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What’s New for the New Year?

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I have to tell you… this is not going to be the usual blog….but hey… they can’t all be the same right.. what fun would that be? So in the spirit of the New Year I am going to do something new…Essentially I am going to blog about some of the “Newness” that I’ve acquired since 1/1/2010.

So for starters… I actually took some time off this year from my time off…and I mean serious time… to review the previous year. I earnestly pondered for just about two whole days all the happenings, the actions I did or didn’t take, their respective outcomes, and the many feelings I felt and how they changed as the year progressed.  It was a truly fantastic experience for me and I believe it is a practice that I will now be continuing to do from this year forward. I highly recommend it!

In addition I recently organized a local event for educating people on financial intelligence and for having a bit of fun while learning to increse their F.IQ. It’s called Financial Wisdom Wednesday’s, and it’s an event that I’ve put together to have others come and experience the Financial Philosophy of Robert Kiyosaki by playing his much acclaimed board game Cash Flow. If you haven’t read his book Rich Dad/Poor Dad yet, I sincerely hope you’ll put it on your list of books to read for this year…it’s a really good one.

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Furthermore…my website has been updated. There were some minor changes to the look and feel of the website. Some of the major changes are the additions of twitter and other various social networking buttons that will make it easier for viewers to keep up with what else is going on in the fast lane of the educated entrepreneur ;). Also a new and dramatic change is that the self development and accountability services have been shelved, however they might reappear in the future when resources permit a more advanced and higher quality service for my clients and customers. And then, there is the overhaul of the Get Educated page (http://www.theeducatedentrepreneur.com/GetEducated.html) which I feel has been adapted to be much more aligned with the essence of the primary revenue producing activities of the Educated Entrepreneur, and of course, it could still use some polishing…so please, please… give me your feedback if you have any, it is always welcomed.

And last but not least….I have some new powerful quotes I came across that I really, really like and well…I just have to share.  They are success/disciplined oriented and I think if one truly considers them and even goes so far as to apply them, they will experience some positive benefits. Here they are……

“In everything you do, be self observation, reading, or observing others, the intensity of your efforts will have a profound effect on the amount of knowledge you gain” – Jim Rohn

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want MOST for what we want at the MOMENT.” – Jim Burke

“Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions…Strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts” – Og Mandino

Wishing you much prospertiy, peace, and of course…much NEW in the New Year!

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The Terror Barrier

I went to an event last week where I had the pleasure of seeing Bob Proctor, a 75 yr old millionaire and world renowned entrepreneur who carries himself like a youthful 25yr old.

It was a pretty phenomenal experience and EXTREMELY valuable, and I stress extremely because I personally walked away with powerful ideas and insights from an event which usually costs anywhere from $500 – $1,000 all for free!!!

One of the main ideas that I walked away with and really want to share with you, was this idea of the “Terror Barrier”.  An imaginary barrier that many have but probably won’t experience until they try to achieve something great.  If you are one of those who have ever been on the hunt of bigger and better things you probably have very intimate knowledge of what I am talking about.  So, this barrier usually appears when we are just about to make some critical gains in our endeavoring that would definitely set us apart from the also-rans, but….we stop short.  And of course this happens because of an internal block or fear we have, or because of a rule or paradigm which is programmed deep within us.  The barrier manifests itself in self-sabotage, excuse making, circular arguments or rationalizing with ourselves as to why we aren’t doing or can’t do the activities absolutely necessary for our break through towards our success.

So, what’s the solution?  Well, it’s a change in your mental paradigm so you can ultimately change your behaviors.  How do you change your paradigm?  Change your thinking!  How do you change your thinking?  First……START THINKING, (and it’s important you don’t mistake mental activity for thinking), then decide to change what you put into your mind.  Learn, Grow, Challenge yourself and in so doing be selective and very vigilant with what you read, watch, listen to, and then of course with what you think.  It’s as simple as that.

[Disclaimer – This post is written soley for those interested in doing extraordinary things.  If this is not you, please disregard NOW.  This post will self-destruct in 25 seconds……no not really, 🙂  I hope you are smiling!]

