I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby We often spend so much time to think about how to succeed that we forget to think about how to fail. But knowing how to fail is just as important as knowing how to succeed because we can then learn about what NOT to do. It’s dangerous to fix our eyes on the destination without being aware of the pitfalls along the way. We may run fast to our destination only to find ourselves trapped in the pitfalls at the end. One such pitfalls is trying to please everybody. Here are some of the dangers of trying to please everybody: You may waste a lot of time on the wrong people while investing too little time in the right people. At the end, you could lose the right people since you do not invest enough in them.
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Bil Keane Is there any better time to start living your life to the max than today? I don’t think so. Today is a gift. It is the best time for you to live in, not yesterday nor tomorrow. So be sure that you make the most out of it. Make today the best day ever, both for you and for other people. If you do so, I believe the future will somehow take care of itself. How can we get the most out of today? Here are nine simple tricks: 1. Listen Listen to your heart, and have the courage to follow it. What does the little voice in your heart say? You may need to turn off outside noise to clearly hear your heart, but it’s worth the effort. Wasting years of your time to live someone else’s life is too big a risk too take.
What do you have in mind when you hear the word “prosperity’? Many people associate it with being wealthy, and there is nothing wrong with that. But I believe prosperity is more than just being wealthy. Recently, I found a helpful concept on prosperity. C. Peter Wagner in his book The Church in the Workplace wrote that prosperity has four facets: Material prosperity Spiritual prosperity Physical prosperity Social prosperity While the book is a Christian book, I believe these four facets of prosperity are applicable to everyone. By being able to see prosperity as multidimensional, we will able to truly prosper. Otherwise, there is a danger that we only experience an illusion of prosperity while we actually live in “poverty”. Just think about this: someone may have wealth (material prosperity), but at the same time he could have a meaningless life (spiritual poverty), not being healthy (physical poverty), and have few real friends (social poverty). If we only take the narrow view of prosperity, we may think that he is prosper because of his wealth. Only after looking deeper and use a broader view will we realize that he more likely lives in poverty rather than prosperity!
Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week. George Bernard Shaw One of the greatest resources you have is the biocomputer between your ears: your mind. Consequently, one the best investments you can make is honing your thinking ability. This will potentially brings you great rewards in life. While the mind is not everything (things like relationships and spirituality also play important role), it is perhaps one of the most neglected. Just think about physical fitness. Many people are aware that physical fitness is important, and they allocate time to exercise. But what about mind fitness? How many people allocate time to exercise their mind? Not many I’m afraid. But as George Bernard Shaw said in the quote above, the few who do may far surpass many other people and make name for themselves. So, without further ado, here are some tips to exercise your mind and improve your thinking ability:
If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, “Here comes number seventy-one!” Richard M. Devos There is no such thing as cheap success. If we want to succeed, we have to pay the price. And the road to success is long with a lot of obstacles. No wonder most people stop at one point or another after running into the obstacles. Only a few people have the persistence to keep moving forward, and these are the few people who succeed. Persistence is essential. In fact, persistence is one of the most important characteristics successful people share in common. There is no other way to succeed but by developing persistence in our life, and here I’d like to share seven ways to develop it. Here they are:
I just finished reading The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing, and it is the best personal finance book I read this year. The book is very practical with tons of useful tips. It’s also witty which makes it fun to read. It’s philosophy of investing is long term with buy-and-hold strategy, and it proves the effectiveness of this strategy with numerous studies. Here I’d like to share with you 13 investing rules I summarized from the book. I believe they are essential for successful investing. Here they are: 1. Choose a sound financial lifestyle This is the first thing you should do before investing. There are three steps you need to take: Graduate from the paycheck mentality to the net worth mentality. People with paycheck mentality spend to the max based on their net incomes. Their financial lifestyle is all about earning to spend. On the other hand, people with net worth mentality focus on building net worth over the long term. Pay off credit card and high-interest debts Paying your high-interest debts is the highest, risk-free, tax-free return on your money that you can possibly earn. Establish an emergency fund For most people, six months living expenses is adequate.