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The law of intentionality proves that growth doesn’t just happen

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Anyone who has dreams, goals, or aspirations, needs to grow to achieve them. You must become intentional about growth if you want to make your goals and fulfill purpose. Some mistaken beliefs create gaps that keep you from growing and reaching your potential. Some of these misconceptions about growth include:

The Assumption Gap makes you assume that you will automatically grow.

Many people carry into adulthood a belief that mental, spiritual, and emotional growth comes on its own. However, we don’t improve by simply living. We have to be intentional about it.

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The Knowledge Gap – I don’t know how to grow.

"If you are clear with what you want, the world responds with clarity." -Loretta Staples

Many people learn only from the school of hard knock. Painful experiences teach them lessons the hard way.

 

Life lessons make people change – sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse. It’s much better to plan your growth intentionally.

You decide where you need to grow, you choose what you will learn, and you follow through with discipline going at the pace you set.

The Timing Gap – It is not the right time to begin.

Most people don’t act as quickly as they should on things. They find themselves subject to the Law of Diminishing Intent, which says, “The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it”.

The Mistake Gap – I’m afraid of making mistakes.

Growing means admitting you don’t have the answers. It requires making mistakes.

 

If you want to grow, you need to get over any fear you may have of making mistakes.

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things." -Warren Bennis

You must make the transition to intentional growth

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It is better to make the transition to becoming intentional about your personal growth, growth compounds, and accelerates if you remain intentional about it. Here’s how to make the change:

  • Ask the big question now.
  • Ask yourself the question, “how far can I go?” You may not be able to answer the problem yet. But it will help you set the direction, if not the distance.
  • Where do you want to go in life?
  • What direction do you want to go?
  • What’s the farthest you can imagine going?

Ask the big question now.

“No one can produce great things who is not thoroughly sincere in dealing with himself.” -James Russell Lowell

Answering those questions will get you started on the personal-growth journey. The best you can hope to do in life is to make the most out of whatever you’ve been given. You do that by investing in yourself, making yourself the best you can be.

  • Give growing your best so you can become your best.
  • Do it now.
  • Face the fear factor.
  • Change from accidental to intentional growth.

People like remaining in their comfort zone. They get in a smooth groove and they don’t try to break out if it – even when it’s taking them in the wrong direction. After a while, they just get by. If they learn something, it’s because of a happy accident. Don’t let that happen to you!

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the length. Do not get in a rut.

If you want to reach your potential and become the person you were created to be, you must do much more than just experience life and hope that you learn what you need along the way. You must go out of your way to seize growth opportunities as if your future depended on it. Growth doesn’t just happen – not for me, not for you, not for anybody. You have to go after it!

The law of awareness.

To grow, you must know yourself: your strengths and weaknesses, your interests, and opportunities. You must be able to gauge not only where you’ve been, but also where you are now. Otherwise you cannot set a course for where you want to go.

Every time you want to learn something, you must be able to take the new thing you’ve learned today and build upon what you learned yesterday to keep growing.

Did you know? Most people underestimate the unimportance of nearly everything in their lives. They get distracted. As a result, they put growth on the back burner, and if they do grow, it happens accidentally instead of intentionally.

 

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Getting into the right business

“Success, in any particular business, depends on one thing upon your possessing, in a well-developed state, the faculties required in that business.

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Without good musical faculty, no one can succeed as a teacher of music. Without well – developed mechanical faculties, no one can achieve great success in any of the mechanical trades. Without tact and commercial faculties, no one can succeed in mercantile pursuits. But to possess in a well-developed state the faculties required in your particular vocation does not insure getting rich. There are musicians who have remarkable talent, and who yet remain poor. There are blacksmiths, carpenters, and so on who have excellent mechanical ability, but who do not get rich. And there are merchants with good faculties for dealing with people who nevertheless fail.

The different faculties are tools. It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way. One man can take a sharp saw, a square, a good plane, and so on, and build a handsome article of furniture. Another man can take the same tools and set to work to duplicate the article, but his production will be a botch. He does not know how to use good tools in a successful way.

The different faculties are tools. It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way. One man can take a sharp saw, a square, a good plane, and so on, and build a handsome article of furniture. Another man can take the same tools and set to work to duplicate the article, but his production will be a botch. He does not know how to use good tools in a successful way.

