How to Help Your Kids Become Self-Confident, Happy and Passionate

Thinking back to our school days, we were taught various subjects, given a bit of guidance about what career we should follow and that's about it. There were not, and still are not, any excellent coaching programs in school unless you're an athlete.

Furthermore, with recent UK government policy suggesting that all young people should have a coach or mentor, it's difficult to see how this would work in practical terms.

This situation continues to be of concern since the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services.

During my teaching career I've never seen or experienced how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, workplaces tap into the root passions that we are all born with.

Imagine if the education system tapped into our core passions and promoted educational subjects around those passions instead of trying to pigeonhole everyone?

Having worked with thousands of young people, my purpose in life is to inspire and support parents, guardians and those who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career filled with purpose and have fun doing it. That is the reason why I've written this article.

I love what I do because of the results I get working with both adults and young people. I see people's eyes light up when they realize what's possible and they see a future for themselves. This is particularly important for what we describe as the lost generation of children.

With young people I love to see them discover what they want to do in life as this helps them focus on their choice of studies. What's your story going to be?

So, let's get down to it.

I'd like to help you to discover your child's purpose in life and potentially your own – are you ready? Remember that these exercises are best done with young people age 14+ as this is the time when the family unit starts to think about further education at college and university. In addition, this exercise is equally valuable for your older children age 18+, with or without help.

Without a purpose in life, it's easy to get sidetracked or lost. It's therefore easy to wander and drift and accomplish little in life. I've known hundreds of students like this who have attended college and university without any idea of ​​why they are there or what they want to accomplish in life.

To start with try to chat with young people in an informal environment – do not sit them down and start grilling them because they'll just walk off – usually!

As a career coach I use The Jack Canfield Success Principles and one of the most important places to start is to ask the young people in your household this question.

Ask them "What do you want?" The first thing that will happen is that the young person will either a) start talking or writing things down or 2) say "I do not know and shake their shoulders".

So the …

Education and the Complete Individual

Education is something that many have said much about. Most of these are complex or vague. Consider the Greek philosopher Aristotle's saying that education is ' an ornament in prosperity ' and ' a refugee in adversity '. There have been a great many attempts to explain this description, but none have quite succeeded in satisfying my curiosity. Alternately, this is what the English essayist Joseph Addison has to say on education: What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. This too, has a great many explanations and illustrations. But does it really tell us what education is? Does it tell us why we need education? Not really, since the concept of the soul is, till date, a shadowy area. So how can we begin to comprehend what everyone claims is essential to life nowdays? To put it simply, education is a process of training our mind so that we can apply it in a field of our choice: which is why we have education not as a single seamless entity, but as a whole made up of various divisions: music education, scientific and technological education, art education, even teacher education!

Education can be considered similar to picking and eating a fruit. Picking a particular fruit on the tree is akin to choosing a field to get an education of. When we bite into it, we get our first taste of the subject. As we chew on the bitten proportion, we begin to understand its various aspects – the tastes, textures, intricacies and complexes of it – and when we are ready to move on to the next portion, we swallow what we have assimilated so far so that it can be used for further application. The tree we get the fruit from is the entire body of past thinkers' teachings and the voice that tells us which fruit to pick is the interpreter of that knowledge: the teacher.

Through the lifelong course of education (no, it's not like school or college which ends after a fixed period of time), we get to know about things that always were, still are and always will be around us, waiting to be recognized and acknowledged . Light plays a central role in education – both literally and metaphorically – for visual inputs are the best learnt and without light – of the sun or electrical – we would be missing out on a whole world of knowledge. In fact, this is where phrases like 'light of knowledge', 'throw light on the matter', 'kept in the dark' and so on came from.

You might be thinking, how can we narrow the infinite field of knowledge to select what we will need or want to know? This is where the part on 'training the mind' comes in. The mind, as psychology tells us, is the center of cognitive institutions which enables consciousness, thinking, perception and judgment. It is the kitchen for the information we acquire, where we can …

Science Books and Documents of Aligarh Muslim University Get Translation in URDU

Science is now sharing a space with the Urdu speakers too. With the help of the former dean and adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare how it got introduced has been discussed here.

The Aligarh Muslim University has launched the education sector after declaring the news of translating the science books.

Prof. Anis Ahmad Ansari, the faculty of Unani Medicine and former dean, the former adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the news stating that all the science related documents and books will be obtained under a quick translation and that too will be attained at a large scale. This is due to the fact that at a time too many Urdu speaking people can access the science sector without any hiccups.

