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Digital Nomad Life Lessons

Digital Nomad Life Lessons

I believe being the youngest of three sons is the reason for me being so loud and confident. But throughout my life like everyone I have learnt many life lessons. When you are younger you hear your parents tell you these things but take them with a pinch of salt. I have compiled a list of lessons I personally have learnt along the way below.

1. Take Action

This certainly has to be my #1 life lesson and for more information on taking action read this article. It covers a lot of reasons why people fail and mainly to do with the fact that they take zero action. Successful leaders and entrepreneurs have the courage to take action while others hesitate. There is a big difference between taking notice and getting up off your ass and implementing your steps to reach your goals. Without action, the best intentions in the world are nothing more than just that: intentions. Make your dreams a reality and start taking massive determined action today.

2. Spend Money on Memories

I am a huge believer that the most valuable asset in life is your memories. People can spend millions on materialistic products but the memories on your death bed are what you truly remember.

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Celebrating Mike Hughes Stag Party In Las Vegas

3. Develop and Improve

Show me a fully satisfied person and I will show you failure. There is no such thing as 10/10 in my opinion. We can all develop and improve and for our sanity and life goals we should look to improve in all areas of life. It does not matter how old you are or how much experience you have, you should always be improving. If you are not improving yourself then are you being lazy? Train and develop even when you feel you are the best because you need to remain several steps ahead of the game. Online marketing for example changes regularly and you need to be keeping up to date with your knowledge. To further your own skills, be sure to check out the best SEO course and get the latest tips and techniques which are updated in real time to match Google’s algorithm.

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4. Friends and Family

Surround yourself with loads of friends and family. The more friends the better because it means more different experiences, but keep your best mates and family close because they will be there through everything. I wrote how networking was important in business but this also applies to personal lifestyles also. Create a tribe around you and make sure you gather around them frequently, it is always the times with your family and friends that are the best. The fun is priceless for your health, mindset and laughter is the best medicine for stress. A good laugh really does recharge your battery.

5. Play a Team Sport

Whether this is football, rugby, netball or whatever you decide. Being part of a team sport will give you the laughter and fun as a team. The exercise is great for health benefits but for me the banter is the real reason why it has so many benefits. Being involved in a sports team gives you the social side of life which will create so many happy memories.

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Leigh Athletic FC Team I Play Football for

6. Health is Wealth

Your health is who you are and who you will become. Eat nice healthy food and exercise daily. When you’re young you feel you can eat whatever you want but in later life this catches up with you. Make sure you live your life so your future self will be happy with what you did the previous day. Neglect your health and energy levels will drop and your whole life will change as health is the engine behind who you will become.

7. Learn a Martial Art

Great for conditioning and health benefits again. But the reason for learning martial arts is the respect it generates, building your concentration levels and discipline in focusing your mind. Oh and obviously the bonus is it helps you in self defence situations.

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Me in Koh Samui learning Thai Boxing

8. Be Proud of Yourself

We are all unique human beings but do not chase your life trying to be someone you are not. Be yourself and be proud of who you are instead of comparing yourself to someone else. Your friends, your teachers, your parents and family all have expectations of you but just be yourself. Do not try to live a life someone else would like you to be because that might not make you happy. You are awesome and have your own qualities which no one else in this world has. Here is an introduction to myself.

9. Choose your Own Path

Let close friends and family advise you on things, but you are responsible solely for your own path in your career, health and happiness. Choose your own path as it is your life. I absolutely love and enjoy networking, SEO and travelling so becoming a digital nomad was a no brainer for me because included all three of these things.

10. Treat People How You Want to be Treated

Ironically people start to change their attitude towards you when you begin treating them the way they treat you. There are a few great quotes I love on this life lesson.

11. Focus on Solutions Not Problems

Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions. Too many complain and waste time whining instead of accepting the problem and quickly finding a solution. Here is an article I highly recommend everyone to read about how to face your problems with solutions. If you focus all your ideas and energy into solutions then all the problems will make you the person you are today. Play the cards you are dealt the best you can and learn from all the mistakes along the way.

12. Think BIG

You really are capable of so much more than you can imagine. Chase your goals and set them high. You will be surprised how much you can achieve if you believe in yourself. Do not set your goals too small because you are capable of so much more. I love the quote “Think big, believe big, act big and the results will be big”

13. Surround Yourself with Positivity

You’re a product of your environment so surround yourself with the best. Positivity breeds positivity so hanging around successful folk and happy people is key. Influence your family and close friends because a rising tide lifts all ships so your attitude can help others around you succeed.

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Sir Alex Ferguson farewell game

14. People Come and Go

This could be university friends you lose touch with as you move back home. Or it could be loved ones who pass away. As awful as this sounds, we all are going to die. Instead of constantly feeling upset a close family member or friend has passed away, celebrate their life. Have you ever watched X Factor and seen all the sob stories people come out with thinking they are unfortunate? The fact is it’s going to happen to us all, so are you going to waste your life away moaning or be positive and make them proud looking down on you? You need to learn how to let go as hard as it might feel.

15. Learn to Forgive Yourself

You are probably your own harshest critic. Do not beat yourself up and be your own personal enemy. You will make many mistakes and if you cannot forgive yourself how can you expect others to? Be kind and caring to your inner self because you can then look to make amends or get back quickly to your positive attitude. Learn from it and analyse if you have done something wrong but quickly forgive yourself and move on. There is no sense in punishing your future for the mistakes in the past.

16. Travel the World

Have you truly experienced life and seen the wonders of the world? Have you experienced the different cultures? You will be amazed by the beauty you can find across the world and you will grow your knowledge and memories massively from doing this.

