If you knew you’ll die tomorrow, here’s what’s important to you today?

Many posts have reflected on the importance of money to living life in the modern age. Let’s be honest it’s difficult to live without money today. However we must also remember that life is short.

So, whilst money is obviously important in once sense, it’s not an ideal means for measuring success. Nor should the accumulation of money for its own sake be the underlying motive that drives us. Adopt that approach to life and you’ll be doomed to disappointment.

A better measure for success is whether we’re feeling fulfilled by what we’re doing. If our work is something we’d do as a hobby if we couldn’t get paid for it then that’s a better way of gauging success. As the great Warren Buffett once said, “Look for a job that you’d take it you didn’t need a job.”

A sense of purpose and work which is fulfilling and truly absorbing is a much less stressful way of living. If we enjoy what we do we’ll do it well and the money will follow anyway. If we do our work exceptionally well then people will notice. And once we get noticed, we’re on our way to genuine success.

Never be driven by money alone. Never accept a job simply because it’s well paid. It’s nice to have a good salary, of course. However once we get used to the money we still have to spend a third of our lives doing the work for which we’re being paid well. And to do work we don’t enjoy, is a very big price to pay in terms of emotions, our stress levels and the impact on our central nervous system.

If life is short then our time is very precious. What’s the point of working every hour we’ve got just to become rich, only then to die suddenly of a heart attack having had no time to enjoy the fruits of our labour? What a waste that would be. Being the richest man or woman in the graveyard is hardly a title worth having, is it?

So the underlying message to you dear reader is to find work you enjoy doing and to make sure you leave a little time to enjoy life too.

No one’s life is perfect. Everyone faces challenges occasionally. Inevitably your life will have its ups and downs too. However make sure there are more ups than downs in life, as far as you possibly can.

Take some time to smell the roses and have a laugh. As the old Music Hall song used to say; “enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”

You wouldn’t want to live forever, but you should be living your life to the full today. Life is short and it’s definitely later than you think.

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How to Save Money: 10 Tips to Boost Your Wealth

How to save Money? That’s a question we all ask occasionally. Certainly it’s one to ask if achieving financial freedom is your aim.

Do you have problems saving money?  Does your salary disappear long before your next pay day? Do you experience too much month at the end of the money? Certainly it’s a good idea to put some of your money away each month in order to build a capital sum for the future.

However, that’s easier said than done I can hear you say. How can anyone save money nowadays? That’s a question most people ask frequently.

It isn’t easy but it can be done and it requires determination and financial discipline.  Some people do it, so why not you?

Working for someone else is unlikely to make you rich but, if you have an income, it can provide you with the basis for building wealth. It’s not necessarily about becoming rich. It’s simply about building a capital sum over time which might make your life easier when you’re in need of a large sum of money in the future. That might be to purchase a property when you’re getting married or perhaps when you decide it’s time to retire.

The key thing is to start as early as you possibly can. The earlier you start the more you will benefit from the magic of the compounding effect.

So here are 10 tips to help you start saving your money:-

Tip 1: Pay Yourself First

Each month when you get paid take a percentage of your income, say 10% or whatever is reasonable, and put it away somewhere safe. It will be a bit like tax and other stoppages. Once it’s gone, you get used to managing on what you have left. If it goes at the beginning of the month it’s gone and it’s safe.

Do this each and every month and over time your savings will start to grow faster than you think.

Tip 2: Don’t let expenditure exceed income

Money comes into your hands and then money goes out. You have to make sure that you don’t spend more than you earn. And don’t spend money on stuff you don’t need and probably won’t use.

Tip 3: Make a Budget

Create a budget to cover your basic expenses plus your discretionary expenditure. Limit your discretionary expenditure and stick strictly to your budget. Manage your money properly and you should have something left at the end of the month.

Tip 4: Reduce your expenditure

How often do you buy that expensive coffee on the way to work? Cut out the coffee from Starbucks and the saving over a year can be substantial. If you buy expensive sandwiches from the Deli at lunchtime then you could make another saving by making your own sandwich and taking it to the office with you. ‘Brown bag’ as the Americans say, and that saves money. Again over time the savings will add up.

