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Getting the Hard-To-Employ Back to Work: New solutions From Unique Conference

Richmond, California (PRWEB) June 26, 2014

“It takes more than technical skills and job training to get hard-to-employ workers back on a company’s payroll,” workforce and employee assessment expert, Dr. Ira S. Wolfe, told Saffron Strand’s Fifth Annual Homeless Workforce Conference last week in Richmond, CA, near San Francisco.

Dr. Wolfe delivered the opening keynote address at the unique national forum, speaking to employment services professionals, government agency staff, non-profit directors, veterans groups, and others focused on getting the homeless and those at risk of homelessness back into the workforce for the long term. Wolfe, the president of Success Performance Solutions and author of several books on workforce trends, warned attendees about what he has called the “Perfect Labor Storm,” which is also the title of one of his books (

“It’s not just the homeless living out the tragedy of chronic unemployment,” Wolfe said. “The ‘Perfect Labor Storm’ puts every job and every career at risk.”

Wolfe described how disruptive technology, the Internet, globalization, and “demograplypse” – the impact of rapid demographic shifts – are converging to create unprecedented changes in the way business is conducted, workplaces are designed, jobs are defined, and work gets done. He urged his audience not to ignore what he calls the greatest employment killer of all — the accelerating pace of change.

Richmond-based non-profit Saffron Strand, Inc. organized the June 16-17 conference on the theme, “Let’s Get Serious: Skills, Jobs, and Careers as Paths Out of Homelessness and Poverty.”

Yvonne Nair, Saffron Strand founder and executive director, noted that the homeless “members” of her non-profit wanted to get back to work. However, in addition to the challenge of acquiring the necessary technical skills, they often faced other barriers to employment, including a spotty job history, criminal record, mental health or substance abuse issue, and lack of a personal support system. The homeless and others who are hard-to-employ, Nair said, comprised an extremely vulnerable population. To gain and sustain long-term employment, Saffron Strand members formed an “intentional community,” providing a support system for all members.

Judge Katherine Lucero, Superior Court of Santa Clara County, launched the second day of the conference, speaking about challenges at-risk youth faced in the legal system and gaining employment. Judge Lucero, too, emphasized how an intentional community can make be a big help for homeless, runaway, and foster-care youth as they seek education and training to enter the workforce.

In addition to the morning keynotes and plenary sessions, 15 afternoon workshops were presented by experts from business, education, health care, law, foster care, and more.

One of the most popular workshops, Nair noted, was Wolfe’s afternoon presentation about the Quality of Motivation. Wolfe confirmed that technical skills and job training were critical for re-employment, but alerted workshop participants that without basic life skills and self-esteem training, re-employment efforts would probably fail.

According to Wolfe, a certified Quality of Motivation specialist, a lack of understanding about motivation unintentionally sustains chronic unemployment, hindering the homeless, hard-to-employ, and long-term unemployed from getting back to work. Wolfe cited a large safety study that showed how employees, immediately after training, had higher rates of accidents.

“The same thing happens with other training if an individual’s quality of motivation isn’t considered,” Wolfe said. “Motivation isn’t just about high energy, intensity, and inspiration. Some people are highly motivated, yet their counter-productive habits and behaviors just keep them running in circles.”

Wolfe suggested that counter-productive motivation might be hindering re-employment initiatives. He pointed to the anonymous survey results of several Saffron Strand members, comparing them to high-potential job candidates in the workplace.

“These results highlight differences in the quality of motivation between our homeless members and other job applicants,” Nair said. “So Quality of Motivation testing may offer a new approach in helping the homeless get a job, doing work they like to do. It also may help them sustain employment, build or rebuild a career, and eventually climb out of poverty.”

Nair and Wolfe are hoping to pilot a homeless study using the Quality of Motivation program. Each volunteer would complete a 30-day personal formation process to identify and reduce counter-productive habits and prepare him or her for re-entry into the workforce. If possible, results would be shared at next year’s conference. Organizations interested in participating can contact Dr. Wolfe or Ms. Nair.

“This year’s Conference was our best ever,” Nair said. “I feel like our ‘employment-first’ message is gaining traction with those across the country who work with the homeless and other vulnerable populations.”

Building on this year’s event, Nair noted that Saffron Strand’s 2015 Conference is already in the works. “We hope to report how the Quality of Motivation program can be used in an intentional community setting to increase long-term employment.”

For more about Saffron Strand, please visit or contact Yvonne Nair (tel. 510.275.9594, e-mail yvonne(at)saffronstrand(dot)org).


