Many of you ask me the secret to writing blog posts on Addicted2Success and I am happy to share with you my little secret; before I write anything, I watch a Motivation Grid video first to get me in the zone.
Motivation Grid is a YouTube channel I have been following for a number of years. They have tens of millions of YouTube views, and the founder Cris Nikolov is an inspiring young man himself. The videos Chris posts on his channel are all about motivation and how we can change our mindset and think differently.
His videos are made up of powerful, inspiring movie footage, mindblowing background music and some of the greatest speakers of our time delivering different snippets that align to the videos overall message. Every time I watch one of his videos I get chills down my spine, and it changes how I am feeling in the moment.
Below are ten videos that will show you how to change your mindset about your life or business forever. Enjoy!
1. I Will Win
This video is my favourite of the ten which is why it appears first. It’s all about winning and what it takes to be successful. It touches on the fear of failure and how disappointment causes people to settle for less and not win at the game of life through their individual goals.
Don’t let this be you. Most of what it takes to win is about you and you telling yourself that you actually can win. What you think about winning is what will be your reality. This video very clearly explains that you must seize the moment and understand it’s the only moment you’ve got.
There are no second chances, and you may not be around to try again the next time, so you have to try and win every time you try something as if it’s your last attempt. Don’t fall for the trap of thinking someone needs to approve your dream. Even if you get thrown to the ground, what it takes to get back up will come down to your level of determination.
“There is some good out there in the universe that has your name on it” – Les Brown
2. Be Phenomenal
This video explains what it takes to be phenomenal. Essentially you need to dream big but start with small steps. When you reach for a target that may seem really hard to achieve, the people who are phenomenal know that you don’t have to be perfect at something to get what you want.
My favourite part of the video is where Eric Thomas explains that you can’t beg average or good people to be phenomenal. Either you are phenomenal, or you’re not. If you are phenomenal, then the good news is you will automatically attract phenomenal into your world.
3. Never Quit
Quitting is something you do when you attempt a goal that you are not really passionate about, or that is not congruent with your true self. This video explains all the things that cause us to quit and that cause us to give up half way through achieving greatness.
People that don’t quit and excel do so with a sickening work ethic. While everyone else is eating or sleeping, they are grinding away at their true passion which is why they don’t give up. There will be times when you fail, but that doesn’t make you a failure.
“Failure is the stepping stone to success“
When someone does the wrong thing by you don’t head for the path that quitters do and try and get even with someone, just keep going and get ahead of them. The coolest part of this video is when one of the speakers says that if you get on a treadmill with him, he won’t get off until you do first, even if it kills him.
That’s what achievers do, and that’s why they don’t quit. You shouldn’t quit either! Just keep going!
4. Do What Is Hard
We have to do what is hard not what is easy if we want to win and achieve our goal. This video explains this concept in depth and how if you be a volunteer victim, stand around, and complain about your circumstances, your life will be damn hard!
Your life is controlled by you and nobody else. The only enemy you have that will make your life hard is the person that wakes up every day and stares back in the mirror at you – yourself.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish” – Steve Jobs
5. Nothing Will Stop Me
Nothing is impossible. The only thing that is impossible is what you make impossible. This video is all about getting you not to stop what you are doing. Even when everything inside of you is telling you to give up, it’s your mind that has the ultimate control over you.
If you tell yourself the opposite of what your body is feeling then it’s possible not to give up; in fact, anything is possible. Where you are right now is temporary and that shouldn’t make you want to stop. You have got to focus on where you want to be and know that you will eventually get there if you don’t stop.
Hopefully, this video will make you enraged (in a good way). As humans, a lot of us never realise our greatness because we become sidetracked by secondary activity.
This video explains that one idea can change your life and that developing habits like giving more than your paid for will stop you from being enraged and frustrated, and take you to being enraged and determined.
I love this lesson I got from the video too which is; life is supposed to be difficult.
If life weren’t difficult, then there would be no growth, and then there would be nothing that would force you to grow stronger. The process of overcoming something hard makes you stronger, and that’s how you grow.
7. Believe In Yourself
Even when you believe in yourself, there is always a bit of doubt in everyone. If you surround yourself with non-believers, there is a good chance you will start listening to their thoughts. The conditions are never going to be perfect, but you just have to believe that what you want to do is possible.
The core message of this video is that if you stop believing in yourself and believe the doubters, then someone will execute your dream and have all the success / money that comes with it.
8. Stop Killing Time
The “Stop Killing Time” video is all about humans and time. It’s a real eye opener and explains many different viewpoints about how we should perceive time. The video makes the point that the time we have only grows smaller from today going forward.
Unfortunately, evolution hasn’t helped us with the concept of time, and there is no urgency to stop us wasting it. It’s on you to create the pressure of not wasting time yourself. After all, pressure is what creates diamonds.
