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Does Competition Help You Succeed?

Competition is something that's promoted in a positive light. According to economics professors, competition is what makes businesses thrive. Not only that, but it also allows athletes to perform better as well.

However, is it really healthy to be in a competitive state of mind? When you examine competition closely, you may find that it holds people back and becomes their entire life.

Starting from when you're a baby, you're taught to be competitive. For instance, when you needed a new diaper or milk from your baby bottle, you had to get the attention of your mother by competing for it. As you got older, you had to compete with more people than just your mother. If you had siblings, you needed to compete with them to get favors from your parents. In school, you had to compete with your classmates to get recognition from your teachers or coaches. Then, toward your high school years, you may have competed to win the affections of a girl that you liked.

What was the reward of all this? Well, if you played sports, then you may have competed to win a ribbon or trophy. If it was over a girl, then you may have wanted to ask her out or take her to the prom. Competition is usually about seeking some kind of reward in the end.

In adulthood, the rewards are even greater, but the competition is much harder. Instead of winning a trophy, you may be out to win a new job or a huge business deal. If you see someone else who's already received these rewards, you may be jealous as you compete against them. Jealousy is one of the biggest things that makes competing so difficult. If you end up failing to get the reward you wanted, then you may feel hatred toward the person who got it instead of you. This can be a terrible feeling to have to deal with.

Have you ever been jealous of someone who achieved a reward that you wanted but didn't get? If so, did it make you feel awful inside? If you answered "yes", do you want to find a way to stop feeling this way?

The answer to overcoming jealousy is simple. All you need to do is stop worrying about competition and competing against others.

That's not to say that you can't be motivated to achieve your goals. For instance, if you're trying to impress a girl that you want to ask out on a date, don't get jealous if she chooses someone else or already has a boyfriend. You don't need to hate her boyfriend either because he has the girl that you wanted. Instead, just think about the talents which you possess that he doesn't have. Surely, there must be another girl out there who can appreciate you for those talents. You just need to keep testing the waters without losing patience or getting discouraged. There are plenty of opportunities out there if you simply seize them.

Try to lower your expectations just a little. You don't need to be jealous of an athlete because they won an Olympic gold medal and you didn't. Why should you have gotten the medal anyway? Did you train and compete as hard as they did? Chances are, you're just somebody who has regret about the things they didn't do in their life. But that doesn't mean you can't be happy for others who went out there and gave it their best and achieved success.

When you start feeling competitive again, here's what you can do:

  • Become inspired by successful people and learn how they achieved so much. Then, apply their strategy for success to your own life.
  • You need to be around people who are happy and positive. Stay away from negative people.

Every day you're on this Earth is really a gift. Don't waste time letting your inflated ego keep you down or make you feel bad. Direct your energy toward your own unique talents and how you can use them to make your own life better.

Here's a little bonus tip for you:

Whenever you find yourself comparing yourself to others (in that you desire to be like or better than them; or, you desire what they have, better than they have, or more than they have), you're slipping into the realm of competitive thought, whether you realize it or not.

The answer?

Well, Wallace D. Wattles put it very well in Chapter 14 of his book The Science of Getting Rich ("The Impression of Increase") when he wrote:

"No better statement of the principle of creative action can be formulated than the favorite declaration of the late 'Golden Rule' Jones of Toledo: 'What I want for myself, I want for everybody.'"

In other words, as he put it in "Ideals and How to Form Them", the fifteenth of fifteen articles in his Lessons in Constructive Science series:

"Desire for yourself all that you need for the purpose of living a full and complete life and desire that everybody else shall have all that is necessary to the living of an equally full and complete life."

Then:

"Live your own life and let other people live their own lives."

It's that simple!

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What the Heck Happened to Manners?!

If you're like me, you spend a great deal of time surfing the web reading everything from the latest weather forecast, to business news, to funny stories about all sorts of things. There's certainly no shortage of information and entertainment on the web, but there sure seems to be a complete shortage of manners!

Want to see the problem for yourself?

The next time you read a great article, scroll down to the comments section and take a look at how people are treating each other. We're not talking about skipping a "please" or a "thank you" here and there. We're talking about full-blown personal attacks to and from complete strangers! Would these people really talk this way in an elevator, in line at the coffee shop, or out at the mall?

Methinks not!

No matter how tech savvy we get, the Golden Rule should still apply. Whether you're eating at your favorite diner or posting on your favorite forum, you should be treating others the way you'd like to be treated. The anonymity of sitting behind a screen and using a keyboard instead of your actual voice shouldn't make your manners fall by the wayside.

So, how can you make it easy to mind your manners online - even when you come across a giant-sized jerk?

- Envision your comments being used as "Exhibit A".

Maybe you're responding to comments on your blog. Or, maybe you're chatting on a LinkedIn discussion group. Or, maybe you're having a discussion on your favorite forum. Regardless of the situation, imagine how you would feel if your words were used as "Exhibit A" in a courtroom? Would the jury think poorly of them?

