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Muhammad Ali has been called the most recognizable man on earth. While he is still considered the champ from his boxing days, he has continued to inspire people around the world. His belief that others can achieve greatness led to his most recent venture the Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholarship Program. This program, due to launch December 7, 2012, is aimed at the millennial generation. According to the Generation Ali site, the program is about “Fostering tomorrow’s leaders to achieve personal greatness, contribute positively to their communities, and change the world for the better.”
According to Alltech, Donald Lassere, president of the Muhammad Ali Center stated, “Muhammad Ali has proven that one person can be a spark that lights the flame of inspiration and change the world. Generation Ali will take up the torch and continue Muhammad’s legacy by inspiring a new generation of leaders to create better lives, better nations, and a better world.”
In order to apply for this program, applicants must
- Be a high school senior or graduate or post-secondary undergraduate.
- Plan to enroll or are currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited United States two- or four-year college, university or vocational technical school.
- U.S. and international students encouraged to apply.
Ali’s Facebook site shows a graphic that mentions $10,000 scholarships. Ali stated, “This is it! The Greatest Scholarship of All Time is here! Start spreading the word. Online application starts December 7th! U.S. and international students encouraged to apply.”
In 1960 Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon, wrote a popular self-help book titled Psycho-Cybernetics. This book is often listed as a classic self-help book, as motivational speakers including Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have based some of their techniques on his work. Maltz wrote this book because he found that his patients weren’t always satisfied by the results of their plastic surgery. He felt that they had certain expectations and they were not always met.
Maltz’s book was about setting goals through visualization techniques that allow for a positive outcome. “The book introduced Maltz’s views where a person must have an accurate and positive view of his or her self before setting goals; otherwise he or she will get stuck in a continuing pattern of limiting beliefs.”
As Maltz saw it, self-image was the key to a better life. However, part of our self-image may be based on false beliefs. He felt we needed to dehypnotize ourselves from those beliefs. According to Maltz, “The self-image sets the boundaries of human accomplishment. It is the key to your personality, to your behavior, to your character. Enlarge the scope of your self-image through confidence and enlarge the scope of what you can do in this world to reach self-fulfillment.”
According to Malt’z website “Dan Kennedy, author of The New Psycho Cybernetics calls Psycho Cybernetics the original science of self improvement – and he gives three reasons for this claim:
•Its introduction of the idea of the self image – a term Maltz used to describe certain activities in the subconscious mind
•The role of psycho cybernetics as an influence in much of self improvement literature since 1960
•It offers practical techniques you can use – rather than simply philosophical principles”
Maltz’s principles are not the only ones that continue to be useful today. Check out the following top self-help and/or motivational books that have withstood the test of time:
For a more complete list, check out: 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life
For more information about assessing personality, check out: It’s Not You It’s Your Personality
- Can’t Affored the Myers Briggs MBTI? A Free Way to Determine Your Personality Type and Job Preferences
- Myers Briggs MBTI: Testing Your Relationships
- Top 10 Personality, Career, IQ and EQ Tests
- Considering Plastic Surgery – New Site Lets Patients Share Their Stories
- Baby Boomers Keeping Plastic Surgeons Busy
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It’s the new year and many have made resolutions to lose weight. There are even more support systems than ever to help people attain their goals. One of the newest technologies that may be of some help are the apps available on iPhones, iPads and other digital devices. Check out some of the most useful apps that could help you attain your fitness goals in 2011:
1. Nikewomen Training Club – This free app helps motivate you to exercise. You can choose workouts and have virtual coaches demonstrate exercises. You can even use your own music to create a soundtrack to work out to from your iTunes library.
2. FitnessClass – Available with 3G or WiFi streams 230 video classes including a boot camp weight-loss session and even yoga. You can choose segments that last from 10 to 60 minutes. Classes range from $3-8 with 30 day class passes.
