Can there be a better feeling than winning?


There’s nothing like winning. ~Tony Adams

Can there be a better feeling than winning?

That feeling you get when you experience real success. It makes you feel ten feet tall.

Maybe you have yet to have that experience. If so, don’t give up. It really is worth the effort, believe me.

You can only truly know how it feels when you get there. But if you get there once, you will want to go back there again and again and again.

So go on, become a legend in your own right.

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How to measure whether you are of good character

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. ~Author Unknown

Most people like to think they’re honest and certainly I do. Well we all like to be seen as being honest that’s for sure.

However what would we be prepared to do individually if we thought no one else was looking; if we thought we would never ever be caught?

Now that’s the real measure of just how honest we are; we can fool others perhaps but we cannot really fool ourselves.

Deep down we all know what we are. Maybe we’re good; maybe we’re bad. Then again maybe we’re just people who care about what others think of us.

If you’re the sort of person who does the right thing when no one else is looking then you’re truly of good character, because that’s the real measure of character.

Fail to do the right thing in those circumstances and that suggests you are someone of questionable character, to some degree at least, regardless of any character profile you like to present publicly.

Personally I try to be of good character and I try to do the right thing always, regardless of whether I’m being watched. However I’m more a work-in-progress than someone who always gets it right. No one’s perfect, least of all me.

That said, I think aspiring to be of good character is well worth working at and that is one of my aim’s in life.

How about you? What do you think?

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How to really make your mark on life

How good it would be to be remembered for having contributed to someone’s life in a way which enlightened them or simply brought them lasting pleasure. The best epitaphs are those written in the hearts and minds of those we leave behind and to be remembered for inspiring others would be a wonderful thing. ~Les Horton

If you want to make your mark on life then find ways to make a difference. Helping others; inspiring others; encouraging others; that’s where we can all make a real difference in life. You really can be the light that leads the way for others to follow.

We all struggle with life at times. We all have our troubles occasionally. Help others now and one day they’ll be there for you when you need them.

Only people matter really. Everything else can never be as important to you as your loved ones, your friends and the people that are part of your life each and every day. Prioritise people and you can’t go too far wrong. Well, I think so anyway.

I can only agree with the quote above from the late, Gulf Daily News journalist, Les Horton. If you’re remembered in the hearts and minds of others then that would reflect a life well-lived.

Can there be a better way to live? What do you think?

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Why it’s important to deliver on your promises

Promises mean everything but after they are broken sorry means nothing. ~Author Unknown

Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.

If you promise something then you must be confident that you can actually deliver it. No amount of excuses after the event will impress anyone if you fail to deliver.

It’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver.

This is particularly true if children are involved. One of the worst things you can do to any child is to make them a promise and then fail to deliver on it.

Do that too often with children and they will never believe anything you say.

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Why you should put something away for a rainy day

When you have money, think of the time when you had none. ~Japanese Proverb

Most people experience hard times at some point in their lives, particularly when they’re young.

If you are lucky enough to have a good income now, you’d do well to remember the tough times and put some of your income away for a rainy day.

You can be sure it will rain, the only question is when.

You will be able to weather the storm a lot better if you have a financial cushion in the form of some savings.

It’s easy to squander your money thinking the good times will never end. However nothing lasts forever. So, be prepared.

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Here’s why you should have no regrets

Do you have a dream of doing something that you feel would be right for you?

Perhaps it’s a line of work to which you feel drawn? Yet somehow you’re drifting through life doing something else?

Perhaps you feel that you don’t have the time to master the skills required to pursue this line of work?

Perhaps discouraging comments from other people have put you off trying it at all?

How sad it would be if you were to miss out on your true calling in life, simply because you didn’t have a go.

Your chance to enjoy what you do and make a real difference could be passing you by. You could do it if you really want to do it but only if you try.

Every expert was once a beginner. Every successful man or woman had to begin somewhere. Success begins with the first step.

The trick is to get started. Get started now and one day you could become a success in whatever line of work is currently only a dream for you. It is possible to spend the rest of your life doing something in which you feel truly engaged.

