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Pit Bulls In Floral Crowns: Would You Adopt A Pit Bull?

Pit Bulls In Floral Crowns: Would You Adopt A Pit Bull?

Here in the UK, pit bull terriers are completely banned, I've never even seen one in real life. Because of this I have always associated all pit bulls with this, and more importantly with danger. Around the world they have an incredibly bad reputation as being aggressive, ferocious and even frightening.

Sophie Gamand, a French photographer currently based in the USA, wants to change this perception of pit bulls the world seems to have. In her new series entitled ‘Flower Power, Pit Bulls Of The Revolution‘ Gamand features pit bulls from shelters around New York that are waiting to be adopted wearing flower crowns.

All proceeds from any prints bought will go straight to the shelters that home the dogs, but mostly Gamand wishes to change our views on these misunderstood creatures.

“An estimated 1,000,000 pit bulls are euthanized each year in America's shelters. Victims of prejudices, uneducated laws and urban tales that associate them with ultra violence, they are probably the most misunderstood dogs. Pit bulls, like any terrier dogs, are strong and powerful animals. There is no denying that. But power dose not necessairly mean violence. Most pit bulls are peaceful and sweet love bugs. Their power is in their snuggles and unconditional love.”

– Sophie Gamand, on ‘Flower Power

Check out the adorable photos of pit bulls below and let us know of any experiences you've had with these sorts of dogs.

Athena

Athena

    Baby

    Baby

      Cali

      Cali

        Erica

        Erica

          Fancy

          Fancy

            Jellybean

            Jellybean

              Lucy

              Lucy

                Minnie

                Minnie

                  Regina

                  Regina

                    Rex

                    Rex

                      Sweetheart

                      Sweetheart

                        Featured photo credit: Flower Power by Sophie Gamand via sophiegamand.com

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                        Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                        How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                        How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

                        If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

                        Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

                        So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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                        1. Listen

                        Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

                        2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

                        Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

                        “Why do you want to do that?”

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                        “What makes you so excited about it?”

                        “How long has that been your dream?”

                        You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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                        3. Encourage

                        This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

                        4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

                        After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

                        5. Dream

                        This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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                        6. Ask How You Can Help

                        Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

                        7. Follow Up

                        Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

                        Final Thoughts

                        By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

                        Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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