Become The Lion® https://www.becomethelion.com Become The Strongest Version of Yourself Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:23:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://i0.wp.com/www.becomethelion.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-instagram-profile.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Become The Lion® https://www.becomethelion.com 32 32 105903590 6 Ways To Quit Being A Slave To Your Paycheck https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/6-ways-quit-slave-paycheck/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:07:22 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5893 It’s Monday morning, and the alarm is going off. Millions of Americans are waking up to start their workday. The excitement of the weekend has worn off and the drudgery of beginning a new work week kicks in. Yet, this routine continues month after month and year after year. Why would someone go through the misery […]

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It’s Monday morning, and the alarm is going off. Millions of Americans are waking up to start their workday. The excitement of the weekend has worn off and the drudgery of beginning a new work week kicks in. Yet, this routine continues month after month and year after year.

Why would someone go through the misery of a job they hate? Is it because they are conditioned to hate their job? That’s part of it. Millions of people do intolerable work to get a paycheck, a means of survival. They want a way out but can’t figure out how to get there. It’s not that hard if you go back to the basics.

Save 10% of Your Paycheck

The majority of people live paycheck to paycheck. If something goes wrong in their life, they will be screwed. We each know the future is unpredictable. They’d rather spend their entire paycheck right now instead of looking towards the future.

Most financial books will tell you to save 10% of your paycheck, yet you don’t want to listen to them. You’d rather give into the short-term gratification instead of the long-term satisfaction. You’re a slave to your paycheck because you know the moment you stop working, you will have no money coming in, this fear keeps you going.

Sometimes you might stop working whether you like it or not. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the sound financial peace you will be alright if anything happens? You put the 10% away for emergencies.

Over time, your money will add up. The more emergency money you save up, the less you must depend on your job if something goes wrong. Not even if something goes wrong, if you want to start your own business and break free from the job you desperately hate, you will have money saved. Only an idiot would quit their job and chase their dreams if they didn’t have any money saved. Saving money over time allows you to take strategic risks.

Put Your Money To Work For You

If you want to quit being a slave to your paycheck, you will need your money to work for you. This means that even though you’re working your job, your money should work as hard as you.

While it’s great to possess the emergency fund of 10% of your paycheck, you will need to money to invest.  There are thousands of investments you can do. The most common investments are going to be in the stock market or real estate.

For me, it’s investing in the stock market. Just like for investments, there are many strategies to be used. I don’t have all the time to dedicate to my portfolio; I prefer to keep things simple.

I prefer to invest in ETF’s and Index Funds. I also invest in a few individual stocks. You can see a snapshot of what I own:

With Index Funds, you own the entire sector or market. I find it to be too challenging to invest in many individual stocks. Why eat one piece when you can eat the entire pie?

The trick with investing in the stock market is that you don’t want to be always checking your account. The market has ups and downs. If you’re like me, I look to invest in stocks I can hold onto forever. 

From the stocks I own, I get paid a dividend quarterly. I also make money as they rise in value.

You can open an account for as little as $500. I use Vanguard to manage my portfolio.

If you’re looking to gain a lot of knowledge about what to invest in, read the book: Money: Master The Game.

Start A Business

If you’re not happy with your current job. You have two options, get another job or start a business. If you really want to achieve your desired freedom, you will need to start a business.

When you’re looking to start a business, it doesn’t need to be expensive. We’ve written an article: Four Ways To Start A Business For Under $100.

Starting your first business doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can start your side hustle while still working a job. No one is saying you need to quit your job cold turkey and go into business. It should be the opposite. Your business should be sustainable enough so you can quit your job. If your business makes drastically different amounts each month that’s not a sustainable business.

If you’re looking to start an online business, we recommend: Kindle Money Mastery.

Your end goal is to create a business that is making as much as your current job. Only then should you quit your job. Remember, this will not happen overnight. It takes a while to get your business to the point of sustainability. The reason you’re doing this is that you’re taking calculated risks. 

What are you passionate about? How can that passion solve people’s problems? How can you get paid for that passion? These are questions you need to be asking yourself.

From your passion, you can write a book or create an online course. You can create a membership site with a monthly recurring revenue. This way you know you have a consistent amount of money coming in each month. You can be an entrepreneur and still play it safe.

Live Below Your Means

You may wonder where you will get the money to save 10%, invest in stocks or real estate and start a business. That’s a viable question. It starts with figuring out where you are spending your money. I can guarantee you’re wasting money each month on unnecessary items.

When you’re trying to quit your job and figure out other ways to create an income, the last thing you should be doing is spending money on things that will not help you get to where you want to go.

If the Government passed a law right now taxing more of your paycheck, you’d bitch and moan about it. But of course, you’d pay it because you wouldn’t want to deal with the penalties.

Downsize your house and your car. Sell anything you no longer use. There’s this fantastic website: eBay.

You are sacrificing today for the long term gain. When you live below your means today, you will be able to live above your means tomorrow.

Besides the basic necessities we need, food, shelter, and water, we need little of anything else. Anything extra is a bonus. People tend to over complicate their life with materialistic goods. You don’t need that new car or gadget. You want that new car or gadget. And for what? To impress people you don’t like? The quicker you take away your emotions from spending money to thinking logically, living below your means becomes easier.

If you want to quit being a slave to your paycheck, you live below your means. 

View Your Paycheck As A Means To An End

Most people do work they hate to get a paycheck without changing how they view their paycheck. Do you not realize how amazing it is to get a paycheck? That paycheck is allowing you to live. You’re getting money you can put to use for a business.

Don’t view your paycheck as something you need to get, view it as a vehicle for what will be better in your life. If you manage your money, you’ll be able to use the money from your paycheck to create financial freedom.

The paycheck you possess today doesn’t have to last forever. The choice will be up to you. It doesn’t matter if you’re making minimum wage or six figures, how you view your paycheck will determine how well your life ends up being. Look at your paycheck as a way out of your current situation.

Quit letting your paycheck define your worth. Only you should be able to define your worth. At the end of the day, you can have all the money in the world and still to be a shitty person or you can have nothing and be an amazing person.

The quickest way to stop being a slave to your paycheck is to stop looking at your paycheck in a negative light and see all the positive it brings. And this brings me to my last point.

Change Your Mindset

You read this article because you believe you’re a slave to your paycheck. That right there tells me about your mindset. Because when you say that, you’re telling me you’re not actively looking for other ways to make money or viewing your paycheck in a positive light.

You’re a slave to no one, not even your paycheck. It’s how you view your paycheck that defines yourself. You chose the job you’re currently working. Only you can determine how the rest of your life turns out. Until you start taking 100% responsibility for your current situation, you’re never going to get ahead.

Each of us has a different perspective on money, relationships, religion, etc. When it comes to money why are some people poor and others extremely wealthy? It’s because their mindset about money differs.

As you grow up, you can have these preconceived notions that are programmed into your mind about money that can hold you back. Start to view money in everything it can do not for yourself but for how it can change the world. Once you do that, you’ll quit being a slave to your paycheck.

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7 Money Habits To Master https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/7-money-habits-master/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:58:00 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5854 For all the Lions out there who are working hard on building wealth and creating a legacy for their family, there are seven habits and behaviors you should constantly keep in mind on your path to building generational wealth. It is not an easy process and it doesn’t happen on its own. People are passed […]

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For all the Lions out there who are working hard on building wealth and creating a legacy for their family, there are seven habits and behaviors you should constantly keep in mind on your path to building generational wealth. It is not an easy process and it doesn’t happen on its own. People are passed down beliefs about finances from their families, their friends, and the media.  Lots of these thoughts are often destructive to wealth generation. Mastering the seven habits and behaviors listed below will provide massive benefits on your path to riches.

Developing a laser focus on your finances ­

In Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, he compares money to a jealous lover. If you don’t provide it with love and attention, it is going to leave you for someone who wants it more. This is more true for an entrepreneur than the average person. As your business ventures and ideas start coming to life, your finances will become more and more complicated. You will start having more investments, money in different accounts, and money coming in from more and more sources. Keeping track of your money and providing it with a laser focus is a great habit that will help you accumulate wealth.

On a monthly or minimally quarterly basis, you should review and update your financial statements including your balance sheet and income statement. Whether you do this service yourself or outsource it to an accountant, it will provide you invaluable insights into your financial performance and position. This information will help you make the best decisions to achieve your goals. If you are spending more than you are making, you need to know this promptly and then change your spending habits to be aligned with your financial goals. Additionally, this information will reveal if your money is being put to work in it’s highest and best use. Grant Cardone talks about how he saved too much of his money. He is talking about having too much money put into low yield investments when it should have been in different types of deals making him more money. Paying attention to your money and making sure you are using it economically is a key habit to developing wealth.

Making a plan for wealth and consistently reviewing it ­

Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” The same is true for money. Too many times, I talk to people who have never thought about their financial game plan. While developing wealth is largely a result of hard work and providing massive value to your customers, your wealth will not grow as effectively if at all if you do not have a gameplan. Your plan should revolve around a combination of the following:

●  Increasing income

●  Setting aside increasing amounts of income

●  Investing income into profitable enterprises

You should have a plan for each aspect of this game plan. What can you do to increase your income? If you own a business, you must either serve more customers, solve higher value problems, or cut back on expenses. If you work in someone else’s business, you must provide better service to your customers and find a way to make the business more profitable. Your ability to make changes in these areas will lead to more money in your bank account.

To set aside more money, you need to take a good luck at what you are spending money on. If you make $1,000,000 per month but spend $1,100,000 each month, you are not going to grow any closer to wealth. No matter what your income is today, you must spend less than you make. This is the only way to follow up with the next part of the game plan.

Investing into profitable enterprises means taking your money and putting it into a vehicle that will allow that money to grow. What this means to you could mean many different things. You might want to hire a business coach or consultant to help you increase your sales, buy real estate that produces income, invest in start-up businesses for equity or debt interests in the business for a return, or buy into the stock market. All of these are common and traditional ways of investing money and it is important that you thoroughly understand whatever it is that you invest your money into.

It is important to consistently review your plan and make sure that you are staying on track. You will inevitably have results, either good or bad, and it is important to review your progress so you can adjust course if you are not heading in your desired direction.

Developing relationships with people who are trustworthy ­

As you continually increase your wealth and make more and more money, it is inevitable that more and more people will try to sell you on their product or service. Professional athletes notoriously trust the wrong people costing them millions and millions of dollars. It is reported on the news time and time again that professional athletes buy into shady investments and end up losing massive amounts of their wealth. This habit is harder to develop but it is critical that the people you let into your financial circle are qualified for their positions. I have heard several stories about entrepreneurs having one of their financial advisors embezzle money from them. Part of this was probably due to their lack of focus on their financials but it was also caused by trusting the wrong person. Regardless, putting trust into the wrong person can end up costing massive amounts of money.

Spending less than you make ­

It is reported that at one point in Shaquille O’Niel’s basketball career, he was spending over $800,000 per month or $9,600,000 on an annual basis. During the 2006­-2007 season, Shaq’s salary was $20,000,000, which after tax (39%) would leave him with approximately $12,000,000. If something were to have happened to Shaq at the end of his contract, he would have run out of money within 3 months. The expensive exotic car and fully loaded mansion won’t mean much if you find yourself handing over the keys and packing the boxes downgrading houses.

It is much more calming and grounding to make financial decisions from a position of power and intention. Spending recklessly and without a plan is a sure fire way to lose all the money you have worked so hard to earn. This is such a simple truth but one of the most important in any person’s pursuit of wealth. Even people on the lowest levels of income have become millionaires from their disciplined habits and the massive power of compounding interest.

Being protective of your assets ­

It is common for people of wealth to feel pressure from friends and family about borrowing or giving them money. Being generous is an amazing thing and a virtue to strive for. However, people can only genuinely be generous if it is not causing them harm. Every time you take a flight, there is a reminder that in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, you must help yourself first before helping other people. The same principle holds true for helping family and friends with your time and money. If providing them with an easy fix of money is damaging your financial health, you are not in a position to be generous and should not be offering your assistance. You must take care of the wealth that you have developed and not let others damage what you have worked hard for.

Developing an understanding of the language of finance ­

The language of business and money can be ambiguous and difficult to understand. An MBA could spend 6 years of focused studying learning all of the intricacies and details of finance and business administration. A lot of the terms that a financial professional would consider common are foreign and confusing to an outsider. When entrepreneurs start raking in the dough, they face a lot of financial risks if they are not well versed in financial terminology. In the third part of the plan described above, ­ when investing into profitable enterprise ­it is critical that you have a deep understanding of what it is that you are investing in or have a highly trustable person on your team helping you make the decisions. Contracts and financial management can be full of what seems to be jiberish and asking for help or seeking knowledge to decipher this language will help to make your wealth last.

Understanding your investments ­

Do you know which investments you own? What is the management fee associated with this investment? What is the investment designed to do? Is your investment in a business’s debt or their equity? Do you know what the financial position is of this company? Investing and finance are vastly complex topics that you or an advisor must understand and continuously focus on. Are you getting a preferred return as an insider or are your returns capped at a certain percentage? Understanding how your money is working for you to grow your wealth is critical. The average employee invests into their company’s 401(k) plan and doesn’t do any investigation of their investment beyond checking the box to opt into the plan. While it is good that they are making a decision to set aside some of their income, it is not enough to leave it at that. To be a true Lion financially, you should know the details of your investments and know if it best suited for you and your goals. You should have clarity and understanding knowing how your money is working for you to grow your wealth.

If you have any questions or want to develop a personalized game plan to take your life and finances to the next level, please connect with me on my website Wealth Warriors.

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7 Best Success Books I Read So Far in 2017 https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-best-success-books-2017/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-best-success-books-2017/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:36:27 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5774 If you want to become a super successful individual and the best version of yourself, do not rely on traditional education alone. Schooling only lasts for so long and it teaches you very select things. You will not learn the art of discipline in a classroom, you will learn it by actually doing it. You must […]

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If you want to become a super successful individual and the best version of yourself, do not rely on traditional education alone. Schooling only lasts for so long and it teaches you very select things. You will not learn the art of discipline in a classroom, you will learn it by actually doing it.

You must develop the skill of discipline and use that skill to read each day.

Below are the seven best books on success that I’ve read this year. They all have shaped and continue to shape who I am today. I implore you to read these books and am sure they will change your perspective, if not your life entirely.

The most successful people in the world not only read a lot, but they implement what they read. Passive reading is nothing compared to actively reading. Passive reading is reading without taking notes or highlighting. It will motivate you and you may learn some things, but you will soon forget.

Be an active reader. One who can always go back to their notes and relearn what they may have forgotten over time.

P.S. The books are in no particular order.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I would like to go out on a limb and say this is the best book ever written for dealing with people. Many of us avoid this subject because we feel it cannot be taught (I used to be that person). But was I wrong! This book is action packed with tons of useful tips, backed up by facts and personal anecdotes that help us really learn the information.

Dale Carnegie definitely had a firm grasp on human nature, and just by implementing one of his methods, you will enrich your life immediately. This book is not catered for a specific type of person, but for the community at large. Everyone deals with people everyday, so this book has no bounds and is universally applicable. I am practicing five of his virtues this month, and every month I hope to build more to my list.

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Although fiction, it is a story that epitomizes the American Dream. It is about a young boy, a shepherd, who traverses lands and learns from others. He has big dreams, but can never seem to bring them to light, until one day, when he makes a choice.

While working on his dream, he encounters many problems. There were times when he thought about giving up. But his vision was more powerful than his excuses.

We can learn from this book that tough times are inevitable, but they should not stop us. He knew the universal language, and that language states that enthusiasm towards your goal can triumph any problem. When you change your perspective in life, from one of pessimism towards that of excitement, black and white seem to change into colors, meaning you have the ability to turn even the most dismal moments into great opportunities.

Go out there and find out why you are on this Earth… Explore!

 

I Will teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

A book everyone should read. Ramit takes a banal and cumbersome concept (personal finance) and makes it immensely exciting and worth reading. I learned a lot from him, whether it was about retirement plans or managing my credit card. Most people in the world have a bad credit and do not know the exact steps to reach an 800 credit score.

While reading this book, you will learn the fundamentals of managing your finances. You will be able to setup a system to move forward and increase your credit along with your financial IQ. This book is a great first step towards mastering your financial life.

 

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 

Another world-renowned book on success. Napoleon Hill has written the success bible. I read this book at the beginning of 2017 and what stood out to me most, even until this day, is the power of mindset. We are what we think about. The forgoing sentence is so important that I want you to read it again. Too many do not actively focus on the positive. We instead, listen to all the pessimistic garbage in the world and allow it to enter our minds.

Our mindset dictates how we can see everything! That is why you must control it to the best of your ability; your mind is your palace, do not let intruders come in and sway your positive outlook. Life’s obstacles are tough, but with the guidance of books like these, they will not be enough to stop you.

 

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

This book is short, but short is sometimes great, or even profound (which this book most certainly is). It highlights the principles of creating wealth. The principles taught in this book are perpetual – they are not going away. They are the same now and as they were 5,000 years ago.

The elements from this book are: to make money, invest that money in assets, and keep reinvesting. This is a simple concept, but one that most lack today. If each one of us took the time to read this book, it could change our financial and personal lives.

These few parables have changed my life; the stories inside this book center around archaic Babylon but nevertheless they have not lost their relevance today. If we all applied these principles, the world would be a much better place.

 

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone

This is the ultimate sales book, or the second best, just behind How to Win Friends & Influence People. There are many prominent topics to speak about regarding sales, and Mr. Stone does a great job. What I found to be the most impactful concept from this book was that you must control your environment – watch who you hangout with, like the old adage goes, “birds of a feather, flock together”.

The most important aspect from this book is that you have to become a daily self-builder. Work on yourself daily and strive to achieve what you have set out to achieve. There is little room for partaking in trivialities, so focus on the big picture, and you will soon reap the rewards.

 

Why “A” Students Work For “C” Students by Robert Kiyosaki

I have read this book 4 times, and I plan on reading it again. Robert Kiyosaki, although not the best writer, (he doesn’t care, he admits it) is truly a game changer with regards to personal finance. He breaks down in laymen’s terms how to be successful in life and the ideas you have to live by in order to do so.

His goal is to give us financial education. He teaches the three different types of income: ordinary, portfolio and passive. Most people have never heard of passive income, or if they had, they certainty do not practice it. The stigma with it is one of “hard to get” or “it is out of my reach”.

The reason the masses believe this is because the rich run our financial system and they do not want to share the knowledge of passive income. If they did, that would make what they do not as easy. This is a super-easy, simple to read book that breaks down tough concepts and makes them readable.

Ending Thoughts About Success

You should read each and every one one of these success books. They will change your life, this coming from personal experience and the experiences of others.

Like I said before, it is not enough to read these books for entertainment – you must gain a conceptual understanding and actually implement them into your life. No one is going to make you do this. You have to hold yourself accountable. Take time aside each day to learn more and never become satisfied.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Join The 5am Club https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/6-reasons-join-5am-club/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/6-reasons-join-5am-club/#comments Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:43:49 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5729 I never would’ve expected myself to become a morning person nor did I ever intend to wake up early. It happened because of necessity. A necessity to become more. Through my entire life, I resented waking up early. For me to write this article on why you should wake up at 5am would’ve seemed blasphemous […]

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I never would’ve expected myself to become a morning person nor did I ever intend to wake up early. It happened because of necessity. A necessity to become more.

Through my entire life, I resented waking up early. For me to write this article on why you should wake up at 5am would’ve seemed blasphemous years ago. But here I am with you today.

I will not sugarcoat my story and tell you it’s easy waking up early in the morning especially 5am.

For myself, I worked my way to 4am. That lasted a month or two, eventually, it became too hard to keep up with, especially with my schedule.

It’s difficult getting ready to go to bed when the sun is still setting. Or going to bed when your friends or significant other wants you to stay up. It’ll take massive amounts of willpower to get up early each day, this includes the weekend.

Why go through the struggle of waking up early? Because the rewards are bountiful. I wouldn’t be where I am today without getting up early.

Are there days where I sleep in or I’m out late with friends? There are. But I can tell you that on the days I stay up late or sleep in, I’m not nearly as productive as I usually am.

Getting up early isn’t enough. You’ll need to create a morning routine. When you create a morning routine for yourself, it will be that much easier to wake up early.

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While I recommend a set routine you should use once you wake up in the morning, I will go into the benefits of what I’ve noticed since joining the 5am club.

It should be noted I didn’t go from waking up at 10am each day to waking up at 5am. It was a long process of six months. I would set my alarm back a few minutes each week.

You need don’t special skills to get up early. You need to have the desire.

Discipline

Discipline isn’t something that happens overnight. You can wish it to happen, but it doesn’t work that way.

It will take time to cultivate. Before my morning routine, I wasn’t disciplined in my life. I hadn’t even known what the word discipline meant. Becoming more disciplined is still a challenge I face each day, but getting up early has made it easier.

No matter what you’re trying to achieve in your life, you will need to cultivate discipline to get to where you want to go. Maybe you are disciplined or you aren’t, getting up early is a great place to start.

Once you get up early, you can use that discipline in other areas in your life. Most people don’t force themselves to do something. They get excited for a week or a month but eventually, that’ll go away. When you feel the excitement dissipate, discipline is what will keep you going.  

It can be a struggle to get up early. I understand; I was once there. But that’s when the power of discipline kicks in.

You learn the art of discipline because you plan your day ahead.

You’ll need to go to bed at a consistent time. Because if you don’t, it will not be fun to wake up in the morning and you’ll be likely to sleep in.

When I woke up early on a consistent basis that was the first time I learned the power of discipline. With discipline, you’re implementing good habits into your life. Because we each have good and bad habits. Discipline will force you to create more good habits in your life.

Productivity

People want to complain they don’t have enough time to get everything done. They’d rather make excuses than look at their routine.

I’ve been studying those who’ve become successful for a while now. One thing the majority have in common is they wake up early. Was it because they loved waking up early? No, a lot of them hated waking up early. They woke up early because it allowed them to become more productive.

What I’ve noticed since waking up early is that there will be events that happen in your everyday life you can’t control. Most of these events happen after 8am. But if you can wake up early and get in a few hours of uninterrupted work, wouldn’t it be worth your desired success? Before you put out the fires that arise during your day?

When you wake up early, it’s hard not to be productive. You can check social media or your email and no one will be posting or emailing you. Unless they’re already a member of the 5am club 🙂.

I don’t care what happens the rest of the day if I can work two hours in the morning with no distractions I’ll get more accomplished than the person who works eight hours of distracted work.

We each possess the same 24 hours. Why is that some are more successful others? Because those who are successful are more productive.

More Tasks Done

To get more tasks done goes along with productivity.

It’s no secret that when you have fewer distractions, you will get more done. This is a simple concept that’s overlooked.

For those who get up at 5am, they realize that when there are fewer distractions, they get more done and when they get more done; they live a better life.

If you have a project you keep putting off or you find your day riddled with responsibility, I guarantee that joining the 5am club will change your life.

How’d it feel to get more done each day? Because remember, we each have the same 24 hours.

If you wish to become successful, you need to be decisive in how you spend your time.

Take Back Your Life

I didn’t know where I was heading but I could tell it was a place I didn’t want to be. The contentment in my life was at a minimum. I understood I had to make a change in my life. And that change was my morning routine.

With my morning routine, I didn’t notice it right away. But over a few months, I realized my life had become better. It even got to where I didn’t want to sleep because I was so excited to start my morning routine.

If you’re at a point in your life where you’re unhappy, you need change. Because it’d be crazy to keep doing the same over and over again and expecting different results.

Become the person you were meant to be. To become that person, you’re just changing your habits and your daily routine. It isn’t a big fix and most of the time it’s small.

I had a quick morning routine going when I wasn’t happy with my life. I made small changes to the routine I already had, and it made a world of difference.

When you’re looking to take back your life, it starts with changing your routine.

Solitude

It’s no secret that if you wish to become successful, you will need to spend time alone. Solitude can be the solution you’re looking for.

During the early morning hours, that’s where I learned who I was as a person. I wasn’t being influenced by the media or my friends and family; it was me alone with my thoughts. Don’t go your entire life without discovering who you actually are. You need to take time out of each day to think for yourself. I’ve found it easier if I take this time during the morning.

In a place of solitude, you learn who you are because you’re allowing yourself to bring your sub-conscious thoughts into your conscious mind.

When you’re thinking all day, you may not realize the thoughts you’re having. You might have unwanted thoughts and not realize how harmful they are. There’s this negative voice in your head and you finally realize how detrimental it is to your success.

By spending time alone, I learned who I am. Each day I spend time alone, I learn more about myself that I never realized.

While the weather is warm during the summer, I prefer to change up my routine and go for a run to catch the sunrise and be up before the world starts. This is my place of solitude, what’s yours?

Become More Grateful

You may already possess the life you’re searching for but you’re so blinded by the negativity you can’t be grateful for what you have. People want to complain about their situation without being thankful for everything they have.

As part of my morning routine, I like to take a few minutes each morning to express gratitude for everything in my life. With this process, I write everything in my journal.

No matter how bad my day gets, I can always go back to my journal to realize that being negative takes away from the present moment and everything I already have.

There are necessities you need to survive, beyond that, you shouldn’t let them dictate your happiness. When you’re writing in your journal try to be thankful for things outside your control. For me, it’s showing gratitude for being blessed with an amazing sunrise and being able to hear the beautiful sounds of the birds. If you start to pay attention to everything that goes on around you, you’ll see you already have everything you need to be happy and that starts with yourself.  

It’s time to express more gratitude for the life you’re currently living.

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11 Qualities of Super Successful People https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/11-qualities-super-successful-people/ Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:48:22 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5679 If you ask people how they define success, you may be surprised by the answers you get. To some, it means money, while others see it as power or respect. Whatever definition we give it, success is something that everyone is looking to find. Several studies have found that there are certain qualities common among successful […]

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If you ask people how they define success, you may be surprised by the answers you get. To some, it means money, while others see it as power or respect. Whatever definition we give it, success is something that everyone is looking to find. Several studies have found that there are certain qualities common among successful people.

Have a look at the following list to learn more about these traits.

1. They know why, what, and how

Successful people know what they want, and why they want it. They also know how to get what they want in terms of their career, business, or life goals.

2. They set realistic goals and are open to opinions

It is important to know your limits, and have a clear concept of your strengths and weaknesses. Every successful person sets their sights on targets they know are achievable.

Additionally, having a passion for knowledge and being open to new opinions and ideas, helps towards reaching the goals you set. The simplest way to improve yourself is by continuing to learn.

3. They are focused, committed, and patient

It becomes more difficult to achieve a goal if you lack focus. Moreover, it is important to remain committed towards your purpose, while also being patient. A goal worth achieving will require time and will have obstacles. Successful people know it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

4. They are confident and adaptable

Successful people are not only confident about themselves, but also about their goals and the people that work with them. They know that you must be adaptable to new ideas and methods since what may have worked once, may not work the same way again.

5. They can channel negative emotions and are passionate about work

Negative emotions often get stuck like a broken record in our heads, which makes focusing on a goal that much harder. The best thing to do is channel them into means of motivation.

Successful people know how to move on, to leave the past in the past, or at the very least, seek to prove those negative feelings wrong and beat them. successful people are very passionate about their work. It is this passion that drives them towards their goals.

Successful people are very passionate about their work. It is this passion that drives them towards their goals.

It’s quite likely that all of us have one or two of these qualities. However, successful people have been found to possess most of these traits. They may have other qualities that further define their personalities, but these characteristic traits are the most common.

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11 Steps To Becoming More Confident In Your Life https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/11-steps-becoming-confident-life/ Sun, 04 Jun 2017 19:34:50 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5675 Confidence…everyone truly loves a confident person. Although the form of confidence I am referring to shouldn’t be confused with being cocky or arrogant. Every person must comprehend the difference when it comes to being successful in all aspects of your life, for the simple reason that most people cannot stand cockiness or arrogance. No doubt […]

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Confidence…everyone truly loves a confident person. Although the form of confidence I am referring to shouldn’t be confused with being cocky or arrogant. Every person must comprehend the difference when it comes to being successful in all aspects of your life, for the simple reason that most people cannot stand cockiness or arrogance. No doubt you’ve possibly read or heard that everywhere and did not need me to bring to your mind this basic fact again. Though, it never ceases to amaze me how many people still get this wrong. Do not fret, however, in this article I’m going to tell you some basic, though powerful, strategies you can utilize to create the right form of confidence when building success in life.

Discovering Confidence within Yourself

First, we need to understand that being a powerfully confident individual can be demonstrated in many ways. Let me use the man approaching the hot woman scenario. Man sees he has a chance to start a conversation with a gorgeous woman, but suddenly man feels bad if he interrupts her from the conversation woman is having with her friends, or man doesn’t want to put pressure on the woman. So instead man doesn’t take the chance; man slowly turns away and disappears back into the shadows of society.

I’m sure we’ve all been in this scenario and if you’re nodding your head in agreement then that’s not entirely surprising either. You see most people are always seeking permission deep within their subconscious to do every little thing. However, in order to improve your success in life and build unbreakable confidence, you need to break out of this cycle and learn to give yourself permission, and that takes some real confidence within yourself.

Those Nagging Insecurities

When you manage to become powerfully confident within yourself, you begin to find it easier to point out certain things about yourself that the less secure people would try to overcompensate for or even hide altogether. One of the best things you can do to stand out from everyone else is to let go of any hang-ups you have about your insecurities. The fact is everybody has insecurities, yet most try to cover them up. However, the more you try to do this, the more insecure you will appear to those around you. Believe me; you will basically begin to dislike yourself for doing this. It’s like when a woman wears way too much makeup, it’s obvious she’s covering up something bad.

(A quick side note, I honestly don’t care how much makeup a woman wears. I’m in no position to judge anyone for how they feel comfortable. Wear a ton of makeup? Good for you!)

Cultivating Inner Belief

Those of us who are really confident believe we are deserving of success. Deep down inside, most people don’t really believe they deserve success and it shows. Not believing you deserve success is caused by a lack of confidence and this can be sensed in anyone a mile away. If you don’t feel deserving of any success in life, you’ll come up with all sorts of interesting and creative ways to sabotage yourself.

So what can you do instead? Well, you need to look inside yourself and cultivate the belief that you do deserve to be successful. In fact, right now I challenge you to go ahead and write down three reasons why you deserve this. Stop reading this article now and do this, then come back and finish the rest of this article.

I’m going to believe you’ve written down your three reasons and didn’t just keep on reading, right? Cool. Let’s continue then.

Mature, Confident and Successful

When you truly believe that you deserve success, you’ll stand out head and shoulders above everyone else and you’ll start attracting success into all areas of your life like a magnet. Confidence does that for you.

Confident people aren’t jealous and clingy. Some people feel left out if a friend or partner wants to do something alone or with friends other than them. Have you ever had a girl you really liked tell you, ‘I’m so excited! I’m going out with my friends to this concert on Saturday!’ and instantly you felt jealous or sad like you just lost something? That, my friend, is a lack of real confidence.

Look, everyone wants to be confident and successful, and at the same time, everyone wants to be around mature, confident and successful people. By mature, I don’t mean stuffy, boring and old, either. I most certainly do not mean my dad! I mean a person who gets what it means to be a mature adult and completely confident about who they are and where they are going in life.

Displaying Confidence

When it comes to building success in any area of your life, confidence is vital. Everyone equates confidence with the ability to be successful.

In the dating world, many men have this problem of believing that women look for successful men because they’re likely to make more money, and this is simply not true. Women look for successful men because they’re more likely to be satisfied. That’s right, I said satisfied. Don’t give me that look either. A satisfied man has a lot to do with everything. Let me explain. Women know that men who are satisfied with themselves are less likely to go out looking for someone to satisfy them and are more stable. In a relationship, this means a man will be less likely to cheat, or change jobs frequently or get himself into any number of other compromising situations. So from this example, I think you can see why it’s vital that you display powerful confidence, not only around women but in all aspects of your life.

Birth-Given Right

When it comes to confidence, it seems there are two kinds of people, those who have it, and those who don’t. Although on the surface this may be true, everyone has the potential to be confident. We were all born with confidence. If you’re a naturally confident person you may find it easy to approach people you don’t know, easy to stand up in front of a room full of strangers and give a speech and easy to open up to a woman you’re attracted to. However, if you’re not naturally confident this may all seem difficult.

While you may be ready to throw your hands up in defeat, don’t be so quick to give up. Just because you’re not the kind of person to jump up on stage and give a speech doesn’t mean you’re not confident enough to impress others. Take heart in knowing that you’re a good person, smart, funny, good at your job, loving, considerate or whatever else you find to be positive character traits that you have. Just keep in mind that you’re an individual who is confident with who you are, what you know and what you have to offer in life and everyone you come in contact with.

Discover Your Qualities

If you’re unsure of your strengths, try making a list of the qualities you have that you feel good about and the areas you feel may need some improvement. You don’t need to dive head-long into psychology, just take some time to reflect on yourself. You can use your strengths to build on areas that need a little work. Just be sure not to dwell on any areas you feel you may be lacking in, as this will only serve to make you feel even less confident.

A Quick Note on Confidence in the Dating World

Not only is confidence important when you first meet someone, it’s also important when you’re getting to know one another. You need to feel confident enough to be open with the other person about yourself. It’s a well-known fact that when it comes to women, a man who is afraid to tell them his thoughts and feelings isn’t typically looked upon as a potential partner. You see, that sort of behavior gets a woman’s defenses up and won’t get you very far in dating her.

Confident people generally make better lovers, too. A person who feels stable in their work, relationships and friendships tend to feel surer in the bedroom as well. If you come across as confident you’re much more likely to make the other person feel comfortable and they’ll be more likely to respond positively to your advances. Not to mention the fact that knowing you have what it takes to please a potential partner makes you a more self-assured lover who will be less reserved and more passionate.

Bring on the Respect

Being confident not only makes another person more likely to find you attractive, but it also makes you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself you’re more likely to have another fine character trait: self-respect. Why is this important? If you have self-respect you’re more likely to be respectful of others. This inevitably will perpetuate a life-long cycle of confidence, self-respect, and respect for others that will serve you and your life well.

A person who is incapable of loving and respecting themselves is incapable of loving or respecting others. A lack of self-respect will send up a red flag to most people within seconds.

Love and Respect

We all want respect, and by all, I mean all people. Look at it this way, if you can’t respect yourself you can’t respect others, and if you can’t respect others, you can’t love others. And love, after all, is what we’re all looking for. We want it, we need it and we deserve it, everybody does.

In order to be confident in everything you do in life you have to be capable of respecting other people completely, mind, body, and soul. Ultimately, when it comes to confidence and self-respect, there is nothing that will substitute for them. You must radiate these qualities in order for anyone around you to be able to pick up on them. Most people don’t like to search for those character traits. If they have to chip away layer after layer before they find what they’re looking for, they’re much more likely to lose interest. So put your best foot forward when it comes to impressing people, be that in the dating, business or any other world.

Bond, James Bond

 So, obviously, by now, you should be aware that confidence is an attractive and powerful quality!

Have you seen James Bond movies? It’s almost as if women are ready to jump on this guy even before he talks to them. But that’s only true in the movies, right? Well no, not exactly.

Ok, you’re probably thinking to yourself, here we go more dribble about how we need to be like James Bond. And I agree with you. I completely dislike hearing myself tell men to watch Bond movies and imitate him as best they can. Honestly, I don’t believe in “fake it until you make it”. I’m not going to tell you to be like Bond. Telling someone to be like a fictional character isn’t the way to go about helping someone build their confidence. I use the fictional character of James Bond for a quick example to help clients understand what a real confident man looks like.

A person who walks into the room with true confidence will just draw people to them, both men and women. This says to people that, ‘This is a different kind of person who won’t just agree with everything they hear. A person who is so sure of themselves!’

Now that’s attractive and most certainly powerfully confident!

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How To Set Up Your First Drop Shipping T-Shirt Company https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/set-first-drop-shipping-t-shirt-company/ Wed, 31 May 2017 13:55:42 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4798 I remember the day like it was yesterday. The box in hand, a sense of breathlessness. I was about to change the world. There was only one small… Well, I guess it was a big problem I encountered.   I’d been selling bracelets and watches for my company but decided that I wanted to sell […]

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I remember the day like it was yesterday. The box in hand, a sense of breathlessness. I was about to change the world.

There was only one small… Well, I guess it was a big problem I encountered.  

I’d been selling bracelets and watches for my company but decided that I wanted to sell t-shirts instead. I never heard of a drop shipping t-shirts until after disaster had struck.

As my company was nautical themed, I figured I’d be selling nautical themed shirts. My logo on the front and an anchor on the back.

My first inclination was to get a design for the shirt. I ended up getting the designs from Fiverr.

Once I had pictures of the shirts for my social media accounts, I promoted them. Within a few days, I was selling around 30 shirts a week. There was only one problem, I didn’t have any shirts in hand. This had been my first test run.

I took the money I had made and ordered my shirts to be screen printed at a local company. Two weeks later, I had my shirts in hand. Proud as can be, I fulfilled my orders.

First Big Mistake

My belief was my customers would be as satisfied as I was… Then came the first email telling me the shirt was too small. Then another. It came to be that almost every shirt I had sent out had been too small.

With my chest tightening, I investigated. After looking at what my competition was doing, I quickly found the problem.

Being a man, I’ve never tried on a women’s shirt. As men, we buy men shirts. Yet, for the majority of women when they buy shirts, they buy unisex which is a split between men and women sizes.  

This meant that all of my smalls and mediums would not fit my customers. My larges and extra-larges would fit the people who normally wear small and medium. This was a big problem.

I’d spent nearly all my money on the shirts with no clue what to do. With the catalog I received from my screen printing company, I looked at shirt after shirt. I had to fulfill my orders, but the orders required a lot of money upfront, money I had just wasted.

There had to be another way. I went online and did research. This is when I first learned the power of drop shipping t-shirts.

When someone would now order a shirt from my company, a third party would fulfill my order. This means you can start a t-shirt brand with virtually no money. All you need is your designs.

The downside is the drop shipping companies take a good percentage of your profit. But the upside is far greater. You no longer have to worry about your inventory count.

You’ll want to put on your website that all shirt sales are final.

Different Drop Shipping Companies

I’ve tried a few t-shirt drop shipping companies.

The first one I tried was Printful. Printful is based out of California. Their turn around service is about 3-5 business days after you send in your order. You can customize your package to have your address on it.

I’d been using them for a little while but realized the colors on the shirts being printed by them didn’t match the colors of the design. This when I looked at other options.

I tried Print Aura, but their prices were a few dollars more than Printful. Eventually, I tried the company Scalable Press. They had long sleeved pocket tee’s that I was interested in using for my company.

There was only one problem. The shirts would take a week or two to be fulfilled. I had a few orders that took over a month to ship. They wouldn’t tell you if they were out of stock of a certain shirt.

I decided to go back to Printful. I ended up working with their design team and we fixed the problem with the color designs.

Printful is the best of the three drop shipping companies. If you wish, try the other companies as well and you’ll get a notion for which one works best for you.  

Before you begin your drop shipping company, you will need to hire a designer. I used Fiverr and hired my designer for $5. This almost ended up a terrible mistake.

I gave my designer suggestions of designs I wanted from other companies to reference. After drop shipping a few of the t-shirts he designed for me, it came to my attention he was copying the design from another company without changing it at all.

I had to delete all those shirts from my site and start over. With UpWork, I’d hire a more skilled designer, one who didn’t steal designs. I’ve found it’s worth spending the money to hire a good designer for your shirts. You can find a designer to design you a shirt for around $40-$100 per design.

When looking for ideas for your shirt, I recommend using Freepik. This is the site where you can find vector designs that’ll be the basis of your shirt. You can find different fonts and color you’d like for your shirt.

If you’re looking for different fonts to use, check out the site Dafont. You can find any font you desire.

Once you have your designs for your shirts, it’s time to market them.

Getting Orders Through Social Media

The social media accounts you can use to market your shirts can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etsy, and Pinterest.

I’ve found that Instagram had been the greatest social media outlet to sell the shirts. But I’d like to talk about the other four social media sites and what I found by using them.

While using Facebook, I noticed that contests are a great way to grow your page. You can give away a free shirt and have people share your post and comment friends in the post.

The only problem with Facebook is when you’re trying to grow your page, it can be expensive. I recommend growing your page to a few thousand likes to show your credibility if you wish to use Facebook.

When you’re using Facebook, you’d be using it for displaying ads of your shirts. The ads can be expensive and it will take time to find the ones that work with your company.

If someone sees your ad and likes your page that doesn’t mean they’ll ever come back to your page. If 3000 people like your page, Facebook will only show your post to 300 people. They limit your reach. Unlike Instagram, where more followers could see your brand.

I believe it’s easier to build a connection with your audience on Instagram.

With Twitter, I gained a decent following through paying for retweets from accounts that had large accounts of my target audience. This allowed my products to be seen in front of my ideal audience. The problem is that eventually, the audience you’re buying from will dry up. Unless you have a business that has a lot of other large niche accounts on Twitter, it’s not worth using.

I had been using twitter and had a decent amount of sales, but it doesn’t have sustainability. Twitter is a dying brand.

From Twitter, I tried Etsy. The market can be saturated on Etsy and have tough competition. I tried using paid promotions on Etsy but didn’t notice an increase in sales.

With drop shipping taking away from your profit, it’s hard to compete on Etsy.

If you’re selling high-priced shirts, then Etsy may be for you.

Another social media company I used was Pinterest. Pinterest is great if you’re selling women’s shirts as the company’s user comprises 80% of women. Pinterest is time-consuming if you don’t know what you’re doing. It can be tricky trying to figure out how to get your product in front of the right audience.

I never tried Pinterest ads so I have no opinion on them. You can always try for yourself.

This takes me back to the last social media company, Instagram. In the beginning, I found Instagram hard to grow my account and didn’t pay too much attention to it. It was over time I could see the benefit of using Instagram for my shirt company.

I’d been taking pictures of my clothing myself, but the photos were unprofessional and I’d only post once a week. I knew something had to be done.

Get Quality Photos At A Low Cost

When I searched around Instagram, I noticed that there were a plethora of great photographers without a large following. I reached out to these photographers. I told them the story of our company and I’d ask them if they’d be willing to take a few pictures of the shirts. They’d cordially agree.

It was a mutual benefit. I send them product they can photograph and then use in their portfolio and also be able to keep the product. I gained the benefit of having photos to show my clothing on Instagram to make my brand look professional.

This is the type of photo you’d receive from a photographer.

Even though I was only running the company myself and a few other workers, the photos showed the effect it was a much larger company.

There are tons of accounts on Instagram that have great photographers. One account I used was @quietthechaos.

Over time, you’ll develop a feeling of the photographers you want to continue to work with. This is essential for when you’re coming out with a new product.

To go along with photographers, I’d have models wear my clothing. This would show people what my shirts would look like on themselves. You can find models with Instagram accounts under 10k followers that’d be more than willing to help promote your products for recognition and free product. Like the photographers, you’ll have a good feel of models you wish to continue to work with.

This is the type of photo a model would take for you.

Earlier in the article, I mentioned how no one could wear my small and medium shirts. I found cheerleaders who had a large following and that my target audience followed and I could send those shirts to them. This is helped grow my brand.

Another way I grew my brand was through shout outs. I’d pay an Instagram page around $50 that’d have a following of over one million followers. This allowed my target audience to see my brand. Buying shoutouts increased my followers and sales.

This is an example of the post you’d give a brand when buying a shout.

You know an account will do a shoutout if they have their email, Kik name or they say to direct message them on their profile.

I tried the same tactic using twitter, but there weren’t as many large accounts in my niche. Instagram is a better way to showcase your shirt company.

The last piece of advice I can give you for when building your company is to reach out to similar companies in your niche and ask them how they grew their following and generated sales.

