Alex Nickerson

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Taxation, the new Slavery!!!!

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Is taxation the new Slavery???

How did you feel when you got your first job when you were a teenager and you calculated that you worked 40 hours in a week for $5 bucks an hour and you got your check and it said $174 and you noticed you had money taken off your check.

You then start to learn everyone has to pay their share, that we are all doing our part to help with roads, school, police, etc..

As we get older and start to make more, we quickly reliaze the more you make the more they take. I have literally heard people say that they don’t want to make more cause they will hit the next bracket and they will take more off their check and make even less then before.

Here is a break down of the percentage you’ll pay for taxes on your income here in Nova Scotia.

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Source:www.taxtips.ca

I use to always want to make $100,000 a year when I was a kid. I thought I would be rich. As I started to learn more I realized if I make exactly $100,000 in a job I would only technically bring home to my house $56,500. I’m all for helping out but taking almost half of my hard earned dollars to pay for the debt of the Canadian Government I think it is putting us back into slavery.

The Definition of the word Slavery is as follows:

1.the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship wherebyone person has
absolute power over another and controls his life,liberty, and fortune

2.the subjection of a person to another person, esp in being forced into work (I owe I owe so its off to work I go)

3.
the condition of being subject to some influence or habit

4.work done in harsh conditions for low pay

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Back in the late 1800s to 1930s many of our ancestors came to North America for freedom and a better life for their families.  Back then the only way many of them could get land was to find an land owner that was willing to let them harvest their land in order for ownership down the road. This was called Sharecropping. If someone harvest their land and gave any more then 30% of their Harvest to the land owner you were considered a Slave.

Today the majority of Canadians that have jobs pay more then 30% of their hard earned dollars to the government for taxes. I even know people that are paying over 65% of their income to taxes.  How would anyone feel if they knew they worked from January-August for the government and from September-December for themselves.

I learn more and more about how free our country use to be but slowly over time it is getting worse and worse and our country is losing its freedom one bill, one new tax at a time.

Here is a post by Ron Hitsman I just had to share.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts ReceivableTax
Airline surcharge tax
Airline FuelTax
Airport MaintenanceTax
Building PermitTax
CigaretteTax
Corporate IncomeTax
DeathTax
Dog LicenseTax
Driving PermitTax
EnvironmentalTax (Fee)
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Gasoline Tax (too much per litre)
Gross ReceiptsTax
HealthTax
Hunting LicenseTax
HydroTax
InheritanceTax
InterestTax
LiquorTax
LuxuryTaxes
Marriage LicenseTax
MedicareTax
MortgageTax
Personal IncomeTax
PropertyTax
PovertyTax
Prescription DrugTax
Provincial Income and sales tax
Real EstateTax
Recreational VehicleTax
Retail SalesTax
Service ChargeTax
SchoolTax
Telephone FederalTax
Telephone Federal, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
WaterTax
Watercraft RegistrationTax
Well PermitTax
Workers CompensationTax

THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 60 years ago, & our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

If you think this is getting out of control like this post, if you think its time to change things leave a comment below.

Be Awesome,

Alex Nickerson

 

Results!!!!

Are you being Scammed by the Financial Matrix?

Hey everyone,

Here is a blog article by Orrin Woodward explaining the Financial Matrix and where people fit. Find out where you fit and start working your way out. The more people we can help become debt free the better, are you on your way? Watch this video and understand how it all works so you can start to climb your way out of debt to a Sovereign free life.

Be Awesome, Be Great and Chase your dreams.

Alex Nickerson

Financial Matrix Quadrants

Financial Matrix Quadrants

Did you know that fifty percent of all American workers are Financial Slaves! Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you, I could hardly believe it myself until I started doing my own research. According to the latest data reported on Economist.com, over half of all Americans over 18 have no net worth, not even a penny. Let that sink in for a moment. Imagine all the hours husbands and wives work every year and over half of the households have NOTHING to show for it? No ownership and no choices is simply slavery under a different name.

