Sunday, April 26, 2015

Money Flows to Value: 5 Ideas for Generating Extra Income
Written by Jack Canfield

There are really only two ways to end up with more money. You can either spend less, or you can make more. Personally, I’m a fan of making more. I would rather make more and have more money to spend than always be denying myself things I want.

In our lifetime many of us have been confronted head-on with having to figure out a way to spend less money. In school you learn how to set and live off budgets. You think about what you can cut out here, what you can cut back on there, and you’re constantly focusing on what you have to “get rid of.”

But what if you thought about money differently? What if instead of focusing on how to cut back, you focused on how to make more? There are many possibilities to do so.

The first step in making more money is to decide how much more you want to make. Once you have decided how much more you want to make, ask yourself “What product, service, or additional value can I deliver to generate more money?” What does the world, your employer, your community, fellow business people, fellow students, or your customers need that you could provide? Once you’ve identified that, it’s time to develop and deliver that product, service, or extra value.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Money Idea #1: Become an Intrapreneur

    Today, many of America’s biggest and smartest companies are cultivating entrepreneurship amongst their employees and executives. Companies such as Google, encourage their employees to spend up to 20% of their work week to pursue projects of their choice. They are encouraged to “think outside the box” and come up with new ideas and innovations. Intrapreneurs are the ones who created the Post-It note for 3M, the Java programming language for Sun Microsystems, and even Yahoo's Search offering.

    Does your company have customers it isn’t selling additional goods to? Maybe there’s a piece of machinery, a vendor relationship, or an overlooked marketing idea, or other unusual assets that your employer isn’t taking full advantage of. Can you create a plan to turn this asset into cash? Approach your employer with a proposal to work on the asset-maximizing project off-hours for extra pay. This could even garner you a well-deserved promotion.

  • Money Idea #2: Find a Need and Fill it

    Many of the most successful people throughout history have identified a need in the marketplace and provided a solution for it. If you want to earn more money – either with your own business or in addition to your job – identify a need that isn’t being met and determine how to meet it.

    Have you seen ABC’s hit show The Shark Tank? A panel of five investors listen to pitches for some of the best business and product ideas from some of America's brightest entrepreneurs - from stay-at-home moms and dads, to students, to people who are simply wanting to be their own boss – they bring brilliant ideas in a wide range of areas including children's products, music, sports, automotive, and even the nightclub scene. Though some of the ideas are kooky (hey, it is television, afterall!) there are also a handful of brilliant ideas coming from people who have simply found a need and filled it.

    On a recent episode, two ambitious college students created a successful “coffee of the month” business. They realized there was a market for people looking to sample coffee from around the word, and they capitalized on that using a subscription-based model. They found a need and filled it. They received the needed capital to start their company with a successful Kicktarter Campaign and they have now solidified themselves as coffee connoisseurs with a taste for unique blends found all around the world. Their company is basically a “wine of the month” club for coffee lovers.

    There are always needs you can find to create a business or service around you. Many of these former “met needs” are inventions and services we now take for granted. But the fact remains that people discovered something they needed in their own life, or stumbled on the needs of others, then created the gadgets and services we enjoy today.

  • Money Idea #3: Think Outside the Box

    When Dave Liniger, founder and CEO of RE/MAX , was a successful young real estate agent, like everyone else, he grumbled about paying 50% of his commissions to the broker whose office he worked in. Experienced and an out-of-the-box thinker be began to look for a better way to sell homes and keep more of what he earned at the same time. He could have rented a desk in an office building for $500 a month, but that didn’t offer outstanding management, a large brand name, lots of offices, or the ability to share expenses across thousands of agents. He thought, why not create a hybrid? A firm that offers more independence to agents, that lets them keep more than 50% of their sales commissions, but still provides more support than going at it along. And from that, RE/MAX was born and is now one of the largest network of real estate agents in the world.

    Because Liniger’s out-of-the-box idea was backed up with hard work, perseverance, and passion…and because it met a need for thousands of real estate agents, this dream has grown into a billion-dollar-a-year business.

    How far might you go if you were willing to do some out-of-the-box thinking?

  • Money Idea #4: Start a Business on the Internet

    Today, an internet business is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get started – even while keeping your current job. You can find a need and fill it for a very narrow market, yet still reach thousands, or even millions, of people with that interest across the world.

    If you are creative and artsy, Etsy.com is a fast-growing e-commerce website where people can sell photography, artwork, jewelry, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys to people all across the world.

    If you have great information to share with others, you can sell e-books, audio files, training materials, how-to courses, and other informational products online easily, without needing to ship a single box. Website platforms like wordpress.com make it easy to have a website up and running in no time.

