Category: Career

Job Title: Personal Cheerleader

Today while I was attending Steve Pavlina’s Deep Abundance Integration call, I had the idea of becoming a personal cheerleader for others. Other words for it would be accountability partner, accountability buddy, accountability coach, and life coach. The reason I decided to go with “cheerleader” is because I would be utilizing positive affirmations and positive energy to motivate the person.

I wonder how much people would pay to have a personal cheerleader in their life. How much would you pay? Feel free to leave a comment.

Included in the service would be:

– Nearly 24/7 support (setting up calls in advance would be preferred so that phone calls don’t overlap), meaning that you’re only a phone call away to receive positive support and guidance.
– Daily text messages with positive affirmations and such, as well as checking in to track progress.

I’m still thinking about how to set up such a service. I’m interested in providing this type of service since this is something I naturally do with my friends. I like to motivate and inspire people to live to their fullest potential. And, I’ve succeeded in helping others achieve their goals.

What do you think of this kind of service? Is it something that you would be interested in paying for?

Why is Passive Income a Good Way to Earn Money?

Passive income requires discipline. It means trying various ideas until something sticks and works. It requires you to be patient and to hold out for long-term benefits. If you stick to creating passive income, eventually you will succeed as you learn from your attempts.

The reason why passive income is so good to earn is because it requires you to only put in the upfront work one time in exchange for receiving money over a long period of time. It allows you to explore your creative side and to find outlets in which you can contribute value to society multiple times from just exerting the time and effort once.

Passive income also allows you to live a freer lifestyle. Your life is not based on just your work and errands. In some cases, it can be based on your lifestyle and way of living. For example, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary makes a living off lending money and investing money into the stock market while in exchange earning dividends. His whole lifestyle is based on extracting value through lending money to others. If he so chosen otherwise, he could retire from his work and still continue earning money. But instead, his lifestyle revolves around supporting businesses and investing money into them.

You don’t have to be mega rich in order to dabble into passive income. There are many ways in which you can earn passive income, from eBooks to eCourses to real estate. When you first start off, you have to adjust to a learning curve. That is, you have to keep trying different ideas until one works. You don’t have to be super serious in order to earn passive income. You can even explore the topic with some fun, such as creating a game app for Android or iPhone. There are kids who have already dabbled into creating passive income, such as creating and selling music. You too can earn passive income if you just set up your mind for success. Focus on ways in which you can contribute value to society, and then try different ideas until you can earn passive income.

The cool thing about passive income nowadays with the internet is that you don’t even need to have money in order to start with it. If you had to, you could access a local library’s computer and earn money such as through blogging. Or, you could save up money temporarily from a job and invest in a camera (or smartphone with a camera) to upload YouTube videos. The sky’s the limit. Just stick to one method of passive income before jumping off in several directions.

Nowadays, I would say that the main sources of passive income that I am currently exploring are 1) blogging, and 2) uploading YouTube videos. My channels (here and here) are growing in views and subscribers, so I have been more proactive in posting videos through YouTube. And my blog, while not high in traffic yet, has been growing in the number of articles I’ve been posting. So eventually once I hit a certain number of valuable articles, I will gain more traffic and earn more money through my ads/affiliate links.

Pursuing passive income can be something that you do while earning active income. You can approach passive income as a hobby or interest. Approach it with curiosity and wonder as opposed to just a numbers game. Because in the end, earning passive income is about enjoying your life rather than just putting in work. When I post a blog article or a YouTube video, I enjoy the process. It does not drain me, and I feel as if I am contributing good value to my readers and subscribers. You should feel the same too, as if you are contributing something good to society in return for passive income.

10 Reasons Why Getting a Job is Stupid

If you’ve been brainwashed by society into thinking that a job is the most secure way in which you can generate income, you’re about to become enlightened. Not only is a job one of the worst ways to make income, but it is also quite risky. Many people compete for the same job. Nowadays, there is no such thing as job security as there had been in the past. With technology, people are learning more and more to seek out other sources of income (both passive and active). Here are ten reasons why getting a job is stupid.

