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Billionaire Mark Cuban’s Advice On How To Get Rich

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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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7 Everyday Methods Go-Getters Use to Train Their Minds

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A lot of importance is given to physical fitness, yet have you met anyone who says, “I am training my mind?” The world gives so much attention to a pretty package but what about the inside?

Training your mind is just as important as training the body, thus here are 7 everyday methods to train your mind:

1. Learn one new thing a day

The brain goes through a good amount of work every time you learn a new skill. Various studies prove that the most challenging task for a brain is to learn a new language.

Learning a foreign language is a complex process giving the brain a good workout in order to improve one’s Cognitive skills and overall brain function. In addition to this, there are many other benefits such as better focus, mental flexibility, and listening skills.

To train your mind, learn one new thing every day. Get to know a new fact or if you have a lot of time, learn a new language. Fun Fact: The toughest language in the world is Mandarin. (Why don’t you give it a try?)

2. Solve a Puzzle

The next obvious way to train your mind is to solve puzzles. Crosswords, Sudoku, and other puzzles can activate the synapses of your brain and improve its functioning.

Studies have found solving puzzles can help you remember things better along with boosting your productivity and memory.

There are many apps to train your brain. Lumosity, Personal Zen, and Happify are a few apps which have simple and complex levels of games which can challenge your brain.  Lumosity gives you a brain performance index which will denote your mental performance. The next time you have some free time on hand, solve a puzzle instead of watching a movie!

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Tony Robbins

3. Get Enough Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep has become very rare these days. Smartphones and other electronic gadgets are so addictive that we do not end up getting proper sleep. Research by the University of Pennsylvania shows sleep and memory to be strongly connected. Missing out on adequate sleep for a couple of days can significantly erode your memory.

There are 3 primary mechanisms involved in learning and memory. Acquisition is the first step in which your brain learns the new information. Consolidation is the process where the memory becomes stabilized into your mind. Lastly, recall is the ability to access the information after it has been stored.

While acquisition and recall happen when you are awake, consolidation happens when you are asleep. When you miss out on sleep, the second step fails, and you have difficulty recalling information.

4. Follow A Healthy Diet

What you eat also plays a role in training your mind. There are many memory superfoods which can significantly improve the functioning of your brain such as, antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, low glycemic carbs, and omega-3 fatty acid rich foods all fall under this category.

Since fresh fruits and vegetables protect your brain from harmful free radicals, it becomes a superfood. Another great diet is the mediterranean one which includes nuts, legumes, fish, blueberries, avocado, and beets which are great for your brain functioning.  

5. Arts and Crafts

My favorite class in school was arts and crafts because it was incredibly fun. Science proves that it’s more than just fun because creative activities such as painting, handicrafts, and origami significantly improve the functioning of the brain.

Doing things which involve repetitive actions such as knitting improves your focus. It was found in a study that, crafts can calm the mind and effectively treat depression. Practice brain boosting hobbies like painting, dancing, or playing a musical instrument to stay focused.

6. Challenge Your Mind

When your day involves the usual chores, there is obviously no challenge to the brain. It enters into a stagnation mode as there is not much change. To avoid this from happening, it is essential you challenge your brain often.

Use your non-dominant hand to do stuff like brushing your teeth and writing in order to activate your other senses. For example, close your eyes when you take a shower which will use the sense of touch to find things. These things are fun to do, and at the same time, they throw a challenge to your mind.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz

7. Read

Reading is one of the best methods to train your mind. It relieves stress and tension of the brain cells, and most importantly it can help you get a new perspective on things. When you read, there is a lot of acquisition happening, and this boosts the functionality of the brain. Practice the habit of reading every day even if it can even be the everyday paper.

Conclusion

Training your mind can be a tricky business as it takes time and effort yet it will eventually pay off. Other than these hacks I told you, the most important one is to keep learning because it is a never-ending process that will get you going forever.

Which one of these tips was your favorite? Let us know by commenting below!

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Starting A Business On Instagram? Here Are 7 Things You Need to Do

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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms today with over 700 million monthly active users, a more engaged audience, and less competition than any other social networking giants such as Twitter or Facebook. This presents a golden opportunity for businesses to market their products to a more interested and targeted audience without spending a ton of money on paid advertising.

Whether your business strategy needs an update or you are a social media novice, the following 7 tips to start an Instagram business will be extremely helpful:

1. Beta Testing (And Involve the Community)

When you are launching a new business, it is critical to get feedback on your new concepts, ideas, and product in the early stages. But in order to make your business successful on Instagram, you will want to include Instagram members in your testing for useful feedback.

Beta testing is a type of testing where a sampling of the intended audience tries out the product before it is launched on wide scale. The goal of beta testing is to place your application in the hands of actual users outside of your business development team for the purpose of discovering any flaws or problems in your final version.

2. Make Instagram the Hub of Your Social Media Marketing

If you are planning to launch your business on Instagram, it is important to make your Instagram the one spot to visit with relevant information regarding the product offerings, launch date and anything else you will want to talk about. By diverting all traffic to your Instagram account from emails, blog posts, and your website, you will have a head start on establishing your Instagram community.

