Personal Achievement Archive

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Homeless man with a Golden Voice on YouTube – Theater of Mind

This is a great story. It entails an educated man, Ted Williams, who, because of drugs and alcohol, lost his opportunities as a voice over actor or radio voice personality. Soon, he finds himself homeless.

Homeless man with a Golden Voice on YouTube
“Theater of Mind”

Then comes YouTube and hard work.

The hard work – staying sober for 2 years and holding up a sign by a freeway ramp as most transient or homeless people do. But this wasn’t to beg for money…  It was to ask if he could share his voice.

Well, a reporter drives up and makes him, deprecatingly, “work for his money” for a dollar. Well, he did… and the buck was his and a whole lot more…

He was just offered a full time job with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the voice of the Cavs, and a mortgaged home in Ohio. A hard luck story with a fairy tale ending. (see story below)

If you haven’t seen the video, as of right now, there have been over 4 million views. That’s 4 million views in less than 48 hours!

The man comes across as sweet, warm, and believe me – someone you wish to make it happen someday.

This is a heart warming story about a man, at the bottom of the barrel, with the opportunity to use, literally, his God given talent, and find success. I hope he does.

Here it is:


YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTysXITBCmk

Share this with a friend, let them know about how opportunities will arise when you do whatever it takes to find them. In this case, with the tools available to Ted Williams, it was a pen, a cardboard sign, and a position next to the freeway.

Now, since Lebron left Cleveland, the fans have a better reason to attend Cavs games! Even if they don’t win, at least they will be treated with the voice of Ted Williams, the homeless man with a golden voice.


Story: : Homeless Man, Ted Williams, Job Offer

There has been many offers to Ted. Let this video about a homeless man remind you to keep the faith. Pay it Forward. Hold out your hand – and as the reporter states, “Even if you’re the one who needs it!” (related article: “Key To Success: Ask for help!

Great Goal Tracking Software Goal Tracker!

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Goal Setting Templates
How motivation is key to Personal Success
Self Improvement and Motivation – Learn to be Happy

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Self Improvement and Motivation – Learn to be happy!

Don’t make New Year’s Resolutions! Make commitments!

I don’t create New Year’s resolutions. To me, and this is my personal experience, New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken. They last a few months… then, you’re back to who you were before you made them.

I tend to make commitments. Not to say commitments are never broken but commitments actually take serious action.  Commitments take goal setting with strategies that are specific. Resolutions are statements proclaiming something ‘new’ for the new year that you think will change your life. The Resolutions that are actually held up are the ones people actually set specific goals to and take action to achieve them – they make a commitment.

Learning to be happy is not a resolution, its a commitment – and during times of difficulty and stress, during times of uncertainty – I have seen individuals fall into a daily bad habit: they have a habit of being unhappy.

Make the commitment to be happy!

Learn to be happy… Self Improvement and Motivation

Take 3 minutes of your life to sit, listen, and read the following YouTube Video of Jim Rohn:

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkkUfBvOyxs

Here is a note I wrote on my FaceBook account.

Self Improvement and Motivation

Attitude and Life

This perfectly sums up attitude and its importance in life.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. Charles Swindoll

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

We are in charge of our attitudes.

Have you ever asked: “Why does so-and-so act ‘that’ way?” after someone acts rude, does something that you gets under your skin, or does something you don’t approve of.

Jim Rohn replies to this question: “Don’t worry about it. Who cares! It doesn’t matter!”

So many times people are so consumed by the actions of someone else that it basically runs (and ruins) their day – it could be a few minutes, hours, or even their whole day – that is – the actions of others can affect your entire life when you shouldn’t even pay attention! People sometimes can’t get past the past! People don’t make YOU feel a certain way: YOU make yourself feel that way.

Pass this note and blog post on to those you care about and learn to be happy!

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Goal Setting Templates
How motivation is key to Personal Success
Personal Achievement

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Goal Setting Template 2011

Goal Setting Template

What are Goals?

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATE – READ HERE:

http://www.glennmagas.com/2013/01/22/goal-setting-template-2013/

“Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” Brian Tracy

 

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” Earl Nightingale

If you are looking for a goal setting template or tool, check this one out:

click here: “Goals on Track

 

“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacation with better care than they do their lives.Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.” Jim Rohn

“There is no achievement without goals.” Robert J. McKaine

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“GoalsOnTrack is a really good site than many websites as it reminds me every day and pushes me more than my boss.” – Muhammad F.

