Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Monday, 30 January 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Quote for the day

"Before any great achievement, some measure of depression is very usual." - Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Quote for the day

"Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life." - Homer

Friday, 27 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 27-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together." - Earl Nightingale

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 25-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Gautama Buddha

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 24-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

“Follow your own path, seek out what has worth to you, and who gives a shit about what's said from the side of the road.” - Jack Sparrow

Monday, 23 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 23-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." - Helen Keller

Sunday, 22 January 2017

7 Personal Growth Steps Even When Everything Is Falling Apart

By Hannah Hutyra

Growth is especially difficult when everything around you is in decay. A bad environment and negative influences are hard to break away from. It can be done, though.

A gardener follows some specific steps to see their garden bloom. You should follow similar advice to enable yourself to grow, even while everything in your vicinity is withering away.

1. Have Strong Roots

When everything around you is crumbling, your roots matter more than ever.

The best case scenario is that you already have strong roots to hold on to so that you barely waver in the first place. If your roots need some work, however, there are measures you can take to deepen them. Start by recommitting yourself to your core values and principals.

If you’re feeling defeated, remind yourself of all that you have going for you. If you’re struggling to be a good Christian, study the Bible. If you’re an addict in danger of relapsing, read the Big Book and walk the twelve-step program one more time.

Return to the resources, whatever they are, that gave you your power, so that they can empower you once again.
2. Pull Out The Weeds

Weeds are defined as plants with virtually no redeeming value. They grow fast and leave seeds to keep expanding and infiltrating. They’re often poisonous if eaten, leave a bad taste in your mouth and are tough to remove from your garden.

Weeds are very similar to the negative influences in your life. Like weeds compete for nutrients, bad influences stand in your way when you’re trying to thrive. Make sure your relationships aren’t holding you back.

Excise the weeds from your life as quickly as possible, but with the least amount of damage to the surrounding foliage. If you cut out the things holding you back too haphazardly, you risk severing some of the ties that can prove useful later. So be careful when doing something like ending a romantic relationship or breaking up with a friend.

Carefully, precisely remove what you don’t need in your life while keeping everything else intact. If you do, you open yourself up to new possibilities.

3. Live With The Thorns

Every rose has its thorns; you just need to avoid getting pricked.

There are always obstacles and inconveniences in our lives, especially when everything surrounding us is in decay, but we don’t have to be defeated by them. Instead of giving up when things aren’t perfectly smooth, make your way up the stem until you reach something beautiful.

4. Give Your Life Careful Attention

A good gardener doesn’t leave their garden unattended for long. Likewise, someone who wants to grow carefully monitors their progress.

Every so often you need to analyse where you’re at and where you can go next. Goals are a cornerstone to success, so set, meet and surpass them as often as you can.

Make sure you’re not becoming complacent and growing too slowly. Be positive that you’re not slipping out of your roots. Know how to set the right goals so that you can keep those kinds of things in mind.

Also regularly give yourself the nutrition you need such as self-affirmation, healthy habits and plenty of rest. With that kind of care and a constant eye on the headway you’re making, you’ll be that much closer to blooming.

5. Let Yourself Grow At A Natural Pace

While you want to grow fairly quickly, if you start forcing it artificially then you risk undoing all that you’ve already accomplished.

You might see some temporary progress if you, for example, push yourself too far and try to get to that next milestone too fast. But doing that will deplete you of your energy, and you will suffer a long period of stagnation or even start to wither away yourself.

Grow at a reasonable and steady rate. That way, you’ll know that the progress you’ve made is going to stick.

6. Watch Yourself Bloom

Once you’ve made significant progress you should look in a mirror and take pride in the reflection. You’ve earned this, so enjoy it before moving on to the final stage of growth.

7. Lay Down New Soil
Don’t settle for being successful once. Move on to another patch of soil where you can grow again. Follow the same steps until you bloom, and then move on to yet another goal.

