Embrace Your Struggles

When we try to be perfect, that just shows how imperfect we are.

We are born with potential, not with abilities. We are a white canvas, a blank book, an empty recipient that starts being filled when we see the first light coming out of the womb.

Potential translates into success when we say “dadda” or “momma”, or when the first smile is drawn in our face.

Walking, running, speaking, singing, reading… nothing comes with us at birth, it’s all acquired with time and practice. And the journey is hard, full of disappointments, full of obstacles, full of hard falls.

However, we keep going, we strive to conquer such obstacles during our childhood. We want to become better, and we put down the effort to do so.

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As we grow up, the motivation to improve fades away, mostly because we feel that we have reached the pinnacle and there’s no more room to become smarter, as we take for granted that the years of education and experience give us enough to navigate any storm we face in life.

What really happens is that we avoid acknowledging our fears and our need for help. We feel that accepting failure is embarrassing, incorrect, out of the question.

And what has that accomplished?

Embracing our struggles liberates us. We move on faster when we embrace the fact that we are imperfect and that we are part of an infinite chain of helping and being helped. Accept the fact that there’s here’s always someone ready to help you, and there will always be someone in need of your help.

And when you’re helping, your struggles become your best tool. When you share your struggles, you might be providing a life-changing advice to someone, because they might be about to make the same mistake that you did, and now, by learning from you, they can make a different decision. Your struggles become golden nuggets of wisdom and by sharing them you show your vulnerable side and with that… your transparency. Because nobody believes in perfection. When someone talks only about perfect things, we don’t believe that, and we walk away from such individual.

In the journey of self-improvement, you will face a lot of unsavory situations. It’s fine to try to avoid those, but if you can’t, you need to make a conscientious effort to find the lesson in it. That lesson will become the next golden nugget of wisdom that you can share with others. That’s when you improve… harvesting the life-lessons and sharing them.

My struggles have thought me a lot of things.

I hope that your struggles do the same!

Stay Safe!

 

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The Learning Revolution

The human brain is a white canvas, an empty book, a recipient for information that shapes our life in ways that make us dream, imagine, innovate, create, invent, and re-invent. Our brain is always ready to learn more, regardless of any circumstances.

This generation is sometimes referred as the knowledge era, because we have access to great amounts of information from a lot of sources instantly.

We have an awesome opportunity to invest in our own education using mobile devices that help us learn on the go, wherever we are, without worrying about transportation, dress code or schedule. It’s there, 24×7, every day of the year.

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The more education you get, the more opportunities will come knocking on your door. That’s how you stack the odds on your favor. That’s how you make your luck.

The journey towards a more fulfilling career begins with a single step. By enrolling in business skills training courses, you’re proving that you’re committed to reaching your goals.

Whether you are looking for individual professional development or need to provide your staff with quality business training, there is  a comprehensive library of business skills courses to .

In these highly competitive days, you need to learn critical skills such as:

✔ Competency Development

✔ Project Management

✔ Career Development

✔ Personal Development

✔ Management Leadership

✔ Communication

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Time is money, and when you enroll in online business skills training, you’ll be able to learn on your own schedule from the comfort of your home or office. You’ll never lose your work progress and with built-in knowledge checks and exams, you’ll be able to retain information and implement these critical skills into your work life.

The price of education can be high, but the price of ignorance is way higher. Your friends and colleagues are getting these skills for their next job. Don’t be left behind!

Getting smarter can be easy. It’s just a matter of getting started!

 

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Those qualities in you

Nobody knows you better than yourself.

Nobody can measure the struggles you have gone thru.

Only you can go to that place that is your first memory and re-live in your mind each and every experience you have had, and only you can judge your own actions, your decisions, the consequences of such decisions, and the lessons learned along the way.

That is the power of your free will. 

Free will to recognize your imperfections, your defects, your challenges, and your opportunities.

But most importantly, you can recognize your best qualities, your strengths, your unique way to approach your own life and to make better decisions. You have the courage to continue your self-improvement journey. You know what you need to become better, to become smarter, to become wiser.

