Making small changes to achieve extraordinary results

first_imgWhat would happen to your life if you gave everything just 5% more effort?Michael Alden, author of 5% MORE: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results, says it transforms everything. Success is often the result of applying just a little bit more effort.It’s not always a massive effort, a radical change, or an overhaul. Often it’s just changing at the margin that makes all the difference.I recently had the opportunity to ask Michael about his research and new book. Michael Alden is the founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing and a recipient of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2016 Future 50 Award.What made you decide to research the concept of 5%?After the publication of my first book, Ask More, Get More, I received some fantastic feedback and accolades.  But as I continued to speak with people about achieving their goals, I found that many of them wanted more.  Despite all of the time and money they put into “personal development,” they were not where they wanted to be.  I wondered, why are so many people stuck?  Is there something that the average, everyday person can do to get ahead?  And is it something that is truly achievable, something that doesn’t cost money, something that yields real tangible results? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Cricket News ‘He’ll hit you for a six, he’ll babysit your kids’ – Bharat Army song on Rishabh Pant goes viral

first_imgNew Delhi: Rishabh Pant shattered plenty of records on day 2 of the Sydney Test against Australia. His 159* made him the first Indian keeper to hit a 150+ score in an overseas Test while he became the first keeper from India to hit a Test century in Australia. Pant’s aggressive batting has already enhanced his reputation on the tour where he has been solid behind the wickets. He picked up 11 catches in Adelaide which is the joint-most for most catches in a Test match while he has shattered the record for most catches by an Indian keeper in a bilateral overseas Test series. Add to that, his chatter behind the wickets has taken the internet by storm. His performances have gotten so much attention that he was made part of a new anthem which made the rounds at the Sydney Cricket Ground on day 2.The Bharat Army, the unofficial fan group of the Indian cricket team, belted out a fan song which went viral on social media. It was dedicated to Pant and his art of baby-sitting. These were the lyrics with the video belowWe’ve got PantRishab PantI just don’t think you’ll understand He’ll hit you for a sixHe’ll babysit your kids We’ve got Rishab PantThe baby-sitting reference is a hilarious dig on Tim Paine, the Australian cricket team skipper, who sledged Pant during the Melbourne Test. Paine offered his opinion about the selection of India’s ODI team which included MS Dhoni and the skipper said, “Now that Big MS back in the ODI squad, maybe he could play for the Hobart Hurricanes. Beautiful city rent a nice waterfront place. Do you babysit? I’ll take my wife to the movies one night and you can babysit,” Paine said in an epic way.Read More | Pant shatters a record, adds to his legendary status as ace sledgerIn response, Paine’s wife Bonnie put up a picture on her Instagram account which had Pant ‘babysitting’ the captain’s son during an event at Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s residence. The Indian wicketkeeper showed that he is good with babies, something that got the appreciation from none other than Paine’s wife.Read More | When Rishabh Pant turned ‘baby sitter’ for Tim Paine’s kidsPant has been fabulous with his sledges behind the wicket. In Adelaide, Pant sledged Usman Khawaja when he said, “Not everyone is like Pujara here”. On the final day, Pat Cummins was on the receiving end when Pant said, “Come on Patty, we need some sixes now”. His stump mic compilation took Twitter by storm and it has only increased since. In Melbourne, Pant tore into Paine in an epic way, “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank? You don’t need anything to get him out, boy. He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do, boy! Only, talking, talking!”The Delhi keeper’s sledge behind the wickets has given India the ultimate boost in their mind games against the Australian side who are low on confidence and are hurtling towards their first-ever series loss at home against India. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Justin Upton delivers walk-off win to end Angels’ 4-game losing streak

