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As a teacher of English I’ve come to realize many of Life's Failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up and stopped believing in themselves. It gives me great pleasure teaching people and making them realize how intelligent they are and can become.


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is a good education?
  2. When does education begin?
  3. What do you remember about your teachers? Who was your favorite teacher? Did you have any teachers you didn't like?
  4. Do you still stay in touch with your teachers?
  5. Do you know anyone who attended a private school? Do private schools offer higher quality education or are they just prestigious?

Intelligence (revised)

  1. What is intelligence?
  2. What makes a person intelligent?
  3. Should a person read a lot to be intelligent?
  4. Do you need higher education to be intelligent?
  5. Should an intelligent person have high morality?
  6. Is being intelligent means being able to think critically?
  7. Does intelligence make people more attractive?
  8. Who is the most intelligent person around your way?
  9. Who is the most intelligent person among famous people? Why do you think so?

Teenagers: Why do they rebel? (revised)

Teenagers say what REALLY annoys them about their mothers

Singing in the car, trying to be one of the gang and Facebook friend requests: Teenagers give their (toe-curling) views on what REALLY annoys them about their mothers

  • Joe Lawrence, 17, from London, is sick of his mother Julia singing in the car
  • Olivia Becci, 17, from London, wants her mother Anna-Maria to stop trying to be one of the girl gang when her friends come over to her house 
  • Seth Daker, 18, from Ripponden, West Yorkshire, wants his mother Nicky to stop sending him friend requests on social media including Facebook and Twitter

5 Things Successful People Never Do


There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Junk Food Ban

Talking Points

Speaking multiple languages can give you multiple personalities


The idea that language affects the way we look at the world is hardly new. But could your personality actually change depending on which language you're speaking? That's the idea put forward by a new psychological study.

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

Reading: Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

Is envy eating us alive?


Is Envy Eating Us alive?

Have you ever been in the situation of seeing someone you perceive as an equal succeed beyond their – and your – wildest dreams? Have you ever struggled to understand how they did it, given that they are, according to you, no more talented or skilled than you? If the answer to these questions is yes, you have likely struggled with the painful feeling of envy.

The Problem of Choice


Should Governments Nudge Us to Make Good Choices?

Our decisions are constantly shaped by subtle changes in our environment. Even choices that feel deliberate and conscious can be swayed by cues that we may not even notice, such as social norms or the setting of a default option. Behavioral scientists use the phrase “choice architecture” to describe the ways in which the environment influences how we decide.

Mood, Feelings and Emotion

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you express how you feel or do you keep it in?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What is one of your happiest memories?
  4. Can money buy you happiness?
  5. Do you like to watch comedies?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you interested in the world of business?
  2. Do you think you have a good head for business?
  3. What kind of business would you like to start?
  4. Do you think anyone can start their own business?


Questions for discussion:

  1. How important are books to you?
  2. What would life be like without books?
  3. What kinds of books do you like?
  4. Do you prefer paperbacks or hardbacks?
  5. If you wrote a book, what would you write about?


Questions for discussion:

  1. Have you ever been discriminated against?
  2. Why do people discriminate?
  3. Is discriminating against a certain group of people ever justified? (e.g. pedophiles)
  4. How do people fight discrimination? What could you do to reduce discrimination?
  5. Why do we treat people differently?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is pride?
  2. Are you proud of your country?
  3. Do you feel more pride in yourself or in others?
  4. Are you proud of your heritage?
  5. Do you think you were always a source of great pride for your parents?


Questions for discussion:

  1. What is marketing?
  2. What’s the best marketing campaign you know of?
  3. What marketing tactics do you think are very successful?
  4. What’s the difference between marketing and advertising?
  5. How has the Internet changed marketing?

Obesity and Diet

1.​ What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘obesity’?

2.​ Can you explain the difference between a diet, diet and to diet?

3.​ Have you ever been on a diet?

