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Today’s Brilliance from Ashley Berry

Bullying is a problem that affects too many people and it needs to stop. To those being bullied, know that it's ok to talk to someone: a parent, friend, trusted adult, teacher, sibling or anyone else that you feel safe with. Even if you're scared at first, it will pay off in the long run. I believe it's important for everyone to be themselves. Other people need to accept you for you and not someone you're trying to be. The world would be really boring if we were all alike, but think of how wonderful it is with so many…

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Today’s Brilliance from Tony Volpentest

At 15 months old, I pulled myself up and took my first steps in my family's suburban Seattle living room, walking stiff-legged across the carpeted floor. While most parents consider this a milestone of child development, for my parents this simple act was nothing short of miraculous. You see, I was born without hands and feet and I have been proving the experts wrong ever since. First walking unassisted, and eventually doing the unimaginable--becoming a world-class sprinter, winner of four gold medals and nominated to the Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. My motto has always been, 'If you…

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Today’s Brilliance from Danielle Coulanges

In today's culture of instant gratification where everything is available at the touch of a button and success is measured in viral terms, we tend to dismiss anything that doesn't result in instantaneous, mega success. So what happens if your dreams appear too big, too difficult or too impossible to attain? I am a dreamer and I believe that everyone who has a dream should pursue it and discover the possibilities that exist in the process. A dream, that "strongly desired goal or purpose," usually applies to something better than what you have. You live in a shack and dream…

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Today’s Brilliance from Asara Lovejoy

Did you know that curiosity creates opportunity and solutions? It is true that when you are curious, you cannot be afraid or negative. You literally disengage from limited thinking by engaging a curious mind. Ask yourself - how curious am I? When faced with a conflict, or problem, financial, emotional, or health - do you get curious or do you react with fear? When you replace concerns and fears with curiosity, something physical happens in your brain - you re-engage your open potential where there is a solution to every problem and condition. You have a magnificent brain with different…

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Today’s Brilliance from Andrieka Austin

Sometimes the uncertainty of life can seem to be a bit of a challenge. Existing in an environment where you may have little to no access to things like excessive amounts of money or material wealth may make you question the meaning of your very existence. But, I want to tell you not to worry. One of the most motivational and memorable messages from a sermon that I can remember came from the following seven words, "You have everything you need to succeed." These quoted words were (and still are) music to my ears, and have since stuck like glue…

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Today’s Brilliance from Laurie Glass

Feel your feelings. If you're a person who tends to numb or stuff your feelings, know that doing so just puts you in bondage to your feelings. Those emotions won't just disappear because they are ignored. They won't remain hidden away just because they were stuffed. Feelings come out in other ways. Whether through destructive behaviors, health problems, emotional outbursts at inconvenient times, or something else, they make themselves known. Learn healthy ways to express your emotions. Whether it be through doing something creative, punching something soft, venting to someone, or something else, find ways that are a good fit…

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Today’s Brilliance from Ruchira Agrawal

If you have been feeling lost in life and have found yourself wrestling with the age old question that many encounter - what do I really want to do with my life? I would first congratulate you and then ask you to consider yourself lucky for you are at a precipice of change. Having been there personally, I know firsthand how uncomfortable things can be but I also know that if you look hard enough, this can be something that can change your life forever by helping you unlock the secret to creating a happier, rewarding and a purposeful life.…

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More Brilliance from Pamela Gail Johnson

Knowing about happiness intellectually is different than understanding its practical complexities. It's easy to say don't do things that make you unhappy and only do things that make you happy. But life isn't linear. We don't live only happy or unhappy moments. If we watch our Facebook feed or Twitter stream, we can see something that makes us laugh and something else that makes us cry in the same sixty minutes. If you want to be happy most of the time, you have to figure out how to do it despite the chaos, unhappiness and annoyances. Those things are going…

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Today’s Brilliance from Perdita Fisher

Each day is a new opportunity to have impact and influence in the universe. I ask the creator, how can I serve you today? If I can help somebody, then my living is not in vain. Prayer, meditation, and deep breathing is my way of beginning and ending my day. I pray for the will of God, not my will, to be done. I begin and end my day with gratitude. I am grateful for each moment in this journey called life. I am grateful for the mountain-top experiences as well as the low valleys. I have learned to ask,…

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Today’s Brilliance from Charly Emery

No matter what you've endured in life, you can "recycle" your experiences into tools and stepping stones that propel you forward faster and simultaneously bounce your baggage to the curb. If you've ever felt consumed by your choices or challenges, I know how you feel. In my late teens I suffered two incidences of rape that left me emotionally scraping and crawling through a sea of shame and assumptions about what my life could then be. I left the college education I worked so hard to achieve and hid my secrets within a marriage while packing on an extra 50…

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Today’s Brilliance from Karina Inkster

