How To Work Hard? (Seriously)

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Use failure to drive yourself

Your failures are your best teachers. I’ll never forget these words even till today.

Nobody gets it right the first time. Everyone makes mistakes. So stop whining.

The deal is whether or not you learn from those mistakes.

If you do, you’ll remember the painful lessons and sworn to never do it again. It is a part of who you are. You’ve learned.

Best of all, you’ll know how to deal with it next time you face it.

By constantly fueling your passion and knowledge from these mistakes, you will often not rest till you’ve accomplished certain targets. These will push you harder to work hard.

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Always Shoot for the moon

I don’t think this is the first time I’ve said this. Set yourself impossible targets and try to make it public.

By setting up yourself impossible tasks, you’ll attuned to higher standards of work ethics & thinking.

By making these targets known to public, it will only drive you further so you get to say ‘I told you so’ by the end of that journey.

So, take a paper and write down 5 impossible tasks you want to achieve this year, tell your friends about it. They will laugh, but that’s good. It’s your chance to prove them wrong.

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Network with Successful People

Like minded people think alike.

If your friends like to talk about things that don’t help progress in life; then you’ll end up like one.

However, if you surround yourself with friends who like to talk about ideas, opportunities etc, then you’re gonna become like one.

This is nothing new. It’s not rocket science. You are who you are friends with.

If you find it difficult to make new friends, go online; look for people in the entrepreneurial space.

Even website such as Meetup allows like-minded people to create event for them to meet.

Just jump on the bandwagon. Get a move on in your life!

Travel To 3rd World Country

This may seem trivial – it’s not. Living in a country where we have everything; water, electricity, internet, food deliveries and so on, we tend to forget how unappreciative we have become as a modern society.

This is why I recommend you to travel to third world country, or somewhere isolated if you can’t travel.

Go and see how people are living in poor countries. Witness their daily life routines; hunting and gathering for food, walk miles just to get fresh water etc.

How will this make you to work hard? Well, having seen how poor people live, you’ll start to appreciate the little of things and most important of all, you’ll quit whining.

You’ll begin to realize that work is nothing compared to what these people go through everyday of their lives!

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Set Long, Short Term Goals; and To-Do Lists

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It’s strange that I’d put this last. Personally, mentality comes first.

When you’re able to manifest the best version of you inside your mind, then, we can get to work itself.

So how does setting up goals can help you work harder?

To put simply, setting up long and short term goals will allow you to see the bigger picture.

You have a preview of that journey down the line. You know what it takes to get there.

This general outlook will help strengthen your view of success and that there is no shortcut.

Write down where do you want to see yourself in the next 20 years; this is your long term goal.

Then, list down essential achievements to get to your long term goal within that 20 years; these are your short term goals.

Finally, write down daily tasks en route to achieving your short term goals; this is your to-do lists.

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7 Signs You’re Going To Be Successful

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You’ve put in the effort. And you have yet to see the result. You become fearful and your mind starts to wonder “Am I gonna make it?”. Don’t worry, in today’s video, I’m gonna share with you the 7 major signs you’re going to be successful.

1.) You hate average.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

You don’t want to be average, and you believe that you are made for greatness; to achieve great things. You believe anything less is not an option for you.

This is where the importance of ‘mind over matter’ is emphasized. You want to do great things. You want to serve in a great way. You want to take care of those who are important to you.

This mentality will play essential role to make you a success. It will drive your will to become a master of what you want to achieve in.

Below are some of the qualities you need to focus on in order to beat ‘average’:

  1. Willing to sacrifice short term to achieve long term success
  2. Master self discipline
  3. Self control
  4. Critical thinking
  5. Product development
  6. Public speaking
  7. Networking
  8. Specific skills related to your industry

2.) You practice discipline and self-control.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and successes.”

I know I’ve listed these earlier but I’d like to talk a little in depth about it.

It’s obvious one of the basics of being an entrepreneur is to master self discipline and self control. Everybody wants to buy things right now, but nobody is willing to take a look at the bigger picture and take actions.

Being your own boss, there is no one to tell you to work. No one is there to appraise your performance. You only answer to yourself. This sounds great, but could potentially become a trap if you do not have the discipline and control over yourself.

Without these qualities, you tend to procrastinate, you become lazy, you take things for granted; and above all, you neglect mountains of responsibilities. Let’s not ignore that while being a boss is great, with it, comes a lot of responsibilities.

