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“For all of the most important things, the timing always is bad. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it’s important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content.

“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is boredom.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“To enjoy life, you don’t need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren’t as serious as you make them out to be.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Slow Dance:
Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don’t dance too fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day, On the fly? When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, With the next hundred chores, Running through your head? You’d better slow down, Don’t dance too fast. Time is short, The music won’t last. Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, Not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die, Cause you never had time, To call and say Hi? You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower. Hear the music, Before the song is over.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Most people are fast to stop you before you get started but hesitate to get in the way if you’re moving.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Being able to quit things that don’t work is integral to being a winner”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Life is too short to be small.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Many a false step was made by standing still.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress—stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Remember—boredom is the enemy, not some abstract “failure.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Information is useless if it is not applied to something important or if you will forget it before you have a chance to apply it.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“The goal is not to simply eliminate the bad, which does nothing more than leave you with a vacuum, but to pursue and experience the best in the world.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“I’ll repeat something you might consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“The bottom line is that you only have the rights you fight for.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content.

“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

“Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“Different is better when it is more effective or more fun.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week

Resources: The Four Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferriss

Happiness they say, is a state of mind.

Great riches, the mansion, a swanky boat and a fancy car won’t necessarily make you happy, nor will a life completely without work. In fact, many of the suggested routes to happiness that we’re fed by the powers that be are leading us to early graves and fits of depression.

The basic rules of happiness are quite simple, and here are 10 easy to follow rules that you need to learn in order to be happy.

1. Turn Your Happiness Switch to ‘On’

We are all born with a happiness switch. Remember when you were younger and you’d race home from school with a heart full of joy just because school was out?

Think back to what made you happy as a child and you’ll probably find it was the small mini-experience that made your heart race, rather than the big wondrous experiences we crave as we get older.

Find that small happiness switch within you and keep it turned ‘on’ to your own happiness level, always.

2. Understand that Happiness is a Journey not a Destination

We’ve all been given a magic book; the book of life. It has a beginning, a middle and an end.

Make sure you focus on fulfillment and enjoy the journey of your story. Live every page, and savor every word, just make sure to live each day as if it were your last.

3. Learn How to Cope with Frustration

Remember that total control in life is not an option and we all get frustrated for different reasons about different things. A basic rule of happiness is to be able to raise your frustration tolerance and this means letting go of being in control. Too much control kills happiness and feeds frustration.

4. Live in the Moment and Embrace the Present

There’s no use in waiting for tomorrow to arrive, hoping that it will bring you more of what makes you happy. Today is all you have, right now is all you have and you need to find ways to be happy in this moment. Enjoy your family, live your dreams, let your imagination soar, whatever it takes because this is your journey.

If you’re banking on winning the lottery to make you happy, you’re probably on the wrong track for happiness.

5. Understand Your Life’s Purpose

When you’re in sync with your purpose, you are more likely to feel content and happy. If you don’t know what your values and purpose in life really are, then take a good hard look at what you stand for as well as what really makes your heart sing.

6. Set Achievable Goals and Pursue them Within Reason

Goals are the essence of hope, and they inspire you to get out of bed in the morning. Happy people have short, mid-term and long term goals that they are striving towards, but they don’t pursue them at the risk of their well-being.

Make sure you have goals, but weave them into your life in a balanced way.

7. See the Wonder of the Simplest Things

Take time out every day and enjoy the simple things in life. Many millionaires have found out that money isn’t everything and chasing life’s big pleasures instead of the small ones is futile in the pursuit of happiness because you are as likely missing tiny sparkling diamonds that are strewn across your life’s path.

8. Give, Give, Give

“Give and you shall receive,” but how about forgetting about the receiving bit and just give, give and give some more? Giving of yourself, your time or a percentage of your money will most likely reward you with huge chunks of happiness – it’s a universal law.

9. Never Sacrifice Family for Achievement

Just imagine for a moment … you are living in a big house, perhaps the house of your dreams with a fancy car in the garage and money in the bank account for a five star holiday. Wow, you’ve really made it … or have you? Great wealth nearly always means sacrifice, in the form of large chunks of your time. You might have had to relegate your loved ones to second best, perhaps you have a failed relationship in your wake, perhaps you have missed your children’s childhood years, or been too busy to celebrate birthdays and remember anniversaries. At the end of the day, it’s no good having all life’s fancy trappings if there’s nobody meaningful to share them with.

