Why you should make a difference in life


Make a differenceWhere are you going dear reader? What is it you want to achieve in life? If you’re anything like me you’ll be asking yourself these questions frequently.

However any vision you have for your life should not just involve some notion of what you want to achieve. Well I think so anyway.

In looking to the future, your vision should also include something you would like to leave behind, surely?

I’m talking about your legacy. In other words, what you will leave behind for future generations.

So there’s another question you should be asking yourself and that is, For what do I want to be remembered?

Developing a clear idea of what you want your legacy to be will focus your attention on what you need to do to achieve it. This will involve more than just establishing priorities. It requires you to consider what truly matters to you.

Once you know what really matters to you, then you will know where to focus all of your energies.

If you can connect with your highest values, then this will have a profound effect on your behaviour. That in turn should provide you with the motivation and the drive to pursue your life’s purpose. Your raison d’etre.

However you should also recognise this fact. If your life’s purpose is to be achieved then there will be a price to pay. That’s why you’ll need to be driven.

So, how do you turn your vision into reality?

Like every journey, it starts with the first step. You think about what needs to be done, but not for too long, and then you start doing and you keep going until you get to where you want to be.

Like many people, you may be thinking that you have to have everything ‘just right’ before you can begin to achieve your aims. That’s not so dear reader.

If you wait for everything to be perfect, then it will never happen.

The danger with waiting for everything to be perfect is that you delay and delay and never get any traction on moving things closer to where you want to be.

Your life’s purpose will only become clearer as you experience life, and gradually adjust your direction based on your experiences. Every successful person goes through many experiences before they find that thing that will allow them to truly make a difference.

This is a process of incremental changes that gradually take you in a direction which is most appropriate for you.  And if you’re heading in that direction, you’re almost certainly reinforcing what works for you.

If you just keep moving in the right direction you will achieve your aims. It may take longer than you’d like, it may not be as dramatic as you thought it would be, but you will get there. The key word is perseverance. Keep going until you achieve what you want to achieve.

Achievement is a confidence builder. The more you achieve, the more you believe you can achieve. With confidence and self-belief you can achieve anything you want to achieve.

You’ll find dear reader, if you haven’t already, that achievement changes your experience of being alive.

Not only does it make you feel good about yourself, as a natural consequence it also produces what will become your legacy and that will have made your life a life worth living and a life well-lived.

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Your life on earth timeline; what’s it all about?

Life on Earth TimelineDo you ever think about your life on earth timeline dear reader? Have you ever asked the question, what’s it all about?

The timeline to which I refer is our journey from the cradle to the grave. There is no road map for this journey, we learn as we go along and use what we learn to improve our lives as best we can.

Along the road of life’s journey we face an endless stream of choices at various times in our lives.

However fear not the choices you make because every decision you make will be a valid one. Most decisions you make will be based on imperfect information so all you can do is make a judgement as best you and act accordingly.

Inevitably, outcomes won’t always be favourable but that doesn’t mean we’ve made a bad choice. It just means life has a lesson we must learn. That’s the thing about mistakes they are just lessons which over time provide us with that valuable commodity known as experience.

So make decisions to the best of your ability and then, if they don’t work out, just look for the lesson and learn it well. Never let anyone tell you that making mistakes is a bad thing.

Despite anything people will tell you to the contrary, there is nothing wrong with making mistakes because that’s how we gain experience and that’s how we grow in character.

That said, whilst making a mistake is perfectly reasonable, making the same mistake frequently is not.

Make a mistake once and that’s acceptable; make it twice and you’re starting to look a little bit careless. Make it three times and people will start to have serious doubts about you.

So the message today is to accept that you’ll make mistakes but try not to make the same mistakes too often.

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People or Money? Which one matters most?

People or MoneyOccasionally I’m sure we all think to ourselves, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be rich and financially secure?

Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Money, money, money!

You’d be able to do what you want; travel anywhere; and buy anything. You’d have high quality clothes; the latest fashions; and all the latest gadgets.

No more searching for cheap flights and even cheaper holidays. And you wouldn’t have to worry about a job anymore either. Wealth would mean the end to all your problems surely?

Well maybe wealth would eliminate some of your problems but actually it would present you with lots of new ones too.

Riches may be chains of gold but they’re still chains.

Everyone has their problems, regardless of any wealth and privilege they may enjoy. People just have different problems.

For a start, when you have plenty of money, you become the caretaker of your own possessions. You worry about the volatility of financial markets and how your wealth will be affected. Everyone is trying to sell you something and/or give you advice. And people resent you for your wealth.

Then you become a magnet for criminals and con artists, and indeed politicians,  who want a piece of your wealth. You don’t know who you can trust anymore. Do people become your friends because they like you or are they simply after your money?

So winning the Euro Millions lottery, for instance, would have an impact on your life in ways you couldn’t begin to imagine. It wouldn’t solve all your problems, it would present you with many more.

For those readers who are rich; good luck to you.

For those people working hard to become rich; good luck to you too. I hope you achieve your goals and enjoy your wealth when you find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

However whatever your financial circumstances, never ever forget this; only people matter.

