Announcing a New Social Sharing Group

Social sharing is a powerful thing. I’m constantly telling people that social media is a fad! At least the term “social media” is a fad. People are social, and media is always going to be talked about, so social media is just our natural way of talking about things that are happening, or things that

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How to Use RSS Feeds to Build Backlinks to Your Blog

Bloggers are always looking for ways to create more back=links to their blog to help boost their blog’s SEO. RSS feeds are a simple and effective way to generate back links to your blog, but the best part of all is that it’s somewhat automated. So, for once this is not a strategy that is going to add a bunch of new tasks to your ‘to-do’ list. Once you’ve submitted your RSS feed to several directories your links will remain there working for you into the future.

Let’s first take a look at what an RSS feed is, and then we’ll walk through setting up a custom RSS feed that will generate lots of relevant inbound links to your blog. RSS, which stand for really simple syndication, is an XML feed composed of the content of your blog, in a list of your posts that readers can subscribe to. Using an RSS feed reader the content of your blog is pushed to the reader in a convenient, easy to consume format rather than their needing remember to go to your blog to catch your latest post.

Now that we’re clear on what RSS is, the next step will be to submit your blog’s custom RSS feed to RSS Aggregators or Directories, so now every time you update your blog or any of the other profiles that you included in your feed, those feeds will be updated as well. Here is a link to a site that has the top 55 RSS feed directories.

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How to Make Your Customers Fall in Love with You.

I know that’s why you’re here – you want to know the secret to making your customers and prospects fall in a dead heap at your feet, like teenyboppers longing for the Fab Five or Justin Bieber. Well, despite the name of this blog – the truth is, there is no magic love potion –

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Why Linchpins Aren’t Safe

2092da9In his blockbuster bestseller “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” Seth Godin did his usual Seth-y thing by pulling together some fantastically inspirational – and totally unrealistic – ideas. In the book, he suggested that the way to true longevity in your career is by making yourself indispensable to your organization. And you do that by going above and beyond, creating unparalleled value, and in general becoming so remarkable that the organization can’t survive without you.

I know firsthand that the more “remarkable” you become, the more you are despised, feared, and outcast by your co-workers. Go above and beyond and the rest of the unremarkable workers don’t cheer you on; they detest you and do everything they can to sandbag your efforts. You are a threat to the status quo, and to the realms of ordinary folk who surround you — you know, the ones who desire nothing more than to show up for their 9-to-5 and then head home, only to repeat it all the next day. Repetition doesn’t bother them; what bothers them is anyone who dares veers outside the norm, making the rest of the worker bees look bad.

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Brand YOU: Five Tips to Get It Right

You’ve likely heard how important it is to hit the ground running with your brand. The second you register your domain and get hosting, you should have a brand you can build toward. You need to make a statement in a busy market, stand out from the hordes, and show people who they are. To just start with a generic WordPress theme and stock photos is to risk obscurity. Or so says a recent article on the importance of early branding from Fast Company.

But you’ve probably also heard the recommendations to take action now and revise later, to get something out there as soon as possible, and to ship the beta. You can always make changes later, right?

So what is a new entrepreneur to do: Spend hundreds on a logo design from 99Designs, even though you’re not clear what you’re all about? Or to bide your time and build small, with the belief that it’s better to do it right once than to keep changing your mind and look like a five-year-old choosing between flavors of ice cream.
It’s not easy, being a business owner even with the MBA degree:)  “Life’s full of tough choices, isn’t it?” Here are five tips you can use to get your brand off to a great start, even before you’ve got all the avatars crossed and YouTube graphics dotted:

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1. Start with what you know. You know yourself. My friend for example launched a successful website about cheap MBA  because he wanted himself to find a good MBA program but  not expensive, fancy MBA school. When he did the whole research it was easy to launch a website. Now 2 years later a lot of people check this website as a source of  reliable information about MBA market.  Try to do the same, use knowledge you have, my friend changed his website many time, always for better..  You hopefully know more than a little bit about your market. So find an intersection between the two. If your goal (haha!) is to appeal to septuagenarian soccer players, then you know they’re going to be hip and active, and your site and logo and personality will need to meet them where they are. That’s actually a lot to go on.

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Dominating Facebook to become expert in your niche

totalDomination_enBefore I continue on with suggestions for making your presence known on Facebook, let me tell you that I don’t believe that everyone SHOULD be on Facebook. You need to go where your market is, and where you feel comfortable. Facebook may not be the correct place for you to focus if you are, say, an undertaker. In that case you might be better off at MySpace, which is totally dead (haha!).

