“Look for the opportunities in the difficulties, not the difficulties in the opportunities.” – Victor Fiorelli
Many of us may pass up perfectly good opportunities which come our way because we wrongly think of them as being too complicated or too difficult for us. We give them little more than a passing nod before waving them off for the next person to discover. We can recognize when we do this because we tell ourselves things like: “I could never possibly do that,” or “I would love to do this but unfortunately I am not nearly clever enough.”
If this has happened to you then you have been focusing upon the difficulties in the opportunities and not the opportunities in the difficulties. If your primary focus is on how difficult something is then there is a huge temptation to give up without a fight. Switching your focus to the opportunity won’t make the problem any less real but it could have a massive impact on how you deal with that problem.
Now instead of telling yourself you can’t overcome the difficulty you are prepared to use all your mental skills and cunning to conquer the challenge at hand so that the opportunity you desire does not slip out of your grasp. You know that success is just over the next hill and all you have to do is get there, so now you redouble your efforts to defeat all that is standing between you and success.
Maybe there is one big difficulty you have to overcome or perhaps a series of smaller ones, but you can embrace the challenge as you relish the mental thrill of getting to your goal in life. Again the problems and difficulties are exactly the same as before but now a far tougher and far more focused you is the person dealing with them.
Nothing is more empowering than when you overcome adversity to take your prize and now that you have figured out how to do so you become a leader in your community. Now people want to hear your story. They want to learn how you were able to do what they failed at and how you turned your life around when they had to accept defeat.
Be the person who turns the piece of coal into a diamond and be prepared to reap the rewards you now so richly deserve. You have earned your success; now help others to follow in your footsteps.
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
There is a very simple reason that most people don’t find any success…it is because they don’t want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. For many the words “hard work” are what they are striving hard to avoid as they spend their days chasing easy cash and getting “something for nothing.” If you spend any time in the “make money online” community you will see countless adverts for one short-lived program after another which all promise massive financial rewards for little financial investment.
These programs exist because they fill the need of the lazy and the work-shy who all want something for nothing and they are short-lived because they simply don’t work. You are better off buying a weekly lottery ticket if this is your mentality but most of us want a little more certainty in our lives than the odds of becoming a lottery millionaire.
If you are relying on luck to find success then you are wasting your time because luck has nothing to do with success. Instead you want to make the most of the opportunities which come your way and which you grab with both hands and work on until you get the success you desire. Will you have to work hard to turn opportunity into success? You can bet your life you will and that is why opportunity is often dressed in overalls and looks suspiciously like work.
But the hard work will pay off because work brings rewards and as you are the boss you can choose the work you want to do. As long as it is something you enjoy in an area you feel passionate about then the hard work will be pleasurable and you will actually seek out more and more of it.
So dig deep into your inner resourceful self and come up with a plan of action both to seize opportunity when it comes your way and to actively seek it out if it is not in your neighborhood. Nobody wants to give you something for nothing and nobody will value you unless you first find a way to add value to their lives.
“Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps only weigh 1 1/2 tons.” -Popular Mechanics, 1949
It seems almost impossible to believe now, but when that quote was written in 1949 the author really was trying to imagine a time when a computer might be as advanced as he described. Imagine if you were to be transported back in time and you could meet the author as he wrote that article for Popular Mechanics. It would be even better if you could bring along one of today’s smart phones, an iPad or some similar electronic tablet. However even if all that were possible you would immediately run into problems.
How would you explain things like high-speed broadband, Wi-Fi, Twitter feeds, wireless hotspots and USB devices to someone who had no idea what any of that was? You might as well be speaking in a foreign language and the devices you brought with you could have been the work of alien technology to someone from 1949. And as intelligent and forward-looking as we are today how impossible it is for us to know what technology will have in store in another 60 years.
But let us leave technology to one side for now and look to our own lives. What improvements do you have planned for your own future? And more importantly what are you doing today to ensure that your improved future actually happens? If you don’t give your own life some defined purpose and structure then you are not planning for your future at all. You are letting other people make plans now for what your life will be like ten or 20 years down the road.
