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On September 11th 2001, tragedy struck. During President George W. Bush’s administration the worst bombing in history took place that will not be forgotten a decade later! It was with immense horror and shock, persons from every nation world wide watched as two aircrafts entered the World Trade Centers in New York and also damaged the pentagon. Thus resulting in the US government waging war against “TERROR.”

The ghoulish 9/11 terrorist attacks left a mixture of emotions world wide including fear, disbelief, anger, resentment towards muslims, shock, depression, and I shall not forget to mention these attacks literally shattered the high regard in which the U.S. regarded their security system!

Ever since it has been an on going battle, between the US and the Middle East some ten(10) years later. Not a dollar has been spared in tracking down and executing Osama Bin Laden, the man behind this catastrophe. Bushed asked for;

  • An astounding $20.8 billion dollars to launch the war on Afghanistan

  • $13 billion for enhanced security for military bases. Shortly after the Taliban government was replaced with Hamid Karzai.

In October 2002, he received Congressional approval for the Iraq War. In November 2002, Congress passed the Homeland Security Act establishing a stand-alone with Cabinet-level departments in an attempt to unify 22 agencies that handled domestic security. A total of $33.8 billion was spent that year alone.

Shortly after Afghanistan was attacked. A military air strike was released above, This shattered their defense! Soldiers stormed Afghanistan and began taking prisoners. Afghanistan posed no major problem for the U.S. The Afghan army crumbled and some ten(10) years later, their commander and chief Osama Bin Laden was tracked down and eliminated.

One year later, the U.S. launched the War in Iraq on March 19 with “Shock and Awe,” costing $53 billion. The Hussein regime toppled in April. The U.S. spent $14.7 billion, even while it announced the War in Afghanistan was over, and NATO took over as a peacekeeping mission. Additional defense security spending was $13.5 billion. Homeland Security officially opened its doors in March.  A total of $81.2 billion was spent on that endeavor. Iraq was then invaded and the first strike was delivered by the U.S who, released a military air strike over Iraq. A total of 12,125 civilians and soldiers were killed! That left a massive dent in their plans for attack!

In 2004 the War in Iraq escalated to control insurgents, costing $75.9 billion.  Afghanistan created a Constitution, while Bin Laden threatened another terrorist attack. The U.S. spent $14.5 billion on Afghanistan and $3.7 billion on enhanced security. A total of $94.1 billion was spent. An additional  $20.1 billion was spent in 2005, to protect Afghans from Taliban attacks for their first free election. Spending in Iraq increased to $85.5 billion, while extra security spending dropped to $2.1 billion. This resulted in a total of $107.6 billion spent that year. A total of 11,654 iraq civilians were killed!

In 2006  funding for the War in Iraq escalated to $101.6 billion,  funding for The War in Afghanistan dropped slightly to $19 billion, and security measures to $800 million. A total of $920.6 billion was spent. That’s on top of $474.2 billion spent for the Department of Defense. A total of  29,400 civilians were killed!

The following year Bush announced a “surge” of 20,000 additional U.S. troops to help transition power to Iraq leaders, boosting Iraq spending to a record $131.2 billion. The Afghan War spending nearly doubled, to $39.2 billion. A total of $170.9 billion PLUS $671.6 billion for the DoD base budget was spent. That year a total of 25,968 civilians were killed!

 In 2008 violence escalates in Afghanistan, boosting costs to $43.5 billion. Iraq costs rose to a new record, $142.1 billion. A total of $185.7 billion PLUS $549.6 billion for DoD.  In order to help de-escalate the violent uprising, Obama sends 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan in April, promising to send another 30,000 in December. This boosts spending to $59.5 billion, while costs for fell for the first time to $95.5 billion. A total of $155.1 billion. That’s in addition to $513 billion for the DoD base budget. A total of 10,237 civilians were killed!

During the Bush administration (2001-2009) a total of $850 billion was spent on the War on Terror and a total of 123,976 civilians killed. At the same time, the DoD base budget also grew. The Bush Administration did not separate out addition spending to support defense, such as Veterans Administration costs to care for returning servicemen or expanded Homeland Security expenses.

The following year elections changed the course of history forever! In 2010 the Bush administration crumbled and a new leader was chosen. This leader was Barack Obama and he is to lead the U.S to victory. Never before had such a huge responsibility been put on the shoulders of a light skinned/blackman! He did not backdown from this new responsibility, instead he rose up and took on the challenge! No longer was the U.S bound by white supremacy. Now the power belonged to a light skin man! In his first year Obama spent $850 billion on defense. This included $530.1 billion for the DoD base budget, and $152.7 billion to fund other departments, such as Homeland Security and the Veterans Administration. He doubled the amount for the Overseas Contingency Operations, to $167.3 billion, to fund an orderly wind-down to end the War in Iraq.

In 2011 the War in Iraq finally ended! Obama increased spending to $838 billion. It included $159.4 billion in contingency funds to beef up initiatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He announces he will withdraw 10,000 troops at the end of the calendar year. A total of 4,153 civilians were killed!

Obama further increased security spending to $909 billion. This included $530.4 billion for the DoD base and $126.5 billion in OCO for the War in Afghanistan.  Spending by other departments to support defense was $153.6 billion. Homeland Security was $39.9 billion and the Veterans Administration was $58.7 billion.  He announced the withdrawal of another 20,000 troops in the summer, leaving left 70,000 troops remaining.  (Source: NYT, Afghanistan War Timeline, June 22, 2011) 

Defense spending dropped to $780.7 billion. This includes the DoD base at $525.4 billion and OCO at $96.7 billion. The costs from other departments that support defense totals $158.6 billion, plus Homeland Security ($39.5 billion) and Veterans Affairs ($61 billion).

The new cost of the Military budget by this time is $745.2 billion. The DoD base budget was $525.6 billion. The OCO was budgeted at $92.3 billion, although that might change once the President announces when the U.S. will pull out of Afghanistan sometime during the year. Since the War is ending, the costs of other departments’ defense programs dropped to $25.4 billion. Homeland Security costs will stay the same, at $37.4 billion, while Veterans Administration ($63.5 billion) will rise. 

Contingency funds for operations in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2010 – 2014 was $642.2 billion, three-fourths as much as Bush spent on the “War on Terror” initiative in eight years. President Obama campaigned on defense reduction, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for pulling troops out of Iraq. However, his military-related spending made him look like a hawk.

All in all when you add it up the total spent on Overseas Contingency Operations to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was $1.492 trillion. Expensive, I know. No one ever said war was cheap. Way more was spent on war than educating the American Citizens. The cost of freedom certainly isn’t cheap! The War in Iraq lasted longer than the Vietnam War. More important,  4,488 U.S. soldiers were killed and 32,226 were wounded. More than $700 billion was spent on the Iraq War alone. (Source: ABC News, Final U.S. Troops Leave Iraq, March 19, 2013) but was it worth it? What does the U.S. have to show for their decade of fighting? Some of you may be asking.

