The Thinking Leader

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This is Volodymyr Zelenskiy the 6th president of Ukraine, who won by a landslide 73% last month.

Why is this man a true leader you may ask?

In his inauguration address, Zelenskiy urged ministers and government officials to resign if they aren’t willing to work for change. He urged Cabinet leaders and others not to put his portrait on their office walls.

“I really do not want my pictures in your offices, for the President is not an icon, an idol or a portrait,” he said. “Hang your kids’ photos instead, and look at them each time you are making a decision.”

If that is not the best leadership advice I have heard in a really long time, then you need to share in the comments section any advice that you have heard that is as good.

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Article Reference: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/20/724961911/ukraines-comedian-president-takes-office-says-he-s-dissolving-parliament
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Start a Business with No Money

I understand that no one has money to start and often these type of articles come with some type of condition. The condition, in this case, is that you will need to get out of your comfort zone, which is a normal requirement for business anyway.

Before I go any further you will not be getting any free money or any package, but you will be earning according to the work you are prepared to do.

The business is Mirror Trading International and you can earn from the networking side of the business without investing in the trading part of the company. You will be paid for introducing investors into the trading part of the company and you will never need to invest if you don’t want to. The opportunity is wide open should you want to accept the challenge.

What are the requirements? Firstly before starting, you will need a working understanding of Bitcoin and I suggest that you fully understand the business and get an in-depth knowledge by observing and asking as many questions as possible. Knowledge is power and the more information you have the more you will potentially earn. You can get all the information you need from the online resources that have been uploaded already.

Once you have the knowledge it is up to you to find people who are wanting to be part of Mirror Trading International and get them signed up with an account. They will need a minimum of $250 in their trading account to start, which will mean that you receive $25 or 10% of whatever they invest. This commission will be paid directly into your Bitcoin wallet the following Friday.

Are you up for this challenge? Here are two videos I suggest you watch before filling in the form below:

If you would like to start please complete this form:

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t like selling so is this for me? You are promoting the Mirror Trading International opportunity, this can be done directly with people you meet or your online connections. If you get people interested and they like what you are promoting and how you promote it, then chances are they will join. When they join and invest you will earn 10%.

How are people going to believe me if I am not an investor myself? It may be easier if you had an investment, but not everyone who sells something own that item themselves. If you were a person selling aeroplanes, it does not mean you own an aeroplane. As a promoter, you need understanding about how the company works so that you can give people the correct information.

Who will answer my questions? We have a team that will support you and help you on your road to success but you will need to watch videos and read material to get our own information as well.

How will I get paid? You will need to have a Bitcoin wallet. All the commissions you earn from Friday up to Thursday in a week will be paid directly into your Bitcoin wallet the following Friday.

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Great Truths About Life That Little Children Have Taught Me

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1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.

2)  When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.

3)  If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.

4)  Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

5)  You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.

6)  Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.

7)  Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.

8)  You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

9)  Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.

10) The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.

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Disruption in Two ‘Non-Technical’ Industries creates an outstanding business opportunity

It has been said that knowledge is power, but actually, that is not entirely true. Knowledge has no power unless it is shared.

Do people money have power? We may assume this or is it just a perception?

I am going to show you how collective power has changed the rules and how you have power with the money you already have.

Together we are going to look at two industries, one that regulated and tried to prevent collective power for many years and the other that has always used the collective power and has manipulated that power to their advantage as part of their strategy.

It has been said that only babies like change, but you are going to really like these changes. I ask you to read this article with an open mind.

The banking and investment industries are struggling due to global competition, digitisation and disruptive forces like cryptocurrency. Banks are closing branches all over the world at an alarming rate and some banks will even go bankrupt in the next few years.

The main reason is that traditionally everyone kept their money in the bank and invested with a few big investment companies. It was common knowledge that these institutions made all the cream and handed the investors the crumbs, but everyone believed they did not have the leverage to earn, as they did not have sufficient money to demand the higher rates.

collective is a group of people that are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective – in this case money.

Collectives have been part of society for years. The banking industry and governments all around the world have been afraid of these groups and have tried their best to regulate and prevent the power shift from happening.

The internet has been the catalyst and as connectivity improved so did the power of the collective. Bitcoin is simply the power of the collective and Bitcoin was invented in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and the crisis was a clear motivating factor for its creation.

The next industry is Network Marketing (also called Multi-Level marketing).

These MLM companies needed the collective to make them money and the focus was to make profits by distributing their products into existing networks and collectives of people. They told you that they were helping you and sharing profits with you, but that was only if you made their targets, and of course, they kept the profits for themselves if the target was not reached.

MTI Investors & Networkers Gamechanger.025This seemed fair and people accepted this, perhaps it was because they believed that they would earn a passive income, forgetting that a passive income is only possible if you have an active team. Teams need constant motivation and a passive income in a traditional MLM means constantly motivating people who don’t want to work. I wonder if that is an example of an oxymoron?

The reality is it is people who form collectives and have the contacts, not the company. So it is only fair to say that if the company earns, so should the collective, regardless of some target.

So far we have looked at two powerful collective forces.

What if we could combine these industries and respect the power of the collective at the same time?

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Allow me to introduce Mirror Trading International – the Trading and Networking Company

I joined as an investor a few days after the company started. Mirror Trading International did not want my money and I opened an account with FXChoice the ECN Broker.

