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10 Life Lessons from Unexpected Sources



10 Life Lessons from Unexpected Sources

Many of you have heard the quote, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” I have always loved this quote, as it highlights the concept that even the most short lived encounters or relationships, have something to teach us, and something for us to learn from. Even situations that seem wholly negative, and that upset us, actually have a lesson in them, if we allow ourselves to step back and think about what that might be. Many times these lessons come from unexpected sources, or sources we were not aware of at the time. If we are willing to stop and think about the reason something happened, why we were hurt by someone, or why something someone did in passing made us feel uneasy, we can often find that message buried underneath.

10 Life Lessons from Unexpected Sources

1.) Remember the person that you dated who treated you terribly and made you feel bad about yourself? 

While it may sounds like there is nothing about that situation to learn from, there is actually a great deal. You can learn to count on your own view of yourself over anyone else. You can also use this as an opportunity to further define what you will and will not tolerate in a relationship, what you are worth, and what you are looking for in the future.


2.) Failure is one of the most important lessons we can learn from.

None of us will succeed all the time, but what we choose to do with failing is what differentiates the successful from the unsuccessful. If you choose to use the failure as a lesson in where you went wrong, and are open to hearing why you did not do well, you can use this to readjust and rework your project or idea until you are prosperous at it.


3.) Suffering a personal embarrassment or humiliation

How you handle yourself in these moments is a wonderful lesson in strength and character. It might remind you what you are made of, and it might even serve as an example to others. Everyone is going through something, and this is actually true of the people who made you feel this way as well. If we are able to remember that everyone is going through something, and that we know the truth about ourselves, we may learn that we have most strength and integrity than we knew.


4.) Listen to the words of children.

Children speak the truth, the whole unfiltered truth. While sometimes the things they say are funny, and other times the things they say might sting, consider the message. Is there something to be learned from what they have blurted out, or are saying? If so, take it to heart and learn from it. It can be easy to be hurt at times from things that are said in innocence, keep in mind that this was their intention, not to hurt you.


5.) Working on something that does not inspire you

This may seem like a strange choice, or confusing as to what lesson could be taken from it. We will all have projects and jobs in our lives that do not inspire us, and do not align with our interests and goals. Use this experience to further define what it is that you want to do. What does create passion within you? What should you be doing? The lesson here is that you may not have asked yourself these tough questions, or been motivated to explore them, had it not been for work you did not want to do.


6.) Starting your day on a negative note

This can be due to rushing around, doing work in the morning, or spending your time doing something that is not relaxing. Remember that feeling, and be conscious of the impact it has on the rest of your day. Once you make the connection that how you start your day influences the rest of your day, you will be motivated and inclined to change your morning routine to start the day off right. The calmer and better you start your day, the more this tone will be carried throughout it.


7.) Having self-doubts and negative thinking

While this may seem like a strange thing to say in terms of lessons to be learned, and an even stranger place to learn them, it can be valuable. If we are able to take a step back and look at our own negative ways of thinking, at our lack of belief in ourselves, we can ask what evidence we have, or if there is anything to support it. Most often the answer is that there is not concrete proof to support it, often just the opposite, and the lesson we can learn is to stop and ask ourselves what the reality is when these negative thoughts start to creep in.


8.) Settling for less then you deserve

This can refer to relationships, jobs, salary, or friendships. We all are guilty of settling for less than we deserve in one of these areas at some point in our lives. The great lesson here is the gifts of introspection and motivation. We can use these negative experiences to define what it is that we do merit, as well as to motivate us to look for situations that meet those ideals. It can be looking for a relationship of an equal, or searching for a job with pay and responsibilities that are in line with what we are capable of.


9.) Calvin and Hobbes once said,” If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?”

This might sounds like a silly source, but the thought and the lesson are undeniable. If everything went our way all the time, if all good things lasted forever, we would likely never learn to deeply appreciate what we have or had. So we learn to appreciate the good things while we have them, and hope for new things to come our way, as we know they are possible.


10.) When something terrible befalls you, keeping in mind that it could be worse.

I am not saying that we have to compare ourselves to others, or invalidate the way that we are feeling or hurting. However, if we are able to take even the worst situation that has happened to us, and ask ourselves, “could this be worse?,” the answer is usually “yes.” If it could be worse, we have room to grow from, and the ability to start to pull our way up and out of this situation in search of a better one.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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