Think before you speak (or, in this case, type). If you'd be embarrassed for the world to see what you're about to type, keep it to yourself!

- Remember that some people are trying to grind your gears.

Maybe it's the joy of hiding behind a keyboard, or maybe it's because everything's written instead of spoken face-to-face. Whatever the reason, some people like to go online and intentionally stir up trouble. So, the next time you see something outrageous and inflammatory in a blog comment or forum post, keep your cool. Letting your manners fly right out the window could be exactly what this person WANTS you to do!

- Pretend like you're having a conversation over lunch.

The web can be a pretty impersonal place. Most of the time, all you get are written words - which are much easier to type from afar than saying something to a person who's in the room with you. So, before you type anything, picture yourself saying your comment to someone over lunch. If you wouldn't say it then, don't say it now!

Above all else, take a hint from Mom - if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. It really is that simple!

It truly is, and it's not only Mom that said it. In his article on constructive speech, Wallace D. Wattles wrote:

"Never mention that you dislike any person or thing."

Not only is that the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. Why? Read "Constructive Speech" by Wallace D. Wattles to find out. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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It's Bad to Have Your Head in the Clouds, But It's Great to Have a Business There!

If someone says your head is in the clouds, it's not exactly a complement. They're actually saying you're so caught up in your own thoughts and daydreams you don't have a clue what's going on around you! But if someone suggests working in the cloud, they're not being sarcastic. They're actually offering great advice!

Let me explain...

The cloud is a place where you can store all your data, instead of keeping it on your hard drive or an external device. That way, all your text documents, pictures, and music isn't limited to just one computer. No matter what computer you're on, you'll be able to access all of it.

You've probably dealt with the cloud and not even known it! For example, if you have a Gmail account, you know you can log into it on any computer, anywhere in the world. That's because all your Gmail emails are stored in the cloud!

OK, so how can this help your business?

First and foremost, it's the best way to back up your files (you DO back everything up, right?!). Instead of spending your time putting everything on a flash drive or an external hard drive, you can store everything in the cloud. In fact, some online file storage tools will actually backup your computer's files automatically, so you don't have to lift a finger! That way, if anything happens to your particular computer, all your data will be safe. You can simply use another computer to log into the cloud and access everything you'd have otherwise lost!

Using the cloud is also ideal if you spend a lot of time travelling for work. Instead of spending time trying to load all the necessary files onto your laptop (and risk forgetting something!), you can simply log into the cloud in the airport, your hotel room, or your client's office and access everything you need.

The cloud can also serve as your memory assistant. After all, you probably have a ton of online passwords. Everything from your bank, to your email, to your web host has its own password - and trying to remember them all is about as tough as scaling Mt. Everest! Instead of trying to commit them to memory (or, worse, writing them down on a piece of paper that can easily be stolen!), you can get a cloud based tool that stores and encrypts all your passwords. Once you're logged into it, your passwords will automatically be filled out on all your different websites.

Sounds great! So, how do you get started?

You need to look for reputable companies that specialize in cloud computing. Whether you get an entire cloud based network or just a few tools is up to you. Either way, the cloud is a great place to work!

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Who on Earth Was "Golden Rule" Jones?!

Most people have heard of Wallace D. Wattles' book The Science of Getting Rich. However, there's another name in his book that isn't nearly as famous.

Look carefully and you'll see Wallace D. Wattles wrote:

"Beware of the competitive mind! No better statement of the principle of creative action can be formulated than the favorite declaration of the late 'Golden Rule' Jones of Toledo: 'What I want for myself, I want for everybody.'"

If you've read this book, you've probably wondered, "Who on earth was 'Golden Rule' Jones?" Fortunately, I've got the answer!

First things first, this man's legal name was "Samuel Jones", and he served as the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio, back at the turn of the 20th century. Unlike many of today's politicians, people absolutely loved Jones - so much so they elected him three times and even lined the streets to pay their respects after he passed on in 1904.

But how on earth did he get his nickname?

Before he got into politics, Jones owned a company that manufactured tools for the oil industry. But instead of taking a bunch of money for himself and making his employees work for peanuts - like other businessmen did - Jones believed in paying everyone enough money to take care of their families. So, he provided above average wages, safe working conditions, a revenue sharing program, and paid vacation time. These things were all unheard of at the time!

Something else that was unheard of? Jones' company didn't have a never-ending list of rules and regulations, like other companies did. Instead, the only rule his employees had to follow was the Golden Rule. He followed it by giving out all of these "perks", and so he expected his employees to follow it too.

And just like that, his nickname was born!

When "Golden Rule" Jones first ran for Mayor, he applied the Golden Rule to his campaign. The working class became his biggest group of supporters, and he rewarded their devotion with a number of changes to Toledo's landscape after he got elected - including new city parks, free kindergarten, and a new eight hour daily work schedule for city employees so they didn't have to burn the candle at both ends anymore.