No, seriously… not everyone’s business is suited to Facebook. And that’s okay. But if you think your peeps are hanging out at the big FB, here are some resources to get you on the boards, so to speak:

1. Decide if you want a fan (“group”) page or a personal page. I am not convinced that group pages are all that much better than personal pages. For my scrapbooking business, I have one of each, and people seem to like connecting with me more on my personal page than on my Layout a Day group page, but that could be a function of my business and my industry. I also have trouble keeping multiple, same-colored balls in the air at the same time. For instance, do I post the same post on my personal page AND my group page, or just one or the other? Do I send scrappy friends to my group page and refuse to accept their requests on my personal page? It’s all so confusing!

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5 Business Boosts in Under 10 Minutes and Fewer Than 10 Dollars

Looking to give your online business a boost? You may find a few things you have missed, check out these quick tips for your online business which each can be done in 10 minutes or less and under $10.

Blogs: If you have not created a business blog, do it now. Blogs are invaluable assets to online business and can increase not only your online authority for search engine optimization but also your business authority in your area of expertise.

Blogs can be utilized to give back to the online community and individuals seem to respond better to companies who offer information on topics such as how to guides and informative posts, rather than companies who simply blog about how amazing their product are.

Ditch the free URL: Free URLs are convenient for individuals who simply want to blog or create an online hobby. However for businesses, having a free URL is generally not a good idea. For example:
Sites like Blogger and WordPress offer free domains when using their free hosted service. If you are utilizing one of these free services your domain name might look something like this:

-http://www.yourbusiness.blogspot.com
Or
-http://www.yourbusiness.wordpress.com

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Top 6 Ways To Be Happy At Work

When I graduated from college, I immediately landed a job. However, due to being unhappy at work, I applied for another job and another until it meets my standards of happiness at work. As a result, I ended up working what I love and loving the work that I have. Now I could say to myself that I am happy and I will never ever let go of this kind of happiness.

As a person who searched and found happiness at work, I would like to share my top 5 ways to be happy at work. The only hint I could give you is to start everything right. I mean, upon applying you have to be very careful in choosing the career path that you wanted to take.

First, apply for a job that you like to do, not just because of the salary. All of us have our niche and we must settle on that. We can be very effective if we like and love our job.

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Everything You Need To Know About Setting Limits For Better Productivity

Productivity is about making the most of your resources so you get more done with what you already have, right? Well, what if I told by limiting your access to those resources your productivity would increase significantly? You would tell me I’m mad, and to a point you would be right, but I would be also telling you the truth.

We live in an abundant Universe. There’s plenty of anything for everyone (it’s just poorly distributed). In the Western World everyone has access to plenty of resources now. This has made us lazy. Because there is so many resources, we don’t pay attention to our choices and that makes our productivity worse. In scarcity, we are forced to make choices. It’s only when we don’t have access to everything that we realize what’s important for us.

This is how the setting limits system works to improve your productivity. Now, this scarcity is not real, just an illusionary Sword of Damocles. You can apply it in different ways:

Time. Guys, this a BIG one. Almost everyone is literally running around trying to have more time. If we told them that by actually decreasing the time they had they would be more productive and efficient they would turn mad, so let’s not do it. Parkinson’s Law says: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Think about it. In my own case, when I have a deadline near the corner I’m more productive. Motivation takes a part in the process, but just having less time makes you do things more focused. Racers don’t have time to hesitate or procrastinate either. Some examples: The Pomodoro Technique or the (10+2) Procrastination Hack. These methods also work because they allow you to eat the elephant in small chunks.

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Teaching Your Child to Respond Well to Anger

283hd712gdYou have taught your child skills for “using his words” to express anger and frustration in difficult situations. Through role-playing with you and a whole lot of on-the-playdate training, he has mastered the delicate art of self-control when it comes to handling his own angry feelings. On the flip side, how does your child do when it comes to receiving your anger or the frustrated words of playmates? Does he know how to respond to another’s anger with the same skill as he can express his own?

Help your child learn these three basic rules of responding to anger to help him complete his training in coping with anger—both his own and that of others:

1. Listen openly

  • Assure kids that angry words are like thunder—on their own they are nothing to be feared. Kids who can tolerate listening to angry words keep the door open for calming, healing communication.
  • Remind kids that they can be attentive and tuned in to what a person is saying regardless of whether they agree or not.
  • It is also important to teach kids the difference between listening openly when someone is expressing angry feelings and tolerating verbal aggression. No child deserves to be exposed to abusive words from anyone.

