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Multi Millionaire Penny Stock Wizard “Timothy Sykes” Shares His Advice For Success

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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American Stock trader, Entrepreneur and Penny Stock Millionaire Timothy Sykes turned his $12,000 of Bar Mitzvah money into millions while still attending University. Timothy joined me on a chat this morning to share his advice on how to achieve success in penny stock trading.

Timothy Sykes coaches thousands of people around the world with his online platform, dvd’s and webinars on how they to can become wealthy through Penny Stock trading. He has created a couple of millionaires so far and is on a mission to create hundreds to thousands more in his lifetime.

Timothy’s advice is not to be missed so read on to find out how you can become a penny stock rock star!

 

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Joel – Now I first heard about you a few years ago when I was scouring the net, looking for ways to make money online and I noticed an article about you and John Chow.

Timothy Sykes – Yeah John & I go way back, he’s great.

 

Joel – I remember there was an article about you both and how you where creating major success through new routes and it sparked my interest when I heard that you made such a crazy amount, from 12k of Bar Mitzvah money to a couple million dollars in such a small amount of time. So touching base with you now and seeing that you have graduated to that next level where you are teaching others how to do this as well is something truly commendable and so important.

Timothy Sykes – Thank you, I was actually on a TV show called Wall Street Warriors back in 2007 which aired in over 20 different countries and I started getting 20, 30, 50, 100 new e-mails a day with people saying “hey, I want to learn how to do what you do”, and that was pretty amazing.

So at the time I was only teaching a handful of rich snobs and I thought, “you know what, screw these guys” I want to teach the average person and that was a lot more interesting to me and there are a lot more normal, everyday people out there and what I do really works well for people with just a few thousand dollars rather than a few million dollars so I started teaching and it has been the most fulfilling activity of my life.

 

Joel – Wow, that must be a great feeling. So what would be the #1 question that you receive from your students during your courses?

Timothy Sykes – “What broker should I use and what stocks should I trade.” So basically I am giving them the tools because there are 100’s of brokers out there and this way it helps them find the best brokers and the best stocks because there are 1000’s of stock in play every day. So teach trading rules that I’ve learned on my own over 15 years of trading, and a lot of people just don’t have the rules, they want to make money, but it’s very scary for them. It’s no different than if you are driving without any rules, if you don’t pay attention to stop signs, if you don’t pay attention to lights you’ll crash your car. The same holds true with the stock market, if you don’t know the rules, you will wreck your account. So my responsibility is to give my students structure.

 

Joel – So that being said, what would you say is your process of picking the stocks? Is it an educated decision that you make solely from experience?

Timothy Sykes – Yeah, there is no 100% formula for making money, I’m right about 73 – 74% of the time. So what I try and do is buy small stocks that are trading under $5 a share because those can go up the quickest, rather than stocks like Google or Facebook, Bank of America, GE, these well-known companies, because they just don’t move that much. So I buy into small companies that ideally have really good news like they win these contracts. For example, I bought this company called Plug Power at $1.19 a share, they are a small company, but they won this contract where at first it was Wal-Mart and then FedEx later to use their fuel cells for alternative energy. So you have this small company winning contracts with these multi billion dollar companies and you know what, this could really run, and today while we are doing this interview the stock is at $7.45, so it’s up nearly 700%. I sold far too soon, I took my profits and made a few thousand dollars, but that is the type of stock everyone should focus on.

 

Joel – So you obviously set a goal and say, when it gets to a certain number I’m pulling out?

Timothy Sykes – Yeah, and I have patience problems and you know what, I’m not even the greatest trader, I just have rules and took several thousands of dollars in profits within a few hours on that stock and it probably would have been a few hundred thousand dollars if I had held for a few more days but you can’t really look back.

There are a lot of stocks that do what I want, there are a lot of stocks that don’t do what i want so I cut my losses quickly and I just try to grow my account steadily, and in the first few months of 2014 I am up 90% which is a good year for me but some people would die to make 90% in a year or 2 years or 3 years, let alone 3 months.

 

Joel – That is such a massive achievement, it’s something that is not so easy for most so you must be really proud of yourself for that.

Timothy Sykes – Thank you, it’s not just about me though, it’s about my students and in the past 2 months we have had two students who have crossed over a million dollars in trading profits so I’m far prouder of them than my own efforts.

 

Joel – Yeah and what’s great about that for you is that it shows what you are doing, is working. So let’s talk about what hasn’t worked. What has been your biggest mistake in this business?

Timothy Sykes – Before I really formulated and refined these rules which I now trade by, I would invest in hunches, I invested in my best friends dads ticketing company. They basically invented print at home ticketing nearly a decade ago, and I was right about the technology you know everyone prints airline tickets nowadays at home and stuff like that but I was wrong about the company. I didn’t realise at the time that technology isn’t necessarily the company itself. So you might be right about the technology but wrong about a specific company that provides that technology. That’s a lesson that I learned the hard way, I lost half a million dollars back then. We where talking about it over Thanksgiving dinner, and i just believe that it’s not good to invest with your friends because it can cloud your judgement.

