Sunday, October 29, 2017

10 Unique and Useful Websites You Must Bookmark

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1. – Send your future self a message.
2. – Mind-opening videos uploaded multiple times a day.
3. – Record your voice with a click.
4. – A collection of gift guides and useful infographics.
5. – Relax to the soothing sounds of nature.
6. – A how-to guide for taking awesome pictures.
7. – America’s most independent charity watchdog.
8. – Schedule text message reminders.
9. – Expert home improvement advice.
10. – Access websites from a new IP address.
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If I Had My Life To Live Over

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I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
  I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
  I would take fewer things seriously.
    I would take more chances.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
  I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
  I would perhaps have more actual troubles, 
    but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I'm one of those people who live 
  sensibly and sanely hour after hour, 
    day after day.
Oh, I've had my moments,
  And if I had it to do over again, 
    I'd have more of them.
  In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
    Just moments, one after another,
  instead of living so many years ahead of each day.
I've been one of those people who never goes anywhere 
  without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
    and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
  I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
      and stay that way later in the fall.
  I would go to more dances.
  I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
  I would pick more daisies.

Nadine Stair,
85 years old.

These great lines collected from internet, I hope the author won't mind if I spread it. Here is the link to the source.
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These 7 Habits Literally Add Years to Your Life, According to Science

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1. Never starting smoking.

The number one behavior that negatively impacts health that the project studied was smoking, which of course led to a much higher incidence of lung cancer among smokers versus nonsmokers.

The life expectancy difference was very specific. On average, "smoking a pack a day reduces lifespan by seven years," said Peter Joshi, another of the study's co-authors, who is a chancellor's fellow at the Usher Institute. 

2. Reducing cholesterol.

Here, the scientists examined the presence of a gene that affects blood cholesterol level. People who had the gene, which leads to higher levels, had reduced life spans, by about eight months. While you can't help whether you have the gene or not, you can affect your cholesterol level with diet.

3. Losing weight.

Here, the researchers looked at overweight people who then managed to lose weight. The results are very specific. For every kilogram (about 2.2 pounds) lost, lifespan increased by two months. So, if you've been talking forever about losing those stubborn 20 pounds, you could add a year and a half to your life by doing so.

4. Quitting smoking.

If you currently smoke, you probably have enough people in your life telling you that you need to quit, but here's some extra motivation: Regardless of what other health issues might linger after you smoke that last cigarette, the researchers said there is a point at which a former smoker can have quit long enough to offset those "seven lost years" (from No. 1 above), and regain the longevity of someone who never smoked.

5. Being open-minded and open to new experiences.

This is probably the least quantifiable habit that the researchers studied, but exhibiting "a personality trait reflecting curiosity vs. caution," according to the study, added longevity to people's lives. (Whether the subjects of the study exhibited curiosity or caution was based on self-reported data from a questionnaire, according to the study authors.)

6. Gaining more education.

Here's one for lifelong learning: For each year spent studying past secondary school, people added 11 months to their lives. It's an open question whether longevity is impacted by the experience of higher learning itself or the fact that, statistically, people with more education are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors (chief among them: smoking cigarettes).

7. Reducing your blood pressure. 

Besides smoking, the second-most impactful factor on longevity that the researchers found was systolic blood pressure: high blood pressure has "causal life-shortening effects" of 5.2 years on average. Controlling blood pressure is a matter of diet, exercise, and sometimes medication, so a variety of habits come into play here. 

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The 10 Best Tools for Email Marketing

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This guide can help you figure out which ones will best help you keep consumers coming back to your website, build brand loyalty, and make sales. Each marketing project has unique requirements, and so you need a competent guide to what tools are out there, who they're made for, and just they can do. Here are the leading contenders; see which are best suited for your marketing needs.

