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Get After It…Now!

  “People are strange: They are constantly angered by trivial things, but on a major matter like totally wasting their lives, they hardly seem to notice.” – Charles Bukowski Yes, people are strange. You, me, and everyone else – we’re all guilty of wasting our lives. We sweat the small stuff while losing sight of our dreams. If you’re lucky, you’ll realize this before it’s too late and not have to spend those final moments wondering “if only?” I can’t think of anything that fills me with such dread. Me? I’m dreaming of enjoying a passive income from the vista of a tropical beach; in one hand a great book, in the other, strong local rum. I’ll buy a pet monkey and slurp spicy noodles […]

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Make Time For Yourself: 7 Tips For Your Successful Personal Project

You’ve a great idea and a burning desire for a personal project. Therefore, you want to ensure that it gets done, you enjoy doing it and the outcome exceeds your expectations. So what can you do to increase the chances of your project’s success whether it’s writing a novel, redecorating your home, organising a large family celebration or turning that damp old shed into a creative studio? Success factors are those things, that if you pay attention to them, will get you the right results. I’ve completed personal projects such as restoring houses, fixing bicycles, writing books and getting the studio sorted. So I’ve put together my favourite success factors based on this experience. 1. Make the decision to definitely do it. There are pipe […]

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Are You Doing What It Takes To Be Great?

The Universal Truth about Fear: it affects everyone one of us. But when was the last time we stopped to really analyze our fears? Not only to see what they are but also to see what they stop us from becoming. How many opportunities do we miss out on by avoiding things we’re afraid of? The reality is we’ll never know. There could be life-changing jobs, friendships and business connections, just waiting to be taken or formed. And that’s the scary side effect of letting fear control our lives: we never know what we’re truly capable of achieving. We risk years of regret, what-ifs, and should-have-dones by giving fear the keys and letting it decide our ultimate destination. Despite all its uncertainty, fear does make […]

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Have a Life Fit for Pharrell

You went to work today dreading it. And what happened? Did a magical unicorn come and drop a bomb of happy on you? No. Your boss called you in his office, first thing, and asks why you made a decision you made last week. He proceeds to rip you a new one, so before you walk out of his office, you’re left feeling even smaller than you did when you walked in to work this morning. Or maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed (because hey! that happens every other day), went to the fridge and found someone had finished all the milk, so you had to eat dry cereal since you were out of Sprite, too. Thus setting the tone […]

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5 Personality Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have

If it’s just about the money, forget it. Running your own business can be a wild and crazy ride. And if money is your sole motivation, it simply won’t be enough to sustain you when you’re hanging on for dear life. Running your own start-up business, you’ll have to wear many hats. In the early days, you’ll likely find yourself doing literally everything: selling, marketing, invoicing, emailing, planning, meeting, cleaning… and maybe even crying! It’s a tough gig. And the large skill set required precludes many people from leaving the bosom of their 9-5 world. But for those who are about to take the leap of faith, the following five personality traits will help you survive the crazy world of entrepreneurship: 1. Curiosity. Possibly the […]

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6 Steps to Avoiding Envy & Frustration While Building an Online Business

To build an online business you not only have to have the tools, patience, knowledge and resources; you also have to be prepared to deal the overwhelming emotions that come with it. I found that the greatest emotions to conquer are envy and frustration. You go online and there they are, websites that look better and are more creative and innovative than yours! They all seem to have it all figured out. They’re up and running and most of all, they seem to be making money! Sometimes it feels like there’s some sort of secret online business club where they give you all the secrets to success and everyone’s a member but you! And there YOU are, struggling along. You’ve made some progress but you’re […]

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What You Missed in that TED Talk You Watched

I know what you did this week. You spent hours combing through your Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook feeds while also listening to a few TED talks, searching for that one nugget that’s going to change everything for you. But guess what. It won’t. And you wasted your time. Sorry! Think about what you found. Did you find anything new? Did you hear, see or read that one thing that is going to hand you the key to success? You did not. I guarantee it. You have to stop swimming through your feeds, looking for everybody else’s good fortune to see what you can capitalize on. Because what you’re doing? Is nothing. You’re reading and learning and blowing up your brain with info, but not putting one […]

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The Most Important Job Skill Anyone Can Have

We get caught up so much in what we should do, we often neglect the skills that all of us can develop – the ones that actually will improve our lives and get us ahead. I don’t blame anyone – it’s only human nature to do things that feel safe or are quite frankly, easier to do. I’m guilty of this myself. It’s a lot easier to sit behind a computer, remove ourselves from the real world, or blame other people for our situation. Think about all the people who love to complain online. With an anonymous username, one can complain about something without any filters. It feels safe. Let’s look at one area in life where this applies. I see it all the time […]

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Find Your Happiness, Find Your Success

1 in 10 businesses will succeed. One. In. Ten. That’s a huge failure rate when it comes to starting a business. The odds are already stacked against you. If you want to improve your chances of success at anything you do, you have one choice to make that will create a foundation on which all your successes can be built. That choice is happiness. Just ask Jane She started a business just to start a business. She needed to pay the bills, so she opened network marketing site that everyone raved about (that’s how you get people to sign up under you, isn’t it?) because she believed she could make it. Turns out, her heart wasn’t anywhere close to being in it. In fact, there […]

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Five Myth-busting Facts About Starting Your Own Business

There was an interesting statistic recently on inc.com. It suggested that almost two-thirds of people under the age of 30 wanted to start their own business. Many people see business ownership as the best route to financial and career freedom, so it’s no surprise that the number is so high. However, only a small portion of that number will ever succeed in making their dream a reality. Why is that? Well, many people equate starting a business with risk, complexity and potential financial ruin. In other words: it’s too scary. So here are five common myths about starting a new business, and the reality. Myth one: You need to sell your heirlooms and re-mortgage your home just to cover the start-up costs The reality: You […]

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