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THE 7 SEEDS OF GREATNESS

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Are you the type of person who hears the word greatness, and gets goosebumps?  Are you able to recognize greatness in others? If so, then you’ve come to the right place.  A place for Greats in the making.

You probably already know, that you don’t have to be Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, or Achilles to be Great.  The idea that you must be a conqueror of nations, a powerful leader of the masses, a genius, or an all-star athlete to be considered great is a concept that is fading.

So, If you feel like you’re not on track to becoming the next Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Cristiano Ronaldo, or Albert Einstein, please don’t fret.  Because greatness is so much more than what you’ve come to know.

A New Paradigm of Greatness

Greatness is more than the examples mentioned above, it is something more than what we have all come to know, and we all have an abundance of it residing within us.

I want to suggest to you a new paradigm of greatness in this post.  In other words, a different way of looking at it.   A way that will encourage you to be more willing  to strive for it.

Keep reading to learn about the 7 seeds or rules of greatness.  Rules that you can begin to hone in on to help you unleash more of yours.

A standard understanding of the word greatness, is that it is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person, and/or refers to a person who possesses a natural ability to be better than all others.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably always looked at greatness in the context of comparison with others.  You’ve seen someone else’s grand achievements from afar, or through the lens of history, and deemed their achievements as greatness personified.

While such an approach still has merit in identifying and remembering great acts of achievement; It is method for classifying greatness that is limited.

Unlimited Greatness

I would argue that greatness is but a point of reference.  As such, to use the achievements of others as a reference point for greatness has limits.

In my opinion, a concept of greatness that references our individual potential is far more comprehensive as a measuring stick, because it creates an ever-expanding point of reference.  A reference point that is unique, personalized, and limited only by the imagination and ambition of the person considering it.

Hence, a better definition of greatness, is the greatness that you can both imagine and value in your mind.  This form of greatness is your greatness, and it is something that can be realized, if you choose to realize it.

Okay, so If you are on board with what I believe to be a more relevant and unlimited concept of greatness, I’d like to provide you with some observations I’ve made to help you express more of it in your life.

Unleashing our greatness can be a simple process.  All you have to do is follow some fairly simple rules that I will lay out today.  I say simple, because they are simple in theory; however, make no mistake about it, they are challenging in application.

The Seeds of Greatness

The Seeds of Greatness

If you can muster up the courage, energy, and persistence to plant the following seeds of greatness into your daily routines, you will be well on your way to becoming your greatness.

1. Be Hungry For More

The first seed of greatness is that you must be hungry for more.  To truly tap into your greatness, you need to have some ambition.  At a minimum, you must be driven to be better than your former self.  If your greatness is the ever-expanding concept of your potential, you must have an internal urge to become your best.

As you change and grow as a person, your personal concept of greatness will change and grow as well.  And so long as you are hungry and driven to realize that better you, you place yourself on the path of greatness.

Be hungry to exceed your own expectations.

2. Pay Attention

Your greatness is relevant to your imagination and your will to realize that ideal.

However; all too often we get so busy that we fail to recognize that we can become more.  We let life distract us.  And being distracted, stuck in the day-to-day monotony of making a living will stifle our ability to grow.

As such, a primary rule for unleashing our greatness is related to paying attention.  Essentially, we must become more aware, aware of ourselves, our trajectory, our lives, and our place in it.

And to become more aware, we must practice mindfulness.  So how does one practice mindfulness?  Well, mindfulness can be practiced by taking time each day to think about your life.   Some of the best ways to do this are the following:   mediation, long-walks, solitude, and going for a drive.  These are just a few ways that you can practice mindfulness, but it is by no means an exhaustive list.

3. Strive Your Face Off

If you want to reach your greatness, you are going to have put in a lot of work.  You must plant the seed in your mind, that greatness requires effort.  Know, that your best self will not appear out of the blue just because you can imagine it.

Michael Jordan practiced 5 to 7 hours a day throughout his life.  He had to train and practice to show up as the person we’ve all come to admire.

Pablo Picasso painted 13,500 paintings, created at least 100,000 graphic prints and engravings,  produced 34,000 book illustrations, and  designed over 300 sculptures.

Prolific writer, Paulo Coelho has written 34 books since 1974, and wrote 4 books in one year alone.

Bringing your best self into the world will be no different.  It is going to take hours and hours of practice and tons of action and extra effort to make it happen.

Just like metal needs forging to be formed into a desired shape, so too will your greatness require concentrated effort to mold and make.

4. Experiment

Habitual experimenting is a seed of greatness.  Some of the best inventions, recipes, and businesses have come to existence due to experimentation.

As you’ve probably already know, it took Thomas Edison over 1,000 experiments before he realized his vision of the working lightbulb.

Henry Ford experimented with businesses and had 5 businesses fail before one took off.

Similarly, the delicious meals and drinks we get to enjoy at our favorite restaurants are the results of endless experimentations.

All in all, if we want to unleash our greatness, we must be willing to try new things, take different approaches, we must be willing to experiment.

