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Twin Boys Sell A Huge Teddy Bear But No One Stops By, Until Angelina Jolie Appears…

Twin Boys Sell A Huge Teddy Bear But No One Stops By, Until Angelina Jolie Appears…

History is full of some incredible tales of persistence, from Robert the Bruce to others who have thrived in the face of adversity and constant setbacks. There is an underlying lesson here, which dictates that we should never give up when pursuing our life goals as our own determination and persistence can ultimately influence the course of our destiny.

The Are Also Everyday Examples that we Can Draw Inspiration from

Aside from historical events, there are everyday reminders of this important lesson. Take the example of twins Allen and Brandon, who one day were being given a lesson in entrepreneurship by their father Alexander. Having outgrown their huge, eight-foot tall teddy Big Bear, they were encouraged to sell it for the handsome sum of $50 (although they probably would have settled for less!)

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Having waited outside for more than an hour, they could have been forgiven for becoming sullen or disheartened, as numerous cars passed and ignored them. Nobody seemed to care about their quest, as the world suddenly appeared as a cold and lonely place. Just as all seemed lost, however, a mysterious white Cadillac honed into view, before coming to a standstill beside the young entrepreneurs.

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    Out of Nowhere, an Angel Appeared

    As the luxury car door opened, out stepped a mother with her small child. This was not just anyone woman, however, and as the twins’ parents focused they realised that the mysterious pair were in fact Angelina Jolie and her beloved child Shiloh. Incredibly, the boys didn’t even recognise her as she approached, as they were simply relieved to have found a potential buyer!

    Of course, once Alexander explained Jolie’s role in the hit animated film Kung Fu Panda, the buys were wide-eyed with glee. As they nervously explained their proposition and asking price to Angelina, they expected her to haggle, so were stunned when she produced two gleaming $50 dollar notes from her purse and handed one to each child!

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      A Lesson in Kindness and Determination

      While this is a wonderful story and an unexpected act of compassion from a huge, Hollywood star, its meaning goes far beyond this. It reinforces the importance of persistence in the face of disappointment and hardship, as determination alone can make our dreams come true. The truth is that you never know what fate may have in store for you around the corner, but the only way to discover this is to remain true to your goals and pursue them relentlessly!

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      Featured photo credit: Wakamag via wakamag.com

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      Last Updated on January 18, 2019

      7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

      7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

      Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

      But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

      If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

      1. Limit the time you spend with them.

      First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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      In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

      Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

      2. Speak up for yourself.

      Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

      3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

      This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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      But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

      4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

      Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

      This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

      Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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      5. Change the subject.

      When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

      Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

      6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

      Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

      I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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      You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

      Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

      7. Leave them behind.

      Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

      If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

      That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

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