How to Quit Life & Start Living!

Written by Jim M. Allen

1. Recognize that LIFE is what you get when you're born...

...LIVING is what you do with it! You can sit back and wait for life to happen to you or you can make it happen yourself. As Maya Angelou once said, 'Life likes to be taken byrepparttar lapel and told, I'm with you kid. Let's go!'

2. Define life... It leads torepparttar 131355 fine life.

Life is not a slogan, no matter what Nike, McDonald's, ABC, NBC, or any other media giant might have you believe. While those 'Life is...' t-shirts are often witty,repparttar 131356 philosophy they propose, likerepparttar 131357 shirts themselves, are rarely 'one size fits all.'

Define life and living on your own terms and you've a better chance of getting both.

3. Take charge of your life.

Geoffrey Abert said that when you take charge of your life '...there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.'

To start living your life you've got to be in control of it.

4. Little things mean a lot.

Life throws a lot of little negative things in our way that must be dealt with or else they will greatly diminish how we enjoy our days.

Stephen Vincent Benet said it best: 'Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in allrepparttar 131358 thousand small uncaring ways.'

The 10 Keys to Connecting with Anyone

Written by Jim M. Allen

Connecting with someone, establishing rapport, does not have to be a difficult thing, although many people find it so. Here are ten key points to remember whenever you set off to meet new people...

1. Be happy with yourself.

Much ofrepparttar insecurity we feel in meeting new people has to do with how we feel about ourselves as opposed torepparttar 131352 other person. Work hard and develop positive self-esteem.

2. Act Confident...

.....even if you're not! Chances arerepparttar 131353 other person is as nervous as you are.

3. Expect to connect.

Think positive. Tell yourself that you *will* connect with people... and you will.

4. Smile!

It's hard NOT to connect with somebody who's cheerful and smiling.

5. Notice others.

Maybe *they* are smiling and cheerful. Maybe you are attracted to something they are saying or discussing, whatever. Just look for reasons to connect with people instead of excuses NOT to.

6. Listen.

One ofrepparttar 131354 greatest gifts you can give another person is to listen to them. Instead of jumping in to say something, listen a bit longer instead.

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