Furthermore, over 80% of Americans over age 18 are in debt, a debt trapping them into financeal subjugation. For if the typical family loses one of its jobs, be it by downsizing or medial challenge, the family boat is capsized. This makes the family subject to the whims of employers and health – not a good position to be in.  Is this really the American Dream we imagined growing for people living in the home of the brave and the land of the free? BTW, for the Canadians reading  this, the data is very similar and the Financial Matrix has trapped your nation as well.

Financial Matrix TrapThe two groups getting hammered by the Financial Matrix Scam are the Financial Slaves (no net worth) and the Financial Subjects (servicing debt to survive). In total the Financial Matrix is siphoning trillions of dollars from these two groups plus businesses and governments at every level.  In the video below, I share how to move from Slave and Subject to Serf and eventually Financial Sovereign, the coveted position where citizens have ownership and choices over their life. Everyone can be free if they are willing to learn how to play defense and offense to avoid the web of debt and control inherent within the Financial Matrix.

Watch the twelve minute video below and the reader will realize the question is which quadrant are you in and what is your plan to move onto Financial Sovereignty? If you don’t have a workable plan, perhaps the Financial Fitness Program can help.

Sincerely,

Orrin WoodwardLife Leadership Chairman of the Board

 

 

The Greatest Business Advice!!!

Here is a great video by some vary successful entrepreneurs. I am not endorsing everyone of them, but listen to the comments they say about creating success in your life. Are you striving for excellence in everything you do, are you pushing outside your comfort zone, are you willing to look silly short term so you can live a life most won’t long term?. Put in the effort, stay consistent, and dominate your field.

You are worthy of living a successful life. Believe in yourself and don’t quit.

Comment on the bottom and let me know your biggest take away way from this video.

Be Amazing.

Alex Nickerson

Are you living each day to the fullest, or just passing time!!!

Hey Everyone,

“It’s not death that most people are afraid of, it is getting to the end of life and finding out you never truly lived.”

I just had to post another video by Prince Ea. He nails it on the head how the majority of people are living with regrets as they get closer to the end of their lives.  They realize that they never tried much of anything, that they never took a risk, they just floated through life.

Get excited about your life, that you can make a difference. You can add value to others. You can develop what ever life you want, you just have to go after it.

Whats the opposite of success?????

Most people say failure, but it is the people who fail the most that end up winning the biggest. Look at any successful person and they will tell you they failed and they failed and they failed. Don’t be worried about failing be worried about regretting you never really took a risk!!!

The opposite of success is quitting. Don’t be a quitter, don’t set that example in your life and for your family.

Start on your new path now, take a chance and truly live your life….. remember you only get one shot!!!

Chase after what you were called to do!!!

Alex Nickerson

 

 

Top 20 Leadership And Management Experts You Should Start Following

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Hello everyone,

Today’s post is of an article I came across that I just had to share. This post was done by Annie Mueller about the Top Leadership experts you should follow. I want to personality highlight number 16 Orrin Woodward. He is a personal mentor of mine and an amazing friend. Its not to often you have someone come into your life that help you live up to your potential and helps you push forward regardless of your situation. He is a man of amazing integrity, character and has the most discipline of anyone I know chasing their passion.

Leave your comments at the bottom who you think is the best on this list or someone you would like to see on the list. Enjoy this article.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

 

Want to be a better leader? Find and follow the people who are recognized leadership experts and management authorities to learn strategies, tips, advice, and visionary ideas for bringing the best principles to work in your life and career.

1. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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Kanter, who holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, is a leader who guides leaders through teaching, writing, and consulting. with a focus on innovation and leadership for change and sustainable enterprises.

Kanter’s book SuperCorp takes information gleaned from interviews with 350 people at key corporations around the world to show that “the businesses that are agile, keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market changes and customer needs, are the businesses that are also progressive, socially responsible human communities.”

Online: BlogHarvardBiz BlogFacebookTwitter

2. Lynda Gratton

http://www.lyndagratton.com/videos/184/131/Lynda-at-the-13th-Annual-Women-In-Business-Conference.htmlGratton is author of The Shift, a book “for anyone keen to take charge of the future of their work.” Gratton focuses on the intersection of people and organizations and directs a premier program on human resources, ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies,’ at London Business School.

