6 Top Tips to Improve Your Life Despite of Adversity

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In this article, I’m going to share with you the 6 top tips how to improve your life now despite of adversity. After reading this article, you will be able to focus on the important things which you might have missed in the past and start changing your life towards a better direction.


6 Top tips how to improve your life despite of adversity


First: Accept that adversity is part of our life

If we look at successful people, we can always see that they are usually not those who never faced failure at all in their life. In fact, some of the most successful people in this world we have heard of started out poorly, and in fact have failed many times.

For example, the most famous basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan was just an ordinary person before he joined the NBA and he was even being cut out from his school basketball team because they said he is “lack of skill”.

The greatest inventor in history, Albert Einstein was thought as mentally retarded when he was young. He didn’t speak until he turned 4 and didn’t read until he was 7. His grade were so poor in school that his teacher actually asked him to quit his school.

There are so much more other great failures that famous people made. Do you know Walt Disney very first cartoon production actually went bankrupt? Do you know Henry Ford’s early businesses actually failed and has left him broke five times before he founded Ford Motor Company? Do you know Winston Churchill actually was defeated in every election for public office until he finally became the prime minister at the age of 62?

Successful people do not whine or complain over the adversity. Furthermore, they do not attribute their hardships to others. By accepting the adversity as part of life and never put blame onto others, they are actually moving the locus of focus back to themselves and allows them to take charge of their life.

If everything happens because of uncontrollable elements other than ourselves, then we will definitely feel weak. On the other hand, if we accept things and put back the locus of focus to ourselves, we will definitely feel that we are in charge of our life and we can make a drastic change in our life today. It is this kind of feeling which gives sparks to all the wonderful things in our life.

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Second: Find the lesson hidden in adversity

In the last article, I shared the 27 most powerful believes with people, for them to use as seeds of inspiration in daily life. The number 1 most profound belief as shared in the article is “Everything happens for a reason”.

We often learnt the best lessons in our life in some of the most difficult time. Thus, we should view such adversity in life as a disguised gift, wrapped up in the name of problems. When we ask for bravery, life gives us fear; when we ask for strength, life gives us tests; and when we ask for opportunity, life shows us the deficiency. As you can see, the most precious gifts in the world are always wrapped up in some sort of negative things. Peel them away and you shall get what’s within. It is indeed a blessing to be able to see through it and learn whatever life has to offer us.

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Third: Learn the alternatives to overcome the adversity

If you have read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, written by Stephen Covey, you would know and probably agree that “Be Proactive” is important.

When we face adversity in life, we do not sit and wait for things to change by itself. We brainstorm, we think creatively to come up with a plan to turn the table and to change the game. This is perhaps, to me, the most interesting part of our life where we learn and grow.

There are so many ways to learn the alternative out there. For example, if you are not satisfied with your current financial situation and you would like to learn the alternatives to bring more income by using your free time, then perhaps you should do more research about it. The easiest way is to just Google it! You can read tips and suggestions from many others around the world. Blogs and related articles can help you to widen your horizon.

If you want to get more insight about something, go to forums for discussion. Forum is a great place for us not only to absorb information from the others but it is also a good place to build network. You can meet people who are starting out just like you and both of you can be partners because you both are sharing the same goal. With a greater talent pool and skill sets, it is more likely you can do more and achieve your goal faster.

It’s even greater if you can go for books because all the info is already well documented and this helps you to learn something step by steps unlike just reading random articles here and there. By all means, you can also attend seminars or online courses available within your reach.

I purchased courses online quite frequently mainly just because I want to achieve or to solve something systematically and efficiently. I can research and find the answer by myself via Google, but often, I think it is wiser just to invest in online courses because that would shorten my path to success a lot faster.

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Forth: Evaluate the options faster

Most of the time, we do not proceed further because we simply do not know what are the options available to us. However, there are times where we already know our direction but there’s simply too many channels we can use to arrive at the final destination. We tend to stay still to do evaluation first before decided to take up anyone of these options. Evaluation of options is important, planning is important, but the most important things is always action because results only derived from our actions.

Avoid being a perfectionist. To have something done perfectly, it means that we will have to plan very much into the details of everything. This also means that we will have to look into the different possibilities and ended up taking more time. It is important to plan ahead but remember to do it reasonably. You can’t be possibly take into accounts of everything before you act. It is just unpractical.

Launch your plan after it is considerably thought after and then adjust and learn new things along the way. If we were to learn every single thing before we proceed, we might ended up with nothing or lost the opportunity as others would have grabbed it away before we do.

If the evaluation of option is a challenging task for you, then perhaps you have encounter a dilemma in terms of values and beliefs. When you have difficulties in prioritizing your values and beliefs, it is going to be hard for you to make a decision.

For example, a person might be facing a dilemma when he really wants to study abroad but then this also means that he cannot work and contribute financially to the family. So, if he does not have clear ranking of values and beliefs, he will have a hard time to convince himself to pick up a choice which is the most suitable one in his own opinion.

We will go through quite a lot of dilemma in life, so do not be frustrated about it, take it as a golden chance for you to know yourself more. If come to the worst, you are unable to make a choice logically, then just close your eyes and follow what your heart is whispering as there’s one saying “our heart might be on the left but it is always right”.

Strive for Progress


Fifth: Make uncertainty interesting.

Well, sometimes we know what the best is for us but we just can’t seem to pay the effort to do it. Some people said it is because of the fear, to be specific, the fear of failure. But most of the time, it is not that serious to the extent of being in fear. We just simply not motivated to put it into action because we know the plan might work but the problem lies very much in the “might”.

Doing it might bring us good, but it is not 100% guaranteed that it will be successful and this is the mindset which stops a lot of people from reaching their maximum potential. Human beings are gifted because of our ability to simulate scenario, the worst case scenario. It helps us visualize potential hazards around us or to foresee the challenges which might lies ahead of us, so we can protect ourselves by avoiding it. It is a great gift but sometimes it works in a negative way and disempowering our lives, unconsciously.

When we tell ourselves, “wow, look at this project, it might bring a huge changes in my business”, our same awesome mind will always, in the speed of light, throw us the question “what if it does not work out at all?” and this usually ended all the sparks which could have change our lives. We have inner conversation all the time and by asking ourselves a question can be either empowering or disempowering us. Thus, be very careful at the question you ask yourself.

It is hard to monitor our conversation as most of the time it happens unconsciously. However, effort can be made, habits can be formed to monitor and to influence the way we talk to ourselves. Yes, it is achievable, just don’t take my words for it, go and try it yourself.

If you are wondering why there are a certain things keep happening on you like a cycle, for example procrastination, giving up on great opportunity frequently and regret later on, or unable to blend into a new social circle, then perhaps you can start observing your inner conversation in respective situation. What did you ask yourself last time when you decided to delay your project? What did you say to yourself when you decided to give up? And, what did you tell yourself when you enter an unfamiliar social circle? Those are the sparks which lightened your action. Change the sparks and you will change your action.

Next time when you ask yourself “what if it does not work out as expected?”, change that question and ask yourself again “what happened if it works out great?” A simple shift like this will change your focus and triggers images or visualization which actually now motivates you and empowers you to move forward. It is amazing, isn’t it?

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Sixth: List down the values of overcoming the adversity

A lot of times, we do not move on with the plan in our mind because the clarity of values is not there. And, when the clarity of value is absent, then we will flow together with whatever that comes to us. This dangerous because we might be heading towards the opposite direction. Thus, we will have to halt and really think about the values of overcoming the adversity.

People who value lives will be much willing to travel far from home to aid those people in need, while people who values justice will do whatever they can to make things right even if their life is being threaten by other parties. Only when the values of overcome the adversity is higher than the value of leaving it as it is, we will decided to move forward.