Tip 5: Ditch the Credit Card

Credit cards can be a convenient means for paying. However they can also be weapons of mass wealth destruction. For a start research studies have shown that people who use their credit cards as a means of payment for every purchase tend to spend more money than people who use cash on average.

Similarly with a credit card it is so easy to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need both in shops and online.

And if can’t settle you credit card bill in full at the end of the month you’re left with debt and interest payments at extortionate rates. That debt can easily grow to levels which then become difficult to control.

Ditch that credit card and you’ll probably save a lot of money over time.

Tip 6: Downgrade your accommodation

Could you live in a flat or apartment rather than a house? If you live in a big house could you live in a smaller one?

Your lifestyle choices can prove to be expensive. If you want to reduce your expenses then downgrading your accommodation is one way of doing it.

Even a small downgrade can produce a saving which could help in your goal of building a capital sum.

Tip 7: Live without a car.

In some ways life can be easier when you’re mobile. However it comes at a significant cost.

In addition to the capital cost of the car, there is depreciation over time plus the cost of fuel, insurance, maintenance, parking and wear and tear.

The cost of motoring can be high indeed. If you could make do with public transport then you can save a lot of money.

Tip 8: Use Discounts Coupons and Codes

We’re frequently given discount coupons and discount codes but how often do we make full use of them?

Such savings individually may not seem like much but the cumulative effect of this approach can save you a lot of money over time. Never be embarrassed to used discount coupons and codes. Take every opportunity to make savings on your purchases.

Tip 9: Spend Your Money Wisely

How often do we spend our money on stupid stuff? Things we don’t need and/or will never use. Before you buy ask yourself, “Do I really need this item?” and “Will I actually use it?” If your answers are in the negative, or even just probably negative, then don’t waste your money. Save it instead.

Tip 10: Take advantage of tax breaks

Take every opportunity to benefit from tax breaks. Tax evasion is illegal of course but when there is a genuine and honest opportunity to save tax then you should always take advantage of it.

Overall this list of ten tips is by no means comprehensive but these tips will help you save if you are disciplined in your approach to managing your money. So what are you waiting for? Get serious about saving your money now.

If you want to improve your knowledge on how to save money, there are some great books on the subject. Start your financial education right now and buy yourself a couple of decent reference books. And read then, frequently.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about fathers

In life it’s all too easy to prioritise things like work, career and socialising over those things that truly matter most. I’m not suggesting that work’s not important, it is. After all by earning a living we can put bread on the table and a roof over our heads and those of our loved ones. Socialising is also important because through it we can relax and alleviate stress. However the role of parent is more important than any of these because children are the future. And children need a father as well as a mother. As a father you’re not just a sperm donor. You should be a provider of course, to ensure that your children get the best possible start in life. You should offer support to their mother too, as that too will help your children. However more than any of that, to your sons you’re a role model and to your daughters you are an example of how men treat women. You should also be an authority figure, as it’s important that children are brought up within a moral framework and they should know where the boundaries are and what the penalties will be should there be any transgression. Well-adjusted, well-behaved and well-educated young people are the future of any civilisation and, as fathers have an important role to play in making that happen. So today I offer you 21 thought-provoking quotes about fathers to highlight the importance of why men have really been placed upon this earth.

