Books Can Give You Inspiration, Not Motivation – And Why the Difference Matters

If I were to read a quote, book, or attend a seminar in hopes to get motivation, I would be fooling myself. Inspiration, maybe. Motivation, no. There’s a difference between the two and it does matter. I used to use those words interchangeably until I noticed a distinct difference. The most noteworthy differences are these:

Motivation is a purpose. Motivation requires actions.

About a decade ago, I bought a train ticket and had $2.12 in my wallet. I had almost nothing, but I traveled 900 miles to ‘go see about a guy’. It was more than that, though. I wanted a new start to my life and I didn’t want to wait one more minute. That is motivation. It has a clear motive fueling the actions to support that motive.


If you do need help getting motivated, here’s something better than a book…

  • Mentors — they care, they push you in the right direction, they remind you of your motives in case you forget, they teach, but they also let go because they believe in you.
  • Peers — people who are working towards similar goals, empathize with your motives and want you to succeed, and have your back. I met my peers during evening GED classes. Well, evening classes didn’t work at all for me and the entire group, so the whole group took online prep courses. All of us are now GED holders and proud of that achievement.

Everything and everyone else is an inspiration, entertainment, a distraction, or best if avoided.

People with motivation MOVE. Plain and simple. If I’m not moving, I’m not genuinely motivated. Anything else is pseudo-motivation. That doesn’t mean motivation guarantees success, but at the very least — it guarantees that you’ll take some actions and give it an honest effort. The word motivation comes from the Latin word “movere” which means “move, stir, agitate”. So, motivation is where the action is. It’s anyone with a motive and body movement orchestrating their intent.


The Most Stupid Online MBA Mistakes

Going for an online MBA degree will normally put you in a position to get a better job, to move up the corporate ladder, or to receive a better paying job. On the other hand, an easy mistake like deciding on the incorrect business school or not networking with your associates could really ruin your prospects of becoming successful. In the following video, some pretty successful Americans explain why they feel earning a college degree is useless anyway… but would you agree?

Here we will show you what you really should avoid when earning your Online MBA Degree. The most stupid mistakes MBA students make are:

Signing up for a non-accredited online MBA program

Before you sign up for an online MBA program, verify whether the school of your choice is accredited by the proper regional and/or national accreditation organization. A college degree from a non-accredited business school is likely not to be recognized by other schools and potential employers.


50 Funny Body Parts Idioms

I was compiling a list of 50 idioms connected to body parts and while I googled these phrases, I cracked up. of course, one shouldn’t take idioms by its literal meaning. however, I couldn’t help myself from laughing when I’m reading it sans its figurative content. The following video shows you a few more interesting idioms:

Don’t take it literally!

An idiom contains words that when taken collectively, show us the figurative meaning of such phrase; otherwise, when each word is taken separately would indicate its usual, predictable meaning that could be readily found in a dictionary. Idioms have cultural bearing and localized usage which require outsiders to be familiar with its meaning. however, an idiom’s popularity makes it universally known and used.

The thumb

1. to say someone is all thumbs, means that the person is lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace, or clumsy in doing things. also synonymous with be all fingers and thumbs and be all thumbs.

2. to thumb (one’s) nose means to express scorn or ridicule someone. also used as thumb your nose at somebody/something.

3. thumbs down is used to express rejection, refusal, or disapproval.

4. you say thumbs up means to express approval, success, or hope.

5. to be under (one’s) thumb, means to be under the control of someone or be a subordinate to someone. (more…)

Ways to Learn Empathy Even if You Can’t Relate

Empathy comes more natural when you’ve been through hard times because that makes it easier to relate. But, I wouldn’t wish challenges, suffering, or loss on anyone for the sheer purpose of teaching them a lesson in empathy. So, here are a few ways to learn empathy without having to walk in anyone shoes…

1.  Stop trying to fix everything. JUST listening is one of the simplest ways to be empathetic. Unless you have a magic gold hammer. Then always use the magic gold hammer. But, seriously, depending on the circumstance, most people appreciate having their feelings acknowledged, even if you can’t fix anything.

2.  Make eye contact. “They wouldn’t say that to my face” is a popular expression for a reason. We’re more likely to be considerate of someone’s feelings if we speak face to face. Even if you don’t understand what someone is experiencing, it’s hard to not empathize with concern, worry, sadness, exhaustion, or pain in someone’s eyes. A phone call is a decent substitute. A voice can also reveal a lot about how someone is feeling.


Business Management Degree – Highly Recommended

There are a number of degree programs that are offered by various colleges and among those, business management is one of the most popularly chosen. A degree in business management will help you to prepare for a leadership role in government, educational or private institutions.

If you are planning to work in an executive or high-level management position, a degree is essential and even those who are considering careers in engineering, teaching, and many healthcare positions will find that a business management degree can be very beneficial.

A Bachelor’s degree in business management will require about four years of study. If you opt to go throughout the year without the traditional summer break, you can expect to complete your studies in about three years.

