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Millennial Mindset: 22 Ways to Embrace Alternative Living

Millennial Mindset: 22 Ways to Embrace Alternative Living

Recent reports have shown that homeownership among Millennials is down, though nobody is certain exactly why this is. Some people are of the opinion that Millennials just aren’t interested in owning a conventional home. Whether that’s due to cost, environmental concerns, or just plain aversion to traditionalism, here are 22 ways that Millennials can embrace alternative living.

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1. Yurts

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      When some people think of yurts, they think of glamping (glamorous camping), but not necessarily of “living,” per say. Nevertheless, yurts are catching on as actual living spaces, though they’re not as “glamorous” as some of the posts you might see on the internet would have you believe. This didn’t stop Grace Brogan and John Kamman from living in one, though! Despite living in one of the coldest places in the U.S. (Minnesota), regularly having to stoke a fire at 3 AM, and dealing with ice on the outhouse toilet seat, this couple bought their used yurt for $5,000 and hadn’t looked back. Yurts, of course, can get pretty expensive–between $22,000 and $28,000 depending on certain features, and it’s better to get an expert to build one for you than to try to DIY.

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        2. Abod Shelters

        Abod shelters are small houses built from corrugated steel and fiberglass and designed to provide a cheap, affordable way to house those who have little. The layouts can be customized, and the units are easily connectable if residents want to form a larger house. From their website, abodshelters.com: “Abod homes are high concept design and often lower cost versus standard construction… An entire single unit structure can be completed in one day by 4 – 5 people… means of preservation are built into the structure, such as being made from non-combustible materials to help prevent fire.” Abod shelters are meant to be affordable, and cost just below $5,000.

        3. Tree House

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          Tree houses have been steadily growing in popularity, so for anybody that has ever wanted to live like an Ewok, there’s never been a better time to make a home in the foliage. Tree houses range in size from large to small and can be as glamorous as you want them to be, ranging from a three-story mansion to a bird’s nest made of sticks. If you consider yourself outdoorsy, you’ll need more than scrap wood and a hammer, but you can absolutely build your dream house in the trees.

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            4. Cob House

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              If you’re looking to build your house out of green material, look no further than cob! Cob house construction is an ancient building technique where lumps of earth are mixed with sand, straw, and water to create a sort of earthen concrete. The construction method is so easy that one farmer hand-built a cob house for a meres $250. While building a home out of wet earthy mixtures might sound unappealing, some of these cob homes are quite beautiful. As with any of the projects on here, make sure you look into what you’ll need before going out to do it yourself.

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              5. Earthbag Building

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                Earthbag buildings use polypropylene rice or feed bags filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like bricks and tamped flat. Barbed wire can also be used to keep bags from slipping and to add tensile strength. Atulya K. Bingham built her earthbag roundhouse for approximately $5,000 over the course of six weeks. She says: “I didn’t even know what a joist was when I started this project, so if I can do it, anyone can. You don’t need prior knowledge. You can learn the skills. But you do need determination, and some decent friends won’t go amiss either.

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                6. Ecocapsule

                Ecocapsule comes from a startup in Bratislava, Slovakia, with four full-time employees, and a product that aims to take owners off the grid in a green, sustainable fashion. The 15’ x 7’ x 8’ insulated steel and aluminum pod is 1.1-tons and is powered by solar panel and a miniature wind turbine. Co-founders Sona Pohlova and Tomas Zacek are looking into different, greener building materials, such as hemp, to move away from aluminum and fiberglass, and to make the unit more popular for the open market. While living in one of these little pods would be fun, you’ll have to pony up close to $90,000 to own one.

                7. Earthships

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                  Earthships are meant to be the ultimate testament to living sustainably, and if you’re itching to build one all you need is a little bit of land, a lot of know-how, and just as much trash. Earthships are built out of completely recycled material, and in certain parts are built like Earthbag buildings. These giant buildings depend very much on rainwater harvesting, and in the case of Malaysia’s first ever Earthship, constructed by Michael Reynolds, have a tank that can sustain about 50 people for three weeks in case there is no rain at all. With its own bacteria filter to clean the water and its own sewage treatment, the Earthship is meant to be self-sustaining for its inhabitants for years into the future.

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                    Earthships are designed to be 100% sustainable. CC Wiki

                    8. Hemp Concrete

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                      For those who’ve never heard of hempcrete, it’s a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. Unfortunately, hemp is not legal to grow in the U.S. because of laws regarding its psychoactive family member, cannabis. Nevertheless, hemp can be imported from the U.K., and soon should be available in North America via Canada. Hempcrete buildings as tall as 10 stories have been built in Europe, and some people have gone so far as to suggest that hempcrete is the world’s strongest building material and could change the way we build everything! Of course, the laws would have to change first for that to happen–but for individuals looking to build sustainably, this method closely resembles the cob house.

