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Appropriate risk is basic to living your life out loud

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Living Your Life Out Loud by Sally Raspberry and Padi Selwin (Pocket Books) takes an innovative approach to helping you get the most out of life. It is loaded with insights from the ages. For example:

“Plato said you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. This is a good reason to take a walk with somebody you just met, as opposed to meeting them in a restaurant.”

Nurturing Creativity

The book points to one study where 90% of five year-olds tested highly creative. This figure drops to 10% by age seven, and to 2% beyond age eight. Their conclusion? Creativity declines when structured education begins!

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Creativity includes a both a bombardment of information and pressure to keep up. The quickening pace of damage to the environment is symptomatic of the damage being levied on the human spirit.

One centurion said, “I lived my life in such a way that I knew I would live beyond 100.” He was an avid walker for most of his life.  A doctor, 50 years his junior was amazed to hear that he walked for four or five miles every day, even when it rains. What do you do then? “I put on a raincoat.” Indeed.

Creative People

The authors pinpoint 12 traits of highly creative people, including:

* receptivity to new ideas

* flexibility

* emotional sensitivity

* tolerance of ambiguity

* preference for disorder (at least in the short term)

* fluency of ideas

* intuitiveness

* curiosity

* originality

* openness to risk

* perseverance

* playfulness

Napping also is seen as a trait of the highly creative.

Calculated Risk

In general, risk is fundamental to living your life out loud. Make sure, however, that the risks you take are for yourself, that you have a gut feeling that this is right for you, and that it’s a risk worth taking. Then, make a list of steps necessary to minimize the risk as much as possible, and talk to others who are successful risk takers.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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New Study Shows THESE People are the Happiest

A discussion about a new study on happiness…

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PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener talks with Dr. Steve Turley of Turley Talks to discuss a new study about happiness. Check out their interview and be sure to pick up Chris Widener’s new book they mention, Four Seasons. The purchase of the book gets you 20+ hours of personal develop audios to celebrate the launch of the book. Get Four Seasons by clicking HERE. Check out the discussion below:

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About Turley Talks:

Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization?

For decades, the world has been dominated by a process known as globalization, a secularizing economic and political system that hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions, all the while conditioning populations to rely on the expertise of a tiny class of technocrats for every aspect of their social and economic lives.

Until now.

All over the world, there’s been a massive blowback against the anti-cultural processes of globalization and its secular aristocracy.

And it’s just the beginning.

I believe that the secular world is at its brink, and a new conservative age is rising.

Join me each week as we examine these worldwide trends, discover answers to today’s toughest challenges, and together learn to live in the present in light of even better things to come.

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The Four Horsemen of Aging Baby Boomers

The prospect of being cold, broke, and alone can haunt some baby boomers in their senior years

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To be old, cold, broke, and alone are the four horsemen of aging baby boomers. Aging has been a fact of life since life itself appeared on the planet, and no one has ever doubted that they would age as time passed. It’s the combination of aging with the prospect of being cold, broke, and alone that’s terrifying for some boomers as they head into their senior years.

Out in the Cold

Miracle breakthroughs in energy production, foreseen in the 1970s and 80s, are clearly not here yet. Despite current price fluctuations, the long-term trend in heating, lighting, and relying upon energy to run one’s home can only point upward for the near future. Prices will be only climb as boomers face the ends of their careers, retirement, and years of living on a fixed income.

Going for Broke

With falling housing prices, fears of a retracted recession, and government debt rising to astronomical heights, the long-term savings of many a boomer has taken a big hit. Boomers close to retiring don’t have sufficient time to recover, and even those who are five, 10, and 15 years from retirement will face rocky roads. The prospects of going broke, or at least having to live out one’s days on far less than anticipated, are real and alarming.

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Home Alone

For several decades, one in two marriages in the U.S. has ended in divorce. This doesn’t mean that one out of two people get divorced, because first-time divorcees are unfortunately prone to being divorced again and perhaps again. In any case, the number of single adults above age 45 is at an all-time high and growing. More people heading into their “golden years” are alone than at any other time in U.S. history.

Finishing one’s life cold, broke, and alone is not a pretty picture. Yet, significant numbers of boomers face this prospect. While individually little can be done about macro-economics, the rising cost of energy, or declines in property and investment values, for aging boomers there are more potential partners today than ever before. Online dating services and a variety of local social groups all but ensure that those who don’t want to face their senior years alone, don’t have to.

Old, cold, broke and alone need not be your fate.

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