When talent matters and when it doesn’t


Potential counts for nothing if it remains unfulfilled. ~Roy Sutton

You can have an enormous amount of talent but so what? It’s not what you have it’s what you do with what you have. If you don’t put your God-given talent to good use then it is simply wasted on you.

Those things at which you are truly exceptional are the basis on which you can really make your mark on life, or not.

It’s your choice. Live your life and make the best use of your talent and intellect or don’t bother.

The world won’t notice if you decide to waste your talent. Your loved ones might notice but the world will carry on regardless.

However use your talent, put it to good use, and the world will notice you.

It will require discipline and dedication of course and a desire to master your craft, whatever that may be.

Still it will be worth it to be recognised as someone who made the best use of what they had and made a difference.

The world doesn’t have enough talented people, so don’t waste yours. Go out there and be the best.

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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 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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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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35 one-liners about life that are guaranteed to raise a smile

Life? Don’t talk to me about life!

Older readers may remember, that was the expression made famous by Marvin the paranoid android in Douglas Adams’ classic novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I’m sure we’ve all shared Marvin’s sentiment occasionally when we experience life’s more challenging moments.

However positive we are, life can get the better of us sometimes.

So here are some one-liners about life that are guaranteed to raise a smile or two as I’m sure they will resonate with readers.

Life can be absurd at times and it’s difficult on occasions to believe the evidence of our own eyes and ears. Nevertheless our aim must be to remain positive and to do that we must learn to laugh at life and ourselves.

Don’t take it all too seriously. Just laugh as much as you can and that is the perfect counter-balance to Life’s absurdities.

Start now by laughing at all these one-liners which I’ve collected together to amuse and entertain.

One-liners about life:

  1. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
  2. Life is a terminal disease.
  3. Youth is wasted on the young.
  4. A clean house is a sign of a misspent life.
  5. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
  6. It is much easier to apologize than to ask permission.
  7. We never really grow up we only learn how to act in public.
  8. Being a hypochondriac could save your life one of these days.
  9. Any room is a panic room if you’ve lost your phone in it.
  10. Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
  11. I didn’t say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.
  12. He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame.
  13. I’m really good at stuff until people watch me do that stuff.
  14. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  15. By the time a man realises that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
  16. Women might be able to fake orgasms, but men can fake a whole relationship.
  17. Just because a road’s well-trodden doesn’t mean it leads anywhere worth going.
  18. As soon as you’re doing what you wanted to be doing, you want to be doing something else.
  19. Stealing ideas from one person is plagiarism but stealing ideas from many people is research.
  20. How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
  21. We live in a society where pizza gets to your house faster than the police.
  22. You might as well laugh at your problems because everyone else does.
  23. God must love stupid people because he made so many of them.
  24. Dolphins are so smart they can train people to stand at the edge of the pool and throw them fish.
  25. If I was doin’ any better, I’d have to hire someone to help me enjoy it!
  26. Behind every angry woman is a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong.
  27. How is it that I always seem to buy the plants without the will to live?
  28. The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
  29. I thought I wanted a career but I realise now that I just wanted a decent income.
  30. Love is telling someone to go to hell and worrying about them getting there safely.
  31. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
  32. Why is it that most nudists are people you wouldn’t want to see naked?
  33. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.
  34. Smile. Some people will appreciate it others will be irritated by it. Either way you win.
  35. The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.

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Success and why you should never quit

It’s always too early to quit. ~Norman Vincent Peale

Achieving any form of success requires determination and a lot of hard work. Anything you want can be yours, if you want it badly enough, but nothing’s for free. The price you’ll pay is in blood, sweat and tears.

The road to success will also inevitably involve occasional setbacks. That’s the nature of the game we call success. And it is a game where the best players are the winners.

So you’ll need to be single-minded and you’ll need to push yourself very hard. It’s not easy and nor is it meant to be.

From time to time self-doubt will creep into your mind. You’ll start to imagine that maybe you’re not quite good enough. Siren voices in your head will start telling you that it’s all too difficult and that maybe it’s time to quit.

You may even start asking yourself, “Why am I putting myself through all the hard work when I could just spend my life cruising along and having fun?”

The problem is, no pain, no gain. And if you quit, you’ll spend your life wondering what might have been.

So just keep your eye on the prize. Nothing worth having was ever easy to achieve. However it can be done and people do.

You can do it too. All you need is a little self-belief and a genuine desire to make your mark on life.

Just ignore any setbacks; ignore any siren voices in your head; and refuse to give up until you get to where you want to be.

Remember this; quitters never win and winners never quit. Greatness lies within you. So go on, be a winner.

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