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Mastering Mountains

This post serves to compliment my last two posts…and well many of the other posts that have been weaved throughout this blog that have been a type of  nudge from me to you  to grow…to change.  I think it’s appropriate for me to post this now because, let’s face it…I ask a lot of you.  I know I throw a lot of ideas and challenges out there to you that aren’t necessarily your everyday habits, and so I definitely understand that they are not easy to consider, let alone do.

So think of this post as your hiking gear to go along with all the “mountains” I’ve pointed out to you.  What I’ll stress first is this idea of not shrugging off ideas, activities, or goals that seem too hard to initiate, or from retreating from your challenge, your “mountain”, all because it looks too high or seems too difficult.  For instance, a couple of posts ago…I suggested being positive all the time as a way to live better, be happier, and to live a healthier life.  Of course I know it would be tough to automatically be “that” supercharged positive person starting tomorrow.  So if you decide to do it…will you be that person tomorrow?  No, but you’ll be closer.  Should you still try?  Yes!  Another example I suggested was journaling everyday, morning and night as a good practice to learn more, learn quicker, and to grow and become more at an exponential rate.  Do I think you will be writing five pages and have a completely revolutionized life by tomorrow?   No, not necessarily.  Do I think it’s a great idea and that you should strive for it?  Absolutely…no doubt!

I guess there are two things to really keep in mind when considering not just my recommendations, but anyone’s, or in starting anything new for that matter.  The first thing is….to start, and the second is…. to take small steps.

If you actually give your toughest challenges a try and pay attention…you will see, oddly, that there really is some type of magical power behind just starting.  What happens is….a momentum is created and shortly thereafter with enough persistence… the positive results begin to show up.  It’s Crazy!  Perhaps this is what Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe meant when he said:  “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it…boldness has genius power and magic in it”.

And then of course, there is the second thought to keep in mind when you are about to make some changes….and that is….take small steps, even baby steps if you have to.  The idea is to just start moving in a determined fashion towards your end point.  It always seems to work for the tortoise; it’s been working for the people who have achieved greatly…why couldn’t it work for you?  I’ll bet this is exactly what Confucius had in mind when he made his famous quote:  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 

So..as much as I like to challenge you I am sure life likes to do it a whole lot more.  If you remember these two points I’ll bet your chances of surmounting those challenges, of mastering your mountains…. will go way up!  Give it a try…..Good luck!

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Wages Vs. Profits

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A mentor of mine, Jim Rohnwho I’ve been following for a couple of years now, uttered a phrase that caught my attention, more so than usual while studying  him recently.   He had such a strong and significant impact on me  on the day that I heard him say “profits are better than wages. Wages will make you a living, profits can make you a fortune.”

I found the phrase sage like.  I remember repeating what he said to myself  and then thinking about how truly difficult  it most likely is to get rich on just wages alone, and how readily profits can be made if we focus our efforts on accumulating them.  It was a pretty outstanding moment of clarity for me, and I still get the goose bumps whenever I think about it!

Following that phrase,   Jim Rohn went on to make a point about how profits  can actually change your whole attitude, even if you start part-time.  I really warmed up to his suggestion, and perhaps you will too, because he states that it doesn’t matter if it’s part-time on your entrepreneurial business,  your network marketing company, or your service business.

To Jim it didn’t matter.  To him it could be a real estate business, a tutoring business as a teacher, a website design business, a landscaping business in the summer, a consulting practice, woodworking, or a hobby,  heck, he even goes so far as to mention a business of hanging Christmas lights in the winter.

The magic he says, comes from the moment you start investing effort part-time into your own business, because it is then, that you will find how much more exciting it is to get up in the morning, look in the mirror, and go to work on your fortune, even if it is only a small portion of your schedule,… something like 10 – 15 hours per week.

How empowering  would it be, to be able to go to work on your fortune every single day rather than going to work to just pay the rent or the bills?    So you don’t get me or Jim wrong I will quote you some words directly from him when he says ” Now – it is noble to go to work to pay the rent, but if you could also parcel out part of your time – go to work to make your fortune.  Your whole attitude changes; your spirit changes. It is in your voice.  It is in your face.  It is in your gestures.  And then you can say, “I am now working full-time on my job and part-time on my fortune because I found a way to make profits.”

Wow….how amazing is that?  Slightly magical isn’t it?!!  What do you think on the idea of Wages Vs. Profits?  Have you taken any steps to learn how you can make profits vs. wages?  Are you teaching your kids these kinds of concepts?  If not, why not?

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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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What if?

What if…..you decided to do something different, make some changes, and take some action?

For example, what if ……you decided to create a website that had a sole aim of collecting one penny from every person in China and India, and then decided to direct those funds to a charity?  With these two countries having a population of roughly 2.6 billion people combined, you would be able to amass $26,000,000 to ultimately do some good.  What if you went bigger and attempted to get one penny from every person in the world?  With a world population of  roughly 6, 700, 000,000  people / 100 =  you would have $67,000,000.  Now that would be a nice chunck of change to do some serious good in the world.

