Friday, July 9, 2010
I’m lucky — I’ve found my passion, and I’m living it. I can testify that it’s the most wonderful thing, to be able to make a living doing what I love.
I’d like to help you get started figuring out what you’d love doing. This turns out to be one of the most common threads when I meet people. If your not sure then this is how.
1. What are you good at? Even if you are just starting out, you might have shown some talent when you were young, even as young as elementary school. Have you always been a good writer, speaker, drawer, organizer, builder, teacher, friend? Have you been good at ideas, connecting people, gardening, selling? Give this some thought. Get away from computers, phones and all connections to the outer world — once you have done this often you will remember the things that you have done well.
2. What excites you? A hobby, a side job, something you do as a volunteer or a parent or a spouse or a friend. It could be something you haven’t done in awhile.
3. What do you read about? What have you spent hours reading about online? What magazines do you look forward to reading? What blogs do you follow? What section of the bookstore do you usually peruse?
4. What have you dreamed when you were a child? You might have some dreams you’ve always wanted to do — to be a novelist, an artist, a designer, an architect, a doctor, an entrepreneur, a programmer
5. Learn, ask, take notes. Pick one thing from the list that excites you most. This is your first candidate. Now surround yourself by the right people. People that are positive and inspire you to be a better person.
6. Experiment. Here’s where the learning turns to experience. This motivates you to improve, it gets you feedback, and your reputation will improve as you do. Pay attention to how you feel doing it — is it something you look forward to, that gets you excited, that you love to share?
7. Focus. Focus knowing there’s no shame in giving something a shot and failing, because it’ll teach you valuable lessons that will help you to be successful in the next attempt.
8. What Fears? This is the biggest obstacle for most people – self-doubt and fear of failure. You’re going to face it and banish it. First, acknowledge it rather than ignoring or denying it. "What’s the worst that can happen?” Usually it’s not catastrophic. Then celebrate your success, no matter how big or especially small.
9. Find the time. Don’t have the time to pursue this passion? Make the time, and not some B.S. excuse! If this is a priority, you’ll make the time — rearrange your life until you have the time. Do what it takes but “DO NOT SACRAFICE QUALITY TIME FOR YOURSELF AND FAMILY”, these moments I promise you will inspire you and give you a reason to leave a legacy.
10. How to make a living doing it. This doesn’t happen overnight. You need to do something, get good at it, be passionate about it. Build a reputation, find people who are interested in what you do, demonstrate your knowledge and passion.
It’ll require a lot of reflection and soul-searching, at first, then a lot of courage and learning and experimentation, and finally a lot of commitment.
Friday, April 30, 2010
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There are many questions and theories on how they got started? How and where did they get started. What did they do before they became rich and famous (famous by Internet standards). What do all Gurus have in common?
I'll try to anwer that question below.
1. Many gurus were just the average joe. They were gardner's, carpenters, social workers, radio dee jays, musicians, body builders, cooks, teachers and middle class income type of citizens. Many of these guru's already had what it takes to become successful. It certainly is not a whole lot of brains. What they do have is a fierce determination to succeed. Most were successful with their offline business they just applied that determination online.
2. The intelligence level of most gurus are by their own admission average. Most got started by building a website about what they knew offline. They were smart enough to know that by starting a website or blog and slowly built their subscriber list they could now continue to market their products again, and again. They now have the knowledge to do "Successful Internet Marketing".
3. What they all have in common are several if not hundreds of large lists of people they can continually market too. Most gurus know each other quite well. They often do joint ventures which means they come up with an idea and pitch it to another guru. Once the marketing idea is complete each guru will now email it to each others list. In other words guru "A" now has his idea on guru "B's" list and vice a versa. This will double someone's list almost overnight! This is called a "Joint Venture".
4. They are continually on the lookout for new and great ideas. The newest craze are videos, and membership sites. And finally the real answer to the question is this "They all make money from the rest of us"!
5. You need to surround your self with people that have more knowledge than you. Spend time doing what you do best and let the others do the same.
6. There are a plethora of other ways to become successful but if you are looking for the easiest and most affordable I suggest to do number "5".
Thursday, April 30, 2009
You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.
