Friday, September 29, 2006

Entrepreneurship 101: How You Can Develop the Mindset of an Entrepreneur?

This is the first of a series of videos on entrepreneurship and starting your own business. The first video focuses on developing and cultivating the entrepreneurial mindset. The attitudes and outlook needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

Future videos will focus on business creation, marketing, management, finding your niche and the pros and cons of starting your own business.

We in essence here at Successful Living want to give everybody important knowledge for starting, marketing and running a successful business either online or off. This is like getting an MBA without all the cost and hassle.

The 21st century is the best time in history for individuals to start and run a successful business. It's hard work that's for sure, but it's well worth it when it comes to financial independence and personal freedom.

We hope you enjoy these videos and sincerely hope that you will take the time to watch all the videos and gain the knowledge needed to start and run a successful business. The videos were primarily intended for those who want to start a business but have no clue how. But even experienced business owners can learn a thing or two from these videos.

For those who want to know my qualifications and wonder why you should listen to me, here's my story. I have owned three successful restaurants that I've sold for large sums of money and now I devote my time to running my online businesses, which will bring in six figures for me in 2006. I don't say this to brag, just to let you understand that I know what I'm talking about.

I stay in the background and like to go unnoticed, but I felt it was time to give back to people for the blessings I have received and to teach individuals the fundamentals of building a successful business.

If you have any comments or suggestions please drop me a line at and let me know what you think. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the first video in the Entrepreneurship 101 series: How you can develop the mindset of an entrepreneur?

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Achieve Your Goals Faster

(This is a nice little article written by Michael Lee, a self-improvement author and persuasion expert. I think you'll find it a nice read, so I posted it here.)

We know the importance of setting goals in the fulfillment of our dreams in life. Without goals, we'll have a much difficult time reaching our aspirations in life.

But what if I tell you that there's a very powerful formula that will allow us to achieve our goals much faster? In fact, this formula is going to turbo-boost goal realization to the highest level! Are you ready? Here's the formula:

Be positively obssessed with what you want. It's not enough that you want it, you got to desire it so much that you feel it flowing in your veins and you think
about it every day and night. You talk about it every chance you get and you see it in every situation you're in.

If you're not fired up every time you think about it, then you're not serious enough. Re-evaluate your goal and make sure that it is your passion, your fire, the very thing that makes your body tingle with life and excitement.

You must also complement your obssession with two powerful techniques: visualization and affirmation.

You must have a crystal clear mental image of yourself already in possession of the thing you desire, or already doing/enjoying the very activity you want to
do in life.

You must also consistently repeat saying what you want. If you want to be a singer, say "I am a professional singer performing in front of a large audience that is so amazed by my performance." As you say it, feel the happiness and excitement, and see yourself doing exactly the thing you say. Imagine the audience applauding you after singing a very emotional song.

Write down your goals on a small index card, then stick it in a place where you can see and read your goals daily.

There's something else you have to know. It is vital for you to think and say your desires most of the time, but sometimes we get very busy with other tasks.

So it is highly recommended that you engage in imagining, affirming, feeling, and being one with your dream at the most effective times of the day.

Do it 15 minutes before you go to sleep and 15 minutes within the time you wake up. This is very important.

Your subconscious is in its most responsive state 15 minutes before dozing off. So before hitting the snooze button, feed it with clear pictures/images, powerful
affirmations/commands, and emotions so intense you could experience the happiness and excitement right at that very moment.

Do it also 15 minutes within the time you wake up. Your mind is fresh, energized, and focused at this time, so utilize its power to your best advantage.

When you are relaxed, the mind is very receptive to your commands and mental images. Go to a beach or resort, walk around the park, go sight seeing, or just lie down on a hammock. Relax and allow yourself to get involved with
your dream. Relaxation can also allow you to think of creative ideas to reach your goals and ways to solve your problems.

