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16 Quotes From Disney Heroes That Prove They Had It All Figured Out

16 Quotes From Disney Heroes That Prove They Had It All Figured Out

They were our very first companions. We grew up in front of them, watching them, and soaking in their misadventures while they taught us lessons we didn’t even know we were learning.

Whether they were heroes or villains, our favorite Disney characters opened up a window to a world we could only dream of being a part of. Yet, they never really left us. Our hearts still melt when we remember Mufasa, and somehow we’ll always keep the lyrics to “A Whole New World” somewhere in the backs of our minds.

They became a part of our childhood, just like old friends that one day we’ll tell our children about.

But until we do, here are a few quotes to remember when life gets hard.

1. It’s OK to be a little loopy.

“You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” — Alice, Alice in Wonder Land

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    2. Freedom is the best gift.

    “But oh, to be free. Not to have to go ‘Poof! What do you need, Poof! What do you need, Poof! What do you need?’ To be my own master. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.” — Genie, Aladdin

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      3. Don’t just watch life pass you by.

      “Take it from an old spectator. 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.” — Laverne, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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        4. Get out of your comfort zone.

        “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.” — Pocahontas, Pocahontas

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          5. You get what you give. Give love. Loads of it.

          “Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.” — Winnie, Winnie The Pooh

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            6. Some people are worth figuring out.

            “Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what outside, but what is inside that counts.” — Aladdin, Aladdin

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              7. You will never know how great you can be unless you try.

              “You must be imaginative, strong-hearted. You must try things that may not work, and you must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul. What I say is true – anyone can cook… but only the fearless can be great.” — Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                8. So, try. If it doesn’t work, then try harder.

                “I am on my way, I can go the distance. I dont care how far, somehow I’ll be strong. I know every mile, will be worth my while. I will go most anywhere to find where I belong.” — Hercules, Hercules

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                  9. Surround yourself with people that care.

                  “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” — Winnie, Winnie The Pooh

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                    10. Take the blame and learn to make better choices.

                    “Look, I’m sorry your life turned out so bad. But don’t blame me you messed it up yourself. You just focused on the bad stuff when all you had to do was… let go of the past and keep moving forward…” — Lewis, Meet The Robinsons

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                      11. Keep your eyes open.

                      “If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead. Now go up and look around.” — Gusteau, Ratatouille

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                        12. Failing is everyone’s story.

                        “From failure we learn, from success not so much.” — Lewis, Meet The Robinsons

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                          13. Leave the past where it belongs.

                          “Ah, yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it…or learn from it.” — Rafiki, The Lion King

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                            14. Challenges and heartaches will make you grow.

                            “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” — The Emperor of China, Mulan

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                              15. Know right from wrong.

                              “Always let your conscience be your guide.” — Pinocchio, Pinocchio

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                                16. Life’s hard. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself.

                                “Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become.” — Mufasa, The Lion King

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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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