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6 Activities To Activate You

So I was journaling this morning and had a small reminiscing moment.  I am not too sure what triggered the flash of old memories but I noticed it took me back to a place that was roughly about three to four years ago.  What I saw was some pretty interesting stuff.  I was simply astonished by my realization of how much has actually changed in such a short period of time and I am not talking about the external world.  What really stood out from my memories was how dramatically my outlook has been altered and even more so, my approach to life!  And I think it would be safe to say that it has been at least a 180 degree shift and all for the better, which I am sure some of my closest friends might agree with. …. Hopefully 🙂

So, since I had this amazing flash back and since I feel all these changes I’ve made in the past couple of years have been blessings, I thought I might share some of the activities that I think I owe it all to.  So…here they are:

1.)  I started reading 2 – 3 books per month

2.) I started journaling

3.) I started meditating

4.) I started running.

5.) I started waking up early to do a Power Hour (1 hour just for me)

6.) I started doing incantations

Well, I sincerely hope the 6 activities that have activated me most will activate you.  Give them a try!  What do you have to lose…besides your old self?…..

To YOUR GREATNESS!

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Entrepreneurs Beware – Failure is Subtle

Failure is a sneaky thing.  It usually shows up in our lives when least expected and interestingly it is usually determined from the choices or acts we made long before the moment it is realized.

For instance.  Consequences have a very canny way of not seeming to be a big deal at the moment, even after a couple of days or months.  We can eat  our twinkie or drink our daily beer and think to ourselves “hey, it’s been a month and  I am still looking good, who said this stuff wasn’t good for you”  and so proceed to make the same choices.  And for a couple of months you are probably right, no big changes..no big deal.    And you still look good, well…somewhat, and you haven’t had a heart attack yet.  All is well right?   But..no, it’s down the road where that unwanted failure figure is lurking.  It will show up…and in this case it eventually does as a nice double chin, or that cute spare tire you’ve developed, or in extreme but still very possible cases…..death.

Another example of how failure is subtle can be seen by the employee who happens to take an innocent 10 extra minutes at lunch for personal time.  Thinking to him/herself that it will all be okay since it’s “only” 10 minutes and that their boss will never notice.  But what happens is a year goes by, and those 10 minutes (assuming the avg.  50 week work year) turn into a whopping 2,500 minutes of slack time.  In other words, you just took 41.6 hours of illegitimate paid time off.   Which may be good for you depending upon who you are or what you want.  But the failure comes in the lost opportunity, the lost options.  Now that you just took a whole week off, your competitive coworkers who might not have been as much of an opportunist as you  are now being considered for the promotion you wanted and it’s probably mostly because they are at least one whole week ahead of you!

The same could be said for the entrepreneur.  In this instance you could be a whole week behind in the preparation of an important presentation which was to get you the start up capital that you needed to move your business idea forward.  So, instead of practicing a few simple disciplines a day, and deciding not to sweep away those few “innocent” pleasures,  you lose out to the more prepared entrepreneur who actually does the sweeping that matters and sweeps the investors of their feet.

You see failure is a subtle and scary creature if you are not careful.  No need to fret however…. I am pretty sure that if you practice a few simple disciplines everyday you can still turn everything around.

Stay vigilant my friends.

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Billionaire Mentor Next Door

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It’s pretty rare to get an Olympic Gold Medal, wouldn’t you say? Only 1,210 Americans have received one. It’s unusual to climb Mt. Everest, too: Just 2,300 people have done that. But there’s an even rarer category: The number of billionaires. No more than 1,125 people in the world can claim that distinction.

My friend, Bill Bartmann, did just that. Now keep in mind that this group of 1,125 people includes people who had major help along the way: Many were born with it, inherited it, or had every advantage while growing up.

In the history of billionaires, Bill Bartmann stands alone. He’s the ONLY former homeless person and gang member ever to have made a billion dollars. That’s right, Bill went from eating out of dumpsters and living under a bridge viaduct, to having after-tax, take-home pay in a single year of more than $100 million and being listed as the 25th richest person in America.

