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The Happiness Advantage

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 15, 2018 at 4:32 am
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Catch it!

There is empirical evidence that happiness can lead to a more productive and successful life, according to Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage: Seven Principles.”

Let me say it again, ‘Happiness leads to success.’

Therefore, happiness is not only found at the end of success. Right?

Correct!

Then, be happy – now! Why wait? This information should further encourage you to enjoy your life’s journey. Happiness is that thing that makes the journey not seem so long or arduous. Please forfeit leaning towards the notion that happiness will be found “at the end of” success. For us to assume this – is to rob ourselves of all of the happiness going on around us, right now.

Do you see it? Catch it and ride it all the way to success!

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It’s obvious that I’m into this semesters Psychology course; brain insight has got me shook.
I’m eating it up, (it’s almost tangibly in my gut) – so much so, I had to share Shawn’s book.

I hope that you don’t find it cheesy that I’m sharing with you my curriculum course reading.
I’m Qui
and The Happiness Advantage is a read that leads to better mental and physical well-being.

The following list of ideas is not a part of Shawn’s book
but the info is so spot-on, I thought you’d better take a look:

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Twosday

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on October 17, 2017 at 4:22 am

twos-dayToday is about you – so DO YOU and a new thing or two beyond your job scene and domestic routine.

Not sure what you could add to your usual mill? Below are a few idea-starters from POP SUGAR that may help toggle your noggin a little to encourage you to think outside of the box. Pick two today and DO YOU:

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1. Go to a bookstore and get lost. Spend hours exploring every genre of book known to the world. Better still, snag one off the shelf and plop down in a comfy chair. Close down the store trying to finish that book (hey, you’ll save some cash), and leave only when the employees start giving you the side-eye.

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Just me and my dog…

2. Indulge in some selfies. OK, as a general rule selfies should probably be taken sparingly, but every once in a while, it’s healthy to get dressed in an outfit you love and shamelessly take photos of yourself that you actually like. Let yourself keep clicking until you get it right. No one is there to judge you, except maybe your dog.

3. Complete a project you’ve been putting off. Make yourself go to a coffee shop, buckle down, and work. Update your résumé, put together a portfolio, finish your great American novel, apply to a new job or grad school, whatever. Just do it!

4. Take a hike. Spend some time with mother nature and see how the two of you get along when no one else is around. Stop and smell the roses, watch the sun set, embrace the quiet.

5. Try anew workout. Sometimes certain workouts (like Zumba, Booty Barre, anything dance-related) can be a little bit embarrassing to learn in front of other people. Master one of these fitness skills alone, or at least work on them enough so that when you’re in a class or doing it in front of your significant other, you look like you know what you’re doing . . . sort of.

6. Meditate. Find a quite space, turn the television off, put the radio on a zen or soundscape station (a station of soothing instrumentals), sit on a pillow on the floor, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Focus on a full inhale into your nose and focus on the slow exhale through your nose. Do this for about 10-minutes. Think of nothing. Focus on your breath. Be grateful for ever breath. Someone somewhere in the world is depending on a breathing machine to stay alive today. Say a prayer for them before you’re done meditating.

7. Take the longest, hottest bath of your life. Turn on some soothing music and enjoy a long soak with no fear of unwelcome interruptions.

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Adding a couple of things to your daily grind that you normally don’t do,
like putting in time to self entertain, to care for and thank you –

is absolutely the right thing to do.
In all that you do in a day – don’t forget about you.

Not today, anyway.
You’ve got 24-hours to insert  some play.

Today is Tuesday and a good day to get crunk.
Pick two for you to conquer before the hump.

Me? Since I’ve conquered meditation early I’m free to workout or crook.
But since I’ve no time to steal, I’ll sit down and work on my book.

I like an exciting week, so I’m starting it off with adequate creative play!
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, DO something for YOU, perhaps 2 on this Twosday.

Who moved my cheese

In Book, Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on November 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

who-moved-my-cheese-coverHave you read the book? It’s the cutest little thing.
It’ll help you overcome any recent hurdle scenes.

It’s a book about 4 principles working as members of 2 teams.
A team of humans and a team of mice, both looking for their cheese.