1. Income for dummies

Unfortunately, the school system does not teach you how to make money. It teaches you how to settle for a mediocre job and to rely on an employer. There are few people who went to school and said that school prepared them to earn income. What we learn instead is how to depend on external sources (our boss or employer) for income.

Plus, the only time you make money is when you are working. If you don’t see the problem with that, it’s because you’ve been brainwashed to believe that a job is the only secure way to make income. You’ve been trained to trade hours for dollars. Did you know that there are many other ways to make income that do not involve trading time for money?

2. (Unpaid) Sick days

When you’re working a 9-5 job, you cannot afford to take a sick day. You are either limited to how many sick days you have, or you cannot make money when you take off. This is a struggle that many people face at work. Sometimes, they head to work not in their best state, only to prolong their sickness or damage their health. And it’s all because they are depending on you to make it to work that day. If you take too many sick days, they might consider hiring someone else for your same position. Or, you might get laid off.

3. Limited vacation time

You only get to take vacation on specific dates. You can’t take advantage of traveling deals. Or, maybe you end up getting so tired of work that you don’t even plan vacations. Either way, your leisure time is sure limited.

4. Working for less than your net worth

Some people manage millions of dollars in exchange for a two-figure hourly rate. Who decided how much you would be paid, and why is it so little? When you settle for a job, you limit your income. It is based on however little they can get away with for hiring you. Unfortunately, school didn’t prepare you for negotiating your income either now, did it?

5. Dress code

Are you required to wear a suit and tie to work (or a dress for ladies)? Nothing too sexy, or nothing too casual? Who made up these rules anyway? Well if you’re taking the job route, you have to give in to following the dress code.

Not only is this a tad bit confusing, but silly. You have to spend your paycheck making sure that you have enough professional outfits for work. What if your boss gets offended for you wearing the color orange? That’s just more money down the drain on top of the taxes that you pay. Speaking of which…

6. More taxes

Employees have to pay a large percentage of their income in taxes compared to others who learn how to generate passive income. That doesn’t sound fair, does it? But, it is the harsh reality of earning money through a job. And if you don’t fill out those 1040s, the IRS may come and seize your assets. Ha, what a lot of fun that is. You have to figure out how to fill out those papers, or hire someone else to do your taxes for you. Who invented such a complicated tax system? Too bad no one stood up for fixing it.

7. Job security is just an illusion

Oh you might be the most loyal employee out there ever, but if you ever fudge up and make mistakes, you might just lose your job. And trust me, no one who is living paycheck to paycheck likes the idea of losing their job. But, it is a cold harsh reality for some people. Job security depends on your interactions with the company and how well you’re doing. And unfortunately, if you do not make the cut, you might end up losing your job at some point.

8. Living paycheck to paycheck

When you have a job, you might accidentally cause yourself to live paycheck to paycheck. First, you start off with student loans. Then, you have to pay off your car loan (a necessity for commuting to that job of yours). And on top of that, you might have a mortgage. In addition to all of that, now you have to pay for food, electric bills, water bills, gas, doctor’s visits, clothes, and more.

Wait a second, how much money did you say you’re making again? Are you sure that income is sustainable, or are you just kidding yourself? Time to check your cash flow and see how much is going in and how much is going out. Keep grinding until you realize that you’re stuck in the rat race, going nowhere fast.

9. Limited experience and growth of skills

You typically have to spend your time on routine tasks when it comes to a job. As a result, you may not build up other valuable skills or talents. You might settle for only expressing a few of your skills for little pay.

On the other hand, entrepreneurs can build up their skills and talents in many ways. Freelancers get to do the same too, settling for taking jobs that inspire them rather than restrict them. Why haven’t you caught onto at least being a freelancer? Maybe it’s because the rest of disillusioned society still haven’t waken up to the digital age, where you have plenty of opportunity to make money outside of a job.

