What To Do When Your World Goes Dark

world goes dark - total solar eclipse with cell phoneMy wife Chris and I just returned from Nashville where our daughter Chelsey lives.  This weekend was picked specifically because we wanted to see the solar eclipse on August 21st.  Well, not just the solar eclipse, but the totality of the solar eclipse.  A partial solar eclipse is really not that interesting, you just see a cutout of the sun through your solar eclipse glasses.  But in a total eclipse, you get to take your glasses off and see a black spot where the sun used to be with the sun’s corona surrounding it.  It is really an emotional sight.  This event led me to come up with the idea for this article: What To Do When Your World Goes Dark.

Your World Goes Dark: It Will Happen

Not every day is a perfect day in this world.  Your sun will get blotted out unexpectedly.  You will have loss.  You will be between jobs or businesses.  Things that were really good will go really bad.  But understand with all of this when the sun goes away, it will return.  Solar eclipses do not last forever and neither do rough times.

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How To Avoid The Spin

avoid the spin - que sera, seraSometimes online marketing is like gambling.  No matter what you do you cannot get ahead.  Get some activity and you are looking for more.  Not getting enough activity makes you fearful.  This is similar to winning and losing at gambling.  Win and you want to go back and gamble your winnings.  Lose and you think you are due a win. Either way you go back and try again.  This is a spin.  Doing the same thing over and over, when it really makes no sense.  How do we avoid the spin?

Good question… but there is hope.  Consider what you do that is productive and what you do that is not productive.  Going into Google Analytics 6 times a day is not productive.  Posting your link on a new website is.  Looking for a new lead every 10 minutes is not productive.  Writing a new blog post is.  Do you see the difference?

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What Is Independence?

what is independenceIndependence is “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others” (from Dictionary.com).  So independence is freedom from something. Children become independent when they are no longer under their parents’ control or funding.  You may be independent from a boss when you start your own business.  But the ultimate independence is when you answer to no one and you are financially capable of supporting yourself with no help at all.  So what is independence?  It is your next step to being capable without the help of others.

Having a Job and a Place of Your Own

Your first independence is when you get your first job or jobs and you are able to move out and have a place of your own.  This is independence from your parents.  You will be of legal age to be on your own and you will no longer need to take money from mom and dad, at least not on a regular basis.  At this point you are still dependent on your job for an income but you are able to make a lot of your own decisions – live where you want, date who you want, not date, possibly have a few drinks, or do what you want when you want… except when that interferes with your job.

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How To Come Up With A Product Idea

product idea - shock top dallas, txSo you want to make money from your own business?  If you are in business, you are mainly selling a product for a profit.  A product could be a physical product, a digital product such as software, an intellectual product such as information, a service, or any number of other things where you exchange something you have for cash.  How do you come up with a product idea?

For somebody in tuned, opportunities pass by every day.  Mainly you are looking for a problem to be solved, that can be solved by your product.  Here are some ideas on where to start.

Something You Know

You can start with your own special knowledge or skills.  What do you do now for a job?  Are there opportunities for improvement that a product or service could help?  Could you use your skill to service your own customers?  Think about any opportunities you come up with and make sure that your product idea can be sold for a profit.

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Forgiveness And Healing

forgiveness and healingI am not a doctor.  Nor am I a priest or a minister.  But I do know that people sometimes have a hard time forgiving themselves.  That is really the first person you must forgive.  If you cannot forgive yourself, take your case to God and ask for His forgiveness.  Ultimately you must get beyond the pain you are inflicting on yourself by forgiving yourself.  Without personal forgiveness and healing it is hard to achieve success.

Forgive Others Privately

The next person or persons you must forgive is anybody who has done harm to you.  This does not mean that you tell the person you forgive them unless they are asking for it, you just need to forgive them privately, to yourself, and let it go if possible.  Similarly to not forgiving yourself, not forgiving others does you more harm than you imagine.  Go through the process of forgiving others.  If God can forgive, why can’t you?

