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A Simple (Yet Powerful and Actionable) Way to Re-Motivate Yourself

Have you ever “lost steam” in the process of achieving a goal? Maybe you wanted to lose 10 pounds within two weeks, but after a week of jogging for 30 minutes a day, you realized that you still haven’t lost a single pound. Or maybe you worked so hard to build goodwill with your co-workers, only to ruin all that with one angry outburst at someone’s casual, offhand remark over lunch. Perhaps your “special project” on the side is only 25 percent finished, and it’s already been three weeks since you promised yourself that you’ll get it done within the month. Whatever your case, one thing’s for sure: Feeling de-motivated sucks, especially when you’re in the middle of an endeavor. Somehow, you need to get […]

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Five Ways a Blog Could Help You Reach Your Goals (and One Way It Probably Won’t)

Since you’re reading a blog – Dumb Little Man – there’s a reasonably good chance that you’ve at least considered starting a blog of your own. Maybe you enjoy writing, and you’d like to share your work with the world. Maybe you’ve heard that a blog can be a way to make money – or to promote your existing business. Here are five ways a blog could help you reach your goals in both your personal and professional life. #1: Teaching You New Skills Blogging involves a lot of different skills. Simply getting your blog set up will teach you a lot of techy know-how that could come in handy in all sorts of different areas of life. Writing regular posts isn’t just great for […]

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The Unemployed Are Turning To Online Surveys To Make Money Online

As unemployed people continue to struggle to find jobs, many are turning to online surveys to make ends meet. With unemployment rates still relatively high, many people are turning to other options to try to eke out a living. Being unemployed is certainly a difficult situation because it makes it harder to budget and pay bills without a steady income. However, savvy internet users are finding ways to make money without a job. Giving feedback by taking paid online surveys is one way that unemployed people, as well as people with low or unsatisfactory wages, are making ends meet. But there are a few things that you need to know and look out for before you begin completing surveys online. Companies Pay for Your Opinions    […]

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Starting Your Own Business Can Be Exciting If You Know How To Survive Financially

Entrepreneurship still remains one of the most cherished dreams in America. The ability to widely determine your own hours, pay and fate seems like an attractive prospect. However, this to not typically the reality of most startup businesses at first. This freedom comes with the responsibility of keeping your personal finances afloat long enough to see your business thrive. The ideal scenario is to launch your business from savings in the anticipation that like most startup businesses, it will not immediately be profitable to a large extent. However, circumstances do not always allow years of preparation in pursuit of a goal, and so there are a number of ways draw a level of income from your startup business that is sustainable for both you and […]

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Promote Your Business and Promote Yourself By Using Your Blog for Networking

I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but one of the most powerful vehicles for getting ahead in business or in your career today is through blogging.  Very few technologies have come along in the last 10 or 20 years that combined ease of use, versatility, and visibility in quite the same way as blogging has. Throw in the fact that blogging is dirt cheap and you have a winning combination. As a result, blogging has become a great tool not just for promoting yourself or your business, but also for networking with VIPs, thought-leaders and others. Use Time-Tested Strategies Even though blogging is a relatively new technology, the way you should use it for networking purposes is not new. In fact, it is quite […]

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Struggling To Make Ends Meet? Try These 12 Ways to Make Money Online.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Internet revolution is the array of possibilities available for making money by working online. In these rough economic times, many of us are looking for ways to earn extra income. Whether you’re looking for full time work or just picking up a little on the side, there are tons of opportunities for working online—if you know where to look. Working from home is especially attractive if you’re disabled, raising a family or acting as caregiver for a loved one. While having a physical problem, needing a flexible schedule or just being over 40 can hinder your efforts to get a “real job,” working online just requires hard work, critical thinking and a lot of luck! Here are […]

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4 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Just Like Toddlers

When you have a house of rambunctious kids running all over, it doesn’t leave room for you to get any peace. If you can ask a stay at home mom what her biggest wish was, she would no doubt say having a moment to rest. The fact is, kids are a handful. I’m speaking as one who has gotten three kids ready for countless daycare visits, school drop offs and church. So I know all too well the responsibility. I even got so bold as to take a position as an enrollment director for a start up day care. There I was exposed to an army of toddlers every single day. Sometimes I loved it and other days I feared for my life. Toddlers are […]

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If You Are A Blogger Do You Know How to Maximize Your Guest Post Efforts and Become Well-Known?

Guest blogging has become very popular due to the changes that Google deems to be acceptable when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO.) With many of the older methods now illegal, people have turned to guest blogging as a way to build traffic and backlinks to their website. The way I use guest blogging isn’t for its SEO purpose because when you think like that you begin to write too robotic. You then no longer write for an audience of people. Do it to benefit other bloggers who are in the same niche as you. Your reward for bringing a unique perspective to them is an influx of traffic. But… Guest blogging is difficult. Just not as hard as you think. If you think […]

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4 Shortcuts for Becoming a Business Pro (No Matter How Amateur You Feel Right Now).

I remember back in college when a friend of mine told me that she was joining the “Entrepreneurship Club”. What a wack job, I thought (though probably in more vulgar terms). Only nut bags start their own businesses. Back in 2007, in the prehistoric (and pre iPhone) era, wanting to run your own business sounded like career suicide…especially to 20 year-olds. Way too much work. Not enough profit. Much too much legal risk. And then a funny thing happened. The year that I graduated from college with a degree in “French Language & Literature” (hire me!), THE WORLD ENDED. OK, obviously that’s not 100% true, but the economy did decide to flip me and the rest of my generation the middle finger . It was […]

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7 Incredibly Simple Tips for Inspired and Meaningful Writing

As a writer, you know how hard it can be to get inspired and write something you’re happy with. You’re constantly running into mental blocks, and things keep popping up that break your flow. It’s hard, yes, but it can be made a lot easier with a few tweaks. Ever since I was 7 years old, I’ve loved writing. I started with short stories and worked my way to longer ones. I even won a few t-shirts in children’s writing contests. I thought it was awesome. As I grew up, I realized that perhaps writing isn’t the best way to make a living, so I gave it up during my teen years. Luckily, I picked it back up a few years ago, and I am […]

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