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16 Blood-Pumping Songs To Boost Your Motivation And Confidence

Add these empowering songs to a playlist and get pumped up before your next big interview, meeting or business deal.





Undeniable truth: Life requires confidence. There’s no trendy hack for faking it and no pill can substitute for it. You have to believe way down in your bones that, yes, you can kick ass and succeed.

Except for when you don’t, because some days you won’t.

Some days you’ll trip, fall and fail. You’ll beat yourself up for a job not well done. You won’t feel brave, strong and smart. But you can’t let the bad days overtake the good. You’ve gotta shake it off and get back up.

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Crank up the speakers and let the music move you. And, in the wise words of James Brown, “Get up offa that thing, and dance until you feel better.”

While you’re at it, add these 16 blood-pumping, confidence-boosting songs to your library to lift you up when you’re feeling low. C’mon, turn that frown upside down and turn the music up.

1. Sia – “Unstoppable”

Get ready. Put on your armour and show us how strong you are. You’re unstoppable. You’re invincible. You win every single game. You’re so powerful, you don’t need batteries to play. You’re so confident, you’re unstoppable today. Now go get ‘em.

2. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Don’t call it a comeback. Don’t ever compare yourself to the rest that’ll all get sliced and diced. Competition’s payin’ the price. You’re gonna rock this land and take this itty-bitty world by storm. And you’re just gettin’ warm.

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3. Kanye West – “Stronger”

In this case, Yeezy knows best. That that don’t kill you can only make you stronger. Work it. Make it. Do it. You’re destined to be harder, better, faster, stronger.

4. Sleigh Bells – “Rill Rill”

This is it, then. Saddle up. Have a heart. You’re here to win. (And, yeah, we know, the video’s a little scary at the beginning. It gets better.)

5. Estelle feat. Janelle Monáe – “Do My Thing”

Your road to success isn’t like anyone else’s. It’s your own and you’ll do your own thing. Concentrate on your goals, even if others hate and complain. You’ve got this.

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6. Eminem – “Not Afraid”

You’re not afraid to take a stand. Walk this road, through the storm, whatever weather, cold or warm. You’re not alone. No more drama. Break out of that cage. Get back, click-clack, blowww.

7. Avicii – “Wake Me Up”

Be strong, be brave and feel your way through the darkness. Like the song says, you can’t tell where the journey will end, but you know where to start. It starts with taking that first big step, the hardest yet most important one.

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8. The Weeknd – “Earned It”

You make it look like it’s magic. Cause you’re perfect. You’re always worth it and you deserve it.

9. Walk off the Earth – “Rule the World”

Whatever you do, don’t cloud your vision. Materialise the feeling. Be bold and carry on. You rule the world. Well, your own world, at least, but it’s a start.

10. Alesso feat. Tove Lo – “Heroes (We Could Be)”

Everyday people may do everyday things, but you’re not one of those people. You’re better than that. You’re exceptional. You’ve got the power. You can do anything. You can be a hero.

11. Mary J. Blige – “Just Fine”

Be like Mary J.: Like what you see when you’re looking at you, when you’re walking past the mirror (and when you’re not). Moping around? No way. There’s no time for that. No time for negative vibes either, ’cause you’re winning. So feel free right now and do what you want to do. That’s right. You’re fine, just fine.

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12. Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’”

What’s an uplifting, soul-soothing playlist without a cheesy ’80s rock anthem? We had to include it. Journey’s iconic hit song reminds you not to give up when you’re livin’ in a lonely world. Roll the dice, just one more time. But please don’t feather your mullet.

13. Daft Punk – “One More Time”

Let the music set you free. Celebrate and dance so free. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Then play it again. One more time. If you aren’t compelled to dance, or at the very least nod your head, to this almost sickeningly peppy song, call us. We’ll send help.

14. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “I Won’t Back Down”

So what if there ain’t no easy way out? You’ll stand your ground and you won’t back down, won’t be turned around. They can stand you up at the gates of hell, but you won’t, well, you know the rest.

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15. Demi Lovato – “Confident”

What’s wrong with being confident? Absolutely nothing. So don’t hold your freak back. Demi Lovato didn’t, and judging from the loud, proud and confident pop star’s meteoric rise to stardom, it’s working out just fine for her.

16. Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Exodus”

Open your eyes and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? You know where you’re going and you know where you’re from. So walk confidently in the direction of your dreams. Borrowing from another hit Marley song, “Three Little Birds,” don’t worry, every little thing is gonna be all right.

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6 Mental Barriers You Must Tear Down To Succeed

The world has few obstacles as formidable as the ones in our own mind.

Timothy Sykes



Mental Barriers

Have you hit a slump in your career? If you are finding it difficult to get ahead, it could be because you’re inadvertently holding yourself back in ways you don’t even realize.

