4 Boxes to Check Before Starting Your Solopreneur JourneyPick the Brain

The following is adapted from The Aspiring Solopreneur: Your Business Startup Bible. Once you’ve created a fully-built, kickass business plan and you’re ready to begin your solopreneur journey, there are four final boxes you need to check before you embark. The solopreneur’s life isn’t for everyone, so by taking the time now to run through this final checklist, you’re all but eliminating the possibility this isn’t the right fit for you. Let’s dig into these four areas, starting with the most important: your lifestyle. #1: Life Analysis You have an idea about what the future commitment looks like, and how much time and money it will take to launch your solopreneur life. You’ve gone from theoretical to practical. Now it’s …

How I Lost The Secret Of Dazzling Success For 20 Years

Ever heard of the Fuller Brush Man? You know, those legendary guys who came knocking on the front doors of America, selling brushes, mops and cleaners? I was one of them, back in my early twenties. I had just quit a job in an employment agency after four-and-a-half very long, very stressful days. Confined for eight hours a day to an incredibly tiny cubicle, ear pressed to the phone calling through the yellow pages trying to find job listings, then on my very first interview having to lie to a girl about a fictitious job the boss had advertised to pull in applicants. (Can you say bait-and-switch?) That girl knew I was lying, and when she walked out the door, …

Harness The Power Of Words In Your Life

Speaking comes to most people as naturally as breathing. On many occasions our words are uttered without conscious thought; in fact we rarely stop and think about what we are saying. Thousands of words pour out of our mouths each day as our thoughts, opinions, judgements and beliefs are freely expressed. Often, however, we are oblivious to the positive or negative effect these words have on ourselves and the people around us. Words have tremendous power. Words give out energy and a message which creates a reaction in others. Everything you say produces an effect in the world. Whatever you say to someone else will produce some kind of an effect in that person. We are constantly creating something, either …

Great Century, by George

George Burns’ career could have ended as early as 1958, when his wife Gracie Allen retired from Show business. Burns continued the show after Allen retired, but the show was cancelled after one season. Burns could have let his wife’s retirement from show business stop him from going further in his career, but he ultimately ended up being a huge comic success and lived to be 100 years old. Many of Burns’ biggest successes came when he was in his eighties and nineties. At the ages when many people have long since retired, Burns was enjoying great success. Getting older does have great advantages: we become smarter; we acquire wisdom; we have acquired more skills. 1. Burns struggled as a …

Get Motivated Today With These 4 Essential Pillars of Motivation

I want to give you four wonderful pillars for motivation, four main themes to underpin a healthy sense of drive and inspiration. – The first main pillar of motivation is to gain recognition from peers. When soldiers in wartime give up their lives during combat, why do they do it? Is it because of patriotism, a belief in the cause they are fighting for, or a fear of court martial if they do otherwise? Perhaps all these things play a part, but extensive research has shown that what really motivates a soldier to fight well incombat is the desire for the respect of the person who is fighting right beside him. This is much more important than medals or other …

Get Motivated — It Pays

Pain may sometimes be the reason why people change. Getting flunked grades make us realize that we need to study. Debts remind us of our inability to look for a source of income. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves. With the countless negativities the world brings about, how do we keep motivated? Try on the tips I prepared from A to Z… A – Achieve your dreams. …

Genius or Gifted?

Every person has particular abilities or skills that make them different from the others. There are no similar genetic codes, so there are no completely alike people. Some of the abilities are placed in a genetic code and are to be developed during a lifetime. About our hidden abilities and talents we get to know in kinder garden or in elementary school. This is a regular way to discover yourself and your calling, but sometimes a person may find out that he or she is gifted in arts only being a teenager or even later. This is not an anomalous case and there is nothing that can’t prevent a person from developing necessary skills. After hard work one may be …

Focus on Others to Feel Better Yourself – 5 Kindness Motivation Tips

Focus on Others to Feel Better Yourself – Many times we can be guilty of focusing mostly on our troubles and worries. It can become an effort to do the everyday things like washing dishes, mowing the lawn, feeding the kids a decent meal. Is there a way to overcome these feelings that keep us down and unwilling to do the things we need to do? Is there a way to get back on track emotionally and make a difference at the same time? One surefire way to get your mind off your troubles and to make a difference is to stop focusing on yourself and focus instead on someone else and their needs. There are countless people who very …

Energy Boosters

I needed to learn about energy boosters. Fatigue and a lack of energy have been problems for all my life. In an effort to find out why, I’ve asked doctors, read books, and finally decided that some questions just won’t be answered in my lifetime. Fortunately, I’ve also learned that even without discovering the root causes of my tiredness, there are things I can do to alleviate it. Below are some of energy boosters that have worked for me and others over the years. Try them to see which work best for you, and use more than one at a time if necessary. Ten Energy Boosters 1. Energetic music. Different types of music have different effects on us, but you …

Dreams Are They Good Or Bad?

