Sinem Günel
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“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.”

Zig Ziglar Quotes
Zig Ziglar Quotes
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Zig Ziglar was an American author, salesman, motivational speaker, and one of the pioneers of his industry.

Many famous quotes and teachings of today’s self-help world are based on the work of Ziglar.

See You at the Top, Born to Win, and Better Than Good are some of his most popular books and laid the foundation for many personal development books that were published decades later.

Through his work, Ziglar influenced millions to work harder, be more positive, and unleash their fulfill their potential.

“You can have everything you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

The vast majority of today’s population wants to receive something without ever giving to others.

But if you understand the principle of give-and-take and serve others before expecting something in return, you’ll be surprised by how much help you receive once you need it. …

“That which you most need will be found where you least want to look.”

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Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and the founder of analytical psychology. For years, Jung worked closely with Sigmund Freud, who even called him “his adopted eldest son”, but significant differences in the content of their work led to a separation. Due to the split, Jung developed his own version of psychoanalytic theory.

Even though Jung’s work isn’t as popular as Freud’s, it influenced various of study, including psychiatry, anthropology, literature, and philosophy.

And if you’re open to expanding your mind, there’s a lot you can learn from his teachings. …

You don’t need to be stressed all the time.

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“We have never been taught how to relax, how to take care of ourselves in a positive, nurturing way (not just going on a vacation or out for an expensive dinner). Twenty minutes of deep relaxation a day will aid your mental growth, improve your physical health and emotional stability, and possibly even increase your spiritual awareness.”— L. John Mason

According to the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of adults report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress. And almost half of them shared that their stress levels increased during the past twelve months.

But high levels of stress are not only an American struggle but a global one. The World Health Organization even states that stress is a worldwide epidemic.

They might change the way you think and live.

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Voltaire, the French writer, historian, and philosopher, preached to judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. He was convinced that asking the right questions will help to get to know someone way better than anything else.

But also asking yourself the right questions will help you to live a more fulfilled life.

By asking thought-provoking questions and giving honest answers, you’ll learn what truly matters. Plus, you’ll be able to set the foundation for a happier and more satisfying life. Or as Carl Sandburg once said:

“It is necessary for a man to go away by himself, to sit on a rock and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” …

And how you, too, can use their power.

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For me, the pandemic was a blessing. At least business-wise.

The Coronavirus forced my partner and me to rethink our entrepreneurial path. And as we had plenty of time to do so during the lockdown, we ended up with an entirely new business.

Last year, we were hosting personal development workshops and courses for young professionals in our city.

Today, we’re running a fully digital business that already made 6-figures in revenue this year.

Even though we’ve already been into online business and digital marketing, we started from scratch at the end of March.

We built two new websites: One dedicated to personal growth and one for writers. We also started two email lists from zero because the entire community we built prior was a German one. …

#9: You can walk away

Turths about life
Turths about life
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2020 is a wake-up call for many of us.

This year, many people finally realized that they’re not living in a vacuum.

And millions of people had to rethink the way they lived their lives until now.

While a corporate career seemed pretty safe a year ago, the reality is different today.

Over the past months, many people realized that they’ve been wasting their lives for decades instead of making each day count.

We realized that health matters and that it’s indeed possible to slow down, hustle less, and reconnect with our loved ones on a deeper level.

We learned how beautiful an unexpected phone call instead of text messages can be and that the meaning of life might be more than working 40 hours per week inside a concrete cube to pay the bills. …

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Picasso Quotes
Picasso Quotes

Pablo Picasso is known as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

The Spanish born painter is well-known for his modern art with a distinct style and spent the majority of his life in France.

His ability to produce works in a wide range of styles made him a well-respected and beloved creator across the globe.

The way he used shapes, colors, and different perspectives to express his ideas shaped later generations of painters and artists.

But even if you’re not into arts, there’s lots you can learn from Picasso to live a happier, more fulfilled, and even more productive life. …

Keep a Plan B in Your Back Pocket.

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Two weeks after my 18th birthday, my sister was born.

While I didn’t expect this to be a life-changing event, it turned out to be one.

Over the past five years, Simge taught me why it’s so important to keep our inner child alive instead of taking life too seriously.

While adults often live their life according to the standards of society, children are focused on making the most out of every moment.

If you’ve ever watched a child for a few minutes, you know what it means to be fearless, courageous, and curious.

Yet, by watching my sister for five years, I learned so much…

3 Simple steps to master your evenings.

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While the self-help world is bubbling over with advice about morning routines, most people ignore something even more important: A proper evening routine. You can only have a productive morning if you sleep well, get a good rest, and wake up refreshed.

