What’s the real cost of television? You’ll be surprised by the answer

Real cost of televisionHave you ever considered what the real cost of television is and the effect it has on your life?

When you’ve worked hard all day, I’m sure you find it so easy when you arrive home in the evening, to have a bite to eat and then relax in front of the television? You just passively watch whatever’s on offer because it’s your time now, right?

If you’ve worked hard all day you deserve a rest, surely?

Anyway you’ve got a nice television and it cost you a lot of money, right?

So you want to make the most of it, don’t you?

If you’ve spent all that money, why would you want to waste such a fine piece of technology by not using it? Surely that’s a reasonable argument?

Well it’s an argument of course but have you ever given serious thought to the real cost of that television to you? How much do you think it really costs?

Now I’m not referring to the purchase price tag in the store when you made your purchase, though even that’s not insignificant.

I’m actually referring to the opportunity cost of the time wasted passively watching television. Never forget, time is money. And time wasted watching television could have been used doing something that would have been far more profitable, in the longer-term at least.

Deep down I’m suspect, in your heart, you know that dear reader, don’t you? Nevertheless, knowing and acting on the knowledge you possess are two different things.

real cost of televisionHow often do you hear people say things like, I’d love to earn more money; I’d love to have a better job; I’d love to learn another language; or I’d love to learn to play the piano; and so on. Then you’ll hear them say, if only I had the time.

Do you recognise yourself there dear reader?

The simple fact is when it comes to time, we all have exactly the same amount, 168 hours each week. It all comes down to how you choose to use and prioritize your time.

Successful people recognise that time is their most precious resource and they use it wisely.

People who succeed have a genuine sense of purpose and they’re very focused on their goals. They know what they want and they have a plan as to how they’ll get it.

Do you have a genuine sense of purpose dear reader?

Have you got a clear idea on where you’re going?

Do you know what it is you want out of life?

Perhaps life is something that’s just happening to you and you’re just going with the flow? That’s an acceptable strategy if you’re willing to accept whatever life dictates.

However you must ask yourself, are you really happy with your life and the share of life’s pie you’ve been given so far or do you want more?

Well let me tell you this dear reader. For things to improve, you must first learn to use your time wisely. Remember; time is more important than money because you can always get more money but you can’t get more time.

Secondly, you need a clear sense of direction and your own plan for how you’ll get to where you want to go. Without direction and a plan, you’ll be destined to be used as part of someone else’s plan. However that’ll only be for as long as you can serve some useful purpose to them.

Once you no longer serve any purpose to them you’ll cease to be part of their plan. And then you’ll be scratching around looking for another way to earn a living. The world is an unforgiving place, that’s for sure.

Work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money.

However we don’t just get paid for the hour. Our pay is dictated by the value we put into that hour.

The more value we can add the more we’ll earn.

And to add more value we must be increasing our knowledge and skills constantly. We reap what we sow. If we fail to reap, we cannot sow. And how can you reap if you spend your life passively watching television. Time wasted cannot be recovered.

In my experience we get out of life exactly what we put in. The more we put in the more we’ll get out.

The obvious question is, how can you get more out of life?

If you’re happy to go through life passively watching television but struggling to make a decent living then that’s fine, if that’s what you want. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Waste as much of your time as you like.

However if you want more than that then it’s time to start designing the life you want and avoiding time-wasters like television.

It’s time to decide where you’re going; what you want out of life; and it’s time to develop a your own plan for success. And above all, it’s time to stop wasting your time.

You can be a winner. Anybody can. It does require some effort of your part and a clear sense of direction though. That’s a given.

A great source of inspiration:

However if you’re going to be a winner, in addition to using your time wisely, you’ll also need a constant source of inspiration to keep you motivated.

One of my greatest sources of inspiration is the late, great, business philosopher Jim Rohn. You’ll find plenty of videos featuring the Jim Rohn on YouTube.

However you might also consider buying one of Jim Rohn’s audio recordings to listen to in your car or on your smartphone or iPad.

One Jim Rohn audio recording that I can highly recommend is The Art of Exceptional Living.

I bought my own copy of this audio recording a couple of years ago but I still listen to it when I’m driving and each time I listen I get something new out of it.

This audio recording really is an exceptional source of inspiration in my opinion.

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How will your life be measured? Here’s what matters most

How will your life be measured

How will your life be measured? A philosophical question perhaps but an interesting one nevertheless.