                      9. Geodesic Dome

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                          An American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor named Buckminster Fuller patented and popularized many inventions and architectural designs, but none became quite as popular as the geodesic dome. These buildings are cheaper to construct than a traditional dwelling and are energy efficient. In fact, owners can save up to 30 percent on their heating and cooling bill, while building the structure with about 30 percent less lumber. Not only that, but many of these beautiful homes are resistant to natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. On average, estimates for these homes are about $60 per square foot for the shell and about $130 per square foot for a fully finished dome home, but the real return comes over time, making these the perfect homes for long-term savers. Just make sure that if you’re going green while trying to save on materials at the same time, ditch the paper receipt and get it emailed to you instead!

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                            You can build a geodesic dome just about anywhere! CC Flickr

                            10. Earth Berm (Earth Sheltered Homes)

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                              If you loved the houses peppering the countryside in The Shire, the fictional homeland of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings series, and you want to live off-grid in a virtually indestructible home, an earth berm might be just what the doctor ordered for you. Earth berms are built into the earth, usually into the side of a hill, and use the soil for walls and roof to stay insulated against the elements. In the summer, these structures are well insulated and keep cool air in, but the downsides are that they can cost up to 20 percent more to build than your average home. For some, that cost is worth it to be that much closer to nature.

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                                11. A “Fixer Upper”

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                                    For those that want their dream home without having to pay that “dream home” price, a fixer-upper may just be the way to go. These humble little houses need some love, but many of the repairs such as cracked or broken tiles, squeaky hinges, and old window panes can be surprisingly easy fixes. Hold on for a second though, the amount of remodeling that can come with the purchase of a fixer-upper may just be enough to put your marriage on the rocks. Make sure you’ve done your research, considered your skill level, and made sure the remodel is cost effective before investing too much time and money into one of these dwellings.

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                                        12. Shipping Containers

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                                          Shipping containers have become one of the new, crazy conversion items for not only living but also for farming. Because the average shipping container ends up costing between $1800 to $5000, plenty of folks think that shipping container living is cheap–but there can be hidden costs and plenty of other things you might want to consider before building a home out of one. First of all, make sure you check the building codes wherever you’re at; because shipping containers are new, they’re not legal in every municipality. Also consider that you’ll probably have to pay for renovations, insulation, and a myriad of other things as well. However, if you can get past those minor details and are still bent on recycling some old metal, check out a shipping container house!

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                                            13. A Silo Home

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                                              CountryLiving is calling silo homes the “next biggest thing in real estate,” and who knows? They could be right. These converted silos may look like plain metal cylinders on the outside, but on the inside, you’d get fooled right into thinking you’re in a house. The energy-efficient silo home, however, isn’t anything new–in fact, the idea has been around since at least 1982. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t get your own silo and turn it into a “grain bin” house. Because these silos are generally located on farm land, why not take the opportunity to utilize that fertile land and build yourself a green garden in addition to your green home? You’ll need something colorful on the outside to contrast with that metal!

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                                                What used to hold grain now holds people! CC Flickr

                                                14. Billboard Homes

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                                                  Have you ever looked at a billboard advertisement and thought “man… I wish I could be there.” Well, now you can! Sort of… Matej Nedorolik had the brilliant idea of turning billboard advertising into tiny homes for the homeless. The spaces look beautiful on the inside, but unfortunately, Nedorolik’s prototypes haven’t been put into widespread manufacturing yet, nor have they been accepted by governments to deal with homeless problems. Still, have hope that you too may somebody be able to jump inside some of the world’s most beautiful travel advertisements… and into a nice little house.

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                                                  15. A-Kamp47

                                                  In Marseille, architect and artist, Stéphane Malka has created what he calls “A-Kamp47” which is a vertically built, stealthy housing structure for the homeless. Also called “barnacle shelters,” the camp is built on the side of a wall and not on the ground, so it is considered public space–and being built in a high traffic area, it seeks to bring attention to the plight of the homeless in Marseille. New reports are showing that the shelters are mainly being used by young travelers (not quite Malka’s target market), but who knows? Maybe the project will inspire others. Maybe a barnacle shelter city will pop up somewhere near you…

                                                  Portable Living

                                                  16. Van Life

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                                                      Ever wanted to fire up the VW van and hit the road for a couple of weeks at a time? Have you ever been enticed by “lo-fi” filtered pictures on social media to join a herd of nomadic van-dwellers? Vanlife might just be the thing for you! But hold your horses; there are a few things you need to know before you set out. Living in a van might not be as glamorous as all of the #vanlife Instagram pictures make it out to be, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. Julie Ellison, a van-dweller herself, writes about the true cost of van life, including the biggest expense, the van itself, and how building up the rig can take both time and money. Start small, and go out on the road for shorter stints at first, to see if the van life style is really for you or not.

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                                                        The reality of #vanlife is that it’s not always glamorous… CC Wiki

                                                        17. Bus House

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                                                            Perhaps you’ve decided that the van is just too small for you–in that case, why not check out a bus? Like the van, you’ll probably have to put in a lot of work to convert your bus into a liveable home, but don’t let that stop you: there are a lot of ways that you can turn one of those big yellow, metal tubes into a humble abode. Just don’t get too attached to too many things–living in a bus (like living in a van) is sure to turn even the most materialistic into ultra minimalists. Look at the bright side, though–at least you won’t have family members fighting over your will!

