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How To Accomplish Anything in 24 hours

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As a work-at-home Mom, I have mastered the art of finishing things very quickly. But, despite the fact that tasks have to be completed in a short amount of time, my chosen professions require that I am very detail-oriented and error-free with my results.

I am meticulous and calculated in every minute of my day. From the time I wake up until the time I fall into my bed at night, I have my goal for that day in mind and I plan to finish most tasks in 24 hours.
Here are my tips on how to get almost anything done in 24 hours. Read More

Tools of Titans 52 Week Challenge: Introduction and January Review

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It is safe to say that the writing of Tim Ferriss has had a major positive impact on my life.
After reading The 4-Hour Workweek, I was inspired to book my dream trip to Nepal to do a 12-day trek through the Himalayan mountains to Mount Everest Base Camp.

After reading The 4-Hour Body, I made sweeping changes to my diet and fitness, which I have sustained for 4+ years, and as a result have experienced increased energy and muscle mass, and reduced body fat and number of sick leave days at my job. Read More

Your $10,000 Product File…(Hint: You already have it)

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Students Working

 

You have an information product that people want, you just need to find it, package it and sell it. Trust me, it’s easier than you think.

For example, what do your friends or family tell you’re good at? What challenges have you faced and conquered? Over time have you learned new skills?

These are all products… Finished products. Just sitting in your computer or in your mind, waiting to be shared.

Products created from your personal experience are the best because you know the frustration your clients are going through. Read More

How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them

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Every December, people get the New Year Buzz, the short-lived but wonderful burst of inspiration in which life is re-evaluated and goals are set. People rush to the stores to grab journals and agendas, on a mission to change their life. Fired up, they want to lose weight, date again, start a business, and more. They reflect on the twelve months that have happened and they feel a burst of strength and clarity, knowing that they can do better. They tell themselves, “This year, I am going to do it all!”

I feel a sense of excitement yet dread when I hear the words, “New Year’s Resolutions.” Excitement because the future has so much to offer, if only we were committed to the path of chipping at our goals, little by little. Dread because so many people have such beautiful visions for their lives, yet give up after a month or two. You know what I’m talking about. For those who are fitness junkies like me, it means walking into the gym in January and finding it packed, as people take on the calling of better health. As February rolls by, many newcomers fall by the wayside, deterred by the long journey they have ahead of them. Suddenly, the gym returns to normal as a testament to how difficult it can be to have goals AND achieve them. Read More

Why You Should ALWAYS Pursue Your Highest Joy

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“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past” Jack London. As a graduation gift to myself, I decided to get my ninth tattoo. Just like scars, every tattoo has a story and is a representation of life’s journey.

I’ve always told myself that I would never get a tattoo below the elbow, mostly as a consequence of trying to adhere to society and parental influences. Cuz you know, it’s just one of those unwritten rules & social norms.

In America, from the corner office or the cubicle’s that plague corporate America, those permanently inked with art for their own self-expression are usually the ‘outcast’. I still hide all of my tattoos at work, to uphold this bullshit image of the ‘professional me’, when really, the person under the long sleeve shirt is the same individual with the same work ethic and knowledge. Was I scared to be an outsider? Maybe. Quite possibly. You know what, yes I was, and maybe still am. Read More

3 Business Lessons A Fat Guy Learned At Yoga

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I’m probably not your typical yogi. My chair pose looks a little bit like walrus pose and if I fold down enough, breathing takes an awful amount of work. And yet, through the first 20 days of January, I’ve been to 12 yoga classes. It’s been a lot of work; mental, physical (and scheduling if I’m honest) work but I’ve found it to be incredibly beneficial.

What I’ve found most interesting is not that I can stand on one leg and tie crazy knots with my arms but rather how I’ve been able to apply yoga to the rest of my life, in particular my business. So I thought I’d share with you 3 Business Lessons A Fat Guy Learned At Yoga. Read More

3 Steps to Raising Your Rates and Getting Paid What You’re Worth

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As a business coach for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers, one of the main reasons people come to me is they’re stuck in a cycle of low-paying, high-maintenance clients. Can you relate?

If you’ve ever found yourself…

  • Working all hours and still not making the money you want
  • Working on small jobs with fast turnarounds and no budget
  • Confused about what to charge and how to command the fee you want

….you’re not alone! Most freelancers price too low, typically born of the belief that if we price low, we’ll get more clients. But the truth is, it’s the fastest route to feeling resentful and burned out. Not to mention, being the cheapest option is not a competition you can, or want to win. Read More

5 ways to stay accountable (without punishing) yourself

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We all have goals. We all want to achieve these goals. It doesn’t need to be a painful process.

1. Look at the whole, not the part. Setting a daily goal or target is normally the first step to improving your productivity, but I’m going to suggest you bring the focus back a bit. Days are unreliable: you can start out with good intentions, only to find that anything that could go wrong has gone wrong, leaving you feeling empty, spent, and in no mood to accomplish anything. Weeks, too, can turn bad, so I have a word-count goal for the month —when broken down into an average per day it is achievable, but it gives me a few days’ grace if things don’t go as planned. Tracking your productivity in this responsive way also allows you to spot patterns: are Tuesdays not a good day for you, or do you get the most done on Sundays? Why? Once you figure this out, you can start to adjust your schedule to ensure you’re getting the most out of your day, and allow for those days where you’re less likely to get anything done. Read More

Advice for Entrepreneurs Stuck in “Real Jobs”

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For any number of reasons, there comes a time when many entrepreneurial-minded people decide to take on “real jobs.” These folks have great energy, and I have hired a number of them over the years for exactly that reason. They are driven, passionate, and they can be valuable to an organization. At the same time, the corporate world has a way of really burning these talented individuals out. It can be soul-draining.

Having seen a number of others wrestling with the same frustration I once did, here is my advice for those feeling disheartened even in a small “big corporate.” Read More

4 Ways an Art Degree Helped Me Succeed in Business

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As someone who works in the corporate sector with an art degree, I often find myself under-represented, underappreciated or disrespected for such an educational choice. I’m here to speak up, to change the perceptions that surround us “crazy weirdo art kids” because with only a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting I’ve managed to build a career I’m truly proud of. No, it wasn’t easy, but regardless of my uphill battles, I’ve managed to prove myself and my worth over the years, as many of my fellow art students have. But how did we get here? And why have I not succumbed to the introverted awkward stereotype?

Here’s a little secret I bet you didn’t know: All artists are entrepreneurs whether they know it or not.

We are some of the most resourceful, determined individuals who embody the raw elements of what it means to be a creative problem solver. Daymond John has a similar story and notes in his book, The Power of Broke, that “…if you’ve got to succeed to survive, you will.“ He built FuBu off the power of having no choice but to figure it out. Artists understand this realm better than most. We are diligent and obsessive because we’ll wither away if we can’t find a way to be creative and earn a living. But I bet you’re still wondering how an art degree actually chalks up to business know-how.

Here are the four ways in which my painting degree continues to push me towards success

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How to Reach Your Highest Potential by Reverse Engineering

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People usually don’t focus on habits because goals sound much sexier in our minds

– Mark Manson.

It happens every January, new year and new me. Ironic that the new year usually brings along with it many unfulfilled resolutions.

Even though we all make goals to strive for in the new year ahead, more times often than not we don’t set a plan to achieve that goal and/or resolution.

We need to start reframing our new year’s resolutions and new goals for the year. One way to do this is by reverse engineering your goals in order to build habits. Read More