You Gotta Be Hungry: Unleash Your Greatness With Les Brown

It was November 4, 2017 – a Saturday morning like none other, at least like no other Jamaica has ever seen. In a flash, the room at the Jamaica Conference Centre began to come alive, quickly filling up with hungry people.

Les Brown engages a hungry audience at the Jamaica Conference Centre November 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Involve Magazine

The anticipation on faces told a story of deep yearning and longing, probably even desperation. But nothing physical could satisfy that gaping void. It was a hunger that goes much deeper than the bottom of the stomach. After all, the weeks of obvious intense planning by a hard-working team could not afford to yield disappointment. Greatness like you’ve never seen before, was about to be unleashed.

Elegantly garbed in a powerful red long-sleeved top complimented by a flared, quietly-sexy black skirt, host Amita Persaud-Webb shouted exuberantly to the audience in waiting at 9:11 AM EDT, “Good morning and welcome to the Unleash Your Greatness Conference”. Moments later, co-host Oliver Mair joined in getting a room, which was full to capacity, even more euphoric about what was to come.

A pre-conference chat with some of the attendees revealed the expectations of many. They range from ‘killing the enemy within”, to “eliminating fear” to “getting inspiration to take action”.

Clearly, everyone was ’hungry’ to hear and see the main speaker, the legendary and highly sought-after, Les Brown. This, they had to wait for until the other scheduled speakers presented. But lest there was any doubt about the caliber and aptitude of the other speakers, they never hesitated to dispel any such myth through the demonstration of their mastery and competence. Delivering with gusto and sincerity, they rose above the obvious pressure of presenting on a platform with the man of the moment.

Les Brown and his son Patrick shares lens as they departed Jamaican soil at the Norman Manley Internation Aiport after the Unleash Your Greatness Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre November 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Involve Magazine

Patrick Brown, son of Les Brown, was the first one to serve up the appetizer. He came on stage rapping much to the amusement of an audience in waiting. “Greatness is your heritage”, he posited. “program yourself for success”, “we all start from somewhere and nobody starts at the top”, he continued. He went on to share his experiences growing up in the shadow as ‘Les Brown’s son before poignantly ending with a poem entitled, “It’s Time”. It’s time to step into your greatness, he charged, to the applause and approving cheers of a gathering whose appetite has clearly been whet.

Next on was Paul Bryan who spoke of his experience thirty (30) years ago with Les Brown via his mom’s cassette tapes which she played incessantly. “You’ve gotta be hungry”, was the main message that stuck like a glue to Paul’s memory. This was to make the point of the importantance of feeding your children’s minds with positive messages from an early age. Against the backdrop of the fertilization process where from a possible four billion sperm, only one will fertilize an egg, “You are, by your mere presence, extra-ordinary”, Paul emphasized before segueing to his roadmap to greatness which went like this:

  1. Get pregnant (with an idea) and give yourself over to an idea that excites you;
  2. Create environments for your success;
  3. Establish partnerships;
  4. Develop yourself;
  5. When greatness calls, answer, ‘YES’ knowing you have everything it takes to succeed.

With an American accent, Jon Talarico emerged next, shouting what seems to be the catch line for all visitors to the Jamaican shores, “Wat a gwaan Jamaica?” to an already steaming gathering. He started out by saying his turning point came from hearing that he has greatness within from a Les Brown conference he attended years ago. Jon went on, sharing his irrefutable Laws of Greatness – all ten of them.

  1. The Law of responsibility;
  2. The Law of motion;
  3. The Law of goals and planning;
  4. The Law of conduct;
  5. The Law of value creation;
  6. The Law of reciprocity;
  7. The Law of being unique;
  8. The Law of infinite possibility;
  9. The Law of education;
  10. The Law of attitude.

Sheree Martin, in her down to earth presentation style, put forth the idea that everything in life stems from two emotions, love and fear. When we live from a place of love we can never fear. She continued, “Measure success on your own terms…nothing has meaning except the meaning that you give it…you are a co-creator, the universe is conspiring to give you what you want. Live in appreciation of everything and bless others who are living in abundance even if you are not there yet”. Sheree’s model for success is based on Experiences, Beliefs, Actions and Results.

Kevin Ingram, representing sponsor National Commercial Bank (NCB), shared the secret of how the wealthy unleash their greatness. “Let your money stay in the bank and borrow other people’s money, create a vision, define what you want to be; practice good habits, keep focused and stick to your plan”, he said.

Keeping it ‘positive’. International Gospel Recording Artiste shares lens with Les Brown after his riveting performance at teh Unleash Your Greatness Conference at teh Jamaica Conference Centre on Saturday November 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Involve Magazine

In keeping with the positively charged atmosphere, the internationally acclaimed Gospel Recording Artiste, Rondell Positive, took the platform just before the lunch break. As he belted out hits like ‘Overcomer’, fans sang along while being feted to a dance off by Patrick Brown, son of Les Brown, host Amita Persaud-Webb and the man of the hour, Les Brown.

Host Emprezz Golding causing the attendees to erupt in laughter at the Unleash Your Greatness Conference with Les Brown at the Jamaica Conference Centre November 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Involve Magazine

After lunch, there was a shift, a changing of the guard as it were. A new host had taken the platform. The vivacious media personality, Emprezz Golding with her infectious personality, stopped short of bringing the audience to tears through laughter. Her energy set the stage for what to come. Giving out prizes after prizes, she brought audience members on stage to get their moment of fame. Many just had to merely open their mouths and a prize would be theirs.