Or better yet, help the people you love bloom as well. Helping others is a reward unto itself, and you shouldn’t deprive yourself of it if you’re at a place in life where you can afford to turn your attention on the less fortunate.

Life is what we make of it, and it means more if we keep giving ourselves fresh challenges. Expand your garden, and you’ll find yourself simultaneously ever-active and increasingly at peace.
Source: www.keepinspiring.me

Quote for the day

"Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning." - Thomas A. Edison

Saturday, 21 January 2017

10 Things a Trader has to Beat

To be a profitable trader you must overcome these ten things:

1. You must beat the market benchmark you are competing against or you might was well just buy and hold that index.

2. You must beat your emotions by following a trading plan.

3. You must beat your ego by taking losses early when you are proven wrong.

4. You must beat your greed buy managing your position sizing to limit your risk exposure.

5. You must beat your fears by letting a winning trade run when there is no reason to exit.

6. You must beat your desire to predict the future by reacting to what price action is actually happening.

7. You must beat the trader on the other side of your trade.

8. You have to make enough money to beat your commission costs.

9. You must not let the market beat you up with too many losses and make you quit.

10. You must beat the naysayers who think active profitable trading is impossible.

Quote for the day

"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." - Napoleon Hill

Friday, 20 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 20-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 19-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home." - John Hay

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 18-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." - George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 17-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

“Discipline is hard — harder than trustworthiness and skill... We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We can't even keep from snacking between meals. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at.” - Atul Gawande

Monday, 16 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 16-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

“If you have to raise both cash and courage at the same time, you don't stand a chance of buying the next time stocks are cheap.” - Jason Zweig

Sunday, 15 January 2017

20 Unproductive Habits You Should Let Go of

By Krissy Brady

Do you feel like everyone around you is getting stuff done, and you’re, well, not? It’s likely you’ve got one (or several) unproductive habits that aren’t helping matters. Below is a round-up of 20 common unproductive habits you should let go of, stat.

1. Allowing distractions.

Distractions are something we all face–but there’s no law saying you have to cater to them. Just because someone calls, texts, or knocks on your door doesn’t mean you have to drop what you’re doing right that second. You can get back to them during your next break.

2. Not setting goals.

Until you turn what you want into concrete goals to achieve, it’s likely they’ll remain a vague generalisation you’ll sigh about from time to time.

3. Setting too many goals.

On the flip side, you don’t want to set so many goals you’re unable to focus a solid amount of time on them–this sorta defeats the purpose. Quality over quantity always wins out.

4. Procrastinating.

The more you put something off, the less you’re going to feel like doing it. Trust me: the relief you feel once it’s done is well worth the temporary torture.

5. Watching too much television.

If you feel more connected to the characters on your shows than your real friends, it might be time to switch things up a bit.

6. Skipping meals.

There were days I’d get so into what I was writing, I’d forget to eat! (Gasp! I know, right?) Without proper nutrition you send your adrenal glands into overdrive, which depletes your energy and eventually leads to burn-out.

7. Spending recklessly.

When your finances are in disarray, you don’t stand a chance. Keeping your finances organised should be as much a priority as your health.

8. Dropping everything for other people.

You are in complete control of your life. Respect your time–it’s your most valuable commodity.

9. Not writing anything down.

Writing things down helps you remember what you need (and want) to accomplish. Plus, it’s the best way to keep your mind clear to focus on what you’re doing in the moment.

10. Not having structure.

You don’t need to set a rigid schedule for yourself, Sergeant Crazy! Creating a general morning and evening routine will give you creative pillars to depend on so you can take more risks throughout the day.

11. Not taking breaks.

Your mind and body need a chance to rest, no matter how brief. When you start feeling restless, take a small breather to regroup instead of burning out entirely.

12. Multitasking.

Again and again, studies show dividing your focus leads to lower quality work, and not to mention, loads of mental stress. Single-tasking not only gives your noggin a rest, it also gives you a greater sense of accomplishment.

