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The Difference Between Sales & Marketing

Navigate through the subtle differences between sales and marketing and learn how to implement both in order to grow a successful business.

sales and marketing

A lot of people don’t know the difference between sales and marketing.

Most people think they do the same thing whereas, there are subtle differences between them.

Let’s start with their definitions.

Sales vs Marketing

By definition, sales is the exchange of a commodity for money or the action of selling something.

But I define sales as an interaction happening on a one on one basis.

That is, the decision to buy something happens on an individual level, from person to person.

On the other hand, marketing is the action of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.

In other words, it is the pre-selling phase.

This is where you precondition individuals to buy from you.

Moreover, with marketing, you can reach the masses.

You can do whatever you want to reach a maximum of people, like run ads, do campaigns, etc.

Marketing makes sales easy.

If you do your marketing right, then your selling wouldn’t be a problem for you.


What marketing entails

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I remember when I first started in online marketing, I chose network marketing.

For those who don’t know about network marketing, it’s quite simple.

It is getting people to buy your product or join your team and those who join your team do the same.

People will usually advise you to start networking with people you know.

That is your family members, friends, etc, before reaching out to complete strangers.

That way, you have a base and you’re not getting into the unknown from the get-go.

So that is what I did.

I reached out to my family members, friends, acquaintances, etc and I had my base.

But now was the time for me to reach out to the world.

It was time for me to tell strangers about my product and have them trust me enough to buy my services.

And that was when I started to realize and understand the difference between sales and marketing.

Back in the day, as a network marketer, you needed to literally chase people around.

You had to be in malls, at gas stations, in restaurants, introducing your products and hoping people will buy.

And one of the things networkers had to deal a lot with was rejection.

But nowadays, with technology and everything, you could be in the comfort of your room and sell your products.

One of the disadvantages of doing sales without first marketing, is you are not prequalifying people.

You are not giving them the opportunity to know your brand or you and build that trust with you.

Advantages of marketing

So, the main advantage of marketing first, is giving people time and the opportunity to know you and your products.

You give them content, value and you raise a fan base even before the selling has began.

This was what gave me the boost to grow a proper business.

Because not only was I able to gain people’s attention, I found the right people who came to me to ask questions about the services I offer.

That was when I chose internet marketing as my starting point because of the impact it offers me.

I then decided to master all the twists and tricks in order to do it right.

That is why going through the process of marketing is important.

Instead of having people buying from you instantly (sales), they get to know you and your products first (marketing).

People will buy from you, if they know who you are, like who you are, and trust who you are.

This is also what pushed me to leave the company I was involved with because I realized they were struggling to sell.

They were focused on sales without the marketing part and it wasn’t working for them.

So I eventually left, learned about marketing, and decided to teach people what I learned along the way.

How Sales and Marketing complement each other

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Alright, I know I am preaching so much about marketing and you may think sales aren’t important.

Remember, to build a successful business, you need to have both techniques.

You market first, then your selling will be easy.

Not the contrary.

If all you do is sell, sell, sell, you may be wasting a lot of time and you may face a lot of rejection.

Whereas, if you take the time to do your marketing right, you will be exposing your products to a wider range of people.

You will be giving a chance for your product to reach the right people.

You are enabling your product to speak for itself and producing enough content.

Seth Godin said “People don’t buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic.

Marketing helps you build those relations and the story behind your products.

It provides the magic you need to promote your business.

But if you don’t have a sales system, the marketing part will fail.

You need a system to actually take the customer from hearing your story to buying your product.

You have to have customer service so the customer is well taken of and becomes a regular.

Everything needs to be structured out and that is how you grow your business.

My techniques of marketing

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In online marketing, I teach how to create content that is valuable.

I also teach how to promote advertising be it through ads on Facebook, Instagram, or Google so people can know about your services.

And as you grab that attention, you bring them into a funnel where you close the sales.

So essentially, it looks like a marketing funnel where at the top, you start with your marketing.

That is your Facebook, Google, etc ads, your videos, your brochures, pdfs, presentations about your products.

All of that is about speaking to the masses about your products and prequalifying them.

You are letting them know about their options, sharing your value, and telling your story.

And as you begin to bring people into that funnel, the sales portion has to be covered.

Now that they are here, how can they buy?

What prizes do you offer?

How can they speak in case of issues encountered?

Do you have a one on one analysis maybe through phone?

You could have landing pages so you can communicate through emails.

It could be forms they have to fill to know their needs and wants.

That way, the customers feel taken care of and want to stay on this journey with you.

In Summary

Marketing can take your business from nothing to something.

It is the first stage to building your business.

You need to promote right, to sell right.

If you understand both aspects of business management, you will succeed.

If you are focusing on marketing strategies, then you need to focus on selling strategies too.

Because once you have those customers rushing in to buy from you, you need everything organized to handle them.

Find the right marketing techniques that will pre-sell your products and make selling easier later on.

That way, you have both activities running right and helping you make profits in your business.

How To Overcome Your Fears – In 3 Simple Steps

Learn how to overcome your fears by winning the battle of the mind.

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We all feel scared from time to time but how to overcome that fear is one of the greatest challenges we face as humans.

Fear is basically a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something; the fear of death, failure, sickness, heartbreak, etc.

Sadly, one of the mistakes we make is we give fear way too much credit and most of the time, the things we fear don’t actually exist.

It’s all an our head but we allow what doesn’t exist to stop us from doing something that could potentially change our lives.

So, how do you overcome fear? How do you get past that overwhelming sense of dread that keeps you stuck?

But first, let’s understand where fear comes from.

