Why Pursue Entrepreneurship?

So, why should anyone engage in the pursuit of becoming an entrepreneur?  Why would someone be willing to put it on the line instead of accepting the security of a regular job?  Now don’t get me wrong, if you are content with the regular routine of going to a job and getting a paycheck as a result, that’s great!  But what if you aren’t content with that type of arrangement, what are the options?

As with anything, there are the “pluses” and the “minuses.”  If you are working for yourself, you don’t have the constraints of having an employer.  This in turn leads on to other things such as determining your own work hours, developing your own work environment as well as having a bigger hand in how your run your affairs.  You also end up having more of a commodity that cannot be replaced – time.

Having this extra freedom can also coincide with the risks of not having a regular income that could lead to other difficulties (like meeting any financial obligations that you may have).  But with the risks come the potential rewards.  If you try something, you won’t have the nagging feeling of “what if I…..” that could ensue.  You would have the satisfaction of knowing that you at least made the attempt.  With this satisfaction, you stand the chance of feeling that you have been living a more fulfilling life.  What you end up doing could make a difference in the lives of a great number of people.

Either way, you decide!

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Problems – Obstacles or Opportunities?

Earlier this year, I watched a movie titled “The Ultimate Gift.” It told the story of a privileged (as in “silver spoon”) young man whose billionaire grandfather had recently passed away. As part of the process of having the will disclosed to the surviving family members, he is presented with a video produced by the grandfather outlining a series of “gifts” that he will be presented with in order for a chance to obtain his portion of the inheritance.

Now the potential beneficiary (Jason) is thinking of the gifts in the traditional sense but by the end of the movies comes to realize that the gifts are indeed beliefs that can be attained which will result in transformation to becoming a better person.

At the conclusion of the movie in which Jason becomes the recipient of a sizable amount of wealth, the following gifts are mentioned:

– The gift of Work
– The gift of Money
– The gift of Love
– The gift of Friends
– The gift of Problems
– The gift of a New Day
– The gift of Laughter
– The gift of Gratitude

Out of this list of gifts the one that really stood out in my mind was the one pertaining to problems. The grandfather (played by James Garner) states to the effect that a problem can be viewed as an opportunity to exercise the mind and come up with a solution. As a result, man’s abilities to think and reason would be improved. This to me sounds like a much healthier approach rather than saying “Oh whatever shall I do!” It reminded me of being in high school math classes pondering over how to find the solution that was presented to the class by the teacher.

What a great outlook to have on this subject! Thinking of problems as an opportunity to be embraced with the intent of coming out better as a result. The hope and optimism that you can convey to those facing the problem with you can be contagious and as a result new and greater energy is brought to focus when it comes to attaining the solution.

So as entrepreneurs, we should not only see problems we encounter as gifts, we should also expect for them to come our way.  That way, when a problem arrives, we should hopefully be in a better frame of mind to not only deal with but to benefit from them as well!

Diana Nyad Raises The Bar on Goal Setting

Okay, if this story doesn’t beat all, I don’t know what does.  On September 2nd 2013, 64 year old Diana Nyad became the first person to successfully swim the Florida strait stretching 110 miles from Cuba to Key West.  It was her fifth attempt at completing the feat which took 53 hours to complete.

More astonishingly, she has tried on various occasions for the last 35 years to do this!  On top of that, she made the journey without the aid of flippers or the protection of a shark cage.  I must say, she sure looked worn out as she walked ashore in the United States.

After hearing of this extraordinary tale, I thought to myself “no more excuses.” I find myself thinking over and over, “64 years old and 35 years in the making.”  What an inspiration for mankind this woman is!  Preaching the mantra of “find a way,”  Diana Nyad serves as a standard to follow when it comes to pursuing whatever it is in life that one would hope to achieve.  “Find a way,” now those are powerful words and I hear them reverberating in my mind each and every day.

Diana Nyad’s achievement gives us all reason to think about what it is that we truly want and “find a way” to attain it.  I will say it again, 64 years old and a story 35 years in the making!  It just goes to show that it is never too late to pursue your life ambitions.  Thank you Diana for giving us all an example to follow whenever we get presented with so called obstacles as well as a source of inner strength so that each of us may “find a way.”  Our lives are all the much better as a result of your truly amazing accomplishment.

