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6 Big Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job And Follow Your Passion

Joel Brown

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You are probably not satisfied with your job. You want to be successful and you feel that this can only happen if you draw up a resignation letterquit your job and follow your passion. Many people in this situation fear to venture out for the simple fear of how things will work out after they quit their jobs.

Quitting your job to follow your passion can have a lot of advantages especially if you put fear of the unknown aside. 

It is not easy quitting a job, but it could be well worth it.

The following are 6 good reasons why you should quit your current job and follow your passion.

 

1. You Will Get Fulfillment

When you pursue your passion, you will most definitely find fulfillment in what you do. You get the satisfaction of doing what you always desired to do. Remember, fulfillment is not only in money. There are many people who earn huge salaries but don’t find any personal fulfillment. This is simply because they are not living their passion.

In order to be successful, you must take immediate action with the sole intention of fulfilling your passion.

 

2. You Will Always Get Pleasant Surprises

By taking a firm decision of moving out into the world outside your constraining job, you never know what awaits you. But the good thing is that this action opens up immense possibilities, some of which you might not even have thought about. You go to places that you probably never imagined you would. You also meet people who are willing to welcome you and help you on as you pursue your passion. It is never as bad as it seems. But you can never realize the surprises awaiting you if you don’t venture out.

 

3. You Build Your Own Empire

life picture quoteWhen you are employed, most of your time and energy goes into building the fortunes of someone else. What you get in return is only a salary. This is not what you desire if you want to be successful. You have to build your own empire. But you cannot achieve this when you dedicate the best of your time and energy to the economic affairs of someone else.

With employment you miss so many opportunities of building your own personal success. There are very many options to be explored if only you dedicate most of your time and energy into it. Your thoughts will be more focused when you are thinking of fulfilling your passion. But your job could be the hindrance preventing you to make this great leap to freedom and success.

 

4. You Will Not Be Vulnerable

When you get a job, you hope that you will work smoothly until you retire. This is not the case these days. While having a job is good, in the current state of the economy one cannot be guaranteed of job security. Most employees are now at the mercy of the economy and their employers. They are increasingly vulnerable. But by following your passion you are in control of yourself. And with control you will have security and peace of mind.

 

5. You Will Be Empowered

In order to be successful you need to be empowered. This is may not be possible if you remain in your current job. To be empowered means that you must create your own reality using the immense potential in you. By quitting your job and pursuing your passion you are able to break the monotony of your current job and create your own reality. Taking control of your own life becomes immensely empowering.

 

6. You Will Be a Great Person One Day

Success does not happen overnight. Most personal success stories speak of people who painstakingly worked hard from humble beginnings without ever giving up or looking back. You do not have to compare yourself to others who have achieved success in your particular field of passion. They most probably did not compare themselves with those who attained success before them. You just need take small steps of faith and confidence and they will lead you to your greatness. Trust the skills you have and work on them. Eventually, you will realize that it was easier than you imagined when you were starting.

By quitting your job you will pursue your passion without distractions, you will meet new people, explore new places and change your life for good.

 

Checkout Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic, he quit his job and now runs a very successful website by the name of: thatguywiththeglasses.com If you’re gonna quit you job, why not go out in style.

 

The Best Way To Quit Your Day Job

 

Have you quit your job to follow your passion? Please share what happened in our comment section, we’d love to hear your story.

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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54 Comments

  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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10 Things We Can Learn From the Incredible Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs was one of the greatest visionaries and pioneers of the 21st century. He wasn’t an engineer, did not completed his college degree, yet he was able to turnaround the near-bankrupt Apple into the most valuable brand in the world. He not only transformed one industry but several others such as mobile phones, computers, and movies.

Here are 10 life lessons which everyone can learn from Steve Jobs and apply to their lives:

1. Always focus on the positive & let go of the negative

Steve Jobs went through many ups and downs in his life. He was given up by his biological parents for adoption. Such an event could have easily pushed him into the negative; however he chose to focus on the positive in life. He loved his adopted father and mother and he also found the things which kept him happy and positive (i.e. computers).

You should also utilize the power of positive thinking. Don’t become the person who always sees the glass half-empty. Just focus all your energy and dedication on the positive things in your life. If something is negative, it will always drain your energy and you would not be able to live your life to the fullest.

2. Travel the world and learn new things

When Steve Jobs was 19 years old he visited India, and he said in multiple interviews that his travels helped him broaden his perspective. The journey to somewhere far away from his land expanded his thoughts, and opened his mind to unlimited possibilities.

We should also travel more in order to experience the various cultures and lifestyle of people living in different corners of the world. You will not only experience new things but it will also broaden your horizons.

3. Always take a calculated risk

Steve Jobs was a risk-taker, and this set him apart from his competitors. Hardly any CEOs would have agreed to develop a new product which would cannibalize/decrease the sale of the company’s top-selling product. But, Steve Jobs took the risk to develop and market the iPhone when the iPod was their top selling product.

The iPhone cannibalized the sales of the iPod but the iPhone made a huge profit by dominating the emerging smartphone market. In order to move forward, we have to take risks in life. But we must make sure that the risk should be calculated.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

4. Be wise in the company you choose to keep

Steve Jobs always hired and surrounded himself with great minds. He hired Steve Wozniak because he knew that he was better than Jobs in building computers. Some of the more prominent people who worked with Jobs were John Lasseter and Tim Cook. These people helped Steve Jobs to achieve massive success in making Apple the most valuable brand in the world.

You should learn to surround yourself with great people in order to achieve success. Don’t let your ego get in the way of who you choose to interact and work with.

