth via her website and her Ted Talk where she introduces her research on Grit.

Hope you enjoy these two great creators as much as I have. Have a great day.

Stay Wise and Gritty!

Stop Setting Goals, Stack Your Habits! shared by Alex Heyne

Most people don’t have the willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.

-Carlos Santana-

Is Goal Setting a challenge for you ? Do you find yourself setting lofty goals and quitting after missing the mark? Could stacking a related habit become a seed from which a goal may eventually emerge? Today’s video shared by Alex Heyne at the Modern Health Monk encourages us to ditch those pesky goals and stack our habits instead.

So how do we build that habit muscle? By more stacking and less stigma. By stacking our habits we remove the stigma of not reaching the goal, so the process itself becomes the goal. An enjoyable process always helps move us to keep up the habit. We can easily reward ourselves for a good habit even when the goal has not been met. Learn more about the process in Alex’s great new book as well:

Master The Day: Eat, Move and Live Better With The Power of Daily Habits

Give it a shot, next time you have a goal in mind, take the first step by stacking a habit that leads you down that road. Forget about the end goal, it will come when you least expect it.

Hope you enjoy this message and the day.

Stay Wise and Stack Those Habits.