Where does fear come from?

Fear originally came from a biological standpoint because if we look back to the ancient days, there was a real fear to stay alive so our brain instilled fear to help us survive. 

If there is a tiger chasing after us, that fear is what spikes us and helps us find ways to survive by helping our vision become clearer, and making our muscles stronger so we either run or fight.

In that instant, fear keeps us alive. It isn’t always bad for us and there are instances in our lives today where fear is necessary.

For example, if you are in a burning house and you don’t feel fear, then something may be wrong with you.

But now that we are living in a society that has elvolved so much and we are no longer in situations of life or death, fear has shifted to become something that isn’t real.

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield.

Why do we feel fear:

Most of the time, fear is just bad management of our mindset. It is stemming from what we are allowing ourselves to think or imagine as the end goal.

In our daily lives, there is one question we can always ask ourselves and that is : “What if”.

The answer to that question is going to define how we move on a daily basis.

So if you are leaning towards fear, your response is going to be:

‘What if is this doesn’t work?

What if I fail?

What if people don’t accept who I am?

When you understand where fear comes from, you become competent in it and from there, you become confident in it. In psychology, this is called the “The Confidence competency loop“.

For example, if you walk into an exam room without studying, you’ll be afraid because you’ll be apprehending failure.

Whereas, when you do take the time to read your notes and do your exercices, you begin to understand the subject, and you are more prepared, so facing the exam won’t scare you anymore.

The same thing applies to our fears. Once you understand where your fear is coming from, you will realize that it is nothing but an issue you have to deal with in your mind and only then can you break free from the negative cycle.

Now, let’s dive into the different types of fear and how you can overcome them.

Types of fear and how to overcome them:

Fear of loss :

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This happens when we are afraid of losing something or someone while pursuing something bigger/greater.

Let’s say you want to lose weight. You will be anxious because you have to deprive yourself of tasty food and not being able to show up to places since you have to diet.

You might be terrified of quitting your job to start that busines you’ve always wanted to do because you will be losing your steady paycheck and you won’t be seeing your coworkers again.

As well as you might be scared of losing friends, or family members or even your spouse because they don’t believe in what you are doing and they don’t understand your vision/goals.

So, because there is a chance of you losing something, you will dread pursuing even bigger things.

This happened to me when I was making a career change.

I was contemplating between leaving my stable job with a lucrative pay as a doctor and starting my own business in an area which was still new to me and in which I wasn’t guaranteed success.

But I had to take a moment to understand where my fear was coming from and as I stepped out in faith, I decided to make a choice that was more personal and typical of me.

That was how I got over my fear.

How to overcome the fear of loss :

You need to reorient your mind to not focus on what you’re going to lose but more on what you are going to gain.

So, instead of fearing losing weight because we might stop eating our favorite, foods, we can choose to focus on the positives like being fitter, feeling better, being healthier and understanding that those gains outweigh the negatives.

Same thing with business. Focus on the freedom you can create/have and the bigger and better opportunities you will have that you couldn’t while working your  9-5 job.

Focusing on the gains helps you tame that pain or fear of missing out or losing something and that is how you learn to get over your fear of loss.

Fear of change :

As humans, we do not like change at all. Anything that equates to change is uncomfortable especially when it is hard.

When we think of losing weight, then we think the process is hard because we have to work out and keep ourselves from eating out late which is painful.

Same thing with starting a business. We have to put out time to grow that business, sometimes sacrifice our sleep, miss out on events or not hang out with people, and that is painful.

How do you overcome the fear of change :

By accepting it. There is positivity in challenge. Challenge is a good thing and we shouldn’t be afraid of it.

Infact, it is something we should embrace and run towards. Why? Because it is challenge that creates who we are and who we ultimately become.

Challenge is like the pressure used in making diamonds. You need that pressure to grow because the more you are pushed and stretched, the more you will be resilient and confident.

Understand that, although the road might be challenging in regards to the process of change, you don’t want to focus on how hard it is going to be.

You want to focus on how you can benefit from it because at the end of the day, those are the things that are going to help you grow and get you to where you need to be.

Remember, success is behind failure and you have to go through failure in order to reach success.

Fear of result :

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The fear that all of this won’t be worth it.

What if I put in all this work, time and effort and make all these sacrifices and it doesn’t work out? What if my business fails or I don’t make any money or I don’t lose weight?

Imagine if all this happens and it is for nothing?

Just thinking about this is scary.

How do you overcome the fear of result?

You have to focus on the positive possibility. What if it works out?

Like I said, your answer to your ‘what if’ dictates the turn of events in your life and determines whether you are tapping more into your fear or not.

And we don’t want to tap into our fears, we want to tap in more into our faith mindset.

What if it does work out, you do become successful and achieve everything you’ve ever dreamed of?

Imagine you do find someone you love and who loves you back?

There are so many possibilities out there so why would you focus on things that would go wrong?

Focusing on the what ifs on the positive side is what is going to help you diminish the what ifs on the negative side.

You can’t drive out darkness with more darkness, only light can do that.

So you can’t drive away fear by focusing more on fear. You have to focus on hope, faith.

I believe anything we have in regards to our dreams, wants, desires, is given to us for a reason. So what if we aren’t meant for failure and that whatever we may be scared to pursue is actually our destiny and calling?

But let’s also be honest, sometimes it won’t work out but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t for a reason. We have to go  through certain things and fail at certain things to ultimately get to the success we need to.

But if we are not ready to do that in the first place, we are not going to get there in the end.

Conclusion :

Fear is something we can decide if we want to feed it or not.

