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Billionaire Mark Cuban’s Advice On How To Get Rich

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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The investment titan and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, shares his examples and advice on how he created a way to Get Rich! This guy brings it to you raw and real on how to really make it out there and what you can expect on your journey to success.

We also share a video of Mark Cuban explaining how he retired in his 20’s, what ideas he likes to invest in and much more. Checkout it and learn a thing or two from Mark Cuban.

 

HOW TO GET RICH!

Thats what so many want. Right ? I’m certainly not going to lie and say it is not a whole lot better having lots of money. I had a whole lot of fun and loved my life when I was eating mustard and ketchup sandwiches and sleeping on the floor of a 3 bedroom apartment that housed me and 5 buddies.

I have a whole lot more fun now. It doesn’t suck to be rich.

The question everyone wants answered, is how to get there. There are ways to get there. But there is not a template that works every time for everyone. It works sometimes. Getting there requires being ready when opportunity presents itself.

IMHO, change and uncertainty create opportunity. Times like we are facing now, with complete financial uncertainty are perfect times to start on the road to getting ahead financially.

First, here is WHAT NOT TO DO:

There are no shortcuts. NONE. With all of this craziness in the stock and financial markets, there will be scams popping up left and right. The less money you have, the more likely someone will come at you with some scheme . The schemes will guarantee returns, use multi level marketing, or be something crazy that is now “backed by the US Government”. Please ignore them. Always remember this. If a deal is a great deal, they aren’t going to share it with you.

I dont broadcast my great deals. I keep them all to myself. The 2nd thing to remember is that if the person selling the deal was so smart, they would be rich beyond rich rather than trolling the streets looking to turn you into a sucker. There are no shortcuts.

So what should you do to get rich ?

Save your money. Save as much money as you possibly can. Every penny you can. Instead of coffee, drink water. Instead of going to McDonalds, eat Mac and Cheese. Cut up your credit cards. If you use a credit card, you dont want to be rich. The first step to getting rich, requires discipline. If you really want to be rich, you need to find the discipline, can you ?

If you can, you will quickly find that the greatest rate of return you will earn is on your own personal spending. Being a smart shopper is the first step to getting rich. Yeah you have to give things up and that doesn’t work for everyone, particularly if you have a family. That is reality. But whatever you can save, save it. As much as you possibly can. Then put it in 6 month CDs in the bank.

The first step to getting rich is having cash available. You arent saving for retirement. You are saving for the moment you need cash. Buy and hold is a suckers game for you. This market is a perfect example. Right at the very moment when cash creates unbelievable opportunity, those who followed the buy and hold strategy have no cash. they cant or wont sell into markets this low, that kills the entire point of buy and hold. Those who have put their money in CDs sleep well at night and definitely have more money today than they did yesterday. And because they are smart, disciplined shoppers, their personal rate of inflation is within their means. Cash is king for those wanting to get rich

The 2nd rule for getting rich is getting smart. Investing your time in yourself and becoming knowledgeable about the business of something you really love to do

It doesn’t matter what it is. Whatever your hobbies, interests, passions are. Find the one you love the best and GET A JOB in the business that supports it.

It could be as a clerk, a salesperson, whatever you can find. You have to start learning the business somewhere.  Instead of paying to go to school somewhere, you are getting paid to learn.  It may not be the perfect job, but there is no perfect path to getting rich.

Before or after work and on weekends, every single day, read everything there is to read about the business. Go to trade shows, read the trade magazines, spend a lot of time talking to the people you do business with about their business and the people they buy from.

This is not a short term project. We aren’t talking days. We aren’t talking months. We are talking years. Lots of years and maybe decades. I didn’t say this was a get rich quick scheme. This is a get rich path

Now you wait for times of uncertainty and change in your business. The time will come. It may  come quickly, it may take years and years. But it will come. The nature of our country’s business infrastructure  is that it is destined to be boom and bust. Booms are when the smart people sell. Busts are when rich people started on their path to wealth.

You will know when that time is here for you because you will know your business inside and out. You will be ready because you will have been saving up for this moment in time

With all the change and uncertainty in the financial markets, there are people right now making more money than they ever dreamed of. They are the ones who have been living the real estate market and the financing behind it and understanding what actually what was going on. They re the one who understood the complexities of the credit markets. When everyone was following the crowd, they kept on saving their money and avoiding the temptation of groupthink.

Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.

 

Article By Mark Cuban

 

Mark Cuban – The Rich Life

 

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. manny

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    mark cuban must be smoking some good stuff. he just suggested a 6month cd which is avg 0.80% when last year inflation was avg 1.4% so my money is doing nothing not even keeping up with inflation and somehow im richer then everyone else? whats next mark keep working at my dead end job save my money at the bank and retire so broke on social security that I have to keep working until I die? Also you say that great ideas are never shared thus everyone else is just scamming each other? LMAO Oh boy tin foil is next for you. This post was for suckers imo.

  2. Angel Villanueva

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, Mr. Cuban , my name is ANGEL, It’s funny. I’m going to start with. I to believe it or not I am a Multi-Billionaire, I am a Farmer by trade, I got my Real Estate License back in 2006 While I got sick, well to make things short I got shot with a Shot gun on my back, I have 3 fuse disc on my lower back, plus 3 on my neck. About 40 pallets all over my back. Ok, I almost lost my farm while I was sick. I got well started Real Estate sale’s done well since. Just enough to get by. But here is my lesson to you an everybody out there..Please Thank GOD for what ever you have. I have my Wife an 3 children, 1 beautiful Grand daughter an son inlaw. Best of all my Life. I Enjoy Everyday I Thank GOD. I am a Multi-Billionaire, I have a Family.
    Angel Villanueva

  3. B.Veenman

    Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Nice article Mark, I’m confronted with change in my industry at the moment and I know I’m just in the right place at the right time. I have already recognized that this might be my burst, the one that I have been working towards for 6 years. I want to just let other readers know to take to hart what Mark writes here, It is very true, from gaining knowledge about you business to that the change in you industry will come.
    It does not matter if your industry is a big industry, With the right idea a small market can be turned into a big market, or you will see related opportunity in a much bigger market.
    Good luck to everybody into becoming bilionairs

  4. Vital KARANGWA

    Jan 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Well, very nice article! I have very many ambitions and I need help of people like you! I think this article will help me in many things , especially in savings! because I spend more than I earn. So, at the end of the month I find my self in looking for extra mony!

  5. Ibukun

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Nice article

  6. Darlington

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    well, others who can help yu should find you already helping yourself.This good advice and it works

  7. Hollington Tong

    Nov 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    In the section First here’s what not to do he is doing what he said not to do.
    Billionaires Rich Devos And Jay Van Andle seem to disagree with his first not what to do also.

    I am not saying the advice here is unsound but its self defeating when you say no one will help you in an article designed to help you. Simply because if you believe others aren’t there to help you succeed then your advice is would be designed to make sure others don’t.

  8. jacob

    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:27 am

    hey my name is jacob fowler ,im a high school student in montana . ive read alot of your stuff about helping you succeed with your goals ,i have many goals of my own ,and its fascinating how you to be where you are now.thank you and it would be great to talk to you . thanks

  9. Reemo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Just a heretical thought to add to the conversation… Wheres the fun in getting rich when the rest of the people are down and out with markets crashing…. I want to be rich when the markets are up so I dont have to be alone in my success….I want to be rich when the economy is booming and everyones happy . I dont want to enjoy at a time when others are weeping … Just my two cents

    • Steve

      Dec 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Everyone one wants to grow rich and everyone wants to grow rich with their ones you love. The difficult part is when you start becoming successful and your loved ones are struggling with taking the initial sacrifices, like adding discipline to their lives. What then? Do you carry them on your back so they can “be there” with you in your success? For someone to be successful, first of all they have to want to for themselves.Then take action.

