Success and why you should never quit

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

Today I want you to consider success and why you should never quit dear reader.

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 become 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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Why should I be positive?

People with positive attitudes make better employees, better friends and better mates.~Michael Josephson

Attitude is a subject I return to frequently. And I do that because from experience I know it matters.

You may think having an attitude is a good thing. Perhaps it is if you want to make it as a rock star. However in just about every other situation in life it won’t work for you.

No employer will be impressed by someone with a negative attitude. No employer will be keen to hire someone with a negative attitude.

Most hiring managers have enough problems to deal with each day without adding to them by hiring someone with a chippy attitude.

And if you’re seeking to make new friends or form a relationship then again you’re unlikely to impress anyone if you have a negative attitude.

Why would anyone want to have their life burdened by a friend or a partner with an attitude problem?

Life is hard enough for most people without them having to put up with someone who is high maintenance because of their attitude.

I can tell you this; your life will be much, much better if you start developing a positive attitude.

Fail to do that and your life is unlikely to be very enjoyable at all. The choice is yours.

Your life will be what you choose to make it.

It’s true, it won’t be perfect. It’s true, you’ll have bad times, as well as good. Everyone does. However if you’re positive, it’ll be easier on your nerves, at least.

Look for the positive in every situation. There’s always something positive there, however small.

So go out, be positive and it will take you further than you might imagine I promise you.

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21 thought-provoking one-liners you’ll love

Thought-Provoking One-LinersI love a good one-line quote.

They can be powerful and they can be useful when you need to reinforce a point whilst making a presentation or when you’re trying to make your case in a debate or argument.

Here are 21 great, thought-provoking one-liners all of which certainly made me think.

Thought-provoking one-liners:

  1. People may hear your words but they feel your attitude. ~John C. Maxwell
  2. The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein
  3. There is no substitute for hard work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  4. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. ~Aldous Huxley
  5. To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved. ~George MacDonald
  6. Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone
  7. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  8. The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman
  9. Lost time is never found again. ~Benjamin Franklin
  10. The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows. ~Aristotle Onassis
  11. Thought-Provoking One-LinersYou have to dream before your dreams can come true. ~APJ Abdul Kalam
  12. Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn
  13. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ~Joseph Addison
  14. Health is not valued till sickness comes. ~Thomas Fuller
  15. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. ~Napoleon Bonaparte
  16. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. ~Dalai Lama
  17. Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. ~Emily Dickinson
  18. One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~Bob Marley
  19. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. ~David Geffen
  20. Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. ~John Wayne
  21. Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. ~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Further Reading:

If you like thought-provoking quotes then there are plenty of good books full of them. Two you might consider are:-

Incredible Quotations: 230 Thought-Provoking Quotes with Prompts to Spark Students’ Writing, Thinking, and Discussion by Jacqueline Sweeney

365 Thought Provoking Quotes: Leading you to your daily breakthrough by Cynamon Scott

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How to make an impression : Job Interview Tips

As the old saying goes, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

These days hiring managers are spoilt for choice when interviewing for any job regarded as a decent opportunity. In fact unless the job is a real stinker, they’ll usually get hundreds of applicants.

True they won’t interview them all but they’ll interview enough for it to be important for you to make a memorable impression on them, if you’re to have any chance at all.

Good candidates will know this and make sure they’ve researched job interview tips beforehand.

So dear reader, if you’ve found this page via a search engine, are you looking for some job interview tips?

If you’ve got a job interview anytime soon then naturally you’ll want a few pointers in how to perform to the best of your ability. You’ll not only want to showcase your skills but also leave an impression on the interviewer that lasts long after you’ve left the interview room.

Don’t forget though, the impression you leave can be a good one but it can also be a bad one. And leaving a bad one is the last thing you want to do, assuming you really want the job.

The embedded video offers some useful job interview tips, making its points with irony. The video made me smile and I hope it brightens your day too.

How to make an impression:

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10 of the best quotes of wisdom to get you thinking

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 you 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 a mile in their shoes

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10 quotes of wisdom you’ll just love

Quotes of WisdomDear Reader, Have you been searching for some quotes of wisdom?

