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Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Kick-Ass Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.”


“Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”


“When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.”


You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer.


Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favourite tips from him.


1. Approve of yourself.

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”


2. Your limitations may just be in your mind.

3. Lighten up and have some fun.

4. Let go of anger.

5. Release yourself from entitlement.

6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.

7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.

8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.

9. Do what you want to do.


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3 Things You Can Do Today to Start Living a Happier Life

3 Things You Can Do Today to Start Living a Happier Life | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” Eleanor Roosevelt


Happiness must not always come from big things and events. It can come from smaller, daily habits too.


So today I’d simply like to take a look at 3 quick tips and habits that help me to live a happier life. Pick one and see how it works for you.


Help someone.


Helping someone out is one of simplest but also one of the most powerful things one can do to live a happy life.


How can you help someone out? By giving them value in some form. Such forms could be:...


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Leadership Mantra: Noise.

Leadership Mantra: Noise. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

This noise who changing our life.


About what noise are we talking about here? There is talk about the discontinuous noise in our head, which is an integral part of our daily live.


Have you ever paid attention, if so, what was his tone? It was a pleasant tone, beautiful, positive or rather, unpleasant, ugly and negative?


Here, you can imagine, is the big difference.


Why am I talking about this today? Just because our attitude is dictated by this dialogue. If you are in the unpleasant and negative plan, it goes without saying that it will be difficult for you, to have a full and balanced life – which should ultimately be the goal of all of us.


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Inner-Strength Builds Confidence

Inner-Strength Builds Confidence | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Just like everyone else in America, I come from a dysfunctional family.


I graduated from high-school at 16, got accepted and attended college and majored in Early Childhood Education only to have my own education become a casualty of my parent’s divorce. I’ll spare you the sordid details except for the ones that are necessary for this article.


At the ripe old age of 17, I found myself homeless and uneducated, unable to get a job, moving from relative to relative. It seems that one does not qualify for financial aid when one is a minor child of a prominent physician. It also seems that if one sits out of school for more than two terms, one is no longer considered a college student and therefore is not entitled to tuition. Hooray for the state of Illinois.


My mother had no job, no money and three younger children to feed. Luckily she had packed her deep freeze with produce and a half a cow the summer before or they would have starved. I would have merely become another burden for her to bear...


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20 Practical Ways to Kick Fear in the Butt

20 Practical Ways to Kick Fear in the Butt | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Hands down, the most common reason I hear from my coaching clients for why they can’t accomplish something is fear.


They may not call it fear directly, but that’s what it is. They are afraid of some perceived bad outcome if they attempt the thing they really want.


And the irony is that the one thing standing between them and what they want in life isn’t really substantive. It is just a feeling, usually without any basis in reality. Most fears are that way — feelings without substance.


If you look back over the fears you’ve had during your lifetime, you’ll probably discover that most of them were unfounded. What you fear either didn’t materialize or wasn’t as bad as you feared.


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3 Foundations of Courage – How to Create Momentum

3 Foundations of Courage – How to Create Momentum | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

How Do You Define Courage?


Do you think you are courageous? I know I didn’t think I was. A couple of years ago, I found myself curled up in my bed, depressed.


I had a good life. I had a reliable job and a nice place to live. I had friends around me. And I felt guilty about being depressed.


Deep inside, I knew that I was meant for more but I felt paralyzed to make a change because I didn’t have a clear vision of how to move forward.


I remember wrapping my arms around my knees and hugging them to my chest. I was so afraid to move forward, but I knew that I could not continue living a “good” life when my spirit longed to be free. I wanted to express my greatness!


You may feel the same way I did. Maybe not. You may doubt that same greatness lies within you or you may have absolute confidence in it.


No matter what your situation is, courage is the common denominator when it comes to success. Let me share what I did to move from depression to momentum...


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10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day

10 Ways to Find More Hours in Your Day | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

We all wish we had just a bit more time.


