Flash forward 38 years from now. You’re in your dining room, sitting at the table, hands folded. Directly across from you is your granddaughter, staring at you. Intently. There is silence. And then you smile: “I want you to take this business to new heights. It’s now yours.” Your granddaughter nods her head, beaming: “I will make you proud.” Wouldn’t you like to make this a reality?

Here are 9 quotes that will inspire you to be your own boss:
1. “If you don’t build your own dreams someone will hire you to build theirs.” – Tony Gaskins

The alarm clock screams. Now it’s time to wake up. Go to work. Punch in the clock. Punch out. Go home. And then repeat the whole process. Sound familiar? And every second, you ache for that pay raise that will make life easier. Meanwhile, your boss is eating well—turning all of your hard labor into hard cash. And when she feels the time is right, she can fire you quicker than you realise.

But, with a mindset shift, you can change your circumstances. Start by planning for life outside of your job. Do you dream of controlling your schedule? Want to be in charge of your destiny? That can only happen when you become your own boss.  

2. “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” – Jeff Bezos

When you’re elderly, you don’t want to reminisce and say: “Damn, why didn’t I just get up off my butt and go for it?” You knew you had the talent, the gift, that spark. But you let it fizzle. Don’t become that person sitting on the rocking chair, haunted by regrets as you gaze at a clock, watching the last seconds of your life tick away.

Be that person who says: “I gave it my all. I found something that I was passionate about, and I poured my heart into it.” Become that person who looks back at your present self with pride and admiration.

3. “Life is a flash of lighting in the dark of night. It is a brief time of tremendous potential.” – B. Alan Wallace

When you were born, you graced this planet with your presence.  And trust me, no hyperbole. You really are a miracle, a special force capable of all things. Heck, you made it through the gift of birth. And nothing in the world is more powerful than that. Remarkably, you beat plenty of odds to get here. Why not apply that same willpower to your business?

4. “Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.” – Michael LeBoeuf

Time is a priceless jewel. And each second is worth ten times more than a sliver of gold. Therefore, wasted time is like money flushed down the toilet. So, remember this: you can’t get back yesterday. But you can own tomorrow. Why not lay the groundwork for starting your business? Why not invest in your future? The time is now.

5. “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk

Odds are like eggs; if you hit them hard enough, their shells will crack. So, if you feel that the odds aren’t in your favor, then find something more potent than silly odds. Something that can motivate you to tap dance on them. And I can’t think of a stronger motivator than freedom. But you may ask: “How do I become free?” There’s only one way I can think of: by being your own boss.

But keep in mind: freedom isn’t free. You’re going to have to work for it. But it’s achievable. You’ve been a fighter your whole life. You’ve made it this far, haven’t you? Why not kick some butt to be your own boss?

6. “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” – Tim Ferriss

All successful people have that same mosquito whispering in their ears: doubters. There’s always going to be naysayers out there who will tell you something is impossible. But don’t listen to them. They’re just trying to project their self-limiting thoughts onto you. So, think big. Chase your passion. Start your business.

7. “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

Consistency. Life is all about consistency. For example, one quarter may not seem like much money. But let’s say you deposit one quarter into a bank account every day for the next five years. How much would that be worth? You’d be shocked, just as you would be shocked to see the impact of consistent effort when chasing a goal—like building your own business.

8. “People capable of making enough money to never work again are the same people who will never quit working.” – Chris Dixon

It takes discipline to be able to continually clock-in and clock-out each day. I know there are days when you just want to stay in bed. Probably most days. But you still find a way to enter that battlefield—sometimes while suffering from the flu. No doubt, you’ve got heart. So, channel that same dedication to being your own boss.

9. “Don’t spend so much time trying to choose the perfect opportunity, that you miss the right opportunity.” – Michael Dell

Analysis paralysis is a virus, and the worst part is that you may not even know you’re contaminated by it. Sometimes we tend to overthink things, complicating what should be simple. We may analyze different scenarios to the point of exhaustion. Running in one place, stuck on an intellectual treadmill.

There comes a time when you must strike. If you make a mistake, recalibrate, then go for it again. But don’t stagnate. Always push forward.

Your life is yours to live so be your own boss.

Which quote inspires you the most? Let us know in the comments.

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One day in the early 1960s, 44-year old Sam Walton founded his first department store in Bentonville, Arkansas a few years after being forced to let go of his first successful store for contract problems. Since this day, July 2nd, 1962, Walmart has grown to be the most successful retailer in the world (now is second to Amazon) with over ten thousand stores and more than $200 billion in market value. All that because of one dedicated and hard-working man who lived by his principles and gave many ambitious people, including me, the inspiration to do and grow more.

I have read Walton`s autobiography, ‘Sam Walton: Made In America’ and these are my top four lessons for you:
1. Understand the value of the dollar

Walton never believed in a having a flashy lifestyle and was capable of balancing the love of life with keeping expenses at bay. He had seen people selling their companies for little to enjoy the rich experience, then suffer later when it all goes down the drain. He also believed that to provide value to his customers he had to cut his expenses and be wise with spending money.

So he built a philosophy that every penny he saves, is a penny saved for his customers and created the famous Walmart motto: Save money. Live better. Walton dined at family restaurants, slept two to a room when traveling with his executives and among all of the eighteen airplanes he bought in his lifetime, none of them were brand new.

