Dec 30, 2011

42 Affirmations That Might Help with Personal Development

This is a list made to help myself and others. Sometimes, by putting ideas into words and saying them as if they were true can help you grow. So, without further explanation, here is a list of some affirmation that could help you by saying them aloud and truly believing it...eventually.

It is amazing how our minds work. Saying things in words is the first step in making things reality.

1. Money is Powerless - Obviously money has meaning and value because we have to have it to survive. However, the idea of money having power is false and it really is completely useless beyond allowing you to survive. The only thing that gives money power is ourselves. If we don't give it power, it won't have any.

2. I am confident - This goes without explanation. Just say it in your head or aloud each day or when you meditate and see how you react to this.

3. There is more good in the world than evil - Believe this and see where it gets you. There is power in the idea of good overcoming evil. I like this one and commonly spread it where I can. It is essential for feeling abundance.

4. I enjoy my life - For those who feel lost, alone, or depressed, here is your cure. Just start by saying this.

5. Hate doesn't exist - The starting point for hating something or someone starts in your own mind. Don't do it and it eliminates itself.

6. Abundance is everywhere - Hold this true and some things that get put into reality will be joyful and fulfilling. Abundance is just the opposite of scarcity.

7. Love and relationships are important - One thing many try to downplay is relationships and the loving that goes in within them. Men and women both approach relationships they have with others in different ways. The key is recognizing they are important.

8. The amount of good that comes from me is limitless - Spread good to the entire world.

9. Others have good ideas too - Sometimes we get caught up in only communicating what we think is right and ignoring other's opinions and ideas. Know they are another person just like you with feelings and ideas.

10. I am not in control of everything - You might have heard the term control freak. Know there are things you can't and shouldn't be in control of. Accept it and live on.

11. Being healthy is favorable - Having a lifestyle that involves the idea that you are being healthy can help you in many different ways. This means physically and emotionally.

12. Nobody is out to get me - If you lead a life where you think others are always primarily out to hurt you or upset you, change it by saying this to yourself.

13. I have value - You as a person can be very instrumental in providing a lot of value to others.

14. I am content with my life right now - People often get caught up in thinking about the future and how they are suffering for the future. Enjoy your life at the moment because chances are you will never be completely done thinking that the future will be better unless you stop that belief right now.

15. There is hope - This can mean many things to many people. Just know that it is there.

16. I take responsibility for all my problems - Don't blame everything under the sun for why things are against you right now. Take ownership of your life and start working at it. Know that you can turn things around and direct where you are going. One of the major issues is debt. People get into debt and don't take responsibility for it. Own your own junk and take out the trash.

17. My grass is green - Some might say the grass is greener on the other side. Instead, believe that your grass you have right now is very green.

18. Personal growth happens as a result of what I do - If you want to be a CEO or own your own business, it won't happen unless you start working at it. If you think things will change without changing yourself, it will not be good for you. To experience personal growth or development, you have to work at it. Such as making a list like this.

19. My life has purpose - One of the major motivations that people respond to is having purpose. You have one and it is easy to find out. Just write down what you think it is over and over until you find something that makes you cry. There you go.

20. The meaning of good and evil are in the eye of the beholder - You are what makes up the definition of good and evil. No other person.

21. Every single person in the world is equal - No one person was made with the right to be better than anyone else. Obviously some do more than others and gain certain accomplishments, but a person is easily judged by viewing how they treat someone that can do nothing for them.

22. Life is fair - Things tend to work themselves out one way other the other. You might not see it right away, but life is fair. I guess I should explain more. But I won't. Instead, you figure out why this is true for yourself.

23. Perception may or may not be truth - Our perception of the way things are could be true or false. Don't always think your perception is reality. Find out things for yourself instead of perceiving something based on others opinions.

24. There is always a choice - For those who have not read any of Socrates, the belief is that no matter what, you always have a choice to make when faced with a situation. This is power.

25. I am smart - Just let your brain work and know that it is extremely complex and effective at what it does.

26. I am part of a very large universe - It is almost impossible to think about how small we are compared to the entire universe or how small an electron is compared to us. By having this perspective, it might help you avoid stress about things that don't really matter.

27. I Can/am... - Fill in the last part of that sentence with whatever you want to do, accomplish, or how you want to live.

28. It is good to have feelings and emotions - If you have ever read the book "1984" or "Brave New World", you will end up being glad you can feel anything at all emotionally. Embrace this ability and sense.

29. I can't give up/fail/quit - The only sentence where the word "can't" is positive for helping you out.

30. People are good - One way or another, people usually believe that what they are doing is good or right. Even if other people decide what that person is doing is evil or bad, this is subjective. I think that deep down, what feels right to someone will be done by that person if they feel like doing it. The best way to have a harmonious society is when each person is well-informed and educated before making up their mind about how they should insert themselves. If you completely understand how your actions, beliefs, and decisions effect everything and everyone that is involved, then it is alright to make your choice on what to do.

31. I will be debt free - This goes without saying, but to be debt free is a major stress relief and a giant step at taking responsibility for your actions. Provide enough value to others so that they give you enough money to pay off your debt. The bigger the debt, the more value you have to provide over time. Keep in mind it is fulfilling and joyful to provide value to others in order to support yourself. This will take some creative thought and be difficult, but worth it.

32. Good things are hard - Keep in mind that it might not mean hard physically, but also hard mentally. Challenges that you face and overcome can provide a lot of happiness. Usually, the only things worth doing are not going to be very easy.

33. My decisions are what I truly want - Try not to get caught up making decisions just because of social or traditional pressures. Examine why you are choosing to do something and if it is what you truly want to do.

34. Government is helpful (u.s.a. government) - Many complain about government, but for all the problems it has, IT WORKS, at least in the United States. People might get caught up in all the negatively correlated to the government, but in the big picture, the U.S. government does its job and allows people to live in a harmonious way. The governments in other countries I can't speak for because I don't live under them.

35. My life is how it is because of my own decisions - The life you live is the life you choose.

36. I make my own happiness - Don't rely on imaginary thinking to determine if you are happy. Just start finding things that allow you to do things that are pleasing and you will be happy. It might take some work or thought, but it's probably worth it if it will change your life for the better right?

37. Others don't have influence over me - Sometimes you may let others determine what you do or how you feel. Ignore this and do what you think you should do, how you want to do it, and know why you are doing it. After that it doesn't matter what anyone says or thinks about you because you have already determined those opinions about what you are doing and why you're doing it by yourself.

38. Helping people I am around feel better will make me happy - Overall, I think this is true.

39. My own feelings guide the way I am - Examine yourself before deciding what everyone else has examined for you.

40. Work is not scary - Fear is founded on not knowing. Learn and become fearless of working in the professional world.

41. I can decide how I feel about something - Don't be a slave to your emotions. Decide how you want to feel and see what happens.

Note* I am still not at 42 yet, but I want to publish what I have. Over time more will be added until I reach 42. That will be the maximum.

Dec 26, 2011

Turn Your Life Around

Are you trying to find the passage to happiness? Well, there are many ways to get your life turned around and feeling a positive. The most important thing that I can emphasize is that in order to make any changes of positive growth in your life, you are going to have to do something or make a change. Some of the best ways to feel like your life is full and abundant is by having a purpose of it and being able to have a feeling of working toward mastery of something. The third most important part that you have read is being self-directed.

Now, lets get into the mastery part a little bit more. At first, many people won't feel like they can master anything or even want to. The truth is that it is more simple and practical than you might think. For example, I love to play basketball. The amount of mastery I can achieve in this sport is unlimited. Because of this, I feel like my whole life could be spent by playing basketball and slowing getting better and better at it. While doing this, I would also be working on some other things in my life like mastering health and wellness.

This is just one thing that is among millions of different things that life has to offer. Another very good source of unlimited mastery and joy is building your self-awareness/spirituality. It can be very enjoyable to sit back and meditate a little bit each day and have some conversations with what you believe to be the reason why you are here. It could be about anything and the subject of anything.

If you find that your life consists of work (with no growth or mastery available in any way). Before I continue the list of things that might cause someone boredom and lonely in life, I have to explain why there are many different ways to grow within your work. Besides mastering it, you can also have a major impact on the individuals that you come into contact with in your work. You can work on growing these relationships. It could be with clients, customers, or fellow workers. Anyway, if all your life consists of is working at a mind numbing job that you feel like has no purpose, sleeping, eating, and no other dynamics, things can get a little depressing.

I am not saying you have to go out and find a million things to do so your entire day is filled each day, but have some things you can progressively work at mastering over the course of your life. It might be doing something a few hours per day or week. The point is that people like to build and work at stuff that allows them to use their mind to grow in whatever they are trying to do.