Flying lessons, here I come!

 

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Ending Limiting Beliefs

Throughout the course of anyone’s life, they are likely to encounter thoughts that end up preventing them from achieving a goal that they have.  These thoughts are known as limiting beliefs.  Now why would anyone want to have limiting beliefs?  The answer is probably no one.  So with that being the case, how are these limiting beliefs generated?

A lot of it has to do with the overall environment that we experience.  Influences that lead to the acquisition of limiting beliefs come from family, friends and other people who one comes in contact with.  Are these factors from which limiting beliefs are generated powerful influences that act upon the way we think?  Oh yes they are!

Over the course of time the numerous instances that we get presented with information can end up leaving an indelible print upon our mindset and result in us accepting the limiting beliefs we get presented with as true.  Once your conscious mind accepts something as truth (even if it’s about something being false), your subconscious mind will kick in and reinforce the notion that the belief you are experiencing (no distinction as to whether it’s positive or negative) is in fact, without a doubt true.

So even with all the incessant programming that we get subjected to as a result of the myriad of influences we encounter, can such limiting beliefs be overcome?  Why yes they can and it’s of paramount importance that you accept the notion of your ability to overcome such limiting beliefs.  For example, have you experienced limiting beliefs that are connected with statements such as “I’m not good enough,” “I’ll never have that,” or “This will never happen?”

The power lies within each and every one of us to counter such limiting beliefs with “I am good enough,” “I will have that,” and “This will happen.”  We are the ones who decide how we look upon things but you have to truly believe in what you are saying.  To get a better feel for the connection between your conscious mind and subconscious mind, I highly recommend that you read “The Master Key System” by Charles Haanel.  It will give you great insight on the connection between the two.

So have I myself had life experiences where I dealt with limiting beliefs?  You bet I have!  Do they still pop up now and then?  Why yes they do.  But I have also learned how to program my subconscious mind with positive reinforcement (an ongoing process) so that the limiting beliefs  I come across can be overcome.

A product I came across not too long ago is an 8-part audio series produced by hypnotist Dr. Steve G. Jones titled “Ending Limiting Beliefs.”  In this collection of audio recordings, the author discusses ways on how limiting beliefs concerning a variety of topics such as wealth acquisition and the future can be overcome.  The student is given opportunities to perform exercises with the intent on showing how limiting beliefs can be overcome as well as learning how such limiting beliefs are not true.

Click on the below link to learn more about how you can end your limiting beliefs.

End Limiting Beliefs!

 

 

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Entrepreneur or Con Artist?

This morning when I picked up a copy of the Sunday paper I saw that the front-page headline made reference to an executive named Carisa Carpenter that is in the process of setting up a film studio close to where I live.  Also included was mention of her long history of failed endeavors in the past that resulted in numerous legal actions taking place.

I immediately thought of Thomas Edison and his numerous attempts to develop a working light bulb.  How many times have people trying to achieve something worthwhile encountered a significant number of failures or setbacks before ultimately achieving their goal?  The subject of today’s newspaper article has tried to build several movie studios at various locations throughout California and of course big money was at stake.  This has been an ongoing saga for just over two decades and for one reason or another, things have  just not panned out which leads me to wonder; is this person genuinely trying to get something going that could buck the Hollywood movie establishment or is this just her way of cashing in on unsuspecting individuals?

Being as how I don’t know Carisa Carpenter personally, I do not feel in a legitimate position to say.   But if I give her the benefit of the doubt, I must say that I am a bit somewhat in admiration for how long her overall story has been taking place dealing with her alleged attempts to build up the movie industry in California.   Granted, I know that worthwhile ventures don’t come to fruition overnight but it does seem like 20 years to get something like this going is a bit excessive.  My feeling is that if this is all some several decades long process of scamming people; things have a way of coming back to do “karmic justice” upon the perpetrators.   But if Carisa Carpenter is in fact on the level, I wish success for her intended goal and hope that it brings resulting economic prosperity to the local community.

To find out more about what is going on with this story, click on the link below.  Also included with the article are a few descriptions of encounters that people have had while dealing with Carisa Carpenter.  After reading,  you then can make your own decision as to whether or not Carisa Carpenter is an entrepreneur or con artist.  Either way, it makes for interesting reading.  In closing I wish to emphasize that I myself have had no first hand dealings with this woman and the content of this post is in no way intended to be taken as a factual depiction of her moral character.

