What’s the link between entrepreneurship and the Christian Faith? It starts with debunking the #1 misconception about faith as defined by Jesus in the New Testament. The misconception is that “religious” faith is “blind;” that it’s something you have in spite of there being no evidence. This isn’t consistent with anything I’ve ever heard any Christian profess to believe.
Principles vs Methods. What’s the difference, and why does it matter when it comes to bottom-line business results? In my experience, the difference is vast, highly impactful, and scarcely understood by most aspiring entrepreneurs. Principles link effects to causes through the working of natural laws. Methods are simply the means of aligning our actions with these principles.
This is my Analysis of a selection from “The Oversoul” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This passage is featured in the final chapter of another one of my favorite personal growth books, The Science of Being Great, by Wallace Wattles. You’ll also find this concept in the works on the Hermetic Philosophy, The Hindu Upanishads, The Dhammapada, and many other wisdom writings.
What is the Principle of Rhythm and why is it important for entrepreneurs? First, there’s a rhythm to attracting clients to making money. Dan S Kennedy talks about this in his book The No-BS Guide to Wealth Attraction in the New Economy. If you’ve been an entrepreneur or if you’ve worked in sales for more than a few months, you know what I’m talking about.
New freelance writers often ask me how to find high-paying freelance writing jobs. As if that’s all there is to it. The truth is, if you want to be paid what you’re worth, you have to stop thinking about high-paying jobs and start thinking about the kind of clients you want to work with. How well a client pays you has little to do with how much money they have.
When you reject someone’s first offer in order to get a better one, you’re applying the law of rejection. The term “law of rejection” is something I started using in 2008 and it’s an invaluable strategy in sales and in marketing. In marketing the law of rejection states that the better you get at attracting high-value customers, the better you’ll get at repelling high-drama customers.
Do you know how to escape mediocrity as an entrepreneur? It starts with knowing when to stop planning and when to start taking action, risking failure, and being willing to learn from your mistakes. I started out making zero dollars a month and grew to a full-time income. I know from experience that there’s one secret to escaping mediocrity, and to breaking income plateaus.
In this podcast, I talk about the Principle of Cause and Effect in business, particularly for entrepreneurs and commission only sales people. This is one of those topics that seems too simple to be worth discussing. But, in my experience, the Principle of Cause and Effect is how you deal with the persistent challenge, and the fear of, of economic uncertainty.
There’s a quote about opportunity often attributed to Thomas Edison…”Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” This is true. But I want to talk about another less known and rarely recognized reason opportunity sometimes comes and goes without warning. Have you ever had an opportunity that seemed perfect, but that…
Edmund Burke said “Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.” But, what if you don’t have the energy do keep working? What if you’re out of hope and feeling like there’s no point in putting any effort into achieving your goals? What if you feel like everything you do is failing, and it won’t whether you work hard, or just tread water?
Personal Energy Management is smarter than time management, goal setting or positive thinking. Are your winning streaks followed by dramatic slumps that wipe out almost all your wins? Do you have short bursts of productivity and self-confidence, followed by periods of procrastination and indecision? Do opportunities come into your life, then disappear without…
Faith and Skepticism are both essential to your success as an entrepreneur. Faith for reasons I’ve talked about in past podcasts on the Principle of Faith. Skepticism because it guards your mind from the truckloads of BS found in so many books on business success. It also protects you from being led astray by the shiny objects that come across your path.
Is quitting ever a good idea? Persistence is the key ingredient for success, in business and in life. But, where does smart persistence end and blockheaded stubbornness begin? First, remember that success often comes just after the moment when you almost decided to quit. So, if you’re in the habit of quitting too early, you’ll miss out on the best things your life has to offer.
Few people talk about the link between poverty and entrepreneurship. But, the fact is there are more poor and struggling entrepreneurs than there are rich and prosperous entrepreneurs. This is why most new businesses fail after 5 years. How do you get on the right side of this statistic? It starts with understand the link between poverty and entrepreneurship.
Do you know why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? It’s not because people are lazy, or unmotivated, or uncommitted, or too hard on themselves. It’s because New Year’s Resolutions are based on a superstitious assumption…that people are more likely to change their lives simply because the calendar is changing. Self-Discipline is the bedrock of all personal achievement.
For entrepreneurs, humility and gratitude go hand in hand. This is because gratitude is a tangible strategy for creating sustainable business or sales success. I know this sounds a little “woo-woo.” I used to think it was. But I’ve discovered a surprising link between Gratitude and Ambition that every entrepreneur should know about. Like most entrepreneurs, I’m…
How to overcome writing anxiety and bad decision making. Some states of mind are so negative, or anxious, you should ignore even your own advice, your own reasoning and your own interpretations of circumstances while in this state. Too many times, we get anxious, angry or depressed, and our left brain looks for reasons, and these reasons aren’t always valid.
Will artificial intelligence replace writers? People started asking this back in 2015. I saw the discussions on forums, on social media, and in blog posts. The debate is still happening. In my opinion, those who assume that A.I. will ultimately replace writers are morons who don’t understand writing or human nature. They’ll be replaced first. But some writers never will.
Working at home, by yourself, can create frequent fluctuations between depression and motivation. Sometimes, you’re a whirlwind of activity and motivation. Other times, you just don’t have the energy to do anything but sit there and stare at your to-do list. How can you cut out these “slumps” and be motivated and productive all the time?
If there’s one thing you should know about marriage and entrepreneurship, it’s that you’ll never turn your non-entrepreneur spouse into an entrepreneur. The harder you try, the more you’ll ruin your marriage. This is because being an entrepreneur isn’t just about running your own business. I’ve met business owners who weren’t entrepreneurs by the definition of the word.
Imposter syndrome is mostly physiological. It has very little to do with your beliefs about what you’re capable of as a new freelance entrepreneur. The problem isn’t the anxiety. That’s normal and will only go away with experience. What matters is the STORY you tell yourself about why you’re anxious. Our left brain fears uncertainty. It likes labels. It NEEDS to put a label on…