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  • Why ‘Eating the Frog’ Isn’t the Best Productivity Strategy and What to Do Instead

    Posted 2017-07-21 21:30:12 by: Dave A

    If you spend any length of time reading productivity articles, you will eventually come across the concept of accomplishing your hardest task first in the course of your day, otherwise known as ‘eating the frog’. The idea is that it is best to tackle the more difficult projects when you are fresh and have plenty of willpower, before the day runs away from you. Plenty of articles list the benefits of eating the frog first, and for some people diving straight into work can be a great strategy. Even knowing the benefits, it can still be a challenge to implement this strategy for maximum productivity. One issue with ‘eating the frog’ is that while on paper (or the internet) it can seem like a no brainer; in reality it can be quite difficult to engage with your most challenging project first thing if you have not trained your brain for deep focus. Even if you intend to work first thing on the most difficult task, distractions have a way of creeping into our thoughts and very quickly derailing what was supposed to be an incredibly productive workday. This is the nature of who we are as human beings. We have evolved to pay attention to our environment, but nowadays it has become negative with consistent vibrations of a smartphone or the tap tap on a keyboard. To keep distractions at bay, start to develop a practice of focus. This will make ‘eating the frog’ easier to do on a regular basis. You can start to retrain your brain by engaging in simple planning at the beginning of each day. With this in mind, you can ease into the day, otherwise the levels of stress hormones that peak right before waking never quite go down and we are constantly in a flight or fight response, zapping your energy. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle Plan to spend a specific amount of time at the start of each workday on routine administrative tasks such as email and to engage ...

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  • 21 Epic Casey Neistat Quotes

    Posted 2017-07-20 23:15:48 by: Dave A

    Casey Neistat is a prime example of how hard work pays off.  From his humble origins as a high school dropout living in a trailer park in Connecticut, Casey has risen to become one of the most recognized youtube personalities and celebrated online filmmakers of our time.  He has also directed several movies, created his own TV show on HBO, and has worked alongside world class entrepreneurs such as Lewis Howes and Gary Vaynerchuk.  Casey is best known for his daily vlogs, where he shares his daily adventures while also dropping wisdom & insight from his years of hustling. Below are some Casey quotes that will drive you to success: 1. “If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re doing it wrong.” – Casey Neistat 2. “The biggest risk is to take no risk at all.” – Casey Neistat 3. “It’s the execution that matters, never the idea.” – Casey Neistat 4. “Just trying to live our lives and figuring out how to turn that into art. It’s tough to say that the art was premeditated. Instead you just focused on living. ‘How do I want to live? What do I want to do?’ Then you figured out how to make that into art.” – Casey Neistat 5. “Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.” – Casey Neistat 6. “Every time I took these bigger risks, the opportunity for a bigger payout was always there.” – Casey Neistat 7. “Persistence and endurance will make you omnipotent.” – Casey Neistat 8. “Without a goal you can’t score” – Casey Neistat 9. “Work hard, be brave” – Casey Neistat 10. “If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re doing it wrong” – Casey Neistat 11. “The technical process which is interesting in it’s own right but I think the creative process is what’s more intriguing to me.” – Casey Neistat 12. ...

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  • 21 Awesome Casey Neistat Quotes

    Posted 2017-07-20 23:15:48 by: Dave A

    Casey Neistat is a prime example of how hard work pays off.  From his humble origins as a high school dropout living in a trailer park in Connecticut, Casey has risen to become one of the most recognized youtube personalities and celebrated online filmmakers of our time.  He has also directed several movies, created his own TV show on HBO, and has worked alongside world class entrepreneurs such as Lewis Howes and Gary Vaynerchuk.  Casey is best known for his daily vlogs, where he shares his daily adventures while also dropping wisdom & insight from his years of hustling. Below are some Casey quotes that will drive you to success: 1. “If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re doing it wrong.” – Casey Neistat 2. “The biggest risk is to take no risk at all.” – Casey Neistat 3. “It’s the execution that matters, never the idea.” – Casey Neistat 4. “Just trying to live our lives and figuring out how to turn that into art. It’s tough to say that the art was premeditated. Instead you just focused on living. ‘How do I want to live? What do I want to do?’ Then you figured out how to make that into art.” – Casey Neistat 5. “Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.” – Casey Neistat 6. “Every time I took these bigger risks, the opportunity for a bigger payout was always there.” – Casey Neistat 7. “Persistence and endurance will make you omnipotent.” – Casey Neistat 8. “Without a goal you can’t score” – Casey Neistat 9. “Work hard, be brave” – Casey Neistat 10. “If you’re doing what everyone else is doing, you’re doing it wrong” – Casey Neistat 11. “The technical process which is interesting in it’s own right but I think the creative process is what’s more intriguing to me.” – Casey Neistat 12. ...

