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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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Timothy Sykes Millionaire Penny Stock Trader

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!

 

Making Millions Through Penny Stock Trading

 

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

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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5 Neuroplasticity Exercises the Top 3% of the Happy and Successful Do

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Neuroplasticity means you will no more have to wake up each morning with the dread of having to start a new day of which you already know the outcome. For decades, it’s been the same routine, you get up with negative feelings that your day will turnout just like the day before full of stress and discontent.

Whether it’s concerning your job/career, a relationship, finances, or health, you just know everything will go against you no matter what you do. You may have fallen into the trap of having a fixed mindset where you think your abilities to learn and accomplish more in your life are limited.

The truth is you may have limitations, but you can still envision better solutions. Your brain is ready and willing to go the extra mile to learn how to solve all the issues your facing in life but it’s that doubt, worry, and fear that continually creeps into the thought pattern which acts as the action killer.

Neuroplasticity isn’t some kind of new Play-Doh for kids, it’s the power your brain has to rejuvenate and create the life you want. Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the brain’s ability to modify its connections or rewire itself. Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood. It has now been proven the brain continues to learn and rejuvenate itself as new data is received and stored.

You may say, “You’re just wired to be unhappy.” or “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That’s the beliefs and train of thought our culture has today due to our primitive and out of date educational system along with the big corporation’s ideology.

“Brain plasticity is a two-way street. It’s just as easy to generate negative changes as positive ones.”

Here’s the eye-opening truth, you can change and rewire your brain for happiness and success We have habits that turn into beliefs which distort our perceptions of life and the world around us. Habits are strong persuaders to your actions in familiar areas of life so, when you disrupt those habits it sends the brain into a little chaos until change takes place.

That’s fantastic news because if we can create habits that distort our brain, we can also create habits that reveal and rejuvenate clear precise solutions to our challenging issues. So, how do you start retraining your brain for happiness and success?

Start changing habits to increase brain power with these proven neuroplasticity builders below:

1. Aerobic Exercises

A 60-minute intense workout gives the best results but just in case you’re not a fitness addict, taking a leisure stroll through the park will light up different parts of your brain and aid with neuroplasticity.

2. Reading a good book

If you hate sitting down and taking the time to read a good book or magazine, that’s fantastic because doing things you don’t like and are different stimulate your neurons to the max.

3. Playing games

It can be challenging on the brain to try and figure out all the winning strategies to become the champion in a board game. Nonetheless, these will really get the old brain juices flowing.

4. Anything out of the ordinary

Doing something out of the ordinary will trigger the brain plasticity you’re looking for. Things as simple as brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. If your right-handed start brushing with the left or vise-versa.

Learning is thought to be “neuro-protective.” Through neuroplasticity, learning increases connections between neurons, increases cellular metabolism, and increases the production of nerve growth factor, a substance produced by the body to help maintain and repair neurons.”

“Neuroplasticity provides us with a brain that can adapt not only to changes inflicted by damage, but allows adaptation to any and all experiences and changes we may encounter.”

5. Smile

Smiling starts your day off with a BANG and can give those brain cells of yours an extra boost anytime anywhere. It’s like taking a shot of super juice to overcome the stress, worry, and frustrations during the day.

In the mornings when you open those big beautiful sexy eyes of yours put on a smile from ear to ear on your face. This will trigger your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine.

Dopamine is classified as the happy chemical in neuroscience which has the ability to create a state of euphoria throughout your entire body in a matter of seconds. It vanquishes the feeling of stress, worry, and frustration immediately. The great thing is dopamine works every single time and it doesn’t matter if the smile is genuine or fake because the brain can’t distinguish the difference.

The bad thing is statistics show, adults only put a SMILE on their face an average of 4 times a day compared to child who SMILES an average of 400 times a day. If you want to rewire your brain for happiness and success while defusing stress, worry, and frustrations in your life daily it may be wise to start following the examples of our children.

Above are some exciting proven avenues to invigorate neuroplasticity to your brain functions and start living and loving life to the fullest on your own terms.

Would love to hear about your personal exercises being used to rejuvenate your brain for happiness and success in the comments below!