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                                                              Bus life is for the whole family! CC Wiki

                                                              18. Motorhome/RV

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                                                                If you have a little to spend and want all the amenities of regular life without living in a converted bus or van, then do what grandparents all across the U.S. are doing and buy a motorhome! In all seriousness, there are plenty of reasons that living in an RV is better than living in a house, including the great views, the ability to have a washer and dryer, as well as a shower, and even the ability to join RV clubs–but don’t think that motorhome life is cheap. According to blogger Jason Wynn, a year on the road can cost over $38,000 when it’s all said and done. Remember to cut costs by checking out Walmart parking lots, which are usually free and RV friendly!

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                                                                  19. Trailer/Mobile Home

                                                                  Maybe the compact, mobile life is a little too small for you, and you’d like a little more space. Trailer homes might just be the perfect option for you! Even though they sometimes get a bad rep, just remember that Matthew McConaghey, Pamela Anderson, and CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, either used to or still do live in trailers–in fact, an estimated 20 million Americans live in mobile homes according to Census figures. The best part about mobile homes is that even though you’re parked most of the time, you definitely can move whenever you need to. Just research the neighborhood, hitch up the home and go! Sure, there may be a stigma attached to living in a trailer or a mobile home, but if you take care of your abode while realizing it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks, you could be on your way to cheap, alternative living.

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                                                                    20. Houseboat

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                                                                        This one’s for the unconventional unconventional-ist! If life on the road isn’t for you, maybe life on the waterway is. Some will opt for something that’s more house than boat, while others are more excited about the boating aspect. Sam Train and Francesca Spidalieri live aboard a houseboat with two bedrooms, one kitchen, and about 300 square feet of space, as well as the ability to move wherever they need to go. Their biggest expense? The marina fees where they dock once a month.

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                                                                          21. Being a “Property Guardian”

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                                                                              Have you ever wanted to live in a something swanky, big, and well-decorated–but without having to pay much at all for it? Or maybe you’re looking for something a little more tucked away, but with plenty of space for activities on the grounds–perhaps like slacklining? Well, that’s exactly what Jonny Douglas, 33, does in the UK, living in a three-storey mansion in Sheffield for £250 per month (about $330 U.S.). Douglas is a property guardian for a private home, built in 1777, and which has been used over the years as an asylum, a school, and a community center. With an acre of grounds for him to practice his slacklining hobby and about 1,100 square feet of space, Douglas’s biggest responsibility is help keep the property secure and report any problems that might arise, such as leaky pipes. The only downside is that his contract is limited, and residents may be given two-weeks notice that they have to leave–but that suits some people like Jonny Douglas just fine.

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                                                                                22. Community Land Trust

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                                                                                  A new way of going about home ownership lately has been the community land trust (CLT), a model of community land ownership that’s been gaining traction in as an affordable housing measure in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. for the past 40 years. The CLT model works by purchasing land as a non-profit on behalf of a community and holding it in trust in perpetuity. The non-profit can sell to tenants with repurchase options, and uses a previously-agreed upon formula to split equity with the buyer. In this way, much of the equity stays with the CLT, and the cost of that is retained within a trust. For those looking to start their own CLT, check out the National Community Land Trust Network.

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                                                                                    With these ideas in mind, you can now explore your own forms of alternative living! Be adventurous, but do your research. Life off the beaten path can be harder than you expect–but off the beaten path is usually where all the good fruit is.

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                                                                                    Last Updated on October 15, 2019

                                                                                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                    What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                                    To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                                    All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                                    There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                                    With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                                    What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                                                    1. Think Big

                                                                                      From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                                      “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                                      There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                                      Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                                      Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                                      Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                                      Instead be ambitious.

                                                                                      2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                                        From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                                        “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                                        This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                                        Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                                        If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                                        Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                                        Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                                        Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                                        3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                                          From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                                          “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                                          All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                                          If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                                          However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                                          If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                                          In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                                          To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                                          4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                                            From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                                            “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                                            There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                                            Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                                            His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                                            He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                                            Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                                            Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                                            If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                                            5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                                              From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                                              “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                                              This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                                              It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                                              If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                                              Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                                              6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                                                From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                                                “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                                                Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                                                Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                                                When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                                                You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                                                All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                                                Applying this to you?

                                                                                                Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                                                7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                                                  From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                                                  The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                                                  The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                                                  People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                                                  This is key to good leadership.

                                                                                                  It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                                                  But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                                                  What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                                                  As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                                                  8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                                                    From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                                    “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                                    It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                                    Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                                    If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                                    9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                                      From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                                      “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                                      Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                                      It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                                      Keep dreaming!

                                                                                                      10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                                        From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                                        “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                                        Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                                        Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                                        If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                                        However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                                        11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                                          From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                                          “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                                          It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                                          When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                                          Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                                          If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                                          This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                                          12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                                            From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                                            “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                                            You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                                            Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                                            True success comes from work.

                                                                                                            You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                                            Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                                            13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                                              From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                                              “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                                              In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                                              If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                                              It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                                              Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                                                                              What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                                              Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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