2. Avoid passive and aggressive behaviors

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Out of the Ordinary Activities-The Lifestyles of Young Rich Entrepreneurs

Lifestyle-of-Young-Billionaire-Entrepreneurs-InfographicIt’s important to do what you love and love what you do with your time. In high school that perhaps means being on a sports team, a member of a club, or maybe active in your student government. All very, very good thing (especially if you love doing them). But, then for some, “doing what they love” can mean getting involved in some really out of the ordinary activities, which are always exciting and interesting to hear about.

Take Jonathan Yan and Zak Kukoff of Westlake Village, CA who I came across today on The Choice. These two high schoolers have built a business in their spare time to help schools reduce truancy (possible SAT word there…it means “intentionally being absent at school”). The company is TruantToday and is certainly one of the cooler recent out-of-school activities that we’ve heard of high schoolers doing. Starting a business and going to school full-time…sounds intense, but I’m sure quite fun too. Check the infographic about the habits and life young  and rich entrepreneurs, 

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Want the 4 Hour Work Week? Stop reading this now.

My experience in the beginning was that of fear and trepidation. Although I did read the 4 Hour Work Week and understood the principles, the thought of actually taking action upon them seemed unthinkable. I decided that I needed more information and knowledge before I continued. I scoured the internet for every resource on passive income, every blog, every book, every newsletter, and every free e-book that would come with signing up for a newsletter. I wanted to make sure that when I did it, I would do it right. I wanted to be as prepared as possible.

All that happened, however, was that I ended up more confused and overloaded with information than ever. Although I did find some wonderful blogs along the way, and the articles did address fears and concerns of mine, it still did not eliminate the fact that I had yet to take any definite action. I read about every lifestyle design blogger’s experience and their recommendations, but in the end, I was still only spending hours READING about lifestyle design and not actually doing any designing of my own.

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Introversion 101 and my MBA journey

High school was a difficult experience. I initially had a large group of friends and would hang out after school with them at a nearby pizza place. I wanted to be social but never enjoyed the large social interactions. I felt that I should have, but didn’t. I wanted to be able to hang out with lots of people and join in on large conversations but couldn’t. College was all about getting through, then I wanted to study MBA and then finally I realized that I actually might be introvert. It took my a while to learn that there was nothing wrong with me.

Even though I was ready to start with my MBA degree, I decided to first focus on starting a small business/website with information about affordable MBA, MBA without GMAT and GRE and  other less popular topics. You see i wanted to get familiar with everything MBA related before I get involved. My introversion and shyness help me to become the entrepreneur, today I’m the owner of  a popular website and I even hold MBA degree, without GMAT.

There’s the unfortunate misconception out there that being an introvert means that one is anti-social, a recluse, and shy. When I recently told a friend that I’m an introvert, he replied, “No you’re not. You’re social. You talk to people.” Being an introvert is not the same as having a shy or withdrawn personality. It’s a type of temperament, something unchangeable. Our defining characteristic is that we draw our energy inwardly- from the inner world of emotions and ideas. Hanging out with lots of people or being in a bustling city will therefore drain our energy and overstimulate us. Extroverts, in contrast, gain their energy from the external world- activities, socializing, people, and places.

Famous well educated introvers

Famous well educated introvers

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How To Completely Clear Emotional Issues Like An Etch-a-Sketch

721836y1ya721836y1yaBelow is easily one of the most helpful tools in my mental and emotional life. It has helped me clear numerous limiting beliefs in record time, clear my daily frustrations as if they were on an etch-a-sketch, work on deep emotional issues, and allow me to pursue what’s important in life with a clear head.

I’m not trying to sell some product. I just happen to sound like a late-night infomercial when I talk about it. Oh, and it’s basically free. It’s called re-evaluation co-counseling, or RCC for short.

I described this process in a previous post about improving relationships but in this post, I want to focus more on the individual benefits of it. In case you didn’t read the previous one, here is a quick synopsis of Co-counseling.

In simple terms, it is two people talking together. The difference in this case, however, is that only one person talks at a time and the other does not offer advice or comment. It is about listening carefully and giving your full, loving attention to the other person while he/she is talking. You can easily try it with a friend.

