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Doing the Nasties is the Key to Money and Success

October 6th, 2010 2 comments

I have been pondering my topic for this blog post. I started to think about the two things almost everyone will tell you they really want in life.  Money and success are the two topics people agree would improve their life experience.  It is the stuff many day dream are made of.  I’ve heard people say, “wouldn’t it be great to win the lottery!” or “I would love to be the next American Idol winner!”  The sad part is, I have heard them say they want to win the lottery, but they never bother to buy a ticket.

How do we move our day dreams to real dreams?  Winning at the game of life is similar to winning in sports.  There are a lot of uncomfortable things we must do to have real success in either one.

People who reach success are a “horse of a different color”.  You are probably saying to yourself, “well what in the heck does that mean?”  It means that people who reach financial success are only 2% of the population.  Why is the percentage so low?

People don’t want to do the nasty, uncomfortable things it takes to succeed.  Here is a short list of the nasties I see people unwilling to do to achieve success.

FOCUS

People have to stay focused until the job gets done. Attention spans can be short.  If success or money doesn’t happen quickly, they lose focus, motivation and patience.  They are off to the next thing. Our lives have become addicted to quick results.  People expect success to be like the burgers they order from McDonald’s.  Quick and ready, right now!

GOALS

Goals are a written game plan for achieving what you want.  But, when the word, “goals” is brought up, people’s eyes glaze over, they lose interest, and cease paying attention. I haven’t been able to put my finger on it, even though I have seen this time and time again.  How could there be such a small amount of interest and a resistance to goal setting when it is so vital to success?  Is it because they are afraid, if they don’t accomplish their goals, they have failed?  Is it lack of knowledge of the correct way to set goals?

Only 2% of the population sets written goals.  Odd coincidence?  Hardly.  Studies have shown, when following a group of children in school throughout adulthood, the ones who achieved success in life were the ones who set goals.  If that is the case, shouldn’t we all learn how to use goals?

ACTION

Action is the difference between a day dream and making our dreams a reality.  It is the gas in the tank of our dreams.  We can wish for something, dream about it, visualize it, but until action is involved it will never become a reality.

SELF DISCIPLINE

This is a big one.  People fail miserably when they don’t have it.  I have seen the most talented people fail because they don’t use self discipline to put their talents to work.  It takes self discipline to put it all together and make it happen.

Self discipline is the willingness to put off immediate pleasures to obtain long term results.

It can be tough to make yourself do what you know you need to do.  The two biggest enemies of self discipline are excuses and distractions.  Everyone faces distractions.  They are as common as feathers on a chicken.  As far as excuses go, my wise Grandpa would say, “excuses are like belly buttons, everyone has one!”  Using self discipline keeps us focused, working towards our goals and taking continuous action.

Playing the lottery is fun, but it probably won’t be the path to your financial success.  The sure way to achieve success is to take focused action on your written goals.  Use all your self discipline to stop accepting excuses for your distractions and and work hard to make it happen.

Start your focused action plan today.  To learn how to set effective goals, click here!

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Is the Life of Entreprenuer for me?

March 8th, 2010 1 comment

How do you know when being an entrepreneur is right for you?  The difference between Corporate America and being an entrepreneur is a completely different set of life skills.  Can they be learned?  Yes and no.

Many people find that a corporate job can be a great motivation to become an entrepreneur.  The corporate lifestyle tends to discourage the traits that are important to the entrepreneur.  In  the corporate world, or traditional “job”, a person gets paid for showing up.  For the entrepreneur, often times, isn’t paid until the work is completed.  They are work creators instead of work processors.

Things such as setting goals,  cash flow, buying your own benefits package, paying the upfront cost to get a great idea from drawing board to market place, among other things, can seem overwhelming to the new entrepreneur.  Here are a few traits to consider in becoming a success business owner.

1.  A desire to be somebody.  If you have a burning desire to be somebody or do something special in your life, the entrepreneur captains their own ship.  This can be a huge motivating force!  Without this desire it is much easier to cut and run when times get tough.  This desire can get the entrepreneur over the rough bumps.  As Anthony Robbins says, “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that once unleashed can make any vision, dream or desire a reality.”