first_img“Every day is a grind,” he said. “Tomorrow is a new day, a new opportunity. You go out there and get your work in and compete. I compete every night. When you are not getting results, it (stinks), but you go out and compete.”Upton’s clutch hit – the Angels’ only one of the night with runners in scoring position – helped them pull out a victory on a night when their offense remained in neutral. They have scored just 30 runs in their last 13 games.Albert Pujols took an 0 for 4 in the middle, remaining at 2,996 hits with two games left on the homestand.Fortunately, Tropeano pitched well enough that they didn’t need many runs. In his fourth game of the season, after missing last year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Tropeano gave up just one hit. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield In the bottom of the inning, Martín Maldonado lined a one-out single – his third hit of the night after snapping an 0-for-34 slump. Ian Kinsler then singled, bringing Trout to the plate, finally with a chance to swing.Trout had come up in the third, fifth and seventh innings, each time with two outs and first base open.Each time, Orioles manager Buck Showalter signaled him to first base.Each time, Showalter was proved right, because Upton grounded out weakly twice and struck out. After his third at-bat, he’d dropped to 3 for 28 with runners in scoring position this season.As Upton stood in the on-deck circle in the ninth, he was, of course, rooting for Trout to send the Angels home with a victory. If he didn’t, though, he was ready.“If I did get the opportunity,” he said, “I was excited about it.”When Brad Brach’s 3-and-2 pitch to Trout was high, Trout strolled to first once again, and Upton came to the plate.He swung through two straight sliders, but he did not miss the third. He rocketed the ball into left field, bringing in the winning run. It was the 11th walk-off hit of his career, his first with the Angels. “One thing is for sure, Justin has a lot of confidence in his ability,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Even if he didn’t come through there at the end of the ballgame, he knows it’s only a matter of time before he starts swinging the bat like he can and starts to be the productive hitter that he is.”Upton, still mired in a 6-for-49 slump, said one big hit will not erase the struggles he’s endured.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousThe Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Nick Tropeano throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena walks to third after grounding out to end the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani looks pensive at the plate after watching a strike during his at-bat in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani hits a double in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches from the dugout against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, center, celebrates after scoring on an Orioles throwing error after hitting a double in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons celebrates in the dugout after scoring on an Orioles throwing error in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena follows through on a home run in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena jokes around in the dugout with Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Cam Bedrosian walks to the mound after giving up two runs in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Baltimore Orioles catcher Chance Sisco is tended to my medical personnel after taking an elbow to the head during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter laughs with his players during a pitching change in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Angels’ Justin Upton watches the flight of his walk-off single in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with Luis Valbuena, left, and Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton celebrates with teammates after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, left, celebrates with Martin Maldonado, center, as Andrelton Simmons throws a rosin bag at Upton after Upton hit a walk-off single in the team’s baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ANAHEIM, CA – MAY 01: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is doused with liquid by Mike Trout #27 and Albert Pujols #5 after Upton hit a walk-off single to win the game 3-2 over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium on May 1, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton is doused by Albert Pujols and Mike Trout after his walk-off single in the ninth inning during the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)The Los Angeles Angels’ Nick Tropeano throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 21The Los Angeles Angels’ Nick Tropeano throws to the plate against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandANAHEIM — When Justin Upton came to the plate in the ninth inning with a chance to make everyone in the ballpark forget about what he’d done earlier in the night, he already had.“You gotta have a short memory,” Upton said. “It didn’t matter what I did in the first four at-bats. That was the only one that mattered.”By that measure, Upton had a perfect night on Tuesday, delivering the walk-off single to finish the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, snapping their four-game losing streak.Never mind that he’d been hitless in his first four at-bats, including the previous three making outs after the Orioles had intentionally walked Mike Trout to get to him.center_img “Baseball is a humbling game,” Upton said. “Those first three times they walked Trout were pretty humbling. But never in my career have I backed down from a challenge. I had the opportunity again, and I took my swings.”Upton had endured a miserable night, but the Angels nonetheless looked like they’d win it without his help, thanks to Nick Tropeano’s 6-1/3 scoreless innings and the work of relievers Justin Anderson, José Álvarez and Jim Johnson to get the game to the ninth.That’s when things began to spiral out of control, a series of events that gave Upton a shot at redemption.It started with Cam Bedrosian, himself getting an opportunity to return to the closer role that had been his briefly before a year’s worth of struggles. Six straight scoreless outings, plus an injury to Keynan Middleton, brought Bedrosian to the mound in the ninth with a 2-0 lead.He gave up three hits, though, and the Orioles tied the score. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Although he didn’t end up with the victory, the team ended up with one that was badly needed after getting swept over the weekend by the New York Yankees.“That off day helped,” Tropeano said of Monday’s break. “We just kind of recollected our thoughts. We played our brand of baseball tonight. Getting that first win is huge.”last_img read more