Gratton is the founder of the Hot Spots Movement, a unique research consultancy that takes academic research and uses that data to come up with business solutions.

Online: WebsiteBlog, Twitter

3. Daniel Burrus

Daniel BurrusBurrus, the author of six books and the Strategic Insights blog, is known for his visionary business strategy and focus on anticipatory, rather than reactive, change for business organizations. He writes and consults on technology trends, business strategy, and innovation. Burrus, known as technology futurist, is considered one of the leading forecasters of technology trends, and is a leading consultant to Google.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebookYoutube

4. Jeff Haden

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Speaker, columnist, and ghostwriter of more than 40 non-fiction books, Haden is an expert in management and leadership, having worked his way up through the ranks to become a respected expert on leadership, management, and small business. Haden is charmingly self-deprecating, saying things like, “[I am a] LinkedIn Influencer (the only time I’ll ever appear on the same list as Richard Branson).”

Online: WebsiteTwitterInc. columnsBusiness Insider columns

5. Rieva Lesonsky

rievaLesonsky, well-known business expert, is the force behind GrowBiz Media and SmallBizDaily.com. Thousands turn to her for up-to-date insight on business trends, management insight, and leadership lessons. Lesonsky is very active and approachable on social media, and provides a mix of encouragement and tough questions for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and other leaders.

Online: BlogTwitterHuffPost columns

6. Anita Campbell

anitacampbellCampbell, a lawyer by training, ventured from the legal world into writing, publishing, and speaking on leadership, small business, and management with great success. She is a Forbes Top Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs, CEO of BizSugar, small business analyst, speaker, and CEO of Small Business Trends. Campbell keeps leaders and business managers up-to-date with business news and forecasts as well as practical content marketing and social media advice.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

7. Barbara Corcoran

corcoranEasily recognizable from her ongoing role on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Corcoran is a real estate mogul and businesswoman as well as an investor, speaker, consultant, columnist, and author. She’s a master of making much out of little, turning $1000 into millions in real estate, and she shares bold insights on seeing talent and innovation everywhere. Corcoran’s website states that her “credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and twenty jobs by the time she turned twenty-three.” Her candor and approachability make her a business mogul that everybody wants to be friends with.

Online: WebsiteTwitterFacebook

8. Ram Charan

charanCharan went from working in his family’s shoe shop in Northern India, to earning an engineering degree, to working in Australia, to earning an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, to his current role as a full-time consultant to CEOs of major corporations. Charan has a gift for getting through complex problems to the simple root, and providing practical ways to deal with the root of each problem.

He puts a lot of emphasis on doing what you need to do: “Execution is the job of the business leader…[and it is] is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.”

Online: WebsiteLeadership Outlook blogLinkedin

9. Tim Ferriss

ferrissBefore authoring the insanely popular book The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss founded a nutritional supplements company. Now known for his experiments with and books on lifestyle design and productivity, Ferriss is also well-known as a start-up angel investor, consultant, entrepreneur, speaker, and blogger. Ferriss has gone on to apply his 4-hour methodology to, oh, just about everything, with his books The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Chef. We think next it might be The 4-Hour Marriage?

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

10. Robin Sharma

robinsharmaLeadership expert and writer Robin Sharma began his career as a judicial law clerk, then staff litigation attorney for the Canadian government. He is a popular motivational speaker and founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., with a focus on holistic leadership for business and personal life.

One of the quotes he attributes to ‘changing his life’ is this one from Ayn Rand: “Why do they always teach us that it’s easy and evil to do what we want and that we need discipline to restrain ourselves? It’s the hardest thing in the world–to do what we want. And it takes the greatest kind of courage. I mean, what we really want.”

Online: BlogTwitterYouTube

11. Jim Collins

jimcollinsStanford faculty turned best-selling author, Jim Collins has produced several management and leadership classics, including Good to GreatBuilt to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. He founded a management laboratory and is known for research, innovative thinking, and problem-solving for a variety of business consultancies and leadership positions. Collins is one of the old-school but forward-thinking combinations who doesn’t spend a whole lot of time fiddling with social media or building an “online presence.” Why would he need one? He’s already build a real-world presence.