Keep in mind that this strategy may not be the best for all businesses – some businesses might want to divert all of their traffic to newsletter sign up page, for instance – however, if your aim is to make a stir on Instagram, your best plan of action is to push everyone to your Instagram profile before you launch your product or service.

Engage, Enlighten, Encourage and especially…just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” – Susan Cooper

3. Create a Buzz Before You Launch

Keeping your customers interested in your product or service is a key part of any effective marketing strategy. Reward your loyal followers with exclusive content, and let them be the first ones to know about your new products, events or services. Create a range of fun and interesting teaser photos or trailers that will arouse anticipation or satisfy curiosity for your new stores, office openings or releases. This type of screening makes your Instagram followers feel curious and special, and likely to keep coming back for more insider information.

4. Create an Eye-catching Preview of Your Instagram Feed

Before you start attracting new followers to your Instagram account, make sure it is in the best condition possible. You shouldn’t have an empty profile when you send your followers, family, and friends to your Instagram channel because it gives off a bad impression. You should have already uploaded 4 to 5 posts to give them an idea of what to expect from you, along with captivating visual content communicating what your brand business is all about.

Make a habit of updating your bio section every now and then, and think of creative ways to use that opportunity for your own good. Think, app downloads, purchases or event registrations. Instagram has also introduced an option of adding phone numbers in bios, especially for businesses through Instagram Business profiles.

5. Choose the Right Name

Another important thing that acts a make or break factor for many potential customers is your Instagram name. Besides wanting an Instagram username that is already available, you will also want to think about the hashtags.

Since creative hashtag schemes are rapidly popularizing, having a dynamic branded hashtag that your followers and customers really want to use is the key to success when it comes to establishing an Instagram business. If you are initiating a new business, you need a brand name which doubles as an aspiring hashtag as this could be the pot of gold at the end of your Instagram glory.

6. Offer Instagram-Specific Rewards

Once you have built your Instagram fan base and have a killer Instagram feed, you will want to retain your followers and community, and this can only be done by keeping them engaged and curious about your brand. An easy way to do it is by offering Instagram-specific rewards, incentives discount, or perks. Whether it is a reward that your followers can only find on Instagram, or an Instagram giveaway, giving a little can guarantee a lot.

Another good idea is to host an Instagram contest, as it will help you build a fan base, increase awareness, increase engagement and boost sales. There are various ways to host a contest, and the best one will depend on your audience.

“Social media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide you.” – Matt Goulart

7. Don’t Forget Hashtags

Expanding an Instagram business takes determination, patience, and proper planning. Scheduling your Instagram posts beforehand is a good way to keep your business organized and ahead of the competition. Once you have launched your business, you will want to invest in connecting with other Instagrammers with the help of hashtags. To do this, you will first need to find hashtags that your audience is scrolling through. Next, you will need to start using those hashtags in your posts so people can find you.

Hashtagging is a great way to deliver a strong call to action. When you post content for your Instagram account, make sure all posts include a strong call to action in the form of a relevant hashtag. Some of the popular forms of call to action on Instagram that you can ask your followers to incorporate include “double tap”, “tag a friend in the post”, and “sign up today for free” to receive newsletters/emails. Instagram allows a minimum of 30 hashtags per post, but many users fail to make the most out of this ability.

Do you use instagram for social purposes or have you tried to build it into a business? Let us know your thoughts below!

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How Writing For 1000 Days Straight Made Me A Real Man

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Writing was never my thing. I didn’t think of it as an art although in school I was told I was good at it. I never believed this compliment ever.

For more than 1000 days straight I’ve written consistently. While on holiday in San Fran, New Zealand and Japan I wrote. Waiting at the doctor’s office, I wrote. In line at the local vegetarian burger joint, I wrote. The things I’ve learned from writing have changed me from a spoilt little kid, into a real man.

Writing for 1000 days straight taught me:

 

Writing is my therapy.

My mentor Joel got a bit annoyed at me one day because he saw a few swear words in a blog post I published. I quickly realized what I’d done and then it came to me: I was swearing because it was how I released my frustration.

By writing about the things that upset me, I somehow felt less compelled to be angry at the world.

 

I found that my problems could be a source of inspiration for others.

You may not believe me but now I actually look forward to having problems.

Problems are what give me the fuel I need to write. Every problem becomes a solution for all of the readers that sit down and absorb my writing. Writing can inspire others and that’s what has helped me become a real man.

A real man, I believe, does things for more than just himself.

 

It taught me to stop chopping and changing.

I used to be a kid and would always throw in the towel when my passion or hobby got hard. Instead of pushing through the pain I’d just start something new. Writing made me a man by helping me realize that mastery and sticking at it is the real magic trick.

 

Happiness can be found in the strangest of places.

My dad was a writer and I always thought it was dumb. I never thought I’d ever do it myself. Doing something for more than 1000 days straight teaches you that you can find happiness in places you’d least expect. Try new things, find something that feels cool and stick at it.

