50 Positive Thinking Quotes For More Inner Strength & Growth

By Joel
Here is a collection of Positive Thinking Quotes that will build your inner strength and help you grow mentally & spiritually so that you can live a successful and optimistic life.
Studies have shown that positive thinking can help with stress management and better health, two very important components that are needed to move through life with energy and enthusiasm.

50 Positive Thinking Quotes

 “Life has many ways of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.” – Paulo Coelho
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.”  – Edith Wharton
“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” – Dr. Wayne W Dyer
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”  – Brian Tracy
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
“The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.” – Robert H Schuller
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams
“Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher.” – Maya Watson
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened” – Mark Twain
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
“Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle
“The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Francesca Reigler
“I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.” – Harvey Fierstein
“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley
“Today is a new beginning, a chance to turn your failures into achievements & your sorrows into so goods. No room for excuses.” – Joel Brown
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Tony Robbins
“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“No matter what the situation, remind yourself “I have a choice.” – Deepak Chopra
“All you can change is yourself, but sometimes that changes everything!” – Gary W Goldstein
“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius
“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” – John C Maxwell
“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” – Mary Tyler Moore
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali
“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.” – Swami Vivekananda
“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown
“If someone tells you, “You can’t” they really mean, “I can’t.” – Sean Stephenson
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone
“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The difference in winning and losing is most often…not quitting.” – Walt Disney
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S Lewis
“All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller
“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.” – Jon Bon Jovi
“Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.” – Stephen Covey
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” – Kurt Vonnegut
“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.” – Joel Osteen
“The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.” – Eric Thomas
“When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.” – Rumi
“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” – William James
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore
“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Unknown


The Top 5 Regrets In Life By Those About to Die

By Joel
To all my readers out there, sorry to bring down the mood on this one, but I believe this post you are about to read will be a life changing article in the way that you see your life and how you are living it at the moment. This article is written by Bronnie Ware, a palliative care worker who has worked with a countless number of patients who are sadly seeing their last days on earth. When Bronnie had questioned the patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

The Top 5 Regrets In Life By Those About To Die

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way.

From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard – This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.
Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings – Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends – Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
This is a surprisingly common one.

Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.
They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Why Successful People Leave Their Loser Friends Behind

By Brenton Weyi
We all want to be amazing. We all want to be successful, happy, and regarded as important figures in our fields. I am sure that you’ve heard all of the keys to success before: planning, hard work, perseverance, etc.
But today we are going to look at the one factor that will likely make or break your success: the people you surround yourself with.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
Want to be Amazing? Surround Yourself with Amazing People

The Make or Break List
A good friend of mine once told me of a man he knows who brought himself up from rags to riches.  Living paycheck to paycheck was a luxury for this man, and he decided that he was tired of being trapped by his own life. The poor man looked around at his friends, and noticed that one of them – who wasn’t particularly smart or more talented – had become quite wealthy. He asked this man how he accrued this wealth, how he was able to become a millionaire. The wealthy man’s response was simple: “keep the right company.”
The man took that advice to heart. He quickly noticed that all of the other friends he had hated hard work and had no desire to improve themselves. So he sought out new friends, he went around to conventions and seminars to connect with people who had made something of themselves. After he had completely replaced the people in his network, he decided to make a list. This list was simple. It had a column for people who would improve his life, and a column for people who would drag him down.
If someone could improve his life, he spent as much time around them as possible. If someone could drag him down, he never spent more than five minutes around them. After following his “make or break” list, the man was able to become a millionaire within three years.

No One does it Alone
The five-minute rule may be a little extreme, but there is an important lesson to learn from it: if you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky is the limit.
There is an ideal in our society of the “self-made” man – a man who is able to find success through his own efforts. Now, don’t get me wrong, success does require an immense amount of determination and personal grit. However, success also depends on the ability to connect with people who have already made it.
There was once a man named Ernest Hemingway. If you aren’t familiar with Ernest Hemingway, he was one of the greatest American writers of all time. Even a great writer like Hemingway didn’t succeed on his own. He worked at a newspaper where his boss – a writer named Sherwood Anderson – helped him get his first novel published. Hemingway then connected with other no-name writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce.
This community of great writers helped to influence his style, success, and drove him to write every single day and become one of the greatest authors of his generation.
Hemingway is a testament to the fact that innate talent alone does not equal success. It’s hard to keep up a strict schedule to perfect your craft or improve yourself if you don’t have people around you with similar interests. Your network – your five key people – will determine the way you think, the way you act, and the way you approach your life goals.

