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35 Festivals Around the World You Don’t Want to Miss

35 Festivals Around the World You Don’t Want to Miss

While many adventurers enjoy visiting new places, the idea of going to a new city or country for a specific festival or celebration holds even more appeal for many savvy travelers. Whether you want to experience the dangerous or just the delightful, here are the top 35 world-famous festivals, events, and parties to mark on your globe-trotting calendar.

January

1. New Year’s Eve, Sydney Harbor, Australia

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    Sydney knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang. The more than one billion people who tune in to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show can’t be wrong. The fireworks weigh 7 tons, and are made up of 11 shells, 100,000 pyrotechnic effects, and 25,000 shooting comets. There is also a light parade of 52 boats, with over 3,000 additional boats in the harbor to watch the show.

    2. Harbin Ice and Snow, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China

    January 5 – February 5, 2015

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      Now that’s ice! This annual winter festival began in 1963, during Harbin’s ice-lantern show and garden party. Not only can you see the most spectacular ice sculptures in the world, you can also enjoy alpine skiing, winter swimming in the Songhua River, and the ice lantern exhibition in Zhaolin Garden.

      3. Up Helly Aa Fire Festival, Shetland, Scotland

      January 27, 2015

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        Up Helly Aa refers to a variety of fire festivals held to mark the end of the yule season. This Lerwick celebration came from the older yule tradition of tar barreling. Young men would drag barrels of burning tar through town, until it was banned around 1884. However, permission was obtained to move to torch processions, with the first celebration of torches on Up Helly Aa taking place in 1881. The tradition has continued, with the procession’s finale culminating with torches thrown at a replica Viking longship or galley.

        4. Carnival of Venice, Venice, Italy

        January 31 – February 17, 2015

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          This is the event that celebrates the many masks we wear. The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival that ends with the Christian celebration of Lent. It is believed to have started in 1162, and continued until 1797, when both the festival and masks were outlawed by the King of Austria. During the 19th century, the masks gradually reappeared in private feasts. In 1979, the carnival was resurrected to bring back the history and culture of Venice. Today, three million people visit Venice to attend the carnival, sporting their best masks. There is a contest for la maschera più bella (“the most beautiful mask”), held on the last weekend of the carnival.

          February

          5. Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

          February 13 – February 18, 2015

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            This carnival draws the largest attendance in the world, with over two million people in the streets before Lent. This celebration began in 1723, and today includes floats, party goers, music, and costumes. Samba schools, or dancing schools, work together to build the best floats, themes, lyrics, and dances to portray their theme.

            6. Battle of the Oranges, Ivrea, Italy

            February 14 – 17, 2015

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              If you enjoy a good food fight, this is the celebration for you! The largest food fight in Italy is used to reenact a story from the 12th or 13th century of a young miller’s daughter standing up to a tyrant who attempted to rape her on the eve of her wedding night. The woman fought back, and decapitated the rapist. The people then revolted and burned the palace. Each year, a girl is still chosen to play the part of this brave young woman who inspired a city to fight back. The orange handlers (or “Aranceri”) split into two groups, one group on foot representing the villagers, and one group in carts representing the tyrant’s soldiers. They throw oranges at each other to represent the ancient weapons and stones used during that time.

              7. Chinese New Year, Celebrated Worldwide

              February 19, 2015

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                Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival in China, this centuries-old traditional holiday is a time set aside to honor deities and ancestors. It is celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong,[Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Philippines, and also in Chinatowns world wide.

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                8. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA

                February 17, 2015

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                  Mari Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and refers to the Tuesday before lent, which is the highlight of the season. The celebrations include parades, masquerade balls, and king cake parties. The festivities are concentrated in the two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

                  March

                  9. National Pyrotechnic Festival, Tultepec, Mexico

                  Mar 1 – 12, 2015

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                    This festival is held in the municipality of Tultepec, where about half of Mexico’s fireworks are produced. It began in the mid-19th century as a celebration to honor John of God, the patron saint of fireworks makers. Today, it is celebrated through concerts, amusement-park rides, the release of sky lanterns, and setting off fireworks attached to “castillos” (castles) or wooden bulls.

                    10. Molten Iron Throwing and Lantern Festival, Nuanquan, China

                    March 5, 2015

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                      The locals in Nuanquan discovered that they could make fire explode by throwing molten metal against a cold stone wall. The legend goes that the villagers couldn’t afford the expense of fireworks for the annual Lantern Festival for the end of the festivities for the Lunar New Year. To remedy their lack of pyrotechnics, they melted down scrap iron and threw it against the walls. Today, the blacksmiths only protect themselves with sheepskin coats and flimsy hats while creating a beautiful cascade of fire.

