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Top 5 websites for inspiration

It’s officially fall as the days are getting darker, shorter and colder, at least for us living in the northern parts of the world. When these times of the year come around we tend to need to surround ourselves with even more inspiration than usual to keep our motivation up to speed.

So let’s fill up with a whole bunch of new inspiration that will make our motivation  last all winter. Check out the following websites where we at the Upwalk currently take our inspiration from:

  1. StorytellersForGood.com
    This site does not inspire for the day, they inspire for life. Storytellers For Good is a team of passionate journalists and photographers who seek to use their skills to inspire optimism and change. They aim to tell and promote stories of people and organizations making a positive difference.
  2. DesignSponge.com
    Looking for something new? Then this is the place to go inspiration hunting. DesignSponge shares creativity and ideas within several areas, from interior design, traveling guides to work life tips and tricks and much more! Whatever inspiration you are in need for you will most likely find something to boost your creative mind with at DesignSponge.
  3. TheCreatorsProject.com
    Do you love sharing news and keep up to date with creativity, culture and technology? The Creators Project is the network platform where you can share and get inspired by others creativity. This is the new era of creativity.
  4. KarmaTube.com
    Time to take inspiration a bit further? Karmatube is dedicated to bringing inspirational stories to light, using the power of video and the internet to multiply acts of kindness, beauty, and generosity. The world could never get enough of this kind of inspiration.
  5. Kickstarter.com
    Are you curious about new creative projects? Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects, everything from films, games music to art.Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

Which websites do you turn to for inspiration? Feel free to share them with us and our readers. Let’s get inspired to inspire!

*Photo in this post is taken/fully owned by the very talented Lukas Derving, check out his photos at LDview. His photos should not be used in any commercial purpose without his consent.

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Check out the world’s coolest offices 2012!

The companies have taken one step forward to giving their employees a desirable  workplace. These companies know that offices are more than just four walls, a bunch of desks, laptops and an instant-coffee machine.

An office should be like your second home because that’s the place where you spend most of your day. It should be a place where you hang out with friends, where you feel motivated and becoming more creative. In other words, a place where you get to be the best you!

Cool offices like these show that the company culture cares for their employees. And who wouldn’t like that?

So check out these 20 offices that are some of the world’s best designed and most awe-inspiring!

World’s coolest offices 2012 

Life as it is…

There are times when a person reach its lowest point and ask himself: Why is life filled with extreme highs and lows?

When you reach that lowest point it’s normal to think why is this happening to me and/or you automatically start thinking about negative things instead of thinking positively. I can honestly say I’ve been there and sometimes still do when I feel I have hit rock bottom, and I’m sure we all have been there, once or twice.

When I do catch myself thinking this way I change my mindset because I know I won’t gain anything by wishing that things could have turned out differently. I also know that I feel worse about myself. So I pick myself up, put a smile on my face and move forward with what is.

It’s times like this when you should be your best, and how can you be your best when you’re complaining, regretting, worried or dismayed?

Each obstacle is just another step toward getting where you want to be. Learn, adapt, re-commit and get quickly back on track. Embrace each moment as it comes. You cannot change what has already been handed to you but you can absolutely find a positive course of action. When you do that, make the most of them. This will make you feel better and by feeling better you will do better!

Quote #11 – Be not afraid of growing slowly

In life we tend to stress and hurry. We hurry time, ourselves and even people around us. We think that our surrounding demands us to think quicker, develop faster and deliver promptly.

Here is a quote that I would like to share with you, that made me think, that the pace I’m moving right not might just be okey…

“Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still”

– Chinese Proverb

Knowing when to give & knowing what to get

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In these times when economy is failing and finding a job is just like finding water in the dessert, most of us are willing to do anything to get a small taste of the “real” world.

But how do we know when we have had enough of nibbling on the frosting and can ask for the whole piece.

Here are five pointers to guide you in knowing when to give and knowing what to get:

Never work for free – Does not necessarily mean don’t take an unpaid job/internship. Being in a situation where you need to enrich your resumé and fill your time with doing something instead of nothing, you really should, but make sure you get something in return, ultimately knowledge and new experience.

Set a time limit – A potential employer always needs to know that they are investing their money in the right place, and you will need to prove yourself to be worth that investment. However there should always be a time limit for how long you should take to prove this. No one has the energy to keep pushing and delivering if they never know when the recognision is coming. Set a time for 3-4 months, by the end of this time both you and your potential employer should have gotten enough time to see if you are fit.

Be clear about what You want – This way you will know what you are working towards and your potential employer will know what you need in order to keep delivering and developing.

Set clear goals – together you potential employer. This way you will both know what to expect from each other.

Benchmark your work – this will make it easier for you to show the work you’ve done in line with your goals. This way you will have you achievements black on white and your deliverables can impossibly be missed by either yourself or your employer.

Bottom line is that you should never work without knowing what you will get in return, and this should be in mutual understanding between two parts. Following the points above, we hope that you will find your place where you are willing to give your whole piece to and who is willing to give you at least as big piece back.

If you liked this article you might also like these:

Should I Work for Free?
Why You Should Give Away Your Work For Free – Inc.com
My first job – How dig I get here – Xerox blog

Quote #10 – When you believe everything is finished…

There will be a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.

– Louis L’Amour

Quote #9

“If you want to fly you got to give up the things that weighs you down”. – Toni Morrison

Quote # 8 – The grass is greener on the other side?

Sometimes we just need someone to lay it out in front of us in order to find out that it is time for a change.

“The one who thought that the grass was greener on the other side probably forgot to water their own.”

Don’t forget to water your grass people.

Why stop dreaming when you wake up?

There is a saying that goes: ”The only way to make your dreams come true is to wake up”.

We at the Upwalk are all about inspiration and motivation, so our response to that saying is: “Why stop dreaming when you wake up”? Keep dreaming and follow your dreams whether you are awake or asleep.

A friend of mine gave me a good advice about whenever I have to make a big decision. My friend told me to always think about it this way: ”What is the worst thing that could happen if I do this? If the worst case scenario is something you don’t think you could live with, than don’t do it. If you can, than go ahead”. So next time you’re in doubt when making a big decision or if you should follow your dreams, think about it this way, I can assure you it will help. It does for me!

The journey to your dream won’t be easy but as long as you keep your eyes fixed on that distant horizon, you’ll get there. Sooner or later!

Quote #7 – When life isn’t fair

When feeling low life just doesn’t feel fair at times. So I thought I’d share a quote I stumbled upon.

“Life isn’t fair, but life isn’t fair for everyone. That makes life fair.”

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So we might was well just get on with it and be happy!