Practice self-control and discipline on a regular basis. Become better at it. Remember, sacrifice today so you can live a better life tomorrow!

3.) Failure doesn’t scare you.

“Failure is not the opposite of success. It’s part of success.”

Jack Ma comes into mind whenever I write or talk about failures. The Alibaba founder once said he sent multiple applications to Harvard only to be rejected. He did it purposely because he wanted to learn to overcome fear of failure.

This is one of the best way to practice facing your failure – in my opinion. What better way to learn handling failure other than facing rejection by one of the best institution in the world.

The people who are not scared of failure are the ones who become massively successful. On the other hand, people who take the ‘safe’ route becomes another average individual.

Also, failure is not permanent. It should not scare you out of action. Mark Cuban once said “All it takes is to become right once and you’ve made it.”

4.) You wake up early.

“If you don’t develop the habit of waking up early than others, you won’t be able to change the world.”

Our brain functions the best after waking up. Surveys have indicated our brains work at optimal capacity as soon you open those eyes in the morning.

Since our brains work best during this time, it’s best to get most things done within the hours. Starting your day early increases your productivity level – and every entrepreneur knows the importance of it.

Some even vouch that it’s easier to work during these hours too since it tends to be very quiet enabling them to work without much distractions.

Even if you’re not getting up at 5AM now, at least you have the awareness that getting up early is a powerful tool for your success.

5.) You surround yourself with great people.

“If you hang around nine people who are down, you will be the 10th one, if you hang around nine people who are broke, you will be the 10th one.”

We can’t control our family, where we grow up, or what we’re born into. But we can control who we spend our time with.

Successful people understand the influence of their peers. Who they spend most of their time with can some what determines who they’ll become in the future.

This is because, successful people has an aura that can be intriguing. If you spend more time with them, you tend to behave and become just like them.

You’ll start to have better attitude. You’ll improve your work ethics. You’ll start communicating better. You start reading similar books. You get the idea.

People who are a massive success know that you can only surround yourself with folks who want to be extraordinary. Eventually, you’ll try to ‘out-compete’ among yourselves and we all know how competition is good.

6.) You don’t complain.

“I think some people enjoy complaining as much as they enjoy doing nothing about it.”

Yes, entrepreneurs can be very critical – but some tend to deviate and starts to complain too much. Of course, being honest and truthful have its merits – but you need to be careful as there are setbacks too.

I used to be one, always complaining about life. Both of my parents diagnosed with chronic diseases at the same time – so I had to slow down my pursuit of success. You get the idea.

Long story-short, with time, I adapted. I still complain, but it always ends with searching for opportunities behind that complain.

Instead of just looking at the problem, I look at both the problem and the solution. This attitude completely changed the outlook of my life forever.

So, stop complaining too much. It’s a waste of time. Start looking for opportunities behind it. Execute!

7.) You are patient.

“Be in a rush to be patient. The only thing you should be rushing towards is greater patience.”

Patience is another key to becoming a massive success. Many people give up on their dreams simply because they are not willing to wait for it to happen.

Every successful entrepreneur knows that good things take time. It’s like a marathon, not a sprint. Success is not a get-rich quick scheme. It requires hardwork and countless amount of sacrifices for future gains. So, keep hustling and be patient.

One Secret Quality to Become RICH – Honest Truth

In today’s article, I’m going to share with you the one skill which is important in order to become RICH.

Becoming RICH is a subjective matter as there are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to achieve it in these modern days. However, many would agree every success comes down to one important quality which is ‘Sacrifice’.

TO SACRIFICE

To put it simply, without ‘sacrifice’, ‘nothing’ can be ‘achieved’.

Without ‘sacrifice’, no ‘budget plan succeeds’.

Every ‘budget’ plan requires you to ‘cut down spending’.

So , say goodbye to those ‘expensive Starbucks’ drinks. Or to that delicious and healthy ‘Avocado toasts’.

Without ‘sacrifice’, no ‘investment’ can bear ‘profits’.

Every ‘investment’ begins with you having to ‘put aside money’ which you ‘don’t have access’ over a period of time.

Without ‘sacrifice’, no ‘self-discipline’ can be achieved too.

Every ‘self-discipline artist’ knows what it takes to achieve a ‘higher state’ of being able to ‘control’ self from ‘spending’ unnecessarily.

