How is success achieved? Could this be the secret?

How is success achievedHow is success achieved? Certainly many desire it but few really achieve it. Why is that do you think dear reader?

Could it be all about your mindset? Can your thinking have an impact on whether you succeed or not?

Well in the embedded video, Carrie Green suggests that your mindset really does matter.

Programming your mind for success:

This is an inspirational talk on the subject of success from Ms Carrie Green given at TEDxManchester.

Her underlying message is that success is never achieved by accident.

Success is in fact achieved by knowing what you want, knowing why you want it and then programming your mind to drive you towards your goal.

I’d not heard Carrie Green speak before I stumbled on this video but I must say I’m very impressed.

If you can spare a few minutes then this video is well worth a little piece of your time. I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed. Recommended.

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How to improve your life quality and enjoy what you don’t have now

How to improve your life qualityHow to improve your life quality? That’s a question we all ask ourselves when life does not quite meet our expectations.

Embarrassed by circumstances:

Have you ever been embarrassed by your limited circumstances?

All your friends were going on a night out perhaps but you couldn’t join them because you simply didn’t have the money, perhaps?

You really wanted to join them of course but wealth and financial freedom were nothing but a distant dream for you then.

Maybe you’ve not had that particular experience but something similar, possibly? The actual situation for you may have been different but your sense of embarrassment will not have been any less painful and hard to bear I’m sure.

In one of his audio programs, Jim Rohn tells a story about an event that drove him to take a very close look at his life.

Apparently a Girl Scout called at Jim’s house one day selling Girl Scout Cookies as part of an annual fund raiser. In exchange for the cookies all she asked for was just two dollars.

This was many years ago of course but even then this was not a huge sum of money.

However Jim’s problem at the time was that he didn’t even have two dollars to spare, so he was reduced to lying to the poor girl. At this point wealth was something Jim had yet to encounter.

Money does matter:

Now some people will tell you that money doesn’t matter but it does. In our world today you can no more live without money than you can live without oxygen.

Exactly how much money you need depends on your preferred lifestyle of course. If you don’t want much out of life then you’ll get by on very little money.

However most of us do want more out of life hence having at least a degree of wealth does matter.

Wealth and financial freedom:

Put simply, wealth means financial freedom.

Financial freedom in turn means you being able to do what you want whenever you want and not feeling constrained by your circumstances.

A worthy aim therefore is to decide what you want out of life and then start working towards building your own wealth.

It all starts with change:

Have you ever thought to yourself, I don’t want to live like this anymore?

Perhaps you said to yourself, I want more out of life?

You want more but the problem is you have no idea how to change your circumstances, right? It you’re in need of a little help then don’t worry dear reader, you’re not alone.

However one thing you must accept, unless you change nothing will change.

You must increase your value:

Perhaps you look at your salary each month and think how can I start building wealth when this is all the company pays?

If that’s how you think then you’ll need to change your philosophy or the way you look at things.

The salary you get maybe all the company pays you but it’s for the value of the contribution you make. There will be other people who are paid a lot more than you. They’re paid more than you quite simply because they’re considered to be more valuable than you.

I’m not suggesting that you’re not valuable. You are; as a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a friend or even a colleague.

However my point reflects your economic value to your employer.

It’s a fact that if you’re in a low skilled job where there’s an over-supply of potential replacements for your services then you won’t earn much. That’s simply the economics of supply and demand.

However just because you’re not more valuable now doesn’t mean you couldn’t become more valuable.

You can increase your skills with a little effort on your part and you can become more valuable. Become more valuable and your income will rise.

So whilst your circumstances may be limited right now they don’t have to remain that way.

You can work on yourself; improve yourself. It’s all about self-improvement and personal development.

Success can be yours:

Success doesn’t just happen to people. No one just gets lucky.

If you asked the CEO of say Microsoft how he got to where he is, his response is unlikely to be, “Well I just showed up for work each day and they just kept promoting me.

No, he’ll have worked very hard to get to his lofty position in life. You don’t get anywhere without hard work.

However you attract success by the person you become and you can become more than you are now.

Jim Rohn suggests that profits are better than wages and he has a point.

Every rags-to-riches story I’ve ever heard always involves someone’s own business. They started their own business, worked very hard and one day they became very rich.

Build a business:

Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the money to start my own business and I can’t afford to give up my job on a whim.

That’s all true I’m sure but some people keep their job initially and start their own business as a part-time enterprise.

Jim Rohn himself built his success that way.

Jim began life in modest circumstances but he went on to become a millionaire and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. And in case you’re wondering, no he didn’t go to university.

