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8 Ways to Build a Life You Love
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Joy is our personal right. We each have this one amazing, but brief chance to build lives we love. If we don't deeply believe we deserve happiness, that we deserve abundance, and to live unrestricted, we end up living lives of mediocrity.

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Desire

We always work the hardest for the things we are most passionate about.

Choose your destiny and invest yourself in those fields that most interest you. 

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Don't become an expert at the familiar

This type of comfort breeds something lazy in us and we only do what is expected of us, but do not go beyond. 

Crave what is new and unexplored, and fearlessly purs...

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Choose to excel

Effort counts twice as much as genius or talent.

Commit to being a person who wants to be more, do more, and consistently test the limits of your capacity. Embrace the responsibi...

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Be willing to be uncomfortable

Success does not come to those who wait for it. It comes to those who take action. 

Miracles come the moment we take the leap into the uncomfortable, positively coach oursel...

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Listen to your heart

Our desires for success may encourage criticism from others.

Give yourself the permission you need to go out and grab the life you want. 

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Freedom

Freedom is the reward to come from our hard work.

We will be able to enjoy the freedoms we were not able to experience while we were building and developing our careers.

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Leave your mark

The most significant way to leave our mark is to be of service to others.

Give back, mentor, donate, be kind, inspire and help everyone who is willing to receive it and use it. Be mindful to...

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Be kind

Being kind should not equate to being a pushover.

When we deeply respect who we are, we are not insecure and living in an unspoken competition with everyone we meet. We are open to others to ...

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Understand self-sabotage

Self-destructive behaviors can become habits and can continually undermine your success and happiness.

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Resilience

It is our ability to survive and flourish through our traumas, stressors, responsibility shifts and challenges offered by life.

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To be resilient, you must develop the ability to self-soothe when things get tough.

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Emotionally Driven

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It's the skill that enables us to recover quickly from difficulties. It means adapting well in the face of trauma, tragedy or significant stress.

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The primary factor in resilience is having supportive relationships, inside and outside the family. 

Close friends, family and loved ones represent our social support; they encourage and motivate us, and let us know that we aren’t alone.

Reframe stressful situations

The way we view a potentially stressful situation can either make the crisis worse in our mind or minimize it. 

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