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For They Will Inherit the Earth — The Life Project

A person who is “meek” is often thought of as being resigned to their circumstances, even weak, but that really isn’t what is being described here. Those who are “meek” are those who understand that they are dependent upon God, and not upon their own strength or even upon the power of armies, for our […]

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You have the power to create

 


You have the power to create

By Don Miguel Ruiz from “The Mastery of Love” @donMiguelRuiz

You have the power to create.

Your power is so strong that whatever you believe comes true.

You create yourself, whatever you believe you are.

You are the way you are because that is what you believe about yourself.  Your whole reality, everything you believe, is your creation.

You have the same power as any other human in the world.  The main difference between you and someone else is how you apply your power, what you create with your power.

You may be similar to others in many ways, but no one in the whole world lives their life the way you do.

Have a GREAT day and continue doing what you LOVE to do.

The Power of Broke

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives on a world in which it is overestimated.” — H.L. Mencken

The Power of Broke

By James Altucher

I was starving all the time. I lived in one room, had one futon and had a three-inch screen on the floor next to the futon. But the TV didn’t work because you needed cable and I couldn’t afford that.

So I started a business. Many people think, “I have an idea” and then they want to raise $10,000,000 or something outrageous.

I didn’t have any ideas. But I was good at this new thing — the Internet — and I convinced people they needed to build websites.

Was I right or wrong: Does a company need a website?

Who knew back then. Nobody knew.

But I was broke and hungry and wanted money to purchase some small piece of freedom so I could do what I loved — write.

I sold the few skills I had to masters who would pay me and I got to work.

Which is why I was excited to read Daymond John’s book (founder of FUBU and $6 billion in sales later, a star from the ABC show Shark Tank along with Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, etc.) — The Power of Broke.

Daymond came on my podcast. He told me first about a time when he was no longer broke and why NOT being broke got him in trouble.

“I started a record label,” he said. “We made the fanciest videos, the best ads, we got the best artists, we made an album.”

“We spent $3 million on ads and videos and we sold $1 million worth of records.”

“This reminded me,” he said, “about how I should always get back to that feeling of being broke. That feeling of taking care of risk, of struggling to maximize every strength. That feeling of hustle that puts you back on the street.”

He got the entrepreneurial bug when his mom taught him how to sew wool caps and he sewed 80 of them out of fabric he bought for almost nothing and sold them for $10 each and made $800.

“Did you go back the next day and sew more?” I asked him.

“No,” he said and he paused, “I went back THE NEXT HOUR, and sewed more.”

Within a few years his FUBU line had $350 million in sales. Within a decade or so he had sold $6 billion worth of clothes.

In his book he tells story after story of people who went from broke to wealth.

“People always say you need money to make money,” he said to me. “This is wrong. If it were true, why would half the Forbes 500 of the richest people in the world start with nothing?”

“In fact if I had ZERO money when I started that record label, it probably would’ve worked. Instead, I went in there with the wrong mindset and I failed. I wasn’t hungry enough.”

We talked for an hour. He told me lots of stories from the book.

I was trying to write down notes of what he said so could I learn. No matter how many businesses I’ve started and failed at (with a success here or there) I always want to learn more.

I took out the paper this morning and here is what I can read from what he said:

Community

Find your community or your following. He talked about a teenager who had 15 million followers on Instagram and was now building a business around it. She’s mentioned in his book.

He talked about himself. FUBU stands for “For us, by us.” He sold clothes into the burgeoning hip-hop community that he had been so passionate about.

Network

LL Cool J lived down the street but he didn’t know him. So he showed up at his house every day and begged him to wear FUBU clothes.

Finally LL did, even wearing one on a Gap video and in the $30 million video said the phrase, “For us, by us” while wearing the cap.

“If I had millions of dollars, I would not have begged LL and slowly won him over. I probably would have just paid him and then lost him. Money would’ve cost me rather than having a mission around what I was doing. I had to get down and beg LL until it worked.”

OPM

Sometimes it means “Other People’s Money,” but sometimes it might mean “Other People’s Mistakes” or “Other Meople’s Momentum” (the way LL piggybacked FUBU on the momentum he had from The Gap ads).

