• Trends that will give success to business

Every businessman wishes to get profits from the business they do. Because they invest a lot of money on not expecting the positive outcome. Though the failure gives us a lot of lessons to learn, no one will have the capacity to accept the loss. There are many emerging trends nowadays which will help the business to get succeed. Let us have a look at it and learn how to use it for success in this article. There are many websites available which can help us to learn about the trending technology revolution and this site helps us to guide the ways on how to use it to get succeeded in our business.

Artificial intelligence:

The technology development helps us in many ways. The artificial intelligence makes the job of the humans very less and so there is no much effort to be put in from the manual side. The machines will automatically do whatever needed for the business. Even we are using google maps to reach some destination points and it will guide us the right ways with the artificial intelligence implemented in it. The GPS will help us to find out the exact location of where we are and it will give us the guidance on the fewer traffic routes to reach our destination in a very short span of time.

Live video calls:

Before the development of technology, there was only direct communication and they were using telephones to share the information. But now we can use live video calling application and connect with our smartphones or laptops and can even do training session easily. But to do all these, we need a stable internet connection. That is the most important thing and when an internet connection is bad, the calls will get disconnected in between and we will not able to do whatever we want to.

Remote work:

The trend has made us work remotely and we can connect our system with the server remotely and can work from anywhere even from home. This is really useful at the time of emergencies and when some power failure occurs in the workplace.

Conclusion:

Thus come to the conclusion that the trends we have now have so many advantages and at the same time disadvantages too. Because when we did not have all these options, we worked very seriously and in an efficient manner. But now these trends have really made us so lazy and no one is willing to work like before.

What’s the Picture Your Words are Painting

 

The internet and the evolution of technology has done something wonderful by giving us all an opportunity for creative expression. The misfits, rebels, and renegades have found a playground. All of a sudden weird is the new cool.

We have access to people in a way that we never did before. We can literally say ANYTHING to those people by sending emails to people we’ve never met, leaving comments, and disappearing without a trace. It can also be the start of a beautiful friendship.

But, this has also brought out the worst in people. People with no identity leave footprints all over the Internet. They knock down and bully people they’ve never met and have had no previous interactions with.A limit order is where you place a limit on the price on the web in which you want to buy or sell the stock. You thus will have to put in a price at which you want the trade to get executed. The limit order will ascertain you of a price but the order may or may not go through. In the real world this would be the equivalent of walking up to a complete stranger in the grocery store and saying “fuck you.”  If you did that in the real world you’d get a bit more than a bitch slap.

I had a reader respond to one on my newsletters the other day saying something along the lines of “everything you write is complete bullshit.”

The beautiful thing about the school of life is attendance isn’t mandatory. Nobody is forcing you to be here. So all I can say is “don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.”

As bloggers we have a great power at our disposal.  With our blog posts, tweets, emails, and comments, we paint pictures of who we are. If you think your words don’t paint pictures, then trying describing anything without words. Reality is inseparable from language.  Choose your words wisely.

If people are not interacting with you face to face, I promise you they are painting a picture based on your words. Once they see you through that lens, it will be impossible for them not to.  So, ask yourself what’s the picture you’re painting with your words?

14 Inspiring Life and Business Lessons From Richard Branson

A few months back when I was at Blogworld New York, my friend Dave Ursillo and I wandered into a book store to find some social media book.  It turned out they didn’t have it but I stumbled upon Richard Branson’s book Business Stripped Bare. If there’s one guy I’d want to trade lives with for a day it would probably be Richard Branson. He’s made  a fortune, has had a blast doing it, and still seems to be going strong.  These are just 14 incredible life and business lessons from him that really inspired me.

1.You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over and it’s because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over

I think it’s safe to say most of you know already how I feel about breaking rules. If you’re wondering how to move in this direction, start by breaking these 5 rules today. If we didn’t learn to walk by following rules, then we must question why it is we’re so hell bent on following rules, formulas, prescriptions and recommendations to do everything else in life.

2. Entrepreneurship is not about getting one over on the customer. It’s not about working on your own. It’s not about looking out for number one. It’s not necessarily about making  a lot of money. On the contrary, it’s about turning what excites you in life into capital, so that you can do more of it and move forward.

Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy task and we have to give out our full determination toward it. Because in a business, both profits and losses will happen and we have to prepare ourselves both physically and mentally to face it. Some will not the ability to accept the loss. But this should not be the case and we have to take the lessons from the failures and move on with the next step o achieve the success. We can also check that advice given by the professionals in many websites and that will be very useful for our business lives.