13. Making time for personal tasks.

What’s the point of working hard if you’re not reaping the rewards in your personal life? During busier times, at least make sure the bare minimum is taken care of–bill paying, dish cleaning, laundry doing–so your home doesn’t represent your stress level.

14. Over-committing.

Ambition or excitement can too easily get the best of you, causing you to say, “Yes!” to every idea thrown at you. Instead, say “I’ll get back to you.” This will give you time to look over your obligations to see if you really do have the time.

15. Trying to be perfect.

Ah, the dreaded unicorn: perfection. We know it doesn’t exist, yet we still agonize over every little detail, wasting time that should be spent on more important tasks. We should really just stop it.

16. Avoiding decisions.

Tough decisions are,you know, tough. But if you don’t make them, someone or something will make the decision for you.

17. Consuming unnecessary information.

I find mental clutter to be more overwhelming than physical clutter. Learn the power of one: one email address, one checking account, one savings account. Cut back on the mailing lists you subscribe to so you can focus on what’s really important.

18. Neglecting your health.

Your ambition’s useless when you’re exhausted. Eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, and most importantly, do everything you can to create a consistent sleep pattern.

19. Starting something and not finishing it.

Break every project you’re working on into such small pieces you’re not intimidated by the process of finishing the task. The last 10 percent of the task will always take 90 percent of your energy, so make it count!

20. Failing to admit your mistakes.

Denying your mistakes or blaming others for your problems will do nothing to improve your life or help you reach your goals. Acknowledge your mistakes so that you can learn from them and move on.
Source: www.lifehack.org

Quote for the day

"Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you're praying." - Mason Cooley

Saturday, 14 January 2017

My Advice for New Traders

By Steve Burns

If someone was ready to start trading and had a basic understanding of the markets and asked me for some of my best advice on how they could make money as a trader, this is what I would tell them.

01. Understand that trading is like any other professional endeavour, you will be monetarily rewarded based on the effort and work you put into it to learn how to trade. Trading is one of the few fields where amateurs can go compete with professionals with a very low price of entry. Your trading tuition will have to be paid through the experience of losses and time doing your homework. You will get out of trading the effort you put into it.

02. If you have to get others opinions about your trade, asking others advice on entries and exits, then you really need to stop trading and work on a detailed trading plan that gives you a road map of how manage a trade. If you don’t have a trading plan every thing you do is random. There is no edge in randomness.

03. Do not waste your time on searching for the Holy Grail of trading, an easy money, can’t lose, trading method does not exist because markets change in cycles. Trading is always a competitive event between traders and market conditions are always changing from volatile to stable and from trending to choppy, so nothing works in all market environments.

04. Successful trading is based on your winning trades collectively being bigger than your losing trades are collectively. So your goal is to either trade a system with a few huge wins and a lot of very small losses or a high winning percentage system that keeps the losing trades controlled.

05. Do not look for a good trade, instead look for a great winning methodology to trade with. Have the right trading process and the money will follow eventually. Looking for easy money in the markets is the process for losing money. 

06. Your risk management while trading will determine your trading success more than your method. You have to make it safe to be wrong a few times in a row and not lose all your trading capital.

07. If you want to be a successful trader then focus on what is actually happening with price action and stay away from your own opinions and biases of what should happen. Wanting to be right for the sake of your ego is another expensive game. You can’t predict a nonexistent future.

08. You can’t use anyone else’s system, you have to trade a system that fits you. One that you understand and can trade with discipline because of your confidence in it and yourself.

09. Look for and find your own edge. What are you the best at doing in the markets? Some are masters of shorting, others trend following, some are great at selling options that expire worthless. Usually the type of trading you are the most passionate about gives you the drive to research it until you find that edge.

10. Master some aspect of trading, find something to be an expert on. A market, a stock, IPOs, options, futures, day trading, trend following, etc. Don’t be a jack of all trades, be a master of one type of trading.
Source: www.newtraderu.com

Quote for the day

"We live in the kind of society where, in almost all cases, hard work is rewarded." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Friday, 13 January 2017

Colombo Stock Exchange Trade Summary 13-Jan-2017

Quote for the day

“A good anticipator foresees all pertinent paths without attaching to any of them.” - Tommy Angelo

Thursday, 12 January 2017

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A select few are completely unstoppable.

