Want to Take a Course but skip Going to School?

After obtaining my Masters of Education degree in 1990, I decided that I was pretty much done with the process of driving to a school campus to attend class during my after work hours. At the end of the day, my mind was pretty much mush and the whole episode of dealing with rush hour traffic on a daily basis did not appeal to me at all. Then once you arrived at school, not only did you have to deal with finding a parking place (don’t forget the permit!), you had to make your way to the classroom and get something to eat somewhere along the way. After that, the late evening drive home awaited once class was over.

Fast forward nearly 3 decades later, I find myself very conscientious of how I use my time. No longer do I find myself willing to pursue additional learning in the way to which I was previously accustomed. I just wasn’t willing to spend my evenings penned up with others who were trying to get college credits for whatever reason. I wanted to learn things that I considered fun and grades or a diploma were no longer a concern of mine. The idea of online learning was beginning to seriously appeal to me.

Well this is why I want to tell you about a great online learning website called Udemy.com. It provides access to online learning courses that cover just about every subject under the sun. In the short time that has passed since finding out about Udemy, I have taken courses in SEO for WordPress, Flamenco guitar and music theory. I will soon be starting on courses dealing with selection of ClickBank products as well as personal growth and development. Being able to access these courses without the hassle of driving to a school to attend classes is a gigantic advantage to time strapped individuals such as you and me. No more concerns about going through the process of course registration, getting books and materials, or even wondering if the material will be relevant to your needs. All you need to do is find a course you like, pay the fee to enroll and the online learning aspect allows you to decide when you want to “attend class!”
These online learning courses also allow you to leave a message for the instructor should you have any questions(I have had quite a few!).

So if you are finding yourself wanting to learn something new but actually going to school is not for you, take advantage of the greater control available to you through online learning with Udemy.com!

All the best!

What Are Your Priorities?

I found my self recently thinking about why it is that some things get done and others don’t.  The drift being that while I look at the list of things that I find myself wanting to accomplish, why is it that some things just seemed to get put on the back burner?  To me, everything on the list seemed important but for some reason I found myself postponing my efforts to work towards getting things accomplished.  The light came on for me after watching a great video by legendary blogger John Chow where it sums the cause up in one word, priorities.

The thought wheels in my mind set in motion and I realized just how much truth there is in the message that John Chow is conveying.  I had to think about what my priorities truly were and ask myself whether or not they were being met.  Am I getting enough sleep?  I definitely try to.  When it comes to eating, never skip a beat there!  As far as the non-survival related items are concerned, I do try to keep up with guitar practice, study of foreign languages and preparing my financial future.

So in essence, when it comes down to thinking about those things that you say you don’t have the time or money for; are those things truly important to you in the present moment? Are you saying “I don’t have the time” instead of looking for ways to find the time?  The same question would apply to money.  For those things where you feel that you don’t have the time or money, ask yourself at that point just how much of a priority taking care of those items are to you right then and there.

Take a look at the video below and see how this may apply to you.  All the best and my thanks to John Chow.

 

It’s Not An Excuse. It’s A lack of Priorities

Why believing in yourself is essential for success.

As with any goal in life, the inner feeling that what you are pursuing can be accomplished is vital for the desired outcome.  I’m sure that if one asked themselves “why am I doing this if I truly don’t believe that I can?,”  he or she would probably stop right then and there.

But what of those individuals who persevere and keep trying because they are willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal combined with the belief that they will succeed?  Thomas Edison did create the light bulb overnight and how many times did J.K. Rowling submit her work to publishers before someone finally said yes?  Now of course the goals the goals need to be realistic (I’m sure we would all like to be able to fly!) but how long are you willing to work to get what you want?  Is it days, months or would it be years?  I myself did not graduate from college until I was 28 but in my heart I always knew that it was something I would achieve and took advantage of all the opportunities I was presented with in order to make it happen.

