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How the World’s Most Successful People Set Goals

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No matter who you are or what you want to do with your life, everyone has goals and dreams.

Equally, there are a million books out there that claim to help you effectively set and achieve those goals, some with very little effort. Some of these books are exceptional and offer concrete advice, others not so much.

But a much more effective way of discovering the best way to set and achieve goals is to look at those people who have already done it, masters of their craft and the most successful among us. Or, more specifically, done what (or something like what) you’d like to do.

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

Tony Robbins

These insights are much more difficult to come by, though, as they tend to lie within the individual stories of these exceptional performers, hidden in books and speeches. But by peering closer and comparing these various stories we can discover clues that can tell us how the world’s most successful people set goals.

The legacy of Think & Grow Rich

The legacy of the Napoleon Hill bestseller Think & Grow Rich may be mired in mystery and, on one point at least a bit dated, but it serves as the best starting place if our goal is to discover how the world’s most successful people set goals.

The book’s premise, to interview hundreds of the U.S.’s then most successful businessmen, was undertaken by Hill, according to legend, as the result of a suggestion by one Andrew Carnegie. Whether you believe that or not, his study of the most successful businessmen of the time, including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, is incredibly valuable.

Much of the book is devoted to achievement, however, arguably the most important lesson of the book (one which can be discerned within the first few dozen pages, no less) offers a strong hint as to how the most successful set goals as well.

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In part one of the book, Hill demonstrates several examples of a mysterious unnamed principle to which he suggests is the real “magic” to achievement in anything.

He gives several examples, but my favorite is that of Edwin C. Barnes, a man who with nothing to his name decided in his mind that he’d go into business with then famous inventor Thomas Edison. Long story short, he accomplishes his goal several years later after starting work in Edison’s lab cleaning floors and gradually working his way up.

It was the way Barnes set his goal initially that influenced the way he pursued it over those years. Upon setting his goal, he decided in his mind that it didn’t matter how long it took or what was required of him, he’d accomplish his goal no matter what. It’s this unstoppable resolve, the power of a made up mind, and a fully dedicated long-term vision which is the key to setting goals effectively.

The dragon’s fury

In 1971, a man by the name of Bruce Lee rose to stardom in China, having landed the starring role in The Big Boss, a film which would later become one of Lee’s great martial arts classics. Soon after that he’d do the same in the states. And the rest is (an extremely bad-ass) history.

But what most don’t know is two years prior, on a paper dated 1969, Lee documented his major goal to become the highest paid Oriental star in the states. The paper was titled “My Definite Chief Aim”, a fancy term for goal coined by Hill in the same Think & Grow Rich.

The letter, written by Lee himself, read as follows:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee

Jan. 1969

Bruce passed away four years later in 1973. But by then, he had already accomplished his goal.

Bruce was famous for being focused to the point of obsessive on his primary efforts, those being primarily the development of himself as a human being, a martial artist, and his goal of becoming the first famous and rightfully compensated Asian actor in the U.S.

This unstoppable spirit proved to be effective as he still retains a place among Hollywood legends even today, having occupied his space in the limelight for no more than a few years.

You do it with all of your being

Many of us like to think that we can accomplish something by placing a small portion of our time into that thing each day. We have a comfortable life which we’d like to hold onto and aren’t willing to give that up in pursuit of our goal.

But perhaps the achievement of a significant goal requires such a furious resolve, the willingness to give every ounce of yourself and more to a cause. Only then, might we accomplish that goal.

“Each and every worthy pursuit you affiliate yourself with will always take 10X the amount of effort, time, money and people than you originally expected,” says Grant Cardone in The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure.

Anyone who has ever set a big goal and then worked to pursue it can support this idea. We tend to underestimate what is necessary to accomplish something, so the typical mentality of placing a small portion of our time and mental energy into something and having it work out perfectly is unreasonable. In most cases, it just doesn’t work.

The rise of a giant

When a 19-year-old Tony Robbins, living in a 400-square foot apartment in Venice, California, hit rock bottom he was overweight, jobless and broke, and found himself sitting around watching soap operas all day.

“General Hospital—I can tell you the whole story,” said Robbins in an interview with CNN. “I know Luke and Laura. I know when they got married. I was there.”

He had had enough. He was sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided at that moment to make a change.

But he didn’t put a few minutes each day towards his goal of total mental and physical self-transformation, he dedicated his entire waking life to the goal and was going to make it happen, even if it killed him in the process. By the time he was in his mid-20’s, he had transformed his mind, body, and life and was making six-figures as a “human-development trainer.”

