Famous stars, politicians, writers and athletes are happy to share their secrets of success.

Let's find out what sets us apart from success and how you should act to overcome any obstacles on your way.


In order to achieve anything you must be brave enough to fail”
Actor and writer Kirk Douglas

Prosperous people radiate positive energy, everything always works well when they get down to it. They strive for more and always go forward no matter what.

The TalentSmart consulting company conducted a study to investigate the topic of success. According to the collected data, 90% of successful people can take control over any situation. They are concentrated, calm and productive.


 So what prevents ordinary people from achieving success?


Lack of plan

It is a bad plan that cannot be altered”
Roman poet and philosopher Publilius Syrus

If you don’t know what you are going to do today, this is the first pitfall. Well-thought plans and the right priorities provide good support to your endeavors.

When you realize what is important for you today, you understand what to do tomorrow. And in a while, you will be able to clearly answer the question: what are your goals for the next 3-5 years?

Analyze every day of yours to draw up a plan for the whole life. Your to-do-list should reflect your goals, not someone else’s. And you should literally crave them. You can certainly adjust your plan depending on changing circumstances, don’t be afraid of it. Remember that the most important thing is to be aware of what you are doing at every step.


Procrastination

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work”
Stephen King

Psychologists have developed an effective and simple rule of 10 minutes, which allows you to combat procrastination. You have to persuade yourself that you will spend only a few minutes on a task. The trick is that in 10 minutes you will be so much involved in the process that will only have to finish the job!

Tasks pile up like a snowball. Tomorrow won’t be easier, you will still have to carry out all of them, so it’s up to you whether to deal with them one by one or all al once.

Set a deadline for yourself, put a reminder, and get rid of the second pitfall: the habit of postponing things for tomorrow.


Unreasonably high expectations

A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes”
Mark Twain

Can you imagine how many thoughts are there in one’s head? Some seek to fly to the Moon, while others dream of buying a villa on an exotic island, playing at Wimbledon or singing in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. These expectations may look like goals but only if these people are professional sportsmen or singers, have a fortune or broad experience in astronautics.

Assess your opportunities in terms of capabilities and circumstances. Let your sober perception of reality help you bypass the third pitfall and cure the syndrome of unreasonably high expectations.


Disconfidence

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life”
Civil rights activist Marcus Garvey

People give up their dreams when don’t believe they will achieve what they want. They lack faith, patience and strength while their fears go wild. The inability to believing in yourself is the fourth pitfall on the road to success.

Help yourself! Speak confidently, communicate your thoughts to other people clearly, and learn how to persuade.

Believe that you can do it!


No motivation

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”
Steve Jobs

We strive for happiness and success, though sometimes may give up halfway. But if you know exactly why you need something, you will find the way to achieve it.

It’s up to you whether to do or not to do, to be or not to be, to act or not to act. Your perseverance and motivation will determine how high you will get.

By leaving the fifth pitfall behind, you prove to yourself that you can manage anything. If you take the first step, new pinnacles and accomplishments will await you ahead.


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We keep sharing secrets of Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think”.

What unites literature, nostalgia and comfort? They all can hinder your progress towards success! Let’s find out how to sort things out!


Some more things to keep in mind if you want to become a real magnet for success:

Be wise when choosing a book to read

“Walk into a wealthy person's home and one of the first things you'll see is an extensive library of books they've used to educate themselves on how to become more successful”, said Mr Siebold. Successful people know the value of self-education and they are genuinely fond of it. But remember that the talk isn’t about novels and tabloids, right?


Keep your nostalgia on a leash

It is natural to long for the good old days to some extent. But Steven Siebold believes that those “who believe their best days are behind them rarely get rich, and often struggle with unhappiness and depression". Successful people are busy thinking about the future, not the past. They set tasks, make plans, implement projects and move on. Don’t stand still!


Step out of the comfort zone

An average person strives for comfort and a successful person “learns to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty”. Millionaires are indeed stimulated by indefiniteness, which makes them feel good anywhere anytime. Especially when it comes to unforeseen situations, which are more than likely to happen on your way to the fortune!


Don’t be afraid of fear

Mr Siebold believes that the great ones have such a level of consciousness which doesn’t allow for fear. "At this level of thought, anything seems possible. Every dream that seems crazy to the masses looks surprisingly doable", he adds. Any idea is reachable if you make a plan of how to realize it. So, dare to dare!


Low expectations? No more

"Champions don't wait for things to happen, they make things happen." No millionaire would have achieved heights if he had not established ambitious goals and set off on a challenging journey to achieve them. Barriers mostly exist in our head, so expand your mind and don’t be afraid reach out for more.


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Today, we will share some secrets of Steve Siebold, author of “How Rich People Think”.

Did you know that you can become good at attracting money? Even more discoveries in the article!


Check out the list of things that you need to learn to become a real magnet for success:

Thinking small is no good

Steve believes that any person has "everything they need to make more money than they can spend." The only question is whether you are ready to believe in it and make an effort. Why live like everyone else if you can live better?


