Make The Best Cup

Make The Best Cup

Whether you’re at the very bottom rung on the ladder to your goals or near the top, there is a single thing you need to do everyday, and that is your absolute best.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

Motivational Monday!

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Steering the Ship

Sometimes at the beginning of the week, we can get caught up in plans and routine. We have a path in mind for how our week is supposed to go, and when it doesn’t, we start to stress out. It can be an easy to fall into the habit of trying to steer the ship the way you originally planned. All of a sudden you find yourself stuck fighting against the wind at every turn just trying to get back to where you were. You can end up feeling drained and lacking motivation.

Adjusting the Sails

Having a plan at the beginning of the week isn’t a bad idea. In fact, it’s a great one. The thing to remember is to be flexible when obstacles invariably arise. You’ll find that if you’re prepared for a couple detours here and there, you’re stress level will decrease and you’re ability to accomplish the task isn’t too hindered. You may even feel more motivated each time you conquer a small snag on your journey.

Finding the Opportunity

Adjusting your sails with the changes in the wind will also lead to new and unpredictable places and opportunities. Opportunities you may never have come across if you were too busy trying to stay on course with your original plans. These opportunities can also help you attain your original goal. Don’t be afraid of changes in the wind, embrace them!

Happy Motivational Monday Everyone!

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Biting Into The Apple

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Success? By the time Steve Jobs was 30 he’d turned Apple, a company he’d started in his garage with his friend Steve Wozniak into a $2 billion enterprise with 4,000 employees.

 

Failure? The board of directors fired Steve Jobs from his own company.

 

How do you come back from that? If you’re Steve Jobs you start Pixar (now the most successful animation studio in the world) get invited back to Apple and completely revolutionize modern technology with the introduction of iPods, iPhones, iPads, iDon’tknowwhatelse.

 

How does a guy who quit college after six months keep ending up the razor’s blade of the cutting edge?

 

You can listen to Steve Jobs explain it himself here in How To Live Before You Die. http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die

 

These are the main points:

 

Follow Curiosity and Intuition

 

After quitting school Steve didn’t immediately leave the college, he hung around and started taking courses he was interested in, rather than the ones he needed to fulfill his requirements. One of those was calligraphy. He took it because he loved it, not because it would lead him anywhere specific. He learned about typefaces, what made typography great. Ten years later he was figuring out what he wanted to include in his new computer, and suddenly those typography classes seemed very useful indeed. All of us have all those cool font options because of the calligraphy class Steve Jobs took because he found typefaces fascinating.

 

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

 

Figure out what you love to do

 

Initially getting fired as CEO of Apple must have seemed like the worst possible thing that could have happened, but in retrospect, Steve Jobs says it was the best thing that ever happened to him. It freed him to enter one of the most creative periods of his life.

 

He started Pixar and a new hardware company called neXT because he still loved the computer business. Apple bought neXT and now that technology is at the heart of Apple.

 

And Pixar? Over to you Buzz: “To infinity and beyond!”

 

Sometimes life will hit you on the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. Find what you love to do. Do what you believe is great work. Keep looking. Don’t settle. You’ll know when you find it.

 

Live each day as if it’s your last one

 

Each day ask yourself, if today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you’re doing? If the answer is no too many days in a row then something needs to change. Thinking about the last day of your life helps you distinguish what’s really important. Helps you stop thinking you’ve to something to lose. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others drown out your inner voice. Your own intuition knows what you want to be – so listen to yourself!

Motivation Monday: Don’t be Afraid of Graduation!

Quote: “Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.” Mark Twain

It’s been almost a month since graduation!

Post-graduation Jitters
The reality of post-grad life is finally setting in – maybe you’ve moved back with your parents until you can get on your feet, maybe your friends from school are all going their separate ways, or maybe you’re just anxious about what comes next – but the heart of the matter is that early post-grad life sort of sucks.

A lot of people let that go to their heads and slide into inactivity and laziness. We know it’s daunting – how could it not be? The last 18 years of your life have been dedicated to education, and now you suddenly need to find a job and an apartment and get your life going, all at once. It’s scary, and some people get so scared they do nothing at all.

But put down those Doritos, turn off those non-stop Netflix playbacks of whatever terrible sitcom you’ve been binge-watching, and sit up straight!

Get out there and conquer!
You can do this! You can’t stop trying just because you’re afraid. Everyone’s afraid when they first start out. That’s okay. Just don’t let it beat you – keep moving forward! It might take a while to find a job, or an apartment, but you have no excuse to stop trying!

If you’re having trouble we have lots of articles to help, not to mention hundreds of job postings here on our website, and we believe you can do it.

Your time in school was just the prologue. This is the book! You should be excited! The whole world is open, you can do anything you want to do – go anywhere you want to go! It’s okay to be afraid; remember – “Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.”

So don’t bury your fear – conquer it! Go out and live your life!

Also check out:
How to Survive Post-Grad Life
Intern or Volunteer After Graduation

 

Inspiration from Walt Disney

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From sketching a rabbit to building a multi-billion dollar empire, surely there are a few things about Walt Disney’s success and motivation that we can take with us.

Walt Disney’s humble beginnings

When that humble little mouse started whistling a song on an old steamboat, people must have thought he was pretty cute. However, no one could have dreamed that he would eventually spawn magic carpet rides, adventure up Witch Mountain, through Wonderland and Neverland; or that his brethren would cavort with pirates in the Caribbean or with countless princesses or bears, Pooh and otherwise – no one except maybe Walt Disney himself.

Everyone has to start somewhere

It’s not like he was riding on the tail of some great success he’d already achieved, not at first anyway. When Disney first tried to get work as an artist he was turned flatly away.  Undaunted, he eventually made his way into animation – at first by using cutouts. Then after reading a book about animated cartoons, he decided that was where he wanted to devote his time and energy.

The Failure Roadblock

Walt Disney secured a deal with a local theatre owner, recruited a coworker started creating cartoons. After they started gaining steam he hired more animators and made more cartoons. However, the cartoons weren’t making enough money to pay the animators and the company went bankrupt.

Giving up wasn’t an option

Undaunted, Walt Disney and his brother Roy decided to try again. – this time, in Hollywood. They created a couple of successful characters but lost the rights to them. Still undaunted, Disney decided to create a new character to replace the lost ones. That character was Mickey. The tenacity and dedication Walt Disney demonstrated in bringing Mickey to life is what’s still inspiring dreams in generation after generation 85 years after his mouse took the help of his steamboat.

To round out this little inspirational Disney moment, a few more words. “If you can dream it, you can do it.”