How We Learn

 
I just landed in London and I love being back in this amazing city!
I was reading a really interesting book on the flight over called Strength Finder 2.0.
I love books!

I love educational videos!

BUT, according to the Cone Of Leaning your level of learning will be low because we are not physically engaged when interacting passively.
Reading and watching videos work more as a primer compared to the REAL life experience.
You can intellectualize skydiving, but you only know how it really feels like when you actually do it.
In 1969 Edgar Dale developed Cone of Learning that basically says that when you actually immerse yourself in an activity you get the full learning experience. Success will come to you much much faster if you take action and actually start a company. (See image below) That also why going to seminars where you activate all your senses and really immerse yourself in what you are building is so effective.
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Next Episode of Hardcore MBA presents Tom Rath – Live on the 6th of May
Tom Rath
Tom has written five New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade that have sold more than 6 million copies. His book Strength Finder 2.0 has 1890 Reviews on Amazon and has been in the top 100 books for many years. You should listen to the podcast where we talk a lot about how to get the most out of your team and colleagues.

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Strength Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Want to increase your teams productivity and happiness? Then give positive feedback! Should you focus on improving your strengths or weaknesses? It will all be on the May 6th episode of Hardcore MBA.

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Stats of the Day
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Entrepreneurs inspired while on the toilet and other interesting start-up statistics
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Eureka

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TED
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TED’s official app presents bold, new thought leadership from education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, music legends and other remarkable minds. Find thousands of inspiring TED Talks: videos to feed your curiosity, explore innovative concepts and expand your world — updated regularly.

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Five lessons Silicon Valley has for UK tech entrepreneurs
British startup founders should say ‘yes’ more, scale up faster and make their employees rich, say experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The pace of development in California’s Silicon Valley shows no sign of slowing. Read more…

5 Mindsets That Can Kill Your Entrepreneurial Dreams
Entrepreneurship is something all career-driven individuals’ desire, yet only few are able to make to their entrepreneurial dreams come true. When it comes to business success, there’s no cookie-cutter mold. It’s critical for entrepreneurs to continuously work on their mindset, since it is this that determines what actions to take. Read more…

Growing Your Business: Strategic Leadership Skills for the Long Game
We’ve all heard startup success stories like Amazon, Uber and Airbnb. These represent exceptions, however — not the norm. So why do more than half of startups fail? Well. It can be due to their leaders. CBInsights found that Read more…

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Bucket List Idea
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90/1000 The Bucket List – Buy A Porsche Convertible

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Finding Your Passion

 

Sometimes I have those days where things just don´t go well and I wonder where did all that crap come from! Do you ever have days like that?

Passion and finding your passion is something that get´s thrown around a lot, but how do you actually make that real life connection with your passion? A conceptual image representing a focus on passion

In 2007 I was fired and I started my first company (that failed) where my sole focus was on making a MASSIVE amount of money. My passion was connected to making money and achieving social status. I believed that would solve all my self-esteem issues and everything else that was a burden in my life.

The same “passion” for money also drove me straight into the wall in 2010. From that experience I had to redefine what my passion should be focused on. It has taken me about 6 years to really nail it down, but now that I´m more clear on why I get up in the morning I would like to share it with you.

A higher purpose than myself- ie. adding as much value to others and the world as I possibly can
✓ Love for the game of life and business
Achieving mastery in business and sharing that knowledge with others

Those are the three things that get me up in the morning and that I look to when those crap days come along and knock me off my feet. Yes, that still happens and will continue to happen in the foreseeable future. On those days I also try to remember that; “Challenges are gifts from God so we can grow.”

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How to find and do work you love
Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore’s mission is to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing.
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Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins
I have been waiting for this book to arrive on my kindle for the past month and now it´s here. Last night I read the first 100 pages and it´s amazing. Did you know that only 10% of all books sold are in the Non-fiction space? Here is another fact; only 10% of people that buy non fiction finish the first chapter. I find these patterns really interesting! Why do you think the 1% has 95% of the wealth in the world? They read the whole book!

