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10 Things I Learned From The Amazing Patrick Stewart

10 Things I Learned From The Amazing Patrick Stewart

Let’s face it, if you don’t like Patrick Stewart, you are vehemently anti-Star Trek, or you think we’re talking about Patrick Kaleta. Unlike the overtly aggressive NHL player, Sir Patrick Stewart has been winning hearts since premiering on stage in 1966. Despite a sprawling history with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Patrick Stewart’s best known roles include Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-men films (as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Charles Xavier respectively). Determined to be among the world’s best humans, Patrick Stewart’s accomplishments span far beyond the world of acting. An avid humanitarian and activist, Sir Patrick works tirelessly for charity groups like Amnesty International, Refuge and Combat Stress, plus aids scholarships and UN organizations. Such a well rounded, selfless person certainly has something to teach us mere mortals, including these ten impressive life lessons.

Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

Despite impressive accomplishments, high salaries, and  fans around the world, Patrick Stewart seems to never let it get to his head. The first to laugh at himself, Patrick isn’t afraid of his perceived shortcomings: “I am not the archetypal leading man. This is mainly for one reason: as you may have noticed, I have no hair.” 

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    Where most stars might want to nurture the idea that their wise roles are true to life, Patrick instead states: “Having played many roles of scientific intellect I do have an empathy for that world. It’s been hard on me because flying the Enterprise for seven years in Star Trek and sitting in Cerebro in X-men has led people to believe that I know what I’m talking about. But I’m still trying to work out how to operate the air conditioning unit on my car.”

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      Embrace New Things

      Where many older celebrities avoid social media, and sometimes the internet all together, Patrick Stewart is quick to embrace new technologies. Patrick Stewart has become an internet darling in part because of his antics on Twitter. Constantly sharing silly poses and selfies with friends, Sir Patrick Stewart has amassed well over a million followers on Twitter. Not bad for an English gentleman born in 1940. 

      “[Twitter] has really taken us [Stewart and his wife, Sunny Ozell] by surprise to what extent people have enjoyed it. I get a great deal of satisfaction from using it for societal issues and concerns that I am involved with, but there’s also been this element of playfulness, which has opened up a new avenue of communication, which I am enjoying very much indeed.”

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        Stay Humble

        Similar to his humorous take on himself, Patrick is quick to downplay his accomplishments. Where other stars might be tempted to blame their success on pure talent, Patrick Stewart keeps his cool. “I wasn’t campaigning for a role in a Hollywood television series,” he shares, “it was a fluke. So you’ve got to have a measure of good luck, you really have, being in the right place at the right time.”

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          Even when the topic is his role in sprawling franchises, Patrick sidesteps the attention: “The studio have always claimed that the ship is the star of [Star Trek], especially when they’re renegotiating contracts.” Patrick is also quick to joke about his acting skills: “I don’t do impersonations. I can do a wounded elephant! I can do a really good cow! And because of the amount of time I spent in North Yorkshire, I do a variety of sheep. All of which I will be happy to roll out for you!”. 

          Patrick Stewart is happy to discuss his talent in a modest way: “[ X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner] showed me the first comic book and there was this bald guy in a wheelchair. I could see why she might have been interested in me.”

          Seek New Experiences

          Sir Patrick Stewart extends to his love of new things to life decisions as well, and is willing to taking risks. Many entertainers from outside the US have negative views of Hollywood’s hyper perfect culture, but Patrick Stewart didn’t let prejudice play a part in his life, saying: “I think I came back from America a funnier and nicer person than I went.”

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            Patrick also encourages an open, excited attitude for others: “If someone says ‘Give me one word of advice,’ I say ‘be fearless.’ And knowing without any shadow of a doubt that what they have to give—who they are—is totally unique and not shared by anybody else. And to believe in that uniqueness. It took me decades before I developed courage as an actor.”

            Always Keep Learning

            One would think that an actor as accomplished as Sir Patrick Stewart has nothing to fear. Despite his impressive acting resume, Patrick continues to push himself in his craft.

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            “I really, really don’t want to hit one of those walls and I really don’t want to finish last. This makes me more nervous than anything I’ve ever done.” Inspiring words when you consider how hard Patrick has studied acting, in theater as well as film.

            Use Your Adversity

            Patrick Stewart is pretty open about his background, including his difficult childhood. While growing up, Patrick Stewart witnessed constant domestic abuse. At the hands of his father, Patrick’s mother was frequently beaten and battered. Once saying “I never had teenage years. I guess because I was seen to be more adult than anybody around me”, his childhood was filled with heartache and difficulty. 

