How should a 22-year-old invest time?

1. Do not go looking for money
I repeat “Do not go looking for money”. Instead, look for work which empowers you with skills to help you learn and grow. Accepting a job solely due to the remuneration is is like pretending to water a plant by spraying water over its leaves. It looks shiny and attractive, but the plant eventually crumples and wilts since little attention was paid to nourishing its roots.

Money, in this case a fat pay packet, often warps perspective and leads people astray. It is especially hazardous when it’s tethered to a position considered prestigious in a milieu that respects convention and sneers at failure. The concept of owning boastful wealth is a treacherous mirage created by the society and people around us. Of course money is important, but I doubt if anyone goes to their grave lamenting that they couldn’t buy a Rolls Royce.
Cultures often lionize uber-rich celebrities and entrepreneurs but fail to throw light on the path they took to become successful. To lead truly fulfilling lives, it’s important to –

2. Do what you love
I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Yet only a few manage to wrap their head around this adage. Taking up work that you enjoy doing, and making a career out of it is probably the easiest way to lead truly rewarding lives. Imagine being given the opportunity to pursue a childhood hobby like origami or painting or any other activity through your entire life. If your heart is in the right place, you could grow up to be an world-class architect or an artist. The penthouse and a BMW will follow suit.

When you work on something you enjoy doing, you add immense value to this world and make yourself valuable in return. An artist adds value by regaling people through various forms of art. An entrepreneur adds value by solving large-scale problems and creating jobs. A sportsperson creates value by enthralling his/her fans and making nations proud.

Some people like Sachin Tendulkar find their passion at an early age while others like John Grisham take a while longer, which is totally alright. The important thing here is to keep looking and not settling for a life which seems insipid.
Like Jobs intoned ” You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”

What makes your heart sing? If all jobs paid the same what would you be doing? Look at the man in the mirror and ask him these questions; and when the man has spoken, renounce everything to follow his calling.

3. Believe in yourself
Having full, unvioable faith in oneself is the best defense against a world saturated with naysayers. Remember that doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever will.

Believe that you are meant for the big stage, that you’re destined for greatness, that you can improve lives and make make the world a better place.

Never compare yourself with anyone. Every successful person was once an ordinary face in the crowd, grappling with the ladder to success. He too had the same doubts as you, and possessed very limited access to some resources that you take for granted; but he ploughed on; irrepressible faith in himself and and a healthy disregard for the doubting Thomas. It doesn’t matter if people did not take him or his idea seriously; the failure forged a smarter version of him.

Mistakes are good. Taking a wrong turn allows you to backtrack and sear the incorrect road into memory, never to be taken again. Sometimes the journey of a single step starts with a thousand miles in the opposite direction. Next time, our headstrong friend goes back to present an idea to someone, he will no longer be the callow bloke who was whisked away, but a hard-boiled egg which is tougher to crack than all those coming fresh out of the farm.

4. Invest in yourself
You are the best project you will ever work on. Try to learn something new everyday. Go to bed being smarter than when you woke up.
Work. Work while others play so that you can play while others work.

Believe in the power of preparation.There’s no glory in practice, but without practice there is no glory. Unyielding grit has the power to move mountains and change destinies. Renaissance artist Michelangelo said “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all“

Read. It will help you like nothing ever has. A good book will give you sanctuary whenever you find yourself doused in drudgery. To reap the true joy of reading however, you would need to make time for reading – it should not be something you do in your free time, but something which has its place in your daily schedule.

Start a blog. Write. Put pen to paper. Vent your innermost thoughts. Bare your soul and write a journal or just shake the dust off the poet which had become dormant under the weight of textbooks. You don’t have to write the next best-seller but make sure you are the author of your own destiny.
“I start early, and I stay late, day after day, year after year, it took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success” – Lionel Messi

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Gojal: Where Pakistan begins