The 10 Best Tools for Email Marketing

1. MailChimp

For the new marketer MailChimp offers help like 'forever free' listings under five-hundred subscribers. As a newbie, that should be plenty. So if you're hesitant about spending on autoresponders give MailChimp a try. The best set of training wheels a beginning marketer can find. You'll also find dozens of email marketing features to carry out a successful email marketing campaign.

2. GetResponse

This is a multipurpose email marketing platform for the small and mid-sized businesses. It works best with list sizes in the mid-tens of thousands down to a thousand or fewer recipients. With a staunch reputation in the marketing industry, GetResponse offers a wide array of features such as AB testing, responsive templates, email segmentation and even landing page creation.

3. AWeber.

When you're managing a smaller list, maybe hundreds or thousands, or the low tens, and you're focused on internet leads, then AWeber is a good choice. They don't work for adding leads from offline sources, but for an online list they give you the premier deliverability rates in the market. Your cyber messages will get delivered fast, opened quickly, and clicked on regularly.

4. Constant Contact.

This software is excellent for graphical or HTML emails. So if that's where you're at, use them. They are geared mostly for the smaller marketer who is working off of lists in the hundreds or thousands or low to mid-tens.

5. InfusionSoft.

If you work off a list of more than 50-thousand subscribers and your online business runs into six figures or more, this probably is just what you're looking for. They meld shopping cart with email marketing strategy to facilitate schemes like segregating your buyers from subscribers or setting up specific mailing sequences to particular people. You can do physical postcards as well. But they aren't cheap. Their setup fee is in the four figures. As you can guess, they are geared for successful companies that want to continue to boost the bottom line even further.

6. SmartMail

SmartMail is a triggered email automation solution that tracks behavioral and lifecycle markers. It helps personalize individual customer experiences to win back and onboard customers and grow average revenue per visitor using predictive automation. The platform helps companies identify potential customers in real time and re-market to them with personalized product recommendations.

7. 1ShoppingCart.

A one-size-fits-all solution combining payment processing and email marketing, 1ShoppingCart can integrate your cyber messaging with your shopping cart -- but at a lower price than, say, InfusionSoft. You can still segregate lists and send emails strictly to buyers, or else your entire list. They have a solid reputation but don't expect the spectacular deliverability rates of a dedicated email marketing program. It's true you'll save time and money with just one shopping cart instead of shopping cart AND an autoresponder, but there are inevitable trade-offs.

8. Campaign Monitor.

This is for data-driven businesses of any size. If you are obsessive about data collection and interpretation, this is the company for you. They'll give you everything; including clicks and open rate tracking. They have an interface that is capable of Google Analytics work. They perform splendidly at split test emails and micro-tracking trends and topics.

9. Autoresponse Plus (ARP).

This is the one to use if you're doing co-registration. The software also works for standard email marketing, too. But if you're purchasing leads and need them to be mailed immediately, Autoresponse Plus is the go-to guy in the industry.

10. Office Autopilot.

This service lets you add a layer of sophistication to your standard autoresponder solution. It's almost programmable for 'if-then' tasks of various kinds.

In actually, you can program it to respond when certain situations occur; such as when a client places an order the program will send a message to whatever fulfillment house you are using to complete the order. Or when a customer leaves prematurely, Office Autopilot will send them a special last minute offer. Basically all you do is select the trigger that sets in motion the action you want when you want it, and what list it should use. Plans start at a little more than two-hundred a month.

So . . . after reviewing these ten leading services, which one(s) look right for your business marketing? With a platform like GetResponse or MailChimp you can get everything from basic functions to super duper intricate analytics and shopping cart amalgamation, whereas smaller and more dedicated tools like ARP or 1CS can be your best bet for smaller projects. As always, the choice depends on where you're at now and where you want to go.
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101 Best Inspirational Quotes For Entrepreneurs

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Motivational and inspirational quotes can pick you up on a bad day and inspire you to even greater heights.Need a little inspiration? Need a quick burst of self-motivation?

