Charting Out Your Online Business Plan

Charting and carrying your business plan is essential to ensure the success of your Online Business every time you start. A well-charted business plan assists you a well-organized approach towards achieving your goal.

Your business plan is very similar to a treasure map which without it, you would not be able to find your way to obtaining your rewards from running an Online Business.

Your Online Business plan should have the following charted out before executing them in action:

Business Mission
This is the most important component of your business regardless of any kind. It must have a genuine mission to help other people in one way or another. If you engaged in a business solely for the money, you will need a lot of tough luck.

As customers or consumers ourselves, we do not like to be involved with people who are solely looking into our pockets without even a little responsibility in customer service. Agree? Certainly! On the same token, let us not engage business solely to make money. There are more wonderful reasons to be in business besides the attractive potential income one could make.

Very often, your business mission should always be summarized in a sentence easy to remember and follow by. The sentence should summarize the aim of your Online Business and the reason it was built.

When you have summarized your business mission, what follow are the objectives of your Online Business. What do you and maybe your partners or employees want to accomplish through this business? What are the products or services is your business going to offer to the people who are in need of them?

First, you need to identify your target market. Just who do you want to market your product or service to? Remember that if you do not have a market, you do not have a business. You must be able to identify your potential customers who will be interested in what you have to offer through your business.

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You must also identify your competitor. Who are the people who have already accomplished what you want to do? What are they offering? How are their products and services priced? How is their website designed?

The more competition you have, the more unique you will have to be. You can also beat your competition by increasing the quality of your customer service.

Now, each time we hear the word competitor, we subconsciously interpret that word as something negative. The truth is we do not necessarily have to destroy or outsmart another Online Business owner in order to win financially.

Have you heard of the saying I destroy my enemies by making friends? There is a lot of truth in this quote. In the 21st century, people succeed by having win-win agreements and you are encouraged to do the same. As an Online Business owner just starting out, you can reduce your competition by being friendly. Yes, be friendly!

I know it might sound awkward to you if you have been spending most of the time in your life fighting to secure prestigious posts in school clubs or impressing your boss to give you a raise or promotion and make your colleagues envy you. But imagine the number of competition you can reduce just by establishing Joint Ventures, interviews or even giving some kind words on the forum!

I have explained a great length about identifying your competitors. Now, let us discuss your plans on advertising. So how do you plan to advertise?

When you set up your Online Business website, you need people on the Internet to know that you are in business. The first step is to always submit your website to search engines.

There are many Internet Marketers who spend most of their time trying to top the search engine listing, but in my humble opinion, it is a battle not worth continuing. With many books published to tell everyone how to be number one on the search engines, you are obviously not the only one who wants to secure the top listings on search engines (that is even if you know how!).

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The good news is that there are several more ways to market your product or service effectively even without the help of search engines. You can easily research for ways to market your product or service in detail from other friendly articles on Internet Marketing.

There are three aspects you will need to consider at the start of your Online Business:

Price take the time to select your product price carefully. If you price it too low, people will perceive that it is too low on quality. If you price it too high, people will perceive that it is too expensive.

Delivery if you are selling a physical product, how would you deliver the product to your customers? What shipping prices will you charge? If you are selling an electronic product, you will need to have security measures in place and automate the delivery process for instant download by your customers.

Plan each step carefully and explore your options in full. Then, carry your plans out religiously, improve where needed, and you will be well on your way achieving your Online Business goals!

5 Important Rules in Website Design

When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are five important rules of thumb to observe to make sure your website performs well. 

1) Do not use splash pages

Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like "welcome" or "click here to enter". In fact, they are just that -- pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your visitors have a reason to click on the "back" button! Give them the value of your site up front without the splash page.

2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements

Even the least net savvy people have trained themselves to ignore banner advertisements so you will be wasting valuable website real estate. Instead, provide more valueable content and weave relevant affiliate links into your content, and let your visitors feel that they want to buy instead of being pushed to buy. 

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3) Have a simple and clear navigation

You have to provide a simple and very straightforward navigation menu so that even a young child will know how to use it. Stay away from complicated Flash based menus or multi-tiered dropdown menus. If your visitors don't know how to navigate, they will leave your site. 

4) Have a clear indication of where the user is

When visitors are deeply engrossed in browsing your site, you will want to make sure they know which part of the site they are in at that moment. That way, they will be able to browse relevant information or navigate to any section of the site easily. Don't confuse your visitors because confusion means "abandon ship"!

5) Avoid using audio on your site

If your visitor is going to stay a long time at your site, reading your content, you will want to make sure they're not annoyed by some audio looping on and on on your website. If you insist on adding audio, make sure they have some control over it -- volume or muting controls would work fine. 

Blogging: Let's Get You Started!

So what is blogging really all about? First off, let me tell you that it's a lucrative business to blog and that blogs are easy to set up and manage. Imagine getting paid to write about subjects that interest you, whenever you want, wherever you are! The flexibility involved allows you to maintain your blog at your own pace, and with Internet Café's easily accessible all over the globe, even your vacation won't get in the way of your blogging... Or should I say: even your blogging won't get in the way of your vacation?

So, let's take a look at the profitability of a blog and set up one of our own, free of charge! Interested? Read on!

First, you need to get yourself a blog. There are several options host a blog on your own domain or get a free one. For starters, let's talk about the free blogs. You can obtain one at or WordPress is a free blog engine that is robust and infinitely expandable.

Blogger is actually owned by Google, so it will be detected by Google's radar faster and you will be indexed more quickly., however, is a relatively new option so I have no comparison on the speed of getting indexed by search engines. However, WordPress is better in the sense that it has more advanced features such as Trackbacks and Categories. You can also manage your sidebar links more efficiently (more about this later).

Get a free blog at either Blogger or WordPress. Then, familiarize yourself by publishing your first post on your blog and tinkering around with the options and templates.

Here are some words to start expanding your blogging vocabulary:

Permalink. Permalink stands for permanent link, which is a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) that leads to an individual post that you make in your blog.

Trackback. When you post about someone else's blog post elsewhere, your post will show up in their trackback section. This feature, however, is not available with a Blogger account.

Pinging. Blogging seems to be paired with pinging almost every time either one is mentioned nowadays. Pinging is actually the action where a certain aggregator is notified whenever your blog is updated, so that the aggregator may show the newest post of your blog on their website. This is a useful way to gain traffic, which I'll discuss in a future article.

Next, let's look at the type of content that's suitable for your blog in order to make it profitable. You need to understand that there is no fixed scope that your blog should have, which means you can write about whatever you're interested in. Mind you, the difference between a profitable blog and a non-profitable one is the way you write. What would you prefer: reading your university professor's lecture notes or the latest novel by your favorite author? People prefer to read "light" items most of the time. When they check out your blog, they are not only looking for information, but they are also looking for information that they can access easily.