SYED MEHDI BUKHARI
It’s the second week of November. There is a tremendous silence around me; snowflakes fall gently from the sky. The day is so white — there’s no color in sight save for my red jeep and gray jacket, all other colors have become invisible under the thick snow.
There is neither a military check post, nor any signs of civilian settlement here. This is the Pak-China border, and I am standing at the Khunjerab Pass, with my face towards Pakistan’s brother, China.
The writer at Khunjerab Pass, Pakistan.
The Pakistani segment of the Karakoram Highway, which is also dubbed as the eight wonder of the world, ends here. From here, this highway goes through the bluish waters of the Karakul Lake, settlements of nomads, and through the areas harbouring wild mountainous camels with two humps, and finally ends at Kashgar.
From here, a road leads to Yarkand, and another leads to the Taklamakan Desert, which is the world’s second largest desert, with shifting sand dunes.
The border is protected with barbed wires. As I stand, a flock of sheep appears in sight, moving aimlessly, and then entering the Chinese territory for grazing. The sheep stop by the grass, covered with tiny snowballs, sniff it, and move ahead instantly as if expressing dislike. There is no herdsman with the flock, which is usual in the northern areas. The birds and animals have no borders, but I have to return from this point.
My next destination is Attabad Lake in Hunza.
Among the blackish and forsaken mountains of Karakoram, there is this lake, which came into being purely by chance, it is one of Pakistan’s biggest fresh water reservoirs. This 22-kilometer long and 220-feet deep lake is filled with the blue waters of River Hunza, when a landslide in 2010 blocked its flow, creating a landslide dam. Strong winds in this narrow mountain pass create ripples in the blue-green water of the lake.
With the creation of this lake, more than 18 kilometers of the Karakoram Highway has been submerged, lost somewhere in the depths, suspending transportation by road. Now, the only option is to cross the lake, reach the Hussaini Village, and get on the Karakoram Highway again.
The lake is terrifying. Not only did it drown several villages and people, but it has also affected trade with China. Now, the lake has its own ‘traffic’, boats, big and small, which transport humans, vehicles, and goods from here to there. The sailors are happy with the money oozing out of their pockets. The disaster has proven to be a tragedy for some, and a blessing for others.
Hunza River, Gojal.
Attabad Lake Crossing.
As the boat is fully loaded, the sailor lifts the anchor. You couldn’t hear the person next to you in the terrible noise of engine, so everyone is involved in himself. The journey is 45 minutes long. As the boat makes a sharp turn, I see Passu Cones, a series of mountains pointed as nails.
Strong winds rock the boat, my heart easily skips a couple of beats. The sailor observing my face, smiles. I look past him at the Passu Cones, just to not feel the fear, I tell myself. The boat finally reaches the bank, and everyone gets off. The sailors are mostly Pakhtuns, who have come here to earn a living. I had a brief exchange with the sailor. He happened to have sailed in the Kabul River once, now the Attabad Lake is his second home.
I have reached the Hussaini Village. In the bright sunlight, the Passu Cones are bathed in gold.
Gulmit Village and Passu Cones.
Gulmit Village.
Gulmit Village and Passu Cones.
Passu.
This entire area is called Upper Hunza or Gojal. The Gojal Valley borders China and Afghanistan, with its border meeting the Chinese border at Khunjerab — 15,397 feet above sea level — and remains covered with snow all year long.
In the north west, there is Chiporsun, whose border touches the Wakhan region of Afghanistan. Wakhan is about six square miles in area, after which starts Tajikistan. The Karakoram Highway which connects Pakistan to China also passes through Gojal Valley and enters China at Khunjerab.
Karakoram Highway in Gojal.
KKH and Passu Cones.
Before 1974, Gojal was part of the Hunza State, and was governed by the Mir of Hunza.
Gojal enjoyed tremendous importance owing to its strategic and agricultural value. The Gulmit Vvillage of Gojal was the summer capital of Hunza, where the Mir of Hunza used to hold his court and deliberations were made on a range of issues. Local music and dance programs would also be organised here, and Polo would be played in the vast rectangular ground in front of the palace.
Mir Muhammad Ghazan Khan, the Mir of Hunza announced an affiliation with Pakistan, but it enjoyed autonomy as a separate state till 1974. In Z. A Bhutto’s tenure, the political reforms brought the so-called fall of Hunza’s princely state. Since then, Gojal is identified as a Tehsil in the subdivision Hunza of Gilgit-Baltistan. Locally, it is also known as Upper Hunza, but in official documents, it is named Gojal.
Gojal, Upper Hunza.
Passu Cones.
As I exit the Hussaini Village, I see children crowding the road. Golden hair, blue eyes, and faces so red they could outshine apricots! Riding along the river, I reach Gulmit, Gojal’s most populated village.
It is autumn, and it feels as if the entire village is asleep in the cool afternoon. The blowing wind frees the leaves from trees, and this is the only sound I can hear.
The Passu Cones were in sight constantly. The fields have been harvested, and the farmers are resting in their homes. I pass by a few elderly women, wearing traditional caps, followed by naughty little children. In return to my salutations, I receive countless prayers. When my jeep moved forward, I could see the children waving in my rear view mirror.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
A child at Hussaini.
Just one kilometer ahead, the Borith Lake appears. There is an old hotel at the bank of the lake, the taste of its food still fresh in my memory. The bank had tall grass; in the backdrop, there stand snow-covered mountains, and their reflection would cast a spectacular white in the murky water. Four waterhens lazily float on surface.
