Self-Improvement Through Life Hacks: 3 Ways to Hack Any Area of Life 134

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I’m a firm believer in the self-improvement process. Anyone can achieve anything he wants and change for the better. We can all thrive only if we decide so and want it bad enough.

But we don’t need to do it the hard way.

Yes, there will be effort, time, energy and hard work involved. That’s something you can’t go without on your way to success. But we can use proven tricks, strategies, role models, intelligence and useful information.

That is why I’ll be writing more about ways to hack different areas in our lives.

Life hacks are simpler and easier ways to do something. And almost anything can be hacked these days.

We don’t need to struggle to find the right way to do something because someone somewhere has already tried many ways that don’t work and has found an easier way to do it. This saves us time and effort.

Here are 3 ways for hacking life:

1. Do what others have done.

If you want to become good at something, just find people that have mastered it. Examine their way of learning and doing it and do the same.

It may not have the exact same result as you’re a different person with different experience, mindset and abilities. But it will definitely help a lot.

My personal favorite is Tim Ferriss. I’ve never heard of someone else that is so motivated, so open to new things, focused on improvement and finding better way for everything. And, of course, the results are tremendous. This guy succeeds in everything he tries.

He experiments with his own body – like Gaining 34lbs. of Muscle in 4 Weeks and Losing 30 Pounds in 24 Hours – which are the so-called bio hacks. He gives dancing tango, learning new languages in 1 hour, traveling, speed reading,   swimming and other interesting and unusual activities a try, and has a huge success.

2. Gather all the information you need.

The Internet is often underestimated for its real benefits and, instead, used for meaningless, time-wasting and unproductive activities.

What I’m talking about is all the information available on it, for free. You literally have an instant answer to any question you might ever think of. There are tons of free ebooks, articles, blogs, sites and all kinds of stuff that can give you the information you need.

The problem, though, is to find the right one.

When it comes to diets and fitness, for example, there are a lot of wrong statements. That is why you’ll need to listen to experts only, and not to sites that only want to sell you a product for an easy and quick weight loss.

Here is what Marc Ottobre says about that in his ebook Eat Your Way to Abs:

“Females are very well-read but on the wrong information.
Females are exposed to so, so much misinformation and downright crap. Furthermore, companies spend millions and millions on marketing efforts to make females believe there is a faster, easier and better way that has been a secret for centuries. It’s scam after scam.
So when a female does finally come to see a professional, or is given advice that actually works, they can be somewhat sceptical because it sounds different.”

So open the browser and search for what you need in the area you need improvement. But be careful and choose wisely whom to believe.

3. Test it yourself.

The third way to hack your life is by practice. That’s not what I would prefer, but it’s definitely the best.

Trying different things and failing is the most certain way to learn from your experience, understand your mistakes and find out what works best for you.

For instance, it would be great if you try different diet regimes, find the one that gives you the best results and which is healthy and boosts your mood and energy, and stick to it for the rest of your life.

What you choose is up to you. A combination of these three also works well. The point is to find easier ways to do things and use them from now on. Otherwise, you will be stuck in doing the wrong things for years.

Here is what else you need to consider if you’re willing to take that journey and use such life hacks:

Stay focused.

Whatever you do, do it consciously. Give it your full attention and don’t let anything else distract you. Be concentrated.

Take baby steps.

We’re talking about change here, which means to stop a certain behavior and start a new one. That can only happen if you do it one step at a time. Slowly, but steadily.

Enjoy the process.

The process itself is what makes everything count. So try to experience every minute of it. It won’t only help you improve yourself, but you will also get to know yourself better, become a better version of yourself and use more of your potential. That’s something bigger than any other change.

Self-improvement is a great journey and I encourage everyone to start it. Benefit from all the possibilities we have today to make it easier and more pleasant, and take that road to success without any fears, doubts or uncertainty.

So what do you think about life hacks? Have you tried any?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

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.