A collection of 21 quotes to inspire you to achieve.
We all need a little bit of inspiration from time to time, so here is our inspirational collection of quotes to share with you.
21 Inspirational Success Quotes
In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be. You Can Achieve Anything! – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it. – George Bernard Shaw
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins
Stop saying ‘I Wish’ and start saying ‘I Will’. – Unknown
“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.” – Joel Brown
“If you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize” – Muhammad Ali
The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten. – Unknown
If you aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, then your goals aren’t ambitious enough. – Chris Dixon
“My teacher once told me – ” No one is perfect……..that is why pencils have erasers.” – Mahesh Bhatt
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn
“I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it’s up to me.” – Brad Pitt
Don’t be concerned that things appear to be falling apart: this has to happen in order for something new and wonderful to emerge. – Marianne Williamson
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C Maxwell
“Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you’re still trying, keep it up! You’re right on track.” – Matthew Keith Groves
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” – Bill Cosby
“Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can! and I will!” – Unknown
“I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.” – Sylvester Stallone
Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right. – Joel Osteen
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” – Steve Jobs
“The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.” – Unknown
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
Mr. Fanatic was BUSY this week!
He took a week of his vacation time to work on one of our storage room in the basement.
I know, exciting, but we’ve already taken a couple of week long trips and have had a few weekend getaways this year and we really needed to get this done.
Having all the space you need doesn’t do you any good unless it’s organized and you can find your stuff easily. Being organized saves you money, because if you can’t find your stuff when you need it, you will go out and buy another one…
or is that just me?
I should really first show you how Mr. F made this room pretty, instead of showing you the finished room, but I like to have a pretty post on Monday and this room was really a mess just a week ago.
On to the storage part…
I store almost everything in 18 gallon Sterilite (made in America) plastic tubs.
This storage room had two storage shelves in it before, but the shelves weren’t spaced correctly and stuff got piled up.
Here’s a photo of the old shelf after Mr. F had been working in the room awhile and piling stuff up on it. It DIDN’T look this bad before and had some plastic containers on it, so it isn’t really a true before pic.
Here’s what the storage room looks like. The room is about 15 ft x 11 1/2 ft.
Mr. Fanatic reused all of the materials from the old shelving units and bought some extra 2 x 4’s to make a 3rd shelving unit.
These shelving units are simple to make. He just used two 8 ft long 2 x 4’s and cut two more 2 x 4’s down to 24″ for the ends. The total length of the unit is 8ft, so the long 2 x 4’s have to be cut down a little because you are adding the short 2 x 4’s to the end. He screwed them all together as you see in this photo. Screws are so much better to put shelving together because this allows you to take them apart if you have to rework them another time. It would have been much more difficult to take apart the old shelves to make the new ones had he used nails.
Mr. Fanatic used torx head, 3″ self tapping deck screws.
Mr. F then screwed 1/2″ thick OSB to the 2 x 4 frame. He made 3 of these for each unit.
Then he attached 2 x 4’s on each corner to complete the unit. The shelves are spaced the height of the plastic storage boxes we have plus 1 1/2 to 2″ extra space.
These shelves are super easy to make and are inexpensive, as far as shelving goes.
He made this shelving unit a little shorter so that the plastic storage containers could be double stacked on the top shelf. I organized this shelving unit to hold my girls childhood toys, books and clothing they wanted to keep. The clear boxes on the bottom right hold their artwork and school mementos.
The shelving unit on other side of the room holds Christmas and seasonal decorations. The armoire holds hunting clothes and heavy winter coats. We found the Ikea Armoire on Craigslist.
I didn’t get to organizing the 3rd shelf that Mr. Fanatic built, so I will have to show you that another time. Those shelves will hold all of our luggage, sleeping bags, camping gear, space heaters and other household stuff that we don’t use all the time.
I still need to do some more organizing within the boxes and will be making new labels for all of them.
It’s such a good feeling to get all of my storage organized and I know how lucky I am to have all this space!
Our last house was only 1,500 sq ft. and I had to get very creative. The space under beds, closets, space under sofas and the garage were all utilized for storage.
Where do you store your stuff and how do you keep it organized?
ps: I finally started having a few hours on Friday and was able to to help with the organizing. I seem to have a little more energy every day. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!
Robert Greene conducted many interviews with accomplished individuals and studied the biographies of numerous influential figures, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Ben Franklin, 50 Cent and so on.
