Friday, June 30, 2006

Have You've Been Rejected? That's Great!

Rejection is not the end, it's a starting point to something greater coming in your life. But only if you realize it and look for the benefit in this life lesson.

Far too many want to roll into a ball, assume the fetal position and give up when rejection hits them. Some sadly give up and never take any risk or make any important decisions for the rest of their lives. They close up shop on their dreams and become content to just exist, instead of really living.

All because of rejection, fear and self doubt. How silly. It doesn't have to be that way at all. As a matter of fact, rejection and defeat can be one of the best things that happens to a person.

Why? It's simple really. Rejection is someone else's opinion. That's all, nothing more. And no one and I mean no one should have that much power over you. If they do, stop it right now! You were made to succeed. Rejection is foolish to even respond or react to.

The opinions of others have no hold on you. All they can do is hurt your feelings, not your success. Only you can hurt your success by giving up and quitting. Only if you listen and believe in what they say can you be stopped short of the goal.

Usually when someone's rejected it means that success is just around the corner. Just believe and persist. That's all there is to it.

Sylvester Stallone took his script to 39 movie producers and was rejected by 38 of those. The 39th said yes he'd make the movie. That movie became a phenomenon and made Sly a very rich man. That film was Rocky.

Thomas Edison tried 1,000 different experiments in creating the light bulb and finally succeeded on number 1,001. He was ridiculed and laughed at in public but Edison strove on. These are just two examples of many that show persistence in the face of rejection. Ignore the criticism, cast it aside. The only opinion that matters is the one you hold of yourself.

Decide right now that rejection has no power over you whatsoever. Learn from the rejection, take what it teaches and focus on bigger things than the opinions of others - namely your future success.

Become so obsessed with your goal that the sting of rejection cannot penetrate your mind. Think only of achievement and accomplishment, never of quitting or failure. Use the incredible power of your mind to overcome rejection and all obstacles that stand in your way.

And when you learn to do that - success will be waiting to greet you with open arms.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

6 Tips For a More Productive Day

Anxiousness and stress are all too common conditions in this modern world of ours. Trying to squeeze the demands of living in this fast-paced society into 24 hours and being productive to boot seems an impossibility.

Many long for simpler times when people and events moved at a much slower pace. Life was quiet and more relaxed. Well, unless you decide to buy your own deserted island or shut yourself off from the world - the simple life is out of the question. Mass communication has put an end to that.

Don't get discouraged. There are ways to take control of your day and make it more productive, joyful, fun and relatively stress free all at the same time. All it takes is the willingness to take control of your life and follow a few simple steps.

Most of these tips you'll know and probably have heard them before. That's because they work. All you have to do is be determined to apply them everyday until you have control over your own life.

6 Tips For a More Productive Day

1. Create and write out a plan each and every day - In order to get what you want, you have to know where you're going. Don't drift. Plan your day each and every day. It doesn't have to be elaborate. A to-do list on scrap paper is good for the task. This gives direction and purpose in your life. Don't forget to plan out your day.

2. Prioritize your day - Take your to-do list for the day and prioritize it. Your most important tasks of the day should be put at the top and done first before anything else. For more information on prioritizing, check out an earlier post.

3. Always focus on one task at a time - Lack of concentration is a major reason why many people have trouble getting things done. In order to have a more productive day, focus all your energies on one task at a time. Anthony Robbins once said, "controlled focus is like a laser beam. It can cut through anything." Put that type of concentration into your daily tasks and you'll accomplish more in one month than some people do in a year.

4. Live in the now - Don't dwell in the past or live in the future. That's unproductive. All we have and all we are is in the now. Learn to keep your thoughts in the now and all the beauty and wonder that this life has will unfold before your eyes.

5. Practice gratitude and giving - Giving of yourself and living with a persistent gratitude will work wonders in your life. Being truly thankful for what you have and what you are is the first step in vanquishing self-doubt, fear and lack. Giving and being grateful engulf your spirit with such joy that stress and anxiousness have no reason to stay in your life.

6. Make time for solitude - All of us need to get away from it all and have some alone time. It's a healthy and natural part of the living experience. How you use that solitude is key to being productive. Use your time for meditation, prayer or visualization. Even if think you can't be completely alone, there are ways to steal some time. Take a bath, lock yourself in your bedroom, do anything to have at least 15 minutes alone to recharge your batteries.

