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Mastermind Groups Will Change Your Life

Mastermind groups are powerful, they will change your life and make it better in one way or another.

That is unless you are surrounded by people who don’t care for change.

Your Mastermind group doesn’t even need to be people alive, they can be people from throughout history as your advisors.

Some of the most successful people have virtual mastermind groups, where when they close their eyes, they can get feedback from the great people of history.

They help them make great decisions.

What exactly is a Mastermind group?

It’s a group of people who are there to help you get to where you want to be faster.

You want to do the same for each member.

My Mastermind meets weekly and we just finished a call a few hours ago.

We are from all over the world.

We still meet consistently.

Today they helped me plan out some marketing and business strategies to make more sales for one of my products and brands.

It was very helpful and if each person charged individually what they normally charge for one hour, that call would have costed me thousands of dollars.

Start working on finding a Mastermind today.

A great place to start is at seminars of like minded people.

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Make Habits Into an RPG!

I love playing RPGs.

The quick progression and leveling up is constant fun for me.

Improving of stats and other things too.

Recently I found a cool habit based game that I can level up a character with, with my own good habits.

I highly recommend you check it out, it’s called Habitrpg.

It’s currently being swarmed with users, so forgive it for having bugs and downtime!

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Lifehacks Productivity Psychology

Learning Slower Because Of Certain Music?

There is certain music that has been “proven” to increase brain activity in certain areas. I’ll tell you 6 specific songs in another post.

There also has been certain music that has been proven to decrease brain activity in certain areas.

These certain areas are our ability to learn, our engagement, and overall how well we learn something.

Remember, learning = behavior change.

I would venture to say, a majority of people listen to the 2nd type of music, the one that decreases function in the brain.

Not because they truly want to, but because it’s easier and gives short term gratification.

The long term damaging effects out weigh the short term benefits, though its very difficult for us to see it because the short term is hard to see because it’s what we live in.

Then we start to ignore the long term pain of what it causes us because it makes our daily lives easier.

Similar to smoking.

Smokers enjoy the short term benefits (which don’t last very long) and then they start ignoring the long term damages.

Life is pretty easy if we think of it in a certain way.

If we choose to live by the long term, life becomes easy in our daily lives.

It might take more “effort” in the short term, though the benefits far out weigh the cost of “effort” we spend.

The certain type of music I’ll tell you that helps you learn faster is more geared toward classical.

There are 6 specific songs that help increase what you learn.

It also might help you do more work better.

I’ll start you off with a place to look, Mozart.

He is not the only one, though it’s a good place to start.

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Productivity Psychology

How You See The World

I don’t know who originally created this or where I got it from exactly, but I’ll go ahead and share it with you and thank the person who created this awesome info graphic.

Abundance or Scarcity?

If you find yourself disagreeing with either of the sides, think about how you see the world.

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Productivity Psychology

Easier Done Than Said

What happens if we reframe such a simple phrase as “Easier Said Than Done” as something new?

What if we start to believe the story we tell ourselves about the new frame as “Easier Done Than Said”?

It becomes true. It becomes our story. Logically it doesn’t make sense, and we might argue with it.

That’s because we are choosing to need to see before we believe.

Now what if we started believing before seeing so that our beliefs make what we want to see a self fulfilling prophecies?

A lot of what ifs there. Ah well, what if we just started believing?

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Productivity Videos

How To Manage Emails Automatically With Filters

In this presentation, you are going to learn how to automatically filter emails with filters.

The power of this means less useless emails in your inbox, and you able to focus more on what you want to get done in life.

Email is basically someone else’s agenda for you, so if we go check our emails, the email wants us to take action to do something.

Filtering the emails that don’t help us go where we want in life will save us more time and allow us to be more productive.

How did this help you? Let me know in the comments below so I can make more awesome videos.

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Are You Making This Productivity Mistake?

Meditation
Relax, Breathe, Become Productive

There are many ways to double productivity. And when productivity is doubled, life becomes easier and results are made faster.

If we complete the most important tasks of the day in the beginning of our days, it sets a flow for our day and increase our productivity.

Breaks should be taken too because breaks allow us to focus more when we are actually working.

Many of us start our days without breakfast, without taking proper times for ourselves.

We also haphazardly focus on work in a bad manner, we tackle the urgent matters before the important matters.

Usually urgent matters are not important matters and important matters are not urgent.

An example of an urgent event is when someone wants to complete an expensive report so they can submit it.

An important matter would be writing that important business proposal which can bring in $30,000 of additional revenue.

We need to start our days off on a better foot by focusing on the important matters first.

A morning ritual is necessary. A morning ritual is something we would do every morning which will clear our mind and prepare us for the day.

An example would be:

  1. Wake Up
  2. Drink half a liter of water
  3. Brushing Teeth and using Bathroom
  4. Exercise for 20-30 minutes
  5. Shower
  6. 5 minutes of Meditation
  7. 30 Minutes of Positive non Fiction Reading

After a morning ritual is finished, the first 2 hours of a day should be spent doing the most important tasks of the day.

