Here we are! Diving into a new year and a new decade and, as always, looking at a list of New Year’s resolutions, working towards a better year and a better self.
Regardless of how 2019 has treated you, there’s always room for improvement. You can always set new goals, aim higher, focus on all the positive opportunities or start fresh. We can only hope that the New Year quotes we’ve selected for you will encourage you to do all the above.
It’s time to take a step back and analyze everything that has happened to us, learn from our mistakes and think of new and better ways of approaching relationships, life events, or professional opportunities.
Changing the way we’re used to doing things might seem scary, so start with something simple or divide a long term goal into smaller tasks.
What do you want to achieve in 2020? Once you have the answer to this question, make a plan and stick to it. Also make sure you celebrate each milestone. You deserve it!
Here are 25 New Year quotes that will help you work towards your goals
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.
We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws but for potential.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice.
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
SARAH BAN BREATHNACH
Approach the new year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.
What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.
Remove ‘shoulds’ from your vocabulary this year. Start your journey of self-love now.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas And progress.
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
Love is romantic, warm, and fun. But one thing we don’t typically associate with romantic relationships is accomplishment.
There’s something about combining goals, progress, and achievement with relationships that makes some people feel icky; like we’ve violated some sacred law to keep love pure.
But that’s the same voice that tries to convince you that relationships should be like some perfect early afternoon bike ride across the beach, where the sea is glittering and the sun is still pale but brilliant.
The truth is, a real, worthwhile relationship is more like speeding down the highway with a beat up old Camaro that, sometimes, you just can’t believe you’ve been able to keep on the road.
It takes work to build a healthy relationship, but the more work you do the better and stronger the relationship gets.
A relationship succeeds when obstacles are met with communication and resolution. A relationship flourishes when we take the beloved as our teacher. Shared goals create a transformative, interwoven path.
– Alex Grey
Why Setting Relationship Goals Can Be a Good Thing
Relationship goals are shared goals which two partners share to improve some aspect of the relationship.
Not arguing about X anymore (fill the blank with whatever stupid topic always seems to trigger a heated argument)
Building better relationships with one another’s parents
Becoming fitter or healthier together
I touched on the power of relationship goals a moment ago and why setting them can be a good thing. However, there’s another reason: setting relationship goals helps you focus on the progress of your relationship as opposed to the end goal.
Many couples fall apart after they get married because one or both persons had deeply embedded and unrealistic assumptions about what happens after you wed. They believed that marriage was some extraordinary end goal that would transform everything and make them perfectly happy.
However, the truth is that relationships are just like life: they take a consistent, long-term effort to keep strong and healthy.
Relationship goals allow you to not only make constant improvement a part of your relationship, they turn that focus from the end result to progress itself. That’s valuable because it’s in the feeling of progress that we find happiness. How happy we are at any given moment is directly proportionate to how much progress we believe we’re making at that moment as a whole.
If we feel like our personal or professional life is really moving, we’re almost always happy. And so that, as opposed to the temporary pleasure we get from achieving or acquiring something, is our best source of happiness.
How to support one another and achieve your relationship goals
If you’re feeling like giving relationship goals a try, it can help to know how best to support one another while you’re both working to accomplish that goal, even if it’s not the kind of goal that ever has an end and more of a consistent point of improvement.
Here are a few tips for helping you support one another and ensuring your relationship goals are successful:
Make sure you’re in alignment: You both should know each other’s personal goals in addition to your new relationship goals and craft your relationship goals with those personal goals in mind.
Set up a system of accountability: You need to stay accountable to yourselves and each other, otherwise there’s no way you’ll accomplish your goal. It needs to stay top-of-mind and you should regularly be evaluating your performance and progress and making necessary adjustments.
Make sure the goals make you feel better about yourself and happier with your relationship to each other: If they don’t make you happier, what’s the point?
Try to make each goal attainable and quantifiable: Your goals should not just be quantifiable, or in other words, you should be able to tell clearly when you’ve accomplished the goal or not, but they should be attainable. You want to stretch yourself but not so much that you discourage yourself to ever get up and take action.
Celebrate accomplishments: If you’ve made a big accomplishment or even just noticed some improvement, celebrate it to encourage both of you to continue working hard.
Relationships take hard work. But if you love your partner and want to spend your life with them, you need to be willing to do the work necessary to make the relationship strong and healthy and keep it that way always. And relationship goals are one tool to help you do that.
What are your dreams? A yacht in the Mediterranean, or meeting the love of your life, or curing a life-threatening disease? Changing the world?
It costs nothing to dream; all you have to do is just close your eyes and picture yourself doing that thing, however wild and outlandish it is; everyone has thousands of dreams, big and small, they are dying to realize.
Thing is, there’s actually nothing that special about dreams. Anyone can do it, you just close your eyes. Also, everybody does it, all the time; there is a high likelihood that at least a million other people have the exact same dream as you.
Now going out there and actually doing it? Well, that’s what separates the glassy-eyed dreamers from the real innovators, the trailblazers, the groundbreakers; the people woke to what needs to get done, willing to wake up before the sun and face the hard work, willing to dig deep and get their hands dirty, willing to sweat and hustle and struggle day in and day out, willing to fail a thousand times before they succeed, all in the humble service of making their dreams a reality and empowering others to do the same.
Today, there are more than seven billion people in the world — each one making an impact in their own unique way. But we’ve carefully selected each and every nominee we think stand out; not based on their global scale, prestige, or name, but on their stand-out actions, vulnerability and willingness to break the mold and push their dreams forward — whether that comes in the form of writing and creating, philanthropic efforts or offering a much-needed dose of authenticity in their respective industry.
Here are the top 33 Goal-Getters to look out for in 2019 — in no particular order.
What his deal is: Dunkmaster wunderkind blossoms into elder statesman of arts and letters.