Robert Greene is the author of a number of very popular self-development books such as the “48 Laws of Power”, “The Art Of Seduction” & “The 50th Law with 50 Cent“.
Here are 20 of the most important things learned from Robert Greene’s powerful new book, ”Mastery“.
20 Lessons Of Mastery Learned From Robert Greene
1 – Understand who you truly are, and what kind of vocation or career you feel called to do.
2 – Commit to an apprenticeship, in which you undergo years of humble observation, skill acquisition, and experimentation.
3 – Revert to a feeling of inferiority, and possess and deep humility and eagerness to learn from others.
4 – Move toward resistance and pain, let go of need for comfort/security, and cross the threshold past the initial tedious stages of learning.
5 – After apprenticeship phase, you must become bold, confident, and willing to test out skills and make connections between different ideas.
6 – Learn to embrace criticism and failure, and be grateful for the opportunity to learn and improve as a result of your mistakes.
7 – Understand that there is an emotional component, not intellectual, that separates the true masters from others.
8 – Develop your social intelligence, and your ability to empathetically put yourself in another person’s shoes and see/understand things from his or her perspective.
9 – Move past the habitual tendency to judge others or idealize/demonize them, and simply observe them rather than projecting your own thoughts, emotions, or insecurities onto them.
10 – You must be wary of many peoples’ tendencies to display certain vices that could hinder your progress, such as: envy, conformism, rigidity, self-obsessiveness, laziness, flightiness, and passive aggression.
11 – Learn to speak through your work, and to win others to your side of thinking by being patient and letting what you have done speak for itself.
12 – Try to see yourself as other see you, so that you can remain emotionally detached and try to improve upon your flaws and shortcomings.
13 – Suffer fools gladly, and don’t take criticism seriously or personally from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
14 – Return to your childlike sense of wonder and endless curiosity about all things in order to stimulate your creative energy.
15 – Drop all preconceived notions about he world, and utilize the power of your imagination to the fullest.
16 – Always be open and receptive to new ideas that challenge conventionality, and don’t be afraid of thinking something that is unpopular.
17 – Love learning for its own sake, and connect a wide array of ideas from different fields of study and disciplines.
18 – Maintain a sense of destiny/purpose and feel consciously connected to it.
19 – Qualities that will help you succeed: Self-discipline, desire, persistence, focus, effort, patience, energy, obsessiveness, observance, confidence, trust in self, emotional commitment, humility, adaptability, boldness, openness.
20 – Qualities that hinder your success: Complacency, conservatism, dependency, impatience, grandiosity, inflexibility, distractibility, becoming egotistical, close-mindedness.
I recommend watching this video on the first day of every month if you are an entrepreneur or in any filed that you are a self starter! Just enough quotes from highly respected business people & entertainers. Change you Shoulds into MUSTS! Tony Robbins
Illustrations by David Cushnie Bell
Kettlebells are all bells, no whistles. Resembling a mini bowling ball with a handle, kettlebells are great for cardio, strength, and flexibility training. Start by picking up the weight of your choice — women usually grab between eight and 16 kg weights, while men go for 16 to 32 kg, though these weights vary depending on the exercises of choice. (No harm in starting low and working your way up!) Reps and sets will depend on intensity and fitness levels, for most of these moves, we recommend aiming for 3-5 sets of 10-30 reps with good form. (We suggest starting things up with a trainer or kettlebell aficionado to make sure everything’s kosher). Ready to rock? Let’s give these kettlebells a swing, snatch, or clean!
1. Two-handed kettlebell swing
Targets: Shoulders, back, hips, glutes, legs
How to: This exercise is all the kettlebell rage! Stand up straight, with feet a bit wider than hip-distance apart. Grab hold of the kettlebell with both hands, keeping the palms face down and arms in front of the body. Maintain a slight bend to the knee and drive the hips back, lowering the body — but not too low, this isn’t a squat! Then, in a fluid motion, explosively drive the hips forward while swinging the kettlebell, keeping the glutes and core engaged. Remember: The motion should come from the hips (not the arms!) as the body returns to standing. Lower the weight back down between the legs while lowering again, and keep this swinging motion going for 12-15 reps (or more — depending on those kettlebell capabilities!).
