Economic #Inequality: Who Will Bridge The Gap, SERIOUSLY?

Blog Action Day 2014 #inequality

This post should have been published yesterday as my contribution to this year’s Blog Action Day.

For those who don’t know. Blog Action Day is a yearly event organized by BlogActionDay.org as a way of bringing bloggers around the world to focus on a particular topic on a chosen day. Over the years thousands of bloggers have participated in this program bringing attention to a particular topic.

Now, this year’s #BlogAction14 is focused on the problem of #Inequality.

No doubt, inequality comes in different forms. It could be gender inequality. Economic inequality. Racial inequality. etc.

It was therefore a real challenge to decide on what angle to take on the topic. But after much thought and considering the focus of the WebIncomeJournal.com I have decided on tackling it from the angle of economic inequality, which of course is a worldwide issue.

For example, the Guardian a few days ago reported a Credit Suisse study which shows that inequality is on the increase. Titled: “Richest 1% of people own nearly half of global wealth” the report states:

“Taken together, the bottom half of the global population own less than 1% of total wealth. In sharp contrast, the richest decile hold 87% of the world’s wealth, and the top percentile alone account for 48.2% of global assets,”

Now, that is about half the wealth of the world in hands of just 1%!

Does this make you mad?

Are you enraged because of this?

Or,

Does it make you think really deep?

As expected most of the comments on the Guardian article were nothing but abuses on the rich. A few others called for a revolution as the only solution to correct the “anomaly.”

This is not really different from what we have heard over the years. But unfortunately this has not in any way brought any solution. Instead this small clique has continued to grow wealthier while the majority continues to slide down the scale.

So, Will Shoulder the Change?

Economic inequality gap

As much as most of us feel very passionate about this problem, there is no help if all we do is call on the high heavens to fall on the rich because to us they are being unfair to the rest of us.

As much as we recognize economic #inequality as evil that must be eradicated, expecting the super rich to come up with a formula of “redistributing” the commonwealth, is simply a day-dream.

First, we must understand that as far as humans are concerned, “equality” is a charade. Or what do you think of this:

“For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” – (“The Parable of Talents,” from the Holy Bible).

While not denying the fact that there’s a conspiracy of the super rich to jealously guard the entrance to their little clique, the above scriptural reference is also an eye opener to the fact that if you must “have abundance” then you must be able to earn it.

You cannot expect the wealthy to simply hand over your own share of the wealth on a platter of gold.

The Political Class Will Not Do It, Either

It is also unfortunate that many others expect those in government to take the initiative to redistribute the common wealth. After all we have given them the mandate to manage the common pool.

But to me this is also another mistake. As we have seen all over the world, politicians are more concerned about their own pockets than the people who voted them into power.

Besides if they ever thought of doing anything about this problem they will only position us to create more wealth for the 1%

This is why I totally disagree with the Nigerian minister of finance and coordinator of the Nigerian economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. While speaking at a breakfast dialogue with the private sector organized by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) some time last year, she said:

“The other aspect that is worrying, is that growth in Nigeria is unequal. Inequality is high and rising…We have to create jobs, not just create wealth. If we don’t put our minds to this problem, the whole economy may be in danger.”

“We are growing, but not creating enough jobs. That is a very big challenge. The rate of growth that we have is good, but could be better. We need to grow faster.  I think it needs to grow at least 9 to 10 percent to drive job growth the way we want.”

While I have high regards for my dear minister I however do not agree that the solution to economic inequality lies in government creating more jobs and not creating wealth.

If you have problems with this then you will need to check Forbe’s yearly list of the rich and tell me how many of those who have ever been in that list have ever created their wealth working a job!

Who Then Will Salvage The Situation?

As I sat down to do this articles thinking of what the disadvantaged can do to throw off the yoke of economic inequality, all I could remember is the story of Jacob and his uncle-employer, Laban as recorded in the Holy Bible.

Now, for those who might not be familiar with this story, Jacob was the son of the Jewish patriarch Abraham. Jacob, as a result of having a problem with his twin brother Esau, unceremoniously left home and for about 20 years stayed with his uncle Laban who “graciously” took him in as an employee.

Unfortunately for Jacob, Laban saw in him some form of free labor. And so, within the period of 20 years that Jacob stayed with him, Laban changed Jacob’s wages about ten times. Each time to the disadvantage of Jacob!

In fact, Laban did everything possible to ensure that Jacob remained a pauper in his employ knowing that as long as Jacob don’t have the economic power he would have no option but to remain in his employ!

Oh yes, that also reminds me that the slogan of the labor union in my dear country, Nigeria is, “Labor creates wealth!” And precisely so. But the question that I have always asked is, for whom is labor creating that wealth?

Hands up please if you know the answer!

Throw Off The Shackles of Slavery

The good news is that Jacob, after years of suffering in the hands of his uncle-employer, took the initiative to free himself.

He never waited for some labor movement to help him do it!

More so, he never agitated for a raise in wages knowing full well that a raise in wages will only keep you enslaved to that obnoxious employer!

Economic empowerment is not about wage increaseSo, how did Jacob did it?

Simple. He creatively started a side business!

He dreamed…

He strategized…

He made a plan…

And better still, he turned his plan into reality!