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Recent trip to Chiang Mai and loved the culture

17. Gratitude

Be grateful for what you have in life. Even if you think your life is shit be grateful because someone else is certainly struggling more than you. Do you have a roof over your head, two arms, two legs, fresh tap water, hearing, sight?. Unless you literally have not got any of these mentioned then feel grateful. Expect nothing and appreciate absolutely everything. We are so lucky to be alive so cherish every breath we take on earth.

18. Loyalty Over Greed

Be loyal and fight the greedy guy from inside of us all. Loyalty is a huge attribute I expect from all my friends and business partners. I was brought up with the ethics and morals to be loyal. You will encounter many times in life where you can get financial gains by not being loyal but this links back to ‘treat others how you want to be treated’ How would you feel if a close friend was not loyal? Do not betray a friend or another person for personal gains otherwise karma will come back to bite you in the ass. Be loyal and not greedy.

19. Fail Regularly

This might seem a strange one to put down but it is so true. Failure in life is inevitable if you truly push yourself to your limits. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. You can’t be paralysed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. If you are suffering from analysis paralysis on what to implement then take the Best SEO Training Course EVER which will fill your brain with ideas again and push your boundaries every single day.

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20. Work Hard but Play Harder

Grafting in work is an absolute given. The harder you work the more successful financially you will be but have a fine balance in life. If you do not play harder you will struggle to grow your friendships, to travel so much and create all those awesome memories. I certainly play very hard because for me life is about living so what makes me happy is banter, laughing, experiencing new adventures my playtime is when I create my best memories.

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Myself at the best music festival in the world #TomorrowLand

21. Don’t Be Judgemental

Do not judge a book by its cover. You will be surprised in life what you get out of everyone you meet. I have heard stories of a homeless guy on the streets giving his last dollar to somehow who need to catch the bus. That act of kindness is unreal and similar story here which went viral about a homeless person giving a student £3 to get a taxi home safely. Don’t base your opinion on someone by their appearance and try to learn something from absolutely everybody.

22. Patience is a Virtue

Patience is not the ability to wait, but it is the ability to keep a positive attitude while waiting. Patience is not a skill but is a decision. Our inner self decides to get annoyed, and one of my weaknesses certainly is not being patient enough. Like the attitude to not give up, you need to remember the best things in life are worth waiting for. Try to improve and develop yourself to become more patient for your own self being.

23. Break The Rules

I do not mean break the law but breaking the rules. There are too many rules in life and if you are too well behaved and don’t break the rules you will never be a maverick or true original. Here is a great video from Arnold Schwarzenegger about breaking the rules.

24. You Cannot Please Everyone

Grow thick skinned for certain situations you will encounter. As we are all unique we all naturally have different opinions. Do not chase to please everyone because it is impossible and reverts back to being proud of who you are. Competitors, jealousy and others will not like you or make an opinion on  who you are without even knowing you as an individual but be hard skinned to understand this instead of fighting it. “The People who Matter Don’t Mind, and The People who Mind Don’t Matter”. There will be times certain folk in life are selfish or have a hidden agenda. I wrote an article about how wasted time is worse than wasted money because you need to quickly weed out the people in life who will not make you happy so more time can be spent with loved ones.

25. Question Everything

Never believe something without testing or seeing it for yourself. Too many times in life we take everything for granted when actually we should create our own opinion from experiences. Obviously seek advice but then check this for yourself to develop your own thoughts on situations. Trust people but verify it.

26. Never Give Up

Too many people in life think of an idea then never see the whole idea through. They give up when they are so close to something big or life changing for them. Focus your mind to complete tasks and do not jump from one minor task to another without finishing any.

27. Time Flies

If you do not live for today and make the most of your time before you know it then you will wonder where your time went. A great video from a friend named Diggy who I met in Chiang Mai shows his life lessons here. This video is superb and the reason I liked it so much was because I could relate to all his opinions. He also finishes this video with how time flies.

28. Delegate Work

When you travel and meet other digital nomads you start to realise so many of these have read the amazing books like the 4 hour work week and the emyth revisited which are possibly the best books I have ever read. These teach you techniques to stop getting yourself bogged down on day to day running of your businesses. I wrote an article about working on your business and not in it which explains the reasoning why delegation is key. We all have 24 hours in a day and are restricted to this so there is only so much you can physically do yourself. Hence the reason delegation of works is a real key to success and many entrepreneurs struggle to let go, but this struggle will always hold them back from further growth.

29. Embrace The Digital Era

There has never been a better time in life than now to earn millions. It is so easy to advertise and promote your brands or services now online with billions of people having an internet connection. Read the article The Digital World – So Easy Making Money Online which explains the digital era we are living in and capitalise on this time because people will look back as these being the glory days.

30. Enjoy The Journey

I have some very close friends who are multi millionaires but some of these are depressed because all their life they have chased the money and done everything they can to improve their bank balance. With this obsession to earn more money they completely missed the point you only have one shot at life. You need to treasure every day as being your last and enjoy the journey. I did an article here called Live The Moment – It Is All About The Journey Not The Outcome which explains this in more detail but do not relate success to money. Money should be the by product and my life lesson is success is fun, health, laughter and love. Money is not success and people need to enjoy the whole journey and not just the outcome.

