Posted on Leave a comment

Ray Dalio Quotes – The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

Ray Dalio is one of the most prolific investors in the world. Despite being worth 30+ billion dollars he has kept a relatively low profile compared to others of his wealth.

Over the course of his career, he has averaged unbelievable returns, more than doubling the S&P 500. Ray gained a ton of notoriety after being interviewed in Tony Robbins, “Money: Master the Game” book. He currently runs Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. 

Earlier this year he released his own book, “Principles” which has gone on to critical acclaim. In the book, he breaks down the principles of how to become successful, both in life and work.

Use these Ray Dalio quotes to create your own principles of success. 

“The best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what do you want, then ask ‘what is true’ — and then ask yourself ‘what should be done about it.’ I believe that if you do this you will move much faster towards what you want to get out of life than if you don’t!” ― Ray Dalio

So many people go on to live an average, mediocre life because they never define what they want.

Are you clear on your goals, dreams, and desires? Do you know what you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

Without sitting down and asking yourself these questions it will be easy to spend your entire life working on someone else’s dreams. Start by figuring out what you want and what you hold true.

Identifying what you want to achieve is the fastest way to reaching your goals.  

Ray Dalio Quotes - The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

“School typically doesn’t prepare young people for real life — unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others. In my opinion, that’s why so many students who succeed in school fail in life.” ― Ray Dalio

This a powerful quote that shows there is a disconnect from the education system and the real world. If you want to create the most successful version of your life you need to keep working on yourself constantly. 

As Warren Buffett said, “The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself.”

 

“More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don’t is a willingness to look at themselves and others objectively” ― Ray Dalio Quotes 

Being self-aware is so key to reaching your potential. While negative feedback can be hard to hear, often times that constructive criticism is exactly what you need to progress.

If you’re setting goals the right way, they should be so big that they require you to become someone else to achieve them. This will require you to learn new skills, meet new people, and welcome feedback to get better.

Ray Dalio Quotes - The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

“By and large, life will give you what you deserve and it doesn’t give a damn what you like. So it is up to you to take full responsibility to connect what you want with what you need to do to get it, and then to do those things.” ― Ray Dalio

There are 67 success principles in Jack Canfield’s best selling book, “The Success Principles.” The first? Take 100% responsibility for your life.

If you place blame on others you will never reach your goals. Once you take 100% responsibility for your life you’re on your way to achieving your goals.

 

“I believe that for the most part, achieving success — whatever that is for you — is mostly a matter of personal choice and that, initially, making the right choices can be difficult.” ― Ray Dalio Quotes 

If you’re facing a tough decision in life, go with your gut. Trust yourself because 9 out of 10 times you are right. And if you’re not, take responsibility, learn from your experience and move on.

Use these Ray Dalio quotes to achieve massive success in your life and business.

The post Ray Dalio Quotes – The Principles Are Your Key to Success! appeared first on Fearless Motivation – Motivational Videos & Music.

Posted on Leave a comment

This Is How You Can Disable Comments On WordPress Posts

Disable Comments On WordPress Posts

The comment feature of WordPress CMS makes it one of the ideal platform for blogging. However, not every post of your blog needs the comment feature and you can always choose to disable it.

The customization feature of WordPress is what all of us enjoy the most. In WordPress, we have the option to:

  • Disable comments on specific posts
  • Disable comments on specific pages
  • Disable comments on all the pages

Depending upon your requirement, you can pick either of it.

A practical situation that I’m experiencing these days is that some of the popular posts on ShoutMeLoud are getting a lot of comments. The problem is, only 1% of the comments are genuine on those posts. The rest of the comments are spams or blunt self-promotion. Anti-spam comment plugins like Akismet and WordPress Zero spam are doing a decent job, but it is not enough. That’s when I thought of disabling comments on a few specific WordPress blog posts.

In this tutorial, you will learn exactly how to do it and you can use it now or in the future as and when you need this.

Sounds good?

Here we go.