2.  The will to win.  That fits hand in hand with wanting to be somebody.  If they want to be somebody bad enough they will have the will to win.  Even if it’s hard, keep going.  Even when it gets discouraging, move forward.  Even when there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel, keep driving on.  Without the will to win, discouragements and distractions can become a monumental blockage.

3.  If you aren’t looking for a hand out, but a opportunity to get ahead in life.  An honest opportunity can disguise itself as “hard work”.    An entrepreneur has to be willing to work hard, smart, and except a certain amount of risk to bring their idea to fruition.  They need to be able to, dream, hope and make a commitment to their business.

4.  They are willing to take a chance one more time.  People can become jaded from too many times having their hopes dashed. This is especially true for someone that has attempted the self employed role before.  It, also, holds true for someone that has been in the corporate or “job” world.  It is possible to get beat down so far that “dreams” get locked away and put on the shelf. A quote from Bob Proctor says, “The road to success is lined with many tempting parking spaces.”

5.  An entrepreneur must be willing to accept some amount of risk, especially in the beginnings of a new endeavor. If you can’t tolerate any risk, then a traditional job might be best.  I know many people that this point discourages them from even trying something new.  This can be minimized by doing it part time while still holding down a traditional job.  Saving money that can be used as a pad until the new endeavor pays, or as development capital for the idea.  If money gets too tight, or great debt is incurred, it can steal the dream of being an successful entrepreneurial business owner.

There can be some fabulous rewards for the successful entrepreneur.  Flexible schedule, equity in their life, unlimited income, and participating in something bigger than themselves.  It is the road less traveled.  Only the individual themselves know whether it is the correct road for them.  As Henry David Thoreau said, “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

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Robert Kiyosaki – 10 Tips on How to Become Wealthy

December 30th, 2009 No comments

robert kIt is a known fact, rich and successful people think differently than the average person.  There is a reason why they have accumulated wealth and have numerous successes they can lay claim to.  You have probably hear the phrase “money attracts money”.  It is not the money that attracts, it is the mindset of wealth that attracts money.

Robert Kiyosaki is a man that speaks his mind, especially when it comes to growing wealth.  You may like him, you may not, he really doesn’t care.  He does care about preaching the good news about how to acquire wealth.  Most successful and wealthy people have gone past the accumulation of wealth stage, they have it.  They have moved into the mindset of helping others do what they, themselves, have already done, for the betterment of all.

Robert is a self made man.  He didn’t graduate from an expensive college with a degree in finance.  He says he gained his knowledge of finance on the streets.  He is very open that he always wanted to be rich.  It was his life’s goal.  Did he want it because of the things he could buy, or because of the life he could lead?

He was lucky early in his life to have a wealthy and successful mentor that cared to pass his knowledge on to Robert.  That was his “rich dad”.  He says that his “rich dad” was only the beginning of his quest to find teachers and mentors that he could learn from.

My objective in presenting this 5 minute video is not to preach any investment strategy.  It is to put the spotlight on Robert’s attitude regarding wealth and success.  It is our attitudes and belief’s about success and money that dictate our income level.  Robert says you have to make a decision about which side of the fence you wish to reside, rich or poor, before you can become rich.  Have you made that decision?

If you feel this information has value, feel free to pass it around.

Here’s some links to Robert’s books.

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Tony Robbins – How to Develop your Goals & Action Plan for 2010

December 13th, 2009 3 comments

Tony RobbinsWe are in the throes of a very busy holiday season.  Most of us are busy individuals, without the extra hustle and bustle of Christmas.  Before we know it, the new year, 2010, will be here.  Have you had an opportunity to sit down and decide what your 2010 is going to look  like, in all areas of your life?  Most of us will say “no”, I haven’t found the time to do that. To be honest with you, you will never “find” the time for developing your goals and action plan.  You will have to “make” the time for this important goal setting endeavor.

Making our famous New Years resolutions doesn’t hinge on something magical happening at the first of the year that helps us keep them, or break them.  Starting a new year with goals and an action plan is like looking out at a new field of snow, crisp and clean, where no one has walked before, and blazing your trail through it to what you want.  A clean slate, so to speak.  The magic happens any time we make compelling goals, develop a plan with lasting results that work, and take action on them!  This can be done any time of the year.  If it is done correctly, that’s when the magic happens, because as Tony Robbins would say, “Where focus goes, energy flows”.