 

Joel – Yeah I know that to be true from my experience in investing when I took a tip from someone and it tinned days later and lost nearly everything. I now know, looking at someone like Warren Buffett who stresses on investors to make educated decisions and study the company inside-out before you decide.

Warren would even sit there watching a company for a decade and won’t commit unless he knows the industry and is passionate about that particular field before he lay’s out his investment.

Timothy Sykes – Yeah exactly, you can’t just take tips. You really need to do a lot of digging when your money is on the table. It’s like “How much research do you do when you buy a car?” People spend hours upon hours comparing the Kelley Blue Book value and all sorts of things but when it’s like an investment and it’s in the stock market it’s kind of fun it’s like gambling, even at the casino you’re plunking down money and it’s almost an automatic reaction.

I just want to teach people that it is important to be meticulous.

 

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Joel – That’s great advice. So can you tell me, why did you decide to go left? Why not go right where everybody else was heading? What where you seeing that nobody else really was? Because I know around the time when you got started with all of this there where some people dabbling in penny stocks but everybody else was going for the gold, silver and the big stocks and shares. What do you think that you saw that the others weren’t really seeing?

Timothy Sykes – Most people who trade penny stocks, they try to find the next Microsoft and they are basically investing in these stocks at $1 like Plug Power and expecting them to go up by $100’s but usually they don’t go up that much. So when I sold it for a few thousand dollars in profits that’s just my process, I do that again, and again and again. Instead of going for home runs and instead of trying to win lotto ticket type odds, I try to take the high percentage odds when the contract is first announced and the stock usually runs for 20 – 20% for the first few days so the analogy would be that I go for singles and doubles rather than home runs and I think more people need to do that.

 

Joel – You know, the word penny stocks seems to be blowing up as well, not just from you but since the movie The Wolf of Wall Street came out with Jordan Belfort. I actually remember a news channel interviewing you and Jordan to discuss the topic of greed within investing. What is your view on the subject of greed?

Timothy Sykes – Yeah, look there are a lot of opinions on greed, Jordan Belfort is definitely an expert on it with his whole journey. For me I don’t think it is just about the money and that it’s about the process and this is why I think a lot of people who win the lotto receive all of this money due to luck and they get rich very quickly but it’s wealth without meaning, so it’s not as fulfilling and you read about a lot of these lotto winners and a majority of them have problems galore versus self-made millionaires who are people like me and Jordan at the time before people realised he made his money scamming people.

If you make your money honestly and ideally create a product that helps other people, it’s so fulfilling and gratifying. So every dollar that I make, that’s nice but I’m already a Multi-Millionaire I don’t need that much more. You can’t spend that much money in this lifetime. Most people don’t realise, you don’t need a billion dollars. Several millions of dollars in a lifetime is more than enough. Once you start going on a path where you make money for yourself and you create a product or a service that helps others it’s a double threat, it’s a win-win.

 

Joel – Yes 100%. What would you say is your “Why”? What’s the biggest thing that is driving you right now and where are you heading?

Timothy Sykes – Well right now I have created two millionaires from scratch and my goal is to create thousands of millionaires. When I first started teaching people where like “Ahhh, penny stocks!, You’re flashing around your Lamborghini and your Mansion and your Watches“, and they just didn’t think that I was real, because a lot of Internet Marketers promote the lifestyle and they can’t back it up. Now that I have created 2 millionaires the question has changed from “How can you create a millionaire from scratch” to “How many millionaires can you create“. So I’m working hard creating video lessons, webinars, seminars, new websites, new tools and all in the efforts of trying to get my students earning and learning more. We’ll see how I do over the next few years or even decades, but I’m not going to stop because there needs to be more transparency in finance, especially with the kinds of stocks I trade, penny stocks. As long as I keep educating and keep showing all my trades transparently, a lot of people can say “Oh, you can make this much in 3 months, I don’t believe a word of it”, well guess what, I show every single trade, my top students show every single trade, win or lose, yesterday I lost $14,000, today (in 45 minutes) I am up about $8,000. So by being transparent and honest, I am excited about how that changes industries.

 

Joel – Yes that’s it, and it shows through your work. I can tell you are a genuine guy and people need someone like that to trust in this kind of industry. You are a leader to them and they see your transparency from the get go. It sounds like you are doing all the right things.

Timothy Sykes – Thank you. You know, my first millionaire actually doubted me to begin with. He wrote a blog post called “Tim Sykes Is Full Of BS“. We went back and forth in the comments on his blog and he said “Okay, I’ll give you a try”, and now he’s up 1.2 Million in 5 years. So if anybody doubts me, it only makes it better afterwords because it’s like “okay, I didn’t believe you at first, but now you have proven me wrong”. So I welcome the doubt, I welcome the hate. I encourage the haters.

 

Joel – Yes that’s awesome, because that makes for an even better story to tell. It just shows that the proof is in the pudding.

