Author: Art Baird, Founder & Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

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Ode to Dale Carnegie By Art Baird

Attempting to motivate others has been my life’s work. Some would say I was born to the task; others would add that I am capable of motivating a dog to leap from a fully packed meat truck.  Much of my supposed ability to motivate others seems to stem from a more inherent desire to help …

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Peace Comes to the Old Dog Via The School of Hard Knocks

We are told that states of being at peace and happiness are our divine right–just reach out and grab them and struggle no more. Peace and happiness, though, seem difficult when it comes to the everyday job of making choices within a sea of possibilities. The default logic for living is that we achieve peace …

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College Selection and Financial Aid in the Era of Rising College Tuition: Part One

This is the first in a series of Podcasts dedicated to the complex topic of financial aid as it relates to college selection, with its focus on seeking the greatest return on one’s investment in a college education during an era of rising college costs. We hope you enjoy our thoughts and as always, feel …

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En Garde! Writers’ Block Be Damned

For many students, ’tis the season for writing – writing in school – and for those fully engaged in the college admissions process, the writing seems to be without end. Not all required writing is purposeful, hence the tedious nature of it. Writing the required essays on the college applications, though, is for many, the …

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Immortality is in The Miracle of Change

In the Western Hemisphere, Winter is upon us. The leaves are falling and for many snow will be right behind, if not already here. Though change is constant, it seems more apparent during the Fall and in the stillness of Winter, with its potential for something to arise, that surely does with the onset of …

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“Passion” is not Just for Soap Operas; It’ll Help Get You Into College

The Notre Dame Supplement asks: ” You may have noticed that you have an exemplary passion that separates you from your peers. How does this intense focus set you apart and how will it affect your life’s journey? Please provide us with as much concrete evidence as possible.” Listen as Art and Jill define the …

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Something’s Gotta Give

Two recent charts say it all. The first shows the average growth in tuition versus income over the past 35 years. As you can see our growth in income (United States only) through 1986 kept pace with the growth in average tuition (plus fees, room and board). Since 1986 our growth in income has not …

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To Seek Early Admissions Or Not, That Is The Question

The question of early admissions, within the context of the college application process as a whole, is more complicated than most students and their families think. Take five minutes out of your busy day to listen to Art and Jill as they share over twenty years of combined experience surrounding the question of seeking to …

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California’s Prop 30 and Possible CSU Tuition Increase

If Proposition 30, a tax increase initiative on the November ballot, doesn’t pass, CSU students and their families could be faced with an additional 5% tuition increase mid-school year, on top of the 5% increase that was instituted for before the Fall 2012 school year started. Similarly, UC students and their families are facing a …

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Enjoy Yourself While You Can: The Story of the Little Fir Tree

My son, who loves fairy tales, recites in this podcast a timeless fable from memory for all who care to listen. I hope you enjoy and take this cautionary tale to heart, as your lives continue unfolding and you seek the peace and prosperity you deserve. Photo Credit: Art Baird, Creative Marbles Consultancy 2012 Related …