This is a rather interesting take on entrepreneurship that might cause you to take a step back and evaluate exactly why you’re doing the things you are. When I look at why I’ve spent the last three years attempting to build what I have, it is because I absolutely wake up everyday thrilled to do it. Turning it into capital would just be icing on the cake.

3.Having savvy is far more important than formal education.

Given that I’ve received a fairly extensive formal education and found it to be of little practical use in the real world, it’s safe to say I agree. If you’re new here then you might not know you can easily give yourself and education that kicks the crap out of the one you got in school.  It doesn’t have to replace the one that you got in school, it can just be amplify it significantly.

4. Circumstances and opportunities change. The only constant is change itself

Life is quite a bit like the ocean and it’s waves. If there’s anything 33 years on this planet has taught me it’s that nothing is permanent so there’s no sense in getting too caught up in the bullshit.

5. Befriending one’s enemy is a good rule for life and business

I admit this is not my strong suit. If I don’t like somebody, I don’t have an easy time hiding it. But sometimes the people you don’t like also happened to be really smart and can teach you quite a bit.  I think we can start simply by not labeling them as enemies.

6. Publicity is Absolutely Critical

As a blogger you have to learn this lesson. You should never town down a chance to do an interview with anybody or contribute to anything. Always say yes. You simply never who know who your message is going to reach. That’s why I always say yes when somebody wants to interview me.

7. Don’t Promise What You Can’t Deliver and deliver everything your promise.

I’ve experienced first hand what happens when you don’t follow this. I’ve failed a hand full of times with products and services and it call came down to delivery.  It’s far easier to under promise and overdeliver.

8. If you’re running an airline, restaurant, or any other company, it’s attention to detail that defines great delivery

I’ve been a big picture guy for as long as I can remember. In running BlogcastFM I’ve distanced myself from the details until recently. When I was staying with a friend on a recent visit to San Francisco he showed me that we BlogcastFM was in the wrong category in iTunes. I couldn’t help but think how many 1000’s of listeners we probably missed out on because of this. Fortunately we fixed it immediately. I also recently ran a  focus group for the listeners, and  was amazed at how much detail they provided in what  I could do to improve their experience. The devil is in the details, but so is the goldmine.

9. Success one day doesn’t give you a free lunch everyday thereafter

Success is a dangerous trap because it can cause you to stop working hard once you’ve achieved your goal. But  the people who really push the limits know the importance of continually reaching higher and making improvements in their lives.

10. Every risk is worth taking as long as it’s in a good cause and contributes to a good life

I’ve said before that your tolerance for risk will impact your potential for success.  Why we teach people to be more risk averse as they get older is beyond me. If anything we should continually be increasing our tolerance for risk throughout the course of our lives. That’s how we become extraordinary.

11. When you’re first thinking through an idea it’s important not to get bogged down in complexity. Any fool can make something complex. It’s hard to make something simple.

A few years ago, before we could easily watch the videos from our computers on our television, a friend of mine was trying to figure out the best way to do it. The guy was an MIT engineer. So he though the best thing he could do was to create an RFID remote control that would allow him to control the computer in his bedroom from the living room. One evening while drinking some beers, I said “why don’t you just use a wireless mouse and keyboard?.”  We both had a good laugh at how much work had gone into his solution.

12. Never do anything that means you can’t sleep at night

When I was in business school I made a terrible error in judgement. I wanted to create a website that would allow MBA students to find internships. I was discussing it with 3 other guys who were friends at the time.  Two of them had said they wanted to wait, build it and enter the business plan competition. I was impatient and told one of the 3 that I could get the site built in two months and we should just proceed. I had cut out the other two and as a result I eventually destroyed all the friendships. To add to that, I developed a reputation of a guy who couldn’t be trusted. It was a painful but important lesson which is why I’ve always made it a point to be transparent in my business dealings, even if it might mean forgoing opportunities.  Businesses can be rebuilt, friendships are much harder to salvage.

13. Failure is not giving things a go in the first place

When Sid Savara came to me with the idea that, what you know today as BlogcastFM could exist as a separate site, I wasn’t crazy about starting another blog.  But I also saw possibility. Sometimes you just have to take the first step in order for opportunity to reveal itself.

14. Success for me is whether or not you have created something you can be proud of

Early in life we spend a good amount of time building things. In fact kindergarteners are taught to how to build things and be as creative as possible, while seniors in high school are busy regurgitating nothing original. I think part of the reason so many people have embraced blogging and social media is because it gives them that opportunity to reconnect with their inner child and build something with their own two hands. Whatever happens with this blog and BlogcastFM, I can say I’ve built them with my own two hands. You can’t really put a price on that.