Well the tracking down and execution of Osama Bin Laden off-course was a major success! He was the main one behind the planning and funding of the 9/11 bombings, so there was no question that there was going to be some retaliation from the U.S. The question was not if they were going to but when and  how it would be carried out as well as what the impact on ordinary Afghans would be. The U.S. knew they had to take revenge and that’s just what they set out to do inevitably. The U.S. Army took out an estimated 400,000 to 900,000 civilians in Iraq! Compared to the 3,000 dead bodies that resulted from the bombings, that’s another major success. Every year since 2003, onwards the U.S. army has taken out a total of 29,400 civilians, Thats way more bodies dropped than on 9/11 . The Iraq people will be feeling this blow for years to come.

Persons may be of the opinion that this war was a burden on the economy, it has affected the way we travel, our safety has been compromised, this ordeal has really taken a toll on persons and their belief and trust in security in airports in the United States. Many persons just don’t feel safe anymore! They don’t trust that they metal detectors and dogs can do the job any more in protecting their lives, so they opt out of traveling as much no and find other means of traveling/ getting around. They may also express that this war has brought about the loss of jobs, has cost the government trillions of dollars, loss of many lives and soldiers, hatred and a rise in those who think most muslims are terrorists, the decline in U.S global power, but I disagree. Men and women were sent to fight for our security and freedom for 10 plus years now and we must honor and remember them, for they did what most of you can only dream of doing. Killed more persons than you can kill in any of the games you play. They deserve recognition and special place in your heart! Now we have our peace of mind back! Now you can sleep well at night knowing that you are safe, and no terrorists shall come bomb you any given night! That’s what this war has done!

This war has opened the eyes of many world wide and shown what the U.S. are really capable of. It is not yet possible to know who is actually winning the war on terror, but from all the information stated above it is safe to say the U.S is dominating this one! They are the better equipped one. Needless to say Iraq and the taliban is in turmoil, as a result of harboring terrorists until the U.S sees fit to cease fire!

Let us all have a moment of silence for those who died for our security and freedom, those U.S soldiers who lost their lives in the war and those civilians who lost their lives in iraq. It was not in vein. They shall not be forgotten a decade later. Their memory still lingers on. It wasn’t easy, but some 10 years later, life as we know it can continue and prosper. Persons can now work comfortably now without the fear of being bombed, children can now come out to play on a saturday afternoon in the local parks and designated playing areas, although many lives were lost, this just created an opening for someone else to get a job, persons still don’t feel safe traveling like before, but persons do get around, confidence in the U.S judicial system has plummeted significantly, trust in one another has declined as well, persons no longer trust staying out doors for long periods of time anymore, persons no longer feel safe when alone anymore, persons rarely even go out at nights anymore as a result of the war. A decade later nothing is the same! Those terrorists have taken the one thing we held dear to us, our sense of security and safety. They have stripped us of it, and now many things we once knew have changed!

It’s true some things have not changed, but in many regards, life as we know it has changed, and they way we perceive things has been affected drastically. Our safety even has been compromised, and it’s up to us to fix it! We can fix it, if we come together and decide to solve the problem instead of being one, then I know we can allow ourselves to feel safe again! Don’t you worry! Strong men and women out there are working on fixing things as we speak! Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, at least 56 Islamist-inspired terrorist plots against the United States have been foiled thanks to domestic and international cooperation. The core of al-Qaeda has been flushed from Afghanistan and hounded in Pakistan; and a number of affiliated groups across Southeast Asia, in part through U.S. counterterrorism assistance and cooperation, have been weakened!

Rest assured justice will prevail!





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Have you ever, gone out with someone and for some reason things did NOT go according to plan?  and for the life of you , you can’t figure out why? Not sure how to behave?  Not sure what women like? Need some expert help? This is the article for you. I shall be your dating guide/ guru, and provide you with tips needed to ensure a successful date! All you have to do now is study and follow my tips below, and you will be enjoying your dating life more.

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Be Prepared

It is a known fact that the first date is the most important. The first date can determine the outcome of all the others after. The first date is an excellent opportunity to show your date what you are made of and how different you are to the others. Don’t forget the main objective of a date is to show your date why you are a better choice to go out with in the future than someone else. Trust me first impressions count for a lot. On a first date personal hygiene and grooming is a must! In anticipation of any date, try going for a hair cut, investing in a new outfit, checking that your teeth and nails are presentable!

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Be Confident

A first date is always a nerve racking event, but there’s nothing more attractive than a bit of self-confidence.  When it comes to conversation, stay in your comfort zone by coming up with a few topics that you can talk about easily so you’re not out of your depth too early. But it’s a delicate balance. No one wants to be the guy who brags on about his comic book collection all night, or what a pro he is on the bench press. That’s a big no. If in doubt, ask your date about themselves and go from there. That’s always the safe way to go.


Manners Maketh Man & Woman

One very important tip when on a date is, NEVER FORGET YOUR MANNERS! A little etiquette goes a long way. If she looks nice, tell her that! Maybe open the door as she walks through, or offer your arm as she steps down from the curb – but play it cool and don’t go too overboard! Also try remember their most prominent feature. Trust me its useful! Not to forget to say please and thank you at opportune moments. When you’re comfortable, maybe test the waters by leaning in a little closer as she speaks – if she backs away, well, it’s probably not going well.


Keep It Casual

First dates, don’t have to be a burden, or stress. Always remember to try and keep it casual, or keep it real. Not sure about your date? Try taking the person somewhere you are comfortable. it’s pretty obvious, your agenda, if you’ve chosen somewhere that’s just around the corner from your pad. Try for somewhere that’s convenient for both of you to get to. One of your favorite bars is a good choice. Drinks are fine for a first date, just don’t over do it. 
It’s perfectly ok to keep first or second dates to weeknights, but anything after the third outing together should be for the weekend. Otherwise, they’re going to wonder what you’re doing that’s so much more interesting than them. Or, worse, who.


Don’t Be Affraid To Ask For Advice

If you’re a little clueless or just want to make sure you’re on the right track, don’t be afraid to ask your friends for a few pointers. See what they think of the outfit you’re planning to wear, or the venue you want to take your date to. Getting advice is not a bad thing. Everyone needs help sometimes. That could save you being turned down, or things not going according to plan.

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Eyes On Your Date

Remember, when you’re on a date with someone, they should the centre of attention. Ask them about themselves and pay attention to their answers. And don’t try to get a sneaky look at your watch or phone – and that blonde sitting at the bar who you just checked out? Yep, they saw that, too.


Offer To Pay

If it’s a first date, it won’t do you any harm to pay – or at least offer. Arguing about who should pick up the bill is not a good look and it’s hardly going to give the best first impression. Then again, it’s perfectly fine to level the score a bit if you end up seeing each other regularly.

“Play your cards right, and get laid!” –  Yannick Theodore


How To Become A Billionaire article3

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 Becoming a billionaire takes a lot more than just wishing and wanting and adding a couple zeros at the end of your pay cheque. It involves tremendous hours of hard work, investing wisely, creating opportunities for yourself and saving. Adhering to these tips will ensure your rise from nothing to something!  That is not all it takes though. For more instructions see step 1.


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Study Up. People do not become billionaires by accident. It is advised that you take a course online or at a University in finance and entrepreneurship. Start reading books on investing, and know the rules. Studying finance and entrepreneurship will allow you to better identify  marketing and consumer needs. This in turn will help you develop business models based on those needs.
Read about successful billionaires and how they made their fortunes, such as Warren Buffett or Jon Huntsman, Sr. Being wise with your money is the surest way to amass more of it.