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  • 3 Powerful Questions Which Will Increase Your Chances of Success

    Posted 2017-07-20 22:33:17 by: Dave A

    Many people think that if they work hard, be the first person in the office and the last one to leave at night that they will be successful. Entrepreneurs put in 50 to 60 hours a week chasing success as they slowly burn out. The reality is that success is often closer than you realize and it depends on how you think about it and what questions you ask yourself. As you pursue the path to success, whatever that means to you, the questions you ask yourself are ultra important and can shape your success. If your mindset goes to dark places when things don’t go as planned, you may be someone always asking yourself “Why me?” This question will not get you closer to your goals. It is a disempowering question because your brain will attempt to answer it with negative answers. For example, if you didn’t get that contract that you pitched, when you ask the ‘why me’ question, you blame yourself and even others. You might say you quoted too high, you said the wrong thing in the meeting, or that your assistant delivered the proposal late. Instead, ask yourself how you can do better next time. Find out what you needed to do to secure the contract and use it to fuel the next proposal. Powerful questions can change your state and catapult you quickly into a more positive frame of mind, which helps you on your journey to success. Here are 3 powerful questions you can ask yourself every day to increase your chances of success: 1. What Am I Capable Of? This is a little bit of a trick question. No one REALLY knows what they are capable of. We set boundaries for ourselves that limit and define us. That keeps us small. It is important to think big – so much bigger than you even think is possible. Other people will try to knock you down for thinking what THEY think is possible, but in reality no one ever truly knows what is possible. Many times from great adversity comes our greatest achievements. Until something happens to you that tests you, you may not even know ...

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  • 15 Things Crazy, Insane, Passionate, Successful People Do Differently

    Posted 2017-07-19 21:55:15 by: Dave A

    Over the last three years, I’ve gone on one hell of a journey. I’ve met people who’ve created life-changing, not for profits, I’ve met billionaires, I’ve met Prime Ministers and I’ve hung out with the next generation of millennials who are going to change the world. Through these interviews and meetings I’ve learned so much and it would be criminal of me not to share what these group of individuals do. I feel like I’ve been able to peek behind a door that contains all of the treasures needed to succeed in life and business. It’s time for me to share that with you. Here we go.   1. They challenge the word “no” Successful people don’t bend over when someone asks them too. They constantly challenge every single person that dares to tell them no. They believe that they can turn any no into a yes, and that no is just a temporary setback in their mind to achieving their ultimate goal. No means they’re on the right track and taking action rather than frothing at ideas and what might be possible.   2. They disrupt the status quo These crazy successful people are rebels at heart. Wherever or whatever they are doing, they’re disrupting the way things are done. They are championing for change and they don’t apologize for it. They know the solution to the problem lies in doing something completely and utterly insane.   3. They wake up before sunrise You’ve heard it all before compadre haven’t you? Get up early and all your dreams will come true because you’ll have more time. Guess what? It’s true and that’s why you hear it regularly. Sleeping in is what’s killing your success. You need time to make your goals come true and those extra minutes you need are found in the early hours of the morning. Without fail, I haven’t met a successful person who doesn’t wake before sunrise. Time is the only resource we all have equal amounts of so use it instead of wasting it.   4. They have a zero care factor You don’t ...