 

It doesn’t have to be a book or blog.

Some days when I’m busy, I count my writing as inspiring emails to fans that can help them. Other days it’s replying to comments that people leave on my social media. We can fall into the trap of believing that writing only happens when it’s in the form of a book or blog post.

Let yourself off the hook. Write whenever you can and stop being so hard on yourself. Writing is writing chief.

 

Energy will determine the outcome.

I used the following to get more energy:
– On writing days I would sleep more the night before
– I didn’t drink alcohol on days where I planned to write a lot
– I drank mushroom coffee (recommended by Tim Ferriss) for a quick fix
– I ate energy-rich foods like fruits, veggies, and the odd avocado for brain power

“If you’re a sleepy zombie then you’ll never be able to find the energy to keep pushing through all of the hurdles you’re going to encounter with writing or any pursuit for that matter”

 

The power of a deadline.

Here’s an awesome little hack I used. I’m the biggest procrastinator you’ll ever meet. If I have all day to write, then I’ll spend the last hour before dinner writing if I’m lucky. What I did instead was book in social catch-ups, trips to the cinema’s, outings with the girlfriend and anything I could that involved other people.

This gave me a perceived sense of urgency and a deadline I couldn’t miss. What’s funny is the tighter the deadline, the more productive I became. Here’s what’s even crazier:

The blog posts I’ve written, that had the tightest deadline and the least amount of time to write them, have been my most popular.

Over thinking kills creativity and so does having too much time to fluff around. These deadlines have allowed me to produce lots of writing that have contributed to me becoming a real man.

 

Writing has uncovered raw emotion in me.

Raw emotion has changed the game for me. As I got past the 10-day mark, I stopped giving a F more and more. This brought out raw emotion in me that couldn’t be faked like an Instagram filter. It’s this raw emotion that got me more readers and allowed me to make a bigger difference in the world.

There’s something about someone who makes the bold decision to wear their heart on their sleeve. Writing heaps forces you to think deeper and to dig deeper every time you sit down at the computer.

Writing for more than 1000 days became like a game to see how much I could learn about myself. The words began to paint a picture of me that I had never seen or even dreamt of.

“These words that became pictures redefined who I was”

I used these pictures to become a new man and one I could be proud of. I want you to discover raw emotion for yourself. I want you to paint beautiful pictures with words that come from deep inside of you.

 

Just get started.

There were days when I couldn’t be bothered writing. I found that once I got started, the words would pour out of me. It was as if the words were dying to get out of me some days. Instead of giving yourself excuses, don’t try and have every day be the day you produce your best work.

Some of the blog posts I’ve written I thought were barely okay. These same posts have been highly shareable more than my so-called serious stuff. 1000 days of writing teaches you to disconnect yourself from the outcome and focus on the practice itself. Discipline has made me a real man.

 

You must like the topic.

I tried writing about stuff that people told me too. I found myself hating the process every time. Have a list of suggested topics that you’ve come up with and then write about the one that makes you feel good at the time.

 

Make it up as you go.

I invent words all the time like self-disrupt, fakepreneur and too many other ridiculous ones to mention here. I break grammar rules to suit myself and to make my writing easy on the eye. What will separate you from everyone else is when you decide to make up the rules.

It’s easier to be different than it is to be a better writer, or saxophone player or artist. A rule forces you to conform to everyone else’s expectations. What made me a real man was discovering the power of my own creativity and not listening to all the hype out there.

There’s a lot of noise and people that will tell you they have the secret chicken sauce. They’re selling lies to you to benefit their own selfish goals.

Be you and make up the rest as you go.

 

Reading fuels your creative brain.

I get asked all the time “Tim, where do you get all these writing ideas from?”

I wish I could tell you that I was some idea factory that could mass-produce amazing writing pieces. The truth is I’m not that smart. In conjunction with writing, I’ve also been reading like a KFC junkie addicted to hot sauce.

Books have opened up my world to what’s possible. Books have helped me see things in my life that I had previously ignored.

“Books sold me a truth that I couldn’t get from the Internet or TV”

Every word you read get’s stored in your computer brain and can be recalled later on without you probably even realizing. Reading has taught me the lessons that have made me a man and a blogger.

 

Authenticity and transparency, plus brutal honesty, is where it’s at.

In the beginning, I was a bit of a pussy. I hid parts of myself and didn’t tell the full story. In the first 10 days, I tried to be brutal. By the 1000th day, I had enough practice and had seen the audience react enough, that I showed everything in my stories. No detail was left out.

People read my stuff because they know it’s authentic and real. I’m brutally honest and not afraid to make fun of myself. I’m not afraid to admit that I too have once been a self-obsessed, immature, coward too. It’s okay; we’ve all been there.

This brutal honesty helps you be honest with yourself too. Through these honest moments, you learn a lot about who you are and who you can become. I think real honesty helped me become a real man. A man I can be proud of.

