Category: Entrepreneurship

The Difference Between Successful People and Mediocre People

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” – Vince Lombardi

 

I find this quote to be true. There are different ways in which success shows up in a person’s life. It could be owning a nice home, raising two beautiful loving children, or progressing in one’s career. But either way, a lack of will can get in the way and crush a person’s success by derailing their efforts.

How does one build up willpower to crush and conquer life? For one, you may have to change your environment. Most people’s environments do not set them up for success and in fact can hinder their progress. For example, if you live with people who settle for comfort and who dissuade you from focusing on what success means to you, then you will have negative thoughts come into your mind that will inevitably hinder your growth. The same happens when you live in a chaotic environment (clutter or living in poverty-stricken areas). So the first step in building up more willpower is to first examine your environment and see if there is anything you can do to change it and foster a growth-oriented mindset.

You may also benefit from associating with people who achieved the level of success that you so wish to attain. You could join local Meetups. Or, you can start one of your own. Surrounding yourself with the people who live in the successful type of mindset increases your ability to foster a success-driven mindset as well. They say you are the average of the people you spend your time with in proportion to how long you spend your time with each person.

These days, I’ve been feeling a lack of will myself. Some ways in which I have been trying to increase my will is to, for example, take Zumba group classes. When I see how hard the instructor is working and how other people are doing in the class, it makes me want to increase my efforts and try my best as well. It’s a good way for me to improve my physical wellness when alone, I would probably just watch YouTube dance videos without getting up and trying it for myself.

I find that a lack of knowledge is not necessarily a barrier for success. The most successful people in history in terms of monetary wealth are not the smartest or brightest people, but those who have been able to utilize other people’s intelligence or knowledge to create products or services of great value to society. They’ve learned that they don’t have to know it all to make it. The entrepreneurial mindset is that even if you don’t know how to do it, someone will, and so you can outsource those abilities to help you succeed in whatever it is you wish to do.

I don’t consider myself a good singer because my technique is off and I haven’t had proper vocal training. So what do I do when singing songs? I use technology (such as  the effects on GarageBand) to improve it. It takes my mediocre voice to the next level. So rather than giving up and saying that I’m not talented enough, I find a way to make it work and make my songs or covers sound nice.

Lack of strength does not matter either when it comes to success. There have been people who are blind or deaf (e.g. Helen Keller) or crippled who have turned their lives into success stories. “I’m not strong enough” just becomes a feeble excuse. And if you believe that you can’t, you won’t. Just as much as if you believe you can, you will. It is all a matter of perception. After all, you are what you feed your mind.

So there you have it, a wise quote on the difference between a successful person and others. It is all in how you develop your mindset. If you find that you have many negative thoughts hindering your success, it may be time for you to re-examine your thoughts and remove those limiting beliefs that are standing in your way.

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. (;

Interactive Trader with Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary

Recently, I attend an event featuring Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary along with guest speakers Steve Sitkowski and Jeff Tomasulo. They promoted a software called Interactive Trader, a tool designed to help you make “smart financial decisions” with the stock market. I was at first tempted to buy into their program so that I could make money too. However within the few days that followed, I realized that this was not the path of a heart. I couldn’t help but feel disconnected from the Wall Street path, which seems nothing more than a mere numbers game. You basically benefit or gamble on other people’s money, meanwhile not contributing anything of value to society. Doesn’t that seem pretty empty and unfulfilling?

When you chase money just for the sake of having more of it, your life turns out to be only about money or numbers. And for those people promoting the software, they get some money in exchange for your ignorance or cluelessness of how the stock market works.

In the stock market, there are two main ways to make money. You either earn money through dividends, or you earn it on capital gains (a.k.a. market inefficiencies). They presented the game of options, which they say will make you a sustainable income. But in order to truly make money from options, you have to know the insides and outs about different stocks and companies. And like I mentioned before, you are simply making money based off of other people’s ignorance. Do you really want to live that way?