Timothy Sykes – Yeah exactly and we are now both good friends and he helps teach my other students and are in this kind of Jesus business model. Now I have like cardinals and priests who help me spread the gospel and that’s very useful because I work 16 – 18 hours a day, ask my girlfriend, she’s right here, and she doesn’t like it.

 

Joel – Wow, where do you get all your energy from?

Timothy Sykes – Haha, I don’t believe in taking drugs, I don’t believe in coffee. I don’t know really, I guess I have this hunger inside of me and when people don’t understand what you can do with penny stocks or whatever strategy you have, no matter what your profession is, when people don’t realise their potential it really p!sses me off!

I go without sleep sometimes and don’t eat, I just do what I can to help teach.

 

Joel – Haha, you’re a machine man, it sounds like you have the fire in your belly and you’re riding the wave, that’s how you do it.

Timothy Sykes – Haha, yeah that describes it.

 

Joel – So how do we find you and your material online?

Timothy Sykes – So everything I do is on TimothySykes.com.

Just go to my website, there are tons of free video lessons. I even give my best-selling book “An American Hedge Fund” there is a link in there for a free copy.

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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7 Comments

  1. MoneyRunnersGroup

    Jun 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Some real gems in there! Would agree 100% on having a clear process and not allowing your emotions to influence your trades. It’s about manipulating the situation so that the odds of you achieving your end goal (making profit) are more probable than not, and going for smaller but more frequent profits on the back of meticulous research is definitely the way to achieve that.

  2. Joel Mogera

    Mar 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I always wanted to get into investing in stocks. I researched a lot since two years and finally penny stocks is what I am definitely investing in. Thanks Joel!

  3. Gilda

    Mar 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Tim is the best. I am doing very well because of him.

  4. Torin Ellis

    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    appreciated the “no fluff” read. No silver bullet, no “magic carpet,” just get in a position to learn and do. Action – thoughtful action – is a challenge. Good drop @addicted2success (Joel Brown)!

  5. Darius

    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great post, I learned a lot trading penny stocks from Timothy Sykes.

    • Max

      Mar 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      The comments here look to be paid for – I am a financial professional and I cannot believe Joel sold out like this. Trading “penny stocks” is pure speculation; the risk is off the charts, you can make a lot, but you can lose a lot. Tracing “patterns” and executing trades based on historical data has been proven to not work (I can find you a citation if you like).

      In addition, he states the stocks he trades are liquid with millions of trades a day; this means that analysts and algorithms are paying attention to these companies, and any “news” such as new contracts cannot be used as a source of profit because you will always act too late. The institutional side will have taken all of that profit within 2-3 minutes.

      I hope you guys realize this Tim guy is taking you all for fools; sadly, he is one of many.

      Joel what the f#!k?

      • Joe WallStreet

        Apr 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        Be quiet Max, grown folks are trying to make money here!

        While I’m not a student of Timothy Sykes, nor am I a penny stock trader (I trade options), I believe him to be one of the more transparent traders out there.

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Stop Denying Your Negative Thoughts and Start Embracing Them

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Over the years, many of the talking heads and pundits in the personal development and success science industry have talked about the immediate replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts. The logic behind that particular behavioral strategy seems to make sense on the surface. Think about it, when a negative thought rears its ugly head, we should immediately dive into the repository of positive thoughts that we have available to us so that we could immediately begin to dwell on it.

Even further, some gurus of the genre suggest removing any chance of having a negative thought by the constant repetition of affirmations. Again, tried-and-true motivational technology that is very workable and still useful. I would suggest, however, that you view the above behaviors as tactics more than strategies.

I will further suggest to you that you do not abhor your negative thoughts but rather embrace them, examine them, and place them under a spotlight. My reasoning behind this goes back over 100 years into psychology with stimulus/response, that is, the cause and effect of certain behaviors. Many individuals look at a negative thought as a causative driver. The negative thought exists as a cause, and our behavior toward that cause will determine the effect.

So, following this logic, if an individual has a negative thought which makes them feel sad, and that sadness causes them to binge drink, by removing the negative thought you’ll have removed the motivation for binge drinking. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly? The suggestion here is to turn off the negative thought so that it will turn off the consumption of alcohol.

Of course, this makes sense if we view the negative thought as a primal force in behavior. So, what if we started to think of the negative thought more as the result of something else? It means that the “something else” must change first. What if we took a different approach? What if we looked at a negative thought as an effect of some larger causal factor?

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

By reversing the cause-and-effect motion of negative thinking (saying that the negative thought is an effect), we now can ask a deeper, more penetrative question: Why are we thinking that negative thought? What is the underlying cause of that specific train of thinking? By reversing the cause-and-effect relationship of negative thinking, it allows the negative thinker to assume the role of diagnostician!

Below is a three-step process you can use to examine your negative thoughts, the role of it in your life, and how you can get rid of them:

1. Simply acknowledge the negative thought

Recognize the fact that there’s a negative thought in your mind instead of trying to go through a process of emotionally overlaying positive thoughts on top of it. Can you see how this exacerbates the issue? You have a negative thought, you immediately recognize that it must be changed, and you frantically scurry through the museum of your mind to find a positive thought to replace it.

