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The Best Investment You Can Make in 2017

The Best Investment You Can Make in 2017

As you know, I have a huge admiration for reading books. For the past year and a half, I have been reading books on history, finances, business, and entrepnurenual success. What does it take to make a lot of money? My whole basis for seeking money is not for money sake but for freedom. Free to do anything that I want to do. The freedom of choice. To give back like never before. To not worry about how to pay my bills. You get my drift? So going back to my original statement, how do you invest to where you are financially free? Its right here. You must invest in yourself. That’s it. Easy. Done. Simple. Period. You must be asking yourself, “Are you serious Alex?” I will reply, “Yes.” I am talking about learning new skills that the marketplace is seeking. Always learning is your investment.

Why would I give you advice to invest in yourself? Because you are worth more than you think. What lies between your ears is the most valuable asset on earth. If you invest in yourself in one thing such as learning how to sell, book keeping, leadership skills, communication skills or whatever it may be and that one thing is something you love/understand you will begin to see things what others will fail to see. In Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki says, “If it (your mind) is trained well, it can create enormous wealth seemingly instantaneously. An untrained mind can also create extreme poverty that can crush a family for generations.” There is a pattern among the wealthy and that is the power of your mind. The Bible is very admitted about renewing your mind. Jesus Christ taught very heavy about what you think and how strongly you believe in what you are asking for it will come to pass. Not getting off topic, but what you put in your mind can either make you or break you.

Why learn how to sale?

Every successful entrepreneur you will ever read about in history will tell you that sales is a very important skill to learn. At the end of the day, if a company or business that cannot sell its service or products it will not stay open long. Lets be honest, sales is not easy. Why? Because in sales, the ingredients to succeed include business skills, communication skills, social skills and the ability to close deals. Just because you are a salesman doesn’t mean that you possess all the skills needed to succeed in a high competitive market. Coming full circle on investing in yourself, I highly suggest that you invest in learning how to sale yourself and your product or service. Today, most people know that if you want real money you better learn how to sale. One of the best investments that I made in 2016 was in Cardone University. The reason why I paid for this is to teach myself how to sale. Personally, I knew that sales is where I wanted to be. There is more money to be made in sales anyways. Many of you out there reading this have good people skills but you have no idea how to close deals. It is only when you close on a deal and see a transaction take place is where the sale take place. It is where someone exchanges their money for your product/service. You can think that good people skills are good but if you cannot convince the other person to meet you and pay for your service or product you will get nothing. I highly suggest that you get Cardone University and learn the sales process. Learn how to sale and you will be on your way to true and lasting success.

In conclusion, the best investment you can make in 2017 is in yourself. Don’t focus on earning more but rather than learning. When you skill up, you will earn more. When you learn you know, without proper understanding and knowing how to handle a situation you will be out of the game. I am learning so much as I am in sales. Everyday, I approach my manager and ask him questions. I get frustrated when someone cancels on me or reschedules on me but its part of the game. I hope I can be somewhat of a beacon of light for many of you. Keep the faith, learn and grow!

Alex
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Poverty Sux - Self Doubt

How to get rid of Self Doubt?

It is January 2017 and many of you do not know that I have started a new job. For many years I was a video editor and honestly I was comfortable and yet I starved for freedom. Financial freedom to be exact. I started my new job back at the end of October of 2016. It was all new to me because now I am in sales. The one thing that many successful people do that I follow is that they say real money is in the occupation of becoming a salesman. Mark Cuban says “At the end of the day sales cure all.” Have you ever heard him say that? I know I have. When we all start something new, we all get either excited or extremely scared simply because you are out of your comfort zone. For me, I was excited and ready to go. However I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but nonetheless I was up for it. For many reasons, this new opportunity to make more money than I have ever made in my life was up for grabs and one of the many tasks that I am required to do is cold calling. Which by itself is challenging if you have never done it before. But once you get the hang of it and learn from your mistakes you will begin to become better and sound more natural.
Since I have started, one of the many things that I have learned when it comes to venturing out is that fear will begin to set it. Self doubt to be exact. After a while at being at my new job, I began to rethink my choice of leaving my previous job that I was once at. Thoughts bombarded my mind whether I can perform at my new job. I have to prospect and find new leads which takes a lot of time. I don’t get to take my kids to school in the morning anymore and I began to get home late at night. So spending time with my family began to go down. Thoughts of “ You made a mistake, go back to the edit bay. You were ok back there.” began to flood my mind. Let me just say that self doubt kills dreams and it will make you rethink your future. Never allow fear to steal your future away from you. You must do whatever it takes to keep your mind focused on your goals.