It can be done; people do and you can too.

Just make up your mind to start working on yourself.

Increase your value and look for opportunities to solve problems for people. Solving problems is the basis of business. Every product should solve a problem for consumers.

The psychology of wealth:

There’s a psychology linked to the building wealth and you would be wise to understand it.

In the embedded video included here, Jim Rohn explains the psychology of wealth and provides a lot of sensible advice.

Jim was a successful man and it’s always worth listening to people who’ve achieved success. They know what they’re talking about because they’ve been there and done it.

He offers simple messages that are thought-provoking and powerful.

This video is well worth your time and I recommend it to you. Watch it now whilst you have the chance.

Recommendations for your personal library:

Personally, I think Jim Rohn is one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard and he’s been a big influence on me, that’s for sure.

He’s produced many books, videos and audio programs over the years and all of them would add real value to your own personal library.

Two I can strongly recommend you add to your personal reference library are:-

Book: Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn

Audio Program: The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

I purchased both of these some time ago and I still use them constantly as sources of inspiration and motivation.

The audio program is particularly useful as I listen to it whilst driving. This means I can use my travel time profitably. Why listen to the radio when you could be listening and learning whilst you drive?

Purchasing these items represents money well spent for me and I’ve found them enormously useful and I strongly recommend them to you.

Click on the links and check them out.

Even if you don’t buy them they’re certainly worth considering. Go on check them out right now whilst it’s fresh in your mind.

Should you make a purchase, you will not regret buying them, of that I’m very confident.

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How to find and do work you love

How to find and do work you loveHow to find and do work you love? A great question for all you very intelligent readers to contemplate today.

Now not everyone will find the answer of course but most people frequently ask this question in my experience.

Job satisfaction:

How many people would say they get job satisfaction from their work, in percentage terms?

Apparently it’s only around 20%.

That would suggest that 80% of all people hate their jobs.

If true, I think that matters and it’s especially relevant to society if you think about it. Why?

Quite simply because it suggests that most people will not be quite as productive as they might otherwise be. Let’s face it, you can’t really be at your most productive if you’re not happy in your job.

A sense of purpose:

So dear reader, which side are you on?

Does your work place you in the 20% who enjoy job satisfaction or are you one of the 80%?

Eseentially job satisfaction comes as a result of doing work which gives us a sense of purpose.

If we have a genuine sense of purpose, we’ll have a strong desire to do our work well. And we can only do it to the best of our ability if it really matters to us.

Doing our work well matters because that’s how we make a difference.

Hence that’s how we make a contribution and leave a legacy behind us. So in that sense job satisfaction certainly matters.

Consider your work:

Does your work really matter to you?

Does it give you a sense of purpose or is it simply the means for paying your bills? Do you get out of bed each morning looking forward to the day ahead?

No job is ever perfect but, given work takes up a third of our lives, it’s essential that we enjoy what we do and derive at least some job satisfaction from it.

Maybe there’ll be some elements of a given job we dislike but mostly we should enjoy our work because that way we’re better placed to do it well.

In the inspirational TEDx Talk video embedded below, Scott Dinsmore explains how in the early part of his career he was encouraged to do any job just to build up his resumé.

However he very quickly realized that this approach was unwise and resulted in no job satisfaction.

He makes his point with an excellent quote from Warren Buffett who said, “Taking any job just to build your resumé is like putting off sex until your old age.”

Now why would that make sense?

Experience is important of course but work should not just be about building your resumé.

Work should be about adding value and making a meaningful contribution to society.

It should be about using your skills and natural talent to make a difference to the lives of others.

So if success is your aim then the work you do must matter to you.

If you find work you enjoy then job satisfaction will follow.

Put simply, if you like the work you do you’ll do it well. And if you do it well people will notice. And once people begin to notice you then you’re on your way to achieving success.

Knowledge required:

The trick is to find work that you can’t not do.

Something you’d happily do for nothing if you couldn’t find someone to pay you to do it.

That’s the basis for real job satisfaction.

All of this is more easily said than done of course.

Perhaps you’ve no idea about what matters to you in terms of work?

If you’re relatively young and new to the world of work how could you possibly know? In that case you need to start improving your basic knowledge and awareness.

Know yourself:

A good starting point for improving your knowledge is becoming a self-expert. Knowing just what you have in your arsenal.

  • What are your unique strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What fills you with enthusiasm?
  • What fills you with dread?
  • What do you love to do?
  • What do you hate doing?

If I asked someone you knew well to tell me what you’re good at what would they say?

