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Advice From A 30-Something-Year-Old Man & Blogger.

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Before we begin, this post will not be a success bloggers guide to being a millionaire and sitting on the beach with your laptop. These posts are designed to mislead you into the false reality that success is often portrayed to be.

People have got to know me online as being a pretty open guy that likes to talk about personal development and entrepreneurship. I talk about these two topics to help you get into action and because they’ve transformed my own life.

Reaching people online through any type of content is something many of you aspire to do. I thought I’d share with you how you can be a blogger – whether that be written words, video or podcasting.

How I got started as a blogger.

When I about 27 I met a dude named Joel Brown. He’s super chilled and also loves entrepreneurship and personal development. I still to this day have no idea why, but he asked me to write for his blog.

Given that I used to hate writing, I have no idea why I said yes. Must have been one of those gut decisions I read about on some random success blog that one of my distant friends who may or may not have driven a Ferrari told me to read (sounds cliche I know).

So, I wrote some articles. The first one had the word startup and one of those ugly stock photos with guys in suits sitting around a table. What the hell was I thinking?

A few blog posts in, one of them resonated. It went crazy!

“It was like for a brief moment, everything I touched turned to gold. Until it didn’t. About 3.5 weeks later”

At that time, blogging was therapeutic. I’d read a self-help book, demolish it and then apply the lessons. I’d then reshare the lessons from my own experience. Three years led to not much action.

By year four, people started to read these short blog posts I was writing. Then I began writing on lots of sites, doing a few interviews and sipping green tea (well I did this beforehand too, but it makes for a nice story by a warm fire, doesn’t it?).

A couple of viral blog posts in, and I’d reached the tipping point. What’s interesting is that no one taught me how to blog. I’ve never run out of ideas to write about either.

It takes time, but if you’re patient, anyone can be a blogger or content creator and achieve the same results.

My career (outside of blogging).

There are very few bloggers that just do blogging. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it’s rare. What many people never tell you about their online success stories is that they have a day job or business.

That’s me. I’m not going to hide it. I have a side business which is social media consulting and I work in a bank. There’s something about being surrounded by entrepreneurs, by working at a bank, that I like. Never been able to figure that out.

“Many people tell me to quit my day job but if the truth be told, I like meeting people and my fellow colleagues are fun. You don’t have to quit anything if it makes you happy”

What are the habits I follow?

Word of warning before we begin: I don’t take cold showers, make my bed or do high-intensity interval training.

I’m just an average guy from Australia mate with an Aussie accent, a sense of optimism and who likes to lick the cheese off the packet once it’s open.

1. Exercise three times a week.

It can be anything. The other day it was hot so I went swimming. The week before that I did 1000 steps with my girlfriend because she wanted to do it. Today I hit the gym for thirty minutes. Exercise helps get the blood flowing which essential in my creative process.

I think good content requires energy and exercise helps to cultivate that.

2. My TV remains off.

It’s been about 6-months since I fired the old girl up. I just have no use for it anymore. Books bring me everything I need and it’s how I get ideas for content. Creating content around lessons you learn from a book seems to be highly shareable as well.

3. Content starts my day.

When I wake up, I write and format blog posts before doing anything else. This helps remind me it’s my number one priority. Also, when you start the day doing your biggest goal, you feel like you have achieved something which gives you extra momentum for the rest of the day.

4. There’s the occasional bit of cheese.

Why? Because after you’ve poured your heart and soul into your content, you deserve a small treat. These happy moments help to give you a bit of motivation while you’re going through the marathon that is intense creativity, and states of flow.

Tony Robbins did teach me to avoid dairy, but he’s not watching me 24/7. Or is he?

5. Reading content from other bloggers.

Sometimes I read something that sucks and say to myself “Hey, I can write about that same topic and perhaps do a slightly better job.”

There’s other times where reading articles written by my fellow bloggers inspires me. Just like music, you can take bits and pieces from other people’s styles and add it to your own tool belt. Art, creativity and content are all borrowed. We’re all influenced by someone and it’s unlikely we’ll replicate the exact same piece of work even if we are inspired by another blogger.

There are days where you’ll have zero ideas. Other people’s content will help give you the seed you need to begin creating on those days. There will be other days when you can come up with all the ideas yourself.

6. Just do.

It’s now a daily habit to just do and not overthink. Blogging happens no matter what, even if it’s just writing a message to a friend via an email. The key to successful art (content) is in the doing. I got where I am today by doing it every week.

Did you notice that there weren’t many habits?

That’s because I gave up the following:

– Notifications from websites like Facebook
– Having my phone next to me while I write
– Junk food that sucks my energy down the drain
– Friends who are toxic and ruin my mood
– Looking at the price of shares, cryptocurrency and my bank balance
– TV, Netflix and those annoying memes
– Activities I suck at which didn’t inspire me
– Being afraid of putting myself out there
– Being lonely and unlucky in love

Conclusion

This blog post is designed to help you see that you too can create content. It’s also a reminder that I’m not some superhuman and that actually, I’m pretty normal. So, if I can do it, so can you.

I’ve stripped away the fakery and the PR stories so you can be inspired to get to work and create your own content.

I hope to watch, read or listen to that content one day and know I played a very tiny part in your success. Because that’s what I’ve learned success is through my blogging and content.

That’s what you can learn from a 30-something-year-old blogger.

If you want to increase your productivity and learn some more valuable life hacks, then join my private mailing list on timdenning.net

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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5 Changes in Your Habits That Will Help You Thrive

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We’ve all found ourselves at the bottom at least once in our lives. We thought that everything’s ruined and there’s no going back. The truth is – there’s always going back. Moreover, it takes one to fall many times and feel like everything’s ruined to succeed in life. (more…)

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