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The 3 C’s of Leadership That Determines Your Success

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Have you caught the seasonal flu or a common cold this winter season? If so, you likely received advice to drink a glass of orange juice for the benefits associated with consuming Vitamin C. To repair an immune system that has been weakened by the common cold or flu, Vitamin C can provide the body with nutrition that can expedite recovery time. When it comes to exhibiting positive leadership behaviors there exists three qualities that also begin with the letter “C” and are helpful.  

To receive the Vitamin C’s of leadership, you must start with a desire to improve. One camp might endorse that you find mentorship from a senior colleague. Another person or group may recommend that you spend more time reading articles or books discussing leadership experiences and advice. With either point of origin, it can open a path to growth and improvement as a leader. However, you chose to proceed with the second inquiry which is why you are here!

We often believe that leadership is a cumbersome and daunting process. It can be difficult, but if we are strategic about cultivating a few characteristics, the mountain to positive impact is a little more feasible to climb. From school teachers and administrators to business executives and their employees, I have found that all great leaders possess a minimum of three dominant characteristics.

These three dominant features can provide an individual with the strength to continue during the difficult times that often accompany leadership; they are similar to the Vitamin C that can make you feel better when battling a cold or the flu.

Enough already, what are the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success? See below:

1. Confidence

Leaders believe in themselves and the people they serve. This positive self-awareness or confidence that effective leaders have, often radiates in every aspect of their work from communication with others to informed decisions. One strategy you can use to develop confidence is the commitment to being the first one to speak during a meeting or class. Successful leaders are willing to express themselves in a variety of capacities, even when they may possess less common viewpoints or modes of behavior.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

2. Competency

Building on the importance of confidence, effective leadership is about being able to create a personal development plan that consistently encourages you to improve. Some of the most revered leaders in our society, strategically make time to read daily. Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey are two of the most common examples of this relentless thirst for knowledge.

They have committed to life-long learning that continues, despite reaching nearly every financial and business goal possible. To become more competent, you can create a schedule that allows for the investment in activities such as reading articles and books to stay informed.

3. Charisma

You might call it SWAG or a gift, but the ability to attract other people who support you and your work are essential. It is not necessary to resemble a supermodel to get people to like you, but you do need to carry yourself with a certain level of pride to effectively encourage others to follow your advice and instructions.

Charisma is a byproduct of possessing confidence in yourself to serve as a useful leader. You can build more charisma in your life, by being more mindful to genuinely listen and respond to your colleagues, family, and friends in conversations. Don’t allow yourself to become intimidated by the responsibilities that can come with the roles of a leader.

“I attract a crowd, not because I’m an extrovert or I’m over the top or I’m oozing with charisma. It’s because I care.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

In many cases, you would not be in the position to earn followers without the necessary qualifications or skill set. Excelling in leadership is possible for you when you are consistent with tapping into the power of the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success.

Confidence, Competency, and Charisma can offer a bountiful number of resources to serve others in authoritative roles of professional and personal environments. Confident leaders believe in themselves, their products, and their services. Competent leaders commit to a lifetime of learning. Charismatic leaders make use of their confidence to attract other people who can support the vision of a group or individual. With the engagement of consistent activities and the reinforcement from positive examples of leadership, nothing is impossible for you to achieve!

How do you display confidence, competency, and charisma on a daily basis with people? Let us know your advice below!

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10 Amazing Leadership Lessons From Design Thinking

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Leadership is a challenging proposition in a world of disruptions and changes due to the rate of change being overwhelming. How do leaders cope with constant changes, enormous expectations and an unpredictable future? Well, a lot of the top organisations including Pepsi, Nike, Apple and Google use Design Thinking for leadership matters.

Design thinking is coming up with visual patterns that lead to the desired solutions. In other words, it is about connecting the dots to come up with solutions to practical problems that you want to solve. The Design thinking approach is widely appreciated and adopted by leaders around the globe.

Below, we look at 10 intriguing leadership lessons from design thinking:

1. Solution Focused Approach

Design thinking helps leaders to develop a solution centric mindset. The emphasis is on identifying and defining the core problem and then arriving at the best solution. Corporates and teams are looking for leaders who have a solution focused approach. The best leaders understand that they create value by offering solutions to complex problems. They resolve conflicts, solve problems and relish the idea of making the difference.

