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September 23, 2020

Good morning! How was your first day of Fall yesterday?

INSPIRATION

“If you always put a limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

– Bruce Lee

THE FIRST STEP: Seize the opportunity

Part 1: Turning On Your Switch

What better time to start a business or prepare to start a business than in a pandemic? Put that two hours you save on not commuting to use in forming a side-hustle or full-fledged business. This is the first part of a series on venturing off on your own and becoming an entrepreneur with insights from Darren Hardy’s The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster. So, sit back and enjoy the series.

Elon Musk says, starting a company is like “staring into the abyss and eating glass.” It takes something to begin something of your own! And it can definitely be a painful endeavor. Darren Hardy refers to that “something” as turning on at least one of four “switches”:

  • Switch 1: Being passionate about what they do. Up to 95 percent of the time, jobs can be difficult and tedious. Some people can find their passions and push through to the rewarding times, but others often burn out. Remember, some passions should remain hobbies.
  • Switch 2: Being passionate about why they do it. Many entrepreneurs endure the difficult 95 percent because they love why they do their jobs. These people have a strong sense of mission.
  • Switch 3: Being passionate about how they do it. Some people love to achieve excellence in their work, achieving perfection in even the most mundane tasks.
  • Switch 4: Being passionate about who they do it for. Some entrepreneurs might not be passionate about the work they are doing but instead about who it benefits.

Turning on the right switch illuminates the path forward and gives you the energy to carry on through the entrepreneur’s journey’s ups and downs.

Which switch(es) will you flick on?

HEALTH & WELLNESS: Keep healthy in the hustle

Brain Food

Incorporating many of these foods that are rich in healthful components like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants into a healthy diet can improve the health of your brain.

  • Green, leafy vegetables. Leafy greens are rich in vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. These plant foods may help slow cognitive decline. Broccoli is rich in compounds called glucosinolates. When the body breaks these down, they produce isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates may reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Fatty fish. Fatty fish are abundant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy unsaturated fats that have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid—the protein that forms damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Try to eat fish at least twice a week. If you’re not a fan of fish, choose omega-3 sources such as flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts.
  • Berries. Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, help improve memory. Eating two or more servings of berries each week can delay memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.
  • Tea and coffee. There are more benefits to your morning cup of joe than you may think. Caffeine causes an increase in brain entropy, which refers to complex and variable brain activity. When entropy is high, the brain can process more information. Caffeine might also help solidify new memories.
  • Walnuts. Walnuts are high in a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which helps lower blood pressure and protects arteries. Nuts and seeds are also rich sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which protects cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
  • Dark chocolate. Cacao contains flavonoids, a type of antioxidants. Antioxidants are especially important for brain health, as the brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress, which contributes to age-related cognitive decline and brain diseases. Make sure it’s 70% or more cacao.

ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics

We Didn’t Start the Fire

Have a crazy idea that requires a mobile application? Have no clue how to code it or don’t have the time? Well, that’s not a problem anymore.

Buildfire helps brands of any size create a mobile application that will work for both iOS and Android. Following the lead of website creation platforms such as WordPress and Squarespace, Buildfire presents you with a library of pre-built templates for you to choose from and then populate with your images and copy. You can also create any custom functionality you need for your app.

This simple and intuitive app builder requires zero coding and will have your new mobile app running in a matter of hours.

You can actually focus on, let’s say, running your business, acquiring customers, and generating revenue instead of leading a team of developers or tirelessly flipping through “Coding for Dummies.”

Click here to see how it works and learn about the million-dollar companies already utilizing Buildfire. Take a short yet comprehensive quiz about everything you’ll need for your app to determine the cost savings of using Buildfire compared to an agency.

MONEY: Become wealthy

Four Sabotaging Ways That Are Killing Your Finances

The struggle bus is real, and keeping up with good financial decisions can be challenging.

As we ease into the crisp Fall weather and year-ending holidays bringing on new clothes, fun activities, and gifts to go around, it becomes harder and harder. We go overboard on spending, ignore our budget, forget we have a savings account, or all of the above, even with the best intentions to have a good time and be generous.

Here are four ways you’re likely sabotaging your finances:

  1. You’ve stopped saving. When faced with a financial hit, the easiest way people think to recover is by putting a stop to their savings plan.
  2. Not having a budget and FOLLOWING it. Your budget helps calculate and visualize the money coming in and the money coming out every month. It helps you plan how you will spend money on groceries, gas, and fun during the month. Following a budget ensures you’re not living beyond your means.
  3. Not price shopping for big and small purchases. Although it seems tedious, consistently price comparing yields huge savings.
  4. Only paying the minimum debt repayment on credit cards. One of the worst things you can do is only pay the minimum monthly payment and carry balances. Credit card debt is one of the most expensive debts to have! Don’t spend money you don’t have.

MINDSET: Train your brain to win

Preparing For The Return To The Office

The majority of Americans are still working from home. However, some companies have brought employees back into the office, and more are sure to follow. Even if your company plans to work from home for the rest of this year, you still want to prepare yourself for when that day arrives. We thought we’d give you three months to prepare in case you find it particularly challenging to return to the office.

Here are some tips:

  • Wake Up Earlier: Starting tomorrow, begin moving your wake up alarm back 5 minutes until it reaches the time you will need to wake up when you have to commute to the office.
  • Shorten Your Lunch: No one wants to admit this, but we’ve all taken a longer lunch with no one watching us. It’s time to go back to your regular allotted time.
  • Adjust Your Budget: The return of your commute also means the return of expenses related to your commute. It’s time to adjust your budget to account for things like gas, tolls, and food.
  • Transition The Dog: The real winner of quarantine was our pets. While cats can adapt to anything, it’s the dogs who will suffer the most. Slowly reduce the number of walks you take them on and the time you spend cuddled up with them during work hours.
  • Freshen Up The Wardrobe: It may be time to send those dress clothes to the dry cleaners after months of inactivity sitting in your closet.

FUN STUFF – WEDNESDAY WORD

probity

[ proh-bi-tee, prob-i- ] | noun

integrity and uprightness; honesty.

NEWS BREAK: Stay informed

1% BETTER: Improve each day

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