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  • The Music You’re Listening to Is Keeping You Broke

    Posted 2017-04-22 12:24:24 by: Dave A

    In 2015, the recording industry brought in just over 15 billion dollars in revenue. The music industry as a whole is constantly updating and shifting to accommodate the latest updates in trends. From vinyl to cassette tapes then cd’s to digital downloads (and a few other developments along the way). The music industry has learned how to adapt with culture and actually play a part in leading it. Though most don’t want to hear it, humans operate with a herd mentality. New fashion comes out, we rush to buy it. New technology comes out, we wait in line for hours, sometimes days, to get it. It’s kind of like “monkey see, monkey do”. Now this is not meant to be offensive, but to help you break free from one of the things that is holding you back from success in life. The music industry, in order to stay relevant, must adopt culture into music to keep people engaged. The artists sing about current events, their lives, what distracts them from their lives, and the ups and the downs. During the 60’s the most popular artists were Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley. The 1960’s was the time of the Vietnam War as well as the fight for Civil Rights. A lot of the music of this era told of drugs, war, and prejudice. Music reflects society and society reflects what we see in the media. We listen to the songs and we sing along, as we do so, we teach our brain to agree with the words we are reciting. Be careful what you’re feeding your brain It is a common belief, proved by science, that what you think — you become. Your brain is a web of trees and those trees grow based off of thoughts that you allow yourself to believe and what you choose to not believe. The damaging thing about the cycle with the media, the music industry, and society is this: The media will set the standard of how we should see the world and society reflects those standards. Societies standards are picked up by the music industry and the media publishes it. When you ...

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  • Get Organized: It’s Time to Make Every Work Day As Productive As Possible

    Posted 2017-04-21 22:44:19 by: Dave A

    Are you guilty of binge watching Netflix for hours in the evenings or weekends? Do you spend every extra minute you get mindlessly scrolling through social media? It isn’t completely your fault. Today’s world makes it so easy and convenient to get lost in information overwhelm. It is a lot easier to turn on the television or open up Facebook than it is to be productive and make progress towards your goals. But I have one question for you. If you keep doing what you are currently doing, will you be satisfied with your life ten years from now? If you silently cringed at the question, I think we both know the answer. Something needs to change. Here are 3 tips that FreeeUp CMO Connor Gillivan, shared with me that you can start to use in your life right now to be more productive: 1. Plan Your Weeks When you close your eyes and think of your ideal self, do you see yourself hunched over a planner endlessly planning every minute of your day? Probably not. The very idea that you have to invest time each week to plan may come across as boring and unappealing, but I assure you it is necessary if you want to make the most out of your time. While spontaneity may sound “sexy,” it is actually a quality of people who fail to ever achieve their life goals. In order to be truly successful, you have to be a planner. But I have good news for you. Planning doesn’t have to be difficult or take up much of your time. If you can take twenty minutes each Sunday to plan your week, I guarantee you will triple your investment. By planning out your week, you will save hours and hours of time that would otherwise be lost. Here is how to do it: Determine your most important 3-5 tasks that you want to accomplish for the week. Outline the steps required to complete those tasks. Schedule time in your calendar to complete the tasks. “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – ...

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  • 3 Ways You Are Allowing Your Financial Power to Be Taken From You