Many of us have unhealthy habits and behaviors that stunt our career growth. By becoming aware of them, it’s possible to begin facing these obstacles head-on so that you can remove potential roadblocks to your future success. Here are 6 surprising things that are holding you back:

1. You don’t know the basics

What if you were to build a house on top of a weak foundation? It might be fine for a while, but one day, it would inevitably cause problems and affect your quality of life. Similarly in your career, if you don’t take the time to form a strong foundation of knowledge in your field, it may keep you from advancing and growing later on. Therefore, it’s vital to learn (and sometimes to re-learn) the basics.

There’s no shame in hitting the books and learning the basics or re-learning them, even well into your career. You know how when you re-watch a movie or re-read a book you pick up on things you didn’t notice the first time around? It’s very much the same in career education. So whether you’re a baker or an investor or a manager, make sure to develop a strong foundational knowledge of your field of work. It will serve you in many ways as your career advances.

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2. Vague goals

Setting clear and specific goals is one of the major building blocks of career success. On the flip side, without specific goals, you’re more likely to suffer from lack of motivation and aimlessness in your career.

Want proof? Consider the work of Dr. Edwin Locke, who released a still-relevant article in 1968 entitled “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives.” In this research-based article, he determined that employees were most highly motivated by clear objectives and specific feedback.

Working toward extremely specific goals provided a major source of motivation to actually reach the desired end result, which improved performance. Moreover, specific and difficult goals led to better task performance than vague or easy goals.

3. Caring too much what others think

According to Aristotle, “There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Are you too much of a people pleaser? If so, this tendency could be holding you back from finding the success you deserve.

No matter what you do, you’ll never please everybody. Yes, you should always make your best efforts in any endeavour, and you should always try to be respectful of the opinions of others. However, don’t let other people’s opinions affect your every move. If you do, you’ll constantly operate from a place of fear and will never achieve great things.

4. You’re trying to figure out everything without a mentor

 Bill Gates, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey. What do these people have in common? They’re all crazy successful…and they all had mentors.

Many people suffer from the belief that to become successful, they have to do the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest alone. However, this mindset is likely stunting their career and slowing down success. Truthfully, seeking out the guidance of a mentor is both a brave and smart career move. A mentor who is further along in their career than you can help advise you, point you in the right direction and help you avoid common pitfalls. There is so much to gain from having a mentor; why hold yourself back by trying to do everything alone?

5. Poor time management

Without a doubt, pursuing a new career or business endeavor takes time. Many people claim that it’s impossible to work toward their dreams because there’s just no time. But is this really true?

The fact is, nobody’s ever going to gift wrap extra time and give it to you like a present. It’s your responsibility to make time. It might involve changing some of your habits like bingeing on Netflix or getting lost on Facebook for hours on end. Or, it might mean that you wake up early in the morning like Apple CEO Tim Cook, who gets up at 3:45 so he can answer emails and take some time for himself before the responsibilities of the day descend. There are always ways to make time for what matters if you’re truly driven to succeed.

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6. You stopped learning

Lifelong learning is a trait of the most successful people. Don’t you want to be one of them? If you think you know everything, then there’s no possible way for you to continue moving forward in your career or even your life.

As Malcolm X famously said, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” When you approach the world as if you can learn from every experience and every person, you’ll reap many benefits. You’ll be able to keep improving, you’ll be able to remain mentally nimble, and since you won’t be a know-it-all, people will probably like you a lot better. Never stop learning if you want to keep growing.

Are any of these things secretly holding you back?

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(Infographic) How 9 Creative Minds Got Their Ideas

From doing headstands to drinking 50 cups of coffee a day, check out the quirky things that these nine creatives have done.




Coming up with new, creative ideas can be tricky. That’s why it’s important to find a way to get inspired. After all, it’s our own unique rituals that can bring mental clarity and creativity. That could be a quirky habit or routine such as doing headstands or wearing lots of hats.

Igor Stravinksy did headstands, which he believed helped to rest his head and clear his brain. Author Dr. Seuss felt that wearing lots of crazy hats helped inspire his creativity and overcome writer’s block. However, those aren’t even the strangest routines that some of the world’s most brilliant minds have utilised. Steve Jobs bathed his feet in toilet water to reduce stress levels while Honore de Balzac drank up to 50 cups of coffee a day.

Check out Business Backers infographic below to learn the weird ways that nine creative minds got their ideas.


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15 Traits Of Unstoppable People

Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful.



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Unstoppable people are like warriors. They are always ready to take on the world. They are guided by a light from within, full of boundless energy and unwavering in their goals. They have learned to activate their natural talents and develop the skills necessary to achieve whatever they aim for.

How do they do this? Where do they find the stamina and strength to keep going? Unstoppable people keep their inner fires burning by developing the characteristics necessary to become successful. Here are 15 traits that will help you go from being a solid achiever to being a truly unstoppable person.

Do you have any yet?

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