“And Laban said to him…’Name me your wages and I will give it.  …What shall I give you?’ And Jacob said, ‘you shall not give me anything. If you will do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep your flocks:

‘Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages.'”

Now, space will not allow me to say much on this. Also I don’t think this is the time to sermonize too much. But the good news is that after about 6 years of putting his plan to work, the testimony was:

“Thus the man (Jacob) became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks, female and male servants, and camels and donkeys!”

Yes, I passionately believe there is so much to learn from Jacob in our today’s world. You must understand that:

  • It’s not about some labor movement
  • It’s not about wage increase, even though that will help you on your way
  • It’s not about agitating for wealth re-distribution

It’s about each of us taking the responsibility of breaking loose from the shackles of mental slavery. It’s about throwing off any beliefs that limits us from taking the initiative.

There’s so much opportunity that is waiting to be exploited in our today’s world. You too can get your own slice of the cake.

You need to change your mindset right now and you will see that the 1% that holds the 48% of global wealth is a club that is open to anyone who is ready for it.

You must understand that if you will only have it in your heart, God will put it in your hands!

As we look into this problem of #inequality worldwide therefore, my call is this: stop throwing stones at the super rich, stop regarding them as the real problem. Because the truth is, we are the problem!

If only you will make that decision today, you will discover that you have everything it takes to join the club.

Start Something Online Today

Have you not heard of the possibilities open to all of us on the net today?

If you are already spending most of your waking hours online, why not take the initiative to research ways of starting a side business on the net?

What is really holding you back?

Don’t you think it is time to take your future in your own hands?

There are books and resources all over the net that will guide you on starting a side business if only you will do the check. Check out resources like these ones. Put them to use and soon enough you will understand that inequality is mostly a thing of the mind because the truth is,we are all created equal and we do have the power to create wealth.

No one will do it for you. The responsibility is yours.

I hope this has helped in a way.

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The Forever Recession Theory : Seth Godin Can Never Be More Correct!

Forever recession and the future economy - Seth Godin Theory!

Back in 2013 during the US Government Shut Down, I wrote a post where  I discussed some of the hard realities of our times. Now, I must say that from the things happening around us today it shows that many are still to learn anything.

Now, I’m not a pessimist. However, I must say that from what we see every day on  television, what we hear on radio, and from what we have on social media sites like facebook and twitter, it is clear that many still do not understand the times we are living in.

For example, here in my country, the unemployment rate is astronomical to day the least.

While young graduates are being churned into the labor market every year there is little or no hope of any form of gainful employment for these ones. Many others who are “lucky” to have something they call a job can barely make anything out them.

Now, my problem is really not the unemployment rate rather the response of these people to the situation. It is pathetic that despite many of these ones being very brilliant students, they simply have no clue on how to “dig” themselves out of the unemployment quagmire.

Instead of these to really understand what they are up against have rather erroneously swallowed hook, line and sinker the idea that it is the responsibility of government to provide jobs for every citizens. Besides, they believe that getting a government employment is simply  the best option and because these jobs are not there they spend most of their precious time venting their anger on the system.

On radio phone-in programs, on facebook and twitter, even in most churches, the government is lambasted for not doing what they ought to do – provide jobs for the teeming populace! This has degenerated to the point where there is now a great divide – the government officials on one side and the masses on the other!

Now, as much as I believe that the government has its responsibilities, I however, do not believe that it is the responsibility of the government to spoon-feed all of us. I actually believe that there is so much we can do for ourselves today that we do not need to wait for the government. And if you are in a third world like me, you’ll understand that the government officials are not really them for us but for themselves so why wait for them in the first place!

But beyond that, I really do not believe that getting a job should be your dream. There is so much opportunity for us today that your dream shouldn’t be in helping someone else fulfill his or her dreams. You should rather be putting your mental energies into finding a way of breaking free from being a victim of the society.

Your Destiny Is In Your Hands

This is why I was taken all in with the “new economy” as forecasted by Seth Godin.

Hear him:

“Why do we believe that jobs where we are paid really good money to do work that can be systematized, written in a manual and/or exported are going to come back ever? The internet has squeezed inefficiencies out of many systems, and the ability to move work around, coordinate activity and digitize data all combine to eliminate a wide swath of the jobs the industrial age created.

“There’s a race to the bottom, one where communities fight to suspend labor and environmental rules in order to become the world’s cheapest supplier. The problem with the race to the bottom is that you might win…

“The recession is a forever recession. There’s a cyclical thing that comes and goes but there’s this other thing and it’s the end of the industrial age. It lasted for 80 years. For 80 years, you got a job, you did what you were told, you retired. And good people could make above average pay for average work. And it ended. And so 2012 is not going to be more of the same, it’s going to be worse of the same, in that the industrial age is going away and a new thing is going to take its place.”

Please watch full video for more insight:

So, what are you waiting for?

Can you see that the industrial age is indeed going away? Can you see that today you have more opportunities to live your life in your own terms?

But What Are You Doing About It?

Are you still wasting your precious time and energy bashing your government officials on twitter and facebook? Can’t you see that those hours you spend on facebook engaging on unnecessary “hate talk” can be channeled into creating a better future for you?