  • For what activity do they regard you as the ‘go to’ person?
  • What do they regularly thank you for?
  • What would you do for fun if you couldn’t do it for a living?
  • On what activity can you lose yourself for hours at a time?

By answering these questions and others like them you’ll get a better idea of what you’re looking for. And let’s face it, if you don’t know what you’re looking for you’ll never find it.

Know your values:

What do you regard as your set of values? What moral framework matters to you when you’re making decisions?

What would you not do simply because you wouldn’t want to disappoint your family? What would make you feel proud if you were to tell your family that’s what you’re doing?

Anything you choose to do should be congruent with your own set of values.

Know your experiences:

The most powerful lessons in life come from the mistakes we make. The lessons we learn from our own mistakes and the things we’ve done are collectively known as experience. And experience is a valuable commodity.

Pay attention to your experience. Think about the things you’ve done right. Think about the things you’ve done wrong.

When have you felt completely in control of a situation regardless of the challenges you face?

When have you felt completely out of your depth?

Think about the things you’ve enjoyed doing. Think about those activities you really hated.

Know what matters to you:

In crude but simple language the underlying question here is, “What is it that you actually DO ‘give a shit’ about?

We tend to do stuff because other people suggest it’s what we should be doing. However it really should be about what actually matters to us.

Identify what it is that makes you come alive and makes you feel energized.

John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi famously said, “Playing the guitar is all very well John but you’ll never make a living at it.

Fortunately John didn’t listen to her and his guitar helped him to make a very lucrative living because he really enjoyed writing songs and playing music.

In fact his creative output continues to generate millions of dollars for his estate almost 40 years after his death.

John Lennon did well because he did something he enjoyed doing and he didn’t allow himself to be influenced by those who thought he should pursue a different line of work.

Confidence compounds:

By working to your strengths your confidence will grow.

Each success you have will improve your confidence. And as your confidence grows, one success will lead to another. It’s a virtuous circle.

Environment matters too:

Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most time with.

Personally I think this is true.

The people around you really do matter.

They influence you and their attitude rubs off on you.

Human beings are social animals and we exist within groups. We also have to fit into the group otherwise we’re very quickly ostracized by other group members.

Hang around with people who inspire possibility. People who lift you up and not pull you down. Mix with people who will influence you in a positive way. Find role models from whom you can learn.

How to find and do work you love:

Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing.

If you can find the work you are compelled to do then you can add real value to your fellow human beings.

Discover what you’re really meant to do and you’ll be on to a winner.

You’ll also get maximum job satisfaction.

Therefore in conclusion, if you’ve yet to find what you’re looking for then keep looking until you do.

In the meantime I recommend that you watch the video. It is though-provoking and compelling and it will be a good use of your time.

Recommended Reading:

There are plenty of good books that will help you identify your true strengths, as well as help you home-in on the work you should be doing.

In the video Scott Dinsmore suggests Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath as a good book to help you in your quest.

Certainly it is worthy of your time, it’s very useful and I have a copy of it in my own personal reference library.

However allow me to recommend another three excellent texts you might also consider. They are as follows:-

Who Do You Think You Are?: Understanding Your Motives and Maximizing Your Abilities by Nick Isbister and Martin Robinson

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

Find what you were born for: Discover your strengths, forge your own path and live the life you want by Zoe McKey

I have all of these books in my personal library and I’ve found them all extremely useful and helpful and I use them as reference texts all the time.

You can check them out by clicking on the links.

I strongly recommend you take a closer look at them all. You won’t regret it if you do decide to buy your own copies. Check them out now whilst it’s all fresh in your mind.

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How to love your job when you hate it

How to love your job when you hate itHow to love your job when you hate it? A question I’ve been asked numerous times. My response is always the same. The best way to appreciate the job you have is to imagine your life without it.

That starts with taking a closer look at what’s good about it.

Life’s too short to hate your job:

Do you hate your job dear reader?

Do you tell everyone, at every opportunity that you hate your job?

By telling everyone you hate your job, do you imagine they’ll be impressed?

Maybe you think, by doing this, your fellow workers will regard you as someone who’s unafraid to speak their mind?

Perhaps you think that in the eyes of your fellow workers this approach will make you look good, right?

Hold that thought and then consider this question. How do you feel about working with someone else who’s always moaning about how unhappy they are in their job? Do you admire that person? My guess is that you’ll respond in the negative?

Everyone hates a moaner:

If you imagined that moaning about how unhappy you are is the best way to get people on your side then seriously you need to think again. Everyone hates a moaner, whatever indications you’ve heard to the contrary. Let me tell you this, no one’s impressed.