Start Saving Money. It takes money to make money. Its always advisable to take a certain amount of money out of your paycheck and put it into a savings account! This money can now be used in future investments or just to collect interest, its up to you. Start by deciding what percentage you can afford to spare, it doesn’t have to be to much, a simple $20 in the beginning can go a long way in the next 4-5 years.

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Start an Individual Retirement Account.  IRAs are customizable financial plans that you can set up to start saving for the future. IRSs are usually available from most financial institutions. If you want to end up saving an amount of money that ends with nine zeroes, you need to do this as soon as possible. You’ll accumulate interest on your savings and elect to take an amount of risk in investments to make money off the money you have. Depending on the financial institution, you may or may not need to invest a minimum amount of money to get it started. Research your options and talk to your financial advisor.

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Make a five- year plan.  Keep your plan urgent. You need to calculate an estimate of how much you intend to save in the next five to ten years.  Once that is done, you need to now decide what is the best way to use your money. Note well, I did not say spend your money, I simply said use your money. Whether you use it to start a business, invest or just collect interest it’s up to you, but you need to start a five year plan for that money, or else it will diminish, and you won’t even know!


 Pay off any credit card debtsStudent loans and credit card debt needs to be paid off as soon as possible! It is the most difficult thing to get ahead and you have debts hanging over your head.

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Buy Real Estate. An excellent way to make more money is to invest in real estate! Property will generally appreciate in value over time, and might give you a good return on your investment. Be wary of investing in an artificially inflated market, and make sure that you can easily pay the monthly mortgage. If you don’t know much about the 2008 sub prime mortgage crisis in the United States, it might be a good idea to read up on it and learn from a few cautionary tales.


 Invest in a business. Create or choose a company that offers a product or service that you would buy yourself, and put your time and money toward improving it. This is a great and sure way of making money over a lengthy period of time. Become knowledgeable about the industry you wish to go into and learn to differentiate between good and bad business investments.


 Buy and sell stock. The stock market can be a great place to grow your fortune. Watch the markets carefully before you start to buy and pay attention to which stocks do well; this will assist you in making smart purchases in the future.


 Put your money into Money Market Accounts (MMAs). These accounts have a higher minimum account than a regular savings account, but accrues twice the rate of interest of a savings account. High-yield MMAs are somewhat risky–your ability to draw on the money and your ability to affect its investments are limited–but it’s a good way to let your money grow by doing, essentially, nothing.
investments_bannerDiversify your investments and portfolio. Don’t keep all your money in one place. By diversifying your portfolio and investing in stocks, real estate, mutual funds, bonds, and other investments recommended by your brokers, you’re both ensuring that your money will be isolated in different markets that behave differently.


Know when to get out. At a certain point, you’re going to have to know when to pull the trigger and get out of something before it collapses from under you. If you’ve surrounded yourself with smart brokers, listen to their advice, but also know when to listen to your gut. If you see an opportunity to sell big and make a profit, do it. Profit is profit. Even if that stock ends up appreciating in the next year, you’ve still made some coins that you can reinvest elsewhere. There’s no one way to invest.

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Make smart financial decisions. The Internet is full of penny stock schemes and get-rich-quick hokum that preys upon the ignorant and forces gullible people into making bad financial decisions. Do the research and commit to a lifetime of investing and making money. There’s no such thing as an overnight billionaire.

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Act the part. If you’re going to be a billionaire, you’ve got to act like one. Surround yourself with moneyed and cultured people, picking up advice and know-how from the experienced.


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” In 3 days, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off in Brazil. From June 12 through to July 13. This is a regular tournament hosted every four years by various countries, and this year it is projected to be massive and a positive impact on the Brazilian economy! Persons of all races, and religions will come out in the masses and fill every stadium hosting such a prestigious tournament.” 

Packed bars will erupt in an uproar of cheers, agonizing shouts and whistles goal after goal. Great lasting friendships could be made, or reignited, lots of new story lines, various expert media personal will be present at every event, capturing every second, with a press of a button.  Persons will travel from all over the globe to go view such an event. Hotels and Inns in the area will be, if not already over booked. This tournament is sure to be a major one! In the interest of making you sound interesting and interested, we’ve rounded up some awesome tidbits of information to impress all the “football” snobs huddled around the office Keurig machine, bars and television sets for the next month. Here are 18 things you probably didn’t know about the World Cup.



  • People drank more than 2 million beers in 2010
    More than 224,546gal of beer (juuust over 2,395,157 12oz bottles) and 390,600 hot dogs were sold in World Cup stadiums in 2010. That’s slightly fewer than the grizzly bear ate when it defeated Kobayashi.

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  • Fifa World Cup Draw 2014
     The official draw card has been released, and I got it right here! 32 teams, 8 groups all battling for the trophy! Who do you think will win?


  • The worst game ever ended 31-0
    The biggest score line in the history of World Cup qualifiers, and in the history of international soccer, was recorded on April 11, 2001, when Australia destroyed American Samoa 31-0. The Australian Archie Thompson scored 13 goals that day, the world record for goals in a single international match.


  • 2014’s host also owns the most World Cup victories
    The tournament has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, when it wasn’t held because of the World War II. Only eight teams have won the tournament, with Brazil winning five; Italy claiming four; Germany three; Argentina and Uruguay two; and England, France, and Spain each winning one title apiece.


  • More people watch the World Cup than the Super Bowl
    Around 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. As a reference point, Super Bowl XLVIII had 167 million total worldwide viewers. Take your Super Bowl party and multiply it by 3.5. That’s how big a deal the World Cup is.
    Switzerland 1954 was the first World Cup to be televised. Sixteen years later, at Mexico 1970, the World Cup was televised across the globe and instant replays were introduced.
    South Africa 2010 was shown in every single country and territory on Earth, including Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, reached more than 3.2 billion in-home people – 46.4% of the world’s population — and that’s not even counting the folks at bars, restaurants, and online.


  • One guy played one minute, but can still call himself a champion
    Argentine Marcelo Trobbiani set the record for the shortest World Cup career of all time when he made his first (and last) appearance in the 89th minute of the 1986 final…which Argentina ended up winning.


  • One living legend never played a minute at the World Cup
    Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs never played in the FIFA World Cup, despite a 24-year pro career that included 13 league titles and two UEFA Champions League victories. But he does have pretty terrific stubble, and apparently enjoys shagging his brother’s wife.


  • The single tournament scoring record is 13 goals
    The Moroccan-born Just Fontaine scored the most-ever goals in a World Cup when he put 13 bulges in the back of the ol’ onion bag in six games for France in 1958.  Also, his name is Just Fontaine, and that’s incredible in itself!

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  • There have been two World Cup trophies.
    The Coupe Jules Rimet, which was used from 1930 to 1970, and, now, the simply named FIFA World Cup Trophy. The current version weighs just under 14lbs, of which 11 pounds is pure 18-karat gold. Let’s hope nobody treats any of them like OJ’s Heisman.


