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These habits will help you be, think and do better.

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Very often, what stands in the way between your journey to success and you is you — your mindset, your habits, your actions, and your attitude.

And it’s only when you fully grasp the notion of what Will Durant famously said: “We are what we repeatedly do”, that you begin to appreciate Rumi’s words:

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.”

Here are the 10 daily habits I’ve since integrated. …


Here’s what no one tells you about entrepreneurship

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I quit the job, killed the income, gave up the expatriate lifestyle, moved back in with my parents, slipped right into my childhood bedroom in the suburbs, and invested every penny I had to my name.

I gave up everything good I had for this dream, and it only took me six months into that journey to realizing how foolish I had been.

Two years ago, I quit my job at Google without a plan in mind. I just knew two things: First, I wanted to take some time off and travel, and second, I wanted to build my own…


They will open your heart and mind to the beauty that lies within you.

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Rumi was a Persian poet and scholar from the 13th century.

His words and wisdom have crossed all borders and continue to stand the test of time. There is great beauty in the words he spoke, and it’s no wonder he has influenced and inspired many artists throughout the years.

His quotes stand to transform your life for the better by inviting more hope, love, and awakening. Here are 13 quotes that will open your heart and mind to the beauty that lies within you and, in doing so, change the way you think.

“Yesterday I was clever so I…


Guide your daily life.

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Whenever I’m asked the question of “if there’s one dead person you can revive and meet again in your life, who would it be,” I never hesitate to answer: “My grandfather.”

He was a self-made man who emanated an infectious larger-than-life spirit. And although he only graced my life with his presence for a short 15 years, I still remember him very fondly: A resilient businessman who rose every morning at 5.00 …


#2. Read with Your Finger

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There’s real magic to reading.

The moment we open up a new book and slide our fingers across its pages, we’re on the cusp of entering a new world. If it’s a novel, we’re invited to walk the thin line between the real world and the imagined one. If it’s non-fiction, we’re invited to oscillate between the knowledge that we already know and that which we’re about to delve into.

Either way, there’s magic to reading books, because reading expands our mind. Just as with friendships, every new book implores us to further discover a part of us that we…


You’re a human being, not a human doing

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When was the last time you did nothing?

By doing nothing, I don’t mean lounging on your couch and scrolling through social media content or watching a show on Netflix, or going for a walk while listening to a podcast. No. By “doing nothing” I mean sitting down and doing absolutely nothing.

Last week, I took a few days off and did, well, exactly that — nothing.

I spent some time reading, but that was probably the most “productive work” I did. I didn’t write or publish any articles. Instead, I opted for long quiet walks in nature, under the…


Design a life you will love.

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Have you ever paused to ask yourself this question:

Why am I living the way I am?”

Too often in life, we either do things because everyone else seems to be doing them, or because, like an idle sailboat bobbing about in the open sea, we somehow drift into them.

I know this because I’ve been there myself. A few years ago I found myself in the wrong career, then in the wrong relationship — one that I didn’t actually want to be in — and later on, building myself the wrong kind of business.

I found myself living a…


It’s simpler than you think

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My mother tells me the story and it always makes me smile.

I was two at the time and my only recollection of it is in the form of a photo that was snapped a little under thirty years ago.

We were sitting on the balcony — me, in a toddler’s yellow chair facing the rail, and her, my great Grandma, in an armchair next to me. Mom walked up to us and called us in for dinner. Grandma looked up at her and said:

“I’d like to watch the sunset before we go inside. It’s a day in my…


Here’s how to overcome your fear of external judgment

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The other day, I received an email from an aspiring writer who confessed that he’s been procrastinating from publishing his articles online because of his outright fear of what others might think of his work.

Have you ever felt this way? Where the entirety of you is pulling you toward creating something you love, but your worry for what others will think of you is holding you back from taking that action?

I’ve felt this way before, and sometimes, I still do.

Two years ago, when I quit my job to start my own business, my primary worry was that…


Don’t rely on motivation, build up momentum instead

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There’s a common self-sabotaging behavior that many of us fall victim to over and over again: We wait to feel motivated or inspired before we take action toward the goals we genuinely desire to achieve.

How many times has that happened to you?

You do want to improve your fitness level, but you “just don’t feel like working out today.” You do want to start plucking away at that business idea of yours, but you’re “just not in the best mental space right now.” You do want to start painting again, but you “just don’t feel inspired right now.”

Truth…

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