14 People Share The Best Advice They’ve Ever Received

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Take the time to listen to others. That’s my advice to you. And so, here are some advices for life, happiness and success from people from the internet. This thread can be read in its entirety on Quora here.

1. Marsha Browne

A very smart woman I worked with once told me that if I eliminated the word “but” from my professional vocabulary, I’d find greater acceptance for my ideas, and greater cooperation from my team members. She said people would have a very different perception of me if I could change this one thing.

The reason, she said, is because the word “but” negates everything that precedes it, and you cast a negative spin on anything you say when you use it.

Consider, for example, “We can do it this way, but it’ll be way too expensive given our budget,” versus “We can do it this way, and…

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5 Reasons To Be A Strong Woman

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I woke up the other day ready to begin the new year, and when I began my routine Pinterest check this morning I stumbled upon this quote in my feed:

“The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.”

As a woman, I have always been fascinated by the threat that independent women pose to a society built on female subordination. I like to think that I am a strong, fierce woman who is capable of holding her own intellectually, physically, and mentally, and as such I have developed a unique perspective on the world and the way that it treats women who do not subscribe to typical gender stereotypes. I have always been an introvert, huddled in whatever space I can find with my books and animals.

As I have grown older, I have embraced my personality: sassy, full of gumption…

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6 Reasons To Leave Your Hometown Behind

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As a travel junkie, my friends are never surprised when I encourage (or nag) them to leave our hometown of Buffalo, NY. Traveling has positively impacted my life in countless ways and I want other people to share these experiences. But I don’t expect everyone to be willing to choose the same lifestyle as me (one where I’m either saving money or spending it in far-away countries) so instead I tell them that they can simply take “little trips” where they can still reap many of the same benefits.

I firmly believe that whether someone is from a big city or small town, they can benefit from leaving that place behind for a few days, weeks or months. Here are just some of the positives I’ve experienced as a result of traveling:

1. Something to look forward to.

Trips of any kind involve some amount of planning. Simple acts of…

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25 Quotes For Women Who Don’t Know Their Place

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Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated  by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in. – Chimamanda Adichie
I like to see a young girl go and grab the world by the lapels. Life is a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron
There is a stubbornness about me that can never bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. – Jane Austen
The thing women have yet to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it. – Roseanne Barr
I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance…

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7 Surefire Ways To Go From Desire To Manifestation In 2014

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BE WARNEDThis post is not for the average person…  This is for the extra-ordinary…

Just by reading a post like this I know something about you: That you dare to try new things.

This post is for the ones that stand strong by their deepest desires in the face of mockery and sarcasm… It’s for the brave ones that question “normal” and recognize it for what it is: a synonym for regurgitated bullshit.

If you already created your vision as per “Create the 2014 You Want” from my last post, which went viral, then pat yourself in the back. Because you took a step forward with an open heart  to help yourself — and the world.

If you didn’t yet, please list some of your goals or themes for 2014 now. Have them in front of you. You are on the right track.

Why did I put…

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The Brave New World For Startups, Musicians, Filmmakers, And Other Artists

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“Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.” — Peter Gibbons, Office Space

For whatever reason, explaining this to my high school friends gets two reactions: confusion or their head exploding.

I’ll say it here in plain English — a creator, whether an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, marketer, performer, animator, designer, CEO, videographer, or author, can make a living. And anyone — really anyone — has the chance to work on projects they care about and projects that matter to them. They’re not the foolhardy risk-takers you’re taking them to be.

You don’t need to major in accounting, medicine, or engineering to secure a future — chances are, even your safe options won’t do you justice.

It’s a new world out there, and if you’re anything like…

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25 New Year’s Resolutions You Should (But Won’t) Stick To

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1.  Quit smoking.

2.  Join a gym and go at least 3 times a week.

3.  Draw up a vision board of your years goals and visualize.

4.  Quit coffee.

5. Stop streaming porn on the internet (deleting your search history doesn’t count).

6.  Join a yoga class.

7.  Open a savings account.

8.  Volunteer (for anything).

9.  Go to Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Temple, whatever…

10.  Give to; don’t take from your parents.

11.  Practice mindfulness.

12.  Finally clear out your inbox.

13.  Don’t talk badly about others behind their backs.

14.  Stop making phone calls on the toilet.

15.  Stop judging people on their footwear.

16.  Be a real person.

17.  Download Rosetta Stone and learn French.

18.  Read a book rather than loiter on Facebook.

19.  READ A BOOK.

20.  Reread this list on the last Sunday of every month.

21. Dare to dance naked in the kitchen to ABBA. Twerking to Miley Cyrus could work too.

22.  Bake more.

23.  Eat less Del Taco.

24.  Reread The Power of Now.

25.  “Follow your bliss”. [tc-mark]

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