Here’s where it gets extremely interesting: Bill is willing to coach individuals…and that includes YOU on how to succeed in business.

Seriously, what can you learn from someone whose daddy died and left him a billion? (The answer is…probably not much) But it’s totally different with Bill Bartmann: He worked in a slaughterhouse. He was an alcoholic at age 17. And at one point Bill was paralyzed from the waist down. Yet Bill discovered a DIFFERENT way of thinking and acting that enabled him to overcome all of that, and become a self-made billionaire.

After scaling the highest peaks in the business world and getting his fill of toys like $25 million aircraft, what’s Bill up to now? Well, seemingly…he has one current passion: Showing others his special techniques for overcoming any challenge and being as successful as they want to be. An aspiration truly respected and applauded by the Educated Entrepreneur.

Do you think Bill might know a few things YOU could use to overcome your own challenges? What if you could get his thoughts on dozens of business topics?

Well…it appears you can. Bill has launched a one-of-a-kind online service, called his “Billionaire Business System”. From the looks of it…this is not some one-size-fits-all deal. (thank goodness) Instead, Bill has built a mentoring tool that provides you with laser-targeted advice on many individual topics.

If you are already running a business but not sure what’s the best way to secure financing for your next stage of growth or if you are not even sure if business is right for you? Bill will help. He has various video sessions on these specific subjects alone.

In fact, the Billionaire Business System currently has almost two dozen topics, and is constantly growing.

I strongly recommend that you take a look at Bill’s system and see for yourself how it can remove whatever roadblocks are in your way to greater business success. You can find it by going to: BILL BARTMANN ENTERPRISES

Name me anywhere else on the planet that you can get specific, useful, and comprehensive business-building advice from a self-made billionaire? That’s OK, I can’t think of any, either.

The sooner you have somebody like Bill Bartmann in your corner, advising you on business success, the sooner you can sit back and bask in your own dreams coming true. Right?!

Well, hopefully you can get inspired by this guy. He truly has “been there done that”…and the chances are really good that whatever challenges you have, Bill’s been there, and found a way to overcome them. Seriously consider giving Bill a chance to show you how to side step many mistakes on your path to the top and visit His Website. He may just be the Billionaire mentor we all need.

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The Answer

Here’s a book that is getting great reviews.   It’s called the The Answer.  This book will be a great jumpstart to many individuals considering the enterprising life of an entrepreneur and will be a serious positive addition to the current entrepreneur mindset.  Entrepreneurs!!!   This is a must read.

I have a feeling The Answer is going to be a definite breaktrhough book for business development for the 21st Century.  Go buy it or check it out at your local library

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Jobs Become Obsolete Talent Doesn’t

Yesterday I sat in on a wonderful conference call.  We covered a few in-depth and inspirational insights towards increasing our skill levels to a point where becoming obsolete as an employee is diminished.  The speaker was Boyd Matheson who is a peak performance coach, so the topics he covered included confidence, goal setting, effectiveness, and habits.

I believe in the “Givers Gain” Philosophy, so I thought I might share a couple of key points that could possibly help anyone out who is looking to create more security for themselves by developing and optimizing their personal skills and talents.

Here is a brief summary:

1.) Be Sure to live with confidence: To do this we must first know what confidence is, (It’s never arrogance, It’s having respect for challenges, It’s having a vision for the future, It’s an emotional and spiritual certainty.) Then know where we are at.  Assessing honestly our current situation (understand what behaviors are keeping us from success).  When these aspects are understood it is easier to live confidently and go confidently in the direction of our dreams.

2.) Be sure to loathe mediocrity: We must understand what mediocrity is and what greatness/excellence is.  Juxtapose the two ideas and then do the same for comparing the lives of people who have lived in either category in the past, then, assess their outcomes.  Finally, assess how you want to live and figure out if living in mediocrity will grant it.

