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  • 65 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Reach Success

    There's no such thing as failure, there's only feedback, and it's what we do with that feedback that will ultimately determine how successful we will be.

    When we fail we have three options: We can choose to quit, which is the only real failure; we can choose to ignore the feedback and try again, but this is flirting with madness because to do the same thing the same way over and over again expecting different results is a definition of madness; or we can learn from our failure, adapt our approach, and try again.

    Every major success is built on a solid bedrock of previous failures. Here are 65 quotes to help inspire you to keep going and make those improvements to your approach that will ultimately lead you to success.

    1. "Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be." --John Wooden
    2. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." --Thomas Edison
    3. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." --Albert Einstein
    4. "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill
    5. "A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it." --Alexandre Dumas
    6. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." --Napoleon Hill
    7. "You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." --Johnny Cash
    8. "It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts." --Zig Ziglar
    9. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear." --Jack Canfield
    10. "Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." --Coco Chanel
    11. "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." --Robert F. Kennedy
    12. "The phoenix must burn to emerge." --Janet Fitch
    13. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." --Ken Robinson
    14. "An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he's in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots." --Charles F. Kettering
    15. "Our greatest glory is, not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." --Oliver Goldsmith
    16. "Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure." --George Eliot
    17. "A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him." --Elmer G. Letterman
    18. "You'll always miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." --Wayne Gretzky
    19. "A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." --John C. Maxwell
    20. "There are no failures--just experiences and your reactions to them." --Tom Krause
    21. "A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing." --George Bernard Shaw
    22. "When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important." --Ellen DeGeneres
    23. "It's failure that gives you the proper perspective on success." --Ellen DeGeneres
    24. "There is no failure except in no longer trying." --Chris Bradford
    25. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." --Thomas Edison
    26. "It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." --Bill Gates
    27. "Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." --Richard Branson
    28. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." --Winston Churchill
    29. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." --Paulo Coelho
    30. "The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." --Mark Zuckerberg
    31. "No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who's always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don't exist." --Chris Hardwick
    32. "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." --Elbert Hubbard
    33. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." --James P. Lewis
    34. "Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever." --Lance Armstrong
    35. "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill
    36. "I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless." --Neal Shusterman
    37. "We are all failures--at least the best of us are." --J.M. Barrie
    38. "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." --Henry Ford
    39. "I think you have to try and fail, because failure gets you closer to what you're good at." --Louis C.K.
    40. "I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time, but after some reflection. I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed." --Dolly Parton
    41. "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything--all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure--these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." --Steve Jobs
    42. "Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility for your successes and for your failures. You can't go blaming others or being jealous. Seeing somebody else's success as your failure is a cancerous way to live." --Kevin Bacon
    43. "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." --Michael Jordan
    44. "Giving up is the only sure way to fail." --Gena Showalter
    45. "If you don't try at anything, you can't fail...it takes backbone to lead the life you want" --Richard Yates
    46. "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." --Denis Waitley
    47. "Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement." --C.S. Lewis
    48. "Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success." --Robert T. Kiyosaki
    49. "Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I've met people who don't want to try for fear of failing." --J.K. Rowling
    50. "A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery." --James Joyce
    51. "Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself." --Charlie Chaplin
    52. "Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others." --Amelia Earhart
    53. "We need to accept that we won't always make the right decisions, that we'll screw up royally sometimes--understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success." --Arianna Huffington
    54. "The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows." --Frederic William Farrar
    55. "You have to be able to accept failure to get better." --LeBron James
    56. "I don't want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about." --Emma Watson
    57. "Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out." --Benjamin Franklin
    58. "When I was young, I observed that nine out of 10 things I did were failures. So I did 10 times more work." --George Bernard Shaw
    59. "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." --Henry Ford
    60. "With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die." --Criss Jami
    61. "My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." --Abraham Lincoln
    62. "Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe." --Sumner Redstone
    63. "Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." --Mia Hamm
    64. "When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel." --Eloise Ristad
    65. "What is the point of being alive if you don't at least try to do something remarkable?" --John Green

    Source:inc.com

     

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  • 50 Easy Yet Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Yourself

    If you can't seem to find yourself motivated because of several reasons, take a deep breath and try to motivate yourself with these simple yet effective tips:

    1. Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.
    2. Try something new today.
    3. Take a walk in a park, and let nature reset your mind.
    4. Make a to-do list. You'll feel encouraged as you cross off items.
    5. Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation could be making you less motivated.
    6. Drink coffee for a quick jolt.
    7. Start exercising, and you'll feel like yourself
    8. Take a small step. You don't have to immediately immerse yourself in the project and see it until completion right away. Just make baby steps, and take it one day at a time.
    9. Wake yourself up from your slump with a cold shower.
    10. Have a reward system, so you'll have something to look forward to.
    11. When doing a task you don't want to do, play energizing music to help you get through it.
    12. Get the hard stuff done first thing in the morning. Once you're done with the most challenging projects, you'll be able to tackle the others with ease.
    13. Prepare early so you're not in a rush. When you're late all the time or feel rushed, this may stress you out and kill your motivation.
    14. Push yourself. Realize that getting things done means giving yourself a little push sometimes.
    15. Grow your willpower. 
    16. Make motivating yourself into a habit. 
    17. Set a deadline for a task to spur you to get it done before the time is up.
    18. Focus. Doing too many things at once can overwhelm you, so drop the multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
    19. Get a friend to join you to make whatever you're doing more enjoyable.
    20. Clean up your home or your workspace, and you'll feel like you can get more done in a decluttered environment.
    21. Let go of your fears, and you may feel brave enough to take on challenging tasks.
    22. Eat right. Treating your body well will put you in a better place mentally.
    23. Take a break to get some rest and recharge your mind.
    24. Do something you enjoy when you first get up. Whether it be drinking hot chocolate while reading a chapter of a book you're currently glued to or taking a hot shower, start your day off on a positive note.
    25. Share your goals with others. Being public about your goals will give you a sense of accountability, which may make you more inclined to get going.
    26. Fake it till you make it. Act like you're motivated, and it'll become a reality in time.
    27. Focus on the positive instead of the negative, and you'll feel more inclined to start new projects and take risks.
    28. Bring light into your room. Open up your curtains. Let fresh air into your room by opening up windows if it's not too cold and if it's not polluted outside.
    29. Find out what it'll take to get there. When you set a goal for yourself, begin by doing some research, and you'll be done with the first step.
    30. Encourage others, and you'll automatically start seeing encouragement from them in return. It's a cycle of positivity!
    31. Don't compare yourself with others or you'll get discouraged. Compete against yourself.
    32. Have realistic expectations. Know yourself and how far you can go.
    33. Stay excited. Experiment and keep coming up with new tweaks so you won't get board.
    34. If you fail, pick yourself up and keep going. Don't let it derail you or cause you to lose confidence, which ends up affecting your motivation.
    35. Keep track with a journal. If you track your progress, you'll be able to see it, which will help motivate you to continue or try even harder.
    36. Read biographies of the people you look up to for inspiration.
    37. Listen to motivational stories from audiobooks, documentaries, and more.
    38. Place motivational quotes around your home and workspace. They can come in such forms as a sticky note on your memo board, a note taped to your mirror, or an inspiring quote on a coffee mug.
    39. Volunteer. It'll help ground you and make you realize that you're fortunate, so you should take the opportunity to make the most out of your life.
    40. Write down a few things you're grateful for. If you have a more positive mind-set, you'll find yourself more motivated and looking forward to what's in store for you.
    41. Reflect on the times when you worked hard and succeeded at your task.
    42. Remind yourself that it's better to try and fail or succeed than living with regrets.
    43. Give yourself a pep talk, and tell yourself that you are awesome.
    44. Drop the projects that you might not be totally committed to and focus on the ones you're really passionate about.
    45. Tell yourself that nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
    46. Know that only you have the power to create your dreams and generate motivation.
    47. Write down where you see yourself in five years, and stick that note in a visible place.
    48. Turn it into a challenge with a time limit. You can create your own or join an existing one. 
    49. Set your alarm clock to remind you when it's time to start on your task.
    50. Find something you truly enjoy, and do it. Pick up a hobby or start a collection, and it'll make you excited about life.

    Source: popsugar.com

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  • 5 Places to learn Online for Free

    According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And plasticity is associated with flexibility, innovation, and joy.

    Equally as compelling, continued learning has been shown to protect your brain from developing diseases like Alzheimer's.

    Finally, in today's charged political climate, it's worth noting that an educated populace has always been shown to withstand challenging times more effectively.

    Here are a few ways to get educated this year, quickly and powerfully:

    1. Coursera

    Take classes from universities like Stanford, Penn, Duke, or Yale without the $60,000-plus per year price tag. Coursera offers over 1,500 courses from over 145 university partners.

    Courses usually include videos and coursework like online quizzes monitored by a professor. You can search by topic or university.

    Sample classes:

    • Positive Psychology: This course looks at research findings in the field of positive psychology as well as practical applications that you can put to use immediately to help you live a "full and meaningful life."
    • Become a More Effective Manager: Learn how effective managers assess performance and use coaching to create clear expectations and accountability, as well as how to have powerful conversations that get results.
    • Securing Digital Democracy: Learn about the potential security risks of electronic and internet voting. This course covers the past, present, and future of election technologies.
    • The Making of the U.S. President: A Short History in Five Elections: The course description says: "As Trump takes office as 45th president of the U.S., this course explores presidential elections in historical perspective.... It tells the story of key campaigns, and by doing so it investigates how politics changed over time--and how understanding the past sheds light on the current campaign."

    2. Alison

    If you're an entrepreneur or a globally-minded businessperson, you'll love Alison, a U.K.-based learning hub. It's got classes in English, French, and German, with practical courses on everything from American copyright law to nonprofit fundraising. Sample courses:

    Completion of a course grants you "certification," a British designation.

