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The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself. -Rita Mae Brown

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Bronnie Ware was a nurse who worked in palliative care. She would often engage in intimate conversations as she sat by the bedsides of those who were dying.

In doing so, she discovered that the dying had a common theme of regrets. In a viral blog post titled, Regrets of the Dying,” she revealed what the top five regrets of the dying were. The most common was this,

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

It’s a paradox that trying to please other people only leads to your misery. …

The difference between wealth and fulfillment

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Many people are on an endless quest for monetary wealth. They think the more money they have, the easier and happier their life will be. That if only they could become “rich,” then they can finally have everything they’ve ever wanted.

Although the problem is, this is a pursuit that never ends. There is no point where you suddenly get declared “rich.” You don’t add a few zeros to your net worth and then get an email that reads, “Congrats, you’re rich!”

Instead, being rich is more of a feeling than it is a figure. It’s about being congruent with oneself. …

The stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient. -Warren Buffett

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Today, we live in a world where most of our desires can be fulfilled by the click of a button. You can find love on an app, watch any show at your pleasing and even order almost any meal to your doorstep.

As a result, many people’s brains have become dependent upon quick hit neurochemicals such as dopamine. Hence, they have lost the ability to be patient; they want it all right now.

They want to create one piece of content, make one investment, or go to one practice session and then wake up to be an overnight success.

However, even today, an ancient fact still emerges; success often comes to those who are willing to be patient and embrace the tension of the in-between. As Seth Godin has…

How to create resolutions that actually work.

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In their book, The Power of Moments, Chip and Dan Heath explain that the way most people look at new year’s resolutions is broken. They mistakenly believe that a resolution will change their life.

However, chances are, you’re likely just pursuing the same thing that you were before giving up last year.

Hence, it’s not actually about the goal at all. Instead, it’s about having a new slate. It’s about forgetting the failures of the past and saying, “New Year, New Me.”

Thus, what you don’t need is a new goal. Rather, what you need is a new vision. You need a new standard to live by. You need to stop clinging on to the results of this year and commit to making the new year different. …

Books that have changed my life and could do the same for you.

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For many years, I was just a regular guy. I followed all the “rules.” I went to university. I chased instant gratification and was addicted to video games.

However, after developing a reading habit, everything for me in my life changed. I realized I didn’t have to follow the path everyone else was on. I didn’t have to live just another ordinary life.

Instead, I could design my own rules and create the life I want, and this is a path that’s available for all. If you're wanting to create a life that’s beyond the status quo, then these books can certainly help. …

Lessons on writing, marketing, and making a living.

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Dial back the clock three years ago, and you’ll find me searching for the answers to how to become a successful blogger online.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve successfully built an audience, acquired clients, and traveled the world while doing it. Indeed, I have lived the blogging dream everyone tries to sell you.

What this article aims to do is tell you 22 truths about becoming a successful Blogger in 2020 that most people won’t. Here we go.

  1. You’re Never Behind, but Only Ever Late. Get this: No other writer is necessarily better than you. Instead, they’ve simply been doing it longer. …

Plus 8 Strategies to Avoid it.

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I like to think we all want to be happy and live the life we want. However, what does it take to be miserable and never live the life you want?

In some ways, that might be easier than the former. Let’s see.

1. Think the Purpose of Life is to Be Happy.

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” -Albert Camus

There’s a paradox in the pursuit of happiness, that is: Everyone thinks they know how to get a ton of it, but in reality, everyone’s lost trying to find a little piece of it. …

Three fundamental lessons from a biblical story.

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In the bible (Matthew 14:22–36), a story is told of Peter and the disciples on a boat. Jesus has commanded them to cross the Sea of Galilee in the middle of a storm.

As the disciples are crossing the sea, a figure appears to be walking towards them. Frightened at the thought of it being a ghost, they cry out in fear and hear the reply of Jesus, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.”

So, Peter begins to step out of the boat. He takes one foot, followed by the other, and starts moving towards Jesus. With his eyes constantly fixated on the Lord, he is able to physically walk on the water. …

How to fight fear and live your dreams.

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Tony Robbins once said, “The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.”

Indeed, your unwillingness to confront difficult emotions is the primary barrier stopping you from everything you want in life.

No matter what you do or achieve, there is a path to get there. However, it will be unclear and hazy. It will be outside of your comfort zone and give rise to a whole heap of uncomfortable emotions.

Thus, you will need to forget about how you feel in the moment in order to walk it. …

1. They invest in themselves.

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When most people think about those who succeed or get a lot done, they like to think that they were just ‘born that way,’ that they got ‘a little lucky,’ or there was some magical moment that changed everything for them.

However, you never shape your life through a single moment, but rather, each sequential moment. It’s what you do in one moment that determines what you experience in the next. As Gary Keller has said,

“The truth about success is that our ability to achieve extraordinary results in the future lies in stringing together powerful moments, one after the other. …

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