improve-yourself

mindful-owls asked:

I cannot believe that you, an artist who puts time and effort into their work, uP AND STOLE A DESIGN. FROM YOURSELF! How DARE you take a design that you made yourself, worked upon yourself, improved by yourself, and then use it in another project created by yourself! Why, this is outrageous! I am calling the Dorito Police! You have some explaining to do!

Pls no my 9 yr old cousin is in the navy and she can dox u xdd

I just got off the phone with one of my friends, and he’s having a pretty hard time right now, and it just made me think, so…

I just wanna remind people that your favorite characters aren’t just fiction. They’re ideas, personalities, and goals to integrate into your life. Channel them, use them to improve yourself.

Channel Furiosa’s fierceness.

Channel Max’s loyalty.

Channel Nux’s enthusiasm.

Channel Angharad’s passion and confidence.

Channel Capable’s bravery.

Channel Toast’s strength.

Channel Dag’s unique intelligence.

Channel Cheedo’s quick wit.

Please don’t let anyone tell you that these characters, that any of your favorite characters, are pointless and stupid. Take pride in what they’re teaching you; take it to heart.

If anything, just remember that you’re never alone, okay? c:

Things are not as complicated as people tend to make them out to be. But I guess the easier something is to understand, the harder it is for certain people to accept it. Because acceptance for some people is the same as admitting when they are wrong. And they can’t have that.
So they’ll  make things out to be something it is not or invent situations to bitch about. Rumors are started by the same people who make simple situations into complicated ones. Simplicity is simple. I wish more people knew how to use it. I wish more people learned to accept other people for who they are instead of finding reasons why they shouldn’t. Learn to burn your ego and realize that pointing out the fault of others in the end is the biggest fault of your own. Try to take time to improve yourself.

If we forget our past, we wont remember our future, because we won’t have one. So focus on your own past and worry less about everyone else’s.

—  Joanna Strafford 
Developing Self Discipline

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Self-discipline can be considered a type of selective training, creating new habits of thought, action, and speech toward improving yourself and reaching goals. Self-discipline can also be task oriented and selective. View self-discipline as positive effort, rather than one of denial. 

Schedule a small task for a given time of the day;
Practice deliberate delaying.

  • Schedule a particular task in the morning and once in the evening.
  • The task should not take more than 15 minutes.
  • Wait for the exact scheduled time.
    When the schedule time is due, start the task.
  • Stick to the schedule for at least two months.

Advantage: Scheduling helps you focus on your priorities.
By focusing on starting tasks rather than completing them, you can avoid procrastination.

  • Schedule a task and hold to its time;
    Avoid acting on impulse.
  • Track your progress;
    At the end of the allotted time, keep a record of accomplishment that builds over time.
  • If you begin to have surplus time, fill it with small tasks, make notes to yourself, plan other tasks, etc.

Advantage: Building a record will help you track how much time tasks take.

  • If you begin to have surplus time, fill it with small tasks, make notes to yourself, plan other tasks, etc.

Harness the power of routine.

  • Instead of devoting a lot of hours one day, and none the other and then a few on an another day and so on, allocate a specific time period each day of the week for that task.
  • Hold firm.
  • Don’t set a goal other than time allocation,
    simply set the habit of routine.
  • Apply this technique to your homework or your projects, you will be on your way to getting things done

Advantage: You are working on tasks in small increments, not all at once. You first develop a habit, then the habit does the job for you.

Use self discipline to explore time management

Time management can become an overwhelming task.
When you do not have control over your own self, how can you control time?
Begin with task-oriented self-discipline and build from there.

Advantage: As you control tasks, you build self-discipline.
As you build self-discipline, you build time management.
As you build time management, you build self-confidence.

Maintain a self-discipline log book.

  • Record the start and end times of the tasks.
  • Review for feedback on your progress

Advantage: This log book can be a valuable tool to get a better picture over your activities in order to prioritize activities, and realize what is important and not important on how you spend your time.

Schedule your work day and studies.

  • When you first begin your work day, or going to work take a few minutes and write down on a piece of paper the tasks that you want to accomplish for that day.
  • Prioritize the list.
  • Immediately start working on the most important one.
  • Try it for a few days to see if the habit works for you.
  • Habits form over time: how much time depends on you and the habit.

Advantage: When you have a clear idea as to what you want to achieve for the day at its start, the chances are very high that you will be able to proactively accomplish the tasks. Writing or sketching out the day helps.

