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Failure is the New Success

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“It’s the craziest thing, it’s like when you win a lot…you lose the ability to lose…you lose the ability to create.”
-Will Smith

Yes, you read that right. Failure is the new success.

The latest mindset we would like to share with you is inspired by an interview that Will Smith did with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio. In the interview Smith speaks to new music, having children, and most importantly, the idea of “failing forward.” More specifically, on how the fear of failure is keeping you from success.

Full Video Below: (2:45 is the specific reference)

Smith is well known for being a big believer in the power of purpose, as well as having a positive mindset. Having been ranked the world’s most “bankable” star by Forbes in 2014, while possessing an estimated network of over $240 million, it’s hard not to consider where he is coming from.

The road to achieved dreams and blissful satisfaction isn’t paved with golden highways and sunny days. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. If it was that easy then everyone would be well on their way to success. Sadly, however, this isn’t the world we live in today. Today’s world is one in which an artificial mask is worn and we pretend we have the life we want, or the life people want us to have.

We dream and we hope, but we rarely take action. Why is that? The answer is our fear of failure, our fear of ridicule, our fear of imperfection and perhaps fear of feeling inadequate.

If we have learned to manage our self-esteem in a positive manner, then tackling our fear of failure becomes a much easier task. Coupled along with our self-esteem management, should also be the perspectives we carry.

Here’s why quickly:

By changing your perspective of failure from negative to positive, you can derive value from the experience that can propel you forward. So, with all this in mind, I personally would like to present to you a challenge that is sure to help you reach your goals even faster!

Here’s the challenge: make it your short term goal to “fail” at least five times this month working towards one of your dreams or ambitions. You’ll find that by adjusting your mindset of failure from aversion to intention, the stigma and fear attached to failure will be taken away. What’s more, the fact that you’ve been able to successfully fail at something in regards to achieving your goals will mean you’ve done two beneficial things for yourself. One being that it means you are taking action and moving forward. Many of us stay stagnant and never take consistent action to reach our goal. The second benefit in this adjustment means that you’ve learned at least five new lessons in regards to achieving your goal.

This weeks takeaway:
By adjusting your perspective on failure, you can use failure as the steam to power the engine towards your goals. 

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Three Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Paying Customers

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As presented by Jobber, in Colony Work Space, Katie Pearse, owner of The Maid Mentor, spoke to an audience about how she was able to convert her social media followers into paying customers.

With a background in marketing, Katie graduated and went on to start her own multi-million dollar cleaning company. After experiencing much success, especially with garnering hype for her company through social media, she switched to consulting to help others do the same.

Jobber, a multifaceted entrepreneur software company, holds many different workshops for their clients and interested people in the community to attend. Key influencers of their respective industries will come out to speak about their experiences.

After listening to Katie, here are the top three takeaways to note:

  1. It doesn’t matter which social media platform you use as long as you target your audience. Know who you are trying to reach and who you’re catering your content towards.
  2. Email lists are everything. According to Katie, email marketing is still 40% more effective than other forms of marketing. So if you’re going to dedicate your time towards one thing, this is it.
  3. Video is an emerging trend. Most social media platforms either started with, or have now made it possible for you to post content through video. Making it easier for customers to view and understand your product, more companies are trying to maximize on this opportunity.

If you’d like to learn more about what Katie shared, you can follow her on Facebook, or reach out to her on her website.

For more opportunities to hear speakers like Katie Pearse talk about their successes and failures, or to take part in workshops to help your business grow, follow Jobber on Instagram, or connect with them through their website.

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The Video That Forever Changed My Life

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“Some of you love sleep, more than you love success.” -Eric Thomas

One night, 5 years ago I was feeling in need of some inspiration. I was stuck in a rut and I didn’t know where I was headed or what I wanted from my life. In the late moments of the night, I took to my Facebook and posted a status, “in need of some motivation and inspiration.” It was more of a statement than a request in my mind, but a casual acquaintance of mine from high school shared a link in the comments section.

The video showcased an unknown athlete working out with what seemed to be a rather rigorous routine. What caught my attention more than the impressive work ethic that was displayed of the athlete, was the voice of the narrator. This was the first time I ever heard Eric Thomas speak, and his words would forever change my life.

In the video, Thomas tells a story of a young man who aspires for great things. In pursuit of his goals, the young man seeks out a guru to teach him how to be successful. In what begins as a rather odd circumstance and continues on to be a confusing lesson, the moral of the story is both profound and impactful:

This week’s takeaway:
Everyone of us has a dream, but not nearly enough of us want it bad enough. Only when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, will you be successful.

Arnold Exconde

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