Shake It Off And Step Up

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A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ – or – whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbours together and told them what had happened…and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbours continued shovelling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back…HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.

“Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT’S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity…THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONG TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US! Remember that FORGIVENESS–FAITH–PRAYER– PRAISE and HOPE…all are excellent ways to “SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

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Should I HODL or Invest Bitcoin?

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Bitcoin was created in 2009, 10 years later the value of a Bitcoin has gone from a few cents to around the $8000 level currently.

The value of the actual Bitcoin has changed over the 10 year period, but One Bitcoin is still One Bitcoin regardless of the value it currently has.

The question is should you HODL or Invest your Bitcoin?

HODL may seem like an option, but HODLing 1 Bitcoin for 10 years still means you only have 1 Bitcoin in 10 years time.

What if you invested that one Bitcoin? What would the result be after 10 years?

Screenshot 2019-05-22 at 10.57.19If you could get just 10% per annum and compound for 10 years you would have 2,59 Bitcoin in 10 Years

What if you could receive 10% or more every month, imagine how your Bitcoin will grow.

With Mirror trading International the master traders endeavour to make good monthly profits so that your Bitcoin will grow.

The traders have no access to your Bitcoin and your account mirrors the trades of the master traders.

The master traders only make money if they make a profit for you.

This is really an investment game changer.

Mirror Trading International allows you to grow the number of Bitcoin you are holding.

You also stand to benefit from the growth in the value of Bitcoin, and you remain in control of your account at all times

How much are YOU HODLing? Ask yourself again, is this wise? I don’t think so!

For more information, please visit my Mirror Trading International page.

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The Importance of Online Presence for Entrepreneurs #EntrepreneurshipIsNoJoke

MTI Promo Square.008The Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African business owners with a specific focus on small and medium enterprise (SME) owners. In celebration of this competition, I am sharing some of my thoughts and experiences with you as an entrepreneur.

Your success as an entrepreneur is based on your ability to find solutions, but ultimately many of us are providing the same solutions and we encounter competition. Therefore our ultimate success is reaching our potential customers and turning those connections into invoices, and then trying to make a profit so that we may remain in business.

To keep growing as a business, you have to be able to sustain your sales. The sales process starts with making your potential clients aware of the product or services you offer, this is called marketing and one of the most efficient ways of marketing is online.

I started my Blog in 2011 and began building my online presence, then only in 2014 did I start seeing the results. Today 8 years later, almost 100% of my income comes directly from the online presence I have created and I have global clients, most of whom I have never met, and less than 20% that I have even spoken to on the phone or via Skype.

If you are not online you virtually don’t exist, yet so many entrepreneurs I meet don’t focus enough on their online presence (marketing) and I believe they are missing a golden opportunity.

Let’s assume that you currently have no online presence, so I am going to give you a few basic guidelines.

Before I go any further I need you to give you a word of caution.

Website: You need a website, it is a non-negotiable. Websites form the basis of every contact made. A website can be simple to start with and doesn’t have to cost much money, but you need to start establishing your presence.

It is a good idea to have photo galleries and a blog site so that you can record milestones, allow people to have access to your previous projects and customer stories. This is really your silent salesman and you should at least update your website with some information every week.

Product Landing Pages: If someone needed a specific service you offer, how would they find it quickly? Product landing pages are the way to go. You will, however, need a registered domain and a design platform like Wix to have the landing page facility, but it is worth it.

Just having a website is useless unless you promote it. This is where Social Media plays a big role and actually the reason why platforms like Facebook and Twitter were created in the first place.

Personal branding plays a significant role in the success of your business, think of Apple Computers and you think of Steve Jobs, personal brands are part of your success as an entrepreneur.

Let’s look at how you can utilise the various platforms to effectively promote your business. I cannot explain everything in one article so I will just give you a few tips. My Blog is full of articles that drill down into the specifics. Here are a few pointers:

Facebook: Don’t over promote yourself or your product, remember people don’t want to hear from you unless they have heard of you. So establish your presence by interacting with other people in conversations. You need them to be inquisitive about who you are and they should ask you what you do before you tell them about yourself.

Facebook Pages: Create a Facebook page for your business if you are committed to posting at least three times a week. If you don’t have presence people may think you have gone out of business. Advertising on Facebook helps you reach more people, but like all advertising, it can become costly and you need to use your money wisely and ensure you get the results you looking for.

