10 Useful Books On Time Management Recommended By Entrepreneurs

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We all know that the most precious resource in life is time. Once lost, you can never rewind the clock. For entrepreneurs, this pressure is enhanced.

Having an idea and a vision for a business requires courage. Launching that business, in a world where many are satisfied with their comfort zones, requires guts. Once you’ve launched the business, the goal is to be consistent. Success is directly related to consistency.

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Consistency is the direct result of how you manage your time.

Here are 10 awesome resources on time management that have been recommended by successful entrepreneurs.

1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

This is an awesome resource that jolts everything you’ve ever learned about the time needed to build a successful career. Personally, I was shell-shocked when I first heard of a “4-hour workweek.” At the time, I could hardly get through the typical 9-5.

I read the book and my life has never been the same. I’ve managed to escape the rate race, work less hours, and live life to the fullest.

Joel Bomgar, founder and CEO of Bomgar, had the following to say about the book:

“The productivity principles and philosophy of productivity and effectiveness encompassed in [The 4-Hour Work Week] are powerful. I read it a few years back and it was one of the most life-transforming books I’ve ever read.”

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2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

This is another fantastic resource that shifts your paradigm and mindset. This book taught me that income-generating assets usually provide healthier bottom-line results than even the best of traditional jobs. This might not always mean millions of dollars in your bank account, but it may give you that priceless time freedom.

Dane Maxwell, founder of an incredible resource called The Foundation – a community of over 60,000 entrepreneurs – had this to say:

“It all started when I read the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I’m not a typically really super intelligent guy so I really appreciated the simplistic way that Rich Dad, Poor Dad explained financial wealth. He talked about passive income and not exchanging time for money.”

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3. No B.S. Time Management For Entrepreneurs by Dan Kennedy

Being an entrepreneur is tough. You’ve got to set some serious targets upfront. You might not achieve them all, but you have to gun for them.

This book gives you three incredibly powerful tips and targets:

  • Self-discipline is the magic power that makes you unstoppable
  • Avoid the time vampires that want to suck you dry
  • As an entrepreneur, your time is worth $340 per hour

It is impossible to start as $340-per-hour entrepreneur. But, it should certainly be your target as you grow.

Paul Gallipeau, Digital Marketing entrepreneur, has this as one of his highly recommended reads.

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4. In Praise of Slowness by Carl Honore

We live in an unnecessarily fast-paced world. In Praise of Slowness advocates for the reversal of a fast-forward mentality and lifestyle. It entrenches a culture revolution against the notion that faster is always better.

For any entrepreneur, this is a must-read.

There are too many opportunities out there. There are opportunities within opportunities. In the midst of all these opportunities, you need to slow down and have a clearly defined vision that will help you avoid growing into a chaotic entrepreneur.

This is a resource highly recommended by Joe Griffin, co-founder of iAcquire.

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5. Priorities: Resources for Changing Lives by James C. Petty

This book addresses time management from a spiritual perspective.

I’m a huge advocate for the idea that less is more. I truly believe you can get more done by doing less. The success of this theory all lies in your ability to prioritize. Not everything that screams for your attention is important. You need to proactively ignore things that are not your most urgent priorities.

With this resource, James C. Petty helps bring focus into frazzled lives. Using the “Assessing My Priorities” worksheet, he walks you through the process of organizing time under the categories of God, the people of God, and God’s work in the world. With sound biblical advice and practical applications, this booklet demonstrates ways in which you can reduce unnecessary stress, identify true priorities, and begin to get your overbooked schedule under control.

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6. On The Shortness Of Life by Seneca

Recommended by Tim Ferriss, the incredible entrepreneur and author of The 4-Hour Work Week, this resource highlights that we have more than enough time to live our lives to the fullest.

Unfortunately, we waste much of it.

The book teaches how you can live a more fulfilled life by tweaking your perspective on time management.

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7. Organize Yourself by Kate Kelly

Shifting your paradigm and mindset is important. That’s the reason why most of these books are geared at changing the way you think about the relationship between time and entrepreneurship. This book is about shifting your thinking about execution. Before execution, you need a plan. You need to be organized.

