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Do you want to be left behind? In battle-hardened-combat-veteran Jocko Willink's book "DISCIPLINE EQUALS FREEDOM," he talks about how there is no shortcut, no hack to getting after what you want. But is it really simple as telling yourself "Get After It?" Does "get after it" work for everyone? Why is it that some people think "get after it" and just go for it, leaving other's in the dust? On one hand, Willink has lived through some of the toughest conditions and stressful situations a person can experience - so it makes sense that "get after it works." But how can the rest of us apply thinking that get's us at it? Let's explore this question about self-talk and motivation not just to workout, but how it can carry into just about every area of your life from career, to money, to goals, hobbies, relationships, and beyond.
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The world is changing fast. Banks offer ridiculously low returns under 1% that don't even beat inflation. Keeping your money under your pillow means it becomes worth less and less every year. Even the stock market is considered risky and speculative if you're trying to get returns over 20%. And now, people are multiplying their money overnight in Cryptocurrency. Simply put, if you're not at least learning about Cryptocurrency, you will be losing out on more than you can imagine.
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Are you tired of the same old ideas from articles like "how I became a wealthy blogger?" Even though blogs have quickly gone out of trend over the past 5-10 years? And it's still possible to build income streams from blogging, but there are even better ways to build a true brand and business. This video looks at intermediate "201" ideas as opposed to beginner "101" ideas. Almost everyone can talk or speak, but do they know how to monetize their thoughts to create an income stream? Do they have the mindset and confidence? Most of us know about Writing 101, and we've all heard about Facebook advertising 101 and how to make a FB ad at this point. But do you know how to put it together to create an income stream? If you have done some of the courses, built some expertise in a few different areas tied to online businesses, check out this video to find out how to put it all together for a passive income stream.
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Forget about "get rich quick schemes/scams/ideas/etc..." Here's something even more valuable than any scheme you can find - knowing what's possible and how people can do it. Getting rich quick is more possible than ever before in any time in history. The fact is, today, over a million people become millionaires each year in the United States. That equates to thousands of new millionaires EVERY DAY! Why can't you be one of them? The truth is, you can. We've gone from a society thousands of years ago when the wealthy hoarded wealth within their circles and "bloodlines," through the Renaissance, through modern civilization to Industrialization, Wall Street, and now technology provides us with tools to grow our finances faster than ever. This video shares why historical, and recent events proves that you can, as well as some ideas around how, and what the future holds.
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It's interesting to see the world through another person's eye's such as through a book, or art. J. Paul Getty's "How to Be Rich: His Formulas" provides an amazing look at what it means to be rich. I love the title "How to 'Be' Rich" and not how to get rich or how to make money or something like that. After all, they say to not wait to "achieve" something to "be" something. Put another way, don't wait to have a million dollars to be rich. And if you can start to "be" something (happy, rich, creative, successful, etc...), the the beingness will attract the things that person would have. - this is getting esoteric though. The fact is, Getty does an amazing job of giving you a couple hundred pages of his thoughts, experiences, beliefs, approaches to life, and more to let you experience what it means (from Getty's perspective) to "be rich." Very powerful.
NOTE: This episode was originally published as a VLOG.
How to be happy? It might seem tough to answer the question of "how to be happy" when we are all so different. But there's also something in common with all of us: there is a part of us that wants to be happy. There is a fundamental piece of all of us who want to experience adventure, meet new people, enjoy life, have fulfilling work, and much more - do the things that make us happy. But what stops us? What prevents us from doing those things that we want to go do that will make us happy? This video might help to answer that question.
NOTE: This podcast was originally published as a video episode.
I'm a sucker for just about any reputable book that talks about personal development and/or money. And this book "A Happy Pocket Full of Money" tops the charts of both. It is in a league of it's own. I read many books so I can't so "this one" or "that one" completely changed my life. And I take something powerful away from just about every book I read. But David Cameron Gikandi shares such a persuasive and researched view about money and happiness that makes this book great. And while many money books talk about starting a business, making a marketing plan, easy business ideas, and biography's of "how they did it," - this one does the one fundamental thing very well. That fundamental thing being making you understand why a happy pocket full of money is possible for everyone.
NOTE: This episode was originally published as a video episode.
Wow! What an amazing and insightful book into a weeklong visit with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Douglas Abrams does such a great job of capturing the moments between these two spiritual (and political) leaders. And while the cover made me think this book might only be about spirituality, with a splash of pollyanna optimism, it wasn't. It went beyond that to capturing both their perspectives on how people can find greater happiness despite tough and challenging times.
Just finished up a great read of Michael A. Singer's "the untethered soul" which shares some profound ideas. If you're having difficulties in some areas of life, such as procrastination, general fear of failure, unhappiness in a situation, this book might give some insight into how to tackle those challenges.
LinkedIn is undoubtedly one of the most powerful social media platforms for businesses and professionals to connect with the world. Most businesses realize this, but turning LinkedIn into a resource for your business can be more difficult for leaders to implement.
Tracy Enos is a professional LinkedIn advisor who overcame some unique hardships in order to grow her business. And today, Tracy works with major brands to help them connect with and grow their audiences even more effectively.
In this episode, Tracy speaks on some of the challenges that lead her to her business, as well as some actionable tips for business leaders to build a growing profile on LinkedIn.
Tracy works with brands such as: First Interview, Constant Contact, 610 AM Sports Radio, Mix 93.3 FM, School for Startups, and SCORE.org
And has been featured on: LinkedIn Pulse (Featured in LinkedIn Tips), Funnel Magazine (Feature Article Aug. 2017), BuzzFeed, Amazon, and ESPN
Tracy is available to connect on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracyenos/
Ausma Fiame arrived in the United States from Lithuania with only a suitcase and a dream. A dynamic performer, her passion for the arts began at an early age. This medical school graduate has been thrilling theater audiences in the U.S., Europe and China for over twenty years.
Having placed in modeling competitions in Southern California, Ausma coaches women on modeling and charisma with her unique approach focused on attitude and positivity and to be more charismatic simply by changing physicality and how they feel. In this episode, Ausma also shares some stories of overcoming adversity having lived across the world in Lithuania, China, and now the USA. Ausma also discusses how regular people can be more charismatic simply by changing how they feel or think about a situation they are in.
Her greatest passions are dancing and storytelling, through which she provides audiences with lasting impressions of true kindness. This mentality, combined with comedic timing learned through years of studying at Second City and Improv Olympic in Chicago, make her wildly charismatic.
Don’t be fooled, Ausma also packs a lot of punch. Along with the ability to speak three different languages, she comes with a decade of martial arts experience.
Ausma, or as her friends like to call her “Awesome,” is passionate about animal rights. She aspires to one day build a “no-kill” shelter in a house that’s designed for cats.
Samuel Sanders is the author of "Your Next Big Idea: Improve Your Creativity and Problem-Solving" and shares some exciting ideas in this podcast.
Sam has experience working with creative R&D teams of varying sizes and shares some of the many ways you can transform an idea into reality. But even beyond that, Sam shares why the process of ideation is beneficial even if you aren't part of a billion-dollar R&D project because of how it helps boost your creativity and improves your problem-solving.
Sam also explains how sometimes we can get stuck with idea "stigma" which limit our ability to look outside the box for innovation. And what's more, he shares just one of many exercises from his book to help you get more comfortable with creating ideas.
Samuel Sanders is an award-winning entrepreneur and member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, who has seen entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and ideation in action at a Fortune 500 company, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing company, incubators, and companies he started himself. In this book, he takes the lessons he learned from these vastly different worlds and combines them into an all-in-one book that will show you how to tackle problems and come up with game-changing ideas.
You can learn more about Samuel, his projects, and his system for creating innovation at https://www.yournextbigideabook.com/press
Howard Dekkers is a self-made millionaire and 8 figure entrepreneur who built up multiple successful businesses. And since the beginning of his career, he made it his mission to help people.
And "you won’t need rich parents, or have a six-figure job, or own your own business, in order to take action" (quoted from his website) with Dekkers strategies.
Today, Dekkers helps people with even regular jobs develop plans to gain financial freedom and ultimately become millionaires through his strategies and planning.
In this phenomenal interview, you'll hear about Dekkers incredible stories and strategies that can help you achieve financial freedom too.
Specifically, Dekkers talks about:
+ How he applied the principles from Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" to grow his businesses
+ The strategy he used for building multiple successful businesses
+ Why becoming a millionaire is achievable for everyone
+ Basic steps we can all take to start creating financial freedom
+ His number one tip for success no matter what position or job you currently have
+ and so much more in this insightful and powerful episode.
This is the stuff you would have wanted to know 5, 10, or even 20 years ago, but they never taught you. Because if you did, you could be more financially free today and enjoy the life you deserve.
But it's not too late to apply Dekkers lessons for success.
Howard Dekkers founded Diagnostic Professionals which sold to a publicly-traded company, amongst other businesses. He also teaches people his strategies through The Howard Dekkers School of Success which can be found here:
He also made his email directly available if you wish to reach him at:
An exciting interview with The Millennial Mindset Mentor, George Wohar IV who has grown multiple 5-figure month businesses and worked with many entrepreneurs to master their mindsets so they can master their lives.
It was great to interview George because believing in the value of mentors myself, it was great to hear directly from him.
In this episode George shares:
+ One of the key strategies to find a great mentor
+ How a shift in mindset can take you from some of your darkest days to brighter ones
+ Why the right or wrong mindset can make or break your business
And so much more...
And even more phenomenal is George's incredible way of explaining. You'll be sure to get some valuable wisdom and feel like you're getting coached by George on this podcast through his inspirational message.
Connect with George Wohar IV, The Millennial Mindset Mentor via social media:
And check out George's programs to include a free training below:
With Bitcoin hitting new record high's almost every week, most of us are probably wondering "is it a good time to buy?" Or "is it too late?" Or "what else do I need to know about Bitcoin to make a smart decision?"
But for many people, particularly experts, Cryptocurrency is more than just an investment item to trade for financial gain. There is much more potential and possibilities for Bitcoin and the underlying technology of Blockchain than a way to make a lot of money.
In fact, the reason why bitcoin is even popular in the first place isn't that you can trade it. When you look beyond the facade of easy money, you see a massive opportunity to create even more significant wealth.
In this amazing interview, Kurt Wuckert Jr. shares some of his ideas and thoughts around Bitcoin that he has accumulated for almost a decade. And he didn't just "buy a coin and ride the wave" and suddenly he becomes an expert.
Kurt was an entrepreneur since before his first introduction into the coin and works in crypto mining, entrepreneurship, content publishing, and beyond.
In this interview you'll hear about his ideas around:
+ Business ideas you can build around Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency
+ Why cryptocurrencies are so valuable not just to mobile app traders, but also to people across the planet
+ Alternative ways to generate cryptocurrency income
+ How tech companies profit from your data, and what you can do about it
+ And so much more...
