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This Girl Can. The art of before-and-after pictures. 3 March 2015Last updated at 03:44 ET Magazine Monitor A collection of cultural artefacts Before-and-after adverts, showing pictures of people who have lost weight or become fitter, feature in thousands of magazines. But how reliable are they, asks Justin Parkinson. Wow, what a transformation. Two volunteers go from looking pale and unfit to tanned, toned and dynamic. Before and after photos show the benefits of a change in lifestyle - eating better, exercising more and, in many cases, taking dietary supplements to help the process along. So how long did it take for the man and woman on the left to turn into those on the right? Just under two hours. They volunteered for photos taken as part of BBC Wales's Week In Week Out's investigation into sports supplements. How to create the "Before and After" effect "I was amazed when I first saw the difference," says Joe, the male volunteer, who also had his chest shaved for the shoot.

Physical self-improvement is a long-established business. Inspiring Motivational Video: Cross the Line® (schools) Famous Failures. Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives. “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve,” Debbie Millman counseled in one of the best commencement speeches ever given, urging: “Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities…” Far from Pollyanna platitude, this advice actually reflects what modern psychology knows about how belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior and predict our success.

Much of that understanding stems from the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, synthesized in her remarkably insightful Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (public library) — an inquiry into the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of our lives. One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality. Disruptive behaviour damaging pupils' life chances - Ofsted. Cannabis Effects. Best New Year Resolutions: Top 50 promises revealed for 2014. It's nearly that time of year again where you can turn over a new leaf, start from scratch, or just try and be a little bit better in 2014. Millions of people all over the country will be making New Year's resolutions, but just what is the most popular choice in the UK?

A study on behalf of ecigarette.co.uk found that almost all of us are planning to do something differently next year. Whether that's learning to bake cakes like Mary Berry, sweat yourself a Beyonce-like body in the gym, or simply not straying onto Facebook so often, people want to make a change. The site asked 500 customers what changes they would like to make next year and have now published a list of the 50 most popular vows. But as well as the usual resolutions such as eating better, getting more exercise and giving up smoking, many people have more ambitious goals, such as learning a new language or even breaking a world record.

"There are many people who are planning to make such changes right now. The Top 50 in full: Creative Thinking Activities and Games. DEADLINE post-it stop motion. GCSE Results can play a big part in your Graduate Job Search. When you’re 15 or 16 and you’re sitting your GCSE exams, you probably won’t have a care in the world. Fast forward six years or so and you’ll be going through one of the most stressful periods of your life trying to seek employment as a graduate. Lots of graduates don’t realise it but GCSE results can play a big role in your ability to land a job as a graduate – especially those results in subjects such as Maths, English and Science. Typically employers require candidates to have grades of A*-C at GCSE level in various subjects – although these requirements do vary from company to company. If your current set of GCSE results are within these parameters you probably don’t need to worry about re-sitting them.

If your GCSE results are outside of these parameters, they could be holding you back. Many employers don’t even accept applications for graduate positions if a candidate’s grades are lower than a C. Why do they matter? What can be done about it? "Does your Graduate CV Suck? " Why the Best Success Stories Often Begin With Failure | Ideas & Innovations.

When bands fall off cliffs. In March 2005, Kaiser Chiefs released their first album, Employment. It had been preceded by a single, Oh My God, which had reached No 6 and was, in 2007, covered by Mark Ronson and Lily Allen on Ronson's debut album, Version. NME ranked it the 36th "greatest indie anthem ever", a decision that had presumably at one point not sounded quite so much like damning with the very faintest of praise. Another single, I Predict a Riot, followed the album's release and soon became the band's anthem. They won an Ivor Novello award for best album in 2006, and three Brit awards the same year (for best British band, best rock act and best new artist). "It's odd to think of 800,000 sales, or even 200,000, as failure," says one industry insider who asked to remain anonymous, "but Kaiser Chiefs' sales numbers marked them out as a band in a downward spiral, and that's very, very hard to get out of.

Take another case. And go wrong it does. What does it feel like to experience that level of desertion? School summer holidays: Keep kids active and stay in pocket - Spend & Save - Money. OECD jobs fear for unqualified youth. 25 June 2013Last updated at 10:13 ET By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent There are calls to make sure that young people have the skills for work The poorly educated are paying the highest price for the financial crisis, says the OECD's education adviser, Andreas Schleicher. Youngsters without qualifications now face a shrinking chance of getting jobs, according to the economic think tank's annual review of education. For the UK, the OECD warns of the "significant" numbers of youngsters outside of education, work or training.

This is the "biggest challenge" for the UK, says Mr Schleicher. According to the OECD's figures for 2011, people aged between 15 and 29 in the UK spend on average 2.3 years unemployed, compared with 1.7 years in Germany and 1.1 years in the Netherlands. The report warns that too many youngsters in the UK drop out of education and are left without skills needed to get jobs. Widening gap The levels of obesity fall with increased levels of education Smoke signals. A Pep Talk from Kid President to You. Quotes: Nelson Mandela. By Alistair Boddy-Evans Updated February 09, 2017. "We are not anti-white, we are against white supremacy … we have condemned racialism no matter by whom it is professed.

"Nelson Mandela, defence statement during the Treason Trial, 1961. "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another…"Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994. "We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without and fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world. "Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994. "Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.

Continue reading below our video. South Africa under apartheid for lesson one. Why Success Breeds Success | RyanCoelho.com. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hey there, if you like what you've read, subscribe below to have future posts sent straight to your inbox! <div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> Have you ever wondered why successful keep becoming more successful and unsuccessful people keep struggling?

Is it just a matter of luck? Well as you’re about to see it has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with choice! Dictionary.com defines success as the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals. In a similar light we can define failure as the opposite of this notion, so failure is not getting what you want. Now every action we take in life in connected to a consequence… i.e. there is a result to our action.

Digg. 11 must-see TED Talks | Playlist | TED.com. The art of really effective revision. Revision is only revision if it involves something you have already learned. Otherwise, it is reparation and regret. Even if you are trying to revise something you never learned in the first place, make sure you understand what you should know.

This means checking what exams you have, when and where they are taking place, and what the syllabus is. Next, make a revision timetable. Don't get carried away with colour coding. Remember that cramming non-stop for 12 hours a day is likely to leave you so overwhelmed by information that you will struggle to recall your name by the time you face your first exam paper.

Combining relaxation with revision is also a bad idea. Nor will having a TV dramatisation on in the background help you pass an English literature exam. Instead, try a change of scene. Armed with the right notes in the right place at the right timetabled hour, you need to think about how you are going to go about remembering them. For this, staring is not enough. So let's recap. Inspiring speeches. Top 20 Fun Christmas Facts Around the World. Be prepared for an astonishing mix of ancient history and modern life encapsulated in Rome, Italy. From The Spanish Steps to the swish bars in the center, from the Pantheon to the restaurants in Trastevere, Rome attracts millions of tourists looking for a taste of historical monuments, art galleries and culinary delights. Walking through the Roman Forum, up to the Arch of Constantine and the Roman Coliseum, one can imagine daily life in the Roman Empire (with a little help from a savvy tourist guide!)

A fascinating metropolis smaller than most of its counterparts, Rome is the capital of La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) immortalized by Anita Ekberg in Federico Fellini's film of the same name in which the Trevi Fountain gained world-wide fame. No visit to Rome would be complete without a tour of The Vatican City and its museums especially for the Angels and Demons fans among you, no doubt in search of the four famous churches so vividly brought to life by Dan Brown.