A useful timeline

Focus on the present. Plan for the future. Learn from the past.

It is the simplest way to summarize a good living strategy. We are the sum of our learned experiences through interactions and their results. The better we retain critical information about failure the better we can assess the consequence of an action.

So the question is “Based on our experience, what kind of future are we building now?”
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Thinking-based action

Why is it important to bother with developing sophisticated ideas? It’s because there is no difference between doing so and thinking, for starters. It is important to think because action based on thinking is likely to be far less painful and more productive than action based upon ignorance. So, if you want to have a life characterized by competence, productivity, security, originality and engagement rather than one that is nasty, brutish and short, you need to think carefully about important issues.

There is no better way to do so than to write. This is because writing extends your memory, facilitates editing and clarifies your thinking. jp.

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A good listener

A wise person once said “A positive attitude will tend to positive outcomes” that actually is true. If people have a positive attitude about listening then people will be better listeners. It’s important to be a good listener.

Truthfully, people should have a positive attitude about listening, because it can prove to be very beneficial. lo.

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Your words matter

The world is a busy place with billions of intertwined stories and trillions of thoughts per day. Sometimes our words seem to fade into the void because no one has the time to stop and pay attention.

Our words have the power to create or destroy. Words can be tools or weapons. Words can provide a solution or become the problem. Words can make a day better. Finding balance is the key to success. The aim is never to hurt others but to speak words of truth that can build the person and show them the way.

Your words matter because even when you think no one is paying attention, somebody is.

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Motivation without discipline

The internet is filled with quotes that evoke the reader to feel good about doing something or feel good about themselves. The problem is that most people lack the discipline to get things done.

How to obtain discipline:

1. Stand up. Nothing ever got done by sitting on a couch wasting time. The first step is always to get on your feet ready for action.

2. Turn off your feelings. Yes, feelings are important but if you are misusing them they tend to get in the way of action, so they way you feel is now irrelevant. Stop whining!

3. Make a plan. Planning is good, just don’t overthink it or it will paralyze you and send you into an endless loop.

4. Divide your goal into smaller tasks. No one eats a pizza in a single bite. They do it one bite at a time one slice after another. 

5. Don’t stop. Even if you reach a milestone or your goal the work is not compete, it is never done, life is work, get used to it. If you want true discipline now is not the time to take a break

6. Do not seek the approval of others. Oftentimes people expect others to take notice of our accomplishments, this feedback is irrelevant and it will cripple you if you get used to it.

7. Wake up early, go to sleep early. Consistency in your habits is key and getting a good night’s rest is essential to your progress.

(to be continued)

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Million dollar idea

“I have an idea that is going to make me a millionaire. It is going to revolutionize the way we process large amounts of data. It will create direct links between people. It will cure cancer. It will change the world”

How many times have you caught yourself daydreaming about an idea that could change the world? The problem is that ideas are worthless. It is the relentless pursuit to turn your idea into actions that get results and THAT makes all the difference.

Having an idea is like finding a mountain, you can walk around it all day long but if you don’t climb it you will never reach the top.

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Perfection is determined by your ability to take action even if the results are not ideal for now, with practice your idea of perfection will change.

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Sometimes, you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and who you want to be.
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Two sides

Your mind has two sides.

One side wants to know what it feels like to fly like a bird, to walk on water to reach the stars. The other side wants to understand life, to achieve greatness, to organize everything.

One side dreams of success. The other side plans your success.

One side prefers to take a nap. The other side seeks the meaning of a word.

One side has idea. The other side gets it done.

One side wants more friends. The other side wants better friends.

One side will show you the way. The other side will get you there.

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True strength

Everything that you enjoy doing is easy to do, time flies when you are having fun. If you only do what you already know how to do you will never challenge yourself to become more, to be better. If you settle you will become complacent and weak. Work and challenges are an essential part of life that you must complete. I know it is hard sometimes but you have the ability to push forward and amaze yourself because you are not aware of how much power you have until you push yourself.

Only through perseverance shall true strength be gained.

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Talent is a pursued interest. In other words, anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.
—— Bob Ross
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Everything is a challenge

You tend to think that challenges are those things that require focus and determination but every single day you are presented with challenges you just don’t notice them because you have conquered them so they are trivial to you now.

At one point in your life, walking was a difficult challenge now you don’t think about it.

Whatever challenges you face ahead they will seem hard at first, but with enough practice they will become second nature to you.

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The mess you made yesterday

You have inherited the mess you made yesterday and here you are today wondering how to fix it. How many times do you make things worse for your future self? It seems to me that you act with little regard to the consequences of the cumulative damage of inaction.

If every single day you fix your life even a little bit, suddenly your days will improve, you will feel better and be better, but most importantly you will have the opportunity to move forward and achieve more.

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Less than perfect

Sometimes you take too long to get results. Your logic for is that if you cannot achieve perfection then what is the point of doing something in the first place.

Although perfection is subjective and we generally strive to achieve it selectively, it is time consuming and often has a negative effect on overall productivity. Perfection is great but not absolutely necessary.

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More often than not, the solution to a problem is right in front of you, you’re just are not paying enough attention.
—— Unknown
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Please rotate your device.

A few seconds after loading some websites, a graphic appears that covers the entire screen instructing users to rotate their device. So you rotate your device and immediately an ad appears. The person who thought this would be a good idea needs to be found and yelled at.

For reference here is my complete policy regarding rotating my mobile device (LINK)
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Watch this or get out of the way!

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All the days that you wake up, you have one job, and that is to get better every single day.
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Derrick Rose

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