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Kindle self-publishing opportunities have made this the perfect time to become an author. Publishing your own writing doesn't require the approval of a publishing house, nor do you need a book company to market your product for you. In this day and age, as long as you have a computer and can write in popular word processing programs, you have the option to publish and market your own books online.

The Kindle platform is one such venue that makes it very easy for anyone to publish their own books and start to gather an audience for their work. That's because of the Kindle, an e-book reader developed by Amazon, has the backing of this large online book retailer to help promote your offerings on their website. There are others but I am interested in the possibilities Kindle opens up. They make it possible for anyone to publish ebooks.  But, before we get into the mechanics of how to use this unique platform to publish your manuscripts, you do want to do a little planning ahead of time – particularly if you have no topic or ebook ready to publish, yet. The making of a bestseller isn't just about uploading a perfectly formatted ebook. It's also about understanding the market for ebooks and learning what sells best. By paying attention to the market first, this helps you not only become a successful author but a profitable one too!

But, before we get into the mechanics of how to use this unique platform to publish your manuscripts, you do want to do a little planning ahead of time – particularly if you have no topic or ebook ready to publish, yet. The making of a bestseller isn't just about uploading a perfectly formatted ebook. It's also about understanding the market for ebooks and learning what sells best. By paying attention to the market first, this helps you not only become a successful author but a profitable one too!

Find The Profitable Topics First

If you don't have a manuscript yet, you're in luck! It's far easier to write a great book that sells when you've researched the profitable topics first. It doesn't mean you're already written manuscript can't sell, but why waste too much effort on a topic that has little market potential? Instead, start by putting the right foot forward and writing what the market demands. Then, you know that you have the potential for greater profits. You need to work out your keywords.

To the find out what might be selling best in today's market is not as hard as it sounds. The Internet makes this a very easy research exercise that anyone can do. You do want to do the research close to the time you plan on writing the ebook as the trends in sales can change overnight. But, some topics never go out of style too. So, whether you are trying to grab the market for a very HOT, but transient, topic or whether you want a classic, like business marketing, you can make money if you understand that timing the market help build sales too. Don't wait to publish the really hot topics that might not turn into classics, because someone else will have beaten you on it by then.

Here are some places you can visit online to research book topics that are selling well or would sell well due to current events.

The Daily News

Keep your ears and eyes open to the current events, as these are the topics that are VERY HOT but for a short period of time, mostly. So, these you would have to get out the ebook in record time in order to profit from the current event.

Basically, what you are looking for is some problem that has come up a lot in the mainstream news that needs a solution. If you are the person who knows that solution and can write about it, you stand to make a mint on that idea. An example of this would be when eBay decided to no longer allow info products to be sold virtually on their site in the regular auction area. This small change was big news for Internet marketers and had you sold an e-book on how to package your info products in other formats to allow the submission with the auction format, you would have had people storming down your doors for that information.

You don't have to be a genius to come up with a solution. You can even research solutions that other people have come up with and write about them. The ideas themselves are copyrighted, but the product may be. So, you will have to be careful how you use other people's ideas in your ebooks so as not infringe on any copyrights.

If you don't have time to do all that research and writing, don't worry! You can always hire a ghostwriter who can do it for you. Then, you just pay them for all the rights and slap your name on their work and peddle it as your own.

Bestseller Lists

Some of the biggest e-commerce sites offer bestseller and hot lists for their visitors. These are to help them find deals or topics that are immensely popular and can tempt them into buying them. For you, those same lists can help you figure out what topics are selling best on the Internet market. Amazon has their own list of bestsellers for the Kindle too. Even though you are selling on the Kindle, it doesn't mean you can't check other resources for the best market topics. If you know of blogs or commercial websites that get lots of traffic in a market niche you are considering, check them out. They will often have “most viewed” or “hot topics” listed. The more discussion on a particular topic, the more the odds are that people are willing to pay to seek more information about this topic.