Just think what you could do with an extra hour or two each day: you could finally stick to an exercise routine, or spring-clean the house, or write your novel, or learn the guitar, or get a new qualification.


I can’t magically make all your days 25 hours long. But I can help you find more hours in your day for the things that really matter.


  1. Get Out of Bed Earlier
    If you normally get up at 7.30am, try getting up at 7am. That half-hour might not sound like much -- but it could be time that you use to meditate, to exercise, to read that book you’ve been meaning to finish, or simply to get your day off to a calm and organized start.

    The first hour or half-hour of the day is often a great chance to work on something important, before other demands crowd in on you. And if you need your beauty sleep? Just get to bed half an hour earlier.


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To reach the top, do what others won't

To reach the top, do what others won't | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Getting ahead in your career is not just about being successful; it's about being noticed.


So how do you stand out to be hired by potential employers? How do you stand out for a promotion to a superior? How do you stand out as loyal to the people you are leading? It's simple: do the things that others aren't willing to do.


Whether you're a leader, a team member, or a candidate, success comes from having the discipline to do the things that you know you should be doing, even when you don't feel like doing them. When you practice this kind of self discipline regularly, you'll naturally stand out from the pack -- because most people avoid the hard stuff. It's just easier to put it off...


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The Unpredictable Freedom and Sweetness of Chaos

The Unpredictable Freedom and Sweetness of Chaos | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

‘You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.’ ~Friedrich Nietzsche


I’m going to share a productivity, planning and organizational hack that will change your life. It will yield some unpredictable results, but if you approach it the right way, it could bring some of the most amazing work of your life, along with freedom, joy, exhilaration.


What’s this miraculous hack?


It’s a simple one: let go. Let go of control and allow yourself to be swept away by the powerful currents of life. Let go of planning and embrace not know what will happen. Let go of productivity and be open to new ideas, new opportunities, spontaneous creativity...


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TODAY’S LEADERSIP MANTRA: Focused

TODAY’S LEADERSIP MANTRA: Focused | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
“No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.”


In a world where everything moves, changes and invites us to scatter it’s became a real challenge.


If you’re like me...


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Crossing the Bridge

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It’s difficult to create a life of abundance until you have a truly inspiring vision of what life will be like on the other side.


Many people try to move towards abundance because they’re fed up with scarcity. They’re tired of working at jobs they semi-dislike just to pay the bills. They notice the years passing and don’t feel they have much to show for it. These people seldom escape that reality, however, because that level of thinking actually reinforces scarcity.


Abundance is much easier to create once you get clear about what you’ll do with it. Why bother with it? Who cares? What will life be like on the other side? Is it just the absence of some annoyances? Is there something more to it?


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Why We All Need Advanced Life Skills

Why We All Need Advanced Life Skills | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
We all need to learn and benefit from Advanced Life Skills because all life skills are not created equal. Basic life skills are simply not enough.


I am convinced that billions of people feel trapped in a life full of limits and frustrations because they have never been taught the simple skills that have the power to transform almost every aspect of their current situation.


As a result, a life of personal excellence seems like an impossible dream for most. We can easily understand why so many people feel that way when we consider the scarcity of living examples. Most people see very little evidence that a life of extraordinary quality is even possible.


Not all life skills are created equal


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How to Build the Muscle of Change

How to Build the Muscle of Change | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

When you try to make a change in your life, create a new habit, set a resolution … are you usually good at it, or does the change fail after 2-3 weeks?


Some people are better at it than others because they’ve learned some simple strategies for changing, but also because they’ve built up their change muscle.


What’s a change muscle? It’s the muscle we use for creating changes in our lives, and like our physical muscles, it is weak if you haven’t trained it.


I started training my change muscle in 2005, when it was weak and I could never make any lasting changes. I felt helpless, and didn’t know what to do. I felt like I couldn’t ever make changes.


But I’ve learned in the years since that the change muscle is like other muscles: you might be weak at first, but you get stronger with regular training...