2. Connect the Dots

Leaders need to look at the complete picture for connecting and correlating things. Design thinking provides visualisation of the problem, constraints, desired solution and complete picture of things. It is a great way leaders can visualise abstract concepts. Leaders can use visual mapping of the assumptions, constraints, existing state and the goal state to align their teams in the right direction.

3. Empathy & Inclusiveness

Leadership starts with empathy. To earn the respect of your team, clients and other people involved, it is important to show empathy and understand their needs. When you care for your team, customers and other stakeholders, they in turn care for you. Design thinking starts with the end users in mind; it creates a thinking framework where you build empathy and inclusiveness.

4. Constant Improvement with Regular Feedback

The design thinking methodology involves iterations and user feedback for continuous improvement of products and services. Feedback is crucial for growth and improvement. Also, what works today may not work tomorrow thus it is important for leaders to touch base with ground reality and ensure consistent improvements. A leader needs to provide constant feedback for improvement of products, services and individuals. Consistent improvement and a growth mindset is crucial for success.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

5. Open Mindedness

Design thinking encourages experiments, creativity and innovation. When working on different concepts and ideas, leaders need to be open minded which helps create an environment of learning and experimentation. They build individuals and teams that take pride in their work. Open minded leaders are continuously seeking ways to improve things, because they welcome divergent ideas that may challenge or stretch them with an open mind.

6. Empower Team and Create Synergy

Design thinking empowers everyone to contribute effectively. It encourages the teams to work collaboratively and creates a synergising effect. When everyone has a say during the development of a product or service, teams feel empowered. The team feels accountable for results and takes complete ownership of things. Leaders can use design thinking for listening to people, getting them to contribute ideas, and empowering them with opportunities to make a difference.

7. Sense of Purpose

In an era of distractions, it is hard for teams to stay focused. People are more focused and productive when they know what they are doing and why they are doing it. Leaders can use design thinking for clarity and articulating their vision. A great leader effectively communicates the purpose & mission of their work to connect everyone. Teams are more likely to achieve their goals when they are given clear and consistent messages.

8. Dealing with Uncertainties

Dealing with change is hard. It gets even harder when you don’t know what is going to change. In the technology driven world, companies need to be well prepared to face competition not just from the competitors but also from digital innovations. With design thinking leaders can evaluate options, see the complete picture of things and choose the best options. Design thinking is a strategy that relies on iterations, feedback and constant improvement to deal with the changing times.

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” -. William Congreve

9. Decisiveness

A leader needs to make decisions all the time. Some of these decisions are crucial in shaping the lives of individuals and organisations. Design thinking helps leaders to improve their decision making by offering alternatives and complete visualisation of information. Leaders can overcome biases and take informed decisions when they are presented with alternatives. Design thinking is now being employed by corporates in different areas of their company to make strategic decisions.

10. Persistence

Great leaders are persistent and never give up their pursuit until they reach their goals. Design thinking is a journey that requires persistence. It is an ongoing process to reach excellence. It is a process that teaches leaders to observe incremental additions, iterate and persist till the desired solution is achieved.

Leaders are learners. They learn from the past, keep an eye on the present and evolve with changing demands of the future. Design thinking is playing an increasingly vital role in creating more effective leaders. These leaders are capable of building strong teams, solve complex problems, show empathy and constantly improvise to unleash great value for everyone involved. Design thinking is a sure fire way for leaders to ensure that the sum total of the team is greater than the sum of their individual parts.

How will you use design thinking for your own business or job? Let us know in the comments below!

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What If You Never Took Another Selfie Again?

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That’s the question I want you to ponder right now.

What if taking a selfie only made the world ignore you?
What if life is not all about you?
What if no one cares who you took a photo with?

And finally, how did we ever live without selfies before the front-facing camera got invented?

Instead of taking a selfie do this:

Try focusing on other people.
Try not to document every moment.
Try to think about life before selfies.

We all take selfies because that’s what we were told to do.
And that’s exactly why we need to question this habitual flaw that we’re now indulging in.

 

I have A/B tested selfies vs. no selfies.

The result? When I took photos of cool stuff like mountains in Japan and shared a profound thought, people liked that more than a selfie with my overly large head in it. I’ve done this test multiple times over the last few years.