Google Tools

Google has many tools available (keyword tools, tend tools) in addition to basic search to discover good topics. Once you start doing your research, you may find that non-fiction is far more popular online for ebook topics than non-fiction. The reason for this is that there are many business professionals, computer geeks, and hobbyists online. So, if you want to start off with a bang, concentrate on finding a nonfiction topic that many people would be interested in buying. In particular, “how to” topics are immensely popular.

There are plenty of niches that can be profitable. If they happen to be in your area of expertise, all the better! You write the book then, otherwise, send it to a ghostwriter who can research and write an informative, and relevant, ebooks that will represent you professionally to the readers of the Kindle platform.

The Professional Writer

You will need to organize your ebook information. There is quite a bit of information to gather, and preparatory work to make sure that the upload and conversion are as successful as it can be. Unfortunately, even with these steps, you will have to preview your work and in a trial and error way, reformat whatever doesn't look quite right before you publish it.

To keep from having too many do-overs, keep track of the following:

  • Don't add page breaks to your ebook
    The Kindle will put page breaks where it sees fit and if you enforce a page break it probably will not land where you want it. For things like title pages, you can just add extra spacing, instead of a forced page break to make it match the Kindle page format, which is smaller than a regular page.
  • Save images to the same directory
    Ensure that you don't put the images in a separate subfolder, as this won't work with the Kindle conversion. Keep them in the same folder
  • The Title
    Believe it or not, this is the absolutely most important feature of your book. The title can make or break the sales of your books. You might want to include some hot keywords in the title to generate more hits from search engines, but if it doesn't appeal to humans as well, you won't get them to peek at the sample of your ebook that Kindle provides to spur sales. So, be careful to pick a title that wows them and gets them interested enough to sample or buy.Jacket Blurb
    This is the product description of what's inside. It is short and sweet.
  • Keywords
    Remember those keywords we asked you to get? Well, here is where you now use them. The more, the merrier. This is what the search engine will use to categorize and index your ebook offering.
  • Product Image
    If you don't have a cover image you can use, create one. There's lots of software around to do this. Creating a cover doesn't have to be traumatizing. You can just pick a nice colored background, add a photo or image to liven it up, and then place the title and the author on the cover in nice fonts. 
  • Headings And Subheadings
    While we're on the subject of headings and subheadings, you should write an ebook with multiple headings and subheadings to make the information easily skimmed, particularly if this is a non-fiction ebook. When people buy non-fiction, they're typically interested in solving a problem or learning how to do something. Many people want to skim over the headings, find the area that most interests them and start reading from there. 
  • White Space Is Noticeable
    If you've only written novels, then you may not be interested in adding too much white space to these types of fiction books. With non-fiction, the absence of white space is particularly noticeable, and not in a pleasant way. You want to add white space to help the reader rest their eyes as they read through the material, and it's just more visually appealing than an entire glob of writing mushed together.  Don't forget to add a little white space around your headings and subheadings too. However, you space it in your original document should be the way you see it in the Kindle conversion.
  • Bulleted And Numbered Lists
    Another way to quickly organize information in a non-fiction ebook is to make use of bulleted or numbered lists. These can be a very helpful way of summarizing information, especially if you use bolding or italicizing, to bring out the salient points. People can quickly skim a list and heading or points and figure out which ones apply to them.  Don't forget to use the white space here, as well. You will want to make sure that if a list looks too cramped that you add a space in between each point to make it more readable.
  • Highlight Important Points
    You can use bolding, italicizing, and underlining for highlighting. It's important to use these when you want to make a point to the reader that they won't miss. Even though it may not be as important as a heading or subheading, it still alerts the reader that there is valuable information within the paragraph that is important to the overall understanding of the topic. They'll take notice and decide whether it merits an entire read or not.

Your Audience Matters - Marketing Your Ebook

Let's take the time to examine the audience you are trying to attract. If your book is about toy trains, the groups that you want to access should have toy train enthusiasts and hobbyists in their ranks. No matter how large or popular a forum is, if they don't have the audience you need to sell your book, then, they're simply not worth the effort. What is going to sell your ebook is to connect the audience demographic that likes your topic to the ebook on the Kindle Store. If the two don't match, the odds of a sale are very low. So, stick with those people you know will be interested in your topic to begin with.