5. Learn from the failures and keep moving forward

In 1984, Apple fired Steve Jobs. He could have chosen the option of feeling depressed about it but he took it in a positive way.

At Stanford’s 2005 commencement address, he said;

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

We should also not fear failure because it is not the end of the end. We should treat failure as an opportunity to improve oneself.

6. Do only what you truly love

While addressing the students and faculty members of Stanford University, Steve Jobs said  The only thing which kept him going while facing challenges and obstacles was the fact that he was doing what he loved. He also said to find what you love both in your professional and personal life.

If we do what we truly love then we do that particular work with complete passion. We don’t make any excuses for not giving everything we have.

7. Learn from others

When Steve Jobs was in high school, he attended lectures at Hewlett-Packard. Before the age of 21, he had already worked for HP and Atari. He worked there and learned what these companies were doing and he implemented those strategies at Apple.

You too should learn from others. If you don’t see any results while working towards a certain goal, then you should take advice from the experts in that field. Sometimes, a little help is all you need to achieve success.

8. It is never too early to get started

Steve Jobs was still a teenager when he was working with HP and Atari. At the age of 20, the young enthusiastic entrepreneur had started Apple Inc. He was young daring man open to new ideas thus who he focused all his energy on the company.

If a young entrepreneur starts a venture at a young age, then he doesn’t have much pressure. After a certain age, you are more focused on your family or career at some other company. At a young age, you can take risks professionally as you are are more free to fail and restart.

9. Obstacles are the opportunity to succeed

Steve Jobs and Wozniak were the co-founders of Apple Inc. While they were developing the first Apple computer they ran out of money. They could have given up on their dream of building a computer but instead, they choose to thrive. Steve Jobs sold his van and Wozniak sold his graphing calculator to raise some money.

Learn to see your obstacles as an opportunity to succeed. If you really want to do something, you will always find a way to complete it. Once you have this mindset, then nothing can stop you from overcoming your obstacles.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

10. Always remember you are not immortal

While addressing the students at Stanford University, Jobs said “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because of almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Whenever you feel depressed, confused, embarrassed or have any negative feelings, only remember one thing; you are not immortal. You will be dead soon, so instead of feeling depressed make sure that you utilize every second of life.

Though Steve Jobs has passed away, his legacy will be with us forever. He was an inspiring human being who was and is respected by many. The way he lived his life both personally and professionally is commendable and if we can learn from his teachings, then it will definitely help us in achieving success in life.

Which one of these 10 qualities of Steve Jobs is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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How I Work Smarter: The Practical And Really Dumbed Down Strategies.

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Working Smarter. Productivity Hacks

I’m somewhat of a productivity freak. I like having time.

Time allows me to work smarter, and so I protect it like a rare and beautiful diamond. If you want to steal my time, you better be prepared for one hell of a battle. I’d happily give up money before I would ever give up time.

Here’s how I work smart and how you can do the same:

 

I take the stairs.

While everybody is lining up for the lift or going 1 meter every ten minutes on the escalator, I take the stairs. It keeps me fit and I get where I want to go faster. Nothing in life worth achieving is easy so get used to taking the stairs and doing some physical work.

 

I keep it simple (decision fatigue).

Water instead of wine/soft drink/coffee etc.
One big goal at any point in time instead of a to-do list of goals that lead nowhere.
One email address instead of multiple inboxes.
One computer and one phone instead of a Fitbit, laptop, phone, tablet and Apple Watch.

“Vanilla options are easy and low fuss. Decisions fatigue you”

 

I have lunch before midday.

Lunch can be done in 15 minutes. The trick is to buy or make your lunch before the rush. Standing in lines and getting frustrated is unnecessary. Get some time in your day back by doing lunch earlier. I recommend 11:45. With the extra time you gain back, try adding in 10 minutes of meditation.

 

Leave the car at home.

When I go to the city, I leave the car at home. By the time I get into the car, battle against the seven seas that is traffic and then get parking, I could have already been there by train or equivalent. This transit time also becomes my portable learning time. I use this time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks instead of having to think about driving.

 

One day a week in isolation.

Being alone with your thoughts and complete silence, once a week, makes you mega productive. A few moments of quietness are far more valuable than hours of busyness and noise. In complete isolation, you have no choice but to focus and complete your goals.

 

I use tiredness to do housework.

People hate tiredness. I love it. Tiredness tells me to stop working on my goals and do the things we all have to do like housework. I don’t need any energy or inspiration to do housework so why waste my high energy states on it?

Having said that, I aim to eliminate tiredness. This is a work in progress and requires exercise combined with an excellent diet. Until then, housework I love you!

 

Notifications are turned off except for SMS

That word “notifications” feels like grand larceny. Companies used to steal my time through notifications and now I’ve declared war on them. When you’re powering through a task, the last thing you want is an interruption in the form of a notification.

That small amount of time you spend getting distracted takes you out of the zone and away from the focused state you’re in. Go to settings and turn off notifications – especially Facebook.

 

I don’t play computer games.

As a kid, I loved computer games. That’s why I know to stay away from them as an adult because they are designed to get me to fight someone else’s mission. There’s no such thing as a quick game. Games are designed to keep you engaged and continually challenge you.

 

I get up before everybody else.

Yes, sir! I get up when it’s dark so I can do the big stuff first. Before the rest of the world can wake up and distract me, I’m getting my game on in the early hours of the morning. I really think you should wake up early. If you ignored everything else I said and just woke up early, I’d be proud.

 

I tell myself no before saying yes.

