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6 Great Life Lessons From Cara Delevingne

6 Great Life Lessons From Cara Delevingne

The one thing you notice about Cara Delevingne is that she is not afraid to be herself and that is a lesson for all of us. She is beautiful, intelligent, talented, and some people have joked on Facebook that maybe she is not human after all: she is an angel on earth! Well, if she is, I wish there were a few more around who could inspire us. Here are 6 things that Cara Delevingne does and believes that can teach us to be our true selves.

1. She wants to wear comfortable clothes

How often do we become fashion victims? We are obsessed with how we look and what we must wear. Not Cara D. She may be a model, actress and have to be beautifully dressed for certain roles but when she relaxes, she loves to go around in trainers and comfortable shoes. That is most of the time so maybe we should lighten up a bit on the fashion front.

“I love comfort. Comfort is very key to me because I spend most of my time in very uncomfortable things, so it’s all about trainers and flats.”- Cara Delevingne

2. She wants to develop her talents

Cara has it made. She could just sit back and rest on her laurels. But no, she wants to become a famous actress as well. That is an inspiration for us all to explore our hidden talents.

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She has recently starred in Paper Towns. It is a teen romance but it is fascinating how the characters in the film change from the beginning to the end. Cara plays Margo, who is rather a mysterious character.

“But the real find here is Delevingne, an English actress who, with her subtly smoky voice and piercing gaze, makes the girl of Quentin’s fantasies a singularly charismatic presence, all the more so due to her limited screen time. What ultimately happens to Margo may seem somewhat ambiguous by film’s end, but on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay.”- Variety

Watch the trailer to get a glimpse of Cara’s talents as an actress.

3. She is always grateful

When Cara was criticized for a recent awkward interview, the author of Paper Towns, John Green came to her defense. He said that she was neither haughty nor entitled and she has no time for stupid questions, such as whether she had actually read his novel, on which the film is based.

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Cara tweeted afterwards:-

“thank you so much john!! I just read the article and it made me want to cry! You are so special!! I am so happy I know you x.”

She later added:

“I am soooooo lucky and anyone who thinks I am unappreciative or ungrateful clearly doesn’t know me.”

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We tend to focus too much on the negative aspects of our existence and Cara teaches us to be grateful.

4. She is not afraid to come out about her sexuality

‘It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognised that I had to accept it.” – Cara Delevingne

When news broke that Cara is dating St. Vincent (Annie Clarke), this caused a stir. Vogue claimed that it was merely a phase and might have been a result of some childhood trauma. People reacted and a petition was signed in which they objected to this false stereotype about gay people.

“I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I’m feeling so happy with who I am these days. And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle.” – Cara Delevingne

5. She objects to bullying

Cara thinks that kids nowadays have lots of problems. She is particularly concerned about online bullying. She has always made a strong case for kids to connect and really talk to each other instead of relying on messages and tweets. There is a lesson there for all of us as we lose the true value of true communication when we rely too much on our devices.

“Kids should speak to each other. They’re horrid to each other online, they bully each other- they should shut up and stop it. The problem with social media is there is too much freedom. It’s too much, too young.” – Cara Delevingne

6. She wants to cheer us all up

It is no secret that Cara resorted to self-harm when she was a teenager as a reaction to her very troubled adolescence. She has even described how she used to bang her head against a tree in the hope that she would be unconscious and not have to bear the pain and suffering, at least temporarily. She also thought about committing suicide.

Now that is all behind her and Cara is dedicated to getting the best out of life, entertaining her fans with funny photos on Instagram and goofing around generally.

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“The energy you give off is the energy you receive. I really think that, so I’m always myself–jumping, dancing, singing around, trying to cheer everybody up.” – Cara Delevingne

Featured photo credit: Face of an angel 02/ GabboT via flickr.com

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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!

Featured photo credit: Estée Janssens via unsplash.com

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