Since I read my first self-help book back in 1986 (Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization), I’ve noticed that broadly speaking they fall into three distinct if occasionally overlapping categories. The first is what I call “image management”, as exemplified by Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. …

How learning the difference between meditating and living from a state of meditation can change your life

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When I first heard about the benefits of meditation in my 20’s, it sounded like the solution to many of my problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, “meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.” …

The true source of originality, and how to find it for yourself

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This weekend, I was one of the speakers at a virtual conference in Spain. The title of my talk, “How to Be Original”, started off a bit tongue in cheek, as perhaps my favorite thing to complain about is people copying my work without credit. …

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