5. Quantity Vs. Quality

This rule is related to the last two, but it is different as it relates to not just taking action, but to ensuring that we are shipping or completing our creations.  It is necessary that you get your talents, ideas, and gifts out there to benefit the world.

To realize your greatness, you must get bits of it out into the world.  Not just for the sake of getting something out there, but in order that it may serve other people.

The more we can put out into the world, the better.  Sure, some of our ideas, creations, or whatever it is we are delivering to the world may not be of the highest quality at first. But, you can always (and should eventually strive to) improve quality over time.

The most important part is just getting your great works out there.  Because the quality of what you have to offer the world will improve as you provide it.  So, start shipping your greatness today!

6. Always Be Learning

ABL; Always Be Learning, is the next seed of greatness.  One of the easiest ways to become more, is to learn more.  The more we learn, the larger our capacity for growth becomes.

Why you ask?  Well, recall the new and improved way of looking at greatness that was mentioned earlier. The one that was greatness “as a personalized reference point, limited only by the imagination and ambition of the person considering it.”  In doing so, notice the words “limited only by the imagination” of the person considering it.

Well, when we learn more, our ability to comprehend and imagine what is possible grows. And as our imagination grows, so to does our capacity to serve in a great way. As such, continual learning is vital to reaching your greatness.

7. Time Travel

This next seed of greatness may seem crazy, but bare with me. Yes, I am serious, Time Travel is the 7th seed of greatness. Just here me out, and suspend your disbelief for a few seconds. With that being said, if you time travel, you will position yourself to realize more of your greatness.  Of course, I am not talking about actual time travel here, (which would be cool) but rather, I am talking about travelling through time in your mind.

In other words, time travel as it relates to our ability to look forward into the future using our imagination alone.

To time travel in this sense, try to envision yourself as the greatest at what you have a passion for doing.  Try to envision the best version of yourself, or your ideal self in the near future.

When you do this, you’ll be stretching your mind and creating a void to be filled in by action. The action that is necessary for building the foundation that your future greatest self will soon rest upon.

Time travel in this sense can also help you make those big life altering decisions easier.  Jeff Bezos once mentioned a form of mental time travel he used to tap his greatness, but he called it a ‘regret minimization framework.’

In his example, he projected himself forward to the age of 80 and asked himself a series of questions at that point, on what he would or wouldn’t regret.  The answers that came to him are what propelled him to act on those ideas that were most aligned with his greatness.

And if you know anything about Jeff Bezos, you’ll know he made the right choice.  A choice that unleashed a multi-billion-dollar business empire.

So, if you want to fortify your capacity for greatness, close your eyes and take a leap into your imagined future.

Bonus Seed of Greatness: Focus on Your Contributions

This last seed of greatness is probably one of the most important. It is also the seed that just about anyone can make up their mind to improve upon. At the same time, it is oddly forsaken by most people. So what’s this last seed of greatness? Simply put, it is to increase your contribution to others.

The great business philosopher Jim Rohn said it best, when he stated: “Find a way to serve the many, for service to many leads to greatness.” That’s right, service to others leads to greatness. If you can find a way to increase your contribution to others, you’ll simultaneously be increasing your greatness.

The great news is, the more you focus on what your contributions, the better they’ll be, the more you’ll be helping others, and as a result, the greater you’ll become. So, become a contributor, focus on serving others and doings so to the best of your ability, and you’ll be hopping on the fast-track to greatness.

Conclusion

To live one’s greatest life….to achieve one’s greatness, a lot of hard work will be involved, a lot of discipline as well.  Determination is going to be needed, you will without a doubt, need to tap new levels of courage.

Failure will happen, and you’ll have to show some serious resolve!   But, if you’ll simply start sowing your seeds of greatness, everything will change for you.

Repetition is the mother of skill and the father of action…. as such, here’s a quick recap on the 7 seeds of greatness:

  • Be Hungry For More
  • Pay Attention
  • Strive Hard
  • Experiment
  • Focus on Execution
  • Always Be Learning
  • Visualize Your Best Self & Future
  • Bonus: Focus on Service and Giving Value

When you begin baking these 7 Seeds of Greatness into your pursuits, you will be poised to unleash your greatness, and with that, your amazing future.

Till next time…

STRIVE

P.S. – If you enjoyed this article on the various seeds of greatness, then you’ll love this post on How to Become Above Average.

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75 BRILLIANT WARREN BUFFETT QUOTES ON SUCCESS AND LIFE

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Warren Buffett is the self-made billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, who is known by many as the greatest and richest stock investor of all time. He has a long history of success, especially when it comes to investing and running his multi-billion dollar multi-national holdings company. And, when billionaires give us their advice, we take note, which is why we’ve pulled together this list of 55 Warren Buffett quotes on success and life.

So, if you’re looking for some brilliant insights about success from the Oracle of Omaha himself, then this page is for you. And if you’re ready to digest some Warren Buffett wisdom, then let’s dive in.

