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Feel Like Giving Up?

by: Michael A. Verdicchio

Life can be challenging and obstacles at times can seem insurmountable. Over the years, people have given up on many things because of set backs and lack of progress. Right now, there are people who are giving up.

Now there is a big difference between quitting or giving up and changing directions. Adapting or finding a better method is not giving up. Moving ahead in a new and different direction is not giving up.

Some, instead of giving up on their marriage, changed what wasn’t working to a better and more fulfilling method. Others who felt like quitting their business found a better direction and have seen positive results. There are also those who instead of giving up on their dreams, found a better avenue to pursue them and are well on their way.

When it comes to quitting, or giving up, lots of people have heard the story of Thomas Edison. Working on the light bulb, it reportedly took him 1,000 attempts before he developed a successful prototype. How many of us have the persistence to keep going after that many so called “failures?”

There is the story that a reporter asked Edison how it felt to fail 1,000 times. His response was that of one who did not regard setbacks as failures. He reportedly answered the reporter, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times; the light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

You have probably heard other stories of famous people who refused to quit. Babe Ruth struck out a lot. He said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Winston Churchill never allowed set backs to keep him from moving forward. He lost every election for public office until he became prime minister. One of his most famous quotes is, “Never give in; never give in.”

Some may say, “That’s nice for them, but, how about me? Those people were all famous people who had special talents and abilities; of course they wouldn’t quit.” Actually, all of those people, and countless others we have never heard of, were human beings, just like you and me.

We all have talents and abilities. We all have the capacity to grow and develop what we have, and even expand into new areas of expertise. The point is, don’t quit; never give up.

Far too many people have literally given up on their dreams. They look at their personal setbacks as failures. They see the present economy as an insurmountable obstacle blocking them from their dreams. They are tired of trying and so they just give up.

There is one sure way of never seeing your dreams come to pass. It is 100% guaranteed. Give up.

Giving up is a choice. No matter what the present circumstances or the past results, quitting is still a choice. Each of us, every day, has the choice to give up or to keep moving forward.

In those times when you feel like giving up and you just don’t want to try anymore, what can you do? It is one thing to say, “Keep moving forward,” but what can you do if you just don’t feel like it? Why not pray?

Jesus said that we ought to “pray always and not faint.” When people give up and quit, that is exactly what they are doing; they are fainting. So, instead of fainting, you can continue to pray every day asking God for His help, and, at the same time, choose to move forward, even if it’s only a baby step.

All of us can look back on our lives and see times where we could have done something differently or where we should have done something differently. But “could haves” and “should haves” will not change your present circumstances. Excuses will never change your life.

Instead, decide each day to keep moving forward. You can choose to not give up on your dreams, even if it takes 1,000 times or 1,000 years! You can be so determined that for you, giving up is not an option.

About The Author

Michael A. Verdicchio offers a FREE eBook, “9 Keys to Answered Prayer!” for signing up for his FREE weekly news letter, “The Pep Letter,” at Michael is a husband, father, minister, author, broadcaster and the voice on numerous projects and productions, Get a FREE Lifetime Membership to when you subscribe for FREE to his inspiring blog.

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Financial Success Requires the Willingness to Take Action

by: TJ Philpott

Achieving financial success, especially on the internet, requires quick and meaningful action to be taken. This is to say that as internet business opportunities reveal themselves, and they will, it is up to the individual to act swiftly and decisively. Most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that there is little room for day dreaming if you have aspirations of making it big online. In fact one of the biggest reasons the internet is such fertile grounds for small businesses is because it is littered with all sorts of opportunities. In many cases the difference between success and failure is a persons ability for taking action when opportunity knocks because it usually only knocks once.

Here are 3 reasons most successful entrepreneurs have adopted an act ‘now think later’ philosophy about their pursuit of trends and internet business opportunities. What you will find is that this approach is not as risky as it may sound!

Take Action

The ‘proactive’ entrepreneur typically regards any internet business opportunities that show promise as something they either act upon immediately or forget about it completely. There is no ‘middle of the road’ thinking here insofar as possibly taking action later on. They know future efforts will not offer the same advantages or benefits due to a decreasing demand or increasing competition! In addition the longer you postpone on making any decisions the less likely any decision will even be made.

It Scores

Fast action, even without a well thought out plan, will give you a much better idea as to the promise any venture may hold. If potential is evident, it is at this time many successful entrepreneurs will begin to develop a more comprehensive plan or strategy to make the most out of the opportunity. By putting together a plan ‘after’ seeing verifiable potential you know the effort you are investing will be worth your time.

How often have businesses done much intensive preparation for a product or niche only to find later that their efforts were not profitable? Now time and money has been wasted!

If It Fails – Next!

If the opportunity turns out to be a waste of time, nothing venture in terms of preparation and nothing lost in terms of financial investment. By taking action immediately you can get a better feel as to whether more of your time and effort is warranted. Here again you have save yourself much in terms of time, effort and frustration.