By Benjamin P. Hardy

Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don't compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do -- only that you will be forced to respond. Even though they don't compete with you, they make you compete with them.

Are you unstoppable? By the end of this blog you will be.

Let's get started:

1. Don't think -- know and act.

"Don't think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What's stopping you?"  -- Tim Grover

Rather than analyzing and thinking, act. Attuned to your senses, and with complete trust in yourself, do what you instinctively feel you should. As Oprah Winfrey has said, "Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut. Every wrong decision I've made was the result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself."

The moment you start thinking, you've already lost. Thinking swiftly pulls you out of the zone.

2. Always be prepared so you have the freedom to act on instinct.

"Just as the yin-yang symbol possesses a kernel of light in the dark, and of dark in the light, creative leaps are grounded in a technical foundation."
  -- Josh Waitzkin

Become a master of your craft. While everyone else is relaxing, you're practicing and perfecting. Learn the left-brained rules in and out so your right brain can have limitless freedom to break the rules and create.

With enhanced consciousness, time will slow down for you. You'll see things in several more frames than others. While they're trying to react to the situation, you'll be able to manipulate and tweak the situation to your liking.

3. Don't be motivated by money or anything external.

Having nice things is, well, nice. But for you, it's never been about the money, prestige, or anything else outside of you. Take these things away and nothing changes for you. You're still going to be pushing your personal limits and giving it your all. Give these things to you and they won't destroy you as they do most people.

4. Never be satisfied.

"The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable."  -- Tim Grover

Even after you achieve a goal, you're not content. For you, it's not even about the goal. It's about the climb to see how far you can push yourself.

Does this make you ungrateful? Absolutely not. You're entirely humbled and grateful for everything in your life. Which is why you will never get complacent or lazy.

To quote Jim Rohn: "The way to enjoy life best is to wrap up one goal and start right on the next one. Don't linger too long at the table of success; the only way to enjoy another meal is to get hungry."

5. Always be in control.

Unlike most people, who are dependent on substances or other external factors, you are in control of what you put in your body, how you spend your time, and how long you stay in the zone.

Act on the basis of instinct, not impulse. Just because you could doesn't mean you do. And when you do, it's because you want to, not because you have to.

6. Be true to yourself.

Although 70 percent of U.S. employees hate their jobs and only one in three Americans report being happy, relentless and unstoppable people purge everything from their life they hate.

Have the self-respect and confidence to live life on your terms. When something isn't right in your life, change it. Immediately.

7. Never let off the pressure.

"Pressure can bust pipes, but it also can make diamonds."  -- Robert Horry

Most people can handle pressure in small doses. But when left to their own devices, they let off the pressure and relax.

Not you. You never take the pressure off yourself. Instead, you continuously turn up the pressure. It's what keeps you alert and active.

8. Don't be afraid of the consequences of failure.

Most people stay close to the ground, where it's safe. If they fall, it won't hurt that much. But when you choose to fly high, the fall may kill you. And you're OK with that. To you, there is no ceiling and there is no floor. It's all in your head. If something goes wrong -- if you "fail" -- you adjust and keep going.

9. Don't compete with others. Make them compete with you.

Most people are competing with other people. They continuously check in to see what others in their space (their "competition") are doing. As a result, they mimic and copy what's "working."

Conversely, you've left all competition behind. Competing with others makes absolutely zero sense to you. It pulls you from your authentic zone. So you zone out all the external noise and instead zone in to your internal pressure to produce.

10. Never stop learning.

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. When you want to become the best at what you do, you never stop learning. You never stop improving and honing your skills and knowledge.

Your unparalleled preparation is what gives you power. No one else is willing to pay the price you've paid.

11. Success isn't enough -- it only increases the pressure.

For most people, becoming "successful" is enough. However, when you're relentless, success only increases the pressure to do more. Immediately following the achievement of a goal, you're focused on your next challenge.