The Very Best Warren Buffett Quotes on Success and Life

Best Warren Buffett Quotes on Success and Life

1. “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” – Warren Buffett

2. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

3. “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” – Warren Buffett

4. “I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett

5. “You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the 160 IQ beats the guy with 130 IQ.” – Warren Buffett

6. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” – Warren Buffett

7. “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.” – Warren Buffett

8. “You are neither right nor wrong because the crowd disagrees with you. You are right because your data and reasoning are right.”  – Warren Buffett 

9. “You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.” – Warren Buffett

10. “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest; we have to be more disciplined than the rest.” – Warren Buffett

11. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

12. “The first rule is not to lose money. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.” – Warren Buffett

13. “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

14. “Never invest in a business you can’t understand.” – Warren Buffett

15. “It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price, than a fair company at a wonderful price.” – Warren Buffett

16. “You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don’t do too many things wrong.” – Warren Buffett

17. “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” – Warren Buffett

18. “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” – Warren Buffett

19. “We always live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.” – Warren Buffett

20. “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” – Warren Buffett

21. “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.” – Warren Buffett

22. “I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.” – Warren Buffett

23. “I don’t look to jump over seven-foot bars; I look around for one-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffett

24. “The business schools reward difficult complex behavior more than simple behavior, but simple behavior is more effective.” – Warren Buffett

25. “Never give up searching for the job that you are passionate about.” – Warren Buffett

26. “Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you who you’ll turn out to be.” – Warren Buffett

27. “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.” – Warren Buffett

28. “Not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.” – Warren Buffett

29. “You will be successful if the people who you hope to have love you, do love you.” – Warren Buffett

30. “The world does not belong to the pessimist.” – Warren Buffett

31. “People who know the edge of their competency are safe, and those who don’t, aren’t.” – Warren Buffett

32. “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?” – Warren Buffett 

33. “If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money.” – Warren Buffett 

34. “Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett 

35. One can best prepare themselves for the economic future by investing in your own education. If you study hard and learn at a young age, you will be in the best circumstances to secure your future.” – Warren Buffett 

36. “Look for the job that you would want to hold if you didn’t need a job. You’re probably only going to live once.” – Warren Buffett

37. “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.” – Warren Buffett

38. “In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable ‘moats.” – Warren Buffett

39.Success in investing doesn’t correlate with IQ … what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.” – Warren Buffett

40. “Don’t save what is left after spending; spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffett

41. “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” – Warren Buffett

42. “If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until the day you die.” – Warren Buffett

43. “Keep all your eggs in one basket. But watch that basket closely.” – Warren Buffett

44. “What the wise do in the beginning, the fools do in the end.” – Warren Buffett

45. “A public opinion poll is no substitute for thought.” – Warren Buffett

46. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” – Warren Buffett

47. “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” – Warren Buffett

48. “The only way to get love, is to be loveable.” – Warren Buffett

49. “It’s not easy to get rich quick.” – Warren Buffett

50. “Find a way to make money while you sleep.” – Warren Buffett

51. “If you’re smart, you’re going to make a lot of money without borrowing.” – Warren Buffett

52. “The happiest people do not necessarily have the best of all. They simply appreciate the things they have.” – Warren Buffett

53. “People always ask me where they should go to work, and I always tell them to go to work for whom they admire the most.” – Warren Buffett

54. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” – Warren Buffett

55. “I’m not interested in cars and my goal is not to make people envious. Don’t confuse the cost of living with the standard of living.” – Warren Buffett

56. “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people.” – Warren Buffett

57. “Successful investing takes time, discipline and patience.” – Warren Buffett

58. “The rich invest in time, the poor invest in money.” – Warren Buffett

59. “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” – Warren Buffett

60. “I measure success by how many people love me.” – Warren Buffett

61. “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” – Warren Buffett

62. “Time is the friend of the wonderful company and the enemy of the mediocre one.” – Warren Buffett

63. “If you are not willing to own stock for 10 years, don’t even think about owning it for 10 minutes.” – Warren Buffett

64. “The key to success is emotional stability.” – Warren Buffett

65. “You can not reach success in investment if you do not think independently.” – Warren Buffett

66. “Never test the depth of a river with both feet.” – Warren Buffett

67. “Never depend on a single income. Make an investment to create a second source.” – Warren Buffett

68. “Very successful people say no to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

69. “You do smart things, you eventually get very rich.” – Warren Buffett

70. “The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” – Warren Buffett

71. “Wishing makes dreams come true only in Disney movies; it’s poison in business.” – Warren Buffett

72. “Widespread fear is your friend as an investor because it serves up bargain purchases.” – Warren Buffett

73. “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.” – Warren Buffett

74. “More people fail because of liquor and leverage – leverage being borrowed money.” – Warren Buffett

75. “Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” – Warren Buffett

Bonus Warren Buffett Quote

Bonus: Out of all of these Warren Buffett quotes on success, this is our final and favorite. So, take heed as advice and enjoy.

