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Read with Speed: Celebrating National Reading Month

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National Reading Month is a great time to reflect on your reading habits. Try these speed reading exercises to help you on your way: Skim with Purpose, Review your Understanding. Want to assess your speed reading ability? Start a timer, and then pick a chapter in a book and read it normally. Jot down the…
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Don’t Make Goals, Make Resolutions

Every New Year’s Day, nearly half of Americans participate in the tradition of promising to better themselves in the upcoming year. Most of these improvements will be personal: lose weight, spend less and get organized were the top three resolutions of 2014.[1] Career-related ambitions follow a similar pattern with popular resolutions being get a promotion/new…
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Feed Your Brain, Increase Your Opportunities

There’s an old myth that seems impossible to kill – that we only use ten percent of our brains. Popular culture perpetuates this misunderstanding. The new film, Lucy, featuring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who, through scientific accident, harnesses her brain’s full capacity, is the latest portrayal of the mind’s awesome powers. The adage goes…
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The Forgotten (or Missing) Element to Achieving Goals

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone talks about setting goals, yet only a handful seem to accomplish their goals?  I’ve learned about setting goals since elementary school, so I’m pretty good at writing my goals, but only after employing techniques that helped me accomplish my goals did I begin to see…
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Help, I’m Stuck in a Rut: Planning for Change

You feel stuck. Every day feels the same and you have a distinct impression that you’re not supposed to be here. You’re not quite sure how you got here and you’re worried that you’ll never break free from the dull routine that your life has become. Does this sound familiar? It’s a common sensation, one…
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