I left my phone at the karate school so I went on a phone diet. I had to use an old clock from my son to set the alarm for the morning. I had a good night sleep and I woke up at six am but went back to sleep. God shows me something he needed me to understand. When I lost the business which was supposed to help pay the personal and business bills, my friend from the job at the hospital who I thought cared about me told me that her brother needed help at the family business. her brother knew that I was making money with my blogs which mean I have a large follower on social media. I understood that he wanted to use my network to build his business which he inherited from his father and mother. I learned the business and most of the times he had me write checks for a large sum of money to pay another company. I am familiar with handling a large amount of money. I did some of the quickbook for the business also but he needed someone to run the business full-time while he goes in the field. His mother came to the factory every day and she brought him foods. They had a big room for the employees to meet and for him to meet with other business people. I watched how his mother took care of him and she brought a large plate of foods from the restaurant that her daughter owned with her husband. The foods tasted so good and I was able to take some foods home, however, the pay was not good enough. As a single mother with two children, I need to make at least three thousand dollars.
By Catherine Clifford @CatClifford
The world of elite, professional ballet is tiny, brutal and exacting. It operates within a long history of well-established traditions to define excellence in the industry. In that world, ballet dancers are long, lean, have delicate waists, small busts, lithe legs and are white.
And then there’s Misty Copeland: 5’2”, curvy, muscular and black.
This week, Copeland, 32, was promoted to the highest rank in one of the premier ballet companies in the world: principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Her promotion goes into effect on Aug. 1, according to an announcement from the theater.
Copeland is changing the face of the world of ballet and fueling the dreams of so many young dancers out there. But more than that, she’s an inspiration to anyone trying to overcome barriers or achieve what sometimes feels impossible.
Here are five lessons from her story.
1. It’s never too late to get started.
Copeland, one of six children raised by an itinerant and poor family, took her first ballet class at the ripe-old age of 13. That may sound young, but for a female ballet dancer, taking a first class at 13 is ancient. Men often start training older than professional female ballet dancers, but women who are considering a professional ballet career start training by 6 or 7 years old. (Ideally, you want to start training a woman’s body to move in the lines of ballet before muscles and limbs get too rigid.)
The takeaway: If you’re thinking about making a big move — starting a business, taking up a new hobby — don’t let your age be an excuse. Some of the most successful leaders in history found their purpose later in life.
2. Don’t let money be a barrier.
Professional ballet classes are expensive, and Copeland grew up in a family with a lot of kids and not much money. Her first ballet class was a free class offered on a basketball course at a Boys & Girls Club. She didn’t have a leotard, tights and ballet shoes, so she wore gym shorts, a shirt and socks.
Recognizing her natural talent and grace, the volunteer teacher at the Boys & Girls center brought her into her own ballet school on a full scholarship for the next four years. After that, she was accepted at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensives on full scholarship. She joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000 and the main company as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. She was made soloist in August of 2007.
The takeaway: There’s no price on passion. Pursue your dreams, surround yourself with good people and seek the wisdom of mentors.
3. Don’t let precedents determine your future.
Copeland is the star of a viral Under Armour commercial where she is seen dancing while a girl reads a rejection letter from a ballet company. As someone who didn’t fit the typical ballerina mold, she understood feelings of rejection acutely.
“Because I was being told you’re not right for this role and you’re not right for that role, I really believed it. I thought that maybe I should leave ABT or join a company where I’m surrounded by other black dancers that look like me,” she told Vogue Italia in 2013. “But for me that is completely giving up, because my goal was always to dance for ABT. That went on for most of my early twenties. It was hard to dig myself out of that hole.”
The takeaway: There will be times in your life where you face failure and rejection. Learn from those moments, but don’t give up.
4. Promote yourself.
Copeland is more active outside the ballet studio than most other elite dancers. She published a bestselling autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, was on the cover of Time magazine, is the subject of a documentary, keeps an active presence on social media, and the list goes on.