3.) Be sure to know your E.V.E Ratio: The E.V.E ratios is a tool that was provided for achieving a better grasp on our current direction as individuals related to growth.  A high E.V.E Ratio indicates mediocrity and a low E.V.E Ratio indicates a momentum in a direction of excellence.  The Ratio is calculated using  hours spent on Entertainment compared to hours spent on Education/Edification. (Entertainment Vs. Education).  A ratio can be created using money spent for each area of focus as well.  A key point to be made here by Boyd was that, generally, when we spend more time entertaining ourselves, the less chance we have of going out and doing something that will positively impact our lives.

4.) Be sure to focus on a strategy: Emphasis was on the thought that focus precedes success always.  So it is essential that we are always focusing on strategy.  Some questions that we can constantly ask ourselves to maintain this focus on strategy are;  What did I do right today or in this situation?  What did I do wrong today or in this situation?  How can I do better next time?  and to be sure to plan your week the week before, and to plan your day the day before.

5.) Be sure to take action: It’s important to understand that nothing happens unless we take action, and the biggest principle to remember regarding action was that Elephants don’t bite, but Fleas do.  In essense, failure is subtle.  Thus, keep a focus on the details, because when all is said and done, the winner is usually only a winner by a tenth of a second or a nose.   We must be determined to do the little things exceptionally well and understand that they will make the biggest difference.

Hopefully some of these snippets of knowledge will provide a clearer idea on how you can ensure for yourself a future free of becoming obsolete.  Don’t be the Atari of tomorrow!

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Are You A Failure!??!

In Robin Sharma’s marvelous book, The Greatness Guide, he states to his reader’s surprise “Show me someone who is satisfied, and I’ll show you a failure”. It’s a tough quote, yet I think is packed with much wisdom and insight, and if it were up to me it probably would have been stressed a bit more frequently throughout the book. Here’s why. We NEED this type of tough love as a society! A large portion of the general public is complacent, comfortable, safe, and satisfied in their day to day activities and in their general awareness of life. How do I know?….. Nations, Countries , and Governments are Satisfied with the status quo…which = Poverty. Many people are Satisfied in always carrying with them a somber and agitated mood or attitude and expressing a state of unhappiness or bitterness towards others and the world in general…which = Grumpy/Negative People. A great majority of people are Satisfied in their choices on how to react to confrontations and thus do so in hurtful and unconscious ways…which = Anger, Hate, & Violence. Many people are Satisfied going from job to job slaving for this company or that company and never taking any time to plan their best lives out, or never taking any initiative to make the best of their employment situation, or worse….deciding to never take any risks…which = Lives Lived in a Quiet Desperation & Lives Half Lived.

Many of us live day by day without taking any risks, without looking for better circumstances, or without thinking for more than a few seconds on how we can find solutions for bettering our lives. Once our thinking get’s to the seemingly uncomfortable zone of choice, we experience our own loud inner voice saying “Wait it might be hard!” or “It’s going to be difficult”, or “What will others think?” or “Will I be laughed at?”, or “Will I fail” or even worse “That’s not my job”, and consequently we decide to remain in our safe harbor of comfort, safety, complacency, and satisfaction. How many of us are guilty of this?

How many of us have decided to work for a big company, intentionally functioning as an anonymous drone, staying way back to avoid risk and criticism?  How many of us have decided to not apologize and take responsibility for our actions because of our EGO?
I don’t wish you to be a failure as a person or a failure in life.  There is so much potential in all of us. Remember this….the people who would avoid a riskless career or a riskless life, are those that never get on in the world…..they are those that never end up as leaders, never end up fulfilling their true potential, never getting out of their parent’s house, never getting to travel the world, never being able to help change a person’s life, never being able to make an impact, never getting to meet their soul mate, and never having the chance to experience deeply and truly all the beauties inherent in this world and in this life.
So…get unsatisfied! Get unsafe. GO TAKE SOME RISKS
….Going it safe is one of the most riskiest things you can do.  Safe is risky, being Satisfied…….even more so.

