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The amazing benefits of immersion

Total immersion to accelerate learning. The amazing benefits of immersion. 80 year old’s comment and woman in Mum and dad’s building. People living to 92 doing nothing with their lives.

TIL walking before solving a problem improves your creativity by an average of 60%.

LPT: Act like your future self is a real person. So when you see a chore that needs to be done, you can say “I’ll do this now to be nice to my future self”. Helps motivate to get things done because you’re doing work for someone you want to help.

The amazing benefits of immersion.

Obviously this extends to all disciplines and the idea that if you want to learn something quickly and accurately, the best way is to immerse yourself in the field.

If it’s a profession you’re aspiring to be a part of, volunteer. Get involved. You’ll learn at a faster pace and discover more by trial and error rather than solely reading.

The amazing benefits of immersion

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The world is moving so fast that the person who says it can’t
be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” Elbert Hubbard

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews

Think about when making purchases online how much reviews matter to you. Zero is worse than negative ones… No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews and sincere ones.

How do you go about obtaining them? Well there are multiple things you could do. You can provide your product as a sample to anyone that might be willing to review it, or you could heavily discount it. But bear in mind that the feedback may not be positive. Although that does pose a risk, it makes skeptical buyers more inclined to be persuaded that the product is real (because they’re only interacting with it digitally) and to consider whether they will or won’t try it out.

No reviews, no sales. You need product reviews

This also extends to lavish landing pages. Testimonials, verifiable ones at that are a huge asset. A standalone clean website is great. But having more than that is better. Buyers want to feel that they’re dealing with something reputable, not just something shiny.

Again, no reviews, no sales. Yes, it’s an exaggeration, maybe you’ll be the exception to the rule, but by and large you need reviews (even word of mouth) to generate that push to consumers. Either than or spectacular samples.

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“If you find yourself pondering in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.” Colonel David Hackworth

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Opinions of success from people that don’t matter

The strange domination of what other people think and people’s opinions of what success means. You have on average 30,000 days. Opinions of success from people that don’t matter (the only person that matters is you and the effort you put in). Nobody’s opinion of you matters but your own. It’s you who needs to be at ease with yourself, your life and to sleep to enjoy another day.

Opinions of success from people that don't matter

Remember, if you put yourself out in the public eye in any capacity (that includes exiting your front door) people will judge you. That’s fine, we all do it with typically various unsubstantiated levels of prejudice. What you have to do is realize that all opinions and truths apart from your own don’t matter. Behave well, be as good as you can and you’ll still have people critiquing or presenting an angle on who you are and why you do what you do. That’s why opinions as they say are like arseholes (everybody’s got one).

You’re your own judge, the world and society can only affect you if you allow them to. Try some meditation or mindfulness, regulate your breathing and objectively evaluate anytihng you’re worried about.

People who don’t care about you, don’t matter

I had an amusing experience today whereby I was in a ramen restaurant and I needed to use the washroom. After I’d finished I had trouble flushing the toilet and so upon leaving I informed the man that was queued up to use the washroom after me. As I exited I warned him, “Be careful, that toilet doesn’t flush.” And I went to join my girlfriend at our table and enjoy our lunch.

As I was exiting, he grabbed my attention as I passed him and said, “I just want you to know what you did back there was disgusting.” “Excuse me?” I responded. He repeated the comment so I responded, “I was only informing you that the toilet wasn’t flushing so that you were aware.” “Right, well it worked fine for me. That was disgusting.”

I got extremely heated and offended as well as bewildered at the notion that if I were simply peeing and not flushing clear urine, I’d inform the person following me out of some sort of foul sadistic act? I became very angered and clearly expressed that fury. I kept responding, “Apply the logic,” to which his girlfriend said, “That’s what someone who did to that would say…”

My girlfriend also chimed in to add, “Have you never been to a mall where the toilets aren’t working?” To which he responded, “No, we don’t go to those sorts of places.” Clearly indicating what type of person this individual was.

There are some people you’ll never convince

The crux of that story was that no matter what you do, people will cast their own opinions. Whether you’re trying to be considerate of someone else or your intentions are good, it will all be subject to interpretation, no matter how nonsensical. Don’t give that any time or weight as there’s literally nothing you can do about it. I argued, got infuriated and almost took the confrontation too far because I had trouble in the moment realizing how idiotic it was, but why did his opinion matter? It didn’t. You need to realize that as well.

That extends to success or the lack thereof too. Opinions of success from people that don’t matter to you mean nothing, and it’s up to you to determine who does and why.

