Personal Development Carnival – November 5, 2006

Hi everyone, and welcome to the November 1, 2006 edition of the Personal Development Carnival!

To thank you for your participation and recognize the effort you put into writing articles, I have added all of your websites to the Personal Development Sites Search, and thanks to your websites, there is now a total of 48 websites searched!

There were 36 submissions this week. Not sure whether this counts as our new carnival record, but very impressive in any case!

Here are all the submissions:

Peter Kua presents Product innovation: Revisiting the formula of product leaders posted at

Alexandra Levit presents Be Your Company’s Best Ambassador posted at Water Cooler Wisdom.

Jack Yoest presents 6 Reasons Not To Show Up For Your Radio Or TV Appearance posted at Reasoned Audacity, saying, “Woody Allen once said that 80 per cent of success is showing up. And to succeed in business as well as show business: you must show up. Your Business Blogger was observing (and trying to stay out of the way of) a radio and blogger row a few weeks ago at the Family Research Council Briefing. We were lucky — guests and hosts seem to link up with minimal scheduling challenges. But this is becoming somewhat more unusual. Your Business Blogger is seeing a most disturbing trend: Guests who don’t show.”

Steve Olson presents Achieving Greatness posted at Steve Olson.

Travis Wright presents CG Podcast #004 – Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success Podcast Series #03/16 – Self Confidence posted at Cultivate Greatness, saying, “This is Lesson 3 – Self-Confidence in the Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success Podcast Series from | Personal Development Blog”

David Thomas presents Blinded by Ideas posted at GlitteringMuse, saying, “Skills learned from the Alexander Technique can improve mental as well as physical attitude.”

Kate Hudson presents What Society Teaches Us posted at Kate Hudson’s Blog.

Alexander Becker presents WOW: The Pareto Principle vs. the Necessity of the Unnecessary posted at WOW, saying, “Comparison determines quality.”

Amit presents The Driving ‘Ologies Part 3 – Universal Sat Nav! posted at Amit, saying, “Never get lost with your Universal Sat Nav!”

Wenchypoo presents The College Conundrum (L-O-N-G) posted at Mental Wastebasket.

isabella mori presents falling down – weakness and strength posted at change therapy, saying, “thanks for doing this!”

Steve presents The Human Puzzle posted at Poetic Pilgrimage.

Daniel Brenton presents A Lesson from the Devil posted at The Meaning of Existence (and all that): The Odd Little Universe of Daniel Brenton, saying, “Lyman — Thank you for the opportunity of submitting to your Personal Development Carnival. I went though a very harsh time in my life in my early twenties, and during this time I learned some very valuable things in probably the hardest ways I could. But, as they say, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” During this time I learned a very important secret from one of the most evil people I’ve ever met, and I share this secret in “A Lesson from the Devil.” Hope you enjoy it. Again, thanks. Daniel”

Joseph presents How to attain success posted at help with everything.

Manny presents Success Methodologies: Obsession posted at Success Books, saying, “Obsession is good for the soul (and perhaps underrated).”

Conan Stevens presents A Practical Guide To Success And Personal Development » Blog Archive » How To Ask The Right Question To Get The Right Answer posted at Conan Stevens – successful at many things talking about life, saying, “Often people get ‘stuck’ in their lives and don’t know how to get out – the first thing is to set yourself the right questions to ask before you can find an answer”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Contending With Time posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog, saying, “Self-help humor about time management”

John Hill presents Setting Your Intentions posted at Universe Of Success.

Asher Lewis presents Rid Yourself of Procrastination Goblins Once and for All posted at, saying, “”Like a spooky creak in the attic, once you identify the source, you will no longer be frozen in fear, and will begin to see procrastination for what it really is … “”

Chris presents Thoughts on Being Funny posted at How to be Cooler.

Raymond David Salas presents Jason Winters Tea posted at – Power Tools for Mind, Body, and Soul.

Andy presents Don’t Act Like A Victim (Even If You Are) posted at – Get Your Think On, saying, “Overcoming difficult circumstances when you aren’t to blame.”

Bill Perry presents How to quit your job and never look back posted at Financial Freedom Library.

Shamelle presents Enhance Life: 7 Ways – How NOT to annoy people posted at Enhance Life.

Erek Ostrowski presents The One Way Street posted at Verve Coaching.

Henrik Edberg presents 18 ways to improve your body language posted at Henrik Edberg.

Steve Peters presents How To Improve Anything You Do posted at Steves Goal.