Stop hurrying through life anxious, stressed and unproductive. Learn to incorporate these six simple tips into your life and watch how much more productive, relaxed and in charge you really can be.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Big Engagement Celebration... Grab your Free Gifts!!

Have you ever heard of anyone giving away products to celebrate his Engagement??

Well I was given permission by Carlo Selorio (Owner of Info Product Giveaway) to give you free private access to his membership site worth $7000 of Information Products.

Carlo has picked out the great products from his extensive and valuable collection and is giving it away absolutely free! Come join me, share this special moment with Carlo and Janice and make it a special event.

Rarely do I openly endorse anything but the software, resell rights ebooks and other valuable software and information is a great deal and you get it free of charge. You can't beat that. Click the link below to check it out.

To Your Success!

Brian Carson

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Six Steps to Unleashing Your Creativity

Creativity, that magical unseen force the wells up from the subconscious and gives us great literature, fine works of art, splendid architecture and all kinds of innovative technology. Creativity has been interwoven into the fabric of humanity. Without it, progress would come to a grinding halt.

Unfortunately, many see creativity as this elusive force outside the scope of normal human beings and reserved only for the geniuses like Leonardo, Einstein and Edison. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Everyone of us has this creative faculty buried deep within. It's up to each individual to unlock the doors to his or her subconscious and let it flow. We are born to be creative. It's in our nature to find solutions to problems and create new opportunities for ourselves and others.

One of the important keys to unlocking your creativity is belief. You must start out convinced that you're a creative person. The mind is everything. Cultivate the feeling of creativity, believe in it and become what you believe.

There are six steps that will unleash your creativity and in turn will give you tons of useful ideas if you to act on them. No one will do it for you. The six steps are not difficult, but you must apply them. Remember, only applied knowledge leads to true power. Here are the six steps to follow that will open the floodgates of creativity in your life.

The Six Steps to Unleashing Your Creativity

1. Go somewhere where you can relax and have fun - If your stressing out over a problem or in deadlock trying to come up with ideas, take a step back, relax and get away from it all. You can't force yourself to be creative. Get some distance between you and the situation.

2. Let your subconscious work it's magic - Let go. Get caught up in something else. Become totally lost in anything except what your working on. Your subconscious faculty is a miracle worker and you need to get out of its way. It will give you ideas and solutions to problems when you least expect it, but only when you give it room to operate.

3. Read or listen to music -Nothing, except maybe the sex drive, has as much influence on the subconscious mind as music. Have you ever listened to an old song and it took you back to a specific memory like it was yesterday? Of course you have. Music is very powerful and helps to stimulate creativity. Reading books, magazines, newsletters, anything you can get your hands on will pay big dividends for you. The subconscious takes what you've read and can use it to help with creativity.

4. Eliminate fear and doubt - If your always anxious or under stress then you are in the grip of doubt and the grand master that causes all these negative emotions is fear. If you are in a constant state of fear and stress, the creativity inside you won't and can't be expressed. I'm not saying that you have to be super positive and jump around in the air tossing rose petals around, but it's hard to be creative in the grip of fear and doubt. Eliminate them.

5. Exercise - A healthy body equals a healthy mind. Unhealthy habits sap strength and energy. All things in life use and need energy and nothing can create more energy for you than exercise. Any form of exercise is good, but weightlifting in particular has amazing benefits. It builds muscle, strength and bone density. Weight training is the best fat burner on the planet and helps improve insulin response. The benefits far outweigh any supposed risks, so get on a good program right now. If you're interested, there's a website that has many different types of routines to follow. Go to Workout Routines if you're interested.

6. Write down or record your ideas - The subconscious works by giving you flashes of inspiration that can come at the most awkward times. In the shower, on the toilet and my particular favorite - in your car. This intuition, hunches and inspiration come quickly and leave just as fast. In order to be more creative and benefit from these ideas, you must write them down or record them on a digital tape recorder. I can't tell you how many times I've had these messages from my subconscious and never wrote them down. Sadly, those ideas are lost forever. Write or record your ideas before they slip away for good.

These are the six steps to unleashing your creativity, but they're useless if you don't apply them. Nothing changes in your life unless and until you take action. Follow the six steps, use them and when the creative ideas come - act on them.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Four Keys to Creating a Burning Desire

Developing a white hot burning desire for the attainment of a goal is one of the prerequisites of its eventual achievement. Yet some, no matter how hard they try, can't seem to work up that kind of intense passion for a goal.