If you enjoyed this post and want to explore these ideas in detail, I recommend Richard Branson’s book Business Stripped Bare. 

Guest Post: Your bad writing: How to Deal With It

This post is part of the Guest Post Giveaway at the blog Unready and Willing. If you think articles about writing or personal development (or personal development for writers) sounds like a good fit for your blog, please take a look at the Guest Post Giveaway page and see if any of the articles spark your interest.

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Have you ever sat down to write and noticed that your writing was not so good as it used to have been? And by “not so good” I mean really, really bad? Quite possibly the worst writing ever?

When this happens, whatever you do, don’t panic. Even the very best writers can produce some very bad writing from time to time. What’s important is that you keep from letting it get the best of you.

There’s nothing wrong with producing bad writing, but when you look at all the awkward, poorly written sentences and start thinking: “This bad writing is mine, so by association I must be a bad writer,” watch out. This can become a dangerous self-fulfilling prophecy. The more you identify yourself as a bad writer, the more bad writing you’ll tend to produce. The more bad writing you produce, the more difficult it gets to ignore the idea that you’re a bad writer.

This can be an easy trap to fall into. As writers we tend to be so emotionally attached to our work, that judging ourselves by the quality of our writing, even in our roughest drafts, happens almost by reflex. The more emotionally attached you get to your writing the more self-doubt you experience whenever your writing doesn’t “come together” in the way you had envisioned it. You begin to wonder if you’re a phony, a poser. and soon your thoughts become consumed by worries about your talent as a writer rather than the writing itself.

The best way to come out of this situation is to take your mind off writing for a while. Indulge in other things like online trading. Nowadays trading can be easily done with the help of various automated software’s. Read through this informative post to learn more about it.

As a writer, it’s important that you learn to disconnect your sense of self-worth from your writing. When you do this, you’ll find that not only does writing become much easier, but the quality of your writing will also have a tendency to improve. One way to do this is to change your perspective about the creative process, to stop thinking of yourself as the wellspring of creative genius, but rather as…

The Conduit

As a writer, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of “being written,” the feeling that the words coming out on the page are not your own, but someone else’s. The ancient Greeks attributed this feeling to a visitation from the muse, a spirit that endowed all artists and creative people with inspiration. The poet, they thought, was merely a spiritual medium with her ear tuned to the divine. If she produced a work of genius, the credit was due not to the poet herself, but to the spirit that provided her with the inspiration. Indeed, the only thing that the poet could take credit for was the fact that she was able to listen clearly and effectively capture the message that came to her.

The wonderful thing about this idea was that if the same poet happened to produce a work of questionable quality, it wasn’t her fault. The inferior verse could be blamed on “bad reception” or even a muse that provided less than quality inspiration. Because bad verse was not the fault of the poet, she could continue to write unencumbered by thoughts of whether it was good enough or whether she could produce something better. The quality of the work didn’t hinder the poet psychologically because the poet wasn’t concerned with producing good verse, but rather in channeling it. If the poet continued in her efforts to channel inspiration without worrying whether it was good or bad, the quality of the connection with the muse could only improve.

Elizabeth Gilbert put forth this idea in her amazing talk at the TED conference, encouraging creative people to readopt the mindset of the ancient Greeks. She argues that by doing this we can circumvent the pressure put upon us when we’re expected to be the wellspring of all creative genius. This is far too heavy a responsibility for any single artist to shoulder. She argues that if we start paying homage to the muse once more, we can overcome the feeling of emotional attachment to our work.

What does this mean in practice? It means that you must relax your beliefs about the nature of reality and imagine that the muse is with you whenever you write. You must imagine that whenever your writing is uninspired, it’s simply because your muse isn’t giving you good stuff right now. When you put all the pressure to produce on a being outside yourself, the bad writing that comes out on the page is no longer your fault.

At this point I imagine that the realists among are probably reeling with derision at the idea that we should imagine faeries sprinkling inspiration dust on our heads. After all, are we not living in the age of scientific reason? Why should we delude ourselves to believe that the muse exists?

And my answer is: because it works.

Personally, I’ve found that the exercise of imagining a muse in my life can work wonders. Oftentimes I’ll look at Cezanne’s painting, “The Kiss of the Muse” and imagine that I’m the one who’s being kissed upon the forehead. The resulting rush of creative energy that I get is quite incredible. Whenever I find myself in the flow, I imagine that the hands of the muse are upon my hands, directing every keystroke. When I finish and I find the writing to be particularly good, I look up and say “thank you,” and express my gratitude as best I can. Also, when I feel uninspired I no longer have to beat myself up for not being a good writer, I can simply beseech the muse for some more inspiration. Whenever my writing is bad, it’s easier to keep an emotional distance from it, because I can imagine that the muse wasn’t having a good day instead of thinking that I wasn’t having a good day.