If you want to see a company with a large following that drop ships shirts: sevenly.org

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Six Blogs Every Successful Entrepreneur Should Bookmark https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/six-blogs-every-successful-entrepreneur-bookmark/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/six-blogs-every-successful-entrepreneur-bookmark/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 01:53:12 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5201 I’ve always been an advocate of learning from the success of others. Why try to be a pioneer when others have created the path? When you’re starting out as an entrepreneur, you may not know where to begin. Thus you turn to the internet to look for answers. Well, you did if you were like […]

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I’ve always been an advocate of learning from the success of others. Why try to be a pioneer when others have created the path?

When you’re starting out as an entrepreneur, you may not know where to begin. Thus you turn to the internet to look for answers. Well, you did if you were like me.

In recent times, I went back to scouring websites to find useful information that’d help Become The Lion and myself become more knowledgeable.

While there are tons of website out there, it’d be hard to stay on top of every single one of them. You could spend your entire day reading blog posts. And remember, time is one of the most valuable commodities and you need to spend it wisely.

With that said, I read blogs that give me practical information on how I can improve my life or business after reading their article.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to grow their online business or just someone who wants to improve their life, there are six blogs every successful entrepreneur should bookmark.

To clarify, this list is no particular order.

Melyssa Griffin

Melyssa Griffin is the founder of melyssagriffin.com. What caught my attention upon first going to the blog is how personable Melyssa is.

Each of her articles gives practical information on how you can improve your business. To be more specific, Melyssa talks about the power of creating a webinar and using Pinterest to your advantage.

She was the reason I’ve been so interested in developing a following on Pinterest. With Facebook, you have to pay for your advertisements. On Google, the competition is tough. But with Pinterest, you can drive traffic back to your site for free.

While going through Melyssa’s blog, she gives you great ideas on how to get more subscribers for your email list.

With all but one blog I will mention, Melyssa keeps an income report on her website. It’s insanely helpful to go onto someone’s blog and see they have an income report. You can see where they’re getting their revenue from and you can decide if there’s something you can add to your site to generate more money for yourself.

Melyssa is keen on teaching bloggers and online entrepreneurs how they can make their passion profitable.

She pulls back the curtain and allows you to see how she’s been able to grow her business.

Melyssa is passionate about her blog and helping others succeed in the online world.

Create and Go

Createandgo.co is founded by a couple, Alex and Lauren. Before coming across their blog, I came across their YouTube channel. Alex and Lauren made over $100,000 in their first year of blogging through their blog: avocadu.com

With their blog Create and Go they teach you how they built their blog and generated revenue through it.

Alex and Lauren also have income reports, allowing you to understand where they make their money.

What I like most about Alex and Lauren is how much they want to help others build a successful business. I’ve learned a great deal about building an online business from reading their blog.

From their blog, both Alex and Lauren quit their full-time jobs.

They show you how they built their blog and how you can do it.

Alex and Lauren give you practical information you can implement into your business and see results.

Not only have they built one successful blog, but two.

If you’re someone who’s looking to gain a better understanding of how to build an online business, check out their blog.

Making Sense of Cents

Makingsenseofcents.com was founded by Michelle Schroeder-Gardener. This is a phenomenal blog. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their finances.

Like most students coming out of college, Michelle was heavily in debt. She takes you through the process on how she was able to pay off her student loans.

Michelle does income reports on her blog and she’s on pace to do over $1,000,000 in revenue this year!

Like Melyssa Griffin, Michelle will tell you how she built her business.

With Michelle’s blog, you’ll learn how to save money, make extra money, pay off your debt and even travel tips.

What I like most about the blog is that Michelle shows how you can travel the world and build a business and not even a small business, one that allows you to live comfortably.

For any millennial who’s looking to change their life, you’d go wrong if you didn’t read Michelle’s blog.

I’m a huge advocate for getting your finances in check. It’s a subject they don’t teach in school. Through Michelle’s blog, you’ll gain a better understanding of how you make the most of each dollar that comes into your hand.

Michelle talks you through the mistakes she made as a first time blogger and what you can do so you don’t make the same mistakes.

I’m excited to say we will have Michelle on our Become The Lion podcast within the next few weeks.

Michelle makes it easy for you to start and monetize your first blog!

Average 2 Alpha

Average2alpha.com was founded by Chad Howse. Chad’s blog teaches you how to become a better man in your everyday life.

What I like about Chad’s blog is that he tells you how things should be.

With his writing, Chad takes you back to the lost art of what it means to be a man. My favorite articles are: 21 Things Modern Men Need To Stop Doing and 9 Mental Changes Every Boy Needs To Become A Man. I believe our society has lost its toughness and grit. Chad will constantly remind you how to reclaim your toughness and grit.

Chad doesn’t act like he’s better than anyone else or he’s the perfect representation of what it means to be a man, rather he takes you through the struggles he’s had on becoming a man.

I make it a goal to read each of Chad’s blog posts he puts out on his blog. They’re thought provoking and allow you to question the way you were raised.

He also has the blog: Chadhowsefitness. There are similar articles posted on each blog, depicting on how to become a better man.

Chad’s mission is to allow each of us, in our own right, to become legendary.

The majority of society is average. They are okay with mediocrity. Through his blog, Chad tells you why it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you’re looking to improve your life and become a stronger and more grounded man, read Chad’s blogs.

Smart Passive Income

Smartpassiveincome.com was founded by Pat Flynn. Pat’s blog is similar to Melyssa Griffin and Making Sense of Cents in which he helps others build an online business.

Pat teaches you how you can make passive income through your online business.

He also shares his income reports. The income reports that Pat shares are detailed. He wants you to know where he makes his money.

Pat’s website is simple and doesn’t overload you with so much information. It’s easy to navigate and to find articles that will help you.

No matter who you are, Pat wants to help you become successful. He shares every piece of valuable information he knows that’ll help someone else.

If you don’t understand passive income or how to generate passive income for yourself, then you need to check out Pat’s blog.

Pat lost his job unexpectedly and needed to figure out a way to create a source of income in his life again. It through passive income that Pat can live the life he pleases, and he shares with you, through his blog, how he was able to accomplish such a feat.

When looking to create an online business that will help you create a passive income stream, read Pat’s blog first, it will make a world of difference.

Entrepreneur on Fire

Eofire.com was founded by John Lee Dumas. John started out podcasting and has grown his business in multiple ways since then.

John is the host of the EOFire podcast. The podcast is ranked as one of the best entrepreneurial podcasts.

I first heard about John on the Startup Camp podcast with Dale Partridge and have been following him ever since.

As with the entrepreneurs mentioned on this list, John also has an income report. His income report allows you to see where he makes his money besides podcasting, and trust me, it’s a lot. How much? His March income is $490,641. That’s not too bad…

John is a great guy and wanted to help you succeed in business and podcasting. We had John on our Become The Lion Podcast: Mastering Your Finances. We discussed how John manages the money he makes and he held nothing back.

John’s down to earth and will teach you how you can create a successful business and leave your 9-5.

If you’re looking to learn how to create a business, achieve your goals and live a life of your choosing, check out John’s blog!

Have you read any of the blogs mentioned? Let us know in the comments!

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67 Marks Of A Great Leader https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/67-marks-great-leader/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/67-marks-great-leader/#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 13:41:55 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=3430 A leader is someone who you should look up to. Someone who’s willing to take charge of his company and his employees. A leader gives others motivation, inspiration, and a desire for success. He’s the man you want running your army.   A leader is clothed from grit. Here are the 67 marks of a […]

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A leader is someone who you should look up to. Someone who’s willing to take charge of his company and his employees. A leader gives others motivation, inspiration, and a desire for success. He’s the man you want running your army.

 

A leader is clothed from grit.

Here are the 67 marks of a great leader. Let us know what you think should be added or subtracted in the comments below.

 

  1.  A leader understands that it’s not how much money he makes but rather who he becomes.

 

  1. A leader learns from great men. If he seeks to be great, he must constantly be studying those who were great before him.

 

  1. A leader has a true understanding of human nature. He can sense what his employees are thinking, feeling and the way they want to act.

 

  1. A leader is never crushed by setbacks or interested in assigning blame for failure.

 

  1. A leader expects men to fail because by nature, they usually do.

 

  1. A leader knows that to lead you must first become a master of yourself.

 

  1. A leader understands that winning in business comes to those who are the most disciplined, toughest and prepared.

 

  1. A leader knows the challenges of what it takes to become a leader. This includes understanding the fallen nature of men and succeeding in spite of it.

 

  1. A leader puts hard work before leisure.

 

  1. A leader inspires his employees.

 

  1. A leader realizes that there’s no limit to what a man can achieve if he doesn’t care who gets credit.

 

  1. A leader never swears and rarely loses his temper.

 

  1. A leader never seeks out escape in the world in which he lives in.

 

  1. A leader is immune to self-pity.

 

  1. A leader is shunned to self-advertisement.

 

  1. A leader sets an example and practices what he preaches.

 

  1. A leader understands that if he relies on force he’s not going to be a good businessman.

 

  1. A leader never uses another’s suffering as an excuse.

 

  1. A leader knows that it’s better to suffer evil than commit it.

 

  1. A leader looks after his people.

 

  1. A leader fulfills his duty to the best of his ability.

 

  1. A leader always takes things as they are and turns it into his advantage.

 

  1. A leader is always conscious about his decisions so there’s no room for self-doubt.

 

  1. A leader accepts responsibility.

 

  1. A leader seeks to minimize the damages to his company.

 

  1. A leader will take any action that can cause one to avoid harm.

 

  1. A leader is willing to risk it all to win it all.

 

  1. A leader has the endurance to outlast his competitors.

 

  1. A leader copies successful leaders successes and learns from their mistakes.

 

  1. A leader doesn’t wait on the sidelines.

 

  1. A leader accepts financial responsibility.

 

  1. A leader knows that freedom comes from self-restraint.

 

  1. A leader never neglects his own interests.

 

  1. A leader gets the day’s work done in the day allotted.

  1. A leader gets to bed early and starts the day early.

 

  1. A leader takes time for exercise and reflection.

 

  1. A leader controls his passions rather than having his passions control him.

 

  1. A leader understands that he can only act if he is free from debt.

 

  1. A leader is methodical in everything that he does.

 

  1. A leader is a good subordinate.

 

  1. A leader understands the art of the struggle.

 

  1. A leader is open and honest.

 

  1. A leader lacks egotism and is humble.

 

  1. A leader realizes that if you want to win against all odds you can’t play by the odds.

 

  1. A leader is decisive.

 

  1. A leader keeps good morale among his employees.

 

  1. A leader can distinguish between employees who make mistakes and have great potential and employees who make mistakes and have no potential.

 

  1. A leader doesn’t wait for opportunities but rather creates them.

 

  1. A leader knows that the best alternative is not always the easiest.

 

  1. A leader understands that if you’re generous with your time people will be generous with their effort.

 

  1. A leader has the integrity to face facts and the courage to not be intimidated by them.

 

  1. A leader cannot afford to be idle.

 

  1. A leader knows the safety of themselves depends on themselves alone.

 

  1. A leader sees the mind of his competitors and knows what his own people can achieve.

 

  1. A leader makes the best of circumstances in which he is placed.

 

  1. A leader finds employees who he can trust and share in his vision and then lets them loose.

 

  1. A leader understands that the greater the risk you take, the more you rely on trust.

 

  1. A leader is always focusing on what he can to do to improve his situation.

 

  1. A leader knows that understanding individuals’ different qualities is crucial to making the most of their talents to achieve one’s ultimate aim.

 

  1. A leader never submits himself to emotional swings.

 

  1. A leader delegates authority.

 

  1. A leader knows that it’s wrong to trust an employee who doesn’t share in his vision.

 

  1. A leader leaves no doubt that every effort and every sacrifice he has made will lead him to success.

 

  1. A leader seizes the day.

 

  1. A leader realizes that there’s nothing to be gained by humiliating or oppressing his employees.

 

  1. A leader has higher responsibility than themselves.

 

  1. A leader would rather be loved than feared.

What do you think makes a great leader? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Three Actionable Ways to Make Passive Income Online in 2017 and Beyond! https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/top-three-actionable-ways-make-passive-income-online-2017-beyond/ https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/top-three-actionable-ways-make-passive-income-online-2017-beyond/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 01:34:44 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4658 The major problem today is that there are many self-proclaimed gurus out there developing courses or teaching people “how to make money online”, with a goal of just getting your money. These people are notorious for making many courses without putting in much effort because they know how to market them. So we take their courses not knowing […]

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The major problem today is that there are many self-proclaimed gurus out there developing courses or teaching people “how to make money online”, with a goal of just getting your money.

These people are notorious for making many courses without putting in much effort because they know how to market them. So we take their courses not knowing their true intentions, and then we fail because their methods are untested which brings us a destroyed sense of confidence.

We then go on believing “I cannot do this,” which is hard to recover from.

I am here to stop this trend. There is a ton of information out there that is inaccurate or inadequate. However the three businesses I will explain are solid and tested by myself. I am only sharing these three business models because they have made me thousands a month in profit since I was 19 years old.

What Is Passive Income?

Passive income is income resulting from cash flow received on a regular basis, requiring minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it. – Wikipedia

Passive income only requires your attention at the beginning. At the start, you need to be working hard for months with the aim of developing a system of automation in your business. After everything is set up and running great with employees taking care of the day to day – you have created a source of passive income.

2017 is possibly the best time to get involved online. With the advent of Internet.org, billions of people will be online within the next five years, giving you the time to experience running your own online businesses before the huge wave hits. So what is the formula that everyone who wants to achieve passive income needs to know?

Creation Experimentation Elimination Delegation Automation

Creation: The first part of any business is creating it. We need to create a business and develop a model that actually makes an impact, accrues revenue, and has the potential to scale.

Experimentation: You will not find the perfect model or strategy right away. You will need to mix and match different ideas to find the one that fits your business.

Elimination: Once you have the business up and running, you can start to look where you can eliminate costs, products, and anything that is not generating the right results. Get rid of the bad eggs.

Delegation: Once everything has been eliminated, you are left with a model to work with. You understand the different parts of your business and are ready to start hiring virtual assistants or employees. You only give them jobs that are necessary to keep the business afloat and moving forward. You can delegate as much or as little as you want.

Automation: The last step in developing a truly passive income model. You bring in a manager to take over all of the managerial and communication activities in your business. They only report to you when asked or when a problem arises. After a while, they will be able to handle the daily and monthly issues and will report to you once in a great while or contact you on a weekly/monthly basis. Whatever you two discuss.

After you go through all the above steps, you can start creating another business.

But before you start your own business, you first need to train your mind. And the best way to do this is by actively learning from experts every single day. That is why I am recommending Tai Lopez’s 67 Steps.

It will transform your mindset from one of scarcity to one of abundance. After taking his course and watching a video every day, I thought and acted differently. (I took this course while starting my kindle business).

Now that you understand passive income and the importance of having the right mindset, let’s dive into the three businesses.

Kindle Publishing

As I look back on my journey of becoming an entrepreneur, kindle publishing was the first time I made serious money. I would wager almost any bet (if I gambled) that kindle publishing is the absolute easiest way to make money online in 2017. It has a low upfront cost and you can scale it as fast as you please. Here is the best course for publishing.

It is the bible of kindle courses and the only one you should take.

I am sure some of you have heard of kindle publishing before, but not its business model. How can you possibly scale writing books and selling them on Amazon.com? Simple. 

You do not need to write the books, descriptions or make the cover. Seems too good to be true? It’s not. This business is perfect if you have never done any sort of Internet marketing before. Why?

  • It will teach you the tools of automation.
  • It will teach you how to hire, train and manage virtual assistants.
  • It will give you the fundamental skills on how to scale a small operation into a big, six-figure-a-year business.
  • It costs very little to get started.

So how does this process work? Well, first you will need to make an Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account. From there, you will need to do some niche research and find some topics that are hot on amazon right now. You’ll be looking for trends, untapped markets or evergreen niches.

The next thing you will need to do is go to UpWork.com and find a writer to write your book for you. I know one of the hardest things for a new entrepreneur to do is outsource. We all want to save money or do it ourselves because we believe no other person is competent. But in reality, our time is more valuable in this business if we outsource. By outsourcing the writing, designing and marketing we are free to look at the big picture and scale up.

On UpWork.com, writers are readily available to write any niche’s content for you and will work for as little as $1 per 100 words. After your book is written, it’s time for you to order a cover on either UpWork.com or Fiverr.com. Fiverr is usually cheaper, but it is all about finding the best designer. Lastly, you will have to either have your writer or yourself (I recommend the writer because they wrote it), make the description for you.

Voila! You have a ready-made book; now all you need to do is publish it and start getting some reviews so your book will rank high and become a true passive income stream.

For reviews, you will need to do “book swaps” – you buy other people’s book for 99 cents and they buy yours. Very simple. After you understand the whole process of Kindle Publishing, you can hire VAs to do all of this for you.kindle money mastery review

This is the best scalable business to get started online in 2017. Kindle Publishing is only growing. Get in the game, even with one book. By the way, I am not calling myself an expert in this business, but I do make six figures with this business alone.

If you want a more in-depth course that explains the exact process and breaks it down step by step, I recommend Kindle Money Mastery. It is the course I studied to get where I am today. Just follow the steps in that course. The course is almost foolproof.

Best Kindle course on the Internet: Kindle Money Mastery

P.S. Stefan (who made the course) just released version 2.0 filled with all of new and enlightening strategies to beat the competition.

Selling Physical Products on Amazon.com

Why another Amazon-based business? Because Amazon is consistently ranked the number one e-commerce platform in the world and it is growing at a crazy pace.

I always say that kindle publishing is the way to go when you are first starting out. But once you are more experienced with Internet marketing and have the cash flow (maybe from publishing), you can enter physical products.

The physical product business may be the most uncomfortable business to start due to the learning curve, but it is the most lucrative. There have been many stories of people going from no income online to six or even seven figures in one year. Amazon has one of the largest customer bases in the world and these customers are buyers.

kindle money mastery reviewAgain, I recommend publishing first to get yourself acquainted with selling on Amazon and its system, but after that, go for it.

So what is the basic process of selling on Amazon or having your own online store? Well, first you need to pick a niche. You should have 3 – 5 products in mind so that scaling is a faster process than just sitting around after your first product is selling.

Next, you should come up with a brand name that resonates with your audience. After you have picked a brand name, you will start sourcing samples of your first product and pick the suppliers you want to use for your business.

Once you have found a product, it is time to order that product, usually around 500 – 1500 units for your first order. The more units you order, the lower your cost per unit will be. But first you want to test the product and see how it does in the market which is why you will order a low quantity. Now you are probably thinking, once I get the inventory, how am I going to ship, market, and store my inventory?

You do not need to do any of that! Using Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), you can store all your products in their warehouses across the world and they will handle inventory, shipping, returns, and even basic marketing!

All you need to do is order more inventory, work on brand awareness, drive outside traffic, and build your email list. The only downside is that it is costly to start. You will need about 5k to start and do well. Anything less and it will tough, but not impossible.

Niche Website Creation

This business is more for those who have experience in Internet marketing. So what is niche website creation? Basically, it is creating a website around a particular theme and selling affiliate products. That’s it.

It doesn’t sound like a lot of work, but it truly is. I recommend right at the beginning to tackle publishing to get your feet wet and after a few months or a year of practice, dive into this type of business. Now that I have said what I needed to say, I will give you an almost exact process on how this business works and why it is truly great.

  1. Find an affiliate product to sell.
  2. Buy a domain that has to do with your niche.
  3. Set up a lead page to get their emails (leadpages.com).
  4. Once you have their email, start sending them good content with good copy to sell your product(s).
  5. Drive traffic through Google, Facebook, and YouTube ads to your lead page (opt-in page).
  6. Over time, just keep pushing traffic towards your opt-in page and you are good to go.

kindle money mastery reviewNow, this is a great business model and good for all intermediate Internet marketers. How is it scalable? Just make more sites and find different products to promote! Or promote the same product over a few different sites to diversify your traffic.

Can you do even more with this model? Yes! You can create your own product.  This is where the big money lies.

You can outsource this part and then sell it for a full 100% commission. Do not get me wrong, It takes work. But since you are reading this, I already know you have what it takes. The lazy sheep of the world would never have read up until this point. That is a fact.

So if you are ready to attack affiliate marketing and make hundreds of thousands of dollars in your sleep, find the right course. Do your research.

Take Action Now!

This isn’t a feel-good article, one where you feel good but take no action. I’ve written this because I get questions daily on how I make money online. So what is your next step?

Your next step is to start with one of these businesses today. Start doing extra research on your own and take control of your life. Another key ingredient to success is that you should not spread your focus thin. Focus on one business until you have reached success.

kindle money mastery reviewThey all work, so there is no excuse. There must have been one model that intrigued you, so focus only on that business and learn everything you can. Success doesn’t wait for procrastinators. Drop all your time wasting activities and focus.

Whether it’s on kindle publishing, selling physical products on Amazon or developing niche sites, the choice is up to you!

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be successful.

It will not be comfortable and you will have that innate urge to stop trying and go back to living for temporary pleasure instead of everlasting success. Your circumstances are not you, your excuses are not you – they are all malleable and can change in second if you want them to.

And if you ever feel like you are overwhelmed or that you want to give up, I want to stress to you how powerful Tai Lopez’s 67 Steps are for you to develop a lion mindset! It will transform your mindset like never before and keep you on track with his daily videos.

All you have to do is take action now!

Courses mentioned in this report:

The Best Kindle Publishing: Kindle Money Mastery

The Best Lion Mindset Course: Tai Lopez’s 67 Steps

 

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19 Morning Rituals of the Super Successful https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/19-morning-rituals-super-successful/ Sun, 28 May 2017 01:37:21 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5595 What is something that every successful person has in common? They all have a morning ritual. Most people wake up in the morning and go to check their phone or hit the snooze button. Even worse, they lay there awake, dreading the thought of getting up. It doesn’t have to be this way! Each morning, […]

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What is something that every successful person has in common? They all have a morning ritual.

Most people wake up in the morning and go to check their phone or hit the snooze button. Even worse, they lay there awake, dreading the thought of getting up. It doesn’t have to be this way!

Each morning, those who are super successful go through a certain morning routine. It’s through their morning routine that sets them up for the entire day.

In this article, I will share with you the exact morning routines of the super successful.

Barbara Corcoran: She makes a to-do list the night before. Once she gets to the office, she reviews the to-do list she made. This allows her to make sure she does the most important tasks of the day.

Mark Zuckerberg: He starts his day by dressing the same way each morning. Mark realizes that this is one less decision he has to make throughout his day. He intends to be as productive as possible.

Howard Schultz: He gets up every morning at 4:30am and walks his dog.

Olivia Wilde: Starts her day by taking in everything she’s grateful for.

Nicholas Sparks: Wakes up each morning at 5:30am. Once he gets up, he has coffee and reads three different newspapers. From there, he works out at the gym before sending his kids off to school.

Jack Dorsey: He wakes up each morning at 5:30am and goes for a six-mile jog.

Bill Gates: Starts his day on the treadmill for an hour while also taking an online course from the Teaching Company.

Arianna Huffington: She spends the first 30 minutes of her day meditating. Huffington loves meditation so much that she offered weekly classes for her employees.

Steve Jobs: He spent his morning re-evaluating his work and desires. Jobs always wanted to make sure he was using his days to the best of his ability.

Richard Branson: He likes to leave his curtains undrawn so he wakes up each morning with the sunrise. Once he wakes up, he’ll swim around his island or do some sort of physical activity.

Tory Burch: She wakes up each morning at 5:45am and immediately checks her work emails. Once she’s done checking her email, she gets her kids out of bed then goes on a 45-minute walk.

Simon Cowell: He resets his snooze button twice before waking up. From there, he is served a breakfast of hot water with lemon, papaya juice with lime, oatmeal, tea, and 3 smoothies.

Mark Twain: He eats the frog. What he really means is that he does the hardest task of the day first. Your day can never be bad if you do the hardest task first.

Jennifer Aniston: She wakes up each morning at 4:30am and drinks hot water with lemon. From there, she brushes her face with soap and water.

Jessica Alba: She wakes up at 5:30am and then goes straight into working out with a friend. 

Jeff Bezos: He usually starts his day between 7am and 8am. Before he going into the office he goes on his treadmill while reading the newspaper.

John Paul DeJoria: He starts every morning with a quiet 5-minute reflection. This allows DeJoria to become fully present with where he is.

Cal Newport: He starts his morning with a glass of water before heading outside to walk his dog. While walking his dog, he listens to audiobooks.

Stephen King: He generally has a cup of water or tea. Then he usually sits down between 8 and 8:30am starts writing.

What does your morning look like? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Attract Women Like a Lion https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/attract-women-like-lion/ Sun, 28 May 2017 01:12:53 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=3711 Whoever said chivalry is dead was right. These days, it’s not about being her worshiping knight; that’s just spooky and over-eager. To truly win the heart (and treasures) of the fair dames, you need to become someone she admires and respects. Just like you, women like to feel like they’ve won a person’s attraction, not […]

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Whoever said chivalry is dead was right. These days, it’s not about being her worshiping knight; that’s just spooky and over-eager. To truly win the heart (and treasures) of the fair dames, you need to become someone she admires and respects. Just like you, women like to feel like they’ve won a person’s attraction, not like it came as easily as a fortune cookie with Chinese takeout. They want to feel like they’ve earned it!

Unlike what you might’ve been told, the rewarding road to her affections is not by being a jackass. That is, unless of course, you don’t mind reeling in an insecure nut-job who’s probably also an ugly crier anyways– no thanks. It’s about maintaining a balance between playing the confident catch and the semi-sweet lover.  You should be in the middle if you want to play the game of thrones– with you being on top as the king lion and her kneeling at your feet, hopefully…

So are you ready to rule? Let’s see how it’s done.

The art of confidence

Being confident means behaving with certainty. There’s no room for second guessing yourself with beautiful women. You’ve got to believe that you’re just as great and have a handful of reasons to warrant her desire and attention. If you roll with that self-belief, she’ll buy into what you’re selling.

So, does this mean you can’t still be chivalrous and do things like holding a door? Sure you can, but do it like you own the place. There’s a difference between being the desperate tail-chaser and the charming Casanova– which one are you?

Nonverbal communication

Body language is the crux of being a good seducer. You’d be surprised to learn how influential these silent but deadly cues can be. The way you strut, gesture or even glance can be the difference between making a mediocre impression and being an alpha lion.

Consider how you enter a bar for instance. Are you the guy who struts in wearing his best kicks, nodding to all the waitresses he knows and then slips into the best seat in the house, saved especially for him? Be that guy! He’s the one who commands authority and respect, inviting women to not only take him seriously but develop instant attraction.

Losers, on the other hand, will waver in these social skills. They may lack eye contact, talk timidly and keep their sweaty palms in their pockets– all signs of an insecure guy. So, if you want to convince her you’re the man, you need to act, move and believe you’re actually the man! Period.

How to apply it

This approach to confidence can also be applied to tons of dating situations. If you’re taking a woman out for the typical drinks or dinner scenario, show her that you’re well-groomed in the art of talking to beautiful ladies. What does this mean? Right away, show her this isn’t your first rodeo; act casually, almost as if pretty women are a dime a dozen, and assertively mention what you like about the venue, then suggest some drinks. You can also compliment her on something that’s clearly trending among most girls lately, hinting that you’re a connoisseur of females, which leaves her wondering where she stands within your sea of experience. If you can create this feeling, you’ve mastered your display of confidence.

Verbal communication

The goal of your verbal communication is to maintain an even playing field. So, if you’re stuck with a cocky chick who’s all gassed up in her glory, you should know how to cleverly flip the script on her, taking away her edge. To put this in play, you must create the understanding that she has to earn you– not the other way around! This role-reversal is surprisingly easy if you know some simple verbal cues.

Yet, keep in mind, none of these strategies will work if you don’t assert your status. Simply put, you need to target a woman’s need for approval. All women want to feel special and validated in some way. By satisfying that need, you’ll establish a favorable power dynamic that makes her much more attracted to you. Here’s how to do it!

How to apply it

First you have to set yourself up as someone impressive enough to create flattery. If she doesn’t care about you, your approval will carry little meaning for her. Yet, if you create the impression that you’re confident and choosy, she’ll want to be one of the lucky girls to catch your attention. Here are some things you can say to create this interest:

It’s nice to be with a women who can actually hold a conversation. Wow–brains and beauty, I may have found a winner.”

This comment makes her wonder about how many beautiful women you’ve dated and how much you value brains over beauty. She’ll then wonder which category she meets most. Now, you’ve gained control.

“It’s refreshing being out with a brunette for a change; my mom always says I should be dating them.”

(This line can be swapped for blondes) Now she’s immediately wondering if she measures up to your typical taste in women. Boom! You’ve taken away her edge.

You get the idea here.  And you don’t have to be good looking to pull it off, seriously! On a primitive level, women simply want to be with the man who demonstrates strength and status. In the animal kingdom, the fiercest lion gets his pick of the feline babes, so basically, you need to be the top lion.

Dress to undress her

You know when people say, “It’s not about the size, it’s how you use it?” The same logic applies to how you dress; it’s not about your looks, it’s about how you present them. In truth, dressing is probably one of the most underused tools of attraction. Ultimately, the key to undressing her is to properly dress yourself.

There are many guys who think they’re great dressers with their try-hard collar shirts and gag-worthy cologne, but in reality, they’re repelling women like crazy. In many cases, you can turn off a woman by accidentally wearing an outfit that suggests desperation. If your expensive Armani shirt is practically screaming, “Please sleep with me, I’m thirsty”, she won’t be going home with you– unless maybe you’re Zac Efron holding a puppy. So, that being said, it’s safer to under-dress just a bit. However, at the same time, you also don’t want your look to seem too laid back and careless.

So, the question is: are you the frump-dump that rolls up wearing track pants and a Metallica shirt or do you have a trendy outfit that commands respect? You choose.

The art of flirtation

A true master of flirtation will use compliments to take a woman’s guard down. When used properly, they can prove extremely effective in creating attraction.

When we talk about compliments, we mean the genuine, heart-melting ones– not the backhanded digs taught by most failed “players”. This approach is for amateurs and only works on young, insecure girls– hopefully, you can aim higher.

Before giving a compliment, you must remember, as mentioned earlier, to assert yourself as having authority and status in order to give credibility to your compliment. Essentially, for the compliment to work, she needs to want you in the first place. Once you’ve established yourself as a confident guy, she’ll be putty in your hands after she’s heard some of your well-chosen compliments. It’ll be like handing out doggy treats to a hungry puppy. She has no chance!

How to sweeten her up

To get a smile on her face, you need to play nice– at least a little. But it’s not the type of nice where you’re idolizing her or kissing the ground she walks on; it’s a smug, semi-sweet type of nice where she’s manipulated into feeling vulnerable around you. The trick is making her feel both safe and adorable by babying her a bit– yes that’s right, you’ve got to give her the bae treatment, at least a little taste of it. She’ll have no choice but to feel like your princess and that’s when her castle walls come crashing down, boys!

In reality, of course, you’re just disguising your filthy needs with a bow, along with ruffles, and some sparkles to boot. Women are suckers for this approach. They don’t even know it. They love feeling like they’re your special gem or that one in a million girl. Here are some phrases that can instantly make her feel like the “good girl” in your eyes, buttering her up to the point of being blindsided… but careful, she may fall in love.

“What adorable nail polish you have. Did you do that for me, cutie?”

” LOOK at this face! Have you ever seen such a face!”

” Awe, muffin, you have the cutest cheeks when you smile”

Use these lines on the “princess”, so the dragon comes out– and it needs to be slayed– hard! At the end of the day, she wants it; she just needs the right “prince” to bring it out.

Not only will these strategies make women more attracted to you, they will create a ripple effect. Nearby ladies will take notice of your inner lion, and start pining to be your queen of your jungle (or the tigress in the backseat of your car– whatever “royal realm” she’ll settle for).

Stay mighty, boys!

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6 Reasons How Bravery Can Take You To The Top https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/6-reasons-bravery-can-take-top/ Sat, 27 May 2017 15:46:07 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5585 The definition of bravery is: brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor. If you want to be successful in any endeavor, you will have to display signs of bravery. In our latest article, 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Gettysburg, I recently went on a road trip and visited Gettysburg along the way. While visiting Gettysburg, it […]

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The definition of bravery is: brave spirit or conduct; courage; valor. If you want to be successful in any endeavor, you will have to display signs of bravery.

In our latest article, 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Gettysburg, I recently went on a road trip and visited Gettysburg along the way.

While visiting Gettysburg, it intrigued me to learn more about the Civil War. I’d known a little at the time of my trip but wanted to learn more.

Last night, I looked for different movies on the Civil War. The movie Gettysburg was over four hours so I decided to watch it at another time.

I came across the movie, The Free State of Jones. It was a movie about a man named Newton Knight. I never heard his name before watching the movie.

Newton Knight was a Confederate soldier while being a Southern Unionist. Those two don’t go together very well. 

Knight became a Confederate deserter, a crime of treason and something he could’ve been hanged for if he was caught during the war.

Besides being a deserter himself, Knight led an army of deserters in Jones County, Mississippi. They survived to see to the end of the war.

Knight displayed multiple acts of bravery throughout the movie, and while I haven’t read the book, I plan to.

With the acts of bravery Knight showed, you can use them to take you to the top of wherever you want to go.

Push Through Your Fears

Knight realized what’d happen to him when he became a deserter during the Civil War but he didn’t let that stop him.

Too many of us possess fears that stop us from becoming the person we are meant to become.

Are some fears rational? You better believe it! It’s a rational fear for Knight to reason he’d be caught and hanged for treason. But from the other side why would the Confederate Army track one deserter?

The fears that the majority of us develop aren’t rational. They’re just parts of our imagination that hinder us from accomplishing amazing things in this world.

When Knight pushed through his fear of getting caught, he realized that he had nothing to fear. For him, it was fighting a war he didn’t agree with and most likely become a casualty or get killed by his own army which was unlikely. The odds were better with him as a deserter.

When you’re starting a business or trying to better yourself, bring forth the fears you have.

Write the fears you have on a piece of paper. This was something I did when I had enough of where I was in my life. I’d been letting my fears hold me back for too long.

With the piece of paper, I wrote every fear I had and labeled them 1-10. 1 being the easiest fear to get over and 10 the hardest. No matter how long It’d take, I was determined to get over every fear I had.

What I learned is that the hardest part of overcoming your fears is getting started. The quicker you can go after your fears, the better off you’ll be.

Leave Behind The Known

Knight knew what was likely to happen to him if he continued to fight. What he didn’t know was what would happen to him if he became a deserter. He wasn’t sure where he’d live. He didn’t let that stop him from becoming a deserter.

When you’re trying to accomplish something you’ve never done before, you need to step into the unknown.

I get it. Stepping into the unknown isn’t easy. It’s always easier to read a blog post like this and to realize you should step into the unknown, the hard part is doing it.

Where are you in your life? Are you happy? Are you satisfied? If you aren’t, then you have nothing to lose by chasing your dreams.

You deserve to live a life that leaves you happy. As a country, we’re unhappy. It shouldn’t be this way. If most people followed their passion our society would be a lot better.

You need to take a leap if you want to get to the next level. Everyone who’s become successful has had to make that leap. I guarantee that once you make the jump, it’ll be the best decision of your life.

Most people stay where they are in life because they’re scared of the unknown. Even if they aren’t happy with where they are, they’ll stay there because it represents the known. They don’t want to take the chance to see if something can become better.

Leaving behind the known can be one of the best decisions you make.

Become A Leader

When you display bravery, you will become a leader. We look up to people who are brave enough to accomplish what we want. Whether it’s being the first man on the moon or starting a billion dollar business.

How are you supposed to lead others if you aren’t brave?  Show others how far you will go for a cause. For Knight, this was leaving the war. His fellow soldiers tried to talk him out of it, but he wouldn’t let them change his mind. Eventually, his friends who tried to talk him out of leaving the war joined him as a deserter.

Knight became the leader that the other deserters needed. He displayed bravery during the toughest of times. There were multiple times he could’ve been caught. He showed valor for his fellow deserters.

No matter what profession you’re in, if you want to be known, become a leader. It will be easier said than done. To become a leader, be someone that people will follow during the good and bad times.

A leader is someone who actions go along with how he speaks. It goes back to the old saying, do you practice what you preach? A leader is someone who does.

When you think of becoming a leader, become someone who’s worthy of following.

Believe In Yourself

Believing in yourself, especially in the beginning isn’t the easiest. But you need to develop an unrelenting belief in yourself if you wish to be successful.

Would you want to take advice from someone who thinks they can change the world or someone who knows they’ll change the world?

Knight believed in himself that he was making the right decision to leave the war. He understood the implications it’d have on himself and his family, yet he realized it was the best decision at the time.

To believe in yourself, you need to develop self-confidence. As a beginner, you can look at those above you, wishing you were them. Remember, almost every successful person started off you like or I, they had to work their way to the top.

To develop self-confidence, take action every single day. Knight took the action to leave the war and also ambush a group of Confederate soldiers. He had to have an unrelenting belief in himself.

If you take consistent action each day, over the course of a year or two, you’ll gain the self-confidence you were once longing for. You’re not supposed to know everything in the beginning.

We can conjure up negative feelings toward ourselves without realizing how special we are. You have been given the gift of this life. Why would you spend a second not appreciating everything you have?

Look at everything in a positive light. If you can, at the end of the day, write everything you accomplished for that day. This will help you develop the needed belief in yourself.

Take Risks

You will not go anywhere you want in life if you aren’t willing to take risks. This can go back to leaving behind the known. Taking risks correlates with taking a leap. The leap is the next level of your life.

What’s holding you back from taking risks in your life? You will always be too young or too old. You’ll never have enough money or the right connections. These are excuses you continue to make up in your head. Excuses mean you don’t want it bad enough. Because if you wanted whatever you’re after, you wouldn’t let excuses stop you.

Each of us has excuses that stop us from taking risks. That doesn’t mean our excuses can stop us from taking risks forever. Even if your excuses make a valid argument, push through them!

Trust me, as you go on, you will take on greater risks. You will laugh at what you faced in the current moment. Remember, a different level requires a different you.

You might not be comfortable with the risks you take. That’s understandable. You wouldn’t be normal if you didn’t feel nervous taking on a risk. But the choice comes to, do you want to change your life or remain where you are?

Don’t view a risk that doesn’t work out as a failure. The only way it’s a failure is if you stop trying. You learn from the risks you take and better equip yourself for bigger and better risks. Through failure and risk taking, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to grow.

You will never achieve your dreams by playing it safe.

Start A Movement

If you want to start a movement, you will have to show bravery. Knight became a deserter and this leads to others joining him. They understood the risks they were taking.

Think of Martin Luther King Jr. who started a movement and had to display bravery. Despite the repeated death threats he received, he didn’t let that stop him from getting his message out to the world.

What’s a change you wish to see? Why can’t you be the person to start a movement? All it takes is one person to change the world.

In today’s age, it’s easier than ever to start a movement. During the Civil War, Knight had to act alone because everyone perceived him as crazy. After some time, people finally joined him.

You can share your message with the world today and have over a million people read that message by tomorrow who want to join your cause. If you have something to say that can improve the world, don’t hold back!

When you do something that no one else will, you show bravery and will start a movement.

What does it mean to be brave for you? Let us know in the comments!

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Four Ways To Start A Business For Under $100 https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/4-ways-start-business-little-money/ https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/4-ways-start-business-little-money/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 13:02:21 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2582 The other day, I posted a question in the Become The Lion group page asking what people are struggling with. It came to my attention that members of the group are concerned with not having enough money to start their first business. Before I get further, I’d like to say this is an excuse. My […]

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The other day, I posted a question in the Become The Lion group page asking what people are struggling with. It came to my attention that members of the group are concerned with not having enough money to start their first business. Before I get further, I’d like to say this is an excuse. My first business commanded $100 to start.

It’s these excuses that hold people back from achieving their dreams. In 2017, there is no excuse why you can’t be making money online. This article isn’t for people who want instant gratification. Nor is it for the person who wishes to make a million in their first year. Albeit, you could make a million in your first year, it’s not likely to happen.

You can use the resources that are given to you to start your first business. While I don’t know every business model in the world. I’m sure there’s more businesses you can create with little money, I’ll share with you the four I know. If you have any other ideas, please share in the comments for our readers!

Import products from around the world

When starting, I came across the site Alibaba. The company will give you a direct access line to China. This is the perfect place to import products from China to sell. I’d like to say, please don’t try to re-sell branded products. There’s a good chance they’ll be knockoffs.

Looking for a product, you should find a niche item you haven’t seen before. For me, it was nautical themed bracelets and watches. I hadn’t seen them on Instagram and knew there was a market.

I created a website on Wix. Wix is an easy site to create your first website, but I switched over to Shopify. Shopify was recommended by other entrepreneurs I had talked to. Shopify is highly worth it if you’re creating an e-commerce site.

On a side note, I re-created the site multiple times. The trick is getting started. You’re not perfect and neither will your business. The sooner you can accept that, the more successful you will be.

With the products I imported, they were listed on the site. The time was to market. I reached out to accounts on Instagram such as quiet the chaos. You can find photographers who will be more than willing to take pictures of your product.

You need not pay photographers. If you contact enough photographers, you’ll be able to find ones who will take photos of your product for free. This will make your business look professional.

The product I had imported would cost around $1.50 and I’d sell for $18.99. With the profit I made, I’d buy shoutouts from larger accounts. A shout out is when an account with a large following 1-2+ million followers gives you a feature of your account on their account. This increases your follower rates and sales on your website.

Once you get sales on your site, you can re-invest back into the company. You can start with buying 3 or 4 products at a time. Once you sell those, you can buy 5-10. This is the exact process I used until I was buying 20-50-100 bracelets per shipment.

By this simple method of purchasing more inventory, you can check to see if proof of concept works. Once you know it does, you can go back and buy more.

It took almost eight months to sell over two bracelets in a month, but after that, it took off.

The earlier you start, the more your brand, product, or service can gain trust in the marketplace.

You need not become an LLC until you know your business is working well. You can start as a sole-proprietor for tax purposes until later on. Once you’re making around $1,000 per month, it’s time to file as an LLC.

You can use 1 & 1 to get your domain name.

Dropshipping T-Shirts

The next business model you can start with very little money is your own t-shirt brand. You might think you need to get your shirts screen-printed and keep inventory, this doesn’t have to be the case.

You can use a site such as Fiverr. On Fiverr, you can hire someone to make designs for your company. The cool thing about Fiverr, is most tasks only cost $5. You’ll be able to get multiple designs for your business.

Once you have the designs, you use the company Printful. Printful allows you to dropship your inventory, allowing it to be made on demand and with no startup costs.

There is no cost to use Printful, all you need is your designs.

You can use the steps as stated above to grow your t-shirt brand. This includes the photographers and shoutouts. You can also find someone in your niche market to promote your shirt for free. This a product for promotion exchange. As you get bigger, you might wish to pay someone with a large following to promote your product.

Printful integrates with Shopify. That means when you get an order on Printful, Shopify will automatically start the process of your order. This allows you to make passive income.

Creating a blog

Do you have something you’re passionate for? This could be the place where you can start a blog. You can create a blog using WordPress and Bluehost for hosting.

As long as you consistently work on your blog, writing each day, it’ll gain traffic. You can also write for other blogs in your industry to garner attention for yourself.

There are many ways to monetize your blog. You can promote other products you love to use. You promote your own products. Also, you can advertise. The possibilities are limitless.

If have a topic you love, a blog is perfect you. It’ll take time to gain traffic. But if you can show you’re an expert in your industry or topic, you’ll develop a following!

The trick is to be passionate in any business you start. Without passion, the business is likely to fail. I’ve been in it for the money and just for helping others. The money will come in when you put your focus on helping others.