These first 2 hours should be spent in 50 or 25 minute chunks with 10 minute or 5 minutes breaks.

At the end of the 2nd 50 minute or 4th 25 minute chunk, a 30 minute break would be taken.

An example would be:

  1. 50 Minutes of Focused Work
  2. 10 Minute Break
  3. 50 Minutes of Focused Work
  4. 30 Minute Break

During the 50 minutes of focused work, we turn off our cell phones, close our doors, close our email programs, and let everyone know not to bother us for 50 minutes.

We’d also set a timer for 50 minutes, personally I use the free program focus booster.

During our 50 minutes of focused work, we also don’t multi task, we focus on one task.

During our 10 and 30 minute breaks, we completely unplug from our work. Maybe we take a walk, get some water, or Facebook it up, whatever it is, it is not related to work.

Doing these 50 minutes chunks of focused works I find more than doubles my productivity.

It actually makes it 400% more effective, because instead of writing part of blog posts, creating parts of videos, I’m able to complete them.

Spending our time doing the important things in our lives in focused chunks makes the rest of our day flow.

We can spend the rest of the day taking care of the urgent matters or keep focusing on the important matters.

If we keep focusing on the urgent matters first, it feels like we are being productive.

More than anything, we are just spinning our wheels if we focus on urgent matters.

How will you be more productive today?

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This Simple Program Will Secure Your Online Info Product Accounts

Did you know creating a secure password is more important today than it was in the last two decades?

Hackers are becoming more sophisticated and have more powerful computers to hack your online accounts.

They can use several methods to get into your account from brute force attempts to stealing your passwords via Wi-Fi.

The whole purpose of the program LastPass is to make it more difficult for these folks to get into your account, which will protect you from 95%+ of hackers (I totally made that number up, but I think it’s true).

The program also stores your login user names, so it makes it one simple click to log into a website.

I remember working for a company who had use make secure passwords and constantly change them every month. Needless to say, most of us were resetting our passwords and wasting IT’s time with the stupid passwords.

LastPass acts as a central area to your passwords, where you can generate really secure passwords no one would ever guess in one million years. They might guess in two million years though.

If someone gets into one of your business accounts, lets say, business banking, they can send out checks to tons of locations and people. Banks are notoriously bad at letting you know or stopping people from even charging your account via checking account numbers.

[quote]100 grams of prevention prevents a kilo of pain. Or an ounce of prevention prevents a pound of pain.[/quote]

Here is an example of a secure password:

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]3WaF0*^aGhrXpsvRr2!1[/typography]

Will you ever guess that password? I won’t. I just generated it from my Lastpass account.

The best part of Lastpass is, it’s FREE.

I’ll show you in this video step by step on how to set up the program and start creating secure passwords.

This small action step will save you hours upon hours in a week by not having to remember your user names or passwords.

What do you do to secure your passwords and online accounts?

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How a Central Email Account Will Save You 1 Hour a Day

This strategy of one central email saves me over one hour a day when checking email.

A central email is one account where you receive and send out ALL your emails. I have over 30 emails so this saves me a ton of time, and will save you a ton of time with email.

More time to spending learning and creating our information products yo!

Basically I use gmail, and connect all my accounts to that account, and connect even more email accounts to the 5 accounts connected to my central gmail account.

I’ll show you step by step in this video how to do it.

How do you manage your email? Let me know in the comments below

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Getting Started with Information Products and Passive Income

Knowing where to get started with Information Products is the most important step to creating passive income.

This is the most important step in creating information products and passive income.

If we do not take the step I’m about to share, none of our dreams of relaxing on the beach thousands of miles away, skiing down the slopes of the Italian alps, or playing with our kids at 1pm on a work day won’t exist. Whatever our dreams are, none of this will happen if we don’t take this simple step.

Of course we could wait until we are 60 years or older, or you could begin today toward your dream.

[quote style=”boxed”]Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers[/quote]

Ok, ok, enough with the build up. The most important action to take to make your dreams come true is:

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Action[/typography]

 

We are not going to make any sales sitting around. We are not going to make a business grow sitting around playing league of legends (like I did this whole weekend).

What exactly is action? Well, it’s anything you do which helps with your main goal in life. The important word here is:

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Do.[/typography]

We can make any excuse of we why don’t do something, we’ll feel good about it in the short-term. In the long-term, when we are at work, and our kids are watched by “babysitters,” we might not care now, but when they are older and they are terrible adults (100% our fault by the way) we’ll blame someone else.

Check it out, this is 1 part of 6 ways to live a wealthy life:

[quote style=”boxed”]Optimism – Imagine my own island, imagine a positive outcome, see all the elements of a situation as the cause of the positive outcome. -Eben Pagan, Self Made Wealth[/quote]

This means that everything we do, positive or negative towards our goals, are what make our positive futures happen.

