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Your PHD / MBA Doesn’t Impress Me

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That piece of paper you get after slaving away for years and going into huge amounts of debt doesn’t impress me. That acronym known as your education with three letters after your name doesn’t impress me.

Many countries like Australia, where I live, allow us to go on some deferred government payment system to achieve something we’re told we need.

I don’t hate university education; I just hate what it can do to people, and the entitlement and superiority it often creates. I hate when it changes people and makes them incongruent with who they really are. I hate when the piece of paper comes in the mail at the end of it all and nothing has changed. The broken dreams and a sense that we’re not enough continues on.

Think carefully about who and why you’re being told to get that Ph.D. / MBA because it doesn’t impress anyone, let alone me.

I’d rather you have time

Time to have fun and enjoy life. We’re here for a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things. Who wants to spend time studying something, buried in books, rather than getting real world experience? Not me. If you want to learn a new skill, then go and do it.

The time you are wasting on getting a piece of paper to impress other people is killing your time. You could be using that time to do something you are passionate about and become a master at it, at the same time. You could do something that utilizes your passion and simultaneously inspires others.

Inspiring people with your gifts will light you up a lot more than any accreditation ever will. Spend your time wisely – you can’t get it back. You can’t cash in your qualification for all of those lost hours when you start to have regrets.

I’d rather you had money

Education costs a bucket load of cashola. Those thousands of dollars could be used to start a business you love or to travel to places you’ve always wanted to go to.

Those same dollars could be spent on self-development where you’ll learn who you are and why you’re here. You’ll learn the meaning of life. The meaning of life is not to work your butt off until everyone around you forgets who you are.

“Finding out who you are is the best education you can get”

Becoming a student of life is far more important. How do you do that? Take consistent action towards something you care about.

Having resources like money at your disposal can buy you time. Time buys you hours towards mastering your passion. It’s all linked. The thing that lights you up is what you need to educate yourself on.

If that’s a three-letter education, then chase it all you want and throw this article in the bin. If you’re honest with yourself and that’s not the case, run from your course as fast as you can. Don’t look back and forget about what your colleagues think.

I’d rather you were happy (not depressed)

I meet many academics that are not happy because they think that graduating will give them some Holy Grail.

“The Holy Grail is you. You’re the trophy and you’re better than any accreditation”

I hereby accredit you to be happy and live the life of your dreams. Being happy is much better than being depressed because you’re stressed from too much study.

Your number one priority should be your happiness. Seeing someone happy is what impresses me because it’s so hard to find in this crazy, messed up world.

Happiness should become your new holy grail and you should spend time studying that if you feel you haven’t found it. Happiness is found in the simple things in life. Happiness starts with you first. You must give yourself permission to be happy and no outside force will do that for you. Not even that university degree you think you need to be part of society.

I’d rather you were less stressed

Stress makes you age quickly and it takes away your willpower to inspire people and get out of your comfort zone. Stress is that disease in your body that is the catalyst for everything that is making you feel messed up. The good news is that stress can be worked through once it’s identified.

What impresses me is meeting someone who is calm and relaxed like a Buddhist monk. Someone who is full of wisdom and is not always thinking about the next goal or big event.

I’d rather you used creativity

People who are present and calm can change the world. The reason is that they have the headspace needed to be creative.

What they don’t teach you at university is how to be creative. The crux of creativity is being able to dream up something that no one else can imagine. It’s using your mind to think of a problem and then solve it. Creativity is having faith in the outcome even though it doesn’t exist in any physical form yet.

Creativity is like the heart of any entrepreneur. Creativity mixed with passion will change the world. That’s what impresses me, not your education status.

I’d rather you followed your dream

Not following your dream because you are trying to fit in with someone else’s standards is a real tragedy. Think carefully: who told you that you need a Ph.D. / MBA? What made you think you need one? If it was because you had a passion for education, then that’s okay sailor.

If it’s for some other reason (it usually is) then Mr. Trump, we have a problem. People that follow their dream are impressive. They do what 99% of people don’t seem to do. They’ve put it all on the line for that one thing that makes sense and lights them up.

When you meet someone who follows their dream, they have a different energy about them. They’re confident – not because they’re cocky – they’re confident because they know what they are pursuing in life. Certainty is confidence which leads to power. That’s what impresses me.

I’d rather you served others

Instead of chasing an education status that fulfills your own selfish desires, I’d rather you served others. I’d rather you had an education in the power of serving others and helping people. It feels amazing and it’s the sort of feeling that most MBA’s / Ph.D.’s will never give you.

That doesn’t mean we forget about ourselves; it just means we get a two for one combo. We serve others and we get the fulfillment to keep all to ourselves.

It’s tricky to explain unless you’ve experienced it. How you can affect other people’s lives is the best education for your own life.

“Your selfish desires are met through the desires of those you serve”

Finding a meaning for your life is buried deep within others. No one ever tells you that. We keep digging for treasure in the form of education thinking that the more we focus on ourselves, the more we will achieve our goals. This way of thinking is completely the opposite of the truth.

I’d rather you changed the world

If you want to impress the pants off me, then change the world. Do what so many are not prepared to do. Have a vision so large that people laugh in your face at your ridiculous ideas. Defy the odds. Go through hell and back. Spend your life learning how to work with people.

Become a leader. Help people change their lives. Improve the way we live on Earth and chase your dreams to the end of the universe. If you do that, then you’ll impress me. Your Ph.D. / MBA will never do that. Think about that thought long and hard.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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