The result is always the same. People are over you and your selfies.

 

It’s not about “I” it’s about “We.”

Sounds cliché, and that’s because most brilliant advice is.

Selfies have deluded us into thinking that life is about us and our big audacious goals. Where life will change for you is when you focus on the “We.”

Everything I write is for the audience I want to inspire. It’s not to show off or to share dumb selfies of me in a weak attempt to appear superior.

 

Selfies cause your followers to compare themselves to you.

And that’s not fair. If each of us tried to be the same, then society would be pretty dull.

“We don’t need a selfie to teach us how to copy each other and be jealous little so-and-sos who want to win a beauty pagan of nothingness”

You’re so much better than a selfie.

I believe you care about your followers so let’s stop drowning them in selfies. Selfies are proving nothing to no one. Selfies stop you from standing out in the crowd and inspiring others.

 

The time you spend “selfieing” could be used for…..

Enjoying this current moment and the breath you have in your lungs. One day that breath is going to stop and all that time selfieing won’t matter. You’re literally using up magical moments trying to take a hundred selfies that you filter and post, hoping for perfection.

Perfection is ugly.

“Right now, is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen if you’ll only stop selfieing and notice it”

 

Life before selfies….

Life was much the same. The selfie didn’t put us on Cloud 9 with a bunch of our fantasies and an unlimited amount of cash being shot up into the sky via an air cannon.

Life before selfies was fun.
We ate our food instead of looking at it with our phones and letting it get cold.
We had phenomenal conversations with our friends instead of taking endless, mindless selfies.

Life before selfies was not about one’s self.
You took photos of other people. Often, you took two photos max instead of fifty in a row.

I’d like you to imagine a life without selfies.

What does the selfie really mean to you and can you live without it?

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5 Neuroplasticity Exercises the Top 3% of the Happy and Successful Do

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Neuroplasticity means you will no more have to wake up each morning with the dread of having to start a new day of which you already know the outcome. For decades, it’s been the same routine, you get up with negative feelings that your day will turnout just like the day before full of stress and discontent. (more…)

Gregory (a.k.a. Pappi) Henderson, started the journey to discover the elements to the Lost Art of Happiness which opened doors to eye-opening ancient wisdom practices and the results found by cutting-edge neuroscience research. Today, you can receive this jaw-dropping evidence that happiness and success are a choice and are in your hands by joining him at http://happipappi.com. As you will see first hand, the practices he has implemented himself and has taught to individuals around the world who achieve the same positive insane results, http://happipappi.com/about/.

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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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5 Neuroplasticity Exercises the Top 3% of the Happy and Successful Do

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Neuroplasticity means you will no more have to wake up each morning with the dread of having to start a new day of which you already know the outcome. For decades, it’s been the same routine, you get up with negative feelings that your day will turnout just like the day before full of stress and discontent.

Whether it’s concerning your job/career, a relationship, finances, or health, you just know everything will go against you no matter what you do. You may have fallen into the trap of having a fixed mindset where you think your abilities to learn and accomplish more in your life are limited.

The truth is you may have limitations, but you can still envision better solutions. Your brain is ready and willing to go the extra mile to learn how to solve all the issues your facing in life but it’s that doubt, worry, and fear that continually creeps into the thought pattern which acts as the action killer.

Neuroplasticity isn’t some kind of new Play-Doh for kids, it’s the power your brain has to rejuvenate and create the life you want. Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the brain’s ability to modify its connections or rewire itself. Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood. It has now been proven the brain continues to learn and rejuvenate itself as new data is received and stored.

You may say, “You’re just wired to be unhappy.” or “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That’s the beliefs and train of thought our culture has today due to our primitive and out of date educational system along with the big corporation’s ideology.

“Brain plasticity is a two-way street. It’s just as easy to generate negative changes as positive ones.”

Here’s the eye-opening truth, you can change and rewire your brain for happiness and success We have habits that turn into beliefs which distort our perceptions of life and the world around us. Habits are strong persuaders to your actions in familiar areas of life so, when you disrupt those habits it sends the brain into a little chaos until change takes place.

That’s fantastic news because if we can create habits that distort our brain, we can also create habits that reveal and rejuvenate clear precise solutions to our challenging issues. So, how do you start retraining your brain for happiness and success?

