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I Get Nervous When I See an Attractive Guy/Woman. What Should I Do?

Note from Celes: Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce the launch of the new version of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, my 30-day character transformation program! For those of you on the PE newsletter, I share details in my Aug 1 email (titled “New Release: Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program!”). For […]

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‘Should I Earn Some Side Income While Working on My New Business?’

Note from Celes: Hi everyone! After MANY months of hard work, I’ve finally launched the new version of Be a Better Me in 30 Days Program, my 30-day character transformation program! You would have gotten the mailer on this if you’re on the PE newsletter. If you don’t have the program, read about 30BBM here. More […]

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How to Say No: The Ultimate Guide

Saying No

This is my guide to say no for busy people such as busy professionals, entrepreneurs, and coaches. The principles apply to anyone who wants to say no.
Do you hate to say no? Are you always trying to be nice to others at the expense of yourself?
Well, you’re not alone. I used to hate to say “no” because I didn’t want to hurt the other person’s feelings. For example, whenever I got requests for help, I would tend to them even though I had important work to do. Sometimes the requests would take 2-3 hours each or beyond. At the end of the day, I would forgo sleep to catch up on work.
Over time though, I realized that saying yes came with a set of consequences. Every time I said yes, I would have to set aside time and mental energy which would be taken away from my existing needs. While okay when dealing with a small number of requests, as my site grew, I became weighed down with a never-ending stream of requests.
I began to have no time for myself as I felt the constant pressure to always agree to everything, to be there for everyone,...

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The Importance of Upgrading Your Tools

Old typewriter

In Skills Development, I shared the importance of developing our skills to achieve maximum results.
Similarly, it’s important to have the best tools to achieve the best results. By tools, I mean whatever software or equipment you use for your work. For a blogger it includes your laptop and your mobile device. For a video editor it includes your editing software.
When we have inadequate tools, we need to spend extra time to offset their limitations, even if we have the best skills for the job. On the other hand, when we have the best tools (and by best, I mean the right tools), we cut down the time taken to achieve a certain result. This time can be used elsewhere on more important things.
My Experience
Back in my previous company, I had to do a lot of data mining. I remember this Nielsen software I had to use to get market data — it was usable but slow. Every click took about 10 seconds before it returned a result. Sometimes it took minutes. Sometimes it would hang.
Because of this software, I would spend countless late nights getting data. The end result — getting the reports done — was never implicated because I was always sacrificing sleep to meet them....

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How to be an Email Master

We live in an information saturated world today where our inboxes are fuller than ever and we receive more emails than before. Digital communication has become the primary way we communicate with anyone, if at all. With over half the world now using email, it’s unlikely that email will stop being a cornerstone of our lives […]

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Why We Should Be More Like Tim

We live in a world where we are continuously pushed to be more like others. Where we are made to tightly fit into a mold from young. Where we are expected to conform through rigid systems and societal pressures, and get beaten down when we don’t. In this day and age, perhaps it pays to be […]

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6 Tips to Deal with Digital Burnout in Today’s World

Recently some readers told me that they have been feeling overwhelmed by the huge flood of information online these days. I feel the same. This was why I deleted my Facebook page, though I’m back on Facebook for now (-_- the irony). It’s also why I unsubscribed from almost every newsletter, deleted various social media accounts, […]

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The Number of Failures Before Success [Infographic]

In a society where the one thing constantly celebrated and harped on is success, sometimes we forget the failures that come along with every “person of the year” cover story. Today’s infographic highlights some of the failures experienced by world-renowned individuals: Breaking it down, Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California Film School 3 times. He eventually attended […]

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How to Reprioritize and Find Purpose After a Hard Fall in Life

Last week a course participant shared with me that she just had a hard fall in life. She recently lost her baby, left her job, and has been working on her startup in the past year which has not taken off in the way she wanted. She asked me if I have any thoughts on reshuffling, reprioritizing, or […]

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How to Deal with Rude People – Co-Workers, Associates, Customers, Strangers

This is part 1 of my series on how to deal with rude people — including strangers, co-workers, associates, and customers. Quick Note from Celes: Hi everyone! This is a series I wrote in 2010 and I’ve given it a refresh. It’s a complete guide to deal with rude people and comes with 16 comprehensive tips. Parts 1-3 are […]

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