A great pictorial on what it takes to be successful….
Warning: If you are looking for a way to break free of the shackles that come with having a job and build assets for the future then this post is for you!
An article has recently been posted on the Business Insider website that talks about how working for somebody else will not make you rich. The writer Amanda Abella talks about how the days of job security are gone and that what we are primarily brought up on; that is to go to school, get good grades, get a good job and be taken care of by your employers simply does not apply in today’s economic climate.
Since the recession in 2008, job security went out of the window and for companies to remain profitable they will always look at making redundancies or freezing pay. Here in the UK, Barclays Bank recently announced that they will be making approximately 19,000 job cuts over the next 2 years. 19,000 is a huge figure, and I wonder though how many of them have a plan b.
That is why we have to start thinking of other ways of earning an income and that by working for somebody else is not the way forward, and according to Amanda, here is why:
Time is more valuable than Money.
- Money will always come and go. And we always have the ability to earn back what we have spent or lost. However time is a luxury we all have but cannot get back once it has passed.
- When you are working for somebody else your time is being decided for you. You are told when to start work, when to finish and how many holidays you are entitled to.
- If you are paid hourly then leaving early or arriving late will affect your pay. And if you are on a monthly salary then expect to work 40+ hours a week.
- Employers are using your time to work their business so they are free to invest.
- Therefore it will be hard to leverage any free time you do have to fully live your life and make life changing amounts of money at the same time.
When you work for yourself however, you can take back that control from employers. You can decide when to work, who to work with and how much you should earn.
But whether or not you are working for yourself or somebody else you should always allow your money to work hard for you. How? By investing. Investing will give you a greater return than just putting away a percentage of your savings each month, especially with interest rates being as low as they are.
According to Amanda you can invest in your own business, paper assets, property, network marketing/direct selling and so much more. The possibilities are endless and the level of entry is more affordable thanks to things like the Internet.
Also, as we are now in the Information Age you can find a huge amount of information on investing in books, blogs and interviews from credible people like Ramit Sethi, Robert Kiyosaki and Warren Buffet as well as many others. I highly advise in doing your research and speak to credible people (not your neighbour!) before attempting to invest your money and time.
Books that I highly recommend are those by Robert Kiyosaki especially Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Business of the 21st Century.
Assets though are what builds wealth. Fundamentally an asset is something that keeps putting money in your pocket. Robert Kiyosaki’s definition of an asset is; “Asset can be anything as long as it has value, produces income or appreciates, and has a ready market. Assets put money IN your pocket.”
But is a paycheck an asset? No it is not, because your money is being spent on expenses while you are building somebody else’s asset – their company. A company can also be sold for a profit but you cannot sell your job.
So what assets are you building to give you the lifestyle that you want?
For the full article: Why You Can’t Get Rich Working For Someone Else
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HOW SAFE IS THE AIR IN YOUR HOME?
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What do Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Colonel Sanders, Mark Zuckerberg, J.D. Rockefeller, Albert Einstein and Phil Knight all have in common? Apart from being very successful in business that is!
It is their beliefs. They all pretty much share the same beliefs when it comes to business. An excellent article by LIANNE MARTHA LAROYA on Lifehack.org explains their beliefs. I have also added my experiences too:
1. Forget Fate! Focus On Doing What You Love.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.” – Steve Jobs
Lianne does a wonderful job of explaining it as “If you want to be highly successful, don’t just rely on the concept of “destiny”. Don’t even think about fooling yourself by thinking that “fate” will let whatever’s meant to be to happen.”
2. Fail Means First Attempt In Learning
If you look at all the successful entrepreneurs today, most of them failed on their first attempt before eventually succeeding. Failure is just part of the process that we have to accept and realise that through every setback there is an opportunity.
3. Never Ever Doubt Yourself
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford
As the great Zig Ziglar said, “”Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.” The road to success is tough. People will laugh at you and mock you for going after your dreams. Loved ones may try to talk you out of it as a way of protecting you. But take each scenario with a pinch of salt and keep on believing in yourself.
4. Choose To Continue, Even If Nothing Seems To Be Working Out
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K Rowling
J.K. Rowling even as a single mother living off welfare still managed to work on the Harry Potter novels. She was also rejected multiple times from publishing houses as well as receiving harsh criticisms. But from her decision to keep on continuing regardless allowed her to become the first billionaire author.
5. Being A Genius Does Not Automatically Translate To Being Successful
“I failed some subjects in exam but my friend passed it all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft, and I am the owner in Microsoft.” – Bill Gates
You do not have to be A+ student or a degree holder to be successful in life, Sir Richard Branson dropped out of high school when he was just 16. All you need is to be determined and persistent.