Some time ago, I attended the funeral of someone whom I’d known quite well professionally but not at all socially. Someone I liked and respected but I wouldn’t claim to have known them well. Nevertheless funerals are a time to reflect on someone’s life. A time to consider the impact they’ve had on other people throughout their lives.

The funeral service was held at a large, traditional church in London and it was absolutely crowded.

Listening to the eulogy and associated readings I began to appreciate just how much my late colleague had meant to so many people. It’s fair to say that she meant a lot to people. The lives of so many people had clearly been blessed by her presence in them.

This experience really made me think.

So in life, what really matters most?

As human beings we’re all driven to achieve and leave our mark on life before we pass on.

However we do tend to measure our impact on life in terms of careers and money. With those things it’s fairly easy to keep score, wouldn’t you agree dear reader?

Obviously careers provide tangible evidence of achievement, or so it seems.

So climbing the greasy pole and increasing our wealth tend to be the measures we use when we consider the idea of success. Nevertheless as I sat listening that day I had to ask myself, are these things the most appropriate measure of the lives we lead?

Anything we do that only has a long-term payoff we tend not to measure because there’s no immediate evidence of achievement. We can’t see the immediate impact of the small things we do, so we don’t believe they matter much.

However I realised that day that they do matter. In fact they matter a great deal.

It’s all in the little things we do:

A random act of kindness might not mean much to us but to the recipient of our action it could mean the world. It could have had a profound effect on that individual. And it might prove to be a life-changing experience for that person.

So, how will any of us be remembered?

When our lives have passed, how will they talk about us at our funerals?

People won’t talk about the size of our house or our car but they will talk about how we made them feel. They won’t talk about the importance of our jobs but they will mention how we helped them at a difficult time in their lives.

Perhaps they’ll talk about how we mentored them and how they’re a better person because of the impact we had on their lives. Maybe they’ll say they enjoyed our company and they’ll talk about how they looked forward to seeing us whenever we were around. Perhaps they’ll just mention how we made them smile.

When you think about it, why would we want to be remembered in any other way?

Material possessions are meaningless:

Let’s face it material possessions are meaningless. Equally successful careers are as much a reflection of good fortune as they are of anything we actually did to justify them.

That’s not the case when it comes to the impact we have on the lives of others.

The help we give; the kindness we show; that’s all down to us and our own actions day-to-day.

So how many people we’ve helped seems to me like a much better measure of success than the size of the car we drive or the size of the house in which we live.

Real success in life comes down to the difference we make. How we’ve touched the lives of other people.

Certainly that’s how I think we’ll be remembered by those who knew us, however much we’re focused on careers, money and material possessions.

How great would it be to be remembered fondly and with respect by all who crossed our paths during our lives?

How will your life be measured?

I remembered my thoughts that day at the funeral when I stumbled upon this video of a presentation given by Clay Christensen at TEDxBoston.

It offers a great perspective on how your life will be measured.

I recommend you watch this video as it’s well worth a little bit of your time.

And after you’ve watched it, I would suggest you reflect on this question, “Should the measure of our lives be just about money and achievement or should it be more about the lives we’ve touched and the people whose lives are better for us having been in them?”

How do you want to be remembered dear reader?

For me life’s measure should be in terms of how I’ve touched the lives of other people and not money, career and the size of my house.

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How to love the life you live

How to love the life you lifeDo you love the life you live? Do you enjoy your work? Life should never be just about work but it’s a big part of our lives, so it does have an effect on how we feel about ourselves.

Do you get up each morning feeling inspired by what you’ll be doing during the day ahead?

A good question to ask yourself is the one Steve Jobs asks in the video below, “If you knew that today was the last day of your life would you still be happy doing what you have to do today?”

Knowing we will die one day reminds us that our time is precious and we should use it wisely.

Life is short and none of us know when our final moment will arrive. So we must follow our heart and focus our energy on work that matters to you.

If your work matters to you then you’ll do it well. And if you do it well you’ll make a difference. Make a difference and you’ll leave a legacy. Do this and you’ll love the life you live.

How to love the life you lifeAll of this is easier said than done of course. Many people experience a life without any real sense of satisfaction. Far too many people experience a lifetime of disappointment and regret. And too many people don’t love the life they live.

However it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to accept a less than satisfactory life.

If you’re life is unsatisfactory then you need to change.