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The various faculties of your mind are the tools with which you must do the work which is to make you rich. So it will be easier for you to succeed if you get into a business for which you are well equipped with mental tools.

Generally speaking, you will do best in that business which will use your strongest faculties — the one for which you are naturally “best fitted.” But there are limitations to this statement also. No one should regard his vocation as being irrevocably fixed by the tendencies with which he was born.

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You can get rich in ANY business, for if you have not the right talent, you can develop that talent. It merely means that you will have to make your tools as you go along, instead of confining yourself to the use of those with which you were born. It will be EASIER for you to succeed in a vocation for which you already have the talents in a well – developed state;, but you CAN succeed in any vocation, for you can develop any rudimentary talent, and there is no talent of which you have not at least the rudiment.

You will get rich most easily in terms of effort if you do that for which you are best fitted, but you will get rich most satisfactorily if you do that which you WANT to do. Doing what you want to do is life, and there is no real satisfaction in living if we are compelled to be forever doing something which we do not like to do and can never do what we want to do. And it is certain that you can do what you want to do. The desire to do it is proof that you have within you the power which can do it.”

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The right to be rich

Whatever may be said in praise of poverty, the fact remains that it is not possible to live a really complete or successful life unless one is rich. No one can rise to his greatest possible height in talent or soul development unless he has plenty of money, for to unfold the soul and to develop talent he must have many things to use, and he cannot have these things unless he has money to buy them with.

A person develops in mind, soul, and body by making use of things, and society is so organized that man must have money in order to become the possessor of things. Therefore, the basis of all advancement must be the science of getting rich.

The object of all life is development, and everything that lives has an inalienable right to all the development it is capable of attaining. A person’s right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual, and physical unfoldment; or, in other words, his right to be rich.

There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life – and that desire is praiseworthy. The person who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the person who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.

There are three motives for which we live: We live for the body, we live for the mind, we live for the soul. No one of these is better or holier than the other; all are alike desirable, and no one of the three-body, mind, or soul – can live fully if either of the others is cut short of full life and expression. It is not right or noble to live only for the soul and deny the mind or body, and it is wrong to live for the intellect and deny body or soul.

There is a science of getting rich, and it is an exact science, like algebra or arithmetic. There are certain laws which govern the process of acquiring riches, and once these laws are learned and obeyed by anyone, that person will get rich with mathematical certainty.

The ownership of money and property comes as a result of doing things in a certain way, and those who do things in this certain way – whether on purpose or accidentally – get rich, while those who do not do things in this certain way – no matter how hard they work or how able they are – remain poor.

It is a natural law that like causes always produce like effects, and, therefore, any man or woman who learns to do things in this certain way will infallibly get rich.

That the above statement is true is shown by the following facts: Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for if it were, all the people in certain neighborhoods would become wealthy. The people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be poor, or all the inhabitants of one state would roll in wealth, while those of an adjoining state would be in poverty.

Getting rich is not the result of saving or thrift. Many very penurious people are poor, while free spenders often get rich. Nor is getting rich due to doing things which others fail to do, for two people in the same business often do almost exactly the same things, and one gets rich while the other remains poor or becomes bankrupt.

From all these things, we must come to the conclusion that getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way.

If getting rich is the result of doing things in a certain way, and if like causes always produce like effects, then any man or woman who can do things in that way can become rich, and the whole matter is brought within the domain of exact science.

 

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Keep your plans as simple as possible; action beats planning

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.

 

No matter how great and outstanding your plan is, it is not going to be worth anything if you don’t execute it on time. How do you know an idea is even marketable unless you bring it out there in the first place?

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You haveto pull the trigger on your plan, and it’s better done sooner than later.

There’s nothing wrong with planning, but you can spend a lifetime making a plan that never turns into action. In the battle between planning and action, action wins. As you are well aware, creating a business is about actively providing value for others, and value relates to helping people and fulfilling emotional needs. It goes without saying that you can not help people by only planning to help them.

It is only through action you’ll be able to discover what people truly want, and gear your idea towards fulfilling their needs. You don’t need to make excessive analysis and create a complex plan. Once you’re sure you want to start a microbusiness, get started quickly and see what happens. wins. Here’s how to go about it.