- Twetch: $0.20 free for people who join: https://twet.ch/inv/kurt
- Follow me on Twetch: https://twetch.app/u/292
- RelayX wallet for Twetch: https://tpow.app/d2d08afb
- CryptoFights: https://www.cryptofights.io/
- https://coingeek.com/author/kurt-wuckert-jr/ - https://cryptotraderspro.com/- https://twitter.com/kurtwuckertjr
It took Robert Leavitt a while before his business finally started to "work." He went through the gauntlet of doubt and uncertainty which prevented him from finding success as an entrepreneur for a long time.
But enough persistence helped him develop a marketing business using email. And in this episode, he goes over making your first $10k.
The journey won't be the same for everyone, but at least if you can understand how one person does it, you can start to apply the same ideas yourself. And even more than just the "tactics" that we've heard over and over, Robert had some other personal strategies that he shares.
Strategies that answer the question:
+ Was there a moment where you just knew it was going to work?
+ What did you do to overcome your basic obstacles?
+ Who else can achieve something like this?
PLUS many more great ideas that Robert wants to share to help others hit their milestone even if they have little to no experience in the business.
To hear more about the highly recommended book "Copywriting Secrets: How Everyone Can Use The Power Of Words To Get More Clicks, Sales and Profits . . . No Matter What You Sell Or Who You Sell It To!" by Jim Edwards, check it out on Amazon at (Disclaimer: As an Amazon Affiliate we may earn a commission from purchases): https://amzn.to/3ofOyAk
To learn more about starting up an email business for yourself, check out https://lurn.com
And to learn more about Robert Leavitt's business, check out his business Awakened Inspiration at::
How many people do you know who know how to make thousands of dollars in minutes?
How many people do you know that document exactly how they make their money by video for free on YouTube?
How many people do you know who do both?
I had the fortune of interviewing Matt Diamond who does fast-paced-scalp trading where he often makes over $1k often in a matter of 5 minutes or less. But this isn't get rich quick. Not everyone will succeed doing what Matt does, and not everyone has the discipline.
Matt already shares his exact "how to" process via all his YouTube videos he uploaded over the past 3 years.
In this podcast, we get some special insight into "a day in the life" plus the all-important mental strategies Matt applies to stay successful. We'll learn how he sets guidelines and rules to stay disciplined for this high stress, high risk, and high reward trading method.
And it's not all rainbows and pots of gold. Matt's even documented his failures along the way on YouTube losing thousands in a few minutes. But along the way, he has documented and shared his methods. And in this podcast, he shares extra insight that you might not find in his videos.
Check out Matt's videos on YouTube to find out exactly how he trades.
"I can not guarantee success, but through knowledge, contemplation & execution, I can minimize risk."
What does it take to start a new watch brand?
The story Bill shares in this episode of how he got started toward building Delta Watches is absolutely fascinating. In this episode, Bill dives into the specifics of developing a watch brand and how to deal with limiting your startup costs to the inspirations that helped him start.
Whether you want to start a watch company, or launch some other new product, Bill shares his story that can help you get the ideas you need to launch your next business.
And watches are no easy feat. So check out this entrepreneur story to learn more.
To learn more about Bill Anagnos and Delta Watches, check out https://deltawatch.co
Los Angeles based Voice and Screen talent Michael Ursu shares some of his lessons over 4 years of challenges and work. Whether you're getting started, or having some challenges right now looking for work as an entertainer, check out this episode because what he shares can propel you forward.
Find out how:
+ Michael created a system to make his auditioning easy so he can nail them in a timely manner
+ To understand your career as an entertainer more as a business
+ He transitioned the skills from music into voice and video
And many more great ideas for talent of all levels!
You can find him on most social media @makumusic
This will sound like utter nonsense to anyone who loves and believes in the massive value of exercise.
But when it comes to exercise, and I'm not talking about overtraining or injury or anything like that... Can there be a possible pitfall?
Can exercise or being too overly enthusiastic in fitness cause us to stop feeling those "good feelings" we get when we finish? Can it bore some of us?
And I'm not talking about the career athlete here. But for everyone else who either hasn't gotten into working out, or has been consistent for quite a few years...
What is the negative consequence of always being in a "peak state of fitness?" You might think it's none. But maybe we lose our ability to appreciate the peak state we are in?
Food for though. Listen to the episode to hear more.
With so many people entering the stock market over quarantine comes much criticism. Lot's of people including regulators seem to be very cautious when it comes to letting "novices" trade.
But all of that has changed with free trading platforms like Robinhood.
And with every trader, comes people with advice on what to do.
And here are 3 common "tips" people new to the markets often learn, but aren't always so helpful.
There's a common "phrase" many of us hear or tell ourselves that stops us dead in our tracks.
And many people who have a desire to succeed or have set big goals face this problem, particularly today.
And there are many, such as...
"I'm not good enough." "I might fail." "That's going to take a lot of work." "I don't want to get too successful!"
And those are all harmful to progress.
But there is one that can be more detrimental than all the others because it stops many of us from even trying.
How do you solve some of your biggest problems? How do you build better relationships? How do you get your boss/friend/co-worker/mentor to like you more? How do you launch that business you've been dreaming of? How do you come up with endless ideas for your articles/job/podcast/Instagram/and more...? How can you improve your mind, your body, and your life all with one daily exercise?
And this isn't some IQ training exercise that requires you to improve your memory, or practice math equations, or pattern recognition skills. This is an exercise anyone can get good at, and take steps to get better in just about every area of your life.
While learning from the most successful people in the world won't make success "fall in your lap," there is a lot that can be learned from them to at least add some valuable lessons to our lives.
And Buffett has had so many articles, videos, books, and more about him. And many recordings provide lessons directly from Buffett and his esteemed business partner Charlie Munger. It is absolutely amazing how much you can learn from their many books from:
"Poor Charlie's Almanack," to "All I Want to Know is Where I'm Going to Die So I'll Never Go There," to "The Essays of Warren Buffett," and all the videos and articles between.
But success at that level isn't easy. And while Buffett and Munger are a once in a century business partnership, and their minds were simply ideal for the time they started in business, in terms of "capability" - they were experts of applying the basics. Often touting the idea that no form of "remarkable genius" went into all of their ideas.
And when we want to learn from people, one of the best things we can do is understand the way they think, their beliefs, and their approach to the various areas of life.
So we come to this episode. If you've ever felt like you wanted to be like Warren Buffett, maybe these questions can help you get insight. You might be surprised at just how difficult it can be to pursue a life like two of the most successful men of our century, yet at the same time, how "within reach" their approach to life is.
We live in a time that provides one of the biggest opportunities ever.
Imagine if Da Vinci, van Gogh, Poe, Algieri, or any other great artists of history had the same opportunities today to share their art. Being distracted and unmotivated aside, we are in an amazing time for creative people to thrive.
And not just because they are "artistic" and add culture to society.
But because businesses need creative people more than ever. Entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses, and big businesses need creative people to get the message about their products, services, or brands out.
And with as many ideas, products, or inventions that are already out there, there is an endless opportunity for creatives to share their work while also finding sponsorships, business partnerships, and more.
Check out this episode to hear these ideas and more.
There is a lot of criticism of EV's and the whole renewable energies trend. Some claim that the process of creating things like solar panels or electric vehicles, or the process of storing and charging an EV still requires the burning of fossil fuels which result in lot's of emissions.
But this podcast isn't about whether the environment is hurt or harmed by the transition to clean energy sources.
But here's why even if EV's do create emissions when they are charging at home through the local power plant (even though they don't on the road), it may still contribute to a cleaner environment.
And much of it has to do with the centralization of emissions which can be contained easier.
Tens of billions of dollars enter the market from new investors monthly, at least since the beginning of quarantine. With so many opportunities, free trades through brokerages and easy to use, tap a button "buy" and "sell" orders, it only makes sense.
And while we've heard of stories of people losing lot's of money... There are also many new trader/investors who are making money. And they aren't just investing in blue chip, dividend paying, S&P 500, or other companies on the big indexes either.
There has been a renewed interest in a special category of stocks that are helping return mid to high double-digit percentages. Listen to this episode to find out more.
Although Facebook's stock price has dropped a bit since the news of Antitrust lawsuits against them, there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
Whether Facebook wins the lawsuits, or loses the lawsuits, one thing is for sure, there is opportunity. Will Facebook pull a Google move and create a conglomerate like Alphabet? Will it break all of it's separate businesses into smaller companies?
There are quite a few moves Facebook can do regardless of the lawsuits, and hopefully some of those opportunities will be made public for investors or traders to jump in on.
I read an interesting article in the WSJ about how BTC or Bitcoin could extinct the dollar.
Well this isn't another "BTC is going to completely change the world and you need to get in on it now" discussion. We're going to consider how BTC investors are helping to potentially increase the value of the dollar, and why the US Dollar is here to stay.
FinTech Trading Algorithms: How fintech companies use technology to do their trading for them.
It's no news that technology and so-called "algorithms" provide an opportunity for "emotionless" trading that acts and captures trades faster than any human can act, on trends that most people can't capture.
The better your algorithm, the more money you'll make, and so on.
But there is something missing from these FinTech "trading algorithms," and here is an idea to use new big data technology in a way to improve those algorithms to become even more effective.
There's an interesting story from someone famous and successful I once read about lawyers. When this person was a child they asked their father who was a lawyer, "why do you continue to do work for such a controversial person?" To which the father responded, "because there is always work to do with them!"
And whether you want to be a lawyer to help in criminal justice, non-profit, Entertainment, or some other form of law, here is an interesting Niche Market for lawyers that you might consider in technology.
There's a concept I learned about sales from The REAL Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort. And that is the importance of building certainty in your client, prospect, or whomever you are intending to influence or persuade.
More particularly for salespeople whose jobs require that they influence a customer into making a good decision for them, this episode will be helpful. The concept of building certainty is simple enough: when someone is sure enough that a decision will workout the way they planned, they will most likely take action. But how you approach the building of certainty can mean all the difference.
Because when I learned about the idea of building certainty, I interpreted and applied it wrong. And here are some of the ideas I got for improvement that anyone can apply to become better persuaders and even to close more deals.
Convinced Tesla is overvalued? See the massive forest of potential as far as the EV industry goes?
Well here are some alternative ways to play/invest/trade EV stocks outside of just Tesla.
Of course we know the EV industry is going to create massive shifts in the automotive industry. It's going to impact gas stations, require charging stations across the country, create new maintenance services, and more.
But what are some other ways to look at EV companies in order to truly take advantage of little gems of opportunities without being too concerned about Elon Musk's Tesla valuation?
Whenever I look at a newspaper vending machine, I wonder "why is this still here, and how do they stay in business and keep putting in new papers?" Who keeps 8 quarters around in their pocket and get's enticed enough by a newspaper vending machine to put those 8 quarters in to get a paper?
Not enough people, which is why most of the machines are decaying. So I often wonder what solutions could arise to either revive or pivot those businesses.
Well here's an idea that helps the entire business model pivot into the new tech-based world, while saving paper, and saving the jobs of those people who are currently distributing papers and helping them work in a more modern business model.
All based on some recent trends happening with COVID19.