A good place to start is by listening to the inspiring observations from the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, contained in the video ‘If today were the last day of my life’ included below. His words are thought-provoking and powerful. I found this video truly inspirational and I recommend it to you.

How to love the life you live:

Between now and dead would you be happy to continue with the life you have right now?

No?

Then you must change and keep changing until you love the life you live.

Never accept second best because life is far too short.

Remember: Whilst you have to make a living, you also have to make a life too. Have no regrets, start making the life you want to live as quickly as possible. It’s later than you think.

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How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes

How to know your life purposeHow to know your life purpose in 5 minutes? Now there’s an interesting question. If you ask yourself five simple questions, you can identify your purpose and with that knowledge you can succeed.

If you speak with successful people they’ll usually have a strong sense of their life purpose.

However most people in life don’t know anything about their life purpose at all.

Far too many people in this world are unhappy with their lives because for whatever reason they feel they haven’t made the best use of their natural talent.

Too many people that I meet in their 40s and 50s seem to feel their lives have been mostly wasted so far.

Now I’m not referring to complete losers here.

I’m talking about people who actually appear to have what we all crave, i.e. an affluent lifestyle and well-paid jobs.

However, just because they’ve made some money doesn’t mean they feel they’ve made the best of their lives.

Money’s important to life of course but having a sense of purpose and a feeling that we’re making a difference to other people is also very important if we want to be happy with our lives. And surely we all want to be happy?

Do you know life purpose dear reader? Would you say you’re happy with your life?

I believe strongly that we’ve all put on this earth for a reason.

We all have our part to play and we all have a unique contribution to make.

Certainly we all have a unique set of talents.

So surely if we know what we have to offer we’re closer to knowing our life purpose?

If what we do is congruent with our life purpose then we can make a real difference to the world around us and to other people too.

How to know your life purpose:

The question is, where to start?

Well, if you have absolutely no idea of what your life purpose is then a little self-analysis is a good place to start. However what questions should you be asking yourself?

In the video below from TEDx Talks Adam Leipzig, he offers some inspired thinking on how to find your life purpose.

In the video Adam suggests some simple questions to ask yourself that will quickly lead you to a sense of what your life purpose should be.

I found this video inspirational and really useful and I recommend it to you.

Recommended Reading:

Finally, as Adam Leipzig suggests in the video, Amazon offers an enormous range of books on this subject.

Hopefully the video will have helped you without the need for further reading.

However maybe you feel the need to explore the topic further? Perhaps you might like to purchase some books on the subject to add to your personal reference library?

If so, then here are three books you might consider. Just click on the links to check them out.

Find Your Purpose: How to Stop Feeling Lost, Rediscover Yourself, and Live a Meaningful Life by Hung Pham

Life Purpose: How To Find Your Reason For Living by Claire H Perkins

How to Find Your Purpose of Life at Any Age: As I Found Mine at 47 by Meredith Sascha Abercrombie

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Why you must have the courage to step out of your comfort zone

Step out of your comfort zoneIf your aim is growth and achievement then playing it safe is unlikely to be the right strategy for you. You must face your fears dear reader. You must have the courage to step out of your comfort zone because we grow by taking on a challenge and overcoming a challenge is always at the heart of any achievement worthy of note.

A life worth living is a life where you feel fully engaged. And to feel truly energized and engaged with life you must stretch yourself to the limit of your potential? Needless to say, you can only find the limit of your potential if you step out of your comfort zone.

Sadly many people, if not most, never have the courage to step outside their comfort zone. They prefer to live where they feel safe.

Staying within your comfort zone is fine of course, if that’s what you want, but you can’t really call it living, can you? It’s existing perhaps but not really living.

You cannot grow from within the safety of your comfort zone. That’s simply a fact.

You’ll find that life begins to have a real buzz when you take the first step beyond your comfort zone. That’s what you might call living on the edge. Inevitably it’s scary of course but you really do begin to feel energised. It’s where you’ll feel a real sense of exhilaration.

Yes of course, it involves risk, that’s true. However risk and reward go hand in hand. No risk; not reward.

Stepping outside your comfort zone doesn’t guarantee success and of course you might fail. In fact you’ll certainly experience some failures along the way, because everyone does.

Experiencing failures is an inevitable part of chasing success because success lies on the far side of failure. However to get to second base and beyond, you must be prepared to take your foot off first base.