SOME GREAT QUOTES

Live dangerously and you live right. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! – Friedrich Nietzsche

The lesson of the cow is worth repeating: Safe is Risky.   – Seth Godin

Run towards your fears…face fear fast. – Robin Sharma

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Be the Barry Sanders of Your Industry

Barry Sanders is probably one of the greatest football players of all times.  This hall of fame football player had almost super human abilities.  Check this out…He was such an indomitable force for his team that when he stopped playing, the Detroit Lions lost nearly all their fans…jk   Although the latter statement isn’t true, some people probably wouldn’t have a hard time considering it as a possibility because this guy was in fact so great.  So in honor of excellence and of Barry Sanders…  I welcome you to watch this video and observe the sweet eloquence of his greatness in action.  WATCH THIS VIDEO

Imagine if you were to perform your job or live your life like Barry Sanders played football.  Do you think your life would be different?  Really, how would your circumstances be?  What would your life look like?

Would you make more money?  Would you feel better about yourself?  Would you be retired like Barry? 

 

What would happen if we emulated Barry Sanders?  I challenge you to be like Barry starting this Monday, and continue to do so for the whole week,  and perform at such a level, that your peers, spouses, mate, and management will notice how remarkable you are, both while you are doing it and after.  Commit to Greatness.  Be the Barry Sanders of Your Profession.

 

 


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7 Steps to Business Elevation

Starting new businesses can be a roller coaster ride.  The essence of  enterprising actually consists of many ups and downs, whereby it seems that the downs outway the ups   ….in  many cases, when we look at business building, it may also seem like it only consists of downs.   It truly can be a crazy ride, a hellish ride even..if you let it…especially if one hasn’t done their homework.  

I came across a really good step by step process recently that I thought was good sage advice to which can undoubtedly increase any enterprising entrepreneur’s chances of having a successful business venture.  Maybe even one where the proverbial roller coaster ride only goes up.

Enjoy!!

Seven Formulas For Business Success By:

 Brian Tracy

Visualize Your Goals

There are seven formulas for business success. Number one, set a specific goal and visualize it as a reality. Play the picture of your goal as already realized on the screen of your mind over and over again. Number two, look for a problem you can solve with a product or service that is high quality and good value. All successful businesses are based on products or services that are high quality and good value. Number three, start small and learn your business thoroughly. Be patient. Invest time rather than a lot of mo ney.

Bootstrap Your Way To Success

One of the best ways to build a business is to start off on a bootstrap. This means that you start off with very little money and you grow your business with the money that you ear n in the business, rather than outside financing, borr owing, loans from friends and so on.  Test, Test, Test Number four, test every major move before you invest in it.

Test, test, test.

Don’t plunge into a business. Move ahead carefully, one step at a time. Number five, expand on the basis of your successes, out of your profits, as you move along. In other words, only expand your business on mo ney that you’ve earned in the business, not on borrowed capital. 

Pick Your People Carefully

Number six, carefully select the people to help you expand and grow. The biggest mistakes you’ll ever make will be in picking the wrong people to work with, so be very, very careful in picking the people you’re going to work with in your business.  Use Financial Leverage and number seven, use financial leverage. Financial leverage is business borrowing, lines of credit from the bank, which are based on the cash flow from your successful business. The whole aim of starting a business is to develop a consistent, predictable source of cash flow in excess of cost and expenses and then to hold to the money.  Banks will lend you all the money that you can service as debt with your cash flow.

Start Off Part Time

One final thing that you can do, and I’ve recommended that many people do this over the years, is if you’re starting off with no money, go to work part-time for a business in a field that interests you. It’s a great form of on-the-job training. Work evenings or work week ends. Or work on your holidays if you like. Sometimes a business that looks big from the outside will look terrible once you start working for it. But sometimes when you start working for a business, you start to get a great understanding of how it works and you get insights on how you can improve it.

Learn What You Need To Learn

Remember this, though, most businesses fail because of manager incompetence. So take the time to learn what you need to know to succeed. Be patient. The time you invest before you start will pay off over and over again in the months and years ahead.

Action Ex ercises

Here are two things you can do immediately to implement these formulas for business success: First, be prepared. The number one reason that people succeed in starting their own businesses is that they have the knowledge and experience, in advance that they need to succeed. Do your homework. Second, start small. Some people think that they can be successful faster by putting all their money up front at the very beginning. The opposite is true. Start small and grow out of your cash flow from successful operations.

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