The trades of the Master Traders from Mirror Trading International mirror on my account and I benefit from their expertise in trading.

The low-risk approach the master traders follow means that the overall exposure of my capital per trade is never more than 5% and I am extremely pleased with the results I am getting – which have exceeded my expectations.

I am in control of my trading account, I decide how much money is in the account and I have access to my money should I need it for an emergency, unlike other investments that will tie me into a fixed period and penalise me heavily should I require some of my own funds.

There is another added advantage – I did not need to buy a package and my investment does not expire. As long as I leave the minimum of 0.03 Bitcoin in my account, my account will mirror the trades of the master traders.

In terms of trading, I have no real idea of how it works, and I spend no time worrying about the trades. Friends have often asked me why I don’t do a course in trading as there are so many offered these days.

My answer is always: I don’t let people fool me, you can’t learn to trade in a few months. It takes 10000 hours to learn and be somewhat proficient in any craft.

Trading is not in our DNA 🧬 but let me tell you what is … We are social creatures, so let’s stick to something we have 10000 hours experience in already.

This brings me to the other aspect of Mirror Trading International which is Networking.

The focus is firstly on making sure you make money as an investor, and if you are happy with the results you’re getting you are probably going to tell a few friends and they may join. If they do you will receive a 10% referral bonus of the amount they invest (paid to you by the company – it does not come from the money invested by your friend).

There are no indirect bonuses, incidentally when you see indirect bonuses in any company that should always be a warning sign.

There is another way of earning. If I build a team in the binary structure of Mirror Trading International I will earn weekly binary bonuses from the profits generated in the smallest leg of my binary.

The binary bonuses are the real passive income in this business and you won’t have to ever motivate your team.

It is the job of the master traders to ensure that a profit is made and that forms the basis of all earning and contributes to the happiness of everyone.

MTI Investors & Networkers Gamechanger.044Welcome to the world of Mirror Trading International – the Investors and Networkers Game Changer.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to working with you.

Please make contact with me via WhatsApp or eMail.

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The greatest lesson I have learnt as an entrepreneur

MTI Promo Square.012The 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 on using criticism to fuel business growth and your growth as an entrepreneur.

#EntrepreneurshipIsNoJoke and I believe if you can’t handle criticism you will struggle to grow as an entrepreneur. Becoming a successful entrepreneur involves dealing with objections from business finance applications to clients not buying into your product or service.  As such, I believe it is important not to view every objection as a personal attack.

In fact, for my part, I am extremely grateful to those who criticised me, it is those people who have caused me to grow faster than anyone who said nice words to me.

When people are critical, it is important to try and understand what they are actually trying to say and why they are saying the things they do. Are they just jealous and if so, why are they actually jealous, are they noticing something about you that you may have not noticed about yourself? Indirectly they could be giving you plenty of recognition, and recognition is one of our basic needs.

They could be complaining about your service, but are unable to effectively communicate how they would like things to be different. One of your biggest goals should be to improve your listening skills, as this will contribute to 80% of your success and often it is what is not said, more than what is said that is vitally important.

Find out what your competition is saying about you. I have heard so many people say they don’t have competition, because they think they are so good. Pride comes before a fall, so make sure you know who your competitors are and find out what they are saying about you. I have learnt so much from my haters, that I am convinced the saying of keep your friends close and your enemies even closer is so true. I have often thought that my haters are better than my friends, at least they are brutally honest.

The area where I have received the most criticism has been as an online influencer. When I started I was known as the RuleBreaker and ChangeMaker and people did not appreciate the fact that I challenged the status quo. I soon learnt that although they did not want to admit it, they appreciated my shoot from the hip approach and in a way it gave them a chance to live vicariously through the things I did.

My competitors did not like me, they viewed me as an overnight success as they thought I came out of nowhere. The reality was that they were striving for local importance and my focus was always international relevance. Success is never overnight, I had worked consistently hard to ensure I became relevant to the international market. I knew who my competitors were, but because they had only focused on their local country or area, I was off their radar until I was ready to move in on their territory.

Listening to your critics today has become easier with digital tools, but you should never forget the small voices, the people who you think are insignificant, as sometimes it is these people who will say something that will jolt you back to reality. You can never listen enough!

What has been your greatest lesson as an entrepreneur?

Let us share our stories so that we can be even more successful 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 www.facebook.com/EOY.SA

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Harvard

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A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston and walked timidly without an appointment into the president of Harvard’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods country folks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Cambridge. She frowned. “We want to see the president, “the man said softly. “He’ll be busy all day,” the secretary snapped. “We’ll wait,” the lady replied.

For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn’t. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. “Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they’ll leave, “she told him. He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn’t have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham and homespun suits cluttering his office.

The president, stern-faced with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, “We had a son that attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard and was very happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him somewhere on campus. “The president wasn’t touched, he was shocked. “Madam,” he said gruffly, “we can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery.”

“Oh, no” the lady explained quickly, “we don’t want to erect a statue. We thought we would give a building to Harvard.” The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, “A building!! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard!!”

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don’t we just start our own?” Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr and Mrs Leland Stanford walked away, travelling to Palo Alto, CA where they established the University that bears their name…a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”

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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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