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“Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.” Lichtenberg, Aphorisms

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective

Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective. Siddhartha, love is stronger than hate, soft is stronger than hard, water is stronger than stone

Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective

She picks up the cup and the glass.
KAREN: [nervous] I got carried away, washed too many dishes and ended up with one glass and one mug. Typical.
Karen hands David his glass and holds the mug.

KAREN: Here’s to this sort of this never happening to either of us again!
She forcefully clinks his glass with her mug.
KAREN: Bottom’s up!
She shoots her drink, David doesn’t.
KAREN: What?
DAVID: Sorry, I’m a little…
KAREN: That’s really fucking rude you know.

“Don’t let perfection become procrastination. Do it now.” —@DanielleLaPorte. “If you woke up every morning and you didn’t have fear what would you do” Don’t become a changed version of you that you don’t want to be. She just wants to waste time the realization that you’re apart and have broken up long ago should be clear.

DAVID: Sorry, excuse me… I… Siddhartha quotes can help solidify your perspective
KAREN: Yup?
David downs his drink in one gulp… He starts coughing and choking.
His eyes lock a tortured look on Karen as his body reacts to the poisons.
Karen shuts the closet door.
She heads into the living room, turns on her TV, turns up the volume and zones out.

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“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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Did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have?

Did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have? Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Broadly attributed to Churchill, but found nowhere in his canon. An almost equal number of sources credit this saying to Abraham Lincoln; but none of them provides any attribution.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection – mark twain?

In all likelihood it really doesn’t matter what he did or didn’t say. Sorry, it doesn’t. He was a man that achieved a great many things (including a statue right by Parliament(. What does matter are the sentiments that we sculpted and how they encourage individuals to make their own life changes.

If I were to start rattling off quotes that have inspired me, I wouldn’t last long doing so. Being inundated with quotable sentences and blobs of information is what we all endure on a daily basis.

But whether or not we know if did Winston Churchill really say everything he’s quoted to have? Is only provable through documentation of interviews or biographies. It can be verified like those blue tick marks. Let’s just assume he did manage 70% And enjoy what the remaining 30% provides us with regardless.

If you’ve seen the movie about the man (the Gary Oldman one) or you’re misfortunate enough to revere or know a good amount about the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (feels uncomfortable just saying that), you’ll be well versed in the notoriety behind the man. Not to mention John Lithgow’s version of him in The Crown.

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“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”

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The Budget Traveler advice

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The Budget Traveler advice

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KAREN: [shaking her head] Why would I? Have I given you any reason to think that of me?
DAVID: No. [beat] I do know what happened to El was accidental and I do know it was all our fault. I’ll do whatever you want to appease this. You’ve been very good to me and you didn’t have to.
Pretending to be reaching an epiphany as she explains her idea, Karen begins filling in David with the solution.
KAREN: What if I got some sort of alibi together for you and for me. [beat] And then you go off and tell that friend of ours that you don’t know what happened to Elmar or where he fled to, and that you changed your mind when you heard it we were at home but you dropped your wallet at our place and so you felt you had to run away for a few days. [beat] Tell her you had to, “Let the smoke clear as they say…”
DAVID: Could you really do that?

The Budget Traveler advice

KAREN: I want this over.
DAVID: I could definitely do this, definitely.
KAREN: But we will need some sort of collateral in exchange.
DAVID: Like what?
Karen grabs David’s hand and grasps one of his fingers.
KAREN: [joking] Your finger!
David repels in fear.
KAREN:I’m joking, I’m joking. Calm down. [beat] I was thinking more so some sort of video footage or something… We could have you admit to killing Elmar on tape and then set you free. If you were to say anything, the footage would be shown…
DAVID: But I didn’t…
KAREN: I know, there’s DNA evidence and ways to prove it was us… Maybe. But I’m trying to insure us against you being untrustworthy, which thus far you haven’t exactly given me reason to believe.
DAVID: I’ll do whatever you want, I won’t say a word.
KAREN: Cool beans.
DAVID: What are you going to do to Sam?

KAREN: What can we do?
DAVID: I understand.
Karen stands up.
DAVID: Sam lied so extensively, you two have shown me how understanding you are and who you are —
Her facial expression turns from passive and depressed to infuriated.
DAVID: I mean I just want to say I didn’t do this to personally hurt you.
Something tweaks in Karen, she now realizes how naive her last few statements were to David.
KAREN: You knew our relationship with Sam, why you did it I don’t care. But don’t kid me with that “not to hurt” me bullshit, you knew she was doing something against someone she knew personally. How could it not be personal? How could it not be to hurt us personally?
DAVID: But she —

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E-Book cover design tips and suggestions, can apply to print too

E-Book cover design tips and suggestions, can apply to print too. The whole cliche of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” also applies to e-books. But just like print books, consumers do judge books by their covers. Thus you need to ensure that your cover stands up to the scrutiny that the many eyes viewing it will apply.