How do you shift your mindset to kick out self doubt? 

The first thing is that you have to do is remind yourself of your WHY. Why are you doing what you’re doing? A few weeks ago I woke up with a feeling of not doing anything. I didn’t feel like calling anyone nor did I feel like being at work. Let’s face it, we all have those days. No one is immune to their feelings. You know what I’m talking about. We all have those days and it’s just part of being human. Sometimes all we need is someone to lift us up. Later on that same day, a fellow co-worker shared on his Facebook about his success and how hard it was to get to where he is currently at and some hardships he had faced in getting there. That same night I was on Facebook and I saw a Robert Kiyosaki video. The author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. He was talking about financial freedom and becoming an investor. That video and my friends post resurrected my drive that night. The reason why I shared those two situations is because it was what I needed to refuel my purpose. In my current job, I have the ability to make 6 figures. So I determine my worth. I don’t know where you currently are in life but you need to know that you need to reprogram your thought life. As I type this post out, I am reading Rich Dad Poor Dad. It is a great book by the way if you haven’t read it. As I read the introduction and the first half of the 1st chapter, my mind is exercising. You need to exercising your thoughts with reading books, listening to audiobooks, podcasts and surrounding yourself with winners. When you do this, self doubt will begin to leave your mind and you will begin to fill it with a can-do attitude. Get back up one more time. Let 2017 become your best financial, spiritual, mental and physical year! 
Thanks,
Alex

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The Power of Positive thinking