It may be the fear of change, or the fear of result or what others might think, or the fear of not being good enough.

No matter what that fear might be, you don’t want to focus on it because it is just something happening in your mind and whenever that happens, you want to set your sight on all the possibilities/positives.

Focus on the direction you are going. Focus on your faith mindset, instead of your fear mindset.

At the end of that day, both situations are not real because they haven’t happened yet but what you can do now, is choose what realization you want to  happen in your life and work towards it.

That’s the beauty of being human; having the power of choice.

So today, choose hope, choose life, choose faith and build the future you deserve.

It isn’t over until it is over.

How To Find Your Passion

How to find your passion and what my passion is

If you’ve found this article then it means you have asked yourself the question ‘what is my passion?’

It’s a great question and it is my hope that this article will help you discover yours. Let’s first consider the following questions for how to find your passion:

  • What do you do that comes easily?
  • What would you enjoy doing without being paid for it?
  • What gets you up every morning?
  • What gets you excited?
  • What makes you smile when you think about doing it?

The answers to these questions should lead you to something you are passionate about. The problem is, many of us confuse our passions for our gifts.

The difference being is our passion is something that you seek out, something that you feel like you were meant to do.

Our gifts are the things that we were born with, something that is there no matter what.

What Is My Passion?

Your passion is something that can change throughout your life but it will always be something that you think is interesting.

By focusing on the questions listed above you can start to hone in on what truly sparks something within you. It could be making money in new and interesting ways, building a product that simplifies everyday life, or it could be that you love learning about animals. 

By simply looking inwards you will be able to figure out how to find your passion.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly what your passion is, only you can answer that question. But what comes next is the best part, figuring out how to grow that passion into something more.

Maybe even into a new stream of income. In order to do that we need to look at finding your purpose.

Finding Your Purpose

What I mean by your purpose is what is your meant to do once you’ve found your passion.

Are you an educator, an entertainer, a researcher, or something else entirely?

Take music as an example, you can be passionate about music and use that to teach people guitar. Maybe you will be the frontman of a band or even a DJ who plays songs in clubs or on the radio.

Here’s what you should do if you don’t know what your gifts are or how to use them. Follow your curiosity, really dig deep and explore the topics you enjoy.

If you didn’t have to worry about money and things like that what is the one thing you would want to do? Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there?

I believe that the thing we’re most curious about is the thing we need to start putting some effort into.

If you can do that then not only can you feed your innate desires but you might figure out how to find your dream job. It’s your responsibility to take this seriously as we approach the next step.

Figuring out what my passion is and what my purpose is – that’s the easy part. 

Developing Your Passion and Purpose

Now we’re getting into the hard part – the grind. It’s doing what needs to get done even when you don’t feel like it.

Pushing through self-doubt and getting over the voice in your head telling you that you shouldn’t even be trying.

When you get past this fear you are going to bring something into the world that only you can bring.

When you do this, whatever your thing is, you’re going to start to feel fulfilled. I think that fulfillment is an unconditional passion that we all strive for no matter what.

When you hit that sweet spot of finding your passion, your purpose, and you are making progress, you’re going to feel fulfilled.

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘You’ll never work a day in your life if you love what you do.’ That can, and will, be you if you can follow your passion.

How to Find Your Dream Job

Find your dream job by understanding your passions

You need to keep fighting your place in the world and build on your momentum to turn your passion into your dream job.

You’re not just doing this for yourself but for everyone else who will benefit from what you have to offer. Keep developing your gifts, invest in yourself, and keep on creating more and more.

It could be cooking, singing, sewing, woodworking, racing, sailing, flying, juggling, it could be anything. Your passion is what drives you, your purpose is what defines you.

Your gifts can be used to change the whole world or just one person’s world – yours. If you feel a natural vibe towards something, start moving towards it.

Don’t give up when it gets hard, you have to earn your dream job. It won’t be handed to you.

Some of us are teachers and we’ll share our knowledge with other people. Others are entertainers and we’ll do our best to make people happy.

You could be a natural host and your gift is helping other people feel relaxed.

If you can locate your purpose your natural gifts will help you find your own piece of the pie.

Conclusion

Your passions may change but your purpose and gifts won’t.

If you’re a natural educator then that’s your gift and you can share that with the world. If you want to know how to find your passion then you need to look within and ask yourself what it is you want.

The world is waiting for what you have to offer.

Develop your passion, your purpose, and your gifts to bring something truly unique to people’s lives.

If things start to get tough then remember this is how to find your dream job. It starts with finding your purpose and ends when you feel fulfilled.

Famous Failures – How You Can Go From Failure To Success

If this article has found you at a time where you’re feeling down because something didn’t work out then I got news for you – it happens to everyone.

The rich and famous have many failures to their name and it’s all part of what’s made them a success. How we deal with failure can help us to move towards success.

No matter what’s been going on I hope that this article can help to encourage you to keep moving forward. Your greatest days are still ahead of you. If you give up now you’ll never know what you could achieve.

The greatest people in this world all failed first, they had to deal with that failure before they could become a success.

So here are some very famous people that failed on their way up. Use their stories as inspiration and motivation to keep going. These may be examples of successful people but their stories are very relatable.

Take in the lessons and learn how to get over fear of failure.

5 Famous Failures

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is one of the most recognizable comedic actors around. He’s responsible for incredible characters like Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.

He was also booed off stage the first time he performed stand-up. Jim Carrey was so determined to be successful that he wrote a check to himself for $10,000,000 dated for 10 years in the future.

Lesson: Believe in yourself, set goals, and don’t give up. Jim Carey wrote cash for ‘acting services rendered’ which he kept in his wallet.