Online: Articles

12. Tom Peters

tompetersPeters is a business management expert, author of 17 books, speaker, and writer. His book In Search of Excellence, which profiles 43 companies and presents 8 principles that have made the companies successful, is an essential business read, touted by NPR as one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century” in 1999. Peters is very active on Twitter and frequently updates his blog, plus has a variety of manifestos and archives of his newspaper column available on his website.

Online: BlogTwitterFlickr

13. Tony Dungy

tonydungyFormer NFL coach Tony Dungy set NFL records by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years and serving as the most successful coach in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dungy took the principles of leadership he learned in his life and coaching career and authored bestselling books Uncommon and Quiet Strength. His focus is on helping others develop the attitudes and abilities that are possible for anyone, but uncommon in our culture. Dungy is the father of nine children, and he and his wife, Lauren, just wrote a book called Uncommon Marriage.

Online: BlogTwitterFacebook

14. Sydney Finkelstein

finkelsteinFinkelstein, associate dean, professor, and author, focuses on what might be called the negative side of leadership: mistakes that leaders make, and how these mistakes ultimately lead to failure, either of the leaders as individuals and/or of the companies that they lead. His research and insights help other leaders and managers to avoid failure. “Failing executives,” says Finkelstein, “continue to rely on the same formulas and ideas that brought them success.”

Online: BlogTwitterForbes columnBBC column

15. Deepak Chopra

amd_deepakchopraProlific author and speaker Chopra is a licensed physician who advocates a holistic approach to life, leadership, and management of one’s health and self. His book Super Brain discusses ways to untap the potential of the brain. Chopra’s Workplace Wellbeing programs help carry his wisdom to the business world. Chopra has written dozens of books. Time magazine put Chopra in he top 100 heroes and icons of the century, calling him “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Online: Blog, TwitterFacebookYouTube

16. Orrin Woodward

orrinwoodwardWoodward is a bestselling author and cofounder of LIFE Leadership. He focuses on team leadership and leader-led, principle-based growth for businesses. His book LeaderShift, told in parable style, examines principles for renewing leadership and vision in business and personal lives. Woodward offers straightforward advice to leaders, such as “Leaders always choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,” and “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone.”

Online: BlogTwitterYouTube

17. Simon Sinek

simonsinekSinek’s mission is to wake people up to “the possibility in their own lives,” and equip them to lead by knowing why they lead and what true leadership is. His book Start With Why and immensely popular TED presentations have garnered him a large following. Sinek’s idea of a “golden circle” spun his first TEDx talk, for Puget Sound, into a video with millions of view and then into a movement. His most recent book, Leaders Eat Last, articulates his vision for carrying your why into leadership.

Online: BlogTwitter, Facebook

18. Nicholas Bate

nicholasbateAfter working for years in sales and marketing in the IT industry, Bate founded Strategic Edge, a business consultancy. He is the author of 20 books, including Instant MBABeing the BestDo What You WantYou, Only Better, and Get a Life. His focus is on practical actions and bold steps to a better life and more effective leadership. Bate’s blog is a punchy form of communication filled with one-liners, deep thoughts, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. Bate uses lists to spark ideas, spur action, and give his readers a scannable step-by-step guide on everything from being bold to being more intelligent to handling email.

Online: Blog

19. Margaret Wheatley

wheatleyWheatley began her career as a teacher and then an educational administrator, but since 1973 has been a consultant and speaker with an emphasis on systems thinking and organizational behavior. She is the author of Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time and Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World as well as other books, articles, and research. Wheatley has a special gift for looking outside of established systems, “beyond the Western, mechanical view of the world” and applying an understanding of what she calls “living systems theories” to the conundrums of business, innovation, organizations, and management.

