10 Reasons Why You Matter, YOU Are Important

1) YOU Matter | You are the only person who can be YOU

Everyone has a different life journey and a different story to tell. We all face different challenges. We all gain different experiences. There are billions of people on this planet, and yet YOU are the only person who is Exactly like You. Believe it or not, this simple fact is incredibly important. Don’t even for a second allow yourself to think anything different.

2) You Are Valuable | You Have Purpose, You are Important

No matter who you are, you can provide value. We each have an individual purpose that cannot be compared to everyone else. You have a different perspective to share. You can shed light on a situation that maybe no one else can possibly provide. You can utilize your unique experiences to help and positively influence others.

At the end of the day, always remember that You Are Important. STOP comparing yourself to everyone else. Value, appreciate and learn from others, but don’t cut yourself short. We have all unique abilities and talents. Always remain Humble and Kind but believe in yourself and appreciate Your Own Value.

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3) Love Others | You are Capable of Loving and Being Loved

Loving and receiving love is one of the most incredible human abilities. Providing joy and happiness to others is what gives meaning to life. Love and care is what provides value to our lives, it provides depth and reason. It provides hope, wonder and excitement. Love for our friends, family and partners, is what makes each day worth every challenge and every experience.

4) Provide Happiness | You can Provide Happiness and Joy

You can Provide Happiness. You can Provide Joy into the lives of others. Make sure to tell those around you whom you love and care for, how much You Do Care. Give them a hug and a smile. Not only tell them, but SHOW THEM each day. Love and care provides continuous fulfillment in your life and the lives of others, keep spreading your kindness and love. You never know whose day you may brighten. Your Love, Care and Kindness Makes a Difference.

5) Be An Inspiration | You Can Help and Inspire Others

One of the greatest joys in life is helping and inspiring others along the way. We all need support from others. It’s human nature. We all need to be inspired and sometimes inspiration can be received from others. Sometimes, all we need is for someone to Believe in Us, someone to tell us how much they value and support us. You can be the one to support others. You can be the one to give someone a positive light and a helping hand. Helping others not only provides inspiration, but it will also ignite a spark within you. You feel valued from helping others as well. It’s like a continuous circle; when you inspire, you also Feel Inspired.

6) Create Life Lessons | You Can Turn Your Challenges into Life Lessons

Life is not meant to be easy. It is a challenge and some days are tougher than others. With every challenge, we gain the opportunity to Grow Stronger. We can continuously improve who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Instead of allowing a challenge to bring you down, Keep Pushing forward. Turn each challenge into a lesson that you can also share with others.

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7) Teach Your Passion | Teach Others Your Skill Set

Being passionate for your goals is one of the most important elements of success and personal fulfillment. When you love and enjoy what you’re doing, goal setting becomes fun and motivating. Not only this, but those that are truly passionate for their goals and skill set, can teach others as well.

Teaching others provides fulfillment. It allows you to pass on your knowledge and expertise to someone else. Being a mentor to others also helps you explore/improve your skill set in a different light. No matter how skilled you are, there is always something new to learn. Always remember that helping others is a wonderful part of life. Teaching and inspiring others provides meaning and depth to our lives. You can pass on your knowledge and skill set to future generations. No matter how large or small your contribution is, Your Contribution Matters.

8) Set an Example | You Can set a Good and Positive Example

Not everyone is going to be Kind, but YOU can be the one to set the good example, you can be the one to lead the way. Life is tough. Some people can be cruel, rude and mean. But Do Not allow that to affect you and your mindset. Do not allow negativity to impact your outlook on life. Instead, teach positivity. Associate closely with those who do Value Positivity, those who are kind and caring. Always remember to be Kind to all and set that good example. But there is no need to associate closely with those who intentionally bring others down.

The key here to remember is that those who are negative, are struggling themselves. They are fighting insecurity, jealously and unhappiness. This is why being Kind to those who are unkind, is very important. But there is a difference between being kind and being “friends” with those who are ill-intentioned. Try to influence those who are negative and Be Kind to All; but choose to surround yourself with Kind, Caring, Supportive People.

9) Be Passionate and Determined | YOU Can Show Others that Anything is Possible

Passion and Determination will take you farther than you can imagine. Those who just settle or are afraid to take chances, will not reach that true life fulfillment. Let go of fear. Take Chances. Do Your Best. SET GOALS. Take each day step-by-step, but also write down your long-term goals and growth. Track your growth and progress. Be Kind to Yourself and Keep Growing YOU. Determination, Passion and the willingness to keep moving forward, is the true key for long-term success.

