Passive Panda Just Posted a Valuable Post Again (Go Get It!)

I just had to share this with you guys, I went over to one of my favorite sites–PassivePanda.com and found a sweet post, well it’s more than just a post.

In the post there’s a link you’ll have to share if you get the resources he’s basically giving out for free, if you share the link. C’mon guys it’s just a tweet, and it might even help you make more moneyyyyyyyyyy!

Okay that’s enough of me, don’t waste time reading stuff here now, just go get it.

Here’s the link to his website Passive Panda

Dick Fosbury didn’t follow the failure formula, will you?

I’m going to make this post short and sweet, just to give you a little motivation to start changing the rules in your life.

I was just skimming through The 4-Hour Workweek again for the 30th time and found this small piece of wisdom as I usually do when I re-read a book. In the Rules That Change the Rules chapter Tim starts by talking about how he became a Kickboxing champion by looking for “unexploited opportunities”.

Although he didn’t make a lot of people happy, he did it legitimately without cheating. He did the uncommon and he succeeded. This made me think about how we try to follow the rules and do what everyone wants us to do. We try to satisfy everyone hoping to succeed at whatever it is we’re doing.

“I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” -Herbert Bayard Swope

The rules have been challenged in sports and in life, it’s up to us to find the opportunities to challenge the status quo. Remember you’re not going to get many happy looks, but what would you rather have? The get good grades-go to college-get a good job-retire lifestyle or something more exciting than that.

Here’s a good question from The 4-Hour Workweek that has helped me start living a better life the way I’ve always wanted to. Answer this yourself:

How has being “realistic” or “responsible” kept you from the life you want?

Look at what you’re doing NOW and ask, “If I did the opposite what could happen?” How will my life be in 10-20 years if I keep doing what I’m doing?

One Way We Can Improve Creativity

creativity through travel

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As I was working on one of my affiliate marketing projects, creativity was lacking this morning. Instead of searching on Google “ways to be creative” I decided to do some deep research on this topic.

All the time, I hear it; people saying…oh, if only I was as creative as you, or I would have never thought of something like that. Right? You’ve heard those people before, and that’s fine. I don’t expect everyone to be a genius or know about everything, but I do believe we all have the ability to do whatever we want.

So, anyway a few things that relate to the lifestyle design topic came across my screen. I found a post on spyrestudios, this was the title:

5 Reasons Travel Can Improve Your Design Work

These are the five reasons, but I still think you should read their post by clicking the link, if you want to get the points a lot better.

  1. You have more effective and focused work sessions
  2. You constantly get fresh inspiration
  3. You keep yourself easily motivated and excited
  4. You meet new designers and clients
  5. You keep your setup nice and clean

I’m sure there are more than five, but these five reasons made good sense to me. But, can going to new places, meeting new people and living a whole new lifestyle improve our creativity?According to that post, it does.

Here’s just one part that I found interesting:

“Rather, travel can indirectly improve your design work by improving yourself. When you become better/happier/more excited, your work becomes better as well. It’s like fuel for your brilliant work, and traveling constantly refuels you”

But that post wasn’t enough for me, so I kept looking for answers and I found the ideas of it, in action. I regularly visit TED.com just because I can never get enough of the brilliant minds that talk there, so here’s what I found.

Stefan is known all over the world for his design work for famous artist. But the cool thing about him is how he runs his business. Every seven years he takes a year long trip and closes his shop. He visits some new place and doesn’t take any work from his clients. I found the video quite interesting and funny too.

At one point he talks about how Google, 3M and other companies give their employees time off for personal use and how most of their creative work has come from employees own personal time creating what they want. example: 3M produced sticky notes, and Google created gmail out of employees free time, but don’t quote me on that.

So yea, it’s no surprise that Travel can create some amazing results and so can time off. If you use the time off to travel you might come up with new ideas and maybe the next Facebook or just that cool affiliate site that knocks people’s socks off and your competitors out of the water.

You say you can’t travel? Then join the travel hacking cartel and start earning free miles.

Have you been struggling with creativity lately? What other hacks do you know that get your creative juices going? Oh and for those who do travel, has travel inspired you in any way to produce anything? Let us know in the comments.

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Starting from Zero

Over the last two years my passion for tech has increased massively, and so has my knowledge of it. I love it!

When I first set up my WordPress blog, I felt smart as hell. I mean, c’mon really, how many people out there still need help setting up their email? Setting up a WordPress might seem easy for us techies/marketers/lifestyle designers/….okay I’m kidding I’m not all that.

God… I feel like I’m bragging and you’re not going to keep reading this post.

Believe me, I’m just writing from the heart. I’ve been reading this awesome book about drawing and another one about writing and they’ve inspired me in many different ways. I think anyone who reads them would enjoy them. Check them out: ‘Bird by Bird’ and “How To Draw Better.”

One thing I wish I was better at is with webdesign and programming. I know that if you want to learn anything you need to put the effort and really enjoy it. I can tell the people that enjoy what they do. A good example are those ninja’s at Hostgator (aff. link) or maybe those guys at Rackspace hosting; I haven’t hosted any site with them, I just hear they’re awesome. Anytime I mess with the code on my site, I just hit the chat with my people at Hostgator and I’m good. But I want to change that.

Or maybe not all that, I just want to be good at something else. Not just selling. We all know how you and I both hate salespeople, nothing against salespeople that love what they sell though. You others, sorry; yea you know who you are, find a product you like and believe in.

So why the new crave for learning?

I’ve always like learning new stuff and doing new things. I’ve probably had too many jobs in my life; I don’t regret any of them. As much as I hated selling vacuums I don’t regret it. They’ve all taught me something. The reason for the new crave, I say, it’s just me. I love it. I like challenges, and it’s only human. Why do you think there are so many How-to posts out there?

People want to know everything. I just had a thought as we speak and I went and looked it up. Like what’s a Weblog client? I had no idea such thing existed. There you go, now I know a little bit more about WP than I did before.

So this whole new crave I’ve realized is not just for me but FOR YOU! I want to learn these things more so I can teach it to others better. I get a lot of questions in my email inbox about blogging, affiliate marketing and all that good ol’ online business stuff.

Most of the times I just send them to my peers and let them explain how to do-what it is they want to do.

What’s your learning crave, what do you want to learn? and Why? Share it in the comments. What do your readers want to know if you’re a blogger?

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