  1. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~Jim Valvano
  2. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Theodore Hesburgh
  3. A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. ~Frank A. Clark
  4. My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad. ~Beau Bridges
  5. To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. ~Euripides
  6. I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. ~Sigmund Freud
  7. The most important influence in my childhood was my father. ~DeForest Kelley
  8. A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and contentment in life than simply being a good husband and father. ~Frank Abagnale
  9. Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. ~Wade Boggs
  10. Becoming a father increases your capacity for love and your level of patience. It opens up another door in a person – a door which you may not even have known was there. That’s what I feel with my son. There’s suddenly another level of love that expands. My son is my greatest joy, out of everything in my life. ~Kyle MacLachlan
  11. I hope I can be as good of a father to my son as my dad was to me. ~Calvin Johnson
  12. One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert
  13. My father taught my siblings and me the importance of positive values and a strong ethical compass. He showed us how to be resilient, how to deal with challenges, and how to strive for excellence in all that we do. He taught us that there’s nothing that we cannot accomplish if we marry vision and passion with an enduring work ethic. ~Ivanka Trump
  14. I am blessed to be a proud father of a daughter. ~Adnan Sami
  15. It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~William Shakespeare
  16. Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist, because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died. She went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose. ~Mitt Romney
  17. Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. ~Naveen Jain
  18. Every son’s first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined. ~Tiger Shroff
  19. It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life. ~Dawn French
  20. I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. ~Hedy Lamarr
  21. In my career, there’s many things I’ve won and many things I’ve achieved, but for me, my greatest achievement is my children and my family. It’s about being a good father, a good husband, just being connected to family as much as possible. ~David Beckham

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Productivity: Tips to Structure Your Day

How much do you achieve each day? What do you actually deliver in terms of results? After all, results matter don’t they? We’re paid to deliver results, aren’t we? It’s all about productivity surely?

Being busy is not the same as being productive. Most people know that but still struggle to improve their productivity.

Do you ever feel that you could be more productive? Do you ever wonder how you might improve your productivity?

If so, this is for you. Here is Brian Tracy with some great tips for becoming more productive.

I think Brian Tracy always offers great advice and in this short video he offers some reals pearls of wisdom. Simple ideas that can really increase your productivity if you apply them regularly. Recommended viewing.

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10 funny jokes guaranteed to have you howling with laughter

1. The Tiny Pianist

A guy walks into a New York bar pushing a small suitcase on wheels.

He takes a seat at the bar and then he begins to open the suitcase carefully.

With the suitcase open, he takes out the tiniest piano you’ve ever seen and places it on the bar. The bartender watches him, a little puzzled.

The guy then reaches back into the suitcase and takes out a tiny man. This little man is no taller than ten inches high and the guy then seats him at the tiny piano.

The tiny man then begins to play a piece by Chopin on the piano in a way that is both enchanting and absolutely beautiful.

The bartender walks up the guy and says “Gee, where did you get the tiny pianist? He’s brilliant.

The guy puts his hand back into his suitcase again and pulls out an old magic lamp, which he then hands to the bartender.

He says to the bartender, “Here, rub this and make a wish.

The bartender says, “Are you serious?

The guy says, “Sure, go ahead.

So the bartender rubs the lamp and says “I wish for a Million Bucks!

There is a loud ‘poof’ sound before a million ducks start marching into the bar.

The bartender looks at the man and says, “Buddy, I think your magic lamp is broken.

The guy looks at him, smiles then says, “Yeah, I know. You don’t really think I asked for a 10 inch pianist do you?

2. An Engineer Goes to Hell

An engineer dies and suddenly finds himself standing at the Pearly Gates, in front of Saint Peter who’s holding a clipboard.

Saint Peter takes a few moments to review his list and then says to the engineer, “I’m sorry old boy but you’re not on the list. That means you’ll have to go down below I’m afraid.

The engineer is a little disheartened but trudges off in search of the gates to Hell.

When he arrives in Hell he’s less than impressed. It’s hot, it’s smelly and it’s very miserable.

However being an engineer, he’s very resourceful. So immediately he decides to take action to improve his situation.

He realises that if he’s to be comfortable he must do something about the heat. So he decides to install air conditioning. Once he gets that working, everything cools down quite quickly and it’s all a little bit more pleasant.

Installing the air conditioning proved to be thirsty work but there aren’t any cold drinks. So the engineer decides to install refrigeration and before you know it everyone in Hell is able to relax with a cold beer.

When he’s got everyone cool and the beer cold, the engineer realises they don’t have any entertainment. So he decides to install cable television. Before you know it they’re all enjoying hundreds of television channels.

Suddenly life in Hell is getting quite pleasant and the engineer is becoming a popular guy. Well why wouldn’t he be? He’s constantly using his skills to make life better for everyone.

Anyway, one day, God has reason to phone the Devil. Needless to say, God can’t resist having a little fun at the Devil’s expense.

