Archive for March, 2008

28 mar

Turning the Lights Off

What would happen if 24 countries turned off all the lights for one hour? You may find out on March 29th. “Earth Hour” started last year on March 31st in Sydney, when 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses turned off their lights for one hour with the hopes of inspiring the rest of the world to take action against climate change.

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26 mar

Think and Grow Rich

One of my goals is to share with you some of the most powerful success principles that can help you change your life: Think and Grow Rich contains many of these ideas. If you have yet to read Napoleon Hill’s book, get it and read it today. And if you have read it, read it again. I know people in the business world who read it once a year — it just takes a couple of hours. Hill wrote the book nearly 100 years ago, yet it continues to resonate today. The focus is not just about money and becoming rich, it’s about having a rich life. Here is one of my favorite sections:

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25 mar

What’s Around the Next Corner?

“None of us know what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.” — Kathleen Norris

What was the best change that unexpectedly came your way?

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24 mar

Changes in China

Having grown up in Hong Kong, I have a strange and close familiarity with all things from that part of the world. It’s therefore not surprising that when I hear and watch the tragedies going on in Tibet and the uprisings being squashed by the Chinese troops, I am drawn into the conflict. I want to see a real change in how Tibet exists and is respected in Asia.

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21 mar

Remember the Good Changes

Change is a funny thing. When we’re faced with any sort of transition, we often think things like: “Change is hard” and “I hate change.” We don’t look forward to change — we often say that we’d be a lot happier if things never changed. Why do we instantly forget all of the incredible changes that have come into our lives the minute we’re forced to deal with a challenging change?

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20 mar

Saving the World, One Hug at a Time

Can you imagine hugging 100 people in a row? How about 20,000? Amma, known as the “hugging saint,” has done just that over and over again. She is this tiny little woman from India, who has hugged everyone from United Nations’ ambassadors, Bill Clinton and the Pope to the worlds poorest, and a few thousand stressed out New Yorkers!

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18 mar

Take the Time to Dare

Change is often about something new, something unknown and something we either can’t predict or couldn’t see coming. Many of the people I meet have some change they wish they could make or a dream that’s been forgotten, but they are not sure how to get started. Some are in new phases of their lives — retiring, changing careers or thinking about moving. And for others, it’s the hope of a new relationship, a new business or a healthier way of living.

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18 mar

My Interview with Dick Parsons

Does change make the man? Or does the man make the change?

That was one of the things I contemplated when interviewing former Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons in an audio interview for my podcast, Change Nation. It was his first time really speaking openly since stepping down as CEO.

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17 mar

Environmental Change—It’s really time now!

Each day it seems we are given more evidence of the severity of the environmental crisis. For example, a report came out of the UN this past weekend about how the Glaciers are shrinking at record rates. This could prove to be catastrophic since it will effect the water levels of many of the world’s rivers.

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14 mar

Are You a Change Optimist?

I’ve been thinking a lot about optimism this week. I recently met Laurence Shorter, who spent the last two years searching the planet for the most optimistic people he could find. He’s compiling his findings and interviews in a book that will be published next year. Talking with him got me thinking about who are the most optimistic people I know and could recommend to him.

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