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How to avoid online distractions when studying

Motivation to study can reach a real low sometimes.  This may be due to a lot factors: lack of interest in the class/subject, lack of interest in school, balance with physical activity, diet, etc. Nevertheless, you need to get it done.  Daily chit chat on the phone, video games, and TV can completely take up a good chunk of your study time and with the Internet is at your fingertips, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other social networking sites are extremely accessible and can become a detriment to your study.

So how do you avoid online distractions in order to stay on track?

Here are two ways to keep from getting on the Internet and focusing on productivity.

1. Daily Task Lists
2. Eat the Frog

The first question to ask: “Do I actually have a ‘written’ task list?”

The key word here is ‘written’. If it’s a mental task list, forget it – you don’t have a plan to follow. This is the first step in a successful study session as well as a habit to ingrain in your daily life to achieve success in the future.

1. Daily Task Lists

Write down a daily task list. These are core tasks that are specific to accomplishing studying needs for that day and that day only. Keep it to 5 tasks and no more than 5. Keeping your daily task list to 5 tasks is reasonable and attainable. Anything less, 2 or 3, psychologically may cause you to procrastinate, and/or study at a slow pace because the thought process is, ‘its only 3’, and that immediately can lead to distractions.

5 tasks is a reasonable daily goal and it is an attainable goal. As you accomplish a study task, cross it off and move on to the next one. Systematically, every single day, you will be crossing off tasks and getting more things done, which boosts motivation in the workplace.

Example:

1. 5PM-5:45PM Read 15 pages of Science and review chapter points from 5PM-5:45PM. If time is left, brain storm on chapter points.
2. 6:00PM-7:45PM Begin research on report (library books only). 5 books and write 10 x 3 sentences from different chapters that may be focus points for paper.
3. 7:50PM -8:15PM review all previous test results.
4. 8:20-9:10 start and finish problem assignment for statistics.
5. 9:20-10:00 Read 15 pages of English and start and finish problem assignment.

This is a 5 hour curriculum for the day. You’ll find with set goals that are written, you will focus more instead of randomly picking something to study, burning out on it, and being too tired to move on to the next.

2. Eat the Frog

Mark Twain coined a saying, “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” When it comes to your daily study task list, your ‘frog’ is probably the toughest, most difficult and dreadful task. This ‘frog’ is the one you will probably procrastinate on if you don’t ‘eat it now!’

For many – it is writing a paper. If that is the worst thing to do, make it your 1st task – dovote a set amount of time, and when your time is up – move on.

Students tend to put it off, but it is in their mind throughout their study period which leads to an unfocused study time. It lingers in their had and 100% productivity isn’t focused on the task at hand. Do the worst or most difficult study task first and foremost, and you’ll fly through the rest of your study tasks!

Order your study task list from the toughest, most difficult, most dreadful, most challenging task and do it first! It is amazing how much more will be accomplished in a study session when you “eat the frog”. Once you cross the most difficult task off your 5 tasks, the other 4 come easier.

There is a great psychological affect that comes with accomplishing one study task – and it starts by accomplishing the hardest one first. It motivates you to accomplish the next – and that creates momentum to move on to the 3rd, 4th, and eventually the 5th task.

By moving down your list and accomplishing study tasks, you are more focused, more driven, and motivation in the workplace climbs! These two tips are essential to avoiding online distractions and sticking to your goal. It is, after all, what your company pays you for, so you might as well focus, dedicate, and get things done. Who else is going to pay you to eat a frog? FaceBook or MySpace won’t.

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How many times do you hit the “Snooze” Button?

Are you slow to rise or “up and at ‘em”?  Personally, I’ve gone through fluctuations on waking up in the morning. There was a time, many years in fact, where I would just wake up whenever I needed to. I didn’t need an alarm – wait – I didn’t RELY on an alarm clock. My internal alarm clock was incredibly reliable and, at times, I still rely on it.

ARTICLE MOVED

READ MORE HERE: “You Snooze You Lose

 

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Personal Motivation – Friendship

I haven’t written a personal motivation or leadership wisdom post in a while so I thought I’d do one now.  Every once in a while, in fact, every day, you should feed your mind with something positive – a motivational quote, positive saying – anything. It is an excellent way to start your day.

I always valued friendship… Is it a waste of time to try to befriend this person? Some schools of thoughts say ‘no’ – try hard to befriend them. But here’s the honest school of thought: you shouldn’t have to try at all to be someone’s friend. If it isn’t there, then don’t waste your energy. Believe me, there are 10 MORE other people out there you can ‘click’ with – and just one of those 10 could be a friend for life!