The Power of a Positive Thinking

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
You are what you think. As the ancient Proverb goes “As a man thinketh so is he.” The road to success is never easy. In fact, many people in the history of the United States have attempted to go for the American Dream. Many have made it and have eaten the fruit of their labor and many people have tried and quit just before they would have tasted the glory. So what separates those who have made it and those who quit? Why do so many people quit on their dream just to find out that what they were going after was just right around the corner? While some may say it was a lack of planning, business strategy or having the “right people on the bus”, I want to convey that most people lack the power of positive thinking. Thomas A. Edison had failed 10,000 times when he was trying to create the light-bulb. What should you learn from this American Icon? He didn’t quit. In the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill the author says that “Practical Dreams DO NOT QUIT!” In fact in chapter 6 Organized Planning, it states “Thomas A. Edison “failed” 10,000 times before he perfected the incandescent electric light bulb – that is, he met with temporary defeat 10,000 times before his efforts were crowned with success.” Thomas A Edison had a mind that was focused on the future and what was possible rather than focusing on his failures but what kept him moving forward? Positive thinking of course. Staying stead-fast on your end goal and you will have no time for any negative thoughts to enter your mind.
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The power of positive thinking is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is the cornerstone of staying focused on what your goal is. Having a mind that is filled with the power of positive thinking is a discipline all itself. Mental toughness is something that not everybody has but it is something that you must pursue in order for you or anyone to succeed in this life. Having positive thoughts that you allow in your mind will help you move forward during your toughest times. There is no question that at some point in your life you will have trails and tribulations and you will want to give up. Let me be very clear, you will want to give up but you must never ever give into the temptation of quitting.
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Quitting is what average people do when they are pressed on all sides and you are not average. You must begin to think beyond the idea of quitting. When quitting knocks on your door and you open your life to that concept you will regret it. Regret is one of the #1 confessions that people talk about on their death beds. Many people who have been interviewed in their old age have confessed of “Not taking more risks in life.” Do you want that same feeling? So what how can you build a positive mind so that when tough times come your way you can stand in the day of adversity? You can begin by declaring that you are a champion. Start right now and say out loud, “I AM A CHAMPION!” It may sound silly but trust me it works. But the only way you will build a mind that is filled with positive thinking is by speaking into your own life. Look, no one else is going to do it for you. So you must start right now and believe the words that you are speaking. The ancient scripture says “As a man thinketh so is he.” So who do you think you are? Who do you want to become? Are you a winner? Are you a champion? Are you a businessman or businesswoman? Are you a great father or husband? What do you want to become?
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Some of the greatest men and women who have impacted this world had to start with themselves. When no one would believe in them, they had to push through their own trails of disbelief. That is real life. Begin by studying some of the great entrepreneurs of this time and ask yourself what did they do. What did Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Opra do to make it to great heights in their careers? There are many more successful stories in every area of life and industry that you can read up on that will show you that having a mind filled with positive thinking is one of the key elements to their victory. The reality is this, that no matter what you pursue in this life there is going to be someone or group of people that will doubt you. Heck you will even doubt you. If you fall into the trap of “caring what other people think” you will never accomplish the goal that you want to accomplish. You need to stay focus on what you want. Stop paying attention to what others think and begin to become laser focused on what you want. Begin to look at what you want and visualize yourself already there. Begin to think that you already have what you want. The more you remain focused on what you want and begin to take massive action, you will have what you want. This is the foundation of having a positive mind. The more you become obsessed within your mind, there can be nothing that can stop you.
Ways to create positive thinking
#1. Careless of what others think. 
When you care what others think and say about you and you stop focusing on what you want you will begin wasting your energy and time. Focus on you and no one else. Have you ever had an argument going on in your head over what someone had said minutes ago and you are visualizing what you want to say? It ruins your day and the dominating negative thoughts consume you? Do your best to stay away from what others think.
Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influences of your mind.” Napoleon Hill
#2. Affirmations
Speaking into you life is what every successful entrepreneur has been doing since the beginning of time. Speak what you want with all your heart and begin to believe with your entire soul.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”
#3. Surround yourself with winners
Find people who have the same ambitions as you and connect. By doing this, you begin to flush out negative influences that impact your mind and you begin to fill your mind with the positive influence of other people who want to succeed.
#4. Read or listen to books on motivation or entrepreneurship. 
By filling your mind with speeches of motivation through your smart phones of e-books. Listen to them while you workout, driving or during your lunch. I know many entrepreneurs who do this and it helps. Fill your mind and your actions will begin to follow suite
#5. Change your daily habits
 
By changing your daily habits you begin to change your mood and outlook of life. When you change your habits you change your future and your habits will dictate your future. When you develop strong good habits you will have what you want in life. Begin by getting up a little early on the weekdays. Then begin to take inventory on what bad habits need to go.
By starting with these easy steps you will begin to flush out negative thoughts and begin filling your mind with positive emotions. The steps listed are easy but for many people they are hard to apply. Why? Because up to this point in your life you have lived by the opposite of these 5 steps. You have cared of what others thought, you don’t speak what you want, your mind is always focused on the negative, you’re surrounded by people with no ambitions, you do not read or listen to anything, and you have poor habits. Start with at least one of the suggestions that I have listed above and trust me you will begin to see a positive change.
God Bless
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Surrounding Yourself with Positive Influences