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  • 5 Tactics to Improve the Quality of Your Life From Harvard’s Most Popular Course Creator

    Posted 2017-07-19 21:13:26 by: Dave A

    Everyone wants to be happy, just ask Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, he’s an expert on the subject. Tal created the most popular courses in Harvard University’s history: Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Tal is a best selling author, entrepreneur, and speaker who currently works with groups and companies around the globe on a variety of topics. As most of us know, it’s not always easy to stay in a happy state. Inevitably things will slow us down, and make us feel burdened or frustrated. Luckily, by using Tal’s tactics he taught to thousands at Harvard, we can maximize the positive and minimize the negative. Tal recently sat down with The Science of Success and unveiled five key tactics to improve your quality of life that he lives by each day. Check them out below: 1. Awareness “The best predictor of future behavior, is past behavior”, advises Tal. Think back to a time when you were truly leading a happy life engaged in meaningful experiences. What were you doing? Who were you doing it with? Using past reflection, identify what it was that caused these moments to be so great, then ask “How can I have more of it?” Cultivate an active willingness and desire to replicate these good experiences. 2. Relationships Can you guess which countries are the happiest in the world according to the UN? The answers are Denmark, Australia, Colombia, Israel, and Holland. While some of these you might expect, places such as Israel and Columbia may come as a surprise. So why are these countries ranked as the happiest? Relationships. Tal explains that, “In each of these countries there is a real importance, encouragement, and emphasis on establishing and cultivating intimate and healthy social networks.” It can come from various places such as religious organizations, sports, or clubs. Nonetheless, in each study an emphasis was found on cultivating meaningful relationships having a direct link to happiness. Go in search of likeminded individuals who share ...

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  • Turn Your Struggles Into Success With These 2 Mindset Shifts

    Posted 2017-07-19 07:20:06 by: Dave A

    Mindset is everything. The gurus tell us this and it is true.  Your mindset is the beliefs you carry in your head about you and your abilities will determine how far you go in life.  If you believe you are born to struggle, you will be suspicious of anything offering you an opportunity to stop struggling. You will feel completely justified in holding yourself back because your mind is okay thinking it is normal to struggle. A few days ago, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across an advert by one of the big names in the personal development field.  He was promoting a book that had the word “millionaire” in the title.  It seemed interesting so I wanted to see reviews of the book and I realized what a mistake it was to scroll through the comments. It shocked me to see the bile that people posted on there in between the ‘I am so thankful for you’ comments. I felt pity for these negative nellies because in their mind, they were justified in speaking badly about someone else’s success.  Their mindset has them thinking it is impossible to succeed towards becoming a millionaire. Due to this, they chose to make sure that everyone else KNEW how they felt and did not get ‘taken in’ by the supposed scam. The truth is, it was all in their mind.  If someone else has a form of success you desire, there is nothing stopping you from doing what they did and creating it for yourself unless you tell yourself that you cannot. These negative nellies had told themselves they could not and now, decided to share their pain with everyone else by projecting it on the successful person. They keep themselves trapped in a continuous negative mindset so they try bringing others down instead of pulling themselves up. Mindset is everything. Take a moment to write down what you desire and as you write, check yourself for resistance to the idea.  Write down what the resistance is and what it feels like. Whether you realize it or not, your ...

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  • 20 Epic DJ Khaled Quotes That Inspire Greatness

    Posted 2017-07-18 20:57:44 by: Dave A

    DJ Khaled is a critically acclaimed music producer, author, and social media influencer.  Maybe best known for his enthusiastic & over the top personality – DJ Khaled drops some wisdom on his snapchat story every day while inspiring young people to follow their passions, achieve their goals, and to dream big.  He wants everyone to achieve success, stay loyal, and take care of their families. Here are some epic DJ Khaled quotes to inspire you to greatness: 1. “We go hard. In everything we do, were going to accomplish our victory and our goal. If it takes a day, a year, or 20 years, were going to win. I havent taken a loss because everything Ive done has been a working process to win.” – DJ Khaled 2. “Those that weather the storm are the great ones.” – DJ Khaled 3. “They’ll try to close the door on you… Just open it.” – DJ Khaled 4. “I know that Ive been put on this Earth to make people happy, to inspire people, and to uplift people. Thats a beautiful thing.” – DJ Khaled 5. “I know love is the answer.” – DJ Khaled 6. “The key is never be afraid of being yourself.  Never!” – DJ Khaled 7. “I wake up everyday inspiring myself.  Because God gave me life.” – DJ Khaled 8. “’They’ are the people that don’t believe in you, that say that you won’t succeed. We stay away from ‘They.’” – DJ Khaled 9. “Don’t ever play yourself.” – DJ Khaled 10. “That’s when you know you’re the greatest: when you’re the greatest, and people still put odds against you.” – DJ Khaled 11. “Always have Faith. Always have Hope.” – DJ Khaled 12. “I’ve been a mogul and executive since the beginning of my career. People are just born with that skill.” – DJ Khaled 13. “At the end of the day, I pray for the best.” – DJ Khaled 14. “Love is the most powerful thing in the world, and you ...