1. Select a marketable idea and determine who your customer is.

A marketable idea doesn’t have to be a huge, exceptional idea; it just has to provide a solution to a problem or be useful enough that other people are ready to pay for it. When selecting your idea, endeavor to focus on usefulness instead of innovation.

Don’t think only about innovation. Search for innovation usefulness.

2. Keep costs low as much as you can.

Most micro businesses cost less than 5000 to set up; most of the time, all you need is a website, Wi-Fi connection, and one or two pieces of simple equipment. The vast majority of the “solopreneurs”

For instance, an Indian entrepreneur Trishneet Arora started his career with only a computer and an Internet connection and now he is a millionare and now his company’s networth is more than 2000 crores. Another one, P C Mustafa, who runs a successful Idli Dosa Batter company, started from a small kitchen and now his company’s annual revenue is more than 100 crore(1Billion).

3. Get the first sale as soon as possible.

The first time you make a sale in a new business, no matter the amount, it’s a very big deal. That initial feedback is very potent, as it gives you cues on what actions you need to take next. After an initial success, you will be able to reorganize your thoughts and decide what needs to be done next.

So, when you’re starting out, the question you need to ask is this: How can I get my first sale? Forget about competition from other businessesfornow; the greatest problem you face at this stage is the reluctance to start.

4. Make sure you market your product before manufacturing.

It is wise to be sure if people want what you have to offer before you put a lot of work into making it. One way to go about this is through surveys, but if you’re adventurous, you can also just put something out there, see what the response is, and then figure out how to make it.

Make sure there is enough demand for your product or service before spending your whole life working on it.

That’s why it’s so important to get started as quickly as possible and why the first sale can be so empowering.

Conclusively, in a microbusiness built on low costs and quick action, you don’t need to do a lot of formal planning. Mostly, all you need is a product or service, a group of customers, and a way to get paid.

 

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Do what you love

To get paid doing what you love, you must connect it to what other people want.

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It all sounds so simple: Pick something you love and build a business around it, and you’ll be smiling to the bank in no time. But is it really that easy? The truth is, not just any passion can be turned into a paycheck – there are plenty of things you may be passionate about that no one will pay you for.

You might like to eat pizza, for instance, but no matter how passionate you are, it’s highly unlikely you could craft a career around your love for mushrooms and black olives. Instead, you have to find something more interesting to the rest of the world.

 

Not every passion makes a good business.

Many successful follow-your-passion business owners understand an important principle that aspiring and unsuccessful business owners don’t. And it’s this critical point: you usually don’t get paid for your hobby itself; you get paid for helping other people pursue the hobby or for something indirectly related to it.

 

You must have the necessary skills to turn your passion into a paycheck.

 

In addition to passion, you must develop a skill that provides a solution to a problem. Only when passion merges with a skill that other people value can you truly follow your passion to the bank. Here is a simple formula for carving a new life for yourself with your passion:

Passion + skill + usefulness = success

So, you see that even though passion is vital to the success of any business, it is just one part of the equation. If you don’t have the skill to carve your passion into a valuable business, it will only remain a passion and nothing more.

 

Compared with working just to make a living, it’s much easier to do what you love and get paid for it. You just have to find the right passion, the right audience, and the right business model.

In essence, your passion matters; but before you can make a living out of it, people must be willing to buy what you are passionate about. You can be passionate about all kinds of things that won’t actually make you any money. But when you merge your passion with something the world finds useful, that’s where you’ll find synergy. And that’s how you can make some money.

Did you know? The saying “do what you love and the money will follow,” that’s not literally true. The money will only follow your passion when you merge it with something the world finds useful.

 

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Make your business about helping others

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Do what you love, and create a new future.

The reason almost 90% of all startups fail to thrive today is that entrepreneurs often fall into the trap of making products or offering services that nobody wants. Once most people have a big idea and enough resources, they immediately set up a business without first taking the time to identify a market need for their products.

 

“Find out what people want and then find a way to give it to them.”

 

The truth is, when it comes to building your way to freedom by starting a business that is based on skill, hobby, or passion, there is only one key principle: find out what people want and then find a way to give it to them. If you make this principle – the foundation of your business, you’re destined for success. However, if you start your business fumbling along, uncertain whether your big idea will resonate with customers, then you’re simply setting yourself up for failure.