31. Begin With The End In Mind

When looking to build a successful business you need to set your goal and then work backwards. Begin with the end in mind because otherwise you could end up creating a website that you like but it does not appeal to your target buyers. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Are you prepared to take these small steps to reach your goal? A dedicated blog has been created called Work With The End In Mind because I learnt this as a valuable lesson when looking to flip some websites. I started several big affiliate websites and built them on a custom design website which saved me time and I thought this was a great idea because it suited myself. But if I had listened to this advice I would of realised that buyers would probably want the website in wordpress because that is what they are familiar with using. For me to sell the site at my preferred bid I needed to move all these sites over costing me a lot of money. Always set clear visions of the outcome and then work this backwards.

I hope to add many more life lessons onto this article as I experience them. I am sure there are some I have missed off this list so please comment below on life lessons you have learnt and if I can relate to this then I will add them onto the blog. Hope you have enjoyed the read and if you can share this post that would be great!

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Live The Moment – It Is All About The Journey Not The Outcome

Live The Moment – It Is All About The Journey Not The Outcome

In recent years I have experienced a lot of life lessons which you can read here on this Digital Nomad Life Lessons article. I started to understand what actually makes me happy and to stop chasing this never ending dream. I used to dream about buying a really nice red Ferrari and live in a mansion but actually quickly realised that does not make you any happier. A few of my friends are multi millionaires and have all these materials folk could only dream of and yet they are depressed and not happy because it did not give them the feeling they thought it would. Infact one friend said “I got a bigger buzz and excitement when I was 19 and bought my Fiesta RS Turbo than I did when I bought my 300k brand new Ferrari”.

Stop Chasing Perfection and Enjoy The Journey

When you are trying to improve your life that is great. But do not let perfection be the enemy of good because what is perfection. If your bank balance is perfection then money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end. Here is a great image with the paradox of our age and chasing dreams.

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Travelling and Memories

Travelling while you are young enough to enjoy it is key. As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realise that wearing an £8000 or a £10 watch – they both tell the same time. Whether we carry a £500 or a £20.00 wallet – the amount of money inside is the same. Whether we drink a bottle of £400 or £40 champagne  – the hangover is the same. Whether the house we live in is 200 or 6000 sq. ft. – loneliness is the same. Whether you drive a £2000 Ford or a £95000 Ferrari – they both serve the same purpose. You will realise, your true inner happiness does not come from the things you buy but from experiences and memories you create.

“Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show”

True happiness is when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, parents, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sung songs with and created those memories with. Majority of these experiences come from travelling. Personally all my best memories are when I do something new like travelled and experienced a new culture or gone of a stag party with a group of close friends.

New Generation of Youngsters – Millennials

The youngsters of today are very much different to previous. I personally see this so much within my football team and see a general lack of respect for the elderly which never used to be the case. The commitment to turn up every week is not there and everything is too easy nowadays to just quit. Back in the day youngsters would hang around and fight for their position, earn respect and realise you are not going to make an instinct impact.

Social media and the internet for myself has made me a lot of money. However the introduction of this digital era has killed relationships, friendships and ability to actual speak with fellow humans. It is so sad to see the lack of communication nowadays in person as everything is done now through peoples phones. Social and communication skills are worse than ever and watch this video which I feel will open so many peoples eyes :

The millennials are classed to be the generation of people born after the year of 1984. They are deemed to be tough to manage and accused of being entitled. For anyone unsure on what entitlement is then ‘the definition of entitlement is: the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges). A sense of entitlement complex is linked with narcissism and borderline personality disorder.’ In psychiatry we use the term “sense of entitlement” to describe the outrageous attitude of some of our more narcissistic clients who believe that the world “owes” them and they want to collect NOW.

Why Millennials are Different?

So why do the younger generation now aka millennials feel this way. Is it a lack of parenting and mothers / fathers saying their kids could be anything they want to be. Does that educate the millennials to feel they are owed something in their life. When I was brought up I was educated I needed to work hard and graft for the nicer things in life. The best advice my dad always gave me was never to chase money – I love this phrase :

“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end”

Do not chase the perfect life because there is no such thing. You live in the perfect life today so appreciate everything you have. Sounds daft but when you turn the tap and clean water flows out then be grateful for this because in Africa they would dream for something as simple. Being grateful will allow you to enjoy your life today and not keep chasing the unknown. We tend to forget happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have but rather recognising and appreciating what we do have.

Undeniable Facts Of Life

Below is seven undeniable facts of life we need to realise and appreciate. In life if you work hard you create your own luck and do not just believe being lucky is instilled into people. You cannot win the raffle if you have not bought a ticket so get out there and purchase as many tickets you can. While you are sleeping or watching TV others are grafting or creating those happy memories. The 7 undeniable facts are :

  1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So when they grow up they will know the value of things not the price.
  2. Best awarded words: “Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”
  3. The One who loves you will never leave you because even if there are 100 reasons to give up he or she will find one reason to hold on.
  4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it.
  5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, You have to manage!
  6. If you just want to Walk Fast, Walk Alone! But if you want to Walk Far, Walk Together!
  7. One thing guaranteed in life is death. So live every single day as if it is your last!

I personally love travelling and because of this become a digital nomad so am able to work while venturing around the world. When people create wish lists then mine is mainly to places I have never been because love experiencing new cultures. My wish list quote is – I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list of things to do. One of the great things about travelling the world is that you find out how many good, kind people there are on earth. You will be surprised once you get yourself out of watching the news which is full of war, bad press and depressing stories. For that reason I try to not read newspapers or watch the news.