Three Essential People
A mentor once told me that no matter how many close people you have in your network, if you want to be truly great, you must have three essential people in your life at all times:
1.    A person who is older and more successful than you to learn from
2.    A person who is equal to you to exchange ideas with
3.    A person below you to coach and keep you energized
A great figure of history who embodied this principle was Aristotle. Aristotle was one of the greatest minds to ever grace this beautiful Earth, but this was only so because he was constantly challenging himself and working to refine his talents. He exchanged ideas with other Greek philosophers in the “Academy,” learned from his mentor Plato, and taught a young boy named Alexander…who would later become “Alexander the Great.”
Every great person was, is, or will be successful because of the company he or she keeps. They will make an impact because of a successful network of driven peers who provide both inspiration and healthy competition.
If you want to be remarkable, you must constantly challenge yourself and surround yourself with remarkable people. So think about what your goals are, and take a look around you. Do you need to write a “make or break” list?

Do you have the kind of people who are going to lead you to live the life of your dreams?
“Don’t join an easy crowd. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform and achieve are high.” – Jim Rohn
Strive to be better. Strive to be more. Strive to be amazing.

culled from addicted2succes

You’re Getting In The Way Of Your Own Success – Here’s How You Can Fix It

I truly believe we can only reach our fullest potential when we’re challenged.
Challenges are often described as barriers or brick walls that get in our way. I say, those blockades are your greatest opportunities.
As I sit in a leadership conference in Arizona, my thoughts are confirmed and perhaps better articulated as the speaker references the late Randy Pausch, a professor and author of “The Last lecture.” Pausch said, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
If you’re like me, your brick wall is what you see when you look in the mirror—You get in the way of your own progress. You are your greatest barrier.
Just like all challenges, you have an opportunity for growth when you face the barrier, or the mirror, stare it down and shatter it.

I find most business leaders have difficulty admitting that their leadership style may be their biggest barrier, and even more difficulty tearing it down for two reasons:
1.    Leaders are accustomed to identifying and remediating external challenges like profit margins and HR matters, they often fail to reverse the focus on internal reflection.
2.    Leaders don’t want to identify themselves as the brick walls because that’s akin with identifying a weakness, and leaders can’t be weak, right?

This second reason brings me back to my original point—Tackling a growth opportunity does not make you weak, it makes you strong. Stop limiting yourself and start becoming the best version of yourself you can be.

Here’s how to shatter that mirror:

Ask – Pose to your team members this question: What do I need to do to be a better leader? Set “Vegas-style” rules, what you say here stays here, so you create a safe zone where truth can flourish.
Yes, asking the question is simple, but the answer, especially if it’s truthful, may sting. Actually, if it doesn’t sting, ask again.
Listen – When you feel the pain of the truth, don’t react. Don’t make excuses, tighten your fists or clench your jaw. Instead, let it sink in. Once absorbed, ensure the messenger that you appreciate his or her candor.
 Randy Pausch also said, “Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care. Worry when you do something badly and nobody bothers to tell you.”
In this process you’re soliciting criticism, so it’s a bit different, but the message is the same. When a member of your team is honest with you and gives you constructive advice, take it as a compliment. It’s those team members who don’t offer valuable feedback that may not feel invested in the future of your team or company.

Act—Actually take the advice of your team members and act on it. Dramatic change to your leadership style may be needed. This is the actionable step that will fulfill your ultimate goal of tearing down the brick wall or shattering your mirror to achieve personal and company growth.
Pausch continued his statement on brick walls by saying, “The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
Many aren’t strong enough to shatter their mirror, BUT YOU ARE!, which is why you’re going to take your business and you’re leadership abilities to the next level and your competitor will not.
Culled from addicted2success

SA WISE Angus Scholarships for Sub-Saharan African Women

The Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SA WISE) is a dynamic association for all those who support the idea of strengthening the role of women in science and engineering in South Africa.

