Living in denial is a very common occurrence and at one time or another we all fall into the trap. It seems very natural, and at times we feel pride in living in denial. Yet, it takes a toll on our lives.

3 Monkeys - Example For Living In Denial

Going through an old stack of pictures I was reminded of a significant incident that had a profound impact on my thinking. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Now, I want to share that lesson with you.

It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept.                                   ~Bill Watterson [tweet this]

I thought, just as many people coming from a middle class family think, that being rich isn’t necessarily a very good thing. Growing up I watched Bollywood movies where rich people always seemed to accumulate wealth by stealing from the less powerful and the poor.

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I remember creating my LinkedIn profile near the beginning of 2006, not knowing if it was something I really needed. I created the profile because a colleague at work referred me to LinkedIn.

I just signed up because I didn’t want to disappoint my friends. I got started, entered a few details and didn’t bother to login again for several months.

Must Take LinkedIn Seriously To Use It Effectively

Just like everyone else, I got a few LinkedIn promotional emails from time to time. I also received a few connection requests from other people once every few days. Those things kept me engaged and once in a while, I did login to accept or reject the requests or read messages etc.

But I wasn’t serious about LinkedIn or any social networking site (including Google’s Orkut) for a long time.

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I have been consistently making improvements on my website to improve your experience each time you visit. In an effort to achieve that goal, I am continuously looking to add new features to my website.

Free Resources Online For Download-eBooks-Documents-Magazine Subscriptions

I improved the homepage with added links to some of the most popular posts in the top categories a couple of weeks ago. This helps you get to those posts with ease.

I added a new menu item with a Picture Gallery to help fellow bloggers and other online entrepreneurs. In my picture gallery, you may find some awesome, high quality ROYALTY FREE pictures to use in your blog posts and other online marketing campaigns.

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Ideally I need not be concerned about losing weight because of my lean and thin appearance. However,  my love for sweets and delicious food requires that I keep burning some calories to avoid accumulating unnecessary extra fat. 

Losing Weight Is Fun When You Know Your Body - Two Women Eating Together

Health is wealth after all and therefore, losing weight is something that even I need to worry about at times.

Speaking of losing weight,  did you know that the weight management industry is gigantic with millions of people trying thousands of programs in an effort to lose weight quickly?

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A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge.    ~B. H. Liddell Hart [tweet this]

Have you seen people who want a better career, better job, multimillion dollar enterprise of their own but hate reading?

Book Reading Habit - Hard But Good Habit To Develop

I have had instances where people came to me for mentorship. They wanted to change and grow. But when it came to reading, they did not seem to enjoy the process.

I Had Same The Challenge When I Started

When I first held Magic of Thinking Big in my hands and began reading, I remember the feeling of discomfort. It wasn’t very pleasant until the third chapter of the book (when the book caught the best of my curiosity and I couldn’t put it down until finished).

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Alexa Rank is the second most discussed rank by webmasters, especially in the blogging community, after Google’s Page Rank. Alexa Rank plays an important role in many aspects for your websites and we are going to discuss this in detail today.

Alexa Traffic Rank - Improving Alexa Rank For Your Website-Optimized

The interesting thing to note here is, neither Google Page Rank nor Alexa Rank is the true indicator of your real traffic. I’ve seen websites with Google Page Rank of 1 having much more traffic than those with Google Page Rank 3.

Similarly, Alexa traffic rank is not a true indicator of your website’s real traffic either, although it is a better indicator than Google Page Rank in many aspects.

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Everybody wants to be successful. I haven’t met an entrepreneur who doesn’t want to make it happen for his/her business. To a business leader, success of the enterprise is actually a responsibility.

What Separates Successful Business Leaders From The Unsuccessful

Yet, not everybody is able to make it. The question is – Why? How come some business leaders succeed beyond measure and others, in the same arena, can’t even make a mark? What are some of the differentiating factors?

This Difference Is Important

As a leader, it is important to understand the differentiating factors because you are responsible for your successes and failures equally. As a leader of your business, you need to plan your success, avoid the potholes and follow the path to success to make it happen.

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The world is noisier than ever. The competition is extremely high. Whether you are looking for a new job or new business, you’ve got to stand out from your competition. Your personal branding efforts drive your size of success.

Personal Brand Strategy Mistakes To Avoid

However, did you realize it isn’t something new? The need to stand out from your competition has always been important to your success. The methods have evolved, but the need is the same, isn’t it?

Your Brand Strategy Can Work Two Ways

Like anything else, you can do your personal branding as well two ways:

  1. Do it the right way where you stand out and attract what you desire.
  2. Do it the wrong way and people start running away from you. You still stand out. But people want to stay away from your brand name.

If you are serious about getting that dream job or growing your business to the next level of success, you want to do it the right way.

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“You will never achieve anything in your life more than your own self-esteem”, said my business coach several years ago. To help me get started on the right track, he handed me over the Magic of Thinking Big book. I had just started my first business and I was fortunate to have such a tremendous mentor in my life.

High Self- Image Brightening The Smiling Face

I did not doubt what he said for even a moment. But, as I read the book, the concept began to sink in. I began to realize the importance of working on my own self-esteem.

Going through the book, when I looked back on my achievements so far, I could easily see how my own self-esteem had enabled me to go for those things. At the same time, I could also see how I had missed a few opportunities simply because I never thought I was capable of achieving those.

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Moving to a new location for higher studies, for a new job or for business – is not the most comfortable thing in the world. In fact, it is one of the most intimidating activities for most of us. I don’t know about you, but I definitely do not appreciate the sequence of events associated with a move.

College Friends Having Fun Talking After Classes

I have been moving from city to city, state to state and country to country for studies and jobs throughout my life. During my school days, I moved to places where local residents didn't speak the same language and didn’t eat the food I was used to eating.  It was remarkable!

Life is life a bicycle. To keep you balance you must keep moving.                –Albert Einstein [tweet this]

I bring up this topic today based on a question from a LinkedIn friend in New Jersey, Vedavathi Puligilla.  She is a Technical Recruiter by profession and would like to start her own blog. Veda has seen her little sister facing the challenges of moving to a new city (due to her job) with a completely different culture than her native place.

Veda suggested that if I could provide some guidance on this topic, it may be helpful for people in such circumstances.

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