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Get More By Taking Action, Applying and Doing

In life, you can stand on the sideline and watch or you can get in the game.  Yes, there’s a certain number of players who can be on the court at the same time, but don’t let that stop you.  Don’t let your hours of practice go to waste.  Make sure you get in the game and apply what you’ve learned.  You will get the most of the experience this way because learning has a lot to do with application.   When you’re actively involved, you increase your chances of learning and retaining information.  For example, you may read about a topic and think you understand it, but if you’re not able to speak about it and explain it to someone else, then chances are you don’t understand it as well as you think.

So if you’re looking to get the most of our situation and experiences, make it a point to get active, apply and do.

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.” 

– Benjamin Franklin

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

– Johann Von Goethe

What do you do to get more?  How do you test how much you’ve learned from a situation?  Do you learn more passively or actively?

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Life is Fragile: Here’s How to Make the Most of it

I recently shared this on TheAfter5Edge’s Twitter handle and facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback.  For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on what was a short but important reminder.  We’re often so caught up being “busy” that we forget what should take priority in our lives.  So I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect.

Life is fragile.  We have the option of going through life quietly or living life boldly.  Either way, our time is limited.  It is ours now to treasure and we should make the most of it while we can.

Spend it wisely.  Despite our limited time, we have the option to live life with meaning, with purpose and by design.  Think of what you want to have in your life and create a plan accordingly.  Create a life that makes you feel whole and complete.  Do the things you want to do.

Do good deeds.  The world becomes a better place with each of our acts.  Reach out to an elderly neighbor.  Let someone go ahead of you in a line.  Give up your seat on the bus.  Donate your used clothing.  Give your old books to a local library or organization.  Buy lunch for a homeless person.  Your options for doing good deeds are endless.

Help and spend time with people.  Our best experiences in this world are created with the people in our lives.  Help others when you can and don’t underestimate your ability to provide value.  Take time to celebrate the achievements and special moments of others.

Enjoy each moment.  Take walks.  Eat outdoor in the summer time.  Take time to relax and meditate.  The destination is fulfilling but make sure to enjoy the journey.  Choose your battles.  Keep things in perspective and always remember that most things are not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

What takeaways do you have about life and how to make the most of it?  What rules do you live by to maximize your experiences?

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Your Luck Increases with Hard Work, Preparation and Diligence

When you feel lucky, you feel like you’re on top of the world and nothing can go wrong.  We all love that feeling and we all want more of it.  But does it really just happen?  Some may argue that it does but others may think differently.  I think there’s also a strategic approach to having more luck in your life and this is particularly helpful when you’re looking to get that competitive edge and be in control of your own personal development.

Let’s look at the definition of luck.  Whether good or bad, luck is something that seems to happen solely by chance as opposed to one’s active involvement.

But is that even possible?  How will luck alone help you find a job where you need specific skills?  How will luck alone help you get into a role where you need certain experience?  The probability of having two siblings playing in the NFL is slim, so it is hard to imagine luck alone without the complementary qualifications to make it possible.

So this is why I think that once you know what it takes to accomplish something, doing more of these things will inevitably increase your chances and your luck.  On your part, it usually takes hard work, diligence, persistence, and preparation meeting opportunity on the other end.  This first came to mind when I opened up a fortune cookie and found the quote directly below.  I dug deeper and found the relevant quotes further below.

 “Luck happens when hard work meets opportunity.” – Fortune cookie

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 “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” -Thomas Jefferson

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“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” – Oprah Winfrey

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What is your experience with luck in your life?  Does it just seem to happen? Or does it coincide with your hard work and effort?  Share your thoughts below!


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