A lot of online users find their is a lot of fulfillment and joy in online gaming where you can play with many other players in a world or environment that allows for strategy and building to perfection. I remember when I was very out of balance and played mmorpg's for 6 to 7 hours per day. It was so fun and enjoyable. The only reason why it was so good was because of the people I was able to socially interact with while playing. We were all part of a team and had goals of doing things within the game that took intellect and strategy. This was fun, plain and simple. The theory of why I liked doing this so much holds true to almost anything you may be participating in socially.

Strategy To Take Away

The bottom line is this. If your life seems empty, fill it with stuff that you think you would like to do. It will take some thought and you should figure out what things you are good at or what to get good at. Once you have found a few things to try and add to your life, think of a strategy of how these things are sustainable and abundant. If you can balance 4 or 5 completely different things and make them last for your whole life in some way or another, I can almost guarantee you there will be fulfillment, joy, and happiness in your life.

In my own life, I will share what things help me. Basketball, multi-player online games, online business, and trying to get a complete view of myself compared to the whole universe. Each of these things work because they are going to last forever in some way, allow me to have purpose when doing them, offer some form of a feeling of autonomy (self-direction), and can be mastered or attempted to be mastered. See what you can find for yourself! :)

Dec 25, 2011

How Business Works

Entrepreneur: Hey, I want to be self-directed and control the amount of money I can make. I will find something everyone wants, but doesn't know it yet, and provide it for them.

Entrepreneur's rich friend: Hey! Are you going to provide value to people? I think I will give you some money if you promise to give me it all back and then some.

Entrepreneur: Ok, deal. I will use this money to build everything I need to provide these great things (services/products/etc...), for everyone to enjoy.

Investor: Hey Entrepreneur, I will give you money if you give me more money later.

Government: Hi everyone, this looks like it will make a lot of money. Give me 35% of all the profit so I can give it to all my rich friends that run broke companies that would fail without your help.

Competition: I am afraid of you, I will give you all the money you can dream of to go out of business. Then I will take your ideas for myself and grow.

Entrepreneur: Ok.

Tax Professional: Now what are you going to do Entrepreneur, you have no income and money is worthless to invest in this economy. Why don't you ask your competition for a loan so you can start a new business.

Competition: No, you can't have a loan right now. I don't have enough zero's behind the 1 that makes up my current cash balance. It is only at 43,000,000,000 right now. Maybe next year I can help you out.

In my opinion, the main reason why a business fails is because they don't know how to grow or scale up their business in order to have a steady market. The reason why is because it takes so much money and time to do unless you know everything there is to know about everything and have a lot of cash on hand.

The other funny thing this points out is that we are essentially investing int he government in the form of taxes, but they have the ability to do whatever they want with this money. One thing that they did do was bail out or take stock in a company that was about to go bankrupt in 2008. This was poor decision making. There is a reason why the company was failing. It was because they are not profitable anymore and don't provide enough value to people.

Instead of letting them naturally die off, government decides to keep these types of businesses around for one reason or another (what average person knows why). This is like forcing something to work that is not. Instead of putting money at these bad businesses that are not promoting growth in the country and not making money, put money into ideas that have sustainable plans.

Many of the largest corporations in the world, that trade on the Dow Jones, are sitting on all of the extra money they have. You know why? It is because the cash is worth more just sitting there making no interest or returns because the market is scared to death of losing money. Growth has halted and the entire country is downsizing (hence the great recession).

In order for all business to pick back up, products and services need to be provided that promote people going out and doing things they enjoy. It will take innovation that is sustainable and profitable for any growth to happen in this world. The problem is, all the billion dollar companies are too afraid to take any significant risk at the moment.


Dec 23, 2011

Human Response to Internet Experiences and Some Thoughts about Religion

I tried to make this article title as broad as possible. The main idea of this whole post will be bringing to light the overwhelming response that most people have to something they see or read online for the very first time. I include myself in this next statement. Most individuals that read a new idea or see something online will first respond to the new idea or media with some form of skepticism and urge to prove whatever they are reading as wrong or right.

Usually, this is based on your personal beliefs and the depth of what you are reading or writing. The more personal or deep the idea is of whatever you read or experience usually correlates with the strength of feelings you have about the subject. For example, I once read a post about 10 reasons why it is bad to have a religion. My first perception of this when I read the title of the article was how can I disprove everything that I am reading. I read each reason and the first thing I thought was why each thing was wrong or what cracks were found in the article.

It is curious why I tried to disprove everything as a result of my own beliefs, rather than reading it for what it is and simply thinking through the lens of the author to understand something I have never thought about. No personal growth happens if you deny ideas the light of day that you never thought of. It also does not good to argue against something or fight with a person who has different ideas. There are no gains when forcing your will on a thought. If you don't like it, move on, if you agree with it and want to develop the idea more, talk about it.

Interesting Thoughts Here

Anyway, the article did end up bringing some thoughts up for me that had overall positive effects on my own personal growth. The main institution of religion is actually unnecessary in my opinion because I believe it makes drones and takes away true spiritual growth and thought. You can easily achieve far greater faith in God and live a life that is close to this idea without stepping foot in a Church. An effective way to be with God is by talking to him whenever you want as if he was right there in the room. Maintaining this type of relationship and experiencing it on a daily and secondly basis is much more helpful than thinking that going to church each Sunday with no direction will help you achieve a state of heaven or closeness to what some believe is the creator of everything.

There is a lot of stuff that humans have no comprehension of. Because of this, I am creating my own theory about existence and reality. I think that heaven could actually be occupying the same space as the space we are in. However, it is there in a way that we are unable to sense with sight, touch, or our other senses. The only sense that seems to make sense and provides somewhat of a connection with this other space is our feelings.

I don't think people have to go to Church to be a good person or be a Christian. I do think it does provide a decent starting point for anyone who has never heard about God, but better ways are reading the bible and experiencing things for yourself so you can develop your own personal relationship with God and see where it goes. An institution that decides who is bad and good will not help anyone in the long run. True help and guidance will come from you experiencing God in your own way and deciding what feels right to do.  

Analysis of The Flow of Ideas I Got From Reading a Post About Religion

Religion or spirituality is a personal and powerful idea that seems to be very important to people. Because of this, I think it brings strong emotion when reading about it. Here is how I reacted to the post. Instead of thinking about these ideas first, I figured out ways to disprove the articles message because I did not agree with it. I would bet a lot of money if I read something that I first agreed with, than I would probably look for ways to prove what I was reading as correct.

This seems to be the way people takes things that they read online. Most of the people that have the motivation to respond to something, usually will respond negatively to a post instead of objectively. For some reason, there are a lot of people out there that struggle a lot with seeing the forest through the trees. The bigger point of a piece of writing or picture is largely  missed and people get caught up on little nuances or details they can't get passed. I think one reason for this is that they become easily offended about some point and completely ignore what the entire piece is saying.

A more fulfilled and peaceful way to view these types of things is with an open mind that is unable to be offended by anything. Being impressionable is one main cause. If you are not completely sure about what you believe or how you feel about something, lots of things will influence your beliefs. Instead of letting this happen, let yourself completely experience life and find out what it means to you and what makes sense to you. Don't be influenced by other individuals. Develop your own ideas of what you think about reality and then you won't be offended by other people's ideas. Instead you will see them as something created by another person just like you and it is not bad or good, but simply another persons' views. It doesn't have to make sense or correlate with anything.  Even though a lot of people are impressionable, it is possible to help these individuals see things for what they are instead of what they think it means.  

Try To Manifest What You Want in Life

I did this fun little experiment with a few friends. We were all on Skype and I was thinking about ways to demonstrate manifesting things into reality, but struggling to grasp how it works. In my mind, I feel like this theory works like a dream would except, in the reality, we perceive things happening a little bit slower than in the dream. Things won't change in an instant, but if your thoughts and affirmations say one thing, your sub-conscious mind will work to give you a positive response to actions or lines of thought that are favorable to what you are saying will be reality. Anyway, lets get down to business.

In my experiment, we each took turns telling each other what one day would be like 8 months from that day we were talking. In this, you would sub-consciously be setting goals for yourself and putting things into words, which is more real than thoughts. What you said you wanted to do or thought you would be doing in 8 months time is the origin of motivational drive to make reality what you think it will be (good or bad).

In my opinion, people who describe a day that is similar to what they already do is probably going to get those results because that's what they think is going to happen. Nothing will push them to do something else because they view reality as what is is for them in the specific moment and have no force wanting them to do things to get a different outcome. For people who describe a day that is much different than their current situation, it will be interesting to see if those things are actually put into reality and if it was influenced by their ideas about the future and what they thought they would be doing in it.

