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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21 thought-provoking quotes about anything and everything

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. ~Author Unknown

Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in and it will come naturally. ~David Frost

To succeed be different, be daring and be there first. ~ Author Unknown

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you’ll never cease to grow. ~Anthony J D’Angelo

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. ~Mike Murdock

Figure out what you really love doing and use your strengths on a daily basis. ~Tom Rath

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. ~Gordon B Hinckley

Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. ~Carl von Clausewitz

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. ~Woodrow Wilson

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. ~Erma Bombeck

We all have to sell something to survive. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

If you don’t like the job and are only doing it for the money, you’re on a losing wicket. ~Carolyn McCall

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein

Today is life, the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. ~Dale Carnegie

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life. ~Dean Koontz

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas A Edison

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. ~John F Kennedy

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. ~Sam Levenson

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. ~Nikos Kazantzakis

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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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25 amusing quotes about getting old

Looking 50 is great if you’re 60. ~Joan Rivers

Age is a high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard

No man is ever old enough to know better. ~Holbrook Jackson

Time may be a great healer but it’s a lousy beautician. ~Author Unknown

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick. ~George Burns

A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~John Barrymore

You are only young once but you can stay immature indefinitely. ~Ogden Nash

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Maurice Chevalier

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, “See if you can blow this out.” ~Jerry Seinfeld

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. ~Author Unknown

Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read. ~George Burns

A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, ‘“At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.” ~Claude Pepper

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. ~Bob Hope

He’s so old that when he orders a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front. ~George Burns

By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. ~Billy Crystal

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. ~Kurt Vonnegut

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. ~Woody Allen

As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two. ~Sir Norman Wisdom

I don’t do alcohol anymore. I can get the same effect just standing up fast. ~Author Unknown

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau

Talk about getting old. I was getting dressed and a peeping tom looked in the window, took a look and pulled down the shade. ~Joan Rivers 

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest. ~Larry Lorenzoni

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. ~Woody Allen

If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~Author Unknown

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21 thought-provoking quotes about education

You don’t need to go to college or university but you do need an education.

It doesn’t have to be a formal education, being self-taught can have its advantages, particularly if you feel you learn better that way. Certainly classroom learning doesn’t suit everyone.

However learning is a lifelong process. You must never stop learning new things because life never stops changing.

Think about it; there are things we take for granted today that didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago. For instance social media, and its enormous impact on our lives, wasn’t even on the horizon as we entered the new Millennium, less than 20 years ago.

Progress never stops and neither must your education.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about education to help you think a little more about today’s point.

And ladies, if it’s not obvious, any quote here with a reference to men applies equally to women. You knew that, I know. However the problem with many older quotes is that they do often refer to the male of the species.

Obviously now we live in more enlightened times, thanks mostly to education. Education is essential for everyone.

Quotes about education:

  1. I am not a teacher, but an awakener. ~Robert Frost
  2. I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. ~Maya Angelou
  3. You can never be overdressed or overeducated. ~Oscar Wilde
  4. I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain
  5. The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead. ~Aristotle
  6. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. ~Henry Ford
  7. Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ~Margaret Mead
  8. The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark. ~Thomas Paine
  9. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  10. To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  11. Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon. ~EM Forster
  12. Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each. ~Plato
  13. Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. ~GK Chesterton
  14. Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones. ~Charlotte Bronte
  15. Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. ~Socrates
  16. Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. ~Isaac Asimov
  17. All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education. ~Walter Scott
  18. Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. ~Albert Einstein
  19. Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. ~Leonardo da Vinci
  20. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. ~Thomas Jefferson
  21. Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself; educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society. ~Doris Lessing

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21 quotes to inspire you to greatness

To achieve greatness we all need a little inpiration we can refer to frequently. So here are 21 quotes to inspire you to greatness. Feel free to bookmark this page and refer to them frequently:

Quotes to inspire you to greatness:

  1. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. ~Author Unknown
  2. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Everyone is good at something and once you find it, what you can achieve is limitless. ~Andrew Flintoff
  4. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  5. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. ~Chris Grosser
  6. Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. ~Albert Einstein
  7. The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. ~Henry Ford
  8. If you’re going through hell keep going. ~Winston Churchill
  9. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Author Unknown
  10. Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. ~Author Unknown
  11. What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. ~Author Unknown
  12. When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. ~Lolly Daskal
  13. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. ~Oprah Winfrey
  14. What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable. ~Author Unknown
  15. You can do anything, but not everything. ~Author Unknown
  16. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
  17. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill
  18. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier
  19. Greatness is achieved beyond your comfort zone. No one ever made their mark in life by taking the easy way every time. ~Roy Sutton
  20. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
  21. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~Bruce Lee

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Top Business Tips for New Graduates

So you graduated this summer and your parents are justly very proud of you? If so, I’m sure you felt ten feet tall as you walked around in your cap and gown on graduation day. Well enjoy celebrating the moment because the honeymoon period doesn’t last long.

Once the celebrations are over, it’s time to put your university days behind you and turn your attention to the next phase of life. That phase which is otherwise known as the world of work.

Finding a job’s never easy, particularly finding a job that’s right for you. And finding the right job is essential if you are to be successful in your career.

If you enjoy your work you’ll do it well. And if you do it well people will notice. Get noticed and you’ll start to progress up the career ladder. So make sure you find something you genuinely enjoy doing.

Remember; life’s too short to spend your life doing something you hate.

In the embedded video below, Brian Tracy offers his top tips for finding the right job and then explains how you can excel in it.

Brian always offers great advice and this video is worth watching. It’s fairly short, so check it out now.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about what matters most in life

In modern life it’s easy to forget the things that matter most to us. In fact it’s very easy to take our eye off the ball completely.

These days we’re obsessed with self, selfies and social media but actually none of those things really matter very much, do they? They may be a mild diversion from our chores but they’re also a distraction and a time-waster.

And if we’re not obsessed with social media we’re focused on our careers and money. As if they’re the most important things in life.

Yes, careers and money are important but the people in our lives are much more important. Without our loved ones and our friends we would have nothing at all.

So really, only people matter.

Well that’s what I think but what do you think dear reader? Would you agree with me?

Whilst you’re reflecting on those questions, here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about what matters most in life.

I offer them as some ‘food for thought’.

Quotes about what matters most in life:

  1. The most important thing is to enjoy your life. To be happy is all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn
  2. The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  3. Life is just a blank slate. What matters most is what you write on it. ~Christine Frankland
  4. In the end these things matter most. How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? ~Buddha
  5. It doesn’t matter how rich, talented, educated, cool or attractive you are. How you treat others ultimately tells all. Integrity matters most. ~Author Unknown
  6. You may have lost your way temporarily but don’t lose sight of what matters most on your journey back to happiness. ~Leon Brown
  7. To be without love is to be without grace, which is what matters most in life. We is so much better than I. ~James Patterson
  8. Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. ~Buddha
  9. Save the excuses. It’s not about having the time; it’s about making the time. If it matters you will make the time. ~Author Unknown
  10. I don’t need a perfect life. I just want to be happy, surrounded by good people who love me for who I am. ~Author Unknown
  11. It’s important to know what really matters in life. Your sanity; your health; your family; and the ability to start anew. ~Les Brown
  12. Never sacrifice these three things. Your family; your heart; or your dignity. ~Author Unknown
  13. Being who you are is what matters. Not what you’ve done or will do. ~Author Unknown
  14. It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing. ~Author Unknown
  15. Create time and space to listen to your heart and soul. Then you’ll know what matters most. ~Author Unknown
  16. What matters most is to focus on what matters most. ~Roy Bennett
  17. In life, it doesn’t matter what people say about you but what matters most is what you say about yourself. ~Author Unknown
  18. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. What matters is what you choose to do from here. ~Author Unknown
  19. What matters most is how you see yourself. ~Author Unknown
  20. I’ve learned that it’s not what I have but who I have in my life that matters most. ~Author Unknown
  21. Family: Forever; for always; and no matter what. ~Author Unknown

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