With many tech companies being overvalued... With concerns of Tesla constantly breaking new records... And with indexes like the S&P 500 constantly hitting new highs, Conservative investors are concerned that we're in another "bubble" or another crash is looming.
But what if we're currently at a point of acceleration? What if we have reached "Escape Velocity" and are on the way much higher eventually to float around in an orbit or land somewhere with even MORE growth opportunity?
You won't want to miss this.
The EV market has been booming! But this is no news for anyone who follows the stock market at all. You already knew this.
But just like with any investment decision, many factors come into play. And determining which EV company is going to be around in 5-10 years or more can be really tough.
That's why, there are companies that are right under your feet that are making massive gains because of the EV boom. These are companies that are hiding in plain sight, but they don't always get recognized because they are often "boring companies" like mining.
If you were to ask someone, what are some hot industries right now, they might say EV. But if the EV business is to grow, they will require all sorts of technologies from the batteries, to raw materials, to software.
This is how you can play in the EV market without getting stuck on just a few of the EV companies. And potentially earn a profit from the companies that are profiting from EV companies, and therefore growing along with it. And better yet, these companies often go underrecognized compared to say the top EV companies and therefore do not have the same type of valuation risks associated with performing at all-time highs.
Are you a fan of the game of chess? Do you currently or plan to trade or invest in stocks?
Well this episode is for you. Having spent many years playing chess on and off, I often wonder about the incredible type of thinking that goes on during a chess game.
A chess game is a beautiful game to understand the art of. And when I see the amazing games that happen, I desire to learn about it, and even moreso, I desire to understand what I can take away to bring into my own life.
And recently, it hit me. I asked myself "what can I learn from chess that can possibly help me make money?"
Here was one of the major lessons I took away from chess lessons that can be applied to the stock market.
There is a massive opportunity hidden within the stock market, and it's not about industries. You've heard of all the "booms" and "busts" and phrases like "ready to burst."
With most tech companies constantly being rated as "overvalued" and many major companies being decent buying opportunities post-covid plummet, there are still some massive profit opportunities in this niche of the market.
It's not a single industry or business like EV, software, mining, oil & gas, entertainment, or anything like that. It is a group of companies that have exciting profit potentials and even long term gains. There is potential for profitable overnight trades (yes overnight because of how these companies are formed) - but these are trades you will want to follow often over multiple weeks or months of basic research. And the long term opportunities are huge because many of these companies are based on leading-edge technologies.
And with anything, speak with an advisor at your personal financial institution before making any decisions. The ideas in this podcast are meant to be general in nature and don't always make sense for every investor or trader.
As a writer, have you ever felt like people "don't read anymore?"
Are you concerned that it will be tough to build an audience online because it is incredibly flooded with "text" and on top of that most people are focused on video content or memes?
While a lot of it might be partially true, there are things you can do to grow an audience as a Fiction writer. You just have to get more creative just as all artists have had to pivot and try new ideas throughout history.
And with every new medium and technology comes new opportunity.
Pinterest isn't anything new. It's been around for a few years. But most fiction writers still haven't recognized the potential to use Pinterest to grow their audiences.
Writing a book and self-publishing with Amazon is a MASSIVE opportunity today. Whether you want to leave a legacy for your future children's children's children's to read or whether you want to start another stream of income or whether you just want something that's an upgrade from a business card for work, your book is literally right under your finger tips.
But like with everything, it is easier said than done. If the idea of sitting down to pump out 100+ pages of a book seems daunting, that's ok. Because there is another way you can build an audience, and generate an income before your book is even out!
So listen to this podcast and find out how other professional authors and writers are developing their books.
For the humble and modest, it can be tough to decide "what you are good enough at" to monetize. But rest assured that there is a skill or piece of knowledge in all of us that can help us create a separate stream of income.
Whether you want to create a YouTube channel or sell your knowledge as a course, or become an expert or authority figure in a specific field, check out this podcast to brainstorm some valuable ideas that you can start working on today.
The opportunities are limitless on the internet. And today is the day to get started.
If you've ever wanted to learn about Stock Options (Calls and Puts) you've probably done your research and found answers from various websites.
You've probably heard of the "buying a house" metaphor or "insurance" story for examples. But if you're like me, those didn't truly help you understand how they work.
In that case, check out this episode because you're going to find the easiest way to separate and understand the two types of stock options: "Calls and Puts."
You don't need to be an expert or even do any math. It is simple logic.
Read an interesting article on The Wall Street Journal regarding how COVID and Quarantine are changing businesses. Most of it is obvious enough already. Restaurants have gone out of business. Airlines need help. Retail stores are still keeping their stores shelved. Gas companies lost revenue. Hollywood is just now starting to get back into movie production.
But even beyond that, one question that arises is how will managers and executives be measured? It would be easy to just hope that everyone accepts a "hit to their annual bonuses" but that's not how it works. Their "underperformance" due to a force majeure impacting the bottom line isn't necessarily acceptable by most managers or executives.
So the question arises, how else can managers and executives still keep a portion of their bonuses despite their downturn if not measuring the bottom line results?
The article mentioned some ideas to turn it around and look beyond just the bottom line of profits.
I can't find the article now, but here are some thoughts around the article.
Many people have probably listened to Warren Buffett or Charlie Munger thinking they may share some secret that helps them get rich. And while they share some amazing wisdom that has helped them become massively successful in books like "Essays of Warren Buffett" or "All I Want to Know is Where I'm Going to Die so I'll Never Go There."
But after reading a lot of their work, I began to wonder why their lessons may help some people and not others.
For example, Buffett and Munger often talk about getting rid of errors and making investments as close to a sure thing as possible and risk elimination. Or another example is Buffett often talks about the concept of compound interest and how every penny can grow. But if you don't have the ability to multiply every penny 10X, then what do you do?
You won't find the answers to "then what do you do." But you might find an idea that can hold people back and thereby avoid the trap.
Amazing book so far with some incredibly practical wisdom from two of some of the most successful investors on the planet. Peter Bevelin does a great job bringing together the ideas and wisdoms of Buffett and Munger into this incredible book "All I Want to Know is Where I'm Going to Die so I'll Never Go There."
You can purchase the book below through Amazon.
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You can also purchase it through the official website of PCA Publications: https://www.poorcharliesalmanack.com/all_i_want_to_know.php
When it comes to explaining nature, money, physics, and many other important things math has tremendous power. And there is tremendous power if you can harness the power of math.
But looking beyond the tangible numbers, there are things such as subjectivity, opinions, human behavior, and more which completely alter and change the predictions of many calculations. And there are also things in nature that math doesn't always make sense for.
For example, if you take 500 Skittles in one hand, and 500 skittles in the other, their consistencies may be completely different. 500 Skittles doesn't explain it all. They may have different weights, quantities of colors, quality issues, and more... Maybe an entire pile is smaller than the other. So perhaps there are many things that are wrongly measured.
Let's consider when the concept of math can fail, and look into this other concept that might give you an interesting point of view of how 1 + 1 = 3.
The majority of us can always give even a bit more. And this isn't just coming from the "overdeliver to your customers/24/7 hustle mentality" perspective. A lot of times you can give more to yourself.
For example, in fitness. Ever hear about how some people break through plateaus? There are some people who need a rest, and other's who just need to give a little bit more to break through their barriers. They just need to get out of their comfort zone a bit more.
And one question to ask about this is where else can this carry into your life? Where else can you give yourself just a bit more? Maybe a bit more sleep? A bit more alone time? A bit more social time? Giving to other's is wonderful, but this is a great podcast to evaluate the question, what more can you do for yourself or push yourself even a bit more just to become a greater you.
This is a very biased review as I have read and listened to quite a bit of his content. But this added to his interesting story through a visual experience. All I have to say are positive things and great takeaway lessons from this awesome series.
To watch the show for yourself, check out the series "Choose Yourself: The James Altucher Story" through the link below.
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What is the quickest way to start generating an income from a Podcast?
Here are a few things you have to do and check for. And it's not as complicated or difficult as you think.
You don't have to worry about having tons of episodes but you do have to be professional.
You don't need thousands or even hundreds of followers, although more helps.
You don't need overly fancy technology because you can get started right now from your phone.
Listen to this podcast and get started with your podcast in the next 30 minutes with the methods presented.
There are only a handful of tools that people are using to make alternative income streams either as hobbies or full-blown businesses. They often include big tech brands you've heard of such as Google, WordPress, YouTube, Amazon, eBay, even Wal-Mart and more...
Having tested out these ideas myself, here is how you can start making an income by becoming a product expert using just Amazon and YouTube. It helps if there is already a type of product you are interested or passionate about whether it be coffee/espresso makers, juicers, workout equipment, books, cameras, and more...
Find out how to make it happen for yourself.
I noticed this article in The Wall Street Journal the other day about Michael Jordan getting his stake in the company DraftKings (DKNG) and I've been keeping an eye on it.
Since the news, I've heard about more partnerships that seem to have helped their stock value rise. Here's some thoughts around it.
Please forgive the "pops" in this episode as I am testing a new microphone setup for more future episodes. The pop filter was currently unavailable.
In the meantime, the information is awesome!
This episode inspired by The Wall Street Journal article here:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/warren-buffett-and-the-300-000-haircut-11598626805?st=1dkjsjb9nqm86dv (big correction in my audio I said $35,000 haircut, but it's even more than that!) anyway, you can play with the numbers yourself using any compounding calculator.
With that said, the article combined with the incredible book on Warren Buffett titled "The Snowball" on my Amazon Webstore: https://www.amazon.com/shop/mindsetferg?listId=2AKHVR2FNC44G&ref=cm_sw_tw_r_inf_list_own_mindsetferg_dp_147yQI06qo6Nb
Together, they give amazing insight into how Warren Buffett (based on interpretations of the article and book) views the world. And while simply thinking in a "Buffett way" won't make you an Oracle of your city, there is a lot we can learn to start to update the way we think.
Amazing and exciting episode interviewing actress and coach Natalie Lymor who has trained with some of the best Hollywood has to offer including the highly esteemed Ivana Chubbuck and the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe.
In this episode we talk about how even professionals can learn from actors trainings to be more authentic in life.
Natalie Lymor even goes over some other fun ideas while sharing stories about her experience in Hollywood to include:
- How to craft a unique story when you are an incredibly diverse person
- How mentors helped her succeed
- Why understanding human behavior is critical to success for actors
- How she coaches clients without even looking at the script (for actors)
- And so much more great industry knowledge! This is an episode you won't want to miss (especially if you're an actor)
"Live it, Love it, Book it! ~Natalie Lymor
In addition to be a working actor, Natalie Lymor is an entertainment coach and mentor for actors of all ages. Natalie has studied with a handful of elite acting coaches, casting directors and personally mentored with Ivana Chubbuck allowing her to develop a comprehensive technique ‘The P.R.O.C.E.S.S.’ that is simpler to teach and easier to understand than many of the most popular methods out there.
Throughout each class there are exercises introduced that not only develop the foundation of acting but help students gain confidence, recognize their individuality, identify unique abilities and special talents. Success in the business requires a great deal more from actors then just the performance.
