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This is a guest post by Scott Ragin, a passionate blogger at Aussie Writer, who loves guiding other people through their daily routine.

Potential. All people talk about today is unlocking the potential to start accomplishing amazing things every day.

If you like to spend a lot of time on the couch, it is very likely that some people told you that you are wasting your true potential for nothing. Or maybe even that you have none of it.

Do not be discouraged because not so many people really know what potential is.

Maybe not a single person that has told you these things is among those who do. Moreover, even fewer people understand how to determine the potential and use it to change one’s life for the better.

Perhaps there is only one right thing that was told by those who said you were wasting your potential: it does change your life.

It helps you to realize what you can be good at and who you can become when trained. Sounds interesting? Let’s forget about the couch for a little while and try to work on your potential.

Personal Potential

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Maybe you’ve heard a million of definitions of this, but let’s review the one that is correct. There are three specific areas described by it, and all of them are very important.

Area #1: The tasks and activities you can be great at.

You can be great at making new friends, playing video games, doing the math, basketball, and many other things.

Area #2: The person you can be.

Think of the professions you can get with your skills.

Know how to play video games? Do it for money! The salaries of professional gamers now exceed $100,000.

Area#3: Possible achievements.

Wealth, recognition, satisfaction, awards, new friends, impact on others.

Everyone Has Potential Within

If you avoided determining the three areas described above, consider rethinking this decision.

Why? Because all of us have been provided with the foundation for greatness and we just need to find how to use it for our benefit.

Look at your friends: some of them are great at making jokes, and others cook well. The point here is that everyone has talents but the ways of using them surely differ.

Thomas Edison’s saying is perfect to use here. He said that if we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. He was totally and completely right about this because your potential is not limited to one or two areas in life.

How to determine it?

This task is actually a complex one and requires a lot of consideration to be done right.

First and foremost, be serious about it because disregarding attitude will ruin everything we have achieved so far. Then, think about the things that come to you naturally while others struggle with them.

Consider this example.

One of the greatest players in NBA history, Larry Bird, grew up in rural Indiana, in a town of French Lick that was considered to be one of the poorest in the state. His family had many children and the parents worked several jobs to provide the food.

Bird decided to live like everybody else and did not shoot for the stars because he got a job painting sidewalks in the town. However, when he took a ball in his hands, he realized that the ability to make amazing plays was so easy and decided to change the career path.

Now, he is considered one of the greatest in this sport, with numerous awards and championships.

Seek what you can be good at. Try again if you don’t succeed because everyone has it. Remember that you can improve this world with your talents and enjoy it.

What to look for

The clues are actually all around you: in your past and present.

Earlier, you loved some things that you abandoned because you grew up or changed your viewpoints. Recall them.

Now, you are dreaming about living a good life and doing certain things. These dreams should also be considered. You will find the clues to your hidden talents and abilities in them.

Don’t forget about things that are easy for you.

You may ask yourself the following questions to speed up the process:

Whether you are keen on rushing around looking after everybody else or sitting in a cozy armchair and writing papers, you are already worth of being your own man.

Additional Motivation

If you need additional motivation, tons of resources are there to help you discover your potential, including books, movies, and even YouTube videos.

For example, great examples of motivational books are Courage and Calling: Embracing Your God-Given Potential, and Scenery Posters: Potential. They describe how people should determine their abilities and talents and make a difference in their lives, which is exactly what we are looking for.

Next, some examples of inspirational movies would be good for you as well: The Potential Inside, Stand and Deliver, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Over to you!

Knowing yourself, why you are here, who you are, and what your talents are, is a powerful tool in finding the true potential and succeeding in life. These provide the needed boost to your career.

Do you realize that by reading this article you know more about unlocking the potential than 30 percent of people of Earth?

This is amazing considering that you spent less than ten minutes reading, right?

Find your potential and unlock it with these great tips. Remember, you won’t find anything good just lying on the couch.




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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.