    Posted 2017-04-21 13:50:50 by: Dave A

    I often say it doesn’t matter who your parents were or how you were raised; wealth is always possible to create. That is because the ability to prosper has nothing to do with how much money you have but, rather, what your relationship is with the money you have. Sadly, the vast majority of us have an unhealthy relationship with money. That’s why 70% of lottery winners lose all their money within five years. That’s why I, the daughter of a billionaire, spent most of my early adulthood living in a panic over how I would survive. And it is why millions of people born into poverty can work incredibly hard and never seem to accumulate more wealth. In my experience, the core reason most people struggle in their relationship with money is because they are disempowered in this area of their life. Many people (particularly women and children) are taught a point of view that it is inappropriate or impossible for them to control their own financial situation. This drains them of all personal power around money and creates a situation where they will never be able to fully create wealth for themselves. It is entirely possible for you to have and enjoy greater wealth. But in order to do so, you must first fully empower yourself in this area. Here are the three ways we allow our financial power to be taken from us: 1. Waiting to be rescued I was surrounded by wealth in my childhood, but I was always reliant on others to give me the funds I needed and wanted. I wasn’t taught how to understand or use the power of money. Instead, I was raised with the expectation that I would marry someone wealthy; someone who would continue to take care of my financial needs. The details of your story are probably different to mine, but the essence could be similar. Many of us are raised to believe that someone, or something, outside of ourselves is the answer to our financial well-being. For me, this involved a wealthy husband. For you it may be the dream of a big lottery or gambling ...

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  • The Truth About Love

    Posted 2017-04-20 20:34:25 by: Dave A

    The truth about love is you can’t ignore it. I know this because I’ve tried myself. I’m not just talking about romantic love; I’m talking about these four topics: – Loving yourself first – Falling in love with a significant other – Giving love to the world – Knowing how to receive love A friend of a friend, named Mark Lack, shocked me a few weeks ago. He said on his TV show that he wanted to share one secret with his business audience that was the best advice you’ll ever hear. I’m naturally on the edge of my seat ready to write down some online business hack that could make me millions. Mark said, “Nothing in your life matters, but one thing: how much love you give and how much love you receive. Love is the only thing in life that matters.” It’s not just Mark that is spreading this message. This message is coming from entrepreneurs consistently now who’ve made it, climbed to the top of the mountain and figured out that love is all there is. You’d think after two failed relationships within twelve months and a massive heartbreak I’d know that by now. So stop chasing fame, money, cool friends, parties or whatever else is distracting you from this one thing: love. You can’t avoid it and instead, should embrace it. Love has so much power once you move out of thinking it’s uncool, and into a place of understanding. There is, however, two rules you must follow to play the game of love and get the benefits.   Rule One: Sacrifice Love will not happen for you my friend unless you are prepared to sacrifice. If the benefits of love were so easy to obtain, we’d all be drinking the Kool-Aid by now and stop numbing our pain with food, drugs and alcohol. The sacrifice I’m talking about is the biggest one you can make: give your entire life to love. In practical terms this doesn’t mean you go join some hippie cult; it means you must choose love in every situation. Someone cuts you off, choose love; someone pisses on ...

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  • 7 Key Mindset Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sales Success

    Posted 2017-04-20 13:13:23 by: Dave A

    You might be wondering why you’re struggling to book enough consultations for your business. Perhaps, you might be booking in the initial calls, but wondering why no one is buying your services. If this is true, then you must change the way you think about sales. Firstly, sales isn’t what you do TO someone. It’s something that you do FOR someone. Sales often gets a bad rap, but selling is actually helping. So remember this, and recognize that sales is a consummation of a relationship. Someone wants to exchange something that they value, which is money, in exchange for something that they want, which is your expertise. Selling is good for you and your clients. When you sell your services, they get what they want which is helping them to achieve their dreams and you get what you want which is money, and both parties are excited. These 7 key issues standing in the way of your sales success come up time and time again, and they’re responsible for business owners getting seriously stuck: 1. You are judging your potential clients before they even speak to you You’re speaking to them, but secretly you’re saying to yourself that they can’t afford your services, which is disrespectful to your potential clients. You’re judging them based on your own thinking. You simply can’t just look at someone’s appearance, how they speak, their nationality, their sex, where they live, or anything else, and make an assumption about whether they can afford you or not. If you go into the conversation being judgemental, you’ll consistently find it hard to close the sale. 2. You assume that no one will buy from you straightaway You tell yourself that they need time to think about it, or that they might need to speak to their partner about it. Because you are thinking this, you won’t even ask for the sale. You have told yourself that they are not going to buy today. You’re projecting your thoughts onto your clients which is sabotaging your sales success ...