So, to attract more visitors as well as to keep your current readers coming back for more, it's very important to add a personal touch to your blog posts. This can be done by simply imagining that you're talking with your personal friend. An extra bonus for your readers would be a great sense of humor, so try to add funny comments in your articles where relevant.

Another important point is to avoid addressing your reader as a plural unit. Don't write as if you're preparing a speech. Instead, write as if you're having a conversation with a single person, an equal friend, because this will make your reader relate to you more easily.

Besides that, it's also very useful to establish your own personality through your words. We're very curious creatures, so naturally your visitors would want to know as much about you as the information you're offering them.

Having a distinctive personality in your blog will make a world of difference between your blog about gadgets and all the other blogs about gadgets out there. This is a lot like creating your own brand name, where people immediately remember your blog's name when they need information about gadgets, just like how people immediately think of McDonald's for fast food or Nike for sportswear.

There will be more on the subject of content the next time.

When word gets around about your command of blogging, others who need to know about blogging will start to actively seek you out!

Good luck!


4 Rules For New Entrepreneurs - Practical Tips For Starting Right

It's a great time to be an entrepreneur in the last decade, technology has leveled the playing field and propelled an entrepreneurial revolution. As an entrepreneur, you now have more access to information that enables you to make more intelligent choices more quickly. You have an advantage over big businesses in that you're lighter, more flexible, and faster on your feet. You can target new markets more quickly, and you can turn on a dime.

But being a successful entrepreneur requires that you look at the big picture and follow a plan through from beginning to end. Rieva Lesonsky, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur Magazine gives some practical guidelines that can help you when beginning your own enterprise:

1.Don't Quit Your Day Job.
Consider starting your business part-time, especially if it's online, while you're working and have a steady income. It usually takes six months to a year to get a business going and you don't want your ability to make your house payment to hinge upon your company being an overnight success. Start with what you can manage, financially and time-wise, and scale up as your business grows.

2.Find Your Niche.
The days of general stores are over. Particularly online, consumers are looking for stores that specialize. You have to find a need something a specific group of people want, but can't get at the big chain stores and fill it. Advises Lesonsky, You can't compete with the big guys, so you have to find where the big guys aren't and go into your niches.

3.Have an Online Presence.
Even if you're not planning to start an online retail business, consider that the internet can still play a valuable role in your company. Having an online presence eliminates the limitations of physical location and broadens your customer base by, literally, millions. It's also a great tool for promoting yourself and letting people, even in your own area, know that you're there, and what you're doing.

4.Refuse to Quit.
Successful entrepreneurship requires creativity, energy, and a drive to keep going when you fail. Few people realize that before Bill Gates created the extremely successful Microsoft 3.0, he created a Microsoft 1.0 and 2.0, both of which flopped but he kept at it. And that determination and refusal to give up is what will separate successful entrepreneurs from unsuccessful ones. Says Lesonsky, Arm yourself with optimism to get beyond the No or the trouble. There's nothing wrong in failure just don't repeat the same mistake!


10 Inspirational Quotes that Can Improve Yourself

It might take a little coffee or probably a few rounds of beer or any other booze you could get your hands on when it comes to relaxing after a hard day's work. Well, yeah I'm guilty about that one as well, unless I'm caught dead wearing a lampshade over my head after a few rounds of Malbec! Okay, bad example and I apologize to everyone reading this after getting nightmares about me in that state of drunken stupor.

Just don't ask how it happened, please.

But what's really interesting is that how do people go through the usual part of life when faced with vein-popping stress? I mean, the new age thing like Zen or yoga is one of the good things and it actually works. Is there room for the intellectual side of people who can actually smell the roses-in-a-can while on the move? It kind of had me thinking that there really must be something in this 'mind-over-matter' thing.

Humor is indeed the best medicine there is whenever you are. I mean anyone can pay good money to listen to a comedian just to make you wet your pants after laughing so hard. Despite of what's been happening, and to those who has gone though the ordeal, it's better to just laugh while facing the troubles with a clear mind than anger with a clouded vision. One of my favorite celebrities of all time may have to be Woody Allen. Now this is one guy who gives you the in-your-face bluntness that he pulls out with gusto, even without even trying. You can talk just about anything with a man, and he's bound to mock the subject and you'll end up laughing rather than being upset about it.

1. Breaking old habits and forming new ones always takes time, but it is worth it in the end - Joyce Meyer.

2. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.  - Paulo Coelho

3. Your elevation may require your isolation.  - unknown

4. Life is about trusting our feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the pasts. - unknown

5. If people are trying to bring you down, it only means that you are above them. - unknown

6. Motivation is what gets you started. Habits is what keeps you going - Jim Rohn

7. Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. - Brian Tracy

8. To live is the rarest thing in the world.  Most people exist that is all. - Oscar Wilde

9. Never neglect an opportunity for improvement. - Sir William Jones

10. The thing always happens that you really believe in, and the belief in a thing makes it happen. - Frank Lloyd Wright

Unleash the Super Powers Hidden Within

The human mind is an Infinite wonder.

It has the power to transmute your Inner desires into their physical counterparts once focused.  What the mind can conceive, You can achieve, just as long as you have the inner Belief and Will Power to back it.

For example, take the case of where cancer patients were given 'Placebo Pills'. These pills were just plain old pills that have absolutely NO healing capabilities what-so-ever. So what, how did they get well? The healing power came from their thoughts.

They were told that these pills contained the highest amounts of cancer-fighting ingredients which can effectively cure them in just a matter of months. So the point here is, they naturally assumed in their mind that if they took this pill it would make them better and  that their health will be restored.

Do you see how powerful your mind can be?

They simply registered it in their minds that these pills would cure them of their illnesses and in the process, the belief embedded within their subconscious mind became a reality.

This is just one example of the SUPER-Powers hidden within your mind.

So... now that I have your attention your probably asking yourself this question, "How can I use my mind to achieve my dreams?

Well, one of the most effective ways is to use the "as if" principle. And what I mean by that is, act "as if" YOU are the person you want to be. Act "as if" You are already possess whatever it is you have longed for.

Simply put, Think, Act and Feel like you've already accomplished what you have dreamed about all your life. This principle is a very Powerful principle if you simply believe. And you'll be much closer to your goal if you're constantly intact with your objective(s).

It's okay to be obsessed with your dreams.

It doesn't mean that if you want to be Superman you'll be able to fly out of a window and into outer space.

That would be Crazy!

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I'm simply saying, "Do what needs to be done". Take ACTION on your dreams. Let your visions Encourage and Motivate you.

The problem with people in today's world is that they are too pre-occupied with Worries, Anxieties and Negative Emotions.  As a result of this, people are adversely affecting their state of health.

White lies unfortunately have become prevalent nowadays in order to ease the burdens or to persuade others to do things that they thought are unattainable.  A famous person once said, "Whenever you think you can or you can't, you're right!" If you think you are poor, then you are; unless you properly condition your thoughts to a 'Positive Mindset'.