An evening routine doesn’t need to take much time, but its impact can be tremendous. Preparing for high-quality sleep and taking care of your body and mind will not only help to increase your energy but also benefit your health and happiness.

Taking some time to appreciate yourself in the evening is priceless, particularly if your days are busy and full of appointments. …

These are not rocket science, but they can make or break your life.

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“Many of our schools are good schools if only this were 1965. “

— Louise Stoll and Dean Fink

Three years ago, I started my first business dedicated to helping students unleash their full potential and tap into personal development.

We’ve been a team of five who were all a little frustrated about the current education system. So we wanted to make a change and have an impact on the next generations.

Sadly, our startup failed quite soon. And looking back, it mainly failed because we lacked many skills.

We wanted to teach topics such as time management and confidence, but we didn’t realize that five 20-somethings still have lots to learn themselves. …

There’s a shortcut to getting what you want.

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Last week, my partner and I decided that we need to take professional photos for our website.

Two days later, I joined the first karate exam of my 5-year old sister. As it was a special occasion, the club hired a photographer. During a break, my mum introduced me to her because they already knew each other from previous events.

It turned out that she moved to the city only a few months ago and was about to start a photography business soon.

She told me that she wants to picture events and families and I offered to connect her with some event organizers in the city. And I also told her that I’m looking for a photographer to take pictures for my website. …

A step-by-step guide.

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Three years ago, I was studying business administration and dreaming of a corporate career.

Today, I’m running a digital business and making five figures by writing about topics I’m passionate about.

I write about books, personal growth, entrepreneurship, and social media.

But unlike most people, I never dreamed about being a writer. It just happened.

Two years ago, my boyfriend told me he watched a YouTube video about Medium and that everyone could publish stories there. And even though I never thought about starting a blog or writing in general, I immediately signed up and published my first post.

After a year, he told me he’d love to publish a book to grow our credibility as personal growth coaches. …

Your future self will thank you.

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I’m a firm believer that opportunities don’t come to people by coincidence. I’m convinced that you’re responsible for creating your own opportunities every single day.

How you spend today defines the person you’ll be tomorrow. What you do one day at a time eventually makes up your entire life. And ignoring this simple yet crucial rule is why most people live unhappy, unfulfilled lives for decades.

They want to have a healthier body and be in better shape by summer, but they don’t get their ass up in winter. They want to build a profitable digital business and quit their 9-to-5, but they choose Netflix over hustle on weekends. …

Small changes with a big impact.

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When I first tapped into the world of personal development, I read as many books as I could. Additionally, I listened to podcasts and watched YouTube videos in every spare minute.

I soaked up as much information as possible, but once I faced a small challenge, such as a conflict with my partner, I was overwhelmed. The minute I should finally be doing what all the books preached, I failed.

And for months, I thought the solution was reading more books and listening to more gurus telling me how I could achieve any goal I set to my mind.

Now, three years later, my approach to personal development is different. …

If applied, they will change your mind forever.

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Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian novelist and lyricist and widely known for his bestselling book, The Alchemist.

In total, his books were sold more than two million times in over 80 languages.

Coelho’s books teach profound life lessons by telling fascinating stories in a simple, easy-to-understand language.

Whenever he’s asked about the meaning of life, he states that he knows as little as anybody else but that he’s constantly asking questions.

He once shared that he believes his writing resonates with so many people, not because of the answers he gives but because of the questions he asks.

“You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”

Too often, we allow ourselves to sink in misery while we could pull ourselves out of it. …

Lessons I’d give my 15-year-old self.

Quotes about money
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Just like the majority of the global population, I grew up feeling uncomfortable when talking about money.

My parents immigrated from Turkey to Austria a few years before I was born. Yet, they quickly adapted themselves to the cultural changes and have been working full-time ever since. And even though they provided everything I, my brother, and my sister ever needed, I started working in temporary jobs when I was 15 years old.

I worked as a waitress, as a private tutor, in a call center, and much more.

When I was 16, I woke up at 5 am to prepare the breakfast buffet in a luxury hotel. …

3 Simple signs that indicate a good match.

How to Know You’ve Found the Ideal Co-Founder
How to Know You’ve Found the Ideal Co-Founder
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Three months after I met my boyfriend, we started a business.

In the beginning, we’ve been a team of five, but we didn’t have a revolutionary idea or a life-changing product. We wanted to help students to unleash their full potential through personal development workshops and video courses.

Yet, even though we started with lots of enthusiasm, the passion didn’t last long. And the primary reason was that we’ve been inexperienced and a bad team. A few months after hosting our first workshops, the group dissolved.

Now, three years later, my partner and I are running a profitable online business.

