Increasing Your Memory

Have you ever wondered how is that some people can memorize so many lines in a drama play without messing up a word? How is it that some musicians can play for hours just on mere memorization without messing up on a note? Or how about people who have the ability to memorize information right before a test an ace it, while others spend all day studying and still fail?

It is because these people understand how to tap into their long-term memory banks. They have mastered how to take something that seems impossible to memorize to the average person and have stored it in their memory for those necessary moments. There is no “special ability” between people who are gurus at memorizing information and people who aren’t that good at it. You can be a memorizing guru to if you wanted to.

Being able to store things quickly and have it ready for later not only increases your memory, but helps tremendously in your work ethics. Whether this is taking information from direct sources such as books and websites, or taking information indirectly such as passing something you see on the street, memorizing things will help you add material to you work and make your work life easier.

Let’s take a quick at look at how information is stored in our brains. Each of our brains has about 1 billion nerve cells that are scattered around. Each of these nerve cells have fibers called axons and dendrites that have the ability to connect one nerve cell to another nerve cell. When a nerve cell “connects” with each other, information is processed.

But where does this information go? Well, it is either stored in the short-term memory bank of the brain or the long-term memory bank of the brain. The long-term memory bank of the brain is called the Neocortex and when information is stored here, usually it won’t be forgotten for a very long time, even years. The part of the brain that decides if or if not information is put into the Neocortex is the part of the brain called the Hippocampus. This part of the brain usually gives information only a limited time before it is forgotten. So how does the hippocampus which information stays and which information goes?

It’s determined by the “strength” of the connection of nerve cells. As stated above, nerve cells connect with each other when information is stored. However, if the bond is not strong enough, then usually the Hippocampus says, “Toss!” But if the bond is strong enough, then the Hippcampus says, “Keep!” It then places it in the long-term memory bank, which leaves us to the final question – How can we cause nerve cells to not just connect, but make a “strong connection.”

Although here are many things that contribute to making a stronger connection, such as using your five senses, making an experience intense, making something stand out, exaggeration something, using your creativity, and so on, I only use a couple of techniques that I believe are the most helpful when it comes down to quickly storing information and using it for later when it is necessary. I’ll share the process that I use.

Focus on What You Want to Memorize

The first step is to focus on what it is that you want to memorize. Pay attention to it and do not get distracted by anything else. By paying attention, you’re consciously accepting that the object in front of you, no matter what it is, will soon be stored inside your memory bank. So take a deep breath, relax, and make sure you are paying attention. Even if what you’re about to memorize seems like a huge task, you still need to focus on it. Remember it’s okay if something seems huge; the brain see it in that way if you do not let it. This brings us to the next step.

Small Chunks at a Time

Once you’ve put your undivided attention on what it is that you want t focus on, the next step is to break it down into small pieces. The main reason why people do not begin to memorize something is because they look at the quantity of it, and it’s too overwhelming for them. It scares them off because their body feels tense, telling the mind, “Abort! Give up now! It’s way too much and you’ll never memorize the whole thing!” Don’t listen to your body when it is giving you negative signals; trust that you can do it by breaking whatever it is that you are memorizing into very small pieces at time, ignoring that bigger picture that might scare you off. Even if what you’re memorizing is extremely smal, it’s still one step towards completing the final picture, and plus, you can memorize small things right? It’s easy!

Repetition

The next step is repetition. When you have broken down whatever it is that you wish to memorize, you need to repeat it over and over again until it is stored in the long-term memory bank. This is probably the most important step for memorization. The key here is to test yourself. For example, if you wanted to learn ten new words a day to improve your vocabulary, you should make flash cards. Look at one word and the definition of the word; go to the next word and remember the definition of that word, then go back to the first word and repeat that definition (seeing if you did memorize it). If you can’t repeat the first word, then you’ll know that you didn’t have it memorized. That’s okay; that is the purpose of ”testing yourself” and increasing memory through small steps and repetition.

Visualization

Visualization is used here because most of us are using memorization for work purposes. If you were playing piano, all you need would be to hear and listen carefully. Here, you need to be able to picture images clear in your head. Taking the vocabulary word example from above, if you wanted to learn a new word, you might associate a word by visualizing what it looks like. Whenever you see the word, you’ll also see an image of what the word means, and this will help you bring out the definition of the word. So provide yourself with a crisp, clear, and detailed imaged of what it is you want to memorize in your head; you’ll see that memorizing something will become a lot easier this way.

Emotional Impact

Once you have used the steps above, you can also use emotions to help you memorize things and make a stronger connection in those nerve cells. Say you are memorizing something but it gets boring, what you could do is create associate memorizing that thing with an emotional? Things such as it need to memorize something in order to pass an important test would bring out a sense of urgency or memorizing something makes you feel happy just of mere enjoyment of gathering more knowledge would make the make the memorization natural process for you. Whatever you can think of to bring the process of memorization more emotional in a positive way, the funner it becomes even when the going gets touch.

So those are some memory techniques to help you increase your memory. It is said that humans only use 2% to 3% or their brain capacity. If you think about this, the limits of how much information that can be stored in our brains is almost limitless. All it takes is being aware of what want to memorize, breaking it down into small pieces, repeating it enough times, and adding visualization or an emotional impact to help make the process easier.

You can memorize anything you want – big or small. Hopefully, this can help you gather more knowledge, increase your memory, and make better decisions in life.

Effective Work Environments for Entrepreneurs

Every person has different types of environments that they work better in. Some people need be in a place where background music is playing, while others need to be in a completely pin-drop quiet atmosphere. I believe that a good working environment greatly affects the productivity of one’s work.