Obviously, I acknowledge that people can get much different results because unexpected things to happen that result in a change of thought or motivation drive. I just like this little game because it helps put your idea of reality into words and starts the process of manifestation. For example, if I said I am going to be making 5,000/ day online in 8 months, even putting into words like that seems to already get me into a mindset that wants to create a strategy that results in me making that amount of money per day.

If I said that I will be broke, without a job, and making no money online and truly believe that is what will happen, my actions will correlate to that thought running in my mind. I prefer to say the first affirmation over the second one.

P.S. a little side note about my job search, as I have been documenting that entire process over the past few weeks in other posts, is that I am still searching for a place that is closer and doing everything possible to not take a job just because I am scared about not having enough money to pay the bills. This is difficult. The time I am spending on getting my drop-shipping business plan going is a lot of hours per day. The motivation to run my own online business for a living is far greater than dedicating my life to another company that I don't really care about or would only care about because it gives me a pay check.

The old study is holding true so far. That is that the primary motivations for people are to be self-directed, be able to master what they are doing, and having a purpose that is fulfilling. These three things together will allow anyone to be very happy and enjoy their life. I guarantee it.

Dec 9, 2011

How We Are Motivated

This means the desire to be self-directed or wanting to have a feeling of cognitively choosing what you will do. In the workplace, autonomy is one of the three biggest motivators that work for people. The other two are purpose and mastery. Lets focus on the first one because that is what the title of this post is. Being in a work environment might be dull and boring to you. Your performance may only be as good as it needs to be in order to get paid.

However, in studies that have been done, researchers have found that money is only able to give people motivation with workers doing tasks that don't involve creative thinking or complex problem solving. Money does work when you want someone to do a simple task over and over. The more they do it, the more money is made by the worker. This does work.

This motivation of money goes away when you want more results from workers that are performing creative and deep critical analysis type tasks. Studies show the monetary rewards don't work when driving performance in these things. What does work is autonomy, purpose, and mastery.

I think this is very true in some cases, but might not be in others. For example. What if we took money off the table completely and only allowed individuals to attain mastery of what they were doing, a feeling that they were directing their own actions or making their own work, and a feeling of purpose. Would anybody have motivation to do anything. I think this leads into the idea that money doesn't really mean anything.

What means the most to people is the content of their work and the ability of it to help them survive. In the past, when there was no monetary system (thousands of years ago), people usually worked and directly survived from their work by bartering the results of it away or using the results of their work to directly keep them and their family alive. This eliminates a currency and being rich. The social structure would most likely be based on how well individuals could survive.

Today, we have large companies that provide everything we need to survive. This frees up humans to work at things that attain money. With this money, they pay companies or businesses to help them survive. Now the only thing that makes a difference is the amount of money you have because it allows you to have more stuff. If the work you are doing to attain this money is not fulfilling, provide autonomy, or allow you to become a master of it, happiness might be hard to come by in your job.

It might sound a bit like socialism, but that is just a word and concept that people think about. It shouldn't mean anything to anyone. Having a society that doesn't care about money would solve countless problems in my mind. The major one would be allowing everyone to feel like they have a purpose and promoting creating thinking.

The Best Way to Increase Results in a Business

Give workers a time period where they can go and do what they want as far as there work goes. Get out of their way and let them create. Creation is on of the main ways to allow a worker to feel autonomy. Now, as a website managing person/builder, I am completely self-directed. It is very fulfilling and combing this dynamic with the content of my work, I find myself very productive. By focusing on what my work and website building provides for people and the fact that I made it myself, it means fulfillment and sense of purpose.

Keep this in mind when thinking about what you want to work on for the rest of your life and what it means.

Dec 6, 2011

Applying for Jobs - Day 12

Went back to second interview today. I decided during this time that I would not be working for the company in question. There program was not good for what I wanted to do in the long term. The main reason I decided not to go with this firm and keep looking for something else is because it didn't feel right and the drive was about 35 miles, which sucks really bad.

The future holds me trying as hard as I can to grow my online business income so that I don't have to depend on having a wage or salary based job. This experience of hunting for a job so far has led me to believe in myself more than others. Going with this, I want to rely on myself for making money through my own endeavors. This is more secure and fulfilling than a job in my opinion.

As far as money goes, online sales are going fairly well this month, but it is going to take up to 8 months for my brand to get around the internet and start growing. It is very difficult to wait for this to happen, but in the end I think it will be great. When I can sit on the beach and click a few buttons each day and make 6 to 7 figures on a very efficient and enjoyable means of making money, I will be very pleased. The only way to achieve this is hard work.

It will all depend on Google's willingness to rank me high for keywords coupled with ability of my brand to help customers know where to come when they need something I am providing. It is very exciting to build this and I enjoy it more than anything besides playing basketball.

Dec 4, 2011

Solve Financial Crisis for the Majority

Let me get a little background filled in for you so you know where I am coming from. There is an increasing amount of distance growing between very large companies and people with barely enough money to survive. One thing that a lot of people don't like is the amount of power big corporations have over the laws that get passed and govern the majority of people who have no real say about what goes on with the large deals between corporations and the government. I am talking about the United States.

Here is How To Fix Everything

Stop putting so much value on money!!! If you don't let money mean anything and live in a way that focuses on surviving and doing things that make you feel fulfilled, pure, and congruent with your beliefs, it will eventually take away the power money has over people in government and everyone else. Corporations will not be able to use their large amounts of cash to influence so many parts of the every day persons lives.

This is an idea that has to spread and needs to take hold of people. There is a much better way to live. Do not under any circumstance let your motivation to live and do be based on how much money you can make. Instead, do what you need to do in order to survive and help people you know survive. People need to change their motivations so that they can offer premier services and useful things for people without having to be paid a ton of money. This is a hard concept to grasp.

Problems That People First Think Of

  • Not many people enjoy doing things for free or with little pay and reward.
  • People want something in return for doing something good.
  • Does altruistic actions exist in normal everyday life? Not usually.
  • Who will be a doctor if it doesn't pay well compared to other jobs?
  • Apply the above bullet point to millions of essential jobs.
To remove your socialized thinking that says you should be compensated for doing something good is one of the hardest things we have to overcome. I will give one key example of an organization that has done this perfectly. It is and their model is not the easiest thing for normal people to do, but it is pure and provides a lot of value for others. Their motivation is not money either. Nobody gets paid their. Instead, people share information that can help others in some way at cost of doing it without profit.

This idea could never be enforced by law and actually work in a healthy society. The feeling of not wanting to be motivated by money has to come from within oneself. You can't make someone want to live in this way. I would never want any laws to be made saying profit was illegal. The money system is fine how it is, but the problem is how it affects people.

Does Life Mean Anything

Some may come across this question every so often and wonder if anything matters at all. I believe it is possible to answer this question pretty quickly as I was mediating about this before bed last night. The answer is yes and no. If you find meaning in life and in the things you do each day, than you do have meaning in this life and feel like things matter to the extent that you can make a picture in your head about how things are (good or bad).

It doesn't matter if you are effected in a positive or negative way during the time you are alive. The point is that if you see that things are meaningful because they are there and do happen, it is easy to see everything has meaning and life does matter based on the fact that you experience it.

Life doesn't mean anything if you don't want it to. If nothing in your life has any effect on your thoughts, actions, or feelings, it might feel like life is pointless. I believe that as a result of how human beings taking life and making it into something beautiful and meaningful is pretty cool. We have social structure, jobs, and can work toward things. It is good sometimes and bad sometimes, but there is a sort of fake structure we all live in that was created by us over a long time. It sort of feels like this has given more meaning to the things people try to get in life and feel accomplished with.

Some things that hurt this beautiful feeling of life and how it feels is large corporations that create mindless wage slaves who can not enjoy life as it should be. Some may think it is a bad thing and takes away form our freedoms if we have a social structure that is based on how much money you have and what you can do. However, the only things limiting you on what you can do, experience, and feel meaning is yourself. In reality, you have the complete freedom to do whatever you want. It is possible for you to build things that are enjoyable to you and others, make things, and be creative in life.

The wage slave mentality is a great way to diminish this fun spirit and keeping you from getting the meaning out of life that we all should be able to feel. In a lifetime, one should have done whatever he/she wanted in order to get the desired joy and feeling that would mean something to them after it is all said and done. Many things can be done that don't cost any money at all, but only an adventurous spirit.

I beg you to try your hardest to ignore social norms for your whole life. Just do and be. Life has meaning if you give it meaning. If you don't, than to you it may have very little meaning. Everything is in the eye of the beholder, no matter what anyone else says to that person. You develop meaning and meaningless thoughts and your brain will build a mental picture and feeling of how you are directing your life. The good thing is that most of us have control over our brains through consciousness and can shape our lives in a way that would feel good to us. Always know that you have the ability to do or not do something. No matter what influences or factors are involved, there is always a choice.

