Month: October 2021

Be So Stupid They Can’t Ignore You


I had an idea for a business. This was 1993. I was going to take videos of houses for sale.

I would charge a real estate agency per house I videotaped. I was going to get rich. Rich!

Customers of the agency would no longer have to go to the house. They could just go to the agency and watch the video.

I went to six real estate agencies and they actually laughed at me and said “no thanks.” That was the end of that business idea.

Here’s what I didn’t have:

  • A video camera
  • Any video skills whatsoever. I never had taken a video before.
  • Zero sales ability. I had never tried to sell anything before.
  • Zero money. I had no idea how I would buy a video camera.
  • Zero knowledge. Did the real estate agency have VCRs?
  • I didn’t have a car. How was I going to drive miles around to every house?

I didn’t know anything. I didn’t have anything. I had no resources.

I gave up.

Today I’m meeting with a company that does virtual reality tours of houses.

Anyway, they’ve signed up one of the largest real estate agencies in the world.

Does this mean I should have been persistent?

Of course not.

Ready. Fire. Aim.

That’s the ONLY way you can learn, not waste time, move on to the next experience.

Stupidity is the rungs on the ladder to success.

So then I applied for a job at a comic book store. I loved comics.

“We don’t really have enough business to hire people,” the guy at the comic book store told me.

I wrote four or five novels (I honestly forget) that never got published.

I had them printed up and I saved them for over 20 years. You never know!

Recently I threw them all out. Gone forever. Should I have been persistent?

Of course not! They were horrible.

After I left graduate school, I wanted to have an interesting experience. I tried to move into a homeless shelter.

To be honest, I was so down on myself I thought the best way to meet women would be in a homeless shelter.

It would be like a college dormitory, I thought. Only everyone would be homeless. And lovable.

The manager at the homeless shelter thought I was too crazy to live in a homeless shelter. He said, “No.”

Persistence is overrated.

If they had said, “yes”, to me working at the comic book store then I probably wouldn’t today be about to interview one of my favorite all time singers.

If the gatekeepers had published any of my novels I’d be a struggling and unhappy writer.

If I stayed in graduate school, I don’t know. I’d have spent nine years working on a useless Phd thesis instead of interviewing prostitutes at 3 in the morning for HBO.

If they said yes to me living in the homeless shelter then maybe today I’d be homeless. Come to think of it…I do have no home right now. I just stay in short-term AirBnBs.

I could have tried harder. I could have resisted all the “Nos.” I could have resisted and struggled and fought. But why?

Resistance is the opposite of persistence.

It blocks you into thinking there is only one thing that will make you happy. This is the worst disease and it’s chronic.

So many people I talk with are unhappy because someone, at some point, blocked some thing they were working on. Like a blockage in the artery that prevented the heart of success.

They get obsessed with this blockage. They can’t stop thinking about it. They get angry. They can’t forgive. They can’t forget.

They get stuck. The “No” they got ended up defining them.

Persistence in having many experiences is more important than having persistence in one experience.

The other day I saw a guy playing a piano in the middle of the street. I asked him what he was doing there.

“Living the dream,” he told me. “Living the dream.”


James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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40 Manifestation Affirmations for Love, Money and Dream Job

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Did you know that you can manifest money, a job and love with the power of affirmations?

Positive affirmations can help you manifest the things you want and bring positive changes into your life. They help you trigger the law of attraction into action.

In case you don’t know what affirmations are, here is a brief definition.

Affirmations are positive statements that change your mindset and attitude, motivate and inspire, and attract opportunities into your life. For more information and what they can do, read What Are Affirmations and How to Define Them.

Here, on this page, you will find affirmations to help you manifest your dreams and attract money, a dream job, and love.

How to use the manifestation affirmations? Repeat them often for a few moments. Do so with intention, belief, and the certainty that they work.

Do not allow doubts, disbelief, limiting beliefs and negative thoughts to spoil the positive energy that repeating positive statements create. Always strive to think only positive thoughts.

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Manifestation Affirmations to Manifest Your Dreams

  1. My dreams easily turn into reality.
  2. I am attracting into my life the things I want.
  3. The future I want is manifesting right now.
  4. I am a magnet for my dreams and goals.
  5. I am achieving my dreams.
  6. I am living in a wonderful house in a wonderful neighborhood.
  7. Good things are happening every day in my life.
  8. Everything I do turns into success.
  9. There is love and happiness in my life.
  10. I am healthy and full of positive energies.