4.​ Which is worse, obesity or anorexia?

5.​ Should schools ban junk food to fight obesity?

6.​ Do you think obesity will be more of a problem in the future?

7.​ Do you think there are any drugs that can reduce obesity?

8.​ Do you see nay relationship between obesity and video games?


1.​ What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘drugs’?

2.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

3.​ Why are some drugs more addicting than others?

4.​ What happens in the brain of a person that causes addiction?

5.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

6.​ Have you ever used illegal drugs?

7.​ Are there strong laws in your country to prevent the use of drug

Child Abuse

True Stories from young people

I hated to see mum get hurt . . .'

My mum met my step-dad when I was five. After he came into our lives, things changed. At times he could be ok, take us out as a family and stuff, but at other times he'd get into these nasty moods.

When he was in a mood and going at mum, I used to get between them, even though they both would yell at me to go to my room. Sometimes I got hit by him if I got in the way, but I hated to see mum get hurt.

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

Single Parents, Part II


Over the past 20 years single-parent families have become even more common than the so-called "nuclear family" consisting of a mother, father and children. Today we see all sorts of single parent families: headed by mothers, headed by fathers, headed by a grandparent raising their grandchildren.

Do alcohol and pot really make you more creative? It depends

Creative artists have used mind-altering substances from time immemorial. The first evidence of fermented beverages was found in a 9000-year-old archaeological site in China, alongside some of the oldest intact musical instruments. Naturally.

In modern times, it's hard to imagine American culture without booze and pot — from Louis Armstrong, a prolific marijuana smoker, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, heroic drinkers both. But how do alcohol and pot actually affect the creative mind? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Are we headed for a collapse of civilazation?

NASA-funded study warns of ‘collapse of civilization’ in coming decades

‘Business as usual’ approach of economic elite will lead society to disaster, scientists warn

Modern civilization is heading for collapse within a matter of decades because of growing economic instability and pressure on the planet’s resources, according to a scientific study funded by NASA.

7 ways to quickly become a master at anything

There's a right way to learn. Want to be more successful? Actually that's not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the "10,000 hour rule" is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn. Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way. So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:

Teenagers: Why Do They Rebel?

Driving fast, breaking curfew, arguing, shoplifting. Teenagers can push your patience, but unfortunately, some kids go as far as blatantly flouting rules or breaking the law, often with tragic results. What's with this rebellious streak? How can parents funnel it into less risky business?

Do you complain too much? Or not enough?


It started out innocently. I was attending brunch at a friend's house. The aroma of bacon and coffee wafted through the air; our infants napped contentedly. But before long, our chatting turned into moaning and groaning. One friend began complaining about her mother-in-law's behavior at a recent dinner. Another kvetched about his brother's out-of-control toddler. Yet another deplored her boss's ineptitude. Soon I was bad-mouthing my own mother, who had just visited. One small complaint had snowballed into an avalanche of dissatisfaction.

Willpower and Self Discipline

Willpower Definitions:

  • The ability to control or reject unnecessary or harmful impulses.
  • the ability to arrive at a decision and follow it with perseverance, until its successful accomplishment.
  • It is the inner strength that enables you to refuse to indulge in unnecessary and useless habits.
  • It is inner power that enables you to overcome inner and external resistance and obstacles.
  • It is the antidote to laziness and procrastination.


1. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)
Edison filed over 1,000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.



No matter what line of work you’re in, chances are the daily grind of schlepping to work (even if it’s just down the hall) and toiling away in an open office to do a job that doesn’t exactly tickle your fancy every day is enough to stifle your more creative urges.


Questions for discussion:

  1. Is unemployment a great problem where you live now?
  2. Do you know people who have lost their jobs recently?
  3. What do you think the role of the government is in regulating the unemployment situation in this country?
  4. How should the government help people who have lost their jobs?
  5. Describe an employee whom the employer will never fire.
  6. When is the best time for a person to start looking for a job?

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