success productivity tipsEver notice some people excel regardless of their circumstances? Could it be they are more intelligent? Do they work twice as hard as everyone else?

Why is it that you can compare two people with very similar backgrounds and education and one barely makes enough to eek out a living while the other overachieves?

The answer isn’t that one has a higher IQ or necessarily works any harder. The answer is that one person understands what it takes to be successful and more productive and applies those principles while the other doesn’t.

By applying these same principles, you too can excel and become more successful.

 

43 Success And Productivity Tips

1. Time – Stop thinking about time as an unlimited resource. You only have so many hours in a day…and in a lifetime for that matter. Start thinking about where you are spending any wasted time. Stop checking email and stop getting on social media every half hour.

2. Distractions – Eliminate ALL distractions while you are working.

3. Problems – Face problems head on instead of letting the problem fester and become worse over time.

4. Learn – Always strive to learn whether it’s through watching, listening or learning from others… taking classes in college… or trying new things to gain experience.

5. Change – Accept change. No one goes through life without the world or the situations in their life changing. Think back at all the changes you’ve had in your life so far. Would you have done anything differently? Now going forward, if that same situation arises, you will know how to deal with it. Embrace change because oftentimes it’s for the better.

6. Flip The Switch – Successful people know when it’s time to work, they work. And when it’s time to relax, they relax. They don’t intermingle the two.

7. Risks – Successful people take calculated risks. They don’t tackle a situation without first thinking about the best way to approach it and seeing the outcome beforehand.

8. Communication – Always work toward being a better communicator. Think before you speak. Be clear and concise.

9. Create Opportunity – Luck favors the prepared and successful people realize that in order to be successful it is up to them to make it happen. Successful people realize that very few people are winning the lottery. They don’t rely on their success on being up to chance.

10.Goals – Set goals…then work backward through the steps of how to achieve that goal. By breaking the goal down into steps, the goal will be achievable. Focus intensely on the step you are currently working on to complete it and before you realize, your goal will be reached. Make your goals specific, measurable and attainable. Create mini-deadlines for reaching your goal.

11.Complaining – Complaining does nothing to make the situation better. All complaining does is make the complainer appear to be a whiner and destroys morale. Complaining is negative! Instead of complaining about the problem, work toward a solution.

12.Blaming – There’s no point in blaming others. If you’re broke it’s because of the decisions you’ve made. It’s up to you to better the situation you are in. The good thing is that you can make decisions to improve your situation. Think about how many millionaires have lost everything and then became millionaires again. They didn’t blame everyone else for their problems. They simply got down to it and rebuilt their net worth again.

13.Association – Associate yourself with people that have the same interest as you. Associate yourself with like minded people. If you hang around criminals, eventually you will become one. Conversely, if you hang around successful people, eventually you will be successful also (provided you do the work).

14.Productivity – Don’t confuse activity with productivity. Measure the results to see if it’s had a positive impact toward reaching your goal.

15.Giving – Successful people are very generous. Most aren’t scrooges like you see on television. They give to charities and help people that are less fortunate. Money isn’t the only way of giving. You can give your time or knowledge to help others as well. The more you give, the more you will receive…but always give out of the kindness of your heart and not because you expect something in return.

16.Opportunity – Successful people see opportunities where others see a problem. They turn obstacles into successes.

17.Comfort Zone – Successful people frequently get out of their comfort zone. It takes pressure to make a diamond and that’s exactly what you are… a diamond in the rough.

18.Ambition – Successful people have ambition. They aren’t comfortable sitting on the couch every day watching television. They want a better life. I heard it said once that most people are dead by age 40… they just don’t bury them until 65.

Ray Kroc was 52 when he started his first McDonald’s. Regardless of your age, you can do something to make a positive difference in your life.

19.Proactive – Be proactive instead of reactive. Take charge of the situation. Start controlling your life instead of letting it control you.

20.Exceptional – When doing anything and everything, be exceptional! Don’t settle for anything less. Most people only do the bare minimum. It doesn’t take much to beat that!

21.Values – Be ethical! Don’t lie and cheat. Having good core values attract people that know they can trust you.

22.Procrastination – Don’t wait around for the right time to happen. Most likely it won’t. If you know it needs done…do it. Remember the old sneakers slogan… Just Do It!