Time is the Best Xmas or Birthday Present

When it comes to christmas, birthdays, valentines day or anniversaries then I personally do not go out purchasing expensive bags, jewellery or gifts for the mrs or family. OK hit me with the comments saying ‘Dooley you tight arse’ haha. No but the reasoning behind this is because my most expensive present I could give to anyone is my time and creating memories and therefore that is what I would prefer to do. This is the complete opposite to being in the workplace where I want to save as much time and effort by delegating work at possible. A well know saying to do with this is :

“We don’t buy things with money, we buy them with hours of our lives”

The one thing you cannot purchase in life is time. Time is against us all and therefore living each day as your last is a must. Ask yourself if you died today then have you lived you life to the maximum or have you kept trying to build the perfect life for tomorrow. There is no point being ‘the richest man in the graveyard’ so spend your money on memories with your loved ones.

Fear Of Death

As upsetting as this sounds but when your time is up then your time is up. You could be 3 years old and hit by a bus or 50 years old and hit with the dreaded cancer. However life goes on and I am sure we all have a sad story of how we are hard done by because we lost our mum, dad or best friend is such drastic circumstances (I certainly used to think this way for years when I lost my father who was my best friend). But save your story for X Factor because they love stuff like that. Stop beating yourself up and make the most of your own life today. Go see your old best friends you have not seen for a year or a family member who was once close to you. Hold no regrets and get your memory bank built up TODAY – not tomorrow.

“The Fear of Death is Worse than Death Itself”

Living in fear of dying is pointless and you are wasting your life away. I start to embrace death and think at least I can finally chill and get some sleep instead of living my hectic lifestyle lol. The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A person who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. Here is a nice poem I like to believe and hopefully our loved ones are looking over us and assisting our every move :

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen unheard but always near, Still loved still missed and very dear. Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal, Love leaves a memory, no one can steal.”

Every minute you spend mourning the past or feeling upset about history you are wasting about changing your future. Today you are creating your history and you write your own memories from what you physically do today. Do not get me wrong and graft hard in work and do not be lazy so it sets you up to live a nicer more lucrative life tomorrow but only you know deep down whether you are creating all those memories you will be proud of on your death bed. Have you created a wish list you want to achieve this year and worked towards fulfilling this. If not why?

Health is Wealth

Having a healthy balanced lifestyle is crucial. Here is a list of things below I feel everyone needs in their life to maintain health :

  • Sun – Human skin can make large amounts of vitamin D when lots of skin is exposed and the sun is high in the sky. Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight.
  • Exercise –  One of the most important parts of keeping your body at a healthy weight. Exercise helps people lose weight and lower the risk of some diseases. Exercising to maintain a healthy weight decreases a person’s risk of developing certain diseases, including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Diet – Controls weight, improves your mood, combats diseases, boosts energy and helps make you live longer are just a few reasons why a well balanced diet is so important
  • Rest – Improves memory, live longer, lower stress and just a few of many advantages to making sure you do not burn yourself out. Rest and sleep are certainly an important part of your life.
  • Synergise – Networking and synergising improves self confidence and improves stress levels so one of the most important parts of life in my opinion is synergising and I believe the most undervalued things utilised in life
  • Friends – Laughter and banter with friends certainly improves your stress levels and helps you switch off from any problems you have. Friends is a huge part of your life so go the extra mile for them because you never know when you will need them in return.

Maintain these above in all stages of Life and enjoy a healthy life. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for. We start to realise in life what makes us happy and are wiser to chasing a never ending dream. The best part to take from this blog is to ask yourself ‘What are you doing Today to make your life better and creating a memory to tell your friends and grandkids about?’

The Digital World

The Digital World

We are living in the Digital World now where making money online has never been so easy. A decade ago it was rare for people to have constant access to the internet and if they did it would be in internet cafes or at home on desktops or laptops. Nowadays nearly all the population in the world has a mobile phone in their hand which connects them directly to the internet. With all this access to billions of the world population, are you making the most of getting your brand, business or self out there?

What Do You Mean By Digital World?

The Digital World is the environment we currently live in, with so many of us connected to the internet and using various online services. So much of what we do is based around the internet these days: shopping, entertainment, learning, and above all, communication. Lots of things we do in our every day lives revolve around being online and being connected. Ever feel like you can’t do anything at all when your WiFi connection goes down? That shows you how much of an influence the internet has on all of us, and how much power it holds when it comes to business.

There is no one complete definition of the Digital World or the Digital Era as it involves many different things. The broad explanation involves technology which increases the amount and speed of knowledge in society and the economy. Because being connected to the internet gives us pretty much all the information and resources we need, there is always the opportunity to grow and develop as individuals and as businesses.

What is a Digital Company?

A digital company is any kind of business which uses technology to grow and improve their enterprise. This can include using online marketing techniques like SEO, PPC and social media advertising. In today’s Digital World it’s so much easier to market your company online as there are so many more resources available. Where previously a business owner would have had to rely on word of mouth in their local town or costly leaflet and poster campaigns, anyone can now showcase their products or services on the internet. Most people with access to the internet will have a mobile phone, so why not harness the power of these devices and display your brand right in the palm of their hand?

It doesn’t have to cost a lot either, in fact it doesn’t have to cost anything. Setting up a Facebook page, Twitter profile and Instagram account to promote your services is completely free. Of course you can choose to pay to promote your posts on social media, pay for ads in Google search, and pay for SEO services if you want to. It all depends what kind of scale you want to grow your business on, it’s always wise to start out simple and then grow your strategies as the company expands. As long as you’re getting exposure and putting your brand in front of people who wouldn’t have otherwise known about it, you’re making progress.

Why is Digital Marketing Important for Business?

