Network with a Purpose – 6 tips

There is an old saying, ‘It is not what you know; it is who you know.’ You can significantly increase your chances of success in almost any field if you know or can get in touch with the right people. Most jobs are not advertised; they are filled through personal contacts. Most important business deals are done person to person. This is the power of networking. You can network over the internet... Read More--


Think Positively

In a study at the Mayo clinic in Rochester patients were given a personality test that assessed their levels of optimism and pessimism. The progress of the patients was measured over 30 years, and it was found that the optimists lived longer than average for their age and gender while the pessimists had a shorter than average life. Researchers found that optimism strengthens the immune system and helps... Read More--


Could you do what Aron Ralston did?

Aron Ralston On April 26, 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking through the Blue John Canyon area in Utah.  As he climbed down a narrow canyon a large boulder became dislodged and crushed his right hand against the canyon wall.  He was trapped.  Even worse, he had not informed anyone of his hiking plans so no one would know where to search for him. He spent the next five days slowly consuming his meagre... Read More--


Improve your career prospects and your networking by improving your TMAY

I volunteer at Bracknell Careers Springboard, which is a club for job-seekers. We help unemployed people get back into work. Many are middle-aged professionals who have been made redundant and find it hard to get re-employed. The most important skill that we work on is how they present themselves and in particular, how they answer the request, ‘Tell me about yourself.’  We call the answer their... Read More--


Questions to ask Yourself Every Day

Here are five short questions that you should ask yourself at the end of every day.  They might help you to become a better and more successful person: 1.  What was the best thing that happened to me today? What was it that made you particularly proud, happy or grateful? Was there a moment of joy or accomplishment? Relive the feeling for an instant. We want more of those moments in our lives so let’s... Read More--


Be Thankful for Adversity

Douglas Bader Would you really like a life without hardship and challenge?  I don’t think so. I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route.  He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’  He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided. My attitude to the hill has... Read More--


Discover how to Easily Remember Lists – use Memory Pegging

If you want to remember a list in sequence then try using a memory pegging technique.   We ‘peg’ each item to a visual symbol for its number.   The method I would recommend is a rhyming approach.  The list I use is as follows:   1. Ton – One ton 2. Zoo 3. Tree 4. Door 5. Hive (with bees buzzing around) 6. Sticks 7. Heaven 8. Gate 9. Line (fishing line) 10. Den (e.g. the lion’s den) 11.... Read More--


Check your Assumptions

Every time that we approach a problem, in any walk of life, we bring to bear assumptions that limit our ability to conceive fresh solutions. Our experiences condition us to see any new situation in terms of situations we have seen before. We make assumptions unconsciously and put things into a framework with constraints that limit our thinking. Innovative thinkers are always aware of assumptions and... Read More--


Which Foods boost your Brain and Fight Alzheimer’s?

Blueberries There is a growing consensus among scientists and nutritionists that certain foods are good for the brain (especially later in life) and help to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.   Here is a summary of what is currently advised as good for the brain: Fruit and Vegetables: Foods rich in anti-oxidants are excellent for the brain and according to the US Department of Agriculture... Read More--