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The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

Life is not meant to be spent at a single place. As George Bernard Shaw put it, “Life is a book and those who don’t travel, read only a page.” Present youths seem to live by this quote.

With advanced means of transport and wide variety of information channels, it’s very easy to know about places and actually go there, of course if you’ve got the resolve and a few dollars.

In the past, people would normally work all their life in their hometowns and move out to see places only when they retired.

But nowadays, the trend of settling in exotic foreign destinations to make living has grown a lot. However, youths don’t want to settle just anywhere. They’re demanding like always in this case as well.

Here below is the list of 25 of the most appealing metropolitan cities for youth. We’re primarily focusing on their appeal as a new place to settle in but they appeal equally as a traveler’s destination.

25. Helsinki

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    The largest city in Finland, Helsinki is the Finnish capital. The environment is very comfortable as the climate is mostly temperate. Employment opportunities are varied.

    Helsinki is guaranteed to be a paradise for youths, especially if they are familiar with European languages.

    It is Finland’s major political, financial, educational and cultural center. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities available as well.

    24. Zurich

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      Zurich is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. As such, it might be somewhat frightening to live in this city if you’re of rather limited means.

      However, the aesthetic beauty and excellent atmosphere of this Swiss city make it one of the finest places to live on Earth.

      Frequently ranked atop the list of cities with best quality of life indexes, young peoples will surely have so much to do in this city.

      23. Prague

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        The economic and political center of Central Europe, the Czech capital of Prague is home to ten major museums and numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits.

        Fortunate to survive amidst of the destruction of 20th century Europe, the city is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the world.

        Prague was even ranked 5th by Tripadvisor on its list of best destinations of the world. It’s the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

        22. Vancouver

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          Canadian city Vancouver has unfailingly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world over the years of the past decade. And, this should apply to youths as well.

          The city is culturally diverse with a mix of Europeans, Asians and Hispanics alike. Youths longing for cross-cultural experience should have a great time in this city.

          Vancouver, however, is a rather expensive city to live in. So if you’re thinking of moving in, you ought to prepare yourself accordingly.

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          21. Edinburgh

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            This capital city of Scotland is known as the “Athens of the North” and has a high proportion of schools, colleges and universities. So if you are thinking of pursuing higher studies abroad, Edinburgh is surely the place to be.

            The city hosts the biggest international arts festival of the world annually in every August and other such festivals are also held throughout the year.

            The city has rich literary heritage and literary activities go on throughout the year. So youths who aspire to be writers ought to move to this city, which became the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

            20. Rome

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              Often referred to as “The Eternal City”, the Italian capital of Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, with abundance of historical and cultural heritages.

              One of the most visited cities of the world, this first of the major centers of Italian Renaissance, is home to historic monuments like Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

              This city will surely appeal to younger generation with longing for the past and art as the city is full of ancient and enigmatic artistic things.

              19. Cape Town

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                Cape Town is the sole African city in our list and one of the most balanced cities of the world. For many youths, it should be the most ideal city.

                Geographical diversity of this city is second to none as one can find several mountain peaks within a few kilometers of equally amazing beaches.

                The population of the city is also diverse and young people who want to live in temperate weather will revel in the composed climate of this city.

                18. Geneva

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                  Geneva is the second Swiss city in our list. This city is often called the “Peace Capital” of the world, because the city has almost remained in peace forever and also houses the leading organizations working for world peace, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

                  The city is one of the most expensive cities in the world but it is understandable with high standards of living offered by the city.

                  Youthful minds, who want to work in humanitarian sectors and in leading non-governmental organizations at international level, should have opportunities galore in this city.

                  17. Seattle

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                    Located in the U.S. state of Washington, Seattle is a major harbor city and an entryway for trade with Asia. It’s also known as the “Emerald City”.

                    This city should be an absolute delight for coffee aficionados, as it is home to three of the most famous coffee companies in the world: Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee and Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company.

                    The economy of the city is sound and as such, youths should have no problem finding employment opportunities suiting their skill-sets. There are plenty of places to visit for sightseers as well with abundance of art galleries, museums, natural parks and community centers.

                    16. Barcelona

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                      Barcelona, a major economic and cultural center in the South West of Europe, is home to Sagrada Familia, which is also the international symbol of the city.

                      There is an abundance of such historical and cultural artifacts in the city. Leading smart city since 2011, youths should have plenty of opportunities in this city if they want to make a name for themselves in technology sector.

                      15. Oslo

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                        Oslo is an essential center for marine knowledge. One ought to find plenty of opportunities in this sector in this Norwegian city, which houses world’s largest shipping companies and brokers.

                        Although it’s a city for young people with the strongest of incomes, there are plenty of employment opportunities that can be found in this city and the city’s environs are also of excellent aesthetics.

                        14. Salvador

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                          The nation’s prominent port and international trading point, Brazilian city of Salvador is the only South American city to make into our list.

                          Noted in Brazil for its exotic cuisine, music and architecture, this city should offer the best form of Brazilian experience to youths from all over the world.

                          Salvador is also home to the third best beach in the world, Porto da Barra, as judged by the Guardian in 2007. There are plenty of other beaches as well in this coastal city.

                          13. Melbourne

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                            Known as “The Garden City” and also referred to as “Cultural Capital of Australia”, Melbourne was recognized as the fourth top university city of the world in 2008. This should be a great city for youths who want to pursue higher education.

                            Melbourne is a major international center for performing arts. Home to Australia’s oldest and most prominent cultural institutions, youths with a love for art will love this city.

