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6 Important Ways To Live Rich The Real Way

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6 Important Ways To Living Rich The Real Way

What does it mean to live rich? Flashy cars, money, being famous, and luxurious houses? Where does the real comfort in life stem from? We all subjugate ourselves to the economic system of consumer culture; the latest trends, fashions and possessions and that is perfectly fine.

However extreme materialism can consume one’s well-being, relationships and quality of life. We pretend to ourselves that it doesn’t exist and ignore the voices in our heads. Richness is not emulating what is streamed to our minds on television; a source that brings temporary happiness and infecting our minds with illusions.

You see wealth isn’t in the numbers in your bank account, it’s the knowledge and experiences you gain in life. Choose to accept that it’s about the priceless things that money can’t buy. One of the biggest challenges in life is trying to live in the moment whilst trying to detach from the programmed grid like robots carrying on carelessly. An important element is to think deep and ask yourself how I want to spend my life.

Below I have listed 6 ways to live rich the real way:

 

1. Invest in yourself

This world now is in the new age of technological advancement, internet, and gossip addiction that has transcended into our normal routine polluting our way of life. It has affected us so much in our daily lives that we end up talking about useless things the next day at work!

This has resulted in focusing on ourselves less and less and forgetting who we are inside. You don’t need to prove to anyone else but yourself; look at it this way your body will be around a lot longer than those expensive things so invest in yourself. Develop yourself year after year. Here is a simple strategy that I have used for development, it is called “The 6 month rule”. This is the timeframe used to elevate myself to the next step. This can be my career development, my spirituality,  or visiting a beautiful place in the world.

I encourage myself to try my best to reach a certain goal by breaking down the 6 months. I literally write down my goals and talk to the right people whilst monitoring my progress rigorously and before I know it I’m there living my dream. It is a great confidence booster resulting in the continual yet consistent approach to improving yourself. Understanding ourselves first will ultimately initiate change so find ways to invest in yourself physically; exercise and healthy diet, spiritually; faith and religion, and emotionally; learning to self-reflect, forgive and making amends.

 

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2. Helping others

There are many prosocial acts that provide a benefit to others, such as donating to charity, volunteering or sharing something with someone. In today’s competitive world we often lack the will in sacrificing time to help those in difficult situations. Every individual has the ability to help. You can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone no matter how small the action.

I am sure you have felt the heart-touching moment when you’ve changed lives for the better. I genuinely love that profound realisation that I have the capability, tools and resources to help someone. It is the Good morning, the friendly smile, the holding of the door for someone else. It is giving compliments. It is highlighting other’s strengths, not weaknesses. It is encouraging people to be themselves. It is giving up time to help those in need.

The beauty in helping someone is seeing them rise and appreciating what you have done for them. Drop a pebble in a pond and see the rippling effect, before you know it that person is doing the same. Imagine saying a few words, years later that person will thank you. Sacrifice your time in this busy world to establish a positive influence.

 

3. Making the right decisions

We can all admit that everyone has made their fair share of regrettable decisions. Making the right decisions is a skill that develops as we grow older and wiser. There are two types of people in life; those who stay within their comfort zone and those who stretch out and take risks.

In this regards the two groups also reflect decision types: Those who tend to stay within the comfort zone, making cautious decisions not to exert themselves in fear. On the contrary the risk takers make bold decisions willing to put more effort to obtain a greater output. However in either case one must always take a calculated and informed decision in creating a life that you want to enjoy.

One problem is that we play the victim to other people’s opinions who try to decide for us. I always listen to my gut instinct and if I get this positive vibe or feeling then I know for sure it is the right decision and I even look to faith to guide me. Be specific with your decisions because if one has too many choices, we overwhelm ourselves and become unsure what to do.  The process of making decisions and adjusting yourself from setbacks no matter what your circumstance is the foundation of learning in life; that’s living life rich.

