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!

Is passion a vital element in your endeavors?

Last week I was involved in providing coaching and mentoring to a person who was in the process of preparing for a job interview. As the coaching session progressed, I realized once again how much I was enjoying the process and began to wonder to what degree passion was involved.

Being the overly analytical person that I can tend to be, I thought about the word passion and my definition of it.  To some, the word passion can imply a strong feeling in the sexual context.  In other circumstances, it can describe an intense focus that one has while devoting attention to the task at hand.  For myself in this situation, it involved the enjoyment that I was experiencing in seeing that another individual was overcoming some self-confidence issues as well as thinking that a high degree of potential success was looming for this individual.

So why my level of involvement in helping this person?  As a teenager and young adult, I frequently experienced a lack of confidence and self-worth in a variety of situations.  I tended to not give myself credit for the potential that lie within me.  After my separation from a 20 year stint in the military, I was faced with the daunting task of finding a new job.  Was it a struggle?  Of course!  But the vital lesson that I gained from this was that it was not an impossible struggle.  With the right frame of mind, I knew that anyone could overcome the obstacles that I faced.

During the last couple of years I have had the privilege of working with individuals who were in the process of pursuing additional goals in their professional careers.  For me there were two factors that consistently came into play;  the first being the enjoyment I received from helping people while they better prepare for the job interview and the second being the satisfaction I gained from seeing people become more confident in the type of employees that they are.  Looking back, my overall track record has not been bad.

Now take the time to think about anything that you do where the element of passion is lacking.  It makes no difference whether the task is performed poorly or well just as long as it is done.  Would an element of passion make a difference in the final outcome?  I will not hesitate to respond with a resounding “yes!”   The extra amount of focus and attention that goes into whatever it is that you are doing definitely impacts the final result.  I could just water my orange tree on a regular basis and be accepting of however the fruit turns out when the season arrives.  Or, in addition to watering; fertilizer could be applied at regular intervals and the necessary pruning could be done so that the fruit has more room in which to grow.  A higher likelihood exists that if I add the extra measures of attention and focus when it comes to caring for the tree, the oranges will turn out larger and sweeter.  Call it the “fruits of labor” if you will!

So whatever the task that you are involved with, if it is something that is important to you and you want to see that it gets done well, add a little passion to the equation.  Think of it as an extra ingredient to make the recipe come out even better!





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This Blog is Getting uh Makeover!

After watching a video clip recently in the series “Driving With John Chow,”  I decided that I need to take a new approach.  To start off, I decided that I was going to “demonetize” my blog!

Why you ask?  In his video segment, John Chow states to the effect that bloggers need to focus on building up their readership prior to inserting links, banners etc. into the blog.  Chances are, if you are lucky enough to have someone who really does not know you click on an affiliate link, odds are likely that you will not get a repeat visit from them again (and they probably did not buy anything!).

On the other hand, the blogger who builds a respectable size following and establishes online rapport with them has better chances for success when it comes time to incorporate monetization into the blog.

So in addition to this first step, I am going to be focusing on what else I can discuss besides topics that hopefully appeal to those pursuing online entrepreneurialism.  I want to reach out to those who feel that they could use some extra brainpower to help them obtain solutions or solve problems to any obstacles that come in their way.

So for now I am going to say that this blog is going to start the process of “morphing” into something bigger and better.

In the meantime, take a look at the icon below to find out more about what John Chow has to say concerning when is the right time to monetize your blog.


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A Book for Entrepreneurs

One of the precepts that I have always believed in is that if you want to be successful in something, find out what the people who are already successful are doing.  Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of talking with those people face to face so we have to resort to other available means to find out what actions the successful people have taken so that we have an example to go by.  This mainly consists of videos, online articles and books.