Like someone did say, if you are prepared to blow leaves for $8.00 an hour, why not start your own leaf blowing company and blow leaves for $35 an hour?

To that I want to add, if you are presently unemployed why waste the little money you source from friends and relatives on facebook or radio phone-in programs venting your anger on the government instead of doing a search online once a day and reading an article on a subject of your own choice. You know you could also learn about starting a business online.

If you do this for the next 3 or 4 months while you are looking for a job and you can focus on just a subject of your choice, by the end of those months, you would have read enough about that subject that you could qualify to be an expert in it!

You Need To Free Yourself from This Mental Slavery

The system may have conditioned you to go along the path they have chosen for you. But you can change that. There is no magic to it. You can start at any point.  I think there is no better way to put this than how Abraham Lincoln rightly put it. He insisted that industry is what allowed all men to prosper. You can’t blame your misfortune on others and hope to rise to any height.

“The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land, for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This…is free labor–the just and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way for all.”

So, if you are among those who have always blamed the politicians or some government official for the problem of the economy its time you have a change of mind. We are not just in a recession but in a revolution. The industrial age is giving way for the new economy. You simply need to align yourself with this new change or you will be left behind.

I don’t know if you are among those who lost their jobs as a result of the recession or you are just out of school, you can decide on your own future today. You simply need a little readjustment in your thinking. It’s your life and you must live it the way you know best.

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So, what do you think? Share your views on this forever recession theory of Seth Godin in your comments below.

Overcoming Procrastination: How to Get UNSTUCK From This Killer of Dreams!

How to stop procrastination

This past Sunday, February 9, 2014, I was on the pulpit in my local Church where I preached a sermon titled: Hindrances to Moving Forward and How to overcome them – with special focus on Procrastination! The sermon is part of an on-going sermon series in my local church.

Realizing that the topic is one that is very relevant to the theme of this blog, I have decided to do a post based on the sermon. I’m sure that this post will be of great help to you as you’ll agree with me that procrastination is one demon that bloggers and online entrepreneurs have to contend with at one time or the other.

I’ve tried as much as possible to restrict the content to areas where it concerns blogging and marketing online. But even with this the post is a lengthy one. But don’t let that deter you. Take your time in reading through and I can guarantee that you will definitely gain something from it.

First, What Really Is Procrastination?

Though, the term is defined variously, basically it means willingly delaying to do something. It is the act of putting off tasks to a later date.

Procrastination may manifest as the inability to consistently take action in order to finish what you started or the inability of getting started in the first place.

Now, if you are sincere you’ll agree that as a blogger, entrepreneur, marketing professional, social media strategist or whatever you may tag yourself you may have come face to face with this monster at one time or the other.

Why putting off doing something might just be a normal human action, where it becomes a habit that you struggle with, procrastination becomes a deadly disease with damaging effects which must be dealt with.

But, Why Do We Procrastinate?

What are the causes of procrastination? Why are many plagued by this killer of dreams?

There are actually many reasons for procrastinating. But basically it has to do with who we are. Just like the program that runs a computer a procrastinator may only be responding to their inbuilt program! But this is actually a chronic situation.

The following are some of the causes of procrastination:

1.    Personal Convenience

Humanly we always want to do things when we think it is most convenient for us. Pain is something we abhor as humans. When pain is involved we will always find some excuse to delay what needs to be done.

2.    Laziness

The problems of procrastinationHow many times have you heard the phrase, you need to work smarter and not harder?

But do you know that many take that as a license for being lazy? To them making money online is simply about joining some over-hyped program, work 3 hours a week and then the money will start flowing in. they want to call this the internet life style.

But unfortunately, things don’t work that way – not online. The result is that many who have that wrong notion end up procrastinating, putting off the “hard work” and waiting for some “push button” solution!

3.    Indecision

This is actually a big one.

Many people procrastinate because they are not able to know which direction to take.  As a blogger or a solopreneur working online, you occupy different roles in your business. For any action to be taken you need first to take a decision. If for any reason you are indecisive, this will delay action and this could have adverse effect on your business.

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4.    Fear

This may come in different ways.

Most times it is the fear of failure. This could manifest with questions like, what if I start this and I then make a mess of it? What if I can’t pull this through since I don’t know what really involved?

As these fears well up in the mind, the whole senses would become numb and the desire to take action would completely be taken away. The result is procrastination.

5.    Perfectionism

Most of us are perfectionists, to a fault!

We always want to do everything with a touch of perfection. But unfortunately, this turns out to be a problem as it can lead to procrastination. We may spend too much time analyzing what needs to be done that we end up not doing anything about it.

A case of analysis paralysis!

Another way perfectionism manifest is in looking out for perfect conditions before doing anything. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to realize that perfect conditions is a rarity. The Holy Book has warning for this:

“Whoever watches the wind will never plant. Whoever looks at the clouds will never harvest!”

Looking for perfect conditions or simply seeking to do everything perfectly all the time can push you into the realm of procrastination.

How to Overcome Procrastination

There are a few things you can do to overcome procrastination. Here are some of them:

1.    Probe The Problem

Why do you really procrastinate? Look inside of you. As mentioned above, most times the problem is who you are. You must understand that we manifest our real self by the way we live. Most times procrastination is only a reflection of who we are inside – the unseen scripts that is your makeup!