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  • 8 Reasons Why Getting Fired Can Be a Blessing in Disguise

    Posted 2017-07-17 21:41:45 by: Dave A

    One of the hardest things one can face is getting fired. It’s not easy as you end up being shocked, confused, and angry at your former employer. Some of the reasons why employers let their employees go is because they are not fit for the job, a management change, or downsizing. As a result of being let go, it may be challenging to imagine not receiving your salary at the end of the month. However, this can be a blessing in disguise because it will set you free to pursue other interests. Here are 8 reasons why something great can come out of getting fired: 1. Some Me Time Although getting fired may be very upsetting, it is not the end of the road. This newly acquired free time can be a great opportunity for you to take some time to plan the future. It also allows you to discover what excites you and the kind of activities you can engage in. For example, you can start a bakery shop because you’re passionate about baking and you’ll earn some money. This can also be a great time for you to take a vacation, read, and focus on yourself and your health. In addition, you can spend time and energy with your family knowing you are free to begin a new chapter in your life. 2. Self-Confidence Regaining and Boost Being fired doesn’t mean that you’re good for nothing. You need to realize this and stop feeling sorry for yourself. You need to stand up and face the reality. Find your talents and passion that bring out the best in you so you can realize your dream and regain your confidence. This time on your hands will help you make a great success in what you are gifted in. One of the greatest successes is leading a happy life, and this can be achieved if you regain your self-confidence. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Dr. Benjamin Spock 3. Self-Investment Being at work may have cost you a lot of time and opportunities to invest in yourself, so take this time to take a management class you always wanted. Go to trainings and ...

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  • Give Up Your Dumb Excuses: Here’s Why

    Posted 2017-07-17 19:35:14 by: Dave A

    It’s time to put more hooty in your booty. Cancel drinks on Friday night. Forget about your hair coloring appointment with Vince on Saturday. Your ridiculous excuses for everything in your life are literally killing your success. You have a goal, but you may not be achieving it. Here are some of the excuses I gave myself last week which stopped me from blogging: I need to socialize because I’ve worked hard this week I need to go on a holiday because it’s been a while I need to go on a date because I’m single and yet to find love Thoughts like these stop us from getting on with the job. We have this mindset that we’ll get to our goal when we have time. The truth is there is always another distraction to replace the previous one. Your excuses are what you use to justify your lack of success. So let me spell it out for you: You are the reason you’ve not achieved your goals or the level of success you want. It’s your fault: no one else’s. It’s all bloody you! Stop blaming and start hustling! Stop delaying and start on your dream right now! Stop the need for instant gratification and short-term pleasure and start playing the long game! I think this post is going to have a lot of exclamation marks, so I apologize in advance. The advice I serve up rarely comes with a bowl of chocolate moose on the side. It’s not what you want to hear, but it’s what you must hear. Actually, it’s too late to apologize (I think there’s a pop song that has those lyrics…Google that). Here are the dumb excuses you must give up:   1. “I need experience first” Did Steve Jobs have experience at making computers? Did Mark Zuckerberg study social media for years before starting Facebook? Did JK Rowling have experience publishing books before she wrote Harry Potter? The answer to all of these is no. Go for hustle and hard work before thinking that you have to experience. Have a go with no experience and you’ll quickly figure out the skills required ...

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