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How To Get What You Want

The movie The Secret has caused the Law of Attraction to explode into mainstream consciousness. However, the hype surrounding and within the movie has somewhat diluted its core concepts. I want to give what I have found to be the essential steps in making the law work. I must preface this by saying that I am far from some kooky, self-help hopeful who thinks that just by thinking positively and clicking my heels, I will get whatever I desire. These are steps I have found to help bring what I want into my life that conventional ways have not been able to. Without further ado, the steps:

1) Set an intention
It must be:
– stated positively, i.e. “I walk with ease and comfort” vs. “I don’t have all of this pain in my body”
– stated in the present tense
– verifiable, i.e. “I have $2,500 more in my account every month” vs. “I am rich”
– written down on paper. The people that have their intentions written down hold a FAR greater chance of having them come true than those who merely say it to themselves.

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One Tool To Dramatically Improve Your Relationships

3224cs42eFor a few months, my girlfriend and I were separated by several states, she even took  a student loan to get car (here is  a good website that helps you find the best options) but still this time was really difficult for both of us. When we were finally together in the same state again, a lot had occurred between us during that time apart that made situations tense at times. In an attempt to improve this, I proposed we try that “talking” thing people were raving about, but in a different fashion from the usual conversation. I wanted to try a “Re-evaluation co-counseling” style discussion. I honestly believe that this did wonders for our relationship.

Simply put, Co-counseling consists of two people taking turns listening to one another. Yes it’s a conversation in some ways, but a little different. It is about listening and paying very careful attention to what you hear. You listen to the other person without interrupting to offer suggestions or comments, only listening.

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International relationships How to attract …

This post is not just for Asian men. Although there is the phenomenon in which one is more likely to see an Asian women with a White guy but not vice-versa, this post will not directly address that issue. It will, however, help any Asian male that feels that it is an issue.

This is not a tutorial on how to attract and get a particular person. It’s about wanting the feelings that one gets from a relationship i.e. warmth, playfulness, excitement, etc. and having the right person come to you. The right person for you may not be the one you are after. That person may not be a match in that she is just not attracted to Asian men. What I am setting out to do is to give you the tools to attract the type of people who are attracted to Asian men (or whatever you may be). This involves clearing yourself of the beliefs that you are not good or deserving enough, putting out the intention to attract the kind of person that gives you the feelings of compassion, joy, and excitement, and taking action to allow the person to find you.

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How To Learn How To Dance If You’re Shy

7838hdq72eghI have a crippling fear of dancing in public. I love to dance. No, there is not a contradiction between the two. Everyday, as I walk home from work, I have my earbuds in, The Gap Band playing, and am dancing down the streets. I am by no means a fantastic dancer, but I can now confidently say that I can listen to music and feel comfortable dancing to it in public. This post is for every person out there who wants to learn how to dance but is terrified of dancing in public. You hear music and your body wants to move but you don’t know what to do or don’t feel comfortable doing it. Perhaps you hear some music, you begin to get fidgety, you want to dance, but all that comes out is wild flailing or jumping up and down. My Story I have always loved moving whether it be capoeira, rollerblading through city streets, rock climbing, or acrobatics. But the thought of dancing (whether it be club, swing, or contra dancing) has always scared the crap out of me, despite my desire to learn. I always wanted to know what to do with my body when I was inspired by music. The most that I was able to do was to jump up and down, flail, or just do the side to side shuffle that most guys resort to in public.  When I took breakdancing classes, I was overwhelmed by the dance circles and the people watching me. I would either freeze up and somehow resort to a mutant form of Irish step-dancing or dance awkwardly enough that friends would actually pull me away for my own sake.

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I Am Not a Self-Help Guru

change-is-a-verbThis is not going to be a self-help blog. This is not going to be a get-rich, be the best you, and land the perfect girl in 4 days (if you sign up for the Chuck Norris Karate Commando 3 day Training Seminar) blog.

In beginning to write posts for this blog, I realized I had a block in publishing content that would typically fall under the headings of “personal development” and “self-help.” That block is something that I would like to share with you: I do not want to be associated with useless, fluffy self-help authors. Anyone that has perused the self-help section at Barnes and Noble has inevitably seen the large chunks of crap that litter the self-help market. There is so much junk, ranging from How To Be the Best You in 48 Hours to Be a Millionaire in 3 Days!, that I feel that it is necessary to elaborate on what I will not be in this blog.

#1 …but wait, if you join our Super Incan Warrior Training Seminar, you will learn the REAL secrets to (insert ludicrous claim)…
It pisses me off when reading a book that authors will stuff it full of advertisements for their seminars or other products, but never provide any real content. People purchase your products as they trust that it will provide value to their lives, not as a 175-page advertisement for the real deal. They tell you what you need to do to make changes in your life, and then endlessly redirect you to either another product or a seminar of theirs to learn how to actually make those changes…screw you guys.

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