Technology has only moved on at such a fast pace because ultimately people have wanted it to happen and poured vast resources into making it happen. Now sadly there are no vast resources being targeted at planning for your future – how your life shapes up is left entirely in your own hands. The decisions you make today can have a profound effect on the life you will live tomorrow. Maybe you are disappointed with the life you have now because of poor decisions you made in the past but that is no reason to keep storing up problems for the future. It is never too late to get back on track and to make changes which will pay dividends in years to come. Start investing in your future today.
It’s said that success in blogging is all about consistency and if you’re like me you’ll need a visual to help keep you consistent. This is why I absolutely cannot live without WPFutureCal.
This 100% free plugin lets me quickly see when I have blog posts scheduled and easily keep track of how consistent I’ve been with my blogging. In the screenshot below the yellow boxes represent blog posts that have already gone live, the green boxes represent blog posts I have scheduled out in the future.
As you can easily see I try to keep to a schedule of Monday – Wednesday – Friday. This helps me know my next blog post should be scheduled for Monday Feb 15. The reason this plugin is handy for my style of blogging is simple, when I’m inspired to write I do several blog posts in one sitting. Many times those topics follow a specific theme and I want to group those posts together in a series.
Where to get WPFutureCal?
The easiest way to get this free plugin is to click Add New on the Plugins tab
You should now see a Search Box on the top right hand side of the page. There you type in WPFutureCal.
This will then need to click the Install Now button in the box with the WPFutureCal heading.
Lastly go to your Plugins Tab and make sure that WPFutureCal say Deactivate, if it doesn’t click the link that says Activate. You’re now good to go enjoy!
You don’t need to do anything else to make it work. WPFutureCal automatically detects blog posts you have already written and have scheduled out in the future.
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“People are like sticks of dynamite. The power is on the inside, but nothing happens until the fuse gets lit.” – Mac Anderson
Nobody can live your life for you and neither should you let anyone attempt to do so. Sometimes we follow career paths we have little or no interest in just to please our demanding parents but this just leads to unhappiness and a deep sense of disappointment. Your life is your own and you owe it to yourself to pursue your dreams and to live your passion. Some people might see that as selfish but it is nothing of the sort. When you are true to yourself you can let your passion shine through in everything that you do and this will inspire others to follow their passions too. Live the life somebody else wants you to live and you will inspire nobody.
In order to unleash this dynamite-like power from within you have to allow yourself to follow your passion and your burning desire in life. Live this passion to the full and once the fuse is lit then there is no holding you back. It does not matter whether you have a mainstream passion or have one that is obscure or off the wall. If it gets you excited than you can be sure it will get others excited too and because there are others like you then there is money to be made and you are ideally placed to make money from it.
Think of all the times you have seen someone who clearly loves their job – the sort of person who looks forward to Monday mornings and always seems to have a spring in their step and enthusiasm in their voice. Well that person could be you. There is no law to say you must settle for a job that you hate, which keeps you with just enough money to pay the bills and robs you of so much of your time, yet many of us settle for such a job as if it was the most natural thing in the world.
Don’t let that be you and don’t sit around waiting for someone else to come along and light your internal fuse because that rarely ever happens. Find your inner spark, light your own fuse and see how your passion propels you forward…and carries others along in your wake.
“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” – Lou Holtz
There is a very good reason why most people never come anywhere close to getting the success they think they deserve from life…they simply don’t want it enough. Nearly everyone wants success but few are actually willing to put in the hard effort required to get it. You have to crave success, you have to battle hard to get it and you have to overcome every obstacle and road-block which comes between you and the success you desire.
I don’t know what great achievement it is that you desire but I do know that you will have to battle against great obstacles to get it. Some of the obstacles will be small and easily conquered while others may seem utterly insurmountable…at least at first. Everyone who has achieved something big in their lives has battled adversity…absolutely everyone and you are no different.