Your colleagues may not actually say so but they’ll find your negativity irritating at the very least. In fact it’s probably driving them all nuts.

Life’s short and it’s hard enough for most people. So having some moaning Minnie constantly bringing them down just makes life harder.

Constant negativity is just a pain in the ass for most people.

Imagine your life without your job:

If your current mindset means you hate you job right now then the first thing to do is start changing that mindset. Start by looking at your job in a different way. How?

Well imagine your life without your current job? What would that be like? Think about that question carefully and be honest with yourself.

Without your job you’d have nothing to do; no reason to get out of bed; nowhere to go; no sense of purpose; nothing to challenge you; no money; and you’d be without the camaraderie of your fellow workers. You’d probably feel lonely and lack any real social life too.

How would that make you feel?

Would you feel better about yourself without those things?

I’m sure if your honest with yourself you’d realise that work gives us far more than we realise. I don’t think you’d really be happy without all those things mentioned above.

So the best way to begin appreciating your job is to imagine your life without it.

No job is perfect:

Most jobs come with an element of frustration and a spoonful of tedium. That’s life.

No job is perfect but no job is all bad either.

It’s just a matter of how you choose to look at things.

If you focus on the bad things then everything will seem bad. However if you focus on the good bits then your job can begin to look very different and you’ll start to feel more positive about your work.

The fact is we all need to do something with our time, surely?

Even millionaires need to have something to fill their time.

There are only so many holidays you can take and so much shopping you can do.

Eventually everyone needs a sense of purpose and we all want to feel that we’re making a contribution to the world around us.

Life’s a short movie:

Life’s far too short to be unhappy.

So if you hate your job then you have two choices:-

  1. You find another job; or
  2. You start looking differently at your current job.

And before you start searching the vacancy columns or the job websites, think carefully about what you might be throwing away, should you leave your current job.

Moving to another job doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be any happier.

Neither will it guarantee that you’ll find the perfect job for you.

So it’s worth thinking seriously about your current job first. At least it’s the devil you know.

Can you begin to look at your current job differently? Perhaps you need a little help?

I really hate my job:

Here’s a great motivational speech from the one and only Zig Ziglar that you might find very useful.

It’s full of great advice and well worth a few minutes of your time.

If you don’t like your job right now then you really should watch it.

Even if you do like your job, watch it anyway. I found it truly inspirational. So take a look at it now.

Further Listening:

I’m a huge fan of Zig Ziglar but I recognise that he had an evangelical presentation style that’s not to everyone’s taste.

However if you can get beyond that presentation style then his words are inspirational and informative.

I particularly like his audiobooks which I listen to constantly when I’m driving.

One audiobook I can recommend is:-

The Born to Win Seminar

Listen to this and I promise you it will help you discover your untapped greatness and guide you towards greater success in life.

I bought my own copy of this audio program for my own personal library and it was well worth the price. I’ve listen to it over and over again and I always find something new in his words.

You can check this audio program if you just CLICK HERE.

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What’s the real cost of television? You’ll be surprised by the answer

Real cost of televisionHave you ever considered what the real cost of television is and the effect it has on your life?

When you’ve worked hard all day, I’m sure you find it so easy when you arrive home in the evening, to have a bite to eat and then relax in front of the television? You just passively watch whatever’s on offer because it’s your time now, right?

If you’ve worked hard all day you deserve a rest, surely?

Anyway you’ve got a nice television and it cost you a lot of money, right?

So you want to make the most of it, don’t you?

If you’ve spent all that money, why would you want to waste such a fine piece of technology by not using it? Surely that’s a reasonable argument?

Well it’s an argument of course but have you ever given serious thought to the real cost of that television to you? How much do you think it really costs?

Now I’m not referring to the purchase price tag in the store when you made your purchase, though even that’s not insignificant.

I’m actually referring to the opportunity cost of the time wasted passively watching television. Never forget, time is money. And time wasted watching television could have been used doing something that would have been far more profitable, in the longer-term at least.

Deep down I’m suspect, in your heart, you know that dear reader, don’t you? Nevertheless, knowing and acting on the knowledge you possess are two different things.

real cost of televisionHow often do you hear people say things like, I’d love to earn more money; I’d love to have a better job; I’d love to learn another language; or I’d love to learn to play the piano; and so on. Then you’ll hear them say, if only I had the time.

Do you recognise yourself there dear reader?

The simple fact is when it comes to time, we all have exactly the same amount, 168 hours each week. It all comes down to how you choose to use and prioritize your time.