The lake is coloured black, and I feel joyous at the sight of these swamp chickens. But as Mustansar Hussain Tarar says, “What do four waterhens have to do with happiness?”. Happiness comes from somewhere inside. At some point in the past, the lake was home to waterlife and migrating birds, but now the level is reducing and the lake is gradually drying up.
The gang of waterhens flies and vanishes somewhere far away in the mountains. Happiness has nothing to do with them, but I sense my own fled with them. An elderly man came out of the hotel, welcomed me, and said: “Terrorism has badly affected tourism. Not many people visit such faraway lands now. Once in a blue moon there’s a random traveler, who becomes the source of my bread. You must click some nice photographs and show them to the world so that tourism once again gains momentum. Come, I will feed you some great meals.” His sweet bribe made me teary as I smiled at him in response.
A Danish girl approaches me and we start conversing — she is a doctorate student who is doing a thesis on climate changes in the Karakoram Mountain Rrange. She told me that she liked the lake so much, that she had been staying here at the Borith Lake for the past three months.
Then she asked me if I had ever seen the lake on a full moon night. I responded negatively. She insisted, “you won’t that photograph anywhere else.”
My driver and I eat, while she talks. When I am finally about to leave, she says, “Your country is beautiful, do go to the Batura Glacier if you happen to visit the Passu Village, I have seen swans gathering on the white snow of the glacier.”
The Glacial Lake of Batura Glacier Passu.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
Borath Lake.
My driver is astounded by her revelation and tells me. “Sahib, I’ve been living in this area since forever. I have never seen swans on glacier.”
I said, “She must be a passionate nature lover, and such lovers can see even pigeons on glaciers, I too have seen fireflies on the River Chenab”. My driver smiles at my response, and we arrive at Passu.
Darkness is enveloping the valley as our jeep enters the Passu Village. I check-in at a hotel and rest for a while. Then, I go out in the dark to countless stars shining in the sky like jewels. Outside, people have decorated their homes and worship places.
Men, women, children, elders, all walk towards the Jamat Khana for the birth anniversary of their religious leader. The night was cold but the people were out in the streets in high spirits. The sky was decorated with stars, and the homes with lamps.
I see the full moon, intricately placed at the tip of a mountain. I am suddenly reminded of the Danish girl, and her description of the full moon at the Borith Lake.
In the morning, I witness the same joy and fervour as last night. It was just like Eid ul Fitr. Faces filled with happiness, toys in hands, prayers on lips. This autumnal morning of Passu seemed even more beautiful.
My camera is in my bag. I have always felt that one should always avoid taking pictures during local festivals, especially when they are of religious nature. You are a stranger among them, why give them an excuse to object?
A Chinese girl On the Khunjerab Pass.
A face from Passu.
Autumn at Khunjerab.
Autumn and the Karakoram Peaks.
I had to leave this beautiful place, even though I really didn't want to. When you are travelling towards Sost from Passu, a jeep road turns to Shimshal. This is a vast area and its borders touch both China and Baltistan.
Pamir is also in the Shimshal Valley. Due to its hard terrain, it was disconnected from rest of the world until a jeep road was built here. The locals have given many sacrifices for the construction of this road.
Shimshal is famous for producing the country's finest mountaineers, including Samina Baig, who is the first Pakistani woman to have climbed Mount Everest. Shimshal’s Rajab Shah and Meherban Shah have scaled Pakistan’s highest summit. Experienced mountaineers in Pakistan mostly hail from Shimshal.
Hussaini Village.
Hussaini Village.
Hussaini Village.
Sost, the last town of Pakistan, is filled with motor workshops. There is no other settlement on the Karakoram Highway when you leave Sost for China. After Sost, there is the Khunjerab Pass at 15,397 feet above sea level, where China and Pakistan’s border is located. Apart from Pakistan Customs office, there’s a dry port in Sost, where goods to and from China are stored.
A large number of traders and labourers from different areas of Pakistan dwell here, which has given rise to economic activities more than other places in the region. After Sost, a jeep road turns to the Chiporsun Valley. It’s northwestern part is connected to Afghanistan’s Wakhan area through the Irshad Pass.
Ahead of Sost is Khunjerab, which is the last Pakistani territory. The name actually is combination of two words Khun (blood), and Yeraf (glacial stream), and literally translates to 'Stream of Blood'.
It is said that an ancient psychic had once prophesied that a battle would be fought here, and that the bloodshed would be so great that the horse riders’ feet would be dripping with blood. Thus, the area is named so. This region is home to several rare species, including snow leopards, bears, and the golden eagle.
In the jungle between Passu and Sost.
The water stream near Sost.
At Khunjerab, the snowfall is constant, enveloping streams, springs, roads, mountains, everything. I raise my head to look at the sky, soon my eyelashes are covered with snow. As I wipe my eyes, my driver states: “Sahib, Pakistan ends here, let’s go back home.”
He turns our jeep around, and I say to him: “Sharif, Pakistan doesn’t end, it begins here.” On my right hand, there is a sign which reads “Welcome to Pakistan.”
Khunjerab Border Crossing.