Buy and sell textbooks

The last idea is something I tried a few years ago. You can buy textbooks on Amazon and Ebay and sell them on each other and vice versa. While you don’t make a huge profit and you take on considerable risk, it can still work out.

This idea can get your feet wet in entrepreneurship. I’d go on Ebay and buy books to sell on Amazon. You will have to do tons of research on textbooks if you wish it to workout. You can get started with your first textbook for as a little as $10-$15 and sell for around $25-30.

I don’t want to hear you don’t have money to start a business. Those were four ideas I used myself to start a business for under $100. There’s no time for excuses. The earlier you start, the earlier you succeed.

What idea do you have for starting a business with little money? Tell us in the comments below!

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Affiliate Marketing: The Passive Way https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/affiliate-marketing-passive-way/ Sat, 27 May 2017 00:53:45 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5183 It’s a fact that a business can’t survive without turning a profit. Eventually, there will come a day when that business closes. If you don’t learn how to monetize your brand, you too could be the next blog or brand to fail. You can spend so much time building a brand that you don’t turn […]

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It’s a fact that a business can’t survive without turning a profit. Eventually, there will come a day when that business closes. If you don’t learn how to monetize your brand, you too could be the next blog or brand to fail. You can spend so much time building a brand that you don’t turn those raving fans into customers.

In this article, I will take through how you can set up your blog to drive revenue through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when a seller of a product pays a commission to people who sell their product for them.

When you don’t have a product or service created, affiliate marketing is a great way to learn how to sell a product. With affiliate marketing, you don’t need to go through the trouble of creating a product. Why go through the work when you can promote someone else’s?

When you promote someone else’s product, you can get a commission ranging from 10% to 75%. If you decide to you want to promote someone’s product, you’ll get a unique link that’ll track if someone from your website purchases the affiliate product you suggested. To continue on, you should already have a blog set up for your business.

Only promote products you trust

Before we get any further, we need to address an important topic. You should only promote items you’ve used yourself.

If you promote a product you haven’t used and your audience doesn’t like it, it could hurt your brand.  To be safe, only promote products you’ve used.

Amazon Associates

Amazon Associates is one of the easiest ways to generate passive income for yourself through affiliate marketing. The only problem is that you don’t get a high commission on the products you promote, somewhere between 4%-8%.

It’s super easy to find a product to promote on your website through Amazon Associates. Amazon is a great place to get started through affiliate marketing.

You will set up an account through Amazon Associates. It shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to fill out the information. An example of how we use Amazon Associates on our website is through our: Book List.

We curated a list of our top twenty-five books to read and linked it up through our Amazon Associates account.

With Amazon Associates, they will track someone’s link click for up to 24 hours. That means if they purchase anything on Amazon within 24 hours of clicking your link, you’ll get a commission.

Through our book list page, we’ve had people purchase large ticket items such as a dresser. Amazon Associates is an excellent way to get started as an affiliate marketer.

Pictured below is an example of what your Amazon Associates account would look like once people start purchasing items through your list.

Clickbank, Linkshare, and Share-A-Sale

Through Clickbank, Linkshare, and Share-A-Sale you’ll be able to find other people’s courses to promote. It’s through those affiliate programs you will find the majority of products you can sell. But remember, only promote a product you’ve used yourself.

An example for us would be through using Linkshare. I’m a huge fan of taking online courses to learn. I’m constantly taking new classes and even re-taking a few old classes.

By taking courses on Udemy, I decided to see if they had an affiliate program. Sure enough, they did. I wrote a blog post: Seven Udemy Classes Every Entrepreneur Must Take.

I could promote my favorite Udemy classes. Our audience gained value through knowing which classes to take and I was able to gain a benefit through receiving a commission each time someone purchased one of the courses I suggested.

Tutorials / Products Reviews

People love tutorials and product reviews. If they don’t know how to do something, they’ll Google it. What if they clicked on your blog but you didn’t have any affiliate links set up? You’d be losing out on tons of money.

I haven’t done product reviews, but I’ve written tutorials. An example from our blog is: How To Start Your First Blog.

Starting a blog can be a daunting task.

I set out to write a blog post to make it easy for our audience to start one themselves. From the blog post, I could set up affiliate links with sites we use and trust. The key to writing a tutorial or product review is that you don’t want to sound too salesy.

You should simply state that you use a certain product or service for yourself. Your audience will be more likely to click on the link you’ve provided.

This leads us into our next step.

Connect With People

People don’t want to feel like they’re being sold something. They want to feel like they’re connecting to another person. When you’re writing a blog post promoting an affiliate product, you don’t want to come right out and tell people to buy the product.

Give your audience a reason to buy the product. To give them a reason to buy, you need to give them a backstory on why you’re promoting the product.

An example from our blog is: The Man Diet.

I’m a big advocate for The Man Diet.

Through the blog post, I was able to share a story with the audience. I had always been a naturally skinny kid, and I wanted to get bigger and put on muscle.

Even going to the gym wasn’t enough for me. I was going up in weight but not gaining weight. I tried a variety of different diets. The one that worked with me was The Man Diet. I share my story through the blog post. I’m able to create a pain point that many people have.

It’s simple, promote a product that has helped you while sharing your story of how it helped you.

Resources Page

On our website, we created a Resources Page.

In our resources page, we share with our audience the books and products we love. We’re able to state everything from the dating / relationships books we love to the best way to set up your website. You’re providing value for your audience. In return, you’re able to make commissions on the products they buy from your list.

Creating a resources page will take you a good amount of time depending how many items you want on the list. It’s highly worth spending the time. Your audience is already on your site looking at the great content you’ve provided them. Why not help them out a step further?

When you create a resources page, you let your audience better understand who you are as a brand.

Banner Ads On Website

Putting a banner ad on your website, especially on your homepage can be an excellent to drive affiliate traffic for yourself.

Here’s an example we used:

I’ve used Printful for multiple companies. I believe they give a first-time entrepreneur a great way to start their first business.  We’ve written an article: How To Start Your First Drop Shipping Business.

When you put a banner ad on your website, your audience is more likely to click the ad than a link you’ve posted in your article. I don’t recommend putting too many banner ads on your website as it can overwhelm your audience. It should be noted tha banner ads can also take your audience away from your site.

Blog Posts

As nice as it is to write blog posts for free, you have to be cautious of your time.

In each blog post, you should have an end goal of driving your audience towards joining a webinar, purchasing your product, purchasing an affiliate product or signing up for your email list. When you write a blog post, no matter the topic, you should always be thinking of ways to monetize the post. Remember, you can’t work for free, your time is too precious. 

Here’s an example from our blog:

That’s from our blog post: Why Every Man Should Watch Entourage.

One of the great aspects of the show is the character of Ari Gold. Gold shows you what it takes to create a successful business and the work ethic needed. I decided it’d be the perfect time to promote two affiliate courses that are excellent for starting a new business: Kindle Money Mastery and Tai Lopez’s 67 Steps.

Inside of your blog posts is a perfect place to put affiliate links.

Email List

As you build up your email list, you’ll be able to send your audience emails promoting your product or an affiliate product.

They key to generating revenue through your email list with affiliate marketing is to provide as much as value as you can when promoting the product.

Here’s an example from our email list:

Once again I was promoting Tai’s course. I shared with our audience I wish I would’ve taken courses and learned from proven people in my early stages as an entrepreneur than trying to learn everything on my own.

As the same with promoting through a blog post, you should always be storytelling in your emails. It allows your audience to connect with you as a person and they’re more likely to buy what you recommend.

Finding Affiliate Links

If a company isn’t on a website like Clickbank, they may have their own affiliate program.

To find their affiliate program, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Here’s an example:

I use the Pro Writing Aid when I’m writing my blog posts. I decided to see if the company had an affiliate program and they did. This allowed me to promote their company while also receiving a commission.

Have Fun

Don’t over-stress yourself as an affiliate marketer. Remember, once you post an article with your affiliate links, it will always be there for you. To become successful as an affiliate marketer, you have to put in the work first and reap the rewards later.

Do you use affiliate marketing? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Gettysburg https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/5-entrepreneurial-lessons-learned-gettysburg/ Fri, 26 May 2017 00:09:13 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5573 I recently went on a road trip that started in Massachusetts and ended in Washington D.C. I visited major cities on the way including Baltimore and Philadelphia. As the trip was drawing to a close, my friends and I visited one more place. That place was Gettysburg. Gettysburg was the town in which a battle […]

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I recently went on a road trip that started in Massachusetts and ended in Washington D.C. I visited major cities on the way including Baltimore and Philadelphia.

As the trip was drawing to a close, my friends and I visited one more place. That place was Gettysburg. Gettysburg was the town in which a battle of the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia took place. It was a turning point during the Civil War and lead to the Union taking a stronghold.

The Civil War always fascinated me, but I’d never been to where an actual Battle took place. Gettysburg was the perfect place to start.

I could only walk in awe as I scanned over the monuments of the Battlefield. You could get a sense of where the Union and Confederate Army stood. I continued to walk in silence, unable to speak a word but rather taking everything in. An eerie feeling arose.

In three days, there were over 50,000 casualties.

There is a lot that can be learned from the battle of Gettysburg, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Leave A Legacy

We stand here, almost 150 years after the Civil War took place. We still remember the names of the most prominent Generals. You have to make an impact on the world if you wish to be remembered centuries later.

Not that the entire world needs to know your name. Wouldn’t it be nice for generations to know who you are? How many of you know the stories of your ancestors? It’s not that they did anything wrong, they lived a nice safe life. If you want your name to be remembered, you need to do something that’s worthy of remembering.

When walking through the different monuments, you realized that these were actual people who put their lives at stake to fight for something they believed in. I’m sure they didn’t go in with the intent that Gettysburg would still be known today, but it happened.

As an entrepreneur, what are you doing each day? If you’re not an entrepreneur, what are you doing that will give a lasting impact on the world? You only have once chance at this thing called life why not put your best foot forward?

Do you want your name to live on? If you do, you will need to put in the work each day. I’m sure the soldiers didn’t want to go to Battle each day, but they did it, anyway.

No matter what you’re doing in this world, make it a goal to leave your mark. You don’t need to impact millions but rather one person. And when you leave your mark on one person, you change their entire life.

Fight For What You Believe In

Both the Union and Confederate Army fought for what they believed in. They had their separate ideologies and would preserve those ideologies at all cost, even if that meant going to war.

Most people don’t fight for what they believe in. They let others walk all over them. The Confederate Army knew going in they were outnumbered at a ratio of 2:1. Did this stop them? Hell no!

If you believe you or your company can change the world why would you quit the first time that someone laughs at you? When you’re getting knocked down time and time again, continue on. It doesn’t matter how outmatched you are; it matters how badly you want to succeed.

The Confederate Army continued to fight until they couldn’t. Under the command of General Lee, they could’ve caved in multiple times. They fought for what they believed and that carried them.

Understand that not everyone will agree with you. You can take a look at the political system to understand that. Yet, everyone believes in something.

If someone doesn’t believe in what you say that doesn’t mean he’s right or you’re wrong. We each have our own opinions. And with your opinion, you should believe in it wholeheartedly.

You will not become successful if you think you’ll be successful. You have to believe that you will be successful, no matter the cost.

When the odds are against you and this is true in the entrepreneurial world, continue on no matter what happens. Because you’d rather continue to fight knowing you gave your best effort.

Teamwork

It doesn’t matter if you’re a solopreneur, you will need a team around you whether that’s friends and family members or other entrepreneurs you can bounce ideas off.

The Civil War and specifically Gettysburg displayed that you need to teamwork to win. If the soldiers didn’t help each other, there would’ve been more casualties.

It’s easy to go at alone for a while but eventually, there will come a day when you burnout. You need to create a team before that happens.

What are the tasks you do each day that you no longer wish to do? Or the tasks you don’t mind doing but take up your time? Remember, time is the most valuable commodity. Once it’s gone, you can never get it back.

Teamwork is setting up a support network of others to help you on your journey. Being an entrepreneur and a solopreneur it can be a lonely journey. There are not a lot of entrepreneurs in the world and it’s easy to be misunderstood. Creating the right support network will help you on the days when you aren’t at your best.

When you allow teamwork in your business, you’re opening the door for everyone to share their ideas. Even though General Lee and General Meade were at the head of their respective Armies during Gettysburg that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t take ideas from the soldiers around them. Because everyone has an end goal, and that’s being successful whether running a business or fighting a war.   

Strategy

How do you perceive the Battle would’ve ended if each side didn’t strategize, especially the Confederate Army? The Confederate Army was already outnumbered and they couldn’t afford to continue losing troops at the rate they were.

The Union Army was feeling pressure from President Lincoln to end the war already. And General Lee wouldn’t let that happen.

When you’re starting a business, you have to strategize. How will get your product or service known in the marketplace? How are you going to drive revenue for your company? You can’t go in without answering those questions.

You can’t plan for everything. There are things that’ll take place in your business you never could’ve seen coming. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan at all.

Come up with a strategy for creating a successful business. You need not know everything but rather a blueprint. With the blueprint, be expected to change course.

In the Battle, maybe the right side was getting flanked more than the left and the General’s changed their initial strategy. Create a strategy but be ready to change it.

Before the start of your business, take the time to think through everything. I used to be the person who’d launch something or start something without taking much time to think through it. I figured I’d learn along the way. This was nice until I wanted to take the business and myself to the next level.

Slow down, you need not have your entire strategy done in one day. This can take several weeks. While no strategy is perfect, you should try your best to get it as close to perfect as you can.

Persistence

When starting a business and much like the Battle, you will encounter failure. You can let that failure knock you down or you can persist through it. The choice is up to you.

Continue to push on when everything seems to go awry. When negative events happen in your life, take a step back. Are you going to let this negative event define you? Push through any adversity you face.

I can imagine there were many adversities each side faced during the Battle of Gettysburg. Yet, each side continued to fight.

There were close to 15,000 casualties during the first day of the Battle. This didn’t deter either side from coming back.

Picture the emotions the soldiers must’ve felt. Their friends and family being killed or wounded around them. The soldiers had to continue fighting or they would’ve been another statistic. If the soldiers can persistent throughout the Battle, you can persist through anything you might be facing.

Are you going to go the extra mile during your journey as an entrepreneur? When everyone is relaxing, are you putting in the work?

Understand that entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an entrepreneur but someone who’s trying to become successful in any endeavor you will have to persist.

I learned a lot from my first trip to Gettysburg. I intend to take another trip to Gettysburg by the end of the summer. If you have the chance to visit, go!

Have you ever visited Gettysburg? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Get More Dates https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/how-to-get-more-dates/ Wed, 24 May 2017 17:54:43 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5539 Nothing is more crippling to your mojo than being stuck in your man cave with zero female options on your roster. As you aimlessly scroll through your phone, considering candidates from your past, you decide on excuses to strike up a conversation with old flames. In other cases, you may consider being an online creeper; […]

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Nothing is more crippling to your mojo than being stuck in your man cave with zero female options on your roster. As you aimlessly scroll through your phone, considering candidates from your past, you decide on excuses to strike up a conversation with old flames. In other cases, you may consider being an online creeper; you suddenly find yourself contacting random girls on social media. That, my man, is when you know you’ve hit rock bottom. Like a hungry lion roaming for food scraps, you suddenly realize you’re the loser of the forest.

So what’s a guy to do when he’s ready to date but his options are lacking? It’s time to revamp your life and routines to maximize your dating potential. Start by considering your current strategies, habits, social circles or whatever other goodie bags you’ve got, and evaluate whether they’re making you more or less attractive. If you want to build more charisma and magnetism around your life and draw in more women, you’ve got to put in some work to make yourself more sellable.

Take more risks

Are you a risk taker? It takes real gusto and self-belief to smoothly strut up to a woman, in a completely effortless manner, and strike up casual flirtation. And we’re not talking about the drunken clowns who waltz up to a lady, half knowing they’ll be rejected, only to bother her and then walk shamefully back to their wolf pack. We’re talking about the man who boldly confronts a woman, putting self-doubt aside, and takes a chance. It may feel uncomfortable but then again, any lion who plays on the safe side will never come out on top of the pack.

You should be able to approach women anywhere, anytime– bus stops, library, coffee lines, bookstore, gas station– anywhere!

Afraid you’ll come across creepy? Then you will! Instead, you need to treat these little rendezvous as calmly and casually as when you’re ordering a Big Mac Meal at a McDonald’s drive-through. Over time, these encounters will become less intimidating and you’ll give each of them less forethought. And yes, there’s always a good chance you’ll get rejected. But the odds are much lower when you stop letting every opportunity pass you by.

Be active in your love life; there’s always an excuse to talk to a woman. Here are just a few example scenarios:

Mall

You: Excuse me, I couldn’t help but notice– your shoes are exactly the style I’ve been searching for to buy my sister. Where did you get them?

If she seems responsive, follow up with:

You seem to have good taste– got time to help me pick something out?

Lounge

You: Excuse me, I have to let you know–you’re the only woman in here who looks classy– let me buy you a Cosmo.

This approach is slightly metro, but if you say it with conviction, she’ll love earning your attention. You can exchange the compliment for subtle things like her hair or handbag–make sure to choose something specific, so she can feel special to you. At the end of the compliment, you will show bravado by insisting on buying her a Cosmo instead of asking for her favorite drink. Here, you’re in control, while also showing that you know what women like.

Coffee Shop

(To the cute lady standing in front of you)
You: “Hey! You copied my drink order!”

You will then proceed to order the exact same drink. She will likely find you funny and possibly flirt back.

Dress like a man and Become The Lion

Your image suggests a lot about your status, success, and integrity. So, if you’re still trying to rock sports jerseys and high-top sneakers, you may feel fun and flashy, but you’ll also come across as a corny man-boy. Ladies will pass on you! It’s as if you’re a lost and hungry lion cub, sprouting some barely-there mane, trying to look tough around the lovely lionesses. You may attract some flies, but your pheromones won’t be hitting anyone’s radar.

Don’t look immature

For a worthy woman to take you seriously, you need to play the part. This means you may need to raise your styling choices up a few notches on the maturity scale. Yet, at the same time, you should still stay true to your unique taste. It’s about creating a balance between looking impressive but also showing off whatever it is that defines you. Whether you’re ironic, flashy or artsy, you don’t want to abandon your personal flair and identity.

The easiest way to dress age-appropriately is to combine classic pieces with ones that reflect your personality. Some of these classic items should include timeless fashions like button-up shirts, vests, trousers, chinos, cardigans, and blazers. Then, you can spice things up, leaving room for personal expression with your choices of ties, socks, hats and jewelry.

When you sell yourself as a presentable and cool guy, women will crave a piece of your first-class awesomeness.

Stop loafing on dating sites

Many of you complain about the uselessness of dating sites, but rarely know how to use them properly. For some, there’s the sad strategy of scrolling right like a robot to increase your matching potential and then later sort through your options. Others will thoughtlessly send out the same recycled openers to all of their matches, hoping someone will entertain them. Finally, you might just be bored and wondering if there’s a single lady out there who’ll enjoy wasting her time chatting with you.

If any of these mindsets sound familiar, it’s no surprise your dating schedule is completely open. None of these strategies are winners. Let’s take a glance at some that are.

Stop using dating apps as a boredom killer

First off, if you’re seriously looking to meet some gems, stop treating dating apps like your personal source of entertainment. When you’re bored, and the basketball game doesn’t air for another hour, don’t use a dating app just to kill some time. This careless approach rarely works — unless maybe you’re Sidney Crosby on Bumble. Since women want to be actively pursued, this lazy method will only keep women in your arsenal, but usually, won’t lead to dates.

Keep it real

The key to getting more meets from dating apps is to flirt more meaningfully. Any guy can message a woman with the overused phrase, “hey beautiful” or “wow, you’re gorgeous”, but a compliment based on looks is uninteresting and lame. You won’t get any sparks flying. On the other hand, if you can say something that genuinely shows you appreciated her profile, you’re more likely to get her hooked.

Maybe you read that she’s vegan (god-forbid) or her pictures indicated that she loves dogs. Latch onto one of her unique traits and use that as the starting point for conversation. The chat will be much more engaging, building her curiosity and interest in you. Let the conversation continue naturally over the course of 2-3 days before asking her out– if you take any longer, she’ll write you off as a time-waster.

 Sell your profile description

Your profile description is your selling point. Many guys underestimate the value in this feature, but most women pay attention to it. How much effort do you put into describing yourself? The typical profile description includes the usual, run-of-the-mill phrases: “Looking for a fun girl”, “I like sports” or worse, nothing at all.

Women who know they’re catches will not bother investing in conversation with you if you can’t even be bothered to explain why they should. Tell them why!

Track your meat

Many men focus on the high of collecting prospective women, rather than the goal of actually meeting them. When you’re too caught up in the hype of getting a new match, you’re blinded by the conquest and lose sight of the finish line. You’re addicted to the rush of getting matches and less concerned about investing in one of them. Meanwhile, you become less focused on enticing the matches you already have for a date.

Stop trying to be a stud and play monopoly with your matches; let go of your delusions about building an empire of options. You’ll just be left alone with a batch of random possibilities. Does that sound like fun?

You should also be careful about how you multi-task with many women at once. If you have romance ADD, and you’re chatting with several ladies, you’ll probably start mixing up your conversations. Before you know it, you’ll forget which one told you which story, along with many other details, leaving you lost in a mass of dialogue. Or worse, your match may catch your confusion, which is a huge turnoff; women don’t want to feel like they’re being pursued by a brainless womanizer wannabe. By this point, you’ll have removed any steam from your flirtation. Game over.

These strategies are your survival guide to getting more dates.  So, stop being a dopey lion chasing antelope, without any proper kill tactics, and instead, tackle your target with a more experienced hunting mindset.

Stay mighty, boys!

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What is Missing in the World? https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/what-is-missing-in-the-world/ Tue, 23 May 2017 15:35:04 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5532 In the book, The Republic, written by Plato, performed by Socrates, are many timeless truths that need to be heard. In book VII, Plato offers us an allegory that couldn’t be more relevant today for our society as a whole. An allegory is a story with a hidden meaning. The most interesting allegories are those that touch […]

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In the book, The Republic, written by Plato, performed by Socrates, are many timeless truths that need to be heard. In book VII, Plato offers us an allegory that couldn’t be more relevant today for our society as a whole.

An allegory is a story with a hidden meaning. The most interesting allegories are those that touch on the lightness of human nature and who we are at our core. Plato does an excellent job at explaining the human condition.

The Republic, Book VII’s Story

I will set the scene for you in simplistic terms – four prisoners are left facing a wall in a cave.

They were born here and may very well die here; they face the dark wall in the back of the cave, but behind them is a fire that illuminates their shadows in front of them.

Now everyday, people hold up sculptures of animals and people as to give the illusion of “real” things going by behind the fire. The prisoners are chained up so that they cannot move.

They see their own shadows and the shadows of others, but they do not know exactly what those black figures represent.

One day someone frees one of the prisoners, he feebly gets on his feet, and then turns around and he sees, for the first time, the fire behind him. He rubs his eyes repeatedly, trying to adjust to the new phenomenon.

His eyes rustle and try to make sense of it all. After becoming more adjusted, he is lead to go outside, to walk the steps that will lead to life. He reaches the top steps and he cannot imagine what this extreme light is – for he has never seen such an environment. What he sees, he cannot have imagined, the beauty of life is too profound for his budding senses.

He was seeing through narrows prisms of partial truths, an illusion that was made his reality. His whole life has been nothing but a farce – the only truth he had ever known was now to be a lie. He had much exploring and learning to do, fascinated with everything and anything.

“Are not most truths no more than mere opinions persuaded pervasively as to become seemingly perpetual and stagnant?” – Nicholas J. Piva

He decided, after many days to go back into the cave and tell his fellow prisoners about what he had seen. He began to speak and they laughed. They thought he was a madman.

The prisoners see only one side of the many perspectives and are too enclosed in their paradigm to see the truth in others.

They were grown into this standard of what life is about and any deviation of what they thought was folly in their eyes. But to he, the enlightened one, his past truths are now follies, while the chained remain stationary in thought.

This man, who is now liberated by the mind’s fabrication will go up and explore what the others don’t even realize is there.

The others will remain stagnantly arrogant, believing in realities that are in actuality only opinions masqueraded as truth by their collective thought.

“Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.” – Plato

My Interpretation

The allegory is about thinking for yourself and never becoming blinded by the communal misguidedness of other people.

In life, there will be many people opposing every decision you make. Well, newsflash, your life is not democracy. You are in control. Some people are absolutely blind by their current situation. They will never see things differently. They prefer self-chosen ignorance over thinking beyond themselves.

I fear that what the great philosopher was talking about back then is apparent today. People are trapped by dogma; they fear to venture out and charter their own path, they rejoice in folly only because they are too scared to create anew.

Human beings like to belong. Even if the their intuition is telling them it’s wrong or that their may be a better way, they stay quiet. No one wants to be chastised for believing differently than the overriding opinion.

That is, except for life’s mavericks – the one’s who are not afraid to think for themselves. The ones who develop a vision for their life and never stop working on it. No matter the opposition or negativity they will inevitable encounter along the way.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Most people only see one side of the spectrum – go to school, get good grades, find a great job and aim for hearty pension and then die. Only five people I know have profound dreams. And for those who sporadically have those type of dreams, they usually whither and die by the uniformity of thought our world calls for.

We have all been brought up within a certain reality, or a way in which things are supposed to happen – society hammers down, along with your parents and friends a certain path. They proclaim deviation will lead to failure and failure is not in the book for success. But what happens if their perspective of failure is another’s success, vice-versa?

Instead of obsequiously listening and adhering to dogma, one should venture out and create his or her own path. This world may promote what is the “right way”, but as we can tell from history and the ideas of the “greats”, there is no right way. All of the greats have different ideas and philosophies to live by in order to be righteous in their way of living. There is no one true way.

So do yourself a favor, live by your own accord and don’t be upset if those around you fail to see the beauty in your journey.

Those who are able to see beyond the shadows and lies of their culture will never be understood, let alone believed, by the masses. – Plato

Program your mind in such a way so that you are open and not the least bit arrogant. Understand life for what it really is – a chance to be, to create, to do, to experience and to love. It will inevitably be difficult to charter your own path, but with persistence, excellent things are bound to happen.

The only thing that is stagnant throughout all the ‘right ways’ of living is to develop a vision for yourself and work towards it. Progress towards your vision is the key to an abundant live, and that vision is different for everyone of us. You must find your own and stay true to yourself.

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Why you MUST leave a legacy https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/must-leave-legacy/ https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/must-leave-legacy/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 11:51:45 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2449 There you lay. Your family and friends are looking over you. Their eyes are swelled. Your wife clasps your hand within hers, brushing your knuckles with a gentle touch. Your breathing becomes shallower and shallower, you hit flat-line. The next few weeks, you’re remembered for who you loved and who loved you. Once those weeks past, […]

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There you lay. Your family and friends are looking over you. Their eyes are swelled. Your wife clasps your hand within hers, brushing your knuckles with a gentle touch. Your breathing becomes shallower and shallower, you hit flat-line.

The next few weeks, you’re remembered for who you loved and who loved you. Once those weeks past, you’re only a distant memory. Another name in the obituary section who lived good, but not meaningful.

They’ll be no books written on your behalf. Your teachings dissipated. Your name forgotten and everyone’s back to living their normal life.

You’re gone and forgotten

The circle in which we live can be tormenting. We believe we possess more time. When the time comes, we wish we had more time. Life paralyzes us, distracting us from chasing our dreams.

Days turn to years, to decades. As we sit on our deathbed, we look back on our life. What do you wish to see? Did you take risks? Will you live with regrets? If you keep putting off this choice, you will.

A current illness can take place in your life, crushing you before life expectancy. A drunk driver hits your car. These are events we can’t plan. We can plan for life after us. To leave our mark on the world.

Will your name live on?

There’s been over one-hundred billion who lived on earth. The majority we don’t care for. A few names carry on forever.

When get busy living we forget to make a life. The medial grind gets the better of us. We’re living for the weekend. A tumultuous cycle we’re enthroned upon. You weren’t put here to pay the bills and die. There’s more for you to accomplish.

Focus on the moment you’re in. Is what you’re doing today going to leave a lasting impact? This might be through speaking, writing, charity work, or teaching.

You’re neglecting important aspects of your life. You’re putting work before your children. Only this “one time,” becomes everlasting.

You were put here to serve. Each of us has a purpose that needs to be fulfilled. Be looking. Were you put here to hate your life? Of course not. You’re supposed to impact others in a positive way.

Not that you aren’t serving by not having a business. You may be a teacher enhancing the lives of your students. A contractor who ensures quality work. A doctor who’s dedicated his life to helping others maintain good health. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, you’ve found your passion.

Appreciate each day with gratitude

Each day you wake up, the wick of the candle is burning lower. Are you trying your best the to help others? You can’t take money with you to the grave. If you chase an empty desire, a life of regret will follow.

Live fully now. It’s easier said. By putting in the effort, you can change your life. You do something for someone and follow a path of a lore that never dies.

Be the person in your family who allows generations to come to enjoy freedom. This can’t happen if you don’t set your intentions on leaving a legacy.

Take out a paper and pen. Write your obituary. Visualize and predict what others might say. Is it positive or negative? You’d be happy if this is how it ended? It’s a fleeting thought, each of us dies. People are born and people are dying. That may be the greatest aspect of life.

If we lived on a never ending countdown, no one would take charge of their life. Knowing your time is limited can allow you to live it to the fullest.

To leave a legacy isn’t easy, it can be done. A remembrance is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Your name etched in history with the greats of our time.

Look out for others more than yourself

Consider other people’s interest. We can focus on ourselves we forget others. What does your friend or spouse prefer? Can you partake in these interests? You might learn something fascinating for yourself.

The more uniqueness you add to your life, the better chance you have of leaving a legacy. Do you want to be known as the guy who never stopped working and forgot about his family and his service to others?

Have integrity

Develop an integrity in your life. Speak up when something doesn’t please you. We act as if it’s terrible to go against someone’s opinion. You need disagreements in your life. You’ll be able to garner respect.

Integrity means to live a life of excellence. You’ll be looking out for others, helping them when possible. It constitutes to not conceive adultery, a common theme today. Whatever the task at hand, the person puts everything they have into the task. They leave nothing for chance. They know what they deserve and go after it.

Become the farmer of your life

Continue to reap what you sow. There’s  time to plant and time to harvest. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be rewarded. This coincides with never giving up. If you never give up, you can never fail.

The hard work you put in will pay off. It’ll happen when you least expect. Keep putting in the work and trust everything will turn out prosperous.

Who’d you like to help?

Support causes you believe. Make charitable donations to help others in need. The more wealth you build, the more people you’ll be able to help.

With no money, you won’t be able to provide jobs, help a friend, or donate to charities.

Lead others

Become a mentor to others. You have a story others need to hear. With your story, you can help others. You were once a beginner. Take the knowledge you have and transmit it to others. The process from them will follow onto others.

Have the courage to take risks. No risks equal no reward.

Never stop in the pursuit of your legacy. What are you going to leave? Will your loved ones hear of your stories for years? Help that person. Write that book. Do everything in your power to make sure your message gets left.

When you’re on your deathbed surrounded by friends and family, you have no regrets. You know you lived a life well-lived. There’s nothing to be shameful for. As you drift towards the light, a smile rests on your face.

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What Should You Do When You’re Done Reading A Book? https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/youre-done-reading-book/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/youre-done-reading-book/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 11:25:15 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2949 To read a book is one of life’s greatest gifts. There’s an abundance of books you can choose to read. If you want to learn about a historical event, there will be a book on it. If you wish to read on entrepreneurship, there will be plenty of books for you. While reading itself is […]

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To read a book is one of life’s greatest gifts. There’s an abundance of books you can choose to read. If you want to learn about a historical event, there will be a book on it. If you wish to read on entrepreneurship, there will be plenty of books for you.

While reading itself is valuable, it should call into question what you should do when you’re done reading a book.

I’d consider myself a voracious reader, reading around sixty books each year. I’m not a speed reader and indulge in the books I’m reading.

Early on in my entrepreneurial career, I was told I had to read books. I listened. There was only one problem, no one tells you what to do when you’re done reading a book. It’s not reading the book that’s a challenge, it’s what to do thereafter.

A book, like anything else, has no meaning unless you give it one. You can read every book and still be unsuccessful. How do I know? I was that person. I’d finish one book and within thirty minutes, I’d be onto the next book. It was a vicious cycle I found myself in.

I’d love to read the books, but wasn’t getting any further than the person who didn’t read.

It should be noted, the average CEO reads sixty books per year, while the average employee reads one book.

Over the past year, I developed a new reading habit. One that doesn’t entail reading a book and starting a new one within the hour. This is the process I’ve used for myself to take what I’ve read and apply it to my life.

According to the National Training Laboratories, the retention rate for reading a book is 10%. That means you need to read the book ten times before you’d grasp all the information. There’s not enough time to read every book ten times. There had to be a different way.

“The book you don’t read won’t help,” – Jim Rohn

Benefits Of Reading

Reading is one of the many advantages you can gain over others in this world. The internet is abundant with online resources. The library offers the chance to read for free. Take advantage of these opportunities.

You might’ve grown up in a household with no books This doesn’t mean you can’t start a library of your own. For those who possess a collection of their own, or are just starting to read, there’s a mirage of benefits that reading a book will serve you.

For me, I was never a reader. I barely read my entire life. There was something different when I read the books I wanted. It was through those pages that have made me the person I am today.

Once you learn to read, you will be free forever. Free from the minds of those who try to bring you down. Free from others opinions.

Gain The Knowledge To Think And Act For Yourself

The person you are today isn’t the person you will be a year from now. If you are, you aren’t reading enough.

Books take you to a different world. A world where you can find yourself tangled in self-improvement.

You can pick up a book by Tony Robbins or Dale Carnegie and improve your life within a matter of days.

Through reading the Miracle Morning, I developed a morning routine. The way you start off your morning will impact the rest of your day. Yet, no one ever tells you, you should have a morning routine. It’s through the books you read you realize what the high-achievers consistently do.

Learn From The Past

You will gain experience from others. If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it. Why go through the failures yourself when you can learn from someone else at a fraction of the cost?

If the book is good, the author will take you step by step where he failed and how he overcame that failure. The successful we look up to, started off as you and I. Through the books they’ve written, we learn to overcome the circumstances we’re in as they were once us.  

If you lack the money to start a business. There will be a book written on how to start a business with little. The resources are out there if you seek it.

A book takes you to another place in the world. You can learn about the hero’s who’ve been dead for thousands of years.

I’ve been reading about the Roman world and how the Empire operated. This wouldn’t have been possible a hundred years ago. The book can take you back to the BC’s seeing how real men lived their life, unlike the sensitive generation we have today.

Emphasis On Today

What you do today will determine if you’ll be successful. We are the makeup of the habits we instill into our lives. You can develop the habit to eat healthy or terrible. You have the habit to check your phone or stay disciplined. Reading is one of those habits you need to inject into your life.

A lifelong habit of reading will serve its purpose. It can be the first good habit you create in your life. When you’re reading, you can take the habits of the author and once more, put them into your life.

Traditional vs. Self-Education

It’s no secret that the cost of traditional education is expensive. The average course will cost $1,000. You can purchase 100 books for the cost. The return on your investment would be significant,

This isn’t to deter you from a life of education, but to continue to educate yourself once you graduate. Learning is a process you need to take with you throughout your entire life.

While there are numerous benefits to reading a book, none of them will come if you don’t know what to do when you’re done reading. There will be books where you should re-read them. But for the majority of books, you aren’t don’t have the time that’s needed for them.

Passive vs. Active Reading

Are you a passive or an active reader? A passive reader is one who reads for pleasure while garnering no benefit from the book. An active reader is someone who’s highlighting the pages and taking notes along the way. You can even have a separate paper beside you while you read to take notes.

The key to active reading is the notes that you take today, will be used tomorrow. If you’re a passive reader reading a self-development book, the information will be lost when you’re done reading.

Question The Author

Write questions about the book you are reading. Disagree with the author. Ponder thoughts about what the author wrote. Take the time to read a book and it will pay dividends.

When you’re reading a book, you will know within the first fifty pages if that book is right for you. If you feel the book isn’t for you, put away the book for another time. No book is good or terrible as we each have an opinion. Mark the book as a ‘to-read’ a few months from now. Your mindset might’ve changed by then and you can gain a benefit from the book.

You’ve just finished reading a book. You took notes and highlighted throughout. What next?

Take everything you have from the book and type it on a document. I recommend using Google Drive to keep and save your documents. You can create a folder and put in each book’s summary.

Spend More Time Analyzing Than Reading

This may take you a few hours, but it will be worth it. If it takes you ten hours to read a book, you should spend twenty hours of work implementing the book into your life.

From the document with your notes, take five to ten items the author mentioned that peeked your interest and conjure in thought on why you liked them.

Actionable Tasks

The next step will be to take those five to ten items and implement them into your life. These are actionable items you can use right away. If you read a book on finance, you take what the author was saying about paying down debt and implement it into your life.

The author is there to help you, but you also need to help yourself. When you read without taking action, you will not get very far.

After you’ve typed up your notes and have your list of actionable items, put the book away. This is contrary to what you think. If you go through your book a day after reading, it will not be useful.

“No two persons ever read the same book,” Edmund Wilson

Come back to your book a week after reading it. Is there anything you picked up in your notes you don’t remember reading from last time? You will look at the book and your notes with fresh eyes. There was an action you wished to take but had forgotten.

The concepts you found useful in the book, you don’t want to forget. This can happen a month after reading a book. This is why I recommend after a month of finishing your book, you should go back through your notes once more. Again, is there anything you missed?

Gone, But Never Forgotten

Set up a schedule for yourself to review the book you read every six months. You may wish to read the book over again. It’s distilling the powerful moments of the book to become ingrained inside yourself. To remember the concepts, not for a month, but for decades.

Take your time when reading your book. Re-read sentences or paragraphs if you wish. This is your book, not someone else’s. We each possess our own unique reading style. You may read fast or slow, don’t become discouraged. Be grateful you have the opportunity to read the book in your hands.

If you prefer not to read a book, you may listen to the book instead. For that, use audible. Through audible, you can listen to books wherever you are. I use audible for when I’m in the gym, driving, walking, showering, anywhere where I can’t sit with a physical book and read.

To gain knowledge faster, I read two books at once. I read a book for an hour in the morning and then a different book for half an hour before bed. Set up your own schedule for reading as you please.

How do you read your books? Tell us in the comments below!

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How Pushing Your Body To The Limit Increases Your Flow, Creativity & Growth https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/pushing-body-limit-increases-flow-creativity-growth/ https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/pushing-body-limit-increases-flow-creativity-growth/#comments Sun, 21 May 2017 23:22:05 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=3472 How Pushing Your Body To The Limit Increases Your Flow, Creativity & Growth What if – besides the endless benefits associated with training your physical fitness, you could experience states of unbounded creativity, passion and clarity that you’d be able to apply in your business and life? That’s exactly what you can achieve by embracing […]

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How Pushing Your Body To The Limit Increases Your Flow, Creativity & Growth

What if – besides the endless benefits associated with training your physical fitness, you could experience states of unbounded creativity, passion and clarity that you’d be able to apply in your business and life?

That’s exactly what you can achieve by embracing intensity in the training room – and we’ll teach you how to combine the powerful principles of flow to allow you to reap benefits far and above how you look in the mirror.

As entrepreneurs, we’re always looking for ways to maximize leverage and our time with our productivity and businesses, yet we often forget to utilize these principles in the other areas of our lives that can have as much, if not more impact over the long-term.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, often coined the “grandfather” of flow state research, defines flow as a state that is linked to deep-rooted fulfillment:

“A state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it[1].”

Sounds cool – but how does that apply to us when we’ve got 30 minutes to get our workout in and we’ve got a ton on our mind?

Below, we’re going to identify the core components of achieving these flow states that you can take into your health and fitness journey – starting today.

No matter if you’re experienced or simply starting out, you can achieve this powerful state if you consistently apply the principles we’ve outlined.

Be So Intensely Focused And Present, Nothing Else Matters

Go to your local gym these days – and you’ve got trainers sending text messages, packs of women thumbing through Snapchat filters and TV’s blaring at every angle.

Presence, then – becomes the most important factor in getting you towards a flow like state.

Without presence, you’ll succumb to the instant stimulus and reward loop we’re all associated with that takes us farther away from our goals – not closer.

When you’re on the training floor, “be” there fully. In other words, don’t be thinking about your relationship, the tasks you must do or what your friend said at dinner three weeks ago.

The only moment that matters is right now – not the prior rep or the one that’s coming next.

Seek And Embrace The Challenge & Struggle

A key component of flow states is to stretch yourself to a place of challenge – and find a fine line where you’re growing, yet not jumping fully off the edge.

Think about the guy at your gym you’ve seen for years who does the same routine every single time and yet looks the same: nothing has changed.

The reason is simple:

They’ve adapted to the same stimulus over and over, and are no longer being challenged.

In the physical context, you’ll know you’re pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone enough when you’re wanting to quit, or pull back on your exertion level – that’s where you want to spend more of your time.

Seeking the challenge will begin to re-wire your brain and flex a neurological muscle that will not only help you in the gym – but during a client meeting later in the day or during a disagreement with your girlfriend or wife.

Step Into Your Breaking Point, Then Back Off

 Anyone can go to the gym and annihilate their body, leaving themselves sore and walking sideways for weeks.

However, when you’re truly in tune and have followed the prior steps in terms of presence, awareness and challenge – you notice when you’re stepping into your breaking point.

To achieve flow states, we must put ourselves in dangerous and risky circumstances, as Steven Kotler describes in his brilliant book, The Rise Of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance:

“Rather, it often involved painful, risky, difficult activities that stretched the person’s capacity and involved an element of novelty and discovery[2].” 

An important distinction is to remember risk is relative to your experience, background, time spent performing an activity and more.

To someone who is less experienced in fitness and training, risk may involve performing an outdoor hike – while for someone experienced that may be another typical session or even a recovery state.

Think of this concept not as an either/or but more like a dance – you step in and out of your breaking point and pull back at just the right time for some recovery, and then go right back into it.

Drown Out The Voices, And Go Within

 If you’ve done the above correctly, the combination of risk, challenge, presence and endorphins begin to flood your brain and the voices of doubt start to dissipate at a faster rate.

This is an abundant and powerful state where you begin to acknowledge everything as a possibility.

In this place, there is an inflection point where the challenge, risk and struggle start to become very fun.

Not just any type of fun – but a feeling of being truly alive, in the moment and seeing your reality in a new way.

Kotler describes this neurological cocktail that is common in these states:

“The brain produces a giant cascade of neurochemistry. You get norepinephrine, dopamine, anandamide, serotonin and endorphins. All five of these are performance enhancing neurochemicals.”

 You’ll notice you’ve achieved this state with the following feedback mechanisms:

  • Time seems to disappear. You’re no longer thinking about it, you’re simply in the moment.
  • You feel insatiably creative. Ideas and patterns of thinking that you normally don’t experience are flooding in.
  • The activity seems effortless. At the start, it was challenging – now it’s effortless in execution.

Once you’re in this place, you want to stay if possible, and you will – because the constructs of time have fallen by the wayside and you’re simply in the moment, embracing the intensity of the experience.

Energy In Motion, Using It Wisely

Because of the intense feelings in this state, it’s a must that while you are present in the moment, you’re also mentally recording the ideas, feelings and breakthroughs that are occurring.

The optimal way to make this happen is to set yourself up for success with a strategic plan following the activity or experience.

Depending on the person, this may look completely different, but here is what I’ve found works best:

  • Intentional breathing. Post-activity intentional breathing keeps you in this creative zone – use the SEAL Fit method of “box breathing[3].”
  • Journaling or recording. We often believe we’ll remember our insights later – but this is rarely the case. Journaling our ideas in the moment through writing, audio recording or another method is crucial to refer to.
  • Disconnect your senses. Closing your eyes, or changing your environment to a room with no lights can help you translate your insights into actionable steps for your day, week, month or year.

