On Our Way to Inner Realization 188

inner realization

We are all after something. Some call it happiness, security, a loving family, success, or prefer to find it in the face of money and luxurious life. Others turn to religion, spend their lives in loneliness, dedicate all their time and energy to art, books, sport, work or else.

All these people have one thing in common – they are looking for something. For a secret. Salvation. Inner peace. Perfection.

They may or may not have goals, direction and a path to follow, but at least they are doing something. Even if they are dreamers and thinkers (the world needs people like these too), they are still trying to reach that level of life which they feel exists.

There is one thing they miss though…

At the end of the day they all have their inner fights, they compare themselves to the person that left the house earlier and are not always satisfied with the conclusion. They try to appreciate what they have, to seize the moment and find the meaning in all that.

And still there is that feeling of incompleteness – when you know that something more needs to be done, achieved, said… but you have no idea what. Because you rushed into becoming someone better without even having a clear vision of your goal and you didn’t take the very first step of our journey…

Inner realization, self-awareness, self-consciousness, getting to know yourself and defining where you are and where you’re heading.

We are who we are. We are here. At that exact moment.

And only after we truly understand that and connect with our inner self, will we be able to move forward and live life on a higher spiritual level, where happiness, success, love, simplicity, belief and peace are achievable in their purest form.

Instead of pondering way too long on whether one must find or create himself, try to set free of all cliches, doubts, learnt rules and principles, other people’s opinions, past experience, desires and eliminate the negative.

Just relax. Take it easy. Give it time. And eventually the realization will come.

How to Reach a State of Freedom

Here is how to get to that state where you will be free of everything, your mind will be empty and floating and without even realizing you will understand many things about yourself and your future actions.

  • Realize that control of the outer world is temporary and embrace insecurity;
  • let go of the people and things that bother you;
  • eliminate all distractions;
  • concentrate on silence;
  • observe your thoughts;
  • be awake and aware;
  • set yourself free of jealousy, hatred, anger and fear;
  • breathe consciously;
  • try to feel the present moment and appreciate it;
  •  find contentment in the peace and stillness around you.

It is so hard to get into that meditative state nowadays with all the distractions around us and most importantly those inside us.

Try these techniques slowly, implement them into your everyday lifestyle and practice them until they become your habits.

Then you will be a brand new person whose past, fears, doubts and negative thoughts will be gone to clear the road for better things – positive, simple and beautiful.

Then stress won’t be a problem anymore and everything will be in your control.

Your willpower and self-confidence will be boosted because you will know how powerful you are, what to do exactly and how to concentrate on the important and meaningful without being distracted.

You have the power and you’ve got the chance to use it wisely.

Never forget that what you’re looking for may be in the only place you haven’t checked – inside you. When you finally achieve self-realization and inner peace, don’t stop learning because that will mean you think you already know everything… and if you think so, it means that you haven’t learned anything at all.

Always be an eager learner and the moment you understand something try to share it with others and guide them through dark times.

Here are a few wonderful quotes on the subject that are definitely worth reading:

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

Peace comes from within.Do not seek it without.” – Buddha

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital…” – Dalai Lama

Beautiful words. Simple and true.

So before you rush into saving the world, making a lot of money, seeking for someone to spend your life with and making a career, stop for a while, take a deep breath and contemplate on the current situation. Look inside yourself and try to find the missing piece there because the emptiness you feel in your life won’t be filled with something from the outer world.

Realize that it’s all about you – finding, creating, loosing, disappointing, improving, appreciating yourself and working on the three sacred things we are given: our mind, body and soul. Use them to grab all the opportunities and deserve all the love in the world.

And now smile. Feel the simplicity and plainness in the chaos, the silence in the noisiness and find the beauty among all the bad things going on these days. Enjoy life in the purest and simplest way – by living, laughing and loving. Be peaceful and in harmony with yourself.

And then you will be ready to achieve whatever you want… and even more.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 14

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.