I am currently reading “The Midas Touch” by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki.  These

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Robert T. Kiyosaki (credit:

two names in the entrepreneurial world should need no introduction.  Even though I am not finished with my reading of this book for entrepreneurs, I have thus far been so impressed with it that I wanted to share my current findings with you.  The two points covered in this book that I have most impacted by are that of focus and what Mr. Trump calls the “B-I” (for business integrity) triangle.  The term focus is described as an abbreviation for “follow one course until successful.”  Too often people allow themselves to be distracted by a myriad of other things without keeping their priorities in line and as a result find themselves not achieving the results they desire.  The business integrity triangle is an illustration of the eight essential components of a business and outlines where the entrepreneur should place themselves in order for the business to have a greater chance for success.  It is mentioned why successful entrepreneurs are generalists that have specialists working for them.  The thing that makes “The Midas Touch” a must-read is that the authors describe why most entrepreneurs end up failing while only a few actually become rich.  Priceless advice and counsel from two who know!

Also given great emphasis in the book is the importance of relationships.  Trump goes to

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length explaining how strong relationships with professionals in a variety of fields can go a long way to helping a business succeed.  He also goes on to mention that learning as an ongoing, lifelong process is essential to help ensure both personal as well as professional growth.

The book contains a multitude of other traits that prospective entrepreneurs need in order to round out their overall makeup.  I am going to keep this post short with the intention of leaving you to want to find out more about this book.  In closing, I recommend “The Midas Touch” wholeheartedly and without reservation.

Here’s to you!


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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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The Importance of Focus in Business

In order to achieve the business results you desire, it is essential that you possess a strong sense of focus.  By this I mean that in order to stay on track towards the accomplishment of business goals, consistent and dedicated effort must be carried out towards them.

Keeping this in mind, one must also organize their time management skills so that efforts are not carried out in an inefficient manner.  You don’t want to start your day with no sense of direction with regard to what you wish to get accomplished.  In today’s fast paced environment, it is far too easy to get distracted with a myriad of things that can pop up.  If you already have a regular day job and are investing time in your business during your off hours, focus is all the more important.  I admit, at the end of a long day, I like to relax and play video games.  On many occasions I have found that before I knew it, the evening has been gobbled up without having achieved anything useful and it’s time for bed.

What really made me aware of the need for focus was a book co-authored by Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump called “The Midas Touch” which discusses the elements needed for success as an entrepreneur.  In this book, Kiyosaki details his time spent while training to be a Marine Corps combat helicopter pilot.  In effect, Mr. Kiyosaki stressed the paramount needs for prioritizing, staying on task and not becoming distracted as skills essential for increasing the odds for surviving in a hostile environment (referring to the war in Vietnam).

The business environment can also be a hostile one.  Granted no one is aiming a weapon at you on a daily basis (hopefully) but if you pursue business without focus, you will effectively be “killed” by your competitors in addition to your own inefficiency.   Your time will be ineffectively spent, results will be minimal at best and you won’t be staying abreast of what is needed to survive in the current business climate.

So how does one go about attaining or increasing their focus?  A very good question.  For the individual who is accustomed to a regimented routine and holds themselves accountable, this can be an easily attainable task.  For those who are vulnerable to becoming easily distracted and have no one to hold them accountable, this can pose quite a challenge.  Also, for those who have limited time to devote to business for whatever reasons such as family obligations or due to employment, keeping oneself on track to the accomplishment of business related tasks can be a significant mental hurdle.  Here are some things one can consider that may help:

– Draft a mission statement of what your business goals are.  You may also include things or beliefs that you consider to be important components of your business makeup.  It is also good to list a timeline you wish to follow for the accomplishment of your goals.  Be sure to make your goals realistic but don’t be afraid to “raise the bar.”

– At  the end of each day, write down what you wish to accomplish the following day. If you don’t know what you want to get done, how can you expect to accomplish anything? That way, you already know when you get up the following morning what your tasks are and you won’t need to stop and ponder about what you want to get done.  I find it personally useful to keep a small notepad with me for ready reference.

– Find a partner!  As the saying goes; “Two heads are better than one” especially holds true.  Working with a like-minded individual can go a long way to help you achieve success.  This will allow you to exchange ideas and come up with solutions to problems more quickly.  You will also have someone to whom you can be accountable.

– “Keep your eye on the prize”  Always be aware of why you are pursuing success.  See yourself enjoying the fruits of your labors.