 

To plot your way towards freedom, to create a business that will thrive, you must be able to give something that can add value to people. In this series of articles I defined value as something desirable and of worth, created through exchange or effort.

 

“Value means helping people.”

 

When considering starting a business, if you begin with the main aim of helping people, then you’re on the right track. Even when you get stuck as you continue to grow the business, all you have to do is ask yourself: How can I give more value? Or more simply: How can I help my customers more?

 

Ultimately, a business succeeds because of the value it provides its end-users, customers, or clients. The main goal of starting your own business is personal freedom, and the only way to get that freedom for yourself is by providing value for others.

“The secret to a thriving business is directly related to making people feel good about themselves.”

 

Moreover, we humans are emotional beings; and more than anything else, value relates to emotional needs. A lot of business owners talk about their work in terms of the features it offers, but it’s much more powerful to talk about the benefits customers receive. This will appeal to the emotions of the customers and make them realize how greatly that product or service will benefit them.

 

For instance, if you make wedding dresses and bridal accessories, instead of giving your company a fact-based description like “Wedding dresses and accessories,” give an emotion-based promise such as “Feel special on your big day.”

 

A feature is descriptive –“These clothes fit well and look nice” –  and a benefit is the value someone receives from the item in question – “These clothes make you feel healthy and attractive”.

 

“It is essential that your business focus on core benefits, not features.”

 

By default, we tend to talk about features, but since most purchases are emotional decisions, it¡¯s much more persuasive to talk about benefits. In essence, the more your business can focus on core benefits instead of boring features, the more customers will connect, and the easier it will be to profit from your ideas.

 

So how do you identify what customers really want? According to a research, humans are very simple and generally want more of some things and less of others.

 

We want more of things such as love, money, acceptance, and free time. And we want less of things such as stress, long commutes, bad relationships, anxiety, and debts.

 

Let the main goal of your business be to improve people’s lives by either adding something new and appealing or removing something stressful. If your business focuses on giving people more of what they want or taking away something they don’t want (or both), then it’s bound to thrive.

 

“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” –Karl Marx

 

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Now you can quit your job and live the NR lifestyle

Escape 9-5 and live anywhere Part-5 (The Conclusion)

If you’ve followed all the previous steps – particularly if you’ve started outsourcing and the side business you created with your spare time is beginning to roll in consistent cash – you’re near the point where quitting your job is feasible. But first, you will want to negotiate remote working conditions so you can test your lifestyle of freedom while still having money from your job. You will need the remote work especially if your business is yet to comfortably cater to your financial needs.

Earlier we discussed how being super productive will make it easier to negotiate remote work; but you need something more than productivity – you need a strategy, because it’s not always a walk in the part to talk management into allowing you to work from anywhere in the world. What your company’s management needs to see is how your working from home will contribute more to the organization than working from the office. And it’s the duty of your strategy to show them that.

Consider Deepak experience with his boss. Because of his plan to negotiate remote work, Deepak started putting in the effort to increase his productivity – and consequently, his value to the company.

Additionally, he ensured the company invested in him so that it would be hard for them to let him go. Next, he called in sick for two days. Deepak used these days to do his office work remotely. He made sure he performed more than he usually did at the office. He resumed after two days and was ready to negotiate remote work. Deepak started by asking for two remote workdays -Monday and Tuesday – he used that approach because it’s much easier for his boss to accept two days of remote work than all five days at once.

The result? Deepak did his best to impress his boss, then leveraged on his super performance to negotiate four days remote work, and then complete remote work – the entire five days a week.

He is now only required to show up at the organization during crucial meetings.

You can apply his strategy too. The most important things are your ability to show a high degree of competence and reliability.

 

Conclusion of the Escape 9-5 and live anywhere Series

You no longer have to pour out your life into your job or business, forgetting that work is simply a means to living and not the goal itself. All the strategies outlined in this book are targeted at one thing: helping you work to live, not just work for work’s sake. Begin your journey into the world of possibilities and adventures by deciding you deserve a better life – a life of cash and freedom. Then begin eliminating all the clutter that will stop you from joining the NR league. After that, automate your work and income.

1. Outsource excess work that cannot be eliminated.
2. Start a profitable side business.
3. Liberate yourself from the 9-5 shackles and live like the NR you are.

