The Olympic games are in full swing and with each event I become more astounded by the level of commitment and dedication the athletes have. There are not many people with the tenacity for the vigorous mental and physical training these athletes endure. Training twelve hours a day, year round, for the possibility of winning a medal is beyond my comprehension. What is it that leads these stellar athletes to pursue such greatness?

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“One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a Well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the donkey was old, and the Well, needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He shook it off and took a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!”

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Creation is constant this day in age, and things change by the minute, so having great ideas matters more than ever. There are so many different ideas popping-up on a daily basis, it can be easy to overlook them. How can you come up with creative ideas to boost your career, change an organization, or ramp up the value on a project?

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Are you a part of the fortunate group who get to work from the comfort of your own home? For many people the idea of working wherever and whenever they want is pretty appealing. Maybe you are self-employed or maybe the company you work for has offered the opportunity for you to work remotely outside of the corporate office, but either way there are benefits to consider from working more independently.

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There are many guides on how to be more productive, manage time, and make major life changes, though despite all of these wonderful methods, it can be all too easy to slip back into old habits. This is because it’s not about finding the right technique or strategy, but is about having the willpower and self-control to follow through and do what needs to be done.

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It can be incredibly stressful when we’re surrounded by clutter, debris, and unnecessary junk. Imagine the possibilities of personal freedom that can be attained by having control over your personal space. You can start your path to better organization and happiness with small steps. Making your day run smoother is as simple as learning a few new habits.

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