Tag Archives: Business

Look Inside That Obstacle For Opportunity

look inside that adversity is an opportunityAre you faced with an obstacle or challenge and you are confused on what to do or what decision to make and so your life is completely enveloped in discouragement, disappointment and the failure or your plans?

Friends, obstacles and challenges are part of life, as everyone no matter how highly spiritual or full of faith can have a life without difficulties and challenges of some sort. But the good news is that they are never permanent however hurting or destructive they may seem.

Unfortunately so many people have been held back because of the obstacles on their paths. Are you one of those? What is holding you back? Is it the physical? – your size, age, height, distance, disability, money. Or is it mental? – Fear, uncertainty, inexperience, prejudice, education. Or is it spiritual? – Bewitchment, Devil, evil manipulations etc.

Perhaps people don’t take you seriously, or you think you are too old or too young ,or you lack support and resources, or the laws and regulations restrict your options, or obligations and responsibilities, or your false goals and self doubts. Continue reading Look Inside That Obstacle For Opportunity

Success by Luck?

Most of us believe the wrong stories about how to become successful. We are buying into these lies like; “you don’t need to work so hard”, “you need fortune or good luck to smile on you” “just stay positive, pray and believe” and so on and you will become successful. I guess that’s one of the reasons why so many youths have given into playing the lottery to get rich.

Agreed there is a certain amount of randomness to life, but more often success and failure are all about making choices and repeating them most of the time. Our society always like to use certain labels to describe successful people, we are told they got lucky, they had a miracle, they didn’t work that had, they just prayed and believed but while all that may be true, successful people didn’t just do only that, they made good choices and decisions.

Unfortunately today many of us are not willing make the right choices and decisions yet we want to be successful. We consider the right choices as being too difficult a sacrifice to pay now. Many of us are not willing to delay gratification; if come across little money, all we think about is how to spend it. Successful people understand that they have to spend their time on things that matter, always focusing on their dreams and goals. They face their responsibilities and hold themselves accountable. They are always willing to step out of their comfort zones and face their fears even when it will be much easier to stay where they feel safe. Continue reading Success by Luck?

What’s Wrong With Beginning Small?

Photo Credit: flickr.com
Photo Credit: flickr.com

These days it’s all about “bigness.” Everyone one talks about big dreams; big ideas; big goals. We are always told to admire and model our lives after those people who conceive great ideas and successfully bring them to reality. Every young lady dreams of marrying or dating some rich man. Every young man thinks in millions and billions.

While nothing absolutely is wrong with such thinking anyway, many of us who are so engrossed in the thinking and talking big fail to consider the small things that make great things or a great life possible. The fact is we cannot all think in millions, and we cannot all aspire to vast achievements. But this is no reason why we should despise ourselves or look down upon ourselves because our daily work and our life may not be doing great things.

Are you doing small work? Are you earning little pay compared to others you know? Friends don’t let that discourage or sadden you.  Thank God you at least have something small to do. Whatever your hands find to do however small it may seem, is important before God. The bible commands, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” “If you have a little garden, it is not un-worthy of your care and attention to make it bright with flowers for the joy of your family and your friends. If you live in a small house, you can be proud of that house if it is a perfect home in miniature.” Continue reading What’s Wrong With Beginning Small?

The Value In Small Beginnings

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin..” – Zechariah 4:10.

All life comes from small beginnings. In nature there is nothing small.

Every day is a little life; and our whole life repeated daily.
Do not dare lose a day. Do not dare misspend it.

Happiness in life is derived from little things, most of them intangible; Little courtesy, little kindness, pleasant words, genial smiles, a friendly message, good wishes, and good deeds.

Small things become great when a great soul sees them.

The Power Of No

‘NO’ is a very powerful word, yet we often find it hard to say no to everybody’s request. Personally I have struggled with this. I find myself saying yes to things I should be saying no to. I am sure you too have had a time too when you should say no, but ended up saying yes.

Why do we find it so difficult to say no to everybody’s request, even when saying yes to someone else often means saying no to a better relationship, a healthier body, and a more successful life.
What are we afraid of when we say no? Successful people say no all the time – to projects, to crazy deadlines, to questionable priorities, and to other people’s crisis. In fact they view the decision to say no as equally acceptable as the decision to say yes.