What he’s getting at: Yes, he is arguably one the best to ever play the game. Yes, he has scooped up medals and trophies and awards for his high-flying, mesmerizing athletic performances. Yes, his favourite subject in school was art. But he’s transformed into a true Goal-Getter off the court, when he recently became the mastermind behind establishing a new type of school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Growing up, LeBron always struggled at school because of the instability at home, missing huge swaths of his own education. This motivated him to help future generations of children with similar backgrounds that need a bit of extra support. Always with his eyes on the prize, LeBron ensured the curriculum was science- and tech-based, and that each graduating student will be guaranteed free tuition to university.
Why you should care: With the constant, high-stakes pressure to perform, elite athletes have earned the right to tune out. LeBron didn’t; he tuned in to the needs of his community, put his money where his mouth is, and gave back, making a true investment in the future.
What her deal is: Disarming exterior + ruthless interior = Jedi master of space and order.
What she’s getting at: If you’ve turned on Netflix recently, or stepped into your local bookstore, then you’ll surely know who Marie Kondo is by now. The organizing consultant has won her way into homes across the world thanks to her no-nonsense knack for using decluttering as a method of self-development and growth. Demure and soft-spoken, but don’t let her harmless appearance fool you – she’s quietly fierce when it comes to tackling the detritus of life, so that you can focus on more meaningful aspects of your existence. Her breakout book — The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — has sold millions of copies, and in the process has charted a new path that unburdens us from the trappings of an economic system that is built to make us always crave more material possessions; with it, come a lightness, not just of objects, but of one’s self.
Why you should care: Have you had a look at your closets? That’s why.
What his deal is: His very first book, with its massive success, is opening doors for underrepresented voices in pop culture. Finally!
What is he getting at: You might not instantly recognize his name — but you’ll definitely be fond of his words. Or the screen adaptation of his writings. As the author of Crazy Rich Asians, this Singaporean American novelist has penned many page-turners, including China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems, all of which helped him land on the 2014 ‘Five Writers to Watch’ list from The Hollywood Reporter. Not only has he captivated the hearts of readers around the world, he’s also opening doors for other Asian creators, actors and artists on an international scale. Thanks to his breakthrough success in 2018, Kwan also cemented his spot in the Asian Hall of Fame, and landed on Time’s list of the most 100 influential people in the world. As he makes another lap around the sun, he’s likely to keep the good reads rolling.
Why you should care: Hollywood needs more diverse representation and Crazy Rich Asians was a trailblazer.
What his deal is: A transformational artist, he’s on a mission to inspire change in the world.
What is he getting at: If you believe in spirit guides, you’re going to be astounded by this Goal-Getter. Imagine this: sitting on an air mattress with his girlfriend and dog, Adam Roa invited people to come and take his stuff for free. Bit by bit on an afternoon in Santa Monica, his pots, pans, paintings, snowboard, you name it, all went out the door. But what he found at the end was better. Though they quit their jobs, started a new coaching business and left a city they loved, they decided to be homeless and see where the path took them. Many years later, he owns a powerful and renowned coaching business and continues to produce viral videos that attract millions of views.
Why you should care: In true fashion, he came from nothing… and look what he made.
What her deal is: She went from living in a garage to becoming a millionaire life-coach and best-selling author. No biggie.
What is she getting at: You’ve seen her books at your local bookstore but have you picked one up? You might now. Authors of the ‘badass’ series including You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money, both of which have topped the best-selling lists. The idea for these books came to her after struggling herself, and being rejected by many publishers before finding her way. Her tone is all about taking control of your life and realizing that if you want to make changes you can — and you will. TBD on what she’ll come out with in 2019, but we bet it’ll be — well — badass.
Why you should care: She wants to help you unleash your inner badass — and how badass is that?
What his deal is: Bullied whiz kid turned saviour of the human species. Awkward gentle giant, nerd god.
What he’s getting at: Let’s zoom past the beatings he suffered at the hands of bullies, past his teenage wanderings in the forests of British Columbia, past the years of all-nighters writing code hopped up on gallons of Diet Coke, even past the tens of millions of dollars he made in the tech world before the age of 30. Elon Musk‘s sights are set bigger and higher than most – nothing less than saving us from ourselves. He could have taken his fortune and disappeared. Instead, he put it all on the line and built Tesla Motors, an electric car company aiming to stave off environmental collapse; and SpaceX, a rocket ship company that is laying the foundation for an even bigger dream – interplanetary space travel and a human colony on Mars. Obsessed with science-fiction as a kid, Elon keeps channelling his gifts into dreams that people scoffed at; until, that is, he makes those dreams a reality. Hyperloop, anyone?
Why you should care: Eccentric billionaires are a hoot, but Elon is no laughing matter. He’s the full package. Brains, vision and, most important, chutzpah out the yingyang.
What her deal is: She uprooted her life to follow her dream and got a standing ovation from Warren Buffett.
What is she getting at: After a life changing trip to Nepal, Maggie Doyne’s life was forever changed. This American philanthropist built a women’s center, school and children’s home in Surkhet, founding the BlinkNow Foundation. Through this initiative, she’s helped more than 380 children attend the school, along with inspiring thousands to do their part to end poverty and promote worldwide education and access to maternal health. Her efforts, dedication and passion earned her the CNN Hero of the Year Award in 2015. These days, she continues to split her time in Nepal, and gives countless speeches of humanitarian and justice.
Why you should care: Her unusual path and unique definition of success have carved her out as a leader in her own right.
What her deal is: Lift the rock you’ve been living under and embrace the ‘Bama!