The nice thing is though that you can build your audience for yourself and once your name is known, you can go anywhere and that audience will follow you. You will know how to generate more interest for your work and you won't be dependent on finding a literary agent or a publishing house that is willing to publish your work. In a lot of ways, it offers you a lot more creative freedom to see what the market will accept versus what a publisher may deem to be unmarketable. And, it doesn't cost too much in money, although it can take quite a bit of time to keep an active marketing campaign going.

Here are some of the strategies to expose your work to more readers, not just the ones who go the Kindle bookstore already, and thus make more sales.

Within Amazon Ecosphere

  • Setting up description categories and keywords correctly
  • Author profile
  • Reviews

Off Amazon

  • Author Website
  • Social media sites (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Audiovisual sites (YouTube, Podcasts)
  • Press release
  • Advertising (PPC)
  • Promotions (email, specialist sites)

Write Up A Business Plan

Okay, so you've decided that this isn't just a one book venture. You want to be a publisher of many ebooks. So, get out your pencil and start taking notes on what it might take to succeed if you see yourself mass producing numerous titles. Then, track your winners and losers using the tools provided by Kindle to make sure that you are on track with your business plan.

Here are a few things to include in your business plan:

  • Planning For Press Kits
    Some marketers even create this first, before the book is even written. That's because they can put out a press release of an upcoming book and then find out how much interest there is through advance sales before the book is even published. You just take names, not money. Then, if the demand is poor, don't bother. Try a different one. You've just saved a ton of time on a loser.
  • Understand Your Audience
    Include demographic information, potential clubs or associations where your audience congregates, and the type of advertising that works best with your target demographic.
  • A Timeline
    How many books do you want to publish a month? How many in a year? Do you have titles and timelines lined up in advanced? If you plan on being a publisher, then you have to think ahead of the game. You also have to try to time the market for big events like Christmas and other major purchasing holidays.
  • Media Contacts
    Who do you know that can help you get the word out? Make a list of all the people you plan to contact to help promote that book.
  • Sales Techniques
    Is there one sales technique more than another that appeals to you for your book. Are you tracking which methods provide better results than others? Maybe you've found you get most of your orders from people who visit a blog that you've commented. Time to start commenting more or getting that blogger to do a review.
  • Success Measurements
    How will you determine success? Traffic, sales, or some other way? How will you measure and track success? Luckily, Kindle offers an area for reports that show you how your ebooks are performing in the marketplace. This gives you some instant ways to measure their success in terms of dollar values.
  • Outsourcing
    What parts of the ebook creation and marketing will you outsource? Do you want to have someone do the ghostwriting? Someone to generate websites or blogs, or to comment online and write reviews for you? Do you want to have someone else take care of queries about your ebook? Do you need to hire a graphic designer to do the jacket of your ebook (probably)?
  • Pricing/Profits
    Estimate your pricing strategy and how much profit you will make based on a projected number of sales. These are your sales goals and will help you to decide whether the business is making you good money or needs or whether you've overestimated sales or profits. Then, you tweak things to make the profit you want, or you modify the business plan to cut expenses where necessary. Always have an account balance sheet that shows how many sales you made in a month on what titles and what the final tally is. That's your net sales. Then, make sure you understand what your profit level is from those net sales. Subtract your expenses from your profits and that's the true value of what you've earned that month. Of course, taxes can change that picture in the end, if you're not careful. Always keep in mind the bottom line in order to make a successful business and not just a side hobby that generates a few dribs and drabs of income. All of these things are vitally important to creating a business plan that helps you develop a publishing business that can shoot out numerous ebooks per month, creating residual income for as long as Amazon publishes the ebooks.

Write a How-To Book for Amazon Kindle in 7 Easy Steps

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Do you want to profit from the popularity of the Amazon Kindle? This electronic book reader is a hit! For you, this means a good potential to make money, but how? There are a number of ways to profit from the Amazon Kindle, such as working as a paid affiliate. If you are an author, even just a web author, you can profit from the popularity of the Kindle by using your talent. You can write an ebook and sell it as a Kindle Book.