Whether you are a completely new company, or you’ve been running a business for 30 years, there is no denying that digital marketing is vital. These days it is rare to find a successful business which doesn’t have some kind of online presence. This could be as simple as having a listing in Google maps or an internet directory to help people find you. For larger brands or new startups, the use of digital marketing strategies is so important if you want to stay ahead of the competition. The majority of people now search online before they buy a product or service and statistics show that over 70% of shoppers think they will get a better deal online than in store.

With all the information there in black and white for us to see, most people will compare prices of a certain product from different online stores, or look at a few companies’ websites before enquiring with one. So if your business doesn’t have an online presence but your competitors do, guess what? They’re going to be taking all of your potential customers away from you because your brand simply can’t be seen. These days, the internet is such a core part of the consumer experience, you’d be crazy not to harness its power and start profiting from the Digital Era. Whether that’s just by setting up social media accounts for your brand and posting regular updates, or creating a complete SEO strategy and building links to your website.

Living in a Digital World

The opportunity to develop a successful business or become an entrepreneur has never been bigger. We use technology every day to communicate, learn new things, make purchases and even watch movies. There are so many resources available which enable us to enhance our knowledge and skills on a variety of different topics. This means it’s so much easier to work for yourself and become an entrepreneur in virtually any field. By doing this you can work from your own schedule and adopt a laptop lifestyle which allows you to work wherever you want as long as you have a WiFi connection.

From a consumer’s point of view, living in the Digital World opens up a whole host of opportunities as well. It is now so easy to buy things online, get a taxi, book holidays, you name it. There is an instant answer to almost everything, and companies in the Digital Era need to keep up with this in order to beat their competition.

Never Been a Better Time To Be an Entrepreneur

The development of technology and online resources is currently at its highest and fastest level ever. This means there has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur and start your own business. Check out this article from the Washington Post to find out more about becoming an entrepreneur and working for yourself in the current Digital Age.

Also take a look at the video below where Scooter Braun talks about the opportunities available now compared to years ago. This draws a contrast between companies right now who have access to the internet, and companies decades ago who simply relied on word of mouth in their local town.

It is so much easier for you to get your brand in front of potential customers and showcase what you do on a national and even global scale. Most people in developed countries use some form of social media, and if they don’t they’ll almost definitely use a search engine like Google. These are two places with vast audiences of people wanting to either buy something, learn something or be entertained by something. If you can provide consumers with one of these things in a way which is profitable for you, then you’re harnessing the power of the Digital Age.

Online Entrepreneurs Understand Growth Hacking

If you’re going to become an online entrepreneur, you need to understand the concept of growth hacking. This term refers to the use of different marketing strategies in order to find the most effective way of growing a business. You basically test out loads of different techniques for marketing a brand and see which ones give you the best results. This can be a tricky business as the world of SEO and marketing is changing rapidly every day, meaning last year’s top strategies could be completely useless now.

With Google updating its algorithm on an almost daily basis, keeping up with what works best takes a lot of patience and often a lot of failure. You’ll find yourself trying lots of things that have no effect, and even some things which have a negative effect, before you find what works best. This can even vary from niche to niche and depending on who your target audience is. Some companies will have great success using social media campaigns, whereas others get better results from paid Google ads. This is why growth hacking is key as you always need to be ahead of the game in your own industry.

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TAKE ACTION – You Create Your Own Luck

TAKE ACTION – You Create Your Own Luck

The Path to Success is Massive, Determined Action

If you ever hear any of the great entrepreneurs’ number one rule in life, it is to start taking action. The way to get started is to stop talking and start doing. Forget all the excuses of how you are too busy or you need to learn more before you start. The best way to learn in life is to test, test and then test some more. The testing that fails will teach you much more and you will remember never to do that again. Therefore in my opinion I never say anything has failed because my response is “that did not work out exactly how I thought it would however I have learnt a lot from that and now have a different angle to go after”. Therefore every failure you create has been switched into a success story in your life because the famous saying “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is so true.

You Are So Lucky

The amount of times each day I hear people say to others ‘You are so lucky’ is scary. Sometimes the older generation has a mindset that younger people are lucky to live in the digital age. They’re lucky because they don’t have to work as hard as people did 20 years ago. They’re lucky because technology gives them everything they need to succeed. But who’s to say that only people under the age of 30 can access the internet? Anyone can harness modern technology in any way they want with a smartphone or computer. I recently read a comment by a friend which I loved which said:


“I am so lucky by the way i went against the grain, didn’t buy into a career path that 99.9% of your peers were doing, risked it all learning a skill that isn’t taught in universities, learned how to scale a business without actually going to business school, and then working 7 days a week dealing with ups and downs of a multi-billion dollar algorithm.”


My mentality to this is another famous quote “You can’t win the raffle if you don’t buy a ticket”. Lets just say you have a 9am-5pm job, ask yourself this – What are you doing between the hours of 6pm-2am to enter more raffles (I am using raffles in comparison to work)? If someone is grafting between these hours to get themselves the chances to win more raffles then how is this luck? Is it not that these so called ‘lucky’ people are going the extra mile and taking massive, determined action?

How Do You Greet Monday Mornings?

Many people greet Monday mornings with a negative attitude. but why? If any of you have read the book called ‘The Secret’ you will realise all these negative thoughts is attracting negativity into your life. You are choosing not to be positive in your thoughts and are wasting your life with doing so. Wake up with a smile and ambition to develop your skills, adapt in the current marketplace, improve your inner self and become a better person. Watch this video which shows how many UK people approach a Monday morning:

Can you now start to make a conscious effort in your life to improve your Monday mornings? Yes we all get stuck in traffic, have our bad days and get frustrated when a job might not work out. But that is life. Deal with it. Stop getting on your high horse thinking the whole world is against you.