Discouragement:

  • Do not be intimidated; do not be put off by the challenge
  • If you slip, remember this is natural
  • Take a break and then refresh the challenge

Tricks:

Associate a new habit with an old one: If you drink coffee, make that first cup the time to write out and prioritize your tasks.

Advantage: Association facilitates neural connections!

Mark your progress:

On a calendar in your bathroom, on a spreadsheet at your computer, on your breakfast table: Check off days you successfully follow up. If you break the routine, start over!

Advantage: Visualizing is a ready reinforcement of progress

Role models:

Observe the people in your life and see to what extent self discipline and habits help them accomplish goals. Ask them for advice on what works, what does not.

James was “never angry” at people for making him feel uncomfortable. Says he was self-centered for “putting all my work into studying and learning.” According to him, that’s self-centered because “you are gaining knowledge for yourself, improving yourself.”

How to Attract Women?

Are you wondering on how to attract women? As you walk by the street, you have seen people on your level going out with very gorgeous women. It makes you wonder, “What does this man have that I don’t?” As you look inside yourself, you realized that you need to change something in your life. You want to learn the ways to attract girls. Not just any girl but the gorgeous ones! Instead of spending time feeling sorry for yourself, you can start by improving yourself with the help of dating guide books. For a long time, ways of attracting women has been a mystery to you! You often heard advices like “be yourself!” but you are tired of it! None of it seems to work. The main reason of the problem is that you are harboring the wrong set of beliefs about ways to get a girl and dating. It is about time that you open your eyes and see the truth!

Dating beautiful women is a mystery and a wonder that have fascinated us men throughout the ages.  As you can see, its magic lives on until now. For some reason, we just can’t get over it. Attracting women makes you feel good about yourself. In addition to that, the woman that you attract will also feel good about herself.  It makes her feel wanted and sexy. Therefore we can safely say that it is a mutual relationship….

Click here to learn how to attract women.

Developing Self Discipline

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Self-discipline can be considered a type of selective training, creating new habits of thought, action, and speech toward improving yourself and reaching goals. Self-discipline can also be task oriented and selective. View self-discipline as positive effort, rather than one of denial.

Schedule a small task for a given time of the day;
Practice deliberate delaying.

  • Schedule a particular task in the morning and once in the evening.
  • The task should not take more than 15 minutes.
  • Wait for the exact scheduled time.
    When the schedule time is due, start the task.
  • Stick to the schedule for at least two months.

Advantage: Scheduling helps you focus on your priorities.
By focusing on starting tasks rather than completing them, you can avoid procrastination.

  • Schedule a task and hold to its time;
    Avoid acting on impulse.
  • Track your progress;
    At the end of the allotted time, keep a record of accomplishment that builds over time.
  • If you begin to have surplus time, fill it with small tasks, make notes to yourself, plan other tasks, etc.

Advantage: Building a record will help you track how much time tasks take.

  • If you begin to have surplus time, fill it with small tasks, make notes to yourself, plan other tasks, etc.

Harness the power of routine.

  • Instead of devoting a lot of hours one day, and none the other and then a few on an another day and so on, allocate a specific time period each day of the week for that task.
  • Hold firm.
  • Don’t set a goal other than time allocation,
    simply set the habit of routine.
  • Apply this technique to your homework or your projects, you will be on your way to getting things done

Advantage: You are working on tasks in small increments, not all at once. You first develop a habit, then the habit does the job for you.

Use self discipline to explore time management

Time management can become an overwhelming task.
When you do not have control over your own self, how can you control time?
Begin with task-oriented self-discipline and build from there.

Advantage: As you control tasks, you build self-discipline.
As you build self-discipline, you build time management.
As you build time management, you build self-confidence.

Maintain a self-discipline log book.

  • Record the start and end times of the tasks.
  • Review for feedback on your progress

Advantage: This log book can be a valuable tool to get a better picture over your activities in order to prioritize activities, and realize what is important and not important on how you spend your time.

Schedule your work day and studies.

  • When you first begin your work day, or going to work take a few minutes and write down on a piece of paper the tasks that you want to accomplish for that day.
  • Prioritize the list.
  • Immediately start working on the most important one.
  • Try it for a few days to see if the habit works for you.
  • Habits form over time: how much time depends on you and the habit.

Advantage: When you have a clear idea as to what you want to achieve for the day at its start, the chances are very high that you will be able to proactively accomplish the tasks. Writing or sketching out the day helps.

Discouragement:

  • Do not be intimidated; do not be put off by the challenge
  • If you slip, remember this is natural
  • Take a break and then refresh the challenge

Tricks:

Associate a new habit with an old one: If you drink coffee, make that first cup the time to write out and prioritize your tasks.