When Internet Income Jamaica and Pow Social’s Alicia Lyttle, graced the platform, it wasn’t to train participants how to make money online but to let them in about what she has been through. She shared her powerful story of being a two-time Cancer survivor who had to overcame several other odds to be where she is at now. She charged everyone to:

  1. Understand responsibility
  2. Shed your past
  3. Hit decline when the calls from the naysayers and ‘waste’ people come in

Duane Lue-Fung, in his usual debonair style which is known to sell ice to an Eskimo, asserted that we must have a strong ‘why’ in our quest for greatness. He charged the twelve hundred strong participants to:

  1. Read the biographies of successful people;
  2. Express gratitude for everything, everyday;
  3. Stay away from average, it is the biggest enemy to success;
  4. Be intentional about your thoughts as they create your reality.

UK based, Online Marketer Danny Walsh added his flavor to the diverse pool of speakers. “Conversations is the key to success”, he pointed out. He further went on to state that, “If you are fishing in the wrong pond, you won’t catch the big fish.

Standing tall and strong at age 72 Les Brown at the Unleash Your Greatness Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre November 4, 2017. Photo Credit: Involve Magazine

Then it was time. The moment everyone waited for had arrived. Time for American motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, former television host, and former politician, Les Brown, to appear. The man of 72 years, appeared on stage to a standing ovation and cheers from a hungry crown. He invited everyone to be seated and for the next 1 hour and 40 minutes he held the attention of everyone. “Seated in this room is greatness and I’m honoured to be in your presence”, he started. Les went on to share his story of being labeled ‘educable mentally retarded’ while in grade school. His story is nothing short of resilience, telling the narrative of overcoming, through the help of his adopted mother and high school teacher – a tale he tells with pride.

As Zig Ziglar once said, “some people say motivation doesn’t last, neither is bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily”. A motivated and inspired audience was the result as was the objective of the conference. The stage has been set for the next event of this kind to take place because the motivation has to continue.

The Unleash Your Greatness Conference is the brainchild of Inspire Me Events, managed by Internet Income’s and Pow Social’s Alicia Lyttle, Lorette Lyttle and Andrew Reid, and Think Grow Lead’s Duane Lue-Fung and Paul Bryan.

 

 

Membership Sites: Creating the Alternative Online You

There are a lot of people, maybe even you, that have worked hard building their speaking, training, consulting, coaching business.  You’re at a point where you’re making good money.  Better yet, you start your day off energized looking forward to all you have to do.

After years establishing the business, you are the recognized expert.  You are satisfied that you have transformed your expertise into what is now a REAL business.

What is your problem now?

It’s that you’ve done too good a job filling your role as the highly-valued face of the business.  Removing you from the business is like removing someone’s liver.  Your business dies.  You’re the one people request.  You’re the one people see.  You’re the brand people want.

You have to plan a way to detach yourself from this critical role.  Otherwise, your business, which is doing fine now, leads to a dead end.  You can’t ever take paid time off.  You can’t sell the business.  It’s worthless.  Paid retirement is not an option.

You’ve considered the obvious option which is to recruit, hire, train and groom a successor.  You know it’s more than just finding someone who’s qualified.  It’s the time-consuming training.  It’s the re-branding work so everyone looks to them instead of you.  It’s introducing them as the new front person of your business. I’m sure you can see how risky an option this becomes.

Here’s an option to consider.  What if instead of looking for someone to replace you, you replace yourself with an Online You.  What if you deliver your in-person presentations, your training, and your coaching via an online e-learning, coaching, consulting platform.

  • You continue in your role as face of the business.
  • Your business offers the same expert service you offer now.
  • You extend your business with online offerings that eventually replace you.

A HUGE benefit of this approach is you do NOT change how you attract customers and sell.  You are selling them the same thing that makes you valuable today.  What changes is the medium

That medium is a membership website.  It’s a website, but it can only be accessed by members with login credentials.  You control who’s allowed or not allowed in.

Let’s go over what this Online You site contains.  Let’s cover what content you can publish so you consider the possibilities.

#1 – Online Courses

If what you do is educate, train and coach, your membership site publishes your programs as an e-learning course.  You make learning materials available there.

It can be a course covering any of your current speaking, coaching or training topics.  There are best practices for converting in-person presentations into an online course.  It’s too long to cover here, but I do cover it in my www.ThePerfectOnlineYou.com e-course if you’re interested. The point is, this Online You is another way for your audience to get to the information you deliver in person.

#2 – Publishing Timely Industry Updates

Many people make a living sharing information updates with their audience.  They are the expert and their clients pay them for these updates on a specific topic.  Think of someone that updates stock traders on trends in a specific area of the market.

Before membership sites, you might have sent these out as email updates or email newsletters. A membership site is a better option.  Not only is it harder for members to share your content with others, but it enables you to easily update content and quickly correct mistakes.

#3 – Offering Office Hours

Courses and updates like I just describe work well.  You can enhance those by packaging “Office Hours” along with them.  Remember when your college professors made themselves available set times of the week.  You do the same.

You publish the times and use a private conference line that only members can get access.  You show up at the announced times and allow members to ask you questions. It requires very little prep time and all your members see you as accessible.

I highly recommend recording these calls. Then you publish them on the membership site in an archive.  That makes them available for those that could not attend live and provide them as searchable content for all your members.

#4 – Building an Online Community

Building an online community provides members with lots of benefits.  A big one people over look offers benefits that complement office hours.  If a member has issues, they can certainly wait for your next office hours’ session.  Alternatively, they can pose the question to you via a community forum.   You can of course answer the question, but what often happens is others chime in and answer for you.  The Entrepreneurial You Facebook Group provides a great example.