Is this a problem you have? Do you feel frustrated when you read books or articles stating that a burning desire is the starting point of all achievement and yet you can't seem to ignite the flame of desire for a definite object?

If you answered yes to these questions, don't be upset. You're not alone. All of us at one time or another had trouble creating that burning desire inside.

But we need this passion in our lives, because in the long run, we only get what we truly desire. A desire makes you reach higher, aspire further and push harder to get the things you want out of life. You can accomplish anything in life if you have the burning desire to get it.

But how to develop that kind of desire? That is the main question and fortunately, there are ways to do just that. It takes some effort, some persistence and constant practice on your part, but if you follow these four principles, a burning desire for your goals can and will be a part of your life.

The Four Keys to Creating a Burning Desire

1. Visualization - You must create a sustained and lasting picture of the thing you want. Constant picturing or visualization is the first key to the attainment of your desires. Nothing has ever existed that wasn't first thought of in the mind and since we think in pictures, this is the most important step to master in the creation and fulfillment of burning desire.

2. Affirmations - Back in the early part of the 20th century, French psychologist Dr. Emile Coue proved that repeated affirmations have a profound effect on human behavior and actions. Affirmations of your desires combined with visualization make a potent pair in creating that burning desire needed to succeed. Make sure your affirmations are stated in the present tense with emotion.

3. Controlled Focus - Concentration is the third key to creating a burning desire. You must give all your attention to one thing at a time. When it's time to work, go to work and when it's time to play, don't think about anything but playing. There's an old saying that goes, "it's better to complete one worthwhile goal than to begin ten others." When it comes to creating a burning desire for your goal - focus on that goal only. If you do, success is practically assured.

4. Relationships - This is the hardest key to get under control because of family and friends. Your own family can de-motivate you and even though their intentions may be honorable, it can have a dramatic effect on your life. Associate with individuals who are positive and encouraging. While you don't want to announce your goals to everyone, there are associates that can keep you motivated when things aren't going well. Cultivate those types of friendships.

There you have it. The four keys to creating a burning desire are now yours. What you do with them and how you use them are totally under your control. Practice them and develop your burning desire - the starting point of all achievement.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Time Management on the Fly

In this current fast-paced environment in which we live, getting things done is harder and harder to accomplish. We all have 24 hours in a day, but with the pressures of work and raising a family, sometimes you wish the day had a couple extra hours in it.

There will always be more things to do than there is time to do them. That's where prioritizing and time management skills come into play. Without these skills, we just move from one thing to another at random, without direction or purpose. That leads to important tasks that may not get done or only done haphazardly. No matter how you spell it that leads to inefficiency.

Contrary to what some may have heard, having a to-do list is a great idea. The problem arises when your to-do list is not prioritized correctly. Don't be afraid by the concept of time management. It's simple really, you must separate the important from the superfluous.

You don't need super expensive, ultra complicated organizers with your exact day planned down to the last minute. Just learn to prioritize an uncomplicated to-do list and you'll be in great shape.

How do we go about this prioritization and how can it be done as fast as possible? I'm about to show you. I call it time management on the fly and these are the four steps to prioritize your to-do list. Before we begin, try to create and prioritize your to-do list the night before. That way you can start in right away the next day.

Time Management on the Fly

Here are the four steps to create and at the same time put an order of importance to your to-do list.

1. Set aside time for your family and life outside of work - Being successful isn't just about making money and career advancement. Everyone needs balance. Take some time and spend it with your family and friends. Anything that gives you joy away from work, put it in your to-do list. Also included in this is personal development like visualization, meditation and worship.

2. Separate the essential from the important - Everything on your list is important to you, but some are essential. Put the essential items ahead on your list. If your growing a business, starting a business or have an important report that needs done for work - these types of things should be set apart from the others on your list that are not-so important.

3. Put time-sensitive items at the top of your to-do list - These would be items with specific deadlines. You may have items on your list that are more important, but these items with immediate definite deadlines must be given top priority.

4. Make it as simple as possible - Don't get all frustrated about the process. Set down in the evening with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and create your to-do list for tomorrow. Make it pleasurable and soon it will become a habit.

Creating and prioritizing a to-do list is critical in time management. If you manage your time more efficiently, life gets a whole lot less complicated and easier to handle. This is a fundamental, but often overlooked asset to personal success.