 

 

Carisa Carpenter – Entrepreneur or Con Artist?

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Don’t “shrug” off this movie if you are an entrepreneur!

Atlas sculpture, New York City, by sculptor Le...

My wife and I ended up seeing “Atlas Shrugged” Part II.  Earlier this year she finished reading the book and mentioned how eerily similar today’s economic circumstances are to those that were in place during the time the author wrote the book back in the 1950’s.  Much of the book has to do with the increasing encroachment upon business in America by government.  In the book, author Ayn Rand depicts a society where the leading minds of the country are becoming increasingly burdened by taxation and governmental regulations.  As a result of an exponentially increased level of government meddling, the overall economic situation in the country takes a ever increasing downward spiral which results in massive civil chaos.

A main character in the book, John Galt, strives to show what would happen in a society if people were not free to use their creative energies which in turn propelled the country forward in various ways.  Without such freedom of creativity as a result of the government’s intervening, things would basically grind to a halt.  Also portrayed in the book doing battle with government bureaucracy are three leading industrialists who seek to keep the ideals of free enterprise alive.

What really struck me about what the book said (this is based on information shared by my wife who read the book) as well as the movie is its prophetic nature.  Written back in the ’50’s, Atlas Shrugged describes circumstances that are readily apparent today in the 21st century.  To get a gauge on the level of governmental regulation, all one needs to do is enter “new regulations” on Google.  Some of the regulations imposed by the Federal Government deal with school lunches (and a whole lot more!).  My wife (who is an elementary school principal) informed me that as per the feds, seconds are not allowed to be given to students.  Supposedly this is due to some anti child obesity campaign in effect.  So, instead of giving extra food to those who ask for it such as the 12 year old sixth-grade boys, it gets tossed out.  Yep, toss out the food instead of giving it to hungry children or wait, maybe even a local homeless shelter.  What is the government doing being involved with school lunches anyway??  The list of examples of governmental involvement go on and on.

So in essence, take the chance to either see the movie (you will probably have to get it on video or read the book) or read the book.  Afterwards, take a look around you and you decide for yourself whether or not governmental involvement while portraying itself to have the national welfare in mind is in fact stifling the very growth of this country.  As former President Ronald Reagan said;  The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ” I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.”

 

 

 

 

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The Need for Positive Thinking

I have been finding myself lately in need of a reality check.  A lot has been going on both in my personal as well as professional life that have I been finding myself feeling a bit less than optimal on.  There were some situations that took place at work involving personnel conflicts which really had me worn out by the time things were over.  I found myself wondering how much more of this would I be willing to handle.

In one of the several books by Donald Trump that I have read this year, he mentions that one should be of the mindset to expect that problems will occur.  If you know they will occur and are set on finding a solution, you will be more in a frame of mind to deal with them.  Another situation I have been allowing myself to dwell is the fact that I am not the spring chicken I used to be and lately my body has been getting adjusted to the change in weather now that fall is here.   Also, the apparently increasing numbers of homeless as evidenced by seeing more people on street corners holding up signs can really be a downer to say the least.

So herein lies a key ingredient that can help one overcome inclinations toward self-negativity.  First off, being grateful for the blessings you have (you probably have more than you consciously realize!) is a great way to get you back on the right track.  Instead of lamenting about your age, be glad you are still here!  Be glad that you have the eyesight required to read this blog post.  Can you walk? talk?  care for yourself?  Those are things which a lot of people are not able to answer yes to.  Are you smart enough to consider how to find a possible solution when presented with an obstacle?  Think of the numbers of people you know who will complain but not try to see what can be down about it.  Talk about a real downer to be around!

So as you go through your day to day journey, strive to as they say “look on the bright side of things.”  I know it’s not always easy but it can make such a difference.  If things aren’t quite going your way in your entrepreneurial pursuits, be oh so thankful for the opportunity to strive for them.  So many people are in situations where they are stuck where they are at in life and would just jump at the chance for a sliver of opportunity.  Opportunity is an immense blessing that all need to be aware of.  Now you may not find this easy at first but give it some time and the results will come.  Make it a point to avoid things that can prove to be “downers” for you.  Hang out with like minded positive people and their collective positive energy will manifest within you.