Online: Articles

20. Robert B. Cialdini

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Cialdini is a widely recognized expert on social psychology and the author of Influence: Science and Practice and Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which are “the result of years of study into the reasons that people comply with requests in business and other settings.” Cialdini’s “Six Principles of Influence,” also known as the “Six Weapons of Influence” have been hugely influential in the fields of leadership and management, helping leaders to understand not only how to lead, but how to make people want to follow.

Online: Blog, TwitterFacebookYouTube

Anti Social Network?

Hey Everyone,

Here is a video by Prince Ea I came across a few years ago and had to share. The content is vary thought provoking. We do live in a society today that we are connected more then ever before through social networking.  Even though this is true, most people feel way less connected on a friendship or emotional level then ever before. I would love to hear your comments on this video weather you agree or disagree lets here your thoughts.

All the Best in LIFE.

Alex Nickerson

13 habits of self-made millionaires

Faithful crowd St. Peter's square at the Vatican during a solemn celebration led by Pope Benedict XVI where late Pope John Paul II was beatified, Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Hey Everyone,

I told you I would start off all my blogs with a picture of a future goal of mine or my families and today is no different. You might say what kind of dream is that? What are they doing in the picture?

This is a funeral.

I am focusing on helping as many people as I can in my life time live up to their true potential. By affecting as many people as I can in a positive way I hope have 10,000s of people show up to my funeral.

What kind of Legacy are you leaving? Did you work on it today???

 

Here is an article I came across talking about self-made millionaires and the habits they create from business insider. I remember not long ago when I didn’t practice any of these habits. Now most of these habits are in my life on a daily basis but there is alway room for improvement.

Comment at the bottom with the 2 or 3 habits you are going to focus on attacking over the next 6 months.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

All self-made millionaires had to start somewhere.

Much of their transformation from ordinary to seven-figure status can attributed to “rich habits,” a term coined by Thomas C. Corley, who spent five years researching the daily habits of 177 self-made millionaires.

“From my research, I discovered that daily habits dictate how successful or unsuccessful you will be in life,” he writes in his upcoming book “Change Your Habits, Change Your Life.” “There is a cause and effect associated with habits. Habits are the cause of wealth, poverty, happiness, sadness, stress, good relationships, bad relationships, good health, or bad health.”

The good news is all habits can be changed, Corley notes. Here are a few “rich habits” of self-made millionaires that you can start developing today:

1. They read consistently.

1. They read consistently.

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Bill Gates is an avid reader.

The rich would rather be educated than entertained. As Corley writes, “Eighty-eight percent of the rich devote thirty minutes or more each day to self-education or self-improvement reading … Most did not read for entertainment … The rich read to acquire or maintain knowledge.”

Corley found that they tend to read three types of books: biographies of successful people, self-help or personal development, and history. Get your Personal & Professional Development.

2. They exercise.

2. They exercise.

“Seventy-six percent of the rich aerobically exercise 30 minutes or more every day,” Corley reports. Aerobic exercise includes anything cardio, such as running, jogging, walking, or biking.

“Cardio is not only good for the body, but it’s good for the brain,” he writes. “It grows the neurons (brain cells) in the brain … Exercise also increases the production of glucose. Glucose is brain fuel. The more fuel you feed your brain, the more it grows and the smarter you become.”

3. They hang out with other successful people.

3. They hang out with other successful people.

“You are only as successful as those you frequently associate with,” Corley writes. “The rich are always on the lookout for individuals who are goal-oriented, optimistic, enthusiastic, and who have an overall positive mental outlook.”

It’s equally important to avoid negative people and influences, Corley emphasizes: “Negative, destructive criticism will derail you from pursing success.”

4. They pursue their own goals.

4. They pursue their own goals.

“Pursuing your own dreams and goals creates the greatest long-term happiness and results in the greatest accumulation of wealth,” Corley writes.

While too many people make the mistake of chasing someone else’s dream — such as their parents’ — rich people define their own goals and pursue them relentlessly and passionately.

“Passion makes work fun,” writes Corley. “Passion gives you the energy, persistence, and focus needed to overcome failures, mistakes, and rejection.”

5. They get up early.

5. They get up early.

Nearly 50% of the self-made millionaires in Corley’s study woke up at least three hours before their workday actually began.

