There are still spots in the U.S. that want people to move and live there. Years ago, Las Vegas worked hard to entice professionals and families to make the valley city their home. Today, there are a select few metro areas and whole states that are offering incentives for people to come and make a new life. Here are just a few.
Follow These Six Words To Success
No one wants to stay in a job where you can’t control how much money you make, what hours you keep or where job security is uncertain. We want to have a handle on our own destiny, and the best way to do that is usually to start your own business.
These words, this formula, go way back, all the way back to 1953 from a book by Marvin Small called “How To Attain Financial Security And Self-Confidence.” READ MORE
A business plan. A website. A means to track spending and profits. An office space. Time. Money. Sweat equity. None of these, however, means anything if you don’t know what kind of business you want to run.
Starting a business sounds scary, but before you can even do that you have to get past the first step, which is often the hardest (yet doesn’t require a single penny): figuring out exactly what you will find. The good news is two simple questions can provide you some answers right away—or at least give you a launch pad.
The first (Question #1) is asking yourself, what comes easy to you but harder to others? Take a moment to think about all the things you do well—better than most others. Certainly you have at least one or two things that you do particularly well and which get other people to notice (and perhaps compliment you). What natural abilities do you have that you may be able to make a living doing?
We typically underestimate the power of what comes easy to us and we are usually blind to those innate skills that could shepherd profit. It doesn’t have to be a profound skill; it can be based on an everyday activity like writing (poetic) e-mails, cooking (amazing) meals, or creating (beautiful) spatial layouts in your home’s rooms.
It’s time for you to become the da Vinci of your own new self-portrait.
The great thing about New Year’s resolutions, June weddings, and August Back to School is that it offers everyone a chance to clean their slate and start new beginnings.
The self-portrait journal is designed to share the steps, methods and eternal truths that empowered me to discover my values, goals, purpose and ability to achieve results and experience profound fulfillment. Do them at your own pace. There is no time limit. They deserve your undivided attention.
Creating your Owner’s Manual will help you to understand how your life works and why parts of it may not be working. This exercise will help you achieve dramatic new levels of success in all areas of your life and to truly become rich from the inside out.
First, what does being rich from the inside out mean to you?
Grasping the reality of this current hard-hitting full-blown economic downturn and all-out crisis in your life is not an easy task. How you deal with it will determine your ultimate success.
I am proud of my identity and roots going from food-stamps-to-fortune. For me, being poor was never a factor that confined the person, rather just a temporary circumstance of sorts.
Each moment can change the rest of your life and the course of your direction. If you are not intentional with your actions, you will plan to fail. Successful people operate from the beat of their own drum, but they are intentional. Successful people don’t become successful by accident—it’s sheer, practical application of their talents and traits.
1. Hard Working: Running a business requires a lot of energy and drive. This involves the ability to work for long hours when necessary, to work intensely in spurts and to cope with less than a normal amount of sleep.
2. Self-Confident: To succeed, entrepreneurs have to believe in themselves and in their ability to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. This is often shown by a belief that “if you want something badly enough and are prepared to work at it, you’ll usually get it”.
3. Builds for the Future: the goal for most successful business people is to build a secure job and income for themselves, which is based on their own abilities. This means entrepreneurs understand that it may take several years to build up business income to a reasonable standard.
How do winners win? How did they do it? How did they get where they did? Certainly not by complaining about their lot in life, or by crying about how tough life was or about the conditions they faced. They just went out and did it. And in so doing, they were successful.
One of the most telling things about chronic whiners is they complain about their woes so much that they tend to sap the energy of others who are trying to get on with their lives. When one of these habitual whiners leaves, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from the others in the area! Another trait one sees in people, who find it hard to succeed, is that they have an excuse for their lack of productivity. Whiners make excuses why they weren’t able to do something; winners just get on with it and finish the job!