Surrounding Yourself with Positive Influences

Have you ever come across people who doubt that you will ever become successful? For many of us that are on this road called success, we tend to find challenges along way. We find challenges like changing our morning routine, turning off the TV, learning something new or etc. But what can be somewhat of a challenge is finding out that the people who currently surround you such as family or friends do not really believe in you. In fact, they are the ones who will not believe that you will stick with what you are trying to do in your life. So surrounding yourself with positive influences will be your key to a successful life.
Grant Cardone
In order of you to stay committed to your plan you have to surround yourself with positive influences who are on the same journey as yourself. By surrounding yourself with positive influences and like-minded people you will begin to not only push yourself but will to change the way you think and that is what is vital to your success. I have said over and over again, you have to change the way you think. Please get this in your mind. The power of your mind is a powerful tool because the thought impulses that circulate will influence your actions. How bad do you really want to go to the next level in your life? Ask yourself that question right now. How bad do you really want to change what you see in the mirror? Whatever that maybe, wether it is your health, finances, relationships, job, or spiritual you cannot change what you will not confront. The moment you confront what you do not like is the moment of true change. So what’s next? Finding positive influences who are on the same path.
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Today there are many people who are looking to change their life on some capacity. Again it can be health, finances, relationships, job, or spiritual. So lets start with health. For a lot of people health is something that is very important because we all want to look good and feel good. The problem is that many of us do not know where to start. We often go purchase a gym membership and the moment we walk into that gym we are intimidated by all the machines and have no idea where to begin. We begin doing what we see others doing in the mirror and after a few days or weeks at the gym we all give up. Why? Because we have idea what we are doing and we are alone. But if you were to find positive influenceswho know a little more than you do when it comes to working out then you will learn something new and thus you will be on a better road than when you started. So find someone or a group of people who are on the same journey as you and you will be on a better road to success.
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I have always had a deep desire to become successful every since I was young. When I was a teenager, I wanted to become like those I admired. I went to concerts and saw many bands growing up and in my small mind, I thought becoming a rock star was the top of the ladder. You know touring all over the world and partying till the sun came up was the life I thought I wanted. Shortly after joining the military, I began to look life a lot differently. My definition of success began to change. Being 20 years old and seeing great leaders in the Navy that were in positions of authority and influence changed what I wanted to become. I didn’t know at the time, but I was maturing. I was maturing on a scale that my friends back home weren’t. For the first time, I was seeing what the world has to offer in life.
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In the military, there are standards and procedures that everyone has to abide by. Everyday everyone has to be well groomed and properly dressed. We had to shave, get haircuts, and make sure our uniforms are pressed along with our boots being shined. When you do that day in and day out, something begins to take place that you are not aware of. You are becoming responsible and becoming an adult. You begin to take pride in who you are and how you carry yourself. Why? Because now you have surrounded yourself withpositive influences and other men and women who are doing the same as you are. Now here is the kicker. This whole time that I was following orders and growing in the Navy, I didn’t realize that I my thinking had changed. I honestly didn’t realize it. When I would come home on leave, I thought I could pick up right where I left off with my old high school buddies and party. But shortly after I was hanging out with my buddies and visiting family, I wanted to go back to my command. I mean I was a part of something that was for the greater good. I worked on the flight deck handling aircraft and I was with people who are on the same path as I was. I was chalking, chaining, taxing, and towing large aircraft. I had the best time of my life up there. While serving, anyone can honestly tell you that they are not doing it for the money. As an E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4 and E-5, you don’t get paid hardly anything. But you walk away with friendships that will last longer than anything you have ever imaged. When times come up for advancement, you and friends are studying together trying to make the next rank or maybe one of your friends wants to get warfare qualified and then you join in. Many of those people will stick by your side your whole life. The one thing that I have learned is this, if you want what you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
Most of us want a brighter future, more money, healthy lives, great marriages, great kids, good jobs and much more. But one thing is this, you can’t be doing the same thing and expect different results. You personally have to want to change. It is hard trying to find positive influences and staying focused on your journey to success. So here are some ways I stay influenced. First, I find something to watch. There are tons of motivational people on Youtube that talk about success or the very subject that you are seeking. Second, download an audiobook. Go  to iTunes and find something that you can listen to in the car, at work, or even during a work out. This can be very helpful because you are listening and getting the information in your mind. Third, read a book. I know for many people reading a book is something of the past but I assure you that reading a book for 5 – 10 minutes will change your life. The moment that I started to read I began to see immediate results. My thought life was changing and I began to see the world a little differently. Think and Grow Rich is where I started. It is a phenomenal book about success and it is filled with stories that will inspire you. Fourthly, find a mastermind group. If you Google ‘Master Mind”, you will find groups of people who meet on a monthly or weekly basis in your area. Go to these meetings if you can. I will admit that showing up can be nerve wrecking because you have never done this before but once you get over that initial hump and meet new people, you will get comfortable.
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The main reason why I wanted to create this blog is to inspire, motivate and educate people. Success is within reach and you can achieve it. Find people who want to succeed in life and you will too. If you have any questions please feel free to comment and I will do my best in responding. Thanks for following.
-Alex
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How to Achieve the American Dream in 2016