We very often look into the monetary value only. However, from my personal experience, emotional, intangible values are usually the most powerful values in lives, even greater than the monetary values. Just for an example, I have seen those tops salesman achieve wonderful sales amount not mainly because they own some extraordinary skills but they are so passionate about their product and they truly believes that the products can help people to change their lives in a better way. It is their enthusiasm which set them apart from the rest, from their competitors. They simply do not afraid to receive rejection from potential clients, in fact they receive more rejection than the others, yet they are the one most motivated to move forward and to move fast each and every day because deep down, they have the values clearly lies within them.

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As a conclusion

There’s always ups and downs in our life and we can never run away from adversity. The faster we decided to face it and to do something about it, the faster our lives can be changed according to our will. As usual, I hope my articles can help to inspire you to achieve greater success in life. If you do think that this article is valuable to you, please do me a favour and share this with people around you. It will definitely encourage me to come up with more great content for you, my friends. Thank you for reading.


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Darren Chow writes at www.InspirationBoost.com. He truly believes that positivity is contagious, so does your smile. Thus, he founded Inspiration Boost with a core vision: to spread inspiration to as many people as possible.
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What Is The Meaning Of Life?

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

I’ve seen a lot of lost soul, people who repeat the same thing each day even though they dislike it. And I have seen a lot of dreamers, people who have great vision but caged in their own tiny circle, which others known as the comfort zone.

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5 Things to Do When You Hit A Low Point in Life

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This is a guest post by Hannah Brooklyn, who traveled across states and shares her experiences through writing in Travel and Health Niche.

5 Things to do when you hit a low point in Life

5 Things to do when you hit a low point in Life

There are many things that you can do to help lift yourself out of a rut. Becoming motivated may not seem easy to do when you’re at a low point in life. By following a few of these tips, you will be on your way to overcoming your low feeling and being happy again.

  1. Ask Why: Why are you feeling the way that you do? Where did this feeling come from? How can you fix it? Once you find the answer to those questions you can go about fixing the origin of your problem. Dig deep to find the root cause. Don’t allow this problem to return and affect you again. The best form of security is prevention.
  1. Buy Yourself Something To Increase Your Mood: Sometimes we give so much time and energy to other people. This can drain us. Sometimes we need to focus on ourselves. There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a gift once in a while. Sometimes you can’t feel good on the inside, no matter how hard you try, so it’s time to use outside sources to feel better. Buy something that specifically makes you feel good. If you can, go out have fun for a change. This will increase your mood significantly.
  1. Exercise and Eat Healthy: Working out and breaking a sweat will immediately put you in a good mood. Reaching a low point in life could be attributed to depression. When the bad feelings come you may feel really uncomfortable. Eating healthy will make you feel alive again and full of energy. You will feel better as a result of thinking clearly. Eating raw vegetables and fresh fruits will help remove the impurities from your brain and actually help your mind with concentrating on solutions.
  1. Pray: If you believe in a higher power, pray to it. Ask it for guidance and blessings to help you overcome your problems. If you don’t believe in a higher power then meditate to yourself and get spiritual. Calm your mind and seek spiritual guidance from Mother Nature. Go to a relaxing beach and listen to the waves. Feel the wind flow through your body, and connect with the vibration and energy from the ocean. After a while, you’ll receive an answer to your problems from the universe. Just doing this act alone will help lift your mood tremendously.
  1. Use the Law of Attraction: You are what you attract. Most likely you’re feeling low because you’ve attracted it. You get exactly what you focus on. Focus on the positive and positive things will attract to you. Some people may find it hard to focus on happy things in a time of despair. Use affirmations and repeat positive phrases to yourself over and over again. You will feel your mood start to lift. If none of these tips help you to increase your low mood, then it may be time to seek some professional help. Being stuck in a constant low point in life is a sign of a possible mental disorder. Sign up for your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) so you can get the professional help you need to start feeling better today!
Perpetually bitten by the travel bug, Hannah has traveled across twenty states in India and Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and Australia. She shares her experiences best through writing in Travel and Health niche. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way of life.
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8 ways on How to Boost Your Self Confidence

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This is a guest post by Hannah Brooklyn, who traveled across states and shares her experiences through writing in Travel and Health Niche. 8 ways on How to Boost Your Self Confidence

8 Ways on How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is trust in oneself and one’s abilities. How does one boost this self-confidence? Below are some of the ways.

Dress Well

Dressing affects the way a person feels about himself. Dressing nice changes the way one looks at himself and makes one feel presentable and successful. This is done by wearing neat clothes, shaving and following the latest fashion trends closely.

Take Pride in Own Good Qualities

Think about things which make your personality great like ability to withstand pressure, negotiation skills or sense of humour. It makes you to admire your inner self, your personality. Write them down on paper and whenever you feel low, remind yourself about them.

Compliment People

It is said that when we are negative about ourselves we tend extend those had feelings to others around us. Some even go to a point of insulting others. Avoid negative talk about others who are not present and learn a culture of praising them and in this case you will get loved and in the long run you build your self-confidence significantly without even knowing. Get rid of negativity sources as many as you can, sit down and think about all of them. These are the things that can bring you down at any time. These sources may include friends or a career path.

Good Posture

People with bad posture are seen as lacking self-confidence. You do this because you don’t feel important. Practicing good posture makes you feel more confident in what you do. You have to stand upright and make steady eye contact and the result is positive impression from people around. Making eye contact will make you feel that you are an important person to talk to.

Learn to Speak

Many people have unjustified fear of speaking up in a group. They think that others will judge their ideas as stupid. It is true that the people you fear have the same problems as you use the same small groups to build your confidence and become a better public speaker.

Focus on Contribution

Focus on others than being self-centred because this will help you not to worry about your failures so much. The more you contribute to the outside world, the more you gain self-confidence. Contribution will eventually be rewarded with success and recognition.

Act Positive

Put the positive thinking into action in order to develop you self-confidence. As a matter of fact, you are what you do and if you change what you do, you change yourself. Even in difficult situations, tell yourself that you can. Don’t let negative thoughts or negative actions of others to make you think that you don’t have what it takes to achieve your goals. Remain positive.

Work Out

Physical fitness has a great impact on self-confidence and if you have a problem with your shape definitely you will feel less attractive or energetic. Having the will to work it out will make you feel better. In order to build self-confidence one has to have qualities like courage, curiosity and constancy.

Perpetually bitten by the travel bug, Hannah has traveled across twenty states in India and Nepal, Switzerland, Italy and Australia. She shares her experiences best through writing in Travel and Health niche. She engages in all types of outdoor adventure, explores the local way of life.Presently working for Turkey visa ,a visa providing service.

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Don’t Let Life Pass You By: Take a Moment to Reflect and Refocus

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This is a guest post by Marie Mccormack, who works at the UK’s leading psychic reading service, TheCircle.

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Don’t Let Life Pass You By: Take a Moment to Reflect and Refocus

Life is so fast-paced for many of these days with numerous work and family commitments to juggle around with, it often seems that the days can quickly turn into weeks and months and everything just seems to be a bit of a blur.

It is important for our mental and physical wellbeing to find a moment for ourselves each day so that you can reflect on what is going on in your life and be more prepared for it. Reflecting, giving yourself space and time to absorb big changes is something that you really need to schedule into your busy day, so here are some reasons why it will help you to avoid that feeling that life is simply passing you by.


Reflection is a valuable learning tool

It is highly recommended that you try to develop the daily habit of reflection in your life as you will quickly find that it really helps you to learn from your mistakes.