You might also like reading, Daily Positive Affirmations for a Happy and Successful Life.

Affirmations to Manifest Money

Positive statements to manifest abundance and money.

  1. New amounts of money are appearing in my life.
  2. I am manifesting more money every day.
  3. I am living in financial abundance.
  4. Wealth and prosperity are manifesting in my life.
  5. I am open to receive financial prosperity.
  6. I am a magnet for abundance.
  7. Money is constantly flowing into my bank account.
  8. I open myself to alignment with wealth.
  9. I am living in prosperity.
  10. My business is attracting many paying customers.

Related: Money Affirmations for Attracting Money into Your Life.

Positive affirmations to Manifest Your Dream Job

  1. I am attracting my dream job to me.
  2. My perfect job is manifesting for me.
  3. Good job offers are flowing to me effortlessly.
  4. The Universe is bringing me the job the best job for me.
  5. I am working at my dream job and enjoying every minute.
  6. The Universe is manifesting for me a wonderful job.
  7. I have a satisfying job with a wonderful pay.
  8. I deserve a good job, and I am getting it.
  9. My positive attitude is opening new doors for me.
  10. I am a magnet for successful career.

Related: 25 Inspiring Affirmations for Finding a Good Job.

Positive Affirmations to Manifest Love

Affirmations can manifest love for you, if you use them correctly and with the right mental and emotional attitude.

  1. I am attracting love into my life.
  2. People love to be in my company.
  3. I spread love and happiness around me.
  4. I am attracting love into my life.
  5. The Universe is attracting a wonderful, loving and kind man/woman into my life.
  6. I have a healthy loving relationship.
  7. I am so happy to be blessed with a wonderful and loving man/woman.
  8. There is love and harmony in my life.
  9. I am abundantly rich with the love of my spouse.
  10. I am married to a wonderful man/woman.

You can create the life, and live the life you want. You cam start manifesting the life you desire.

Affirmations give you the power to create positive changes. You can use them easily and effortlessly.

For more love affirmations read, Love Affirmations for Attracting and Finding Love.

If you wish to learn more about affirmations and how to make them work for you, I recommend that you read the book, Affirmations – Words with Power. In this book, you will find all the instructions and guidance for using affirmations to manifest the things you want.

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How to Get Better at Saying No


Every request you accept comes with a cost.

If you want to be more effective, if you want to “get more done,” or even if you just want some breathing room in your life, you need to say no more often.

For some of us, of course, this is easier said than done. The inability to say no is one of the things that contributes the most to overwhelm. It can even lead to feelings of guilt or shame—you feel guilty for “letting someone down” even though you’re struggling to keep up on your own.

What should you say no to? That’s up to you! But here’s a start: anything that you don’t want to do.

Before you come up with objections to that statement—”but there are so many things I simply have to do”—I challenge you to try living by it for a while. Again, every request has a cost. By saying yes to one thing, you’re saying no to others. Unless you want to live your life completely at the direction of someone else, you need to improve your ability to say no.

Here are two strategies that have been helpful to me.

1. The Future Is Now

When you’re asked to do something in the future that you’re not sure you’ll want to do, you tend to say yes because it’s far off. You figure, well, that’s a long time from now, and I don’t have anything else going on then, so I might as well say yes.

But then, of course, “someday” eventually shows up on your calendar, along with that request you accepted long ago. Why did I agree to this? you wonder.

The trick is to imagine the activity you’re asked about would be taking place tomorrow. If it was, would you say yes or politely decline? If you’d decline for tomorrow, the odds are that you won’t feel like doing it a few weeks or months into the future.

Therefore, the obvious suggestion: start declining more of those invitations. Don’t agree to something just because it’s far off.

2. Tell the Truth

Second, whether it’s far in the future or a meeting this afternoon that you’d really prefer to skip, how can you say no without hurting someone’s feelings?

There’s no magic answer, but here’s a helpful way you can reframe the challenge.  When I turn down a request, I often say something like: “I want to make sure I do a good job with my existing commitments, and right now my plate is full.”

Sometimes I even go further and say, “I’m a little overcommitted right now, and I don’t think I would do a good job with this thing you’re asking me.”

This way, you’re not rejecting the person or even the request; you’re just noting that you’re unable to accept it. I like to think you’re even honoring that person by not committing to something you might not handle well.