All of us is necessary unless you’re simply trying to drop a few pounds or stay off social media. Anything else requires your full dedication and focus or else your chances are slim to none.

It’s not just about pursuing a goal with this dedication but setting the goal with the intention of giving your whole being. Your intention, from the very beginning, dictates how you pursue a goal.

You set goals not by knowing what you’re capable of, but by knowing how much of yourself you’re willing to give. With enough resolve, you can do anything.

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The Best Christmas Gifts for Executives And Aspiring CEOs

By | career, dreams, Food for thought, happiness, Motivation, relationships

So you’re friends with a soon-to-be CEO. They were probably the ones who nailed finance class, who led the charge in Model UN, and own more pressed shirts than you ever will in your life. It’s the friend who you joke will probably run Google one day but realistically, you may not be too far off.

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It’s tough to find a gift that matches that friend’s drive and entrepreneurial spirit. After all, one day, they may be the girl or guy who has everything (including a Fortune 500 company), so what do you get them right now?

As we suggest with most gifts, you don’t have to stun them with gifts that bust open your bank accounts. The secret to gifting is to look to thoughtful gifts that will leave a memorable experience. Think a book, like Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist, that will leave an impression on them. While not a huge monetary commitment, a good inspiring read is something they can dog-ear again and again, and always think of you. Perhaps a gadget that can make their day-to-day at work a little bit smoother, like a portable battery to keep them charged through meeting after meeting.

RELATED: The Best Christmas Gifts for People Who Are Always Traveling

You could also think gifts that will act as their P.A. as they climb their way up the ladder, either figuratively (like a great watch to keep them on time) or literally (like Amazon’s Alexa, that will order their cabs and keep an eye on the weather).

No matter if they’re clocking in as the big boss right now or if they will be doing so in a few years, here are presents that match their mentality.

Note: Still looking for others on your shopping list? Be sure to check out our Stocking Stuffers Gift GuideGifts for Your Co-Worker, and Gifts to Make Anyone’s Life Easier.

A Watch

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No matter where you are at in your career, being late should never be an option. For just a tiny fraction of a Rolex, MVMT watches are designed to match your life movements, be it heading into the office, catching in a quick gym session or after-work drinks. Designed to last, each piece is made with a battery powered chronograph, adjustable, interchangeable leather straps, and mineral crystal glass.
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How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Though first published in 1936, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is still words have stood the test of time: over 80 years later and it’s still the go-to manual for not only those in a mental rut, but those who are looking to step ahead in their career. Key takeaways include obviously, how to win friends and influence people, but also, how to increase your influence and prestige.
>> See it on Amazon.com

Bulletproof Coffee

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If you thought coffee was the key to getting out of bed, meet Blend’s Brain Octane Oil. This power duo not only includes a bag of whole bean coffee from BulletProof Coffee (that notably, is farmed and tested against 27 toxins normally found in coffee) but also includes the brand’s now-signature Brain Octane: a product distilled from 100% pure coconut oil to help burn body fat and convert facts to quick sources of energy. Like you would a protein powder, you can blend Brain Octane into your smoothie, or sip it before bed to support a deeper sleep.
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The Alchemist

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One of the best selling books of all time, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist follows the fables of Santiago, a young shepherd boy on a search for a storied buried treasure. While the quest is an advantageous one, the story really follows the folks Santiago meets along the way. Each teaches him an important lesson about the preciousness of life and the importance of following your passions and reaching your true potential.
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The Power of Now

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Forever a timeless guide to your next steps, Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now helps the reader harness the power of now and relearn how to enjoy each and every moment. Part self-help book part motivational guide, The Power of Now pushes the importance of carpe diem.
>> See it on Amazon.com

Mophie External Battery

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One of the tough parts of being in charge is that if things start going awry, it leans to you to put them back together. Meaning, there’s no time for a phone with a faltering battery. Mophie’s rechargeable 10,000MaH battery pack is designed to hit the road with you wherever you go, and restore your phone to talk and email longer than ever. The full battery pack is just larger than an iPhone, meaning it can slip smoothly into your pants pocket, blazer pocket, or into a briefcase.
>> See it on Amazon.com

Amazon Echo

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Call an Uber, read you your emails, check the forecast, book a flight: the Amazon Echo is designed to lift some of those everyday tasks off your shoulder. The voice-controlled speaker leverages Amazon’s Alexa feature to react to voice commands, be it ordering a pizza or tracking your fitness. The Echo’s speakers have a rich, thick sound so you can stream your favorite music via Amazon Music, Pandora, or Spotify.
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Foam Roller