What is she getting at: She had already checked off successful lawyer, first African American First Lady and fashion icon, so what was Michelle’s next move going to be? She buckled down and wrote her first book — Becoming —a raw and honest memoir of her life and her vision of the future. Not only did it skyrocket to the top of best-sellers list – setting an Amazon record for holding the #1 spot for the most consecutive weeks in a row (deservedly beating out Fifty Shades of Grey) – but it propelled her to become the most admired woman in America, knocking out Hillary Clinton from the top spot after a 16-year run. She’s denied any interest in running for office, but she is taking the book on tour, where she’ll be lighting a burning desire for change for hundreds of thousands of people, a flame of hope in these dark times.
Why you should care: To bear witness to the amazing evolution of someone somehow becoming more boss than they already were. Caterpillar, butterfly, but what’s next? It’s Michelle’s time!
What his deal is: From broke rapper, to Fresh Prince, to multimillionaire actor and motivational speaker, he’s willing to hustle and get things done.
What is he getting at: He is — in fact — from west Philadelphia, born and raised, but he’s come a mighty far way. As one of the most renowned and recognizable faces in Hollywood, Will Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and has won four Grammys. From his early days in the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to his leading roles in countless successful films, Smith continues to act, produce and even inspire on Instagram. And by successful — we mean lucrative — considering 17 of the 21 films he’s led in have made more than $100 million… each. With motivational YouTube and Instagram videos releasing regularly, this actor has created a platform beyond the screen. This year, he’s working on an exciting motivational book project in collaboration with Mark Manson (of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck) —bringing even more attention to this mega star.
Why you should care: Who doesn’t love Will Smith? He proves time and time again that you can seriously pursue any interests you may have.
What his deal is: Are you ready for greatness? If you’re not, this American entrepreneur, author and former professional arena league football player will get you there.
What is he getting at: This professional athlete turned self-help guru and podcast host has a die-hard following — many people are addicted to his talk show and podcast that aims to inspire through feature interviews. It’s one of the highest rated on iTunes, and has featured guests that have made their mark in various industries, from Robert Greene and Timothy Sykes to Danica Patrick, Gary Vaynerchuk and more. In 2019, it’s time to tune in — and be better.
Why you should care: He’s a man on mission to inspire.
What her deal is: Headstrong and resourceful, she went from being a broke, single-parent to a self-made millionaire.
What is she getting at: While today, she is one of the most highly sought after motivational speakers and media personalities in the market, twenty years ago, it wasn’t so rosy for Lisa Nichols. In fact, she only had $12 in her bank account as a single mom on public assistance. Through grit, tenacity and plenty of downfalls, she turned herself into a millionaire entrepreneur and an author with many books on the top of lists. With a mass following online, she’s making the impossible accessible, and for that, we’re wowed.
Why you should care: She’s proof that it’s possible to overcome the odds to achieve the impossible.
What her deal is: From little-known academic to global leading authority on courage and vulnerability.
What is she getting at: You might not instantly recognize her name, but you probably watched her TED talk. For a quick refresher: she’s a research professor at the University of Houston, where she’s leading the Huffington Foundation. For many years, she’s dedicated herself to exploring the intimate sides of our psyche, diving deep into the concepts of shame, empathy, vulnerability and courage. Through her work, she’s written five New York Times best-sellers, from The Gift of Imperfection to Daring Greatly and most recently, Dare to Lead. Her TED talk — appropriately named ‘The Power of Vulnerability — is in the top five most-viewed ever, with 35 million and counting streams.
Why you should care: She’s unapologetically reshaping how we think about leadership and success.
13Jada Pinkett Smith
What her deal is: Talented actress, outspoken female activist, loyal wife and loving mom: she’s the real deal.
What is she getting at: This actress has been behind the camera since the 1990s, starring in iconic films including The Nutty Professor and Menace II, and continuing her career as a start in the Madagascar films, Bad Moms and others. She’s been an outspoken female activist, alongside her supportive husband, Will, and their children. Beyond entertainment, she’s produced films, documentaries and television series, and even written a children’s book. These days, she’s part of Red Table Talk, giving her a new platform to share her passions and pursuits as well as creating a safe space to put the spotlight on more difficult topics of conversation such as mental health and making marriage work.
Why you should care: She’s doing an unparalleled job shedding light on uncomfortable subjects, what’s next?
What her deal is: Fearless and determined, she survived an attempt on her life only to become one of the youngest and most famous educational activists in the world.
What is she getting at: It was the fateful story that was heard around the world in 2012: three young school-aged Pakistani girls were shot by a Taliban gunman. The attempt was targeted toward Malala Yousafzai, who at the age of 15 was already an outspoken activist. Though the bullet went through her head and she remained in critical condition, she not only survived — but she took it as an opportunity to expand her platform. She quickly became one of the most recognizable and popular teenagers in the world, eventually becoming the youngest Nobel Peace prize winner in history. She’s been the feature of documentaries and feature stories, as well as one of the most influential people in the world in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2017, she became a Canadian citizen, and also the youngest person to speak at the House of Commons.
Why you should care: These days she’s studying for her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford — and once she graduates? Well, we can’t wait to see what waves she makes — she’s only just getting started.
What her deal is: Former pre-med student turned editor seamlessly blending fashion and tech at Instagram.
What is she getting at: Formerly the editor-in-chief of Lucky and the beauty and health director of Teen Vogue, Eva Chen is now working to make fashion accessible to the masses through social media platforms. Having held a top position at Instagram since 2015, she’s developing partnerships that make it easier to shop the styles you love without ever leaving the app. In addition to this wave of innovation, she’s also writing children’s books and speaking out about topics that matter in her piece of the world.
Why you should care: At such a young age and with so much success, we know we’re only starting to see what Chen is capable of.
What her deal is: Best-selling author turned keynote speaker whose passion for creativity fascinates us.