                            A city with diverse populace, the city is quite affordable as living and fooding costs are lower comparable to other Australian cities.

                            12. Vienna

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                              Austrian capital of Vienna is also known as “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”. This beautiful city is the most livable city in the world.

                              With rich history and culture and excellent economy and environment, the city offers almost everything that a young soul can yearn for.

                              Vienna is a regular destination for international conferences and seminars, and has been ranked as one of the most innovative cities of the world in several lists over the years of the past decade.

                              11. Frankfurt

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                                Frankfurt is the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany and transportation and financial center of the whole European continent.

                                Frankfurt may not appeal youths who want to live a peaceful and serene life, but those who love the hustle and bustle of modern day city life will surely love this city.

                                The city has always exhibited excellent quality of life, having regularly been ranked high on various “Quality of Life” surveys over the years.

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                                10. Seoul

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                                  The South Korean capital of Seoul, with population little over 10 million, has invested considerable time and money into pursuing environmental sustainability.

                                  It is a UNESCO City of Design and in 2010, was even named World Design Capital. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was rated best international airport for nine years in a row

                                  The per capita income of the city is almost 40,000 dollars and as such, young people with appropriate skills should be able to live a great life in this city.

                                  9. Tokyo

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                                    One of the major economic centers of the world, Japanese capital of Tokyo will provide you with an excellent Asian experience.

                                    The most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is certainly not the place to spend the years after retirement. In fact, it’s the place to bring the most out of yourself in the most productive years of your youth.

                                    Tokyo is also a great place for travelers, evidenced by the fact that it was ranked first in the “Best Overall Category” for traveler’s experience by Tripadvisor.

                                    8. Los Angeles

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                                      With over 800 startups, Californian city of Los Angeles will surely appeal to entrepreneurial youths and if you want to live your startup dreams and be a successful entrepreneur, it’s the place to be.

                                      Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan economy of the world and a global city in every sense. Nicknamed the ‘”City of Angels,” the city is home to global powerhouses in business, international trade, technology and education.

                                      Los Angeles is surely the place to be if you want to be the best and make a name for yourself in the field of your interest.

                                      7. London

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                                        London is officially the capital of Great Britain, but it’s the cultural capital of the world. It has always been the world’s center for arts, education, commerce and innovations.

                                        With 43 universities, it’s the city with the largest number of universities in the world.

                                        People from all over the world have gathered at London and the town is culturally very diverse and should be a great place to live for people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.

                                        6. Chicago

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                                          The Windy City of Chicago is home to more than five hundred parks and thus, offers plenty of greenery and nature to revel in. It’s also known as “Second City”.

                                          Chicago is a major international hub for commerce, finance, industry, telecommunications and technology. As such, youths should have no problem finding job opportunities.

                                          The city is also culturally rich. The city’s culture tends to put art on high regards and over the years, the city has produced some of the biggest names in music, movies and theatres.

                                          5. Paris

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                                            The French capital of Paris is the dream destination for most of the fantasizing youths of the world. Almost every youth keeps this wonderful city in their wish list of cities to visit.

                                            The city holds special appeal for writers, painters, fashion designers and architects, partly for the tales of how the city lodged so many brilliant minds around the turn of the 20th century.

                                            Paris also houses Quai Branly Museum that displays art collections from all the distant corners of the world. Designed by Jean Nouvel, it is one of the most extravagant museum architectures of the world.

                                            4. Dallas

                                              With a rather small population of only around 1.2 million, the Texan city of Dallas is often seen as the city of cowboys and rodeos. But it offers much more than that.

                                              A dream destination for the youths with love for westerns, the city is home to third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. and you should have plenty of entrepreneurial motivation living in the city.

                                              Although traditionally Dallas relied on farming as its primary source of income, the city has continuously grown in industrial and engineering sectors as well in modern times.

                                              3. New York

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                                                New York City has plenty of opportunities for youths to be employed. Besides, with excellent education facilities, the city can enlighten and empower the youths in a fantastic way.

                                                One of three commanding centers of the world economy, this city is famous as “The City that Never Sleeps.” With this, you have an idea what the city is like. There are a wide range of possibilities in all sorts of sectors as this city never stops working and creating.

                                                The populace of the city speak more than 800 languages and the population is also culturally diverse. So you should not have to live with any alien feeling at all.

                                                2. Berlin

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                                                  Berlin is the capital of Germany, which has always had a great importance in the history of the world. The city has always proved to be a great inspiration for young minds, justified by the long list of composers, scientists, inventors and philosophers it has produced.

                                                  The city can offer high standard of living for youths as opportunities can be found in wide range of sectors, encompassing music, film, advertising, engineering, business and others.

                                                  1. Toronto

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                                                    Lying on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canadian city of Toronto was deemed to be the most youthful city of the world in the inaugural YouthfulCities index of 2014.

                                                    The city is culturally diverse, financially strong and youth employment opportunities are aplenty. Toronto is also a great place for startups, evidenced by the fact that there are over 600 startups in the city, among which some have even made it to the global level.

                                                    There are all sorts of opportunities for youths to develop themselves and hone their skills. The city is quite affordable, as there are several programs targeted to make it easy for youths to live.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Paris via Huffington Post via i.huffpost.com

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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.

                                                            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.

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                                                              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 Renissance era Italy, we think of Michaelangelo 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. Avoid conflicts.

                                                                  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.

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                                                                  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.

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                                                                          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.

                                                                          Take a look at these 5 Ways to Stop Self Doubt in its Tracks.

                                                                          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, the 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:

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