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30 Disney Quotes To Inspire Everyone

30 Disney Quotes To Inspire Everyone

Disney quotes that foster healthy relationships:

“I’d rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.” – John, melting our hearts in Pocahontas.

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    “Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, being adorable and reminding us what’s important in Frozen.

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      “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” – Thumper, keeping us out of arguments in Bambi.

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        “Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” – Stitch is such a sweetheart, teaching us the number one rule in Lilo & Stitch.

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          “Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours.” – Olaf, dishing out the romance again (this guy is definitely boyfriend material) in Frozen.

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            “You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” – John laps up a few life lessons about how to treat people right, with words of advice from the darling Pocahontas.

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              Disney quotes that will keep your chin up.

              “It means no worries, for the rest of your days.” – Timone and Pumba, keeping us all super chill in The Lion King,

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                “You’re never too old to be young.” – She’s got that right, you’re as young as you feel. Thanks for reminding us, Snow White.

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                  “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all.” – You said it, Elsa. We just need a little holiday and everything will be fine. I mean, it all worked out in Frozen, right?

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                    “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” – This chubby little captain found the secret of happiness so that you didn’t have to, in Wall-e.

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                      “Cheer up, child. It will turn out all right in the end.” – Mrs Potts, thanks for comforting us, you dear old thing. Beauty and the Beast keeps us calm and upbeat

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                        “Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife.” – Thanks, Baloo. You big lovable bear. You wrote this wise old Jungle Book.

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                          Disney quotes that motivate ambition:

                          “Don’t just fly, soar.” – Because that lovable little elephant can do anything. Thanks, Dumbo.

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                            “Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become.” – Mufasa, telling it like it is, and dolling out the tough love in The Lion King.

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                              “Anything can happen, if you let it.” – Mary Poppins, that teacher who never gave up on you and made you feel you could rule the world.

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                                “Remember, you’re the one that can fill the world with sunshine.” – Thanks, Snow White. We CAN make the world a better place!

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                                  “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney (on the left) was a funny old fella, but this quote from the man himself is enough to set anyone’s feet on fire.

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                                    “You don’t lose hope, love. If you lose hope, you lose everything.” – Mrs Potts, keeping us going, no matter what happens in Beauty and the Beast.

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                                      Disney quotes full of wisdom that you’ll pass onto your kids:

                                      “Sometimes, the right path is not the easiest one.” – Grandmother Willow, being all wise because, well, she’s a tree… in Pocahontas.

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                                        “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all.” – You said it, Mr Emperor of China, in Mulan.

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                                          “Always let your conscience be your guide.” – The Blue Fairy, keeping us moral in Pinnochio.

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                                            “Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.” – He may be made of stone, but at least Laverne ain’t no hollow-head. He’s a wise old bean in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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                                              “Things will look better in the morning.” – Baloo, you know your stuff. Teaching us that a bit of sleep is always a good option in The Jungle Book.

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                                                “Remember who you are.” – Mufasa’s ghost says all the right things. We’d do well to listen to these words of advice from The Lion King.

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                                                  Disney quotes that gave you girl power:

                                                  “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.” – That feisty Meg brought out your inner feminist from an early age in Hercules.

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                                                    “Ladies do not start fights, but they can finish them.” –  Marie, showing us how we can be powerful and feminine, in The AristoCats.

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                                                      “There must be more than this provincial life!” – Belle, breaking free of those patriarchal restrictions, in Beauty and the Beast. You read those books, girl!

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                                                        “How about a girl who’s got a brain. Who always speaks her mind?” – Oh love, Disney had been waiting for you to come along and march the girl-power brigade. So, thanks, Mulan.

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                                                          “I am Merida, first born of Clan DunBroch, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand!” – Anyone want to fight this girl on this one? Of course not, because she’s got a bow and arrow in her hand and she knows how to use it. You go, Merida, ball-busting all the way through Brave.

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                                                            “I ask for nothing. I can get by. But I know so many less lucky than I. Please help my people, the poor and downtrodden.” – Esmerelda shows us how to be strong and kind in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. What a doll.

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                                                              Published on September 23, 2020

                                                              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

                                                              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

                                                              I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

                                                              If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

                                                              What is Negotiation?

                                                              First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

                                                              Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

                                                              In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

                                                              Places We Negotiate

                                                              I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

                                                              1. Work/Business

                                                              This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

                                                              When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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                                                              In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

                                                              Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

                                                              2. Personal

                                                              I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

                                                              I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

                                                              Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

                                                              3. Ourselves

                                                              You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

                                                              I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

                                                              Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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                                                              Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

                                                              Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

                                                              We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

                                                              My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

                                                              If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

                                                              As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

                                                              6 Negotiation Skills to Master

                                                              Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

                                                              Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

                                                              1. Preparation

                                                              Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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                                                              It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

                                                              For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

                                                              After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

                                                              2. Clear Communication

                                                              The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

                                                              If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

                                                              3. Active Listening

                                                              Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

                                                              If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

                                                              4. Teamwork and Collaboration

                                                              To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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                                                              If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

                                                              When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

                                                              5. Problem Solving

                                                              Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

                                                              Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

                                                              From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

                                                              There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

                                                              6. Decision-Making Ability

                                                              Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

                                                              Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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