Success Leaves Clues

Although most people desire to succeed in various aspects of life, only a few ever attain their goals. Still, some people seem to excel in almost everything they do without trying too hard. Surprisingly, the secret to success is not as complex as some people believe or try to paint it. According to Tony Robbins, an American author, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, all you have to do to achieve success is mimic someone who is successful. Here are three secrets to achieving success:

Model a Successful Person

The most effective way of achieving excellence is by emulating a successful role model. This means studying their habits, work ethic, and financial goals. If you do not have an exemplary role model, look for one who is a leader, reputable, and well respected in his/her field. Of course, you could also pick a group of individuals who are particularly inspiring and good at what they do. For example, the exploits of the Seal Team Six soldiers who raided Osama bin Laden’s hideout and killed him have turned members of this elite military group into heroes who are revered and respected for their daring attitude, attention to detail and ability to execute extremely dangerous missions. In fact, several former Special Forces members have written books that are aimed at inspiring others and teaching them how to achieve their life’s goals. In addition, some American businesses now invite retired elite soldiers to teach their staff how to succeed. Overall, you can pick a model from practically any field provided you can relate to his/her career, life, or business journey and emulate it.

Seek Help

Some people fail simply because they are either too proud to ask for help or fear to be perceived as weak. However, this approach is counterproductive considering there is someone out there with solutions to the problems you are facing. Remember, the longer it takes to resolve the challenges you are facing, the higher the likelihood of failing because you may end up giving up entirely on your goals.Nevertheless, help is unlikely to be free because the people who will be helping you will incur time and financial losses accruing from the time devoted on your issues/problems. For this reason, it is advisable to propose a monetary or non-monetary way of adding value to their lives, businesses, or career.If you present yourself as the only beneficiary, very few people will agree to help. Besides this, find out if any of the people you intend to ask for help would be willing to mentor you. This is particularly important because a mentor-mentee arrangement would allow you to get invaluable advice, tips and guidance. What’s more, the presence of an experienced hand usually inspires confidence.

Look for success clues

Most successful people leave behind clues that are good indicators of why they succeeded while others were failing. By studying these clues, you can come up with ways of replicating the same strategies in your life, career, or business. This approach works because successful people generally approach issues and execute tasks quite differently from others. If you can replicate their strategy, you increase the likelihood of succeeding as well. Luckily, you do not have to spend a lot of money trying to arrange meetings with such people. You can follow your icons on social networking sites like Facebook and go through their posts to learn more about the character traits, work ethos, or financial goals you need to excel like them. In particular, look for videotaped content such as media interviews, motivational talks, or public talks given by your models and studiously review them to learn what it takes to succeed. Moreover, read books, quotes, commentaries, and opinion pieces written by your success icons. When combined together, these clues (from diverse sources) will help you chart a similar path.


For most people, success is an elusive and mysterious concept that only a few people seem able to grasp. However, the truth is success is a simple concept that you can master provided you are willing to learn how it works. In general, you can increase your chances of achieving your goals by emulating a successful person, seeking help whenever necessary and looking for clues left behind by successful people.


Habits To Adopt For Daily Inspiration

Some of the most successful people in the world have attested to the importance of daily inspiration. Being book smart and street smart is also essential; however, without a daily dose of inspiration, it could become difficult or impossible to achieve successful. Whether you are interested in achieving academic excellence, starting a business or living a healthier life, inspiration plays a huge role in helping you achieve your goals.

Daily Inspiration

Inspiration is about forming a habit that helps you to eliminate negative things in your life. Negativity can hold you back from achieving success. Daily inspiration provides a boost for you to learn new things and progress toward success. Below are some habits you can adopt to be inspired daily:

Develop a Positive Outlook on Life

There is a reason behind everything that happens in life. However, this is among the things the majority of individuals see in retrospect. For example, if you get terminated from your job, it could be extremely hard to see anything positive coming out of the situation. However, learning to embrace the changes associated with a job loss can help you to fully apply yourself to taking the necessary steps in achieving financial success. Having a positive outlook and being inspired on a daily basis enable you to see and take advantage of the opportunities around you.

Emulate the Habits of a Successful Person

It is not always necessary to reinvent the wheel to achieve success. Many generations of successful individuals have lived before you and have been through experiences that you have not. A number of these successful individuals actually have written accounts of how they achieved success. You can use these documented reports as a source of inspiration by applying certain principles of their success to your situation.

Additionally, there are successful individuals who conduct seminars and provide attendees with valuable tips on achieving success. They provide in depth details of the steps they took to become a success in their field. Many of these successful people highlight the mistakes and missteps they had to recover from as they journeyed towards success. You can use their recovery techniques as inspiration for when you encounter the inevitable pitfalls that await on the road to success.