10) YOU can be a Leader | Influence others to achieve their own Greatness

Be a LEADER. Leadership is about inspiring and influencing others. Leadership is about influencing others to achieve their own Greatness. YOU can be a Leader. No matter who you are, YOU can positively influence and lead others. You can lend a helping hand. You can provide encouragement. YOU can make a difference in the lives of others. Never underestimate yourself and your capabilities. Be Passionate, Be Genuine, Be Yourself. And always remember that YOU MATTER. You Are Important.

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5 Life-Changing Books Every Successful Person MUST Read

The most successful people learn something new each day. Knowledge is endless and personal growth is continuous. Always seek more. When you choose to focus on growing yourself, it’s incredible what you are capable of doing.

There are so many inspirational and impactful books out there, but these 5 books have inspired and impacted me the most. I believe anyone and everyone should read these books. They are powerful, eye opening, and will teach you a variety of necessary skills in order to achieve long-term success in today’s world. I have provided a brief summary and personal analysis of each book, as well as the value I received from them.

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1) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Stephen Covey

This book truly changed my life. It altered the way I viewed my values, principles and goals. Stephen Covey takes you step by step into understanding the value of focusing on your core center. Once you understand what you value, you can then establish goals for yourself and WHY you want to achieve each goal.

Covey also gives examples from his life about the value of being ‘principle centered’. He not only gives examples from his own personal family life, but also from friends and business relationships. Covey makes this book tough to set down. I was excited to pick it back up and read another chapter which taught another essential life lesson.

This book is a pure inspiration. It will help give you true direction for a meaningful, inspired and driven future.

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2) Emotional Intelligence 2.0 | Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

This is another book that deeply impacted my life and depth of understanding. Emotional Intelligence is something that should be focused upon in school. High schools and colleges don’t specifically emphasize why Emotional Intelligence is fundamental for self understanding and overall happiness. This book teaches you the value of understanding yourself as well as others around you. It further teaches you how to understand the entire scope of various situations.

As human beings we are driven by emotion. If you understand Why you feel the way that you feel, and Why you do the things you do, you’ll be able to better manage your emotions and your overall happiness. You’ll also be able to better connect with other people on a deeper level.

The four categories focused upon are: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.

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3) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success | Carol S. Dweck

Ph. D. Carol Dweck teaches principles about why your mindset is so incredibly important. The way you think ultimately determines your level of success. Being positive and believing that you can accomplish your goals, as well as continuously grow yourself as a person, makes a huge impact on your life.

Dweck also brilliantly describes the difference between a ‘fixed mindset’ and a ‘growth mindset’. A fixed mindset is someone who believes they do not have the ability to improve their skills, even with practice. This mindset is very limiting and overall restrains your personal growth and success. In contrast, someone with a growth mindset can continuously improve who they are, as well as their skill set with a positive and dedicated outlook.

A growth mindset allows us to understand that humans do have the ability to grow and continuously develop personally and professional, no matter how difficult the challenge. If you want it, You Can Do It. Practice, Practice. Be Passionate and Dedicated.

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4) Never Eat Alone | Keith Ferrazzi

This book is a true masterpiece. Keith Ferrazzi (along with Tahl Raz) passionately teaches the power of relationships, networking and personal branding.

Ferrazzi tells the story of his life journey and rise to success. He sheds light upon his downfalls, challenges, and accomplishments. Ferazzi puts emphasis on Why People Matter Most. Those that help one another  and utilize the power of networking, ultimately get the farthest in the long-run. He also explains the value of being sincere with others, as well as transparent: Show Who You Are~Be Yourself~What you see is what you get.

Being Passionate and goal oriented is another huge key to success. He describes his goal setting process and also explains why writing down your goals is essential. Overall, this book will teach you a variety of necessary skills everyone needs in this transitioning and connected world. Relationships Matter Most.

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5) Renegades Write the Rules | Amy Jo Martin

Social Media is one of the most powerful tools for marketing, branding and truly connecting with others. We are now in a very connected and digital age. Our online presence and connection with others is imperative for today’s success. An incredibly powerful book that explains the deep value of social media is titled: Renegades Write the Rules, by Amy Jo Martin.

Martin is one of the most enthusiastic and dedicated entrepreneurs who skillfully utilizes social media. An incredible speaker, motivator and innovator, Martin inspires the world with her social media techniques and sincerity. Showing the person/people ‘behind the brand’ is vital. Humanizing your brand, whether you are a public figure, celebrity or a company, is a crucial factor towards connecting with others. Martin explains, “Social Media is more like the telephone, less like the TV…It is a dialogue more than a monologue.”

Martin utilizes Twitter with over 1.2 million followers, to connect and engage a vast amount of people. She even reaches out to her followers and thanks them. I felt honored to receive a personal DM from Amy Jo, thanking me for my support. Her book will truly open your eyes to the value of social media and how to utilize the power of connectivity.

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