So, how do you get started?

1 – Decide on a Category

To write a how-to ebook, choose a category. It is easier to write on interesting topics. Take a passion of yours and profit from it. Do you like to build dollhouses? Write a how-to guide on doing so. With how-to guides, your options are virtually unlimited. Popular books include those that show readers how to save money, combat global warming, make money, and do home improvement projects.

2 – Create an Outline

To increase productivity and reduce writer’s block, write an outline. Do this by hand or on the computer. Write what you want to include in your ebook. If you want to show readers how to replace a kitchen countertop, your sections can include needed tools, tips for buying equipment, preparation, the replacement process, and cleaning tips.

3 – Write the Introduction

Your ebook introduction should be at least two paragraphs. Start with a catchy phrase. For an e-book instructing readers on how to replace their kitchen countertop, your introduction can say “Are you tired of looking at an old, dreary kitchen counter? Don’t wait any longer.”

State the point of your ebook, which may be showing readers how to replace their kitchen countertop. Mention how your e-book can help them accomplish their goal. Then, thank them for joining you on the journey.

4 – Write the Chapters

How-to books are shorter than novels. You shouldn’t focus on word count or page length. Instead, just write until all points are made. With that said, each chapter should be at least three pages long. Take each of your sections from your outline and describe them in great detail.

5 – Write the Conclusion

For the conclusion of your ebook, restate your main points. Unlike the introduction, the conclusion can be as short as one paragraph or even once sentence.

6 – Proofread and Edit

Proofread and edit your ebook.

7 – Proofread and Edit Again

The importance of a well-written and edited ebook cannot be stressed enough. When selling on Amazon.com, all products are subject to reviews. Make sure yours are positive by eliminating grammar errors. So, proofread and edit your book multiple times before proceeding.

Your ebook can be uploaded to Kindle once correctly formatted.

Companies such as ebook publishing consultancy can assist with writing and orchestrate all the steps needed to publish on Kindle.

 

How to Write an eBook and What to Do with It

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Thanks to the popularity of the internet and ebook readers, such as the Amazon Kindle, writing e-books is becoming a good moneymaking opportunity.

So, how can you write an ebook?

1 – Choose a Category

Write about what you know. This is your expertise, so you should stick with it. If you later want to expand to creative writing, do so. This will make writing an ebook easier.

As for the category, choose a topic that is interesting to you, such as working from home, parenting, or saving money. Or, choose an issue that is important to Americans, such as how to lessen the impact of global warming, how to make money from home, and so forth.

2 – Create a Title for Your ebook

If writing a how-to book, this will be very easy. What does your e-book show readers how to do? If it is about saving money, a good title would be “How to Keep Money in Your Wallet.”

3 – Write Your Introduction

Summarize the purpose of your ebook, as well as your reasons for writing it.

4 – Write Your ebook

Create an outline first. If you want to show people how to save money, start by outlining the ways one can save money. There is saving money on groceries, eating out, clothes, travel, utilities and so forth. Each of these can be a section or chapter.Inside each chapter, break down into sections. For example, saving money at the grocery store can have one section that highlights why you should, how it can increase your savings, how you can use coupons, tips for finding coupons, and tips for getting full use out of them.

Inside each chapter, break down into sections. For example, saving money at the grocery store can have one section that highlights why you should, how it can increase your savings, how you can use coupons, tips for finding coupons, and tips for getting full use out of them.

5 – Write Your Conclusion

Your conclusion should summarize your ebook and what readers just learned. Restate some of your most helpful and money saving tips.

6 – Edit Your ebook

Proofread and edit your ebook.

Now that you know how to compose an ebook, you may wonder how to make money from it. The good news is that you have many options. You can create a website and sell your ebook from there, use a third party marketplace,  or convert your ebook to digital text and sell it as an Amazon Kindle book.

If you would like assistance with writing or publishing a kindle ebook check out ebook publishing consultancy.

