5 short inspirational quotes that’ll really make you think


Short Inspirational QuotesDon’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

On days when I don’t work I am working on maintaining my image, just like an athlete. ~Linda Evangelista

I would perceive three years at university as a waste of time. I would have made £200,000 by then. ~Lord Sugar

You have to rule the money. Don’t let the money rule you. ~Fil Adams-Mercer

Marriage is an investment that pays dividends if you pay interest. ~Bob Monkhouse

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21 most inspirational quotes about life to empower you to succeed

  1. Inspirational quotes about lifeYou only live once, but if you do it right once is enough. ~Mae West
  2. One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching. ~Gerard Way
  3. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford
  4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others. ~Hasidic Proverb
  5. What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time. ~Don Zimmer
  6. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~C.S. Lewis
  7. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney
  8. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein
  9. Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. ~Les Brown
  10. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  11. The only way it gets better is when you get better as whatever you do. ~Jim Rohn
  12. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. ~Joshua J. Marine
  13. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. ~Og Mandino
  14. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~Maya Angelou
  15. For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded. ~Jack Canfield
  16. Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. ~John Wooden
  17. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~Zig Ziglar
  18. There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking. ~Brian Tracy
  19. We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. ~Dr Henry Link
  20. If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you. ~Steve Jobs
  21. Today’s accomplishments were yesterday’s impossibilities. ~Robert H. Schuller

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Why you must spend some time learning the art of negotiation

Learning the Art of NegotiationYou have to ask for money because there’s always more money and they won’t give it to you because you’re a girl. ~Claire Danes

A new year is often a time when people decide that it’s the right time to change jobs. For whatever reason they decide it’s time to move on.

That’s fair enough; if you’re not enjoying doing whatever you’re doing or you no longer feel challenged by whatever you’re doing then it’s important to find something that really does get you feeling energised again.

However whilst finding a new job is one thing, getting fair recompense for the value you will add is quite another.

As a hiring manager I’ve always been amazed by how many people settled for the first figure offered to them. It’s surprising just how many people have little or no sense of their own worth relative to their skill-set and the real market value of jobs.

Now it’s important to remember that hiring managers work within budgets obviously and they have a duty to their employers to keep costs as low as possible.

When hiring managers are recruiting they’ll know the market rate for the job on offer, or at least the HR department will and they will have advised the hiring manager accordingly.

Nevertheless dear reader you must recognise that the market rate for any job is not a single figure. The market rate falls within a range and it’s the range that will have been supplied by the HR department.

So when the hiring manager decides that you’re the person they want to hire then in negotiating a package with you they will have that range in mind.

Naturally they’ll want to minimise the impact on their budget and so they will attempt to recruit you at the lower end of that range if that’s possible.

Yes, they’ll recognise that they have to offer you a premium on your current salary if it’s to make sense for you to leave your current employer. After all you’re always taking a degree of risk when you change jobs. And so a risk premium must be paid by the hiring manager.

That premium typically will be an uplift of around 10% – 20% above your current salary.

Beyond that, for the hiring manager, it’s all about securing your services for the lowest rate possible within the market rate range. And from a business standpoint that’s fair enough.

It’s the nature of business after all. If fact in our daily lives we’re all trying to purchase products and services for the lowest rate possible; so why should we expect businesses to be any different?

However as a jobseeker, you should be trying to sell your services for the highest price possible. That too is fair game. You must always look after your own interests because if you don’t then no one else will, that’s for sure.

Think about it. In selling products and services, businesses are trying to sell at the highest price the market will stand so they can generate the highest margins possible for their shareholders.

So why shouldn’t you get the best deal possible for yourself, relative to what the market will stand? You must know your own value and you shouldn’t just accept the first figure on offer.

Essentially it’s all a game of horse-trading. The company almost always makes a low offer, so you must try to negotiate a better offer.

To do that, before going into any negotiation, it’s important that you have some idea of the market rate for the role.

That means you need to have done some research to establish the likely range the hiring manager will be working within.

You also need to have a sales pitch available so you can highlight your own unique selling proposition and why you are worth a bit more.

The key message here is that you don’t just accept the first offer.

In today’s quote, originally recorded in the British newspaper the Financial Times, actress Claire Danes reminds us that there will be more money available and if you ask for more you might just surprise yourself.

In making this observation, modestly Ms Danes said that this was what she had learned from older actresses.

It’s a useful tip for every jobseeker, female or male.

Never be afraid to negotiate and when you leave the table make sure you’re taking away as much as you can within reason.

Once again I cannot emphasise this point too much. You must know your own worth, always.

Don’t be bashful; be business-like and make sure you get a fair share of the pie.

As I said earlier, if you don’t look after your own interests, no one else will.

In the year ahead I recommend that you spend some time learning the art of negotiation. It really is a very useful skill to develop.

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Habits of Success

Habits of successHave you ever wondered why some people are successful and others are not?

In this video Brian Tracy provides some useful advice on the habits you will need to develop if you really do want to be successful.

As always Brian provides us with some great insight into how successful people behave and the structured way in which they work towards turning their goals into achievements.