”Every time Wal-Mart spends one dollar foolishly, it comes right out of our customers’ pockets. Every time we save them a dollar, that puts us one more step ahead of the competition” – Sam Walton

2. Protect your success and learn from every mistake

After five years of hard work in Arkansas, Walton eventually managed to outperform his competitors and build the largest and most profitable variety store in the whole region. Unfortunately, he lost everything over a contract mistake. His landlord got greedy and wanted to give Walton’s store to his son, so he refused to renew his lease at any price.

To be honest, the man did offer Walton a fair price in exchange of his franchise name and inventory but this wasn’t what Walton wanted, and he had to leave behind all the success he’d just built and go.

But because of his positive mindset, Walton blamed nobody but himself for that mistake and vowed to learn from that mistake and spend double the time reading any future lease. He also realized his family needed someone with law experience who can also hold their best interest so, he encouraged his oldest son, Rob, to become a lawyer.

3. Learn everything you can about your business

Be desperate to learn everything about business and hang around those who know better than you. Wal-Mart stores have dominated the retail industry for years but did you know who made Walton interested in such business? His barber. The first rules Walton ever learned about retail work came from his barber and his brothers who had later grown their variety store into a sixty-store chain.

Walton also spent most of his Sundays at his manager`s house learning the business and talking about retailing. Even when he later left JCPenney and moved to Arkansas, he had to find someone experienced to learn from so he spent his lunch breaks at his competitor`s store and copied his best practices.

“Commit to your business. Believe in it more than anybody else.” – Sam Walton

4. Be competitive

The best word to describe Walton is competitive. He got that from his mother who taught him to take life seriously and try to be the best at everything he did. He worked as a lifeguard, waited tables in exchange for meals and stopped getting allowance as soon as high school began.  He also made a considerable sum of money during college despite living through the most prolonged, and most prevalent depression of the 20th century.

Walton was so competitive that he played baseball, football, and basketball all at the same time and won the state championship in two different sports. Not mentioning climbing up the Boy Scout ranks at a very young age and being elected president of the town’s Bible Class.

This intense experience helped Walton set his mindset towards success and understand the importance of teamwork. He realized that publicly exercising his ego wasn’t the right way to build a strong business, so he invested much in attracting the best, most talented, and most loyal people to his team.

What do you think of the entrepreneur who built one of the largest retail empires in the world? Comment below!

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I remember the day in vivid detail. I was on a weekend trip visiting my girlfriend at the time in Arizona. She had decided that we should join her friends to go “cliff jumping.”  We were early on in our dating and she obviously had no idea that I was not fond of heights. So “cliffs” and jumping off of them… No thanks!

I inevitably found myself on the edge of a 40-foot cliff peering down at a vast blue canvas of water. Then I realized if I didn’t jump, I’d have to start the walk of shame back down the cliff. This was a lose-lose situation for me.

Fear had me. I didn’t want to jump, but I also didn’t want to look bad in front of my girlfriend’s friends. So I jumped and in that moment, I had defied my brain and my neurochemistry.

Our brains are wired to protect us, not to push us towards our goals. Our brains are wired to look for anything that could be potentially dangerous or threatening and keep us as far away from it as possible by using fear. The problem is not all situations warrant fear.

There is a saying in neuroscience that says, “the brain wires the way it fires”, meaning the more you do a certain activity, the more the brain lays down wiring to make that action or activity easier.

‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’ – Karl Augustus Menninger

When we let fear keep us stagnant and we continue to do the same things that are comfortable, our brain gets “hardwired” to stay comfortable. We become “stagnant.” This can become debilitating for some of us and prevent us from encountering the very experiences we need to grow and succeed.

When we, in spite of our fear, do the challenging things that are outside our comfort zone, we begin to hardwire into our brain change, adaptability, creativity, growth, perspective, and happiness because we stretch the boundaries of our brain’s capabilities and force it to adapt rather than “playing it safe.”

An elite athlete didn’t make it where they are today by going into their training and never pushing past their comfort zone. They constantly pushed their limits of comfort to force their bodies and minds to grow to that of a top performer. The same principle applies to our brains. If we let fear dictate our actions in any area of our lives, it will stunt your growth in that area.

So what’s the first step? How do we go about conquering our fears whether it’s public speaking, starting a business, or launching the product or service? See below:
1. Journal Your Fears

Write down all the fears you have, big or small. Contrary to opinion “size does not matter.” Your brain still operates the same with all types of fear. The key is to first acknowledge what you are fearful about and bring it to light. Be as specific as possible.

2. Prioritize Your Fears

I then rank my fears from highest to lowest in terms of how often I think about this fear and/or how much it disrupts my life. You may find some fears combine into a broader category and that’s ok — we’ll get to that. So for now identify your biggest fear.

3. Support Your Belief in Yourself

I don’t mean just “believe in yourself.” What I mean is to build in support systems that will support your belief in yourself, so that when you start taking action, your support systems will solidify those new experiences and form deeper, more meaningful, and lasting beliefs in yourself.

It may look like building a list of affirmations that you say every morning or a meditation. Whatever it is, it needs to be uplifting and empowering you towards conquering your goals.