Start changing habits to increase brain power with these proven neuroplasticity builders below:

1. Aerobic Exercises

A 60-minute intense workout gives the best results but just in case you’re not a fitness addict, taking a leisure stroll through the park will light up different parts of your brain and aid with neuroplasticity.

2. Reading a good book

If you hate sitting down and taking the time to read a good book or magazine, that’s fantastic because doing things you don’t like and are different stimulate your neurons to the max.

3. Playing games

It can be challenging on the brain to try and figure out all the winning strategies to become the champion in a board game. Nonetheless, these will really get the old brain juices flowing.

4. Anything out of the ordinary

Doing something out of the ordinary will trigger the brain plasticity you’re looking for. Things as simple as brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. If your right-handed start brushing with the left or vise-versa.

Learning is thought to be “neuro-protective.” Through neuroplasticity, learning increases connections between neurons, increases cellular metabolism, and increases the production of nerve growth factor, a substance produced by the body to help maintain and repair neurons.”

“Neuroplasticity provides us with a brain that can adapt not only to changes inflicted by damage, but allows adaptation to any and all experiences and changes we may encounter.”

5. Smile

Smiling starts your day off with a BANG and can give those brain cells of yours an extra boost anytime anywhere. It’s like taking a shot of super juice to overcome the stress, worry, and frustrations during the day.

In the mornings when you open those big beautiful sexy eyes of yours put on a smile from ear to ear on your face. This will trigger your brain to release the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine.

Dopamine is classified as the happy chemical in neuroscience which has the ability to create a state of euphoria throughout your entire body in a matter of seconds. It vanquishes the feeling of stress, worry, and frustration immediately. The great thing is dopamine works every single time and it doesn’t matter if the smile is genuine or fake because the brain can’t distinguish the difference.

The bad thing is statistics show, adults only put a SMILE on their face an average of 4 times a day compared to child who SMILES an average of 400 times a day. If you want to rewire your brain for happiness and success while defusing stress, worry, and frustrations in your life daily it may be wise to start following the examples of our children.

Above are some exciting proven avenues to invigorate neuroplasticity to your brain functions and start living and loving life to the fullest on your own terms.

Would love to hear about your personal exercises being used to rejuvenate your brain for happiness and success in the comments below!

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The 3 C’s of Leadership That Determines Your Success

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Have you caught the seasonal flu or a common cold this winter season? If so, you likely received advice to drink a glass of orange juice for the benefits associated with consuming Vitamin C. To repair an immune system that has been weakened by the common cold or flu, Vitamin C can provide the body with nutrition that can expedite recovery time. When it comes to exhibiting positive leadership behaviors there exists three qualities that also begin with the letter “C” and are helpful.  

To receive the Vitamin C’s of leadership, you must start with a desire to improve. One camp might endorse that you find mentorship from a senior colleague. Another person or group may recommend that you spend more time reading articles or books discussing leadership experiences and advice. With either point of origin, it can open a path to growth and improvement as a leader. However, you chose to proceed with the second inquiry which is why you are here!

We often believe that leadership is a cumbersome and daunting process. It can be difficult, but if we are strategic about cultivating a few characteristics, the mountain to positive impact is a little more feasible to climb. From school teachers and administrators to business executives and their employees, I have found that all great leaders possess a minimum of three dominant characteristics.

These three dominant features can provide an individual with the strength to continue during the difficult times that often accompany leadership; they are similar to the Vitamin C that can make you feel better when battling a cold or the flu.

Enough already, what are the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success? See below:

1. Confidence

Leaders believe in themselves and the people they serve. This positive self-awareness or confidence that effective leaders have, often radiates in every aspect of their work from communication with others to informed decisions. One strategy you can use to develop confidence is the commitment to being the first one to speak during a meeting or class. Successful leaders are willing to express themselves in a variety of capacities, even when they may possess less common viewpoints or modes of behavior.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

2. Competency

Building on the importance of confidence, effective leadership is about being able to create a personal development plan that consistently encourages you to improve. Some of the most revered leaders in our society, strategically make time to read daily. Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey are two of the most common examples of this relentless thirst for knowledge.