The original Article has been posted at Gojal: Where Pakistan begins and they have all the copyrights.

About the Author:

Syed Mehdi Bukhari is a Network Engineer by profession, and a traveler, poet, photographer and writer by passion.
He can be reached on Facebook.  S.M.Bukhari's Photography

How do we study English effectively?

These are just some of the relevant things I did throughout my whole journey in learning, and later mastering the English language.

You can increase your English vocabulary by thinking in English, practicing with a native speaker, reading newspapers/books/magazines, writing a diary/journal in English, using flashcards or apps with vocabulary on them, watching movies/TV shows and keeping a vocabulary book to help you remember the harder words. Read the dictionary now and then — just open up to anywhere in the dictionary and read through the words, learning new ones that look interesting to you.

As with other skills, the only way to gain confidence in speaking English is to keep practicing! English is a difficult language to master. Even small children — who are very good at acquiring language skills — take five years or more to become fluent in English. Many continue to make errors with the irregular forms of the language.

Grammar is hard to master (as with all languages) and even for native speakers some grammatical points are debated often. As long as you can get your point across, that's the most important thing – grammatical details will come. Learning from mistakes is important – get someone who knows the language to correct you if you go wrong.

Stay motivated. When learning any new language, it is important to stay motivated and never give up on your goal of fluency.

  • Stay committed to your language-learning goal by reminding yourself of how badly you want to achieve it. Think of all of the amazing experiences and opportunities that will be available to you once you've mastered the English language.
  • You will be able to converse with English speakers from across the world and develop new and exciting relationships, you will be able to engage with English-speaking culture like never before and potentially further your career as a result of your new language skills.
  • Practice every day. If you want to to gain fluency quickly, you need to commit to practicing every day.
  • Learning a new language is based on repetition, so if you wait too long between study sessions, you will forget everything you learned previously and have to start all over again, wasting valuable time.
  • However, you shouldn't study so much that you grow sick of English — try to keep things interesting by completing a different task each day – one day of reading, one day of listening comprehension, one day of writing practice, one day studying grammar, etc.
  • However, you should never pass up an opportunity to practice speaking English, as this is the number one most important thing you can do to gain fluency.
  • Train yourself to think in English. One way to make the transition from being very good at English to being fluent is to train your brain to actually think in the English language.
  • Constantly translating from your native language into English and back again inside your head consumes time and energy. Every language has its own nuances and peculiarities, which makes it impossible to accurately translate from one language to another in certain instances.
  • As a result, your spoken and written English will flow much more naturally and fluently if you can just train your brain to think in English. Think of it like a switch — when it's time to communicate in English, you need to turn your English brain on and your mother language brain off!

IMPROVING YOUR SPOKEN ENGLISH

practically fluent — speaking English with another person is the fastest, most effective method of improving.