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Stats of the Day
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Passion or Pay Check
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  • 55% of the U.S. working population is not engaged at work.
  • 16% of the U.S. working population is actively disengaged.
  • 63% — are “not engaged,” meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes
  • Work is more often a source of frustration than one of fulfillment for nearly 90% of the world’s workers.

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How to find your passion after you retire

Many people want to continue working well beyond the traditional retirement age, and to do that they’re finding new creative ways to stay employed in not just one new career, but two, three or more careers. Read more…

7 Things Small Business Owners Can Be Thankful For

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and the busy holiday season just around the corner, now is a really good time to pause and create a list of the things you are thankful for as a small business owner. Here are a few items that might make the top of your list. Read more…

How to Find Your Passion in 5 Creativity Exercises

For today’s aspiring entrepreneur, exploring avenues of creativity to find your passion is likely the quickest route to increase your chances of launching a successful business. Where to start? Here, five exercises to help you uncover your passion. Read more…

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See Delicate Arch and Walk Underneath It
78/1000 The Bucketlist

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HOW WE CAN MANAGE TIME WISELY

Perhaps, because we do not spend money to enjoy time, many of us take it for granted. Worse still, some even waste and squander it. Few seem to realize that time, unlike money, can never be won back once lost. Trying to get it back by working double time later is an exercise in futility.time-management

The mystery of time has haunted humanity through the ages. There have been efforts by science to understand time in order to control it. Until that time comes when time can be harnessed (pun not intended), we just have to live with it and try to make it work for us effectively.

The way to do this is to apportion wisely the 24 hours given to everyone of us. This number of hours may be enough to some, too short or too much to others, depending on how we use it. Ideally, we should be able to squeeze in or spread out most of our activities within the 24 hours.

We can start by defining our priorities. We may have important tasks to do in a given day but they cannot be equally vital although
some may appear to be so. Somehow, some tasks have an iota of importance over the other so we have to be discerning in this aspect.

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HOW TO SURVIVE IN A JOB YOU HATE

1This article is for you if you are among those who are still trapped in an 8-to-5 job either because you choose to or you have to. Regardless of your reason, here are some practical tips on how to survive the daily grind of being employed:

  • Laugh a lot. The expression, “laughter is the best medicine”, is not just a cliché. Scientific studies have proven that people with a good sense of humour have healthier hearts. When people laugh, they undergo physiological changes. Laughter improves pulse and blood pressures. It promotes deeper breathing thus increasing oxygen supply into the bloodstream that brings nutrients throughout the system and enhances the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormone and help diffuse anger. It also acts on the learning centres of the brain and so improves the ability to grasp more information. Good humour helps develop better perspective and ward off depression by replacing negative feelings with pleasurable emotions. It can turn monotonous tasks into games.
  • Be optimistic. Sociological researches show that optimistic people perform better than pessimists. They enjoy better health because they are less likely to suffer from stress, or contract infectious diseases, or die prematurely. Optimists are proven to be more persistent so they do not give up easily and are able to cope better when faced with setbacks. By believing in themselves, they invite more positivity in their lives. They are able to view a hateful job as something just temporary rather than something they are stuck with for the rest of their life. This outlook can make a big difference in their mood.

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HOW TO RE- MOTIVATE YOURSELF

1Every now and then, it is a very good practice to review what motivates you to action. This is especially true when you seem to have hit a plateau in your career and your enthusiasm starts to wane. A short look back to what inspired you at the start of your journey will help revive your enthusiasm to move on. Here are some reminders of the possibilities worth considering:

  • You were meeting a challenge: Perhaps you found your life before was beginning to bore you and so decided to spice it up. Now that you feel you are losing your enthusiasm, it is a wise to rekindle that original fire in you. Re-living what initially set you to motion can renew your motivation and drive you to continue in your journey.
  • You wanted to improve yourself: The imperfection you saw in you before could have made you decide to improve yourself. You could have started to do some exercises, follow certain diets, enrol in a vocational course, or start to attend seminars on empowerment. Assess now if you have attained what you hoped to achieve. If you are satisfied with the result, you can always look for something else you could enhance in you. Your previous success must have boosted your confidence so bank on the momentum you gained. Strike while the iron is hot and start another self-improvement program as soon as possible.