Today, I came across a quote about friendship.

Here’s the quote:

“Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.”

My definition of a best friend is simple: someone you can talk to and rely on at any time, anywhere, no matter what type of distance is between you: whether it is miles or time.

I have several best friends. From my wife to a couple of high school buddies. From my cousin to my sister. If I want – they are there. They will never turn their back on me no matter what. They may not always agree with what I have to say, but that does not keep them from letting me say my piece.

Anyone of these best friends will ‘have my back’ till the day I die. And will carry me to my grave at my request. Yes, this sounds gloomy and down – but my point is – best friends last forever.

You see, I’m a lucky guy – having more than one best friend makes me a successful and rich individual. There are people out there without a best friend due to unfortunate personal circumstances and personalities. They go through falling outs without reconciliation. They take different paths in life that aren’t supported by either and never cross paths again. Or, they aren’t willing to be the ‘band of brotherhood’ philosophy to be there for each other no matter what.

Here’s your personal motivation for the day: change how you think about the people around you – why? Because one of those persons could be your best friend for life. Be a friend today – it’ll change your life.

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Validation for Self Improvement
How Motivation is Key to Personal Success
How do you feel about motivational quotes?
Improve your life – What is happiness?”

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Improve your life – Success in life – Make your iPhone a “SMART” phone!

Improve your Life

-Success in Life -

Make your iPhone a “SMART” phone

Do you want to know the key to success? Be “SMART” when setting goals. Seriously! If you do not know what that means it means to set goals that are: S- Specific, M- Measuarable, A- Achieveable, R- Relevant, and T- Time specific. Taking steps to improve your life means finding goal setting programs to follow, commit and stick to and by doing so, you will have success in life!I’ve been looking for a good goal setting template, worksheet or application that I can use to keep me on track. There are many out there but one I found caters to those iPhone users out there whose lives revolve around their phone.

Funny how phones out there are now called, “SMART” phones – well, how smart are they? If you can really use your iPhone (or other ‘smart phone’) to get you on track to improve your life, you are, well, being “SMART” (in more ways than one).

Achieving personal success is determined by your commitment to set goals, and to do something every day to achieve them. Well, this app from the iPhone store will assist you. It’s called, “The Habit Factor (Daily Habits and Goals Tracker)” $3.99 The website: equilibrium-ent.com

“The Habit Factor” is praised by top coaches and trainers internationally! It is the number 1 goals and habits app in iTunes since its intro in 2009 (June). So it’s an app that you can have confidence in and use, on a daily basis, to achieve goals and to improve your life!

With “The Habit Factor” you can set a specific goal. Make sure you are “SMART” with this goal. As an example, one of my goals is to write a “How To eBook”. This eBook will be a book for new bloggers to learn about blogging. It is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant to my Glenn Magas dot com website, and time specific.

Why is it all of these?

Well, it is specific because I know exactly what I want to write. It is measurable because I can check my status daily to see what I’ve done – and if I commit to do something at a certain time, I know I can make it achievable and time specific – finish by a specific date.

I can use all these things on being a SMART goal setter and “The Habit Factor” will guide me daily as a daily task list and reminder of the habits I need to form in order to achieve my goal!

Here are some screen shots of my eBook goal:

This is an incredible app to use. Once you get up in the morning, check your tasks/habits, and continue on the road to success in order to improve your life, it does become a habit – a good habit. You will accomplish more, and have a fulfilling life. For $3.99, you can keep on track and achieve more things! Isn’t it worth it?

For $3.99 you can start creating good habits, have success in life, and improve your life immediately! Skip your vanilla latte at Starbucks and get this app! “The Habit Factor (Daily Habits and Goals Tracker)!”

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A successful life does not come without failure
Success in life – I gotta feeling

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A Successful Life does not come without failure

A Successful Life does not come without failure.

It’s true – the most successful people did not achieve success without failing first. It is how they handled their failures and what they did to get back on their feet to overcome the ‘setback’ in order to have a successful life.

Take this motivational quote:

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” Vincent T. Lombardi

The ‘lack of will’ is exactly what sets the achievers from the failures that give up when they fail. You will never achieve success if you accept failure as the end result.

My son, on Thursday playing in the Little League Minor League division, got his first hit in his second year as a minor league player. He has always found success in baseball in every division. In the Minors, he is a sure glove and can put the ball across the plate when he’s on the mound.

This first hit comes amidst a whole season of failure: a whole season of being afraid of being hit by the ball instead of thinking first to hit the ball. Today, as he stood at the edge of the dugout before the game he watched a 5’10” 11 year old on the mound sling the ball to a catcher behind the plate. Jake is 4’4″ and 9 years old to put it into his perspective.