Saying no can help us get what we want, in unfulfilling relationships, businesses, careers etc. yet many of us wouldn’t say it, we would rather be tactful, opting for phrases like, “I don’t know”, “maybe later”, “I will call you later”, “I will call you”, or I need some time. Folks few people can get angry at you for making and standing on the commitment of saying no when it conflicts with your priorities and values. In fact they will come to respect you for your strength and commitment.Make that commitment today, to say NO to whatever isn’t working for you – in your relationships, career, business, health, dreams etc. When you do this you will discover in the process that your life would be more fulfilled.

Related Posts:

Steve Jobs: Innovation is Saying “No” to 1,000 things (zurb.com)
The Value of Saying No (boss.blogs.nytimes.com)
value of saying NO(tightship.us)
Understanding the value of saying No(sayingnowithoughtfeelingguilty.com)
The True Power of No – How and When to Say It, and Mean It, and Live It(wildonewithin.wordpress.com)
It’s The Most Terrifying Word You’ll Ever Say(todaymade.com)
Power of No Or Say Yes to Everything?(anthrogeek.com)
The Power of Saying “No”(timewellspentnj.wordpress.com)
7 Personal Development Benefits of Saying No (Repost)(www.ronedmonson.com)

Be Willing To Pay The Price

We all like success stories, we like the things that success brings, but very few of us care to find out the story behind the successful person.

Behind every great achievement is a story of education, training, practice, discipline, sacrifice and failure. Success has a price tag. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to pay the price.

For us maybe the price would be focusing on one single activity while putting everything else on hold. Maybe it’s investing all our savings on a business idea. Maybe it’s the willingness to walk away from our comfort zones.

There are many things required to reach a successful outcome in life, but the willingness to do what is required, the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done helps you persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, and pain.

Be willing to pay the price to live your dreams. Make a declaration today that you are going to get things done no matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes, no matter what or who comes up. It is a done deal.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work” – Stephen King

Related Posts:

Are You Willing To Pay The Price For Success?
Sacrifice… the price paid for Success
2013 Success – Are You Paying the Price?
“You don’t pay the price for success. You enjoy the price for success.” – Zig Ziglar
Everything has a Price to Pay
Sell Value or Pay The Price
Do not look….
VERY Quotable quote.
From Struggle to Success
You’ll never have one without the other

Your Reputation is Priceless, Don’t Damage It


“Over time, your reputation is the most valuable currency you have in business. It’s the invisible key that either opens or closes doors of professional opportunity. Especially in an age where everything is forever recorded and accessible, your reputation has to be guarded like the most sacred treasure. It’s the one item that, once lost, you can never get back.” – Jason Nazar
Reputation is like trust, it is worked for, built ,and earned. And when it is broken or lost you cannot not have it back, and the damage it does would haunt us for years. A visit to most social media sites would show us just how carefree and unmindful about our reputation so many of us are.
We really have to be mindful of the information and pictures we send to the world about ourselves because according to Microsoft, “Chances are you already have an online reputation, even if you do not know it. On the Internet, you create an image of yourself through the information you share in blogs, comments, tweets, snapshots, videos, and links. Others add their own opinions (good or bad), which contribute to your reputation. Anyone can find this information and use it to make judgments about you. For example, research commissioned by Microsoft found that of the U.S. hiring managers and job recruiters surveyed, 79% routinely review online reputational information when considering job applicants.
Most of those surveyed count online reputation as one of their top selection criteria. In fact, 70% of the U.S. hiring managers in the study they have rejected candidates based on what they found. Top disqualifiers included unsuitable photos and videos, concerns about the applicant’s lifestyle, and inappropriate comments.”

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. – Warren Buffet

Related posts:Take charge of your online reputation
3 Ways to protect your reputation
The 48 Laws of Power Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation – Guard it with your Life
Protect Your Reputation on the Internet

The 7 Self-Destructive Habits Of Poor People You Must Avoid, To Become Rich!

The Rich do the things that make rich. The Poor do the things that make poor. When you stop doing the things that make poor, and start doing the things that make rich, you’ll surely become RICH. Find out what you must avoid!

8125974243_f6ce8726f2_n Habit 1: Inability to Save and Invest.

The poor work for money just as much as the rich do. But even though they know that “it is not how much money you make, but how much of it you keep and multiply that makes you rich”, they still are unable to apply that principle. On the other hand, the rich not only work for money, but more importantly, they send money to work for them, by applying the above principle.