It's a cut throat industry, but my clients learn what it takes and how to get it!
Natalie's experience and charisma allow her to make real connections with even the youngest of actors. She excels at guiding young talent as they learn to engage the material on deeper levels. Her gift for instilling in children a positive attitude towards the natural pressures and stress of auditioning has made her a favorite amongst dedicated parents who struggle with the pain that their children often encounter in the normal day life of being an actor.
Natalie is a reliable professional who provides firm guidance, strong mentorship and enthusiastic advocacy to her students. Natalie's goal is to instill in her clients confidence, passion and the need to WIN in a warm, friendly and fun learning environment.
As discussed in our episode, Natalie also has some projects coming out that you won't want to miss!
Illegal Rose will be in the virtual 2020 Roxbury Film Festival on Sunday, October 4, 2020, starting at 5:30 PM followed by a Q&A with Deborah Riley Draper and Jasmine Guy. More information can be found here: https://www.roxfilmfest.com/films-and-events/2020/illegalrose
Illegal Rose is streaming on FlixaTV. This is a brand-new Australian streaming platform owned by women and focusing on content by women or with strong female leads. Spread the word and share the link: https://flixa.vhx.tv/her-way/videos/illegal-rose
Also, check out an article about the Roxbury Film Festival: https://www.baystatebanner.com/2020/09/24/roxbury-international-film-festival-goes-virtual/
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It is exciting to see someone you connected with quite a few years ago suddenly start rising in their industry, so I just had to interview Hala Taha. It's funny how overnight success works - when someone suddenly starts appearing all over the place and their business is doing great (the public misses many years of effort)! And Hala shares her story of the many years of hard work that she put in to develop her Top-of-the-Apple-Charts podcast "Young and Profiting."
In this episode, Hala goes over her incredible story starting from when she first got on the radio, and why she felt like she would never be on a mic again...
I also took a question from Tim Ferris and asked her "if she had to put advice on a billboard to help a new podcaster, what would it say?" And her answer was astonishing...
And by the end of this show, I was incredibly inspired. It's one thing to hear an amazing story and be motivated through a "motivational speech." But it's another to hear someone's story and say "I am inspired to be like that" in even symbolic ways such as with leadership skills and work ethic.
This is one episode you won't want to miss.
Hala started her career in radio production at WQHT Hot97 on “The Angie Martinez Show.”
Later she focused on an entrepreneurial endeavor― the launch an entertainment news blog site, “The Sorority of Hip Hop.” She led an all-female team of 50 bloggers, and together they ran the popular site, interviewed celebrities, produced radio shows, and hosted parties/concerts. When the blog site boom slowed down in 2014, Hala took a temporary exit from the entertainment industry to get an MBA. She now currently has over 8 years of corporate marketing experience and is quickly rising up the ranks at Disney Streaming Services.
Today Hala hosts a #1 How-To podcast, Young and Profiting (YAP), and is one of the biggest influencers on Linkedin. YAP merges Hala’s passions for radio, entrepreneurship, business, and continued learning. Hala is an expert on networking, rising from failure, personal branding, Linkedin marketing and podcasting.
Check out her podcast here:
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Danielle like many of us were hit by COVID 19, except she saw this as a time to pivot into a passion she had prior to COVID19 while she was working as a consultant.
Today, she has become a YouTuber and helps people clear themselves of emotional baggage, sometimes trauma, and even limiting beliefs. Tune into this episode to hear about:
+ What Ancestral Clearing is all about...
+ How Ancestral Clearing can apply to everybody...
+ How you can target the obstacles that prevent you from being your fullest self...
+ Ways to tackle the baggage, negative emotions, or limiting beliefs that hold us back...
+ And so much more related to the work Danielle is doing with people
Danielle is an Ancestral Clearing Practitioner who helps people release what’s holding them back so they can live with more freedom, joy and ease. She is able to call on source energy (god) to dissolve trapped energy that causes emotional, mental and physical blockages. With a decade of experience in the luxury cruise industry, she applies her experience in media, marketing and business to help bring the message of energetic wellness to more people.
For more information or to connect with Danielle, check out the links below:
Free abundance clearing MP3: abundance.daniellegrozavu.com
On All Social: @daniellegrozavu
Brett Billingsley is a USMC Veteran who spent time in Afghanistan and a wide range of experiences after service to share his thoughts in this episode. And thing's weren't easy.
Whether you're a veteran or just curious about how one even becomes an Aerospace Engineer after military service, this is a great episode.
Brett shares thoughts from:
+ Why working on oil rigs are a great first job opportunity for some fresh vets
+ What you can do to start your career on the right track even if you are finishing up service with a skills that are not so transferrable such as bomb disposal
+ Ideas surrounding reflection and mental shifts you have to make as it relates to relationships and money once you're done with service so as to not make common mistakes
+ How he went from being uncomfortable with the academic areas of life to his passion in math and physics and how that helped him develop his career
+ Finding what to focus your time and energy on
+ Adapting to the unstructured world when you are no longer in the military
+ And much more in terms of knowledge and skills for all...
You will want to hear this episode.
You can connect with Brett with the details below:
YouTube: Aion Unbound
This episode contains exciting insider experience from 2ndLt Johnson about becoming a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Commissioned Officer.
Part of this episode includes the first-hand experience of the sleep deprivation in Officer Candidate School, while also getting a glimpse into one fresh USMC Officer's key leadership principle for his life. But even through the tough times, Johnson seemed prepared for some of the rigors of OCS which ends up being a fantastic lesson in itself for anyone who wishes to go this route to join the military.
Even more powerful was to hear how the challenges of OCS were "just the beginning" as Officers eventually face even more difficult challenges should they succeed through the trials of OCS. Things are as easy as they are compared to your biggest challenge.
It is a fun episode when you hear about a technology that is new and useful to you. This exciting episode features entrepreneur Todd Giannattasio who is also the Chief Marketing Officer of Ziotag.
In this episode, Todd shares his thoughts around:
+ Personal business philosophy
+ Ideas and when to be comfortable sharing them vs protecting them
+ Uncovering the hidden challenges customers have when considering solutions (great if you're in sales or marketing)
+ Some career advice that he learned throughout his time
+ Artificial Intelligence and how it can be used to get your company more attention
+ ...and much more
Todd Giannattasio is a veteran marketing expert who has been featured by Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Huffington Post for his proven systems to grow brands, generate leads, and increase sales in our constantly evolving, digital world. His combination of fundamental principles and modern marketing strategies are what create a force multiplier for businesses.
He is certified in sales and marketing from DigitalMarketer.com, Hubspot, and the Jordan Belfort Straight Line Sales and Persuasion System. He has been a featured speaker at the Propelify Innovation Festival, presenting to a combined audience of 24,000 attendees.
Todd has been working in digital communications and marketing since 2003. Over that time, he's worked with some of the biggest companies in the world from Universal Records to BASF, and with growing startups and small businesses.
He is currently the founder of The Growth Suite and Tresnic Media and cofounder, CMO of Ziotag.
For FREE marketing stuff, visit: thegrowthsuite.com/links
Maritza Exarchos travels between the USA and Greece as she develops a career in Real Estate and Entertainment.
One day she was inspired when she realized she disliked what she was doing and she needed a change.
Her story will help you to recognize those serendipitous moments that can bring you a world of happiness if you open yourself up to them.
Super fun episode with Geeg Wiles and Captain Ahab. You gotta listen to this story of how a group of Navy pals acquired an almost (*Spoiler alert*) 45-pound lawn gnome and transformed it into a world-traveling family legacy.
Even more, you'll hear some great tips about icebreakers, human connection, building a legacy, and some of their adventure stories.
Geeg Wiles is the voice, caretaker and keeper of chronicles for Ahab’s Adventures.
An average year for Geeg and his partner consists of such undertakings as jumping out of planes, rafting gnarly white water rapids, swimming at Black Canyon National Park, taking in the historic buildings of Stockholm, exploring the falls of the Upper Peninsula, hitchhiking through Patagonia, volunteering at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station, and being 1.5 out of 5 people to smell the Iowa State Fair’s Butter Cow. All of this on-the-ground “work” contributes to a larger story, which has been in the care of Geeg’s family for over seven decades.
At the mention that Geeg has accomplished these feats with “his partner,” you may have assumed that relationship was of a romantic sort, but that’s not the case. His travel companion is Captain Ahab; a three-foot-tall, forty-pound, bright yellow, wooden fisherman/wannabe pirate captain. Together, they are on a mission to motivate others by showing that if Captain Ahab can conquer his bucket list, then anyone can blast through their excuses and COMMANDEER LIFE!!!
The business innovation behind Ahab's Adventures challenges the status quo, as does the way Geeg and Captain Ahab approach every single activity, interaction and idea. Of course, a lawn gnome was never intended to live the life Captain Ahab leads, nor should he be allowed to get behind so much red tape to accomplish his goals, but this dynamic duo’s entrepreneurial, “anything's possible,” thinking opens doors that would otherwise remained closed. By having re-imagined the purpose behind something old, neglected and even ordinary, Geeg inspires others to find the extraordinary in their own lives and seize a refreshing outlook on what’s possible.
Outside his professional life, Geeg is a cross between a white water raft guide and a biology lab technician.
You can pull any info from the bio attached or the about us page
A phenomenal story from Business-Woman, Executive Coach, Leadership Trainer, creator of Neuro-Shine Technology and more...
In this episode, Shiny open's up about her experience on pursuing success in male-dominated environments. It's hard enough, but even more when the country you're living in also tends to be more patriarchal like Turkey.
Whether you're listening as a man or woman, you'll find some great lessons through her stories, particularly to empower you.
Shiny Burcu Unsal is the Global Award-Winning Creator of Neuro-Shine Technology™, a 40 Under 40 Most Influential Award Recipient, a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming®, an ICF Certified Executive Coach, an ICF Accredited Professional Coach Trainer and a seasoned Communication & Leadership Expert. She's committed to helping people combine the power of their mind with the wisdom of their heart to maximize their true potential and make their difference in the world.
She is the Founder of the Academy of Neuro-Shine Technology™, the Author of “YOU ARE A STAR! SHINE!” and a top-rated Professor at UCLA Extension, teaching Leadership Communication Strategies and Emotional Intelligence, since 2012.
Born and raised in a small town in Turkey and driven by a desire for bigger achievements, she left her advertising career in Turkey and started her American Dream in 2004 in Los Angeles. After losing her father to a shocking heart attack in 2006, Shiny embarked on a journey that traveled deep within, searching for her truth and purpose. Today, after 20,000 hours of training, Shiny is a voice for enlightenment, courage and positive energy, teaching the skills and technology for personal transformation with love and oneness.
Since 2011, she's trained over 5,000 people, personally certified over 350 coaches and her videos have been viewed over 300,000 times on YouTube. She's an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council and a Motivational Speaker with a unique, high positive energy, having shared the stage with the best in the world, like Brendon Burchard, Les Brown, Gary Vee and Jay Abraham. She's been featured on CNN Turk, CBS, Hay House Radio, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and multiple other TV channels, magazines and podcasts.