Dr. Susan Albers is Hosting a Webinar for Dietitians, Health Care Professionals and Trainers

Cleveland, Ohio (PRWEB) June 24, 2014

Dr. Susan Albers, clinical psychologist and author of the book, EatQ (HarperOne, 2013), Eating Mindfully, and 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food is providing a free webinar on June 30th at 7:00 EST for professionals who work with clients on losing/managing weight and improving their eating habits and diet.

The title of the webinar is 11 Unintentional Mistakes Professionals Make When Talking To Their Clients About Weight/Healthy Eating and Quick Fixes. It is intended for dietitians, physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors, trainers, yoga instructors, coaches and physical therapists.

If a professional’s practice is not performing as well as it could, chances are he or she may be making one of these 11 mistakes. By applying these strategies it will help:

1) Make Sure That Clients Keep Coming Back

2) Deliver Effective Ways to Help Clients Be More Successful in Their Goals

3) Learn How to Be Your Client’s Favorite Coach & Health Care Professional

Talking to patients and clients about healthy, mindful eating isn’t easy. Dr. Albers will reveal effective, quick ways to make it a productive and helpful conversation. Dr. Albers recognizes that professionals only have a few minutes to make a big impact.

Susan Albers has been a psychologist for 10 years at one of the top ranked medical facilities in the country. Dr. Albers graduated from the University of Denver and completed a post-doc at Stanford University. She trains health care providers on communication and how to teach your clients mindful eating skills. She is a leading authority on mindful eating. Dr. Albers has been quoted in Self Magazine, Shape, Prevention, NPR and has been on Dr. Oz.

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5 Healthy Food Habits for Weight Loss

For those seeking to lose weight, keeping their caloric intake in control is an important aspect. According to weight loss clinic Vancouver health experts, making small changes in food habits can have a major effect on how successfully you achieve your goal of losing weight. Here are a few tips they recommend to help you keep those additional calories at bay.

Restrict Eating Outside Food

Food that is served in restaurants and fast food units is more likely to be cooked using ingredients and processes that speed up the cooking process and enhance the taste. However, in many cases, this does not necessarily translate into healthy, low-calorie food. Besides, when you have to stick to a standard meal size, you are more likely to end up consuming larger portions. No wonder then that dietitians believe that rising obesity levels are related to the proportion of people eating out rather than at home. When you cook at home, it is easier to use healthy ingredients and methods that keep the calories under control and more importantly, you can choose the amount you consume.

Get Your Meal Size Right

Determine portions depending on the time of the day when you eat a meal. This is important because it determines how your metabolic system functions. Generally, it is best to have a filling and healthy breakfast, followed by a big lunch, keeping dinner as light as possible. Skipping breakfast is a big mistake because not only does it increase your tendency to indulge in a heavier meal later, it also leads to problems of acidity, flatulence and indigestion.

Include Spices in Your Cooking

Spicy food works to an advantage in two ways – the pepper component of spicy food tends to increase your metabolic rate, contributing to weight loss; besides, when food is spicy, you tend to eat it more slowly and as a result, your brain has greater time to figure out that your hunger has been satiated. Therefore, you are less likely to overeat and the calories automatically get cut down from your diet.

Drink a Lot of Water

Drinking water during the course of a meal can make you feel full, and as a result, you may find it easier to eat lesser food; however, this can pose problems with your digestion. A better alternative is to drink a glass of water before every meal – this ensures you do not begin the meal feeling famished and as a result, your meal portions stay smaller. Wherever possible during the day, reach for a glass of water rather than a sweetened juice, cola or any other beverage that’s rich in sugar and artificial ingredients. Consuming water throughout the day ensures your body stays sufficiently hydrated and this helps you prolong the duration for which you can perform intense exercise without feeling fatigue.

By practicing these healthy food habits, you will learn through trial and error about what works best for you. As the dietitians at weight loss clinic Vancouver stress, every individual has different metabolism patterns and therefore, it is important to come up with a customized diet plan the yields you the desired results.

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Daily Success Habits

Teenagers are in the most valuable time of physical improvement and culture studying. Amount of parents want their kids to get good heath and study effectively. In the future, they will make contribution to the other people. During the improvement of brain, school students must be able to vary their lifestyle into a beneficial for one thing; and to build a suitable match but only in eating but also in absorbing nourishment for another.

