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Permission To Fail

What have you failed at today? Yesterday?

Failing is important. Failing teaches us lessons and shows us what our next move should be.

When you say you failed, or someone calls you a failure, what are you thinking?

Let me tell you my perception of failing. Then I’ll tell you why failing is integral to succeeding.

I fail because failing grows me. Failing is an intentional move (most of the time) and as such is strategic.

When someone tells me that I have failed, or that I am a failure. I educate them on the negative connotation they may be linking failure with. I want you to know that when I fail, I am doing it as fast as possible, learning as much as possible, and using this experience to groom my next success.

Recently I wrote about why I let my business fail. In other words, I CHOSE to fail. It wasn’t working for me in the way I wanted it to, nor was it aligning with my goals. I identified the trajectory of this business in the best-case scenario, and it wasn’t sufficient for my goals in life. I LET it fail after learning this.

Success of my business was more detrimental to my well-being and advancement of my goals than failing.

When you fail, you want to make it as strategic a move as possible. Because, when you fail, you need to get back up and attack the next day.

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Remember, when you fail, you are simply learning a way with which you were unable to do something. Maybe there was a skill you did not yet possess. I promise you, if I failed once, and didn’t learn or adapt myself, I would fail at it again.

The more I fail, the more I learn about myself, my abilities, and where I need to grow. When I fail, I know that the next one could be around the corner and I am NOT afraid of going after it. I may fail again.

And you know what? That’s OK.

To me, it is ONLY acceptable to fail if you recognize that it is not for you, the timing isn’t right, or some other factor with which you can learn from. If you are failing due to laziness, lack of preparation, or something similar, then you need to recognize your contributions to this failure and grow to prevent them going forward.

In giving yourself permission to fail, you are giving yourself permission to succeed.

When failing you must look at the situation and think:

What can I gain from grinding forward and turning this failure to a success?

What can I do to fail faster to grow myself if it’s not working?

What LESSONS can I take from these failures that I could have done better or done differently?

How did my goals line up with this most recent failure when I started versus when I ultimately failed?

If your motives aren’t right going into your latest business venture or journey, then you will most definitely fail in one way or the other. We are all guilty of it. And that is where we must recognize it and fail as fast as possible to regain ourselves and get our minds right to go into the next one with the right motives, goals, passion, skills, and so forth.

I’m going to go back to the business I let fail. I started a commercial cleaning business to start this year off. And man, it was a big success. In the first month we landed our biggest account yet that gave us a over $30,000 in sales, netting $15,000 easily month over month. But you know what? My motives for creating this business were driven purely by money. I had literally no other reason why I did this. I did it for the wrong reason entirely, though. I HATED this business. I hated the time it consumed, I hated the stress, I hated everything about it. The money I made wasn’t even worth it because I didn’t see my family anymore, and because of how cleaning businesses generally go, if you as the owner aren’t micromanaging the cleaning crews and supervisors, the quality of work tends to dip off. In order for me to make it more of a success than it already was I would need to be there every night, all night, and continue adding accounts throughout the day. It wasn’t worth it when I looked at what my goals are. They haven’t changed, and had I done a business venture with my goals in mind, I never would have started this business. My number one goal is to start a business that would allow me more freedom with my time to work when I want, to allow me to have time with my family when I wanted.

I learned a hard lesson that started a business solely for the money wasn’t for me. My time is more important to me. I wouldn’t settle for anything less.

I happily failed.

Here is a list of wildly successful people who failed before they succeeded:

Seth Godin

Walt Disney

Thomas Edison

Michael Jordan

Steve Jobs

Oprah Winfrey

Tim Ferris

Colonel Sanders

Henry Ford

 

Are you ready to join this list? Then, my friend, get failing, because your success is around the corner. Break through your failures, pick up the pieces, and rock the success you have within!

Take the road less traveled and fail on.

I want to leave you with this question…

What have you failed at today?