If you are faced with issues dealing with a lack of self-confidence, find a friend or partner who can help you with this.  Sometimes we need coaching from others whom we trust prior to getting to a stage where we can develop our own self confidence.  I myself used to plagued with feelings of negative self-worth, thoughts that I would did not deserve good things as well as doubts in my own personal potential but I was able to get over them.  Oh sure there are some things that pop up every once in awhile but they are fleeting moments at best.

Always give focus to your own personal growth and development.  I have read many books on the topic and some of my favorites are “The Master Key System”, “Think and Grow Rich”, and the “Miracle Morning”.  A common denominator that is found in many of such publications is the use of affirmations.  But here is the catch, you have to get yourself to the point that you believe what you are saying is absolutely and unequivocally true.  Getting to this state does not come overnight but it does come.  Without the true belief in what you are telling yourself, you are just uttering empty words.   Think of Muhammad Ali’s signature phrase “I’m the greatest!”  This is a classic example of affirmations at work.

Now go out there and achieve something spectacular!

 

 

Does the start of your morning determine the success of your day?

I recently read a book that gave me a whole new perspective on how I should be starting out my daily routine.  It seemed that I had found myself in a cycle of getting up, going to work, coming home, letting the evening slide by, going to bed and repeating the cycle the next day. Talk about a real life version of the movie “Groundhog Day”!

Author Hal Elrod (www.halelrod.com) has composed a masterpiece of a solution to this dilemma in his book entitled “The Miracle Morning”.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “early to bed early to rise” etc. etc. but the book points out that there is some truth to this adage. It says that if you get yourself into a disciplined routine of doing tasks that known successful people do, you stand a good chance of becoming successful yourself.  A purpose of the Miracle Morning is to devote the beginning portion of your day towards personal growth and development which as a result could have your enjoying a more fulfilling and rewarding life.  Throughout the book the reader is reminded that we all deserve a fabulous life but that proper actions are needed in order to achieve the desired results.

A key nugget (and a gold nugget at that!) of information that the author provides are activities which he describes as the “SAVERS.”  Each of the letters stands for an activity that will help you get into a proper success-oriented mindset.

– “S” is for silence.  Suggested techniques for engaging in silence and meditation are provided. This is for the purpose of being able to attain clarity and from there a sense of purpose is realized.

– “A” is for affirmations.  Remember boxer Muhammad Ali saying over and over “I’m the greatest!”?  These were affirmations at work and guess what, his record stands for itself. You will be shown how to develop affirmations that will tune your mind into achieving desired goals.

– “V” is for visualization.  Learning how to imagine desired outcomes in your mind and feeling as though you are actually experiencing what it is that you want is key!

– “E” is for exercise.  Part of the Miracle Morning routine involves a regular routine of exercise.  This contributes to not only your physical health, but your mental alertness as well.  A simple walk around the block, ride on the bicycle or a good run can work wonders on revving your energy levels and readiness to fully engage in the activities of the new day.

– “R” is for reading.  In order to develop personally, one needs to be learning new things on a regular basis.  Read books on topics that not only interest you but will also help you on your quest to pursue greatness.   Learning is a lifelong experience that should never stop.

– “S” is for scripting.  The intent of this is to convey the importance of writing (which you can also call scripting).  Recent studies have shown that the physical act of writing something down as opposed to texting something into a digital device such as an iPhone is more effective in enforcing thoughts into the brain. I have my notepad at the ready!

As an aspiring entrepreneur, the information presented in Elrod’s book “The Miracle Morning” is something that you cannot afford to pass up.  If you are struggling to find purpose as well as learning what it takes to get the jump start to propel you forward, this book may be just the key you need to get you on the right path!

Here’s to you “Making It Happen”!

Oh yes…………Thanks Hal!!

 

Not feeling motivated? Take action!

This is the first post that I have written this year.  Up until this point I had found myself at a loss for what to write about.  Was this a case of “writer’s block” or was it just a lack of motivation?  I was finding it difficult to motivate myself to write.

