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The Two Levels in Optimizing Your Life – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

The name of this website is Life Optimizer. Accordingly, the mission here is optimizing lives. I want to optimize my life and share what I learn with you. I’d also like to learn how you optimize your life. The end goal is that we can all reach our full potential. How can we optimize our lives then? Well, I believe that there are two levels in optimizing lives: macro and micro. Macro deals with the overall direction of your life…

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Should you seek passion or duty at work? (Pssst: The answer is passion). – Positivity Article

In an opinion pice in the New York Times, professor Firmin DeBrabrander argues that you should not approach work as your passion but as your duty. Looking for passion at work, he says, will make you stressed and is bound to fail anyway. I think that’s complete nonsense! I know – what a shocker 🙂 But worst of all it’s poorly reasoned nonsense that relies on a string of terrible arguments and deliberate ignorance of the research in the field.…

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A Quick Guide to Living Your Own Life – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Are you living your own life? Or are you living someone else’s life? The questions above might seem simple, but they are important. After all, one of the most common lifetime regrets is “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” Many people just follow the crowd, though. They just follow the “safe” path. You are unique, one-of-a-kind, but it’s not easy to live your own life. So…

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A Quick Guide to Designing Your Life – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Do you want to live your life the fullest? Then it’s important that you live by design, not by default. Living by design allows you to live your life. Living by default, on the other hand, will just lead you to live someone else’s life. Unfortunately, it’s easy to live by default. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s the path of least resistance. Unless you make a conscious effort not to, you will automatically go that way. So…

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Two Things to Balance to Find Your Best Life – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

A while back, I wrote about how to find your best possible life. Now, I’d like to dig deeper into it by discussing two things that you need to balance along the way. You see, finding your best life is a journey. It’s not something that just happens to you. In particular, there are two things you need to balance to find your best life: planning and randomness. You need both of them and you need to balance them. You…

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7 Truths about Our Emotional Needs – Positivity Article

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6 Signs the Universe Is Telling You You’re on the Wrong Path – Positivity Article

<!– Tweet — Everyone has a unique purpose in life, and finding and following that purpose is the key to creating a happy, abundant, meaningful and fulfilling life for yourself. Sometimes, though, for one reason or another, you may unconsciously drift away from your staying true to your purpose, or you may think you are on the right path when really you’re heading in the opposite direction of where you intended to go. The good news is, the universe wants…

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Ten Years of Going Full-Time With My Business – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

About ten years ago today, I left my day job. I was a full-time lecturer, but in early 2009 I decided to go full-time with my online business (which I built since 2006). I still teach part-time even today, but it’s no longer how I make a living. In the past ten years, I have built a so-called lifestyle business. Here is the definition from TechTarget: A lifestyle business is one that is geared toward supporting the owner’s income and…

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5 Keys to Living a Passionate Life – Self Improvement Article

You feel like something is missing in your life, but the next step alludes you. You see people living a passionate life, but you don’t know where to start. This was the exact situation I found myself in not too long ago. In 2009, I was a professional online poker player. I was making money, but I didn’t enjoy it anymore. It was time for the next chapter in my life. I knew I could contribute to the world, but…

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When You Feel Like a Fraud – Self Improvement Article

We’ve all been there. You feel like you’re putting on a show. You’re afraid that someone will see through your mask. You’re scared of being humiliated. The story goes on and on. It’s excruciating. I know, because I’ve been there. I’ve wanted to give up in frustration. I’ve battled my inner demons. Luckily, there is a way out. When You Feel Like a Fraud — The Video We’re all human. That means we experience the full rainbow of thoughts and emotions. The answer has never been…

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How to Make Great Decisions in Life + Business – Self Improvement Article

Aah. Decisions. Should I do this, or that? Should I follow my passion, or should I take the “safe” road? Our lives are made up of decisions. How you make those decisions determines your life. But it’s not just how, but from where you make decisions. That’s what many people miss. They may achieve success, but without following their inner authority, they may never achieve satisfaction. Make Good Decisions — The Video So how do you make good decisions both in life…

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How To Figure Out Your Life Purpose – Self Improvement Article

Before I knew my purpose, I was a people-pleaser, trying to make everyone happy (no, that wasn’t my purpose).  Unfortunately, I couldn’t make everyone happy, and I was exhausted and depressed most of the time, making myself unhappy in the process. In a fit of frustration, I put a pause on the people-pleasing with the thought: “I need to work on me. Everyone can pretend I’m not here for a while.”  And everything went on like it always had.  Nothing…