What tends to happen when we don’t take the time to reflect on our mistakes, is we often end up repeating them in the future. Try to break this cycle by taking a moment or two each day to reflect on your recent mistakes and work out in your mind how you might be able to avoid them happening again at a later date.

You can take a positive view that mistakes are actually a valuable learning tool and rather than feel ashamed or embarrassed by your actions or words, reflect on what has happened and then focus on improving your prospects of avoiding a repeat scenario.


Time for ideas

Taking a moment to reflect and refocus each day will often give you the breathing space and time that you need in your mind to formulate some new ideas and plans for the future.

By reflecting on aspects of your life that you feel could be improved or by sharing problems with other people that you trust, there is a very good chance that your mind will repay your devotion to a bit of quiet time, by letting some new ideas pop into head and light up the pathway to a new way of doing things when it is needed.


Celebrate life

If you take the opportunity to reflect on all the things that you have done right recently or in your life generally, then these positive thoughts where you try to celebrate the life that you are leading and all the good parts of it, will invariably help you to feel happier and put you in a positive mood.

It is unfortunately far too easy these days to reflect on our failures and on aspects of our work or personal life that we could have handled better, but with the aid of daily reflection it becomes a lot easier to banish these negative thoughts and instead concentrate on the positive aspects, of which there are often many when you go looking for them in your mind.

If you want to stop that feeling that life is passing you by, take a moment out of your busy day and pause for reflection, it will probably do you the power of good.


Marie Mccormack works at the UK’s leading psychic reading service that has been operating since 1997, TheCircle. With specialists covering every field, they have over 350 of the most credible practicing psychic readers on standby.
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Happy Animals Club – A Non-Profit No-Kill Animal Shelter Project

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For weeks, a father noticed that his 9 years old son will sneak off from their house, carrying a backpack. Out of curiosity, he decided to tag along. What he found was both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

Ken feeding stray dogs - Happy Animals Club

It turns out that his son, Ken was feeding some stray dogs that he met.

Hungry Stray Dogs eats the food brought by Ken - Happy Animals Club

They are starving and seemingly infected with diseases.

Stray Dogs with Ken - Happy Animals Club

He named the dogs “Brownie”, “Blackie” and “White Puppy”.

Give me Five Ken with dog - Happy Animals Club

Ken’s dad explained, “I am embarrassed to say I was pretty disgusted. But my son changed my perspective entirely. He doesn’t have my prejudice and paranoia, I guess. I was blown away when I saw that little zombie pup do a hi-five again and again.”


A Dream Since 8 Years Old

Ken had wanted to start an animal shelter since he was 8 years old. He drew and created posters for awareness around his neighborhood.

Poster drew by Ken 2 - Happy Animals Club

But lack of responses from the neighborhood until one day popular websites shared about his story online.

Thanks to the internet, lots of kind people read about his act and donated money for his act. This allowed Ken to buy high quality canned food, and provide them with veterinary care.

Ken with his dogs - Happy Animals Club

Now they healed and become healthy! Their open wounds healed, and the fur grew back.

Dog loves Ken the one who save them - Happy Animals Club

And one important thing – they had learned not to scared of humans. :)

Healthy dog taking care by Ken - Happy Animals Club

Happy and healthy Dog!

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P.S: Stumble upon this when I was reading news online, and I’m truly touched by this kid’s actions. Thus personally make a donation too to support his action and decided to write this up on Inspiration Boost, in hopes to spread this kindness to more people around the world. I hope that this will help reach out more kind people out there to support his act too. Cheers! :)

Support and donate here: Happy Animals Club

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Top 101 Most Popular Quotes of All Time

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101 Most Famous Quotes of All Time

Top 101 Most Popular Quotes of All Time

  1. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
    Lao Tzu

  2. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
    Dr. Seuss

  3. “Nothing lasts forever, so live it up, drink it down, laugh it off, avoid the bullshit, take chances & never have regrets, because at one point everything you did was exactly what you wanted.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  4. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
    Mark Twain

  5. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
    Maya Angelou

  6. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the f*ck on.”
    Tupac Shakur

  7. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
    Martin Luther King Jr

  8. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
    Albert Einstein

  9. “I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  10. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
    Allen Saunders

  11. “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
    Walt Disney

  12. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
    Bob Marley

  13. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  14. “Don’t expect your friend to be a perfect person. But, help your friend to become a perfect person. That’s true friendship..”
    Mother Teresa

  15. “Ignore those people who’s always talking behind your back. That’s where they belong, just behind your back.”

  16. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion!”
    Muhammad Ali

  17. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
    Warren Buffett

  18. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  19. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    Albert Einstein

  20. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch

  21. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  22. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  23. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    Albert Einstein

  24. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
    Helen Keller

  25. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – That’s why we recommend it daily.”
    Zig Ziglar

  26. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
    Helen Keller

  27. “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.”
    John F. Kennedy

  28. “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
    Love like you’ll never be hurt,
    Sing like there’s nobody listening,
    And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
    William Watson Purkey

  29. “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
    William Shakespeare

  30. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  31. “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
    Dr. Seuss

  32. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    Mae West

  33. “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.”
    Maurice Switzer

  34. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
    Winston Churchill

  35. “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    Mark Twain

  36. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?”
    Paulo Coelho

  37. “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
    Benjamin Franklin

  38. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
    Oprah Winfrey

  39. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
    Lao Tzu

  40. “Great minds discusss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  41. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
    Henry Ford

  42. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion!”
    Muhammad Ali

  43. “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  44. “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

  45. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
    Steve Jobs

  46. “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not…”
    Kurt Cobain

  47. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  48. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  49. “You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.”
    Joel Osteen

  50. “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”
    Herman Hesse

  51. “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”
    Gordon A. Eadie

  52. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  53. “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
    Mother Teresa

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

  55. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .””
    C.S. Lewis

  56. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

  57. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
    Bil Keane

  58. “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
    Albert Camus

  59. “If you’re born poor, it’s not your mistake. But if you die poor, it’s your mistake.”
    Bill Gates

  60. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
    Mark Twain

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

  62. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  63. “I live by ‘Go big or go home.’ That’s with everything. It’s like either commit and go for it or don’t do it at all. I apply that to everything. I apply that to relationships, I apply that to like sports, I apply that to everything. That’s what I live by. That’s how I like it.”
    Paul Walker

  64. “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”
    Mark Twain

  65. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

  66. “Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.”

  67. “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”
    Elbert Hubbard

  68. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling

  69. “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  70. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  71. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.”

  72. “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  73. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  74. “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
    John Lennon

  75. “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
    Albert Einsten

  76. “You never know what you have until you lose it, and once you lose it, you can never get it back…”

  77. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

  78. “Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.”

  79. “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Albert Einstein

  80. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  81. “The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.”
    Napoleon Hill

  82. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  83. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  84. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
    Martin Luther King Jr

  85. “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”
    Muhammad Ali

  86. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
    Winston Churchill

  87. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  88. “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
    Mark Twain

  89. ”I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
    Thomas Edison

  90. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    George Bernard Shaw

  91. “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
    Henry Ford

  92. “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    André Gide

  93. “I don’t dislike my haters, they dislike me. I’m doing nothing wrong, I’m just being me.”
    Jamie Lopez

  94. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
    Maurice Switzer

  95. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs!”
    Dhirubhai Ambani

  96. “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

  97. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

  98. “Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.”
    Nicholas Sparks

  99. “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
    William Shakespeare

  100. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
    Winston Churchill

  101. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
    Michael Jordan

*So what’s your favorite quote? Share it in comment. :)

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The Not-To-Do List: 18 Common Habits You Should Stop Right Away

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A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. | John Burroughs

1. Stop Blaming

When you start blaming,

  • You start pointing all your mistakes to someone else.
  • You tend to avoid all the mistakes made by yourself
  • You start to avoid facing yourself and become a fake you
  • You will still the same while others are keep growing, including those you point your fingers at

2. Stop Complaining

Life sucks? Trust me, your life isn’t as sucks as you might think, so stop complaining and appreciate life. Complaining about life won’t lead you to a better life, yet wasting your time and energy on that. Instead, take action and make your life better so you get fewer things to complain about in life.