So, you’re probably wondering “How can one achieve a higher level of ‘sacrifice’?”

My short answer is to ‘Travel’.

When I say travel, not jet setting in ‘first class’ seats, or staying in a ‘5 star hotel’.

What I mean is to travel to isolated or remote areas where access to modern world is limited.

You see, the problem with human beings these days is not because we can’t live without technology.

That’s completely untrue.

Human beings have been living without much technology for most of our history. We have strive in wilderness back then, so why not today?

By exposing ourselves to such difficult conditions, we can learn to rely none other than ourselves. We learn that it takes some level of sacrifices to go through the day.

We start gather wood for fire & cooking. We gather water early in the morning to stay hydrated throughout the day. We even begin to forget the access to internet.

Guess what happens when you return? You’ll no longer see the benefits of owning things which are no longer essential to your survival. You’ve become accustom to it.

Personally, this is the best way to learn.

MY TWO CENT

While some argue this method is unnecessary. I argue, unless you’re a natural frugal person, I believe practical experience matters most and that some times, drastic actions are necessary to achieve higher level.

Once you’re accustom to a higher level of sacrifice, you’ll start living differently. You spend on things you only need & skip unnecessary spending without hesitation.

With such quality, any budget plan becomes easy to follow. And any investment becomes easier too as you are able to put more money into it.

That’s it from me. I hope you guys learn something from this. Let me know what you think in the comment below so we can start a healthy conversation about the topic.

Happy Weekend.

 

 

 

Why Making Money Is Actually Boring? The Truth

I know what you are thinking. Who in their mind get bored when making money?

These days, I’m seeing a lot of people aspiring to become rich but not willing to hear what they should hear.

At the end, these people ended up listening to many of these so-called business gurus offering online classes worth thousands dollars ended up disappointed.

The reality is you need to do what every successful people in the entire of mankind’s history has been doing, which is to SAVE MONEY!

By now, I’m sure many of you clicked to not read this article further – not wanting to face reality.

Honestly, saving money is the key to becoming and remain wealthy.

No matter how much you make, if you still fail to save money, you’ll eventually become not wealthy.

Don’t believe it?

Just look at the number of business people, celebrities and athletes who made millions of dollars in their prime; yet despite all of the money, they still ended up in bankruptcy.

SO HOW TO SAVE?

“Not Wasting Money Is The Best Way to Save Money.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Saving money alone is not efficient if you want to become wealthy. You need to devise a plan. A budget plan. This allows you to have clearer picture of where your money should be spent and where not to.

Budget plan does not help you solving your financial problems, it helps you see the problems!

Below is a simple process to create a budget:

  • Create Your Networth Target – Create where you’d like your total networth be within a dateline. E.g. You aim a total of $500,000 within next 5 years. This means you need to make $8333 each month. This is where you start creating a budget.
  • Budget – With a target, creating budget becomes easier. This is where you need to look at your personal finances. Start looking at expenses and cut whatever is necessary. Try to be as lean as possible in your spending. Then, look at your income and determine how much more you need to make money in order to make that $8333 per month. When you’re able to see where you are today in the aspect of wealth and how far are you away from reaching that target, your money awareness is heightened. This is the ‘awareness’ that every individual needs to help them save money.

Obviously, there’s more to it in devising a financial budget – but it would be a very long article to write about, something which I look forward to writing in the future.

Remember! Budget plan does not help you solving your financial problems, it helps you see the problems!

That’s it for today. Let me know in comment section of what you think about the article.

 

 

 

 

 

Are You A Wanna-Preneur? 7 Signs To Know (Must Read)

Large number of people love the idea of becoming an entrepeneur – but not many want anything to do with the habits and sacrifices that come with it.

Today’s article, I’d like to share with you the 7 signs of a ‘wannabe-entrepreneur’.

You Don’t Use Time Well

“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.” – Miles Davis.

Successful people know how to use their time well.

Everyone knows time is a commodity that you can never get back. However, nobody takes this knowledge to heart unlike wealthy people.

They know, for every second time is wasted – the ‘other’ guy(s) is a second closer to catch up on them.

How often do you see or hear rich people say “Stop wasting my time” or “I don’t have time for you”?

They don’t say it out of complete arrogance. They just can’t afford to waste time.

