Category Archives: Purpose

The Art of Living Dangerously

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I put together a lens on Squidoo the other day titled The Art of Living Dangerously.  Now, I built this lens for a couple of reasons.  First of all I have a slight fascination with the idea of Dangerous Living, Second, it embodies an idea which I have been striving to live by for quite some time, and finally, it’s a way of living which I think is necesarry for entrepreneurs to have…. especially if they are to  achieve any kind of extraordinary success.  So, for all of my already adventurous and enterprising readers I hope you enjoy the happy reminder of what you are, and for all my readers who are on the fence awaiting “that moment” to which you are to start making some big things happen in your own life, I wish it to be a catalystic experience for you.

Now  if you decide to leave this page before reading it…remember….that our biggest failures in life will be our failure to try, and our biggest risks in life will found in riskless living.  Take a risk today and go and enjoy The Art of Living Dangerously and please don’t hesitate to comment back.

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TGIF….but If not NOW, then When?

Your Life…Your Design  (Image courtesy of dryicons.com

It’s Friday, yahoo!!, the weekend is just around the corner and I am tempted to turn off the laptop, take a nap, go to the pool, and then maybe even prep for a nice night out on the town.  It’s exciting!  So much “FUN” waiting to be had, but, then I realize I have some things that I really want to accomplish.  Activities that I really would like to begin…things I wrote down yesterday and promised myself I would do today.. creations and dreams that are dying to be manifested.  So…what should one do?

I understand the choice will be different for everyone.  Many will choose to “go have fun”…”live it up”….”let their hair down” ….release their Dionysian spirit so to speak.  And this is all good,very tempting, and even healthy(when done in moderation of course…else you end up like Jim Morrison).  And some…more than likely a very select few, will choose to channel that energy into something else.  They will use it to create their dreams, do their  “perpetually procrastinated pet project”, write a book, work on themselves, give back to the world, or become something more than they were yesterday .

What will you do?  Are you going to do the usual, give in to your habits, do what’s easy and more enjoyable, and what everyone else is doing?  Or are you going to put off a little bit of that excess fun to do a little bit more of those activities which you are always complaining about not having enough time for?  And hey, if you choose to go out and play… awesome TGIF!!… please have a brewski for me, but remember this, if you don’t make time for your biggest plans now, then when will you?

Before you decide, process this quote that John C. Maxwell said so well…   “Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.”

Have a Phenomenal Friday!!!

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Go Get Started!!

 

Pretty neat stuff… I just received a nice little article from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation that essentially says how now is the time to be considering your own start up BECAUSE WE ARE IN A RECESSION.(Now that sounds a little crazy…. I know)  But seriously though..It also gives us some researched insight on how most companies that have done so in a recession or bear market were actually more likely to survive long term than those companies which started when the times were good.  Heck!… why am I rephrasing this…just read below  if you are interested and follow their link to get the complete article and then when you are done…Go get started on your business for Pete’s Sake!!  We want you to make more money, increase your assetts, grow your cashflow, define your  own life, and all that other good stuff that comes with calling the shots.  Go Get Started!

More than Half of Fortune 500 Companies Were Founded in
Recession or Bear Market, Kauffman Foundation Study Finds

“A new study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation finds a silver lining in today’s challenging economic times: Recessions can spur entrepreneurship, which leads to the creation of much-needed new jobs.
The study The Economic Future Just Happened found that more than half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list were launched during a recession or bear market, along with nearly half of the firms on the 2008 Inc. list of America’s fastest-growing companies.
The report also suggests a broader economic trend, with job creation from startup companies proving to be less volatile and sensitive to downturns when compared to the overall economy. 
The complete study is posted on www.kauffman.org.”

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New Marketing For New Marketers

SQUIDOO IS PRETTY COO!!!  Well, I have finally started my lens building on squidoo.com(Yippeeee) and thought I would share it here with all of my entrepreneur friends as it is a phenomenal tool for teaching business minded individuals a new way of marketing.  Essentially squidoo is a GPT website created by the ultimate entrepreneur Seth Godin.  What is GPT?  GPT means Get Paid To…with squidoo.com, you will be getting paid to create lens (websites) on subjects and topics of your interest, of course you will only get paid if your lens can attract enough individuals to it, whereby individuals will be diverted to affiliate marketing or built in advertising and eventually purchase something. 

It’s pretty cool because you won’t have to create all of the affiliate memberships nor will you have to do all of the manual linking that one must do if they are striving to do this type of marketing on their personal blogs or websites on their own.  It’s all built in and free. (FREE IS FOR ME)  It’s especiallygreat for newbies because it gives them insight as to what works and doesn’t work in building followers or interested readers, plus it allows them to only focus on the material they are producing instead of all of the technical stuff.  Check it out

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Entrepreneur Heaven

Recently I came across a fantastic website which I believe has some amazing potential for enterprising individuals  and even closet entrepreneurs.  This website is called UNLEASHINGIDEAS.ORG and it appears to be somewhat of a creativity haven and so of course an ideal place for budding entrepreneurs who can come together to learn,grow, network, and gain support from each other for their ideas.  I highly, highly recommend it:     http://unleashingideas.org/

 

Here’s their Vision

For one week, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Dozens of countries are coming together for the first time to host Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.

Today, entrepreneurial individuals appear from all walks of life to exploit business opportunities for both economic and social gains. From November 16 – 22, 2009, Global Entrepreneurship Week will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others will participate in a range of activities – online and face-to-face – to harness the energy of social networking, to connect people taking action in their local and global communities and to celebrate entrepreneurship across the globe.

Overall, the Week will tap into a culture with a passion for networking. It will blend into the fabric of everyday life, engaging young people in school, at home, on the web and at work. Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs will be inspired and emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills, networks and values needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.”

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