In the First National Workshop, Prof Ansari was elected as the chief guest and was invited there for the valedictory assembly of the translation of Urdu of the Science Books. This program was held by Vigyan Prasar, undertaken by the Government of India under the Department of Science and Technology. The entire agenda was planned in collaboration with the Aligarh Muslim University's Center of Promotion of Science.

According to professor, people with Urdu as their native language do not have that scope to get as many as science related books in market whereas there are plenty of other Indian languages ​​available for such books. Thus for the sake of the Muslim brothers, the former dean came into such a plan and made it possible with his caliber.

His year's long research has enabled him in observing the fact that in every stream, mother tongue should be reflected as the medium of education. For the sake of the kids he pushed on the translators to make use of extremely simple and easy to read language in the translation.

In the workshop, Prof Ansari praised and congratulated each of the participants who took an active part in the translation program. Moreover he distributed credentials to contributors and the participants.

According to the director of the Center for Promotion of Science, the objective of Prof Ansari is to circulate the education of science even at its elementary levels and such advantage has been taken specifically for the Muslim Managed Education Institutions and the Deeni Madaris. The 1985 inception of the center has managed in providing training to the science tutors of the Madrasas. Such has even provided to be a boon for all the Muslim religion people who are into the center. As per his words science education is an important aspect that should come under everyone's concern and to make all the Muslim brothers and sisters educated science must be kept as an important stream within the national mainstream.

Even too many thanks came from various people to the participants of the science translation and giving it an income which is a grand success.

The project coordinator of EDUSAT made a presentation of the entire report in the Workshop and appraised each of the participants …

Her Most Famous Painting (Oriental Poppies) – Georgia O’Keeffe

The American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (November 1887-March 1986) was a pioneering ‘Modernist.’ Her unique approach defied all the accepted norms of painting and gave a new definition to the ‘American Modern Art.’ Owing to her competence, American Art attained fame and recognition in creatively competent Europe. Flowers fascinated Georgia and they were her favorite subject on canvas. O’Keeffe painted “Oriental Poppies” in 1928. This stunning work was declared a groundbreaking, art masterpiece.

Georgia O’Keeffe described her painting as a product of what she perceived in her mind and felt in her heart. In “Oriental Poppies,” she depicts two giant poppy flowers. Measuring 30″ x 40″, this oil painting is an explosion of brilliant colors on a vast canvas, lending a mesmerizing effect. O’Keefe used dazzling red and orange as the main color of the petals. The hollowed centre and the inner contours of the flowers are painted in deep purple. The skillful shading and velvety finish of the petals accentuates the vibrancy of the flowers. “Oriental Poppies” almost looks like a close up photograph. O’Keeffe did not give any background to the painting, to artfully draw focus onto the flowers. The absence of context in the painting presents them in a new light as pure abstracts. “Oriental Poppies” exudes a startling pull, as if casting a hypnotic spell on the viewer.

Georgia O’Keeffe believed that due to the fast-paced lives people live, they merely glance at flowers, but never really observed their exquisiteness. She wished to give such rushing people experience and the feel of the true beauty of flowers. In her words, “If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see – what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it – I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.” O’Keeffe chose to paint on a huge canvas with an outburst of bold colors, to astonish the viewers and to introduce them to the wonder of nature. In her bid, she managed to capture the essence of poppies with eloquence.

Many art researchers believed that O’Keeffe’s “Oriental Poppies” was an answer to the zoomed in technique adapted by Alfred Stieglitz in ‘Modern Photography.’ The magnificent painting speaks volumes of O’Keefe’s talent and artistic vision. Georgia’s delightful representation of two ordinary flowers generated widespread admiration and was considered as one of her most memorable works. It is now a part of a collection at the University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis.…

Graduating From College – How to Prepare for Life After College

After a crazy graduation celebration, throwing the graduation caps into the air, you and your friends were gathering, drinking and saying goodbye to rushing assignments, exams and the lovely diet with cereal and baked beans. Seems like your future is so bright and shiny after graduation. However, for the ones having a clear plan, it’s true, but for the rest of you, it’s might not that easy. First of all, you should seriously ask yourself three “simple” questions:

1. Who do you want to be?

2. What kinds of work do you want to do?

3. Which type of lifestyle do you want to have?

The words are easy to understand, but lots of people can ‘t tell the answers because the answers will bring out the choices, which will further impact your following life. In fact, there are various options to take after university and everyone has their own journeys, so all of you will be different. You can go to a postgraduate school, find a graduate job, start your own business or even travel around the world. Whichever you choose means that you should take the full advantages of any free time to make your plans and take real actions.