We must eat well in the morning. It is a saying that a good breakfast in the morning, an adequacy lunch and a less dinner. But because the time of morning is so tight, some kids are lazy and they don’t have enough time to eat. In this case, brain gets a big damage. On account of the lack of food, blood sugar will decrease, and less nutrition for the brain. While the morning is the busiest school time and the brain have to be fulfilled. In a long-term, it will reduce the process of learning and brain growing. In the breakfast, the fresh milk is suitable, because it not only has high-quality protein but also have the necessary lecithin that the brain need in the development.

We must get enough sleep. Sleep is a stage of brain rest and adjustment. Sleep not only can keep brain cells away from failure but also can supply the energy which has been consumed. So, the brain cortex excitement and inhibitory procedure can find a new bridge. A good sleep can push the increasing of the memory. The young must ensure 8 hour sleep time every day. At the mean time, people should pay attentions to that don’t cover the head when sleeping. For during sleep time, along with the quilt of rising carbon dioxide concentration; the room of oxygen will decrease. In this matter, the brain will be injured by prolonged polluted air.

Adequate water is very central for people. Water is the most important role of human being. During to analysis, lacking of water is the key factor to accelerate brain senescence. it is necessary for young people to have 8 cups of water to stay strong.

We should participate in more sports to make us strongly. Through the physical training, our bones and muscles can become strong and developed; which is useful to promote the growth of visceral organs.

What is the capital matter to us is never bring illness to go to job. In poor condition or getting ill, we’d better have a rest. At that time, if we keep on learning we will learn nothing but the lower efficiency.

The power of habit is tremendous. People always redo the similar matters which occupy about ninety percent movements, which transform to a programming inertia little by little. The actions are self-moving behaves. Habit changes people’s life every moment. They distinguished group in each field such as successful lawyer, salesman, doctor and so on. It is the good habit that establishes these geniuses. From time to time success is not as hard as our images. Building a good habit everyday and keep on it in the future, and then the success can be expected soon. It is not hard to keep a good habit, but to insist on it. It is the combination of confidence and willpower, so if we can do it we will become success.

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El Paso (TX) Administrators to Present Session on Career and College Readiness Efforts to Meet Post-Secondary Realities, at Model School Conference

Kingston, TN (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

Bob Dylan’s lyrics, “The times, they are a-changin’,” have never been more relevant as educators face new mandates for preparing students for the future. School administrators must ensure their high school graduates are both college and career ready. The importance of this demands that schools enhance their curriculum offerings to help student develop the essential academic and soft skills.

On June 23, Dr. Royce Avery, chief school officer, Area 2 for El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) will present two workshops at the 2014 Model School Conference to be held in Orlando, FL. Dr. Avery — joined by EPISD’s Eric Winkelman, career and technical education director and Matthew Farley, principal at the Center of Career and Technology Education — will share the district’s successes as they continue to develop six-year strategies using a College and Career Readiness Planner with a Personal Graduation Plan. The sessions are scheduled for 10:15 AM in room Asia 5 and again at 3:45 PM in rooms Southern 4-5. This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida.

“District and school leaders looking for ways to transform their current career and college readiness ‘standards’ will learn a great deal by attending this session,” said Dr. Royce Avery. “Our academic and integrated technical learning model combines career focused programs of study along with a portion of the award-winning e-learning platform from WIN Learning with ‘added values’ from our team and local community businesses such as internships, industry certifications, and dual credit courses. We have successfully made classwork relevant to students whether they elect college, workplace, military or certification training programs.”

The Personalized Career Readiness System from WIN Learning encompasses four main modules – two of which, Strategic Compass and Soft Skills are being piloted in the EPISD. The modules include:

o Strategic Compass – offers a personalized career-planning tool for each learner based on skill, work and career interest, and then provides a framework for the education and path to succeed.

o College Readiness Courseware – For students looking to continue on to college, this courseware prepares learners with the necessary foundational skills in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading, Writing and English. Subjects include practice and application of concepts addressed by commonly accepted college placement exams.

o Career Readiness Courseware – Nine career-focused modules prepare learners for career readiness certification. Topics include Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, Listening, Observation, Applied Technology, and Business Writing, among others.

o Soft Skills – Professional attitudes, work habits and other key competencies are critical to success in college and the work place. Soft Skills teaches employability and social skills including conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving.

Avery added, “Career readiness must go hand-in-hand with academic standards, and both must meaningfully prepare students for productive lives. This needs to be a priority for school administrators if they are going to successfully prepare students for life after high school. We are anxious to share how El Paso CCTE incorporates Soft Skills as a critical element to success in a career and technology classroom, which will result greater success in 21st Century workplaces.”