SA WISE aims to strengthen this role by inter alia: raising the profile of women scientists and engineers; highlighting and addressing problems faced specifically by women in these fields; lobbying for the advancement of women in science and engineering; AND providing leadership and role models for young people wishing to enter the fields of science and engineering.

Each year SA WISE awards the Angus Scholarship to a Sub-Saharan black woman. South African applicants will be given preference. The successful applicant should become an active member of SA WISE.
Host Schools
Any University in South Africa

Course of study
Any course in any fields of Science and Engineering

Number of awards
One (1) will be given

Sponsorship duration
The scholarship is awarded for 1 year of tertiary study at Honours level (or 4th year level of study)

Scholarship benefits
The value for the academic year 2013 is R10 000 per annumn

SA WISE awards the Angus Scholarship to a Sub-Saharan black woman graduate with 70% or above grade average in her subject of study.
•    Scholarships will be awarded to a female student for full time study at Honours level (4th year) in Chemistry, Physics, Metallurgy or Mechanical Engineering at any South African University.
•    Successful applicant should become actively involved in SA WISE.
•    Element Six will arrange a visit to their research lab for the successful applicant, and they would like a copy of the awardee’s major research project at the end of the year.

Eligible groups
Any woman from any Sub-Saharan African country (South African applicants are given preference)

Method of Application
Please include with application:
•    Curriculum Vitae with names of two referees
•    One page motivation
•    An official academic transcript (record)
•    Name(s) of other bursaries/scholarships applied for and amount
Send applications to:
SA WISE Element Six Scholarships committee
P O Box 34085
Rhodes Gift, 7707

The deadline date for annual applications is 30th November every year

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for a more current, complete and detailed information on this scholarship.

For enquiries please contact:
SA WISE, P O Box 34085, 7707, Rhodes Gift, Rondebosch, South Africa
E-mail: sawise@uct.ac.za
To apply, click here

Tuition Free Scholarships for Online Courses at University of the People

University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first non-profit, degree-granting, tuition- free online university dedicated to opening the gates to higher education for all individuals otherwise constrained.
 The University embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring tuition-free undergraduate degree programs to qualified high school graduates around the world. UoPeople offers Associates and Bachelors degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science.
 With the support of academic leadership from top universities and having admitted more than 1500 students from 136 countries to date, UoPeople is well on its way to becoming a global higher education leader.
Based on the principles of e-learning and peer-to-peer learning, coupled with open-source technology and Open Educational Resources, UoPeople is designed to provide access to undergraduate degree programs for qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries are eligible.

Host School
With a convenient virtual web address, the UoPeople is accessible from anywhere a computer and an Internet connection exists. UoPeople has partnered with Yale University for research, New York University to accept students and Hewlett-Packard for internships.

Course of study
UoPeople offers Associate and Bachelor Degree Programs in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Number of awards
To date, more than 1500 students from 136 countries have been accepted. The organization has gained the widespread support of leading academics, over 1 million people on Facebook and media throughout the world.

Scholarship benefits
UoPeople is a tuition-free online university offering distance-learning courses. The University is a tuition-free, non-profit institution. It does not charge students to take classes, does not charge for any reading and other study materials, as well as does not charge for annual enrollment.

UoPeople operates on a limited budget without sacrificing the quality of education by employing collaborative and open-source e-learning. UoPeople embraces peer-to-peer and collaborative learning to provide university-level programs to a global student body. Within the online study communities, students share resources, exchange ideas, discuss weekly topics, submit assignments and take exams.

A community of educators comprised of active and retired professors, librarians, master-level students and other professionals participate in the educational activity and oversee the assessment process of this tuition-free online education model.


UoPeople is open to accept applications from all applicants who submit a certificate of graduation from secondary school (i.e. who has graduated high school), demonstrate proficiency in English to complete the English-only courses and have access to a computer and to an Internet connection.

Method of Application
Applicants need to complete the application requirements and undergo an application process in order to be accepted into the program. If you are interested and want to become a student at University of the People, you must follow instructions as outlined on the Admissions Page.

