Debunking Blogging Myths Part 1

Debunking Blogging Myths Part 1

I suspect many of us have heard at least some of these blogging myths that get trotted out on a regular basis, especially to those of us that blog.

I have heard a few myths just lately so I thought I would do some research and was actually surprised by how many there are rolling around. So this post wasn’t too lengthy, I decided to write 2 posts on the subject. This one is Debunking Blogging Myths Part 1.

Following this one is Debunking Blogging Myths Part 2. I admit the second title is not very original but it serves its purpose.

BLOGGING:

Isn’t A Real Job

So compared to a 9-5 job working for someone else, I suppose it doesn’t seem that way. blogging is a jobYou don’t clock on and off but that’s because you set your own hours. I think it may be the fact that you set your own hours that makes people think that way.
If you’re working hard and getting paid for it, it’s a job. And that’s what blogging is, hard work!
Nevertheless, this is often a blogging myth, one to be ignored. Blogging is a real job.

Doesn’t make M0ney

It’s not a regular wage until you have become well established, even then its not a certain income. Things like the pandemic took away many a blogger’s lifestyle and earnings.  Yet before many travel bloggers were big earners, it just took a virus becoming a Pandemic very quickly to destroy that income. However, there were many who’s blogs really took off BECAUSE of the pandemic.

It does & doesn’t

Cycling, home gyms, exercise for all ages, healthy lifestyles etc. These and many more became very popular as traffic increased dramatically and sales followed.
There are also many aspiring bloggers who don’t make any money at all yet for a variety of reasons. There are also bloggers who only make small amounts of money. Earnings depend upon effort put in, consistency with posting, interesting topics and of course time to get established
If you don’t believe me, you only got to read some income reports from bloggers. Some of them make $50,000. Per month.

Only does well in popular niches

Some niches or topics have a lot of well established websites and well known bloggers that already have built up trust, so people go back.  Plus some are in a niche where people want to buy.
For example, people that read beauty blogs are literally looking to shop for products. And people who read recipes need the ingredients to form the recipe. So it’s easy to link to these products and make money when people use the link to buy it.
But you could be in either of those and not make any money at all.
The pandemic has shown that being popular one minute doesn’t mean you will stay that way without effort.

A less well known niche can make money because they don’t have the same competition but again it takes work.

needs Page Views to make Moneytraffic. Debunking Blogging Myths Part 1

Just because you’ve got people reading your blog doesn’t mean it’ll be profitable. There are bloggers with 100,000+ views a month that don’t make anything. Because they haven’t monetised it! I know this for a fact as 1o years ago I had a blog but knew nothing about monetising it. It was very popular and I blogged daily, eventually I let it lapse. If only I had known then what I know now.

More page views can mean you make money from adverts and affiliate links. So in that case more traffic/page views can mean more money.
You can still make money with hardly any page views, and have many page views and make nothing.

Is Free

Yes it can be free if you start a blog on a free platform like blogger. You can still monetise the blog but you don’t have the freedom to alter it the way you can a wordpress website/blog.

If you go for a wordpress website there are some platforms that still have a free basic site. If you want to be serious about blogging, make money and eventually live off it, then you may want to get more freedom to arrange your blog the way you want it to be.

That introduces costs with a domain name and website hosting. Some products you review you will buy first. You need a decent camera for photos. If you wanted to know more you could do a blogging course to get you up  and running faster. That may entail cost too, although there are free courses if you go looking.

Is Easy

This blogging myth is quite common for those who know nothing about it. From an outsiders point of view just sitting on your computer looks easy. They don’t see the research, the time spent building social media or the constnt teaking to improve the blog. Then of course there is so much to learn about SEO and keywords to optimise your blog. It is a constant learning curve.

You need to blog regularly to keep the content fresh and keep your readers coming back. For some the words flow freely but others struggle with ideas for new posts or just with putting their thoughts in to words.

Is Just WritingDebunking Blogging Myths Part 1 1

Once I got the hang of it, I loved writing my first blog but it was time consuming. I wrote about my own crafts and would showcase other crafts by having a different theme each day. Searching for different crafts, checking with each person that it was okay, writing it, adding pictures and then of course adding it to all the social media platforms so people would know there was a new post available. In retrospect, the writing was the easy part, it was everything else that took up much of the time.

