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8 Amazing Human Achievements to Inspire You

8 Amazing Human Achievements to Inspire You

There are moments when we all feel down or start to question humanity as a whole. This is understandable due to the overly negative spin that the media puts on everything. However, humans have actually accomplished countless amazing things that make life better for everyone on a daily basis. If you find yourself doubting your individual ability to make a difference in the world, be sure to reflect on some of the many achievements that started as nothing more than an idea.

1. One Man Planted an Entire Forest

If you need some personal inspiration, look no further than Jadav Payeng. This dedicated man has spent the majority of his life giving back to the world by planting a forest. At this point, the thickly wooded forest is an astounding 1,360 acres. Every bamboo tree on this land was lovingly planted by Jadev after he witnessed the local wildlife population suffering due to a lack of shade. Thanks to Jadev, the environment in his area is cleaner and the animals have a safer and more comfortable place to live. If one man can accomplish this on his own, just imagine what you could do!

2. Medicine Saves Billions of Lives

Scientists such as Edward Jenner, Alexander Fleming, and Jonas Salk have been the creative minds behind some of the most important medical achievements in history. For example, Edward Jenner developed the smallpox vaccine, which successfully eradicated an illness that had claimed approximately 500 million lives in the 20th century alone. Without the tireless work and drive to help others that each of these scientists has exhibited, billions of lives would have been lost during the past couple of centuries.

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3. Walking on the Moon

Humans have always been intrigued by the stars, but it took a combination of determination, science and skillful engineering to finally allow a few people to actually leave the planet. One of the biggest moments in space exploration history happened when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. As a result, July 20, 1969, became the start of an even more advanced space program that may soon see the colonization of Mars.

4. Development of the Printing Press

For a long time, knowledge could once only be passed on verbally and through drawings on the surfaces of caves and walls. Eventually, a small form of printing was developed in China, but it didn’t allow for any mass production. Johannes Gutenberg changed the way we store and share knowledge and literature when he created the printing press in the 15th century. This monumental achievement helped form modern education, along with leading to the creation of bookstores and libraries.

5. Bringing the Internet to Life

The Internet allows people to connect with each other from around the world. It gives us lightning fast, real-time news, and it makes it possible for humans to do a long list of things from home such as working, consulting with a physician and attending classes.

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It can truly be said without hyperbole that the Internet has had the biggest impact on humanity of all modern inventions, and our society wouldn’t be the same without it. For example, you wouldn’t be reading this right now if the Internet didn’t exist! Although some people like to bemoan technological achievements of this nature, the fact is that we are now more globally connected than ever before, which is a very good thing.

6. Mapping the Human Genome

Mapping the human genome is one of the newest achievements on this list, and it could also have some of the biggest positive implications. The Human Genome Project completed its work in 2003, and this has provided scientists and medical professionals worldwide with access to unparalleled information about the human body. Many of the medical breakthroughs that have happened since 2003 can be traced to the human genome map being completed, and it’s expected that this will have an even bigger impact on the future of medicine.

7. Wind and Solar Power

Coal and gasoline have helped humans create and utilize an astoundingly long list of things, but they have also led to pollution and wars. Fortunately, there are always some visionary individuals who keep an eye out for alternative ways to solve problems. As a result, wind power began to be harnessed in 1888. By 1954, a functional solar cell had been built. Both of these developments make it possible to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, and they’re also better for the environment. Both wind and solar power are good examples of how one idea could end up improving the entire world.

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8. One Man Saved 30,000 Bees

Many of the achievements on this list required the work of several people and are well-known throughout the world. However, achieving something great doesn’t always require this particular recipe, nor is it always going to be included in future history books. Bees are currently at risk due to colony collapse disorder, and we need these winged creatures way more than most people realize. In fact, without them, it’s questionable whether or not humans could even survive.

Realizing this, one man took steps to preserve bees by dedicating the rest of his life to finding and rescuing them. A few years ago, he had the opportunity to safely remove and re-home 30,000 bees by himself, which is definitely a great achievement. This is a fantastic recent example of the very real impact that each human can have on the planet. By saving those bees, Gary Schempp also contributed in a meaningful way to the survival of the human race.

As you can see, anyone could come up with the next world-changing idea. It could be something as basic as planting a few trees or as complex as mapping the human genome, but either way, it can benefit everyone. You can also derive even more inspiration by reading quotes from some of the most influential people of all time. After which, feel free to let your imagination soar, and never be afraid to follow your dreams. By following this advice, you might end up improving the entire world.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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