3. Stop Rationalize Things

Do you always hear someone explain a lot to you, just to get you to agree with him on something? Especially on how the other factors cause the failure of themselves in anything, making them “still” look great in front of people despite of their failure.

4. Stop Criticizing Others

If you comment and giving suggestion to that particular person you are criticizing on so that he can improve and grow from mistake and be a better person, go for it. But if you criticize just to criticize, stop it right away. When your job every day is to criticize people, you leave a negative impact on people’s mind, that you will always put a negative mark on people’s head. Instead, change it to be motivating, positive and supporting comment that makes a real impact and help on others.

5. Stop Backstabbing Others

It won’t make either yours or others’ life to be better; it’s just a waste of time with negative energy field around.  Believe it or not, people will rather choose to stay away from you and not getting close to you. Why? It is because they won’t know when they’ll be in the backstabbing list of yours and getting lots of negative and mostly one side opinion about them! Nobody loves the feel of being backstabbed by someone else and getting a fake bad name (the problem is, people somehow did believe in what these “backstabber” talking about their negativity).

6. Stop Finding Excuses

Excuses are like the temporary shelter you made for yourself to avoid the rain, it won’t last long and you need to build it, repair it again and again, more and more to cover yourself from more “rain”. We human are relating and connecting to one another, people will surely find out that all you know is getting excuse follow with another excuse without any real capability.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. | Carl Sandburg

7. Stop Wasting Time

Try analysis your 24 hours of time, does it pass too fast without you able to do anything significant or important? Where had you waste your time? Stop wasting your time on things that does not important and needed at all. Always question yourself this question: “Does it important? Can I skip it or deduct time spent on this, so that I can have more time on other important task?”

Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you. | Unknown

8. Stop Comparing

No one is exactly the same, so stop comparing about how great you are or how weak you are compared with someone else. It will only lead you to egoistic or other way round, de-motivate. Instead of comparing the good and bad, why not learn from each other, or even better team up to produce greater power? Isn’t it awesome?

9. Stop Showing Off

You might feel that bragging about what you got and what you achieve that others don’t is great, but that will only make you feel great, for a while; while others don’t feel any great thing about it, yet dislike it. It is like you do self-promote telling others how great you are, even a tiny bit of an achievement that you are proud of (which might not always looks “WOW” for other people). If your “success story” inspiring others to strive harder in life and achieve more in life, that’s great; but most of the time people loves to showing off just to compare what they got and look down on what others don’t. Is it necessary? Be humble.

10. Stop the Negative Mind

Nothing is perfect in this world. If you pursue perfection, you will never get there; only better and better. So don’t be de-motivate on every tiny thing and be sad. As an example, for negative people, failure means the big stone in front of them that stop them from keeping moving; while positive minded people will treat it as the brick stone building the stairway to success. There’ll never be only one solution to any question or problem in this world; how you treat it is within your own mindset.

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. | Brian Tracy

11. Stop Living in Your Past

People always looking at their past, remember the past failures, fear and stop moving forward; or proud of the past achievement and keep talking, thinking, bragging about it, and lost the opportunity to build a better present and future. If you stop moving forward, you’re actually moving backward, as time, society, surrounding will keep changing; you will get eliminated very soon. Just learn from the past, and live the best out of your present, for achieving the better future.

12. Stop Thinking Like You Know Everything

Egoistic will lead you to nowhere; it will only set a small square box fitting you inside and fake voice praising how great you are. The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know, so don’t stop learning and growing.

13. Stop Telling People What to Do

Even if you are the King or the Queen, you shouldn’t control people’s life, you live yours and they live theirs. Nobody like to be bossed around, I believe the same goes to you. Instead, change it to sharing knowledge and motivate each other would achieve the best result, empowering others while the environment fill with positive charge. Respect others’ life and decision, and they will respect you.

14. Stop the Hatred

Do remember that hatred will only hurt you yourself; it won’t affect people you hate. Let go and forgive, as everyone did mistakes sometimes, no one is perfect. It’s better to have more friends than the enemy, isn’t it?

15. Stop Delay

The only thing matter is NOW, the power of now. Stop dragging things to tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. Burden and tasks will get heavier if you get things delay. You could definitely able to imagine (or did experience before) how the delay of flight affect your schedule, miss an important meeting, lost a million dollar contract. Same goes for your life, if you delay things on and on, things will get worse, leaving troubles for the future.

16. Stop Eating LOUD

This seems like a joke, but it annoys people around you lots more than you think. Many people around eating with lots of sound from mouth (you know what I mean), nom nom nom nom… yam yam yam yam… It is so annoying to people around. We are human, but some might claim they’re still consist mostly animal part in them, so eating with so much sound consider reasonable for them. Do control self’s behavior, you might not notice it, but people around will experience it deeply, annoy, lost focus, distract. Please shut your mouth when chewing, you can be better looking in front of girls or even guys with just a little more polite when eating.

17. Stop Checking Social Media Websites Constantly

Perhaps deep inside your heart, you feel great when there’s a new message send to you, as that means you are important to someone out there; or you just love to hang on Facebook, Twitter, keep refreshing your browser hoping to see new content, what your friends talking about the last few minutes, what new videos they shared few seconds ago, stalking people’s profile and new pictures. It’s the biggest distraction in your daily life, and you won’t be able to get many important things done with that with you. After all, it is not your full time job to keep refreshing your browser. :p

18. Stop Checking Mail Constantly

New offers, latest promotion, new article written by blogger send to your mail, junk mail, spam mail, and a little important email. Many people will allow it to pop up on the desktop or ring on mobile device right the next seconds it reached. You will end up open your mailbox for more than 10 times per day, and get distracted every hour. Stay focus and you can achieve more.

P.S. In most of the time, if it is less, it’s fine; but when it comes to many, like complain hundred times a day, checking mails every minute, showing off and looking down on people every single seconds; it become the “disaster” on you.

So what is the Not-to-Do-List of yours?

JJ Wong – Co-founder of Inspiration Boost is passionate in self development & improvement. He loves reading, especially on personal growth, success stories, business related and more. Dedicated in sharing the positive energy to everyone around the world.
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How to Set Short Term and Long Term Goals to Live a Contented Life

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This is a guest post by Dora Houston, working as an essay writing specialist at academic essay purchase. 


One should have big dreams and should aim high in life. Goal setting is the most important part in life for every individual. Ambitious people set high goals and strive to reach them, yet some others just let their life take its own course without doing anything proactively. Every activity needs proper planning. Any business enterprise no matter whether it is big or small presupposes excellent planning. Setting short term goals are the prerequisites for long term goals later in life.

1. It is desirable to write our plans, dreams, hopes and values. One can think with paper and pen in hand to jot down whatever comes to mind immediately. Writing your goals down helps you to segregate them later into the possible and  impossible ones. One does not have to worry if some of the goals sound difficult at the first glance. Once you have written everything down, the next step is to rule out those ones who seem highly impossible to you or those who you feel do not have much value.

2. Once everything is on paper in terms of black and white, one has to choose the most important goals. Select two or three which need not be very specific in nature. Those which sound a little vague at the present moment would become very clear sometime later in life.