In the meantime, while you are trying to find that positive thought, you’re feeling anxious, nervous, and guilty! When you finally find a positive thought to replace that negative thought, the normal process is to squash it. But you can’t! It’s like trying to get rid of weeds by covering them with rocks.

They will always find another way around the rock. It is the same with negative thoughts. Consequently, try acknowledging the negative thought.

2. Affirm the negative thought

It is a part of you. Instead of denying its existence, accept that it is there in front of you and that you are now willing to deal with it. If any of you reading this are dog lovers, you will know that the best way to get a dog next to you is by attempting to push it away from you. Every time you push the dog away it gets closer. This is the same with negative thinking because the harder you push the closer it gets.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

3. Acquit the thought

Give it permission to leave you. Thank it for its past importance in your life and allow it to be on its way! At this point feel free to replace the negative thought with a positive thought. What will begin to happen when you place the negative thought under the spotlight is that you will see how insignificantly small it actually is.

This is a process I’ve been using for quite some time, and it works! Oh sure, I still use affirmations on a daily basis; as a matter fact I have them right here in front of me. I find that affirmations are a tremendous way to stay positive because it doesn’t allow any room for bad things to grow. But since the average person thinks 60,000 to 65,000 thoughts per day, let’s face it, a few negative thoughts have to squeak in there!

The best advice that I can give is to not freak out over a negative thought. Acknowledge it, affirm it, and acquit it! This is magic. Watch what happens!

How do you handle negative thoughts? Let us know your tips below!

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One Thing I Can Teach You About Life That Will Help You Forever.

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I used to be a very anxious person.

I was embarrassed by what I couldn’t do and every day was a struggle. From the moment I would wake up to the moment I’d go to bed, everything felt impossibly overwhelming. It’s a battle I’ve dealt with most of my life.

This daily struggle with mental illness taught me that the satisfaction didn’t lie in beating it; the satisfaction was in helping other people beat mental illness through my success in fighting it.


Recently, I was at work. It was a pretty standard day — nothing too exciting. I then had a catch up with one of the leaders I worked with.

She said something that got my attention: “One of our colleagues is battling a mental illness.”

I really wanted to help. My eyes lit up. There was no need to uncover my plan with anyone else. I knew that staying discrete was fundamental.

I approached the person in question and asked for a few minutes of their time.

I didn’t ask them to admit their mental illness struggle; I just shared my story.

I talked about the anxiety stopping me from having a normal life, eating the right foods, going on dates with girls, having the career I wanted and traveling the world.

I wasn’t sure if any of it was sinking in or even helping. I felt compelled to go on. One thing I knew was that he was paying attention. I could see it in his eyes.

I then went on to talk about how I beat mental illness. Strategies such as:

  • Creating fear lists
  • Seeking professional help
  • Working on myself
  • Books I read
  • Events I attended

Out of nowhere, he started opening up about his own struggle. I was shocked.
It wasn’t pretty. He had an extreme case of mental illness that I certainly couldn’t diagnose or give professional advice on.

All I could do was show him through my own story that there was hope

I offered him access to all the resources I had. I told him that he had my full support and I’d be happy to help in any way I could. He then said:

“What was your psychologist’s name?”

I told him I’d look it up and send it to him. I didn’t have the answer in front of me, but I was determined when I got home to find it.

At the end of the catch-up, he smiled. I don’t think he’d smiled like that in a very long time.

That smile gave me so much satisfaction. It made my own struggle with mental illness worth it. All those sleepless nights, times spent vomiting into the toilet and dark days where I didn’t want to go on made sense.


“It took more than seven years for me to understand that my own battle with mental illness actually had a benefit”

That benefit was the satisfaction in seeing someone beat their mental illness because I was able to defeat mine.

It’s probably the greatest satisfaction of my entire life.

That’s one thing I can teach you about life that will help you forever.

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5 Productivity Shifts You Need to Make to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

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Everyone wants more time, that is something almost all of us share. Time is the most valuable resource and when you learn how to make your time work for you and how to get the most out of it – you experience life differently.  

Improving how you manage your time is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself – it’s a real game changer in your business and personal life. There are many ways that you can get more productive and get the right things done sooner; but not all of them are obvious or bring the same results.

Here are 5 productivity shifts you want to make if you are trying to make the most out of 2019:

1. Ditch your to do list

Productive people don’t keep to-do lists, they schedule everything they need to do in their calendar and work directly from their calendar!  To-Do lists are just ineffective and they are impeding your productivity. A never ending list of items only leaves you overwhelmed and with a false sense of ‘productivity’.  

If you schedule your To Do’s directly into your calendar at a time to get them done, you commit to it and you are more likely to get it done. Less is more – you don’t need a separate list to remind you what you need to do.

“Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about how you run your mind.” – Robin Sharma

2. Give up on motivation

Productive people don’t always have to be motivated before starting something. They balance discipline with motivation and do what they need to do, regardless of motivation. When we come up with resistance to take action on what we have planned, we might tell ourselves that we are not motivated and we believe that we need to be motivated to complete any task.

