Category: Opportunity

Investing in Yourself

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb

It’s never too late to plant a seed for success. However, many people delay the process indefinitely as they worry that nothing will come of the newfound action (e.g. creating a new business or embarking on a career transition). You have to set up your mind for success if you intend to plant those seeds now. Yes, now. Not a few days from now. Not a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years. It’s best to start where you are at right now to yield wealth later.

One way to plant those seeds is to invest in yourself. Learn a new skill. Pick up a fun hobby. Socialize. Explore. These are all great ways in which you can invest in yourself. And, it doesn’t matter what age you are. Investing in yourself first is a great way to expand upon your skills and talents that can later be used to build wealth.

Don’t worry if you missed out on past opportunities. There will always be more opportunities along the way. All you have to do is tune into them and go after what feels right for you. Some opportunities may require more from you than others. You should work on preparing yourself for the bigger opportunities, meanwhile cashing in on the small opportunities that come your way.

Some ways in which I invest in myself is through investing in technology. The technology I use allows me to express myself creatively, meanwhile also allowing me to tap into markets such as affiliate marketing or passive income through other means. If I didn’t invest in the technology that I use today, it would be difficult for me to for example post a YouTube video. But because I have sufficient technology, I am able to explore my creative talents such as singing or writing on this blog.

Wherever your interests lie, try to find a way to invest in yourself through the required skills and talents. The traditional approach is to attend college or university. But, you can explore different avenues of learning such as buying the textbook and learning at home with maybe hiring a tutor once in a while. Nowadays with the internet, you can learn anything through a simple Google search.

You can find a way to make those skills and talents applicable. For example, if you want to learn dance, you can record yourself dancing and post it up as a YouTube video for people to watch, maybe earning some passive income through YouTube partnership. Or, you could build up a portfolio of dance videos, catching the eye of different entertainment or dance companies.

Get creative and invest in yourself by creating an online presence. If you become well-known on the internet, people may ask to hire you for different gigs. If you’re a personal development guru, you might be invited to speak at various events for money. Or if you’re the go-to person for reaction videos, you may be sponsored to attend related events. Making yourself known online is a great way to increase your opportunities. Just plant one seed at a time, and take your time learning how to brand yourself and your skills or talents.

These days, I would say that the best way for people to invest in themselves is to start somewhere on the internet. Heck, there are people who make thousands off of simple hobbies such as computer gaming through streaming on websites like Twitch. If a 15-year-old can make money off creating a simple smartphone app, so can you. There’s less of an excuse to make money online. You’re either in, or you keep missing out on the experiences. But once you’re in, you can learn many things, allowing you to create new streams of income through something you enjoy.

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.

Possibilities

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” – George Santayana

There are many different possibilities for your life. It takes a higher level of awareness to know what those possibilities are. It can be something as simple as choosing your next meal to something as life-changing as choosing your career.

Nowadays with technology, we have so many possibilities of what we can do with our time. You can start a business through a smartphone app. You can couch surf and travel for cheap. You can even become a well-known musician through YouTube if you market it the right way.

In our lives, we have infinite possibilities of what could happen. The paths that we ultimately decide to tread on depend on our core beliefs and values. So when we live our lives, we may not necessarily notice or be aware of all the possibilities available to us. Rather, we tune in to the paths of which the frequencies align with our needs and wants.

If we choose to tune into the negative, we will tread on the negative. And if we choose to tread on the positive, we will attract those positive routes. It is just as simple as that.

The negative paths are the ones that we do not feel aligned with. The positive paths are the ones that align with our values and make us feel connected. So, we filter out the possibilities based on our attitude and perspective. In order to tune into more possibilities, you have to let go of what you believe and open up a fresher perspective of life.

We are fortunate to have many possibilities available to us. Especially nowadays, creative expression is not only available as for fun but as a sustainable career. Just look at all the creativepreneurs that are out there, making money from doing what they love.

The possibilities are endless. The reason that this is so good is because we get to tune into whatever makes us happy. Whichever road you tread on has a lesson for you to learn, and it is knowledge of these possibilities that allow us to grow into our highest potential.

Overcoming Mistakes and Failures

We tend to see life as linear, even though life does not exactly work that way. Sometimes, we are served a curved ball, and we are unsure about how to navigate that new curve. It tends to get even more confusing as several curves hit us at once through several points.

Failure is inevitable as we navigate life and try to resolve those patterns and new forces or directions. However as much as we’d love to avoid those failures, we can learn how to use it to our advantage. Learn from your mistakes and failures quickly, and you will land on the road to recovery. You will surely succeed if you keep going for whatever it is that you envision.