Copeland’s desire to get her story out is to inspire other girls who aren’t built like the typical ballerina. And getting her story out requires her to be a savvy business woman in a tough market.
“It’s important to believe in yourself. Especially when you get to a professional level, you have to be the one that is promoting yourself. There are so many dancers that you are competing against and that you have to stand out with. And if you don’t believe that you are worthy, then no one else will,” Copeland said in an interview in April.
The takeaway: Identify what it is that makes you or your business special and run with it. Your belief in yourself will help others take notice.
5. Seize the moment.
When Copeland was a soloist, the rank below principal, she was given the opportunity to take the lead role in Firebird, a Russian ballet about a magical bird. It was April of 2012, and she had six stress fractures in her leg at the time, but she went on with the performance without telling her artistic director.
“Any of those times could have been the last times I danced, had my bone completely snapped,” she told 60 Minutes in December 2014. “I was 29 years old and I was really given the biggest role of my career at that point and I felt had I not done this performance and proven myself that I was capable and mature enough to become this character, that I wouldn’t be given the opportunity again.” She says, with a bit of a nervous, relieved laugh, “I think it paid off.”
Indeed, Misty. Indeed.
The takeaway: You aren’t going to get to most elite levels of success by always playing the safe card. Take risks, but be strategic
AN EARLY START TO YOUR GOLDEN YEARS
1. LIVE TWO TO THREE TIMES BELOW YOUR MEANS
2. REDEFINE ‘COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT’
3. PAY OFF ALL YOUR DEBT
4. CONSIDER OVERLOOKED FINANCIAL RESOURCES
5. INVEST EARLY AND AGGRESSIVELY
6. MARRIED COUPLES: PLAY RETIREMENT ACCOUNT MATCHMAKER
7. PRACTICE SOUND CASH FLOW MANAGEMENT
8. JUMP ON EMPLOYER STOCK PURCHASE PLANS
9. START THAT RETIREMENT ACCOUNT TODAY
10. PLAN SMART VACATIONS AND TRAVEL — AND INVEST THE DIFFERENCE
11. DON’T LET YOUR MONEY SIT IDLE
12. HOP OFF THE HEDONIC TREADMILL
13. LOOK FOR PASSIVE SOURCES OF INCOME
14. ENLIST IN THE ARMED FORCES
15. HIT THE ROAD OR GO JUMP IN A LAKE, INDEFINITELY
September 16, 2016
From Bill Bonner, chairman, Bonner & Partners: It’s back to Europe. Back to school. Back to work.
Let’s begin by bringing new readers into the discussion… and by reminding old readers (and ourselves) where we stand.
Small and Lonely Group
As a Diary reader, you join a small and lonely group.
But we know something others don’t.
We—and apparently only we—understand the real cause of our economic malaise.
What malaise, you ask?
Well… how could the richest, most technologically advanced, and most scientifically sophisticated economy stop dead in its tracks?
The rate of economic growth has gone steadily downhill for the last 30 years. By some measures, after accounting for the effects of inflation, we’re back to levels not seen since before the Industrial Revolution.
And how could such a modern, 21st-century economy make the average person poorer?
When you measure actual inflation, rather than the government’s crooked numbers, the median U.S. household income is 20% lower today than when the century began.
And why would our modern economy concentrate wealth in the hands of so few, so that only the richest 1% make any real progress?
You may also ask a question with an obvious answer: Why are the richest and most powerful people in the country overwhelmingly supporting Ms. Clinton in the presidential race?
You find the answer to all these questions the same way: Follow the money.
Ms. Clinton is raising record amounts of money—$80 million in a single month.
Big corporations, banks, military contractors, rich people—all are pitching in to make sure Hillary is our next president.
Because she promises to protect the status quo.
That, of course, is what government always does. A free economy is a precarious place for wealth. It is despised by nearly everyone—especially the rich.
In a truly free market, the process of “creative destruction” can’t be controlled. New wealth is born. Old wealth dies.
