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The 7 Principles of Success

By Onibalusi

Are you having problem being successful both online and offline? Are you not comfortable with your present state? Do you think you need a liberation or momentum? Then you need to know the 7 principles of success and things will turn around!

principles of success
1. The right mindset: “Fail in this- Fail in all”. For you to be successful, you need to have the right mindset. Your thinking has to change, your orientation has to change, you have to drop the normal mindset with which you are born and take up a new one. You have to be different and unique in your mindset, you have to have a creative mindset, you have to change the way you think. You have to have a bright view of success you have to have a positive thought of you already being successful. You have to unlock this great key of success in your life- you have to have the right mindset.

2. Prepare to fail: You just have to prepare to fail, it might sound funny but this is nothing different from the truth. You can never be successful without being a failure- I know so many of you disagree with this and I am willing to hear your view in the comments section. You have to have it in your mind that you can fail at anytime, afterall you are not “MASTER JESUS”, you not perfect you are a human being just as I am so you are bound to fail, you are bound to deal with mistakes… but how you deal with your mistakes and failure is what matters most. Do not expect to be successful without failing; you are going to fail so that you will not fail when you are successful. Every failure and mistakes you experience is for the development of your body, spirit and soul, it is for your own benefit but as I said earlier, how you deal with your mistake is what matters most.

3. Take action: How long will you stop being a dreamer? How long will you stop wishing yourself? How long will you stop imagining yourself as being there? You have to take action, Irrespective of what you know about something, you don’t know anything except you are tested and the beginning of the test is your taking action. It is when you take action that you begin to fail and make mistakes, after you make mistakes and fail you then discover that you are not there yet and that you don’t know what you think you know. Take action today, you don’t know where you are until you take action. Stop filling your self with so many junks out there; take that first step that will forever change your life.

4. Acknowledge your mistakes: As human beings, we are all bound to make mistake and therefore no single one of us is perfect. You have to acknowledge the fact that you are not above mistake, you have to acknowledge the fact that you made that mistake, you have to acknowledge the fact that you caused yourself that trouble (if truly you did so), because you can only improve on your mistakes when you acknowledge that you made it. Believe you are imperfect and watch out for your mistakes, try to improve on them and you are a few steps to achieving success

5. Learn from your mistakes: You need to learn from your mistakes, you need to try to improve yourself, you know you are not perfect! Aren’t you trying to work towards perfection? Do you still want to be the same as you always are? Ou have to learn from your mistakes, you have to work towards the improvement of yourself, you have to try to overcome those mistakes and you are few steps away from success.

6. Persistence: This is a great key that is mostly used by children, you have to be persistent on getting some things you want, you just don’t have to believe in fate and forget all about the future, you have to work persistently towards getting what you want. Don’t you remember that your children often use this key to get something from you; they cry and cry and cry until you give them. You don’t have to cry! You have to work persistently towards getting some things you need you just don’t have to quit early, success takes time (at least for it to last).

7. Success: The 7th key to success is success itself. Apply all the steps above effectively and then sit down and eat the fruit of your reward. Do you have any negative or positive views? Share your thoughts in the comment section. Tweeting and bookmarking of this post will really be appreciated.

25 Best Motivational Quotes of All Time

25 Best Motivational Quotes:

25) Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count.
- -Albert Einstein

24) Falling down is how we grow. Staying down is how we die.
–Brian Vaszily

23) It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
— Henry Ward Beecher

22) He who cannot forgive others destroys a bridge over which he himself must pass.
– George Herbert

21) It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
– e.e. cummings

20) In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow — and that is likely to hurt.
– Wei Wu Wei

19) It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
–- Harry Truman

18) The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chance of disillusionment.
– Art Spander

17) The dreamers are the saviors of the world.
– James Allen

16) I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in.
– The Bible, Phillipians 4:11 (NASB)

15) Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
– Howard Thurman

14) It is never too late to be what you might have been.
– George Eliot

13) Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.
– H. Jackson Brown Jr.

12) What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
– Scottish Proverb

11) The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
– John E. Southard

10) How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
-– Trina Paulus

9) In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these.
– Paul Harvey

8) Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance. My greatest regrets are the things I did not do, the opportunities missed and the things unsaid.
– Jim Keller

7) We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.
–Rabindranth Tagore

6) You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.
–Robert Anthony

5) If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
–Annie Dillard

4) The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
– Ann Landers

3) Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy.
– Tim Hansel

2) The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

1) The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
– Henry David Thoreau

And one extra for good luck:

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.
– Richard Bach

50 Ways To Increase Your Productivity


Here are 50 ways to increase your productivity and add hours to your day.