4. Take Action & Start Small

Look at your list and identify what your biggest fear is. That’s the beast we’re going to tackle long term, but for some that may seem like a big stretch at first. So instead, see what your 5th biggest fear is, and that’s where you’ll start.

What we will then do is build our way up and take a ride on the “Momentum Train.” Starting small with taking actions toward your lower priority fears and then building up helps your brain build momentum, which provides your brain with plenty of courage and motivation to tackle the #1 fear on your list.

‘Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.’ – Helen Keller

5. No Time Limit, Just Consistency

Most goals should be limited to a time domain. For the goal of tackling a fear, time can be a challenging factor to set. Some of these fears may have been unknowingly building up for decades without your knowledge. So I don’t recommend setting a time on when you are “going to conquer your fear.”

Instead set appointments to regularly meet and address your fear. If you’re fear is public speaking, then go to a local Toastmasters once a week. The more consistent you can be, the better.

6. Reframe and Reinforce

As you begin to address these fears, make sure you are reinforcing the experiences you have in a positive perspective. For instance, if you want to be less fearful of public speaking and decide to try out a local toastmasters group, your first time speaking to the group might feel like a train wreck, but when you look back on the situation you can acknowledge that that actually pushed past your fear and accomplished your goal.

7. Rinse and Repeat

This isn’t a quick fix. It may take some time. There’s always a new fear or challenge awaiting us. The key is to have systems like this in place to address those challenges properly rather than allowing ourselves to succumb to fear and derail our lives from their fullest potential.

How do you handle your fears? Comment below!

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Although a vast majority of people think that creativity is something you are born with, the truth is a bit different. While we cannot deny that you need natural talent to a certain extent, stimulating creative thinking is indeed a matter of practice. If you give this thought a bit of thinking, you can realize pretty quickly that even the most fascinating and creative minds have faced the lack of creativity at some point in their lives.

Here are 6 effective exercises to increase creativity easily and faster than ever:
1. Finish the given picture

As the name suggests, this exercise involves getting a simple unfinished picture you need to complete yourself. The method has been used widely since the 1960s and has proven to be very helpful when you need to increase your creativity. It is fascinating to see how a few simple lines and shapes can inspire you to create a completely new picture.

Moreover, the method is highly helpful when you feel the pressure or the consequences of burnout. Taking your mind and thoughts off the burning issues and creating something surprisingly imaginative and eye catching will boost your confidence and your enthusiasm will make a difference.

2. Turn your whole world upside down

When you need to increase your creativity, it helps considerably to observe the items in your surroundings from a different perspective. For example, choose a picture of a person’s face. Then, do your best to draw the face upside-down. Although it might feel a bit unusual in the beginning, the aim of this exercise is to focus on lines, shapes, and colors instead of concentrating on presenting the face as realistic as you can.

Generally, leaving the tried and trusted methods and breaking out of your comfort zone motivates the brain to work intensively, make connections between items, and identify new patterns. Eventually, this practice cannot but result in new creative ideas and improved creativity as a whole.

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

3. What is it like to choose quantity over quality?

Not seldom are we said that choosing quality over quantity is always the right thing to do. However, when you feel stuck in a creative dead end, the opposite tactic is highly helpful. One of the exercises to increase your creativity involves 20-30 blank circles on a piece of paper, 2-3 minutes of your time, and a pencil. Your task is to fill in these circles with as many drawings as possible.

The aim of this exercise is to realize that in certain situations when quantity matters there is no time for self-censoring. The more ideas you get, the better. Finally, this is how creativity works. Brainstorming is what most often precedes choosing the right idea in the given circumstances.

4. The paper-clip test

The paper-clip test is what you can apply while trying to organize your space to make it more appropriate and inspiring for creative work. In this test, you need to list as many uses of a common object as you can in only 2 minutes. 

The aim is, firstly, to remember the situations you most often use these items in and then possibly come up with some new uses as well. Once you start dealing with this test, you will be surprised by the number of various new ideas you get through an activity as simple as this one.

5. Turn recycling into abstract art

You think this is not possible? Well, you better think twice. One of the exercises to increase creativity involves exploring your recycling bin, choosing a few items you find there, and creating an unusual construction. You might need a pair of scissors, some glue, or tape. Although you might encounter some difficulties in the beginning, you will soon be amazed by the products of your creative work.

A variant of this exercise is to use your junk mail to form a new piece of writing with the information you find there. Simply connect the ideas, terms and phrases you come across and explore ways to combine them into a unique piece of writing. Understandably, it will take some time to get used to this method, but the highly humorous, fascinating results will make you want to repeat this activity frequently.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

6. Physical exercise

Not only are physical exercises useful when you are overloaded with work, but they also increase your creativity. The type of exercises you choose will depend on your interests, preferences, amount of free time, and many other factors.

Physical exercises do tire your body, but they also sharpen your mind and put your brain in an active mode. Activity relieves stress and stress is, as we all know, one of the greatest enemies of inspiration and creative thought. Whether you like yoga, hiking, cycling, or any of the numerous team sports, stop making excuses and get down to work. You will not only boost your creativity but make your lifestyle healthy as well.