It’s a strategy to deal with inevitable daily disruptions, such as a meeting that went too long, egregious traffic, or having to pick up your sick kid from school.

“These disruptions have a psychological effect on us. They can drip into our subconscious and eventually form the belief that we have no control over our life,” Corley writes. “Getting up at five in the morning to tackle the top three things you want to accomplish in your day allows you to regain control of your life. It gives you a sense of confidence that you, indeed, direct your life.”

6. They have multiple sources of income.

6. They have multiple sources of income.

“Self-made millionaires do not rely on one singular source of income,” Corley states. “They develop multiple streams. Three seemed to be the magic number in my study … Sixty-five percent had at least three streams of income that they created prior to making their first million dollars.”

Examples of these additional streams are real-estate rentals, stock market investments, and part-ownership in a side business.

7. They find and check in with mentors.

7. They find and check in with mentors.

“Finding a mentor puts you on the fast track to wealth accumulation,” Corley writes.

“Success mentors do more than simply influence your life in some positive way,” he continues. “They regularly and actively participate in your success by teaching you what to do and what not to do. They share with you valuable life lessons they learned either from their own mentors or from the school of hard knocks.”

8. They’re positive.

8. They're positive.

Self-made billionaire Mark Cuban.

Long-term success is only possible when you have a positive mental outlook,” Corley states. “In my research, positivity was a hallmark of all the self-made millionaires.”

The problem for most people is that they’re completely unaware of their thoughts, positive or negative, he explains: “If you stop to listen to your thoughts, to be aware of them, you’d find most of them are negative. But you only realize you are having these negative thoughts when you force yourself to be aware of them. Awareness is the key.”

9. They don’t follow the herd.

9. They don't follow the herd.

“We so desire to blend in, to acclimate to society, to be a part of the herd, that we will do almost anything to avoid standing out in a crowd,” Corley writes. Yet “failure to separate yourself from the herd is why most people never achieve success.”

Successful people create their own new herd and then pull others into it, Corley says: “You want to separate yourself from the herd, create your own herd, and then get others to join it.”

10. They have good etiquette.

10. They have good etiquette.

“Self-made millionaires have mastered certain rules of etiquette principles you have to master if you want to be a success,” Corley writes.

These include sending thank-you notes, acknowledging important life events, such as a wedding or birthday, eating politely and using table manners, and dressing properly for various social events.

11. They help others succeed.

11. They help others succeed.

Helping other success-minded people move forward in achieving their goals and dreams helps you succeed,” Corley writes. “No one realizes success without a team of other success-minded people. The best way to create your team is to offer help to other success-minded people first.”

You don’t want to give help to anyone and everyone, Corley notes: “You want to focus on helping only those who are pursuing success, are optimistic, goal-oriented, positive, and uplifting.”

12. They dedicate 15 to 30 minutes a day to just thinking.

12. They dedicate 15 to 30 minutes a day to just thinking.

“Thinking is key to their success,” Corley observes. The rich tend to think in isolation, in the mornings, and for at least 15 minutes every day.

“They spent time every day brainstorming with themselves about numerous things,” he explains. The topics range from careers and finances to health and charity.

They ask questions such as, “What can I do to make more money? Does my job make me happy? Am I exercising enough? What other charities can I get involved in?”

13. They seek feedback.

13. They seek feedback.

“Fear of criticism is the reason we do not seek feedback from others,” Corley writes. “But feedback is essential to learning what is working and what isn’t working. Feedback helps you understand if you are on the right track. Feedback criticism, good or bad, is a crucial element for learning and growth.”

Additionally, it allows you to change course and experiment with a new career or business. As Corley says, “Feedback provides you with the information you will need in order to succeed in any venture.”

Living a Life of Service

Happy Good Friday Everyone,

I’m going to start off all my blog post with a picture of a dream either myself or my family have, to always remind you that you should never stop dreaming.

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I heard a quote one time by the late Zig Zigler that said. “You can have everything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want.”  This quote is referring to living a life of service to others.  I believe a major key to success is finding out what people want out of life and helping them get it. Serve people first without expecting anything in return.