“In The World Of Business, The People Who Are Most Successful Are Those Who Are Doing What They Love.”

– warren buffett –

Final Thoughts on These Buffett Quotes

Observing the lives of successful people can teach us a lot. The words they use not only act as a gateway to their thought processes, but also as a barometer of the level of thinking we should aspire to if we wish to obtain a similar type of achievement.

With that being said, we hope you’ve enjoyed these Warren Buffett quotes on success and life. But more importantly, we hope you leave here a little wiser than you came, since you now know the secret thoughts that have led to much of Warren Buffett’s massive success.

Till next time,

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PS – If you enjoyed these Warren Buffett quotes, then you may enjoy this post on Warren Buffett’s Net Worth.

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10+ BEST BUSINESS AUDIOBOOKS TO FIND NEXT LEVEL SUCCESS

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In a business world that is highly crowded and competitive, it takes a lot of time and energy to remain relevant and valuable to the marketplace. Every start-up, business owner, and entrepreneurial minded manager struggles to find the time to improve themselves, let alone stay abreast of the fresh perspectives found in the sea of self-help and business books that exist. The good news is, the growing availability of business audiobooks makes the development we all need to stay competitive, possible.

Audiobooks are truly a boon for anyone seeking a greater edge in their business or career, but that’s pressed for time. So, if you find that you’re the type of person who has been unable to take their career or business to the next level, simply because you don’t have the time to sit and read, well, audiobooks are the solution.

Audiobooks are a fantastic way to absorb the information from books while going about your daily life.  Whether you put one on during your commute or listen while your at the gym, they offer you a way to learn during times you normally couldn’t. With that said, here’s a handful of some of the best business audiobooks that you can begin listening to today to help you find that next level success in business and in life:

BEST BUSINESS AUDIOBOOKS

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1. ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie

This is pretty much the first book most of us turn to, the first we recommend to our friends and the one most often given as a gift.  It’s the most famous books in the realm of business books but that’s for a very good reason. 

This guide of how to look at situations and make yourself influential and likeable is not what you think.  It is surprisingly more about how to be genuine by not faking it.

How to Win Friends and Influence People is an ideal audiobook for business gurus who want to sell their expertise the right way.

2. ‘Ego is the Enemy’ by Ryan Holiday

Success is a fickle thing and if you let your ego win then you may find it’s destroyed you and your business.  But, according to Ryan Holiday (who also authored the NYT best seller The Obstacle Is The Way), you can take back your business expertise by taking control of your ego. That’s where the “Ego is the Enemy” audiobook comes in handy.

This audiobook discusses some stories of people who fell victim to their egos and the way it has affected them.  It’s a great listen to stop yourself from sabotaging your profession.

3. ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek

This audiobook challenges listeners to think about the “Why” in their business practices. It’s a secret technique that many natural-born leaders know. When the “Why” is addressed in one’s business venture, then that “Why” becomes the solution to business success.

Simon Sinek explains why certain people are able to see the “Why” in their work, while others don’t see it right away. So, if a business leader doesn’t see the “Why” in their work, then their leadership will fall flat. Sinek will explore this idea with his own experiences in his work and passions in the business world.

4. ‘Unbroken’ by Laura Hillenbrand

This one isn’t necessarily a business book and is pretty heavy but will give you that drive to face the challenges ahead of you. 

It discusses the story of Louis Zamperini who was a POW in the second world war after his plane crashed in the Pacific leaving him drifting on a raft for 47 days. It follows his experiences transferring from prison camp to prison camp in Japan.

5. ‘The 4 Disciplines Of Execution’ by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling

If you haven’t heard of the term “4DX,” then allow the likes of Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling to explain what that is. Essentially, that is the abbreviation for “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.”

This audiobook is the perfect way for business leaders to make projects get off the ground – from the brainstorming sessions to the planning stage to the team executing that brilliant idea. This idea of the 4DX consists of four disciplines that are both practical and timeless. As you listen to this immersive, conference-like discussion, you’ll get plenty of advice on how to lead your business team with an effective plan.

6. ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ by Timothy Ferriss

Although it’s not about magically turning your workweek into four hours of effort, this audiobook suggests a different approach. Rather than find that burnout cure through reduced work hours, it suggests how working smarter is a better choice. 

This audiobook gives some great tips you can implement in your work. It’s a good introduction to finding that work-life balance.

7. ‘The Power Of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg

Making or breaking a habit is a familiar notion in Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. If you’re tired of your usual business habits, or want to spice up said habits, then this audiobook is for you.

This audiobook describes how the 30-day monotony can take a toll on businesspeople, including leaders. So, what makes these habits stick in the first place? Duhigg suggests three key elements—the cue, the routine, and the reward. He demonstrates these elements through examples and anecdotes. It’s through these examples and anecdotes that listeners can learn how to develop healthier habits in their business endeavors.

8. ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change’ by Stephen R. Covey

The guidebook of how to build your character and get as much out of your day as possible. It can feel a slog at times but is well worth the time listening.  This book is all about the big picture and looking to prioritize your to-do list to make you more efficient. 

Its 336 pages are full of information to help you. And, it includes practical systems that you can implement into your daily life.

9. ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Rob S. Sharma

A very entertaining book to listen to, this is mostly targeted at entrepreneurs and artists, but definitely gives lessons everyone can take something from.  It’s all about looking at what matters, taking responsibility for yourself, and knowing when it’s time to gracefully bow out.

However, the audiobook also understands when it’s time for a businessperson to double down and fight. In other words, Sharma understands that not all business ventures will be smooth-sailing. He suggests that the love for the job is what matters. It’s like the old saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

10. ‘Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead’ by Sheryl Sandberg

Celebrated TED Talk speaker and businesswoman Sheryl Sandberg isn’t afraid to share her experiences in the business world in her audiobook. The bulk of her audiobook exposes the concerns with women’s gradual but noticeable progress in business.

Sandberg not only shares from her own experiences, but also adds a bit of humor in her narrative. In addition to her assertive and casual demeanor, her book is all about tough love and understanding, since those qualities make up the recipe for success for women’s success in the business world, thus crushing the outdated, stereotypical women-stay-at-home myth.

Bonus Business Audiobook: ‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene

Finally, Robert Greene has a great audiobook for businesspeople everywhere. Greene will show you how to “master” the art of being a guru at anything you set your mind to, especially business.

If you’re looking to take more control of your life or business and begin shaping it into the master piece that it can be, then you’ll love this book. The work and research he puts into his every book is second to none, and in this particular book Greene pieces together the secrets of what it takes to become a Master. So, if you’re looking for some serious insights on how to become the master of your business, this book is a must read.

Wrapping Up

There are so many additional business audiobooks out there for you to choose from. This selection is just a starter list to help you learn a handful of new and unique ideas to improve yourself, your mindset, and eventually your success in business.

Of course, it’s important to branch out beyond the typical “business” genres as you search out other audiobooks that can truly help you grow

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25+ MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO TRANSFORM YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY

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Manifestation Affirmations

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to easily manifest or achieve success after success, while others struggle to create very little positive change in their lives or make any progress on their goals, and as a result eventually give up? Want to know what the main difference between these two groups of people is? It’s simple: It’s their mindset.

That’s right, your mindset is responsible for much of the success and achievement, or lack of thereof that you’ve been experiencing in your life up until this point. If you’ve been experience positive change and successes, chances are you possess a healthy and positive mindset. But, if you’ve been experiencing the opposite, like failure, frustration, or lack of reasonable progress, then you may have a problem with your mindset.

The great news is, we’ve discovered a little secret through trial and error, that can help just about anyone reverse their mindset, and with it, their luck. So, what’s this little secret? Well, it’s none other than affirmations. But not just any ole affirmations, we’re talking about manifestation affirmations to be precise.

What Are Manifestation Affirmations?

First and foremost, affirmations are essentially statements that can help rewire your mindset or how you perceive the world when you say them to yourself or write them down regularly.

A 2015 study published to the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience journal, which can also be found on The National Library of Medicine, used an MRI to show how employing self-affirmations can actually activate the reward centers in your brain.[1]

For example, by simply affirming to yourself, “I am confident”, you can activate the same reward centers that react to other dopamine-releasing experiences, like watching a great movie, or easting chocolate. In short, affirmations can activate your neural pathways, and if done enough, via neuroplasticity, you can eventually transform those areas of your brain responsible for how positive you feel about a given aspect of your life.[2]

But here is the real reason why affirmations are so powerful. When you use them, you essentially leverage two different types of biases that we all have. Namely, what’s known as the observational selection bias and our confirmation bias.

The former is a bias that helps us see more of something once it has been noticed. It’s like when you hear a certain song, and then you start hearing that song everywhere. The latter bias (the confirmation bias) is our tendency to search, interpret, or recall information that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

Thus, when you use affirmations, you are essentially hacking these two cognitive biases for your own advantage.

With that being said, for an affirmation to be truly effective, you should believe in it, and it should be said with emotion and faith. It won’t hurt to remember the following sage advice when you employ them, ‘All things are possible to those that believe them.” In fact, the less faith you have in your affirmations, the less effective they will be.

So, if you really want to get the most out of your affirmations, you will want to suspend your disbelief and minimize the significance of that overly critical and doubting voice we all listen to from time to time.

Related: Do Affirmations Really Work?

The Manifestation Affirmation

Now that we’ve covered what an affirmation is, here’s what a manifestation affirmation is, and why you should use these types of affirmations if you want to truly realize your dreams and more success in your life.

The word manifestation, at its core means to be readily perceived by the senses, or to be easily understood or realized by the mind. The word also means to essentially create something or transform something from an idea into a reality. 

So, a manifestation affirmation, is an affirmation that you’ll want to use to create a mindset that is primed to more readily perceive, understand, and realize the success, positivity, and positive change that you seek in your life.