Bloggers need to be photographers, graphic designers, web designers, social media managers, and a heck of tons more. So blogging myth number 2 debunked- bloggers don’t just blog.

Conclusion

Blogging is not an easy option at all. When you work for yourself you tend to put in many more hours than you ever did working for someone else.

It’s not easy at all but it is very satisfying when people come to read your post and they find it useful. Perhps they learn something or maybe it makes them want to try whatever you just wrote about. We are here to help people to find answers.

To what? Anything really. Problems, curiosity, the need to learn more, perhaps something obscure they are looking for. When people go looking on Google, they type in their queries. Then Google brings up the variety of sites that have a matching keyword to what they want to know.

Then we regularly check the numbers and if they rise, however slowly, it is gratifying and exciting.

I LOVE it!

My Recommendation!

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Rank Math Plugin Basic Review 2021

Rank Math Plugin Basic Review 2021

So what is the Rank Math plugin and what is it for? It’s a Search Engine Optimization plugin for WordPress websites that makes it easy for anyone to optimise their content (blog posts). Does that answer the question? No? That’s why I am doing this Rank Math Plugin Basic Review 2021.

Why is it basic? To whet your appetite for more. Too much information all at once can be offputting, so I am showing you why it is so good without overloading you with detail.

Why I care!

I came across it early last year and decided to try it out on one of my websites. Why? Because it seemed like a good idea as SEO has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Well, we can’t always pick up everything all at once.

My websites all had the ‘all-in-one-SEO plugin’. Maybe I could have done more with that but I have no idea what and now I don’t need to learn about it.

Though to be honest, SEO is still a mystery to me, I find it complicated. But luckily for me, I discovered the Rank Math plugin and downloaded the free version to test out on one website. It wasn’t long before I added it to all my websites.

I liked it so much and was so impressed that I went for the multi-site Pro version! I have to say, that for me, it was worth every penny.

Anything that helps my business is wonderful in my book!

Want to know more?

I am not very technical at all. Things that are complicated I devour in small bite size pieces to integrate it better. What has that got to do with the Rank Math plugin? Read on!

I was amazed by it. I left everything on the default settings mainly because I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Then I started looking at my posts because you should go over older posts anyway to tweak and improve them. Freshen them up as they say.

Well, it gave me suggestions for improvements! I like that. The more things I changed, the more all these green lights appeared.

It gives an SEO score on each post and for the first time my score had gone up a lot. I tweaked titles and added the focus keyword into the post more.

The score turned green!!!! How cool was that?

It took time but I optimised all my posts until I had a green light on each for the first time..

How it all Began

Lots of the people at Rank Math were well known bloggers before they started Rank Math & MyThemeShop. Their experiences in blogging was the catalyst that pushed them into creating Rank Math. During their various blogging careers they used a great variety of products. Despite many of then being first class, they never found a perfect solution for SEO.

There are many SEO plugins for WordPress, as you probably know, that have lot’s of features and are well made. However, none of them seemed complete, each seemed to have something missing.
Around three years ago, they decided to repair the matter once and for all. They began to form the last word SEO plugin for WordPress which may dwarf the opposite SEO plugin in features, usability, and speed. Rank Math was born.

Their goal has always been to help fellow bloggers around the world with high-quality WordPress products and creating this product was important to them.

Let’s look at a Summary of the Rank Math FeaturesRank Math Plugin Basic Review 2021

Over three years, they created and perfected Rank Math to be the last word SEO plugin. Rank Math is more advanced, has more features, and is more powerful than other SEO plugins.

