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40 Attractive Places To Visit Which Are Always Overlooked

40 Attractive Places To Visit Which Are Always Overlooked

1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

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    Off the shore of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is surrounded by deep waters and counter currents. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island is more or less rectangular in shape. It is home to dense and exuberant tropical moist forests.

    2. Studenica Monastery, Serbia

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      A 12th Century Serbian Orthodox Monastery, Studenica Monastery is situated in Central Serbia. It is one of the largest and richest Serb Orthodox Monasteries in existence. A must see destination for religious followers, or just a curious soul. Surely, an exotic destination.

      3. Shibam, Yemen

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        With 7,000 inhabitants, Shibam, is quite a large town nestled in Yemen, famous for its mud-brick-made tower houses. The first known inscription about the city dates back from the 3rd century AD. It was the capital of Hadramawt Kingdom, and is now officially a World Heritage Site. The distinct features set it apart from other Heritage sites, and the houses rise 5 to 11 stories high.

        4. Gillette Castle State Park

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          Sitting high above the Connecticut River, the castle was originally a private residence. Designed by William Gillette, an american actor, famous for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. The park receives 300,000 visitors annually. It opened in 2002, after years of restoration costing a total of 11 million dollars. Now, includes a museum, hiking trails, picnic area, and theatrical celebrations.

          6. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

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            Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dinosaur Provincial Park is located two and a half hours southeast of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The park is situated in the valley of the REd Deer River and more than 500 specimens have been removed and exhibited in museums around the globe. It is also well-known for being the richest dinosaur fossil locales in the world.

            7. Rock Paintings, Baja California

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              Consisting of prehistoric paintings of humans and other animals, often larger than life-size, the paintings are situated in the mountains of northern and southern Baja California. The most common figures are humans and deer; others include rabbits, bighorn sheep, birds, fish, and snakes. The images are essentially silhouettes. A dorsal/ventral perspective is employed for humans, turtles, birds, and fish. A lateral perspective is used for most deer and other animals.

              8. Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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                Established on April 1, 1931, as a unit of the National Park Service, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located in northeastern Arizona-within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Ultimately, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.

                9. Gebel Barkal And The Sites Of Napatan, Sudan

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                  A small mountain located some 400 km, north of Khartoum in Karima town, Sudan. The mountain is 98m tall, has a flat top, and apparently was used as a landmark by the traders in the important route between central Africa, Arabia, and Egypt. In 2003, the mountain and the historical city of Napata were named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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                  10. Liechtenstein

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                    Located in Central Europe, Liechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked German speaking micro state. It is a constitutional monarchy and is headed by the Prince of Liechtenstein. Bordered by Switzerland to the west and south by Austria, it has an area of just over 160 square kilometers. Economically, Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world.

                    11. Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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                      Located in the death valley area, the sand dunes are surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies. A wonderful destination to behold with your very eyes.

                      12. Gulf of Porto, Corsica

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                        Located on the French island Corsica, within Corsica Regional Park, the park and reserve has been recognized by the United Nations as a Natural World Heritage Site, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983.

                        13. Vredefort Dome, South Africa

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                          Enunciated in the list of of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005, after a crater struck the Earth. An important moment in time captured perfectly awaiting for curious minds and souls indeed.

                          14. Giarre, Italy

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                            An Italian town on the east coast of Sicily in the providence of Catania. In 2010 it’s population was 27,785 people approximately. Since the late 18th century Giarre was a village of the county of Mascali.

                            15. Cappadocia, Turkey

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                              A historical region in Central Anatolia, famous for unique geographical features like chimneys and grand-scale architecture. Made from stone, the works are amazing and breath-taking to behold. Next time, make sure to make a visit at this grand destination.

                              16. Rohtas Fort, Pakistan

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                                A historical garrison fort located near the city of Jhelum in Punjab, Pakistan. It was built by Raja Todar Mal, in the 16th century, at a strategic site in the North of Pakistan. It is a perfect example of Muslim military architecture. So, if you are interested in these sort of things, check it out next time you go on a trip.

                                17. Sani Pass, South Africa

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                                  Known as the mother of South African mountain passes, it meanders over the Drakensberg Escarpment into Lesotho. The Rout up Sani Pass starts 1544 m and climbs 1332 vertical meters to an altitude of 2876 meters. The road is notoriously dangerous and requires the use of a 4*4 vehicle as to maneuver the route in a decent manner, with safety primarily in mind. Caution is to be exercised and all people must be alert along the way.

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                                  18. Kangbashi, China

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                                    Also known as China’ “Ghost City” Kangbashi is largely uninhabited, and was originally built for a population of a million. If you love seeking out terrifying and thrilling new places, China’s Ghost City aka. Kangbashi, China is the right place for you.

                                    19. Volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russia

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                                      Volcanoes at Kamchatka are a large group of volcanoes situated on the Kamchatka peninsula. The Kamchatka River and valley surrounding it are flanked by large volcanic belts containing 160 volcanoes of which 29 are still active.

                                      20. Nowhere, Monegros, Spain

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                                        An event that is based primarily on the European Arts, Nowhere, is held annually in the month of July. It embraces the Burning Man principles of radical self-expression if you may.

                                        21. Barle-Nassau and Narle Hertog

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                                          Municipalities in the town of Southern Netherlands, these overlooked destinations are great for anyone interested in antique architecture. The municipalities are quite old, and are linked with complicated borders especially the Dutch-Belgian Border in this case. Baarle-Hertog is in Belgium while Baarle-Nassau is in the Netherlands side. So in this case, you get to be treated with twice the fun and excitement, and make sure to not miss out.