 

To Change Your Life You Need To Change Your Attitude

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To change your life you need to change your attitude to life. Both require a conscious choice and some actual action or praxis whether practical or in the mind. To understand this process and to make it effective it is useful to look at some of the theoretical ideas that have been suggested about how a change in attitudes is a prerequisite for changing your life.

Attitude is an important concept. as a term it has been widely and extensively used and includes many related terms such as opinion, belief and values. These are often used interchangeably amongst both the general public and theorists of attitude change.

The components of attitude as a concept have been hotly debated in academic circles. Some early writers suggesting it has three components: knowledge, being for or against something and then the action taken. More recently variations of this have been suggested.

There is a great variety of theoretical approaches to attitude change.

  • Functional approaches where attitude change results from the different needs of the individual.
  • Cognitive consistency explain attitude change in terms need for people to maintain attitude consistency in light new information.
  • Cognitive dissonance explains change in terms of a perceived conflict between information, knowledge and the need to resolve it.
  • Learning theories emphasise the importance of education as a driver of change. New knowledge results peoples frames of reference alter.

Whilst no doubt all these approaches have potency from a practical perspective it is when we learn new ideas that attitudes change and subsequently our actions are altered. When this happens consciously it is possible to change your life.

 

Impossible is Just a Word

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Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn't fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn't dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?

Often, we dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic.

This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.

But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.

The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can't do this. It's too hard. It's too impossible. No one can do this.

However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.

Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.

On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.

If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.

Try this exercise. Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’

Now look at all the headers strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them when you are able to accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header-the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’

As of the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’

As you iterate through this process, you will find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish. And the impossible begin to seem possible after all.

You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it also is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic.

Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.

On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.

Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.

Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.

So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible.

Building Courage to Improve your Personal Life

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When you build courage, you start to improve your personal life. Building courage will help you take risks to a brighter future that you ordinarily would not take. When you build courage, you put fear behind you. courage is the process of admitting that you have fears, yet you are willing to find a way to defeat those fears and not allow these fears to take control of you. It is ok to experience your fears at appropriate times. For instance, if a bus is heading in your path, swerving you have a right to fear. There is nothing wrong with healthy fear. The problem is you have to put healthy fear in its place and unhealthy fear out of your life.

Once you build courage, you will learn to self-direct you in life. You will learn to accept punishment and rewards gracefully. A courageous person will often feel motivated to accept blame and responsibility while reviewing their actions and using what they learn to move forward. Courageous people will step to the front, rather than stepping back when opportunities come their way. On the other hand, a courageous person will step back and take a view at his or her mistakes gracefully.

Sometimes the courageous person is spontaneous. It is never good to plan each day, because no one knows what the next day will bring in. Think about it. How many times have you planned something all to see it shatter in your face the next day. For instance, I plan to go to the ballgame tomorrow. Come tomorrow a blizzard, hurricane, tornado, wind storm, or rainstorm could change your mind. You planned, but did you plan for the weather. Did you make a backup plan in case your first plan failed. As you can see, planning is not always in your favor, which is why courageous people are sometimes spontaneous.

A person willing to improve their life will relax. This person will relax even when plans fail. For instance, if it stormed the next day the person will find something else to occupy his or her time and feel just as happy about joining this adventure.

To become successful and improve your life you will need to learn how to trust you. When you trust you, you can trust others as well. Unfortunately, we live in a world where trust is hard to find, yet when you trust you, you can’t blame others when things go wrong.

Improving your life includes using your creative and critical mind. When you can create new ideas, you are off to the road to success. You have many options in this world, it takes you to pull up resources to find those options.

Sometimes in life, we feel uncomfortable. In fact, this is common. Are you willing to accept your discomforts? Perhaps at an interview you feel misplaced. Are you willing to accept this discomfort and find a way to deliver a good speech to impress the interviewer. Alternatively, are you willing to allow negative energies cost you the job.

Do you accept?
Do you accept the things you cannot change? Do you accept the things you have control over? Do you accept other people regardless of how these people act? Do you accept you for who you are? Do you accept the changes that life brings your way?

Acceptance is your key to happiness. When you can learn to accept the good with the bad, you can learn how to live happier and improve your personal life. If you cannot accept however, well, reread this article again.