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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It takes more than just hard work, grinding and strategies to become successful. Do you actually know what subtle changes to make in order to reach the level of success and financial wealth you desire?

In our constantly changing world, those who are getting ahead in the game are individuals who are learning to raise their standards both personally and professionally. The age of the Internet has certainly brought a new dawn for the average person dialing up that inner craving for more freedom and a higher quality of life.

The opportunities and technological advancements are here, but one thing seems to be lagging: Our ability to produce and maintain the money we actually need to enjoy all that is currently available.

Everywhere you turn there is a new, sleeker, more advanced version of your favorite gizmo. Whether it’s your dream phone, car, computer, or designer clothes, they keep getting better and who doesn’t enjoy having the best of the best?

However, how can we have the best of the best when increasing income continues to be a struggle? As traditional methods of working and doing business radically transform, certain confusion arises especially amongst entrepreneurs.

This is why a recent conversation with my friend and owner of Walletisland, Adrian Brown, challenged me to reassess how I am approaching some of the things we tend to consider unimportant in the entrepreneurial space. I realised there are simple everyday shifts that are often overlooked by entrepreneurs which could be the key to increasing success and income.

For the majority of aspiring and budding entrepreneurs, the backstory is pretty much the same. We all grew up in less than abundant conditions. Our approach is for the most part pretty old fashioned when it comes to personal grooming and our relationship with money. But if there’s one thing I have come to realize when it comes to producing extraordinary results, it is this: Success and attracting money is all about mindset and the attitude one carries.

“Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.” – Peter Diamandis

This is a law based truth I am proving more and more as I interact, connect with and learn from other successful entrepreneurs. In my most recent mastermind with a like-minded individuals, we were able to uncover a few blind spots that continue to hinder many hard working entrepreneurs.

More specifically, we came to a consensus when it comes to attracting more wealth that most individuals hit these three blind spots which hopefully after today, you will no longer fall victim to.

  • Too many success seekers are neglecting their personal appearance and self-grooming. As entrepreneurs, we think only our skillsets should matter, but that’s never the case.
  • Most people are neglecting their everyday personal interaction with money. In other words, aside from the big general numbers they have to deal with in business, most men aren’t deliberately working on improving how they handle, carry and interact with money. Part of this might be old negative paradigms around money running the show.
  • Many business owners are struggling with unattractiveness and low confidence, which certainly hinders their ability to shine, stand out and magnetize success.

If any or all of these resonate, here’s what you can do about it today:

1. Polish your self-image and outer appearance

This doesn’t have to take up too much time. With a little more deliberate thought on the shoes you wear, the wallet you carry, the combination of your clothing, hair, body language and attitude you will not only raise your professional appearance but there is much research proving your earnings will increase too.  Keep it clean, simple, clutter free and corresponding to your business role.

2. Prep yourself for a “money shift”

Is there a psychological relationship between a someones’s wallet and their money? Absolutely. In fact when Adrian got into men’s fashion it was because he experienced firsthand “the money shift”. This happened when he stopped carrying around cheap, worn-out wallets and started carefully choosing the kind that made him feel most opulent.

I’m passionate about helping men strengthen their connection and interaction with money because I realize it’s not about fashion trends. A man’s wallet is something he interacts with daily. It should be a symbol of prosperity and help him de-clutter. It should also be a demonstration of his modern take on money because in our digital society, money is transforming and it’s in our best interest to catch up lest we suffer the consequences of holding on to limiting beliefs around money.”

I couldn’t agree more. Most of us will need to shed limiting beliefs, heal money wounds and learn to handle, carry and interact with money in ways that promote its presence. What money story is your wallet telling right now?

3. Work on your self-confidence and attractiveness

Those struggling with low self-confidence and feelings of unattractiveness need to make drastic changes. Why? According to research by Payscale, over the course of a lifetime, an “attractive person will end up making about 230,000 more than an unattractive person.”

That’s ridiculous especially since being attractive and confident isn’t just for the chosen few. Now that you are in business for yourself, you can’t afford to be bullied by invisible limiting beliefs that question how capable, attractive and confident you are.

If it naturally doesn’t come to you, there are various exercises you can do and small changes you can make in order to build yourself up and make up for any disadvantages you may have had in your upbringing.

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

As entrepreneurs, we are inclined to focus more on strategies and tactics which will help us close the sale sometimes at the expense of our personal health and grooming. Let us refrain from assuming appearances do not count just because we are no longer climbing the corporate ladder.

If the vision is to enjoy a more opulent and enriching lifestyle, take time to align every aspect of your life with this new self-made, inspiring, influential leader you are aspiring to be. All successful people go into the game prepared for that win.

What personal changes will you make to prepare you for more wealth?

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7 Everyday Methods Go-Getters Use to Train Their Minds

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A lot of importance is given to physical fitness, yet have you met anyone who says, “I am training my mind?” The world gives so much attention to a pretty package but what about the inside? (more…)

Luke writes about mental wellness and benefits of brain supplements at nootrina. He’s a big fan of Yoga and mindfulness and feels that these two are the real key to mental well-being. Being a foodie, Luke loves cooking and brings several cuisines to bear at his dinner table. He’s looking to improve the awareness about mental health issues and share ways to handle them among people of all ages.

