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! 😎

 

 

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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5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Side Hustle

A lot of us hesitate when it comes to start a business on the side. The fear to fail, to not make money or to lose money always get in the way. Our inner 6-year old child is always telling us that we’re not enough, that we don’t have what it takes to be successful, or that other were born talented… WRONG!

In today’s world we cannot apply the mindset of those who lived in before us. With all due respect to our parents and grandparents, the times we live in are way too different from theirs, and if they did not adapt to the new reality then we should think twice about following their advice to the letter. And that includes our teachers, mentors, friends, colleagues or acquaintances.

Technology has reshaped the way business is done. And learning by doing is the best formula to decide is we want to start a new business venture.

Here are the reasons why you should start a side hustle online:

#1 – It’s easy. It’s incredible how simple and fast is to start creating content online. Writing blogs, posting videos, creating digital courses… there’s a million things you can choose from to decide the nice you want to focus on. It’s literally a few clicks away.

#2 – It’s free. You don’t “need money to make money” online. You just need to understand that it will not happen overnight, but after some time while constantly creating value, you will reap the benefits of this, and then you’ll realize that your initial investment (if any), it was nothing compared to the new kind of life you have now.

#3 – You can learn. Doing by learning is great. I have learned things like trading forex and stock options, affiliate marketing, product arbitrage, and all that by giving myself the chance to try it. And even though sometimes I have list as a result of my investment, the learning experience and the connection I’ve made along the way have been invaluable. Those lessons I have learned cannot be taken away from me by anybody.

#4 – Learn about yourself. Sometimes we learn things about ourselves that have been there the entire time. This can happen when we connect with other people who are pursuing goals that are like ours. Their input is a great way to validate our potential and let it transform into actions that can help us get going. Remember, to avoid falling from the bicycle we must keep moving forward.

#5 – Find your target market. If you’re at this stage, that means you’re sold on the idea of doing business online. Here you use all the learnings and the feedback from those who are consuming your content to find your ultimate customer… those who will be interested in products that you recommend or your own product.

So, there’s pretty much no investment when it comes to learning online business models.

It’s up to you to take action.

Let me know if you need any help. I’d appreciate connecting with you to increase my network and learn how I can create more value to you.

Have a marvilloso día!

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Use your defects to your advantage

Sometimes a defect can be an impediment, a hurdle, a hard thing to live with.
 
Other times a defect can help us be creative and use it to our advantage. Let me share a personal experience.
 
Early in my life I faced issues with my right ear, to the point that I’m almost deaf on that side. I didn’t know until I got tested around 11, and as a result of that the doctors tried to compensate for the lack of internal tissue in my inner ear to enlarge my bones so I could have a “normal” hearing. The medical care was awesome, and I was able to improve my hearing a bit, but to this moment I still must manage such imbalance in different ways.
 
I tell my friends that their secrets are safe with me, if they talk to my right ear, which is quite the case. 😅😅
 
This condition made my school days challenging, and I had to ask several times to the teachers for additional repetition of the topic, because I missed some details sometimes due to the noise around me. But then this became an advantage, because by having the teachers repeat things I was reinforcing, having an extra “class”. At first, I did not think of this that way, and of course it was not done intentionally, but later in college that became a powerful tool when needed to juggle multiple activities. Let me explain.
 
My parents’ financial situation was tight, and the expenses of a professional career were too much for them. Although I attended public schools, the everyday expenses and books and other materials were taking a toll on my folks, so I quickly decided that I needed to work in order to help myself and them. This job was in a daily newspaper, which was great because it was after school and it was a full-time job. The downsize was that I was home very late, at 1 or 2 AM, and classes started at 7 AM, with almost 1-hour ride on the bus.
 
Also, during those days I decided to pursue student leadership, which led me to become the president of the Computer Systems Engineering student counsel. This helped me tremendously to get out of the shell where I was before and I was able to create great connections in and out of the school.
 
So… how much time was left for studying? You can imagine. 😕
 
So, I resorted to the tactic I had created as a result of my early struggle. I started asking the teacher to repeat the process to solve the problems, or the definitions of any term or topic, so I could reinforce it right there in the classroom. Sometimes the subject was so easy, it was ridiculous, but I knew that I would have no time to go over it by myself.
 
Sounds like cheating? I will let you be the judge of that.
 
Have you use any defect to your advantage?

 

 

The Summer of Learning

There’s no perfect time for learning. No perfect place, website, school, group of people, weather or learning style. There’s only desire. Desire to become a better version of ourselves every day, without constraints, predisposition or outdated traditions. When we let go old ideas like “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, or “if ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, we liberate ourselves from limits imposed by people no smarter than us. We then jump into a world of possibilities that allow us to exercise the only muscle of the body that doesn’t get tired, but instead becomes stronger every time we feed new information to it.

And it’s right there, inside our brains, where the seed of desire originates. It’s a small idea, a simple thought, a short statement that makes all the difference: I can do it.

Mark Twain said: If you believe you can do it, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re also right.

Simple, yet challenging. Clear, but scary.