Rank Math

  1. Solves SEO problems that you simply didn’t even know you had. for instance, Rank Math has an in-built keyword rank tracker which tracks your post’s position within the SERPs. Not only that, but Rank Math also emails you when your posts first start appearing within the search results. this provides you an unprecedented advantage to optimise your posts around new keywords.
    Rank Math does all that while saving you money that you would have paid out for a rank tracker.
  2. Migrating from other SEO plugins is very easy. Rank Math can copy all the specified settings from your existing plugin during one click. you’ll start taking advantage of Rank Math’s power just a few minutes after installation.
  3. Advanced SEO Analysis – Rank Math features a sophisticated SEO analysis and testing tool. This tool performs quite 20 SEO tests on your website and recommends you the only settings to understand the foremost traffic.
  4. Setup Wizard – The plug in automatically configures itself once it is installed. The installation and setup wizard helps you to connect to the Rank Math site via Google so it works straight away.
  5. Advanced Redirection Manager – Rank Math allows you to found out and manage many redirects during a few clicks. Importing and exporting redirects is simple and quick, and you will set individual redirects as 301 or 302 redirects.
  6. 404 Monitor – Broken links are hard to hunt out and fix. Rank Math’s advanced 404 monitor finds all the 404 links on your site and allows you to redirect them in just a few of clicks.
  7. Bulk Title and outline Editor – Keywords within the title have a big SEO impact. Rank Math’s bulk editing feature allows you to update all of your post’s titles and descriptions in bulk, saving you time and money.search engine verification. Rank Math Plugin Basic Review 2021
  8. Search Engine Verification – Rank Math allows you to verify your website with multiple search engines and social networks right from your WordPress Admin.
  9. Google Webmaster Integration – Rank Math integrates with Google Webmaster tools to fetch your website’s index status and other ranking data. This data is then presented in a simple to know way, right inside your WordPress admin.
  10. Automated Image SEO – Properly optimized images are essential for image SEO. Rank Math automatically appends images with ALT tags and Title tags to reinforce your image SEO.
  11. Multiple Rich Snippet Support – Using the proper meta tags has never been easier with Rank Math’s native Rich Snippet Support. Rank Math can add news, article, blog, recipe, video and more meta tags to your content with the press of a button.
  12. News Sitemap – If you run a news site, you’ll love the news sitemap feature in Rank Math. This feature creates a Google-compatible news sitemap and allows you to submit it in just a few of seconds.
  13. Video Sitemap – Rank Math’s video sitemap feature helps in getting your videos indexed quickly. in only a few of clicks, Rank Math can create a compatible video sitemap which you’ll undergo multiple search engines.
  14. Local SEO Optimization – Ideal for local businesses as they can take advantage of Rank Math’s Local SEO optimisation features. Using these features ensures that your local business website ranks in Google for your intended keywords.
  15. WooCommerce Support – The wonderful features of Rank Math aren’t limited only to blogs. E-commerce websites can also leverage Rank Math to optimize their product pages for more traffic with the WooCommerce integration.

What do I think?

I love this plug-in unreservedly. It has a set up wizard that takes you through the process step by step, simple and easy, just the way I like it.

It has made a massive difference to my website as it leads me through the different things I need to check before pressing publish.

When I first got this and it showed me SEO scores, I had 20-30 if I was lucky. Being in the green was a far off dream.

As I worked through old posts using it the scores gradually changed from red, to yellow and then to green which was celebration time.

The first few took the longest, as always, but I soon got the hang of it and the rest were a bit quicker. It wasn’t long before I put it on all my websites and I have never regretted it. After having so much of an improvement I decide to go for the PRO version and I have to say it is even better.

Conclusion

This is, in my opinion, an excellent plugin. This helped me enormously to get my SEO up to scratch on published posts and on all the posts I have written since. Anything that aids  my success and saves me time is good.

If you want to improve your SEO alone, this is worth getting for that but there is so much more to it. With the Pro version the features are continually growing and improving. Plus for now, with the PRO version, you get to use it on as many websites as you like.

I suspect in the future you may need to pay a higher price to use on more websites, a good reason to get it now.

Although, I will say, try the Free version first, after all what suits me, may not suit you. Having said that though, I think you will probably love it as much as I do.

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What Is a Winning Mindset

What is a winning mindset

Mindset has become a hot topic for those in the know. It appears in Personal Development and Self Help books and courses frequently. But what is a winning mindset?

Google  says:

  • People with winning mindset believe that they can achieve their dream life. It takes courage to believe and once you started believing in your dreams, no one can stop you from achieving it. Successful people believe while other people are doubting. As it is said, “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will”.

The Importance Of A Winning Mindset

Most people do not have a winning mindset. They are content to let life take them in whatever direction it decides and stay firmly within their comfort zone.

But are they really content with this?