Removing comment box on specific WordPress posts or pages

You can deactivate comments on already published posts or even on the posts which you are about to publish. Just follow the steps below.

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Edit section of posts or pages on which you want to deactivate comments
  • Search for discussion tab (usually it’s next to the post writing section but you can use the search feature of your browser to find the text “Discussion“)
  • Uncheck the box that says allow comments. It should look like the screenshot below:

disable-WordPress-comments

Click on Update post and that’s about it. The comment box will be gone from the post/page.

Disabling comments on all of your WordPress website

If you wish to disable comments on your WordPress site temporarily or permanently, you can do that as well. This next tip will remove the comment feature from all of your WordPress blogs.

  • Go to Settings > Discussions in the WordPress dashboard
  • Under Default article settings, uncheck the option “Allow people to post comments on new articles

Remove-WordPress-comments

While you are on this page, there is one more setting that you should know about. You also have an option to disable comments on posts/pages which are older than “X” days.

On the same page, “Settings > Discussions“, you will see the option that says “Automatically close comments on articles older than“.

Simply define the number of days and this feature will enable you to close comment on all WordPress posts and pages which are older than the specified time.

WordPress-commenting-settings

Now, do not forget to save these settings by scrolling down the page and click on Save changes.

Conclusion: Deactivating comments on WordPress posts/Pages

There are so many features in WordPress which are hidden that you must learn and check out. You may stumble across some features as and when you troubleshoot. At times, reading more about WordPress will help you understand the possibilities it possesses.

For now, I hope this tutorial helped you understand the process of removing the comment box from specific WordPress posts/pages and also on an entire WordPress site. If you have any question related to this topic, feel free to ask in the comment section below. Only meaningful comments, please!

Also, here are a few hand-picked WordPress guides that you should read next to learn something new:

This Is How You Can Disable Comments On WordPress Posts is a post from ShoutMeLoud – Shouters Who Inspires

Posted on Leave a comment

How To Add Estimated Reading Time In Your WordPress Posts

Add Estimated Reading Time In WordPress Posts

I am sure about one thing – most of you have visited Medium.com.

In case you haven’t, let me tell you that it is a blogging platform where you can read stories and ideas and write on any topic you like. It can also be used for syndicating your posts and get traffic to your site without worrying about duplicate content issues.

Although Medium is not as good as WordPress (sorry, I’m a bit biased here :P), it comes with a feature that I really like.

It displays the estimated reading time in every article, just like this:

medium-estimated-reading-time-feature

And sadly, core WordPress doesn’t have this feature so far.

However, you can still add that feature on your WordPress site with the help of a plugin.

So, in this post, I’ll show how you can add the estimated reading time feature on your WordPress website, just like Medium.

Should You Use Time to Read Feature on Your Website?

Think of the following:

  • Checking the time left to get in touch with the support staff of any product or service
  • Using GPS to check the time left to reach your destination
  • Checking the total time of a video or movie

If you notice carefully, one thing is common in all the above – TIME.

No one wants to wait for anything, isn’t that right?

The same is also applicable when we are reading articles. We want to get the solution to our problems as quickly as possible.

This is where the reading time feature comes in handy and thus, will help you to:

At the end of the day, you can always test what works for you. Add it on your site and check the results whether it is helping you or not.

How to Display Reading Time in Your WordPress Posts

The concept of reading time is very simple.

Let’s assume that an average adult reads 250 words per minute. So, the reading time of a 1500-words article will be the number of words divided by 250, which is 6 minutes.

Of course, you don’t have to calculate the read time of all your articles manually. There are many WordPress plugins available on the web that will do this job efficiently.

The one I can recommend is Reading Time WP.

It is a simple plugin which does its job in a great way. You can display the read time in your posts and pages automatically as well as manually (using shortcodes).

Step 1: Install the plugin

After you log in to your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins -> Add New.