Yes has become a first world disease. You can’t work smart if you say yes to every offer that comes your way. That’s why I tell myself no first, and then try to convince myself of yes. If I can’t convince myself, I say no. Auto responding with yes answers will make you busy.

 

Busy is not smart.

If you think you are busy, and you verbally say so regularly, you’re not working smart. Busy is dumb. Busy will cripple your time and make your mindset go into meltdown. Humans can only focus on a small number of things so stop being busy!

Tell people the truth. Say no more. Guard your time. Avoid the trap of busy.

 

I chunk down big tasks.

If I have to give a big speech then in the same week, I move away any other big goals that might distract me. Too many big goals all in a small space of time can become overwhelming quickly. Stick to one or two big goals at a time and you’ll achieve a lot more. Less is more.

 

I own less stuff.

That way I don’t need to worry about maintaining things, securing things, thinking about objects, spending money on things I can’t afford. Sell, sell, sell yourself out of living the dumb life.

“Stuff does not equal progress; personal growth does and money can’t buy that”

 

I invest in dumb stuff.

With almost no knowledge, anyone can invest in index funds and not have to worry about the burden of trying to predict the next biggest thing. In reality, this strategy will probably beat all of the people who waste their lives away trying to be fortune tellers.

All I do is buy low-cost index funds of major economies like the USA. I invest the same amount each time so I’m not affected by the rise and fall of the stock market. Thank you, Tony Robbins and Warren Buffet for this strategy.

I don’t have video streaming.

Time looking at a screen is better spent reading a book. Fictional TV shows are not teaching me about life. Reading biographies, books about life lessons and the latest research in human psychology does that for me. One up on mediocrity and cancel your subscription.

 

Simplify your subscriptions.

Here’s the thing: Subscriptions equal time.

Companies have moved their business models to subscriptions because it helps keep you engaged and addicted to what they have to sell because you’re paying a recurring fee for it. Delete as many subscriptions as you can. I have one for my meditation app, one for the gym and one for my writing software.

 

Delete apps from your reading device.

Okay, so I do use Kindle which means that there is a temptation to look at apps. Delete apps from your reading device so you can actually read.

 

I take summer holidays when everyone returns to the office.

In Australia, everyone goes away in December and January. I take my holidays when they return to work. This means:

– More time in the office when it’s less busy
– Cheaper flights and accommodation during low peak times
– More chances to step up to leader roles while others are away

Everything is just less busy when you holiday off-peak.

 

I avoid junk food during major goal weeks.

This week I have a public speaking competition. I need all the practice I can get which requires energy. That’s why, in big goal weeks like the one I’m in right now, I cut out junk food. Energy equals time. Do a cheat day to celebrate at the end if you must.

 

I split my resources like this.

– Travel
– Necessities like food, clothes and rent
– Money for family and my girlfriend
– Unplanned indulgences (cheat day)

A balanced life requires resources (money). Splitting your money across these four areas allows you to work smart. You only have to work dumb when you waste your resources and therefore have to work ten times harder than you need to. When in doubt, less is more.

 

Stimulants are neglected.

Coffee only makes us get the jitters and be nervous. I find when I’m on coffee I become more fearful. My relaxed state disappears.

 

I do regular breaks.

We’re not machines. I do regular breaks of trampoline, walking, and eating fresh food in-between hours of writing on the weekend.

 

I outsource stuff I’m bad at.

If I do things I’m horrible at, I do them badly. This stops me from working smart and can cause negativity. That’s why I outsource stuff I’m bad at wherever possible.

 

I get enough sleep.

7 hours works for me. You have to sleep otherwise you’ll get tired which will cause negativity and a poor quality of work. This “sleep when you’re dead” tend is a fallacy.

 

I value you my time.

I’ve placed a very high dollar value on my time. Because I consciously value it, I’m always reconciling how much time I have. By valuing your time, you become aware of it. You can’t focus on something you are not aware of.

 

I do phone first, instead of coffee catch-ups.

LinkedIn sends me multiple requests a day for coffee catch ups. Most of them don’t state any valid reason for the catch-up. Now if you just say no to them all you could be missing out on the gift of socializing, learning new things and meeting people you can do business with.

The hack I use is this: Always do the first conversation via phone. That way you can tell if there is value or a need for a coffee catch up.

Second hack: do a video call instead of an audio-only call. Video lets you see the other person and connect better. It’s more personal and you’ll quickly figure out if you need that coffee after all. I personally don’t drink coffee, so these sort of catch ups take me out of rapport with the other person from the start.

 

Happy partner, happy life.

I spend less time arguing because I do stuff that my partner wants to do even if I don’t. She does the same. This way everybody wins and I don’t need to waste time arguing and lighting a fire under my mindset that causes me to want to evacuate to the world of temptation (coffee, Netflix, games, useless crap).

 

I cheat on my phone regularly.

That’s right! I sleep around with any activity that doesn’t involve looking at my phone.

“The small glass window of my phone feels like such a tiny part of what the world has to offer. I choose to look out of the window of life instead and see limitless possibility”

 

I do exercise to boost my mindset.

Being smart is only possible when you have a positive mindset served on the side. Exercise has helped me relieve stress and get back to feeling good again. Do it.

 

I don’t allow people to steal my time.

People will gladly rob you of your time and waste it. They do this primarily because they have their own selfish goals, or they’re bored with life and wasting your time makes them feel better. Prosecute these time thieves’ by telling them your expectations and referencing your calendar if you have to.

