Carnival Of Personal Development: April Fool’s Edition

Welcome to the March 30, 2009 edition of carnival of personal development.

The Carnival has finally made it back to it’s home here at Insight Writer. I must say I am excited to have it back. It has been about 4 months since it started and has been really successful. Not only do we constantly get upwards of 100 submissions each week, we have been one of the featured carnivals on the front page of And, we will be featured again on April 2nd. As far as I know, no other carnival has been featured twice yet so it is a special privilege.

With all that being said I want to thank everyone, and especially our hosts for the past 4 months for making this happen. It wouldn’t happen without you. Now on to my editor’s picks.

Editor’s Picks

Mark Foo presents Personal Development Blog | The Power Of Feedback – The Big Dreamer posted at The Big Dreamer. – Mark has recently come into the personal development blogger scene and he has a lot to offer. He has already written a guest post here at Insight Writer that was well received and here he has another great article about the power of feedback.

Anna Farmery presents 10 Reasons Why Your Relationship with You Matters posted at The Engaging Brand. – Anna’s post here is short and sweet, but very powerful and to the point. This could be a good little thing to print out and hang on your bathroom mirror or refridgerator so you can see it everyday.

Abigail Perry presents Are we too optimistic? posted at i pick up pennies, saying, “When we always think the future holds better things, we may be crippling our long-term savings plan” – Abigail’s post will really get you thinking. Most of us are optimists, but sometime a little pessimism can pay off.

Mike King presents 8 Steps for Acting on Inspiration posted at Learn This. – I’ve known Mike since I started blogging and this post is one of his better ones. Inspiration comes and goes, so make sure to read Mike’s article and learn to act on it!

Robin Birch presents How To Find Happiness posted at Let’s Live Forever!, saying, “The things that make other people happy won’t necessarily make us happy – we have to learn to follow out own inner guidance to have a satisfying life.” – Ahhhh, finding happiness. Sometimes we have it and sometimes it proves quite elusive. Robin gives us some food for thought by talking about how we need to follow our intuition to find happiness.

Onto the rest of the carnival…

Don’t forget to start submitting your articles for the next carnival using the link at the bottom!

Personal Development

Relax presents Knowledge can become your enemy if you are not careful (The Curse of Knowledge) posted at The Wise Curve, saying, “Common sense tells us that knowledge brings power. But do you know that knowing too much might do you harm?”

Marcus Smith presents Knowledge Murders Nervousness posted at

Ricky Wijaya presents Simple Steps to Make Cheerful Day posted at Chapters of My life, saying, “Simple steps to make a joyful and cheerful day”

Michael Miles presents Let your subconscious do the work posted at Effortless Abundance.

Woman Divorce Support presents Divorce Advice for Women: Help with Support and Recovery at Woman Divorce Support posted at Divorce Advice, saying, “Help for divorcees.”

Robin Birch presents How To Find Happiness posted at Let’s Live Forever!, saying, “The things that make other people happy won’t necessarily make us happy – we have to learn to follow out own inner guidance to have a satisfying life.”

Jim DeSantis presents Have Fun Unleashing Your Latent Creativity posted at Unleashing Creativity at On Line Tribune, saying, “You have some great ideas. You toss them around in your mind. You tell friends about them. They go nowhere. Why? They go nowhere because of what your friends said or because you have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. And, you, of course, couldn’t be one of that select group. That is not true at all.”

PicktheBrain presents 5 Fascinating Video Lectures from Academic Earth posted at Universities and Colleges.

Mike King presents 8 Steps for Acting on Inspiration posted at Learn This.

Burak Bilgin presents Realize Your Vision posted at Distiller’s Corner, saying, “A vision is an ultimate goal, an idea that is worth devoting your life to. We don’t need a reason to live, but living without a vision, without a purpose is nothing but a bare existence.”

Nate Desmond presents 5 Ways to Waste Study Time posted at Debt-free Scholar.

Fred Black presents Thermodynamics, Proverbs, and the Law of Attraction! posted at Fred Black: Internet Business Blog..

vsocorp presents 5 Steps for Creating of Successful Business by VSO Corp posted at VSO Corp: Logica Uspeha, usluga razvitie internet portal., saying, “VSO Corp is a business resource, where you can find a large amount of helpful information for: 1) creation profitable, effective, successful business from nothing; 2) growing of yours business; 3) maintaince of yours project. As well here there is info about such topics: usluga, razvitie, internet-portal of partnership, logica, strateg, uspeh.”