1. Get a graduate job

After graduation, Looking for a good job is the choice for the majority of new graduates. Your first port of call should be communicating with your relevant university department, for parts of them, they do offer recruitment service for their students and it will significantly lower the working barrier for you.

According to the words of Philippa Hardie, a careers consultant at the University of Chester, sometimes small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are the most suitable options for fresh graduates. Being a small fish in a big pound is not right for everyone and SMEs can offer your more training and challenges.

Moreover, finding a job may take a while. Be carefully don’t leave a blank gap on the CV, you can fill the time with some part-time jobs, volunteering, and internship.

2. Become you own boss

Don’t just stand inside the box, sometime you need to stand outside to see the world. If you can’t find a dream job and don’t want to settle for just a job, why not create one by starting your own company, it could be an extremely interesting process to turn your business idea into reality. Therefore, if you have the sufficient confidence and tenacity, self-employment should be a smart move. There are some main advantages for self-employment:

* Independent power to make decisions

* Control over what to do and who to work with

* Flexible time management

* Pay for any opportunities fit with you

However, nothing is perfect. You should understand that self-employment also means that you need to juggle a number of responsibilities such as marketing the business, staff management, uncertainty/problem management and financial things. Therefore, before starting your own business, you should be sure that if you would like to take these …

Boise State University (BSU) Broncos Football Player Taken in the 2010 NFL Draft – 1 Selected

The Boise State University (BSU) Broncos football program had one player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft that was held in April. The one player selected from Boise State by a National Football League (NFL) franchise was Kyle Wilson, a cornerback, who was picked up by the New York Jets in the first round with the 29th overall selection.

The New York Jets were looking to add some youth and athleticism to their secondary and that is exactly what Jets head coach Rex Ryan believes that he has found in corner Kyle Wilson. The Jets play against a number of talented offensive teams in the AFC East division that they participate in and it is of the utmost importance to have a quality secondary to limit the passing success of divisional opponents.

The New England Patriots play in the same division as the New York Jets. This means that twice a year during the regular season the secondary of the Jets is tested by future hall of famers Tom Brady (quarterback) and Randy Moss (wide receiver). For Rex Ryan and his Jets team having a top notch secondary gives them the best chance to win their division by being successful against the dominant Patriots. Coach Ryan believes that players like the 5’10” 194 pound Kyle Wilson are the sort of men that his organization needs in order to be successful in their division.

Kyle Wilson was born in May of 1987 in Piscataway, New Jersey. As fate would have it Wilson wound up being chosen in the 2010 NFL Draft by a team that plays their home football games in East Rutherford, New Jersey which is only 45 minutes north of where Kyle Wilson was born and played high school football.

Before being a late first round pick by the Jets Kyle excelled at Piscataway High School where he helped his team win three straight state championships that were bookended by undefeated seasons in 2002 and 2004. The current NFL defensive player actually garnered more accolades as an offensive weapon in high school where he won first team all-state honors for his receiving prowess. Kyle Wilson played both sides of the ball at Piscataway High School and also won defensive recognition as an all-conference and all-area player in the secondary.

Wilson chose the Boise State Broncos over more local football scholarship offers from neighboring Rutgers and the University of Delaware. While playing for Boise State in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Kyle Wilson received first team all-WAC honors in both 2008 and 2009 before entering the 2010 NFL Draft. During his final season with BSU the Broncos had fourteen wins and zero losses.…

My Review of the Top-Most Yoga Institutes

Bali is a beautiful island that is famous for Yoga. Someone said, “Hinduism is the origin of Yoga” rather we can say that there is no Hinduism without Yoga. All over the world, Bali is the preferred place for Yoga.

Throughout the world, Bali is one of the famous places for Yoga Instructor Training. In Bali, there are many Training Centers at different locations. Let’s review some of them:

Yandara Yoga Institute:

It is situated on the northern shore of Bali. This Institute offers to train for 16 days. Total 200 hours. As per customer reviews, this institute’s experience is very enlightening, amazing and positive.

Desa Seni School:

This yoga school is situated in Jalan Subak Sar. This school offers yoga instructor training of 30 days. It provides 200 hours of training. Training from this school is just awesome. Once you are at this place, you forget your home. This school has excellent yoga teachers and classes are filled with fun and joy. This school is a very peaceful place.