Moving Into The Rest Of Life

Although we’ve used flow in the context of physical training in this piece, it can transcend and be used in all areas of life.

The physical, per psychologist Abraham Maslow – is always the easiest entry point to access these states[4].

If the above sounds foreign to you – it’s okay. The great news about flow is the following:

The more often you experience these heightened states, the easier it is to get back into them.

Early on, you’ll likely experience challenges getting into the state, and that’s when the requirement of patience comes in.

The more you practice getting there, however – the easier it will get and you’ll get to a point where it can be as seamless as choosing to enter these states.

You’ll be able to use your physical fitness as a catalyst, but also enter these states when you’re at work, in a deep conversation or in an immersive learning experience.

The ROI Of Flow Is Endless

Most businesses thought and execution occurs in the part of our brains that is fueled by logical thinking and reason.

As you may have known, this is not a place where creativity thrives – and few breakthroughs occur.

The benefits of this state for business and life are endless – and include a deep-rooted feeling of connectedness, creativity, passion, energy, enthusiasm and love for one’s craft and mission in life.

Have You Experienced Flow?

 Now that you have the principles in place, reflect on your life to periods where you’ve experienced these states.

We’d love to hear from you – post to comments!

 References & Links

[1] Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, NY: Harper and Row.

[2] Kotler, Steven: The Rise Of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance.

[3] Box Breathing and Meditation Technique w/ Mark Divine of SealFit – TechniqueWOD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZzhk9jEkkI

[4] Maslow, A. H. (1962). Towards a psychology of being. Princeton: D. Van Nostrand Company.

 

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Why Every Man Should Watch Entourage https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/every-man-watch-entourage/ https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/every-man-watch-entourage/#comments Sat, 20 May 2017 23:02:54 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5134 It’s a Saturday night and my typical routine is taking place. Except, there’s one hindrance this time. I’m not sure what to watch. I’d spent the last year watching Game of Thrones and now it was time to pick a new show to watch. I believe you should grind as hard as you can. The […]

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It’s a Saturday night and my typical routine is taking place. Except, there’s one hindrance this time. I’m not sure what to watch. I’d spent the last year watching Game of Thrones and now it was time to pick a new show to watch.

I believe you should grind as hard as you can. The problem I’ve found out is that if you don’t give yourself a break, you’re going to burnout. Trust me, you don’t want that to happen to you, it’ll be your worst nightmare.

When trying to figure out what works best for me, I tried a plethora of different routines to give myself a break.

I ended up with the routine of watching one episode of a show or a movie on Saturday nights. It gives me something to look forward to on the weekend.

This gives me the opportunity to rest before getting back to work on Sunday.

When I finished watching Game of Thrones; I was stuck with the thought of what to do next.

This was my routine I had for the past year, I couldn’t change it.

I initially watched the show Deadwood, which took place in the 1800s. It reminded me of the movie True Grit. The show didn’t interest me that much.

Upon searching for another show to watch, I came across Entourage.

If you haven’t see the show Entourage, it’s about a movie star who moves to Los Angeles and brings along his high school friends.

When I try to watch a show or movie, I always try to take inspiration away from it. That’s exactly what I received since watching the show over the past few months.

By taking inspiration from the show, I look for a character or two and emulate how they act. While each character has faults, there are five characters who we should strive to become in one way or another.

Vincent Chase

Vincent Chase is the star of the show. He’s the movie star who brings his friends along with him.

What we can we can take away from Chase is his laid back tone.

He goes with whatever happens to him. It doesn’t matter if his movie does terrible like Medellin at Cannes. Chase continues to make movies despite what his critics think.

When you go after your dreams, people will want to bring you down. Understand this is part of the business.

Chase always has a positive outlook.

There will be negative events that take place in your life. You will encounter failures along the way. Will you be the person who gets back up and keeps on fighting?

Chase lives in the moment. Not that you shouldn’t focus on the future but if you focus too much on the future, you will miss what’s right in front of you.

You should learn from the past but you shouldn’t let it dictate how you live in the moment, only you can decide that.

With Vincent Chase, you can see he has a positive outlook and doesn’t let much bother him. 

Eric Murphy

Eric Murphy is Vincent Chase’s manager and lifelong friend. He’s the most career oriented out of the entire group.

What I like about Eric Murphy is that he says the hard things. He doesn’t care about hurting people’s feelings, he just does what needs to be done.

Has someone done something you didn’t like, but you didn’t stand up for yourself? Even though Eric’s stature is small, he’s willing to tell people like it is.

It’s a fact we live in an overly sensitive world. You make a joke about something and next thing you know you’re hated by everyone.

Murphy didn’t care about being hated, he cared about doing what was right.

As entrepreneurs, sometimes the right decision will be the tough decision. You won’t like to make decisions at times. But if you watch Murphy, you’ll see he isn’t afraid of people and tells them what they need to hear.

Murphy is sensible in the show. When most of the guys want to spend their money lavishly, he tries to keep them in check.

When he was first purchasing an office for himself, he initially bought one that was less than modest. He preferred to drive the car he’d always driven as compared to a Bentley. Murphy tried to live a frugal life and didn’t care about the materialistic items that so many people strive to get today.

Johnny Chase

Johnny Chase is Vincent Chase’s half-brother. He’s unsuccessful when compared to Vincent Chase.

Even though Johnny is unsuccessful, this doesn’t stop him from giving up. He continues to go to casting calls even though he gets let down.

Before his show Five Towns aired, it didn’t appear that anyone cared about the show. The reviews for the show were terrible. Yet, the show still did excellent.

Johnny plays second to his brother, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to achieve the level of success that his brother has.

As entrepreneurs, sometimes you will be in someone’s shadows for a while before you can succeed on your own. Ryan Holiday did an apprenticeship with Robert Greene before he became a successful author.

Johnny is into fitness, something that every entrepreneur should be doing in their life.

You should make it part of your routine to work out every single day. This doesn’t need to be lifting weights, it could be swimming or going for a run.

You sit for much of the day, you need to ensure yourself that you’ll be active for some part of the day. Because when you have wealth without health, you aren’t wealthy at all.

Ari Gold

Ari Gold is Vincent Chase’s manager. He is by far my favorite character on the show.

Ari is an alpha male, and he conducts himself, unlike any other person I’ve seen. He does whatever it takes to become successful.

I can’t agree with every that Gold does or says, we should agree that he gets the job done.

Gold will always be honest with you. He doesn’t care who you are. The best thing I like about Gold is that he holds nothing back, he says exactly what’s on his mind. He doesn’t beat around the bush when you aren’t doing your job. If you don’t produce, you’re fired.

Growing up in a middle-class family, Gold shows a glimpse of what it’s like to live in the 1%. His work ethic proves how hard you have to work if you wish to be successful. Even though this get’s him in trouble sometimes, he gets told off by his wife for always being on the phone. Gold understood the lifestyle he wanted to live and spent every day working towards it.

There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” Gold doesn’t want to be anywhere besides first in his life.

Ari Gold would always have a good team around him and he always knew the right people to connect with. Remember, it’s not what you know but rather who you know.

Gold is always dressing his best. The way he dresses symbolizes his dominance over everyone else around him.

Above everything else, Gold is absolutely relentless in everything he does. Nothing ever comes between him and what he wants to get done, not his competitors, nothing. Gold will do whatever it takes to succeed.

Check out the video below to understand why I love Ari Gold and his hustle.

Billy Walsh

Billy Walsh is the director for the movies Queen’s Boulevard and Medellin that Vincent Chase stars in.

Walsh is a bit of a lunatic.

We can takeaway however, he is crazy about his work. Walsh never sees the finished product as the finished product, he’s always striving to make himself and the movies he produces better.

Walsh is stubborn and doesn’t let people get their way. He speaks what’s on his mind.

As an entrepreneur, you will have to push back against people.

Treat your idea, product or service like it’s your child. Would you ever let anyone talk bad about your child?

Turtle

Turtle is the last person who’s in Vince’s crew.

Turtle is compassionate in his businesses. Whether that’s starting a limousine company or being a partner in a Tequila company. Turtle would always do what’s best.

There came a point in his life when Turtle no longer wanted to rely on Vince. He wanted to go out on his own and prove his self-worth to himself.

While Turtle may not be the smartest person on the show, for what he lacks in intelligence he makes up for in compassion and drive.

He doesn’t let anything stop him and his crazy business ideas.

When you’re starting a business, are you in it for the money or to make an impact on others?

Money, Fame, and Power

The reason I’ve written this article is because the show depicts money, fame, and power. Maybe you want all three or you want just one. We should all be striving towards something as men. Because when you stop having a purpose in your life, you slowly start to die. 

The show depicts what it takes to become successful, how to deal with critics and how to work with friends.

If you’re looking to achieve success in your life, but don’t know where to start. I recommend taking Tai Lopez’s 67 Steps Program which takes you through step by step on what it takes to become a millionaire.

Another favorite of mine is the Kindle Money Mastery program. Both of these courses are relatively inexpensive and can start you on the course of living your ideal life.

What’s your favorite takeaway from Entourage? Let us know in the comments!

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We live in a world where people work copious hours. This happens for weeks, months, and years. Yet, sometimes they don’t stop to look at what they’re doing. Are they being productive or are they being busy?

Being productive and being busy aren’t the same. They’re entirely different. One gets you to where you wish to go and the other holds you back. Just being busy can hold you back from living your ideal life.

To live the life, you desire, focus on productivity. You might pass it aside and believe it’s easy. Keep telling yourself you’re on the right track. You’re riddled with a to-do list that’d take weeks to carry out. Overstressed and going nowhere. This is where you can end up. Once you understand the difference being productive and being busy, will your life change.

I’d been working fourteen hours a day, but getting nowhere. Unsure of what to do, I reached out to best-selling author Jon Gordon. His name kept coming to me when I was looking for advice.

He gave me advice and a recommendation of his book: The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work. I slid my fingers over the last words in the book and closed it, ruminating over what I learned. A point in my life where I had multiple businesses going, but not advancing. It was in that moment; I shut down one business, started the action of another and went full-swing into Become The Lion.

I came to find after deep-soul searching this was my passion. To help others, but that wouldn’t happen if I was busy.

Are you growing and learning? There will be tasks you have to do for your business but can delegate them. Ask yourself, did I advance myself today? Another question I ask, is this going to make me richer? Emails aren’t productive, but creating a new course is.

Having too many activities 

You can overload yourself with ten tasks to do, unconducive to your success. You’ll spread yourself too thin. Days can turn into months. Focus stands for, follow one course until successful. You’ll see these opportunities but stick to the one you cherish.

When you find what youre passionate for, then you can turn to being productive instead of busy.

Do you remember what your priority is? It’s leaving the world a better place because you were here. That can’t happen if you’re busy. Each night, before the start of a fresh day, write three – five tasks in order you’d prefer to complete. Add nothing to this list until you complete the tasks you set.

People have audacious goals each day. Realize your progress compiled over a lifetime is bountiful. You need not write a book, create a course, learn a language, start a business in one day. Results are created over time.

Start with writing your book, then onto creating a course. If you try to do them at once, none of them will be completed. You’ll start projects that never get finished. You read a book, then jumped to another without finishing the other book? This a terrible habit we need to break, one I have in my life.

What can you do today that’ll give you a better tomorrow? It can be as simple as making a phone call, writing five-hundred words, or spending an hour taking a course.

Think through things 

In a world that’s fast paced, unproductive people don’t think through their actions. They’re the people who say “yes.” The successful learn the art of saying “no.” You don’t have to please everyone. If they get disheartened, they’ll forgive you in time.

This is your life and your time. If you don’t manage it, someone will. Is what you’re doing today suitable for achievement a future goal? You can get caught in a routine that isn’t ideal for your success.

At the first sight of daylight, ask yourself, will what I’m doing advance my situation? People will ask you favors. Opportunities will arise. If you’re not careful, you’ll be in an uncomfortable predicament. Don’t forget who you’re supporting. You can help everyone and forget yourself.

Start focusing 

There comes a point where you can no longer make any excuses. You need to focus on what you’re doing. Kill the distractions. Create a designated time every day where no one can interrupt you unless it’s an emergency.

The hardest part is getting started. Whether reading, writing a blog post, or creating a vlog. The task won’t be daunting when you release yourself into it’s illustrious creativity. You’re not meant to be perfect and neither will work your work.

 “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

Happiness comes for meaningful work. Outsource the work you don’t wish to do. Focus on creating value and as much great content as you can. Is your voice being heard? Every person has a message that needs to be shared. You can either keep it captive or set it free.

Develop a routine of starting work at the same time each day, you’ll be more productive. The time where your creativity explodes.

Have results talk

Let your results do the talking for your endeavors. You can talk for writing a book, or you can write the book. You can go on social media. Until you sit and get to work, nothing gets accomplished. Many people tell me what they will do.

Every New Year, people talk for change. Ninety-two percent of those people fail. It’s easy when you talk, it’s hard doing the work. Opportunity is dressed in overalls and looks a lot like work.

If it was easy, everyone would be successful. Your friends want you to come party. Your girlfriend or boyfriend wishes to watch a show with you. At each corner of your life, they’ll be something trying to pull you back to average. Most of the world is average. What do they get? They hate their life, living for the weekend. You’re reading this because you don’t desire to be that person.

Have a top priority 

Make a time to focus on your top priority. If you’re writing a book. Set 5am – 7am each morning to write. A place to entwine your thoughts and energy into your work. If the rest of your day doesn’t go as planned, at least you completed your top priority.

Life is fickle. It’s rare it ever works in the way we wish or the right time frame. You’ll get an opportunity when you least expect. You fall in love with someone you couldn’t see yourself dating.

Events come up that we couldn’t predict. Sometimes your attention is needed elsewhere. If you complete your top priority, you’ve won the day.

Take your time responding to messages 

With email and text flowing effortlessly, take your time responding. Turn off your devices, cast away social media. You spend a whole day and get nothing done. You thought you worked ten hours when it was only four.

Your time is precious. Understand the difference between when its work and when to relax. If possible, never use your phone during working hours unless it’s for business.

An email Inbox can garner your attention. If you don’t answer right away that person won’t care for you. This is a trick on our psychology. Because you took a few hours to respond that person will not hate you.

I recommend setting designated times to check your email. Try only three times per day. If you wish not to disturb people by your standoffish, set up an email auto-responder and let them know the times you’ll respond.

The less distractions you have the more productive you are. If you’re going between work and distractions, you work will pay.

Set Goals 

How are you supposed to know where to go in life without goals? Goals are a destination we wish to be. Without them, we meander through life. You should set goals every day for yourself. What you want to accomplish. From there, you progress into deeper goals, weekly, monthly and so on.

 “It is not enough to be busy… The question is: what are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau 

With goals, you can focus on being productive. Center your day with goals that empower you, making you experience aliveness. Goals shape you into the person you want to become. They’re created for a reason. Productivity depends on the goals you set each day.

You have the choice to be productive or busy. Stop and take a full encompass of your life. Are you where you want to be, doing what you love? If you aren’t, you might be too busy. You can be so busy making a living you forget to make a life.

A productive person is one who understands their destination. Their focused and are imminent on completing the task at hand. They aren’t negative if they are unproductive. Everyone has an off day. Will you let that define you? 

When you’re productive instead of busy, you live a more fulfilling life.

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7 Daily Habits All Young Entrepreneurs Need In Order To Become Successful https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-daily-habits-young-entrepreneurs-need-order-become-successful/ Thu, 18 May 2017 10:22:35 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2885 Anyone who has achieved something of great accomplishment in their lives knows that “success” is not a destination, but a process. It takes time for things to unfold, time for answers to reveal themselves, time to fully understand what you’re building, and time to become the person (or team) capable of building the thing in […]

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Anyone who has achieved something of great accomplishment in their lives knows that “success” is not a destination, but a process. It takes time for things to unfold, time for answers to reveal themselves, time to fully understand what you’re building, and time to become the person (or team) capable of building the thing in the first place.

In order for that sort of successful venture to manifest itself then, more emphasis should be placed on the journey it takes to get there—rather than a constant chasing of the “end.” After all, it’s the lessons you learn along the way that will ultimately be the deciding factors as to the choices you make, pivots you take, and what it is you’re ultimately left with.

So how can you ensure you’re taking the right steps toward this ethereal measure of “success?”

Aspiring entrepreneurs, here are 7 habits you absolutely need to have as part of your daily routine that will ensure you’re always moving in a positive direction.

Wake Up When You Say You’re Going To Wake Up

One of the biggest lessons a mentor of mine taught me is the value of waking up on that first alarm. The night before, when you decide what time you’re going to wake up, you are making a promise to yourself. You are promising yourself to wake up at a certain time. If you hit snooze instead the next morning, you are breaking that promise—and certainly starting the day off poorly.

Part of becoming successful is doing what you say you are going to do. And although it might seem like a small action, compounded over weeks and months and years it turns out to be a big indicator as to how seriously you take your word.

Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up.

Make Time To Clear Your Head

Entrepreneurship, and goal-setting period, is a marathon—not a sprint. Do not over-extend yourself in the short term so often that you spend more time recovering than you would taking time to rest along the way.

One of the emerging habits of today’s greatest minds and entrepreneurial souls is meditation. In the morning, take five or ten minutes to sit quietly with yourself and envision the day to come. Use these moments of silence to get in tune with where you are at that day, and what you can do to be both productive and at the same time content.

Keeping a clear head over the long-term is what’s going to allow you to make it through storms of confusion or conflict, and also help you make better decisions as to the best way to move forward.

Read, Read, Read

This cannot be stressed enough.

As an entrepreneur, it is your job to be a specialized-generalist—that is, someone who has enough knowledge on every relevant industry, niche, market, skill set and specialization to be able to understand it, speak to it, and give appropriate direction. You are the leader, after all. And in order to lead effectively, you’re going to need to be well versed.

Some people, however, aren’t great readers (or absolutely despise it). I would still challenge you to acquire the skill, but if nothing else, turn to podcasts, audio books, and informational videos. The point here is to constantly be filling your knowledge buckets. If your work output is so high that you never have time for any “input” activities (like studying your craft, industry, etc.) then things are out of balance.

Make time for input.

Spend 1 Meal With Someone Else

In other words, pick up a copy of Keith Ferrazzi’s, Never Eat Alone.

One of the most effective ways for you to spend your time as an entrepreneur is over a meal with someone else. You have to eat anyways, so why not share it with someone you would like to meet, or need to catch up with, or want to learn from? It’s one of those simple schedule tweaks that can allow you to get double the return on your time—instead of eating by yourself and then scheduling a meeting with someone the following hour. Just meet them for lunch. And if anything, food or coffee or drinks will make both of you feel more comfortable and allow for a better conversation to be had.

Don’t Forget To Get Back In Your Body

You can only sacrifice self-care for so long before your body retaliates on you. Again: remember that entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint.

In order to keep yourself grounded and level-headed, do not forget the value of 45 minutes in the gym. That’s all you need to get back in your body and out of the chaos in your head.

Another great way to double-up on time here is to combine meetings with gym sessions. Meet a partner, a client, or a networking connection for a lift. However, be wary of doing this too often. The real purpose here is to take a step away from the busyness of work and to get back to your center.

Check-in With Your “Entrepreneurship Group”

Many entrepreneurs will attest to having a ground of friends or associates they can turn to for advice, insight, or even just motivation along the way. Today, many of these groups exist in programs like Slack where people can communicate on-the-go and across the country, if needed. But their purpose still remains: support each other.

The reason it’s valuable to have this sort of group in your life, and why you should check in with someone on a daily basis is to help keep yourself accountable. It doesn’t need to be a meeting or a major discussion. Just a quick update so that people involved feel compelled to hold themselves (and each other) responsible.

Be Careful Not To Burn The Candle At Both Ends

And finally, at the end of each day, audit yourself and see where you’re at. Some days, you’re going to need to go to sleep a bit early to catch up. Other days, you’ll have no problem grinding away until three in the morning. Both are ok. What’s important is that you stay aware of your current state over the long-term.

The more you can learn to listen to yourself as an entrepreneur, the longer you will effectively be able to run your marathon. If you burn the candle at both ends for too long, you’ll burn out. And if you don’t ever push yourself, you’ll likely remain stagnant. It’s a balancing act, and one you have to work to master every single day.

 

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How To Find Your True Purpose https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/find-true-purpose/ https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/find-true-purpose/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 22:05:58 +0000 http://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2407 People throw around the word purpose as if it’s something easy to find. This isn’t true. You have a purpose in life, but you must be searching. Your purpose won’t come find you and it won’t be easy. Millions of Americans are dissatisfied with their life. It’s because they haven’t found their true purpose in life. […]

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People throw around the word purpose as if it’s something easy to find. This isn’t true. You have a purpose in life, but you must be searching. Your purpose won’t come find you and it won’t be easy. Millions of Americans are dissatisfied with their life. It’s because they haven’t found their true purpose in life. You can chase money and that will lead you nowhere. If you love what you do, the money will follow. But first, you have to find out what you love to do.

Control Your Time 

You can’t be stretched out in too many areas. We’re getting tugged in every which way. From friends and family, the media, ourselves, and what we should be doing. We try to be the jack of every trade instead of being the master of one. Unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger, it’s time to put your sole focus into what you want out of your life.

Albeit that Schwarzenegger accomplished plenty in his life, he always put his focus into what he was doing. At one point that was bodybuilding. It was an actor, then governor. He never tried everything at once. As you learn and grow, your purpose in life will change. The person you are today will differ from the person you were last year.

Find your reason

When you find passion in life, you jump out of bed. People will tell you that you work too much. The naysayers appear. Well, if you love what you do, it isn’t work. Understand that we have a reason for existing.

Without purpose, life is dull and meaningless. Do you want to work forty years doing something you hate and then call it a life? It’s a normality in our society. We’re expected to hate our job. This is the mediocrity mindset. Don’t fall victim. You’re here for a reason, find out why.We’re moving fast in life and we forget to stop sometimes.

One year, ten years, twenty years can pass in the blink of an eye. You’ll look up and be nowhere you wanted to be in life. We need to take a break. Question the path we’re on right now. Is this who we are? Is what we were meant to do? Take a close examination of your life. If you aren’t where you wish something needs to change.

Take full responsibility

We’re moving fast in life and we forget to stop sometimes. One year, ten years, twenty years can pass in the blink of an eye. You’ll look up and be nowhere you wanted to be in life. We need to take a break. Question the path we’re on right now. Is this who we are? Is what we were meant to do? Take a close examination of your life. If you aren’t where you wish something needs to change.

The change you need starts with yourself. We can be so pessimistic we miss opportunities every day. How is one person always happy and someone else negative? Your view on the world will decide if you find your purpose. Opportunities for growth and learning are there.

Look in the past

To find your purpose, start with your past-self. What did you love as a kid? What did you love as a teenager and when you were in your early twenties? Your purpose leaves clues. Sit and write out the times you were happy. While your past doesn’t garner future happiness, it is a start.

When was the last time you listened to your heart? Be doing what’s best for you, not what’s best for someone else. You might assume that you’re letting people down, this feeling will overtake with feelings of joy. Be careful of your mind, it can be deceitful. You realize what you should be doing. It’s time to voice your opinion. Show your true colors to the world and be who you are.

Finding your purpose means to make an impact in the world. Are you adding value to other people’s lives? If you add more value than anyone else, the money will be an afterthought. To be happy, have meaning with your work. You’re serving a purpose that’s greater than yourself.

On your journey towards finding your purpose, you will have to come overcome obstacles. It’s inevitable you’ll meet hardships. Do you care if you took five years to find your purpose? You’ll be excited that you found it. Remember, obstacles are in front of you for a reason. You won’t understand why, but you will looking backward.

Focus on self-improvement

It’s time you learn and grow every day. This is how you’ll find your purpose. Are you working on yourself? To become a better person than you were yesterday? If you look back and nothing changed, there’s a problem. Read a few pages of your book every day. Work on a business part-time while having a full-time job. If you’re passionate for your work, you’ll make time. If you love what you do, you won’t get tired.

Happiness in life comes from inside ourselves. Be the one to create your own happiness. Rely on yourself and become independent of everyone else. You’ll be spending the most time by yourself. Why not treat yourself with kindness? Sometimes we can be our own worst critic. Our inner-self can be discouraging. To quell this, you have to be working on your craft. Free time is the enemy of success. This is when your fears can overtake and your happiness evaporated.

If you’re at a job you don’t prefer, what can you do to make yourself love the work? If you can change your view on work, your life will change. Grant Cardone hated selling cars. He was aware if he wanted to get ahead in life, he must force himself to like it. Cardone studied salesmanship every day. He grew to be one of the best salesmen in his company. Cardone has created an empire out of sales training. It was with that one switch in his thinking.

Leave nothing to chance

Put everything you have into what you’re doing. Burn the boats and jump full circle. When your back is against the wall, you work at your best. Give yourself no choice, but to find your purpose. Keep searching and never stop trying. Do you want to have regrets? To look back and see you didn’t give it everything? We’re only here a short time, we need to make the best of it.

Each of has a different purpose. That purpose is growing and changing every day. You can’t copy what others are doing. You understand what makes you happy and unhappy. Because someone else loves their life, doesn’t mean you’ll get the same happiness out of what they’re doing.

Our purpose is meant to be found. It will not be handed to you. We could’ve been lost on our journey, now it’s time to find out way back. Take the first step. If money wasn’t an issue and you could add value to other’s lives, what would you do?

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5 Ultimate Hacks To Get REAL Success With Attractive Women https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/5-ultimate-hacks-get-real-success-attractive-women/ Wed, 17 May 2017 17:18:06 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5487 I’ve been traveling the world teaching dating advice and personal development for over 3 years now. It has been quite the crazy journey. God, if only I could tell you all the crazy stories a young dude who has nothing to lose experiences when the world is at his feet… From lustful sex orgies to […]

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I’ve been traveling the world teaching dating advice and personal development for over 3 years now. It has been quite the crazy journey. God, if only I could tell you all the crazy stories a young dude who has nothing to lose experiences when the world is at his feet… From lustful sex orgies to ménage à trois to the classic boy-hopelessly-falls-in-love-with-that-special-girl scenario.

I’ve cried both for joy and from pain, I’ve been stressed out of my mind, I found moments of bliss, I laughed, I loved, I’ve done it all… and at the end of the day, one kinda realizes that it’s not your sexual conquests, it’s not the amount of attention, the women, or the money.

It’s about self-love, it’s about looking back to a life full of opportunities. Opportunities that you grasped. So just so you know. Success with women is a nice thing to attain, but not everything.

When I was asked to share a couple words on this issue the above paragraph is what came to my mind first… but it also transitions wonderfully into our first hack:

Learn how to love yourself

Trust me, I’ve been there, and I see around 90% of my clients being there: “If only I could get this ONE girl to fall in love with me… if only I could bed x amount of women… THEN I could be happy. THEN I could have proof that I am indeed a real man, a valuable being.” Wrong, wrong and wrong, in fact, there truly is no bigger turnoff for an attractive woman than this feeling of incompletion.

Yes, yes, I know Hollywood often times tries to sell us the “romantic” idea of a man in desperate need of a woman is the greatest gift he could give her. We’re remembering a young Tom Cruise standing there with tiers in his eyes gasping out the words “you complete me”. Wonderful, wonderful, but this is the real life, homie.

A woman wants a man who OWNS his life. A woman wants a man who has everything. Yes, he loves her, yes he would take a damn bullet for her, but deep down inside he doesn’t need her. He needs nobody. He surely appreciates everyone, he surely loves everyone and cares for his loved ones, but he is complete already.

Learn social dynamics: go out go out go out

Yeah, I’m sorry, I know this article isn’t getting any easier… nor is it getting any more re-assuring. “Be yourself and the right woman will come along! God/Karma/The Universe will provide!” Uhm… yeah. The much more accurate truth is that the right woman has come your way already. Multiple times… you were just too caught up in excuses to make something out of it.

Wake up, homie, you’re not going to bump into the perfect girl at the corner of the library. You’ll need to go out. Yes, go out.

Go talk to the cute girl at the grocery store, talk to the girls at the gym, hit up a bar or a nightclub on the weekends. No, you don’t have to get hopelessly drunk every weekend, just GO OUT. Talk to people, get into the habit of TALKING, socializing, “vibing”.

Remember when I said there’s no bigger turnoff than desperation? Well, right below that is the inability to read social cues. Women LOVE a man who’s able to hold conversations, who’s able to read the situation, who’s CALIBRATED in his physical advances.

Yes, you surely have to be courageous and learn how to boldly go for that kiss on the first date, even though you’ve been both sitting there awkwardly for hours already. But eventually you’ll learn how to seize that perfect moment every time and your interactions become more and more smooth.

But then again, you can only learn that by TRYING. Fail forward, my friend 😉

Say “No”

So while hacks #1 and #2 already help you stand out from the masses of losers (yeah, trust me 99% of the guys you THINK are cool are actually pretty bad with girls), hack #3 will truly catapult you up to advanced level.

It might seem super counter intuitive but if you acquire the ability to walk away from ANY girl at ANY given situation (no matter how “hot” or “amazing” she is) you will see girls almost magically be drawn to you.

And you really wanna know why the word “no” is such a beautiful thing for them to hear? … Because they never get to hear it. A beautiful woman has the world at her feet. And you know very well that we want what we can’t have. So be the one guy that has boundaries, that’s not always available, that doesn’t NEED her (remember, hack #1?)

How to get there? Easy: Realize what it is you want from a woman, realize what’s a huge turnoff for you, set those boundaries up for yourself and you’ll see women be drawn towards you.

I’ve walked away from multiple otherwise-amazing women without hesitation because they didn’t treat other people or animals with respect (a huge no-go for me). I’ve walked away from hot one night stands because her lips tasted like an ashtray. Sorry, but not sorry. “In my reality that’s unattractive and you need to go.”

Oh, this way you’ll also save yourself a lot of heartache. Women only break hearts that have no standards 😉

Now guess why hack #3 comes after hack #2? You need to go out first, you need to experiment, try things, you need to get to know yourself before you even know what you truly want!

Become fully okay with your sexuality

Oh, this one’s huge. Because you might feel quite some resistance reading through this.

You are a man and that is okay. You have a penis, you have a libido, you LIKE sex, you lust for women. NONE of that is unnatural and most certainly NONE of that is something to be ashamed of.

Mainstream media often tries to shame us with lines like “all men want is sex!”. Uhm yes, that’s what we’re biologically built for. I guess we’re sorry for having evolved into healthy sexual mammals?

Guess what, women LOVE sex just as much. In fact, I would dare to say they love it even more. Compare a woman’s orgasm with a man’s orgasm. I’ve never heard of a guy shaking his body uncontrollably for minutes while yelling out “Oh god oh god, I’m coming!!!”. We guys are more like “ah yes” and that’s it, haha.

Anyways, a man’s ability to fully OWN his sexuality and not be ashamed by it does something very wonderful: It transfers this feeling of “okayness” to the girl. You want to unleash your woman’s (or any woman’s) sexual side? Unleash yours first. Wear your sexuality, your desires, your lust with pride. They’re wonderful emotions and nothing to be ashamed of!

Be fearless

Probably the most important, most powerful hack of them all. Being fearless. Pretty much every of the above mentioned hacks imply the need of being fearless.

Nowadays we’re getting so much fear pumped into our brains, it’s insane. We’re afraid of getting rejected when we go talk to that cutie we see at the bar. We’re afraid of what other people would think of us if we approached a girl in the shopping mall. We’re afraid to fail, we’re afraid of being sexual, we’re afraid of loud night clubs.

This fear is everywhere. Now you can either nurture a PASSIVE relationship with fear or an ACTIVE relationship with fear. You can use fear as a reason NOT to do it or you can use fear as a reason TO do it. You can have it fuel you, you can make fear your greatest ally.

Just imagine you’re walking down the street and you’re that ONE guy who’s not afraid. You’re that one guy who’s able to easily strike up conversation ANYWHERE. At work, at school, on the bus, at the gym, at the bar, the nightclub, ANYWHERE.

If I truly learned only ONE thing during my crazy travel adventures around the world it’s that the ability to do something despite of fear will result in one of two things:

You win. Or you learn. Both desirable outcomes if you ask me. And at the end of the day, you’ll always be happy that you did it.

It’s not about the countless times you’ve bailed out. It’s about that ONE time where you didn’t.

And that’s exactly why I’ve created a program called Fearless – The Approach Anxiety Buster, which will do just that: it will help you overcome your fear.

So if you liked what you’ve read, if you are ready to step up in life and get more attractive girls in your life than you could ever handle (haha) then have a look at www.crushingmyfear.com. I got a bunch of free videos on there that will already get you pretty far. If you then decide you want to get on board with the program, do it. If not, you can always just stick with the free videos 😉

Best wishes and gg,

Max

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Do You Have These 6 Things In Common With Super Successful People? https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/do-you-have-these-6-things-in-common-with-super-successful-people/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/do-you-have-these-6-things-in-common-with-super-successful-people/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 09:46:19 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2801 “Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility” – Tony Robbins Do you want to become a huge success in your life? Then it’s time to study successful people. Many of us believe that the people who are a major success must have been born […]

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“Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and then cutting yourself off from any other possibility” – Tony Robbins

Do you want to become a huge success in your life? Then it’s time to study successful people. Many of us believe that the people who are a major success must have been born with many privileges, are a product of luck or even worse, that they became a success without putting in the work required.

I want you to know that success is not an accident. Success is the product of a decision. A real, true-blooded decision. Every person who has ever been a success has done so by creating a vision and having the work ethic to carry out that vision.

The best way to become a success is to first study super successful people. And when I say study, I mean active studying rather than passive studying. Passive studying is when you read about their life and what they did, feeling inspired for a short while and gaining some information.

While active studying is breaking down their successes to find out their overarching mindset and habits, and taking those habits and adding them into your own life. After reading and analyzing the top people throughout history, I have broken down the top six success principles for all to see.

Are you Hyper-focused?

The ability to focus is rare in the 21st century. Back in ancient and medieval times, there wasn’t any real distractions in life. Everything was calm and town-oriented. That gave people the time to read for hours, write for hours and plan for hours.

Their focus was untethered. Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves inside of an epidemic. This epidemic is called ‘multi-tasking’. Multi-tasking is not real. There are numerous studies to back it up as well. If you want to achieve true, everlasting success, you are going to need to train your mind to focus on one thing for hours.

You need to remove all distractions from your mind and channel your full energy into the task at hand. Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Kobe Bryant are some well known people that can practice their craft for hours at a time without distraction. They do not get sidetracked by their phone, social media television or what others are doing. They live by their internal clock. Each day they intentionally put time aside into bettering themselves and working their craft.

If you are someone who struggles with this, start by setting aside 20 minutes every day, at a set time, doing that ONE THING that will  jump-start your success. That one thing is different for everyone. And as you become better, add more time. When you are able to do 2 or more hours of intense focus at a time, you are on your way towards Greatness.

Are You Unbreakable?

Today’s society needs to man up. The most successful people of all time go through problems on a daily basis and they do not let those problems get in the way of their vision. Their vision for their life and who they want to be as a person is not something that can be broken by the opinions of others. They respect others opinions but they never let them override that of their own inner-voice.Do You Have These 6 Things In Common With Super Successful People?

The fact is you should never be deterred by the insults from others or from everyday problems. When you come across a problem, before freaking out or complaining, put that problem into one of two categories: either it’s a blip or a catastrophe. A catastrophe is a death, a natural disaster or something of that nature while a blip is everything else. That automatically puts you in the right mindset when dealing with your problems.

Make it your mission, from this day forth, to wear an exterior of steel. To become impregnable in the face of opposition and stay true to who you are and your life’s mission. If you can do that, you will become someone more powerful than you ever could of imagined. You will respected by your opponents and those on rooting for you, for you are changing our natural human tendencies of giving into fear and opposition. This is the path of the legend.

Do You Avoid Negative People?

I want you to take an IN-DEPTH look into your friend group. And I mean an intense analyzation of your friend group, and you will see your destiny. Chances are that you share similar habits, lifestyles and status in life. Now this can be a great thing or a horrible thing. It just depends on who your friends are.

Are they people who lack goals, party often and drink every weekend or are they people who have goals written down, are work horses and are people of character? Your answer should be clear and if it’s the wrong kind of group, leave.

The number of friends you have means nothing. The only thing that matters is their value and who they are as a person. Seek to hangout and surround yourselves with life’s Lions, while ignoring all the sheep that try to seep into your life. As the old adage states, who you surround yourself with is a profound testament of who you will become.

Are You Intentional?

Successful people are intentional. While the majority of people wake up with no purpose, the successful are working their plan. They do not ‘float’ through life or let life ‘take them’ in any direction. Th successful know where they are going and will let nothing get in their way.

The successful plan their day the night before and then work their plan the following day. They wake up at the same time everyday, no matter how they are feeling. They have specific goals and work hard every single day to accomplish those goals. If this doesn’t sound like you, make it a goal of yours to write down your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals. Every day you should be waking up with a purpose in mind and your day should be oriented towards that purpose.

Do You Set goals?

Why is writing a goal on paper so easy to do yet so hard to actually accomplish? It’s because you are acting like a sheep. A sheep rarely writes their goals down, but for the few sheep that do, they usually just forget about them in a week’s time, but I know this isn’t you. You are the rare Lion amongst sheep, and when a Lion writes a goal down, they will work like hell to accomplish it. They do not fool around or let their particular ‘circumstance’ dictate if they are going to get their goals done. Why?

Because when they write a goal, they go after it with everything they have. They do not write goals just to write goals. They write down their goals knowing they will accomplish them in the timeframe of their choose. The successful do not entertain their own excuses or anyone else’s for that matter. They focus on their results and have the right judgement to see if they are staying true to their course.

Promise yourself this: I will complete my top 3 goals for the month by working hard every single day. No excuses.

Do You read?

Reading is the ultimate power source. That is, if you know how to use it. So many people complain that they don’t know how to become successful, they are lost on where to start and what’s the best path to take. Well the answer is simple: READ. Read biographies, mindset books and success books.Do You Have These 6 Things In Common With Super Successful People?

Reading gives you the power to learn from the most successful people who ever lived. By reading about them, you are living vicariously through their lives and you get to experience how they were able to become a success. I can hear some of you saying that you do not have time to read. I get it. We only have 24 hours a day and you have a full time job, are a student and have a family. If the average CEO can read 40 – 60 books a year, so can you.

Throughout history, the brightest of minds and men of accomplishment were readers. Think of men like Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, J.P Morgan – there are many others. They realized, from an early age, that reading is the elusive power source that provides the fast-road to success. They had the foresight that if they started to reading now, they will be ahead of the game in a few years time.

Being Successful is Up to You

The time has come to step your game up to a whole other level. If you aspire to be like the men in this article, then the foolishness has to stop. The 21st century dictates that it is okay for adults to act like children. It normalizes that you can live with your parents and still be playing the same childhood games you played when you were in your teens.

How does this plague stop? It stops with you putting your foot down and vowing to act like the man you were always born to be. No more playing it small. No more trying to ‘fit in’ with the majority and no more acting like a child in an adult body.

Take these 6 habits and implement them into your own life and leave nothing to chance. Create your vision and work towards it every damn day while routining asking yourself: “would the Greats be doing what I am doing?”. And if you know they would not, change.

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Five Reasons The Nice Guy Doesn’t Win https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/five-reasons-nice-guy-doesnt-win/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/five-reasons-nice-guy-doesnt-win/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 21:19:01 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2836 People say nice guys don’t win, I believe them. We live in a society where people are nice to others, they think they’ll get what they want. You’ve done something yourself and expect reciprocity in return. You don’t tell others what you think because you’re scared of hurting their feelings. This exemplifies why the nice […]

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People say nice guys don’t win, I believe them. We live in a society where people are nice to others, they think they’ll get what they want. You’ve done something yourself and expect reciprocity in return. You don’t tell others what you think because you’re scared of hurting their feelings. This exemplifies why the nice guy doesn’t win.

Expects Other To Know What He Wants

Have you been in a situation where you wanted to say something, but held back? You know you deserved the promotion at work, but you refused to say something. You meet a nice girl, but you’re too afraid to ask for her number. These are characteristics nice guys share. They are ashamed asking for what they want, taking away from others. Nice guys expect others to know what they want. This results in not taking charge and wondering why you aren’t living the life you want.

Most nice guys are passive aggressive. They reason if they ask for what they wish, someone else will judge them. He lacks the willpower of what it takes to be a strong alpha male. The nice guy is the person who asks his girlfriend where she wants to go to dinner. He wonders why the relationship is failing.

It’s during this he displays his feminine qualities. He becomes the guy who’s scared of making his girlfriend upset. The nice guy says, “If only women knew how nice I was.” Do you suppose you will ever get a date if you don’t ask a woman out?

The nice guy goes through life without ever getting what he wants. He’s too much a bitch to ask for it. The nice guy isn’t willing to put himself on the line. Yes, it might mean rejection, even humiliation. What happens if it works out and you get what you want? Don’t let your fears hold you back from getting what you want in life.

When you go into a restaurant and the food they serve you is terrible, do you continue to eat it? No, you ask the waiter or waitress for something new. You can go your entire life without living.

Worried About What People Think Of Him

The typical nice guy lives his life based on what other people regard of him. He doesn’t go to the college he wants. The nice guy has a job he hates. He does this so others admire him. He doesn’t realize how much pain he’s causing himself. The nice guy will live an unfulfilled life.

Do you suppose everyone in this world will admire you? If you do, you’re an idiot. You will not please everyone you meet. The more success you receive, the more people hate you. Why not please yourself?

Are you too scared of what your parents and friends will think? Do they run your life? It’s time you stand your ground. You learn what’s best for you. Don’t tell me you don’t, you’re lying. You notice what you’re passionate about. Just because your dad is a doctor or lawyer doesn’t mean you have to be one. If you care what your friends think, you’ll never get ahead.

On a side note, if you’re still friends with people from your high school class, it’s time to get new ones. This shows you aren’t growing as a person. When you develop a new mindset and become the best version of yourself, you won’t want to hang around the same people.

The nice guy will let others tell him what to drive. He’ll wear what his girlfriend thinks is suitable. The epiphany of the guy who plays it safe. He’s the person who never wants to get into a fight. I’m not saying you need to get into a fight, but you need to stand ground sometimes. The person will garner respect for you.  

Become the person you were meant to be. Get away from where you live. Go on adventures and make new friends. If you get too complacent in your everyday life, this spells the end. Most people die at twenty but aren’t buried until they’re seventy-five.

Fear Dictates His Life

A nice guy won’t chase after his dreams. He lets his fears get in the way. Even if he knows what he wants, he doesn’t go after his desires.

You recognize the feeling you get when you’re fearful or intimidated by someone. You’re out somewhere and you see a smokeshow girl, but you’re too scared to approach her. The nice guy lives his entire life by this philosophy. He’s scared of what she might think of him. It’d break through the paradigm that he’s perfect.

We live in a world where two imperfect people meet. The nice guy accepts he has to be perfect for others to appreciate him. He’s the person who says, “yes,” to everything.

He’ll never stop and ask what’s best for him. The nice guy doesn’t put his foot in the ground and say, “no.” Even though he wants to say, “no,” he doesn’t. He’ll see a job he wants but is too scared it won’t work out. He loves to be comfortable, never taking risks. Nice guys won’t try something new. He’ll express the negative instead of positive in every situation. He considers people will find out who he is, and won’t approve of him.

The nice guy wishes to move somewhere new, drive a different car, or go on a different adventure. He lets the voice in his head talk him out of his dreams. He’s the person who’s alright with getting second place. As long as someone wins, he’s fine. If you’re not first, you’re last. Do you remember the second person who flew an airplane across the ocean? No one gives a shit about second place.