Short quotes that you’ll easily remember? Words of wisdow 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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Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules for Success

Do you want to be successful? Then you would do well to look for successful people, then identiffy and and copy what they do.

Use successful people as your role models.

However the obvious question then is which successful person should you start with as your role model?

Well it probably doesn’t matter in reality, as long as you choose someone.

However Oprah Winfrey could be a very good start in my opinion.

She’s obviously very successful; she started with nothing; and she’s shown herself consistently to be one very smart lady.

Amongst other things, she’s a successful media proprietor, a talk show host, an actress, a producer and a philanthropist.

She’s probably best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, of course, but she’s a woman from a tough background who’s succeeded is an industry that’s cut-throat, brutal and unforgiving.

And being black and female she would have had to overcome prejudice by the shed-load in order to get where she is now.

You have to respect someone like that and, if you’re sensible, you listen to them too.

Oprah Winfrey would be an ideal role model for anyone and here are her top 10 rules for success. Listen and learn.

Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules for Success:

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15 Quotes by Steve Jobs

Quotes by Steve JobsSteve Jobs was an American entrepreneur and best known as the driving force behind the success of Apple Inc. Together with Steve Wozniak, he was a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Famously he dropped out of college and proved, if proof were needed, that you don’t necessarily need qualifications or a college Degree to make an impact and leave a genuine legacy to the world.

What you need is passion and a desire to do something well and to do it better than everyone else. And Steve Jobs had that in spades.

Sadly Steve Jobs died, far too early, at age 56 on October 5, 2011. His death being due to respiratory arrest related to the pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour for which he was being treated at the time.

However his influence on business and technology was enormous and his ideas resonate with people to this day.

In my opinion, he was one of life’s great thinkers and I think his views on life and work are worth reflecting on.

So here are 15 quotes by Steve Jobs which I think are worth a few minutes of your time.

Read them; reflect on them. And then consider your life and where you’re going. Are you living your life with passion or are you just going through the motions?

As Steve Jobs implied, our time is precious. We must live our own lives in our own way. And we cannot be defined by how other people think we should be. We must be ourselves.

Quotes by Steve Jobs:

  1. Stay hungry, stay foolish. ~Steve Jobs
  2. I want to put a ding in the universe. ~Steve Jobs
  3. We’re just enthusiastic about what we do. ~Steve Jobs
  4. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs
  5. My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. ~Steve Jobs
  6. We hire people who want to make the best things in the world. ~Steve Jobs
  7. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me. ~Steve Jobs
  8. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. ~Steve Jobs
  9. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs
  10. That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. ~Steve Jobs
  11. 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
  12. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. ~Steve Jobs
  13. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. ~Steve Jobs
  14. I think money is a wonderful thing because it enables you to do things. It enables you to invest in ideas that don’t have a short-term payback. ~Steve Jobs
  15. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids. ~Steve Jobs

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11 of the best quotes you will read today

Best QuotesDear 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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10 amusing quotes that’ll crack you up

Best QuotesIf you have a passion for offbeat quotes then here are 10 of the best quotes you’ll read. Certainly they are amusing quotes.

Unfortunately they’re all by authors unknown, so I haven’t been able to add credits. However it would be a genuine pleasure to include credits if readers can shed any light on their origin.

Contact me if you can help. In the meantime, enjoy today’s amusing quotes:-

Amusing quotes:

  1. A woman’s dream is not to find the perfect mate. A woman’s dream is to eat without putting on weight.
  2. What’s your best non-swearing insult? “I hope you step on a Lego!”
  3. Never let your best friends get lonely, keep disturbing them.
  4. For the best seat in the house, you’ll have to move the dog.
  5. Laughing is one of the best exercises; it’s like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it’s even better with a friend.
  6. The best things in life are free. The rest are too expensive.
  7. Sometimes the best part of my job is that my chair swivels.
  8. I wanted to make a clever chemistry joke but the best ones argon.
  9. Kids, I don’t know if our ceiling is the best ceiling but it’s definitely up there.
  10. The best way to show a giraffe your love is to knit a scarf for it.

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