42 Virtues For Living a More Joyous, Fulfilling and Successful Life

Do you seek more happiness in your life?  Joy?  Fulfillment?  Success? Satisfaction?

If you seek these things, then living a more virtuous life could be just the answer for you.

But what exactly are virtues and which ones are most important?  And how do virtues help us to live a better life?

The dictionary defines virtue as “a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person.”

A better definition is:  “A virtue is a trait of character that enables a person to flourish.”

Virtues keep us balanced.  They prevent the excesses and deficiencies that can lead to regret or guilt.  Research has shown that guilt is one of the most devastating emotions a person can have.  Guilt has destroyed many lives.  And the fewer regrets we have, the better.  We all intrinsically know that.

By being balanced, we are able to better enjoy every aspect of life and to be better friends, spouses, parents, employees, and bosses.

Virtues help us to get along better with people and to build better relationships.  They help us to avoid many of the pitfalls of life.  They keep us from sabotaging our own success.

Virtues help us to keep our lives moving forward and upward.

Virtues definitely aren’t something that most of us often think about but they can be life changing.

Let’s learn more.

Bullet Book Summary: Earl Nightingale’s “The Strangest Secret”



● This book is really about the Law of Attraction, although the author doesn’t mention the Law of Attraction. The author, however, does mention that the Strangest Secret is based on a natural law that never fails, just like the law of gravity never fails.
● Implementing The Strangest Secret to create the life you want involves performing three simple steps:

o Step 1: Write down your goal and think about it in the morning when you get up, just before going to bed at night and several times during the day

o Step 2: Stop thinking about your fears regarding accomplishing your goal. Act as though it were impossible to fail.

o Step 3: Focus on providing superb service to others. “Success is in direct proportion to our service.”

● The author provides a 30-day plan to implement The Strangest Secret in your life

David Kekich’s 100 Credos: A Formula For Successful Living


“The shortest route to success in any field of endeavor, and life in general, is to seek the company of those who have more wisdom than you.” _Robert Ringer

David Kekich was an active 30-something passionate about exercise.  He lifted weights.  He ran long distances.  He exercised all the time.  He loved life.

Then, on July 7, 1978, while working out in the gym, something went terribly wrong and he incurred a crippling spinal cord injury.  He never again regained movement below his arms.

He spent the next 15 months circling the globe looking for a cure.  But none was found.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, David relentlessly pushed forward with his life.

He spent 19 years raising money for paralysis research, never losing hope that he would one day walk again.

He also co-founded a national financial services company and Exceptional Producers, Inc., a master general life insurance agency.

David is currently working on reversing aging through his Maximum Life Foundation.

In spite of his handicap, David learned how to be successful and he has summarized what he has learned in 100 credos.

A credo is defined as a “creed or formula of belief.”

Thus, David Kekich’s 100 credos represent his formula for living a successful life no matter what your situation.

Following are his 100 credos in their entirety.

Understanding the Camera Crop Factor and How To Apply It

Note:  This is a rather long and technical article.  If you want to skip all the technical stuff, jump down to the “Summing Up” and “Action Plan” sections at the end to get a concise summary of the results and how to put them to use.

Recently, I was shopping for a new camera.  I was considering both DLSR and Superzoom cameras.

Zoom was very important to me as I one of my main purposes for getting a new camera was to photograph wildlife.  My current cameras have only limited zoom and I am constantly frustrated because I can’t get close enough to the wildlife to get a good shot.

But when I started comparing cameras, I immediately got confused.

DSLRs designate their lenses in mm focal length.  For example, 18mm, 140mm, 200mm, 300mm, etc.

Superzoom cameras, on the other hand, designate their lenses by zoom factor, which can range anywhere from about 35x to up to 83x on the new Nikon Coolpix P900 camera.  These factors are based on the zoom from the lowest focal length of the camera to the longest focal length and can be quite misleading.  For example, a 30x zoom on one camera can be quite different than a 30x on another camera, depending on the actual focal lengths used on each camera.