Once you figure out those qualities, it becomes a matter of time to realize that you can use your qualities to your advantage.

You are better than to perform repetitive work over and over.

You are better than receiving order and to be instructed to obey, not to think.

You are better than staying in an illusory comfort zone that will not last long, and that will cause you grief instead of joy.

Those qualities of yours… they are awesome! And you need to make the best use of them.

Never quit trying… never surrender your dreams… never stop learning.

I’m cheering for you because I’m sure you will succeed.

Stay safe!

Don’t be afraid to be accountable

 

We all like free stuff. Some free things are good. 😎

However, the value of free (or cheap) stuff can come with a catch. It’s like fast food. It’s cheap and fulfilling immediately, but in the long run it will have horrible consequences in your health.

When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is a time to enjoy the free stuff, but at some point you need to put some skin in the game. That will happen in the form of time, effort, or money. It’s the only way to go from a dream to a business.

Having skin in the game makes you accountable. You cannot longer procrastinate because you will start paying for that, sometimes big time!

You will start making new decisions that need to be very well thought out; you will make a plan and will get to work on it right away, making adjustments along the way and handling the bumps in the road without losing focus of the vision that you have set for yourself.

Accountability will make you show up every day, not occasionally, not only when inspiration comes to you. You will seek opportunities to create solutions every day, everywhere, at any time.

The evolution of any entrepreneur starts with a dream, then you start taking baby steps, which includes learning, networking, crafting a solution to a problem, and then launching your business and brace yourself for what’s coming ahead.

In this process, the key component between each phase is this: taking action. Without taking action there is not movement, and without movement there is no momentum, and without momentum there is no growth.

Nothing is guaranteed when you get started.

But if you don’t get started, there is something guaranteed to happen: NOTHING!

So, what’s stopping you from getting started?

If you’re afraid to fail, I understand you, because I was the same way. It’s not your fault. Entrepreneurship goes against a lot of teachings and ideas that we have been exposed for decades during our lives, and it’s not going to be easy to unlearn some old habits.

Remember that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago… but the next best time to do it is… NOW!

I’m still fearful. It’s like public speaking… you never get rid of getting nervous. The difference is that, when we take action, we are OK with being fearful and nervous. We just change our response in such situations to improve the outcome.

I’m sure that you can do great things. I am convinced that you have great ideas, experiences, and a lot of value that you can share to the world.

There’s only one small step to take: ACTION!

I used the course offered in the link below, which put me in a great path to get started with my business online. I acquired so much clarity and the confidence in myself to take the first steps towards financial independence and to control my own working schedule and the projects and ideas that I love. I no longer fear the possibility of getting “streamlined” because I have the skills that will allow me some day to fire my boss and dedicate all my energy to my business.

I know you can do it too. It’s just one small step…

Here’s the link, if you’re interested, and let me know if you want more information.

https://www.alejandroclavelg.com/

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“It’s just like riding a bike”, they said

Life is complicated. It can be full of disappointments and obstacles.

It can be insufferable at times.

Sometimes our current life is the result of our decisions, which get combined with unfavorable conditions, resulting in madness, deceit, sorrow, or even dreadful self-low esteem.

Life is unfair.

However, regardless of your current situation, the little spark inside you is ready to ignite a big fire that will burn every negative feeling and will help you climb that giant mountain that seems unconquerable.

You will raise and will use the failures to your advantage. You will apply the new learnings and will adjust; you will make pivotal changes, new decisions, new ventures.

You will face new challenges, and will meet them head on, ready to jump the hurdles ahead, and using every opportunity to improve, to become wiser, to inspire yourself.wanttolearn2

You will take action, knowing that sometimes you’ll will and sometimes you’ll learn.

You’ll share your journey with others, your successes, and your failures. You will inspire others and support then in their own journey. You will be their guide. But you will keep being inspired by your mentors because you will never stop learning.

You will reach new levels of improvement and your success will be tremendous. You will become a better version of yourself and that will help you create your own legacy.

