Sunday, 8 April 2012

Guest Post - 10 Steps Towards A Fulfilling Life

This week’s post is written by Joe Viviano who writes a very interesting and inspiring blog - Joe's Musings.

Joe is a 19 year old student at the University of Kansas – let’s all get inspired by his wisdom, I’m sure that with his talent and attitude he is on his road to success!

Take a look at Joe’s blog and subscribe to his posts at:

1. Never Take Yourself Too Seriously
Always find opportunities to laugh, be cheerful, and enjoy yourself even in the midst of adversity.  Here’s a fact of life: everyone will make lots of mistakes.  What’s important is how you respond.  When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.   

2. Appreciate Your Family and Friends
Spend more time with people who make you smile and less time with those you feel the need to impress.  Be grateful for the people that love you for who you are.  You will never fully understand how much they care for you until they are no longer with you. 

3. Question Everything...
...but never close your mind to anything.  You can learn so much from inquiring, asking questions.  Sometimes, you learn more from the process of questioning than the answers you find.
4. Take Action
No matter how many mistakes you make, you are still better off than those that never try.  Whether it was a success or failure, every experience can be an opportunity to learn.  If you are passionate about something, do whatever it takes to realize your vision. 

5. Have a Purpose
When you have a purpose, you can figure out how to achieve anything.  Always understand why you are doing what you are doing.  What is the reason you are on this planet?  
6. Knowledge Without Experience is Useless
Along similar lines, words will always limit the experience.  Books are a tremendous instrument for learning, but experience is the best teacher available.  Don’t let what you perceive to be a lack of knowledge prevent you from pursuing an opportunity.  Move forward with the knowledge you possess and let experience take care of the rest. 

7. Be Yourself
Always try to be the best version of yourself, not a second-rate version of somebody else.  Invest time and energy into improving yourself everyday.  Ignore the expectations others have of you and focus on creating high expectations for yourself.  Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is comprised of the qualities truly distinct to you, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.

8. Busyness and Productivity are Two Different Things
Be careful about how you apply your time.  To distinguish between meaningless activity and real accomplishment, ask yourself, “Is the thing I am doing now important for me and my future?”

9. Real Friends are Rare
I don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.  With respect to relationships, it’s smart to focus on quality over quantity.  Surround yourself with passionate, positive individuals that will help you reach your goals.  Distance yourself from negative, toxic relationships.   

10. Motivation, commitment, and determination are money in the bank
In order to make the leap from who you are to who you want to be, you must put in the time, sweat, and energy to improve.  The one who wins the long race is often not the strongest or fastest, but the individual that has put forth the greatest amount of effort.  Ask yourself, “What did I do today that will enable me to achieve my goals?” 

I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I did, thank you so much, Joe.
Wishing you all a peaceful holiday!