10 of the best quotes of wisdom that’ll make you think

Best quotes of wisdomDear Reader, If you’ve been searching for the best quotes of wisdom, then look no further.  Today I have some real gems for you.

We all need a little inspiration each day, don’t we?

So today I offer you 10 of the best quotes of wisdom to really get you thinking. Enjoy them all.

Best quotes of wisdom:

  1. You can’t argue with stupid
  2. Old ways don’t open new doors
  3. Wisdom is knowing you know nothing
  4. Happiness equals reality minus expectations
  5. Follow your heart but take your brain with you
  6. No response is a response and a powerful one
  7. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do
  8. Judge people by their questions, not their answers
  9. What you tell yourself daily will lift you up or bring you down
  10. You can’t judge someone unless you’ve walked two miles in their shoes

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10 quotes of wisdom to motivate and inspire

10 quotes of wisdomDear Reader, Have you been searching for some quotes of wisdom?

Short quotes that you’ll easily remember? Words of wisdom to inspire you to be all you could be?

We all need a little inspiration occasionally, don’t we? Certainly, I do.

Well here are 10 of the best quotes of wisdom you’re likely to read today. You’ll love them, so see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

Quotes of wisdom:

  1. You grow through what you go through
  2. Your only limit is your mind
  3. A wise man once said nothing
  4. Do no harm; take no crap
  5. You’ll get what you tolerate
  6. Confidence is silent; insecurities are loud
  7. People will inspire you or drain you. Choose friends wisely
  8. You’ll have my loyalty if I have no reason to question yours
  9. If you’re going through hell, walk as if you own the place
  10. No is a complete sentence. It doesn’t require an explanation

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101 of the best mottos for life to inspire you

Best mottos for lifeIf you’ve been searching for the best mottos for life then there are some really great ones here for you today, dear reader.

Take a few moments to be inspired by them all and see how many of them you can work into conversations over the next week or two.

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Best mottos for life (1-20):

  1. We live by our wits. 
  2. Someday never comes.
  3. Act in haste; repent at leisure. 
  4. Character is forged in adversity.
  5. Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
  6. Life will be as good as you make it. 
  7. Nothing will change unless you do.
  8. If it’s in the past, just leave it there.
  9. It’s not death we fear, it’s suffering.
  10. You never know who’s watching you.
  11. To survive we must all sell something. 
  12. Prejudice is the ugly side of insecurity. 
  13. Never be afraid to sing your own song.
  14. Calm waters don’t make skilled sailors.
  15. Never underestimate the power of fear. 
  16. Reward without effort is not sustainable.
  17. It’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep.
  18. You’ll be a long time dead, so live life now.
  19. The price of fame is the erosion of freedom.
  20. If you can serve the many, riches will follow.

Best mottos for life (21-40):

  1. The once unthinkable can become thinkable.
  2. When you see crazy coming, cross the street.
  3. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
  4. A sense of purpose is intrinsic to our happiness.
  5. Prosperity results from enterprise and hard work. 
  6. Judge people by what they do, not what they say.
  7. Businesses don’t provide great service, people do.
  8. Being busy is not the same thing as adding value. 
  9. It’s easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape. 
  10. Be the right person, and you’ll find the right person. 
  11. Ignore what others think, for they rarely think at all.
  12. Enjoy today because tomorrow’s promised to no one. 
  13. Politics is guided more by pragmatism than principle.
  14. You don’t need to be an expert to make a difference.
  15. Mistakes serve as invaluable lessons we don’t forget. 
  16. Wealth comes from what you do with what you earn. 
  17. The clutter that now fills your home was once money.
  18. When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. 
  19. Who will watch the watchmen? We must do it ourselves. 
  20. The future has yet to be written but you’ve got the pen.

 Best mottos for life (41-60):

  1. We must all work to live but we must never live to work.  
  2. Being imperfect is the one thing we all have in common.
  3. Don’t treat yourself as an afterthought. You matter too.
  4. You cannot save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. 
  5. Good intentions mean nothing if we fail to deliver results.
  6. Just because they seem nice, doesn’t mean they are nice.
  7. Silenced voices are not the same as hearts and minds won. 
  8. No amount of negative thinking will ever make you happier. 
  9. I’ll decide who I am. I won’t be pigeonholed by other people.
  10. To conquer and subdue a people, first, you must divide them.
  11. Every day can be a good day if you choose to see it that way. 
  12. Everyone sees things within the limits of their own perception. 
  13. Don’t settle for anything less than what you really want in life. 
  14. If you’ve got skills that are in demand, you’ll always have work. 
  15. No two people experience exactly the same journey through life.
  16. Follow your heart for none of us know what tomorrow may bring.
  17. Never judge anyone until you’ve walked two miles in their shoes.
  18. Our deepest fear is that we’re inadequate and we’ll be found out. 
  19. The part of your life that really matters is between now and dead. 
  20. What’s obvious to you is not necessarily obvious to someone else. 