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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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7 Everyday Methods Go-Getters Use to Train Their Minds

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A lot of importance is given to physical fitness, yet have you met anyone who says, “I am training my mind?” The world gives so much attention to a pretty package but what about the inside?

Training your mind is just as important as training the body, thus here are 7 everyday methods to train your mind:

1. Learn one new thing a day

The brain goes through a good amount of work every time you learn a new skill. Various studies prove that the most challenging task for a brain is to learn a new language.

Learning a foreign language is a complex process giving the brain a good workout in order to improve one’s Cognitive skills and overall brain function. In addition to this, there are many other benefits such as better focus, mental flexibility, and listening skills.

To train your mind, learn one new thing every day. Get to know a new fact or if you have a lot of time, learn a new language. Fun Fact: The toughest language in the world is Mandarin. (Why don’t you give it a try?)

2. Solve a Puzzle

The next obvious way to train your mind is to solve puzzles. Crosswords, Sudoku, and other puzzles can activate the synapses of your brain and improve its functioning.

Studies have found solving puzzles can help you remember things better along with boosting your productivity and memory.

There are many apps to train your brain. Lumosity, Personal Zen, and Happify are a few apps which have simple and complex levels of games which can challenge your brain.  Lumosity gives you a brain performance index which will denote your mental performance. The next time you have some free time on hand, solve a puzzle instead of watching a movie!

“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?” – Tony Robbins

3. Get Enough Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep has become very rare these days. Smartphones and other electronic gadgets are so addictive that we do not end up getting proper sleep. Research by the University of Pennsylvania shows sleep and memory to be strongly connected. Missing out on adequate sleep for a couple of days can significantly erode your memory.

There are 3 primary mechanisms involved in learning and memory. Acquisition is the first step in which your brain learns the new information. Consolidation is the process where the memory becomes stabilized into your mind. Lastly, recall is the ability to access the information after it has been stored.

While acquisition and recall happen when you are awake, consolidation happens when you are asleep. When you miss out on sleep, the second step fails, and you have difficulty recalling information.

4. Follow A Healthy Diet

What you eat also plays a role in training your mind. There are many memory superfoods which can significantly improve the functioning of your brain such as, antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, low glycemic carbs, and omega-3 fatty acid rich foods all fall under this category.

Since fresh fruits and vegetables protect your brain from harmful free radicals, it becomes a superfood. Another great diet is the mediterranean one which includes nuts, legumes, fish, blueberries, avocado, and beets which are great for your brain functioning.  

5. Arts and Crafts

My favorite class in school was arts and crafts because it was incredibly fun. Science proves that it’s more than just fun because creative activities such as painting, handicrafts, and origami significantly improve the functioning of the brain.

Doing things which involve repetitive actions such as knitting improves your focus. It was found in a study that, crafts can calm the mind and effectively treat depression. Practice brain boosting hobbies like painting, dancing, or playing a musical instrument to stay focused.

6. Challenge Your Mind

When your day involves the usual chores, there is obviously no challenge to the brain. It enters into a stagnation mode as there is not much change. To avoid this from happening, it is essential you challenge your brain often.

Use your non-dominant hand to do stuff like brushing your teeth and writing in order to activate your other senses. For example, close your eyes when you take a shower which will use the sense of touch to find things. These things are fun to do, and at the same time, they throw a challenge to your mind.

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz

7. Read

Reading is one of the best methods to train your mind. It relieves stress and tension of the brain cells, and most importantly it can help you get a new perspective on things. When you read, there is a lot of acquisition happening, and this boosts the functionality of the brain. Practice the habit of reading every day even if it can even be the everyday paper.

Conclusion

Training your mind can be a tricky business as it takes time and effort yet it will eventually pay off. Other than these hacks I told you, the most important one is to keep learning because it is a never-ending process that will get you going forever.

Which one of these tips was your favorite? Let us know by commenting below!

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Starting A Business On Instagram? Here Are 7 Things You Need to Do

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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms today with over 700 million monthly active users, a more engaged audience, and less competition than any other social networking giants such as Twitter or Facebook. This presents a golden opportunity for businesses to market their products to a more interested and targeted audience without spending a ton of money on paid advertising.

Whether your business strategy needs an update or you are a social media novice, the following 7 tips to start an Instagram business will be extremely helpful:

1. Beta Testing (And Involve the Community)

When you are launching a new business, it is critical to get feedback on your new concepts, ideas, and product in the early stages. But in order to make your business successful on Instagram, you will want to include Instagram members in your testing for useful feedback.

Beta testing is a type of testing where a sampling of the intended audience tries out the product before it is launched on wide scale. The goal of beta testing is to place your application in the hands of actual users outside of your business development team for the purpose of discovering any flaws or problems in your final version.

