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It takes courage to be happy, 5 steps to help you reach happiness

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Submitted by: Juan P Rodriguez

Stop for a minute and think about this. This title sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Well, being happy, which I assume is your main goal in life, is actually hard to come by. Being unhappy, on the other hand, is relatively easy to achieve. You see, there are an infinite number of justifications you can use for being unhappy. Being unhappy also becomes easier to achieve if people that surround you are feeling unhappy too. This group thinking ultimately retains unhappiness as a constant state of mind for all its members and it becomes second nature to all of them.

Reaching happiness, nevertheless, is a whole other story. For you to achieve happiness, you first have to let go of so many preconceptions, bad habits, and fears you have felt throughout your life. In order to stop these dreadful feelings, you have to face them all and tear them down one by one to free yourself from their harmful effects. Doing this takes a lot of courage and hard work on your behalf.

It takes courage to be happy because it is hard work.  Moreover, you have to face and conquer many of your fears beforehand. This is also why most people are unhappy, because they don´t want to neither make the effort to put in the hard work nor face their fears.

Recommendations to help you achieve happiness:

Accept yourself the way you are

We are all special. By this, I mean that no two people are alike. We all have certain strengths and weaknesses. Realize this fact before anything else and as you do this, think about the one thing you excel at. It should also be noted that you should focus on yourself and not on others. Avoid comparing yourself to others as this is a fruitless activity. How can you be like others when there are no two people alike?

Focus on your strengths, not on your weaknesses

As Peter Drucker eloquently puts it, “It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity.” As you work on your strengths and become better at them, or reach excellence, as Mr. Drucker states, you will gain confidence in yourself which will consequently bring happiness into your life.

Be thankful for all that you have and all that you don´t have

Why would you ask for more if you can´t appreciate what you have now? If you can´t appreciate your present, it is purposeless to seek a prosperous future as you will still be feeling unsatisfied and ultimately unhappy. Furthermore, be thankful for the things that you don´t have, illness, for example.

Forgive

Don´t do this for the person that might have hurt you in the past, do it for yourself as this is a weight you carry on you all the time. Forgive all and move forward. Leave those problems in the past, appreciate your present and work towards your future.

Focus on serving others

Using your talents to serve others will make your life more meaningful. You will feel confident and, in due time, obtain financial freedom through your efforts. The more people you serve the better off you will become in every sense of the word. Peter Diamandis put it very simply, “The best way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people.

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The Martian by Andy Weir, What a book!

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Submitted by: Juan P Rodriguez

So, I just finished the audiobook The Martian by Andy Weir. What a book! It took me about two weeks to go through it and I´ve got to say, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I would argue that it has been one of the best thrillers and quasi technical stories I´ve read in a long time.

By the way, I just learned they are releasing a movie too. The main character they have chosen for the movie is Matt Damon which I like as an actor but would definitely not have been my first choice to play the role of Mark Watney, the astronaut which after a six  day mission was left for dead in Mars. I don´t quite see Matt Damon being as funny as Mark Watney was in the book. Nevertheless, I´m looking forward to the movie too.

If you´re looking for a great read that is exceptionally well written with a hint of technical details, this is your book.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5

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Publisher’s Summary

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive – and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills – and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit – he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

  • 2015 Audies Double Nominee in Science Fiction and in Solo Narration: Male
  • 2014 Voice Arts Award Finalist – Outstanding Audiobook Narration: Science Fiction

 

©2012 Andy Weir (P)2013 Podium Publishing

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles

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Submitted by Juan P. Rodriguez

My take on the book

I have just finished listening to this audiobook about two weeks ago. It is a very short and easy to listen audiobook that´s serves as a helpful guide to remind you that:

  1. The human ability has no limits
  2. The abundance of resources in the universe is limitless
  3. In your desire and ability lies your personal success

The book is good in my personal opinion. Some things are hard to wrap your head around if you are a little sceptic to the notion that there is a law of attraction. Never the less, the book is a good reminder for the reader that the only limits we face as human being rely solely on the ones imposed by ourselves. The content of the book focuses mainly in the mindset we need to have in order to produce all the wealth we desire.

So, yes, I liked it. I would rate it at 4 stars out of 5

Publisher´s Summary

Originally published in 1910, this audiobook takes the mystery out of the accumulation of wealth and breaks it down into a scientific formula.

Here is an excerpt from the Preface of the audiobook:

This book is pragmatical, not philosophical; a practical manual, not a treatise upon theories. It is intended for the men and women whose most pressing need is for money; who wish to get rich first, and philosophize afterward. It is for those who have, so far, found neither the time, the means, nor the opportunity to go deeply into the study of metaphysics, but who want results and who are willing to take the conclusions of science as a basis for action, without going into all the processes by which those conclusions were reached.

It is expected that the listener will take the fundamental statements upon faith, just as he would take statements concerning a law of electrical action if they were promulgated by a Marconi or an Edison; and, taking the statements upon faith, that he will prove their truth by acting upon them without fear or hesitation. Every man or woman who does this will certainly get rich; for the science herein applied is an exact science, and failure is impossible…

…In writing this audiobook I have sacrificed all other considerations to plainness and simplicity of style, so that all might understand. The plan of action laid down herein was deduced from the conclusions of philosophy; it has been thoroughly tested, and bears the supreme test of practical experiment: It works…and if you wish to reap the fruits of their philosophies in actual practice, listen to this book and do exactly as it tells you to do.

©2007 Thinking Stuff LLC (P)2007 Thinking Stuff LLC

Publisher´s summary and picture from audible.com