Attitude

Don’t take this the wrong way but…

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We’ve all heard that line before. How you take what comes after it is up to you. If it’s criticism you could let it pull the rug out from underneath you. You could allow it to completely deflate you and leave you feeling helpless, useless and depressed. You could let it ruin your life and…

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How to deal with rejection

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Rejection is something we all face in life. In many ways. Everyone has experienced an unrequited love or a job they didn’t get. We build these things up in our minds so that when they don’t pan out it hurts. The feeling of rejection is the ego realising that it’s not all it thought it…

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Don’t let people freak you out about your dreams

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I was recently excitedly telling some people about a new project I was working on. It’s one I’m very enthusiastic about and have high hopes for. I was very surprised by their response. They talked about hurdles I would have to jump through. They raised issues, issues that were pure ‘red tape’ bureaucracy. They really…

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Success Breeds Success

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What’s the best way to prepare for success in the future? Success now. Sounds like horse before the cart? If success in your big goals is impossible now, then look for smaller ways that you can be successful. There are tons of ways to do this, to give yourself a platform to build future successes…

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Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

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For every proverb, there is normally another one saying the opposite. Normally both are still true and valid, but under different circumstances. Good things come to those who wait – if you’re in the business of making wine. But if you’re looking for a rise, a change in your job, a new home, a partner,…

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You Can’t Do That

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If you listened every time someone said “you can’t do that” there would be a lot of things you wouldn’t do. You would have a big list of missed opportunities. The number of successes you managed to avoid would be impressive. You would be a spectacular failure. In fact you would be the envy of…

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The Secret To Success

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The secret to success is pretty obvious in many ways. But it’s often overlooked. Perhaps that’s because it’s not sexy, glamorous or cool. You don’t often see it talked about on the covers of magazines. It isn’t very exciting. In fact, it’s often difficult, inconvenient… even unpleasant. But it works. It’s undeniably the most effective…

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It’s all how you look at it

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Perspective, that’s what it comes down to. Bad day at work? Hey you have a job, some people would think that’s awesome. In fact millions would think that. Nothing to watch on TV? Wow, you have a TV! Millions probably billions of people would love to be you! Whether your life is good or bad…

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There Will Be Consequences!

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Sometimes what’s holding you back is a fear of the consequences of your actions. The unknown. What might happen. If I do abc, then xyz could happen. Gasp! So-and-so won’t like it! GASP! I could fail! Really big GASP!!! Why not just do it anyway? If you wait until the whole thing is perfectly planned…

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I Just Failed

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It was at something that I’ve been trying to do for a while. Success in this endeavour is important to me so I’m quite disappointed in myself. Especially because the way I failed was stupid. It was easily avoidable. So what now then? Option 1 – I could wallow in my disappointment. Really savour it.…

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Excuses

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We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. – Marcus Fabius Quintilian Everyone makes excuses. Sometimes they’re so good we almost believe them ourselves. Sometimes they may even be true. But they’re still just excuses. He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin

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A Poor Tradesman Blames His Tools

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Image: Denise Carbonell That saying is as old as the hills, and so is the wisdom it contains. If you’ve messed up then accept that and take responsibility for it. Make amends and then figure out how to avoid doing it again. By blaming your tools you’re actually holding yourself back. You are lying to…

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Keep Going!

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Sometimes you’re not sure if it’s going to work out. It just seems that you’ve worked hard to get what you want but that things aren’t really going your way. Keep going. So many people stop when their success is just around the corner. When it’s inches away, when it’s moments from their grasp… If…

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7 Questions

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Image: walknboston What have you done for someone else recently? What have you done for the world as a whole recently? What would you like people to say about you at your funeral? What do you think they’ll actually say? What could you do to change this? If your life was going to end at…

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If Effort Was A Commodity

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It would be worth more than gold. Wars would be fought over it. Lives would be dedicated in it’s pursuit. Those willing to expend it would find it easier to get more of it. But it’s not a commodity. It is something you already have within yourself. You can tap into it at any time.…

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Happiness Is Activity

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Image: nattu Nuff said.

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Healthy Skepticism

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Is a rare thing. Self-proclaimed skeptics generally aren’t skeptics, they’re just people who enjoying disagreeing with things. But healthy skepticism is a different thing. It’s good to have a look at things before trusting them. It’s good to consider what people are saying before agreeing or disagreeing with them. It’s good to keep an open…

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You Don’t Have To Play By The Rules

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Society has norms, or accepted ways of doing things. Generally people follow these norms, and generally they do so on automatic pilot. So over time these norms become rules. If you break them then people want to know why. But if you look at the really successful people in this world you will find that…

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Scratch That Itch

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Unfulfilled dreams are like an itch you really want to scratch. You forget about them for a while but then when you think about them you really want to scratch them again. If you want to be successful the trick is to keep your dreams in mind… Post them on the fridge, Write them on…

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Curiosity

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Notice how kids are interested in everything? I was on a bus a while back and a little girl’s conversation to her dad was something like this, “Look Daddy there’s a car. Hey, there’s a dog. That car’s blue…there’s some people walking…look there’s another car…” And it went on like that for ages. She was…

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