They have committed to life-long learning that continues, despite reaching nearly every financial and business goal possible. To become more competent, you can create a schedule that allows for the investment in activities such as reading articles and books to stay informed.

3. Charisma

You might call it SWAG or a gift, but the ability to attract other people who support you and your work are essential. It is not necessary to resemble a supermodel to get people to like you, but you do need to carry yourself with a certain level of pride to effectively encourage others to follow your advice and instructions.

Charisma is a byproduct of possessing confidence in yourself to serve as a useful leader. You can build more charisma in your life, by being more mindful to genuinely listen and respond to your colleagues, family, and friends in conversations. Don’t allow yourself to become intimidated by the responsibilities that can come with the roles of a leader.

“I attract a crowd, not because I’m an extrovert or I’m over the top or I’m oozing with charisma. It’s because I care.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

In many cases, you would not be in the position to earn followers without the necessary qualifications or skill set. Excelling in leadership is possible for you when you are consistent with tapping into the power of the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success.

Confidence, Competency, and Charisma can offer a bountiful number of resources to serve others in authoritative roles of professional and personal environments. Confident leaders believe in themselves, their products, and their services. Competent leaders commit to a lifetime of learning. Charismatic leaders make use of their confidence to attract other people who can support the vision of a group or individual. With the engagement of consistent activities and the reinforcement from positive examples of leadership, nothing is impossible for you to achieve!

How do you display confidence, competency, and charisma on a daily basis with people? Let us know your advice below!

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10 Amazing Leadership Lessons From Design Thinking

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Leadership is a challenging proposition in a world of disruptions and changes due to the rate of change being overwhelming. How do leaders cope with constant changes, enormous expectations and an unpredictable future? Well, a lot of the top organisations including Pepsi, Nike, Apple and Google use Design Thinking for leadership matters.

Design thinking is coming up with visual patterns that lead to the desired solutions. In other words, it is about connecting the dots to come up with solutions to practical problems that you want to solve. The Design thinking approach is widely appreciated and adopted by leaders around the globe.

Below, we look at 10 intriguing leadership lessons from design thinking:

1. Solution Focused Approach

Design thinking helps leaders to develop a solution centric mindset. The emphasis is on identifying and defining the core problem and then arriving at the best solution. Corporates and teams are looking for leaders who have a solution focused approach. The best leaders understand that they create value by offering solutions to complex problems. They resolve conflicts, solve problems and relish the idea of making the difference.

2. Connect the Dots

Leaders need to look at the complete picture for connecting and correlating things. Design thinking provides visualisation of the problem, constraints, desired solution and complete picture of things. It is a great way leaders can visualise abstract concepts. Leaders can use visual mapping of the assumptions, constraints, existing state and the goal state to align their teams in the right direction.

3. Empathy & Inclusiveness

Leadership starts with empathy. To earn the respect of your team, clients and other people involved, it is important to show empathy and understand their needs. When you care for your team, customers and other stakeholders, they in turn care for you. Design thinking starts with the end users in mind; it creates a thinking framework where you build empathy and inclusiveness.

4. Constant Improvement with Regular Feedback

The design thinking methodology involves iterations and user feedback for continuous improvement of products and services. Feedback is crucial for growth and improvement. Also, what works today may not work tomorrow thus it is important for leaders to touch base with ground reality and ensure consistent improvements. A leader needs to provide constant feedback for improvement of products, services and individuals. Consistent improvement and a growth mindset is crucial for success.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

5. Open Mindedness

Design thinking encourages experiments, creativity and innovation. When working on different concepts and ideas, leaders need to be open minded which helps create an environment of learning and experimentation. They build individuals and teams that take pride in their work. Open minded leaders are continuously seeking ways to improve things, because they welcome divergent ideas that may challenge or stretch them with an open mind.

6. Empower Team and Create Synergy

Design thinking empowers everyone to contribute effectively. It encourages the teams to work collaboratively and creates a synergising effect. When everyone has a say during the development of a product or service, teams feel empowered. The team feels accountable for results and takes complete ownership of things. Leaders can use design thinking for listening to people, getting them to contribute ideas, and empowering them with opportunities to make a difference.