If there is something that you really would like to do then start doing it now. It is better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been. Don’t risk looking back on your life and thinking you might have been a serious contender in the success stakes if only you’d had a go.

Have no regrets, have a go instead. And it’s never been easier to have a go. For instance, you could start initially by doing whatever it is you dream about in your spare time.

Want to be a writer? What’s stopping you?

Ten years ago you would have had the problem of getting published. Now you can self-publish and sell your work as eBooks on Amazon and other eCommerce sites. Apparently EL James of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ fame started out this way. If you’re good enough, eventually people will notice.

Fancy being a rock star? Then get your act together and upload videos of your performances on to YouTube. The British band The Arctic Monkeys started out this way and they have Number 1 albums to their name as proof of their success.

Maybe it’s make-up which fascinates you? Lauren Luke was interested in make-up and she managed to make a name for herself by leveraging the power of YouTube too.

If you have a smartphone or a personal computer then recording a video these days is easy.

Videos for YouTube don’t have to be of the highest quality but if your work is good, it’s amazing how quickly people will notice you and before you know it you could have a following.

So get started; have a go; in your spare time if necessary.

Yes of course you’ll make mistakes. Your efforts in the beginning may be dire or less than impressive. But you’ll learn; you’ll get better; and you’ll hone your craft. And one day maybe you’ll be the best. Believe you can and you will. That’s my motto.

And remember, everyone starts somewhere.

Don’t make excuses; do it now. And don’t let other people discourage you or stand in your way. Ignore negative nellies. They don’t want you to succeed because they’re too scared to have a go at succeeding themselves. So they’d prefer you to stay at their level. However don’t fall for that trick.

As long as you believe you can do it then what others think is not important.

If the door is shut in your face, climb through the window or down the chimney. Never accept any answer unless it’s the one you want.

No one can stop you achieving your dreams, except you. As the saying goes, seize the day! And do it right now. Enjoy your life; do those things you’d really like to do; and leave no room for regrets.

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Could these be 30 of the best quotes ever?

When nothing’s going right, go left. ~Anonymous

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~CS Lewis

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~Og Mandino

Just because people are doing better than you doesn’t mean they are better than you. You’re as good as anyone. ~Roy Sutton

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. ~Epictetus

If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney

I believe the way we dress on a daily basis is our message we put out to the world. ~Brad Goreski

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. ~Napoleon Bonaparte

Not everyone finds school to be beneficial. Not everyone thrives in that environment. Doesn’t mean you’re stupid. Doesn’t mean you cannot be successful. Plenty of school dropouts went on to achieve fame and fortune. ~Roy Sutton

The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. ~John C. Maxwell

When a door closes another door should open, but if it doesn’t then go in through the window. ~Anonymous

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. ~William Morris

Doing nothing is hard, you never know when you’re done. ~Anonymous

A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful. ~Theodore Zeldin

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. ~Walter Hagen

Walk on stage as if you belong there. ~Anonymous

Success is not achieved by contented people. ~Anonymous

What you achieve will dictate how you’re remembered. ~Roy Sutton

Focus on strength; manage weakness. ~Anonymous

Give people a reason to remember you. ~Roy Sutton

Be contrary; be known ~Arab Proverb

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~George Edward Woodberry

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~Christopher Morley

Know what it is you want to do and why. ~Anonymous

Strive not to be a success but rather to be of value. ~Albert Einstein

Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. ~Anonymous

The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill

Try and fail, but never fail to try. ~Jared Leto

Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln

Every man dies. Not every man lives. ~ William Wallace

Further reading:

People love quotes. Certainly I do and everyone I know does too.

Inspirational quotes from great people are a powerful way of reinforcing points being made in any presentation.

A memorable quote at the end of a presentation can have real impact.

Now you can always use Google to find a good quote of course but there’s nothing quite like having your own source of quotes readily at hand to ‘thumb through’ whenever you have to prepare for a presentation .

I always have a couple of books of quotes on my desk for personal reference and to thumb through, so I’m never lost for a quote.