Shiny takes personal pride in transforming her own mother from “a miserable widow/retired teacher,” into an inspiring Neuro-Shine Technology enthusiast and trainer who actively gives seminars in her hometown in Turkey—after the age of 60! She's also proud to have graduated hundreds of international professionals from the Leadership Communication Strategies course she teaches at UCLA Extension, developing modern leaders who own their unique voice, using her “YOU ARE A STAR! SHINE!” as the textbook for her class.
Shiny has received degrees from METU (Turkey’s MIT), UCLA, Harvard Business School and the University of Metaphysics. Prior to owning her mission to create shiny minds, she worked in the corporate world for a decade, managing award-winning campaigns for Fortune 500 brands like Coca Cola, Kotex, BP and AVON while at multinational advertising agencies like Ogilvy and McCann Erickson. From her personal transformation experience creating her dream life on her own terms, she wholeheartedly believes in leading humanity forward and making people shine with her state-of-the art, truth-based success methodology: Neuro-Shine Technology™, a blend of deep, truthful coaching, structured NLP thought strategies, neuroscience and quantum physics. It's also the reason she changed her name to Shiny, which represents her enlightenment and the potential cosmic brilliance of every human mind when it’s coherent with the magical heart. Her message to the world is: "Success begins in your mind and lives in your heart."
To learn more visit: https://www.shinyunsal.com
Heard about some of Colton's video mindset coaching through a buddy of mine, David J. Woodbury, and I just had to do get these amazing ideas from Colton. Through many experiences, Colton decided to make the leap to build and grow a YouTube channel, and also teaches others how to succeed through Mindset and YouTube technologies.
Listen to this story if you want to launch your channel with the right mindset and tools that will take you further than if you didn't listen.
For anyone that wants to know the steps you need to take in order to make YouTube income whether you want to be a gamer or just have another way to earn money. Watch/listen to this podcast where we hear Colton’s story of how he does it. And how you can start today.
Litter Box Ideas for Cats
These are 10 ideas if you want to design a litter box or do something creative to improve them. Whether you are a business or doing it yourself, these might be useful to you.
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In the meantime, if you are considering cats or a new litter box, check out the Nature's Miracle High-Sided Litter Box, Eay Clean Spout
You don't need anything fancy, and it is incredibly affordable and a very simple design that will fit where most cat litter boxes fit
Making A Udemy Course: Worksheet Ideas
Making a course on Udemy or anywhere for that matter is exciting! A big part of creating any training is to have a system which makes it more effective, but also the worksheets which keep your students engaged.
I made my first course and the experience has been amazing, it is about how to self publish a book. Check it out here:
Here are some ideas to get you rolling and although this is very specific to one type of training, you can apply this in many ways.
Worst Ideas Ever List: "Crappy" Ideas
This list inspired by James Altucher's podcast episode with Steve Cohen:
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To inspire you further, even despite these "crappy" ideas, be sure to get more inspired, in a good way, by James Altucher's book "Choose Yourself." It is a phenomenal read and is amazing and can help change your life. Check it out on Amazon below:
Start an Energy Drink Business: Ideas for Names
When it comes to starting an energy drink business, this is a great way to start, because you'll want to consider your audience and a catchy name. So here's a quick list that can help you get started from Strategic Possibilities Podcast
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NO high fructose corn syrup
NO artificial colors of flavors...
Check out the CELSIUS Fitness Drink 9-Flavor Variety Pack, Zero Sugar, 12oz. Slim Can, 12 Pack below:
How to name your Udemy Training Course
Udemy is an exciting opportunity to teach people things online and make an income from your passion. While income results may vary, what's amazing is you have a product and way to help many people, all while having the potential to get recognized as an expert in your business. For example,
I made my first course and the experience has been amazing, it is about how to self publish a book. Check it out here:
But there are some things that you can do to make your course more attractive, and like anything from writing to making YouTube videos, how you name it can be a huge impact. Here is my Podcast episode where I share some of the names and the thinking behind it for a sales training course.
The physical magazine and newspaper business has declined a bit over the years simply because most of us can easily get all of our information online. It makes us feel like there is "free information." But not all information is created equal.
I recently subscribed to and have delivered to my house certain magazines and newspapers and thought about the benefits of this experience. It has been very insightful, not only because of the news on the articles, but because of a few other things as well, which I describe in this video.
Looking to improve your email marketing? Need ideas for your next campaign? Considering an email marketing business? Check out this podcast episode for 10 ideas list dedicated specifically to email marketing campaigns.
One way to build a business even if you don't have any products or don't have a brand but have a manufacturing process is to do joint ventures.
When you partner with another person or company, you are developing a joint venture that allows you and the other person to work together in business in a way that can help an audience.
This list is specifically geared toward internet based businesses where you can literally take your knowledge and skills, and combine them with one of your friends knowledge and skills and do an exciting business opportunity together.
Newsletters have provided exciting business opportunities for many years. I've started one myself, and getting started is not that difficult, but does require a lot of work.
And there are different business models to provide. Many common ones are providing a free newsletter but having valuable offers for the subscribers. Regardless of what your pricing model, here are 10 ideas for newsletter offers to add value to your subscribers.
A Mastermind group is incredibly powerful in helping you in your life, career, or any other area you are working on.
It can help you do so much more in life and find out here why 1 + 1 = 3
But don't mistake a Mastermind group for any Facebook group that has the overly misused word Mastermind in it. This is about Mastermind groups as described in Napoleon Hill's work "Think and Grow Rich" or "The Law of Success in 16 Lessons."
Overt racism is one thing where people are open about being racist. You can at least avoid or stand up to them because you know who they are. And any of their "overt racist behavior" is no longer accepted in our society.
But here's something that can be more harmful to society overall than someone who is obviously racist: implicit bias. Yes, words are harmful, and obviously physical racist acts that contain violence in particular are terrible and should be punished severely.
While overt racism can be easy to punish and deal with...
Implicit racism enters the fabric of society without being noticed and can influence decisions in every area of the world, which ultimately affects opportunities and more.
To find out more about implicit biases as described in this podcast, check out the Harvard resource below.
David Goggins often shares his leadership struggles on podcasts and in his book. His leadership ability may seem counterintuitive due to the huge following and fanbase he has. Whether you're in business, interested in learning more about leadership, or just wondering why David Goggins had challenges, Daniel Goleman's research might provide an answer. And it also tackles the problem of "do high-performance people make the best leaders?" https://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/(51)%20Leadership%20that%20Gets%20Results.pdf
He had it all...
Career success, big connections, the dream lifestyle with his wife, cars, and house. But a wrong decision sent him down a terrible path and landed him in hot water with the FBI and then in prison.
In this episode, Craig shares his story before, during, and after prison in a way that can give you a positive boost in your life.
Whether you're facing hardships because you've been to prison, or whether you're struggling because of lack of career success, or you simply want to reinvent yourself in a more positive way and to have a bigger impact, this is an episode you will get something valuable from. Find out the experiences he had that can help you:
- To trust yourself and your decisions better
- Overcome major setbacks such as a bad move that lands you in prison
- A three-step system to start getting yourself out of rock bottom
- Take another look at those relationships that matter in your life
- Shift a disempowering blame mentality to one that can help you make a positive difference
- And so much more...
A Brief Message from Craig Stanland:
I'm a Coach, a Reinvention Architect, the author of the soon to be published memoir, The Blank Canvas, and a highly sought after public speaker with a TEDx Talk titled, "How I Learned My Greatest Worth in Federal Prison." My mission is to help people whose lives have fallen apart, who want to start over, rebuild and reinvent themselves so they can have the extraordinary life they've always wanted.
Watch My TEDx Here
Self-help is helpful, but when does it begin to become a harmful illusion?
It depends on your situation, but if you have an entire wall of shelf-help and are still feeling stuck and not truly being closer to the dreams and goals you came up with, this could be why...
The quantity vs quality debate.
Here's why quantity beats quality in the pursuit of perfection. There are numerous examples of quantity beating quality - but also a handful of example of "quality" beating quantity - but those are examples where the reverse of quantity beats quality is equally true.
So which is more important?
Here's why quantity beat's quality, and how you can apply the ideas to your life.
It's no secret the media has tremendous power. Very few businesses can get their ideas out to hundreds of thousands or millions of people as quickly and effectively as a media company.
And while I wouldn't say media manipulators are doing it on purpose (all the time), there are many people in media who have an opinion and want to influence decisions.
And one of the ways is headlines. This episode provides some of the tried and true tactics of media manipulators and provides ideas with which to protect yourself.
If you've already heard about self-publishing a book on Amazon or Kindle Direct Publishing, you may have even considered writing one. Even if you are already an author, this episode is designed to share the idea of how to put your book sales/marketing on auto-pilot. With the ideas described in this episode, you'll find a system to apply to start selling and marketing your books without ever leaving your home or picking up a phone or messaging anyone. This is a very simple process, but understanding how and why it works is what we will go into in more detail.
As part of The Ideator Journal series, based on my 10 ideas per day, here are 10 billion dollar ideas. These ideas range from tech innovations to physical businesses and more. Check out some of these ideas and see if they sound good or not. What do you think? What ideas do you have for billion dollar ideas?
In this episode, we look at 10 ideas for intersection niches.
Looking for ideas for your business?
Looking for that one special niche?
The power doesn't just come from finding a "niche" anymore, it comes from finding a "niche" plus the intersection of where to apply it.
I learned about this groundbreaking daily exercise everyone can do that has the potential to become a superpower around 6 years ago. It has the potential to unleash your greatest motivations and help you "declutter" your mind to intensify your focus on the things that matter.
Coming up with 10 ideas per day was an idea I heard from reading the book "Choose Yourself" by James Altucher and it has been an amazing way to build up both your creative power and method to intensify your focus.
But not everyone will do it because some people say "ideas don't matter," or "actions are the only things that matter," or "ideas are precious gems and should be highly protected (maybe some should)," or "bad ideas are bad" and find out why those thoughts are wrong.
And listen through this episode so you can unleash your great ideas!
Wow, it was awesome having my friend Renee Sullivan, a headhunting entrepreneur in the HVAC industry.
Even if you are not in HVAC, now is a good time to hear about some of the open opportunities. But beyond that, you'll gain some amazing insight from Renee's story.
Renee's journey into entrepreneurship and finding herself wasn't a straight line. She overcame many challenges that helped her to reach where she is today, and she shares her story here.
In this episode you'll get insight into:
- Finding employment or hiring opportunities in the HVAC industry.
- How to find yourself and your strengths throughout your career.
- The truth of what "overnight success" looks like (over 13 years).
- When to know you need to make a change.
- What to do when your skills, experience, and education is no longer "accepted" in your industry.
- And so much more...
A great listen during these challenging times.
Renee lives in Auburn, Massachusetts and is married with 2 children who attend the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, MA.
She’s the owner of ALA Services. As a hiring consultant, she helps small business owners without an HR department and less than 20 employees by minimizing the amount of work they need to do to find their ideal office and administrative professionals.