They promoted both ways as follows: earn passive income through dividends, and earn income through options. The passive side of earning money seems to be the better deal as you invest money into a company that seems to be doing well. But the income part is tricky, in my humble opinion more risky than just trying to earn your own passive income through other means.

When it was Kevin O’Leary’s time to speak, he shared some of his own methods for saving and investing money. He did not promote Interactive Trader as the other two did, so I’m guessing they just cut him a deal to speak in front of an audience about his financial success. He offered valuable advice such as making the large part of his income through dividends (or royalties such as with his Shark Tank deals), and he suggested living off the interest, not by the principle.

Another point that Kevin O’Leary noticed was the trend of successful women entrepreneurs. He mentioned how they have better time management skills, set achievable goals, maintain low employee turnover, and assimilate feedback to enhance customer service. In turn, men struggle to set achievable goals due to testosterone, setting too high of goals that are unrealistic and hard to keep up with.

With Steve Sitkowski, I had a few valuable takeaways. He said to stop caring about what others think and to just do what you want to do. Everything is temporary, so learn how to give from a loving heart. Improve your life first, and then focus on improving others’ lives too. Also, align your actions with your objectives. I don’t agree with him on using options as a way to gain steady income, but hey, he said it worked for him. Good on him for that. (; Personally, I cannot stomach the thought of just playing with numbers all day long. If I were to invest in the stock market, it’d be for dividends, not options.

There were three main takeaways from Jeff Tomasulo. One is that many people have trouble speaking about money (even though it is the main concern for the majority of people). So the more comfortable you feel with talking about money, the more of a chance you have succeeding with money. He said to take care of the downside first, because the upside can handle itself. In other words, face those main problematic areas and find a way to improve it, and everything else will be taken care of. The last point is to form a team or mastermind rather than trying to do everything yourself.  Get your advice from the experts. Try to find a mentor that aligns with your beliefs and values, and replicate success from them (as a shortcut).

Overall, the event was not bad. There were a range of people attending the event, from college students to close-to-retirement folks. But still, I am skeptical about their program Interactive Trader. I know someone who is going to the event, so I’ll see their take on it before I completely write it all off. In the meantime though, I am focusing on my streams of passive income, doing my best to provide value to people before I gain anything from it. With the internet, it’s easier than ever to share with others and make a meaningful contribution. So, that is what I will focus on.

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? (;

Encountering Mediocrity

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

If you’re familiar with my blog, you’ll notice that I talk about developing an A player mindset. Geniuses recognize the power of people’s influence on themselves. So what they do is they cautiously choose who to surround themselves with.

When you surround yourself with people who are just familiar with the daily grind (going to school, then to university, then landing a 9-5 job, then finding a partner, then settling down by finding a house, then having children, only to retire at the age of 65), you succumb to the same kind of mediocre lifestyle. If you want to truly enjoy life without any boundaries, you have to take charge of your destiny and learn how to work out of the system.

You don’t have to do anything drastic if you are caught up in the same lifestyle as everyone else. You could start off small, such as doing consulting work on the side. Or you can invest your money into avenues such as commercial properties or real estate.

Many people are unsure of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, and so they may dissuade you from treading on such a path. They see failed businesses and believe that it is too risky. However, the entrepreneurial path often leads to greater rewards the more you stick with it and follow it.

You want to be careful about who you get your advice from. If you follow the advice of someone working 9-5, they will only give you mediocre advice. You want to make sure that you only follow the advice of people who have made it in the way that you’re interested in. For example, you don’t want to follow dieting advice from someone who binge eats. You want to ask for advice from experts such as a nutritionist.

One thing to realize is that when you tread on the path of excelling at life, you may face opposition from old friends and family. They may try to convince you to live otherwise. So, it is best to limit your interactions with such people or to talk about other topics that are more lighthearted with them. Don’t settle for what other people think your life should look like. You can create your own life with your own power. (;

10 Habits of Millionaires

Are you interested in what it takes to become a millionaire? Here are 10 habits that many millionaires practice every day:

Exercising

Exercise is a good way to take care of your body. You physical state of being affects your mentality. When you exercise, you release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine into the brain. When this occurs, you feel happier and are in a better mood.