Advantage: Association facilitates neural connections!

Mark your progress:

On a calendar in your bathroom, on a spreadsheet at your computer, on your breakfast table: Check off days you successfully follow up. If you break the routine, start over!

Advantage: Visualizing is a ready reinforcement of progress

Role models:

Observe the people in your life and see to what extent self discipline and habits help them accomplish goals. Ask them for advice on what works, what does not.

mr-onizuka asked:

How and when did you discover your taste and talent for drawing and colouring?

mmh, “talent” is a big word… it’s more right talk about “when my obsession started” ahah. Because that is, when I was in middle school, I was, maybe, one of the few people who enjoyed drawing in the whole school, but be sure that I wasn’t any better than any 12 old kid… actually I was pretty bad… (and my art teacher said that art wasn’t the thing for me, ahahaha).

But you know, at 12 your mind is full of awesome projects and epic careers… I always said that I wanted to be a vet, but also be able to draw a comic that other people could read and enjoy. Growing up, I never stopped to draw, and I tried always my best to improve and get better in that. So at 17 I realized that if I had that burning need to improve in art and draw that comic for real, maybe that was my real future, since I wasn’t interested in anything else. 
And that is, the boring story about how I decided to became a cartoonist :°D The “talent” that you see now is just what I got from years of trying and little achievements, and I have no intention to stop now. Actually I’m still at the start line.

It is never too late...is it?

The importance of maintaining our good name and reputation

A little while ago, I met one of the founders of a well-known auto club. In Israel – where racing is not a sport, but an illegal activity, being a Corvette owner and a big sports cars buff in general - I was very curious to meet others of my own kind.

After a short but nice conversation over the phone, I was invited to their weekly meeting spot.

After seeing some of the most amazing vintage cars I ever came across, I was invited to meet some of the club members at the nearest coffee shop.

After introducing myself, and the car I own, I mentioned that “due to some personal circumstances, I was thinking of selling my car but not sure yet..”

So, after a few long but interesting meeting with everyone, I drove back home with my friend and a big fat smile on my face.

Great gathering that ended up successfully, right? Well..not so much.

A few days later, I called the guy who invited me to the meeting in the first place only to discover that some of the members were disappointed in me.

As a pretty judgmental person, I decided to ask for the reason and discovered that the reason was because they saw that I put my car for sale at a post which was uploaded a few weeks before the meeting.

What was innocent to me - I just thought I was going to see the price people offer me for my car (a Corvette is not an official car to be sold in Israel so it doesn’t have a price in the Israeli BlueBook) eventually took a wrong turn for others and gave some the impression that I wasn’t being completely honest with them (after all, at the I didn’t realize I have to tell every single detail to each and everyone of them)

So, after a pretty long phone conversation where I explained myself, all issues were cleared. But then it hit me, how sometimes it is easy to forget how we can easily destroy our reputation (sometimes without even knowing about it) especially for a small place like Israel and with the advance of the social media today it can be destroyed rapidly for everyone and everywhere!

We live in a small world, where meeting new people became very accessible and easy – and our first impression is critical, a new door can be closed for you at the same speed it can be opened.

Think of someone you meet though a colleague, and after a few questions about this person, you realize that some people say…well..not the best things about him. Maybe you won’t disqualify this person for the get-go, but you’ll definitely keep a small “red alert” inside your mind on this person- a red alert that is going to be pretty hard to remove once it is there.

In today’s business world, where the most effective marketing is social marketing – answer me this: “how ‘neutral’ will you be after you’ll hear from a friend that he had a bad experience buying from ABC Company?”

As a business owner - I like to see the amount of effort you’ll spend trying to explain the potential customer why you friend was disappointed but “in your case things will be different”. So you what you do need to realize is that your personal reputation is no different than any other business or product you see on the shelves, except the fact that it is more important!

So the same way a business owner stares (hopefully) at his products and thinks to himself: “how does my customer see this item / how should see this in his own eyes?” you should do the same for yourself!

I mean, think about it – we all come with our own unique external packaging (the way we dress, the way we talk, how polite we are to others etc..) and internal packaging (after all we all have something interesting to offer and some knowledge to share) but, even in the prettiest, most luxuries showroom in the world – if a person thinks something negative about us – we have a problem!