12. Don't get crushed by success.

"Success can become a catalyst for failure."
  -- Greg McKeown

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy. When they get what they want, they stop doing the very things that got them there. The external noise becomes too intense.

But for you, no external noise can push harder than your own internal pressure. It's not about this achievement, but the one after, and the one after that. There is no destination. Only when you're finished.

13. Completely own it when you screw up.

"Implementing extreme ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team."
--Jocko Willink

No blame. No deception or illusion. Just the cold, hard truth. When you mess up, you own it. And as the leader, you own it when your team fails. Only with extreme ownership can you have complete freedom and control.

14. Let your work speak for itself.

"Well done is well said." 
-- Anthony Liccione

Cal Newport's recent book Deep Work distinguishes "deep" work from "shallow" work. Here's the difference:

Deep work is:

  • Rare
  • High value
  • Nonreplicable (i.e., not easy to copy or outsource)
Shallow work is:
  • Common
  • Low value
  • Replicable (i.e., anyone can do it)
Talking is shallow. Anyone can do it. It's easily replicated. It's low value. Conversely, deep work is rare. It's done by people who are focused and working while everyone else is talking. Deep work is so good it can't be ignored.

15. Always work on your mental strength.

"Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously. Left to my own devices, I am always looking for ways to become more and more psychologically impregnable. When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it. My instinct is always to seek out challenges as opposed to avoiding them."
  -- Josh Waitzkin

The better you operate under pressure, the further than anyone else you will go. Because other people crumble under pressure.

The best training you will ever do is mental training. Wherever your mind goes, your body follows. Wherever your thoughts go, your life follows.

16. Confidence is your greatest asset.

You've heard it before: Running a marathon is far more mental than physical. A person's ability to run a marathon -- or do anything hard -- is more a reflection of his or her level of confidence than actual ability.

Your confidence determines:

  • The size of challenges or goals you undertake
  • Your likelihood of achieving those goals
  • How well you bounce back from failures
If you're not confident, you will never put yourself out there in the first place. When you're confident, you don't care how many times you fail, you're going to succeed. And it doesn't matter how stacked against you the odds seem.

17. Surround yourself with people who remind you of the future, not the past.

If you surround yourself with people who remind you of your past, you'll have a hard time progressing. This is why we get stuck in certain roles (e.g., the fat kid or shy girl).

Surrounding yourself with people whom you want to be like allows you a fresh slate. You're no longer defined by your past, only the future you are creating.

According to "the Pygmalion effect," the expectations of those around you in large measure determine how well you perform.

18. Let things go, but never forget.

The science is clear: Forgiveness improves not only your emotional health but also your physical health.

Being unstoppable requires carrying no unnecessary mental or emotional baggage. Consequently, you'll need to immediately and completely forgive anyone who has wronged you. However, forgiveness doesn't mean you forget. And it doesn't mean you have to do further business with those who have wronged you.

19. Have clear goals.

"While a fixation on results is certainly unhealthy, short-term goals can be useful developmental tools if they are balanced within a nurturing long-term philosophy.
"  -- Josh Waitzkin

According to loads of psychology research, the most motivating goals are clearly defined and time-bound.

Your goals can either be focused on your behaviours (e.g., I'm going to write 500 words per day) or on the outcomes you're seeking (e.g., I'm going to get published in The New York Times by June 1, 2016).

For most people, behaviourally focused goals are the better and more motivating option. But when you crave the results so much that the work is irrelevant, your aim should be directed straight at the outcomes you want. However, results-focused goals are better when short term and grounded in your long-term vision and philosophy. When your why is strong enough, the how will take care of itself.

20. Respond immediately, rather than analyzing or stalling.

"He who hesitates is lost."
  -- Cato

Anticipation of an event is always more extreme than the event itself -- for both positive and negative events.

Just do it. Train yourself to respond immediately when you feel you should do something. Stop questioning yourself. Don't analyse it. Don't question if it came from God or from yourself. Just act.