Daily exercise is a good way of maintaining a healthy emotional state. It helps to eliminate brain fog and allows you to think more cleaning. Even something as simple as going for a walking gets your body in action, and that in turn helps your mind to become action-oriented.

Mapping out a plan for future goals and maintaining flexibility

When you have large ambitious goals, it is best to break up the goals into smaller active steps. To give an example, if you were to create your own business and hope to make millions of dollars from it, you may first want to focus on getting your first $1000 dollars for the first month. If you’re new to working out and arm weak in the arms, you may want to first start with lifting 5 lb. dumbbells. This all depends on your level of experience.

Even ambitious people know that it’s important to start of small and build up. And of course, it’s nice to reach for higher goals. You just need to figure out the path to get there. Also, you should be a little flexible and realize that just because one way doesn’t work, doesn’t mean that there is no other path to pursuing your dreams.

Multiple streams of income

This is a concept that many millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires follow. They create various streams of passive income so that they have more time to enjoy all of their favorite activities. It’s a smart way to invest in yourself.

In case you still want to work at your current job, you can still make active income while investing in different avenues on the side. Maybe you could purchase some real estate and rent out the properties. Or, you can take your time to learn how to invest in the stock market.

Having multiple streams of income allows you to have more flexibility. Some ways in which I pursue passive income include creating eBooks, blogging with AdSense and affiliate links, and uploading YouTube videos on various topics with affiliate links.

A book that I’ve found to be useful in my journey of pursuing passive income comes from Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It teaches you how to be smart about your daily habits and how to create a concise plan for making money through various streams. It teaches you where creativity in making multiple streams of income comes from. Though, it takes some imagination to figure out how to do that.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude is a good way of expressing happiness and contentment with life. When we act out of gratitude, we allow for good opportunities to flow into our lives. These opportunities can enhance our lives in many ways, and all we have to do is practice gratitude daily.

Gratitude can be expressed in various ways. Some people like to pray. Some people like to meditate. Other people like to verbally express their gratitude in the morning. Still, others like to write down a list of things they are grateful for in a pre-written or blank journal. I use a book called The Five-Minute Journal to express my gratitude and use positive affirmations. It is meant to be use daily for mornings and evenings, and there is an uplifting quote for each day.

Try experimenting with various forms of practicing gratitude until you find the method that is right for you. Practicing gratitude can help you to focus your mind on the good things. It helps you to see that your life is going well, and it helps you to look forward to new projects or adventures in your life’s journey.

Pursuing their passion

We all have different passions in life. Some people (such as myself) may love music. Others may enjoy mathematics. In order to live a fulfilling life, you should actively pursue your passion, skills, and talents.

Pursuing your passion allows you to reach your highest potential. Money comes naturally to those who actively use their passion, their skills, and their talents. For many people, it takes time to build up a good reputation based on your unique abilities. For example if you want to become a good dancer, you may have to take dance classes for a while in order to gain recognition in achieving your ultimate dream. After a while, people may recommend you to dance for music videos or on television.

I’m reminded of Will Smith, when he said it is better to live out your dreams rather than crumble down to a path of mediocrity. Why settle for less when you can enjoy your life right now? Money can become part of the equation once you boldly allow the universe or whatever higher being you believe in to know that you are ready to lead a life of self-actualization.

Reading

Self-made millionaires know that reading is a vital component in obtaining riches. Some people like to finish entire books in one day. Others like to take their time in reading and to gain new knowledge, reading at least one book a month.

When you read, you learn more about the world and you can shortcut your way to success or adventure through reading. You do not have to drop down to the pitfalls of failure. Rather, you can learn how to master your mind and avoid deadly or dangerous mistakes, whether that be financially or emotionally (such as with relationships).

Surrounding themselves with the right kinds of people

As most of the personal development field is aware of, you become the average of the people you surround yourself with. So, you’ll want to make sure that you surround yourself with the rights kinds of people. You don’t want to hang out with just anyone. When you’re pursuing a goal of obtaining riches, you must surround yourself with people who you consider to be A players.