Just remember to apply the four principles of time management on the fly and before you know it, you'll be a time management success story.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The Five Qualities of Effective Leadership

Leadership is a badly needed commodity here in the new millenium. With corporate scandals like Enron and Tyco dominating the business headlines, shady politicians showing off their wares in Washington and get-rich quick schemers all over the Internet - leaders are needed now more than ever.

Leaders are born not made is the standard. To hell with standards. The old cliche is wrong and has been proven wrong time and time again. Leaders are made not born should be the rallying cry for all.

In business, sports, politics, even in your local communities, leadership is needed. Leadership by example not words. Anyone can say flattering things and make heaps of promises, but few act on what they promise and get the job done.

There are five qualities of effective leadership and for the rest of this article, that's what the focus will be on. Learn them, use them, integrate them into your psyche and apply them. Step up and take the reins of effective leadership.

The Five Qualities of Effective Leadership

1. Decisiveness - Leaders are goal-oriented and make decisions quickly. Once a decision is made, they are slow to change it. Leaders create plans to achieve the goals that have been set and clearly communicate their objectives to others. To be an effective leader the first key is be decisive.

2. Inspirational - Leaders inspire others to be better than they ever thought they could be. Leaders lead by their own example and wouldn't ask anyone to do something they wouldn't do. They promote and praise others in public and give constructive criticism in private. To be an effective leader, inspiring others is the second key.

3. Belief in Self - Leaders have a strong sense of their own destiny and ability. Leaders have the courage to face fears and realize that the goal will be accomplished no matter what obstacles are in the way. Leaders have solid self-belief and pass that faith on to others. Leaders are winners. The ability to believe that nothing is impossible is the third key for effective leaders.

4. Ability to Work Well with Others - A good leader must get along with his people. Leadership by fear will not last long, no matter how successful it may be at first. Leaders need to co-operate with those under them. They must put aside personality differences for the good of the organization. Leaders must learn to delegate - no one can accomplish anything alone. Leaders must learn to be good listeners. Good ideas can come from anywhere and looking and listening for those is of paramount importance. Co-operation is the fourth key to being an effective leader.

5. Discipline and Character - Leaders need to be disciplined and of high character. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes, but true leaders refuse to take shortcuts or do anything that would compromise their principles or those of the organization. When character is lost, problems arise. Just look at Enron for a perfect example. Leaders discipline their time, their methods and themselves. High character and discipline are the fifth and final key to effective leadership.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Friday, June 09, 2006

Creating Opportunities in the 21st Century - Part 5

(This is part five of a five-part series focusing on finding opportunities and creating ideas in this hectic, high tech modern age. The first four parts of this series focus on spotting opportunities and the last concentrates on effective ways to come up with solid ideas.)

Introduction to Ideas

We've now come to the last and most important part of the process in creating opportunities in the 21st century - the act of creating powerful ideas. Ideas are the foundation of the world. It's how we've risen from the cave to the computer age.

Having the tools needed to become an idea-generating machine is of paramount importance in the Information Age. The man or woman who can come up with advancing ideas has no problem dictating the terms of their success to the world at large. Whatever the price, it will pay.

We all have ideas. The difference is in how you deal with them, Winners take action on their ideas. If they're not good, toss them out and move on to the next idea. Others fail because they give up, procrastinate or lack confidence in their ideas. Action is key. Don't set around and wait for ideas to come, be a doer and follow the following six steps.

The 6 Steps to Creating Powerful Ideas

1. Believe that you're an idea generator - We all know by now the power of the mind. Success in anything relies upon belief. Creativity is a learned process. You have to believe that you're creative and the ideas will come. It takes work to develop this ability, but it can be done. Let it sink into your subconscious and most of all relax. Ideas come when you least expect them to.

2. Creativity and idea generation must be practiced - The only way to become proficient and develop skill in any endeavor is to practice until it becomes second nature. Ideas and creativity are no different. Have lots of ideas, experiment with them and if some are bad, move on to the next and the next. Try new things and react quickly. To become an idea machine - practice, practice, practice!

3. Have a system to record your ideas - Ideas are slippery things, if you don't write them down right away, they have a tendency to disappear rather quickly. Always keep a notebook, index cards or a voice recorder handy to record those sudden flashes of inspiration that always pop up in unexpected places and times. Don't forget to analyze your ideas after you record them. If it's just a to-do list type of item, drop it from your idea journal.