LinkedIn: Most people use LinkedIn as an online CV service, you are an entrepreneur and you probably want to become successful. My advice for starting out, LinkedIn can wait until you are more established.

Twitter: Use Twitter if you plan on giving plenty of information to people, remember you will need to grow your follower base and this is done through interaction with other people.

Instagram: Don’t get fooled by the idea that if people like your photos on Instagram, that you have a good online presence. Instagram is simply a visual entertainment platform. The only value that Instagram really has is for big brand names that are recognised. Otherwise, you will need to establish brand presence first and that could take 1000’s of photos and a great deal of your time.

CONSISTENCY is key to success and if you want to establish your business and online presence you will need to be more consistent than you have ever been. Success never happens overnight, and your consistency will be tested because people trust people that are consistent.

I wish you every success in your endeavour to build your online presence.

Let us work towards even more success as entrepreneurs. I know you have stories about your journey as an entrepreneur, your experience may even be significant enough to win you an award in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Winning an award will surely help you achieve the recognition you seek and deserve, and will catapult you and your project higher than you imagined was possible.

I encourage you to share your experiences using the #CelebrateEntrepreneurship so that we can all learn and become successful entrepreneurs. As they say, ‘The rising tide lifts all ships’.

Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can download or complete entry forms online at www.eoy.co.za or http://www.facebook.com/EOY.SA

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The Wilma Rudolph Story

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Wilma Rudolph was born into a poor home in Tennessee. At age four, she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, a deadly combination which left her paralyzed with polio. She had to wear a brace and the doctor said she would never put her foot on the earth. But her mother encouraged her; she told Wilma that with God-given ability, persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, “I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth.” At the age of nine, against the advice of the doctors, she removed the brace and took the first step the doctors had said she never would. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came way, way last. And then she entered her second, and third and fourth and came way, way last until a day came when she came in first. At the age of 15, she went to Tennessee State University where she met a coach by the name of Ed Temple. She told him, “I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth.” Temple said, “With your spirit, nobody can stop you and besides, I will help you.”

The day came when she was at the Olympics and at the Olympics you are matched with the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten. The first event was the 100-meter race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine and won her first gold medal. The second event was the 200-meter race and Wilma beat Jutta a second time and won her second gold medal. The third event was the 400-meter relay and she was racing against Jutta one more time. In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma’s turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end; she picked the baton, ran like a machine, beat Jutta a third time and won her third gold medal. It became history: That a paralytic woman became the fastest woman on this earth at the 1960 Olympics.

What a lesson to be learnt from Wilma. It teaches us that successful people do it in spite of, not in the absence of, problems. When we hear or read stories of people who have turned adversity into opportunity, doesn’t it motivate us? If we regularly read biographies and autobiographies of such people, won’t we stay motivated?

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Start With Yourself

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The above words are said to be written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey in London, England.

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Hope is not a Financial Plan

Screenshot 2019-05-19 at 11.09.38We all wish for success, but hoping we will become successful is like trying to win the lottery when you have not even bought a ticket. You need a plan and that plan always involves action, it is simply a universal law we cannot ignore.

I encounter many people in what I call ‘The Waiting Stage’, who are simply waiting for better days and actually putting their lives on hold until (well they have not yet worked out the ‘until’ either) and it makes me think what will cause them to change and think differently or will that never happen?

Life is so fragile and so short that we cannot wait, every moment spent should be moments we can be proud of and when we look back over the past day, the past week, the past month and years we should be able to say ‘I have no regrets’.

We should always be doing something no matter how small and keep moving in the direction of our dreams, it is an action that produces results and gives us the feedback that is necessary to take the next step.

Don’t hope for things to happen, if they are going to happen they will. Find new challenges and look for things you can do each day that will contribute to your success. It’s never just about you, your future generations will have a better life because of the actions you take daily.

Remember someone planted a tree a long time ago so that you could have shade today.

