Category: motivation

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I believe we create the conditions to our happiness or unhappiness, too often I hear people complaining about how things go wrong in their life, how much they hate their jobs, how much they would like to have more money, how much they would like to live somewhere else, and the same people don’t do anything to change their situation, they stay in their job, in their city, in their relationships.

It is too easy to blame external factors, but that will never make the problem solved. It is time to act, you don’t like something? Change it, be brave, happiness lies in the pursuit of your dream, in the effort of making something come true. Have the courage to live fully, don’t sit down looking at your days flying away, they will never come back again.

Every breath you take it is lost forever, use it.

Many people relate their happiness with money, some even relate their loneliness with money.

Again I believe we create the conditions to our happiness, all the rest are just excuses.

I was watching this movie tonight and i got inspired by one sentence a minor character said, in a way to push one of the protagonist to fight for what he wanted. This guy was giving up on something because he said “i’m not that courageous, I’m not that kind of guy”, and his friend told him “but this is not what you want to be, this is just who you think you are”.

What is the drive in our action? when we think we can’t do something we want, and we hide behind the excuse of “this is not in my personality”, “this is not me”, “I can’t do that”, “I wish i was that kind of person”…

well, who’s stopping you from beiong who you want to be?

Society and people we know, people we love and that love us, they all put a mask on our face, they build an image of us, they assign us a personality that is not necessarily our real one, and this happen because sometimes we don’t really act 100% ourself, for thousands of different reasons: to be polite, to please someone and many others… and that’s the result, we start believing we can’t do some things, that we are not that brave, that we are not that kind of guy/girl we so much envy and that can do what we wish we could.

well here’s the tip, that “I can’t” is nothing real, it is just in our mind, it is a silly excuse to live an ordinary life we most likely want to change.
It is for sure easier to just say “i’m not able” than try and failed.

I personally believe that that’s the best way to slowly die, to stop really living.

I tried and failed many times, sometimes success comes along as well, but if i look back i’m happy i fell couple of times, because that is actually what makes me smile now, happy of where/who i am and ready to change, experience,try,fail,succed, smile and cry.

I live every day as who I am, as the kind person I want to be, truly me, that you like it or not 🙂

If you read this give yourself a gift, 24 hours of acting as yourself, do not think of what someone else might think about you, of what they might say, do what you like, say what you think, be yourself, be brave.

definitely worth watching!

what scares us…

Just thinking on what scares us the most…

is being without money?
is loosing our parents?
is being judged?
is being inadequate?
is loosing our values?
is loosing the person we love?
is being alone?
is loosing a job?
is not being able to find a job?
is not to be healthy anymore?

and the list could continue forever… i’m sure you could add many more.

I think the main mistake we make is that we focus too much on what we are scared of,and we strength our fears, how? we listen at songs that talk about lost love or sad topic, we watch movies in which there’s corruption and war, and monsters, scary stuffs, we play video games in which we can kill someone and laugh about it and we talk with friends about that guy who cheat on his girlfriend, we save money to enjoy the future and be safe in it and we forget to enjoy the present.

We choose those things, we chose how we live every second of our existence, we shape our days. Unfortunatly those fears are the main reason to each choice we make, take 10 minutes of your time and think about it.

If we could free our mind from fears we might be able to live in a more serene way, be confident about what we do, because that would be our choice, free of any fear of judgment (and not because we chose what everyone expected us to chose, but just because that is what we really want).

It takes a lot of efforts, but in the end it is probably worth it, i don’t know, I’m not different from you, I’m influenced by my fears as well so i can’t tell you how it feels to be free from them. And i still haven’t met someone who’s free from fears, but if i do, i will ask him.

In the meanwhile i can just train myself in the process of changing my fears into something positive. Learn how to approach any situation, as hard as it can be, and find happiness in the only place it can be found, inside me.

Another Video i found incredible, it is a commercial from pantene…. but it comes a lot of passion with it.

Why do we want to be like others? stay inside the box, of course that’s the easiest choice but in the end that’s not us anymore. We are unique, or we could be if we just chose to be as we truly are, accepting our nature at first and then live our life and sharing it with others.

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Dora Salemi reflectionJust few minutes ago i was sitting in a very comfortable chair , drinking my morning coffee in one of the most inspiring place in Amsterdam, in the second floor of this building admiring the view on the canals, the tipical architecture of the city, people biking in a very relaxed sunday morning …

Everything looked so perfect and suddenly i saw a man going close to a trush bin and start looking for food inside there. I felt like shit, and i wanted to go downstairs and give him the sandwitches i brought for my lunch but he went away immediately, probably he couldn’t find any food left inside there.

Again this made me remember how much we should be gratefull for what we have, even for that sandwitches we complain about because it is the same food everyday, not very healthy and kind of boring, but at least we can eat, some others can’t even in this part of the “developed world” , even in Amsterdam where people seems not to have problems and the average salary is 34,746 (goss)per year.

That man wouldn’t be probably be allowed to enter this building because of his clothes and the way he looked like, and i’m inside here writing about him and you are probably sitting in a warm place reading this post while he probaly slept outside with just 0 degrees during the night.

This post was not ment to make you feel bad but just to make you reflect a little bit more on how really lucky you are and start appreciating it.

Have a good sunday, make in meaningfull, you have the power to choose.

I received this newsletter and i really found it inspiring in his way and i tought to share it with you

Find Your Passion.

Running a business is tiring, time-consuming, and often frustrating. It’s not uncommon for the “Entrepreneurial Light” to burn out. However, if you’re not excited about your products or services, no one else is going to be. And, who wants to buy a product/service they’re not enthusiastic about?

Quick tips for regaining your passion:

  • Write down all the reasons you love your products or services
  • Tell others the story of why you became an entrepreneur
  • Imagine what you want your business to look like in 5 years (even if it’s unrealistic… perhaps especially if it’s unrealistic!)
  • Read inspirational books, blogs, and articles about small business ownership
  • Take time to rejuvenate

Look, you became an entrepreneur for a reason. And, how you feel about your company is going to be reflected in the risks you’ll take, the way you interact with your customers, and the amount of money you bring in!

Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s) said, “If you work just for the money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, and always put the customer first, success will be yours.”

Be passionate! Be excited! Learn to love your business, your customers, and the simple joys of small business ownership. Pass that passion on to your employees and customers, and you’ll see a phenomenal difference in the growth and success of your business!


Clate Mask
CEO, Infusionsoft