I know it's hard to think "Rich" if your environment is not conducive to such way of thinking. Use your imagination and 'Visualize' in your head that your house is a mansion and your old car is a Porsche,...

Well, I think you get the picture.

There is absolutely NO limit to what the mind can achieve but You have to combine Belief, Will Power, and ACTION with positive thinking in order to achieve your inner desires.

Managing Your Time: 4 Useful Tips You Can Apply Today

Let's start with elementary arithmetic. A day comprises only 24 hours: sleeping takes at least 8 hours and there are also work and study hours to be taken into account. And not much time remains for yourself.

Many people in our wild and instantly changing age hardly have any minute to spare for their beloved activity.  It is not fair. We need to find time for recreation, entertaining and relaxing, we must do it.

To live a complete and fulfilling life. You want it, don't you? Then let's see how to make the most of these 24 hours.

Do you know what you want? Time problems arise when you can't make the right choice. You often scatter yourself to fulfilling tasks of doubtful necessity. You usually start working on something just because it caught your eye or somebody asked you for a favor. Your indecision and failure to refuse are the reasons why you are not master of your own time.  You may utterly change the situation by asking yourself three simple questions before you set yourself to doing something. Is it really very necessary? Do I have to do it right now? May I entrust someone else with this task?

Acting like this you will spare yourself from extra waste of time, energy and strength. The same goes for implementing long term goals.  You are likely to have more than one version of a future, some of which may appear very tempting. But only one can be realized. It does not essentially concern global questions. More frequently you are exhausted and take as a burden even rather trifle problems. Take it easy.

The above questions may not appear to be helpful when you decide on a long term goal. How then must we make the right choice and release from the inner tension and alongside set it to the right course? Give freedom to your sub consciousness (it is never wrong) and don't fall into useless reflection.

Consider the following effective method that is also very simple.  Before going to bed, formulate the problem you want to solve in a clear and brief manner. Assume a positive attitude. For example, "I will manage to write compelling blog posts on my website this month". Let this phrase be your last thought for this day. As for routine problems you will find solution in a day or two. A more serious matter will take longer, but you will require less effort than when you are thinking as usual.

A great power of planning. You have determined your goal. But how to find the time for its implementing?  - You definitely need a  plan. Sit down; take a sheet of paper and a pen or a pencil. Your task is to make up a timetable for next week. Keep in mind the following points when creating the plan:

  • Allocate enough time for sleeping
  • Mark work and study hours
  • Reflect all the daily activities you have to do (shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc)
  • Think of the interests you don't want to part with /sacrifice in any case and assign two hours for them.

Now as you have completed the table, look how much time is left.  And these hours you will spend on reaching your goal. You should stick to the terms of goal implementation. It does not suggest your planning how much you must do during this period. The more you have planned, the more nervous you will be, more often you will be checking if your progress complies with your forecast. In fact the only thing you have to do is to make yourself start working on the issue at the definite moment. If you have managed to fulfill everything you have planned, praise yourself. This method will also raise your self-esteem

One Niche You're Rich

Have you found yourself wondering why you are overwhelmed? There is so much material on the Internet regarding Internet marketing. If a person tries to digest all of it at one time, they will experience a bad case of online marketing indigestion. This is not a good feeling to have. I have had these feelings before as well. 

The solution to this issue is to narrow your focus on one niche. You see it is much easier to become an expert in one area rather than two or more areas. I have made a decision to devote my time to making money on the Internet. There are countless ways to make money in this world today. You can make money in real estate, the stock market, by owning your own offline business and in numerous other ways. But the people who really do well in this world financially are known primarily for one thing. Bill Gates in known for Microsoft. Warren Buffett is known as a stock expert. I am sure that they have other things that they focus on now but they are known as being experts in a certain field. What do you focus on? Many things or one thing? I am willing to bet that if your answer is many you are in a state of Internet marketing disconbobulation. Find something you like doing and become an expert at it. The trick is to find something you like doing that is profitable financially. This is the secret to making money on the net.

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If there is a market for your product, you can sell it. Do a search on google and see how many results your area of focus will bring up. If you use keywords, you will get better results. The more targeted the results the better. It is easy to develop a product when you are an expert in that area because you know something that your buyers don't. You are the expert and they are not. They will pay large sums of money to acquire your expertise.

As marketers we must understand that our time is extremely valuable and the more we focus on too many things, the more time that is wasted. This time could be better spent focusing on one niche. It takes time to learn what your niche market wants. After you learn what they want, give the people what they desire. If your child wants a piece of pizza and you give them fish that would cause sadness in their hearts. They may cry and be upset with you. In the same way, if you give your target market something different then what they are asking for they will remove themselves from your list or no longer associate with you. 

So use your time wisely and learn what your target market wants. Once you have determined what they want, if you do not already have a product created to meet their needs create one. Remember what they have told you and use the desires of their hearts as your blueprint to create an excellent information product.

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Your job as the expert is to provide the answers to the questions that your target market is asking. You answer their questions with your products and you will be seen as an expert by them. You can also become qualified as an expert by creating a blog about your niche market. You can have your readers post their questions on your blog. Answer their questions on your blog and they will also begin to view you in a different light. This will prove to them that you care about what they have to say. People buy more easily when they trust the person they are buying from. A blog is a great way to create an atmoshphere of trust. You can also build a great deal of rapport with your market in this way as well. You can get to know your market on your blog and they can get to know you. An excellent method to implement to accomplish this is simply to be open with your life. Talk about your family and life on the blog and you will find that your market is more likely to talk about their family.

You now have a number of concepts to implement in your Internet business right now. The key is to go out and do them. You will be greatly rewarded if you do. One niche can indeed make you rich.

Organize Your Life with this 10 Minute Exercise


How important is it to organize life?

Everything in our life comes from how we organize it, right?

When everything is organized we can do more, achieve more, become more, and enjoy everything more too, can't we?
Can't you?

Are you Overwhelmed? Frustrated? Dissatisfied?  Life throws a lot at you.  How are you managing it all until now?

Those who organize life will excel far beyond those that don't because Life Organization is the biggest frontier of development opening up this decade.

Are you ready for that?!  But what is it exactly that you are searching the net for regarding how to organize life? What does it really mean to organize life?

Do you want a solid grand system to totally organize life? Do you want some temporary techniques to apply now? Would you like permanent principles for how to organize your entire life?

To organize life you will capture every worth while thought to efficiently choose your actions for all that is important to you, without wasting time or losing time, and allowing you to succeed at whatever you desire.

At times we get off track, whether practically, or with our efficiency, or emotionally.

At those times, I do a 10 Minute Get-on-track review.  Essentially it is about writing down things weighing on my mind.

I use the following categories of self-questions to help me do my organize life 10 minute focus sessions.

Organize Life for Self - Touching on my emotions and physical experience.  Accept and appreciate how I feel right now. This is the core of how to organize life. It starts from within.

