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Star Wars Films: May The Power Of Money Be With You

Star Wars Films: May The Power Of Money Be With You

The Halloween costumes made a huge comeback in 2015, the toys are in the stores for Christmas, the anticipation is growing. After a 10-year hiatus, episode VII of Star Wars is about to strike movie theatres worldwide – On December 18. With a combined production and marketing budget of $423 million, Disney is banking on a long run for “The Force Awakens,” and it may not be disappointed. Already, there are predictions that profits may indeed exceed $1 billion and that it will have a longer run than Avatar.

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    The Money

    Of course, every episode of Star Wars films has been incredibly profitable, but it is intriguing to take a look at the comparative profits.  This infographic will do just that. Now, you can see exactly how much money was poured into production, vs. the amount of profit made. These numbers have been gathered by GrabMyEssay and Venngage using the most credible sources, the links to which are provided at the end of the infographic, and more than one source was used for each episode, in order to verify the information.

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    Financial information is provided in two ways. First, the actual figures of budget and profit are listed. It’s pretty amazing that Episode IV, which was actually the first episode produced, had a budget of $11 million, and 30 years later, Episode VII has a projected budget of $200 million.

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    The second way that this infographic demonstrates budget vs. profit is probably far clearer, and you don’t have to do the math at all. The pie graphs represented for each episode show the “piece” spent on production vs. the profit. Again, Episode IV wins. Not only was it the lowest budgeted of all episodes, but its production cost was tiny compared to gross profits. It will certainly be interesting, once the future figures are available for Episode VII, to see how it stacks up in comparison to the others.

    What’s your prediction?

    Featured photo credit: Star Wars Logo via upload.wikimedia.org

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    Last Updated on October 6, 2020

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation Even During the Difficult Times

    Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.

    There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

    How I see this working is while you’re developing these mental steps, and utilizing them regularly, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.

    The key, for me, is hitting the final step to Share With Others. It can be somewhat addictive and self-motivating when you help others who are having trouble.

    A good way to have self motivation continuously is to implement something like these 8 steps from Ian McKenzie.[1] I enjoyed Ian’s article but thought it could use some definition when it comes to trying to build a continuous drive of motivation. Here is a new list on how to self motivate:

    1. Start Simple

    Keep motivators around your work area – things that give you that initial spark to get going.

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    These motivators will be the Triggers that remind you to get going.

    2. Keep Good Company

    Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.

    Positive and motivated people are very different from the negative ones. They will help you grow and see opportunities during tough times.

    Here’re more reasons why you should avoid negative people: 10 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Negative People

    3. Keep Learning

    Read and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting projects.

    You can train yourself to crave lifelong learning with these tips: How to Develop a Lifelong Learning Habit

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    4. See the Good in Bad

    When encountering obstacles or challenging goals, you want to be in the habit of finding what works to get over them.

    Here are 10 tips to make positive thinking easy.

    5. Stop Thinking

    Just do. If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.

    When you’re thinking and worrying about it too much, you’re just wasting time. These tried worry busting techniques can help you.

    6. Know Yourself

    Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.

    Read for yourself how the magic of marking down your mood works.

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    7. Track Your Progress

    Keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. When you see something growing, you will always want to nurture it.

    Take a look at these 4 simple ways to track your progress so you have motivation to achieve your goals.

    8. Help Others

    Share your ideas and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Write about your success and get feedback from readers.

    Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

    What I would hope happens here is you will gradually develop certain skills that become motivational habits.

    Once you get to the stage where you are regularly helping others keep motivated – be it with a blog or talking with peers – you’ll find the cycle continuing where each facet of staying motivated is refined and developed.

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    In this episode of The Lifehack Show, Justin has some great tips as well:

    Too Many Steps?

    If you could only take one step? Just do it!

    Once you get started on something, you’ll almost always just get into it and keep going. There will be times when you have to do things you really don’t want to: that’s where the other steps and tips from other writers come in handy.

    However, the most important thing, that I think is worth repeating, is to just get started.

    Get that momentum going and then when you need to, take Ian’s Step 7 and Take A Break. No one wants to work all the time!

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    Reference

    [1] Ian McKenzie: 8 mental steps to self-motivation

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