The clients she works best with have a growth mindset. They know they don’t have the time, skill and/or resources to do this efficiently, so they understand the need for outsourcing the task of vetting applicants, interviewing, and reference checking to a professional that will save them both time and money in the process, and the person hired is more likely to stay for the long-term.
Renee’s journey into the entrepreneurial world started many years ago, and it took personal development and mindset growth, as well as several events and transitions in her life to motivate and inspire her to dive full force into starting her own business.
Right now she’s focused on serving the HVAC Industry by taking the stress out of the hiring process for the small business owner and connecting them with other professionals to help their business grow.
She has worked with clients in Massachusetts and Florida and has the ability to expand globally.
Connect with her on her website https://alaserviceshiring.com and schedule a no cost, no-obligation consultation to see if she can help your business (or another business owner you know) to grow with the right professionals in place.
Disclaimer: To improve the sound quality, this episode has been highly edited and the speech has been highly modified.
Jay Carter has an amazing story with some incredible lessons on entrepreneurship, applying deadly martial arts, dealing with prejudice, growing up as a black sheep, and of course, wealth.
In this episode you'll hear an amazing transformational story about what its' like to:
- Grow up in Japan without parents and as the only white person
- Be private security for successful people like Kobe Bryant
- Hang out with a Saudi King
- And you'll also hear about the value of keeping a record of your ideas and much more...
There are amazing adventures packed into this exciting episode, so be sure to tune in.
Jay Carter is a serial entrepreneur and strategic business advisor.
Or if you are looking for business law services in Los Angeles, visit www.losangeleslaw.net
In this episode, Vladimir takes some time to share his story from a cave in Portugal.
After getting through some challenging times, Vladimir was able to quickly turn his life around and take on the opportunity to travel to a new foreign country.
In this episode Vladimir shares some interesting tips on:
- How to travel to a country where you don't know anyone or speak the language.
- How to overcome your basic fears so you can be more adventurous.
- How he decluttered his home and how it impacted him positively.
This is a fun story for anyone who wants to add a little adventure to their life.
Vladimir grew up in Macedonia and currently lives in Portugal. Follow him on Instagram to keep up with his exciting story! @the.dukoski
Emily started off in the trenches of the writing and editing world of newspaper reporting on the most basic stories. Today, she is an editor for various highly respected brands and newsletters.
If you're looking to:
- Grow your career as an editor
- Get noticed by an editorial publication as a writer
- Find out some amazing tips of how you can get started in a writing and editing career for highly-respected brands...
Tune in for what Emily has to share in this eye-opening episode. She shares amazing tips for launching your career, as well as some deeply insightful ideas to address some of the day to day challenges of being an editor that writers want to work with.
Emily spent the early part of her career in the heavy-hitting world of newspapers and worked her way up. You will want to catch this episode especially if you are interesting in blogging, reporting, writing, editing, ghostwriting, or even working at a major publication.
To connect with Emily, check out her LinkedIn profile in the link below:
John Grgurich balances his passion for creative work with his professional freelance writing. And in this interview, John shares fantastic tips on how to become a working writer.
In this podcast, John discusses how to:
- Write for businesses when you've mostly written creative work.
- One of his favorite strategies for finding clients and how you can reach 50 to 100 people or more.
- Recognize the biggest opportunity for writers today
- And much more...
As he merges his story with interesting lessons he's learned throughout his career.
For business, John Grgurich can be reached on LinkedIn at:
Or via Twitter @john_grgurich
Artists and dreaming entrepreneurs are in for a treat.
Jackie reveals her astonishing perspectives on how to grow your business as an artist through social media. In this podcast she goes in depth about:
- Where small businesses tend to go wrong when it comes to social media
- How to generate clients for your business
- The keys to growing your social media
- Some of the strategies she used to multiply her social media followers
And while you're listening to her share these insider tips, you might even get inspired to start your business and take on social media with more effective strategies.
Jacqueline Marie Alberto is a content creator originally from Miami, FL. She works as a Social Media Coordinator and Manager for various companies and individuals in Los Angeles. She is represented by Creative Circle.
Check out the information below to hire her or learn more about her work.
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Awesome show to bring on 7-Figure earner AmyLee Westervelt who shares wonderful insight into what it means to be an empath, how it can be harnessed as a strength, and what you can do to empower your empathic traits.
In this podcast, AmyLee combines stories and her experiences with clients to be the mentor she wishes she had earlier in her life.
And in this astonishing episode, you'll find out how you can start to release your power as an empath through a system she created.
AmyLee Westervelt is a life and business coach for empath entrepreneurs. Through her signature programs and coaching she assists in the transformation of her clients from anxious and unaware to empowered and abundant.
Her unique law of attraction-centric approach marries gratitude and personal value which results in an empowered, confident business owner who believes in their divine right to achieve and succeed as much as their ability. She strives to leave each client with an affinity for the finer things that life has to offer and a deep ownership of those experiences.
You can find information on AmyLee's training programs below:
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From growing up in the South in the 60's, to rising up in the United States Air Force and retiring after 31 years, and continuing to give to his community by helping develop younger leaders in communities like Sumter, SC.
Lefford Fate shares some amazing lessons through his story. The combination of Lefford Fate's 31 years leading in the military, and being both Napoleon Hill and John Maxwell certified, there is something inspirational for everyone.
Kick your life into gear and learn about mastering your feminine energy from Adora Crystal Evans.
A speaker, motivator, and Queen Inspiration Officer, Adora shares her stories about the trauma's she has experienced in life, and what she did to overcome them.
More than just a blast of positive energy, she shares some of the ideas that can help you:
- Build the confidence to own yourself and your business brand
- Overcome difficult financial challenges (Adora lived in a boarded up house with no electricity, but you'd never think it)
- Begin to change your life for the better even and some perspective gained from Adora's experience with some of the most traumatic life situations a woman can face. And some of the things she needed to do to overcome them.
- Understand some of the beliefs that limit you and hold you back, and how she has helped people do a complete 180 to live more empowered
- And much more...
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In this interesting podcast, you will hear ideas for workplace improvement from an executive standpoint.
Eddie goes over thoughts on handling bosses who steal your work, and how bosses can better improve their understanding of employees to improve retention.
You'll learn a lot about his upcoming books, and even get some ideas for how to get started on publishing your own work, motivating employees, and more.
Plus as a special bonus, find out what might motivate you to put on a suit, every day.
Eddie Loussararian is a Director of Training driven by improving employee engagement, culture, workflows and operational efficiencies. He uses team member feedback and reporting analytics to identify process improvements and then work with the Executive Team to implement new programs to control costs and improve service.Eddie Loussararian champions a strong focus on employee engagement and customer loyalty. An outstanding leader who inspires team members through communication, team building, and recognition.
For speaking engagements or more information, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
And check out his books:
"When Bosses Go Wild" and "64 Life Hacks for Success"
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James Bouza is a USMC Veteran and despite challenges and change, was able to build a career in corporate after leaving the military. In this interview, James shares his experience to help newly DD214'd (released) veterans find careers they can love.
- First steps you can take to get a head start
- How changes in his life caused changes in his career
- How to uncover your best qualities as a veteran
- What challenges veterans face when getting back into civilian life
And so much more great wisdom to help new veterans find work they can be passionate about.
Biography of James Bouza:
Born: Bay City, Michigan (Also the birthplace of Madonna)
Lives: Santa Monica, California
Married to Zaya
MBA student at Jack Welch Management Institute
Quote: "Some men give up their designs when they have alomost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before." -HERODOTUS -Historian c. 484-c. 425BC
Bob Telford is an actor, director and producer in Los Angeles, California has worked in the industry for many years both taking parts in films while also doing industry work behind the scenes with organizations like SAG-AFTRA.
In this eye-opening interview for entertainment professionals, Bob Telfort reveals tips such as:
- The two best people to become friends with on any set
- An exercise to reveal "your type" in the industry
- How to get out of your own way
And more through stories in the business and his personal experiences.
Definitely watch this if you plan on having a career as an actor for the long term, as opposed to moving to Los Angeles to "try it out."
You can reach Bob Telford at email@example.com
Mike Lambrechts is a wealth advisor, fishing and boating enthusiast, and conservationist. He is also a partner at KLW Wealth.
In this podcast, Mike shares his thoughts on:
- Making positive changes in your community
- How to find mentors
- What it takes to take on leadership roles
And much more!
With Ft. Lauderdale having so many challenges with the fact that most of South Florida is below Sea Level, there are some major problems with regards to the local waterways and sewage which require leaders of change. Mike is taking the initiative to lead such changes.
David J. Woodbury is a marketing/affiliate marketing expert and founder of Alternative Entrepreneur who has made an income from a combination of YouTube marketing and product advertising commissions since 2015.
In this video, David shares:
- A skill that YouTube experts use to get many views easily
- How to make money on YouTube without ad monetization
- His story of how he made a viral video and thousands of dollars overnight
- The marketing strategy even non-marketing experts can apply to build and grow a YouTube channel (and make a living from it)
- And so much more great marketing tips.
You can easily find out more about David J. Woodbury's videos across YouTube, and he also teaches a Masterclass as part of Tai Lopez's Cashfloww course teaching people how to create multiple streams of income.
Check out his Cashfloww course here: cashfloww.com/yourlifeyourway
You can also check out his website at www.davidjwoodbury.com
Michael Stebbins is a consultant in the areas of operations and improving business around a strong company culture. With his background in Philosophy, Stebbins share some of the core ideas tied to good practices in philosophy, and how they can be applied to the modern world.
Stebbins discusses concepts related to:
Philosophy in technology such as artificial intelligence
How to apply philosophy to your daily life
The concept of truth
How to adapt philosophical approaches in leadership
and many more valuable ideas that can help you see the world more clearly
The tradition of philosophy has an extensive history, and although it has its' challenges, there will always be room for philosophy in our life. Finding ways to apply it to the modern data-driven, heavily quantitative world is the challenge.
Be sure to tune in and get some ideas for yourself!
Every year millions of people make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, and do more self-care, yet before half the year is over, roughly 80% of people stop going to the gym. Regardless of this data, it is obvious that many people recognize the value of maintaining their physical fitness.
In this episode, Torrey Drake of Torrey's Fitness in Hollywood (a Builder of Badasses - which includes having better abs and a nicer ass) shares some of his hot tips to help people become more successful in the area of physical fitness.
Listen to this podcast to learn:
About busy moms who are often tougher than some guys when it comes to fitness
How to get started on your fitness journey even if you are uncertain, and have never been into a gym
Why most gyms are limiting people from improving their physical fitness, and what you can do about it
and even the one question you can ask yourself to make sure you keep pushing yourself to exercise day in and day out
Torrey gives both the tough love and tough workouts people need to get over their mental obstacles and plateaus. He also shares his easy to understand advice that you can remember to keep you motivated whether you are new or a regular fitness enthusiast. And to top it all off on this podcast, Torrey opens up about the tough experiences he had as a kid that helped him build the toughness and grit required of a physical fitness entrepreneur.