  • Coaches range in age from 27 to 71
    At 71 years young, Otto Rehhagel became the oldest man to coach at the World Cup when he led Greece at South Africa 2010. The youngest coach was Argentina’s Juan Jose Tramutola, who was 27 years old when he managed the team in 1930.


  • 2006 saw the most red cards ever
Yellow and red cards were introduced at Mexico 1970, but no one was sent off until 1974 when Chile’s Carlos Caszely picked up the first red card in World Cup history in the 67th minute against West Germany. Plácido Galindo was the first player ever sent off in the World Cup in 1930, but the refs didn’t have their magic trump cards back then.
The record for red cards in one tournament is 28, set in 2006, with the the most famous being this one that led to a billion meme gifs. There were also 345 yellow cards that year, an average of 5.39 per match.

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  • The World Cup mascot is named “Fuleco” and he has his own website.
He is a Brazilian three-banded armadillo, and will be 14 years old at the time of the World Cup. It goes to show: People put way too much thought into fake animals that everyone ignores once every four years.
Fuleco’s blue shell represents Brazil’s fertility, landscape, the skies, and the water. He has said (how does a fake armadillo talk?) he enjoys “watching the latest animated films” and playing “video games on my computer whenever I can. I also like to draw and read cartoon and comic books.”

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  • Pelé is the youngest scorer ever
    At 42 years old, Roger Milla became the oldest player in World Cup history when he laced up his boots for Cameroon in 1994. He also scored in that tournament, and holds the record for the oldest player to ever score in a cup.Pelé became the youngest (of course he did) when he scored against Wales at Sweden 1958, when at 17 years and 239 days old.


  • Bosnia-Herzegovina is the 77th country to participate
    A total of 76 teams have participated in the World Cup since the first edition in 1930. This tally includes nations that either no longer exist or have undergone a transformation, such as Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia. Bosnia-Herzegovina will be the 77th side added to the list in 2014.



  • The U.S. actually had the best attendance ever
The highest total and average attendance was in 1994 USA. Suck on that, soccer haters. A total of 3,587,538 fans came out, averaging almost 69,000 soccer nuts per game. The final between Brazil and Italy at the Rose Bowl drew 94,164 people.
More than 34 million fans have attended the 772 World Cup matches played since 1930, averaging out to about 44,000 per game. Sure beats the 200 people the Miami Marlins draw on a nightly basis.


  • England’s actually not that good
    1966 — the first, last, and only time England won a World Cup.

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  • Put two people in every seat at MetLife Stadium, and it’s still smaller than the World Cup attendance record
    The record for single-game attendance was set in 1950, when a crowd of 173,850 packed into the Maracana in Brazil. The new Maracana, although Brazil’s biggest stadium, only has a capacity of 73,531. To put it in perspective: Yankee Stadium only seats 50,291, while MetLife Stadium seats 82,566.

” Don’t miss the game! Watch live streaming NOW” – Yannick Theodore –

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Nestled in the heart of downtown Ottawa, is the most magnificent restaurant I have had the fortune of visiting. Great is an understatement. For you see at the entrance you are greeted by a multitude of cheerful, happy go lucky, pockets loaded, customers, eating and laughing till their hearts content all around the front, capturing your attention from blocks away! On entering the restaurant, you are escorted by the friendliest staff ever imaginable up a flight of stairs. While walking you can’t help but notice a grand bar supplied with all sorts of drinks imaginable. These waiters are so beautiful, well trained and Photo-51ready to attend to your every need! You are never left unattended to! The floor is patterned with a sort of irish design unknown to me, but gives the place a sort of chinese feel to it, mind you it is an irish pub! The chairs are of a wooden texture, not to modern looking, but fancy none the less. The restaurant was well lit with massive chandeliers  strategically placed around the bar. The walls were of an unfamiliar design, much like that of a church. They were wooden, with stained glass patterns in between. A sight to behold. Never before have I ever seen walls like those before in any restaurant in all my travels! It was spectacular. I could not help but stare them down multitudes of times. The craftsmanship is amazing.

Let me get to the cuisine

The menu was full with the most amazing looking foods ever! The waiter gently placed three menus on my table. Now by this time my eyes were open wide, ready to jump out of my head, for you see I have never been to a restaurant where I was given three menus. I hastily dove into them, only to quickly realize, they were not all main course menus, but, wine menus, main course and dessert menus. I was relieved. “How was I ever going to decided?,” was my initial thought.
I did not get a chance to sample all of them today, but i did sample the prime rib burger.

It was the most delicious, mouth watering, scrumptious meal ever!

It is definitely a must have! The rib is chunky, and oozing with flavor! The burger is accompanied with a bowl of fries. The biggest chunkiest fries ever,
Photo-49drizzled with some ketchup makes for an excellent lunch! This could be accompanied with a beverage of your choice! I choose to stay sober this afternoon, and had a refreshing sprite. Which went well with the whole meal, I must say! Compliments to the chef, for delighting my taste buds with such savory food!
All in all this was a good buy! Looking for a great place to relax and dine, this is the place! Great people, great service, delicious meals, what more can you ask for. Make your way down to the D’arcy M’gees Irish Pub, located at 44 Sparks Street, Ottawa, and eat till your hearts content!

 “Good food, Great friends, Good life!”- Yannick Theodore



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I’m sure most of you guys out there must be saying, I don’t need any tips on how to be a good kisser, I’m the best already, but thats where you are wrong! For you to be the best, you have to first know what you are doing! For even a blind man can eat, but does he know what he is eating? Will you call him the best eater? That is exactly the same concept with kissing. I know you may believe it is the easiest activity out there, but in actuality, a lot of preparation has to be undertaken. That is why I have taken the liberty of listing those preparations. My tips on how to be a better kisser is for your betterment, your personal development and to ensure that you don’t get publicly humiliated. No one wants that to happen, now do they?  You need to perfect the art, and I shall help you!
With that said I shall begin. Kissing should be an enjoyable activityThe more relaxed and confident you feel, the better your kisses will be. Try to always be fully present, and involved in what’s going on! If you are distracted or overly nervous, it will be harder to deliver  a passionate kiss. The objective is to always deliver the most passionate kiss you have ever in life. For this to happen you must always try to ensure you and your partner are comfortable. You must always keep your lips well hydrated and you must exfoliate your lips often using a toothbrush. You must also prepare your lips. This involves keeping your lips relaxed and slightly open. This lets your partner know that you are ready for a kiss. Try to avoid puckering up. I know this is what is portrayed in movies, but puckering only sends the wrong message, and makes kissing physically difficult. Tackle dryness with chapstick or by licking your lips slightly. For the women, try using lipgloss or flavored chapstick. This makes your lips irresistibly soft, shinny, and tasty. It is always advisable to freshen your breath before every and any kiss. The importance of good oral hygiene cannot be underestimated when it comes to kissing. Bad breath is the worst kind of turn-off. To avoid this always remember to floss and brush your teeth before your date and keep a small packet of mints on your person throughout the evening, so you can quickly pop one in your mouth as soon as things start to heat up! If you are going on a dinner date, stay away from pungent or malodorous food. Avoid things like cheese, fish, raw onions, or anything heavy on garlic. Now this part is very important. For you and your partner to even begin kissing, both you guys must be on the same page and aware of what’s going on. For this to take place you must set the mood. This involves maintaining eye contact, smiling and imagining you guys are already in the act of kissing. Some people get so nervous before the first kiss with a new partner that they end up talking too much in order to fill the silence. Avoid doing this as it could ruin the moment and make your partner lose interest. If you are in the middle of a conversation, but want to be kissing instead, simply slow it down, and lower your voice slightly to signal to your partner that you are ready to stop talking. Now if after you have tried all the above tips, and your partner still does not realize by now, don’t give up, I still got a few tips up my sleeve to help you. This next tip is sure to have your partner get the picture. Now when you are ready, and you have decided that the time is right, slowly take a step closer to your partner and lean in. Once close enough, you can do something intimate like touching your partner’s face or brushing the hair out of their eyes right before you lean in, to turn up the romance. At every point remember you must maintain eye contact to determine whether to tilt your head to the left or to the right. Remember to move your head in the opposite direction to your partner’s. You should also tilt your head back slightly and point your lips and chin forward to avoid banging your foreheads together. 
By this point, if your partner really likes you and style, they should realize what you have been thinking. The kiss should be magical and enjoyable if you follow all my tips word for word, no worries. Thats how you kiss like the best of them! Now you are ready and know how to kiss, go out there and enjoy some passionate kissing!

