Amanda Wells’ book, “Package Your Brilliance Factor” contains plagiarism

Yes, you read that correctly. There is plagiarism contained in Amanda’s Wells’ book, “Package Your Brilliance Factor.” So exactly just whose brilliance factor is Wells packaging?

We shall continue to add to this exhibit as we find more plagiarized material in this book. We’ve found this so far just by googling paragraphs.

When you go to Amazon.com and click on the book you may read the first couple of pages of Amanda Wells’ book.

ARTICLE 1 In this section you will first see a screenshot from Amanda Well’s book, followed by Amanda Wells’ “writing” highlighted in RED. Beneath her writing is a screenshot from where the actual writing came from, followed by the original author’s writing also highlighted in RED. This is to help the reader see how much of the original source Amanda Wells stole to create her book. 

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Amanda Wells writes on pages 8-9, 

I believe that this is why so many people end up discouraged, disillusioned, and wondering what went wrong. They arrived at the wrong destination.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can live your life on purpose by creating your own personal life plan…

…Why do you need a personal life plan? Three reasons:

  • It will give you clarity about where your life is headed.
  • It will keep you in balance when things get crazy.
  • It will give you peace of mind, knowing you are focused on priorities.”

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Dave Young writes, 

I believe that this is why so many people end up discouraged, disillusioned, and wondering what went wrong. They arrived at the wrong destination.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can live your life on purpose by creating your own personal strategic life plan…

…Why do you need a personal strategic life plan?

Three reasons:

  • It will give you clarity about where your life is headed.
  • It will keep you in balance when things get crazy.
  • It will give you peace of mind, knowing you are focused on priorities.”Reference: Dave Young, Personal Strategic Plan: Open the Door to a Whole New Life, daveyounginc.com, http://daveyounginc.com/personal-strategic-plan, Published ? (Accessed 27/12/2016.) 


    ARTICLE 2 In this section you will first see a screenshot from Amanda Well’s book, followed by Amanda Wells’ “writing” highlighted in RED. Beneath her writing is a screenshot from where the actual writing came from, followed by the original author’s writing also highlighted in RED. This is to help the reader see how much of the original source Amanda Wells stole to create her book. 

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Amanda Wells writes on pages 30-31,

You Are What You Think!!

Which came first? Your habits, or your belief that those habits are just part of who you are? Does it really matter which came first? The fact is that habits are habitual thoughts!

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs … who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began… No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: “Oh, WAY too difficult!!” “They will NEVER make it to the top.” The tiny frogs began collapsing. The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up… …But ONE continued higher and higher and higher… This one wouldn’t give up! He was the only one who reached the top! All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out that the winner was DEAF!!!!

The wisdom of this story:
Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic. They take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you — the ones you have in your heart!
Always think of the power words have. Everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
BE POSITIVE! And above all, be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams! Always think: I can do this!

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Kathy Paauw writes, 

“You Are What You Think…

…There once was a bunch of tiny frogs … who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants…

The race began… No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: “Oh, WAY too difficult!!” “They will NEVER make it to the top.” The tiny frogs began collapsing. The crowd continued to yell, “It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!” More tiny frogs got tired and gave up… …But ONE continued higher and higher and higher… This one wouldn’t give up! He was the only one who reached the top! All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out that the winner was DEAF!!!!…

Which came first? Your habits, or your belief that those habits are just part of who you are? Does it really matter which came first? The fact is that habits are…well…habitual!”

Reference: Kathy Paauw, You Are What You Think, orgcoach.net, http://www.orgcoach.net/newsletter/sept2004.html, Published September 2004 (Accessed 27/12/2016.)


ARTICLE 3 In this section you will first see three pictures from Amanda Well’s book, followed by Amanda Wells’ “writing” highlighted in RED. Beneath her writing is a screenshot from where the actual writing came from, followed by the original author’s writing also highlighted in RED. This is to help the reader see how much of the original source Amanda Wells stole to create her book. 

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(Amanda Wells, “Package Your Brilliance Factor,” pages 130-132)

Amanda Wells writes:

Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Gossiping and snide remarks about you and other people in your circle. Fault finding and criticism, is the name of the game – everything from the way you clean your office, to your dental hygiene, to your size, your friends, how much time you spend on things, everything!!

Your thoughts and opinions are discounted

Over-demanding – nothing you do is good enough

Subtle jabs and put downs – you often don’t realize you’ve been put down until you start feeling bad

Unreliability
Jealousy 

Neediness, they want to copy everything about you or want all of your time.