“While you’re killing time, time is killing you” – Ashley Zahabian
9. The Greatness Within
Every one of us has greatness within, but we just need to unlock it. This video shows a man named Neil Ung, who is 60 years old and just begging to learn how to skateboard. He decided not to let his age limit him, and he believes he has greatness inside of himself.
This video demonstrates that you can fail at a job or activity you hate so you may as well try failing at something that you actually love. This is where greatness is found.
10. The Other Guy
The story of the other guy is all about two people who were both laid off from their jobs. This video explains the path they both took and how one took the experience and achieved greatness while the other never found another job. I won’t spoil the story, but you’ve got to check this one out.
How have you changed your own mindset? What inspired you? If you want to see more videos like this, then check out Motivation Grids Youtube Channel.
3 Prince EA Videos To Change Humanities Path To Greatness
If you haven’t heard of Prince EA, then you should of. He’s the guy who delivers amazing spoken word rhymes over the top of inspirational soundtracks. His YouTube channel has millions of views, and the video’s he produces are some of the best quality and most creative you will find.
The production that goes into these videos has to be seen to be believed. If you’re looking for a millennial with a different view of the world who is not afraid to ask the questions nobody is asking or the questions nobody wants to answer, then Prince EA is for you.
If you’re pursuing any level of success, then Prince EA is a must.
Below you will find what I believe are his top three videos that will change humanities path to greatness!
1. Why Most People Die Before Age 25
This is a heartfelt video about how people stop chasing their dreams before the age of twenty-five and how they die inside even if they live a long life. Prince EA talks about how people make excuses for their dream and delay their dreams.
He says that life shouldn’t be something that you just get on with. Everyone can relate to this video, and the challenges Prince EA talks about are real for all of us whether we like to admit it or not.
“You will never start this video again with the same perspective you had when you clicked play”
2. I Am NOT Black, You are NOT White
This video will seriously change your perspective on the world and the many different races that co-exist. Prince EA presents the idea that our race is nothing more than a label and that labels cause racism and wars.
He explains that who we really are is not skin deep and that we are all global citizens. He uses a brilliant analogy about our bodies being like cars that we get from a dealership called society. Our race is nothing more than a model of car but at its core, we are all the same.
I love how Prince EA says in this video that who we are is found inside, not on the outside. You’ll find this video will move you and challenge your current view of the world. This simple idea that is presented in this video is the key for all of us to have global success.
This idea is what has the power to bring us all together and create as one team rather than in silos. Burn the freakin labels!
“Who would you be if the world never gave you a label?”
3. Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
Prince EA’s most popular video with more than 17 million views is all about changing our relationship with technology. The myth we have been sold is that technology has made our lives better. In reality, technology has caused us to lose the human connection between each other.
Yes, technology has many advantages, but what it has done is exacerbate the flaws of the human blueprint. The digital age, as Prince EA puts it, has become obsessed with taking selfies and creating content that is about “I” instead of “we” or “us.”
This digital disease has been caused by a choice. Choice is at the centre of every one of life’s significant challenges. Prince EA says it the best when he says that our choices cannot be autocorrected. It’s time for all of us to have a regular digital detox.
What is one lesson you learnt from Prince EA’s inspiring videos? Let me know in the comments section below or on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.
(Video) What Is Success? An Entrepreneurial Story To Inspire You
Going back a few years I was lucky enough to be part of a very successful business. At the time, everyone told me that I was successful and living a dream life. While the money, cars, clothes, and nightclubs may have made others think I was successful, I felt I was anything but successful.
I was low on energy, depressed, anxious, and uninspired. As I recently reflected back on this entrepreneurial journey that most never get to have, I asked myself the question “what is success?”
It’s a question I want all of you to ask yourselves and answer truthfully. Everyone’s answer will be different but strangely enough, the fundamentals of our answer will be similar.
The reason I made this video for all of you is to get you thinking about your version of success and show you how you can get it so very wrong using my own story. The good news is my story has a happy ending. I won’t share with you what that is cause you have got to watch the video to get that.
Let’s just say that all of the walking around late at night listening to Tony Robbins Tapes helped me to discover something new during my ultimate low. It’s in these times of severely low inspiration and shocking heartache that you can discover something new.
“As quick as you can make lots of money and have lots of success, it can be taken right from underneath you, so be humble” – Tim Denning
All it takes is a new idea (a seed) to come your way (and be planted), and it can blossom into something totally unexpected. Who knew that listening to something could take me down a whole new path that I never expected.
You’re smarter than you think you are, and you will never have all the answers no matter how hard you try. As you get older, you will realise that you can’t plan any activity or control it, so when you learn to just go with the flow and be on the lookout for something great, phenomenal things can happen to you.
Whatever you put out into the world comes back at you ten times harder. My hope is that if you put out nothing but good vibes then you can do some seriously cool stuff. Firsthand, I can say that the more good I put out, the more good comes back.
There is a platform for all of you to achieve what you have always dreamed of and you just need to find it. It’s hiding somewhere where you least expect it so keep an eye out and don’t dismiss any idea without thinking it through.
