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

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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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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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15 great sports quotes you’ll just love

  1. Great Sports QuotesJust play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. ~Michael Jordan
  2. You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you. ~Yogi Berra
  3. Sports do not build character. They reveal it. ~Heywood Broun
  4. Sport is imposing order on what was chaos. ~Anthony Starr
  5. You can’t win unless you learn how to lose. ~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  6. Champions keep playing until they get it right. ~Billie Jean King
  7. If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score? ~Vince Lombardi
  8. The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition. ~Nick Seitz
  9. Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. ~William Arthur Ward
  10. A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. ~Wayne Gretzky
  11. Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. ~William James
  12. If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. ~Jack Lemmon
  13. The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. ~Steve Garvey
  14. My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. ~Hank Aaron
  15. Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting. ~George Orwell

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Why is my life so bad right now?

Why is my life so bad right now? Have you ever asked yourself that question?

Perhaps you feel you deserve something better from life? Maybe your life’s not all you’d like it to be? You want more, possibly?

Does today’s question resonate with you dear reader?

You look around and you see people enjoying the sort of life you’d like and you can’t help wondering how it’s all working out for them but not for you?

If you feel this way then you’re not alone, that much is certain. Plenty of people feel this way.

However, if you do feel this way, do you ever wonder who’s at fault for your life failing to meet your expectations?

Maybe you feel the fault lies with your parents or the teachers you had at school, possibly?

Perhaps you feel the fault lies with your boss or your employer?

They didn’t provide you with the right training or you didn’t get the breaks when there was an opportunity for promotion? Someone else got the promotion simply because they were well in with the boss, right? You feel that you were a better candidate than them and yet they got the job? Life can be so unfair, right?

Well my friend I have to tell you, if your life sucks then there’s only one person you can blame. Just look in any mirror and you will see that person staring right back at you.

We’re responsible for our own lives and our lives will always be what we choose to make of them.

Yes, you may have had a few bad breaks in life. Yes, perhaps your parents and/or teachers could have been better. So what? Life’s still what you choose to make it.

You have to decide what it is you want; you have to work out how to get what you want; and then it requires determination and a lot of hard work on your part to get where you really want to be.

Life’s an endless stream of opportunities you can choose to take or not. For the eagle-eyed and fleet-footed, opportunities are there for the taking every single day.

By providing a service and adding value to the lives of others, there’s always money to be made.

Keep educating yourself and learning new skills and you’ll be able to add more value to people.

Add more value and you’ll get paid more.

Manage the money you make wisely and you can build your own wealth over time. It can be done and people do. So, why not you?

However there are no shortcuts. Nothing ever happens by chance.

On very rare occasions you might get lucky and something will fall into your lap. However mostly you’ll have to work very hard to get what you want. You have to go out and make things happen I’m afraid. That’s life, unfortunately.

It’s the same with relationships too.

Find someone who you’d be happy to have as a friend, even without sex, and you have the basis for a healthy relationship.

Friendship and trust underpin a good relationship. As does commitment and a willingness to put in as much as you take out.

It all starts with really knowing what you want.

If you know your ‘Why’ then that will give you the motivation you need to keep going until you get to where you want to be.

If you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

That said, you have to be positive; you have to be prepared to make a few mistakes; and you have to be prepared to learn from those mistakes.

On the road to success, a few mistakes are inevitable.

However as learning opportunities, mistakes are invaluable. You’ll learn much more from any mistakes you make than you will from any successes you enjoy.

That said, never allow yourself to be driven too far off course. Keep your eye on the prize you want; and never accept an answer unless it’s the one that you want.

Above all, never, ever let people discourage you from pursuing your dreams and ambition.

It doesn’t matter what other people think; the only thing that matters is what you think. It doesn’t matter whether they believe you can do it, as long you believe you can do it.

You can be whatever you want to be, as long as you really, really want whatever it is you think you want.

Everything is possible for those who never give up until they get to where they want to go. Life really is what you make it. I can tell you that from my own experience.

You must also remember this though, life’s not a rehearsal. You only get to go round once. So make it the best you can and make the most of being you. Remember this; you’re as good as anyone and better than most.

You can have the life you want but not without hard work and commitment. There’s a price to be paid and that price will be paid in blood, sweat and tears. You never get anything for nothing and the price must always be paid first.

If you don’t want to pay the price then the life you lead will always fall short of your expectations. Sorry if that bothers you but it’s a fact.

So, what actions will you take now to start improving your life?

Start by making a list, set some goals and then get going.

It’s never too late to improve your situation. It’s never too late to make life better.

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15 Quotes by Amy Poehler

15 Quotes by Amy PoehlerAmy Poehler is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, director, producer and writer. She is also an inspiration to women everywhere.

Amy Poehler is probably best known for her appearances on the US television series Saturday Night Live, and she has a reputation for being a woman with the determination to contribute significantly in her own right rather than being content with a decorative, background role supporting leading men.

This is a woman who is smart, talented and one who knows where she’s going. She has a determination to succeed on her own terms and that’s a quality I admire.

We would all do well to follow her example, regardless of our gender. We leave our own mark on life with the things we actually achieve and the contribution we make.

So here are 15 quotes by Amy Poehler which reflect her philosophy and her approach to succeeding in a tough profession.

Quotes by Amy Poehler:

  1. I get a little itchy if I don’t have some control. ~Amy Poehler
  2. I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler. ~Amy Poehler
  3. I believe great people do things before they are ready. ~Amy Poehler
  4. The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be. ~Amy Poehler
  5. I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep. ~Amy Poehler
  6. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ ~Amy Poehler
  7. I’d say any good set or any comedy that I’ve worked on, that’s worked, has been comedians pitching ideas back and forth to each other. A lot of like, ‘What if you say this? What about this?’ ~Amy Poehler
  8. Any actor or actress that tells you that they don’t watch their stuff is lying. ~Amy Poehler
  9. I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they “want to do” and start asking them what they don’t want to do. ~Amy Poehler
  10. You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. ~Amy Poehler
  11. 15 Quotes by Amy PoehlerDecide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier. ~Amy Poehler
  12. It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate. ~Amy Poehler
  13. Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself. ~Amy Poehler
  14. How a person treats their waitress is a great indication of their character. ~Amy Poehler
  15. I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things. ~Amy Poehler

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