11 Excuses You Need To Stop Making TODAY And Why

  1. I don’t have time/the timing isn’t right

Let’s be honest, the timing will never be right. If you’re busy now you’ll be even busier when you take action. But you know what? You’ll be doing something you enjoy. Once you lay the foundation of your new business, you can start to automate it. You will have time once you give your time.

  1. I don’t know how/not enough experience

So what? Most people don’t have a ton of experience in the businesses they started. No one knows EVERYTHING about the business they start. That is exactly why they hire people who do. Start your business with your idea, research it online, and learn just enough to start. Learn as you go. Remember, DONE is better than PERFECT.

  1. I don’t have the money

There are businesses you can start that require little money. Read the Lean Startup. Furthermore, you can start a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, GoFundMe, or Indiegogo. If you believe in it, nothing should stop you.

  1. I can’t do it alone

Then don’t! Find someone who will believe in you and your idea. Secondly, you can do it alone. Because you are awesome. If you want to do this, then do it and don’t look back until you get the results you want. If you need help, then go get it. You are worth the risk.

  1. Things will change without me taking action

Maybe. Not in the way you want though. Life happens to us that is a fact. Life doesn’t discriminate. Life will knock you down and leave you on the ground bleeding if you let it. If you want something in your life, you need to GO GET IT. If not, keep waiting, waiting, and waiting. You’ll be waiting a long time.

  1. I don’t have a following

That doesn’t matter right now. What new businesses have big followings or any followings when they first start? With today being the age of social media, you have access to the world. You can spread the word about who you are and what you can offer. You can impact the world with your idea or business if you commit to doing it. Press forward and you will get your true followers.

  1. I’m afraid of failing

Hell, who isn’t? I’m afraid of failing. But you know what? I’m MORE afraid of letting my life pass me by and not taking the life I want. I am more afraid of staying in the same spot today as I would be 5, 10, 15+ years from now. That terrifies me. Do you fear that? Then failing for your dreams or new life is nothing. Failure teaches us lessons. Failure will make you unstoppable. Fail forward and you’ll succeed.

  1. I don’t know what will happen

No one knows what tomorrow will bring. You have the best idea of the tomorrow you want. So do everything today you can do to make the tomorrow you envision. It may not happen right away, but, when you look back on yesterday, last week, last year, can you say you did everything you could to achieve the tomorrow you want?

  1. I don’t want to disrupt my family or life

Wouldn’t it be more disruptive living in the life you’re unhappy with right now? If you aren’t living the life you or your family wants, then your life is already disrupted. You are just used to it. Loop your family in to your idea and get them on board. Your support system is key. Let them help you!

  1. I should be content with my life & settle

Why? Why should you EVER settle? Settling or being content shouldn’t enter your mind. If you settle, you won’t ever have anything more than you have now. And you deserve more. Toss the words settle and content out of your mind right NOW. You want more. You want the life you envision. YOU WILL TAKE ACTION TO GET IT.

  1. People won’t believe in me/support me

Some won’t, some will. You know what, though? Your success will make believers of everyone. Make the doubters believers, and make the believers your champions. The only one that matters in believing in you, is you.

 

NOTHING CAN STOP YOU.

PS: Are you having trouble letting go of your excuses? Start meditating to clear your mind to reach your true goals.

 

Use:

Zazn – an iOS app to guide you to start.

Yoga Mat – You want a good yoga mat so you are comfortable AND you don’t slip if you decide to sprinkle in yoga practices with your meditation.

 

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7 Ways You Can Make Money TODAY

Hey guys, I’ve been pondering making this post for a while. I finally did it. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want it to seem like a quick money fix until the end of time. Because it’s not.

It is however, a get money today plan as a stopgap for whenever necessary. These below methods I am going to go over have been researched thorough, and exhausted testimonials to make sure they are legitimate. Not all of them will work for you, and that’s OK!

Try until one sticks, and rock it to make some cash today!