Before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, I’d like you to know that I realize I’m probably deluding myself. Most likely it’s all in my head, but if deluding myself helps me get better results in my writing, then why not do it? Instead of regarding it as an exercise of blind faith, consider it an exercise of the imagination. You know how that works, right? You’re a writer, after all.

Other Sources of Inspiration Believing in the muse, however, is not the only way to think of yourself as the conduit of inspiration rather than the source. If you’re religious, you could beseech God or the Catholic patron saint of writers. You could call upon the jinn, the spirits of the ancient Arab world who possessed poets and made them recite verse. If you’re a die-hard realist, you could call upon your subconscious mind, which can be just as mysterious or capricious as any muse or jinn.

When you consider inspiration as coming from a source outside yourself, it becomes more difficult to see the bad writing you may produce as your own fault. The bad writing is simply a product of mental noise that keeps you from accessing the inspiration that’s already there. Ignore the bad writing. Don’t let it get to you. If you continue to write with the idea that you should channel inspiration instead of producing it, you’ll find that the bad writing will bother you less and less. Keep it up, and you may find that it disappears altogether.

Kenji Crosland is a creative writing major who, scared of becoming a starving artist, became a corporate headhunter in Tokyo. Since then he’s regained his sanity, quit his job, and currently blogs about creating an ideal career at unreadyandwilling.com. He’s currently developing a web application that just might change the internet. Follow him on twitter @KenjiCrosland.

Successful positive change always starts from changing your internal reality

Guest post by Gilbert Ross @Soulhiker

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Did you even wonder how many ‘on the back of the cereal box’ recipes and remedies for life can be found anywhere around us?  We live in the ‘quick fix’ culture that feeds on our hectic and neurotic lifestyles, desperately trying to find a fast and effective way to solve anything from petty mundane practical problems to life transformation issues in a few and simple anecdotes.

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In our so-called modern times, even before the Internet itself, we had multiple media sources that provided simple how-to techniques in order to improve this, master that or achieve anything in one week or less. Magazines, books, T.V programs and advertising spooled out torrents of advice about anything from losing weight effortlessly without dieting or exercising to finding true happiness in a shoe box.

It’s a phenomenon of our times I’m sure everyone is aware of. People are hungry for information, specifically they are hungry for information that either satisfies their cravings and desires or gets them one step closer to achieve their dreams. Coupled with the fact that people don’t have time (or money…or patience) to go for long-term solutions or dive into some complicated and esoteric philosophy, the ‘do-it-yourself in a few simple steps’ economy emerged.

I might be sounding dead honestly cynical, which up to a certain amount I am, but I do not mean to be cynical about life-improving advice itself. Far from that I don’t see anything wrong with simple and easy techniques to help people achieve whatever they are set to achieve.

Change starts from within

What I do believe, however, is that there can only be real life-changing situations if there is real life-changing realizations. I’ll explain.

When people go through significant and life-transforming change, like for example, breaking old habits, building new ones, overcoming fears, getting things done or achieving any form of success in life, it is usually because something internal to them has changed.

That ‘something internal’ can be called the internal reality of the individual or some would call it his/her system of values and beliefs.

Everything starts from our system of beliefs. It is our motivational engine. All our actions follow it faithfully. If, for example, someone has a negative outlook in life, it is because his system of beliefs is ‘programmed’ that way. He might have a lot of subconscious beliefs that say ‘I am unlucky’ or ‘good things never last’ or ‘I am not made for this’ and so on. These subconscious beliefs filter the world around him as he turns to interpret the things happening in his life with a more negative tone. His actions will also be conditioned and influenced by his negatively skewed perspective on life.

If he had to ‘reprogram’ his mental predispositions to start classifying things positively and take positive action towards his goals and needs, then it is natural to assume that he has to change his system of beliefs before anything else. This shift is essential because it will secure the groundwork for further positive change.

Any life coach will spend hours telling you on the importance of shifting perspective. This shift in perspective is first born out of a realization. It is that ‘A-ha!’ moment that is either brought about spontaneously and incidentally through some experience or through someone else guiding you to it.


