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What You Could Do To Get Over Disappointments If You Were Leonardo DiCaprio

What You Could Do To Get Over Disappointments If You Were Leonardo DiCaprio

Poor, poor Leo.

The 86th Academy Awards marked the 20th anniversary of Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, it was also the fourth time he went home empty-handed. Despite being one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, that little golden statue continues to allude him over two decades into his wildly successful career. Here is the history behind Leo’s Oscar losses:

1994

Nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape as “best supporting actor,” but lost to Tommy Lee Jones for The Fugitive.

2005

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Nominated for The Aviator as “best actor” but lost to Jamie Foxx in Ray.

2007

Nominated for Blood Diamond as “best actor” but lost to Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland.

2014

Nominated for The Wolf of Wall Street as “best actor” but lost to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.

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After so many years of Academy Awards shaped disappointment, Leo may need some tips on how to get past it and cheer up. But these aren’t exclusively life hacks for the rich and famous. If they were, my list would consist of:

  • Roll around naked in your piles of money
  • Go yachting with models (again).
  • Stand perfectly still whilst millions of fans scream accolades at you
  • Think about how you get paid millions of dollars to indulge in your passion for a living
  • Bask in your own talent and brilliance

No. These tips are ones that even us ordinary plebs can apply to our everyday lives.

1. Let It All Out

    It’s okay to be disappointed. Allow yourself to feel it, and do so without the hidden agenda of trying to speed up the grieving process. Wallowing in your pain is the best way to both move on and to reflect properly in the future. Whether you need to scream, cry or head on down to the shooting range, do what you gotta do.

    2. Ignore Your Critics

      Whether they be professional critics, co-workers, friends or even yourself; ignore them. Disappointments don’t mean failure and you should always persevere if you really want something. Remember, success is one percent talent, 99 perspiration.

      3. Get Some Perspective

        Okay, so I know you may want to smack the crap out of the people who say “it’s not the end of the world.” I get it, they’re annoying. They do, however, have a point. You need to get some perspective on the situation and ask if it will really matter that much in the long run. It’s a mere setback, not a permanent road block.

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        4. Really Get Some Perspective

          If the last tip didn’t work, think about this: is your problem or disappointment really that bad? There are people out there without a roof over their heads. Others don’t have access to clean water sources or regular food. Some people live without basic human rights simply because of who they are or where they were born. Now tell me again about how much your life supposedly sucks.

          5. Be Grateful

            Now that you have some perspective, it’s time to be grateful for what you have. Think about how lucky you are to have what you do, and start thinking about hat resources you have to improve your own situation. I’m willing to be you have access to a lot more future opportunities than you realized.

            6. Stop Wallowing

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              I know I said that you need to take time to mourn—just don’t take too much time. There’s a distinct difference between taking the time to feel your hurt or disappointment and just plain wasting time. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut you can’t haul yourself out of. Feel it, sure; but know when it’s time to buckle up and move on.

              7. Persevere

                Life will throw many a setback at you; don’t let it get you down. I’m sure this isn’t your first disappointment and it certainly wont be your last. Now that you’ve taken the time to wallow and reflect, you need to plan your next move and get back out there. Never give up on your goals and dreams.

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                Last Updated on June 13, 2019

                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                Think you have a boring life?

                The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                2. Go Play with Kids

                Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                3. Order a Hot Dog

                While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                This will give you something to look forward to.

                Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                13. People Watch

                Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                People are infinitely interesting.

                14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                15. Dance

                You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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