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?
Seth Czerepak’s Podcast: “The Story of My Experiments With Hope”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marketing Psychology is only one half of the marketing equation. The other half is mathematical probability. I’ve seen hundreds of entrepreneurs struggle with consistency because they don’t understand how to leverage mathematical probability in the tactical approach to their marketing campaigns, or when managing their expectations and assumptions.
A negative money mindset is the most common cause of self-sabotage for an entrepreneur. But, did you know that you can have a negative money mindset without even knowing it? Most people assume that it’s a matter of whether you have a “poverty consciousness.” There are three ways your beliefs about money can devastate your entrepreneurial goals.
Are you wondering how to stay focused as an entrepreneur? It’s not about self-discipline. If you don’t have that already, you should find a job. The real question is, what is your “One Thing?” What could you become so good at, and/or so well known for, that people on the other side would bring up your name (or your brand) if they were talking about it?
Positive thinking vs fearless awareness. My one-on-one coaching expertise taught me that changing your life is about more than just “changing your thinking.” Your thoughts are the product of your awareness. Trying to change them without changing your awareness is like trying to change the direction of a river. Change your awareness, and you’ll change everything.
Do you know why gratitude is important for success? It’s about more than just making you feel good. It’s also about more than just positive thinking. Gratitude is how you ask for good things to come into your life. This is completely different than literally asking for things (either in prayer or in asking others). Asking without gratitude is like steering your car while it’s still in park.
What are boundaries for business owners? Simply put, boundaries tell you, and other people, what your limits are. In other words, how far will you go to accommodate a client (or employee), and where do you draw the line? If your answer is some cliche like “I’ll do whatever it takes” …then you have no business boundaries. This is a liability in your business and your life.
It’s one of the most common mistakes new writers make. It was also one of my dumbest mistakes during my first run as a freelance writer… I didn’t build a reputation by publishing outside of my own website. When my two websites were (ehem… “hacked”), my entire repertoire of online articles went the way of the Titanic. I know. I was dumb not to backup my work.
Self-Sabotage and fear of success are one and the same. In my experience, every entrepreneur who hits a plateau, and can’t break past it, is secretly sabotaging their own success. The problem is, most people are in 100% denial about their own self-destructive behaviors. Instead, they either rationalize their behavior, or they try to correct the SYMPTOMS of self-sabotage.
What do you think of when you hear the terms “entrepreneurship” and “social capital” in the same sentence? It has nothing to do with politics, sociology, or even economics. It has to do with the difference between building equity and chasing income. Income is important, but it shouldn’t be your long-term goal. Smart entrepreneurs focus on equity first, income second.
Procrastination and Entrepreneurship are 100% Incompatible. But what most entrepreneurs never learn is how perfectionism DRIVES procrastination. 10,000+ hours of one-on-one coaching taught me that this misunderstanding is a top obstacle to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Here’s how you STOP perfectionism and procrastination form stealing your dreams.
I’m one of those entrepreneurs who started with nothing AND who restarted with nothing. Think about it, how many times do you get to SEE an entreprenuer’s success story unfold in real-time? That’s the purpose of this podcast The Story of My Experiments With Hope, of which this video is the first entry. It summarizes how I got here, and how I’m coming back from rock bottom.