The Paradigm Shift

I often see a lot of very good and valuable advice in the form of simple tips & techniques on many sites. I also truly admire their parsimony and practicality but I also think to myself “it’s just a little bit too dry to stick. If it had more juice in it in terms of also encouraging shifts in perspectives, it would really make it a winner.”

Every big change starts from a paradigm shift. It is a starting point common to every life-changing journey. We all have our own paradigm built over many years of experiences and social conditioning. When we are stuck in a rut or passing through a difficult patch in life we often turn to easy short-term solutions. This is however counter-productive sometimes since it wastes our time and energies on roads that don’t take us very far. The reason being that we are stuck in believing that change can happen outside of us by changing or tweaking a few things.

If we had to invest just a little more time and slow down we then realize that it is far more effective and efficient to change something in ourselves first.  Changing our perspective on life can be so empowering, liberating and motivating. It gives you a sense of freedom and achievement that is an end in itself apart from being a means to successfully reaching some goal.

The extra mile is always worth it

My advice is simple. When your heart is resolute to change something, either because that something has caused trouble or suffering or because it is your desire to change positively, ask yourself : “If something inside of me really wants to change this and I know that it will affect the rest of my life positively, isn’t it worth it not to cut corners short and invest some more time to explore it?”. Then something else inside of you will pounce back on you and say “But I don’t have time! I have to finish the report, the house re-decoration, take care of the kids…and so on”. (Be warned it will happen).

You will then say to yourself in calm reassurance “yes I will take more time to explore it because I know that this is the classical situation where I stop giving excuses, put in that little extra effort and I will be paid back big time. I will not miss out on this investment opportunity”

This does not mean you throw the simple techniques out of your window. It means doing a little more research and applying those techniques to a wider setting. It means taking time to understand your motivations and beliefs and asking yourself honest questions such as “Is this assumption really helping me or obstructing me from reaching this goal?” or “Which beliefs or perspectives should I change if I really want to reach this goal?”.

On this topic of changing perspective I recommend reading  Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles’, Wayne Dyer’s ‘Your erroneous zones’ or Stephen M. Pollan & Mark Levine’s “Thinking your way to Happiness”.

Sometimes it’s Best to Call it a Day

The other morning my friend Clay and I went surfing at Venice beach. It’s somewhat of a Sunday ritual for us that we like to refer to as our epic Sunday. That usually entails beautiful weather and good surf conditions.

Whenever we go for our morning surfing ritual, I end up getting information about one new thing or the other. This Sunday was no different. While I had simply intended to browse around these guys, I got to know about the online trading of cryptocurrencies that I will talk about in my next blog. For the time being, here is the link that you could follow this past Sunday we got to the beach, grabbed a coffee, and went to watch the waves for a little while. The surfers in the water were catching some of the best waves we had see in a while.  When we looked at it, we knew that it was going to be somewhat outside of our comfort zones, but that’s where progress occurs.  So we decided to suit up and paddle out.

Surfing a bigger day is about finding the balance between courage and stupidity.  You kind of have to be willing to take a beating in exchange for getting a really good wave.  But paddling out on Sunday was probably more stupid than it was courageous

Within minutes of getting in the water we knew were probably in over our heads. Wave after wave beat down on us, as we struggled to get past the whitewater. We had thought we could paddle out between sets, but right when we got in the water another set started.  During a small window of opportunity, I made it past the whitewater. My friend never did and just got out of the water.

For the next hour I found myself scrambling  and getting pounded by 6 foot walls of water that would hold you under for 10 seconds. After realizing I was not going to catch any  of these waves I decided to get out of the water. That turned out to be worse than getting in the water. I got held under by multiple waves, swallowed a bunch of saltwater and the current had carried me really far from where I had got in the water. I wasn’t surfing, I was surviving.

When I finally made it out of the water, I found my friend sitting on the beach who it turned out had a similar experience. We agreed that it was more scary than it was fun and without a single wave decided to call it a day. When you feel like you you’re going to drown, you’re better off calling it a day.

There will be days in your life when you start out with the best of intentions. You’ll put your best foot forward and it will feel like you just keep slipping on banana peels.

  • Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep
  • Maybe you’re not feeling well
  • Maybe you’re just not in your usual rhythm.

Whatever it is that’s going on,  there’s no point forcing yourself into a less than ideal performance. If you feel like you’re going to drown, get out of the water for today.   Don’t judge your performance by your worst day. Sometimes you’re just better off calling it a day.

The Long Term Consequences of Your Short Term Actions

A few nights ago I was having dinner with a few friends and we go into a discussion about unconventional living. One of my friends said something to me that really stuck in my mind. He said “why not wait 5-7 years, establish yourself, and then do your own thing?” My reply was that you could do it along side your corporate job.