Whether you’re a fan of Brian Tracy or you just want to be successful, this video is well worth a few minutes of your time.

Watch and learn.

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Why your time is valuable

Time is valuableDo you want to make money from Facebook? It’s easy. Just go to your Account Setting; deactivate your account; and go to work! ~Author Unknown

Dear reader, if you’re not currently successful, would you like to be?

Many readers will answer in the affirmative of course but then they don’t quite know how to realise their dreams. You may be one of them, perhaps?

Well today I offer you one tip that will be useful to you whatever it is you’d really like to do with your life.

If you’re not sure how to become successful then start by looking closely at successful people and you’ll find at least a few clues there.

However allow me to offer you one of those clues now. And that is that if there’s one thing all successful and wealthy people have in common it is that they don’t waste their time.

They know that time is a precious and limited resource and they recognise that they must use it wisely. And in using it wisely they avoid ‘time sucks’.

The biggest time wasters by far are television and social media. People waste hours of their time on both, particularly on social media nowadays.

Now don’t get me wrong, social media can be a very useful tool as a vehicle for communication both professionally and with friends and family.

However it can also be a distraction. And if it’s a distraction then it might just limit your earning power.

Social media really is just a tool. It might be a useful tool but it’s still just a tool.

Use it by all means but be disciplined in your use of social media.

Your time is precious and, if you want to be successful and make serious money, then you need to use your time wisely. That is today’s underlying message.

Spending your time on social media might be entertaining and informative but it’s unlikely to be profitable.

You can spend your time on social media or you can work hard, with a sense of purpose, on realising your goals and your dreams. The choice is yours; and the consequences will be too.

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Why you must know your why

know your whyIt’s the first day of a brand new year and our lives are full of possibility once again.

No matter how bad the old year proved to be for you dear reader, it’s gone now and so you start afresh.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably come up with a few resolutions already. And if you’re serious about your resolutions then perhaps you’re serious about being successful too.

However, what’s the real secret of success?

Why is it that some people are successful and others will never be?

In the embedded video, Hollywood legend, movie star, two-term Governor of California and former Mr Universe, Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his five secret steps to tackling life and achieving success.

Essentially these are his five rules to excel at whatever you choose to do.

He has an interesting story to tell and his story proves that no obstacle is too big to overcome and no vision, too big to achieve, if you’re determined enough and you’re prepared to work hard.

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To summarise Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rules, they are:-

  1. Find your vision and follow it;
  2. Never, ever think small;
  3. Ignore the Naysayers;
  4. Work your ass off; and
  5. Don’t just take, give something back.

However if you listen to Arnold’s story, his burning desire was to move to the United States and become a big star. This was his reason why.

Initially he has no idea how to achieve that goal but a little piece of good fortune came his way.

Arnold happened to read an article in a magazine about a man just like him who achieved just what he wanted to achieve. The article explained how the man did it and Arnold used that success template as the basis for pursuing his own goal.

Identify successful people and do what they did:

Once he knew his why, Arnold Schwarzenegger just needed to work out a way to get there. Knowing your why will always, eventually, lead you to your how.

Once Arnold knew his purpose and his passion, he was always going to find a way. His determination and his willingness to do whatever was necessary saw to that.

Had he not been lucky enough to identify a role model through a magazine article, something else would have guided him because that’s the nature of life. When you’re searching for something you’ll tune in to all the little clues you need.

Once you know your why, you develop a keen sense of that subject and everyone else involved.

Trust yourself:

If you know your why then you’ll have the drive and determination to pursue your goal.

Nothing happens by accident of course. You must make it happen.

So figure out for yourself what it is you really, really want. What would make you happy? What would you regard as a real achievement?

Then find a role model.

Someone who’s done what you want to do. Identify how they did it and copy what they’ve done. If their approach worked for them, it can work for you.

Avoid distractions:

If you want to be successful then don’t allow ‘time sucks’ to throw you off course.

Television and social media are the biggest time wasters of all.

Time is a precious resource and successful people don’t waste it. So if you want to be successful, don’t waste yours. Put every minute to good use.

Know your why

The key message today, both from this article and the embedded video, is that you must know your why.

That’s the starting point for success.

So if you’ve yet to do that then I suggest that’s where you start in this brand new year if you want to be successful.

And remember this; if not you, who? If not now, when?

Other people achieve success and so can you. Good luck.

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Why you should lead a life worth living

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. ~Harold Kushner

So many young people crave fame and celebrity as a life goal in itself. They see it as a road to riches and a life of hedonistic pleasure.

However what they fail to see, it seems, is how pointless such an existence will become in reality.

Firstly having fame and celebrity comes with its own problems and it’s certainly no guarantee of happiness. Getting the public’s attention is relatively easy but keeping it is a much more difficult proposition.

Which leads naturally to the second point; to be a ‘celebrity’ simply because of any media attention you’ve gained and the notoriety on which it is based means that you trade largely on the ‘car crash’ which your life must gradually become. Your life must be constantly full of drama and each episode must be more dramatic than the last.

