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Setting Some Time For Yourself

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of 2nix.

Photo courtesy of 2nix.

This post is in response to Natalie Sisson’s question, “What One Thing You Do Each Day To Get More You Time This Year?” #paraphrased.

It is part of Natalie’s “15 Day To Freedom Blog Challenge”

The blog challenge is very close to being over, so if you still want to join, you can visit here.

However, you will have a really tough task of catching up.

People have different hobbies that allows them to relax and recharge from their work.

Whether it is going for a walk, spending time with their friends or even going to the rodeo, these activities will keep them from burning out.

The one thing I will do to get some me time is sightseeing at airports twice a month.

The reason is because it allows me to relax and enjoy the view of airplanes landing and taking off.

I love traveling because it allows me to experience new cultures and see how people live differently from the way you live in your hometown.

Sightseeing at airports is one way for me to see the possibilities of travel.

What is the one thing you will do each day to get more you time? You can leave your comments below.

Choose Your Friends Wisely

By Cheval John

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It is true that we need friends in our lives to keep us company.

However, not everyone will be your friend.

Though you had a lot of friends in high school and was probably the most popular person around.

But when college arrived, everyone will go their separate ways.

That moment when you had a lot of friends was only meant for that specific season.

And that is a good thing because you might have some dreams that you want to fulfill and not everyone will be on board with your dreams.

So if you are surround yourself with people who do not believe in your dreams, you must make the choice to let them go.

If you don’t let the people who are holding you back go, your dreams will be squashed and you will be wondering what would have happened if you had pursued your dreams.

Thomas Edison had failed about 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. What would have happened if he had listened to the scaredy cats who were probably telling him to give up?

*What if Michael Jordan would have allowed the negative review from his high school coach that he was not good enough to play basketball? *paraphrased

Thank God they did not listened to the doubters and kept on pursuing their dreams.

Mr. Jordan and Mr. Edison also surround themselves with the right people and cultivated successful habits like self-discipline, hard work, dedication and a tough mindset.

That is what separates the ultra-successful from the mediocre.

So if you want to be highly successful, you must let go of the people who are holding you back and develop the right habits.

Overtime, you will be able to fulfill your dreams and make the world a better place.

As for me, I am going to continue to spend time with friends on Twitter chats like Tamara McCleary, Rachel Miller, Brian Fanzo, Lorrie of Movy Stream and many others who are making people’s lives better.

I will also surround myself with etiquette experts who stay true to themselves and are genuinely humble even though they have achieved huge “success.”

And for the three habits that will allow me to achieve success, I will aim to continue to write everyday, read great books, blogs, magazines, etc. and watch inspiring videos from people who did not allow doubt or fear to stop them from achieving their goals and make other people’s lives better.

Finally, the two bad habits I will give up is comparing myself to other people and overcoming self-doubt.

What are the three successful habits you will develop in order to fulfill your dreams and make the world a better place? You can leave your comments below.

The Most Successful Always Wakes Up Early

By Cheval John

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I saw a link of a post on Facebook by my good friend, Tamara McCleary that said, “The Early Bird Gets The Worm.”

That was a great and cruel reminder on why it is always important to wake up early and get the most important work done right away.

Unfortunately, I did not followed that advice as I went back to sleep after waking up around 7:30 this morning

You see, when you wake up early and do the most important things like blogging, mediation, exercising, etc, you are setting yourself up for a very productive day.

Even if your day goes bad and of course, life happens, you will know how to handle it because you are in a right state of mind.

As a result of waking up late, I was in a rush to get things done like write this blog post for the second day of Natalie Sisson’s 15 day challenge and at the same time get in the processing of getting some of the 4,000 words as homework for a four week, self-publishing class that is being taught by Jimmy Burgess and Kimanzi Constable.

So after learning this brutal lesson on being productive when you wake up early, I will aim to wake up very early and get some writing done on my site for the rest of Ms. Sisson’s challenge and also as part of completing the homework assignment for the self-publishing class the first thing in the morning.

Even though it will be tempting to go back to sleep because of the “free time,” it will not be worth it because once you get something very important finished, you have all the time in the world to enjoy yourself and attend to other business like answering the e-mail or spending time on social media.

