20 Heavenly Desserts Recipes For This Fall

20 Heavenly Desserts Recipes For This Fall

Fall is such a glorious time of year. I find with the crispness of the mornings, the warm daylight, and the cool evenings, it puts me in a mood to bake. The smell of homemade breads,cookies, and pies is one of my favorite things in the Fall season.  Some of these are super easy but so delicious. Here are some of my most-liked recipes for you to enjoy!

1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 egg
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon milk
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
    1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
    2. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
    3. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

    2. Banana Crumb Muffins


      •  1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 3 bananas, mashed
      • 3/4 cup white sugar
      • 1 egg, lightly beaten
      • 1/3 cup butter, melted
      • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
      • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
      • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
      2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
      3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
      4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

      3. Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake



        • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
        • 1/2 cup white sugar
        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 2 eggs
        • 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
        • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • 1 pinch ground cloves
        • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
        • 1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
        1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
        2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Blend in eggs one at a time. Remove 1 cup of batter and spread into bottom of crust; set aside.
        3. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to the remaining batter and stir gently until well blended. Carefully spread over the batter in the crust.
        4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until center is almost set. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. Cover with whipped topping before serving.

        4. Carrot Cake

          • 3/4 cup buttermilk
          • 3 eggs
          • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
          • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
          • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
          • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
          • 1/4 teaspoon salt
          • 2 cups all-purpose flour
          • 2 teaspoons baking soda
          • 2 cups shredded carrots
          • 1 cup flaked coconut
          • 1 cup chopped walnuts
          • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
          • 1 cup raisins
          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8×12 inch pan.
          2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
          3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.
          4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.
          5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.
          6. Pour into prepared 8×12 inch pan, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check with a toothpick.
          7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

           5. Dessert Nachos

            Ingredients –  makes 4 servings
            • 1/3 cup peanut butter
            • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
            • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
            • 2 1/2 cups mini round corn tortilla chips
            • 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows
            • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
            1. Preheat your oven’s broiler.
            2. Combine the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the mixture until the peanut butter melts, about 1 minute. Place the chocolate chips in a separate microwave-safe bowl; melt the chips in the microwave, about 1 minute.
            3. Arrange the tortilla chips into an even layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle the peanut butter mixture and the melted chocolate over the chips. Scatter the marshmallows and coconut over the chips.
            4. Place under preheated broiler until the marshmallows begin to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve hot.

            6. Apple Enchilada Dessert

              • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
              • 6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
              • teaspoon ground cinnamon
              • 1/3 cup margarine
              • 1/2 cup white sugar
              • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
              • 1/2 cup water
              1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
              2. Spoon fruit evenly onto all tortillas, sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up tortillas and place seam side down on lightly greased 8×8 baking pan.
              3. Bring margarine, sugars and water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
              4. Pour sauce evenly over tortillas; sprinkle with extra cinnamon on top if desired. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
              5. Makes 6 large tortillas; may be cut in half to serve 12.

              7. Apple and Pumpkin Dessert

                Ingredients – Makes one serving
                • 2 (1 gram) packets sugar or substitute
                • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
                • Granny Smith apple – peeled, cored and chopped
                • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
                • 2 tablespoons water
                1. Sprinkle 1/3 packet of sugar or  substitute and 1/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice in the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl. Layer 1/4 of the apple pieces into the bowl; repeat. Spread the pumpkin over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining sugar substitute and pumpkin pie spice on the pumpkin. Top with the remaining apples. Pour the water over the mixture.
                2. Cook in microwave on high for 3 1/2 minutes, stirring every minute.

                8. Apple Strudel Dessert

                  Ingredients –  makes 6 servings
                  • 2 (8 ounce) packagesrefrigerated crescent roll dough
                  • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
                  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round pan.
                  2. Using a slotted spoon, place about 1 tablespoon pie filling near the large end of a crescent roll dough triangle. Roll up the triangle. Repeat with remaining dough. Place rolls in prepared pan with points toward the center. Top with remaining pie filling. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
                  3. Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, until browned

                  9. Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

                    • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
                    • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                    • 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
                    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
                    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                    • 3/4 cup butter
                    • 2 cups white sugar
                    • 1/3 cup applesauce
                    • 3 eggs, beaten
                    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
                    • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
                    • 1 cup brown sugar
                    • 1/2 cup butter
                    • 1/3 cup heavy cream
                    • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
                    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
                    2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together 3/4 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, applesauce, and eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream and pumpkin. Stir into the flour mixture just until blended. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
                    3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
                    4. Place the brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring to blend until smooth. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the confectioner’s sugar, and drizzle over the cake immediately.