About the Author:
Michael Lee is the author of "How to be a Red Hot Persuasion 20 Days or Less", an ebook that teaches powerful
persuasion techniques on how to tremendously enhance your
relationships, boost your profits to the next level, and
get anything you want...just like magic. Get a sample chapter
and highly-stimulating "Get What You Want" advice at his site: . He is the Co-Founder of and is licensed
as a Certified Public Accountant.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Forbes List Can Teach an Important Lesson

I Love looking at the annual Forbes' 40 Richest Americans list. The reason I do is simple, I fantasize myself being on the list. Don't laugh. As we all know by now, It's actually good to visualize yourself as a successful, wealthy individual.

It's also pretty cool to see how wealthy some people really are. There are 40 billionaires on this list, the first time that's ever happened. That's good for both you and me. How?

Because it shows the opportunities and advantages that are available to those of us who live in the United States. With 40 billionaires and around 7.5 million millionaires the possibilities for anyone, and I do mean anyone, to become wealthy are endless.

Even if you don't want to be wealthy, the list still points out the fact that no matter what it is that you want - you can get it if you're seriously committed and work hard to achieve your goal.

The only limitations we have are in our minds. These are limitations that aren't real. They're a fictional creation of our own value and opinion of ourselves and from listening to the opinions of others.

Opportunities are everywhere for people who take the time and make the effort to look for them. Opportunities won't jump on your back and shout, "here I am." They are quiet, shy creatures that are around us all the time, but only if we look hard enough and long enough.

Technology today has made it relatively easy to start a business from home. You can do it sitting in your underwear, right from your home computer. Podcasting and RSS technology, along with broadband connectivity - has made it possible to self-publish books, magazines and newsletters right from your computer. You can even have your own radio show that's listened to by hundreds of thousands of people and yes, you guessed it, the broadcast station is your computer.

There has never been a better and more opportune time to start a business, whether home-based, Internet-based or a brick-and-mortar, real world enterprise. The possibilities are endless, although it takes more time and money to be successful if you choose the brick-and-mortar path.

All it takes is a vision coupled with determination, persistence and a continuous plan of action towards its fulfillment. Nothing within the bounds of nature is impossible. If someone has done something you want to do, than you can do it too.

There are no excuses. Life will give you what you want, but only if you're truly and deeply committed to having it. Your goal or goals must consume you. They must be your driving passion, your motivation for getting up in the morning. Focus is the key. When you put your whole heart and effort into accomplishing a goal - it has to come to you. It can be no other way.

So go look at the Forbes' Richest List of Americans and get motivated. Pick a goal, visualize it, make it your burning desire, create a plan and take continuous, persistent action until the goal is reached.

Follow through and who knows, you may be on that list yourself someday.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Healthy Living: The Key to Successful Living - Part 5

(This is the last of a five-part series on the importance of health as key to a successful life. Today we look at the importance of a positive mental attitude.)

Positive Mental Attitudes

Happiness is an important key, maybe the most important, to having a long life. People who suffer from depression, anxiety and stress often age quickly and die prematurely as numerous studies have shown.

A positive mental attitude has been shown in some scientific studies to have a greater affect on longevity and health than being obese, smoking or drinking.

And while nobody can be totally positive and upbeat all the time, those who are predominantly in that optimistic frame of mind tend to live longer, become more successful and are happier and more fulfilled than those who aren't.

Everything starts in the mind. Every technological advancement, every successful business, anything that's ever been made was first an idea - a thought held in the mind. It only makes sense that if you want to have good health and a positive outlook on life, you must first create in your mind the conditions for health and optimism.

It's a simple process that's sometimes hard to do. Partly because of fear and doubt and partly through a lack of understanding of the mind and its power. If you want to be positive, think and act in a positive way. If you want to be healthy, think thoughts of health and vitality and as you think, so shall you be.

Emerson said, "The ancestor of every action is a thought." If you think healthy, positive thoughts, consistently holding them in the mind, you'll eventually take the actions necessary to make your thoughts reality. Think, do and become is the process.

Love is an important component in the quest for good health and in developing a positive frame of mind.

Satisfaction in a loving relationship is more conducive to good health and a positive outlook than money, job, sex or social status.