Successful people recognise that time is their most precious resource and they use it wisely.

People who succeed have a genuine sense of purpose and they’re very focused on their goals. They know what they want and they have a plan as to how they’ll get it.

Do you have a genuine sense of purpose dear reader?

Have you got a clear idea on where you’re going?

Do you know what it is you want out of life?

Perhaps life is something that’s just happening to you and you’re just going with the flow? That’s an acceptable strategy if you’re willing to accept whatever life dictates.

However you must ask yourself, are you really happy with your life and the share of life’s pie you’ve been given so far or do you want more?

Well let me tell you this dear reader. For things to improve, you must first learn to use your time wisely. Remember; time is more important than money because you can always get more money but you can’t get more time.

Secondly, you need a clear sense of direction and your own plan for how you’ll get to where you want to go. Without direction and a plan, you’ll be destined to be used as part of someone else’s plan. However that’ll only be for as long as you can serve some useful purpose to them.

Once you no longer serve any purpose to them you’ll cease to be part of their plan. And then you’ll be scratching around looking for another way to earn a living. The world is an unforgiving place, that’s for sure.

Work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money.

However we don’t just get paid for the hour. Our pay is dictated by the value we put into that hour.

The more value we can add the more we’ll earn.

And to add more value we must be increasing our knowledge and skills constantly. We reap what we sow. If we fail to reap, we cannot sow. And how can you reap if you spend your life passively watching television. Time wasted cannot be recovered.

In my experience we get out of life exactly what we put in. The more we put in the more we’ll get out.

The obvious question is, how can you get more out of life?

If you’re happy to go through life passively watching television but struggling to make a decent living then that’s fine, if that’s what you want. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Waste as much of your time as you like.

However if you want more than that then it’s time to start designing the life you want and avoiding time-wasters like television.

It’s time to decide where you’re going; what you want out of life; and it’s time to develop a your own plan for success. And above all, it’s time to stop wasting your time.

You can be a winner. Anybody can. It does require some effort of your part and a clear sense of direction though. That’s a given.

A great source of inspiration:

However if you’re going to be a winner, in addition to using your time wisely, you’ll also need a constant source of inspiration to keep you motivated.

One of my greatest sources of inspiration is the late, great, business philosopher Jim Rohn. You’ll find plenty of videos featuring the Jim Rohn on YouTube.

However you might also consider buying one of Jim Rohn’s audio recordings to listen to in your car or on your smartphone or iPad.

One Jim Rohn audio recording that I can highly recommend is The Art of Exceptional Living.

I bought my own copy of this audio recording a couple of years ago but I still listen to it when I’m driving and each time I listen I get something new out of it.

This audio recording really is an exceptional source of inspiration in my opinion.

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What is grit and why is it important?

What is gritWhat is grit? I’ve heard this word alot recently. And of course the obvious supplementary question is, why is it important?

I’m referring to a term used in psychology to represent a positive, non-cognitive personality trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular goal and a powerful motivation to achieve it. Allow me to explain.

Have you ever noticed that the smartest people are not always the most successful? Obviously success can be defined in different ways but for most people their measure would usually revolve around money and prestige.

If we take money as the measure for success, then you’d think the smartest people would easily come out on top on that score, surely? Yet you’d be wrong.

We hear stories frequently about college professors who struggle financially whilst at the same time tradesmen like bricklayers and plumbers become millionaires. How can that be?

Surely the smartest people have a natural advantage? Well, actually they don’t.

The people with the real, innate advantage are those with this quality known as grit.

So exactly what is grit? It is an inner steeliness. It is courage and resolve. It is strength of character. It is drive and desire. It is passion and motivation. It is a willingness to persevere until the desired result is achieved. It is determination to achieve a goal and a willingness to take calculated risks.

It is a fact that doing well in life depends on much more than academic ability and your capacity to learn quickly and easily.

Having those qualities is useful of course but in the absence of grit you’d still be at a disadvantage.

Someone of average academic ability but with a shed-load of grit will be better placed to achieve real success in life.

What is gritPeople with grit intuitively recognize that life is a marathon not a sprint.

They’re willing to experience failure because they know that failure is a temporary outcome not a permanent position. And they’re willing to fail and then start over using the lessons they’ve learned from the experience.

So what’s the key to success? It’s the need to get grittier!

Angela Lee Duckworth makes this point admirably in this excellent TEDxTalk video and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time. It’s an interesting video and I think she nails the point perfectly.

That’s what I think but what is your opinion?

Could there be such an easy answer or is it all much more complicated? I’d be interested to hear your views.