So how’s it all going down there Devil? Still hot and miserable?” says God.

To which the Devil replies, “Well actually things are great down here right now. Since you sent us that engineer we’ve been able to upgrade our facilities substantially.

God is annoyed and cannot conceal his irritation, saying, “What? You’ve got an engineer? How did that happen? There’s always a place for engineers up here in Heaven, we need their skills. There must be some mistake

Now it’s the Devil who feels he’s the one who can have a little fun and he responds with a laugh, “Well he’s here with us now and we’re pleased to have him.

Send him up here right now.” Says God,

The Devil’s having none of it, and he responds, “No way! We’re keeping him. He’s far too useful to let go.

God decides it’s time to apply a little pressure, so he says, “Look Devil, either you send him up here to me immediately or I’ll have no choice but to sue you!

The Devil falls about laughing and says, “Where will you find a lawyer?

3. The Bear and the Rabbit

A bear was chasing a rabbit through the forest.

They ran into a clearing and the bear chased the rabbit around a giant redwood tree where, as luck would have it, a genie lived.

The genie got so tired of the noise they were making that finally he came out and told them both that he would grant them both 3 wishes, if they’d just agree to go away and leave him in peace.

Naturally the pair agreed. Who wouldn’t want three wishes after all?

So, the bear said he’d go first. “I wish from now on that every bear in this forest is both female and very, very horny.

The genie granted him his wish.

The rabbit just grinned and simply asked for a motorcycle crash helmet.

The genie granted him his wish too. There was a ‘poof’ sound and then in the rabbit’s paw was a top of the range motorcycle crash helmet.

The bear was somewhat puzzled by the rabbit’s request but he continued nevertheless with his second wish. “I wish from now that on every bear in the whole country is both female and very, very horny!

The genie granted the bear his second wish.

Again the rabbit grinned and then he said that his second wish was for a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

This wish was granted too and again there was a ‘poof’ sound and suddenly there in the forest stood a gleaming Harley Davidson.

The rabbit jumped on the Harley; put his helmet on and then started gunning the hog.

The bear looked at the rabbit, smiled and said, “You must be the dumbest rabbit I’ve ever met!

It was time for the bear’s final wish, so he said, “I wish from now on that every bear in the whole world is both female and very, very horny!

The genie granted him his third and final wish. “Rest assured”, the genie said to the bear, “every bear you will ever meet from now on will be both female and very, very horny.

The bear looked very pleased with himself.

The genie then looked at the rabbit and said, “So, what’s your final wish?

The rabbit laughed out loud and said, “I wish that from now on the bear is gay.

With that the rabbit gunned the hog and disappeared into the sunset.

4. The Taxidermist

A guy walks into a redneck bar in Texas. A couple of cross-eyed, local boys are playing Dueling Banjos on their guitars, guns in holsters by their sides. Other mean-looking guys, similarly armed, are just sitting around, drinking and they start staring at the stranger in their midst. There’s tension in the air.

The bartender looks at the stranger and says, “What’ll it be, boy?

The guy says, “I’ll have a white wine spritzer, please.

The tension in the bar increases noticeably, the other customers are getting twitchy and hands start reaching for their guns.

The bartender looks at the stranger and says, “With a pussy drink like that I’m guessing you ain’t from around here are ya boy? Where ya from?

The guy says, “Well actually, I’m from Iowa.

The bartender frowns at him and says, “Iowa? And what the heck you do in Iowa boy?

The guy tries to lighten the tension with a smile and then he says, “I’m a taxidermist?

The bartender gives him a puzzled look and says, “You’re a taxidermist? Now just what the heck is a taxidermist boy?

Starting to feel a bit nervous, the guy responds, “I mount animals.

The bartender grins and shouts out to everyone in the bar, “It’s okay boys, he’s one of us!

5. Two Accountants

Two accountants go to their local bank during their lunch break.

They’re both standing in line when suddenly four masked and armed robbers burst in through the door.

One of the robbers yells, “Don’t anyone move. We’ve got guns and we’ll use them. Cooperate and you won’t get hurt.