Earlier this month I read “Six Figures in Six Months” by Peter Voogd.  Thank goodness that I did!  In his book the author mentions that it is action that results in motivation being generated.  It’s not just a moment of action but action that takes place on a frequency to where it becomes habitual.  How many of us feel that we must first feel motivated in order to act? Now in the case of a situation involving imminent danger motivation (or paralyzing fear) could come into play.  But the author brings up the point that in order for a person to continuously feel motivated about doing something, the person must push themselves to the point of taking applicable action on a regular basis for the feelings of motivation to come about.

The topic of establishing rituals for the purpose of facilitating that process of goal accomplishment is discussed.  This involves embarking on a course of regular actions that apply to the goal in question.  The purpose of the regular actions are to make the tasks shift from being perceived as a chore to where they become habits.

An example of this which I am currently experiencing is my taking the time to ride a bicycle on a regular basis. After taking the first ride one day, I decided to make a commitment to setting a new time for when I would take the next ride.  Oh sure, I was experiencing mental hurdles that came about from the feeling that both my legs would give out on me but I pushed on. I was very surprised at the realization that if I did not go for a ride as soon as I got home; I would succumb to the temptation of sitting down either in front of the TV or the computer and basically get no exercise for the rest of the day.

At first, there were several occasions where I would not go through with taking the bike ride but I noticed that once I was in a rhythm of taking rides on a regular basis, it became much easier.  I was also more inclined to get on the bike and go and not experience the mental hangups that I was dealing with previously.  Over the course of time, the bike rides have been getting easier physically and I am taking rides over longer distances.

Now you might ask yourself how this information would apply to the aspiring entrepreneur? Well if one decides to “wait for the perfect moment” of inspiration to come, it may never happen.  Voogt states to the effect that one must become clear on what it is that they want to accomplish. Not only does the need to be clear apply to any given day; it also applies to what one wishes to achieve in the upcoming weeks as well as months.

In addition, he recommends that at the beginning of each and every day, a decision (in writing) is made as to what is going to be accomplished.  From there, the individual needs to hold themselves accountable to ensuring that the task for that day ends up being accomplished. The necessity for staying on task and resisting any distractions is emphasized.

So with this in mind, performing things on a regular basis to the point where they become habitual (some studies say 21 days?) will help do away with the perceived drudgery that could ensue.  As a result, the journey taken towards goal accomplishment stands a much greater chance of being a relatively easier one.

My thanks to the author for sharing this concept which has make a positive impression upon me.

 

 

Let a Former President Show You How To Be More Productive

In the last couple of years I have become increasingly more interested in finding ways to become more efficient and productive in my daily activities.  It did not matter whether these activities were work related or personal.

Utilizing time in a more efficient manner gained greater importance when word came down from senior workplace management to learn how to “do more with less.”  This caused the need for a reevaluation of existing processes and procedures.  In order to take on this challenge, it was necessary to consult peers and supervisors (a.k.a. “mastermind”) in order to develop new ways of doing things.

Not only did the need present itself for how to carry out the workplace routine, it also became apparent that the methods employed for getting things taken care of at home would also need to be scrutinized.  It became too easy to succumb to the temptation of becoming a couch-potato once at home and to basically waste away the remaining hours of the evening basically doing nothing.  Before long, it was time to go to bed, wake up and repeat the same non-productive cycle all over again.  It’s Groundhog Day!”

Recently I stumbled across an article dealing with personal productivity that referred something known as the “Eisenhower Box.”  It consists of a basic means of establishing goals with the highest priority and getting them done first.  What was the reference point to use for establishing these priorities?  It’s simple!  One has to be acutely aware of what it is that they wish to get accomplished.  So let me ask you, where do you want to be going?  In which direction do you wish to be headed?

The first level of the Eisenhower Box are those tasks that are categorized as “urgent and important.”  This particular category consists of those tasks that need to be accomplished right away. The next level of tasks is labeled as “important but not urgent,” these tasks are the ones that you will complete later. The tasks that you consider “urgent but not important” are those tasks that you will assign someone else to perform.  Finally, if the decision is made that a task is neither important or urgent, why bother doing it?