What resulted was an interesting discussion about time. Both of my friends said that by the time they got from home work, they just didn’t have the energy to put in one hour a day into a passion project. I’m sure my friends work longer hours than I do so I can’t blame them for feeling the way they do.  But I also think that what they might be overlooking is the fact that our short term actions have long term consequences. In fact I think the long term consequence for not taking control of your life now is giving control of your financial future to your employer. If you ask me that’s a damn steep price to pay when you compare it to one hour a day.

Time is  Our Most Precious Asset

While waiting 5-7 years might be not be completely flawed, the one thing that I started to realize was that time is the only asset you can’t create more of. A few days ago my friend and I were talking about our dream surf trips and one thing became very apparent. While you might say “better late than never”, given the physical demands of such an undertaking, it’s unlikely that I’m going to be just as physically able to take a 1 year surf sabbatical at the age of 60.  That’s just nature at work.

But more importantly, let’s take a look at how this idea of short term actions and their long term consequences can play out in our lives. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for living in the present moment and I do believe that our past doesn’t equal our future. However, I do also believe that we are creating our future in the present moment with our actions. Ironically putting off the life of your dreams actually disconnects you from the present because in the back of your mind you’re always living in some distant future. As Tony Robbins so eloquently  put it “The Road to Some Day Leads to Nowhere”

Health/Fitness: Health is one of the best examples of this. Take a look at a habit like smoking. I’m not trying to pick on those of you who smoke. It just happens to serve as a perfect example of what I’m talking about. Smoking is something people do every single day in the present. However, over time the effects tend to be detrimental. Just a few cigarettes a day added up over a few decades ends up in the long term consequences of death, severe pain, cancer, and a number of other horrible things.

Exercise: I’m guessing there are a handful of you who don’t exercise everyday. If the surf is good I exercise everyday. But that’s not the point. Sit around without moving very much over a long enough period of time and it will catch up with you. This is not about being overweight or underweight. It’s just about a health habit where your short term actions have long term consequences.

Money: Money is a subject that gets most of us pretty emotional and rattled up, especially if it’s kind of an issue in our lives. In my early 20’s I made some very foolish decisions about money. Anytime I found myself with larger sums of money than I had on a regular basis (i.e. sales bonuses, tax returns, etc, etc)  I had this overwhelming need to buy shit.  Most of the things I bought are probably sitting in a landfill somewhere. Most of this excessive spending took place when I was between 25-27. It took 6 years but it came back to bite me in the ass when I finished business school. One month after business school I found myself literally broke. Even the smallest bit of consideration for my future might have saved me quite a bit of hell.

For instance, had I made investments in any of the fruitful online investing tools like https://top10cryptorobots.com/crypto-robots/qprofit-system/, my present and future would have been way different than what it is right now. I wish I could go to these guys back in time and take some of the most reliable financial advice to re-shape my monetary conditions for a better tomorrow.

Goals/Accomplishments: I’m happy to talk about this because it’s a bit more uplifting and positive. In fact that’s why I put it last. You’ve heard from everybody in the Blogosphere that it takes a couple hundred days to become and overnight success. Let’s look at this in the context of a  some different things

  • Surfing: I thought the day that I would be able to catch a wave on a shortboard would never come. In fact I used to watch those guys and think “damn, that looks impossible.” But my borderline personality disorder or love affair with the ocean (whichever you want to label it) and surfing nearly every day had a payoff. A few days ago I got on a shortboard and it was nowhere near the struggle I thought it would be.
  • Blogging:  When you think about your blog and everything you are doing with it, focus on today.  However you should know that doing nothing also creates a future of nothing. I’ve seen blogs abandoned like digital graveyards and it’s a sad site to see especially when it seemed that somebody had potential to really make something of themselves.  Most of the success stories you see are people who chipped away at a goal every single day. I still find myself chipping away at it every single day. I don’t see that ending anytime soon, even if “make it.” Once you’ve “made it” you have  a standard to live up to and that’s something you work on every day.

Don’t underestimate the power of taking one step everyday in the direction of a dream.  It beats the hell out of getting to the end of the road and realizing that you didn’t live up to your full potential.

12 Keys to Becoming A Master of Your Craft

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I recently interviewed the New York TImes best selling author Robert Greene all about his new book Mastery. Even if you’re not a blogger, I think you’ll find this interview to be really insightful. Throughout history the people who have become masters of their craft have had certain things in common.  The good news is that all those things are available to you. It’s just a matter of how far you’re willing to go and the price you’re willing to pay.