Travis Farnes presents I don’t do jobs! Be an avid job avoider. posted at Self Improvement with Travis Farnes.

Patricia presents 4 Steps To Make It Happen, Every Time posted at Patricia.

Erich Jaeckel presents How to Read People – Part 1 of 3 posted at LifeTraining – Online.

Jerry Lopper presents If You’re Serious About Growth Get a Coach posted at Purposeful Growth.

Nneka presents Something’s Calling Me posted at Balanced Life Center, saying, “Gleb, thanks for hosting this week.” You’re always welcome, Nneka!

David Maister presents Squeezing the Stress Sponge posted at Passion, People and Principles.

Rick Cockrum presents Why We Sleep (Part III) posted at Shards of Consciousness, saying, “This is the third article in a three part series on why we sleep and how to get the most out of sleep.”

Rheanni Lightwater presents Sacred Cow Tipping – Making a Difference posted at Intuitive Learning Circle Blog, saying, “An online consciousness raising game perfect for empowerment and getting out the vote.”

Vishal P. Rao presents Your Greatest Source of Strength – Yourself! posted at Relishing Life.

Thank you for your participation! Submit your blog article to the next edition of Personal Development Carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

As for the next edition of this carnival, it is going to be hosted by Lyman Reed at his Creating a Better Life blog.

For Those Who Wonder Where I am

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting anything lately, and since it really isn’t in my nature to keep my readers unaware of what’s going on, I thought I’d share with you some details.


First of all, I’m really busy at work. I’ve approached the implementation phase of a big project – something I’ve been working on for the past half a year. I’ll be working on this project till the end of this month, and it requires my full attention and involves working some weekends, so I doubt I’ll be posting frequently during this period. I plan to post at least 2 new articles a week though, so I’m not going to disappear. :)


Secondly, I’m in the middle of yet another transformation – this time I’m going to try and do (practically) nothing computer-based during my evenings (that’s the usual time for my writing), and instead concentrate on getting to bed earlier in order to wake up even earlier than usual. I’m doing this for many reasons, but here are the main ones:



  • More family time. I really need this, and find it incredibly pleasant and rewarding to spend even 5 minutes with our lovely daughter. Last week she had learned to call me “papa”, so you can imagine how excited I am! :)
  • Rest from computers. I’m so busy at work that I constantly skip lunches and occasionally work late. This will stop, but only after I’m finished with my project. And so, I really don’t want to hurt my eyes by working at home through my evenings and nights. I need some rest.
  • Gym. I’ve started going to my local gym in the evenings, which presses me for even more time. I like the timing – swimming and other activities give me the energy boost I need for the rest of my evening, and so I intend to keep this habit.
  • Reading. It all looks like a perfect opportunity to concentrate more on my reading. I’ve got a few books on personal development which I want to read, and increasing my daily reading time is bound to help the situation

Thirdly, I’m currently planning the next year of Personal Development Ideas project. This website will be 1 year old in just a few months, and I’m willing to spend time and work harder now to have something really big and exciting for you by that time. As I said previously, do let me know if you have any wishes or ideas regarding this project! Your opinion is really important for me, and so if you feel like I should be focusing on a certain direction which I haven’t covered so far, please let me know.

Now, the good thing is that none of the above is going to keep me from making progress in technical rework of this project.

This means that I will keep working on the following things this month:


  • New website design. There is a lot of room for improvement as you can see, from both design and usability point of view. As always, I’m working with my visitors experiences in mind, and will do what I can to make it easier for you to find and access all the information.
  • New structure for categories/feeds. There are too many categories at the moment, an so I hope to combine them into 3-5 bigger ones, which will all come equipped with their own feeds, so if some of you are interested in articles on motivation, you will get a chance to read only relevant posts of mine.
  • PDF digest of all the articles so far. In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve quietly finsihed going through all my older articles, making their content easier to skim through by splitting paragraphs and putting lists in. Next stage of this rework is to compile all the content into a PDF which will be easy to print and read.
  • Personal Development Sites Search – it has proved to be rather popular, and I would love to expand this section of the site. I will re-work this section to include a list of all the sites we currently search, and probably make submission of your own site a little easier.

Almost done! The only thing left is to remind you that I am hosting this week’s Personal Development carnival, and you still have time to submit your article for it. To thank everyone for their participation and recognize the effort they put into writing articles, I will go through the list of submissions and will add every single site submitted to the Personal Development Sites Search.