And although the two necessary things you need to make money online – a computer and the internet – can be found in many places, or anywhere if you just have a laptop, I believe that working home, the library, or a nearby coffee shop are the places that most of us go to get most of work done online.

Since I like hearing bad news before good news, I’ll go through this article describing about these places, starting with the cons first and the pros last.

Your Home

You’ll probably spend most of your time working at home Working at home is great if you live by yourself. If you live with your family, then you probably know what it feels like to have one of your family members walk into the room every ten minutes and telling you, “Go do something besides being online!”

You might be shaking your head right now. I agree, it can be somewhat annoying at times.

What about living with your friends? You might start working and then all of the sudden hear the TV outside of your room, driving you practically insane, r hearing people talking outside of your room, which you have no choice but to hear their conversion, and if it’s interesting enough, you’ll probably get distracted and want to join in.

Basically, the biggest disadvantage of working at home is the potential distraction caused by other people living in the same house, and these things can really be endless.

But, there are good upsides to working at your home. When you’re working at home, you’re most likely working in a room, meaning that you’re free to be completely comfortable with yourself. You can stretch whenever you want, walk around, sing, dance, shout, and do whatever you want.

You also have easy access to the bathroom and refrigerator, rather than having to wait for vacancy or starve when you feel hungry and low on cash. You can take a break anywhere you want in your house such as lie on the couch for ten minutes and relieve some stress.

Finally, you get to create your own working environment, however you like; whether you to have a plant next to the window or having your desk completely clean and clutter free, you have control over your own space.

To me, I find it best working at home early in the morning where everyone’s sleeping and you have a fresh mind, or working at home late at night like at 1 A.M. when everyone’s asleep and the house is in complete silence.

Other than that, I find that working at home during the day can get you easily distracted, in which case the library or coffee shop would be a better option to getting more work done.

The Library

Although libraries seem to be “the place” to do some studying or get work done, I find it difficult to stay there for very long periods of time.

First of all, libraries can get really cold fast.

Have you ever been to one expecting the temperature to be okay, then ten minutes into it you realize that your legs are getting chili because all you’re wearing is shorts, and now you’re stuck because you don’t want to drive back home which is twenty minutes away?

It’s one of the feelings where you just have to work while adapting to the temperature where you have no control over.

Another thing about the library is that with so many people around, it gets way too quiet sometimes.

I don’t mind being in a quiet atmosphere when I’m working alone, but in the library, do you ever notice that any sudden actions you make can cause awkward eye contact or stares from nearby people?

It almost feels like you are constrained in your own space and can’t and can be as free as you would be in your own home. This kind of cold atmosphere can become quite uncomfortable if you’re not a person that can sit still in one place around people in complete silence.

Nevertheless, some people like the feeling being in complete silence all the way until their work is done. The good thing about the library is that if your house is too loud, the library is always a place you can rely on for quietness.

Plus there are usually computers, books, dictionaries, articles, and magazines that you can use as additional resources.

But the best aspect of libraries is the social working atmosphere. When you take look around and see other people working hard; whether it’s working on graduate papers, studying for math exams, preparing for the GRE, these are people who go to the library because they are serious in passing their test, achieving good grades, and doing well in life.

Seeing everybody working on something motivates you to work as well with them, resulting in getting more of your work done. It gives you the feeling that even though you don’t know anyone, everybody is kind of in this together.

This “quiet energy” is one of the better advantages that working in the library has, compared to working in busier environments.

A Coffee Shop

The coffee shop is my favorite place to work. However, it’s not free.

You could probably pass by just bringing your laptop, saying “hello” to the workers, and sitting down without ordering anything, but, well, that would just be weird.

Usually you go in and order something out of courtesy that you’re using their environment, even if it’s something small like coffee, and it can add up.

One round of coffee costs about $3 or $4, and if you plan to stay the whole day, you might need multiple rounds of coffee, which could cost $10 or more. This doesn’t include the internet fee that some coffee places charge, which would be another $3 for 24 hours.

Not that great if you already have internet at home…

Also, unlike the library, if you’re a person that needs minimal noise level, it can get distracting at peak hours at coffee shops.

Imagine finally settling down in the table you choose and starting your work, only to be interrupted by the voices of two best friends, sitting in the table next to you telling each other about their entire awesome, awesome weekend.

“Just great…” you mutter, looking at them with an unfavorable smile.

But most of the times, this won’t happen. It’s part of the best part of working at a coffee shop – the social atmosphere. You sit down anywhere, and it’s completely relaxed. There are people reading the newspaper, people chatting and laughing, usually some nice enjoyable background music, and finally, there’s coffee to stimulate your mind.

The place is just alive.

Even though it’s of a somewhat noisy environment, it’s still one that’s definitely workable in. Plus, unless you spill your coffee on someone’s newspaper, you don’t have to worry about awkward tension from people because no one cares. Everyone’s just doing their own thing and in the time that they are there and enjoying a cup of coffee.

In conclusion, there will be pros and cons to every place you work. Try to figure out where you can work the best because it can greatly affect the outcome of your work.

If you’re pissed off that your family members or roommates keep talking to in the house, apply for a library membership and stay there for a couple of hours. If you feel like the library is too cold or serious of a place for you to work, change your location to the nearest Starbucks. If you feel like you’re wasting money on music that you can listen at home or drinks that make you too antsy, get some earphones, close the door, and work in your room.