Here you go:
  1. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." Henry David Thoreau
  2. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." Jim Rohn
  3. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success." Swami Vivekananda
  4. "If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do." Anonymous
  5. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." Winston Churchill
  6. "Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." Vaibhav Shah
  7. "Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." Albert Einstein
  8. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin
  9. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success." Bruce Feirstein
  12. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." John D. Rockefeller
  13. "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Albert Einstein
  14. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed." Ray Goforth
  15. "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." Robert Collier
  16. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear -- not absence of fear." Mark Twain
  17. "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." Pablo Picasso
  18. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
  19. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee
  20. "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." Steve Jobs
  21. "Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn
  22. "The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors." Napoleon Hill
  23. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher
  24. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas A. Edison
  25. "What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?" Robert Schuller
  26. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln
  27. "Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential." John Maxwell
  28. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou
  29. "Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started." David Allen
  30. "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." Greg Anderson
  31. "You never regret being kind." Nicole Shepherd
  32. "Success at the highest level comes down to one question: Can you decide that your happiness can come from someone else's success?" Bill Walton
  33. "Do what you have always done and you'll get what you have always got." Sue Knight
  34. "Think of what you have rather than of what you lack. Of the things you have, select the best and then reflect how eagerly you would have sought them if you did not have them." Marcus Aurelius
  35. "Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it." J. Petit Senn
  36. "To be content means that you realize you contain what you seek." Alan Cohen
  37. "Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian." Shari R. Barr
  38. "View your life from your funeral: Looking back at your life experiences, what have you accomplished? What would you have wanted to accomplish but didn't? What were the happy moments? What were the sad? What would you do again, and what wouldn't you do?" Victor Frankl
  39. "Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time...serenity, that nothing is." Thomas Szasz
  40. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." Eleanor Roosevelt
  41. "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward
  42. "Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." Robert Louis Stevenson
  43. "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets people to do the greatest things." Ronald Reagan
  44. "Power isn't control at all-power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  45. "Don't tell people how to do things; tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results." George S. Patton Jr.
  46. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower
  47. "Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan." John F. Kennedy
  48. "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Peter F. Drucker
  49. "Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing." Albert Schweitzer
  50. "Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." John C. Maxwell
  51. "The mark of a great man is one who knows when to set aside the important things in order to accomplish the vital ones." Brandon Sanderson
  52. "Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." John C. Maxwell
  53. "You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out." Steve Jobs
  54. "A leader ... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind." Nelson Mandela
  55. "Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off." Colin Powell
  56. "Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas." Margaret Thatcher
  57. "A leader is a dealer in hope." Napoleon
  58. "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." Theodore Roosevelt
  59. "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see." Henry David Thoreau
  60. "I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself." Robert E. Lee
  61. "Consensus: the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: 'I stand for consensus?'" Margaret Thatcher
  62. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be." Rosalynn Carter
  63. "There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust." Klaus Balkenhol
  64. "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." Nancy D. Solomon
  65. "In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Max De Pree
  66. "A leader isn't someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own." Beth Revis
  67. "Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men, the least government is the best government." Ralph Moody
  68. "If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing." Brad Szollose
  69. "Give as few orders as possible," his father had told him once long ago. "Once you've given orders on a subject, you must always give orders on that subject." Frank Herbert (from Dune)
  70. "The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes." Tony Blair
  71. "Wisdom equals knowledge plus courage. You have to not only know what to do and when to do it, but you have to also be brave enough to follow through." Jarod Kintz
  72. "In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." Seth Godin
  73. "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  74. "Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability." Patrick Lencioni
  75. "Leadership is an action, not a position." Donald McGannon
  76. "Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way." Ronald Reagan
  77. "I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody." Herbert Bayard Swope
  78. "Show me the man you honor and I will know what kind of man you are." Thomas John Carlisle
  79. "A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason." J.P. Morgan
  80. "If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything." Tom Rath
  81. "Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." Orrin Woodward
  82. "Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter." Jaachynma N.E. Agu
  83. "Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." Peter F. Drucker
  84. "When you put together deep knowledge about a subject that intensely matters to you, charisma happens. You gain courage to share your passion, and when you do that, folks follow." Jerry Porras
  85. "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." John Maxwell
  86. "A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit." John Maxwell
  87. "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week." George Patton
  88. "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward
  89. "Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone." Gertrude Stein
  90. "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." John E. Southard
  91. "Keep your eyes open and try to catch people in your company doing something right, then praise them for it." Tom Hopkins
  92. "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do." Eleanor Roosevelt
  93. "Low self-confidence isn't a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered-just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better." Barrie Davenport
  94. "Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people." Andre Dubus
  95. "Do it or not. There is no try." Yoda
  96. "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." Jimmy Spithill
  97. "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." Margaret Thatcher
  98. "The best revenge is massive success." Frank Sinatra
  99. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand
  100. "The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." Bruce Lee
  101. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Why Job Titles Don't Always Reflect the Value of Employees