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              “I was brought up in a very poor and very violent household. I spent much of my childhood being afraid”, he also shared. Despite the troubles, and despite overcoming severely difficult circumstances to achieve stardom, Patrick doesn’t let his past control him. Quite the opposite, Patrick works constantly with Refuge, a UK organization focused on providing safety for victims of domestic abuse. He’s also quick to speak up for others, and offer support. 

              Work For A Cause

              Magnifying his involvement with charitable organizations, Patrick actively encourages each of us to also speak up for those who can’t. “It is what you do from now on that will either move our civilization forward a few tiny steps, or else… begin to march us steadily backward”, he has said.

              Even when the topic is Star Trek-esque space travel, Patrick jumps to encourage social growth: “I would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilizations out onto other planets, even though they may be utterly uninhabited.”

              Preferring to use his celebrity for those who need a voice, Patrick once shared “[I’ve] been given a voice that I didn’t know was available to me, and it was to speak seriously and with a proper level of involvement on issues of inequality and unfairness.” 

              Never content to sit idly by, Patrick Stewart is a true champion of social causes. “I’ve always believed that it is not possible to be in the world and not be political.”

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                Nurture Friendships

                Patrick Stewart is also well known for his famous friendships. In an industry where back biting and harmful feuds pop up daily, it’s completely refreshing to see a celebrity treat people with respect. Patrick has been friends with Ian McKellen since they met in the 60’s, performing with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Additionally, Patrick and Helen Mirren worked together on the 1981 Excalibur film, and remain friends to this day.

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                    “I’ve met actors where you think, if only you could just clean up your act and get it together, people would want to work with you. Some people are so difficult, it’s just not worth working with them.”

                    Consider Others Perspectives

                    Patrick’s difficult childhood would be enough to make anyone hate their father. Confounding human nature once again, Patrick sees his father’s flawed life with empathy. When Patrick participated in a recent documentary program for the BBC, he learned that his father suffered severe PTSD from WWII. At the time, even more misunderstood than it is now, PTSD had absolutely no treatment in the 40’s and 50’s. After learning of his fathers struggles, Patrick immediately began working with an organization in the UK for veterans, called Combat Stress. Again, quick to understand and slow to judge, Patrick Stewart is helping to eliminate violence and health problems on all fronts.

                    “Now I can do something for women and their children who [deal with domestic abuse]. One of the most gratifying things in my life is that, I would say daily, someone stops me in the street or at the stage door and will mention the work that I’ve done there.”

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                    Never Stop Laughing

                    If his incredible accomplishments, humble attitude and sprawling list of awards aren’t enough to make you love Sir Patrick Stewart, hopefully his humor does. In his mid 70’s, Patrick shows no sign of slowing down. Starring in a theatre production with Sir Ian Mckellan in 2013, Patrick continues to inspire us and make us laugh.

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                      Proof that there’s no reason to stop spreading joy, Patrick Stewarts silly pictures and quick wit will undoubtedly keep us smiling (and learning) for years to come.

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                        And finally, great respect on how Sir Patrick Stewart took ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…

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                        Featured photo credit: Gage Skidmore via en.wikipedia.org

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                        13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                        13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                        Let me begin by being 100% frank with you – everyone is capable of happiness.

                        Happiness is first a choice but it also takes persistence to maintain. Happiness is our birth right and my mission is to help as many people as I can live their happiest life.

                        My mission is to spread the message that everyone deserves happiness.

                        To live a happy life; however, you must do the work, gain the necessary knowledge, and increase your awareness.

                        You must fully embody this state and begin to think and feel happiness on every level of your being.

                        Often times, excuses present themselves and our mind gives us the reasons why we can’t be happy:

                        “I am too busy right now to focus on happiness”

                        “I will be happy when I finish school, when I have the money, when I am in the right relationship, when I have kids, when my children are older….”

                        “I would have had a happy life if this traumatic event had never happened”

                        “I don’t deserve happiness”

                        EVERYONE deserves happiness. The reason that you are here right now is because you have a purpose and you are on the earth to enjoy your journey.

                        Think BIGGER than your excuses. Push FARTHER than your complaints.

                        Don’t be pulled away from greatness. Get uncomfortable. At least these are what happy and successful people do on a daily basis.

                        This article highlights the top 13 tips and tricks of how happy people think and feel.

                        If you would like to begin embodying this life-changing state, then… Here are the 13 ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently:

                        1. Happy People Put Happiness First

                        Happy people have made the decision that their end goal is happiness.