If you want to increase your productivity, you need to challenge yourself more in the moment to take action and give up on motivation sometimes. Do what you need to in order to get the results you want in the future. Don’t make decisions based on how you feel now, make them based on what result you are really after.

3. Master your mornings

Wake up early and get yourself into the productive mindset with your routine and diet! Productive people start the day with some sort of routine, whether it’s meditation, exercise or visualization, etc. AND they have a healthy breakfast to fuel them for the day. Your health is everything when it comes to productivity, what you eat directly affects your productivity.

We can just no longer ignore the direct connection any more. Get in the right mindset to start your day and fuel your mind and body to get the most out of it. Starting your day off in any other way undermines your success – there is no doubt.

4. Schedule according to energy

Productive people know their energy cycles and they plan tasks around their energy levels. Why plan something at a time when you know it will be hard to rise to the challenge? Schedule tasks that require focus and concentration for those times of day that you feel the best and you will find it’s easier to follow through and you will be at your best to perform. Identify your filler tasks and complete those when your energy drops. Be more realistic when scheduling your tasks and set yourself up for wins.

“Productivity is never an accident it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning & focused effort.” – Paul Meyer

5. Working backwards

Productive people always focus on those activities that will take them to the next level. They plan backwards, they look at their goals, then identify the tasks they need to do to support those goals. Those tasks get broken down into weekly actions. That’s how they plan.

Don’t only plan on tasks that come in or those which you ‘feel’ or ‘think’ you should be doing. Your day needs to consist of at least one activity that directly supports your longer term objectives, your big project. What sounds like common sense is definitely not common practice.

Create the right habits to achieve your goals, work on adopting easy tips and techniques so you can manage your time and yourself better to get things done.

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You Need to Grow Your Memory in Order to Grow Your Life

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We all have access to the most powerful computer ever created in the universe…our brain. Unfortunately, few of us have ever been taught how to use our minds efficiently, and even fewer have learned how to develop a fabulous memory. Thankfully, like any skill, memorising can be learned and using the correct strategies, your memory can be improved in only days.

One of the best coaches on memory is Dominic O’Brien the eight-time world memory champion. Self-taught after watching Creighton Carvello memorise a pack of cards on the BBC’s Record Breakers programme. Dominic, through his work on memory, has given us many tools and techniques for improving memory.

Below are 5 rules that will help you develop a better memory:

1. The Rule of Five

Probably seen as one of the most significant contributions to the body of knowledge on memory is O’Brien’s Rule of Five. This rule details how to remember things using a strategy of regular staged repetition.

These stages are as follows:

  • First Review:Immediately
  • Second Review:Twenty-four hours later
  • Third Review:One week later
  • Fourth Review:One month later
  • Fifth Review:Three months later

Utilising stage repetition at these intervals ingrains the memory for the long term.

2. The Dominic System

The Dominic System is a system for remembering numbers. The system is a Person Action system where the association between two sets of paired numbers is the person with the action of the next person.

1139 would become Andre Agassi doing a roundhouse kick which is the action of Chuck Norris. This system combined with the journey method allows for long random numbers to be easily recalled without error. The fantastic thing about this system is that you get to customise for yourself with memorable people and unique actions which when combined really make it easy for you to recall numbers. The table below associates each number to a letter.

Number     0     1    2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9
Letter     O     A     B     C     D    E     S     G     H     N

Creating a simple document with pairs of numbers in one column, the letter pairs in the next and an action column will help you learn this system quickly.

“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” – Andre Agassi

3. The Link Method

This method relies on two essential elements of memory, association and exaggeration. Utilising these two elements, it is possible to link together unrelated objects to allow you to remember them.

Trying to remember a list of five separate words such as: balloon, papaya, gold, football and hat, might go something like this. You imagine seeing a giant balloon and inside the balloon you can see a small papaya, in bursting the balloon the papaya falls out and as it hits the floor a gold football bounces into a large sombrero.

4. The Journey Method

Using location has been a fundamental part of mnemonics almost since time began. Before humans, writing elders would pass knowledge to others using stories of journeys, with each piece of knowledge being associated with a location on the journey.

O’Brien’s system utilises journeys that you would undertake on a daily basis, like your commute to work or train stations on well-known line. Items are then associated and exaggerated along the journey, so for instance if you were trying to remember a list of ten random things you would associate each piece along with a unique ten stop journey and utilise exaggeration to make the items more memorable.

“You are well equipped with an incredible potential for absorbing knowledge…Anything’s possible.” – Dominic O’Brien

5. The Story Method

To remember groups of information, create a story that links them together. Remembering the planets of the solar system and their position relative to the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Imagine that Mercury was hitting the nineties as Venus tossed the tennis ball into the air, striking the ball it soared over the net striking the earth and bouncing high into the air, knocking the mars bar out of Jupiter’s hand, and so on.

Developing a good memory will assist markedly in all of your personal development goals as well as assisting greatly in your daily life. The methods above are tried and tested by one of the leading memory champions. Whether you want to become the next World Memory Champion or just improve your recall, the techniques outlined above will assist greatly.