10. Don’t Let the Past Color Your Future

Your past is over. It’s happened. The water has flown under the bridge and disappeared from view leaving fresh water in its wake. You have no power to change events that have occurred already and happy people know this. Don’t waste time worrying about the past, instead focus on what you can change or accomplish right now.

Here are 10 reasons it’s time to slow down today:

1. You can hear your intuition.

Intuition is a powerful force. It’s where our truth and authentic self are exposed. We are the only ones with access to this voice. By slowing down, this voice has room to come to the surface. The more we block it off by constant distraction, the more we invalidate ourselves.

2. You can act from a place of love.

We have two choices of perception each day. That of love and that of fear. By slowing down, we can access that place of love. It’s here that we get in touch with our true selves and can be a vessel of love and light.

3. You value your self-worth.

When we get caught up in constantly needing to do, we lose sight of ourselves. We lose sight of the soul within that needs to be nurtured and loved. We become more interested in using the externals for validation. Focus on yourself and the goodness you possess in this moment.

4. You build self-esteem.

It’s by doing esteem-able acts that we build self-esteem. Just by slowing down and being cognizant of what our needs and desires are, we are taking care of ourselves and building our self-esteem.

5. You bring out the voice of the heart.

For many of us, there’s a massive disconnect between the mind and the heart. The ego lies in the mind. Take in this moment and let go of the control. By doing this, the voice of the heart can come out.

6. You feel more fulfilled.

Fulfillment comes from within. The more we attach ourselves to temporary things and try to get things done as quickly as possible, the more we lose touch with reality. This leads to our sense of fulfillment diminishing, as ultimate fulfillment comes in embracing the present.

7. Your purpose and passions shine through.

By being alive, we are a gift. With this gift, we each have a purpose and passion. It’s our job to share these with the world. The more we slow down, the more we get in touch with what these passions and purpose really are. It takes time and patience.

8. Gratitude is embraced.

By taking the time to embrace the present moment, we can embrace the beauty that’s right in front of us. Whether it’s watching a child playing in the playground or drinking a fresh cup of coffee, there is so much gratitude to be embraced if we choose to look from the lens of love.

9. You truly accept.

Acceptance is the solution to all the problems we have. By accepting there is absolutely nothing but goodness and love. This comes with taking the time to allow yourself to accept and internalize your true experience.

10. Your life is not taken for granted.

All too often we can take our lives and experiences for granted. We can take our job, relationships, and home for granted. The more we take for granted, the more we lose sight of gratitude and constantly are in the search for more. Slow down today and embrace the gift of life you’ve been given.

Resources: MindBodyandSoul.com

Here are five key signs that you are not doing your real work, your life’s work, here on earth:

1. You dream of something else.

Are the books you read, the subjects you love to talk about and the topics you research aligned with your work? These things are all big signs about what interests and motivates you.

2. You have a niggling feeling that you’re wasting your time (which means you probably are).

Our soul knows when each new week, month, year rolls around that we are wasting ourselves by not activating the special gifts within us that wants to surface. It’s like a quiet, unsettling voice that won’t be silenced. It worsens over time.

3. You self-medicate.

When we neglect our inner guiding system, we find alternative sources to make us feel good and allow us to be disconnected from our source. This may be in the form of alcohol, overeating, drug use and overspending. These cheap forms of “borrowed happiness” give us momentary respite from a much larger issue. We masquerade our misery but it never lasts — hence a vicious, repetitive cycle that can be self-destructive

4. You are tired and sluggish.

Low physical energy is a significant symptom that you are uninspired. When we do what we love we access energy resources we did not know we had. This is why many wealthy and successful people are highly prolific even into their very mature years. I was just at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and Sylvia Earle, 79 (active marine biologist) was the most charismatic and passionate winner of the evening. So if you’re feeling tired frequently and waiting for the day to pass — its proof its time for change.

5. You are not among your tribe.

Look at the people around you at work. Are you collaborative and passionate about spending time with these people? Are your interests similar? When we are doing work that we love to, we naturally gravitate toward others who are like us and who are doing the same thing. When you have found your tribe, you know it. The line between work and play is positively, beautifully blurred.