It was dated for 10 years in the future and he was able to achieve this goal.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is known for her daytime talk show and her success as a television personality led to her very own cable network. She now has a lucrative deal to produce content for Apple TV+.

What you may not know is that Oprah grew up in poverty and before she was the success she is today she was fired from her first job as a news anchor.

Her producers claimed that she was not fit for TV.

Lesson: Don’t let anyone else tell you what you can or can’t do. Oprah is one of the most visible people on U.S television and is known across the world.

For someone who was told she was not fit for TV, she’s really shown them up.

J.K Rowling

J.K Rowling is the author of the most successful book series ever. You’ll have heard of Harry Potter even if you’ve never read anything.

Working as a single mother in London J.K Rowling dealt with multiple rejections of her manuscript for the Philosopher’s Stone.

12 major publishers turned it down before Penguin took a chance on her book. If she had given up after the first 12 rejections a generation wouldn’t have grown up with Harry Potter.

Lesson: One person’s opinion is not the end of the world. 12 people refused to publish Harry Potter but J.K believed in her work.

Now it’s one of the most successful franchises ever. 

Stephen King

Another author who proves that failure is not an option. His first manuscript frustrated him so much that he tossed it away.

If it wasn’t for his wife saving it and pushed him to finish it we wouldn’t have Carrie. The rejections came through thick and fast for Stephen King with 30 rejections before Doubleday took it on. 

Lesson: It’s okay to lean on others when you doubt yourself. If it wasn’t for his wife, Stephen King may never have finished Carrie.

Find a strong support network that can hold you up when you need it.

Colonel Sanders

His secret recipe of herbs and spices has made KFC one of the most successful fast-food franchises of all time. At the age of 65, he was forced to sell his restaurant and was left with only $105 a month from social security.

He already had his secret recipe and he decided to travel the states looking to franchise his chicken concept. Sanders would sleep in his car during this period of his life.

Lesson: You are never too old to become a success. Sanders knew his chicken was the best in the business.

He turned his secret recipe into a multimillion-dollar business in just a few years.

If You’ve Never Failed, You’re Not Trying

These famous failures are proof that failure does not need to define you. You can get back on the horse and try again. Learn how to get over fear of failure and use that knowledge to empower yourself.

If you’re not trying then you’re never going to create something new. You’ll never be able to reach your goal if you’re not willing to fail.

Here’s a statistic that’s worth remembering: it takes an average of 4 failures until you see success. No matter how many times you’ve had to pick yourself up and dust yourself off – keep trying.

The only time we truly fail is when we give up so say to yourself that ‘failure is not an option.’

Think of the famous failures that have been mentioned today. These people were down on their luck, things weren’t working out for them, and they kept going. We wouldn’t have Harry Potter, IT, or KFC if they had given up.

What separates these people from the rest is that they didn’t give up.

These are famous people that failed but it is their successes we all love them for.

Conclusion

Don’t let your failures define you. Instead, let them teach you and use failure as a motivational tool. Regardless of what your situation is try to keep moving forward.

Don’t let failure be the thing that holds you back.

There are famous people that failed who managed to bounce back and achieve success. You can do this too.

That’s the lesson you should take away from this lesson. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time you failed or the 1,000th time.

Just keep going because even the greatest people in this world had to fail first.

Change Your Life In 5 Seconds

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What if I said you could be more confident and completely get rid of procrastination in just 5 seconds, would you believe me? Well, that’s what I’m telling you right now! With the 5 second rule, you can completely change your mindset. Stop your feelings and habits from getting in the way of progress, and start achieving more. 

It just takes 5 seconds to change your life.

Allow me the next few minutes to explain how exactly this works and why you need to start implementing the 5-second rule. This article is going to explain exactly what it is, how to use it, and how you can be back in control instantly!

The 5 Second Rule

The 5-second rule is a method by the best-selling author and motivational speaker Mel Robbins. It comes from her book titled “The 5 Second Rule” which has helped millions to break free from their habits and start achieving their goals.

Mel Robbins’ 5-second rule is really simple but powerful and can help you overcome a lot of issues you may be facing. Basically, the idea is that when you have the instinct to do something productive towards one of your goals, you need to physically move yourself within 5 seconds before that thought is “shut down” by your brain.

Let’s say for example one of your goals is to get back into the gym. I’m sure that most of us have been at that point where we think it’s time to start getting back into shape. We know it’s something we need to do but we sit on the idea, put it off, and it doesn’t happen. There are countless reasons and excuses we might give ourselves to avoid going.

Mel Robbins’ Book explains that this actually boils down to our habits. Our habits kick in and convince us not to do the things we want to do (and what we need to do). These habits are responsible for between 50-60% of the actions we take each day. Even scrolling on Instagram or TikTok is habitual. Which is why we spend more time on those platforms than at the gym!

Sometimes we don’t even realize that it’s happening. That’s because these habits are so hardwired into our brains that they barely cross our minds. Hitting the snooze button in the morning is a habit that you can change with this simple 5 second rule. When it comes to getting up in the morning you can commit to getting up within 5 second otherwise you’ll hit the snooze and go right back to sleep, again (I’ve been there).

Break Free From Your Habits

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Mel Robbins uses herself as an example of someone who has a hard time motivating themselves to do the things they need to get done. In her book, she talks openly about the issues that she had in her life. They included a battle with alcoholism, not having a job, her marriage falling apart, and almost being bankrupt.

