Monday, September 12, 2011

Motivate Yourself To Success

Get Off Your "But": How to End Self-Sabotage and Stand Up for YourselfThe greatest reward success brings is self-satisfaction.  Although we often assume that the accumulation of wealth is the only measure of success, it is but one measure.  It is an important one to be sure, but true success is marked by the satisfaction of knowing you have done a job and done it well--that you have achieved the goal you set for yourself.

Einstein, for example, never attained great wealth in his lifetime.  But could anyone say he was unsuccessful?  Einstein reached the top of his profession and changed the world because he knew what he wanted to do and had a plan for achieving it.

How can you motivate yourself to succeed?  The answer lies in following the same method Einstein and all other enormously successful people have followed.  Develop a burning desire for something that you wish to have in order to reach a greater goal you have set for yourself.  Remember, there is a difference between merely wishing for something and deciding definitely that you are going to have it.
Once you have that burning desire, you will develop an intensity of purpose that will allow you to simply brush aside obstacles that seemed insurmountable before.  All things are possible to the person who believe they are possible.
Set yourself a definite goal in life.  Write it down.  Commit it to memory.  Direct every thought and all your energies to making it come true.  Instead of letting monetary setbacks throw you off course, search in them for the seed of an equivalent benefit which can help you get back on track to attaining your goal.
When Henry Ford began work on his first horseless buggy, less farsighted people many of his own relatives and neighbors laughed at him.  Some called him a crazy inventor.

Crazy or not, Ford knew what he wanted--and had a burning desire to achieve it.  He also refused to recognize any limitations.  Lacking formal education or training as a mechanic, he simply educated himself.  Nothing stands in the way of a person determined to reach a life goal.

Ford changed the face of America.  His mass produced automobiles made transportation affordable for the average family and opened up the country.  Whole industries grew up around the automobile:  Without Ford's "Tin Lizzie," there would have been no need for a network of highways (and the jobs their construction created), service stations, fast food franchises and motels.

Another perfect example is John Wanamaker who began as a clerk in Philadelphia retail store.  From the beginning he made up his mind he was going to own a similar store someday.  When he announced this to his boss, the store owner laughed and said, Why, John, you don't have enough money to buy an extra suit of clothes do you?
"No," Wanamaker said.  "But I want a store like this--or even a better one.  And I'm going to get it."
At the height of his success, Wanamaker owned one of thee greatest mercantile establishments the country has ever known.

"I had very little schooling, " Wanamaker said years later.  "But I acquired the education I needed the same way a locomotive takes on water--I scooped it up as I ran.
Remember, Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.  The person determined to attain success starts where he stands, making the best of whatever tools he has and acquiring whatever else he needs along the way.  Start from where ever you stand today.

By Napoleon Hill

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Want To Create Expert Status? Check Out These 15 Ways

Designing Brand Identity: An Essential Guide for the Whole Branding TeamI just finished up the radio show and I talked about ways to create expert status.  This post will include 16 ways to create expert status.  Out of the 15 I've personally used 13 of the ways.  You may know of some other ways that you may want to add and by all means go ahead and do so.

  1. Write a book.  This is probably the number one way to create expert status.
  2. Write an Ebook.  An ebook does not have to be as large as a book.  You can start with 15 or 20 pages.
  3. Write articles and have them syndicated across the web.  Media people are always looking for content to fill their publication.
  4. Blogging.  You can use the same article that you wrote and add it as a blog on your site.
  5. Publish your own ezine or newsletter.  Make sure that the your publication has information that the user can use.
  6. Create training videos.  They don't need to be long.  They just need to be filled with great information.
  7. Start your own web- TV show.  This gives you the chance to show your stuff live.
  8. Host a show on your local cable network.  By doing this you will be come a local icon.  You never know who's watching.
  9. Teach a class via a tele-seminar.  This is so simple once you have decided what the topic will be.  You can do it for free or for a fee.
  10. Become a speaker.  Start speaking on a local level first to get your feet wet.  Once you've done that introduce yourself to organizations and let them know that you are available for speaking.
  11. Start your own radio show.  You no longer have be a show on traditional radio to become a talk show host.  The internet has so many ways for you to start your own show and have it syndicated across the web.
  12. Get booked as a guest on other people show.
  13. Facilitate classes at an adult education center
  14. Host webinars online which are visual classes
  15. Host live seminars and workshops
These are some powerful ways to up your status.  I must say though, that all of the ways listed are content producing.  You must have power and engaging content to keep your audience interested and coming back for more.  If can do this, they will be happy to share your information with their network.  I do it all the time.

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Live Your Own Life

Napoleon Hill's A Year of Growing Rich: 52 Steps to Achieving Life's RewardsYou will never find peace of mind by allowing other people to live your life for you.