                      11. Rouketopolemos, Vrontados, Greece

                      March 18 – April 30, 2015

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                        This traditional annual event is held every Easter in the town of Vrontados. A rocket war is held between two rival parishes, St. Mark’s and Panaghia Ereithiani, that sit on hilltops 400 meters apart. The parishioners try to hit the belfry with homemade rockets made from wooden sticks containing gunpowder and launched from grooved platforms.

                        12. Holi Festival, India

                        March 6 – 7, 2015

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                          This Hindu religious spring festival is also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. It begins with a Holika bonfire the night before the main event, where people sing and dance. The next morning, the carnival of colors literally paints the town. Participants throw dry powder and colored water on each other, with water guns and colored, water-filled balloons adding to the rainbow-mayhem magic.

                          13. Taiwan Lantern Festival, Pingxi District, Taiwan

                          March 5 – 15, 2015

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                            This celebration follows the firecracker ceremony of the Wumiao Temple. The Yanshui Fireworks Display was originally used to ward off disease and evil from the town. The sky lanterns followed the fireworks, to signal to everyone that the town was now safe and cleansed.

                            14. Saint Patrick’s Day, Ireland

                            March 17, 2015

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                              What better place to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick than in Ireland? The date commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who was said to use three-leafed shamrocks to explain the Christian trinity theology to the local people. Celebrations include parades and festivals, honoring Irish culture, and lots and lots of green.

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                              April

                              15. Onbashira, Shimo-Suwa, Japan

                              April 1 – June 15, 2016

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                                Apparently, to prove your bravery in this event, you just need to ride huge logs down steep mountains. Among the most dangerous festivals in Japan, this celebration is held every six years in the Lake Suwa area of Nagano, Japan. Teams of men drag huge logs from the mountain, ride them down steep embankments, and use them to renew the Suwa Taisha or Suwa Grand Shire by supporting the foundation. This festival has gone on uninterrupted for 1200 years.

                                16. Naghol Land Diving, Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

                                April 5 – June 28, 2015

                                If you have ever wondered where bungee jumping got its start, look no further. Land diving is a ritual where the local men jump off wooden towers almost 100-feet tall, with only two tree vines wrapped around their ankles. This feat is done without any safety equipment. According to the Guinness World Records, the g-force the men experience on the lowest point of their dive is the greatest ever felt by humans in the non-industrialized world.

                                17. Songkran Water Festival, Thailand

                                April 13 – 15, 2015

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                                  This celebration coincides with the New Year of many South and Southeast Asian calendars. The traditional water throwing is meant to wash away all of the bad, and many times the water is filled with fragrant herbs. Besides the cleansing symbolism, who doesn’t want to get sprayed in the face by an elephant?

                                  May

                                  18. Cooper Hill’s Cheese Rolling Festival, Gloucester, England

                                  May 26, 2015

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                                    How can watching people chase a nine-pound round of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill not be entertaining? The first person to reach the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese. This running of the cheese has been going on since the fifteenth century, and has two debated origins. The first story is said to have evolved due to a requirement to maintain grazing rights on the common. The second story centers around the pagan origins for the custom of rolling objects down the hill. It is believed that bundles of burning brushwood were rolled down the hill to represent the birth of the New Year after winter.

                                    June

                                    19. Governors Ball, Randall’s Island, New York, USA

                                    June 5 – 7, 2014

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                                      New York is known for its many music festivals, but perhaps the most popular is the Governors Ball. This event’s concoction of electronic music, rock, and hip hop boasts some of the world’s biggest acts.

                                      20. Summerfest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

                                      Jun 24 – 28 & June 30 – July 5, 2015

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                                        Boasting the rights to the largest music festival in the world, drawing crowds of over 900,000, Summerfest is the backdrop for some of the industry’s hottest stars, local favorites, and emerging talent, with more than 800 different acts and over 1,000 performances.

                                        21. Infiorata di Genzano, Genzano, Italy

                                        June 21 – 23, 2015

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                                          If you ever wanted to see streets made from flowers, then travel to the flower festival of Genzano, which dates back to the eighteenth century. Participants make floral carpets to prepare for the feast of Corpus Christi. Each beautiful panel is chosen by a special committee who also chairs the organization of the event, and generally illustrates civil or religious reproductions of famous works of art.

                                          July

                                          22. Roswell UFO Festival, Roswell, New Mexico, United States

                                          July 3 – 6, 2015

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                                            Both UFO enthusiast and skeptics are invited to this unique celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. Whether or not you believe in aliens, you will certainly enjoy the guest speakers, entertainment, costume contests, pet costumes, parade, and other family-friendly activities.