                                          22. Saltaire, England

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                                            A Victorian model village, Saltaire, England, lies within the confines of the Bradford Metropolitan District by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It was designated as a World Heritage Site, and is also an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It was built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woolen industry.

                                            23. Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA

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                                              Lying in Yellowstone National Park, the Springs are the largest in the United States of America and the third largest in the whole world. They reside in the Midway Geyser Basin and were named for their striking coloration that match the rainbow consisting of green, blue, red, orange, and yellow.

                                              24. Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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                                                Capital of the Bukhara Providence, the city-museum include 140 architectural monuments. The nation’s 5th largest city, the population was approximately 272,710 people in the year of 2014. The city has been a center of trade as it lies on the Silk Road and is known for trade, scholarship, religion, and culture. It contains several mosques, madrases, and is a World Heritage Site in additional quality.

                                                25. Kilauea Volcano and Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii

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                                                  A currently hyperactive shilled Volcano, Kilauea is the most active of the five surrounding volcanoes. Located around the southern shore of the island is the second youngest of offspring…and is also the most active. Notably, and surprisingly, it was also one thought to be a satellite also.

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                                                  26. China Danxia, Southwest China

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                                                    Danxia is the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red sedimentary beds, and endogenous forces, or sandstone if you may please. They are characterized by steep cliffs as well by the same token. It was inscribed on the World Heritage site as well.

                                                    27. Portland Head light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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                                                      A historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The light station sits on a head of land at the entrance of the primary shipping channel into Port Harbor within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine. Construction had begun in 1787 while George Washington was president of the USA.

                                                      28. Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

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                                                        Dominated by the Ahklun Mountains in the north and cold waters of Bristol Bay, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge confronts the traveler with a kaleidoscope of landscapes. The natural forces that have shaped this land range from violent and powerful to the geologically patient. Earthquales and volcanoes filled the former role but glacial ice filled the latter role as well. It is the fourth largest National Wildlife Refuge in the United States of America and home to 48 mammal species, of which 17 are marine-life.

                                                        29. Mount Hood

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                                                          A stratovolcano in the northern region of Oregon.

                                                          30. Horseshoe Bend

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                                                            A horse shoe shaped meander of the Colorado River, it is located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States of America. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5 mile round trip from US Route 89 and contains various minerals like platinum, garnet, and hematite.

                                                            31. Salt Lake Temple and Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah

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                                                              The centerpiece of the 10-acre Temple Square, Salt Lake Temple is considered sacred by the Church and its members. It is the largest LDS Temple by floor area and the sixth temple completed by the Church. It required 40 years to complete and the fourth temple built since the Mormon exodus.

                                                              32. Garden of The Gods

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                                                                A public park in the location of the Colorado Springs and designated a National Natural landmark in 1971 as well. The red rock formations that are evident were a cause of a major geological upheaval millions of years ago. Evidence show that people lived for a hundreds of years ago….as prehistoric evidence primarily or more specifically declares. Native American People may have been attracted to the wildlife and plant life and used overhangs for shelter.

                                                                33. Tubbataha Reef, Phillipines

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                                                                  A protected area of the Philippines, the reef is home to a wondrous amount of creatures and species of fish. It is located in the middle Sulu Sea. It is made up of two coral reefs called the North and South and separated by a wide and deep channel. Each reef has a big lagoon in the middle of it, quite a spectacle for many. In 2008, the reef was nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature – a big achievement.

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                                                                  34. Gila Cliff Dwellings

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                                                                    The Gila Cliff Dwellings is a National Monument in the Gila Wilderness of southwestern New Mexico. The 533-acre was established by President Theodore Roosevelt and located in the extreme southern part of Catron County.

                                                                    35. Palouse Falls

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                                                                      Lying on the Palouse River, the falls are 198 ft. in height. The canyon at the falls is very deep and exposes the Columbia River Plateau.

                                                                      36. Windsor Ruins, Mississippi

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                                                                        About 10 miles Southwest of Port Gibson, these Ruins have notably been used in various motion pictures. Commonly known as Windsor or Windsor Ruins, today they are comprised of 23 columns, a few pieces of China, and some wrought iron chairs.

                                                                        37. Skagit Valley Tulip Field

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                                                                          The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held annually April 1 – April 30th. The festival is Washington’s largest with over one-million visitors in the State of Washington. It was also selected on #1 street fair in King Tv’s “Best of the Northwest” award.

                                                                          38. White Sands National Monument

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                                                                            White Sands National Monument is a US monument located 16 miles southwest of Alamogordo. Creating a national park in the White Sands has been a major find. A group in El Paso has proposed the creation of “Mescalero” National Park.

                                                                            39. Lumbini, Nepal

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                                                                              The area is known to be sacred as it was the birth place of Lord Buddha in 623 B.C. It is located in Terai plains of southern Nepal, and is widely recognized by its’ famous gardens of Lumbini. Now it is a place of pilgrimage, where visitors come across the world to visit.

                                                                              40. Lake Junaluska

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                                                                                Lake Junalska lies in the Great Smokey Mountains, 20 miles from Asheville, North Carolina. Home to a lovely and man-made Lake, it is named after a prominent chief of the Cherokees because the land was inherently their for centuries. The past 100 years, it has been the home of a retreat and conference center operated by the United Methodist Church of the South Eastern District. There is a gorgeous walking trail evident.

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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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