As Christmas comes to town it is tradition in most parts of the world to give gifts to family and friends. For me, it can be a bit of a struggle to find the right gift for everyone. I have spent a considerable amount of time pondering about what the right gift might be for the people I’m close to. Here are a few tips that have helped me become a better gift-giver:
Give something meaningful. What is meaningful for one person may not be meaningful for the next person. What do they want? What do they need? I can’t be too specific because everyone is different; however, one gift that was meaningful to my father was giving him a subscription to lynda.com so that he could learn to use his iMac better.
Give an experience that creates a memory. If your daughter is in love with Taylor Swift, buy her some concert tickets. Consider purchasing a vacation package for you and your family. Plan a day trip somewhere nearby you’ve heard about but haven’t visited. I particularly remember receiving tickets to a Utah Jazz basketball game, which I attended with my younger brother many years ago. I was 13 and my brother was 11. We were so excited and had so much fun at the game.
Give the gift of education. This may not be the most exciting gift the recipient receives, but he/she will thank you later for it. Think about something that person has wanted to learn, whether it be how to cook, how to use Photoshop or even Spanish, and help them overcome the obstacle of price. This will enrich their life and help them grow. Lasting memories will be made.
Have you ever gotten really excited about a goal or project, such as speaking a new language, just to realize a few weeks or even only a few days later that your excitement and motivation have failed? I have. It’s always such a bummer…and it’s frustrating. We’re ambitious people! We want to be successful and progressive! We should be able to accomplish these extremely reachable goals! Well, one of the best ways I’ve found to overcome this tendency to burn out like a shooting star is to frequently read/say motivational quotes and then do something right away to implement those quotes.
There are thousands of motivational quotes out there. My suggestion is to start with a simple search on Google. I have collected a few over the years, and here are some of my favorites:
“I will do today what others will not do, so tomorrow I can do what others cannot do.” – Randy Gage
“Nothing is withheld from us what we have conceived to do.” – Russell Kirsch, invented the first computer
“Just do it.” – Popularized by Nike
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward
“Build upon strengths, and weaknesses will gradually take care of themselves.” – Joyce C. Lock
“Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.” – Cecile Springer
“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Robert Anthony
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” - Henry Ford
“Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” - Judy Garland
“There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.” - Henry Ford
I hope you’ve found one or more of these to add to your collection. Regardless of what goal you are working on or weakness you are trying to overcome, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Use motivational quotes to help you succeed. Comment and share your own favorite quotes!
In his song, “This Cowboy’s Hat”, the great Chris LeDoux says, “There’s always been groups of people that never could see eye to eye, and I always thought that if they ever had a chance to sit down and talk face to face they might realize they’ve got a lot in common.”
I stated in a previous blog post that one of my favorite reasons to learn a new language is to meet new people. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all learn new languages, meet new people, and put all the demeaning, racial stereotypes in this world to rest? That is a large goal for any one person or organization to assume, but together there is no limit to the difference that can be made in this world.
The theme across this website is “Saving the World One Language at a Time”. We would like to do our part to help make this world a better place. Each month, we now donate 1 software program for every 10 sold to a charity, school, or service organization. This is our way of saying thank you to all of our customers and giving back to the community. We would also like to recognize you for all of your efforts to make this world a better place. We have heard many stories about marriages, friendships, service missions, adventures, and more in part due to your acquisition of a new language, but mostly because of your sincere desire to do good in this world.
Enjoy this short movie we made, and please share a comment about a positive experience you have had in learning a new language below.