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                                            23. San Fermin, Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain

                                            July 6 – 14, 2015

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                                              The most famous event of the festival of San Fermín is the running of the bulls, but the entire event draws over one million people each year and is now the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain.

                                              24. Boryeong Mud Festival, Boryeong, South Korea

                                              July 17 – 26, 2015

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                                                If you ever wanted the chance to get dirty in public, then this is your party. This festival was created to promote the Boryeong mud, which is used in cosmetics. During the festival, people can play in a mud pool, mud slides, mud prison, and participate in mud skiing competitions. Colored mud is also used for body painting.

                                                25. Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium

                                                July 24 – 26, 2015

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                                                  This music festival has been called the largest electronic music festival in the world. The festivities include 15 stages with over-sized flowers, active volcanoes, explosive butterflies, giant disco balls, smoke cannons, and confetti. More than 400,000 music enthusiasts attended the 2014 concert.

                                                  August

                                                  26. La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain

                                                  August 27, 2015

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                                                    If you ever felt the urge to throw smashed tomatoes at complete strangers, then this event is your cup of salsa. Every year, just for the fun of it, the people in this Spanish town throw over 40 metric tons of tomatoes at each other.

                                                    September

                                                    27. Scottish Highland Games, Braemar, United Kingdom

                                                    September 5, 2015

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                                                      While the highland games are held throughout the year in Scotland, the most famous event is in Braemar. This event draws more than 20,000 people sporting their kilts, ready to watch international athletes compete in tug-of-war, hammer throwing, stone putting, the long jump, a hill race, and the most famous event, the caber toss. There is also plenty of Highland dancing, children’s sack races, and pipers.

                                                      28. Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

                                                      September 19 – October 4, 2015

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                                                        Oktoberfest began as a German wedding reception between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony on October 12, 1810. The entire city of Munich was invited to the party. Today, the event is celebrated worldwide, but no where better than in Bavaria, Germany, where more than 6 million people attend the festivities.

                                                        29. Concurs de Castells, Tarragona, Spain

                                                        September 28, 2015

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                                                          The strongest and tallest human towers are created in Spain every two years, drawing a crowd of over 20,000 spectators. If you aren’t already impressed with watching thousands of people form themselves into towers, you can also enjoy the parade of dance, fireworks, and street performances, or take in the live music and concerts.

                                                          October

                                                          30. Austin City Limits Festival, Austin, Texas, USA

                                                          October 2 – 4 & 9 – 11, 2015

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                                                            This outdoor music festival consists of two consecutive weekends, drawing over 75,000 people each day. Many different genres, including rock, indie, country, folk, electronic, and hip hop make up the event. While the music performances are spectacular, you can also enjoy an art market, a kids’ area, and plenty of food options.

                                                            31. Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

                                                            October 3 – 11, 2015

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                                                              The largest hot-air balloon festival in the world, which began in 1972, draws around 750 balloons and over 100,000 participants each year.

                                                              November

                                                              32. Day of the Dead, Celebrated in the US, Canada, Europe, and Mexico

                                                              November 1 – 2, 2015

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                                                                Known as the “Día de Muertos” in Spanish, this Mexican holiday focuses on loved ones gathering together to pray for those who have died. Many participants build private alters, and honor the deceased with sugar skulls, marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages. They also visit their graves and leave offerings. The holiday originates from the Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.

                                                                33. Pirates Week Festival, George Town, Cayman Islands

                                                                November 6 – 16, 2014

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                                                                  The swash-buckling events of this eleven-day festival include music, street dances, competitions, games, local food and drink, kids’ day, a glittering parade, sports events, Heritage Days, a pirate invasion, and fireworks. It was started in 1977 as a way to boost tourism during the country’s slower season.

                                                                  December

                                                                  34. Burning the Clocks, Brighton, England

                                                                  December 21, 2014

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                                                                    Held on the shortest day of the year, people make their own paper and willow lanterns and carry them through the city. The parade has over 2,000 participants and draws over 20,000 spectators each year. When the procession reaches Brighton beach, the lanterns are joined together to create a bonfire while the spectators enjoy a dazzling fireworks show.

                                                                    35. SantaCon, San Francsico, California, United States

                                                                    Start Date: December 13, 2014

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                                                                      Grab your Santa suit and hit the streets! This bar crawl originated in San Francisco in 1994, but it has since spread to over 44 countries around the world. The Christmas event happens annually, and is described by organizers as a nonsensical Santa Claus convention that happens once a year for absolutely no reason.

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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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