If you have read the story then you know the plot well,
Hem & Haw and Sniff & Scurrry have an awesome moral tale.

They are per their names – Sniff & Scurry rarely wastes time.
When the scientist moves the cheese they are quick to get on “the find.”

That’s so unlike the other team. Cheese moving? They don’t like it at all!
The disbelief of the vanishing cheese is a stall-of-an-anchor for Hem & Haw.

They spent day after day
searching the last place that the cheese was laid.
Sniff & Scurry duly wasted no time
in locating a new “Cheese Find.”
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The book is a short read;
The moral of it aims a necessary feed.

When your regular routine is interrupted – ‘never mind it.
Don’t Hem & Haw about what’s gone – get up, get busy and find it.

Your happiness is your cheese. It’s wrapped in a peaceful bow.
Wake up this morning and after yawning – go out looking to & fro.

If it’s not where you saw it last, don’t cry about it – please!
I’m Qui
A Sniff & Scurry she, always happy to go out and locate my cheese.
Always Happy about the positive and progressive WE‼️

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I found #MyCheese near  MOUNTAIN A in Tempe, AZ…. #Happiness  #Meditate

Russell said DO YOU

In Book, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

Do youLaw #1 encouraged you to SEE YOUR VISION and STICK WITH IT. Law #1 begins with the words: “Never Change for the mainstream – stay in your lane, and if you’re talented  and resilient enough the mainstream will come to you.

Law #2:
ALWAYS DO YOU.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. — E. E. Cummings

Russell lays it out: “I’ve been credited deservedly or not, with several innovations in my career. But none have earned me as much respect (and created as many new opportunities) as my perceived ability to identify and build brands.  For over twenty years, I’ve been blessed with a reputation as a tastemaker, someone with a finger on the pulse of what’s cool in music, film, clothes, technology, and even politics. So how has an old bald guy like myself been able to maintain such a precarious perch in the hot-today-cold-tomorrow world of hip-hop? It’s simple.  I always try to follow the Law of Do You, which stresses staying true to who you are and what you like instead of following trends.

That’s something I learned growing up in the hip-hop nation, which has always put a priority on integrity and respecting what’s real.  Over the years, I’ve tried to apply this law to all my endeavors, making sure I only promote products that i believe in, rather than those that seem to have the most profit potential.  Adhering to this law is what has allowed the Def FJam and Phat Farm brands not only to survive in the ficklest of markets but actually to thrive ever year too.

Pursue and execute knowledge whether or not you went to college.

Out of all the laws in the book, this is the one I feel the most confident about, because I’ve seen it work so many times, not only for myself but for the people around me as well.  I’ve seen Kimora Lee find tremendous success with Baby Phat and her other endeavors by Doing Her.  If you choose something with Kimora’s name on it, whether it’s a pair of jeans or a TV show or a perfume, you know you’re going to get her fabulous attitude.  Even if the fashion gods announced tomorrow that fabulous was “out” and shabby was “in,” Kimora would still be fabulous.  She’s going to personify that attitude no matter what’s trendy at the moment.  So if that fabulous attitude is what you’re looking for,  you’ll always know that Baby Phat or Simmons Jewelry is where you can find it.  By always Doing You, Kimora has been able to build a strong, lasting brand.

But while there will be considerable discussion about business in this chapter, never forget that, like every law I promote, Do You really is a spiritual law.  When I talk about Doing Yo, I’m really just asking you to listen to that voice of God inside of you again.  Because without that voice, you’ll never be able to tap into the resources God has blessed you with.  Instead,  you’ll end up following the world, which will never be as rewarding as Doing You and following the path God has blessed you with. Instead, you’ll end up following the world, which will never be as rewarding as Doing You and following the path God has laid out for you.

So if it seems at times during this chapter I’m using material success to prove this law, keep in mind that the toys are just one of the many rewards you’ll receive from staying true to yourself.  Most importantly, you’ll get the happiness that comes from having a positive impact on the world while doing God’s work. From Gandhi to Bob Marley to Tupac, so many people throughout history have been able to change the world by Doing You.  Not even because they’re confident in their own ability, but because they have such a strong faith in the ability that God has put inside them.  They take the time to listen to that voice and have faith, you can use Law of Do You to take yourself to tremendous heights as well.”