Two of the robbers then go to the counter with four very large but empty leather bags and one says to the tellers, “Fill these bags with cash and be quick about it.

While the tellers nervously fill the bags with cash, the other two robbers line all the customers, including the two accountants, up against a wall. One robber walks along the line waving his gun menacingly in their faces and he shouts, “Right I want your wallets, your cash, your watches, and any other valuables you’ve got and I want them all now. And if you don’t give me everything you’ve got I’ll shoot you dead!

As this is all going on one accountant stuffs something into the hand of his colleague.

Without looking down, his colleague whispers, “What’s this?

The accountant whispers back, “It’s that $50 I owe you.

6. Escaped Convict

A convict escapes from Folsom State Prison where he’s been locked up for 15 Years. He’s on the run and in need of food, money and a gun. So he decides to break into a house, where he thinks he might find at least some of these things. Walking along an affluent street he spots a house that he thinks looks perfect.

He forces the back door open and steps inside. As he wanders through the house, he finds a young couple in bed. The couple are startled and very frightened.

He orders the naked woman out of bed and ties her to a chair.

He then ties her husband to the bed.

The convict then goes back to the woman and straddling her lap, he puts his head close to the woman’s ear and whispers something before kissing her on the cheek. He then stands up and goes into their bathroom.

While the convict is in the bathroom, the husband whispers over to his wife: “Listen, this guy is an escaped convict. Look at his clothes! He’s probably spent a lot of time in jail and hasn’t seen a woman in years. I saw how he straddled your lap and kissed you on the cheek. He’s horny. If he wants sex, do whatever he asks of you. You mustn’t resist and don’t complain. Satisfy him no matter how much he nauseates you. This guy is obviously dangerous. If he gets angry, he could kill us both. So be strong, honey. I love you!

There was a sigh of relief from the woman as she whispered back, “When he whispered in my ear, he told me he was gay and he said he thinks you’re really cute. He said he’s very horny and he wanted to know if we had any more condoms. I told him there were some in the bathroom cabinet. I knew you see reason honey. You be strong. I love you too and I appreciate the sacrifice you’ll be making.

7. Nicky the Thicky

Bill was a straight-A student at High School but 20 years later his career has been less than stellar. Still when he gets an invitation to a High School reunion he decides to go anyway. Well he figures he hasn’t seen any of his school buddies since those far off days and it might be fun at least to see how some of the class losers have gotten on since then. They might provide him with something to laugh at and feel good about himself.

When he arrives at the reunion the first guy he bumps into is Jack. This makes Bill a little bit apprehensive. Jack had been a friend of his at school but he’d also been voted the student most likely to succeed. So Bill figured that Jack must be the CEO of a large multinational corporate organization by now at least.

Well Jack’s career too had not quite lived up to expectations. He was now the manager of the local Credit Union. This might be a decent job but it’s hardly anything exceptional. Nevertheless it leaves Bill feeling a little bit more relaxed. Perhaps he hadn’t done so badly after all.

As Bill and Jack stand outside the entrance to their old High School, swapping stories about their lives since schooldays, suddenly a brand new Lamborghini Veneno roars into the parking lot. This is $5 million worth of supercar and Bill and Jack are stunned. Who could this be? Surely it couldn’t be one of their old classmates?

As they stand there open-mouthed, the car door opens and out steps Nicky. Now had there been a vote at school for the student least likely to succeed then Nicky would have won it by a country mile and then some. He really was thick, academically, and unsurprisingly his fellow students all knew him as ‘Nicky the Thicky’.

Bill and Jack could not understand how Nicky is doing so well. So they engage him in conversation to find out more.

Jack says to him, “Hey Nicky, that car’s awesome. How come you’re doing so well.

Nicky responds and says, “Well Jack, I couldn’t get job when I left High School so I started my own business.

So Bill says, “Wow Nicky, how come your business is so successful?

Nicky smiles and says, “Well I sell this really popular product which I can buy for $2 a pop and I can sell it for $5 a pop. And I can sell it by the truckload. You wouldn’t believe it. It’s amazing how much money you can make with a 3% mark-up.”