The joy of a home base business doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work at home, as long as you have access to the internet, you can work anywhere.

So pick a place that you feel is the most effective for you, a place that not only can you get work done, but get work done productively, and finally, a place that you simply just enjoy being in.

A Lesson in Persistence We Can Learn from Heinz, Hershey, Ford, Disney, and Trump

From our experiences growing up, we all have different ideas on how to make money in the world. But even with these ideas, most of the times starting out, we have no idea if they will work out or not. We’re afraid of failing so we let are dreams disappear and settle for the next best thing.

This type of approach is common in most people that begin to face adversity. Realize that even with every failure we make, it is a lesson that we can learn from that will eventually lead you towards your goal only if you make the decision to be persistent enough to make it through the end.

If you went bankrupt today, would you consider that a big problem? Imagine if you went bankrupted today, how would it affect you? Would you give up?

Here are five people, each who went bankrupt, and made it to success despite failing numerous times.

 

Henry Heinz

Heinz began by selling vegetables to his community as a kid since his family tended a garden. He was successful in doing that, and then narrowed it down to horseradish, the best horseradish in town.

With the goal in mind that someday he would build a business selling the things he had a passion for, he and a friend created the Heinz Noble & Company selling horseradish.

In 1875 however, the company went bankrupt as a result of not being able to pay his workers due to the popularity of horseradish, driving the price of it down.

Despite being in a great amount of debt, Heinz didn’t give up. He started another company called F & J Heinz, this time producing tomato sauce. The company manufactured quality ketchup and became an instant success, allowing Heinz to recover from bankruptcy and turning his company into a multimillion dollar corporation.

Because of his persistence of turning his idea into reality, today we enjoy one of the most delicious and quality ketchups – H & J Heinz Company Ketchup.

 

Milton Hershey

Hershey started out working for a printing press, but realized that type of work didn’t suit him.

Afterwards, he worked for a candy maker for four years, and developed a passion for different types of candy, realizing this time that distributing quality candy to the world would be his dream.

He started his first candy-making business in Philadelphia, but it failed. He then started another candy-making business in Chicago, but that failed as well, and one in New York, which also failed again.

Doing all of this caused him to go bankrupted, and his family had a hard time helping him pay some of the debts that he owed for his early attempts. Under a lot of pressure and criticism, he decided not to give up.

He created one more company called the Lancaster Caramel Company, this time using a caramel recipe he had learned from his past hoping that this recipe would work. It finally did and people loved his caramel chocolates.

From the money he had earned, he then went onto to create the Hershey Company using fresh milk available to him to create milk chocolates.

Today, we enjoy that very milk chocolate formula from one of the most delicious milk chocolate bars ever created – the Hershey Chocolate Bar.

 

Henry Ford

Ford started out with the reputation of a watch repair man. Having a talent and always ambitious to fix things and make them better, Ford began experimenting with gasoline engines. He created his first automobile called the Fordricycle and kept on thinking of new ways to improve it.

His dream was to be able to offer a reliable and affordable automobile to every American. He then started a business around cars when the Detroit Automobile Company was launched.

The company failed however, as the cars was of low quality and the cost too much.

He tried again with the Ford and Malcomson, Ltd. but failed again when sales were too slow and the owners of the car parts demanded their first payment from Ford, since he was using their parts to make cars.

On the brink of going bankrupt, Ford tried his best to persuade the owners to join his company. They finally gave in.

With a third attempt, he created the Ford Motor Company. Within a couple of years, Ford and company came up with higher wages, better production with the creation of the assembly line, and better cars, including the Model T and Model A.

He was able to turn the company into a multimillion dollar corporation and provide one of the most reliable and affordable brand of cars that we have today – Ford Cars.

 

Walt Disney

Disney started out working with what he loved to do, draw, and got paid drawing pictures for his neighbor, a retired doctor. He carried his love for drawing until high school, where in between, he was influenced by motion pictures.

He wanted to become an artist, drawing comic strips for the newspaper, but no one wanted to hire him.

It was until his brother gave him an opportunity to work at an art studio. He took the opportunity, where he created ads for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters.

After the art studio job was over, Disney worked for the Kansas City Film Ad Company making commercials based on cutout animations. He then created an animation studio that produced animation called Laugh-O-Grams, successfully airing at a local theater.

Problems arose however when Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram studio was loaded with too my debt because of the salaries he had to pay to all his employees.

As a result of all the debt Disney owed, the studio went completely bankrupt and he was left with nearly nothing.

He decided to move, despite all his debt, to pursue his dream of producing great animation to the world. From Hollywood, California, he was able to create his greatest works and his company went on to become a multi-million dollar corporation.

Since then, we have enjoyed all the works that Disney has given to us, from his cartoons and movies, to his theme parks and hotels.

 

Donald Trump

Finally, we have Mr. Trump. This ambitious man started out working after college to creating many million dollar projects that involved real estate.

He was very successfully early in his career buying and creating million dollar projects and eventually selling them to make million dollar profits. These included apartment complexes, hotels, convention centers, and casinos.

However, during the recession of 1989, he was unable to cover the debt of casinos, especially the one billion dollar Taj Mahal.

By 1991, he had lost control of his most valuable assets including the Trump Plaza Hotel and declared bankruptcy, being $900 million dollars in debt.

Taking a decade to recover from his debt, he eventually was able to erase it all through incredible deal makings and a line of other successful projects.

Trump is now not only a billionaire who owns many famous hotels, casinos, and real estate property, but also a well known celebrity with the popular reality TV show, The Apprentice.