  • Don't wait until you "feel more comfortable" speaking in English — you probably won't reach that level for a long time, so push yourself outside of your comfort zone and start speaking English today. You' ll be amazed at how quickly your language skills improve.
  • Find a native English speaker who is willing to spend some time speaking English with you — you may be able to offer them a language exchange, where they spend 30 minutes speaking English with you and you spend 30 minutes speaking your native language with them.
  • If you live in an English-speaking country, you can practice by starting simple conversations with the people you meet, whether it's saying "hello" to a shopkeeper or asking a stranger for directions.
  • Work on your pronunciation. Even if you have an acceptable grasp of the English language, with good grammar and an extensive vocabulary, native English speakers may find you very difficult to understand if you don't work on your pronunciation.
  • Correct, clear pronunciation is essential if you really want to improve your level of English. Listen closely to how native English speakers pronounce certain words and sounds and do your best to copy them.
  • Pay particular attention to any sounds that you are unfamiliar with or that do not exist in your native tongue. For example some people have difficulty pronouncing the "r" sound, as it does not exist in their native language, while other people have difficulty with certain consonant clusters, such as the "th" sound.
  • Be aware that the pronunciation of certain English words varies greatly depending on the part of the world it's spoken in. For example, American English is very different from British English. If you intend to travel to or live in an English-speaking country, this is something you should take into account when learning how to pronounce certain words.
  • English TV and listening to the news is also beneficial.
  • Once you have learned a new word or phrase, you should make an effort to use it in a sentence — this is the best way to commit it to memory.
  • Another easy way to commit new words to memory is to make labels for everyday household items and stick them around your house or apartment. Then every time you use the kettle or look in the mirror, you will see the English word for these items staring back at you.
  • You should also start a notebook of idiomatic phrases that English speakers use all the time. Some examples include "it's raining cats and dogs" (raining heavily), to be on "cloud nine" (to be very happy) or saying something is a "piece of cake" (when something is very easy). Sprinkling these kinds of phrases into your conversation will bring your level of English up several notches.
  • Attend an English class or discussion group. Another great way to incorporate some extra English conversation into your weekly routine is to sign up for a class of discussion group.
  • Attending an English class is a great way to focus on some of the more formal aspects of speaking English. A class will teach you the grammatically correct way of speaking — which includes proper sentence structure and verb conjugation and will generally provide a very structured approach to language learning.
  • Attending a discussion group is a more informal and relaxed way of learning English, where the emphasis is more on communication and relationship building than on speaking "correct" English. Speaking English in this setting can help you to become more comfortable with speaking in front of other people.
  • Both of these language-learning settings have their pros and cons, so it's best to do both if you can!
  • Carry a dictionary. Carrying an English dictionary with you at all times (whether it's an actual book or a phone app) can be very useful.
  • Having a dictionary means that you will never be stuck for a word. It can save you a lot of embarrassment if you're having a conversation with an English-speaker and forget a word in the middle of the sentence — all you have to do is take a second to look it up!
  • Aside from saving you awkwardness, looking up the word you need then immediately using it in a sentence will actually help you to commit the new vocabulary to memory.
  • It is also helpful to have a dictionary to peruse throughout the day during private moments, like when you're sitting on the train, waiting to cross the street or just having a cup of coffee. You could learn an extra 20 to 30 English words per day using this technique!
  • As a beginner, you should start with an English dictionary that provides definitions in your native language. However, once your language skills improve, you should switch to using an English-English dictionary, which provides English definitions for English words.

IMPROVING YOUR WRITING, READING AND LISTENING SKILLS
Listen to English radio or podcasts.
One of the best ways to improve your English listening comprehension is to download English-language podcasts or radio apps on your phone or MP3 player.

  • You should then make an effort to listen to the podcasts or radio shows for at least 30 minutes per day. Do it in the gym, on your commute to work, or while you're sitting at your computer.
  • Make an effort to understand what's being said, don't just let the English wash over you. Even if you find it too fast, try to pick out key words and phrases to get a general idea of what the conversation is about.
  • If you can, make a note of any words or phrases that you don't understand and look up the translation afterwards. Then listen to the podcast or show again to hear the new words or phrases in context.
  • Watch English movies and TV shows. Another fun way to improve your listening comprehension is to watch English movies and TV shows.
  • Try to pick movies or TV shows that you will enjoy — this will make the exercise feel like less of a chore. If possible, choose movies or shows that you are already familiar with, such as children's cartoons or blockbuster films. If you already know the basic story you will find the language much easier to pick up on.
  • However, you should avoid watching movies or television shows with subtitles in your native language — they will only distract you and make you less inclined to focus on understanding the English, which is the whole point of the exercise.
  • Read an English book, newspaper or magazine. Reading is an essential part of learning a new language, so don't forget to practice!
  • Find something you are really interested in — whether that's a famous English novel, The New York Times or a fashion magazine and start working your way through it. If you find the content boring, you will be less inclined to persevere with it.
  • Again, make an active effort to actually understand what you're reading, don't just skim over it. Highlight any words or phrases that you don't understand, then look them up in the dictionary.
  • If you're alone, you could also try reading aloud — this will allow you to improve your reading comprehension while also working on your pronunciation.
  • This may be one of the most difficult aspects of your language learning, but it is important nevertheless. Writing in English will help you to work on your sentence structure, grammar and spelling.
  • Try keeping an English diary in which you write down a few sentences every day. It doesn't have to be deeply personal — you could write about the weather, what you ate for dinner or what your plans are for the day.
  • If you feel comfortable with it, get a native speaker to look over what you've written and check it for any errors. This will help you to avoid making the same mistakes over and over again.
  • Find an English-speaking pen-pal. Once your written language skills have improved, you could consider getting an English-speaking pen-pal!
  • Having an English-speaking pen-pal combines your English writing practice with the excitement of getting a letter or email!
  • Your pen pal may be someone who is learning English like you, or they may be a native English speaker who wants to practice their foreign language skills by writing to you in your native tongue.
  • Having a pen pal from an English-speaking country (such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, for example) will also allow you to learn more about the culture and what life is like in that part of the world.
  • I HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU…. STAY FOCUS, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE IT EASY,BE PATIENT AND HAVE FUN LEARNING ENGLISH. STAY POSITIVE AND MOTIVATED, ALSO REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SPEAKING IN ENGLISH, PRACTICE WRITING IN ENGLISH AND PRACTICE READING AND LISTENING IN ENGLISH, THAT THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE FULL MASTERY OF THE LANGUAGE. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND!!