Invariably the answer is no. They will talk about starting a business of one sort or another, maybe even do a little research but it stays as a ‘maybe some day’. There are always a myriad of reasons not to do it.chnge your mindset change your life

But those people don’t really want to make the effort required. They prefer to be busy watching programs or films on TV, spending time on social media or even sitting around wishing they had a better lifestyle.

If you want a better life, then you work on that mindset as much as you work towards your goals. A winning mindset is more than half the battle when you want to achieve success.

The scions of industry didn’t say “I must watch this week’s episode of ….. ” anything! Or “I will start that next week” “I will begin tomorrow” or any other excuse. They got started and worked hard.

The Traits Of A Winning Mindset

The best way to develop a winning mindset is to understand and emulate the traits that a person with a winning mindset possesses. Successful people all have similar traits that enable them to realise their goals and never hand over even when the going gets really rough. They know that mindset matters.
Lets look at the commonest traits of people with a winning mindset. You can compare these traits with your own and develop and improve any that you are lacking.

Action

Most people want everything handed to them on a plate. They believe that they’re simply entitled to the great things in life and that they don’t want to place any effort in to urge them. This is why numerous people are in massive debt because they use their credit cards to urge what they need immediately .action. What is a winning mindset
With a winning mindset you will know that this is not the way to do things. You need an idea and need to take massive action to realize your dreams. Taking action on a day to day towards your goals will bring you the success that you simply crave. And then it’ll be time to form your next dream come true.

Make a Start 

You have the idea and then immediately get started. You know that time is a very precious commodity and there’s no better time to start out than immediately. Also, you know that starting a specific project enables you to create momentum which will help you to finish the project.
You don’t wait around for anyone or anything else to make a start. You don’t spend years planning, refining, researching and doing more planning. That is for dreamers, they don’t tend to ever get anything off the ground, it all stays on paper and is something to talk about doing, one day.

Nope, that winning mindset has you moving towards those goals from day 1.

Prioritising

You can’t do everything at once. People with winning mindsets often have a number of ideas and things that they want to achieve. But they know that they have to prioritise so as to use their time most efficiently.
So write down an inventory of things that you simply want to realize then prioritize them. Is there something on the list that’s causing tons of stress for you? If there is then tackle this first. Next pick something easy to work on. The reason for selecting something easy instead of something difficult is that it’ll build momentum.

Focus

It is extremely easy to urge distracted in today’s world. Most people have social media accounts and their phones are constantly alerting them to an update.Focus

People with winning mindsets specialise in what must be done and are rarely distracted. Distractions cause procrastination which you would like to avoid in the least costs.
Some distractions are necessary. So if you’ve got been distracted for a crucial reason then you would like to refocus on your task. Any time that you simply lose focus just refocus again and obtain back to it.

Committed to learning

You will not only want,  you will have a need, to learn something new each day. Your education didn’t stop when you left school or college. Nor did it stop once you learned the way to do your job efficiently. You are a life learner and discovering new things is one of your strong suits.

You constantly search out new knowledge that will keep you moving forwards to reach and surpass your goals.

Challenges

You are always striving to improve yourself.

Constantly pushing at the boundaries of your comfort zone and are never satisfied that you have done enough. Most people are afraid to try to do things that they need never done before. With a winning mindset though, you relish the challenge of new things and actively seek out more challenges.

Positive

You see the glass half full rather than half empty. There are opportunities all around you and you grab them with both hands. You take full responsibility for your life and never blame anyone else for where you’re today.positive mindset

Your outlook is always positive and you believe in yourself and your future.

Persistence

Persistence means never giving up. If your world is crumbling around you then you keep right on going.

When you give up you send the wrong signals to your subconscious mind. Continuing to move forward in the face of adversity sends the proper signals. It says you aren’t giving up or even slowing down, that you will power through regardless. Work on your persistence all the time.

Review

When you have an excellent idea it’s natural that you simply are going to be very excited and need to require massive action to get things going. This is fine but at some stage you need to ensure that things are moving in the proper direction. It is pointless to stay on a path that leads to a dead end.

Review your progress regularly in order to make any necessary adjustments if needed.