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Happy Holidays dear readers, allow me to encourage you to
put on for no man and Always Do You.

The world is filled with too many mini me’s, similars and seems alike.
Come strong in who you are. Variety is the spice of life.
Don’t get caught up in the ‘we do it like this’-type trife.
Set out to be distinguished in your unique life stride.

Me? I’m well on my way – there is no other
that blogs and rants in griot chant
than me, the word loving mother.

My style of conversation is not popular and I am not up for change.
I’m Qui
Welcome to Qui Entertainment
where Doing You is everythang!

Russell said DO YOU!

In Book, Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement on October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

When I need extra motivation, I just lean back on my trusty bookshelf and any book on the top shelf is an encouraging self improvement winner. That’s where I rediscovered Russell Simmons DO YOU! 12 Laws to Access The Power in YOU to Achieve Happiness and Success. Have you read it before? Maybe you haven’t and maybe you have – regardless, it’s still good, reaffirming and uplifting information. Today I want to go back through the book and share the Law Number One to access the power in you to achieve happiness and success. Are you down for the 4-1-1? Great! Let’s peep the game of a game winner: Russell Simmons. And it goes a little something like this:

Pursue and execute knowledge whether or not you went to college.

Law #1:
See your vision and stick with it

Being an entrepreneur can be nerve-wracking, largely because there’s no by the book way to do it. Some people think they’ll get the blueprint at business school, but that degree alone definitely won’t guarantee success. In fact, out of all the degrees you can get, a business degree might be the least valuable.

Think about it — if you go to medical school, when you come out, you’ll know how to help sick people. Just like when you get out of law school, you’ll know how to sue people. But an MBA doesn’t mean you’ll have the skills to actually run a business. They probably don’t want to hear that up at Wharton or Harvard, but it’s the truth. And I’m a living example. I might run multimillion dollar companies, but I didn’t graduate from college, let alone get an MBA. I don’t know how to write a business plan. Truth is, I’ve never even read the ones I pay people with MBA’s to write for me. Now, don’t get me wrong — a business degree can open up a lot of doors for you. But it should always complement, instead of compensate for, an entrepreneurial spirit that’s born in your imagination. That’s because, in my experience, there’s only one thing that will always steer you toward success: That’s to have a vision and to stick with it.

“Degrees are helpful, but they won’t guarantee you success in the business world. 

Only faith and dedication to your vision can do that.”

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Once I have a vision for a new venture, I’m going to ride that vision until the wheels come off. There are always going to be bumps in the road, but I try not to let them faze me. In fact, my greatest successes started as visions that very few other people believed in. No one in the music industry, and I mean no one, believed in Def Jam Records at first. Just like how fifteen years later, no one thought a hip hop clothing company called Phat Fashions would be able to make it. But in both cases, I was able to ignore naysayers because my vision for those companies was so strong. And it’s not just me. From Microsoft to CNN to Roc-A-Fella Records, many successful businesses started as a vision in the mind of a dreamer. Of course we all have dreams. The difference is that Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Jay-Z and Dame Dash believed in their dreams so strongly that they refused to quit until those dreams became reality. Those guys didn’t win because they had an MBA, or wrote the best business plan, or read The Wall Street Journal with their coffee every morning. They won because they had the strongest visions. I’m not going to make too many absolute statements in this book, but I will promise you that following your vision will always lead to success.

When sailors used to get lost in a storm, they’d always look to the North Star for guidance. They could use that star to help them get their bearings because it never moved in the sky. You have to use your vision the same way. Whenever you face obstacles or hurdles in life, look to your vision. As long as you’ve frozen it in your mind and it never moves, you’ll know which direction to go in. As long as you never lose sight of your vision,l you’ll never lose sight of success either. [page 13-14]

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Don’t ever lose sight of your vision.
Don’t ever look away and put it in remission.

Stay focused like Jay-Z, or Stacey’s cousin Dame.
Always be guilty of moving forward to build your own thang.