Try a little experiment to feel the meaning of life

I think this might be a fun thing to do in your life. Try to build something and see where it goes. Also, try to think about how you want to feel about this. Keep these thoughts in your head for as long as you can and see if anything begins to happen. After you have done this, decide if the ability to do this has meaning or not.

Dec 3, 2011

Plan for Financial Freedom

My action plan to attain financial freedom is going to be simple. First, it will involve building my online business so that it ends up making enough passive income to cover all expenses and give me extra on top of that each month. Ten years down the road I am hoping to reach at least 6 figures per year with this endeavor. While this is being built, I will also be looking for a job so I have steady income and can pay off all my bills. Building the online business is to a point already that it can be managed with only an hour or two per day.

I will address my bills a little bit. In order to get into a positive cash flow situation and be able to put as much money as I can afford into assets, my student loans have to be paid back as soon as possible. After this is done and a little bit during, I will invest in things that hold value and offer a return on investment of 9%. This will be done by speculation on stocks. I feel like it will be difficult at first and require a lot of due diligence and learning, but is definitely possible. Like the author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad said, I will attempt to know the company I invest in inside and out before making a decision to buy it or not.

Some warning signs that I am falling into the rat race will be if I am becoming a “wage slave” or working long hours for some person just to pay off debt and unable to build passive income. To get out of this situation it will just take discipline to use all my income to get rid of debt as soon as possible. Once this is done, I would go back to building assets by putting money from my job and business towards things that can raise my passive income.

Here is the way I would first attempt to invest in stocks. Each year I would have an account separate from all other financials. With this starting value of money I would try to buy a stock that returns me 10% in that year. It might only take a week to get my yearly gain on investment or it could take the entire year. If I got the target of 10% increase, I would just put the money in a money market or savings account for the rest of the year.

Over the years, I would keep re-investing the gains I made and the principle into other stocks each year to try and build it by 10% compounded yearly. Additionally, I would be adding more money to this investment account each year at a steady rate at the beginning of each year. This is money on top of all earnings on gains. The amount would depend on how much money I can afford to put in each year.

Dec 2, 2011

Finally, Some Real Feedback

I have been running the blog for a few months now. It is going great as far as my own personal growth. Writing things out is a really good way to think more and understand more of how I truly am. The problem has been a little loss of motivation because I don't know how my words are effecting other people. Today, finally after about 2 months of writing my heart out, I have my first known forum post where somebody that I never met before or heard of posted one of my links to their forum and thought it was "provocative, simple, but worth a gander for us nice guys".

I didn't know that any of my ideas would help out nice guys, but it's all good. For me, I now feel more motivated to work and keep coming up with helpful, useful, thought provoking, and tremendously loving material that can make peoples lives more congruent and happy. As far as this feedback goes, it should give other writers out there some extra confidence that if you write good stuff that nobody has ever heard before, it will spread and people will share it if it is worthy.

The power of sharing can be enormous. Think about how the aspects of religion grew. It was mainly through ideas and sharing. I wish more than anything that I could go back in time and view all of history as it happened. That would make things easy as far as faith goes and it would clear up all the theories and make facts. In this reality, it is not currently possible to do so, but we can still think about it.

Read This First If You Are Considering Leaving the Page

One of the things I would like to share is something on perspective. I was sitting here one day trying to think about Jesus and the whole story as far as the Bible tells it. (Keep in mind I spent the first 20 years of my life going to Church every Sunday and my dad died of cancer when I was in ninth grade). Anyway, I was thinking about the way us humans are required by religion to have faith that things are like religion says they are. This seems curious to me because when it comes to faith, Jesus or God doesn't really know what that is like. Jesus lived a perfect life according to the bible, but he never had to know what it is like to believe in something he never saw or new existed and live his life based on it. He may have lived his life based on the word of God, but he already knew there was a God, before coming to live with us.

This makes complications because faith is one of the major issues that causes people to think there is no God and therefore live in a way that hurts others or themselves. You should be able to live however you want no matter what, but make sure that you are educated and knowledgeable about your actions and the repercussions of things that you do. There can be a lot of effects that never crossed your mind.

Think about it. If Jesus was sent here in order to provide guidance, give everyone a chance to be saved, and allow for us to reach heaven even if we commit a "sin", why are details so vague and why is there no proof. Defenders of religion might say there is no concrete proof so that we experience what it is like to have faith. It is funny that religious individuals may live out there life knowing there is a higher purpose. What does that mean??? If this life doesn't matter, then why are we living it. A defender would say it is all for the glory of God in the end. Still, this makes things very complicated because nobody knows the truth or origins of the human race for sure. You just have to have faith that what others tell you is the truth.

Or you could go the other way and try to find out things for yourself. This could also be difficult because you have to do it based on feelings or lots of personal research and there is not much to go on. One thing is for sure, and that is that the human race needs to wake up and start thinking again, about everything. Don't just decide you want to believe what others say and make that the basis for what is right and wrong. Everyone who ever wrote the bible or developed any religion had a mind just like you. Use it and learn for yourself just what this world is and the best way to live in it. Don't just take other people's word for how things really are. Do what you feel is right and see what happens.

It is far more useful for people to understand what they really want based on their life and experiences. Don't let any outside influenced shape what your believe about reality and life after death. Instead do what feels right deep down. This can take some trial and error. It will also take a willingness to learn, change, and find out the truth of situations.

Dec 1, 2011

Getting a Job - Day 7

Had my first interview today since I started looking for jobs online a few weeks ago. This is with the same company I had mentioned in an earlier post where I liked the sound of them and they wanted somebody who I figured I could be. Took me 35min. to get to the place. It was not too bad and when I got there I was greeted with a professional office that looked energetic and run by young individuals.

Anyway, went into the one-on-one talk and thought I had it going pretty good. Since it was a marketing firm, I played up my skills to build my own brand and help them with their clients. Definitely was a good idea to say I was a people person and had good communication skills, which I think I do. They had hip music playing the whole time :) Some things I wish I would of done better was ask about the company more. I knew what they did and the current clients they were working with, but never asked when the company started and how.

Another thing that I think they liked was I proved I was results oriented and was asking if they were acquiring any new clients in the future. The only downside to everything so far is the commute.

Some more positives were that I acted like I was going to get the position. This seemed to work well and I was told they wanted me back for a second interview that was more interactive in a few days. This sounded nice because I really need to get working and roll in some cash to pay for loans. The online sales world is going slow right now with the whole transition and started from ground absolute zero with my brand.

Now I will be working steadily on getting the drop-shipping feature set up on my main e-commerce website while I wait for second interview. Oh, yea I forgot to mention it is finals time and my last week of college. There is a ton of work to do for finals.....

Nov 30, 2011

Update for Business Site

Aright, I am excited because there is an easy way to help build my brand credibility with the health site business. Google Checkout is amazing and free. It allows me to have a cart on my site and combined with some drop-shipping networks, I can now sell some product directly from my site. The cool thing is that I mixed this with affiliate referral type product pages.

It will be interesting to see the difference in ranking for a page that has a direct way to buy compared to a page that offers a referral to another merchant. I think it will increase sales in the long run. Some of the benefits of having a cart mean people trust the site more and can keep coming back to my actual site for orders rather than going to a referred merchant.

Over the course of the next few months, I am going to be only adding products that I can directly ship instead of doing affiliate product promotions. It only took a little bit of learning and reading to implement this and it is actually easier than promoting products with cloaked affiliate links and looks more professional to users.

There is a little bit of a hiccup because Google Checkout Merchant services don't allow you to withdraw funds until they have cleared for 10 days. This is fine for normal operations, but at the start, I will have to provide my own funds to ship the products out for orders. After 60 days, this changes and it won't be a problem. This is a good function though because it keeps fraudulent activity to a minimum.

New Update: Google said I could not sell weight loss supplements. I had to structure my entire Herbal Showcase brand to be an affiliate site for the products, but I still have one page left that goes through Google Checkout. It may rank better, we will see.

Nov 28, 2011

Applying for Jobs - Day 4

Today was fairly interesting. I have now gotten a few replies back from the CareerBuilder leads. I talked with one guy from the mortgage banking industry. He asked a few questions, but one basically made the decision about what my future was with them instantly.

He asked if I was a behind the scenes worker or a guy who like to be up front and in the lead. I said behind the scenes since I like technical stuff, hate dealing with people, and would rather work on things by myself instead of calling about 200 people a day trying to convince them that they need to take out a loan or do something to make the company more money, but hurt the themselves financially.