This is why I chose the personal and professional development industry as my profession.  I love watching people go from where they are, to living up to their true potential. We all vastly underestimate our potential on what kind of life we can live.  This happens for a number of reasons like; parents, environment, school, circle of friends, etc.. What personal and professional development does is it changes the thoughts you are telling yourself on a daily basis. It changes the environment you put yourself in. It gives you a leg up on the competition. It changes your mindset and helps propel you in a direction of change, a direction optimism. There is nothing better then watching someone chase down the life they have always wanted. I was speaking with a group of leaders the other night and this movie clip popped in my head and to me this sums up personal development.

Go after what you want in life because no one will just give it to you.

You are powerful beyond measure, its time you start realizing it.

Alex Nickerson

 

 

21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success

I came across this article by Meiko Patton and had to share.  All to often we say to ourselves that “next year will be better then this year”.  After saying this most people change nothing in their daily routines and nothing in their lives and we for some reason expect things to get better. Albert Einstein said Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If you are looking to breakout as an entrepreneur or get better results in your job or in your life this is a must read!

I had to post pictures of our next goal throughout this article,  King Air 350i. Imagine being co-owner of a jet company. Dream Big and work hard.

All the best in LIFE,

Alex Nickerson

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In his book, Rich Habits — The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the nonwealthy.

It got me to think, How many people operate on autopilot and don’t stop to monitor their everyday patterns? Below I’ve summarized 19 of his habits for success (nine culled from his book and the next 10 from his recent article inSuccess) plus two of my own. If you’re not actively engaged in these 21 things, you are, in effect, leaving money on the table.

1. Setting good daily habits.

Good habits are the foundation of wealth building. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people lies in their daily habits. Simply put, successful people have many good habits and few bad ones. If you understand that your bad habits may be preventing you from becoming wealthy, that realization will be the first step in your improving your circumstances.

In his book, Corley invites you to take out a sheet of paper and list your bad habits in one column and then invert each one to place under a new column for good habits. It should look like this:

Bad Habit/Good Habit

I watch too much TV.             I limit myself to 30 mins of TV per day.

I don’t remember names.     I write down names and remember them.

Then for 30 days, follow the guidance of your new good habits list. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

2. Regularly creating goals.

Successful people are goal driven. They create goals all the time. They plan their day the night before with to-do lists.

People who are headed for success think for the long term. They have daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. But what’s a goal without a plan to reach them? So not only do successful people have goals, they also come up with ways to achieve them and hold themselves accountable.

3. Engaging in self-improvement daily.

Successful people are always looking for ways to improve themselves. They read every day and are students of their profession. They don’t spend their time on activities that don’t bring them closer to their goals.

I recently attended an event hosted by author Brendon Burchard, who said he consistently blocks out time to create. Successful people like Burchard know that time is too valuable a commodity to waste. They spend their time on the things that will move the needle for them in their business: Being committed to self-improvement means you engage in activities every day that will stretch you.

Seek ways to expand your knowledge. This won’t always be easy, but people grow from things that pose a challenge. Once your knowledge grows, opportunities appear. Get your Personal & Professional Development.

4. Regularly taking care of personal health.

Each and every day successful people make an effort to eat right and exercise. Eating right is of utmost importance. Exercising daily can become a regular habit, just like taking a bath. People who exercise routinely have more energy to get things done. How are you doing in this area?

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5. Often making time for relationship building.

People who are successful are other-people focused. They take time out of their day to strengthen the bonds of friendship and form long-lasting relationships with others. Networking is something they do all the time. They reach out to their contacts and look for ways to help them with no expectation of in return.

The most beautiful sound on Earth, I once heard someone say, is your name. So make it a goal to learn the names of every contact you meet. Aren’t you impressed when someone remembers your name? I know I am. So stand out as different and start remembering names.

6. Doing things in moderation.

You live in a balanced way if you do activities in moderation. This means having a balanced approach to work, eating, exercise, consuming alcohol, watching television, surfing the Internet and so forth. As a result, people will enjoy your company. If people like being around you, then you will be more apt to collaborate or find the new business partner that you need to take your business to the next level.