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Booking a masseuse isn’t your only answer to addressing overworked muscles and stress tension, especially if you’re not on an executive budget just yet. Using a strong foam roller to roll out the tension in your body, you can penetrate tense muscles, easing muscle pain and calm down overworked muscles. Stress aside, a foam roller is a great way to instantly warm up and cool down muscles pre- and post-workout.
>> See it on Amazon.com

Frank And Oak Style Plan

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The style plan by the much-loved Canadian staple-wear brand looks to upgrade wardrobes with expert recommendations by sartorially savvy guys. Monthly or bi-monthly, the style plan sends a box of three items curated to the answers of a style survey you fill out when you first start. After receiving, you can choose to accept the pieces or pick form an additional 9 recommendations. Not only do you get a deep discount via the Style Plan, but being a member also allows you access to a full range of discounts to regular Frank and Oak collections.
>> See it on FrankAndOak.com

The Five-Minute Journal

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What a difference five short minutes makes: by committing five minutes a day to collecting your positive thoughts, the Five-Minute Journal can show improvements in your mood and energy almost immediately. With a journal full of small prompts, this journal pushes you to cultivate the positivity around you. With sections dedicated to waking up and to closing down your day, you can use the journal to begin the day on the right foot or wind down after a long day.
>> See it on Amazon.com

Soma Water Bottle

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Never place that bodega plastic water bottle on your desk again: a sleek bottle from Soma will not only help you hydrate through meeting after meeting, but it won’t be an eyesore on the conference room table or for the environment. Made with recycled bamboo for the lid, BPA-free, shatter-resistant glass for the center, you can feel good knowing not only the bottle is made with sustainable materials, but with every bottle purchased, a donation is made to water projects in developing countries. Big enough to hold 17-ounces worth of water, it hits the perfect center of big enough to hold enough water to hydrate you, but small enough to still slip into your gym bag.
>> See it on Amazon.com


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John Legend Reveals the Universal Lessons He Learned From Working a ‘Boring Corporate Job’ in His 20s

By | career, Celebrities, dreams, Food for thought, Inspiring Stories, tips for success

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Few of us are lucky enough to have overnight success, or start out with money in the bank. And that includes celebrities.

John Legend

John Legend is a brilliant songwriter and performer, but once upon a time he was working a pretty boring corporate job, and that reality that defined his post-college years inspired him to push forward.

Legend got his first record deal at 25, but before that, he was living with roommates in a walk-up on 7th Street and 2nd Avenue in New York City’s East Village, paying “probably like $1,500” a month, he says.

“I was like, I don’t want to do this forever,” Legend tells CNBC Make It. “Now, I’m doing what I really wanted to do.”

“It was me and two of my friends from college we all had, like, corporate jobs,” Legend tells CNBC Make It. “I was a management consultant, one was working at an investment bank, another was working at another management consultancy. We were doing what you would expect kids that graduated from Penn to do.

“It was fine…I did meet some great people, I learned a lot, and I think it was a powerful experience to learn more about how business works, how to work in groups, make a PowerPoint presentation,” Legend says, smiling. “It comes in very handy.”

But Legend wanted more from life, and he knew he was meant to be a performer. “You learn that sometimes you have to do things you don’t absolutely love,” Legend says. “But always have something in mind for your future that you’re working towards.”

At night after work, he would write songs and perform at local clubs. It was slow to start, but in the end it paid off.

“I think that if you feel like you have a goal and you have something out in the distance, even if it’s not immediate, that you can work toward, it’s really powerful,” Legend says. “It helps motivate you, it keeps you going, it helps you wake up in the morning. I think that’s a powerful thing.

“Sometimes you have to take detours,” Legend adds. “But don’t lose sight of that goal.”

If you have a goal that seems impossible to meet right now, keep at it, take those detours you need to take along the way. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen, in fact, it may be how you get there.

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How to Say No to the Expectations of Others and Live By Your Own Rules

By | be yourself, confidence, dreams, Food for thought, life lessons, Self-Improvement

Many of us live out our entire life afraid of what others think of us.

Care-free-woman-smiling

We live with countless expectations on our back like invisible fitness weights strapped to our ankles and wrists.

“You can’t do that…”

“You should be more like…”

“If you don’t this by this time something is wrong with you…”

The problem with many of these beliefs and expectations is that they become deeply subconscious. We don’t even notice they’re there much of the time.