Faced with this uphill battle, Mel found that she couldn’t motivate herself to do anything that would help with her situation. I completely sympathize with Mel, sometimes it is difficult to find motivation at the best of times, and even harder when things are stacked up against you.

Luckily for Mel, and by applying the 5-second rule, she was able to pinpoint exactly when her motivation would fade away. It was after 5 seconds of motivation striking. Mel realized that if she sprung into action before the end of her 5-second countdown she would be able to do what she needed to do.

In the mornings after her alarm would go off, Mel would start a countdown from 5. If 5 seconds passed she knew that she would hit the snooze button and that would be that. But, if Mel could plant both feet on the ground and stand up before the 5 seconds was up, she would be able to start her day and get on with her tasks.

The 5-second rule isn’t something that can only be used in the morning as a way to get up. It is a useful tool at any time and can be used to combat all sorts of things. It can help people who struggle with procrastination and it can help you against unwanted feelings like worrying and anxiety.

How Can We Use The 5 Second Rule In Our Lives?

I want you to think of a goal in your mind. It could be benching 220 at the gym, building your own business, or getting 10,000 followers on Instagram. Whatever it is you want to achieve, certain things you need to do to be successful – and they may not always be fun.

You may need to start cold calling, arranging meetings, or getting that membership card for the gym. These are the kinds of things you may not feel like doing and motivating yourself to do them is hard. But the truth is you need to find a way to get over that. It’s preventing your growth as a person and as an entrepreneur. 

If you let your feelings control your actions then it’s going to stop you being able to get things done. It’s the small actions that you take today that are responsible for building your dreams of tomorrow. Our feelings and habits will keep us boxed in our comfort zone. If we allow that to happen then we end up nowhere. 

We need to make use of Mel Robbins 5 second rule to push past these moments. If we let them win, then our feelings and habits will get in the way of progressing towards our goal.

Instead, we can start using the 5-second rule to bypass our feelings, block our habitual instincts, rewire our brain, and start achieving our goals. Here’s what I want you to do, the next time you start thinking about your goals, initiate a 5-second countdown. Before the end of the countdown physically move towards something to do with your goal.

If it’s in the morning, then your physical movement could be getting up out of bed. When inspiration strikes during the day, move towards something that will help you with the task. If you suddenly feel like playing some piano, you have 5 seconds to start moving towards the piano before your brain will shut the idea down.

Whatever crosses your mind, remember you only have 5 seconds to start physically moving before habits kick in. That’s just 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. It’s not long but it’s long enough to work.

Why Does The 5 Second Rule Work?

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The 5-second rule is backed by science as it’s known that counting down from 5 is enough to stimulate your frontal cortex. The frontal cortex the part of the brain responsible for decision making. It will also decrease the influence of your basal ganglia, the part of the brain responsible for your habits. That’s the part that says SNOOZE!

The 5-second countdown is enough to cut through the noise inside your brain. Putting you solely in control. Essentially it stops us from falling into habit mode. Easy to see how this could help you start your day right.

My favorite thing about Mel Robbins 5 second rule is that it’s so easy to understand and put into practice. I think that this is such a good technique to learn because it stretches beyond just motivating ourselves. 

You know those times where you’re feeling really pumped, energized, and ready to take on the world? Then the next day, when it’s time to do it and that energy, is just gone… I know I’m guilty of it on more than one occasion! This is when your feelings take over and your reaction is nowhere near what you wanted it to be. Instead of “let’s get to it”, it’s more like, “I’ll stay in bed for an hour, then maybe I’ll get around to it”.

The great thing about the 5-second rule is that you are no longer relying on sporadic motivation. This tool is something practical that you can rely on. It can help you on the road to success with just 5 seconds at a time. Gain mastery over your life, reach your goals and help you be the person you want to be.

Conclusion

To be successful you need to start by mastering yourself, controlling your habits, and not let them control you. Use the 5-second rule to hack your brain’s functions and start making more progress towards your goals immediately. The technique is so simple, you can start straight away.

The next time you get some inspiration, start your 5-second countdown. Then get moving towards something that will help with the task. This could change your life. All you needed to do was give it 5 seconds (+ the few minutes it took to read this!). Go out and put it in to practice today and see your productivity skyrocket.

What Is Your Why?

Allow your dreams to pull you forward and let your fears push you towards your goals.
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When you’re embarking on something new it’s important to know your why. It was Tony Robbins who explained that two things motivate people, to move towards pleasure and move away from fear. It’s these guiding principles that should lead us in the direction we’re going. The best place to start is what is your why?

Your why could be many different things, traveling the world, creating financial freedom, or working for yourself. Tony Robbin’s advice is to let your dreams pull you to the future and let your fears push you. At the beginning of your journey, this is especially true, so the question to ask yourself is what is your why?

Start With Why Not

To find your why first take a look at why not. People don’t tend to regret the things they did do, but rather the things they didn’t do. Imagine reaching the end of your life, looking back and wondering ‘what if.’ What if I took the chance? What if I made that investment? What if I got out of my comfort zone and took that leap of faith?

You can’t know these answers unless you try. You think about all the things you could have done differently and whether or not you would be in a better place. This is why you need to ask yourself now ‘why not me?’ No one wants to live a life of regret, so challenge your current mindset and ask that question.

It’s fear that stops us from pursuing the things we want to do and by asking why not we’re using that fear to push ourselves in the direction we want to go. No matter what you want to do push away from the fear, ask yourself why not and you’ll know your why better as well. Fear can be a useful motivator if you know how to utilize it properly.

