Category: Hustling

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? (;

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? (;

 

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.

Yes I Can

What does it mean to be empowered? It means having a “I can do anything!” attitude. It means chasing after your dreams without any regrets, explanations, or excuses.

According to Helen Keller, “We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.” I believe everyone has the potential to be anything they want or to do anything they want. So long as you learn how to get along with others and not harm people in the process, you can achieve any dream.

Some people don’t know what their real dreams are. For me, I didn’t know what my dreams were. They always changed. When I was younger, I wanted to become a pediatrician. But later, I said I wanted to be a singer. And then later, I change my mind to computer science. And then again, I wanted to learn mathematics, and then music, and now, I’m still a bit confused about which subject I would like to pursue first.

Music was fun to create and was a good outlet for me to express my emotions. But nowadays, I like to blog, read, and write. Maybe later, I would like to pursue music again. It’s somewhat challenging to be a solopreneur, creating your own beats, writing your own music, uploading videos on your own YouTube channels, and blogging on the side. But, it is doable for any person who hustles hard and has that “I can do anything” mentality.

In order to achieve this state of mind, you must first accept responsibility for your mistakes. And second, learn how to live your own life. No regrets, no explanations, and no excuses. Go full on, and ask for help on the side if and when you need it. And try not to let negativity get in the way.

I’m reminded of something Will Smith once said in one of his interviews. If you have a dream, you have to hold onto it. For example, if you’re passionate about bowling, you should pursue it rather than working somewhere that you don’t like. I agree with him wholeheartedly. You should do the things that you enjoy, and learn how to create a lifestyle around those dreams. It can be confusing to figure out at first, but the more you try, the easier it becomes.

How to Be a True Hustler

Hustling takes hard work and dedication, but it can be achieved. It’s easy to get caught up in distractions, but you have to learn how to ignore the distractions and to focus. It takes time to learn how to focus too. Focus can be hard to some people, but for me, it now becomes natural.

My schooling experience has been a little weird. I love learning. However, I enjoy having the freedom to learn things at my own pace. That is how I learned about programming, mathematics, music, and so forth and so on. I have many subjects that I am interested in learning about. So I just try learning everything one day at a time.

I used to have trouble concentrating on my life, but I know how to do it very well now. And I know how to take care of myself in a proper way. It takes practice, but it’s possible to be balanced and to learn how to achieve your dreams.

Hustling takes hard work. You have to practice good self-care, which means you have to be hygienic and take care of your immediate needs first (such as water, food, clothes, and shelter). And on top of that, you have to work in a calm and relaxed manner so that you can manifest good things into your life.

You can start slowly by goal-setting first. Identify a goal for each day one at a time, and then go week by week, and then by month to month and so forth. Or if that is too hard, go at it one second or minute at a time. Start from where you are. Go at your own pace. And learn how to get along with other people by using your communication skills.

Goal-setting is a little difficult for some people, so I will briefly explain how you can set goals. First, start with a journal or a planner. Journal out your thoughts to figure out what’s most important to you. And use a planner to jot down quick checklists for what you want to accomplish during the day. This is how you start small.

Then after that, you can move on to higher forms of planning such as mapping out your future plans (week by week, month by month, year by year, and possibly even further than that). Try imagining talking to a younger version of yourself first to figure out what needs to be accomplished.

I hope that this article was helpful. And if you’re still interested in figuring out how to live as a hustler, try checking out my other articles such as How to Surround Yourself with A Players and The People You Surround Yourself With.