I am here to tell you that you can change your life. The universe supports you when you take the necessary steps to fulfill your dream. I have seen it unfold in many cases when we apply time, dedication and action. This is your one shot on the planet!

Resources: MindBodySoul.com

SFT

Seek His Face

Feel His Presence

Trust His Love

As we go through this life, it is important to take time for God, and to seek His face. We all search for peace in this noisy world, and we need to feel His presence, every day in our lives. We live in a society of untrusting souls, and it is important to have friends, and family members that we can truly trust. But one person we can trust, and never live with disappointment, and that is to trust His love, because He will never leave us or forsake us.

 

Personality is the sum total of one’s mental, spiritual, and physical traits and habits that distinguish one from all others. It is the factor that determines whether one is liked or disliked by others. Your personality is your greatest asset or liability. It embraces everything you control: mind, body and soul. Some characteristics of a pleasing personality include: positive mental attitude, flexibility, sincerity, prompt actions, courtesy, tactfulness, a pleasing tone of voice, smile, and tolerance.

 

Who wouldn’t want to be around someone who possesses the above characteristics of a pleasing personality? And, the most amazing thing to learn is that we can cultivate these characteristics ourselves one at a time. Just as a person adds new clothes to their wardrobe, individuals can add new traits to their pleasing personality repertoire by learning and applying them.

 

Due to our human nature, people gravitate to others who radiate a beautiful smile, speak with courtesy, listen to what is said, withhold judgment, remain flexible, and exhibit a positive mental attitude. All of these characteristics can be cultivated and put to work for you.

 

Dr. Hill states: “Self-analysis must begin with strict self-discipline, based upon the courage to recognize your faults and a sincere desire to eliminate them.” Listed below are the 29 traits of a pleasing personality that Hill identified. Review the list by focusing on each trait singly. You may discover that you have many positive characteristics in your personality and others that do not measure up to the general standard. What you do to correct the situation is your homework for this week.

 

Here is the list:

 

Positive Mental Attitude, flexibility of mind, sincerity of purpose, promptness of decision, common courtesy, tactfulness, pleasing tone of voice, facial expression and the habit of smiling, tolerance, frankness in manner and speech, a keen sense of humor, faith in Infinite Intelligence, a keen sense of justice, the appropriate use of words, effective speech, control of the emotions, alertness of interest, versatility, fondness for people, control of temper, hope and ambition, temperance, patience, humility of heart, appropriateness of dress, effective showmanship, clean sportsmanship, the ability to shake hands properly, and personal magnetism.

 

Remember to conduct your self-assessment and determine right here and now to correct any shortcomings that you may encounter. I promise, you will be the better for doing so.

Resources: NapoleonHill.com

 

We may be obsessed with looking younger, but we’re in awe of the people who live to see their 100th birthdays and beyond. To what do these centenarians attribute their long, long lives? The answers may surprise you.

Bacon

Pearl Cantrell, 105, attributes her long and healthy life to bacon. “I love bacon, I eat it everyday,” she told NBC affiliate KRBC. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.” Cantrell, who lives in central Texas and has outlived three of her seven children, spent her life doing hard labor outdoors; she still sews, goes to church, and goes out dancing on Saturday nights. (“It was country dancing, waltzing, and two stepping,” she says.) Her most-recent birthday was a three-day-long celebration with more than 200 guests. Bacon, however, is what really kept her going; Oscar Meyer recently sent her a delivery of the smoked-and-cured meat, and she ended up riding around town in the iconic Weinermobile.

Olive oil, port, and chocolate

Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at age 122, never let her age get in the way of doing whatever she wanted. She took up fencing at 85, rode her bike until she was 100, and didn’t even quit smoking until she was 117, The New York Times reported. When she turned 121, she reportedly walked all over her hometown of Arles, France, to thank the people who had wished her well. But staying active and lighting up weren’t the things she says kept her young; she gives credit to olive oil, which she poured on her food and used on her skin, drinking port wine, and eating about two pounds of chocolate every week. “I’ve never had but one wrinkle,” she used to tell her friends, “and I’m sitting on it.”