Many membership site owners that provide forums have members stick around longer (paying monthly membership fees longer) because they want to stay connected with their peers in the group. They see the relationships with other members as a benefit you provided to them.

#5 –  Providing a Connector Service

If members are coming to you as the expert, they will likely come to you for guidance in the general area where you practice.  Why not provide a resource section with recommendations and assets your members want?

For example, my team and I build membership sites.  Many people ask us to recommend copywriters, search engine experts, etc.   Providing these resources for your members on the site can be a real benefit.

There are so many other things you can add to your membership site.  It’s all a matter of making what you offer today available to your followers and replace what you do today in-person with an alternative – the Online You.

Hope this helps!

Jorge Lazaro Diaz is a speaker, blogger, content marketer, Infusionsoft consultant, and e-learning membership site builder. He and his team at Larry Jacob Internet Marketing (www.LarryJacob.com) specialize in e-learning membership sites and work with business owners to showcase their expertise and grow sales. Visit www.TheProfitableOnlineYou.com and take his FREE e-course on transforming your expertise into profitable an online programs.

Living Purposefully on Purpose: The Entrepreneurial You

Long ago, I came to the realization that my gifts, talents and abilities were never given to me simply for my benefit alone. Ever since, it became abundantly clear that I must live my life to its fullest potential in a way that others may be uplifted and empowered through me and the actions I take from day to day. I must set my intentions carefully and clearly.

My purpose, ‘life transformation through inspiration’ motivates me to get out of bed every day with a level of exhilaration, expectation and enthusiasm to accomplish that which has been vested in me to do. It warms my heart as I see others who would otherwise be disillusioned, disheartened and disenchanted, living vicariously through my eyes.

It wasn’t long after I started my first business, Patwa Apparel, that I recognized it isn’t an end in itself rather a means to an end. Means, which provide platforms locally, regionally and internationally for me to share my story. The immeasurable value of my story provides fodder for others. I see hope in people’s eyes when I speak; I get a sense that through me, many recognize the power that lies deep within them.  That gives me life.

Having released my entrepreneurial spirit to grow wings and soar, I also recognize how unstoppable I am. This great bug bundle of potentiality was never comfortable with remaining in a state of ‘potential’.  That potential must be transformed into kinetic energy. But alas! Even as I am unstoppable, so too are you and the community that I serve. That is why I do the things I do such as write book, speak, blog, podcast and plan and execute uplifting events.

All my projects provide for me, a sense of accomplishment and even joy. I’m particularly heartened by The Entrepreneurial You podcast, a podcast for passionate and dedicated Caribbean entrepreneurs seeking inspiration. Each week a global high impact entrepreneur is featured to motivate and inspire our community of peak performers. This allows me to reach the entire world with my message of entrepreneurship and purpose. I’ve been blessed to have had guests such as Dr. Vernet A. Joseph, Malcolm MJ Harris, Dr. Will Moreland and many others who are doing amazing things around the world.

Having had all these amazingly talented guests on the podcast, I had to think of a way to get them back to one event where they can provide even more value to my community. That’s why The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference and Expo was created.

Over a course of four (4) days, September 25-28, 2017, eighteen (18) world renowned speakers (including digital marketers, coaches, accountants, software developers, copywriters, motivational speakers), will take you through the ins and outs of doing business successfully as we share our expertise with you over these 4 days.  Our speakers include John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneurs on Fire, Malcolm MJ Harris of National Care Financial Group and Dr. Vernet A. Joseph of Live to Produce. These are Oprah, CNN, CBS, ABC, Fox News, Huffington Post, etc. featured experts who can’t wait to expose you to their wealth of knowledge to change your game.

Do you have a vision of running a successful business; to do amazing things and do great work? You know that doing this will change your life, you family, and your community. BUT you feel stuck and aren’t sure of the steps to take to have a successful launch and create profits quickly.

Register for The Entrepreneurial You Virtual Conference and Expo by going to henekawatkisporter.com. Experience a wealth of information from the comfort of home, office or wherever there is wifi.

Exhibitors are also encouraged to make contact with the organizers to display their products and services virtually.

This new game changer platform will empower all exhibitors and sponsors to:
•    Showcase special promotion and deals or new product announcements through virtual booth (exhibitors)
•    Engage with attendees with live chat, Google Hangout, Skype or Web Conferencing
•    Capture qualified leads and marketing analytics with download hot lead spreadsheet
•    Conduct online breakout room for live chat or on-demand discussion board
•    Nurture customer relationship and trigger marketing automation from seamless integration with customer relationship management (CRM) and email marketing campaign.

Contact me at henekawatkisporter@gmail.com or visit henekawatkisporter.com to learn to learn more.

The 3 Things I Wish I Would Have Done When I First Started My Online Business

Started Sooner 

I wish I would have started my online business sooner. I was so intrigued by the idea of having an online business that makes money while you sleep. The problem was that I didn’t know anything about it. Heck, I knew very little about computers or the Internet until 2008. I was quite late to the party. My family didn’t have a computer when I was growing up in the late 90s to early 2000s. I felt I had a disadvantage for being so behind the times. I thought, maybe I should leave that to others who are far ahead of me, and I’ll do something else. Boy, was I wrong! Now I hear people tell similar stories all the time. If you find yourself in this boat, here’s my advice to you:

Don’t procrastinate. Don’t feel like you’re not ready. It’s not ready, aim fire. It’s fire, aim, ready. Be bold and take the first action step towards your dreams.