What is she getting at: Though she’s written countless books, her memoir Eat, Pray, Love cemented her spot in history, as she candidly led readers through the healing period following her divorce through Italy, Indonesia and beyond. Since her story was turned into a film starring Julia Roberts, she’s continued to write and come out as queer when she realized her soulmate was her best friend, Rayya Elias. While Elias tragically passed away a little over a year ago, Elizabeth Gilbert has since a powerful supporter of inclusion and diversity. She’s released two books since Eat, Pray, Love and in 2019, we’ll see more of her, as her latest hits shelves in July.
Why you should care: Whether it’s through her books or her talks, she’ll have a way of convincing you that you can find happiness, and that it’s within reach.
What his deal is: The manager to some of the biggest names in pop, he’s built an empire from the ground up.
What is he getting at: American entrepreneur Scooter Braun said it best himself in an exclusive interview with Goalcast, “the homes of success and failure are right next door to each other.” Despite his turbulent start in the industry — from paying for his client’s dinners with quarters to breaking down and nearly calling it quits before he even got started — Braun has since represented some of the largest –and most influential — names in music. As the founder of the media and entertainment company, SB Projects, he’s running the behind-the-scenes mayhem for Ariana Grande, Zac Brown Band, and Justin Bieber, to name a few. His dedication to his stars and his modern approach to celebrity wrangling has earned him a Grammy Award, but that’s not all. Last year, he made headlines for a different type of fame, when he co-organized March for Lives, the student-led initiative that was in response to the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Why you should care: He’s uber-successful and always looking to the future, who knows what brilliant idea he’ll come up with next.
What his deal is: One of the most hardworking and recognizable faces in the entertainment industry, he’s got so many side-hustles, it’s hard to keep track.
What is he getting at: First hired by Tina Fey as a writer for NBC’s 30 Rock, Donald Glover has grown into a beloved American actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper, and even a DJ, under the name mcDJ. These days, you can find him acting in the FX series Atlanta he created and continues to direct from time-to-time. Because of his compelling portrayal, he’s been nominated by many awards, including two Emmys and a Golden Globe. Apart from his TV work, he’s also starred in blockbusters including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Magic Mike XXL, and soon, will star in the 2019 release of The Lion King. Did we mention he sings? He’s also earned a Grammy for his performances. If you’re tired just thinking about his hustle, you’re not alone.
Why you should care: We’re right on schedule for him to completely blow our minds again soon.
What her deal is: Former MTV intern and unassuming beauty blogger turned entrepreneur and incredibly successful CEO.
What is she getting at: While working an entry-level position at Vogue, Emily Weiss set aside time from 4 to 8 a.m. to focus on her side hustle, Into the Gloss. This blog features women’s beauty and grooming products, advice and wisdom, and eventually, she grew her audience to more than 10 million. How’d she do it? Through her popular series, Top Shelf, where she managed to snag interviews with celebrities in their bathroom (yep, you read that right), including Karlie Kloss and Jenna Lyons, among others. Once she secured a few key partnerships and hired a few people, she took the leap and quit her job, putting all of her efforts into the blog. A few years later, the idea for a product line, Glossier, was born and created, and has since taken over social media with a cult-like following. With effective marketing and a subtle approach, they’ve infiltrated the space, and have grown the company in dividends, opening two stores — and earning $10 million in sales.
Why you should care: She’s built a thriving beauty brand from scratch, by sticking to her vision and to her values. Right on, sister!
What her deal is: She’s one of the masterminds behind the powerhouse that’s completely transforming Hollywood.
What is she getting at: If you want a show on Netflix, you’re going to have to go through Cindy Holland. You might not recognize her name, but she’s transforming this uber-successful company as the vice president of original series. She’s responsible for many shows you love — including Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why — to name a few. She’s said to be confident, tough to impress, and an impressive hard worker. It helps she has an all-star team that’s becoming more and more involved with Netflix each day, from Tina Fey to David Fincher and Shonda Rhimes. Another lap around the sun means another round of breakthrough hits from this all-star executive.
Why you should care: She’s established herself as a no-nonsense game changer and we can’t help but wonder where she’s taking the entertainment industry next.
What his deal is: Monk turned award-winning host and story-teller in the business of making wisdom go viral.
What is he getting at: He’s one of the most viewed people on the internet, and trust us, that’s saying a lot. He launched his video channel in 2016, attracting one billion views and more than 3 million followers. Focusing on nugget of wisdom and inspiring chats, he earned a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017. Today, he’s the daily show of HuffPost Live #Follow the Reader, where he gets to interview influences like Deepak Chopra, Russell Brand and others. His main mantra? ‘Making wisdom go viral.’ And hey, he’s really great at it. W
Why you should care: He’s attracted over a billion views on his videos, we think he’s onto something.
What her deal is: Powerful and record-shattering, she’s a boss on and off the tennis court.
What is she getting at: This powerful athlete and mom isn’t letting anything stop her. To date, she’s not only the five-time winner of WTA Tour Championships but she’s claimed five Olympic gold medals. This made her the highest paid female athlete in 2016 and in 2017, where she also took a spot on Forbes’ highest paid athletes. Going into 2019, she’s hoping to continue to lead the pack, as she compete around the world. No matter how far she goes — or for how long — she’s paved the path for African American athletes, mothers, and women to know they’re not only worthy of greatness, but they can achieve it, too.
Why you should care: Watching her lead the way for female athletes from underrepresented minorities as well as being an outspoken advocate for postpartum depression has been nothing short of inspiring.
What her deal is: A self-made woman, this former actress turned British royalty is ushering the monarchy into the modern age.
What is she getting at: If you look beyond the click-bait headlines that paint Meghan Markle as a royal pain in the arse — it’s easy to see what an impact she’s having on the British monarchy. Not only is she divorced and from African American descent, but she’s not abiding by all of the rules so many generations have followed without a second thought. In addition to painting her nails whatever color she pleases, Meghan continuously makes feminist statements in her dress, speech and actions. As she welcomes her first child with Prince Harry into the world this April, it’ll be fascinating to watch her choices as not only a duchess and an activist — but as a mother.