(And by the way, this is true! There’s no deception or lying involved in the answer you’re giving. When I say I’m fully committed or overcommitted, I really do feel that way.)

If you want to have more control over your time and get more done, getting better at saying no is one of the most important things you can do. I’ll be cheering you on!

I would say, “Let me know if you need more help with this,” but I’m afraid I’m fully committed right now….

Addendum / P.S.

I wrote this post after a negative experience with a company I did some work with. In addition to our agreed-upon contract, the company asked me to do something else that I didn’t want to do. I told them no at first, but they said it was really, really important—so I backed down. Big mistake!

The project I worked on for them took more than ten hours, involved a fair amount of stress (along with the misaligned expectations of a third party, another mistake), and in the end I’m not sure the relationship would have been worse off if I’d simply said “Sorry, can’t do it” in the beginning.

All that to say: the struggle is real. Whenever you have an experience like that, store it in your memory for the next time you encounter a similar scenario.


Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit, The $100 Startup, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. Every summer in Portland, Oregon he hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people. His new book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do. Connect with Chris on Twitter, on his blog, or at your choice of worldwide airline lounge.

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How to Find More Clarity in Life- 5 Minute Video Lesson


Hello Spiritual Warrior, are you feeling stuck? Today we are exploring how to find more clarity in life and flow with the natural rhythm of the Universe.

This week we are exploring how to find more clarity in life. Sometimes we go through phases of not really being sure of what comes next. Maybe you’re going through this kind of transition right now.

I know many people are experiencing the uncertainty that comes with a big transition as we all navigate our way out of a more locked down state in quarantine to one that has been gradually opening up again.

So, if you are wanting to find more clarity in your life right now, just know that you are not alone. And I have come up with this simple exercise to give you more insight into what you would really like to see unfold in your life next. I have talked about it before, but I would like to bring it up again for the sake of this week’s theme. I call it the Breaking through the Clouds Exercise.

So, let’s try it now. Grab your journal or a blank piece of paper, your favorite pen or pencil, go to a peaceful, quiet place, and settle in. Ready? Okay, let’s take the first step to find more clarity:

  • What’s a current issue or disturbance that is challenging me right now?
  • What is the impact that this issue or disturbance is creating in my physical life?
  • What is the impact that this issue or disturbance is creating in my emotional state?
  • What is the impact that this issue or disturbance is creating in my material world?
  • What is the impact that this issue or disturbance is creating in my relationships?
  • What is the impact that this issue or disturbance is creating in my spiritual life?
  • What happens if I do nothing?
  • What would I like to see unfold?
  • What are the top three characteristics, core traits, skill sets, or strengths that will best move me through this challenge?
  • How brightly am I willing to shine my inner sun to break through the clouds?

In the meantime, remember to LIKE & SUBSCRIBE to my channels to keep your ripple flowing in our community & support this content!!! I am so grateful that you keep showing up, keep doing your best, and I hope you know how valued you are as a member of this community.

Better yet, go deeper into the community by joining the MIND SHIFT membership too. More details are below if you are interested. I would be honored if you decided to take the next step in this community.

Sending you expansive love, personal growth, and health. Be well.


davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author of Amazon’s Best Seller destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind, Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Transformation and Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation, & winner of the Nautilus Book Award. Connect with him on . davidji.com Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Vulnerability Is Your Strength


STEPPING BACK FROM STRESS

When you step back from your stress and the emotions that come with it, you are practicing positive detachment. If there are changes we can make, such as learning to say “no,” or not over-scheduling ourselves, or looking for help with a task that has us extended beyond our ability, we can lower our stress. Yet no matter how much or how little the shape of our external life can be rearranged, the internal shift is the most important. The same events and situations that cause you stress can be emotionally detached from in a healthy way. Detaching doesn’t mean you no longer care, or that you are just going through the motions. It means that you don’t allow the external world to trigger you. When stepping back from negative emotions becomes a new habit, you begin to clearly see that you have a choice in how stress affects you.

WAITING FOR HAPPINESS

We think that we have certain material things, or are in a perfect relationship, or high-powered job. All of this causes suffering and stress. Nothing or no one else makes you whole. To be whole you have to find harmony within yourself. Stop and ask, “Who am I? What am I doing here? What are we born for? Is there something more to all of this?”

VULNERABILITY IS YOUR STRENGTH

Your strength – and ability to deal with stress – comes from remaining open to all the experiences that life has for you. When you get to a stage where you begin to stop tagging those experiences as good or bad, and you just call them experiences, that’s when stress disappears and happiness flows.