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What if our job titles moved in real-time, based on the value we are adding to the business instead?

Job titles don't always capture value creation in an organization. They do have their place in our professional lives. For example, they do a fine job aligning a company's org chart. However, they can do damage by creating entitlement in an organization, which can breed cultural viruses within the company. Position labels can also become an excuse to command superiority over another person, and confer a badge of honor that isn't always achieved in reality. What if our job titles moved in real-time, based on the value we are adding to the business instead?

When I played in the NFL, our job titles changed continually. Sometimes daily, depending on performance, both on the practice field, or during the game itself. You could go from third string to first with a big game. Or, you could go the other way with a poor game. It was the performance that mattered -- not how long you had been with the team, or how much you were paid.

An article in The New Yorker looked at this issue, giving the example of the New York Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez, in 2013. Although he was playing badly, the dilemma was, why would anyone pay $8.25 million to have the guy sit on the bench? We all know what happened next ...

By contrast, when Matt Flynn signed to the Seattle Seahawks for a small fortune, Head Coach Pete Carroll found his new star outshined by rookie Russell Wilson. His decision to bench Flynn and play Wilson was crucial to the team making the playoffs.

Related: Do Unique Titles Change the Way We See Job Roles?

What made Carroll's decision remarkable was choosing to ignore convention -- he said he didn't want contracts, or salaries, or investments, to matter to him, "You want the best guy at that time to play."

It turns out this is not a new phenomenon. In 1995, the UK's IES Research Club made a study of eight companies that were delayering their management structures. The conclusion was that conversion to a flat organization did not work for all companies. Job titles can be looked at in many different ways, but the key to making it work is not to simply anoint leaders by their title. Peel back the onion and pay more attention to who is adding value and less attention to who has a VP title.

In my sports experience, across all disciplines, I have seen this, "sunken cost" notion played out more times than I care to remember. It is the coach's nightmare. The coach is under pressure from the owners and the fans to play someone he knows isn't cutting it.

There are obvious differences between building a Super Bowl caliber football team and building a world-class company. There are also a lot of similarities -- none bigger than the need to build a culture where high performance is the norm and not just aspirational.

Although we all carry job titles, my team hears me constantly say, "Your job title is not what carries weight inside our company. The amount of value and effort you are putting in defines your role here." Those who add the most value, and show the most effort, are the ones in line for raises and equity bumps at my company, Integrate.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

20 Health Tips to Create a Healthy Lifestyle

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Listed below are 20 tips from some of the top registered dietitian nutritionists in the field to help guide you to lead your healthiest life yet. Rest assured, if you pick one, two or all 20 of these to follow, you’ll be feeling great by the end of the month. Buh-bye diets, hello lifestyle!

Enjoy the experience.

The word “diet” comes from the Greek word “diaita,” meaning “a way of life.” It’s not just about the food you eat but rather about sharing it with friends and family and taking time to stop and enjoy the experience.

