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The Limitations of Life {incl. Steve Jobs Video}

How limited are we human beings?

Or… are there any limits?

If so, what are they, who sets them and can we overcome them?

Napoleon Hill said…

"Your only limitations are self-imposed".

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How to overcome the “Not Enough” Syndrome that will Make you go Insane

Have you ever wondered why it is that we never seem to have “enough”?

You wake up in the morning and think… I didn’t sleep enough.

You snoozed the alarm a few times. Now you are running late… I don’t have enough time.

You rush to work to finish off a few things from yesterday, thinking…. I’m not productive enough.

It’s never enough. Not enough time. Not enough sleep. Not enough exercise. Your diet is not good enough. And of course… Not enough money.

Is this ever going to stop?

The answer is NO. Unless YOU stop it.

I’ve been having feelings of “NOT ENOUGH” for a long time in my life. It never seemed to change. No matter what I was doing.

Always striving for goals. Wanting to achieve more. Once those goals were reached I already had set the next one. Because the first one was just not enough.

One day I stumbled upon a few articles about simplicity. I think it was on from Leo Babauta. I was somehow pulled towards reading it.

Since then I read a few more books on the topic of simplicity. I’ve made changes in my life.

I realised that simplicity is king when it comes to overcoming the “Not Enough Syndrome”. The syndrome that is the fastest spreading disease of todays society. Forget about the Ebola virus – that’s nothing!

The truth is. The “not enough syndrome” is an intentionally created perception by society.

You are exposed to several thousand messages per day. Advertising is a trillion dollar industry. Yes… not millions, not billions but trillions!

Here is some of the stuff you are being told all day long.

  • Buy the latest car. Because now it’s got this extra button that you don’t need and probably never use – but it’s looks cool (and your neighbour has one too!).
  • Buy the latest phone. Because now you can talk to it and it will even answer your questions (because you know that you don’t have enough friends).
  • Get in shape with the latest diet. Because you are fat and overweight and don’t fit into this world unless you loose 10 kilos.
  • Use this special pill and you can sleep easily. Because sleeping is a wast of time and you should work more and sleep less anyway.
  • Buy the latest productivity gadget. It’s all fancy, syncs with everything in your life (no idea what that means). And you need it because you are not productive enough (you lazy slacker!).

So unless we stop those messages from entering our minds and making us feel “not enough” this is not going to stop anytime soon.

Do yourself a favour. When you get the feeling of “not enough”. Stop for a second. Ask yourself where that thought is coming from.

Realise that it’s already “enough”. Right here. Right now.

Because if you don’t. It’s never going to be enough!

Woke Up Tired And in A Bad Mood? Here’s A Simple Trick That Helps…

Do you sometimes wake up tired? I know I do.

It’s usually comes hand in hand with not being in a good mood. No motivation. No energy. And the day hasn’t even started yet.

Making a coffee doesn’t help. At least not for me.

Having a shower doesn’t help. Not even if it’s a cold one.

There is not really a point in going to work if you are in that kinda mood. If you are low on energy you will probably get distracted easily.

If you have no motivation you are more likely to procrastinate. And if you are tired your brain just doesn’t work as well.

So if you happen to wake up tired here is a great way to still having a productive day.

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What Cesar Millan “The Dog Whisperer” Can Teach You About Leadership

If a dog has bad manners and is not following your orders it’s not the dog’s fault. It’s yours.

If your employees are slack, lazy and do what ever they want to do but not what you tell them to do. It’s your fault. Not theirs.

Leadership is not something that is handed to you. It’s not something you are entitled to simply because of your job title.

It’s something you become. Something you grow into. Unless you earn it you will never have it. Leadership starts with you – the leader. Not with finding followers.

I’ve wanted a dog for several years now. And finally the time is coming. We are about to get a dog (maybe a Labrador puppy but we’ll see).

During the Easter break we’ve spend some time watching a few episodes of Cesar Millan’s TV show “The Dog Whisperer” on National Geographic.

After watching 5 episodes or so something struck me. Not about dogs and how to raise them. But about how much dogs can help you leading a more balanced, healthy life.

About how becoming a good leader for your dog will also help you to become a better leader of your own life. And of course a better leader at work.

Here is what I learned.

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Social Media Marketing vs. Social Media Networking

social media marketing vs social media networkingDoes your business use social media? Or are you planning on using it?

Social media marketing seems to be one of those buzz words. Most so called "online marketing experts" will probably tell you: "You have to get into social media marketing!".