Earlier today I read a guest post by Michael Chibuzor in John Chow’s blog (www.johnchow.com) that showed how positive thinking makes a difference in the lives of entrepreneur’s.  I thought of it as a wake up call for me to get my thoughts back in order.  It was good reading for me and I hope you find the same goes for you!

How To Attract More Money Into Your Life  (by Michael Chibuzor)

 

Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”

 

 

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Keeping Your Sites Up to Date

When I began experimenting with putting blogs together, I wanted to have a blog and a website on just about everything I could think of.  I became fascinated with the idea that you could put something together that dealt with a topic of interest and people would read it.  I also liked the idea of all the extra stuff I could add such as banner, affiliate links, Adsense ads and things that were written by other bloggers.

Over the course of twelve months, I must have between two to three dozen various sites together on a plethora of topics.  I soon came to the realization that these sites required a fair amount of upkeep and maintenance.  There was content to write, links to test, pictures to add and traffic to generate.  Oh yes, don’t forget the backups of the blog files and databases.  On top of that, having a day job often left me on many days where my mind was in a “mush-state” by the time I got home.  This along with the flood of emails I would get as a result of being on just about anybody’s and everybody’s list made me realize it was time to scale back.  Learning how to put all this stuff together was fun but I could tell that the quality was suffering.

Having this in mind, I decided I would “let go” of quite a few of the sites I had started and begin devoting more attention on a select few.  I figured that doing a few things well would outweigh doing a bunch of things in slipshod fashion.  After finding things on other people’s sites such as expired links,  I knew that I needed to do my best to make sure people would not experience this on anything I put together.  If the blog/website is difficult to navigate, your readers are going to go elsewhere.

So here are some things you can do:

a) Make sure any of the links you have work and take your readers to where they are supposed to go.  If any of them take your readers to sites that have since expired, they may send you a vibe that says “You are the weakest link, Goodbye!”

b) Review your posts to make sure that there aren’t any strange characters in the body of text.  Proofread or have a friend proofread your content.  Nothing says “ICK!” as much as bad spelling and grammar.

c) Ensure your version of WordPress as well as that of your plugins is current.

d) If you have any videos included, take time to check them out to make sure that they still work or that there are no other issues.  I recently was reviewing a video where the screen did not display the full body of text that was on the slide.  A comment was made from another reader sometime back and it still had not been fixed.

e) In the event you receive feedback from your readers making you aware of an issue, acknowledge the comment and get the issue resolved quickly.  Be “Johnny on the Spot” when it comes to fixing your site or blog.

f) After you complete the construction of a blog or website, give it a test-run.  You want to find out if there are any “hiccups” and get them taken care of before you release your work to the public.

 

With these tips in mind along with following the concept of not spreading yourself too thin, your blogs and websites will have an approved appearance overall.  They will be more appealing to those who come to visit and with some word of mouth coming into play, you may even see some increases in the amount of traffic to your sites.  Take a look at the sites that successful bloggers put together (John Chow is a favorite of mine) and see if you can implement some of their techniques/methods on your blogs.  Always be on the lookout for improvement and be proud of what you create!

 

Best Wishes & Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”

 

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What To Do When Good Opportunities Turn South

We all get faced with situations that start out good and then for some reason or another, the outcome turns out to be something other than what we wished it would be.  This is no different for those facing life in general or for those who pursue new entrepreneurial ventures.  What ends up making the ultimate difference with regard to how we get affected by the outcome is the outlook that we project on the event itself.

After deciding to sever my relationship with a financial services company some time back, I could have chosen to either be dejected over my lack of success or be happy for the things that I learned in the process.  Some of the biggest things that I walked away with that would prove to be huge benefits in the future was knowledge of what Robert Kiyosaki calls the “Cashflow Quadrant” as well as getting exposed to the Law of Attraction.  These alone added immensely to how I viewed money in addition to becoming aware of the involvement that one has in deciding their own reality.

A few years later I linked up with another company that focused on promoting  inner self-improvement.  What I saw with this company that I also saw with the first company was that they seemed to place more of a priority in attracting new distributors instead of selling the products themselves.  This by itself did not really click with me inside and I ended up deciding that providing value to customers should be where the emphasis is directed.  My thanks to entrepreneur Ryan Blair for introducing me to this precept of business philosophy.

