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October 2, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Biotech Talent: A Geo-Workforce Analysis
As local industry specific economies increasingly take hold and grow across the U.S., we will continue to see different kinds of skill needs and pockets of talent emerge depending on the location. A geographical workforce analysis helps understand local employment dynamics within labor markets. The analysis drills down to learn more about industries and local workforces and reveals pertinent and applicable information. (read more)

100 Ways To Develop Your Mind

Steven Aitchison, blogger and freelance writer put together a list of 100 Ways to Deveolpe your Mind.

Aitchison was originally inspired to do this by Dragos Roua who wrote a great post 100 Ways to Live a Better Life and who was inspired by Mike King in this great post 100 Ways To Be A Better Leader who was inspired by Armen Shirvanian: 100 Ways to Show Boldness who was inspired by the maniac who started it all Luciano Passuello and his post
Tackling Any Issue With A List Of 100.

So here are the 100 Ways to Develop Your Mind

1. Do the Thing You Fear the Most.
If there's one thing that will change your thoughts quicker than anything else, it's facing your fears.

2. Stand up For Yourself
A lot of people have difficulty in standing up for themselves. The first time you do it can be very empowering and your thoughts about yourself will change forever. See Dealing With Confrontation

3. Stop Talking
It's great to be silent for just a little while. Our thoughts turn inward and we begin to appreciate ourselves just a little more.

4. Strengthen Your Strengths
Sometimes we focus too much on trying to strengthen our weaknesses when we should be concentrating on strengthening our strengths.

5. Take A Walk Around an Art Gallery
You might not appreciate art or participate in it but it's great to see the thoughts of others on canvas. It can give us a tiny glimpse of what goes on in other people's minds.

6. Blindfold Yourself for a Day
Walk in the shoes of a blind person for 1 full day, it will forever change the way you think about life.

7. Stand on a Chair for 5 Minutes Per Day
Building self discipline is a great way to take control of your mind and your thoughts. If you just get up and stand on a sturdy chair your mind will be wondering what the hells going on and try and force you to get off the chair. Disciplining your mind is a great way to start changing your life. See Self Discipline

8. Dance When There's Nobody There
It's a strange sensation to dance on your own, although when I have done this I look like a dog having a seizure, nonetheless it's a great way to let go of your inhibitions.

9. Give Money to Someone Unexpectedly
Whether it be on the internet, or in the street, just give a larger than normal donation to someone. This again is liberating and your thoughts about money will change for a few moments (that's all it takes to start the process of changing your life.)

10. Strengthen Your Thoughts About Yourself
Reinforce your thoughts about your good points. If you are good at talking to people, tell yourself this often. If you are good at maths, tell yourself often. This has the benefit of reinforcing and strengthening your self image.

11. Take A Risk
Life would be boring without ever having taken a risk in your life. Do something that you didn't want to do because you thought you wouldn't be any good at it. This totally smashes the boundaries of your comfort zone and your life could change forever. Read This Post by Robin Easton

12. Talk To A Stranger
Again this is breaking our comfort zones, but just saying hi to stranger in the street or good morning can have an enormous impact on your day and the person you said hi to.

13. Walk Around The House Naked
I can almost feel the shock at this. I don't mean when you've got guests in, I mean when everybody is out. Lock the door and totally liberate yourself and your thinking of what's right and what's wrong. I wouldn't advise doing it all the time, but from time to time, it's a great feeling.

14. Read A Book By An Author You Most Avoid
reading books by authors we avoid gives us a chance to take control of our minds and lets us see another side to our thinking. We've got to ask why we avoid them in the first place, is it something within us that we are avoiding?

15. Write An Article About Yourself
Imagine a newspaper has asked you to write an article of 1000 words or less about yourself and your life and they want to know what motivates you in life, now write the article. This helps put your life into some perspective and gets you thinking about your childhood and growing up.

16. Stop Contact With Your Down People
If you have people in your life who constantly drag you down, or are negative all the time, drop them. Honestly drop them from your life, you are not serving them and they are not serving you and they are dragging your thoughts down. Read This Post by Dan And jennifer

17. Believe In Yourself
A lot of people believe their life has been pre-destined and there's nothing we can do to change it - absolute rubbish. YOU are the only person who controls the universe, yes I did mean universe. Your universe is different from mine so you control your own universe, think about that and start acting upon it.

18. Meditate Every Day
Another powerful thing that has the power to change your life and your thinking for good. Retreating into your mind for a few minutes every day will do you a power of good. Read How To Meditate

19. Ask For A Discount
When you buy anything from a shop that is over $100, ask for a discount. Tell the salesman you'd like a 10% discount on the item. Most people are so afraid of doing this but it's a great way to empower yourself and let go of another inhibition, what's the worst that can happen?

20. Risk Embarrassment
Imagine if you had seen the person of your dreams on a bus, or at the store and you didn't do anything about it how much would you kick yourself. If this happens to you, do something about it, don't keep it hidden. Just say to them you thought you would come over and say how attractive they looked and felt you had to tell them. You never know what will happen and how much your life could be changed. Obviously don't turn into a weirdo and do it with every good looking person on the street.

21. Work Toward, What You Think, Is An Impossible Goal
If you work toward a goal without expectation you don't care about the outcome as much. When you don't care about the outcome, you don't have as much expectation.

22. Practice Gratitude
We all know what we don't have in our lives because we spend a lot of time wishing we had them, but are we really thankful for what we have? Spend time every single day being thankful for the good things we do have in our lives. read The Post at ZenHabits on Gratitude

23. Do Something Nice And Don't Tell Anyone About It
We tell others about our acts of kindness to let them know how nice we are and to seek approval. If you keep your act of kindness to yourself without ever telling anyone the feeling of positive energy lasts much longer.

24. Share Your Skills
Everybody has a skill of some kind. When you share it you not only have the power to help others, but you enhance your own skill by owning it.

25. Don't Talk Just Listen
Enhance your listening skills by not talking when someone is speaking to you. Resist the urge to speak your views when someone is talking to you, just listen to them and ask them more open ended questions at the appropriate times. This has two benefits: a) You can really listen if you are not formulating the stories in your own head when someone is talking b) you will make the other person feel great as you are actively listening to them.

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