The other company that I heard back from is a little more up my ally. It is a large advertising company that deals with providing advertising campaigns for large companies. It also said looking for someone who is sports-minded. This is perfect for me because I have played basketball since I was 5 and love training, watching all sports, and dealing with people who are into sports.

It may sound like I am making the thing that I think I have a chance at look better than everything else, but I will say that it is difficult finding a job that fits you right. In my opinion, it is worth taking the time to find a place to work that is enjoyable because you will be spending a lot of time there.

The pressure that starts to hit home is my loans that are coming due. I had to borrow a little bit of money this month to get the entire loan interest and car insurance payment covered. It is very hard to keep a tight funnel on what jobs I am willing to put a full effort towards. The desperate need for a new car is making this difficult. Writing online is becoming slow because I am transitioning the brand of my main endeavor. Google doesn't like this very much so I am suffering from low funds as well a lot of bills.

Basically, I am attempting to tell you this is a very tight spot I am in. The end result of the things I am doing now should make me a lot of money and enable financial freedom in the future. Keeping this mindset is good for me.

Nov 25, 2011

Applying For Jobs With College Debt - Day 1

Well, I am entering the job market as graduation comes in a few weeks. I have a BA in Accounting and the search for jobs is interesting. So far I have just been using career builder to get leads and submitting my resume to a bunch of different places with sales, financial services, and accounting. It is rough entering the world with about 50k college debt and no concrete income yet. I hope that things start to turn and am trying to affirm myself that the skills I have acquired have been worth all the time and money.

It is a time of chaos and high anxiety, but I am sure that once a good job has been acquired my nerves will chill out. This blog will be a nice place to document the whole process and let people know how things go, interviews, and such. Through all this I am still building Herbal Showcase and adding product reviews daily. In the end I want my entire income to come from websites that I own. For the short term, this job search is necessary to pay for my loans as fast as possible.

Today, I applied to a few places. One was a sales/marketing position for an advertising firm and the other was for a financial services professional position. Either one would be nice in order to pay off debt and provide me some industry experience that I really want. It is intriguing to me to figure out what the actual job environment is like and how I can use my strengths and knowledge to provide value. Since I started my accounting degree endeavor, I have always wondered what it would be like to actual use that knowledge to get paid on a regular basis.

The potentials here are deep and I see lots of opportunities even though much of the mass media are saying there are no jobs out there. The opposite is true. There are tons of jobs available. The hard part is building your personal value so that you can actual be able to complete the work and do it well so that you benefit the company financially and boost their reputation. We will see how this goes and be ready for more updates on this situation.

Nov 19, 2011

Tips on Investing by Successful Investor

This nation used to be one of the richest and most free places to live. Now it has turned into a nation of debtors and wage slaves. I am going to try and give you some tips on making investments that can help you make money and get fairly high returns. Most of the mainstream media and stock brokers will not tell you that the system is actually stacked against you. In order to beat it, you have to be smart and take lots of care in investing.

I am not trying to get your money. All I want to do is give solid financial advice in order to help you succeed. People need to learn how to save correctly. The average American recognizes that the financial system is stacked against them sub-consciously. Nobody saves money because of this and we have landed in lots of debt.

The first idea to take hold of is that there is a central banking system. They are there to make money for themselves. You need to know that any investor that is saving their money in an interest baring account will never gain any long term gains. If the bank paid out more in interest than they were able to make, banks would not make money. We all know that central banks make a lot of money. The interest you get is usually below the inflation rates, which means you are actually losing money by putting it in a bank. Skip the bank and invest your money yourself.

As our currency inflates each year, the government taxes us on this imaginary rate. The central banks are great for the government and themselves. They hurt the average person that tries to save money. As a result, most people have stopped saving and stepped into wage slavery. By wage slavery, I mean all the money you make is thrown into bills and none is kept to gain value for you. It diminishes all your hard work if you lose every penny you make within a few months. A highly misleading story that corporate america tells us is that stocks always go up. It is not true. Eventually, every company will go bankrupt.

There are two choices you have. This is saving money you make and the other is earning money on gains and stock speculations. Very few people will succeed at speculating on stocks. It is actually much better to save your money rather than spending it on the stock market. If you are able to spend your money on something that holds value, it can allow you to hold the money you make and increase it.

Own something of value and it will help you. Stocks always go broke and paper currency always goes worthless. Real estate, precious metals, and other things of value will never go to zero. It is always worth something and usually increases with inflation. It puts you on a level playing field with the rest of the market. If you learn to save and invest money in things that hold long-term value, you don't have to go into debt to get everything you want. It allows you to be free and not slaves to labor.

Our ancestors took for granted the freedoms that we no longer have. The mass media is a major reason why people don't know how to invest right and keep the money they make. Self-learning has gone out the window and most people just want to be told what to do.

It is very simple. Buy things that will retain their value and won't ever go to zero. If you are very savvy and have the time and effort to speculate on stocks, you can make large gains in this way. However, it takes a lot of knowledge and luck to be successful at this. The market system is stacked against you because it is based on human emotions and things that are out of your control. Stock and paper money all lose value over long periods of time. Some stocks lose all their value over night.

By saving, I don't mean putting your money in banks. Save by putting your money into assets that bring you more money without you doing anything. Everyone wants to gamble in the markets and think that they can make a lot of money. This is not true. Once you know how to save money correctly, it is easy to protect its value from inflation. Humans have done this for thousands of years. Its not that complicated. Learn more about how to invest.  

Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs

As entrepreneurs, one of the biggest things to overcome is our own limiting beliefs and thoughts. These things hold us back and prevent us from achieving and expressing our true power and potential. For example, say the thought comes up that "I don't have value". As we know as an internet entrepreneurs, attracting people to you through value is important, but many people fail to think they can provide value to others.

Lets look at this limiting belief that will hold you back and prevent success. Our minds create this problem and it is only an illusion. This has most likely been a thought that has been a repeating pattern that has come into your life for a long time. It can be difficult to deconstruct, release, and overcome limiting beliefs that are not one time thoughts but deeply ingrained into your everyday life. I am going to list four main steps to help get rid of this and see through your limiting beliefs so you can get yourself on the right tract.

Take the problem: "I don't have value" and think about it. Do you really not have value and know this for sure beyond a shadow of a doubt. Most likely the answer is no and you don't know if you really can't provide value to others.

Ask yourself what this belief costs you in your life. Is this hurting your experiences with success, confidence, joy, relationships, and happiness? Having this limiting belief might be costing you everything that you hold important.

Who would I be without this thought? If this thought is not true, who would I be? Think about how your life would be if you could provide value and it was not true that you couldn't provide value. It would mean you could become a value creator and get out into the world to be productive.

4th (most important)
How could the opposite of my belief be true. See how the opposite of the belief "I don't have value" can be turned around. Let go of this limitation and think about ways that you do have value and figure out ways to implement this into your life. It might be hard to trick your mind into saying and believing "I do have value". This is very important though. This last question that you are asking yourself will get rid of the idea that you don't have value.

If your belief deals with other human beings in a business situation, things can get tricky. If you feel like your business partner is taking advantage of you, it might actually be a mirror of what you sub-consciously see in yourself. It can be a very rewarding exercise to view every other person that you come into contact with as a mirror of yourself. It can blow your mind when you go through this process listed above and see that most things are really illusions that we create in our minds that limit us.

Just try to find the reverse of a belief that you think is negative or holding you down. It may be difficult at first because beliefs are very deeply ingrained. When you put yourself through the 4 step process above, things will get easier and your whole life be turned up side down.

I find this idea very interesting. To think that my whole life, I could have been making assumptions, developing ideas and feeling certain ways about others based on how I view myself. To think through this some more, get some ideas on how you could possibly be acting the exact way that you think someone else is acting toward you. Maybe in the example above, you were actually the one taking advantage of your business partner in some way, shape, or form rather than him taking advantage of you.

I directly experience this the other day and I am thinking about the ways this theory could be true. My friend in class was telling me what we should do for our project and he game me some work to do and said he would put together my information on a website for the final presentation. I immediately created a belief that said I was being taken advantage of and made to do all the work. When I think about this situation more closely, I saw that maybe I was the one that was taking advantage of my partner by having him do the whole website.

I have a contradiction thought. One thing I brought up after my partner told me what he wanted me to do was that we should work together on the project after class. It is a tricky theory, but seems to hold some truth in some situations.

Why We Need Insects

All this is from an article I read about bugs. The last paragraph might help you the most, but the whole post is required if you want to understand the last part.

This is an interesting article and it starts out by explaining that life on Earth would all come apart if a few bugs were taken off the planet. I was not aware of how important bugs actually are to our survival. It was important to note that the article did talk about the amount of bugs that do hurt our survival by spreading disease and killing crops. It was only 1.5% of the total, which doesn’t seem like a great deal.

