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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5 Easy Steps to a Happy Life

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5 Easy Steps to a Happy Life

1. Compliment a Stranger

Make someone else feel good about themselves. Pick something small, and share your positive thoughts with a stranger daily.

2. Smile

Easily one of the most underrated actions someone can do. Not only does a smile improve your mood, but enlightens those around you. Share this with your friends, family & co-workers.

3. Say Hello

Why is it that you have to keep to yourself? Ask a stranger about their day. After all, you never know who you might meet.

4. Don’t Judge

It is so easy to judge someone, we are all guilty of it. Realize that not everyone is going to have a great day. Understand this and do your best to stay positive for yourself and others.

5. Stop Saying No

No is such a short and powerful word. Two letters that can end any opportunity in seconds. I’ll expand on this further in our next post.

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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3 Steps for a Happier Life: Repeat Daily

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3 Steps for a Happier Life: Repeat Daily

1. Stop and Think

This can be a 15 minute meditation, short walk down to the end of the block, a trip to the restroom, or anywhere you have time for unabated reflection.

2.  Reflect Gratefully

There are so many things, people, places, and experiences we can be grateful for. Pick one thing and reflect on it.

3. Smile

Imagine yourself full of love and kindness. Now let this love and kindness shoot out in beams from your smile.

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, amateur 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

7 Cardinal Rules in Life

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7 Cardinal Rules in Life

1. Make peace with your past so it wont screw up the present.

2. What others think of you is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything, give it time.

4. Don’t compare your life to others & don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

5. Stop thinking so much, it’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.

7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.

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

It’s Not What You Take Away but What You Add

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It’s not what you take away but what you add to life that matters 

1. Add Appreciation

Add appreciation for what is beautiful in life. See symmetry in flowers. Hear the friendliness in a hello. Taste the nuance of a well prepared meal. Appreciate the beauty around you and  beauty will begin to find you.

2. Add Gratitude 

Add gratitude for the life you have: the people who accept you for who you are, the car that got you to your job, the clothes you have to keep you warm. Add gratitude and happiness will begin to find you.

3. Add Friendliness 

Add warm eye contact and a smile for random people you see. Add a kind favor for someone in need. Add a greeting when least expected. Add friendliness and friendly people will begin to find you.

Once you add enough positivity to your life there will be no more room for negativity and the beauty in life will become clear. It’s not what you take away but what you add to your life that is important.

Thank you for sharing this post and inspiring the people who are important in your life!

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

5 Ways to Give More of Your Heart Today

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5 Ways to Give More of Your Heart Today

1. Say less about yourself and notice more about others

2. Find the gleam in someones’ eye and hold it with a smile

3. Do something no one expects you to do and do it gladly

4. When someone challenges you, stop and seek to completely understand their point of view

5. Write an anonymous thank you and leave it for someone least expecting and most deserving

Thank you for sharing this post and inspiring the people who are important in your life!

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

Follow Fear and Find Your Purpose In Life.

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Follow Fear and Find Your Purpose In Life.

I subscribe to the brilliant blog posts of Mr. Seth Godin, instigator of doing work that matters in the world. His books focus on pushing you to do work and “ship” as he calls it. As an entrepreneur and visionary I often find myself faced with multiple projects with equal opportunity for growth. Doing multiple projects well is nearly, if not totally, impossible, so I decided to ask Mr. Godin what he does in this situation.

His answer?

“When in doubt, look for the fear.”

This reminds me of the wisdom from Marriane Williamson when she said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.”

Don’t minimize fear, embrace it, and welcome it as your north star for finding purpose in your life. The challenge is now clear: instead of running from fear, do you have the courage to embrace 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