In life, do what pleases you. You know what makes you happy. Ask that girl out. Move to a different country. Quit your job and start your own business. Most of the surrounding people will try to talk you out of it, trust your own intuition.

The Jack Of All Trades

The nice guy will never ask for help. By him asking for help, other’s will look below him. He’s scared others will assume different of him. Let’s be honest, you can’t do everything yourself. They’re tasks out there you need to hire or outsource. Elon Musk can wash his car, but his time is better spent elsewhere. One can call this the superhero syndrome.

Why re-invent the wheel when someone has done it for you? You want to get better at picking up women, find someone’s who’s an expert. Want to find a good workout program? Find someone who has the ideal body you want. Success leaves clues.

Let’s says you wish to have a better dress style? Why not view someone you admire, reach out to him for advice. This is better than you trying to learn everything on your own. You can condense someone’s years of learning into a few hours for yourself.

It’s okay to ask for help. You’re not expected to understand and do everything on your own. Man up and ask for advice. Put your ego aside and do what needs to be done. If you do everything on your own, you will never get ahead. Your energy will be spread thin and you won’t become a master.

Acts Nice All The Time

Nice guys have an enigma that they’re entitled. If they are nice to others, the person will be kind back. Are you kidding me? It’s a dog eat dog world. Not everyone will be your friend. You will make enemies along the way. There will be cases when you have to tell someone how it is. You’ll look them square in the eye. You might become better friends after this instance. Never try to comfort others. The world is sensitive because we give first place trophies to everyone. If the kid sucks, tell him and make him work harder. What is he going to be when he grows older?

Why do girls love assholes? Because they aren’t a pushover. I’m not saying to be mean to your girl, she deserves the utmost respect. I’m saying you have to ask for what you want in the relationship. If she’s doing something you don’t prefer, tell her.

Don’t suppress your feelings. You’re not supposed to cater for her every need. Sometimes you need to take a weekend with the guys. She may not care for when you say no or get mad, but she’ll love you more for it. Your girl will understand you won’t let her get her way with everything. Stand your guard and say what you believe.

Nice guys don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.

Treat everyone with kindness and you’ll get it back. That’s not how it works. You must fight for what you want. Yes, it might piss off someone. But are you going to care for them on your deathbed?

Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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How To Get More Summer Flings https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/get-summer-flings/ Sat, 13 May 2017 08:45:02 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4950 The fiercest lion always uses seeks high-quality prey. So, if you’re hoping to track down some tasty meat this summer, you’ll need to treat your next summer get-together as more than just a run-of-the mill BYOB party. Rather, you should think of it as a performance art. Are you good at acting? Learn it. Being […]

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The fiercest lion always uses seeks high-quality prey. So, if you’re hoping to track down some tasty meat this summer, you’ll need to treat your next summer get-together as more than just a run-of-the mill BYOB party. Rather, you should think of it as a performance art. Are you good at acting? Learn it. Being impressive, and doing it well, means you can’t just be loud, obnoxious and lust over hotties. Like James Bond, you should exude a strong feel-good energy, creating a magnet force that ensures you get more summer flings.

The only question that remains is this: how well do you impress those around you? If your mantra to social settings doesn’t exactly scream “Carpe Diem”, then maybe you should reconsider the success rate of your current seduction strategy. Life is too short to be sitting it out on the sidelines. So, whether you’re winging it with the guy team or competing solo, you’ll need to execute each play (or ambush) like a lion. Are you ready to prance? Let’s learn the vital dos and the don’ts for mastering summer flings.

The Dos for Attracting Summer Flings

Be a Good Guy

Be kind to everyone at any summer event and flirt with all types of women: old women, plain ones women, shy ones, everyone! Why? Well, consider any ladies’ man you admire, and ask yourself this: does he treat ordinary women any differently from the gorgeous ones? He doesn’t– that’s the trick!

The lesson here is that if you’re a well-rounded and charming guy, who doesn’t discriminate based on looks, you’ll have many more positive interactions in general, creating a ripple-effect that will attract the women you actually want. On the other hand, if you focus all your energy and attention on the prettiest dolls in the room, your shallowness and insincerity will become obvious.

Women are intuitive creatures and can tell when you’re snubbing average-looking women to make room for the glamorous ones. So instead,  be likeable during all your social interactions to become more consistently attractive as a person. When you present yourself as a genuinely good guy (with game),  your talent for flirtation skyrockets. Suddenly,  there’s a power shift in your interactions with women, leaving them craving your attention — not the other way around!

Carry Goodies at all Times

Girls love surprises, so why not come prepared? The next time you’re out in the city or at a party, always have little trinkets like bracelets or lollipops in your pockets. Chicks love this stuff; it feeds on their basic instinct to be babied and pampered.

Once you set your sights on your target lioness, show her how adorably charming you are by offering her a small token your affection. You’re essentially the lion leaving his scent for the female, priming her for the inevitable. Just don’t be creepy in your approach– friendly and cool is the way to be. And keep an eye out for the ones who ask for second helpings– they’re ripe for the chase. Tick them off as an option.

You can also weasel your way into some new introductions at house parties by bringing fruit beverages to mix with the liquor. Not masculine, you say? Well, watch the guy who does this and become inspired! Men who can play mixologist with the ladies, and do it with style, become more intriguing and desirable. You can whip up all sorts of fun little alcoholic treats for the ladies; it engages them, excites them and most importantly, keeps them interested.

Confidence– Fake It Until You Make It

Be yourself, but with truckloads of confidence– if you lack it, fake it. But, don’t oversell your mojo because being too phony turns women off. It often comes across as awkwardly intense and obnoxious– translation: you’re sexually frustrated and yapping at women like a hungry puppy who would roll over in a heartbeat for a tummy rub. Not cool. So, if you want to play it right and be swarmed with female attention, you’ll need to have an authentic “it factor”.

All people, especially women, love surrounding themselves with charismatic people. Positivity loves company. Be the guy with his head held high and emits body language that says, “ I don’t have a doubt in my mind that you’d sleep with me.” That’s raw confidence right there. Sell it!

Play Outdoor Sports

Getting down and dirty with sports is one of the most organic ways to entice female attention.  At summer get-togethers, make a point of starting a sports game– football is ideal, the more rugged and physical, the better! Not only will you have fun, but you’ll also have a chance to demonstrate that you’re a manly jock-strap hell of a man. For a single woman on a hot summer day, there’s nothing like a pumped-up display of testosterone to get her lady juices flowing. Let them watch and see them flock!

Be a Good Host

Even if you’re not the one throwing the party, you probably know enough people to get everyone laughing and chatting. Why not be the one to generate a positive and lively atmosphere?  This way, when the newcomer cutie feels unattended, you’ll be the one taking her under your paw, acting as her guide. You’re the king lion who’s leading the timid fair maiden around the lay of his land.

Use this scenario as an opportunity openly show off your connections and friends. You’ll demonstrate your likeability, making you more attractive to her. You’ll also be conveying your status, authority, and may even end up giving her a detour of the castle for a “royal slumber”  … who knows.

The Don’ts For Attracting Summer Fling

Dress Like an Ignoramus

Being a great catch is less noticeable if you don’t look the part. For starters, don’t wear plaid— not unless you’re a graffiti artist or a farmer! The so-called lumberjack trend of 2014 made plaid shirts a hit among the average joe, and since then, tons of guys have made it their go-to for almost every casual occasion. Now, like sheep, all the fashionably ignorant guys follow suit. It’s shameful.

Listen up—if you decide to wear a plaid shirt, a hoard of other clueless cookie-cutter dopeheads will be wearing this same tired look, mistaking it for good style. You’re welcome. Consider yourself enlightened.

Hesitate to Make Waves

Never make a subtle entrance—save mediocrity for those lonely nights with War Craft and social media stalking. When you walk into a social scene, make your presence known—slap high fives to your buddies, wave to old acquaintances, hug the host—be that guy!

You should have that magnetic aura; be the one who’s most approachable, the one with the most intoxicating energy in the room. You’ll notice that women, like a herd of alert dear, will raise their curious little ears to hear what’s coming. They sense danger, boys– something they pretend to fear but love to endure– truth!

Go Shirtless

Never take off your shirt in public, even if you’re outside and it’s boiling. You could have the chiseled six-pack of an Olympian god and it wouldn’t matter; this rule still applies. Some things are just better left to the imagination. You’re not Magic Mike or a slutty male supermodel, so there’s no crucial reason to act like a stripper. Otherwise, you seem way too bent on showing off your body. Maybe you’re overcompensating? Tiny nether regions, perhaps?

Guys who are too eager to bare their goods will appear sleazy, not sexy. Plus, you may appear a tad insecure; a truly confident guy knows he has dozens of great attributes and doesn’t need to resort to primitive nudity to get his point across to women– unless it’s mating time in the lion’s den, obviously. For everywhere else, keep it classy. Shirt on.

Be a Jerk

Taming your inner jerk does not come easily for everyone. It requires patience, maturity ,and the discipline to be silent whenever some ditz or know-it-all feminist tries to numb your mind with conversation. Just breathe. Don’t be rude; hold back your urge to tease her– unless it’s in a fun, playful way.  Let some other guy be the bully, but never you be the one to kill the mood.

Your conduct may also need curbing if you’re prone to jackass body language.  Don’t be the sloppy, beer-guzzling jock, the guy who thinks using girls as an elbow rest is a good pick-up tactic. No. Bad game. The jerk approach is a dying art, plus it’s only effective with young, ignorant girls who are still too inexperienced to realize they deserve better than being rattled and degraded. Since you’re tracking down worthier prey, you’ll want to put your best paw forward.

By following these codes of awesomeness, you’ll bulldoze through those female force fields with ease. You’ll turn a lukewarm woman into a lioness in heat, assuring your cave is never empty. With enough practice, you’ll soon find out that summer flings make great hunting practice to strengthen your skills as king of the forest. Happy feasting, boys.

Stay mighty!

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How To Create The Perfect Podcast Interview https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/create-perfect-podcast-interview/ Fri, 12 May 2017 12:45:25 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5364 Interviewing is an art. It’s not something you pick it up right away. To create a great interview that your audience wants to listen to, you will go through a few steps. When I interviewed guests for our Become The Lion podcast, I used to a create list of questions I’d want to ask the […]

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Interviewing is an art. It’s not something you pick it up right away. To create a great interview that your audience wants to listen to, you will go through a few steps.

When I interviewed guests for our Become The Lion podcast, I used to a create list of questions I’d want to ask the guest and go down the list when they were done answering one of the questions. Trust me, this isn’t a great way to do an interview. No one wants to hear they’re talking to a robot.

You gain the experience of crafting your interviews; it isn’t something you’re born with. There’s a strategy you can use in your interviews to keep your audience coming back. Remember, your audience wants to hear unique content they haven’t heard before.

The interview you do with your guest will be beneficial to the both of you. Your audience will build a rapport with you. Your name is associated with your guest. If you have a big name guest on your show, this can increase your authority. From the guest on your show, you can do joint ventures together.

Conducting interviews aren’t easy in the beginning. That doesn’t mean you can’t get good at them overtime. After having conducted over 50 interviews for our Become The Lion podcast and being interviewed numerous times, I have a sense for what makes a great podcast interview.

Do Your Research

While I know podcast hosts that do little research on their guest, I believe you should do extensive research on your guest.

Your goal is to ask questions as you get further into the interview you haven’t heard the answer to before.

We had John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire on our podcast. He’s been asked hundreds of times why he started Entrepreneur on Fire and how he was able to grow it. If I did that interview with him, ours would get lost in the noise. I understood John was a finance guy. He worked at John Hancock in our backyard.

For the interview with John, I asked him questions related to finance. What type of investments he has, credit or no credit card, buy or rent a house, purchase or lease a car, etc. Maybe these questions had been asked of him before but I wanted to try my best to differentiate myself from the other interviews he’s done.

When you’re doing the research for your guest, you want to look at everything the guest has. This includes their social media, other podcast interviews they’ve done, the books they’ve written, and any articles written about them. Even though the interview may be one hour, you should spend at least two hours researching your guest to have the best interview.

With the research you’ve done with for your guest, this is how you will craft questions for your show. You want to ask questions that your guest hasn’t heard before. If they’re popular and have been interviewed multiple times, it may be hard to find a question they hadn’t been asked before. Try your best to come up with questions that are unique.

Let Your Guest Talk

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to an interview and heard the host talking over their guest. It’s annoying and not how you want to conduct your interview.

There will be times when you and your guest speak at the same time, allow your guest to continue. Once they’re done speaking, then you can ask your question.

The majority of the show should be your guest speaking while you’re the helping hand guiding the interview.

No one wants to listen to an interview when the host is interrupting the guest. If you were a guest, would you like the host interrupting you?

You want to engage in the conversation you have with your guest but you don’t want to go over the top.

No matter who you’re interviewing, always let your guest speak without interruption.

Remember You’re The Host

Don’t forget who’s conducting the interview. You’re the person who’s the conducting the interview and your audience is counting on your to deliver a high quality interview.

There can be times during an interview in which you and your guest get sidetracked and talk about something that’s not useful for your audience. When this happens during your interview, just bring the interview back to the place where your audience will get valuable information.

If your guest is going on a tangent and you realize it won’t be too useful to your audience, wait until they’re done speaking. Once your guest is done speaking, tell them you will be taking the interview in a different direction. When you take the interview in a different direction, you’re asking a question to your guest that will provide value to your audience.

Sometimes you get guests on your show who, for whatever reason aren’t interested in doing the interview or want to get the interview done as quickly as possible. When this happens, stop the interview. Ask your guest if they’d prefer to conduct the interview at another time. Your audience is counting on you, you don’t want to give them an interview that’s rushed.

You deserve the respect of a podcast host. If your guest doesn’t give you that respect, then it’s up to you to end the interview. While this doesn’t normally happen, you may encounter a few guests who are like that. Be prepared and remember that you’re the host.

Take Notes

In the beginning when I’d conduct podcast interviews, I’d never take notes. I’m not sure why I didn’t take notes, I just didn’t.

One day, I decide that I’d take notes on what my guest was saying. This became a game changer.

Before, I used to keep the follow up questions in my head. I’d be so focused on asking the follow up question in my head I wouldn’t pay attention to what my guest was saying.

When you take notes during the interview, it gives you the chance to ask follow-up questions to what your guest just said.

At the start of our podcast, I’d never ask follow-up questions because I didn’t take notes. The interviews were robotic.

What I’ve learned is that when you take notes during the interview, you’ll be able to come up with questions you hadn’t thought of before the interview. Maybe while you were doing your research, you missed something about your guest but they mention it during your interview.

I find my podcast interviews to be more fun when I take notes. I’m able to take the interview wherever it goes instead of constantly trying to guide it back.

Ask Open Ended Questions

During your interview, you want to try your best to ask open ended questions. When you ask open ended questions, it gives you the opportunity to ask follow-up questions.

You never want to ask a no or yes question. Once your guest answers, it can become awkward real fast. This is not what you want to happen during your interview.

Ask your guest questions that goes along with something they were just speaking about. Your goal is to have them dig deeper and be able to share more valuable information for your audience.

Try not to ask more than one question to your guest at a time. This can make them feel overwhelmed and they won’t know which question to answer. If you want to ask two questions, ask one and wait until they’re done speaking and then ask them the second question.

If you ask too many yes or no questions, you’ll find your interview getting over quicker than you would’ve liked.

Create A Comfortable Environment

Before you conduct the interview with your guest, you want to speak with them for a few minutes, five minutes at the most. You’re trying to make small talk with your guest and to see if you find a common connection.

Instead of going straight into your interview it gives you and your guest a chance to get to know each other.

When your create a comfortable environment with your guest, it’ll make your interview more enjoyable. You don’t have to become best friends in five minutes, just enough to get a good feel for each other.

Even before you’re talking to your guest pre-interview, you should send over your interview questions. Some guests want the interview questions and some don’t. As a common courtesy just send them.

Once they’re on the pre-interview with you, you can tell them about your show and the audience in which they will be speaking to.

The last thing you want to do in the pre-interview is giving your guest the opportunity to ask you questions.

When you go through this quick checklist, then it’s time to start your interview!

Have High-Quality Production

While it should be obvious that you want to have a high quality of production, I will still talk about it.

Make sure you have the right equipment for your interview. This includes having a mic and making sure your guest has a mic.

Put yourself in a quiet place where there won’t be background noise. Sometimes you can’t get rid of all background noise, you might’ve heard my dog barking once or twice on our show :). Y,ou should try your best to eliminate all noise.

When you’re doing an interview and you hear a garbage truck or police car outside, you can put your mic on mute. You can still hear your guest but your guest can’t hear you. Once the noise disappears, then you can unmute your mic.

Do whatever it takes to conduct a high-quality interview.

What’s your favorite podcast episode? Let us know in the comments!

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The Man Diet https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/the-man-diet/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/the-man-diet/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 08:36:05 +0000 http://www.mvpthemes.com/flexmag/?p=266 It wasn’t too long ago when I was tired of being the small kid. I was constantly getting pushed around, afraid to defend myself.

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It wasn’t too long ago when I was tired of being the small kid. I was constantly getting pushed around, afraid to defend myself. There came a day when I finally said that enough is enough.

I decided to go to the gym with my dad. It was instant ecstasy. I understood that if I went to the gym almost every day, I’d no longer be the small kid. I’d have the power to defend myself and not get intimidated about getting knocked down.

I took control of my situation

The months and years started to go by. Yes, I was having some gains, but I knew that I wanted more. I was going up in weight for my exercises, but my physique wasn’t changing. After about three years of this, it finally dawned on me that I wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating.

I wasn’t one of those people who watched what they ate. I didn’t think that it would have an effect on me. It never came to me that in order to get the body I wanted, I had to pay attention to what I ate. Once I came to this realization, I still put it off until tomorrow. I was paralyzed about not knowing where to start.

I almost let the fear of starting deter me from reaching my goal

Eventually, after a few months, I started doing some research. Over the next three years, I’d been on multiple programs. However, I felt in the same place as I was the previous three years. Isn’t this what I was supposed to do? I listened to the experts and they failed.

I tried almost everything at this point

If you aren’t familiar with Chad Howse, you need to be. I’d been reading his blog Average2Alpha for a few months when I noticed that he had a diet plan called The Man Diet. I figured I mine as well try it, I had nothing to lose.

Let me tell you, since starting the diet in August, I have seen tremendous results. Results that I hadn’t seen before. If you are looking to start off the New Year right, I can’t think of a better diet plan. I no longer was counting calories or fasting for the first hours of each day. If you’re looking for a diet plan that will give your results, then The Man Diet is for you.

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How to be 10x More Productive https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/how-to-be-10x-more-productive/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/how-to-be-10x-more-productive/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 08:27:45 +0000 http://www.mvpthemes.com/flexmag/?p=113 He described his daily routine by, “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible.

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Ernest Hemingway was productive. He work up at dawn each morning and began writing straight away. He described his daily routine by, “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.”

Along with Hemingway’s famous routine, there are many other legends that adhere to a set time to do their work. When you have a specific time set aside every single day to do work, you are more productive. There are many other prolific writers, artists and scientists who do this – a good book that expounds on this is: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.

He shares the daily routines of the most successful artists that have ever lived. So what is the main takeaway from his book?

It’s doing the most important thing first each day.

Do This And Change Your Life

Popular belief dictates that the most creative people are filled with spontaneity that results from their sporadic work schedules that have no form of consistency. Now this may be true for a small minority – but the most inventive creators in life are those who work on their craft at the same time day in and day out. They fully understand the power of consistency.

Consistency is the secret ingredient of successful individuals; those who remain consistent for long periods of time do not need to use their will-power anymore because by being consistent, that action has become a habit.

The First Step

The first step is asking yourself, what is the activity that I can do every morning that will jump-start me into success? Once you have found that, the next time is figuring out the time and place to do it. Both of the variables here are subjective, but many people at the top recognize that their most productive time to be in the mornings. Mornings are the quintessential time to do your most productive activity for that day.

There are hardly any distractions in the morning and your mind is clear. It’s a time where creativity seeps through our minds, and if we are smart, we will put it to good use.

As soon as you wake up, get to work. That work could be almost anything, such as working on your business, writing your book, marketing your product – just make sure it is productive and important (often what we want to do the least is actually the thing we need to do the most).

The preceding paradox is nevertheless true, which is why we must do what is hard to start off our day. This will set a precedent for ourselves and be a precursor on how the rest of the day will play out.

Don’t Waste Your Best Hours

Instead of waking up and aimlessly browsing the internet and social media, or even worse, watching TV – do something that will benefit you. A few years ago, the first thing I would do when I woke up was surf social media – a terrible waste of time.

Now, the first thing I do when I wake up is start my morning routine. I do the same exact routine each morning so that my body becomes robotic towards its tasks. I leave very little up to chance by having a daily checklist that I make sure I complete before starting any work. Since implementing my morning routine, my mind and body have become more powerful than I thought I possible.

My most important objective is written out the night before so I do not waste time with coming up with tasks in the present. This ensures I will get the RIGHT thing done and not just what is presently on my mind that morning.

“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”   – Mike Murdock

It just so happens that social media is apart of my businesses, which is why, in my case, I would go on it in the morning – but productively and without extraneous scrolling through the newsfeed. Habits are made by will power, and will power is temporary, while habits, once built, last forever. I know this from trial and error – to achieve anything in life, you must be consistent. You must do it every single day whether you feel like it or not.

Your Productive Action Plan

The night before you go to bed, plan out at least three things you will get done tomorrow and then focus on the most important one as soon as you wake up. This will ensure that you will have a productive day because you are getting the most important thing done first without distractions.

How to be 10x More Productive

A lot of people may be wondering, what is something so important that I should be doing first thing in the morning? If you have nothing important to do, READ. But instead of reading any old book, read one that will change your mindset for the better. Somedays I will read a book in the morning – one that motivates me to be a better person.

After I finish reading for about an hour, I will have an abundance of energy to tackle my day and the insurmountable attitude to destroy problems as they arise. This is the power of immersing yourself with powerful information and not crap like many people do on a daily basis.

Whether you know it or not, your mind is programmed by what you feed it and too many of us neglect giving our mind the proper nutrients that is craves. The first hour starts the course of your day. If you start with something unproductive then that is most likely how your day will go.

“Your daily routine is a profoundly accurate testament of your future; be productive and be consistent.”    – Nicholas Xifaras

That is why it is so important to understand that you cause your destiny. Outside events do not dictate who you will become. Change your life by changing your first hour of the day. Great lives where made by conscious thought, not by happenstance.

Not A Morning Person?

Throughout the book, he writes about the lives of many prolific writers, artists and scientists and each has their ‘best time to work’. “Do the most important thing first” can also be translated as “do the most important thing at a set time everyday”.

Some of the most successful people are night owls. They cherish the quiet hours of the night and feel more creative and ingenious in their work. And there is nothing wrong with this. It’s just important that you know how you work and who you are as a person.

A simple rule to follow is: if you do your most creative work at night, work at night. If it’s in the morning , work in the morning. We are all given gifts when we are born and tendencies that, if followed, will produce better work than if we were to follow the conventional rules of society.

Nevertheless, whatever time you choose, just know that the beginning stages will be tough. Your will-power will be tested and will only give so much. You must be prepared to battle it out with your emotions until you are situated in a habit that is as strong as steel, and then it will become easy.

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How To Create A Successful Podcast… Even With No Experience https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/create-successful-podcast-even-no-experience/ Wed, 10 May 2017 12:45:32 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5357 I will let you in on a secret. You don’t have to have any experience to build a successful podcast. Actually, you don’t need to know anything about podcasting to build a successful podcast. When I started our Become The Lion podcast, I did not understand what I was doing. I didn’t let that stop me […]

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I will let you in on a secret. You don’t have to have any experience to build a successful podcast. Actually, you don’t need to know anything about podcasting to build a successful podcast.

When I started our Become The Lion podcast, I did not understand what I was doing. I didn’t let that stop me from continuing on and the podcast is still going strong today.

I’ve learned a lot since launching our podcast but most importantly, I learned that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can start a successful podcast. You don’t need to have a huge budget or any connections to start. All you need is yourself.

Choose A Topic You’re Passionate About

When you’re starting your podcast, you should NEVER be in it to make money. Podcasting takes work. If you go in with the mindset you will make money right away, you’ll give up. Unless you’re someone like Tim Ferriss who already has a large following, then it’ll take you time to build a community.

You’ll want to choose a topic you’re passionate about when starting your podcast. It may seem simple but you should hone in on the guests you want for your podcast.

Initially, I thought I only wanted successful entrepreneurs. I learned early on that there are successful people out there who aren’t entrepreneurs who have an amazing story to share with your audience.

I was able to interview Rachele Brooke Smith, a Hollywood actress for our podcast and she delivered so much value. From our second interview, I learned that I shouldn’t hold our podcast to just entrepreneurs.

With our podcast, I learned that I’m passionate about hearing how people became successful in different areas of life. We had Charlie Brenneman on our podcast; he was a fighter in the UFC. He took us into the mindset needed to step into the octagon with the best fighters in the world. With his mindset, our audience can use it to become successful in any endeavor.

I try to have a unique set of guests for our show that are saturated around what it takes to become successful.

This isn’t to say that the topic you have for your podcast can’t change. Recently, I’ve been interested in learning how successful bloggers monetize their blog. We’re having Michelle from makingsenseofcents.com on our podcast. Her blog is on pace to do over $1 million in revenue this year.

Having a podcast is the perfect medium to talk to guests about a topic you wouldn’t normally have the chance to talk to them about.

Get Good Equipment

When starting your podcast, getting good equipment shouldn’t be overlooked. Even if you’re starting your podcast on a budget, this shouldn’t hold you back from getting the proper equipment.

To start your podcast, you will want to purchase a microphone.

If you’re on a budget, we recommend using the USB Microphone by Fifine. This is an inexpensive microphone you can purchase for $21.99 on amazon.

A lot of podcast professionals prefer to use the Blue Yeti microphone. It’s more expensive at $129.00.

At Become The Lion, we use the Audio Technica USB at2020 microphone. The Microphone is around the same price as the Blue Yeti at $128.00.

Besides your microphone, you will want to invest in a pop filter. A pop filter gives your interview sound quality more noise protection, allowing your podcast to sound natural and smooth.

You can purchase a dragon pad pop filter for $8.87.

If you’re on a budget, you can purchase a foam ball for your mic. The foam ball for your mic is $2.95.

If you decide to go all in on your podcast, we recommend getting a mixer. A podcast mixer gives you more control over the audio quality of your podcast. It gives you the option to record your interview somewhere else besides your call recorder.

For a mixer, we recommend purchasing the Behringer Channel Mixer for $39.99.

Use Your Podcast To Help To Others

With the start of your podcast, your goal should be to help others. You’re given the opportunity to impact the lives of others. Over time, you’ll be able to be credited as an authority in your niche.

There are people who listen to your every word. Are you telling them the truth and not sugar coating anything? With your podcast, you should be as open as possible. People want to see your authenticity. They don’t want to see someone who makes themselves out to be perfect.

When you’re starting your podcast, your focus should be on helping your audience and not yourself. When I come up with questions to ask our guests, I always ask myself if our audience will find my questions valuable. People’s time is sacred. They won’t want to listen to your podcast if you spend thirty minutes talking about nothing useful.

Something else you should take into consideration is that you shouldn’t have a podcast for the sake of having one. Because podcasting is hard, it’ll be tough to continue over the course of a year. What problems are you going to solve on your podcast?

If you help solve other people’s problems, they’ll be will likely to share your podcast with others. This is how you grow your podcast and develop an audience that can’t wait for your next episode.

You can ask your audience about what type of problems they’re having. From the responses they tell you, you can bring guests onto your show to talk about that subject.

I noticed that when I did an interview with RSD Max; it received double the amount of downloads as compared to our normal episodes. That told me I needed to get more dating and relationship coaches on our podcast. Sometimes it’s not what you want but rather what your audience wants.

iTunes Advantage

I made the mistake of not using iTunes to our advantage when starting our Become The Lion podcast. While it isn’t the end of the world, it made it harder to grow our audience. I don’t want you to make the same mistake I made.

When you launch your podcast, there’s a critical eight week period. In that 8 week period, your goal is to get into the iTunes New and Noteworthy section. The Section is pictured below:

The iTunes New and Noteworthy section is prime real estate into getting as many organic downloads for your podcast as possible. You get into the section during the first 8 weeks of your podcast. After that, you can no longer get in the section.

When you’re launching your podcast, you’ll want to release 5 episodes the first day. When your release 5 episodes the first day, your download numbers will be 5x as a great as compared to if you only released one episode. Don’t worry, I only released one episode per week for the first two months :). If you happen to forget, you can still create a successful podcast. But to make it easier on yourself, make sure you release at least 5 episodes your first day.

Besides getting into the iTunes New and Noteworthy section, you’ll want to use iTunes SEO to your advantage.

You will want to make sure you put your guests’ name in the title of your podcast episode. If someone is searching your guest under podcasts, your podcast will show up because it’s associated with that guest.

When you’re crafting your podcast title, you’ll want to create an intriguing headline. Think of the news industry, would they sell their papers if they had boring headlines?

In the description of your podcast, you’ll want to include common phrases that people would search. In the description of our podcast, we say, “Give you the motivation you need to start your first business, gain confidence, improve your self-development, grow your income, and become the entrepreneur you were always meant to be!” With our description, I tried to include as many keywords as possible.

Structure Your Podcast

This shouldn’t be overlooked when you’re starting your podcast. You want to make sure that your podcast is structured. I’ve listened to podcasts without structure and they aren’t fun. Unless you’re Joe Rogan, you should have a structure for your podcast.

When you’re structuring your podcast, this is the flow for how your show will go. For our show, I always ask the same few questions during the interview and then see where it will go.

Once I can sense that the interview is coming to an end, I start with the Lion’s Round which a brief segment of three questions that closes our interview. When someone is listening to your interview, they’ll pick up on the questions you ask and when you’re drawing near the end of the interview. If you keep it too open, you could waste people’s time.

Besides structuring your podcast interview, you’ll want to have a set schedule for when you want to release your podcast episodes. This can change as you go on. In the beginning, I’d release one podcast episode per week, then two and now we do three. Whatever you do, be consistent.

They key to structure for your podcast is consistency.

Don’t Wait To Get Started

If I could leave you with one piece of advice from this article, I’d tell you to start your podcast as soon as possible. It hasn’t just changed our business but it changed my life. With our podcast, I’ve been able to talk to guests I never would’ve had the chance with and even made some lifelong friends.

Starting your podcast may not be easy but if you continue on, you’ll gain the momentum that leads to your success.

The hardest part of your podcast will be the starting process. Once you start your podcast and release your first episode into the world, it gets easier from there. Think about how your podcast can positively impact the world!

Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? Let us know in the comments!

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Man Up and Ask Her Out https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/man-up-and-ask-her-out/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/man-up-and-ask-her-out/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 20:19:07 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=3613 In a generation with social media and dating apps, asking a girl out has become easy. People hide behind their screens, talking to more than one girl at once without ever actually meeting them. Future generations will believe because they received a certain amount of ‘likes’ on social media they deserve a girl. Go out […]

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In a generation with social media and dating apps, asking a girl out has become easy. People hide behind their screens, talking to more than one girl at once without ever actually meeting them. Future generations will believe because they received a certain amount of ‘likes’ on social media they deserve a girl.

Go out to eat at any restaurant and you’ll have parents who give their kids iPads to play with. Their social skills will be non-existent. They become people who don’t know how to talk the opposite gender. Something needs to be done.

Look in the past to see what true dating was.

When you took your woman out on a date, you dressed up in your finest clothes. You didn’t wear shorts and t-shirt. What happened to the art of dressing to impress?

Most guys expect the first date will lead them to a night in the bedroom. Wouldn’t it be nice to learn about the woman sitting across from you instead of admiring her attributes?

There is never a reason you should have your cell phone out during your date unless you’re showing your date something. Turn off your phone and converse for once.

The pussification of man increases each day. It’s time you man up and ask that pretty lady out.

Gain Confidence

You’re walking down the street, out with your friends or at an event and you see you a beautiful lady. You can feel your heartbeat increasing but you refuse to make eye contact with her. This marks a weak man.

How are you supposed to succeed in business if you don’t even have the confidence to go up to a girl and ask her out?

The dating gurus will tell you some lies you say to the girl to swoon her. They want to show you the quick and easy fix for your lack of self-confidence. This is an underlying problem that needs to be fixed at its roots.

There’s a split second between when you see a gorgeous woman and when you convince yourself you’re not worthy of her. When you’re at a social function, go up to the most beautiful woman and start talking to her. Who cares if you make yourself look like an idiot?

The more times you go up to a girl and talk to her, you will gain confidence. Confidence that can be used in your relationships and in business.

Expect failure. If half the women you talked to you could get on a date, would you think about the ones that rejected you or the ones you’re going on a date with? Most men aren’t strong centered. They’ll constantly think about the women who don’t like them, wondering what’s wrong with them. Realize that you will not be a match with every girl you meet.

Asking out a pretty lady is scary. Do you know what is also scary? Be alone every Saturday for the rest of your life. If you don’t man up and ask her out that is what your life will be.

The more girls you ask out in person, the more your confidence will soar.

No Alcohol

This goes along with confidence. If you need alcohol to have the courage to talk to a woman, you’re a weak man. You don’t deserve the woman if you need to be intoxicated to ask her out.

When you need alcohol to ask out a woman, you limit yourself to the places you can meet her. You will not meet the woman who matches your dreams at the club.

You will find these women at seminars, bookstores, at the gym, coffee shops anywhere where you can talk to her and remember the conversation a few hours later.

If you go on a date with a girl you met outside the club and recall something she said later, she will like that you were paying attention to her earlier. When you meet her at the club, you will not remember anything.

Alcohol shouldn’t be the stimulant that allows you to have fun. Just because you’re at a social event doesn’t mean you need to get hammered. Limit your consumption to a few beers. If you’re up to a challenge, try 30 days without drinking alcohol.

Authenticity

When you try to be someone you’re not when talking to a girl, they will sense it. Why would you want to date someone if you need to hide who you truly are?

It’s time you cut the bullshit lines and learn something about her.

You don’t have to agree with everything she says. Show her your opinion on certain matters. Speak for yourself rather than speaking to get her to like you.

Allow the conversation to flow and be silent when she speaks. Take in everything she is saying and respond to her in an honest manner. If she doesn’t like who you are that’s her loss, not yours.

When you speak authentically, you can feel the warmth in the body. When you don’t speak authentically, you can sense yourself trying to force out what you’re about to say. Take off your mask of hiding who you are.

If you’re nervous when going up to a girl, tell her. Don’t be someone you’re not. The girl will give you more respect for being authentic.

Focus on yourself

Before you get into a relationship, you should define your self-worth on who you are, not a person you just met. If she rejects what you offer, don’t take it personally.

Become a strong centered man. To become a strong centered man focus on yourself.

What do I mean by focusing on yourself? This your personal development. Are you trying to become a better person than you were yesterday? If you’re improving yourself, you’ll be able to know within minutes if the girl you are talking to is the right fit for you.

Go to the gym, read books, travel the world. Become 100% man.

Know what needs you wish to get met. If you choose the right partner, she’ll have certain needs to be met as well. This is where you can reciprocate.

When you focus on yourself, you respect yourself. You know when to walk away and when to keep going in the relationship. Possess the dignity for both you and your partner to put an end to a relationship if it isn’t fulfilling your needs.

Focusing on yourself also includes your appearance. Are you dressing in a way that will attract the ideal partner? Are you going to the gym to get in shape? When you first meet a girl, she will judge you by how you look, it’s human nature. Are you going to give off a good impression?

Sometimes focusing on yourself means being alone. When you’re alone, you can think for yourself. There are differences between a strong and weak person who is alone.

A strong person uses his alone time to further his development to attract the right partner. A weak person is conscious of how others view him being alone.

Who care’s what other people think of you? All that matters is the opinion you have of yourself.

Be A Man

It takes a man to go to up a woman and ask her out. It also takes a man to keep the relationship going. No woman wants a man who succumbs to her every need.

Make the decisions in the relationship. Don’t ask her, tell her. If you don’t, this is how the relationship will sound.

Her: “Where do you want to go to eat?”

You: “I’m not sure where do you want to go?

Her: “It’s up to you, I don’t care.”

That isn’t the conversation of a strong centered man. She wants someone who she can feel safe with and that doesn’t come from you being weak.

Take responsibility and show leadership in the relationship. Be the one who always decides. If you’re reluctant to decide, she may be reluctant in continuing a relationship with you.

Don’t make her your emotional center. If you get into an argument, you should never let it ruin your entire day or hers. Shake it off and realize that this part of every relationship.

Speak up when she does something you don’t like. Acknowledge what you don’t like that she’s doing and the two of you can work on it together.

A man is someone who has decisiveness, strength in his convictions, confidence, self-reliance, moral, self-discipline and displays honesty and integrity.

Make Yourself Vulnerable

Be open with your partner and show her everything you offer. Don’t hide anything or be someone you’re not.

Stop trying to hide your inner perceived badness. The only thing that it is doing to yourself is bringing toxic shame. A toxic shame that will not lead to intimacy.

She will not leave if you show her who you truly are. You fear she’d shun you or leave you and this will not be a good foundation in a relationship. You’ll be jealous and on edge with everything she does.

Don’t view vulnerability as a weakness, but rather as a strength. You’re allowing yourself to be seen which will create joyful moments in your life. Because when you shut yourself off from vulnerability, you distance yourself from experiences and finding a partner.

Asking a girl out is a risk. Falling in love is a risk. Getting married is a risk. Would you not be vulnerable and miss out on life’s precious moments?

If your partner doesn’t accept you for who you are, then you shouldn’t be in a relationship together.

Become Uncomfortable

We’re a generation who doesn’t want to be uncomfortable. We’re sensitive to everything. If we don’t like something we complain, expecting to get our way. Look at the protests still going on after the presidency. Accept the fact you lost and move on. This is the same if you get rejected. Focus on things you can change.

Being uncomfortable means living in a world that makes you anxious. In business and in a relationship, get comfortable being uncomfortable. When you’re uncomfortable, you allow yourself to grow.

Uncomfortable is known as getting out of your comfort zone. Walking up to a girl and asking her out would get you out of your comfort zone.

Realize the risk and reward of getting out of your comfort zone. Reward, you go on a date with a girl. Risk, she tells you no, or that she has a boyfriend. Guess what? There are millions of beautiful girls, don’t get hung up on one.

Find Humor

Dating is two imperfect people finding each other. There’s no need to act perfect around a girl.

If you can get her to laugh within the first five minutes of meeting her, she’ll become more relaxed. Tease her, do whatever it takes to get a laugh out of her.

If you make a joke and she doesn’t laugh, then just laugh at yourself. Brush it off. You’re a strong centered man and you continue the conversation like nothing happened.

When you make a girl laugh, you’re showing her you have the confidence to be yourself.

Lighten up when you’re talking to a girl, she isn’t your college professor.

Figure Out Your Goal

Most people enter a relationship without knowing what they want. Take the time to think why you want a relationship.

Do you want casual sex with someone with no emotions? Or do you want someone who can share in your experiences?

Write what you want from the relationship. You may be at a point where you want to date around or settle down. Only you know what’s best for you.

Take Time To Develop The Relationship

A relationship, like a business, takes time to develop. You can’t rush into it without thinking it through.

When you take time to develop a relationship, you lead the way for better intimacy.

You’ll be able to determine if she’s the right person for you. Too many people get married without thinking their partner through. It’s no wonder that the divorce rate is around 50%.

If you will spend the rest of your life with this person, you shouldn’t be rushing into anything. Take your time and let the relationship unfold.

Time will tell if you’re a perfect match.

Don’t Make A Bad Relationship Work

While you should take the time to develop a relationship, you shouldn’t stay in a relationship if it’s not meeting your needs.

If you’re unhappy with your partner and that spark is no longer there, leave them. There is a better girl out there for you.

People try to make a bad relationship work because they are afraid of being alone. They’re scared of not finding anyone better. This is a bullshit lie they make up to themselves.

This is your life. You have your own a mission, a passion that drives you. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you will continue to work on your calling.

If your girl wants to change you in any way, leave her. Find someone who accepts you as you are. As the relationship progresses, you should be loved unconditionally.

Your partner and you must have long term goals that meet each other. Does one want a family, and the other doesn’t? You don’t need the same plans for future but the plans should be similar.

Turn Off Your Dating App

Go outside, put your phone down. Go to places where you can meet women. Interact with them.

Treat every girl you meet as the same. Don’t put them on a pedestal. They have faults like you and me.

If you want to get better at talking to girls, become friends with them. There are girls who’d be better being your friend than your partner.

Next time you see a girl who strikes your interest, walk up to her and start a conversation. If the conversation is going well, man up and ask her out.

And always remember, would your daughter like how you treat women?

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The Most Overlooked Trait of a Successful Person https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/the-most-overlooked-trait-of-a-successful-person/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/the-most-overlooked-trait-of-a-successful-person/#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 08:09:12 +0000 http://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2204 Persistence may be the most overlooked quality of a successful person.

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Persistence may be the most overlooked quality of a successful person. Too many people look at the end result of a successful person and neglect looking at the process, but it’s in the process that makes a person a success. And that process is best exemplified by being persistent and working every day towards your vision.

However, I am not talking about blind persistence, which is when you push through even though you know you are going nowhere. What I am talking about is what I like to call “experimental persistence” – this is when you work towards your goal, but trying different avenues. You still have the same goal, but you can ‘experiment’ with different routes of getting there.

Have a Plan and be Persistent With it

In my short 21 years of life, I have learned that persistence and grit are the two major factors when it comes to the lives of mega-successful people. Too many people make a goal and then forget about it only weeks later, and it’s because they do not have a plan on how to get there. They dream up these great audacious goals, only to be upset by their lack of results, which is due directly to their poor work ethic and lack of a strong vision.

If you want to succeed, if you want to be a Lion, you must be absolutely willing to put in serious work every damn day on towards your vision. You need to write milestone goals for every day, week, month and even year if you are serious about one day living your ultimate vision.

And know that this is not going to be an easy path. The path you are about to take is one that millions have tried, but only few have succeeded. It’s the path of the uncommon man. A man who would rather fail a thousand times doing it his way than settling for an average life.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

You need to have the fortitude to weather any storm, setback and problem that may arise during your journey. And do not be harpooned into thinking that there is only one way to reach success, there are many. If you don’t like a certain path, change it and begin anew. Do not waste time.

However, keep in mind, I never wavered from my goal – my goal was and still is, the attainment of passive income. I have failed, but through every failure I have salvaged something that I can learn from. And at 21 years old, I have three businesses making me well over six figures every year in each.

Thomas Edison failed 10,000+ times to make a light bulb – he had the same mission, but he tried many mediums until he reached success. Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs and Arnold Schwarzenegger all went through trials of massive failure, but they did not give up. They deviated from their current path into something different – and that change of course made all the difference in the world.

“I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison

Your Game Plan

You have to be honest with yourself – it doesn’t matter if somebody has more genetic ability than you were born with. It’s all about grit and mindset. You must have the mindset of: NO ONE will not outwork me. They may have been born with more talent than me, but they will never work harder or longer than me. You have to promise yourself that. Also do not waste time like most people do. Figure out your vision and work like hell every single day towards it’s attainment.

Thomas EdisonI’ve noticed that everyone wants to be a success in their life until they have to do what a successful person has to do. Isn’t that the paradox? Be different.

Do not give into your own excuses, nobody cares if you fail. Nobody wants to see whom he or she grew up with more successful than him or her, unless they are matured mentally, and that is rare in the modern world. I want you to challenge yourself with some empowering questions.

What would you be like today if you never gave up? Whether that is a business, a sport, a book, it doesn’t matter. How would your life be different?

Don’t let that happen anymore. Too many people say that they are “too old” or “too young” to do this or to do that. But in reality, age doesn’t matter in the slightest bit. You may be 70 years old and if you are unhappy, you have the God-given right to do something about it.

