What is the Key to Success? Is there really a such Key? Many people may not realize it, but there is. I’ve been learning a lot about Success lately and I have to say that I’m blown away. There are literally tons of valuable information and teachers available, so there is no reason not to succeed.
There is perhaps one single most important factor that determines Success. What is it? Mindset. That’s right, it’s merely how you think and perceive the world. It never fails, time and time again people often make an excuse. These excuses range from, it’s already been done, to I can’t turn my passion into my job.
This kind of thinking, is dangerous. Not only is it dangerous to the way you think, but it’s also dangerous to your health. Health and Success go hand in hand, if you’re not healthy, you won’t be successful. I’m not talking about a healthy body, although that’s important too, no I’m talking about a healthy mind.
Have you ever seen the type of person that is a loving and caring person, but perhaps they care and love a bit too much? You know the ones, they’re always tired when they come home, they never take time to enjoy the day, and little things like playing with the kids annoy them? That’s not healthy, that’s not successful.
In order to be successful, we have to take care of ourselves, yes that included taking breaks. If you haven’t found your passion yet, keep trying, you’ll find it. There is already someone doing what you love and making money at it, no reason you can’t too.
Think positive and visualize already having what you dream and the doors will open.
Dance In The Rain
I dance in the rain with thee.
For your mind and soul set me free.
Laughter and love on this night.
Together, we will not be fright.
Standing against the storm.
This is how love does form.
I cherish this moment for all time.
And hope I never turn into a lime.
For when that happens, all is lost.
Love is always the last to be tossed.
I will always remember you.
Even if it means, that I’ll turn blue.
Despite the fact, we’re worlds apart.
Only you can have my heart.
Changing Winds Prevail
The world around me is narrow and thin.
This is not something, I can easily win.
Chaos and the hectic abound in this wood.
Though I look around and see much good.
People are skeptic and thus they can’t see.
The world around them is already free.
From the lies and turmoil of their lives.
The passion and love, that’s what drives.
For they know the secret, from within.
That the thoughts have always been.
They strive for all they’ve done.
All you can think of is a pun.
Open your eyes, so you can see.
Change always starts within thee.
In Short, Life Insurance is a rip off. If you absolutely can’t hang onto your money, but you can pay a bill, then insurance policies may be the right thing for you. Otherwise, you’re better off saving your own money. Let’s do the math.
Today I received in the mail an letter for life insurance policies, yet at the same time, it’s for anyone between the ages of 45-85 and those are broken into different categories. There are in fact, eight different age groups, but I’m 30, why are they sending me this crap to begin?
Prices of the product vary as well. The prices range from $32.50 at the 45-49 age range to $166 at the 80-85 age range. That’s per month of course. Even then if we broke down the math even further…..
45 years of age onward to 85 is a difference of 40 years. With me so far? Good, this is all simple math, don’t worry. Let’s take that 40 years and multiply it by 12 months. If you got 480 months, we’re good to go.
Multiply that 480 months by the cost of $32.50 which is the lowest age bracket. That comes to $15,600. Where’s the problem? It’s a $10,000 life insurance policy. Now do you see my point?
Those of us who are disciplined enough to save our own money, can come out way ahead. Again, I’m 30 years old, let’s add another 15 years to that 40 for a total of 55 years. You should now have a total of 660 months. Multiply that again by $32.50 and you come up with $21,450. Not a bad life insurance policy is it? At least not compared to that $10,000 one.
All of this is done of course without adding interest to the pot. If you put your money in the bank, it would be even higher. However, nowadays, the bank isn’t exactly the best bet for your money. Another thing to look at is if you’re just a little bit smarter with your money and invest it into something that will give you higher gains, you could easily double that into the $40,000 – $50,000 range.
What does all this mean? For the price of a $10,000 insurance policy, you could have a $50,000 or better policy. It all depends on several factors: your discipline, how much you put back, and how wisely you invest. Seriously though? Do owe want our death to be more of a burden on our families than it already is? It’s time for us to start thinking ahead and doing things our way instead of their way.
Some people might think it’s hard to come up with enough things to be grateful for. However, if you think enough, you’ll come up with plenty of ideas. It’s easier than you think. I’ll show you why.
In life, there are many things to be grateful for and we can break those down into several things as well. When I first started making a Grateful list, it was short, but it steadily grew. Success can be broken down into multiple things to be Grateful for. As much, so can Happiness, for example, what makes you happy, that’s something you’re Grateful for.
Here is a list of 20 things that I’m Grateful for and why:
I am Grateful for the Internet – it’s a medium for me to escape reality.
I am Grateful for knowledge – knowledge is power and truth.
I am Grateful for the Earth – without it, I wouldn’t be here.
I am Grateful for Life – it’s better to be living than to be dead.
I am Grateful for Error – no one is perfect and if I make a mistake, I learn from it.
I am Grateful for Food – much of it taste good and it’s my energy.
I am Grateful for Culture – with so much variety, there is a lot to do.
I am Grateful for Music – it lifts my spirits and I’m happiest when I sing.
I am Grateful for Children – can’t help but smile when they’re around.
I am Grateful for Family – having a family that stands by you is important.
I am Grateful for Time – without it I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do.
I am Grateful for Money – some things are just worth having.
I am Grateful for Friends – true friends are hard to come by.
I am Grateful for Happiness – without it, the world would be boring.
I am Grateful for a Creative Mind – creativity gives life to the world.
