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Want to know something weird?
I enjoy brainwashing myself and others..
No, no… it’s not in that “evil, schemey, bad” way either. I enjoy positively brainwashing myself and others!
Does that sound a little out there or weird?
If so… you’ll probably love this video.
(This was a difference day/activity, but a good show of what the setup looked like)
Basically, my belief is that if you want to become more successful, you should learn about the habits of successful people. One particular habit that I came across was using mantra’s, and being deliberate about what you want in life.
When we’re young, we aren’t taught this type of stuff in school. To be specific about what you want and to create the reality you want to live in.
Right now, wherever you are in your life and business, you’re at the level you’re at because of everything you have done up until this point in time. The good news for those of you who aren’t 100% happy with your current levels of success, is that now you can be deliberate about where you want to be.
It’s not going to be easy…
Especially when you start off with declaring “I Am Wealth. I Am Abundance. I Am Joy.”
Honestly, you’ll raise a lot of red flags inside your brain. It’ll be like “nah, dude…. you’re not wealth. You’ve only got $200 in your checking account” or “Nah dudette… you aren’t abundant. You don’t even have enough to take care of yourself, how can you possibly be abundance?”
Want to know something cool about when this happens? You’ll see and witness it first-hand. Your gut might feel a little weird, or your energy level might drop. That’s perfectly normal. We’re not expected to know that we are the badasses that we are.
One thing to do is to keep at it. Keep writing out “I Am Wealth. I Am Abundance. I Am Joy.” because, as humans we will eventually give in to something if we hear it enough times.
Another thing to remember is that when you first started at anything in your life… you most likely weren’t very good at it, right? I mean when we learned how to ride bikes it’s not like we magically just had perfect balance and could ride the bike. We fell off… over and over and over again. But, did your past self give up because of a few scrapes or bruises?
Hell no! You got back up and did it.. It could be that your friend already knew how to ride a bike and you didn’t want to miss out. It could be that your parents promised to get you ice cream if you could ride your bike to a certain spot (that got me riding my bike)
Think about a couple other times in your life when you absolutely sucked at something. I’m sure there’s many times, because I know for me there have been countless times. We aren’t naturally just great at everything. We’re not robots.
(Except you, Google… I see you there reading my blog posts)
Okay. So back to the task at hand. Get your notebook and start writing out those statements. Get the book mentioned in the video here.
I AM WEALTH.
I AM ABUNDANCE.
I AM JOY.
The life where you actually realize that YOU ARE WEALTH, YOU ARE ABUNDANCE and YOU ARE JOY.
Because… right now, those feelings and thoughts are creating the future you. The one that you’re damn proud of. The you that can do anything and everything you set your mind to.
and if you still don’t quite feel that way, write down your affirmations another 100 times. This is all about the process. We’re undoing years of self-talk and replacing it with positive self-talk. It will take work. It will take effort. But it will be worth it.
Ever wondered how it was possible for people to make $100 a day online? Well, I put together this video tutorial to show you just that.
To start off with, many of these kids are using what’s known as “affiliate marketing” to earn commissions based on sales generated through the videos they create.
If you think about how a car dealership works, a dealer usually gets a commission based on sales that they close. With affiliate marketing, the same concept is true. The good news for us is that a lot of the major retailers offer affiliate programs where we don’t have to master high pressured sales techniques, or any sales techniques at all.
Sites like Amazon, WalMart and BestBuy all offer these affiliate programs that you can sign up with and get paid a commission whenever people purchase through your link.
It’s honestly incredible that we can get paid to refer people to various products. With YouTube videos, you can create reviews of different products and simply let people know where they can purchase the product if they liked it. This is where your affiliate link will come in.
A percentage of people who watched your video will actually like what you are saying about the product, and often seeing a real person leave their real viewpoint about a product means it is a product worth having. That’s when you get paid!
Anyways, I shot this video to show you how to make $100 a day at 16 years old (or broke beginner). Give it a watch and leave a comment below if you have any further questions.
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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
Austin, Texas 1:11pm
The other day I actually started writing out this blog post after re-watching the video I shot a few years back in Costa Rica. The video was on my blog over at Masterminding on the beach in Costa Rica. That video was recored after a really intense mastermind session we had. One that actually had a significant impact on my life and a few others who were lucky enough to attend.
One quote that really stood out when I was re-listening to this was…
This quote is so damn true. It often seems like the times where I’ve experienced my biggest successes have come after terrible failures. My business took off when I quit my jobs, moved to a foreign country and took a major chance. The problem was that I had no income anymore… the opportunity was that I learned how to create a business because of it.
It’s pretty incredible when you really stop and think about it. Everyday people you can hear people talk about problems that they have. There are thousands of problems everywhere, and many of these problems are BEGGING for these problems to be solved. That’s an opportunity right there.
Think for a second what kind of problems you’re currently experiencing… maybe it’s snowing where you live now. How much does it suck that the windshield freezes and your car is cold when you get in it? For me, that was a terrible part of my day. For me, I just moved south to get away from the cold. However, there was the opportunity to get one of those remote starters for your car. Problem solved.
What about problems related to your fitness? Fitbit created something incredible when they figured out setting the goal of 10,000 steps a day for people. It’s simple enough that it’s an easy goal to aim for… and you can track all of the steps through their little device.
The problem was that people forgot to be active in the traditional world we live in now… and the solution is to try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. The solution was provided by them and now they have a massive business. Fitbit was valued at $8 BILLION in 2015.
Great question. Identifying problems comes down to simply paying attention to things that are happening around you. The next thing is to get creative about the solutions to these problems. It’s not going to be easy, but damn is it going to be fun.
The next time that you’re in a conversation and you notice that someone is complaining about something, pay attention. Ask a few questions about why they are so upset about the issue. If you ask then 3-5 times “why” you’ll get to the root of the problem. There is always a way to provide a solution to problems, but you need to be creative to solve the problem.
Paying attention means you’ll need to listen more than you speak as well. But, you know that already and should be listening more than you speak already.
I could try and tell you that I can help you with solving all your problems, but the truth is that it’s up to you. Every single day you’re going to experience problems in your life. It’s important to recognize these problems and to identify solutions to the problems.
You’ll start doing it for yourself, and then eventually you’ll end up solving other people’s problems as well… which could lead you into creating a business doing something that you’re totally kick ass at.
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