2. One-handed kettlebell swing
Targets: Shoulders, back, hips, glutes, legs
How to: This movement is the same as the two-handed swing, except using only one hand at a time! Swing the kettlebell up with one arm, but still swing the other arm to help drive momentum. Alternate hands when the kettlebell is behind the legs; aim for 10-12 reps with each arm.
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3. Two-arm kettlebell row
Targets: Back, arms, shoulders
How to: Grab two kettlebells for this one. (Double the pleasure, double the fun, right?) Place them in front of the feet and bend the knees slightly. Next, bend over to grab both kettlebells and pull them towards the stomach, keeping the elbows close to the body and the back straight. Lower the weights, repeat for 12-15 reps max, feel like a champ.
4. Kettlebell figure-8
Targets: Arms, back, abs
How to: Looking to impress a certain someone at the gym? Then try this: Start with legs a bit wider than hip-width distance apart, and lower yourself into a quarter-squat position. (Keep that back straight and chest up!) Grab the kettlebell with the left hand and swing it around the outside of the left leg and then back between the legs. Next, pass the kettlebell to the right hand and swing it around the outside of the right leg. Keep this motion going, similar to the classic basketball drill! Can you do a minute straight? (Be sure to switch directions half-way through!)
5. Kettlebell high pull
Targets: Shoulders, arms, glutes, legs
How to: Turn those toes out 45 degrees with feet a bit wider than shoulder-width apart. Place the kettlebell on the ground between both legs and begin to squat while keeping the core engaged, and grip the kettlebell handle with one hand. Then, using force from the hips, push through the heels to rise to standing, pulling the kettlebell upwards while the elbow drives up. Lower back down and switch arms. Shoot for 10-12 for each arm.
6. Kettlebell front squat
Targets: Legs, glutes, back
How to: What’s a squat without a kettlebell in hand? Stand up straight, holding the kettlebell in front of the chest with both hands, keeping the elbows close to the body. Start squatting by driving the heels into the ground and pushing the hips back until the thighs are parallel to the ground or just below. Return to standing, and repeat for 15-20 reps (or more!) Just remember: quality over quantity!
7. Kettlebell lunge press
Targets: Shoulders, back, arms, abs, glutes, legs
How to: Here’s a new way to spice up those lunges. Stand up straight while holding the kettlebell in front of the chest with two hands, arms bent and palms facing each other. Lunge forward with one leg while raising the kettlebell overhead (raise the roof!). Return to standing while returning the kettlebell to the chest. Try for 10-15 reps on each leg.
8. Kettlebell Sumo high-pull
Targets: Back, legs, shoulders, arms
How to: We promise no wrestling is involved. Start with the kettlebell between the feet, set a bit wider than hip-distance apart. Grab onto the handle with both hands with the knees bent and hips back. Then, pull the kettlebell to the shoulders while the knees straighten and elbows rise. Remember: The force is coming mostly from the hips, the arms pulling at the very end. Keeping the core engaged the whole time, move the weight back down by the ground and repeat for 12-15 reps.
9. Kettlebell Russian twist
Targets: Abs, obliques
How to: Forget crunches. Sit down with the legs bent and feet flat on the floor, about hip-distance apart. Hold the kettlebell with both hands at the chest, and then lean back to a 45 degree angle. Here’s the fun part: Rotate the torso from left to right by twisting at the waist and swinging the kettlebell across the body. See how many you can do, with perfect form of course!
10. Kettlebell windmill
Targets: Shoulders, back, abs, obliques, hips
How to: Hold the kettlebell in the right hand and angle the feet 45 degrees away from the right arm. Raise the kettlebell overhead, lock the arm, and keep your eyes on the weight (which will help keep the shoulders aligned!). Shift your weight onto the right leg and begin bending forward at the waist. Keep the right arm extended overhead as the body bends forward and the left arm is pointed toward the ground. (For all you yogis out there, this should feel similar to triangle pose.) Lift back up slowly, staying in control. Repeat for 6-8 reps on each side.
11. One-arm kettlebell floor press
Targets: Chest, arms, core
How to: Lie on the ground with your legs straight out. (Nope, it’s not time for savasana!) Grab a kettlebell by your side and, with the palm facing in, press the weight straight up while rotating the wrist (so the palms face the feet). Bring the kettlebell back down to the starting position, and repeat for 6-8 reps.
