Why enjoying yourself can never be a waste of time


Enjoying yourselfTime you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted. ~John Lennon

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a great believer in making the most of your time.

In particular, a constant message is that you should not waste your time. However, as with everything, it is important to strike a balance.

As John Lennon reminds us in his observation above, truly enjoying yourself can never be a waste of time.

Enjoying yourself and having fun has positive benefits for your health.

For a start, it reduces stress. Also what would be the point of life if you couldn’t have a little fun occasionally?

Remember the words in that old Music Hall song, “Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think. Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink.”

You can’t be serious all the time. Sometimes you’ve just got to have some fun. So go on. You know you want to.

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10 inspirational quotes to increase your motivation

Inspirational quotes to increase your motivationUse those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Bernard Meltzer

The mind is for seeing, the heart is for hearing. ~Arab Proverb

I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. ~George Burns

If you want to achieve things in life, you’ve just got to do them, and if you’re talented and smart, you’ll succeed. ~Juliana Hatfield

You have the same number of hours in the day as everyone else. What you accomplish depends on how wisely they are used. ~Roy Sutton

You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people, than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~Bernard Meltzer

Making a hundred friends is not a miracle. The miracle is to make a single friend who will stand by your side even when hundreds are against you. ~Author Unknown

True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. ~Author Unknown

Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. ~Mark Twain

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21 thought-provoking quotes about success

Quotes about successMany people say they want to be successful but few achieve success in any meaningful way.

That said one person’s success is another person’s failure.

In fact, we all have different ideas about what constitutes success.

For some people it’s all about owning a million dollar mansion, whereas for others just being happy and contented would be their measure of success.

So, what does success mean to you?

In today’s post there are 21 thought-provoking quotes about success to help you reflect on what success actually means to you.

However you choose to define success it is possible to get to where you’d like to be with effort and determination.

Just decide where you want to go and don’t stop until you get there; though not before you’ve read today’s thought-provoking quotes about success.

Not only are they thought-provoking, I hope you’ll find them motivating and inspirational too dear reader.

Quotes about success:

  1. Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. ~Stephen King
  2. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. ~Herman Cain
  3. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. ~Richard Branson
  4. Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~Malcolm S. Forbes
  5. 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 realize that you control your own destiny. ~Albert Ellis
  6. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~George Lorimer
  7. If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it. ~Olin Miller
  8. The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do. ~Roy L. Smith
  9. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball
  10. Quotes about successSuccess is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds. ~Orison Swett Marden
  11. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. ~Albert Einstein
  12. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. ~Abraham Lincoln
  13. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John R. Wooden
  14. Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday. ~Brian Tracy
  15. Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. ~George Sheehan
  16. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~Benjamin Disraeli
  17. There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. ~Ray Goforth
  18. Don’t wait. The time will never be just right. ~Napoleon Hill
  19. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. ~Clay P. Bedford
  20. The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. ~Mark Caine
  21. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier

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101 Proverbs everyone should know

ProverbsThere are literally thousands of proverbs. These are simple sayings which express essential truths and they exist in every language.

Most have become clichés but they’re based on common sense and centuries of experience and they’re no less valid for their overuse.

Here are 101 proverbs that everyone should know.

These proverbs can be very useful when your aim is to emphasise a point. So see how many of them you can work into your conversations today.

