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Reasons to Start your own Business

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Popular Questions about Cryptocurrency

(image from first came across the idea of cryptocurrency back in 2011. An ad popped up on my page inviting me to invest in Bitcoin. It suggested that I either become a Miner or an Investor. I did not know what either meant. I browsed that page and left. I was tem ...

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Teaching Young Children about Money Skills

  ·   · I have three children ranging from ages 8 to 11. I believe that Financial Education will be one of the most important skills they will need to learn and I already know they WILL NOT receive in school. Financial Education is taught in one's home. · Because my children are ...

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A Fruitful Life

  · A source of stress for a lot of people is they are always looking at their results instead of the actions they are putting in. They may also compare their results to others which can turn into envy creating anger. · A solution for this stress is to imagine a grapevine. Your g ...

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in Success Mindset


(image credited to · Motivation is the driving force that inspires people to take action in life. Think about a time when you felt really motivated to achieve a goal. How did it feel? How did that feeling fuel your desire to achieve it? · Let me share a quote with ...

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Risks: Be Courageous

"He who is not Courageous enough to take RISKS will accomplish nothing in life. - Muhammad Ali · Throughout my years as a entrepreneur and investor, one common word has been following me around. It is something that I did not have not worry about much when I was young, because I ...

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IMAGE FROM · A friend of mine told me to see Focus as this acronym: F.O.C.U.S - Follow One Course Until Successful. He said I needed to change my daily habits to get the results to get me closer to my goal. · Habits are great because you don't have to think ...

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Are you Busy or Effective?

Awhile back, I wrote about Courage, and how the opposite of courage is Passivity. It’s standing still. What society teaches is Passivity. Just watch pop culture, aids on Television, or the News. The common theme is “Let someone else do it” or “it is the circumstances' problem”. T ...

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The Step After Effective Planning

Awhile back, I wrote an article called, 7 Effective Planning Steps. Another bee, Donna-Luisa Eversley, asked me to do a follow-up to this. · I first wanted to go back to what inspired me to write the first article. It was a quote I heard that is rumored to be by Abraham Lincoln, ...

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The Magic of Thinking Big by David Joseph Schwartz

I have been listening to a mentor of mine give book reports on the book, The Magic of Thinking Big. I want to try to break it down for you in a fast a simple way. Either way, this is a must read book. · 1-Sentence-Summary: The Magic of Thinking Big gives you several starting poin ...

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The Enemy of the Great is often the Good

I was listening to my pastor at church and he was teaching a lesson from the Book of Philippians. Yet, what caught my attention what not the lesson in whole but just one part of the lesson. While, my friend was teaching, he shared a quote by Jim Collins. "The Enemy of the Great i ...

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Goal-setting is powerful because it
provides focus. It shapes our
dreams. It gives us the ability to
hone in on the exact actions we
need to perform to achieve
everything we desire in life.



Obstacles to Goal Setting

(Imagine Credited to AZ Quotes) · Go on BeBee, Facebook, YouTube, or read a self-help book and I bet you’ll find a million different ideas about Goal Setting. Why? Because it works! · But the truth is there are 4 mistakes most people make when setting goals. Get them all right ...

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Are You willing to Admit You made a bad decision

(Image credited to Harvard Business Review) · This buzz is in response to "The Difference Between Being Stupid & Just Doing Stupid Stuff" · by Jim Murray · I agree with Jim when he said that Stupidity is a choice. Yet, everyone makes bad decisions, and there are consequences. But ...

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The Placebo Effect and Marketing

I have always love the quote by Henry Ford, "If you think you can or can't, your right." This quote is so powerful, because it shows the power of our mind. · Today, I want to share with you the "placebo effect". It is a term used in a number of different disciplines to refer to t ...

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Success is Like a Chinese Bamboo Tree

In the Far East, there is a tree called the Chinese bamboo tree. This remarkable tree is different from most trees in that it doesn’t grow in the usual fashion. While most trees grow steadily over a period of years, the Chinese bamboo tree doesn’t break through the ground for the ...

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Globalization is a Warning

This is my comment to a buzz written by Phil Johnson called Globalization · At first blush, globalization doesn’t seem all that bad. Globalization seems to hold an answer to the world’s financial troubles, among other things. But, sadly it will happen because it is prophecy. All ...

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Do I Need A College Degree?

Image credit to Brian Tracy (YouTube) · I am writing this article as my answer to what I read and saw in an buzz by Brian Wallace · called · Can You be Successful Without a College Degree? · To first answer this question, I feel a person needs to ask themselves "HOW do they want ...

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The Other Person Test

I have written before on the importance of our Goals, Vision, and the Driving Force behind it. Now, I want to focus on the Clarity of our Goals. Your goals must be easy to perceive, understand, or interpret. Albert Einstein knew how to set and achieve goals and once said “If you ...

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Your Focus makes all the Difference

This is a topic one of my readers suggested. What is chunking? · I feel this depends on whether you ask a writer, psychologist, or an adult training specialist. · It depends on whether you’re talking about a context of memory or information processing or motor learning or e-learn ...

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nT — but never satisfied.”

Goals: Never Be Satisfied

Do you get overwhelmed at the workplace or in your business? Do you struggle to boost your team's productivity? · The secret to reduce common project challenges is to set specific goals. I recently read that what are better than specific goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goa ...

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