6 questions that may help you to have a better life

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Today, I’ve managed to put together this list of questions. It’s not the first time that I’ve asked and answered them, eventually, and each one separated from the rest.

Remarkably, I usually answer 0 (ZERO) for most of the questions.

There is something worse than answering 0, which is not paying enough attention of that, which means: doing NOTHING to change those answers.
And I think that the worst of it all: is NOT even take 10 minutes of your time, to just ASK these questions. Yes! this shouln’t take more than 10 minutes!!!

I always receive feedback, evaluations, I evaluate myself over several aspects. But in the rush of every day of your life, I usually forget the important.

You may find helpful to ask this EVERY WEEK OF YOUR LIFE:

About your last week:

  1. Number of days used to make exercise?
  2. Number of days used to read a book?
  3. Number of days used to learn something new?
  4. Number of days used to teach something new?
  5. Number of days used to INTENTIONALLY get closer to my dreams and future plans?
  6. Number of days used to INTENTIONALLY be happy?

These are just 6 questions, and I am sure that you can customize this in order to have a list that suits you better.
Feel free to ADD YOUR OWN (useful) questions.

I hope that for most of them, you can write down “7″ as an answer.
And even for the last 2 items, which may result somewhat abstract and/or poetical, I hope that 7 days a week are not enough for you. If so, THAT may represent a great life.
If you paid attention, I didn’t focus on the results, but on the actions.

And most of all, I honestly hope that you ask yourself these questions NOW, instead of the day that you are dying.
You probably didn’t hear about Bronnie Ware. This nurse listened to the most common regrets of dying people, and wrote an article, and a book about it. It’s not my intention to add noise where there is already a lot on internet. You can Google her to see what I am talking about.

This article has the objective to avoid you to regret, but to build the life that you want.
No regrets. Just plans, and actions that make those plans a REALITY. Pursue your happiness, every week, every day.
Go! You can start NOW.

Beware of SEO – Serious Excessive Obviousness

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I know that ignoring SEO can be a shoot in the foot, nowadays.

You cannot simply consider this deal at all: You ignore SEO, and search engines will ignore your site. Therefore, potential new users will ignore your site too.

What is the problem here?
I am not sure if it’s too obvious, or if I started looking to web sites with ‘Search Engine eyes’, but the result is that I can be easily pissed off.

I don’t know you, but I try to take care of my eyes. I don’t need obvious content.
And from time to time, it happens again!

Let’s say that I searched some information about “SOME PLACE” to visit. The result is something like this:

If you want to travel to SOME PLACE, don’t forget to consider our great discounts at SOME PLACE. You may probably ask if there is a good weather at SOME PLACE. That question, is part of the frequently asked questions about SOME PLACE.
And the answer to that question is that the weather during summer at SOME PLACE is excellent.

By the way, I’ve been there. No, not at “SOME PLACE”, but… unfortunately I have been that kind of webmaster who generated that kind of content.
And after my 15 minutes of fame, which in this context means being in the 1st. page of search results, Google finally sent my page, to the place it deserves, which is having dozens of pages before mine.
Bonus track: The search list

If redundant content is not enough, we can also annoy human visitors with this:

The searches that led to this page, of course!
(Seriously???!!! Completely irrelevant)

  • hotels in SOME PLACE
  • cheap hotels in SOME PLACE
  • questions about SOME PLACE
  • weather at SOME PLACE
  • etc.. in a never ending scroll. Pity.

Please, remember that your website CONTENT should be written for users, and not for search engines. And, if you are smart enough, you can create content that will make both happy. No one will be pissed off. A win/win/win situation for the user, the search engine, and your site.

Oh, you’re doing great at SEO. Ok, just don’t forget the user!

Xouscast 3 – Receiving negative feedback

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So here you have: Feedback!

For the way that I see it, it is the start of a path of improvement.

You may receive positive or negative feedback. And the obvious is that everyone prefers to receive or give positive feedback. I’d like to expose some concepts about receiving negative feedback.

Using the half-empty, half-full glass of water analogy, I will make you think about it. And of couse: your feedback is welcome! :)

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