But whether we know they’re there or not, those expectations bear down on us and force us to live a life that isn’t true to who we are.

Few fates are as bad as one in which the person never realizes their potential, the truest version of themselves, free to express their innermost beliefs and passions unobstructed by the thoughts and feelings of those around them– even if those people are loved ones.

So it’s time to learn how to say no. To say no to the ridiculous expectations of others, who want nothing more than to tear you down because they feel as though life has torn them down.

They want someone to sit in misery with them.

But you won’t– you have a truth to realize and something special and unique to express. And you can only do that by living by your own rules.

Life is about making your own happiness – and living by your own rules.

– Aimee Mullins

So, here’s how to say no to the expectations of others and live by your own rules.

You can’t live up to the hype

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We’re so often fighting against these expectations– subtly, secretly– that we never simply turn around to look at them in their completeness.

Take a moment to think for a second what your life would look like if you lived based on all the typical societal, and maybe a few of the more common parental, expectations:

  • You’d probably be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer
  • You’d probably wear a suit if you’re a man, or a dress if you’re a woman, to work
  • You’d probably watch sports on your off time
  • You’d probably have a regular car, house, and possessions exactly that of which millions of other people have

These are just a few but they’re used as an example more than some factual set of expectations.

The point? Your life would be a ridiculous charade if you lived based on all of these expectations together.

You can’t possibly live a happy life while being strangled by these unrealistic expectations. Especially when they’re taken together.

Instead, stop and look around you. See that most everyone else is trying to catch their own tail and notice where it’s gotten them.

Next, you need to know where to go.

Now it’s time to…

Follow the feeling

If the first step was to shake you of the ridiculous expectations set upon you, and about how those expectations will make you into some cookie-cutter stranger to even yourself, this step is about finding your true self.

And you do that by getting out there and playing again.

Go back to the feeling you go when you were younger, playing around outside with your imagination and a couple of toys.

When you were younger, you followed the thing which was most fascinating and thrilling to you at the time. Sure, you had a bit shorter attention span back then and it looked more like you had shiny object syndrome, but you were onto something.

Find something that fascinates you. It could be anything: A type of art, a movie, an event, a country, or something else altogether. Then, jump in with your whole being and experience that thing fully.

Allow it to wash over you and see how it makes you feel. Continue to follow this feeling from experience to experience and you’ll begin to notice something: you’ve started forming a fresh, new identity.

This new identity is true to who you are because you’re following your muse, that feeling you get when life is exciting and you’re expressing yourself honestly without the expectations of society, your parents, colleagues, or “friends” looming over you.

Life loses meaning when we forget the value of honest expression, when it goes from being one big adventure to one enormous to-do list, that to-do list filled with things like “make sure everyone knows I’m normal and aren’t into drag,” and “appear to be totally fine and not tortured by anxiety.”

You have no responsibility to live up to the expectations of others. In fact, it’s damn right impossible with how many are placed on us.

So, live by your own rules. Or die regretting it.


If you’ve made it this far and you’re craving a transformation of your own, we can help you get there.
Jumpstart your personal transformation and get on track to build your best life with Goalcast’s new inspirational ebook, Explore Your Potential: Start the Journey to Your Dream Life.
Transformation doesn’t just happen. It takes a plan and a support system. This how-to guide is full of the top wisdom, tips, exercises, and success stories to inspire an old dream or create a new one.
Check out a teaser of what’s inside.

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https://www.goalcast.com/2018/09/28/say-no-to-the-expectations-of-others/

The Best Places to Travel Alone If You Want to Find Yourself

By | dreams, Food for thought, happiness, health and wellness, Motivation, travel

Traveling is an indispensable way to discover things about the world that you would have otherwise never known.

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Whether you travel for the food, the museums, for nightlife, or a little of everything, each new destination brings forth a wave of newness that is unmatched by anything back at home.

Travel tells us a lot about ourselves and our travel mates — how we react under pressure, if we can still read a paper map, and how well we can keep conversations going without having constant cell reception.

RELATED: I Traveled to Europe with a Group of Strangers and Left All Social Media at Home

But what about traveling solo?

The benefits of traveling alone are huge. Not only will you be able to call all the shots — from where you eat to how early you wake up! — but you’ll be relying solely on yourself to get by, whether that means following road directions or trying to communicate in a language that’s foreign to you, it’s all on you to ensure your trip goes smoothly.

