7 steps to simple living

7 steps to simple living

Simple living and high thinking is highly praised lifestyle but is it really that simple to live simply? It could not be that easy, as very less people opt for it compare to the competitive world. 
Would it be possible live happy life being simple. Yes it is.
Initially it would be difficult but simplicity could lead you happy life with lot of personal success. Personal success that is not directly proportional to money.

World has seen many great examples of simple living such as,
Gandhi : One of the world leaders for peace, worked towards simple and humble life style.
Warren Buffet : One of the richest man on the planet lives pretty simple life and yet he is super successful in 80s.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg are examples in modern times.

With simple living one can architect his own life and inspire others, that could help all of us directly or indirectly.

7 steps to simple living:
7 ways simple living

1. Declutter :

Clutter off the extra items you possess, you don't use. Your closet might be full of  dresses but how frequently you were the same shirt out 20 or 30 shirts?
Majorly we don't. Out of rapidly changing fashion, trends we tend to buy frequently and stack up the wardrobe.
Give away or donate the cloths you don't were frequently. Reduce you wardrobe size.
Clutter off all that extra which is cutting your pocket. 
Unsubscribe those cable channels you don't watch, I mean in the world of internet and smart devices you don't have to pay heavy for cable TV.
Unsubscribe print media magazines and newspapers you don't read often, if you use your laptop or smart phone for news feeds, even social media.
Decluttering lead you to sense of lightness, you could manage to live in comparatively small house or apartment with low maintenance cost. Less things to worry about.

2. Meet and greet people often :

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

A day without smile is a day wasted. Smile to people, and see the response. Get out of the virtual world of smileys and likes on FB or twitter and try to take time to meet friends, relatives.
Mankind is a social animal. Having few but right real people in your life helps a lot. They elicit positives in your life and contributes to healthy mind.
Do good for people and good comes back to you. Several problems could be solved with helping each other, that could save your money. 
Good friends and family are like vitamins to healthy mind.

3. Fashion is what comforts you :

Fashion is complex and changing every hour. Don't be victim of trend rather be a trend setter. You can wear neat and clean what you are most comfortable with it, it is absolutely not necessary to strive to spend thousand dollars on branded suit. 
Honestly nobody cares in this super competitive world about what you wear or what you possess. Make your own fashion what comforts you.You don't have to prove anything to anyone.

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. 
- Coco Chanel

4. Watch your time :

Time is the most important aspect and it is the most limited asset we have. Time is something you can never recover. So track every day of your limited time you spend on things, which would be beneficial or not.
Plan your time for meetings, travel, your daily health routine, time for enjoyment and for family and friends.

Most successful people also has the same 24 hours day as least successful people.
You need to learn how to utilize maximum of your limited time, which is never going to come back.

“The cost of a thing is the amount of life which is required to be exchanged for it.” 
– Henry David Thoreau

5. Spend Wisely :

Any money magnet, would tell you the same. Spend your money wisely. In wealth creation program it is as equally important how much you preserve as how much you make.
Track your expenses, cut off unnecessary expenses. Find out better options with reasonable money.

"I don't fly private jets. I still have only one car, and that's a Toyota Prius. I don't spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and most importantly because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, or for children."

- Leonardo DiCaprio

6. Your needs and wants :
It is important to know your real needs and wants. To save money one has to differentiate and re-think on what they want is really that important to affect simplified life.
A car can be need of individual but a fancy 0-60 in 5 seconds car is more of want than need. IF can get a car that is reliable, affordable, sensible, and that fits you without a squeeze then no need to take extra burden of EMI, loan to be in Prosche or BMW.
No loan means no liability implies no stress. Stress free life is happiest life.

I'm not that lazy, but I don't need that much money. I lead a fairly simple life. 

- Karl Pilkington

7. Work to live well :

Health is wealth, health is the best bank balance one could have.
Healthy body leads to calm and healthy mind. You could live longer with confidence with a better health. 
So plan your days, workout 3 days a week. Walk often. Meditate and pray.
Meditation improves concentration.
A well physic boosts confidence in individual. You could smile often and win friends.

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. 
- John F. Kennedy

Have a happy life.
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Are you living your childhood dreams?