It is important therefore that you probe the problem. If need be seek help.

2.    Set Your Priorities

Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul!

When you don’t have your time planned out with the right priorities set, you may major in the minors while the majors suffer! Putting off a task because there is no time for it right now may ultimately result in more load of work. a bigger problem.

Prioritizing will also help you live your life in your own terms instead of what others are expecting from you. Spend a few minutes or hours planning out the day’s activities.  A to-do-list with set time for finishing each task will help you make the best use of each day.

3.    Learn to Focus

I have written about this severally in the past few days. But it will not be out of place to repeat it here.

One thing all us will agree on without fail is the fact that there are so many distractions online. If you truly want to achieve your dream therefore you need focus. You must work on your mental and physical faculties to know what to focus on at every point in time.

If you have a to-do-list as stated above, then you are half way through this. However, simply having a to-do-list is not enough. You need self-discipline. You must train yourself therefore to constantly focus on the task at hand. This way you can truly beat the distractions around.

4.    Just do it!

Overcome procrastination with partnershipsOk, This may not be new to you. But the fact remains that this is a big cure for procrastination. I know that there are times when you just feel like not doing anything even when you know you NEED  to do something. Your feelings may actually be the procrastinator insider you trying to rear its head. The best thing to do in times like these is to “force” yourself to that thing you feel like not doing.

of course, most times it is not easy doing this. But the more you practice “forcing” yourself even when you feel like not doing; those inner scripts will soon get the message and will readjust to cooperate with you!

5.    Partner with others

Most times we need someone to “keep an eye’ on us. Trying to overcome procrastination on our own may not work most times. But a constant reminder from a partner or a friend may help cure the demon of procrastination.

You can form a partnership with a friend and then set targets on what you want accomplished. The members then monitor the progress of one another. Partnerships like these will greatly help to overcome procrastination.

Conclusion:

Like someone rightly said, procrastination is the thief of time.  Now if you know that time is your greatest asset in life, you would not let procrastination steal it from you. I like what the Holy Book has to say about this:

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the times, because the days are evil.”

Indeed the days are evil. You don’t know what the next second would bring. You only have the NOW. You must therefore make the best use of it.

Procrastination is indeed a killer of dreams. It’s your duty to stop it!

Over to you: Do you have problems with procrastination? Ever experienced some unpleasant situations as a result of procrastination? Share with us in your comments below!

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Successful Blogging Habits That Will Help You Change Your Life For Good!

If you start thinking about the most difficult activity that needs to be maintained in your daily life, what would it be?

Surely, that activity is not, in any way, related to your life goals, right?

Okay, does it revolve around your focus on a particular lifestyle you have chosen? Not likely!

Now, no matter how big or small everyday things are, all of them originate from a certain point. Keeping this activity consistent for a longer period of time requires a lot of will power, sacrifice, and dedication from your side.

This is what we call a routine!

It’s definite that keeping up with a daily routine is probably the most difficult activity people face in their lives. In this article therefore, I’ve decided to outline few things that relate to blogging and can be implemented in your daily habits.

Blogging may hold an amorphous form for you at the moment, but once you start doing it yourself, you will start molding this activity into a definite shape that can become part of your daily activities.

Blogging and Life Success tips

Setting your daily goals

Every single thing in your life has to originate from somewhere. You can’t expect to find a way of achieving your goals by taking shortcuts. If you leave steps behind, you will never become the person you could be, because all those steps add to your skills and experience.

When you start making a change, it is always wise to take notes of the steps that you are going to complete the next day. Creating such list will bring expectations from the day you have ahead, but expectations from yourself as well. You will expect yourself to complete the goals that you have set for that day, and you will be highly motivated to accomplish them. If you approach the changes in your life this way, you will find that these daily activities you are trying to introduce to your routine will get easier to accomplish in the long run.

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The importance of time management

If only we had more than 24 hours available daily, we would be able to accomplish much more in our lives, wouldn’t we?

Your time becomes shorter and more compressed with all activities imposed by the modern way of living, so these 24 hours seem more like 12 hours when you consider all responsibilities that are putting constant pressure on you. However, we have to accept the truth – you cannot change the length of a day, but you can make a mind-shift and learn how to allocate your time properly. If you approach your activities with the right time management strategy, you will understand that there is time for everything.

This is exactly where blogging can help you elevate your efficiency. Make a checklist and give yourself enough time to feel comfortable in the activities you are undertaking. For example, most bloggers like writing in the early mornings, when there is nothing else to take their attention away. You can also do this during the night, when you have already completed your daily checklist and there is no more weigh on your shoulders for the day, so you can take your time and set your creativity free while you are writing the blog.

While you are making the daily checklist and deciding which tasks to complete first, you should always start with the most spiteful and strenuous task, just to get it out of the way. By giving priority to these tasks, you will have most of the day stress-free. It is important to stay focused while completing that strenuous task. Don’t let anything distract you and don’t indulge yourself in less significant activities. Keeping to your objectives may be difficult at first, but it will become easier as you train your mind and teach it to stay occupied with your goals.