If you’re a naturally shy person, the lack of constant companionship also means you’ll make room for new friends by putting yourself out there. Pretty much anywhere you go while traveling will also have some other solo travelers around, meaning that you’re in an environment where people will already be more receptive to conversation starters.

The most important part of planning a solo trip is the destination itself, so we’ve put together a list of the top destinations that make for great solo travel. Whether you’re looking for fast paced city exploration or something a little slower to really refresh your mindset, here’s where your solo adventures should begin:

Sedona, Arizona

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Arizona may be one of the most underrated destinations in the US, offering spectacular red rock scenery and evergreen vegetation that is unlike anything you’ll see in rest of the country.

Arizona is also home to the Sedona Vortex. What is a vortex? Well, according to VisitSedona.com, “Sedona vortexes are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration. These are places where the earth seems especially alive with energy. Many people feel inspired, recharged or uplifted after visiting a vortex.”

While all of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, if you’re looking to feel especially recharged after your trip, the four best known vortexes to look out for are Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.

RELATED: 5 Easy Tips to Help You Be More Mindful While on Vacation

Banff, Alberta

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Nestled into the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta has made a name of itself for being one of the most beautiful destinations in North America. From the breathtaking mountain views at Lake Minnewanka, to the gondola at the base of Sulphur Mountain, dozens of spectacular sites await.

Banff also offers a generous handful of wellness destinations for travelers looking to recharge in nature. For centuries, people have been flocking to Banff to bathe in their mineral rich hot springs, which can be beneficial for everyone from those with skin conditions to those looking to clear their mind. The Banff Upper Hot Springs are open to the public and offer an unparalleled healing experience.

Ganges River, India

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While a solo trip to India may sound like a daunting task, a wellness cruise through the Ganges River can actually be the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. The Uniworld “Sacred Ganges” cruise spans twelve days — taking you from New Delhi to Kolkata. While on the ship, you’ll spend your days participating in the cruise’s Wellness Program, doing rooftop yoga and meditation sessions, testing your hand in the kitchen with healthy cooking classes, taking fitness classes and learning about holistic living.

If your goal for your solo trip really is just to relax while reflecting upon everything you have to be grateful for and everything you want to achieve once you return home, a serene river cruise along the Ganges is the ideal environment.

Tokyo, Japan

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For a totally different solo travel experience, try spending a week or so in Asia’s most bustling metropolis. There’s something innately calming about being in the middle of a city where no one knows your name and where no one speaks your language. It offers a sense of peace — of silence and inner clarity, that goes beyond even that of a nature retreat.

If you’ve come to relax, don’t worry: Japan offers a natural hot spring bath — the onsen — that is unique to the country thanks to the abundance of volcanoes in the vicinity. Nippon Onsen Research Association counts over 3,000 onsen spread around Japan, including Tokyo. Niwa no Yu is one of the best onsens in Tokyo, and unlike some of the natural onsens in Japan, it was actually created by drilling into the earth.

Champagne, France

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Who wouldn’t want to spend a little time soaking up all that Champagne has to offer? Just a few hours outside of Paris, Champagne really is the destination for white wine lovers. From a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage protected Chardonnay vineyards to Musée de la Vigne et du Vin, here’s where to come if you’re seeking a wine-fuelled adventure.

Once you’ve had all the sparkling wine to suit your palate, head to Champagne’s first-ever wellness destination, Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. This reimagined wine-country retreat is housed in a 19th-century Post House, offering guests treatments such as innovative facials and tranquil massages. If you’ve come to simply zen out on your own, the vineyard-heavy views will help you do just that.

https://www.goalcast.com/2018/09/25/the-best-places-to-travel-alone-if-you-want-to-find-yourself/

This Millionaire CEO Says Advice Comes from Great Parents, Not Great Business Men

By | authenticity, be yourself, dreams, entrepreneurship, Food for thought, happiness, Motivation, motivational

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Ranked as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Scooter Braun is one of the most successful talent managers and entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.

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For Braun, the man who accidentally discovered Justin Bieber, it’s the love and support of his family that’s been instrumental in shaping his success.

“Most of the great advice I ever got was from great parents, not great businessmen,” he says.

Braun, the founder of SB projects, recalls how at 14-years-old, an uncomfortable interaction with his father taught him an important lesson that continues to influence his career today.

Braun’s father confronted him one day after he’d been caught lying.

“I want you to know that you’re liar,” his dad told him. “I have absolutely no doubt you will be successful, but you’re a liar and you’re going to know it, and I’m going to know it and that’s just the way it is.”

