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14 Female Celebrities that Bash Hollywood’s Ideal Body Image

14 Female Celebrities that Bash Hollywood’s Ideal Body Image

Being a role model doesn’t mean looking like a model — and these actresses, singers, and comedians know it. They’re working to break down our norms of how women should look, with honest talk about being healthy, finding true happiness, and the mind-boggling amount of work (and makeup artists, and personal trainers, and Photoshop) that goes into creating the Hollywood version of female beauty. Check out some of our favorite body image quotes from 14 amazing women.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

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                    “Why is humiliating people funny? I get it, I do it too. We all do it. … But I think when it comes to the media, the media needs to take responsibility for the effect that it has on our younger generation, on these girls that are watching these television shows and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. … So then all of a sudden being funny is making fun of the girl that’s wearing an ugly dress.
                    And the word fat! I just think it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV. I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

                    As she showed in the Barbara Walters interview quoted above, Jennifer Lawrence is the opposite of a celeb you love to hate — if anything, she’s the star everybody loves to love. Yet another reason to love her is her regular insistence that Hollywood be held accountable for the kinds of messages it conveys about size, beauty, and femininity. She famously refused to lose weight for The Hunger Games, instead focusing on working out and getting strong — and she caught flack for it from critics (yes, female as well as male). The New York Times wrote that Lawrence’s “womanly figure makes a bad fit for a dystopian fantasy about a people starved into submission.” What does J-Law have to say to that? She told Elle, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part … I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner.'” For a star who’s beloved for her ability to laugh at herself, she takes her position as a potential role model seriously — all the more reason to love her.

                    2. Adele

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                                  “I love food and hate exercise. I don’t have time to work out… I don’t want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I’m not a trendsetter, I’m a singer. I’d rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album… my aim in life is never to be skinny.”

                                  Adele doesn’t pull punches when it comes to taking down exes in her music, and she doesn’t have time for body critics either. As it turns out, her success has landed her the covers of Rolling Stone and British music mag Q… as well as Vogue, Elle, and Cosmopolitan. Adele’s uncompromising attitude and belief in her talents has definitely worked out for her.

                                  3. Amber Riley

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                                                    “Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is. Being the person that I am, you know, being the size that I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there’s not a lot of roles for us. … I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and, you know, eats all day, the girl who wanted to commit suicide ’cause she was fat. It was never anything that I felt had a good ending. I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren’t the only kind of roles for women like me, normal girls. Going to the auditions, and hearing the casting director say ‘you need to lose a little weight,’ I didn’t understand why people couldn’t accept me for who I was. … I’m not gonna conform and hurt myself and do something crazy to be a size 2.”

                                                    She’s known for playing the uber-confident Mercedes on Glee, but before landing that role Amber Riley had given up on Hollywood and decided, with the support of her parents, to go back to being a regular high school student. Luckily for us, she eventually decided to try again and found a role that let her shine without having to compromise.

                                                    4. Kate Winslet

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                                                                      “I resent that there is an image of perfection that is getting thinner and thinner. I hope that in some small way I’m able to say, ‘I’m a normal person; I’m doing all right. I’ve got a lovely husband and children, and I didn’t lose weight to find those things, and those things are what should be important.’

                                                                      This Brit has always been open about her struggles with body image and comparing herself to other Hollywood actresses. Her words are not only important criticisms of the standards set out for female celebs; Winslet also wants to be sure she’s sending the right message to her own daughter. “As a child, I never heard one woman say to me, ‘I love my body.’ … So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age.”

                                                                      5. Kelly Clarkson

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                                                                                        “[E]veryone in the magazines is Photoshopped! Beyoncé is one of the most beautiful girls in the world but she gets Photoshopped too. We’re all human! … It affected me when people were saying about me and some other artists that we were the ‘thicker’ ones. I’d be a liar if I said I was always fine with it. But I’m wise enough by now to know that you’re never going to please everyone so you may as well stop trying.”

                                                                                        Clarkson has come a long way since winning American Idol more than a decade ago, and throughout her career she’s faced intense scrutiny for her weight fluctuations (including a scandal when Self Photoshopped the singer to appear extra skinny on the cover of their “Body Confidence” issue). No matter what her size though, Clarkson has always been vocal about calling out Hollywood’s unrealistic standards and the importance of loving yourself.

                                                                                        6. Gabourey Sibide

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                                                                                                      “‘Gabourey, how are you so confident?’ It’s not easy. It’s hard to get dressed up for award shows and red carpets when I know I will be made fun of because of my weight. There’s always a big chance if I wear purple, I will be compared to Barney. If I wear white, a frozen turkey. And if I wear red, that pitcher of Kool-Aid that says, ‘Oh, yeah!’ Twitter will blow up with nasty comments about how the recent earthquake was caused by me running to a hot dog cart or something. …
                                                                                                      If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable. So when you ask me how I’m so confident, I know what you’re really asking me: How could someone like me be confident? Go ask Rihanna, a–hole!”

                                                                                                      Earlier this year at a Ms. Foundation gala, the star of Precious gave an unbelievably inspiring speech about finding confidence and inner strength in spite of people — from internet commenters and fashion reporters to her grade school classmates and family members — who dismissed her based on her appearance. It’s definitely not the only time that Sibide has confronted Hollywood’s beauty standards head-on, but there’s a reason this very personal speech went viral: It’s incredibly heartfelt and moving.