It might not be like riding a bike, but pretty close…

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5 [Reasons] Excuses that Keep Us from Being an Entrepreneur

You work hard during 40 or more hours per week; you deliver your highest quality in everything you do. However, you don’t feel appreciated, you don’t receive the promotions you think you deserve, and in the worst case, you are deemed disposable, your job is terminated and your time an effort spent in the company is a total waste.

Or maybe you’re still in a job, but the conditions and the stress you’re exposed to are taking a huge toll on your personal life.

It’s not your fault. This is just the result of system that was part of your upbringing, which taught you that you are supposed to walk a straight and pre-defined path: go to school, get good grades, don’t deviate from what the book says and find a job and keep it for the next 30(?) years and then retire and enjoy life.

But… where are the jobs? Where is the security? Where is the American Dream? Is life fully enjoyable after 60 or 70?

The conditioning of the educational system puts most of us at odds in these changing times, where all the promises from the past have evaporated like an ice cube hitting a red-hot surface. Industries and markets are changing faster than the school curricula; it’s impossible for them to keep up.

That’s why… now it’s time for you to start “deviating” from what the traditional books say. And for that it’s necessary to get rid of the next five reasons excuses that keep you from being an entrepreneur:

 

Employee Mindset

“Be creative, but don’t be weird, don’t be different”. We have been conditioned to bow our heads and just follow instructions. That’s considered normal… to follow the crowd, to wait for things to happen, to have someone else dictate your fate. But entrepreneurship requires to unlearn this way of thinking and rewire your mind, so you don’t keep waiting for things to happen, for the economy to bounce back, or for the jobs to come back. The job of your dreams exists only in your head, which means you need to create it. You are capable of great things, but it’s only up to you to decide to switch from a victim mentality to a winner mentality.

Beware, the road to success is filled with challenges, but the new mindset will help you conquer any obstacles and to keep grinding until you reap the fruits of your efforts without depending on employment (or unemployment).

 

Lack of Time

Life gets busy, and the workplace keeps demanding more and more from us. Today it is easy to check your email from your phone, even from your wristwatch, which triggers the need of getting online to address the potential request that could be the key to keep your job. Again, it’s not your fault. It’s just too much pressure. And at this point it becomes even more critical to consider starting an online business.

“What?” – you say. “I’m burning the midnight oil as it is!”

One thing is certain: the demand for your time will not decrease when it comes to an employment. It will keep growing. And while becoming an entrepreneur and keeping a job seems like trying to face a tsunami, the advantage is that once you get started, it becomes easier, and the time spent in growing your business will be less over time, and once you are comfortable with the income you are achieving, you can fire your boss and hire yourself full time. Yes, the time required to get started is considerable, but the prize is… well… priceless!

 

I don’t know where to begin!

That’s why you’re here! It’s the same process for a baby to start walking. He has no idea what he’s doing, but getting started, while difficult in the beginning, it becomes easier after some time. So, start with baby steps. Do basic research, consume free online content, read books about entrepreneurship, follow blogs, podcasts, subscribe to newsletters to receive information.

After you use the basic information to decide if this is path you want to follow, decide on a mentor that can guide you on your journey. Find a person that has implemented a successful business online and be coachable. Yes, ask a lot of questions, but also trust the process. Remember, hard work and patience will always lead to good results!

 

I don’t have money to get started

A lot of us have been there, no surprise. After all, you would not be reading this if you were already wealthy. But the key difference between winners and losers is not having resources (money), but instead being resourceful. This includes coming up with creative ways to access financial resources to get the ball rolling. It’s always difficult to reach out to family or friends to come up with an investment, but that’s what being an entrepreneur sometimes mean, to convince others that our business plan is solid and that will be successful. Other resources can be used, like credit cards, loans or savings. Here you need to assess your risk and be mindful that your business needs to start producing results to cover the initial money you used. This puts more pressure on you, but the difference is that the end result will be fulfilling and totally worth it!

Remember, if you’re resourceful, you will make it happen!

 

I’m not sure if I can succeed, it’s too risky

Same as life. Same as your job. Same as every time you drive your car. Risk is part of any business. Without risk there’s no merit because anybody could do it. Any known entrepreneur will validate this… that risk is always an inherent component of any enterprise.