Are you living your childhood dreams?

Most of the readers might have seen videos or read book on the "Last Lecture" given by Randy Pausch.

This post is inspired from Last lecture.
And wants to try to elaborate how easy or difficult is it to live your childhood dreams?
Will try to remind you what are your childhood dreams and have you lived it yet or not.

Every one would agree childhood days are the best days of our life.

But back then we all dreamt of doing or achieving certain things when we grow up.
We could have many dreams such,
performing like a  rock star, 
Or be a mechanic,
Or be a teacher, 
Or play for national team in any sport that the individual likes to play
Or to be an actor.
Or swim in a lake.

We dreamt of getting things we thought we would do when we grow up, be independent and able to what our mind wants to.

Most of the time what we dream of is related to our happiness, what would make us happy like driving to different destinations with good music and lovely people.

Most of these things we plan to or dream about in childhood, becomes irrelevant when we grow up. That is a harsh reality.

Childhood dreams are modest, sometimes impractical and may be outrageous but honest and easy, related to joy one could get.
But its free independent mind with curious imagination.

How many of us remember childhood dreams in their 30s or late 20s? 
How easy or difficult it is to achieve and live your childhood dream?

Easy -

Suppose I had a dream; wanted to buy a car and learn to drive and wanted to go places by the road.This dream was moderate when you live in middle class household in country like India.

But its simple you could take out some saving from your pay and in couple of yours you could buy a car. The purpose would be solved.

Difficult -

Well a kid dream of having a car. 
He/she would not know anything like BMW, Audi or Honda brands of car.
Now If I say I had a dream to driving in Ferrari or BMW and that is only going to give me happiness I thought then it would be outrageous to me or not honest.

The liking is to drive down the road, see new places and have fun.

Now having no money to buy BMW and grudge it over and stop enjoying what you have would make it difficult. Definitely.

Is trends, unnecessary competition complicating simplicity of our dreams?
Mostly yes. Everyone would laugh at person when someone says buying some cheap car is dream and praise a person who says buying a Ferrari is a dream.

People tend to buy expensive stuff to outsmart or out-stand from others. And wanting to buy more expensive stuff makes it more and more expensive.

The message we want to convey is life is simple and you can be happy achieving you have dreamt when you were innocent.

Professional dreams vs personal dreams:
Most of our childhood dreams are personal, about ourselves and things to do which would give joy.

By the time we land up in career, profession we set up new dreams.

New dreams to achieve certain things that would match our professional status quo.
Or satisfying the stay in or winning the race kind of dreams.

It could be matter of perception, but I think we have limited time on earth and we are not certain how much time we have.

It doesn't matter if you could not play for national team, but playing that sport is a joy play it for local club.
So living now is more important; than think to start living when you reach certain milestone.
Enjoy your time the best possible way you could, Because it is limited and you never know until when.

Thank you.
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50 Best Inspirational, Motivational Quotes about Success

These 50 Inspiring, Motivational Quotes about Success, will get you going.

1. "The best revenge is massive success." -Frank Sinatra

2. “Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.” - A.P.J Abdul Kalam 

3. "Without your involvement you can't succeed. With your involvement you can't fail. " 
- A.P.J Abdul Kalam

4. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller

5. "If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success."  - James Cameron

6. "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."  - Swami Vivekananda

7. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."  -Walt Disney

8. "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm."  -Winston Churchill

9. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed."  -Ray Goforth

10. "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing." -Abraham Lincoln

11. “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” 
  — Earl Nightingale

12. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

13. “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
– Bill Cosby

14. “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget

15. "If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!" - Michael Jordan

16. "Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." 
         - Richard Branson

17. "Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie

18. "Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."  - John F. Kennedy

19. "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."         - Benjamin Disraeli

20. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  -Mark Twain

21. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

– Stephen King

22. “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

– Abraham Lincoln

23. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John R. Wooden

24. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

25. “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.”
 – Mark Twain

26. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill

27. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
 – Wayne Dyer

28. “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
  – Mark Caine

29. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman

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

31.“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
 – Jim Rohn

32. “If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.”
 – Albert Einstein