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Leadership Mantra: Potential.

Leadership Mantra: Potential. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
Potential is a tool for action!


How many times have I heard, “it has tremendous potential”, you can imagine, on numerous occasions. Yet many years later, the huge potential has brought forth a mouse!


Why?


For the simple reason that the potential has remained unrealized and unused, because there never was any concrete action.


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Self-Acceptance Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Acceptance Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the greatest American essayists, poets, and thinkers, clearly understood the importance of self-acceptance. He believed in searching for truth from within. Back in the early days of the Transcendental movement, Emerson had experienced firsthand both the benefits and drawbacks of going against mainstream culture and society. Emerson’s clear message was that a self-directed path is the only path that can lead to true happiness and contentment.


The same message applies even in modern times. We are constantly bombarded by ideas that try to make us something else. We are told how to be, who we should be like, how to live, what our beliefs ought to be and what we should wear… and the list goes on.


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Leadership mantra : Possible vs Impossible.

Leadership mantra : Possible vs Impossible. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Possible is a state of mind!


You have certainly heard, on numerous occasions, people say, “that’s impossible.” What did you do with that? Here lies the difference between success and failure.


If we listen to such people, it is certain that we will abandon. Otherwise, we will continue and put the odds on our side to make things possible.


We live in a world where pessimism and lack of courage is part of the lives of many people. It’s what makes me say, that here we see clearly the difference between a leader and a follower.


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Build Your Own Ladder

Build Your Own Ladder | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
  1. Graduate college
  2. Climb the corporate ladder.
  3. Get a 3% raise every year that barely keeps past with inflation.
  4. Wait 5 years for someone to tell you’re you’re qualified for a promotion
  5. Stay in line. Don’t cause trouble. Keep climbing and someone else will make sure that everything is okay.


10 years ago, this was still the formula for a good enough living. Unfortunately, things have changed.The old promises can’t be kept any longer. Companies don’t hold on to workers for 30 years. The rapid pace of innovation means your ability to learn is more important than what you know right now – because that information is on it’s way to becoming outdated. In order to survive, you have to adapt.


So things have changed, but the ladder mindset hasn’t. Keep climbing the ladder, you’re told, and ignore that the trade-off isn’t what it used to be. It might not be perfect, but it’s good enough – so you should keep quiet and be happy...


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Time to Kill Your Mental Boundaries

Time to Kill Your Mental Boundaries | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

What do you believe about yourself? It is remarkably easy to become convinced of your limitations. Frequently, people discuss what they would love to have or do but “can’t” for one reason or another. In some cases, there are huge challenges to overcome; however, all too often, what we perceive to be a physical, economical, physiological, or social boundary ends up being a mental boundary.


Buying into these mental limitations can be detrimental to your success. Here are 3 reasons to destroy your mental boundaries!


Mental Boundaries Cause Us to Accept Limitations That Are No Longer There...


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Leadership mantra: Balance.

Leadership mantra: Balance. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Balance is the regulator of happiness!


Why the regulator of happiness? It’s simple… without balance, no happiness possible! You know it and you’ve already realized many times in your life, I’m sure.


To have a balanced life, we must:


  • Giving and receiving, otherwise we will be quickly emptied of all our energy.
  • Move and rest, otherwise we will not be productive for a long time.
  • Live and let live, so as not to be won by frustration.


You will understand, too much or too little always end up creating problems that will interfere with our lives and also our well-being.


When I say balance, I am also referring to the core areas as:...


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7 Common Causes and Proven Cures for Procrastination

7 Common Causes and Proven Cures for Procrastination | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Another interesting post about this very hot subject...! [note mg]


Do you put off doing things that would bring you closer to your desired goals? I know I do. But why are we so foolish?


It has something to do with how our daily responsibilities overwhelm us. In the midst of all the important things we know we need to do, we somehow convince ourselves that none of these things need to be done right now. In other words, we decide that some peace and relaxation in the short term is what’s most important.