Setting deadlines

Deadlines are not a pleasant thing, but let’s face it: you cannot be prudent and punctual without setting deadlines. No matter how dreadful deadlines can be, they won’t present a threat for you if you learn how to manage your time properly. When you pre-define your goals, it will be easier for you to stay focused and stay on one task until it’s completed instead of deviating from one task to another. These shifts in your routine will make you a much more efficient person, both in your professional and personal life.

Conclusion: Blogging as a useful activity

Blogging is one of those daily activities that can make your life more balanced. It will help you stick to a proper daily routine by getting up earlier in the morning in order to write a blog, or finishing all your tasks early in order to leave time for blogging in the evening. There is no better use of time than blogging if you want to open your horizons and your mind. If you write your blogs in the morning, you will get a fresh start of the day and you will soon start seeing subtle, but important change in the way you perceive every-day things.

US Government Shutdown: Lessons and Hard Realities of Our Time!

On Tuesday 1st October, 2013 following a disagreement between Republicans on the one hand and Democrats on the other, there is presently the unimaginable – the US government shut down!

The issues?

Republicans in the US Congress insisting that any new spending bill include provisions to either defund, derail or otherwise chip away at Obamacare while the Democrats are insisting it mustn’t be.

This stale-ment has now led to the Congress not passing spending bills that fund the government and so, most functions of government – from funding agencies to paying out small business loans and processing passport requests – have now grind to a halt!

However, though it is being referred to as the “US Government Shutdown” the fact is that those who are principally affected are those referred to as “non-essential” workers. While these ones (about 800,000 out of the 3.3 million government employees) will be out of work and without pay, other “essential” government workers will continue working.

Most surprising however, is that while these “non-essential” employees go home without pay, the President, the House and Senate members will not be affected by the shutdown as they will continue to draw their pay checks!

It’s indeed a surprising thing for many that this is happening to the biggest economy of our time because beyond this disagreement about spending there’s also the issue of the debt ceiling. With the U.S. on the verge of maxing out its $16.699 trillion credit we know that more is yet to come. And so, we will need to look into our crystal ball right now in order to pick up a few lessons that can help us.

For me, here are a few lessons that come out plainly from the shutdown

U.S. Government Shut Down!

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1. J.O.B.  Security Is a Myth!

It’s really funny but the biggest lesson I can learn from this government shutdown is the fact that there is nothing like JOB security. Of course, many believe that government jobs are safe and securing such an employment is securing ones future. But we can see right through this shutdown that this is simply a myth. Government jobs, and any other job for that matter, are not safe!

2. You Are Not Secure If Your Future Is Dependent On the Actions of Other

This is another plain truth from this government shut down.

In the recent past few years there have been a whole lot of bickering around the world as a result of the economic downturn that befell many countries.  We saw how the masses rose up against their governments in various countries in mass protest not quite long ago. All of these are plain facts that the government is not the solution. You must be ready to take your destiny in your own hands.

3. You Need Your Own Business

I think this is obvious. Knowing that there is no J.O.B. security (even in government employment) and because you cannot hinge your future in the actions of some government official, becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business is the best option. You can start small. Even if you are in government employment right now you can have a side business.

The internet has opened a whole lot of opportunity to all of us. There are various business ideas you can pick on today and build your own online business around. But remember, building a business is unlike a government employment where you are guaranteed a pay check each and every month. Building your own business demands specific skills and entrepreneurial traits like hard work, honesty, perseverance, focus, vision, etc. Start early enough and you will not be afraid when the rainy days come!

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4. Whatever You Do Make Yourself “Essential!”

Now, let’s face it. What you are doing right now, how essential is it? Are you running a business blog like this one or is your online business model that of providing services for other businesses like B2B content writing services? Are your blog or business services really that “essential” that even if there is a “shut down” today you will be protected? How productive are your activities, can they guide against a shutdown?

It is definitely clear that the world demands more than just being a “noise” in the marketplace these days. The only way to stand out so you can beat any form of “shutdown” is to be a “voice”, like what you have in the Congress and many other “essential” government jobs who, despite this unpleasant situation, will continue to receive their pay!

Build your own business but in doing so make sure you make it “essential!”

5. Bullet-Proof Your Business That It Will Continue To Be Relevant Even When There Is A Shut Down!

It is pertinent that what is happening right now will soon begin to affect some businesses even though they are not government agencies. This means therefore that when you start your own business you must establish systems that will ensure that no matter what happens in our unpredictable economic environment, your business will continue to run.

If your business is online, there are few things you can do. For example, investing in a system that will continue to drive targeted traffic to your business sites no matter what is happening (SEO optimized web content) can help. Even when money is in short supply to invest in more business activities, your marketing content ranking high in the search engines will continue to drive traffic to your sites for years to come. Such content will help your brand build a solid reputation, generate leads, drive a flood of website traffic, and also save your business even when there is a shutdown!

Over to You: Has the government shutdown affected you in any way? How about some unforeseen event forcing a shutdown of your business operations, can your business survive it? Share your thoughts with us in your comments below.

Why Are You Not Making Money With Your Blog?