You'll figure out what to do after you've taken action. Until you take action, it will all be hypothetical. But once you act, it becomes practical.

21. Choose simplicity over complication.

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
  -- Albert Einstein

It's easy to be complicated. Most of the research and jargon in academia and business is over-complicated.

Cutting to the core and hitting the truth is hard, because it's simple. As Leonardo da Vinci has said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Very few people will give you the truth. When you ask them a question, it gets mighty complicated. "There are so many variables" or "It depends" they say.

T. S. Eliot said it best, "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?"

Wisdom is timeless and simple. Learn wisdom and choose it.

22. Never be jealous or envious of someone else's accomplishments.

Being unstoppable means you genuinely want what's best for everyone -- even those you would consider your competitors. Jealousy and envy are from the ego -- which operates out of fear.

The reason you are happy for other people's success is because their success has nothing to do with you.

You are in control of you. And you are different from every other person.There is no one who can do exactly what you can do. You have your own superpower with your own unique ability to contribute. And that's what you're going to do.

23. Take the shot every time.

"If I fail more than you, I win."  -- Seth Godin

You miss every shot you don't take. And most people don't want to take the shot. Fear of failure paralyzes them.

The only way you can become unstoppable is if you stop thinking about it. Just take the shot. Don't do it only when it's convenient or when you feel ready. Just go and make whatever adjustments you need after the fact.

24. Don't get caught up in the results of your success. Always remain focused on what got you those results: the work.

When you start doing noteworthy stuff, there are benefits that can become distractions. It can get easy to "ride the wave" of your previous work. Keep practicing. Perfect your craft. Never forget what got you here.

25. Think and act 10X.

"When 10X is your measuring stick, you immediately see how you can bypass what everyone else is doing." 
-- Dan Sullivan

Most people -- even those you deem to be "world class" -- are not operating at 10X. In truth, you could surpass anyone if you radically stretch your thinking and belief system.

Going 10X changes everything. As Dan Sullivan has said, "10X thinking automatically takes you outside the box of your present obstacles and limitations." It pulls you out of the problems most people are dealing with and opens you to an entirely new field of possibilities.

When you take your goal of earning $100,000 this year and change it to $1 million, you're forced to operate at a different level. The logical and traditional approach doesn't work with 10X. As Shane Snow, author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success, has said, "10X progress is built on bravery and creativity instead. Working smarter."

The question is: Are you willing to go there? Not just entertain the thought for a second or two and then revert back to common thinking. No. Are you willing to sit with 10X thinking? Are you willing to question your own thought processes and open yourself to believing an entirely different set of possibilities?

Could you convince yourself to believe in your 10X potential? Are you willing to undertake goals that seem lunatic, to you and everyone else? Are you willing to take the mental leap, trusting "the universe will conspire to make it happen"?

26. Set goals that far exceed your current capabilities.

"You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You need to develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. If you think you're unable to work for the best company in its sphere, make that your aim. If you think you're unable to be on the cover of Time magazine, make it your business to be there. Make your vision of where you want to be a reality. Nothing is impossible."
  -- Paul Arden

If your goals are logical, they won't force you to create luck. Being unstoppable means your goals challenge you to be someone more than you currently are. As Jim Rohn has said, "Don't wish it was easier. Wish you were better."

27. Make time for recovery and rejuvenation.

"Wherever you are, make sure you're there." 
-- Dan Sullivan

When you focus on results, rather than being busy, you're 100 percent on when you're working and 100 percent off when you're not. This not only allows you to be present in the moment, but it allows you the needed time to rest and recover.

Your ability to work at a high level is like fitness. If you never take a break between sets, you won't be able to build strength, stamina, and endurance. However, not all rest produces recovery. Certain things are more soothing than others.

Recovering from my work generally consists of writing in my journal, listening to music, spending time with my wife and kids, preparing and eating delicious food, or serving other people. These things rejuvenate me. They make my work possible, but also meaningful.

