Inspirational Biz Tip from Nelson Mandela

Today’s Business Tips from Nelson MandalaNelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013, was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
~Nelson Mandela

Learning not to play small is something that I am still learning and correcting in my own life.

What is ‘playinLong Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandelag small’?  In my personal situation, playing small is to act as though I and my gifts are not valuable.  And when I do that, I tend to hide away, trying to be insignificant.

We all have the opportunity to live a fun satisfying life.  Yet, many of us decide to settle for less!!

I have found that when you follow your passion, you are no longer playing small.

 

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Inspirational Biz Tip from Richard Branson

Today’s Business Tips from Richard BransonRichard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies.  Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student.In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for “services to entrepreneurship”

Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.
~Richard Branson

Can working and running your own business be fun?

Not only is it fun, but according to Richard, it is essential for success to make it fun!

Richard Branson, Losing my Viriginity

Think about it …. if you enjoy what you are doing, you will continue to move forward creating success as you go.

Too many folks are wrapped up in the paradigm that what a person does for a living is just that:  Making a living.  But if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, whether you have a job or are self-employed, you need to ‘call it quits and try something else’.

Are you having fun working your business?

Check out Richard Branson’s best selling book: Losing My Virginity:  How I Survived, Had Fun and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Louise L. Hay

Today’s business tip from Louise L. HayLouise L. Hay

Louise Lynn Hay (October 8, 1926 – August 30, 2017) was an American motivational author, speaker and the founder of Hay House. She authored several New Thought self-help books, including the 1984 best selling book, You Can Heal Your Life.  She built a self-help publishing empire that has attracted millions of devotees with its messages about the power of thought and attitude.

No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.
~ Louise L. Hay

Do you realize that YOU are the only person, place or things that has power over you?

According to Louise (and many other business experts and teachers) each of us has the power to create peace and harmony in our lives — through our thoughts.

When we focus on these things, we begin to create them in our lives.  How can we live in turmoil, when we only think of peace and harmony?  And once we think about it, we will begin to create it in our lives.

What a refreshing thought to know that we have control over our own lives despite any circumstances we may be going through.

NOTE:  Louise Hay passed away just last week.  Over the next days, I will be commemorating her life through her inspiring words!

 

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Inspirational Biz Tip from Stephen Hawking

Stephen HawkingThis Week’s Quote from Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

I don’t have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I’m happier now than before I developed the condition.
~Stephen Hawking

WOW!  What a wonderful thing to say and live by…

Sounds like Stephen lives in gratitude for what he has — and has made the best of his life despite his handicap.  But, obviously, he also has a great attitude and outlook on life.

How many of us could endure the severe disability that he deals with and say we are happier after the disability than before!

You can’t help being inspired by a man with such a wonderful view on life.  I want to remember his words, especially when I want to complain about my minor aches and pains!!

SPECIAL NOTE:  Hawking has a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that has gradually paralyzed him over the decades. 

Read more about Stephen Hawking and his physical challenges

 

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Inspirational Biz Tips from Bob Proctor

A series of Business Tips from Bob Proctor

Bob Proctor is a towering figure wherever the mention of self help comes into discussion. In 1973, he founded his company and is described as an entrepreneur, a teacher, a writer, a business consultant and counselor. He is famous for his motivational speeches on how to be a better version of you. Bob has been on his mission to advise people to strategize their ideas in such a way that they would be able to create extravagantly glamorous and fulfilling lives for themselves for more than 40 years now.

Your purpose explains what you are doing with your life. Your vision explains how you are living your purpose. Your goals enable you to realize your vision.
— Bob Proctor

Effective planning consists of several interrelated steps.

According to Bob, the first step is setting your purpose (or mission)  or “what you are doing with your life”.  Without a firm purpose, we have no direction to accomplish what we want in life.

The next step is creating your vision:  Where do you want to be a year or 5 years from now.  Or “how you are living your purpose” described in the first step.

The last step is setting your goals to achieve your purpose and vision.  This is where you take your purpose and vision into action.

Do you have a written purpose, vision and goals for your life and/or business?

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Let’s start with what we can be thankful for, and get our mind into that vibration, and then watch the good that starts to come, because one thought leads to another thought.
— Bob Proctor

I am a big believer in living in a state of gratitude.  No matter what is going on in our lives, there is always something to be grateful for.

According to the quote above, once we get our minds in the vibration of gratitude, the good starts coming our way.  Why?  Because we are focusing on the goodness of life and the universe responds by giving us more.

We all go through some tough times, but I find that moment I start seeing the good in my life, the difficulties seem to melt away.  I practice gratitude every morning and evening.  Thinking about what in my life I am grateful for has always moved me to the next step to creating good in my life.

So, what are you grateful for today that will propel you into more goodness in your own life?

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Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.
— Bob Proctor

Most of us do not realize the power we have in our minds!  Thankfully, folks like Bob have made it their mission to share the news about how our thoughts become things.

For example, you have probably heard the story many times of kids who were told all their life that they are lazy and useless.  I worked in the foster care system when my kids were younger, and heard this story from teens all the time.  Unfortunately, many believed it and started acting useless.

But this damage can be undone when you fill these young minds with positive thoughts about themselves.  Just like each of us can create a better life for ourselves when we believe we can.

If you can believe in yourself and your power to be whatever you want, you start creating just that in your life.

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