Why you should care: She’s single-handedly changing the British monarchy with her fresh take on humanitarianism.
What her deal is: Zen mom with a killer IG game.
What she’s getting at: Chrissy may have started off as a Sports Illustrated model, but she shed that gig like the outdated BS that it is. Like it should, her brains mattered more than her bod, and she turned to social media to express the inner geek goddess that always lived inside her. Armed with razor-sharp wit and a big heart, she won over the internet with her honest, goofy take on child-rearing that helps everyday parents feel better about the craziness of raising kids. Here’s the thing: she gets it. She gets it all — the diaper-changing, hair-pulling, sleep-depriving, nerve-wracking, uncontainable exuberance of parenting. Between Twitter and Instagram, she has a vocal, loyal fanbase of 30+ million followers that she built up, one sage piece of advice at a time. Super-influencer, parenting guru, master chef and best-selling author, and we didn’t even mention her husband once.
Why you should care: Because you’re going to have kids one day, and you’ll be relieved to have Chrissy in your corner.
What his deal is: From being a teenage dad, to washing dishes for a living, he’s now the biggest YouTube stars that the platform has ever known.
What is he getting at: In February of 2010, Casey Neistat uploaded a video criticizing New York’s MTA for not being clear on when you should pull the emergency break on the subway, and when you shouldn’t. Then a few days later, he published a six-minute film about Vimeo on Chatroulette as a social experiment. Then a year later, he become an outspoken leader for cyclists in NYC. Moral of the story? People pay attention to him, and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. As one of the better known YouTube personalities, filmmakers, vloggers and entrepreneurs, he’s known for his messaging. And hey, he keeps at it, with more than a thousand under his belt.
Why you should care:His creative way of expressing himself has ensured people pay attention to what matters.
What her deal is: A champion of women empowerment, she’s at the head of one of the most influential charitable foundations the world has ever known.
What is she getting at: This American philanthropist has taken her fortune and worked to make a ripple in the world. Alongside her husband, Bill Gates, they created a foundation under their name, which works with numerous causes globally. The latest data from 2014 estimates the couple has donated more than $28 billion, and Melinda is at the helm. This dedication to assisting others in need has earned her a spot on the UK’s Most Influential Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneurs list, as well as France’s highest national award, The Legion of Honour. Not to mention another in Germany for her ‘outstanding services to peace and international understanding.’
Why you should care: She puts her money where her mouth is — and is changing the world for the better.
What his deal is: An entrepreneur extraordinaire and talk show host who wants to help you ignite your full potential.
What is he getting at: In just four years, Tom Bilyeu has become a well-known entrepreneur for co-founding Quest Nutrition, which is currently one of the fastest-growing private company in North America. His company has more than 1,300 full-time employees, as well as 1,000 ambassadors, all with a goal to illustrate that healthy food can delicious — and the hope to end metabolic disease. In recent years, Bilyeu founded Impact Theory with his wife, which is a for-profit media company that’s aiming to ‘leverage the self-sustaining power of commerce to radically influence global culture.’ They’re well on their way to creating virality, considering they already have 1.5 million followers (and growing) — and they’ve hosted everyone from Peter Diamandis to Mel Robbins and Tim Ferriss on their long-form interview talk show.
Why you should care: He’s reinvented himself over and over again and it’ll be interesting to see what goals he crushes next.
What her deal is: A manifestation wizard, she’s built an empire for herself and she’s helping others do the same.
What is she getting at: Though the fine art of manifestation has been a practice of Monks for centuries, it’s only recently it’s become a hot item on the press. The concept of creating the life you want — from your relationships to your career — by believing it so is called manifestation, and it’s a practice this mover-and-shaker wholeheartedly believes in. With the uber-popular Instagram account, Manifestation Babe, Kathrin Zenkina is helping to teach and inspire thousands. Her own rags-to-riches tale is fodder enough, considering just two years ago she was more than $25,000 in debt and making only $1,600 a month from a failing online business. A serendipitous read of The Secret and her now six-figure coaching business was born.
Why you should care: Who doesn’t want to live the life of their dreams?
What her deal is: A rising star, her way with words inspires and brings people together around the world.
What is she getting at: Najwa Zebian has been trailblazing the way for women. Through her words, this Lebanese-Canadian author, speaker and educator has written novels and poetry, resonating with crowds around the world. She’s a self-published success story, often offering her words to the New York Times and CBS, along with countless other publications. Why is she a Goal-Getter? She has a subtle, yet poignant way, of making others feel less alone in their journey, taking from her own battles through displacement, abuse and discrimination. This makes her a leader — and more importantly, a light.
Why you should care: Not afraid to tackle difficult topics, she reminds us that we’re not alone.
What his deal is: Part-time spoken-word poet, part-time rapper, part-time filmmaker with a message of love.
What is he getting at: He’s not your traditional hip-hop rapper — and that could actually be a good thing. His given name is Richard Williams, but he’s better known under Prince EA, and as the founder of ‘Make S.M.A.R.T Cool’, which promotes free thought, unity, creativity and intelligence through music culture. Through his performances as an artist, poet and filmmaker, he tackles tough topics like work/life balance, spirituality, race and other important pursuits through powerful words and lyrics.
Why you should care: Considering he has more than 90 billion views on YouTube… the world is definitely listening.
31Whitney Wolfe Herd
What her deal is: The queen of dating apps, she’s shaking up the male-dominated world of online dating and nailing it.