Best mottos for life (61-80):

  1. You’ll never please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.
  2. You’re not what you’ve done; you’re what you’ve had to overcome. 
  3. Don’t settle for a life you’re given. Work hard for the life you want.
  4. We have to deal with the world as it is and not as we’d like it to be. 
  5. Don’t do unto others that which you wouldn’t want done unto you. 
  6. Life’s real priorities are a roof over your head and food on the table.
  7. No politician has the power to improve your life. That’s for you to do. 
  8. Government debt is simply a form of taxation on future generations. 
  9. If you want to succeed then first you must believe you can succeed. 
  10. In a crowded market, fitting in is not an option. You must stand out. 
  11. If the price of anything is your peace of mind then it’s too expensive. 
  12. What you’re paid right now is not the limit of your earning potential. 
  13. You don’t need qualifications or a college degree to make an impact. 
  14. Take a look at your job and ask yourself, “What am I becoming here?”
  15. The uncritical embrace of fashionable dogma is the folly of our times.
  16. Humour and charm are potent assets if you’re lucky enough to them. 
  17. What you nearly did means nothing. It’s what you’ve done that counts. 
  18. If change is to happen, you must first decide that change is necessary. 
  19. Your life experiences will be dictated by what you’re willing to settle for.  
  20. You’ll never get rich unless you master the art of paying yourself first. 

Best mottos for life (81-101):

  1. Do what you do best. Add real value and over time you’ll get noticed. 
  2. Never, ever think youre not good enough. Youre as good as anyone.
  3. When it comes to temptation, the easiest one to resist is the first one. 
  4. For everything there’s a price and that price must always be paid first. 
  5. Money’s not important but it’s up there with oxygen for sustaining life.
  6. Your attention is valuable, so it has a price. Don’t give it away cheaply.
  7. You’ll never get anywhere unless you’re determined to get somewhere. 
  8. The best way to learn is on the job. Nothing beats hands-on experience. 
  9. Never let anyone dull your sparkle. You were put on this earth to shine.
  10. No lesson’s more powerful than lessons learned from mistakes we make.
  11. Once you recognise you’re being used, you’re a fool if you let it carry on.
  12. Your circumstances do not dictate your life experiences, your choices do. 
  13. If you want your kids to be happy, presence matters more than presents.
  14. Life’s too short to waste any of it arguing with strangers on social media. 
  15. There are people who get off on being deeply unpleasant to other people. 
  16. Time is our most precious resource, yet we often give it away so cheaply. 
  17. You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
  18. A good relationship requires compromise but never requires self-sacrifice. 
  19. People will always have problems needing solutions. That’s an opportunity.
  20. You’re younger today than you’ll ever be again. Make the most of life now.
  21. Don’t let your mouth overload your back. It’s perfectly reasonable to say no.

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33 life lessons learned that are best learned early

Life Lessons LearnedLife lessons learned for most of us are learned the hard way. Here are 33 of those lessons that are best learned at early as possible, ideally in your teens or early 20s.

Life lessons learned:

1. On experiencing life:

Wherever you are, be there. Be present and experience the moment. You’ll remember moments with friends and family all your life, whereas you’re unlikely to remember social media posts moments after you’ve read them. No experience beats having a good laugh with your friends and family.

2. On making choices:

As an adult, you’re free to make your own choices but you must accept any consequences that follow. A wise adult learns to make good choices because the choices you make will dictate the quality of the life you lead. Your choices really matter. Make too many bad ones and your life experiences won’t be very good at all.

3. On the future (1):

Where you’re going is more important than where you’ve been. The past was a series of lessons to be learned. The future is where you’ll spend the rest of your life. You can’t change the past but your future has yet to be written, and you’ve got the pen.

4. On the future (2):

The future is an endless stream of opportunities that you can choose to seize, or not. However poor your past may have been, that doesn’t mean you can’t seize new opportunities and exploit them to your own advantage. You can, with determination and hard work. And, never let anyone discourage you from having a go. Better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been

5. On asking questions:

Intelligent people ask questions. So, never be afraid to ask questions when you don’t understand something, or when you need clarification. Better to appear a fool momentarily than remain a fool permanently.

6. On attitude:

The greatest disability in life is a bad attitude. If you’ve got one you’d better change it, if you want your life to improve. Attitude matters. An average person with a positive attitude makes a much better employee than a genius with a chip on his or her shoulder.