This book will help you get organized by providing you with essential rules for better time, money, space, and paper management. It reveals a professional organizer’s proven techniques for streamlining daily life. It provides fast, effective methods for dealing with common clutter, along with helping you to overcome procrastination and other organizational ailments.

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8. Time Efficiency Makeover by Dorothy K. Breininger

We all are prone to procrastination at some point or other in our entrepreneurial journey. When things are not going quite according to how you planned, it is all too easy to get distracted.

This book will help you to decide whether procrastination is a real problem or if you are experiencing other life challenges. For true procrastinators, this book is filled with step-by-step guidelines on how to stop putting off those home and work projects, unpaid bills, and neglected relationships.You will understand what is holding you back and how to keep focused and motivated on present and future events. A must-read for anyone who wants to improve the efficiency and satisfaction of their lives.

Phil McGraw, an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, highly recommends this resource and has the following to say:

“These guys really know how to get things set up to maximize your time. They absolutely can create time that seems to come from nowhere.”

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9. How Did I Get So Busy? by Burton Valorie

I was once a busy bee and quickly realized that being busy was not necessarily the most effective way to reach my destiny. As the editor at Run For Wealth, a Nike Run Club Coach, and an online marketer, I have to constantly have to find the true balance between business versus productivity.

I highly recommend this resource because it’s a simple and effective way to rediscover your true priorities, shift out of overdrive, and reclaim your life and schedule.

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10. Aligned Thinking: Make Every Moment Count by Jim Steffen

Ultimately, we all want to live a fulfilled life. Having a great paradigm shift and being organized means nothing if you can’t make every moment count.

This book, written in the style of a simple fable, helps you to develop practical ways to focus on what’s important now and make the moment count.

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Conclusion

As an entrepreneur, you’ll come across many challenges. But, the biggest challenge will often be the issue of using your time effectively – especially early on in your entrepreneurial journey. This is the time when you’ll feel obliged to make everyone happy.

Time is a precious resource. For those who truly understand its value, it often seems like they are living in a cocoon.

You are not living in a cocoon. As an entrepreneur, you are in the minority, but it’s fine. I hope this list of resources will help you find comfort in the fact that being in the minority probably means you are well on your way to a fantastic and successful entrepreneurial journey.

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10 Secrets Of Life Steve Jobs Would Want You To Know

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Whenever I see this picture of some guy paying tribute to Steve Jobs at a ceremony; instead of being sad, I feel nostalgic that Jobs’ legacy will live on as long as technology reigns.

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“No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” – Thomas Carlyle

Every great life gives you a myriad of lessons. If you are keen enough to learn from them, then you are destined towards greatness too. Here are 10 secrets of life Steve Jobs would want you to know.

1. “What would Steve Jobs do?”

During the absence of Steve, whenever they had a problem in Apple, insiders would tackle the problem by contemplating, “What would Steve do in this situation?” Jobs immediately chucked off that notion by declaring that, “we can never take present decisions basing on the past examples.” Instead, he encouraged them to do what they are actually supposed to do. So, Apple has become invincible even after Steve’s death.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “No one answer fits every scenario, you have to constantly explore.”

2. Simplicity is achieved through complexity

Somehow we feel that achieving simplicity is far easier than being complex. As Einstein famously puts it, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” True. You can only achieve simplicity after passing through confusing phases of complexity.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Be simple, aim to be simple for greatness resides in simplicity.”

3. Sell people their dreams, not your products or services

Never ever sell your products or services. Just sell people their dreams. Make it so that they are crazy not to worship your brand. That’s what happened with Apple. Steve just showed the way to the dreams we had. To put it simply, we believed in him. He never asked us to purchase Apple products. They just empowered us with the technology to achieve.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “You just have to change the perspective. Make your brand personal.”

4. Going minimal is the key

Minimalism is the new habit now. Have you ever noticed that all the Apple products come without a manual  and with minimal packaging? That’s because, Jobs believed in being minimal and simply executed it.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

5. Provide them with social currency

Just as people use money to buy products or services, they also use social currency to achieve desired positive impressions among their families, friends, and colleagues. You need to leverage your dynamics to give people ways to achieve and provide visible symbols or status that they can show to others, just like Apple.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Make people feel good, they will follow you.”