This is the reason why successful people often organize their schedule all the time. They want to get things done. They want to become more productive.

If you’re the type of person who procrastinates, or rather enjoy to take naps than to work – then you don’t understand what it takes to achieve success.

You Don’t Produce Results

Mark Cuban once said “If your business is not making money within a year, than it’s not a business – it’s a hobby.”

If you feel you’ve done everything and yet your business is not making much progress, then, what you’ve actually done is either:

  • you’re repeating the same mistakes or
  • you have not really done everything.

While it is important to be persistent as an entrepreneur, it’s also crucial not to repeat same mistakes and expect different outcome from it. That’s nonsense.

You Don’t Take Criticisms Well

“Your business ideas are always wrong. And it’s your job to make it less wrong.” – Elon Musk

Elon Musk pretty much sums up the life of every successful entrepreneur with this quote.

Entrepreneurs who do well often learn from the mistakes they make.

No one can get it right when starting out. You’ll make mistakes – there is no way to avoid it.

What’s important is to learn from the mistakes – and the best way to do this is to be able to handle criticisms as professional possible.

This is because criticisms are the best and cheapest form of feedbacks which can help your business to continuously improve itself.

If you’re unwilling or too stubborn to accept your mistakes, you’re never going to grow and the same goes for your business.

You Have Low Tolerance To Pain

“Every successful person has a painful story. Every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for success.”

Let’s be honest, everyone wants the rewards of entrepreneurship but not many willing to go through the pain that comes with it.

Real success comes from a lot of sacrifices and nothing less.

You’ll have to cut down expenses to every penny. You’ll eat the same thing everyday. You rarely go out with your friends anymore. You’ll share a room with a couple of guys.

Despite of all that, it still does not guarantee success. You’d like to persevere but you can’t. You’ve got family to feed, bills to pay and more.

Some have even become bankrupt and homeless.

If you feel this is tough, you’ve seen nothing yet.

You Want Quick Results

“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets?”

Nowadays, you often see large number of people always looking for that ‘one ticket’ to success.

Honestly, people who are looking to become rich quick are lazy and lack the ambition for real success.

Successful people know that real success comes with lots of hustling and grinding. They have self-respect that they are willing to pay full price for success. It doesn’t take less than that.

Don’t get me wrong. There are people who makes money with this attitude – but most of the money-making involve fraudulent practice.

If this is your kind of thing, then you’re at the wrong place.

You Envy Successful People

Wanna know why rich people surround themselves with rich people?

They know the importance of networking with right people in order to achieve success.

They don’t envy successful people, in fact, they want to get to know them – be a part of their circle of friends.

Successful people often have some sort of an aura around them – which can be contagious. The more you spend time with them, the more likely you’ll start to pick up their habits.

You’ll start to think like them. You start to read books they like them. You’ll start communicating like they do. You get the idea.

If you continue to envy them, you’re just being petty – a person who sees the glass half-empty. You’re just another wanna-preneur.

You Are Not Focus

If you feel you can multitask, then stop it. You’re just lying to yourself.

There have been numerous studies done regarding multitasking; such as a research by Stanford University which concluded that multitasking is less productive than focusing on getting one thing done at a time. The research also found people who are constantly exposed to multiple streams of electronic information has difficulty in paying attention.

A research at University of London found that multitasking can actually lower your IQ too. The participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines that were similar to what they’d expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night.

It’s also believed that constant multitasking could potentially cause damage to your brain. A study conducted at University of Sussex examined people who spend on multiple devices through MRI scans and found those who often multitask had less brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex – a region in the brain responsible for empathy, cognitive and emotional control.

Having said that, the answer to becoming focused is to prepare a proper list of what you want to achieve within a period of time.

For this, I like to give an example of what Warren Buffett suggested to his pilot. He tasked his pilot to list down 25 things in life that he’d like to achieve. Then, he’d ask the pilot to circle the top 5 things that he wants to get done. Buffett then, suggested him to focus on getting these 5 things done before working on everything else.

This story is another great example from successful people on how they manage their lives; in this case, the keyword is focus.

You Think You Know Everything

“You won’t learn if you think you know everything.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

This is a no-brainer. Growth is an essential part of your journey as an entrepreneur.

While many believe experience is crucial, that experience eventually becomes obsolete if you don’t complement it with new knowledge each day.