Now in the case of where you are saddled with the responsibility of getting a large amount of tasks completed in a relatively limited amount of time; it may be necessary to delegate those tasks classified as urgent and important to individuals who work for you.  Nothing wrong with this modified use of the Eisenhower Box; think of it as leverage.  It also demonstrates an enhanced managerial skill in being able to use available resources to increased capacity.

So once you have decided what it is that you really wish to accomplish, use of the guidelines in the Eisenhower Box can prove invaluable in managing your time in helping achieve your goals.  My thanks to information provided in jamesclear.com and entrepeneur.com for the inspiration provided in writing this post!

 

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Looking for a Purpose to Guide You in your Entrepreneurial Pursuits?

At any time have you found yourself wondering what is the reason for doing what you’re doing while pursuing your quest to become an entrepreneur? Of course money does play a factor in the overall equation but has there ever been a question in your mind as to what you could be doing to guide you in your journey?

Some time back I recall someone telling me that the reason why he is in business is to help people solve their problems. I also heard someone mention a phrase which included the words “trade something of value for value” in the movie “Atlas Shrugged Part Two.” Author Wallace Waddles in his book “The Science of Growing Rich” talks about the need to be offer something of value in order to move forward on the path of attaining riches.

Think about it, doesn’t it make sense that if you have something, whether it be a product or service and someone in the general public has a need for your product or service, that the possibility exists of some sort of profitable deal being arranged? Of course when it comes to friends and family you would be willing to help them without charge but anyone else who might be in need of what it is you have to offer is definitely a potential client for you! Should such situations come up where someone just happens to need whatever it is you have to offer and the thought of broaching the subject makes you feel awkward; try saying something simple such as “If I could show you a way that (could solve whatever their problem is)…, would you be interested?” You never know, the answer just may be “Yes!”

Now granted, if you just sit around waiting for people to approach you with their problems (let’s hope it deals with something you are qualified to assist them with!), it may be a while. But if you venture out into the world to promote your offers (a.k.a. advertising), you will probably get better results.

Something also to consider prior to going out into the proverbial marketplace is knowing what it is that people want or need. No sense promoting candlewicks when your potential clients would just as soon buy a candle that already has the wick included! If you have not done so already, learn what it takes to conduct good niche market research. There are a variety of tools available (free as well as for sale) that can help you with this. Check out videos on YouTube that are a good source of information to help with this.

Best Wishes on the achievement of your goals and here is to a PROSPEROUS & PROFITABLE 2014!!

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Do You Use the Products That You Promote?

Some time back I was reading a book by Tom Hopkins (made his money in real estate) who said “Be a product of the product.”  I believe he was trying to make a point that if you are going to try to get someone to buy something, you should be using the product yourself.  I was involved in an episode where I was trying to sell someone on a certain type of home refinancing and the prospective client asked me point-blank “Is this what you do?”   Well, being as how I had not used that particular type of home refinancing myself, it was a pretty awkward moment.

There was definitely a lesson to be gained from that moment.  Things would have been so much easier if I had been able to say well yes I do and that would have put the client more at ease.   Now I admit, there are cases involving products that I promote that I myself do not actually buy.  I have set up Amazon affiliate websites promoting cameras and laptops that I do not actually own.  But these are products that involves things I am interested in and am confident that if the customer is not satisfied, he or she can follow a simple process to get a refund.

But herein lies another scenario; let’s say that you are promoting a product that you use and for some reason, you decide that you are not satisfied with the products performance?  This happened to me recently with a mobile phone application that started having some problems with how it worked.  Whenever I was playing some of the videos that were available with this application, for some reason they would just pause.  Needless to say it was pretty frustrating and got to the point where I would not want to be getting a call from someone saying “What is it with this thing that you got me to buy?”