Blogging and make money blogging is one topic that is common among bloggers. Unfortunately, despite the much purported big earnings quoted by many bloggers only a few TRULY making anything worthwhile from their blogs!

I’m very much aware that this subject of making money with your blog has been dealt with by different persons; however I still believe that there is something that many are missing out. While many of the posts that discuss this subject want to offer tips on how to make money with your blog, I truly believe that the problem goes far beyond that. Or, if you doubt this, why is that despite the many tips offering ways to make money blogging many bloggers are still struggling to do so?

Don’t you think there is something responsible?

The Slave Mentality and Making Money Blogging!

Don't be slave to your blog!

When hundreds of years ago, well meaning men and women in different countries of the world rose up and advocated for the abolition of slavery, it is clear that they did a good service for humanity.  This is because the evils of slavery go beyond the physical violence.

It has been proven that the damaging psychological effects that the institution of slavery can have on a person far outweigh the physical effects. This can result in mental shackles that only a miracle can bring the desired freedom!

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Now, I believe strongly that the biggest reason why many bloggers are not making money from their blogs is because of their mindset. They are incapacitated in their minds, not knowing what to do and how to go about it and so, have become slaves to their blogs!

Indeed, many are online because they desire freedom – this could be financial freedom, freedom of choice, freedom to do what they want and when they want!  But, think about it, when you slave it all year round on your blog without making anything from it, where is the financial freedom?

Frankly, as a blogger you need mental emancipation if you truly want to achieve your dream of making money blogging. And as Bob Marley put it, “Only you can emancipate yourself from mental slavery!”

You must recognize your blog as a vehicle for achieving your desired freedom.  Spending days and nights pushing out blog posts, engaging with peers, working the social media and at the end have nothing to show for it, is not good enough!

Stop being a slave to your blog!

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So, how can you emancipate yourself from this mental slavery as a blogger?

I have a few suggestions for you:

1.  Stop Treating Your Blog As A Hobby Instead Of A Business!

A business is a business. A hobby is a hobby. They can never be one and the same! Unless, you learn to treat your blog as a business it will continue to run without any monetary value. One thing you must understand is that every business exists to create customers. And so, if your blog is not creating customers then you are heading on the wrong direction. Take a second look at what you are doing on your blog; are you handling it with a business mentality? If not, it is time to do so!

Why you are not making money with your blog!

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2.  You Must Learn To Take Responsibility

One thing that is sure about a slave is the fact that he has no capacity, or better still, he is not allowed to make decisions for himself.  As a blogger you must not allow this to happen to you. When others dictate the direction of your blog, you will find it difficult to achieve your dream of financial freedom with your blog. Many would want to dictate how you must monetize your blog while others would outright frown at you attempting to monetize your blog! But may I say that the onus of making that blog a money earner is on you! Either you’re ready to take up that responsibility or someone else will dictate for you. So, ask yourself again, why did you start that blog in the first place?

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3. Push for the Right Traffic

Hmm, traffic! What a sweet sound to the ears!

Of course, traffic has been referred to as the holy grail of making money online. But as I have said before on other occasions, the quality of your blog’s traffic matters a lot when it comes to making money blogging.

My good friend Theodore did a post a few days ago where he asked the question:  “Blog Comments Count: Does it Equates to Traffic?” I ask that you go and read it and also look out for my comment on that post!

The question you will want to ask here is how do you drive the right traffic to your blog?

The simply solution is to invest in SEO! I know many bloggers don’t want to hear that word but it is really a big determinant to what you can make from your blog. Apart from getting valuable traffic that are interested in what you are offering on your blog, it will also help advertisers to decide on placing their adverts on your blog. Knowing the basics of SEO is enough as a blogger except you want to offer SEO services.

4. Decide On Something To Sell On Your Blog!

Now, you may be wondering what I mean by this. But think of it, when you look at your blog can you point to any product or service that you are selling? So, what business is out there do you think that does not have a product or service that it is selling?

Of course, you may want to rationalize that you are building the traffic before you know what product or service to offer. But have you thought about it if businesses in the really world first set up their ware houses before thinking of what product or service to sell? Unfortunately, this is one blogging advice we must take with a pint of salt.  Decide on your product or service and build your blog around it! This way you will be able to really have a focus as you move on with your blog.

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Let me end this post by giving you a classical example of the potential of a typical blog.

In 2005, an American woman started a political blog. Seven years later that blog became so popular that AOL purchased it for a whopping $315 million and added it to its other online blog assets.

That blog? The Huffington Post.

Now, why would AOL dish out such a fortune for a blog?

Three key elements are responsible:

1. Its global influence.

2. Its advertising revenue.

3. Its huge traffic – Huffington Post’s traffic today is measured at over 77 million visitors per month!

So, can you replicate this feat? Whether yes or no, you must understand that your blog influence, its advertising revenue and traffic will determine how much you can make from it.

The point here is that you should work on your blog with the mind of building a business so, whether you are thinking of selling it later on or you just want to make some money from it right now, your dream will be a reality!

Over to You: I’ll love to know what you think of these ideas on making money with your blog. Share your thoughts with us in your comments below.

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Released And Redirected? Now Stay Focused!

Focus is the secret key to your business success!

Today is the twelfth day of our 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series which means it is the last day!