    • Matt

      Dec 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I think you are missing the point…making money is a zero sum game. When someone makes a bunch, someone else lost a bunch. Statements like ‘I want to make money while everyone else is’ is something that someone who will never make money says. Capitalism is just that, capitalizing. If capitalizing on something for your own gain hurts your feelings for someone else, than just start a non profit. Don’t get me wrong I want people to all succeed but the reality is most wealthy people make money by taking it from others. There is a finite amount of money out there, it’s not meant to be shared, it’s meant to be exchanged.

  10. Mike

    Jul 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the statement regarding cash.

  11. Nedu

    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I ve read d post and comments dat ve followed.i observe dat as d years go by and inflation is hitting d roof,a lot of pple wil find it difficult 2 cope not 2 talk of get rich. U save up money and inflation preys on it and u think u ve moved an inch. IF U THINK ABOUT GETTING RICH INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT CREATING VALUE THAT U RE PASSIONATE ABOUT,it maybe difficult and impossible 2 be rich.

    • Shamus Mac

      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      “If you think about getting rich instead of… creating value that you’re passionate about, it may be difficult and impossible to be rich.”

      @Nedu: Truer words have hardly been said!

      MLM companies are group-think institutions which dedicate their training seminars to teach only recruitment and ignore retail techniques, because their customers are, in fact, you “independent distributors” which are coerced to fulfil minimum monthly purchase levels to maintain your precious and hard-won discount rate.

      And what an ideal customer you are! Whether you consume or resell or not is no concern of the MLM parent company. The more inspirational seminars you attend, and the more resources you dedicate to reach those exotic locations, the longer it will take for you to accept reality, despite your pantry full of overstock, and friends which have either become your direct competitors or ostracised you for attempting to profit off them.

      I now profit off independent distributors by providing prepopulated e-commerce solutions for a specific MLM company in a sincere attempt to help those who, like members of my immediate family, persist because the mark-ups do look great on paper. What inspired this? Aside from sympathy, the realization that many people made a smart profit off the California gold rush; but almost all of them simply ran tool shops to supply the gold diggers.

  12. Adrian Keys

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    “Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

    If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.”

    The most important for the very last…sweet! Nice post….

  13. dave amos

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think Lauren is right on the button, he has spelt it out in a simple black n white way to make a point, but basically he is right, learn about business from the bottom up, save your money, work 10% harder than the average and you’ll do well, my dad had a phrase – if you want something done “Find a busy man” I never understood at first, only thing I would add is – don’t let the corporate ladder be the thing that ties you into a salary, jump off at some point and do your own thing … apart from that delay a family as long as you can – that’s advice for men of course … good luck, it’s hard work. 🙂

  14. Mark Hibbitts

    Jun 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Lauren is correct that the areas are pretty broad, but I think this is a pretty good article as it tells it like it is. Getting wealthy takes time and discipline, and there are no short cuts. Yes you need to learn investing too but without cash that’s a waste of time. Cash flow is king.

    I’m also interested in seeing Laurens website as I write books for children about the same things and there may be a potential JV for us.

    Mark Hibbitts

  15. DeJuan Collins

    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with a lot of his advice, except the business model of a good MLM company this business model may not make you rich, but could create you seed money to invest in other entrepreneurial opportunities. For a few hundred dollars to get started you could break even really fast and be on the road to profit pretty quickly.

  16. Gabriel Do Carmo

    Apr 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I disagree with some, if not most, of what Mark Cuban said. For anybody reading this comment, go read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It will COMPLETELY change your mindset for the better

  17. Eduardo Salido

    Mar 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I dont agree with him, if you have a family it means two paychecks not one! Of course a parent spends with children but the amount is not alot. I think this guy got lucky, Ive read a couple of blogs from him and he just sounds nonsense.

  18. dbizzle03

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I stopped reading after he said that most things are schemes and to put your savings into a 6 month CD at the bank. Clearly, not the way to get ahead when there are better ways of saving. There are plenty of vehicles to use to get to where you want to go, the key really is you have to WORK to get there.

  19. Lauren Sainz

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have a website that targets getting financial information to young adults, information that they aren’t getting from high schools or colleges. In my opinion, it’s great that Mr. Cuban has created a rich lifestyle for himself and was able to retire in his 20s. However, some of the points he makes are very broad and won’t work for everyone.

    In a perfect world, starting in your teenage years you’ll know the ins-and-outs of managing money, you won’t charge up credit card debt, you’ll spend less than you make, you’ll save 10% of your income, and you’ll always be able to buy what you need without struggle. For Mr. Cuban, he seemed to understand that and I applaud him for understanding at such a young age.

    However, this new generation of young adults are accustomed to the life of buying now, paying later. They don’t have the discipline to save money and pay for things with cash. They want to go to college and cannot pay for it so they must take out student loans.

    The idea of getting a job and learning all there is to learn about that business and then waiting for your opportunity to strike sounds like an idea that will fail for most. Nobody wants to be told to wait to get rich.

    I’m a firm believer in knowledge is power and I understand the idea of learning all there is to learn about a business. However, ultimately an investment has to be made in yourself either through additional schooling or to start a business.

    I started my website almost a year ago. I’m only just now seeing revenue come in from ads that I place on my site. All my information I give on the site is free to my readers and I never charge for anything. I found something that I love doing and I do that through writing about personal finance on the web.

    But before I started my site, I had to get my knowledge from somewhere. I went to school. I took out massive student loans. I racked up credit card debt when paychecks were too short to pay bills. I made financial mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’m doing better.

    Most young adults are not starting out with a clean slate. They have debt to repay. They don’t have the time to wait to save money. Some are too strapped that they cannot pay more than the minimum on their debt and there is no room for savings. So, based on Mr. Cubans idea of saving every penny, that won’t work for them because they don’t have enough pennies to save.

    The key to getting rich isn’t just finding a business that interests you and learning about it and saving every penny you have, it’s about deciding where you want to invest your money. You can invest in an education for yourself, invest in a venture someone you know wants to do, invest in a business opportunity for yourself, or invest in your future (retirement accounts). Yes, stay away from scams, but multi-level marketing isn’t evil. There are legit MLM companies out there to choose from. You just have to do your research first and be passionate about the product they sell. If you aren’t passionate about a product, you won’t be able to sell that product through a MLM business. There are also legit stay-at-home jobs online.

    The point is your options for getting rich are endless and as long as you remain focused, it can happen for you. You just have to find your passion and start from there.

    • kirk davis (@kirkd12)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Nice post Lauren and very noble of you not to advertise your website but I would be interested in reading some of your stuff so please do provide a link or tweet me (@kirkd12)

      thanks

      • Raymond Duke

        Mar 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I too have recently started a site, and have been leaving comments on blogs I follow or find interesting. And Kirk, I agree with you about not linking to the site in your comment because it makes it seem as if you are fishing for hits. If you are leaaving a genuine thoughtful comment, then you are more likely to gain the interest of its reader who will then go on to your site which hopefully leads to more genuine and thoughtful information. By the way, you can visit the site of the person who left the comment by going to their avatar and clicking “visit site” underneath it. Doing this, or clicking on the person’s name, will bring you to their site usually on most most places or sites that let you leave comments.

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2 Ways To End Suffering Forever.

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This year I have learned so much. I’ve learned that we all suffer no matter what. No one can avoid it. That’s not what I want to share with you though. What I want to tell you is that you have the power to end suffering.

I have proven it in my own life. We don’t need to suffer. We can end it all and the silly thing is it’s so simple. I do not want you to avoid this advice any longer. I want you to use it even if you think it’s a load of mumbo-jumbo.

Here are the two ways I’ve found to end suffering forever:

 

1. Find a way to give to other people.

You only suffer when life is all about you and your success. Once you move from being all about you, into a state of mind that is focused on giving, your problems become insignificant.

I had a couple of situations this year that have nearly knocked me flat on my ass. One was my romantic life falling to pieces and the other was my career collapsing. When both these events occurred, I used giving to other people as the way out of the maze that my mind created.

The moment suffering begun, I went straight to finding ways to serve other people. I helped friends with their businesses, I spoke at events to inspire people, I did some volunteering and I doubled down on my blogging so I could inspire as many people as possible.