                    10. Heavenly “Apple of My Thigh” Dessert

                      • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
                      • 1/4 cup white sugar
                      • 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
                      • 3 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered English toffee, chopped
                      • 5 green apples, cored and sliced
                      1. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce in a medium bowl. Spread onto a serving tray or a plate.
                      2. Drizzle the remaining caramel sauce over the top and sprinkle with pieces of chocolate covered toffee.
                      3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then serve with apple slices.

                      11. Autumn Cheesecake

                        • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
                        • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
                        • 3 tablespoons white sugar
                        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                        • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
                        • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
                        • 1/2 cup white sugar
                        • 2 eggs
                        • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                        • 4 cups apples – peeled, cored and thinly sliced
                        • 1/3 cup white sugar
                        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                        • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
                        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and melted butter; press into the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
                        2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Mix at medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla; pour filling into the baked crust.
                        3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss the cinnamon-sugar with the apples to coat. Spoon apple mixture over cream cheese layer and sprinkle with 1/4 cup chopped pecans.
                        4. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 70 minutes. With a knife, loosen cake from rim of pan. Let cool, then remove the rim of pan. Chill cake before serving

                        12. Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

                          • 6 apples – peeled, cored, and sliced
                          • 2 tablespoons white sugar
                          • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                          • 1 cup brown sugar
                          • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
                          • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
                          • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                          • 1/2 cup cold butter
                          1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
                          2. Toss apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl to coat; pour into a 9-inch square baking dish.
                          3. Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; spread over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the topping gently until even.
                          4. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 40 minutes.

                          13. Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

                            • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                            • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
                            • 2 teaspoons baking soda
                            • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                            • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
                            • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
                            • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
                            • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
                            • 1/3 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
                            • 1 cup butter, room temperature
                            • 1 cup white sugar
                            • 1 cup packed brown sugar
                            • 4 eggs
                            • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                            • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
                            1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. Whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, cloves, and crystallized ginger in a bowl; set aside.
                            2. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla and pumpkin puree with the last egg. Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
                            3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

                            14. Big, Soft Ginger Cookies

                              • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
                              • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
                              • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                              • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                              • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
                              • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                              • 3/4 cup margarine, softened
                              • 1 cup white sugar
                              • 1 egg
                              • 1 tablespoon water
                              • 1/4 cup molasses
                              • 2 tablespoons white sugar
                              1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
                              2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
                              3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container

                              15. Creamy Rice Pudding

                                • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
                                • 2 cups milk, divided
                                • 1/3 cup white sugar
                                • 1/4 teaspoon salt
                                • 1 egg, beaten
                                • 2/3 cup golden raisins
                                • 1 tablespoon butter
                                • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                1. Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; stir rice into boiling water. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
                                2. In a clean saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk, beaten egg, and raisins; cook 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

                                16. Country Apple Dumplings

                                  • 2 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
                                  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
                                  • 1 cup butter
                                  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
                                  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                                  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle Mountain Dew ™
                                  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
                                  2. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.
                                  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew™ over the dumplings.
                                  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

                                  17. Sweet Potato Pie

                                  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato
                                  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
                                  • 1 cup white sugar
                                  • 1/2 cup milk
                                  • 2 eggs
                                  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
                                  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                                  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
                                  1. Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
                                  2. Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
                                  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

                                  18. Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

                                    • 1 cup butter, softened
                                    • 2/3 cup white sugar
                                    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
                                    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
                                    • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
                                    • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
                                    • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
                                    • 1 teaspoon milk
                                    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
                                    2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
                                    3. Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
                                    4. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.

                                    19. No Bake Cookies

                                    • 2 cups white sugar
                                    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
                                    • 1/2 cup margarine
                                    • 1/2 cup milk
                                    • 1 pinch salt
                                    • 3 cups quick cooking oats
                                    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
                                    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                                    1. In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, margarine, milk, and salt to a rapid boil for 1 minute.
                                    2. Add quick cooking oats, peanut butter, and vanilla; mix well.
                                    3. Working quickly, drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, and let cool.

                                    20. Golden Rum Cake

                                    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
                                    • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
                                    • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
                                    • 4 eggs
                                    • 1/2 cup water
                                    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
                                    • 1/2 cup dark rum
                                    • 1/2 cup butter
                                    • 1/4 cup water
                                    • 1 cup white sugar
                                    • 1/2 cup dark rum
                                    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan.
                                    2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in the eggs, 1/2 cup water, oil and 1/2 cup rum. Blend well. Pour batter over chopped nuts in the pan.
                                    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto serving plate. Brush glaze over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze and repeat until all glaze is used.
                                    4. To make the glaze: in a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum.

                                    I hope you enjoy trying out some of these recipes from These are some of the best dessert recipes around. I am certainly going to be on my way to the store soon, to buy some apples, because I am now in the mood for the delicious Apple Dumplings! Make sure to let me know which ones are your favorites!

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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


                                          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.


                                              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


                                                    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.


                                                          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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