What is she getting at: After co-founding Tinder, this American entrepreneur wasn’t happy with how she was mistreated by male executives, so she decided to quit. Oh — and create a competitor. Currently, the founder and CEO of Bumble, a female-led dating app, she’s changed the dynamic of swiping, giving power to women on who they want to talk to — and who they’d rather not. In addition to this gender shift, she’s also led other parts of the company’s networking algorithm, expanding into career networking and friendships building. Bumble’s valuation is around $1 billion, and Herd is part of Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30, as well as Forbes’s 30 Under 30, too.
Why you should care: Bumble just keeps growing — and changing the world for the better. Where will she expand to next?
What her deal is: This Silicon-Valley CEO is in the business of decoding your DNA.
What is she getting at: In recent years, DNA-testing has been on the mind’s of many, mostly thanks to one entrepreneur: Anna E. Wojcicki. As the chief executive officer and co-founder of 23andMe, households around the country have the ability to figure out their ancestral roots via their spit. This at-home kit was named ‘Invention of the Year’ by Time magazine in 2008, but it only started to gain momentum in the past few laps around the sun. She’s been named the ‘Most Daring CEO’, and uses the company data for research in health, science and beyond. With permission, of course.
Why you should care: Her company recently started to help fuel medical research, and well that’s pretty awesome.
What her deal is: Best-selling author and motivational speaker reminding us to put ourselves first.
What is she getting at: This American author, blogger and speaker found her fame after sharing an Instagram photo of her stretch marks, and being proud of her body and what it is capable of. It went viral, with 10 million views, and grew her audience ten times over. She released her first book Girl Wash Your Face a year ago, and since them it’s held a top spot on most of the selling lists. In fact, it was the second-most popular book of 2018 for Amazon. Though there are no talks of when her next memoir or self-tip book will release, you can keep up with Hollis on YouTube, along with her 71,000 other subscribers.
Why you should care: She’s giving women the space and courage to call in to question their roles and places in society, and we need more of that.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
If you’ve made it this far and you’re craving a transformation of your own, we can help you get there.
Year after year, we make resolutions. And, year after year, many of us fail to make those changes a reality.
Why is that? And what can you do about it?
For many of us, we’re coerced by society to make December both a time of holiday enjoyment and reflection to set goals for the New Year. It’s difficult to do both of those things at once and this often leads us to spend no more than the last day or two of the year (if that, can’t forget New Years celebrations) reflecting on what we’d like to change for the entire upcoming year.
What results is us setting extremely generalized and practically unattainable goals. Unattainable not due to difficulty but because we never clarified exactly what we wanted and rather put ourselves down to, “get my body back,” or “build a successful online business.”
Instead of feeling forced to create new goals at the beginning of the year and setting a New Year’s resolution, how about cleaning up shop instead?
It’s the end of the year after all, why not use the New Year as a time to get rid of all those things in your life that you believe are unnecessary or holding you back? Think of it as a way to refresh your efforts year-round more so than feeling like you have to realign your thinking just because everyone else is.
That’s where an anti-resolution comes in. An anti-resolution is a commitment to stop doing something. Specifically, to stop doing something you’ve been doing over the previous year like using social media way too much.
Ultimately, it’s about identifying the things that need to change in your life and deciding to make a change rather than setting a goal to accomplish something new.
7 Anti-Resolutions for 2019
There’s a powerful quality in resolving to stop doing something you’re already doing rather than setting yourself to accomplish some new, big goal.
It feels more attainable and concrete and they’re often the kinds of things that are holding you back already, so they can help improve the results in the rest of your life by working on them.
Having said that, here are seven anti-resolutions you can make for 2019:
1. Stop letting things go without speaking up
Are you the kind of person that lets people get away with things without speaking up? Resolve for 2019 to be the year that you step forward with courage.
If you’re used to letting people walk over you and you’ve had enough, this is a powerful anti-resolution. It’s about standing up for yourself once and for all and taking control back.
2. Stop saying yes to everyone
If you’re the kind of person that finds it had to say no to anyone, this could be the perfect anti-resolution for you.
The desire to please everyone is a beautiful quality but you need to keep it in check. If you’re not taking care of yourself enough and saying yes to everyone is holding you back from making your own progress (which, in most cases, will help you help others more), it’s time to stop saying yes to everyone.
3. Stop living on social
No matter which is your poison, social media can literally take over your life if you allow it to. However, amassing likes, followers, and keeping up with your social circle isn’t going to make you happier. In fact, it’s probably going to do the opposite.
So, if you’re done spinning your wheels and want to start truly investing in yourself in 2019, then this could be your perfect anti-resolution.
4. Stop giving excuses
If you tend to give excuses for your actions or the behavior of others, resolve to stop allowing excuses to hold power over your life any longer.
Excuses are a slippery slope. The moment you give one, you convince yourself that power is outside your control and that you can only do so much to help your circumstances. But as soon as the excuses stop and you take responsibility you take your power back– and things change for the better.
5. Stop procrastinating
Are there things you wanted to do in 2018 that you either never got around to or have only made slow, gradual progress on when you could have gotten much further along?
If you find yourself putting off important things for weeks on end before taking action, make your resolution to fight back against this procrastination and infuse your life with some meaning and purpose.
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Naveen Jain is an ambitious philanthropist and innovative entrepreneur who is creating new solutions to the world’s greatest problems. His companies boast pioneering technology that will change the future, such as Moon Express, a space rocket that will be designed to mine the surface of the moon to create abundant clean energy here on Earth.
A Moonshot is an “unachievable challenge,” a goal which may be crazy to all others but inspires you. In his book, Jain outlines the mentality, habits and a formula to create a prosperous entrepreneurial mindset and make innovations materialize. While Jain’s book is written for entrepreneurs, the core principles are valuable to all professional backgrounds and can help to inspire you to take your own Moonshot.