Jake can hit 45 mph pitches one after the other in the batting cages. He had a hit two days ago that boosted his confidence and said, “When you hit the ball, people appreciate you more.” But today, I saw the fear in his eyes.

The pitcher wasn’t throwing any faster than 45 mph and should be throwing 60 mph fastballs down the middle. But he wasn’t. All the kids seemed to think he was.

The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works. ~William Strong

I asked Jacob, “You gonna get a hit?” He replied timidly, “I don’t know.” I made him look at me and said, “Say, ‘I’m going to get a hit!”. He started to make an excuse as to why he wasn’t and I stopped him before he uttered a word. “Say, ‘I’m going to get a hit!’”

“I’m going to get a hit.”

I told him to choke up, swing at anything good, and get a hit.

He sent a shot in between 3rd and shortstop and raced for second for a close double.

I have NO DOUBT in my mind that he was already resorting to failure. I have no doubt in my mind that if he walked up to the plate without saying, “I’m going to get a hit” that he was not going to get a hit. I had no doubt in my mind that he was going to get a hit – and that’s how failures look the possibility of failure back in the eye and say, “I’m going to get a hit.”

Just like the saying, “Think and grow rich” you also need to think and hit the baseball. It is a great metaphor of life!

There have been so many people of success that you and I know of that were told they weren’t going to succeed. This video is a great example of those people, who, despite failure, despite obstacles where people said they could not achieve success, persevered and achieved the greatest success.

Jacob, after that double, had a single, and a walk going 2 for 2 tonight. He ended stealing home in the bottom of the 6th in a tie game to win the game.

There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard

He had a year of failure. He came back into the team with the same sort of bad habit and thinking process “fail first.” Tonight, he learned something – that no matter how big the obstacle. No matter how tall the mountain. No matter how fast the baseball – success is only one swing of the bat away.

A year of failure could mean a lifetime of prosperity! ~G Magas

Just ask Kirk Gibson, Kirby Puckett, Joe Carter, and Derek Jeter – among a few others. All who, being down and close to failure, picked up a bat, swung, and ended a game with a home run. They had confidence that one swing can turn a failure to a success. They were able to achieve success because of it. (Related Post: “Personal Success – Get into the spirit of baseball

A successful life comes by putting your back against the wall. It comes at high costs. It comes just after you fail and decide to get back up and take a swing at a pitch.

You can’t have any successes unless you can accept failure. ~George Cukor

Do you want to achieve success? Then you need to fail and then persevere.

Failure, for most, is not an option. The thing is, even if it is not an option, they get back up and try it again and say once again – “failure – it is not an option.”

More videos on Personal Achievement:
Validation for Self-Improvement and Personal Success
Success in Life – Personal Achievement – I Gotta feeling!

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Self Development Books – Good Habits

Self Development Books – Good Habits

I was at dinner last night with some friends and a group of us ended up talking about self development books and one book in particular that changed my life!  We were discussing good habits and why New Year’s Resolutions fail most of the time.

During dinner, one of my good friends was talking about how he was ‘getting his way’ at the restaurant so-to-speak. It was simple things really – like a FULL glass of wine versus the 4 ounces they pour into a wine glass. Or getting a ‘big sturdy take out box’ instead of a cheap white Styrofoam one. He ‘got what he wanted’ because he was kind, and subtly assertive – just by using a person’s name.

Names are important. The whole idea of using “FORM” to start a conversation is an effective way to get a person’s name and get a little personal. It leads to many relationship-building benefits when you first build a relationship. FORM stands for Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Money.

I won’t get into it in this post, what I really wanted to share was what we talked about after he ‘got what he wanted.’

Alex, my friend, used people’s names. And using a person’s name is an incredible way to get personal and break the stranger wall. Remembering names is a technique that I need to learn because I forget names at a drop of a hat. And if using a person’s first name is improtant, then it is very improtant for me to learn how remember names.

This led to the discussion on the one book that has changed my life and allowed me to learn how to create good habits!

“How to win friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie says, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

How to Win Friends & Influence PeopleAlex used the bartender’s name which led to where the bartender was from. It just so happens Alex’s wife was also from the same country and that immediately built a bond. The glass of wine was filled to the brim that you had to sip it in order for it not to spill. He then used the waitresses name who offered up a cheap take home box but Alex said asked if there was something better –and he got it!

Why?

Because a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language!