    If you have clothing or items around the house that you are no longer using, start a small business and sell them through ebay.com. Of if you enjoy bargain shopping, I know a woman who made her entire living off of purchasing children’s clothing and toys from discount stores and selling them on eBay to make a profit.

    You don’t need to have a big marketing machine behind you either to successfully sell through the internet. Hundreds of websites, blogs, newsletters and clubs already have visitors, subscribers and members who could be perfect prospective customers for you. Talk to the site or blog owners and offer them a percentage of anything you sell to their readers or members. This then becomes a win-win for everyone involved.

  • Money Idea #5: Join a Network Marketing Company

    There are more than 1,000 companies who sell their products and services through network marketing and direct sales – certainly one or more you can get passionate about. From health and nutritional products, to cosmetics, cookware, toys, educational materials, and phone services – there is something for everyone! I've been a consumer, representative and trainer to many great companies who not only have amazing products to offer, great compensation plans and com training and educational programs to support you - there is unlimited opportunity for growth and compensation. Truly, the skies the limit!

    Find a company that has been around for a while and has a good reputation. Try the products and make sure you love them. If you are passionate about the products and passionate about the people, you can make a lot of money through the leverage that building a downline provides you.

    Check out sites like www.onlinemlm.com/500List.html or www.dsa.org for a variety of opportunities.

Just remember, wherever you decide to put your energies, the key is to become more valuable to your current employer, customer, or clients. You can do this by getting better at solving their problems, delivering products, and adding services that they want and need.

Make it a part of your vision and your goals, visualize and affirm that you are making more money from your ideas by providing value to others. Start reading books and articles about it and talking with your friends about it. You will start attracting all kinds of opportunities and ideas. Then just act on the ones that feel most right for you.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

5 Powerful Strategies to Help You Achieve Any Goal
Written by Jack Canfield

Now that we’re into April and the first quarter of the year is over, it’s time to revisit your intentions for the year and take stock of what you’ve accomplished so far.

Think back to January... What were the main goals or intentions you set for yourself or your business this year? How many have you crossed off the list or made significant progress toward achieving?

If you’re falling behind schedule or finding it hard to stay focused on your big goals, here are five of my most powerful Success Principles to help you recharge your motivation and sense of purpose – and move closer to achieving success with every action and decision you make.

Consider it a spring tune-up for your intentions!

1. Practice persistence

What’s the one common attribute high achievers share above anything else? PERSISTENCE. When they have a goal, they simply refuse to give up until they reach it – no matter what roadblocks life throws in their way.

Consider the story of Admiral Robert Peary, who attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he finally succeeded on try number eight. Or screenwriter Craig Borten, who wrote the screenplay for Dallas Buyers Club in 1992 and struggled for 20 years to get his script turned into a movie – which became a huge success and won numerous awards, including the Oscar for best original screenplay.

You can read about them and many other ordinary people who have persevered to achieve extraordinary success in The Success Principles, Chapter 22: Practice Persistence. I encourage you to review this chapter so you can learn from their examples and be inspired by their stories. It’s a great way to reignite your own motivation!

2. Face what isn’t working

If you are going to become more successful, you have to get out of denial and face isn’t working in your life. Are your goals simply too big to accomplish in the time you have available? Are you lacking some essential skills required to achieve them? Are you in denial about the amount of support you need?

Successful people face these circumstances squarely, heed the warning signs, and take appropriate action, no matter how uncomfortable or challenging it might be.

Do you need to talk to someone? Ask someone for help? Find a new resource? Read a book? Call an expert? Make a plan to fix it?

Choose one action you can take and then do it. Then keep taking another action and another action until you get the situation resolved.

3. Transcend your limiting beliefs

Sometimes the biggest reason we don’t move forward is because deep down we don’t think we’re actually capable of achieving or goals – or deserving of the success we long for.

If you have limiting beliefs or negative thoughts holding you back from reaching your goals, take some time to identify what these thoughts and beliefs are and then transform them into an empowering belief using these four steps:
  1. Write down the negative belief
  2. Describe how the belief limits you
  3. Decide how you would rather be, act, or feel
  4. Create a turnaround statement that affirms your right to be, act, or feel this new way.
For example...

Limiting belief: I have to do everything by myself. Asking for help is a sign of weakness.

Turnaround statement: It’s okay to ask for help. I am worthy or receiving all the support I need – and I know it will help me reach my goals faster.

4. Stay motivated with the masters

Motivation comes from within – but sometimes you need an external nudge to push you forward in the right direction. That’s why I’m a firm believer in reading, watching, or listening to something that motivates you every day – even if it’s only for 15 minutes.