Is it possible to achieve the American Dream in 2016? The answer is an outstanding YES! You can achieve great success today with hard work and effort. But what is the “Hard Work” every successful entrepreneur talks about? Let me help you understand what this term really means because many of you may think, it means doing “physical labor”. It is not. The term “hard work” means, “Staying up late, Learning how to sell yourself and your product or service, Waking up early to work on your website, creating or making a marketing strategy and executing it, reading books, meeting new people, etc.” Do you understand now?
Grant Cardone
For many people born and raised in America, we have this belief that success only belongs to certain peoples and or groups in our society. This is complete nonsense. The American Dream is alive and well in 2016. I want to remind you that with commitment and determination you can achieve greatness in your life for you and your family. So why should you read this if you already know. I want to remind you because many people around you don’t believe that it is possible. They don’t believe that you or anyone else is capable of reaching new heights or levels in their life. They think that where they are in life is because of other people, the government or because of their ethnicity. That is completely false! Two weeks ago, I wrote about commitment. You have to start somewhere. So start by making a decision in your life right now. Do you want to become rich or stay poor? The answer is easy. It is either Yes or No. If your commitment is to get rich and achieve the American Dream then you must commit. Next you must decide what you are going to do in order to sell a service or product. Look at your talents and gifts and see how you can actually make money. Write down how you are going to pitch you and your idea. Let me give you a tip. Selling is one of the many skills that you need to learn in order to achieve the kind of success you want. If you cannot grab the attention of your prospect in 1 minute then they will forget you and move onto someone else. One of the many products that I highly recommend is Grant Cardone’s book Sell Or Be Sold. Personally I bought 3 of his audiobooks and I like hearing them when I drive to work or going somewhere. Here is another hint, I also listen to them when I water my grass in the evenings. The information in Sell of Be Sold will help you understand what actually is selling and how to sell yourself and or whatever it is you are bringing to the marketplace. What I personally love about the book is how Grant Cardone breaks down the process of how to sell correctly and what to avoid when trying to sell to a potential client or customer. Think about this for a second. If large corporations cannot sell their products or services to the general public, then their doors close and jobs are lost. Selling is vital in business because if no one buys your service or products then you can’t pay your bills and you and your family go hungry.

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The American Dream is only possible through the method called selling. So how can you become great at selling and achieve the American Dream? First of all, do you have a great personality? Are you good with getting a conversation going with people you know or random strangers? In my opinion, if you have some of these traits then you are on a good path. The next thing you need to do is learn how to close and I mean close a deal with a contract. You want to prepare yourself for any conversation that you will have with a potential client. The American Dream is possible only when you know how to handle every objection or every response when someone says “Your service is to much and I can’t afford it.” Being prepared for any objection that the other person may have will increase your success rate in the negotiating process. It has been said that “Money makes the world go round.” That is not true. Until you have the exchanged value for value and you close the deal where the other person gives their money in exchange for your service, that is when the world goes round. You see you have to see yourself as valuable. If you don’t believe that your services or products are superior to your competitors, then the American Dream is far from you. What are you going to do?
 The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
I want you to see yourself so valuable that you are going to dominate the marketplace. If you want to get out of poverty and create real wealth, you have do what ever it takes to become a better salesman or saleswoman. Start by writing down your pitch on paper and practice by timing yourself. Let me give you an example, when you go into an interview, are you prepared? Are you ready for the questions that you are about to get asked? One of the very first questions that the interviewer may say is “Tell me about yourself.” Have you ever been told this? I know I have. When the interviewer asks this question, they are not looking for responses of “I was born and raised in…, I am 20 years old, My mommy and daddy are…” Stay away from saying any of that stuff. They want to know why are you there, are you someone that produces, are you hardworking and are you on time? For any company, the #1 thing on their mind is revenue. They need people to increase their revenue. Can you sell yourself as someone who can help solve that problem?
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You see businesses are looking for people who will produce for them. You have to produce and produce as such a high level that you are irreplaceable. When it comes to your American Dream, you have to produce at high levels so that you can gain more revenue and become valuable in the marketplace. Are you a producer? Can you constantly produce great results on a continual basis for you and your family? If so then you will need to learn how to become a great sales person. The American Dream is possible in 2016 but only if you willing to put in the hard work in and put in the hours to do so. My suggestion is to either wake up 2 hours before everyone wakes up or stay up later as everyone is in bed. Personally, I wake up around 4 am. This time allows me to focus on me and my goals for the day without any distractions from my kids or my wife. You can read my blog post about Habits that can change you here. I hope you enjoyed this post. Remember, it is very possible that you can achieve the American Dream in 2016. Do not and I repeat do not become dependent on your day job to produce wealth for you and your future. Do something on the side that will produce extra income. Create that business you always wanted to do. Learn how to sell and get your mind right. In order for you to get that million dollar reward, you have to think like a millionaire and stop thinking poor thoughts.
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Commitment is the beginning of your Success