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Daily Habits of Successful People

Habits of successful peopleIf success is your aim, can you learn from the daily habits of successful people?

Certainly I believe that we are what we do on a daily basis.

Anything you achieve, or don’t achieve, is brought about by the habits you develop over time.

Everything you do is as a result of our habits, good or bad. So surely it makes sense to develop and maintain good habits and make them your master?

Habits, good or bad, are formed through repetition.

Good habits can be hard to form but they are easy to live with. Whereas bad habits whilst easy to form they tend to be very hard to live with. Our lives can become a battle of good habits versus bad habits. Don’t let the bad habits win.

Good habits can be learned and bad habits can be replaced by good habits. Yes, it requires self-discipline on your part dear reader but it can be done and people do.

Decide on the habits you want to develop and focus on achieving them one at a time.

Start with one good habit you’d like to form and then force yourself to repeat the necessary actions daily.

After around three weeks that habit will be formed and it will just become part of your routine. You’ll start to repeat it with little or no thought. Essentially you’ll do it on autopilot.

If you have a bad habit you wish to replace with a good habit then each time you find yourself about to perform the actions of the bad habit, stop yourself and perform the actions of the good habit instead. Again after around three weeks the good habit will be programmed into your brain.

Successful people are driven to develop good habits. Self-discipline is the key ingredient for good habits to form and for the replacing of bad habits.

Successful people also establish the habit of goal setting on a daily basis.

You cannot hit a target unless you can see that target. Setting a goal is the first step in achieving that goal. Successful people are results oriented.

Successful people are also people oriented.

You get what you want in life by helping other people get what they want.

Every product is a solution to a problem. Even if your goal is to sing or dance, to succeed you must always recognise that you perform to and for people.

They have a need to be entertained and your aim is to fulfil that need. To solve this particular problem for them if you like.

In dealing with people you must be honest and show integrity if you are to win the respect of others.

So honesty is a good habit to develop. Dishonesty and cheating will catch up with you and will be a permanent stain on your reputation. You don’t need that now, do you?

And above all, you must look after your health. You have one body and one mind and they must last you a lifetime.

So develop the habit of taking good care of both.

To reinforce the message of the importance of repetition and routine I‘ve included this excellent video from Brian Tracy.

Brian is always a source of great advice for anyone seeking success and aiming to create a successful life for themselves and certainly he’s one of my main sources of constant inspiration.

The video is short but well worth your time and I recommend you watch it now.

Habits of successful people:

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Regular readers will know that I am keen on building a personal reference library of books and audiobooks which I use to inspire and motivate me and to help me achieve my goals. And I would encourage you to do the same dear reader.

In the video Brian Tracy refers to his book Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income. This is an excellent book and would be a good addition to your library. You can take a look at the print and Kindle editions if you click on the link in this paragraph.

However I must be honest and tell you that actually I decided to purchase Million Dollar Habits: Proven Power Practices to Double and Triple Your Income (AudioBook). Personally I find the audiobooks really useful because I can listen to them whilst I’m driving which means I’m making better use of what would otherwise be dead time. If you’d like to take a look at the audio version of the book then, once again, just click on the link in this paragraph.

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How to become rich through your work

How to become richHow to become rich through your work? A question many people ask. Some people get rich but somehow you don’t dear reader. Why? You work hard but you’ve got very little to show for it, right?

How is it that other people succeed and get rich but you never seem to make any progress at all?

Perhaps the question you’ve been asking yourself is, what’s the real link between working hard and getting rich?

Well give me a couple of minutes of your time dear reader and I’ll tell you what I’ve learned about work over the years and how it’s linked to the generation of real wealth.

First off, as I’ve said many times before; work is simply doing stuff for other people in return for money.

If you enjoy your work and it comes naturally to you then you’ll do it well. If you do it well then people will notice. And once people start to notice then increasingly you’ll be in demand.

The greater the demand for your services the more you’ll get paid. In short, your value will increase.

If you truly enjoy your work and it becomes your passion then it won’t seem like work at all.

However if you work for a single employer then essentially you’re trading your time for money, regardless of whether you enjoy your work or otherwise.

Even if you work for multiple employers one at a time, the effect is the same. You’re simply trading your time for money. It cannot be scalable because, as an individual, there’s only so much you can do in a given period of time.

There’s nothing wrong with trading your time for money of course and it’s the way that most people earn a living. However you’re unlikely to get seriously rich that way.

Working for an employer will certainly make you a living of course but, unless you work on Wall Street or in the City of London, that’s about all.