Remember, not everyone has a second chance to make amends for the first negative impression they have on us – and is doesn’t even have to be from someone you know – technology today allows every person with a computer, a link to the internet and 5 minutes to spare to gather a lot of information about you – some information you had no idea on to begin with. A fact that doesn’t necessary goes against you but sometimes it can do some good – recently, a friend of mine was looking to rent an apartment in New-York. Imagine her surprise when she discovered how much information the guy who wanted to rent her the apartment knew about her. This alone is what made the deal between them a lot smoother and faster and saved them both a great deal of time.

I, myself was personally “saved” from taking a very bad business decision that was eventually avoided only for this tip only – a former business colleague of mine introduced me to a “business entrepreneur” who seemed to me like a very genuine person. After a quick search on the internet I discovered that in the past (or maybe present) he was doing business with a person who was pretty known for his criminal record. Another thing that I noticed was that he ended up in court after being indicted several times. Those two small pieces of information are what helped me to think more than twice before even giving him a cent and saved me from investing a big influx of money in his venture, not to mention the great amount of time I saved.

Appearing badly on the internet doesn’t automatically mean that we see a clear “deal breaker”. Richard Branson, the legendary entrepreneur who leads his “Virgin” brands, and one of my personal business guru, once made an almost fatal mistake in his first years of business after trying to avoid customs in Europe while trying to transfer music records without paying tax.

In his own book he say so himself that he knew it wasn’t legal, but he only thought of bending the rules a little. Think of the amount of damage this one mistake could have done to Mr. Branson’s business future if it was made today in the social media era.

So, in our times, where almost everyone has the ability to communicate and fast, we must maintain our most important brand – the one that will follow us for the rest of our lives, our very own name.

So, how can I try to avoid the embarrassment on our own reputation?

Here are the 5 golden rules:

Google, Google and Google- Before even thinking of meeting other- when was the last time you googled your own name in order to see what’s out there? (Try typing your name with and without quotes- sometimes the results are a bit different but with today’s advancements it’s not a big must). You can be surprised sometimes by what you’ll discover appearing out there.

“So, how do I look?” – Sad, but true- sometimes we build our opinions on others according to what he or she wears. This fact alone could trick you when trying to engage with someone in business and life in general. So stop for a few seconds – stare and the mirror and try asking yourself “what do you see?” are you overdressed?Too much “bling”? too exposed? How’s your hair? Got something between your teeth? How’s your breath? ….you get the point. And remember this: always fix yourself up where no one sees you (parking lot, bathroom etc..) The key point is that after the first encounter with someone, the last memory you’ll want to keep in his mind should never be because of what you were wearing, but for what you were saying.

“Great weather we’re having…” So, after checking our external appearance, maybe it is time to check ourselves on the issue with whom we want to discuss.. the last thing we want, is to come to a gathering or a meeting without knowing what is it that we actually want to get our of the other person.. What do we have to offer? A good chit-chat is always good but you don’t want to overstretch it too long because the other person might see you just as a nice guy at best, or as an annoying person at worst. Ask yourself: how do I want this meeting to end? After all, the last thing we want to say on our way back home is “nooo, that’s what I should have said!” this line better left funny only if you’re watching Seinfeld reruns..

“Let’s talk humor” – Humor is very important! And sometimes underestimated. It has a huge affect on others, sometimes even draws people to you like a magnet. So, as funny as this might be, just make yourself a list of funny jokes, responses, ice breaking lines, and funny comments (also good in order to avoid certain issues at hand). Many advantages to quick humor responses: It gives the affect that you have a gift for having quick brilliant responses, makes you seem more interesting and witty. Just make sure you don’t say anything too offensive or personal.. in general try to avoid “extreme” subjects, keep your generalize opinion and racial, chauvinist jokes to yourself. Maybe you think they are funny among your friends, but with strangers – it could be fatal to your name! Ohh..one last thing – the younger you are the more serious you should be. If you’re young and like being funny remember that people tend to see you sometimes more as a “clown” than anything else, while the older you get- the more respect you automatically get from otherssay the same funny jokes!

“Last night was pretty nice, right??” After the meeting, it is highly recommended that you do a follow up call to the person you’re interested in meeting. Just keep it light, it doesn’t have to be on any specific issue at hand, but more on how fun you had meeting this person again, and how you should “definitely do this again sometimes”. Why is it so important? First of all, it shows you have good manners, that you like the other person, that you might overlooked something important that was said the day before, and leaves a “good taste” to the whole meeting in general.Or, just like in my personal example- maybe you need to clear a few things that weren’t going well the day before, where in that case: “the sooner the better!”

Just remember:

“One can survive everything nowadays, except death, and live down anything, except a good reputation.”

(Oscar Wilde)