Before you figure out what is your why, think about why not.
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How To Find Your Why

You can’t give yourself to something with 100% unless you are truly passionate about it. This is why it’s important to figure out what is your why. For many people, this could be linked to money and work. Creating financial freedom or breaking free from the 9-5 grind are strong motivators. At the start of your journey if you know your why this will help motivate you and pull you in the direction you want to go.

For other people, it might be less to do with money and more to do with getting to spend more time with your family. Financial freedom will also give you the time to pursue charitable endeavors and things close to your heart. By changing up your career you can build something that not only helps you but also the people around you.

To really know your why you can have a conversation with yourself that outlines your goals. What motivates you? What are you passionate about? Where do you want to be in 1, 5, or 10 years? Then work on a plan that addresses what you can do today that will help you get to those points.

Why Breeds Change

One thing that comes from being an online entrepreneur like an internet marketer or a content creator is the ability to set your own rules. You earn the privilege of creating something that not only services you but the people around you. As you find success you’ll be able to help friends and family too. 

The old way of working is on the way out and by engaging in a job online you can remove the rigid structure of your old career. Digital nomads can work wherever they want and whenever they want. If you’re struggling to find your why perhaps this is it? To see the world, work at hours that suit you, and take time off when you need it.

This kind of freedom used to only be reserved for the filthy rich. Now it’s a very real possibility for anyone with an internet connection. If you’re thinking to yourself that it’s too late to start this, then remember to ask yourself ‘why not you?’

It's not too late to start. Just find out what is your why and commit to the process.
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Know Your Why Then Commit

You start with why and then you make a commitment to yourself to pursue your goals. Let your dreams pull you towards your future and fears push you from where you are. One way to demonstrate your commitment is to burn your bridges. The things that encourage you to stay stuck in the same position because it’s comfortable. You might be in school but are dreaming of doing something else, or working a job that pays the bills and nothing else.

Take a leap of faith and drop out or quit, so you can put 100% of your energy into your dream. By removing the safety net and burning your bridges you will be more dedicated to being the best you can be. A lot of us have come to a point in our lives where it’s either what we’re doing now or the unknown.

Fear can keep us from wanting to know what the unknown actually is. Instead, we just skip the whole thing and make what we’re doing now work because that’s all we know. Ultimately, this way of thinking won’t propel you forward, whereas taking the risk of the unknown can. If you remove any safety nets and ask yourself why not you, then you may end up pushing yourself towards success.

What Is Your Why: Final Thoughts

If you can find your why then you can use that to engage with your dreams and motivate yourself to be the best you can be. Your why might be completely different from anything mentioned here but it’s still very important to know. Take the time to figure it out, as, in the long run, it will help keep you on track.

Don’t let fear overcome you, you need to change your relationship with fear and use it as a motivation tool to propel you towards success. If fear is getting the best of you then remember to ask yourself ‘why not me.’ You can achieve anything you want to, so don’t let negative thinking keep you from your calling.

Best Tips for First Time Entrepreneurs

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Welcome to the club! 

Being a first-time entrepreneur can be challenging and nerve-wracking yet also very exciting and rewarding. 

You'll find yourself standing on the brink of insanity while some days while floating on cloud nine on others.

But when you are just getting started, where do you start?

There’s a world of advice out there with lots of it conflicting, contradictory advice.

I'll will make it easy for you and give you my best 3 tips for first time entrepreneurs.

This is advice I wish I knew when I first got started.

These tips hopefully will give you a clue as to what your journey in entrepreneurship will entail and how you can nail it.

Try new things 

Entrepreneurship is about new ideas and new ways of doing things.

In order to come up with some great ideas, you have to try out different things and get use to putting yourself into new experiences.

Everyone wants to come up with a brilliant idea but to be honest they are a dime a dozen.

What's even more important is the execution of the idea.

You may have an idea which may not be out of this world but if you execute it well, it can be a winner.

Don’t be discouraged if at first things don't seem to work out.

Sometimes you have to try a couple of times before you nail it.

Don’t be afraid of trying!

Believing that avoiding failure is actually a good thing is one of the many lies we tell ourselves that hold us back. 

Many of the great entrepreneurs we are inspired by are people who have failed over and over again before breaking through and becoming the successful people they are today.

Yes results matter, but it's also the journey to those results that are important too. 

Work harder (and smarter)

We all work hard, or at least think we do, but are we working hard enough?

If I were to ask this question many people would get defensive.

The thing is most of us do work 10/12 hours a day and that is a decent amount of work. 

However, as an entrepreneur, as someone who is trying to build a business, there will be a season where you are going to have to go beyond your regular efforts.

Taking care of your new ideas and building a business is almost like raising a child.  

It requires a lot of your time, attention, dedication and commitment.

Many first time entrepreneurs also have to juggle working a part time or regular job so the work load is even more demanding.

Leveraging your time by creating systems and building team is a great way to offset the tremendous amount of time that is necessary to get things done.

There's no escaping hard work.

But you can make your life a bit easier when you mix in hard work with smart work. 

Find a mentor 

If you want to save yourself a lot of time and the heartache from many mistakes and trials you are bound to make, find a mentor!

A mentor will cut your learning curve significantly.

Luckily we live in time where even if we don’t have the means of reaching out to a mentor in person, we can always seek their guidance by reading their books and following their content online.

I personally am a big fan of audiobooks.

There are so many books out there that guide you through people's journeys and allow you to learn from them.

You can also find interviews, podcasts, and forums, etc.  about people who are doing what you want to do and inspire you.

Remember you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

So focus on surrounding yourself with mentors, coaches and guides who can help lift you up on your journey to success and help you get to the finish line faster. 