Technically, "Golden Rule" entered his first Mayoral race as a Republican, but he actually didn't believe in political parties! He thought having different political parties did nothing more than divide the people. As a result, Jones encouraged people to renounce their political parties and, instead, focus on uniting with everyone. He followed his own advice, and during his second Mayoral campaign, he ran as an independent with the slogan "Principle Before Party".

Jones was an incredibly successful man, but instead of stashing all of his riches and power for himself, he wanted everyone to have what he had. He believed relationships should be two-way streets where everyone involved could benefit. In Jones' mind, treating other people badly was no different from treating yourself badly.

The Golden Rule is certainly not limited to Jones though. In fact, the Golden Rule was taught all over the world centuries before Jones was even born. Everyone from the Ancient Greeks, to the Egyptians, to the people of Babylon had their own version of the Golden Rule. Jones is important, though, because he shows how the Golden Rule can apply to modern society.

You don't need to have Jones' success (or money!) to live by the Golden Rule. Instead of running for Mayor and building new parks, why not volunteer with an organization that cleans up your local parks? Or, instead of establishing free kindergarten, why not volunteer to be a tutor to kids who are struggling in school?

Even though "Golden Rule" Jones passed on more than 100 years ago, his life is full of important lessons you can still learn from today. You may not make the widespread impact he did, but taking "Golden Rule's" lead can definitely create a major impact for the people you encounter every day!

Nowhere in his writings did Wallace D. Wattles explain this vitally important concept of competition versus creation as clearly and as thoroughly as he did in a series of three articles he wrote under the title The Law of Opulence. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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Shopping Online? Follow These 8 Tips to Stay Safe

Who doesn't love to shop online? After all, you get to buy anything you want without having to change out of your PJ's, put on shoes, or fight for a parking spot!

But all that convenience comes with a trade-off. Shopping online can be very risky if you don't take the proper precautions. So, how do you take advantage of everything the world wide web has to offer without putting yourself in danger?

1. Stick to websites you trust.

Anytime you enter your credit card information on a website you don't know anything about you're taking a risk. So, stick to websites that are extensions of offline stores, websites you're already familiar with, or websites run by a company or person you trust.

2. Get up close and personal with the URL.

Don't just click "buy"! Instead, go onto the shopping cart and make sure the URL in your browser starts with "https://". If it starts with just "http://" (and leaves out the "S"), you're dealing with an open server. The "S" means you're dealing with a secure server - meaning it's much harder for a hacker to get ahold of your sensitive information mid-transmission.

3. Only shop through a secure connection.

Your internet connection has as much to do with your safety as the website itself! Never, ever shop on a public wi-fi connection. And, if you're using your wi-fi at home, make sure it's password-protected.

4. Don't give out any unnecessary information.

Online stores don't need a ton of information in order to process your payment. For example, asking for your birthday or marital status is completely unnecessary. Asking for your social security number or tax ID number is a major red flag (you need to run screaming from any website that asks for this sensitive information)!

And, whatever you do, don't volunteer information. If no one asks for your phone number or mailing address, don't give it to them!

5. Pay with PayPal.

Millions of people use PayPal every single day. While there's some safety in all those numbers, PayPal also offers another big benefit - only having to enter your credit card information once. Once your credit card is registered with PayPal, you won't have to enter the number anywhere else. And, if a website uses PayPal to handle its transactions, you'll get to pay on PayPal's secure server, instead of a website you may not be familiar with.

6. Read your receipts.

This may seem like common sense, but you wouldn't believe how many people forget to do it! Make sure the amount you were charged is the amount you were expecting to pay. That entails finding out some of the details beforehand - like shipping costs. This shouldn't be hard to do though. In fact, if a merchant isn't willing to give you all the important information upfront, you need to think twice about giving them your hard-earned money.

7. Don't store your credit card information.

Lots of online stores will offer to store your credit card information so it's more convenient to make future purchases. This isn't a very good idea, but if you decide to do it on a legitimate online store (like Amazon, for example), make sure your account's password is very secure!

8. Study the privacy policy.

All online stores will have a privacy policy. So, before you hand over your credit card information, read through it.

Why?

Let's say you buy a tackle box from Joe's Fishing Supply, and your order is processed and delivered without a hitch. But then, you start getting phone calls and emails from a bunch of other companies trying to get you to buy stuff. Pretty confusing, right?

Little did you know there was a clause in Joe's privacy policy that said, "We reserve the right to transfer your contact information to our partners. You agree to this policy by using this website". That means you agreed to these terms simply by buying a tackle box! Is all the aggravation worth it? You would have been much better off reading the privacy policy first and getting your tackle box from someplace else.

Remember - as great as the web can be, it can also be incredibly dangerous. So, use some common sense and make some extra effort to protect yourself. If you leave it up to the merchants themselves, you could wind up very disappointed!

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