28. Start before you're ready.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
  -- Chinese proverb

Most people wait. They believe they can start after they have enough time, money, connections, and credentials. They wait until they feel "secure." Not people who are unstoppable.

Unstoppable people started last year. They started five years ago before they even knew what they were doing. They started before they had any money. They started before they had all the answers. They started when no one else believed in them. The only permission they needed was the voice inside them prompting them to move forward. And they moved.

29. If you need permission, you probably shouldn't do it.

A mentor of mine is a highly successful real estate investor. Throughout his career, he's had hundreds of people ask him if they should "go into real estate."

He tells every one of them the same thing: that they shouldn't do it. In fact, he actually tries talking most of them out of it. And in most cases, he succeeds.

Why would he do that? "Those who are going to succeed will do so regardless of what I say," he told me.

I know so many people who chase whatever worked for other people. They never truly determine what they want to do, and end up jumping from one thing to the next -- trying to strike quick gold. And again and again, they stop digging just a few feet from the gold after deciding the spot is barren.

No one will ever give you permission to live your dreams.

30. Don't make exceptions.

Zig Ziglar used to tell a story about traveling one day and not getting to bed until 4 a.m. An hour and a half later (5:30), his alarm went off. He said, "Every fiber of my being was telling me to stay in bed." But he had made a commitment, so he got up anyway. Admittedly, he had a horrible day and wasn't productive at all.

Yet, he says, that decision changed his life. As he explains:

"Had I bowed to my human, physical, emotional, and mental desire to sleep in, I would have made that exception. A week later, I might have made an exception if I only got four hours of sleep. A week later, maybe I only got seven hours of sleep.The exception so many times becomes the rule. Had I slept in, I would've faced that danger. Watch those exceptions!"

Hence, Zig was unstoppable.


"From this point, your strategy is to make everyone else get on your level; you're not going down to theirs. You're not competing with anyone else, ever again.They're going to have to compete with you. From now on, the end result is all that matters."
  -- Tim Grover

When you're unstoppable, you will make sure to get what you want. Everything you need to know is already within you. All you need to do is trust yourself and act.

Will you be unstoppable in 2017? If so, please respond to this post and share how 2017 will be different for you.

Source: www.inc.com

Quote for the day

"In order to succeed you must fail so that you know what not to do the next time." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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Quote for the day

"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." -  Washington Irving

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

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Quote for the day

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." - Newt Gingrich

Monday, 9 January 2017

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Quote for the day

"The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world." - Roger Williams

Sunday, 8 January 2017

10 Famous Failures That Will Inspire You to Be a Success

By Elizabeth Andal

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism. While the thought of flinging your hands in the air and walking away is all too appealing, take a second to connect with the people who have been there and survived.

Here are a few successful failures who all failures around the world should consider.

1. J.K. Rowling
During a Harvard commencement speech, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outlined the importance and value of failure. Why? Simply because she was once a failure too. A few short years after her graduation from college, her worst nightmares were realized. In her words, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.” Coming out of this failure stronger and more determined was the key to her success.

2. Steve Jobs

The now revolutionary Apple started off with two men in a garage. Years later we all know it as a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. Yet, almost unbelievably, Steve Jobs was fired from the very company he began. The dismissal made him realise that his passion for his work exceeded the disappointment of failure. Further ventures such as NeXT and Pixar eventually led Jobs back to the CEO position at Apple.

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me,” Jobs said in 2005.

Lost your job today? Keep kicking and you could be just like this guy!

3. Bill Gates

Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout. He co-owned a business called Traf-O-Data, which was a true failure.

However, skill and a passion for computer programming turned this failure into the pioneer of famous software company Microsoft ,and the then 31-year-old into the world’s youngest self-made billionaire.

In his own words: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

This isn’t to say that dropping out of Harvard will make you into a billionaire, but maybe that shiny degree isn’t worth as much as the drive and passion to succeed.

