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  • 51 Quotes to Inspire Success in Your Life and Business

    What is success? There are many definitions, but there's one thing all the greats agree on: Success only comes by persevering despite failure.

    Here are 51 quotes to inspire you to succeed in the face of failures, setbacks, and barriers.

    1. "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts."

    -- Winston S. Churchill

    2. "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

    -- Herman Melville

    3. "The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same."

    -- Colin R. Davis

    4. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

    -- Henry David Thoreau

    5. "Opportunities don't happen. You create them."

    -- Chris Grosser

    6. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."

    --John D. Rockefeller

    7. "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."

    -- Thomas Jefferson

    8. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed."

    -- Ray Goforth

    9. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better."

    -- Jim Rohn

    10. "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value."

    -- Albert Einstein

    11. "Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."

    -- Winston Churchill

    12. "Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion."

    -- Tony Hsieh

    13. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."

    -- Winston Churchill

    14. "I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite."

    -- G. K. Chesterton

    15. "Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success."

    -- Thomas J. Watson

    16. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."

    - Jim Rohn

    17. "The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do."

    -- Anonymous

    18. "Do one thing every day that scares you."

    -- Anonymous

    19. "All progress takes place outside the comfort zone."

    -- Michael John Bobak

    20. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy."

    -- Tony Robbins

    21. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning."

    -- Robert Kiyosaki

    22. "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

    -- Steve Jobs

    23. "The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."

    -- Barack Obama

    24. "The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today."

    -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

    25. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

    -- Helen Keller

    26. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."

    -- Walt Disney

    27. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus."

    -- Bruce Lee

    28. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

    -- Colin Powell

    29. "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."

    -- Conrad Hilton

    30. "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

    -- Jim Rohn

    31. "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--It is: Try to please everybody."

    -- Herbert Bayard Swope

    32. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

    -- Albert Schweitzer

    33. "Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life; it's about what you inspire others to do."

    -- Unknown

    34. "Fall seven times and stand up eight."

    -- Japanese Proverb

    35. "Some people dream of success while others wake up and work."

    -- Unknown

    36. "If you can dream it, you can do it."

    -- Walt Disney

    37. "The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do."

    -- Unknown

    38. "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that other throw at him."

    -- David Brinkley

    39. "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."

    -- Bill Cosby

    40. "In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."

    -- Nikos Kazantzakis

    41. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

    -- Thomas Edison

    42. "Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember--the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you."

    -- Zig Ziglar

    43. "The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well."

    -- John D. Rockefeller Jr.

    44. "You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."

    -- Oprah Winfrey

    45. "There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality."

    -- Anthony Robbins

    46. "The secret to success is to know something nobody else knows."

    -- Aristotle Onassis

    47. "I failed my way to success."

    -- Thomas Edison

    48. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it."

    -- Estee Lauder

    49. "I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come indirectly through accident, except the phonograph. No, when I have fully decided that a result is worth getting, I go about it, and make trial after trial, until it comes."

    -- Thomas Edison

    50. "The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary."

    -- Vidal Sassoon

    51. "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down."

    -- Charles F. Kettering

    Source: inc.com

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  • 21 Time Management Tips to increase Productivity

    I compiled this list of 21 tips to hopefully nudge you in the right direction.

    Remember: There are innumerable hacks and tricks to manage your time effectively. These are some tips that I find helpful, but everyone is different.

    Let this list be a catalyst to get you thinking regularly about how to refine your own practices.

    1. Complete most important tasks first.

    This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first.

    Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.

    2. Learn to say “no”.

    Making a lot of time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time. This can be a great thing.

    However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.

    3. Sleep at least 7-8 hours.

    Some people think sacrificing sleep is a good way to hack productivity and wring a couple extra hours out of the day. This is not the case.

    Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to function optimally. You know if you’re getting enough. Listen to your body, and don’t underestimate the value of sleep.

    4. Devote your entire focus to the task at hand.

    Close out all other browser windows. Put your phone away, out of sight and on silent. Find a quiet place to work, or listen to some music if that helps you (I enjoy listening to classical or ambient music while writing sometimes).

