6 Things to Do That Can Get You Inspired Immediately 300

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With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
Dalai Lama

Inspiration is that state of mind where you feel highly stimulated to do something. Your senses are heightened, you feel invincible, full of energy and enthusiasm and are completely dedicated to what you are doing.

Don’t mix it up with motivation, which is the reason for one’s behavior or the willingness to do something. It usually has outer stimulus, whereas inspiration comes from the inside.

The best novels in the world, your favorite songs, designs, works of art, movies, etc. were created when their makers were inspired. They just knew they had to bring something great into the world.

When I’m inspired, I write. This is my thing. My moment of peace, when I ignore every distraction and concentrate on what I’m doing. Then every word of mine just pops up and brings the next one until I have written many pages without even realizing.
It is a period of time (a few minutes/hours) when nothing else matters, you are who you are and do what you know you have to do. You lose track of time and simply create.

You don’t need to be a man of art to feel inspired. You can feel in such a way and just generate new thoughts and ideas. Don’t be afraid to find your other side, hidden deep inside you, which can make you do wonders.

1. Go to a magical place.

Regardless of where you live, there are always a few places like this nearby. It may be a beach, a historical museum, a place from which you can see your whole city, an old library, a forest path, a mountain.

Its magic comes from the way it makes you feel. It must have a different atmosphere that helps you forget the rest of the world and unleash your creativity. There you feel harmony, nothing bothers you and you become more energetic, excited and new ideas and thoughts pop up in your mind.

If you still haven’t found it, don’t lose hope. Visit different places every day, try new routes, and just take walks.
Once you find it, you will get in touch with your spiritual side. Maybe then you’ll be able to write better while you are there, or the place will fill you with energy for the rest of the day.

So go out, walk, observe, feel.

2. Connect with nature.

Humans are deeply connected to nature since their first day on this planet. Living in big cities that have so many buildings and are far from the forests have made it hard for us to maintain that connection. Luckily, there are still big parks, woods, gardens and many trees that are protected and well kept.

One long walk in the nature can change your way of looking at things, help you solve a problem, calm you and – most of all –inspire you.

3. Talk to a child.

Children are wise with their innocence, purity and unlimited hope and faith.

They believe that everything is possible because they can only see the beauty of things at that early age.

They are not aware of the money issues, economic problems, diseases, poverty, crime, death and so on. That is why sometimes their ideas can be more creative and effective than those of the best employees in business companies.

A child will give you its honest opinion. It will believe in you and your success. So don’t let it down.

4. Meditate.

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It is one of the best ways to hear your inner voice, to just contemplate, concentrate on your breathing and control your thoughts.

The universe is so big and many things are yet to be found, but don’t underestimate the secrets hidden in your mind. Unleash your true potential through meditating and become one with the magic you will find inside yourself.

5. Music.

Music is both a motivational and inspirational technique. But we need to make a difference. If you are at the gym, the music you will choose to get you in a mood for working out will probably be loud and with fast beats.

While when you need to get inspired, you can listen to music with nature sounds, for meditation or classical. These are the best types that will relax your mind, body and soul and will wake up the creativity in you.
Just lie down and turn on a good mix of soothing sounds or something by the greatest composers of all time.
Close your eyes and listen.

6. Read.

Read a great novel/poem/essay/biography. This will give you new ideas, help you see the world from another angle and by getting to know someone else’s story, you will find some answers for your life.
Find out what genre of literature inspires you the most and start reading a few pages every morning.

Inspiration is everywhere. You just need to look around and find it. Walk, contemplate, listen, read, breathe and as a result of that – create.

What makes you feel inspired? What lifts you up and brings contentment and peace to your days?

 

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 5

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.