Generally, creativity is connected to art. However, we often forget that it is present in many other life spheres as well. Creative thinking helps us solve problems, find solutions, adapt to new circumstances and integrate into new communities. When observed in this new light, it turns out that creativity is one of the most important skills we need to master to improve the quality of our life.

Although at times we do feel too troubled to pay close attention to this aspect of our living, it turns out that applying exercises to increase creativity on a regular basis is a mere necessity. Whether you’re an artistic soul, a banker, a medical worker, or a businessman, creativity will help you deal with difficult situations on a daily basis. 

How do you get your creative juices flowing to produce excellent results in your life? Share your thoughts and ideas with us below!

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Joe Rogan is a stand-up comedian, a figure in the MMA space, and former host of Fear Factor.  But Rogan is more recognized his famous podcast The Joe Rogan Experience which is at the top of many iTunes charts.  Each week, Joe Rogan sits down with a public figure to have a raw conversation to discuss their story, passions, and life in general.  These people range from actors & scientists, to controversial figures in the news.  Rogan is well known for dropping knowledge bombs in his show and is respected & looked up to by people in a variety of spaces as a motivational & inspirational figure.

Here are some of Joe Rogan’s best quotes:

1. “I love a success story, but even more than a success story; I like a dude who fucks his life up and gets his life together again story.” – Joe Rogan

2. “That’s my only goal.  Surround myself with funny people, and make sure everyone has a good time and works hard.” – Joe Rogan

3. “Reality really is a theatre.  There’s no other way to describe it.  It’s all so nonsensical, ridiculous and chaotic.” – Joe Rogan

4. “Someone else’s success does not equal a failure for you.” – Joe Rogan

5. “The universe rewards calculated risk and passion.” – Joe Rogan

6. “If you can control what you eat, you can control all other aspects of your life.” – Joe Rogan

7. “Here’s the craziest thing about life, this is the thing that nobody really considers; you know as much about what life is all about as anybody who’s ever lived, ever.  That’s the craziest thing about us.  We’re all just kinda wandering through this going “‘You know what you’re doing?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Oh, I do too.  I know what I’m doing.’ ‘Okay.  Good, then.’” But really no one has a clue.” – Joe Rogan

8. “Work for that feeling that you have accomplished something…Don’t waste your time on this earth without making a mark.” – Joe Rogan

9. “If you are the greatest, why would you go around talking about it?” – Joe Rogan

10. “When someone comes along and expresses him or herself as freely as they think, people flock to it.  They enjoy it.” – Joe Rogan

11. “There’s a direct correlation between positive energy and positive results in the physical form.” – Joe Rogan

12. “So instead of investing your time in a passion, you’ve sold your life to work for an uncaring machine that doesn’t understand you.  That’s the problem with our society.  And what’s the reward?  Go home and get a big TV.” – Joe Rogan

13. “Once you understand what excellence is all about…you see how excellence manifests itself in any discipline.” – Joe Rogan

14. “There’s only one way to get good at anything; you surround yourself with the bad motherfuckers who are doing exactly you do and you forced yourself to keep up and inspire each other.” – Joe Rogan

15. “Life is strange.  You keep moving and keep moving.  Before you know it, you look back and thing, ‘What was that?’” – Joe Rogan

16. “If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.” – Joe Rogan

17. “Be cool to people.  Be nice to as many people as you can.  Smile to as many people as you can, and have them smile back at you.” – Joe Rogan

18. “I realized a long time ago that instead of being jealous you can be inspired and appreciative.  It carries more energy to you.  That can be an awesome and motivating force that can improve your life if you choose to be inspired and not jealous.  One has no benefit whatsoever, the other is an incredible resource for creating momentum and improvement.” – Joe Rogan

19. “To really appreciate life you got to know you’re going to die.” – Joe Rogan

20. “Live your life like you’re the hero in your own movie.” – Joe Rogan

21. “People want their 15 minutes and are willing to do anything to get it.” – Joe Rogan

22. “I had a sense of who I was before I got famous.” – Joe Rogan

23. “I think that one of the reasons why people look towards the end of humanity is that people are afraid to die alone.  If you die alone, the people you love will miss you, or if they die, you miss them – the sorrow is inevitable.  When you truly love someone, the thought of losing them forever is horrible.” – Joe Rogan

24. “One of the most fascinating lessons I’ve absorbed about life is that the struggle is good.” – Joe Rogan

25. “The time you spend hating on someone robs you of your own time.  You are literally hating on yourself and you don’t even realize it.” – Joe Rogan

26. “The key to happiness doesn’t lay in numbers in a bank account but in the way we make others feel and the way they make us feel.” – Joe Rogan

27. “I’m obsessed to extreme winners because I think there’s a madness to it.  I truly believe that in order to truly be great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness.” – Joe Rogan

28. “There’s a never-ending ocean of techniques out there.” – Joe Rogan

29. “The quicker we all realize that we’ve been taught how to live life by the people that were operating on the momentum of an ignorant past the quicker we can move to a global ethic of community that doesn’t value invented borders or the monopolization of natural resources, but rather the goal of a happier more loving humanity.” – Joe Rogan

30. “People for the most part can smell lies.” – Joe Rogan

31. “Life is about the pursuit of excellence.  That pursuit is probably more exciting to me now more than ever.” – Joe Rogan