33. “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
– Abraham Lincoln

34. “The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.”
– Unknown

35. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb

36. “Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
– George Bernard Shaw

37. “I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale

38. “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”
– Zig Ziglar

39. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
– Herman Cain

40. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”
– Oscar Wilde

41. “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

– Alexander Graham Bell
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.”
– Robert Collier

42. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
– Ayn Rand

43. “Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.”
– Robert Kiyosaki

44. “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” 
― Salvador Dalí

45. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” 
― Oliver Goldsmith

46. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ” 
― Walt Disney Company

47. "Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come."
- Dwayne Johnson

48. "It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
- Bill Gates

49. "Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."
- Bill Gates

50. "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." 
- Bruce Lee

Thank you!

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7 Habits of introverts to SUPER SUCCESS

Power of being introvert:

"The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind."
 - Albert Einstein

Being an introvert could be the strength and one could change the way world sees it. Gone is the world when shy, soft-spoken and introvert people were dominated in professional and personal life. 

And the traits in introverts could lead to them to success.
These are thought characteristics in an introvert, could be more; I am introvert but don't fit for every trait listed here; but have some of it and it helped me.
The Book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking." focuses on the introverts.

Super successful introverts:

There are many super successful people in the history who changed the thinking of the world, to name a few,
- Albert Einstein,
- Bill Gates,
- J.K Rowling,
- Emma Watson,
- Mark Zuckerberg,
- Audrey Hepburn.
- Warren Buffet
          Great leaders, business persons, scientist and even actors. In every field we have examples of super successful introverts. So being an introvert is not a weakness but a strength one has and here listing some habits, characteristics of introvert people which takes them to success.

 “I had the intellect for business, but not the persona.”  
“I had to learn to communicate with people better,” he goes on, “particularly in groups. I just couldn’t go through life being terrified to speak in public.” 
- Warren Buffet

7 Habits of introverts:

introvert success

1. Cautious:
Will choose their words and with significant thinking before let it out to the next person. That reduces the chances of disturbing people upfront. Thinking before you speak or little bit of shyness, may not give instant popularity in the group but gradually one get recognition. For long term people will tend to listen.

It’s interesting, because people say things to me like, “It’s really cool that you don’t go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs,” and I’m just like, I mean, I appreciate that, but I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature, it’s not like a conscious choice that I’m making necessarily. - Emma Watson, emma-watson-interview

2. Active listening:
Introverts could be active listeners too. They show attentions to others and have patience to be a active listener. This helps in understanding people and responding to them inappropriate manner.
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.” Stephen Hawking

3. Imagination:
Introvert tend to imagine more before performing. Thinking on positives and negatives of things they are doing. Spending time alone tends to improve brain activity and imagination. Imagination helps to think out of the box and produce better ideas.
Introvert person like to spend time with oneself, and they feed their brain to work more and improve their imagination.

“I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” ~ Steve Wozniak

4. Meticulousness:
Being shy and less expressive or taking time to put your ideas makes you to plan before you act.You put efforts on detailed planning and consider positive and negative scenarios, also tend to think about how you people will take your work.
You want to make sure performing checks on every step in the work before representing. That give you sense of completeness and job satisfaction, regardless of results.

5. Acceptance to failure:
Being less expressive to others or least popular introvert can digest failure and work on it with their pace. People believe in stay calm and keep working, let the work speak for itself. Almost every super successful introvert person has experienced failure, they accepted it and worked out to much more success. 

6. Sustaining success:
Being cautious and less expressive outwards, they know how to digest success and sustain it. Even after being successful some people don't let their daily habits change as in case of introverts, helps to keep focusing on the work and not to exaggerate success. To retain success this is vital trait.

7. Valuing relations and people: 
Mostly introverts are not always surrounded by people all the time. But they often put great value in relations they have with limited set of people. This helps in personal success, indeed professional success.

“He is shy and introverted and he often does not seem very warm to people who don’t know him, but he is warm.” . “He really cares about the people who work here.”Ms. Sheryl Sandberg on Mr. Zuckerberg in NY Times.

Thank you,
“A wise man once said nothing.” ~ Proverb

References -To the excerpts in this blog and for further reading to readers.