23.Innovate – Don’t imitate what everyone else is doing. Think outside of the box and be an innovator. Observe the masses and do the opposite.

24.Initiative – Don’t be lazy and wait for someone to tell you what needs done. More than likely you already know. Get busy doing it and people will take notice and in turn follow your lead.

25.Identity – Successful people understand that their work is not their identity. They understand their work is only their career and that their identity is who they are as a person, not how they make money or how much money they have.

26.Information – Successful people aren’t afraid to ask questions to understand the problem they are facing so they can work toward a solution.

27.Criticism – Successful people can handle constructive criticism because they know it will only make them better.

28.Mistakes – Successful people acknowledge mistakes. They aren’t afraid to say they’ve made a mistake. And when others make a mistake, they don’t ridicule that person or belittle them.

29.Delegate – When possible, delegate the tasks to speed up the process. But don’t sacrifice speed for quality.

30.Worry – Don’t spend energy worrying about things you have no control of. 99% of the time, it won’t happen anyway, so why worry about it.

31.Giving Up – If you are on the right path, don’t ever give up. Success could be just around the corner…a step or two away. One thing is certain. If you give up, you are guaranteed not to succeed.

32.Interference – Everyone who has achieved greatness had people telling them that they were wasting their time…that they were crazy….that their friends second cousins brother in laws sister tried it and it didn’t work so it won’t work for you either. Don’t let your success be determined by other people’s negativity.

33.Be Humble – No one is successful on their own. Acknowledge those who have helped you. Let them be in the limelight.

34.Follow Through – Successful people start a project AND they finish the project. They don’t start something then never return.

35.Failure – Don’t accept failure. Don’t chalk it up to bad luck. Understand that there may be some setbacks along the way but keep striving forward. You may have to readjust the path to reach your goal but eventually you will reach it.

36.Raising The Bar – Set higher standards of excellence for yourself. Raise your commitment level. Deliver a higher quality of work.

37.Examples – Successful people lead by example. They walk the walk. Their actions speak louder than their words.

38.Emotions – Keep emotions in check. Don’t be an emotional roller coaster. When things look bad, it’s never as bad as it seems.

39.Optimism – Strive to find the good in all things.

40.Fear – Even successful people have fears. The difference is that they have fought through their fears so their fears don’t control them. Even the bravest of the brave during times of war were afraid but they overcame their fear for the greater good.

41.Abilities – Most successful people will tell you that they weren’t the smartest in the group. They just know how to maximize the talents they have and the others around them. Then they built upon each smaller success until it became a bigger success.

42.Habits – Change bad habits into good habits. I wrote a good article on eliminating bad habits here on my blog if you’d like to check it out.

43.Thoughts – Eliminate all negative thoughts. When a negative thought occurs, think of something positive. In time, you will begin to see things in a different light because the negativity won’t be there to cloud your judgment.

Hopefully you will implement these productivity and success tips to take charge of your life.

Change is often difficult but definitely worth the effort.

Try to implement one of these tips every day and continue using them on your journey. I believe you have what it takes!

Take action!

 

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acid_proSony Acid Pro is a powerful “Digital Audio Workstation” that has the power to make professional recordings.

However, it has an interface that makes it very simple for amateurs and pros alike.

 

 So what exactly can you do with Acid Pro?

For starters, you can make professional multi-track recordings.  Whether you are recording music for your band or working online creating podcasts, Acid Pro will meet and exceed your expectations!

Do you need intro music for the product you are creating? Need intro music for your podcast?  It’s as easy as “drag and drop”.  Simply drag your music “loops” to the timeline and position them where you want it played and bada bing bada boom…..it’s ready for you to listen to the playback.

If you want to change the tempo… just move a slider!

If you need to change the key…just click a button and you can go from the key of “A” to “C” or any key you want.  It’s that simple!

You can even change the beats per  measure for each music loop.  Again, just move the edge of the loop on the timeline and it’s done.

Fade the music in and out? Of course!

Need a mixing console to adjust each track? It’s in there!

Want to export it as a MP3, .wav, .wma, .aif or other audio file? Absolutely! And there are more to choose from than that.

If you don’t like the “groove” of your music, you can even go into the built in “groove pool” and change it up to give your sounds the “feel” that you want them to have.

Want to chop up your audio files to add them into your project?  Not a problem with Acid Pro!