Relax presents The art of taking risk posted at The Wise Curve, saying, “mastering the art of taking risk will bring you one step closer to success in your career, study, relationship, investment, and many more areas in your life.”

Juliet Chase presents Love yourself because of (not in spite of) your imperfections posted at 7 Green Stairs.

endtorture presents Instant Problem Solving Strategies Anyone Can Use posted at EndTorture, saying, “A person can find various strategies in solving problems either if it’s something personal of it has to do with something that involves business intentions. Actually there are several ways that are being offered in looking into solving problems the easier way, probably the public library or online as well. If you are interested in knowing more about obtaining such techniques in an instant you can go through this article for further information.”

Kevin Ngo presents How to Change Your Focus posted at Motivational Blog, saying, “The ability to control your focus is the ability to control your fate and change your life.”

Mark Foo presents Personal Development Blog | The Power Of Feedback – The Big Dreamer posted at The Big Dreamer.

Burak Bilgin presents 3 Achievement Strategies posted at Distiller’s Corner, saying, “three strategies that will empower you to achieve your goals, and realize your vision.”

Amit presents 7 Steps to Help You Meet Deadlines – TimeBoxing in Different Perspective posted at Mystic Madness, saying, “A well researched through posting.”

Caterina Christakos presents Experience Self Hypnosis with This Video posted at Trance You Out.

Anna Farmery presents 10 Reasons Why Your Relationship with You Matters posted at The Engaging Brand.

Warren presents How to be Lucky posted at, saying, “Some people have all the luck… or so it seems. In reality, lucky people just think and act in different ways. This article explains what those ways are, and how you can use them to become luckier.”

Marelisa Fabrega presents Tutorial: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) posted at Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online.

Nicholas Powiull presents How to Access the Other 90% of the Brains Potential posted at Conscious Flex, saying, “The mind is part of the brain was developed shortly after language was discovered (brain and mind are just concepts I am using, in order to simplify the context in this article). The mind has a four fold process to it:”

Astrid Lee presents Earth Day 2009 posted at World Healing, saying, “It is only about time that we are realizing that we have to cherish our planet with our every action. Let is be soon. April 22, Earth Day, is a day to help raise awareness of you simply can do. I find that by raising my awareness in one area of my life, the other areas are almost automatically getting a lift also, as it is human nature to want to live in balance. So it does not matter where you begin, as long as you start… to care for the planet.”

Brad Trnavsky presents SMART Goals and You posted at Sales Management 2.0 Podcast, saying, “The key to achieving whatever you want in your career, business or life is to set goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. How can you use these five qualities to create goals that will accelerate your sales efforts? Once your goals are set, how can you stay motivated to see them through to completion?This article will answer all of these questions and more in a method that is inspiring and entertaining.”

Alvaro Fernandez presents Change Your Environment, Change Yourself posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution, saying, “Trading expert Brett Steenbarger’s Lesson #4: “When you act as your own trading coach, your challenge is to stay fully conscious, alert to risk and opportunity. One of your greatest threats will be the autopilot mode in which you act without thinking, without full awareness of your situation. If you shift your trading environment, you push yourself to adapt to new situations: you break routines.””

Ben Dinsmore presents Be A Better Employee (or Boss): The #1 Element in Effective Performance Appraisals posted at Trees Full of Money, saying, “Don’t wait until your next performance evaluation to get feedback on your ob performance. Here’s how to make meaningful improvements in your job performance now.”

Personal Finance

Silver Investor presents Why I’m Piling Into Silver posted at Gold Investing Info, saying, “Given the prospects of stagflation, buying silver is looking like a good investment option.”

nickel presents How to Save Money on Health Insurance posted at

Jay Green presents Remote Computer Maintenance: RCM posted at Remote Computer Maintenance, saying, “Save Money”

Nate Desmond presents 7 Ways to Save Money on College Transportation posted at Clever Dude.

