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You Have to Draw a Line In The Sand
One of the most difficult decisions in your life is when you decide that enough is enough. That it’s time for a change in your life. Time to draw a line in the sand, and never look back.
In this video, I talk about the significance of drawing a line in the sand and making a decision. Making the decision that who you are isn’t necessarily who you want to be.
But you can’t become the person you want to be until you make the decision to become that person.
At any moment in your life, you can make the choice to become the person you’ve always wanted to be. To get there, you’ll need to start surrounding yourself with like-minded people.
Joining masterminds, or groups of people who want the same thing as you will help. You can just keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, that’s not how it works.
You alone have the power to decide this.
If you’d like to surround yourself with like-minded people, we’d love to have you join our community.
Creating value is one of the topics that’s a top discussion point when speaking with Entrepreneurs.
The problem is that many people never really explain what value is, and how to create it. In this video, I share with you what value is and how to create value.
The Truth About Success is that Success isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be wildly successful. If you aren’t successful yet, this could explain why…
Most people are afraid to fail in life. Most people are afraid to be fearless, and to take risks. Most people are too afraid to push themselves to be the person they’ve always wanted to be, and it’s usually because they don’t want to leave their comfort zones.
That is why they fail.
It’s also the reason that a large percentage of people alive today are living lives that they aren’t happy with. The truth is that… success isn’t easy.
Some people might tell you that it is. Especially if you’ve ever come across those make money online videos on YouTube. You know the ones i’m talking about. You’ve probably been watching videos or listening to music and then you have to click “Skip ad” so you don’t hear the same BS over and over again.
The truth is that success takes a LOT of hard work. But, when the majority of people hear that something is going to be difficult… they shut down and decide against it. I mean, seriously. Who wants to work hard when you could just binge watch Netflix all weekend?
And while we’re at it, let me tell you this. You won’t ever succeed.
Whoa, whoa, whoa… that seems a little harsh, doesn’t it?
Okay… let’s address this “happy medium”. You WILL be successful, but it won’t be easy. Is that better?
It’s starting to feel a little bit better in my gut seeing that written out. I’ve had success in both instances… Massive failures, and incredible success. Want to know why I’ve had both? I work my ass off.
If you know me personally, you know I love what I do. I enjoy diving deep into niches, learning about customer demographics and finding the best ways to create value for the consumer in the niche… and then helping map out how to go about creating systems that can be duplicated for your team members to follow.
But the thing is, I work… all the time. Sure, I can take off a ton of time and go on epic adventures for days at a time, or weeks… without any real change in my lifestyle. But it’s because during the times when you don’t hear from me, or see me, I’m deeply involved in building and working on my systems.
So the whole idea of “Success isn’t easy” is just that… it’s an idea.
and since we all have different ideas and different viewpoints on what is considered to be “easy”, it’s impossible to tell you that success is easy. For me, spending 60-100 hours a week working on a project that I care about is easy. For other people, hearing “60-100 hours a week” is like the worst nightmare ever.
I mean, jobs only make you work 40 hours a week and people get all upset over that.
The thing is, when you’re doing something you hate for 40 hours a week… it flat out sucks. It seems like every minute drags on and somehow this crazy Universe we live in has seemed to stop time… and the seconds drag on for minutes, and the minutes drag on for hours.
It’s mind-numbingly boring. It’s tedious work. It’s stuff you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. It’s…. work.
On the other hand, when it’s something you give a shit about… it’s awesome.
My girlfriend witnesses this first hand whenever I get an idea and immediately move towards implementing it. She says my eyes light up and its like a fire ignites within me.
and then I’ll work on the idea for hours on end, without even realizing that it had been a few hours since I took a break. Which means I must force myself to stop and take a break. Not that I want to, but because I know that my body functions better when I do.
This type of action seems to come in waves, and it isn’t always there. Sometimes it hits hard and i’ll have a week of terrific content creation, and other times I’ll not feel like doing a damn thing. It’s just like the ocean… the tides change and I’m just trying to surf them when the conditions are good.
Personally I think it has to do with what a person’s individual definition of success is. According to dictionary.com
Related: Success Isn’t About Who You ARE…
Look at those different meanings and then think about what success looks like to you. Is it achieving a certain financial goal? Is it getting a trophy? Is it recognition from your boss for a job well done? What about just finishing a project?
Think for a second… what does your version of success look like?