“Gain knowledge with great haste, and don’t participate in the hate!” – Yannick Theodore

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Did you hear about the most catastrophic typhoon to hit southeast Asia? If not, well here’s the latest! Typhoon Haiyan was a ferocious one! She came in on November 2nd 2013, with winds of 230km/h (145-mph)! The highest ever recorded for any typhoon at any particular time! Let me tell you my readers, that was some heavy wind! She meant business! Knocking down sky scrappers, Tearing apart houses, that was just her getting started! I mean she could not be ferocious if she was not causing mass destruction, now could she? She did everything. She thrashed about cars, and trucks, and animals! She was relentless! She burnt down apartments, destroyed offices, schools,courts! She left thousands broke and homeless after she passed by! She downed electrical lines and tress! She was catastrophic! It seemed like nothing would have stopped her! She was a restless one to. She jumped from country to country, much like prostitutes do, causing mayhem and devastation.
On landing in the Philippines, officials didn’t know what to do with her. How can you handle such a ferocious typhoon? Officials urged everyone to stay indoors, buy lots of canned foods and water, batteries, food that lasts, but alas, it was all in vein. For despite all their cautioning Typhoon Haiyan completely Typhoon_Haiyan_2013_making_landfallwipped out 6,268 persons in that country alone. Tragic I know! Picture the catastrophe and anguish that must have caused. That did not make her feel better, nope! She keep charging on! Getting stronger and stronger the more mayhem she caused. It gets worse, she continues on her merry way to Leyte where she caused calamitous damage! She flattened many of the large towns in a rage, and took 6300 souls along with her,  5,877 of which were taken from Eastern Visayas. Now that’s beast. By this time she was on every radar on the continent. Everyone knew she meant business now! She thus moves onto Surigao City! She now decides to change up her means of destruction in her arsenal. On arriving Surigao City, she announces her arrival accompanied by 15-19 ft waves. What a welcome she had indeed. Her stay will forever be remembered. How could they ever forget her after immediately tearing down the terminal building in the Tacloban Airport. That’s highly unlikely. That wasn’t good enough for typhoon haiyan. Oh no, she continues on to cause wide spread devastation in Talcoban City! Taking the innocent inhabitants by surprise. Terrible way to go! Thats even worst than your girlfriend having sex with another man. Wow. She terrorized the poor Talcoban people. She caused floods, drownings, piled cars high up one on top the other, caused high fractures in buildings, even flattened some, she destroyed low-lying areas, no one was safe when she was around in other words. She ensured that. 
Once done terrorizing the Philippines, she flies on over to China and Taiwan. There she will have lots of fun. She decides to hit them where it hurts! She goes for their pockets, amounting damages in the millions! When I say millions I mean millions. The calculated destruction costs in Hainan amounted to  ¥4.9 billion (US$803 million)! Eye opener isn’t it? Approximately 3,500 people across 20 villages were isolated due to extensive flooding. Destruction costs in Guangxi amounted to ¥275 million (US$45 million)! She hit them hard! Approximately 900 homes and 25,500 hectares of crops were destroyed, while 8,500 homes were damaged! Thats brutal!
 Don’t even ask for Vietnam. They were downsized by the storm. All their assets wiped away, all their liabilities, destroyed, houses, burned,people killed and terror filled the hearts of many. Typhoon haiyan caused provences like Aklan, Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, and Samar, to be placed under a state of national calamity! Farless for Vietnam. It was brutal!
Typhoon haiyan caused wide spread destruction. Never before had these provinces ever experienced anything like that. She brought about looting and violence, she caused environmental problems, billions of dollars in damages, poverty, millions to be left homeless, trauma to those who lost a loved one, a humanitarian crisis and a whole heap of trouble. Luckily we live in a society where no matter the colour of your skin no one gets left behind. Meaning, when the United States hears of this crisis, they will immediately send out troops and funds to assist. As soon as they contribute everyone else begins to assist. I have taken the liberty of getting the summary of international relief efforts in the Philippines following the typhoon to prove my point.


