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20 Encouraging Quotes to Level Up Your Life

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20 Encouraging Quotes to Level Up Your Life

Encouraging quotes from others that have come before us are one of the best ways that we can level up our lives. I have always been a fan of encouraging quotes, especially when I needed a kick in the butt to get things done and make thing happen in my life and work. I found that reading encouraging quotes at the beginning of my day or week was a great way to keep me motivated as it was something I could use to remind myself of what I was trying to accomplish in my life.

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If you are in need of some motivation to level up your life today, try out one of these 20 encouraging quotes to get your day started.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

    Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.

    Donald Trump

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      I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.

      Sylvia Plath

        I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.

        Thomas A. Edison

          Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.

          Peter Drucker

            If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves

            David Allen

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              I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

              George Burns

                The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it

                Mother Teresa

                  You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else

                  Albert Einstein

                    I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

                    Dalai Lama

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                      Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

                      Helen Keller

                        Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

                        Steve Jobs

                          Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.

                          Oprah Winfrey

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                            Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

                            Stephen King

                              Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones

                              Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’

                                Muhammad Ali

                                  Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

                                  Harriet Beecher Stowe

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                                    It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

                                    Joseph Campbell

                                      In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.

                                      Tony Robbins

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                                        10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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                                        10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

                                        We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

                                        A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

                                        So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

                                        • honest
                                        • reliable
                                        • competent
                                        • kind and compassionate
                                        • capable of taking the blame
                                        • able to persevere
                                        • modest and humble
                                        • pacific and can control anger.

                                        The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

                                        1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

                                        All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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                                        But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

                                        2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

                                        How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

                                        I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

                                        “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

                                        Abigail Van Buren

                                        3. How does this person take the blame?

                                        Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

                                        4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

                                        You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

                                        5. Read their emails.

                                        Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

                                        • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
                                        • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
                                        • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
                                        • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
                                        • Too many question marks can show anger
                                        • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

                                        6. Watch out for the show offs.

                                        Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

                                        7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

                                        A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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                                        Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

                                        8. Their empathy score is high.

                                        Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

                                        People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

                                        9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

                                        We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

                                        “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

                                        Stendhal

                                         10. Avoid toxic people.

                                        These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

                                        • Envy or jealousy
                                        • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
                                        • Complaining about their own lack of success
                                        • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
                                        • Obsession with themselves and their problems

                                        Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

                                        Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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