Akasha Yoga Academy:

This academy is famous for Hatha Yoga Teacher training. In this Academy, total yoga teacher training is of 28 days – 200 Hours of training. The customer’s reviews about this academy are: this institute is very enthusiastic and precise. Here all the trainers have deep knowledge and give unconditional love. Customers highly recommend this college for yoga practice and training.

Yatra Yoga:

This yoga retreat provides instructor training for 24 days -200 hours. As per client reviews, this retreat not only provides teacher training only but also along with that this retreat provides other facilities like self-study of Yoga, reading, writing and meditation as well. The yoga trainers from Yatra Yoga are trained teachers both – in physical, as well as the spiritual aspect of Yoga.

Sadhana Yoga School:

This school gives training for 24 days and of 200 hours. In this school, there is a certification program for Yoga teacher training. As per its customers, this is the best place where we can feel life-changing experiences with real potential. This place has a lot of energy, and it feels right here.

Yoga University:

The Yoga University provides a teacher training course of 31 days and 200 hours in total. All the customers have fantastic and life changing experiences at Yoga University. After completing training from here, all the customers have more knowledge and feel stronger, mentally as well as physically. They become wiser and kinder. They are loving and forgiving people.

Yogacara Global Yoga Teacher Training:

This Teacher Training Center provides training for 16 days and 200 hours, in total. As per its customer reviews, this place is very intensive. Here the experience of yoga practice is more organic and wonderful. The program offered by this training institute covers most of the course information. Moreover, the experience with this training institute is unforgettable.…

Where to Find Ultrasound Technician Schools in Ontario, Canada

Ultrasound is a highly successful field all over Canada and it will probably remain this way for a long, long time. However, ultrasound schools in Ontario are few and hard to find. Let me help you find Ultrasound Technician Training in Ontario, Canada and become a part of this successful field. But first, let me answer a few basic questions.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves reflecting off of internal body parts to create images for medical examination.

It is mostly used to check the baby inside the mother before it is born. It is also used to identify pathologies such as gallstones, kidney stones, cancers, hematomas and tumors.

How much do Ultrasound Technicians near Toronto make?

Ultrasound technicians (aka Ultrasonologists) are the people responsible for operating ultrasound machines that create the digital images used to visualize the internal body parts.

Compared to other branches of medicine, this field is not very competitive in Ontario and an Ultrasonologist working in the Toronto Area now earns an average annual salary of $50,572. Half of those in this position would earn between $40,898 and $76,546 (the 17th and 67th percentiles). These numbers are derived from area-specific government survey data.

So as you can see, it is well paying!

Where Do I Find Ultrasound Technician Schools in Ontario?

Well, you have a few options.

1) If you have the money and the required prerequisites, you can choose to go to an established Ultrasound Institute in Ontario, this can take anywhere from 2-3 years. The costs can be around $2000-4000 per year depending on which University to go to. Due to long waiting lists, you may not find entry easily. The only well-known university offering a Post Diploma Ultrasound program in Ontario is Michener Institute.

So what are your alternatives?

2) The other way, and the one that I suggest is learning Ultrasound from an instructor who has experience teaching Ultrasound but is not necessarily working as part of an Institute. Why do I suggest this? Don’t you have to go to a certified institution? The answer, plain and simple is NO.

As long as you have the right skills, many ultrasound clinics will hire you as a “trainee-ultrasonogist” without requiring any special certification. After working with such clinics for about a year, you will be eligible for writing your ARDMS examination and becoming a licensed ultrasonogist. This process can take as little as 1 year and 4 months of study and as little as $1500 in investment.

Where do I find such an Instructor?

The one that I personally recommend if you are looking for Ultrasound Technician Schools near Toronto is the Mainz Ultrasound Training (located in Mississauga).

UPDATE: Mainz Ultrasound has recently changed their prerequisites to only accept students who already have some ultrasound background.

Why should you choose Mainz Ultrasound? Here’s a few reasons:

1. There are no difficult prerequisites -> Easy admission

2. It is very inexpensive compared to other options

3. …

Shiraz Vs Syrah – What’s the Difference?

As if ordering and tasting wine at your favorite restaurant isn’t anxiety-provoking enough, many wine drinkers still haven’t the slightest idea what the difference is between Shiraz and Syrah.

Let me tell you: They both are made from the same grape. The Syrah grape.

If all the past confusion about your favorite red wine has now got you into a heated tizzy, you can set your blame on James Bubsy, a young British Viniculturist who settled in New South Wales, Australia, in the early 1830’s. With him, he brought vines of the Syrah plant from France, intent on planting them in the fertile soil of the land down under.