Braun was devastated but his dad’s words stuck with him. After reflecting on what his father said, he decided he wasn’t going down that path.

“I’m going to go through life, and I’m going to be a man of integrity,” Braun told his dad, following their discussion. “It might be harder to be successful, but I’m not going to be a liar and I’m going to show you that I’m going to have integrity in everything thing that I do.”

Braun has always looked up to his father who came to the United States as a refugee. Both of his grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

“Both of them just really fought for everything that they got,” says Braun.

Inspired by his grandparents perseverance and courage, he was committed early on to prove to himself and to the world that he too could build something from scratch and create his own success story.

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Never one to be afraid of breaking the mold, Braun’s gone on to develop, manage and represent some of the biggest names in pop music, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Usher and more.

While much of his success can be attributed to his unique ability to spot talent and his laser sharp-focus, he admits none of it would be possible without his wife and children.

Braun’s measure of success has less to do with money and more to do with the loving and supportive relationships he’s accumulated over the years.

“Family and friends, that’s your real value,” says Braun. “The rest is just house money.”

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The Benefits of Creating a Vision Board

By | dreams, Food for thought, goals, Motivation, Self-Improvement, success

Things like vision boards get a bad rap.

Envision your work-life harmony, then build it

I’ve been interested in self-improvement and highly goal-oriented for more than a decade, but years ago I wouldn’t touch anything as hokey as a vision board with a ten-foot pole.

However, for one reason or another, I was eventually convinced and now stand as a firm advocate for vision boards and their benefits.

The human imagination is powerful, but it works like a muscle. For most of us, that power remains potential power and it’s never fully utilized.

A vision board allows you to exercise your imagination regularly, creating a more vivid vision of your ideal life as you develop your ability that has real, tangible benefits. None of which require you to believe that things will magically arrive in your mailbox or bank account if you think about them long and hard enough, by the way.

If you have a burning desire to realize a cherished, long-held dream, a clear vision is a must. And a vision board can help you develop the skills to define and shape that within your mind, something that will stay with you long after the board comes down.

Have a vision. It is the ability to see the invisible. If you can see the invisible, you can achieve the impossible.

– Shiv Khera

The benefits of creating a vision board


A vision board has several benefits, each incredibly important or valuable in their own way.

Here are the benefits I’ve taken from keeping, and reflecting daily upon, my vision board:

1. A vision board creates an emotional connection that motivates you

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Forget attraction, a vision board motivates the crap out of you. Well, it can if it’s done right.

This works especially well if you make your vision board more than just pictures. Make it also about the emotions connected with your vision and the sensory experience of it all. What sounds, smells, and sights are associated with a particular aspect of your vision? What emotions? Relief, wonder, or joy?

A vision board is only as beneficial as the work you’re willing to put into it, so dig in and make it as thorough, exciting, and detailed as possible.

2. A vision board makes real the dream in your mind so you begin to believe it’s possible

When you make something more clear and concrete in your mind, it feels more real and attainable. You start to believe that, hey, I just might be able to make this happen.

That’s one of the most powerful benefits of a vision board. No matter what you believe about yourself, no matter how much self-doubt you have, a vision board done right will slowly begin to transform your inner belief system into one which is more confident, certain, and self-motivated.

3. A vision board helps you clarify what you want out of your life because it forces you to put something down

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What if you actually don’t have a burning desire or great, big dream? What if you haven’t really figured it out yet? If you have some vague idea, something you can at least get down on the board, I’ve found it can actually help us clarify our desires.

As you reflect on your vision board each day, certain things pull on you and others become increasingly tiresome. After a while, you begin to notice you don’t really care about this. But that, well that is something you’re excited to reflect on each day.

Go in the direction of those things that pull you and don’t be afraid of modifying your vision over time.

How to create an effective vision board


We’ve touched on a few of the more intangible but critically important parts of creating an effective vision board already.

However, if you’re unfamiliar with the general idea or want to make sure you get things right, here are some basic instructions for putting together a vision board.

1. Get clear on your vision

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I assume that if you’re reading this, you already understand the importance of this. However, if you don’t, know that before you can create a vision board you need to have spent a bit of time crafting that vision first.

What are your major goals? Do you have one undying dream for your life? Expand upon that. What will each of the areas of your life — say professional, financial, relationships, and personal — look like once you’ve realized that dream?

2. Create a folder and obtain images with Google search

Create a folder, either digital or physical, and start gathering photos that represent each major goal or element of your dream.