3. Under each goal you can write the probable ideas using which you would achieve your goals.

4. Be specific in the next step and write down the ways to achieve each of those goals. Under each goal you should have the ways to go about doing it.

5. Segregate short term goals and write them down on a separate sheet of paper. Short term goals must have a date by which you should achieve them. Fixing a deadline this way also helps us to work towards achieving them. We should also be dedicated and committed to it.

6. Each short term goal should be listed along with the steps to go about achieving it and also the date by which you think it should be accomplished.

Not having long term goals in life is a major point of concern and it would exactly be a void. Let the goals be very basic, but it is extremely important to have long term goals. Setting long term goals is like planning for your future. Once you planned future goals, your present becomes clearer. As you go on achieving short term goals and also a few initial steps towards some long term goals, you will start feeling contented. You would have lot of achievements to your credit as days go by. Therefore, it is highly essential to have short term goals which help us in setting and achieving our long term goals. Just as failure is the stepping stone to success, short term goals are the entry points through which you traverse a longer path and achieve your long term goals in life.

Motivation is the highly essential thing in life. One should have high levels of motivation in order to aim and achieve big things in life. With motivation one would be able to take a few steps every day towards realizing their dreams in life which will ultimately give them a sense of contentedness.

I am Dora Houston, currently working as an essay writing specialist at academic essay purchase, which is an online platform for academic essay purchase and other writing assistance. I am also providing aid to students on career possibilities and other academic success related topics. Besides, I enjoy writing about current trends and innovations in education, technology, motivation and traveling.
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How to Stop Making Excuses and Travel This Year

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This is a guest post by Sandra Mills freelance health, career, and travel writer. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.


Why do you want to travel? Popular reasons include relaxing, seeing famous sights and broadening your horizons. Excuses can keep you from pursuing your dreams, though. Address these excuses head and then stop making them as you make travel plans today.


Travel Takes Too Much Time

Job, family and other commitments can keep you from traveling for pleasure. But you know that it’s possible to tweak your schedule and make time to pursue relaxing and fulfilling travel.

  1. Plan weekend getaways. Short weekend trips allow you to travel in short spurts. If possible, take a three-day weekend several times a year as you indulge your passion for sightseeing and exploration.
  2. Schedule long vacations at least a year in advance. This extended planning time ensures you obtain your passport and other travel documents, buy travel tickets and arrange reliable pet sitting months or weeks in advance instead of at the last minute.


Travel Jeopardizes Work

Your job is important, but it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying life. Whether you recently started a new job or work in an established career, these are three things to consider that will give you time to travel this year.

  1. Ask your boss about ways to increase available vacation time. Working a few extra overtime hours each week, trading days with coworkers or combining sick and vacation time could boost your available vacation days.
  2. Spend part of your vacation working. Ideally, vacations are for getting away from the office, but you may need to agree to check in via email at the very least. Be sure to set boundaries for how much time you’ll work and what tasks you’ll do so that you’re not spending all your travel time at work.
  3. Consider quitting your job. If you’re unhappy in your career and longing to travel, this seemingly drastic option may be one to think about. Shaking things up by leaving your current position will give you a fresh start when you return. Likewise, use your marketable skills to work while you travel, whether that means you perform manual labor, waitress or consulting online.

Travel Neglects the House

A home can become an invisible tether since it requires regular upkeep. You can maintain your home and travel, though, with creative solutions.

  1. Hire a house sitter. He or she can keep up with the lawn maintenance and perform other small tasks around the house as you travel.
  2. Swap houses. You live in someone else’s home, and they live in yours as you get to see the world and know that your home is cared for.
  3. Hire a caretaker. Maintenance, repairs and snow removal occur on schedule thanks to a live-in caretaker, neighbor, or a worker you’ve hired through a service.

Travel Costs Too Much Money

Vacations can be expensive as you pay for transportation to your destination, delicious local food and comfortable accommodations. You can afford the things you prioritize, however, so you’ll be able to afford to travel this year when you try a few money saving tips from Nomadic Matt.

  1. Cut expenses. Brew coffee at home, stop eating out so often, downsize your car and shop secondhand for clothing and home goods. Place the money you save into your travel fund.
  2. Increase your income. Take a second job at nights or on the weekends for extra cash. If you want to travel for weeks or months at a time, find a job in your host country where you bartend, work on farms or babysit.
  3. Couch surf. Thousands of people across the globe participate in couch surfing. It provides affordable accommodations and can be a lot of fun!
  4. Use a rail pass. If your destination allows for rail travel, buy a pass. It gives you flexible travel options and you’ll save the money you would have spent on individual trips, cab rides, etc. if you purchase one ahead of time, or at the station.

How many excuses do you have for not traveling? Put that energy into finding a workable solution instead. Stop making excuses and start planning your dream vacation today.

Sandra Mills is a freelance health, career, and travel writer. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.


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Habits – Key to Success

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Do you actually understand your habits well enough? If you don’t, then you’re in trouble. This is because, your habits will control your life, out of your consciousness.

If you have more good/positive habits than bad/negative habits, then you are on the right track, because it will lead you to become a better you. The problem is if the habits you have are more on the bad side, or big negative habits, it will drag you into a worse life.

There’re 2 categories of habits: habits to do, and habits not to do.

What are the main habits that people have? Let’s try to list some main habits here:

Positive habits:

  • Positive thinking
  • Kind
  • Hardworking
  • Passion with dreams
  • Initiative
  • Respect each other
  • Being grateful
  • Open Mind
  • Eager to learn
  • Smile
  • Exercise/Sports
  • Reading

Negative Habits:

  • Negative thinking
  • Selfish
  • Lazy
  • Always seek for excuses
  • Close mind
  • Backstab people
  • Gambling
  • Smoking
  • Jealous
  • Sleep late
  • Emotional


I won’t list it all here, and I shall leave this part for you to analysis. What are your good habits and what are your bad habits? I would recommend you to take out a pen and a paper, make it into 2 parts, and write down your good and bad habits on it. And start analyze, which make you a better you? And which are the reasons that cause you not success, or even fail in achieving what you want in life? Which are the factors that caused people to stay away from you?

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

I hope you get serious with habits, as habits is the key that decide who you are 5 years, 10 years from now, or the entire life of yours! Lazy people get a poor life; persist on dreams lead one to succeed; always seek for excuses when something gone wrong or not achieving target leads you to nowhere; take action more than merely talk or hope… always drag things to tomorrow…

Everyone has 24 hours a day, so what makes one become a billionaire and living great in life while the others don’t? For a common allocation, 1st 8 hours of sleep, 2nd 8 hours of working/studying, and the last 8 hours is the key time that decides who are you, or who will you be ( This is for normal working people/students, everyone’s schedule is different, an example of time management). Some use their spare time more for entertainment, watch Television, chatting, sleep; and some use it to learn extra skills, to study, to continue work on their job, part time for more bucks and so on. Few years from now, who will be more successful? The one that watch a lot of entertainment show or the one keep on learning and practice what he/she learns?

You might notice one thing that, friends that you’re sticking with is part of the effect of habits too! Lazy people prefer to stick with lazy people, because they feel more “normal” with the crowd. And to give you an idea – stick with positive people does affect and form you yourself new positive habits.

Before I end this topic, I would like to share with you 2 more funny habits. The first one is habiting to say “but”.

I wish to…. but…; I will make it this time… but…; I want to lose my weight… but…..

The second one would be “If / If only”, If I have a million dollar…. If only I take the second choice that time… If only I work harder…. If only I listen to your advice…

“The saddest word in English is “If”, William Shakespeare

Habits affect everything in your life: success, health, relationship, and many more. Start analysis how habits and learn how it affect your life now.

