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140 days remain until the end of the year and we have no clue what they’re going to be like. Will Halloween be canceled? Will Thanksgiving turkey be shared over Zoom? Any predictions?
“Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually, it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.”
– Eric Thomas
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Stay healthy in the hustle
Secret to Happiness is Helping Others
There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”
The secret to happiness is helping others. Scientific research provides data to support the anecdotal evidence that giving is a powerful play to happiness. Giving stimulates the same parts of the brain that are stimulated by food and sex.
Altruism is wired into the brain, and it’s PLEASURABLE. It gives you purpose, it makes you feel a part of something, and it is rewarding. So find ways to integrate your passions, your interests, and your skills with the needs of others, and you might be a little bit happier.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Following The Leaders To Success
Thanks to the internet, there is no shortage of knowledge, self-help, or inspirational material out there. It seems like everywhere you look, someone is offering a course, class, conference, or book that will help you achieve your goals and make your dreams come true. This sounds good on paper, but it’s important to consider the source. If you genuinely want to achieve more, you should aim to learn from the best. Hello people, quality checking is essential – that’s why I always eat half of the cookies before I bring them to someone’s house.
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STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere
Money Heist’s Most Twisted Plot
Here’s a different take on our usual Stand Up Eight. Not about a person, but a product-a TV show.
Whether you’ve binged watched the show on Netflix or not, you’ve undoubtedly heard of “Money Heist.” The show was doomed to fail before Netflix picked it up. When the first episode premiered in Spain, it drew 4.5 million viewers, but as the series continued, the viewership plummeted. The creators and cast accepted the series was a flop. Writer Javier Gomez Santander regarded the series run as a “failure” in 2019.
Netflix acquired the exclusive rights for the series, re-cut the series into shorter episodes, and renamed it from “La Casa de Papel” to “Money Heist” for distribution in the English-speaking world. Netflix added “Money Heist” to its library with little advertisement, but subscribers quickly fell in love.
“Money Heist” became the most viewed program on Netflix in France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Portugal. It also has significant support in North Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey. The series was atypical in being watched across many different profile groups. Now, “Ciao Bella,” one of the shows most iconic songs, has become a rallying cry across the globe, including in protests in Lebanon, Iraq, France, and Chile.
Things that seem like they’re over end up turning around. Maybe, it just takes a little time, patience, and different circumstances.
NEXT LEVEL: Keep your success going
Should I Redesign My Website?
When you first launched your business, you most likely used a simple template from WordPress or Squarespace to build your first website. It was cheap, easy, and allowed you to create a place to showcase your brand and sell your products. However, as time goes on, you start to notice other websites that are more engaging and customizable. If you have begun to turn a profit, you may begin to explore redesigning your website.
Question #1: How Crucial Is Your Website To Sales?
You should only consider redesigning your website if it is the main point of sales for your products. Even then, you have to determine if your current set up is preventing you from making more sales? Does your analytics show that customers are leaving before arriving at your products page? If yes, then it might be time for a change.
Question #2: How Much Has Your Company Changed?
If your company has the same messaging and products it did the day you launched, you might not need to do anything. However, if your brand has evolved to service a new audience or offers a distinctly different type of product, you may need to change how your site is laid out.
Question #3: How Much Do I Need To Sell To Make The Money Back?
Website redesigns can cost between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on several factors. Once you get an estimate, you need to calculate how many products you need to sell before breaking even. Then, compare that to the number of products you sell each month. If you can’t make your money back in 3 months or less, it is not time to redesign your website.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Master the soft skills
5 Things To Stop Doing
Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time in the day? Of course, you do! The thing is, you have more time than you think. You just need a little help putting that time to better use. Here are five things you can stop doing right now to be more productive every day.
- Checking Your Phone: Checking your phone is a time sucker on so many levels. First, you often fall down a rabbit hole of checking social media and e-mails and lose 3-10 minutes without even realizing it. Then, you have to regain your focus on whatever you were working on. Put your phone in a drawer and only pick up if someone is actually (God forbid) calling you.
- Thinking About The Past: For the rest of the day, notice how many times you stop what you are doing to replay something that has happened in the past. There is nothing you can do about it, but by bringing it back up, it is hurting your present as well. Each time you find yourself falling into this trap, I want you to say out loud, “Nope! Back to work!”.
- Prioritizing Easy Tasks: We all love a good to-do list that allows us to check off tasks. The problem is we tend to seek out the easy stuff, so we feel productive. If you are deep in an important task, then finish it before doing anything else. Even if something pops up, that will only take a few minutes to complete, and if it isn’t urgent, then it can wait.
- Trying To Make It Perfect: When we work on something we care about, we want it to be perfect. When it isn’t, we tend to spend more time than we have trying to fix it. At some point, you need to just move onto your next task. Once finished, look over your work and determine if it delivers quality and value to its recipient. If the answer is yes, it’s good enough to send out into the world.
- Saying Yes To Everything: It’s okay to say no. You only have so many hours in the day, and sometimes you can’t say yes to everyone. When someone asks you to do something, ask yourself two questions. First, how much time is this going to take overall? Second, is this activity going to prevent me from reaching my goals? Then you can decide if it’s something you want to take on.
FUN STUFF – RIDDLE ME THIS
A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. So how is D related to A? Answer below.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- Negotiations over a new virus relief package press on, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on the size and scope.
- Georgia school district quarantines 925 students and staff after coronavirus reopening.
- Disney (DIS) announced it would be rebranding one of its TV studios, 20th Century Fox Television, as 20th Television.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
Hide a spare key to your house somewhere discreet. You never know when you might need it.
Trivia answer: A is D’s uncle.