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5 Things Successful People Never Do

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There are a million things that contribute to your success: your attitude, your people skills, and your ability to lead, listen, and take responsibility, to name a few.

Downshifting: a new way to become happier?

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Originally the term "downshifting" referred to changing down a gear, in a manual geared car, to slow the car in addition to using the brakes.
 
In recent usage, the term is used to mean the gradual process of changing your life so it is simpler, quieter, balanced, and much less stressful.  
 
What is a downshifter?  
 
Downshifters are people who adopt long-term voluntary simplicity in their life. They accept less money through fewer hours worked in order to have time for the important things in life. Downshifters also place emphasis on consuming less in order to reduce their ecological footprint.  

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

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We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.

But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.

Tests and Exams

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you have standardized exams for students in your country?
  2. Have you taken a standardized exam? Why did you take it? Were you happy with the results?
  3. Do you think they are useful? Do you think they are fair?
  4. Do you think they are a good assessment for how well a student is learning? Should there be exams or tests at all?

Tests and Exams

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Psychological Boundaries

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Boundaries define where we end and other people begin, both physically and emotionally. Psychologically, they define a space we see as our own, separate from other people. When we are in love or feel very close to another person through friendship, collaboration, or special circumstances, boundaries may get blurred, as we see ourselves not as separate from them. However, even then boundaries continue to be an important piece of our emotional health.

Is envy eating us alive?

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Is Envy Eating Us alive?

Have you ever been in the situation of seeing someone you perceive as an equal succeed beyond their – and your – wildest dreams? Have you ever struggled to understand how they did it, given that they are, according to you, no more talented or skilled than you? If the answer to these questions is yes, you have likely struggled with the painful feeling of envy.

Introverts and extraverts

  1. Are introversion and extraversion inherited qualities?
  2. In what age does the type of personality peep?
  3. Is it possible to be an extravert and introvert simultaneously? Can we get more introverted or extraverted if we want?
  4. What are the qualities that determine an introvert?
  5. What are the qualities that determine an extravert?
  6. What type of personality could you attribute yourself to and why?
  7. Can you determine personality type of any person by his behavior?

Questions that will change your life

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why don’t you do the things you know you should be doing? 
  2. What are your values in life? Are you being true to them? 
  3. What does success mean to you?
  4. If you achieved all of your life’s goals how would you feel? How can you feel that along the way?
  5. Do you prefer to be focused on today or tomorrow?

Thought Provoking Questions About Life

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  1. When was the last time you tried something new?
  2. What makes you want to do better?
  3. What do you love to do? Do you do it often? If the answer is no, why not?
  4. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  5. What can you do today that you could not do a year ago?

Charisma & Leadership

1. What is charisma for you? How would you describe someone who is charismatic?

2. Name three famous people that you think are charismatic and why?

3. Do you think charisma can be developed?

4. What does the word “leadership” mean to you?

5. Do you think being a leader is genetic or do you think that it is something that can be learnt?

6. Do you see yourself as a leader?

7. What qualities does a leader need to have?

8. Do you think to be a good leader you need to have integrity?

Uniqueness

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Unique –not typical; unusual 
Characteristic – a distinguishing quality, attribute, or trait 
Extraordinary – very unusual, remarkable 
Exceptional -unusually excellent; superior
Astonish - to fill with surprise or wonder; amaze 
 

Dreams and Goals

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you think our dreams shape our personality?
  2. Do you think your dreams are shaped by the society you live in?
  3. What do you want to achieve in the next ten years?
  4. If you were able to put five people in a room that you would like to be like, who would that be and why?

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.

Do alcohol and pot really make you more creative? It depends

Creative artists have used mind-altering substances from time immemorial. The first evidence of fermented beverages was found in a 9000-year-old archaeological site in China, alongside some of the oldest intact musical instruments. Naturally.

In modern times, it's hard to imagine American culture without booze and pot — from Louis Armstrong, a prolific marijuana smoker, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, heroic drinkers both. But how do alcohol and pot actually affect the creative mind? Well, it depends on who you ask.

7 ways to quickly become a master at anything

There's a right way to learn. Want to be more successful? Actually that's not ambitious enough — want to be the best? I do. So I called my friend Daniel Coyle, author of the best books on getting better at anything: The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.

Dan knows that the "10,000 hour rule" is nice, but you need to align your effort with the way your brain was designed to learn. Hours are vital but you can get to mastery faster — much faster — by practicing the right way. So how can you and I do that? Here are seven steps experts use:

Encouragement

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do you do to encourage yourself when going through hard times? Does it work?
  2. Who do you talk to for encouragement and inspiration?
  3. What books offer encouragement and inspiration?
  4. Which of your family members encourage you most? How?
  5. How can discouragement help us to grow?
  6. What do you do when you feel depressed?
  7. What could someone do to encourage you when you feel depressed?
  8. What are some saying in your country that bring encouragement?

White Lies & Truthfulness

Questions for discussion:

  1. Are white lies good or bad?
  2. Is a white lie still classified a lie?
  3. Is it okay to tell white lies?
  4. Does telling a white lie make you a bad person? When is a white lie acceptable?
  5. What is truthfulness? What do we mean when we say that a person if truthful?

Willpower and Self Discipline

Willpower Definitions:

  • The ability to control or reject unnecessary or harmful impulses.
  • the ability to arrive at a decision and follow it with perseverance, until its successful accomplishment.
  • It is the inner strength that enables you to refuse to indulge in unnecessary and useless habits.
  • It is inner power that enables you to overcome inner and external resistance and obstacles.
  • It is the antidote to laziness and procrastination.

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Inventions

1. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931)
Edison filed over 1,000 patents. He developed and innovated a wide range of products from the electric light bulb to the phonograph and motion picture camera.

Creativity

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No matter what line of work you’re in, chances are the daily grind of schlepping to work (even if it’s just down the hall) and toiling away in an open office to do a job that doesn’t exactly tickle your fancy every day is enough to stifle your more creative urges.

Experience

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is experience? What kinds of experience can you name?
  2. What do you consider positive and negative experience? What is more useful for your self-development?
  3. Do you think experience can be of different quality?
  4. What are the ways we get new experience?
  5. Have you ever started doing something in order to have new experience? Was it difficult for you?

Personality

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Before you can define who you are, you have to understand your personality. Ask yourself a question, such as “What do I like to do?” or "Who am I?" When you can answer that question, then you can use the information to discover what your personality is.
There are many different personality types, and it is sometimes difficult to classify a person into a single type as there are many different personality traits you can possess.
Personality traits are simply:

  • Actions
  • Attitudes
  • Behaviors you possess

Behavior

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A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call asap, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled:

“Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

Do our brains need fitness?

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Why You Need to Put Your Brain on a Fitness Plan, Too

Fact: We are outliving our brains. Life expectancy in the United States today is about 80 years old. Girls have a one in three chance of living to 100, while boys have one in four. The problem? Our cognitive brain performance peaks in our early 40s. That means mental functions like memory, speed of thinking, problem-solving, reasoning, and decision-making decline in the last 30 or 40 years of life.

Is it easy for you to say "No"?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it easy for you to say “No”? In what situations it’s particularly easy? In what situations it’s quite easy? In what situations it’s particularly difficult?
  2. Is it easy for you to say " I don't know"?
  3. Is it easy for you to say " I don't understand"?
  4. Is it easy for you to say " I don't care"?
  5. Is it easy for you to say that you’ve changed your mind?
  6. Is it easy for you to admit your mistakes?

Secret of success

Reading: Secret of success A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.

Difference between being alive and truly living

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Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.

His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.

The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.

“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”

5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend.Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking - you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According toInc.

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