10. Loss of ambition or creativity

You lose your drive to pursue your hobbies and interests, possibly because you are too burnt out from work. By the time you head home, all you want to do is eat, watch Netflix, and maybe take a shower. And you forget that you have other hobbies or interests that you want to explore, probably because your work now takes a huge chunk of your time. Suddenly, your life becomes work-focused and can lead you to feeling stressed out, all because you’ve forgot how to enjoy your life.

If you are one of those people who decided to go the job route, it’s never too late to reclaim your time and to return to infinite possibilities of creating passive income. Believe it or not, there are ways to earn money through your own unique talents and skills. You could build an eCourse and earn passive income on a variety of topics. Or, you could invest some of that money you’ve earned into real estate. The sky’s the limit.

Unfortunately, they do not teach you how to make money in school. However, there are plenty of blog articles that teach you how to make income passively. You might want to explore this topic in more depth by doing your research. Hey, even if you’re still in high school, you can try making money by developing a smartphone app. Or, you can start your own website. Why not? You don’t have anything to lose anyway. Well, that is unless you feel motivated to quit your job. Did you wake up yet? (;

How to Make Hard Work Fun

Work can be boring sometimes. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Especially if you decide to go the entrepreneurial path, it can be lots of fun. You can combine play with work if you create a lifestyle first and work second.

When you create a lifestyle first, you choose the activities that are most appealing to you. For example, nowadays, I like to do the following: blogging, uploading videos, producing music, and writing eBooks. Thankfully with the age of digital technology, I am able to find ways to make money through these activities (passive income for the win!).

If you decide to be an artist, there are a few ways you can make money. You can sell art through websites such as Etsy. You can set up local workshops to teach people how to produce art. Or, you can create an online course in which you teach art.

I’m quite sure that I would not enjoy the typical 9-5 job. It requires you to perform the same skills time in and time out. Plus, there is not much room for growth. You may be promoted, but your skills may be limited to what that job entails.

As opposed to the entrepreneurial, the sky’s the limit. For myself, I have to utilize skills such as SEO, photoshopping, HTML, FTP, and content creation. When I post videos, I have to make sure that the lighting is just right and that the camera is set in the right angle. I have to do my own marketing. There’s a lot that I am learning to do on my own in the creativepreneur or solopreneur path.

Does my work ever get boring? Sometimes, it can seem repetitive and boring. But when that happens, I just throw on some music or try dabbling in another form of passive income. For example, sometimes I get tired of blogging. So, I’ll switch medias such as creating a podcast. Or, I’ll spend time writing eBooks instead. Or, I’ll pop in my microphone and belt out a song. It’s fun when you can be your own boss and make all the rules.

When you first make the change to making a living based off your lifestyle, it can be confusing. You may not know what exactly to do at first. And, you may not want to chase the money right away in the beginning. When you chase money, you are in it for the numbers alone. But when you put on your wizard’s hat, you can create anything you want and not worry so much about the money. The money will come rolling in so long as you are trying to actively give value or make a meaningful contribution to society.

For me, I knew that when I started this blog, I might not make much money. Part of it was that I did not know what to post. I was not sure what direction to take my blog. But as I restarted my blog and started writing again, I thought of this question, “What are some things people want to learn but struggle with, and can I help them through my writing?” That is the blueprint for my success. And even if I’m not making the return on investment right now, I know in time it will pay off. After all, there are people such as Leo Babauta and Steve Pavlina who have succeeded in this path, so why not I? (;

Hard work does not have to be a grind. It can be adventurous or fun. It is all about your mindset. If you can find a way to express your skills and talents and create a positive influence to multiple people, then the money will come your way. And even if it is just to a few people at a time in the beginning, that is still a good starting point.

Sometimes when I’m writing, I like to listen to some music in the background to get my creative juices flowing. Or, I like to sip on a fruit smoothie while getting a blog post out. Other times, I like to fully immerse myself in the experience and grow from it.