I am positive that these 3 tips for first time entrepreneurs covered in this post will makes things much smoother for you along your journey.

Focus on one of these tips and implement it today.

Good luck!


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Lies Entrepreneurs Tell Themselves

The road to being a successful Entrepreneur is never an easy one to follow.

It's full of self-doubt, self-imposed fears, and high levels of stress.

When it's all said and done, your success does not only rely on your technical ability, but your ability to train your emotional and mental will power to withstand the storms when you are on the journey of conquering your dreams and aspirations.

There are many lies we tell ourselves that restrict our progress and prosperity.

In this blog post, I want to address the six common lies we entrepreneurs tell ourselves and how we can overcome them....for good.

Lie #1: I'm not smart enough 

Here is a common one I hear a lot from people just getting started.

They believe that they are not smart enough to pick up the skill sets needed to be an entrepreneur.

Stop telling yourself that you are not smart enough.

You don’t need to be smart or an expert at everything.

The first thing  you need to be good at is being a student.

You need to have the will to want to learn and educate yourself.

Every individual has something special and unique about them.

You just need to discover your potential, your calling and sharpen those skills. 

Being an active student allows you to do this, opening up many doors for you that wouldn't be otherwise.  

Lie #2: Failure is scary

Okay, lets be real for a second...

Failure can actually be quite scary.

But using that as a reason for not pursuing something is not a good excuse either

Fear is a necessary element of success.

And yet, it keeps so many people down and stops them from trying out new things.

Fear is a robber of dreams!

Until we overcome our fears, we cannot truly discover what we are made out of and what we can bring to the world. 

Ask yourself this simple question:

"Do I fear failure more than I want success?"

We have to train our minds to think beyond the fears we have and take risks.

When we open ourselves up to new experiences and challenges we make ourselves available for bigger and better opportunities.

We start our journey towards discovering our talents and skills.

Be bold enough to step outside of your comfort zone and unleash your potential.

Say NO to fear and YES to your dreams.

Lie #3: What others say about me matters

This is a tough one to get over

I actually struggled with this for a while at the beginning of my entrepreneur  journey (and still do today)

We constantly get bogged down by negativity.

While it’s natural to be concerned about what others think of you, worrying too much about it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious, making it hard for you to progress in anything.

There are all kinds of people out there.

People can generally be very nice and supportive of you.  

But some people are just nasty and will do and say anything they can to hold you back and make you feel bad. 

They may be jealous of you or just hate on you out of their own self reflection.

Some people are not comfortable in their own skin and feel like discouraging others will help that.  

They will point out everything wrong with you and every reason why you can’t succeed.

You need to learn to block out that negativity!

Sometimes it may come from the people you even care about the most. 

Usually when this happens it may not even be on purpose. They might think they are protecting you by holding you back.

Focus on what’s most important at the moment, rather than on what others might be thinking or saying.

Don’t listen to such people, cut them off if you have to.

Surround yourself with positive people, the ones who will support you.

Filter out negative criticism and focus on your goals.

Lie #4: It's too hard

It's true that nothing good in life ever comes easy.

But just because something is hard doesn't mean it's not worth the pursuit of it.  

Making big changes is not easy, for anybody.

Sometimes its one big struggle, but a struggle that is totally worth it.

Life never promised it would be easy. 

The road to success is full of hardships and obstacles but that's ok.

All of our experiences work together to strengthen us and lead us to our purpose in life.

Challenges make us value and appreciate what we have while forcing us to step our game up.  

All hardships come with an answer, we just need to dig down deep and find the courage to face them.

It may seem hard at first, but as long as you don't quit it always gets easier. 

That's the only way we can learn and grow. 

Lie #5: Things will never work out for me

We've all had our share of difficulties.

Sometimes we feel like we can't seem to put all of the pieces together.  

It may seems like other people  around you have no problems and are living the good life.

At least that's what it looks like on Instagram.

But you don't know that battles everybody is fighting in the background.

We all have struggles.

But as much as it rains, the sun always comes out.

It may feel like nothing will work in your favor but you have to be patient.

You have to have faith.

Faith not only in God's wonderful plan for you, but faith that you are capable of doing whatever it is you want to do.  

All good things take time! 

Remember, an empire is not built in one day, it is built brick by brick. 

Lie #4: This is as good as it gets

Stop settling for less than you want and deserve.

Don’t believe anyone who tells you that you can’t be better or achieve more than what you have right now.

Life is a continuous struggle to be a better version of yourself and to improve your life with hard work, dedication and commitment. 

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Day in and day out you will meet people who don’t have the courage to better themselves. 

If you are reading this...that isn't you.

Always believe that there is better out there and you will get it.

As the old saying goes:

Knock, and the door will be opened for you. 

Seek, and you will find.

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Best Jobs for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, who is focused on making money and getting your finances in order, I have good news for you.

You can take charge of your life and control your circumstances if you financial plan in place.

Nothing fancy, just a straight forward way of making sure you have enough income to take care of your needs while still building a business of your own.

Since beginning my entrepreneur journey, there is one job in particular that I have done that has really helped me out.

And I'm confident that it has the potential to help you as well. 

You may already have a 9 to 5 job that you regularly attend to pay the bills.

But if you are looking for an additional side hustle to make life a bit more easier, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are perfect.

With these services, you get the liberty of selecting when and for how long you want to work.

Whether you have a pile of bills that you need to catch up on or you want some extra spending money for the weekend, with Uber you can choose exactly how much you want to work in order to fulfill your needs. 

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Why Uber/Lyft?

So why do I think one of the best jobs for aspiring entrepreneurs is driving for Uber or Lyft?