1. Take a break. You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times.

2. Set a timer for each of your tasks.

3. Eliminate all distractions. This includes the phone, email notifications, and having multiple web browsers open on the desktop.

4. Distractions should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus. Of course, it doesn’t need to be heavy rock music, but a bit of Beethoven may do you some good.

5. Love what you do. Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.

6. Complete your most dreaded tasks first thing in the morning. Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.

7. Use JDarkRoom. This application allows you to write more efficiently by removing all distractions. You’re given an entirely blank page on which to type. This way, you’re not distracted by the web, e-mail, or IM. When you’re done, you can save your work as a text file.

8. Just start. Often times, starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.

9. Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. For me, it’s the morning. Find out when your prime time is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly.

10. Keep a notebook and pen on hand at all times. This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos, and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. This way, your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about it every other second.

11. Write a blog to chronicle your own personal development and achievements. This keeps you accountable and always working towards self improvement and personal growth.

12. Plan out all of your meals a week ahead and make your grocery list accordingly. This will save you quite a bit of time and money.

13. Step away from the computer. The Internet has become one of the number one distractions. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible. I do this a lot with my writing and have found it to be very beneficial to simply unplug.

14. Write out a to-list each day. I like to plan my day the night before. This way, I can get started on my most important tasks as soon as I wake up.

15. As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself, “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?” This one simple question can be an excellent boost to your productivity.

16. Get plenty of sleep. When you work online, sleep can become a long lost memory. However, it’s important to get plenty of sleep so that your working hours can be as productive as possible.

17. Exercise. Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace. Take a short walk at lunch to maximize your productivity.

18. Organize your office. The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up a system, and dumping the junk.

19. Outsource as much as possible. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:

  • GetFriday
  • eLance
  • Guru.com
  • ScriptLancle

20. Use a Tivo or DVR to cut an hour-long television show down to just 40 minutes.
21. Turn off the TV. The average American watches more than 4 hours of television every day. Over a 65-year life, that’s 9 years glued to the tube. Turn off the TV and you are sure to get
more out of life.

22. Listen to educational audio books while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house, exercising, or cooking dinner. Audio learning has the power to add hours to your day. Not to mention, your cranium is sure to thank you for it.

23. Auto pay your bills. This will save you time and eliminate late fees and increased interest rates.

24. Read David Allen’s best-selling book Getting Things Done. This is one of the most important productivity books you will ever read.

25. Focus on result-oriented activities. Pareto’s law states that 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the inputs. This means that 20% of our actions result in 80% of the results. We must find the 20% that is creating the 80% of our desired outcomes and focus solely on those

26. Take shorter showers. This one may sound silly but it’s actually something I struggle with. I spend up to 30 minutes in the shower. Think of the time I could save simply by speeding up a bit.

27. Tell other people about your goals and you will instantly be held accountable.

28. Learn to say “No”. We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say no in order to save our sanity.

29. Go on an information diet. Most of the world lives on information overload. We must eliminate mindless Internet surfing. Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done. The key is to limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on.

30. Find a mentor. By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.

31. Write your most important tasks and to-dos on a calendar.

32. Set some exciting goals. Without worthy goals, you will never be motivated to get things done.

33. Learn keyboard shortcuts and create keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey.

34. Get up early before anyone else. Nothing beats a quiet house.

35. Don’t multitask. Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.

36. Reward yourself for finishing a big task.

37. Shop online whenever possible to avoid going to the store.

38. Batch similar tasks like blog writing, phone calls, email, and errands into a single batch. You will save time by completing similar tasks in one session.

39. Speed up your Internet with a broadband connection. This is the number one Internet time-saver. If you must use dial-up, then you can use accelerators like Propel and SlipStream to double or even triple your speed.

40. Start a polyphasic sleep schedule.

41. Improve your typing speed to save time.

42. Get rid of time wasters. This includes Instant Messenger, video games, Flickr, checking your stats 10 times a day, television, and extraneous Internet surfing.

43. Protect yourself from unnecessary phone time with caller ID.

44. Work from home and avoid the daily commute.

45. Many employers now offer direct deposit. If yours does, then be sure and take advantage of it and save yourself from a number of trips to the bank.

46. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time. By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.

47. When your reading a book, just read the parts that you need and skip the rest.

48. Cook your meals in bulk so that you will have plenty of leftovers. Avoid having to cook everyday.

49. Learn to speed read.

50. Use Windows hibernation feature to avoid the slowdown of exiting and restarting Windows.

Success According to Michael Eisner - former Walt Disney CEO

Former chief executive of Walt Disney Corp. and head of Paramount Pictures, Michael Eisner discloses why success is more than simply strategic business moves; it’s a culmination of life’s experiences. As revealed in several articles and sources, Eisner explains that the key components to success include an attitude of leadership, a loyal support system and a McKinsey strategy to business; also, how the New York Times crossword puzzle may also benefit your success.