My train of thought began to change after I joined a network marketing company that gave me an excellent book in the starter kit. That book was called The Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki. It took me from being a person who hated to read to someone who couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next piece of information that would change my worldview. It didn’t take long before that happened. I began reading anything I could get my hands on that would help me improve my life.

I went from struggling to read a single book to being addicted to learning, reading and listening to audiobooks. I knew I would write a book…one day. But I thought that day was far away. After all, I still had so much to learn. I thought I wasn’t worthy. I thought it would be something I’d do late in life. It’s actually kind of strange because that’s not really how I felt in other areas. For example, I was 18 years old when I was dressing up in my uncle’s old suits and shopping for 4-unit apartment buildings. That’s because after reading The Cashflow quadrant I started reading books about investing in real estate. I knew that four units would still qualify as residential property and therefore would be easy to obtain financing for. Anything over four units would have been considered commercial property and would have been much harder to get.

My Dad thought I was crazy because I still lived with him. He said things like, “Boy, you need to rent an apartment first. Then you can buy a house one day.” But I didn’t want that. I didn’t want to throw my money away towards rent. I didn’t even want to throw my money away on a single-family house where most of my mortgage payments went towards paying interest. I wanted to rent out three units and live for free in the fourth unit. That way I could save as much money as I could to put towards future investments. This is the type of invaluable insight I got from reading The Cashflow Quadrant.

I didn’t think I was too young to buy an apartment building either. Why I thought I couldn’t start a successful online business is beyond me. It took me three years before I reached my goal, mostly because I moved to Florida and started fresh. My first property had only two houses instead of four, but the rent from one house and additional rent from roommates covered all my expenses. A success! I got my real estate license shortly after that and became a Realtor. I was the youngest one in the office and already owned two houses while many older agents didn’t even own their own home yet. I didn’t see my youth as a weakness. I saw it as a strength.

The funny thing is, I didn’t really want to be a Realtor. I wanted to be an Author. I learned a lot from the books I had read and was excited to build up my residual cash flow. I wanted to create enough streams of passive income to support my moderate lifestyle. And I would have loved to have done it by creating information products, just like the ones that inspired me so much. However, because I felt I wasn’t ready, I postponed my dream. I tried other business ventures waiting on the day that I would become ready. And it wasn’t until all the things that I was doing came to an end that I realized I was in fact ready. But now that I look back at it, I was ready the whole time! There was nothing stopping me from sharing my message with the world except myself!

Pursued what I’m most passionate about in life

This kind of ties into the first one, but its importance can’t be understated. As the saying goes, “when all work is play, you’ll never have to work another day.” Follow your dreams. You have to do some soul searching first, before you discover what it is you’re most passionate about. And you have to find your passion before you should get started. As Stephen Covey said, “Don’t climb the ladder of success, only to get to the top and realize the ladder was up against the wrong building.”

Some people already know what they’re passionate about and what they want to do. And that’s great! But for those that don’t, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • If you knew without a doubt that you would be successful, what’s the one thing you’d want to do with your life?
  • What do you do that brings you the most joy?
  • Is there something that makes you come alive when you talk about or do it?
  • If money weren’t an issue, what would you like to do with your life?

Your passion can make you lose track of time because time flies when you’re having fun. When you’re doing it, you may not feel any signs of fatigue because you’re so engrossed with what you’re doing. If you notice things like this about whatever you answered to the questions above, you may have just discovered your passion!

Paid someone to create my website

I struggled to build my own website in the early days. I listened to the audiobook of Multiple Streams Of Internet Income by Robert Allen and was convinced that online businesses were the future. Not only did I want a website, I wanted to know how it was built. That way I’d have an understanding of the process so I’d be one step ahead whenever I built another one.

After a while of seemingly beating my head on a brick wall, I broke down and offered to pay someone if they agreed to let me watch them as they were in the process of building it. Basically, I wanted to watch the process so I could learn along the way. Well, that ended up being a disaster. It was a great idea, but I pretty much got burnt.

I tried to pick up where he left off by continuing to build it on weebly.com. But after putting in a lot of time in it, I just wasn’t happy with the look of the site. I built dozens of pages and was very happy with all of the content on my site, but I never did much with it because one look at it and you could tell it was built by an amateur.

It took me about four years after that to learn WordPress and get my site where I wanted it to be. Instead of being cheap and not paying anyone, I should have paid the price to get it built because I’d be 4 years ahead of where I am now.

I’m telling you all of this so you don’t make the same mistakes I did. Figure out what you want to do. Find out what the first major step is that needs to be done, and take the first step towards accomplishing it, everyday doing one more thing to get you closer to your dream.

Cheers to the first day of the rest of your life.

Jeremy Kinney is a health advocate, independent thinker, and an avid researcher for truth and knowledge. At a young age he discovered powerful information in books that wasn’t widely known. He has been on a journey ever since learning about personal development, monetary principles, health and wellness, and any other topic related to improving himself and making the world a better place. Jeremy is the founder of www.TheAwarenessRevolution.com, where he pursues his passion and shares his knowledge to help others. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

How to Live the Life YOU Want: 3 Simple Things to Help You

Don’t you want to live a that is meaningful, fun-filled and purposeful, essentially to be happy? Click To Tweet But what does that really mean and how can you attain it? For some people, it is an ideal that seems like mission possible, only for a select few.

Many people, in fact, are unaware that they are deserving of a great life. They believe it is only for persons who were born to specific families, born in certain neighbourhoods or even born with particular hues.