Many businesses will fail. But the main reason for failure is the lack of adaptability and resiliency to keep going while others stop, to keep learning while others thing that there’s nothing more to learn, to look at the business as a living organism that produces value, as opposed to think of it as a cash machine.

In the digital era we don’t need to produce physical products. We live in times where knowledge is the new currency. It’s the most valuable asset that a person can produce. And it’s right there, between your ears. Your brain contains knowledge that would allow you to write thousands of books. And that’s how you succeed.

So, what’s stopping you from getting started?

Check this online course that can show you in 15 daily lessons how to succeed online…

www.alejandroclavelg.com

Take care! 😎

 

 

The Power of Forgiving Ourselves

In multiple occasions I have taken bad decisions. Decisions that came with a hefty price and in different forms. Decisions that at some point I regretted and wished to take back.

If you have been in situations like that, I totally understand your pain and frustration.

But we also need to look at those decisions and their consequences as a lesson from life, a lesson that teaches us something, something that can be used to improve and to be ready for the next decisions to take.

Instead of grieving forever due to the decisions we took in the past, forgiving ourselves helps us close that chapter and move on. It allows us to look at the future with an unburdened mind and gives us more clarity to base our next steps on the foundation of our resiliency and our character.

It requires great character to forgive the faults of other people, but the ultimate act of self-improvement is shown when we forgive ourselves and get ready for the next fork in the road. Remember that our current situation is the result of the multiple decisions we have made in the past. That means that our future will be determined by the kind of decisions we start taking today.

If you’re looking for a better future, you’re allowed to review your past, but only as a reference, not as a predictor of the journey ahead. Use that knowledge and put it to good use. You will thank yourself later for that.

Some people use the phrase: “I want to leave the world better than I found it”. This is a great statement, but there’s no external betterment without internal improvement. We cannot take care of others when we don’t take care of ourselves. Forgiving ourselves gives us that opportunity and it must be part of our plan to thrive in any circumstances.

I choose to forgive myself. You, my friend, please do the same.

Have a great life!

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School Degree Vs Life Degree

I love education. I believe that small learning acts, like reading, make us smarter every day.

I used to be a straight A student in Elementary and Junior High, but in High School I started to change; I noticed that I was missing out in some aspects of life where I could make a difference and still be good student.

Dedicating time to other activities had an impact my grades, but such experiences helped me see the world differently. I noticed that education at school is limited, because students normally make sure to read or learn enough to hit the mark, but life teaches in quite different ways. There are no limits, no boundaries, no boxes. It’s a green field for everyone who is trying to live life in his own terms.

While school education stops, life goes on. And then it becomes a matter of personal attitude, initiative, creativity and consistency.

I have no doubt that the foundation of formal education is needed to catapult a person into new levels of knowledge, but to be successful in today’s world there is a lot of knowledge that schools simply don’t provide. Is this part of a big plan to keep a lot of people with limited access to critical knowledge? I don’t know. However, I do know that today we can harness knowledge in ways that were almost impossible some years ago.

The fundamental issue I see is that the internet has created two types of players: the consumers and the creators. The ones who spend a lot of time watching, and those who deliver content geared towards value creation and business ventures.

Education is key to avoid being ignorant, but transforming the ideas and concepts obtained during formal education is best accomplished when it’s combined with personal life experiences, with the exclusive approach of the creator, without canned answers or proposals, but with an attitude of guidance and servant leadership to enhance the lives of others, to make an impact in those who put their trust in them.

I consume online content, but I also decided to create value, to express my ideas to inspire others the way I have been inspired by many people. I’ve been guided and I also help others become successful. I learned this thanks to the School of Life.

Success is not measure by what we accomplish in life, but what we help others accomplish in theirs.

Creator or Consumer? You decide…

If you want to learn how to become a creator of online content, check out my free training here.

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3 High Paying Skills You Must Learn Today

It’s critical to adapt to the changing times we’re living in right now.

