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Surround Yourself With Success

You must look into other people as well as at them. – Lord Chesterfield — When I first heard of surrounding myself with success, it was not only a foreign concept in that I had never heard of it before, but it was foreign on the most base level of my understanding of social relationships and how they affect the individual. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself.  First, I’ll let... read more

Live in the Present, not the Future

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this. –Henry David Thoreau — This post is secretly about gratitude, which I just wrote about not too long ago, so some of the content is going to overlap.  You’ve been... read more

Self-Discipline: The Easy Way

Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability. – Roy L. Smith — Self-discipline is like this holy grail among people who want to be successful.  People who are writing on personal development talk about discipline as if it is the key that will unlock your problems and transform them into solutions.  Those reading personal development resources tend to take this information... read more

Smart and Still Failing? Maybe…

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. –Bertolt Brecht — This is part 3 of this series.  You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.  It was also based off of this article which I found at And so we finally reach the final five items on the list.  Without any further ado, here they are: 15. Distractibility and Lack of Attention Absolutely a... read more

Gratitude, the Underdog of Emotions

Alas, how quickly the gratitude owed to the dead flows off, how quick to be proved a deceiver. –Sophocles — What’s so great about gratitude? You’re probably wondering.  Which is exactly why gratitude is the underdog of emotions to begin with.  No one takes it very seriously.  You might grateful to someone for about five minutes when they do you a favour or when they do something... read more

Smart and Still Failing? It Might Be…

The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. –William Strong — This article is the second part to similar article I wrote which can be found here. It is also an expansion of this list which I found over at Now, where were we?  I believe we had hit number five on the list, which brings us to six. 6. Lack of Product Orientation It may seem a... read more

Smart and Still Failing? Here’s Why.

Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act. –Andre Malraux — I just read this list entitled ‘Why Intelligent People Fail’ on Mr. Matt Mullenweg’s blog over at and found it to be incredibly on point, but... read more
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