 “If you wake up before dawn everyday and work 360 days a year, you will make your family rich.” – Chinese proverb

The man who made Kentucky Fried Chicken started at 65 years old and grew it into an international restaurant chain. No excuses. People who are unhappy are those that float through life – make a goal and persistent towards it! For those of you that feel too young, just remember a boy on the farm starts work young and he became a man when he knows how to do all the different operations on a farm. He could be 12 or 13, but he was considered a man. Age doesn’t matter – your mindset does.

How you think about yourself matters – believe you are someone who captures their goals and you will. Challenge yourself. Challenge your life. Make goals. Be persistent – and you will succeed.

 

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What I’ve Learned Since Releasing Over 50 Podcast Episodes https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/ive-learned-since-releasing-50-podcast-episodes/ Mon, 08 May 2017 21:19:00 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5350 Well, if you would’ve told me I’d be still hosting a podcast since curating the idea in March of 2016, I wouldn’t have believed you. Since the release of our first podcast episode, we’ve released 54 other episodes. Our podcast didn’t launch until late October even though we had the idea for the podcast in […]

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Well, if you would’ve told me I’d be still hosting a podcast since curating the idea in March of 2016, I wouldn’t have believed you. Since the release of our first podcast episode, we’ve released 54 other episodes.

Our podcast didn’t launch until late October even though we had the idea for the podcast in March and started recording in June. If something could go wrong, it did. From guests not showing up to our call recording software not working, I’m amazed that I’ve continued with the podcast.

We weren’t able to release our first couple of interviews we did because they were that terrible. When we had Jon Gordon come onto our show, we completely messed up our intro. Jon was nice enough to tell us what to say… so embarrassing! Luckily, Jon agreed to come back onto our podcast for an interview in May.

Even with the highs and lows, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Being a podcast host has been an incredible journey and I’ve learned a ton since the release of our first episode.

When I first started, my vision was to just make it through the episode. Now it’s impacting the world.

If I could see what I see now when I first started, I would’ve started our podcast sooner. I’ve learned a lot since releasing over 50 podcast episodes.

Connections Matter

As you grow older people will tell you, “It’s not what you know, but rather who you know.” I never understood that statement until I started our podcast. Since starting the podcast that statement couldn’t be any truer.

There have been multiple times when I’ve reached out try to get a guest on our show and they never responded.

I wanted to get Jules Schroeder onto our show because I thought she had an amazing story and could share it with our audience. I reached out to her but never heard back.

Two months ago, I had Amanda Rivera on our show. When I was curating the notes and questions for our show, I noticed that Amanda was good friends with Jules. Our interview went well, and I asked Amanda if she’d be able to get Jules to come onto our show.

A few days later, Amanda connected me with Jules through a Facebook message. In Mid-May, I’m scheduled to speak with Jules. That never would’ve happened if I didn’t make a connection through Amanda.

The only connection I’ve ever had for our show was with Alex Morton. My brother worked for a Network Marketing company for a while called LifeVantage. He became friends with someone named Elan. Elan was one of Alex’s friends. I hopped on a call with Elan and mentioned to him I was starting a podcast and he put me with Alex in a group chat. Besides Alex, I’ve had to make all our other connections through the podcast.

When you have a guest on your podcast, at the end of the interview you’ll want to ask them if they know of anyone who they think would like to come onto the show. If you know they’re friends with someone, you can ask for that specific friend to be on the show.

When you start out podcasting, you will reach out to guests yourself. This can be time-consuming at the start. But over time, your guests will help you get guests.

I had Andria Schultz on our podcast, set to be released May 15 and she’s referred tons of people to me. This includes one of our latest episodes with Kevin and Devona Stimpson. All it takes is a few great podcast guests to help you out immensely.

Through the guests I’ve had on our podcast, I’m backlogged with episodes through August. That means if I have someone new on our podcast, their episode won’t be released until September. This is only one power of many that come from making connections.

Another powerful aspect of making connections is joint ventures. With joint ventures, you can leverage your guests and your following and help each other out.

We had Michael Carbone on our show in episode 4. Michael has a course that teaches people how to create an online course in a weekend.

He was hosting a private webinar for the Become The Lion community.

We’d drive traffic to have people sign up for that webinar through our email list and social media following.

At the end of the webinar, Michael would promote his online course in a weekend. Anyone who purchased the course we’d split the profits as 50/50.

All we had to was drive traffic to the webinar and Michael did the heavy lifting with the webinar.

It was a win for everyone. Michael has a new audience to sell to and an increase in his email list. Our audience learns about a great product they can purchase. We generate revenue for our brand.

When you have a guest on your podcast that has a product, especially a course, you should ask them to see if they’d be interested in doing a joint venture.

When you do a joint venture with your guest, you can create substantial amounts of revenue for your brand.

More than anything else, some of the guests you have on your podcast will become lifelong friends.

You Don’t Know Everything

I will not lie, I’ve been egotistical. Sometimes I need a slap in the face to bring me back to earth. This is exactly what some of our guests do when I interview them.

No matter who I’m interviewing for our show, I always learn something new. Even if I think I know it all, our guests will prove me wrong.

I had read the book, Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson. I recommend the book if you want to take your business to the next level.

For a podcast episode, I was interviewing Rachel Pederson. When talking to Rachel she described an invisible funnel which Russell mentions in his book but is a complex process. I thought I knew how to create an invisible funnel until I interviewed Rachel.

There have been times when I was talking to a guest and I thought I knew everything on the subject. Then they tell me something new.

When you create a podcast, it will help keep your ego in check.

I’ve become much more attentive as a podcast host and try to learn as much as I can from our guests.

People Want To Help You

Newsflash, people don’t want to see you fail. Well, most people don’t want to see you fail.

When you’re starting a podcast, it can be intimidating reaching out to guests to come onto your show if you don’t have any interviews done. If you tell the person you’re new, they’ll most likely be happy to help you.

Jon Gordon was our second interview we did when we messed up. He understood we were new.

When you have a guest on your show, they know how much they can help you out by leveraging their audience. When you release a podcast episode, most of the time the other person will share your episode with their audience.

At the end of your interview with your guest, you can ask them if they can recommend anyone for your show. They will be happy to refer guests to your show.

Through your interview, you can ask your guest for constructive feedback on how you can get better.

You will need help with your podcast and your guests and those around you will be more than happy to help if you just ask.

Become A Better Public Speaker

When I first interviewed guests for our podcast, I’d become tense right before the episode. My anxiety would be at a high.

Through the course of my childhood and into high school, I’d been seeing a therapist for anxiety on and off. To talk to a random stranger whom I’ve never met before sent my anxiety levels through the roof. Over time however, I’ve been much calmer. The interviews are now a part of my life.

How do I know I became a better public speaker? Last year, I gave a speech to my high school. When I stood in front of the audience, I could feel my stomach fluttering. I don’t remember one minute of that speech and I was thankful when it was over.

This past year at school, I took a public speaking course. I noticed something different this time, I was no longer nervous when giving a speech. When I’d give my speeches during that class, I could speech with a vigor of passion and no longer had the fear of public speaking.

After conducting over 50 interviews, speaking to others becomes easier. Podcasting will give you the needed confidence to get over any fears you have of public speaking.

Since starting our podcast and becoming a better public speaker, I’m able to speak in a natural and normal flow. When you start your podcast, you’ll become a proficient speaker.

How To Overcome Resistance

When you start your podcast, it’s normal you don’t want to do it. This is just resistance speaking. When you’re trying to achieve anything big in your life, you will feel resistance.

Before each episode, I’d feel a resistance and want to cancel the interview with the guest. This still happens from time to time but I’m able to overcome it.

The hardest part of anything is getting started. I learned once you start, everything becomes easier.

You may say to yourself that you’ve never been a host or talked to a guest, but none of this matters. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Everyone wakes up with the feeling they don’t want to work sometimes. It’s just normal. Your goal is to push through that resistance. From starting our podcast, I’ve been able to fight off resistance easier.

We’re All Human

Resistance brings us into the last part of what I’ve learned since releasing over 50 podcast episodes. With resistance, I want you to understand that we’re all human.

When starting the podcast, I thought I had to be perfect. This was quite the contrary. Because no one is ever perfect.

As a first time entrepreneur and with the guests I had on our show, I’d put them on a pedestal. I thought they were better than me and this would intimidate me when I’d have them on my show. Over time, I realized that those who are successful are like you and I. They have a desire to help others and change the world.

There’s never a reason to put your guests on a pedestal. Just remember that they were once you.

What’s your favorite podcast? Let us know in the comments!

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The Power of Passive Income and Assets https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/power-passive-income-assets/ https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/power-passive-income-assets/#comments Mon, 08 May 2017 20:05:32 +0000 http://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2200 With the advent of the Internet, we can virtually become millionaires from anywhere in the world, even from the comfort of our home.

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The disparity between the rich and the poor is growing at a much faster pace today than at any other time in history. With the advent of the Internet, we can virtually become millionaires from anywhere in the world, even from the comfort of our home. The gap between the two is growing because of the opportunities that people see or don’t see.

Many people are given the same chances in today’s world… but the majority of us see no opportunities, while at the same time the financial savvy see innumerable ones. These opportunities are abundant and everywhere; we just have to be trained to see them for what they are and not worse than they are, like most do.

Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, offers insights on how to accrue money from any age and from any background, if, we would only change our thinking. We are what we think about, and if we think from the perspective of a poor or middle-class person, thinking we have no chances at attaining the ‘elusive’ concept of success, we are setting ourselves up for failure.

“The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth in what seems to be an instant.” – Robert Kiyosaki

The Power of Finding Assets

The first aspect every rich person understands is the difference between an asset and a liability. If you look up those words in the dictionary, you will most likely find a long-worded definition. But here at Become The Lion, we keep things simple.

An asset: something that puts money in your pocket.

A liability: something that takes money out of your pocket.

Understand this, and your life will flourish. Do not believe that your house, car, clothes, or things of that nature are assets. They take money out of your pocket. To name a few, assets can come from book sales, rental properties, stocks, bonds, and affiliate marketing.

Assets make money when you are not directly working on them. But it is not enough to know this. You must understand how the rich use them versus how the poor and the middle class uses them. The poor and the middle class tend to spend their money on liabilities as soon as they are paid, or save their money, which is often not financially smart due to inflation.

The rich know that if they are going to buy a liability (car, house, clothes, etc.) they should buy it using the money gained from an asset. For example, they would buy a rental property and use that income from their rentals (passive income) to then buy a liability. The difference?

The poor use their money from their jobs to buy liabilities. The rich use their money for their jobs to buy assets that buy their liabilities.

The Three Incomes – Passive Income Will Change Your Life

Now that you understand the difference between an asset and a liability, you have to understand the different types of incomes.

Ordinary income: Paycheck money (often taxed 30-50%)

Portfolio income: Capital gains (taxed less than 20%)

Passive income: Residual income (often taxes less than 10%, a lot of times 0%)

Most people only know about the first type of income. They work hard for money, instead of having their money work hard for them; they trade their time for money. The more they work for ordinary income, the more they are taxed. Their expenses tend to increase in proportion to their salaries.

They are in the “Rat Race”. The day they stop working, is the day they will fail to make an income or a living. Unless they rely on the government, which is a foolish, sheep-thing to do.

That is why the rich work hard for ordinary income ONLY at first and then invest that money into portfolio and passive income.

By investing in the other types of income, you will be taxed less, and you will be able to follow your passion by making money regardless of what you do.

A quote for Rich Dad Poor Dad I believe to be in order:

“The key to becoming wealthy is the ability to convert ordinary income into passive income or portfolio income as quickly as possible.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Have The Right Mindset

The rich have a different mindset about money. They view it as an idea, not something tangible. They see the abundance of opportunities. They look at money as the medium to do what they want, instead of looking at it as elusive and hard-to-get.

The rich know their priorities. They don’t waste time. They are constantly reading and learning to expand their worldview and financial savviness. If you are brand new to financial education, do not worry. The fact that you want to learn makes you ahead of most people. These concepts will only get easier as you read more about them, but they will become especially clear once you implement them.

I encourage you to read more and then teach others. The best way to learn is by doing or teaching. And, as you probably know, the school system doesn’t teach this. I don’t blame them though, the rich own the system and why would they want to make more competition for themselves? They do not want people knowing that with a changed mindset, they will be able to make money easier than what conventional wisdom dictates.

Passive income is the key to a better life.

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Four Ways To Be A Badass Entrepreneur https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/four-ways-badass-entrepreneur/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/four-ways-badass-entrepreneur/#comments Sun, 07 May 2017 19:53:58 +0000 http://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2190 The idea of becoming an entrepreneur can be enticing, like how the idea of being in love can often be more exciting than the reality of how much hard work it takes to making a healthy partnership work for the long haul.

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The idea of becoming an entrepreneur can be enticing, like how the idea of being in love can often be more exciting than the reality of how much hard work it takes to making a healthy partnership work for the long haul.

Many people decide to leave their corporate jobs in order to pursue the lifestyle they see many entrepreneurs post about on their social media networks. They fantasize about coasting from city to city, country to country, laptop under one arm and a coffee, or perhaps a margarita, in the other hand.

The truth about being an entrepreneur

But the truth is — you see those glamorous “freedom” photos because they’re a lot more interesting than the pictures they would take at 4 am sitting down in front of a whiteboard, hair disheveled, markers everywhere, lists of problems and potential solutions, notebooks filled with action steps, potential strategic partnerships, and financial spreadsheets.

I don’t say this to discourage you, I say this to encourage you to have a serious check-in with yourself about what it takes to become your own boss. This applies to you even if you’ve been an entrepreneur for years — maybe you’re stuck and you don’t know why. Or maybe you’ve been extremely successful, building momentum and you’re just looking for how to break through to the next level.

Wherever you are in your process, just know this — to be a great entrepreneur you will have to work harder for yourself than you’ve ever worked for any other person in your life. If this excites you, then keep reading. The reason so many self-starters don’t feel like they’re working when they’re in hustle mode is because they’re THAT passionate about what they’re doing. When you see a need for something that you’ve got the solution for, it’s invigorating beyond anything else.

You often hear investors say that they’re not necessarily looking for a perfect idea to get behind, they’re looking to invest in the most passionate person who will stay up night and day, who will devote their life to their goal until they achieve it. Be that person.

Define your problem and know your solution

The most successful tech apps, brands, marketing campaigns, various companies and even non-profits have one thing in common. The founder or co-founders each came across some sort of problem or lack, and created a solution. If you think something can be done better, guess what; it can.

You just need to study the industry you are looking to innovate in-depth and then intuitively, after much time spent, you will start coming up with novel ideas and products.

Know your competitors

Once you start to dive into the research required to start a company or brand, you’ll most likely see that you aren’t the only one who’s had your idea. That’s okay – don’t get discouraged, instead get familiar with your “competition” and learn as much as you can about what and who they are.

If they’re already a large, successful company, perhaps you can offer clients a more personalized approach to doing business. If they’re a startup, you could reach out and collaborate, help share each other’s content across both of your platforms and form an alliance, grow and rise together.

Now not everyone will share this “team” building approach, but that’s okay. Instead of letting it set you back, use that competitive fire to push you forward harder and faster on the days that you don’t feel like getting to work.

Build the right team

 You can only go so far on your own. Once you are ready to expand, start looking for people to join you. You may have to offer them equity or other forms of incentive if you can’t yet pay them, and it’s worth investing in a good startup lawyer to help draft the appropriate paperwork.

Bring in people who share your passion but have different skills than you, skills that will complement your existing talent.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to hire people who are too much like you because while you may like working with them, you won’t be able to get to the next level. Be willing to let go of some control, this is now a shared project so you’ve got to learn how to share the ideas and delegate responsibilities so that you can focus forward.

Be Consistent

Creating a structured schedule is essential to seeing results. If you have a weekly conference call with your team, make it the same time and day every week.

Craft a personal routine that you stick to: go to the gym at the same time, wake up at the same time, schedule meetings as close to the same time as possible (for example, do a 10am coffee or 1pm lunch meeting) so that you can schedule your workday around these.

If you’re still working a corporate job by day, finish everything you need to do before you sit down to work on your personal brand or startup so that your work time can be completely clear of other responsibilities and focused. If you’re posting to social media or writing articles, post every single day no matter what.

It’s easy to say you’re an entrepreneur, but over time you will see who sticks around and builds momentum, and who slowly fades away.

If you’re willing to put in the hard work and time it takes to launching your project, if you’re okay with the initial sacrifices you’ll have to make both financially and personally, and you’ve got a personality that doesn’t ever really hear the word “no,” then go for it. Jump in, all in, because the rewards are incredible and at the end of the day, you turned your dream into a tangible thing, and that is the definition of living your purpose.

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How to Get Women Who Are “Out of Your League” https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/get-women-league/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/get-women-league/#comments Sun, 07 May 2017 07:47:35 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4941 Any man that has ever said, “she’s out of my league” was right. You can’t win a woman from the cream of the litter if you’re not up there with her. But what do the “unreachable” leagues really mean? First of all, they’re just an illusion. Secondly, what many guys fail to realize is that […]

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Any man that has ever said, “she’s out of my league” was right. You can’t win a woman from the cream of the litter if you’re not up there with her. But what do the “unreachable” leagues really mean? First of all, they’re just an illusion. Secondly, what many guys fail to realize is that feeling equal to a woman is about having the right mindset. Basically, without self-belief, your attraction abilities already die before you even open your mouth.

If you want to be a worthy competitor in the sport of seduction, you must learn the basics; it all comes down to animal behavior. In the lion pride, the strongest male gets mating rights for a good reason. He’s got status, stealth and sexual ardor– all the ingredients you need to dominate your own female feeding frenzy. To rise up in the ranks, and affirm there are no women out of your league, you must become well-groomed in these mating patterns.

The Lion Mindset

There’s no such thing as a woman who’s out of your league. If you don’t believe that, you’ve already lost. In truth, a man can assert himself on any playing field he chooses. As long as he has the right things to offer such as inner strength, confidence, and charisma, he’ll be the one she has to win over. Once, you’ve created this positive, self-empowering mindset, you’re ready to begin your hunting ritual.

Money Matters

The cold, hard truth is that nearly all women care about money. Even the nice, non-judgemental ones who you want to take home to mom– yes, they care about money too! So, you can lie to yourself and believe that chemistry and attraction is all that matters, but that’s plain naive.

In the animal kingdom, women instinctively crave security. They want a man who has all the cards in his deck: the car, the condo, the paycheck– all signs that point to his worthiness as a leader and provider.

Yet, this reality does not mean you should cater to the needs of shallow gold diggers. Hell no!  There’s a difference between a quality woman who deserves to be with a financially stable man, and a half-witted bimbo looking for a meal ticket. Surely, you’re capable of sniffing out the difference.

If you’re not ruling in the game of life or have all the markers of success, you need to work on making upgrades to your routines and habits. You can start by setting goals and working with a life-coach to help pave the way to greatness.

What If I’m Average-Looking or (Yikes) Ugly?

The majority of grown women don’t want just another pretty face. Like you, they want the whole package, but even more so; in her eyes, personality is kryptonite! So, maybe you’ve got some acne scars, a big nose or funny ears. No problem– get over your little quirks, and focus on what you can control– your awesomeness.

Women tend to be more attracted to perceived handsomeness, which is judged by how you act in motion, and expressed through your attitude, charm and overall vibe. It’s much more powerful than objective handsomeness, which is your outer appearance. On its own, objective handsomeness is not enough to produce genuine, long-lasting attraction. This is good news for the average schmo who’s not quite a head-turner.

What If I’m Fat?

If you’re fat, there are many women who don’t care. For the ones that do, there’s a simple solution– start working out! So at least if you’re not exactly Channing Tatum in the looks department, you can still build points with your physical stature.

Shoulders and chest are good areas to focus on, particularly because they’re both strong indicators of masculinity. The lionesses will sniff out your testosterone-infused bod and take notice– they intuitively want to feel protected by a big, burling man. If your physique is sending signals filled with primal sexual energy, she won’t be concerned with a few facial flaws– which you probably notice way more than she does.

What If I’m Bald?

First of all, stop crying about things you can’t control and embrace the look you were born to rock. If your hair is thinning or receding, don’t see it as a weakness, make it your strength! Real men make it work for them–big time! In fact, guys who can confidently embrace their baldness are miles more attractive than men, oozing with thick hair, who get self-conscious about which way the wind blows their perfectly-crafted quiff (or pussy crown).

Which guy do you think is more desirable: the sap who whines about his Hair Club sending the wrong paste, or the bald yet dashing gent who draws in women craving to pet his shiny head? In this case, it’s no contest; the bald eagle will have the women flocking. And his bald cranium won’t be the only head seeing action.

Action star Jason Statham,  dating Victoria’s Secret model, Rosie Huntington Whitley is a hero for any hairless-headed male who thought he had no chance. Statham teaches us to consider this feature an asset. When baldness and confidence are interwoven, you get a distinguished, uniquely sexy vibe that can only be achieved with that unapologetically raw head of yours. If you rock it with pride and a thigh-opening cologne, you’ve got it made.

Besides, what’s so special about rocking a hairdo that can also be worn by an androgynous girl? It certainly doesn’t make you a stud. In fact, many women have admitted that it’s a huge turnoff when a man’s hair needs the same amount of time and effort as hers. No chick wants to be in a beauty competition with her man, so take the high road, and stop pining for what god didn’t give you. If you’re desperately hanging onto what few specs of hair you have left, have some balls and shave it all off! Then, never look back because you’re amazing!

Talk The Talk

As any good seducer knows, most of your game is how you talk to women. If you can believe that you’re doing her a favor by approaching her, you’re already halfway there. Stick with this mindset throughout your entire pursuit and never waiver from this stance.

You know you’re doing it well when your phone storage is full from all the nude pics you’ve collected from eager randoms. In other words, you’re Dane Cook. To be this guy, you need to create the impression that you’re a picky man who’s offering up his rarely-given attention. Here are some clever lines you can use to amp up this image.

“Wow. Your look makes me question my usual type.”

“On a work break. I’m looking for a cute girl to entertain me.”

“Here I am, what are your other 2 wishes?”

“How’s my favorite little brat doing?”

No matter which line you use, always keep it light and playful. If you start out with abrupt sexual flirtation straight away, you’ll scare her off. Women don’t want to be treated like sluts—at least not in the beginning!

Once you become an alpha lion who’s fluent in the language of females, there’s no stopping you. Adopt these ways, and you’ll never roam the streets like a lonely lion.

Drop the Cheap Online Dating Tricks

Posting photos with beautiful women you randomly approached after seven beers is not impressive to anyone. Smart women know better and can see right through this idiocy.  Many guys think it’s a clever manipulation tactic to prove he’s a stud. No surprise here that they’re dead wrong– and also slightly moronic.

Instead, these clownish tricks are seen as a red flag because you’re exposing your fakeness and desperation. It’s like saying, “I’m horny, but let’s pretend I’m sweet, so I can stop paying for my PornHub subscription.” If you think for a second that women are fooled by this child’s play, you’re mistaken. No wonder you end up alone in bed stocking random girls on Instagram and hating your life. Shocker!

These cheap tricks also include posting pictures with your granny or a baby. What sane woman is going to think, “awe, that’s so cute– he must be different than the other thousand other guys on Tinder posing with his baby nephew with the caption: ‘not my kid’ ”. Try to give the fairer sex a little credit; even the dimmest females know better.

So, unless you’re truly a full-fledged grandma’s boy who wears his heart on his sleeve, stop posting these pics. They’re unoriginal and creepishly phony.  Seriously buddy, if this garbage is the best you’ve got, tuck your tail between your legs, and give up now.

Ditch the mentality that anyone is out of your league. You’re the one who’s meant to define the playing field. As an alpha lion, you can plant your own mating forest, dominate your territory and sow your seeds– or spray them everywhere mercilessly. And if she’s a good lioness, she’ll always come back for more, right up there with you in your own league.

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Why The Millennial Generation Struggles To Care About Working A 9-5 Job https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/millennial-generation-struggles-care-working-9-5-job/ Sat, 06 May 2017 07:22:15 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4232 Possibility. If there is one word that summarizes why the millennial generation doesn’t want to work a 9-5 job, it’s possibility. The possibilities of today far exceed the accepted limitations of years passed. Because truthfully, the possibilities for young people today are endless. Plenty are able to work from their laptops, anywhere in the world. […]

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If there is one word that summarizes why the millennial generation doesn’t want to work a 9-5 job, it’s possibility. The possibilities of today far exceed the accepted limitations of years passed.

Because truthfully, the possibilities for young people today are endless. Plenty are able to work from their laptops, anywhere in the world. Plenty have found fulfilling jobs at small, culture-driven startups on a mission to change something about the world. Plenty have made their passions profitable, turned their love for vlogging into a full-time job, or built a personal brand and a business off Instagram alone.

It’s the amplification of these “success stories” that has urged the masses, specifically young people, to ask the same for themselves: “How can I do what I love, every single day?”

Unfortunately, it’s also this mindset of possibility, opportunity, and seeing “what life could be” that has consequently earned the millennial generation a few of the following descriptive adjectives: impatient, entitled, idealistic, etc.

Why?

Because this mindset of “possibility” is very opposite of older generations. They were born and raised in a time when the possibilities were far more limited to what was available and accessible—and the further back in time you go, the more your possibilities in life were affected by your direct surroundings.

So the conflict makes sense. Older generations are, if not offended, at least uncomfortable with young people so early in their careers asking the question, “Why?” In fact, they almost see it as a sign of disrespect. How could someone so young have the audacity to ask why things are the why they are, or why they can’t have more for themselves, at such a young age.

But to the millennial generation, this question feels familiar—and, at times, even overbearing. Younger generations, in all their digital hyper-connectivity, are so exposed to the possibilities of life that to go a single day without asking, “Am I truly living my purpose?” would cause worry.

They see their peers jumping off cliffs in tropical locations, making money as social media influencers—the modern day rock stars—so they ask why they can’t have that too. They see other young people working from coffee shops on their laptops, or being part of fast-paced tech startups, and they want in on the action. They want to ask the question “Why?” because today’s world has shown them much more enticing possibilities than clocking into a 9-5, five days a week.

Now, it’s worth stating that just because possibilities exist, doesn’t mean that everyone is entitled to them. Just because it’s possible to become a pop star or a famous athlete, or a social media influencer with two million followers, doesn’t mean anyone and everyone can.

But in the digital age, and with the access we have to not only information, but each other, the barrier to entry for many of these possibilities feels much more attainable. That’s what drives young people to want them. They don’t appear to be distant hopes and dreams. They seem like a viable career path tomorrow, if only they could find a way.

That mentality, admittedly, is both empowering and worrisome. Because the truth is, nothing happens overnight. And it’s not supposed to. There is some element of impatience that goes on when it comes to chasing greener grass on the other side of the fence.

The striking difference between the millennial generation and generations prior is simply the sheer amount of people actively asking the question, “Why?” That is what makes the narrative feel so loud. It’s not just a handful of millennials who want out of the corporate climb. It’s groups and groups and groups of them, who all feel as though they’ve seen brighter horizons and are actively trying to find a way to the other side.

This is why employers are beginning to cater their workplace cultures to some of these more freedom-based desires. More and more employees are being allowed to work remotely. Major companies like Google intentionally incorporate time for their employees to spend on creative projects. The corporate world is beginning to recognize that younger generations have endless possibilities at their fingertips when it comes to choosing a career path.

But in order to retain younger talent, these older organizations and business leaders also need to adjust. The millennial generation is only the beginning of a sweeping shift from living life based on what is expected, to what is possible.

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What Happens When You Stop Caring What People Think https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/what-happens-when-you-stop-caring-what-people-think/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/what-happens-when-you-stop-caring-what-people-think/#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 19:07:48 +0000 http://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2090 Gossip takes priority over ideas, people base their popularity on Facebook likes rather than the quality of their friends, and ultimately, people’s dreams are squandered by their fear of what people will think if they pursue them.

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It’s the 21st century and we’re in the technology age. Because of it, we live in an incredibly sociable world. This is great for business and communication, however, there is a rather scary side effect that is hindering people’s success across the globe: Caring too much about what everyone thinks.

Gossip takes priority over ideas, people base their popularity on Facebook likes rather than the quality of their friends, and ultimately, people’s dreams are squandered by their fear of what people will think if they pursue them.

I’m writing this to show how tweaking your mindset can dramatically improve your life, so you can stop hindering yourself with this disease of the mind and start a journey towards achieving your version of success. Here’s five extraordinary things that will happen when you choose to stop caring.

You’ll only have yourself to answer to

When you base your thoughts on your own values and not the values of irrelevant people, everything starts to change. Rather than living up to societies or other people’s standards, you set your own standards.

You’ll be far more likely to follow your own path and not something you don’t enjoy if your main priority is to make yourself proud. In my opinion, the key to happiness is to constantly make progress towards a worthy goal.

That can be anything that you care about: developing a great relationship with your partner, building a business you’re passionate about, becoming fit and healthy etc. When you stop caring about what other people may think, you start caring about yourself, and when you care about yourself your main priority is to make yourself happy. Never forget that you’re number 1.

On top of that, you’ll be held accountable only to yourself. Your main priority will be to fulfill your own ambition, and if you truly care about your life the drive to meet your standards will be unparalleled. How could you be driven to live up to other people’s values and goals? Don’t be that guy that gets a job he hates, to buy stuff he doesn’t like, to impress people he doesn’t love.

Your confidence will soar

Shortly after I decided to take the reigns and pursue exactly what I was passionate about, I developed a crippling social anxiety for around 6 months. I place the blame for this on the fact I spent so many years doing what other people told me to do and trying to impress people. The fear of going solo set in and I put way too much of my time and effort into caring what other people would think about it.

Luckily, I started educating myself on self-development, which is when I realized that life doesn’t have to be the way it is and you can change yourself very easily if you put your mind to it. So I started pushing myself out of my comfort zone which changed everything. Every time I felt anxious of what other people were thinking of me, whether in the gym or at a social or business event, I talked myself out of it.

You know what I said to myself? ‘People aren’t thinking about you, they’re too busy worrying about what other people think of them.’ You see, everyone’s so caught up worrying about what others think that they have no time to judge you. As soon as you realize that, you will feel empowered to do exactly what you want and you won’t give a shit about what anyone has to say about it.

Getting rid of the negative thoughts will make you happy, and when you’re happy you’re naturally confident. A major byproduct of your newly found confidence is that it goes hand in hand with fearlessness. With no fears, you are empowered to pursue your goals with 100% drive. Nothing will stop you when you know exactly what you want and stop letting other people’s opinions get in the way of it.

You’ll be self-aware

As preached by Gary Vaynerchuk, self-awareness is the number one key to success. When you stop caring what people think, you start to think about your own values and beliefs. And when you’re in touch with yourself, you’re in touch with your strengths and weaknesses.

Once you know them, you can double down on your strengths. If you pursue what you’re good at, you’re already one step ahead, and you’ll have the full confidence to exploit that daily to achieve massive success. Pursuing what you love to do is the key to happiness, so it’s paramount you stop looking to others for evaluation and start to evaluate yourself.

So what about the weaknesses? You won’t worry about them because you won’t care what people think. If you run a business you can’t just ignore what you’re not good at, but by not caring about criticism, you won’t think twice about seeking help from mentors and a team of people to supplement your weaknesses.

Not everyone is perfect, but a person who accepts themselves for who they are and runs with it is will always be a successful person, no matter how wealthy or popular they are.

You’ll be honest with yourself and others

A successful personal and professional life is built on relationships, and honesty is key to building great relationships and being a likable person. The truth is, you’re going to be a far more attractive and approachable person if you’re not afraid to say it how it is. Firstly, you won’t judge people on what you’ve heard from others.

You’ll be far more open minded when meeting new people and will develop the right relationships that follow your gut instinct, not relationships based on the bias of other people.

Being honest with yourself is extremely important in decision making. You can’t afford to make decisions based on what other people may think of them or what other people tell you to do – your gut instinct should come first. Only take advice from people you love and trust, but ultimately your decisions and actions should be down to you.

You’ll also have the confidence to speak your mind when you disagree with something. Letting other people’s thoughts and opinions influence your decisions is not staying true to yourself, and if you’re not true to yourself you’re not living a successful life.

You’ll spend time with the right people

Real people can spot a faker a mile away. Be yourself and you will attract the right people. This is almost a summation of all the benefits: Confidence will allow you to meet and attract great people, your self-awareness will tell you who is real and who will push you forward in life, and honesty will build great relationships from the get go.

So many individuals are friends with people they don’t have deep and meaningful connections with simply because they are popular and they want to impress them. By being self-aware you will know who to stop spending time with and who to spend more time with.

My advice: assess who you spend your time with, and if you feel any time is wasted with certain people due to negativity or a conflict in core values, remove them from your life. When you stop worrying about what people think, you’ll know who is right for you and who is wrong for you. Don’t just spend time with people because you’re afraid of hurting their feelings.

Life’s too short to waste it spending time with people you hate, doing things you hate and worrying about the opinions of people who are irrelevant. The fact of the matter is this: your happiness comes down to doing what you love. If you are scared of doing what you love because of what people may think, then you’re sacrificing your happiness. All it takes is that small tweak in your mindset and you will fly.

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How To Create A Masterful Blog Post For Your Podcast https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/create-masterful-blog-post-podcast/ Fri, 05 May 2017 12:45:03 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5340 When you’re starting a podcast, one of your end goals should be to get as many downloads as possible. To get the amount of downloads you want, you will have to share your podcast across your social media and on your website, specifically in a blog post.  When you craft a blog post for your […]

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When you’re starting a podcast, one of your end goals should be to get as many downloads as possible. To get the amount of downloads you want, you will have to share your podcast across your social media and on your website, specifically in a blog post. 

When you craft a blog post for your podcast, there’s a strategic way to write your post.

Remember, your end goal is to get the most possible downloads.

When I started podcasting, I’d write blog posts for my podcast. But honestly, they were terrible. No one would want to read them. I reached out to a friend of mine in the podcasting world and asked for his advice on how he gets tons of downloads for his podcast and he recommended writing an excellent blog post.

It seems simple to write a blog post for your podcast. But if you write it in the way I’m about to tell you, you’ll be able to get the most possible downloads.

When more people listen to your podcast, it opens your business to a new potential target audience. Starting a podcast gives you authority and credibility in your niche.

Write For Other Companies

If you’re a new company or you’re just starting your podcast and blog, then you’ll want to write for other companies. I used this strategy when I first started podcasting by writing for companies bigger than ours.

You can check out an example article for Influencive: Becoming Successful as Told by a Hollywood Actress.

I wrote for a bigger company than ours because I’d be able to get more downloads for our episode. While I don’t write for other companies anymore and have put my focus on Become The Lion, it’s not out of the question. Writing for other companies helped me get a great start when I started podcasting.

You don’t have to be an excellent writer to write for other companies. All you need is the desire to become successful at writing. When I had first written for The Daily Positive, I had to write and re-write my articles multiple times. Amanda, who was the editor continued to push me and it allowed me to become a better writer. If you continue the craft of writing your podcast blog posts, you’ll become proficient in a few months time.

When you write for other companies, you will submit a contributor application. Some websites let you submit your article without becoming a contributor. I prefer submitting to websites in which I need not be a contributor. If you are a contributor, you can submit your article and never hear back. When you submit your article without being a contributor, your article will either get accepted or it won’t.

You should have written articles already if you’re running a business. And if you have a blog, you can submit your past articles for reference if needed.

Give Links To Different Platforms

When I used to write my blog posts, I’d only give the readers the option to check out the podcast episode on iTunes. What I soon learned is that not everyone has an iTunes account. I’ve found it easier to give a link to our hosting platform, SoundCloud as well.

You want to give a link to both iTunes and your hosting platform on your website. This will help maximize the amount of downloads you get.

Once you write your blog post, you want to include two different sections of your blog post where people can click on your links. Heres an example on our podcast blog post: Click Here.

I put links to both iTunes and SoundCloud at the beginning and end of the article. If someone misses the links in the beginning, they’re given the opportunity to click on the links at the end of the article. Your goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to listen to your podcast.

When I put the links on our website, I give a subtle call to action by saying, “Listen to the rest of our episodes and Listen to all our episodes.” If someone is listening to your podcast for the first time, they’ll be more likely to check out your different episodes. When they listen to your different episodes there’s a greater chance that they’ll become a raving fan. 

Embed Podcast

When you’re writing a blog post for your podcast, you want to keep those listeners on your website. Because the longer they’re on your website, the more rapport you can build with them and the more likely they’ll be to buy your product or service.

A way in which people can listen to your podcast without leaving your site is to embed your podcast in your blog post.

When you embed your podcast in your post, it allows people to listen to your podcast on your site.

This is what it looks like for me when I use SoundCloud:

You want to copy the code. If you have a WordPress site, then it’s super easy to embed the podcast on your blog post.

Once you’re on your blog post, click on: Text → Paste Code → Visual. This will place your embed code on your post and when you click visual, you’ll see what it looks like.

I love being able to embed my podcast episode on my website. Not only does it keep visitors on my site, it gives everyone the opportunity to listen to the episode.

Write Your Blog Post

Writing your blog post is essential to getting people to listen to your episode. You will not want to half ass your blog post, you want to make it enjoyable for your readers.

While your podcast blog post doesn’t have to be as nearly as long as your normal blog posts, it should be at least 300 words.

You’re giving a backstory to your podcast episode and the guest you’re having on your show.

To craft a blog post for your podcast, go back and listen to your podcast episode. You should always go back and listen to your podcast episode before you release it anyways.

When you go back and listen to your episode, take notes on everything that your guest says. Cut out all your distractions because you need to be absolutely focused if you want to write the best blog post as possible.

After you’ve listened to your episode, it’s time to write your blog post. But even before that, you want to pick five or six main points from your episode. You will use them in your email, we’ll discuss later on in this article.

When writing your article, elaborate on what your guest said. If your guest said, “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” You’d write, “Trevor knew if he wanted live a better life, he needed to surround himself with a better network of people.” People know they need to surround themselves with better people and they’ll want to know how your guess did it. This will intrigue people into listening to your episode.

With your five or six main points from the episode, you will want to create the main takeaways from the episode. I like to use these as bullet points. These are also called your selling points. If someone skims over your entire article, they’ll be most likely to read the bullet points you have. Your bullet points should be unique enough to get people to listen to your episode.

Include Links For Your Website

Your guest took time out of their day to speak with you for your show. As a common courtesy, you should always include the links to their website and social media in your blog post.

I like to put their links toward the end of the article.

When you include their website, you’ll want to spell out their website. Instead of putting Website with a link, put becomethelion.com. It helps your guest for search engine optimization purposes.

Include all the relevant links that your guest has on their episode. If you scroll to the bottom of your guest’s website, you’ll be able to find the links to their social media.

As a side note, you’ll want to click their social media accounts and make sure they’re active. There’s no point including their social media platform if they aren’t active.

Share To Your Social Media and Email List

Once you have your blog post completed, it’s time to share your blog post to your social media accounts. This gives you another opportunity for people to listen to your show.

With the blog post you’ve written, share it on your Facebook account.

You can share it on Facebook and Twitter as a meme. You’ll want to include a link to the interview from your hosting account when you’re sending out your post and tweet. I like to take a quote that our guest said and include it on the meme. An example from our latest interview:

Austin Netzley

With the meme you’ve created, you can also share it on your Instagram account. If you’re sharing on your Instagram account, you’ll want to include the text, “Link In Bio,” on your photo. Just make sure you’ll actually put your podcast link in your Instagram bio. You can create a banner for the “link in bio” text by using the app WordSwag.

After you’re done sharing with social media, share your blog post with your email list. You’ll want to drive your audience back to your website and have them listen to your embedded podcast. I’ve tried sending our audience to iTunes and SoundCloud directly but the click through rates weren’t as great.

When you’re sending out your email, you’ll want to do a quick overview of what your episode was about. You’ll also want to include the five or six main points you had from your blog post. Below is an example I used when sending out our recent podcast email:

Email Your Guest

The last step in creating a blog post for your podcast is that you want to send your post to your guest. You’ll be notifying your guest that your interview with them is live.

You’ll also want to ask them to share your interview together with their audience. When their audience listens to your podcast, you’ll be able to get more downloads.

When you write a blog post for your podcast, you share your episode with a wider audience.

Have you ever thought about starting a podcast? Let us know in the comments!

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What Exactly Happens When You Chase Perfection https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/exactly-happens-chase-perfection/ Fri, 05 May 2017 07:02:02 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4897 Who’s out there chasing perfection? Do you strive for that elusive result called perfection? Any person who leads a life striving for their personal best knows the mirage of perfection and knows perfection is not always possible, in fact, hardly ever. Sure, you may have moments of what could be perceived as perfection, that perfect hole […]

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Who’s out there chasing perfection? Do you strive for that elusive result called perfection? Any person who leads a life striving for their personal best knows the mirage of perfection and knows perfection is not always possible, in fact, hardly ever. Sure, you may have moments of what could be perceived as perfection, that perfect hole in one, or that time everything went your way. In reality, were more than a few paces from “perfect” right?

So, then why do we try? Could it be your ego’s own way of seeing your full potential and what’s possible? Or maybe it’s that tireless pursuit of throwing your hands in the air and declaring victory!  As Vince Lombardi said, “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” Truth is, we are continuously evolving and changing as we move through life.  So, let’s focus on chasing perfection and attaining excellence for results.

Here are some ideas to help you in your pursuit.

 

Commit to Your Strengths

Highlight your strengths, point is, this where your power is. Herein lies a true asset you must take advantage of for success. You have strength in this area likely because you like to do it. Most times, you excel at what you’re good at because your heart is in it.  Other times, we get tangled up in working more on weakness and not focusing enough on what we do well. What happens when you focus only on building weaknesses? You end up with average results because you didn’t capitalize on your strengths enough to peak. Switch it up, engage in building on your strengths for massive results, follow your heart and reveal your inner strength for the greatest results.

What are you great at?

 

Hold Yourself Accountable

There is no way you can perform at your personal best or make your future a reality unless you and you alone hold yourself accountable. There will never be someone holding you down to get it done, you must do this yourself. Sure, you may have help, a good coach or a friend hoping for the best but, the bottom line is, it’s up to you. Write steps down, commit towards completing them by a set deadline. Don’t let it slide, stay true to the mission and your vision.

What’s first on your list today?

 

 

Commit to Success and Failure Equally

It’s far easier to commit to success since we can appreciate the potential results on the other side. But, making mistakes and coming up short once in while holds tremendous benefits that may go unseen in the midst of the struggle. We learn far more about our character in our defeats than we do in our successes. Don’t be afraid to embrace your missteps, they happen and they keep you awake and alert. You must be prepared to fall, or stumble, it’s OK. Just dust yourself off as you walk the path to your true purpose in life. Success will come in many forms big and small. The journey of just trying is success and experiencing the struggle is part of the ride. Stay the course and reach for your victory, it will come.

What have you done in the past that appeared to be a failure but, then turned out to bring more success overall?

 

Execute Well Under Pressure

Having the grit to drive forward and execute under pressure is what true champions are made of.  When the lights are the brightest these people blossom but, it didn’t happen overnight.  It was a conscious effort for years that got them there.  Improving yourself every day is a critical step in becoming who you believe you are inside, it’s what personal development is all about.  Be willing to live it daily, experience a taste what the future holds for you.  Start now by executing an action plan every day that brings you closer to your chosen future. This reaffirms to yourself, your commitment to success and builds the habit so when the time comes and the lights are on you’re ready.

What can you do today, to take a step closer?

 

Begin Modeling Those You Admire

This is not a new idea by any means but it works and makes sense.  Speed up the process, model those that are getting the results you are looking to attain. Modeling accelerates your progress and allows you to make bigger strides quicker. Find that person who has the physique you always wanted or that person who invests for profit and follow their footsteps to success. There’s plenty of great books out there that offer clues and recipes for success. Use your available resources to model new patterns of behavior and strive for maximum results.