Seriously. If someone has a nametag on, use their name. Ask for that person by name if you at a restaurant and need their undivided attention. Instead of, “can you get our waiter,” ask, “can you get Russell for us when you have time?”

If you are reading Self Development Books and want to create good habits, you can begin, and end, with Dale Carnegie’s book! I recommend always developing your self-improvement and motivation by reading more books, but self development books can come secondary to “How to win friends & Influence People.” And, believe it or not, this is a book on ‘sales’.

But this is what we are doing – selling our kindness to build strong relationships with people we know and trust, to people we just met and want to gain confidence in.

Read the book. Read it soon. And re-read it every year, quarter, or monthly if you need to remind yourself on how important relationships are with everyone you meet!

I highly recommended this self development book to anyone and everyone who wants to create good habits and to change their life in a positive way!

Read: “Book reviews: How to win Friends and Influence people, by Dale Carnegie”

Excerpt: “This is, by far, one of the most important books an individual should read to improve both personal and business relationships. Dale Carnegie exhibits techniques through a myriad of personal stories; he anecdotes historical figures, leaders of generations, as well as successful leaders in business. He presents examples of how the basic fundamentals of each of his principles will work in everyone’s daily life.”

More on Self Achievement: “Ingredients to Success in life: Think and Grow Rich

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How to earn income online – A must read post!

How to earn income online

Whether you want easy online money…

or

make extra money online…

or

take your blogging to the bank…

If you want to earn substantial income online – it will take hard work and persistence. Sweat equity is what counts when you want to earn income online!

This week I am dedicating posts on how to earn income online. This is really not a ‘how to’ guide since I really am not qualified… yet… but a ‘how to’ as in what my path is and what my goals are. This is based on my limited experience, knowledge and education as a new online entrepreneur and what I’ve experienced in the past 5 weeks. Don’t laugh – I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned alot and I’ve questioned the guidance of many online opportunities on the web! Are they scams or are they legitimate sources of information on how to earn income online.

5 weeks ago is when I made a huge commitment to myself on learning as much as I can on how to earn income online! I’m not an expert – but I will be. So this is a post on taking stock on where I am now, so I can appreciate it in the future when I take stock on where I am then!

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” –Dale Carnegie

Easy online money ventures will only bring a few pennies a week; possibly some extra cash every month, but what I’ve learned is: you can earn income online and make it a substantial income at that!

My two bits of inspiration came a year ago when I came across Steve Pavlina’s blog and his 7,000 word article/blog post, “How to make money from your blog“. At that point I realized that I was not ‘blogging’ to the best of my ‘financial’ ability. For years I have been a blogger and it never occurred to me that I could earn income online through blogging! Sure, blogging to me was easy, but in order to make extra money online and make it a substantial income, I had to do more than blog! And I love to blog!

Well, I did not know the first thing about monetizing my blog and I was ‘looking’ for ways to monetize my time on the web and find a way to earn income online and make extra money online!

Method Fest Award Ceremony for  "First Time"I am a writer. I was born a writer. But that’s not what I eventually became. I became a financial analyst by necessity: because it was the right thing to do – I thought. But deep down inside I wanted to be a writer – a full time writer.

I worked and earned my certificate in Screenwriting at UCLA and wrote many screenplays and short scripts. Every single short script that I wrote and produced has been accepted to film festivals all across the country! Every feature script I submitted to a screenwriting competition has made quarterfinals, semi-finals, and even a finalist in one of the ‘big three’ as they called them, back in the late 90s (The Chesterfield Fellowship). I never sold a ‘script’ but I had success as screenwriter.

After a ‘True (personal) Hollywood Story’ deflated my ambition to continue the screenwriting path, I decided to focus on my career  (which I hated) and make ‘twice my age’ in salary – which was a goal since college. When I did that and a lot more (I’m 42) I realized I was not happy. Money shouldn’t be ‘the ultimate goal’. Living a life you want to live should! Of course money helps, but if that’s the goal so what? Rob a bank. Get the money. Once you have it – so what? A real goal is not about ‘the money’ its about your life.

Again, the money was good, but for what? Really – what was it all for when I was miserable every day and I was just going through the motions of living life, eating, sleeping, and taking care of my family. There was no other purpose!

Wow, this isn’t a mini-biography or a feel for me story, its just a glimpse at my road to finally doing what I have always wanted to do for many-many years! I can proudly proclaim – I am a full time writer and by being one, I am learning how to earn income online and its not just easy online money or to make extra money online. It’s to create a living!