Find more information about the New Rich lifestyle. There are also tons of real-life stories of people who successfully created the NR lifestyle for themselves. You sure will learn a lesson or two from their stories.

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Simple hacks for putting your work on autopilot

Escape 9-5 and live anywhere Part-4

Outsourcing is the lifeblood of the New Rich. Don’t forget the goal is to be in charge of your life and have others working for you while you focus on the activities that matter most to you. And as we’ve reiterated countless times, anyone can do this. It doesn’t matter if you’re on entrepreneur, employee or a student.

Before we go into how you can outsource effectively, here are a few short rules to help you make the most of it.

Rule number one – and everything hinges on this – do not delegate tasks that can be eliminated. This is so important. You’ll be wasting your resources (time and money), if you violate this rule.

Rule number two – every task must be both times consuming and well defined before it can be delegated.

Having made that clear, let’s delve into how you can begin outsourcing your tasks.

You have two options here. You could choose to use either a local or remote virtual assistant. Mukesh recommends using remote VAs from developing countries like India because the cost of service is less, and because of the time difference between both countries – you will be sleeping while your VA is working for you. So let’s say you have a presentation to give the following morning. All you need to do is contact your VA early enough, give them clear instructions and a deadline you both can work with (keep Parkinson’s law in mind when doing this). If things go well, you will wake up to your presentation waiting in your email. How awesome is that?

In order to avoid any disappointments, it’s good you don’t hire a new or sole VA. Working with a VA organization with a good reputation will save you all the stress of finding a great VA. The two most common VA organizations providing remote services are YourManInIndia (YMII) and Brickwork, based in India.

 

Now it’s time to set your income on autopilot!

This is the part you’ve been waiting for!

The secret of all NRs is building a business around something they love, and keep it simple and automated so they can enjoy doing other things. The goal is not business, but fun.

The easiest way to get into this is to find a product you can sell to a particular target market. And you don’t want to spend too much time researching about a product or its market, so just find a niche you already know well. Look at your past or current experiences and try to locate a problem your product can solve.

When Mukesh created brainQUICKEN, his target market was students and athletes. It was easy to create something they will love because he was a student and athlete, too.

Now, don’t let the word “create” scare you. That word has been largely overrated by the media – but as you will see soon enough, it’s not hard to create products people will love. And just in case the idea of product creation doesn’t at all fascinate you, there are two other awesome ways to get a product for your target market. But before going into those two other ways, let’s hammer on product creation.

After picking a target market and determining what problems they have, the next step is to think of a product you can create to meet this need. If what you have in mind is a hard product, you can leverage on private labeling; simply contact experts in the field to manufacture the product in a way that it will suit your target market, then stamp your unique label on it. Another option is to create information products.

The other two ways of getting a product are: reselling and licensing. To resell a product is simple – in fact, it’s the easiest way to get a product – just that the profit margin won’t always be great as there are usually many other people reselling the same product, and probably at lower prices. But reselling is a good place to start. If it interests you, there is only one vital step to take: contact the manufacturer, negotiate the wholesale price, and presto – you’re in business.

Reselling is similar to licensing in a way, but licensing requires more effort and is more profitable. Licensing is all about granting others the right to produce, hundreds of products with a brand’s name and image, in exchange for a percentage of the sales.

Many top brands use licensing in one way or another. A good example is Red Bull – that energy drink came from a tonic in Thailand.

So how can you take advantage of licensing? There are two possible ways: become the inventor or the licensee. Most NRs are the latter. They obtain licensing deal from inventors and use that to easily push their products to their target market.

Decide on any of the approaches that suits you, but don’t fall into the naive trap of setting low prices. Your product shouldn’t cost less than Rs 1000, and ideally, no more than Rs 10000. A good price saves you the stress of dealing with low end customers who will always give you a headache. If you’re sure your product is worth it, don’t be afraid to set high prices.

 

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How elimination is the key to productivity

Escape 9-5 and live anywhere Part-3

Forget anything that has to do with time management. This is probably the worst productivity advice you’re getting, but the idea of time management – doing more in less time – has kept many people busy without actually moving.

Productivity is not always about being busy. To be productive, you have to be busy doing the exact thing you should be doing per time. Don’t get too lost in the idea of filling time with activity, and not accomplishing the most important things at the end of the day.