I have a 7 minute video from Tony Robbins that I really enjoyed.  I plan to make some time in my busy schedule before January 1, 2010 to find out what I did in 2009 that worked and what didn’t work.  I want to have my goals for 2010 planned and ready to go to launch my best year ever!  I encourage you to do so, also.

Enjoy the video.  Feel free to share it with your network of family, friends and business associates!  Let’s all rock in 2010.  The world will be a better place for it.

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Napoleon Hill – Success Principal #9 – Personal Initiative

November 28th, 2009 2 comments

Many times on this blog, I write about the differences between successful people and those that aren’t.  Successful people are wired differently.  They think in a totally different way than an average person.  Napoleon Hill talks about these difference in his Success Principal #9 which is about personal initiative.

In society today, we hear so much about “spreading the wealth around”.  It has become a buzz phrase.  Many people are adamantly against it.  Why is that?  Let’s look at personal initiative and the role it plays in moving individuals towards success and wealth and keeps our world moving forward.  What is personal initiative?  The dictionary definition is;

1.  an introductory act or step; leading action
2.  readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise
3.  one’s personal, responsible decision
4.  of or pertaining to initiation; serving to initiate

It is very appropriate that in the dictionary definition of personal initiative, the synonyms are leadership, forcefulness, dynamism.

How does personal initiative impact the world?  When an entrepreneurial minded individual sets goals for personal wealth and success, takes personal initiative, he or she doesn’t wait for things to come to them.  They strike out with a great idea and they create something.  For instances, Bill Gates and Steve Job changed the way we live our lives by the invention of PCs and Apple computers.  They took personal initiative.  They didn’t wait for the wealth to be “spread to them”, they created an idea which created wealth. The world moved forward.

I was on a flight coming home from a business trip a few years back and I sat next to a very nice older man.  He told me he was 80 years old.  He was on my flight to visit his son who is a Doctor.  He was a fascinating man.  He had worked for General Foods all his life.  He and his team of people took personal initiative and create a new food product called Cool Whip.  It made General Foods millions!  That in turn increased his wages, retirement plan and bonuses.  And, Pie was never the same again!  The world moved forward.

If everyone waited for the wealth to be spread and didn’t use personal initiative the world would slow down completely.  Eventually, there wouldn’t be any successful people to take their wealth away from them.  Why would anyone choose to work only to have all their efforts transferred to those that don’t?  Productivity stops.  The world slows.

Napoleon points out in this 10 minute video that all the previous 8 success principals hinge on personal initiative.  A quote that really hit home for me was “Big success is made up of a great number of little circumstances which are so small and seemingly not worthy of notice.”  In my mind that says if we choose to be successful sometimes even the smallest things can keep us on that road if we take our own personal initiative to make it happen.

If you enjoy this video and feel it would be informative to your network of “peeps” don’t hesitate to spread the blog around!  Also, come tweet with me on twitter.  I am listed as NanMcAdam.  I would enjoy getting to know you!  🙂

Bob Proctor – The Science of Getting Rich & Paradigm Shift – 2

November 8th, 2009 1 comment

Here is the second part of the Bob Proctor weekend special.  It is a little over 9 minutes of information packed nuggets.  If you enjoy it feel free to re-tweet it.

The test marketing special will be coming down soon.  If you are wanting to get a free copy of Bob’s favorite book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill you will need to do it asap!  I got mine yesterday.  All I paid was the shipping and handling.  Yeah!  Check it out here!

Bob Proctor – The Science of Getting Rich and the Paradigm Shift

November 7th, 2009 No comments

It’s time for a weekend special!  I have a great 9 minute video for your viewing pleasure.  The star is Bob Proctor and he is going to talk about the science of getting rich and the paradigm shift.

If you enjoy his video feel free to re tweet it!

The time is growing short for the free bound copy of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.  I got my copy in the mail this morning.  Yeah!  Check it out here!