My goal is that I will continue to get in the habit of waking up early and writing everyday to keep the creativity flowing throughout the day.

Has waking up early and getting your work, also known as the Most Important Action M.I.A.* accomplished?

You can leave your comment below.

*Term coined by Ms. Sisson

Daily Habits To A Productive Day

By Cheval John

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This post will be a response to Natalie Sisson’s first of her 15 day blog challenge on “Detail Your Daily Success Plan.”

The way you start your morning determines the outcome for the rest of the day.

I will be honest, I have not remain consistent in waking up early and getting some work done because I have allowed myself to sleep in until at times 10 a.m.

I understand the benefits of waking up early as they have been pointed in many articles.

Articles like Dayna Steele’s “The Daily Success Tips” on how waking up early puts anyone ahead of their competition.

Another thing I try to do on a consistent basis is take a 30 minute walk and do some meditation because it always allow me to think clearly of ideas for blog posts and planning out the day.

One habit that I want to get back to is writing a gratitude journal because it is a huge reminder to remain grateful for everything that is happening.

My main goal is to fulfill the plans I laid out earlier this year and to continue to lift people up to make their lives better.

3 Reasons To Avoid Multi-Level Companies

By Cheval John

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Photo courtesy of Investopedia

The “Great Recession” of 2008 put a dent in the U.S. economy that took a while to recover.

Many were laid off from their positions at places where they believed they would work at until retirement.

After the initial shock, they went into job hunting mode, looking for that same position at a different company, hoping to feed their families and reclaim the American dream.

Thankfully, people are now starting to find jobs whether in their fields or in a place unrelated to their expertise.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 % in December of last year.

Prior to the month, unemployment was at 5.8 %.

Though that is good news, many others are still trying to find the job of their dreams.

Unfortunately, the desperation of these folks allows many multi-level companies to prey on them because they see an opportunity to take advantage to profit for themselves.

You might wonder what is multi-level marketing?

According to Investopedia, multi-level marketing is a strategy that some direct sales companies use to encourage their existing distributors to recruit new distributors by paying the existing distributors a percentage of their recruits sales.

So for a person who is new to a multi-level company, the only way for them to make money is to meet a sales quota so that they can gain a commission.

They will have to pay for a fee to receive some products or training first before they go out and gain new customers for their products.

People who continue to engage with multi-level companies runs the risk of losing everything because they were at the bottom of the pyramid in the multi-level marketing company.

That is why they will go out and make as many sales as possible so that they will not be caught in that predicament.

An example that will hopefully make you think twice of joining a multi-level company is the Bernie Madoff scandal.

Mr. Madoff ran a pyramid scheme for decades and many people invested in his company hoping to make a return on their investment.

However, his scheme fell apart thanks to the “Great Recession” and as a result, people lost their investment.

In turn, Mr. Madoff was prosecuted for his crimes and is now spending the rest of his life in jail.

If you’re still not convinced, here are three more reasons why you should avoid multi-level companies:

1. You Will Be Deceiving Your Customers

These companies will normally tell their workers not to reveal who they are working for because they understand that people have their suspicions of multi-level companies.

They will try and teach you to be very deceptive when they are selling one of their products or try to recruit them into a scam.

Once you get your prospective client on board with the multi-level company and they end up failing, you will be responsible for their failures.

2. It Ruins The Lives of Families.

People will put their life savings into a multi-level marketing company hoping to make money.

What they end up doing is sacrifice time with their families working everyday trying to gain new prospective clients.

When they finally go broke after dipping into their money for products, they will end up on the street because they failed to make a sale.

As a result, their families suffer.

3. You Will Ruin Your Reputation

When you try to make a sale for a multi-level company by using deception, people will realize that you are not trustworthy and will not want to be associated with you.

They will see you as a thief and will warn their friends about you.

Even if you end up leaving the multi-level marketing company and work for a reputable company, it will be very hard for you to build trust again with your friends and their network because of your deceptive practices when you were associated with a multi-level company.

So if you are struggling to find a job, do whatever you can to avoid multi-level companies because you will avoid all the stress and pressure that is associated with a multi-level company.

Did someone try to recruit you for a multi-level company? You can leave your comments below.