Successful people don’t always make the right decisions. However they’re willing to challenge themselves and they’re willing to persist long after everyone else has given up. They may fail but they learn from failure and they use what they’ve learned to work towards achieving their goals.

Dear reader, let me tell you something. You have enormous potential and you can achieve anything if you want it badly enough and you’re prepared to work hard for it.

Certainly you’re capable of achieving great things.

However you must set yourself challenging goals and you must be prepared to step out of your comfort zone. If you can face that discomfort and keep on going then you really can become the person you’re destined to be.

It’s easier to stay within your comfort zone of course and you’ll feel safe that way but nothing beats the feeling of winning and achieving those challenging goals you’ve set yourself. A life of safety first can be really dull.

If every obstacle must first be overcome before you start then you’ll never achieve anything.

Playing it safe is actually a bigger risk than stepping beyond your comfort zone.

By playing it safe you take the risk that you’ll never experience the satisfaction of real achievement. And it’s always better to try and fail than it is to spend your life wondering what might have been.

So go on, live a little.

Step out of your comfort zone right now and take that tiger for a ride. You’ll be glad you did.

Building the courage to step out of your comfort zone:

To reinforce the message in this theme, you might find the embedded video from Brian Tracy inspiring.

In it Brian offers some wise words on building the courage to break out of your comfort zone. It’s well worth your time and I recommend it to you.

Further listening:

If you found the video useful then you might be keen to hear more from Brian Tracy.

I think he’s a fantastic motivational speaker and I listen to his audio programmes all the time.

One I can highly recommend is:-

Eat that Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.

I bought my own personal copy of this one about two years ago and I’ve found it extremely inspiring and useful. I still listen to it frequently when I’m driving and every time I listen I learn something new.

It is definitely worth adding to your own personal development library. Click on the link you check it out.

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Building personal branding for success

Personal branding for successPersonal branding says something about you. Personal branding for success is something which you should take seriously, if your aim is to be successful.

How you present yourself to the world is being judged all the time and people will draw conclusions about you based simply on their perception of you.

That may not seem fair but in my experience it tends to be true. And reputations can often be built largely based on other peoples’ perception of you.

So, is personal branding something that matters to you dear reader?

In your opinion, does it matter what you look like; how you dress; how you speak; or what people see in your digital footprint on social media and elsewhere?

Does your reputation matter to you?

Perhaps you believe that the only thing that matters is the quality of the work you do?

If that’s true then you may not see the need to worry about your personal branding.

However you really are being judged all of the time, whether you like it or not.

How often have you walked into an open plan office area looking for a manager you’ve not met and yet you have no trouble spotting who he or she is immediately? You just can’t miss them can you? There’s just something about them that says, I am the manager. That’s personal branding.

It’s the same thing with social media.

How you conduct yourself within your digital footprint will speak volumes about you and it will have an impact on how you’re perceived by others.

A silly remark on social media about other people or the latest news can prove very costly and may have implications in future years because it could suggest something about your judgement, or lack of it. Jobs have been lost and people have been forced to resign over ill-judged comments made on social media years before.

So you have to ask yourself, do Personal branding for successI really want to be successful in my chosen field?

If you do then you must ensure that your personal branding is consistent with your ambition. To be the part, you must look the part in every respect.

You must also promote yourself in the right way at every opportunity.

Self-promotion is important because it’s all about selling yourself and making sure you’re perceived by the world in the way you’d prefer to be perceived.

If you don’t sell yourself and create the right image for yourself then no one else is going to do it for you, that’s for sure.

The good news is that with WordPress, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media channels, it’s never been easier to promote yourself, create the right image, build relationships and tell the world what it is you have to offer.

Building a personal brand:

In the video below, recorded at TEDxCMU 2011, Jacob Cass presents some interesting and useful ideas as to how you can go about building your personal brand.

This video will provide you with some useful tips and it’s well worth watching.

Further Reading:

One video cannot cover a topic comprehensively of course, so you might like to consider adding a reference book on the subject to your personal reference library.

Here are three that are worthy of your consideration:-

Introduction To Personal Branding: Ten Steps Toward A New Professional You by author Mel Carson

Personal Branding For Dummies by author Susan Chritton

KNOWN: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age by author Mark Schaefer

You can take a look at these by clicking on the appropriate link. Take a look right now whilst it’s all fresh in your mind.

