9 myths and misconceptions about success (and 10 ways you can succeed)

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Do some people really have a better shot at achieving their dreams than others? Can anyone be successful, or is it all down to luck? We’re exploring the truth about what it really takes to triumph

9 myths and misconceptions about success (and 10 ways you can succeed)

When you stop to think about success, what comes to mind? High-earning entrepreneurs, tech innovators, influential activists, bestselling authors? Success comes in many different forms, yet if we’re honest with ourselves, there are a lot of assumptions we make about how others become successful – and what’s holding us back from reaching the same heights.

Here, we’re putting some of the most common misconceptions about achievements under a microscope, to shine a spotlight on the true secrets of the successful.

Myth: Success means the same thing to everyone

In reality, there’s no single ‘look’ for success. Some people see success as having a big house or money in the bank. Others see it as how they impact the environment, local communities, or give back to charity. Focus on what you value most, and how you define it, and strive for that.

Myth: Only certain personality types can succeed

You don’t have to be an aggressive extrovert to be successful – introverts can succeed, too! From sports star Michael Jordan to philanthropist Bill Gates, success can happen for any and all personality types.

Myth: Following your passion is enough to succeed

Unfortunately, passion alone isn’t enough. Loving what you do can be a great starting point, but taking things to the next level requires hard work, too. You need a 360 approach that allows you growth in various areas – from improving existing skills or learning new ones, to understanding your market, and being open to feedback in order to see progress.

Myth: Success is dependent on your upbringing

Having a solid start in life can give you a big advantage. Knowing you have people to support you (financially or emotionally) makes a huge difference, giving you access to resources others may not have. Yet it’s not the only path to success. Oprah was born to a poor family, and is now worth an estimated $2.6 billion. Ed Sheeran, a big name in the music industry, dropped out of school and slept rough before making it big. Anything is possible.

Myth: You need luck to succeed

Luck can give you a boost, but sitting back and waiting for something magic to happen rarely leads to success. Make your own luck by working hard and seeking out new opportunities.

Myth: You can’t succeed without stepping on other people

You don’t have to be ruthless, put others down, or take unearned credit to succeed. Focus, determination, confidence, and building a strong network that you can rely on (and that can trust you) is key.

9 myths and misconceptions about success (and 10 ways you can succeed)

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For Him

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Valentine’s Day gift guide for him. I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section!

Hi friends! How’s the week going? I’m on day 3 of the EquiLife detox and feeling AMAZING. It’s been so fun to see our community check-ins each day, too! I have some work stuff to do this morning and am looking forward to a craft night with friends this evening.

Today, I’m popping in with a Valentine’s Day gift guide for the guys since it can kind of be impossible to shop for them. Sharing some gift ideas here, but I always love to hear if you have any awesome guy gift ideas! Please share the goods in the comments section.

For the fitness fanatic:

The best sports headphones. We both have these and love them!

A classic metal vent tech tee.

The Pilot’s fave workout shorts.

New weights or even a bench set with squat rack.

A theragun! Such a great recovery tool.

A sauna blanket. So many of my friends have bought this for their husband or boyfriend and bonus: they get to enjoy it, too. Use FITNESSISTA15 for 15% off.

New running shoes.

Random and fun finds:

A jerky heart! I’ve ordered these for the Pilot a few times and they’re perfect.

An essential oil diffuser.

Customized pet portrait.

Waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker. <— this one is the best and has a great price right now with Prime shipping

Customized face socks.

Pajama pants.

New slippers.

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10-year mental health and wellbeing plan scrapped

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Mental health charities react to concerning news that the Government is pulling the plug on a much-needed plan

10-year mental health and wellbeing plan scrapped

This week we found out that a 10-year cross-Government plan for mental health and wellbeing has been scrapped and replaced with a decision to combine the mental health plan with plans for chronic health conditions.

The original plan, championed by mental health charities, would have seen contributions from every Government department to create good mental health, going beyond just the health system. During the consultation process thousands of people with lived experience of mental illness were asked to be “ambitious” in their responses and to “think beyond the status quo” but now it appears the government are ignoring their own words.