    Concentrate on this one task. Nothing else should exist. Immerse yourself in it.

    5. Get an early start.

    Nearly all of us are plagued by the impulse to procrastinate. It seems so easy, and you always manage to get it done eventually, so why not?

    Take it from a recovering chronic procrastinator — it’s so much nicer and less stressful to get an earlier start on something. It isn’t that difficult either, if you just decide firmly to do it.

    6. Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down.

    We often allow projects to take much, much longer than they could by getting too hung up on small details. I’m guilty of this. I’ve always been a perfectionist.

    What I’ve found, though, is that it is possible to push past the desire to constantly examine what I’ve done so far. I’m much better off pressing onward, getting the bulk completed, and revising things afterward.

    7. Turn key tasks into habits.

    Writing is a regular task for me. I have to write all the time — for school, work, my student organization, my blog, etc. I probably write 5,000 – 7,000 words per week.

    The amount of writing I do may seem like a lot to most people, but it’s very manageable for me, because it’s habitual. I’ve made it a point to write something every day for a long time.

    I rarely break this routine. Because of this, my mind is in the habit of doing the work of writing. It has become quite natural and enjoyable. Could you do something similar?

    8. Be conscientious of amount of TV/Internet/gaming time.

    Time spent browsing Twitter or gaming or watching TV and movies can be one of the biggest drains on productivity.

    I suggest becoming more aware of how much time you spend on these activities. Simply by noticing how they’re sucking up your time you’ll begin to do them less.

    9. Delineate a time limit in which to complete task.

    Instead of just sitting down to work on a project and thinking, “I’m going to be here until this is done,” try thinking, “I’m going to work on this for three hours”.

    The time constraint will push you to focus and be more efficient, even if you end up having to go back and add a bit more later.

    10. Leave a buffer-time between tasks.

    When we rush from task to task, it’s difficult to appreciate what we’re doing and to stay focused and motivated.

    Allowing ourselves down-time between tasks can be a breath of fresh air for our brains. While taking a break, go for a short walk, meditate, or perform some other mind-clearing exercise.

    11. Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list.

    One of the fastest ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your massive to-do list. Realize that no amount of thought will make it any shorter.

    At this point in time, all you can do is focus on the one task before you. This one, single, solitary task. One step at a time. Breathe.

    12. Exercise and eat healthily.

    Numerous studies have linked a healthy lifestyle with work productivity. Similar to getting enough sleep, exercising and eating healthily boost energy levels, clear your mind, and allow you to focus more easily.

    13. Do less.

    This is a tactic recommended by one of my favorite bloggers, Leo Babauta. Basically, do less is another way of saying do the things that really matter.

    Slow down, notice what needs to be done, and concentrate on those things. Do less things that create more value, rather than more things that are mostly empty.

    14. Utilize weekends, just a little bit.

    One of my favorite memes depicts a gentleman casting his work aside, declaring, “It’s Friday! F#%$88u this shit.” The following image reads “Monday”, and the man is stooping to pick up the papers he’d tossed to the ground.

    This is comical, but I’ve found that it’s amazing how doing just a little bit on weekends can really lessen the workload during the week. Aim for 2-4 hours per day. You’ll still leave yourself plenty of free time for activities.

    15. Create organizing systems.

    Being organized saves tons of time, and you don’t have to be the most ultra-organized person in the world either. Systems aren’t complicated to implement.

    Create a filing system for documents. Make sure all items have a place to be stored in your dwelling. Unsubscribe from e-mail lists if you don’t want to receive their content. Streamline, streamline, streamline.

    16. Do something during waiting time.

    We tend to have a lot of down-time where we don’t try to do much. Waiting rooms, lines at the store, time on the subway, on the elliptical at the gym, etc.

    Find things to do during this time. I tend to have a lot of reading for classes, so I bring some of it almost everywhere I go and read during waiting time.

    17. Lock yourself in.

    No distractions, no excuses. Sometimes, the only way I’m going to get something done is if I’m under lock and key, alone in a room. If you’re like me, realize it, and act accordingly.