7. Getting things done.

Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today: Accomplish things. All people have fears, but successful people push past them. They don’t procrastinate. They get the important things done, no matter the cost.

In Rich Habits, Corley explains that when the thought of putting off something enters the mind, immediately shed notion by saying, “Do it now.” He says repeat these words 100 times if necessary. Just don’t stop till the task is done.

8. Keeping a positive outlook.

Consider the most successful person you know. Is that person positive or negative? Most likely this individual is positive, enthusiastic, energetic and happy. This person chooses to see the good in others and in himself or herself. To this person, problems are just opportunities waiting to be uncovered.

Every day people are bombarded by news of bad deeds and doings. Successful people minimize their exposure to this type of thing and instead opt to fill their minds with positive ideas from books and magazines.

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9. Regularly saving money.

According to Corley, successful individuals put away about 10 percent to 20 percent of their gross earnings in a savings, investment or retirement plan. Not everyone can afford to do so, but what percent are you putting away? Financial Fitness Information.

10. Rejecting self-limiting thoughts.

Successful people command their thoughts and emotions. As soon as bad thoughts intrude, they cast out anything that challenges their ability to succeed at the task at hand. They do not dwell on negative notions. Their self-talk is positive and not overly critical. They replace bad thoughts with good ones.

Because successful people engage in self-improvement daily and are constantly involved in positive things, they don’t allow themselves time to indulge in negative emotions.

11. Living within means.

Wealthy people avoid overspending. Among many of those struggling financially, some are living above their means. They spend more than they earn, live from paycheck to paycheck and are drowning in credit-card debt. If this is you, resolve today to turn things around for you and your family. Budget information.

12. Reading daily.

Many successful people read 30 minutes or more every day. Reading can increase your knowledge and know-how. When you read, often  you are seeking to improve yourself. This automatically sets you apart from your counterparts. You will stand out from the competition. Get a book of the month subscription now.

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13. Limiting TV watching.

Did you know that many successful  people limit the amount their TV time to one hour or less a day? How much time do you lose in front of the television that you could be spending doing something more productive?

14. Doing more than what’s required.

Successful people regularly go above and beyond the call of duty at work. Even if something is not in their job description, they will volunteer to do it. Wealthy people make themselves invaluable. As an entrepreneur, you may not have a boss. But in what ways do you go above and beyond for your clients? How do you wow them?

15. Talking less and listening more.

When you listen, you learn. And as the adage goes, that’s why people have two ears and one mouth. When you take the time to really pay attention to what another person is saying, it can truly help not only you but your bottom line as well. When you listen, you are in a better position to help others.

16. Not giving up.

Don’t give up when the going gets tough. Successful people hang in there. They pivot. They try something new. They persist. They may have to change their direction, but they keep moving forward.

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17. Spending time with like-minded ones.

There’s a saying that goes, “Show me who your friends are and I’ll show you who you are.” I believe that. People are only as successful as those they choose to surround themselves with. Good associations can help you more quickly achieve your goals.

18. Finding a mentor.

Many people who have had a mentor have attributed their success to that person. Mentors can help you achieve your goals faster and keep you accountable. They can share valuable experience that can cut your learning time in half.

19. Knowing your why.

When you know why you’re doing something, you will get what you want quicker than if you don’t. Having a purpose is essential to being successful in business and in life. Why do you want to be successful? Why do you really want to be wealthy?

20. Not giving fear the upper hand.

Everyone has fears. Successful people don’t allow their fears to limit or define them. Fear inevitably keeps you in the same position and stunts your growth. Recognize your fears and seek ways to overcome them. Interview someone you admire and ask that person how he or she overcame a fear or pick up an autobiography and take notes.

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21. Upgrading skills.

If you want to get ahead, there’s only one way to do it: Become better at something than you are today. What’s the one thing you can focus on for the next 30 days that will catapult you to rock-star status in your industry? Focus your attention on that. I heard John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire define “FOCUS” like this: Follow one course until success. Will you?

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