Shifting the focus away from what was wrong and using my focus to give to others ended the suffering.

“There wasn’t time to suffer because the purpose of my life during those months was far bigger than me and my stupid life challenges. Giving to others gave me a way to find happiness when I probably would have hidden away and suffered in silence”

Seeing the solutions to other people’s problems and sharing them, gave me a way to put my career and relationships into perspective.

Giving is the example you need when times get tough and things get complicated. You suffer the most when you get stuck in your head and repeat the pattern of telling yourself how wrong your circumstances are.

Suffering can make you depressed, feel lonely, become selfish, go into a downward spiral and take away everything that’s good in your life.

Finding ways to give on the other hand, can cure all of those problems. I know it sounds so cliché what I’m saying but it surprises me how many people never use this strategy. Like I always say: the answers we seek are right in front of our nose.

Next time you feel yourself suffering, get out of your head and try this strategy.

 

 

2. Practice gratitude.

Okay, I thought this strategy was so dumb when I discovered it. It’s so obvious and it sounds way too easy. I mean how can writing down a few things you’re grateful for really end your suffering?

I mean you could lie to yourself and pretend that you’re grateful for something when you’re not. Well, that’s exactly what I did at the beginning. When I was suffering this year, I started writing down three things each day that I was grateful for.

In the first week, I lied about things I was grateful for and found the exercise completely ridiculous. This advice is so common that I decided to persist with this ridiculous self-help hack anyway.

What I found as I kept doing it was that your brain makes a shift subconsciously. Instead of being pissed off and suffering, your brain has to work extra hard to find three things every day to be grateful for.

To make this habit work even better I forced my brain to describe in detail each thing I was grateful for and ideally why. Some days sucked so bad that I thought I would never find three things. Once the challenge became a must, I spent my days working my butt off trying to find things I was grateful for.

While doing various activities during the day, I’d find moments when I was grateful for something and stop. I’d stop and see how I felt at that moment and I would have a mini celebration because I knew I had something for my gratitude list.

Then I tried to aim for five things each day instead of three. This shifted my focus even more. I should have been suffering but because I was forcing myself to see good things that were happening to me, I was distracted.

As I said earlier, this new habit seemed so dumb at the beginning. Once you really do it for a while, you see how it has the power to end suffering. You can’t be pissed off and be grateful at the same time. So, choose gratitude and then your suffering will be sidelined, and in my case, forgotten about.

 

***Life doesn’t need to be full of low points***

The suffering that we all experience is a choice. It probably doesn’t seem like that but these two hacks will demonstrate this to you. Your decision-making power is incredible and all you need to do is select one of these hacks to end suffering.

Don’t let the quality of your life be jeopardized by your default human mode to suffer. You’ll find these two hacks will not only end your suffering; these two hacks will give you purpose.

Here’s what I learned: most people are pissed off and suffer because they have no purpose. Once you find a purpose for your life, you’ll become addicted.

Now that’s a huge win don’t you think? You can end suffering and find purpose, all by using these two hacks. That’s the best gift I can give you.

Don’t just read this advice. Try these two hacks yourself.

It’s time to end suffering forever.

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

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7 Steps to Conquering the Fears That Are Holding You Back From Success

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I remember the day in vivid detail. I was on a weekend trip visiting my girlfriend at the time in Arizona. She had decided that we should join her friends to go “cliff jumping.”  We were early on in our dating and she obviously had no idea that I was not fond of heights. So “cliffs” and jumping off of them… No thanks!

I inevitably found myself on the edge of a 40-foot cliff peering down at a vast blue canvas of water. Then I realized if I didn’t jump, I’d have to start the walk of shame back down the cliff. This was a lose-lose situation for me.

Fear had me. I didn’t want to jump, but I also didn’t want to look bad in front of my girlfriend’s friends. So I jumped and in that moment, I had defied my brain and my neurochemistry.

Our brains are wired to protect us, not to push us towards our goals. Our brains are wired to look for anything that could be potentially dangerous or threatening and keep us as far away from it as possible by using fear. The problem is not all situations warrant fear.

There is a saying in neuroscience that says, “the brain wires the way it fires”, meaning the more you do a certain activity, the more the brain lays down wiring to make that action or activity easier.

‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’ – Karl Augustus Menninger

When we let fear keep us stagnant and we continue to do the same things that are comfortable, our brain gets “hardwired” to stay comfortable. We become “stagnant.” This can become debilitating for some of us and prevent us from encountering the very experiences we need to grow and succeed.

When we, in spite of our fear, do the challenging things that are outside our comfort zone, we begin to hardwire into our brain change, adaptability, creativity, growth, perspective, and happiness because we stretch the boundaries of our brain’s capabilities and force it to adapt rather than “playing it safe.”

An elite athlete didn’t make it where they are today by going into their training and never pushing past their comfort zone. They constantly pushed their limits of comfort to force their bodies and minds to grow to that of a top performer. The same principle applies to our brains. If we let fear dictate our actions in any area of our lives, it will stunt your growth in that area.

So what’s the first step? How do we go about conquering our fears whether it’s public speaking, starting a business, or launching the product or service? See below:

1. Journal Your Fears

Write down all the fears you have, big or small. Contrary to opinion “size does not matter.” Your brain still operates the same with all types of fear. The key is to first acknowledge what you are fearful about and bring it to light. Be as specific as possible.

2. Prioritize Your Fears

I then rank my fears from highest to lowest in terms of how often I think about this fear and/or how much it disrupts my life. You may find some fears combine into a broader category and that’s ok — we’ll get to that. So for now identify your biggest fear.

3. Support Your Belief in Yourself

I don’t mean just “believe in yourself.” What I mean is to build in support systems that will support your belief in yourself, so that when you start taking action, your support systems will solidify those new experiences and form deeper, more meaningful, and lasting beliefs in yourself.

It may look like building a list of affirmations that you say every morning or a meditation. Whatever it is, it needs to be uplifting and empowering you towards conquering your goals.

4. Take Action & Start Small

Look at your list and identify what your biggest fear is. That’s the beast we’re going to tackle long term, but for some that may seem like a big stretch at first. So instead, see what your 5th biggest fear is, and that’s where you’ll start.

What we will then do is build our way up and take a ride on the “Momentum Train.” Starting small with taking actions toward your lower priority fears and then building up helps your brain build momentum, which provides your brain with plenty of courage and motivation to tackle the #1 fear on your list.

‘Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.’ – Helen Keller

5. No Time Limit, Just Consistency

Most goals should be limited to a time domain. For the goal of tackling a fear, time can be a challenging factor to set. Some of these fears may have been unknowingly building up for decades without your knowledge. So I don’t recommend setting a time on when you are “going to conquer your fear.”

Instead set appointments to regularly meet and address your fear. If you’re fear is public speaking, then go to a local Toastmasters once a week. The more consistent you can be, the better.

6. Reframe and Reinforce

As you begin to address these fears, make sure you are reinforcing the experiences you have in a positive perspective. For instance, if you want to be less fearful of public speaking and decide to try out a local toastmasters group, your first time speaking to the group might feel like a train wreck, but when you look back on the situation you can acknowledge that that actually pushed past your fear and accomplished your goal.

7. Rinse and Repeat

This isn’t a quick fix. It may take some time. There’s always a new fear or challenge awaiting us. The key is to have systems like this in place to address those challenges properly rather than allowing ourselves to succumb to fear and derail our lives from their fullest potential.

How do you handle your fears? Comment below!

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30 Straightforward Reminders to Help You Supercharge Your Life in 2018

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This time of year it’s easy to be overwhelmed by well-meaning advice. Everyone seems to have a solution to your procrastination or a remedy for your lack of motivation. Unfortunately, most advice is either too general or irrelevant because it doesn’t address your main concerns.

I’ve spent the last year trying to hone in on some of the best tips and tricks I’ve learned to stay ahead and maintain a positive mindset.

Here are 30 straightforward reminders and tips to help you supercharge your life in 2018:

1. Get the basics right. Take care of your body, your mind and your soul. Make a list of what you know is good for you and what you know is bad for you in each category. Consider ways to reduce the bad and increase the good.

