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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…

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.”


Optimism is both, a philosophy and an attitude

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Poet Khalil Gibran once wrote that “your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”

The attitude to which he refers to above is what we know as optimism.

Optimism is both a philosophy and an attitude. It’s a philosophy in how we interpret the events that happen in our everyday life. It’s an attitude in how we carry ourselves forward. …

Don’t judge each day by what you consume, but by what you create.

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When the global pandemic was first announced, it was a bewildering feeling. It was scary, and yet, somehow thrilling — a novel experience, to say the least.

So throughout the rest of the year — and setting aside traumas and deaths — we got to enjoy the slower pace of remote living. But now, almost a year later, the mental, emotional, and physical toll has surfaced. We’ve absorbed the knocks, and now, we’re just plain and simply, tired.

When the new year kicked in, I thought that taking a break from my creative writing to “live a little more” would…

If you want to think big, give yourself something big to think about

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There’s a scene in director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of The Sword where the mage looks at Bedivere, a formative member of the resistance, and says: “If you want to him to think big, give him something big to think about.”

In a bid to convince Arthur that he is the rightful king, she sends him into the darkness — a morbid forest that exists in his own mind. It is there where he is challenged to confront his own demons so he can finally break free from his old self and allow room for his new identity.


The good news is that you’re a born optimist

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Toward the end of every year, Pantone Colour Institute, the global authority on color in fashion and design, announces the ‘Colour of the Year’ for the 12 months ahead. To arrive at the selection, Pantone’s color experts scour the world looking for the most impactful and influential trends in art, tech, design, travel, and fashion that would set the stage for the seasons ahead.

However, after the incredibly grim and difficult year that was 2020, Pantone unveiled not one, but two independent colors for 2021.

In a statement on their website, they explain that the two colors of grey (Ultimate…

Prepare and plan for the year ahead by first working through and assessing the one that just passed.

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“In the present, the past is more knowable than the future — but people think far more about the future than the past,” writes psychology professors Baumeister, Vohs, and Oettingen in their published study on Pragmatic Prospection. “Both facts derive from the principle that the future can be changed whereas the past cannot,” they continue.

Maybe that’s why when the new year comes around the corner, we are more inclined to ask ourselves and others about our new year resolutions, instead of questioning “what lessons did we learn this year?” In other words, we prospect before even introspecting.

Pragmatic prospection…

An intention gives you a purpose to focus on

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“What’s your new year’s resolution?” That’s the one question that will flaunt around toward the final few days of every year.

Most of the time, we’ll blurt out a goal we had failed to achieve before, only this time, we genuinely believe we’re going to reach it. This is the year I’m going to make it happen, is what you say.

And sometimes, while your new year resolutions might be extremely coherent and well-thought-out objectives, the truth is, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be achieved. …

5 lessons for writers and creative entrepreneurs

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As a writer and digital entrepreneur, I’m starting to realize that success in any creative field is part art, part science. The art part requires you to bring forth your personality, enthusiasm, and authenticity. The science part requires you to study the process, learn from the best, hone your skills, and strategize.

Italian restaurateur Massimo Bottura is a creative genius who does exactly that. He’s an artist in his approach, but he’s a scientist in his methods. …

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