The amount of dependence we have on insects is unknown because the webs are so complex. It is only theorized what could possibly happen if we wiped out a certain species. Since many of these inter-community relationships between plants and animals are so in depth, it is hard to say how disruptive it might be. People do seem indifferent to these concepts that solely survive in concrete cities, but their lives are impacted greatly by insects and plants.

The article makes another great point about how important it is for us to have plants and trees that can turn carbon dioxide into oxygen that is breathable. Without insects to pollinate these types of plants and trees, they would not be able to exist, which means no oxygen. Other important functions insects have include bridging the gap in the food chain between things that are too small for larger animals to eat. Without certain insects, bigger animals would starve to death.

The next point made is about someone trying to study just one single animal in an ecosystem like a fish. In this research, the observer finds that it is necessary to also study all the things that affect the fish. This could be other water life that provides food for it, predators that eat it, and things that aid it in its own survival. It becomes apparent that you can’t just study one simple thing in an ecosystem. You begin to see all parts of the ecosystem, the impacts each part has on the other, and how everything works together.

There are also important roles that insects have in controlling other insects that are not very important to the whole ecosystem. If they were to go unchecked, it could be a disaster. This has been studied in a farm situation. The article talks about what happens when insecticides are sprayed and fail to kill the unwanted insects that only cause harm to the crops. Instead of killing the bad insects, the pesticide killed the insects that keep the bad ones under control. As a result, the crops were dissipated.

I think that the bad insects still perform an important role in this system. They provide food for the good insects that help the crops by killing off crop ruining bugs. Without the food supply of bad insects, the good ones would die off. Looking into this further, the affects go all the way up to us humans because without the food from crops to eat, we would starve.

The last example given that shows how inter-correlated our ecosystems are dealt with a shrub that harbored a queen bee for the winter. It also harbored a beetle that ate its rotting wood and returned essential nutrients to the ground that the shrub needed to live. The queen bee survived the winter in a hold that was dug out in the rotted wood. By surviving she can help the colony of bees pollinate the shrub and keep it spreading through the ecosystem. The shrubs than provide pollen to other bees and insects as a food source. There are a lot of important relationships found in nature that go deep in complexity.

Personal Development Through These Ideas

Well, this might be a little bit difficult to relate importance of bugs to growing yourself emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Here goes. I think you can think of your life as an intricate part of the entire human population, but more importantly the people you have direct contact with. What you can do is spread yourself out and the more people you can connect with, the more options you have for survival and fulfillment. That is about all I can come up with for now. Hehe. 

Nov 18, 2011

Crisis in Economy

There seems to be a problem with the perception of the economy and how the money is flowing. Since most of the baby boomer's kids are now at this stage in life, we are seeing some major ripples in the economy. The crisis is that companies are not tailored to fit market demands. These companies are forcing themselves to stay in existence though. As a result, the economy is changing and becoming less risky. No investments are being made by the major corporations. Instead, all of this type of money is being saved or thrown at the government in order to get regulations passed that benefit certain corporations.

Right now, in 2011, you had better not be starting a business unless the services or products you are offering are in high demand or need by the public. Nobody is spending money on useless things that they can live without because the money is not flowing. One major issue is the baby boomers and older individuals in general are married to their money and have strong emotional attachments to it.

It is difficult to change the way a person feels about their money and how it works if they were never taught financial literacy. Not knowing that investing can be good if you know what your doing and pick the right ways to make your money go to work is problematic. If this knowledge were being taught at the grade-school level, I believe it would benefit all of society.

The problem is that money is not being taught to the majority of people. Instead, very large companies that control the world are holding onto as much money and power as they can, while people are being trained to make our society keep working with little pay. Here is the major problem. The people with the most intelligence and training that make everything work are being paid the least amount of money because of little financial literacy. It doesn't mean they need to be greedy, but it means that these people should educate themselves on how money works. Teachers, technical workers, environmental researchers, and others that make this world go are not being compensated proportionally to their value.

Big companies are trying to make as much money as they possibly can without a thought to their overall impact to everyone else in this world environment. People begin to get stuck taking any type of job they can get in order to pay for the high cost of living that our economy is producing. Nobody is able to stop it because nobody has enough money or power to make a difference by themselves. The only way to fix this is to invest in smarter and more intelligent businesses. By investing, I just mean purchasing products from.

Many of us get blinded by the thought of starving or not being able to pay all our bills. High amounts of individuals live in debt for the majority of their adult life. This is stressful and clouds peoples inner freedom and judgments. It becomes unclear what real impacts they can make to benefit their environment and instead the focus is on making more money by moving up in a company or trading more hours for more money in the form of an hourly job. This system produces drones and a very few rich people. There is an increasing gap between the people in the middle and the people at the top.

Something that perplexes me is how this happened. We all basically let it happen by buying into the system. It will be interesting to see how our world progresses with these ideas running the minds of the majority.

Nov 15, 2011

Working More Efficiently

I have been implementing the doubling theory to my work as I need to develop my site into something much larger than it is. I don't have the resources to higher quality workers so I have to do it all myself. This is good because it means all the work is totally unique and it has a personal tone to it that people hopefully feel like they can trust.

Anyway the results are nice. I was able to get 7 complete and quality pages done yesterday. Both of the two days before yesterday I was able to get a steady 3-4 pages done. The long term goal is to be a respected and trusted voice about what health supplements are good and who to buy them from. This is getting done much quicker than if I would stick to the one-a-day sustainable method. I hope to reach 400 pages by the time my loans start to come due in a few months. It is proving difficult because I have only gotten 2 pages done today and its about the 4th day since I really started pushing out content.

There is a weird line between putting out quantity and quality. I believe that as I write more and stay strict on myself, both quality and quantity can increase. The more pages I end up with that people like, the more money will be coming my way (hopefully). You may have read the doubling theory that I linked to above and saw that I said I got 7 full pages done yesterday. The reason why I give credit to the theory is because it demonstrates the power of doubling your work. I might have normally done 3 or 4 pages in that day. It became obvious that there was plenty of time left in the day and I still had all my fingers so I doubled up on the amount of work.

The only thing I am scared of is burning out. The key to not burning out is seeing results and knowing the results will come eventually. It is hard to feel what it is like to be at a successful point in the future when you are not at it now when dealing with online business. I just don't know how I should feel sometimes because the site is not where it will be and the results are extremely exponential. Online business growth is slow but when it hits, it hits hard. The problem is getting from a small and low authoritative site that doesn't really have a public perception to a giant well-known site that people know to go to if they want what I am offering.

As I get more actual stuff up, it will be easier to provide value to users. Just going to take it one day at a time and never give up. We'll see what happens and I will let everyone here know in case they are curious. One thing should be clear. That is that I knew nothing about the online world about 2 years and 3 months ago. I didn't know how to start my own website where I owned the domain until about 1 year and 4 months ago. It usually takes business 3 to 5 years in order to turn a profit. Sometimes it could take as much as 8 years or more. That means anyone can follow my same path for themselves in order to get a large passive income online as long as they follow the principles and not the exact method I used.

One thing that seems increasingly important to me. The more you work, the more you need to listen to music. If you are stuck on something, take a minute and listen to your favorite music or make some music yourself. Do whatever it takes to keep your mind entertained and satisfied with ideas, feelings, and interesting thoughts. You will be surprised at what your brain may stumble upon.

Nov 13, 2011

Running a Successful Online Business

I currently run a successful business online. It was not easy, but with hard work it is becoming one of the most rewarding things of my life. The reason why it works is because I have found a niche that allows me to apply my unique skills to the online world. By this, I mean relating to others. Ever since I was young, I was able to put people in the right mindset to get something done. It could have been jumping the biggest dirt ramp, doing a difficult trick, or playing basketball better.

This should give a little hint. Do what you're talented at and find a need you can fill with that talent. Also make sure a lot of people need what you are going to provide.

Now, applying these types of skills to survive in the online world has taken a lot of hard work on my end. Hard work is not bad though. It is rewarding and cathartic. Don't try to avoid working hard. Instead enjoy it and it will set you free.

There are two main business projects I am working on. The first one that I started was a health product review website launched July 15, 2010. It has made much more money than was put into it and currently pays all my bills. Having a passive income (almost passive) to cover expenses is very nice. The costs only included $50 for web hosting and $10 for the domain. These expenses occur once each year.

The only thing I wish I would have known back then is what I know now. It has taken a very long time for me to figure out exactly what it takes to run a positive cash flow business without losing all my money and motivation. Entrepreneurs, who want to learn quickly and with correct information, about how to build a website that makes a lot of money should see my internet marketing resource page. I fully endorse and use these solutions to make myself a successful online residual income creator. There is no other resource like it online that actually helps people make long lasting and money-making blogs or websites. It will save you years of struggle and lots of money that you might otherwise have wasted on fruitless promotional schemes. Basically, it allows people who no nothing about the internet or codes, to make it online.