  1. Uber

Do you want to set your own hours for making this extra cash? Yes? Well, then check out uber right now. Uber claims some of its drivers make up to $70,000 (potentially more) in dense cities like San Francisco and New York. However, upon further research into hours driven, costs of driving (tolls, wear and tear, fuel, Uber’s cut, etc), they definitely did not make remotely near that in.

This isn’t a sufficient lifestyle for most as a full time gig. When you account for hours driven (40 hours is where Uber claims the $70,000) and costs associated, then the TRUE hours a full time Uber driver accumulates, sometimes wages account to just minimum wage.

But, that is my point exactly here. This isn’t a pitch to drive Uber full time, I am setting you up to drive if you want to get the most instant success.

Here’s how you can make $400/week (on 16 hours driving) which accounts for driving during the peak hours of a Friday evening through a Saturday. Yes, just one full day’s driving can net you $400.00… if you do it right.

One Uber driver claims that after working 21 hours driving, he made $27.59 gross/hour. His expenses ran as follows to get him there: $60.00 gas, which accounts to $24.83 netted per hour driving after gas. Now, this doesn’t account for Uber’s 20% cut, or any other wear and tear or costs associated with the vehicle. You’ll know those numbers and can use this Uber driver’s numbers as a template.

With that said, how can you make that $400.00 from Friday to Saturday?

  1. Drive during the peak hours: Friday starting at 5 pm through Saturday night (sometimes into Sunday morning depending on the bar scene for where you live). Expect to average $15.00/hour after all expenses if you operate during these hours, especially in dense cities.
  2. Drive a car with decent enough fuel economy – however, don’t go buying one for this part time gig. Use what you have, but be smart about it by staying in the dense areas of your city. This keeps the distance down in most cases so you can allocate fuel to more stops.
  3. Use Waze to help you see where traffic is the most dense before you go driving, and when you pick up calls. In doing so, you know the roads to avoid already.
  4. Give GREAT service to add some cushion to your bottom line with tips. Such as, offer bottled water, have great conversation, and get the client to their destination fast.
  5. Uber has their own app of course that tells you where to go, but let’s be honest, it’s not the best for traffic. I was in Chicago for a weekend recently and took an Uber 10 different times and most did very well getting me to my end location quickly. But man, some were terrible and wasted serious time which was frustrating!

In essence, use Waze and your own judgement to get your passenger to their venue as timely as you can. This will maximize your opportunities to pick up more!

Does this sound good to you? Sign up to become a driver!

  1. Fiverr

Do you have a skill that think you can sell? Check out Fiverr where you can post your skill and people will buy it! You decided the price, but make sure to keep it reasonable for the quality and speed of your work!

There are 25 million projects completed to date, with a new one being started every 5 seconds world wide. Think you can do it? Most jobs are priced from $5-$995 AND you set your own hours.

Hint: About half of the total transactions are priced in the $10-$100 range. The thing about pricing this stuff out in the $5.00 + range is that it keeps you from pricing yourself out of jobs. If you want to sell the job a lot and it won’t take you much time and you’re happy making a bit less per sale to sell a lot more, then you can make a hefty income on the lower of the pricing spectrum.

Let’s say you’re a graphics designer and you’re pretty darn good at your job and you turn them around within 4 hours of the job being purchased, so you sell it for $40-$50. Do 3-4 of those a day and you’re making more than $100 A DAY (minus the 20% fee Fiverr takes from you per gig).

You can post virtually anything here that can be transferred via the internet. The possibilities are quite abundant. SO get on it!

Best practices:

Start low and build yourself up once you start selling yourself and building your brand.

This will help you get your first sales, some positive reviews, and inch yourself up as someone to buy from.

Want to give your freelance skills a shot? Get started TODAY!

Secondary option: Upwork

  1. Deliver groceries!

There is always a way where you can deliver groceries to the door of a customer of Shipt or Instacart. These two companies were created to bring groceries to your door. You can be a part of it and make money TODAY.