Despite each of these people going into financial troubles, debt, company problems, and bankruptcy, they were still persistent enough to make their business work out – Heinz with produce, Hershey with candy, Ford with automobiles, Disney with animation, and Trump with real estate.

We are all used to their product names now, and even though they are all famous, there was a time where they were just normal, common, everyday people.

The only difference between what separated them and everybody else who failed in business was that they had big dreams and decided to be persistent enough to make those dreams happen.

You may be facing difficult times right now or your business is not going your way you planned, but just remember that these five people were able to come out of adversity despite bad starts, low sales, and even total bankruptcies.

Take a lesson in persistence from successful people. They don’t just become successful right away. It may take a couple months or it may take years and years of trying.

And even when the world is giving you all the signs to stop, if you just say to yourself, “No, I will make this happen no matter what until the very end,” eventually, you’ll see that it will.

A Different Way of Thinking About Time Management

It seems that as human beings, we are always in a battle against time. Everywhere we go, there are clocks reminding us how much time we have remaining to finish our assignments, projects, and tasks.

There are hundreds of things we need to get done in our weekly lives, and much of the work, especially for home business entrepreneurs, is revolved around finishing the work on the time that we assign ourselves to finish by through due dates or time management.

However, because we constantly obsess over time, sometimes it affects our work in a negative way. Hopefully, this article will show you that to manage your time well, you really don’t need time management, or time at all.

One of the things I realized is, the more you try to control time, the worse your work turns out to be. Have you ever been given an assignment which takes one hour to finish, but the due date for it is a week?

What most people say is, “Okay… I have a week to finish this, I’ll do this later,” then head over to the couch and turn on the TV.

When the day before the due date comes, they realize the assignment is harder than they thought and since they put if off until the last second, they just worry about finishing it on time.

Once they get their assignment back, they realize that the grade they wanted wasn’t what they expected because the quality of their work wasn’t that great.

Or, have you ever been given an assignment where it takes like one hour to finish, but the due date for it is actually one hour? What do you do? To get rid of the worry, anxiety, and stress, you do everything you can to finish it on time.

Great! You’ve finished it on time, but the quality of work isn’t so great. Who cares you say, at least you finished it. When you get the grade back, it’s not as good as you thought it would be.

Finally, have you ever tried to plan out a full day schedule for yourself? You made up something that looked like this.

6:00 Wake up.

6:00 – 6:30 Eat breakfast.

6:30 – 7:00 Take a shower and get dressed.

7:00 – 10:00, Work on task #1 which must be done.

10:00 – 11:00 Watch two episodes of TV.

11:00 – 12:00 Work on task #2.

12:00 – 1:00 Have lunch.

1:00 – 4:00 Work on task #3.

4:00 – 4:30 Take a break.

4:30 – 5:30 Work on task #4.

5:30 – 7:00 Take a break and eat dinner.

7:00 – 9:00 Work on task #5 work.

9:00 – 10:00 Check email and get ready for bed.

10:00 – 6:00 Sleep.

You tell yourself, man if I could follow a schedule like that, I would be able to get a lot done during the day. On paper, it looks great and so does the productivity of it. So you write it down, stick it on the wall, and tell yourself that you will stay committed to it everyday.

Then something starts to happen when you actually go through it. You start becoming more aware that it becomes harder and harder to try and maintain with these time limits. Not only do see do you start to seeing the system breaking down, but you start see yourself break down as well.

I used to also think that these time management plans rocked, but then I would see the same thing happen over and over again.

The 1st  day goes well and I give myself a pat on the back, then the 2nd day goes by but I accidentally missed an interval by 5 minutes, then the 3rd day goes by and I accidentally didn’t do a project or didn’t want to do it, then the 4th day goes by and I decide that it is okay to wake up 30 minutes later because I more tired than usual, then the 5th goes by and I decide to spend an hour hanging out with my friend who called, then the 6th day goes by and my entire schedule is pushed back by 2 hours, finally when the seventh day hits, my entire schedule is ruined.

What happened is we become so obsessed with following our time management schedules to the second that being on time that it becomes our main concern or priority rather than the work itself.

We try our hardest to follow these strict time schedules, and even though the thought of being perfect feels great, inside following a schedules turns us into an automated robot and makes us feel miserable.

Even worse, when we fail to achieve our schedule we feel like we have failed and also feel like a failure. This is what time does to us if we try to control it.

A better way to deal with time is not to control it, but be with in sync with time. By being in sync with time the better your work will turn out to be and you won’t have to be constantly wary of time’s presence.

For example, have you ever done something where or you’re so into it that time flies by?

Sure, we all have.

These would include things such as watching an inspiring movie, talking to a friend about a deep subject, or even studying something you thought was interesting. If you think about it, one of the best ways to be in sync with time is simply just to enjoy what you’re doing.

Here are some of the benefits I found with enjoying what you’re doing.

1. Time is there but it doesn’t really affect you.

2. You’re completely focused on what you’re doing.

3. You don’t realize how fast time flies by.

4. The quality of your work becomes better.

5. You get things done on time.

Finally, when you enjoy what you’re doing, you become happier with yourself and your work.

If you don’t like you’re work, you may have to fake it at first. But if you keep on believing in your work, focusing on your work, and practicing your work, you’ll be so engrossed in it that eventually, as ridiculous as it may sound, you’ll learn to like it.

I used to hate AP US History and Pre-Calculus in high school, but towards the end of the year, you get to a point where you so deep into the subject that it actually becomes interesting for a change, or maybe I’m just crazy.