7. On fairness:

Life isn’t fair. It never has been and it never will be. We’re all dealt a set of cards in life, and all we can do is to play that hand as best as we can. We could get angry about the unfairness of it all or we can just get on and make the best of what we have. The latter approach is much easier on our nerves, in my experience.

8. On bullying:

When you’re having fun at someone else’s expense, remember it may be fun to you, and you may not mean any harm, but for the other person the impact of such an experience can be humiliating, upsetting and it can cause significant, lasting and often permanent psychological damage to that person. So remember, it isn’t fun at all, if it isn’t fun for the other person. If it isn’t fun for them, it’s actually just bullying. And if you’re bullying, you’re not being cool, you’re being nasty.

9. On judging others (1):

You’re free to judge others if you’re absolutely sure that you’re perfect in every way. If your conclusion is that you’re not quite perfect then why would you expect others to be?

10. On judging others (2):

For everyone life is a struggle. No one is without problems, despite any external signs to the contrary. We just have to keep going for it’s the only way. Life goes on and we must too. If you’ve not walked two miles in someone else’s shoes, you’re not in a position to judge them. So, don’t.

11. On authenticity:

Authenticity is simply being who you are and not trying to be who you think you should be or who you think you’re expected to be. People will respect you for being who you are. An original is always better than a fake.

12. On trust:

Trust takes years to build and seconds to break. And once broken the way you’re seen by others will never be quite the same again. Trust is a valuable and precious commodity. Protect it.

13. On reputation:

Never underestimate the importance of your personal reputation. And if you wouldn’t be happy to read something about yourself on the front pages, don’t do it.

14. On communication:

If you want to tell anyone anything, speak softly and you’ll find that they’re much more likely to listen to you.

15. On success:

No one can ever be a failure but everyone can be a success. Failure is not a person it’s just an outcome you didn’t want. It’s also an opportunity to try again with greater knowledge and experience. Everyone can achieve some degree of success, if they believe in themselves, they’re determined and they’re willing to work hard.

16. On priorities:

We all have the same amount of time. 168 hours a week. It’s how we choose to use it that dictates whether we achieve anything significant or not. Time is a resource, pure and simple. So, decide on your priorities and allocate your time accordingly. And just because someone wants a piece of your time, doesn’t mean you’re obliged to give it to them. If it’s not a priority, nor an obligation, just say NO.

17. On watching television:

Few people seem to recognise this but there’s a significant cost to watching television. Not the cost of purchasing the television set or any cable or satellite subscriptions you may have. The real cost is the opportunity cost of your time. That is the time you spend watching television. Time is money and you could be doing something more profitable with your time. Learning something new perhaps or running your own little income-generating side-hustle.

18. On qualifications (1):

Most of the work done by most people in life doesn’t require a college degree at all. If you have one that’s great, but stay humble. A motivated individual with common sense and decent reading, writing and arithmetic skills can succeed in life without one.

19. On qualifications (2):

You may need a college degree to work for an employer but you don’t need one to work for yourself. If it’s your business, you make the rules.

20. On qualifications (3):

Plenty of people graduating from Harvard will end up working for people who didn’t. So, stay humble. Studying at a top university is no guarantee for career success, nor does it guarantee wealth. A Harvard, Oxford, or Cambridge degree may look good on your CV but five years after graduation the only thing that will really matter is what you’ve actually achieved in the workplace since.

21. On experience:

Doing is by far the best way to learn. The classroom is useful, of course, but nothing beats doing and learning from your mistakes. Making mistakes will teach you lessons that you’ll never forget. And learning from your mistakes will give you that valuable commodity known as experience. Knowing the theory is useful, whereas having experience is essential.

22. On employability:

You don’t sell who you are. You sell what you can do and the value you can add. Every job is about doing stuff for other people and delivering results. What is it you can do and what can you confidently deliver? Before you go for any job interview, make sure you have answers to these questions and make sure you can give examples of stuff you’ve actually delivered on previous occasions.

23. On work (1):

Employers can quickly replace you with someone just like you and you’ll be forgotten quickly. So be professional in carrying out your duties, of course, but not at the expense of your own interests or those of your loved ones.

24. On work (2):

Make sure you take good care of yourself. Employers will take everything you give and a bit more besides but if you died tomorrow your job would be posted online before your obituary. You’ll be replaced within days and the memory of your presence won’t last long.

25. On making money:

To make money you have to be doing stuff for other people. To make a serious amount of money you have to be doing stuff for multiple people simultaneously, even when you’re asleep. Sounds impossible but it can be done. For instance, serving the many with your own digital products, sold online, can lead to great wealth.