There are plenty of such books available but one I’m using at present is The Big Book of Quotes: Funny, Inspirational and Motivational Quotes on Life, Love and Much Else by M. Prefontaine. Well worth looking at and you can check it out if you CLICK HERE

Even if you decide not to buy, it’s worth a look. So go on check it out now.

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24 wise quotes by famous people

If you feel the need to be inspired then look no further. Here are 24 quotes by famous people that will have you reflecting on life, the universe and everything. Maybe you’ll find something here that will leave you feeling truly inspired.

Most of all, if you love a good quote then there are some truly great ones here.

Probably some of the best you’ll read anywhere.

While there may be quotes as good as these, it’s unlikely they’ll be bettered in my opinion.

Why not take a look through them all now?

They all remain relevant to this day and as a result one of them might just fire the spark that will propel your down the road to success.

I think these quotes are well worth a little piece of your time. Hence read them now and leave a comment to let other readers know what you think:-

Quotes by famous people:

  1. Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
  2. The future depends on what we do in the present. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. ~Steve Jobs
  4. Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean
  5. If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. ~Jack Welch
  6. The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ~Albert Einstein
  7. Well done is better than well said. ~Benjamin Franklin
  8. Don’t chase people. Be yourself; do your own thing; and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. And stay. ~Will Smith
  9. All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  10. Animals don’t hate and we’re supposed to be better than them. ~Elvis Presley
  11. Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love. ~Emma Watson
  12. Nowadays people know the price of everything but the value of nothing. ~Oscar Wilde
  13. The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. ~Anne Frank
  14. Don’t waste your time with explanations. People only hear what they want to hear. ~Paulo Coelho
  15. If you were born poor, it’s not you mistake. But if you die poor it is your mistake. ~Bill Gates
  16. You cannot avoid peace by avoiding life. ~Virginia Woolf
  17. You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. ~Robin Williams
  18. Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it. ~Salvador Dali
  19. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. ~Vince Lombardi
  20. Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. ~Hillary Clinton
  21. I always wanted to be somebody but now I realise I should’ve been more specific. ~Lily Tomlin
  22. Never argue with a fool. Onlookers might not be able to tell the difference. ~Mark Twain
  23. I am not afraid. I was born to do this. ~Joan of Arc
  24. Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives. ~Michelle Obama

Further Reading:

Maybe you should consider buying a book of quotes by famous people as a reference text for your desk because it’s always useful to have such a text readily to hand. When you want to emphasise a point, a suitable quote can be very powerful. Furthermore it can be memorable too.

Having your own reference text will give you something to thumb through in your quieter moments when you can highlight some of your favourites for future use. Highlight anything especially relevant to you role or your business and you’ll be glad you did.

While there are plenty of good books of quotes around, one I can recommend is:-

Quotes on life, goal and Success from famous people around the world

Click on the link to take a look at it. I’ve got my own copy and I bought it from Amazon. You can too if you CLICK HERE.

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How to avoid being constrained by perception

How many potentially stellar careers have been crushed before they even began by discouraging words from those we think must be right because they know us so well? People like mum, dad or a teacher?

Consider this scenario; a child says to mum and dad, “When I grow up I want to be a footballer.”

Mum and dad respond by saying, “You’ll never succeed at football son, you’re not good enough. You’d be better thinking about a different career.”

Now what would be the impact of such an exchange on a child? Just think about it for a second.

Mum and dad will have meant well, almost certainly. They’d think they were giving their child an honest response based on their perception of the child’s ability.

No doubt they were thinking that getting to the top in professional sport is tough and few actually make it. And perhaps they perceive the child as being a bit less than sporty and feel he’d be better off pursuing a different line of work. Their thinking would be to save the child from disappointment in the future.

Regardless of any good intentions on mum and dad’s part however, how would the child be affected here? Firstly what he will actually have heard was, “You’re not good enough” regardless of any sugar-coating mum and dad may have applied to their words.

Such negativity oft repeated is extremely damaging to a child. A child’s dreams are easily crushed.

Gradually they are conditioned to believe they have little to offer the world and they will go through life acting accordingly, with little in the way of dreams or ambition.