3. Cardio Training – If you need a pedometer that can utilize your GPS from your phone system, this app is for you. Available free from worksmartlabs, this app also comes with free add-ons for weight loss and resolutions to help with motivation.
4. iPump and FitnessBuilder – This pricier app ($9.99) includes workouts, an exercise database, videos of exercises and the ability to edit your own workouts.
5. FitnessClass – This free iPad app allows you to preview and purchase hundreds of exercise videos.
7. BeatBurn Treadmill Outdoor Trainer – Good for interval workouts where you want to change the pace and change music choices. This app keeps track of speed, calories burned and incline information.
8. Imap my Fitness – This free app uses your GPS to track your workouts. You can view your workout history and manually add information. You can even tweet your results on Twitter.
9. Tap & Track Calorie, Weight Loss & Exercise Tracker – This app includes information about over 300,000 food items and information from 700 restaurants. You can even work on this application when you are not online.
10. Runkeeper Pro – This app keeps track of running, walking and cycling workouts. This application will let you know if you are on pace and keeps a history of your workouts.
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I have been reading the new book, The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor. I have read a lot of books about personalities and psychology when doing research for my book: It’s Not You . . .It’s Your Personality. I noticed an ad for this book on AOL and thought I’d check it out. I’m glad I did because if I had seen this book, I may not have picked it up.
The cover does not do it any justice. The plain orange cover, containing what I assume is a partial smiley face, doesn’t really portray how interesting and entertaining this book is. I immediately liked the author’s style and content. He comes across as someone who would be very approachable.
The author, who not only went to Harvard, but taught there as well, comes across as much more of a common-man, than I expected. I mean that in the best of ways. He writes in a light, entertaining way and still educates the reader. Sometimes when you hear big name university instructors have written things, you imagine that their writing might be stuffy, and have too strong of a scholarly or dry tone. This is not the case with this author’s work. Achor has a strong idea of how to connect with the reader. He must have been a wonderful instructor. Perhaps that is why his course in happiness was one of the most popular Harvard course offerings at the time.
The book is about using his 7 principles learned from psychology to be happier and more successful. Filled with anecdotes about his travels and speaking experiences, Achor does a nice job of holding your interest. It is a very optimistic book about how we can all be happier if we follow these 7 principles.
What I really enjoyed about the book, other than the lighter tone, was that he explains some very interesting psychological experiments that are the basis of his work.
I highly suggest checking it out.
In my book, How to Reinvent Your Career, I write about how some things we see as failures may actually lead us to something better. The following is a list of 50 famous people compiled by Katrina Solomon from onlinecollege.org who failed before they became successes:
- Henry Ford
- R. H. Macy
- F. W. Woolworth
- Soichiro Honda
- Akio Morita (Sony)
- Bill Gates
- Harland David Sanders (KFC)
- Walt Disney
- Albert Einstein
- Charles Darwin
- Robert Goddard (rocket researcher)
- Isaac Newton
- Robert Sternberg (President of APA)
- Thomas Edison
- Orville and Wilbur Wright
- Winston Churchill
- Abraham Lincoln
- Oprah Winfrey
- Harry S. Truman
- Dick Cheney
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Fred Astaire
- Sidney Poitier
- Jeanne Moreau (actress)
- Charlie Chaplin
- Lucille Ball
- Harrison Ford
- Marilyn Monroe
- Oliver Stone
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Emily Dickinson
- Theodore Seuss Giesel (Dr. Seuss)
- Charles Schulz
- Steven Spielberg
- Stephen King
- Zane Grey
- J. K. Rowling
- Jack London
- Louisa May Alcott
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Elvis Presley
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Igor Stravinsky
- The Beatles
- Michael Jordan
- Stan Smith
- Babe Ruth
- Tom Landry
I have dedicated a section of my blog to answering questions about the topics I cover in my books. If you have a question about online learning, personalities in the workforce, how to get a job or reinvent your career, personal finance, social media or any of the other topics I cover here, please email me at email@example.com and I’ll be happy to post it here with my response.