The easy option is to throw in the towel when the going gets tough and let self pity take over as you seek to blame others for your lack of progress. You may look towards someone who has achieved what you want to do and blame them for your woes. How many times have you heard this pitiful cry of the underachiever: “Well it is alright for you because you are good with numbers/were born with a silver spoon in your mouth /have the right contacts etc…I don’t have any of the resources you have…I didn’t stand a chance…I was doomed to failure from the very start.”
Nonsense. Utter nonsense. You doom yourself to failure by not wanting success badly enough to blast the obstacles out of your path as you march on-wards towards your goal with steely determination. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you are the only person in the world who has had to battle adversity – believe that and you doom yourself.
Keep your eye on the prize and embrace the obstacles which block your path. Embrace them in the sure and certain knowledge that your success lies on the other side. You just have to navigate a path to the other side. Ask anyone who has gone before you and they will tell you of the hardships they have had to face down. Now make a determined effort to face down your own hardships and never again blame anyone else for your lack of success.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althsuler
Some great things about working for yourself are no time clock to punch, no boss to answer to and you get to do whatever you want with your time. The problem is knowing how to balance that time efficiently in a working from home environment where family members and even pets can constantly demand your attention. Remember that we started our own businesses because we wanted to do whatever we want, whenever we want. The key is setting up boundaries so others know when they are allowed to interact with you. Here are some tips:
Decide on your business hours.
Define your working hours. Post a sign on your office door when it’s ok for family members to come in and when it’s not and, except for genuine emergencies, stick to it so that everyone in the house gets on a schedule with you. Just because you are at home in front of your computer doesn’t mean you are free to fix everyone’s problems. Your clients, partners, employees and vendors also need clearly defined times when they can and cannot conduct business with you. This is your business and NO ONE cares how much of YOUR time they take up if there is a benefit in it for them. You work at home for YOU not for others.
Remember back in school when you had 20 minutes for recess? Now I’m telling you to do the same thing – take regular 10-20 minute breaks away from your computer. Get up and stretch, go for a walk around the block. Do anything you want that doesn’t involve work or computers.
Define your home office space.
It will help you compartmentalize between work time and personal time. Designate the space around your computer as “work space.” If you are lucky enough to have a spare room to devote to office space, keep the door closed. Keep a barrier between work and home. If you have just the corner of a room, make sure to keep only business related stuff there. When work time is over then spend time with your family away from the computer.
Work is important but don’t let it take over your entire life. Make the changes now so you can enjoy the time you have without a state of constant chaos.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Maybe it goes without saying but whenever you decide to do something you always have to start somewhere. The problem is that many of us either never get started or begin working on important stuff far too late because we have been holding back while waiting for the perfect moment. We keep waiting for the perfect moment even when, deep down, we know there is no such thing as a perfect moment to do anything.
Very often we are just making excuses not to act rather than waiting for the ideal time to act. We may tell ourselves something like: “I will start the project when I have raised a little more money, done a little more research, talked it over with my friends, set up my website etc.” Or we may take the more negative approach and say something like: “Yes of course I want to get started on this project but now just isn’t the right time to do so.” Either way the job never gets done and yet another golden opportunity has passed us by.
Perfect does not exist. There are no perfect circumstances and there is no ideal world but there is where you are now and what you have got right now. That is where you must start your journey; from where you are and with what you have at your disposal. By all means have huge ambitions but start small and let what you are working on evolve naturally over time. Maybe you see yourself at the head of your own multi-national corporation. It could certainly happen but if it does then that is something you would build up to over a considerable number of years. It would almost certainly start out with you putting plans in action to offer your goods or services to one customer.
Comparing yourself unfavorably to others will also not help get the job done. “Well it is alright for Tom because he has a rich uncle, university degree, family to support him while I have only got…” We can all make excuses for not doing things but they don’t change a single thing about your personal circumstances. Look, you are where you are so that is your starting point. It will throw up its own set of unique challenges along the way but you are resourceful enough to deal with life’s challenges, so deal with them.