To earn serious money you need to be doing stuff for many people simultaneously. The more people you can serve simultaneously the more money you can make.

The obvious question in your mind now will be, how’s that be done?

Well creative people serve many people simultaneously don’t they?

For instance if you write a bestselling book, record a bestselling song or produce a bestselling DVD these would all add value to the lives of many people simultaneously.

When people buy the book, the song or the DVD in their millions then you can make millions of dollars in the process. Just ask JK Rowling, Paul McCartney or Ricky Gervais. They’ve all become rich through their creative work.

Then again not everyone can write, sing or perform. Perhaps you’re a designer?

Suppose you design furniture, say a chair perhaps?

You produce a fabulous design and offer it to a furniture manufacturer. They really like it and they want to use it but you hold the intellectual property rights (IPR) because it’s your design. So the manufacturer must pay you a royalty when the design is used for every unit sold.

If that chair becomes very popular and sells in the millions, you’re on-going royalty payments can add up to something quite substantial. Replicate that with many designs and you could get very rich indeed.

In this case the example is furniture but the same would apply if you design anything. For instance the man who designed the retroreflective safety device known as cat’s eyes in Britain got very rich through his design. Fashion design is another area where serious money can be made from your designs if they become popular.

The trick with creative work is to understand the law around copyright and IPR and make sure you’re rewarded for your work through royalties.

The advantage of creative work is that the series of royalty payments can have a very long tail. Your work can be the gift that keeps on giving for years and years.

Take a song like Imagine by John Lennon.

John Lennon wrote that song around 1971 but we still hear it regularly on radio and television to this day. So despite the fact that it’s almost 40 years since Lennon’s tragic death, the song still earns money for his estate, i.e. his family. Now that’s a real legacy for them.

Starting a business and selling products by the thousand is another way to serve many people simultaneously.

If your business can produce products that provide your customers with genuine solutions to their problems then there really is serious money to be made. Problems are an opportunity to make money if you can offer suitable solutions.

How to become richYour business will employ people who are trading their time for money but through your business you’ll be serving the many simultaneously and you can enrich yourself in the process.

The takeaway message for you today is that if you work one-to-one you’ll make a living but if you can work one-to-many you’ll make a fortune.

Whether it’s becoming a creative person, a performing artist, or starting a business, serving the many is the real route to riches.

It’s not easy of course but it can be done and people do. With a little self-belief and a lot of hard work you can too.

So when are you going to get started?

Go on, have a go! Serve the many not the few.

Remember; it’s better to try and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been.

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3 of the less obvious investment principles and concepts

Investment Principles and ConceptsIf you’re working on your financial education dear reader then you’re probably seeking to better understand all of the investment principles and concepts that successful investors use to create wealth.

If so, today I offer you three of the less obvious investment principles and concepts that you should always bear in mind:-

1. Fear is your friend:

As anyone with an interest in investing will recognise, financial markets by can be volatile and the extremes can be a challenge for even the most experienced investors. Volatility goes with the territory.

There are times when it will all feel like a bit of a roller coaster ride.

So if you’re going to profit from being an investor then you do need to have your wits about you. Feeling fearful occasionally goes with the territory too.

Fear is a natural emotion which keeps us sharp and it keeps us focused when our personal security could be at risk. So fear is a good thing. It serves to protect us against threats to our safety. Fear is our friend.

Even when it comes to your financial safety, fear is your friend too.

In troubled times we must be careful not to react in haste but remember that our instincts can be a powerful guide to when action is necessary.

That said, with investment, those times when others are truly fearful can be an excellent buy opportunity for the savvy investor. When people are in a state of panic they react with emotion rather than intelligent thought. And often they overreact.

Experience tells us that calm will always return to the market eventually and the savvy investor will have picked up some bargains amongst all the drama.

As Baron Rothschild once said, the time to buy is when there’s blood on the streets.

2. It’s never different this time:

Whenever there’s a speculative financial bubble, how many times do you hear people say, it’s different this time? Somehow they think that the laws of financial gravity can suddenly be defied.

From property bubbles to the dotcom bubble people were keen to tell us all that those old laws of finance no longer applied.

For some reason people start believing that prices can keep going up and up and up without any reference to the point at which prices were no longer consistent with anything close to a sensible valuation.

If we could go back to the days of the tulip bubble and the South Sea bubble, I’m sure we’d hear people saying it’s different this time.

The nature of a speculative bubble is always the same.

Something becomes fashionable and the price of that perceived asset starts to skyrocket, everyone goes crazy and people suddenly feel they must get in on the opportunity before they miss out.

