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22 Things Happy People Do Differently

This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.

happinessThere are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.… Read the rest!

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A Life Lesson from a 5-Year Old

This morning while I was making my lunch, my son came in to tell me about a story he learned at school. It was the famous story by Aesop of the Tortoise and the Hare. The conversation went like this:

5-year old: Dad, do you know a kind of rabbit called a hare?

Me: Yep.

5-year old: And you know how sometimes turtles are called tortoises?

Me: Yep

5-year old: Did you know that one time they had a race?

Me: Really? What happened?

5-year old: The hare was really fast and he knew he would win so he decided to take a nap. An Tom the Tortoise was slow but he didn’t stop. He just kept going. Then when the hare woke up he was losing so he tried to catch up to Tom the Tortoise but he didn’t make it in time and Tom the Tortoise won the race.… Read the rest!

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It Couldn’t Be Done…But He Did It

Any time I start something new and come up against an obstacle, I remember this poem by Edgar Guest and it gives me renewed energy to go out and get it done. There are plenty of people in the world who will criticize you when you go after your life goals. It is not that they want you to fail but they don’t want you to succeed. Why? Because when you succeed, they feel like it automatically means that they are a failure because they aren’t accomplishing their goals. So remember, when someone says that it can’t be done, they are really saying that they do not feel like putting in the effort to accomplish it. Your job is to prove them wrong! Enjoy the poem!… Read the rest!

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The Parable of the Perfect Pearl

I was at a leadership conference this past weekend where they told the following parable:

“There’s an ancient oriental legend that tells the story of a jeweler who found the perfect pearl. The pearl was so beautiful that the merchant wanted to place the pearl in the proper setting. So he conceived the idea of building a special box of the finest woods to contain the pearl. He sought these woods and had them brought to him, and they were polished to a high brilliance. He then reinforced the corners of this box with elegant brass hinges and added a blue velvet interior. Then jewels were embedded in the outside. As a final step, he scented that blue velvet with perfume, then placed in that setting this precious pearl.Read the rest!

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Wake Up

Last night someone asked me why I started Successify! I have always had different answers to this question but none of them ever seemed to describe why I really started it or what it’s purpose is.

As I thought more about it on the drive home, these words came to mind:

“I look out and see a world full of promise and opportunity…and it is waiting.

I look around and see people full of promise and potential…but they are sleeping.”

And I realized that it was a great way to describe what I’m trying to do. I feel like we live in an amazing world where it has been proven time and time again that ANYBODY can rise up and create a fabulous and successful life.… Read the rest!

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Does Your Birthday Determine Your Success?

I’ve got a birthday coming up tomorrow and as I was thinking about birthdays I was reminded of a story told by Zig Ziglar that I have always loved.

The population of Ghana has many tribes of people living within its borders. The largest is the Akan tribe, which makes up about 50% of the entire population. The Akan have a tradition of naming newborn children based on the day of the week they were born. If you are born on Monday your name will include “Kwadwo”, which is related to peace. If you are born on Friday, your name would include “Kofi”, which is linked to fertility and abundance. You now know which day of the week Kofi Annan, the past secretary general of the United Nations, was born.… Read the rest!

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The Hospital Window – Make a Difference!

I really liked this story the first time I heard it many years ago. Hope you enjoy it!


Here is the original story written in Europe after WWII:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.… Read the rest!

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Let No One Predict Thy Future!

Over the weekend I came across a list of predictions “experts” made about certain products or people that turned out to be totally false. It reaffirmed for me that we should never let anyone but ourselves decide our future. Your future is completely unwritten and you can change the course of your life at any point. Imagine what would have happened if the world would have believed these predictions:

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” (Western Union memo, 1876.)

“Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” (Popular Mechanics, forecasting advance of science, 1949.)

“I think there’s a world market for maybe five computers.” (Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.)

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” (Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.)

“But what is it good for?” (Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the micro chip, 1968)

“There is no reason why anyone would want to have a computer in their home.” (Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp, 1977.)

“The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value.… Read the rest!

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