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Practical advice for entrepreneurs.

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Make Money with Kindle Books


Writing and selling Kindle eBooks on Amazon.com has become a very popular way to earn extra money.

At the high end, there are authors that routinely make over $100,000 per month. If you’ve always wanted a source of income that can conform to your hectic schedule, writing eBooks is an option.

Anyone can write an eBook. You don’t need the approval or support of a traditional publisher.

There’s no upfront cost involved. Amazon will simply take a percentage of your sales.

Many aspiring writers are intimidated to get started, but this is unnecessary.

You’ve been communicating all of your life. Only now you’re going communicate your thoughts and ideas via writing.

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How the Top 1% Think

The top 1% aren’t working harder than the bottom 99%. You can’t grunt your way to the top. High levels of success do require hard work, but the work must be smart, too.

The bottom 99% are often focused on the wrong things, prioritize short-term comfort over success, and fail to take enough action.

The top 1% aren’t smarter or more capable, but they do use their time wisely and manage themselves effectively.

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The Best Business Entity For Your Next Business

There are several business entities that you can choose from, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Keep in mind that business entity formation is really a state-level endeavor, and the particular laws in each state will apply.

The good news is that you can choose just about any state in which to form a corporation or LLC.

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Learn how to Relax in any Situation

As the world evolves, it seems to become more and more difficult to relax. The pace of life, the demands of work, and everything else can challenge our ability to just let go and truly relax.

However, the ability to relax is like any other skill. It just requires practice.

As life would have it, though, the more stressful the circumstances, the more distracted you’ll be from executing any relaxation techniques.

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Techniques to Help You Develop Coping Skills

Maintaining a connection to your spiritual side is a great way to help you achieve peace of mind and cope with a rough patch in your life.

Whether your spirituality is tied in with religion or self-help, you’ll likely be able to achieve inner peace and subsequently weigh situations with the utmost clarity.

Success in life is based less on the situations you face and more on how you deal with them. Your outlook can go a long way in helping you to deal effectively with challenges.

In fact, a positive attitude can even reduce your insurmountable hurdle to a minor distraction!

It’s easier than you think to cope with unfavorable situations. You have so much untapped potential and promise, and it’s time to rely on it now for help in your time of need.

As you start to practice these coping techniques, you’ll realize that you’re innately more powerful than you ever acknowledged before. After a while, you’ll discover that absolutely nothing is dire enough to force you to break.

How to Identify Your Limiting Beliefs


During the first 6 or so years of our life, we soak up everything we hear and our young brains believe it to be true. During these years we develop our most powerful, and oftentimes most life-limiting, beliefs that can stick with us for the rest of our lives.

All of this information is held in our subconscious, and it’s there to keep us safe. It’s how we learn that the stove is hot because it burnt our hand, or how we know to look both ways before crossing the street because our parents drilled that home with us every single day.

However, some of these beliefs hold us back in life and keep us in a state of fear and ignorance.

If you want to dig a little deeper on this topic, grab my guide on ‘How to Identify Your Limiting Beliefs’.

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Tips to Strengthen Your Resilience

Focus on the positives →

Focusing on your shortcomings is a good way to stop yourself dead in your tracks.

Think about the most resilient people you know — How would they handle your challenging situation? What can you learn from them?

Focus on solutions →

Think about how you can solve your dilemma and avoid wallowing over the dilemma itself.

Adversity is a fact of life but you can choose how you’re going to handle it. Focus on solutions and the exciting future that awaits you!

Adversity is Guaranteed but Misery is Optional

You’ve seen the stories where an average person successfully bounces back from great adversity. People like this know to move forward and start over again.

Why is it that some people seem to bounce back from adversity and others do not? Some people are practically destroyed by misfortune and are very good at remaining a victim. But others come back even stronger from adversity.

People that are very resilient have some unique traits. They are optimistic, accepting, and aware.

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Three Famous People That Succeeded Later in Life

Do you feel like it’s too late to achieve a significant amount of success? Many of the most successful people did start at a young age.

It can be disheartening for the late bloomers among us but many of the most successful people you know didn’t get started until much later in life.

If you think you missed the boat because you’re middle-aged, you couldn’t be more wrong—you’re wrong even if you’re 80.

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Three Practical Stress Relieving Tips

Stress-induced problems swirl around us all the time and it often feels like the pressure never ends! Yet, there are simple ways to relieve stress without harming your body.

Develop a Budget → Most people don’t like the word budget, but budgeting doesn’t have to be difficult.

Get Regular Exercise →You’ll be able to think and reason more clearly, which will help you deal with some of the core issues that are causing your stress.

Eat Healthier → Yes, eating healthy really does relieve stress because when your body is nourished properly, it functions optimally.

As you can see, there’s more than one way to relieve stress. Put a few of these ideas into practice and you’ll soon begin to see a real difference in your life.