The point is, whatever your work is, don’t obsess over finishing it within a time limit but rather learn to be interested in the subject, want to learn more about it, and finally just enjoy it.

In conclusion, realize that time is just time. There’s conflicting theories about whether it exists or not, but that’s not the most important thing.

What’s important is that it is here to stay and will remain there forever. You can’t add more time, you can’t decrease time, and you can’t change the way time acts.

But you can change the things you do. Don’t be constricted within the limits of time’s world, but let time be a small factor that exists in your world. With that said, just try to enjoy what you do, and the rest will fall into place.

Not Letting the Tough Economy Affect You

If you turn on the TV, most of what you’ll see is bad news going on in our economy. The reason our economy is in so much debt right now is because of many factors – the cost of the war, people not being able to pay off their house loans, people not being able to buy new houses, people saving every penny for the future, not enough people buying things to keep the economy going, etc.

The effect that the economy is having on people’s lives is basically social paranoia. People are scared to spend money and social media is causing more worry in people than ever.

It is as if we do not have enough stress in our lives, we do not need more sources to inform us that the stock market is going down, unemployment rate is going up, people are losing their jobs every day, houses are being foreclosed every day, companies are going out of business, and the future outlook of our financial lives is going in a downward spiral.

Yet, it seems like people are still obsessed over what is going on in the economy and read about it in the newspaper or watch it on their favorite news channel.

I think the best way to get out of this economic depression is to say the economy is in a rut and so what?

Even if the economy is doing badly, you really have no control over what happens to our nation or world’s economy. The government does.

And instead of blaming past politicians who have mishandled our nation’s economy, we need to accept that the economy is in a rut right now, and do something about it.

To do something about it, we need to realize that just because the economy is down, peoplestill buy things.

Just walk outside and your home and observe your surroundings. Are there still people shopping at malls? Is there still a long line of cars in your nearest fast food drive through? Do you still see people buying overpriced coffee at Starbucks?

If the economy was in a complete meltdown, people would completely stop buying these unnecessary things.

The three things we really need in our lives are food, clothes, and shelter. If we can have that, then we can survive despite the drastic downfall of the economy.

However, many people still buy things that are unrelated to basic needs for entertainment and leisure purposes. It’s not that people have completely stopped buying things; they are just more careful or selective nowadays to the things that they buy.

So if you can think of what type of things people would be more inclined to buy during these times, the better.

Would people be more inclined to buy a new computer monitor or have it repaired? Are people interesting in learning about new areas to dine out or learning about ways to cook at home and save money? What things do people need that would help them save time?

If you think about it, most people are either being passive and reactive, rather than being aggressive and proactive during these times. Be creative and think of ways where you can start making money passively or on the side.

This can be anything from selling your own informational product, doing some advertising on a high traffic website, selling things on Ebay, or buying and reselling websites. During these types, people will want to sell things for cheap.

You never know what kind of value it can have a couple months a year down the line when economy starts to clear up so don’t let each day to pass by through worry; utilize this time to invest in the future.

When you do come up with some ideas, the second thing is to provide value. Nowadays, people will be more selective to the things they buy since money is tighter.

As any of the top principles in business, you’ll need to learn how to exchange something that is worth more value than its price. That’s where you’ll be able to differentiate yourself from everybody else, since everybody else is selling things where the value does not exceed the customer’s expectations, and during these times, customers will look harder and want to be safe that the thing they are getting in return for their money is of good quality and value.

The worst thing you can do is freak out due to worry and paranoia. The Great Depression was the largest economic depression America has ever faced, with the total collapse of global trade, stock market, and heavy industries, affecting exporters and importers, stock brokers, coal miners, and farmers, but there were still some people who pulled out despite this two to three year depression.

To the few successful people who came out of the Depression financially secure, did they let their gloomy surroundings affect them? No, despite all the negatively of the economy back then, which was much worse than it is now, they were still optimistic about the future.

Day by day, they found a way to survive, save money, and make a little bit of money. By 1933, the Great Depression turned around and started to see recovery. These people had survived the greatest economic downturn in our history.

You don’t have to let the economy pull you down. If everyone else is thinking the same way, why not be different?

Be one of the few people who rise to the top, even if you think you’re on the bottom. Just because you have no control over the world and nation’s economy, you do have control over your personal economy.

And whatever situation you happen to be in, it doesn’t have to be that way. You are in control of your own destiny by the actions you take right this second.

There are negative people who accept a problem in a negative situation, and then there are positive people who see a solution in a negative situation. Which one are you?

How to Stay Insanely Focused

There are 24 hours, or 1440 minutes, or 84,000 seconds in a day. How much of that time do you spend focusing on what needs to get done? I believe that focus is one of the most important concepts in achieving any type of goal. I’m sure you’ve heard that to stay focused on something, you should write down a plan, follow a schedule, check off the tasks that you have completed, and so on.

Although these are some good tips, I see focus somewhat differently. Focus, to me, means being conscious of your thoughts at all times. Your mind is sort of like a “thought slate.” Whenever I’m conscious of my thoughts, I’m aware that either I am thinking about nothing, many random thoughts are going through my mind, or there is only one set of focused thought(s) that are going through my mind.

I believe that to stay insanely focused, you must be completely focused of your thoughts at all times. By doing this, you’ll be in a moment or mental process where nothing else around you can bother you.

This however, is a very hard thing for many people to do.

I ’m still not a master of it yet. It’s hard to stay in this conscious phase of mind for a long time, but I’m getting better and better at it, and whenever I implement this strategy, I feel like nothing outside of my mind can bother me, allowing me to get anything I want done really quickly and efficiently.