Many people give up too early, settling for mediocrity. That could mean settling for a job than pays less than your skills’ worth, settling for plain and flavorless relationships, or slacking off with your health (e.g. not being physically active or overeating). If you give up like this, you will lead somewhat of an unfulfilling life, not getting a chance to explore a more thrilling or exciting part of life; something that could truly lead you to the path of not only success, but happiness.

As Chris Bradford once said, “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” If you are patient and persistent, eventually, you are bound to succeed. You can always change direction as needed and learn quickly, adapting to each curve aimed at your way.

Some people think that people who acquire riches or who have optimal health are just lucky. Rather than learning from them, they harbor resentment or envy. It’s best to use those people as sources of inspiration rather than succumbing to negativity and more self-hatred. Whatever you project onto other people speaks volumes about yourself. So why not just try to find these role models or people who you look up to and use them as motivation?

If it is difficult to face your failures or mistakes, perhaps you should reach out to others for help. Or, give yourself a break from the failure until you’re ready to face it head-on. Otherwise, you can try to break down the failure into multiple steps and figure you’re way around it. Within every failure, there is bound to be some sort of opportunity waiting to be unraveled.

Personally for myself, I look up to people like Steve Jobs and Will Smith. I admire them for chasing after their dreams and working hard to get to a high level of achievement during their careers. I know that they had to fail multiple times before reaching the level of success that they’ve both attained. Not everyone is quite ready for that path, but you can take steps to gradually shift into those higher levels of success. First, overcome the small failures, and then tackle the bigger levels of failures or mistakes. Take it a step at a time, and you are bound to succeed.

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? (;

Enthusiasm with Work

“Nothing great was ever achieve without enthusiasm.”
– Ralph Waldo

Have you ever wondered why some people seem so full of life while others dread their everyday routine? The answer is simple. What separates the enthusiastic from the lost and down are their approaches to life.

Nowadays, many people take their lives for granted. In the digital age, there is so much to look forward to. There is plenty of opportunity, and it is at a level playing field. Anyone can jump right in and embark on an amazing journey.

In the past, there had been such opportunities as well. For example, John Rockefeller made it big with a net worth of almost $340 billion dollars by focusing his efforts on the blue sea (or opportunity) of refining oil. By the time he was done, he owned 90% of the oil in America.

Imagine what it would take to dominate any industry. It requires much time, dedicated, and research into a particular field. Some fields require more investments or money than others.

I personally choose to invest my time and efforts using technology that I am familiar with, such as blogging, YouTube, and eBooks. After some time, I might dabble into creating merchandise, in podcasts, and in audiobooks. But for now, I am focusing on just these three avenues of potential passive income.

In order to be great, you must be focused and committed to doing better every day. Part of that journey can be money. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money; but when you embark on the journey of abundance, money might be part of the equation.

If you want to have a larger impact on people, you may want to consider treading the path of entrepreneurship. You can take your time getting to know different fields and then selecting one that is best suited to your needs. It should make you feel excited trying those kinds of paths out.

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.

How to Be Ready for Any Opportunity

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

In order to be ready for opportunities, we must first prepare ourselves. How do we do that? First, you must examine your life and see what it is that you enjoy:

  1. What are your talents?
  2. What are your hobbies?
  3. What are your skills?
  4. What do you want to try learning?

Once you prepare yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally, only then will you be able to hold onto opportunities. Don’t despair if you feel like you’ve missed out on opportunities. As they say, for every door that closes, there is another one that opens.

“It is with many enterprises as with striking fire; we do not meet with success except by reiterated efforts, and often at the instant when we despaired of success.” – Françoise de Maintenon

There may be times you fail, but if you stay strong and work your way up, you can seize any opportunity you desire. Plus, what is success without a journey of failures? We all fail at some point or another. Try not to wallow in fear, but gradually work your way up again. Eventually, with the power of perseverance, you can burst your way through any open door.

In case you do not feel ready for that dream job you’ve always desired or that business you’ve always wanted to start, you can examine your life and determine what it is that will allow you to lead a more fulfilling life:

  1. What are your weaknesses?
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What areas would you like to improve upon?
  4. Where do you have to search for those opportunities that fit you best?

Some people say that opportunities come to them by luck. I argue that it is not by luck, but by actively bettering yourself. When you better yourself, you are able to seize any opportunity that comes your way.