Save room for two more bites.

Practicing this simple habit has two great benefits: It’s a completely painless way to save calories from the extra food you’re not eating, which can lead to slow, steady weight loss over time. It also teaches you to pay more attention and listen to your body, which is one of the best ways to stay healthy and feel your best long term!

20 Health Tips to Create a Healthy Lifestyle

Start with breakfast.

Every morning, I start my day by fueling my body with nutrients it needs to stay healthy. (That’s called breakfast!) My favorites are an egg over easy on whole-grain toast with sliced tomato and Greek yogurt with berries. It helps me stay focused in the morning on getting my kids to school and start my workday off on the right foot.

Challenge yourself.

It may sound completely absurd, but try brushing your teeth with your opposite hand. Doing so will force you to think with a different part of your brain, helping to foster creative thinking. Within days, you’ll notice a cascade of new ideas that may just have you trying tofu next week, kickboxing next month or a half marathon by the end of the year!

Drink wine.

Every food (and beverage) can fit in a healthy diet. There’s no need to deny yourself of things you enjoy!

Be a fiber fanatic.

Eating more fiber allows you to feel more satisfied while stabilizing blood-sugar levels, helping to fight off hunger and cravings. Diets high in fiber have been linked back to lower bodyweight, decreased disease risk and improved longevity. Aim for a minimum of 25 grams per day.

Include more Peruvian superfoods.

Foods like maca powder, pichuberries and Starseed Sacha Inchi seeds are loaded with nutrients and a great addition to smoothies to boost your workout.

Increase your energy, naturally.

I know that sounds simple, but I read recently that only 6 percent of Americans get the recommended five to six servings of vegetables daily. Make it a goal to add at least one more vegetable into your day and just watch your energy levels soar.

Focus on self-care.

Every day, wake up and think, “What is one thing I can do today for ME that would make this day the BEST day ever.”

When you do things you enjoy, be it a run, mediation or other hobby, you become happier, which helps you make healthier choices throughout the day.

Take a TEA break.

This not only helps keep you centered but also helps keep you hydrated. Up to 60 percent of your body is made of water, and it’s important to replenish that supply throughout the day to keep your energy up!

Try new foods.

So many illnesses and health-related problems could be avoided if we just ate more produce. Replace one thing that you would normally eat with a new fruit or a vegetable. Not only does this keep healthy eating interesting, but you also may end up trying something that you didn’t know you liked.

Get enough sleep.

Make a special effort to get enough sleep and to sleep well on a regular basis. Sleep impacts energy levels, ability to make good decisions and to put your best face forward — all of which can impact self-confidence and more.

Make a “me” list.

What makes you happy? Running, grocery shopping solo, hot coffee with a friend, etc. Find a way to do at least three things on that list every week. It makes me feel like I can still have a bit of me when everyone else in my life seems to need 100 percent of me, too.

Eat foods you enjoy.

Instead of worrying about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” eat, choose foods you find satisfying. Deprivation, both physical from not eating enough and psychological from restricting foods or food groups, leads to overeating, binging and usually eating more of the foods you’re trying to restrict.

Jazz up your meals.

Add some pizazz to your food (and life) by adding herbs, spices and citrus zest to your meals, snacks and smoothies. They not only instantly transform even the most mundane food, but they also dampen inflammation and prevent free-radical damage.

Know your limits.

The healthiest version of ourselves lies somewhere between giving ourselves grace while still having challenging goals. A good place to start is by being honest with yourself about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Connect with YOU.

We cannot be our best physically if we are not feeling our best mentally and emotionally, as well. Taking time to connect with what makes you happiest in life and taking time to evaluate and remove the things that are making you unhappy open up the doors to allow you to take better care of yourself in a holistic and compassionate way.

Eat more plants.

If you just make one major change in your diet for optimal health and weight management, switch the emphasis of your food choices to mostly whole plant foods, such as whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their whole form. By making this major change, you will increase your fiber, vitamin, mineral, phytochemical and healthy fat intake, which helps defend the body from disease.