About Dr. Royce Avery

A life-long educator with classroom, building and district level experience in the Woodsboro, Lubbock, and Waco Independent School Districts, as well as the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Avery was superintendent of the Aransas Pass Independent School District prior to joining EPISD. He received his undergraduate degree from Rice University, and holds a Master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Texas A&M. Dr. Avery earned his Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Texas at Austin.

About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career-driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs. For more information, go to or call 888-717-9461.

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Good Habits of Business

A successful business runs on good habits. Every business, whether a large corporation or a small entrepreneurship, needs every worker, every piece of equipment, and every attitude to be in tune with the rest of the company. The good habits that make this work and make a good business, great, is countless. However, here are a few examples of good business habits that you can apply to your business:

– Keep your eye out for opportunities – Whether you are at work, out for dinner, or on vacation, you need to be watching out for that one opportunity that could make things be even greater for your business

– Always focus on your business first – When running a business, it always comes first. A true business person is always a business person. This is the only way to make your business reach its full potential. Once you get it on its feet, you can relax and let others help you take responsibility, but until then it is all on you.

– Always have a back-up plan – If something goes wrong you need to be quick on your feet to solve the problem. This is why it is a great idea to have a back-up plan, so you can have something ready when the time comes.

– Have thick skin – Criticism is going to come your way all the time that is just what happens when you run a business. You need to be confident in not only what you do, but in yourself. Do not let others cut you down.

– Business is not about fast money – over charging your customer is not going to help you in the long run. You need to slowly grow and become legitimate before you charge a lot for your goods and services. Building trust and confidence is much more important in the long run.

– Take risks – taking risks is just part of the job. You need to be able to distinguish between the good risks and bad, but you can only learn this through trial and error.

Using these good habits can help your business grow in a healthy way. It can also help you as a business person.

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Health Tracker App Nudge Releases New iOS Version

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

Health and fitness app Nudge today released a new iOS version of their health tracker and curator platform with updates that streamline and customize the app and enhance features of the app’s Nudge Factor score. This indexed score allows users to compare their health and fitness level to other Nudge users and social network friends, no matter which app, tracker or wearable they use.

“We think this new update is a monumental step for us in aiding to curate the tracking landscape and ensure users are incorporating apps that truly fit their needs,” says Nudge co-founder Mac Gambill. “Not only will this help with user retention amongst the various tracking apps, but our hope is that this will also increase a person’s success rate in terms of lifestyle goals.”

With individuals moving increasingly towards mobile apps, Nudge has phased out their web app to focus on the mobile version. Nudge is offering a more detailed Dashboard with additional statistics to help users gain greater insight into their health based on USDA, CDC and WHO recommendations as well as applied research from an in-house advisory team of sports and health professionals.

The developers have incorporated a new scrollable Nudge Factor that allows users to see how and why their Nudge Factor has changed over time. The bottom of the Dashboard screen will include daily averages for every aspect of the Nudge Factor, including water, fruit and vegetable intake, as well as exercise and sleep.

“We incorporated this new feature to help users pinpoint how changes in each of their specific daily health habits effects their overall score,” said Nudge co-founder Phil Beene. “We think letting people follow how specific changes in their lifestyle affects their Nudge Factor score over time will make the score itself much more meaningful and motivating.”

In addition, Nudge has created a new Curated Apps page, which includes a compiled list of beneficial health and wellness apps, and created a tabs menu for easier navigation and higher engagement with the app’s complete functionality.

About Nudge

Nudge is a health, wellness and lifestyle company set to transform the healthcare industry by offering insight into individuals’ lifestyle choices. By tracking dietary intake, level of hydration, minutes of fitness and hours of sleep as well as synching with the leading apps and wearables, Nudge is the principal curator of the best health and fitness apps on the market. Nudge uses a carefully calculated, evidence-proven algorithm to present users with a Nudge Factor, an indexed number representing the overall level of health of the user, which can be used for comparison with other Nudge users and friends on social media, regardless of apps and trackers used. The Nudge Factor can also be used to see where users can improve upon daily life choices, motivating them to pursue an elevated, overall wellbeing. Launched in May 2014, Nudge is a Tennessee-based company co-founded by Mac Gambill, Phil Beene and Chris Garson.


