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3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

Success” and “failure”. These are the two terms that can be used to divide people into two distinct groups.

Nobody wants to be called or seen as a failure. No matter how hard and painful it is, we can all admit that we have failed in something in our lives.

How was the feeling? And does failing once or twice actually mean you are a failure in life?

Numerous institutions both private and state-owned have done a great job in educating (seminars, blogs, motivational speech, books…) general public on ways to adopt in order to succeed in life. But these efforts are all in vain if you do not take transitional steps towards success.

So, what does it take to be successful?

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  • Do I have to come from a rich background family?
  • Do I have to get straight A’s at school?…

Look no further for the answers to these questions: here are some of the ways to adopt in your life from constant failure and disappointed to being a successful maniac that every kid would look up to.

Heck yeah! You can be someone’s role model.

1. Savings

“Money: Save me today, I’ll save you tomorrow.” Hadn’t you heard this phrase before? Now you have.

It’s tempting to think that there is no need to save, after all, if I got this today I shall surely get it tomorrow. Why should I limit myself in the name of saving? If that’s how you think then failure will be a constant shadow in your life.

Life is full of uncertainties. Hey, you will get old one day, won’t you? You need to start saving for your retirement. Now!

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Young people find it a joke when you ask them to start saving for their retirement. “I am still in my 20s/30s, why should I save for my retirement? It’s not even certain I shall live to see the fruits of my savings.”/

I agree, we might kick the bucket before we enjoy the fruits of our savings. But, on the other hand, what if you age gracefully and reach to an age that you can’t work anymore? You have to retire and due to your ignorance you had not made any savings? This is the time you start claiming “life is too harsh.” The truth is: you are to blame. Yeah! You are the one who decided to take this path of failure.

Despite the fact that you are healthy today you should save for your health. Isn’t that wishing yourself a bad omen? No! You should save for your health. “Life is full of uncertainties”, remember? And you are not planting a bad omen; it’s just a precaution to protect yourself from financial strain in case of any health epidemic.

2. Determination

You must know that success is not served on a silver plate. You have to work hard for it. You need to have a never give up attitude. If you fail once, that’s not the end. Try it again with a different approach.

Do you want to have a private jet, live in a mansion, and have your own helicopter?… Have you ever wondered why they don’t advertise these extremely expensive luxuries on commercial televisions?… The answer is simple, “people who can afford these luxuries aren’t just seated watching TV.” They are busy making money.

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You don’t have to come from a rich family to be successful, in fact, research has it that most of the world’s richest people had a very humble beginning but worked their selves up to achieving a successful life, because they never stopped doing what they loved. They were determined to go through any obstacles that come their way.

3. Planning

“Failure to plan, is planning to fail.” In order to be successful, you need to have goals in life and a plan of how to achieve these goals. Hey, they need to be realistic plans and goals. You can’t be riding a bicycle and wake up one morning and say “before the end of the day I will buy a private jet.” It’s a good objective but hardly realistic and will only lead to disappointment. Of course, not unless you are planning for “an easy grab and get away” but it will only land you in prison.

You need to start with realistic plans, execute them well and you will find yourself earning a lot of money and respect.

Conclusion

It’s every kid’s dream to be successful in life. But, it’s so unfortunate that these dreams don’t come true to many. There is a difference between saying “I want to be a doctor” and “my passion is being a doctor and I am working hard so that I can be a doctor.”

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How many people attend seminars or read on how to be successful? Of course, it’s a handful. Most of the times, all it takes is a slight motivation to find the right track, rectify mistakes and march towards success.

Like I said earlier, success is not served on a silver plate. You have to make sacrifices. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed or how many times you have been called a failure. If you do not stop on this journey, you surely will taste the success.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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