We all lead busy lives but can we be too busy?


Beware the barrenness of a busy life. ~Socrates

We all lead very busy lives; often too busy. We run around focused on our work and have little time for family and friends or for a little bit of ‘me’ time.

Work can take up so much of our time and it’s easy to become completely absorbed by it. The problem is when you miss out on stuff, you miss out and it’s gone forever.

If your child is in the school play and you miss it, you can’t go back and catch it some other time, the opportunity has gone.

The years go by all too quickly. Children grow up fast and then suddenly they become independent and, once that happens they don’t need you anymore.

If you don’t have time for family and friends, eventually they won’t need you anymore either.

If you’re not careful you can be left with nothing.

When you’re on your deathbed you’re unlikely to wish you’d spent more time in the office but you may regret not spending more time with your children.

Work is important of course but nothing is more important than the people that matter most to us. Our loved ones. Always there but often neglected. We think we can do stuff with them some other time, someday. But someday never comes.

Wake up and smell the roses. Your life needs balance, if you’re not to have too many regrets later in life. Work hard by all means but not at the expense of your loved ones. Work matters but people matter more.

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Does enjoying your work matter? Here’s why it should.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. ~Steve Jobs

Does enjoying your work matter? Well, here’s why is should in my opinion.

You’ll only have this one life, so you have to make the most of it.

Life is not a rehearsal. Your backstory might be written in indelible ink but your future is a blank sheet and the good news is that you hold the pen.

You don’t have to accept things the way they are, they can be changed with some effort on your part. It’s never easy of course but it can be done. And if you’re not happy with the way things are then why wouldn’t you want to try to improve your life?

Work is an important part of your life and it absorbs a significant amount of your time each week. So you have to enjoy it and you have to get up in the morning and look forward to what you’ll be doing that day.

Yes it’s true that no one’s working life is always perfect. However the good days should outnumber the bad days by a considerable margin.

Enjoy your work and you will do it well. Hate your work and you can never do it well. And it has to be done well if you want to succeed and maximise your earning potential.

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Wisdom from Self-Made Billionaires

If you want to be successful then it’s a good idea to take every opportunity to learn from successful people. Listen to how they got to where they are and see whether you can apply their techniques to help you get to where you want to go.

Tips on success from self-made people are particularly useful. If people started with little or nothing and became billionaires then these are very savvy people. They know what they’re doing and they have the results to prove their worth.

Personally, I will always listen to successful people because they might say something which will help me along the way.

Here is some wisdom from self-made billionaires that is well worth a few minutes of your time. These are words of wisdom from some of the most financially successful people on the planet.

So there’s lots of great advice and there are plenty of incredible tips for extreme success.

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Tony Robbins: The Power of Belief

Believe you can and you will, or so the saying goes. Then again, believe you can’t and you won’t. You see, the problem is we become what we believe.

Certainly belief can be a powerful force for good. There’s no question about that. However it can also have a negative effect on us too, should we be unwise in the beliefs we choose to accept.

So it’s well worth developing an understanding of how we can harness a belief system that will work for us and help us in achieving a life well-lived.

Now Tony Robbins is always full of great advice and he is widely regarded as one of the best motivational speakers in the world.

I’m a big fan of Tony and I’ve read many of his books and I frequently listen to his inspirational audio programs when I’m driving. If you’re in need of a little inspiration then Tony Robbins is hard to beat, in my opinion.

So I offer you a little inspiration today in the form of the embedded video in which Tony Robbins shares his thoughts on the power of belief.

This video is well worth watching and I suggest you take a few minutes out of your busy schedule now. You’ll find his ideas very useful. Certainly I did.

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Tony Robbins: Top 10 Rules For Success

There are plenty of successful people in this world and you can be one of them too. However for many people the difficulty is knowing not only how to get started but also how to keep going when you face the inevitable setbacks along the way.

Well if success is your aim, then a good place to start is to listen to successful people. If they’re successful then clearly they know a thing or two. They’ve been there, read the  book and got the T-shirt. So if their approach worked for them, it might just work for you too. That’s why it’s a good idea to listen and learn from them.

Now Tony Robbins is not only a great coach, he’s also very successful by any measure. So here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

If you really want success then this video is worth a few minutes of your time. Once again, listen and learn.

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21 thought-provoking quotes about inspiration

Do you need a little inspiration occasionally, because I know I do?

It seems to me that most readers find quotes a good source of inspiration. Not just quotes from the great thinkers of course. Rather it’s those  observations from ordinary people about life and the human condition that can also be truly inspiring.

Here are 21 thought-provoking quotes about inspiration.

They’re not so much about inspiration as intended to be a source of inspiration.

Most of all, each and every one of these quotes offers something different by way of inspiration I think.

These quotes will make you think too, which is important. If you’re trying to develop your own philosophy for dealing with life and the people around you then these quotes should help you.

So read them all, reflect on them and see how many of them you can work into your day.