The limits of perception:

The person others perceive us to be can be hard to escape. Perception is everything.

Our progress in life, as well as in our careers, can be constrained by the perception others have of us.

We have many sides to our personality and the capacity and talent to do many things. And yet few people, if any, see the full extent of what we have to offer.

So people put us in imaginary pigeon holes of where they believe our place in life should be.

People struggle to see beyond the limits of what they perceive us to be.

And sadly, all too often our own actions serve only to reinforce this limited view.

You have no limits, only untapped potential:

How we’re perceived to be is rarely an accurate reflection of what we have to offer. Most people are in fact a bottomless reservoir of untapped potential.

Most things can be achieved if you want them badly enough and you’re prepared to work hard enough to get them.

And it doesn’t matter whether other people believe you can achieve it, as long as you believe you can achieve it.

Believe you can and you will. The converse of that is true too. So be positive and avoid the siren voices of negativity.

Know what you want:

It really is important to know what you want.

However, how can we know what we really want? This is particularly true when we’re young and have little experience of life to use as a basis for judgement.

Well if you’re not sure about what you want, just keep looking. Move around regularly if you have to, trying different experiences until you find something that really ‘floats your boat’.

Showcase your ability and talents as much as you can too. That way, people may approach you with potential experiences you hadn’t even considered.

Focus on your goal:

Once you know what you want, that becomes a goal on which to focus.

Decide what you need to do to achieve that goal and then pursue it with determination and as much hard work as is necessary.

Don’t forget lives need balance too:

Pursuing your goal is a worthy aim. However in doing so, make sure you have some balance in your life.

That means having a sense of purpose but also a pastime and someone special in your life too.

Achieving all three is what balance is all about.

Visibility matters:

Take every opportunity to show other people what you can do.

You must make sure that people have full visibility of everything you have to offer.

Never hide your light under a bushel. There’s nothing wrong with self-promotion.

If you don’t look after your own interests then no one else will.

Dream big and ignore negative people:

Life is what you make it. You’re not constrained by how others see you. The only limits are the artificial ones that act like invisible walls. However they can only be limits if you allow them to be.

And you don’t have to allow them to get in the way. Simply refuse to be constrained and pursue your dreams.

Don’t be afraid to dream big and ignore anyone who suggests you cannot achieve your ambition.

You can and you should. Making your mark and leaving a legacy is a worthy aim.

So go on; be the person you really could be.

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If wealth is your aim then this is the best way to get rich

Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming. ~Richard Branson

How would you like to be seriously rich dear reader? Never having to worry about money again? Would that appeal to you? I’m sure it would.

I’m sure everyone dreams of being a millionaire, at least occasionally. However what is the best path to achieving riches?

Well one excellent way, without doubt, is to start a business. Some of the world’s richest people achieved wealth through starting a business. People like Jeff Bezos for instance, and Richard Branson of course.

Now you might question whether this is a good time to start a business. However it’s always a good time to start a business, if you approach it in the right way.

There will always be customers for goods and services, that’s the nature of human existence. Jobs may be in short supply but there will always be plenty of customers.

Essentially business is about providing people with solutions to their problems. A customer has a problem and business offers a product which provides a solution. It’s that simple.

People will always have problems for which they need help. And over time those problems tend to change. So there will always be a constant stream of business opportunities there for the fleet-footed entrepreneur.

If wealth is your aim, then there will always be opportunities to make serious amounts of money in business.

If you can see the world through the customer’s eyes and think about what customers may need to solve their problems then you can succeed in business.

If you can spot a problem for which currently there is no obvious solution then that’s a gap in the market and it’s the basis for a business opportunity.

However even when there is a solution available to a customer problem, if you can offer a better solution, or the same solution cheaper, then that too is a business opportunity.

Just think about customers and what they may need and how you can provide it for them.

If you can learn to look for customers, rather than jobs, and hunt down the skills and know-how to get and then serve those customers then you’ll always have work and you’ll have wealth too.

So what is the best way to get rich? Think customer; think business opportunity. Spot an opportunity; start a business; and get going on the road to wealth.

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