4. Sit for Ideas - This is a principle taken directly from Think and Grow Rich. Scientist and inventor Elmer Gates told Napoleon Hill how he came up with many of his ideas and creations. He stated that he would go into a small room with just a table, chair and sometimes turn out the lights and sit for hours waiting for flashes of inspiration to come. When it did, he'd quickly turn on the lights and write down his ideas. Follow his example, go to place where you feel most comfortable and can be alone (you don't have to turn out any lights) and wait for ideas. It can be anywhere. Einstein's place for ideas was his shower.

5. Be around other idea people - These can be your friends, family or co-workers. To be creative, hang around creative people. Form your own master mind group and meet weekly to brainstorm or discuss each others ideas. Creativity thinking begets more creativity thinking.

6. Look for ideas outside your industry, business, field or interest - Always look for ideas and creative thinking outside your area of interest. Borrow ideas from others and remake them as your own - do it better, improve upon it and apply it to your field.

Remember that ideas that can save time and money, solve problems and make money will always be needed. Focus on them and get your just rewards.

Get your specialized education if needed to implement your ideas. If you become discouraged don't forget - most ideas are a combination of borrowing with some originality thrown in for good measure. They're borrowed ideas rearranged. Very few are truly 100 percent original. Arm yourself with this information and use it, act on it and achieve. Do it now!

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Creating Opportunities in the 21st Century - Part 4

(This is part four of a five-part series focusing on finding opportunities and creating ideas in this hectic, high tech modern age. The first four parts of this series focus on spotting opportunities and the last concentrates on effective ways to come up with solid ideas.)

The Fourth Concept for Finding Opportunities

We have reached the final principle needed to spot opportunities in a high technology world that is constantly changing day after day. You've learned that looking at your own interests, spotting changes in a trend, taking advantage of it and solving problems in a particular field can lead to massive opportunity.

Now we come to the fourth concept for finding opportunities in the 21st century - watch what your competition is doing in a niche and do it better.

Always strive for improvement in every area of your life. And the way to do that in your career is to spot what others are doing in your field or industry of choice and find ways to improve upon it.

The perfect example of this is Sam Walton and the rise of Wal-Mart into the global powerhouse its become.

When Walton started his first Wal-Mart in Rogers, Arkansas, he was already a seasoned retail man who knew his competition inside out. It's safe to say he knew their business better than they did. In his desire to be number one, Walton saw what other retailers were doing right and did it better.

He cut costs, treated employees as co-owners and in turn, his associates treated the customer like a million bucks which spurred incredible growth. In the expansion, Walton cut costs even more with the most sophisticated distribution system ever implemented in the retail industry.

That led to even more growth and expansion. Still, Walton wasn't done on remaking the retail industry. Soon, Super Centers popped up and Wal-Mart quickly became the top grocery chain in America. The Super Centers caused the formation of Wal-Mart Distribution Centers and with that the Great Value product line was created.

Then came Sams Club, a wholesale store that is membership only. The exclusivity of it, the special feeling it gave members, caused the Clubs to explode. The improvements haven't stopped. Wal-Mart's now have restaurants, photo labs, banks and arcades inside them. It's a one-stop shop for the average consumer.

Even though Sam is long gone, Wal-Mart still thrives because of the systems he created. They can keep prices low because they dictate the price. Dealers must capitulate or lose serious money.

Walton was a man who saw the massive distribution systems that K-mart had and improved them. He watched how grocery stores operated and incorporated their ideas into his operation. He borrowed and created with quality, improvement and customer service his buzzwords. Constant, steady improvement was his mantra.

Wal-Mart is now the largest company in the world with sales of $158 billion dollars in 2005. They've become the number one employer in the United States and when he died, Walton was the wealthiest man in the world.

All because one man embodied the fourth concept of creating opportunities - watch what the competition is doing and do it better.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Creating Opportunities in the 21st Century - Part 3

(This is part three of a five-part series focusing on finding opportunities and creating ideas in this hectic, high tech modern age. The first four parts of this series focus on spotting opportunities and the last part concentrates on effective ways to come up with solid ideas.)

The Third Concept for Finding Opportunities

So far in this series we have shown two of the four concepts or techniques for spotting opportunities in this hectic world full of constant change. The first concept is to look at your own interests and education. The second is to spot changes in a niche and take advantage of it.