6. If You Really Want It, You Will Find A Way To Get It
Walt Disney’s application for a loan was rejected multiple times from various banks and lending institutions, which he needed to start work on his amusement park. Instead he took a loan from his own life insurance policy and made his dream come true.
7. Take Calculated Risks
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
If you have to chance to go for something better then do it! Even if it means giving up TV and spending time with friends.
8. Know What You Are Getting Into
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
Make sure you understand any concept before investing your time and money. Of course understand the potential benefits as well as any drawbacks. And that it relates to your values.
9. Service Will Always Beat Selfishness In The Long Run
I truly believe that focusing on others more than yourself will pay off in the long run. Service above self is a philosophy that my partner QNET company instils into each one of us. Some of the successful people today that continue to give back and still be successful include Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.
10. Do Not Wait. Create.
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…. One step at a time.” – Joe Girard
There are numerous examples where successful people have used this trait. But Lianne uses the story of Colonel Sanders in her example; KFC founder Colonel Sanders drove all around America offering his recipe for a percentage of the sales. He slept in his car and was rejected 1009 times before he finally got a Yes. He did not wait, he just kept going until he got what he wanted to create his vision.
This is a really great article in explaining the beliefs needed in business and credit goes to Lianne Martha Laroya.
For the full article: 10 Beliefs That Can Make Anyone Highly Successful
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an Entrepreneur in terms of the mindset and attitude? Because entrepreneurs are a different kettle of fish altogether in not only how they think but how they act too, their characteristics are very unique.
But in case you are wondering whether or not you have an entrepreneurial streak within you here is an article from Entrepreneur.com that details 50 characteristics of entrepreneurs.
If you are interested in my characteristics and how I became an Entrepreneur you can find out here: Who Is JM? But as expected most of the below I can definitely relate to!
1. You come from a family of individuals who just couldn’t work for someone else. Your parents worked for themselves. Though this isn’t true for every entrepreneur (myself included), many have a family history with one or both parents having been self-employed.
2. You hate the status quo. You’re a person who is always questioning why people do the things they do. You strive to make things better and are willing to take action on it.
3. You’re self-confident. Have you ever met an entrepreneur who was pessimistic or self-loathing? After all, if you don’t have confidence, how can others believe in you? Most entrepreneurs are very optimistic about everything around them.
4. You’re passionate. There will be times when you spend an excessive amount of time and do not make a dollar. It’s your passion that will keep you going.
5. You don’t take no for an answer. An entrepreneur never gives up — ever.
6. You have the ability to create unlikely partnerships from out of nowhere because of your ability to connect the dots. People tend to gravitate toward you because you are likable. Many times this is because of your passion.
7. You spend more time with your co-founder than your spouse or significant other.
8. You dropped out of college like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
9. The daily commute to your office is from the bedroom to the living room.
10. You were always a lousy employee and probably have been fired a lot. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. I personally have been fired several times in my life. Don’t take it as a sign that you’re a bad person. Sometimes it’s in your DNA.
11. You’ve always resisted authority; that’s why you’ve had a problem holding down a job.
12. You believe that there is more than one definition of job security: You realize that your job is safe as long as you are in control as opposed to relying on a boss who could ruin your career after one swift mistake.
13. Most of your wardrobe consists of T-shirts.
14. You have a competitive nature and are willing to lose. You always know that you can do something better.
15. You check GitHub or any other collaborative tool when you wake up in the morning.
16. You ask to be paid in game tickets, shoes or whatever else you love. There are just some things that are better than money, right?
17. Your idea of a holiday is a working day without anything interfering with the tasks you really need to get done.
18. You’re unemployable, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Life skills are more valuable than the office politics commonly found at 9-to-5 gigs.
19. You work more than 60 hours a week; yet you earned more money at an hourly job when you were in high school.
20. You want to be in control and in command of your own company. You typically like overseeing most things that go on at your company.
21. You see opportunities everywhere. For example, you walk into a building and are curious about its worth or the companies inside.
22. The word “pitch” is more meaningful.
23. Your take a personality test, and end up with a result calling you a “reformer type,” someone purposeful, self-controlled and perfectionist.
24. You recognize that the best seats at your favorite coffee shops are those closest to power outlets.
25. You’re a logical thinker with ideas about how to correct problems and the overall situation.
26. Speaking of problem solving, have you checked to see if there’s an app for that? Perhaps you’ve already begun to create a business model and the software architecture to see if it’s feasible.
27. You’re a people person. You have no problem communicating with people.
28. You regularly quote Steve Jobs mainly to keep yourself from falling to pieces.
29. You sold stuff as a kid like at a lemonade stand. Heck, when there were class sales, you were probably one of the top sellers.