Understanding and believing that you are in the driver’s seat, that you are in control of your happiness and living your best life now is necessary for your success. Knowing the things that you must do to achieve this is even more paramount.

Here are 3 Simple things to help you live that life that you are dreaming of.

  1. Understand your purpose in order to declutter your life

Mark Twain left us with these words, “the two most important days in a person’s life are the day you are born and the day you find out why”, and equally brilliantly echoed in another way by Myles Munroe, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life without a purpose”.

Did you know one of the biggest reasons for your unhappiness is that you take on tasks, opportunities, etc. because you are unsure about who you are and why you are here as on earth. When you know your purpose, you know what you must say yes to and the things you must reject.  Begin to take an introspective look at where you are now. If at this point you are still unclear as to why you were created, start asking of yourself and those around you, what is the one thing I can do with my eyes closed? What I am great at? I am most at peace doing _____, and you fill in the blanks.

The word NO is a complete sentence and purpose will give you an appreciation for this and you will begin to experience happiness not someday but NOW. Eliminate the things that don’t serve you so you will have space for your purpose.

  1. Know the season you’re in

On a bright Saturday morning, I took a detour from my routine of either working on my business, doing house chores or simply lying in bed till some point in the afternoon. I was on my way to a women entrepreneur’s event. As I drove, I wanted to get the red at traffic lights but I prayed not to be at the front of the line when stopped. This was because I wanted to apply my makeup and if I’m at the front of the line it would be a challenge to see when the light changed to green. I wanted to be behind other vehicles so that I could see when they move off.

Then like a ton of bricks it fell heavily on me. Why was I rejecting being at the front of the line? Why did I not want to be in the lead? Why was I comfortable in second place? I had a serendipitous moment. I thought to myself, so many times I, like the many others who are part of the church, keep singing, ‘I’m next in line for my blessing”.  Have we stopped to recognize that we are actually at the front of the line? Not only are we at the front of the line but we are at the counter being served. Yet we are singing melodiously, like the Angels in Heaven, “I’m next in line for my blessing”.

To everything under the sun there is a season. You must be alert and be intuitive enough to recognize the season you are in. If you are in a season where you must apply your own mask first before you can help others, take the time to apply your mask. You cannot give from an empty cup. The good Samaritan stopped briefly to help the man in need. Then he quickly moved on, continuing to take care of his business then he went back to continue his Good Samaritan duties.

Recognizing your season will allow you to be happier. If you are in a season that requires that you give attention to your development, you will not feel guilty when you are not able to give assistance to others during that time. Oftentimes it is the guilt that accompanies our NO that is the root of our unhappiness.

  1. Choose ye this day with whom you spend your time

According to Jim Rohn, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most of your time with”.

This principle, based on the law of average, suggests that if you are spending time with a bunch of losers then of course….The converse is also true. Since those closest to us impact us, when we share out time with super successful people, our success odds also increase.

I’m working on a project that it’s safe to say it’s ground-breaking at least in this part of the world. I reached out a someone who is pretty much the Steve Jobs of Apple in their industry. I sent a 90 second video stating the project, my ask and that I will would follow up with additional information.

He responded by first saying that he liked the video and congratulated me on the things I’ve been doing. He then went on to say that what I’m requesting is something that under normal circumstance he would have said no to. However, he loves what I’m creating and he wants to be part of it.

I’ve made it part of my duty to be strategic with the people I allow in my space and spend time with. So now it is not uncommon to have emails from persons like Chris Ducker, Amy Porterfield, John Lee Dumas, etc. – and these are not subscription emails.

I say this to make the point that other people, can affect our moods, attitudes and overall behavior which in turn affect the decisions we make including those having to do with our happiness.

Like Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Beginning today, decide to live the life you want by:

  1. Understand your purpose in order to declutter your life;
  2. Know the season you’re in;
  3. Choose ye this day with whom you spend your time

I wish for you nothing less that true happiness as you live your best life now.

What are you doing for your hapiness today? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

How are They Doing Startup in Israel?

Earlier this year I had a conversation with Lior Degani, co-founder of Swayy (now Similar Web after the acquisition) for The Entrepreneurial You podcast.
Here’s what Lior said in our conversation when asked about his top 3 mistakes during his startup phase.

1. We didn’t share our idea with anyone – maybe we were afraid anyone would steal our idea. We did this for a year. You should never be afraid of sharing your idea. An idea in and of itself means nothing. It’s about the execution, it’s about the people behind the idea. Even if someone thinks your idea is great and are going to do it themselves, if you believe in yourself you will do it better.

2. We were looking to raise money from VCs and Angels but we decided to spend on our own and quit our jobs. Although it seems like a great thing to do because it means that you believe in your start up, that’s wrong because you shouldn’t spend money on your start up because it really gives you no other option to live. It makes you more stressful and dependent. It makes your lifespan shorter. You cannot always spend time on your startup because you’re always worried about money. From a financial perspective, when you’re spending money from your own pocket, there is no end to it. There is no budget.

3. We wanted to build the best and most comprehensive product that the world has ever seen which is completely against any idea of lean start up. When we started, it wasn’t there yet where everyone knows about Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We just thought that if a product is not good enough, no-one would use it so we would rather build the best product we can, which is against any common sense. When you try out something simple, the basic, the core of your product, you collect feedback from your users, you see if you can even get users. Why would you spend so much time building the best future if no one would use it? We built a super complicated and probably useless product which took us more time and more money.

Now can you identify with any of these mistakes Lior and his other co-founders made?

You can listen to the podcast episode here in the event you missed it.