They make fun of your ideas, especially in front of others

Blames you for all their problems, rather than taking responsibility for their own choices

Generally toxic people are filled with fears: afraid that they aren’t good enough, of losing control, of exposing their inner desires and wants. Often they have been victims of toxic relationships themselves.

When people don’t feel good about themselves they view other people’s successes as a poor reflection upon themselves. They resent other people getting ahead.

Your life will be unpleasant when you are around toxic people, and you are the only one who can do anything about it.

Here are a couple of tips on how to improve the quality of your life by neutralising the impact of toxic relationships.

Make a list of the Positive Aspects of the person.

This technique helps you to shift your focus. If all you only focus on are their negative aspects, then they will be like this whenever they are around you.

Get perspective by working with a neutral person, who has no agenda about you, and the relationship you have with the other person, maybe a counsellor, a coach, a neighbor or a coworker.

The key here is, that this isn’t about creating for yourself a pity party, and/or looking to dump on the other person, it is about asking the other person to help you focus on what is going on, the part you have played, and what you are willing to do to move forward.

Take Responsibility.
A part of you
has been or is is allowing the behaviors to happen, and continue to happen. Ask yourself, ‘why am I allowing this to happen? 

Set Boundaries.
Let the other person know what they can and cannot do around you. If you have the skills,
such as those from the Successful Conversations workshop, you will be able to describe quite specifically what the person is doing and what your expectations are for the future. (You can even do this with someone who seemingly is in the more powerful position than you e.g. a boss)

Learn to RULE YOUR WORLD
Keep Working on you and improving your mindset and emotional capability.

End the relationship.

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Shelley Holmes writes:

Characteristics of a Toxic Relationship

If you allow them, toxic people can be like vampires … draining your energy – mentally, emotionally, financially. When you are with them your mood sours and you struggle to be at your best. To sum it up after you’ve been with a toxic person you feel the need to shower yourself in some positivity.

The Types of Behaviors You Can Expect When a Relationship is Toxic

Gossiping and snide remarks about you and other people in your circle. Fault finding and criticism, is the name of the game – everything from the way you clean your office, to your dental hygiene, to your size, your friends, how much time you spend on things

Your thoughts and opinions are discounted

Over-demanding – nothing you do is good enough

Subtle jabs and put downs – you often don’t realize you’ve been put down until you start feeling bad

Unreliability
Jealousy 

Neediness, – it’s all about them – they don’t take any time to talk about you

They make fun of your ideas, especially in front of others

Blames you for all their problems, rather than taking responsibility for their own choices

Complains about their life and dumping their frustrations on you

Whilst the characteristics of a toxic relationship are easy to define, it is useful to understand what is at the core of most toxic relationships … Low Self-Esteem!

Generally toxic people are filled with fears: afraid that they aren’t good enough, of losing control, of exposing their inner desires and wants. Often they have been victims of toxic relationships themselves.

When people don’t feel good about themselves they view other people’s successes as a poor reflection upon themselves. They resent other people getting ahead.

So, when another person is putting ‘pressure’ on them to lift their game (simply by performing at a higher level) the toxic person will search for a way to take the pressure off themselves. More often than not, they take this pressure off by belittling other peoples, dreams, successes, wins and goals.

Your sense of self-worth and your belief in your capability dies if you are around a toxic person for too long – especially if you give your power away to them, by believing what they say. It is imperative that you take steps to ensure you stop the harm of people who are poisonous to you.

Your life will be unpleasant when you are around toxic people, and you are the only one who can do anything about it. Here’s are a couple of tips on how to improve the quality of your life by neutralising the impact of toxic relationships.

1. Make a list of the Positive Aspects of the person. This technique helps you to shift your focus. If all you only focus on are their negative aspects, then they will be like this whenever they are around you.

2. Get perspective by working with a neutral person, who has no agenda about you, and the relationship you have with the other person, maybe a counsellor, a coach, a neighbor or a coworker. The key here is that this isn’t about creating for yourself a pity party, and/or looking to dump on the other person is about asking the other person to help you focus on what is going on, the part you have played and what you are willing to do to move forward.

3. Take Responsibility. A part of you is allowing the behavior to happen and continue to happen. Ask yourself why am I allowing this to happen? What could I be learning from this?