Naturally, people with wealth and power try to use government to get more wealth and power… and to stop the creative-destructive process. They want to protect what they’ve got already. That’s why the real role of government is to look into the future and keep it from happening.
Hillary stands like King Canute, promising to stop the tides of economic history.
What’s this got to do with money?
Let’s ask another question instead: What is the source of Ms. Clinton’s campaign pile? Whence cometh all this lucre?
“It comes from rich people,” you will say.
But where did the rich get so much money?
Ah… that’s where it gets interesting.
We remind you of the context: So far this century, only the rich have gotten wealthier. Naturally, they are keen to see the system that gave them—and them alone—such great wealth continue.
Old Money, New Money
The key to understanding it all is the money system itself.
The money you spend today is the money that President Nixon inaugurated on August 15, 1971.
That’s when he reneged on America’s promise to convert foreign creditors’ dollars to gold at a fixed price of $35 per ounce… and broke the last link between the dollar and gold.
Nixon’s new money looked, for all the world, like the old money. It seemed to work just like the dollar always did. And the most distinguished economist of the era—Milton Friedman—advised Nixon to put it in place.
Subtle… slippery—the difference between the old dollar and the new one went unnoticed for 40 years.
Old dollar? New dollar? Who cared?
Even now, most of the world has no idea what happened. But we, dear reader, are beginning to connect the dots.
Here’s the basic difference: The old gold-backed dollar represented wealth that had already been created. You got more dollars as you created more wealth.
Money was real wealth.
But this old money was hard for the authorities to control. They said it was uncooperative. Intransient. And stubborn. They wanted a new kind of money… and a dollar they could manipulate (to make a better economy, of course).
So, the new dollar was created. And this new dollar was not based on wealth, but on debt.
It was not backed by gold. And it was not connected to the real wealth of the economy.
Instead, it was brought into being by the banking system—as a credit. It increased as people borrowed and went further into debt, not as they grew wealthier.
The more they borrowed, the more they could buy. This gave the economy the appearance of growth and prosperity. It allowed millions of Americans to increase their standard of living, even as their salaries stalled.
But every purchase put people further into debt…
Between 1964 and 2007, credit expanded 50 times.
And in 2008, the credit bubble burst.
More to come…
Reeves’ Note: The big corporations, banks, military contractors, and rich people backing Hillary Clinton are just apparatchiks of what Bill calls the Deep State… a nebulous group of elites who have infiltrated the far reaches of the American government.
Bill exposes this unelected group of insiders, and offers a “prep guide” to protect your wealth and privacy from its intrusion… in this urgent warning.
How to Stop Holding Yourself Back
|You’re throwing the fight.
You aren’t giving your best.
You’re making excuses and taking the easy way out.
I can tell.
You see, thousands of clients have gone through my various coaching programs.
And I know when a person has real marketing problems…
…and when a person has self-sabotage issues.
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— Bedros Keuilian
In fact, and he won’t mind me saying this, our good friend, Craig Ballantyne, is one of those people. That’s right, Craig himself still has self-sabotage issues.
And you do, too.
I call this self-sabotage issue, “the E-brake problem.”
But it’s not your fault.
Let me explain.
I could give you and Craig a brand new Ferrari, but if the Emergency brake (the E-brake) is pulled, then it won’t go faster than a Honda Civic.
That’s because the car has been neutered.
Likewise, most people have a neutered subconscious mind.
They are holding themselves back.
They’ve got the E-brake on.
You might have a great idea and a hungry market that needs your help, but if you’ve got the brakes on, you’ll never get where you want to be.
But the only way for you to succeed and play up a level is to drop that E-brake.
You have value to add to the world.
You have lives to change.
You have the ability to make a massive impact on the lives of millions…
Just like Craig.
That’s one of the reasons he hired me as his coach — even though we’re business partners.
Craig was wise enough to know that he needed help.