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Here’s why the only disability in life is a bad attitude

the only disability in life is a bad attitudeHave you experienced a lot of adversity in your life dear reader?

Maybe you’re feeling a little bit sorry for yourself?

Life hasn’t been fair to you today, perhaps?

If life’s being unfair, you might feel that you’re entitled to have a bad attitude. We all feel that way occasionally.

However if you’re trying to get people on your side with a negative attitude then you really do need to think again. No one will be joining you at the pity party.

If there’s one genuine disability in life it’s a bad attitude.

It’s a fact that negativity never impresses anyone, ever. It doesn’t get people on your side, it will simply alienate them. You’ll be pushing them aways rather than gathering their support.

Life isn’t fair. If never has been and it never will be. That’s a fact too.

You’ll find that life doesn’t care about what you want. It doesn’t care about what I want either.

It doesn’t care about any sense of entitlement you may have.

Nor does life care that you feel that you should have a bigger piece of the pie.

In my expeience, life is what you make it. Nothing happens by accident, unless you’re very, very lucky. And no one is that lucky consistently.

The life you enjoy, or don’t enjoy, will be defined by your attitude.

It’s not about what happens to you. Stuff happens to us all. Yes, it’s true, some people bear a greated share of life’s challenges than others. However, ultimately, your life will be defined by how you respond to everything that happens to you.

No matter how tough life gets, a positive attitude will take you further than a negative one ever will.

A positive attitude is the most powerful response to life’s misfortunes.

It says, you can knock me down as many times as you like but you won’t keep me down. I will get up and I will keep getting up until I get to where I’m going.

Now that sort of attitude really will impress people.

Life responds positively to those with a positive attitude. I can tell you that from experience.

You’ll find that a positive attitude will always get people on your side. Show them that you can rise above everything life throws at you and you’ll have their respect.

In the embedded video included below, Matthew Jeffers, a senior acting major at Towson University in Maryland, provides us all with an inspiring message with the letter he wrote to the Baltimore Ravens, his favourite NFL team.

The letter was entitled “A Reason to Win” and it’s all the more impressive when considered against Matthew’s own struggles with Skeletal Dysplasia.

The ultimate lesson is that life’s not going to cut you any slack just because you’re feeling sorry for yourself.

Attitude is everything. If you believe you can, you will; if you believe you can’t, you won’t. It’s that simple.

Many people experience tough lives and however hard your life may be there’ll be plenty of people out there whose lives are far tougher than yours. Many people experience disabilities of varying degrees of severity but actually, as Matthew Jeffers observes, the only real disability in life is a bad attitude.

So if you’re feel a bit chippy right now, take a good hard look at yourself and think about the positives you have in your life, rather than constantly focusing on the negatives.

This video will inspire you so take a look at it now.

The only disability in life is a bad attitude:

Further Reading:

Now you might feel that in order to improve your attitude you could use a little extra help. Well if that’s the case you might be keen to add a reference book or two to your own personal development library. That’s a great idea and three you might consider are as follows:-

How to Change Your Life & Improve Your Attitude: Secrets to Reprogramming Your Mind for A Better Life by L.F. Scott

Get Off Your Attitude: Change Your Attitude. Change Your Life by Ryan C. Lowe

Attitude for Life: How to Achieve Success and Happiness by Changing The Way You Think by Kristen Bishop

These are all good books and well worth considering. If you’d like to check them out then all you have to do is click on the individual links now.

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21 quotes to inspire you to greatness

Quotes to inspire you to greatnessTo achieve greatness we all need a little inpiration we can refer to frequently. So here are 21 quotes to inspire you to greatness. Feel free to bookmark this page and refer to them frequently:

Quotes to inspire you to greatness:

  1. If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission. ~Author Unknown
  2. If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Everyone is good at something and once you find it, what you can achieve is limitless. ~Andrew Flintoff
  4. All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ~Walt Disney
  5. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. ~Chris Grosser
  6. Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. ~Albert Einstein
  7. The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. ~Henry Ford
  8. If you’re going through hell keep going. ~Winston Churchill
  9. The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Author Unknown
  10. Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument. ~Author Unknown
  11. What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. ~Author Unknown
  12. When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you. ~Lolly Daskal
  13. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. ~Oprah Winfrey
  14. What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable. ~Author Unknown
  15. You can do anything, but not everything. ~Author Unknown
  16. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
  17. The starting point of all achievement is desire. ~Napoleon Hill
  18. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out. ~Robert Collier
  19. Greatness is achieved beyond your comfort zone. No one ever made their mark in life by taking the easy way every time. ~Roy Sutton
  20. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
  21. The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. ~Bruce Lee

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How to be happy in life

How to be happy in lifeHow to be happy in life? Now that’s a question I hear frequently.