4. Set Boundaries. Let the other person know what they can and cannot do around you. If you have the skills, you will be able to describe quite specifically what the person is doing and what your expectations are for the future. (You can even do this with someone who seemingly is in the more powerful position e.g. a boss)

5. Keep Working on you and improving your mindset and emotional capability. The book Anatomy of Peace is a terrific book, to help you view situations like this, from a very different and freeing perspective.

6. End the relationship. If after trying all of the above and nothing changes, then it is time you walked away from the relationship.

You may be thinking it’s not that easy! I can’t walk away from my job. However, if the relationship really does have all the characteristics of a toxic relationship, and you have accepted responsibility for your part, and exhausted all avenues of moving it into something more healthy, then you need to ask yourself, what do you value most – financial security or mental, emotional and spiritual health?

When you are 76, looking back on life, do you think you will regret trading your soul for $? If so, then have the courage to move on, and faith that something better will come to you.

Your life clock is ticking, only be around people who uplift you, and make your life journey a wondrous one.

Reference: Shelley Holmes, makeadent Leadership, Characteristics of a Toxic Relationship, http://www.makeadentleadership.com/characteristics-of-a-toxic-relationship.html, Last modified Copyright 2013 (Accessed 19/01/2017.)



ARTICLE 4
 In this section you will first see five pictures from Amanda Well’s book, followed by Amanda Wells’ “writing” highlighted in RED. Beneath her writing are two screenshots from where the actual writing came from, followed by the original author’s writing also highlighted in RED. This is to help the reader see how much of the original source Amanda Wells stole to create her book.

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Amanda Wells writes:

MY BUSINESS GOALS
STEP 1: GOAL

Decide what you want and write it down clearly in the present tense.

STEP 2: WHEN 

Set a deadline. Set sub-deadlines – the more specific, the more tangible the goal feels.

STEP 3: LEARN

Determine what you must learn to get where you want to go. To do something you have never done before, you must become someone you  have never been before. Every new goal requires you to become a new person.

Who will you become to achieve your goals? What person must you become to achieve your goal? 

STEP 5: PLAN

Write everything you have to do to achieve your goal.

STEP 6: ACTION

TAKE ACTION!

Do something each day that moves you toward achievement of your goal. Develop the momentum.

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Vic Conant writes:

MY PERSONAL GOALS

STEP 1: GOAL
Decide what you want and write it down clearly, in the present tense

STEP 2: WHEN 

Set a deadline. Set sub-deadlines if you want – the more specific, the more you will accomplish.

STEP 3: CHALLENGE

Determine the obstacles

STEP 4: LEARN

Determine what you must learn To do something you have never done before, you must become someone you have never been before Every new goal requires you to become a new person

STEP 5: PLAN

Whom do you want to help you? What will you have to do to earn their support? What is in it for them?

STEP 6: ACTION

TAKE ACTION!

Do something each day that moves you toward achievement of your goal. Develop the momentum principle

Reference: Vic Conant, Nightingale Conant, http://www.nightingale.com/media/goalsettingguide.pdf, Last modified Copyright 2016 (Accessed 20/01/2017.)

 


ARTICLE 5 In this section you will first see three pictures from Amanda Well’s book, followed by Amanda Wells’ “writing” highlighted in RED. Beneath her writing is a screenshot from where the actual writing came from, followed by the original author’s writing also highlighted in RED. This is to help the reader see how much of the original source Amanda Wells stole to create her book.

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Amanda Wells writes:

My Reasons for why you should Travel

It’s invigorating – If you are open to it, travel will simply make you a better-rounded human being. Which is really the goal, isn’t it?

It will create lasting relationships – People you meet while on the road usually become some of the most valued ones in your address book, giving you points on the map to visit later on. It gives you the opportunity to meet some amazing people on the road, and gives you a momentary glimpse outside your usual circle of friends, forcing you into a new and refreshing perspective on things. It will develop skills you didn’t know you had

You could learn a language – There’s something satisfying about being able to throw around a few words of Italian, knowing how to say hello and thanks in Indonesian, or simply hearing a language you didn’t know existed just a few weeks before.

You’ll learn geography – For you to travel effectively, it’s vital to know how long it takes to get from place to place on the world map. Your around-the-world trip will do nothing if not teach you basic world geography.

Gives you adventure – No one looks back fondly on a trip to the dry-cleaner. But after walking a glacier in Norway, getting on a speed boat over the blue lagoon in Malta, or flying high on the London eye, boarding a gondola in Venice, and running out of petrol in Uganda and having to walk, or taking the Maid of the Midst of Niagara Falls, and think you will die right then and there, you get a feel for what being an active human being is really like. The need for adventure is hardwired; travel lets you tap into it.

