The change within yourself

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This quote is great because its really self-explanatory but for most people, it’s definitely hard. Nobody else has the power to change themselves, not your friends, family, or time. Doing nothing about it won’t get you anywhere and well, time is money. The power of change is all within yourself and it’s really important everyone knows that because life truly is all about growth and learning. Life is a journey and if we want to reach our goals such as losing weight or starting a business, change must happen and it all starts with you.  Focus on yourself and not others, because in the end you have to change yourself. Self-accountability is key! Ask yourself, what changes do I need to make in my life currently in order to get where I want to be? Taking risks? What plans of action do I need to take to make my dreams happen?  The only person that knows that answer is you! So the one question I ask you today, is what are you doing today to start that journey to make that change(s) in life?

This post was written by David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young business professional that enjoys helping people any way he can. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau

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Follow your passion!

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The most successful people today never set to make a ton of money as you might think.  More importantly, they’re passionate about what they do and they’re driven to succeed because they love what they do! Following their passions made them truly happy, and their many accomplishments should make people realize that we need to follow our passions because it’s one the main reason why they succeed no matter how many times they fall or get rejected.  We live only one life so we might as well find something we’re passionate about so life can be more fulfilling. Once you find out what your passion is and you keep on working at it, the money will come. Be inspired, take a risk, and live your life. Pursue your passions and accomplish things you never thought you could do!

This post was written by: David Chau. David is a musician, marketer, and passion chaser.  He’s a young professional that enjoys helping people any way he can and is a life learner. You can connect with David on Twitter @davidbchau or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daviidchau

2 Simple Ways to Maintain Good Character

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2 Simple Ways to Maintain Good Character

1. Don’t Talk Negatively About Others

Talking down to others directly reflects the way someone else perceives you. Not only does it degrade your character, but it shows a lack of respect for your peers around you.

2. Be Humble

Let your actions speak for themselves. Keep your mouth shut and be proud of your work on your own. There is no need to push it on someone else, it will be recognized.

1 Easy Way to Capitalize on Life

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1 Easy Way to Capitalize on Life

1. Stop Saying No!

I’ve come to a realization in my life how often I say the word no. Those two letters can end any conversation within seconds. Have you ever stepped back and actually realized the opportunities or experiences you have missed out on by blurting out that “oh-so-easy” word.

As humans evolve along with technology, we adapt to our lives changing pace and are constantly looking for a quicker way to do things. Faster ways to communicate, to search the internet, to get to your destination faster. Conversations have become shorter, words are abbreviated (LOL, OMG).

So, why do I say no & why did I stop?

I am guilty of the statements above. I am a man of convenience! I love my easy button!

In the past month I have done some trials with myself to see how my life would evolve if I simply stopped saying “NO.”

I’ve noticed a change for the better. I am more willing to take risks, more daring. I am willing to challenge myself, to be spontaneous and explore life’s many opportunities. To travel with a minimal agenda, explore just out of curiosity.

How can you do this?

Start by recognizing when you say “NO” and replace it with the following:

“Why Not?”

“I’m not against it.”

“Worth a try.”

I challenge everyone starting today to try this and share your stories of how your life evolves.

This post was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is a young professional set out to challenge the thoughts of todays’ generations. You can follow him at:

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The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness

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The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness

First Splendid Truth
To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

Second Splendid Truth
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

Third Splendid Truth
The days are long, but the years are short. (Click here to see my one-minute movie; of everything I’ve written about happiness, I think this video resonates most with people.)

Fourth Splendid Truth
You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.
(Many argue the opposite case. John Stuart Mill, for example, wrote, “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” I disagree.)

Fifth Splendid Truth
I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature.

Sixth Splendid Truth
The only person I can change is myself.

Seventh Splendid Truth
Happy people make people happy, but
I can’t make someone be happy, and
No one else can make me happy.

Eighth Splendid Truth
Now is now. (For more on this truth, read the last chapter of Happier at Home. I love writing endings, and if I may say so, endings are my forte, and this is the best ending I’ve ever written.)

This article was written by Gretchen Rubin. See more of her work at The Happiness Project.

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The 3 Sides of Success

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The 3 Sides of Success

1. Planning

Create the road map for where you are going, when you will get there, and how you will get there. Don’t know where to start? Read this

2. Starting

It is easy to get stuck in perpetual planning mode. Fear’s favorite vice is procrastination. Start by setting yourself a timer for 20 – 40 minutes. Tell yourself you are going to work without distraction (no phone, email, Facebook, food, or any other distraction). When the timer goes off get up and give yourself a quick break then set your time for another 40 minutes. Intense focus for short durations of time maximizes productivity. 

3. Following Through

If you are not where you wish you were in life it’s probably not from a lack of opportunity, but rather a lack of follow through. Starting is easy. What makes you successful if follow through. And if you want to quit, re-read this blog, and you won’t.

If this post inspires you, inspire your friends and share it! 

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

14 Quick Strategies to Get and Keep Yourself Motivated

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14 Quick Strategies to Get and Keep Yourself Motivated

1. Condition your mind.

Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body.

It takes physical energy to take action. Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people.

They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated.

Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible.

No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.

Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results.

If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis.

Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now!

Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life. Strive for excellence rather than the un-achievable.

10. Celebrate your failures.

Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously.

Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.

Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …” Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.

If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.

Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

The above is based on a conversation with Omar Periu, one of the world’s best (and best known) motivational speakers.

Geoffrey James writes the Sales Source column on Inc.com, the world’s most visited sales-oriented blog. His newly published book is Business to Business Selling: Power Words and Strategies From the World’s Top Sales Experts@Sales_Source

Beauty Lies Within You

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Beauty Lies Within You 

“I want to search deep within me and appreciate my virtues.
If someone feeds them to me then it won’t be the same.
It will be someone else’s opinion of me and I already have plenty of people telling me good things about myself.
My insecurities don’t come from others not telling me positive things, they come from my own mind antagonizing myself.” – GPM

Love of self comes from within.
We are all fertile souls to allow beauty to grow when we look within.