What you know today might become outdated sometime later.

If you look at the top 1%, they still continue to learn new things each day even after all the success.

This goes to show acquiring new knowledge is an important part of their daily lives.

7 Things The Rich Do That The Poor Don’t – Why You Are Still Broke

You put in the effort. You tried saving money but then, you often find yourself with little money at end of each month. You wonder where did it all go wrong.

Today, I’m gonna tell you the 7 Main things the rich do that the poor don’t.

1. The rich focus on net worth, not working income

Poor people often talk in terms of hourly pay, whereas wealthy people know that an hourly income is not nearly as important as someone’s net worth.

One can earn quite a lot of money per hour, but if they don’t learn to keep any of it, they will still be broke in the end.

The rich person knows that a large net worth will net many opportunities and will create more wealth in the future.

2. Create multiple income flows

The more money you have, the easier it is to make more money.

And the easiest and fastest way to make more money is to have multiple income streams – a no-brainer.

That way you always have money coming in and can use the excess income to invest in new income flows. This, in a nutshell, is the primary way the wealthy stay wealthy.

There are two basic forms of income: active income, in which you work for the money you make, and passive income, in which payment isn’t directly tied to the number of hours you work.

Passive income includes rental property, dividend stocks, index funds, writing a book or creating an app, all of which will bring in a steady flow of income from sales or royalties.

3. Invest

Rich people make their money work for them. They know that investing is the key to growing their finances.

While saving money for a rainy day is important, your investments are going to do the heavy lifting to help you become wealthy.

While it’s good to put your money in savings, you need to put most of your money into work i.e. investments.

If you are new to investing, I’d recommend start putting your money into low risk investment. Start small, get a feel to it. It goes without saying you need to do your homework before taking the plunge.

4. The Wealthy Keep a To-Do List – They Stay Organized

Being organized by keeping a to-do list is one of the habits of the wealthy that may seem too simple to be true.

In reality, by staying organized, it helps you to remain focused on important things that will help you to reach your target. In a nutshell, keep your to-do list lean and simple.

Years back, Warren Buffett suggested his pilot to list down top 25 things he wants to achieve in life. Then, he told the pilot to only circle top 5 and focus on it.

Also, keep in mind there’s a research shows that 81% of the wealthy keep a to-do list, while only 19% of the poor will.

5. The Wealthy NEVER Stop Educating Themselves

How often do you hear that the best investment is to invest in yourself?

That’s because the wealthy READ! They will read materials related to their career or education to better themselves.

There are a number of successful people share how reading everyday keeps them on their toes. They continue to learn every day even after achieving success.

In this modern age, knowledge grows and distributed very quickly – globally. To continuously educate yourself is the only way to remain relevant in your industry.

6. The rich associate with positive, successful people

Rich people know that attitude is everything. If they continuously hang out with people that complain about the weather, bad-mouth the government, and speak negatively about the state of the economy, then they will likely start doing the same thing!

If, however, these same people start hanging around individuals that continuously talk about success, opportunity, and the positive things in life, chances are that they will see the world from an entirely different perspective!

Take for example the immigrants that come into the States. They are more likely to end up becoming millionaires compared to those born and bred in USA.

Reason?

US citizens often complain over the little of things, while immigrants see the nation as the land of opportunities. In a nutshell, it comes down to the “glass half-filled or half-empty” argument.

7. LEARN FROM OTHERS’ MISTAKES

Why make a mistake if you don’t have to?

Unlike the poor, rich people tend to see things in the long run. Hence, they plan and budget relentlessly. By having a plan, the rich has a clearer picture of their financial status. This leads them able to spend, save and invest wisely. The opposite can be said for poor people.

On top of that, the rich often educate themselves as much to reduce the risks involve in decision making,

When the rich makes mistakes they learn from them. By networking with other successful rich people they can also learn from mistakes that their peers make too.

In fact, these people are also perfect business partners since they have seen and done it all – so to speak.

My Two Cent

I do know this article sounds like bashing the poor. I’m not.

I’m just sharing with you how exactly it is not to be poor, and as you can see – it’s not ‘rocket science’ as claimed by many ‘business gurus’ out there.

If you read my articles enough, you’ll soon realize that becoming wealthy comes mainly down to two things; you gotta work hard (there’s no shortcut) and to sacrifice your wants for long term success.