And one of the most painful lessons I learned throughout the past years is that the relationship with your co-founders can make or break the success of your business. …

Over time, tiny differences can make a huge difference.

What do people with lots of money do differently?
What do people with lots of money do differently?
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I didn’t grow up with lots of money. Neither did I ever work in a job that paid well.

I worked as a waitress, in a call center, and much more when I was a teenager because I wanted to be financially independent as soon as possible. I lived with my parents until one year ago, but I barely let them pay for my personal expenses after I had my first job at the age of 15.

For the following seven years, I worked in various positions while finishing school and my studies. Besides, I built my own business by helping students to tap into personal development and unleash their full potential. …

Despite the current debates, the newest social media platform has powerful potential.

Why should I use TikTok?
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2020 has been quite the year. In the face of a pandemic that’s taken the lives of more than 150,000 in the United States alone, President Donald Trump seems more worried about the latest social media network.

According to President Trump, TikTok poses a risk to US national security. Yet, analyses of security researchers show that, in its current state, there’s no suspicious behavior of TikTok regarding data security.

With the ongoing debate marketers and entrepreneurs have three options on how to deal with TikTok:

  • Ignore it.
  • Remain skeptical but try to understand the behind-the-scenes.
  • Or, make use of TikTok as a valuable marketing channel. …

These things matter — a lot.

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In July 2018, I published my very first story on Medium.

In July 2020, I made $11,163.62 in 31 days.

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Given that I started taking Medium seriously in January 2020, my earnings and views increased fast.

And while virality, to some extend, is tied to luck and algorithms which we can’t influence, it’s never a coincidence.

I see people in Facebook groups claiming that writing viral articles can’t be taught and that it’s just a matter of luck. Well, did you ever see a lousy article going viral? You didn’t. What a coincidence, right?

My $10k month was no coincidence, either. I’ve been writing and publishing almost daily for the past seven months and had several pieces going viral. I made more than $5k three times in 2020 until I finally hit my target of $10k. …

A step-by-step guide to setting up and growing your Pinterest account.

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With more than 365 million monthly active users, Pinterest is one of the most popular social platforms. Yet, a few unique numbers and facts differentiate Pinterest from other major players such as Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok:

  • More than 70% of all Pinterest users are women with strong purchasing power.
  • Most Pinners use the platform to plan major life events (e.g., a wedding, the birth of a child, or furnishing a new apartment).
  • Pinterest users are actively browsing the platform to make buying decisions. 47% of all users log onto the site to shop.
  • Due to the intention of purchasing, Pinterest marketing can be four times more effective at generating sales (e.g., for an online shop) than other social networks. …

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With a fortune of more than $70 billion, Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people of our time. Yet, what’s unique about Buffett compared to other billionaires is that he seems to be genuinely happy. Regardless of his financial status, the famous investor is known for his sunny, optimistic outlook and the way he appreciates life.

In an interview, when Buffett was asked what keeps him going, his answer was the following:

“We are doing what we love to do with people we love. Every day.”

According to Buffett, the work you do and the people you work with have a massive influence on your happiness. …

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Every day, millions of people across the globe are starting new projects; blogs, businesses, charity organizations, event series, fitness programs, you name it.

They start full of enthusiasm and passion, yet, give up soon because they don’t see their desired results.

Some want to quit their jobs and start a business; others dream about becoming a professional athlete or actor. And there’s one thing that matters, regardless if it’s business, arts, sports, or whatsoever you’re after: Persistence.

While we all grow up with dreams and aspirations, only a fraction of the global population lives a life they genuinely enjoy.

Mostly, that’s because we try to live up to the expectations of our families, friends, and society. And by doing so, we not only lose sight of our goals but sometimes, we even lose ourselves. …

#2 Increase your energy

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When I started my business besides my studies, working 12 to 16 hours per day was normality.

During my last year at university, I did a full-time internship, passed my final exams, hosted personal development workshops, wrote more than a hundred blog posts, and created a dozen online courses.

Back then, working a lot was necessary because I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t have a strategy, but I had lots of energy and a strong desire.

I had a vision, big goals, and the excitement to create a life I loved. Yet, unfortunately, I spent the majority of my time working on unimportant tasks and projects that were meant to fail. …

“Perfectionism is a 20-ton shield.”

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Brené Brown is an American professor, author, and renowned speaker.

She spent more than two decades studying topics such as vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame and is widely known for her TEDx talk The Power of Vulnerability.

The core intention of her books and speeches is to help people to be their true selves, live authentic lives, and have the courage to be vulnerable. And even though she’s a researcher, her teachings are as simple as they are profound.

On Being Enough

One of Brené Brown’s core lessons is accepting yourself just the way you are and embracing all your strengths as well as…

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