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Do it now

No matter what you want to do, do it now!

Start your own company, apply for the job you wanted, start learning for the career you have been dreaming of, change the city you live in, hell, even change the country or the continent if that’s what you want. Even if you want to quit your job, do it now. If you want to quit smoking start now. If you want to lose weight, do it now.

There is no better time to do it. This moment is the only one that matters. The past is long gone, so you don’t need to worry about it anymore. You can’t go back to start then, so stop pestering yourself about not having started earlier.

The future is not here yet. The only way you can change it is to start doing something now. Only action in the present will change the future when that moment comes.

If you want to be happy, do it now.

Being liked or respected

Many people seem to believe that there is a strong connection between the two, but the truth is that they are totally different. The difference consists both in your attitude, the actions you take and your motivation as well as the impact you have on others, how they react and interact.

When someone is looking to be liked they are going to take care of how they act, what message they send and the image they create in order to please you. They focus only on gaining attention and creating a positive emotion from your part. They are going to bend their opinions and the things they say in order to get into your grace, focusing more on words than on action. Usually, this kind of behavior can be observed from the fact that they avoid having a blunt position, opinion or attitude that might start reactions or controversy.

On the other hand, people who are looking to be respected and don’t really care about being liked will be guided by principles. They focus on transparency, clear opinions, and on actions rather than on words. They feel free to express their beliefs and act in accordance with them because their interest is to transmit a message that is in agreement with their mission rather than one meant to please others.

Being liked is just a matter of pleasing others, while being respected is more about having an attitude that inspires.

Speak up

Everyone has the right to speak but you have to earn the right to be heard.

The internet offers everyone the possibility to speak up and send their message out to the world. It enables a free environment where you can create your own presentation site, blog, channel, forum or anything else that will take your message across. There is an ever increasing number of platforms that will allow you to do just that.

What this does not guarantee though is that you will also be heard. You have everything at your disposal to send the message out but creating an audience is something else. It’s much more than just sending a message out there. It’s about creating connections, about being noticed, about creating followers and loyalty. But, above all, it’s about being memorable.

There is so much information out there, so many sites and blogs, and so many people trying to get attention. Once everyone was enabled to speak, being heard became the privilege of a few.