You too can learn how to mix hard work with play. You can find a happy balance between the two, not giving too much into just the money and not second-guessing yourself out of the fun hustle. I hope this blog post inspires you to find creative ways to express yourself that may also help you to cash in some extra moolah. (;

The Lack of Emphasis on Creativity

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois

Nowadays, I feel as if there is a lack of creativity in society. We create curriculums for children to learn in school through rote memorization and standardized testing. In the age of digital technology, memorization is not as important as creativity. Society has room for creative people to implement different strategies to better society.

The school system is lagging behind the way the world works. And as a result, many people struggle with such issues as paying the bills in order to make ends meet. In a way, the school system is just another form of child labor. Children “learn” in school, then they go home and are expected to finish extra homework, meanwhile potentially missing out on a great childhood that emphasizes play with contributing to society. The limitations on their social contributions is through a few hours of community service such as it is expected to be completed in high school. The system is designed for people to settle for jobs.

I believe that this age is shifting. Now, it is easy to access labor through services such as Fiverr. You can hire people for cheap to produce certain goods or services. So people are confused as to what they should be doing in this day and age.

Will jobs become obsolete?

I believe that jobs will not become entirely obsolete. As the demand for creativity grows, the more competitive the job world becomes. And as you can witness nowadays, people who suffered from financial loss from their retirement funds are now currently taking on low wage jobs such as being a cashier at Walmart. In order to make it in the job market, you have to consistently prove your worth and learn how to adapt to the changes in the market.

I think it’s a safer bet to focus on creating your own business or becoming self-employed. Enhance your skills daily through reading, taking courses (offline or online), or just researching various topics that interest you online. If a 15-year old can make money off a smartphone app they’ve created, so can you. It doesn’t matter if you are old. Age is just becoming an excuse. You can learn how to build up skills that are valuable to society, and that you can use to your advantage.

When you first start off as an entrepreneur, you may not make much, simply because you do not know how to market your skills or talents. But after time, after trying various ideas, something is bound to stick and is bound to make you more than enough money to pay off your bills. It takes some time, dedication, and research in order to make this happen.

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you can learn how to make money passively on the side. For example, you can blog, write ebooks, create YouTube videos, or invest in real estate. There is bound to be something that you are interested in that you can dabble into passive income with. Passive income is great for anyone who needs a break here and there, as opposed to being a slave to your job. All it takes is a little bit of learning, and it can be exciting to try as well. Create a job for yourself rather than allowing others to dictate what you must do in order to make money in this world.

Homeschooling

Homeschooling is for everyone, including the adults. Or as Leo Babauta likes to call it: unschooling. In this form of education, you are at home and learning different skills based on what your interests are. This leads to more creativity and fun in learning numerous subjects. For example, you can learn how to cook or you can learn how the stock market works. The sky’s the limit. You don’t have to succumb to a structured system where you may be forced to study subjects that don’t appeal to you. You get to choose the subjects, and you can learn how to apply those subjects in the real world instantly.

If you’re good at cooking, you can share recipes online. Maybe you could even start a cooking course such as through Teachable. If you choose to study about the stock market, you could learn how to invest over time (of course, while being careful). The cool idea behind unschooling is that you can learn virtually anything and figure out a way to make passive income through it.

Creativity is the key behind living such a lifestyle. As I’d like to call it, it is the age of creativepreneurs. We no longer how to struggle to make it big in any industry that we put our minds to. Rather, creativity is the exploration of problem-solving. There is no limit to how many ideas you can run with, thanks to the Internet. So where will you start first? (;

Having Fun with Work

Nowadays, there is a lot of opportunity available for people to make money out of a lifestyle they enjoy. You can become a personal shopper, take online surveys or give feedback for dining at restaurants for free, make money off social media such as posting your outfit on Instagram, and more. Anyone in the digital era can partake in it, whether you’re close to retirement age or you’re just a youngster who is fascinated by all the technology that we own. You can even make money off of gaming through services such as Twitch. How cool is that? (;

Making a career based around your lifestyle

With the internet, we can find creative ways to make money based upon our lifestyle. If you enjoy playing the piano, you might consider selling music or giving lessons. If you enjoy painting, you can sell artwork or set up group classes. There are many ways to pursue active or passive income based on our hobbies.