You can have all the money in the world but without family and close friends you would have absolutely nothing at all.

It’s the people in our lives that make life really worth living.

They make us laugh, they make us cry. They’re there for us when we need someone to listen; someone to put an arm around our shoulder and tell us that everything will be fine; and someone to give us a pat on the back when we’ve done well.

Money might make life comfortable but does it really make you rich? I don’t think so anyway.

If your life is blessed with good people who care about you then that’s when you’re truly rich. If you also have a sense of purpose and a hobby then actually you have all you need.

Money is very nice to have of course and I wouldn’t discourage anyone from seeking to build wealth.

However money alone will not make you happy. To be happy your life needs people, purpose and a pastime.

These are the things that really matter. Money is simply the icing on the cake. Nice to have of course but not essential to your happiness. Whereas having people in your life is essential to your happiness.

If you could only have either money or family and friends, which would you choose? I’d choose people every time.

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This is the key to success in one lesson

Key to SuccessDear reader, would you like to know the key to success? It’s simple really.

Success starts with making a decision. You decide what you want to achieve; then you decide that you will go out and get it. Once your decision has been made you pursue your objective with determination and tenacity and you don’t allow anyone or anything stop you.

In 1960 the US President John Kennedy made a speech in which he said that by the end of that decade the United States would put a man on the moon. And in 1969 the United States fulfilled that promise made by Kennedy.

Now Kennedy didn’t know how they would achieve the goal he articulated in 1960.

However he believed in their ability to do it; he believed they could develop the technology to do it; and he made a decision that they would do it; but ultimately in making his promise there was an element of risk.

There is risk in everything we do and nothing exceptional will ever be achieved without some degree of risk along the way.

Lesser men and women may allow fear to stop them. However men and women destined for great things will feel the fear and they’ll do it anyway.

Greatness cannot be achieved without paying your dues along the way. That is a fact.

Anything worth having will come with a price tag, namely blood, sweat and tears. So be bold, be strong and pursue your dream with passion.

Yes it will be challenging mentally and emotionally. And yes, plenty of people will tell you that it’s not possible or that you’re not quite good enough.

Well don’t listen to the naysayers and negative Nellies.

If you really want it, whatever it is, just keep pushing and never, ever give up until you get to where it is you want to be.

Greatness can be achieved by anyone with sufficient determination.

So whatever it is you really want to do, just go out there and do the damn thing. Do it now. Believe you can and you will.

If you’re still not convinced then take a look at this video which I think is a really fantastic motivational speech.

Watch it now and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. And the bottom line is; you’ve got to be fearless.

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15 Quotes by Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens is remembered by us all as Mark Twain, his pen name.

He was one of the greatest American writer’s as well as being a humourist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer.

In short he was a major talent and much of what he had to say is worthy of our attention.

So here are 15 quotes by Mark Twain to emphasise my point.

Quotes by Mark Twain:

  1. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain
  2. Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company. ~Mark Twain
  3. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Mark Twain
  4. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. ~Mark Twain
  5. A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. ~Mark Twain
  6. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
  7. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain
  8. Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered – either by themselves or by others. ~Mark Twain
  9. Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. ~Mark Twain
  10. Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it. ~Mark Twain
  11. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. ~Mark Twain
  12. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain
  13. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain
  14. The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~Mark Twain
  15. I never let schooling interfere with my education. ~Mark Twain

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15 Quotes by Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, poet and philosopher.

He was born in what is now Iran in the year 1048 and he was widely respected by his contemporaries and succeeding generations.

In fact his work is still widely respected today and arguably he remains one of the most important cultural figures in Middle Eastern history.

Here are 15 quotes by Omar Khayyam which I think reflect his philosophy.

Quotes by Omar Khayyam:

  1. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  2. My friend, let’s not think of tomorrow but let’s enjoy this fleeting moment of life. ~Omar Khayyam
  3. Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about it, if today be sweet? ~Omar Khayyam
  4. I have not asked for life but I try to accept whatever life brings without surprise and I shall depart again without having questioned anyone about my strange stay here on earth. ~Omar Khayyam
  5. The value of three things is justly appreciated by all classes of men: youth by the old; health by the diseased; and wealth by the needy. ~Omar Khayyam
  6. When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back. ~Omar Khayyam
  7. A hair divides what is false and true. ~Omar Khayyam
  8. As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others. ~Omar Khayyam
  9. Realise this: one day your soul will depart from your body and you will
    be drawn behind the curtain that floats between us and the unknown. While you wait for that moment, be happy, because you don’t know where you came from and you don’t know where you will be going.
    ~Omar Khayyam
  10. Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom. ~Omar Khayyam
  11. The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it. ~Omar Khayyam
  12. It’s too bad if a heart lacks fire and is deprived of the light of a heart ablaze. The day on which you are without passionate love is the most wasted day of your life. ~Omar Khayyam
  13. A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou. ~Omar Khayyam
  14. To be free of belief and unbelief is my religion. ~Omar Khayyam
  15. There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see. ~Omar Khayyam

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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 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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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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