Listen up, all you Internet business information junkies out there! It’s time for a little cold, hard reality; time for a slap in the face; time for some tough love.
How long have you been thinking about starting a blog or even an Internet business empire? How long have you been reading all the blogs from all the gurus of Internet business? You’ve been devouring all the latest business podcasts and you’ve sunk quite a few dollars into books, online courses, and all the latest whiz-bang techno-gadgets designed to help you get your blog and Internet business going fast.
Yet, here you are, still consuming more information, still planning, still brainstorming…and still no business. Continue reading
There are a ton of good, positive things to be said about having an internet business. And we are all too aware of all the “bad” stuff that comes along with having a typical 9-to-5 “rat-race” job. Most people would agree that one of the greatest things about an internet business is all the freedom it gives you. You can work pretty much any time and from any place you want. You can take time off when you want, and there’s nobody looking over your shoulder making sure you meet some ridiculous deadline. Having an internet business means you never have to come up with a new excuse for missing work or being late. And you will never have to rely on someone else to give you a raise or to approve an additional day of vacation after you’ve worked your butt off for 5 years. Whoopee.
But hold on there, Sparky. If you’ve been in the Rat Race for years and you’re thinking about starting an internet business, there’s a little dose of reality that you may as well face now: It’s probably not going to be as easy as you think. For all the great benefits of internet business and all the headaches that go along with the Rat Race, there’s one thing that holds true for most people regarding work habits. That is, you will be more likely to “get it done” when you are somehow held accountable, and when there are some undesirable consequences for not getting it done.
Think about it. As much as you dislike your job and want to get out of it, you continue to go to work every day and do what needs to be done. Why? Because if you don’t show up, you’ll have to answer to someone and you’ll probably face some consequences that you’d rather avoid. If that’s not enough, there’s always the risk of losing your income and any other benefits that come along with the job. If you had no one to answer to and there were no negative consequences, do you think it would be harder to make yourself go to that job every day? Yeah, it would. The reality we’ve been facing lately is that, even if you’re talking about starting your own business, being your own boss, and doing something you enjoy, it’s still sometimes tough to “get it done” – for the lack of the very things we hate about the Rat Race! There’s nobody telling us what to do and when to do it, and there’s no “punishment” for putting it off ”just one (more) day.” At least, not until recently… Continue reading
Though I realize that this statement probably isn’t a news flash to anyone who reads here, sometimes it helps to be reminded of what inspired you to want to change your life. If my hunch is correct, you found A Couple of Quitters because you were searching for something. Maybe you don’t even know exactly what it is that you’re searching for. But I’m pretty certain that the impulse that started you out on your journey to find or create more meaning in your life began because you hate your job. Even if it’s not that, there’s something missing in your life and it probably relates to your present work or unemployment status.
A Clean Slate
There are a whole lot of people who are reflecting on their lives and wondering what they’ve accomplished. But I’m here to tell you that spending your time thinking about the past is worse than making the choices which created it in the first place. Let’s do something right here and now. Let’s wipe the slate clean. The past is in the past and there’s nothing you can do about it. But this moment, my friend, is special. What you do in the next moment is totally up to you. What you do in ten seconds is completely your choice. Where you spend your precious time next week is something in which you have a vote. Give yourself permission to stop thinking about how your sucky choices have created less than what you expected of yourself in life. And start doing the very thing you’ve been considering…DO SOMETHING!
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Everybody needs to be creative now and then. For entrepreneurs like us who are trying to become self-employed and create sustainable income through a small business, great ideas are like gold. It’s far better to have many average ideas than only one that’s above average. Why? Because when we have a much larger pool of ideas to work from, we’re more likely to hook into one that needs only a little tweaking to turn it into something remarkable.
If you’re like me, you keep a list of ideas. Some of these may eventually turn into future income streams. I have a lot of ideas, though many are still a bit undeveloped. However, I’ve noticed that there are times in which I’m more likely to have a multiple-idea burst. This happens after I’ve done something very exciting or when I’ve watched a movie that has me really charged up with energy. That’s when the ideas seem to come to me in clusters. Here are some examples of movies that seem to lubricate my creativity:
Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is a day of celebration for people who live in the United States of America. We are celebrating the day we became an independent nation. Independence was declared on July 2, 1776 (the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) and was formally recognized on July 4th. Today, we celebrate and recognize our independence. But, most unfortunately, the majority of citizens of the United States are still not truly independent; a situation I find myself in and am presently working to rectify. Continue reading
The following is a copy of my recent guest post at MotivateThyself.com.
Ever have those days where you’re sitting on the couch with the TV remote in your hand going over the same tired channels again and again while you’re thinking, “Okay, I really need to get motivated!”? Has your life fallen into and endless routine of sameness where one day blurs into the next? Do you think about how just a few years ago, you were motivated, energized and very active but you don’t know how to get it back?
For some reason, many people, at one time or another, seem to innocuously slip into the no-motivation zone while their attention is somewhere else. We suddenly wake up and realize that we have no ambition anymore. Why? While there are a million reasons for this, you don’t need to know them all before taking steps to get your motivation groove back. Here’s a list of 12 motivation tricks that can give you the jolt you need to snap out of your sleep-walking life.
- Start a new relationship. You don’t have to replace your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, but simply starting a new relationship with a new and interesting person with whom you have a lot in common can add some spice to your week and move you out of the doldrums. Go somewhere new and strike up a conversation. It works!
- Pick up a new hobby. This is especially nice if you can involve a friend–perhaps a new friend! Also, if you have children, a spouse or significant other, start together and enjoy each other’s company. Picking up a new hobby or reconnecting with an old one can jazz you up and substantially boost your level of motivation.
- Work out! Yes, I know this idea may hurt, at first, but if you don’t overwhelm yourself, in a very short amount of time, you’ll begin to feel like a million bucks. Grab a friend, set a goal, and hold each other accountable. Working out with a friend is a great motivator and so is losing weight and looking better. Don’t focus on what you’ll be losing (free time, excuses to be lazy), focus on what you’ll gain (feeling better, looking great). If you take exercise seriously, the gains you make in your energy level, your confidence, and your motivation will skyrocket. Continue reading