Self-Improvement: How can I motivate myself to work hard?

When I was in 20 years old and studying at UCLA, I flunked an Economics class. I was devastated.  Guess what happened?  I bounced back.  I got an A when I retook the course.

When I was 22, I interviewed with 4 different managers at a Fortune 100 company and was ranked pretty much last in every interview.  I didn't get a single job offer.  I was frustrated.  Guess what happened?  I bounced back.  I have my dream job now.

When I was 25, I created 9 iPhone apps, all of which failed miserably.  I spent a ridiculous amount of time and money building them and felt really bummed.  Guess what happened?  Since then, I've built another 4 iPhone apps and all 4 of them hit the top 100 in the Business, Lifestyle and Entertainment section. 

When I was 28, I found out my mentor and friend Erik, who was like a brother to me, passed away from cancer.  That was one of the toughest times in my life. Guess what happened?   I bounced back.  Because that's what Erik would have wanted.

What I've noticed over the last 30 years of my life is that there is a recurring pattern to successfully motivating myself.  This pattern helped me get back on track, even during times that felt like rock bottom.  I've also asked numerous executives from Cisco, MTV, Bank of America, VMware, Box and Optimizely what their secrets to motivation are.  In addition to that, I've also read numerous books on motivation from authors like Tony Robbins to Daniel Pink (Author of "Drive").

I've put together a list of the 10 things successful people do to motivate themselves.

I've never shared this list – until now. 

Here are the top 10:

1.  Understand your why:

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."  – Mark Twain

Understand your purpose and it will fuel your drive.

If I told you that it was your job to sort through a box of potatoes and to throw away the rotten ones, would you feel a strong sense of purpose?  Or would you feel like a cog in a machine?  Now – what if I told you that by sorting out the bad potatoes you were helping out the local food bank in supplying fresh food to needy families in the area – would that change your perspective and your sense of purpose in the work?

Now that you understand the purpose of the work – does it potentially change your attitude or perhaps even your choice of work?

I’m not here to dictate what purpose is. Everyone’s got a different definition based on their experiences in life and their own set of values.

But what I do want to ask you is:

What does purpose mean to you?

Find your why.  If you don't know what it is, create it.  That will motivate you to make a difference.

2. Stay Focused on the Big Picture

"Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe." – Oprah Winfrey

Admit it.  There will be days where work will feel boring.  When tasks feel repetitive.   When you feel like you have 100 things to do on your checklist.    Or when you're just plain irritated.  The easy thing to do is to feel frustrated and to give up.  Or you could stay focused on the big picture.

When I worked at Fortune Global 2000 company, I started a weekly partner training program that quickly grew from 20 attendees to well over 150 sales reps at its peak.  One of my co-workers was upset because he felt like it would end up creating more work for him.  (ie, if Nelson is doing it, then we'll all have to start doing this!) 

If I caved and stopped doing the trainings so that my co-worker wouldn't feel obligated to do more work, do you know what would have happened?

We wouldn't have created $1.6M in pipeline, that's for sure.

That's why you've got to keep your eye on the big picture. 