My suggestion is to simply do a few quick Google searches. You’ll find images of literally anything you need in a matter of seconds (don’t waste your time going through old magazines).

3. Organize images onto a poster

Once you have your images, all you need to do is put them together in a way that is pleasing and effective for you.

My suggestion is to take your vision board to a different level and, instead of just collaging a bunch of pictures together, create a page or a section on a large poster that represents each goal.

Type up or write a summary of each goal in these different sections and surround it with your pics. That way, when you’re reviewing your vision, the goals are already written within plain view to read and reflect upon instead of having to refer to a separate page with your written goals.

This might end up being a bit large, however, if you use a graphic design service like Canva.com for the entire process you can make everything pretty tight and uniform on a single large poster. However, feel free to use whatever program or process that works best for you.

Once that’s complete, you’ve officially completed your vision board. Just make sure to spend five to ten minutes each day reflecting on it including the emotions and sensory experiences related to each aspect of your vision.

If you do that, you’ll make full use of the incredible benefits of a vision board to motivate you to action and make your dream more believable than ever before.


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6 Things Everyone Should Stop Doing by the Time They’re 30

By | Change, dreams, Food for thought, goals, life lessons, Self-Improvement

When we’re in our early twenties, we feel as though time is limitless and we’re free to do as we please.

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Life presents its challenges but we remain generally happy because we know time is on our side. The ball is in our court and we have all the time in the world to lounge around before we start playing.

However, once you hit your mid twenties, the air changes slightly. And once you’re in your late twenties going on 30, a slight panic sets in. You’re still lounging around, or at least you’re nowhere near where you want to be, and you’re running out of your youth serum.

Even if you kicked ass through university and landed a great job or started a business based around your passion, because you’re not even close to realizing your big dreams and goals, by the time you’re nearing 30 you realize you need to really start kicking it into high gear.

I recently went through that, so I have a bit of personal experience (about as personal as you can get) and a few pointers to help get you started.

When I turned 30, I had this epiphany that my life is my own and my choices are my own.

– Chrissy Metz

Here are six things everyone should stop doing by the time they’re thirty.

1. Stop blowing money on drinks

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You’re now officially one third to one half done with your entire life and you only have so long to save for retirement. Every week you blow money on drinks, are lax with your spending, and don’t maintain a budget you’re wasting time more than anything.

Sure, you want to still go out and have fun with friends. I get it. But the point isn’t the drinks — it’s that you need to get on point with your finances because you’re not getting any younger.

2. Stop treating your career like something you can decide “later”

Many people still don’t have a clue what they want to do by the time they approach thirty. Either nothing has ever struck them or what did they ran from because they were afraid of public ridicule or their parent’s stern eye.

But if you want to live a good life you need to find something you can devote your time and energy to that makes you feel alive. And you need to do it now while motivation is hot and time is still plentiful.

3. Stop living on your phone

Now is a time to reflect on your life: what you’ve done and have not done, what you regret and what you still haven’t done that you’ve always wanted to.

It’s not a time to sit zoning out on social.

Social media is great. It helps you stay connected with friends, family, and the stuff you care about. But if you’re on your phone for more than thirty minutes each day, you’re a slave to your phone and you need to reevaluate your priorities.

4. Stop kicking yourself over the things you didn’t do

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High school, college, and our early to mid-twenties can bring a lot of regret with it.

We wish we had asked that girl or guy out, gone to prom, spent more time making friends (or studying), or taking those dance lessons like we always wanted to.

These are all morphed into excuses over time, regrets which remind us of what we aren’t and won’t become or do.

But there’s still time. There’s always time. If you’ve lived in regret or disappointment throughout part of your twenties, it’s time to brush yourself off and move forward.

5. Stop hanging out with toxic people

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When we’re young, it’s more about going out to have a good time. For that reason, some of the people we’re hanging out with might not be the best of the bunch.

But as you move into your thirties, having a circle of close friends who truly care about you and who have your back becomes as important as ever.

If you’re still hanging around toxic people just because they’re a good time, it’s time to stop and move on.

6. Stop making your health an afterthought

A lot of us keep health as an afterthought when we’re young, if that, because we feel perfectly healthy and don’t want to be bothered with thinking ahead to the future.

Plus, if we’re honest, we don’t like the idea of going to the doctor, dentist, or whatever else we think we might need checked.

However, if you continue with this mindset you’ll quickly notice health issues arise over the years to the point where, eventually, something comes up and it’s far too late to do anything about it.