32. “We define ourselves far too often by our past failures.  That’s not you.  You are this person right now.  You’re the person who has learned from those failures.  Build confidence and momentum with each good decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired.” – Joe Rogan

33. “Greatness and madness are next door neighbors and they often borrow each other’s sugar.” – Joe Rogan

34. “Haters are all failures.  It’s 100% across the board.  No one who is truly brilliant at anything is a hater.” – Joe Rogan

35. “In all my travelings, all my life adventures; I have to say I still don’t know what life is, absolutely no clue, and it is a subject that is constantly on my mind.  One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” – Joe Rogan

36. “Kindness is one of the best gifts you can bestow…We know that inherently that feels great.” – Joe Rogan

37. “Excellence in anything increases your potential in everything.” – Joe Rogan

38. “You can’t measure what’s inside a man’s heart.” – Joe Rogan

39. “I truly believe that in order to truly be great at something you have to give into a certain amount of madness.” – Joe Rogan

40. “It’s very important to help people figure out how to manage life, to help people figure out how to think, help inspire them, help show them what can be gained from setting goals and achieving them and that excellent feeling – and that becomes contagious.” – Joe Rogan

41. “Write down things you want to improve. Write down things you won’t tolerate from yourself. Write down things you never want to see yourself do again.” – Joe Rogan

42. “Live your life like there is a documentary crew following you around and you are analysing your own behavior.” – Joe Rogan

43. “One thing I do know for a fact is that the nicer we are to our fellow human beings, the nicer the universe is to us.” – Joe Rogan

44. “The people I know that have the hardest time keeping it together emotionally are people that don’t work out.” – Joe Rogan

45. “Treat everyone as if they were you. If we really are one, then I am you and you are me.” – Joe Rogan

46. “It’s very possible that everybody is exactly the same at the core.” – Joe Rogan

47. “100% of all haters in the world are unrealised potential.” – Joe Rogan

48. “Pretend that your life was a movie and it started now, what would the hero do? What would the person that you respect do? What would the person that you admire, and inspires you do? Do that.” – Joe Rogan

49. “If things aren’t going the way you want them to go, then do something about it. Quit talking about your problems and go out and do something to fix them.” – Joe Rogan

50. “All the time that you spend complaining, you could instead be hustling. You could be chasing your dream. You could be figuring out what you’re doing wrong and improving your life.” – Joe Rogan

51. “Your attitude has a giant effect not just on your life, but on other peoples lives around you.” – Joe Rogan

52. “Get better at whatever you’re doing. So what if you suck at it now. Everybody sucks at everything when they start. But if you love it, and don’t lie to yourself, then get better at it.” – Joe Rogan

53. “Do things that are difficult. It’s very important to struggle. You don’t get to know yourself without struggle. You don’t know who you are until you get tested.” – Joe Rogan

54. “Faith itself is a horrible mechanism that stunts the growth of ideas. It also stunts the act of questioning, and it does this by pushing the idea that you have to have faith – and that nothing has to be proven.” – Joe Rogan

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As I’ve written here before, effective leadership communications involves two distinct activities – transmitting and receiving. You can think of it like a two-way radio or a smartphone. They only work when they both transmit and receive. For your leadership communications to be inspirational and influential, you need to do both as well.

Too many people in leadership roles overemphasize the transmission and underemphasize the reception. These folks equate leadership with giving inspirational speeches or pep talks. Before you can have the inspiration, you’ve got to have the conversation. To inspire and influence others to action, you have to know and address what they care about.

To do that, you need to be super-intentional about putting yourself in reception mode. An easy and proven way to do that is to conduct a Listening Tour. I talk at some length about how to stage an effective Listening Tour in chapter 8 of The Next Level but, for now, here are some tips for getting started.

Identify Representative Stakeholders: The groups of people you’re trying to inspire or influence are made up of real human beings with hopes, fears, wants and needs. They’re all people who have a stake in the movement you’re trying to lead or the outcome you’re trying to create. Go have conversations with a representative sample of them. Note that I said “have conversations” instead of “talk with.” The distinction turns on transmitting vs. receiving. “Talking with” is usually transmission-oriented; “having a conversation” is usually reception-oriented. You want more of the latter and less of the former.

Start with Open-Ended Questions: Once you’ve figured out who you’re going to listen to on your tour, develop a list of open-ended questions that will help you learn more about them. Some of my road-tested favorites include:

What will make this a great year for you?
What difference would that make for you?
What’s helping you accomplish your goals?
What’s getting in the way?
What’s going on that has you excited?
What’s going on that has you concerned?
What kind of help do you need to be successful?
What can I do to help?

Compare and Contrast: Take notes during or immediately after each of your Listening Tour conversations and then compare and contrast. What similarities do you see across the conversations? What differences do you see? How do the dots connect into a bigger picture that could give you guidance on how you should lead and communicate?

Spending some quality time in receiving mode will make you much more effective in transmitting mode. Get the balance right and you’ll be a more inspiring and influential leader.

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People often tell you to “do your best” or “be your best”, but how do you really do that? In today’s world, the standards are rising and everything has become more complex and competitive. So how do you do your best and live out the best version of yourself?