Summary of international relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan
Country Cash donation (in US dollars) Humanitarian aid and supplies Other aid  
 Australia $70 million Emergency and humanitarian supplies. Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navydeployed with Australian Medical Assistance Team and supplies.  
 Bahrain   90 tons of relief supplies.    
 Bangladesh $1 million      
 Belgium $677 thousand Humanitarian aid. Field hospital, water purification system, 5 medical doctors, 13 nurses, and 10 logistic personnel.  
 Brunei   Humanitarian aid and relief supplies. Emergency team deployed. Aircraft from the Royal Brunei Air Force deployed with supplies.  
 Canada $40 million Humanitarian aid; water purification units; infrastructure repair teams; medical units Three hundred members of the Canadian military Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and their equipment are sent, along with three additional Griffon helicopters.GlobalMedic, a Toronto-based NGO has three teams of rescuers and medics dispatched to the disaster zone along with large quantities of water purification supplies and equipment.  
 Chile   Humanitarian aid.    
 China $1.4 million   Deployed the naval hospital shipPeace Ark.  
 France $1.4 million   Sent 70 tons of relief supplies and a team of 61 persons from the Sécurité Civile, to restore electricity and water supplies, and others.  
 Germany   23 tons of aid. Rescue teams sent.  
 Holy See $150 thousand      
 Hong Kong     Call to postpone economic sanctions. $5.16 million given to international charities.  
 Iceland $100 thousand      
 India   15 tonnes of relief supplies.    
 Indonesia $1 million Humanitarian aid of goods and logistics worth $1 million. Indonesian Red Crosssent 688,862 tonnes emergency supplies. Three Indonesian Air Force Hercules aircraft deployed with supplies to affected areas. Logistical aid including aircraft, food, generators and medicine. The Indonesian Red Crossdeployed KM Emir cargo ship loaded with emergency supplies and also 30 Indonesian Red Cross volunteers.  
 Ireland $1.36 million 100 tonnes of emergency supplies.    
 Israel     Sent members of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Defense Forces‘ Home Command.  
 Italy $1.36 million      
 Japan $52 million Humanitarian aid. Deployed the JDS Ise (DDH-182) and JDS Ōsumi (LST-4001) and Boeing KC-767 along with 1,180 members of theJapanese Self-Defense Forces.The Japan Disaster Relief team was also deployed.  
 Kuwait $10 million      
 Malaysia $1 million Essential relief supplies and humanitarian aid. Malaysian Filipino community collected supplies to be sent. Aircraft from the Royal Malaysian Air Force deployed with supplies. The Malaysian disaster relief team was also deployed.  
 Mexico $1 million      
 New Zealand $1.22 million 30 tonnes of food and medical supplies.    
 Norway $41.6 million 100 tonnes of food and 70 tonnes of communication equipment. In addition to the aid provided by the Norwegian government, Norwegians supported various aid agencies, such as the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian branch of Save the Children, with donations through texting reaching 30 million NOK (US$4.9 million). On October 24, a relief concert with various Norwegian artists was held in Norway for the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. During the 70 min. TV sendt broadcast, Norwegians donated another 24.7 million NOK (4 million USD).  
 Panama   200,000 worth of humanitarian aid.    
 Qatar   80 tonnes of relief supplies.    
 Russia     Over 200 personnel from the Ministry of Emergency Situations deployed for medical and relief efforts.  
 Saudi Arabia $10 million Relief supplies. Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz pledged $100,000 in behalf of the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND).  
 Singapore $276 thousand Humanitarian aid. Aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force deployed with supplies.  
 South Africa   Rescue South Africa Disaster Response Team sent. The 50 man trauma/rescue team treated patients and repaired the Abuyog District Hospital.  
 South Korea $25 million Humanitarian aid including Humanitarian teams and Relief goods(family tents, water purifiers, beef fried rice, blankets, and sanitation kits) turned over to DSWD. Deployed Emergency relief team (two batches of medical and rescue personnel, 17-man survey team). Pledged USD 5M worth of assistance and USD 20M ODA for construction and rehabilitation from 2014-2016. Deployed 2 C-130 planesBi Ro Bong LST and Sung In Bong LST for humanitarian transport along with 520 members of theKorean Army.  
 Spain $1.8 million   The Spanish government also chartered two flights that brought 35 tons of humanitarian aid to the disaster area.  
  Switzerland $5.4 million 21 tons of Emergency Assistance. Members of Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit sent.  
 Taiwan $200 thousand 680 tons of relief supplies. Estimated total amount of donated relief materials and money reached US$12.3 million as of mid-December. Taiwan, by Navy and Air Force, is the first country delivering relief supplies to Philippines.[196] A 35-person team organized by the Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps arrived in the affected areas to provide free medical assistance.Aircraft from the Republic of China Air Force and Republic of China Navy vessel deployed with supplies.  
 Thailand   Humanitarian aid.    
 Turkey   Humanitarian supplies.    
 United Arab Emirates $10 million      
 United Kingdom $131 million   Deployed HMS Daring and HMS Illustrious and Royal Air Force C-130J – stationed in Cebu delivering over 235,000 of aid – and Royal Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (HADR) efforts.  
 United States $86.7 million The U.S. military conducted Operation Damayan from November 10 – December 1, 2013, in response to the request for assistance from the government of the Philippines. Delivered and/or transported humanitarian supplies, international military forces, international non-governmental organizations. Transported more than 4 million pounds of relief supplies to affected areas, including remote sites. Evacuated over 21,000 people, including citizens of the Philippines, the United States, and many other foreign nationals. Over 1,300 flights were completed in support of the relief efforts for Operation Damayan delivering aid to approximately 450 sites. Deployed the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade,USS George Washington (CVN-73) and its carrier strike group, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. At its peak, the U.S. military efforts included more than 13,400 military personnel from the US Marine CorpsUS Navy and US Air Force. 66 aircraft were involved in the mission including theC17 GlobemasterC-130 HerculesMV-22 Osprey, and HH-60 helicopter. 12 U.S. Navy vessels also responded. The US also deployed United States Agency for International Development and Office of Foreign Disaster Assistancecrisis response teams to oversee military operations and coordinate the US government response with the government of the Philippines.  
 Vietnam $100 thousand      
Extensive assistance is being provided by the red cross!
On viewing the table I hope you realize the extensive amount of damage the typhoon has done. Seeing as an extensive amount of money is needed to be donated, in order to restore suitable living conditions. Lots had to be done. Celebrities from all over began pitching in where they could. Celebrities like the American band Journey donated $350,000 to help relief efforts in the Philippines, and its lead singer had a message for his homeland: “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Arnel Pineda (the band’s Filipino vocalist) and the rest of the band announced the donation on November 15, 2013. It will go to the United Nations World Food Programme, which is providing Filipinos with food assistance. The donation should provide 1.4 million meals. IkeaWalmartSamsung, and HSBC are among those taking advantage of the event to donate to those in need. Northwestern Mutual announced they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross. The Coca-Cola Company says they have donated $2.5 million of their advertising budget to the relief efforts as of November 25. By mid-December FIFA donated $1 million. DHL deployed its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Team to the disaster areas to provide on-the-ground logistics support to assist with the relief effort in the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Three rotating teams made up of volunteer employees from the Asia Pacific region were based at the Mactan Cebu Airport on Cebu island, providing support and assistance to the country’s most affected areas west of Leyte Island, including Guiuan, Roxas, and Tacloban city. 
Major League Baseball donated $200,000 to UNICEF and the American Red Cross, with Commissioner Bud Selig encouraging fans to donate to the organizations. UNICEF delivered portable toilets and hygiene supplies to the region and also appealed for $34 million to help the four million children affected. The American Red Cross announced that they collected $11 million in donations for the Philippines Relief Fund. Mercy Corps dispatched a “emergency response” team to help with humanitarian efforts.
Among the NGO responses, among the most comprehensive disaster response came from the Taiwan-based “Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation”., which organized a large-scale cash-for-work program in Tacloban from Nov 20 to Dec 8 with up to 31,000 participants per day, totaling nearly 300,000 day shifts. This operation not only helped clean out the thousands of tons of debris covering the city, but also kick-started the local economy. Tzu Chi also contributed emergency cash aid of 8000, 12000 or 15000 pesos depending on family size for over 60,000 families in the affected areas of Tacloban, Ormoc, Palo, Tanauan and Tunga, and has been providing free clinics, hot meals, and temporary class rooms for over 15 schools in the area. Doctors Without Borders is sending 200 tons of aid. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness‘s Food For Life Global, the world’s largest vegan food relief organisation, raised money and provided vegan meals in the Philippines to Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Other NGOs run by faith-based organisations that raised money and/or aided in the disaster relief efforts of Typhoon Haiyan included Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), LDS Philanthropies, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC), Samaritan’s PurseSalvation Army, and World Vision.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), the largest indigenous Christian church based in the Philippines held series of massive relief distributions and medical and dental missions to affected population of the storm to different parts of Visayas. The humanitarian mission was done under the “Lingap sa Mamamayan” (Aid for Humanity) project in cooperation with the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation Inc., the INC’s charitable arm. The church conducted the largest walk for a cause in the world (walkathon) on February 15, 2014, dubbed as ‘Iglesia Ni Cristo World Wide Walk for Those Affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan’. The walk for a cause raised millions of money to help the victims of the super typhoon for the construction of their houses and shelters. The aim of the activity is to make the world understand that Haiyan survivors are still in dare need of help and financial assistance. Indeed, the world wide walk caught the attention of the world when it breaks two Guinness world records as the largest charity walk in a single venue (Manila, Philippines) with 175,000 participants, and largest charity walk in 24 hours for multiple venues (from Christchurch, New Zealand to Hawaii, USA) in 13 time zones, 54 countries, 24 hours with 519, 521 participants.
Celebrities such as David and Victoria BeckhamStephen ColbertKim KardashianDavid Guetta, and The X Factor contributed to the fundraisng. On November 26,iTunes released a compilation album entitled Songs for the Philippines featuring different artists, including Katy PerryMadonnaBob Dylan, and The Beatles. All proceeds will go to thePhilippine Red CrossOne Republic donated $100,000 on November 30, 2013. Other celebrities that offered their support included Linkin ParkThe OffspringAlicia Keys, and Justin Bieber.
On the day of his death, actor Paul Walker attended a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide, for the victims of the typhoon that was held right before his accident.
On March 11, 2014, a benefit concert called The Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert was held at Madison Square Garden in New York, City. Jennifer HudsonPentatonixA Great Big WorldPlain White T’sJessica SanchezCharice and REO Brothers performed. Special guests also included Dr. OzDante BascoBobby LopezKristen Anderson-Lopez and 100% of proceeds raised directly went to the Typhoon Haiyan survivors. Pinoy Relief was created to help survivors and focus on three specific areas: restoring livelihoods, building classrooms and providing shelter in partnership with local NGOs, Habitat for Humanity Philippines and Operation Blessing Philippines. So you see, the society we live in today, everyone plays their part.
To sum it all up, my readers, typhoon haiyan was the strongest and deadliest, typhoon ever recorded. She caused a death toll in the thousands, destroyed buildings, cars, electrical lines and caused wide spread poverty. She was the thirtieth named storm of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season. She followed the natural path of development for all storms, but with a twist. She started off as a low pressure system on November 2nd, the next day developed into a tropical depression. On November 4th she became a tropical storm. Her strength increased and brought about rapid intensification, this brought about typhoon intensity by November 5th, and by November 6, the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) assessed the system as a Category 5-equivalent super typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Normally they stop at category 3, or 4, but she grew to a massive category 5 over night! She left nothing standing, and many lifeless, that is why I urge you to appreciate your life, and the life of others, don’t take it for granted. It could just be taken from you in an instance. Take care my readers!


