Reading is Powerful

With so many distractions nowadays, it is no wonder reading is slowly becoming a lost art. But do you know that the average number of books read by a CEO is 60 books per year? Most people don’t even read a single one and I wonder why most of them are average.

For most people, it is not easy to get through even a single book. This is especially true given the fast-paced lifestyle we have today. Reading is a page-by-page process, just like success is a step-by-step process. See the correlation yet? When you start to read regularly, you are actually getting yourself used to the often slow and patient process of becoming successful.

Reading is also a very relaxing activity. People like to say, “I have no time to read.” I always avoid using phrases such as “I have no time” and “I am busy”. These phrases immediately put you in a state of deficiency. If you are someone who is found guilty of over-utilizing such phrases, I urge you to stop doing so. Instead, be clear about what you are busy with. Instead of saying “I have no time”, why not say something like “I am currently working on something that is extremely important and meaningful to me”. How does that feel? People nowadays are also very guilty of over-relying on their digital gadgets. I admit that I am one of them. Therefore, reading gives me a chance to look away from the electronic screens and that is something I really appreciate doing.

Those innocuous-looking books lying on your bookshelf are actually extremely powerful! In the olden days, whenever a new king or emperor was crowned, the first group of people being captured, tortured, and executed was the scholars who wrote intelligent books and poems. This is because although these writers give a kind of feeble impression on the outside, the things they contemplate on a daily basis can be highly influential and can become a threat to the leader’s position and direction.

Books such as, Think and Grow Rich, the Intelligent Investor, the Richest Man in Babylon, the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Millionaire Next Door, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and How to Win Friends and Influence People, are some of the most acclaimed books. Have you read them yet? Why not? Do you think that reading them will make any difference to your current situation?

Personally, I believe that one of the biggest reasons why most of us aren’t reading is because, for many of us, reading is an activity that was forced upon us when we were younger. This caused many of us to have a negative connotation of reading. On top of that, we are being judged by what we read and how well we know what we read. No wonder most of us stop reading and learning altogether, the moment we graduated from school.

You may not realize that magical things happen when you start reading. When you choose to read, you are choosing to give up other activities that are more fun and enjoyable, like going shopping or watching a film on Netflix. You have made a commitment, and people who commit, succeed. You have chosen to invest and when you invest, return on investment can be expected.

A few days ago, I decided to give the Aim for the Moon Mindset away for free as my personal Thanksgiving gift to my readers. It was a pleasant surprise to see it reach #16 of the top 100 free Amazon Best Seller’s Motivational Business Management category. To those who have read it, I hope you like it. For those who haven’t, you can still download the Aim for the Moon Mindset for free (but for a very limited time left) by clicking here.

3 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Productivity is super important to you on your path to success. When you are productive, you produce not just more in terms of quality, but also in quantity. When you are able to produce more, you are able to touch more people and that is what will bring you the success that you desire so strongly.

Here are 3 ways to help you boost your productivity.

Focus

If you wish to be productive, Focus is something that’s of paramount importance. In other words, you cannot be productive if you are not focused, 100 percent guaranteed.

If you are not focused, you will be distracted easily by your surroundings. If you are expected to complete ten tasks within a certain period of time, you may end up only completing just five. As the author of the Aim for the Moon Mindset, I say it is okay if you can’t accomplish all the goals you have set out to accomplish if they are too high or because you have truly done your best, but it is not okay if the problem is that you have a poor sense of focus.

Start by removing anything that can distract you. Remove your mobile phone (if your work doesn’t require it). Remove the junk food that is always looking like they are begging you to consume them. Or even (tactically) remove the people that are constantly interrupting you from your work.

Prioritize

Unless all your tasks are of equal importance, you must always prioritize them. List them down. When you list them down, which tasks are more important, which tasks should be done and get over with quickly, all these will become clear as crystals.

Successful people always prioritize. There’s no such thing as first-in-first-out or picking random tasks to be done. This way of operating will always impede our path to a higher level of productivity and success.

Habit

People who are highly productive (and highly successful) didn’t achieve that because of a one-time effort. They are able to achieve high productivity because they have already picked up the habit of achieving high productivity through constant repetition of production-inducing activities.