Bill and Jack exchange glances in stunned silence. Where did they both go wrong?

MORAL OF THE STORY: Lack of academic success at school is never a barrier to financial success in life. And academic success does not guarantee financial success.

8. The Indian Businessman

An Indian businessman, Rajesh Bhatia, walks into a bank in the City of London and asks to see the Loans officer.

Mr Bhatia explains that he’s going to Europe on business for two weeks and he needs to borrow £5000.

The Loans officer says that, whilst it’s possible, the bank would need something substantial as security against the loan.

Mr Bhatia responds by saying he’d be happy to hand over the keys to his new Rolls Royce, which cost £250,000, as security against the loan.

The car is parked on the street in front of the bank,” says Mr Bhatia, “and I have all the necessary papers here.

The bank officer agrees to accept the car as collateral for the loan. After which Mr Bhatia departs with his money, leaving the Loans officer, the bank’s manager and all their colleagues enjoying a good laugh at Mr Bhatia for using a £250,000 Rolls Royce as collateral against a £5,000 loan.

One of the employees drives the Rolls into the bank’s underground garage and parks it there.

Two weeks later Mr Bhatia returns from Europe, repays the £5000 as well as the interest, which comes to £16.81.

As he prepares a receipt, the Loans officer asks quizzically, “Sir, I must say, we’re all a little bit puzzled. While you were away, we checked you out and discovered that you’re a very wealthy man and a multimillionaire. So why would you bother to borrow £5,000?

Mr Bhatia replies, “Where else in London can I park my car for two weeks for only £16.81?

9. The Rare Centipede

Whilst out hiking, a guy finds a rare but long and poisonous centipede.

The guy is amazed by what he’s found and naturally he wants to show this rare creature to his drinking buddies. So he captures the centipede and places it carefully in a ventilated box.

Once he gets it home, the guy decides he wants to take the centipede to his local bar immediately. So he taps on the box and says, “Would you like to go to Jimmy’s Bar with me and have a beer?

There’s no answer from the centipede.

The guy waits a few moments and then says, “What do you think? Would you like to go to my local bar and meet my buddies?

Again, there’s no answer.

Thinking the centipede can’t hear him, the man goes right up to the box this time and he yells, “Hey! Would you like to go to Jimmy’s Bar and have a drink with me?

A little voice comes out of the box, “I heard you the first time! I’m still putting my shoes on.

10. Collision Course

The captain of a large US naval aircraft carrier is on the bridge when on his radar he spots what he believes to be another vessel, with which his ship is now on a collision course.

The captain immediately gets on his open channel radio and says, “This is the USS Pittsburgh and you’re on a collision course with this ship. You must take immediate action and change course.

In response, the captain hears a man with a Spanish accent but speaking perfect English say, “No sir, I’m sorry but it’s your vessel that must change course.

The captain is irritated by this response and says, “This is Captain James Munroe, captain of the USS Pittsburgh, the largest ship in the US fleet. You are a maritime hazard sir and I will report you to the authorities unless you change course now.

There’s silence momentarily and then the captain hears the response, “This is a lighthouse. Your call.

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15 Quotes by Betty White

Betty Marion White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actor and comedian born in 1922. She’s had the longest television career of any female entertainer. Not only is she an actor, she is also one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera and she is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom. She is probably best known for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and, more recently, Hot in Cleveland. However she’s had a successful career spanning more than 75 years and she’s received eight Emmy awards in various categories. And she continues to work despite her age. What makes her interesting for me is her positive attitude. Whenever you hear her speak or give advice she’s always so positive and that’s a quality I admire in people. So here are 15 quotes by Betty White to illustrate my point.