In every aspect of life and in every career path, there will be hurdles and pitfalls to overcome. Even the best will knock over a hurdle or fall into a pit occasionally. Also we all have our downward spiral days, days on which things are just getting too much for us. It is these days that we have to have the fortitude to get through. The fixation should be on the goal, not on the troubled path we walk on.
Today, we see an entire generation of new leaders and entrepreneurs alike struggling to make an impact. This is the age of social networking with Facebook, Twitter, Google and mobile technologies enabling people to connect with millions in geographically dispersed locations worldwide. Enterprises from home-based startups to Fortune 500 companies are restructuring workforce and productivity models using efficient collaborative network tools.
Whatever your profession–you will never be able to stand idle or underutilized. Dynamism is the new catchword and anyone who deals with the problem of constant upward mobility needs being ‘fit’ to keep up. It isn’t enough to be merely ‘good’ at one’s work, field or trade; one requires excelling to make the difference. To do so, one has to be totally up to date with the latest that is happening in one’s chosen field.
The biggest issue facing the people today–it is immaterial what your discipline happens to be or how old you are. Yesterday’s skill-set and yesterday’s knowledge has no value. One doesn’t have to be necessarily ‘with it’ but aware and current. You need mental aerobics and skill-set calisthenics to stay ‘in shape’ for the future. Doing this is not the easiest thing to do, but one’s options are limited to progress moving forward.
Fear is a primary obstacle that prevents people from becoming entrepreneurs. Many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. Fear is a disease. It cripples effective decision-making and most of the time accounts for the illogical actions that ensue. Our country is now deep into a historic financial crisis that has most people in fear of losing their jobs, healthcare and life savings. Learning to manage your fears can help you weather negative situations during hard times.
Many aspiring entrepreneurs have the dream of finding security by starting their own home-based business but maybe 2-5% of these people will actually apply their knowledge and unique talents. We should begin to discuss some of the techniques for entrepreneurs to learn how to manage and conquer their fears.
Think about what you want. When you doubt yourself by spinning the wheels in your mind on a worst case scenario, turn it around and focus on what you DO want. Visualize yourself building the new business. Create a new truth. Your mind will play powerful tricks, if you let it, so stop being your own roadblock and get back on track. See yourself talking to the interested person as they become a part of your business. You get what you focus on.
I came across a Wendy’s fast-food commercial called “Where’s the Beef?” on YouTube recently.
I started thinking about bootstrapping entrepreneurs, who may believe that “there’s no money out there” during this turbulent economic downturn.
There is money out there!
You want a potential investor to “show you the bread? Get a plan first.
Although many sources of capital never read business plans and those that do seldom read them cover to cover. However, this does not let entrepreneurs off the hook. In fact, the first request entrepreneurs will hear is, “Show me your business plan.”
When you’re an entrepreneur seeking to market your business, it’s not enough to have a great idea. You need to have a plan to back it up. And not just any plan will do; in most cases, you need a solid, well-developed business plan before you can raise your first nickel.
Recently, I toured the Cape Coast Castle, its giant stone arch gateway bullied by the thick impenetrable Door of No Return. In 1780, it was sites like this for many thousands of Africans, the terrifying journey to America began a life of bondage and slavery. Nestled on the island tip of Gorée off the coast of Senegal, lies what became known as “The House of Slaves.” What a painfully ironic beginning for people that held the spirit of entrepreneurial legacies from the First Lady Michelle Obama to Honorable Percy Sutton to Oprah Winfrey, all descendants of slaves. Despite the horrid circumstances, we find inspiring stories such as Oprah’s great-great-grandfather Constantine Winfrey, a former slave, able to earn freedom amid the difficult and dangerous years after fighting for Emancipation.
The embodiment of being an entrepreneur is much greater than simply making money. It requires self determination through the personal choice of taking action, responsibility and supporting others in need. This is the process of becoming rich from inside out – the definition of Reallionaire. Such inner spirit is found by loving and respecting yourself, then sharing it with others. There should be a determination to pursue the gifts GOD provided us and unique talents to improve the lives of family, friends and community.