Organisation

Are you organised? Do you know where things are on your computer and in your home? Is your desk organised, does everything have a place so that you can reach out at any time and put your hand on what you need?

In the long run, being organised saves a lot of time and effort. It’s pointless to spend half your time looking for files or folders when having everything in it’s proper place for when they are required, can make life so much easier.

Quitting

That winning mindset drives you forward all the time. However many obstacles rise up in your way, despite exhaustion and anything else that tries to stop you, you keep going. Quitting is never an option! If it briefly rears it’s head, it is dismissed almost instantly because you know you will succeed.

What is a Winning Mindset?

So are you any the wiser? Do you feel that you have a winning mindset?

Do you agree with any or all of my points? Do you have any that you think should be included? What do you do to keep yourself focused and moving forwards?

Do we really know and understand a winning mindset. I think its probably a bit different for each person. I don’t believe it’s something a person thinks about on a daily basis either. They either have it or they don’t.

You can change your behaviour and make new habits but it does take time and effort. Many want to change but few actually continue to work on themselves.

Are you determined to be a success and prepared to make the extra effort involved?


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Your Future Self will Thank You

Yoiur future self will thank you

How do I know and what for?

BIG questions those!

What could your future self thank you for?

Lot’s of things I suppose. Getting fit, eating more healthily, investing or saving money, buying and old house and doing it up ….. and there are loads more. There is also a massive one.

Your future self will thank you for this

Really? Honestly? What is it?

How about investing in YOURSELF?

Nope, I haven’t gone nuts, I want to help YOU!There are no limits

Why would you do this when everything is in turmoil. Jobs are disappearing everywhere and Covid-19 is still ravaging populations, countries are going in and out of lockdown or facing tough restrictions. Does this seem like a time to be spending money on yourself?

Why not? Do you or will you spend in the sales?  Those are only material things! They will decline over time until they no longer work or are no longer useful.

Investing in yourself, to learn how to create and grow a business online is an excellent investment.  Growing your knowledge base is a good thing regardless of what you plan to do. Learning for a specific reason is better still and learning how to create and grow your own business, will create a better future for you. A job that means you can work from anywhere, including traveling but especially from the safety of your home in these strange times.

Why would I want to?

The world has changed a lot in the last year. I think we can all agree on that. More businesses are moving online as that is where the customers are now.

Started by the first Lockdown of the Pandemic this has now become an increasing trend. Employees had to work from home and bosses found that rather than skiving off, most workers got far more done. With no commute and no office distractions, it was easier to get more done and still have extra time for themselves and their family.

Now many Offices are considering downsizing or doing away with premises, it makes sense. Meetings are easily held online for workers and clients, so workplaces become obsolete.

Even many chain stores have gone out of business in recent months as they focused on the bottom line rather than the customer. They too in many cases have moved online.

Do you see where this is going?

Businesses are growing their online presence, new businesses are springing up, more people are signing up for training and this will only continue to grow.

There is no better time to get started than NOW!

Is it hard work?

YES!

You will be learning and creating the business as you go along, so yes it will be hard work but you can do this at your own pace.

If you are working at a JOB (See HERE) then you will have less time than someone who either has no job or has been furloughed for now.

The more time you spend learning and building your business the sooner you will begin to earn. BUT this is a marathon, not a sprint. Missing out on training or cutting corners on the work just means there is no solid foundation for your business. What you really want is to build it properly so it lasts and grows.

There will be times when you wonder why you started and if you should give up. Times when you think you will never get the hang of it. I did but I kept going and suddenly it was easier. Suddenly everything I had learnt and was still learning, slotted into place. The writing got easier and everything flowed. Talking to others it seems to be that way for most people.

What about the quick & easy programs?Warning Scam Alert. Your future self will thank you.

Well if you have already been tempted into one of those you know from experience that none of it is true. Most of us have seen them and their hype.

This is a pricier one! Often thousands of pounds/dollars.

“Live the laptop lifestyle”

“2 hours a week/4 hours a week/1 day a week”

“Start earning in 24/48 hours”

“All it takes is a few clicks and that’s it”

“So simple you can do it even with no experience at all”

You don’t get even a glimpse inside, often just a video showing someone beside an expensive car or working from a counter top in a huge empty kitchen devoid of any signs of life. But you do hear about a lot of numbers, their earnings and possible ones for you.