The longer I can implement this focus, the more I can get done. So I wonder what if you could stay conscious of your thoughts 24 hours a day.

If you had this power, you would be more alert, you would view things different, your state of life would completely change, and you would be able to get anything done two, three, four, five, maybe ten times faster than you normally do. It definitely feels different to be in a stage where you are always conscious of your thoughts.

But due to human nature, we let other emotions and feelings influence our thoughts. And once we lose conscious of our thoughts, and start drifting into other thoughts that are unproductive, then we lose our focus and return back to a state of a weak, lazy mindset rather the move towards developing a strong, disciplined mindset.

To prevent this from happening, I’ve figured out some ways that can help you maintain your focus and use it to a full advantage.

Don’t Allow Other Emotions, Feelings, and Thoughts Bother You

The first thing you need to be aware of is blocking out anything that may take down your conscious awareness.

Think of your conscious as two walls. Between these two walls are your thoughts. Anything that is outside of these two walls is trying to get in and invade your thoughts.

Your walls are rather weak starting out and can be easily broken through stronger forces such as things that produce high emotions, feelings, and thoughts. These things can be as subtle as just sitting on your chair, not be conscious of your thoughts, and letting your mind drift into space.

Other things can distract you depending on what type of mood you’re in, from other people talking, the music from the radio, the television being on, or any your five senses of touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, and smelling.

When you’re focusing on doing a task, whether it is boring or not, if that thought does not provide you with a high level of feelings, then it’s going to be harder to be conscious of it, and as a result, can be easily remove by other higher feelings, such as the ones that can be produced by any of the actions listed above.

If this happens, your initial focused thoughts will be completely replaced by other non-productive thoughts. This is the essence of procrastination or failing to get things done once your “walls” are broken.

Thus, not only is it a good idea to work in a place where other feelings and thoughts cannot distract you from your focused state, but you have to consciously block out these temptations that will subconsciously come at you, each time by putting up a new and stronger wall.

In the beginning it will be hard, but to help you from maintaining better focus, be conscious of your very moment. What is going on? What are you thinking about?

Then, when you subconsciously start think of something that isn’t related to what you’re supposed to be doing, do your best to catch yourself immediately. The more conscious you are of this habit, the stronger your walls will be at blocking out temptations and the easier it will become for you to work at a steady flow of pace.

Lack of Energy

If you’re at your full energy level, you will always be able to be conscious of your thoughts and block out other feelings, emotions, and thoughts. People take their state of energy for granted.

Energy is like a rechargeable battery. Every second that passes by, your energy level drops. Once it gets to zero, your body will tell your mind to shut down making it almost impossible to block out other feelings and thoughts, no matter how disciplined you think your mind is.

When you are tired, your body wants to go to sleep and your thoughts want to wander freely. Being completely conscious of your thoughts would be the opposite of dreaming. You want to be at the part of the spectrum where you have the most energy to be in control of your thoughts, not being at the part of the spectrum where you have no energy and your thoughts are running loose.

Being tired drags you down to that spectrum.

But many people take this for granted because being energy conscious is not a big deal to them. A person with full energy would have a huge advantage over a person with a lack of energy because even if a person with full energy is having trouble focusing, they still have the potential to do so, rather than letting something physical like tiredness influence their thought process.

So make it a must to get enough energy throughout the day, whether it’s getting enough sleep during the night, hydrating yourself with water, or providing your body with nutritious food, because being “thought conscious” also heavily relies being “energy conscious.”

Focusing on One Thought at a Time

When you learn to block other thoughts, emotions, and feelings that distract you and have a full set of energy, you need to learn how to create what thoughts you are having in the moment.

Do this simply by having a thought in your head or the process of doing so.

One example is already having a visual image in your mind, such as seeing yourself with a slimmer, fitter body or the thought of successfully approaching someone and talking to someone new.

Another example is focusing on the material that is already presented to you. This is like reading a book, doing math problems, or reviewing paperwork.

Then there is focusing on creating material. This is when your mind is blank and when you’re in the process of creating a thought. Doing this may be harder for people that lack imaginative skill because you start out by focusing on nothing.

The key here is to insert thoughts that may lead you to your desired outcome and throw away thoughts that don’t. But never allow unproductive thoughts and feelings to tempt you and distract you from your focus.

So, if you’re having trouble focusing, first start with one visual image in your head (any thought you want), be conscious of it, and keep it there.

Changing Thoughts at Will

Depending on what you need to get done, most of the times you’ll need to change through multiple thoughts while not doing much “action.” This requires more effort than having one thought in your head and doing lots of action like having the thought of a sculpted body while your stretching, running on the treadmill, then doing sit ups.

Something like this would be easier to do than doing a little bit of action, such as typing or writing, but constantly needing to going through multiple thoughts in a period of time. It’s a hard thing to do to have to separate thoughts at the same time in your “thought slate” or between your “two walls.”

If you were studying for a math test, having the visual picture of getting an A on the test along with focusing on the actual problems itself, would divide your focus in half. That’s why it’s important to have thoughts in your mind, but be able to change different thoughts at will.

Our brain naturally processes hundreds and hundreds of thoughts per day. You need to learn to keep the ones that you need and quickly discard the ones you don’t need.

Think of it like using a remote to change the channel. Be able to have a thought in place, but also be able to switch them quickly like switching a channel. As you are focusing on your thoughts, be conscious of them.