Manifestation affirmations are affirmations that will not only help guide you to the positive outcomes you are after (like a honing device), but they’ll help you strengthen the mindset that is more apt to see and perceive the success that is on its way. And like a positive feedback loop, the more you use manifestation affirmations, the more fully aware you’ll become of the success and possibilities you seek.

And as a result, you’ll be more inclined to look for the “wins” that’ll entice you to persist in taking the actions that will eventually lead you to the realization of the inspiring possibilities and success you seek.

So, if you’re ready for our collection of what we believe to be the best affirmations for manifestation dreams, then let’s dive in:

MANIFESTATION AFFIRMATIONS TO REALIZE YOUR DREAMS

Best Manifestation Affirmations

1. “I am passionate about my goals and I convert my dreams into reality with unwavering courage.”

2. “I am abundant and ready to live my dreams now.”

3. “I focus my energy on positive thoughts and actions.”

4. “I believe in myself and in my ability to achieve my dreams.”

5. “All the Universe conspires in helping me achieve my dreams.”

Affirmation for Manifestation

6. “I see and feel my goals and dreams as already accomplished.”

7. “I have clearly defined and written goals with a deadline.”

8. “I expect success.”

9. “I create my own luck and prosperity.”

10. “I deserve the highest and best in life.”

I deserve the highest affirmation

11. “I am powerful, positive, and energetic in the pursuit of my dreams.”

12. “Prosperity flows to and through me.”

13. “I am happy with who I am and can be.”

14. “I am worthy of my dream job and creating the lifestyle of my dreams.”

15. “My success grows with limitless expectations.”

My Success Grows With Limitless Expectations Affirmation

16. “I am creating happy, fulfilling relationships in my life.”

17. “I attract success and happiness easily and effortlessly.”

18. “I am the architect of my fate and I can achieve what I have dreamt for myself.”

19. “My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant, my soul is tranquil.”

20. “I can do anything I set my mind to.”

I can do anything manifestation affirmation

21. “My potential is infinite, and my future is bright.”

22. “My life is full of positive friends and family members who love and support me.”

23. “I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy.”

24. “I am living the life I have pictured for myself.”

25. “I am whole, complete, total, and fully alive in this moment.”

Affirmation for Living In The Moment

Bonus Manifestation Affirmation

Bonus: Here is one last bonus affirmation for manifesting your dreams. It’s a powerful testament to yourself, that will open up the floodgates of success and plenty when you fully and truly believe it. Enjoy

“My Mind Is Open To Success And Abundance. I Know I Can And Will Have It All.”

Related: Best Manifestation Mantras

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best when it comes to manifestation affirmations. Remember, your success is largely a mental game determined by your mindset. And once you convince yourself that you are responsible for the pictures you hold in your mind, and take action to proactively change those pictures, good things will start showing up in your life.

Just like in sports, the goal, the touchdown, or the game winning shot are all pictured in the mind in advance, before they are ever realized in our physical world. The same goes for the realization of your goals and dreams. So, if you’re serious about manifesting the successful life you seek, you may want to get serious about taking control of your mindset with these manifestation affirmations.

Till then,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these powerful affirmations for manifestation, then you’ll probably enjoy these other supporting resources on affirmations:

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HOW TO OVERCOME THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE TO SUCCESS

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Want to know what the biggest obstacle to success is?  Want to know what keeps most people living an unfulfilled life?  How about the #1 regret people mention while lying on their deathbeds?

Okay, We’ll tell you the answer, but you need to know this first.

We’ve always had a special place in our heart for the ex-athlete, the aspiring artist, the eager entrepreneur, and the big dreamers of the world.

We have this affinity with people who feel as if they don’t have all of the answers, but who know deep in their hearts…that they still have something big, something more, something special left inside them to give.

Perhaps, it’s because we know that their big break is just around the corner.

Does that sound like you?

The STRIVE was created for people like you, for believers.   It was created for people who know there is still space in their lives for them to reach higher, become more, and live their lives more fully.

Are You Living Your Life To It’s Fullest?

Hopefully, you’re one of those people.   If you are, then you’ve come to the right place.  But let us ask you this…just to make sure:

Do you ever feel like you’re not achieving everything you want in your life?

Have you ever felt like you’re not living your life to it’s fullest?

Do you ever feel like you lack the confidence to just GO FOR IT?

Have you ever felt like you were living your life for others, rather than yourself?

Do you ever feel like you have more to give, but lack the courage to do what it takes to give it?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you are in good company, as we may just have the solution for you.  Great news is, this solution is also the answer we promised to give you earlier on how to overcome the biggest obstacle to success.

So, are you ready for the solution….for the answer?

The Answer

Let us tell you how we first discovered the answer, and then we’ll give it to you.

You see, when we first launched TheSTRIVE.co, we asked ourselves, “How can we best serve people interested in changing their lives and achieving more?”.  And sure enough, the answer that came to us was clear and simple… “Help people overcome the obstacles to their success.”