Whether you’re commuting by car or train, riding your bike, going for a run, or simply find yourself with a few minutes in front of the computer, listening to audio or video recordings can give you the edge you need to excel in virtually any area of your life. You can keep yourself motivated, learn a language, learn management skills, learn sales and marketing strategies, learn better communication, learn about holistic health and more.

By devoting more time to developing success-oriented thoughts and attitudes, you are guaranteed to reach your goals faster.

5. Take BOLD actions to get BIG results

When you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there is usually some fear. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.

Successful people, on the other hand, feel the fear along with the rest of us but don’t let it keep them from doing anything they want to do – or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. And they challenge themselves to take bold action, trusting that they have what it takes to handle the outcome.

That’s why I dare you to think big – and act bigger. By taking a leap of faith in the face of fear, you can transform your life.

Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul©Inspirational Books)© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com/.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

3 Ways to Cultivate an Enterprising Nature
Written by Jim Rohn

One of the greatest satisfactions of living life to the fullest is doing the best you can with whatever you have. Doing anything less than your best has a way of eroding the psyche. We are creatures of enterprise.

Enterprising people are those people disciplined and dedicated enough to seize opportunities that present themselves... regardless of the current situation, struggles or obstacles.

Enterprising people see the future in the present. They will always find a way to take advantage of situations, not be burdened by them. And enterprising people aren't lazy. They don't wait for opportunities to come to them; they go after the opportunities. Enterprising means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition.

We can be particularly creative at working at less than our potential, though.

But by practicing a few simple disciplines every day, you can cultivate an enterprising nature. Here’s how to use your time smartly, to make sure you’re always working toward your ambition:

1. Run the day, or it will run you. Some will be masters of their time, and some will be servants. Enterprising people become the masters.

To master your time, you must have clear written goals for each day that you keep with you at all times. It helps to create each day's list the night before. Prioritize your goals for the day and constantly review them. Enterprising people don't let the minor activities distract them from the major activities—the ones that hold the keys to their success.

2. Don't mistake activity for productivity. You probably know some people who always seem to be busy being busy. To be successful, you must be busy being productive. Some people are going, going, going, but they’re not making much progress. Don't mistake activity for productivity, movement for achievement. Evaluate the hours in your days and see if there is wasted time that you could manage better.

3. Focus. The third key is good concentration. You've got to zero in on the job at hand and, like an ant, let nothing stand in your way and let nothing distract you from the task. Assuming this is a major activity in pursuit of the highest leverage opportunity available, there should be nothing more valuable to invest your time in.

Enterprise is always better than ease. Every time we choose to do less than we possibly can, we limit our possibilities—we stifle our potential. You can alter your life by doing a little more each day to work smarter and by developing a habit of efficiency rather than the habit of activity.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you never quit and always did all that you could do.

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2015. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Secret to a Better Future? You.
Written by Jim Rohn

Of all the things that can affect your future, personal growth is most important. In other words, the major key to your better future is you. Now, there are many things that will help your future, professional and personal.

If you belong to a strong, dynamic, progressive company with good leadership, that would help. If the company has good products and services you are proud of, that helps. If there is a good training program, that, too, would help.

If it doesn’t storm, if your car doesn’t break down, if the kids don’t get sick, if the neighbors stay halfway civil, if your relatives don’t bug you, if it isn’t too cold, if it isn’t too hot… all of these things, too, would help your better future. We could go on and on with the list, but remember this: The list of things that I’ve just covered and many more—all put together—play only a minor role in your better future.

Because the major key to a better future is you. Lock your mind on this.

When my friend is asked, “How do you develop an above-average income?” he says, “Simple. Become an above-average person.” Work on you.

“Develop an above-average handshake. A lot of people want to be successful, and they don’t even work on their handshake. As easy as that would be to start, they let it slide. They don’t understand,” he says. “Develop an above-average smile. Develop an above-average excitement. Develop an above-average dedication. Develop an above-average interest in other people. To have more, become more.”

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.

Strangely enough, with two different people in the same company, one might earn $100 or even $1,000 more a month. What could possibly be the difference? If the products were the same, if the training was the same, if they both had the same literature, the same tools, the same teacher, the same compensation plan, if they both attended the same meetings… why would one person earn more? Remember the difference is personal—inside, not outside.

Someone once said, “The magic is not in the products. The magic is not in the literature. The magic is not in the film…. The magic that makes things better is inside of you, and personal growth makes this magic work for you.”

Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher, reprinted with permission from Jim Rohn International © 2015. As a world-renowned author and success expert, Jim Rohn touched millions of lives during his 46-year career as a motivational speaker and messenger of positive life change. For more information on Jim and his popular personal achievement resources or to subscribe to the weekly Jim Rohn Newsletter, visit www.JimRohn.com.