So now that I was more aware of what I did not want to do, I began to search more for things that I did want to do.  Over the years I have found enjoyment in writing and was able to make some small change here and there writing sponsored reviews for various companies.  Later on I found about a Penny Auction company that was offering a profit-sharing program to affiliates who in turn posted pre-approved advertisements in various classified ads websites.  After doing some initial research and study, I went ahead and signed up.  This turned out to be my first experience where I was seeing a regular return for the expenses I incurred.  Needless to say,  I was pleased with the way things were going.  I was able to plot the numbers in relation to the progression of time and I felt that there was some great potential in this.

Just as I was about to reach the break-even point,  I found out that the company was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a preliminary investigation by a state law-enforcement agency.  So immediately, everything came to a screeching halt and the outcome of the investigation is still pending.  To me, this whole affair seemed to be a bit of a knee-jerk reaction and I am hoping that things get resolved and that business can be resumed.   But in the meantime, I have to be cognizant that outside of hope and being optimistic, there is really nothing I can do about what happened.  There appeared to be no wrongdoing from what I could see but “it is what it is.”

So after some brief consultation with an associate of mine, I continue to pursue other opportunities and keep my eyes open.  It is such a blessing in itself to have the faculties needed to pursue what this life has to offer.  Being able to have an opportunity or even a slim chance at anything for betterment of one’s life is something that so many people on this planet are deprived of.  As far as viewing the various downturns that get handed my way on occasion,  I try to see what I can learn from the incident and how I can put that knowledge to use in the future.

So if an obstacle gets in the way of your entrepreneurial pursuits, go around it, through it, over it, under it or just blast it out of the way!

 

Here’s to you “Making It Happen!”

 

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The Success Mindset

For any individual who pursues success in a self endeavor, the right frame of mind or a success mindset in absolutely essential.  The term “success mindset” can mean different things to different people but it should contain an element of recognition that in order to achieve a certain result, certain causes must be enacted.

Now I am sure that one would agree that if a person had achieved a degree of success in their pursuit, he or she would have had to know what was wanted prior to engaging in the desired pursuit that would lead to the success.  As the pursuit of the success is in progress, a strong element of focus must also be incorporated.  Focus includes knowing what is wanted, being attentive to what is wanted and carrying out the necessary efforts in a concentrated and consistent fashion towards the attainment of what is wanted.  Through the use of focus, distractions are reduced and through the use of integrating focus with efforts (causes) that are known to be proper and relevant, the desired effects can be achieved.  To get an understanding of the importance of focus, Robert Kiyosaki gives an outstanding assessment of what focus entails in the book “The Midas Touch” co-authored with Donald Trump.

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Now there are two categories of circumstance that people will fall into when it comes to the efforts used towards the pursuit of success.  These categories basically consist of knowing what works and not knowing what works.  If you are already blessed with the knowledge of knowing what efforts or causes are needed to bring about the desired results, you are in a position of strength to start.  But what if you don’t have the advantage of knowing what works?  This in itself can be the onset of a true adventure and discovery.  The classic case of this scenario involves famed inventor Thomas Edison and his development of the electric light bulb.  The number of attempts spent at developing a functioning light bulb is legendary.  Instead of thinking about the number of failures involved, Edison thought of it as the number of ways not to go about developing the light bulb.  This is what made Edison stand out from the crowd; it was his outlook and perseverance in the face of adversity.

One of the things you can consider is to come into contact with individuals who share your interests and desires.  Through the use of this “mastermind” principle, the combined thoughts of individuals sharing their insights on a goal of benefit to all can magnify the chances of success on an exponential level.  As the saying goes, “two heads are better than one.”  You will undoubtedly see the increased thought activity that comes about from swapping ideas back and forth between members of your group.  In his book “Think and Grow Rich,”  Napoleon Hill devotes an entire chapter to describing how a person’s brain power can be increased when he or she allies themselves with people who are devoted to the attainment of an interest shared by all.  Surely at some point in their lives, each of us experience the desire to communicate with others with whom we have something in common.

So what is your “success mindset?”  What are you willing to do in order to achieve it?  Will you keep on trying when things get tough or will you take the easy way out?  How long are you willing to persist in your efforts?  These as well as many other potential questions can only be answered by you.

Here’s to you!

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