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Last Updated on January 3, 2018

10 Movies You Need To Watch To Be More Successful

10 Movies You Need To Watch To Be More Successful

We’ve all had the experience of walking into the movies, and then walking out feeling like different people.

Movies have the potential to inspire, and influence our decisions about life. And why wouldn’t they?

We’re all familiar with the work of Woody Allen, James Cameron, and Quentin Tarantino. Three of the great many writers and directors who know how to emotionally impact an audience.

Sometimes a movie could be our motivational bridge to the success we truly desire.

And in this article, I’m sharing my personal list of  10 movies you need to watch to be more successful’ 

1. Fight Club: Materialism And Detachment

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    ”You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.” – Tyler Durden

    Fight Club is a movie that offers more than a few lessons in success. However, one of the greatest lessons we can benefit from this movie is that of Materialism and emotional detachment.

    According to Tyler Durden: Fight Club is about freeing yourself from the shackles of modern life, which imprisons and emasculates you. By being willing to give and receive pain and risk death.

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    Fight Club is one of those movies that can be watched over, and over again, finding something valuable to take away every time.

    2. Pumping Iron: Self-Belief And Assertion

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      “I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.”
      – Arnold Schwarzenegger

      Pumping Iron is not just a movie for body builders. No. Pumping Iron is a movie for those who would like to capture the power of self-belief and assertion in action.

      Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his mindset, attitude, and personal beliefs in this documentary classic. And will no doubt leave you inspired when you watch it.

      3. The Secret: Positive Attitude

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        “Instead of focusing on the world’s problems, give your attention and energy to trust, love, abundance, education and peace” – The Secret

        The Secret, is a movie based on The Law Of Attraction. (Also available as a paperback book). Whilst many are skeptical about the Law Of Attraction, the movie does, however, portray a very positive philosophy for life.

        The film has one primary aim: To help you lead a better life by changing your mental attitude. So for anyone who is looking for inspiration and motivation, The Secret is a movie that does just that.

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        4. The Social Network: Entitlement

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          ”A guy who makes a nice chair doesn’t owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.” – The Social Network

          Everyone should be familiar with The Social Network movie, and the success of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

          The Social Network is a movie that will inspire anyone to feel deserving of success, whilst also showing some of the drawbacks that being successful can have with the creation of backstabbing and legal rows.

          5. Yes Man: Opportunity

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            ”YES! Say it a million times. Then say it a million more. And the word you will have said two million times is…” – Yes Man

            Yes Man, is a fun movie that anyone can appreciate.  Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, who lives and average and unfulfilled life.

            He finds himself at a self-help seminar called ‘Yes’, and soon, his life makes an interesting shift. This movie will have you thinking about all the opportunities you may have missed by saying ‘no’ to things.

            6. Limitless: Getting Things Done

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              ”I wasn’t high. I wasn’t wired. Just clear. I knew what I needed to do and how to do it.” – Limitless

              Bradley Cooper plays procrastinating writer, Eddie Morra. One day Eddie finds his life take an immediate shift when introduced to a new drug.

              One can’t help to watch this film, and want to get in on the narcotic action. However, instead of using a drug, this film will enlighten you, and get you thinking about all the things you could be doing with your life.

              This is a movie that will certainly arouse you to take some action, and produce results with your life.

              7. The Wolf Of Wall Street: Drive And Prosperity

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                ”Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time.” – The Wolf Of Wall Street

                Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that demonstrates some of the things money can buy, and what it cant.

                One can’t help to watch this film and feel empowered by DiCapprio’s performance. The Wolf Of Wall Street is a film that will make you revaluate your current life, and have you aiming for the finer things.

                8. The Words: Own Your Work

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                  ”At some point, you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but they never actually touch.” – The Words

                  Another movie featuring Bradley Cooper, playing a struggling writer. The Words demonstrates how success can be a difficult, and provoke you to give up, or in these cases, copy someone else.

                  This movie will certainly inspire you to take charge of you work, and to do the best you can with what you have.

                  9. In Pursuit Of Happyness: Never Giving Up

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                    ”Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something’, go get it. Period.” – In Pursuit Of Happyness

                    In Pursuit Of Happyness is beautiful film that will almost leave you in tears. Will Smith plays, salesman Chris Gardner who encounters a great financial struggle, becoming homeless.

                    This film will demonstrate why you should never give up on yourself, and to not allow circumstances to destroy your dreams.

                    10. Good Will Hunting: Competence

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                      ”You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some fucking’ book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.” – Good Will Hunting

                      Good Will Hunting is a touching film, containing great conversations between characters Will Hunting (Matt Damon) and Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).

                      For anyone who has a talent, and does not believe themselves worthy of success. This film will certainly inspire you, and prove you competent.

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                      Last Updated on October 17, 2018

                      7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                      7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                      How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

                      If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

                      Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

                      So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

                      1. Meditate

                      We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

                      Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

                      Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

                      Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

                      Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

                      If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

                      And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

                      2. Get plenty of sleep

                      If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

                      If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

                      How much sleep should you be getting?

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                      Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

                      Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

                      Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

                      Yes, there are.

                      Try these three things:

                      • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
                      • Don’t eat too late
                      • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

                      Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

                      However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

                      3. Challenge your brain

                      When was the last time you challenged your brain?

                      I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

                      To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

                      Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

                      There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

                      • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                      • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                      • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

                      If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

                      Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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                      4. Take more breaks

                      When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

                      At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

                      However, I was wrong.

                      Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

                      Let me explain.

                      Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

                      Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

                      It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

                      It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

                      What’s the answer?

                      Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

                      If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

                      5. Learn a new skill

                      I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

                      “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

                      From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

                      Let me give you an example of this:

                      Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

                      Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

                      The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

                      Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

                      Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

                      6. Start working out

                      If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

                      Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

                      Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

                      “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

                      Not a problem.

                      A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

                      Interested in getting started?

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                      Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

                      • Join a gym
                      • Join a sports team
                      • Buy a bike
                      • Take up hiking
                      • Dance to your favorite music

                      7. Eat healthier foods

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

                      This applies to your brain too.

                      The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

                      Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

                      Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

                      Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

                      • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
                      • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
                      • Nuts – improves memory
                      • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
                      • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

                      Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

                      Final thoughts

                      I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

                      You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

                      But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

                      Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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