I must say it has been a journey that has touched my heart. I hope you have gained from it just as I have.

The journey has helped in reevaluating our business’s mission and purpose, it has helped us to jettison every unproductive activity and redirect our business operations. It has also touched on some areas of our personal lives. If for any reason you have not read any of the posts I sincerely plead with you to do so. Click here for the full list and read the ones you have not read.

Today’s post is about staying focused. Yes, we have touched this severally during this series but considering the fact that it is such an important issue when it comes to building a successful business, I want to round off the 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration with it!

Are You Considering Changes In The New Year?

Someone has defined insanity as: doing the same thing and expecting a different result!

If that is indeed true is it then not enough to consider some changes in the New Year? Of course, we know that even when we say change is the only constant thing in life the fact still remains that we resent change like a plague! But the truth still stands that if you are going to make any meaningful impact in 2013, there must be changes.

Knowing what to focus on requires know what should change. And so here are two things you must do:

1. Look At Your Relationships

You cannot succeed alone. You need a team, just as someone said: “A dream is a compelling vision you see in your heart, that’s too big to accomplish without the help of others.”

Now, that is very true. You need people to work with however, you must understand that whoever these people are they must be identified and managed accordingly. They may be partners or patrons, clients or critics. Whatever they are, each needs to be handled differently.

As we have said before it is not about activities but productivity.  Whoever is in your team or whoever you chose to work with will determine if you are simply working some activity or producing results. And so, as the New Year approaches you may need to do what someone was reported to have done some time ago. The story has it that this particular man left a message on his answering machine which read:

“I’m not available right now. I’m making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I don’t return your call, you are one of the changes!”

That indeed is wisdom!

2. Keep Things Focused

There will always be a “to do” list but your concern should really be, which of these is helping me towards my dreams?

You have been working on that business for some time now and so you definitely know what has brought you good results in the past. Why not focus on those things? Every tactic or strategy out there is not for you. If it worked for someone who said it did, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. Stop seeking the latest opportunity. Be disciplined enough to say “no” when someone else wants to push you into doing what you know will not move your business forward.

Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great” wrote:

“Most of us lead busy but undisciplined lives. We have ever expanding ‘to do’ lists, trying to build momentum by doing, doing, doing. But it rarely works. Those who built the good to great companies made as much use of ‘stop doing’ lists as ‘to do’ lists. They displayed a remarkable discipline to unplug from all sorts of extraneous junk and channel their resources into only one or a few areas.”

And that indeed is another good wisdom for the new year!

Conclusion

If these 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series will be of any help to you, you must put these two suggestions into use; building a successful business demands building the right relationships and doing the right things at the right time. You must work to rediscover why you are here which will help you decide who and who should be on your team – either as cheerleaders or mentors. Make your own rules and decide on what activities to focus on daily. You can indeed make 2013 truly awesome!

I love you and I wish you a prosperous 2013!

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Inspiration: Your Business Success Is Your Responsibility!

Day 6 of Our 12 Days of Christmas InspirationI started these 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series by relating the incident that brought down the Web Income Journal for about 5 days. That was the second of its kind in a matter of months. And of course, it was just one of the numerous other challenges I have faced building my online business.

But like I said in the post, rather than let that incident and the frustration and pain it caused me to crush my spirit, it motivated me the more to ensure that no matter what happens, this business must succeed and therefore I must put in more effort!

Now, that resolve was because I have learned to be responsible!

It’s because I’ve learned that:

  • The success or failure of your online business is up to you. You have no one to blame.
  • The freedom and choice to make your business produce results are your responsibility.
  • Success or failure the credit goes to no one but you.
  • Your blog readers will not do it for you neither will your online friends!

Of course, I have earlier mentioned the need to collaborate with others in order to achieve your dream, but that does not remove the responsibility from you. Your blog readers and online friends are there to assist but be ready to carry the load of responsibility alone!

Being responsible demands being bold enough to step out on your own through individual initiative. You must be able to act independently and with greater self-reliance.

It demands taking the right actions that will bring you to your desired goal. The responsible are always ready to roll up their sleeves and put action to their desires!  Forget “all-done-it-for-you” and those “set-and-forget-it” tactics being touted by unscrupulous vendors.

3 Things You Must Do To Be Responsible

1. Invest In Your Self

Successful people agree that success is not really what you get but what happens to you. It is about who you become and not what you beget. It is a reflection of your person. If you are successful inside it will show in the outside. As it is commonly said, “Your attitude will determine your altitude!”

It is important therefore that the first action you must take towards being responsible is to invest in building your capacity. Read the right books and apply what you read to your business. To be fruitful you need to stay green and continuous study will help you stay green and therefore fruitful!

2. Design Your Own Action Plan

You are unique. Your circumstances and experiences are distinct from others. You don’t need every strategy out there to succeed with your business. Get as much as is necessary and then structure your own action plan. Make it unique to you. Add what you know will help you. Try new approaches only if you know they will further you purpose. Depending on your business model, your action plan may not be what others are using but the important thing is if it is working for you then it is useful.