If you surround yourself with people who are unsure about their life, it can hold you back. If you surround yourself with people who obsess over drama and are not proactively taking care of their life, you may succumb to similar activities.

Your environment is just as important. Imagine as if you’re in a room filled with dirt and carcinogens in the air. You can try your best to maintain a positive outlook. However, you will breathe in that smoke and dirt, and that is not good for your state of being. You want to make sure that your environment and the people you spend your time with contribute to a higher sense of purposeful life.

Taking calculated risks and investing in themselves

As entrepreneurs, millionaires like to take calculated risks. That is, they are careful as to how they spend their time and money. They like to invest their money into ideas that will benefit them in the long-run.

Some ways in which you can invest in yourself include buying books, investing in online courses to enhance your skills, and purchasing new technologies that will aid you in your business. You can also get a loan if you think it will help for big business ideas such as running a store or investing in real estate. However, you want to be careful and make sure that you do enough research on it before investing fully.

Taking risks is part of the entrepreneurial path. Depending on your tolerance for risks, you can invest a little, a lot, or in between. I suggest that you start off small before investing too much into something that you are not quite familiar with.

Viewing obstacles as challenges to overcome

We face different obstacles in our life. No two lives are the same, but we all experience similar fates. Millionaires, multi-millionaires, and billionaires learn how to enjoy their life by looking at the obstacles as fun challenges.

In order to obtain riches, you must adopt a higher level of thinking and being. You want to balance between positive and negative states of being. You want to make sure that your actions are reasonable and logical. Dwelling too much on the past or future can lead you to taking no action. But if you start from where you are right now, you can overcome those life hurdles more easily.

Waking up Early

You can learn to be more productive by waking up early. Jump into a morning routine and set up the day for success. If you’re not an early bird, you can either learn to adapt to waking up early in the morning, or you can become a night owl if that suits your needs better. Either way, make sure that you get adequate amounts of rest, whether it’s 5 hours of sleep at night or 10 hours. Listen to your body and figure out how much rest you need in order to wake up early in the morning.

In the morning, you can also knock off your MITs (most important tasks). Once you get the ball rolling, it is easy for you to take on more action. And, you can be more reflective and productive during your extra time in the morning. You can also engage in activities such as reading. What better way to start your day than reclaiming some of your time back? (;

 

Setting Large Ambitious Goals

When is it time to set large ambitious goals?

Goals can come in various measurements. There are small goals that you can create for everyday life, such as building habits over time. There are medium goals that challenge you, but have a greater impact on your well being. And then, there are large goals in which you can bulldoze through and inspire many.

Setting large ambitious goals is not for everyone. It requires a higher level of thinking and higher stream of consciousness. It means not settling for less and doing everything in your power to reach your dreams.

You know it is time to set ambitious goals when you are ready to conquer life. That is, you get to recreate your life into something amazing. You get to experience events more deeply. And, you are your greatest source of motivation.

How do I set large ambitious goals?

You can embark on a 30-day super trial. Super trials are when you set a goal that you want to try for 30 days in a row. Some examples of this are daily exercise (with breaks as needed), washing the dishes every evening, learning how to cook, etc. You can have a super trial for any goal or dream.

The way in which you set ambitious goals is by creating S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals stands for specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused or relevant, and time-bound goals. That means whenever you set out to achieve a greater mission in life, you should make sure your goals fit into all of these categories.

Here is one example of what a S.M.A.R.T. goal can look like:

– Preparing workout clothes in the evening after dinner, the night before going to the gym
– Bringing a water bottle to drink and a smartphone with a headset to listen to music while at the gym
– Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

S.M.A.R.T. goals is a good way of planning out and accomplishing your goals. Plus, it can help in making you feel more aligned with your life. It can foster good long-term results.

You can always modify your goals if you find them to be underwhelming, or if you find them to be too highly ambitious. But ambitious people know that even if you fail to reach your goals 100%, you can always try your best to reach those goals again, maybe by further breaking them down.