The answer seemed simple enough.   Especially so, because we had been studying success and achievement for over the past 12 years.  And in all our studies, the #1 obstacle most referenced for hindering peoples wish for a successful life was… fear.

That’s right, fear.

Fear in the form of a lack of confidence.  Fear in the form of an unwillingness to get started.  Fear in the form of an inability to take determined action.  Fear in the form of allowing our own self-doubt to convince us that we aren’t worthy of what we deeply desire for our lives. 

And lastly, but certainly not least… fear in the form of not doing what we truly want in THIS LIFE, and instead, always doing what others want us to do.

But you know what, life is too short to live in fear.

Challenges

Look, we’ve had our own challenges with confidence and taking action in the past.  We’ve gone from extremely rock solid confidence, to becoming supremely self-conscious, anxious, and afraid to take even the smallest of risks.

We too had those uncomfortable moments were would never speak up for ourselves in meetings.  We would doubt ourselves in arguments even when we knew we were right.  We also avoided taking risks.  And worst of all, we avoided opportunity.

The result?  Many years experiencing constant feelings of unhappiness, a growing sense of negativity, and a decreasing sense of fulfillment.

Fortunately, we eventually discovered how to get our groove back.  It took some time though.  It also took lots of trial and error.  But, we finally figured it out.  We finally learned how to overcome what holds way too many people back, and we packed it all into a short little resource.

Go Fearless

To help others overcome such obstacles, we created a simple resource called GO FEARLESS.  Its a book resource that we used to charge for, but now provide free of charge here on our site, to help any and all, who could use a few confidence boosting strategies.

The resource provides 10 powerful fear-busting and confidence-boosting insights that you might find helpful on your own journey towards success.

Each strategy was curated from our personal experiences and other great minds who have lent their wisdom to the task of becoming fearless so they can face life head on.

Without a doubt…This resource is the essential a fearless formula we could all use in our lives to overcome the biggest obstacle to success, fear.

Overcome THE Obstacle to Your Success Today….

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75+ MOTIVATING DENZEL WASHINGTON QUOTES ABOUT SUCCESS

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Denzel Washington is one of the most acclaimed and influential actors in the world. Having starred in over 60 different films, he’s managed to win three Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, and has been nominated for and won countless other awards. Needless to say, Denzel Washington is a high achiever whose track record clearly demonstrates his understanding of what it takes to succeed in a big way.

As such, we’ve rounded up some of the most motivational Denzel Washington quotes about success that we could find. Our hope is that they’ll inspire you to believe that anything is possible with the right mindset and work ethic.

So, if you’re ready for the Best Denzel Washington quotes on success and achieving your dreams, then let’s dive right in:

BEST DENZEL WASHINGTON QUOTES ABOUT SUCCESS

Best Denzel Washington Quotes About Success

1. “You do what you gotta do, until you can do what you want to do.” – Denzel Washington

2. “The chances you take, the people you meet, the people you love, the faith that you have, that’s what’s going to define you.” – Denzel Washingtion

3. “For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.” – Denzel Washington

4. “Start your day with prayer. Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding. Don’t aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.” – Denzel Washington

5. “Luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.” – Denzel Washington

6. “Without commitment you’ll never start. Without consistency you’ll never finish.” – Denzel Washington

7. “Faith will get you to a point. Luck will get you to a point. But to achieve the kind of success you dream about, you need to WORK. There are no shortcuts, you can’t cheat life, just get to work and don’t stop until you reach your highest potential.” – Denzel Washington

8. “Nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington

9. “If you don’t fail, you’re not even trying.” – Denzel Washington

10. “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship.” – Denzel Washington

Motivational Denzel Washington Quote

11. “You have to grab moments when they happen.” – Denzel Washington

12. “To get something you never had you have to do something you never did.” – Denzel Washington

13. “Just because you don’t share it on social media, doesn’t mean you’re not up to big things. Live it and stay low key. Privacy is everything.” – Denzel Washington

14. “Got to be who you are in this world, no matter what.” – Denzel Washington

15. “Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Denzel Washington

16. “Talent comes from God. If you have been given some, then value it, cultivate it, work and develop it.” – Denzel Washington

17. “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

18. “If it was easy, there would be no Denzel Washington.” – Denzel Washington

19. “Don’t be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals are just dreams.” – Denzel Washington

20. “Dreams without goals remain dreams.” – Denzel Washington

21. “Some people will never like you because your spirit irritates their demons.” – Denzel Washington

22. “Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.” – Denzel Washington

23. “Between goals and achievement are discipline and consistency.” – Denzel Washington

24. “One failed experiment is one step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington

25. “A wise woman knows the importance of speaking life into her man. If you love him: believe in him, encourage him, and be his peace.” – Denzel Washington