Dreams that you have at night are bad if they are “Nightmares”, but the dreams you have that make you feel great and inspired – those are “Goodmares”. So have you been have “Nightmares” or “Goodmares”? If you are feeling oppressed or depressed you are probably have the first one, but if you have good things going on you are probably have the second. Some say that the first one could be a premonition of things to come or an evilness in the dreamer. But could it just be an inner talk going on within you that is allowing your mind to create these? I am not a psychologist, have never studied Sigmund Freud and really don’t delve in that …

Do You Think Motivational Thoughts?

What do motivational thoughts do? They help you take action. This isn’t about positive thinking or motivating quotes. Those have their place in shaping your attitude and thinking. However, what motivates each of us is unique, so you need to have your own thoughts – those which are most effective at getting you going. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein This is a decent quote, and it may help you look at the positive side of a situation, but what if it just doesn’t get you excited? Then you need to apply a little brainpower to make the idea your own. You have to make it a truly motivational thought for YOU. Motivational Thoughts Of Your …

Don’t argue – Ask questions

As the saying goes “It takes two to tango.” Well, it also takes two to argue. It is impossible to have an argument with someone if they don’t participate. If your goal is to reach a solution and create a win/win outcome, arguing isn’t the route to take. Instead the best way to reach a collaborative conclusion is to ask questions. We are taught to ask questions in coaching so the other person can hear in their own words the solutions. In fact it is said that coaches do not ask questions so they can hear the answer, but so the client can hear the answer. Questions allow the person to take ownership and responsibility for the solution. Although there …

Discover Your Path to Success – Part 4

In Part Three, I promised we would get into the resources. Before we do, however, let’s discuss a treasure that most of us have been exposed to, but don’t take nearly enough time out of our day to focus on – the power of prayer. This may offend some people, but I hope it does not; as that is not my intent. As humans, we have progressed in so many ways, but we have lost touch with our bodies, nature, and the power of prayer. There seems to be a spiritual renaissance, of sorts, going on in the “new age” movement. However, there are a large number of children growing up with no spiritual guidance at all. There are many …

Decisions, What You Haven’t Been Told About Them

Have you ever sat there trying to make a decision yet, you just couldn’t. If only I had more information, or a proverbial crystal ball, you think to yourself. Many times when you are avoiding making a decision, it stems more from being afraid of making the wrong decision. This has become an epidemic in many places and organization. This fear shuts down communication, creates more challenges and generally comes with a high price tag. “But what if my decision cost me or the company?” are words I hear people say. So they want to analyze everything almost to the death of the original choice. The fear of being wrong can cripple them into never succeeding. Yet, it is ok …

Why You Should Decorate Your Home for Christmas

Are you one of those individuals who cannot wait until the holiday season arrives? If so, there is also a good chance that you may be interested in decorating your home for Christmas. If you have not yet decided, as to whether or not you would like to decorate your home for Christmas, you are advised to give it some thought. After a close examination, you will likely see that there are a number of benefits to decorating your home for Christmas. The most obvious benefit of decorating your home for the Christmas season is that you will be supporting the holiday and expressing your appreciation for it. If you celebrate Christmas, whether you are religious or not, you likely …

Counting Your Chicken Before They Hatch!

Have you ever heard the expression, “Do not count your chickens before they hatch?” Maybe an older, wiser individual would tell you this to keep you from getting ahead of yourself. Like buying a new car before you actually got that new job. Well, when setting and obtaining your goals, you need to “Count your chicken before they hatch” in your mind. What I mean by this is you have to start seeing yourself completing or obtaining your goal. What you profess, you possess! The first thing you need to do is sit down and set your goals. Diana Scharf Hunt said “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” A lot of times, people are thrown off by the idea of taking …