Top 20 Life TAKE ACTION Quotes

Here is a top 20 list of life quotes. There are so many to choose from but I (James Z Dooley) have selected the ones I feel are best connected to this article about taking massive, determined action:

  1. The starting point of all achievement is desire.
  2. Action is the foundational key to all success.
  3. Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
  4. The path to success is to take massive, determined actions.
  5. The harder you work the luckier you get.
  6. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
  7. The best way to predict the future is to create it.
  8. You didn’t come this far to only come this far.
  9. Without continual growth and progress, achievement and success have no meaning.
  10. Success doesn’t happen to you, it happens because of you.
  11. TAKE ACTION TODAY.
  12. To make an omelette you have to break some eggs.
  13. Massive action equals massive results, no guts no glory.
  14. If my auntie had bollocks she’d be my uncle (HAHA had to throw a funny one in there lol).
  15. If you don’t like where you are then move. You’re not a bloody tree.
  16. Winners make it happen. Losers let it happen.
  17. He who dares, WINS.
  18. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
  19. You get what you work for not what you wish for.
  20. The man at the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

These 20 quotes above are all absolutely spot on. I will focus on quote #18 which is “Do something today that your future self will thank you for” because this is so true. Each night when you go to bed, ask yourself whether you have done something today that your future self will thank you for. This could be earning some extra money, completing a big run, doing a huge gym workout, eating really healthy food, testing your brain and learning a load of new tricks and tips. We all have the same 24 hours in the day to make this happen.

Can You Improve Your Life Goals?

Any of my staff reading this will be getting annoyed when I post this video from Gary Vaynerchuk. But this is because I play his videos in the office on a regular basis. Watch this video about life goals and see that it does not matter what age, gender or religion you are. You as an individual can adapt and grow in the age of the digital era:

Do You Need to Change Your Attitude?

Some people believe that they are unable to achieve as much as others because they don’t have the same talents. They think that you need to be a young person who’s an expert in using technology, or have a degree in business. But that’s not the case. It doesn’t take any talent to have a positive attitude or a good work ethic. You don’t need any special education to be passionate about what you do or to go the extra mile. Anyone can do these things and work hard to achieve their own success.

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What is One Bit of Advice You Can Give To Me?

So the reasoning behind this article was this exact question: ‘What is one bit of advice you can give to me?’ I must get asked this every day on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Whatsapp a dozen times. It usually starts on Facebook with a friend request followed by someone starting up in the SEO niche and want to ask this question. I simply reply with ‘TAKE ACTION’ but many expect more than that in my response. There is no magic key to ranking websites or marketing where one click of a button and bang you have the secret formula. It takes hard graft, grit, perseverance and lots of testing which can only be done if you are taking massive, determined action.

Hey, I am not complaining about getting asked these questions because there is nothing I like more than networking. I will always try to help others and build relationships in the niche, but if someone asks me what is one bit of advice then it has to be this. If anyone reading this wants to meet up or have a Skype session then I am always happy to do so because synergising with people is what I love. If you have any extra quotes I can add to this article or you want to discuss anything further then hit me up on social media or leave a comment and will happily respond to your messages.

Road to Failure – Lame Excuse “Too Busy”

Road to Failure – Lame Excuse “Too Busy”

So here I am on a Friday night at 7:30pm writing this article for my team to digest. The title sums up the blog nicely. Road to Failure – Lame Excuse “Too Busy” is more driven towards motivational speeches and how the easy default setting of TOO BUSY should never be used in your vocabulary.

We All Have The Same 24 Hours in a Day

I was interested in whether any entrepreneurs have ever come across this in business. Then I quickly realised the term ‘too busy’ is very common. In fact it is a phrase often used by people who are lazy. I read this article and loved this opening paragraph – “What makes both of us liars is we constantly say we’re too busy. I’ve learned over the years that too busy is simply code word for either not interested or simply a means of not being able to manage your life correctly because you’re lazy. Therefore, you’re either a lazy liar who cannot manage your life correctly or you’re simply not interested.”

Still with me or insulted at this point? The last thing a writer needs to do is insult his audience. I’m here to offer an awakening because I fell culprit to the ‘too busy’ syndrome years ago and getting out of it gave me the potential to become aware, productive, and happy. It made me a human again. Watch this amazing motivational video and remember this every morning:

As I dug deeper into articles when writing this post Road to Failure – Lame Excuse “Too Busy” I started to realise this is a vanity issue. However being too busy is not respectable anymore. The article shows some amazing quotes no much better than  “Being busy is not the same as being productive,” says Tim Ferriss, “…and is more often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions. Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.”

However, it’s important not to point the finger and start branding people as ‘lazy’ or ‘not willing to work’. In many situations, this sort of attitude can be a result of poor leadership or unclear instructions. If someone is unsure of what their role is, or they don’t feel like they fully understand what needs to be done, they are likely to withdraw and develop negative feelings towards their job. By spotting these issues and clearing up any misunderstandings, you are much more likely to engage the employee and make their working environment more positive and enjoyable.

How to Counter ‘Too Busy’ Excuses

The best way to start countering these excuses of ‘no time’ or ‘too busy’ is simply asking questions. If you ask the right questions, you’ll most often prove—without explicitly saying it—that many excuses aren’t 100% justifiable (i.e., if your employee had started the project when you first assigned it, he would have had plenty of time). But more than that, asking these questions will convey to your employees that you’re not just going to sit back and accept excuses without a word.