26. On sales:

Successful selling is not about tricking people into buying something they don’t need. The art of selling is in proactively finding customers who’ve got problems for which your products can provide the ideal solution. If you can offer solutions to problems, you’ll find customers in need of what you have to sell. Find the right customers and a good product will sell itself.

27. On change (1):

It’s easier to remain as you are than it is to change but unless you change your life will not improve. Embracing change is hard but it is well worth the effort.

28. On change (2):

For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better you have to get better. You can become more than you are but it won’t happen by accident. It all starts with you saying, I can; I will; and I won’t stop until I get there. And you must make any changes necessary.

29. On finding a life partner:

You’ll find, as you go through life, that Mr or Miss Perfect doesn’t exist. If you’re looking for a life partner, find someone whose faults you can live with. Yes, you’ll need to enjoy each other’s company. And yes, you’ll need to have things in common. However, everyone you meet will have faults of their own, even if they’re not immediately apparent.

30. On children (1):

When you have young children they need your attention much more than your mobile phone does. Your children should be your priority, particularly in the early years. You’re their role model. Be a positive role model and give them all the attention they deserve. The years pass quickly and your children, good or bad, are your legacy to the world.  Social media can wait. Anything less is simply a disservice to your child.

31. On children (2):

Children need continuity and they need boundaries. They need to be brought up with a set of values too. Fail to give them those things and you fail as a parent. Materialism is no substitute for the things that really matter most.

32. On your social life:

You’ll never fit into every social group, nor should you try. Just focus on finding a group of people that are right for you. In other words, find your tribe. People that are welcoming to you, with interests like yours and personalities that appeal to you. It’s better to be in the company of people that appreciate your company, rather than trying to fit into groups that don’t really want you there at all.

33. On experts:

There are plenty of people referred to as experts whose ideas and recommendations can prove to be stupid beyond belief. Listen to experts by all means but then use your own judgement. Don’t be fooled by people, just because they’ve got an impressive job title. If your instinct says they’re wrong, have the courage of your own convictions and act accordingly. Just because an ‘expert’ said it, doesn’t mean you have to accept it.

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8 Top Business Tips for Success Today

Business Tips for SuccessBusiness tips for success:

I read an article recently about a guy with a college degree who was feeling disillusioned because he couldn’t find a job. At least not one that met his expectations relative to the type of job and income he felt his degree merited.

Well, it’s a tough world out there, as I’m sure you know only too well dear reader, and despite what some people may think, the world doesn’t owe us a living. The world owes us nothing and it’s down to us to make a life for ourselves.

Work is just doing stuff for other people in return for money and there will always be people with stuff that needs doing. So rather than seeking a job, perhaps we’d all be better off if we focused on seeking customers for the services we could provide.

That’s at the heart of what business is all about, providing people with solutions to their problems for profit, and there’s much to be said for becoming an entrepreneur.

So today let’s explore some business tips for success for entrepreneurs.

The advantages of self-employment:

There are many advantages to being self-employed.

For instance, not having to deal with office politics is a big advantage for a start.

And of course, being the beneficiary of all of the proceeds of your hard work is another good reason.

Instead of making a lot of money for other people, you could be making it all for yourself. The harder you work the more you make for yourself too.

Unless you’re a lawyer or an investment banker, the chances are the only way you’ll ever make serious money is through building your own business. Building a business that one day you’ll be able to sell for a lot of money.

However, remember this; you might think that if you’re self-employed then you’re your own boss. Well, that’s not true. The customer is the boss, always.

Serve customers badly and you won’t be serving them for very long, that’s for sure.

The first rule of business is that you must know thy customer.

You must gain a deep understanding of the products, services and marketing that will appeal to your target customer.

One size will not fit all and each market will require a different approach.

Now going into business is not for the faint-hearted. You must be prepared to work very hard, at least in the early days, when you’re trying to establish your business.

However, if you can provide your target customers with real solutions to real problems then you can make serious money.

If someone else is already offering a solution to the target problem then your solution must be better or cheaper than theirs in some way if it is to sell.

Creating great products and offering great customer service is the route to business success.

However never forget your reputation and image. These things matter too.

Make sure you create an image that will appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Running your own business will be a challenge but it can also be extremely rewarding, both financially and in terms of a sense of achievement.

Remember also that running a small business is not a whole lot different to running a large business. The only real difference is one of scale. The key issues are always the same.

So here are some top business tips for success for would-be entrepreneurs:-

Top business tips for success today:

1. Control your costs:

Of the many business tips for success I could suggest, none can be more important than keeping an eye on the money.

Money comes into your business and money goes out. It’s that simple.

