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Making Your Bed Will Change Your Life

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A novel published recently by Grand Central Publishing titled, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, has been making headlines for it’s fresh take on a not-so-new concept, making your bed. With rave reviews coming in ranging from The Wall Street Journal, “[s]hould be read by every leader in America…a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can,” to Forbes, “Superb, smart, and succinct,” the tally is in, this book is a must read.

The title is fairly self explanatory, author William H. McRaven suggests a multitude of behaviours and habits that not only help yourself become the person you seek to be, but also how to impact the world around. It all begins with the simple task of making your bed.

This article isn’t a book review, consider it more of a supporting cast member. The mentality and perception taught in this book lead to that of starting each day with purpose. By doing so, we set the wheels in motion to accomplish more throughout the entirety of our day. If you don’t get out of bed until 2pm, chances are you won’t get much done with the time remaining. If you get to the gym by 6am, and are back and ready for the average workday by 9am, you’ve already accomplished more than the average individual. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. It feels good to excel, and as a result we are hit with a shot of serotonin for a reward. We feel good when we accomplish a task or goal especially when you know that it took the perseverance or discipline that many others don’t practice.

As a result of this feeling our subconscious sets out to accomplish more, because it feels good to do so.

Building off of last weeks article on surrounding yourself with the right people (click here), we also need to consider the mental landscapes and environments we are living in. It is important to note such factors because they play directly into our mindsets and actions the same way our self-esteem and perceptions do. If you watch “junk tv,” chances are there won’t be too much personal development during that time. If you consume “educational” content of any sort, there’s something to be said about the growth that takes place both physically and mentally.

This week’s takeaway:
Begin each day with purpose and your momentum will carry you forward.

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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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