Combining the various elements will create an exponential improvement in your memory that you will find hard to believe, and you will be kicking yourself for not applying them sooner. The best part about using these methods is that they are fun, so enjoy using them.

Which one of these memorizing methods sounds most interesting to you? Share with us below!

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The Guide to Coping With Stress, Anxiety and Failure

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Instead of complaining about the ebb and flow of tough times, we need to learn how to overcome them. We often let bad news cast a pall on our day, but taking it in and moving on with life is what we need to do and that’s a challenge. (more…)

David Lim is a Private Tutor at ChampionTutor. And he is very willing to discuss how to live a stress-free life.

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  1. MoneyRunnersGroup

    Jun 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Some real gems in there! Would agree 100% on having a clear process and not allowing your emotions to influence your trades. It’s about manipulating the situation so that the odds of you achieving your end goal (making profit) are more probable than not, and going for smaller but more frequent profits on the back of meticulous research is definitely the way to achieve that.

  2. Joel Mogera

    Mar 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I always wanted to get into investing in stocks. I researched a lot since two years and finally penny stocks is what I am definitely investing in. Thanks Joel!

  3. Gilda

    Mar 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Tim is the best. I am doing very well because of him.

  4. Torin Ellis

    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:37 am

    appreciated the “no fluff” read. No silver bullet, no “magic carpet,” just get in a position to learn and do. Action – thoughtful action – is a challenge. Good drop @addicted2success (Joel Brown)!

  5. Darius

    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Great post, I learned a lot trading penny stocks from Timothy Sykes.

    • Max

      Mar 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      The comments here look to be paid for – I am a financial professional and I cannot believe Joel sold out like this. Trading “penny stocks” is pure speculation; the risk is off the charts, you can make a lot, but you can lose a lot. Tracing “patterns” and executing trades based on historical data has been proven to not work (I can find you a citation if you like).

      In addition, he states the stocks he trades are liquid with millions of trades a day; this means that analysts and algorithms are paying attention to these companies, and any “news” such as new contracts cannot be used as a source of profit because you will always act too late. The institutional side will have taken all of that profit within 2-3 minutes.

      I hope you guys realize this Tim guy is taking you all for fools; sadly, he is one of many.

      Joel what the f#!k?

      • Joe WallStreet

        Apr 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

        Be quiet Max, grown folks are trying to make money here!

        While I’m not a student of Timothy Sykes, nor am I a penny stock trader (I trade options), I believe him to be one of the more transparent traders out there.

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Stop Denying Your Negative Thoughts and Start Embracing Them

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Over the years, many of the talking heads and pundits in the personal development and success science industry have talked about the immediate replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts. The logic behind that particular behavioral strategy seems to make sense on the surface. Think about it, when a negative thought rears its ugly head, we should immediately dive into the repository of positive thoughts that we have available to us so that we could immediately begin to dwell on it.

Even further, some gurus of the genre suggest removing any chance of having a negative thought by the constant repetition of affirmations. Again, tried-and-true motivational technology that is very workable and still useful. I would suggest, however, that you view the above behaviors as tactics more than strategies.

I will further suggest to you that you do not abhor your negative thoughts but rather embrace them, examine them, and place them under a spotlight. My reasoning behind this goes back over 100 years into psychology with stimulus/response, that is, the cause and effect of certain behaviors. Many individuals look at a negative thought as a causative driver. The negative thought exists as a cause, and our behavior toward that cause will determine the effect.

So, following this logic, if an individual has a negative thought which makes them feel sad, and that sadness causes them to binge drink, by removing the negative thought you’ll have removed the motivation for binge drinking. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly? The suggestion here is to turn off the negative thought so that it will turn off the consumption of alcohol.

Of course, this makes sense if we view the negative thought as a primal force in behavior. So, what if we started to think of the negative thought more as the result of something else? It means that the “something else” must change first. What if we took a different approach? What if we looked at a negative thought as an effect of some larger causal factor?

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

By reversing the cause-and-effect motion of negative thinking (saying that the negative thought is an effect), we now can ask a deeper, more penetrative question: Why are we thinking that negative thought? What is the underlying cause of that specific train of thinking? By reversing the cause-and-effect relationship of negative thinking, it allows the negative thinker to assume the role of diagnostician!

Below is a three-step process you can use to examine your negative thoughts, the role of it in your life, and how you can get rid of them:

1. Simply acknowledge the negative thought

Recognize the fact that there’s a negative thought in your mind instead of trying to go through a process of emotionally overlaying positive thoughts on top of it. Can you see how this exacerbates the issue? You have a negative thought, you immediately recognize that it must be changed, and you frantically scurry through the museum of your mind to find a positive thought to replace it.

In the meantime, while you are trying to find that positive thought, you’re feeling anxious, nervous, and guilty! When you finally find a positive thought to replace that negative thought, the normal process is to squash it. But you can’t! It’s like trying to get rid of weeds by covering them with rocks.

They will always find another way around the rock. It is the same with negative thoughts. Consequently, try acknowledging the negative thought.