Commitment is the beginning of your Success

Are you committed to your own success? Before you can start your own personal journey to success you have to ask yourself this one question, “Am I committed to the task?” You see many of us and including myself have a desire to succeed in life but soon after we begin we automatically stop. Why? Because we were not committed in our own thinking. It is vital that you flood your mind with positive thoughts, listening to motivational audiobooks or watching videos to help keep your on track. You have to remind yourself why you are pursing success. I will continue to press this subject of the transformation of your mind as much as I can because if you are not committed within your own mind you will soon find failure and defeat when it comes knocking on your front door.

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Every successful entrepreneur has had a face to face meeting with failure, defeat and doubt. Even I have meet them face to face. Honestly, there some days I don’t feel like writing these blog posts or keep posting inspiring messages on social media. But I have to look deep down inside of myself and press on because this website is for all of you who are seeking information on how to succeed. This task that I have taken on is for the greater of my community and my fellow Americans. Many of us believe that success is not for us but it is. When you get an idea for a business or a product do not just throw in the towel and give up. If you do, YOU ARE A LOSER. Plain and simple. I want you to know that you can do it. Stay the course and be committed. Remember success is not just for you but for your family and your community. Society depends on you to succeed. The only way you will ever see your dreams come true is if you stay committed. From the start to finish, you must stay focused on your goals.

Right now I am staying committed to starting my own small business helping other small businesses within my community succeed online with digital marketing. I have experience with Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, Instagram, utilizing Google Analytics and tracking my online progress. I have a skill that I can contribute to my community and I can use my talents to build wealth. My first financial goal is to save $100,000 and invest that into a tangible asset and my business goal is to help 10X the online presence of a small business. I know that I can do it because I am committed. If I allow defeat to enter my thoughts then I will give into the very thought of failure and then I will fail at my task to help someone succeed. I cannot and you cannot allow someone else’s opinion to become your reality. Do not let people’s opinion of your goal stop you from being committed. Protect your mind at all times and stay committed at all times. Remove that person from your life if you have to. It doesn’t matter if they are your family or best friend. If they truly are behind you then they will support you all the way.

So what can you do to stay committed? Well first you have to make a decision. Do you want to succeed? If that answer is yes, then you are on your way to success. Everything in life requires that you make a decision. My second recommendation is to remove all people that have a poverty mentality. This is people who have a mediocre approach to life and they quit early on at anything that comes their way. They find that doing the minimal at their job is all that is required. Having a good attitude is far from them and they treat others with disrespect. This is a defeated mentality because doing the average and having poor customer service is what will keep you poor. Going above and beyond at your job is what will keep you ahead of the game because you are giving your all. Thirdly, turn off the news and all social media. There is so much negativity in the world that it can bring you down and get you off your goal. Fourthly, read and listen to anything that will inspire, educate and motivate you to staying focused. By doing this, the information you feed your mind will help you to stay faithful to complete what you need to get done. All that I recommended here is just the beginning of your long journey, but I practice these on a daily basis.