Complete all requested fields on the ‘Admissions Page’. Please note that all fields are mandatory. Applications that are not completed within the specified timeframe will be automatically closed.

The next deadline is 3rd October 2013 for term 2 starting November 2013.

Once you start your application, the system gives you a timeframe within which to complete it. Applications that are not completed within the specified timeframe will be automatically rejected.

The UoPeople is the world’s first tuition-free online university. However, in order to remain sustainable, applicants are charged a non-refundable one time $10-$50 Application Processing Fee to cover the cost to review and process an application. In September 2012, when new application acceptance will re-open, the University will be introducing an Exam Processing Fee of $100 per end-of-course exam. Applicants who apply starting in September and become students, are expected to pay this fee.

However, for those individuals who are unable to do so, UoPeople will have a Micro-Scholarship Portal that will enable donors to contribute directly to individual students in need of assistance. Additionally, students may apply for a UoPeople scholarship. See their UoPeople scholarship page for more information.

The University is approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education but is not an accredited institution
To apply, click here

Learn the Fundamentals of Programming using Python

Do you want to learn how to program? Programmers make the web go round. You wouldn’t be reading this page or have a website like Google or Facebook to surf without the genius of programmers. Here is an opportunity for you to learn how to program, starting from the fundamentals.

The University of Toronto, through Coursera is offering another free online session of the course – “Learn to Program: The Fundamentals”, starting August 19th, to teach you the fundamental building blocks of programming and how to write fun and useful programs using Python Language.
Host Schools
The University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; in concert with and through Coursera – a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Course of study
A course in Software Engineering, a branch of Computer Science.

Course Format:
The class consists of 1 to 2 hours of lecture each week, which are made up of videos that are generally shorter than 10 minutes each. Each video contains integrated quiz questions. There are also weekly standalone exercises that are not part of the video lectures and a (non-optional) final exam.

Course duration

This is a 7 weeks long course. Workload is 6-8 hours/week

Course benefits
Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen.

Computer programming languages share common fundamental concepts, and this course will introduce you to those concepts using the Python programming language.

It will give you a better understanding of how computer applications work and teach you how to write your own applications. More importantly, you’ll start to learn computational thinking, which is a fundamental approach to solving real-world problems.

By the end of this course, you will be able to write your own programs to process data from the web and create interactive text-based games.


This course is intended for people who have never seen a computer program.

Recommended Background:
This course is intended for people who have never programmed before. Knowledge of grade school mathematics is necessary: you need to be comfortable with simple mathematical equations, including operator precedence. You should also be comfortable working with simple functions, such as f(x) = x + 5.

Eligible groups
Any interested person from ANY country of the world with a Computer and an access to the Internet can apply.

Method of Application
If you are interested in this course, you will NEED to sign up for it on the official website (link to it is below).

The course will start on August 19th 2013 and you will be notified if you sign up, just before then to remind you when class will begin.


A computer program is a set of instructions for a computer to follow, just as a recipe is a set of instructions for a chef. Laptops, kitchen appliances, MP3 players, and many other electronic devices all run computer programs. Programs have been written to manipulate sound and video, write poetry, run banking systems, predict the weather, and analyze athletic performance.

This course is intended for people who have never seen a computer program. It will give you a better understanding of how computer applications work and teach you how to write your own applications.

Before 19th August, 2013
To apply, click here

5 Kick Butt Ways to Be More Assertive

By Chad Howse
Assertive men and women shape the world. Actions are rewarded. Thoughts and potential without assertive action lead to a heart filled with regret, and a life half-heartedly lived.
If you’re going to succeed in life, you need to be assertive. Whether success, to you, means happiness, financial freedom, or billions in assets, if you’re not assertive, you’ll not only leave a lot of your potential unfulfilled, but you’ll fail to take the risks needed in life to accomplish whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
Luckily, assertive is a learned action. It’s learned through practice. If you want to become more assertive, taking control of your life in the process, follow the steps in this article and claim the greatness that is yours for the taking.