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Ten Lessons from Bamboo

nature-1284410_960_720(A summary from the original presentation by Garr Reynolds)

(1) Remember: What looks weak is strong

The body of even the largest type of bamboo is not large compared to the other much larger trees in the forest. But the plants endure cold winters and extremely hot summers and are some times the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a storm. Remember the words of a great Jedi Master: “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size do you?” We must be careful not to underestimate others or ourselves based only on old notions of what is weak and what is strong. You do not have to be big and imposing to be strong. You may not be from the biggest company or the product of the most famous school, but like the bamboo, stand tall, believe in your own strengths, and know that you are as strong as you need to be. Remember too that there is strength in the light, in openness and transparency. There is strength in kindness, compassion, and cooperation.

(2) Bend but don’t break.

One of the most impressive things about the bamboo is how it sways with the breeze. This gentle swaying movement is a symbol of humility. The foundation of the bamboo is solid, yet it moves and sways harmoniously with the wind, never fighting against it. In time, even the strongest wind tires itself out, but the bamboo remains standing tall and still. A bend-but-don’t-break or go-with-the-natural-flow attitude is one of the secrets for success whether we’re talking about bamboo trees, answering tough questions in a Q&A session, or just dealing with the everyday vagaries of life.

(3) Be deeply rooted yet flexible

The bamboo is remarkable for its incredible flexibility. This flexibility is made possible in part due to the bamboo’s complex root structure which is said to make the ground around a bamboo forest very stable. Roots are important, yet in an increasingly mobile world, many individuals and families do not take the time or effort to establish roots in their own communities. The challenge, then, for many of us is to remain the mobile, flexible, international travellers and busy professionals that we are while at the same time making the effort and taking the time to become involved and deeply rooted in the local community right outside our door.

(4) Slow down your busy mind

We have far more information available than ever before and most of us live at a very fast pace. Even if most of our work life is online, life itself can seem quite hectic, and at times chaotic. Often it is difficult to see the signal through all the noise. In this kind of environment, it seems all the more important to take the time to slow down, to calm your busy mind so that you may see things more clearly.

(5) Be always ready


As the great Aikido master Kensho Furuya says in Kodo: Ancient Ways, “The warrior, like bamboo, is ever ready for action.” In presentation or other professional activities too, through training and practice, we can develop in our own way a state of being ever ready. Through study and practice, we can at least do our best to be ready for any situation.

(6) Find wisdom in emptiness


It is said that in order to learn, the first step is to empty ourselves of our preconceived notions. One can not fill a cup which is already full. The hollow insides of the bamboo remind us that we are often too full of ourselves and our own conclusions; we have no space for anything else. In order to receive knowledge and wisdom from both nature and people, we have to be open to that which is new and different. When you empty your mind of your prejudices and pride and fear, you become open to the possibilities.

(7) Commit yourself to growth & renewal


Bamboo is among the fastest-growing plants in the world. It does not matter who you are — or where you are — today, you have amazing potential for growth. We usually speak of Kaizen or continuous improvement that is more steady and incremental, where big leaps and bounds are not necessary. Yet even with a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, our growth — like the growth of the bamboo — can be quite remarkable when we look back at what or where we used to be. You may at times become discouraged and feel that you are not improving at all. Do not be discouraged by what you perceive as your lack of growth or improvement. If you have not given up, then you are growing, you just may not see it until much later. How fast or how slow is not our main concern, only that we’re moving forward.

(8) Express usefulness through simplicity

Aikido master Kensho Furuya says that “The bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. A man should do the same.” Indeed, we spend a lot of our time trying to show how smart we are, perhaps to convince others — and ourselves — that we are worthy of their attention and praise. Often we complicate the simple to impress and we fail to simplify the complex out of fear that others may know what we know. Life and work are complicated enough without our interjecting the superfluous. If we could lose our fear, perhaps we could be more creative and find simpler solutions to even complex problems that ultimately provide the greatest usefulness for our audiences, customers, patients, or students.

(9) Unleash your power to spring back


Bamboo is a symbol of good luck and one of the symbols of the New Year celebrations in Japan. The important image of snow-covered bamboo represents the ability to spring back after experiencing adversity. In winter the heavy snow bends the bamboo back and back until one day the snow becomes too heavy, begins to fall, and the bamboo snaps back up tall again, brushing aside all the snow. The bamboo endured the heavy burden of the snow, but in the end, it had to power to spring back as if to say “I will not be defeated.”