They don’t say this is my car or house but it is implied to make you think that you too can be living that lifestyle very quickly.

Cheaper ones! Usually less than 30 pounds/dollars.

“Quick and easy”

“Simple to use”

“3/2 clicks and you are done”

“So easy even a newbie can do it”

“earning within hours”

This one will often do a bit of a run through, enough to make you think it actually works.

With both, the minute you pay the first money you get upsells. Very often, especially with the cheaper ones and often with the more expensive ones, you actually need the upsells to make it work.

Getting a refund?

Not as easy as they make out. Most people give up, some run out of time because the refund is only 30 days. The rest try it and by the time they realise it does not do what it said on the box, the guarantee time has run out anyway.

Most then chalk it up to experience. Which means for the original seller they have made their money and most of the time couldn’t care less that you have lost yours.

You will then get bombarded with emails trying to get you to buy the next “Sure thing moneymaker”.

So What is best to do?create your future

It is better to go to a reputable company. Never take one person’s word for it though, look around. Check out a variety of views on anything before you buy. Yes some reviews will be good and some bad, if so check further.

Even for a good company, some will bend the truth implying that you can earn sooner than you actually can. A very few can start earning in a matter of months but for most it will take at least a year if not longer.

I recommend the company I am with because for the amount you pay, you get a lot in return. Plus, a big bonus is: NO Upsells.

They also allow you to join for FREE and have a good look around to see what is on offer. Essentially, what you will get for your money. A legitimate company does this because they have nothing to hide.

What do you get?

Read this post about Wealthy Affiliate to see everything that comes with your membership. It was about a Black Friday offer which obviously has ended now but there are graphics to show you what is available in each membership.

Below is a few things you get.

A quick roundup:

10 websites:

You might think that is a lot but over time you are very likely to use them as you expand your business. Some even use extra ones for clients’ websites they run.

Free SSL

From digicert.com:

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details. (I did not know this, so I have learned something new today)Your future self will thank you.

Site support:

Which I can vouch for as excellent because I have used them a lot. They are fast to respond and excellent at fixing pretty much anything in a very short amount of time. Most things are dealt with in less than 30 minutes. Another platform I am on takes 2 weeks each time to respond even when its a security issue. Obviously I am going to bring that website to Wealthy Affiliate too. I had signed up for 2 years days before I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate, otherwise it would have already been moved.

Community:

An international community from the far flung corners of the Earth. This means there are always people there to answer questions, to chat and give advice.

There is also a vast range of age and knowledge from the members too. Very useful when you get stuck. Sometimes I found I just didn’t “get” something. I would read it over and over, watch it on a video but somehow it was still a mystery. So I would ask the community. There was always a variety of answers which is great as at least one will resonate and give you that light bulb moment.

Training:

I have surprised myself here because I usually put this first, mainly because I love to learn. There is core training 1-5 levels with 50 lessons.

Available also is Bootcamp training 1-7 levels with 70 lessons.

On top of that is training by other members too. When they find a newer or better way of doing something through trial and error, they add it as training for others to use. If you love learning new stuff like me, it is very easy to get lost in jumping from one training to another, I did just that for the first 3 months until someone wrote a blog post about shiny object syndrome made me realise what I was doing.

Yes I did learn new stuff but I was supposed to be going through the official training to get my business foundations built.

You do have to learn to be focused, it is easy to get distracted at times.

My Recommendation!

I do wholeheartedly recommend Wealthy Affiliate because I think its a great platform. Whatever type of online business you want it can teach you how to do that. You can also try different things to see how you get on. Like dropshipping. I did research, sort of gave it a try but never really got it up and running. At that point I was trying to do too many things at once. wealthy affiliate starter membership

There are so many different directions you can go in. Some do coaching, others do dropshipping, there are affiliate marketers with every niche you can think of, those that run websites for clients. We have authors and people that create and sell courses, more that run courses and so very much more.

The online world is your oyster. You can learn to build a business from the ground up. Give it a solid foundation to grow on and eventually perhaps, pass it on to your children.

Isn’t that something your future self will thank you for?

What are you waiting for?

Go and have a look round. At worst all you will have wasted is a little time, at best it will give you an amazing future.