It sounds like a contradiction – money shouldn’t be the goal but how to earn income online is the name of this post. Here’s the brutal truth – I am a full time writer and I am learning how to earn income online by being a writer! What a concept! I blog, I make money. I love to write so I write and I earn income online!  I am doing what I love to do, and there is potential to create whatever wealth I want to create from it.

Believe me, I never thought I’d be a writer on the Internet or that I would earn income online writing. The Internet was in its infancy in the 80s, and we did not even know the potential – it definitely was NOT what it is today. And the 80s is when I had the writer aspiration! I also did not know I would eventually be a screenwriter; I always thought I was going to be a novelist. I was going to write the next great American spy novel! Seriously! That was my dream and I realized today, after having lunch with a friend, sister and my wife, that I will eventually write that spy novel!

The point is: I can write full time as I earn income online.

Did I realize I would be an online article writer or blogger? Heck no – there was no such thing as an online article or blogger in college. But here I am today, an online article writer and blogger: I am a full time writer who is learning how to earn income online and sharing the ‘how to’ on how to earn income online!

I digress… here’s how it all started. This is how I realized I could earn income online, even at the time it was to only make extra money online.

 

I found my 2nd bit of inspiration – Helium.com.

Helium.com offered the opportunity for a writer, any writer, to write whenever and pretty much whatever they wanted! The benefit was that by writing for Helium.com, writers could earn income online. You, the writer, are ‘rated’ by your peers, and if you write quality articles you can be paid more ways than one! At the time I write this article/blog post I have written 214 (+2 today) articles for Helium.com. My ‘writing score’ is 80.4% and I have 4 writing stars to my name. Of those 214 articles, 12 of them are considered ‘creative writing’ with a Creative Writing score of 84.5%. I write a lot of articles on self-improvement, career, motivation and leadership strategies. That was my niche – it is easy and fun to write.

My writing scores may not mean alot to you, but it means alot to me. By being “rated” or “judged” by my writing peers on Helium.com, my writing scores are remarkably high for 214 articles. This means I am ranked in the top 80th percentile, on average, in quality, for the titles/subjects I have written for. It is validation that yes, I can actually write and write well. It’s almost like SEO and your drive to get up the Google rank. If there are 5 articles, I am #1. If there are 10 articles written for a title, I am #1 or #2. If there are 100, I’m in the top 20. It’s a good place to be – the top!

Writing well means more potential to earn income online – even in this case its to make extra money online!

So in August of 2009 I found Helium.com. My ability to earn income online grew and grew – just by doing a simple thing like writing.  It made me realize that a day job doing financial analysis was actually holding me back from my passion – writing – and the benefit – taking blogging to the bank as I like to say! I was able to write and earn income online! That was better than number crunching (for the lack of a better word) on a daily basis.

My Helium income grew every month: (HungryHungryWriter’s Articles)

August 2009: $7.00 (and I was so excited)
September 2009: $63.30 (I was able to cash out for the first time!)
October 2009: $66.03
November 2009: $99.01
December 2009: $163.35
January 2010: $237.65
February 2010: $252.78 (a short month and a month dedicated on Blogging articles)
as of March 8, 2010: $42.99 (2 articles and the rest AdSharing)

I want to replace the above with a whole lot more – blogging to the bank in order to earn income online and not just to make extra money online. To me, that was easy online money. No work involved really. Just a couple articles a day here and there.

Now, I crunch numbers in a different way. By finding out my keyword density per post in order to drive my website’s page rank up the Google ranks in order to bring traffic in through organic searches or organic SEO! I am basically a ‘do it yourself SEO‘ guy and it is hella’ alot of fun! This is how work is supposed to be right? Like it’s not work at all!

I did not know anything about organic searches or Search Engine Optimization 5 weeks ago and have a list of SEO books to read. January 31, 2010, was my leap of faith. And that leap of faith made me learn several things:

 

Adwords, keyword density, SEO, SEM, keyword analysis, downgrading WordPress blog versions, uploading WordPress themes, FTP with Cyberduck, Google AdSense, Amazon/MacUpdate/Writer’s Store affiliates, Bidvertiser, back linking, pinging, keywords, tags, plugins, page ranks, RSS feeds, PodCast feeds, and a whole lot more.

All this in 5 weeks and I am still going to average 30-40 articles for Helium.com! This is how to earn income online. No, you do not have to write for Helium.com, but you do have to dive headfirst and learn as much as you can in order to make it happen.

So what’s my point? Why am I writing this post called “How to Earn Income Online?