The potential for financial success exist in many different opportunities that present themselves to people but to turn this potential into reality requires taking action. This may be the single biggest difference between successful entrepreneurs and those who fail. It is all too common for people to hesitate when facing big decisions which then leads to self doubt and eventually no action being taken. The reasoning behind the willingness for many entrepreneurs to make such quick decisions concerning business matters is reveal in the discussion above here today. Surprisingly, for what appears to be such a risky approach, their reasoning reveals some very logical, sound and profitable thinking.

About The Author

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

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The Kindness Bug: Catch It and Pass It On

by: Joy Cagil

In a community we are affected by the words and actions of each other. Witnessing any act of kindness makes us feel good inside, and when we are having a less than desirable time, a kind word or gesture carries us through the rough spot.

Sometimes, kindness from others is so effective that not only it can carry a person through a day, a month, or a year, but through a lifetime. I’ll give an example. When I was eight years old and had just started writing, my uncle praised a tiny, trite, little girl poem I had scribbled on a piece of note-paper. He didn’t talk down at me or tried to flatter me by raising his voice higher as most adults do when they want to encourage children, but he said his words very seriously and in private. He didn’t tell me I’d be the next poet laureate or a famed writer, but he said what I had scribbled was good. Then he shook my hand to congratulate me. I was so happy, I was trembling inside; furthermore, I believed him for he was a serious man and a man of letters. Still I believe in his kindness. His kindness has carried me throughout my life, not only with writing, but also this is one of those memories I revert to when I need encouragement in anything.

Kindness not only gets us through a difficult situation but it is also contagious since human beings learn from each other. When we let another car pass in front of us on a busy road or let someone go ahead in a long line at the grocery store, we can be sure this kindness will be imitated by an observer if not by the person to whom we have shown kindness. Thus, if allowed to spread, a little kindness will build up to a better working, happier communities.

By kindness, I do not mean being superficially nice to others. Kindness is authentic and has to come from the authentic self. If a person lets his own family starve to send food to strays in a distant place, that won’t be kindness but a sort of showing off or a fooling of one’s own self. Neither is it kindness to tell a tone-deaf piano player he is the next Arthur Rubinstein.

One cannot invent kind acts by searching for people to be kind to or by brainstorming ideas about kindness. Life is all around us and all life needs kindness. If we go around life normally, we will meet many who may need something we can do. Most of the time, it takes just a tiny word, a scribbled line of thought, an act of sympathy, a smile or a nod in the right time and place to bring sunshine to the life of another person.

Kindness requires empathy, insight to the situation, and foresight for the future. As human beings, all of us possess these attributes inside ourselves since we live in this world and experience similar things, unless these assets were bleached out of us by hard knocks. Also, sometimes, we stop being kind because we find so much need in the world and we feel helpless to reach everyone, but then, who says we have to reach everyone? One tiny act, helping just one person will help change the minds of a few others and eventually the society in general.

If we believe in kindness, we will witness kindness, because kindness is creative and when it creates, it re-creates. In addition, whether we are receiving or giving kindness, we feel great inside ourselves.

Some kind acts are not the acts of sissies; they take toughness. Sometimes we need to be tough to be kind because true kindness exposes us. When others are laughing and sneering at us because we are out there helping someone, we need to be tough not to mind their way of being. We also need to stay unmoved when our kind acts are refused rudely.

Kindness takes courage. Courageous people perform acts of kindness without giving importance to a probable rejection or even an attack of some kind since kindness may paint us as being vulnerable in others’ eyes. For example, some of us may need to make a kind yet tough decision for an elderly person who needs help that can only be given to him in an institutional setting. Kindness is not in giving in to a person but doing the right thing for him.

We are not being kind to a wayward child if we do not let him see the consequences of his negative behavior. Neither are we being kind to a patient if we let him get away with not taking a medication he badly needs.

Kindness has power with a hidden energy inside. As in everything, anything with power can be misused; if so, then that act cannot be considered a kindness. Sometimes kind acts are performed as a front for an ulterior motive. The true power of kindness is not pushing something over others, but creating beneficial, altruistic feelings inside people. Thus, a small act of genuine kindness is more effective than the big, phony one that flatters the donor who has a hidden motive or the forged one that is executed with a dubious end in mind.

Accepting kindness is also kindness. When we sense an act is positive, if we reject it, we are not being kind to the person granting it to us. Refusing kindness is like adding ice to a hot meal; it stops the flow in its tracks.

Kindness is a universal law. Kindness empowers us to know what is right and then to do it. Cliché though the saying might be, what goes around comes around.

May we all become brave enough to practice kindness all the time.

About The Author

Joy Cagil is an author on http://www.Writing.Com Her training is in foreign languages and linguistics. In her background are varied subjects such as psychology, mental health, and visual arts. Her portfolio can be found at http://www.Writing.Com/authors/joycag.

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