                        Every situation, event, bad day ultimately ends with happiness.

                        To them, happiness is equivalent to sleep and water – it is a necessity to their life. To live an unhappy life is to have never lived at all.

                        The happy person asks,

                        “What would be the point of living if every day and moment were filled with negativity?”

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                        “Why would I deplete my energy on negativity when I expend less to be positive?”

                        They make happy-based decisions which means in EVERY MOMENT they choose happiness.

                        If their circumstances can’t change then they instead change their perspective, they look for the silver lining in the negative.

                        Happy people don’t let negativity steal their moments away – a positive mindset always prevails.

                        If you ask a happy person how their day was, they will always answer your question with a highlight or a lesson learned.

                        2. Happy People Embrace Pain

                        I know what you are thinking –

                        “No one is ALWAYS happy”

                        or …

                        “Even happy people get in bad moods”

                        and …

                        These statements are absolutely accurate.

                        Happy people aren’t always happy and they DO get into bad moods. They get overwhelmed, they feel defeated, and their feelings get hurt.

                        Happy people aren’t invincible and they feel pain just like everyone else. The only difference between happy people and people who let negativity run their lives is that…

                        Happy people quickly acknowledge their pain and they make a decision to find a way to transform their pain into something greater. They also use these 13 simple ways to shake off the sadness.

                        Happy people admit the negativity they feel and they do what it takes to get back into their natural state: happiness.

                        When your end goal is happiness, then you will find a way to achieve it no matter how much strength you have to muster.

                        3. Happy People Have a Happy Self-Image

                        We all have an image in our minds that we subconsciously live up to.

                        The reason that change is so hard is because our subconscious mind is programmed to live by how we define ourselves.

                        How are you currently defining yourself?

                        For happy people, they see themselves with a smile, positive outlook, and/or a bounce in their step. When an event or situation arises that brings in a negative emotion, they quickly change their state to resemble their natural self-image.

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                        When happy people are in a bad mood, it feels unusual to them because feeling negative isn’t aligned with how they see themselves.

                        When they feel upset, they acknowledge the negativity and look for a solution to bring their emotions to the level of how they perceive themselves.

                        Look at how you define yourself today – your mind and body are always trying to live up to the definition it is taught to believe.

                        Your body’s job is to keep you in a “normal” state because this is where it feels most comfortable.

                        If your self-image is happy, then your mind and body will naturally be brought back to where it feels at home. Your actions will be a clue to how you define yourself.

                        4. Happy People Have a Strong Support System

                        The happiest people know that it takes a village and they lean on others for support.

                        Happy people feel comfortable reaching out for help when they feel that their resistances are overpowering them. They quickly sense their negativity and they tell somebody.

                        Happy people ask for assistance when they can’t figure out a problem. Seeking help takes strength and it never gets in the way of their self-worth. Happy people appreciate the wisdom that their support system provides.

                        They have strong connections with the people who are close to them. They never trudge through tough times alone because jeopardizing their happiness for too long would be detrimental to their well-being.

                        5. Happy People Safeguard Their Minds from Negative Triggers

                        Warding off negativity is almost impossible when we live in a society that lives by what went wrong and feeds off of what could go wrong. News travels instantaneously so it would be unrealistic to shut this out of your life completely.

                        However, one strategy that happy people use to safeguard their minds is regulating their environment.

                        We have a lot of control on how we allow our environments to affect us. We can control our social media feed, the television shows and movies we watch, the books that we read, the people that we spend our time with, and the places that we hang out.

                        If happiness is your end goal, then take a good look at what is bringing you down. What triggers your unhappiness? See if there is anything in your environment that can be changed……

                        What we listen to, read, and who we hang out with influence our mind, what we think about, what we worry about, our reactions, and behaviors.

                        Happy people know what triggers a feeling of negativity and it feels out of alignment for them so they do what it takes to avoid it.

                        They might regulate their social media news feed to reflect the information that brings them positive energy. They might regulate the people that they spend their time with. It is important to hang out with like-minded people.

                        What are you triggers? How can you avoid the negativity in your environment?

                        These are ways that happy people regulate their environment and safeguard their minds.

                        6. Happy People Know When to Say “No”

                        Happy people know when to sit one out and say “no.” They do this to protect their happiness and well-being.

                        Life gets overwhelming – a lot of people need our attention and the to do list can seem never ending.

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                        Happy people give themselves permission to take the day off and they feel comfortable with saying “no” when their stress levels begin to climb. They understand that those around them aren’t benefiting from someone who is frazzled, overwhelmed, and tired.