” Keep up to date with current events and natural disasters, for you don’t want to end up the victim of the next typhoon haiyan! ” – Yannick Theodore



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Goal-Setting-TipsAlright here’s what I want you to do for me. Get a pen and paper, and take five(5)- ten(10) minutes, to write down nine of your favorite goals, and one of your biggest goals. Now, analyze your paper carefully.
Now I’m sure half of you don’t even know how to begin to start, right?
Most of you don’t even know what goals you have for yourself, most of you could not be bothered, i suppose, and most of you still contemplating your goals. This is what I’m going to teach you right here right now, so relax, you have not failed as yet, even if you cannot even start. Goal setting after you sat down awhile and thought about it isn’t really that easy to set after all now is it? No its not! Before you can begin even jotting down goals there’s a very particular system you must use and in this system very particular steps must be followed.
” This system is called the SMART system “
” SMART is a mnemonic used by life coaches, motivators, HR departments, and educators for a system of goal identification, setting, and achievement. Every letter in SMART stands for an adjective that describes an effective way to set goals. “
  •  Specific – When setting goals, they should answer the highly specific questions of who, what, where, when, and why. Instead of the general goal, “I want to get into shape,” try for a specific goal, “I want to run my first half-marathon this year.”
  •  Measurable – In order for us to track our progress, goals should be quantifiable. “I’m going to walk more” is far more difficult to track and measure than “Everyday I’m going to walk around the track 16 times.”
  • Attainable – It is important to evaluate your situation honestly and recognize which goals are realistic, and which are a little far-fetched. Instead of, “I am going to be this nation’s Mother Teresa,” (while admirable) it might be more realistic to say, “I am going to volunteer four nights a week at my local soup kitchen.”
  • Relevant – Is this goal relevant to your life and to the “big picture” questions you have already asked yourself? Some good questions to ask yourself when figuring this out are: does it seem worthwhile? Is now the right time for this? Does this match my needs?
  • Time- related – Setting a “due date” to meet goals not only keeps you on track, but it prevents pesky daily roadblocks from getting in the way. Instead of saying “I’m going to get my college degree”, you might consider saying, “I’m going to get my B.A. in 4 years.”
After you have gone back to the SMART system mentally, you can begin jotting down your goals. Now before/while you are write always try to remember the big picture. Always try and ask yourself some important questions about what you want for your life. You don’t have to come up with some elaborate answers, the answer to this question can be as general as “I want to be happy,” or “I want to help people,” or “I want to be fit.” These general statements can help hone in on the things that really matter to you. Recognizing the things you value will guide your decision-making and keep you focused on your end goals. Think of the answers to your “big picture” questions. Ask yourself things like what do I hope to attain in 10, 15, or 20 years from now.set-goals
Then you got to break down the big picture into smaller more specific goals. Start to consider areas of your life that you either want to change or that you feel you would like to develop with time. Begin to ask yourself questions about what you’d like to achieve in each area and how you would like to approach it within a five year timeframe. In terms of your career, you may ask yourself what your ideal job is. What steps do you need to take to get that job? What are the roadblocks? Do you need a specific degree or certificate? With financial goals, you may want to consider where the money will come from. How much money you will need to live comfortably? What are the best ways to spend or invest money? Do you want a house, new car, or to begin a retirement plan? When it comes to family, do you want to have children, and if so, when? Do you want to have biological children, or are you open to be betteradoption or having step children? In thinking about romantic goals, you may consider the type of relationship you want (long-term partner, marriage, open-relationship, etc.), and how you will prioritize the time spent with a partner. What are the characteristics of a mate that make them a good fit for you? In terms of education, think about what course of study you’d like to pursue. Are you going to school to further you career? What types of courses do you need to complete for advancement at work? Are there alternate ways to enter the career you want, like apprenticeships or internships? In thinking about physical goals, consider whether changes need to be made to make you healthy. What can you do to maintain good health into old age? Think about whether there are specific physical challenges you want to meet such as a major mountain climbing expo or a marathon.
Then you got to make each goal a positive statement. Once you’ve done the brainstorming and considered how to make your goals SMART. Using positive statements is a direct way to affirm your commitment to completing your goals. If your goal is to run your first marathon in 8 career-goalsmonths, you can call friends who run for tips tonight, ask for shoe recommendations tomorrow, join a running club next week, and begin intensive training in 6 months. 
After you should probably set prioritiesAt any given moment, you have a number of goals all in different states of completion. Deciding which goals are more important, or time-sensitive, than others is crucial. If you have a college interview scheduled on the same day as a training session for your big half-marathon, the interview would take precedent as it is far more time-sensitive, and probably more important.
This is a very important one. Always keep track of your progress! It won’t make any sense accomplishing goals and you don’t even remember what goals you accomplishing, now would it? Journaling is a great way to keep track of both personal and professional progress. Checking in with yourself and acknowledging the progress made towards a certain goal is key to staying motivated. Asking a friend with similar goals to buddy-up with you is a great way to keep you motivated and to make sure you hit your goal target dates. Consider pairing up with a fellow student facing the same application deadlines if you are applying for school, or another new, emerging artist if you are applying for artist residencies, fellowships, and grants.
Finally always remember to reward your accomplishments! This by far, is the most important tip to goal setting. You should always try to acknowledge when you have reached goals and allow yourself to celebrate accordingly. Take this time to assess the goal process–from inception to completion.