2. Affirm the negative thought

It is a part of you. Instead of denying its existence, accept that it is there in front of you and that you are now willing to deal with it. If any of you reading this are dog lovers, you will know that the best way to get a dog next to you is by attempting to push it away from you. Every time you push the dog away it gets closer. This is the same with negative thinking because the harder you push the closer it gets.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

3. Acquit the thought

Give it permission to leave you. Thank it for its past importance in your life and allow it to be on its way! At this point feel free to replace the negative thought with a positive thought. What will begin to happen when you place the negative thought under the spotlight is that you will see how insignificantly small it actually is.

This is a process I’ve been using for quite some time, and it works! Oh sure, I still use affirmations on a daily basis; as a matter fact I have them right here in front of me. I find that affirmations are a tremendous way to stay positive because it doesn’t allow any room for bad things to grow. But since the average person thinks 60,000 to 65,000 thoughts per day, let’s face it, a few negative thoughts have to squeak in there!

The best advice that I can give is to not freak out over a negative thought. Acknowledge it, affirm it, and acquit it! This is magic. Watch what happens!

How do you handle negative thoughts? Let us know your tips below!

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One Thing I Can Teach You About Life That Will Help You Forever.

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I used to be a very anxious person.

I was embarrassed by what I couldn’t do and every day was a struggle. From the moment I would wake up to the moment I’d go to bed, everything felt impossibly overwhelming. It’s a battle I’ve dealt with most of my life.

This daily struggle with mental illness taught me that the satisfaction didn’t lie in beating it; the satisfaction was in helping other people beat mental illness through my success in fighting it.


Recently, I was at work. It was a pretty standard day — nothing too exciting. I then had a catch up with one of the leaders I worked with.

She said something that got my attention: “One of our colleagues is battling a mental illness.”

I really wanted to help. My eyes lit up. There was no need to uncover my plan with anyone else. I knew that staying discrete was fundamental.

I approached the person in question and asked for a few minutes of their time.

I didn’t ask them to admit their mental illness struggle; I just shared my story.

I talked about the anxiety stopping me from having a normal life, eating the right foods, going on dates with girls, having the career I wanted and traveling the world.

I wasn’t sure if any of it was sinking in or even helping. I felt compelled to go on. One thing I knew was that he was paying attention. I could see it in his eyes.

I then went on to talk about how I beat mental illness. Strategies such as:

  • Creating fear lists
  • Seeking professional help
  • Working on myself
  • Books I read
  • Events I attended

Out of nowhere, he started opening up about his own struggle. I was shocked.
It wasn’t pretty. He had an extreme case of mental illness that I certainly couldn’t diagnose or give professional advice on.

All I could do was show him through my own story that there was hope

I offered him access to all the resources I had. I told him that he had my full support and I’d be happy to help in any way I could. He then said:

“What was your psychologist’s name?”

I told him I’d look it up and send it to him. I didn’t have the answer in front of me, but I was determined when I got home to find it.

At the end of the catch-up, he smiled. I don’t think he’d smiled like that in a very long time.

That smile gave me so much satisfaction. It made my own struggle with mental illness worth it. All those sleepless nights, times spent vomiting into the toilet and dark days where I didn’t want to go on made sense.


“It took more than seven years for me to understand that my own battle with mental illness actually had a benefit”

That benefit was the satisfaction in seeing someone beat their mental illness because I was able to defeat mine.

It’s probably the greatest satisfaction of my entire life.

That’s one thing I can teach you about life that will help you forever.

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5 Productivity Shifts You Need to Make to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

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Everyone wants more time, that is something almost all of us share. Time is the most valuable resource and when you learn how to make your time work for you and how to get the most out of it – you experience life differently.  

Improving how you manage your time is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself – it’s a real game changer in your business and personal life. There are many ways that you can get more productive and get the right things done sooner; but not all of them are obvious or bring the same results.

Here are 5 productivity shifts you want to make if you are trying to make the most out of 2019:

1. Ditch your to do list

Productive people don’t keep to-do lists, they schedule everything they need to do in their calendar and work directly from their calendar!  To-Do lists are just ineffective and they are impeding your productivity. A never ending list of items only leaves you overwhelmed and with a false sense of ‘productivity’.  

If you schedule your To Do’s directly into your calendar at a time to get them done, you commit to it and you are more likely to get it done. Less is more – you don’t need a separate list to remind you what you need to do.

“Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about how you run your mind.” – Robin Sharma

2. Give up on motivation

Productive people don’t always have to be motivated before starting something. They balance discipline with motivation and do what they need to do, regardless of motivation. When we come up with resistance to take action on what we have planned, we might tell ourselves that we are not motivated and we believe that we need to be motivated to complete any task.

If you want to increase your productivity, you need to challenge yourself more in the moment to take action and give up on motivation sometimes. Do what you need to in order to get the results you want in the future. Don’t make decisions based on how you feel now, make them based on what result you are really after.

