Self Hack: Selected quotes that will inspire you

One of our most powerful gifts as humans is the ability to be stimulated or inspired to do something.

We can be stimulated to take action, make decision or feel emotion. And this can be really helpful when we are out of tune with life or lacking the positive push to get something important done at work.

Anything can inspire us. The objects around us, the lives of others or the things they say.

Here are selected quotes of other people that can inspire us:

1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

2. If you can’t explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough. ~ Albert Einstein

3. Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ~ John D. Rockefeller

4. Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. ~ Mark Twain

5. You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them. ~ Michael Jordan

6. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ John R. Wooden

7. Less is more. ~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

8. It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~ Herman Melville

9. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~ Albert Einstein

10. You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction. ~ Theodore N. Vail

A great percent of what we achieve in life is associated with how enthusiastic we are about the achievement, and intent plus everything else are only a tiny fraction of it.

Hope the quotes here inspire more enthusiasm in you as you embark on the goals you have set for yourself.

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Self Hack: How to be happier at home (or at work)

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude. ~ William James

Of this be sure: You do not find a happy life, you make it. ~ Thomas Monson

Happiness is a feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction that people like to experience. But not many people actually experience this feeling.

A study of more than 300,000 adults revealed that adults were generally unsatisfied with their life, had less free time and a lot more worries.

So it means a lot of adults are not really happy.

Situations at home or at work were some of the reasons given in this study.

Even though the results of this study has shown that adults are more unhappy, the reasons for this unhappiness may not be peculiar to adults alone.

However, psychologists have found that happiness is something we have control over. One of the principles supporting this fact is Aristotle’s two keys to happiness: enjoyment and a good life. A psychologist has restated this as: life circumstances and intentional behaviours.

This principle suggests that happiness is caused by these two main factors, and while we cannot control life circumstances, we can control our behaviours.

So, we can be happier by consciously choosing how we behave.

Here are some advice for you on how to be happier – at home or at work:

#1 Attitude control

People who think happy can become happy. This is one of my most powerful tricks for staying happy.

How we react to events, our attitude towards the things we are experiencing, can determine our level of happiness.

At some point of my life, I was often sad. Most of the things that made me sad were outside my control. Later on, I realised that I may remain sad for a long time if I kept letting those things outside my control make me unhappy. I found out that I could easily stay happy by focusing first on those things completely within my control.

In the book ‘The 9 Choices of Happy People’, Rick Foster and Greg Hicks explained that people who are happy started the process by making a conscious effort to change their attitudes and behaviours.

#2 Do not indulge in negative feelings

Expressing anger at every minor annoyance can amplify bad feeling. Allowing yourself to have negative feelings too often can also do the same.

Explaining this in his book ‘You Can Choose to Be Happy’, Tom Stevens says by altering your perspective and thoughts, you can permanently increase your happiness set-point and achieve true happiness.

Realise you are responsible for how you feel, take responsibility for it.

A good way to deal with this is to identify your negative emotions and replace them w

#3 Lifestyle management

Activities like sleep, nutrition and fitness have a link to happiness. Sleep, nutrition and fitness are related to health as well, so good health is essential to happiness.

Science has also found that any amount of physical activity increases level of happiness. Physical activity stimulates a certain chemical in the human brain called endorphins. This chemical impacts our mood and emotions, science explains.

It means changes in lifestyle routines like sleep, can result in overall happiness. You cannot ignore the effect of your daily routine on your happiness. LP

#4 Relationship building

Maintaining good relationships with people around you can also foster happiness. The people around us can offer a great source of love and support that in turn increases our feeling of fulfillment and happiness.

Biology has described humans as social creatures. Social relationships and behaviours are part of our genes.

Making time to connect with friends and family or colleagues at work is a good way to build good relationships with them. Take a walk, discuss about each other’s feelings and share how you think you can improve the things you are not happy about.

Happiness is not something you wait for.

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Self Hack: How to become self-employed and earn a six-figure income

Why stay unemployed when you can become self-employed?

Instead of wallowing in misery and letting the weight of unemployment crush you, you can become self-employed and start to earn meaningful income.

A lot of unemployed people I have met are afraid of self-employment. But they are not afraid of burning time, energy and money to pursue job vacancies and interviews, even though they never get the jobs.

The problem for most of them is always knowing what to do and knowing how to do it. They attest to this with different excuses. Like, I will need to have plenty money to become self-employed, I must work under employment for long years to gain the knowledge and experience I will need to become self-employed, and so on.

You can become self-employed without money and long years of experience, if you want to.

Here is a step-by-step guide I think you will find useful:

Step #1: Identify your service or product
You might have heard this saying before, ‘Getting started is the hardest part.’ This is so true.

Before you venture into self-employment, there is an important question (problem) that you must answer (solve). This is: ‘What will you offer?’

Would you be offering a service or product of some sort? What important problem would your service or product help to solve?

Many people find it very hard to answer this question (and solve this problem), so they totally avoid attempting anything in the line of self-employment.

Unfortunately, without a clear idea of the service or product you will be offering to your clients, you would not even know what to start with or what to expect. And this makes it even harder for you to go into self-employment or perform well when you are into it.

You are going no where except you can perfectly answer the question (and solve the problem). The best way to get around this, without much money or long years of experience, is to look at the strongest skills you have developed naturally or acquired through training in the past, or see the product you can create with the least cost using the strong skills and deep knowledge you have gained in the past and the resources available at your disposal.

Step #2: Design a realistic small business model

Once you have decided on what to offer, you will need to draw up a small business model around the idea. The model must be realistic. It must accomodate your current situation and capabilities, your current resources and knowhow.

Bear in mind that, when you first decide to go self-employed, you would most likely have to start as a sole proprietor. So, in the beginning, your small business model must be conceptualised in such way that one-man can run it effectively.

Your business model should not promise more than you can offer and it should not accept more than you can take. Keep it realistic as possible and you would not have to struggle with problems that are bigger than you and disappoint your customers in the end.

It should include how your business will collect payments and deliver service or product.

Step #3: Tell the world

With your business model in place, you would be ready to operate. You would be ready to deliver service or churn out product.

But you want to deliver service and churn product to customers, so you have to get the word out to them.

Start by identifying who your customers are, so that you know who you should be spreading the word to.

Are your customers people or businesses? Connect with them and let them know what you have to offer. Without getting the word out, none of them are ever going to know you are there and you have something they need.

Step #4: Seek tiny improvement and growth daily or weekly

The moment you get started and running, you begin to discover a lot of new things. You discover your mistakes, a new service or product idea, a new strategy, etc.

All these discoveries are crucial elements for learning how to improve and grow your business, they will be your invisible teachers.

Set a culture of periodic improvement and growth so that you can become more conscious of these and be motivated to take action. I would recommend daily or weekly, if you want fast growth and results.

Improvement and growth will bring about a rise in income. You could start earning as much as a six-figure income or more, in a short or long term. You could start earning far more than any employer would pay you. It may not happen so soon. It may take a year or two. But it will happen, if you follow these steps rightly.

You can forget about unemployment and get started right now. This was how I started The Newsghost in 2014. Now, almost three years later, we are closing in on a steady six-figure income.

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