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40 Aesop Quotes Which Are Highly Useful For Your Life

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40 Aesop Quotes Which Are Highly Useful For Your Life

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    Aesop’s Fables are cherished on bookshelves everywhere. Though Aesop was the name of an author who was credited with supposedly contributing to writing the Fables, and ancient resources describe him as a haggard slave living in Ancient Greece, a collection of his writings have nevertheless survived to the present era and remain memorable and digestible staples of literature. Like a lot of children in primary school, I was introduced to Aesop.

    Unlike a lot of coming-of-age teenagers, I was introduced to Aesop once more during my teen years and renewed myself to admire the depth of each character after I became interested in reading more literature. This collection of quotations extracted from Aesop’s Fables will invite you to appreciate not just the writing in the Fables but to question the connection between Ancient Greek wisdom and knowledge and how it might influence the knowledge and wisdom you will teach in the future.

    1. It’s Always Worth It To Try Helping Yourself

    “God helps them that help themselves.”

    2. Vices Are A Form Of Self-Punishment

    “Vices are their own punishment.”

    3. Don’t Attempt Perfection; Settle With Good

     “Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.”

    4. Focus On Remaining Somewhere And You’ll Remain There

    “Keep your place in life and your place will keep you.”

    5. Learn The Art of Persuasion And Let Go Of Arguments

    “Persuasion is better than force.”

    6. Kindness is An Act Worth Sharing With Every One

    “No act of kindness, however small, is ever a wasted.”

    7.  Your Inner Self Is More Defined Than Outside Presentation

    “Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.”

    8. Persistence Can Be Kindled Despite Enduring Vicious Obstacles

    “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.”

    9. It’s Okay To Pray, But You Have To Make It Happen

    “It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.”

    10. There Are Two Brilliant Sides To A Truth

    “Every truth has two sides. It is as well to look at both sides before we commit ourselves to either.”

    11.  Don’t Mistake Power For Not Needing Help

    “In critical moments, even the very powerful have need of the weakest.”

    12. Wishing For Something Is Different Than Wanting Something

    “We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.”

    13.  Adventuring Is What Life’s About

    “Adventure is worthwhile.”

    14. Keep Good Company Close

    “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

    15. Keep Your Principles Closest To You

    “He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.”

    16.  Don’t Hold Grudges Just Because Something Is Missing

    “People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.”

    17.  Someone’s True Nature Will Prevail

    “A person’s true nature will reveal itself despite disguise.”

    18. Don’t Blame A Child Because Of Their Parent’s Behavior

    “Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.”

    19. You Don’t Have To Speak In Critical Times

    “Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.”

    20. You’re In Charge Of Your Fate

    “If we really want something done, it is best to do it ourselves.”

    21. Don’t Despise Without Giving It A Try

    “We often despise what is most useful to us.”

    22. There Is No Right Way To Argue

    “Most arguments are useless.”

    23.  The Golden Rule Applies To Humor, Too

    “Something which seems funny when it happens to someone else, may not seem so funny when it happens to us.”

    24. Two Of Your Friendships Are Still Incomparable To Each Other

    “Little friends may prove great friends.”

    25. Come Together With Like-Minded People

    “Birds of a feather flock together.”

    26. Start Wanting Tomorrow’s Wishes Today

    “Prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.”

    27.   Chewing Small Chunks Will Make You Feel Full Quicker

    “Little by little does the trick.”

    28.  Self-Help Is More Than The Books

    “Self-help is the best help.”

    29. Gratitude Is Uncontrollable

    “The grateful heart will always find opportunities to show its gratitude.”

    30. Heroes Are Skilled In Both Words And Action

    “The hero is brave in deeds as well as words.”

    31.  Difficulties Can Alter Judgement

    “Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.”

    32.  The Effects Of Causing Injuries And Suffering Aren’t Necessarily Related

    “The injuries we do and those we suffer are seldom weighed in the same scales.”

    33.  Do What Matters With All Your Might

    “Put your shoulder to the wheel.”

    34. Keep Calm And Don’t Under Estimate Small Moments Of Peace

    “A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.”

    35. It’s Better To Have A Passion Serve You Than Follow It

    “It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.”

    36. Speaking Will Benefit You Most At The Right Time

    “A word in season is most precious.”

    37.  Fighting Someone’s Danger Deserves Their Reward

    “He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.”

    38.  Speaking Isn’t Really A Substitute For Work

    “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”

    39.  Forgive But Don’t Forget

    “Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.”

    40. Don’t Lose Your Special Character In The Noise Of The World

    “Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth – don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.”

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    Last Updated on July 20, 2021

    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

    Warming up

    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

    Stay hydrated

    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

    Meditate

    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

    2. Focus on your goal

    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

    3. Convert negativity to positivity

    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

    4. Understand your content

    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

    5. Practice makes perfect

    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

    6. Be authentic

    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

    7. Post speech evaluation

    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

    Improve your next speech

    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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    • How did I do?
    • Are there any areas for improvement?
    • Did I sound or look stressed?
    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
    • Was I saying “um” too often?
    • How was the flow of the speech?

    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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