Well it’s my belief that, if you’re going to be happy, then you need a sense of purpose.

Now just think about that for a minute. Your work takes up one third of your life so surely it’s essential that you’re happy doing whatever you do?

So dear reader, if the question on your mind today is how to be happy in life then to find the answer it’s worth reflecting on your work for a moment and thinking about whether it’s actually right for you.

Does your work make you happy?

Do you believe your contribution to your job is something which only you can supply?

Would you say that your work is closely aligned with your natural talents?

If your job is a mismatch with their natural talents then you’re unlikely to do it as well as you might do otherwise. If you don’t do it well then it’s hard to feel a sense of pride in your work and in all probability your boss will be giving you a hard time too. So in such a scenario you’re not going to be very happy are you?

Let’s face it, spending your life doing something you don’t enjoy is such a waste, wouldn’t you agree?

You have so much natural talent that could be put to better use.

Yes, it’s true that every job has its chores. Things you have to do which you hate but accept as part of the job. No job is perfect.

However tedium should only be a small part of your whole work experience.

To feel happy and fulfilled doing the work you do means that you should enjoy at least 80% of your daily activity.

What happens if the job you do and your talents are mismatched?

Human beings are flexible and adaptable of course. So even in the worst job situations people survive but at what cost to themselves?

The further you are from applying your natural talents and abilities, the less likely it is that you’ll enjoy your work in my experience. And being unhappy at work means you’re less likely to be happy in life. That’s a fact.

And if you’re not happy then it’s difficult to make a genuine contribution to life and the lives of other people. And this matters, particularly for those people who are your loved ones.

If your loved ones have to deal with someone who’s doing a job they don’t enjoy then it can make their lives miserable too. In fact it can be no pleasure for anyone around you.

If you derive no pleasure from your work then life just becomes a grind. Also it becomes stressful which is not very good for your health either.

The best and least stressful way to earn a living is by pursuing your interests and something which you both enjoy and which is compatible with your natural talents. This is how to be happy in life.

If society encouraged people to pursue their interests and work to their strengths then we would not only be happier but we would become more productive.

And of course productive lives are happy lives too. We would all benefit and society would reap benefits too.

So think about your natural talents and think how you can best apply them.

Be happy in what you do but if you’ve yet to find work that makes you happy, then keep looking and don’t give up until you find it.

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Why an investment in knowledge pays dividends

KnowledgeAn investment in knowledge pays the best interest. ~Benjamin Franklin

You don’t get paid for the hour; you get paid for the value you put into the hour. It’s important everyone understands that important distinction dear reader.

You get paid for the value you add.

The more value you can add the more you will get paid.

It’s that simple really.

If you can solve problems for people with the skills you’ve got then you can earn a very good living.

The question is what underpins your skills? The answer to that question would be knowledge of course.

Knowledge comes from learning and learning is a lifelong process.

The quote at the top of this post from the venerable Benjamin Franklin reminds us of the importance of learning. Learning is an investment in ourselves.

We all have enormous capacity to consume and retain knowledge in our heads and that knowledge is then a currency with which we can trade. The more knowledge we have the more value we can add.

When it comes to investing, nothing will pay you a better dividend than making sure you have a good education.

And it’s not about whether or not you go to college or university. Important as they may be, learning can be achieved in many ways.

Knowledge can be gained through reading books; listening to audio and video tutorials; and challenging yourself to master anything that appeals to you. Learning from hands-on experience, making mistakes and learning the lessons you can take from any mistakes you’ve made.

In particular, if you want to master the game of money and all matters financial then you need to become a seeker of financial knowledge and know-how.

You need to become a reader and a keen student of finance. To be successful in investing, of course you really need to know what you’re doing. You need a financial education.

Ignorance can prove to be very costly indeed. And that’s true in every aspect of your life.

Education may seem expensive but it’s nowhere near as expensive as ignorance.

So, if you’re not already, become a reader.

The investment in yourself is well worth the effort and it’ll pay you a handsome dividend.

As the late, great Jim Rohn once said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”

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