Habit 2: The Poor keep poor company.

In other words, they do not go where the money is. If you want money, go where the money is! Some jobs, trades, businesses, careers, professions and locations offer better chances, not only for making big money, but also for meeting the movers and shakers of society and serving them. When you deal with the wealthy, their wealth must rub off on you, somehow. If your job, trade, profession, business, career or location is not leading you to that level of life you want to live, then why stick to it? Make a change! It is never too late to go where the money is. The earlier you do the better.

Habit 3: The Poor focus on financial survival.

The poor tend to forgo many of their needs and adopt the habit of continual self-denial. They cut-back on essential needs and even the occasional small luxuries. Instead of finding ways to create additional streams of income to meet their expanding needs, they focus on what next to forgo, to avoid debts. Thus, they perpetually fight a losing battle of expanding needs versus shrinking income.

Habit 4: The Poor expect a financial miracle!

Hence they get involved in pools betting, gambling, casino, and other get-rich-quick activities, hoping for sudden wealth that never comes. They end up making others (the pools and casino owners) richer, and they themselves poorer. The fact that casinos and pools betting are thriving businesses suggests that there are more losers than winners. While the poor WAIT to get lucky, the rich WORK to get lucky.

Habit 5: The Poor fail to recognize potential Money.

In other words, they fail to recognise money that is not yet converted into cash or paper money. Many poor people have dis-used assets, talents, abilities, specialised knowledge, information and hobbies that could be converted into cash or developed into full fledged businesses. But they are unable to convert or package these advantages into products and services that many people want and are willing to pay for. They forget that they can create enormous wealth by simply adapting their talents and abilities towards the improvement of life for many others, through the provision of services or products.

Habit 6: The Poor lack solid money-making ideas.

If you can generate workable money ideas, you can become rich. You are truly poor only when you lack ideas. If you cannot finance your money ideas, then approach benefactors or financiers with your workable proposals, money idea or business plan, showing how and where you want them to come in. If necessary, explain what results or profit you expect, and how they can benefit from it. Money will always chase good money-making ideas, well presented. The best ideas are simple and easy to finance.

Habit 7: The Poor give reasons.

The poor give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their failure and inability to become rich. The poor are good at not accepting responsibility for their financial status or station in life. They will rather blame other people and circumstances for their plight, failure and lack of achievement. Hear them. If I had a university degree! If I did not have a wife and children! If the economy was not into recession! If I were younger! If I had rich parents, etc. However, no matter what alibis they come up with, they still remain poor because alibis cannot translate into money.

Originally posted in: http://www.before40.com

Related Posts:

22 Personal qualities of successful people

6 Reasons why evil people succeed and you don’t


Russell Conwell in his classic “Acres Of Diamonds” told a true story of an African farmer who heard of others who had become wealthy by discovering diamond mines. He sold his farm and other assets and travelled the continent for so many years in search of diamonds until at last old, sick, weary and frustrated, he threw himself into a river and drowned. Meanwhile back at the farm he sold, the new owner found a large brilliant rough diamond in the creek while washing. A friend told him he had found one of the largest diamonds ever. His creek was filled with such stones.
Now the farm the first farmer had sold that he might find a diamond mine turned out to be the most productive diamond mine in the entire African continent. The first farmer had owned free and clear acres of diamonds. He should have searched his own property thoroughly before moving on. He didn’t even look.
At this moment each of us is standing in the midst of his or her own acre of diamonds. Explore the field you are in, “if the grass is greener on the other side, it’s probably getting better care” don’t run from one place to another, one thing to another forever looking for a ‘pot of gold’ or ‘an oil well’. Stay where you are until you find what you seek. “Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for if it were, all the people in certain neighbourhoods would become wealthy; the people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be poor, or the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth while those of other states would be in poverty.” Right where you are there are successful people, so let your mind thoroughly explore the possibilities around you.
There were very good reasons why you chose your present work in the beginning, if not then it may be time to move on to another field. Find acres of diamonds hiding in your work, relationships, city. The diamonds of opportunity are there, your duty is to find them. Think of better ways to serve, right where you are. Look at your work through the eyes of ‘intelligent objectivity’. Leave no stone unturned. There are better ways to do what you are doing presently, seek them and improve. Overcome! Prevail right where you are. Stay and get rid of your problems. “Success is a matter of sticking to a set of common sense principles anyone can master”.