By now you know I’ve created The Entrepreneurial You Virtual SME Conference & Expo happening 25th-28th September.  I’m bringing back some of your favoruites from the podcast for 4 full days of rich content to ignite your passion.
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He specializes in system engineering, growth hacking and data analysis, with over 10 years experience working in Telecom and Startup companies, as well as serving in the prestigious IDF unit 8200 – an elite intelligence unit which has spawned many successful Hi-Tech entrepreneurs over the years.

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8 Signs that you are Living a Purpose Driven Life

As spirit beings, we are able to step away from outside of ourselves and observe who we really are. Click To Tweet. I don’t believe animals are able to do that. This is a treasured gift made available to humans.

In our quest for a deeper understanding of life’s meaning, and to get clarity, over time we develop our self-identities. With this search, the age-old questions of ‘who am I?’ and ‘why am I here?’ top the chart of ‘frequently ask questions’ that can be found anywhere. This cannot be avoided. You see, we weren’t randomly placed on this earth to make up numbers. Much like a piece in a zig-saw puzzle, each of us forms part of a bigger picture of this thing called life. We were meant to play specific roles. I can’t fill your shoe neither can you fill mine.

Since this is true, we must continue our quest to identify what that purpose is. What is that great work that causes your soul to stir? What is the thing that drives you to rise and shine in the mornings? What is the last thing you think about before your go to bed? What is that problem you can’t wait to solve in the mornings?

The answers will be different for everyone but one thing remains constant – it gives us life.

I have narrowed my purpose down to this – “life transformation through inspiration’. The reason I get up every day and do what I do i.e. podcasting, writing, speaking, entrepreneurship, is that I get a platform where I can inspire others to action through my story. Many people live vicariously through my eyes. Now everything I’ve ever been through in life makes sense. The depression, abuse, pain, neglect, rejection…it’s all abundantly clear, why. My life is a story of transformation, hope and triumph. And I love it.

Are you living on purpose? Here are some ways in which you can be sure.

  1. It is true that if you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life. When you truly love what you are doing you will be excited about doing it. The result is an obsession that is almost inexplicable and you enjoy every moment of it. This gives you joy and a true sense of reason for living. In the moments that you feel like you want to stay in bed and simply let time pass by, there is a constant reminder of the reasons not to and your energy comes from that.
  2. There are times others may be trying to get your attention but you are so focused it appears that there is no one around. You are always focused when doing what you love. You do not allow yourself to get distracted. ‘Random’ social events will not appeal to you much, as your gaze is affixed on your prize.
  3. You have a strong underlying belief that you are doing what you were created for. You may have tried several things before and soon found that your interest in them disappeared as quickly as they came.
  4. You keep a clear vision all the time of where you want to reach irrespective of any ‘failure’ that may happen along the way.
  5. Even with a clear vision, there are times you are not quite sure of what to do. As chapters unfold and phases roll out and define themselves, you stay open to guidance from professionals, books, CDs, the internet or whatever resource is available to you. Although it is your purpose, you will never be able to accomplish it alone.  Forging strategic alliances with the right people and organizations and having the right tools, is a sure way to get ahead.
  6. You keep going when the going gets tough; in those times when things don’t seem to be going right. The odds all appear to be stacked up against you; yet you refuse to give up because you know that anything that is worth fighting for usually comes with challenges
  7. You surprise even yourself at your persistence and drive to press on. Challenges are inevitable; it is how you deal with them that will determine whether you are doing what you were called to do. Despite the challenges, hurdles, trials, tribulations and frustrations, you look in retrospect with delight knowing that you have totally enjoyed the experience anyway and have no regrets. The mistakes were merely lessons to learn from. You say to yourself, these mistakes only meant that you tried something new.
  8. Sometimes you find that many of the opportunities that are aligned to your purpose just seem to fall into place easily and things appear to ‘just happen’. The telephone calls, emails, connections and people just seem to appear serendipitously to give guidance and assistance; things that seem to happen out of the apparent blue. The truth is, nothing happens by chance.

I’d love to hear about your purpose. Leave a comment below.

Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

Law of Attraction: Lessons Learned from Building my Blog and Business (That Apply to Anything)

I am so passionate about educating people about the law of attraction because learning about it changed my life dramatically. My experience has shown me over and over and over again, that by directing our focus on what we want, and away from what we don’t, we can let in more of the former and less of the latter.

By engaging in some self-reflection, teasing out the beliefs that weren’t serving me, and shifting them, I created a whole new reality. Like anybody else, I am on the proverbial journey and I’ll never be done. And for the most part I have made peace with that…I’m human just like the rest of ya.

As anyone who reads my blog regularly knows, I often share experiences from my own life to show how I apply this knowledge and how it has helped me. Like many other people, my ‘professional’ life is one area in which I put a lot of energy manifesting-wise.

It is an area that occupies a lot of my time and attention. It is an area where we have learned a bunch of ‘stuff’ that really doesn’t serve us well, and can bump heads with the wisdom of conscious creation.

So I wanted to share some insights that I think will be helpful for people, but not just for people concerned with their business. These lessons are applicable to anyone wanting to manifest anything, as the basic tenets of attraction are the same no matter the type of manifestation.

I started writing this and realized that I had gone to my usual post length and hadn’t even covered all the points so there will be a part two.

I hope you enjoy it.

DON’T LOOK TO OUTCOMES TO SEE IF THINGS ARE ‘WORKING’

Let’s face it…we don’t fully trust in this whole LOA thing, and this is true no matter how much we manifest to show us, in fact, there is something to it. When we are contending with a situation that still isn’t to our exact liking, there is that niggling fear that things may not work out. We haven’t totally stripped our conditioning away.

