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Marcia Sirota

Author, speaker, coach and MD

Marcia Sirota is an author, speaker, coach and psychiatrist. She's the founder of the Ruthless Compassion Institute, whose mandate is to help people have better relationships, be happier and create good habits.
Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working

Lessons Learned From My Year Of Working Minimally

I'm in great shape, emotionally and physically... I've learned some new tips for balancing all the things that I like to do, and as a result, I'm enjoying my practice in a way that I hadn't been, previously. Taking time away from work has renewed my love for the job and has made me a better therapist, as a result.
06/06/2016 11:28 EDT
5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At

5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At Work

If you're a caring parent, of course you want the best for your children. You think about their future and want them to be happy, healthy and successful in life. You want them to have good relationships when they grow up; meaningful pastimes and success in whatever job or career they eventually choose. When it comes to their future work life, they'll need important guidance from you, their parents.
05/30/2016 11:41 EDT
Chewbacca Mom And The Power Of

Chewbacca Mom And The Power Of Authenticity

The true power of the video and the reason why so many people watched it, was the fact that Candace Payne was able to laugh out loud without an ounce of self-consciousness. Ms. Payne was willing to look silly online, and I think that this ability to be so authentic and free was the real reason why her video got over 140 million views.
05/27/2016 09:57 EDT
Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.
05/19/2016 12:07 EDT
The Ambitious Woman's Guide To Finding

The Ambitious Woman's Guide To Finding Love

The right man for an ambitious woman is the type who is inspired, impressed and excited by her achievements and her goals, and who has interests of his own to share with you. He should be supportive and encouraging and never make you feel guilty about the time and energy you spend at work.
05/13/2016 03:12 EDT
3 Sure-Fire Ways To Permanently Beat Food

3 Sure-Fire Ways To Permanently Beat Food Cravings

There are lots of things that people say about how to overcome food cravings, but I have a sure-fire way that anyone can use, with guaranteed results. There are three steps to overcoming your food cravings, and you'll need to do all three if you want to succeed.
05/11/2016 10:01 EDT
The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.
05/09/2016 09:39 EDT
Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange

Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange Genius

In thinking about what it was that made people love him so much, I came to the conclusion that it was because he was completely and utterly himself. He was always authentic to his vision and unafraid to do things exactly his way. He was someone who was truly free.
05/06/2016 11:09 EDT
17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And

17 Ways To Become Incredibly Creative And Productive

Some people are extremely creative and productive. They're prolific writers, painters and musicians; they're visionary designers, architects and speakers. It's as though they experience no obstacles to producing a constant flow of high-quality work. Some people are just lucky and their productivity comes naturally. The rest of us can learn their secrets and discover, for ourselves, that amazing state of flow.
05/03/2016 11:34 EDT
Our Social Media Addiction Makes Dating Even

Our Social Media Addiction Makes Dating Even Harder

Even if you've been chatting on various dating apps such as Tinder or Zoosk, meeting an actual human being in the flesh is completely different than online banter. The skills that make us good at online communication don't translate into the real world, and "relationships" online can have very little to do with real-life connections.
04/19/2016 12:14 EDT
10 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From

10 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Adversity

Life can be beautiful, but occasionally it can also kick us in the teeth. We can experience loss, disappointment, adversity. Eventually, everyone has to face their fair share of pain. What makes the difference between someone who barely survives these challenges in life, and someone who meets these challenges head-on and thrives?
04/07/2016 01:48 EDT
There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being

There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

The truth is that if you're a people-pleaser, you've been using the people in your life to compensate for something that's been missing within you; you've been focused on getting others to meet a need, rather than on creating real connections. This might explain why you're not as happy as you could be, today.
04/01/2016 04:15 EDT
What We Can All Learn From Rob Ford's

What We Can All Learn From Rob Ford's Passing

To Mr. Ford's loved ones, I offer my deepest condolences. To everyone else, I suggest that we see his story as a cautionary tale about not wasting the wonderful opportunities provided to us in our lives, but rather, facing our own demons head-on so that they never prevent us from fulfilling our great potential.
03/30/2016 01:29 EDT
Do You Know Why You're A

Do You Know Why You're A People-pleaser?

Some people are really, really nice. They're almost never angry but most always pleasant and agreeable, no matter what's going on around them. We all know at least one person like this. Maybe, you're one of them? Maybe you're someone who tries really hard to make others happy; someone who is careful not to do or say anything that might upset anyone; someone who avoids confrontation at all costs. If this sounds like you, then you're probably a People-Pleaser, and there's a reason you ended up that way.
03/22/2016 05:25 EDT
Releasing Your 'Inner Warrior' Combats

Releasing Your 'Inner Warrior' Combats Self-Doubt

Internally, the inner warrior is the part of you that recognizes and rejects any negative self-talk. In the world, the inner warrior looks out for you and identifies who's friendly and who's a potential threat. When you embody this warrior part of the psyche, it enables you to stand up for yourself any time you need to and walk away from a bad situation any time you have to.
03/22/2016 01:34 EDT
To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being

To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being Real

Being too nice is meant to promote harmonious relationships, but in reality, it creates dishonest interactions in which the other person doesn't know the real you and therefore will never be able to respond to your real needs.
03/18/2016 03:32 EDT