2. Reduce distractions that sap your energy. When you’re planning big changes, it’s easy to get pulled into many different directions. You get excited about a certain idea which pulls you down the rabbit hole into numerous other directions. Focus on one thing at a time.

3. Make a new friend. Start a conversation with a stranger in the elevator. Compliment someone. Provide some positive reinforcement. Do something without expecting anything in return.

4. Smile more. Smiling takes less effort than frowning. It’s also scientifically proven to make you feel better even if you don’t necessarily feel like smiling.

5. Walk 30 minutes a day. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you stimulate your immune system, increase your metabolism and improve your mood.

6. Do one push-up for every year old you are. Or do twice as many sit-ups for every year old you are. Making sure you work the muscles in different parts of your body stimulates hormone production and helps increase fat burning.

7. Find your intrinsic drivers. Intrinsic drivers are what inspire you based on internal motivation, rather than external motivation. Find something you think of as beautiful, peaceful, relaxing. Embrace it. Appreciate it. Try to understand why you like it

8. Speak to an old friend. Reach out in an email, a text, a phone call. Check in and just let them know you’re thinking about them.

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

9. Invest in your health. Join a gym. Buy some type of sports equipment or clothing that is comfortable and that you enjoy being in. Consider joining a pick up sports team.

10. Study something that interests you. Buy a book about someone you admire. Pick a time period that you’re fascinated with. Make a point of becoming an expert on something that matters to you.

11. Teach someone something. Take a topic, any topic, and try to break it down into its component parts so that you can teach someone how to do it. The concentration and the effort it takes to teach someone something is often exactly the kind of effort that is required to truly understand it for yourself.

12. Delegate to someone. Find a task that needs to be done that you could do. Don’t do that task. Instead, look for someone you can ask to help you. Pay them or ask them for a favor. The key is to learn to delegate actions to others.

13. Meditate. Mindfulness and meditation are trending right now, but that’s not the reason you should consider adopting a meditation practice. The real reason is that meditation will help you focus on your key goals while cutting out the noise in the world around you.  

14. Learn to manage your personal finances. One of the biggest causes of stress that we as humans experience is the pressure to make money and control our finances. There are tons of free resources available online to help you learn about finances and help get your money in order.

15. Read more. No, I’m not talking about reading your Facebook News Feed. Read more books. Try to read a book a month, either fiction or nonfiction. At the beginning of the month choose a book and break down the number of pages. See how many you have to read a day to finish… then get started.

16. Cook at home at least 5 days a week. Cooking at home is cheap, easy and fun. You can hone skills in creativity and planning all at once, and it’s a great way to save money.

“My New Year’s resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy.” – James Lafferty

17. Sell someone. No, not into human bondage. Sell someone on an idea or a product. Learn to market yourself and your skills. Everyone sells as they move through life, but most of us are average salespeople.

18. Hone your principles. What principles define your life? What are your strongly held beliefs? Be honest with yourself and what principles you feel you must uphold.

19. Embrace the power of positive thought. Listen to positive audio tapes, surround yourself with positive people. Look at the positive side of life. Easier said than done, but truth be told one of the best ways to improve your mood is to look for sources of positive mood and inspiration.

20. Practice willpower. Habits are formed over time. Willpower is one of the most important habits you will ever build, so it is integral you continue to practice it through all aspects of your life. Look to the stoic philosophers for a primer on how to tackle this.

21. Write better hooks. A hook is the bit of a song that catches a listener’s attention and repeats your core message in an intriguing way. Similarly, in writing a hook is the quirky or fascinating intro that makes readers want to continue to read. Think about your own hooks and how you can get people interested in what you have to say.

22. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We often become obsessed with daily minutiae and avoid thinking about the big picture. Don’t let yourself worry too much about the small day-to-day struggles. Instead, put your head down and get to work.

23. Don’t overthink the big stuff. Too often we avoid taking leaps of faith because we’re worried about making a mistake on something big. We don’t buy the new house. We avoid marrying the person we love. We put off going to the doctor for that regular scan. Try not to overthink the big decisions (or seemingly small decisions) that may have larger ramifications. If it’s not overly dangerous or illegal, take the plunge and go for it.

24. Learn a new word a day. Increasing your vocabulary helps you see the world in different ways and makes you rethink your core beliefs.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

25. Become a moderate. Extremists are divisive and often at odds with a large portion of the population. Look for ways to bring people together through collaboration and consensus rather than through division.

26. Think big(ger). Many self-help books talk about setting big goals or envisioning massive success in your lifetime. If you want to become a true leader and attain greater fulfillment. Look for ways to think beyond creating success in your lifetime. Think about the legacy you’ll leave for future generations.

27. Learn universal processes. Assess how you work best and find ways to carry standardized processes over into other aspects of your life.

28. Develop support structures. What do you do if things aren’t going according to plan? Do you reach out to friends for support, meditate on the problem alone, or use some mixture of different coping mechanisms? Be aware of what works for you, and what doesn’t.

29. Don’t compare yourself to others. We fall into this trap far too often. We use others as a benchmark for our own progress, but we must remember that it is unhealthy to put too much weight on comparisons, as everyone has their own background and their own perspective.

30. Know when to let go. At the end of the day, you must try your best and let the cards fall as they may. All you can do is put your heart and soul into your effort and learn from the results.

Which one of these things are you going to implement into your life immediately? Comment below!

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5 Things Generation Z Needs to Know in Order to Succeed

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If you were born from 1995 through 2012, you are part of a special demographic—Generation Z. Congratulations! You are a very important person. First, you make up the largest percentage of the US population at 25.9 percent. Second, you’re an iGeneration kid, which means people like you write product reviews, click web ads, and build online businesses. In short, you run the Internet show.

Finally, you contribute $44 billion to the American economy. You have great potential, but your Internet addiction and reckless behavior are your biggest roadblocks to success. How do you limit the time you spend on Snapchat, focus on building a career, and break through the bars that block your way to success?

Try these five hacks for success:

1. Have a bold vision

Your life is your business. If you’re serious about making it profitable, you’ve got to have a bold vision and work tirelessly to achieve it. Start by redefining yourself. Just because you grew up with Snapchat and YouTube, doesn’t mean you have to use them carelessly. Of course, you can watch the dancing cats on YouTube, but you’ll have to find time for that.

Be a doer, not a chatter, watcher, or browser. Great visionaries are doers, not chatters. If you want success, examine your purpose in life, just like a CEO spends time crafting his company’s mission, then start doing.

Create your vision. Once you make sense of your goal in life, you can set a vision so high that it scares you. Finally, keep working—not chatting—to realize your vision.

2. Never dilute your vision

When I was in high school, I always had the highest grades in my class. However, a new student came to my school, and she began to outshine me in class, answering every question and making me look dumb. One night, I told my mom that I had disappointed her.

I told her that I had new competition, and didn’t have the intellectual capability to face the new girl in the arena. My mom’s response? She laughed out loud before saying anything. She then reminded me, “You told me, remember, that you’ll always be the top student. Why let this girl, a stranger that I believe is no match for you, change your mind?”

Those few words changed my mindset completely. I ended up taking the first position for that year. The moral of the story? Never dilute your vision. It’s scary to face competitors or naysayers who laugh at your idea, but bear in mind that all masters were laughed at before they were revered.

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.” – James Broughton

3. Win big with small tasks

How do you keep winning and moving closer to realizing your vision? You win the small tasks. I get it, you truly want to create your own app making you the next success story in your industry. In addition, you want to start blogging and profit in the gig economy.  

However, accomplishing these things, all of them, is not possible. They are bigger projects that you can’t accomplish all at once. What is possible is to pick only one thing and work fiercely on it. Deconstruct the dream job.

If you have decided to become a successful blogger, break down that blogging job into smaller tasks. Determine your niche, buy a domain name, design your WordPress site, and start writing and publishing your posts. Successful people move from zero to hero by accomplishing the smaller tasks first. So, get each task done, one step at a time.