And these zoom values tell you almost nothing about how much objects will be magnified over what you see with your naked eye.  I have a 4x zoom compact camera that magnifies only slightly over what I see with my naked eye.  How disappointing is that?

As a result, these different designations make it extremely difficult to compare the different types of cameras and lenses.

What I really want to know is how much larger will a lens make an object appear over what I can see with my naked eye.  That’s all.

Well, it took a long time, but I think I finally have it all sorted out.

Let’s see what all it all means.


An Incredibly Easy Way To Prevent Cast Iron BBQ Grates From Rusting

An Incredibly Easy Way to Prevent Cast Iron BBG Grates From Rusting

Here at CerebralAdvantage.net, we mostly focus on right thinking and acquiring the right mindset and mental skills to lead a highly successful life.

However, we are also on the lookout for tips and tricks for working smarter or doing things better and will report those when we find them.  We consider such things as right thinking in action.

Our first tip is for around the house.  For the BBQ, actually.

Many of us enjoy grilling whenever we can, cooking hot dogs, burgers, steaks, and a variety of other foods on our BBQ.  A BBQ imparts a unique flavor to foods; a flavor that we all love.

I have a BBQ with cast iron grates and I have a love-hate relationship with the thing.

I love how the cast iron grates cook my food.  Their high thermal mass provides uniform heating and helps get my food done just right every time.  They just seem to cook food much better than stainless steel or other materials.

But I hate the cast iron grates because they rust.  No matter how careful you are with them, even if they are porcelain coated, which mine are, they will eventually rust.  And once they start, they can really, really rust.

And cooking food on rusty BBQ grates is not something I want to do.

So, what is the solution?

Let’s take a look at what works and what doesn’t.


How to Use Questions to Supercharge Your Critical Thinking


“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”  _Tony Robbins

Critical thinking is the methodical practice of collecting and analyzing information to solve problems and arrive at sound, informed decisions.

Critical thinking is arguably the most important skill needed for success in the 21st century.

Unfortunately, most people have poorly developed critical thinking skills.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

Want to know the fastest, most effective way to improve your critical thinking?  To solve problems?  To get the answers you crave?

There is Magic in the Mornings! Become an Early Riser and Get More Out of Life.

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Early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise.
__Ben Franklin

Want to know a secret to accomplishing more and getting more out of life?  Get up earlier each day.  That old adage above from Ben Franklin has a tremendous amount of truth to it.

People who do get up early seem to be a different breed.  They always seem to be ahead of everyone else, to have an unfair advantage.  They seem to know exactly who they are, where they are going, and how to get there.

Here are some characteristics that early risers consistently seem to have.  They tend to be…

25 Characteristics of Successful People

Characteristics of Successful People

What makes one person more successful than another?  Is it education?  IQ?  Heredity?  Environment?  Luck?

These are certainly factors, but not the overriding ones.

No, the real difference between successful and unsuccessful people is in their thinking.  How they approach life.  How they approach problems.  How they deal with people.

Successful people embody right thinking, which, in turn, is reflected in their behavior.

A good way to become more successful in your own life is to study successful people and emulate their positive qualities.

Your Mind Is Like a Garden. Tend It Well.

Your Mind Is Like a Garden

“To gain all things, we must first gain a disciplined, orderly, constructive state of mind.”
_Raymond Holliwell

An essential life skill for creating a successful and fulfilling life is to be able to control your thoughts.  This is one of the most difficult things you will ever do.  But it is crucial.

If you don’t learn to control your thoughts, they will control you.  And, believe me, you won’t like the results.

Your mind is like a garden.  Each time you think a thought, you plant a seed.  Positive, optimistic, uplifting thoughts grow into beautiful flowers.  Negative, pessimistic thoughts grow into ugly, destructive weeds.

And if you’ve ever tried to grow a garden, then you know how destructive weeds can be.

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