Now we come to the third concept for finding opportunities in the 21st century - look for and solve problems in a particular field or niche.

If you can spot a negative trend and come up with a solution to a pressing problem, the world will beat a path to your door. Every occupation, every endeavor, every industry needs problem solvers. If you can develop yourself into an efficient problem solver - your opportunities will be endless.

Internet marketers who sell information products are masters at this. Their product, sales letters and follow-up emails are all geared toward problem solving with the intent of gaining a customer. The same is true in the fitness industry where millions and millions of dollars are made everyday because someone has come up with a new and better way to make you look good and feel great.

Ideas that create opportunities must satisfy a want or fulfill a need. Read that sentence again and again. Because in it is the secret to success in any business endeavor. The best ideas come from a serving mentality. If you have a genuine desire to help others - success is practically guaranteed. This is a spiritual principle that cannot help but bring about plenty of success for all who practice it.

But you must act when opportunity appears. Nothing happens without action and opportunities are like ideas, they're fleeting. Seize them, act and be prosperous.

The history of business is filled with examples of companies who practiced the third concept and took action with their ideas and opportunities.

John D. Rockefeller saw an opportunity in the oil boom and acted on it. When oil was found in Pennsylvania, thousands flocked to Titusville with the hopes of striking the black gold and getting rich. Not John D. He carefully assessed the situation and realized that oil is useless until it's refined.

So he set up a refinery which soon became the largest in the country. From there he eventually bought out claims and wells and monopolized the whole process. From getting the oil out of the ground, to refining it, to distributing it to customers. He became the richest man in the world because of his keen observation and his ability to solve a problem within his niche.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen applied the same principle of solving a problem in an industry/field and acting on the opportunities that presented itself.

Gates and Allen realized early on before the personal computer explosion happened that software would be the key component in dominating the PC market. The majority, including mega giant IBM felt differently. Big Blue believed that hardware was more important and that's where many focused their attention.

Not Microsoft, they focused on software and soon became a juggernaut, making Gates the richest man in the world, with his company controlling 90 percent of the software market. All because of following and acting on this all-important third concept for finding opportunities - look for and solve problems in a particular niche or field.

If you satisfy a want or fulfill a need, if you serve others with a giving heart, you cannot help but have opportunity and success flow into your life.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Creating Opportunities in the 21st Century - Part 2

(This is part two of a five-part series focusing on finding opportunities and creating ideas in this hectic, high tech modern age. The first four parts of this series focus on spotting opportunities and the last part concentrates on effective ways to come up with solid ideas.)

The Second Concept for Finding Opportunities

If you read part one of this series, you know the first concept or principle to unlocking opportunities in the modern age is inside you. Look at your own interests, hobbies, passions and education first. Mine the gold inside. Dig down and find the valuable nuggets that could lead you to undreamt of opportunity.

There are other ways to discover new ideas and opportunities and in this article we'll look at concept number two - spot changes in a trend or niche and make your opportunity out of them.

It takes some practice and a little work, but you can do it. Follow an industry, gather information and look for trends that can be used to your advantage. It doesn't matter what industry, field or social circle you practice trend spotting, as long as you look for ways to take advantage of it.

There are a plethora of examples that can be used as a blueprint for exploiting a niche. Take the broadcasting industry for example. The growth of digital technology spawned satellite TV and radio. These modern forms of communication came about through individuals seizing opportunity by observing changes (new technology) in a selected field (broadcasting).

Another is the growth of the Internet. CompuServe, Prodigy and AOL dominated the market. Trend spotters saw a way to make the internet experience more affordable and with less intrusion on privacy, so individual ISPs popped up all over the country, extending the influence and range of the Internet. The ISP providers got very rich and the World Wide Web grew and grew and grew. AOL is the only one from the old guard to adapt and prosper.

Since the only thing constant is change the ISPs were about to be confronted with new technology as well. A technology that would put most of the little guys out of business - broadband. It was cable TV and the phone companies who realized broadband is the future. They spotted the trend and exploited it. As such the local ISPs are dying a slow and steady death.

Every niche market, every industry and field has trends that can be exploited if one studies and finds a way to manipulate it. You can look at areas in daily life and in the current pop culture of the day that could lead to incredible opportunities for advancement, growth and wealth.