I guess it is to tell you, ‘there is no easy online money making system.’ Unless you think learning the above is ‘easy’.

Personally, it is easy for me (because I enjoy it!) as I learn the ropes – it needs to be harder because the harder it gets, and the more committed and persistent I am to earn income online, the more income I will make! Just for writing and learning! Wow!

If this were just a way to make extra money online then it is still a really good way. But that’s not my goal! My goal is to make a living as a writer and learn how to earn income online – and this is a great way to live life! I’m already a full time writer, why not get paid to do it? No, its not traditional, but is it fun? Yes. Is there a way to earn a living? Yes. Am I doing it right now? Yes.

I mean I blogged for years and never made a dime! And I loved it! Now I still love it and I’m making a dime or two! Sometimes twenty!

I will also be completely honest with you and share what I learn and provide future bloggers insight that they may find intimidating from the gurus of blogging like Steve Pavlina and John Chow. If you have a question just ask! Just like I stated in this article/post, “Motivation in the work place – Ask for help“.

Which brings me directly to John Chow and the reason I took a leap of faith.

I put my faith in a free “Make Money Online” eBook John Chow has on his website, John Chow dot Com. I guess you can say John Chow was my ’3rd bit of inspiration’. This inspiration was the actual start. This is what inspired me to believe that I can do it. The book has great insight – does it have everything you need to know to make $5,000 a month online? No. But, it gets you started in the right direction and that right direction puts you directly in the path to all the ways on how to earn income online.

The resources on the Internet are incredible – but here’s the drama: most people, even those desperate to earn income online, won’t do 10% of the work involved in order to make that happen! Make that, they won’t do the 5% of the work. But even if you do 20% of the most important work, I believe it leads to the substantial income that most people sit and dream about (that’s the Pareto Principle talking). If you do 95% of the work required – wow, incredible things will happen. Again, 95% of the people who want it, won’t even do 5% of the easiest work guaranteed!

Jim Rohn said it best: “The millionaire says to a thousand people,”I read this book and it started me on the road to wealth.”Guess how many go out and get the book? Very few. Isn’t that incredible? Why would everyone get the book? A mystery of life.”

You see, I was afraid to learn about SEO and start keyword analysis in order to move my blog to the top of Google’s search. I put it off for three weeks because it meant learning something new and foreign and it was going to be hard work and a tedious task. Well, I dived head-first and I’ve learned a lot. I actually love it! It opened up another door of opportunity – I want to be an SEO expert! By striving to this goal, it maximizes my efforts on my goal to earn income online! Understanding SEO will help me, it will help anyone, take his or her blogging to the bank!

I don’t want to be the majority of people who won’t even do 5% of the work. I believe I’ve done alot of work – but I know I’m far from 20%. I am going to do more and more every single day, and I will because my goal is to earn income online by writing. I have set time limits and goals. Some seem far-fetched but I’m dreaming a big dream and that’s to earn income online and make it big! So what if only small dreams are realized along the way!

My goal is not to just make extra spending money, but a substantial income where I can take my blogging to the bank!

Is this an easy online money venture? Heck no! Anything easy leads to small rewards. I want big rewards – and that means hard work! My job as a financial analyst was an easy job. Long hours didn’t make it hard, it just meant a lot of work. The work wasn’t hard, the hours, the time spent from home, the hatred for the job – that was bad. Doing the work was the easy part. There were no big rewards. Salary was nice – but that wasn’t ‘rewarding’. Why? Because it was so damn easy to do a financial analysis that I could do it in my sleep! I just hated doing it, which made 8-10 hour days hell! Even if I worked a 3 hour day it was hell! Because I hated it! Even if I worked 1 hour on a work from home day it was hell – why? BECAUSE I HATED FINANCIAL ANALYSIS!

Sounds weird? Well, it’s easy to sort through trash that comes by you on a conveyor belt isn’t it? A child could probably do it. But do it for 10 hours straight and it is not fun. It’s hell (for most). Some find fulfillment in it because of the check at the end of the week – and that’s their goal.

Not mine!

Does this mean I am only aiming at a goal to make extra money online? Nope – because if that was my goal I would still have a day job that gave me a stomach ulcer because I hated it, where I worked 60 hours a week and was ‘told’ (in a guilt ridden speech in the form of a brain screw and obvious management manipulation) that I could not leave to visit a family member admitted to the hospital at 8PM on a Friday night. See, the job was easy, the management, the lack of leadership skills, and the ridiculous demands were stupid!