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Becoming the Superhero Version of Yourself – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

In How to Find Your Best Possible Life, I wrote that you need to think out of the box to find your best possible life. You need to think about possible alternatives to your current life. If you don’t, you could be optimizing the wrong version of your life. Here I’d like to dig deeper into how to think out of the box. That is, how do you think out of the box to live your best life? I believe…

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How to Find Your Best Possible Life – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Do you want to live your best possible life? If so, then there is a danger related to it that you need to be aware of. To explain it, I’d like to use a concept in mathematics called local maxima. In mathematics, you often try to find the maximum value of a function. One example is finding the maximum revenue that you can get by adjusting the price of a product. In a three dimensional space, finding the maximum value…

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Is the Search For Your Passion Frustrating You?

“If we really understood the herculean effort it is to be in a body, to live in this environment and just wake up every morning, perhaps we could appreciate and relax into allowing every breath to be our passion.” ~ Lia In the spiritual community, there is pressure to uncover our passion or purpose. We go to seminars, take courses and get spiritual counseling/coaching to ‘raise our vibration’ to help us uncover our reason for living. And, for some of…

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On Depression, Feeling Worthless, and Finding Your Truth

It all started on a cold December night. A war was being waged within me. Each morning, I’d wake up feeling like I had lead flowing through my veins, helping gravity do its job. I’d drag myself out of bed, doing what I had to do. I was living my passion, surrounded by people I loved, but it felt empty. Somewhere, in a dusty corner of my being, I knew this too would pass, but there was doubt. I wondered…

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Do You Believe in What You Do? – Life Optimizer

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.~ John Stuart Mill Do you want to live a fulfilling life? There is one requirement: you must believe in what you do. Believing in what you do is powerful. As the quote above says, it can make you as powerful as many people who have only interests. It can make your life fulfilling. It can also give you grit: passion and perseverance for long-term…

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How To Properly Define Your Passions & Purpose

Over the years, I’ve worked with many companies and found the ones with lucid and succinctly described visions are more likely to succeed than those with unclear or highly complex visions. Yet as individuals, we often don’t take the time to clearly articulate our own passions or purpose. To help you define yours, I’ve created a simple test that I call The Funnel Test. The following is an excerpt from Your Network Is Your Net Worth: Unlock the Hidden Power of…

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The Why and How of Having Personal Projects – Life Optimizer

Do you want to have a meaningful life? Then one thing you should do is having personal projects. I first heard about it from Brian Little. But when I looked at my life, I realized that I have been doing it for a long time. I have always had personal projects. And indeed, they make me feel fulfilled. Here are some of my personal projects throughout the years: Writing simple computer games when I was in high school. Writing a…

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Developing a Heart of Giving – Life Optimizer

What attitude do you think would make the world a better place? While there might be other answers to this question, I believe that a key attitude is the attitude of giving. You see, almost everything that we read or hear is about getting: getting more money, reputation, or something else. Only occasionally do we read or hear about giving. That’s why I’d like to write about it today. I still have a lot to learn, but I’d like to…

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10 Ways Blogging Will Change Your Life

Starting a blog can change your life. Seriously. It’s changed my life and I know it’s changed thousands of other’s lives. When I was working at my previous employer I knew I wanted to start something on my own. I knew that I wanted to build a business and a business that was linked to what I was passionate about. I didn’t know exactly what that business would look like (and I’m still evolving it greatly as we speak). But…

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How to Make the Most of the Rest of This Year – Life Optimizer

We are now only a couple weeks away from the new year. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get anything done during this time, though. Even during the holiday season, you can still make the most of your time. Let’s finish this year strong! Here are some tips on how to do that. 1. Finish Your Project Yes, there are only a few days left, but you can make the most of them to finish your project. In fact, the…

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Stop, Take a Step Back and Gain Clarity Around Your Purpose

So what’s your purpose if you are in sales, leadership or some other role?  People are so busy working IN their lives, they fail to stop and take a step back to work ON their lives. Credit www.gratisography.com When we understand our individual purpose, we gain clarity and this supports us as we move intentionally forward. Isn’t it funny we use words all the time and think we know what they mean?  Take the word purpose. This word has Latin…

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Top 100 Personal Development Blogs 2018

The official Top 100 Personal Development Blogs is back! Damn, I love this time of year. It’s all about setting your year up for massive success and what better way of doing that then presenting you with the best personal development blogs for 2018. In fact, we bring you the Top 100! This is the fifth year that we have compiled the Top 100 personal development blogs and every year we see more and more blogs adding great value to…

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