Stir your past experiences into a collective knowledge stew: “I would like to say I have a McKinsey study of a strategy,” Eisner said, referring to the management consulting firm. “It doesn’t work that way. You just take your history and your education and your instincts and you put them all into a melting pot and out comes something.”

Act like the owner, even if you’re not :Eisner’s tenure at Disney was so long—21 years—that his persona became synonymous with the brand, even though he was a hired gun, not a founder.

“I always felt, up until the somewhat difficult ending, that I was the owner,” he says. “I tried to act in the long-term interest, like Rupert”—referring to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corporation—“and not focus on meeting the quarter.”

Keep sharp with the New York Times crossword puzzle: “I’m kind of back to doing things the way I did at the beginning of my career. When I started, I was the lowest person on the 37th floor at ABC. Everything is given to the lowest person to do. Now I do it all myself with a few people to help. All of a sudden delegation is not as available to you as when you had 125,000 people working for you. And that’s good. They say if you do the New York Times crossword puzzle it sharpens your mind, it keeps you young. Maybe being closer to the action does the same thing.”

Adapt or die: “We shouldn’t complain about how technology is ruining our lives and our businesses. It’s not. You’ve got to adapt and move on.”

Pick a partner. A good partner: “I don’t think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate,” Eisner says. “Many people you think are individual achievers in fact have either a strong spousal partner over many years or a business partner who’s either in the background, not given enough publicity or less egocentric.

“Often those people who are truly, truly individual get themselves believing their own invincibility. Sometimes they become arrogant. Sometimes they even go beyond the line ethically and morally and that’s often when you see real problems. Obviously there are exceptions but I find that even with the exceptions if you dig deep enough, you find long-term sounding boards and anybody who thinks they can do it alone is probably doomed at some point.”

Source: SuccessMagazine

How To Set Goals So You Will Achieve Them

By Paul Morin

Assuming you agree that setting goals is a worthwhile step, it is key to understand how to set them in a way that will increase the likelihood that you achieve them. The best and simplest model I have seen and used for setting goals effectively is the S.M.A.R.T. approach, which encourages you to set goals with the following characteristics:

[S]pecific: The goals you set for yourself should be as specific as possible. So, for example, you wouldn’t say “I want to have a profitable business”. Instead, you’d say I want to have a business that generates $2 million in sales and 25% EBITDA by year-end 2013. If you are setting a goal for yourself in the area of marathoning, you wouldn’t say “I want to run a fast marathon”. Rather, you would say, “I want to run a 3:10 marathon, with a 1:30 half split, by November 2012”.

[M]easurable: The goals you set should be measurable. That is, they should have a numeric or quantitative element that is measurable, rather than just be qualitative. If you cannot come up with a numeric element, you should at least come up with something that a third-party, objective observer could look at and relatively easily say whether you have or have not achieved that goal. For example, in business, it may be hard to specifically measure “empathy,” a desirable characteristic particularly for sales people, however if you’re working with a coach or mentor, they may be able to observe whether your demonstration of empathy toward prospective and current clients has improved over time. In sports, it may be hard to measure “awareness” of overall scenarios during a game; however, you may be able to come up with a proxy statistic that gives you a sense of the improvement in your awareness. Such a statistic in hockey or basketball, for example, may be assists. Where possible though, you will want to make as many of your goals as possible directly measurable. Examples in sports would be x number of assists, goals, wins, runs, etc. Examples in business would be sales, new accounts opened, net income percentage, etc. Chances are that in your endeavor, whatever it may be, you have a good sense of the metrics that you should be measuring and striving for.

[A]ttainable: It is important that the goals that you set for yourself are “attainable” or that you at least believe strongly that you can attain them and can put a plan in place to do so. If you are simply throwing down huge, unreasonable goals with unreasonable timeframes, you are setting yourself up for failure. I’m a huge fan of “stretch” goals and I strongly believe that you should challenge yourself as much as possible. That said, it is important that you set incremental goals along the way, so that you can see a clear path to your ultimate objective(s) and so that you can experience some successes along the way. If you structure your goals in such a way that you cannot experience success until the very end, you run a great risk that you will lose interest and/or belief in the process. So, in sum, challenge yourself with your goals, as that is the only way to achieve greatness, however, you should do so in such a way that you are able to experience incremental successes along the way.