My ultimate goal is to live life as a work of art. Here's how it works: 1. Take responsibility to create a life for yourself. Be an artist creating a masterpiece. Actively shape your own life. Write down your goals, make an inspiration board - whatever works for you. However, leave room for surprises and diversions, as artists sometimes end up with completely unplanned masterpieces. 2. Consider balance in your life. As an artist assesses balance in her work (e.g. light vs. dark, objects vs. space), consider productivity vs. rest, work vs. play, helping others vs. acting for yourself, and…

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Today’s Brilliance from Aimee Elizabeth

When you do what you love, work always feels like play. Follow whatever you are passionate about, and you will find yourself always going above and beyond the call of duty, and the money will always follow. You will naturally and easily rise to the top of your field. Money can be made, money can be lost, money can be made again. What you can't make more of is time. The only thing your life is made of is time. Don't waste it. Make your loved ones your priority - always. Work is always secondary, but unfortunately, so many people…

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Today’s Brilliance from Amy Shea

It takes poetry sometimes. Sometimes I have trouble, explaining directly about happiness. We have not been taught, after all, that happiness is not a soft thing whatsoever. It is not the blurred focus of the greeting cards. So we buy and send them off, a wish to be fulfilled by someone else. So easy, our favorite thing. So I tell people to imagine happiness as already there, with them, as waiting, as always-has-been-waiting, and not, as they imagined, a thing they wait and wait for to show up after all. That becomes too much for them. They order a drink,…

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Today’s Brilliance from Ryan Lowe

You have the power to change your habits, your life, and your destiny. It starts with the positive choice to get off your attitude. Where do you start? Begin by taking responsibility for your own life. Get serious. It's up to you. If you want to change your life, change your attitude. It's as simple as this: You have two options. You can sit around complaining or you can get off your attitude and make it happen! Let me share the following habits you need to develop in order to adopt that winning attitude: 1. Think, talk, and act positive.…

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Today’s Brilliance from Trisha Sugarek

Growing up in traditionalism as I did, I found my freedom and voice later in life. I discovered that I could be so much more than a wife or mother. I could be anything I wanted to be. An old refrain certainly, but it's old because it's TRUE. Don't do it someday, DO IT TODAY! I began my adult life standing in the secondhand light of a man. (Traditional, remember?) Years later, I figured out that I couldn't change, fix, repair or control another human being, as hard as I might try. I learned that the only person I could…

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Today’s Brilliance from M.B. Tosi

If I could name the biggest obstacle to finding success in life and the joy of achieving our dreams, it would be each one of us. How many of us wake up with discouragement, self-pity, anger at our circumstances, or fear of the unknown? Perhaps our jobs are monotonous, or our marriages are bathed in tears, or our health is declining, or we have money problems. Life isn't turning out the way we wanted. We've shoved away our dreams in a dresser drawer and slammed it shut. In place of our dreams, we hide in numbing mindlessness - the fog…

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Today’s Brilliance from Alvin Jones

You are only what you give You reap only where you've sown You attract only what you respect You create only what you say You become only what you honor You overcome only what you face You trust only what you believe You have only what you let go You lose only what you hold on to And your goodness is only reflected in your legacy. One restaurant is known for its chicken that is done right, another is known for its French fries, and another is known for its hamburger. Like the preparation of food, your life will be…

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Today’s Brilliance from Denise Messenger

No one gets through life unscathed by immense challenges, which often shake us to our core. When an event occurs that forces us to dig deep within our souls, we need to ask ourselves, "Why am I here on earth and to what greater purpose?" - only then can we come to a better understanding and appreciation for life. We all get caught up in our daily routines and the many challenges that come our way. It is how we deal with these that define us. We can choose happiness or sadness. The decisions we make always have consequences and,…

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Today’s Brilliance from Kent Lewis

I can distill my business philosophy based on my experiences at 10 different organizations into the 7Ps of a successful business, as outlined below. People The number one determining factor in the success of a business is the people involved. It's all about getting the right people "on the bus" in order to create a unique, lasting company. I'm talking about those special individuals that value the relationship and see the benefits of supporting the business. In building your business, consider implementing a process and policies that identify, attract and retain "A talent" (i.e. Topgrading). Product As best stated by…

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Today’s Brilliance from Cece Suwal

The power of persistence is huge. So many people have amazing ideas, goals, and desires, but their lack of persistence prevents them from bringing these things to fruition. Please don't let that be you. Whether your goals in life are about making a certain amount of money, promoting a just cause you care deeply about, or inspiring and helping others in your own special way, there is one thing that is absolutely, positively, certain: You will face challenges. There may even be times where it appears to you as though your goals and dreams just won't be reached... Keep in…

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Today’s Brilliance from Deidre Hughey

Comfort. As an adult, I made comfortable choices. And why shouldn't I? My childhood was a barrage of chores (I grew up on a farm) before the innocence of it all was stripped from me in the form of child abuse. The roller coaster that followed looked something like: fear, self-doubt, self-blame, depression, self-loathing, self-abuse, suicidal thoughts, recovery, more self-doubt, drugs... Once I was able to control my life, my goal was to be comfortable at all costs. I made choices that made me feel good, satisfied, and relaxed. "After all," I thought to myself, "Don't I deserve to be…

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