 

4. Travel the world

We always want to be confined to the comforts of our home or bubble but there is no harm in going beyond your comfort zone as an opportunity to travel or live abroad. If money is an issue (and it usually is), you can cut back on expenses by participating in a cultural exchange, volunteering with a group, or earning your way by teaching English.

I choose to spend on unique experiences by travelling a few times a year because it is something I will cherish forever. Travelling is a kind of thing that cannot be rivaled because you are exposing yourself to the wonders of the world. By travelling you can appreciate cultural differences firsthand and gain an understanding of people’s way of life through languages, practices and friendship.

Now with a more professional twist includes career opportunities, which employers look for. It shows that you’re responsible, independent, and a dynamic individual with the ability to work in any environment. You are that plane ticket to your future; research and explore the advantages and opportunities the world has to offer thus opening up your creative abilities. Travelling enriches you, every time I come back I feel changed in some way. From that point on a period of self-reflection sets wherein you become more open minded and appreciative of the blessings, which gives life a new meaning.

“Traveling; it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

5. Establishing a fine line between contentment and wanting more

We all have been in the situation where we have a finely tuned daily routine or life, a loving life, a pretty good job, a great significant other and a healthy body. However you still have this irritating feeling day in and day out. Looking around you realize that what you have just isn’t enough. As humans, we have the urge or infatuation to want more and more as quickly as possible but unfortunately life does not work this way.

Wanting more, takes patience and of course will arrive at the right time. Understand that it takes time and emotional effort in striving to have a better life and doing it for the right reasons. As the saying goes it is not about quantity but quality. Make informed decisions and ask yourself these questions: Do I really need this? Will it benefit me? Weigh out the pros and cons.

 

6. Free yourself

Freedom means a massive part of being rich to me. I free myself daily by living to my own defined rules in order to work towards and achieve a balance between my professional career and personal life. It also means spending time with those who believe in who I am as a human being and that’s all the affirmation you need.

Most of all I have alone time to help me focus and strengthen the belief in myself to nurture my mind, body and spirit. In conclusion it is awareness when your mind is free from all the things in the world that weigh you down and staying strong in whatever the situation.

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe Dayan

Tap into a higher level of consciousness and think what living rich means to you. It makes the big decisions in life (career, family, lifestyle) that much clearer.

Thank you for reading my article! What does living rich mean to you? Please comment below!

Besides working in the field of science; helping patients through genetic testing, my purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles and stories from around the world. I love to engage creative and ambitious minds on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/motivationwithusman.

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7 Comments

  1. Wanda

    Sep 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Great post Usman! Thank-you 🙂

  2. Joseph Dwomoh

    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    i would like to be thankful for the life changing and inspiring articles that i receive occasionally. I must state here and now that my perception and thinking about life and success is gradually changing from being acceptable of life is not fair to some of us in africa to a life equally created by God with equal opportunities. To me living rich is being affect life positively with a sense of fulfilment.

  3. Amey Meyer

    Sep 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    This post really reminded me of all the important things in life. I especially love ‘invest in yourself’ and ‘travel the world’, because no matter where you are in the world, you can only be happy if you are happy within yourself. I think we all need this reminder every now and then. Thank you.

  4. Theodore Nwangene

    Sep 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Hello Usman,
    You’ve made some amazing and interesting points here. One of the best ways to become very rich is really to invest in yourself. If you take the time to train yourself very well and acquire all it takes to become rich then, you will certainly become rich.

    In the same vein, its also very important to make it a priority to always give a helping hand to other people as this will also pave good ways for you.

    • Danny

      Sep 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      I totally agree with you Theodore! Investing in yourself truly pays off and improves the quality of your life. I like what you said about helping others. Napoleon Hill talks about this in his book The Law of Success, particularly on the principle titled “The Golden Rule”. It’s important to direct our thoughts and actions toward others as if we were on the receiving end.

  5. dr.MandaR

    Sep 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Nice post!

  6. Ariel Paz

    Sep 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I think you pretty much nailed it here 🙂 The only thing I might add is to be thankful in all circumstances. Enjoying where you are to the full, while pursuing where you want to be. Living rich is more of state of mind and spirit. Being grateful for all the blessings and even for the trials, because it is in the tough times we grow.