Here are 10 effective tips you should consider:

1. Be purposeful

First and foremost, if you want to live out your best life ever, you must define it. How does success look to you? What has to happen so that you will feel like you are living the best version of yourself? Understanding what kind of life you want to live is like identifying the bull’s eye. When you know where the target is, you can then fly straight to hit it. Stop being vague and don’t let others influence your life. This is your life and you are the one who gets to choose the kind of life you want to live.

2. Always on the move

Once you have identified your purpose in life, the next thing you need to do is to always move forward towards your targets and goals. Don’t just dream about what you want. Thinking about what you want but doing nothing at all is as good as having no purpose in life. Your purpose shows you the direction, but in order to get to your destination, you must walk the path. There is no way you can live your best life without taking action. So do it. Take massive and consistent action to live your best life now.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson

3. Set your priorities right

Next, set your priorities right. You need to understand there are many things you can do in life, but not all of them are created equal. Life is like filling a jar, if you put in small stones and sand into the jar, you will have no more space for the big rocks. Hence, fill your day (jar) with high-impact (big rocks) tasks first. Once you have done that, only then you fill in the smaller stones and sands to fill the cracks between the rocks.

4. Learn and improve whenever possible

You can’t live the best version of yourself if you don’t commit to learning and improving. You are where you are right now because of what you know. Hence, if you don’t strive to learn more and improve, you will be stuck where you are and never be able to move forward. Successful people who have accomplished extraordinary results in life are constantly learning and improving themselves. They understand that the more they learn and improve, the better they can be and they more places they can go.

5. Challenge yourself

Do something to challenge yourself regularly. For instance, if you have always wanted a slim and fit body, challenge yourself to do it. Sign up for a gym class and commit to a trainer. The same goes for every other area of your life. If you want better health, challenge yourself to eat healthy foods for the next 30 days. If you want to get more sales in your business, challenge yourself or your team to do some creative marketing to attract more clients. Whatever you do, you must force yourself to venture out of your comfort zone from time to time.

6. Surround yourself with extraordinary people

This may be something you have often heard about, but are you doing it? Do you surround yourself with extraordinary people already? If not, go and get to know the titans in your industry. You can join a networking group or attend seminars to get to know others who share the same vision. Whatever you do, expand your network because you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

7. Take care of yourself

Besides pursuing success in monetary terms, you must also take care of yourself. You can’t be your best version if you are always sick, weak or depressed. Thus, take good care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. Exercise regularly and maintain a positive mental attitude. You can’t live your best life if you are always negative. Always look at the bright side of life. And if you want to learn to live a positive life, read books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Power of Positive Thinking.

8. Live with passion

Have you ever seen someone who lives life without zest? They don’t have a dream, a purpose or motivation for anything in their lives. They become a ‘walking dead’. Never let this be you.Feel the excitement and all the great things that are coming to you. You have to always look forward to something great in life and feel the enthusiasm each day. This is why having a dream and a purpose in life is so important. Remember, every day is a brand new beginning, so live with passion.

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

9. Help and inspire others

In order to unleash your best version, you must help and inspire others. Now, don’t get me wrong by thinking that you need to donate a million dollars to help others, you just need to make someone’s life better. When you meet someone in the neighborhood, just smile and greet them. Let your smile brighten up their day. Or when you are in the lift, perhaps, you can help by holding the door for someone. When you help someone and inspire them, you indirectly make yourself feel good too. And this is the kind of positive energy you need to feel and to make your life better.

10. Reflect and review

How can you tell if you are moving forward or if you are living the life you want? Simple, just take time to reflect and review your life. Every month or every quarter, take some time to reflect on your life and review the results you have achieved. Are you doing good and are you going in the right direction? Do you love your life so far and you love what you are doing? If yes, continue to improve and deliver even a better job. If not, it tells you that something is not right and you need to change it.

Life is a journey and not a destination. And to live out the best version of yourself, you must do more than just “be your best”. Use these 10 tips above as a guideline to living your best life.

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41 Enlightening Bob Marley Quotes

Bob Marley is an internationally respected musician, activist, and philanthropist. Hailing from Jamaica, his music has influenced both minds and revolutions around the world. Much of his wisdom can be found in the lyrics of his songs. Timeless, these words will resonate within young people for generations to come.

Here are 41 of Bob Marley’s most powerful words of wisdom:

1. “I don’t believe in death, neither in flesh nor in spirit.” – Bob Marley

2. “When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.” – Bob Marley

3. “Love the life you live. live the life you love.” – Bob Marley

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts.” – Bob Marley

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

“Beginnings are usually scary, and endings are usually sad, but its everything in between that makes it all worth living.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t complicate your mind.” – Bob Marley

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold…” – Bob Marley

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley

“It’s your own conscience that is gonna remind you; that it’s your heart and nobody else’s that is gonna judge.” – Bob Marley

“Judge not, before you judge yourself. Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.” – Bob Marley

“Man is a universe within himself.” – Bob Marley

“Your life is worth much more than gold.” – Bob Marley

“Judge not, before you judge yourself.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t trust people whose feelings change with time. Trust people whose feelings remain the same, even when the time” – Bob Marley