    3. Academic Earth

    The advantage of Academic Earth is that it creates curated playlists, collecting relevant lectures from different courses around a specific topic. Sample playlists:

    It also has interesting and occasionally entertaining video electives, such as:

    4. 99U

    With the tagline "Empowering the Creative Community," 99U is kind of like TED for entrepreneurs only: Its focus is heavily on creativity, innovation, and business development. Sample lectures:

    • Why Unrest Is Gold for Creatives: "In an era of upheaval and crisis, creative expression takes on new urgency.... For those creatives feeling discontent in these fractious times, it's a reminder that the simmering feeling of anger can be best used to issue a call to action and serve as a tool for change."
    • How to Beat the Imposter Syndrome Feeling: "Approximately 70 percent of us will experience a period of self-doubt at least once in our lives. Rebuild your confidence using these five strategies."
    • Paola Antonelli: Rejection Is a Sign You're Onto Something New: "Your creative work can make the world a better place. But only if you allow yourself to shock, disgust, and--yes--even fail."

    5. Udacity

    If you're serious about learning how to code this year or need to bone up on computer science or math skills, this clean site is ideal. It includes an icon next to videos to let you know just how advanced a course is, so you can start with an easier one if you're new to a subject. Sample courses:

    • Android Basics Nanodegree by Google (beginner): "Get a solid grasp on the basics of foundational programming skills used in creating mobile apps."
    • VR Developer Nanodegree (intermediate): "Virtual Reality is the future of creative content. Job opportunities are skyrocketing, making this the perfect time to launch your career. Built by Google VR, Vive, Upload Collective."
    • Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree (advanced): "In this program, you'll learn the skills and techniques used by self-driving car teams at the most advanced technology companies in the world. Built by Mercedes, Nvidia, Otto, Didi, BMW, McLaren, NextEv."

    "Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school." --Albert Einstein

    Source: inc.com

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  • 18 Effective Habits to develop and become a Highly Successful Person

    Whether we like it or not, a big part of what we do in life is governed by habits. Even more importantly, habits can lead us to think and feel in certain patterns.

    Since habits are so powerful, it's worth paying attention to the ones that are most effective.

    Here are 18 effective habits of successful people, learn them, implement them and make them your own.

    1. Successful people are persistent.

    They know nothing can take the place of persistence and determination, so they make a habit of never quitting until they get results.

    2. Successful people are self-confident.

    Self-confidence comes from the habit of mastering yourself, your skills and talents. It's a process that slowly but surely builds unshakeable trust in yourself--which is a vital element of success.

    3. Successful people think big.

    When you think big, you act big, and big things happen. What is the next big idea, project, business that you can think about?

    4. Successful people have an unswerving commitment.

    Their strong convictions mean they'll structure everything else in their life around their most important goal, doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

    5. Successful people contribute generously.

    Successful people make it a habit to bring value to others. To become successful, look for ways to give, not to get.

    6. Successful people have tremendous willpower.

    They have the strength to see things through without vacillating or procrastinating. When you want it, you make it happen. The world's greatest achievers are those who have had the willpower to stay focused on their goals and consistent in their efforts.

    7. Successful people have patience.

    They understand that in everything there are failures and frustrations. To take setbacks personally just slows things down that much more. Their habit of patience is not so much about the ability to wait as knowing how to act while they're waiting.

    8. Successful people are optimistic.

    They choose positivity instead of fear. Optimism is an ideal strategy for making a better future--you have to first believe that the future can be better before you can step up and take responsibility for making it so.

    9. Successful people are flexible.

    They make it a habit of being agile and adaptable. Many of them have become successful doing something different from what they initially started out to do. They know the world is always changing and they refuse to lock themselves into a box.

    10. Successful people know their "why."

    Successful people make a habit of knowing why they do what they do--what they're in it for. They've given thought to their reasons and motives, which in turn gives them the courage and the determination to continue.

    11. Successful people think long term.

    Most people think short term, because they want instant gratification. Successful people know how to set that desire aside and cultivate the habit of thinking in the long term. They plan ahead because they know that lasting success beats momentary gratification.

    12. Successful people are strong communicators.

    People who can communicate effectively excel in life. Successful people understand that in order to achieve great success, you must first must understand your central message and how best to communicate it.

    13. Successful people take risks.

    They know you can't make important gains without important risk. If you take risk out of life, you take opportunity out along with it.

    14. Successful people have self-management skills.

    In the end, everything boils down to personal relationships and self-management. Successful people make those areas a priority--people skills and personal development.

    15. Successful people are resourceful.

    They develop networks and cultivate contacts, and they know how to make things work. They know when you have the right people with the right abilities in the right place at the right time, everyone benefits.

    16.Successful people take definitive actions.

    If there's one critical thing that separates successful people from the herd, it's this: successful people take action. They don't talk about what they're going to do or think about their intentions. They get up and get it done.

    17. Successful people play by their own rules.

    They make a point of working harder than everyone else and learning every single detail from scratch. And because they do what most people aren't willing to do, they get to set the agenda.

    18. Successful people think winning thoughts.

    They don't allow any room for negativity or doubt. They may even visualize how success will look and feel. They intuitively understand that once you can think it you can achieve it.

    In the end, successful people know the importance of having effective, healthy winning habits, and they work hard on creating, building and cultivating winning habits to make their success a reality.

    Source: inc.com

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