Organize Life for Yesterday - I then take a moment to reflect on yesterday, as that is where I have come from.

Organize Life for Today - Think of the fixed appointments, the general layout of your day to come, and where the areas of your day are where you get to
decide exactly what you do with the time.

Organize Life for Civilization - What do you want to do in society? What is your place and purpose in terms of contribution and business?

Organize Life for Ideally Organized Living - Picture the biggest possible ideally organized living circumstances that fill your fantasy.  This connects
you with the spark of life.

Organize Life for Projects - Now you are ready to consider the actual projects and responsibilities that you have in your life.  Tasks, hobbies, interests,
pursuits, business ideas, etc.

Organize Life for Right Now - Through the above self-question process you are probably now ready to decide on the next step activities to organize your life even more.

This 10 minute review might take longer when you first do it.  Take your time with it. By doing this simple 10 minute process regularly your life will become more and more organized.


Why Is SEO So Important To Your Website?


You have heard the phrase LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. But wait, this is online! You don't have to worry about location... or do you??!! Location is everything! Let's take a moment to really think about this. You need to find something. What do you do? Most people will go to their favorite search engine and input what they are searching for. They will type in a few words that describe what they are looking for. The Search Engines come back with the most relevant websites for your search. However, your search for a keyword can result in thousands of links (if not millions).

So now you begin the task of clicking one by one on these links to find the information or service you need. You may go through page one to find what you are searching for, you may go through all of page two, but did you get to the website on page 10? If you are shaking your head No (who has that kind of time?) then you have realized how important LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION is to your website. We need to get your site located on the first page.

The quick and easy answer to this problem is of course PPC (Pay Per Click Advertising such as Google Adwords). But this is not the smartest way to solve your problem and the cost can put most small business owners out of business. Now we know that as small business owners the largest expense is advertising. Imagine if you could cut your advertising in half! Imaging if you could eliminate your advertising cost all together and still achieve the same sales (if not more)!

Search Engine Optimization for your site is the answer.

Everyone wants to be listed in the number 1 spot. But most companies do not get listed under any of their keywords because they do not know how to implement search engine optimization (SEO). SEO is really not as hard as it sounds and most will find that once they understand how it works, it is actually quite simple.

A few things to keep in mind when starting your SEO Journey:

1. Make sure you use HTML Links. Some designers want to use beautiful image map links from their home page. Although this looks great, it does not help you with the search engines. Place links on your pages to the various pages to help not only the search engines find your pages but your visitors as well.

2. Frames...Well this is a hard one. Not only can some people not see frames, the search engines have a hard time with them as well. Also, what if your customer stumbles into one of the pages and does not see the frames? Just stay away from them all together.

3. DO NOT SPAM. Let me repeat this again. DO NOT SPAM. Spamming in any form is wrong. Most people consider spam as only used with emails. Wrong again unfortunately. Spamming will backfire on you. If search engines pick up on the fact that you are spamming, they have and will penalize your site.

Here are two examples of spam. a. Content Spam Data within a part of a Web resource designed for humans where that data is designed only for search engines to see b. Meta Spam Data within a Web resource that describes that resource or another Web resource inaccurately or (when the data should be readable by humans) incoherently.

Take your time when it comes to your websites SEO. Make small changes and watch your rankings. If you move up, great! Make more changes. If you move down, undo undo undo. Always keep records of the changes you make so you can easily track what worked and what did not work for your site. Remember, we are in this for the long haul. Do it right the first time and make it last.


"What Really Makes You Tick?" 10 questions you should ask to yourself: a preparation to self-improvement

"What Really Makes You Tick?" I have 10 questions you should ask to yourself as a preparation to your self-improvement.

Be all you can be, but it's not always in the Army. I often see myself as somewhat contented with my life the way things are, but of course it's hard to think of anything else when all are real issues to be discussed in our everyday life.

Still I aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.

So we're all pelted with problems. Honestly it shouldn't even bother or even hinder us to becoming all we ought to be. Aspirations as kids should continue to live within us, even though it would be short-lived or as long as we could hold on to the dream. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks or can they?

1. What do I really want?

The question of the ages. So many things you want to do with your life and so little time to even go about during the day. Find something that you are good at can help realize that small step towards improvement. Diligence is the key to know that it is worth it.

2. Should I really change?

Today's generation has taken another level of redefining 'self', or at least that's what the kids are saying. Having a pre-teen in the house has taught me that there are far worse things that she could have had than the pop socket for her cell phone won't stick. So how does that fit into your lifestyle?

3. What's the bright side in all of this?

With so much is happening around us there seem to be no room for even considering that light at the end of the tunnel. We can still see it as something positive without undergoing so much scrutiny. And if it's a train at the end of the tunnel, take it for a ride and see what makes the world go round!

4. Am I comfortable with what I'm doing?

There's always the easy way and the right way when it comes to deciding what goes with which shoes, or purse, shirt and whatnot. It doesn't take a genius to see yourself as someone unique, or else we'll all be equally the same in everything we do. Variety brings in very interesting and exciting questions to be experimented.

5. Have I done enough for myself?

Have you, or is there something more you want to do? Discontentment in every aspect can be dangerous in large doses, but in small amounts you'll be able to see and do stuff you could never imagine doing.

6. Am I happy at where I am today?

It's an unfair question so let it be an answer! You love being a good and loving mom or dad to your kids, then take it up a notch! Your kids will love you forever. The same goes with everyday life!

7. Am I appealing to the opposite sex?

So maybe I don't have an answer to that, but that doesn't mean I can't try it, though. Whether you shape-up, change the way you wear your clothes or hair, or even your attitude towards people, you should always remember it will always be for your own benefit.

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8. How much could I have?

I suppose in this case there is no such things on having things too much or too little, but it's more on how badly you really need it. I'd like to have lots of money, no denying that, but the question is that how much are you willing to work for it?

9. What motivates me?

What motivates you? It's an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make everyone happy, but to choose one of them may be the hardest part. It's not like you can't have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that's it. Just try it piece by piece.

10. What Really Makes You Tick?

So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start that journey. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it's something that you really want.

Why Start an Internet Business?

WHY would YOU want to start an Internet Business, you ask yourself?

An Internet Business gives you advantages that no other type of Businesses can give you.

If you are considering starting an Internet Business or have not even offered it a thought, then consider the following:


With an Internet Business, you probably won't have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning so that you can get to work by 9am, anymore. Want to start working on your Internet Business at 10am? 3pm? 10pm? 2am? Go ahead. You're your own boss! This is my goal. One day to not have to report to my 9 to 5 and only report to me. It should also be your goal.


Where you put your computer is where you will be working! When I first started running my business, I used to be on my laptop on my bed or on the couch.  I moved into the basement after but it got too cold or too hot.  The next place in my home was my dining room but then my mother was not too happy about that. So now, I am in a corner of my living room.  Where ever you decide to work, the good news is you are home and there is no place like home!