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7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Success

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Success is your birthright. It is a mindset, ingrained within your identity. Let’s go in one step further. Success is a choice. When you believe you are worthy of success, you recognize your irrational thoughts, you break them down and replace them with a forward focus positive belief. You move from victimisation to becoming your own hero, your own inspiration. You ditch counterproductive self-critical patterns and undermine your success. You reject familiarity and choose expansion to build your confidence, character and conquer negativity bias.

The biggest obstacle in life you will face is you. Our brain is wired to value negative information more than positive information. Negativity bias affects every human being as you hold on to, ruminate and recall negative experiences more quickly. You undermine your progress, keep yourself stuck in bad habits and set up an unconscious platform for failure. People will default to the “devil you know” when placed under pressure. You create your own worst enemy – YOU.

If you think you have no power over your emotions, it’s time to learn how to manage your state, lead your feelings and choose the story of how you will respond.

Here are 7 ways you’re sabotaging your success:

1. You think mistakes are your failures

We start off with great intentions, confidence booming and iron clad attitude of “we have got this”. We make a mistake and then we squirm in our pants. Self-doubt manifests and within minutes it magnifies. Success feels like it has been ripped away from us.

Mistakes happen, and they happen often. Mistakes have the power to turn us into something better than we were before. When we adopt that failure is feedback, we embrace how mistakes are useful and necessary. Failure is moving forward. As Seth Godin highlights “if l fail more than you do, l win”. To disrupt the status quo in life, you need a gargantuan quantity of failure.

2. You think your past equates to your future

Each person has a past. What comes with past is opportunity for growth and it is your greatest teacher. You invested in taking a risk and have the golden moment to apply the lessons learnt. You get to choose who and how to be at any moment. Stop waiting for someone else to believe or validate you. Become your own hero.

“If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase: That past does not equal the future…All that matters is: What are you going to do, right now?” – Tony Robbins

3. You don’t appreciate what you already have

We live in a world where we measure success by the things we gain. We buy things to make us happy and we succeed temporarily. New things are exciting at first and then we adapt. The anticipation of a desired outcome is generally more satisfying than the outcome itself. Once we get what we want, we adapt and excitement fades. How often do you see children demanding a toy or their world will end? What’s crazier is how quickly their joy fades as they want something else. Once you appreciate what you currently have, more won’t make life better.

4. You ignore who you are becoming

To experience any level of success, you must be whatever it is you want to be (ie. Happy, satisfied, inspired), and start doing things from this space to create the things you will have. We attract into our lives what we are. Shawn Achor , Harvard psychologist, explains that science shows that happiness facilitates success.

Often people use affirmations as a basis for creating a mindset shift and to feed the unconscious mind with golden treasure. By writing in the positive and present tense, you create a platform to step into who you are being. This will determine what you need to do to step into who you are becoming.

5. You burn all your bridges

There is nothing more heartbreaking when people create any level of success and espouse that they are solely the driver of their success. People succumb to their environment and forget where they came from along with the sacrifices others made to support them in achieving their level of success. Having a level of humility and gratitude keeps your success in perspective.

6. You have a sense of entitlement

The 21st century is reaping of people feeling entitled. It is playing out throughout all generations whether it be driven by someone’s need for job security or a specific salary amount. Stop complaining and be grateful for your ability to contribute to the bigger picture and make a difference in the world. You need to work a little to earn the credibility and trust from your environment.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

7. You don’t invest in working out the outcome, you wing it

Reverse engineering is where the game is played to create success. Start from the end and work backwards. As Stephen Covey in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People outlines “begin with the end in mind”. Once your clear, reverse engineer the Wildly Important Goal for the year and break down to quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. Then identify the 5 actions that you will take weekly to bring you closer to your success.

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Productivity Hacks. Steve Cutts

Productivity is how you find more time in your day to do what you love, and achieve greater results. It’s time to stop being lazy and make a few small changes that will help you win back extra time.

“Productivity is not about doing more; it’s about doing less”

After you’ve had a productive day, you feel so much better. The difficulty is that doing tasks that are on some never-ending to-do list creates a feeling of emptiness. To-do lists are not enough and they rarely make you more productive.

This is my very short, simple, no-brainer list of how you can become twice as productive:

 

Do the big stuff at the start of the day.

If you follow no other advice than this, then you’re already most of the way there. Start your day with the hardest, most fulfilling tasks. If there’s something you’ve been putting off, then do it when you first wake up the next day.

Save your boring and repetitive tasks like ironing and chasing up bills for late in the day when your energy starts to slump. I do my blogging in the morning and my housework just before I go to bed. This allows me to focus on trying to inspire people during the morning when I have the most energy and feel like I can do anything.

 

Chunk down and delete items off your to-do list.

Many tasks on your to-do list are actually part of the same single task. Chunk these tasks into one task. Next, take the tasks that are really not important and don’t matter to you, and consider deleting them off your to-do list.

Finally, don’t let other people’s tasks dominate the order in which you tackle your list. Do the tasks that serve you first. You’ll feel much better and more productive for doing so.

 

Phone over email for the win.

Never-ending text messages and emails lead nowhere. Instant messaging apps are not much better because the conversation never stops. Things get lost in translation and it’s tiring replying back on a tiny little keyboard while looking at a miniature little screen. Not to mention it makes you anti-social.

Be more productive by picking up the phone. A 5-minute conversation is way better than an endless line of messages that interrupt you from the task you’re focusing on each time a new response is received.

 

Have phone blackouts.

What’s this you ask? It’s blackout periods from your phone. Similar to a trading blackout if you’ve ever worked in a publically listed company. Have times of the day and week where you are banned from your phone. Enable flight mode, put it on silent, lock it in your car.

