He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ―Benjamin Franklin [tweet this]

Recently, I came across a very interesting book written by a palliative nurse, Bronnie Ware. She named her book as, "The Top Five Regrets of The Dying". It is a book that touches our lives in the most relatable ways.

Unwillingness Always Finds An Excuse Only To Regret Later

Ask any young kid about what they would like to be when they grow up. It's amazing to know how almost all of them will tell you about their dream of becoming top athlete, top cricketer, doctor, engineer, top spy, astronaut etc. At the same time, you will find almost none of them who will tell you that they would like to be average at anything when they grow up.

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One thing I absolutely take seriously is to begin the day with gratitude. This is the most powerful way I have found to prepare for the day after getting up.

Man Reading Personal Development book in library

Another thing I do in the morning to at least take 15-20 minutes to read a few pages from one of my favorite personal development books. Not just once, I have read some of these books several times and I love to go back to them whenever I get the opportunity. Interestingly, my reading habit helps me feel even more grateful and be more intentional about my life.

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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.  ~Mahatma Gandhi  [tweet this]

If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I attend many business conferences every year. I usually attend a least two or three every quarter. In fact,  as I write this, I am getting ready for the next 3 day major business conference coming up on the East Coast next month.

Personal Development Conference In Progress

To me, it is a great way to meet other successful entrepreneurs coming from different walks of life and network with them. Many times I take a few of my close friends and business associates with me to these conferences and amaze them with the value these conferences add to their life with the compelling messages that come from the stage.

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Everybody wants to be successful. I haven’t met an entrepreneur who doesn’t want to make it happen for his/her business. To a business leader, success of the enterprise is actually a responsibility.

What Separates Successful Business Leaders From The Unsuccessful

Yet, not everybody is able to make it. The question is – Why? How come some business leaders succeed beyond measure and others, in the same arena, can’t even make a mark? What are some of the differentiating factors?

This Difference Is Important

As a leader, it is important to understand the differentiating factors because you are responsible for your successes and failures equally. As a leader of your business, you need to plan your success, avoid the potholes and follow the path to success to make it happen.

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I had a great time reading some of the amusing tales from a story book about the famous Akbar and Birbal last week. One of the stories that caught my attention was about a dream that emperor Akbar had one night about losing his teeth and what happened after that. Let me share the story here.

 

Akbar Birbal Stories - The Story Of Emperor's Dream About Losing Out His Teeth

 

By the way, if you are new to Akbar and Birbal tales, here is a quick introduction according to Wikipedia:

Birbal was the (Wazir-e Azam) of the Mughal court in the administration of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He was one of his most trusted members along with being a part of Akbar's inner council of nine advisors, known as the Navaratna, a Sanskrit word meaning nine jewels. Birbal's duties in Akbar's court were mostly military and administrative, but he was also a very close friend of the emperor, who appreciated Birbal for his wit and wisdom, often involving humorous exchanges.

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Have you been in a situation where you are thinking about spending time with family while at work and then, at home you found yourself worrying about the job? It’s not very uncommon and personally, I have caught myself doing that many times and then thinking, "How can I reduce stress and increase my productivity?"

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Living like that is very stressful way of living. It becomes hard to be productive at work and enjoy the family time while at home (and if you relate to this situation, you will agree). Naturally, a stressed mind can’t be effective at anything and if soon we do not make some changes, it drains our motivation, gives fatigue and in some case, it may cause some relationship troubles as well.

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This is a guest post by Emily Roberts from Manchester UK. Emily is Personal Development coach with passion in Financial education and Fitness. Emily helps people get same day cash loans for short term money. You can follow Emily her on Twitter and ask further questions.

Personal development is  requires a conscious effort to better your personality through focus, productivity, fitness and self-discipline. This is a vital part of our lives as this drives us to excel our personality and empowers us to expect new and better things from life.

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This enables us to overcome our fears and unleash our true potential. Personal development strengthens us and makes us capable of facing any situations or challenges in our life.

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It's amazing how many people do not read one book in their lifetime after getting out of school (or college). Well, I was one of those as well for several years. Never read a book, never attended a seminar or a workship for a long time!

Time Management - How We Manage Our Time Impacts What We Get From Life

Until one day, a family friend handed over "The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People" by Dr. Stephen Covey and, that one book, changed the direction I was headed towards in my life. That was the first book I picked up, and since then, I never stopped reading. Continue Reading…