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HOW TO DESIGN YOUR LIFE AND ACHIEVE EVERY GOAL
HOW TO DESIGN YOUR LIFE AND ACHIEVE EVERY GOAL

  Two days left before we begin a new year! Are you excited to begin a new year? Did you plan your goals for 2018? Ok. I assume that you did because if you have not then you will set yourself up for disappointment. That is the truth. However, there is still time to think, set and plan your goals…

CAN YOU DO BETTER? SOME WOULD SAY NO…
CAN YOU DO BETTER? SOME WOULD SAY NO…

Many people will say today “TGIF” and they have a good reason. However, the goal is to change that mindset and say instead ” I love to have another day, another opportunity to improve my life”. Embrace these five habits and you will be on your way to love every day of your life and not look forward to Fridays or the weekend as…

12 RULES OF TIME – PART 3
12 RULES OF TIME – PART 3

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?” – Robert Schuller Achieving your goals and living your life with purpose and intention is not as difficult as you may think. In fact, it is possible for anyone who is ready to acquire the knowledge and the skills, work hard, persist and find the motivation and the inspiration to overcome…

12 RULES OF TIME – PART 2
12 RULES OF TIME – PART 2

In part 1 of 12 Rules of Time, we discussed the first four rules. Now, in this article, we will discuss the next four rules of time. Are you ready? Let’s do it: 5. Say goodbye to procrastination The truth is we all procrastinate.  However, the trick to overcome procrastination is to prioritize what must be done and use motivational strategies…

12 RULES OF TIME – PART 1
12 RULES OF TIME – PART 1

Imagine yourself a year from now – where and who would you be if you start setting goals today? The truth is simple- we cannot achieve anything unless we set goals. My struggles and experiences have taught me many lessons. One important lesson upon which all the other depends is this: That maximizing your productivity, happiness, peace, health can best be accomplished if…

WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN UP FOR A 5K or 10K
WHY YOU SHOULD SIGN UP FOR A 5K or 10K

Can we all be honest here? Great. Please take a moment right now and think about this year’s resolutions. How are you doing? According to the U.S. News, about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by mid-February. One of the reasons this happens is because of poor planning and unrealistic expectations. To ensure next year will be a successful one now is…

HOW TO ALWAYS ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
HOW TO ALWAYS ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

To achieve a goal, regardless of how big or small, you need a plan. Learning to set your goals properly is one of the most important steps. Once you understand how setting up your goals relates to your overall success and happiness, you will never waste another minute of your time.   Likewise, you will also begin to see holistic growth…

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU PAY THE PRICE
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU PAY THE PRICE

I admire and respect those among us who are devoted and dedicated to their purpose and never give up on their dreams and goals. They live their life by design. They know what they want out of life and don’t wait around for someone else to do it for them. These people inspire and motivate me every day. They reinforce…

THE 8 HABITS OF TOP COLLEGE STUDENTS
THE 8 HABITS OF TOP COLLEGE STUDENTS

Going to college is an extraordinary experience. It is a time to explore and study new things, and it is an opportunity for personal and intellectual growth. Although intelligence and talent are helpful, to achieve success in college and beyond you also need good habits. Here are the 8 habits of top college students: 1. Are organized. Successful students arrive…

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE
HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

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DEAR TEACHERS, THANK YOU!
DEAR TEACHERS, THANK YOU!

Thank you to ALL teachers everywhere!   We know that teachers deserve much more than just “appreciation” and I hope the changes will come fast and reflect among others, pay increase, respect, high quality mentoring and teacher training, inclusion, and at last, a role in creating policies that support and value the teaching profession and student success.   Who knows…

WHY COLLEGE GRADUATION RATES MATTER?
WHY COLLEGE GRADUATION RATES MATTER?

Many full-time college students struggle to graduate on time.  According to the federal government, full-time students have three years to complete a two-year degree and six years to complete a four-year degree. Why? Why a full-time student needs additional years to graduate, which means more money, more debt, and lost wages, had they graduated on time? We may not achieve 100% graduation…

MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE
MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

We do not have choices about our genes, the size of shoes we wear,  but we definitely have choices that affect our opportunities and other people’s lives. We just started a new year – Happy New Year! What choices will you make this year that will make your life better than last year? What areas of your life need improvement?…

ARE YOU READY FOR THE DEBATE?
ARE YOU READY FOR THE DEBATE?

Studies show that watching or attending a debate will impact your vote.  The 2016 presidential election will determine our future as the newly elected president will make decisions that affect all of us on the most important issues such as the economy, healthcare, education, foreign policy, immigration, race and many others. Tonight’s first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton will give…

REASONS WHY COLLEGE GRADUATES CAN’T GET HIRED
REASONS WHY COLLEGE GRADUATES CAN’T GET HIRED

The disconnection between the needs of the working world and academia is greater than ever.  According to a new survey by PayScale , 87 percent of new graduates feel prepared to join the workforce while only about 44 percent of the hiring managers agree with that statement. Now that’s quite a difference between the graduates’ perception of their own skills and that…

HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION: A quiet disaster and a threat to our future
HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION: A quiet disaster and a threat to our future