What new behavior pattern would you like to model?

 

Never Stop Believing

Always give your best effort and never give up on yourself, ever. If you’re reading this, I doubt you start any goal planning on giving a minimal effort.  By striving for perfection, you improve daily in search of getting it right so to speak. Let’s take martial arts for an example, a martial artist beginner or master always drives for more effective kicks, strikes, or throws. It is said, a black belt is nothing more than a white belt that never quit. Believe you can do it no matter what the odds are, or who says you can’t get it done.  Fill your heart and mind with positive self-talk and take daily action towards your goals and dreams.  You too have a special talent within you, cultivate it, feed it, and never stop believing in yourself.

Ask yourself, am I ready to never give up?

 

Conclusion

Truth is, if you go all-out your successes will be significant. If you deliver a weak attempt, then the results and outcome will reflect your effort.  Drive for maximum results and deliver your best personal performance always. Reaching for excellence in all you do just makes sense. Avoid the perfectionism attitude of nothing is good enough, it can be self-defeating and a trap to unfulfillment. Accept yourself for whom you are, there is no other like you.  Remember this, you are unique in every way, nobody can be you better than yourself, you are the perfect you.  Make the most of it, commit to releasing yourself on the inside to let your heart sing on the outside. Go out into the world, reach for your dreams, meet your goals, and the incredible you will prevail. The road to perfection is a mirage. True perfection is next to impossible but personal excellence is available to you now, catch it, and go live it.

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Why You Must Surround Yourself With Lions https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/why-you-must-surround-yourself-with-lions/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/why-you-must-surround-yourself-with-lions/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 06:54:23 +0000 http://www.mvpthemes.com/flexmag/?p=269 Now ask yourself, are the people you have written down similar to you in that they are hungry for more out of life, are goal-setters and are trying to implement legendary habits?

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Who are your closest friends? Who do you spend the most time with on a daily basis? Write down their names. Now ask yourself, are the people you have written down similar to you in that they are hungry for more out of life, are goal-setters and are trying to implement legendary habits? The answer is important.

If the answer is yes, great, you are doing better than almost every other person in the world because most people like to surround themselves with life’s losers. It makes them feel better about their position in life. Now, if the answer is no, and you are surrounding yourself with life’s sheep, then you must act. The longer you wait to act, the harder it will be for you to cut them off.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

Who you spend your time with is ultimately who you will become. I can hear some of you saying that you can withstand their negative influences and still be successful, which is true. But without them, you could be a hell of a lot farther than you are right now. Their negative mindset is stopping you from reaching your highest potential.

Lions live their life with a purpose. They are aiming to become the top and the best at whatever it is that they do. They will not submit or surrender to mediocre people or enjoy being in the constant presence of life’s sheep. They will hold their ground and evaluate each and every individual in their life and let go of those who waste their time, their energy and their money. Why? Because Lions value their life they constantly learn and breed success. 

What You Need To Do

Maybe you think you are a Lion. You are the most successful person in your friend group, make the most money, have the best lifestyle… well NEWSFLASH. If you are the most successful in your group, and you hangout with mediocre people, who cares? It’s similar to if you are the best on your high school JV team. Sure you will win, but you are competing with average people.

If what I described above is you, you are the ‘best’ in your mediocre friend group, or worse, you are not even the best person in your group, then you need to escape their presence immediately. Even if you do not know it, they are slowing grappling you into submitting to their mindset.

Negative people have this power, especially when they are in numbers. Human nature is like this. We like to believe whatever the majority uphold as truth, and life’s sheep like to promote average lives as worthy of their calling and would like for you to believe the same. It’s a trap. You must cut them out of your life now. But, many of you will not do this.

Man Up and Take Control

It takes serious action to leave your friends. Your friendship may even be ruined from this. That is a risk you have to be willing to take for the betterment of your life and that of your family’s. It will hurt leaving them because you are so damn comfortable with them that it’s hard to man up and say no more. But to be a Lion in life, you are going to have to make hard decisions. You are going to have to stand up for yourself and do what is best for yourself while not caring what others may have to say or think. After all, you only live once.

Why You Must Surround Yourself With LionsFurthermore, I want you to not only trust what I am saying, but look at the many titans and moguls, professional athletes and major personalities and study their rise to power and riches. Notice who was in their circle of friends during their rise. Often times they had no one, or just their family or a few strong, supporting friends. They understood the importance of being by yourself is better than  surrounding yourself in the wrong company.

The number of people that are apart of your life is almost meaningless and has no correlation towards your future success. What matters, is the quantity of people in your life. That is why it is absolutely important to make friends with those who feel as if they are on a mission in life. That feel a strong sense of being destined for Greatness. Those are the types of people that you can rely on to be a positive force in your life.

A Timeless Truth

The power of association is strong. Look around at different groups of people, and you will see, for the most part, that everyone in a group will share some of life’s major habits. Whether that be drinking, smoking, goal-setting, income levels, mindset, hobbies, etc.

Furthermore, occupations usually stick together. Cops hangout with cops, teachers with teachers, gang members with gang members, drunks with drunks, millionaire with millionaires.

The reason this happens is not because they do not like other groups. It’s just that people feel more comfortable hanging out with people around the same level in life as them. They do not like people that are doing something better in life than they are. It breeds resentment and anger which is why you do not see many people of the opposite socioeconomic class or status in life hanging out together that often. It’s a sad truth, but one you must know.

So what are you going to do now? Are you going to just read this and go on with your life? Or are your that rare individual, that Lion, who is going to take massive action and drain the swamp – getting rid of every single negative person from your life. It will be one of the hardest moves you will ever make, but in a year from now, those people will have forgotten about you and you will be in a much better state of mind.

The choice is yours.

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How To Start A Podcast On A Budget https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/start-podcast-budget/ Wed, 03 May 2017 19:33:22 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5329 If you ever had the idea of starting a podcast, you might’ve relinquished because you thought the price of starting would be too much. In reality, starting a podcast isn’t expensive.  When you start a podcast, you’re giving yourself more credibility and it’s on a different platform giving your ideal audience another chance to learn who […]

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If you ever had the idea of starting a podcast, you might’ve relinquished because you thought the price of starting would be too much. In reality, starting a podcast isn’t expensive. 

When you start a podcast, you’re giving yourself more credibility and it’s on a different platform giving your ideal audience another chance to learn who you are.

Most people let the price of starting a podcast deter them from ever going forth with their podcast. I’m here to tell you that starting a podcast can be inexpensive.

You can make your podcast as inexpensive or as expensive as you’d like. The choice is up to you to determine how much you spend. For this article, I will take you through creating your podcast that’ll be inexpensive. And if you wish, you can upgrade your equipment over time.

One of the best reasons to start a podcast is that you can connect with others you wouldn’t normally be able to connect with. A podcast enables you to share your message with the world. Compared with the cost of traditional and online marketing, podcasting can give you a great ROI on your time.

Image how starting a podcast would change your life?

Don’t be intimidated by the cost of starting your podcast because I’m going to take you through the costs associated.

Website

You will need a home for your podcast. This will enable people who listen to your podcast to go back to your website. Maybe you have a website or maybe you don’t, but you must drive your listeners back to somewhere.

The first step to your setting up your website for your podcast is hosting it on another website besides yours. When you self-host your website, you own 100% of your website.

When you’re hosting your website, you will need to get a domain for your website. Even if you have a website, you’ll want to buy the domain of your podcast name and have it automatically redirect back to your normal website.

At Become The Lion, we use Bluehost to self-host our website. On Bluehost, you can host your domain for as little as $3.45 per month. You can get a free domain if you purchase Bluehost for 12 months. For under $40 you can host your site and get your domain, it doesn’t get much better than that.

When you’re on the Bluehost website, you can select the basic plan. You don’t need the plus or pro plan to start. The basic plan will do fine.

Through the basic plan, you’ll be able to select your domain name. If you have a website, select the domain to be the name of your podcast. If you don’t own a website, then create the domain name as the name of your podcast.

Setting Up Website

Once you have your domain and site hosted, it’s time to set up your website.

We recommend setting up your website through WordPress which is what we use at Become The Lion. Bluehost and WordPress work together to make it as simple as possible to get your site set up.

When you’re using WordPress, you want to make sure you’re using WordPress.org and NOT WordPress.com because WordPress.com means that your site isn’t self-hosted.

With using WordPress.org, you can customize your site. It’s a no-brainer, why wouldn’t you want total control over your site?

Because you purchased your domain and have your site self-hosted, then setting up your website on WordPress.org is free!

We recommend choosing a theme you can use for your site. There are thousands of themes you can purchase for around $50. When you purchase a theme, it will make your site look more professional.

Having Your Interviews

When you conduct the interviews for your podcast, you will want to have them over Skype. There are people who use different services to conduct their interviews but most people use Skype to conduct their interviews.

Skype is software in which you’ll use to call your guests for your interviews. You have the option to do the interview as audio or video. You can download Skype for free.

Skype gives you the option to use the software on both Mac and PC.

Recording Your Interviews

If you’re doing an interview with a guest, then you will need to record that interview.

I’ve used both a Mac and PC to record my interviews, I know which recording software’s work best with each.

When you’re using a Mac, you will want to use the call recording software, Ecamm. You can purchase the Ecamm call recorder for $29.95 and you’ll gain lifetime access.

If you use a PC and need to record your calls, then you must purchase Pamela. Pamela is the same as Ecamm except one’s made for people who own a Mac and the other is for people who own a PC. Pamela will cost you $16.32. It’s in Euro’s as to why the price seems strange.

If you record your podcast yourself and without a guest, I recommend using Quicktime player. You can record yourself using an audio recording. I don’t recommend using Quicktime player if you want to record yourself for your podcast using video. Quicktime player is a free option you can use if you decide to do your podcast episodes by yourself.

Scheduling Guests

When a guest agrees to come onto your show, you will need to send them over a scheduler. In the beginning, you can do this manually and tell the guests the dates / times that work best with you.

The problem is when you schedule manually, it can get confusing. Another problem you can encounter is that your guest doesn’t show up. For our scheduler, we use Calendly.

I had been using the free version of Calendy but the pro-version will give you a lot more options. When you get the pro-version, you can set reminder emails to go out to your guests a few days before your interview. This increased my show-up rate significantly. With the free version, you can’t send your guests email reminders. You can do it manually but it can be time-consuming.

The cost of Calendy is $96. If you can’t do that, then you can use the free version but you’ll need to put in more work.

Remember, your time is valuable and it shouldn’t be wasted.

Editing Podcast

Once you recorded your podcast, you will need to edit your podcast. The software I use to edit our podcast is Audacity. Audacity is a free software you can use to edit your podcast.

I’ve used Audacity when I had a Mac and PC. It’s compatible with both types of computers.

When you use a Mac, you can use GarageBand which is free. I tried using GarageBand but found using Audacity to be easier.

Microphone

When you’re starting a podcast, you will need to purchase a microphone. This will enable you to have the highest quality sound for your interview. A microphone might be one of the more expensive purchases you make.

If you’re on a budget, we recommend using the USB Microphone by Fifine. This is an inexpensive microphone you can purchase for $21.99 on amazon.

A lot of podcast professionals prefer to use the Blue Yeti microphone. It’s more expensive at $129.00.

At Become The Lion, we use the Audio Technica USB 2020 microphone. The Microphone is around the same price as the Blue Yeti at $128.00.

Hosting Podcast

Much like using Bluehost to host your website, you will need a site that can host your podcast. Because your podcast is a large file, the more podcasts you host on your own site the more likely your site is to crash or run slow. You will never want to host your audio on your website.

For that purpose, you will use a platform to host your podcast. You can use either Libysn or Soundcloud. Both are excellent platforms you can use to host your podcast. At Become The Lion, we use Soundcloud.

With Soundcloud, you can use it for free but you only get a certain amount of storage. Once you run out of storage, you won’t be able to upload your podcast. You can use the free version of Soundcloud until you need to purchase the extra storage.

If you use Soundcloud to host your podcast, it’ll cost you $135 per year. If you use Libsyn, you will want to select the option for $15 per month which will be $180 per year.

Publishing Your Podcast

Now that you have your podcast episode hosted on either Libsyn or Soundcloud, it’s time for the world to hear what you have to say! A.K.A. submitting your podcast to iTunes.

There are many options in which you can submit your podcast to but for this article, I’ll take you through the biggest podcast platform, iTunes.

If you use Soundcloud, you’ll want to click on settings. Once you’re on settings, you’ll want to click on content. When you’re on the content page, you’ll see your RSS Feed.

Once you know your RSS Feed, it’s time to submit your podcast to iTunes.

On iTunes, you’ll want to filter your search to podcasts. When you’re on the podcast section of iTunes you’ll notice under podcast quick links it says, “Submit your podcast.” This is where you submit your podcast with your RSS Feed.

When you submit your podcast to iTunes, you might need to wait for 24-48 hours or a week at the longest for them to let you know your podcast is accepted.

Intro / Outro

Adding an intro / outro is optionable for your podcast. You can record your own intro / outro for your podcast. We recommend that you hire someone to help you.

We used Fiverr to hire someone to create our intro / outro. On Fiverr, you can hire someone to do an intro / outro combined for $10. If you’re looking for someone to make you an excellent intro / outro for your podcast check out Jay. We used him for both our intro / outro.

You can also use Fiverr to have someone design your podcast logo for you.

Music

You can add music to your podcast for your intro and outro. When choosing music for your podcast, you’ll want to make sure it’s royalty free.

You can purchase royalty free music from sites such as Pond5 and Bensound. We used Pond5 for our royalty free music. The music will cost you somewhere between $20 and $75.

Starting a podcast doesn’t need to be expensive. You can add features over time but when starting out, it’s better if you take the inexpensive route.

How you ever thought about starting a podcast? Let us know in the comments!

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The 1 Reason Some Entrepreneurs Succeed And Some Entrepreneurs Give Up https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/1-reason-entrepreneurs-succeed-entrepreneurs-give/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/1-reason-entrepreneurs-succeed-entrepreneurs-give/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 06:38:35 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4721 Ask any seasoned entrepreneur what the journey of entrepreneurship is all about, and they’ll say, “Problem-solving.” Every single day is another opportunity to approach a challenge head-on, and work to find a viable solution. So why is it, then, so few entrepreneurs actually succeed? Were they simply unable to solve whatever problem they were facing? Not usually. […]

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Ask any seasoned entrepreneur what the journey of entrepreneurship is all about, and they’ll say, “Problem-solving.” Every single day is another opportunity to approach a challenge head-on, and work to find a viable solution.

So why is it, then, so few entrepreneurs actually succeed? Were they simply unable to solve whatever problem they were facing?

Not usually.

The truth is, why some entrepreneurs are able to continue moving forward and others give up has far more to do with self-belief and trust. It’s not about knowing the answer, or even having a clear vision of what to do next. What matters more is trusting yourself enough to know that, no matter what, you will figure it out. Even if you make a misstep. Even if several more mistakes are made before the path becomes clear again. Successful entrepreneurs are far less concerned with the short-term, and instead keep their sights set on the horizon. They trust themselves enough to be able to get there one way or another.

So what does it actually mean to trust yourself? And more importantly, how can someone cultivate a better sense of self-trust?

Trusting yourself means you put the process first

Any entrepreneur with strong emotional intelligence knows that what is far more important than knowing the right answer is having a process for letting the right answers present themselves.

This means knowing how you best work. This means knowing what keeps you focused and what causes distractions. This means having the awareness to know when to dig in and when to step back. All of these things are much more process oriented, but you can see that they provide the space for answers to be revealed on their own. By sticking to the process, the rest falls into place.

It’s the entrepreneurs that hyper-focus on trying to have all the answers that end up losing trust in themselves and their ability to see the vision through to the end. They are disconnected with their own process. And as a result, they falter.

Trusting yourself means understanding how to interpret “No.”

It’s a cliché in entrepreneurship for the hungry and ambitious to say, “I refuse to take ‘No’ for an answer.”

Great advice, if your strategy is simply to push forward with brute force. But the truth is, hearing ‘No’ from someone can actually be a positive point of reference. If someone tells you that you can’t do something, or just flat out says ‘No,’ there’s something to be learned there. It’s an opportunity for you to see your idea or venture from a different perspective.

The entrepreneurs that trust themselves to always figure it out in the end are the ones who have the humility to be able to hear responses like, ‘No,’ and take a second to reflect. They aren’t afraid of giving thought to that response because they know it’s not going to disrupt their own self-belief—and as a result, they’re able to learn from it.

For them, it’s actually a positive thing.

Trusting yourself means being able to step away without giving up completely

And of course, one of the hardest things for entrepreneurs is to step away from the daily grind for a moment to gain clarity. It’s a whole lot easier to just put your head down and grind forward, but sometimes that’s not what you need.

Trusting yourself to step away without giving up completely is a huge challenge. It can make you feel like you aren’t doing enough, or you are relaxing when you should be working. But this is also your time to examine what has been working and what hasn’t, and to question how you’re going to adjust and move forward effectively.

The reason some entrepreneurs succeed and some fail rarely comes down to talent. It also rarely has to do with the actual idea.

Instead, it’s about who is driving the car, who is leading the team, and who has the patience and trust in themselves to be able to see things through to the very end, no matter what.

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7 Motivating Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Listen To https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-motivating-podcasts-every-entrepreneur-listen/ Tue, 02 May 2017 18:20:32 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5320 Podcasts are a game changer for yourself and your life. I discovered podcasts a few years back and have been hooked since. Listening to other people’s podcasts gave me the inspiration to start our own, Become The Lion podcast. You can listen to podcasts when you’re driving in the car or when you’re working out. […]

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Podcasts are a game changer for yourself and your life. I discovered podcasts a few years back and have been hooked since. Listening to other people’s podcasts gave me the inspiration to start our own, Become The Lion podcast.

You can listen to podcasts when you’re driving in the car or when you’re working out. You can listen to podcasts wherever you go.

Why listen to podcasts? They give you a unique opportunity to learn from others who have the desired success you want.  

Through podcasts, you can learn from extraordinary people while paying nothing. Starting a podcast is a great way to connect with others and talk to guests that would’ve been hard to connect with.

Since I’ve been listening to podcasts over the past few years, I have seven podcasts I listen to consistently. If you can listen to one of these podcasts, I guarantee that your life will change for the better.

Startup Camp Podcast

The Startup Camp podcast was the first podcast I ever listened. When I started to listening to Dale Partridge’s podcast, this was way before Become The Lion or any other successful venture existed.

Dale had an article on his site titled, “4 Brilliant Reasons Not To Go To College.” While I ended up going to college, I navigated through Dale’s site. That was when I stumbled across his podcast.

During the summer, I’d wake up early in the morning and take a walk to the town’s lighthouse by the ocean. It was during that time in which I’d listen to Dale’s podcast. My favorite episodes I listened to are the ones with John Lee Dumas, Jon Gordon, and Jedidiah Jenkins.

With Dale’s podcast, he brings on unique guests you most likely have never heard from.

Dale himself never went to college and started a company that generated millions in revenue.

His podcast gives you a different perspective on life and especially on the questions he asks his guests.

On Dale’s podcast, he interviews successful guests who help teach startups, entrepreneurs, and dreamers how they can form strong ideas, launch a lucrative business, position their brand, enjoy their life, and have the freedom to do what they please.

The MFCEO

I came across THE MFCEO podcast hosted by Andy Frisella a few months back. For the minute I first heard Andy speak, I was hooked. He cuts right through any bullshit and tells you what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.

He shares with you his insights on his failures and successes. Andy sugarcoats nothing.

Andy is the co-founder of a supplement company called 1st Phorm which has generated over $100 million in revenue. He takes that same mindset and shares it with you.

When you’re done listening to Andy’s podcast you’ll know what you have to do as an entrepreneur to get the success you want.

Most of the time it’s Andy talking on his podcast but sometimes he’ll bring on a guest who has the same mindset as him.

Andy is just a normal dude like you and I expect that he’s started a multi-million dollar company. If you listen to what Andy has to say and implement it, you can’t fail.

One of my favorite parts of Andy’s show is that you can send him questions and he’ll answer a few of the questions that people send in.

If you need a kick in the ass and motivation to get started, then listen to Andy’s podcast.

Self-Made Man

The Self-Made Man podcast is hosted by Mike Dillard. Mike has phenomenal guests on his show ranging from Tony Robbins to Mike Rowe. The guests he’s had on his show, you probably hadn’t heard them on anyone else’s podcast.

I first listened to Mike’s podcast when it was recommended by my brother. The two episodes that caught my attention right away were with Wesley Chapman and Cole Hatter. Both of them have incredible stories.

The name of Mike’s show should tell you what it’s about. Mike is a self-made man himself who’s leaving his mark on the world. He started multiple companies that have generated over $50 million in revenue.

Mike guides his guests and encourages them to share the knowledge he knows will help your life. He has the guests explain how the information they shared with you can be implemented into your life.

Mike talks not only about entrepreneurship on his show. He talks to guests who are knowledgeable on relationships, health, wealth, and leaving a legacy.

If you’re looking for a podcast that can help you improve every area of your life, then you need to check out the Self-Made Man podcast.

Order of Man

The Order of Man podcast is hosted by Ryan Michler. Ryan interviews guests on what it takes to become a better man in your life. He takes you back to the grassroots of your manhood.

There’s an epidemic going on the world where men are losing their manhood. When I listened to Ryan’s podcast it was nice to listen to someone who saw the same problem I did.

Ryan understands that men are supposed to be more than the person they currently are. We were destined for more and to achieve more. On his podcast, Ryan and his guests take you through how you can do exactly that.

There is more to being a man that what meets the eye. Ryan understands that. That’s why his podcast digs into the areas of self-mastery, building relationships, how to grow as a leader and how to master your business and finances.

Ryan’s podcast will help you become a better man in every area of your life.

My favorite episodes are with Stephen Mansfield and Ryan Holiday.

If you’re looking for a podcast that can help you become a better man in your life and business, then check out the Order of Man podcast.

Marketing In Your Car

The Marketing In Your Car podcast is hosted by Russell Brunson. If you’re looking to start a successful online business, then you must listen to this podcast. Russell is the author of the book, Dotcom Secrets, which I recommend buying if you want to build a successful business.

The podcast is what the title says, it’s Russell telling you marketing tips from his car. If Russell charged you money to listen to his podcast, it’d be worth every penny.

Russell successfully started the company Click Funnels. His company helps you generate more revenue for your company.

He shares with you the ups and downs of what it takes to build a multi-million dollar company.

Russell is on top of everything that’s happening in the marketing world. He shares with you his knowledge and it allows you to build a successful business. If you implement what Russell has to say, you can’t fail.

Between his book and podcast, I owe almost all of my marketing knowledge to him. Starting a business is one thing, starting a successful business is another.

If you don’t know how to market your business, you’ll never become successful. Russell doesn’t want that to happen to you.

Listen to Russell’s podcast if you want to take your business to the next level.

Freedom Fast Lane

The Freedom Fast Lane podcast is hosted by Ryan Moran. Ryan is the owner of capitalism.com. He built a successful business and wants to help you build your own as quickly as possible.

It’s one thing to make money, it’s another thing to protect that money. When Ryan’s not talking with a guest, he shares with you how you can keep most of the money you earn while defending yourself against lawsuits.

Ryan helps you achieve breakthroughs in your life and business. He’ll give you the inspiration and guidance you need to continue to push forward in your business.

Ryan is straightforward on what it takes to build a successful business and become a touted entrepreneur.

My favorite episodes of Ryan’s podcast are with Jesse Itzler and Jeff Hoffman.

Listen to Ryan’s podcast if you want to get a different take on entrepreneurship.

Become The Lion

The Become The Lion podcast is hosted by me 🙂. I think it’d be wrong if I didn’t put our podcast on the list of podcasts every entrepreneur should listen to.

I interview successful individuals / entrepreneurs on what it takes to become successful. The guests I interview are experts on business, dating / relationships, marketing and even fitness. I find it fascinating that no matter what profession you’re in, you have to work harder than anyone else to achieve success.

When the guest is on our show, I like to learn the challenges and fears they had. For me, it makes them more human. It allows me and our audience to understand that what the guest is talking about, we can accomplish it as well.

The Become The Lion podcast launched in late November and it’s been an exceptional experience since then. There are too many benefits you receive when you start a podcast.

Through our podcast, I help give people the motivation to start their first business, gain confidence, improve their self-development, grow their income and become the person they were always meant to be.

While I love all the episodes I’ve done, there is a few that are my favorites. Those are with Rachele Brooke Smith, Ryan Stewman, and Dr. Robert Glover.

What’s your favorite podcast to listen to? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Self-Publish Your First Book In Under 90 Days https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/self-publish-first-book-90-days/ https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/self-publish-first-book-90-days/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 06:20:55 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4851 Each of us has a story that needs to be shared with the world. Whether that is a fiction or non-fiction story, the choice is up to you. Most people don’t share their story with the world for fear of what they believe others would think of them without realizing the people they’d be inspiring. […]

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Each of us has a story that needs to be shared with the world. Whether that is a fiction or non-fiction story, the choice is up to you. Most people don’t share their story with the world for fear of what they believe others would think of them without realizing the people they’d be inspiring.  

Choosing to write your first book can be a form of self-expression, a chance to show your industry you’re an authority figure or the option to drive revenue for your brand.

Whatever book you write, you must have a passion for your subject. To write a book isn’t easy and it can be a challenge, but it can be done. If you write about a subject you don’t care about, you’ll give up.

You may say you don’t possess a book inside of you. You’ve lived, haven’t you? Then write a memoir about yourself. There are endless options from which you can write a book.

What have you done that’s impacted others? You could write on book on gardening or what it’s like to adopt a child. Or you can even write a book like ours: The Daily Lion.

How To Start

To start the process of writing your first book, you will set a date and time for when you can be by yourself.  

Once you have the time and date put in place, it’s time to start the process of writing your first book!

In your quiet spot, take out a piece of paper. Write ideas of what your book could be. This might a favorite hobby, what you’re good at or what you want the world to know.

Pick your idea from the list and create an outline of what you’d like the book to be. This doesn’t need to be perfect. You’ll quickly realize that on the onset of you writing your book, your good ideas will become terrible and vice versa. The outline you create today will look nothing like your finished book.

When creating an outline for your book, write a list of topics you’d like to cover in your book. These will be your chapters.

I recommend that when you write; you write the first and last chapter of the book. This makes it much easier to write the meat of your book.

Write everything you know about the topic you chose for your book. This will be your brain dump. You realize that when you write everything you know for your book, you’ll be able to form chapters.

When you know what you want to write it will make publishing your book much easier.

Once you complete your outline and chapters, it’s time to write your book.

Set A Writing Goal

You will want to have a set place and time to write that’s the same each day. No matter what happens, you always write at that time.

When you write, you will want to set a writing goal. I’d learned to set a writing goal from the best writers today such as Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks.

Both authors would set their daily goal to write around 2,000 words. It didn’t matter how long it would take to write whether it be an hour or five, they always stuck to their goal.

When you’re first starting out, you can set your writing goal to be 500 words per day and then increase it to 1,000 words per day. Set it for what you’re comfortable with.

If you want to write a 60,000-word book and you write five days per week at 1,000 words per day, it’ll take you 3 months to finish your book. You should be able to finish it sooner because you’ll want to write more than 1,000 words per day. 

As you’re writing your book, we recommend using Word but periodically uploading your document to Google Drive in case your computer crashes. You should save your book to an external hard drive if possible.

Before You Can Publish Your Book

After 3 months has passed, it’s time to publish your book!

But before we publish your book, there are more steps we need to go over.

You can read over your book as many times as you’d like but the odds of you still spelling something wrong or having a grammatical mistake are high.

I recommend hiring a high quality proofreader and editor for your book. You can go through an agency which can be expensive. We preferred to use UpWork and hire a freelancer.  

The next step you’ll take is choosing a title and subtitle for your book. Once you have your title and subtitle, you’ll hire someone to make your cover for you.

For your cover, you will want to hire someone who’s designed book covers before and is a professional. Most people judge a book by its cover, it’s human nature. Your cover will impact how well your book sells. You can use UpWork again to find a great designer.

Publishing Your Book

Your book is almost ready to be published.

You need to decide how you will publish your book, whether that will be traditional vs non-traditional.

We went the non-traditional route and self-published our first book. If you publish your book through the traditional way, it could take a few years before you book gets onto shelves. With non-traditional publishing, you get full rights to your book. A publishing house can buy your manuscript from you and change parts of the book to tailor your book to their audience. When you self-publish, you choose what you want in the book and what you wish to keep out.

We used Amazon when self-publishing our book. You have the option to use createspace, kindle direct publishing or acx.

You can use Createspace to publish your book in both paperback and kindle edition, which would be your digital download.

Upload your book cover and manuscript to createspace. When you upload your book, you can hire someone to format your book if you aren’t sure how to do it.

When you use createspace, it’s the fastest way to get your book published. Within a few days, people will be able to buy your book on Amazon.

You’ll be able to get a free ISBN number for your book when you use Amazon’s self-publishing platform. An ISBN is an international standard book number. The ISBN is used by bookstores, retailers, and libraries to identify their books.  

You have the option to create an audiobook version for your book. You can hire someone or do it yourself.

An audiobook is chance for people to buy your book and hear what you have to say. 

Audiobooks are more expensive so you’d be able to make a better net profit than you would through createspace or the kindle edition of your book.

Time To Do Your Marketing

Now that your book is published, it will not sell itself. Remember it’s not called the best-writing book it’s the best-selling book.

If you already have an audience from a blog or podcast, you’ll be able to promote your book there. But eventually the sales will dry up from your audience.

We recommend using Facebook ads to promote your book. You can create a Facebook ad for your book on Canva

You can try get on other people’s podcasts, give speeches on your book and write for bigger blogs. This helps attract people back to your site where they might see your book.

Even if you get your book traditionally published, you can’t rely on them to market your book for you. This where your hustle will come in.

Why go through all this work to publish your first book?

When going through the process of writing a book, you’ll discover who you are. Because when you write a book, you will be spending most of your time thinking and typing by yourself. It’s when you’re in solitude by yourself you can be at peace with who you are.

Once your book is written and published, it’s there forever. It can be read by people hundreds of years from now. This is your chance to share your thoughts and passions with the world.

You dream about writing a book but people will never see that book. Every author in the world started off as someone like yourself.

I’d recommend buying the books: Becoming A Writer and On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft and using the Emotion Thesaurus.

If you’re looking to write and promote more than one book, I recommend checking out: Kindle Money Mastery.

What are you going to write your first book on? Let us know in the comments!

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Nine Brutal Truths Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know Before They Start Their First Business https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/nine-brutal-truths-every-entrepreneur-needs-know-start-first-business/ Mon, 01 May 2017 06:09:10 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2705 When it comes to entrepreneurship, one of the most common mistakes young dreamers make is not knowing the challenges that lie ahead. They approach the craft with this idea that entrepreneurship will be filled with sports cars, vacations to Bali, a perfectly productive team, and critical acclaim from all the major publications. The truth is, […]

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When it comes to entrepreneurship, one of the most common mistakes young dreamers make is not knowing the challenges that lie ahead. They approach the craft with this idea that entrepreneurship will be filled with sports cars, vacations to Bali, a perfectly productive team, and critical acclaim from all the major publications.

The truth is, entrepreneurship is actually a never-ending road of obstacles wherein only the fittest survive. As my mentor told me many times, “It always takes twice as long and costs twice as much.” If you think the app will be done in three months, assume six. If you think your costs for the first year will be about $100,000, they will probably be double. So much of entrepreneurship is about dealing with what comes along the way, and knowing that no matter how much you try to plan things out, there will always be unforeseen challenges.

Here are Nine brutal truths you need to understand before you set out on your journey:

You Need To Know What You Don’t Know

So many aspiring entrepreneurs (especially the young ones) dive right into it. They graduate college and immediately set out to build a company, or the next social media app, or an agency of their own, without really questioning what it is they don’t know. It’s one thing to say, “I’m sure I can figure it out,” and entirely another to admit to yourself, “I know that I don’t know very much about operations, so I am going to seek out someone I can learn from.”

In order to stay on track and move forward successfully, you have to know what you don’t know—and then deliberately get your questions answered so that you can learn and improve.

Not-Asking Is A Weakness

Too often, people think of asking questions as a sign of weakness. Especially young founders, or those who are quick to call themselves a “CEO” (CEO of what?), think it’s better to pretend to have it all figured out than to set their ego aside to learn.

If you are getting into entrepreneurship, you need to know when to leave your pride at the door and humbly admit, “I don’t know what to do here.” Nobody is going to want to answer your questions or help you if, in the process, you are operating from a false sense of confidence.

Success Doesn’t Happen Alone

There is absolutely something to be said for taking accountability for what you bring to the table, but at the same time you need to also acknowledge that you aren’t a lonely ship at sea. In order to build anything of value, and in order to get to where it is you want to be, you are going to need to work with others.

Success is a game of collaboration. Even if people aren’t directly involved in your project, they may still play roles in making introductions or answering questions along the way. Again, put your pride aside and look for ways to collaborate and create friendships and partnerships with people along the way. You will need them.

Anything Great Takes Time

This idea of “overnight success” is one of the greatest lies of entrepreneurship, period. There is no such thing as “overnight success.” Sure, there are moments where things click, or big moves are finally made, but those all come after years, sometimes a decade of trying things, tweaking things, failing and learning, pivoting and adjusting.

Patience is a key pillar in the art of entrepreneurship, and without it you will fail. You will give up. You will make short-sighted decisions, and forget to step back and see the forest instead of the trees.

Instead, focus on the next thing you can do better, the next improvement, and just keep moving forward.

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Another valuable lesson I learned from my mentor: just because you have the option of entering a certain market or pursuing a specific idea, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. For example: a lot of people set out to open restaurants because they love food. Or a lot of young and aspiring entrepreneurs try to create the next Facebook or Snapchat.

There is a difference between being able to do something and actually having a sound knowledge base to bring it to life successfully. There’s a difference between loving food and knowing how to build a profitable restaurant. And knowing where you fall between those two spectrums is important.

You Aren’t Building An Idea. You Are Building A Business

Too many aspiring entrepreneurs focus on trying to build what sounds great in theory, without grounding it in everyday reality. Remember: You aren’t just building something for the sake of building it, or because it sounds cool. You’re building a business—something that needs to provide value to customers/users, and will ultimately generate revenue.

The last part there, the “generating revenue” part, is something that gets skipped over so often. Entrepreneurs boast their page views or user base, while at the same time trying to mask the fact that they have no idea how they’re going to actually make money. And it’s not enough to point to the Twitter’s of the world and say, “That’s what we want to build!” Someone is going to end up paying for it—most likely an investor. But that investor is also going to want to see a return on their investment, so you need to know how you plan on building this idea of yours into a profitable business.

Ideas Are Only As Good As The People Who Execute Them

I was extremely fortunate to have been mentored by a successful serial entrepreneur, so I give credit where credit is due. This is a lesson in particular I learned from Ron Gibori, Managing Partner of Idea Booth. He is the one who made me realize that anyone can come up with a great idea. Great ideas are everywhere. And multiple people can pursue the same idea. But the reason why one person wins and the other person doesn’t quite succeed is because of the person executing it—not the idea itself.

If Your Company Is Your Main Hustle, Your Personal Brand Needs To Be Your Side Hustle

In today’s business economy, it is more important than ever for entrepreneurs to consider how they are going to pivot down the road. What happens if you are put out of business? What happens if your app idea fails? Where do you move next (and how do you do that effectively) after this first project is either successful or has failed?

Every entrepreneur should be investing some portion of time into building their personal brand. This means choosing a segment of the market that they want to become a thought leader in and then picking one or two platforms to publish content on a regular basis. For example: If you are an entrepreneur building a social media app, you might want to consider writing actively about social media and social marketing on Quora, Medium, or LinkedIn.

Thought leadership, and having a personal brand, is what will allow you longevity. If one pursuit fails, or succeeds, and you’re ready to pivot and move on to something else, your audience will move with you. And it’ll make the next step that much easier.

If You Are Chasing The Money, You Will Miss The Bigger Opportunity

To be honest, this has more to do with just a lack of fulfillment. The cliché goes, “Don’t chase the money, it won’t lead you to happiness.” And that’s true.

But the bigger and more meaningful reason you shouldn’t get into entrepreneurship with the dream of becoming a multi-millionaire is because you will miss the greatest gift of all if you hyper-focus on financial gain.

Really great ideas, game-changing ideas, businesses and products and brands that end up changing the world for the better are not the result of chasing money. They are profitable, yes. They are sustainable and operationally sound. But they are not driven by those concepts. They are present, like deckhands aboard a ship, but they are not the captain.

In order to build something that brings you a deep sense of fulfillment and provides a ton of value to other people, you have to be driven by something deeper than money. And if you can stay true to that, and build a profitable business at the same time, you will find yourself truly successful.

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Five Real Life Takeaways From Man’s Search For Meaning https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/five-real-life-takeaways-mans-search-meaning/ https://www.becomethelion.com/big-ideas/five-real-life-takeaways-mans-search-meaning/#comments Sun, 30 Apr 2017 06:01:24 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2768 In the book, Man’s Search For Meaning written by Viktor Frankl, he chronicles his experiences while an inmate at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Frankl survived death many times, mostly by fate. Through malnutrition and not having a clue when the war might end, Frankl miraculously survived. The events he tells of in his book are […]

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In the book, Man’s Search For Meaning written by Viktor Frankl, he chronicles his experiences while an inmate at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Frankl survived death many times, mostly by fate. Through malnutrition and not having a clue when the war might end, Frankl miraculously survived. The events he tells of in his book are bone chilling.

As a society today, we take everything for granted. From waking in the morning to the food we eat. As an inmate, Frankl never knew which day might be his last. The psychological toll the concentration camp gave, led people to give up. They didn’t see that life was worth fighting for.

Frankl gives accounts of life as an inmate. More than the depiction he gives, he takes you inside the mind of himself as to what he was conjuring at each point. He holds nothing back from his story.

There are five takeaways we can use from the book whether in business or life.

Luck

When you arrive at Auschwitz, you either go to the left or right. If you were on the left side, your life is over in a few hours. 90% of the people were on the left side, Frankl was the lucky 10%.

Frankl was a psychologist but referred to himself as a doctor. Through his profession, the Nazi’s needed his help in dealing with sick patients. Sometimes he’d get more to eat than others, which wasn’t much. That was more watered down soup.

As the liberation of the war was coming, they had to move the prisoners of the camp. Frankl didn’t ride the boxcars that came as they were filled. He was supposed to wait for the next round of boxcars but never made it on them. He was disappointed until he found out what happened.

The Nazi’s didn’t want to leave any reminiscence of the genocide. They took the people from the boxcars, locked them into huts and burned them alive. Frankl narrowly missed his death once more.

Frankl states how lucky he was to be alive. It’s amazing he made it through the concentration camp. He dispels the account that sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

In your business, you will need luck to come your way. Whether that’s through connections in your life, as Frankl did with the Capo’s.

He was unlucky to a part of horrendous acts, but he didn’t let his fate stop him from surviving. He was determined in his mind he’d live.

You might’ve started out unlucky in life, the odds pressed against you. You can complain or you can try to right the situation you’re in. How do you view the world? If Frankl can survive Auschwitz, there’s no reason you can’t get over what you’re going through.

Be Grateful

Frankl traded his belt for a piece of stale bread. He did what was necessary to survive. There was nothing to be thankful for, yet Frankl was.

The prisoners and himself became elated over the beautiful sunsets. We take sunsets for granted, but for those inmates, they didn’t know if that’d be their last sunset.

Frankl tried to find gratitude in everything he did. That meant being able to sleep later or having a few days of work off. When serving the soup for dinner, if he got a scoop from the bottom, he’d instantly be happy. Because a bottom scoop meant he’d get peas in his soup instead of just the broth.

If Frankl can be grateful during his time at the concentration camp why can’t you be happy with everything you have? Our world has massive abundance. They’re opportunities everywhere.

When was the last time you thought about your life? Every day there are occurrences you should be grateful for. We overlook the situations because we’re always looking towards the future.

At the camp, inmates had each day to look forward to. They lived each day as if it was their last.

What do you have to be grateful for?

Others have it worse

No matter what you’re going through, someone will always have it worse. This is exemplified throughout the book. Frankl was in a terrible place and he understood what people were going to die. He had to live with that throughout camp.

As hard as it got on Frankl, he still felt grateful that he wasn’t the others. He wasn’t the many that died as soon as they stepped into the camp.

We complain about our problems, not realizing how others have it worse. We consider the world revolves us. In actuality, we’re small. You don’t consider what you’re going through, no one else is dealing with?

The next time you wish to complain, I want you to stop for a second. Is your life as terrible as you believe? Chances are, it’s not. Quit being over dramatic. Each of has our own unique set of problems. You can either let that define you or you can use it your advantage.

Frankl could’ve said, “I guess it’s time to die.” He could’ve complained the entire time. Frankl saw how others had it worse.

Each day offers the chance to rid ourselves of the past. Realize that no matter how terrible the situation you’re in it could be worse.

Find Humor In Everything

The inmates of the concentration camp tried to pass their time with humor. They’d make jokes about the guards or each other. By continually laughing, it allowed the inmates to not be as focused on their situation.

Frankl used humor as an escape from camp life. He took to another world. A world where he was free in his imagination.

We take life too seriously. We don’t realize that we will not get out alive. There’s something to be humorous in every situation you’re in. If you make a mistake, don’t ridicule yourself, laugh at yourself. You’re not perfect and you shouldn’t expect yourself to be.

Have a good laugh every day. Whether that’s at yourself or through watching a video. Humor makes your life more exciting, it won’t be as dull.

When you laugh, you’re releasing endorphins in your body that will make you happy. If everything is going wrong in your life, watch a comedy movie. Do anything that will make you laugh.

Willpower

Willpower is one of the major reasons Frankl survived. He did whatever it took to survive. He wasn’t going to die at the concentration camp. No matter how hard his situation, he was determined to make it out alive.

Willpower had an impact on the men at Auschwitz. It was those who gave up hope for surviving on the right side who also died. Frankl thought about giving up, but wouldn’t let himself do it.

He’d talk with the other inmates as to what they’d do once they were liberated. This gave a sense of meaning that the war might end. The prisoners didn’t know when the war might end and that took a psychological toll.

With the grave condition he was in, Frankl never lost sight why he had to live. His wife could’ve survived, and he’d never know. It was the hope to see the streets where he once lived.

If Frankl can use his willpower to make it through the Holocaust, you can use your willpower to go after your dreams. If you wish to accomplish your dreams, they can be achieved with willpower.

You can do more than you think is possible. You can absorb more pain than you think is necessary. Frankl shows keen examples of how he used his willpower to get him through the camp.

You have the willpower within to accomplish your dreams, but are you going to use it?

Man’s Search For Meaning is a must read if you want to change your perspective on the world and your life.

What do you think of the book? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Start Your First Blog https://www.becomethelion.com/guides/start-first-blog/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:57:14 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4835 Starting a blog gives you the medium to get your voice heard in the world. You can share your mindset or view of the world with others. You need to become a writer if you want to be recognized. It doesn’t matter if you failed high school English. Writing, like anything else is a craft […]

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Starting a blog gives you the medium to get your voice heard in the world. You can share your mindset or view of the world with others.

You need to become a writer if you want to be recognized. It doesn’t matter if you failed high school English. Writing, like anything else is a craft you can work on.

Writing Tools

One tool I recommend to help you with your writing is the Pro Writing Aid. It’ll cost you around $40 but it’s worth every penny. I invested in the Pro Writing Aid myself last year and it has helped me become a better writer.

You can also use the free version Grammarly, which is another tool.