Don’t put too much emphasis on saving

Successful people know that the ability to earn and invest properly is more important than simply hoarding money under your mattress. "The masses are so focused on clipping coupons and living frugally they miss major opportunities," Siebold claims.


Steady paycheck is not your ultimate goal

Even if it is quite impressive. People often choose stability provided by employment so that to know that each month they will get their money. But "the great ones know self-employment is the fastest road to wealth."


Deadlines know no retreat

Just as your goals, objectives and plans. Do you know the difference between ordinary and successful people? "The average person half-heartedly wants a lot of things, and the rich set a deadline for achieving one major goal at a time”. You should know exactly what you strive for as well as how and when you are going to attain it.


Can’t afford? Don’t buy!

The middle class is known for “living beyond their means: they're not spendthrifts, but they earn so little they have to spend it all in order to live a decent existence”. Wise people manage funds so that to have multiple streams of income, always leaving a maneuver for investment.


TO BE CONTINUED...

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How to stop hiding your head in the sand, brace yourself and start moving to your brand new life?

Let’s find it out together!

1. Confidence comes first

Successful people tend to exude confidence, but it isn’t their success that makes them confident. It's vice versa: they wouldn't be able to reach heights, if didn't believe in themselves. Doubt breeds doubt, that is why many get stuck in dead-end jobs, don’t dare to step out their comfort zones and let golden opportunities pass by.

If you think of a career as of a stone wall, confidence is an important brick in it. Fortune favors the bold, keep that in mind!


2. You live the life you’ve created

Don’t be a victim of circumstance. Everything around you is what you have surrounded yourself with. Likewise, your future depends on each step taken towards it. If you feel it's time to act – take risks, move, and don’t be afraid.

Lean on eternal wisdom: “It is better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of one you don’t”.


3. Don’t say be afraid of saying NO

A research conducted by the University of California has shown that people who find it hard to say ‘no’ are more likely to face stress, burnouts and even depression. “NO” is a powerful word indeed, and many are afraid to say it especially when it comes to friends and loved ones. Even if “YES” is to the disadvantage of their own. But you don’t have to agree to everything!

You’d better try avoid such options as "I'm not sure", "I'll think about it", etc. No means no, listen to your inner voice.


4. Forgive yourself

Even if something went wrong and you failed, let it go and don’t blame yourself. Instead of focusing on mistakes, you’d better move on! Any result – positive or not – leads to experience broadening, which is priceless.

Often people stumble when they try something new. But if you don’t give up, your perseverance and patience will be rewarded.


5. Focus on solutions

Right attitude is half the success. What happens if we concentrate our attention on problems? We start brewing negative environment around. What is the way out? To think about the actions that can be taken to solve them.

And not only to think, but apply them in practice and pull your finger out!


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Did a real ‘Golden Man’ actually exist? Where can one see 36,000 exhibits of pure gold? What artefacts are displayed in the Museum of Gold in Colombia?

We will share everything you need to know about the national pride of Colombia: gold.

The fate and history of Colombia are closely related to gold. Especially for you, we have collected interesting facts about the metal which shields this country for centuries.

Golden secrets of Indians


Indians considered gold to be a sacred metal and believed that it transmits and preserves the energy of the sun. Men, women and children used to wear gold ornaments, and masters who worked with gold enjoyed special respect in the society.


Ancient goldsmiths learned to mix the "solar" metal with copper and platinum, salt and clay. They melted the extracted gold with soldering pipes, mixed it with particles of platinum and produced real masterpieces. Craftsmen achieved the desired melting temperature and sophisticated forms with pinpoint accuracy.

Indians were the first in the world to come up with a way of purifying gold, filling objects with wax, gold-plating and polishing. This is how incredible creations, musical instruments, sculptures, and ritual artefacts were born.


Legend about a Golden Man


Guatavita is a large round lake in Colombia which formed in the crater of a volcano. It is believed that the bottom of the lake hides more than 50 million of gold ornaments.

During each coronation ceremony, the Indians covered their chief’s body with golden sand and decorated him with gold adornments. This literally golden man had to swim on a raft to the middle of the lake and dump all the gold to propitiate the gods.

Some of the items raised from the bottom of the sacred lake are now stored in the Museum of Gold in Colombia.


The richest museum in the world


Gold exhibits collected by historians, ethnographers and archaeologists are displayed in the unique Museum of Gold, which was opened in 1932 in Bogotá. To date, the collection embraces more than 36,000 artefacts made of the yellow metal.


Gold Muisca raft

This stunning creation – a raft of pure gold – is a definite must-see. It represents a platform 20 cm long and 10 cm wide with 10-centimeter figures on it. The figure of a leader of the Muisca tribe is placed on the center and is surrounded by twelve Indians.

The raft built somewhere between 1200 and 1500 BC was raised from the bottom of Lake Guatavita in 1856. 



Gold grandeur


Columbia can boast with diverse collections of gold bars, household items, coins, masks, weapons, armor, figures and mummies. Birds and animals in this country have always been revered as guides to another world, so many gold pieces represent frogs, snails, snakes, jaguars and animal hybrids with humans. Colombian museums carefully store gold jewelry too: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, nasal rings, beads, pins, etc.



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