2. Make Instagram the Hub of Your Social Media Marketing

If you are planning to launch your business on Instagram, it is important to make your Instagram the one spot to visit with relevant information regarding the product offerings, launch date and anything else you will want to talk about. By diverting all traffic to your Instagram account from emails, blog posts, and your website, you will have a head start on establishing your Instagram community.

Keep in mind that this strategy may not be the best for all businesses – some businesses might want to divert all of their traffic to newsletter sign up page, for instance – however, if your aim is to make a stir on Instagram, your best plan of action is to push everyone to your Instagram profile before you launch your product or service.

Engage, Enlighten, Encourage and especially…just be yourself! Social media is a community effort, everyone is an asset.” – Susan Cooper

3. Create a Buzz Before You Launch

Keeping your customers interested in your product or service is a key part of any effective marketing strategy. Reward your loyal followers with exclusive content, and let them be the first ones to know about your new products, events or services. Create a range of fun and interesting teaser photos or trailers that will arouse anticipation or satisfy curiosity for your new stores, office openings or releases. This type of screening makes your Instagram followers feel curious and special, and likely to keep coming back for more insider information.

4. Create an Eye-catching Preview of Your Instagram Feed

Before you start attracting new followers to your Instagram account, make sure it is in the best condition possible. You shouldn’t have an empty profile when you send your followers, family, and friends to your Instagram channel because it gives off a bad impression. You should have already uploaded 4 to 5 posts to give them an idea of what to expect from you, along with captivating visual content communicating what your brand business is all about.

Make a habit of updating your bio section every now and then, and think of creative ways to use that opportunity for your own good. Think, app downloads, purchases or event registrations. Instagram has also introduced an option of adding phone numbers in bios, especially for businesses through Instagram Business profiles.

5. Choose the Right Name

Another important thing that acts a make or break factor for many potential customers is your Instagram name. Besides wanting an Instagram username that is already available, you will also want to think about the hashtags.

Since creative hashtag schemes are rapidly popularizing, having a dynamic branded hashtag that your followers and customers really want to use is the key to success when it comes to establishing an Instagram business. If you are initiating a new business, you need a brand name which doubles as an aspiring hashtag as this could be the pot of gold at the end of your Instagram glory.

6. Offer Instagram-Specific Rewards

Once you have built your Instagram fan base and have a killer Instagram feed, you will want to retain your followers and community, and this can only be done by keeping them engaged and curious about your brand. An easy way to do it is by offering Instagram-specific rewards, incentives discount, or perks. Whether it is a reward that your followers can only find on Instagram, or an Instagram giveaway, giving a little can guarantee a lot.

Another good idea is to host an Instagram contest, as it will help you build a fan base, increase awareness, increase engagement and boost sales. There are various ways to host a contest, and the best one will depend on your audience.

“Social media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide you.” – Matt Goulart

7. Don’t Forget Hashtags

Expanding an Instagram business takes determination, patience, and proper planning. Scheduling your Instagram posts beforehand is a good way to keep your business organized and ahead of the competition. Once you have launched your business, you will want to invest in connecting with other Instagrammers with the help of hashtags. To do this, you will first need to find hashtags that your audience is scrolling through. Next, you will need to start using those hashtags in your posts so people can find you.

Hashtagging is a great way to deliver a strong call to action. When you post content for your Instagram account, make sure all posts include a strong call to action in the form of a relevant hashtag. Some of the popular forms of call to action on Instagram that you can ask your followers to incorporate include “double tap”, “tag a friend in the post”, and “sign up today for free” to receive newsletters/emails. Instagram allows a minimum of 30 hashtags per post, but many users fail to make the most out of this ability.

Do you use instagram for social purposes or have you tried to build it into a business? Let us know your thoughts below!

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How Writing For 1000 Days Straight Made Me A Real Man

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Writing was never my thing. I didn’t think of it as an art although in school I was told I was good at it. I never believed this compliment ever.

For more than 1000 days straight I’ve written consistently. While on holiday in San Fran, New Zealand and Japan I wrote. Waiting at the doctor’s office, I wrote. In line at the local vegetarian burger joint, I wrote. The things I’ve learned from writing have changed me from a spoilt little kid, into a real man.

Writing for 1000 days straight taught me:

 

Writing is my therapy.

My mentor Joel got a bit annoyed at me one day because he saw a few swear words in a blog post I published. I quickly realized what I’d done and then it came to me: I was swearing because it was how I released my frustration.

By writing about the things that upset me, I somehow felt less compelled to be angry at the world.

 

I found that my problems could be a source of inspiration for others.

You may not believe me but now I actually look forward to having problems.

Problems are what give me the fuel I need to write. Every problem becomes a solution for all of the readers that sit down and absorb my writing. Writing can inspire others and that’s what has helped me become a real man.

A real man, I believe, does things for more than just himself.

 

It taught me to stop chopping and changing.

I used to be a kid and would always throw in the towel when my passion or hobby got hard. Instead of pushing through the pain I’d just start something new. Writing made me a man by helping me realize that mastery and sticking at it is the real magic trick.