We really want that ‘proof’ our efforts are bearing fruit. We want to see movement. We want those results. We want feedback. We want validation.

And this tendency is understandable. But, at the core of this need, is a lack of trust in the process, a fear we won’t get what we want. Again, understandable to have this.

But while we may not be able to eliminate it completely, we do have to work on it.

I may be one of the few bloggers who doesn’t check their ‘stats.’ I have no idea how many people read my blog. I have no idea where my traffic is coming from. I don’t do any sort of ‘analysis.’ When I first had my blog, I did check this information.

And I didn’t like how it made me feel. I was basing how I felt on outside circumstances. When I had a lot of visitors, I felt good. When I didn’t, I felt badly. I wondered if my stats were ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for a new blogger, blah, blah, blah.

Knowing what I knew about the law of attraction, I realized this habit was detrimental…looking to the outside will always fuck with our energy. By looking to the outside, we lose touch with our inner voice that provides the most effective guidance and feedback of all. We diminish our power. We chip away at the positive momentum we have built through our ‘inner work.’ We forget the law of attraction is not ‘magic’ and most things don’t change immediately.

I knew that if I kept creating the content that I felt compelled to create, if I kept doing something that was making me feel good, which was writing the blog itself, I would get to where I wanted to be. I knew I would be led to inspired actions that would draw ‘my people’ to me. I knew it would lead to all sorts of opportunities that would allow people to find out about me.

I recently started my ebook series about the law of attraction. I have no idea how many books I have sold. When I get my first royalty check, I suppose I’ll get some clue. But, I don’t check the sales because ultimately it doesn’t matter.

It feels good to write them, and people will buy them. I haven’t set any sort of goal income-wise with the books, because I really can’t control that. And know why I can’t control that? Because there is nothing I can do to make people buy them.

Maybe it will turn out to be a really solid source of income, or maybe I was inspired to write them because somehow this will open up some other opportunity of which I can’t conceive in my mind right now. At first I checked to see if I got reviews, and they were all really good, but I don’t anymore.

Maybe people are leaving more positive ones, or there are people who are leaving negative ones ,because they don’t buy into the law of attraction, they don’t like my writing style or a dozen other reasons.

Naturally I want people to like them, and find them helpful, but again, can’t control that. If there are people who don’t like the books, so be it. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.

While validation in the form of positive feedback is always nice, we can’t rely on that. If we feel good about what we are doing, or we know it is the right thing for us in the moment, that is all that matters.

Of course, we may get feedback that can be helpful for us, and taking it into consideration can be of some benefit. This is surely the case at times, but often this feedback isn’t helpful, it’s just someone else’s opinion and nothing more. You’ll know if there is something of use in there, and you can make the necessary adjustments to whatever it is you are doing.

Our energy is our point of creation, and as long as you are aligned with what you want, and are feeling good about getting it, you’re going to get there. The path may not look like you think it is supposed to, or the manifestations may not be the exact ones you have in mind, but you’ll get there. But I digress…

Don’t always be looking for the ‘proof’ you are on the right course. Don’t look for others to validate you, and tell you you’re doing good or you are ‘right.’

If you are aligned, you’ll certainly get that feedback, so don’t worry…we all like it, and need it sometimes, and it’s okay.

I ,like anyone else, enjoy the comments, and emails, from people saying they like my work and it is helping them. I enjoy my clients telling me our work together has helped change their life. But I know that ultimately I can’t always be on the lookout for that.

FOLLOW YOUR INTUITION AND FEELINGS

This is easier said than done, and we may not always succeed. The difficulty in doing this is one of the things that slows our manifestations down big-time, but it just is what it is. We weren’t encouraged to operate from this space, and we just won’t go full bore, simply because we now know more about the law of attraction, and how our feeling is our point of creation.

But when we do operate from this space, boy, does it feel good, and boy, do things come together nicely.

When I first started my blog, I read very little about blogging. It really didn’t interest me. This wasn’t from a space of feeling like I knew everything and had nothing to learn. It was more from a space of just doing things in a way that felt right to me.

I didn’t care about what words I should include in a title to pique interest, the different styles of blog posts, doing outlines or whatever. I just got an idea about a post and wrote it.

That’s not to say we should never seek out advice from others who are traveling a similar path or working towards a similar goal…there are times when it will be very helpful. Again, when that is something that will be helpful for us, we’ll know it.

But I didn’t feel lost or stuck in any way. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, and I just did it. My feelings let me know I was on the right track. And at times when I did feel stuck about certain things, I managed to attract the very information, that was perfect to help me.

While I was obviously writing my blog for other people to read, I wasn’t overly concerned with how other people might perceive the topics, my style or whatever. I was writing what felt good to me, and what was interesting to me.

My idea to write my ebook series came to me during a silent meditation retreat, and it felt so good and right. I was excited. And when I got back, I started writing the books. I don’t know how many I’ll write. I am really enjoying it and people seem to really like them.

One day after Ryan and I did an audio interview on my blog, I felt inspired to start a podcast, and I just did. I really enjoy doing it and people seem to really like them. Will I do them forever? Don’t know. Right now I like doing them and I can see myself continuing for the long-term. But who knows what will happen?

By doing things that make me feel good, I am aligning with the energy of what I want, and as we all know, that is the most important thing we can do to reach the goals we have set for ourselves, and manifest the things we think will make us happy.