So I made the decision to cancel my subscription to this phone application and since then have decided I am okay with that.  It was unfortunate that things worked out this way since I was enjoying use of the app while it appeared to be working properly.  But just knowing that there were some glitches involved made it practically impossible for me to move forward trying to promote this product to others when I myself knew that there may be some “hiccups” along the way.

So my recommendation is that whenever possible, be a “product of the product” when promoting it to others and if it’s not feasible to own the product yourself, make sure that there is an avenue for your customers to follow in case any problems occur after the sale.   The long-term effect on your reputation definitely outweighs the  short-term satisfaction of making a sale.

My thanks to Tom Hopkins for making me aware of this vital concept.

 

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Are You Looking for Greater Balance and Productivity?

With the crazy pace of daily life, it’s no wonder that people are looking for ways to get their lives in order.  It is so easy to get sucked into the routine of get up, eat, go to work, go home, eat and go back to sleep only to start over the next day.  People (especially me) want to be able to do things in such a fashion so that they have clarity, meaning and fulfillment in their lives.  If one is not careful, time will fly by and then it will be time to be “six down and six across” at the local cemetery.

For those of you whose time is at a premium, there may be a solution available to where you could engage in a pursuit of incorporating greater balance and productivity into your life.  Keep in mind that this soon to be released product has yet to reach the pre-launch stage but here is your chance for a preliminary review.  The product that I am referring to is called the “Inspired Living App” and it can be thought of as your own personal life coach that will be available through your mobile phone.  It basically boils down to being a resource that is designed with personal growth and development in mind. In today’s age, personal growth and development is something we can all benefit from.

To find out more about this mobile app and the personal opportunity that can be yours from it, click the link below.

Inspired Living App

I wish you nothing but good stuff!

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How to Know if an Online Opportunity is Right for You

The business world is full of individuals touting their opportunities as “sure-fire” ways of making it big.  For the unwary, such a “sure-fire” way of making big poses a great chance of causing a multitude of problems.  That’s why it is so important to take the time to evaluate such opportunities prior to committing to them with full effort.

Now as form myself, I have had my fair share of experiences with such opportunities and yes, I will say that they did not yield the results that I was hoping for.  But rather than look upon these experiences as failures, I choose to view them as lessons on how not to do things in the future.  With the lessons that are learned and the knowledge gained over the course of time (from talking to lots of people and reading lots of books), I have gained more confidence in how I approach such opportunities and am willing to take full responsibility for my actions.

So what are my recommendations for the path one should follow when pursuing such a venture?  There are several:

a) Does the opportunity involve something that you believe in?  Can you be sincerely passionate about it?  People can sense when you are being fake or not on the level!  Take the time to research (is there a niche?) to see if a demand for your potential service/product exists.

b) Are you willing to take the time to do what it takes and commit to making it work?  Are you able to accept that results probably will not come overnight?

c) Will you let a “failure” stop you dead in your tracks or will you bounce back and keep on swinging?

d) Is the product you are promoting something that you would be willing to talk to a prospective customer about face to face?

e) Is your knowledge level on the product such that you would be able to offer assistance and support to any customer who is having a problem with it?  Are you the type of person who would buy something from yourself? ( I know that sounds strange)  Will you give your customers a feeling that you will be there for them if needed or will you drop off the face of the earth after the sale?

Something else to consider is the relationship that you are experiencing with the company as you are contemplating the establishment of a venture with them.  Do the people you talk to seem genuine or are they coming across like snake-oil salesmen?  Are they giving you honest or canned responses to any questions you have?  Also take a look at the tech-support that is offered.  You don’t want to be in a situation where one of your clients has an issue you can’t solve and no resources are available for you.

Don’t let fears or apprehensions get in the way of making an educated decision.  Be willing to get your feet wet to some extent but also pay attention to your inner feelings (“Use the Force!”).  In my next post, I will start to share my experiences with a company that I am currently evaluating.  I would welcome any comments you would be willing to share on the topic of evaluating online business opportunities.

 

Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”

 

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