In the Bible, God says that faith, hope and love last forever, but the greatest of these is love. A life filled with love is more powerful than any force in the universe. All things are possible with love. Cultivate it, nurture it and let it grow and you'll be unstoppable.

Another important factor in the happiness quotient is to take hold of the present moment and live it to the fullest. Human beings suffer from a disease I like to call the Comparison Syndrome.

We waste so much of our precious time either comparing our life to others, having flashbacks of the past to what we think were better days or looking ahead to the future and how life will be different and better, that we miss living in the only piece of time that's at our disposal - the ever-present now.

Now is all we have people. Nothing else is guaranteed us. Our time on Earth is a speck, a flickering flame on an almost burned out candle. So why spend it in a constant state of worry, depression and anxiety? These conditions do nothing but make us feel worse and quicken the time we do have.

Don't compare yourself to others. Each one of us is unique a different. We all have special skills and qualities and it's up to us to find what they are and pursue our chosen destiny.

Life is meant to be lived, savored and enjoyed. In the end, we all end up in the same boat, so just go out and try your best, keep a positive mental attitude, set goals for yourself and take action to achieve them.

And along the way, be generous, loving and kind to others. Help people along this game of life, because we all need a helping hand at some point in our lives. Go the distance, run the race to the end. Use all your energy up until there's nothing left. Don't play it safe, life's too short for that.

Live boldly, live with passion and vigor. Like Thoreau said, "advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, endeavor to live the life that you have imagined." And the best way to do that is with a positive, optimistic outlook on life.

Develop and maintain a positive mental attitude, for it can mean the difference between a life full of anger, resentment and sickness or one full of love, peace and good health.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

16 Good Rules to Live By

I was reading Bob Parsons, the founder of, blog and I found the 16 rules he tries to live by interesting, so I thought I'd pass them on to you. Hope you benefit from them:

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you're ready to quit, you're closer than you think. There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you're doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.

13. Never expect life to be fair. Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems. You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don't take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There's always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: "We're not here for a long time; we're here for a good time."

[The above rules for survival is included with the permission of Bob Parsons and is Copyright © 2004-2006 by Bob Parsons. All rights reserved.]

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Mandarins: The New Super Food?

The mandarin is being hailed as the latest "super food" after two Japanese studies found that it may dramatically reduce the chance of getting liver cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

A team at the National Institute of Fruit Tree Science studying the health effects of carotenoids - the vitamin A compound that gives mandarins their orange colour - surveyed 1,073 people in the town of Mikkabi, in Shizuoka, who ate a large number of the citrus fruits.

They found chemical markers in the population's blood samples that were linked to a lower risk of liver disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and insulin resistance (a condition associated with diabetes).

A second study found that drinking mandarin juice appeared to cut the chance of developing liver cancer in patients with chronic viral hepatitis.

Researchers at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine studied 30 patients suffering from viral hepatitis for a year. Each had a daily drink containing carotenoids and mandarin juice.

After a year, no liver cancer was found in the group, compared to a rate of 8.9 per cent among a group of 45 patients with the same condition but who did not drink the juice.

The researchers admit more work is needed and plan to continue the study for five years.

Cathy Ross, cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said that the study provided further confirmation of the health-giving powers of all fruits: "The more types of fruit and vegetables you can include in your diet the better."

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Juice is Good For the Brain

Drinking fruit or vegetable juice several times a week could help stave off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. This is according to a nine-year study involving nearly 2,000 people.

Participants reported on their consumption of fruit and vegetable juice starting in 1992. Their mental function was tested every two years thereafter. The results showed that:

For those who drank juice 3 or more times a week, the risk of Alzheimer's was 76% lower

The risk was reduced by 16% for those who drank juice once a week

Experts have long thought that antioxidant vitamins had protective benefits against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. According to lead author Professor Qi Dai, these new results suggest that polyphenols - strong antioxidants found in juice, tea and wine – could be the key to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia affect nearly 5.4 million people in Western Europe, including 40,000 in Ireland.

The findings are published in the September issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

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