6. Discard the obvious

“There are thousand no’s for every yes. We simplify, we perfect and we start over until everything we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work.” – Apple

Discarding the obvious choice is the key to Apple’s success. Random choices are obvious, but the perfect choice takes time. You might arrive at your choice, only after discarding many other choices.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Say ‘NO’ for every ‘YES’ until you reach the desired result. Rise above the mediocrity by discarding obvious choices.

Watch this video, “Working Strategy” of Apple for more secrets.

7. Provide value continuously

Money is what you get when you exchange something of value. Steve Jobs knew this secret pretty well. Take any Apple product, you will have continuous value propositions — be it in the form of iTunes, software updates, free trials, or many others. You will never regret purchasing an Apple product because you receive value propositions throughout its lifetime.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Be indispensable and provide value. People will follow you but do it as a habit not as a strategy.”

8. Vision is crucial

Check out this video first before examining the vision of a product.

Way back in 1991, Jobs imagined the vision of applications and personal computers for everyone. He even discussed the strategy of providing applications pertaining to every subject of study to empower people in that arena (in the above video). To put it simply, he was 20 years ahead. Envisioning something out of nothing can only be done by a few great souls like Steve.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Stick on to the vision and believe in it. You will achieve it.”

9. Make lives easy

Steve Jobs made everything easy for consumers. Do you know that all Apple products comes “pre-charged”, so that you can enjoy the product without facing the hassle of waiting for it to get charged before you can enjoy it. This is just one example. Every effort of Steve Jobs had only one goal: to make our lives easy.

“Serve people as much as you can. You have the evidence.” – APPLE

10. Aesthetics matter

Design matters. Often the quality of designed environment determines the quality of life. Jobs believed in it. He constantly hinted that, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Beauty is a promise of goodness, it encourages our better sides.

A secret from Steve Jobs – “Good design helps us to be the best version of ourselves. Strive for it.”

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8 Daily Problems Only Left-Handed People Would Understand

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Let’s face it: this world was meant for righties. Being left-handed can be exhausting, and sometimes downright excruciating. But what choice do people have? You can’t train yourself to be right-handed, no matter what the sisters at your old Catholic school believe. Though being left-handed is frustrating, and it makes every day tasks close to impossible, the only thing you can do is to power through it all, and be the best lefty you can be. If you’re a lefty, you’ve probably experienced at least one of these problems since you woke up this morning:

1. They smudge their writing

No matter the medium, left-handed people inevitably face some annoyance when attempting to jot something down. Forget about writing on a whiteboard; they leave a colorful trail in the wake up their beautiful handwriting, rendering it completely illegible. When opening to a new page in a binder, they have to crook their arm at almost a ninety degree angle to be able to start a journal entry; that can’t be comfortable. And even when they rip a sheet of paper out and lay it flat on the desk, they’ll still end up with more graphite on the side of their hand than on the paper. By the end of grade school, most left-handed people would probably prefer to use a computer to transcribe information for the rest of their lives.

2. They click backwards

But after they switch to computers, a whole new set of problems arises. While many mouses are supposedly made for both lefties and righties, many specialty mouses (like for gaming) are built specifically with right-handed people in mind. But that’s not even the real problem. When you’re left-handed, a left-click is a right-click and a right-click is a left-click. There’s no getting around that. It might not be a problem for younger people who have learned to accommodate, but I can’t imagine being left-handed and trying to teach my 60 year old father how to use a computer. It would drive us both out of our minds.

3. They cut backwards

No, you can’t just turn right-handed scissors around. Scissors are built so a natural (right-handed) grip will cause the blades to push slightly together, making for a crisp, straight-edged cut. However, a left-handed person using the same scissors, using the same grip in their left hand, will cause the blades to shift slightly apart. Of course, this will lead to many a torn paper, if it gets cut at all. Note to elementary teachers: invest in a few pairs of left-handed scissors; you’ll save on wasted construction paper in the long run.

4. They hate banks and the post office

Okay, I guess everyone has a certain disdain for these places. But left-handed people have just one more reason to dread the trip to their local bank: the pens on a chain. You probably never thought about it before, but the next time you go to deposit your check, notice where the chain is in relation to the desk. It’s most likely on the right. We’ve gone over the problems lefties face when writing, so just imagine having to deal with smudged ink on a paycheck while also having to either write with a taught string or scrunch their entire body up against the right side of the cubicle.