Nobody is born to achieve high productivity. You have to strive to achieve more, learn how to optimize your time, be willing to stop moaning and complaining about problems and spend the time on resolving them. That’s how you succeed. That’s how you can achieve a higher level of production.

What other methods do you use to boost your productivity?

Too High? or Too Low? How Should You Price Your Products?

This comment caught my attention today:

When I was younger, this was how I thought too. You see, most consumers tend to base their perception of the actual cost only on the material cost.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before – A pair of Nike shoes cost only $20 to manufacture. But is this really the case?

What about all the time, energy, and money spent on marketing, research, and design? What about all endless attempts of trying and failing, try and failing, that finally culminated in a product that’s good enough to be introduced into the market? How are we even going to put a price on all the early years, where thousands, or even millions, of dollars, were being invested, without even knowing if the venture would really turn out well?

Why I find this topic particularly important is not because I want to criticize anybody but I hope to encourage you to see past the things that most people would see.

If there’s a rule that says that we can only sell our products at a markup of, let’s say 50%, then the stuff that will be available will only be functional at best, but uninspiring. Our budget and needs will be satisfied, but not our dreams.

Perhaps you’re thinking about starting a business or perhaps you’re thinking about how you should price your products and you’re worried if you’ll be pricing them either too high or too low.

Of course, you need to at least have some basic understanding and knowledge of pricing strategies but ultimately, let the price come from your heart because when the things you do and the decisions you make come from your heart, your customers will feel it, and if your customers can feel it, they will appreciate it (and hopefully, buy it).

It Has Finally Arrived

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Have you always wanted to be successful but you realized that no matter what you do, at the end of the day, the only thing you get is just more frustrations?

What are the things that are constantly holding you back? Why isn’t the seemingly inspirational quote – Aim For The Moon. If You Miss, You’ll Land Among The Stars – working for you yet? Will it ever work? Are you sick of waiting for your big break already? Or are you just destined to remain average for the rest of your life?

Today, I’m excited to introduce and share with you my new book,

The Aim for the Moon Mindset: The Revolutionary Mindset to Help You Become Successful and Achieve Everything You Want in Life

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If you are already sick of being average and deprived all the time, then the Aim for the Moon Mindset is the perfect book for you. In this book, I will be revealing some of my biggest discoveries about success to you. You will find out what exactly is holding you back and how you can free yourself to achieve everything you want in life.

So, be the first to learn about this revolutionary mindset and see your life takes off.

Click here to get a copy of the Aim for the Moon Mindset today!

Revealing 2 Secrets

In 2006, Rhonda Byrne released her book, the Secret. It shooked the world. Today, it has sold over 30 million copies. I must admit that the Secret has left a deep impact on me since then. Today, I would also like to share with you two secrets of my own. The first secret that I want to share with you is the secret of how you can produce your best work.

The best way to producing your best work is to do it even when you really don’t feel like doing it. This is to say if there’s work to be done, even if you truly don’t feel like doing it, you do it anyway. I admit, it is hard. You will feel like it is torture. But you must tell yourself to just do it anyway. The key to achieving that is when every time you don’t feel like doing something important, you detach your emotions from the task as instantaneously as you can. Almost all the time, it is your emotions that are stopping you from doing it and the longer you allow yourself to entertain the idea of not doing it, the more you will end up doing just that.

You see, when you are able to conquer every temptation that’s telling you to not do it, that is special. You have just sent out a message to the world to express how much you really, really want it. Your audience will feel it from the work you eventually ship. It will also impact you in a way you could never imagine. Your work will not just be merely another piece of work but one that is created through grit, focus, and determination. If you’d have given in to your excuses, you would have lost the battle. Success occurs when your dreams get bigger than your excuses. You will never be able to succeed if you are someone who succumbs easily to your excuses.

Average people are always waiting for the so-called perfect time. Perfect financial strength. Perfect energy level. Perfect weather. And even perfect mood. On the other hand, successful people just get started. So, in the future, every time you don’t feel like doing something that you know you ought to do, remember – just do it anyway.

And now, here’s the second secret…

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