You can also shop online on these two websites as a customer rather than a driver, all you have to do is apply to be a “shopper” on either site and you are on your way.

You will be required to take a background check. Between the application process and the check, you’ll be ready to go very quickly.

You can make money shopping for someone or delivering groceries for someone on hours YOU set.

On average orders take 1 hour to complete, with you making up to $25.00 per order. Now, you can be picky with your orders because you have to accept them before you can go about completing them.

  1. Online Surveys

You can make some money taking online surveys if you’re really willing to spend the time to take them. Most surveys fall in the 30 minute range that I personally experienced. I average out to making less than $1.00/hour. However, you can totally make more than this if you take the online surveys on Swagbucks and run the Swagbucks TV passively in the background.

Hint: When running the TV in the background, have your device on wifi and charging as this will seriously drain your battery and data.

Second hint: Don’t go through the videos too fast, as Swagbucks will catch on and potentially not reward you any Swagbucks.

  1. Airbnb

Do you have an extra room in your house or an extra house ENTIRELY? Well, check out the comps in your area to see what you can rent out your room for. This is especially key when there are events in your area that are selling hotels out because you can make some serious money on your spare room doing so.

A great example, when this eclipse happened recently… the rooms were booked up 100% at hotels so the Airbnb locations started marking up their rooms to $1000s and THEY WERE SELLING!

Now, this isn’t something to set your hat on, but it comes to show the money you can make here.

Nonetheless, if you check out the comps on your room for the city you live in, and you see that they’re listing for $50+ a night and you’re comfortable listing your room… then why the heck not?

PS: Make sure to go through the proper channels to list on Airbnb. Such as:

Making sure you have sufficient insurance to cover this tenant (Airbnb does have a $1,000,00 host guarantee for accidental damage and Host Protection Insurance in case the tenant gets hurt or damages your property).

Check the laws for your city/state/country to make sure of what is required of you.

Airbnb takes 3% of your transaction.

Airbnb handles all payment which arrives 24 hours after your new guest checks in.

Do you want to start making money on your spare rooms or empty house? Get on it!

  1. Varage Sale (sell your junk)

Do you have stuff just lying around your place? I know I did before I sold a lot of my aged out baby stuff from my son.. and man the pile continues to pile after month after month. And guess what? I continue to sell it!

You can post anything new or used and set the price you want to sell it for. If someone wants to buy it they will message you what they’re willing to buy it for.

I sold most recently a lightly used baby bouncer in the shape of a VW Bug for $50.00. I bought it for $100 brand new, but at this point I was ecstatic to get anything out of it. I was paid cash same day and they came to my house and picked up the product.

Hint: If you’re not comfortable someone coming to your house, you can ABSOLUTELY set up a neutral location to do the pickup. Just make sure to have someone with you regardless for your safety.

Best practices:

If you would sell it at a garage sale, craigslist, or ebay, you can sell it here. Maybe not a car, but basically everything else!

SECONDARY OPTION: Sell on eBay

7. Takl or Task Rabbit

Takl

Do you have some chores or tasks you’re up for doing? Maybe you’re really good at some on demand services Takl features. Well, check it out!

The registration has 6 steps to it.

Register with your information on the initial screen, then choose your skills among the 12 categories.

Then take the orientation and learn their app, provide the necessary identification to establish you are who you are.

After this you’ll need to provide your bank account information for payment… and lastly you’ll need to pass a background check.

Once all of that is finished you can get making money here doing the chores you want.

Basically, you’ll get to your home screen and see available tasks in your area that you can try to pick up. Once you get approved you go to work and get paid once the chore is done!

Takl handles all of the payments so you don’t have to worry about going after anyone for collections!

For a limited time you can get 10% off a chore if you happen to need to get one done!

Secondary option:

Task Rabbit

 

See which of these gives you the best opportunity to get making some money TODAY! I am confident that you’ll be making that extra cash on one of these methods right away.

Stay tuned for more ways you can make money!

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