There are a lot of questions to be asked about what Sony’s Acid Pro Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) can do.  The answer is a resounding yes to all of them!

If you are looking for a professional piece of audio software at an entry level price, then the answer is also a resounding YES!

At the time of this writing, Sony’s website has it listed for $149 bucks. That’s a steal!

But it gets better.  I went to my trusty Amazon and they have it for…drumroll please…. $79.99

Of course they could always change their price.  But at that pricepoint, if you want professional sound so you don’t sound amateurish…(that sounded confusing)….you’d better hurry! Is amateurish even a word? Not sure, but I’ve heard it said before.

Oh yeah, almost forgot….. if you want to hear my first try with Acid Pro, click the link below or check it out on Youtube.

Just some UNEDITED tracks I threw together…but it still ROCKS!!! At least I think so :)

Acid Pro 1st Try – “Hang On”

Easy Video Suite | Video Marketing That’s Easy To Use And Implement!

easy video suite  With the advent of technology, the online marketplace has expanded enormously becoming the most efficient marketing place of all time. With millions of users worldwide, the internet has created a platform where businesses can market their products inexpensively and also be sure of reaching the maximum number of clients.

Making use of the latest tools to reap the benefits of online marketing cannot be overemphasized.  It directly relates to the traffic your advertising campaigns will generate. You want to capture and entertain your audience while at the same time ensure your message is delivered.

As an internet marketer, you know the value of great software for your business.

Easy Video Suite definitely captures every online marketer’s needs and delivers it on a silver platter. It’s definitely a game changer and undoubtedly one of the best video marketing tools ever developed.

Designed by Josh Bartlett, Easy Video Suite is an all in one video marketing tool that records, edits, adds timed events, has pre-made templates, live stats, automatically converts video formats and much more that will help you easily create outstanding presentations.

Easy Video Suite comes packed with an array of features aimed at making your video marketing campaigns nothing short of awe aspiring.

Here are some features that have made this tool the game changer in video marketing:

  • Video Recording

As with any video software, this is where it all starts. You can record basic webcam or screen capture videos within seconds to put online. While I wouldn’t compare it to the capabilities of Camtasia  on the video creation side, I would say that it’s great for making quick videos for your Youtube campaigns. But Easy Video Suite goes waaaaay beyond simply creating videos…..

  • Drag and Drop Feature

Easy Video Suite offers a drag and drop dashboard which is bound to make your workload easier and far more efficient.

  • Playlists Creation

This is a feature that you will find very beneficial.  You can  create video playlists easily with the drag and drop editor.  You can select videos to play in the order you want or the entire video list.

  • Adding Call To Action Buttons

You have the option to embed “buy now” buttons, CTA’s and optin forms directly in your video.

  • Timed Events

If you want to capture your audience, this is one feature that will come in handy for you. You can create timed events around your videos which will serve to not only captivate but also engage your audience which is after all, the primary goal. Say for instance your customer is watching your sales video and you want them to see all the features of your product before clicking on a “Buy It Now”  button.  With Easy Video Suite, you determine when your “Buy It Now” buttons and optin forms appear.

  • Countdown Timers

Let your viewers know when your offer ends by adding a countdown timer.  Adding a countdown timer is as simple as drag and drop with Easy Video Suite.

  • Social Sharing

Again, adding social buttons is as easy as drag and drop.

  • Skins

You have numerous skins to select from to personalize your videos for extra pizzazz.

  • Video Conversion

Converting your videos won’t be a problem anymore. Your videos are automatically converted to the format your viewer needs. Whether your viewer is watching on a laptop, desktop or mobile device, one click and Easy Video Suite has your video converted to the format that’s needed.  Anyone that deals with a lot of videos knows how this one feature alone is worth its weight in gold.

  • SEO Feature

Making a great video is one thing but getting traffic to it is another. You want your video to get as many views as possible and that can be achieved with the search engine optimization (SEO) feature that ensures your video will rank high in the search engines.

  • Analytics

Do you want to know how your video campaigns are doing?  Easy Video Suite offers advanced, live, accurate video marketing analytics which will come in handy for checking your video’s performance.

  • Split Testing

With Easy Video Suite, you can easily set performance goals, create video split tests and track results in a matter of seconds. As Easy Video Suite analyzes your videos, it will automatically play the video that is converting the best which will put more money in your pocket!