101 Proverbs:

  1. There’s no place like home
  2. Beggars can’t be choosers
  3. Opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door
  4. People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  5. Possession is nine tenths of the law
  6. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind horse
  7. A volunteer is worth twenty pressed men
  8. Adversity makes for strange bedfellows
  9. There’s honour among thieves
  10. There’s no fool like an old fool
  11. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion
  12. Don’t get mad, get even
  13. The road to hell is paved with good intentions
  14. Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself
  15. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
  16. East, west, home is best
  17. Every picture tells a story
  18. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die
  19. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance
  20. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
  21. A change is as good as a rest
  22. The proof of the pudding is in the eating
  23. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach
  24. Faint heart never won fair lady
  25. Fortune favours the brave
  26. Give credit where credit’s due
  27. Children and fools tell the truth
  28. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face
  29. He who sups with the Devil should have a long spoon
  30. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
  31. Once a thief, always a thief
  32. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty
  33. If anything can go wrong, it will
  34. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
  35. Into every life a little rain must fall
  36. It never rains but it pours
  37. There are none so blind as those that will not see
  38. There’s an exception to every rule
  39. It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive
  40. The early bird catches the worm
  41. Once bitten, twice shy
  42. It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease
  43. Judge not, that ye be not judged
  44. Least said, soonest mended
  45. Let the buyer beware
  46. Lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  47. Many a true word is spoken in jest
  48. Many are called but few are chosen
  49. Marry in haste, repent at leisure
  50. Necessity is the mother of invention
  51. ProverbsNever give a sucker an even break
  52. No pain, no gain
  53. Nothing is certain but death and taxes
  54. Oil and water don’t mix
  55. Old soldiers never die, they just fade away
  56. One good turn deserves another
  57. One volunteer is worth ten pressed men
  58. Prevention is better than cure
  59. Procrastination is the thief of time
  60. Revenge is a dish best served cold
  61. Rome wasn’t built in a day
  62. Still waters run deep
  63. Stupid is as stupid does
  64. Talk is cheap
  65. The apple never falls far from the tree
  66. The customer’s always right
  67. The darkest hour is just before the dawn
  68. The Devil finds work for idle hands
  69. When in Rome, do as the Romans do
  70. Where there’s muck there’s brass
  71. You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family
  72. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs
  73. You can’t win them all
  74. You’ll catch more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar
  75. You reap what you sow
  76. The Devil is in the details
  77. The end justifies the means
  78. The exception which proves the rule
  79. If you want a thing done well, do it yourself
  80. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  81. In the kingdom of the blind the one eyed man is king
  82. The pen is mightier than sword
  83. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  84. There’s no such thing as a free lunch
  85. There’s no such thing as bad publicity
  86. Familiarity breeds contempt
  87. There’s nowt so queer as folk
  88. There’s one born every minute
  89. There’s safety in numbers
  90. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it
  91. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
  92. Those who sleep with dogs will rise with fleas
  93. Time and tide wait for no man
  94. Time is money
  95. To the victor go the spoils
  96. Tomorrow never comes
  97. Truth is stranger than fiction
  98. There’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle
  99. There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip
  100. You win some, you lose some
  101. Youth is wasted on the young

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Perhaps you feel that there are some better ones which should be on this list?

If so, what are they?

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Why passion is the key to success

Why passion is the key to successIf success is your aim then received wisdom suggests that you should find your passion. You’ve heard that before dear reader I’m sure. However the phrase is now spoken so often that it’s has become a bit of a cliché, don’t you think?

And of course once something becomes a cliché then it’s hard to take it seriously, would you agree?

Then again, just because something has become a cliché doesn’t in itself mean that it lacks an underlying truth.

From experience I can tell you that if you really want to succeed at anything then whatever it is must matter to you. And I’m not talking about mattering just a little bit. I mean it really, really, really must matter to you. It must be as important to you as the air that you breathe.

You can call it a ‘passion’; you can call it something with which you have ‘a sense of connection’; or you can call it your ‘Why’. Whatever you call it, you’ll only have the determination to see it through as far as it goes if it actually matters to you.

How lucky are those people who find something in life that matters so much that it drives them to make their mark. To be recognised for making a significant contribution to their chosen pursuit.

That pursuit may be painting or writing or playing a musical instrument. It may be computers or fast cars. It may be starting a business and making serious money. Whatever it is, it’s that special something which for those people is not only interesting and absorbing but rewarding too.

It becomes so important to them that it would be their hobby if they couldn’t make a living at it. Because they love it so much, it’s not work at all, for them it’s a pleasure.

It’s something for which they have a sense of enthusiasm or ‘passion’ and instinctively they recognise that it’s what they’re good at. And of course, because they love it, they practise and keep practising. And because they practise they hone their skills and they get even better at it. This creates a virtuous circle.

Constant practise will help you excel and reach the very top of your game.

Sadly for most people, that special something is something they never find.

However, if you’ve yet to find that special something, you must never stop looking. One day you might just stumble upon it and it’s never too late for you to become the person you really could be.

That’s why passion is the key to success.

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Here’s how to make extra money

How to make extra moneyWhere there’s muck there’s brass. ~English Proverb

If you’re short of money and you could use a little extra, what’s the best and quickest way to generate some cash?

How about making money from your old junk? All that clutter filling every available space in your home?

If you’re anything like me dear reader you’ll have accumulated plenty of junk and clutter over the years.

Old toys, bric-a-brac, old vinyl records, CDs and DVDs and so on. They can all be traded for money. Even old clothes can be traded. And if you have anything that offers some antique value then that’s even better.