In Busby’s book, Journal of a Recent Visit to the Principal Vineyards of Spain and France,” published in 1833, he references the book “Oenologie Francaise,” stating, “… The name of this grape is spelt Scyras; and it is stated that, according to the tradition of the neighbourhood, the plant was originally brought from Shiraz in Persia, by one of the hermits of the mountain.”

That the Syrah grape was brought to France from Persia, however, is just legend.

In 1999, when Dr. Carole Meredith, head of Viniculture and Enology at The University of California, Davis, performed DNA testing on the Syrah grape, she proved that it is actually a genetic mix of two different grape varieties: Dureza, a dark-skinned grape, and the Mondeuse Blanche, a white-skinned grape, both hailing from the Northern Rhone Valley in the southeast of France. They found no genetic linkage to Persia.

Syrah was becoming the dominating grape variety in Australia, and it wasn’t long before it became referred to as its name of supposed historical origin, based on the books Busby was publishing in Australia at the time regarding viniculture and winemaking. One likely reason was to differentiate it from the French wines which the grape bears its original geography but differs greatly concerning flavor and body when grown in the Southern Hemisphere.

A major part of this difference is due to Australia’s warm climate. Shiraz wines give way to intensely deep, bold, fruity flavors, quite different from the traditional French Syrah wines which have a much drier and lighter body. This designation has come in handy since Syrah is now grown all over the world. You might find a California winery that produces Syrah and Shiraz. Both grapes are grown and treated differently to express the flavors of the traditional French Syrahs and the more modern Australian styles.

Now, you may be wondering, “What the heck, then, is Petite Sirah?”

Do the Aussies call it “Petite Shiraz?” Why isn’t it called Syrah?

The creator of what those outside of France call Petite Sirah, was a French Nurseryman named Dr. Francoise Durif, who was trying to breed Syrah grapes with the Peloursin variety to create a grape that would be resistant to mildew. What was born was a grape he named after himself: The Durif grape.

While this grape is hardly grown anymore in France, it’s …

4 Excellent Films Commemorating the Battle of Little Big Horn

In honor of June 26, we would like to recommend the following historically “accurate” films: Son of the Morning Star, Little Big Man, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and American Experience’s Emmy award winning documentary Last Stand at Little Big Horn

Between June 25 and 26, 1876, a combined force of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne led the United States 7th Cavalry into a battle near the Little Bighorn River in what was then the eastern edge of the Montana Territory. The engagement is known by several names: the Battle of Greasy Grass, the Battle of Little Big Horn, and Custer’s Last Stand. Perhaps the most famous action of the Indian Wars, it was a remarkable victory for Sitting Bull and his forces. They defeated a column of seven hundred men led by George Armstrong Custer; five of the Seventh’s companies were annihilated and Custer himself was killed in the engagement along with two of his brothers and a brother-in-law. Known as the battle that left no white survivors, Little Big Horn has inspired more than 1,000 works of art, including over 40 films. Here are four of the best…

Son of the Morning Star

Based on the 1984 best selling historical novel by Evan S, Connell, Son of the Morning Star won five Emmys when it first aired in 1991. Focusing on the life and times of General George Armstrong Custer, it takes up Custer’s life near the end of the American Civil War, follows him through his involvement in famous Indian wars, and culminates with the battle of Little Big Horne. I particularly like this version because it attempts to get beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to the real man; it provides an excellent introduction to the personalities involved and the events leading up to and following the battle.

Little Big Man,

The 1970 film Little Big Man, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman, was based on Thomas Berger’s 1964 fictionalized “historical” novel by the same name. Admittedly adjusted history, it tells the satirical, fictional and picaresque story of Jack Crabb; a white boy orphaned in a Pawnee raid and adopted by a Cheyenne warrior, he eventually becomes the only white survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. It is considered a “Revisionist Western” because Native Americans receive a sympathetic treatment that was uncommon for Western films in previous decades. Revisionist or not, I simply adore this wickedly humorous film about one man’s life revolving through the kaleidoscope of cultures that made up the American “Wild” West, and I recommend it with all my heart.

Bury My heart at Wounded Knee,

HBO’s 2007 adaptation of Bury My heart at Wounded Knee, a 1970 classic of Native American history by Dee Alexander Brown, recounts the struggle of the Indian Wars from the perspectives of three people: Charles Eastman, a young Sioux doctor who received his medical degree from Boston University in 1889; Sitting Bull, who led the combined forces at Little Big Horn and refused …