Since your home is your office, this alone saves you thousands of dollars in rental each month making it possible for ANYBODY (and I really mean ANYBODY!) to start and run an Internet Business!


As an Internet Business owner I leverage on free or low-cost software and hardware and the Internet Infrastructure, all of which when combined give the leveraging power that far exceeds any conventional business allowing me to achieve more and more with less and less work! You can do it too!


Some Internet Business models can be fully automated (as in 100%). Once they're properly set up, you don't even have to lift a finger operating them!


If you can't automate your Internet Business fully, you may be able to automate 50% of it or maybe even more. Once you can automate your Internet Business in some way, you can use the time you saved to start another Internet Business, improve your existing business, or spend anyhow you like.

Are you excited already? Wait, theres EVEN MORE REASONS TO START AN INTERNET BUSINESS!


Owning an Internet Business gives you the privilege to have more time to spend with your family, or watch your children grow up. This is what most busy parents crave for. If you are one of them, then you will do well to seriously consider starting an Internet Business.


Now, this is my favorite reason for anybody wanting to start an Internet Business! The Internet Business allows your passion and dream to come to life, which is also the most important component of businesses of any kind.


Believe it or not, some Internet Businesses can be set up and running at zero cost, if not very low. Other Internet Businesses can run with monthly operational expenses so low that they are negligible!

So, you can rest assured you won't find me recommending products or services that cost thousands of dollars, the amount of money which you may as well throw into the stock market if you've got such a huge appetite for risk!


Since the cost of setting up and running an Internet Business is so low, and you can automate their operations, you can operate multiple Internet Businesses as a one-person Internet Business owner. You don't need to hire employees since your Internet Business system is doing most of the job, if not all. It works 24/7 for you. It won't call in sick. And it definitely won't blame you if it ever has worldly problems!

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Given all the wonderful reasons for starting your own Internet Business, I am sure that by now you have already made up your mind whether starting an Internet Business is for you. If you have decided that its for you, then WELCOME TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF INTERNET ENTREPRENEURSHIP!

It's Not About Me. It's Because of My Story.

When I am out networking, I have the opportunity to share my story with people.  So why not do it here too. To me, it is the same thing although we are meeting through a computer screen, a cell phone or a tablet.  Over the next 300+ words, I am going to tell you all about me and walk you through the journey to date of my brand Kaderique.  Where it started, Why it started and Where I am driving it to go.  I am doing this because I want you to know who your potential business coach is, who is that woman that you are thinking of inviting to speak at your next event or help you plan your next event. So here we go.

It was some time in 1989 when I was sitting on the porch, in Haiti with my dad, us two staring at the stars and enjoying the warm air.  I was 9 years old.  I told my father that night: " day I want to be a business woman...and I can see myself on a big stage speaking to a lot of people that are inspired by my words". He replied: "well bichotte (is what he called me), there is nothing wrong with that".

In 1994, my father picked me up from school in Haiti.  I was 14 years old.  He saw me in tears and asked me what was wrong.  I told him that I had failed my exam and that he would be disappointed in me.  He laughed and responded to me: "there is nothing wrong with failure.  You can't always have excellent grades...although I would like you to" he added "When you fail, go back and try to understand why so you don't do it again. You will improve that way. That simple".

In 1997, 3 years later, I witnessed my father get shot in the head. In Haiti. In our home.  I was 16 years old and my life suddenly changed.

After graduating High School, I moved to New York with the intention of continuing my higher education.  That is exactly what my focus was for the next 5 years of my life. Education. So, I attended a community college for the first semester and went on to graduating with my MBA in Hospitality Management at St. John's University.  All this while working a full-time job and some ...I had 2 extra jobs...because I needed to pay my rent and take care of myself.  Along the way, I met my husband.  We got married and while 4 months pregnant with my daughter, I graduated with my Master's Degree in General Management. 

I worked myself up the Corporate America ladder and landed a management position that enable me to travel the world just like I always wanted.  From Vegas to Hong Kong, Paris to Thailand, I had the opportunity to experience all types of cultures, business models, food and morals.  But with all of this, I was still not feeling fulfilled. I did not want to settle with this.  On the surface it all looked great but deep inside, I knew there was something else in me.

I ended up joining MLM's (Direct Marketing Sales companies), studied to become a loan officer and even contemplating going back to school.  I just could not stop trying things out.  Today, when I think back, I can confidently say that this was the process of finding myself that had started.

It was not until the Fall of 2014, while sitting in my living room one night that I just stopped and asked myself: "What do you want Martine? What is your vision? Do you really want to work and retire from Corporate America or do you want to R.I.P knowing that you lived your life doing what you were made to do? Are you going to be on that stage speaking to this audience like you told your dad or not?" 

I spent the entire winter online.  Yes, this is when I discovered the power of the internet and all the good stuff in it.  From YouTube, Google, Pinterest and more.... I consumed content every single day and I enjoyed it.  I was curating images, reading and commenting on blogs, learning about starting a business, opened up an Instagram account, emailing, DM-ing random businesses in my local area to introduce myself.  I was on a roll. Let me tell you.  Tired but on a roll.

In the Spring of 2015, Kaderique Handmade Jewelry was born.  All the jewelry was designed and made by hand by me.  I sold the pieces at street fairs and collaborated with other brands. 

During this process, I started my blog.  Went out to network and had the opportunity to create great relationships and meet amazing people that became friends.  With all of this, I always ensured that I never stopped learning, never stopped networking and never stopped reporting to my day job. FYI I am still at my day job. Hitting 15 years soon! woof...

Attending NYFW, meeting celebrities and indulging at really nice exclusive events was the life that I had one year into starting Kaderique.  Did I love it? Sure! Was it easy to manage? Absolutely not! Do I regret it? Not at all. ok so...

...I realized a lot about myself.  I found out that I was great at networking, planning, communicating and establishing business relationships. I realized that when you are passionate about something, believe in yourself, have a vision and surround yourself with like-minded individuals, you can do whatever you want and truly design the life that you want.  I realized that there are tons of tools out there for people like me: "Corporateneurs", that report to a day job and want to run a successful business.

But then it happened: That moment when I realized I could not continue to be a Jack of all trades.  That running an expensive hobby would not pave the way of my dream of transforming people's lives like I had envisioned when I was 9 years old.  I needed to redefine, rework, repurpose and so I did.

Today, I focus on mentoring creative entrepreneurs from all walks of life, men or women, that have that passion in them just like me.  That are still at their day job just like me but yet are working 5 to 9 just like me.  The creative moms that have no time to surf the internet to find out how they can start their business, I come to help.  The millennium that wants a blog but has no idea how to make it generate money, I come to help....and more.

one-on-one coaching:

  • In Business. You can be in business already. That's fine. But you need to be active and building your brand MUST be serious to you. 
  • Want to be in Business. You do not have to be in business yet. I still want to work with you. The only thing I would look for is your passion and hearing your vision.