Super trials are several steps up from forming small habits. It requires you to take into consideration your entire living state of being. For example, you may have trouble concentrating in a cluttered environment. What you can do is make it a goal to clean or to organize 5 minutes a day, in addition to going to the gym, doing your laundry, washing the dishes, studying, etc. So long as you have an order to the chaos, you can find a way to get out of destructive or unhelpful habits or desires.

Other times, you may find it helpful to clear out a lot of garbage (mentally and physically) in order to achieve a higher state of being. When you live in a messy environment, your mind can also be affected and feel disarrayed. You can try your best to not let it affect you. One way to do this is to avoid all distractions. Some people like to write without being connected to the internet. Others like to listen to meditative music in the background while working. Experiment with different ideas until you find the one idea that helps you the most.

Sometimes, it helps getting a little advice on how to create S.M.A.R.T. goals before you can implement it yourself. If that is so, maybe you can consider seeking out therapy or life coaching. Once you get the hang of it, you can keep the ball rolling.

Invest in Yourself

There are many ways to invest money. But, have you ever thought of all the ways in which you can invest in yourself? Especially nowadays with all the opportunities present for us, we can invest time, money, and effort into ourselves to produce awesome results. Those results are not merely just monetary gains, but personal growth gains. The more you invest in yourself, the better the outcomes.

Some people have limiting beliefs surrounding money. They believe that they must secure a job and spend money for their career or their minimal lifestyle only. Others drive themselves deep into debt and have trouble digging out of the hole they made for themselves. And despite all the misinformation of how to earn money, they still hold onto the false sense of security of having a steady paycheck.

Entrepreneurs are people who take calculated risks in order to gain financially. They also must learn how to provide value to others in order to receive something in return. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of selling just for the sake of selling. You want to also make sure that whatever you provide is of value to the other person.

Beyond just selling yourself, your products, or your services, you have to learn how to build real relationships with people. You have to have a genuine interest in others. And most importantly, you have to investigate yourself and determine where your mindset is at.

You can learn how to grow through various activities such as meetups or heading to the gym. Going to the gym is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well. When we exercise, we release endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine into our brains, and it puts us in a higher state of being. What better way to invest in yourself than physical activity? You can engage in any sport or fun activity such as dance or Zumba.

When you engage in meetups, you take a chance of meeting new people who are like-minded and who are also investing in themselves. You get to hear inspiring stories and advice from people who are successful and who have a champion-like mindset. One meetup that I’m interested in trying out is Toastmasters. You get to practice your public speaking skills while also receiving some constructive feedback in return.

Investing in yourself could also mean delving into various books. You could purchase books from people who are masters of their own fields. For example, you can learn from people like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to know how to set up your own stock portfolio or business. The great thing about books is that you have a constant reference to look back to. Plus, it’s not that expensive to gain some knowledge on how different areas of life can be improved. Additionally, you can learn the importance of some areas of life and how it applies a domino effect on other parts of your life.

You can also engage in different forms of accountability such as through a mastermind group. Masterminds take time to build up. But if you seek out the right connections with people, you should be able to create a mastermind of people working on similar goals.

Lastly, you can check out motivational content from your mentors. There are many mentors who have their own books, websites, or material in which you can learn from and flourish. You don’t have to start from scratch. You can start where you are and just learn from others how to succeed in any given field.

Let’s say you’re not interested in becoming an entrepreneur per se, but maybe you’re thinking about becoming a NASA rocket scientist. (; You can enroll in certain classes such as physics and astronomy. You can start as an intern and learn how the job works. Or, you can read many books based on the fields of astronomy and physics.

Investing in yourself means taking any opportunity when it is granted to you. For example, some opportunities for making passive income that I’ve been delving in include YouTube, blogging, and eBooks. These fields all excite me and motivate me to continue progressing in. Plus whenever I watch some others in the personal development field posting daily content, I am motivated to do the same. It’s a way to invest in myself as I process my thoughts, while additionally actively sharing with others.

What is one way you’ll start investing in yourself starting today? Comment down below to share your thoughts.

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? (;