The most profound fact concerning humanity is  this:  The Creator gave us the complete, unchallengeable right of prerogative over one thing, and only one thing--our own mind.  It must have been the Creator's purpose to encourage us to live our own lives, to think our own thoughts, without interferrance from others.   Otherwise we would not have been provided with such a clear dominion over our minds.

Simply by exercising this profound prerogative over your own mind and life, you may lift yourself to great heights of achievement in any field of endeavor you choose.  Exercising this prerogative  is the only real approach to genius.  A genius is simply one who has taken objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.

We all know stories about famous people who turned adversity into advantage, who overcame great obstacles to become rich and famous.  They are the successful people who converted stumbling blocks into stepping stones.  They become the geniuses of industry, the Henry Fords, the Thomas Edisons, the Andre Carnegies, and the Wilbur and Orville Wrights.

But there is a far greater number of lesser known mortals who refuse to accept defeat.  They simply refuse to become one of the vast majority who do little more than eke out a living and experience mostly misery, disappointment and failure.

Many years ago, a young army veteran came to see me about a job.  He told me he was disillusioned and discouraged; all he wanted out of life was a meal ticket, a place to sleep, and enough to eat.

He had a look in his eyes a sort of glassy stare that told me he thought hope was dead.  Here was a perfectly capable young man who was willing to settle for practically nothing when I knew very well that if he changed his attitude he could earn a fortune.

There was something about him, an almost hidden spark that prompted me to ask, How would you like to become a multimillionaire?  Why settle for a meager existence when you can just as easily settle for millions?

Don't joke with me, he replied.  I'm hungry and I need a job.

"I am not making fun, "  I replied.  "I am dead serious.  You can earn millions if you only are willing to use the assets you now have.
What do you mean, assets?"  he exclaimed.  "I have nothing but the clothes on my back!"
Gradually, over the course of our conversation, I learned that this young man had been a Fuller Brush salesman before he went into the army:  While in the service he had done considerable K.P. duty, and had learned to cook rather well.  In other words, besides the natural attributes of a healthy body and a potentially positive mind, his total assets consisted of the fact that he could cook food and he could sell.

Generally, of course, neither selling nor cooking will propel a person into the rank of mulitmillionaires, but this veteran took himself out of the ordinary walks of life.  He was introduced to his own mind and the possibilities that existed when he took control of it.

In the two hours I spent with this young man, I watched him change from a person lost in a sea of"despair into a possibility thinker.  He did it all with the strength of one idea.  "Why don't you use your selling ability to persuade housewives to invite their neighbors over for a home-cooked dinner, then sell them all cookware?"

I advanced him enough money to buy some clothes and the first outfit of cooking utensils, then turned him loose.  During his first week, he cleared nearly $100 selling aluminum cookware.  The next week he doubled that amount.  Then he began to train other salespeople who worked for him selling the same cookware.

At the end of four years, he was earning more than a million dollars a year and had set in motion a new selling plan that has since evolved into an industry in its own right.  When the ties that bind a human mind are broken and a man is introduced to himself--the real self that has no limitations--I fancy that the gates of hell shake with fear and the bells of heaven ring with Joy!

I hope that you've enjoyed this reading from Napoleon Hill.

Until Next Time
Make It A Great Day!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Attention Hair Stylists: Stop Letting Money Go Down The Drain

How to Start a Hair Salon and Day SpaEvery Friday I go and get my hair done.  The shop where I go is unisex.  The clientele is very good.  I normally arrive around 8am and when I get there people are already in the chairs and some are waiting to be serviced.  I am there for about two and a half hours and I watch people come in and leave.  To pass time I normally bring a magazine to read, but today I brought a book which was boring, so I put it down and just sat there under the dryer and watched the people.  Looking around the shop I realized that with all of the people that are in and out of the shop, none of the stylist or barbers were selling anything other than the service that they were providing.  There were no retail products being sold by anyone.  I thought to myself "WOW" they are letting a lot of money go down the drain.  I also realized that no one was capturing the information from the clients that they were servicing.  By information I mean email addresses to do email marketing or cell numbers to do text marketing.  Again a lot of money going down the drain.

I started to wonder were these girls and guys learning about the business aspect of hair when they were training to become stylist, because when you look how most salons operate, there are no retail products being sold and there is no extra marketing being done.  So what these guys have done is create a job for themselves and most without benefits, because small business healthcare is really expensive.  The reason I say that they have created a job is because if they are not working no money is coming in.  That's the equivalent of a job.  If they were running businesses, they could take time off and still make money.

So being the entrepreneur that I am, I am now developing a marketing program for salons that will put a stop to some of the money going the drain.  They could probably use the extra money that they would make to purchase a healthcare plan.

Until Next Time 
Make It A Great Day!