[R]elevant: Often times I’ve seen the “R” of the S.M.A.R.T. acronym for goal setting used to represent “realistic,” but as far as I’m concerned, that is too similar to “attainable”. For this reason, I prefer to use “R” to represent “relevant”. Given that if you are focused on becoming great at your endeavor, you are undoubtedly a very busy person, it’s important that your goal setting be not just effective, but also efficient. It does not make sense to pursue goals that are not relevant to obtaining your ultimate objective of greatness. This idea relates closely to the concept I covered elsewhere of “taking out the trash,” or doing those things that you may not necessarily love doing, but you know need to be done. For example, in the context of goal-setting, it does not make sense to note goals for concepts or activities you have already mastered, even though it may feel good and be squarely in your comfort zone to do so. Rather, you should focus your efforts and your goal-setting on mastering those things you need to work on to accelerate yourjourney toward greatness in your chosen endeavor(s). There are exceptions, of course. For example, in tennis, if getting your first serve in is absolutely critical to success, there’s no harming in noting a first service percentage goal, even if you are already a great server. The point is, don’t do so to the detriment or exclusion of, for example, setting lateral and forward quickness goals, even if those may be areas that you don’t enjoy quite as much.

[T]ime-sensitive: Make sure that ALL the goals you set have a deadline or target date associated with them. This is of critical importance. A deadline usually forces us to become more focused. It ignites our competitive spirit and usually makes us achieve more, more quickly. Without a deadline or target date, a goal is more like a wish and it is far less likely to be accomplished. On the subject of time, it is also important to bear in mind that you should set short-, medium- and long-term goals for yourself. There are a couple of major reasons for this. First, as mentioned above, if you have some short- and medium-term incremental goals, this is more likely to permit you to enjoy some successes along the way to your ultimate goals. This should help with your self-confidence. Second, having incremental goals along the way is more likely to allow you to “course correct” on the path to achieving your ultimate goal(s). If you simply have one long-term goal out on the horizon, it makes it a lot more difficult to know if you are on the right track and make sensible adjustments if you are not.

It is important to set goals for yourself in all areas of your life. In particular, it is important to do so in the area(s) where you are trying to achieve “greatness”. It allows you to enjoy incremental victories en route and it also makes it easier to determine whether you’re on the right path and make course corrections as necessary. Make sure that as you develop your goals, you do so in a S.M.A.R.T. way.

Scheduled Database Maintenance

We will be performing maintenance on the main GOT database server over this weekend. During this maintenance, we’ll be removing some outdated and canceled accounts and free up more resources to improve the performance.  Due to the scope of this change, the work has been scheduled for the following day:

Saturday, November 5th 20:00 - 21:00 CDT

During this maintenance, customers will likely experience periods of latency and slow response from the web app.  We will make all attempts to mitigate the impact to customers.

We appreciate your patience during this work and welcome your feedback.



To Reach Fitness Goal, Use Your Grit

Author: Michelle Kim

The Nike commercials seem to get it: Close-up shots of dripping sweat, hard-set eyes and steeled jaws, plus that resounding tagline — “Just do it” — all but scream grit.

It’s the one personal quality found consistently within high achievers, and researchers are steadily finding how far grit actually delivers a person toward his or her goals, whether it’s a daunting weight loss or a speedy race time.

In an article on the scientific validity of grit, Women’s Health magazine examines, among others, a 2002 study of high achievers that showed the link between grit and high achievement: “Defined as ’sustained perseverance and passion for long-term goals,’ grit seemed to explain why more top CEOs hail from state schools than from the Ivy League, and why some people gut out that last series of situps in boot camp while others flop on the floor when the burn really kicks in,” WH says.

“According to Duckworth, ‘Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges and maintaining effort and interest despite failure, adversity and plateaus,’” WH says. “While some people cut their losses when faced with boredom or disappointment, those with grit stay the course.”

Grit can be learned, too. So even if you weren’t born ready to star in a fire-you-up sneaker commercial, these tips from Women’s Health on staying gritty might just make you the one to watch:

Pinpoint a specific goal. “Performance goals are about the training, putting in all the hours or miles so that you can reach your final goal,” a University of California Davis researcher tells WH.

Be passionate. “Whether you feel passionate about knocking out a triathlon or you have an overwhelming desire to become fluent in another language within six months, you need to truly care about your goal to develop grit,” according to WH.

Picture it happening. “Picturing yourself standing at the podium as you collect your diploma, or being ushered into a swank corner office, makes the end goal feel real—attainable and gratifying—and helps you muster the drive to stay on track when quitting just seems easier.”

Push past the pain. Mantras and imagery help. “‘The more you condition yourself, the more you can endure it.’ [One researcher] personally uses imagery to get through difficult races. ‘I say to myself, My legs are like pistons, my lungs like bellows,” he explains. “It lets me focus on the mechanics and not on the pain.’”

Think positive, optimistic thoughts. “Recording your successes on a regular basis helps bolster positive thinking.”