So, It’s not a matter of luck, at least not in the form of unexpected good fortune, but a quest, a resilient desire to continue the journey of learning while finding time, resources and the perseverance to confront the obstacles ahead and be ready to experiment, create, try, fail and repeat until the goal is accomplished.

Another toxic idea is this: “everything has already been invented”. This suggests that creativity and invention are not needed anymore, and that we must simply consume everything around us, with no hope to improve. But this mindset produces lack of progress and stagnation, and keeps us from investing in ourselves, which is necessary to keep finding new goals, new ideas, new dreams.

Let us have a Summer of learning, and keep extending such learning journey forever. It will make us better, and it will make the world better!

From typewriters to a cloud world

When I was in junior high, back in Acapulco, Mexico, a friend and I were sitting on the sidewalk talking about what the next prank was going to be. I don’t remember the details, but such idea soon changed because suddenly through the corner of my eye I saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) coming out of a moving car. It landed roughly a hundred yards from where we were plotting some childish joke.

As any young curious people would do, we rushed to see what the UFO was, which landed on the same side of the street where we were discussing our very important endeavour. It was a science-fiction book named The Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. The cover of the book was different back in 1983, and it was in English. My friend showed no interest in the book, so I decided to keep it because at the moment I was taking additional English classes to the ones from school, so I though I could eventually read it. Later, Isaac Asimov would write several Foundation books, and now you can have the entire collection, if you enjoy this kind of reading.

As time passed, I kept learning English but still could not comprehend the book. So I took on the goal of translating the book to Spanish, so I could read it. It was a daunting task considering that the book had almost 400 pages, with no images. So I bought a couple of dictionaries and used the typewriter and some paper at home and started typing.

Hold on… if you are 30 years old or younger you might have have not seen a typewriter. Such device was not kept at my parents’ house or mine, so I can’t take a picture of it, but I’ll give you an approximation of it with a cute picture of a vintage, emotionally charged fake typewriter that I got last year (it’s actually a bank).

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Vintage typewriter, no electricity or Wi-Fi required

Also, if you did not use a typewriter, you should know that there was no “Delete” key to correct a mistake. If you made a mistake, that implied to start the page all over again, until a marvelous thing was created: liquid eraser, a white coating that covered the wrongly typed word and allowed to write on top of it (awful when used on non-white paper).

Fast-forwarding to 1988, at my last year of High School, and after five years and countless nights of typing, along with trying to decipher the idiomatic expressions in order to translate them in a way that made sense in Spanish, I was able to complete the task.  A lot of effort went in it, and it allowed me to dive deep into the intricacies of translation. By the time I finished it there was no need to read it, because I became very familiar with the story both while translating the easy parts, as well as when trying to fill the gaps. At the end, the stack of paper that the book formed was higher than the typewriter (letter size).

In our current world, the typewriter can only be found in museums, or the basement or garage of highly sentimental people who like to hold on to these things. But I doubt they keep using it. New devices have taken over, so fast, so radically. Change is a wave so powerful that nobody can stop.

The rapid pace of change produces such an incredible tale of two realities. That from two o three decades ago, and the one from today. Stories like these seem themselves like science-fiction, but they’re not. Here’s today’s tale:

During the past few months I have translated two books from English to Spanish, and I’m on my way to finish the third one. Of course I’m leveraging the experience (gay hair) and the tools I didn’t have back then. I use the website Babelcube to find the books that I want to work on, and after a quick handshaking process I’m typing, proof-reading, editing, and submitting the work, without using a single sheet of paper, or liquid eraser. The best part is that I’ll get paid for, based on royalties. I like to plant seeds for the future…

The books I refer to are:

It’s a whole new world we live in. Distance, language, culture and other barriers are quickly fading, and those who refuse change will eventually end up in a museum, like the old typewriter.

Adios!

P.S. If you want to check the books in Spanish, here are the links:

Hard work always pays

Reading successful stories is always inspiring. It helps our conscious mind to relate to the story and find similar reasons to start something, to get into action, to make a plan.

This story from Entrepreneur is one of those. I enjoyed it, and it inspired me. However, the reason for this to be inspiring is not the money, as we have learned that money does not give happiness. It is about hustle, determination, action and purpose. Those are the treats that help a person become a better human being, and that can give you or me a lot of happiness. I hope you find it inspiring as well…

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Life is beautiful… enjoy it!

Spring: flowers, allergies, and more…

flower_yellow_20170412.JPGLet’s focus on the “more…” part.

Before Spring, we complained about the cold Winter, although we have to recognize that this year gave us a very mild one. Now the cold temperatures are gone, and it’s time to get out and face the beautiful nature; no complains, no arguments. This is the time of the year when we get out of our caves and enjoy all the treats that surround us with colors, smells, leaves, flowers, fruits, all kinds of birds and so many animals that wander all over trying to claim their space to survive.

It’s time to breath and fill our lungs with new energy, new motivation, new stamina. Out with the old, and let’s bring the new… the new you… the new me. And, like anything that causes happiness and satisfaction, it has to come from within. It’s not in a pill, or a box from the store, it’s inside, bottled up, waiting to be liberated.

Learning is like living, the motivation is found inside the person, it can’t come from outside.

Let’s live happy, let’s learn more.

-Alejandro