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If someone is struggling to keep up with their workload or complete their tasks, there will often be a reason behind this. Of course there are just some people who want to get away with doing the minimum amount, but in many cases there will be something you can do to help. Maybe they are finding it difficult to prioritise different projects, or they don’t enjoy certain aspects of their role. Obviously it’s going to be rare for someone to enjoy every single part of their job, but perhaps another member of your team would be better suited to take on these tasks? Rethinking who you delegate projects to might create a solution which works best for everyone. Consult your team and find out whose strengths lie where so you can set tasks accordingly.

People Might Need Motivation

Everyone needs motivation in a working environment. You might feel that you are spending extra time trying to motivate certain people who are falling behind. However, the truth is that everyone should feel motivated and happy in the job role. We all have our bad days, our hangovers, our sleepless nights, stress with money and arguments with loved ones. But it is the self discipline to motivate yourself that makes you graft. Many get the violin out and want help, assistance, love, care and the real winners in life graft and motivate themselves to work hard. We all need mentors whether we are the apprentice office cleaner or managing director of a billion pound business. Build self discipline and start to watch motivational videos like this:

Disengaged Staff Members

So how do you know if you have disengaged staff members? It’s about building a connection between staff and the business, so they genuinely care about its success whilst in turn fuelling performance and output, and making your customers happier too! So how can you tell if your employees aren’t engaged? Here are 12 of the common warning signs to see whether your staff are not engaged with your company – https://www.coburgbanks.co.uk/blog/staff-retention/disengaged-employees/

If you want to improve your team’s efficiency, productivity and output without spending an absolute fortune on over-exaggerated showmanship, then all you really need to do is think like a leader!

  1. Keep your people happy and engaged.
  2. Build trust within the team.
  3. Never ignore a problem in the ranks.
  4. Stick to your values.
  5. Dare to care.

You’ll notice that the strategies we’ve outlined above are just really easy, really small changes in attitude and behaviour.

But they’ll make a huge difference and you’ll soon notice the increase in engagement and a brightening of mood.

How to Motivate Your Staff

The best way to motivate staff is not a one size fits all approach. Trying to re-engage existing employees or motivating new ones can be a simple task, or it might take a little more work. However sometimes you get a bad egg who appears to be incapable of doing a hard day’s work – we’ve all met them. However reading this webpage helped me to collate a 10 ways how to motivate lazy staff:

  1. Communication is The Key – If you think you’ve got a capable staff member but they’re under performing, there’s really no point beating around the bush – face the problem head on. Call a formal meeting, sit down with said staff member and constructively discuss what’s going on, constantly reminding the employee of the important role they play to the business. In most cases, there’ll be a reason why they are under performing; it could be because of personal issues, unreachable targets or perhaps, they’re struggling with some part of their job. You’ll never know unless you ask. This conversation will give you an opportunity to help those who are genuinely struggling – but should also give those inherently lazy employees the kick up the backside they need to get back on track.

  2. Set Objectives – Could your employee simply be lacking direction? Some people work better when they’re set strict targets – not everybody can or wants to work under their own initiative. This is often the case in collaborative environments where people have many different projects to complete and many different teams to confer with. Without some kind of guidance and structure, employees can get left with piles and piles of projects, to finish, without knowing which one is the top priority. Here is a great training web page on setting objectives structure – https://www.smartsheet.com/blog/essential-guide-writing-smart-goals Agreeing on targets and prioritising workloads with your employees will really give them a much more clear structure of what they need to be doing. If someone understand their role and the tasks they have been set, they are much more likely to succeed and enjoy their work. SMART managers create Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-based goals.

  3. Give Staff Incentives – I know it can seem pretty unfair to have to reward lazy staff members for simply doing their job. But the thing is; many (in fact most) people work well when they know that a reward is available if they exceed the (SMART) goals they’ve been set. And you don’t have to just give incentives to your sales staff (although it’s easiest to for them). You can offer rewards to all staff members, perhaps based on work completed, successful projects and positive customer remarks etc. And – your incentives don’t have to be monetary! There are thousands of ways you could be saying ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to your team! If you want some ideas here is a great article – https://www.coburgbanks.co.uk/blog/friday-funnies/50-ways-to-say-thank-you-to-your-staff/

  4. Offer Progression – One of the best incentives you can offer your employees is a clear route for progression. Would you want to be stuck in a role with no prospects of promotion, new responsibilities or change? Most people wouldn’t – and that’s when unhappiness and indifference start to creep in. Why exactly should I go the extra mile? I’m not going anywhere anyway. Working towards a possible promotion can have a massive morale boosting effect on your workforce and may just snap some out of their lazy slump!

  5. Address Any Training Issues – Of course, if you’re going to offer progression, you must have the right training in place to back it up. There’s nothing more frustrating for an employee than being unable to do a part of their job and having to ask for help all of the time. Their morale will fall, they’ll feel like a burden or they’ll start to get complacent (AKA lazy). If you develop employees through training, you are likely to be rewarded by a team who will be more committed and more capable of delivering success to the business.

  6. Give Them More Responsibility – Is your staff member lazy or just bored? Going back to point one – it’s time to have a chat. In most cases, your employee will admit that the reason they’re feeling demotivated (and a little bit lazy) is because they find the job too easy, don’t feel valued enough and are being underutilised. Handing over more responsibility will make them feel more valued and give added motivation to do well – it’s their neck and reputation on the line, after all.

  7. Determine Their Interests – Do you enjoy every single aspect of your job? Most people don’t. Are you good at everything? Most people aren’t. An important part of being a good leader is being able to identify your employees’ strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes and dishing them out in the most productive way for your team. If you can assign tasks based around personal strengths (for example, organisation, leadership, team-work) it really can boost productivity, morale and overall output in your office. If someone is apathetic towards a certain part of their role, they’re much more likely to do a bad job of it, I’m afraid – and that’s where your ‘lazy employees’ start to appear.

