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What Really Makes Us Successful?

Success is a relative term in the modern age with several meanings. For some, success is all about earning a substantial amount of money. While for some success is about living one’s passion in life. I personally feel self-contentment is a success. After all, we as humans, as striving forward with a single motive –to satisfy our needs & requirements.

A famous quote by Benjamin P. Hardy about success goes as “Success can truly occur only internally, because success is based on emotions. At the most standard level, success serves to be your relationship with yourself. Most individuals out there are living a lie. They tend to ignore & distract themselves purposefully from what they deep-down want out of themselves.” You can never actually achieve success. It is only to be felt from deep inside. This is the reason is extremely crucial to develop the right skills to be able to assess accurately what is needed for you to be successful in life.

Make Sure That Your External Goals Sync with Internal Goals & Wishes

You are truly successful only when you are happy & content from the inside. As such, it becomes vital to ensure that your success goals for the external environment are the same as your internal thoughts. A leading happiness expert reveals that one of the biggest reasons for the unhappiness amongst people is their inability to forecast what specific type of things will be making them truly happy. Experts recommend that one must simply research about this aspect in advance such that one is better able to predict if what one is chasing will actually bring happiness or not.

Therefore, it is important to try & build a relationship with the inner self before projecting it out to the public. When you are happy on the inside, nothing can stop you from achieving success in whatever you do. Maybe, you might not be feeling successful because you must be chasing the wrong things in life on the basis of what others might have told you. Take a moment out for yourself to ponder over what specific types of actions will help you in attaining your internal goals.

Try Having Fun with Your Life

Whatever the situation might be, you must be able to have fun in any given situation. Though this might seem a difficult situation when you are stressed in life, it is an important trait to be able to feel successful about yourself. One of the biggest regrets of conventionally successful people towards the end of their lives is that they have worked too hard all their life and did not spend enough fun time with their close ones enjoying life to the fullest. When you incorporate a consistent emphasis on having simple, old fun, utter happiness could be your key to unmatched success in life.

Being successful is not the end goal in life. Being happy and loved by your close ones are much more major life goals that most successful individuals seek in life. Be happy. Be successful!

MICHAEL JACKSON

Michael Jackson lived between 1958 and 2009. He was born to a family of nine children in Gary, Indiana. Besides being the best seller singer in America, he was also an influential, songwriter, dancer and a music producer. His excellent work earned him the title”King of pop.” The prominent pop singer started off his music career at the age of five (5) when he joined his family’s Motown group –Jackson 5. He became the lead singer of the group. He later went on to a solo career and achieved as he released number one hits from the albums Thriller, Bad and Off the wall. He won different awards, and even amazingly his music still won an award in 2010 after his death. Alongside music, Michael Joseph Jackson demonstrated great achievements by investing in other fields; his Neverland Ranch. He just wowed the music industry during his time on earth.

Michael Joseph Jacksons Top Albums.

Off The Wall Released On August 10, 1979.

That was the fifth album of the American pop singer. It was released by epic records and CBS records internationally. The collection consisted of captivating pop and funk genres. Among featured singles were “Get on the flour,” “Workin’ day and night,” “Rock with you,” “Off the wall,” and “Don’t stop ‘till you get enough.”  The later hit song topped the Grammy awards – winning single.

Thriller – 1982.

Jacksons’ sixth album. This album wowed the music industry with seven single in the top ten hits. As if that’s not enough it’s the most selling in the history. It maintained the top on the chart list for 560 days and held number spot for 259 days. Thriller earned 12 nominations from Grammy awards and achieved eight victories, both records. What a time of triumph it was for him, it showcased the diversity in his work in the music industry. He garnered Grammy (best rhythm and blues song ) for his outstanding songwriting talent, ‘ Billie Jean ‘got him honoured for the singles, the album title song won him the best male pop vocal performer while “Beat it” earned him the best male rock vocal performer award. To wrap up the awards was the one for the prize of the album of the year which he shared with co-producer Quincy Jones.

Bad -1987.

Jackson released Bad in August 1987 as his seventh album. Like the previous albums, it gained popularity around the world. It attained the top of the charts with a record 5 number one hit. In it were singles like The Way You Make Me Feel, the title track and man in the mirror to mention a few. He also spent more than a year on the road playing concerts to promote this album.

Michael’s Neverland Ranch

By the late 1980s, he had constructed his fantasy retreat- a California range called Neverland ranch. He reared exotic pets such as Bubbles and also installed amusement park-type rides. He could sometimes open the farm for children’s events.

Michael Jackson’s achievements in music, business and record breakings make him famous to date. Even after his passing on. He was announced the top in publications list of top-earning dead celebrities for the fifth straight year by Forbes on October 2017. He is still the king of pop.

