Character Strengths and Virtues

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We develop our inner "superhero" from a young age. For most of us we don't even know we have super strengths.   In the book Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman they identify several character strengths that are categorized under  six core moral virtues. These are the strengths that make each of us a "superhero". … [Read more...]

Linking Manifesto and Values

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As I have mentioned before in other posts I am a collector of manifestos. For one of my current initiatives I was recently on a web site called nugg.co (not .com). I noticed the menu item "Manifesto & Values". The page was comprised of a typical manifesto, but what I liked was that the values were shown along side the manifesto. Here was one page that tells you what you really need to … [Read more...]

Shine bright – Be Conceptual

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Well it’s been a few year’s since I read Daniel Pink’s  book – A Whole New Mind. I have never been one to read an entire book over the weekend – but this one I did!   I loved the book, and have purchased many copies for friends and recommended it to others.  Every gift book given or recommendation made led to nothing but wonderfully insightful feedback about the book and its … [Read more...]

A Great Motivator for Exercise

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Wow - what a great motivation for exercise!   I found this image at http://nilofermerchant.tumblr.com.  The list is from Neila Rey. Check out her site at meanrat.com.  Over the last 5 years I have had the ability to increase the amount and frequency of exercise in my life.  I have thankfully experienced many of the benefits.  The last one on the list - improves … [Read more...]

Bill’s Life and Living Directives

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Over the years I have recorded short directives that I try to follow on a daily basis. Many of the directives are ones that I have come up with, others have come from sources that are long forgotten. During the next two months I will be expanding on these to explain where they came from, what they mean and how they can be used.         As more come to mind … [Read more...]

You just have to love Manifesto’s!

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I'm a collector of manifesto's .  I love manifesto's!  The reason why — a great deal of useful thought and important connections get codified in a manifesto.  There is a lot of brain power and design that goes into the creation of a truly effective manifesto. There are manifesto's for just about every topic one can imagine. Manifesto's come in various forms - Word/Phrase combinations, lists, … [Read more...]

Time to update the five year personal vision

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Every five years near the major birthdays (45, 50, 50, 55...) I update my personal vision for the next five years.  I try to come up with a simple fun saying that will help motivate me to move forward during that five year period. Well its the first day of June.  I will be turning fifty-five in the near future.  My fun little personal vision statement for the last 5 years "Fit, Famous, and … [Read more...]

A quick search for Well-being

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One of my Internet non-profit initiatives is OneGoodWorld.org. In that initiative I look at what it means to be a good person, team, community, region, company, country, and a good world. In exploring what it means to be a good person, I wandered into trying to understand what the “good life” was. As part of that investigation I explored the concept of happiness. One would think that happiness … [Read more...]

Amusing Ourselves to Death

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I prefer to say that we are procrastinating on life, filling in the limited time we have with spoonful’s of cheap low value so called “entertainment” that robs us of the real joys of life obtained through doing, playing, experiencing and participating in a world full of opportunities. If you think that sounds a little harsh – you’re right, it is harsh! It needs to be harsh to snap us out of the … [Read more...]

What is your purpose type?

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Some people are lucky in that they find a meaningful purpose early in life, and live their life guided by that purpose. I wasn’t one of those people! I like most, went through two-thirds of my personal and work life without a clear purpose. Like most I went through life doing what was expected, achieved what I needed to achieve, but always thinking that there had to be something more. That feeling … [Read more...]

Focusing on the now!

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Time is our most precious commodity. Too much time focusing on the past or thinking about the future, reduces our time to contribute and live for today. I have tended to be someone who thinks little of the past, spends too much time planning for the future, and could do much more in the “now”. As I have gotten older I've started to appreciate that planning in both life and work is good, but can … [Read more...]

Steppin Out from the Norm!

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There is so much pressure to be like everyone else. We go through most of our life occasionally rebelling but eventually conforming. Fitting in and doing what everyone else does seems to be the accepted way. As this alignment to the norm occurs over ones life, you gradually formulate you’re comfortable cognitive “happy place” space that you exist within. This space is occasionally stretched by new … [Read more...]

Welcome to Bill’s World – The Blog

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Let me get right to the point – why does Bill need a blog? I like to think that I have been an idea guy for most of my life. Unfortunately, I have always had lots of ideas but never really moved forward on them! Bringing a good or bad idea along requires reflection, introspection, sharing, ridicule (not all ideas – some are actually good), refinement and lots of effort. Bill’s Blog is an … [Read more...]

My Favourite Ted Talks

Tim Harford: Trial, error and the God Complex Jackson Browne - If I Could Be Anywhere Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity … [Read more...]

Listening

Five ways to listen better by Julian Treasure. Some key points made in the presentation: "Listening is making meaning from sound" "Listening is our access to understanding" "We are in danger of losing our listening" "The art of conversation is being lost to personal broadcasting" "We don't want oratory we want sound bites" "We have become desensitized - the media and people have … [Read more...]