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How To Calm Your Mind

how to calm your mind - with beer i guessMy mind is busy today with all kinds of things so I thought I would write.  By write, I mean something a little more interesting than some of the dribble I have been publishing lately.  So today, grasshopper, I am going to teach you how to calm your mind.

As always, I like to write about things I have problems with myself.  Quieting my mind so I can focus is one of them.  But I know some things that work for me and perhaps they will work for you too.

Stop and Stare

Often busy work gets overwhelming, especially if it is not productive busy work.  Reading email, checking out social media, surfing the web, or interrupting myself with a random thought that leads to more busy work.  The best thing to do when you need to regain your focus is to stop and do nothing.  I usually stare at my computer until I can regain my composure.

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Spider Patience: Sometimes It Takes Time

Spider Patience - Chicago Cubs 2016The Chicago Cubs have waited 108 years for a World Series championship.  Talk about spider patience.  Especially those Chicago Cubs fans that continue to go to games or watch on television year after year expecting different results than the previous year.  How is it even possible to have that kind of patience?

Sometimes in business having patience, even spider patience, can be a virtue.  Sometimes being more aggressive is in order.  How do you tell the difference between the two situations?  As a rule of thumb, you want a new business to show a yearly net profit within 5 years.  Some businesses will show a good amount of revenue early, some will not.  It is up to you to determine what to expect and when to expect it.  Here are some things you can research or be on the lookout for:

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How To Make Money From Home

How To Make Money From Home - Desk in empty houseI have been working from home recently, trading my consulting time for money. These days because of technology, you can be employed full time and work from home. You can have a business that you run from home. You can sell products, sell your time, fix things, create new music, write a book, have an online business, and so many more possibilities. In this blog post, I am going to try to stir your imagination on how to make money from home.

Trading Time For Money

Probably one of the easier things you can do from home is sell your time.  You could be employed by a company or running your own business.  You could be hourly, on salary, or on contract.

For some ideas on the kind of work you could do: You could be a customer service representative, you could work for a call center, you could do data entry, you could do information technology work, you could design web sites, you could do financial analysis, or you could help someone market their product.  There are probably 100 more types of jobs that can be done exclusively from home.

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Retirement Age Coming Up?

retirement age - who says you can't stay active?I know my retirement age is coming, that is the age when people traditionally retire.  It is still nearly 15 years out, but I can hear it like the pounding of a drum.  I also see age discrimination.  It is harder and harder to get full time employment because people think you are not as sharp, that your career life is shorter, that you are bound to incur more medical expenses.  Truthfully, I am not sure what form age discrimination actually takes, but I can tell it is there.

Perhaps you want to retire but like most Americans, your savings is not enough, and will not be enough at the right time.  One solution many take is to increase risk.  While the promises of high returns are enticing, the downside could wipe out much of your savings.  Similarly, people take on risky behaviors to fill in the gaps.  The promise to get rich quick is always there, but almost always designed to take your money rather than provide you more.  So what reasonable options do you have to provide enough for you and your family into your golden years?

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Lose Weight Fast: How I Lost 23 Lbs In 3 Months

Brian Weight Loss

Brian in St Petersburg

Yes, I lost 23 lbs in 3 months time.  Got my A1C down a lot.  Added muscle.  You can lose weight fast too.  In this article I am going to tell you all about how I lost the weight quickly.  But first, what does this have to do with business?

I am a business writer after all.  The problem with business is that we are often working so hard and are so focused that we often lose track of the important things in our life.  Our families, our sidelines or hobbies, and our health.  Health is an important feedback loop because the more we neglect it, the more it impacts our business, and the more we neglect it.  It is important to pay attention to our health regardless of what else is going on in our life.  If we need an hour or two a day to take care of ourselves, do it.

Often taking care of our health is a positive feedback loop.  It gets us away from our daily wallow and often provides us with new ideas worth exploring.  It could be potentially the most productive time in our day.

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