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There’s no such thing as ready

Hugh Laurie is an interesting chap with an expressive face and an impressive career. If you’ve been struggling to get started on your goals this year, he said something that might help you out: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that, actually, no […]

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Finding motivation

What we think of as motivation is actually inspiration. The problem with inspiration is that it’s fleeting — that’s just how it works. We might watch a movie or read a book and be uplifted or watch someone else doing what they love, and that inspires us: “I want to do that.” Sometimes that inspiration […]

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You are enough

It’s easy — and very common — to think that you’re not enough. Lots of people worry about it. We think we’re not smart enough to be funny, or rich enough to be happy, or attractive enough to be loved. But that’s all rubbish that someone else made up. The world is full of other […]

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How to win the stock market

The people that make the most money in the stock market aren’t day traders. Ever. They’re the patient ones. The people who wait it out. They’re not trying to make a million today, or even tomorrow, because they know that if they turn up and put in a little extra every day, they’ll be head […]

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Some days are just crap

Some days are great. Some days are not so great. And some days are downright terrible. But remember, that’s all they are; days. If you’re having a bad day, that’s all it is, a bad day. You’re still great. And you’ll still be great tomorrow. I’ll bet on it.

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Perfection is a dirty lie

‘Perfect’ might just be the most useless, mean, and stupid word in the English language. It trips us up and it holds us back and it turns our heads. First, let’s get this one thing clear: perfection doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion of the mind. Everyone from Plato to Taylor Swift has said this. If […]

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Don’t let life happen

Don’t let life happen to you; to toss and throw you in its fickle fingers. You’re the one in charge. You’re the reason it’s all happening. Life doesn’t happen to you: You happen to life. So strike out. And life won’t know what hit it.

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Why life gives you lemons

That saying about making lemonade was written by a bloke called Elbert Hubbard in 1915, shortly before a German U-Boat sank him. As his boat sank, he calmly remarked, “Well, Jack, they have got us. They are a damn sight worse than I ever thought they were.” He then locked himself in his cabin with […]

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Better late than never

About 2,047 years ago, a Roman historian wrote the eternal words, “potius seo quam numquam.“ Or in our words, “rather late than never.“ But nobody told my high school teacher, Ms Kattan, that. She made it so awful to be late that I would rather skip school than face her wrath. I often chose ‘never.’ […]

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Being unmotivated is good

Did you know that ‘motivation’ is a pretty new word? It’s only been around for about 150 years, probably less. Shakespeare had no idea what it meant, and he made up a bagful of silly words. Before the English picked it up, nobody was motivated to do anything, and so nothing got done. Everyone just […]