7. Sense of Purpose

In an era of distractions, it is hard for teams to stay focused. People are more focused and productive when they know what they are doing and why they are doing it. Leaders can use design thinking for clarity and articulating their vision. A great leader effectively communicates the purpose & mission of their work to connect everyone. Teams are more likely to achieve their goals when they are given clear and consistent messages.

8. Dealing with Uncertainties

Dealing with change is hard. It gets even harder when you don’t know what is going to change. In the technology driven world, companies need to be well prepared to face competition not just from the competitors but also from digital innovations. With design thinking leaders can evaluate options, see the complete picture of things and choose the best options. Design thinking is a strategy that relies on iterations, feedback and constant improvement to deal with the changing times.

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” -. William Congreve

9. Decisiveness

A leader needs to make decisions all the time. Some of these decisions are crucial in shaping the lives of individuals and organisations. Design thinking helps leaders to improve their decision making by offering alternatives and complete visualisation of information. Leaders can overcome biases and take informed decisions when they are presented with alternatives. Design thinking is now being employed by corporates in different areas of their company to make strategic decisions.

10. Persistence

Great leaders are persistent and never give up their pursuit until they reach their goals. Design thinking is a journey that requires persistence. It is an ongoing process to reach excellence. It is a process that teaches leaders to observe incremental additions, iterate and persist till the desired solution is achieved.

Leaders are learners. They learn from the past, keep an eye on the present and evolve with changing demands of the future. Design thinking is playing an increasingly vital role in creating more effective leaders. These leaders are capable of building strong teams, solve complex problems, show empathy and constantly improvise to unleash great value for everyone involved. Design thinking is a sure fire way for leaders to ensure that the sum total of the team is greater than the sum of their individual parts.

How will you use design thinking for your own business or job? Let us know in the comments below!

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What If You Never Took Another Selfie Again?

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That’s the question I want you to ponder right now.

What if taking a selfie only made the world ignore you?
What if life is not all about you?
What if no one cares who you took a photo with?

And finally, how did we ever live without selfies before the front-facing camera got invented?

Instead of taking a selfie do this:

Try focusing on other people.
Try not to document every moment.
Try to think about life before selfies.

We all take selfies because that’s what we were told to do.
And that’s exactly why we need to question this habitual flaw that we’re now indulging in.

 

I have A/B tested selfies vs. no selfies.

The result? When I took photos of cool stuff like mountains in Japan and shared a profound thought, people liked that more than a selfie with my overly large head in it. I’ve done this test multiple times over the last few years.

The result is always the same. People are over you and your selfies.

 

It’s not about “I” it’s about “We.”

Sounds cliché, and that’s because most brilliant advice is.

Selfies have deluded us into thinking that life is about us and our big audacious goals. Where life will change for you is when you focus on the “We.”

Everything I write is for the audience I want to inspire. It’s not to show off or to share dumb selfies of me in a weak attempt to appear superior.

 

Selfies cause your followers to compare themselves to you.

And that’s not fair. If each of us tried to be the same, then society would be pretty dull.

“We don’t need a selfie to teach us how to copy each other and be jealous little so-and-sos who want to win a beauty pagan of nothingness”

You’re so much better than a selfie.

I believe you care about your followers so let’s stop drowning them in selfies. Selfies are proving nothing to no one. Selfies stop you from standing out in the crowd and inspiring others.

 

The time you spend “selfieing” could be used for…..

Enjoying this current moment and the breath you have in your lungs. One day that breath is going to stop and all that time selfieing won’t matter. You’re literally using up magical moments trying to take a hundred selfies that you filter and post, hoping for perfection.

Perfection is ugly.

“Right now, is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen if you’ll only stop selfieing and notice it”

 

Life before selfies….

Life was much the same. The selfie didn’t put us on Cloud 9 with a bunch of our fantasies and an unlimited amount of cash being shot up into the sky via an air cannon.

Life before selfies was fun.
We ate our food instead of looking at it with our phones and letting it get cold.
We had phenomenal conversations with our friends instead of taking endless, mindless selfies.

Life before selfies was not about one’s self.
You took photos of other people. Often, you took two photos max instead of fifty in a row.

I’d like you to imagine a life without selfies.

What does the selfie really mean to you and can you live without it?

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