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.
If there’s one thing that successful people have in common, it’s that they are early risers. From GM’s CEO Dan Akerson to Tyler Perry Studios head honcho, Tyler Perry, it’s 5 a.m. or earlier! And you’d be amazed at what you can do before 9 a.m.
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.
Money changes people, sort of. I think we all know someone who would be dangerous around a sudden windfall of cash. The worst thing that can happen to this person is money, the reason being that they will rush out and buy copious unnecessary items to fill up the void that is their soul. Hit the jackpot today, hit the mall tomorrow. I met a woman once who was so caught up in brands and the image of wealth that the moment she came into some money (from an insurance payout following a minor car accident that wasn’t her fault), she announced she was dashing out to buy some “Escader,”“Christian Dinor-ah,” “Lewis Vitton” and “Prader.” Clearly, she wasn’t able to even pronounce the brands but now she could buy them all and load up her closets, masking a low self-esteem in her “personal house.”The money wouldn’t help fill up her spiritual bank, her mind and soul. I was saddened by how this woman talked. While I tried to explain to her that the material goods wouldn’t make her happy and satisfied in the end, she wasn’t ready to listen.
What brings to an important detail is I want to address. You are ready to get real and get rich! For some, hearing what I have to say about certain things may make you uncomfortable.
It is interesting. I recently had an opportunity to meet gentleman, who served as ‘Chaplain’ for a cancer treatment ward of a major Los Angeles hospital. He told me that he provided spiritual counsel too many people from many different faith traditions and from every economic strata…filthy rich to filthy poor. After further talking, we found each other interesting enough to sit down for a brief chat, which quickly turned into a most engaging conversation about ‘Life Economics’.
As we talked, the chaplain looked out of the window toward the Hollywood hills and referred to the disease of cancer as ‘the great common denominator’… bringing people, those who lived at the top of hill and those who lived at the bottom of it, together on one accord. I thought that was an interesting observation and listened on.
Education and training are critical, as they are the second component to “doing the knowledge.” What is required is root knowledge, not merely branch knowledge. You cannot master a subject by making a cursory glance of it. To obtain a comprehensive knowledge requires digging deep, even if you are ahead of the game because of a natural aptitude for a particular subject. There is no such thing as too much knowledge. However, you can have too little, and a little knowledge is usually dangerous. That’s when you’re likely to take uncalculated risks and enter a minefield ill-equipped and unprepared.
After defining your goals and vision, you need to learn what is necessary to achieve it.
Take the time to study your chosen profession. Such knowledge can be obtained either in school or in life. Mentors and teachers come in to play here. They can provide you the information you need to move forward, especially in the beginning.
The world today looks very different than anything in recent memory. The economy at large has changed dramatically, resulting in changes in the personal economy of each and every one of us.
The idea of building a “personal economy” around a job, especially when that job needs to provide a permanent means of earning a living, is no longer the norm. The chances of “owning” a job for life are decreasing over time.
It is possible that the current job market is motivating you to consider self-employment. Or, perhaps your job is standing in the way of realizing your maximum growth and potential. Or, you may be retired (or planning for retirement) and seeking a productive way to use your time and money! Regardless of your particular circumstance, you believe that self-employment will prove more meaningful, more pleasurable and potentially more rewarding than working for someone else. Changes are you’re right!
I’ve been talking about the idea of investing in yourself numerous times already in many previous articles. I want to reiterate this point again even at the expense of repetition. It’s not always easy to invest in ourselves. There’s a lot at risk when we put ourselves out there emotionally, spiritually and physically. But these human elements are part of the success equation.
While we like to think we are investing in ourselves every day, the truth to the matter is we don’t. All too often we let the poison of everyday life—the stress, the bills, the bosses, other people’s vision and the craziness of a 24-7 society—take over and rot our motivation and inspiration to move closer to our goals and dreams. We don’t take time to read and learn new things; we don’t permit ourselves to have a time-out so we can give back to ourselves through rest and relaxation; and we don’t stop to feed ourselves the kind, cheerful words we want to hear from that voice inside. Instead, we let life lull us into a robotic, semi-complacent state where we don’t have access to our dreams and goals. This is when you begin hearing “I can’t, I can’t,” play over and over again with no end in sight. I can’t go to the gym. I can’t start my own business. I can’t think about another career. I can’t get out of debt. I can’t go back to school. I can’t find my purpose. I can’t be rich. I can’t… I can’t…
Virtually, everyone’s ears prick up when someone doles out ideas on making more money ASAP. Especially if that money can come without a serious amount of more work, less time sleeping and a deep cut into your quality of life. Our cost of living rises all the time with higher rents and prices on everyday living items like gasoline, groceries and consumer goods. But what do we do to help counter those raises? This is when we need to think about literally raising ourselves first. Boosting your income doesn’t happen spontaneously. It’s acquired by you, rather than given to you. The key to making more money is less about secrets than it is about reminding ourselves how to be assertive, creative and act like a chess player—someone who thinks three moves in advance.
Never think that you can’t ask for more money, but do be ready with a game plan. First, try to avoid coming from a place of need or want, as in saying “I need (or want) a raise” to your employer and expecting a swift yes.
The seeds of doubt are planted early in life—in the years of greatest vulnerability. Unless you were extraordinarily fortunate, much of your early education was grounded in fear and intimidation. These kinds of experiences structure a defense against the world. You may have come to doubt yourself after having been pitted against awesome forces—teachers, parents, insensitive peers and the presence of law enforcement in your community. These forces often act to make the individual feel quite small and inadequate.
Self-confidence, on the other hand, is born out of self-esteem. Some people are wise enough to overlook, sidestep, reject or transcend earlier life experiences detrimental to positive self-regard and, in time, come to a realistic understanding and balance appreciation of themselves.
When we are unhappy, our sadness is often sustained by repeated, intrusive thoughts. These push themselves into consciousness and preoccupy or even dominate the mind, leaving little opportunity for the experience of happier thoughts. There are several categories of such automatic thoughts.
Low self-esteem thoughts express an unjustified lack of self-confidence. Examples are: “I cannot do it.’’ or “I’m going to be a failure in life.”