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5 Reasons People Have Low Self-Confidence

Our Better Health

Understanding the causes of low self-confidence is a first step in boosting it.

The most important thing to know about low self-confidence is that it is not your fault.

The factors that contribute to low self-confidence combine and interact differently for each person. Your genes, cultural background, childhood experiences, and other life circumstances all play a role. But don’t lose heart — although we can’t change the experiences in our past that shaped us, there is plenty we can do to alter our thoughts and expectations to gain more confidence.

Genes and Temperament

Some of what molds our self-confidence is built into our brains at birth. I mention these factors not to overwhelm you, but to let you know that you shouldn’t blame yourself for your self-image.

Studies have shown our genetic makeup affects the amount of certain confidence-boosting chemicals our brain can access. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with happiness…

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The Dangers of Judging Others

My Good Time Stories

photo of woman near apples Photo by Ike louie Natividad on

It was once said that, “Judging a person doesn’t define who they are…it defines who you are.” Unfortunately, we all fall into the category of judging other people at some point in our lives. We have also been affected at various times by the ways that other people have judged us.

We all need to be more aware of judging others and remember to try to get to know the other person first before we rush to making a judgement about them.

One day, a lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands. Her mom came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile, “My sweetie, could you give your mom one of your two apples?”
The girl looked up at her mum for some seconds, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly…

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Creating Value In Employees

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

All employers want great employees. Yet it seems that a lot of the employers I speak to their number one issue is employee problems.

What I find interesting is that I rarely hear employers talk about how great their employees are and it makes me wonder if the employees know what value they have in their workplace?

Employers want employees that see the big picture of what the company does and what their job purpose is. I wonder if their employees have ever been told what part they play in the overall function and success of the business and how they can add value to their coworkers and customers?

The expectations that employers have for their employees need go hand-in-hand with one-on-one training and education of what the business’ purpose is and what the employee’s purpose is. There must be sufficient training time given so the employee can master the…

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How People Judge Your Personality Based On Your Name

Research Digest

Blue Collar,Name Tags,Tags,badges,identificarion,workers,employment,By Matthew Warren

Extraversion, thy name is Katie. And Jack. And Carter. But not, it turns out, Joanna, Owen, or Lauren: these individuals instead embody different traits, like emotionality and agreeableness.

At least, that’s how people rated the personalities of those names in a recent paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. According to the study, we associate the sounds in names with certain traits: names containing k and t sounds are judged as having quite different profiles than those with the more resonant n or l sounds. It will come as no surprise, however, that in the real world Katies are not actually any more likely to be extraverted than Laurens.

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Fast Leadership

Lead Today

Are you a leader in a hurry? Are you rushing to lead? Do you feel urgency to ?get your people up to speed??

Those are all normal circumstances for many leaders, particularly new leaders. But here?s a word of caution. If you go too fast, if you get too far out in front of your people, if you?re dragging them along more than pulling them along you might not be leading them at all.

You may want to consider slowing down to speed up your leadership potential. If your people can only see your back it makes it hard for them to hear what you?re saying. If your people are constantly looking at your back it will be hard for you to show them that you care for them.

If you never slow down enough for your people to catch up then when you do eventually turn around you?ll discover…

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Great Things Simplified - Sankaran's blog

Thank you for visiting this third part ofgreatlysimplifyinginvestment series. If you are not yet convinced about investing, check out the first parthere. If you are wondering what to consider before giving your money to anyone, you should read the second parthere.

In this part let’s look at some of the options to invest. Most of these are known to you, so the job of simplifying is getting a little tougher. For each of the asset class, I have attempted to give some specific tips that you need to keep in mind and I have also tried to evaluate them against the holy trinity of investments – Risk, Return and Liquidity. The shades of color would be different to give you a relative perspective.

While technically there are various types of investment asset classes, to start with basics, below are the major categories of investment…

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Great Things Simplified - Sankaran's blog

One of the dear readers shared a candid feedback that the last post was quite sedate, so let me try to make this more interesting! The question that comes to everyone’s mind is – how to go about investing. Let’s try to simplify the how part of art of investment here. For those of you who love hitting the gym, you’ll be surprised at the similarity that investment strategies have with fitness. Even if you are the perennial procrastinator, you’ll still find this interesting.


Start with a very clear objective. If you are into exercise regimen, you would start with a basic objective – to build a six pack or to shed the family pack or to build endurance. Similarly, it is important to have a clear objective for your investment strategy. You may have a combination of objectives – retirement planning, save up…

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More interesting science and Open Lifespan living

Physical Immortality - the mass possibility's Blog

This may be a key mechanism for ongoing maintenance and regeneration in vivo …ie within the physical body.

Interesting connection between pluripotent stem cells , telomeres and epigenetic factors which all play roles in healthy longevity and the potential for open lifespan living –
“It is a piece of the puzzle that explains the observed powerful connection between the phenomenon of pluripotency and telomeres -protective structures at the ends of chromosomes- a kind of butterfly effect in which a protein that is only present in telomeres shows a global action on the genome. This butterfly effect is essential to initiate and maintain pluripotency.

The DNA of telomeres directs the production of long RNA molecules called TERRAs. What the CNIO researchers found is that TERRAs act on key genes for pluripotency through the Polycomb proteins, which control the programs that determine the fate of cells in the early embryo by depositing…

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26 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein (The Ultimate Guide!)

Our Better Health

Protein is important to our health, our workouts and recovery, and our brain function; without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us long-term. However, the problem with the view of protein in our country is where we’re getting the majority of our protein from: animals. Regardless of different opinions out there about including meat as a part of our regular diets, we can’t ignore the fact that meat consumption is causing our major environmental, health, and humanitarian problems. When you put all the pieces together, it is time we start looking for a real sustainable alternative. Say hello to plants!

The Myth About Protein in a Plant-Based Diet
There used to be a myth that we needed to consume different types of foods to form “complete proteins” in the body. While this shouldn’t necessarily be ignored completely, it’s also not as…

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Unacceptable Behavior At Work

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

A couple of months ago I went to a conference and part of the requirement for managers in my state was to take a 2-hour course in Sexual Harassment and Workplace Harassment.  It was very informative and I had great information to take back to my staff for a meeting on these two topics.

Our office is small with fewer than 10 employees so getting the information out during an extended lunch meeting was doable.  I thought the information was made clear and also the rules on what to do if you are being harassed and how to report it.  We also discussed boundaries and that we each needed to be free to tell each other if we felt that someone was crossing a boundary that was on the verge of harassment. (See below for what defines harassment)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines harassment as unwelcome verbal or…

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