5. They hate eating in a booth

Even sitting down for dinner with friends is a hassle for a left-handed person. They’ll inevitably hit their friends with more elbows in the half hour it takes to eat than Dennis Rodman coming up for a rebound did throughout an entire basketball game. And, unlike the last few points made in this article, there’s no real way to solve this problem, except to socially isolate the lefties to their own table. But what have we been fighting for this whole time, then?

6. They can’t just pick up a guitar and play

Even Jimi Hendrix had this problem. If a left-handed person wants to jam with his friends, he better bring his own guitar. It might not seem like much of a difference to someone who doesn’t play, but asking a left-handed person to play a right-handed guitar would be like asking a saxophonist to play it upside down, with his left hand where his right hand should be and vice-versa. I guess the good side of this is left-handed people don’t have to worry about anyone else picking up their beloved left-handed guitar.

7. They can never find sports equipment

When I was younger, and before the Internet and Amazon were in full swing, it was absolutely impossible for me to find golf clubs, hockey sticks, or even baseball gloves without my dad driving me to every sporting goods store within a 50 mile radius. Most of the equipment I ended up getting were hand-me-downs from a friend of my dad’s who, as luck would have it (for me, at least), had faced the same problem throughout the years. But there were also times I spent hours looking through shelves at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Modell’s, only to walk away left-handed and empty-handed at the same time.

8. They hear “Oh, you’re a lefty?” every ten minutes

I’m a lefty, and I still do this to other left-handed people. To me, it’s camaraderie. I find solace when I see other left-handed golfers, knowing they’ve been through the same aggravation I have my entire life. But when a righty asks a lefty to state the obvious, it’s more of an acknowledgement that the left-handed person is some freak of nature that should be put on display next to the bearded lady and lizard man. To a right-handed person, their comment probably seems fairly innocuous, but that’s because they haven’t read this list and have no idea what hell left-handed people have lived through.

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10 Incredibly Weird Things That All Couples Do

10 Incredibly Weird Things That All Couples Do

When relationships first start, many people go out of their way to try and seem extra normal. However, after some time all couples end up with some pretty weird habits. Don’t feel ashamed – embrace your weird, fun love.

Check out 10 incredibly weird things that all couples do together.

1. Take platonic showers together

Once upon a time, the whole point of you and your partner showering was to do the dirty. Now, you both realize that shower sex is pretty difficult, and now you mostly just shower together for the convenience and company. After all, it is pretty fun to wash someone else’s hair in the shower.

2. Annoy each other for fun

Flicking each other’s ears, putting your cold feet on each other – there are many, many fun ways to annoy your partner. Who knows why it is so much fun to annoy your partner, but it is proof that being in love makes you incredibly patient.

3. Speak in your own language

You and your partner have created your own personal shorthand, replacing words with your own funny abbreviations. When you’re with others, you have to remind yourself not to talk in your secret language, because there is no way anyone would understand what you were talking about.

4. Wear each other’s clothes

The first time you tried on your partner’s jogging bottoms, it was for convenience. Now, you realize how comfy and warm they are, so they moved over to your wardrobe. Your partner isn’t mad, though – they sleep in your old college t-shirt every night.

5. Groom each other

You thought your pimples were the only ones you would squeeze until you met your current partner. Luckily, it doesn’t bother your partner, because they do the exact same thing for you.

6. Have non-stop tickle wars

Nothing makes you laugh more than tickling your partner – other than when they do it to you. It is torture being tickled, but it brings you so much joy to do it to the love of your life. Your partner feels the same way, so the tickle war will probably never end.

7. Talk while brushing your teeth

You never used to try to talk to people while you were brushing your teeth, but now you can’t help it. You always think of important things you need to tell them about, so you use facial expressions, muffled sounds, and sign language to try and let them know what you mean. It’s difficult, but you still keep trying.

8. Do laundry checks

Smelling other people’s clothes is gross right? Not at all – you know your partner’s smell even better than they do, so you’re the perfect person to check if they smell clean. Most of the time, they smell fine and you’re happy to do it – but every so often you take a big whiff and feel like you might pass out. Seriously, how does anyone smell that bad?