Eat good mood food.

Rather than focusing on weight, I focus on happiness! I always strive to eat for a good mood since food and mood go hand in hand. Science shows us that eating fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, legumes, whole grains, foods with probiotics, tea and even dark chocolate all play roles in brain health and good mood. Eating for health AND happiness is a win-win!

Set boundaries and stick to them.

I find that most people know they “should” incorporate more self-care, but their lives are moving so fast that it’s challenging to slow down. Carve out an hour of alone time to make two lists: things in your life that give you energy and are life-giving and things in your life that drain you. Figure out which draining activities you have control over and start making an action plan of how you will reduce time spent on these activities — set boundaries, say NO.
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18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader

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Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated about what they do.
Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you've taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every stage.
Becoming a successful leader is synonymous with becoming the best version of yourself--it's that simple and also that difficult.
Here are 18 hard things you will have to do if you want to be a successful leader:

1. You have to be able to foresee the future but stay focused on the present.

The first step of successful leadership is creating a better future by focusing on the present. From there, you can envision it and then make it happen.

2. You have to be able to reach your goals and deliver results.

To be successful as a leader, you need to identify goals, take measured actions, and get results, because at the end of it all leaders are measured by what they are able to deliver. Even a little progress each day will add up to big results.

3. You have to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Success begins beyond our comfort zone. Great things never come from playing it safe.

4. You have to feel the fear and take the risk anyway.

Successful leaders are visionaries who have learned to overcome any fear of taking chances.

5. You have to know how to inspire others while finding your own motivation.

Successful leaders demonstrate to others what's possible. But achieving success is a matter not only of creating the impossible but also of motivating yourself to focus on the right things.

6. You have to bring people along when they're reluctant to move forward.

When a leader can inspire their people to move past the struggles today and develop the strength to move toward tomorrow, they will have achieved success.

7. You have to embrace failure as you fail forward.

It's impossible to lead without failing at something, unless you lead so cautiously that you might as well not lead at all--in which case you fail by default. To succeed, you must be willing to experience failure.

8. You have to be able to rise above drama and dysfunction.

When everyone goes low, great leaders go high.

9. You have to be accountable for your actions and responsible for your behavior.

Being accountable as a leader means not only taking responsibility for what you do, but also being accountable for what you do not do.

10. You have to be transparent when you most want to be opaque.

If you're covering up your tracks or withholding the truth in any way, it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out. So be transparent: tell the truth, speak with candor, and do it always. Being honest is the only way to be at peace with yourself and for others to respect you.

11. You have to trust before you can be trusted.

Trust is the bedrock of successful leadership. When trust is broken, it takes a long time and commitment on the part of both parties involved to mend it--that's why it's so much better to always be trustworthy.

12. You have to lead by example even when there is no path.

People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating and build the kind of leadership that sets you apart. Where there isn't a path, create one.

13. You have to be positive when everyone else goes negative.

In leadership, what you do in a negative situation says a lot about your power. When others go negative, great leaders stay positive.

14. You have to care about others--maybe more than they care about you.

Start noticing what you like about others and tell them. Go out of your way to personally acknowledge and compliment those who have gone out of their way to excel, and don't worry so about how much credit you get.

15. You have to care about your character more than your reputation.

Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others temporarily think you are. A genuinely good character is the hallmark of a successful leader who inspires others.

16. You have to ask questions even though people don't always have answers.

This may sound harsh, but the best leaders, the most successful, have a mindset that the only true wisdom they know is that they know nothing. That's why they ask questions, even though some of the questions are unanswerable.

17. You have to lead when no one is else is following.

Successful leaders will forge forward and create a path even if no one is following, because they know if it's compelling enough and meaningful enough, people will show up and they will follow.