A classic way to sell your junk and clutter is via a boot sale or yard sale of course but nowadays you can also sell using eBay, Craig’s List and similar websites. The internet makes it even easier to trade your old stuff for cash.

Believe it or not, even old, broken electronic gadgets can be traded to be used by people seeking spare parts which would otherwise be unavailable.

Old cars similarly can be mined for spares and therefore offer a means to make money too.

Then there’s scrap metal; there are plenty of people who make a decent living trading scrap metal.

Have you got a pile of old bricks at the back of your yard or garden?

You have? Then don’t just throw them away as someone might need bricks of that type and they could be prepared to pay you some cash for them.

There has always been money in old junk and clutter for those with a keen eye for hidden value. And there’s always someone, somewhere who might just need what you have but don’t want anymore.

Even dirt offers a money making opportunity. Many people have made fortunes by processing rubbish or waste materials.

Even if it can’t be sold it can be cleaned up for other people, hence there’s always money to be made somewhere.

For instance, houses where someone has sadly passed away will need clearing before they can be sold. Families are often willing to pay someone to clear it for them.

And don’t forget, trading in old junk can be turned into a profitable business.

For instance websites like MusicMagpie make good money trading old DVDs and CDs.

Then there are people who buy old books cheaply and sell them for a profit on Amazon.

And there are people with an eye for hidden value who will go round boot sales or yard sales looking for valuable items being sold cheaply. They will then buy them and resell them on eBay or at auction for profit.

For instance I saw a lady a few months ago who bought a vase for £1 at a boot sale and it was re-sold at auction for £800. Now that’s a decent profit.

As I said earlier, it’s never been easier to sell old junk and clutter on websites like eBay so there’s no excuse for not being able to make some extra cash.

Enterprising people will always find a way to make money and you can too.

Why not you? Why not now? Go for it!

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The truth about personality

Truth about personalityEveryone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~Mark Twain

People are not one dimensional. We all have many sides to our personality. Some of those sides are good and some are not so good.

Most of us have sufficient self-awareness to recognise the least attractive sides to our own personality and we try to keep them hidden. For the most part we’re successful in doing that but we can’t do it all the time.

Occasionally the ugly side of our personality will show itself. We just can’t help it.

When you meet someone new, you’re only likely to see the better sides of their personality initially and you might think, “Oh, they’re really nice.”

However the longer you know someone the more you’ll get a complete picture of the whole person. Only then can you truly know whether you like and/or trust that person or not. Only then can you begin to know the real person, warts and all.

If you really like them then you’ll forgive them their ugly side and accept that no one is perfect.

However if the ugly side is more powerful than the attractive side then you might conclude that this person is not someone you want in your life any more than is necessary.

All of this is just human nature of course, so don’t be too hard on people.

However it’s perfectly reasonable for you to want to avoid someone if they cast a dark shadow on your life. Life is too short to surround yourself with negative people and bad influences.

So accept the truth about personality and take time to get to know people before you form a judgement. Don’t rush into establishing ‘Best friends forever‘ status but equally don’t dismiss people before you really know them.

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Why you must earn before you spend

Why you must earn before you spendEarn it before you spend it. ~Author Unknown

If you want to build wealth then developing good money habits is essential dear reader. And if you’re a parent then it’s a good idea to encourage your children to develop good money habits too.

In fact, if you can only give your children one piece of financial advice then the best piece of advice is included in the quote above. Earn before you spend.

Far too many people today do the exact opposite.

People spend money they don’t have to impress people they probably don’t even like. The result is a burden of debt from which it is very hard to escape.

Occasionally we all want to buy those big ticket items. A nice television; nice furniture; a nice personal computer, tablet or smartphone; et cetera. Naturally, these are things we all want. The question is, does it make sense to incur debt in order to own these things?

My advice is to save the money first and then buy that thing you really want.

Financing arrangements are there to make other people rich. And by using finance that almost always means you’ll pay a lot more for items acquired using credit.

The ‘buy now, pay later’ deal usually comes with a high interest rate added. So inevitably if you go down this road then you’ll end up paying a lot more than you would otherwise.

Yes, you’ll get the item quicker, that’s true. However you’ll enrich someone else at your own expense. In what way does that make sense?

Now be honest with yourself; there really are very few things in life we couldn’t live without if we had to, surely?