4. Albert Einstein

The word ‘Einstein’ is associated with intelligence and synonymous with genius. Yet it is a famous fact that the pioneer of the theory of general relativity, Albert Einstein himself, could not speak fluently until the age of nine. His rebellious nature led to expulsion from school, and he was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.

His earlier setbacks did not stop him from winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. After all, he believed that “success is failure in progress.” To this day, his research has influenced various aspects of life including culture, religion, art, and even late night TV.

Just because you haven’t achieved anything great yet, doesn’t mean you can’t be an Einstein yourself.

5. Abraham Lincoln

Failing in business in 1831, suffering a nervous breakdown in 1836, defeated in his run for president in 1856, Abraham Lincoln was no stranger to rejection and failure. Rather than taking these signs as a motivation for surrender, he refused to stop trying his best.

In this great man’s words: “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”

Lincoln was elected in 1861 as the 16th President of the United States of America.

The amount of rejection you receive is not a defining factor. Success is still within your reach.

6. Michael Jordan
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” This quote by retired basketball legend Michael Jordan in a Nike advertisement speaks for itself.

It would be an easy misconception that Jordan’s basketball skills revolve around natural talent. In fact, in his earlier years, basketball coaches had trouble looking past the fact that Jordan didn’t reach the minimum height. It was years of effort, practice, and failure that made the star we know today.

7. Steven Spielberg

Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, Steven Spielberg is a familiar household name. It is surprising to realise therefore that the genius behind Jaws and E.T. had poor grades in high school, getting him rejected from the University of Southern California three times.

While he was in college, he caught the eye of executives at Universal, who signed him as a television director in 1969. This meant that he would not finish his college degree for another 33 years.

Perseverance and acceptance of failure is the key to success, after all. “Even though I get older, what I do never gets old, and that’s what I think keeps me hungry.” Bad grades in high school aside, there is no questioning the genius involved.

To date, Spielberg has directed 51 films and has been awarded three Oscars.

8. Walt Disney

Mickey Mouse creator Walt Disney dropped out of school at a young age in a failed attempt at joining the army. One of his earlier ventures, Laugh-o-Gram Studios, went bankrupt due to his lack of ability to run a successful business. He was once fired from a Missouri newspaper for “not being creative enough.”

Yet today, The genius behind Disney studios is responsible for generations of childhood memories and dreams. From Snow White to Frozen, Disney will continue to entertain the world for generations to come.

The logic behind this is simple: “… we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

9. Vincent Van Gogh

During his lifetime Vincent Van Gogh suffered mental illness, failed relationships, and committed suicide at the age of 37.

He only ever sold one painting in his life, pinning him a failure as an artist. However that did not put a damper on his enthusiasm and passion for art.

He would never know that years and years after his death he would become known as a key figure in the world of post-impressionism, and ultimately, one of the greatest artist that ever lived. He would never know that he became a hot topic in art classes and his image was going to be used in TV, books and other forms of popular culture.

In the words of this great, but tragic man, “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

10. Stephen King

As a paranoid, troubled child, tormented by nightmares and raised in poverty, it is no surprise that Stephen King grew up to the title: “Master of Horror”.

An addiction to drugs and alcohol were his mechanisms to cope with the unhappiness he felt with his life. The frustration he felt towards multiple rejections by publishers in combination with illicit substances caused him to mentally contemplate violence towards his own children.

These intense emotions were those that he focused onto his writing. This became his new coping mechanism, and this is how the master author we know today grew to success.
Source: www.lifehack.org

Quote for the day

"We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." - Marie Curie

Saturday, 7 January 2017

12 Bad Money Habits And How To Stop Them

When it comes to personal finance, it's easy to let bad habits creep up. But we're here to help you master your money. Discover 12 common money mistakes you could be making - and how you can completely cut them out.


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"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity." - H. Jackson Brown Jr."

Friday, 6 January 2017

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"People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them." - Eric Hoffer

Thursday, 5 January 2017

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"To know is not to be wise. To know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom." - Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

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Quote for the day

"Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds." - Albert Einstein