The time to start focusing more on health and fitness is now, not tomorrow. If you want to live a long and eventful life than it depends on your ability to take your health seriously.


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17 Cinderella Quotes to Make You Believe in Your Dreams Again

By | believe, dreams, Food for thought, happiness, inspirational, kindness, Quotes

Cinderella is one of our favorite fairytales and animated Disney movies of all time. Most little girls dream about becoming princesses. One day a handsome prince will come along, save them and they will live together happily ever after. It’s pure and beautiful.

Cinderella is a folk-tale and has thousands of variants known throughout the world, but the main idea underlying the story refers to unjust oppression and triumphant reward. The first literary European version was written by Giambattista Basile, and the most popular by Charles Perrault; still, most of us know it from Grimms’ Fairy Tales, by Brothers Grimm.

We’re all grown up now and tough enough to save ourselves. We know that “prince” is just another word for the one that can help us build our own modern fairytale. But Cinderella is one of the stories that kept us daydreaming throughout our childhood and made us not want to settle down for anything less than happiness. And most importantly, it taught us to never give up on our dreams.

Here are 17 Cinderella quotes to make you believe in your dreams again.

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Who she is or whence she came, he knows not, nor does he care for his heart tells him that here, here is the maid he is predestined to be his bride– Grand Duke

If there’s any chance to set things right, I simply got to try. – Cinderella

I know it isn’t easy, but at least we should try to get along together. And that includes you, your majesty. – Cinderella

I have to tell you a secret that will see you through all the trials that life can offer. Have courage and be kind. – Ella’s Mother

Cause if you tell a wish, it won’t come true. – Cinderella

A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. – Cinderella

But like all dreams, I’m afraid this won’t last forever. – Fairy Godmother

Oh, that clock! Oh, killjoy! I hear you. ‘Come on, get up!’ you say. ‘Time to start another day!’

I believe that animals listen and speak to us if we only have the ear for it. That’s how we learn to look after them. – Ella’s Mother

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No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true. – Cinderella

Just because it’s what’s done, doesn’t mean it’s what’s should be done. Or something like that. – Prince Charming

If you’d lost all your faith, I couldn’t be here. And here I am! – Fairy Godmother

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Well, there’s one thing: they can’t order me to stop dreaming. – Cinderella

And yet, through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday, her dreams of happiness would come true. – Narrator

So I’ll trust my heart, what else can I do? I can’t live in dreams if my dreams are to come true. – Cinderella

When there is kindness, there is goodness. When there is goodness, there is magic. – Ella’s Mother

Cinderella: Mr. Lizard, I’m scared. I’m only a girl, not a princess.

Lizard Footman: And I’m only a lizard, not a footman. Enjoy it while it lasts.


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Chrissy Teigen Celebrates John Legend’s EGOT, Her Love and Support Will Make You Cry

By | Celebrities, dreams, Food for thought, goals, love, Motivation

Throughout all of history, only 12 people ever have achieved EGOT status — having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony award — but this week, history happened. John Legend beame lucky number 13, and that’s not all — he’s also the first black man ever to achieve this honor, and the youngest recipient in history!

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While this is a huge deal by any stretch of the imagination we are also blown away by the always amazing Chrissy Teigen. Teigen, always our favorite person to follow on social media  shared a photo, writing simply “EGOT GOATS.” (That’s greatest of all time, btw)

But Teigen was not done celebrating. Next, she shared a photo kissing her lucky guy, writing, “my incredible man. what a surreal life.”

But, you guys, it gets even sweeter. There was another share! The next one, Teigen shared a video when John Legend got home  at the end of the momentous night and placed the award alongside his others.

In a beautiful moment, he looks up at it in awe, as Teigen whispers, “Perfect.”

“We inspire each other,” Legend, 39, told reporters of his marriage to Teigen, 32, after accepting the award. “She inspires my songs, she inspires me to want to be a better husband and a better father. We support each other fully in everything that we do. I root for her in her career and everything she’s doing. And I expect that she’ll be up here winning Emmys herself for all the awesome work that she does.”

RELATED: Relationship Goals: Why John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Relationship Offers An Incredible Lesson in Trust and Support

Chrissy and John can always be counted on to add some humor and realism to their outerwordly life, such as when the EGOT winner made “EGOT pancakes” for his wife at the end of the evening.

We love you, Chrissy and John! But we extra love how much you love each other.

https://www.goalcast.com/2018/09/11/chrissy-teigen-celebrates-john-legends-egot/