He needed a mentor to guide him and to stop himself from holding back.
You need help releasing the e-brake, too.
It might be that you’re afraid of criticism, afraid of what other people might say, afraid of what your family might think, afraid of failure, and even afraid of success.
Instead of going all out, you hold back because you’re being selfish and protecting yourself from what others think.
So how do you drop the E-brake and accelerate down the road to success?
The answer is that you need to change your belief system.
For example, you might have a negative money mindset that your parents put in your head.
Perhaps they told you that money’s bad, money’s for the rich, that other people have success and we don’t, that we’re the working class and will never be anything else, or that the rich have knowledge that you don’t or ever will.
That negative belief system can be crippling.
It’s one that has held back Craig.
He’s slowly overcoming it, but let me tell you, the anti-abundance chains can be a heavy, heavy weight.
Our childhood experiences shape us, and they shackle us.
You might know the feeling.
There are other pains from the past that can keep us in a mental prison.
You might have been on the receiving end of a cruel comment from a schoolteacher.
Or you might have been abused like I was as a little boy.
Bad things happened to me when I was just a 4-year old kid in Armenia before our family immigrated to America.
Because of this trauma, I found a million reasons in my life to fail at things.
I failed at things on purpose.
Procrastination was one of my bad habits ten years ago before I released the brake.
I’d have a good idea and set aside for “the future,” and then never get around to it.
I went broke in my first business, an online supplement company because I didn’t feel deserving of success.
I didn’t believe that anybody would even want to hear from me.
But the truth of the matter is I had the knowledge to help people and yet I was too afraid to share it.
I pulled my punches.
I threw that fight.
It took years for me to get over it.
But eventually, when I started to work on my personal development, changing my belief systems and cutting out the negative people in my life, I was finally able to break free.
I gave myself permission to succeed.
The time had come to stop holding back, to go out and add massive value to the world, to be an evangelical believer in the message I am here to share.
That’s how I dropped the E-brake.
If you’re like I once was, you need to change.
When you drop the E-brake, ideas flow to you and all of a sudden you magically have the courage to take action and overcome the bad habit of procrastination once and for all.
Listen, you have an obligation to get your solution in the hands of as many people as you can so that you can make a change in their lives.
That is how you will free yourself — by first believing in yourself, and then giving of yourself to the world.
It’s the message that I’ve told Craig over and over again, and I can see him believing in it now more than ever.
And let me tell you, he’s a great student.
Everything I instruct him to do, he does.
He takes action.
He works on the skills he needs to improve.
He practices his presentations more than ever.
He asks for feedback.
More important, he is man enough to accept the constructive criticism and then goes back to work on his weaknesses.
And you can too.
Release the brakes.
It all starts with the belief you have a unique gift to share with the world.
And then you need to take massive action.
You don’t need more education.
You just need to take what you know and do it.
You just need to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
Add your value. Sell your message. Do the work.
Get feedback. Fail forward.
And do it again and again.
Each time you do, the E-brake will drop lower and lower…
…And you’ll go faster and faster.
This approach to life is working for Craig, it worked for me, and it will work for you, too.
About the Author: Bedros Keuilian is the embodiment of the American Dream. Arriving in the United States from the communist Soviet Union back in 1980, his family went from being broke to eventually adding value to their new community. Today, Bedros helps over 45,000 fitness experts grow their businesses. Bedros knows the American Dream is NOT dead, because he is living it right now.
5 Ways Mobile Apps Helps You Improve Business Revenue
By Urvish Shangvis
1) Acquire More Customers:
A Mobile App is an effective and efficient medium to connect with customers. Asking desktop users to download a mobile app, helps acquire new customers. Offering a 10-30% discount to new mobile app users on their first order, will make them repeat customers. Research indicates that users prefer mobile apps to a mobile or desktop website, as mobile apps can be accessed offline too. Users spend more time on a mobile app than a mobile or desktop site. Mobile apps can help you gain new customers, by running various offers and discounts.