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

5 Ways To Be More Assertive

 1. Be quick to decide

Practice being assertive by being quick to decide in your everyday decisions. Know what you want to order at the cafe and the restaurant. If your spouse asks Where do you want to eat tonight? answer quickly, assertively, and be happy with that answer.
As you’re able to decide more quickly with regards to the small decisions in your life, you’ll see that carry over to the bigger decisions. Decide quickly and with a purpose behind your decisions.

2. Have a clear vision of what you want

Every year I write down my ideal day. I’m ruthlessly detailed down to the smells I smell, the thoughts in my mind as I wake up, and the bed I wake up in – even the dream girl I wake up next to.
You have to know what your “ideals” are in every aspect of your life. This is your deepest, most meaningful desire and want. This is what will make you truly happy. This ideal day, if it could be lived everyday for the rest of your life, will let you live a life completely without regret.
Having a clear vision of what your soul wants is important. This may be a fast car, or it may not be. Get deep, down, and honest with yourself. What we truly want in life gets lost in what our friends want, or what we think we want.
Finding clarity will help you act more assertively.

3. Have a clear vision of what you expect

Don’t merely set goals, set expectations. Expectations are far more powerful than goals that can be seen as pipe dreams and lofty wishes. What you expect of yourself is who you are. If you fail to adhere to your expectations, you fail to be the person you’re trying to be.
Do you expect yourself to write 5 articles a day, close 5 clients, or do one thing you’re scared to death of doing?
Your expectations should line up with your ideal day. There is, however, a catch. Don’t expect things that you can accomplish with ease. Expect bigger, more audacious accomplishments. Be the person you want to become, don’t wait for life to give you permission.
If you expect greater things from yourself, you’ll have more confidence to be more assertive and to take bold actions towards your goals.

4. Actively face your fears

Fear and assertiveness oppose each other. You can’t be timid and afraid and assertive. The two simply don’t mesh.
Identify what your comfort zone is.
Success – and life – exists outside of your comfort zone, but few are actually able to recognize their comfort zone because they’ve lived within it their entire lives. Write down everything that is your comfort zone.
What makes you feel safe?
Is it only taking on small projects that you know you can accomplish? Is it only calling on small clients that you know you can close? Is your comfort zone a geographical location, do you need to travel alone to break free of your comfort zone?
Write it down, then write down everything that opposes your comfort zone; your fears. These are what you should follow in life. Your fears, those things just out of your grasp, just beyond where your comforts lie, is where you’ll find life, and success.
The more fears you face, the more courage you’ll possess. Courage and assertiveness do mesh. They complement one another. As you become more courageous (because of practiced action), the more assertive you’ll become even with those things in life that scare you to death.

5. Act

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
Far too many deliberate when they should act. Thoughtful people are praised far too greatly in our society, when it’s those who act quickly that achieve the greatest things.
People don’t follow titles, they follow courage.
Have the courage to take action when you want to continue to plan and avoid the actions you want to take. It’s in action that we become more assertive. It’s in becoming more assertive that we find success, meaning, and happiness in life.

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant.” – Tony Robbins

Students’ Special Assistance Scheme (Bursary Award) for Delta State Students

 As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, the Delta State Bursary & Scholarship Board is pleased to provide Scholarships and Bursary awards to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. The Board hopes these programmes also helps in dismantling barriers that keep the less privileged from achieving their goals.

This is to inform the general public particularly students of Delta State Origin studying in tertiary institutions, that the Delta State Bursary & Scholarship Board has commenced the registration of students for the Students’ Special Assistance Scheme, 2012/2013 academic session.
Participating Institutions
All accredited Public (Federal or State) and Private Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria

Fields of study
All courses of study

Number of awards
Not specified by the provider

Sponsorship duration
Inquire from the provider (email/phone addresses below)

All Applicants Must be:
•    Of Delta State Origin
•    Registered FULL-TIME Students and not part time Students (Diploma, Masters and PhD Students are not eligible)
•    In their second year or above (200 to 500 level) in recognized Federal, State and Private Universities.
•    HND I & II Students of Polytechnics /Monotechnics.
•    200 level and above for Colleges of Education Students.
•    Must have obtained a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.20 and above in the previous academic year’s examination. While Medical Students in 300 level and above are to apply without using CPGA.
•    Students must have JAMB admission and JAMB registration number.
•    Polytechnic Students are to apply using their OND JAMB registration number and include their present Institution. Those who don’t have JAMB registration number are expected to apply using second form for Polytechnic which does not require the use of JAMB registration number.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria of Delta state origin