9. Scare each other

Seeing your partner smile makes you smile, but seeing your partner scream in fear will crack you up. You both love to jump out at each other and make each other jump. After all, scaring is caring!

10. Finish each other’s sentences

It may seem a bit cheesy and clichéd, but sometimes you know exactly what your partner is thinking. You can predict what they are going to say, and they freak you out when they do the exact same thing. Sometimes, you have whole conversations with facial expressions.

Is this like your relationship or do you know anyone who is in a relationship like this? Comment below to share your thoughts!

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11 Ways Ultra-Productive People Do Things Differently

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Do you feel that you aren’t nearly as productive as you would like to be? If so, don’t worry, because there are millions of us just like you. We all have our natural levels of productivity, and there are things that can greatly affect these levels. The trick is to figure out what is keeping us from being productive, and how to counter this problem. Your time is precious, so you need to find hacks that will make you more productive. Where to find such hacks? Of course from the already successful productivity geeks. So, check out these 10 ways to be highly productive:

1. Always Be Prepared

Before they leave the office for the day, productive people get things all set up for the next day, so they are ready to start work as soon as they arrive in the morning. Not only is this one less thing to do, it helps you to be more productive because you are ready to begin the day. Start your day off without distraction by being prepared.

2. Use Project Management Apps

Why spend a lot of time managing projects when there are apps that you can use to set reminders, schedule meetings, and more? If you want a project management app that is easy to use, check out everything you can do with Casual or Basecamp. The applications make it easy to track where you and every member of your team is in the process of completing a task.

3. Delegate Your Responsibilities

Productive people know that they can’t do everything themselves, so they assign certain tasks to other people. When you do this, you can spend more time on the important tasks, and let others do the rest.

4. Set Aside a Specific Time for Emails

If you keep going to your email all the time, you are never going to get anything else done. Set up a time each day that you will devote to checking emails, and unless you are waiting for an important message to come through, don’t look at them for the rest of the day.

5. Prepare to Bite the Bullet

This sounds horrible, doesn’t it? That’s the whole point. This phrase means to do something you really can’t stand doing. Get the worst thing on your to-do list over and done with right away, and you don’t have to think about it again. Putting something off means you may end up wasting more time worrying about it than it would take to get it done.

6. They Know When to Step Back

Not all little emergencies need your attention. The more attention you give to the little things, the less attention you will be giving to the important things. Know when to step back and stop worrying about those little things.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”

You don’t have to say “yes” every time someone asks you for something, to do something for them, etc. Saying “no” once in a while will leave you with more time to get things done.

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Procrastination keeps you from being productive, so stop doing it and take care of things now. Respond to that email, return that phone call, or whatever else is demanding your attention.

9. Don’t Try Multitasking

The more you try to do, the less you get done. Multitasking is actually not something to be proud of, because it means that you are never devoting your full attention to any one task. Do one thing at a time, get it done, and then move onto the next.

10. Get Rid of Distractions

With the exception of emergencies, set aside your phone and other devices for several hours each day. You will be surprised to see just how much you can get done when you aren’t looking to your phone and other devices every few seconds.

11. Don’t Waste Time in Meetings

Meetings can drag on for hours, often unnecessarily, and this is time you could be using to be productive. Let everyone know at the beginning of a meeting that you have every intention of sticking to a schedule and finishing the meeting as soon as possible. Don’t let the meeting veer too far off track or you may find yourself spending way too much time on useless topics.

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8 Motivational Quotes To Remind You To Persist

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We’ve all been there before, in the deep valley that is the darkest time of our lives. It seems that all hope is gone and we would like to just roll up into a ball on the floor. We label this as a time of adversity.

How do you deal with adversity? What is your mindset when you experience a major setback in your life? It may be an illness, a divorce, the death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. How do you deal with the hardship that is associated with these situations?

Sometimes, all we need are some words of encouragement, something to motivate us through the deep dark valley of despair. Here are eight motivational quotes that will remind you to persist, even when you feel like giving up.