Recognize your feelings and vulnerability, acknowledge the stress, and know that it is all part of life. Vulnerability is one of the greatest strengths a person has. If you are vulnerable, you will never be hurt.

It is the opposite of fear. Think about the roots of your stress beyond the actual situation or person that seems to be the cause of it. Are you operating from a place of fear, or are you embracing your vulnerability and fragility? When you embrace it instead of fighting it, you can let go of stress. Vulnerability is having the courage to say to people, “I am not perfect.”


Derek O’Neill, fondly referred to as the Celtic Sage, inspires and uplifts people from all walks of life, offering guidance to influential world leaders, businesses, celebrities, athletes and everyday people alike. Distilled from his life work in psychotherapy, a martial arts career and study with wise yogis and Indian and Tibetan masters, Derek translates ancient wisdom into modern day teachings to address the biggest challenges facing humanity today. For additional insights listen to his free radio archives explore over 20 personal development books including Stop The Struggle, Bullying, Love/Divorce, Grief, Mindfulness, Anxiety, Stress and Depression.

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Words of Encouragement When You Need Strength and Motivation

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Do you sometimes, need to hear a few words of encouragement, when you lose motivation or faith in yourself?

Do you sometimes wish to encourage someone and increase his or her motivation?

Your children need motivation and encouragement, so does your spouse. If you are a teacher, you need words of encouragement to say to your pupils or students.

Employers need to know how to encourage their or employees. Coaches or trainers need to know how to boost the confidence of the people they train, and so on.

I would like here, to provide you some words of encouragement you can use. These are words, quotes and affirmations for your own use, and to tell others, when they need inner strength and motivation.

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You can repeat these words to encourage and motivate others, and you can use them to encourage and motivate yourself.

When you are feeling stuck, or when facing a problem, obstacle or a challenge, it feels good to read a few words of encouragement and encouraging quotes. Reading or hearing such words, inspire and encourage us, and make us a force to encourage others.

Read the words of encouragement and positive words you will find here, and also recommend them to people who need them.

Words of Encouragement for Success

“You can encourage yourself and others to be successful. You need to show faith and belief in yourself and in your abilities.

“I am worthy of success.

“Every day I am making progress toward my goals.

“Every day I am doing something to improve my life and the lives of others.

“Success is within my reach.

“Success is flowing now into my life.

You might like reading: Quotes on Success and on Being Successful.

“Focus on the word ‘can’. Forget the word ‘can’t’.

“It is easy and simple to achieve success.

“The power of the Universe is helping me to achieve my goals.

“I have a prosperous and successful business.

“Each step I make takes me closer to success.

“There are many qualities which we need in order to gain success, but the three above all—for the lack of which no brilliancy and no genius can atone—are Courage, Honesty and Common Sense.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Words of Encouragement for Boosting Motivation

“You have the strength and skill to deal with this situation.

“No matter how many times you might fail, you will eventually succeed.

“Wake up, get up, you can do it.

“Don’t wait for the perfect time. Now is what you have.

“Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity of others.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”Norman Vincent Peale

“The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Charles Kingsleigh

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

Quotes on Encouragement

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

“Today is a great day, and so it will be.” – Remez Sasson

“Build up the habit of replacing each negative thought with a positive one.” – Remez Sasson

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” – Dorothy Thompson

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.”Oprah Winfrey

“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” – Jerome Fleishman

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

“Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” – Edwin Markham

“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”Henry David Thoreau

“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle

Quotes and Words for Strength and Confidence

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You have within you all the strength you need. You just need to wake it up.” – Remez Sasson

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.” – Robert Tew

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” – Rikki Rogers

“Concentration is the secret of strength.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”Audrey Hepburn

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.” – Og Mandino

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Persistence Quotes and Words of Encouragement

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius

“If you decide to give up, make another attempt. Your success might be just an inch away.”Remez Sasson

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“Even a bad day can turn into a good day, you just need to keep going on.” – Remez Sasson

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.” – Flavia Weedn

“A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.” – Albert Einstein

“Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur

“You are the most influential person you will talk to all day.” – Zig Ziglar

“Soon, when all is well, you’re going to look back on this period of your life and be so glad that you never gave up.” – Brittany Burgunder

I hope the words of encouragement you have been reading will help you see the light of hope, become confident, and believe in yourself.

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