Bad Company: Are Your Friends Really Friends?

photo credit: Photo Mojo “Put a rose in a sack of fish and soon the rose will start to stink too. Be careful of the company you keep.” – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje. Are your friends really your friends? Are they supporting and enhancing your life or are they teaching you […]

Say “No” to Television: Why TV is Your Worst Habit

photo credit: Loving Earth Television has become like sleep; you just can’t do without it. Every day hundreds of millions of people around the world sit down and spend time watching their favorite shows. In fact, people love TV so much they might even spend a few hours watching programs that they don’t even like! […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Not Fear Your Future – PART 2

photo credit: lanuiop “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – John M. Richardson, Jr. A few days ago we looked at how to let go of the past; the first article in our […]

How to Deal With Life’s Disappointments

photo credit: leFroy “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” – Eliza Tabor Over the course of your life you will encounter many disappointments. Sometimes it will be a loved one who let’s you down. Sometimes it will be a work […]

How to Recognize Your Personal Faults and Make a Change

Last night I went to have a hit of tennis with my younger brother. As he jumped in the car he said, “I have a present to give you” but wouldn’t tell me what it was. After the game we went back to his place and, upon walking in to his room, saw that his […]

The Roger Federer Guide to Becoming Great at What You Do

Roger Federer. Perhaps the greatest tennis player ever to have lived. Watching him play tennis is something similar to what it was like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or what it would have been like to watch Michelangelo paint pictures. When I think of Federer I think of words like discipline, focus, poise, accuracy and […]

The Perfect Handshake: How to Shake Hands Like JFK and Make an Impression

image thanks: jfklibrary.org Did you know that John F. Kennedy commissioned an entire study to determine the most effective handshake? And with good reason! More than just a sign of friendship, your handshake speaks volumes about who you are as a person. A soft hand shake can indicate insecurity. A quick-to-let-go handshake can convey arrogance. […]

How to Make a Cheap Fish Pond for Meditation and Good Feng Shui

  To me there is nothing more relaxing than a nice pond with trickling water and fish swimming about. Ever since I was very little I have found great pleasure in sitting by a lake or river for a few minutes of relaxing meditation. Recently I also discovered that a fish pond is great for […]

5 Habits That Help Cultivate Greatness

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle Do your daily habits affect how successful you are in life? You bet they do. Can you change your habits and point you life in the direction of greatness? Absolutely. Here are 5 habits that will help you […]

Why Your Education Must Not End When School Does

photo credit: Mickey_P Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. – Aristotle. Most of us go to primary school, high school and then college. After that we dive in to a job where we maybe spend a few years getting educated on the ins and outs of the business. But the […]

Think for Yourself: Why Being a Conformist in Life is Dangerous

“Humanity’s most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress, indeed.” – John Kenneth Galbraith Are […]

How to Mentally Prepare for a Financial Crisis

The world financial market is looking pretty shady. Stock markets around the world continue to drop after weeks of losses and many indicators show that we are heading for a major crisis. In this post I want to give you a few ways to mentally prepare for a financial crisis so that if it happens […]

The Guide to Developing Self-Discipline That Lasts

photo credit: UBC Library Graphics “The only difference between Buddhas and ordinary beings is discipline.” – Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1920 – 1996) a great Buddhist meditation master. When you hear the word “discipline” do you think of Samurais, Shaolin Warriors and Buddhist Monks? Do you think about professional football players or perhaps members of the […]

Win a Free iPod Shuffle – Email Subscriber Contest

Okay time for a bit of prize winning fun! I am giving away a FREE iPod Shuffle to one lucky subscriber to celebrate The Daily Mind’s 150th post. How to Enter: There are two simple steps you have to follow to win the free iPod: 1. Subscribe to The Daily Mind by email before Friday […]

The Scariest Place on Earth: How to Conquer Your Fears & Develop Bravery

photo credit: ? Mathias Pastwa ? “Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.” – John Berridge Throughout my teen years and early adulthood I was constantly afflicted by fear. I was afraid of midnight robbers, contracting exotic illnesses and losing my loved ones. I was afraid of change. Deathly afraid […]

How to Become the MVP at Your Work

MVP is a sporting term that stands for Most Valuable Player. Every year one player in the league is awarded this title to acknowledge their skill, leadership qualities, outstanding sportsmanship and overall excellence in their area. It doesn’t always go to the player who scores the most goals or points. It is quite often the […]

Accepting Defeat: How to Deal With Defeat Like a Professional

Everyone fails. Michael Jordan, Oprah, you, me. Everyone. The difference between regular people and great people is how they deal with the defeat. In this post I want to look at how to deal with defeat like a professional. See defeat as a positive “Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a […]

Power Suit or Open Shirt: What Do Your Work Clothes Say About You?

What you wear to work says a lot about who you are. In this post I want to psychoanalyze the heck out of the topic and see if we can learn a little bit about what your work clothes say about you. The Power Suit photo credit: MShades The power suit was popularized by Ralph […]

Barack Obama: Lessons on Charisma from Obama’s Campaign Trail

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama With the news today that Barack Obama may have defeated Hilary Clinton in the race for the leadership I felt inspired to […]