3.  Get Active

A lot of times it's hard to get motivated if you're not in a good mood. Research has shown that working out multiple times a week for a reasonable period of time can reduce the symptoms of depression.  Exercising for 30 minutes can also increase levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which can help to reduce stress.

I've noticed that when I exercise for at least 30 minutes (especially in the morning), I'm a lot more relaxed throughout the day, less stressed out and am able to think much more clearly. 

Also, if you're pushing yourself in your workouts, you're testing your boundaries and this can be really healthy.  For example, I had never run a half marathon before and I decided to step up to the challenge this year.  It was painful, but after I finished, I immediately thought, "if I can do this, what else I am capable of?"  

Pushing yourself physically will also motivate you to push yourself intellectually and in other parts of your life – like your career.  #WorkoutsElevateYourGame

4.  Have an accountability buddy

"Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy." – Anonymous

Let's say you set a goal of signing on 100 new customers within a year.  Now share that goal with some of your closest friends and colleagues.  Guess what? You've just signed up for peer pressure and this is a great way to keep yourself motivated at work.  Don't believe me?  Just wait until you hear someone down the hall say, "Hey (Insert Your Name Here), how are you doing in your goal of 100 new customers?" 

Still don't think that's motivating?

How about an additional 50 coworkers also asking that same question?  I think that'll motivate you. 

Just a hunch.

5.  Motivational quotes.

I know, I'm writing a post on how to get motivated and included motivational quotes and then suggested that you use motivational quotes to get motivated.  This just got meta on you. 

Whatever motivational quote you decide on, print it out and tape it to your mirror.  Or if you want to get fancy with it, take a marker and write it on the mirror! Or if you want weekly motivational posts, you can always subscribe to my blog.

That'll get you going in the morning!

6.  Create small, bite-sized goals

There's a reason donut holes are so lovable.  They're easy to eat.  Before you know it, you've eaten a dozen of them. 

This is how goals should be too.  Of course you should have a really big, audacious goal. 

But make sure you break down that goal into bite-sized, consumable goals.  This way you'll feel like you're making progress in your journey and you'll also feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the smaller goals.  A feeling of progress and achievement is a beautiful combination. 

7.  Have the time of your life

"There's no fun in a perfect life.  So make a risk.  Take a chance.  Go where the wind takes you.  Have fun." – Jenny C.

If you're having fun, you're going to be more motivated to do great work.  This is true for 90% of the people.  Okay, I have no proof that is statistically true, but I'm pretty sure for most people this holds true. 

Do you notice that when you're having fun, you're more charismatic, upbeat and optimistic?  Do you notice that you're more productive because you're actually enjoying the work?  Do you notice you're motivating other team members because you're making the work environment awesome?

Thought so.

Go out there and have the time of your life!  (Go to 3:19 for the good part)

8.  Meditate

"Meditation is not a means to an end.  It is both the means and the end." – Jiddu Krishnamurti

We live in a world of information overload.  Because of that, our brains sometimes get overstimulated and that's not a good thing.  That's why we need to meditate. 

Calm down.   Close your eyes.  Lie down. 

Ok fine, you're probably sitting in front of a computer – just sit up straight then.  Breath slowly in and out.  Do you feel a sense of calm wash over you?  Do you notice thoughts starting to creep in?  Push them out and focus only on your breathing. 

Meditation will help you motivate yourself in a few different ways:

*Focus – By clearing your mind, you'll have a renewed sense of focus.

*Happiness – By meditating, you'll likely feel happier since your stress will be reduced.  When we're happy, we tend to be more optimistic about the

future.  That optimism can often be a very powerful motivational force. 

Check out the Headspace app to help you with your meditation needs. 

9. Brainstorm your ideas and write them down

Not all of your ideas will be good.  It doesn't matter.  Write them down anyway.  I got this idea from James Altucher (the guy is brilliant!).

Your great ideas will come when you least expect them.

Eventually, after you jot down 100 ideas, chances are that you'll have at least one good idea.  That's incredibly motivating when you discover you can come up with good ideas.  So start jotting them down.  Now.

10.  Visualize the future and go make it happen

Need motivation?

Think about what you're going to achieve.  Think about the impact you're going to make.  Think of the future you're going to create. 

Visualize it.

Go make it happen.  NOW.

Because it's never too late to be awesome.

Here's an awesome visual that summarizes the ten points I wrote about above:  (kudos to Ahmed for sharing it)

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What are some of the best interview questions asked for a mechanical engineering student?

