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7 Reasons Why Men Make Great Entrepreneurs

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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It’s often frustrating for men to hear the popular sentiment that women make better entrepreneurs than men. It’s not fashionable to argue, but the truth is that the number of female-owned businesses are only growing at a faster rate because there were relatively few to begin with. Male-owned businesses are still growing more quickly in absolute terms.

In any case, while it may not be the most fashionable opinion we’d like to present the opposing argument, so here are 7 reasons why men make great entrepreneurs.

 

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1. Men are more driven to make money

Studies have shown that women tend to be motivated to start their own businesses in order to strike a better balance between work and family life. For instance, many women start businesses from home in order to take care of their children while still generating an income.

Conversely, men tend to be more motivated by financial success in their ventures. They start companies with a view to becoming financially independent and, if all goes well, obscenely wealthy. While there’s nothing wrong with either approach it seems that men have the advantage in creating thriving businesses. Male entrepreneurs are willing to work longer hours and devote more of their energy to the venture, while women tend to be satisfied with modest success.

 

2. Men more readily seek investors

Perhaps due to the inherent differences in the types of businesses (small and home-based vs. large and ambitious), men are more willing to seek investment to help grow their business. While it may be the case that the obligations to repay investments and dividends down the line become onerous, in the short term this willingness to seek out finance helps male-owned businesses thrive much sooner, while female-owned businesses can only grow at the rate at which profits can be reinvested.

 

3. Men have more experience in business

Male entrepreneurs tend to start their businesses after a lifetime of work experience, and as such can draw on that experience to help their venture succeed. Women, on the other hand, often switch focus throughout their lives to make time for a family, abandoning work for several years until their children are no longer dependent on constant care before returning to continue their career.

While it may be unfair to hold a biological necessity against them, the fact is that women on average have less business experience than men.

 

4. Men are more willing to delegate

Many women find it difficult to break from the habit of doing everything for themselves, and when it comes to handling aspects of their business they can easily spread themselves too thin.

Men are much more ready to delegate, and happy to hire employees who can manage certain tasks with greater competence and efficiency. Men are more willing to hire accountants to deal with money matters, and for the simple reason that professional money managers are better at finding tax deductions than the layman that puts male entrepreneurs in a stronger financial position.

 

5. Men tend to be risk takers

Male entrepreneurs are more prone to impulsiveness and risk taking than women. While this may be a dangerous characteristic it’s also true that risk can pay dividends in many cases. The result of this is that male-owned businesses often grow at a much faster rate than businesses run by their female counterparts.

 

6. Men can be more decisive than women

While this many not be true for all men, male entrepreneurs can be more decisive and confident than women. Arrogance may not be an attractive trait, but in the world of business a certain amount of confidence in your abilities (or even over-confidence) can bring positive results.

 

7. Men can manage money more effectively

Finally, male entrepreneurs have the (dubious) advantage of societal sexism in their favor. Men have traditionally been breadwinners in charge of the family purse, while women were reduced to homemakers. Even in this generation the cultural hangover still persists, as today’s entrepreneurs were raised with the old ways.

While this benefit will no doubt vanish as today’s youth are raised with a fairer and less confining focus on gender roles it does, at least for this generation, mean that men tend to have more experience in financial matters than women, helping them make the best decisions to grow their business.

 

If you haven’t already, make sure you checkout ‘The 7 Reasons Why Women Make Great Entrepreneurs

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. john

    Oct 23, 2013 at 3:45 am

    All the best businesses in this world are founded by men so women can cry and whine but there is some truth to these stereotypes. Women should learn to value their own strengths…i mean raising kids is more important than entrepreneurship

  2. test

    Mar 15, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    You must participate in a contest for top-of-the-line blogs on the web. I will advocate this site!

  3. Therese Lundin

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    You must be kidding? Have you ever met a female person? Where did you find all this fantastic “facts”?

  4. Lea

    Jan 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Yay, another article about why boys rule and girls drool. Your article did touch on the fact that some of this is due to society’s pressure but really, it’s all due to the way Western culture views gender. Men and women don’t exist except in the fact that that is how society views male and female. I really don’t understand why its totally fine for people to say how men are better at women at things (people also do the reverse of this) but you would almost never hear that white people are just better at making decisions which is why there are more white business owners than black business owners. Race and genender don’t exist, they were invented by people (Yes, there are differences between the sexes like how males are, on average, taller than females). This article didn’t attack women but perpetuates the myth that men are better than women by some inate male-ness rather than society labeling traits or actions as masculine or feminine. Like Hannah said, bullshit.

    TL;DR: Bullshit

  5. Hannah

    Jan 8, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Bullshit. I am better than all of my male coworkers at all of those things.

  6. Milan

    Nov 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

    There are women entrepreneurs?

  7. Audrey

    Nov 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Your points here and the ones made in the article on female entrepreneurs are clichés. While some of it might be true, I tend to think that we are all educated into thinking and acting according to our gender. Truth is, we will never know the real difference between men and women if we do not stop raising boys and girls differently.

  8. sas

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    a whip for the men to be more responsible and forward will be a life. 4 thumbs up for this article.

  9. TraderRach

    Nov 17, 2012 at 4:13 am

    As a very stereotype generalization I thought they were valid points. Men are typically more naturally stronger in those areas. However we are all different, with different tendencies and strong/weak in different areas. Natural predispositions can be worked on and overcome.

    If it didn’t say “men” I thought you were talking about me.

    Cheers Rach

  10. Deji R Yusuf

    Nov 16, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Well composed article! Males could be even better entrepreneur due to The fact that most of them are born risk takers! 😉

  11. Gabriel

    Nov 14, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I agree with Matt, very well worded. Great article!

  12. Matt Weirich

    Nov 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Love your commitment to write this! You played it right too by not calling it “Why Men are BETTER Entrepreneurs”, it’s simply “Why Men Make Great Entrepreneurs”. Well played.

    • Ping

      Dec 18, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      A good point, Matt

    • Hannah

      Jan 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Unfortunately, though this article tries to make you believe that women are incapable of reading between the lines.. we still heard “Why Men are BETTER Entrepreneurs” even if you didn’t “say” it.

      People like you are the reason why society is no longer progressing.

      And Kieth, I really appreciate that you’ve been too much of a coward to respond to any of the female responses.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jan 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Hi Hannah, not sure if you read the intro to the post but there is actually an article on “Why women make Great Entrepreneurs”, neither are necessarily a “better than” article. Just pointing out the stronger suits of each sex when it comes to entrepreneurship skills. Read the article on women, I’m sure this will help clear the air: https://addicted2success.com/success-advice/7-reasons-why-women-make-great-entrepreneurs/

        Thanks for your comments.

        • Hannah

          Jan 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

          Joel,

          I have read that article. It is really great at highlighting the “homey” aspects of a woman’s character that she brings to the business environment, but definitely doesn’t highlight actual, and necessary skills that any entrepreneur needs- those were saved for the mens article.

          I’m sure you can understand how a woman like myself, who feels extremely confident in my drive to make money, my ability to make business decisions and take calculated risks, and the time I’ve spent delegating, seeking investors, and finding new ways to manage money better would be extremely offended that these characteristics are more dominant in MEN.

          Just because you can write another article with “Women” in the title instead of “Men” doesn’t discount the fact that you clearly favor one sex over the other.

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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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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You

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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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