However, if you fail to ensure that the former is always greater than the latter, at least for most of the time, then trouble will follow at some point, whatever the size of your business.

A bigger business might be able to weather the storm a bit longer but the consequences of expenditure consistently exceeding income will be the same. Keep losing money and eventually, your business will go bust.

Take every opportunity to maximize your revenue and always keep your costs as low as you can. And never, ever lose sight of cash flow.

Don’t spend money unless it is absolutely necessary.

Ask yourself, do I really need to spend this money? What will I get in return? Can I achieve the same result at less or even no cost?

It might surprise you to learn how frequently it is possible to avoid cost, whilst still doing all the things big businesses do.

The key message here is that you must keep an iron-grip on costs and you must manage cash flow carefully.

2. Do your own market research:

Every product should solve a problem for your customer and you should have some idea of what that problem is and how your product will solve it relative to other products offered by your competition.

Just because you think you’ve got a great product, doesn’t mean customers will see it that way. Your opinion means nothing if there are not enough people willing to buy your product at the price you’re trying to charge for it.

If your product won’t sell then potentially your business could be in trouble.

Perhaps you think you’ve spotted a gap in the market?

If it’s a genuine gap then you might be on to a winner. However, a gap in the market doesn’t always guarantee that there is a market within that gap. Maybe there’s a reason for the gap which you’ve yet to understand.

In business, the trick is to find out what people really want and then offer it to them.

How do you find that out?

One very good way is simply to ask them yourself.

I’m not referring to your family and friends here. They’ll be far too polite to give you any meaningful feedback.

You must talk to real customers, if and when you have them, and potential customers.

You can conduct some of your own market research in your local shopping mall or wherever you think your target customers might congregate. And don’t be shy. Only by actually talking to people can you confirm whether your ideas have real potential.

So, identify some basic questions, stand there with a clipboard and just start asking people, as politely as possible.

Often they’ll be far more helpful than you might expect.

And don’t forget you can always use the Internet too.

Search engines like Google have keyword search tools that are free to use. These tools allow you to get a ‘rough and ready’ measure of what people are searching for and how frequently.

And don’t forget social media. Facebook and Twitter, for instance, can be great channels for asking questions, so you can gauge what people think.

Market research doesn’t have to be expensive. As a small business entrepreneur, it is possible to do it yourself. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this activity but it’s essential that you do it.

Your results might not be quite as scientific as those produced by the professional market research people, but they will provide you with a rough guide and that’ll probably be good enough in the first instance.

3. Advertising costs money: is there a better way?

Another of the most important business tips for success has to be visibility. I cannot stress highly enough that visibility matters, both for your business and your products. It’s absolutely crucial.

Your products might be the best in the world but they won’t sell at all if potential customers have no idea they exist. Surely that much is obvious.

The question is, how does any business ensure that customers have visibility of its products? The obvious answer is advertising of course.

However, media advertising can be costly, and it’s a cost that new businesses often cannot afford.

One small advert in the back of a glossy magazine can cost you a lot of money and yet you have to ask yourself whether that would be money well spent?

How often do you notice the small advertisements in the back of a magazine? In my case, the answer is not very often.

With so many advertisements competing for my attention, I tend to filter them all out. I’m willing to bet that you do too dear reader.

So, if you’re not careful, money spent on advertising can be money wasted in my experience.

A better approach might be to use some creative thinking with a focus on public relations.

Smart entrepreneurs know that business is show business. It’s all about getting noticed.

For example, the entrepreneur Richard Branson is a brilliant exponent at getting media attention at little or no financial cost to his business.

It helps that he’s a likeable guy of course but he’s also clever and creative in his approach.

If you have an interesting back story perhaps the local press, local radio or even television might be willing to run a story on you and your business and the products you have to offer?

Social media can be a powerful medium for gaining attention for your business too.

Social media is also a useful way of driving traffic to your company’s website, particularly Pinterest which is an incredible tool.

Then there’s using search engine optimization (SEO) techniques on your website content to ensure you drive traffic to your site from the search engines.

Let’s face it, you do need to appear on the first page of a Google search if there’s to be any chance of anyone noticing you and your business through search queries. So, if you can optimize your website for SEO, then you can get enormous amounts of traffic from Google and other search engines, like Bing and Yahoo.

Make sure you offer visitors to your company website the opportunity for signing up for a regular email newsletter. And give them an incentive to sign up.

This could be a free report or perhaps a discount code for one of your products.

How about running a competition using your company’s fan page on Facebook or your company website?

The price of say a smartphone or a Kindle or other desirable electronic device as a prize would be cheaper than the cost of a small advert in a glossy magazine but it’s more likely to get noticed and it’ll probably generate a lot more excitement.