Accepting to Improve your Personal Life

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Do you have the ability to accept the things you can change and the things you cannot change? Do you have the ability to accept that other people are opt to change them, rather than you changing them? Do you accept that you are who you are, regardless of what others think? Can you accept the many changes that take place in your life?

If you answered yes to one or all of these questions then you are off to the start of improving your personal life. If you are willing to accept, you have the ability to laugh, even when something is not funny. For instance, if someone pushed you, you could stand back and laugh. The push is only a threat to your emotion, which you will see, accept and find a way to gain control of the situation.

When you can accept things in life, including you and others you find a way to take control. When you are in control, it helps you to see how you can improve your personal life. When you learn to accept you will learn to discover you.

Individuality is personal, which philosophers over generalize this subject. Many people in the world believe that when we act the same way at all times, we have established our identity. Politically incorrect! We have emotions, thoughts, behaviors, actions, and have been plagued by a world of influences both good and bad. Each day we will feel something new, which causes our personality to reflect on these changes. Therefore, when you see someone laughing one minute and crying the next, you are seeing a shift in emotions, which is a normal pattern of identity for this person. Unless the persons eyes change, behaviors change dramatically, friends change regularly, etc, and you are seeing common behaviors.

We live in a world that desensitizes us. We are surrounding by billions of influences on television, in the media, on radio, in house-holds, government, schools and so forth. Each to their own, but everyone is judging someone at some time, which is something we have to accept. We cannot change these peoples behaviors and way of thinking, but we can change ours. This is a part of learning and accepting. The best way around the world is become your own influence and allow other influences to make someone else’s life miserable. Only rely on sources that prove truthful with their actions, behaviors and words. Positive reflections are the key to living happier.

Once you learn to accept you will be eager to laugh. For instance, if someone makes you mad you will see the humor in his or her actions. You may see the humor in your actions if you make a mistake and feed into their stupidity.

Once you start to see the humor in life, you will feel better inside. We are involved in a unruly world filled with greedy people, envious souls, lusty tigers, and so on. We have to learn how to work around these people, accept us and move on. Once you learn to change to better you, other people may follow. Good conduct has proven far more effective than words to encourage others to change.

As you grow you will feel a new hunger, and that hunger will guide you to discover new ways to better you. In time as you start to feel better, you will see a need to exercise, eat right, and hang out with positive influences and so on. Once you feel this hunger, you will feel inspired to labor to achieve your goals.

“Who’s the Boss?” 10 ways to start taking control

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At first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another. But many of us with ADD develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward.

Practicing positive thinking allows people with ADD to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.

3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don't waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told a partner "You're ALWAYS late!" or complained to a friend "You NEVER call me!"? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like 'always' and 'never' makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.

5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts can't hold any power over you if you don't judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don't follow it.

6. Squash the "ANTs"
In his book "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life," Dr. Daniel Amen talks about "ANTs" - Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like "Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me," or "The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!" When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

7. Practice Lovin', Touchin' & Squeezin' (Your Friends and Family)
You don't have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn't touch!

8. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.

10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It's never productive, because it's not rational or solution-oriented, it's just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment - go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

When it comes to the corporate world, protocol is pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to do are the basics of productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire thing to true productivity. There are those who seem to work well even under pressure, but they're uncommon ones and we are human and imperfect. To get these little things like stress under our skins won't solve our problems. Sometimes it takes a bit of courage to admit that we're turning to be workaholics than tell ourselves that we're not doing our best.

“Life With Woody” 10 inspirational quotes than can improve yourself

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It might take a little coffee or probably a few rounds of beer or any other booze you could get your hands on when it comes to relaxing after a hard day's work. Well, yeah I'm guilty about that one as well, unless I'm caught dead wearing a lampshade over my head after a few rounds of vodka… half-naked! Okay, bad example and I apologize to everyone reading this after getting nightmares about me in that state of drunken stupor.

Just don't ask how it happened, please.

