5 Steps to Changing the World Doing What You Love

"You change the world by being yourself." ~Yoko Ono

Sometimes people make light of the idea that each of us is a “special snowflake,” but guess what? It’s true. There is no one else exactly like you in the universe, and there’s no one else exactly like me either. We each have a unique way of doing things and a form of expression that no one else has.

This uniqueness provides each of us with a rare and priceless opportunity to provide a unique gift to the world. Even when we do work that is similar to others’, our presentation and expression is guaranteed to be different.

The Dagara tribe in Africa understands this concept well. The Dagara know that each person brings an irreplaceable contribution to the world, not just to their family and community. When a tribal elder dies,  it’s seen as the equivalent of a massive library burning to the ground. In death, the elder’s knowledge and gifts are lost to the world. [Read more...]

25 Quotes to Inspire Confidence

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." Thorough Quote and 25 Additional Quotes to Inspire Confidence.

If you wish you felt more confident, you’re not alone. Everyone experiences fear and uncertainty at some point in their lives. Everyone has a lack of confidence about something. If you are striving to do new things or pushing your boundaries, it can be difficult to stay confident, even if you’re usually a confident person.

Unfortunately, confidence doesn’t just show up at your door one day, even though you may wish it would. In fact, confidence comes from trying new things, overcoming fear, and reaching for your dreams.

For me, a good example is my lack of confidence around public speaking. I used to really struggle with public speaking, and I still prefer to over-prepare for presentations. This past week, however, I was unexpectedly asked, while already standing in front of a large crowd, to give an impromptu presentation of one of my training seminars. I cringed for a moment but accepted the challenge and the talk went really well. I work to overcome my fear of public speaking through giving many talks and presentations, and it has really increased my confidence level. In this example, I was able to do something that I never would have thought I’d be able to do.

You may have a similar story in your own life. Take a moment and think back to a time when you’ve been able to overcome a challenge of your own. How did that feel? The good news is that confidence spreads to other areas of your life. If you’ve been able to increase your confidence in one area, you can most certainly increase your confidence in other areas as well!

Here are 25 quotes that will inspire you to be more confident today:

1. “Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.” ~ Cynthia Kersey

2. “Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. So start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success.” ~ Dale Carnegie [Read more...]

Find Purpose & Happiness Through a Pursuit

"He not busy being born is dying." Bob Dylan Quote
Pursue your passion. That’s the traditional wisdom, right? But there’s more to it than just that. In his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau explains how you can also find a purpose in the pursuit of a quest. The book is based on his experience visiting 193 countries, and how the pursuit of that quest also gave him great purpose in life.

Since I received two copies of the book from the publisher (thanks, Chris!), I’m giving away a hardback version of Chris’s book to one lucky reader! The contest details are at the end of this post.

So what is a “quest” exactly? According to Guillebeau, a quest “is a journey toward something specific with a number of challenges throughout. Most quests also require a series of logistical steps and some kind of personal growth.”

Some quests that were completed by people interviewed for the book include:

  • Traveling across the country in an RV and documenting the trip in photos
  • Cycling across the world
  • Practicing Tai Chi and writing down food eaten for one thousand days
  • Creating a charity that provides clean drinking water (Charity: Water)
  • Write 365 thank you cards in one year

Why Quest? [Read more...]