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Sincere appreciation and authentic encouragement

The world appears to be increasingly populated by people who only look out for their own needs — and often at the expense of others.

“I don’t have time.”, “I forgot.”, “It’s not my thing.”, “I had no idea you wanted help.”, “I didn’t think there was anything I could do.”

All entirely reasonable. And yet, the people who want to support others somehow find a way.

You may have very little to give, but the power of a kind word and encouragement shouldn’t be underestimated.

The time it takes to provide sincere appreciation and authentic encouragement is far eclipsed by the amount of time it lingers in the mind of the recipient.

Being a supportive person means more than simply offering help because it’s convenient or with the hope of receiving something in return. It means helping others even when it isn’t always easy — although it often is.

If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by genuinely supportive people who would do anything to help you, cherish them.

They’re a rarity.

And if you want to be that kind of person for someone, don’t hesitate.

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True value

Excerpt from: Today is day one.

The more that you incorporate things that you truly value into your life — from knowledge to skills to people to activities — the more value you not only bring to your own life, the more value you bring to the people and places you encounter on a daily basis.

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Do you want to be a superhero?

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Do you want to be a superhero?

If you use the powers that you already have to their fullest potential, you will likely find that you have more than you need to make a real & lasting positive difference.

Superpowers are not required.

Want to make a positive difference in the world? Start now & lead by example.

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True wealth is traded in kindness and positive energy.

Excerpt from: What it means to be truly wealthy

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Kindness is like an ember that starts a wildfire

Excerpt from: A single act of kindness

A single act of kindness may seem like such a small thing, but so is the ember that starts a wildfire.

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Dealing with disapproval

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If you spend your time being the best person that you can be, there’s no need to concern yourself with those who may disapprove of how you live your life.

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The strength in tolerance and kindness

There’s nothing wimpy or weak about being kind or tolerant of others.

Quite the opposite, really.

Patience and tolerance are often indicative of self-control.

Reflexive anger, hate, and aggression — on the other hand — represent a lack of self-control and often lead one to undesirable consequences.

In the hands of someone with mental discipline, the unrestrained anger and aggression of others can often be used against them.

If you can’t control yourself — the one and only person you truly have any control over — you may appear strong in the moment, but it isn’t real power, it’s weakness.

Self-discipline is a key to many doors. Not least of which is one that leads to a better, stronger, and healthier version of yourself.

If the results of your habits don’t make you a better, stronger, or healthier person, it’s time to consider new habits that do.

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A magical question

Excerpt from: Is there anything I can do to help?

"Is there anything I can do to help?" is a magical question.

“Is there anything I can do to help?” is a magical question.

(Use it often to show you care.)

See also: Is there anything I can do to help (if so, contact me)

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A person of value

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One adds far more value to their life by contributing something of value to other people’s lives than they do by seeking to benefit only their own.

Collect value by contributing value.

“Try not to become a [person] of success. Rather become a [person] of value.” — Albert Einstein

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