Gives you perspective – Meeting people from exotic cultures will teach you that the way you look at the world is not always right. That you could be wrong about some things. Seeing it for yourself brings a healthy dose of reality to our thinking.

As a transition – If you happen to be between jobs, schools, kids, or relationships, a round-the-world trip can be a perfect way to separate these life stages, give you insight into your next phase and provide closure on the last one. Plus there’ll be a nice time stamp on that moment in your life.

For education – Seeing the world provides an endless source of information absolutely impossible to get in school, teaching you things like economy, politics, history, geography and sociology. While not an accredited institution, the school of travel is currently taking applications.

To do something new – It sucks to be stuck in a rut. Everyone knows what that’s like. Travel can be the perfect solution.

Dreams come true – If you want to do it now you’ve probably always wanted to. You imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Now is the time to do it.

The cool stories – Don’t fancy yourself a storyteller? You’ll be the life of any party with the stories you come home with. Even if they seemed trivial when they happened, nostalgia will create a epic spin around getting your laundry done.

You will eat food like you never have – Enough said about this. You will be constantly surprised at the flavors exploding in your mouth and the amount you can fit in your mouth!

To prove to yourself you can – If you’re the kind of person to dream big, you’re probably also the kind to reach for new challenges. Finishing a trip gives you the satisfaction that you were able to accomplish what you set out to do, and to give you energy to set up the next challenge too.

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AirTreks writes,

It’s invigorating – If you are open to it, travel will simply make you a more well-rounded human being. Which is really the goal, isn’t it?

It will create lasting relationships – People you meet while on the road usually become some of the most valued ones in your address book, giving you points on the map to visit later on. And people met on the road give you a momentary glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends, forcing you into a new and refreshing perspective on things. It will develop skills you didn’t know you had.

You could learn a language – There’s something satisfying about being able to throw around a few words of Greek, knowing how to say hello and thanks in Thai, pulling out that long dormant Spanish to book a room in Santiago, or simply hearing a language you didn’t know existed just a few weeks before.

You’ll learn geography – In order to travel effectively it’s vital to know how long it takes to get from place to place on the world map. Your aroundtheworld trip will do nothing if not teach you basic world geography.

Gives you adventure – No one looks back fondly on a trip to the dry-cleaner. But after ziplining over the jungle canopy in Peru, successfully navigating the alleys of Brussels, the speedboat ride in New Zealand, or Jeeping out with the grazing animals in Tanzania you get a feel for what being an active human being is like (again). The need for adventure is hardwired; travel lets you tap into it.

And perspective – Meeting folks from exotic cultures will teach you that the way you look at the world (perhaps through the lens of mass media) is not the way everybody does it. That you could in fact be dead wrong about it. Seeing it for yourself brings a healthy dose of reality to your so-called higher thinking.

As a transition – If you happen to be between jobs, schools, kids, or relationships, a roundtheworld trip can be a perfect way to separate these life stages, give you insight into your next phase and provide closure on the last one. Plus there’ll be a nice time stamp on that moment in your life.

For education Seeing the world provides an endless source of information about how the other 99.99% live, teaching you things about economy, politics, history, geography and sociology. While not an accredited institution, the school of travel is currently taking applications.

The challenge – Getting your daily Starbucks not nearly interesting enough for you? How about finding an address in downtown Tokyo. Bet you can’t.

To do something new It sucks to be stuck in a rut. Everyone knows what that’s like. Travel can be the perfect solution. And what’s not new about being in Bolivia?

Dreams come true – If you want to do it now you’ve probably always wanted to. You imagined it, daydreamed about it, envisioned it. Guess what? Now’s the time to do it.

The cool stories – Don’t fancy yourself a storyteller? You’ll be the life of any party with the stories you come home with. Even if they seemed trivial when they happened, nostalgia will create a epic spin around getting your laundry done.

You will eat food like you never have – Enough said about this. You will be constantly surprised at the flavors exploding in your mouth.

To prove to yourself you can – If you’re the kind of person to dream big, and simply by reading this website you’ve proven that you are, you’re probably also the kind to reach for new challenges. Finishing a trip gives you the satisfaction that you were able to accomplish what you set out to do. And to give you energy to set up the next challenge too.

Reference: Weedingoutwells, The Gardener, https://news.airtreks.com/2009/10/why-travel-around-the-world/, Last modified 21/01/2017 (Accessed 21/01/2017)

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