                                                                                                      7. Rihanna

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                                                                                                                    “You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins. They know that if we see an outfit on a mannequin in a shop window we will love it and want to buy it whatever size we are. That’s why they have size zero models — they want to sell clothes. But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.”

                                                                                                                    So why is Rihanna so confident? RiRi is real with herself about the expectations placed on women, and as she told the UK’s Daily Mail, she’d rather be herself than try to force herself to fit others’ expectations.

                                                                                                                    8. Mindy Kaling

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                                                                                                                                      “I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?’ I think people are well meaning, but it’s pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You’re not skinny, you’re not white, you’re a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you’re worth anything?'”

                                                                                                                                      We loved her as Kelly on The Office, we adored her hilarious memoir, and with statements like this, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for the real Mindy Kaling. Kaling works hard to keep it real (like in this quote from an interview with Parade magazine), and regularly uses her star status to give the world some straight talk about body image.

                                                                                                                                      9. Amy Poehler

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                                                                                                                                                    “[W]e’re all different, everybody’s different, every body is different. There’s only, like, five perfectly symmetrical people in the world, and they’re all movie stars, and they should be, because their faces are very pleasing to look at, but the rest of us are just a jangle of stuff, and the earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be. You really will be happier in life if you let go of the things that you will never have.”

                                                                                                                                                    Actress Amy Poehler might be mom to two sons, but with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls (“Change the World by Being Yourself”), she’s an amazing surrogate mother to girls (and women) everywhere. This quote from her YouTube “Ask Amy” series is but one small example of how empowering — and endearing — Poehler is. Leslie Knope would love Amy Poehler.

                                                                                                                                                    10. Margaret Cho

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                                                                                                                                                                  “If you’re a woman, if you’re a person of color, if you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, if you’re a person of size … then you’re considered a minority in this world. And it’s going to be hard to find messages of self-love and support anywhere. It’s all about you have to look a certain way or else you’re worthless. For us to have self-esteem is truly an act of revolution and our revolution is long overdue.”

                                                                                                                                                                  Comedian Margaret Cho has always been outspoken on a wide variety of topics, but in recent years, she’s become more vocal about warped standards of beauty and the impact they have on people’s lives. Cho goes out of her way to use public forums — from her stand-up act to her Twitter account — to speak out against rigid and sexist beauty standards, and to call out those who judge women solely by their looks.

                                                                                                                                                                  11. Rebel Wilson

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                                                                                                                                                                                    “There are so many glamorous actresses — but in the real world, nobody looks like that. I want to inspire girls who don’t think they’re cool or pretty. To do that, I need to put out a realistic version of what it’s like to be a girl who looks like me. Sometimes that means getting broken up with by a dude who says, ‘You’re too fat.’ That way, when my character wins, it’s gratifying.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    Her Super Fun Night may not have won over viewers (many felt it relied too much on making fun of the actress’s size), but Rebel Wilson still deserves props for being consistently, unapologetically herself. She told InTouch she credits her appearance with helping her succeed in Hollywood: “[N]ot looking like anyone else has made things easier for me, because I’m distinctive.”

                                                                                                                                                                                    12. Beyoncé

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Confidence makes a woman sexy. Women should not get caught up in someone else’s definition of beauty. We are too obsessed with what a perfect nose is, or perfect hair, but there is nothing more beautiful than loving yourself and being confident.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  As Kelly Clarkson pointed out, Beyoncé is an astonishingly beautiful woman and yes, she gets Photoshopped. But Queen B doesn’t let her get it down — and she doesn’t think you should get hung up on that stuff either, as she told Very magazine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  13. Melissa McCarthy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size six and I never had to give [my weight] a single thought. … But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it — it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Melissa McCarthy is known for playing crazy, off-the-wall characters, but when it comes to body image, she is downright sane. Pretty much every interview she does involves answering questions about her size, but she keeps the conversation focused on physical and emotional health, as here in Good Housekeeping. And in the meantime, she continues to steal every scene in pretty much every movie she’s in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    14. Kristen Bell

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “I recently saw a picture of myself in a bikini in [a tabloid magazine], and they circled some bumps on my bottom and said, ‘We didn’t see any cellulite when Kristen was filming Forgetting Sarah Marshall.’ I looked at the picture, and I laughed so hard! I thought, I look good — really fit. Who cares if there are lumps on my thighs? I’m guilty of having human legs made up of fat, muscle and skin, and sometimes when you sit, they get bumpy! If I had not been a normal weight, they would’ve said, ‘Oh, she’s way too skinny.'”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Though she’s played heroes (Veronica Mars) and villains (Sarah Marshall) on screen, the general consensus is that in real life, Kristen Bell is a total gem. Another reason to love her: She’s totally down-to-earth about her body, and refreshingly honest about Hollywood’s skewed standards. Bell’s quote is something to think about when you look at a picture of yourself — you are human. Give yourself a break!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Think Big

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Instead be ambitious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Applying this to you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This is key to good leadership.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keep dreaming!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              True success comes from work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Final Thoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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