Russell Simmons isn’t a college graduate nor does he have an MBA.
Does any of that matter, when his clothing like is PHAT’er and his big money is made?

Imagination is everything. Even Albert Einstein was quoted saying so.
Thus when it comes to making your mark – follow your vision, YO!

Life is to be lived and the more rewarding the better,
I’m Qui
Happy Hump Day to thee – Let us always be go-getters.

Russell said to do it and I believe him, YO!
This is only the first excerpt, I will follow up with mo’.

In the meantime,
follow your vision and shine!

DO YOU!

I got mine

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on October 29, 2012 at 9:29 am

Amy DuBois Barnett,(Ebony Magazine Editor-in-Chief) published a book five years ago, Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Dreamed of and More. Amy is amazing woman, mom and editor in chief who has been through a lot, and I’m thrilled that she was moved to bind a book that would spread the wisdom that she’s gained along her lifes journey. This month in Ebony Magazine Amy decided to run an editorial feature specifically for Black woman on 100 ways to live your dreams. Here are seven rules (Amy lives by) for getting yours that she wrote about:

Embrace fear as growth. The more you challenge yourself and reach outside of your comfort zone the more you are growing as a person and becoming who you are meant to be. Open your mind to new ideas and your eyes to new sights. Believe that you can do anything.

Be true to yourself. Never let anyone else tell you what to do, with whom to hang out, what to wear, how to think. You know yourself best; this is your life. Identify your passions, embrace who you are and get comfortable in your own skin.

Realize your value and demand the best. No one will treat you properly or give you the opportunities you seek unless he or she feels your confidence. Expect your dreams to become reality and they will!

“Be true to yourself.
Never let anyone else tell you what to do,
with whom to hang out, what to wear, how to think.

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Put into the universe what you want to get back.  Make people feel your positive energy. Be generous and loving. Try to help others be all they can be. Contribute to your community. Obnoxious, petty, greedy people will never feel as fulfilled as people who strive to make the world a better place.

Have integrity. Do what you say you’re going to do. It’s as simple as that. Whether it’s your friend, your brother, your boss or your neighbor, make good on your commitments. Most important, keep your promises to yourself. Identify your dreams and list what steps you take today, this year and forever to make them a reality. Then do it!

Stay independent. This is your life; no one can live it for you. Be your won person — even as a spouse, parent, significant other, daughter, son or friend. When you create the life you want, love and protect it as your most valuable asset. Don’t let anyone — under the guise of “taking care of you” — convince you to give up something that make you feel good. Take care of yourself.

Do something meaningful everyday. Your life is happening right now, as you read this. Yes, I want you to dream big and work toward your goals. But please remember that nothing is worth more than today. And this day will never happen again. Make it count!

By following these rules, I have managed to carve out a wonderful life for myself, even through the inevitable ups and downs — and, like so many of us, I have had a lot: I’ve been through divorce, relocation, illness in the family and more. But I also have an incredible job I’m passionate about; I have awesome friends and an amazing son; and I prioritize new and exciting experiences so my life is filled with adventure. What else could I ask for? Check out our 100 ways list, then e-mail me or hit me on Twitter to let me know how you’re going to get yours! @AmydBarnett

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While Amy’s going for hers, I had to get mine.
Affirming the seven rules, has me feeling just fine.

Stella isn’t the only one whose got her groove,
it’s important we keep productive agendas then stick and move.

Today is Monday and I’m up for renewing,
so a 60 minute boot camp – is what I’ll be doing.

I’m mindful that I’m a mom, a daughter and a loving partner too.
I can’t be consumed by the lives of others; to me – I must stay true.

You must do same. Think of self, every now and then,
I’m Qui
Happy Monday to thee – let’s follow the seven rules and WIN!

Look out for thyself. Anytime is a good time.
And always go for yours — because I’m sho’ going for mine!

Introducing The ALCHEMIST

In Book, Communication, Networking, News, Science, Self Improvement on July 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

I first learned of the book, “THE ALCHEMIST” by Paulo Coelho a few years back when Will Smith raved about its simplicity on The Tavis Smiley [Talk] Show.