So, are you ready to change your habits?


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20 Little Things You Can Do to Become Happier Today, Tomorrow & Forever

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1)      Wake up 30 minutes earlier each day. Enjoy the fresh air & avoid the mad rush.

2)      After you open your eyes, tell yourself today is going to be another wonderful day.

3)      Sit on the bed and feel the ground. Then, think about your future/ long term goal. Tell yourself that today you are going to be one step closer to your dream.

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How to Stay Focused on Your Hopes and Dreams

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This is a guest post by Courtney Gordner, blogger/journalist of www.talkviral.comSharing what’s important in this viral world. Courtney Gordner Guest Post

How to Stay Focused on Your Hopes and Dreams

It’s in there somewhere, whether it’s deep beneath the surface or on your mind all the time, you have a hope or a dream that drives you, something that pushes you toward finding fulfillment in what life has to offer. For some people, these dreams are motivators that are at the core of every one of their decisions, to others, dreams are considered farfetched, wishful thinking that they like to think about now and then but not focus on completely. Whatever your situation, having a hope or a dream for something more can be a positive driver to accomplish your full potential. But, they can easily be pushed aside for things that are considered certainties in life, must-haves – food, clothing, shelter – or even distractions. The ideas, certainties and dreams, don’t have to be in conflict. Below are a few ways to stay focused on your hopes and dreams while living a fulfilled life that covers all the bases.

1. De-clutter

One of the biggest hindrances to making hopes and dreams come true is clutter. It’s not hard to understand why. We live in a mobile society. From our tablets, Smartphones to the technology that follows us everywhere, we are bombarded with messages regarding what we should strive for, what our passions should be, and what it means to live a successful lifestyle. However, these messages can vary from what we view as successful, things we feel we should strive for. Because of this, the first step to making a hope or dream happen is to de-clutter your life. Look at the messages you’re faced with daily and make an effort to block out the negatives. Take time for yourself, take a yoga or meditation class, strive to sit in silence for ten minutes a day, take a walk or read a book. Whatever makes you feel at peace is a great place to start.

2. Create a Vision Board

Once you’ve made it part of your daily routine to unplug and make time for yourself, think about what drives you. What are some hopes and dreams you have for yourself. If you’re unsure, try to find ways to discover some. Look in magazines, online, start a Pinterest account, whatever it takes. Print our photos that relate to your dreams, think about where you want your life to go in the next ten years and beyond. Post those ideas onto a vision board that you place somewhere you see regularly: a bathroom mirror, your bedroom wall, your family’s kitchen, the living room… anywhere you spend time. Make an effort to add to the board whenever you feel something pull at your heart.

3. Choose Your Passions

From your dream board, think about what ideas you feel the most passionate about and find ways to convert those ideas into specific dreams. Do you want to open homeless shelters or drug rehab centers to help people move on with their lives? Would you like to travel and see the world? What about making it to the next level in a specific sport or activity? Passions vary from one person to the next. Find yours and you’ll find your dreams.

4. Set Goals and Deadlines

Once you know your dreams, decide to make them happen. To do this, set specific goals and benchmarks with deadlines. Think about what steps are required to turn your dreams into your reality. Do you need to take a few business courses? Maybe save a little extra money? Move to a new location? Whatever it takes, think about small goals that are doable as steps toward achieving your dreams. Making them happen may be easier than you think.

5. Find an Accountability Partner

If there is one thing in life that is certain, it’s that support makes anything a lot easier. This is especially true of fulfilling hopes and dreams that may seem completely farfetched from the get-go. Surround yourself with support. Find friends or family members that understand your vision without laughing about it, who are willing to take it seriously. Ask them to hold you accountable. Share your small steps and deadlines and ask them to check in from time to time. When you’re accountable for something, you’re more likely to make it happen. Hopes and dreams can be exciting motivators for real actions. Consider yours and take the steps above to start turning yours into reality.  

Courtney Gordner is a blogger/journalist with a passion for life! She enjoys writing about everything and anything, read more from her on her blog, www.talkviral.com

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27 Best Ways To Improve And Grow Yourself Instantly

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1) The best way to change your life always starts from changing your way of thinking and your attitude.

2) The best way to attain happiness is none other than giving.

3) The best way to earn a good friend, to whom you can reveal your true self all the time is to put down the mask and be yourself.

4) The best way to build trust is to always honor your promise.

5) The best way to time management is to prioritize important and urgent task first.

6) The best way to cope with procrastination is to keep reminding yourself that life is too short.

7) The best ways to keep fit is always healthy diet and exercise.

8) The 3 best ways to be really good in anything you want is to practice, practice and practice.

9) The 3 fastest way to learn something is to get a mentor, to read books, and to get your hands dirty.

10) The best and only way to achieve success is to take action, massive action.

11) The best way to push yourself to take massive action is to visualize how such action will have a profound impact in your life.

12) The best way to keep someone you love with you is to love them more each day.

13) The best way to understand what people want and need is to listen.

14) The best way to communicate is to listen first before you talk.

15) The best way to pinpoint your passion is to allow yourself wandering in the library and then see which section draws all your     attention quietly.

16) The best way to make people remember you is to first remember their names.

17) The best way to make people feel that you’re friendly is to smile.

18) The best way to earn respect and love is to respect and love yourself first.

19) The best and only way to be extraordinary is daring to be different.

20) The best way to regain confidence in life is to watch how other little giants make impossible possible.

21) The best way to avoid regrets is to always give your best shot. Even if it doesn’t work out as you have expected, you know you have done your best.

22) The best way to reduce stress is to avoid procrastination.

23) The best way to stop worrying is to just stop worrying. Worrying does not change a thing.

24) The best way to control your anger is to stop looking at small matters with a magnifying glass.

25) The best way to know whether if there’s improvement is to keep track of your progress.

26) The best way to handle stress is to put it behind you and let it push you forward, not in front of you and be your obstacle.

27) The best way to achieve great success is to understand that great success is not a point but a long journey. As long as you achieve all the little successes along the way, great success will take care of itself.


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Life Sucks? Who Are You Compare Your Life With?

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Life Sucks? Who Are You Compare Your Life With?

Do you always complain about your life sucks (sorry to use this word, it seems to be a bit rude, but it is the word that people use! – Life Sucks!)? Or blaming anything around is not fitting to what you want or how you wish it could be? I see many people around me did so, and I believe most of the people do somehow complain about something in life, sometimes, or everyday. They can complain about EVERYTHING, to “support” the facts that their life sucks! Assignments are too many to handle, boss giving out too much pressure, parents didn’t buy me the latest cool gadgets, the traffic is so jam, friends are not helpful at all, my friends all own their own car while I don’t, my cloth looks sucks, salary too low, friends are not helpful, lost 10 dollars yesterday…………. There are just too many to complain about in life, to show that you are kinda sucks at life. My question to you is: who are you comparing your life with? What makes you feel your life seems to be so unpleasant and sucks?

Food Sucks?

Food that tastes bad? Boring with food around? Complain about drinks? Don’t like this and that? What about 870 Million people that starve from hunger all around the world? That’s more than 5 million children die due to starvation and poor nutrition every year! What about him?

Kevin Carter Vulture

Photograph by Kevin Carter 1994

Photo Description: A million southern Sudanese face starvation. In this image taken by Kevin Carter, a child falters en route to a feeding center, while the vulture waiting behind for the child to die, so it can eat the child.

Living Sucks?