” Make a better future for yourself. Set some goals today! ” – Yannick Theodore


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success newThere’s this really small idea of mine that if I tell you will unlock many bigger ideas, that will thus assist you on your quest to success. This small idea is known to drastically change persons lives forever. In a positive way that is. If I tell you this idea do you promise never to release it to anyone? This idea is so simple, I’m surprised you didn’t think of it yourself. In order to succeed one needs lots of SLEEP. Its that simple. Yes, I know, you must be saying to yourself, “That’s it thats the secret? No way, there’s got to be more to gaining success than just sleep!.” You know you are right, there are other steps to success, but right now I have just given you guys the most important first step to success. I’m sure you guys are also pondering, “why didn’t I think of that!” Don’t you worry about that now, whether you thought about it or not, is not important, what’s important is, now I’m bringing it to your attention. Now you know the first step to success. Think about it for a minute. Without sleep, you would be tired everywhere, falling all over yourself, lackadaisical, unfocused, unmotivated, with no ambition what so ever. What good are you to anyone? How will a guy like this ever be successful? Now imagine if you were to get ample sleep (your required 8hrs), now you will be feeling more energetic, ambitious, focused, ready to work, ready to tackle anything that comes your way, won’t you? Exactly and that’s the desired outcome. For you to be successful you have got to be energetic, focused, ambitious and ready to make major decisions on a daily basis. Now I bet you over looked that answer in your head once or twice, thinking sleep can always wait, but no! that is not true! Now that I have brought it to your attention I’m sure you won’t be over looking that idea any more, would you?. That goes to show you sleep is vital on the journey to success.
Success is not only attained through one step. The journey to success is never a simple one. There’s a process involved that most of you guys don’t know about. For quick success, one must be organized about it. You must first begin by working on your mentality. The way you think determines the way you act. That’s why I came up with this system. Simply get a pen and paper, or your Ipad, Iphone or mac book and write up a check list like the one below. Once you are done writing down the check list, go over what is required of you each day for the five goals you have set. That is very important. If you follow those five goals, each day, in time you will attain success guaranteed!


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Important Goals

You should understand one undeniable fact that you must build your life and future on your own. Set goals, of accomplishing something important to you everyday. Write down your goals and memorize them. If that doesn’t work, forget memorizing them and try working longer and harder at achieving your goals. Maybe you will have to sacrifice something, make an effort, or probably even invest money in a new business venture, to get them achieved, but remember everything depends on you. If you don’t want to write down your goals, it’s all up to you. Just keep in mind you won’t be as successful as the other guy or you won’t get anything achieved. Goals keep you focused on what’s important to you. Achieving a goal simply means you achieved something important to you. Goals should be achieved daily for continued success. Don’t worry if your goal may seem small at the time, it should still be treated like any other goal, and be achieved much in the same way as any other. Never stop setting and achieving goals, in the end you will thank me.


Constantly, Keep Improving Yourself

Every day ask yourself what do I got to do in order to achieve better results today? Try to work more diligently.  This advice doesn’t pertain to only business owners or employees for that matter, it pertains to everyone. Work on yourself every day. Success comes to those who are constantly learning. Do not stop even when you achieve a “good job”. Keep on going, keep on improving your skills. Consider each of your goals and think about what you can do to improve. Think about how you can achieve your goals efficiently and successfully. Success is a long thorny path full of mistakes and obstacles, constant hard work and persistence will get you through, along the way you may get caught up in the thorns and get stuck (failure, bankruptcy) but in the end, when you get through and succeed, it is always worth of it.


Make Each New Day Significant

Every morning dedicate a few minutes to thinking about yesterday, How yesterday has impacted today, what would you like to do today, and what are some of the important things you have to do today. How will today differ from any other ordinary boring day? Plan something and complete it, it will bring you pleasure and will make you proud. Set a goal you need to accomplish during the day. Unsuccessful and unhappy people often have a feeling that their days are all alike, that’s because they never set any goals in the morning. All people have the same hours in the day, but not every one has the same goals for the day. So you need to plan how will you spend your 24 hours. What separates the bosses from the regular joes is not the number of hours in the day but how he spends his hours in his day. Try engaging in activities that will be beneficial to you in the long run. Activities that will bring you pleasure, and happiness. You need to try doing activities that will make the day memorable. What will you do today to make your tomorrow better? Try living a life filled with many memorable moments. Try your best to make each day extraordinary. That will significantly increase your probability for success. 


Be Positive

A Positive attitude is as a result of a balanced planned life, lots of sleep, supported by a daily willingness to improve ones’ self(see the first two tips). You are a kind and hardworking person. You are independent and reliable. Be sure to control your own future.
Protect yourself from those people who bring only negative emotions and thoughts into your life. You can not even begin to imagine how much influence their words have on you at a subconscious level. Stay away from negative person. For  they are a vexation to the spirit. Do not gossip and do not discuss other people, believe me, it will not bring you any success.
Be more optimistic. Optimism is a wonderful feeling. Optimism supports strength of will, helps overcome failures and pushes for success. Optimistic energy will attract new interesting people.


Hard Work is The Key To Prosperity

A truly successful person works hard, even when everyone else is sleeping, a successful person will be up working hard. Always keep that in mind. Also, always try to ensure that you practice good time management and spend long hours working daily. It is said that good luck comes to those who are working hard and diligently. From time to time, work seems like too much and a burden. You often don’t feel encouraged to work or participate even. You feel like what you are doing is not prosperous to you and is probably just a waste of energy. But do not give up. Do not look for  the easy way out and do not fool yourself. Enjoy the joy you feel once completing your work. Those who work hard, generally never end up hungry or depressed. They are often rewarded handsomely for their endeavors.
I hope that my tips above on how to succeed have helped. I hope you have now learnt the steps to success. Keep them in mind as you go about your day to day activities, for they are the foundations to success. If you do practice my steps daily  you will be rewarded way more than you could ever imagine. Success is not easily attained or attained right away, but with hard work, constantly improving, a positive attitude, setting goals and making each day significant, you can achieve success!

 “Never wait for a miracle to happen, if you want it got to make it happen for yourself!”- Yannick Theodore

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