But what's really interesting is that how do people go through the usual part of life when faced with vein-popping stress? I mean, the new age thing like Zen or yoga is one of the good things and it actually works. Is there room for the intellectual side of people who can actually smell the roses-in-a-can while on the move? It kind of had me thinking that there really must be something in this 'mind-over-matter' thing.

Humor is indeed the best medicine there is whenever you are. I mean anyone can pay good money to listen to a comedian just to make you wet your pants after laughing so hard. Despite of what's been happening, and to those who has gone though the ordeal, it's better to just laugh while facing the troubles with a clear mind than anger with a clouded vision. One of my favorite celebrities of all time may have to be Woody Allen. Now this is one guy who gives you the in-your-face bluntness that he pulls out with gusto, even without even trying. You can talk just about anything with a man, and he's bound to mock the subject and you'll end up laughing rather than being upset about it.

Woody Allen has this to say:

1. "Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons." It sounds good to me, I mean the practicality of all things does involve money but it doesn't have to take an arm and a leg to get it.

2. "I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government." 'Nuff said.

3. "There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?" This happens to be one of the classic ones. I mean the issue about life's little problems isn't all that bad, until 'he' shows up.

Sure, relationships can get complicated, or does have its complications that probably any author about relationships is bound to discover it soon. We follow what our heart desires, unless you're talking about the heart as in the heart that pump blood throughout your body.

4. "Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions." And if you want more, just keep on asking!

5. "A fast word about oral contraception. I asked a girl to go to bed with me, she said 'no'." It sounds, 'practical', I think.

And when it comes to everyday life, he really knows how to make the best out of every possible scenario, and it doesn't involve a lawsuit if he strikes a nerve.

6. "Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats." I never had a boat in my bathtub before. Just staring at it while soaking in hot water makes me seasick already.

7. "I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens." If it rains, it pours.

8. "I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." It could get worse when you're guzzling on beer… or mouthwash, and it happened to me once!

9. "If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans." At least he doesn't smite us with lightning, and I'm thankful for that.

And despite of what may happen to all of us in the next ten, twenty, or even thirty years, I guess we all have to see things in a different kind of light and not just perspective. I can't seem to imagine life without any piece of wisdom that could guide us. Whether we're religious or not, it takes more courage to accept your fears and learn how to deal with them is all that matters when it comes to even just getting along.

And to sum things up, here is the last nugget of wisdom to go by… however, whenever, and wherever we may be.

10. "The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have."

Am I a Pessimist or an Optimist?

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Optimism and pessimism are two contradictory terms. Optimism means positive thinking and keeping hope, while pessimism means negative thinking and not hoping for the good. However, who is better, an optimistic person or a pessimistic person? Who succeeds more in life? Who lives a happier and peaceful life? It is definitely optimistic person leads a happier and peaceful life and achieves success faster in life than a pessimistic person.

Studies show that optimism makes a greater impact on a person’s success, attitude, health and outlook. In addition, people who are pessimistic about their life have the tendency to get sick and die earlier than optimistic people. Generally, a person starts his or her career, relationships or any task with a positive or a negative attitude. You may say that why start if you are not convinced about the task or is in a negative frame of mind. Well, sometimes certain compulsions leave you to take up a task even if you are not willing to do so. In such cases, instead of trying to explain people why you do not want to take up the task, thin of the benefits it can bring to you. This way you can enjoy the task and start with a positive attitude.

Being an optimistic gives you many benefits. You lead a longer life, you are happier in life than others are, you achieve the desired success, you get lovely friends, you have fun in life. Here only few have been mentioned, however there are countless benefits that you can reap being an optimist. Not to mention, the pessimists miss all these as they spend all their time bemoaning over their failures and accusing.

To know whether you are an optimistic or a pessimistic, you have to know yourself. You must have the ability to listen to the voice of your heart. Think of the times when you landed up in a negative situation, and how you reacted during those times. What sort of thoughts came to your mind in those days? How you took charge over the situation. Once you get the answer to these questions, you will know whether you are a pessimistic person or not. If you are, then do the necessary to change yourself to an optimistic person. There are plenty of resources available over the Internet or books that can help you change your attitude from a pessimistic to an optimistic person.