Mastery of one particular subject or craft is not the way we’re taught in school. If anything we focus on fixing our weaknesses instead of dedicating our time to the things we show early signs of talent at.

Craft is really an inbuilt talent most of us have. Making crafts works will make us not feeling bored and once we start doing it, the time will start flying by. Because it needs a great involvement towards it and it requires innovation and creativity skills. But once we start doing it, we will never give up doing it. It will always make us feel engaged and we will never think of any negative things. This skill should get cultivated in everyone from the childhood days itself.
  We’re taught to be an average jack of all trades as opposed to a master of one. Imagine how easy it would be to become one of Gladwell’s Outliers if we could start the path to mastery as early as Kindergarten.  Getting to 10,000 hours would be much more feasible since time is on your side so early in life.

 

1.Pay Attention to Incredible Opportunities

The biggest mistake I made early in my career was getting caught up in the ego driven pursuit of a life that looked good on paper. I judged every single opportunity by the paycheck.  I should have made learning my top priority. Fortunately when I got to business school and had the opportunity to choose between two internships that paid quite well, I chose the one where I would be exposed to things knew nothing about. It turned out to be the catalyst for everything I do online.

2. Nothing Is Wasted

Many of us are hell bent on escaping our past.  Unless we invent a technology that allows you to erase memories your past will always be with you. One of the most valuable things Robert told me in our chat is that nothing is wasted. Even our worst experiences in life are blessings in disguise. I didn’t get a job offer after my summer internship at Intuit, something I considered a major failure. But I took everything I learned from it, started this blog, started BlogcastFM, and did a bunch of other things  I might have never done if  I had received an offer. Search for how your past can add value to your present and you might just surprise yourself.

3. Attitude/Frame of Mind

I was really pissed off for most of my 20′s.  Traffic was a pain in the ass, the lines at the grocery store were too long and I was in a real damn hurry to go nowhere.  My outer world reflected everything that was going on in my inner world.  To become a master of your craft , a great attitude is essential.

4. Everyone is Born Unique

There is not another person on this planet just like you, even if you are an identical twin. This is why one of the first things you learn from me when you sign up for my newsletter is that you’re amazing just the way you are. Fitting in is overrated.  Figure out what’s truly unique about you and embrace it.  Even if you’re convinced there’s nothing there remember this quote

You develop millionaires the way you mine gold.  You expect to move tons of dirt to find an ounce of gold, but you don’t go into the mine looking for the dirt—you go in looking for the gold ~Andrew Carnegie

5. Be Engaged with Your Work

If your work makes you want to gouge your eyes out, it’s unlikely you’ll become a master of your craft. This is easier said than done. You might have to let go of the need for visible progress and make a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. When you’re truly engaged with your work, it won’t even feel like work.

6. Diversify Your Inputs/Influences/Experiences

Zig Ziglar said “Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.” If all your putting in your head is the news and garbage television, imagine what that does to your outlook. On the flip side you don’t want to just read the same book 200 times.  There was a great example that Robert shared with me in our chat comparing life to an ecosystem

An ecosystem that has the maximum amount of diversity is the richest  – Robert Greene

What does that mean for your path to mastery? Read books from every genre. Listen to all sorts of music. Try all sorts of things. Veer off the beaten path and take the scenic route through life.

7. Make It Your Own

Steal like an artist. Learn from masters and mentors. But treat their advice as guidance not gospel. I took one simple lesson to interview people in a blogging course I was enrolled in, and turned that into BlogcastFM.  Say what’s never been said. Do what’s never been done. Try what’s never been tried. Make it all your own.

8. Realize It’s Never Too Late

After watching a 65 year old guy learn to surf, I’m convinced it’s never too late and you’re not too old.  It seems like many of us get lost along the way. We let the sound of everybody else’s wisdom drown out our own instinct. This is where trouble seems to start. We turn in the wrong direction because other tell us what they think is right for us. To become a master you have to listen to that voice and return to your calling.

9. Give yourself a Killer Education

We live in an age where it’s possible to teach yourself damn near anything. You can give yourself an education that kicks the crap out of the one you got in school. Obviously I’d recommend you don’t attempt  this with neurosurgery (even though the first 2 years of medical school are available on iTunes).

