Nelson Wang motivational blogger, founder of CEO Lifestyle, and author of ‘The Resume is Dead’ – has penned his top ten motivational habits.

He admits his life has had just as many ups and downs as everyone elses’s; what makes the difference, he says, is how he’s reacted to them. And how you react to the vagaries of life determines the kind of life you’ll have.

Here are the top five from his list of ten:

  1. The Ten Year test:

If you’re ever worried, anxious, of stressed about something, ask yourself if it will be important in ten days, ten weeks, or ten years? Estimating the likely impact of a scenario puts it in perspective. You’d be amazed how many things don’t even make the ten day mark.

  1. Be Sure to have fun at work:

There are 168 hours in a week. If you sleep 8 hours a night (56 hours) that leaves you with 112 hours. If you spend the average 10 hours a week commuting that reduces to 102 hours.

Working 40 hours a week then is a whopping 40% of your life! So it’s important to enjoy it.

Wang refers to a quote by Sheryl Sandberg relating just how ijmportant it is to be yourself at work:

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about, but it also comes from working with people we care about, and in order to care about someone you have to know them. You have to know what they love and hate, what they feel – not just what they think. If you want to win hearts and minds, you have to lead with your heart as well as your mind. I don’t believe we have a professional self from Mondays through Fridays, and a real self the rest of the time. That kind of division probably never worked. But in today’s world it makes even less sense … It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time.”

  1. Have an Idea Jar:

Great ideas happen when they happen. They can’t be forced, coaxed, or summoned.

If you don’t have time to explore or act on them right away, write them down and put them somewhere together. An idea jar is an excellent lucky dip if you’re after a bit of novelty to spice up a weekend, need a new experience, or just a motivational kick in the pants.

  1. Beware the Comfort-Zone:

A comfort-zone can stifle as much as it can protect. All the great things that happen in our lives happen because we took a chance (and it worked out). Yes, not all risks will work out – that’s why they’re risks. But even those that fail offer their own lessons and chances for personal growth.

  1. Understand before You React:

Reacting is rarely works out well. We need time to process what is happening, time to understand it, and time to choose a response if we want the solution to be one we all can live with. Yes, the world we live in is time-poor; time-pressures are ubiquitous; We haven’t evolved to live at the pace we do, so when you can slow things down and look for the root causes.


You’ve only got one life. Make your peace, make your mark, make it count.

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