The question is… what exactly is social media marketing and does your business really benefit from it?

Let's take a closer look at social media, what it does and how businesses can benefit from it…

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How To Build An Engaging Audience On Twitter That Really Matters

Twitter Audience BuildingSo you have decided to use Twitter to connect with relevant people and build an audience around your business?

You have set up your Twitter profile and started tweeting but nothing happens really?

How do you get more followers, more people talking about you and your brand?

How do you get more retweets, more traffic to your website and ultimately generate more business?

In this article I’ll show you how you can use Twitter to connect with the right people, build meaningful relationships and make Twitter one of your most valuable assets in your business.

Ok, so let’s dive right into it…

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5 Ways To Find “In Demand” Topics That Your Audience Will Love

Once you’ve decided to get started with content marketing and building your personal brand online it’s time to do some research and come up with ideas for your content creation.


If you are passionate about what you do it’s probably not that hard for you to come up with topics to blog about. But that’s just one part of the equation. What about your audience? Do they want to hear the same thing?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. One thing I really want to make sure is to create content that is useful for my audience. Something that helps them overcome a problem, get inspired or just plain entertains.

In this post I’m going to share some ways that I came up with in order to create content that is not only interesting to me but that also helps my audience.

Here are some simple ideas you can use to ensure the content you create is relevant, on topic and “in demand”

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How To Attract Your Ideal Customer Even If You Have No Idea Who Your Target Audience Is

writing for your ideal customerBlogging is great for business right? You’ve probably heard and read that many times.

But what if you don’t know who your target audience is? Who are you writing for?

What if you don’t know what your target audience is interested in? Who are they? Where do they live? How old are they? What do they want to know?

Defining your ideal customer is not always easy. Especially if you are just starting out.

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5 Ways an Introvert Can Build a Thriving Online Audience

Copyblogger - 5 ways introverts can build a thriving online audienceI just read a post on titled “5 Ways an Introvert Can Build a Thriving Online Audience”.

I had to smile… This was pretty much how I felt a few years ago when I hit the “publish” button for the first time – realising that instantly the whole world would be able to read what I had to say!

Here the 5 tips from the article:

  1. Start reading about your topic/niche…

    …and then read some more! This will help you overcome the fear of not knowing enough or not being good enough to write about your topic!

  2. Use your good listening capabilities to your advantage

    There are already enough people on the internet shouting out there message without ever listening to their audience! So once you actually do start writing you can be sure that you audience will listen because you understand their needs (and their language!).

  3. Being serious can actually be a good thing

    While people might say you should go and “have some more fun”… “go nuts” some how, your goal is to attract loyal readers, build trust and help your audience. If you don’t take this serious… who will??

  4. Think you are too sensitive or too “soft”? Think again…

    People don’t trust those know-it-alls! Everybody has it’s weaknesses (me too). It’s human. It’s normal. It’s believable. Being open about it will create more trust as you are not trying to hide anything in order to make you look better in the eyes of your readers!

  5. Being alone can be helpful too

    Although listening is important, eventually it will be you alone sitting in front of your computer writing something. And when you do, you must take a position.

    If you’ve already spend some time alone understanding yourself, knowing what you stand for and what you believe in, taking a position will be easy.

If you want to build a trusting and meaningful relationship with your audience, it is important to first trust and know yourself!

What was your experience when you published your first post? Let me know what you think in the comments…



Proven SEO Strategies: My Takeaways from David Jenyns SEO-Workshop #TheSEOMethod3

The SEO Method 3 - Workshop in the Philippines

The Presenters: David Jenyns, Dori Friend & Steve Ovens

SEO is dead… that’s what you might have heard many people say after the latest major Google changes.

Fact is, search engine optimisation was never more alive! High rankings in Google’s search results are becoming more and more valuable for any business – no matter if big or small!

Staying ahead of the SEO game is therefore a MUST if you don’t want your competitors to overtake you.

This is the reason why I decided to take a couple of days off, fly to the beautiful Philippines and attend David Jenyns latest SEO workshop called “TheSEOMethod3”.

And although I’ve been doing SEO for quite a few years now… the things I learned from the workshop were not only eye opening but also very actionable!

In this post I’m going to share with you my biggest takeaways and what you should be doing in 2013 to stay ahead of your competitors and generate traffic to you website by boosting your website up in Google & Co.

So let’s dive right into it and see what Dave and his team had to say…

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