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Overcoming the fears that prevent our success

"True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful" - Paul Sweeney Fear is a powerful, primal emotion that subtly can be the reason keeping us from moving forward in our businesses. Here I discuss way of finding out if fear is a reason for not taking action...

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How to Overcome Discouragement

Many times while you are building your business, you will be faced with disappointments and discouragement. Here I talk about some tactics and habits that will allow you to break through this emotional barrier and turn discouragement to encouragement!

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9 Proven Email list building ‘Lead Magnets’

"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!"  - P.T. Barnum We all know the benefits of having an email list. It’s a proven way to turn one-time website visitors into repeat readers. Having access to a database of subscribers who have willingly joined...

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Zero to One – Peter Thiel

"The smartphones that distract us from our surroundings also distract us from the fact that our surroundings are strangely old: only computers and communications have improved dramatically since midcentury." How many of us in business have been taught, and follow the...

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The Story of My Life – Helen Keller

Have you ever had a time in your life where you were facing something that seemed impossible to overcome? Or, times where even the daily struggles seemed too much to take? Where you gave up or changed course to a path that seemed 'easier'? If you are like me (and any...

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Kon-Tiki – Thor Heyerdahl

Kon-Tiki (by Thor Heyerdahl) is an engaging adventure story: In 1947, six men, with no prior seafaring experience, build a raft out of 45 foot long Balsa logs using no modern materials, and endeavor to float for 4,000 miles across the pacific ocean to try and prove...

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Freakonomics – Steven Levitt/Stephan Dubner

Have you ever considered that economics are interwoven into every aspect of our lives? Most people, when they think of 'economics', almost always immediately think of money or a more abstract, governmental or business concept. In this book, 'Freakonomics', the authors...

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The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time – Will Durant

For the better part of a century, Will Durant spent his time researching and writing about 5000 years of human history (See the 11 volume set below - itself a wonderful resource!) The Story of Civilization (11 Volume Set) In this book, he provides his take and summary...

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Civilization and Its Discontents – Sigmund Freud

Today's mini review is on Freud's 'Civilization and Its Discontents'. As you are probably aware, Sigmund Freud is considered the father of modern psychoanalysis and his papers and research into the human mind and 'why we do what we do' has become part of our current...

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On the Shortness of Life – Seneca

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (often known as Seneca the Younger or simply Seneca ; c. 4 BC – AD 65) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist during the time of Nero.The early Christian Church was very favorably disposed towards Seneca and his writings. Seneca...

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The Lessons of History – Will and Ariel Durant

Will and Ariel Durant spent over 50 year researching, compiling and writing the 11 volume series "The Story of Civilization" for which they were awarded a Pulitzer Prize."The Lessons of History" is a compendium derived from their overview of their 11 volume work....

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Create a Daily Plan

As Ben Franklin said: "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail" To be successful, you need to spend time each day developing a daily plan that is not simple a 'To Do' list, but is a plan focused on momentum and progression.

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Finding your ‘quiet time’

One of the habits that you need to develop to be successful is ensuring that you set aside some time each day that is 'quiet'. That is, no distractions in a calming atmosphere. As Daniel Goleman (Focus) and Gary Keller (The One Thing) both advocate is time where you...

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Customers are People too!

It is sometimes easy - especially in a business that offers online products or apps - that we forget the need to be genuinely interested in our customers. They are people just like us.

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Appreciate Others

"The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." Developing the habit of showing sincere appreciation is on of the keys to develop great working relationships and have people willing to assist you in your business (customers,...

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What is the “Cloud”?

The 'Cloud', to many people, seems to be some magical thing that we all use but few understand. In this video, I 'De-mystify' the Cloud and provide some practical uses for businesses/start-ups.

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