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35 Memorable Quotes From John Lennon That Show He Was More Than Just A Musician

35 Memorable Quotes From John Lennon That Show He Was More Than Just A Musician

John Lennon was a rare and special man.

Apart from composing some of the world’s most iconic songs as a solo artist, such as “Give Peace a Chance,” “Working Class Hero” and “Imagine,” he was also the co-founder of the legendary pop band The Beatles. The Beatles remains the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music to date.

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But, what was most striking about John was that he was more influenced by peace and harmony than by living an affluent life. That is not something you can easily attribute to many contemporary musicians. John’s words in his music, writings, interviews and on films were delivered with a marked acerbic wit that stirred emotions and inspired millions around the world.

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Although John’s life was short (he was assassinated in New York by a crazed fan at age 40), his words remain immortal – a testament that he was more than just a musician. If you don’t quite believe us, here are 35 of his most memorable quotes to inspire you and celebrate this great man’s life. Enjoy.

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1. “When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind.”

2. “Everybody loves you when you’re six foot in the ground.”

3. “If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.”

4. “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.”

5. “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

6. “Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”

7. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

8. “Everything is as important as everything else.”

9. “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

10. “I don’t believe in killing whatever the reason!”

11. “We all have Hitler in us, but we also have love and peace. So why not give peace a chance for once?”

12. “There is an alternative to war. It’s staying in bed and growing your hair.”

13. “War is over … If you want it.”

14. “Love is like a flower-you’ve got to let it grow.”

15. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”

16. “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.”

17. “Love, Love, Love. All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

18. “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

19. “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends”

20. “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

21. “Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.”

22. “You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.”

23. “When you’re drowning, you don’t say ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.”

24. “If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.”

25. “It’s weird not to be weird.”

26. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

27. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

28. “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

29. “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

30. “For those of you in the cheap seats I’d like ya to clap your hands to this one; the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry!”

31. “The more I see, the less I know for sure.”

32. “I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car, and into another.”

33. “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

34. “What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.”

35. “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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Last Updated on April 8, 2019

22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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  1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
  2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
  3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
  4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
  5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
  6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
  7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
  8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
  9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
  10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
  11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
  12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
  13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
  14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
  15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
  16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
  17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
  18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
  19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
  20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
  21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
  22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

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