Archive for December, 2014

“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

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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.

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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

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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

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