Escape from your phone so you can be focused and work without distraction for a set period of time. Avoid the temptation that has become your phone. The temptation that has become the destroyer of your success.

 

Don’t check social or email first thing.

Checking email and social media first thing in the morning sends your mind into reactive mode. Start your day with time to think and plan what you’re going to do. Be intentional about your day rather than let technology dictate what you’ll focus your time on and therefore what areas you’ll be productive at.

 

Schedule rest periods.

Always being on is not making you productive. We’re not robots, and we need to rest once in a while. Regular periods of rest, outside of sleep, allow us to be more productive. Chunk your day into blocks and rest in-between productive periods of work.

That rest might be eating a proper lunch, doing 10-minutes of meditation, listening to a podcast, or staring at your office window and doing absolutely nothing.

Give your mind space. It’s in these brief moments of nothingness that you will come up with the ideas, solutions and strategies to win in your career and in life. At the same time, it will make you productive.

 

Don’t lie to yourself.

“Creating a meeting, having a lunch, planning a strategy session and sending an email trick your brain into thinking you’re being productive rather than the truth: you do these things to put off doing the real work”

It allows you to be lazy and not think you’re being lazy. Look for ways to get to the solution or complete the task in the most productive way. If you find yourself not being in the mood for doing the hard work, schedule it for the next day, first thing in the morning.

It’s not that difficult to be productive. We can all do it with a little bit of effort and very focused discipline.

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10 Things We Can Learn From the Incredible Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs was one of the greatest visionaries and pioneers of the 21st century. He wasn’t an engineer, did not completed his college degree, yet he was able to turnaround the near-bankrupt Apple into the most valuable brand in the world. He not only transformed one industry but several others such as mobile phones, computers, and movies. (more…)

Katherine Dilworth is a wife, mother and a blogger and she writes on Caseydilworth.com, this blog provides exclusive information on Snoring.

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  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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10 Things We Can Learn From the Incredible Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs was one of the greatest visionaries and pioneers of the 21st century. He wasn’t an engineer, did not completed his college degree, yet he was able to turnaround the near-bankrupt Apple into the most valuable brand in the world. He not only transformed one industry but several others such as mobile phones, computers, and movies.

Here are 10 life lessons which everyone can learn from Steve Jobs and apply to their lives:

1. Always focus on the positive & let go of the negative

Steve Jobs went through many ups and downs in his life. He was given up by his biological parents for adoption. Such an event could have easily pushed him into the negative; however he chose to focus on the positive in life. He loved his adopted father and mother and he also found the things which kept him happy and positive (i.e. computers).

You should also utilize the power of positive thinking. Don’t become the person who always sees the glass half-empty. Just focus all your energy and dedication on the positive things in your life. If something is negative, it will always drain your energy and you would not be able to live your life to the fullest.

2. Travel the world and learn new things

When Steve Jobs was 19 years old he visited India, and he said in multiple interviews that his travels helped him broaden his perspective. The journey to somewhere far away from his land expanded his thoughts, and opened his mind to unlimited possibilities.

We should also travel more in order to experience the various cultures and lifestyle of people living in different corners of the world. You will not only experience new things but it will also broaden your horizons.

3. Always take a calculated risk

Steve Jobs was a risk-taker, and this set him apart from his competitors. Hardly any CEOs would have agreed to develop a new product which would cannibalize/decrease the sale of the company’s top-selling product. But, Steve Jobs took the risk to develop and market the iPhone when the iPod was their top selling product.

The iPhone cannibalized the sales of the iPod but the iPhone made a huge profit by dominating the emerging smartphone market. In order to move forward, we have to take risks in life. But we must make sure that the risk should be calculated.

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs

4. Be wise in the company you choose to keep

Steve Jobs always hired and surrounded himself with great minds. He hired Steve Wozniak because he knew that he was better than Jobs in building computers. Some of the more prominent people who worked with Jobs were John Lasseter and Tim Cook. These people helped Steve Jobs to achieve massive success in making Apple the most valuable brand in the world.

You should learn to surround yourself with great people in order to achieve success. Don’t let your ego get in the way of who you choose to interact and work with.

5. Learn from the failures and keep moving forward

In 1984, Apple fired Steve Jobs. He could have chosen the option of feeling depressed about it but he took it in a positive way.

At Stanford’s 2005 commencement address, he said;

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

We should also not fear failure because it is not the end of the end. We should treat failure as an opportunity to improve oneself.

6. Do only what you truly love

While addressing the students and faculty members of Stanford University, Steve Jobs said  The only thing which kept him going while facing challenges and obstacles was the fact that he was doing what he loved. He also said to find what you love both in your professional and personal life.

If we do what we truly love then we do that particular work with complete passion. We don’t make any excuses for not giving everything we have.

7. Learn from others

When Steve Jobs was in high school, he attended lectures at Hewlett-Packard. Before the age of 21, he had already worked for HP and Atari. He worked there and learned what these companies were doing and he implemented those strategies at Apple.

You too should learn from others. If you don’t see any results while working towards a certain goal, then you should take advice from the experts in that field. Sometimes, a little help is all you need to achieve success.

8. It is never too early to get started

Steve Jobs was still a teenager when he was working with HP and Atari. At the age of 20, the young enthusiastic entrepreneur had started Apple Inc. He was young daring man open to new ideas thus who he focused all his energy on the company.

If a young entrepreneur starts a venture at a young age, then he doesn’t have much pressure. After a certain age, you are more focused on your family or career at some other company. At a young age, you can take risks professionally as you are are more free to fail and restart.