If you have a car or van; don’t forget that it can be emblazoned with your company logo, your website details and product information on the back, sides and front. Even on the roof.

It would be free advertising as you’re driving around.

Park your vehicle at a big event attended by thousands of people and you’re beginning to master the art of guerrilla marketing.

The bottom line is that creative thinking and public relations can produce powerful results in your quest for visibility at a fraction of the cost of advertising. The key message is; be creative.

4. Don’t make yourself indispensable:

The biggest mistake any entrepreneur or business manager can make is to think that every decision should be made by them.

If you’ve started a business from scratch you tend to form an emotional bond with it. It becomes your baby and you become very protective of it.

That’s natural of course but as the business grows you’ll have so many things to do that you couldn’t possibly do them all.

You could try, of course. However, if you try to do everything you’ll find yourself falling behind in key areas like product sourcing, sales and keeping your accounts up to date.

Fall behind, and it becomes very hard to catch up. Potentially it is also very damaging for the business.

So you have to learn the art of delegation.

A good start would be to document every task and process within the business and then create an Operations Manual. This can include everything from the preferred method for answering the phone to completing invoices and dealing with complaints.

It can also include the degree of flexibility which you are delegating to staff, so they can get on with basic tasks allowing you to get on with those activities which are much more important for achieving business success.

No business should be dependent solely on one person.

If it is and that person gets seriously ill or has an accident then obviously the business would be in trouble very quickly and it would struggle.

Delegate basic activities to your staff and you can be sure that the business will continue to function even when you’re not around.

It will also give you a bit more thinking time for steering the company towards bigger and better things.

The key message here is that you must delegate. Never delude yourself into thinking that only you can do a particular task.

5. Charge sensible prices:

If you’re to earn a decent income then any list of business tips for success must stress the importance of knowing the value you can add and know your worth too.

It’s easy when you’re a small business to undervalue your products and your time. The result is that you undercharge for what you have to offer.

This is particularly true when professionals are selling their expertise and time on the basis of a consultancy arrangement.

It’s common for first-timers to lack the confidence to charge what they might perceive to be a high rate for their services.

The problem is that selling things cheaply can be counter-productive because customers then think they’re getting an inferior product or service and can be put off.

It is a fact that price can often be used as a proxy measure for quality when your business is being judged.

You have to be very business-like when considering the pricing of your products and services.

So look at what your competitors are charging and then analyse where you think your products and services fit into the market.

If you struggle with that idea then you can always seek guidance from someone else, like a fellow business owner or your accountant.

However, you must always remember that you must believe in your products and services. If you don’t then why should anyone else?

You must project confidence.

If you don’t have the courage of your convictions then the chances are that your business will never succeed.

Believe in yourself and charge what you’re really worth. Sell yourself on the basis of the value you bring and the value you can add.

6. Make the best use of technology:

Sometimes small business owners think that because they are small they can only act in a small way. However, that can be a mistake.

Don’t be afraid to invest in your business. For instance, investing in up-to-date technology like the right phone system and websites do not have to be expensive but they can be the difference between a customer contacting you or not.

These days no business, large or small, can operate without a website.

And that website needs to be as user-friendly as it possibly can be.

Make sure your website provides customers and potential customers with the opportunity to sign up for a regular email newsletter. And as suggested earlier, offer them an incentive so they do sign up.

Ensure also that your telephone system allows customers to reach you at their first attempt. Certainly, customers won’t make too many attempts to call you before they’ll simply go elsewhere.

If you don’t know how to do all this yourself then go on a course or seek guidance from someone with the right expertise.

Good communications will pay handsome dividends over time.

7. Set goals:

Another in this list of business tips for success, that I want to really stress here, is the importance of goal-setting.

You have to know what it is you’re trying to achieve if you’re to have any chance of successfully achieving it.

Never set your sights too low either. Set yourself a challenge and then put all your energy into achieving it.

Once you’ve set a goal then you need to establish a plan as to how it is going to be achieved.

For instance, if your goal is to achieve a certain level of turnover over the next year, you have to break that down into the small steps you will need to take for it to be achieved.

How many sales will you need to achieve each day, each week and each month?

What implications will those sales targets have for production?

Do you have enough sales staff to generate that amount of business?

And so on.

Always create a plan and review it regularly making adjustments as and when necessary.

8. If you got a great idea then do something with it:

How many great ideas never see the light of day because the person with the idea fails to do anything about it?

And how many times does someone with an idea see someone else come along with the same idea and beat them to market?

Let me give you an example. Two years ago I thought up a great idea for a teeshirt slogan. However, I was busy and so in the end I didn’t do anything about it. Fast forward two years, and the other day I noticed one of the best selling teeshirts on Amazon was one bearing the slogan that I’d thought up.