Stress
Helen Reichert, 109, chalks her advanced age up to stress — or, rather, on knowing how to bounce back from it. “You don’t get to be 109 without life hurling a few curve balls at you, and Reichert has had more than her share. And after each, she dusts herself off and moves on,” her doctor, Dr. Mark Lachs, told NPR in 2011. “A few years back, she had a modest stroke that affected her language abilities. I don’t think I’ve seen a patient of any age tackle rehabilitation and speech therapy the way she did.” She also knows how to indulge: She eats chocolate truffles, and her favorite beverage is Budweiser. “She once announced to me that she was thinking about smoking again,” Lachs said. “When I protested, she reminded me that she has outlived several other physicians and told me to mind my own business.”

Extreme sports
Peggy McAlpine, 105, became the oldest woman to paraglide in 2007, when she was 99 years old. When a 101-year-old from Utah broke her record, she took to the skies again at 104, leaping off of a 2,400-foot peak in northern Cyprus, where she lives — and she didn’t let the fact that she’s in a wheelchair stop her. “I enjoyed every minute of it. It was better than the last time,” she told the Daily Mail in 2012. “I would certainly like to do it again — especially if anyone takes my record.” She said that she has “loved heights” ever since she was a young girl, and caught the extreme sports bug when she was 80, after her grandchildren persuaded her to try bungee jumping. “I climbed to the top and looked down and saw the people like ants and my heart sank,” she remembered. “But I’d gone so far, I couldn’t stop. So I stepped on the platform and drew up my courage and leaped from the top.”

Eating the same thing every day
Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, 115, credits a daily diet of funche — a stew made of boiled corn, codfish, and cream — for his long and healthy life, though he admits that having a keen sense of humor may also have had something to do with it. He loves to tell jokes and stories, and says that he was at a nightclub in Puerto Rico when the owner was assassinated. The then 82-year-old hid under a table “praying… or at least I was when the bullets started flying!”

Doing what you love
Dr. Laila Denmark, 114, didn’t like to talk about her age. She was a doctor in Atlanta for 73 years, retiring at 103 only because she couldn’t see as well as she used to, her daughter, Mary Denmark Hutcherson, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The first female pediatrician in Georgia, Denmark — a mother of five — said that her secret to longevity wasn’t that complicated. “You keep on doing what you do best as long as you can,” she told her local newspaper in 2006, five years after she retired. “I enjoyed every minute of it for more than 70 years. If I could live it over again, I’d do exactly the same thing and marry the same man.”

Do what you want and eat what you want (and don’t exercise). Vivian Henschke, 109, smoked for most of her life, had two cocktails before dinner nearly every night, and ate whatever she wanted, according to her daughter, Karen Preston. “Mother did nothing by today’s standards to help her have great longevity,” Preston told Everydayhealth.com, adding that Henschke also “never exercised a day in her life.” She enjoyed dancing, but told her local newspaper that it wasn’t part of her secret to longevity. “No,” she explained. “I married a man who didn’t dance.” Instead, she says she lived to a ripe old age because she “did what ever I wanted …. when I go to a party, I am going to have a highball.”

Have a hobby
Louis Charpentier, 100, worked as a landscaper and has always exercised, but he attributes his long life to staying active in his community — and to maintaining the 265 Christmas-themed foam carvings in his yard. Wood and foam carvings are his hobby, and he works on them every day. To live a long life, “keep busy doing what you like,” he suggests. And don’t go crazy at dinner. “I don’t eat very much,” he admits, “but I always eat a fruit, a vegetable, and a little meat, and I always make sure that I get sardines and salmon at least once or twice a week.”

Be curious about life

Irving Kahn, 107, is the world’s oldest stockbroker, starting on Wall Street in 1928. “This was before the Depression,” he told New York Magazine in 2011. He says he’s never had a life-threatening illness, doesn’t take cholesterol or blood-pressure medicine, and maintains a positive attitude people half his age would envy. “I don’t worry about dying,” he said. Instead, he reads three newspapers a day and watches C-Span to keep his mind sharp. He’s read thousands of books, all of them non-fiction — “Mostly I’m interested in what’s on the edges: solar energy, sending vehicles beyond the moon,” he says — and is determined to stay curious about life. “If you’re alive, you might yet find the answer to something,” he explained. “The puzzle you couldn’t solve before. The capacity to enjoy learning is what matters.”

Resources: Yahoo Shine

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