Learn from other people, mistakes, money, momentum, motivations — whatever it takes. Fill in the M.

Affordable Steps Forward

If you sell 800 hats, don’t try to sell a million the next day. Sell 1000. Always take affordable steps forward so you aren’t at risk of going out of business. “Don’t take a $200,000 loan out on day one.”

But I challenged him on that, which led to this.

Always Manage Risk

I said, “But your mom mortgaged her house to give you $100,000 for the business. How does that match up?”

He said, “Yeah, but I had an order for $300,000 from Macy’s that I had to fill.

“As soon as I had the $100,000, I made the clothes, Macy’s paid me, and I paid back the bank. I never would have taken out the loan without knowing in advance how I would pay it back.”

Whenever I have loaned out money I don’t think I’ve ever gotten paid back once. I guess this is why I have gone broke so many times.

People think entrepreneurs take risks. This is not true. Entrepreneurs want to make more money than they spend. Period.

This means ALL of the time is spent on managing risks and costs.

Testing

“We were out on the streets selling hats and every day we’d try new prices, new styles, new sizes. We’d see what would work and then double down on what worked and stop doing what didn’t work.”

Later on I asked him about some of the businesses he invested in with Shark Tank.

He told me the story of one company and how they would constantly do ads on Facebook for $100 to see what products people would click on. “We would do up to 5 ads simultaneously and we’d have ads running all of the time.”

Whatever people clicked on, those are the products they would sell.

ABT — Always Be Testing.

We talked about jobs. How a job is like running a very small business with one source of revenue. How people live paycheck to paycheck because that “personal business” usually just breaks even, or even loses money.

“Even when I was starting FUBU I had two different jobs. I had to make more money than I was spending or it wasn’t worth it. We shut down FUBU twice during those first few years but people kept calling us back for bigger and bigger orders and then it was making money.” I asked him what he looked for in a company he invests in on Shark Tank. He’s put almost $8,000,000 into companies on Shark Tank.

“I look at the number of times the entrepreneur has failed,” he said. “I don’t want them to have their learning experiences on my dime.”

“I have to like the person,” he said.

This to me is the most important. I’ve invested in many companies and have had many failures and some successes.

The only successes were when I really liked the entrepreneur. And all of the failures came when I thought the idea was more important than the person.

I asked him, “I can relate to the Power of Broke — the grit, the hustle, and so on — but doesn’t this glamorize being broke a bit? When I was broke, it was really painful. I felt like I would never get up again. Never live.”

He said, “Being broke is temporary, but poverty of mind is permanent. You have to avoid poverty of mind.”

You can always learn from failures. Take affordable risks. Start fresh even stronger and get back to that hustle.

He said, “I apply the Power of Broke every single day of my life.”

“I don’t believe it,” I said, “what did you do today that was the Power of Broke?”

“Well,” he said, “Today I wanted to promote my book as cheaply and powerfully as possible.”

“What did you do?”

“I called you.”

Dreams Really Come True


Dreams Really Come True

by Lawrence Powell

As a child of God, you can expect to have dreams and visions. I don’t care how old you are. God has you here on this planet for a reason, and its time you start speaking to the greatness inside of you, to the potential that is yet to be released. Its time to begin pulling it out and giving it expression.

Remember Joel 2:28? It was prophesied then that God would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Peter, by the unction of the Holy Spirit, announced on the Day of Pentecost that we are living in the time of fulfillment of that scripture he said the Spirit was being poured out, that we would begin having dreams and visions!

Never underestimate the power of dreams and visions. God speaks through them, revealing things to us that we would otherwise miss. Here are four types of dreams recorded around the time of Jesus’ birth that stood out to me:

1. Dreams of Assurance:

Matthew 1:20 says, But while [Joseph] thought about those things, and Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take unto you Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. This dream is what I call the Dream of Assurance. Imagine Joseph receiving the news that his bride-to-be is pregnant. Now imagine his emotional state: His world has just been turned upside down. But in the moment of his understandable despair, God gave him a Dream of Assurance. As a result, he went from despair to faith, and he took up the role as the earthly father of Jesus!