Someone else had the idea too, but they actually did something about it. And they’re now benefitting from the income generated. From my standpoint, great opportunity missed.

Procrastination stops many entrepreneurs from cashing in on a great idea. Don’t let this be you.

If you’re waiting for the perfect time to do anything you will be waiting for the rest of your life.

Now is always the perfect time to start.

Don’t wait until you think the economy will be better or your children have left home or some other arbitrary barrier.

The right time to start your business is right now.

So go for it. Yes, you’ll make mistakes. You won’t get everything right the first time. You won’t become an instant millionaire either.

However, by getting started you’ll be heading in the right direction and you’ll learn along the way.

Hard work combined with implementing good ideas will get you there eventually.

Business Tips for SuccessConcluding Remarks:

I hope these business tips for success prove useful to you dear reader.

However please note, this blog post was not intended to be a comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs.

You’ll find many excellent books on the subject and I recommend that you make a point of reading as many of them as you can because educating yourself is always a good idea. It doesn’t have to be formal education. Self-education can be just as good in practice. And then, of course, you can start creating your own list of business tips for success.

And the best form of education in my experience is to learn by doing. You will make mistakes but the lessons learned from those mistakes will be far more valuable to you than anything anyone can teach you in a classroom.

Being an entrepreneur can be a roller coaster ride but it can be a fantastic and enriching experience too. So if you fancy it, go for it.

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11 of the best quotes you will read today

best quotes you will read todayDear Reader, Are you in need of some inspiration? We all need a little occasionally, don’t we? So here are 11 of the best quotes you’ll read today.

Best quotes you will read today:

  1. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. ~Author Unknown
  3. It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. ~Zig Ziglar
  4. We cannot change the cards we’re dealt; just how we play the hand. ~Randy Pausch
  5. You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow through. ~Rosalyn Carter
  6. If you’re doing your best, you won’t have time to worry about failure. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr
  7. The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. ~Theodore Rubin
  8. You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. ~Lee Iacocca
  9. It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men. ~Thucydides
  10. Live your life in the creative space and go where others have not yet been; to the fields the grazing cows have yet to find. ~Alan Alda
  11. What I have learned is that a whole lot of people with degrees don’t know a damn thing and a lot of people with no degrees are brilliant. ~John Henrik Clarke

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21 funny quotes about age certain to amuse you

funny quotes about ageDoes getting older bother you, dear reader?

If you’re like me then it might just bother you a little bit.

The years go by so quickly, don’t they? Life goes by in the blink of an eye.

We all want to make the most of our time of course. However life usually gets in the way, doesn’t it? As John Lennon once said, life’s what happens whilst you’re busy making other plans.

When we’re young, we have time and energy but no money and few skills.

As we get older, we have the demands of work and family eating up the time we have. And whilst we have some money, it mostly goes on paying bills.

Then in old age we have money if we’ve been lucky and we have fewer demands on our time but we have no energy and our bodies start to let us down.

Life can be like a cruel joke at times. However done right, life can be fun too. Well, I think so anyway.

Live life whilst you can and don’t put anything off until someday because someday never comes. If you really want to do it, then do it now.

Here are 21 funny quotes about age certain to amuse you and certain to get you thinking about life too.

Funny quotes about age:

  1. Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. ~Tom Stoppard
  2. At my age “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for. ~Author Unknown
  3. I don’t do drink or drugs. At my age, I get the same effect just standing up too fast. ~Author Unknown
  4. Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese. ~Luis Buñuel
  5. Where does it say we have to act our age? As long as it makes me happy and I’m not hurting anyone, I will act whatever age I want to. ~Author Unknown
  6. Middle age is when a guy starts turning off lights for economic rather than romantic reasons. ~Eli Cass
  7. I don’t let my age define me but the side-effects are getting harder to ignore. ~Author Unknown
  8. Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. ~Benjamin Franklin
  9. Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you. ~Ogden Nash
  10. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. ~Victor Hugo
  11. No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. ~Henry David Thoreau
  12. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw
  13. Age is not how old you are but how many years of fun you’ve had. ~Matt Maldre
  14. I’ve reached the age where my brain went from “You probably shouldn’t say that” to “What the hell, let’s see what happens.” ~Author Unknown
  15. Don’t let ageing get you down. It’s too hard to get back up. ~John Wagner
  16. Age is just a number that changes depending on who’s asking. ~Author Unknown
  17. Old age is always ten years older than me. ~Author Unknown
  18. Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be again. ~Author Unknown
  19. At my age I’ve heard it all; I’ve seen it all; and I’ve done it all. I just can’t remember it all. ~Author Unknown
  20. Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternative. ~Maurice Chevalier
  21. Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional. ~Walt Disney

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Brian Tracy: Habits of success anyone can learn

Habits of SuccessIf you want to be successful, then you must develop good habits. That’s a reasonable statement, don’t you think dear reader?