(10) Smile, laugh, play


The Kanji (Chinese character) for smile or laugh is 笑う. At the top of this character are two small symbols for bamboo (竹 or take). It is said that bamboo has a strong association with laughter, perhaps because of the sound that the bamboo leaves make on a windy day. If you use your imagination I guess it does sound a bit like the forest laughing; it is a soothing sound. Bamboo itself also has a connection with playfulness as it has been used for generations in traditional Japanese kite making and in arts and crafts such as traditional doll making. We have known intuitively for generations of the importance of smiling, laughing, and playing, now modern science shows evidence that these elements play a real and important role in one’s mental and physical health as well.

These are just ten lessons from the bamboo; one could easily come up with dozens more. These are not things that we do not already know, of course. Yet like many a good sensei, the bamboo simply reminds us of what we already know but may have forgotten. Then it is up to us to put these lessons (or reminders) of resilience into daily use through persistence and practice. You do not need to be perfect. You need only to be resilient. This is the greatest lesson from bamboo.

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What’s different about Mirror Trading International?

Screenshot 2019-05-18 at 14.03.49A conventional investment company offers you a return on the money you want to invest.

Let’s assume they offer you 5% per month. That’s the offer but hardly ever guaranteed, guaranteed profits will be much lower than if you take a non guaranteed return.

You agree to this and deposit your money with them allowing them to fully control your money for the contract term.

The company then decides how they are going to use your money and throws this into an investment pool. You and hundreds of other people just like you are promised 5% per month and the company then uses this big pool to leverage better rates, usually much higher than what you were promised. The company is only obligated to pay you the return that was agreed upon.

MTI Whats Different.005This way the company ensures they always make their fee and you are left with whatever the company decides you should get.

Let’s look at how the Mirror Trading International process works.

You are expecting a better return, you want to be fully in control and you want your money to work for you.

Your friend tells you about Mirror Trading International and you become a member of the company, and you also open a separate account with FXChoice – the ECN Broker

MTI Whats Different.014You deposit your Bitcoin into your account with FXChoice and no money is ever deposited with Mirror Trading International

You together with all the members of Mirror Trading International have sub-accounts which link with and will mirror the trade of the master traders appointed by Mirror Trading International.

MTI Whats Different.016The master traders have to ensure you make a profit, otherwise, they will not make any money.

All profits remain in your account throughout the week and on a Saturday FXChoice consolidate your trading account and 40% of the profits remain in your account. The balance is paid out to Mirror Trading International who then pays the traders, referral commissions and bonuses.

Because you are not fixed into a contract with Mirror Trading International, they need to keep you satisfied by consistently performing and ensuring that you get a good return.

This is the Win-Win opportunity Mirror Trading International provides for you.

Please contact me should you need any further information or visit Mirror Trading International

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The Elephant Rope – It’s Called Mindset

minsetAs my friend was passing by the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for some reason, they did not. My friend saw a trainer nearby and asked why these beautiful, magnificent animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“Well,” he said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away.  They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” My friend was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Moral


Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before? How many of us refuse to attempt something new and challenging because of our so called MINDSET?

 

Your attempt may fail, but never fail to make an attempt 

CHOOSE not to accept the false boundaries and limitations created by the past.

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What Makes A Real Man

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1. Real men are selfless enough to turn off the TV and listen when needed.

2. Real men care about their appearance.

3. Real men care enough about the woman they’re with to reassure her when she needs it.

4. Real men are kind.

5. Real men spend time with their children.

6. Real men are honest and straightforward.

7. Real men compromise when it doesn’t matter and stand their ground when it matters.

8. Real men have confidence.

9. Real men do not demand things of the people they love.

10. Real men give their best in the things they do.

11. Real men are mature enough to put themselves third. (God-others-self)

12. Real men are willing to fight for a woman’s heart, not sit on the couch and wait for her to take the initiative, both before marriage and throughout its entire duration.

13. Real men are willing to die for what they believe and the people they love.

14. Real men know what real respect and love are, both the receiving (from God) and the giving (to others).

And lastly,

15. Real men exist. These are not pie-in-the-sky fantasy qualities. They are all embodied by real men I have known like my father, my grandfathers, my uncles, my cousins, and my friends.

There’s only one way to start down the road of being a real man, and that’s beginning a relationship with Jesus Christ, the ultimate, perfect, awesome real man.

Dedicated to the real men I’ve known. May others continue to follow you.

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