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  • Because Of Hard Times

    Posted 2017-04-19 22:47:11 by: Dave A

    I am not your self-help guru and I’m not going to pretend I am one. It would be stupid of me to sit here and pretend that you have to go through hard times to reach success, if I hadn’t done that very thing myself. So I’m going to lay it all on the line for you. I’ve just gone through two bad break ups, continually been told I’m not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough and clever enough at business. The thing is I know what I am, and who I am, so I can’t give in to the lies and neither can you. I deserve all of life’s pleasures, and so does everyone reading this as long as you understand the hard times. This tall white boy that is obsessed with success has had more hard times than you can imagine. That doesn’t make me special, but it does give me the credentials to preach to you all about what they’ve taught me. All I have left is my lessons and experience. I’m 100% sure it will be valuable to you. Because of hard times, this is what I learnt:   1. Get comfortable with not feeling good When hard times strike, it’s time to implement your action plan. Everything that you would do in an emergency needs to happen during hard times. You’ve got to know what it’s like to starve of motivation for a while, and to welcome the feelings that totally suck. The more you can get okay with being uncomfortable, the better prepared you’ll be for hard times.   2. Set a new goal Your frustration and pain that comes from hard times can be used to get you a new goal. I’ve found that hard times are a perfect opportunity to set a new goal. I made a choice, during my recent encounter with hard times, to finally get some momentum with my public speaking. I have a dream now of attending the Toastmasters Public Speaking Finals in Las Vegas. I believe I can be the best and I’m sure you can achieve a similar goal. 3. Do what you did in the dark, in the light as well My hard times struck last week. They knocked me flat on my face. I thought I was ...

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  • 5 Stepping Stones to Overcome the Fear of Success

    Posted 2017-04-19 13:01:20 by: Dave A

    You’ve always been dreaming about success. Now, it’s time for that big question: did you achieve it? How did you imagine this very moment ten years ago? You had goals and desires, where are you now? If you feel like you haven’t tried enough, you have a problem that’s common for many people. It’s called the comfort zone. That’s a nice way to say that you’re actually afraid of success. At my first job, we were supposed to give a presentation on a very important project. I was working on it for months. I knew I had something exceptional, but the presentation itself freaked me out. Do you know what I did? I didn’t show up. I decided to delegate the presentation to my colleague. The mere fact of being the center of attention freaked me out, so I avoided that scene even though it led me to failure. Why do we do that? Why is success so overwhelming to us? We’re always afraid of the things unknown. Since we can’t really tell where success will take us, it’s easier for us to stay in the comfort zone. People might be jealous of our success. We care about what other people think of us, so we’re afraid that our journey to stardom will ruin the relations we maintain. Where there’s potential for success, there’s potential for failure, too. Sometimes we’re so afraid of failure that we don’t bother succeeding at all. That’s what happened when I didn’t show up to give that presentation at college. Success demands hard work. It puts us in direct competition with ourselves. That’s another thing we tend to be afraid of: hard work. Some people are afraid of success because they think they don’t deserve it. They believe they don’t have strength to carry the burden of success. Is there a way to overcome this fear? There is. In fact, there’s no other way. Life was meant for going forward. Staying in your current zone is not an option. “Succeed in not fearing the lion and the lion will fear you.” – Eliphas Levi Here are the 5 ...

