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On Personal and Professional Success

The Success Formula, Part 1: Finding Your Calling

Whether you’re seeking personal, professional, or business success, the formula for success is one and the same. To achieve success, you must first figure out what you really want (aka your purpose/calling in life), and then zealously pursue that purpose or calling with everything you’ve got. It’s that straightforward. However, most people fail to find success because they’re unsure of what it is they want. This is where a person’s personality becomes a game changer. Those who are outgoing, curious, and adventurous will tend to figure out for themselves what it is they want much sooner than those who lack such traits. If you’re naturally outgoing, curious, and adventurous, and have yet to figure out what it is you want, just keep doing what you’re doing, and eventually your epiphany will come. I promise that. This is also the point where you can stop reading since the rest of this post is dedicated to helping those less fortunate find their calling in life. 1. Be confident. If you belong to the latter, unfortunate group, there’s hope. First, however, you must adopt a confident mentality. (If change scares you, then you should know that success will not tailor itself to fit you. Instead, YOU must tailor yourself for success.) Confidence has nothing to do with having certainty in an outcome. Rather, to be confident, you must be able to tolerate uncertainty. If you’re not a confident person, then I advise you to observe the behavior of those you deem are confident, adopt their behavior, and fake it till you make it. Fake being tolerable of uncertainty until your brain naturally responds to uncertainty with tolerance. This does not mean you’re adopting a DGAF...

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Oftentimes, in our pursuit of our ambitions, we voluntarily neglect our own happiness. I know I’m certainly guilty of this. It’s just too easy to ignore the spiritual, emotional, or physical needs of our body when there’s a goal to reach. However, it’s important to keep even our ambitions in perspective of the overall fact that each of us has one life to live. The following video is of an incredibly inspiring lecture from Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University. Entitled “The Last Lecture” because Prof. Pausch had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and this being last lecture to staff and students at Carnegie Mellon before spending his remaining days with family and friends. Upon a few minutes of watching, you’ll quickly realize that this is not a sob story, but one intended to inspire us all to live each and everyday with joy and...

PepTalk from Kid President

“The world needs you to stop being boring […] We were made to be awesome!” -Kid President Being an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone with ambitions and a desire to make a differance can be hard. Changing anything is often harder done than said. So, from time to time you’ll find yourself in need of a pep talk to pick yourself back up, and continue that good struggle. A pep is what the doctor ordered, and the following video does just that. Enjoy....

Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Address

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Steve Jobs used those four words above to close out his commencement address to the Stanford class of 2005, and he couldn’t have chosen a more fitting and perfect phrase for the occasion. Speaking to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford, Jobs implored the recent graduates not to get comfortable after graduation. Rather, they should “stay hungry” in order to commit themselves to the risks that may one day lead them to incredible success. I can’t elaborate much more on this speech from the man, himself, without doing some injustice to this inspiring speech. Watch the video. Be inspired. Find your creativity. Take...

Making Money With A Community Forum

Creating a community forum for a niche interest is an easy and inexpensive way to generate recurring revenue. Forum service providers charge an insignificant monthly rate to host your forum. Once a community forum is obtained, all you’ve got to do is stimulate and facilitate discussions. People coming to your forum will provide you with traffic and revenue from advertisers. What is a community forum? A community forum is a type of website that gives individuals, who share similar interest(s), a place to post and chat about their interest. The Business Forum owners generate revenue through a number of ways: Advertising (e.g. Google Adsense) Subscribers (e.g. Members pay fees to participate) Combo (ads+member subscriptions) The sale… With over 7 billion people on this planet, it’s more likely than not that you’re not the only person with your particular interest. So why are you being selfishly-lonely? Start a community forum dedicated to your interest and corner the market! Let subscriptions and pay-per-click ads generate income for you while you’re off enjoying happy hour from 10am-5pm. And maybe 5pm-1am as well. It depends. Lastly, check out BackyardChickens.com. Focusing on providing information for those who raise chickens in urban and suburban areas, this site is a perfect example of what a successful community forum can be like. Do you have any personal experiences with successful community forums? If so, share. Or maybe if you are so inspired then share your community forum on here after you’ve created one! Subscribe....

The Thrash

A few of weeks ago I read a blog posting from Jonathan Fields entitled, “Embrace the Thrash,” and I think it’s worthy of mention here. Many times we find ourselves struggling, unsure and questioning our resolve in pursuing new ventures. Heck, we might not even be sure why we start it all. And it’s easy to think we’re alone, but the fact of the matter is that the many who have gone before us have experienced similar trials and hardships. We just don’t hear enough about the hardship that every successful person has had to endure on their way up. As Jonathan Fields puts it, […] most visionaries don’t talk about that “dark” time. Because it’s not sexy. It doesn’t feel good or look good to others. Nor do the great creators tend to get any public attention until after the thrash yields a clear enough vision for them to become unwavering pulled toward a quest. The spotlight loves heroes and legends, not WTFs… We feel bad when we’re in the thrash because all the luminaries we place on pedestals seem to have their stuff so together, seem to be so insanely focused on the one and only thing that matters. And dammit why can’t we be them? Thing is, those same people thrashed mightily before arriving in a place of mission. And they will again. The “thrashing” is a part of the journey to your success. Embrace it. Own it. Know that you are on your way to...

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Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

For those trying to drive employee performance, this is a fantastic video shedding light on why traditional rewards sometimes isn’t driving performance the way we would expect them to. Humans are complex creatures, and there are many factors at play in motivating an individual. Among these factors include an individual’s need for autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Dan Pink elaborates more on these often overlooked factors in the video...

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