18. You have to invest in yourself even though others may not.

To be a successful leader you have to invest in yourself. It's easy to think you can do it on your own, but the best leaders invest in themselves by hiring a great coach who can make them do what they don't want to do so they can become who they have always wanted to be. And that is successful leadership.
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11 Websites To Bookmark If You Want To Get Rich

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We've pointed out some of the best personal-finance books to read and podcasts to listen to.
If those didn't strike a chord or fit into your busy schedule, we have a third option for you.
To get smarter about investing and psyched about managing money, start by bookmarking these 11 sites:

1. The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool aims to build a strong investment community, which it does by providing a variety of resources: the website, books, a newspaper column, a radio station, and a newsletter.
This site has something for every type of investor, from basic lessons for beginners to investing commentary on mutual funds, stock sectors, and value for the more advanced. It offers free features such as a stock-rating service and fee-based services such as a newsletter, so you can choose how you want to learn.

2. Finance at Khan Academy

This interactive website provides clear and concise videos on every financial topic you could imagine, including 401(k)s, Roth IRAs, traditional IRAs, compound interest, stocks and bonds, and discussion of current economic topics.
This site is ideal for the visual learners. The videos are generally under 10 minutes each, so this is also an option for those who don't have the time or patience to read an entire book about how to deal with their money.

3. Morningstar

Morningstar is where it all started in terms of ranking mutual funds, and it does a great job of it. In addition to being able to review your portfolio and find top funds quickly, it provides solid descriptions and in-depth analysis of the funds.
You'll also have access to news, tutorials, and forums.

4. I Will Teach You to Be Rich

The author of the bestselling personal-finance book "I Will Teach You to Be Rich," Ramit Sethi, created a website of the same name for people who are looking for the "big wins."
Sethi provides advice on topics beyond the personal-finance basics, like finding your dream job, making more money, and starting your own business, along with free tools such as his "save $1,000 in one week" challenge.

5. Rockstar Finance

The creator of Rockstar Finance, "J. Money," curates the best money articles from a wide web of personal-finance bloggers and writers — the "rockstars" — and then shares them on his site to get a broad range of voices, opinions, and experiences in one place.
You can sign up by email to stay up to date and receive the new rockstar articles daily. J. Money also has his own personal-finance blog, Budgets Are Sexy, for people who like his approach.

6. allows you to create a free account that gives you access to your credit score, which has far-reaching effects on several important aspects of your life.
The site also features a regular lineup of personal-finance, identity-theft, and debt-management articles that keep you up to date on best practices for managing your money.

7. Kiplinger

The digital component to the magazine "Kiplinger's" features a broad range of topics, from retirement to real estate, and it will keep you on top of the latest investing news.
If you struggle to stay engaged while reading longer articles about money, Kiplinger uses slideshows and quizzes to offer valuable insights.

8. Investopedia

Investopedia has it all: personal-finance tips, endless tutorials, a stock simulator, and, of course, an extensive financial dictionary.
If you're a novice investor looking to get started accumulating wealth, check out Investopedia's eight-part investing tutorial. It starts with the basic question "What is investing?" and then delves into compounding, types of investments, portfolios, and diversification.

9. Wise Bread

Wise Bread provides short, to-the-point articles about dealing with your money on a day-to-day basis, from shopping to paying off debt to saving effectively.
Wise Bread also offers a daily roundup of the best retail deals and an extensive credit-card guide.

10. BlackRock Blog

BlackRock is an asset manager, and The BlackRock Blog covers several topics under the investment umbrella. Its posts are written by CFAs and other financial professionals, so you're getting expert advice for free.
This blog is ideal for more advanced investors who want to go deeper in their discussion of strategies and products.

11. NerdWallet

NerdWallet is all about comparison. You can compare credit and debit cards, mortgages, investment accounts, and banks in order to help you find the best way to store and manage your money.

The site also offers a free "Ask an Advisor" feature, where readers are invited to submit their questions for answers from financial advisers from across the US.
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