                        A happy person identifies their negative emotion and then they quickly treat it to bring themselves back to their “normal” state, so that they can be at their best for not only themselves but for those around them, too.

                        A simple “no” can ultimately mean many more “yes’s” in the future because happiness has a long battery life. You can take a look at Leo Babauta’s article The Gentle Art of Saying No and learn to say no.

                        7. Happy People Are Good Evaluators

                        Happy people can quickly sense when something is off with themselves or others. They are very intuitive to happiness levels. When someone isn’t quite right, they are the first ones to notice.

                        Being able to evaluate happiness means that you can identify when negativity is lingering around for too long.

                        We all have bad days; however, the happy person evaluates often and quickly intervenes.

                        In other words, happy people frequently evaluate their state and immediately change when their pessimism is overshadowing their joy.

                        8. Happy People Bring Other People Up

                        What goes on inside of us is mirrored into our physical world.

                        What we think about literally consumes our life and is displayed in our work, relationships, and attitude.

                        Happy people naturally feel good inside and about themselves so they treat others the way that they treat themselves. It never feels forced to give a compliment or to help out a stranger.

                        When we are truly happy with ourselves, everyone around us has a better experience. Happy people are kind to themselves and because of this, it feels natural to them to want to make others’ happy, too.

                        9. Happy People Go After Their Dreams

                        Happy people are always following the joyful path. They make happy-based decisions and because of this, they always end up where they want to be.

                        It’s absolutely impossible to be happy by following an undesirable path, which is quite opposite for unhappy people.

                        Most people journey through life on a path they think they are “supposed” to be own. Warning signs (negativity) are often ignored because they truly believe that these feelings are a normal part of life.

                        Negativity is NOT normal.

                        The happiest people investigate the negativity in their life and quickly analyze the results. This process allows them to get back on the joyful path which ends in a desirable outcome.

                        Follow your happiness and your dreams will come true (If that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is!)

                        In addition to happiness, here are 14 amazing things that happen when you live your passion.

                        10. Happy People Never Sweat the Small Stuff

                        The only expectation that the happy person has is that they remain in a joyful state.

                        They rarely have expectations for the events and people in their lives because they know that this is a sure way to get let down.

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                        The happiest people take life as it comes – you could say that they roll with the punches. When you don’t have expectations, thenyoue can just sit back and watch how beautifully life unfolds.

                        Happy people understand that bad things are inevitable, they are a part of life – The car will break, the kids will make mistakes, people will be late, and dinner will burn.

                        If it’s not anything seriously affecting their lives, then they don’t give their energy to it.

                        11. Happy People Rarely Have to Prove That They Are Right

                        Happy people remember that it’s more important to live up to what they believe. When you live your life aligned with your belief system, then there is no need to explain or prove yourself to others.

                        Differences in opinions are inevitable, but the happiest of people know it’s wasted energy to defend their position.

                        It is more effective to simply show people, through actions, how you think, feel, and what you believe.

                        Energy is saved, arguments are diminished, and credibility/respect are gained when we live by what we believe.

                        12. Happy People Smile (Even When They Don’t Want To)

                        Smiling is one of the healthiest things we can do; and happy people use this simple trick quite often.

                        It has been proven that smiling has the ability to boost your immune system, decrease stress levels, and can even make you look younger. The benefits of smiling have even been backed up by science.[1]

                        Better yet, smiling is contagious. When you engage in a quick smile, you are likely to brighten someone else’s day along with your own. It is no wonder why happy people smile often!

                        13. Happy People Live Life in the Present Moment.

                        When we are genuinely happy, we are living for the moment.

                        Happy people let go of the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. They take the moments for what they are worth – they only invest their energy in what feels right to them.

                        Everyone is capable of living a happy-centered life. You deserve a life that you desire – your dream life. All you have to start doing is make happy-based decisions TODAY.

                        In every moment, decide on what makes you happy – decide on what gets you excited. Stop doing what you don’t love, don’t listen to the people that you dislike.

                        If you are engaging in something that isn’t bringing you joy, then quit doing it. Listen to your heart, stop ignoring the warning signs (negativity) because they are there for a reason.

                        I have observed, studied, and interviewed some of the happiest and most successful people along with some of the most miserable and self-loathing.

                        It starts with one decision – happiness.

                        The happiest, most successful people choose happiness with EACH and EVERY decision. And you can start doing this today.

                        Featured photo credit: Autumn Goodman via unsplash.com

                        Reference

                        [1] Harvard Business Review: The Science Behind the Smile

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