I cleared the BHEL written exam and was called for interview. No GD. Interview was for the post of Executive engineer /E1 grade. It was a 10 minutes interview with 5 persons in the panel.Among them atleast one was an IAS officier.

Vaccant post : called candidates = 1:4 ratio. Loads of question were asked momentarily.Some question I remember are:


1) Take your seat.Why are you sweating? Are you nervous?

No sir. Actually… little bit. This is my first interview for a core company.(They smiled at me).

2) What is an IC engine and how does it work?

Explained from text book knowledge.

3) Difference between petrol engine and diesel engine.Why their milage differs.

Explained properly.

4) What will happen to the room temperature if you turn your room in to a closed system by closing all the door and window perfectly and then you open the door of the room refrigerator that is in running condition.

Got puzzled.but answered as temperature of the room will increase since input is always greater than output of the system.

5)What actually entropy is? Explain me since I know only farming. 😉

I tried to explain entropy as a disorderness of a system without explaning any mathematical formula and interviewer nodded approvingly.

6)Tell me quickly ,Two co-cenric circle rolls together up to 3 mtr.Now tell me whether both the point has travelled same distance or not.


Its the perimeter they are travelling. So obviously different.

7) Explain how a human walks by using friction.What kind of friction is involved (static friction or rolling friction).

Answered though not sure.

8)What is dovetail milling.Why class 3 lever is used in reality.

Explained

9)What is the need of riser in moulding?

Explained riser as a checking process to confirm the molten metal has filled the cavity or not.but interviewer didnot agree indicating me for any other reason.closed my eye and took 5 sec and explained.

riser works as a backup reservior of molten metal when the cavity metal volume shrinks due to solidification.

Interviewer happily agreed.I was like 'God saved'.

10)Gave me a paper and pencil and asked to draw a carnot cycle and explain it.

Explained it.(never forget to give the directional arrow sign for any mechanical cycle.mind it.That is a test too)

11)Asked me bout posting preferences.If it is Ladakh will it be okay for you?

Had to agree by thinking I can drink coffee in the cold ;).Interviewer gave a strange look.

12)Why do you want to quit the biggest IT MNC since this sector is surging?

Told it honestly.Mechanical attracts me more and I will be surging along with BHEL.

After their whispering internal discussion they told "ok.you may leave".


Result: Selected.

There are thousand of question you can be asked to be judged.You need to be thorough with the text books first.Rests are presence of mind and your originality.

All the best.

Edit1: I did not think of so many likes and views (56.2K). It does feel good. Thanks guys.

Hope you get success in career and life ahead.

Which platform is best for an Ecommerce website?

It’s hard to say for sure which platform is the best *for you* if we don’t know what are your needs and budget.

But I can say for sure that payever is the simplest eCommerce platform on the market and the only fully functional SaaS (Software as a Service) that is completely free.

The German company is also offering multiple management and marketing apps to help you attract customers and grow your business:

– Communication App, to help you stay in touch with customers;
– Contacts App, to keep track of your customers
– Marketing app, to send offers to your customers
– Facebook app, to let you add a Store Tab to your Facebook Page and sell directly on the social network
– Ads App, to help you promote products on social media with a single click
– Multiple payment gateways, including offline POS, so your customers can pay easier

All you have to do in order to start selling *today* is to register an account on payever website and follow a few easy and quick steps to set up your store.

How hard is it to get U.S citizenship/ Green Card if you are majoring in accounting?

When I read your question, I am confused by how getting a green card or citizenship is related to getting a degree in accounting.  If you go to US Citizenship and Immigration Services Online, it gives you all the requirements to apply for a green card and/or citizenship.  None of the requirements that I saw required you to create a balance sheet or income statement.  However, if you are going for an accounting degree (and passing with reasonably good grades), then you are obviously intelligent and would have an easier time of following the instructions and paying attention to the details to get one or the other.  Citizenship requires that a person pass a test that covers the basics of various aspects of America, so as a college student, you should know how to study and how to take tests, so that would probably be an advantage compared to someone without that level of education.

Supernatural (TV series): Which character on SPN would you want to have his/her own spin-off?

CROWLEY! Duh! I mean he's sassy, he's entertaining and he's the flipping king of hell! 😀
I love how complicated his character gets especially in season 9 and 10. Plus he was a laugh!
He's a good bad guy. 😀
His spin off could be based on how he became the king of hell from a mere crossroads demon. With flashbacks about his past, his idiot son and his witch of a mother. Also how he controlled and organized hell and tried pulling one over the Winchesters!