Second Venture of Mine

Above, I had mentioned there were two businesses I have developed online. I guess you could lump everything into one, but I prefer to keep them separate. The second project is this actual blog. It was made because I decided I had a lot of ideas to share with the world and there was a need for information that aimed at getting truthful knowledge that is helpful to people. Wherever there is a demand or need, businesses can enter. And so here I am speaking to you about developing a way to earn income online.

This blog has a simple model. Give away free content and grow traffic numbers to the millions. Smart Helping was started on August 31, 2011 and right now has 93 total posts. I might as well have none if they are all useless because I need my information to spread. Each new article that I write on here is designed to give people value. The theme is personal growth and self help because I believe a lot of individuals could benefit by growing emotionally, intelligently, and challenging their beliefs.

So many times, people find themselves in a mindless life that has no purpose or sense of joy. To get out of this sort of stall-out, you may need to become more aware of the things you are doing and not doing. Try to focus on the relationships you have with yourself, others, and with spiritual figures. This is my tip for prospective business developers. Go with your gut and try to do what you feel is good. Work hard enough so that you make a way that fits your life rather than letting life push you into a space that doesn't fit right.

Getting Back to Business 

There are some things that I can help you with as far as online business strategies go. It may not always be enough to provide valuable content. It becomes important to market your website as well. Put in the effort to develop a sense that people feel when they read your writing and view your site. It is also important to have a lot of content. This is because search engines pick up on all this content and rank you. Hence, the more content you have, the more types of ways people will be able to find you in search engines.

Play games with yourself. Try to see how much work you can get done before lunch time or breakfast! Hard work is something used as a growth tool. Embrace it and feel it making you get to where you are.

There is also the idea of keeping your visitors as long term clients. It could be done by having a unique site layout that is unforgettable. Having a unique angle that makes it beneficial for users to return is also invaluable. For blogs, this means updating with new and interesting posts that can benefit people. It also means writing content that people refer back to when they need to get something done or just want to re-learn what you have to say.

The question: How do I rank on page 1 in Google? might come up. The answer is tough, but I would say the most important thing is having unique content and getting highly reputable sites to link to your site. There are over 200 factors used to determine where a page comes up in Google's search results. I believe a site that has done the right things over a long period of time has the ability to rank high.

This method of ranking in organic search results is completely free and builds a lot of credibility with prospective users and a website. There is another method called ppc. Paying for Google, Bing, or Yahoo to put an ad up for you can be really expensive, especially to get on the first page. I don't do it and have lost a few hundred dollars trying it out.

Just ranking high in search engines is not enough for true success. You have to balance out your traffic so that it isn't all coming from one place. By doing this, it mitigates the risk that all your traffic stops. When traffic stops online, so does revenue for the most part.

Keeping The Money Budgeted

Making sure you don't run out of money is very important. No matter what, make sure you keep track of the money going out compared to the amount coming in. It is not too difficult for users running a blog like this. It only cost me about $10/year. The catch is that it also took 1.5 years of experience to realize how to do it the right way. The internet is slow to react. You may need a full 8 months or multiple years in order to grow an online presence.

The reason why money comes into play is because you need to realize even though you have already paid your money for a project, it is still growing in the web world. You never know when growth will begin to happen so make sure you are only spending money on what is absolutely necessary to keep your site running. Don't put yourself in all-out situations where you either make it or break it. Pay what you need to get the site online, and than the rest of your effort should involve writing and creative marketing.

It is so easy for people to fail when trying to make a living online because of the amount of effort that is required while you may not be making any money at all. Think of your project as a 10 year deal. Over that time, you have to build and grow a presence online so that lots of people know what you are about and what you have to offer. It is possible to make millions of dollars and people do it.

After reaching this point in the life of your website, money will begin to flow. The reason why it is such a nice thing to develop is because once you actually achieve residual income it doesn't just stop all of a sudden. It keeps coming and the cost and time to maintain a site is very low when you get to a certain point. Keep pushing for productivity out of yourself and results will come to you.

Nov 12, 2011

The Greatest Gift Anyone Can Give Africa

Many of us try to give money to Africa in hopes of helping them get out of their long-term problems. This is not an intelligent idea in my opinion. To look at direct results, not many people like to give money because they believe it is very scarce. Secondly, giving money to Africa is sort of like giving food to hungry people.

What is a better way to meet this hunger need? Spend the time and resources to teach people how to survive better. At first it may take a whole lot of money, effort, and resources from the rest of the world. However, in the long run, you will teach a people how to survive without living in poverty and depending on others for money. It is the same principle as teaching a man how to fish instead of giving him the fish without explaining how to get it.

You can teach people something once and let them get their own results forever, instead of just giving money with no knowledge. There! Now we have stumbled across the key ingredient in this sustainable idea. Knowledge is probably the most useful tool anyone can ever give to Africa. This will help produce much more joy and happiness to impoverished areas of the world.

Education system implementation would do wonders. I don't mean exactly copying the way the Unites States or Europe works, but have areas where people can go and learn from one another. Also have places where free ideas can be talked about. This can help people grow and learn from one another. I am just guessing here, but over time I believe individuals learning useful ways to survive and think about the world around them may produce some better results than the current way things are.

It is very simple. You just have to get the ball rolling somehow. I believe the first type of forum Africans may want to have conversations about could be better ways to interact with their surroundings so that there is a lot of resources for everyone, but work is required by all in order to keep things running. Education may also help people in this sort of area learn why they should do a certain action or not do a certain action.

One great skill would be deductive reasoning and forecasting the future based on their current action. A specific example would be learning why it is important to keep reproduction down if there is not enough food to feed everyone. Or think of ways that having more kids could be beneficial to their groups.

Anyway, all I am trying to say is help others by teaching them how to help themselves. This is sort of the theme of my blog and it could be a great way of helping Africa or other places in dire need of change.

Nov 11, 2011

Doubling for Productivity and Money

Do not underestimate the power of doubling. I am talking in the sense of doing double of what you might normally do for work and experiencing the results. The biggest benefit of doubling is when you go from 1 to 2. Everything else is less of a gain for more work, or a larger proportion of the same value. There is a lot of gains you can see by simply doubling certain things from once to twice in one day or week.

It doesn't matter what the time frame is. If you can pinpoint a time period where you would normally do something once, just do it twice in the same period of time. I believe it is the most sustainable way to get long term results. Obviously if you do something 3 times or 4 times as much it will give you great gains. However, it takes much more effort to get these gains. By simply doubling, you can expend a little bit more effort and get 2x's the results.

The direct example I would give bloggers or online businesses who are trying to grow their presence online is write 2 posts instead of one. Don't sacrifice your quality for this extra quantity. This means it will take you more time and effort to do the 2 posts, but try to get the 2 posts done in the same time you would have normally done 1. In my opinion, it may not help you to keep raising your productivity because an eventual burnout and possible collapse of your online presence could happen. Instead of increasing productivity over time, stick to the simple doubling rule. Do 2 instead of one in the same time.

Think about this in the long term. Over the course of a year, if you decide to make 2 quality posts instead of 1, you will have double the posts that normally would have been done by you. It could mean the difference between a long term income site that has authority and a dead site with no results. This is a good rule to get beginners over the hump as far as blog income goes.

This principle can be taken out into other things in the world too. Results could be more money, better living, enhanced joy, or a better sense of accomplishment. Try to take something you do once in any given time and do it twice in the same time. Say you make it a point to trade stocks once a week. Instead of sticking too this, try to raise enough money so that you can do 2 trades a week for positive income. It is not necessary to keep doing more and more trades a week to stay sustainable. Just double from the 1 trade to 2 trades.

This could make you a significant amount of money in the long run and help you save more for investing. There are millions of situations that the doubling rule can be applied to. Don't get me wrong though. Sometimes this rule won't have any relevance. Just try to keep it in mind and see where it might benefit you in your life.

Nov 10, 2011

Strategy of U.S. in Vietnam Compared to Business

A lot of the strategies implemented in the Vietnam War can be learned from if applied to the business world. For me to demonstrate this, I just need to give a little background on how the whole war started and the first battle that led to the U.S. to do what they did for the rest of the war.

The first battle that was fought ended up being a victory for the U.S. side. The way they went about it was called "Search and Destroy". It was a new tactic being tested out. They inserted soldiers into a landing spot that was near where they thought the enemy was. From there it was just a matter of finding the enemy and taking them out. In the end, air support was called in to save the ground troops. This whole thing was called Search and Destroy. It was the tactic that would be used for the rest of the war.