I make money through blogging, publishing eBooks, and uploading YouTube videos (with music or personal growth content). These are just a few avenues in which people can create passive income through their hobbies. For more ideas on how to make passive income, check out this post.

If you enjoy traveling, you may be interested in going the digital nomad route. It may require you to be somewhat of a minimalist, unless you want to have one stable home set up somewhere. (You could perhaps rent out the property while you are away traveling.)

Can I make money out of any hobby?

The short answer is yes! Find what you are passionate about and base your lifestyle around it. Don’t focus too much on the money in the beginning. Just try to enjoy the process. If you fall in love with the process, then you are bound to make money from it some day through trying various methods.

There are people who teach certain hobbies or skills through online courses. I haven’t dabbled much into it yet, but I’ve heard and seen people make good money from it. It requires you to have a good computer or camera to record and upload. But if you have a particular skill that other people are interested in obtaining, you could teach classes online. The cool thing about this is that you only have to set it up one time, and the money comes rolling in.

What if I still have a job and am living paycheck to paycheck?

I suggest by starting off with engaging in fun hobbies on the side. Don’t feel as if you are only obligated to work and that’s it. You should enjoy your life.

The more you express yourself creatively through your hobbies, the more fun your life will be. And eventually if you’re up for the challenge, you can transition entirely into enjoying those hobbies full-time. Some people like to only engage in their hobbies without worrying about the money. But if you can create some passive income from it, I’d say spend a few hours here and there to making it work out.

Besides passive income, you can also create new streams of active income through your hobbies. I know of a lady who creates beaded jewelry. She makes a decent income from it on the side by making it available for people to purchase online. It’s a fun hobby of hers to express herself, meanwhile making some good money out of it.

You don’t necessarily have to quit your job. However if you want to transition to part-time or leave your current job, try pursuing your favorite hobbies on the side. See where that leads you. And of course, do your best to enjoy the process and the beautiful journey on the side.

How Your Beliefs Shape Your Reality

What are beliefs?

Beliefs are formed through repetitive thoughts that our brains have concluded. Some beliefs can be helpful, and other beliefs can be destructive. What I’ve found to be useful is to examine old destructive beliefs, reframe them, and live a more conscious and positive life through more empowering beliefs.

We can have all sorts of beliefs. Usually when we hear the word “belief”, we think of religion. Christians believe that Jesus died for their sins. Muslims worship Allah. But beyond religion, beliefs can be formed around topics such as money or love.

One belief that people working 9-5 might have is, “I can never make money without having a job.” This is an disempowering belief that forces people to just rely on active income (through a salary). However if these people were to examine where the thought came from, maybe from their childhood when their parents were struggling to make ends meet, they can eliminate the belief and start their own businesses if they wish to do so.

I used to stress out about money. But recently, I formed a more empowering belief and said to myself, “There are tons of ways to make passive income online! I might as well hop onto the online abundance train.” Even though I do not have much experience with passive income, I know that if others succeeded at doing it, so can I.

Try examining your core beliefs. Are they positive or negative? If they are negative, find out where those thoughts first stemmed from, usually from your childhood or from past traumas. Then, reevaluate those beliefs. For example, if you have been abused before in the past and feel like you are not important or like you are worthless, you can look back and think of other alternative thoughts. Perhaps you were abused in the past, but that does not mean that you don’t deserve happiness. It could mean that those people who were abusive were mentally ill and had no idea what they were doing. Or, it could mean that had someone been there, you would have not been abused. It could mean many things. But, it does not mean you are worthless. Everyone is worth of love.

You want to make sure that your core values stem from a place of positivity. You want to be optimistic about your life, not feeling like you spiraling down into doom and suffocation of life. Your life is yours to enjoy.