    18. Commit to your plan to do something.

    I kind of mentioned this already, but it’s worth repeating. Don’t flake on your own plan to do something!

    Be resolute. Be committed. Be professional about it, and follow through. A firm will to accomplish what you decide to accomplish will take you anywhere.

    19. Batch related tasks together.

    Let’s say that over a given weekend you need to do two programming assignments, write three essays, and make two videos. Rather than approaching this work in whatever order you feel, group the like tasks and do them consecutively.

    Different tasks demand different types of thinking, so it makes sense to allow your mind to continue to flow with its current zone rather than switching unnecessarily to something that’s going to require you to re-orient.

    20. Find time for stillness.

    In our go, go, go world, too many people don’t find time to just be still. Yet, it’s extraordinary what a stillness practice can do. Action and inaction should both play key roles in our lives.

    Discovering time in your life for silence and non-motion reduces anxiety and shows you that there is no need to constantly rush. It also makes it easier to find your work pleasurable.

    21. Eliminate the non-essential.

    I know this one has been mentioned in one capacity or another already, but it’s one of the most useful tips you can take away from this post.

    Our lives are full of excess. When we can identify that excess and remove it, we become more and more in touch with what is significant and what deserves our time.

    Source: creativitypost.com

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  • The 30 poorest countries in the world

    The ranking of the world's poorest countries is once again dominated by African countries, according to an analysis by Global Finance Magazine.

    The ranking was published in February 2017 and based on data from the International Monetary Fund.

    The magazine ranked the world's countries according to their gross domestic product (GDP)  based on purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita.

    The PPP takes into account the relative cost of living and the inflation rates of the countries to compare living standards among the different nations.

    Most of the countries populating the top of this ranking are under authoritarian regimes where corruption is rampant. This a big deterrent to foreign investors, even if some of those countries have huge amounts of natural resources. 

    The GDP per capita listed represents the amount of wealth produced in 2016 and is expressed in international dollars.

    30. Senegal — GDP per capita: $2,578 (£2,102)

    29. Yemen — GDP per capita: $2,521 (£2,056)

    28. Nepal — GDP per capita: $2,480 (£2,022)

    27. Mali — GDP per capita: $2,264 (£1,846)

    26. Benin — GDP per capita: $2,184 (£1,781)

    25. Uganda — GDP per capita: £2,066 (£1,685)

    24. Solomon Islands — GDP per capita: $1,995 (£1,627)

    23. Afghanistan — GDP per capita: $1,957 (£1,596)

    22. Zimbabwe — $1,953 (£1,593)

    21. Ethiopia — GDP per capita: $1,916 (£1,562)

    20. Rwanda — GDP per capita: $1,905 (£1,553)

    19. Kiribati — GDP per capita: $1,820 (£1,484)

    18. Burkina Faso — GDP per capita: $1,790 (£1,460)

    17. Haiti — GDP per capita: $1,784 (£1,455)

    16. South Sudan — $1,670 (£1,362)

    15. The Gambia — GDP per capita: $1,664 (£1,357)

    14. Sierra Leone — GDP per capita: $1,651 (£1,346)

    13. Guinea-Bissau — GDP per capita: $1,568 (£1,279)

    12. Togo — GDP per capita: $1,545 ($1,260)

    11. Comoros — GDP per capita: $1,529 (£1,247)

    10. Madagascar — GDP per capita: $1,504 (£1,226)

    9. Eritrea — GDP per capita: $1,321 (£1,077)

    8. Guinea — GDP per capita: $1,271 (£1,036)

    7. Mozambique — GDP per capita: $1,228 (£1,001)

    6. Malawi — GDP per capita: $1,139 (£929)

    5. Niger — GDP per capita: $1,113 (£907)

    4. Liberia — GDP per capita: $882 (£719)

    3. Burundi — GDP per capita: $818 (£667)

    2. Democratic Republic of Congo — GDP per capita: $784 (£639)

    1. Central African Republic — GDP per capita: $656 (£535)

    Source: Business Insider

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