Get out a piece of paper and a pen and write out what success means to you.
My definition of success, for myself, is to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, with whoever I want, wherever I want.
Yes, I know that can be taken in a few different ways. But my idea of success is for me to have an open schedule to go do whatever it is that I want, whenever I want to do it. Let’s say there’s a super cool event that a friend of mine tells me about… I want to be able to drop everything and go do it, if I choose to do so. This very thing happened when I first learned about the Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
That right there to me is success.
Well, I could tell you that yes… success is going to be easier for you than it is for others… but that would be a lie.
Because success depends on your personal viewpoint of it, it’s impossible for me to guarantee anything to you in this life. Until you know what success looks like to you, you’ll never achieve it.
Right now, if you have a computer or a phone and you have clean water, electricity and a house, you’re an incredible success to people who live in third-world countries who don’t have these things. But, because you’ve probably had this your whole life, you discount it for what it is.
You might even be earning over $100,000 a year right now, yet you still might not consider yourself a success because so-and-so makes $500,000 a year.
Until you figure out what success means to you, you’ll never achieve it. Truth be told, once you do achieve “success” according to your old definition, you’ll still probably feel like a failure because your goals will continue to grow as you do.
Fun, right? Oh the joy of Entrepreneurship. If you want to see a few of the ways that I’ve figured out how to start creating a beginner income from the internet, you can get my Beginner’s Guide to Internet Entrepreneurship guidebook and tutorial videos here.
I got back to Austin late Sunday night after a quick trip to NY for my brother’s wedding…
The wedding went well, and I had a great time seeing my family. Living away from the town I grew up in (and often out of the US), I don’t see them that often.
We spent a LOT of time in the car. The wedding location was about 2 hours away from my home town, but it ended up taking us about 3 hours to get there and back… silly GPS got us lost. Typical when you’re driving around in small towns and through the hills of NY/PA.
Anyways, whenever I am home I try to read one of the physical books that my dad has on the bookshelf in his office. With my traveling year-round and living out of my Minaal backpacks, I don’t tend to travel with much.
The first one I’m reading is Tested Advertising Methods, and I wanted to share with you a little excerpt from it. Well, it’s more than a little excerpt. It’s a list of the 35 formulas for writing headlines, to help you with your advertising campaigns.
Headline formulas are selling ideas that have worked again and again in the past and can be expected to continue to get results in the future. For example, the formula “Begin your headline with the words ‘How to'” will probably last as long as advertising exists. Unless human nature changes radically, people will never tire of learning how to do the things they want to do and how to get the things they want to get.
1) as a tool to use when you need a headline in a hurry
2) as a stimulus to spur your imagination toward the invention of new formulas
“As a profession, advertising is young; as a force, it is as old as the world. The first four words uttered, “Let there be light,” constitute its character. All nature is vibrant with its impulse.” – Bruce Barton
The important thing for you to do right now is to bookmark this page and come back to it time and time again before writing your headlines. This list of The 35 Headline Formulas of John Caples will help you out significantly with improving your headlines.
Read more in the book Tested Advertising Methods by John Caples
… and here’s a quick picture of my girlfriend and I at the wedding.
– Chris Hughes
How to Find Great Outsourcers So You Can Spend More Time Doing What You Love
Let’s talk about outsourcing real quick. If you are running your own business, you need to start thinking about hiring a team sooner rather than later.
You and I both only have 24 hours in a day, and its impossible to work all 24 hours no matter how hard you sometimes want to.
Well, its possible. You’ll just be dead to the world the next day and will likely get sick. As entrepreneurs and business owners, you can’t miss days unless you have teams in place to handle the systems you’ve built while you’re away.
But Chris, hiring is hard!!! How do I find great outsourcers?
It’s not easy, i’ll tell you that.
But this little trick here will drastically improve the chances of you finding a great outsourcer. Is it going to take some work to sort and interview and hire? Yes.
Is it worth it? Well, when you’re out surfing and you come home and work has been done (to your specifications exactly) you’ll see that it’s worth every penny and every hour you spent designing your system.
The trick in this video here on how to find great outsourcers is going to save you a significant amount of time in the beginning stages of filtering these candidates.
Its such a simple little thing and you’ll notice that 90% of the people won’t follow the directions… guess what..
if they can’t follow this simple direction, they’ll struggle with the harder directions as well.
So use this tip the next time you are going to hire an outsourcer.