I am Grateful for Energy – without the energy I do have, couldn’t do the things I want.
I am Grateful for Science – learning new discoveries is a great feeling.
I am Grateful for Success – we all have some for of success, it’s not always about money.
I am Grateful for The Secret – that movie changed my life, the way I think, and the direction I’m heading.
I am Grateful to be an INTJ – a rare personality type is something to treasure.
There you have it, 20 things that I’m Grateful for and reasons why. You can see how many of them actually overlap. Your list doesn’t have to be as big either, it can be a small list of 5-10 things you’re Grateful for.
Gratitude list are great because you can look at them everyday and be reminded of the things that you are Grateful for. Perhaps over time, you’ll find a few more.
I know what you’re going to say right off the bat, there isn’t a thing that we can learn from him, he can’t even sing. Yep, I knew you were going to say that. Some people argue that it’s the marketing that makes someone big, or a failure. Personally, I think that marketing is only a small part of the equation.
If you don’t have a quality product to sell, then the world’s greatest marketing team will be useless. People make the argument that crap sells all the time. True, it does, but what kind of reputation does that crap have? If I went and made an e-book, then put it up for sale for 99 cent on Amazon, would it sell? Sure, it would sell, but it would keep selling if it was a quality e-book.
If I took that same e-book and put a title on it, “The Biggest Secret to Losing Weight.” When people bought the book and found out that there was only one sentence in the book and that sentence read, “Get off your butt and stop eating so much.” Do you honestly think that people would continue to buy it? Do you think that I would have a very good reputation after that? Probably not.
What’s my point? People often argue, “Justin Bieber is only a fab and will fade away soon enough.” Again, they also argue that he can’t sing. Seriously? Tell me something, why is it that all the people who can’t sing, or aren’t singing, are the ones giving critic to musical artist? That’s like trying to tell me where to put my money and you have a mound of debt that you have to pay off. My point is, Bieber can sing and is a quality product. I’m also willing to wager that Justin will be around for a very long time.
Why is he a quality product? He’s genuine for one and started on Youtube from nothing. His followers will always be there for him. I think his song, “Never Say Never” says it all. When people tell him that he can’t do this, or can’t do that, that’s where Never Say Never comes in. That’s what he tells them, in other words, he will succeed. That’s the difference and Justin Bieber and those of you reading this article.
If you’re not on top, you can certainly learn a lot from this kid from Canada. Once you’re on top, you don’t have to work as hard to be there and who cares if you’re not number one? Just being up there with the big boys/girls, isn’t that enough?
In less than 2 years of hard work, Justin sold out Madison Square Gardens in less than 22 minutes. In fact, the majority of his tours sold out completely. But, it wasn’t easy getting there. At first, no Radio Station would play his music. Not until he started going out and playing at smaller places, getting known among the people, did things start to flow. Every time he played, the crowds grew and grew until eventually they were sold out. When he started growing and making appearances on Radio Stations across the country, that’s when they started playing his music.
The fact is, he worked hard to get where he’s at right now. Where is he at? He’s one of the most popular artist of his time. He has several Youtube videos in the top 10 most watched of all time. That’s right, in just a couple of years. Can it be reproduced? Of course, anything that has succeeded in the past can be reproduced.
In this case, Perseverance is the key. If you don’t have the drive and the desire to back it up, you won’t succeed. If you’ve got the drive and the will, you’ll go far. Never Say Never, never say that you can’t do it and don’t ever let anyone else tell you the same. Everyone is going to have haters, you just have to learn to shut them out. After all, they don’t have a clue about what you’ve been through and who you are.
Again, I say to all the haters out there, why can’t he sing? Evidently, he can, if not, he wouldn’t have gotten as far as he is. Don’t try to give me that it’s because he has a pretty face crap either. If you think you can do better, then why aren’t you out there singing? In fact, I dare you to sing. If you think your lack of success is because you don’t have a pretty face like that, there’s make up for that. Seriously, even famous men wear make up. If you’ve got the talent, you can adopt the look, a look that suits you.
So, right now, you have no excuses. In fact, that’s what’s holding you back, your own given excuses. If that’s not enough, then why are you letting others regulate your life, when you should be out there being successful? That’s what I’m doing right now. I’m working on my future, my goal is to write and travel. What’s your excuse? Go out and be successful.
Why are we here?
It’s a question I’ve often pondered.
Many wonder if life has meaning at all.
No one’s ever came back to tell us otherwise.
Often we never get anywhere.
Many times too late, we’re already there.
Perhaps we have everything right here, or not.
Will we ever even know?
Life is truly a journey.
Why then does it feel as though I’m caged?
That I’m running in cirlces, going no where fast.
I see in others, what I see in myself.
Why then, do I not see this flower?
Even though, it’s right under my nose.
Struggling to reach the top, just to get a bit of light.
Only to fade away when winters frost comes.
Then I realize, that the meaning of life has always been here.
Right under my nose, just waiting to be seen.
To live, to grow, to die, to be reborn again.
Is it that simple?
Why did this not click before?
Just like the flower, growth takes time.
Time that there isn’t much of.
That is why we’re reborn again.
Until we learn what we need.
A good love is certainly hard to find.
Most however, are really blind.
Only time will tell they say.
Yet some never enter the fray.
Just another story in the book.
Yet, we can’t help but look.
That one to be there for us.
So we don’t have to make a fuss.
A million fish in the sea.
Just one is all I need to see.
Written by: Roger Hoyt