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5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

5 Amazing Things About Life We Learn From Toy Story

Toy Story is one of the most iconic Disney movie series ever created. It explores imagination, takes adults back to their childhood while helping children explore their own childhood, and it brings up just about every emotion you can think of. We’ve laughed with the toys, cried, been nervous for them, and smiled at happy endings. Toy Story has become such a way of life that we can even check our signs to see if we’re a Toy Story kid.

With all of this Toy Story lovin’, here are 10 things that only people who love Toy Story understand.

1. There’s flying–and then there’s falling with style

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Buzz and Woody Flying

    Everybody wants to fly in life, to soar to the greatest heights and have complete control over life. But Buzz Lightyear shows us very fantastically that flying isn’t always a possibility, but no matter what obstacles you encounter (such as a ball right in the middle of your landing path) you can always fall with style.

    2. A true friend will always stand by your side

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      There’s really no movie that displays this better than the Toy Story series. These friends go on adventures that involve the greatest dangers any toy can encounter. I mean think about how scary it was for the toys to get to Al’s Toy Barn in hopes of rescuing one of their own! In every movie they stick their parts on the line to make sure they can always save their friends.

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       3. Everybody has a heart

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        If you’re a lover of Toy Story, then you know that no matter how tiny the toy, each one has their very own heart. Even the ones that were left behind to collect dust on the shelf, like poor Wheezy. Everyone has feelings and a heart, and we should all remember that about every person, animal, and toy that we meet.

        4. Remember to always be a kid

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        Andy playing

          As we watch Andy grow from the second to the third movie, it almost hurts our hearts when he no longer imagines the toys and their adventures. Until we get to the end of the third, when he is handing off his toys and his memories. Then suddenly he is reminded, as are we, that no matter how old you are, you’re always a kid at heart.

          5. Live life to infinity and beyond

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            You don’t have to be a Toy Story lover to know the phrase, “To infinity and beyond!” but it’s the lovers of these movies who truly get it. Anyone who loves these movies knows to keep this saying in mind when living life, that you need to live life to the farthest reaches of the galaxy–and then go beyond!

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            Last thing only great fans would understand: You haven’t cried harder tears than those of the third movie

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              If you’ve been a lover of Toy Story, especially since the beginning, then when the ending of Toy Story 3 beings, the tears start falling hard. Ugly crying begins as soon as we think the lives of the toys are in peril in the garbage and continue as Andy hands his toys off to the next generation. The tears don’t really stop until the credits are rolling, and we realize that these toys aren’t just toys from a movie. They’re a part of our lives and a part of our growing up, and we have a hard time saying goodbye.

              Luckily for us, Toy Story lovers don’t have to say goodbye much longer! Toy Story 4 is in production and is slated to be hitting theaters in 2018, giving us a whole new adventure with our favorite friends.

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              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

              Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

              You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

              Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

              1. Work on the small tasks.

              When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

              Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

              2. Take a break from your work desk.

              Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

              Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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              3. Upgrade yourself

              Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

              The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

              4. Talk to a friend.

              Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

              Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

              5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

              If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

              Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

              Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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              6. Paint a vision to work towards.

              If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

              Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

              Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

              7. Read a book (or blog).

              The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

              Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

              Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

              8. Have a quick nap.

              If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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              9. Remember why you are doing this.

              Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

              What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

              10. Find some competition.

              Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

              Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

              11. Go exercise.

              Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

              Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

              As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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              Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

              12. Take a good break.

              Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

              Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

              Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

              Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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