9. Obstacles are the opportunity to succeed

Steve Jobs and Wozniak were the co-founders of Apple Inc. While they were developing the first Apple computer they ran out of money. They could have given up on their dream of building a computer but instead, they choose to thrive. Steve Jobs sold his van and Wozniak sold his graphing calculator to raise some money.

Learn to see your obstacles as an opportunity to succeed. If you really want to do something, you will always find a way to complete it. Once you have this mindset, then nothing can stop you from overcoming your obstacles.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs

10. Always remember you are not immortal

While addressing the students at Stanford University, Jobs said “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because of almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Whenever you feel depressed, confused, embarrassed or have any negative feelings, only remember one thing; you are not immortal. You will be dead soon, so instead of feeling depressed make sure that you utilize every second of life.

Though Steve Jobs has passed away, his legacy will be with us forever. He was an inspiring human being who was and is respected by many. The way he lived his life both personally and professionally is commendable and if we can learn from his teachings, then it will definitely help us in achieving success in life.

Which one of these 10 qualities of Steve Jobs is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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I’m somewhat of a productivity freak. I like having time.

Time allows me to work smarter, and so I protect it like a rare and beautiful diamond. If you want to steal my time, you better be prepared for one hell of a battle. I’d happily give up money before I would ever give up time.

Here’s how I work smart and how you can do the same:

 

I take the stairs.

While everybody is lining up for the lift or going 1 meter every ten minutes on the escalator, I take the stairs. It keeps me fit and I get where I want to go faster. Nothing in life worth achieving is easy so get used to taking the stairs and doing some physical work.

 

I keep it simple (decision fatigue).

Water instead of wine/soft drink/coffee etc.
One big goal at any point in time instead of a to-do list of goals that lead nowhere.
One email address instead of multiple inboxes.
One computer and one phone instead of a Fitbit, laptop, phone, tablet and Apple Watch.

“Vanilla options are easy and low fuss. Decisions fatigue you”

 

I have lunch before midday.

Lunch can be done in 15 minutes. The trick is to buy or make your lunch before the rush. Standing in lines and getting frustrated is unnecessary. Get some time in your day back by doing lunch earlier. I recommend 11:45. With the extra time you gain back, try adding in 10 minutes of meditation.

 

Leave the car at home.

When I go to the city, I leave the car at home. By the time I get into the car, battle against the seven seas that is traffic and then get parking, I could have already been there by train or equivalent. This transit time also becomes my portable learning time. I use this time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks instead of having to think about driving.

 

One day a week in isolation.

Being alone with your thoughts and complete silence, once a week, makes you mega productive. A few moments of quietness are far more valuable than hours of busyness and noise. In complete isolation, you have no choice but to focus and complete your goals.

 

I use tiredness to do housework.

People hate tiredness. I love it. Tiredness tells me to stop working on my goals and do the things we all have to do like housework. I don’t need any energy or inspiration to do housework so why waste my high energy states on it?

Having said that, I aim to eliminate tiredness. This is a work in progress and requires exercise combined with an excellent diet. Until then, housework I love you!

 

Notifications are turned off except for SMS

That word “notifications” feels like grand larceny. Companies used to steal my time through notifications and now I’ve declared war on them. When you’re powering through a task, the last thing you want is an interruption in the form of a notification.

That small amount of time you spend getting distracted takes you out of the zone and away from the focused state you’re in. Go to settings and turn off notifications – especially Facebook.

 

I don’t play computer games.

As a kid, I loved computer games. That’s why I know to stay away from them as an adult because they are designed to get me to fight someone else’s mission. There’s no such thing as a quick game. Games are designed to keep you engaged and continually challenge you.

 

I get up before everybody else.

Yes, sir! I get up when it’s dark so I can do the big stuff first. Before the rest of the world can wake up and distract me, I’m getting my game on in the early hours of the morning. I really think you should wake up early. If you ignored everything else I said and just woke up early, I’d be proud.

 

I tell myself no before saying yes.

Yes has become a first world disease. You can’t work smart if you say yes to every offer that comes your way. That’s why I tell myself no first, and then try to convince myself of yes. If I can’t convince myself, I say no. Auto responding with yes answers will make you busy.

 

Busy is not smart.

If you think you are busy, and you verbally say so regularly, you’re not working smart. Busy is dumb. Busy will cripple your time and make your mindset go into meltdown. Humans can only focus on a small number of things so stop being busy!

Tell people the truth. Say no more. Guard your time. Avoid the trap of busy.

 

I chunk down big tasks.

If I have to give a big speech then in the same week, I move away any other big goals that might distract me. Too many big goals all in a small space of time can become overwhelming quickly. Stick to one or two big goals at a time and you’ll achieve a lot more. Less is more.

 

I own less stuff.

That way I don’t need to worry about maintaining things, securing things, thinking about objects, spending money on things I can’t afford. Sell, sell, sell yourself out of living the dumb life.

“Stuff does not equal progress; personal growth does and money can’t buy that”

 

I invest in dumb stuff.

With almost no knowledge, anyone can invest in index funds and not have to worry about the burden of trying to predict the next biggest thing. In reality, this strategy will probably beat all of the people who waste their lives away trying to be fortune tellers.

All I do is buy low-cost index funds of major economies like the USA. I invest the same amount each time so I’m not affected by the rise and fall of the stock market. Thank you, Tony Robbins and Warren Buffet for this strategy.

I don’t have video streaming.

