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15 Songs That Will Remind You How Large the World is

15 Songs That Will Remind You How Large the World is

Do you feel trapped in your own little world?

When your world is all about you, your problems seem big and overwhelming. However, if you extend yourself to others and the world outside of yourself, you will find that those petty things in life that annoy you are likely insignificant compared to the large world out there.

Here are 15 songs that will remind you that the world is large while yours is small.

1. “Imagine” – John Lennon

“Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”

A beautiful song that asks you to look beyond your religion, nationality and material possessions.

2. “Over the Rainbow” – Judy Garland

“Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly…If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow why, oh, why can’t I?”

Written for the movie “The Wizard of the Oz” in 1939, this song reminds you that there’s always a happy place out there regardless of whatever situation you are in now.

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3. “Colors of the Wind” – Judy Kuhn (as Pocahontas)

“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew.”

This Disney classic reminds you to explore the world, people and animals around you from their perspectives.

4. “You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab For Cutie

“And if you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born, then it’s time to go and define your destination.”

This song encourages you to go for your passion, reframe your thinking, and change your current situation when you feel unsatisfied with where you are now.

5. “I’ve Been Everywhere” – Johnny Cash

“I’ve been everywhere, man.”

A fun, country song in which you can replace all the cities’ names with places you have been. The original song lists Australian cities. It was later adapted into many other versions by singers such as Johnny Cash.

6. “Beauty in the world” – Macy Gray

“There is beauty in the world, so much beauty in the world, always beauty in the world.”

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A simple, happy song that reminds you to see the beauty around you.

7. “Beautiful Day” – U2

“It’s a beautiful day. Sky falls, you feel like it’s a beautiful day. Don’t let it get away.”

This song encourages you to look for positivity in the world even when your life isn’t going the way you would like it to be.

8. “Heal the world” – Michael Jackson

“Heal the world, make it a better place for you and for me, and the entire human race.”

This Michael Jackson classic reminds you to care for the world outside of your own. Don’t do it just for yourself. Do it for your children and the next generation too.

9. “We Are The World 25 For Haiti” – Various Artists

“We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a brighter day. So let’s start giving.”

Originally recorded for Africa, this song was rerecorded by a group of superstar artists for the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This song reminds you that you are connected with the rest of the world and empowers you to give to and help others.

10. “A World with You” – Jason Mraz

“Think how many doors we’ll open. Just as many stars are shining. Who knows where we’re going? Yeah who knows what we’ll find?”

This song is about exploring the world and a relationship you are uncertain about.

11. “A Whole New World” – Brad Kane and Lea Salonga (as Aladdin and Jasmine)

“A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view.”

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This is a love ballad, but it’s also about seeing the world from a new perspective and discovering its beauty.

12. “How to Save a Life” – The Fray

“And I would have stayed up with you all night, had I known how to save a life.”

A meaningful song that reminds you to step out of your world and reach out to your friends who need help. It’s not about judging or giving advice to your friends. It’s about seeing their world from their point of view, listening to them and giving them the support they need.

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13. “World” – Five for Fighting

“What kind of world do you want? Think anything. Let’s start at the start. Build a masterpiece.”

This song empowers you to build your own world.

14. “Heaven on Earth” – Jill-Marie Thomas

“Is this Heaven on Earth? Why have we forgotten? Does our heaven deserve all the pain we’ve given?”

This is the theme song for Clean and Green Singapore 2011. It reminds you to not forget the natural beauty of the world we live in and to be kind to it.

15. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

“I see trees of green, red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”

How you feel depends on what you choose to see in life. This song reminds you to take a step out of your life for a moment and admire the beauty around you.

When is the last time you explored the world and did something for the world?

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

4. They Know How To Inspire

Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

5. They Set Clear Goals

The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

6. They Are Organized

It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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8. They Love Awards

Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

10. They Rest

Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

You too can learn How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You.

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