  1. I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It’s that simple. ~Betty White
  2. It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver. ~Betty White
  3. I may be a senior but so what? I’m still hot. ~Betty White
  4. I think it’s your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that’s a waste of a lovely life. ‘Oh… I’m 30, oh, I’m 40, oh, 50.’ Make the most of it. ~Betty White
  5. I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs all the time. That’s my exercise. ~Betty White
  6. The bottom line is, I’m blessed with good health. On top of that, I don’t go around thinking ‘Oh, I’m 90, I better do this or I better do that.’ I’m just Betty. I’m the same Betty that I’ve always been. Take it or leave it. ~Betty White
  7. Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way. ~Betty White
  8. Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 – oh, what am I going to do?’ Well, use that decade! Use them all! ~Betty White
  9. I really don’t care with whom you sleep. I just care what kind of a decent human being you are. ~Betty White
  10. I’m having the time of my life and the fact that I’m still working – how lucky can you get? I’m 90 years old and still able to work as much as I do. That’s a privilege. ~Betty White
  11. I didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. ~Betty White
  12. The audience today has heard every joke. They know every plot. They know where you’re going before you even start. That’s a tough audience to surprise, and a tough audience to write for. It’s much more competitive now, because the audience is so much more – I want to say ‘sophisticated.’ ~Betty White
  13. A lot of people think this is a goody-two-shoes talking. But we do have a tendency to complain rather than celebrating who we are. I learned at my mother’s knee it’s better to appreciate what’s happening. I think we kind of talk ourselves into the negative sometimes. ~Betty White
  14. Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do. ~Betty White
  15. If you’re walking with your lady on the sidewalk, I still like to see a man walking street-side, to protect the lady from traffic. I grew up with that, and I hate to see something like that get lost. I still like to see that a man opens the door. I like those touches of chivalry that are fast disappearing. If I sound old-fashioned, it’s because I’m as old as I am! But it’s just polite. ~Betty White

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15 Quotes by Bob Marley

The late Bob Marley was of course a Jamaican singer-songwriter who became an international musical and cultural icon. His music blended mostly reggae, ska and rocksteady rhythms into compositions with a very commercial sound. However beneath the commercial sound were lyrics with real bite. And that in my opinion is why his songs remain popular to this day. To have risen from humble beginnings to have the international impact Bob Marley had, then you have to be someone very special and he was, certainly in musical terms. Here are 15 quotes by Bob Marley to remind you of what the world has lost.

  1. You have to be someone. ~Bob Marley
  2. Money can’t buy life. ~Bob Marley
  3. None but ourselves can free our minds. ~Bob Marley
  4. Tell the children the truth. ~Bob Marley
  5. In this bright future you can’t forget your past. ~Bob Marley
  6. When one door is closed, don’t you know another is open? ~Bob Marley
  7. If something can corrupt you, you’re corrupted already. ~Bob Marley
  8. Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny. ~Bob Marley
  9. Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold. ~Bob Marley
  10. Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley
  11. Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. ~Bob Marley
  12. The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. ~Bob Marley
  13. Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight. ~Bob Marley
  14. Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! ~Bob Marley
  15. God sent me on earth. He send me to do something, and nobody can stop me. If God want to stop me, then I stop. Man never can. ~Bob Marley

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15 Quotes by Moms Mabley

I must confess until now I was not familiar with the work of African American comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley. I stumbled on her work by accident on YouTube and I was intrigued by her. So naturally I went in search of some information about her, as well as some quotes by Moms Mabley.

Born Loretta Mary Aiken, she adopted the stage name Moms Mabley and she was a veteran of the Chitlin’ Circuit of African-American vaudeville. She also appeared on legendary American television shows such as the Ed Sullivan Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. She is one of the earliest examples of women in comedy too.

Born in 1894, Moms Mabley was one of 16 children and like most African Americans of her day, particularly women she’d had a tough early life. At the encouragement of her grandmother, she ran away and joined a travelling minstrel show where she sang and entertained.

Her stage persona was that of an older, dishevelled woman. Certainly she was a woman on whom life had left its mark. For instance by age of 14, she had been raped twice (at age 11, by an elderly black man, and age 13, by a white sheriff) and had two children who were given up for adoption.

At the age of 27 she came out as a lesbian becoming one of the first openly gay comedians. That wouldn’t have been easy in the less enlightened age in which she lived and worked.

So if you’re not familiar with Moms Mabley, I recommend you take a closer look at her work, but not before you read these 15 quotes by Moms Mabley.