The most significant quotes from John Lennon Part II

Hi, again everybody! Last time we reviewed some of the most iconic quotes of John Lennon and I mentioned that he has so many interesting phrases that we should do a part two, so, here you have it! Hope you enjoyed the first one and that you’re excited to read the next bunch. I believe he was one of those humans that will remain alive thanks to their work and message to the world.

With each quote, you can feel related to his thoughts and understand his life.  Without much more to say, I’ll leave you with the following words that can make your day better:

  • If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
  • We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.
  • I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?
  • Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.
  • When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun, every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
  • We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
  • I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.
  • Trying to please everybody is impossible – if you did that, you’d end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You’ve just got to make the decision about what you think is your best and do it.
  • Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Carter or Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself
  • “There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
  • “Yeah, we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun.”

Beautiful, right? What a great resume of some of its unforgettable words. Doesn’t make you wonder about your life, and what are you doing to make this world a better place?

Till next time

The most significant quotes from John Lennon

Hi everyone! It’s been a while ago since the last post. We’re in 2018 and in March already. I was thinking about what content should I write next, and I came up with the idea to show you the best quotes of one of our most excellent musicians of all time: John Lennon. He not only shared with the world his amazing music, but also, he was a poet, pacifist, and composer that fight for making this world a better place.

Lennon was born in Liverpool, England in the forties. By 1950 he formed his first band that ultimately became The Beatles. The music band was the most commercial and successful of all time, and we can still hear their music today. After The Beatles break up, John Lennon continued his writing and performing music next to his wife, Yoko Ono. Unfortunately, on December 1980, he was shot and killed by a former fan. His legacy will remain in time.

With the following quotes, you may meet new things about his thoughts and feel motivated to do something about your daily life. We’re all together in this, and we have to be our best version to live fully and in harmony with others. Enjoy!

  • “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
  • “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
  • “I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”
  • “If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”
  • “I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So, I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.”
  • “War is over … If you want it.”
  • “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
  • “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”
  • “Make your own dream. That’s Beatles story, isn’t it? That’s Yoko story, that’s what I’m saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go to save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don’t expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself.That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signpoints and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be.There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”
  • “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

There are so many more amazing quotes that Lennon wrote, if you want the second part, let me know!

Philosophical Questions

Hey, everyone! As it turns out, my last post garnered a bit of positive feedback from you guys. Instead of philosophical quotations, some of you sent us some questions that are quite philosophical in nature. It was quite a joy reading through them and answering them. So I asked Julie for another nightcap and we came up with our answers.

Is it wrong to buy your kids Christmas presents when a disaster has struck your area and others are struggling?

Me: Hooboy. This one made me think quite a bit. To be honest, I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s still my money and it’s my prerogative on how I’m going to spend it despite the occurrences around my family. In fact, since there was a disaster in the area, having an extra holiday cheer will go a long way for the morale of my family.

Julia: I can see why this is a touchy topic for some. It’s the same line of logic as “Should I feel bad for spending on expensive food when there are people dying of hunger?” sort of thing. While I think the world would be a better place if we all helped each other out, this is something that should be done out of the goodness of your heart and not because you feel socially pressured into it. I, personally, would hold a family meeting to discuss this. Do we spend on Christmas presents and the like or is there something else we want to do with it. Ultimately, it is the decision of the family or of the parent which determines the outcome regardless of outside opinion.

Is life devoid of meaning if we live forever?

Me: Yes. Life is beautiful because it is fleeting.

Julia: No. Meaning is placed into something we value. If you value every single day of your immortal life, you can still have meaning in your life.

Is it possible for something to be in two places at once?

Me: Ooh I love the answer to this one. One of my favorite movies is A Walk To Remember. One of the dreams of Mandy Moore’s character is to be in two places at once. Her love interest takes her to a state border and has her stand above it–effectively being in two places at once. So realistically, in that sense, yes–it is possible to be in two places at once.

Julia: It’s a bit odd now as the concept of ‘being’ is rather fluid. Physically speaking, probably not–unless you send your body parts to different places–EW. But for example, if you have a relative who’s abroad and they video chat with you–physically you aren’t there but on the emotional aspect of the thing, you are. You aren’t missing out on whatever it is they’re showing you and you get to stay exactly where you are. So in doing so, you are sort of in two places at once.

Why do we dream?

Me: I think we dream because we need it. We get to explore worlds, scenarios, and feelings that can sort of prepare us for if and when it occurs during waking life. Personally, I look forward to my dreams each night because it’s like my own personal movie.

Julia: To stay sane, really. Our brains process so much data that it needs an outlet for certain thoughts or rationalizations. I think we dream because we can. If that makes sense to you.