How to Become a Financial Optimist

How to Become a Financial Optimist By Stefanie O’Connell  Being an optimist pays, both mentally and financially. According to recent research, optimists practice healthier financial habits than pessimists—although nearly two-thirds of optimists have started building an emergency fund, less than half of pessimists have done the same. Optimists are also more likely to enjoy greater … More How to Become a Financial Optimist

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act   Now that we’ve passed the midpoint, things are starting to heat up in our story. The second half of the second act is where your plot really starts popping. Your main character caps the dramatic event at the midpoint with his decision … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act

Finding a Niche: Know When to Narrow Your Business Focus

Finding a Niche: Know When to Narrow Your Business Focus By Amy Anderson  It’s beyond a buzzword now: The concept of a business niche is everywhere. Chances are you’ve either tried to find your niche or you’ve planted your feet firmly on the broad ground you’re used to and refused to narrow anything down. In … More Finding a Niche: Know When to Narrow Your Business Focus

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint   Halfway through our stories, something marvelous happens. There we are, minding our own business, toiling along in the seemingly endless desert of the second act, when—whap! bang! shazam!—everything changes all over again. Legendary director Sam Peckinpah talked about how he always looked for a “centerpiece” on which to “hang” … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint

3 Ways to Turn Adversity Into an Inspired State of Mind

3 Ways to Turn Adversity Into an Inspired State of Mind By Lee Rhodes  Comfortable, but uncomfortable. These were the contrasting feelings I had while sitting in an impossibly inviting chair during chemotherapy, hooked up to tubes and machines that were pumping my body with life-saving radiation. It was during these sessions, observing the courageous … More 3 Ways to Turn Adversity Into an Inspired State of Mind

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act

The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act   Every segment of a story offers its own challenges, but perhaps none leaves writers more bewildered than the second act. Beginnings and endings are tough to get right, but at least we have a checklist of things to accomplish. The middle of the … More The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 6: The First Half of the Second Act