Scholarship benefits
Scholarships and Bursary awards will be provided to encourage students

Method of Application
Applications are expected from students with the following qualifications:
•    Must be of Delta Origin
•    FULL-TIME undergraduates
•    Must have a Minimum GPA of 2.2 and Above
•    200 to 500 level University undergraduate
•    HND I & II polytechnic undergraduate
•    Year 2 and above, NCE students.

To apply, follow the steps below:
1.    Buy the scratch card or pin number from any Zenith Bank Plc branches nationwide.
2.    Log on to http://stnlapps.org.ng/DeltascholarshipPortal/ (active link is below)
3.    Students from university or College of Education MUST have JAMB Registration Number.
4.    Students from Polytechnics are exempted from JAMB Registration Number.
5.    Bio Data (Names, Date of Birth, State of Origin, Marital Status) ,
6.    Recent Passport Photograph (Not more, than 3 Months) Scanned, not more than 15kb “jpeg format”.
7.    Valid e-mail address, Contact Address and GSM number (unique per application)
8.    Institution, Course, Year of Entry and Expected Year of Graduation.
9.    Matriculation Number
10.    BANK DETAILS; Bank Name, State of Bank Branch, Branch,
11.    Your Correct 10 digit NUBAN Account Number (Unique Per Application) and Sort Code.

The Application Closing Date is 31st August, 2013

Applicants are expected to purchase the scratch card/pin number of N300 from any Zenith Bank Plc branches

For enquires, send an Email to: info@dtsgscholarship.org
Or Call 08165425997, 07018960108 (8am-4pm)

Physical Contact
Delta State Bursary & Scholarship Board
Anwai Road,
Asaba, Delta State
To apply, click here

Full Tuition MSFS Scholarship for Sub-Saharan African Students at Georgetown University

The Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Launches New Scholarship for Students from Africa. Starting in fall 2014, the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University is offering a full- tuition scholarship for a talented graduate student from sub-Saharan Africa.
MSFS is a two-year, full-time graduate degree program in international affairs. Students will take courses in international relations, international trade, international finance, statistics and analytical tools and history. In addition, students choose an area of concentration such as International Relations and Security, International Development or International Business.

Host Schoool:
School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, USA

Eligible groups
Citizens of sub-saharan African countries ONLY. Special consideration will be given to applicants from: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa.

Course of study
Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS).
Graduates of MSFS find that the curriculum and faculty prepare them not for a specific job—but rather, for evolving careers that often span all three international sectors: public, private and non-profit.

Applicants must have:
•    A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a strong academic record.
•    A TOEFL score of at least 100, or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.
•    Applicants must have completed a course in microeconomics and a course in macroeconomics, or must be able to complete both courses *before* the beginning of the MSFS program in fall 2014.
•    Applicants should have professional experience, ideally in a field related to their future professional goals.
•    Students have an average of four years of work experience before joining MSFS.
Sponsorship duration
Throughout duration of the course

Scholarship benefits
This is a Full tuition scholarship award

Method of Application
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit all required application documents (online application, personal statement, official transcripts and test scores, letters of recommendation). Only students who have applied to the program will be considered for the scholarship.

The application deadline for fall 2014 is January 15, 2014.

Non-U.S. students have equal access to admission and MSFS scholarship: there are no quotas for specific countries and all nationalities are considered for scholarship. In the “How to apply” section you will find guidance on standardized testing for non-native speakers of English, and the “Financial Aid and Expenses” section has links to information specifically for international students.

The MSFS Program welcomes responses and questions about its website, its requirements, its admissions policies, or any other aspects of the Program. You may contact MSFS thus:

Master of Science in Foreign Service Program
Box 571028
Georgetown University
Washington D.C. 20057
Phone: (202) 687.5763
Fax: (202) 687.5116
Email: msfsinfo@georgetown.edu
To apply, click here