3. Be Proactive And Not Reactive

Change is rapid on the net. A tactic that worked a few minutes ago will become obsolete in the next few hours! That “sure-fire” tactic you have just read about is actually outdated already! It has been milked inside out. Why run around looking for the latest tricks and tactics? It will only weary you. Instead, learn to read and interpret what is happening. Learn to understand where the trend is going and then make the move to position yourself before others. This may sound a bit out of your reach but the truth is you don’t have to compete with the big players. Learn from them and carve out your own stand!

Here is one way to do this. As the year is running to a close many companies and businesses that are into research are coming out with reports and predictions for the coming year. Study these reports. Note what they are saying about your target market. Use your knowledge to review your business and tactics.

Take away

Your business is your responsibility. The buck stops on your table. You have a duty to yourself and your family to ensure that it works. You cannot blame anyone whatever happens. You are given an equal opportunity as everyone else – twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and fifty-two weeks a year. Invest them rightly and your dream will become a reality.

So, what is your take? Will love to read and respond to your comments below.

Inspiration: Who Is Setting Your Rules?

On different occasions during these 12 Days of Christmas Inspiration series I’ve emphasized the importance of learning from others.

However, I have also noticed that many a time when you have respect for someone and you want to listen to them, you found yourself, most times, wanting to please them in everything. You readily accept their thinking and dictates as the rules to be followed. You believe their thinking is more enlightened than yours. And because you often allow them, they will want to convince you to move to their rhythm.

Unfortunately, I’m seeing this very rampant lately in the blogosphere. Many have set themselves up to dictate what to do and what not to do on your blog because they are not doing it.

But doing that will only leave a feeling of deep frustration and personal failure when you cannot meet up with their demands. You must understand that your inner self yearns for expression. Every human being wants to be convinced that they are somebody who is competent to set their own rules. You don’t want to be the one who simply follows while another sings, “Every body do as I do, don’t worry!”

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How to Set Your Own Rules and Win Your Battles

1.    Know What You Want

Earlier in this series, I asked the question: “Why are you here?” What is it that you truly want online? Why did you start that online business? Providing answers to these questions is very important. Once you have the answers your next move is to choose a business model that will help you achieve your dream. Your business model will then determine your activities and strategies.

2.    Learn To Listen But Take Your Own Decisions

That, we are in an environment infested by the deadly disease called information overload is nothing new. You must be able to know how to sift through the avalanche of information and know which one will help you achieve your dream. Listen when others speak but ask yourself, how does this help in furthering my business considering the business model I have chosen. Don’t let others bamboozle you into believing you are on the wrong path. Because it is not useful according to their chosen model does not mean it is not good for you.

3.    Focus On Results

When I started blogging I equated the success of a blog with the number of comments that the blog receives. With this in mind I came up with different tactics to encourage more comments on my blog. But lately, I have become wiser. I must confess that I have seen more successful blogs that rarely have comments on their posts!

What am I saying here?  Does it mean having comments on your blog is bad? No! Of course, there is a feeling of worth when you see more comments on your posts. But truth be told, how much are those comments helping to achieve your dream?

Remember, the market does not pay for efforts, it pays for results. Are you producing results? That is the question. Are those comments helping you produce results or are they just efforts that give you some feeling of importance?

My dear friend Theodore wrote a post recently where he asked, “Do you mistake activity for achievement?” I truly think Theodore has made the point really clear.

The lesson: focus on results.

Your turn

Are you setting your own rules or are you simply following the leader? Simply following will only guarantee that you remain behind, seriously! 🙂

Will love to have your views. Please share with us in your comments below.

The 4 Things That Will Insure You against Business Failure!

Today, as part of the Christmas celebrations, my local Church is holding the traditional annual Christmas Carol of 9 lessons. This annual event is a way of reliving the birth of the Savior. Because I know most of my time today will be taken up by this and other events I have decided to quickly put up this post before leaving for the Church service.

Success traits of winnersAnd so, for our today’s dose of inspiration I want to share with you the 4 traits of people who always up as failures. The purpose is to help you flee from them as fast as you can in your journey to greatness.

The 4 Traits of Failures:

1.    Slow in taking Decisions

Taking the right decision when it is needed is one of the secret to making progress in life. Napoleon Hill in his all time classic, “Think and Grow Rich” said, “People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions very slowly, if at all, and of changing these decisions quickly and often!”  Enough said. Learn and be wise!

2.    Never Learning

In our world today changes happen so fast that it is really a challenge to stay abreast of what is happening. However, if you must make progress both in life and in your business, learn to stay green. Know what is working now in your chosen field. Use every available resource and always ensure that you are learning a new thing every day.

3.    Never Focussed

There is truly power in focus. If you are scattered both in your thoughts and actions, your progress will be hampered. A plan and a little dose of discipline will help you stay the course. Do not attempt different things at the same time if you know you will not be able to finish any of them.

4.    Lacking Excitement

Do not throw away your confidence. The road may be rough and narrow. The temptations may be overwhelming. But know this: only those who endure to the end are qualified to wear the crown. Your enthusiasm and excitement will guarantee your ending well. The unexcited can never achieve anything worthwhile.

Remember you cannot light another person’s fire until you have lit the fire within you. Fertilize your dreams with knowledge and confidence and always ensure you know what you want and are focused on getting it.

Your success is sure!