  8. Assess Your Entire Team – Although you may recognise that one individual is showing signs of laziness, the problem may not be isolated to just them. Sometimes, it can be a symptom of a much bigger problem, affecting the entire team. Carry out an internal audit. Have an open (no-judgement) meeting and get feedback from the staff. Be straight with your employees – just ask them, what’s going on? If you’ve noticed a decrease in engagement, output and general happiness in the office, then you need to find out what’s causing it.

  9. Offer Support – Our personal lives have a real effect on our work. So when you first notice a ‘lazy’ employee, it’s really important to try and work out whether anything is going on in the background. Make sure you’re approachable and friendly and when you know there has been an issue, be as accommodating as possible. I promise you that the loyalty and respect you gain from treating your staff fairly (and like human beings) will be worth it in the long run.

  10. Know When It’s Time to Give Up – There’s only so much you can do to motivate your employees. Sometimes, you’ve just managed to hire a bad (lazy) egg. If the rest of your team are performing well and seem happy and engaged, but one employee is trailing behind (and they haven’t got any personal issues going on) it’s time to make a change. Otherwise they’ll bring down the morale of the whole team! No one likes to work hard and then look across the room at a co-worker who gets away with bloody murder.

Don’t Be Counterproductive

While it’s true that some people can use the excuse of being too busy as a way to avoid taking on new tasks, it’s also important not to dismiss this completely. If you are saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way, and passing huge amounts of work onto your staff, you’re going to end up with a problem. Agreeing to take on new projects and then not being able to complete them is a waste of everybody’s time.

Make sure to only give your staff work that they can realistically keep up with, or you will get stuck in a cycle where people are confused and don’t know what to prioritise. Learn when to welcome new opportunities which will grow your business, and when to say no to things that you can’t fully commit to.

Move With The Cheese

I got told to read an awesome book called ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’. This book is written about change happening. You need to adapt with the times i.e. move with the cheese. The main points I took from the book is that change happens. Deal with it. Be prepared for the change. Monitor your workload and always try to improve. Watch this video which is the movie summary of the book ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’:

Anticipation that you need to move with the times is key to success. Some people in life always stay within their comfort zone. But get ready for the change. Adapt to change quickly. The quicker you let go of the old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese. Enjoy and savour the adventure of the new cheese. Be ready again though to quickly change and enjoy more new cheese. Embrace the journey of new ventures and stay with the current times.

How Do You Get Motivated For Work?

Come on then readers let’s hear how you get motivated for work! I want to know what videos you watch, which people or mentors you follow for advice. Share with me more information that I can include onto this article. I want more help and assistance to add another 1000 words onto here, several motivational videos you love and your personal opinion on this blog post. I want to network with you because synergising is so important in life.

When new staff start at our offices, training them straight away to have the right attitude is key. We always want our staff to go the extra mile in the workplace. Having the attitude to go above and beyond will always help you progress. Comment on this article or tweet myself @james_dooley to voice your opinion because I love to hear all angles on this debate.

Work With The End In Mind

I see many very successful business people who are unsuccessful in life goals. The reason I am writing this article is because of several mentors I had when starting out and all said work with the end in mind. This bit of advice I received was a classic case of selective hearing and I dismissed this for many years because all I wanted to hear was the parts on how to make money, how to become successful and how can I become an entrepreneur.

Luckily for myself I have networked a lot and now fully understand this meaning now. I have seen some multi millionaire friends become depressed because there whole life they just thought once they had an 8 figure bank balance everything would be happy. I have close friends divorced because all the attention went into his business and he neglected his wife and kids. I have seen lads become overweight and very unhealthy because all their attention and time was taken by building the bank balance. But the bank balance does not make you happy – yes it can allow you to buy nice things and certainly helps to a better lifestyle but creating a balanced life is certainly the way forward.

What does it mean to begin with end in mind?

The meaning of begin with the end in mind is to start with a clear understanding of your end destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now. It allows you to take the steps you need to take so that you are always going in the right direction. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination. You need to continue being proactive in your mind to make things happen and best way to do this is to develop a Personal Mission Statement.

Map Out Your Own Life

Only you can map out your perfect life. You will get a lot of misfortune along the way but don’t allow this to stop your vision. We all are born, eat, sleep, breathe and die so deal with it. If family members or loved ones have a shorter lifespan than you would of liked then so have millions of others also. It is inevitably going to happen to us all so just make sure you are living your perfect life today.

Have a life of purpose driven living in every area of life, not just financial abundance but an abundant life. I believe that a life lived by sacrifice is a life not worth living. You get to be the artist of your life by intentionally creating it every single day. We are all on a constant journey of expansion, evolving, upgrading, learning every single day.

Break Through From the Inside

The only person holding you back from mapping out your own life is yourself. There’s an old saying that goes like this – “If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.” This is a classic phrase which goes well with my take action article in saying you need to start taking serious action today.

It all starts with “listening to that inner voice” and not giving up on what you want out of life. Do you feel you are on the verge of breaking through, but just need that extra strength. Will let me tell you now that extra strength is to belief in yourself and taking massive action. This is the extra strength you need to break through from the inside.

Life is For Living

I am a huge advocate that there is no point in being the richest man in the graveyard.

 

Manage Your Life Vs Business

Having a successful business does not mean you have a successful life. Here is life lessons I have learnt along the way since being a digital nomad.

 

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