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In conclusion, you need to stay committed to your dreams and goals. Do not and I repeat do not allow people’s opinions of you become your reality. Protect your mind at all times and remember why you started. Remember your family depends on you and so does your community. Press on and remember #POVERTYSUX

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Are You Valuable Or Just Average? 

Do you believe that you are valuable? You need to ask yourself this question and think about it everyday in order to receive what you really want in life. In today’s economy, you are either producing or you’re not. It is as simple as that. Listen, if you have a desire to see your dreams come true, increase your income or accomplish whatever it is you are trying to accomplish, be valuable! If you work for someone and wonder why you’re are only getting paid so much, then evaluate yourself. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself “Am I valuable?” Then ask yourself “Am I valuable to the company’s I work for?”

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Here is one truth to everything that I have learned over the years. When you are looking for a new job or if you are currently employed, that company needs revenue and in order for that company to thrive they need productive people. Revenue is the #1 factor that keeps all businesses alive and allows them to hire people. Every company needs people who are dedicated to the mission. When they hire people they are looking for people to produce for them and when these people produce they can expand their reach into the marketplace.

Not every job pay a lot of money simply because of many factors. This is life and it is not going to change. You cannot pay 2 different people that same amount in salary such as someone who is managing the company’s finances and someone who is stalking the shelves. There is more skill, education and knowledge involved when managing large sums of money for a large corporation verse a non-skilled job where someone puts items on shelves. Look, the simple rule to getting ahead in life is and always will be to add more value. Do you believe that you are valuable? Then exceed all expectations where ever you are. Then and only then you will excel. If you are good at cutting grass then become great at cutting grass. Remember this that “Good is the Enemy of Great”.

One of the many things that keeps people from their potential is that they only do the minimum. When you think average you get average results. Think BIG and act BIG! Do things that others do not want to do. Where ever you are in your current job, become great at it before you quit. If you have to show up an hour earlier and stay later when everyone goes home then do so. Exceed all that it required of you to do. Here is a challenge for you to do and try doing this for one month. When you produce for a company and there is no doubt about your performance, that organization will definitely feel the pain when you go on vacation or if you decide to move on to a better opportunity. They will look at the production line and know who is performing and who is not because the production will go down. When you decide to look for new opportunities and get a job interview, you will have no doubt about your value. Listen, when you know your value and worth, you will be able to write your own ticket. Let me give you an example, if you work 8 am – 5 pm at your current job but you are learning something on the side that is is needed in the marketplace today and you are helping a small business you are adding value to their business and your community. When you do this long enough and produce results you can approach other businesses and help them as well. Of course in return they will pay you for your services. At this point you are contributing to the marketplace because you have a skill that is needed. You are now valuable! Get it?? Become valuable and you will achieve great things in your life.

Every business that is in the marketplace has become valuable because they are the market to serve. It doesn’t matter whether they are producing a product or offering a service. All businesses are in the service business. Service is your duty and obligation. Once you have discovered how to serve and become valuable then you will have success. But you have to go above and beyond in your obligation. Don’t just do the minimum. When you change how you think then you will become all that you are created to be.

Write down some things that you definitely understand and how can become great at it. When someone wants your service then you need to PRODUCE for them. Money is the exchange of value. When another company gives you their money they will EXPECT results. You need produce get great results and not just boring average results that will have the other person regret hiring you. Remember this one truth, add value and you will succeed.
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Determination

The Power of Determination

It is an interesting thing to tap into the power of determination. What causes determination in people? At what age does an individual discover his or her talents and become so determined to overcome any opposition needed to get what he or she desires. What turns on, or clicks, internally in a human being that causes them to believe that they possess the ability to have anything they want if they put their mind to it? Is it a fresh spoken word from a dear friend, a business leader, a Pastor, or someone who is in a position of higher authority? It is different for everyone. But for me it was a dear friend. It wasn’t so much that she was speaking to me directly but she was sharing with me that she was on a path to personal development and success, and deep down inside, I had been crying out for the same thing in my life. In that moment there was a connection. A connection that is undeniable.