We live in a marketplace of ideas and the only way to develop our own and create opportunities for ourselves is by patient observation and study. Use all that this modern age can give you. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can be an expert on most topics within a short period of time. Studying any subject, even if it's only for an hour a day, can make you an expert in that subject within months.

The Internet, books, television and all forms of mass communication are here for our benefit. It's up to us to use them wisely and productively. It's available to all of us. Knowledge doesn't exclude anyone. It's how you apply the knowledge that will determine your future.

Observe, study and learn to spot the trends in your field that will give you the edge. Learning to find opportunities in any trend or niche is a learning process. Pick a subject or industry that interests you - educate yourself on that particular subject - and finally, spot changes in that trend or industry that you can make an opportunity from. This is the second important concept for creating opportunities in the 21st century.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Creating Opportunities in the 21st Century

(This is part one of a five-part series focusing on finding opportunities and creating ideas in this hectic, high tech modern age. The first four parts of this series focus on spotting opportunities and the last part concentrates on effective ways to come up with solid ideas.)


In order to create opportunities in the 21st century the first requirement one needs is the ability to deal with change. In order to create winning ideas and find opportunity in any field - you must be an action-oriented observer of this change.

In the hectic pace of life today with satellite TV, the Internet, cell phones, PDAs and laptop computers - everything happens with ever-increasing rapidity. This quick, constant change has invaded our work life as well.

The days of finding a job with a giant corporation and making a career until you retire 30-40 years later are over. A thing of the past, just like the hula hoop, sock hops and disco. The modern day worker will change jobs/careers at an astounding rate of nine or ten times in a working life.

Security at one place for an entire career is over. But it's not all doom and gloom. Starting your own business is easier and filled with more opportunities then any in history. Thanks to the Internet - the price to play the self-employment game has gotten a lot cheaper as well.

Domain name registration and hosting are more affordable then ever and individuals who can spot trends, create ideas and notice opportunities can literally be up and running their own business within hours or days, depending on the complexity of their idea. People that spot trends, create ideas and notice opportunities can name their price to the world and the world will pay it.

As you can see, the ability to do this is more important than ever. Finding these opportunities is a skill, but like any skill it can be learned and mastered. Provided you know what the fundamentals are.

There are four major concepts one must use to become a world-class opportunity finder. The rest of this article will focus on the first concept.

The First Concept for Finding Opportunities

The first principle for finding opportunities in a world of constant change is - look to your own interests, beliefs and education.

The first place to start finding opportunities is within you. Opportunities abound in your hobbies, what you like to read and love to spend the majority of your time doing. Many go looking outside themselves for answers when everything they need is within.

Having a true passionate interest is the highest form of specialized knowledge and specialization is the order of the day in the Information Age. You may think of it as just a hobby, but the key to a new level of experience, satisfaction and abundant living may be waiting for you.

One of the most powerful weapons to have in your opportunity/idea discovering arsenal is the passion for self-education. High schools and university only go so far - self-education is one of the foundations for true and lasting success. The majority of successful people attribute the love of life-long learning as a key factor to their achievements.

Learning doesn't stop when school ends and that's a dangerous assumption to make when it comes to forging a successful life. You must continue learning until life ends. Active learning and experience are the only ways to grow and adapt.

Be an active learner. Read and read a lot. Not just what you're passionate about. Grab the newspaper and look for stories that may contain ideas and opportunities. Believe me, they won't be on the front page, that's where the sensational stuff is and all that does is sell papers. Go to the inside, where the real knowledge is buried.

Read books. And yes, I mean non-fiction and biography. I guarantee that gold can be found in their pages if you just look for it. Study, develop your specialized education and look to your interests and hobbies for inspiration, ideas and opportunities.

Don't forget, ideas come after long hours of careful thought and study. And from those ideas come opportunities. Be patient waiting for your ideas. There is no such thing as a completely formed and perfect idea. Rarely, if ever, do ideas come in a flash of inspiration. Ideas come a little a time, in bits and pieces.

Opportunity arrives because of ideas and as such, behave the same as ideas. Here a little, there a little. Patient study and observation are the watchwords of an idea maker and opportunity chaser. In time, if you persist, your hard work will be rewarded.

Look inward. This is the first step on the path to creating innovative ideas and finding rock-solid opportunities in a constant and never-ending sea of change.

Free Business Mags_150x150

To start your own resume writing business go to or to read more great articles go to

Post to

Furl It Digg it!