7 Ways To Live Life on Your Own Terms

It’s easy to fall into the trap of living your life for other people. Whether you want to make your family proud at home or please your boss at work, most of us at some point forget what’s really important and focus on what others expect from us – not what we expect from ourselves. If you’re caught in this trap, here are seven ways to live life on your own terms.


Success: It doesn’t happen overnight – also depends on your definition

Success is something everyone hopes to achieve sometime in their life. However, many people feel close to giving up multiple times on their journey to success. After all, success isn’t easy. It requires sacrifice and a nearly-unbreakable will power that few possess naturally.

Staying motivated is key to achieving success. In this post, you will learn about the amazing success stories of a few of today’s most successful individuals and how you can stay motivated, even when things seem hopeless. Nothing proves that no one is perfect faster than learning that some of your favorite famous people were once just like you.

Elvis Presley is best known for being the King of Rock N’ Roll. But this famous singer, who went on to gain millions of fans worldwide, was told by the concert hall manager at the Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry that he was better off returning to Memphis to continue his truck driving career. The heartbreaker went on to star in 31 feature films and had 149 songs appear on the Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart in America.

Famous writers like Stephen King and J.K. Rolling, popular for books like It and the Harry Potter series respectively, both claim to have received a number of rejection letters as they submitted their now famous stories for publication.

Bill Gates, one of the minds behind the Microsoft Corporation, was a Harvard dropout whose first company, Traf-O-Data, flopped. He later tried to start a business with Paul Allen called Microsoft. The company has been wildly successful for decades. It is hard to go anywhere and use any computer without seeing the Microsoft logo. Gates has said in the past that he would rather hire someone who can do something creatively without formal training than someone who has a college degree who can’t think out of the box.

As you can see, so many famous people have overcome rejection and obstacles in their lives to get to where they are now. The key to overcoming is persistence. Here are a few ways you can stay motivated and end up successful:

Make realistic goals and see them through: Of course, your ultimate goal may be to make a mark on the world, but start by making a mark in your area. Start out with a realistic goal. Remember you can always change your goal later. Work hard and you’ll see the results soon enough.

Find a mentor: Mentors are a great resource for those trying to grow and learn to build up to their success. Whether it is a knowledgeable pastor or the CEO of your company, learn from them. They’ve already achieved success, so it is your turn to learn how to do the same from them.

Stand out: Don’t overload yourself, but make sure the person who can help you reach your goals for success notices you. Volunteer to help out or take and extra shift!

As always, feel free to leave a comment below. While you are here, why not also visit the Stories page and read some of the incredible life stories of people from across the globe. Should you be inspired to tell your own story, just click here.

Reflection: An Important Activity Helping us Grow Stronger Daily

I realize that quite some time has past since my last post. For this I do apologize. I have been in a period of reflection. With the second anniversary of my father’s passing due to cancer and caring for my mother who’s health is topsy turvy, and having a third friend pass away in the past two years, all of whom were 37, it has been challenging. I turn 37 this month. I have grown to realize the fragility of life and to understand that everything truly happens for a reason.  You simply cannot use other peoples’ lives as a barometer to measure where you are in your own life. If your friends or family are getting married and building their own families, or earning more money than you are, that in no way shape or form should mean that you are “lagging behind.” If you were laid off (like I just was) or feel as though things simply are not going your way, take a step back. Everything happens for a reason.

As of late, so many people have made sweeping statements that the end of the world is near, how can there be so much, hate, suffering, intolerance, bigotry. It is hard in this over-connected world to not see on a minute-by-minute basis all that is wrong with this world. Through the darkness, there is light. When leaders fail, it is the ordinary, everyday person who bands together with other people to help others. This is the hope for humanity. We are our brothers and sisters keeper. To look beyond ones religion, race, or orientation and understand the soul and character of a person is what we need more of. It is for this very reason why I started to this blog. When we take the time to read the personal stories of others with whom we share this world, perhaps we may better understand the fact that we may have more in common with a person of another background than we first thought. It is the power of the story which shapes our lives.

In the coming months, I pledge to post more entries and interact with you more regularly. Let us grow Our Lives Told into a movement for inspiration, healing, understanding, and motivation. Together.

Take a look down that long road called life. Start your engine and get ready for the ride.


As always, feel free to leave a comment below. While you are here, why not also visit the Stories page and read some of the incredible life stories of people from across the globe. Should you be inspired to tell your own story, just click here.

30 Positive Quotes About Life

It’s surprising how powerful words can be. Whether you’re feeling down, alone, lost or uninspired, a few well-chosen words can turn things around and make you feel on top of the world again. But you don’t need to wait for someone to  come along and inspire you with the right words. With these 30 positive quotes about life, you’ll feel a million times better and have a great big smile on your face before you finish the post!