2 Unconventional Secrets To Success

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

~ A.A. Milne

In the confines of convention, they say, “Do what you can,” as if we aren’t capable of more. It’s ultimately defeating and limiting.

When you do what you can, your keel is off balance, your sails are tangled and you’re allowing the sea to direct your course. If you feel like you’re about to crash into the rocky coast, you’re probably right.

Here are a few tips to help you raise your sails and gain control.

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Why Office Work Doesn’t Work: Escaping the Confines

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

~ Wendy Wasserstein

Where Do You Go When You Really Need To Get Something Done?

Jason Fried spent 10 years asking people this question and found surprising, yet sensible answers.

Fried, Author of Rework and President of 37signals, a Chicago-based privately-held company committed to building the best web-based tools to increase collaboration and productivity. Their products include ever-popular project-management tool Basecamp, as well as Highrise and Campfire. 37signals blog, Signal vs. Noise is read by over 100,000 people everyday.

He has more than a knack for business and productivity.

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5 Secrets of Highly Likeable People

“Do not hide your light for fear of what others may think of you. Let it shine and be a reflection of what is possible.”

~ Kristi Bowman

First impressions are important, and more often than not they don’t go so smoothly. You meet someone and after a little packaged small talk things get awkward.

Yet some people are approachable, continuously cheerful and communicative. They’re likeable. These people tend to be more successful in business and life, getting better service, promotions and sales while maintaining and growing quality relationships.

They don’t seem to be doing anything exceptional or have outstanding qualities. What is it that makes these people so likeable?

It’s the little things that make a big difference. Here are a few of the nuances that separate the few from the crowd.

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This Mind Shift Changed My Life

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

~ Peter F. Drucker

Superstitious Superiority

As an audacious nonconformist, I spent my youth with a false sense of freedom and superiority. I saw people suffering because they couldn’t see past the heinous system controlling their lives, and sat back making commentary.

Then I grew up and found myself dodging the lassos that society used to wrangle the rest. It was getting exhausting and seemed one would catch me sooner than later and I’d be forced to give in and join the conformist party seeking acceptance and validation.

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9 Minutes To Enlightened Living (Not Meditation)

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

~ Socrates

9 Minutes of action, 24 hours total, a world enlightened.

It only takes 9 minutes and brings a boatload of clarity. Get ready to see the world in new light. It’s like swimming through life in an ocean bare eyed and then putting goggles on. I’ve made it a habit to run through this periodically and every time it gets better and better. The more you put into it the more you get out. Grab your goggles and dive in!

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Why Working To “Find Balance” Doesn’t Work

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

~ Julia Cameron

On an even keel – or keeling over?

Gaining balance in life is toted as an esteemed feat, a success of sorts proving we are masters of our lives. In a sense, this is true; balancing work and life is a daunting challenge.

But does evening your keel make you feel like keeling over? Does it seem like one more task you have to deal with in your life?

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Welcome to the Good Life

 “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello and welcome! I’m happy you’re here. It’s a good place to be if your interested in or seeking to liberate from convention and live with extraordinary intent. I’m committed to living to these ends and will be sharing all I’ve come to know and continue learning. My goal is to provide inspiration and tools for others to better their lives.

As things gear up, you can check out the Start Here page, work over to the About and continue on to get my whole story.

We’re building a community of sensible people with the courage to forge extraordinary lives. If that’s you, sign up to follow in the top right by clicking “Let’s Liberate” and receive the know-how to get started.

Drop me a note, I’d be happy to hear where you are in life, your struggles, successes and how you do or wish to Mind a Good Life.

One world. One people. One love.

With intent,

Mehdi René