A Mindset of Possibility is Cultivated
Our daily routine is orchestrated by the goals we have set out to accomplish: we forge every new habit to fulfill our primary mindset, whether or not we’ve even consciously decided what our goals are. By examining our actions as a projection of our mindset, we can understand if we are driven by a “scarcity mindset” or one of possibility.
A scarcity-driven mindset promotes maintaining the status quo: it will swat away any thought of fulfilling a larger goal by discouraging your dreams as unrealistic or not cautious. Having a possibility mindset doesn’t mean being irrational; it means using your imagination to visualize what the world would look if you accomplished your goal. What would change? What would you feel like? How would others respond to your goal?
Practicing assertive imagination allows you to create various drafts of how you could get to your new goal and over time maintain you on course because your mindset is inherently self-adjusting: you can always come up new path to the same destination.
Choosing to look at yourself and the world through a lens of beneficial possibility can open your horizon to accomplish virtually anything you can imagine.
Unfortunately, my morning routine — being a human whirlpool of flurry so I can graze my basic checklist before I get out the door — isn’t as harmless as I hoped it would be. These collections of daily unmindful habits intoxicate our lives and cannot be just stuffed away to think about later. Even in just practicing thinking about waking up earlier to improve my morning routine, I was instantly thinking of reasons why that wouldn’t work.
Restructuring your mindset to work for you, not against you, is an exercise in and of itself. But by taking control of our mindset, we can be sure we are always working to build our aspirations. Consider the goals you had in the beginning of this year. How many of them have you accomplished? Imagine if this coming year, you had a mindset geared to consider new strategies that would help you persevere and accomplish your objectives. How much more would you be able to achieve?
For entrepreneurs: What would your community, your country, and the world look like with your business? Far from blindly jumping into an unwise venture, a mindset of possibility helps you to deeply consider your strategy, prepare for your upcoming projects, imagine future struggles and take precautions without ever having to spend money.
Look for Solutions and Be Curious
Ventures such as landing on the moon, airplane travel, and even elevators were ideas that the majority of society considered absolutely absurd until the technology gradually became mainstream. Looking at the world as a beacon of opportunities rather than a sea of impossible problems is how inventors and entrepreneurs who have changed the course of history approached issues at hand.
Currently in our lifetime, innovators like Naveen Jain and Elon Musk are actively preparing for a world where we could celebrate Christmas on Mars. Instead of thinking how ridiculous that is, they are asking: “How?”. It is important to put into context how ideas that were once disapproved daydreams have become a part of everyday life: computers, electricity, and cars were all once thought to be unuseful and dangerous.
Even experts are not immune to close-mindedness. According to Jain, “Once you become competent in a particular domain, you can only improve it incrementally — you can never disrupt it. Disruption happens when someone who has no idea about your industry begins to challenge the very foundations of everything that the experts have taken for granted.”
An innovator approaches the great problems of our generation by asking how this can be done, how can we as a society harvest abundant clean energy or efficiently produce enough food for our growing population. Even if we are not entrepreneurs or inventors, we can be open to new ways to solve our collective problems and have an open mind to support the new current and future technologies that will help humanity.
Merge Different Fields of Knowledge
In order to encourage innovations in oil spill recovery technology following the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Jain and the team at XPRIZE initiated Women’s Safety, a global competition that challenges teams to leverage technology to empower communities with a transformative solution that ensures women’s safety. One of the teams that made the finals was a dentist, a mechanic, and a tattoo artist. The machine they built, using their respective knowledge of their fields and combining them, was twice as efficient as the existing oil spill recovery technology.
Approaching problems by tapping into your own accumulated knowledge can help forge an unique solution. In whichever area you wish to study or work for, knowing you can contribute constructively because of your professional background and hobbies will help you to be more confident in finding solutions.
Having a discouraged mindset, that a certain area is beyond your capabilities, not only stunts your growth and self-esteem, but will also rule out the possibility of connecting with others and creating exciting possibilities. Whether you are looking into a career, hobby, or lifestyle, know that you are not starting from scratch but have the opportunity to bring a special informed take that others will also grow on.
As we start to enter the workforce and earn our own money, it’s hard to know the right path to take. But, according to Tony Robbins, there’s some important steps to be taking before we hit 30.
Robbins recently told CNBC there are two essential steps to take to be in good shape for your future.
“Are you a consumer or are you an owner? You are not on target unless you become an investor. You don’t want to just buy an Apple phone — you want to own Apple.”
Now, of course he doesn’t necessarily mean buying stocks at Apple, but he recommends investing in index funds, so you can have a small stake in lots of companies. You can also contribute to a 401(k) plan or retirement savings accounts. This will open the door to compound interest, which can lead to future wealth.
Automate your contributions
The goal is to get to the level where “the income that you get off those investments will allow you to live the life you have today without working,” says Robbins. One way to do this is to automate your investments —so that is when your employer may do a paycheck deduction or you can have money taken out of your checking account and transferred to an investment account. “I don’t care what age you are, if you don’t automate it, you’re not going to get there,” says Robbins. This takes away even having the option of spending that money. Also, if you don’t see the money, you’ll learn to live without it.
Most people say, ‘I don’t have any money to invest. I can’t put the money aside to do that,’” says Robbins. “You have to decide that a certain amount of money that you make is going to be yours to keep,” says Robbins, “and that you’re going to be an owner — an investor — not merely somebody that’s constantly struggling to buy more things.”
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As adigital nomad and journalist, I travel the world while logging around 70 articles a month. To effectively manage a country-hopping lifestyle while also building my bylines and clients, I turn to the advice of seasoned movers-and-shakers who have developed habits and strategies for success. Each week, I’ll highlight the daily routine of influential professionals, making for the right kind of fodder while you down your coffee.
Remarkably, all from an idea he built from his parent’s basement in the early 90s, the founder of Amazon, is currently the richest man… ever.