Your house is not as big as your neighbors? Parents didn’t buy you a Ferrari as your 21st birthday present? :p Neighbors are noisy with piano training? Don’t have the latest electronic device? Don’t have a nice movie to watch this weekend? Then what is this kid complaining about every day? Life sucks? Think again. Children in Afghanistan

Children in Afghanistan avoid dust in refugee camps

Photo source: Link The kid struggles to live every day, while you might be sitting comfortable with a cup of warm coffee on the table, under a nice weather, complaining to your friends, how sucks your life is. What about this? Without Home

Sleeping Place – Home

Photo source: Link There are million people die of hunger, die in a war, live everyday in fear, and starve, illness and so on. How can we complain our life is sucks compared with them? And also this: Pain of War

The Pain of War

Photo Source: Link Vietnam Napalm, Trang Bang, 1972. Kids are crying, losing their family members in a sudden, hopeless, nobody to depend on anymore, yet the war still on going. In the coming seconds, they might die in war as well. Life sucks? *Some photos might seem very disturbing, but if it is not, how can you feel them? By putting yourself in their situation?

Job Sucks?

Many people love to complain about their job, their boss, their colleagues, salary and so many other things. But again, how sucks your job can be compared with theirs? Indian Sewer man

Indian Sewer man

Photo source: Link Or this: Worst Jobs


Photo source: Link A picture tells a thousand words, seems like I don’t need to explain much and you already know that this is kinda sucks..compare with your office based job with air-conditioner and comfortable chair or whatever job you are having now.

Body Sucks?

If you are complaining about your physical body of not strong enough, not beautiful enough, not tall enough, don’t have six pack abs? Not healthy enough… What about these people?

Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic Swimming

Nick Vujicic – Life Without Arms and Legs

Photo Source and read more about him: Link I believe many people know who is Nick Vujicic, a man without arms and legs, yet he can be so successful today, as a motivational speaker, Director of Life Without Limbs, with a double major in Accounting and Financial Planning, travelling to over 25 countries and more.

I can either be angry for not having arms and legs or be thankful for my chicken drumstick (his little leg) | Nick Vujicic

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Helen Keller

Photo source: Link Helen Keller contracted illness when she was 19 months that left her deaf and blind. Imagine, without the ability to see things, how can she listen to the world? Without the ability to listen, how can she speak? And also blind! How can she interact and communicate with the world? But she still can earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree! She was an American Author, Political Activist and also a lecturer!

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. | Helen Keller
  What about..

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Photo Source: Link Stephen Hawking was disabled by a motor neuron disease when he was 21 years old, but this does not stop him in his research and passion on physic. He is a theoretical physicist, twelve honorary degrees, and was made a Companion of Honor in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes. I believe I do not need to explain and describe much about them, as they are so well known around the world, I can confirm that they had so much harder time in life compare with all tiny problems you’re facing and complaining about everyday, life.. sucks? I believe at least you are so much better than lots of people around the globe. They still can live life to the fullest with the “sucks” part happens in their life, why not you? I personally respect them so much, respect their attitude towards life. I can complain about how sucks my life is and especially for the pass, of having a weak body since young, asthma when I was a kid, nose bleeding every few days, faint easily after exercise (now much better, as I train my body more, with more exercise and care of my body =D )….. But compare with them, how sucks my life can be? In another way round, I am grateful of who I am today, and thankful for everything in life. It is a shame for me to bring up all these tiny problems and start complaining that my life is sucks due to this and that. Some people might argue that we shouldn’t compare our own life with others, as each of us comes from a different background and environment, but if you see the world inside you, and not you inside the world, then you are locking yourself in a tiny + pity cage where you only see 4 walls where only you yourself matter most all the time.

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. | Mildred Barthel
This writing is a combination of viewing life in a different angle, and through different people, to provoke and brings up the facts that, your life isn’t that sucks. Now you are viewing this article through a computer or a mobile device or whatever tablet, so you are much luckier than the millions that don’t! That your financial is so much better than many that can’t even afford to own these electronic devices, or even affording a meal to kill hunger! If it sucks, that is simply because of you yourself that judge it so and make it happen (and worst, continue to suck at it). If you complain life to improve and changing it, that’s cool; but if you complain for the sake of complaining… you know what I mean. Be grateful with everything in your life. We come to life with empty hands and leave without taking anything away, we should be grateful with everything that comes into our life, even a cup of hot coffee to warm up your lovely morning, taking a refreshing bath with cold clean water every day, a meal that keeps hunger away every day… If you can read my writing here and able to complain about life, it means your life isn’t that sucks, and you have a choice to make things around better (while many don’t even have the choice). Some people out there might not even have time to complain, as they’re struggling to survive & stay living right at this moment, where you’re reading my writing now. If you still think your life is sucks, at least you have a choice to change and improve, instead of continuing to sit comfortable there complaining about how sucks life is. After all, life isn’t that sucks isn’t it? :)   *Images are all from online sources, if it’s not allowed to use, feel free to contact me and I shall remove it immediately. P.S. These images are selected because it is great to help conveying & support the message of my writing. :)
JJ Wong – Co-founder of Inspiration Boost is passionate in self development & improvement. He loves reading, especially on personal growth, success stories, business related and more. Dedicated in sharing the positive energy to everyone around the world.

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7 Simple Reasons Why Waking Up Early Is a No Brainer And 7 Laser Targeted Effective Ways on How to Do It

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This is a guest post by Omar Negron, Co-Creator of www.PixPirations.com. A site created to share “Images That Inspire” all across the web.

Mr Han Quotes

“Life will knock us down but we choose to get back up.” Mr Han (Image source)

Who wants to wake up early when sleeping is oh so sweet? If you are the workaholic type and are experiencing lack of sleep, this idea of waking up early might sound impossible. However, once you start practicing it, become accustomed to it and enjoy the benefits of it, I bet you it will become a no brainer and you simply will wonder why you did not do it sooner.

What are the 7 Reasons for Waking up Early?

#1 Waking up Early Will Pave The Way For You To Have a Healthier Diet

Admit it, being busy and all, you usually do not have time for breakfast. That is why the word “brunch” was invented – late for breakfast, early for lunch. Brunch might sound okay, and it works well with the kind of lifestyle that you have, but you know it is not as healthy as having breakfast. I believe that back in kindergarten, you were taught how important it is not to skip breakfast.


But if you need to be reminded again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Your body needs to recharge after you sleep and having a nutritious breakfast will do just that. By having breakfast, you have enough energy to perform your activities for the day. Look at it as a kick starter. And also, if you think that skipping breakfast will help you shed some pounds, you are mistaken. The more you skip breakfast, the more likely you are to eat unhealthy snacks during the day – you just do not realize it.


#2 Wake Up Early To Have Enough Time For Exercise

Exercising, even just for 15 minutes, will boost your energy and enthusiasm. Exercising will improve your mood, it uplifts your emotions and relieves you from stress and that will truly be helpful in starting your day right. The good thing about having your work out in the morning is that you will usually not have any reason to cancel it. Regular exercise will not only help you be more energetic, it will also help you lose weight and it can prevent certain diseases like heart disease.


#3 Waking Up Early Will Make You More Productive

How? The logic is simple – you will have more time to do what you need and want to do. And since you will be able to have a healthier lifestyle, like eating breakfast and getting enough exercise in the morning, you gain more energy and enthusiasm and become more energized, efficient, focused and driven.


#4 Say Goodbye To Stress by Waking Up Early

I know you will not believe this, but the truth is that your day will turn out to be more positive if you wake up early. Wake up early and you will not need to rush and you will substantially decrease your risk of arriving late at work or school.


#5 Wake up Early and Watch the Sunrise

When was the last time you have witnessed a sunrise? I bet you can’t remember. Seeing the sun when it is just about to rise is just one of the many free pleasures that can bring you a sprinkle of positivity and start your day in a great way.