  • Invest. You need to be able to invest in your business: financially and mentally.  Nothing is truly FREE and Nothing can be an overnight success. 

  • Communicate. You need to have open communication. I will be giving a lot of suggestions on things to try.

  • You cannot be lazy. One thing I have learned is that you MUST be consistent with creating your content, promoting your product and/or services.  I will show you my tricks and give you some tips.

You cannot be focusing on wanting to do this to make quick cash...there is no such thing in my world of coaching. I believe in establishing consistency period.


other options:

I can provide you with à la carte services if one-on-one coaching is not a fit for you.  For example this would include a deep dive of your social media strategy or maybe teaching you how you can start your website.  With à la carte services I will provide you with DIY tools that you can action on your own.

How do we get you started?

We start with a discovery call. This consultation call is critical.  It will tell you and I if we are a great fit or not.  I will ensure to advise you up front what I can do to help you. If I know I am not able to help you, I will not turn you down but instead connect you with someone else or direct you somewhere else that might work best for you. 

How will you and I work?

48 to 72 hours after our call, we will connect again either on a call or via google chat so that I can deliver my proposal to you on what action plans I think will fit you best and with that advise the scope of work along with the related fee(s).

Bottom line is, I am here because I want to help you.  I am here because I want to be part of your transformation.  Seeing you succeed, connecting you with others that can help you succeed is my goal because I believe that we all have something special in us. We deserve to perfect our craft. Period.

Awesome! You made it this far.  Lots of words I know. But honestly, I am proud of you and I am really honored that you took the time to read my story.  Hopefully I convinced you to explore Kaderique as one of the ingredients to your success. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you succeed in your journey. Hopefully this has helped you decide if you should hire me as a speaker at your event, invite me to cover your event or inspire you to send me a quick note just to say hello! Either way, I look forward to connecting with you. Cheers!

Martine Cadet!

Your Guide To Finding Your Own Online Business

Yes, it's perfectly possible to launch a small online business in the comfort of your home. In the past decade online business opportunities that match a person's skills, interests, abilities, and ingenuity have become almost limitless. I want to show you that it's simple and easy to join the ranks of success-minded people by choosing an online business that suits your interests and needs.


If you expect any level of success you must set goals. If you expect to be successful, you must determine what that means to you and the best way to achieve it. Your goal should be specific and indicate What, When, and Where. After making a list of every possible way you might accomplish a goal, select the method that best suits your situation.

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1) "How can I support my family while I build up my business?"

This question must be worked out according to each individual's circumstances. Many people start out on a part-time basis after their regular jobs to see how much they can handle. That's what I do. Then when their incomes reach a certain level they will switch over and go full time. That's my goal.

2) "What are my abilities?"

To determine your abilities you will have to take an inventory of yourself. Decide what you enjoy doing the most and what you "feel" you would be good at. Examine every possibility and include every skill you have no matter how slight.

3) "Is there a market for the product or service I have chosen?"

Check out other companies in your space that are doing it well.  Get inspired.  Rework their process to your abilities, interests and vision.

4) "How long will it take this business to reach the financial goal I must have?"

The truth is, it's really a question of knowing how much time you can dedicate to your business, and what your profits are for that time. From there, a little simple addition will tell you how long it might take to reach a particular financial goal.


Starting an online business is an economical way to start a small business that can easily grow into a larger one. Many entrepreneurs have proven that you don't need a huge manufacturing plant to develop a successful business. Some of the most successful businesses in existence today started in a spare room or garage. I am starting mine in my living room! It isn't how you start out that is important however. What really matters is, do you have the courage to begin?


Take a close look at your interests and abilities, and then decide what type of marketing you want to do. For example, do you want to create your own product or sell someone else's product for a commission like become an affiliate? Just an example.


A good marketing technique is one part of a business plan that is absolutely essential to its success. In fact, the ability to properly market a product or service is actually more important than the product itself. Even an inferior product can be a financial success if marketed properly. Seek out the advice of everyone in your field. Explain your needs and ask them questions. Experience is the best teacher. With good advice and a sellable product, you should be able to develop a winning marketing plan.

Anyone who is serious about starting their online business need only to look around them, curate and extract the information already out there.

No doubt, what you finally decide to do will depend on your particular needs and interests.

Be a self-motivator and continue moving forward towards the goals you want and deserve.

Do it starting NOW!

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Practice Visualization To Manifest

Visualization is pure magic of the highest order. It involves understanding and balancing oneself with the natural law that governs the inner most workings of the universe we are part of and learning to use such laws and principles in the most conscious and creative ways.

Creative visualization is the use of ones imagination to create a mental picture of what it is you wish to manifest, thus influencing reality. Creating an idea or mental picture in your brain of exactly what it is you really want is to define the ability to imagine.

Repetition on a regular basis with strong emotions and intent gives the idea or mental picture you are trying to create positive energy until it becomes real.

Visualization is not a new, strange or unusual concept for you are visualizing something practically every minute of the day.

The idea is to dwell on those thoughts you would like to become reality not as some future fantasy but as if they are real today and are part of your everyday life here and now.

Program your brain and re-wire it as if what you desire is real and already taking place. As if you are watching your own self made video, play the role as a real life actor would with all the emotions and movements making it as real as you possibly can. The mental picture needs to be as clear and vivid as you can possibly make it.

Through repetition you will learn and perfect the skill of creating the desired mental image and feel the experience as if it is already real and happening.

The message is to imprint the thought and image well into your brain and feed it continually on a regular basis ensuring your desired outcome becomes your reality.

The visualization technique is not to be used to control others or to press upon your will against theirs. As what goes round will certainly come round ...

The purpose of the visualization process is to break and flush the inner obstacles to allow more natural flow and increase self realization to increase ones ability to manifest with positive energy. 

Practice Visualization to Manifest. That simple.


Small Business and Branding: Why and How?

When we speak of branding most of the time people try to relate it to big business house, however, the fact is that every business needs to establish their brand in order to survive the competition. This is nothing new; experts and management gurus had been preaching the same sermon for years now but what they have not told is why you need to brand your small business? How is branding going to help you to establish your business? How can you establish your brand without spending a fortune on it?

You might be having a very small business but would you like your client to perceive your business as a small time entrepreneurial effort? Definitely not, and your business cards, letterheads and other marketing collaterals does just that. They create an impression to your clients that you are an established business house of considerable strength and not just a mom-n-pop shop.

While you have read till this much, you might have started to plan to get a few home printed business cards or visit the website where you saw the pre-formatted business cards being sold for peanuts. Beware! The quality of your business card is an indication of the status of your business and your clients are intelligent enough to understand the difference between a standard designed perforated business card and a professionally designed business card printed on good quality card stock.

Most of us, including you, would prefer to consider the stability of a company before making a purchase decision. Once you have established your brand with a professionally designed logo, business card and other marketing efforts it becomes much easier for you to build your credibility among the customers.