  • S3 Integration

The software is also designed to seamlessly work with Amazon S3 to host your videos.

  • Security

When using Easy Video Suite, you can easily secure the embedded code, your video’s URL and more making this one of the most secure video marketing tools ever.

With the above features in mind, every internet marketer will agree that Easy Video Suite is superior to nearly all other video software available.

What is the key benefit you will have using this software for your video campaigns?

You will have an all in one toolbox for creating your videos, creating your pages, optimizing (SEO), analytics and a plethora of other features that is simple to use right at your fingertips.

Easy Video Suite is designed to not only make your work easier but also quicker and more effective.

Easy Video Suite has carved out its niche in video marketing as one of the best, intuitive and innovative tools!

Podcast Here: Easy Video Suite

staying motivatedTime, effort and creativity are required in building and maintaining an effective business. Internet marketing is a proven, reliable way to earn sufficient money right from your home. However, the internet marketing route has no shortcuts to success. To earn the financial freedom everyone yearns for, you have to dedicate yourself to staying motivated and focused. Oftentimes, internet marketers feel a need for instant gratification in order to remain focused and staying motivated to achieve their goals. Here’s some simple tips for staying motivated and remaining energized toward achieving your goals.

Ways Of Staying Motivated

Set measurable goals

It’s wise to set small and measurable goals which can be achieved on a daily or weekly basis. If your business relies on content creation,  commit yourself to spending a few hours each day writing articles, creating videos or recording podcasts. Your website can attract a huge number of visitors if you spend a little time each day working on your business. Reaching small goals give a sense of accomplishment and ultimately help you reach a larger goal. Here’s an ebook on Amazon that’s free at the time of writing this post The Power Of Goal Setting

Learn to be patient

Staying motivated requires patience. There are few things in life that are worthwhile that give instant gratification. There’s no limit to earning an online income as long as you have the required patience. Being a business owner requires time in order to develop the winning habits used by successful marketers. Expecting instant results will only set you up for disappointment.

Learn to be aggressive

Traditionally, fortune favors the bold. The ability to take action is what differentiates successful marketers from unsuccessful marketers. It’s normal to fail several times before getting things right. Every internet marketer has to be aggressive and be willing to make mistakes before they can be successful.  Learning from mistakes is a good way to learn.  But limit your mistakes to minimize time and money spent. Here’s another freebie at the time of writing this post Help! I Want To Change My Life

Do your research

Researching your project prior to jumping into it will save loads of time. Research also enables the marketer to understand their niche to maximize their efforts. Research helps you learn and plan your course of action to help keep you from getting sidetracked while working on your project.

Keep your long-term goals in mind

Keeping the big picture in mind is the only way to stay oriented and moving toward living the life you want. Spending time each day thinking about your goals is the best way of staying motivated since it provides you with a feeling achievement.  To keep your eyes on the prize, you should write a note about what you want to achieve and post it where you can refer to it whenever you need motivation.

Staying motivated is essential for all internet marketers to effectively reach their goals.  More than anything, staying motivated is about keeping a positive state of mind. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you stay motivated toward your goals in order to achieve your desired results.

Podcast here: Staying Motivated And On Track – 5 Easy Reminders

Oftentimes, I find it’s easy to get distracted online. I’ll have a project in mind and begin working on it. Then as I am working, I’ll jump to another page to research something and before I know it, I am 8-10 pages down the road reading something that has nothing to do with what I was originally working on. I’ve taken a detour on the information superhighway.

Anyone else relate to that? Just like driving a car, it helps to have a “road map”.

It’s not set in stone but here’s my little road map for when I am working online.

1. Prior to beginning my project, I like to write down:

  • What my project is
  • What I want to convey to the reader
  • What I hope to accomplish
  • How I am going to accomplish it

2. As I am working on my project:

  • Remind myself of the end goal
  • Ask myself, “Am I conveying value to the reader”
  • What resources I need to use
  • Remember not to get distracted

3. At project completion:

  • Proofread to check for grammar and if the material I created actually makes sense and is easy to follow
  • Ask myself, “Did I help the reader?”

That’s pretty much it. Sometimes it will vary but overall the main theme is to create value that is helpful to the end-user and to explain it in a way that is easy to understand for everyone without getting distracted while doing it.

Podcast Here: Detour On The Information Superhighway

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