12. Kettlebell slingshot
Targets: Back, arms, abs, obliques
How to: No rocks or rubber bands required for this move. Keep feet shoulder-width apart, and hold the kettlebell in front of the body, arms extended at chest level. Swing the kettlebell behind the back with one hand, then reach back with the opposite hand to grab it, swinging the kettlebell to the front of the body. Continue round n’ round for 8-12 reps, then switch directions!
13. Side step kettlebell swing
Targets: Legs, glutes, back
How to: This move is like a traveling kettlebell swing — now we’re going places! Grab a kettlebell and start with the basic two-handed swing (see move #1). When the bell is down between the feet, step the right foot out to the right; then, when the bell is up, bring the left foot to meet the right (so the legs come together). Keep side steppin’ your way to the right (10-15 steps), then head on back the other way, leading with the left foot.
14. Kettlebell deadlift
Targets: Legs, glutes, arms, back, abs
How to: Who says you need a barbell to deadlift? Stand with the kettlebell between the feet on the floor. Squat down and grab a hold of the handle with both hands while the back remains flat. Engage the core, tighten those glutes, and keep the arms extended as the body rises on up, kettlebell and all! Aim for 12-15 reps, maintaining proper form throughout.
15. Kettlebell clean
Targets: Legs, butt, back
How to: Start with the kettlebell between the feet. Begin to swing upwards: Shrug the shoulders, pulling the body and bell up to the shoulder. The bell should end in the “rack” position: resting on the forearm, which is tucked close to the body, the fist at your chest. Bring the weight back down to the floor and repeat for 10-15 reps.
16. Two-arm kettlebell military press
Targets: Shoulders, arms, back
How to: Made it through move #15 without breaking a sweat? Grab two kettlebells and clean them to the rack position (see above). Then, press the kettlebells up while leaning forward at the waist so the weights are positioned behind the head. Bring them back down to the shoulders and continue pressing for 10-20 reps, depending on the weight you’re pushin’.
17. One-arm kettlebell split jerk
Targets: Shoulders, chest, back, legs
How to: Start by cleaning the kettlebell to the shoulder (see move #15), finishing with the palm facing front. Next, bend the knees and press the kettlebell overhead (see move #16) while jumping into a split position. (Stay steady!) Return to standing while the kettlebell remains overhead, and then lower the weight. Aaand repeat! Shoot for 4-6 on each side for starters.
18. One-arm kettlebell snatch
Targets: Shoulders, chest, back
How to: Start with a kettlebell between the feet with the knees bent. Then, explode up onto your toes, pulling the kettlebell until it reaches the chest with the elbow tucked in. From there, bring the weight overhead (hold on tight!). Then bring it back down close to the ground — that’s one rep; try for 6-8!
19. Kettlebell power plank with row
Targets: Abs, arms, back
How to: Think of this move as the fancy plank. Start in a plank position, but with hands grasping two kettlebell handles. Then, lift one kettlebell up so it reaches the hip — remember to keep the elbow in! Lower back down and repeat with the opposite arm. Do 6-8 on each side, or until you feel the burn!
20. Kettlebell half get-up
Targets: Abs, arms, back
How to: It’s time to get low. Lie down on your back with legs straight out. Extend the right arm straight up, kettlebell in hand. Next, bend the left knee and begin to rise, with the left arm keeping the body propped up. Feel the abs burn? You’re doing things right! Sit all the way up, then carefully return to starting position. Knock out 8-10 reps per side if you’re up for the challenge.
21. Kettlebell push-up
Targets: Chest, arms, back
How to: This move is simply a push-up, but with kettlebells included! Grab hold of each handle in the usual start position, then lower the body before pushing back up. It’ll definitely feel challenging with those hands on handles rather than on the floor! Shoot for 10-15 reps.
22. Kettlebell push-up with row
Targets: Chest, arms, back
How to: Let’s take this push-up up a notch! Begin in a push-up position with the right arm holding the kettlebell. Perform a push-up and, at the top, lift the right elbow by squeezing the shoulder blades together with the weight about six inches behind the body. Then return back to the starting push-up position, pushin’ for 5-8 reps with each arm.
Kettlebells are a great way to spice up the usual lifting routine. As with traditional strength training, two days a week is a great place to start — but don’t hesitate to weave those kettlebells into the standard weightlifting routine (dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, and cardio included!). Just remember to give each muscle group a break (48 hours should usually do it), and don’t forget to try these out with a trainer before swingin’ solo. Using proper form is key for a workout that’s safe, effective, and fun!