4. Stay laser focused on one task

Focus is the secret key that will unlock the code for your success. Unfortunately, for post-millennials living in the world of instant notifications, staying focused is hard. How can you stay focused, for one whole hour, on the single most important task of your day?

Well, here are some simple tips that worked for me:

  • Dedicate certain days to your work. These are your creative days. Whether it’s weekdays or weekends, whatever you choose, just make sure that you do nothing but work on those days.
  • Go tech-free on your creative days. Turn off your Wi-Fi. Power off your Smartphone (or leave it in another room on silent). Divorce the Internet before you sit down to work because too much online activity is dangerous for your physical health, mental faculty, and productivity.
  • Pick one task, only one task, and work on it for an hour.

Of course, you can’t get it done flawlessly when you first start. You’ll feel the urge to look at your phone and possibly check your social media feed or play a game. However, you must keep focusing on the task at hand over and over until it becomes a habit. Consider limiting your Internet time on your non-work days, too.

“The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things.” – Alexa Hirschfeld

5. Stay consistent

One of the most crucial success hacks is consistency. The rule is to show up every day and do the work required if you truly want to succeed.

Learn from the former American tennis champion Andrea Agassi. Before he made a name for himself, Agassi’s father instructed him to hit 5000 balls every day. Just lace some sneakers, show up at the court, hit 5000 balls, and go home to relax.

Show up and do the same tomorrow. This consistent routine was what elevated Agassi to becoming “the biggest worldwide star in the sport’s history.” If you want to achieve that level of success, set down your smartphone and get to work. “The doing,” as Arthur Ashe beautifully puts it, “is more important than the outcome.”

Which one of these tasks is more challenging for you? How will you improve on it this year? Let us know so we can help!

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The entrepreneurial life is one of the most challenging, stressful and risky avenues to success you could possibly choose. The issue with doing it alone in business ventures is exactly that; you’re alone. To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to be driven, thick-skinned, and ready for any curve balls. (more…)

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  1. manny

    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:01 am

    mark cuban must be smoking some good stuff. he just suggested a 6month cd which is avg 0.80% when last year inflation was avg 1.4% so my money is doing nothing not even keeping up with inflation and somehow im richer then everyone else? whats next mark keep working at my dead end job save my money at the bank and retire so broke on social security that I have to keep working until I die? Also you say that great ideas are never shared thus everyone else is just scamming each other? LMAO Oh boy tin foil is next for you. This post was for suckers imo.

  2. Angel Villanueva

    Oct 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Hello, Mr. Cuban , my name is ANGEL, It’s funny. I’m going to start with. I to believe it or not I am a Multi-Billionaire, I am a Farmer by trade, I got my Real Estate License back in 2006 While I got sick, well to make things short I got shot with a Shot gun on my back, I have 3 fuse disc on my lower back, plus 3 on my neck. About 40 pallets all over my back. Ok, I almost lost my farm while I was sick. I got well started Real Estate sale’s done well since. Just enough to get by. But here is my lesson to you an everybody out there..Please Thank GOD for what ever you have. I have my Wife an 3 children, 1 beautiful Grand daughter an son inlaw. Best of all my Life. I Enjoy Everyday I Thank GOD. I am a Multi-Billionaire, I have a Family.
    Angel Villanueva

  3. B.Veenman

    Sep 2, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Nice article Mark, I’m confronted with change in my industry at the moment and I know I’m just in the right place at the right time. I have already recognized that this might be my burst, the one that I have been working towards for 6 years. I want to just let other readers know to take to hart what Mark writes here, It is very true, from gaining knowledge about you business to that the change in you industry will come.
    It does not matter if your industry is a big industry, With the right idea a small market can be turned into a big market, or you will see related opportunity in a much bigger market.
    Good luck to everybody into becoming bilionairs

  4. Vital KARANGWA

    Jan 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Well, very nice article! I have very many ambitions and I need help of people like you! I think this article will help me in many things , especially in savings! because I spend more than I earn. So, at the end of the month I find my self in looking for extra mony!

  5. Ibukun

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Nice article

  6. Darlington

    Nov 29, 2012 at 9:59 am

    well, others who can help yu should find you already helping yourself.This good advice and it works

  7. Hollington Tong

    Nov 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    In the section First here’s what not to do he is doing what he said not to do.
    Billionaires Rich Devos And Jay Van Andle seem to disagree with his first not what to do also.

    I am not saying the advice here is unsound but its self defeating when you say no one will help you in an article designed to help you. Simply because if you believe others aren’t there to help you succeed then your advice is would be designed to make sure others don’t.

  8. jacob

    Sep 6, 2012 at 3:27 am

    hey my name is jacob fowler ,im a high school student in montana . ive read alot of your stuff about helping you succeed with your goals ,i have many goals of my own ,and its fascinating how you to be where you are now.thank you and it would be great to talk to you . thanks

  9. Reemo

    Aug 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Just a heretical thought to add to the conversation… Wheres the fun in getting rich when the rest of the people are down and out with markets crashing…. I want to be rich when the markets are up so I dont have to be alone in my success….I want to be rich when the economy is booming and everyones happy . I dont want to enjoy at a time when others are weeping … Just my two cents

    • Steve

      Dec 18, 2012 at 4:03 am

      Everyone one wants to grow rich and everyone wants to grow rich with their ones you love. The difficult part is when you start becoming successful and your loved ones are struggling with taking the initial sacrifices, like adding discipline to their lives. What then? Do you carry them on your back so they can “be there” with you in your success? For someone to be successful, first of all they have to want to for themselves.Then take action.

    • Matt

      Dec 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I think you are missing the point…making money is a zero sum game. When someone makes a bunch, someone else lost a bunch. Statements like ‘I want to make money while everyone else is’ is something that someone who will never make money says. Capitalism is just that, capitalizing. If capitalizing on something for your own gain hurts your feelings for someone else, than just start a non profit. Don’t get me wrong I want people to all succeed but the reality is most wealthy people make money by taking it from others. There is a finite amount of money out there, it’s not meant to be shared, it’s meant to be exchanged.

  10. Mike

    Jul 29, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Couldn’t agree more about the statement regarding cash.

  11. Nedu

    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I ve read d post and comments dat ve followed.i observe dat as d years go by and inflation is hitting d roof,a lot of pple wil find it difficult 2 cope not 2 talk of get rich. U save up money and inflation preys on it and u think u ve moved an inch. IF U THINK ABOUT GETTING RICH INSTEAD OF THINKING ABOUT CREATING VALUE THAT U RE PASSIONATE ABOUT,it maybe difficult and impossible 2 be rich.

    • Shamus Mac

      Jul 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm

      “If you think about getting rich instead of… creating value that you’re passionate about, it may be difficult and impossible to be rich.”

      @Nedu: Truer words have hardly been said!

      MLM companies are group-think institutions which dedicate their training seminars to teach only recruitment and ignore retail techniques, because their customers are, in fact, you “independent distributors” which are coerced to fulfil minimum monthly purchase levels to maintain your precious and hard-won discount rate.

      And what an ideal customer you are! Whether you consume or resell or not is no concern of the MLM parent company. The more inspirational seminars you attend, and the more resources you dedicate to reach those exotic locations, the longer it will take for you to accept reality, despite your pantry full of overstock, and friends which have either become your direct competitors or ostracised you for attempting to profit off them.

      I now profit off independent distributors by providing prepopulated e-commerce solutions for a specific MLM company in a sincere attempt to help those who, like members of my immediate family, persist because the mark-ups do look great on paper. What inspired this? Aside from sympathy, the realization that many people made a smart profit off the California gold rush; but almost all of them simply ran tool shops to supply the gold diggers.

  12. Adrian Keys

    Jul 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

    “Boom and busts happen to every industry. The question is whether you have the discipline to be ready when it happens for you ?

    If you do, you will find out what it feels like to get lucky.”

    The most important for the very last…sweet! Nice post….