Time looking at a screen is better spent reading a book. Fictional TV shows are not teaching me about life. Reading biographies, books about life lessons and the latest research in human psychology does that for me. One up on mediocrity and cancel your subscription.

 

Simplify your subscriptions.

Here’s the thing: Subscriptions equal time.

Companies have moved their business models to subscriptions because it helps keep you engaged and addicted to what they have to sell because you’re paying a recurring fee for it. Delete as many subscriptions as you can. I have one for my meditation app, one for the gym and one for my writing software.

 

Delete apps from your reading device.

Okay, so I do use Kindle which means that there is a temptation to look at apps. Delete apps from your reading device so you can actually read.

 

I take summer holidays when everyone returns to the office.

In Australia, everyone goes away in December and January. I take my holidays when they return to work. This means:

– More time in the office when it’s less busy
– Cheaper flights and accommodation during low peak times
– More chances to step up to leader roles while others are away

Everything is just less busy when you holiday off-peak.

 

I avoid junk food during major goal weeks.

This week I have a public speaking competition. I need all the practice I can get which requires energy. That’s why, in big goal weeks like the one I’m in right now, I cut out junk food. Energy equals time. Do a cheat day to celebrate at the end if you must.

 

I split my resources like this.

– Travel
– Necessities like food, clothes and rent
– Money for family and my girlfriend
– Unplanned indulgences (cheat day)

A balanced life requires resources (money). Splitting your money across these four areas allows you to work smart. You only have to work dumb when you waste your resources and therefore have to work ten times harder than you need to. When in doubt, less is more.

 

Stimulants are neglected.

Coffee only makes us get the jitters and be nervous. I find when I’m on coffee I become more fearful. My relaxed state disappears.

 

I do regular breaks.

We’re not machines. I do regular breaks of trampoline, walking, and eating fresh food in-between hours of writing on the weekend.

 

I outsource stuff I’m bad at.

If I do things I’m horrible at, I do them badly. This stops me from working smart and can cause negativity. That’s why I outsource stuff I’m bad at wherever possible.

 

I get enough sleep.

7 hours works for me. You have to sleep otherwise you’ll get tired which will cause negativity and a poor quality of work. This “sleep when you’re dead” tend is a fallacy.

 

I value you my time.

I’ve placed a very high dollar value on my time. Because I consciously value it, I’m always reconciling how much time I have. By valuing your time, you become aware of it. You can’t focus on something you are not aware of.

 

I do phone first, instead of coffee catch-ups.

LinkedIn sends me multiple requests a day for coffee catch ups. Most of them don’t state any valid reason for the catch-up. Now if you just say no to them all you could be missing out on the gift of socializing, learning new things and meeting people you can do business with.

The hack I use is this: Always do the first conversation via phone. That way you can tell if there is value or a need for a coffee catch up.

Second hack: do a video call instead of an audio-only call. Video lets you see the other person and connect better. It’s more personal and you’ll quickly figure out if you need that coffee after all. I personally don’t drink coffee, so these sort of catch ups take me out of rapport with the other person from the start.

 

Happy partner, happy life.

I spend less time arguing because I do stuff that my partner wants to do even if I don’t. She does the same. This way everybody wins and I don’t need to waste time arguing and lighting a fire under my mindset that causes me to want to evacuate to the world of temptation (coffee, Netflix, games, useless crap).

 

I cheat on my phone regularly.

That’s right! I sleep around with any activity that doesn’t involve looking at my phone.

“The small glass window of my phone feels like such a tiny part of what the world has to offer. I choose to look out of the window of life instead and see limitless possibility”

 

I do exercise to boost my mindset.

Being smart is only possible when you have a positive mindset served on the side. Exercise has helped me relieve stress and get back to feeling good again. Do it.

 

I don’t allow people to steal my time.

People will gladly rob you of your time and waste it. They do this primarily because they have their own selfish goals, or they’re bored with life and wasting your time makes them feel better. Prosecute these time thieves’ by telling them your expectations and referencing your calendar if you have to.

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7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Success

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Success is your birthright. It is a mindset, ingrained within your identity. Let’s go in one step further. Success is a choice. When you believe you are worthy of success, you recognize your irrational thoughts, you break them down and replace them with a forward focus positive belief. You move from victimisation to becoming your own hero, your own inspiration. You ditch counterproductive self-critical patterns and undermine your success. You reject familiarity and choose expansion to build your confidence, character and conquer negativity bias.

The biggest obstacle in life you will face is you. Our brain is wired to value negative information more than positive information. Negativity bias affects every human being as you hold on to, ruminate and recall negative experiences more quickly. You undermine your progress, keep yourself stuck in bad habits and set up an unconscious platform for failure. People will default to the “devil you know” when placed under pressure. You create your own worst enemy – YOU.

If you think you have no power over your emotions, it’s time to learn how to manage your state, lead your feelings and choose the story of how you will respond.

Here are 7 ways you’re sabotaging your success:

1. You think mistakes are your failures

We start off with great intentions, confidence booming and iron clad attitude of “we have got this”. We make a mistake and then we squirm in our pants. Self-doubt manifests and within minutes it magnifies. Success feels like it has been ripped away from us.

Mistakes happen, and they happen often. Mistakes have the power to turn us into something better than we were before. When we adopt that failure is feedback, we embrace how mistakes are useful and necessary. Failure is moving forward. As Seth Godin highlights “if l fail more than you do, l win”. To disrupt the status quo in life, you need a gargantuan quantity of failure.