-- Homer Rice
In learning to know other things, and other minds, we become more intimately acquainted with ourselves, and are to ourselves better worth knowing.
--Philip Gilbert Hamilton
The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.
--Sir William Temple
Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
--Leon J. Suenes
Saturday, February 7, 2009
"Good judgement comes from experience. Sometimes, experience comes from bad judgement."
We have all have learned our lessons from bad judgements. But sometimes in life the things that we look back on that we thought were bad judgements were really blessings in disguise.
For example I can look back at some of my relationships and wonder what the heck was I thinking. But if I really step back and take a closer look I realize that some of those things made me a stronger person.
After my father passed away we were living in North Carolina. I never really understood what being judged by your race was all about. I would be invited to churches and other events and be told that you were not allowed to come back because I was part Japanese.
One of the memories was when my mom and I got on a bus to go across town. I wanted to sit up in the front of the bus. But was told to get my ass to the back of the bus where I belong. My mother grabbed my hand and we went to the back of the bus.
What's so inspiring about this is she never showed anger or went through life bitching about how people treat her differently.
She always kept on smiling and always volunteered in our community in helping making a difference in peoples lives. Because of her she has inspired me to live a life of charitable acts of kindness.
Wire yourself to remember all the judgements that inspire you to do great things! All the other judgments that are negative do not let them hinder you because you have greater purpose in life..so head toward your destiny.
Charitable Groups that I am working on Children's Charity Foundation.com with Justin Fatzer and My Cancer Survival Kit.com I'm working with Peter Mahrle.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Monday, December 29, 2008
Story telling is an ancient art that dates back thousands of years, but we shouldn't underestimate its effectiveness as a learning and motivational tool.
This beautiful life has carried me through an emotional and inspiring journey that I want to share with you.
Here is an example of one that I wrote for myself and I want to share it with you. I had this posted everywhere in my house including, mirrors, refrigerators, car including work.
"I am truly accepting and looking forward to moving to the next level in life! Giving is more of my desire in life than it is to receive! That will be my legacy... I have a vision that keeps me motivated. I can see it, feel it and experience it in my mind and heart. I have a strategy and a passion to live the truth. I am flexible and willing to take risk. I will surround myself with a strong nucleus. I have taken action to set my priorities and stay committed to managing my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health."
"Before you can ever be in any relationship you must acquire the trust and friendship. Someone that understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you the way that you are."
In the beginning Chapter 1
"It's beauty that captures your attentions; personality that captures your heart."
My very first memories are those of my father. My father was a pioneer in the sport of skydiving and he got to do it for a living.
He was part of the 7th army parachute team in Munich, Germany.
Even at such a young age you could feel the passion that he had for the sport and including the the relationships that he had with his team.
My father then got select to become a member of the Golden Knight, World Champion Skydiving Team for the Army located in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Competing in parachuting competitions and amazing the parachuting world with their record of 408 national champions, 65 world champions, and 14 national and six world team titles in formation skydiving.
In addition to those accomplishments, they also claim the only six-time world champion parachutist in formation skydiving and the only three consecutive time national champion parachutist in style and accuracy parachuting. These impressive feats have made them not only the most-winning U.S. Department of Defense sports team, but also the most-winning parachute team in the world.
In march of 1973 my father was sitting in my bedroom with me. He told me that he was going on a trip and that I had to be respectful to mom and remember that I had to be the man of the house while he was gone. Later that day I remember my mom being uncontrollably upset with the TV being on. My father and 13 other members were killed in a plane crash. I didn't understand what was going on at the time but just watched recently the video of Walter Cronkite breaking the news of the accident. It was amazing to watch a part of history and of course the famous news reporter that was so respected in United States.
That may seem kind of strange to some of you and maybe a bit twisted. I'm not sad or upset but blessed that this was the very first lesson in life that I remember. My father passed on a legacy that has been branded into my body, mind and spirit. "He did what he loved to do!"
He was a good will ambassador for the United States. Traveling the world in what I would call the flying circus, with the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, Thunderbirds He would preform in front of hundreds of thousand of people, inspiring them that they could do anything!
I end this chapter with a famous quote. " Do what you love to do and you will never work a day in your life"