Coursework typically covers topics like finance, accounting, analysis, and other similar subjects and students will spend a lot of time learning about the structure of organizations as well as various business law topics and management techniques.

Some courses cover teaching leadership to students and topics may include conflict resolution, motivation, and development in the workplace. Once you graduate, you will have the skills necessary to manage organizational budgets, effectively deal with many workplace issues and create business plans.


Studying All Across the World

Whether you’re studying in Spain or in the United States or in the Philippines, you only have one goal – to learn something. Whether you’re in a nursery or taking up post-graduate studies, you still have only one goal – to learn something. Take also a look at this interesting video about the ten most popular (or maybe best) places to study in the world:

If you’re in Spain and you’re in high school, it is highly suggested that you learn a language other than the various regional dialects in Spain such as Catalan or Basque. You should need to learn Portuguese because you are neighbors with the Portuguese considering that you live in the same Iberian Peninsula.

Or you may want to learn English considering that majority of the tourists in Spain come from England. For this, there are a number of English language schools that have sprouted here in Spain. They are not just located in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia or even in places like Benidorm, Costa del Sol, and Costa Blanca, they are also located in the archipelagoes of the Balearic and the Canaries off the coast of Africa. (more…)

Organizational Skills

I’m a teacher at the adult education center and my focus is on preparing adults for the GED test. This post expresses my opinion based on my experience. In education reform today and the focus on standardized test scores, it has been mentioned that all sorts of remedies to improve performance are there, and we often overlook them.

For example: eating a good breakfast, getting enough sleep, reading every day, and taking good notes are some things a child (or an adult, for that matter) can do to improve performance at school. The former two are ones that make sense but aren’t usually written about. The latter are examples of things we hear, perhaps, too much.

I believe that there is a “technique” that will increase performance. I’ve written that later school start times are essential for student performance. Much has been written about the topic. I have another: student organizational skills. Besides the “I forgot my _______________” or “I forgot to_______________” excuses, I cannot even begin to tell you how many students I’ve seen with disorganized folders or notebooks (or none at all), or how many students I know don’t write down their assignments.


On Questioning the Value of Self-Help

There recently was an interesting article in a major newspaper questioning the value of self-help books. Reading it reminded me of when I had my own epiphany about whether or not personal development books were actually helping me in any way.

Like many other people, there had been a point in my life where I discovered self-help. The danger in walking down the self-help aisle is that you typically find yourself there for the first time when you are in a vulnerable position. When something about your life is unsatisfying.

Writers in this genre know this and they write specifically to gain your attention, using titles and promises that play into your hopes and fears. I’m not against helping yourself, and there are certain personal development books that I would happily recommend to friends. In my experience, though, these books have done little to help me succeed in any aspect of my life.

For me, a self-help book has been most useful if I was buying into help for a very specific reason. For example, I worked in management for years and I would read books on leadership and literally implement what I learned on a daily basis. A working manager educating herself on how to manage better is effective. Because I’m already doing the work. I just want to do it better. Kind of like a person who paints every day and buys a book to learn new techniques. That works.


Seeking Integrity with Convenience

This post is about how to distinguish between reputable online schools and those offering only bogus promises.

More and more people are looking into an online education as an option for pursuing an advanced degree these days as distance learning opportunities flourish. Looking into these programs can become confusing, however, when you try to compare the different programs offered.

After a while, you may realize that some offer genuine continuing education online while others are simply offering to sell you a fake diploma for an outrageous fee. This is one of the greatest complaints about online education – that integrity is sometimes compromised in the search for convenience.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and the few bogus universities or colleges online that are actually fronts for these diploma mills are damaging to the reputation of the many excellent MBA and Bachelor’s programs offered over the Internet that are challenging and rewarding.


My New Editor Job with the Best GED Classes website

Despite not posting every day, as I had ambitiously envisioned myself doing upon beginning this blog, I have been working on my writing every single day since throwing myself on a roll.

Most of this is comprised of learning – reading, reading, reading. However, I did throw myself on a couple of limbs. This is what I was up to;

And I also met three times, for several hours each, to work on our brand new script. AT is a hyphenated individual, and by that, I mean test taker-writer-website-maker.

I find collaborating a terrific way to get started. It’s great to encourage each other on. Our script is moving along swimmingly so far, and having AT’s expertise in the area, and humor has been tons of fun.

Needless to say, Friday’s meeting was alcohol-free. This is what I have to do:

– Meet up with AT a minimum of twice next week.

– Check/edit GED diagnostic tests on the Best GED Classes website.

– Read the Blog About Learning

– Read What color is your brain.

– Write my first set of tests

Oh, God, I’m panicking copying the list down. I will put 5 more items on the list down next post. Hopefully, this practice reduces the panic. If not, another shot of tequila might.

On a side note, on Thursday it was funny as all get out, so we scheduled our meeting for 3 o’clock on the patio of Las Margaritas in Kitsilano.