High School Students NOT Ready For College According to the 2016 American College Testing report (ACT) high school graduates are NOT prepared for college.  The report shows that 64 percent of high school seniors took the ACT this year, up from 59 percent in 2015 and that only 38 percent of them met the benchmarks in three of the four tested subjects…

THESE BOOKS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
THESE BOOKS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

There is no secret that successful people are voracious readers. For instance, Mark Zuckerberg read last year 23 books as part of his book club. Now if Mark has time to read not one, not two, but 23 books a year, anyone can find the time to read more, learn more and achieve more. Other successful people such as  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett,…

PREDICTABLE SUCCESS
PREDICTABLE SUCCESS

Success is not an accident.  Successful people think differently– they have a different mindset. A growth mindset. An “I CAN do it” mindset. Success is predictable. If you wonder whether it is or isn’t take a look and study the habits of people who have already achieved success. Read their biographies, successes, and failures and then you’ll know that success is not luck.…

ARE YOU A SUCCESSFUL ONLINE COLLEGE STUDENT?
ARE YOU A SUCCESSFUL ONLINE COLLEGE STUDENT?

There is a misconception that online classes are not as difficult as traditional classes. To the contrary, I believe online classes are far more challenging as it requires students to have specific learning strategies and habits. These are important steps to follow to achieve success: Connect with instructors early. Most online classes have discussion forums for students to introduce themselves…

MAKE RESOLUTIONS THAT LAST A LIFETIME NOT A YEAR
MAKE RESOLUTIONS THAT LAST A LIFETIME NOT A YEAR

What are your resolutions for this year? How did you do last year? Each year (each day) we have another chance at life to make it better, stronger, and meaningful.  It is not easy but if we are ready to adopt new habits that will help us achieve our new goals, then we are ready. Change requires new habits.  New habits…

DO YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL, HAPPY AND HEALTHY? IT IS YOUR CHOICE
DO YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL, HAPPY AND HEALTHY? IT IS YOUR CHOICE

The best life is the one in which we make our own decisions and take responsibility for our own problems. We become powerful and in control when we give up blaming others for our own problems. Most people want to be successful, happy, and healthy.  And they CAN because each one is a choice. Yes. To be successful is a…

FIVE EFFECTIVE STUDENT RETENTION STRATEGIES
FIVE EFFECTIVE STUDENT RETENTION STRATEGIES

One of the most challenging problems facing colleges and universities today is student retention.  Higher education institutions spend a lot of time and resources recruiting students. But once the students are enrolled how can we ensure they not only stay but also become successful and complete their program of study on time?  What strategies do we use to ensure they…

LESSON LEARNED FROM RUNNING A MARATHON
LESSON LEARNED FROM RUNNING A MARATHON

Every year, first Sunday in November, over 50, 000 runners from around the world participate in the world’s largest race – The New York City Marathon. And every year I am reminded of my own journey and lessons learned from training and running my first New York City Marathon. My running journey began in 2003. Since then I ran several…

WHICH COUNTRY PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE WORKFORCE?
WHICH COUNTRY PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE WORKFORCE?

Which country is doing the best job in preparing students for the global workforce? According to the annual global educational performance report released by Pearson Education, Asian countries are at the top.   This fact could be troubling for those who believe that more money spent per student equals quality education. The Learning Curve uses data from The Economist Intelligence Unit to…

LEADERSHIP IN FOCUS
LEADERSHIP IN FOCUS

The Stanford online collection of videos, case vignettes, teaching, and learning resources are designed to enhance leadership development for individuals, organizations, and classrooms worldwide. Leadership In Focus Author: Val Margarit Val Margarit grew up in Romania and moved to the United States, on her own, in 1996. Despite coming from a humble background, she attained a Doctor of Education Leadership from…

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley
Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Many people, especially Educators, have heard of Sir Ken Robinson and his brilliant Ted Talks such as this one about the education system in America.  He contends that schools have become a system based on testing and conformity, neither one of which helps educate a child.   Author: Val Margarit Val Margarit grew up in Romania and moved to the United…

TIME MANAGEMENT: WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER
TIME MANAGEMENT: WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER

TIME MANAGEMENT: Are you working smarter or harder? We often hear people say, “I don’t have enough time”. We all have the same amount of time, however, people differ in how effective they are in managing their time, which results in either succeeding or failing at achieving their goals.  We have to create and align goals with core values. We…

BODY LANGUAGE PREDICTS SUCCESS OR FAILURE
BODY LANGUAGE PREDICTS SUCCESS OR FAILURE

Effective communication is the foundation of both, personal and professional relationships. However, most of our communication is nonverbal, which includes posture, facial expressions, eye contact and tone. Moreover, our body language behaviors such eye contact, gestures, how close we stand, how we dress, or how fast we talk, all send messages that are perceived differently and are culturally based. Therefore,…

21st CENTURY SKILLS STUDENTS NEED
21st CENTURY SKILLS STUDENTS NEED

In graduate school I had to write a report on skills students need for the future. Among the books I read to prepare for it, The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner was the one that impressed me the most.   Wagner begins the book with some staggering facts: United Stated high school graduation 70% – behind Denmark, 96%, Japan 93%, Poland 92%…

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