New Fat Loss Review Released Today by for Real Dose Weight Loss Formula No. 1

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 30, 2014

Perhaps the greatest dilemma with weight management is that people are too busy for a proper lifestyle balance. And for many people, it is simply unrealistic to make a significant change to bad habits during periods of intense obligations relating to work and family.

This effect becomes all the more relevant at the onset of warmer, shirts-off weather, often affecting one’s decision to be seen in public at the pool or beach.

So how can a viable balance be achieved?

The answer to these questions is the same reason why weight loss supplementation (along with cutting edge fitness programs) has been explosive and ubiquitous in popularity. In other words, people have been flocking to the shelves for weight loss and fat burner pills to eliminate the fat that a busy lifestyle invariably causes.

Enter RealDose Nutrition and its eye-level shelf item, Weight Loss Formula No. 1. The product has a scientific name, appropriately, because its approach reflects a deep understanding of the science of fat loss. Specifically, its ingredients work against the three main fat-producing hormones (insulin – blood sugar; ghrelin – hunger cravings; and cortisol – belly fat).

By reason of its demand and trending success, 2014 promises to be explosive for RealDose Weight Loss Formula No.1.

Summarily, the Weight Loss Formula No. 1 supplement unlocks the body’s natural fat burning potential by acting upon the hormones that normally prompt weight gain.

In fact, two separate ingredients in this formula are both proven in human double blind studies to double weight loss, and RealDose has effectively combined them together with a third component, also effective even by itself. For more information about the ingredients and effectiveness, has made a detailed review available here.

Further, weight loss seekers also want to know that a product is safe. RealDose Weight Loss Formula No. 1 is stimulant-free, decaffeinated, and non-addictive. It can be taken with any meal plan and weight loss program, without conflict. Finally, it contains only natural ingredients – no GMO, gluten, dairy, eggs, or soy.

It is important to understand what makes the RealDose formula effective, in contrast to the myriad “gimmicky” and incomplete products burdening the retail shelves these days. To this end, emphasizes a visit to its website for the RealDose Weight Loss Formula No. 1 review.

Here’s the RealDose website link, where plenty of information on the product is available. is a free-spirited site where author and chief editor Henry Rearden enjoys profiling and reviewing fresh – sometimes trendy – new products to hit the health market. Anything in the periphery of health and well-being is fair game for Henry to pull off the shelf for a look-see.

Fat Loss — The Top 8 Habits Of Success

It happens way too often. Have you begun a weight lose program enthused–ready to make some changes? Maybe you even dropped a few pounds in the first few weeks. Uh-oh, week three comes and goes with no changes. Week four and you’ve gained back the few pounds lost in week one and two. Has enthusiasm turned into frustration and you’ve give up?

The scene doesn’t have to end that way! Here’s some good news. Many people have achieved success, and as luck would have it, they’ve shared some common habits we can learn from to achieve success as well.

Motivation: They make a declaration to lose X number pounds of fat and/or gain X number pounds of muscle. They know where they’re headed and resolve to get there. They set goals; write them down and resolve to achieve their goals. They break their goals into weekly, monthly, 3 month, 6 month and even annual goals. They reinforce their goals daily and with declarations of success.

Plan: Rome was not built in a day, they follow a ‘plan of attack’ day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month and rarely allow themselves to miss workouts or skip meals. When life events interfere, and they must miss a workout or skip a meal, they get right back on track without guilt.

Hydration: This is probably the most important thing you can do in almost any weight management plan. They drink liberal amounts of water. This one habit is universal to all successful plans. Here’s why; water is the vehicle your body uses to rid itself of its toxins and metabolize stored fat. Water helps your brain and body function optimally. It helps you to remain mentally sharp, feeling positive, up-beat and focused. It gives you more energy because the human body is composed of 50 to 65 percent water. Many programs recommend as much as 12 to 16, eight ounce glasses of water a day with no ill effects what-so-ever.

Cardio: They know that walking is about as pure a fat loss exercise that you can get. Even five minutes a day is a great start. Those who have successfully lost weight often walk for 30 to 45 minutes 4 or more times a week. Beyond 60 minutes there seems to be a point of diminishing returns.

Resistance training: They know there is no greater fat-burner than muscle. Muscle tissue revs up metabolic activity. Having muscle burns calories all day and all night, even when you’re resting. Your metabolic rate is directly connected to how much lean muscle tissue you hold.

You must produce and retain lean muscle tissue within your body through weight training to lose fat effectively. In fact, your goal should be to stimulate muscle growth. You accomplish this with pushing or pulling a progressively heavier workload. Put in simple terms; progressively lift more weight.