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6 Important Things to Consider When Choosing an Investor

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Angel investment is one of the preferred options for starting up your business. Angel investors are successful businessmen, investing their own funds into a potentially rewarding business opportunity. As an entrepreneur, it is crucial for you to choose an investor that can fulfil your specific business needs.

The right investors can add value to your startup, far beyond the capital they bring to your business. You need to be careful in selecting the investors because seed investing is an early stage investment requiring particular skills and experience.

Here are the six important things to consider when screening and choosing the right angel investor for your company:

1. Experience

You should choose investors who have the experience of building, running, or helping startups in the past. They should have a proven record of investing in startups that have been successful in their endeavors. More than their money, their experience is vital, which makes them an invaluable advisor.

Your angel investors should have experience in the same business domain and in-depth knowledge of your industry. If they have achieved success in other domains or industries, they may give opinions on how to grow your business that aren’t applicable in your field. With the requisite experience, they can guide your business through the difficult start-up phase.

2. Trust

Your angel investor should be trustworthy who can keep your company’s confidential information safe without creating problems for you by using that information against you. It is important to choose an investor who gives you not only monetary assistance but also the right guidance and knowledge. A good angel investor is the one who invests in your team along with your business.

3. Risk Taking

The success of your business venture cannot be guaranteed as there are many potential risks that can lead to its failure despite a brilliant idea. It is vital to find an angel investor who is willing to take calculated risks on a rational basis rather than emotional considerations. They shouldn’t be overconfident and they should think differently from the crowd and be willing to learn from mistakes to keep your company going in the right direction.

4. Support

Angel investors who have been a successful entrepreneur can be very helpful to your business. They have it all to guide and support you to develop a successful business and overcome the challenges that your company can face in the initial stage.

Good business angels are very supportive, helping you in problematic situations. They act as a mentor for you to help you achieve your goals by constantly coaching you and supporting you at every step. They provide time and empathy during your tough times.

These investors have an idea about the highs and lows a new business has to go through before it succeeds. They can give you emotional motivation and help you with their expertise and involvement, ensuring success. They will encourage and challenge you at every step of the way and offer you advice when needed to make you grow as an entrepreneur.

5. Expectations

Before you choose an angel investor for your business, you have to ensure that they have realistic expectations about the timeline of the growth of your company and when you achieve your goals. They should even have realistic expectations about how profitable your company will be in the long-term.

Too high expectations can put pressure on your business and make you take risks that can get you off track and not be good for building long-term value of your business. You should select investors who demonstrate flexibility and have reasonable expectations around reporting, communication, and goal-setting.

6. Patience

Angel investors should be patient enough to understand that it takes time to earn profit. They should have the quality of thinking long term and visualizing the bigger picture of your company’s future. Your business angels should be calm and relaxed, and not be the ones who panic and fear to take challenges. It is crucial for them to understand that startups go through highs and lows, and there’s high competition. A good angel investor will remain calm and accept the fact that all new businesses have to struggle in the initial years before they become stable.

When assessing angel investors, you will have to ask them questions about their prior investments, what their expectations are and how much involvement they will take in your business, among other things. You will have to find investors that have the same domain expertise and portfolio companies related to yours.

By considering the above-mentioned points, you will be able to evaluate whether you and the angel investors are aligned and if it is feasible to have a partnership with them in the long-term. Take the help of your network to find the right investors with requisite skills, experience, and funding capacity to get your business global. So, use your due diligence and get the best angel investors on-board!

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3 Reasons Why Getting Clear Is Important for Your Business

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Everyone goes through times in their lives where blue skies and sunshine are a rarity. Too many clouds and storms, whether they involve business or personal issues, become the everyday occurrence and keep people from achieving whatever they want to do.

There have been many times on this business journey of my own where fogginess and haze have sent me to the mat. Trying to kick out at a 2-count when being pinned with all of this stuff seems unbearable.