Getting a professionally designed custom logo is one of the very important elements of branding a business. A logo is not just a symbol or a piece of graphics; it is actually your corporate identity. A properly designed logo can leave long lasting impression on your clients and will never let your business slip out of their minds. It also makes your business easily recognizable. Just think, wherever you see the Golden M of McDonald's do you really need to think twice, what company is that referring to? A good logo should ideally exude the nature and attitude of the business.

Once you have got a logo for yourself it becomes easier for you to establish your brand. You can use that logo in your business cards, letterheads and other accessories. Don't you think it is going to make a difference if the package that you use to deliver your products to your customer has the logo of your company on it? And if you are using a reusable pack, your customer might just use the same pack to pass on some other goods to one of his friends- what happens then? Yes! Your logo gets noticed by one other person, you add one more name to the list of your potential customers. You are on your way to establishing your own brand.
Similarly with business cards, as they get passed on from one person to the other, more and more people know about your business and the potential customer base increases.
Having a business card or professionally designed logo also shows your commitment towards your business.

A short, easy to remember punch line is another useful tool for branding. Getting a tag line printed on your business cards or your business stationery makes it easier for people to understand the nature of your business. Ideally, your tag line should not only say about what you do but also speak about your purpose.

Having said all that, the ultimate question that most of the small business people would have is, how much does it cost to get all these things done? I'd say, not much.

Money is always a problem for most of the small businesses (that's why they are small, otherwise most of us would like to open a Microsoft and be as rich as Bill Gates) but if you know where to look for, you really don't need to spend a fortune to get a professionally designed logo or a business card. There are loads of websites that offer them at really great prices. Check out

So, if you think you are tired of being a small business and its time to grow up, take the first step; establish your brand!

Your Guide to Setting Your Goals

What are goals and how do goals help us in life? We have many parts in our life that combine together to give us a whole look. Career, home, religion, hobbies, friends are some such parts of our life.

Imagine a boat on the high seas. The boat is equipped with the latest instruments and gadgets. All the officers and the sailors are fully trained. The fuel tanks are full. The machinery is in order. Everything is fit and fine. Except that the boat has started sailing, but the commander does not know the destination.

Some people live like this boat. They are well educated, and healthy in body. But as they have set no goals for their life, they keep on changing the direction at every opportunity. 

For some of us who are young, career goals take the priority. For some others family goals are equally important. For those who are now retired, friends, hobbies, religion, get the priority. What you need to do is to sit quietly and think and write about your goals. You have to imagine your ideal life, your desires, and what must happen to get that ideal life. 

Once you know your goals in general, you have to prioritize them. What comes first? After the broad goals are set, divide them in small parts of the time frame. This year, I will try_______Or I will change _______I will not give in to ________, but always keep my goal of ______ in my mind.

After diving the goals in small steps, take a weekly summary of everything.

  • What did I achieve this week?
  • Was it satisfactory?
  • Where did I go wrong?
  • What needs correction?
  • What are my goals for the coming week?

This exercise should be repeated every week, every month and every end of the year.

As you find that you are not only setting goals, but also are nearing them, it will give you more inspiration. It will increase your self esteem. It will give you focus and it will give you more determination. Happiness is the result of hard work and achievements. No one who wastes away the time, ever feels happy. Happiness comes after realizing that you completed your work to your own satisfaction.

Set goals to lead a happy life.

How To Unleash Your Creative Thinking

People seem to have the misconception that only a select few are able to unleash a steady flow of creative genius. That is not true at all. The fact is, creativity is very much like a muscle that needs to be exercised in order to consistently give out great results. If you don't practice harnessing creative thinking, this skill will very much atrophy into inexistence. But keep working and this skill will soon come to you in a snap.

So how do you unleash your creative thinking? Well, the first thing is to become a human leech. No, I'm not talking about just sucking the blood out of every living being available, I am saying that you should take in as much knowledge and learning you can find. Read everything available -- good and bad, and keep your mind open to the infinite possibilities of the universe. The more you know, the more you'll want to know, and the more your faculty of wonder will be exercised. Prepare to be amazed at little facts that add a bit of color into your life.  

Focus on a creative activity everyday. Yes, it's an effort. Don't let anything hinder you. Mindlessness may be a creative activity, but for people who are just starting out to unleash a little bit of creative thinking in their lives, it is helpful and encouraging to have concrete evidence, that, "hey, what I'm doing is getting somewhere." So why don't you try it. Practice drawing for a couple of minutes each day. Bring out your old camera and start snapping photos like crazy. Keep a journal and make a point to write in it religiously. Another cool idea is to write by describing something with your five senses. Try to avoid vague adjectives like "marvelous," "amazing," and "delicious." Before you know it, you'll have built yourself a tiny portfolio, and you'll be amazed at the growth you've undertaken after amassing all those works of art. Who knows, you might actually take to liking those things you do everyday. Pretty soon those things will become a part of you and you'll be addicted to these creative exercises.

Think out of the box -- or don't. Sometimes, constraints are actually a good thing. Limitations discipline you to work within your means. It enables you to be more resourceful. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.

Try something new everyday and let your experiences broaden your perspective. Explore a new district in your neighborhood. Spend an afternoon in a museum to which you've never been before. Chat up someone on the bus. Open up to the people around you. As you thrust yourself out of your comfort zone more and more each day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your zest for life. Think about it. When was the last time you did something for the first time? If it's been a while, I tell you, you've been missing out on a whole lot of experiences that could've added to your growth, emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Why don't you try bungee jumping today? Not only will you learn, but you will also have plenty of stories to share, enabling you to practice your storytelling skills and making you the life of the party. 

Embrace insanity. No, not to the point of practically admitting yourself into the mental ward. As John Russell once said, "Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting." Exactly! Every creative thought was once deemed insanity by other "normal" people at one time or another. Luckily, that didn't stop the creative geniuses from standing by them. The thing is, sanity or being normal confines people to think... well, normally. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers. Yes, this includes the bizzarre and the downright strange. I'm not saying that you yourself should develop a creative personality. That might go haywire. An example of a creative personality would be George Washington, who often rode into battle naked, or James Joyce, who wrote "Dubliners" with beetle juice for an intense fear of ink, or Albert Einstein, who thought his cat was a spy sent by his rival (or in thinking creatively in this case, the term could probably be "archnemesis.") It's important that your creativity doesn't get you detached from the real world completely. 

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I hope this has inspired you to start thinking beyond your "limits." If you follow these steps pretty soon you'll be living a life full of interesting adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking  will bring about a new zest for living life. 

How You Can Start The New Year Stress Free

Just as surely as you've gotten yourself into this mess, you can get yourself out of it. Here's how. In this post, I am giving you several stress reduction strategies you can implement going into this new year. Make the effort to incorporate them into your life daily and you'll begin to see immediate and encouraging results. Let's get started:

Work changes into your life gradually.