It’s no secret that for many people the skills they have and that have been generating income are no longer useful, at least during these crazy times. Yes, many are hopeful that the jobs will come back, but the waiting time is going to take a huge toll on and the demand for employee is not going to be the same as it was before.

Why?

Because the companies will not simply hire back all the employees they had. It’s a normal strategy to slowly reactivate the jobs and progressively try to go back to the prior levels of productivity. That means that at the beginning only a few people will be employed and for others the situation will get worse.

Learning new skills is a necessity. Here are three high paying skills that you can start learning today.

 

Personal branding

You have knowledge, you have skills, you have experience. All your life you have been doing some things that other people want to learn. Let me give you an example. If you were a cheerleader in your early youth, you have some tricks that you can share with other, and if you put your own spin to the way you explain those, that’s your branding. If you know how to dance, you can help others do the same. If you have kids and have apply some things that helped you raise your kids successfully, that’s a skill other parents need.

Your brand is the particular way you have to demonstrate your skills. It’s unique, it’s not copying anybody else. It’s your own way of presenting a solution to a problem.

You might say that the skill you have is already out there in Google, YouTube, TikTok or Instagram. But such skill with your own signature is not.

I grew up in the 70’s and when I heard on the radio songs like Staying Alive or Night Fever or More than a Woman, I was sure it was a girls’ band. Then I realized that it was a group of bearded dudes with a very special signature: a high pitch voice that presented the songs in a unique fashion that was accepted by millions of people all over the world.

So, your brand is something that you already have, you just need to refine it and make it specific so the people that relate to you can find you and follow you. And that’s the beginning of the journey where you put yourself out there in order to create value.

Branding is not about being a celebrity. It’s about helping people. You need to understand that nobody cares about you unless you care about people.

And to create value to show that you care about people you need to apply the next high-paying skill.

 

Copywriting

Expressing our thoughts and ideas sometimes requires writing them down in an organized way. Delivering a message that describes a real problem and then presents a great solution is a skill that requires practice and constant evolution. The ideas that live in your mind need to be written in such a way that the reader can perceive the benefit of paying attention to your message and to follow your recommendations.

Copywriting can be exhausting or it can be easy. It all depends on the clarity of your business proposition and the power of the solution that you intent to deliver to your audience. Learning copywriting is essential to communicate with your potential clients, and it doesn’t have to be formal or serious. There are plenty of entrepreneurs who’s branding is totally relaxed or casual. Presenting your personality in your writing is a sign of authenticity and allows people to know you better.

 

Sales

Finally, if you want to do business, you need to learn sales.

It doesn’t matter what industry or field you work or worked before, you have done sales.

How’s that?

Have you been interviewed for a job? That’s an act of selling. You’re selling your skills, your experience, your value. All this with the purpose of landing a job. Once in the job, you better be selling yourself highly every day to keep that job.

In your job, in your neighborhood or in your family you have a reputation. They refer to you with labels that describe your personality. Well, for good or for bad, this is the result of you selling your personality to those people.

What I’m trying to say is that selling is not a scary thing, but is a skill that demands rewiring our minds to understand that when we are rejected at the moment of trying to make a sell, we need to treat this as just another step in the process of closing.

Some people say that they are not made for selling, but that is the same as saying that a baby is not made for walking just because a few falls happened during the process.

 

There are millions of people that need help, and your skills are the perfect match for them. But without a branding platform where they can find you, without the right message to present your solution to their problem and the right way to persuade them to buy your solution there is no business. And this can apply to any product, either physical or digital. You can create your own training course, or you can promote products from other businesses, and you can make a commission. You can start with a product and then move to other product. In any case, the common skills to achieve success online are the same: personal branding, copywriting and selling.

Everybody wants to make money online, but learning the core skills is essential and is not that difficult, you just need to invest in yourself and be coachable so you can apply the same steps that other people have applied already.

Let me know if I can help. I know a thing or two.

I wish you the best of success!

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate Marketing is one of the emerging business models that can make the difference between working on your dreams instead of working on those of someone else.

I created a video on YouTube with a simple description. Just click the link below to go watch the video. In the description there’s a link to a free course that can give a headstart into creating an online business.

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