However what habits should they be? That’s not quite so easy to answer, I hear you say.

Well fear not in the video included here Brian Tracy presents some interesting ideas on the habits of success.

I admire Brian Tracy and I listen to his audio programs in my car all the time.

In my opinion, Brian Tracy is always excellent and always full of wise words and good advice.

And I can tell you that this video is well worth your time.

So let Brian tell you more about habits which he believes are consistent with achieving success. Take a few minutes out of your schedule because you will find it well worth a little piece of your time.

Habits of Success:

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15 Quotes by Dr Seuss that are an inspiration to all

Quotes by Dr SeussTheodor Seuss Geisel, better known by his pen name Doctor Seuss, was an American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher, and artist, famous for authoring more than 60 children’s books.

Through his work, he left the world his indelible spirit imprinted on the pages of his many famous books.

His wisdom and humor remains timeless and it is beloved by children all over the world.

Dr Seuss’s work is unlikely to be forgotten and it’ll continue to capture readers’ imagination for generations to come.

Here are 15 quotes by Dr Seuss that are an inspiration for everyone.

Quotes by Dr Seuss:

  1. Only you can control your future. ~Dr Seuss
  2. Take every chance. Drop every fear. ~Dr Seuss
  3. A person’s a person, no matter how small. ~Dr Seuss
  4. Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ~Dr Seuss
  5. You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut. ~Dr Seuss
  6. If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good. ~Dr Seuss
  7. It’s not about what it is; it’s about what it can become. ~Dr Seuss
  8. Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered. ~Dr Seuss
  9. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. ~Dr Seuss
  10. With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street. ~Dr Seuss
  11. Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. ~Dr Seuss
  12. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr Seuss
  13. You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way! ~Dr Seuss
  14. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go. ~Dr Seuss
  15. Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy, they just promised it would be worth it. ~Dr Seuss

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25 of the silliest jokes ever that’ll tickle your funny bone

silliest jokes everIf you like short, witty one-line jokes, dear reader, then today I offer you some of the silliest jokes ever.

Yes, they are corny but they’ll tickle your funny bone I’m sure. Children will enjoy them too.

So please feel free to share them all, but not before you’ve taken a few minutes to relax and have a laugh or two.

Silliest jokes ever:

  1. What type of trees do plumbers plant? Toiletries.
  2. How do horses propose? They go down on bended neigh.
  3. Who do you call if a parrot falls off his perch? Parrot-medics.
  4. Why did the monkey logon online? To send a chimpanzee-mail.
  5. What happens to ducks before they grow up? They grow down.
  6. Is it legal to marry a widow’s husband? No, because he’s dead.
  7. What would a monster choose to eat in a restaurant? The waiter.
  8. Why aren’t dogs good dancers? Because they’ve got two left feet.
  9. Why do bears have fur coats? Because they’d look silly in anoraks.
  10. What’s the definition of an arms race? An octopus running for a bus.
  11. Why are barbers, such good drivers? Because they know all the shortcuts.
  12. What’s a man’s idea of a romantic night out? A candlelit football stadium.
  13. Why does a flamingo lift one leg? Because if it lifted both it would fall over.
  14. Why did the mother cat put stamps on her kittens? She wanted to post a litter.
  15. What should you give a man who has everything? A woman to show him how it all works.
  16. Why did the mathematician turn off his heating? So he could be cold and calculating.
  17. How does a man show he’s planning for the future? He buys two cases of beer instead of one.
  18. A neutron walks into a bar and says to the bartender, “How much for a beer?” The bartender responded, “For you, no charge!
  19. What did the vampire say just before dawn, when he saw the neck of a sleeping man? “Aaahh, breakfast in bed!
  20. What did Hamlet say when he went camping and lost his tent? “Tepee or not tepee? That is the question.”
  21. Two fleas are leaving a restaurant and one says to the other, “Should we walk or take a dog?
  22. Did you hear about the dog that liked to eat garlic? His bark was worse than his bite.
  23. Two large, hungry lions were wandering around Walmart and one said to the other, “It’s quiet in here, isn’t it?
  24. What’s the difference between a New York Yankees fan and a dentist? One roots for the yanks, and the other yanks for the roots.
  25. A man walks into a bar carrying three wooden panels and four wooden posts. “You can’t bring those in here,” said the bartender. “They may cause a fence.

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