 

Happiness can be found in the strangest of places.

My dad was a writer and I always thought it was dumb. I never thought I’d ever do it myself. Doing something for more than 1000 days straight teaches you that you can find happiness in places you’d least expect. Try new things, find something that feels cool and stick at it.

 

It doesn’t have to be a book or blog.

Some days when I’m busy, I count my writing as inspiring emails to fans that can help them. Other days it’s replying to comments that people leave on my social media. We can fall into the trap of believing that writing only happens when it’s in the form of a book or blog post.

Let yourself off the hook. Write whenever you can and stop being so hard on yourself. Writing is writing chief.

 

Energy will determine the outcome.

I used the following to get more energy:
– On writing days I would sleep more the night before
– I didn’t drink alcohol on days where I planned to write a lot
– I drank mushroom coffee (recommended by Tim Ferriss) for a quick fix
– I ate energy-rich foods like fruits, veggies, and the odd avocado for brain power

“If you’re a sleepy zombie then you’ll never be able to find the energy to keep pushing through all of the hurdles you’re going to encounter with writing or any pursuit for that matter”

 

The power of a deadline.

Here’s an awesome little hack I used. I’m the biggest procrastinator you’ll ever meet. If I have all day to write, then I’ll spend the last hour before dinner writing if I’m lucky. What I did instead was book in social catch-ups, trips to the cinema’s, outings with the girlfriend and anything I could that involved other people.

This gave me a perceived sense of urgency and a deadline I couldn’t miss. What’s funny is the tighter the deadline, the more productive I became. Here’s what’s even crazier:

The blog posts I’ve written, that had the tightest deadline and the least amount of time to write them, have been my most popular.

Over thinking kills creativity and so does having too much time to fluff around. These deadlines have allowed me to produce lots of writing that have contributed to me becoming a real man.

 

Writing has uncovered raw emotion in me.

Raw emotion has changed the game for me. As I got past the 10-day mark, I stopped giving a F more and more. This brought out raw emotion in me that couldn’t be faked like an Instagram filter. It’s this raw emotion that got me more readers and allowed me to make a bigger difference in the world.

There’s something about someone who makes the bold decision to wear their heart on their sleeve. Writing heaps forces you to think deeper and to dig deeper every time you sit down at the computer.

Writing for more than 1000 days became like a game to see how much I could learn about myself. The words began to paint a picture of me that I had never seen or even dreamt of.

“These words that became pictures redefined who I was”

I used these pictures to become a new man and one I could be proud of. I want you to discover raw emotion for yourself. I want you to paint beautiful pictures with words that come from deep inside of you.

 

Just get started.

There were days when I couldn’t be bothered writing. I found that once I got started, the words would pour out of me. It was as if the words were dying to get out of me some days. Instead of giving yourself excuses, don’t try and have every day be the day you produce your best work.

Some of the blog posts I’ve written I thought were barely okay. These same posts have been highly shareable more than my so-called serious stuff. 1000 days of writing teaches you to disconnect yourself from the outcome and focus on the practice itself. Discipline has made me a real man.

 

You must like the topic.

I tried writing about stuff that people told me too. I found myself hating the process every time. Have a list of suggested topics that you’ve come up with and then write about the one that makes you feel good at the time.

 

Make it up as you go.

I invent words all the time like self-disrupt, fakepreneur and too many other ridiculous ones to mention here. I break grammar rules to suit myself and to make my writing easy on the eye. What will separate you from everyone else is when you decide to make up the rules.

It’s easier to be different than it is to be a better writer, or saxophone player or artist. A rule forces you to conform to everyone else’s expectations. What made me a real man was discovering the power of my own creativity and not listening to all the hype out there.

There’s a lot of noise and people that will tell you they have the secret chicken sauce. They’re selling lies to you to benefit their own selfish goals.

Be you and make up the rest as you go.

 

Reading fuels your creative brain.

I get asked all the time “Tim, where do you get all these writing ideas from?”

I wish I could tell you that I was some idea factory that could mass-produce amazing writing pieces. The truth is I’m not that smart. In conjunction with writing, I’ve also been reading like a KFC junkie addicted to hot sauce.

Books have opened up my world to what’s possible. Books have helped me see things in my life that I had previously ignored.

“Books sold me a truth that I couldn’t get from the Internet or TV”

Every word you read get’s stored in your computer brain and can be recalled later on without you probably even realizing. Reading has taught me the lessons that have made me a man and a blogger.

 

Authenticity and transparency, plus brutal honesty, is where it’s at.

In the beginning, I was a bit of a pussy. I hid parts of myself and didn’t tell the full story. In the first 10 days, I tried to be brutal. By the 1000th day, I had enough practice and had seen the audience react enough, that I showed everything in my stories. No detail was left out.

People read my stuff because they know it’s authentic and real. I’m brutally honest and not afraid to make fun of myself. I’m not afraid to admit that I too have once been a self-obsessed, immature, coward too. It’s okay; we’ve all been there.