Had you ever heard of the book and/or its author? Well let me tell you a little bit about the author, and then I’ll share the books introduction pages with you to light the fire under your go-getter-bottom, so that you continue to WIN today. No limitations. Now about the author:

I encourage you to get the book and be The ALCHEMIST in your life – if you’re not already doing so. I wouldn’t live life any other way. Having said as much, please enjoy the following INTRODUCTION from the book “The Alchemist”::

remember receiving a letter from the American Publisher Harper Collins that said that: “reading The Alchemist was like getting up at dawn and seeing the sun rise while the rest of the world slept,” I went outside, looked up at the sky, and thought to myself: “So, the book is going to be published in English!” At the time, I was struggling to establish myself as a writer and to follow my path despite all the voices telling me it was impossible.

And little by little, my dream was becoming reality. Ten, a hundred, a thousand, a million copies sold in America. One day, a Brazilian journalist phoned to say that President Clinton had been photographed reading the book. Some time later, when I was in Turkey, I opened the magazine Vanity Fair magazine and there was Julia Roberts declaring that she adored the book. Walking alone down a street in Miami, I heard a girl telling her mother: “You must read The Alchemist!”

The book has been translated into fifty-six languages, has sold more than twenty million copies, and people are beginning to ask: What’s the secret behind such a huge success?

The only honest response is: I don’t know. All I know is that, like Santiago the shepherd boy, we all need to aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is Gods blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don’t all have the courage to confront our own dream.

Why?

There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. We grow up with this idea and as the years accumulate, so do the layers of prejudice, ear, and guilt. There comes a time when our personal calling is so deeply buried in our soul as to be invisible. But it’s still there.

If we have to courage to disinter dream, we are then faced by the second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. We do not realize that love is just a further impetus, not something that will prevent us going forward. We do not realize that those who genuinely wish us well want us to be happy and are repaired to accompany us on that journey.

Once we have accepted that love is a stimulus, we come up against the third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. We who fight for our dream suffer far more when it doesn’t work out, because we cannot fall back on the old excuse: “Oh, well, I didn’t really want it anyway.” We do want it and know that we have staked everything on it and that the path of the personal calling is no easier than any other path, except that our whole heart is in this journey. Then, we warriors of light must be prepared to have patience in difficult times and to know that the Universes conspiring in our favor, even though we may not understand how.

I ask myself: are defeats necessary?

Well, necessary or not, they happen. When we first begin fighting for our dream, we have no experience and begin make many mistakes. The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.

So, why is it so important to live our personal calling if we are only going to suffer more than other people?

Because, once we have overcome the defeats— and we always do— we are filled by a greater sense of euphoria and confidence. In the silence of our hearts, we know that we are proving ourselves worthy of the miracle of life. Each day, each hour, is part of the good fight. We start to live with enthusiasm and pleasure. Intense, unexpected suffering passes more quickly than suffering that is apparently bearable; the latter goes on for years and, without our noticing, eats away at our soul, until, one day, we are no longer able to free ourselves from the bitterness and it stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Have disinterred our dream, having used the power of love to nurture it and spent many years living with the scars, we suddenly notice that what we always wanted is there, waiting for us, perhaps the very next day. Then comes the fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.

Oscar Wilde said: “Each man kills the thing he loves.” And it’s true. The mere possibility of getting what we want fills the soul of the ordinary person with guilt. We look around at all those who have failed to get that they want and feel that we do not deserve to get what we want either. WE forgot about all the obstacles we overcame, all the suffering we endured, all the things we had to give up in order to get this far. I have known a lot of people who, when their personal calling was within their grasp, went on to commit a series of stupid mistakes and never reached their goal– when it was only a step away.

This is the most dangerous of the obstacles because it has a kind of saintly aura about it: renouncing joy and conquest. But if you believe yourself worthy of the thing you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.

Paulo Coelho
Rio de Janeiro
November 2002
Translated by Margaret Jull Costa

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It’s pretty good stuff and a pretty quick read,
I’m Qui
Sharing my book
with the hopes to sow a good seed.
Ooo wee.