Building the root system for personal success

Live with integrity and gratitude, work hard, be kind to others and focus on your potential and you'll ultimately accomplish great things

Building the root system for personal successThe Chinese bamboo tree shows little or no apparent signs of growth for four years. Then suddenly, it can grow as much as 25 metres in weeks. That’s a powerful metaphor for the growth of successful people. Over those apparently-dormant four years, the tree actually is growing, we just can’t see it. It’s developing an…

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of Christmas

The Christmas tree is a universal symbol that delivers a message of endurance and light during the dark winter months

O Tannenbaum symbolizes the entire celebration of ChristmasThe traditional German song O Tannenbaum is often translated as O Christmas Tree. This is only partly true, however. The English version is quite different from the German. The essence of the German song is far more universal. One of the beauties of learning languages is discovering what words and poetry mean to the people…

How to rise to meet – and conquer – the challenges of life

It’s often not the most talented people who become very successful, it’s the people who know how to deal with adversity

How to rise to meet – and conquer – the challenges of lifeSelf-help author Napoleon Hill loved to tell the story of how his grandfather would let a few oak trees grow in the middle of his fields. He believed that exposing them to unsheltered winds resulted in stronger trees and thus more durable wood for the wagon wheels he would build. The same can be said…

Bring out the best in others by bringing out the best in yourself

The desire to love and serve others is innate in the human spirit. And those traits can help us accomplish great things as a society

Bring out the best in others by bringing out the best in yourself“You get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want,” said writer and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. There’s tremendous depth to this statement and as many interpretations as there are people on the planet. It shines in direct contrast to the ideal of the rugged individualist so…

There is no ‘us’ or ‘them. Polarization is a myth we can escape

There is only a diverse and beautiful ‘we:’ we can be confident we’ll find the answers we’re looking for as we move forward together

There is no ‘us’ or ‘them. Polarization is a myth we can escapeWe live in a time of great polarization – but there is a way out. While the post-Second World War era promised prosperity to all, in recent years we’ve seen a decline in real wages for the common person, exponential increases in salary for the heads of large corporations, and government bailouts of businesses deemed…

How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedy

The extraction and black-market sale of gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten (used in our cellphones and other electronics) fuel the war in the DRC

How consumers can leverage change, even in the face of tragedyAs the Christmas season approaches, it’s important to be aware of the power we hold in how we spend our money. As consumers, we invest in products we believe will serve us best. Companies may try to hide information about their products but eventually the truth comes out. Consumer advocacy is powerful in a free-market…

The route to happiness and success runs through dedication

Putting persistent effort into learning a particular skill is much easier to do when we love what we’re doing

The route to happiness and success runs through dedication“People don’t rise from nothing. … It’s only by asking where they are from that we unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t,” journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell tells us. This is a powerful notion. How did I, for example, become a writer? Was I born with natural abilities? Is it something I…

Why dissent and respect must always go hand in hand

We must avoid using prejudicial labels against those who express opinions we may disagree with

Why dissent and respect must always go hand in hand“Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship,” said the great spiritual leader Baha’u’llah. These are certainly high ideals for any society or institution. While we’re making progress, we still have a long way to go.…

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the Congo

In a male-dominated, corrupt and violent political climate, Congolese women stand together to be heard as they change their country from within

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the CongoCivil war has been going on since the mid-1990s in the Congolese region and as many as six million people may have died in the conflict. The rape of women, children and even men is common. The United Nations has a peacekeeping force on the ground and foreign aid workers are present. International consumer advocacy…

How to avoid tyrants claiming the highest government offices

The NDP's 'confidence and supply agreement' with the Green Party in B.C. shows us how we can avoid a Trump triumph in Canada

How to avoid tyrants claiming the highest government officesThe election of Donald Trump and the political circus that has resulted has many scratching their heads. What real impact will the Trump government have on the United States? Could a Trump be elected in Canada? If so, what impact would that have? Due to the design of the American government, Trump will likely achieve…