3. Master your mornings

Wake up early and get yourself into the productive mindset with your routine and diet! Productive people start the day with some sort of routine, whether it’s meditation, exercise or visualization, etc. AND they have a healthy breakfast to fuel them for the day. Your health is everything when it comes to productivity, what you eat directly affects your productivity.

We can just no longer ignore the direct connection any more. Get in the right mindset to start your day and fuel your mind and body to get the most out of it. Starting your day off in any other way undermines your success – there is no doubt.

4. Schedule according to energy

Productive people know their energy cycles and they plan tasks around their energy levels. Why plan something at a time when you know it will be hard to rise to the challenge? Schedule tasks that require focus and concentration for those times of day that you feel the best and you will find it’s easier to follow through and you will be at your best to perform. Identify your filler tasks and complete those when your energy drops. Be more realistic when scheduling your tasks and set yourself up for wins.

“Productivity is never an accident it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning & focused effort.” – Paul Meyer

5. Working backwards

Productive people always focus on those activities that will take them to the next level. They plan backwards, they look at their goals, then identify the tasks they need to do to support those goals. Those tasks get broken down into weekly actions. That’s how they plan.

Don’t only plan on tasks that come in or those which you ‘feel’ or ‘think’ you should be doing. Your day needs to consist of at least one activity that directly supports your longer term objectives, your big project. What sounds like common sense is definitely not common practice.

Create the right habits to achieve your goals, work on adopting easy tips and techniques so you can manage your time and yourself better to get things done.

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You Need to Grow Your Memory in Order to Grow Your Life

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We all have access to the most powerful computer ever created in the universe…our brain. Unfortunately, few of us have ever been taught how to use our minds efficiently, and even fewer have learned how to develop a fabulous memory. Thankfully, like any skill, memorising can be learned and using the correct strategies, your memory can be improved in only days.

One of the best coaches on memory is Dominic O’Brien the eight-time world memory champion. Self-taught after watching Creighton Carvello memorise a pack of cards on the BBC’s Record Breakers programme. Dominic, through his work on memory, has given us many tools and techniques for improving memory.

Below are 5 rules that will help you develop a better memory:

1. The Rule of Five

Probably seen as one of the most significant contributions to the body of knowledge on memory is O’Brien’s Rule of Five. This rule details how to remember things using a strategy of regular staged repetition.

These stages are as follows:

  • First Review:Immediately
  • Second Review:Twenty-four hours later
  • Third Review:One week later
  • Fourth Review:One month later
  • Fifth Review:Three months later

Utilising stage repetition at these intervals ingrains the memory for the long term.

2. The Dominic System

The Dominic System is a system for remembering numbers. The system is a Person Action system where the association between two sets of paired numbers is the person with the action of the next person.

1139 would become Andre Agassi doing a roundhouse kick which is the action of Chuck Norris. This system combined with the journey method allows for long random numbers to be easily recalled without error. The fantastic thing about this system is that you get to customise for yourself with memorable people and unique actions which when combined really make it easy for you to recall numbers. The table below associates each number to a letter.

Number     0     1    2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9
Letter     O     A     B     C     D    E     S     G     H     N

Creating a simple document with pairs of numbers in one column, the letter pairs in the next and an action column will help you learn this system quickly.

“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” – Andre Agassi

3. The Link Method

This method relies on two essential elements of memory, association and exaggeration. Utilising these two elements, it is possible to link together unrelated objects to allow you to remember them.

Trying to remember a list of five separate words such as: balloon, papaya, gold, football and hat, might go something like this. You imagine seeing a giant balloon and inside the balloon you can see a small papaya, in bursting the balloon the papaya falls out and as it hits the floor a gold football bounces into a large sombrero.

4. The Journey Method

Using location has been a fundamental part of mnemonics almost since time began. Before humans, writing elders would pass knowledge to others using stories of journeys, with each piece of knowledge being associated with a location on the journey.

O’Brien’s system utilises journeys that you would undertake on a daily basis, like your commute to work or train stations on well-known line. Items are then associated and exaggerated along the journey, so for instance if you were trying to remember a list of ten random things you would associate each piece along with a unique ten stop journey and utilise exaggeration to make the items more memorable.

“You are well equipped with an incredible potential for absorbing knowledge…Anything’s possible.” – Dominic O’Brien

5. The Story Method

To remember groups of information, create a story that links them together. Remembering the planets of the solar system and their position relative to the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Imagine that Mercury was hitting the nineties as Venus tossed the tennis ball into the air, striking the ball it soared over the net striking the earth and bouncing high into the air, knocking the mars bar out of Jupiter’s hand, and so on.

Developing a good memory will assist markedly in all of your personal development goals as well as assisting greatly in your daily life. The methods above are tried and tested by one of the leading memory champions. Whether you want to become the next World Memory Champion or just improve your recall, the techniques outlined above will assist greatly.

Combining the various elements will create an exponential improvement in your memory that you will find hard to believe, and you will be kicking yourself for not applying them sooner. The best part about using these methods is that they are fun, so enjoy using them.

Which one of these memorizing methods sounds most interesting to you? Share with us below!

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