I didn’t know it at the time, but that conversation would change me deep down inside and I soon found myself desiring to radically change how I did things day to day. Up until this point I had heard sermons and motivational speeches on the subject of personal change and success and little had changed, but this particular conversation was a moment that was appointed in time especially for me. When I was young I wanted to do something with music because growing up touring the world looked enticing and fun. As time passed, while in the Navy, that idea started to lose its attractiveness to me so then I wanted to go to school and do something in multimedia because that also looked attractive. I thought it would bring me a sense of satisfaction and joy but it didn’t.

Everyone has talents and gifts that God has given to them from before the foundations of the earth. Gifts that we can profit from and use to benefit our families and our communities. Gifts and talents that we can use to build wealth and change our family tree! Leave an inheritance to your children so they will not feel the burden of debt. So what traits will get you through this personal journey to success? The one trait that can allow you to obtain any success that you desire is determination. Without this trait, you will accept any defeat that comes your way. Re-examine yourself and look deep down inside to see if whatever it is that you really desire is backed with determination. Any successful military operation that has collected solid information, whether it is intelligence or otherwise, will send in a team of individuals to accomplish a specific mission based on the information recieved. If that team is a special operations team, such as a Seal Team or Green Beret Team, they only have one objective and that is to accomplish the mission set before them and then come home. One of the traits they possess is determination. These men train, train, and train so much that defeat is not in their vocabulary. They do not know such words because their lives are on the line. Determination is something that you have to build within you. When things come crashing down on you and you begin to hear “You are done!”, you sound right off, “I am not done! I will come through!” That is DETERMINATION!

Although I have been involved in multimedia for several years now, it doesn’t bring a sense of fulfillment or satisfaction to me. I know I am not operating to my fullest potential nor within the gifts through which I am strongest. For years, I never realized what gifts I had, and It has only been in the last few months that people have been calling them out in me. It is a natural thing to see talents within others, but it’s difficult to see your own talents. Keep an open ear to your dearest friends and ask them, “What is it that I am really good at?” If they are honest friends, they will let you know. Once that gift and talent is identified, cherish it and begin at once to nurture it with care. That gift and talent could be your strongest asset. When you discover what that asset is, then you will begin to discover the sense of determination growing within you as you see the potential toward success within that asset. You will begin to use this asset, that is in your possession, to help others and accumulate great wealth.

So how can you build determination? For me personally, I love reading and listening to successful people sharing their stories of how they have achieved great success. Stories of financial sccess, success in achieving goals, and even success for soldiers in battle and wartime. I love history and learning about the lives of the people that built America and their great inventions. Without the attitude of determination, you will not succeed in reaching anything that you are after. If the forefathers of America had not been determined to be free from England, America would have been subjected to the autocratic society of King George III. If Henry Ford had not been determined to build the first automobile, then someone else would have come along and achieved it in his place. If Thomas A Edison had not been determined to invent the first incandescent light bulb, then we wouldn’t have the product that we all use to light out homes. Withoutdetermination Jesus Christ would not have gone through the torture of the Roman cat-of-nine-tails and then go on to endure the cross shortly after. In Hebrews 12:2 we read, “For the joy set before him he endured the cross…”.  You can build determination within yourself by surrounding yourself with people who already have the attitude of determination. Find men and women who are successful and who are determined to go above and beyond the the status quo. When you surround yourself with these kinds of people, you will find yourself growing in the area of determination and you will discover that you have the ability to succeed in life just like everyone else who has gone before you with determination for success.

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Declarations are Power

In my blog post, “Self Confidence”, I shared the importance of using your mouth to declare your future. Everyone on this earth has power, but it is when you discover this power and use it effectively that it will change your life. The power of your tongue is a weapon! And you need to use it for not only yourself but also for others, because one day, you will be needed to help lift someone up.
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