10. Slow Things Down

I’ve never had a brilliant insight or idea when I spend all day in front of the computer. This is a big part of the reason why I think the 8 hour work day makes no sense. With the amount of information we’re being bombarded with every single day, the ability to disconnect and slow down is going to be necessary for our mental health.One of the most interesting things Robert mentioned about all the masters he had interviewed was their ability to work independent of technology. Paul Graham (the founder of one the world’s most successful technology incubators) doesn’t have a smartphone. I recommend a complete disconnect at least once a week. If you can’t do that try an hour or two everyday.

11. Social Intelligence

I can’t think of any more eloquent way to say this other than don’t be a jackass. If you can’t get along with people good luck making a dent in the universe. No matter how skilled you are at something, you’re going to need  help to see your vision come to life.

12. Never Stop Learning

A few months back I realized after over 1000 days of surfing,  I’m never going to stop learning how to surf. In order to maintain your status as a master, you must never stop learning. Look for every opportunity to expand on what you already know.

As you can imagine I think  highly of Robert’s work. He read over 200 books and spent 4 years writing Mastery (not an affiliate link). I think it should be required for anybody who wants to reach their true potential.

25 Amazingly Cool Surfing Photos

I have been a great fan of adventure sports:
Ever since I was young, I had wanted to be able to dabble in adventure sports. I was good at academics and I knew that if I had to be able to do something in life that was as unconventional as following my dream and doing adventure sports then I would have to work really hard to make sure that I was qualified. Living at your own terms does take a lot of money and guts.!
So, when I graduated, I knew that I had to accumulate enough to be able to be independent while I still had the energy to be rafting in wild rapids and surfing on foamy waves!!
Even the thought of it all gave me a kick!
I used to wonder if it will take too long a time for me to get there. I have also been skeptical and thought too far as to think if I could get there at all. I would see pictures of men and women surfing away to glory on warm sunny shores and my heart would leap to my mouth. I knew I wanted to be there doing that more than anything else in life.
Work pressures and deadlines!
Anyone who has worked in the corporate world will know how monotony can drain the creativity and the youthfulness from the person. That is what happened to me too. I was mechanically going about my work and on more than one occasion I have thought to myself that I could liken myself to a zombie who has no other motive than to spook the living people. I did not want to live such a boring and uncreative life!
That is when online trading happened to me:
I am so glad it did! If you were in my place you would realize what kind of relief it was to be free from the shackles of cubicle sitting and typing away aimlessly trying to decipher codes and settings! Not for me that!!
With trading on fantastic software like the Bitcoin Loophole, I was on a roll:
Life was looking up and I knew that with this kind of a preoccupation I was free to pursue my dreams. I could trade from anywhere and I was making as much as my day job; perhaps even more at times. There are so many choices in life. the thing is that you need to muster up enough courage to be able to find out and get to them! check out this link. It will make a lot of sense to you about what I just said!

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30 Lessons from 30 days of Drawing

 

1. It’s easier to criticize than it is to create

2. Don’t judge your work while you’re creating it

3. Unnecessary creation is a good thing

4. Be willing to suck

5. Learn really see, not just look

6. Gradual improvement is all that matters.Okay, I was feeling really low after a losing streak on two of my favorite trading software and all I could think of at that moment was to quit. But then I saw a very uplifting article on the browser about how beginner artists must never give up on themselves and I thought to myself, hey, this applies to everything!
I thought maybe a break was well deserved:
So, I cut off my connection and decided to keep it away for a couple of weeks before making an attempt at it again. And when at the end of the two weeks I was there I was back with a bang!
And then when I was back, I was on a roll!
It makes so much sense to know and to accept the fact that trading is full of risks. You cannot win all the time. It is not possible for things to be like this!
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I have been able to find a solid ground to be able to work towards my goal; and not just that. I have been able to work around it at my pace and at my terms. There is so much in this world to achieve. I just cannot tie myself to a cubicle and a desk and while my precious days of youth. I benefitted immensely from this link https://top10binarydemo.com/system-scam-reviews/bitcoin-loophole/

7. Embrace your imperfections

8. Practice every single day

9. Steal Like an Artist

10. Break rules and color outside the lines

11. Be vulnerable

12. Have a sense of humor

13. There no grades or mistakes

14. Experiment and be curious

15. Make note of things you want draw

16. Look at how far you’ve come, not how far you have to go

17. Share your art. You might get some encouragement

18. Draw, Design, Take Pictures

19. Let other ideas spark

20. Be like a little kid

21. Give yourself permission to suck

22. Have fun

23. Develop your own style

24. Trust your intuition

25. Doodle: Some people have made careers and written books from this.

26. You can always erase

27. You already know how to draw. You just forgot.

28. Start with a blank page

29. This is not work.  It’s play

30. Learn things just for their intrinsic value