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HOW TO MASTER YOUR FEAR

1Everything in life has two sides, the positive and the negative. Fear is no different because it can either be good or bad depending on its effect on the person who experiences it. By its own, you should not be afraid of fear. Actually, you can regard fear your ally because it triggers your innate instinct for self-preservation. When faced with danger, it alerts you to act immediately to either fight or flee by causing your heart to beat faster, your blood pressure to rise, and your breathing to speed up. These physical changes trigger your mind and body to respond quickly and remain until your brain senses that the danger is over.

The problem, therefore, is not fear itself but your reaction to it. Rather than taking advantage of its natural effect of inciting you to act, you suppress it. You let yourself to be controlled by your fear so it makes you withdraw from life. It paralyses you from pursuing your dreams or stepping out of your comfort zone. You docilely accept mediocrity and complacency into your life.

Since fear, as Dale Carnegie puts it, “does not exist anywhere except in the mind” and “is just a habit” according to Napoleon Hill, then you can fight it with the proper mindset. Being aware of your fear is an important step in overcoming it but mastering fear may require more effort. Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Learn to face your fear. Be comfortable with it. Do the thing that frightens you instead of running away from it. For example, if height terrorizes you, look down safely from the window of a tall building. You can do this gradually by climbing up 2 stories higher each time until you can muster the challenge of viewing the street below from highest floor; or if you dread big spiders or reptiles, watch them close up in their glass cages. If you are afraid of speaking in public, join organizations like the Toastmasters’ Club or your local dramatic guild where they can help you can develop your public speaking skills. It is good to be reminded of Eleanor Roosevelt’s admonition: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face”. Look for chances to do the thing you think you cannot do. You will be surprised to discover for yourself that you can do it after all. Admittedly, not all your fears can be discarded easily. Some require time, determination, and patience to overcome. You do not have to rush them but just keep on moving forward in your life till you are freed from them.

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Health Tips: Virtual Assistants

Although virtual workers like writers and bloggers enjoy flexible working hours compared to their regular counterparts doing day jobs, they oftentimes exceed the working hours of the latter group. This is mainly due to the professional demand of their jobs. Since most are paid by the number of articles they submit or the actual length of hours they work, they try to earn more by increasing production. Also, the creative freedom they enjoy sometimes makes them lose track of the time and continue while inspired to do so.

However, these enthusiasm and the demands of their profession make them sacrifice their personal health. Most get by with light snacks like crackers and coffee. Others skip meals altogether. Some leave meals to fast-food restaurants and “exercise” by doing a few sitting and standing ups in their workplace.

Of course, this life-style has dire health consequences. It plays havoc on the body’s various systems such as circulatory, digestive, and immune systems. The financial gain the bloggers work for is outweighed by the medical issues they will suffer from later. To avoid or minimize these health problems, we suggest the following tips:

VIRTUAL TRAINERS Good news to virtual workers! There are now online virtual trainer programs that are health supportive like the Diet-to-go, BistroMD, and Motivational apps. They offer some great training and diet apps to help you set goals and recommend exercises that will work for you. They track your progress as well. These online trainers can make small healthy changes to your daily lives and help transform you from the old, sluggish VA a new, energized VA. You can also receive motivational words and bits of healthy advice when you subscribe to text messaging services from medical professionals.

EAT HEALTHY Stay away from diets that promise fast weight loss, but regain them back once you stop their regimen. Instead, try to eat lots fresh fruits and vegetables and, if possible, prepare your own meals. Many healthy-looking meals from restaurants and take-out places have hidden calories in seasoning or sauces. Eat often and regularly. Eating 3-5 small meals throughout the day will keep your body full and energized without binging extra unwanted weight. Drink plenty of liquid throughout the day.

EXERCISE Simple exercises that encourage any movement is enough. Try to do a movement activity at least 30 minutes a day for at least four days a week. It is up to you how to move. Group fitness classes are good for this purpose because besides being motivational, they are also really fun. Exercise does not need to feel like exercise. Take a peaceful walk through the park; or ride a bike to pick up a few groceries. Choose something that you enjoy doing and do it as often as you can. You will end up feeling happier, you will sleep better, and write with more enthusiasm.