So we take another break, read another blog post, watch another TV show and just kick back and relax. And life is blissfully dandy… for a little while.


But then suddenly the inevitable deadline has arrived. Ahhh! It’s panic time!


So here are 7 common causes and proven cures procrastination. I’m hoping these tips help you avoid that insane moment of panic.


Read more: http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/22/7-common-causes-and-proven-cures-for-procrastination/

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Leadership mantra: Reality.

Leadership mantra: Reality. | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it
The reality can sometimes exceed fiction!


Today I decided to go on a "dangerous" land – I know there are plenty of different interpretations – for you to share my vision on the subject.


In evaluations conducted in the past – well, this is more than ten years now – it became clear that I am a pragmatic person. I wonder how the same test would be interpreted today, because, since, many things are happened and my outlook on life changed dramatically in many areas.


Even if I’m stayed in some areas, it’s quite different in other areas of life.


Why do I say this?...


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Turn Your Bike Around and Pedal

Turn Your Bike Around and Pedal | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

I love the philosophie from this grandmother, she had so right! A great post with a lot of easy to use advices. [note mg]


My grandmother never graduated from high school but she was one of the wisest people I have ever met. Being from rural Georgia, she always had a no-nonsense Southern saying that would cover any disaster.


She would often tell us: If you don’t know, you better ask somebody.


Universal laws are consistent. They work the same way for everyone every time. One of the best ways to learn the outcome of a universal law is simply to let them do the teaching.

  • Learn from the past
  • Learn from others
  • Apply what you learned


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7 Mental Mistakes That Stop You From Living a Life of Freedom and Peace

7 Mental Mistakes That Stop You From Living a Life of Freedom and Peace | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

How often do you lament the fact that you’re still not where you want to be?


  • There’s still something missing from your life that if you could get, you’d be happy.
  • Life doesn’t seem fair, and it never works out just the way you want it.


If you identify with any of these statements, then you’re most likely making mental mistakes that may hold you back for the rest of your life. The good news is that since they are mental mistakes, they can be changed, and when changed, your whole life can be changed.


  1. Living in the Future

Do you dream of a better future where you have more money to travel, more time to do what you want, or even a better job? Then you’re falling into the first mental trap, which is giving your attention to a future projection that does not exist.


Read more: http://www.dumblittleman.com/2011/11/7-mental-mistakes-that-stop-you-from.html

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Procrastination or, the “pleasure” to do it tomorrow!

Procrastination or, the “pleasure” to do it tomorrow! | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

Procrastination is a state that has complex origins. It may be due:

  • In the fear of success (more pressure thereafter);
  • In the “pleasure” of having the pressure;
  • To protect against everything and everyone…;
  • The lack of confidence (failure);
  • The lack of motivation (goal too far away or unclear);
  • And many others.


Though it is, she rots our existence, blocking our way and be happy in life.


As a repented procrastinator, I know what I mean.


Today I found, fortunately, some very effective tools to avoid mostly resorting to this vicious subterfuge.


Why we are procrastinators?

The reasons are many and complex. Without going into the medical maze (yes, it can happen in extreme situations), I’m just going talk from the level “light”, which affects many people and that everyone should be able to manage itself...


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Lose the Excuses

Lose the Excuses | PEOPLE BUILDING | Scoop.it

A very inspiring text to start a new day. I totally agree, apologies are never a good idea and they will never give us success in our lives. [note mg]


As a college teacher, I hear my share of excuses. They all start with, but you don’t understand…


  • People from my neighborhood don’t…
  • People of my race won’t…
  • Women can’t…
  • Poor people never…
  • People my age shouldn’t…


I’m a very short (5’1”) African-American middle-aged woman. I have tons of excuses not to succeed, take your pick.


Discrimination does not have my permission to enter my life; therefore I have no use for the excuse. You may use any one of them to fail if you’d like. In the meantime, I’ll keep succeeding...


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