What if….you decided to better yourself by one percent each day.  Focusing on ways to be more effective at work, ways to be more creative, socialable, friendly, caring, giving, or just more human.  With a 1% change a day, you would be 31 – 33 % better after a month.  Imagine the amount of change you would experience in all these areas of your life after just a few years of compounded personal growth.

What if ….you decided to read one more additional book per month.  You would have read an extra 12 books per year,  48 in four years, 96 in 8 years,  192 in 16 years, and whopping 384 extra books in 32 years.   You would be a freaking sage.  Your friends and family, and even me,  would be compelled to start calling you professor.

What if…. you decided today to meet one new person per week and befriend them?  After one year you would have 52 new friends, after 10 years you would have 520 friends, after 20 years you would have 1040 friends.  Imagine the amount of possiblities that lie within reach of knowing so many people who trust you.  Imagine the influence you would have with such a group of friends.

What if…… you decided to take some extra risks and push through those inevitable walls set up to test our dreams and deter us from being the passionate revolutionaries we truly are?  Imagine you got through those barriers and received everything you’ve always wanted….

What if you took action? What if you don’t?

What if?

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YouPublish…Info for the Infopreneur

I watched a video of  Mark Victor Hansen Author of the Chicken Soup for The Soul Series yesterday and learned some pretty insightful info from him on the business of books.  Mark is a very animated fellow and spoke rather quickly and enthusiastically and so so hopefully I can convey some of his enthusiasm about book business.  Essentially, I’d like to relay some of his most poignant ideas about the business.  One of Mark’s primary ideas was that we all have a book inside us, a uniqueness unlike the world has ever seen…a masterpiece waiting to be produced, and of course I really agreed with this idea since the Educated Entrepreneur feels we all have an entrepreneur inside of us just waiting to be let out.   Another idea which Mark spoke of, was his belief , which again is very similar to mine, that there is much power in the written word and that the medium has much potential to create dynamic and significant changes to not only a person on all levels, be it…economic, social, personal, spiritual, but also potential to change the world.  

The most fascinating topic which Mark spoke about, was on the details of the book business.  He actually painted a very convincing picture of how writing a book can be one of the best ways to starting a business.  He propounds becoming influentiall with your ideas, works, and expertise by creating an influential book business empire, and then if you choose, you can splinter off  with success as your base in any direction you wish.  You can move into public speaking, training, coaching, managing, television, movies, you name it…  He even created a term for this type of person, he calls them infopreneurs.  So, I highly recommend you look into the guy and read one of his chicken soup books or check him out on his website or look him up on wikipedia.  He has a lot to teach if you are willing to learn.  Also if you are really curious about the possibility of becoming an infoprenuer,  be sure to check out his free self publishing website called youpublish.com.

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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?

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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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Think and Grow Rich

I have recently decided to revisit the pages of Napolean Hill’s classic book  Think and Grow Rich.  I am just about half way through the book and I am loving every page of it.

This morning I opened up the book to read, and before I came to the chapter which I left off at yesterday, I decided to quickly scan all the pages I’ve read and to pay really close attention to all those sections which I had already highlighted and found important. Doing this small scan made me think how amazing this book is and how riddled it is with gems of truth and success increasing principles.  Literally.. almost every other page had some form of coloring from my highlighter and pen markings.  So out of the inspiration of my early morning scan I thought I would post some of the ideas that I’ve highlighted to share some of the subtle and not so subtle principles with individuals who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading this fantastic book. (please ignore the informality…i hope you enjoy)

Think and Grow Rich

“Seek expert counsel before giving up.”

“The better part of all I have made were made after people had said NO”

“keep on keeping on no matter how hard the going may be”

“The person who stops studying merely because they have finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what their calling.  The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”

“learn the art of converting defeat into the stepping stones of opportunity

“Riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work.”

“Acquire a state of mind that will acquire riches.”

“Success comes to those who become success conscious.”

“Stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time is required.”

“Desire: knowing what one wants.”

“I will burn all bridges behind me, and stake my entire future on my ability to get what I want.”

“we win or we perish!”

“Cut all sources of retreat.”

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.”

“The turning poing in the lives of those who succeed usually comes at the moment of some crisis, through which they are introduced to their “other selves”.”

“Recognize no such word as impossible, and accepts no such reality as failure.”

“To get satisfactory results you must follow all instructions in a spirit of faith.”

“Specialize knowledge, plus imagination.”

“Proper planning may circumvent lowly beginnings.”

Well, I’ll stop now before I quote the whole book.  Hopefully you find some value in a few of these words.  If you did and now you are thinking about thinking and growing rich, don’t miss my blog on the easiest ways to wealth.

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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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