BREATHING TO RELAX When we get stressed, we sometimes just forget to breathe. Our breaths become short and shallow, just stressing out our bodies even more. A few deep breathes are very relaxing. When you feel all tensed up, just sit up straight in your chair, close your eyes, and breathe. Count to five as you inhale and fill your lungs with air, then count to five as your exhale and completely empty your lungs. Continue this for at least 10 breaths, or until you feel more calm.

Try the above heath tips. Remember: the healthier you are, the better you can do your daily virtual work with confidence and less stress.

Learn Positive Psychology – The Secret to Happiness and Success

The goal of life is happiness. And if you’re happy, success will follow, not the other way around. So to be able to have as many opportunities to succeed, you have to be around happy people all the time.

The Great Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” So there has to be 3 times more positive emotion than negative to be truly happy. This also means that 75% of your life should be happy, contented, relaxed, excited, joyous, loving, curious, awe-struck, energized, and passionate.

Keep in mind that you are what you think about, how you feel. So change how you think and feel now! Tell yourself that great things are coming to you now, not tomorrow or in the near future—now! Tell yourself that you are grateful for your life and that you find the positive in everything that happens to you. Look yourself in the mirror and say, “I am the hero of my own life! I laugh and small every day. I am filled with positive emotions. Today, I laugh. Today, I love. Today I live.”

These positive thoughts radiate to positive things, helping you succeed.

Online Business Success Stories – USA

The power of the internet today has grown into exponential heights. It is, in fact, the most valuable commodity. Learning to leverage the internet is the most valuable skill set that every entrepreneur should have. People need to maximise the tools that the internet offers, including social media and search engines like Google.

The CEO of CarbonCopy PRO, Jay Kubassek, explains that there is no easy money, no quick way to success. People need to earn success. It is a result of hard work and working with a community that is able to help you move forward as part of a collective process. This is what people in CarbonCopy PRO do. They have mastered the art of marketing, making them very successful. And they have learned how to maximise the powers of the internet and have shared what they know to a lot of people all over the world.

In the 21st century, the information age, anyone who wants to succeed in business need to understand that the internet is the most important commodity and that it is the most valuable marketing tool. If only people could actually grasp this, they could become successful too. If only people could learn how to use the internet to their advantage, they’d be able to sell anything effectively online and earn as much as they can.

 

Business Success Stories During Recession

Many businesses have been impacted by the recession. This caused some businesses to close down, while a lucky few are still standing. This video blog talks about how these companies have become so successful by weathering the economic storm. Although each enterprise has their own unique story to tell, one common denominator they have is the willingness to overcome adversity by taking risk and making changes.

The first business success story is about Scott Johnson. He started his company, Certified Parts Warehouse, back in 1991 by brokering new and used computer parts. His later on focused on selling high quality refurbished computer equipment and parts. However, the recession caused most of his clients to go after the lowest bid on the products he sell, causing him to lose business. This made him realize that he needed to make some changes.

Most of his competitors at the time of the economic turmoil were forced to drop their standards in favor of what most computers want—lower prices. But Mr. Johnson stick to his principles in offering only the best quality—OEM standard—refurbished computer parts. He also offered repair services to retailers, aside from selling good quality refurbished parts. Mr. Johnson advises that business should be willing to listen to what customers are saying and be willing to take a risk.

The second business success story is about the Ejarque brothers, Anthony and Herman, who opened The Governor’s Inn back in 1992 in Rochester. As the economy declined, the inn, particularly their restaurant, lost around 60% of business mainly due to the fact that everyone was responding to a tight budget. This caused them to close for 6 months, but they also saw the financial crisis as an opportunity to improve what they were offering to customers. They built a new pub area, changed the menu and eventually formed a whole new concept. Basically, they rebranded their restaurant and reopened as the Spalding Steak and Ale. Now, it is a fun place to wine and dine with friends and family, and a lot of people love it.

All in all, you can see that these companies wouldn’t be where they are now if they didn’t make any significant changes. They embraced the recession, but refused to waiver by doing what they could to remain in business.