“You just can’t live in that negative way….. make way for the positive day.” – Bob Marley

“I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated I would be a damn fool.” – Bob Marley

“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.” – Bob Marley

“Road of life is rocky and you may stumble too, so while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.” – Bob Marley

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley

“Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right.” – Bob Marley

“In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” – Bob Marley

“In the abundance of water a fool is thirsty.” – Bob Marley

“One love, one heart . . . Let’s get together and feel all right” – Bob Marley

“As a man sow, shall he reap. and I know that talk is cheap. But the heat of the battle is as sweet as the victory.” – Bob Marley

“True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it’s dark around you.” – Bob Marley

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.” – Bob Marley

“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley

“Love, friendship, laughter… Some of the best things in life really are free.” – Bob Marley

“The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special” – Bob Marley

“Live for yourself and you will live in vain; Live for others, and you will live again.”- Bob Marley

“We got to fight the system, because God never made no difference between black, white, blue, pink or green. People is people, y’know. That’s the message we try to spread.”- Bob Marley

“God create you to be free. Free up yourself, otherwise you worthless. ”- Bob Marley

“One love, one heart. Let’s get together and feel all right.”- Bob Marley

“Light up the darkness. ”- Bob Marley

“The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”- Bob Marley

“Overcome the devils with a thing called love.””- Bob Marley

“Though the road’s been rocky, it sure feels good to me.”- Bob Marley

Which quote resonated with you the most?  Comment below!

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Rules, principles, and values are anchor points which lead us down a path to help us get create the life we truly desire. These anchor points guide us in the way that we lead inside our communities and the impact we have on other people’s lives. Without these beacons of light that shine on the path where you want to go, you can find yourself on an entirely different path that doesn’t serve you.

These are the 5 rules that will assist you in achieving your purpose:
1. Be open

Be open to what you don’t know. Be open to new perspectives. Be open to removing the truths that you’ve held close for most of your life. Be willing to truly sit with someone else who may have an entirely different world view or truth. Learning about other life perspectives can serve you greatly.

When I talk about being open, I don’t mean you have to turn in your truths for anyone else’s. It simply means you might be open to the possibility that other people’s perspectives or truths might be a little bit more true for you. Be willing to be real, raw, and vulnerable. Be willing to open up your heart, and put it out there in the world, even though you know you might get hurt.

True growth and expansion in life happens when we are willing to be open, so make sure you are receptive to new perspectives and truths.

2. Don’t hide

It doesn’t serve you, and it doesn’t serve anyone else when you play small. If you truly knew how short life was, you would not hide. When we hide, not only do we hurt ourselves, but we can hurt others around us. We get so stuck in our head thinking that our life is so unique, and that no one else would ever be able to understand our pain and concerns, but that’s not true.

We think the thoughts and stories that we have inside us are so unique that no one else will be able to relate. The reality is that when you decide not to hide and open yourself up, you get the opportunity to share your experiences, insights, and truths which can help lift up those around you. In addition, you’ll realize that others have gone through or are going through similar experiences as you.

You’ll recognize that others have similar thoughts and stories inside their life that hold them back. This can allow a group of people to come together and realize they’re not alone. This is empowering and uplifting.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

3. Be present

In the next step and in the next breath, be present in your life and in your surroundings. Be present with those you love and who are closest to you.

With all the technology and distractions we have nowadays, it’s easy to not be fully present. It’s easy to not be there for those who matter the most to us. It’s one thing to physically be there, but another to be completely present, to put your phone away, to close all your browsers, to shut off all the external distractions. It is a strong statement to be there in the moment with those who are physically in your company.

To be present means to stay out of the past or out of the future. The moment that we go back in the past and relive the events that have happened to us or look too far out into the future is when we become paralyzed.

There is no other time but now. Be in the present regardless of what you are doing. Do whatever is most important to you right in this moment. To get the life that you truly want, to create the relationships that you truly desire, and to create the business that you’ve always dreamed of, you’ve got to be present in the moment to move toward what you want.

4. Go all in

What would it look like for your life if you were to truly go all in? I don’t mean just dipping your toe in the water, and testing it out, but truly going all in. There are likely moments in your life where you’ve gone all in even when you’ve struggled in one area or another.

In those moments, a switch flipped inside you. You did what was required, and you got the result. Whether that was losing weight, hitting targets, or achieving financial stability in your business, you likely felt differently when you found what truly served you.

We can look back at our lives and see the moments when we know we were truly all in. You might have experienced other moments where you thought you had gone all in, but you were sort of all in.

Being not quite all the way in is usually still more than what everyone else is doing, so we justify our actions by saying, “Well, I’m still doing more than other people.”

However, to truly live your best life, you must be fully submerged in water from head-to-toe. This is where you’ll see the transformations in your life that you ultimately want for yourself.

To be all in is not easy. It’s a simple concept to understand, but it takes commitment. What would your life truly look like if you took a stand, and everything that you did from today moving forward meant you made the commitment to yourself to be completely all in?

“I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.” – Kobe Bryant

5. Never give up

Finish what you started. I recently didn’t complete a 100 mile race I signed up for; I completed 64 miles. Never giving up means that I committed to going all out to meet the goal of finishing the 100-mile race on my own. I still have to complete what I started even if I didn’t get as far as I wanted the first time. I have to do what I said I would do. I have to never give up and make sure I finish those 100 miles.