Quotes about inspiration:

  1. Everyone is good at something and once you find it, what you can achieve is limitless. ~Andrew Flintoff
  2. The deepest craving of human nature is to be appreciated. ~William James
  3. Every man has three characters: that which he shows; that which he has; and that which he thinks he has. ~Alphonse Karr
  4. The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is neither likely to make money nor find much fun in life. ~Charles M. Schwab
  5. Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day and you are a success. ~William J.H. Boetcker
  6. Don’t be afraid of failure. If something doesn’t work, use what you’ve learned to try and try again. ~Sir James Dyson
  7. Even if your vision is flawed, if you have the passion and the implementation skills, you’ll get there [in the end]. ~Jim McCarthy
  8. The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling. ~Lucretius
  9. Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. ~Haim Ginott
  10. A truly loving parent won’t be looking for payback from a child. The child’s happiness, self-confidence and independence are the only rewards for good parenting. ~Roy Sutton
  11. Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. ~Marian Wright Edelman
  12. If you look around at successful people, the movers and shakers are those who are positive, who won’t take no for an answer, and who make things happen – either for themselves or for others. ~Carole Spiers
  13. I think one of the most pervasive evils in the world is greed and acquiring money for money’s sake. Once you have six houses and a plane it is just about a number. It’s never been anything I understood. ~Kevin Bacon
  14. Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. ~W. Clement Stone
  15. There’s one sad truth in life I’ve found while journeying east and west. The only folks we really wound are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know. We please the fleeting guest. And deal full many a thoughtless blow to those who love us best. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King
  17. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. ~Dr Norman Vincent Peale
  18. Other people may not like what you choose to do but as long as you’re not hurting anyone else then it is your business and yours alone. You weren’t put on this earth just to please other people. ~Roy Sutton
  19. The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realise that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
  20. My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success. ~ Helen Hayes Brown
  21. The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. ~Pearl S. Buck

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Creating a life plan: 17 ways the rich and poor think differently

Why is it that some people are wealthy and others not?

You might argue that the rich inherit money and therefore have just gotten lucky. That may be true in some cases, perhaps.

Having wealthy parents certainly helps no doubt but there are plenty of examples of self-made millionaires and billionaires. And there are plenty of examples of people who lost all their wealth and then just created another fortune.

There are also plenty of examples of poor people who’ve enjoyed good fortune on a lottery only to squander their millions within a few short years.

This would suggest that the rich and poor have a different philosophy with respect to creating a life plan and money as a resource.

The video embedded here explores 17 ways in which rich people and poor people think differently. The video is interesting and informative and well-worth a few minutes of your time.

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21 favourite quotes to inspire you when you’re feeling down

Quotes can be such a source of inspiration, especially when we’re feeling a little down. When everything’s not quite going in the way we’d like, it’s helpful to reflect on the wisdom of successful people.

Successful people weren’t always successful. They started out as ordinary people with a dream and a determination to follow that dream and take it as far as they could.

And in getting to where they are they’ll have met many obstacles along the way and at times they too will have felt a little down.

No one has it that easy. The only difference is that successful people keep going. They never give up.

Successful people make sure they have a source of inspiration for when they need it. They always have something to lift them when times get tough.

For me it’s quotes. I love them.

Here are 21 of my favourite quotes that certainly inspire me when I’m in need of a lift.

Favourite quotes:

  1. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~Steve Jobs
  2. Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. ~Samuel Johnson
  3. Every artist was first an amateur. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. ~Dale Carnegie
  5. Whoever is happy will make others happy, too. ~Mark Twain
  6. You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. ~Christopher Columbus
  7. Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. ~Conrad Hilton
  8. That’s precisely the question everyone should be asking—why the hell not? Why not you, why not now? ~Timothy Ferriss
  9. 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
  10. It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. ~E.E. Cummings
  11. Do not let what you cannot do; interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
  12. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford
  13. Use what talents you possess. The woods will be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke
  14. You are what you think about all day long. ~Dr Robert Schuller
  15. The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. ~Malcolm Forbes
  16. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive. ~Howard Thurman
  17. The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame. ~Rod Steiger
  18. Courage is like a muscle; it is strengthened by use. ~Ruth Gordon
  19. Do not be afraid to ask dumb questions; they are easier to handle than dumb mistakes. ~Author Unknown
  20. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. ~Albert Einstein
  21. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. ~Oscar Levant

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How to have a healthy relationship with money

How is your relationship with money? Would you say you’re in control of your money or does it all just slip through your fingers the moment you get paid? If it does, you’re not alone.

However unless you learn to manage your money properly you’ll always be poor and your life will always be controlled by ‘The Man’. That is a fact.

It doesn’t have to be like that though.

Develop a healthy relationship with money and you can build wealth over time. Pay yourself first and spend less than you earn and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you begin to accumulate wealth.

Paying yourself first means taking a percentage of your money the minute you’re paid and putting it away somewhere safe. The exact percentage depends of how much you earn and your living costs. However a minimum of 10% would be a very good start.

You can always eliminate expenditure if necessary. For instance you can probably live without those expensive coffees you buy on the way into work or that cable TV subscription that you don’t really need.

In the embedded video Noah Hammond shares his thoughts on how to have a healthy relationship with money.

Though relatively short this video is informative and definitely worth watching if you’d like to improve your financial position.

It is well worth a few minutes of your time and I recommend it to you.

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Bill Gates Top 10 Rules For Success

By any measure Bill Gates is a successful man. In fact he is widely regarded as being one of the world’s wealthiest people on this planet.

Despite dropping out of Harvard to pursue his obsession with computers, he went on to become a businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and of course the principal founder of Microsoft.

Along with the late Steve Jobs, Bill Gates was a leader in the computer revolution over the past 40 years or so.

There are not many entrepreneurs who would be better known around the world than Bill Gates and even fewer who would be as widely respected.

And having made his fortune he is now the second-most generous philanthropist in America, having given over $28 billion to charity.

All in all Bill Gates is a role model for anyone with a hunger for success. He’s been there and done it, so if he has something to say then we should listen.

Here are his Top 10 Rules for Success and I recommend you watch this video.

Rules for success:

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