Writing full time is my way of life. Living the dot com lifestyle is my dream! I’ve dreamed of this The HungryHungryWriteropportunity for 12 years. The thing I didn’t realize was this: that I can write for a living and determine how much money I can make while I learn how to earn income online. This is all ‘on me’ – not a movie studio, book publisher, or a boss demanding my 10 hour days. This is all on me! I can determine whether I want to earn income online through easy online money making opportunities in order to make extra money online, or if I want to do what Steve Pavlina and John Chow have done in order to earn income online and make it a lifestyle. It is all up to me.

Can I do it? Can I earn income online?

Here’s my thing: have I ever failed at anything? Yes. Of course. But did that ever make me quit? Nope! It just makes me want to work harder. Am I going to fail at this? Nope – not as far as I’m concerned.

There are things I’ve said I’d do in my life that I have accomplished. So I have to have confidence that when I say I’m going to do what I’m about to do that I will accomplish it. Some of those things:

Start and Finish a Triathlon
Run a marathon by age 40 (I did it at one day before my 40th birthday)
Have kids and a family
Marry Donna
Coach Little League Baseball
Make 6 figures in one year
Make alot of money in the stock market
Race a BMX bike in a race (at age 30 I did that)
Tap dance on stage
Get my black belt in Okinawa Te Karate
Become a magician member at the World’s Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood
Own a comic book store
Write and produce a movie

I can go on and on…

So why not this, why not me, and why not now?

I guess I’m trying to justify my own being because I need motivation just like everyone else. And if you listen to my CreateYourMind partner’s and my podcasts, self limiting beliefs can be the biggest obstacle in your quest for success!

I’m prepared to face it head on. Most people aren’t. Their habit of failure leads them to believe they will fail when their failure should only drive them closer to achieving success. I’m going to strive to learn as much as I can on how to earn income online, not easy online money, nor to make extra money online, but to earn my living and to work and get what I deserve.

Want some inspiration on never giving up? Watch this video: “Don’t give up“!

The question I have for people who want more out of life and complain that they can’t have what the want – Do you get what you deserve? If not, do something about it. It doesn’t have to be blogging, but it has to be something you want to do.

As the saying goes:

Do what you love and the money will come.

I guarantee that those who find skepticism in that saying are not doing something they love and if they tried it, they quit before finding success. If I quit before I earn income online in a substantial way, I will never know if I could take my blogging to the bank, right? I can quit today, you can see my Helium.com income, I can make easy online money and do financial analysis full time while I make extra money online. But that’s the easy way out. That would be the quitter’s attitude. That would be the skeptic who says the above saying is a promise of broken dreams….

Well, check back with me in 6 months, then a year, then 5 years… I’ll have stories to tell. And I’ll be able to tell those stories while blogging to the bank!

Here is an excerpt from John Chow’s free ebook (again, you can find it here: John Chow dot Com)

Success Never Comes

Head over to John Chow’s website if you haven’t already! Get inspired! Learn from the leaders on how to earn income online.

Are you a loser?

That might be a little harsh for me to ask. Ok, are you willing to put in the hard work in order to achieve success? And, are you going to commit to keep going despite failures along the way instead of quitting and giving up? Those are better questions. If so, then you aren’t a loser. You are a leader. Leaders achieve what they set out to do. Losers – I don’t want to be a part of.

One of the main reasons people struggle with achieving success today is that they aren’t held accountable to achieving their goals. Hold me accountable to achieve income online! Now if you are waiting for me to fail as your goal to make me accountable, wow, you are a loser. If you want to hold me accountable while asking me to make you accountable for your own commitment to a goal – you are a leader! All you have to do is ask! I am!

As I was writing this I was wondering what the purpose really was? I guess it’s to say it – to be committed to it – and to share it with whoever wants to read it. I made it long on purpose – because those who care will read it, feel inspired and get to the end. And those who really don’t care, won’t care and it doesn’t matter.

I read every word of Steve Pavlina’s post. I read every word John Chow wrote on his free eBook. Why? Because they have the answers – I had the question:

How do you earn income online?

See, people have the same question – “how do you earn income online?” – but they aren’t willing to get past the first 400 words of how they can do it! After 400 words its too much work and they think they can do it all themselves. Nope. I need help in order to achieve my goal to earn income online. I’m going to ask for help. I’m going to follow in the footsteps of who has done what I want to do – that’s how to succeed! Not just in how to earn income online, but how to succeed in anything in life!

Follow me on my journey on how I am going to earn income online – and take notes. It’s the first week of March 2010! I’m 5 weeks into my road to success and I am doing something every single day to achieve my goals. Are you?

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