If you truly want to do something, do it. If you stumble along the way, if you fall, if you fail, get up, dust yourself off and never give up. You must meet yourself in this way to become the person who can keep this promise to yourself.

Can you see how these five rules will benefit you and others around you? Try it on for yourself. Be open, don’t hide, be present, be all-in and never give up. When you follow these rules, a completely new world of possibilities will be available to you.

Which one of these 5 rules to live by resonates most with you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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I’m willing to bet that many of you out there have thought about writing a book. You may have even started jotting down a few ideas. Perhaps it’s a fiction book, the next 50 Shades of Grey, or maybe you want to write the next tell-all expose on the life and times of Donald Trump. You might even consider writing the next great self-help book, akin to “The Secret” or “How to Make Friends and Influence People”.

According to a study done nearly two decades ago in 2002, 81% of Americans feel that they had a book in them. This means that nearly 260 million people want to write books in the US alone. Approximately 600,000 books are published in the US each year, and many of those are self-published. Few sell more than a few copies (the average is around 250 copies sold).  Yet I’m here today to tell you to write that book that you’ve had on your mind, and to dive into the realm of self-publishing.

Here are 10 reasons you should take that leap and write a book already:
1. It makes you think more clearly

When you first think about writing a book, it may seem like a daunting task. It is an exciting idea, sure, but the more you consider how to actually get started, the harder it becomes. When you actually pick up the pen (or the laptop) and start typing, you will come to realise just what a clarifying effect the writing process can have on your mind.

2. It helps you channel your creativity

Writing is perhaps one of the purest forms of self expression and creativity accessible to humans. We all learn to write from an early age, yet few of us cultivate the skill of self-expression through writing long past our early childhood. Good books, nonfiction or fiction, tap into the reader’s minds by telling creative stories and tapping into psychological forces related to specific emotions. The book you write need not be dry or boring. Think about how you can make it interesting and then go full-steam ahead.

“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” – Ryan Holiday

3. It gives you a sense of purpose

Every November, nearly half a million people take on the challenge of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The challenge is for writers of all ages, talents, and skill levels to set aside time out of their busy schedules to write like mad over the course of the month. The goal is to reach a ridiculous number of words (50,000) in as few days as possible. Taking on a challenge of this magnitude, or just setting a deadline for yourself in your head on a certain number of pages to write in a certain amount of time, can provide you with an incredible sense of purpose and drive.

4. It forces you to plan ahead

Most people who write books don’t do so as part of their full-time job. They don’t have large advances or massive budgets to spend on marketing and PR. Instead, they have to work on their writing, promoting and planning around their already busy lives. Deciding to write a book requires careful planning and attention to detail. It also forces you to outline a plan for when to publish your book and when to start marketing.

5. It motivates you

Once you have an outline in place for your book and a schedule for how many words you need to finish each day (or how many sections of your book you need to complete) you will be surprised by how motivated you become. Just having a set of tasks to complete which align so closely with a creative endeavour is incredibly fulfilling, and will be very motivating over the course of your writing.

6. It creates good habits

The creation of good habits is a positive byproduct of outlining, planning, and writing a book. By planning out your activities, you develop a deeper appreciation for time and the time you spend on certain tasks. You will make an effort to be more productive, to cut out things that are of less value to you, and to prioritise those things which will help you achieve your next goal or task. All positive things which lead to the development of good habits.

7. It develops new connections

Don’t mistake the process of writing a book with the process of editing a book. When you write on a schedule, you may not feel like writing, but the sheer force of will you employ to get the words out on a daily basis will be a powerful motivating force. Not only that, the more you write, the more likely it becomes that you will develop new connections, thoughts, or ideas that you’ve never had before. As you write, something may become clear to you which has been shrouded in mystery for years or decades of your life. By writing, you will uncover these new connections and change your whole way of thinking.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas A. Edison

8. It makes you more interesting

Writing a book will make you more interesting. Not only will it give you something to talk about at parties, it will help you understand the challenges that many people face when it comes to motivation or challenges at work or in their personal lives. By writing a book, I would argue that you will become both more empathetic and energetic in your interactions with others.

9. It opens up more doors

When you spend a significant amount of time writing something, chances are that you are a dedicated and trustworthy individual. You are labelled a self-starter and someone who can be self-motivated to reach large goals. By telling people you’ve written a book, you will open doors you didn’t even know were doors in the first place. People will want to speak with you, have lunch with you, pick your brain, learn from you. The sky’s the limit.

10. It drives deeper understanding

Ultimately, writing a book allows you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, of others and of the world around you. I would argue that writing a book is both a selfless and a selfish act in that it allows you to pour your heart and soul into something which may benefit the world as a whole.

In 2002, an author and professor at Northwestern University by the name of Joseph Epstein told readers in an Op-Ed in the New York Times that they should never write that book. A lot has changed since 2002, and looking at the world now I would argue strongly for the opposite. People should be spending more time thinking about, and writing the books they have buried inside. Only then will we be able to develop a truly complete view of the world and of humanity.

What book is on your mind that you haven’t started yet? Comment below!

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