This mindset is very important in creating information products and passive income. Neither of these two have very tangible things we can touch until they start happening.

What is not tangible or solid is more difficult to focus on creating.

This lack of focus on creating creates inaction. Inaction breeds more inaction.

For example: If today I was going to write this article: “Getting Started with Information Products and Passive Income” and I didn’t write it, what would happen tomorrow?

I would remember I need to write this article from yesterday. And I also have my article to write today.

For every article I write, it creates a snowball effect. You remember those old cartoons when a small snowball rolling down a hill becomes gigantic and it crushes our cartoon friends?

It’s the same for inaction, we’ll have a huge snowball of 30 articles to write in one day, and we will stop writing because it’s too much to think of. Over time we feel guilty for not doing what we are tasked to do.

And now here comes our feelings, sometimes we don’t write or act because we feel bad, or feel lazy, or feed sad, or feel guilty or feel happy. Whatever we feel, our feelings determine ur actions.

Well here is something I used and learned while selling books door to door in Florence, Alabama (Lauderdale County baby).

Instead of letting our feelings determine our actions, let our actions determine our feelings.

Basically, even if we are feeling sad or down, start moving, and knock on that door, let your actions shape your feelings.

Sit down and write that article, create that video, make the mind map. Do whatever and your feelings will change because of your action, and I’ll tell you what, IT FEELS GOOD.

If the reason we are not taking action is because we don’t think we are good enough to make videos, books, programs for other people, well, there is a cure for that.

Before the Beatles (yea that band that’s so famous) made it big, they did something. Lots of folks who think about them, think they just appeared out of no where and made it big because they were gifted and did what people wanted.

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]I got bad news for you.[/typography]

 

They spent thousands and thousands (likely over 10,000) of hours practicing over 12 hours a day playing and experimenting as a band around Europe.

They did this for a couple of years and well, the rest is history. Even now when their music released on iTunes in 2010, their songs and records sold better than many artists today.

They became experts in music after spending thousands of hours practicing. You will be good enough, by just practicing and doing.

Now, it takes some structure and process to start taking action. I’ll give you what I do, this is just one example of how you can get started TODAY. I’ve spent hundreds of hours and tried dozens and dozens of different ways to continually act, and I found this one very effective.

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Getting Started[/typography]

Here is what you’ll need, pick one:

  • Text editor (classic)
  • Word / Pages (new classic)
  • Evernote (awesome)
  • Simple Note (I use to use this)
  • Pen & Paper (new technology)
  • Lazy Meter (my pick baby)

Everyday, before you sleep, you will create a “Tasks” list.

Tasks are the most important items which will give the biggest result in the day. You will complete these in the same day you plan them for. If something you are doing requires multiple tasks, by all means break it down. An information product empire can take years to build, so list steps out into smaller manageable chunks.

For example: Writing this article about getting started, is the most important task I have today, though I will make more tasks (I’ll show you later below).

I almost didn’t write this article because of inaction and being afraid of what other people think (screw that crap). I remembered you, and I wanted to help you and the words just got written.

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]An example of your first tasks for 1 day:[/typography]

 

  1. Sign up for website on Dreamhost
  2. Set up 1-click wordpress install
  3. Set up auto responder on Aweber
  4. Create a logo
  5. Write an about page

Here’s mine, I’ve completed some, but I wanted to show you what my tasks are:

Bobby Huang using Lazy Meter
How I use Lazy Meter

I use Lazy Meter to keep my to do list, and it works great for me. I get to track how lazy I am and get them tasks completed, and queue different tasks for the future.

At the end of all my tasks completed or time limit (I don’t work past 6:30 pm my time) I reward myself with what I want to do most. Maybe it’s spending time with my girl, playing league of legends, watching an episode of True Blood, Burn Notice, or Game of Thrones, I do it.

As you create, write, take action, make, you’ll build a discipline muscle. This muscle is important in your information product and passive income because it will decide your success. Will you focus on work or will you just watch TV? This muscle determines it.

Now, it’s very easy to cheat with our tasks lists, I do it sometimes. Sometimes we can put very non-vital tasks on our lists. These non-vital tasks, are just not very important and don’t help us very much. They might consume a lot of time, and by 6:30pm, we might relax and have a false sense of “feel good” after completing these tasks.

[typography font=”Cantarell” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Well, just remember that:[/typography]

[quote style=”boxed”]Optimism – Imagine my own island, imagine a positive outcome, see all the elements of a situation as the cause of the positive outcome. -Eben Pagan, Self Made Wealth[/quote]

It’s ok to cheat a little, just make it a habit to complete tasks which will help you in the long-term, not just the short-term.

I’m off to create videos (I will be the Beatles of making videos) and more articles. See you in the next article.

Let me know what you do to stay on task in the comments, I’d love to learn from you.

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