In taking a holistic view (meaning looking at the entire picture) of where I am, what has changed? Clarity. Getting very clear on what I want to do and where I want to focus my creative direction. Yes, I’m a writer, content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter and creative. That’s one element of my own life. Another one involves being a voice for the voiceless in the craniofacial community around the world.

But this is not to simply focus on what I am doing now. This is about clarity, about getting laser-focused on what you want to do. If you have a coach or mentor in your life, then I’ll bet you have heard them say on one or multiple occasions that you have to “get clear” on what you want to offer.

Here are three core reasons clarity is an important factor for your business:

1. You Stand Out From The Crowd

You cannot go anywhere on social media and not see people putting out content. Some may be good; others are meh. It does not matter, though, if it is good or not. What matters is about conversion. Does the content turn into sales? Does it attract and speak to people’s problems?

Not everyone can be a jack-of-all-trades. You become a master-of-none pretty quick. Theories abound about niching down and finding that sweet spot where you can deliver your mastery to those in need. Think of the millions of niches out there: cannabis, fitness, spirituality, relationships, finances, food, and on it goes.

Every one of these niches need people who can come in and put clarity around their products and services. If these businesses are not clear on what they do and solve to those seeking solutions, then they are not going to have clients and eventually will have to shut the doors.

Learning to stand out from the crowd is going to make you a powerful voice in whatever niche or field you are looking to dominate in all the time.

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli

2. You Attract A Lot of Clients

If you wanted to apply one of those ancient universal laws to your business – for instance, like the very popular Law of Attraction – then you would understand what attracts people to you. Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest inventors, once said that if people understood energy and vibration alone and how that works then they’d understand a lot of how things actually work in the world.

Clarity brings out a new energy from your words and actions. You come from a place of total and unbelievable awareness where you look around one day and go, “Dang, look at all of the people who want my services.”

Trust me. This is one of those lessons that I have to come back to over and over again. People might know who I am and what I do from this or that space. Yet is it really crystal clear enough to a targeted section of people? Um, it’s still a work in progress.

In order, though, to actually move forward in business and have the level of success that I desire, then clarity must come into play. Clarity attracts clients. They solidly know what you do and what you offer. There’s no wishy-washy stuff taking place. Understand this core reason to achieve clarity and watch what happens to your very own business and brand.

3. You Begin To Believe In Yourself

There’s this ongoing idea around “imposter syndrome” that folks on the interweb love to discuss. Showing up online like you are a real go-getter and hotshot, but offline that’s not the same person…that’s a problem.

“Imposter syndrome,” to me, starts happening when a person stretches out of his or her comfort zone and it feels miserable. Instead of getting up at 11 a.m. after working a night shift job, you get up at 8 a.m. to get a head-start on tasks and obligations around what you do. Thoughts like “this will never work out” or “I’m never going to succeed and get out of debt” start swirling around your mind like a bunch of chattering monkeys.

Clarity, though, allows you the benefit of starting to truly believe in yourself. In his famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale writes in the first chapter’s first line “Believe in yourself.” That’s it. Then the book goes on to describe different ways of building up your positive mindset through prayer, faith, action, and other real-life examples. Peale’s work may not appeal to you directly, but the mere thought of believing in yourself and your dreams is appealing.

“Clarity comes from action not thought.” – Marie Forleo

Find yourself getting clear on what you want and where you want to go and begin to truly believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of people who definitely need your services and work around the world. There might even be people right in your own town who do, too.

When tackling the issue of clarity for your business, take these three factors into account. Think about them seriously. Take stock around where this can be an effective place for you to succeed every single day.

Look for the sunshine and blue skies in your business. They are there. All you have to do is some sightseeing and all of it will pop out very clearly.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website AshleyHann.com for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:

RESOURCES:

His event: www.elevatetribe.net

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch: www.addicted2success.com

His Circle of Influence online mastermind: www.iamjoelbrown.com/applynow

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently

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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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