Stable Blood Sugar: They know the body needs protein every three hours to function optimally. Lean protein stimulates the release of glucagon. Glucagon burns fat, builds lean mass and suppresses insulin. Insulin is the most powerful fat storing hormone in our body. A good strategy is to start your day with a protein shake to balance out your blood sugar and flood your system with dopamine. Dopamine is your “feel good, I can do anything” brain-body messenger. When you eat protein that’s what happens. On the other hand, eating carbs has a negative emotional effect.

Fibrous, Slow-Burning Carbohydrates: They have learned that vegetables are the best source of carbs that you get, with the highest amount of fiber and nutrients with the least effect on blood sugar. So these are always a first choice. Fruit is your next best choice and whole grains would be your third. Aim for about 15-25 grams per meal, but ideally keep total carbohydrate intake to no more than 100 grams per day or about 400 calories from carbs. This would translate to about 2-3 cups of vegetables (depending on the type of vegetable) or 1/2-1 cup of fruit or 1/2 cup of whole grains per meal.

Essential Fat: Essential Fats are very important, but they are also very calorie dense. Your best choices for healthy fats are: avocado, raw almonds, fish oil, olive oil and coconut oil.

Try these eight tips to quickly move you on your way improving the way you look and feel.

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Dave Young motivates and educates people in fat loss and muscle growth through his articles at IRON MAN Magazine, the result of 35+ years of hands-on experience.

7 Habits of Highly Successful Students

One of the most common questions that students have asked during my consulting sessions is on how to become independent and effective learners. Most students cannot understand why they are getting average grades while their peers are consistently scoring distinctions. Others are disturbed by the lack of improvement in their grades despite massive increases in both studying times and spending on tutoring.

My answer to them is simple: The average student is not programmed for academic success.

To score well in school, you will need the right techniques and more importantly, the right set of characteristics. Having the right traits and making a habit out of each of them will most definitely help you push your grades through the roof!

At MG Academics, we have identified 7 habits that are common among all highly successful students. I will gradually walk you through these habits over the next few weeks. Take some time to ponder over them. Do you already possess these traits? If not, are you ready to change yourself to get better results in school and in life?

Do you have what it takes to become a top performing student?

Habit I :: Be Proactive, Take Charge

All highly successful students know this: If you want to achieve something in life, you have to take immediate action to achieve it.

There is no other way about this. Top students understand the importance of being proactive in their pursuits for academic success. They take all initiative to plan their study strategies, to discover their shortcomings and strengthen their weaknesses, to push through that extra mile when the curriculum gets challenging, to say NO to temptations (such as TV, computer games and window shopping) during examination periods and to discover the best studying techniques.

They do not leave these important processes to chance. In fact, they prefer to leave NOTHING to chance!

To be proactive and take charge of one’s life – This habit is the cornerstone of the continual academic success enjoyed by all highly successful students. There is a direct correlation between the actions you take and the results you get in life. If you allow others, such as your parents, teachers or friends, to determine where you should proceed in your life, then you have lost all control over the results you will get. Conversely, if you want to get the results you want, be proactive and assume control over your destiny!  It’s really as simple as that!

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you can do it all alone. Your parents may render some form of financial support by enrolling you in tutoring classes, but it’s your job to get the right tutors and get the most out of each session; your teachers may give you some helpful advice on how to study better, but it’s up to you to implement them diligently. In a nutshell, you can get all the help you need, but nobody is going to take charge of your life and steer you towards success. This, you need to do it yourself.

3 Quick Steps to Cultivate Habit I

Step 1: Increase your awareness on how you respond to events in your life, especially those which concern successes, failures and challenges. Reflect upon them and uncover those that suggest passiveness from your end.

Step 2: Jot these events down in your personal diary/notebook. Refer to them from time to time, preferably on a weekly basis. This enables you to acquire an elevated level of consciousness on your actions and the results of these actions.

Step 3: Hone your level of control over your actions and the results they deliver. Do it persistently and in time, you will successfully cultivate your first habit towards becoming a highly successful student!

MG Wong believes that academic success can only be achieved through a combination of self-mastery strategies and good learning techniques. To learn more about the best learning techniques to quickly improve your grades, do visit his consulting firm’s website at You can also get a copy of his best selling expert guide – High Impact Studying – at at a limited time discount. This expert guide is packed with proven strategies that will help you quickly improve your grades and effectively achieve your goal of becoming a top performing student.