  13. dave amos

    Jun 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I think Lauren is right on the button, he has spelt it out in a simple black n white way to make a point, but basically he is right, learn about business from the bottom up, save your money, work 10% harder than the average and you’ll do well, my dad had a phrase – if you want something done “Find a busy man” I never understood at first, only thing I would add is – don’t let the corporate ladder be the thing that ties you into a salary, jump off at some point and do your own thing … apart from that delay a family as long as you can – that’s advice for men of course … good luck, it’s hard work. 🙂

  14. Mark Hibbitts

    Jun 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Lauren is correct that the areas are pretty broad, but I think this is a pretty good article as it tells it like it is. Getting wealthy takes time and discipline, and there are no short cuts. Yes you need to learn investing too but without cash that’s a waste of time. Cash flow is king.

    I’m also interested in seeing Laurens website as I write books for children about the same things and there may be a potential JV for us.

    Mark Hibbitts

  15. DeJuan Collins

    May 1, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I agree with a lot of his advice, except the business model of a good MLM company this business model may not make you rich, but could create you seed money to invest in other entrepreneurial opportunities. For a few hundred dollars to get started you could break even really fast and be on the road to profit pretty quickly.

  16. Gabriel Do Carmo

    Apr 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I disagree with some, if not most, of what Mark Cuban said. For anybody reading this comment, go read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. It will COMPLETELY change your mindset for the better

  17. Eduardo Salido

    Mar 22, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I dont agree with him, if you have a family it means two paychecks not one! Of course a parent spends with children but the amount is not alot. I think this guy got lucky, Ive read a couple of blogs from him and he just sounds nonsense.

  18. dbizzle03

    Mar 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I stopped reading after he said that most things are schemes and to put your savings into a 6 month CD at the bank. Clearly, not the way to get ahead when there are better ways of saving. There are plenty of vehicles to use to get to where you want to go, the key really is you have to WORK to get there.

  19. Lauren Sainz

    Mar 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have a website that targets getting financial information to young adults, information that they aren’t getting from high schools or colleges. In my opinion, it’s great that Mr. Cuban has created a rich lifestyle for himself and was able to retire in his 20s. However, some of the points he makes are very broad and won’t work for everyone.

    In a perfect world, starting in your teenage years you’ll know the ins-and-outs of managing money, you won’t charge up credit card debt, you’ll spend less than you make, you’ll save 10% of your income, and you’ll always be able to buy what you need without struggle. For Mr. Cuban, he seemed to understand that and I applaud him for understanding at such a young age.

    However, this new generation of young adults are accustomed to the life of buying now, paying later. They don’t have the discipline to save money and pay for things with cash. They want to go to college and cannot pay for it so they must take out student loans.

    The idea of getting a job and learning all there is to learn about that business and then waiting for your opportunity to strike sounds like an idea that will fail for most. Nobody wants to be told to wait to get rich.

    I’m a firm believer in knowledge is power and I understand the idea of learning all there is to learn about a business. However, ultimately an investment has to be made in yourself either through additional schooling or to start a business.

    I started my website almost a year ago. I’m only just now seeing revenue come in from ads that I place on my site. All my information I give on the site is free to my readers and I never charge for anything. I found something that I love doing and I do that through writing about personal finance on the web.

    But before I started my site, I had to get my knowledge from somewhere. I went to school. I took out massive student loans. I racked up credit card debt when paychecks were too short to pay bills. I made financial mistakes and I’ve learned from them. I’m doing better.

    Most young adults are not starting out with a clean slate. They have debt to repay. They don’t have the time to wait to save money. Some are too strapped that they cannot pay more than the minimum on their debt and there is no room for savings. So, based on Mr. Cubans idea of saving every penny, that won’t work for them because they don’t have enough pennies to save.

    The key to getting rich isn’t just finding a business that interests you and learning about it and saving every penny you have, it’s about deciding where you want to invest your money. You can invest in an education for yourself, invest in a venture someone you know wants to do, invest in a business opportunity for yourself, or invest in your future (retirement accounts). Yes, stay away from scams, but multi-level marketing isn’t evil. There are legit MLM companies out there to choose from. You just have to do your research first and be passionate about the product they sell. If you aren’t passionate about a product, you won’t be able to sell that product through a MLM business. There are also legit stay-at-home jobs online.

    The point is your options for getting rich are endless and as long as you remain focused, it can happen for you. You just have to find your passion and start from there.

    • kirk davis (@kirkd12)

      Mar 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Nice post Lauren and very noble of you not to advertise your website but I would be interested in reading some of your stuff so please do provide a link or tweet me (@kirkd12)

      thanks

      • Raymond Duke

        Mar 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

        I too have recently started a site, and have been leaving comments on blogs I follow or find interesting. And Kirk, I agree with you about not linking to the site in your comment because it makes it seem as if you are fishing for hits. If you are leaaving a genuine thoughtful comment, then you are more likely to gain the interest of its reader who will then go on to your site which hopefully leads to more genuine and thoughtful information. By the way, you can visit the site of the person who left the comment by going to their avatar and clicking “visit site” underneath it. Doing this, or clicking on the person’s name, will bring you to their site usually on most most places or sites that let you leave comments.

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2 Ways To End Suffering Forever.

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This year I have learned so much. I’ve learned that we all suffer no matter what. No one can avoid it. That’s not what I want to share with you though. What I want to tell you is that you have the power to end suffering.

I have proven it in my own life. We don’t need to suffer. We can end it all and the silly thing is it’s so simple. I do not want you to avoid this advice any longer. I want you to use it even if you think it’s a load of mumbo-jumbo.

Here are the two ways I’ve found to end suffering forever:

 

1. Find a way to give to other people.

You only suffer when life is all about you and your success. Once you move from being all about you, into a state of mind that is focused on giving, your problems become insignificant.

I had a couple of situations this year that have nearly knocked me flat on my ass. One was my romantic life falling to pieces and the other was my career collapsing. When both these events occurred, I used giving to other people as the way out of the maze that my mind created.

The moment suffering begun, I went straight to finding ways to serve other people. I helped friends with their businesses, I spoke at events to inspire people, I did some volunteering and I doubled down on my blogging so I could inspire as many people as possible.

Shifting the focus away from what was wrong and using my focus to give to others ended the suffering.

“There wasn’t time to suffer because the purpose of my life during those months was far bigger than me and my stupid life challenges. Giving to others gave me a way to find happiness when I probably would have hidden away and suffered in silence”

Seeing the solutions to other people’s problems and sharing them, gave me a way to put my career and relationships into perspective.

Giving is the example you need when times get tough and things get complicated. You suffer the most when you get stuck in your head and repeat the pattern of telling yourself how wrong your circumstances are.

Suffering can make you depressed, feel lonely, become selfish, go into a downward spiral and take away everything that’s good in your life.

Finding ways to give on the other hand, can cure all of those problems. I know it sounds so cliché what I’m saying but it surprises me how many people never use this strategy. Like I always say: the answers we seek are right in front of our nose.

Next time you feel yourself suffering, get out of your head and try this strategy.

 

 

2. Practice gratitude.

Okay, I thought this strategy was so dumb when I discovered it. It’s so obvious and it sounds way too easy. I mean how can writing down a few things you’re grateful for really end your suffering?

I mean you could lie to yourself and pretend that you’re grateful for something when you’re not. Well, that’s exactly what I did at the beginning. When I was suffering this year, I started writing down three things each day that I was grateful for.

In the first week, I lied about things I was grateful for and found the exercise completely ridiculous. This advice is so common that I decided to persist with this ridiculous self-help hack anyway.

What I found as I kept doing it was that your brain makes a shift subconsciously. Instead of being pissed off and suffering, your brain has to work extra hard to find three things every day to be grateful for.

To make this habit work even better I forced my brain to describe in detail each thing I was grateful for and ideally why. Some days sucked so bad that I thought I would never find three things. Once the challenge became a must, I spent my days working my butt off trying to find things I was grateful for.

While doing various activities during the day, I’d find moments when I was grateful for something and stop. I’d stop and see how I felt at that moment and I would have a mini celebration because I knew I had something for my gratitude list.