2. You think your past equates to your future

Each person has a past. What comes with past is opportunity for growth and it is your greatest teacher. You invested in taking a risk and have the golden moment to apply the lessons learnt. You get to choose who and how to be at any moment. Stop waiting for someone else to believe or validate you. Become your own hero.

“If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase: That past does not equal the future…All that matters is: What are you going to do, right now?” – Tony Robbins

3. You don’t appreciate what you already have

We live in a world where we measure success by the things we gain. We buy things to make us happy and we succeed temporarily. New things are exciting at first and then we adapt. The anticipation of a desired outcome is generally more satisfying than the outcome itself. Once we get what we want, we adapt and excitement fades. How often do you see children demanding a toy or their world will end? What’s crazier is how quickly their joy fades as they want something else. Once you appreciate what you currently have, more won’t make life better.

4. You ignore who you are becoming

To experience any level of success, you must be whatever it is you want to be (ie. Happy, satisfied, inspired), and start doing things from this space to create the things you will have. We attract into our lives what we are. Shawn Achor , Harvard psychologist, explains that science shows that happiness facilitates success.

Often people use affirmations as a basis for creating a mindset shift and to feed the unconscious mind with golden treasure. By writing in the positive and present tense, you create a platform to step into who you are being. This will determine what you need to do to step into who you are becoming.

5. You burn all your bridges

There is nothing more heartbreaking when people create any level of success and espouse that they are solely the driver of their success. People succumb to their environment and forget where they came from along with the sacrifices others made to support them in achieving their level of success. Having a level of humility and gratitude keeps your success in perspective.

6. You have a sense of entitlement

The 21st century is reaping of people feeling entitled. It is playing out throughout all generations whether it be driven by someone’s need for job security or a specific salary amount. Stop complaining and be grateful for your ability to contribute to the bigger picture and make a difference in the world. You need to work a little to earn the credibility and trust from your environment.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

7. You don’t invest in working out the outcome, you wing it

Reverse engineering is where the game is played to create success. Start from the end and work backwards. As Stephen Covey in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People outlines “begin with the end in mind”. Once your clear, reverse engineer the Wildly Important Goal for the year and break down to quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. Then identify the 5 actions that you will take weekly to bring you closer to your success.

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Want To Become Twice As Productive? Read This.

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Productivity is how you find more time in your day to do what you love, and achieve greater results. It’s time to stop being lazy and make a few small changes that will help you win back extra time.

“Productivity is not about doing more; it’s about doing less”

After you’ve had a productive day, you feel so much better. The difficulty is that doing tasks that are on some never-ending to-do list creates a feeling of emptiness. To-do lists are not enough and they rarely make you more productive.

This is my very short, simple, no-brainer list of how you can become twice as productive:

 

Do the big stuff at the start of the day.

If you follow no other advice than this, then you’re already most of the way there. Start your day with the hardest, most fulfilling tasks. If there’s something you’ve been putting off, then do it when you first wake up the next day.

Save your boring and repetitive tasks like ironing and chasing up bills for late in the day when your energy starts to slump. I do my blogging in the morning and my housework just before I go to bed. This allows me to focus on trying to inspire people during the morning when I have the most energy and feel like I can do anything.

 

Chunk down and delete items off your to-do list.

Many tasks on your to-do list are actually part of the same single task. Chunk these tasks into one task. Next, take the tasks that are really not important and don’t matter to you, and consider deleting them off your to-do list.

Finally, don’t let other people’s tasks dominate the order in which you tackle your list. Do the tasks that serve you first. You’ll feel much better and more productive for doing so.

 

Phone over email for the win.

Never-ending text messages and emails lead nowhere. Instant messaging apps are not much better because the conversation never stops. Things get lost in translation and it’s tiring replying back on a tiny little keyboard while looking at a miniature little screen. Not to mention it makes you anti-social.

Be more productive by picking up the phone. A 5-minute conversation is way better than an endless line of messages that interrupt you from the task you’re focusing on each time a new response is received.

 

Have phone blackouts.

What’s this you ask? It’s blackout periods from your phone. Similar to a trading blackout if you’ve ever worked in a publically listed company. Have times of the day and week where you are banned from your phone. Enable flight mode, put it on silent, lock it in your car.

Escape from your phone so you can be focused and work without distraction for a set period of time. Avoid the temptation that has become your phone. The temptation that has become the destroyer of your success.

 

Don’t check social or email first thing.

Checking email and social media first thing in the morning sends your mind into reactive mode. Start your day with time to think and plan what you’re going to do. Be intentional about your day rather than let technology dictate what you’ll focus your time on and therefore what areas you’ll be productive at.

 

Schedule rest periods.

Always being on is not making you productive. We’re not robots, and we need to rest once in a while. Regular periods of rest, outside of sleep, allow us to be more productive. Chunk your day into blocks and rest in-between productive periods of work.

That rest might be eating a proper lunch, doing 10-minutes of meditation, listening to a podcast, or staring at your office window and doing absolutely nothing.

Give your mind space. It’s in these brief moments of nothingness that you will come up with the ideas, solutions and strategies to win in your career and in life. At the same time, it will make you productive.

 

Don’t lie to yourself.

“Creating a meeting, having a lunch, planning a strategy session and sending an email trick your brain into thinking you’re being productive rather than the truth: you do these things to put off doing the real work”

It allows you to be lazy and not think you’re being lazy. Look for ways to get to the solution or complete the task in the most productive way. If you find yourself not being in the mood for doing the hard work, schedule it for the next day, first thing in the morning.

It’s not that difficult to be productive. We can all do it with a little bit of effort and very focused discipline.

How do you increase your productivity?

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