God will give us dreams that bring us assurance. He has shared with me on many occasions dreams that helped me identify with what He was doing. And He will do the same with you, and they will bring comfort and help so that you, too, can discover what He is doing in your life. Maybe you’re facing some challenges this year. Maybe you’re feeling shattered or rejected, due to prevailing circumstance in your life. Well, good news! Be encouraged! Just as God gave Joseph a dream, He will send you a Dream of Assurance to strengthen and encourage you!

2. Dreams of Warning:

In Matthew 2:12-13, we read, Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Arise, take the young child and his mother, flee to Egypt and stay there until I bring you word, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

Sometimes God communicates with us through Dreams of Warning. But you’ve got to understand that there’s a dream language, that things in dreams may be symbolic: colors, persons, and occupations; if you’re on a plane or bus, in a car, house or bathtub. These dream images often represent entirely different things in the waking world. If you are going to do a Google search to try to figure out your dream, let me caution you to do a proper search for dream interpretations or symbols: type Christian in there, because there is a lot of New Age stuff on the internet, and that will take you somewhere you don’t need to go.

The Lord gave me a dream years ago. In it, I was in my parents’ home, and as I made my way through the kitchen toward the living room, I noticed a stranger sitting in the living room, as if he were at home in my house. There was eeriness about that character. Immediately I felt that I had to warn my mother and sister. I went back to the kitchen door and saw them coming up the sidewalk, so I warned them about the strange man in our house. When I awoke and shared the dream with my Mom, she told me she had had a similar dream about a stranger in the house. God was warning us, showing us a satanic attack that we had to pray againstand thank God, we got victory over it.

Years later, my daughter had a Dream of Warning all her own. She said, Daddy, I had a dream I was driving by the church. It was about midnight and the parking lot was packed. They were having a party at the church! I went to look, but, Daddy, it wasn’t like a church party; it was like a club party! God had warned my daughter in a dream and when she shared that dream with me, immediately a passage of scripture came to mind in which the enemy was rejoicing, celebrating, having a party over the people of God…But I couldn’t remember the verse. That was on a Monday. By Friday, it dawned on me. It was the passage about David and Ziklag. When the Israelites got to where the enemy was camped, they found them eating, drinking, and celebrating, because the enemy thought they had the victory over the people of God. I explained to my daughter that her dream represented the devil’s way of thinking that he’s going to get the victory over God’s people. It was a warning to us to be on our guard against the wiles of the devil. That is why my daughter saw the ungodly party in the house of God. When God gives you aDream of Warning, it might be that He is trying to re-route you, so pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit, amen?

3. Dreams of Guidance:

Theres a powerful dream-example in Matthew 2:19: Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, ‘Arise, take the young child and his mother and get to the land of Israel. For those who sought the young child’s life are dead.’ And then he rose, took the young child and his mother and went into the land of Israel. When they got to Israel, they were led by dreams to Nazareth to fulfill the prophecy, And He shall be called a Nazarene. This kind of dream is a Dream of Guidance. God orders our steps. He will show you dreams and visions that signify where He is leading you. We all need guidance from the Lord, don’t we? Dont insist upon doing things your own way. Please save yourself some heartache, some money, and some pain: Trust the Lord. The Bible says, Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways. He will give you dreams and visions as you face this new year. He will guide you into your destiny and His abundance, if you will let Him!

4. Dreams of the Miraculous:

Another miracle happened around the time of Jesus’ birth: the announcement of the pregnancy of Elizabeth, who was barren and old, and the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1). In this story, an angelic visitation leads to the birth of John. These scriptures show us Dreams and Visions of the Miraculous. So many people are in need of miracles today. Are you one of them? God reminds us through the birth of John and more so the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ that miracles do happen. Let us not forget that the birth of Jesus was a miraculous gift from God to the entire world. I want you to understand that: Jesus was not just a gift to you or to me; He was a miracle gift to the world. This signifies to us that God has miracles for every one of us, and I personally believe that He has a miracle for you this year! Ask big, expect big, and receive big, in Jesus’ name!

The day of miracles is not past, because the God of miracles is still present! Whatever you need, my friendif it’s a Dream of Assurance, Warning, Guidance or Miracle, just keep your eyes on Jesus! He will direct your path!