Then I tried to aim for five things each day instead of three. This shifted my focus even more. I should have been suffering but because I was forcing myself to see good things that were happening to me, I was distracted.

As I said earlier, this new habit seemed so dumb at the beginning. Once you really do it for a while, you see how it has the power to end suffering. You can’t be pissed off and be grateful at the same time. So, choose gratitude and then your suffering will be sidelined, and in my case, forgotten about.

 

***Life doesn’t need to be full of low points***

The suffering that we all experience is a choice. It probably doesn’t seem like that but these two hacks will demonstrate this to you. Your decision-making power is incredible and all you need to do is select one of these hacks to end suffering.

Don’t let the quality of your life be jeopardized by your default human mode to suffer. You’ll find these two hacks will not only end your suffering; these two hacks will give you purpose.

Here’s what I learned: most people are pissed off and suffer because they have no purpose. Once you find a purpose for your life, you’ll become addicted.

Now that’s a huge win don’t you think? You can end suffering and find purpose, all by using these two hacks. That’s the best gift I can give you.

Don’t just read this advice. Try these two hacks yourself.

It’s time to end suffering forever.

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I remember the day in vivid detail. I was on a weekend trip visiting my girlfriend at the time in Arizona. She had decided that we should join her friends to go “cliff jumping.”  We were early on in our dating and she obviously had no idea that I was not fond of heights. So “cliffs” and jumping off of them… No thanks!

I inevitably found myself on the edge of a 40-foot cliff peering down at a vast blue canvas of water. Then I realized if I didn’t jump, I’d have to start the walk of shame back down the cliff. This was a lose-lose situation for me.

Fear had me. I didn’t want to jump, but I also didn’t want to look bad in front of my girlfriend’s friends. So I jumped and in that moment, I had defied my brain and my neurochemistry.

Our brains are wired to protect us, not to push us towards our goals. Our brains are wired to look for anything that could be potentially dangerous or threatening and keep us as far away from it as possible by using fear. The problem is not all situations warrant fear.

There is a saying in neuroscience that says, “the brain wires the way it fires”, meaning the more you do a certain activity, the more the brain lays down wiring to make that action or activity easier.

‘Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out.’ – Karl Augustus Menninger

When we let fear keep us stagnant and we continue to do the same things that are comfortable, our brain gets “hardwired” to stay comfortable. We become “stagnant.” This can become debilitating for some of us and prevent us from encountering the very experiences we need to grow and succeed.

When we, in spite of our fear, do the challenging things that are outside our comfort zone, we begin to hardwire into our brain change, adaptability, creativity, growth, perspective, and happiness because we stretch the boundaries of our brain’s capabilities and force it to adapt rather than “playing it safe.”

An elite athlete didn’t make it where they are today by going into their training and never pushing past their comfort zone. They constantly pushed their limits of comfort to force their bodies and minds to grow to that of a top performer. The same principle applies to our brains. If we let fear dictate our actions in any area of our lives, it will stunt your growth in that area.

So what’s the first step? How do we go about conquering our fears whether it’s public speaking, starting a business, or launching the product or service? See below:

1. Journal Your Fears

Write down all the fears you have, big or small. Contrary to opinion “size does not matter.” Your brain still operates the same with all types of fear. The key is to first acknowledge what you are fearful about and bring it to light. Be as specific as possible.

2. Prioritize Your Fears

I then rank my fears from highest to lowest in terms of how often I think about this fear and/or how much it disrupts my life. You may find some fears combine into a broader category and that’s ok — we’ll get to that. So for now identify your biggest fear.

3. Support Your Belief in Yourself

I don’t mean just “believe in yourself.” What I mean is to build in support systems that will support your belief in yourself, so that when you start taking action, your support systems will solidify those new experiences and form deeper, more meaningful, and lasting beliefs in yourself.

It may look like building a list of affirmations that you say every morning or a meditation. Whatever it is, it needs to be uplifting and empowering you towards conquering your goals.

4. Take Action & Start Small

Look at your list and identify what your biggest fear is. That’s the beast we’re going to tackle long term, but for some that may seem like a big stretch at first. So instead, see what your 5th biggest fear is, and that’s where you’ll start.

What we will then do is build our way up and take a ride on the “Momentum Train.” Starting small with taking actions toward your lower priority fears and then building up helps your brain build momentum, which provides your brain with plenty of courage and motivation to tackle the #1 fear on your list.

‘Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.’ – Helen Keller

5. No Time Limit, Just Consistency

Most goals should be limited to a time domain. For the goal of tackling a fear, time can be a challenging factor to set. Some of these fears may have been unknowingly building up for decades without your knowledge. So I don’t recommend setting a time on when you are “going to conquer your fear.”

Instead set appointments to regularly meet and address your fear. If you’re fear is public speaking, then go to a local Toastmasters once a week. The more consistent you can be, the better.

6. Reframe and Reinforce

As you begin to address these fears, make sure you are reinforcing the experiences you have in a positive perspective. For instance, if you want to be less fearful of public speaking and decide to try out a local toastmasters group, your first time speaking to the group might feel like a train wreck, but when you look back on the situation you can acknowledge that that actually pushed past your fear and accomplished your goal.

7. Rinse and Repeat

This isn’t a quick fix. It may take some time. There’s always a new fear or challenge awaiting us. The key is to have systems like this in place to address those challenges properly rather than allowing ourselves to succumb to fear and derail our lives from their fullest potential.

How do you handle your fears? Comment below!

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30 Straightforward Reminders to Help You Supercharge Your Life in 2018

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This time of year it’s easy to be overwhelmed by well-meaning advice. Everyone seems to have a solution to your procrastination or a remedy for your lack of motivation. Unfortunately, most advice is either too general or irrelevant because it doesn’t address your main concerns.

I’ve spent the last year trying to hone in on some of the best tips and tricks I’ve learned to stay ahead and maintain a positive mindset.

Here are 30 straightforward reminders and tips to help you supercharge your life in 2018:

1. Get the basics right. Take care of your body, your mind and your soul. Make a list of what you know is good for you and what you know is bad for you in each category. Consider ways to reduce the bad and increase the good.

2. Reduce distractions that sap your energy. When you’re planning big changes, it’s easy to get pulled into many different directions. You get excited about a certain idea which pulls you down the rabbit hole into numerous other directions. Focus on one thing at a time.

3. Make a new friend. Start a conversation with a stranger in the elevator. Compliment someone. Provide some positive reinforcement. Do something without expecting anything in return.

4. Smile more. Smiling takes less effort than frowning. It’s also scientifically proven to make you feel better even if you don’t necessarily feel like smiling.

5. Walk 30 minutes a day. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you stimulate your immune system, increase your metabolism and improve your mood.

6. Do one push-up for every year old you are. Or do twice as many sit-ups for every year old you are. Making sure you work the muscles in different parts of your body stimulates hormone production and helps increase fat burning.

7. Find your intrinsic drivers. Intrinsic drivers are what inspire you based on internal motivation, rather than external motivation. Find something you think of as beautiful, peaceful, relaxing. Embrace it. Appreciate it. Try to understand why you like it

8. Speak to an old friend. Reach out in an email, a text, a phone call. Check in and just let them know you’re thinking about them.

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.” – Woodrow T. Wilson

9. Invest in your health. Join a gym. Buy some type of sports equipment or clothing that is comfortable and that you enjoy being in. Consider joining a pick up sports team.

10. Study something that interests you. Buy a book about someone you admire. Pick a time period that you’re fascinated with. Make a point of becoming an expert on something that matters to you.

11. Teach someone something. Take a topic, any topic, and try to break it down into its component parts so that you can teach someone how to do it. The concentration and the effort it takes to teach someone something is often exactly the kind of effort that is required to truly understand it for yourself.

12. Delegate to someone. Find a task that needs to be done that you could do. Don’t do that task. Instead, look for someone you can ask to help you. Pay them or ask them for a favor. The key is to learn to delegate actions to others.