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

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Tender chunks of chicken and vegetables are simmered together underneath a buttery, flaky biscuit topping to make this chicken pot pie casserole.

The warm aroma of this casserole in the oven creates the best homey feeling. A feeling topped only by how amazing this chicken pot pie casserole tastes after a busy day.

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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

I love a good chicken pot pie, but some days a pie crust just isn’t in the cards for me. Let’s face it we have all been there my friends. It is okay to admit it.

However, I still crave the savory comforts and feelings of a homemade pot pie. Although if you want a really easy traditional chicken pot pie I recommend this one.

This Chicken Pot Pie Casserole has all the flavors and feels of the classic double-crust pot pie. But is topped with delicious drop biscuits for the most amazing tasting and aromatic chicken pot pie.

I’ve made this recipe a number of times now (don’t tell my traditional pot pie!) but I actually prefer the flaky, buttery biscuit topping over the pie crust now.

Rotisserie chicken is one of my top grocery store grabs each week. Sometimes it is dinner that evening. More often, I go ahead and remove the meat from the bones. Then have it on hand as an ingredient for meals like this casserole, 30-minute chicken enchiladas, or these green chile chicken burritos.

If you have chicken, a bag of frozen vegetables, and a reasonably stocked pantry. I would bet you have all you need to make chicken pot pie casserole.

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Easy Enchiladas with Rotisserie Chicken

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These easy enchiladas with rotisserie chicken are great for meal prep and always a family favorite!

Hi friends! Have you ever craved enchiladas but are intimated by the recipe process? I feel ya. Enchiladas seem like they would be a lot of work, but take my word for it, they can actually be quite easy to throw together with a few shortcuts. It’s actually one of my go-to crowdpleaser family meals; the girls go wild for them.

These enchiladas with rotisserie chicken are my go-to for weekend meal prep. I make a large tray or two that can be stored in the fridge or freezer and be cooked up during the week. They also make the perfect meal to bring to friends or family who need an extra helping hand (new baby, feel-better food, etc.).

A couple tricks I swear by to make enchilada making easy are 1) don’t make your own sauce (but if you want to, here’s my recipe), and 2) buy pre-cooked rotisserie chicken.

We usually serve the enchiladas with rice, beans, and big ol’ salad on the side. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

Easy Enchiladas with Rotisserie Chicken

This recipe makes two pans full of enchiladas; about 12 servings. If you’re going to make one pan, you might as well make two! Freeze the extra one, or give it to a friend or neighbor!


2 rotisserie chickens, shredded and placed in a large mixing bowl

2 cans of red enchilada sauce. I like the Las Palmas or La Victora brand

1 sweet onion, diced

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon cumin

32 oz shredded Mexican cheese

12 flour tortillas – you can also use corn or Siete tortillas


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure you have two 9×13  in casserole dishes ready to go.

Start the sauce. In a large pot on medium heat, saute the onion and garlic in a little butter, 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the oregano and cumin, and stir well. Stir in the canned enchilada sauce.

Add 4-6 oz of sauce to the shredded chicken and two big handfuls of cheese. Stir to combine. This is your filling!

Heat the tortillas. You want them to be soft and pliable, so they don’t break as you fill them.

Place a ladle of sauce at the bottom of each casserole dish and spread around, so the bottom is lightly coated with sauce.

Grab one tortilla, and place the chicken mixture in the middle seam, lengthwise. You want there to be a decent amount of chicken and cheese mixture in it, but make sure it isn’t *too full* to roll neatly. Roll it up and place in the pan. Continue filling and rolling, until you’ve made 12-14 enchiladas.

Cover each pan in the sauce, until there is no exposed tortilla edges. You can drench it a bit, it’s ok.

Cover each pan in cheese and top with foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbly.

You can broil the enchiladas for 2-4 minutes until the cheese is nice and browned, too.

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