26. “We live in a time when people give up too easily.” – Denzel Washington

27. “Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.” – Denzel Washington

28. “In any profession, it gets to be a grind.” – Denzel Washington

29. “The one thing I am most happy about in terms of my career, is the fact that I got there by the grace of God first of all, but short of that, just by working hard. Not partying with the right people, not compromising myself in anyway, or cutting any kind of deals, just by working hard.” – Denzel Washington

30. “Fall forward. Every failed experiment is one step closer to success.” – Denzel Washington

31. “I am a 20 year one night sensation.” – Denzel Washington

32. “I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office.” – Denzel Washington

33. “Reggie Jackson struck out 2600 times in his careers, the most in the history of baseball, but you don’t hear about the strikeouts. People remember the homeruns, fall forward.” – Denzel Washington

34. “That’s where the joy is, in helping others, that’s where the success is, in helping others.” – Denzel Washington

35. “You only live once, so do what you are passionate about.” – Denzel Washington

36.Working really hard is what successful people do.” – Denzel Washington

37. “Just because you are doing a lot more doesn’t mean you are getting a lot more done.” – Denzel Washington

38. “I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” – Denzel Washington

39. “You’ll never see a U-haul behind a hearse, I don’t care how much money you make, you can’t take it with you. The Egyptians tried it, they got robbed, that’s all they got. You can’t take it with you, and it’s not how much you have, it’s what you do with what you have.” – Denzel Washington

40. “Hard work, works.” – Denzel Washington

Best Denzel Washington Success Quote

41. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Denzel Washington

42. “If I am a cup maker, I’m interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.” – Denzel Washington

43. “Put God first in everything you do… Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It’s a gift… I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.” – Denzel Washington

44. “If you don’t read the news, you’re uniformed. If you do read the news, you’re misinformed.” – Denzel Washington

45. “In order to change your life you must change your thoughts .” – Denzel Washington

46. “If you think you want to do what you think I’ve done, then do what I’ve done.” – Denzel Washington

47. “Facts: No matter how long it took you to finish a degree. It’s a degree. If it took you 10 failed relationships to find love. You found it. A house bought at the age of 65 is still an accomplishment. Don’t let people bully you with their timeline of success.” – Denzel Washington

48. “My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back.” – Denzel Washington

49. “I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.” – Denzel Washington

50. “Don’t confuse movement with progress.” – Denzel Washington

51. “Never help an ungrateful person get up on their feet. It’s like telling a wolf that you’re a sheep.” – Denzel Washington

52. “I’m very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That’s my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it’s not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.” – Denzel Washington

53. “If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don’t just be mad at him or her.” – Denzel Washington

54. “I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me – spiritually and financially.” – Denzel Washington

55. “Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss, or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart.” – Denzel Washington

56. “I work hard for the audience. It’s entertainment. I don’t need validation.” – Denzel Washington

57. “You can beat or jail me or even kill me, but I am not going to be what you want me to be.” – Denzel Washington

58. “There’s nothing good or bad, except by comparison.”  – Denzel Washington

59. “When you don’t understand something, you label it and condemn it.” – Denzel Washington

60. “You gotta practice, it’s too late when the game starts.” – Denzel Washington

61. “My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.” – Denzel Washington

62. “We’ve all received our share of good fortune, so that’s my definition of much. A single blessing is all the bounty in the world, and if you’ve been blessed at all you’re meant to pass some of that on. You’re meant to set a positive example. That’s our responsibility” – Denzel Washington

63. “I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.” – Denzel Washington

64. “I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” – Denzel Washington

65. “Goals on the road to achievement can not be achieved without discipline and consistency.” – Denzel Washington

66. “The more opinions there are of me, the less I look at them. Because I just can’t live my life based on what other people think about me. I can’t concern myself too much with what other people think, it’s just not healthy.” – 65. “Goals on the road to achievement can not be achieved without discipline and consistency.” – Denzel Washington

67. “Anything you want good, you can have, so claim it. Work hard to get it. When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one.” – Denzel Washington

68. “The most important choices I’ve made, was to say no.” – Denzel Washington

69. “Stick to your guns. If you don’t feel like you should do it, don’t do it.’ – Denzel Washington

70. “Keep working, keep striving, never give up. Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Denzel Washington

71. “Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.” – Denzel Washington

72. “One of the most important decisions you can say as an actor/actress is saying NO. Is saying NO, you don’t have to take your clothes off if you don’t want to.” – Denzel Washington

73. “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too.” – Denzel Washington

74. “I was given this ability to act and direct and do these things. But I remember my natural ability would only take me so far. So I knew I had to study more I had to dig deeper, and I had to go learn more. So that’s what I did, and it’s paid off.” – Denzel Washington

75. “If you want to be a warrior, you have to train.” – Denzel Washington

76. “Fame is a monster, you know. And we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous, or whoever is out there listening. We all have our individual challenges. It’s cliché money don’t make it better, it don’t. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities.” – Denzel Washington

77. “I never looked at things as problems, I look at them as opportunities.” – Denzel Washington

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Bonus:

“The Most Selfish Thing I’ve Done In My Life, Is GIVE… Because Of The Joy I Get From It.”

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