Whenever you are thinking, ask yourself what it is exactly that you are thinking about. When you answer that question, ask yourself if that thought is productive. If not, discard it.

When you’re focusing on searching for answers, sometimes your mind will come up with no thoughts and that’s okay.

As long as you repeat the process of using the thoughts you need when one comes up, and then discarding the ones you don’t need, then you will get things done faster.

Following Through

Following through is basically following your thoughts with the actions of your thoughts. If your actions are congruent with your thoughts then not only are you using focus, but you are now applying focus to use on productivity.

So ask yourself, are your actions congruent with your thoughts?

For example, you are thinking about checking something in the online dictionary but when you go online, you immediately check your mail. Your thought and actions are incongruent, and if you are conscious of this, you will be able to catch yourself while doing so.

You probably do this many times a day. I know I do.

That’s why you should try to limit yourself of these mistakes. The more you can follow through your actions with your thoughts, the easier you will be able to get work done at an efficient rate.

When you’re conscious of your thoughts, when you’re in the moment, and you follow through, your actions will be able to just flow like water.

Time is Irrelevant

If you’re truly focused on whatever it is that you need to get done, time shouldn’t even be part of your thoughts. Yes, time management is important but it should be the least of your priorities.

Most of the times, people have really stressful schedules. They use all their focus and obsess about time. This just harms them because their focus is on time, rather than on whatever it is that needs to be done.

Time can be a negative factor when dealing with focus.

Too much time given to finish a task and you won’t even focus. Too little time to finish a task, then you’ll focus part of your thoughts on time, rather than the task.

Time doesn’t care when your thoughts are drifting away; it just continues to move on.

Don’t let the feelings or thought of time break through your two walls; instead, continue to be conscious of the things you need to get done.

Letting Your Mind Rest

To be conscious of your thoughts all the time takes a high amount effort, energy, and self-discipline. When starting out, you may not be able to maintain focus for that long.

Let your mind rest longer between your focused states. It’s important not to fry your brain by constantly being conscious of your thoughts, but give your brain a “treat” by giving it short breaks where it can freely wander to whatever you want.

When you do this long enough, those “breaks” will actually be more meaningful to you.

Most people allow their minds to rest and wander freely throughout the entire day.

But if this time is limited, then something as simple as these thought breaks will be something to looking forward to during the day. Also, you’ll look forward to going to sleep and dreaming as this will be the biggest state where your mind can rest.

Once you’re done letting your mind breathe and relax, you can then go back to your focused state of consciousness again.

In conclusion, there are many good mindset techniques out there and focus is among the most vital of them all. If you are consciously aware of your thoughts at all times, not only you will get stuff done quicker and more efficiently, but your state of mind will seen from a totally different perspective. It’s a hard process to start at first, but if you keep practicing at it, you’ll soon be able to master how to be conscious of your every thought and have a deeper ability to stay insanely focused on anything you want.

Ten Reasons Why Some People Have a Difficult Time Making Money Online

There are many reasons why so many people who start an online business from home fail to make money on the internet. The thing is lots of people get into a home based business in hopes of getting rich or wealthy.

Getting there is possible, but it’s important to understand the amount of commitment it took for wealthy individuals to get to that point. To help you avoid pitfall, here are ten reasons that may help you understand what makes successful people who make money versus people who try to make money but end up quitting.

1. Working Harder Instead of Working Smarter

A lot of people when doing internet marketing try to force things to happen. They don’t learn from their mistakes. If you’re faced with a problem, don’t take the same route again and try to force it to work. You have to learn how to change your ways if they are not working. This is the essence of trial and error.

Be open to trying different ways to finish a project and don’t obsess about what others will think. Look at the result and see what it is that you have to work on. If it doesn’t work, try something else.  If it works, but doesn’t work that well, see what you can do to improve it.  If it works well, see if there is a way that you can do it just as well but faster.

When you hit a roadblock, don’t just keep following the same path and wait for something to happen, but find a different solution to get over it.

2. Selling Products that No One Wants

You may be passionate about a particular niche, but if no one is interested in buying it, then it is not going to sell.

I once promoted a guide that helped people get rid of dark spots on their skin and have more even toned skin as well.

The guide did this by teaching you how to make your skin complexion lighter with natural remedies that it provided. I thought this was a good niche to go into because it was unique and different from other hot skin care markets such as anti-aging and acne.

So I bought the guide, created a blog, created a review, wrote articles on it about every single day, and promoted it for about a month. In the end, I made a total of zero dollars from this niche.

I realize that being unique and different is not always a good thing if no one wants the product. And in this case, not a lot of people were interested in having even toned skin, and even if they were, they probably did not want to buy a guide for $20 showing them how to do this if they could drive a car, go to the nearest Walgreens, and find a $20 product that already would do this for them.

That niche was just not popular, so instead of continuing to force it to work, I abandoned it like a hot potato.

Through the thousands of niches and products that are offered online, it doesn’t matter if you know a lot about your niche or are way passionate about it, if people don’t want it then you will have a very hard time making money through internet marketing.

Simply said, just make sure you pick something that you know many people will want, and even better, need.

3. Not Wanting It Bad Enough

What are you trying to get out of internet marketing?

If your goal is to make 100 dollars a day, how badly do you want it? Do you want to make a successful business? Do you want to have 1000 affiliates promote for you? You need to consider what it is that you want and why do you want it?

If you don’t want something bad enough, then you won’t have the motivation to work for it. But if you want something badly enough, then whenever you think about, something will click in your head and tell you that you to take action in order to get it.