A cover can be easy enough to conjure up. In essence you need the title, author and likely an image to portray the tale or an aspect of it.

I have a variety of e-Book cover design tips and suggestions for you primarily stemming around simple designs.

Firstly, focus on the core of the story or subject. Whether fiction or non-fiction, try to condense the subject to a central theme.

From that theme experiment with what appeals to your eye the most. If it were on a shelf would you pick it up to read the back cover? If so, the odds are you’re on the right path.

Alternatively, try using simple programs like Prisma or Snapseed or if you have the knowledge and/or resources, try Adobe Photoshop. Change whatever image you had in mind to something simple, crisp and clear.

Your goal is to make an image so appealing that people flock to read what the story inside ends up being.

https://designschool.canva.com/blog/book-cover-design-50-amazing-covers-you-will-want-to-pick-up/

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“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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“And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them” Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter

“And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them” Sean ‘Jay-Z’ Carter said on “Moment of Clarity” from the Black album. And it’s very true. If you’re down on your luck it’s extremely hard to help those around you that need you. Someone has to be in an advantageous position. We all regularly get too proud to ask for help, especially from our families. Our families are those closest to us and most likely to offer a helping hand but our pride jumps in and refuses to allow us to show our vulnerabilities.

That’s quite normal in many cases. It’s hard to ask for help. We always assume we can bear the burden of whatever’s going on, but we can’t always.

So what’s your plan of attack? It can’t just be to hope that money comes your way, you need some tactics. You need to veer away from extremely low yielding savings accounts and get involved in the volatile and risky stock market which can pay off in high dividends or make you lose your investments. However, your savings account likely won’t be of value until you’re desperate later in life.

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“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Do it now.” Paulo Coelho

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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How to make YouTube videos compete in an oversaturated subject

How to make YouTube videos compete in an oversaturated subject. It can take months and months to achieve this, but get those videos made and put them out.

Nowadays everybody uses YouTube. They gross billions of dollars per year in revenue and their respective content creators take a piece of that prize. It’s not too late to jump in and grab yours.

Although subjects seem to now be oversaturated and channels are teeming with content, there is still room for you to grow marketing your own content. That requires a few areas to perfect.

Firstly, quality. Make great content. Whether it be short films or sketches, advice or training videos, make the content brilliant and carefully/professionally appearing.

Secondly, come up with specific titles and make your video details specific. Every advanced feature in describing, geolocating and dating your content will help you in your local and global attempts at being seen.

How to make YouTube videos compete in an oversaturated subject

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“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Richard Branson

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?

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The J.O.B. abbreviation is true, unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job

The J.O.B. abbreviation is true unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job. We’re conditioned in society to believe that it doesn’t matter what you do for work, as long as you work, as long as you’re employed, as long as you have a job. While there’s truth in the essence of that, having a job isn’t a panacea for your problems. What you do ultimately conditions and influences your life in a number of ways, mainly from a mental health perspective.

In my mind there are no “bad jobs” as long as you get some form of enjoyment for what you’re doing. Literally, nothing you enjoy working as is wrong, it’s when you feel marginalized or taken advantage of that I take issue. If you work at a fast food restaurant or clean toilets, there’s honour in both professions. But if when doing so you’re depressed and can’t help but spend every minute of every working hour upset at what you’re involved with, you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing and how you could possibly do something else.

The acronym J.O.B. stands for “just over broke.” My Mum first introduced it to me after hearing it at a seminar, and it really makes a lot of sense. Though in the seminar’s context it was likely used to push whatever product or class they were selling, unless your job pays you well, there’s a lot of truth to that. To me the J.O.B. abbreviation is true and very apt.

The J.O.B. abbreviation is true, unless you are lucky enough to have a high paying job

Don’t predict, hope or assume. Plan.

Don’t predict, hope or assume. Plan and make it so. You don’t know your future. I don’t know yours, nor do I mine. But if you take steps while working (yes, use your mind while you work if your job is fairly repetitive and straight forward) to plan how you can change where you are in your aspirations, you can find the right steps to excel past the current position you’re in.

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“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” Natalie Goldberg

*** Like most things online it’s hard to say whether these quotes originate with the person they’re attributed to. Regardless, they’re a tool to hopefully inspire you and so does it matter as much as the point the words convey?