Now search for Reading Time WP in the search box present in the top right corner. Once you find it, install and activate it:

reading-time-wp-wordpress-plugin

Step 2: Setup

Once you activate the plugin, it will automatically add the read time feature on your posts. However, you can certainly turn it on/off from the settings page. Also, you can make other changes as per your wish.

Let me show you how to do it:

reading-time-wp-settings

Go to Settings -> Reading Time WP from the left sidebar panel.

Here, you can change the text that appears before and after the time. You can also change the average reading speed which is set to 300 by default.

You can also decide whether you want to insert the reading time into your content and excerpt. Just check/uncheck the options you like and do not forget to save the changes by clicking on the Update Options button.

Now, let’s check out one of our posts with this feature:

read-time-example

You can also display it manually with the help of the following shortcode:

[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes” postfix_singular=”minute”]

Step 3: Style the Text (Optional)

This plugin adds the read time in plain text, whether you choose to do that automatically or using shortcodes.

So, how can you style it so that it stands out from the rest of the content?

Well, you can do that with the help of CSS.

But before making any changes, do not forget to backup your files.

Once you are done, just go to Appearance -> Customize and then click on Additional CSS. Now add the following code in the text area and click on Publish:

.rt-reading-time {
font: italic bold 16px sans-serif;
color: #009688;
margin-bottom: 15px;
}

read-time-example-final

Cool, isn’t it?

If you are familiar with CSS and want to style it on your own, you may check out this page where Jason, the developer of this plugin, has mentioned all the three classes that you can use.

For Advanced Users

In case you want to display the time to read feature along with other meta information like author name, category, and date, you have to edit your theme files and place the following code:

<?php echo do_shortcode(‘[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”]’); ?>

Note: Before changing anything, do not forget to backup your files. Also, if you are not confident, please contact your theme developer and ask them to help you.

Some Alternative Plugins

There are many alternative plugins that you can use to achieve the same. And hence I decided to list the best 3 alternative plugins in this article.

The good news is all of them offer some extra features along with reading time. So let’s check them out:

Swift Bar

swift-bar-wordpress-plugin

Swift Bar is a clean coded and lightweight plugin that adds a sticky bar at the bottom of your posts. Not only does it display time to read, it also adds social sharing buttons and progress bar.

The following are the features you will find in the swift bar:

  • Category of the current post
  • Title of the current post
  • Author Name
  • Time to Read
  • Social Share buttons along with counters
  • Previous and Next Post links

Isn’t that cool?

Of course, you can turn on/off the ones you don’t like. Just go to the setting page and disable the features which you don’t want.

Worth The Read

worth-the-read-plugin

Worth The Read plugin adds a progress bar that indicates how far the user has reached on the page. You can control the placement of the progress bar from the settings page. You also have the freedom of deciding whether you want to display it on your posts, pages, or homepage.

This plugin also allows you to add read time on your pages. You can enable this feature and decide where on the page you want to show it.

WP Time to Read

WP Time to read plugin

WP Time to Read is a premium plugin and has been developed by MyThemeShop Team. Though I don’t really recommend you to use a premium plugin for this feature, you may use this plugin if you have an extended membership of MyThemeShop or you are planning to purchase the same.

WP Time to Read is just like Worth The Read plugin. You can display the time and add a progress bar to your posts. Also, you can change the color of the progress bar from the settings page.

Note: While there are other plugins available in the WordPress plugin repository, I don’t recommend them because those plugins have not been updated for the last 2 or more years.

Endnote

I hope you enjoyed this article and found it helpful!

So, what are your thoughts on displaying estimated reading time in your articles? Do you think it will help in reducing bounce rate and increase engagement of the users? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section.

Also, if you are aware of any other plugin that does the same, please share it with the ShoutMeLoud community.

And don’t forget to share this article on your favorite social networking sites 🙂

This is a guest post by Sandipan. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our submission guidelines.

Here are a few hand-picked guides for you to read next:

How To Add Estimated Reading Time In Your WordPress Posts is a post from ShoutMeLoud – Shouters Who Inspires