There is a tendency to really overthink our inspirations. We consider the impact over the ‘long-term.’ We let our mind get in the way and start questioning and picking things apart. We try to see 50 steps ahead when we just can’t.

If you follow your feelings, you will always be led down the right path, and the next steps will be revealed. The next inspired actions will surface. What are you being led to do right now? Do your best to just stay in the now, and heed those nudges.

DO THINGS YOUR WAY AND BE YOURSELF

If you were to have a conversation with me in person, you would find I sound much like I do in my posts and podcasts. I am totally myself. I never considered what sort of ‘image’ I wanted to project when I started. Like anybody else in this world, there are people that will resonate with me, and people that may not, for one of a million reasons.

Let’s take my tendency to curse. This isn’t to purposely craft some ‘edgy’ persona or to provide any sort of shock value. I simply don’t censor myself if the next word to come out of my mouth, or that I want to type, happens to be such a word.

I think cursing can be a great way to emphasize a point or to inject some humor. It’s not excessive, and I don’t think it makes me sound ‘rough’ or unintelligent. I actually don’t curse all that much in my day-to-day life.

Now many people would say that’s a big fat no-no when it comes to blogging and podcasts, because you may offend people. And that’s true…some people may find it offensive. But I don’t give a fuck. Ha, see what I did there? That’s their problem, not mine. You can’t please everyone.

My authenticity is what allows me to help people as best I can, and share what I have learned in the most effective way. It is what makes what I do fun and what makes me enjoy it.

If I worried all the time about presenting myself in a certain way, or I suppressed who I was, not only would that totally stilt my creativity, it would be a huge manifesting block, because it’s really hard to get exactly what you want, when you won’t let yourself be who you really are.

Living authentically means getting comfortable with the idea not everyone will gel with you, that not everyone will ‘get’ you, that people will most definitely make all sorts of inaccurate assumptions about you. It also means getting comfortable with the idea not everyone may like you either.

One of the reasons we are so reluctant to be ourselves is fear of people not liking us or criticizing us. But the great thing is, once you get more comfortable being who you really are, there is less insecurity and doubt within to be mirrored back to you, in the form of people criticizing and judging.

Remember our interactions with people are a manifestations of our energy just like anything else.

These people either won’t come into your orbit at all, or they won’t feel compelled to say anything, and will just turn their attention elsewhere—there will be no nasty remarks, blog comments, emails or whatever.

The people who do gel with you, and do ‘get’ you will find you. These are the people you are more likely to start encountering in your daily life.

Being into personal growth, and the law of attraction in particular, often calls for making really big changes in our life. It may call for doing things in a way that is the polar opposite of what you may have been taught to do.

And this can lead to a lot of fear about not getting the results we want. We worry that truly being ourselves is not appropriate, given a particular goal, or will hinder us in some way. If the way we feel inclined to do things, is not the way we have been taught we ‘should’ do them, this causes a lot of discomfort, and we are reluctant to trust ourselves.

But that all stems from limiting beliefs that contain within them very strong ‘declarations’ of how things are, that are just not true;or are based on the experiences of other people who have decided things have to be done a certain way, and there is no viable alternative, and again, is just not true.

Again, our energy is our true point of creation, and when we are aligned with what we want, we will get it. We can do things our way and we can be ourselves. We don’t need to conform.

Just because other people have done things a certain way to get certain results, doesn’t mean that is the only way to get those results. The perfect clients, friends and romantic partners will find you, and totally vibe with how you are.

IN CLOSING…

I hope you enjoyed the post and found some helpful manifesting lessons within that are applicable to your current situation, no matter what area of life you are trying to improve. Have I applied this wisdom perfectly each and every time an opportunity to do so presented itself? Um…no.

But, I applied it enough to make really awesome changes in my life, and over time, it gets easier and easier to act in a way that is more ‘LOA-friendly,’ if you will.

There is certainly a learning curve with this whole conscious creation thing, but like I always like to remind you…thank God you don’t have to be ‘perfect’ to let in any of the good stuff.

YOUR TURN…

What did you think of the post? Anything in particular resonate with you? Have you found any of these lessons to be helpful in your own manifesting journey? Would tips would you offer? Looking forward to your comments as always.

 If you want to learn more about law of attraction, you can also find my Making Sense of the Law of Attraction series on Amazon. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, they are free…sweet. And if you aren’t, no worries..they are super-cheap!

Kelli Cooper is a coach who specializes in the law of attraction. She concentrates on dispelling misconceptions about the teaching, and bridging the gap between the theory and reality of manifesting, two issues which she hopes helps people more easily tap into their innate powers of conscious creation. This teaching was a linchpin in changing her own life, and she has applied these principles with great success in her personal and professional life. Since 2011, she and her husband have been running their location-independent businesses from all over the world, calling all sorts of exotic locales home, from Thailand to Fiji. To learn more about her, her work and services, visit her site at https://www.livelifemadetoorder.com

Set Up Your Own Fashion Business (Infographic)

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Heneka Watkis-Porter is a serial-entrepreneur, cultural ambassador, sociologist, author, speaker, fashion designer and podcaster. She wakes up every day with a grateful heart as she lives her purpose of “life transformation through inspiration”. She is the leading lady behind Patwa Culcha International, the company that owns the authentic Jamaica clothing brand, Patwa Apparel.

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How to Set Up A Fashion Business: First Things to Think About

There’s no shortage of business ideas – they are a dime a dozen. What is missing most of the times is ‘how-to’ get started. The question of, ‘how do I turn my passion for fashion into a viable business’ is one that can be daunting. Yet, with the right guidance, it is possible although not easy.

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