Check out his website at www.torreystraining.com
STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) subjects do not have to be intimidating, and even if you are creative, there is a place for you too!
April Kissinger shares her experience and takeaways from her career as a physical scientist working with laser technology. Find out why there is a major need for scientists who know how to communicate without "jargon" and the challenges those in the field of science may face. And part of it has to do with forgetting about the others around you.
April also shares about her personal experiences with anger, and how she began to overcome them. Learn the ideas and practices she implemented into her life to completely flip the way she views the world, which you can also apply to your life to become happier.
April is also the creator and artist behind www.miscreationnation.com which brings together science and interesting cartoon characters.
An awesome episode for anyone looking to get into the tech startup scene one day. In this interview with Tech Startup WiGoTrips Chief Technology Officer Adam Coulon, he shares his advice on:
Industry leadership, and why you have to go find your opportunities
How to be ready for your first big meeting
How to plan a group trip to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and experience it with past, present, and future friends
What it takes to go from technical freelancer to Chief Technology Officer
What to be aware of when finding your first business partner
And a new way to make money doing the things you love (related to travel)
So much to learn from this awesome budding story of WiGoTrips.com which is going to help connect the world through relationships and travel in a new and exciting way!
AJ Tjaden shares the philosophies that have helped him maintain strong relationships throughout his life. Having made friends around the world during his business travels for companies like Nike, and personal experiences, this is definitely a story you can learn a lot from.
Tune in to find out:
Why "networkers" are wrong in their approach
How to use social media to maintain friendships around the world
How to build a relationship with a leader or executive at your company
Why it is important to use social media (and not just as a self-promotional tool)
and having worked with some of the top athletes and sports professionals in the world, AJ shares the importance of having a conversations "person to person" and not "fan to superstar"
While some people feel Social Media creates a disconnect, this podcast demonstrates the incredible possibilities behind social media and its' ability to keep people maintain things as important as relationships.
In this fantastic episode, William Gant shares his experiences as an entrepreneur after college. When it comes to all the great stories about entrepreneurs out there today, there are still some elements missing. We do not always hear about those defining moments or people that helped entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Fortunately, Will shared some of his tips, tricks, and the experiences that helped mold his entrepreneurial journey.
Be sure to tune into this podcast and find out:
Why traveling can change your life...
How to effectively manage partner work relationships...
How to research markets for your business and determine whether an opportunity will work in a specific location or not
How mentors in your life can shape different areas of your life...
Why your relationships in school can be so important (and how to keep up with them)...
and much more...
This is also a great story for anyone who has ever wanted to open up an Escape Room.
A wonderful chance to speak with advisor Josh Krafchick CRPC®, EA who helps millennials make solid financial decisions that will affect their life. Josh also runs the blog "The Millennial Slacker's Guide" dedicated to helping millennials in all areas of their life from health and wealth, to personal development and growth.
In this episode, Josh shares some actionable insights on:
Risks and pitfalls people need to be aware of when making life-changing financial decisions such as buying a house
How to manage your money for retirement and some wisdom on how to balance saving with saving for the future
The story of pirates gold and what the story means when it comes to money
Personal beliefs as they relate to money, and so much more...
Be sure to tune in to this podcast episode to learn some ideas that can help you create a more sustainable financial future while living a fulfilling life.
Mary Poffenroth - an academic, researcher, and speaker on the subject took some time out of her day to speak to the world on the subject of fear. Her studies have also been presented during a Ted Talk.
This is a great episode for entrepreneurs, athletes, and anyone who wants to pursue a dream, but something is "stopping them." And sometimes it is even yourself.
Mary Poffenroth also shares some great thoughts including:
1) Perception of fear: what it is and what it is not
2) Dispelling the myth of being fearless
3) The strategies she has developed and studied to help others overcome fears.
Note that these are not "clinical" strategies or discussions related to deep-rooted phobias and such. Poffenroth specifically evaluates the fears that we face in everyday life that might cause us to be less than our most capable selves.
She also shares a great graphic with us on her website that you can use and keep on your phone to help you manage obstacles.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is not related to TED Talk and the images related to TED Talk belong solely to TED Talk. Although the interviewee has presented at TED
A wonderful interview with Actor Paul Ford who is forging new paths and looking to make changes in Hollywood. He had a career in Finance and is now taking on new challenges. And even with unique personal obstacles, he still works to be a voice for many. In this interview, you can hear about his compelling story which can help you believe in yourself. The topics covered include:
- Tips when working as an actor
- Pushing for more diverse roles in Hollywood, particularly for those with disabilities
- and some lessons on finding strength from within your own family.
This is a great interview with an expert who taught communications and public speaking at a college level for many years. In this lesson Kathleen Roy shares with us communications and social skills tactics that can help you:
- Be more confident in professional and casual personal meetings
- Adapt to different unfamiliar situations
- and recognize areas where we may need to improve our communications
This was a very special opportunity to do my very first podcast interview with my good friend and amazing comedienne and improv comedy performer Marian Yesufu.
In this interview, Marian shares with us her tips on:
- How she manages to organize so many wonderful events
- What wonderful ideas keep her motivated
- and how to turn everyday mundane ideas into something that could be entertaining.
With a very special "rap" up.
Somewhere in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the Clinton Library, rests the plaque below.
This article examines a theory on management that proposes that applying the right metrics to measure a manager’s performance can also help assess influence, and even help guide those managers who struggle with “soft skills”
At the individual contributor level, employees are measured on their activity or production. For example, companies track the number of emails employees send out, how many leads they generate, how many customer service calls they make, how many tires an assembly line puts out in an hour, or other metrics that may be relevant to a role. This process ideally results in more productivity, efficiency, or sales leads.
Meanwhile, managers may evaluate KPI's (key performance indicators) as defined as some composite result with value added information. In their roles, instead of monitoring just the numerical metric such as producing 50 screws in one hour, they might be measuring the number of screws produced per hour without defect.
These are great business methods for constant improvement, but what do these managers do while they're waiting for employees to push out those 50 screws? Do they sit by idly, or in meetings, until they have the days’ results to determine what to do with them, pressing the stereotype that managers don't do very much of anything? Maybe some managers might get away with that, but effective managers will be more engaged with employees, and that is exactly what we're looking to measure.
In this era of technological change, and big data, the principle on the plaque that stood out most to me was:
"Results you can measure are the only results that matter."
Many questions ran through my mind when I read that line. "What can't you measure?" "What about less tangible concepts like kindness, empathy, and active listening?" There is much talk about "Emotional Intelligence," but it seems to be an intangible, somewhat subjective set of traits. The rabbit hole goes deep, but let's fast forward a few weeks later to a conversation with an organizational leader at work.
As I spoke with the leader, they mentioned to me that their job is to influence teams to perform. The memory of this plaque suddenly popped into my head, and I asked "interesting you say that (then I told the story of the plaque), how exactly do you measure influence?" They replied that it was related to how much we as individuals achieve.
There is truth in that because that is what managers and great leaders do, they help others and the business live to their fullest potential. But I was interested in numbers. Not as a challenge to the leader, but moreso out of my own curiosity. I wanted to come up with a measurable aspect of this leader’s performance that could prove they were influential. It was difficult to answer at the time.
Let's first define "influence" from dictionary.com as "the action or process of producing effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of another or others." We often sit in awe, at those who are able to command an audience, and move them towards some common goal. The question now is; how does a manager go about influencing their team?
Chances are it's not accomplished by hiding away in some corner of the office e-mailing. The great leaders are arguably more involved with their teams, handling the complexity of emotions, bad days, career aspirations, financial concerns, and more.
Let us use a few examples.
In order to begin creating "metrics" for managers to practice influence, we must first explicitly define certain concepts that may be influential. We can take one of Daniel Goleman's thoughts on Emotional Intelligence to begin: Social Skill.
How do we measure social skill? What if we measured the number of times a leader smiled during meetings? Could this be translated into a happier team? While salespeople are not explicitly measured by their smiles, there are many sales teams that put mirrors in front of their sales
Here is a simple idea to help you become more focused, action-oriented, and more likely to achieve your goals. There is an obstacle that some of us tend to create for ourselves without even recognizing it. You don’t always recognize it, and it is so simple, yet so difficult at the same time.
We might be unconsciously limiting ourselves time and time again.
And this self-created obstacle can cause us to lose focus on what is important, become distracted, and even cause us to bring about the things we wish to avoid.
Chances are you’ve heard about it before, and I’m going to share it again along with some methods to help you can change the way you think effectively. It is one thing to “hear” why something is affecting us, but it is another to know how to shift our mindset.
You can read ahead, but you will miss something incredibly important because it isn’t the idea that is going to change your life or the way you go about your day. It is your own personal belief, and in order for some people to believe things, they must understand it in greater depth.
The idea I am about to share is a concept you have probably heard about over and over again on television, from personal development experts, in books and articles, and more, yet you still might have chosen to ignore the concept. And you still might unless something compels you to recognize the importance of that particular concept. I won’t keep trying to sell you on the idea anymore. There are plenty of books such as “The Secret” and Joe Vitale’s work on the Law of Attraction that do a magnificent job of helping you understand the value of the idea I am about to share with you.
Are you ready for the idea that could positively affect your life?
It is simple, and it is this: Focus your energies on things you WANT in your life.
You could expand that to say “focus your energies on the things you want in your life, not on the things you DO NOT want.”
It is so simple yet it can be very difficult to implement because we tend to focus on what we DO NOT want as a reflex.
If we live in a densely populated area we might say:
“I do not want to get stuck in traffic,” or “I hope I do not see a rat today” or “I do not want to deal with a rude barista, driver, or customer service representative today.”
If we are building a business we might say:
“I do not want to hear about that idea anymore,” or “I do not want to work with that person anymore,” or “I do not want the economy to make a drastic shift over the next three quarters.”
It becomes so easy to try and “avoid” the things that we do not want, that we get distracted from going for the things we do want.
Which brings us back to the question of:
Are you the type of person who works harder to avoid pain than to gain pleasure? Or phrased another way, are you a person who puts more effort to avoid losing or are you a person who puts more effort into winning?
That is a magical formula to get what it is you want into your life. By now, you might have a few objections to this idea. When you first hear this concept of focusing on what you want, you could have negative thoughts such as:
“Not another person who is going to tell me that things will start happening as soon as I start visualizing the things I want.”
“I ‘want money’ but money has not fallen into anyone’s lap just by thinking about it. And these are the same people saying that I have to give something of value to get something of value in return, so HAHA! The logic on this concept is wrong!”
“I want to meet the man/woman of my dreams who is way out of my league, and they would never date me.”
“Not working with a person is what I want! How do you explain that?”
Or in business:
“I forecast some business obstacles, and I do not want them to happen, so should I just not think about them?”
These are ineffective ways of thinking and here's why.
