Better Life Management: 7 Exciting Ways to Manage Your Life 65

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Life management doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, it can feel like one big game.

How you manage your life is how you manage your time, money, weight, relationships, work-life balance, and more.

It’s all connected. Learning what works best for you in one area can immediately be implemented into many other things you’re trying to achieve or improve about yourself.

And just like you get better by practicing and making mistakes in anything, you can master life management. Here are the best ways to do it:

1. Take control of your habits.

It all starts with our behavior. It’s what we do daily and what gets us closer to success, or keeps us away from it.

It’s worth understanding the science of habit forming to know how to break bad old habits and replace them with better ones.

You’ll feel great once you learn how to start new successful behaviors. All that will increase your willpower and confidence in your abilities.

But work on one habit at a time and start small. It’s like a game, really. But if you don’t take control of your habits, they will control you. You can’t afford that to happen if you wanna get better at life management.

Related: Take Control of Your Life by Taking Control of Your Habits

2. Keep failing but learn from each failure.

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It’s important to understand something:

Every successful person you’ve ever heard of has failed more times than he has ever succeeded.

We just don’t hear about the defeats that often.

The only way to actually see what works and reach success in something, is to fail enough times so that you gain knowledge and experience and see what doesn’t work first.

Change your attitude towards failure too. Each mistake is a priceless lesson. It’s crucial to keep your hope alive after each and make the most of it.

You’re moving on better prepared. So be willing to try again after that.

There’s also another way to learn what not to do to manage your life – by studying the mistakes of other people and making sure you avoid them.

Read about the successful ones in your field, see what they did wrong and listen to their advice on how to overcome such obstacles.

Seek mentors and ask them what no to do.

Related: How to Benefit from Failure and Turn it Into Success

3. Hack productivity.

To hack productivity is to beat procrastination once and for all, to eliminate your unproductive activities, learn to focus better and get more done in less time.

Once you do that, you’ll get better results, impress others with your efficiency, save time and have more of it for yourself, and be action-oriented.

That means you’ll achieve your goals much faster and will develop the necessary life management skills.

Being productive means being successful. Don’t underestimate it. Work on that, build the right productivity habits and break the lazy ones.

Related: Why We Procrastinate

4. Be a lifelong learner.

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Keep learning, keep growing.

If you accept life as one big journey and a learning experience, you’ll save yourself a lot of negativism and desperation on the way.

Because that’s what it really is. We are all students of life, know nothing in the beginning, make mistakes and learn from them, educate ourselves, learn from others and grow while doing all that.

So why not take care of the education process yourself, instead of depending on other things (like school, university, society, authorities, information overload, etc.) to do it for you.

I’m all about self-education, and I believe you should be too.

Life becomes so much more interesting once you dedicate it to learning and growing. You expand your horizons, start seeing things from another point of view, are more open-minded and accept what the average person can’t.

Reading is a great way to do all that. But so is traveling, having deep conversations with people, and even turning to your inner self by analyzing your behavior and deepest desires, meditating and journaling your thoughts.

5. Turn your dreams into goals.

Let’s make a game out of this.

I used to have dreams some time ago, then I realized life’s too short for that. If I wanted to have a direction in life and actually live my ideal lifestyle, I had to turn these into specific goals and follow them no matter what.

Here’s my 10-step process.

6. Be strategic.

The people I admire are strategists in life.

They hack life management and do everything better, smarter and faster.

This means trying different techniques all the time and seeing which gives you best results, then doing more of it.

Living this way can turn into one big challenge, during which you’ll not only have fun but be all about personal and spiritual growth.

Related: How to Be a Strategist in Daily Life

7. Take care of your health.

You won’t perform better and think clearly (which are key ingredients of good life management) if you don’t take good care of your health.

First, start with improving your quality of sleep. Learn how to cure insomnia naturally.

Then, start working out and excluding junk food from your menu. Eating habits are hard to change. Give it time.

Your health is important. Protect is. Gradual change is what you need and it gives you the best results in the long-term.

Your future is in your hands. Life management doesn’t need to be boring. Keep that in mind and get better at it.

What will you start with to better manage your life today?

See also:

How to Manage Your Life, Be Productive, Balanced, and Create Lasting Fulfillment

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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.