  1. Quit it if you can’t do nothin’ with it. ~Moms Mabley
  2. Use those brains that God put in your head. ~Moms Mabley
  3. It’s no disgrace to be old but damn if it isn’t inconvenient. ~Moms Mabley
  4. [On old age:] You wake up one morning and you got it. ~Moms Mabley
  5. [Advice to children crossing the street] Damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain’t never killed nobody. ~Moms Mabley
  6. You know Moms has been accused of liking young men and I’m guilty. ~Moms Mabley
  7. Any time you see me with my arms around an old man, I’m holding him for the police. ~Moms Mabley
  8. My husband was so ugly, he used to stand outside the doctor’s office and make people sick. ~Moms Mabley
  9. Love is like playing checkers. You have to know which man to move. ~Moms Mabley
  10. Ain’t nothin’ an ol’ man can do but bring me a message from a young one. ~Moms Mabley
  11. I don’t want nothing old, but some old money. Buy me some young ideas. That’s what I’m gonna do with it. ~Moms Mabley
  12. The teenagers aren’t all bad. I love ’em if nobody else does. There ain’t nothing wrong with young people. Jus’ quit lyin’ to ’em. ~Moms Mabley
  13. Never lose your head, not even for a minute. You need your head. Your brain’s in it. ~Moms Mabley
  14. Without that basic foundation in showmanship, an act can’t remain at the top. Half of the children nowadays don’t even know how to take a bow. ~Moms Mabley
  15. Black women, white women; all of them. I’m colorblind. I don’t know the difference. I only know you’re a human being and you’re my children. ~Moms Mabley

Did you find these quotes by Moms Mabley interesting? Perhaps you’d like to experience a little more of her work. Then here’s a video from YouTube which offers an album from 1968 entitled The Best of Moms Mabley.

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How to get motivated and achieve big things

How to get motivated and achieve big things is a common question I’m asked. Coming up with ideas is easy, getting motivated can be much harder.

Do you have a problem getting motivated? You know what you’d like to do but you just can’t seem to get going?

Many people feel this way and, if I’m honest, I can be like that too. So whenever I struggle to get going, I like to watch a motivational video or listen to a motivational podcast or audio book.

When I need a little push I listen to people who inspire me. People like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy.

And here’s another inspiring speaker from TEDxVirginiaTech. In this video Scott Geller talks about the psychology of self-motivation. I found this very useful and I hope you will too.  Certainly it’s worth your time to listen to it.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about mothers

Being a mother is probably the most challenging and daunting job on earth, particularly if you have to do it alone. However nothing matters more than motherhood because without mothers there would not be a next generation or indeed future generations. A mother’s love nurtures the people of tomorrow. There could not be a more important job, surely? That’s why mothers have such a special place in our hearts. Fathers matter too of course, but mothers are truly very special. So today I offer you 21 thought-provoking quotes about mothers to underline my point.

Ladies, if you’re a mother then know this; the world owes you the greatest debt of gratitude. For without your love and hard work bringing up well-adjusted young people, the human race would cease to exist. In that sense, no job is more important than your role as a mother. Your children are your legacy and your gift to the future.

  1. Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. ~Robert Browning
  2. Motherhood is difficult and rewarding. ~Gloria Estefan
  3. The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant. ~Jane Sellman
  4. My mom is definitely my rock. ~Alicia Keys
  5. My mother is a walking miracle. ~Leonardo DiCaprio
  6. Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face. ~George Eliot
  7. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. ~Abraham Lincoln
  8. When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary. ~Connie Schultz
  9. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Theodore Hesburgh
  10. Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply will give us some protection forever. ~JK Rowling
  11. God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. ~Rudyard Kipling
  12. Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
  13. A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. ~Victor Hugo
  14. If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle
  15. My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything. ~Emma Stone
  16. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. ~George Washington
  17. Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run. ~Barbara Kingsolver
  18. Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving. ~Gail Tsukiyama
  19. If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother. ~Booker T. Washington
  20. There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. ~Jill Churchill
  21. I realized when you look at your mother you’re looking at the purest love you will ever know. ~Mitch Albom

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