Look after your own interests rather than lining the pockets of other people whilst impoverishing yourself and your family in the process. That is today’s message.

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Why you should respect your money

Respect your moneyRiches have wings. ~English Proverb

If you live in the UK, then in the last couple of days you might have read about the lucky couple who scooped £115 Million on the EuroMillions lottery. If you’re like me then you probably thought, “Wow, how lucky they are.”

In theory they should never need to work again. Although really they’ve just swapped one set of problems for another.

Winning money is one thing; keeping hold of it is quite another. There are plenty of examples of people who’ve won large sums of money through lotteries, or other gambling, only to lose it all within a few years.

As the English proverb above suggests, money can disappear easily if you’re not careful with it.

You have to look after your money; you have to manage it carefully.

Money can be like a bird with wings; it can fly away if you are not careful.

Too many people spend their money far too freely on things they really don’t need and things they could live without. And plenty of professionals will be offering them help, only then to help themselves, if you know what I mean?

Today’s message is that you should respect your money and look after it. Otherwise you won’t have it very long.

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Why you must spend some time learning the art of negotiation

Learning the Art of NegotiationYou have to ask for money because there’s always more money and they won’t give it to you because you’re a girl. ~Claire Danes

A new year is often a time when people decide that it’s the right time to change jobs. For whatever reason they decide it’s time to move on.

That’s fair enough; if you’re not enjoying doing whatever you’re doing or you no longer feel challenged by whatever you’re doing then it’s important to find something that really does get you feeling energised again.

However whilst finding a new job is one thing, getting fair recompense for the value you will add is quite another.

As a hiring manager I’ve always been amazed by how many people settled for the first figure offered to them. It’s surprising just how many people have little or no sense of their own worth relative to their skill-set and the real market value of jobs.

Now it’s important to remember that hiring managers work within budgets obviously and they have a duty to their employers to keep costs as low as possible.

When hiring managers are recruiting they’ll know the market rate for the job on offer, or at least the HR department will and they will have advised the hiring manager accordingly.

Nevertheless dear reader you must recognise that the market rate for any job is not a single figure. The market rate falls within a range and it’s the range that will have been supplied by the HR department.

So when the hiring manager decides that you’re the person they want to hire then in negotiating a package with you they will have that range in mind.

Naturally they’ll want to minimise the impact on their budget and so they will attempt to recruit you at the lower end of that range if that’s possible.

Yes, they’ll recognise that they have to offer you a premium on your current salary if it’s to make sense for you to leave your current employer. After all you’re always taking a degree of risk when you change jobs. And so a risk premium must be paid by the hiring manager.

That premium typically will be an uplift of around 10% – 20% above your current salary.

Beyond that, for the hiring manager, it’s all about securing your services for the lowest rate possible within the market rate range. And from a business standpoint that’s fair enough.

It’s the nature of business after all. If fact in our daily lives we’re all trying to purchase products and services for the lowest rate possible; so why should we expect businesses to be any different?

However as a jobseeker, you should be trying to sell your services for the highest price possible. That too is fair game. You must always look after your own interests because if you don’t then no one else will, that’s for sure.

Think about it. In selling products and services, businesses are trying to sell at the highest price the market will stand so they can generate the highest margins possible for their shareholders.

So why shouldn’t you get the best deal possible for yourself, relative to what the market will stand? You must know your own value and you shouldn’t just accept the first figure on offer.

Essentially it’s all a game of horse-trading. The company almost always makes a low offer, so you must try to negotiate a better offer.

To do that, before going into any negotiation, it’s important that you have some idea of the market rate for the role.

That means you need to have done some research to establish the likely range the hiring manager will be working within.

You also need to have a sales pitch available so you can highlight your own unique selling proposition and why you are worth a bit more.

The key message here is that you don’t just accept the first offer.

In today’s quote, originally recorded in the British newspaper the Financial Times, actress Claire Danes reminds us that there will be more money available and if you ask for more you might just surprise yourself.

In making this observation, modestly Ms Danes said that this was what she had learned from older actresses.

It’s a useful tip for every jobseeker, female or male.

Never be afraid to negotiate and when you leave the table make sure you’re taking away as much as you can within reason.

Once again I cannot emphasise this point too much. You must know your own worth, always.

Don’t be bashful; be business-like and make sure you get a fair share of the pie.

As I said earlier, if you don’t look after your own interests, no one else will.

In the year ahead I recommend that you spend some time learning the art of negotiation. It really is a very useful skill to develop.

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