As a would be NR, you should be more concerned with being effective than efficient. There’s a world of difference between the two. Efficiency is being busy doing stuff which isn’t necessarily contributing to your grand goal, but when you’re effective, every task you do is moving you toward your end goal. For example, you can be busy replying to emails for 3 hours, when you could easily outsource that at a lower cost and focus on doing more important activities that will lead you to your end goal. Replying to your emails may be a part of your job description, but spending hours on that alone doesn’t make you any more efficient.

Wherever you are in your life, productivity is important if NR is the goal.

There are two laws you can incorporate into your life to rapidly boost your personal and professional productivity: the 80/20 law and the Parkinson’s law.

Let’s start with the first. The 80/20 law or principle states that, about 20 % of activities account for 80 % of the results we get. To put it more practically, as an employee, roughly 20 % of your time is responsible for 80 % of your office work. No employee is really productive 8 hours every day, a good part of that 8 hours is used for relatively unimportant tasks. This is explained by Parkinson’s law, which states that, “a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.”

If something urgent has come up, you will most definitely be able to finish your daily tasks before the standard 8 hours is over. This should be your goal as an employee who wants to live the New Rich. Use the 80/20 law to focus on your most productive activities, get them done in time so you can focus on other things. Apply Parkinson’s law by setting yourself a deadline that’s earlier than what was cut out by your employer.

Doing this will not only increase your productivity, it will make you valuable to your organization and at that point you can negotiate remote work, a salary raise or both.

Similarly, the entrepreneur or business owner can apply both principles to increase sales and save more time.

In the previous blog, we talked about Mukesh working 15 hours a day and how things changed when he decided to make a move. One of the things he did was apply the 80/20 principle to let go of some customers who weren’t contributing much to the progress of his business. He realized he was wasting too much time on them, and that was responsible for his long working hours. He saved time when he decided to stop chasing this category of customers, and instead focused on how he could satisfy and attract more of the type of customers that moved his business. The result? He lost some revenue in the first few weeks, but quickly began earning more in less time.

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How to move beyond your fears and create the lifestyle you really want

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“Mukesh once had a business that sucked his time away. It was rewarding financially, but he had to work 15 hours daily. That was a major challenge to him at the time because he wanted freedom.

After brainstorming for some time, Mukesh realized taking a year vacation in Foreign would help cool his head. But, like the majority of us, the fear of losing his business kicked in.

Because of that, he shoved away the idea of taking a year long vacation. He continued working himself out on his business, even though he disliked it. But, one day, the light bulb switched on: what would be the worst case scenario should he take the vacation, despite all odds? A lot of things may possibly go wrong — his business may crash, he may go broke in a strange country, or even more sinister things could happen.

Mukesh noted all those down. He then thought deeply about possible survival strategies. It dawned on him that he could actually make a living outside his business. Things would definitely be rough at first, but he could take a menial job and cut down on luxuries such as eating out. Not so bad.

So he took the trip. His vacation lasted 15 months, and surprisingly, his business thrived more in his absence. The moral of the story: your fears aren’t always as bad as they seem.

Create the lifestyle you really want

If you truly want to experience the New Rich lifestyle, you will have to master the art of overcoming your fears.

Is the fear of the unknown limiting you from making a major change in your life and career? Do you really want to change? If yes, pick up a pen and paper, write down all the possible worst case scenarios as well as the things you can do to overcome them.

It also helps to focus on your plan for the future. This will lead you to find inspiration. Mukesh suggests that you set high unrealistic expectations for the things you would like to be, do, and have between now and at least the next six months. After that, begin finding out ways you can bring those things to pass. Draft out a complete plan for manifesting your unrealistic expectations.

Remember, they have to be unrealistic. Keeping your goals realistic is the fastest recipe for demotivation.

While doing all these, beware of optimistic fears — the refusal to take action and change your situation in the hope that things will change by themselves overtime. For instance, the fact that your job is just uninspiring and not a living hell can be a good excuse to not act, in the hopes that things will change in the near future. This is optimistic fear. What if nothing changes after a year or two?”

“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, ‘Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,’ and an optimist who says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.’ Either way, nothing happens.”

-Yvon Chouinard.

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