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What does Success mean

What does Success mean

Success, like happiness, is an individual pursuit. What does success mean? For years, we have been taught that success is all about making a lot of money. But now things are changing, some think of success as money but many are moving away from that definition. What definition does a dictionary give?

From Dictionary.com

  • the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.
  • the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  • a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.
  • a person or thing that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on the talk show.

As you can see the definitions aren’t just about money.

What we are taughtMoney equals success What does Success mean

We were taught that success equals money and this is what we have inadvertently taught our children and in turn, they too will pass on the same to their children. You might never have heard your parents speak about success but isn’t it true that they often encouraged you to become a Lawyer, Doctor or enter into a similar profession, long before you were old enough to know what you are good at?

Why do you think this is the case? The prominence associated with these jobs may only be part of the reasons we subtly push our children in that direction. But for the most part, it is the money that they find attractive. Even if they or their children are accomplished within their respective areas of expertise but are struggling financially, they find it hard to regard this as a success.

The result of that teaching

The result of this kind of thinking is a society of people who are unhappy, depressed or underachieving because they are stuck in a career they hate or miserable because they can never live up to the unrealistic expectations set for them. Just think about all the wealthy celebrities you know that have committed suicide or are fighting hard to recover from an addiction of some sort, drugs, alcohol, painkillers etc.

While being stable or even well off financially is often the result of much diligence and hard work, it is not the only true measure of success. There is no real satisfaction from being rich if you do not truly enjoy what you do. If you overwork, are stressed and often ill due to a job that brings in a lot of money, that is not a good life.

If you are struggling to make ends meet however, it is only natural to want a better life for yourself and your children.

But when your happiness and even the affection you have for your children is hinged solely on wealth or material possessions, that is not a good place to be in.

What really makes a person successful?

Here is what some of the greatest minds of this century have to say on the matter.

  • “Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”– Zig Ziglar
  • “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking
  • “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

As you can see, each one has their own opinions about the boundaries within which we define success. That is because success means totally different things to different people. In fact, even those with great wealth may not see themselves as successful. There is, however, one common theme in these sayings. Success is no accident, it is achieved as a result of working hard at whatever you do.

So how do you achieve success?Hard work = success

It is impossible to become successful by just doing enough to get by. Anyone can be average. If your aim is to be successful, you must have such a burning desire to be first, to do more or even to do better, that it pains you stop working towards these goals. Your aspirations should greet you every morning and have you leaping out of bed to get started on your day.

And no matter what obstacle or obstacles appear, you will always keep telling yourself that you can’t and won’t stop. That giving up is not an option.

You will believe, no matter what, in what you are doing and know without doubt (well maybe a tiny occasional one) that you are going to be successful. You will know that your work/job/business/career will be successful but that success will be defined by YOU. This is the right mindset to have for success.

Motivation

That kind of burning desire is also known as motivation. It is the force that compels us to strive for success, helps us to unlock the full potential of our minds, keeps us continually focused on and committed to attaining our goals. Motivation is thus the universal key to success. It is impossible to have this kind of drive if you do not truly love what you do and if you are not confident enough to think you are able to do it well.

That is why it is so crucial for you to define success on your own terms. This is what I call your WHY! You have to know what your goals are and more importantly the reason you are doing it. When you get tired, when things don’t go well, when you are ready to give it all up, that is when your WHY will keep you going. It will take you that several steps further and past those feelings until you are once more riding the wave of self belief towards success.

Reach for your Dreamsfollow your dreams

No one else will make your dreams happen, they all have their own or are too busy wallowing in self pity at their miserable lives that are going nowhere. There are many that want a better life, that talk about success and how to achieve it but not so many that are prepared to make changes in their lives to achieve it.

If you want to reach for the stars, you and only YOU, can make it happen. If you have negative friends that try to dissuade you, then perhaps you need new friends.

Which achievement do you think is worth pursuing? Which accomplishment do you yearn to share with your children and grandchildren? That is the aspiration that will make you a success and you should never stop trying to make these dreams a reality. Realism is a very important aspect of being motivated to succeed.

Take those first steps. No one ever regretted the things they tried or did. Only the things they didn’t do or attempt.

 


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