Shaun Tomson “The Code”

September 12th, 2013

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What can one of the world’s greatest surfers teach us about faith, courage, creativity, and determination?

Lots.

A number of years ago the legendary Shaun Tomson came up with a set of simple lessons about life that he called The Surfer’s Code, a series of promises-to-yourself that each began with, “I will…..”

And when a classroom full of children inspired him with their own “I will…” statements, Tomson knew he had something big.

Now he shows how to convert the power of “I will…” into a life-changing mantra, in his new book “The Code.”

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Paul Tough “How Children Succeed”

September 14th, 2012

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If your son is getting really good standardized test scores in school, he’s succeeding, right?

If your daughter just aced her SATs, that’s success, isn’t it?

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No, not necessarily, says journalist Paul Tough. He wondered, why do some children succeed while others fail?

In his new book “How Children Succeed,” Tough says the traditional measures of success are not the ones that really matter. He argues that instead of a high SAT score, we should aim to teach children skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

It also turns out, meeting and defeating obstacles is crucial to our brain’s ability to help us succeed in life, and Tough found that both very poor children and very affluent ones are at a disadvantage.

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Donald Van de Mark “The Good Among the Great”

May 18th, 2011

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How good a person can you be, and still be a successful person? Do you have to sacrifice one for the other?

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For years, in his roles as broadcast journalist and interviewer on CNN, CNBC, and other TV news shows, Donald Van de Mark has been observing and carefully noting the traits of what he calls”The Good Among the Great.” His book by that title illustrates famed psychologist Abraham Maslow’s 19 personality traits of self-actualized people. Chapter by chapter, Van de Mark provides examples of the famous and the unknown, but all of them success stories — and all of them “admirable, creative, and joyous people.”

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Ted Leonsis “The Business of Happiness”

February 5th, 2010

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If you become a success, happiness will follow. Right? No, you’ve got it exactly backward, says Ted Leonsis, the owner of one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, the Washington Capitals. Some years back, he was hugely successful as a self-made multi-millionaire. But when he came through a brush with death and realized he was profoundly unhappy despite his success, he realized big changes were necessary. Now in his book “The Business of Happiness” Leonsis shows us what he did, and how we can do it.

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Carla Harris “Expect to Win”

April 11th, 2009

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Keeping your career on track is harder than ever, especially as entire industries are brought to their knees by negative economic forces. This is no time to be timid about fortifying your career, and it’s especially important right now to control how you are seen by the people who can help you or hurt you.

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Carla Harris brings her years of experience in the high-pressure world of Wall Street to a book she calls “Expect To Win.”

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