Unlike many executives who reach this level of success, Bezos is still the chairman and CEO of the company, a topic that is frequently debated and criticized. His leadership skills have often been questioned, since he has developed a reputation for being a difficult and hot-headed manager.
Even so, there is no denying his strategy and patience, building the fame and fortune of his brainchild gradually—acquiring and creating other companies along the way. From developing the aerospace company Blue Origin to acquiring The Washington Post in cash, his estimated $150 billion net worth is likely, just beginning to build.
Though Bezos tends to lean on the quieter side by maintaining his private life, he has revealed a few habits through various interviews.
He takes his time in the morning.
While some folks tend to be the type who are up-and-at-’em from the moment they jump out of bed, Bezos adopts a slower start to his day. Or as he put it once “I like to putter in the morning.”
He shared he tries to match his rise with the sun, never setting an alarm clock, but allowing himself to wake naturally. Then, he will spend time reading the news and enjoying breakfast with his wife of 25 years and their four children.
If you’re not exactly the type to wake up several hours before youneedto, the idea of casually lounging before heading into the office could sound painful. However,psychologistsstand by the Bezos method, articulating the benefits of enjoying the beginning of our days, instead of rushing through them.
If you stumble out of bed, anxious about making a meeting or barely giving yourself time to grab a cup of coffee, the rest of your day will carry anxiety. To try this approach, don’t set your alarm clock ahead two hours earlier and expect to be happy. Instead, try gradually waking up 15 minutes earlier until you reach a comfortable time for your lifestyle.
He takes all important meetings before lunch—and keeps them small.
Ask any expert onproductivityand they’ll be first to explain the key to staying on track is tackling the most difficult tasks first-thing. After all, we can all be guilty of procrastinating to thevery-last-second—sometimes, even on an important deadline.
Bezos tries to steer himself away from this temptation by scheduling all important and intense meetings before lunchtime. He noted this is usually a 10 a.m. check-in, after he’s spend the morning relaxing with his loved ones.
He also keeps any groups small, enforcing the ‘Two-Pizza Team’, meaning if those on the invite list couldn’t be fed with two pies, there are too many cooks in the kitchen. His culinary-inspired perspective is backed byscience, which concluded the leaner the gathering, the more effective and efficient they’ll be.
He washes his own dishes.
Bezos’s wife never weighed in on her perspective, but he once shared the ‘sexiest thing he does’ is washing the dishes after dinner. Considering Bezos could not only afford, say, thousands of dishwashers or perhaps, even buy their manufacturer, he chooses to maintain this chore.
The verdict isn’t out on why he does this, but scrubbing and rinsing could have surprising benefits, according to a few studies.Onediscovered those who took on this task felt less stressed and more inspired, whileanotherconcluded mindless tasks actually ignite the portion of our brain that dictates creative problem-solving.
Perhaps it was while cleaning up after a serving of meatloaf that he wondered what Alexa would have to say?
He gets eight hours of sleep.
Even if you work out regularly, eat a colorful array of fiber and vitamin-rich veggies, and overall, maintain a positive attitude—if you aren’t sleeping, you’re in trouble. Or rather, you won’t be in the best mental tip-top shape to make important choices day-in and day-out.
This fact alone is why Bezos tries to collect eight hours of shut-eye each and every night. He once shared he prioritizes this lifestyle habit, since he tends to think better, have more energy and be in a brighter mood when he has enough rest. “As a senior executive, you get paid to make a small number of high-quality decisions,” he once shared.
So being grumpy and irritable because you’re thinking about a nap? Not the best frame of brain.
He’s able to think in the long-term.
If you can think back to the primal day of Amazon, this site started as a book reseller. Over time, he watched the progression of his business to inform his decisions, even suffering from financial pitfalls to advance his long-term vision.
He knew—one day—an electronic reader would be successful, so he pushed his customers in that direction, eventually creating the Kindle.Within companies—and frankly, with life—the ability to see the big picture or to envision years and decades ahead benefits strategy making, and ultimately, makes you a more fearless leader and human. After all, of all the aspects of your life that bring you joy, those you risked the most for always rise to the top.
Co-founder of Broadcast.com and owner of NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban is an American business man, investor and entrepreneur.
Growing up in the suburb of Mount Lebanon in a working-class family, Cuban has been a natural businessman. At the age of 12, he wanted a pair of expensive basketball shoes so bad that he started selling garbage bags door to door to afford them.
Mark held a variety of jobs before having his breakthrough with MicroSolutions, including a bartender. The idea of creating the computer consulting service came after a dispute with a former employer who was rather concerned with Mark cleaning the place than closing an important sale.
With the mission of making vegan food mainstream, celebrity chef Dave Anderson has achieved incredible, professional success as an Executive Chef, restaurant owner and more recently as co-founder of Outstanding Foods.
But after he and his children’s life was marred by tragedy, Chef Dave turned an unimaginable crisis into motivation.
He and his wife, Molly Benvenuti Anderson, had three beautiful kids and co-owned Madeleine Bistro together, the popular vegan restaurant in Los Angeles until 2011.
Anderson’s life was completely turned upside down when Molly suddenly passed away of an asthma attack. “I just wanted out of my body,” remembered Anderson. “I just wanted out of my skin.”
She was only 43-years-old. And now, Anderson was a single, grieving father to three kids.
“No matter what I was feeling, I knew it was way worse for them,” said Anderson. “It was my sole purpose in that moment to be there for them.”
Molly loved the holidays and always made sure to make them extra special for the kids. But now, the responsibility fell on Anderson and he just knew that no matter how much pain he was in, he had no other choice but to keep up the fun, celebratory traditions.
“Halloween is going to feel like Halloween, and Thanksgiving is going to feel like Thanksgiving,” he said.
“I think it almost killed me, but I did it, and I really pushed myself to make each one of those holidays what they were because they had already lost enough.”