Figure out what it is that you want, have a clear visual image of it, and focus to keep it somewhere in the back of your head, so whenever you know you need motivation to work for it, a visual image will be right there for you.

4. Not Planning

Too many people rush into their online business without making a plan first. They tell themselves, “I want to make as much money as quick as possible,” and as a result fail to understand that without a good plan, their ideas as well as time management becomes a quick, convoluted mess.

Plan ahead your schedule for the next week and month. Make an outline out of your short term plans and your long term plans.

What is your schedule for the next hour? What is your schedule today, tomorrow, or this week? Make a big poster and stick it on your wall so you can see it every day.

You can also make a plan that goes backwards. For example, telling yourself what you needed to do in order to get to your financial goal. Then write each step backwards. This way, you’ll be able to see exactly how to get to your goal since every step will be laid out right in front of you.

5. Commitment

Some call it persistence, others call it discipline; whatever it is, you need to stay committed until the very end of your project.

Many get excited because they figure out this crazy new idea that they have and start implementing it right away. The sad part is when a lot of time passes by, they start to become disinterested in it or it’s lacking the results that they expected.

Maybe they don’t have enough motivation, or another idea comes to them, and they end up never finishing their project, but instead, change projects each and every time something new comes up. Don’t fall in this trap.

Commitment is not starting a project and not finishing it. Commitment is not doing a project and giving up half way through. Commitment is not working on something only when you feel like it. Commitment is working on your project every single day until your goal is achieved.

There will be times where you’ll have to make sacrifices, there will be times where you’ll have to grit your teeth, and there will times where you’ll be telling yourself, “I have to work on this project and finish it until the very end.”

But as your stay more and more committed to working on your project, it will naturally become easier.  So, do whatever it takes to stay committed to your task or project until it is completely done.

6. Not Providing Value to Other People

Maybe some people are good at making money through giving away mediocre quality but that shouldn’t be your aim. Learn to provide good value to your customers with everything you do.

Do the best that you can in quality rather than quantity. When customers see that you are putting the extra effort in your work to help them, it will make you stand out from other people who just want to make the quick buck.

Even if you don’t make any money at first, giving good value to other people builds trust with your customers. And in any successful business, trust and a good relationship with your customers should be a top priority on the list.

By providing good value to other people, you will have many more opportunities that will open up to you in the long run.

7. Being Someone that You’re Not

Customers want to see who you are, not the same gimmicky person they seen a billion other times.

Sure you can probably pull away with being someone else or using someone else’s sales pitch tone, but how credible will that be and how long will you have to put up with that?

No one is perfect and when you are being yourself, people will see that you are human and have flaws too. They will be able to relate to this, because they can see someone who is being superficial with them just like when you see a marketer that acts overly nice to you, but in the end comes out too pushy.

When customers see that you’re being someone that you are not, they will lose trust with you and most likely will never come back again, especially with so many options they have on the internet. So add in your own personality and don’t obsess over being perfect.

8. Not Pre-Selling

Too many internet marketing think sell, sell, sell rather than build trust with the customers first. Selling is the opposite of building a relationship with customers because your goal is to make money rather than helping them. It’s almost as if you are forcing the customers to buy your product.

I’m sure you’ve walked in a mall somewhere and some advertisers will not just shut up about the product they are selling and leave you alone. Never do that!

If they buy it, great, if they don’t, don’t pressure them. You’ve done your best to provide the best you can with your product, now do your best to provide helpful value to your customers.

Keep your money mindset in its proper place, not when dealing with customers.

Sometimes I get sick of looking on online sales pages because once I read them I feel like this person is trying way too hard to sell me this product or this person doesn’t really care about my needs, they just want to take my money. In the end, I hit the exit button.

So don’t do this; learn how to pre-sell.

9. Not Taking Action

An unnecessary thing that internet marketers like to do is plan too much. When they plan too much, the point when they start taking action becomes delayed, or never even begins.

People don’t take action because they want their plan to be completely perfect before they start. Don’t fall into that trap. Write a plan, but don’t spend more a day to take action.

Take action and if you’re stuck, just ask yourself a simple but profound question, “By me taking the following action, will it lead me towards my goal?”

If it is, then you’re doing great. At least know you are in momentum now. You can always change things in motion.

You’re not just a rollercoaster that’s still waiting at the start station; you’re a rollercoaster that is moving. Now you just need to align the rollercoaster tracks towards the right destination.

So when you have a plan outlined, don’t think anymore. Just begin to take action.

10. Have Fun

You can see it in the faces of people that work way too many hours a week. Too many people that work these days just stress themselves to the point of mental breakdown.

It doesn’t have to be this way with internet marketing because your most likely working from at home. Have some fun!

A home base business is one of the only types of work where you don’t have a boss screaming at you if you’ve done something wrong or giving strict rules for everything. You are completely free to do whatever you want and you make your own rules. Don’t take it so seriously.

Yes you should stay committed, yes you should stay persistent, but you don’t have to follow internet marketing like a programmed robot. Be flexible, be creative, be imaginative, and don’t let the problems stress you out.

You have freedom to do whatever you want, so take breaks when you need to, call a friend, put on a movie, do some exercise, and enjoy life outside of your computer.

In conclusion, be aware of your everyday life and don’t let a couple lazy factors pull you down from what you want to have. Making money is very possible on the internet but you just need to get into the habit of develop good work ethics. Ultimately, this comes down to a mixture of having fun with your work but being disciplined and persistence at the same time until you come to the very end of reaching your goal. This way, you’ll be resistance to that “scary” word called failure.