When people try and reach you on social media, be humble and respond to them if you can. Be grateful for what you have because nothing lasts forever my friends and remember it’s not all about you.
I made this video for all of you, so I hope ya’ll enjoy it and get inspired by my story!
What’s your story? Let me know in the comments section below or on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.
(Inspirational Video) What If Today You Knew You Were Going To Take Your Last Breath?
How To Make Enough Money From A Blog To Quit Your Job – Kate McKibbin
In my third and final interview from The Pause Fest Conference, I sat down with Kate McKibbin, who is the founder of the Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily Blog. Kate is an expert in building blogs from nothing and through her own sites, she was able to quit her day job within 12 months, and make multiple income streams.
Kate is so knowledgeable in the blogging world that she started an online course called Secret Bloggers Business to share everything she knows. She was able to make a substantial amount of money from these blogging courses in a very short period.
Check out my interview with Kate on YouTube below.
Here are 5 key takeaways from the interview:
1. Start your blog lean
The temptation to go onto Freelancer.com and hire the most expensive person you can to help you build the best-looking blog from scratch is something you should avoid. Early on, you should concentrate on finding your niche and narrowing in on your target audience.
If you waste too much money before you have got a small amount of traction, you won’t know if your subject matter and the way you present it is relevant. Once you have nailed your niche, concentrate on giving as much value as you can.
2. Build an email list from day one
The issue with building up followers on social media is that you don’t own their data; specifically their contact details. Even though this strategy has existed for ages, Kate still swears by it: make your main focus building an email list from day one.
This email list down the track will become your customer database when you turn on monetisation. Forget the naysayers who tell you email is dead because it’s not; you just have to use it in the right way, deliver value, and not overdo it.
To help build your email list, try releasing a free eBook or a free course to get more subscribers. These two methods have been around for a while, but that’s because they work the best, as long as the content is perceived to be valuable and you put some effort in.
3. Ignore traditional blogging models (monetise early)
The bloggers who are the most successful are the ones who are not trying to follow the traditional blogging model. The traditional blogging model, Kate says, is to try and build up an audience before you start making any money.
Why would you put all this time into something and then start to make only a little bit of money much later down the track?
Your goal should be to make money from your blog from day one – period!
4. Test some monetisation concepts
When you offer free content and products, pretty quickly people will contact you asking for more and that’s when you can test some paid products or services.
The best way to test a product, according to Kate, is with as minimal spend as possible. The easiest way is through a free Kickstarter Campaign or by creating a landing page and driving traffic to it through a low budget Facebook Ad Campaign.
One tip Kate insists on is never to run Facebook ads just to get traffic; always have some type of opt-in offer as part of the ad. Also, you don’t need a huge budget for Facebook Ads – try starting with $5-$10 a day.
Once you have tested a few ideas with these methods, you will then have a rough idea of what people want and you can concentrate on putting a lot more effort into some new products.
“What you think people want, and what your friends agree and your mum agrees people want, doesn’t necessarily have any baring on what actually is going to happen”
5. Sell your own product vs someone else’s
With a blog, there is always the option to sell and promote other company’s products or to sell your own products. If it’s a personal blog about things you love, then you may be better off being an ambassador for other brands.
The most effective strategy, though, that Kate recommends, is to establish your own platform to sell your own things. Otherwise, you will be helping grow someone else’s platform and only getting a percentage of selling their products.
The other advantage of selling your own products is that you can do it with a much smaller list of email subscribers.
If you insist on working with brands and promoting their products, then you should start communicating with them early on. This way, you will build a long-term relationship with them that you can leverage once your audience is big enough.
6. Try eCommerce early on
Another income stream you can earn from your blog is to trial an eCommerce store as an extension of your site where you sell physical goods and ship them to your audience. Kate tried this and for her, she wasn’t passionate about it and felt it was too much work.
Either way, you should test an eCommerce store early on to see if it works for your niche and to gauge if it’s a good return on your time. The key to putting time into an eCommerce store is to understand how it’s going to affect your lifestyle by taking time away from other things that you love to do.
7. Offer a paid course
If you’re solving a problem for people with the content you are sharing on your blog, then that can be turned into a course of some sort. Kate did this by emailing her followers and offering a blogging course to see if anyone would actually pay for it.
When people signed up and paid her through PayPal, she then began creating the content for the course. Taking this presale approach to selling digital goods is a great way to create the mental willpower needed to come up with quality course content that is valuable to your audience.
As you become a subject matter on the problem that you are solving, you may be asked to go to the next level and make a further income from your blog by being paid to speak at events. As your audience really starts to grow you could even think about running your own events.
“There is never a point where I can say this business is sorted. You have to be constantly growing, developing, and innovating. It’s all about continuous problem solving and trying new things out”
Books Kate Recommends
The One Thing – Gary Keller
Sacred Success – Barbara Stanny
Check out Kate’s blog Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily and if you want to start your own blog then have a look at Kate’s Secret Bloggers Business site.
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