FIRE Getters presents Early Retirement Case Study – Sandy Aldridge and Dale Lugenbehl posted at FIRE Finance.

ishanbansal presents 10 Tips to Reduce Car Expenses posted at Save Few Bucks, saying, “Expenses on your car are one of the biggest drain on your wallet. We sometimes do not realize the complete impact of these. However, if you try to add up the all the expenses that we have to do on our car every year (including insurance, gas, any repairs, state inspection etc.), you will be really amazed with the amount. So, I decided to write this article about some Money Saving Tips to reduce Car Expenses.”

The Investor presents The number one money maker for 99 per cent of people posted at, saying, “Don’t forget your salary when looking for ways to get a financial edge.”

Bank Champ presents High Yield Reward Checking Accounts posted at Bank Champ.

ifvat presents Junk Silver Coins – How to Purchase Silver Bullion Under Spot | posted at ifvat, saying, “I’m going to tell you about a certain type of coins that you can purchase under the spot price of silver.”

retirehappy presents You Can’t Borrow From An IRA posted at My Retirement Blog.

Bohden James presents 8 Easy Ways To Save Money Right Now posted at Easy Ways To Save Money, saying, “Take control of your personal finances and do it today. If you aren’t watching after your money than nobody is but the cash registers and in todays market that’s just foolish. Find 8 super simple and easy ways for you to put that money back in your pocket for the better today!”

Ben Dinsmore presents Motivation and Your Financial Plan posted at Trees Full of Money, saying, “If you think about it, starting a budget is really no different than starting a new diet and exercise routine. How many of us have started off on a new “health kick” with enthusiasm and passion using better health and appearance as our inspiration? We eat right, exercise religiously, and vow never again to go back to our gluttonous habits.”

jim presents Five Money Saving Bank Hacks posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Abigail Perry presents Are we too optimistic? posted at i pick up pennies, saying, “When we always think the future holds better things, we may be crippling our long-term savings plan”

Erika presents Dominican Republic Travel Guide posted at Visiting Spanish Speaking Countries, saying, “Although you may not have heard much about it, the Dominican Republic is a lively place to go on your vacation”

etrades presents Why Buy Silver Bullion? posted at eTrades, saying, “Buying Silver Bullion is becoming hugely popular. At present, silver is relatively cheap if you compare it to the cost of gold. With it’s lower price, the vast majority of people can afford to buy greater quantities of it. If you compare it to gold, your average person may be able to afford 1 ounce whereas the same person purchasing silver could buy many more times that amount.”

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best Online Stock Brokers For Cheap Stock Trades posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Here’s a review of my favorite top brokerages that have some of the lowest transaction fees around.”

Pinyo presents Why A Financial Education Should Not Be Postponed posted at Moolanomy.

The Smarter Wallet presents 10 Personal Financial Tools and Sites To Help With Your Finances posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Thanks!”

Personal Health

Pregnancy Hut presents How to Exercise Safely During Your Pregnancy posted at Pregnancy Calendar, saying, “Some ideas for exercising safely during pregnancy.”

thebarefootbadger presents Finding Time for Exercise and Play posted at The Barefoot Badger, saying, “When life gets busy, exercise can be the first thing we cut out of our schedule. But that’s a really bad idea, and here’s why.”

Mesquite Pete presents Some Effective Mosquito Control Products posted at Mosquito Help, saying, “Some products to rid your place of mosquitoes.”

FitJerk presents Mercury In Tuna – Making It Safer To Eat posted at FlawlessFitness, saying, “Tuna is the ultimate meat when it comes to inexpensive protein, but there is a problem in the meat that needs to be addressed before you consume it.”

Jayadev R presents Vegetarianism! A new vogue or something that could liberate you? posted at SingerJai.

Carole Fogarty presents Boost Your Energy Now: posted at THE HEALTHY LIVING LOUNGE, saying, “Low energy, exhaustion and fatigue are at epidemic levels. Now is not the time to suck it in, grit your teeth, clench your fists and press on. Get wise and stop or dramatically reduce all unnecessary energy drains. It’s time to get clever and start rebuilding your personal energy levels now.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of personal development using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Technorati tags: , .

4 thoughts on “Carnival Of Personal Development: April Fool’s Edition”

  1. Hi there Jeremy – thanks so much for doing this (and I am most honoured to be an Editor’s Pick!)

    The carnival must be a lot of work, and it is doing so well – a big congratulations is in order!

    Cheers – Robin

    Robin’s last blog post..What If? The Movie, A Review

Comments are closed.