Aristotle proposed the most prominent and sophisticated version of virtue ethics in Antiquity and his teachings have become authoritative for many scholars and still remain alive in the vital contributions of neo-Aristotelians in contemporary philosophy. His main ethical work is the Nicomachean Ethics ; less prominent but still valuable and authentic is the Eudemian Ethics while Aristotle’s authorship of the Magna Moralia is highly questionable. Aristotle claims that happiness (eudaimonia) is the highest good – that is the final, perfect, and self-contained goal – to which all people strive at. In particular, happiness is the goal of life, that is, a life that is devoted to “doing” philosophy (EN X, 6–9). Whether a person can be called “happy” can only be determined at the very end of a person’s life, retrospectively. For a good and general overview on Aristotle’s ethics see Broadie (1991) and Wolf (2007).
"I recently had the pleasure of studying with Dr. George Bien and I’d like to share a few words about this extraordinary individual. I apologize in advance for my gushing tone but when you eventually meet George you will fully understand where I’m coming from.
As a personal development coach, I began my journey of self-exploration back in 1997. Over the years, I’ve worked with many experts and “gurus” in various fields. Now, even though George came highly recommended, I was a bit skeptical that he would be able to live up to his reputation (I’ve been disappointed one too many times in the past). That being said, after attending three of his workshops, I can say without hesitation that George Bien is at the very top of the pack.
In my humble opinion, what makes a trainer exceptional is not their passion, charisma or mastery of their craft, but the level of transformation they facilitate for their students. And transformation is what George Bien is all about. Ever since my teen years, I’ve had great difficulty speaking in front of a group. Sure I could get by, but my lack of confidence and belief in myself was always apparent. Before the “X-Treme Speaker’s Workshop”, I suffered from (among other things) a lack of certainty, rushed and disjointed delivery, and an inability to fully connect with my audience. After working with George and his equally impressive partner, John Rozsa, I now, for the first time in my life, feel completely at home in front of an audience. I won’t bore you with all the changes I’ve noticed in the months following the two-day seminar but the one that really stuck out was when Bravo Television came to my office to interview me. In the past, I would have been overly anxious, scattered and hyper-conscious of how I was being perceived. But surprisingly, I felt incredibly relaxed and centered, and was able to effortlessly field the tough questions thrown my way. This was HUGE for me and I am forever grateful to George for helping me “step my game up” in this area.
I also took his advanced speaker's class, followed by his “Certified IACT Master Trainer” seminar, where I had the privilege of working with some very successful and savvy hypnotherapists from various parts of the globe, as George guided us all to deeper levels of mastery.