I know this may sound bias but driving with Uber has literally been a LIFESAVER for me and a side hustle that has come to the rescue more than once.

It was a way for me to have money on demand when financial situations came up instead of having to wait for the typical paycheck every other week to deposit. 

For aspiring and first time entrepreneurs, having an extra source of income serves as a safety net when you are getting started.

Knowing how to make more money on demand is crucial for the success of your business. 

Even if you don’t have a regular job, your extra income from Uber can help  support your living while you pursue your entrepreneurial endeavors.

It also gives you the necessary leverage you need to focus on your goals which require ample time, energy, and sometimes money to achieve. 

Networking on wheels 

Another reason why Uber is great for entrepreneurs is the amount of networking it has to offer while on the job.

From my  experience alone while driving Uber over the past 2 years I have met successful CEOs, politicians, assistants to Mayors, astronauts, international pilots, professional photographers, and so many more interesting people. 

Having a wide variety of people come in and out of my car on a daily basis gave me a unique chance to prospect for my business without having to go out of my way to reach out to these people.

What I liked most was that it was never a forced conversation.

Once you start talking to your riders, they naturally ask a list of typcial questions, one being:

"So, what else do you do besides driving for Uber/Lyft?"

This is a perfect time to explain what my business is and potentially set up a future meeting.

With a bit of luck I have even been able to score new paying customers this way.

Worst case scenario they are able to provide referrals that I can later follow up with when I am not driving. 

Word of caution 

While I would totally recommend Uber or any similar ride share services as a side job, I would not recommend you make it your primary full time job unless it's absolutely necessary. 

There are just too many factors that you cannot control that will leave you struggling if your car is involved. Unforeseen accidents, maintenance, and injuries can leave you without a paycheck for weeks. 

Trust me...I know.

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

Uber or Lyft could even decide to change their fares and surcharges resulting in a smaller paycheck for you. 

These changes could really effect your quality of life if you are not careful.

It's all about having control 

At the end of the day, it’s really about having control over your finances, and your life.

That's why I still believe one of the best jobs for aspiring entrepreneurs is driving with Uber.

They allow you to have more control. 

The more control you have, the better choices you are able to make.

So whether you are looking for a part time job to supplement your full time or a part time job in general, find something that you can do that will help you stay in control of your finances.

You can even work from home as long as you stay on top of your bills and make sure you are making enough money to live and have everything under your control.

This stability in your life and in your finances will help you stay focused on your ideas and the growth of your business.

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How To Stop Making Excuses

Let’s admit it, we all find excuses to not pursue our aspirations, goals and dreams.

Our “excuses” seem perfectly reasonable and justified; backed with situations and circumstances we don’t have control over.

However, like a wise man once said “Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that we believe it's not our fault”.

It’s harsh but true!

We live in a world where nobody cares about anyone’s situations, excuses, hardships or what goals or aspirations they may have.

This is a results based world where the results matter not the process or the situations and sacrifices you may had to go through to get to that outcome.

Results and excuses can’t coexist!

Imagine yourself walking into a car dealership and introducing yourself as someone who has had a rough life but is very caring, hardworking just lacking the money to buy the Bentley.

Would the salesperson offer you the car just from the goodness of your heart or the lack of opportunities you may have had?

No!! They would not.

Life does not work like that.

Sadly, your good heart won’t pay your bills, you will have to work to pay off your expenses.

Excuses are tools of the incompetent. Some people are not able to be successful or achieve what they have aimed for because they rely too much on their excuses.

They will make excuses and get into self-pity instead of driving strength out of their tough circumstances.

Popular excuses we tell ourselves

Some of the most common excuses for the future of failure are:

     – I don’t have enough time

     – I’m not talented enough

     – I don’t have the right opportunities i.e. chances, circumstances

     – I’m too old/too young

     – I don’t know how to do it

     – I’m scared

     – I don’t know where to start

     – the list goes on and on…

None of the above are justified, they’re just cover-ups for us to get away for not pursuing what we want in life.

Don’t be paralyzed by your fears!

If you are reading this, please know that you are not incompetent.

Nobody is.

Everyone is born with a potential to be good at something and to achieve something in life.

One just needs the will power, mind power along with big dose of dedication to achieve whatever they want in their life.

You don’t have to look outside yourself for inspiration, look within and find your strength.

Look at the mirror, and commit to yourself and your future success.

Everyone was made and created to do something magnificent with his or her life.

But in order to tap into that power you first need to change your mindset.

How to stop making excuses

You can’t change the world without changing yourself first.

We will only succeed when we stop telling ourselves why we can’t do something, and start living a life that shows we can and we will.

Trials and failures will come.

The bills may pile up, the credit cards may start calling, and people may say no to you and even make fun of you for chasing something that you believe in.

But at the end of the day, the choice is yours…

Do you take in all the dirt the world throws at you, internalize it  and give up?

Or do you stick to your guns and focus on what you are set out to do and what you want to accomplish.

All that matters is what you think about yourself.

You are more than capable of doing what you set out to do whether it be building a business, getting an education or being a better person in general.

You are capable of succeeding if you choose to do so, it’s a choice you have to make.

No matter what comes your way, you need to make the decision that although you may fall down you won’t stay down.

As long as you have breath in your body, you can do it and you can win.

If you have the determination, the sky is the limit and you can do anything. (As corny as that sounds)

Realize that you are destined for greatness.

Tell your excuses NOT TODAY!

Nobody has time for that anyways.

You are so much more than that; take it, receive it and claim it.

Be a boss entrepreneur and live an extraordinary life!

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