No crash diets. No sudden, intense workout programs. No radical overhauls of who and what you are. You might maintain it for a while, but it can't last. True change takes lots of small, mindful, subtle decisions over time that add up to bigger, more enduring transformations. They're less disruptive to you and everyone else, and inevitably get the results you want. Be patient. If you're really intent on change, you should develop the staying power to achieve it without having to act rashly. Do it by degrees. Why make yourself crazy?

Cut down on competitive stress.

Today, we compete for everything: the space around us, to be first to own a new product, to get our kids signed up for programs, to get our viewpoints across, to be faster, smarter, richer, sexier. Our days are filled with stressful competitions. And most are absolutely unnecessary. Because they're driven by insecurity, fear of being left behind, an ingrained need to always have more or better than the next person. Try to get above all that. If you want to compete, be the one who stays calm and in control, who isn't easily sucked in by material things, who avoids being caught up in the daily grab-bag that robs people of health and peace of mind. Compete for that and see how pointless all those other competitions become. And how misguided those who partake in them begin to appear. Why make yourself crazy?

It's not what happens to you, it's how you react.

In any given day, you'll have progress and setbacks, triumphs and failures. That you can bet on. But as good a day as some people have, they'll manage to find something to fret about..."It's just luck, it won't last, I'm destined for misery..." And as bad a day as others have, they'll see the good in it..."So what? I'm still alive, still kicking and nothing's going to stop me..." Which attitude will win over your day? And the next day? And the next? You have control over that: to enjoy your accomplishments without diminishing them; to accept your failures as opportunities to learn. You have the power to make everyday a positive outcome. Because it's not what happens to you, it's how you react to it. Why make yourself crazy?

Eliminate meaningless deadlines.

Our lives have become one long game of beat the clock. Crammed with arbitrary and unrealistic time constraints imposed by ourselves and others that serve only to make us more pressured, anxious and stressed out. For no worthwhile reason. Avoid the trap of assigning timeframes to everything you do, especially if you have little idea how long it will take. But, you say, I need a deadline or I simply won't get around to doing it. If that's the case, it's not a deadline you need, it's a goal. Make your goal one of completing a project in a careful, professional, satisfying manner. In other words, as long as it takes to do it right. Or maybe your goal is to make the project more fun and interesting, or to develop a new and more expedient way of doing it. In any case, save your nerves and your energy for the few real deadlines we April 15th. Why make yourself crazy?

Don't over-volunteer.

Resist volunteering for more than you can handle, more than your free time allows. Volunteering is great, but heavy involvement can steal important time from your family and relationships. And it shouldn't be used as an excuse to avoid more important obligations. If the work becomes too demanding, simply say no. Nobody else is going to look out for you better than yourself. If we all volunteered to spend more time with the kids, visit our parents, make loving homes, and carve out special time for ourselves, there wouldn't be a need for so much volunteering in the first place. Why make yourself crazy?

Steer clear of negative people.

You know them well: the whiners, the ones who find fault with everything, who always lay a hard luck story on you, who constantly give you grief over harmless trifles, or make wholesale denunciations of people, institutions and cultures that don't suit their fancy or conform to their way of thinking. Unless you're stuck with them, shun them. They'll pull you down, darken your outlook, try to make your life as miserable as theirs. Who needs that? And if you are stuck with them (relatives, coworkers, housemates) don't agree with or encourage them. In fact, say nothing and simply leave the scene whenever they launch into one of their diatribes. Why make yourself crazy?

Give things a chance.

Today, everyone expects instant gratification. So there's a tendency to give up on things too soon: the book you're reading, the mutual fund you've invested in, the musical instrument you're learning, the course you're taking, the business you are starting. Don't be so quick to abandon something that doesn't give you immediate results. This could prevent you from experiencing the greater benefits you'd enjoy by sticking it out longer. Be patient. Give it more time. Find out for certain if something is worthwhile rather than make a hasty departure. It's better than someday regretting you never really gave it the chance it deserved. Why make yourself crazy?

These are just a handful of the many ways you can start taking back control of your life.

Have a healthy, happy and stress-free new year!



OMG it is almost the end of 2017! Are you thinking of your new year's resolutions? I know you are. I am all about self-improvement coming to 2018.

Here's the thing, sometimes, when all our doubts, fears and insecurities wrap ourselves up, we always come up with the idea of I wish I was somebody else.  More often than not, we think and believe that someone or rather, most people are better than us.- when in reality, the fact is, most people are more scared than us.

You spot a totally eye-catching girl sitting by herself at a party, casually sipping on a glass of wine.  You think to yourself, she looks so perfectly calm and confident. But if you could read thru her transparent mind, you would see a bunch of clouds of thoughts and you might just be amazed that she's thinking are people talking about why I am seated here alone?... Why don't guys find me attractive? I don't like my ankles, they look too skinny. I wish I was as intelligent as my best friend.

We look at a young business entrepreneur and say Wooh what else could he ask for? He stares at himself at the mirror and murmur to himself, I hate my big eyes. I wonder why my friends won't talk to me. I hope mom and dad would still work things out.

Isn't it funny? We look at other people, envy them for looking so outrageously perfect and wish we could trade places with them, while they look at us and think of the same thing. We are insecure of other people who themselves are insecure of us. We suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and lose hope in self improvement because we are enveloped in quiet desperation.

One key to self improvement is to LISTEN and TALK to a trusted friend. Find someone who you find comfort in opening up with even the most gentle topics you want to discuss. Ask questions like do you think I am ill-mannered?,  Do I always sound so argumentative?,  Do I talk too loud?,  Does my breath smell?,  Do I ever bore you when were together?.  In this way, the other person will obviously know that you are interested in the process of self improvement. Lend her your ears for comments and criticisms and don't give her answers like Don't exaggerate! That's just the way I am! Open up your mind and heart as well. And in return, you may want to help your friend with constructive criticism that will also help her improve her self.

In order to love others, you must love yourself too. Remember, you cannot give what you do not have.

Before telling other people some ways on how to improve themselves, let them see that you yourself is a representation and a product of self improvement. Self improvement makes us better people, we then inspire other people, and then the rest of the world will follow.

Stop thinking of yourselves as second-rate beings. Forget the repetitive thought of If only I was richer... if only I was thinner... and so on.  Accepting your true self is the first step to self improvement. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others only to find out at the end that we've got  10 more reasons to envy them.

We all have our insecurities. Nobody is perfect. We always wish we had better things, better features, better body parts, etc. But life need not to be perfect for people to be happy about themselves. Self improvement and loving yourself is not a matter of shouting to the whole world that you are perfect and you are the best. It's the virtue of acceptance and contentment. When we begin to improve ourselves, we then begin to feel contented and happy.

Listen to my self-improvement podcast series where I dive in even further in this subject and give you tricks and tips on how to become a better person.