1. Adversity is temporary

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” — Marilyn vos Savant

When going through an adverse situation, we must remember that we are going through a dark tunnel. We are not stopping for a burger and fries along the way. We are moving through as quickly and efficiently as possible — it is not permanent. It does not form who we are, what we’ve done, or what we have to potential to become. It’s a time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation.

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2. Stay focused on the positive

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle Onassis

We must stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. Not giving up and not giving in, but persistently moving our way through to the light. When we understand that this is a temporary setback, our minds will be focused on the positive results.

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3. Change your attitude, change your life

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” ~ William James

Maintaining a positive attitude while going through traumatic situations can be a very daunting task. However, it is also a tremendous opportunity to create change in our lives. Changing your attitude can change your thinking, which can change your life. This is an excellent time to surround yourself with positive thoughts, positive emotions, and positive people. During this  time, we may also want to purge ourselves of negative thoughts, negative emotions, and negative people that bring us down.

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4. Understand that obstacles bring opportunity

“Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”  — Napoleon Hill

Adverse situations can be deceiving. Our first inclination is usually to blame others or ourselves for the misery that we are experiencing. The simple fact is that sometimes there is no one to blame. However, it’s important to remember that adverse situations offer an excellent opportunity for us to learn and grow. It is all about your perception. Positive mindset is a key to personal growth.

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5. Never give up, you are in good company

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me.”  — Walt Disney

If you study the lives of highly successful people, you will normally find that they have gone through many adverse situations to get to the point where they are today. They did not quit in the middle of a setback or a tragedy. They pushed through the rough times knowing each step was bringing them closer to their ultimate goal. If we are to get to the next level, we cannot give up in the middle. We should understand that we are in good company — no one who has ever succeeded has done so without going through some great adversity.

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6. We can choose how we deal with adversity

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.”  — Henry Ward Beecher

In the midst of adversity, we each have a choice. We can choose to have a pity party for ourselves over a misfortune, or we can take the handle of faith, knowing that these hard times will make us stronger.

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7. Practice positive self-talk

“Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.” — Denis Waitley

Adversity provides us with an opportunity to seize the moment for growth. During this time, we must maintain a positive self-image and practice positive self-talk. It must be done relentlessly and repetitively. Don’t miss the opportunity to come out the other side with a stronger self-image.

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8. Adversity can leave scars

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Khalil Gibran

When going through hard times, you might find yourself thinking, that will leave a mark. That mark or scar could be considered a badge of courage. It will be a reminder of the adversity that you have faced and will actually make you stronger. This is because of the lessons learned on your way through that dark tunnel.

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10 Super Foods that Will Sharpen Your Focus and Memory

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Womans Hands Holding Roasted Coffee BeansHave you ever tried to focus on something so hard that it hurt? You may have tried a series of different strategies such as deactivating your Facebook account, turning off the computer, or even ear-plugs, to no avail. The truth is that even though it may seem that many of the factors hindering our focus and memory are external, many of them are actually more internal than we may think… literally! The next time you’re feeling sluggish, hazy and lethargic, think about the last meal you had, because believe it or not, what you put into your body has a direct affect in what you’re mentally able to achieve! The foods we eat have a direct impact on the blood (and oxygen) to our brains, as well as our energy levels and how quickly that energy is depleted. Because of this, our diet choices affect not only our energy levels but also how long we’re able to stay focused, as well as how our memory works. It’s important to understand that even though it may seem like it, you’re not helpless in your battle with your mind to concentrate and focus. You control your body by what you put into it! Even though many of us don’t usually associate delicious meals with healthy foods, the following list of the top 10 brain-boosting foods will show you that this does not have to be the case. Each food is accompanied by mouthwatering recipes that are as healthy as they are delicious!

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the healthiest berries. They are not only an absolute joy to eat but are also antioxidant-packed foods with high levels of vitamins C and K, as well as essential minerals such as potassium.  The high gallic acid levels in blueberries also means that they are particularly helpful at protecting our brain cells from the negative effects of stress and anxiety, aiding the communication between neurons and improving our cognitive functions. Suggested Dishes: Blueberries can be used in a variety of both sweet and savoury dishes, from blueberry tarts with walnut crusts to chicken blueberry pasta salad

2. Avocados

Don’t be put of by the high fat content in avocados – they contain monosaturated fats, which are actually good for you! High levels of vitamins C, K and B, as well as folate, mean that avocados can help you prevent blood clots in your brain by improving the flow of oxygen to it – thereby increasing your concentration span! Suggested Dishes: While most of us associate avocados with guacamole and various salads, avocados are actually incredibly diverse fruits! Broaden your taste bud horizons and give these healthy avocado fries a try. Or, if you’re feeling less experimental, this recipe for fried egg and avocado toast can be a great way to start the morning!

