Success is…

being a billionaire.

saving as many people as possible.

being famous.

owning a Ferrary.

having a family and two kids.

changing the world.

discovering the cure for HIV.

being happy.

Success is whatever you want it to be. We are all different and success is different for each of us. You might define how successful you are by a lot of different things. The only way to judge if you are successful and how successful you are, is by comparison with what your definition of success is.

Stop taking other people’s definition of success and comparing yourself to that. You can be successful without even knowing it, but miss it by trying to be successful by some other person’s definition of success.

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5 ways to get out of your comfort zone

Try something you have never done before.

Work-related or not, try to do something new. If you’re a coder try a new programming language. Or even better, try writing something. The more different it is from what you usually do, the better it will be. You might discover something you like, something interesting and develop some skills you never had.

Remember something you have always wanted to do and never had the courage to.

Did you want to try bungee jumping? Or ask a particular girl out? Did you fancy singing karaoke? Or dream of speaking in front of a big audience? We all have things on our list which we have never tried just because of fear. It’s time to get up and do it! Once you overcome fear you will be able to do things you never imagined you could do.

Go to someone near you and ask what you can help them with.

Ask someone on the street, in the office, a friend of yours if they need help with anything. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and interact.

Stop smoking, eating sweets, using the internet, drinking coffee or whatever addictions you have, for a day.

We are what we eat. We are what we drink. We are what we repeatedly do. Try changing some of your habits in order to change yourself.

Do something foolish, childish, stupid.

We all need some time to do crazy things; to go wild; to have foolish fun and forget about all the worries, stress, problems. Go bananas!

In order to get something you never had, you must do something you have never done before.

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The world of potential

We live in a world of potential. Actual value, worth, skills, knowledge, capabilities mean a lot less than the potential of development which something or someone has.

People are hired because of the potential which employers see in them. They might not be the best right now, but they can become a lot better than anyone who’s good at the moment. These are the talented employees everyone wants to have, retain, keep motivated and for which they are willing to do almost anything in order to retain them.

Start-ups sell for huge sums of money, even if they don’t have any income or their income is only a fraction of the price they are sold for. A mature company may be sold at 10 times less than a start-up even if it has a profit 100 times bigger.

An old property in the middle of the city is worth a lot more than a new, beautiful house at the edge of the town.

It’s not about what something or someone can offer now, but about the potential it has. Actual value becomes more and more about the significant future gain it can offer, rather than the tangible profit it produces now.

Focus on your development and how to achieve your potential. Forget what you think you are worth now, otherwise you will be stuck with what you believe you deserve, instead of what you are capable of. Potential beats actual value.

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Making products that need to be sold

What is your approach: making people want the products you have to offer or offering the products people want/need?

With the industrial revolution, most companies began making products that needed to be sold. And with the invention of the radio and television, advertising was specifically designed to push products to people. Until recently, this has been the main engine of the consumerist society of modern times. Creating a product, making as many copies as cheap as possible, and persuading people into buying them even if they didn’t really need them.

As many have noticed though, things are gradually changing. More companies become aware of the fact that it’s far more relevant to create products that sell themselves, rather than “force feed” the market. Investing in finding what people want and delivering a product designed for their needs is also much cheaper, and reduces the risk of developing products to which the market will not respond.

Don’t build a product and then ask yourself what you have to do for people to buy it, rather ask yourself what people need and build that instead.

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The educational system is failing

The educational system is failing. It’s failing at getting the kids involved and eager to learn. It’s failing at sparking kids’ curiosity. It’s failing at offering them things they want to learn. It’s failing at keeping up with the modern society. And most of all it’s failing at offering kids the education they need.

We actually have a disorder that is “responsible” for the lack of performance in schools. “The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder “affects school-aged children … [and] may impair school performance.” It’s much easier to blame it on ADHD than to admit that kids are getting bored in class because the educational system is not working.

Kids are curious. They run from left to right to see, discover and experiment everything that’s new. They get easily distracted and try to have as much fun as possible. That’s just how kids are. It’s in their nature to explore, be curious, eager to see new things.

The system worked when you could get all the kids in one room where there were not many distractions. But now technology offers kids 24/7 access to internet, games, chat programs and pretty much anything they want, everywhere they want it – even in schools. When you have a smartphone or a tablet with you all the time it is a lot easier to get distracted, especially when what you are in fact supposed to be doing is not engaging.

When school is designed to fight the very nature of kids, how can we expect great results?

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