#6 You Will Develop a Great Sleeping Pattern

By prioritizing to wake up early, you will discipline yourself to sleep early and have ample hours of rest. You will have enough time to recharge your body and keep it healthy. Having adequate sleep will enhance your brain’s functioning, so when at work or school, you will be able to improve your focus and concentration.


#7 Wake up Early and Experience Solitude

Since more than half of the community is probably still in bed, you will be able to experience quietude, peace or tranquility. You may even be able to meditate and have certain stresses relieved. Sometimes, you get so busy that you do not even have time to think or breathe…to really take a good breath. Having your own quiet time will help you get in touch with your thoughts, creativity and emotions – which can help provide a healthier sense of well-being.

Now, How Do You Do It?

The following are 7 simple steps that you can take to help you accomplish your goal of waking up earlier:

1. Do not do it drastically. You can start by waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual. And then once you are accustomed to it, gradually cut down another 15 or 30 minutes until you arrive at your goal time.

2. Make sure you sleep early. One way to do so is to get in bed early. You can read a book until you feel sleepy, instead of your usual late night TV or internet activities.

3. Do not put your alarm clock within arm’s reach. Place it somewhere far enough that you will need to get up out of your bed. By doing so, it will be more unlikely for you to hit the snooze button, because, well…you are already up.

4. Be goal-oriented and provide a good reason for you to wake-up early. Whether it is to have breakfast with your family or to have a quick jog – setting up a morning task will give you extra motivation and a purpose to get up early.

5. Make sure that you take advantage of the extra time you gain when you wake up early. Do not wake up early and just stare at the ceiling. Remember that you wake up early to jump start your day – so exercise, have breakfast, or just simply move.

6. Do not rationalize and listen to the voice inside your head. It will tell you that a few more minutes of sleep will not hurt, but it sure will. So resist it and get up right away.

7. Be consistent. The more you do it, the more your body will be accustomed to it and maybe in the future, you will not need an alarm clock to wake you up – you simply will get up and right on time.


Omar Negron is the Co-Creator of www.PixPirations.com. A site created to share “Images That Inspire” all across the web. If you need some extra motivation and inspiration feel free to visit www.PixPirations.com and follow them on Twitter @PixPirations
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5 Best Tips to Make Every Big Challenges Small & Fun

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No matter what you do for a living, overcoming obstacles and accomplishing various challenges is always the key to success. As an entrepreneur, employee or a blogger, you tend to slack down and feel defeated whenever your hard work doesn’t pay off. Little disappointments here and there can be very destructive. If you let it be that way, self-pity, insecurities, excuses will then drag you away from your success without you even realizing it.

The bad news is that you cannot avoid setbacks or obstacles in your life because like almost everyone else in this world, you’ve got a job which is not perfect. There are times you will need to go through the rough challenge and do things which you dislike. However, the good news here is that you can take action and stay motivated by following the recommended tips listed below:


1) Watch inspiring videos
It is very inspiring to watch how the other people struggle, confront and conquer their fear, and ultimately achieve great success in life. It is truly amazing to watch how these people (some born with defects, some suffer from mental illness) turn impossible into a miracle.

I believe inspiration is just like happiness, they are both contagious. When you watch the others work so hard to make a difference in their life and in other people life, you will suddenly have all the motivation you need to confront your current obstacles and break through it. This is because when you compare the hardship you are facing with what they have went through, the hardship you’re currently enduring will shrink drastically until so small as if it has disappeared.

You can utilize YouTube to find many inspiring videos. For example, some of the most inspiring videos I recommend are Nick Vujicic, Derek Redmond, and Team Hoyt. Just search for these titles and it will bring up more inspiring videos to enlighten your day.

This video is one of the seeds of inspiration for me.
Warning: Try to Watch Without Crying =)

It never fails to remind me about one thing: When You Don’t Give Up, You Cannot Fail

2) Make it Fun

Motivation will come back if you make it an interesting task to do. One of the ways to make things fun is to use a new approach to complete it. For example you realized it is hard to stay motivated when it comes to keep fit. Then perhaps you can try to work out in the gym instead of jogging which you have been doing over the weeks. Or perhaps you can walk around in the mall looking at things you like since walking is considered as an exercise too. If you feel bored studying, then you can try listening to your favorite music while studying, group study, or imagine you are the teacher and you are teaching a student. Unleash your creativity and ask yourself “How can I make it a fun thing to do?” Remember, there is no right or wrong as long as it doesn’t go overboard.


3) Set a Reward for Yourself
Set a tempting reward for yourself and enjoy the reward every time you reach the target milestone. It’s like putting a carrot in front of the donkey, putting a reward in front of you makes you keep moving. I’m not saying you are a donkey though, please don’t be too sensitive =) Whenever you slowed down, just visualize you have accomplished the task and you’re enjoying the reward you prepared for yourself. It will trigger your urge to taste the reward, make it even stronger and you will end up only working harder than before. Just be careful, don’t taste your reward until you accomplish the required task. I know how tempting the carrot is, but try not to take a bite until you finish your task, or else it would be meaningless.

4) Challenge your friend.
I personally like to do this a lot because it helps to turn the most boring task in the world into a fun and addictive game just in seconds. What you need to do is very simple. Just set a goal, and lay out some basic rules, and then see who will achieve that goal first among you and your friends. Make sure there is a reward for the winner, and of course, a punishment for the loser. After all it is a challenge. Believe or not, no matter how boring your task is, it will become a very fun thing to do when you and your friend are fighting to put the punishment on each other. Be serious with the task and have fun when someone got the punishment.


5) Keep a past record of achievement.
If you have done something continuously for the pass weeks, then you will have to record it down in your special little journal. Yes, I said it’s special because it is going to be a book of record of your own.

Have you ever played any games which the game mode is repetitious? These games on smart phones or Ipads are often so simple, repetitive, yet they are highly addictive. People find it addictive because they can’t stop challenging themselves for a new high score. If you have ever played fruit ninja and get addicted to it, then you would definitely understand what I mean. Yes, it’s all about chopping the fruits but it is so addictive because humans like to see themselves progress to a higher level.

What you need to do is very simple; treat your task like a game. Set different levels with your decided yardstick, and then see how far you can achieve. For example, you run as an exercise. For level 1, you need to run 1km; for level 2, you need to run 1.3km, so on and so forth. You will then get addicted to it because now it is not just a task to you anymore. It has become a challenge game. You can then get addicted to the task and have all the fun while doing it.


In conclusion, you can take various actions to stay motivated in doing inevitable or boring tasks by watching inspiring videos, using a new approach, rewarding oneself after accomplishing the task, and make things become fun to do. I personally use all of them based on the situation and the nature of the task, and I like tip no4 challenge your friend the most. I hope these tips will help you to stay motivated in the things you do too.

P.S. No matter how tough your current challenges are, you should never give up. If things do not happen as expected, it means that you might be pushing yourself against the flow of the tide. Reallocate your position, fine tune your strategy, and look at the current failure at least one degree different from your original standpoint is always the best way to beat all challenges in life.

Last but not least, I wish you all succeed in your life. All the best =)



Some Quotes about Challenge which might inspire you:

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
-Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

-Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

― Helen Keller, The Open Door

“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” 
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” 
― Roger Crawford

“Sometimes the darkest challenges, the most difficult lessons, hold the greates gems of light.” 
― Barbara Marciniak, Family of Light: Pleiadian Tales and Lessons in Living


What Else?

Let me know which tip you like the most =)
Also, I bet some of you have better ways to make big challenges a fun thing to do. So, do not forget to share them in the comment box yeah

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