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Negotiation is an effective method used every day by everyone. Children often use it to secure a later bedtime with parents. Adults use it for everything from negotiating a better rate on car insurance to a better salary. Regardless of how you use negotiation, it holds the key to getting ahead professionally, conflict resolution, and creating powerful deals. When disagreements arise in business and personal relationships, it’s often used to avoid conflict in an effort to salvage a relationship.

The Science of Negotiation

To be a better negotiator one must understand the science behind negotiation. Power in negotiation affects two primary neurological regulators of…

“There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy. Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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Fear is the most common cause of stagnation and failure for every person, in every culture and in every place on earth. Fear is subtle, it creeps into your heart, paralyzes your mind and tries to force you to dismiss any thought of change or growth. Fear is installed in every single one of us. Whether the fears are small or large, and whether we are unconscious or conscious of them.

Fear is an interruption in the flow of our personal energy and the flow of life. It starts physically in our bodies. Generally, we feel it in the pit…


When the Bell Starts Ringing Come Out Swinging

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The unprecedented events of 2020 have left many investors in the lurch about how to restructure their investment portfolio. And now is the time to restructure. Even if the market “crashes” or corrects, there are great low-risk investments to add to your investment portfolio.

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Since October, the markets have delivered bouts of soaring highs and sharp falls. Most wonder what exactly to do in times of volatility. Many financial experts have opinions that vary. However, one financial Wizard had it right during his lifetime as one of the richest men in the world:

“The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets” — John D. Rockefeller

In other words, the secret is to buy when the market is down. You are probably saying, “Okay, fine. Buy the dips. However, what should we buy?”

Always look at what has…



During the past week stock traders embarked on a wild ride on Wall Street as millions of young Robinhood, Webull, and Stash (to name a few) commission-free platform traders used Reddit to manipulate stock prices to soar of otherwise worthless companies. Not only did the dying breed of pump n’ dump royalty who emerged on the stock trading floors in the 1980s suffer greatly from the historical market rally, so did the 1%.

For nearly a century, the 1% has owned 50% of stocks making it virtually impossible for common folk to accumulate massive wealth. The market has long been…

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On a Sunday morning in late December, I drew a bath complete with candles, lavender oil, and the soft notes of Dustin O’Halloran’s music softly serenading me in the background. As I settled in, I thought of my dear friend, Marc. Of all the friends I have in the world, he was the best of them. As the thought of him entered into my mind, a sudden clinch surrounded my heart. The tug was followed by an angry emotion because he hadn’t answered my last text about Ennio Morricone’s passing in the summer. My thoughts of Marc came to the…

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In today’s harsh world it isn’t enough to just read about kindness between two covers of a book. But rather, it is most important to put it into practice in our daily lives; doing as much as you can, for as long as you can, as often as you can, and to all you can.

I’m not talking about the type of kindness that you bestow upon others only to brag about it. The transactional acts of kindness you practice only to remind the recipients of the acts, is doing business, not practicing kindness. …


AI has taken on a much bigger role in healthcare during the pandemic.

Recently pharmaceutical giants, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Pfizer have boasted a 90% efficiency rate of their Covid-19 vaccines. But what does that really mean in terms of controlling the pandemic?

Vaccines to fight infectious diseases usually take years to develop, test, and deliver. Even then, their success is not guaranteed. Typically, vaccines can take up to 10 years to reach infected people. The mumps vaccine holds the record for fastest distribution time, as it was delivered in 4 years. Discovery and research alone usually take approximately 2 to 5 years.

The perfect vaccine has a lot to live up to. It…

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Dealing with a pandemic, social isolation, and work-from-home and school disruptions over the past several months has caused professional burnout which has reached highs of more than 30%. Even though much is out of our control, employers and employees can use tried and true practices to reduce burnout like setting solid boundaries around work hours, communicating about stressors, and taking action on employee feedback. Companies that foster these practices will see better employee performance and be more likely to survive and even thrive during this pandemic-recession.

While unemployment has been a significant problem facing the workforce this year, the ‘new…



It’s been said that humans only use 10% capacity of the brain.

In fact, you’ve heard this at least once, right? Well…This belief is a myth. The fact is that at any given time, we can be using almost the entire capacity of the brain.

Another belief is that the functionality of the left and right brain operate separately and differently.

While it may be true that there are people that are more talented in certain disciplines than others, it has literally nothing to do with the hemisphere of your brain.

You may have also been taught that you have…

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