There are a few main problems with this tactic. The major one that glares out is that it had little residual effects. Residual effects means long lasting impacts on the situation as a result of one action. When a hill was won or battle won by statistical matters, like body count, (we killed more of them than they did of us), it didn't matter as far as winning the whole war goes. The objective was to kill all enemy troops and by default they will give up and the U.S. can implement a democratic government in the whole of Vietnam.

Things didn't work out though. The goal of killing more of the enemy than of us was supposed to be accomplished with a search and destroy type strategy that modeled the first so called victory. Campaigns were run all over the country in order to get this done. The enemy would not be defeated in this way. Once U.S. ground troops left a hill that was taken or an area that was fought for, the Vietcong would re-build the area and keep fighting. They had about 18 million people to fight with and this was the ultimate reason why the U.S. could not gain any ground under Search and Destroy.

Business Application

I don't know what the proper way to go about Vietnam is. Nobody has been able to take it over for 1,000 years and if I knew how, I would probably be a general in the army. The key points that should be taken away from this conflict and applied to business is this: Change during an intense situation is crucial for long term success if you see that your strategy is not going to work in the end. When you start up a business, you might see small successes and failures at the beginning that result from a certain strategy you implement. Don't get too caught up in this however. Figure out if what you are doing can be a long-term solution for your business.

The problem that occurs is when your strategy is not producing residual effects that mean something. To me, this meant article writing as a way to get sales. It produced immediate sale results for a little while, but did not last long. I would submit a few articles to and point them to my sales pages. The problem was that if I stopped writing articles, the sales would stop. In the current search engine industry, there are a lot of problems with articles becoming scraped and than losing all their rankings. This means each article I wrote only worked for a few weeks and than it might as well have not be there. It took me over 100 unique articles being written to figure this out.

I still keep this articles online in order to have back links for my site, but they don't really give me any substantial benefits anymore.

The solution to this was a change in strategy. Instead of being like the U.S. in Vietnam who did not change their strategy, I decided to start working on making a website that were sustained themselves without me having to take part in outside PR promotion. This means bypassing article marketing all together and instead writing directly on the site. One thing I had to start doing was guaranteeing that every word I wrote meant something to the user and was not useless fluff.

Making your business in a way that each step you take has long-term residual effects is a great way to build something. It could entail creating demand for products or services you are trying to sell. It could also mean developing a trust between customers and products through some sort of medium or market. Having the trust of customers is priceless to any business.  

Nov 9, 2011

Living Sale to Sale and the Power of Brands

Welcome to the life of a struggling affiliate. I have college loans and car insurance among other things coming up for next month. There is some danger in making these payments as I don't have a steady job and still have about a month left of college. If I don't make a sale within the next 6 days, I am going to be completely screwed for next months liabilities. Lets hope some people can find my health site.

Some things I have recently been working on in order to increase the value of user experience is making a more memorable name for the site and also improve site navigation. I had a title called "UK Supplements" up and I decided to swap that with "Home Health" because it gives a wider range of easily reachable pages. The strategy here is allowing more people to find out the wide range of organic solution that are available. These changes were enacted yesterday October 8, 2011.

It is exciting to see where this goes. My brand name for this site is now "Herbal Showcase" and sort of follows the name of this blog. It may take a few weeks to get my pages up there for people typing this in, but for the long run I want people to know exactly what Herbal Showcase offers and how to find it quickly.

Something many businesses have to make sure they do is make their product or service scream the brand. Don't make it overly in your face, but make sure there is a distinct feeling when a user experiences the product your putting out there. The rewards are much greater once you develop your own brand and lots of people know about it. The key is recurring customers, which are far more profitable than having to acquire new customers every day.

With a website, this principle holds true. It is better for a website to keep visitors that visit once and keep them coming back as well as adding new customers at the same time. So how can you do this well? Make it easy for a user to contact you and keep your content up to date and useful. Do this for a long time and the benefits will hit you like a ton of dump trucks.

Nov 7, 2011

A Little Bit on Investing in Stocks

Some want to know how to get a higher return on their investments. By return, I mean a percentage of money that you get back that is more than what you put in. Stocks allow for large gains of 10% - 100% depending on when you buy and how the market is doing.

I want to tell you that investing in stock is a great way to make money. Pretend each of your dollars is a little worker for you that makes more money. Investing yourself and bypassing the banks is a great way to get the money you deserve. You just need to educate yourself about a good broker to sign up with and then read posts like this to figure out when you should buy a stock and of how much.

When to Buy a Stock

In order to make a good buy, you should keep yourself up to date with current events and financial news. Get yourself into a regular habit of checking reasons why certain companies have had their stocks plummet or go up. Wait for a crisis to happen, or maybe a shift in the thinking of many that has no real effect on the business you are looking to invest in.

Make sure you know the company has sustainable ways to make money and are in no real danger of going bankrupt. If their stock is going down because something has happened in the World, like a natural disaster or financial mishap with other companies that has buyer confidence down, get in. You have to be the one buying when nobody else is. Check out the company and know exactly why nobody is buying that stock at the moment. If you get in with a business that is making good profits and it looks like they can keep it up for the long run, buy. The stock will rise if they keep making money and their model is sustainable.

I wish I would of done this with IBM in 2008. Their stock went down to around $75/share in 2008 because the so called financial crisis hit. It dealt primarily with housing. IBM dealt with selling business machines, software, hardware, databases, and other essential tools that make businesses work. I should have known that the financial crisis would not make IBM go bankrupt or lose any net profits in the future. It was also a very stable company that has been around for almost a hundred years at the time.

For these reasons, IBM has more than doubled its stock value in the past 3 years with no huge changes to their core business. The only reason their stock price fluctuated was because of unforeseen market conditions. If you are able to spot the market downs and invest more during this time and less when prices are high, you can make a lot of money. The more profitable and sustainable the company is, the more I would risk with it. If it is a start up that may or may not be able to make money, I would invest little and see how it goes.

Nov 6, 2011

A Million Bucks by 30 Review

This book by Alan Corey was very well done and informative. After reading it, I have a much better feel for investing and building a solid financial base. The risks and rewards of financial decisions, getting bank loans, and borrowing money become much clearer. I thought it went through the beginnings of how to start your life out from college in a relatable way. There was a little luck mixed with a lot of hard work in order for Alan to achieve his final goal to be a millionaire. He got lucky that his college was paid for. That extra loan would have made it more difficult for him to save money. I think he would still be able to do it though. It was also lucky that his girl friend’s dad was into real estate because it helped Alan make his first big sale on a million dollar property.

All the work that was put into Alan Corey’s savings was what made him have a chance to make passive income in the first place. Since he saved every penny, lived in the projects, and lived as cheap as humanly possible for about a year, he was able to save enough for a down payment on his first house. I learned directly from this that it doesn’t take a ton of money to get into real estate, but you must have some capital saved up.

Another key point that this book goes into is the value of having passive income. When you can live with your expenses being less than your passive income, it opens up a lot of time to develop business strategies, allow you to save more money, and work on side projects. Alan kept his day job even when he was worth over $700,000. It showed how necessary it is to have a steady income from somewhere that you can depend on coming in. Without this day job, it would be very difficult to become a millionaire in Alan’s situation and strategy.

One of the biggest points I took away from A Million Bucks by 30 was the idea that if you save now and hold off on the little rewards you want to give yourself, the rewards become much better when you have built up all that saved money and invested it.

I think one of the main overlaps between this and Rich Dad/Poor Dad was the plan of investing in real estate. Both thought that it was a good idea to get into buying properties in some way. I think Rober Kiyosaki did this among many other things and relied on a little bit of a higher paying job to get his capital. Alan, in A Million Bucks by 30, pretty much did everything he possibly could to raise enough money in order to invest in buildings that he could re-sell or rent out.

I also think the idea of real estate was explained much more clearly in Alan Corey’s book. Both of these books had good ideas about putting your money into things that rewarded you with appreciation in value, rental income, or both. Neither man liked to spend their money on things that had no returns. In Robert Kiyosaki’s book, he demonstrated financial statements and personal finances in a similar way as Alan Corey’s end of chapter net worth statements.

My favorite cheapskate strategy was putting things on E-bay before throwing them out. This is something I already have done and it is good for getting a little bit of money out of your stuff instead of throwing it out.

One of the cheapskate strategies that I would never do is carry a coin purse. I just can’t justify picking up every cent I see on the ground. I don’t have a much of an issue making dollars form change because I pay everything with a debit card. I could marry someone like this. It would be easy because I am also in the same boat and think about money as a means to invest. It seems like a fun way to live when you think of games to see how much money you can save or cool new ways to get money from different gigs. This type of person would be right up my alley.