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Have You Made Your Haters Rich?

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At this very moment, the average Canadian lifespan sits at about 82 years, as per Stats Canada. It sounds like a hell of a lot of time, but if we take into account the years spent at different stages in our lives, we don’t spend as much time doing what we might actually hope for or even enjoy for that matter. However, this article isn’t about what to do with your life, but rather, how to live your life as happily as possible.

You know that Facebook friend we all seem to have? The one who seems to have their world falling apart at every turn. This friend has the worst luck imaginable. Their rotten luck is only surpassed by their immeasurable amount of problems. You know, that one? Have you ever taken a moment to walk in their shoes? If not, I wouldn’t blame you. After all, as evidenced by their myriad of posts, their life is hell. Who would want to live like that? The answer: they do.

In 2012, CBS reported on a study demonstrating that over half of America had become pessimistic, as opposed to optimistic, in regards to their future. It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, after all, in a way it has become rather cool and trendy to be moody and pessimistic.

The side effect of this trendy, pessimistic mindset is that it takes away from our happiness. If we are to only have 82 years on this planet at best, why waste a second of it? I know it sounds like a lot of time but think about it: you spend the first 20 years of your life in school, now you’re down to 62 years. After that perhaps you get a 4 year degree, now we’re at 58. After that you enter the work force, start a family, buy a home, and work until you retire at 65, that’s 40 years gone. Now all you’re left with is 22 years. At 65 sadly, chances are your quality of life and mobility won’t be as high as it is currently.

During all this time it appears we are working towards something, and that’s great. But at the same time, it’s just as important, if not more so, to actually live in each moment and live happily. People might talk bad of you, but if they do are they really your friends? Do they really know you that well? And if the answer is no, why let those people affect you in any sort of manner? By spending time being angry or resentful towards people who don’t matter to you, you are literally paying them time and attention out of your life clocks bank account. Don’t pay your haters with time you’ll never get back, thank them for the time that they’ve given you. Be it negative or positive, they’ve spent time on you that they will never get back.

This week’s takeaway:
Think positive, life’s too short for negativity. Don’t let your haters get rich off your dime.

Igor Ovsyannykov

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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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