13. Meditate. Mindfulness and meditation are trending right now, but that’s not the reason you should consider adopting a meditation practice. The real reason is that meditation will help you focus on your key goals while cutting out the noise in the world around you.  

14. Learn to manage your personal finances. One of the biggest causes of stress that we as humans experience is the pressure to make money and control our finances. There are tons of free resources available online to help you learn about finances and help get your money in order.

15. Read more. No, I’m not talking about reading your Facebook News Feed. Read more books. Try to read a book a month, either fiction or nonfiction. At the beginning of the month choose a book and break down the number of pages. See how many you have to read a day to finish… then get started.

16. Cook at home at least 5 days a week. Cooking at home is cheap, easy and fun. You can hone skills in creativity and planning all at once, and it’s a great way to save money.

“My New Year’s resolution is to stick to a good workout plan that will keep me healthy and happy.” – James Lafferty

17. Sell someone. No, not into human bondage. Sell someone on an idea or a product. Learn to market yourself and your skills. Everyone sells as they move through life, but most of us are average salespeople.

18. Hone your principles. What principles define your life? What are your strongly held beliefs? Be honest with yourself and what principles you feel you must uphold.

19. Embrace the power of positive thought. Listen to positive audio tapes, surround yourself with positive people. Look at the positive side of life. Easier said than done, but truth be told one of the best ways to improve your mood is to look for sources of positive mood and inspiration.

20. Practice willpower. Habits are formed over time. Willpower is one of the most important habits you will ever build, so it is integral you continue to practice it through all aspects of your life. Look to the stoic philosophers for a primer on how to tackle this.

21. Write better hooks. A hook is the bit of a song that catches a listener’s attention and repeats your core message in an intriguing way. Similarly, in writing a hook is the quirky or fascinating intro that makes readers want to continue to read. Think about your own hooks and how you can get people interested in what you have to say.

22. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We often become obsessed with daily minutiae and avoid thinking about the big picture. Don’t let yourself worry too much about the small day-to-day struggles. Instead, put your head down and get to work.

23. Don’t overthink the big stuff. Too often we avoid taking leaps of faith because we’re worried about making a mistake on something big. We don’t buy the new house. We avoid marrying the person we love. We put off going to the doctor for that regular scan. Try not to overthink the big decisions (or seemingly small decisions) that may have larger ramifications. If it’s not overly dangerous or illegal, take the plunge and go for it.

24. Learn a new word a day. Increasing your vocabulary helps you see the world in different ways and makes you rethink your core beliefs.

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” – Richard Branson

25. Become a moderate. Extremists are divisive and often at odds with a large portion of the population. Look for ways to bring people together through collaboration and consensus rather than through division.

26. Think big(ger). Many self-help books talk about setting big goals or envisioning massive success in your lifetime. If you want to become a true leader and attain greater fulfillment. Look for ways to think beyond creating success in your lifetime. Think about the legacy you’ll leave for future generations.

27. Learn universal processes. Assess how you work best and find ways to carry standardized processes over into other aspects of your life.

28. Develop support structures. What do you do if things aren’t going according to plan? Do you reach out to friends for support, meditate on the problem alone, or use some mixture of different coping mechanisms? Be aware of what works for you, and what doesn’t.

29. Don’t compare yourself to others. We fall into this trap far too often. We use others as a benchmark for our own progress, but we must remember that it is unhealthy to put too much weight on comparisons, as everyone has their own background and their own perspective.

30. Know when to let go. At the end of the day, you must try your best and let the cards fall as they may. All you can do is put your heart and soul into your effort and learn from the results.

Which one of these things are you going to implement into your life immediately? Comment below!

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5 Things Generation Z Needs to Know in Order to Succeed

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If you were born from 1995 through 2012, you are part of a special demographic—Generation Z. Congratulations! You are a very important person. First, you make up the largest percentage of the US population at 25.9 percent. Second, you’re an iGeneration kid, which means people like you write product reviews, click web ads, and build online businesses. In short, you run the Internet show.

Finally, you contribute $44 billion to the American economy. You have great potential, but your Internet addiction and reckless behavior are your biggest roadblocks to success. How do you limit the time you spend on Snapchat, focus on building a career, and break through the bars that block your way to success?

Try these five hacks for success:

1. Have a bold vision

Your life is your business. If you’re serious about making it profitable, you’ve got to have a bold vision and work tirelessly to achieve it. Start by redefining yourself. Just because you grew up with Snapchat and YouTube, doesn’t mean you have to use them carelessly. Of course, you can watch the dancing cats on YouTube, but you’ll have to find time for that.

Be a doer, not a chatter, watcher, or browser. Great visionaries are doers, not chatters. If you want success, examine your purpose in life, just like a CEO spends time crafting his company’s mission, then start doing.

Create your vision. Once you make sense of your goal in life, you can set a vision so high that it scares you. Finally, keep working—not chatting—to realize your vision.

2. Never dilute your vision

When I was in high school, I always had the highest grades in my class. However, a new student came to my school, and she began to outshine me in class, answering every question and making me look dumb. One night, I told my mom that I had disappointed her.

I told her that I had new competition, and didn’t have the intellectual capability to face the new girl in the arena. My mom’s response? She laughed out loud before saying anything. She then reminded me, “You told me, remember, that you’ll always be the top student. Why let this girl, a stranger that I believe is no match for you, change your mind?”

Those few words changed my mindset completely. I ended up taking the first position for that year. The moral of the story? Never dilute your vision. It’s scary to face competitors or naysayers who laugh at your idea, but bear in mind that all masters were laughed at before they were revered.

“The only limits are, as always, those of vision.” – James Broughton

3. Win big with small tasks

How do you keep winning and moving closer to realizing your vision? You win the small tasks. I get it, you truly want to create your own app making you the next success story in your industry. In addition, you want to start blogging and profit in the gig economy.  

However, accomplishing these things, all of them, is not possible. They are bigger projects that you can’t accomplish all at once. What is possible is to pick only one thing and work fiercely on it. Deconstruct the dream job.

If you have decided to become a successful blogger, break down that blogging job into smaller tasks. Determine your niche, buy a domain name, design your WordPress site, and start writing and publishing your posts. Successful people move from zero to hero by accomplishing the smaller tasks first. So, get each task done, one step at a time.

4. Stay laser focused on one task

Focus is the secret key that will unlock the code for your success. Unfortunately, for post-millennials living in the world of instant notifications, staying focused is hard. How can you stay focused, for one whole hour, on the single most important task of your day?

Well, here are some simple tips that worked for me:

  • Dedicate certain days to your work. These are your creative days. Whether it’s weekdays or weekends, whatever you choose, just make sure that you do nothing but work on those days.
  • Go tech-free on your creative days. Turn off your Wi-Fi. Power off your Smartphone (or leave it in another room on silent). Divorce the Internet before you sit down to work because too much online activity is dangerous for your physical health, mental faculty, and productivity.
  • Pick one task, only one task, and work on it for an hour.

Of course, you can’t get it done flawlessly when you first start. You’ll feel the urge to look at your phone and possibly check your social media feed or play a game. However, you must keep focusing on the task at hand over and over until it becomes a habit. Consider limiting your Internet time on your non-work days, too.

“The biggest challenge is to stay focused. It’s to have the discipline when there are so many competing things.” – Alexa Hirschfeld

5. Stay consistent

One of the most crucial success hacks is consistency. The rule is to show up every day and do the work required if you truly want to succeed.

Learn from the former American tennis champion Andrea Agassi. Before he made a name for himself, Agassi’s father instructed him to hit 5000 balls every day. Just lace some sneakers, show up at the court, hit 5000 balls, and go home to relax.

Show up and do the same tomorrow. This consistent routine was what elevated Agassi to becoming “the biggest worldwide star in the sport’s history.” If you want to achieve that level of success, set down your smartphone and get to work. “The doing,” as Arthur Ashe beautifully puts it, “is more important than the outcome.”

Which one of these tasks is more challenging for you? How will you improve on it this year? Let us know so we can help!

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