The media, whether it’s television, the press or social media, exist to make money not to promote celebrities. They just need drama and content that will attract viewers and readers, which is where so called celebrities can be useful to them.

Celebrity stories appeal to viewers, which is the reason for media interest. However it is the ‘car crash’ celebrity stories that really draw viewers in. So to grab regular media attention you must compete in the ‘my life is out of control’ stakes.

How pointless is that? What a waste of any natural talent you may have, if that’s as far as your ambition goes.

Surely it’s much better to make a difference in life and leave a legacy behind you? Then you’ll be remembered for the difference you made to the lives of others.

No one will remember you just because your name regularly appeared in down-market tabloids for all the wrong reasons.

If that’s all you achieve, in the end you’ll be regarded as just another loser.

So make sure you lead a life worth living and leave this world a better place for you having passed through it. Be remembered for the difference you made to the lives of others.

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Simple guide to improving quality of life

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”~Ralph Marston

Looking for a simple guide to improving the quality of your life?

Well let me tell you the first thing you must recognise is that to get out, you must put in. In life you’ll only get out just as much as you put in. As the old saying goes, you reap what you sow.

No one gets a free ride in this life. Anything you want can be yours but nothing’s for free. Effort underpins individual success. That is a fact.

Simple guide to improving quality of life:

To improve the quality of your life many things matter. In summary these include:-

  1. Your personal philosophy: Know what you want and appreciate that it comes at a cost. However believe you can get what you want if you’re willing to pay the price.
  2. Adopt a positive attitude: A bad attitude will never get you anywhere.
  3. Make success is your aim: You must want to be successful. It won’t happen by accident.
  4. Like yourself: High levels of self-esteem will have a positive impact on your life.
  5. Have high expectations of yourself: You’re as good as anyone and can achieve anything anyone else has achieved. So set the bar high for yourself.
  6. Don’t waste time: Time is a resource to be used wisely.
  7. Don’t waste money: Another resource to be used wisely.
  8. Educate yourself constantly: To earn more you must learn. Constantly work on improving your knowledge and skills will make you more valuable to the marketplace.
  9. Focus on adding value: The more value you add the greater your income will be.

Key message:

The main theme of today’s post is that what you do today will have an impact on the life you’ll experience tomorrow and in future years.

Learn something new; develop new skills; or gain some useful experiences today and you’ll have a basis to establish foundations on which you can then build a better life.

Your life really can be built on those foundations. Nothing is ever a waste of time.

The more you know and the greater the number of skills you have then the more useful you are to other people and the more demand there will be for your services.

Work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money. The greater your skills the more value you can offer other people. And the value you can offer will dictate just how much you can earn. People of high value are high earners. That too is a fact.

Never, ever forget that there is a direct relationship between the value you can offer and the money other people will pay you for your services.

And whilst money isn’t everything, having a decent income means you can enjoy a decent life. Again, that is a fact.

So the choice is yours. Be positive, work hard at improving your skills and knowhow and you can enjoy a great lifestyle.

However if you make no effort at all, then the life you’ll experience will always be mediocre at best. That may seem unfair to some but that’s reality, like it or not.

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Why you must believe in yourself

I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was. ~Muhammad Ali

If you believe that you’re the greatest then you can be the greatest. Believe in you and you’re in with a chance. Don’t believe in you and you’ll have no chance at all.

Everything starts with self-belief.

If self-belief doesn’t come naturally to you then fake it. Fake it until you make it, as they say.

In the bathroom mirror every morning look yourself in the eye and say, “I am as good as anyone and I am better than most. I will go out there and I will show them all just how good I am.” And develop a positive mindset.

Develop the mindset of a winner.

Develop the mindset of someone who is determined to show everyone else that you’re the very best at what you do.

Say to yourself constantly, “I will not be second to anyone.”

And remember also; winners never quit and quitters never win. It has become a cliché of course but that doesn’t make the point any less valid.

Self-belief is always at the heart of personal success.

That doesn’t mean that successful people don’t experience self-doubt occasionally. They do. However they don’t let it overwhelm them. They rise above it.

Unless you believe in yourself you can never really achieve your full potential. So go on, be all you could be. The world needs every ounce of the potential you have at your disposal.

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Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules for Success

Do you want to be successful? Then you would do well to look for successful people and copy what they do. Use successful people as your role models. However the obvious question then is which successful person should you start with as your role model?

Well it probably doesn’t matter. However Oprah Winfrey could be a good start. She’s obviously very successful; she started with nothing; and she’s shown herself consistently to be one very smart lady.

Amongst other things, she’s a successful media proprietor, talk show host, an actress, a producer and a philanthropist.

She’s best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, of course, but she’s a woman from a tough background who has succeeded is an industry that is cut-throat, brutal and unforgiving.

And being black and female she would have had to overcome prejudice by the shed-load in order to get where she is now.

You have to respect someone like that and, if you’re sensible, you listen to them too.

Oprah Winfrey would be an ideal role model for anyone and here are her top 10 rules for success. Listen and learn.

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