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34 Inspiring Quotes on Criticism (and How to Handle It)

It starts with just a few words coming out of someone else’s mouth.

But as they pour out you may start to feel stupid or perhaps rejected and like you’re getting smaller.

Being criticized can be a tough thing to handle (even though it sometimes can be very useful to help you grow or improve something you do).

So this week I’d like to share 34 of my favorite timeless thoughts from the past 2500 years about how to not only receive criticism but also what to think about once or twice before deciding to give it.

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How to Stop Being So Lazy: 10 Simple Habits

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”
Martin Luther

When I was younger, in my early twenties, I was often lazy. Too often actually.

And so I didn’t:

  • Get my school work done in a good way and had to cram and stress out a few days before an exam.
  • Work out or cook healthy food because it felt too hard and I gained 30+ pounds of weight while my fitness levels went down.
  • Take care of my personal growth and dreams but mostly just let all that slide to “someday” as those things remained daydreams.

10+ years later I still love lazying around and not doing much at all. But I’ve also learned how to keep that lazy time to a moderate and healthy amount instead of letting it hold me back and stuck in the same place of excuses for years like it used to.

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How to Become a Better Listener

“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.”
Epictetus

One social habit that I used to be quite bad at was to truly listen when other people spoke. I sometimes zoned out. I got distracted or my attention started to wander before they were done talking.

Or I just waited for my turn to talk again (while thinking about what I should say next).

Not very helpful. So things had to change.

This week I’d like to share 10 simple tips that helped me – and still helps me – to become a better listener.

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74 Inspiring Friendship Quotes

Few things have such a huge impact on happiness and the enjoyment, depth and plain fun of life as the friendships we have.

It could be the friendships with our partners, family members, co-workers and the people we have known for a few years now or since we were kids. Or even with people we have never even met at the other side of the world or the pets we love.

So I’d like to start 2016 by looking back and share some of the best advice on this topic from the people who have walked this earth over the past hundreds and thousands of years.

This is 74 thought-provoking, beautiful, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny quotes on friendship.

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