Chase After Your Dreams

Life is a precious miracle. We never know what tomorrow may hold. All we can do is just try our best to live a fulfilling life.

Often times, people settle for mediocrity. This is due to how they were raised. We all grow up with various beliefs formed from our childhood. When those beliefs go left unexamined, we settle for less and forget to chase after our true dreams.

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to become a singer, take singing lessons, go out there and perform, and share some of your music. If you want to be an athlete, join a local sports club. If you want to be a rocket scientist, study physics or learn more about astronomy. Why settle for less?

I think the reason that people settle for less is because of what they were taught when they were younger. It doesn’t help that the educational system emphasizes jobs more than creating businesses or performing freelance work.

The majority of people don’t know how to make money and how to live a fulfilling life that surrounds your career: a job. But a stable job is not the only way to be successful. If you want to live abundantly, you should seek opportunities in every moment.

Due to our childhood beliefs, we often forget to pursue our real dreams. It doesn’t help when you’re surrounded by people who tell you to settle for less. You have to be proactive and find those people who are pursuing their goals and dreams. That is where you can start.

Here are a few dreams that I’d love to fulfill:

– Create a music album
– Publish eBooks
– Relearn the piano
– Become a dancer
– Travel to Neptune (;

I’m kidding about the last one, but how cool would it be if we created the type of technology that would allow us to space travel to other planets? 😀

Remember that money is not a necessity, and that it’s more important to enjoy your life. It’s more important to choose a job that you’d love to work for. It’s more important to be happy.

And for all my fellow passive income pursuers, it’s possible to find avenues of passive income that you enjoy dabbling in. It doesn’t have to be all work. It can be full of fun and play.

If you have a dream that you’d love to pursue, try to find people with common interests. You can find people with similar ideas through Meetup.

What is a Creativepreneur?

It has been almost one year and three months since I’ve moved on from the traditional job world. I decided to become an entrepreneur. Later, I modified it and transitioned into being a creativepreneur. Creativepreneurs are similar to entrepreneurs in that they both like to create businesses. However, creativepreneurs like to express themselves through avenues such as art or music. You can be a fitness coach who owns a gym and gives classes as an entrepreneur, but it does not fit under the idea of creativepreneurship. However, someone who sells knitted scarves through Etsy would be considered a creativepreneur.

What do creativepreneurs do?

Creativepreneurs perform all sorts of creative works:

– Woodworking
– Painting
– Drawing
– Blogging
– Writing
– Vlogging
– Video production
– Designer merchandising
– Singing
– Dancing
– Rapping
– Spoken word poetry
– Public speaking
– Photoshopping
– Web designing
– Fashion designing

Compared to a normal 9-5 job, creativentrepreneurs generally have more fun completing their work. That is because you get to be your own boss and explore any avenue of income. It can be stressful to be your own boss at first, but over time, you can build self-discipline and excel in being a creativepreneur.

For those who are interested in creativepreneurship, I suggest that you start off with something small, experimenting with one avenue at a time. Don’t jump at all the opportunities at once. Start with an area such as blogging and see how much you enjoy it. Take your time to learn how it works.

Personally, I want to get into creating my own clothing brand or merchandise. However, I am starting off simply by these three avenues: blogging with AdSense and Amazon’s affiliate program, YouTubing, and creating eBooks.

If you’re not sure where to start, I suggest starting with smaller streams of income such as creating an eBook or blogging. But if you’re feeling more ambitious and can set aside enough time throughout the day, you can start with any creative expression.

When you start off, you may need to write down checklists in order to make sure that you are focused. Try using a calendar or a small notebook to help keep you own track. Alternatively, you can use an app such as Evernote through your smartphone or computer. Organization is important when pursuing a creative business idea.

The front-load work takes time and patience, but once you get into the swing of action, the more rewarding it becomes. You can build skills a little more easily than you would at a traditional job. When you work for someone else, you are limited to doing the tasks that are assigned to you. But with creativepreneurship, you can start anywhere and then explore other avenues of self-expression. How cool is that? (;