For myself, I use the Pro version of the Pro Writing Aid and the free version of Grammarly. Between those two tools, there isn’t a reason you can’t become a proficient writer.

Book Recommendations

Besides the two writing tools mentioned above I recommend reading these two books: Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande and On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King

With my writing, I try to evict emotion. For that, I use the Emotion Thesaurus. If your writing becomes too bland, it can be a turn off for a reader. Instead of telling the reader you’re stressed, the emotion thesaurus will help you describe the feeling of being stressed. It helps paint emotions and makes a better connection with your readers.  

When you’re starting your blog, you need to have a topic or something you’re passionate about

Now that you have your passion in mind, it’s time to start your blog!

Select A Service

I believe WordPress is the best site you can create your blog on. WordPress is one of the most popular sites to set up a blog and it’s our favorite. We’ve tried, Shopify, Wix, and WordPress. WordPress was the best.

To set up your first WordPress blog, you will buy your domain name. Your domain name is how people will visit your website.

You can purchase your domain through WordPress. This will cost you about $35 for the entire year.

Hosting Account

Once you have purchased your domain, now it’s time setup a hosting account.

A hosting account is a space to rent out for your business on a server. Think of it as paying rent for a brick and mortar business. Except you’re paying rent to a web-hosting site.  

Don’t worry, hosting your account will only run you a few dollars per month.

While there are thousands of web-hosting sites in the world, we recommend using Bluehost. We believe Bluehost is the best option for most bloggers.

When you work with Bluehost, you’ll realize that they are super reliable. If something ever goes wrong with your account on Bluehost, they have 24/7 support. Another great aspect is that if you need help with setting up your Bluehost account, their company’s support staff are located in the United States.

WordPress itself recommends using Bluehost. There are over 850,000 blogs supported by Bluehost on WordPress.

As we mentioned above, hosting through Bluehost is inexpensive. It’ll cost you between $3.95 and $5.95 a month.

Once you have your domain and Bluehost account set up, now it’s time to install WordPress.

Setting Up Your WordPress Site

Now you’re on the Bluehost site, you will want to scroll to the “website” section. From there, you will click on the words Install WordPress.

You will see a new WordPress screen appear before you. Just click on the “install” button. You can select the domain you want to install on WordPress.

Once you’re onto the last step, you will want to click on “advanced options.” You will type in your site name or title. Continue with admin username and password that Bluehost suggests.

Click the button that says you’ve read the terms and conditions. Now you can click on the “install now” button.

You’re almost there! Your installation will be complete.

From here, you will want to click on the “admin url” link, this will take you to the WordPress login page.

Writing Your First Blog Post

On your WordPress site, you will be looking at your “dashboard.”

On the left-hand side of the dashboard, scroll until you see “posts.” Hover over the “posts” and click “add new.”

It’s time to write your first blog post! You can enter a title for the post and start typing.

Once your post is finished, you can run it through the writing software’s mentioned before or you can click publish.

You will want to include an image for your blog post. The sites we use are free from copyright restrictions and that you can use for your website are: Unsplash, Stocksnap and Freephotos.  

After your post is published, you will want to click on view post.

There are tons of free themes you can use for your WordPress blog but if you want to look professional, we recommend considering a premium theme for your site.

A premium WordPress theme will cost you a little money but it’s highly worth it.

Now you’re ready to become a full-time blogger!

Coming Up With Blog Ideas

An initial fear of starting a blog could be thinking that you’ll run out of ideas to write. Don’t worry!

One of the best ways to never run out of ideas is to read a lot. There have been many times when I’ve been walking down the street, reminiscing about what I read in a book and a blog post will come to my mind. I’ll take out my phone and jot it in the notes section.

Always try to capture your blog ideas no matter how stupid you might feel they are.

If I’m writing a blog post and I determine I don’t have enough to say about the subject, I can turn the post into an email newsletter.

Why Blog?

Share your experiences and your passion with your audience. You can help people out with even the tiniest aspects of their lives.

Starting a blog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. You’ll be able to look over past years and see how much you’ve grown as a person.

When you start a blog, whether you know it or not, you’ll inspire others. Someone will come across your blog and they’ll read something you wrote and what you said to them changes their life. You may never meet this person but they are out there in the world, waiting to read your words. You can be the spark of inspiration for others.

One reason I started blogging was because it allowed me to get my thoughts down. Your blog serves as a personal journal for the world. You can go back to experiences you had and tell them to your audience. Your blog will never be lost or destroyed, it’ll always be there for your to express your thoughts.

A fear that blogging helps you get over is putting yourself out in the world. Everyone has an amazing gift that needs to shared with the world but never do because they’re scared of what others may think of them.

After you’ve been blogging for awhile, you realize some people will always love what you have to say while other hate what you have to say. You put your content out there anyway because you know there are people dying to read your next post.

Why do you want to start a blog? Let us know in the comments!

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Eight Books Every Young Entrepreneur Should Read Before Graduating From College https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/8-books-every-young-entrepreneur-read-graduating-college/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/8-books-every-young-entrepreneur-read-graduating-college/#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:42:13 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4767 If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, then reading needs to be a crucial part of your journey. There are so many books out there written by brilliant minds that came before, eager to pass along their knowledge. Especially when you’re young, the amount you can learn from some of the books out there on topics ranging […]

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If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, then reading needs to be a crucial part of your journey.

There are so many books out there written by brilliant minds that came before, eager to pass along their knowledge. Especially when you’re young, the amount you can learn from some of the books out there on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to self-development can be quite impactful. So much so, that the lessons learned will stick with you for the rest of your life.

Whether you want to start your own company, or just be successful independently, here are eight books you should absolutely read before entering the real world:

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

A classic by every measure, Think and Grow Rich is the quintessential guidebook for anyone looking to improve themselves in pursuit of both financial satisfaction and personal contentment. The biggest takeaway from this book is Hill’s instructions for manifesting your desires. He explains the importance of actually writing down (on paper) what it is you want for yourself, and then reading that desire out loud to yourself every night and every morning. By reading your desire, you will “place it firmly in your subconscious.”

2. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Arguably the greatest book ever written on the subject of networking, How To Win Friends and Influence People highlights the importance of forging genuine relationships with people in the name of doing better business. “People want to do business with friends,” Carnegie shares. He goes on to explain how to cultivate these relationships in one’s life, and the benefits of doing so. A very influential book for the business world, and one that positively redefines what it means to be “successful.”

3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

There is nothing more foundational on the road to achievement than positive, daily habits. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been cited by just about every business leader as being a pivotal read on their own journey. Here, you’ll find strategies and explanations for why it’s the small things, done habitually day by day, that end up manifesting the largest wins in life. And not only that, but Covey does a wonderful job of breaking down why aiming for the big reward at the end can often times end up distracting you from what needs to be done first—right here, right now.

4. Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women, and Money: 50 Common Money Mistakes and How to Fix Them by Kevin O’Leary

Financial literacy is a crucial part of being successful, and few books break down the subject with the simplicity of O’Leary’s Cold Hard Truth. Here you will find stories from O’Leary’s own journey to becoming an extraordinarily successful business-minded creative thinker, and his own strategies for retaining and growing personal wealth. This is a fantastic starting point for learning about what it means to be “financially free.”

5. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Another excellent entry point into the world of financial freedom, Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a blend between narrative and actionable advice. The book’s entire goal is to show the reader the value of saving, and how a little bit of money put away each week or month can end up amounting to a fortune over time. Furthermore, it demolishes the thought that in order to become rich, you need a high-paying salary. Instead, it’s far more about having good habits with your finances.

6. Mastery by Robert Greene

What does it take to be a master? In Greene’s book, Mastery, he curates the experiences of some of the world’s most brilliant minds, including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. He shares their behaviors, their work habits, and what they did differently than allowed them to become such pivotal influences in their respective fields. But most of all, this book shows the rigorous hard work required in order to master one’s craft.

7. Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

What does the journey of being an entrepreneur really look like? There are few memoirs that capture the trials and tribulations more vividly than Branson’s memoir, Losing My Virginity. From a mail order catalog to a booming record label, airplane fleet, and more, Branson’s adventures to becoming one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time are both exhilarating and empowering. The biggest takeaway, however, is to remember to not be afraid even when the future seems grim. Some of Branson’s greatest successes came in the midst of what anyone else would have deemed chaos destined for failure.

8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Made famous for its explanation of the “10,000 hours rule,” Outliers is a book that helps put greatness in perspective. Gladwell’s theory is that in order for someone to truly become “great” at what they do, they must amass 10,000 hours of quality practice—approximately ten years of deliberate study. Combining stories of everything from how the Beatles became the greatest rock band in history, for example, to how certain software developers become billionaires amidst heavy competition, Gladwell’s final note resounds in the name of focus: if you want to become a leader in your industry, then distraction from your goal is the enemy.


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7 Steps To Success as told by Dwayne Johnson https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-steps-success-told-dwayne-johnson/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-mindset/7-steps-success-told-dwayne-johnson/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:17:32 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5270 Dwayne Johnson is the epitome of what it means to become successful. When you think he can’t do more he does. I’ve been a fan of his for a long time but admire him for the accomplishments he’s achieved. Whether that’s becoming an icon in the WWE or the #1 movie star in the world.  […]

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Dwayne Johnson is the epitome of what it means to become successful. When you think he can’t do more he does.

I’ve been a fan of his for a long time but admire him for the accomplishments he’s achieved. Whether that’s becoming an icon in the WWE or the #1 movie star in the world.  You can liken his story to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Johnson is self-made, working his way up from poverty. You’ve probably heard his famous quote, “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and I knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.”

Each of us can learn how to become successful from Johnson.

Be yourself

“The single most powerful thing I can be is to be myself.”

In a world with social media, it’s easy to fall victim to trying to be someone we’re not to impress others. This is a recipe for disaster.

Johnson understood that there’s no value in trying to be like anybody else. You can only fake who you are for a certain time until you give way. If you need to impress others or act like someone you’re not to become successful, it will not lead to a healthy life.

You need to realize that you’re not perfect. And when you try to be perfect, you will put yourself under unwanted pressure.

Accept who you are, especially your faults. You will fail in life. The quicker you understand that concept, the quicker you’ll become successful.

We can rely on others for external validation that we don’t realize the happiness we need is already inside ourselves. You can go your entire life looking for happiness when you already have it.

Who cares about what others think of you? Just be you, it will pay dividends. People can tell when you’re not acting like yourself. If people don’t like you for who you are, then there’s no need for them to be in your life.

When you’re starting a business, you should never be in it to make money. You should start a business you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to show the world what you have to offer.

You need to believe in yourself. The majority of people don’t believe in themselves and it holds them back from living the life they were meant to live.

Consistency

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”

Don’t start a business with the idea you will be successful in a few months time. It’s about putting in the necessary work every single day whether you feel like it or not.

People give up because they want it to be easy. They can stay consistent over a month or a few months, but when they don’t see results they give up. Think about all the successful people in the world, do you think they gave up when life got hard?

Johnson knew that to become successful he had to put in consistent effort. That consistent effort compounded over time will lead to your success.

Whatever you think it will take to create a successful business, you will have to work twice as hard as that. There’s a reason that most people don’t start a business.

If you’re starting a business for fame and fortune, it will not last long. It takes 10 years to become an overnight success. Are you ready to put in the work even when everything is going wrong?

If you’ve read the book 3 Feet From Gold, you’ll understand the concept of how close you are to achieving your dreams. Most people give up before their dreams are actualized.

When you put in the work over time, one year or ten years, there will eventually come a time when you achieve your desired success. The goal is to understand that no matter how tough it gets if you continue to put in the work, you’ll become successful.

Effort

“Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.”

Why do some people with all the talent in the world fail to become successful? Because they are outworked.

My favorite example of putting in the effort besides Johnson is Tom Brady. Being from New England I am biased. He was a sixth-round draft pick who’s become the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. He didn’t have all the talent, what he did have was the effort.

Along with Brady, Johnson knew a key component of success is the effort you are willing to put in.

If you put in 100 hours per week while the other person is putting in 40 hours per week, who do you think will become successful? Not you should kill yourself working 100 hours per week. But to work as long as it takes until you achieve your desired success.

Johnson had some talent. To get to where he is, he put in more effort than anyone else.

He made the transition from the WWE to becoming the top movie star. Do you think that’s ’possible without putting in the effort?

There will be external circumstances that arise when you’re going after your dreams. The only thing you can control is the effort you give.

To give effort means more than when you’re with others. Are you putting in the effort when no one’s watching? Because it’s easy to put in the effort when you’re around others. It’s easy to post pictures on Facebook and Instagram of you putting the hard work in. But what about when the cameras aren’t rolling? That will be a tell-tale sign on whether you become successful or not.

While you can’t control much in this life, you can control your effort.

Developing The Right Habits

“Success isn’t overnight it’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”

The habits you create in your life will lead you closer or away from success. You might have the habit of watching TV when you come home from work. Or you have the habit of reading for an hour each day. 

Your end goal should be to implement more good habits than bad habits in your life.

Johnson knew when you develop the right habits in your life, they’ll eventually lead you to your success.

To develop the right habits in your life isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t started. This doesn’t mean you can’t cultivate the right habits in your life over time.

The right habits consist of doing the work, reading or learning from others, eating healthy, working out and going to bed and waking up at the same each day. Those are a few of the many good habits you should implement your life.

If you want to see the difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful person, ask them about their habits.

We all have habits. Some are good and some are bad. Are you working to minimize your bad habits and increase your good habits?

You shouldn’t try to be a pioneer. There are tons of successful people. Model the habits they had that allowed them to get to where they are.

One way you can create good habits in your life is to reward yourself with something. If you read for an hour reward yourself with a small snack or a quick break. This habit will soon be implemented into your everyday life.

Self-Discipline

All successes begin with self-discipline. It starts with you.”

Understand that you have the power to accomplish anything you want. You can live the life you desire but that starts with the self-discipline you create for yourself.

When your friends are going out on a Friday night are you willing to sacrifice and work on your business? When the game’s on, are you willing to read a book that will give you newfound knowledge to implement into your business?

Self-discipline is sticking to what you said you’d do. When you create goals for yourself, will you see them through to the end?

You may believe self-discipline is easy to cultivate. It’s quite the contrary.

It’s easy eating a donut. It takes self-discipline to drink a green smoothie. It’s easy watching TV. It takes self-discipline to continue working on your business.

If everyone had self-discipline, we wouldn’t have as many problems we have in today’s society.

Johnson understood that his success would not depend on anyone else besides himself. He made the necessary sacrifices that led him to where he is today.

When you’re trying to develop self-discipline in your life, you need to get rid of any temptations around you. If you’re focusing on writing a blog post, then you need to shut off your phone and turn off the wifi on your computer. If you’re trying to lose weight, throw out any chocolate you have in your house. It’s easy to develop self-discipline when you get rid of any temptations.

It’s easy to lose your self-discipline if you try to work without taking any breaks. I recommend checking out the Pomodoro app. You can schedule yourself to take a five-minute break every thirty minutes.

Create Your Own Motivation

“I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.”

You can only use external motivation to keep you going for so long. When you use internal motivation to push you, you will continue on when times get tough.

Think back on all the people who doubted you and said you couldn’t do it. There will always be naysayers when you’re chasing success, you should use them as motivation.

Who’s relying on you? Do you have a family or relatives you could help out with your success?

Johnson knew he had to be the person to create his own motivation. He saw the situation he was in and used it as a motivation to keep him going. When he became successful, he didn’t want to go back to the hard times, so he used that as his own motivation.

One of the best ways to create your own motivation is to have a purpose for work. If your purpose is to just make money, it’ll be hard to keep going. If your purpose is to make an impact on the world, it will be easier to keep pushing forward.

Another great way to create motivation is to read on those who became successful. I recommend reading the books: Total Recall and Made In America. Those are the biographies of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Walton. You can use those books to learn how they became successful and use that for motivation in your life.

Vision

Think back 5 years ago. Think of where you’re today. Think ahead 5 years about what you want to accomplish. Be unstoppable.”

How are you supposed to become successful if you don’t where you’re going? When you create a vision for your life you’re creating a pre-destined destination.

The vision you create in your life will lead you to the life you want to live. Not that you will get there without putting in the work either.

Johnson understood that he needed to create a vision for himself to manifest the life he wanted.

When you’re creating a vision in your life, you first must write out the life you want to live.

Write out everything you wish to take place in your life. This includes your deepest desires and crazy ideas. You’re writing your dreams you’ve always wanted to accomplish no matter how big they are. This is giving yourself the permission to dream.

Your vision should come first when you’re going after your dreams. Because your vision will lead you to how far you can go in your life. You can have the vision of writing a book or you can have the vision of becoming a best-selling author.

When you have a clear vision for where you want to go in your life, you can devise a strategy that’ll allow your vision to become actualized.

The vision you have for your life will ultimately determine how far you go and what you’ll accomplish.

Dwayne Johnson shows us exactly what it takes to become successful in seven steps.

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7 Udemy Classes Every Entrepreneur Must Take https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/7-udemy-classes-every-entrepreneur-must-take/ https://www.becomethelion.com/wealth-building/7-udemy-classes-every-entrepreneur-must-take/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:25:56 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=4815 With the cost of continuing education on the rise, I realized there had to be a better option for my self-education. I stumbled across Udemy. For those of you who don’t know what Udemy is, it’s an online learning platform where instructors teach you courses. It’d be the same as taking a college course online […]

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With the cost of continuing education on the rise, I realized there had to be a better option for my self-education. I stumbled across Udemy. For those of you who don’t know what Udemy is, it’s an online learning platform where instructors teach you courses. It’d be the same as taking a college course online but less expensive.

There are classes on anything you want to learn. As a new entrepreneur, you will need to be versed in the different aspects of entrepreneurship. You need to save money to invest in your company. Why pay over $1,000 for a college class when you pay between $100 – $200 for a Udemy class?

Each class you take comes with a certificate of completion. Most classes are between five to ten hours. The average college class per semester is fifty – sixty hours.

If you haven’t any Udemy classes yet, you’re falling behind.

As an entrepreneur, there are seven essential Udemy classes you need to take.

 Learn to Sell Anything by Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is a master salesman. He’s created an empire from his sales career. He’s one of the few people you should get sales advice from.

Selling is a part of any successful business. If you don’t learn to sell prepare to fail. Sales are essential, without them you don’t have a company.

In the course, you will learn sales basics, techniques and strategies that will allow you to sell anything. Wouldn’t it be nice to create revenue on demand?

Until you learn how to sell, your future will always be unpredictable. With the course, you’ll be able to see predictable results. Because once you master selling, you will never be broke.

It can be fearful when you approach someone when you’re selling them something. Grant will give you the confidence you need to sell anything. Selling doesn’t have to be terrifying, it can become enjoyable.

Grant doesn’t care if you’re an introvert or an extrovert he shows everyone the proven principles on how to sell anything.

I took this course because I understood if I wanted to succeed as an entrepreneur I needed to learn how to sell. No one cares if it makes you uncomfortable.  Take charge of your own life and your business and that starts with this course.  

Podcast: The top 8 ways to monetize by Podcasting

Whether you have a podcast or you don’t, you need to take this course. It’s taught by John Lee Dumas, the host of the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast. John makes over $200,000 per month from podcasting. He takes you step by step on how he’s been able to monetize his brand.

If you have your own podcast John will show you how to land sponsorships. He’ll give you the script and the pricing structure you should go by when talking to different businesses.

More than the sponsorships, he’ll show you how to set up a coaching program, how to use amazon affiliates, how to create mastermind groups, how to find joint venture partners, how to finding speaking opportunities, how to build affiliate relationships and the best products and services for your company to sell.

This course should be taken by every entrepreneur. If you’re not sure how to monetize your brand or why you should create an online company, then this course is for you.

John is enthusiastic and knows what he is talking about. We’ve been able to use the strategies he mentioned to help drive revenue for Become The Lion.

Monetizing your podcast or business is in the same realm of selling. If you don’t learn how to monetize your company, you don’t have a company.

Copywriting secrets – How to write copy that sells

Copywriting is writing advertising promotional materials. Instead of selling someone face to face, you’re now selling them through the words in an email or sales letter. Great copy is the difference between a five and six figure business.

When you learn copy, your sales will increase. You will go from someone who is forcing the other person to buy your product into someone who tells a story and relating it back to the benefits your product will have for your customer.

80% of people buy based on their emotional state and only 20% in a logical state. In the course, you’ll learn how to write emotional copy that drives your audience to buy your products.

The instructor will show you real-life examples of excellent and terrible copy.   

I took this course because I realized online marketing involves selling people through your words. It doesn’t matter how great your product or idea is if you don’t learn how to sell it.

You’ll learn how to use the power of your words to generate more sales and leads.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Then take this course!

An Entire MBA in 1 Course: Award Winning Business School Prof

This is the top business course you can take on Udemy. The course is just under fifty hours of power packed content. The course is taught by Chris Haroun, an award-winning MBA professor.

Chris will give you the details from starting your company to taking it public and everything in between. You will learn the important topics that are taught at the top colleges across the country. Chris will share with you practical business concepts that’ll allow you to become more successful.

The instructor worked at Goldman Sachs and Accenture, bringing his experience when teaching the course.

I took the course because I understood how expensive getting an MBA would be. It’d save you a lot of money and a lot more time by taking this course.

You’ll learn everything you need to know to start a successful business. Compiled with the courses above, there are no reasons you can’t attain the success you desire.

The instructor teaches you over twenty-five different topics you need to grasp when starting and then trying to grow your business.

The course takes boring concepts and makes them interesting for you. Take this course if you want to get ahead in your life.

Facebook Ads & Facebook Marketing Mastery Guide 2017

There are over one billion people who use Facebook. If you don’t have Facebook ads running every day, you’re losing money. Facebook is the best platform for creating ads to target your audience.

This course will teach you how to create Facebook ads and how to target your ideal audience. It will also show you how to optimize the Facebook page you create for your brand.

You’ll learn how to optimize your ads for increased conversions at a lower cost. Once you learn how to create revenue on demand through Facebook ads, your entire business will change.

There are a plethora of different ads that your business can use on Facebook. The instructor will take you through each ad and which ads would work best for your business.

I took this course because I saw how large of an audience Facebook had. It’s never been easier to find the right customers for your company.

Besides creating Facebook ads, you’ll learn how to get more page likes and increased engagement on your posts.

Whether you’re selling a product or service, you need to be using ads to grow your brand.

If you want to grow your Facebook page and increase your revenue take this course. 

Nutrition Hacks for Entrepreneurs – Get Healthy and Fit

As entrepreneurs, we are constantly on the move. Sometimes the cost of being an entrepreneur is grabbing a meal from the most convenient location. The most convenient location isn’t always the best.

This course will teach you what foods you should eat and what foods you should be avoiding. From eating the correct foods, you will have more vitality in your life.

Instead of trying to count calories, you’ll learn what foods to focus on for your diet. Most people go their entire life without learning what foods will give or take away their energy. You can’t have a successful business if you’re feeling down.

I took this course because I’m constantly busy with work to do. It came to a point where I’d only be eating one or two meals a day. Sometimes those meals included a fast food restaurant. I knew something had to change. That’s when I came across this course.

The instructors take complex concepts for eating healthy and breaks them down into a way that the average person can understand.

Besides learning what foods to eat and avoid, you’ll learn how to implement the process of eating the correct foods into your lifestyle and how to sustain it.

If you’re someone who’s looking to improve their diet or gain more energy, take this course.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Viral Blog Posts

It takes one viral blog post to change your business. Because when you create a viral blog post you will gain tons of traffic for your website.

If you want to get your brand known, you will become a writer. We recommend starting with a blog.

One fear of a new blogger is running out of ideas to write. This course will quell those fears and show you different ways to ideas for topics to write about.

A viral blog post increases your traffic and when you increase your traffic, you get more sales.

The difference between a good blog and great blog is the same as five and six figure income. Creating viral blog posts is an under-utilized tool for most businesses.

This course will show you how to create blog posts that’ll allow you to become an authority figure in your niche market.

I took this course because I’ve realized how essential blogging is to creating a successful business.

Take this course if you wish to learn how to find ideas and how to write blog posts that garner attention.

A great advantage of taking classes on Udemy is that once you purchase them, you’ll have them forever. If you forget something, you can go back to the topic and re-learn it.

What is your favorite Udemy class? Let us know in the comments!

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Why Every Successful Person Spends Time Alone https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/every-successful-person-spends-time-alone/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:25:15 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=5260 “Being alone has a power that very few can handle,” – Steve Aitchinson It was a Friday night, the wind billowing against of my window. Sitting in my chair, rocking back and forth deciding what I should do. I’d been alone for the past twenty-fours without talking to anyone. In that moment, an idea struck […]

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Being alone has a power that very few can handle,” – Steve Aitchinson

It was a Friday night, the wind billowing against of my window. Sitting in my chair, rocking back and forth deciding what I should do. I’d been alone for the past twenty-fours without talking to anyone.

In that moment, an idea struck me. With my laptop in hand, I typed away. Word after word showed up on the screen in front of me. By night’s end, I had over 5,000 words typed. That was a point in my life where I’d never typed over 1,000 words in one sitting.

My first book was under way. This was before Become The Lion and before I started anything worth mentioning. I continued to soak in my alone time.

Within a few months, I had an entire 72,000-word novel produced. One I’m set to release within the next few months after taking a leave of absence.

Reflecting on those days when I was first writing the book, I couldn’t think about why I hadn’t published the book.

Fast forward a few months later. It was a Saturday night, and I hadn’t spoken to anyone since the previous Friday morning. My thoughts and I were having a conversation with each other. Then it struck me again, I realized I hadn’t published the book.

I tried my best to retrace my steps the best I could. It dawned on me that I hadn’t had enough alone time over the past few months. I’d been surrounded by people constantly and it hurt my creativity.

For the past few months, I’ve made it an effort to spend at least one day per week without coming into contact with someone else even it’s only for half a day.

When I give myself alone time, that’s when the magic happens. My best ideas come from a place of solitude. But there’s more to it than that, every successful person needs to spend time alone.

Need To Recharge

We live in a world where people are constantly moving. We receive notifications from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed. If we aren’t attached to surrounding ourselves with people all the time, we’re attached to the device in our own pocket.

People think the idea of being alone and recharging, that they are going to be lonely. It’s quite the opposite. Have you ever noticed that even if you are with others, you’re not yourself? That’s because you haven’t taken the time to recharge.

When you’re around people all the time, you can develop a subconscious need for external validation. What will happen on the day when you find yourself alone because everyone else is busy? By getting rid of your need for external validation and taking time to recharge, you’ll experience less stress in your world. Because with external validation you put an unwanted need to be liked by others. No matter what you do, not everyone will like you.

Every successful person understands that at a certain point they need to recharge or else they’re going to burnout.

When you continue to push and push and push, you will wear yourself thin. Sometimes you need to take a step back to focus on what you’re doing and what you’re trying to accomplish.

If you’re surrounded by others and with the media, we can gain a false sense of what it means to be successful.

You’re putting in the work but not seeing any satisfaction. This is a tell-tale sign you need to recharge.

Learn Who You Are

We can move so fast we forget who we are. When you’re alone, you can take the time to decide if you’re living the life you want or someone else’s predestined plan for you.

When we’re with people, we can take on their thinking. Sometimes that’s not going be good. Your ideas aren’t your own but rather a spinoff of what you heard someone say.

In a place of solitude, you learn who you are because you’re allowing yourself to bring your sub-conscious thoughts into your conscious mind.

When you’re thinking all day, you may not realize the thoughts you are having. You might have unwanted thoughts and not realize how harmful they are.

The world is negative, it’s not a secret. There’s negativity everywhere you go. If you aren’t careful, you’ll develop negative thoughts along with the masses.

When you take time to learn who you are, you find happiness and positivity in the person you already are.

People perceive they have to act a certain way to get others to like them. What they don’t realize is that they are already perfect the way they are. We can get so hung up on what on what other’s think of us we forget the beauty that’s already inside of us.

When I’d spend time alone, I could finally realize who I am as a person and what I stood for. I wasn’t subject to other people’s thoughts or opinions. I know if I told people on that Friday night I was going back and writing a book, they’d talk me out of it.

By spending time alone, I finally learned who I am. Each time I spend time alone, I learn more about myself that I never knew.

You Become Creative

Your creative potential will be its greatest when you spend time alone. My best ideas always come from the time I spend alone.

You will allow yourself to analyze your thoughts. Because when you’re shifting your thoughts from the world and people around you, you can focus on yourself.

Wouldn’t it be great to know that when you spend time alone, something great happens? The successful already know this and use it their advantage.

The next time you’re alone, take a piece of paper and pen and write what your ideal life would look like.

A reason that this exercise works great when you’re alone is because you can think independently.

If you find yourself out of ideas or don’t know the direction to take your life, you need to stop and spend time alone.

I credit spending time alone to the creation of the book I’d written. There have been many times when I spend time alone and come up with ideas that are life altering.

When you spend time alone, you allow yourself to become more creative.

Get More Work Done

It’s super easy to become distracted when you try to work with others. When you spend time alone, you’re unplugging yourself from the world. It’s during this time you can get your most important work done.

Most people tell themselves they don’t have enough time to accomplish a certain task. What they don’t realize is that they are essentially saying that the task isn’t a priority. Because if it was a priority, they’d find the time to get it done. You find that time when you’re alone.

You’ll concentrate more on your work when you rid yourself of the distractions that are a commonality in everyday life. How would it feel that every time you work, you’ll accomplish more than most people do the entire week?

Understand that there’s a time to be a social and there’s a time to work. When it’s time to work, you must create a space in which you can work alone. You allow no one or anything to disrupt you, nothing.

As an entrepreneur or in any endeavor, it will take massive amounts of work to become successful. If you continue to start and stop, you will lose any momentum you created for yourself. It’s always easy to continue on with your work than it is to stop and pick back where you left off. If you stop, you need to have finished your task and when you get back be working on a different task.

To become more successful get acquainted with the idea you must spend time alone to bring out your best work.

Become SelfReliant

It’s easy to fall dependent on others to get your needs met. To become selfreliant you must fall in love with the idea of being alone.

As you grow as a person, learn to take care of yourself and make your own decisions. If you’re around people, you make group decisions. There will come a time when you need to decide on your own and you will be lost.

When you spend a day by yourself, plan how that day will go. Because no one should ever plan your days for you.

If you haven’t yet, realize that this is your life. It’s up to you to make your own decisions. When you spend too much time allowing others to take responsibility for your life, you end in a place you don’t want to be.

Make your own decisions. And realize that whatever happens, you have to deal with the consequences. If you spend your alone time watching TV, then that’s your own choice. No one is forcing you to partake in that activity. If you work on yourself and take advantage of your time spent alone, then that’s a choice.

No matter where you are in life, you should spend time alone. Every successful person knows it’s one of the keys to success.

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Before we go into crushing porn out of your life, you need to understand what pornography is and the forms it takes. So we ask the obvious question, what is pornography? Most often than not, we claim to know something when in the real sense, we know little about it. It is human nature to assume everything that sounds common to be public knowledge. In this article, we shall be looking at some eye-opening facts of how bad porn is for you. But before we do that, we must grasp the true meaning of the concept of pornography.

For those who do not know, pornography, (abbreviated as porn) refers to the portrayal of a sexual subject with the intention to create an arousal. Over the centuries, pornography has been portrayed in so many forms. Some of the common forms in which pornography is presented include magazines, books, sculpture, photographs, postcards, paintings, drawings, sound recording, writing, film, video, and animation.

You need to know what porn is to be able to stay away from this evil vice that can terribly ruin your life. Pornography, like most addictions, is difficult but possible to quit. It will give you a short-term pleasure at the advent of long term suffering.

Why watching porn has continued to escalate in our modern era? One of the obvious explanations is that porn quite addictive and as a result of those who are hooked to it always feels like they must increase their dosage of porn to gain a sense of normality. The worse thing is that pornography material also evolves with time; becoming more intriguing and sophisticated. This pushes porn addicts to the limits of wanting more every day. The reason for this is because they want to achieve the same arousal as before.

Pornography Lowers Human Dignity and Value

Generally speaking, pornography is bad for you because it can demonize your human dignity. For women who act pornography, you need to stop. Acting porn shows your depleted sense of self-respect, and it shows you have no fear of God. Pornography leads to lusting and according to religious scripts, this is one of the deadliest sins.  God did not intend for human beings to lust over each other’s flesh but to admire one another’s virtues. Porn overtime can overpower the human body and mind. Those who agree to take part in pornography are in essence agreeing to be used as satanic vessels.

Pornography is only used as a means of using people to lure others into lusting after men and women. Porn industries make money by using people having the pleasure to arouse others. This is the lowest a man can get.  Using your body not only to make money but to arouse others who you know very well cannot find you in reality. And the worst bit of it is that the participants in the sex scenes have no real affection between them, which portrays to you fake love.

Watching porn is degrading the human race because it portrays false loves. You might be carried away into thinking that what you are watching is the real show of true love. Porn is an act, meant to arouse you and show you the fleshy and lusty side of human beings with no dignity at all. Those who watch porn do it because they want to avoid rejection. But little do they know that the porn they are watching is doing more harm than good to them. In fact, those people you crave for, who are in the porn movies only see you as window shoppers behind as screen. They do what they do know you will fantasize and go mad for them. At the back of their mind, they know only too well, you are only pleasuring your eyes but cannot have them. This is the real and most painful rejection you can ever experience. The earlier you notice it, the better.

Porn impacts negatively on your kids

We have already seen how porn demeans human dignity. But we need to ask ourselves one thing, what is the impact of porn on kids. Kids play a major role in our lives. Addressing the issue of porn on our kids is important. Porn has been made easily and readily available almost everywhere. Our morality is on the brink of oblivion. We expect our kids to restore what is left of the human dignity. However, that cannot happen with the ever increasing accessibility of porn material. This section is particularly addressed to the young folks and kids. You are the future of humanity.

As a young person, you need to ask yourself a few questions. One of them is very obvious? What would you like to be when you grow up.? Whichever the answer you must know that porn is bad for your life.

Sexually explicit images, as well as erotic art, have had a place almost in each culture. The depiction of and sharing the private sexual with the whole world in the real sense obliterates the concept of intimacy. As a kid, you have been growing up with the knowledge that sex is sacred. It should stay that way. Intimacy is a crucial aspect of sexual health, and it must be preserved and held sacred in your mind from a tender age. Watching porn will take that away from you.

Early images influence your fundamental understanding of the concept of sexuality. People usually develop fundamental beliefs or “sexual archetypes “about sexuality. If you start off watching porn at a young age, your beliefs will be affected negatively.

Your brain uses archetypes as shorthand for quick categorization of things before collecting information about them. We develop sexual archetypes our brain stores information about the properties of experiences, people or images which lead to our arousal sexually. Your earliest association with sexual arousal should be very important and hence the need to avoid negative sexual archetypes which are portrayed in pornography.

The kinds of images you see as a kid can influence your sexual archetypes and your sexual behavior later on in your adult life. Studies show that kids exposed to violent pornography scenes are five times more likely to coerce or force a person into having a sexual intercourse compared to other kids who watched non-violent porn (note however that both forms of sex are extremely harmful to your life). If you grow up associating sex with violence at an early age will be detrimental your sex life as well as the life of your partner later on. It is for this reason that kids must particularly stay away from porn.

Pornography affects your heart

There is a lot of scientific research about the effect of pornography on your heart. All you have to do is look in the right places. Studies also indicate that porn is dangerous to your brain’s health. According to many scientific studies, porn affects how the visual overstimulation of the lower brain can lead to changes in your neurological pattern as well as the brain chemistry. In actuality pornography messes with your brain. If porn can adversely affect your brain what can it do to your heart?

Porn can numb your heart, and this is a scientific analysis and research finding. Watching too much porn causes your brain to stimulate all your neurological signals, and sends them to your heart as well the reproductive and the adrenal glands.

While your primitive brain is aroused by porn and wants to find pleasure and mate, your heart, on the other hand, wants to connect with someone. In the real sense, though, there is no real person to connect to or be intimate with. This creates some form of imbalance. If this process is repeated many times over, your body adapts to constant over-stimulation. It does this by becoming numb. This scenario does not only happen to our body but our brain as well. Similarly the same happens with our hearts. The brain through the vagus nerve sends neurological signals to the heart. This prompts your heart to get numb. All the activities of loneliness, disconnection, and frustration lead to an incoherent heart. An incoherent heart has incoherent heart rhythm waves which can be observed through a monitor.

Porn has a host of other effects on your body and mind as well.

Porn is addictive

Porn is more addictive than either cocaine or heroin. And as with other forms of addiction, you will waste a lot of your time behind the screen ogling at people who are not there with you. When you watch porn frequently and regularly, your body sends chemicals to your brain’s pleasure cells. Heroin and cocaine have been found to mimic the effect of porn on your brain. Perhaps this is the reason why all the three are all harmful to your health.

Porn breaks up most relationships

Studies show that porn is one of the leading and growing reasons for divorce. Pornography makes your spouse feel inferior to whatever you watch on watch. If you get hooked on porn, you will always suffer from low self-esteem. As a matter of fact, porn distorts your view of each other. The fantasy created by porn cannot be lived up to.

Moreover, porn creates unrealistic expectations of each spouse. Ladies need to know that not very man is well endowed with a foot-long hammer. Likewise, porn makes men expect every woman to have huge knocker. Porn conveys some seriously misleading misconceptions to its views. These unfulfilled unrealistic expectations lead to dissatisfaction in your marriage and eventually divorce.

Porn can lead to violent behavior and mistreatment of women

Porn portrays sex like a combat where the man dominates with disregard to the woman’s feelings. In a research conducted in 2010, the content of more than 300 popular mainstream pornographic sites was analyzed. The research found out that degradation, physical violence as well as verbal aggression were depicted in 90% of the videos. In 95% of the scenes, these acts were orchestrated against female actors. Women in these scenes fake pleasure and hide the torture they go through. Porn performers are regularly exposed to the disease, abuse, and drugs. Most of us out here want to try out everything we watch in the porn movies. In the end, we never realize the danger we expose our partners.

Porn is bad for you, and there is no better and clearer way to put it. Not only does porn harm your health but it is also disastrous to your relationships and your social life altogether. Producers of porn do not give a rat’s ass about accurate or significant it is to real baby making. Therefore, someone should not poison your mind with unfounded innuendos such as “porn will teach you how to make love.” All they are interested in is hooking you to their videos so you can keep lining up their pockets. Choose to live a longer, happy and true life by quitting porn.

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Five Reasons To Live Like A Roman https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/five-reasons-live-like-roman/ https://www.becomethelion.com/lion-lifestyle/five-reasons-live-like-roman/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:16:07 +0000 https://www.becomethelion.com/?p=2663 We live in a world where people need safe spaces. A place where the divorce rate is at fifty percent. Our society is being divided because people need ‘entitlement.’ The millennial generation is content on superficial relationships and mediocrity. During the later third of the BC’s, Alexander the Great conquered the world by age 32. […]

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We live in a world where people need safe spaces. A place where the divorce rate is at fifty percent. Our society is being divided because people need ‘entitlement.’ The millennial generation is content on superficial relationships and mediocrity.

During the later third of the BC’s, Alexander the Great conquered the world by age 32. There’s still 32-years-old living at home with their parents. When did we lose our sense of what it means to be a man? We let others disrespect us and then going running off without settling it.

The world is scared of hurting people’s feelings. Someone might get mad at me if I say this to them. Do you think this would’ve happened during the Roman Empire?

The wealthy are bashed, even though they donate large sums of money.

People are stopped from chasing their dreams. If you wanted to be known as leader or warrior in Rome, you made it known. You didn’t sit on your couch wishing it would happen.

We can learn a great deal from the Roman Empire, both the successes and the failures. We should each try to mimic the traits of the Romans into our own life. They were fearless, brave, precise and knew what it took to win.

How They Viewed Love

Love is powerful. It can make even the strongest man weak in his knees. Throughout the Roman Empire, love was viewed as a weakness. You never married someone because you loved them, you married them because it gave you an advantage in life.

Not that you shouldn’t get married. It’s saying many people get married for the wrong reason. They sense pressure by their friends and family. They marry the wrong person just get the worry over. A Roman would never do such a thing.

When you’re looking for your life partner, are you searching for someone who will lift you? Who you marry is the most important choice of your life. They will have a direct impact on whether you will be successful or not. You spend the most time with this person.

Find someone who has dreams and aspirations. Someone who isn’t negative or wastes time. This person is out there, but it’s unlikely to be the first woman you meet. Strike up conversations with many women and see if any of them peak your interest. You know in five minutes of talking to a woman if she’s right for you.

The Romans were opposed to divorce. With divorce rate high, it’s nothing new to hear of someone getting divorced. Divorce happens because you don’t take the time to find the right partner. Even when times are tough, you make that relationship work.

Having an affair is becoming more common in the workplace. If a man or woman was prosecuted for adultery during the Roman Empire, they’d have to give up half their property if not all of it and weren’t allowed to marry a freeborn citizen again.

Didn’t Hide Their Feelings

In today’s society, if you dislike someone you tell others behind their back. During the Roman times, you’d gather your legions together and go off to war with that other person. If you didn’t have legions, you’d go into a combat battle with that person.

Facing your enemies is how you gained respect. The Romans weren’t scared of hurting each other’s feelings. Your reputation was based on your bravery. Standing down in front of an enemy wasn’t bravery.

If someone does something you don’t prefer, tell that person. Don’t suppress that feeling. You will gain respect.

Don’t lie to others no matter how hard the truth is. If you had a strategy to go against another army or start a business and it didn’t work, you didn’t make an excuse. You collected your thoughts and went through how you will attack again.

To show your feelings doesn’t mean to be disrespectful. You tell the other person in a polite tone how you’re feeling. The Romans would let each person speak their mind. They didn’t settle a disagreement through text or on the phone, it was in person.

Wanted Power

Every Roman wanted to have power. They wished to have a better life. They understand that if they wanted something, they’d work for it. Nothing would be handed to them.

People wish to get a promotion because they’ve worked in the same job for six months or a year. New entrepreneurs jump from business idea to business idea. There are people who are content with being average.

Even the lowest class in Rome didn’t want to stay there. It’s acceptable today to work a mediocre job.

A Roman made a name for himself or herself. They’d take advice from their most trusted allies. People take advice from everyone. The Romans took advice from those who’d shown the results.

The Roman army took over other countries because they wanted all the power. They didn’t wish to be an ‘alright’ country. In Rome, they desired power because with power came respect.

Donated Large Sums Of Money

We think being in the middle-class is good, something to be grateful for. You can’t help anyone if you only have enough money to help yourself. You can’t provide jobs or donate to the charity you’d prefer to help.

In Rome, if you made vast amounts of money, you were expected to put that money to use. The wealthy would help with infrastructure, paying the army and more. They viewed this a necessity to everyday life.

It’s a notion today that making too much money is a terrible thing. This holds people back from going after their dreams because they’re scared of being ‘different.’

You should amass as much money as you can while also living a life you enjoy. Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome enjoyed seeing his wonderful city being built because he donated the money.

A wealthy Roman would go to the senate to seek approval on a job; buildings, roads, fountains. If the request was denied, they’d use their own money. By having money, you have the power to do what you want and help who you wish.

Took Their Time

If you desired to go to battle against an opponent, the Romans would take their time. Sometimes wars would go on for years. Wars would start and be broken up because they time wasn’t ideal. The Romans were strategic with their time.

People expect that if they start a business, they should make $100,000 within the first year. In Rome you earned that $100,000, it wasn’t given to you. You earned money through hard work and bettering the lives of others.

If you wanted an advancement in the Roman army, you’d have to show your bravery during battle. You didn’t go up to your general and ask him to rank you higher just because you’ve been in the army longer than others.

Be patient. Don’t expect overnight success. The work you put in today will give you a better future tomorrow.

Why do you want to live like a Roman? Tell us in the comments below!

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