– Believe in yourself!  If you have achieved partial results in a certain area, don’t let anyone make you think that you can’t do better.  Think of Thomas Edison in his quest to develop the electric light bulb.  Take a look at the picture below to see how Robert Kiyosaki responded to some hecklers:

Robert Kiyosaki Flipping Off the Haters

Robert Kiyosaki Flipping Off the Haters (Photo credit: Casey Serin)

Here’s To You!

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When You Need To Consider Outsourcing

Time is money.  Face it, if you are not using your time wisely it could very easily result in you losing money.

Let me share a recent experience of mine that illustrates the concept.  Last week one of my computers began to malfunction and then finally it just stopped working altogether.  Since this particular computer was faster than the one I am using while I write this post, I was very much interested in getting it promptly repaired.  The person whom I normally go to for matters such as this said she would not be available for a few days so I decided I would try to make the repairs myself.  Based upon a previous experience with fixing the computer I immediately assumed the power supply needed to be replaced.  After taking the time to get a new one as well as installing it, several hours had elapsed.

I then determined that the power supply was not the problem so then I had to remove it from the PC so I could return it for a refund (hence more time spent).  Later on I made several trips to the local electronics store to get some replacement components (the time is adding up!) and still no luck.  After swapping out several different components I decided to throw in the towel and drop the PC off at my “go-to” person’s house once she was back in town and wait to see what she had to say (she has MUCH more experience in this than I do).

The main point of this is that instead of spending the numerous hours on attempted computer repairs, I could have been using the time to focus on business matters.  Renowned Internet entrepreneur Jonathan Budd uses the term “profit potential” to help people prioritize the actions that they take.  If the intended action does not yield much chance of resulting in profit for you, perhaps something else should be considered.  It also boils down to leverage.  I am blessed with being able to have a gardener tend to yard work needs at my home as well as having a pool man come by once a week to check on things.  Because of their time being leveraged for my advantage, this results in freeing up more time to allow me to do other things such as focus on business.  I also take advantage of the services that ghost writers provide and this in turn yields more time for me.  Whenever possible, instead of doing certain things I try to have someone else do them.  The intended outcome would be having the ability to focus more on business matters with the hope of seeing greater profits ensue.

So whenever possible, see if you can outsource various tasks to others.  This in turn would allow you more time to focus on things that you want to get done yourself.  Take gardening for example.  Chances are that by devoting more time to tend to the garden, you will see a more abundant crop whether it be fruits, vegetables or even flowers.  You can think of your business the same way.  If you put more time and effort into it, there is a good chance that you will see greater profits come forth.

Best Wishes and here’s to you “Making It Happen!”




You gotta stay focused!

With all the information available about the many aspects involved with online businesses, it is essential that you map a plan for yourself and follow it.  It is so easy to get off course due to the many things that can distract you from learning what you need to do in order to get your business started.   Face it, you have websites, email, blogs, seminars, needing to learn about things such as SEO and marketing and so much more!  Where does one start and how does one keep priorities straight?

When starting out, one usually begins working with someone who will mentor them and show the ropes as far as teaching what needs to be done.  There may come a point where the mentoring drops off and you may find yourself on your own as far as deciding what the next course of action is.  Speaking from experience, I find that what works for me is to write a “to-do” list of what I need to get done and give it my best effort to stick to it.  Also, if a subject area comes up that needs attention and study (i.e. marketing), strive to make use of all available resources be it personnel, written, online, whatever and take note of what you need to do to overcome any knowledge shortcomings.   One scenario would be to review any written or online materials that are available from the company that you are working with.  See if they have any guidance on how to solve any problems or difficulties you may be having.  I just re-reviewed some manuals that were provided to me by the company that I am involved with and finally the light bulb came on with regard to additional steps I can take to expand my marketing and advertising.

For some, the extra independence that comes with being an entrepeneur can be a little bit distracting.  You are totally responsible for getting things done and there is no one around to tell you what to do or when to do it.  That’s the beauty of it; you are on your own!  Having a trusted partner to work with is always good because you can share ideas and give each other support.  The person who is working to get themselves established in the world of online business needs to be willing to accept the responsibility, be accountable so that when the diligent effort is put forth, the benefits to be realized will follow.