It has been known for quite a while that the human brain is not effective at multi-tasking. In fact, science has shown that “true multitasking”
As social media grows, personal privacy continues to grow as a concern, and it seems Europe has been more protective of privacy through actions such as implementing GDPR, right to be forgotten, and consumer protection laws on digital purchases. In the U.S. it seems the response is simply “adjust your privacy settings,” and sometimes I am reminded by the platform to do so regularly. To make matters worse, it seems there are data breaches at the top companies that are required to protect our information.
There is still so much to do and learn about protecting our information online. And on the other hand, we all can choose specifically what we want others to see, or not see, although it is sometimes easy to let certain privacy settings slip. While lawmakers and technology companies work out those issues, there is another area of concern with relation to privacy to address in this article.
The knowledge that advertisers can reach us by understanding where we travel and live in person and explore on the internet is quite a concern to some. Whether companies have developed technologies to understand our behaviors which benefits them by helping them make more money is not the question. The technology is already upon us.
The question now is whether the highly targeted advertising is good or bad, and I say it is good because it helps us get what we want. I argue that we see advertising because more often than not, at some level, the product, video, newsletter, or content on the ad appeals to us at some level. And these algorithms are getting more sophisticated.
Now obviously, not EVERY SINGLE ad we see is going to be perfect for us. And some people get mad just from seeing an advertisement. But I overall, through a combination of all the information we choose to share on the technologies we have become reliant on, advertising algorithms help us get what we want.
If you aren’t savvy on technology algorithms or digital advertising methods, I will explain it very briefly here. Algorithms used on social media or Amazon or Netflix are essentially “equations” or “systems” that help determine what you will see on your feeds. There are other uses for algorithms, but that is the gist of it. A physical example would be the process of determining where to buy billboard space to have the maximum impact for a specific product.
The second part of this is the digital advertiser's job. The platform already has an “underlying” technology, but it comes to the job of the advertiser to dig down even further to get the right product in front of the right person eyes. While the algorithm helps in delivering by bringing everything together, the advertiser must know who exactly needs to see their product by evaluating whether their best audience is a male or female, or by age group, or location. People living in the middle of Downtown Manhattan probably have less of a need for a new tractor than someone living in a rural town known for growing the best lettuce.
Great, so now we understand why we see what we see online. It is not just “the latest” news anymore. It is content, products, or services that are relevant to us. And when it comes to advertising, there is someone whose job it is to get us to see what it is they are selling as we scroll through our daily feeds.
And here is the beauty of it all. Even though some of us might be concerned about our privacy, or despise advertisers because it feels intrusive, there is a very positive side here.
And that is: the good advertisers, the companies who have tremendous brands and reputations at stake, the entrepreneurs who are working hard to get their products or services noticed so they can make their place in history, they want you to see a product that is useful to you!
Maybe the product is a new training system because you are a human resources manager, or maybe a new pair of basketball shoes because your child’s birthday who plays basketball might be coming up. Now I am not saying that all algorithms and
The Media & Entertainment industry often goes hand in hand with media channels being owned and operated by the same companies that produce major influential television shows and movies. After attending dozens of seminars involving conversations about the industry with people who have been in the game for decades, there is a question that gets asked surprisingly often, and it usually goes something like:
“How important is social media” or “should I care about social media?”
And the most surprising thing to me is this question comes from people who are in the media & entertainment industry (often at different levels). I’d personally like to understand where this question comes from a bit better. And perhaps the questioner might just be phrasing the question wrong, or not digging down to figure out the answer to the question they really want to know deep down. Examples I can think of include: “how much time should I invest into social media,” or “I can barely figure out how to connect to WiFi, how can I possibly master social media?”
I compare this question of whether social media is important to those in the media and entertainment industry, to asking if a new way of extracting oil that is less harmful to the environment is useful to an oil company. Or whether new and innovative online education platforms (some of which are free) are important to the advancement of education in our society.
Instead of sharing my opinion or knowledge on whether social media should or should not be used, I came up with a very specific archetype of a person who does not need to bother with social media.
And of course, there are many archetypes of people who do not need to bother with social media because after all, we have reached where we are today as a society after thousands of many millennia without social media as it is today. There are billions of people around the world who are getting around without social media just fine. So here is just one archetype example of a type of person who does not even need to bother with social media, and then I will explain why.
An incredibly wealthy person in a very wealthy family, who may or may not take an active part in the family business, who can contact just about any important person they need to do business with. This person could have a team of people managing their social media or have plenty of employees who work for them. This person is also very comfortable in their current position, and could likely be very comfortable in the future. Also, they might have projects that they might want to keep under wraps such as those developing pharmaceutical products or government contracts.
Why such a specific person?
I know family members, friends, managers, and plenty of successful executives who do not use social media. The big timers pop up on the news occasionally. Examples like those might perfectly justify the idea that people can do great without social media. And what about all the small local businesses and mom and pop shops that still thrive after decades without social media? Surely those are prime examples that social media isn’t useful for everyone.
I understand this justification. There are many people who are very comfortable where they are, and small businesses that are doing just fine without hopping on the social media bandwagon. There are also some highly successful business leaders, and even entertainment professionals who might not use social media for reasons such as the team they pay around them is already the masters of managing their public personas.
And even for those successful entertainers who do not use social media, know that there are random people who are creating those social media profiles for them even without their permissions. That is not necessarily a reason anyone should use social media, but it does explain the level of professional achievement that one might need to attain before deciding they don’t need it.
It isn’t too difficult to find the houses and businesses of
Personal Development Master Tony Robbins speaks in one of his seminars about the idea that in the Olympics, the top 3 athletes in every sport go on to win global recognition, endorsements, amazing trophies and more. And then he asks the question, so what does #4 get? “What does the 4th fastest person IN THE WORLD get?”
In a loud booming frightening but fun voice, he responds with “NOTHING!” “Fortunately,” Robbins continues, “the world is not an Olympic sporting event, and everyone who was in the room had the potential to succeed.
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This article looks at that concept a bit more in depth.
Let’s start this with a fun perception exercise, and I’ll ask you to be as creative with it as you can. Don’t just state the obvious with these upcoming questions. Yes, the “obvious answers” will undoubtedly pop into your head, but I ask you to look beyond that. And the purpose of this exercise is to show to you how differently we all perceive the world around us.
Even though most of us probably recognize that people all see things differently, I am going to share how understanding these perceptions can be of benefit to your professional or personal life, your business or your social relationships.
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Let’s use an example to get started:
If I ask you to imagine or look at a cup, what do you see? I am not going to give you ideas just yet, because as soon as I state them the “answers -neither right nor wrong-“ will seem apparent.
Now put yourself into the mind of an artist. I mean really take an extra effort to imagine yourself as someone with an artistic flair with a passion for creative work. You don’t have to physically or mentally become them (in case you are overthinking this exercise). Just imagine. Has anything changed about the way you see the cup?
What if you imagine looking at the cup from the perspective of a businessperson whose primary business is marketing and sales of dining wares.
Does your perception of the cup change now?
Maybe it does. Maybe your perception does not change at all when you work hard to step into someone else’s shoes. And maybe you are waiting for me to get to the point.
Here are a few of my ideas, hopefully, you came up with plenty of your own so that I do not interfere with your creativity.
Here’s what someone might think of when you first see a cup — a container for your coffee. It is made of glass (or ceramic). It might have an interesting design, or it might be plain. It might be only good for water.
Extending this further, an artist might see a canvas upon which to design, and a businessperson might come up with a way to improve upon this product or sell it better.
An athlete might not even think a cup to contain liquids, but instead, a cup used to protect themselves first.
During the holidays, one person might see a cup as a wonderful gift idea, while another might think “they already have tons of fancy cups and mugs, I need to think of something else.”
Now let’s look at a few other scenarios.
When you hear the name of the company “General Electric” what do you think of?
When you see a Starbucks Coffee Shop, what do you think about? Does it make you feel anything?
When you see your beloved pet, do they evoke the same emotions in you as your pet might to a random person?
Now imagine yourself as someone very different from yourself in career, opinion, or even level of achievement. How might they answer those questions above?
I won’t go on to share more examples of “what the answers could be” because that is not the point of this exercise. I know you as the reader are creative enough to come up with all the different ways different people could answer those questions.
That was the first step, to recognize that all types of people can see things differently, and there are so many possibilities even for something as simple as a cup. And the purpose here is not to overcomplicate how we interact with the world aroun
Personal success can come in many forms depending on the person. Some people can live a slower paced life and be completely happy with just an opportunity to go fishing once a week. Other’s may need more to include faster cars, faster phones, bigger television sets, and a lot of money. The truth is, everyone has a different destination, whereupon reaching it, they feel happy, or that they have succeeded in some way. Some journeys are more challenging and ambitious than others, and that is ok.
There is no end-all-be-all book, franchise, idea, or guru that fits every scenario, but after studying countless books and courses, here are some of the fundamentals. The fundamentals are explained in a metaphorical way related to our physical world. There are also book recommendations included that tie together all the fundamentals in a way where anyone reading this can pick a specific area of their life to work on.
A metaphor for the foundation of everything we do. Having studied hundreds worth of material, your personal development, beliefs, and mental states are the foundation of what you need to succeed in any endeavor. Without understanding your personal development and what you need to grow, without managing your personal beliefs, and without keeping your mental states right, you will have a very difficult time ever being successful.
The acronyms NLP and NAC stand for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Neuro-Associate Conditioning. These technologies were developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder (NLP), and Tony Robbins (NAC), respectively. Those technologies were designed to get to the core of how humans experience the world and ultimately live fulfilling lives. There are many more technologies, and out of the many books I have read, the works of Richard Bandler and Tony Robbins will help you start to develop those core foundations.
You can read all the other materials about great achievement, inventing, making money, creating wealth, finance, marketing or sales, and more, but without the deep insight provided by those two and a few others, you may not reach your fullest potential.
A metaphor for the amazing energy that keeps us warm and happy. This section is where your attitude comes in, and PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude, a term coined by the late W. Clement Stone. This is more than just positive thinking or the power of positivity. Attitude is what will help everything developed on your land to grow and prosper. Having a Positive Mental Attitude will help you keep everything together.
It is debatable that Positive Mental Attitude could be considered the land. However, not everyone manages their personal beliefs or even wants personal development. Some may be “born into success,” or find success in other ways that might not last long such as through crime, but not have a positive mental attitude. To build long-lasting fulfillment, having a Positive Mental Attitude will help to multiply your personal development.
The sun will determine how you approach your day, whether you see everything as an obstacle or a learning experience. It will influence whether you see everything as gloomy or great. It has the power to help you warm those around you or cause others to walk away in shivers. For your attitude to work at its’ fullest potential, you must have your land in order. Fortunately, you have the tools; you just need to learn how to manage them.
Fantastic reading to develop your attitude goes to the pioneer of PMA: W. Clement Stone who partnered with Think and Grow Rich author Napoleon Hill during their lifetime as business associates. All the task-oriented and creative ideas in the world won’t even come into existence if you don’t believe in them. That leads us to…
Rain and Water
A metaphor for the next foundational element of personal success. The sun, rain, and water go together. They help create life and allow it to thrive. By managing your thoughts and the things you tell yourself on a daily b