3. Fatty Fish

Trout, mackerel, tuna, and especially salmon, are the most popular fatty fish out there. Filled with DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acids) and omega-3 fatty acids, it is no wonder that these fish are recommended to anyone wishing to improve their memory, brain power, and concentration. Suggested Dishes: Try out this trout-in-a-pouch with fresh herbs and garlic recipe. If you’re more of a salmon kind of person, this salmon and arugula salad is absolutely fantastic!

4. Flax Seeds

These seeds are the best source of ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), which is a healthy fat that works wonders for your cerebral cortex, keeping it healthy and fully functional. The function of the cerebral cortex is to process sensory information (sight, taste, touch, etc.), so it is an integral part of your being able to properly focus on, and understand, information. Flax seeds also contain zinc, which is a mineral that is great for sharpening your memory. Suggested Dishes: Flax seeds have a relatively subtle taste and can be added to almost any dish, such as these healthy breakfast bars, or these cranberry-nut mini loaves.

5. Nuts

Almonds and walnuts in particular are especially great for helping you sharpen your memory and focus. They are high in ALA, antioxidants, as well as vitamins B6 and E, which keep the nervous system fully functional and shield brain cells from potential damage that could lead to poor focus, memory and concentration. Suggested Dishes: Whether you’re more into desserts or savoury snacks, nuts are versatile enough to be used in a variety of dishes to suit different preferences. Try out this almond orange crusted chicken and this walnut and sultana bread.

6. Beets

Beets contain natural nitrates that open up the blood vessels in your body, and in doing so they improve the flow of blood (and oxygen) to your brain – needless to say, this will significantly improve your mental performance and memory. They are also full of antioxidants that help reduce the toxins in your blood! Suggested Dishes: While many of us may have childhood memories involving unpleasant meals with beetroot, when cooked the right way, they can add an incredibly unique taste to many different meals. Beetroot brownies and this amazing raw beetroot salad  can be great ways to introduce beetroot into your diet!

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) which have been associated with improved memory and concentration, and have been shown in clinical trials to improve memory in older, memory-impaired adults. This oil is also full of anti-inflammatory agents that also work to improve your cognitive functionality. Suggested Dishes: These seeded coconut oil crackers are incredibly quick and easy to make, and so is this delicious coconut-maple granola!

8. Turmeric

Curcumin is the special agent found in turmeric that makes this spice surprisingly healthy! Turmeric is full of anti-inflammatory agents that help to boost antioxidant activity in our bodies, and improve the oxygen flow to our brains, leaving us alert and focused, and our memory capacity significantly improved! Suggested Dishes: This healthy turmeric tea will help prepare you for productive hours of work, as will this scrumptious turmeric omelette.

9. Rosemary

Rosemary is full of carnosic acid; this helps to protect the brain from various negative factors that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Rosemary also helps to slow down the natural processes through which our brains age, helping us stay focused on even the most complicated of tasks! Suggested Dishes: These rosemary chicken sandwiches and rosemary roasted almonds are quick to make and are great packed-lunch options!

10. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is full of nutrients and minerals such as iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium. As well as being a great source of antioxidants, it also improves the blood flow to your brain, boosting your concentration and keeping you alert! Remember, this applies to dark chocolate, and not to most of the highly processed milk chocolate bars we are oh-so-familiar with! Suggested Dishes: If you’re not a fan of eating plain dark chocolate, you can use it as the main ingredient to several mouthwatering, yet guilt-free dishes, such as these dark chocolate pistachio apricots and this chocolate-salted caramel tart! We often make calculated life decisions about many aspects of our lives, so why not about our diets that are so crucial to our everyday productivity and mental functions? Make your diet choices a part of the strategic path to achieving your goals in life and marvel at the instant results!

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