30. You get more SMS alerts from people you follow on Twitter than from actual friends listed in your address book.
31. You’re a self-starter, meaning you don’t give up on a project until it’s completed.
32. No matter what you do on a daily basis, you always think of it in terms of delivering a return on investment.
33. Your dress code is shabby chic and your suit is just collecting dust. You prefer T-shirts and jeans over a suit any day.
34. You’re unrealistic. As an inventor or innovator, you kind of have to be this way.
35. You think outside of the box. If not, what will change?
36. You’re a charming and charismatic person.
37. Rules don’t apply to you. We’re not talking about breaking the law. Instead, you believe in efficiency and will bend rules to make things run smoothly.
38. You realize that you can’t do everything alone. You have an idea and can promote it but also know that you’re not skilled at every task of running a business.
39. You’re very opinionated. That’s another reason you got fired a lot.
40. You’re unpredictable. As an entrepreneur, you know how quickly things can change. Thankfully, you’re ready and willing to make adjustments.
41. You enjoy being with a group but don’t relish much being alone. You probably get most energetic when working with groups of more than four people.
42. You’re determined. You have to make the impossible possible.
43. You have the support of your friends and family. These are the people who get you. And they’ll be there to support you along the way.
44. It’s normal for you to take a nap under your desk to catch up on sleep. After all, getting eight hours of sleep sometime between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is antiquated.
45. You’ve done the market research. You know that just because you have an incredible idea doesn’t mean that it’s profitable. But you’ve already looked into whether customers will make the purchase.
46. You surround yourself with quality people — not leeches who will bring you down.
47. You’re a bit out there. Having the ability to create something out of nothing takes a mad-genius type of person. Remember, people thought Albert Einstein was insane before he proved the theory of relativity.
48. Did you ever ask your family, friends or significant other to send you a calendar invite so that you could talk for all of five minutes?
49. You believe that your time is worth more than money.
50. During your most recent rant about growth hacking, your spouse or boyfriend (or girlfriend) totally understood what you were saying.
Even if you don’t have all the above traits right now, you’ll probably develop more of them over time. After all, being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle, not a job or hobby.
Can you relate to any of the above traits?
Taken from: 50 Signs You Might Be An Entrepreneur
It is no denying that when we were younger we all had dreams of what we wanted to be. I know I wanted to be an astronaut! But then we are told by society that we need to get a good education, get good qualifications, get a job and secure our future. This is the normal advice given to the majority of people including myself.
We then seem to forget about our dreams and settle for the stability of a regular job. A job that we may not even like doing but we do it anyway because it provides us with a regular income. And I am sure like me you have heard your friends and family complain about their jobs but yet they still choose to do it because of the income coming in every month.
To me this does not make sense; life is too short to spend it doing something you do not enjoy. Following your passion and stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary for a lot of people, which I understand but it may prove to be the best decision you make.
Here is a great cartoon strip depicting what the majority of us go through in life:
James Clear is another blogger that I follow a lot and he has published a wonderful post on Productivity. In this post he talks about his productivity strategy, that is; “Do the most important thing first each day.”
He uses the author Ernest Hemingway as an example. Ernest Hemingway used to wake up each morning soon after first light and begin writing straight away.
James Clear breaks it down further by suggesting that we often assume productivity means getting more things done each day. But this is not correct.
“Productivity is getting important things done consistently. And no matter what you are working on, there are only a few things that are truly important. Being productive is about maintaining a steady, average speed on a few things, not maximum speed on everything.”
By following this strategy we will always get something important done each day. It is also suggested that mornings are better for concentrating on the important tasks as this is when our willpower is at its highest allowing us to use our full energy and efforts. It is also more unlikely that you will be distracted by other unexpected tasks that may crop up throughout the day.
What James Clear also clarifies is the reason why sometimes we are unable to get started on the important tasks and that is because we are used to spending our time responding to someone else’s agenda.
He puts this down to society; from being at school to being at work we are always told when to complete a specific task and naturally this will become a habit. So for a lot of people when it comes to the start of their day they open their emails, check their phones and look for their latest marching orders.
According to James Clear this is mistake, and to use his words;
“The tasks assigned to us by others might seem urgent, but what is urgent is seldom important. The important tasks in our lives are the ones that move our hopes, our dreams, our creations, and our businesses forward.
Does that mean that we should ignore our responsibilities as parents or employees or citizens? Of course not. But we all need a time and space in our days to respond to our own agenda, not someone else’s.”
So I hope you do not forget yourselves when planning your days ahead and making them more productive.
For the full article: http://jamesclear.com/productivity-tip