This brutal honesty helps you be honest with yourself too. Through these honest moments, you learn a lot about who you are and who you can become. I think real honesty helped me become a real man. A man I can be proud of.

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3 Practical Ways Successful People Attract Money

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It takes more than just hard work, grinding and strategies to become successful. Do you actually know what subtle changes to make in order to reach the level of success and financial wealth you desire?

In our constantly changing world, those who are getting ahead in the game are individuals who are learning to raise their standards both personally and professionally. The age of the Internet has certainly brought a new dawn for the average person dialing up that inner craving for more freedom and a higher quality of life.

The opportunities and technological advancements are here, but one thing seems to be lagging: Our ability to produce and maintain the money we actually need to enjoy all that is currently available.

Everywhere you turn there is a new, sleeker, more advanced version of your favorite gizmo. Whether it’s your dream phone, car, computer, or designer clothes, they keep getting better and who doesn’t enjoy having the best of the best?

However, how can we have the best of the best when increasing income continues to be a struggle? As traditional methods of working and doing business radically transform, certain confusion arises especially amongst entrepreneurs.

This is why a recent conversation with my friend and owner of Walletisland, Adrian Brown, challenged me to reassess how I am approaching some of the things we tend to consider unimportant in the entrepreneurial space. I realised there are simple everyday shifts that are often overlooked by entrepreneurs which could be the key to increasing success and income.

For the majority of aspiring and budding entrepreneurs, the backstory is pretty much the same. We all grew up in less than abundant conditions. Our approach is for the most part pretty old fashioned when it comes to personal grooming and our relationship with money. But if there’s one thing I have come to realize when it comes to producing extraordinary results, it is this: Success and attracting money is all about mindset and the attitude one carries.

“Your mindset matters. It affects everything – from the business and investment decisions you make, to the way you raise your children, to your stress levels and overall well-being.” – Peter Diamandis

This is a law based truth I am proving more and more as I interact, connect with and learn from other successful entrepreneurs. In my most recent mastermind with a like-minded individuals, we were able to uncover a few blind spots that continue to hinder many hard working entrepreneurs.

More specifically, we came to a consensus when it comes to attracting more wealth that most individuals hit these three blind spots which hopefully after today, you will no longer fall victim to.

  • Too many success seekers are neglecting their personal appearance and self-grooming. As entrepreneurs, we think only our skillsets should matter, but that’s never the case.
  • Most people are neglecting their everyday personal interaction with money. In other words, aside from the big general numbers they have to deal with in business, most men aren’t deliberately working on improving how they handle, carry and interact with money. Part of this might be old negative paradigms around money running the show.
  • Many business owners are struggling with unattractiveness and low confidence, which certainly hinders their ability to shine, stand out and magnetize success.

If any or all of these resonate, here’s what you can do about it today:

1. Polish your self-image and outer appearance

This doesn’t have to take up too much time. With a little more deliberate thought on the shoes you wear, the wallet you carry, the combination of your clothing, hair, body language and attitude you will not only raise your professional appearance but there is much research proving your earnings will increase too.  Keep it clean, simple, clutter free and corresponding to your business role.

2. Prep yourself for a “money shift”

Is there a psychological relationship between a someones’s wallet and their money? Absolutely. In fact when Adrian got into men’s fashion it was because he experienced firsthand “the money shift”. This happened when he stopped carrying around cheap, worn-out wallets and started carefully choosing the kind that made him feel most opulent.

I’m passionate about helping men strengthen their connection and interaction with money because I realize it’s not about fashion trends. A man’s wallet is something he interacts with daily. It should be a symbol of prosperity and help him de-clutter. It should also be a demonstration of his modern take on money because in our digital society, money is transforming and it’s in our best interest to catch up lest we suffer the consequences of holding on to limiting beliefs around money.”

I couldn’t agree more. Most of us will need to shed limiting beliefs, heal money wounds and learn to handle, carry and interact with money in ways that promote its presence. What money story is your wallet telling right now?

3. Work on your self-confidence and attractiveness

Those struggling with low self-confidence and feelings of unattractiveness need to make drastic changes. Why? According to research by Payscale, over the course of a lifetime, an “attractive person will end up making about 230,000 more than an unattractive person.”

That’s ridiculous especially since being attractive and confident isn’t just for the chosen few. Now that you are in business for yourself, you can’t afford to be bullied by invisible limiting beliefs that question how capable, attractive and confident you are.

If it naturally doesn’t come to you, there are various exercises you can do and small changes you can make in order to build yourself up and make up for any disadvantages you may have had in your upbringing.

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama

As entrepreneurs, we are inclined to focus more on strategies and tactics which will help us close the sale sometimes at the expense of our personal health and grooming. Let us refrain from assuming appearances do not count just because we are no longer climbing the corporate ladder.

If the vision is to enjoy a more opulent and enriching lifestyle, take time to align every aspect of your life with this new self-made, inspiring, influential leader you are aspiring to be. All successful people go into the game prepared for that win.

What personal changes will you make to prepare you for more wealth?

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