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  • 28 Powerful Beyoncé Knowles Quotes

    Posted 2017-04-19 05:21:33 by: Dave A

    Beyoncé Knowles is a well known singer, song-writer, and actress better known from her collaborative group, Destiny’s Child in the late 1990s. According to Forbes, Beyoncé’s networth is $265 million as of June 2016, although her celebrity networth is considered to be estimated at $450 million. Here are some Inspirational Beyoncé Knowles Quotes 1. “Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.” – Beyoncé Knowles 2. “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.” – Beyoncé Knowles 3. “Take all the rules away. How can we live if we don’t change?” – Beyoncé Knowles 4. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” – Beyoncé Knowles 5. “We all have our imperfections. But I’m human and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.” – Beyoncé Knowles 6. “The reality is: sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.” – Beyoncé Knowles 7. “I’m a workaholic and I don’t believe in ‘No.’ If I’m not sleeping, nobody’s sleeping.” – Beyoncé Knowles 8. “Do what you were born to do. You just have to trust yourself.” – Beyoncé Knowles 9. “When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.” – Beyoncé Knowles 10. “I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.” – Beyoncé Knowles 11. “Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health — ...

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  • How to Use Body Language to Turbocharge Your Confidence and Success

    Posted 2017-04-18 15:00:37 by: Dave A

    If you’ve ever seen the movie Boiler Room, you probably remember Ben Affleck’s character coming into the room saying “motion creates emotion“. He was right. Scientists have proven that body language actually has a profound impact on your blood chemistry. In fact, social psychologist Amy Cuddy, in collaboration with another researcher Dana Carney, found that simply assuming a dominant body posture for as little as 120 seconds leads to important changes in blood hormone levels. If you assume a dominant posture for as little as two minutes, this is enough to trigger a 20% boost in your blood testosterone levels. There’s a lot written about the importance of mindset, visualization, affirmations, and psychology for achieving your goals and becoming successful, but in this article, I’ll prove to you how simple changes in body language and posture can literally force you to become more dominant, more powerful, and more authoritative. The techniques I reveal are very powerful, but they should not be used to portray arrogance and conceit. They should be used to improve your own confidence and self-assurance so that you can perform at your best. Because you can only help others when you feel confident and are performing at the top of your game. Here are 7 body language hacks you can use to boost your confidence and be more successful: Body Language Hack #1: Assume a Large, Confident Smile No matter what’s going on in your life and how you feel, assume a large, confident smile. Dig deep down and make it real. FEEL the happiness, confidence, and courage that takes over your body by simply forcing yourself to smile. Others will respond to your positivity and confidence and be much more likely to help you achieve your goals. This is why salespeople are told to smile… even when selling over the phone. Body Language Hack #2: Cock Your Head Back and Keep Your Chin Up I love this tip because it projects confidence, authority, and ...

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  • We All Suck At Success, Until You Do This

    Posted 2017-04-17 18:25:18 by: Dave A

    Here we go that word “SUCCESS” again. Aren’t you freaking sick of it? Frankly, it doesn’t matter if you are. You can’t avoid success and the yearning to want its rewards. Success is like your dream partner that you want to marry and spend the rest of your life with. Now that sounds about right. It explains so much. You have to have success at some point in your life. You have to feel like you have climbed a mountain and done something that others have only dreamt of. You can’t live your life being unsuccessful. You need success. Success is like the oxygen your lungs need to keep you alive. Fall in love with success. Then, you’ll start to suck less. You’ll stop ignoring this universal truth called success.   We all suck until we detach ourselves from the outcome If you sit in your fancy Aeron office chair every day, being obsessed with the outcome of your life’s work, you’re going to suck! Big time! I know you want success right now: so do I. Rather than thinking about success as the outcome of your work (these outcomes take time), try thinking about the daily progress you are making towards your life’s work, as success. Tell yourself that success is going to happen for you, you’ve just got to keep going. When you hit that major challenge, don’t give up. See that challenge as the only way you will ever get your goal of success. “Know that the challenges are ensuring you become successful, rather than the other way round”   Overnight success takes years If I had a dollar for every time I hear about so-called “Overnight Success.” HAHAHAHAHA I’ve studied success like a mad man over the last five years. Every autobiography I have read has told me one thing: success takes years. I see people evaluating their success all the time. The look on their face when they see the results of the three months they spent on their startup makes me laugh. They can’t work out why they don’t feel successful. I’m not sure ...

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