The really savvy investors get in early on the opportunity, then they recognize what’s happening, they see the asset becoming over-priced and they recognise that if they are to turn a profit then they need to get out quickly. Once that happens, sentiment starts to turn; early movers make a decent profit and others lose their shirts.

The harsh reality of financial investing is that when you spot a bandwagon on which to climb you’ve already missed the boat. I apologise for the mixed metaphor but remember this; it’s never different this time with a financial bubble.

Irrational exuberance drives prices beyond the point at which they are supported by any real financial logic. When that becomes obvious to everyone, the bubble bursts and prices coming crashing down.

As the great Warren Buffett once said, a pin lies in wait for every bubble and when the two eventually meet, a new wave of investors learns some very old lessons.

If you’re an experienced old hand at the investment game you might just have mastered the art of timing with these things. If not, you’ll steer well clear if you’ve got any sense.

3. Little and often:

Over time water can form great caverns in rock. It doesn’t happen overnight. It happens by the constant drip, drip, drip, effect of water over years and years and years.

When it comes to saving much the same applies. It’s those regular small amounts that over time can build into substantial wealth.

Regular saving is a good habit to develop and savings accounts provide a reliable place for your emergency fund and also as a means for building capital sums for the purchase of other forms of investment like stocks and bonds, and property too

However remember this; no one has ever become seriously rich by investing in savings account alone.

The gains from savings accounts will always be relatively small and over the medium to long term are unlikely even to keep pace with inflation.

Nevertheless regular saving this way is a good starting point in wealth creation.

Once you start to build a decent sum you can then look at other forms of investment such as stocks, bonds and property.

However you must remember that savings accounts are not risk free if that’s your only form of investment.

Focusing only on a savings account would mean you miss out on better potential returns elsewhere.

Savings accounts are a very good starting point though and by putting a slice of your income away each month, as soon as you get paid,  you’ll be taking the first step to building capital.

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How to turn enterprise into money

Turn enterprise into moneyBeing poor is shit. ~Bob Geldof

The media personality and former rock star Bob Geldof’s style tends to be blunt and to the point. He’s not a man to sugar coat his words. However he does make an important point.

People may tell you that money isn’t important but next to oxygen it’s essential for a life worth living. In fact you couldn’t live long without it.

Exactly how much money you need depends on your preferred lifestyle of course. However even for a fairly basic lifestyle a reasonable income is required.

None of us want to be poor or destitute of course. And fortunately we don’t have to be. It’s possible to turn enterprise into money.

And what do I mean by enterprise? I mean your energy, your knowhow and skills, your ambition, and your determination to make life better for you and your loved ones by making life better for other people.

What is work?

In essence, work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money. It’s that simple.

And remember, you don’t need to have a formal role within a corporation to earn money either. It’s perfectly feasible to establish your own business and earn a living that way.

In fact, for most people, the only way you’ll get rich is through your own business. Unless you’re a Wall Street investment banker or a lawyer, you’re unlikely to get rich being someone’s employee trading your time for money.

The key to success in business:

The key to success in your own business is to find a way to solve problems for people for profit. That’s the way to turn your own enterprise into money. And it’s a lot easier than you might imagine.

Let’s face it, there’ll always be plenty of customers for products and services not yet invented.

People will always have problems and they’ll always have a need for solutions to those problems.

And every product sold by a company is a solution to a problem, or at least it should be.

Turn enterprise into money:

If you continually educate yourself for skills and know-how, then you can create wealth by seeking out customers for whom you can deliver solutions to their problems and/or provide them with services for which they have a need.

If you can satisfy those customers then you’ll make money, and quite possibly a lot of money.

Manage that money wisely and you can build your own personal wealth too.

Determination, hard work and an eye for problems to be solved are the main ingredients for success in business. Your enterprise really can lead you to great wealth.

Your don’t have to be poor:

You don’t have to be poor unless you’ve given up and you’re just accepting that being poor is your lot in life. It’s not, and nor should it be.

You’re perfectly capable of generating your own income dear reader.

You just need to do stuff for other people and find a way to add value to their lives. In this case adding value means solving problems or making their lives easier and/or better in some way.

Help yourself by helping others get what they need:

It all comes down to your willingness to find a way to serve others. Simple!

There are opportunities there for the taking every single day of the week, if you’re enterprising and ready to solve problems for other people. However you do need to be fleet-footed.

The best time to start a business might have been last year but the next best time is right now.

It can be done and people do. Why not you? Go on, just go for it! Real riches can be yours.

Good luck!

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