Do Not Settle for Less

Avoid the urge to settle for anything you are not passionate about. For example, if you want to own your own business, do not remain in your current career simply because it provides an income. To become a success entrepreneur, you will have to chart your own course and work wisely and tirelessly to accomplish your goals.

Embrace Change and Be Adaptable

Adapting to technological and other changes in the world is extremely important. Take advantage of the latest technology and use them in your quest for success. For example, if you want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, there are phone apps you can use for inspiration. There are several apps that can help you to stay on top of the nutrition and fitness aspects of your weight loss journey. Learning to adapt to the changes around you is a recipe for success.

Conduct a Reevaluation of Your Goals

When making a plan and working towards implementing it, you should set yearly, quarterly, monthly and weekly goals. When each period ends, evaluate what has been done and how much closer you are to achieving your goals. Use the results from the analysis to make necessary improvements towards progress. If you need to improve your skills to achieve your goals, search online for available programs and enroll to sharpen your skills or acquire new ones.

Be on a Constant Quest to Learn New Things

Develop a yearning to consistently learn new things. In this constantly evolving world, you should take steps to prevent being left behind. Be inquisitive and discover new things to help you in achieving great success.

Believe in Cause and Effect

Both successful and unsuccessful individuals did something that brought them to where they are. Making better choices will enable you to start seeing improvements in your life.

Having a daily source of inspiration will help to keep negative thoughts away. Additionally, it will help you to believe in yourself and encourage you to push through the hard times.


Top 3 Inspirational Quotes

Hands up all of you who’ve ever heard the complaint, ‘that’s just too inspirational.’ Exactly, no one has ever said that ever. No matter how driven we are, or how much experience we have as entrepreneurs, we could all use a little inspirational picker upper from time to time. As such, I’ve decided to share my top three favorite inspirational quotes of all time with you. Here goes:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

While it’s certainly not hard to see why a quote from philosopher would make the list, Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is no ordinary philosopher. Lao Tzu is easily considered one of the greatest eastern philosophers of all time, and the father of Taoism (also known as the school of Tao).

This quote is such a great one as it provides a practical solution to a reality that many of us face when we are trying to get something started or meet a goal. That is, we get overwhelmed with all that’s to be done and lose sight of the fact that we need to just start.

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was an inspiring 19th-century born and 20th-century British statesman, orator and author who served as England’s Prime Minister during the years 1940-1945 and 1951-1955. Sir Churchill is credited with leading the people of England back from the brink of defeat and on to victory during the second World War.

The above quote is one of his most popular quotes and one of the most success quotes around today. The quote speaks to his resilience and is reminiscent of the hope that he was able to bring alive in others whenever he spoke.

Sir Churchill’s quote is important as it speaks to the inevitable – the fact that we will face failures. It does, however, bring with it the hope that success is sure to follow as we press on and not get disheartened. The quote is particularly potent as Churchill’s life embodies its essence.

“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Dubbed ‘the wizard of Westwood,’ John Wooden was an American basketball player and coach who lived to be 100 years old (1910-2010). Wooden was credited with a total of 11 national titles and an unprecedented 12-year NCAA winning streak as head coach at UCLA.

Wooden is also renowned for his short inspirational speeches to his players (which have included the likes of Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and his famous pyramid of success. His life and career is the picture of someone who committed to making each day a masterpiece. This quote is about giving every moment of each day, your best, and it is that much more powerful coming from a man who has himself lived this ideal.

There you have it, my top 3 inspirational quotes!

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Entreprenuership in 2016

Undoubtedly, entrepreneur is a buzz word these days. It is a title that many use to describe themselves, but only a few can claim success in their forays into the challenging world of entrepreneurship. To differentiate yourself from the crowd and truly leave your mark, there are several guidelines to focus your attention on.

First, it takes a specific type of person to become a successful entrepreneur. You must have unflagging motivation to pursue your business model. Entrepreneurship is hard work, and obstacles are almost inevitable; if you are easily discouraged, it will be a challenging pursuit. Thus, if you are not capable of keeping yourself motivated and do not have the determination to see your business plan through to completion, than entrepreneurship is probably not the correct endeavor for you. Furthermore, you must be able to maintain sharp focus on your goals.

Many people dabble in entrepreneurship, but due to family obligations or risk aversion, they keep a full time job as well. This does not bode well for the likely success of your new business venture, as this split focus leads to important steps getting overlooked and critical deadlines being missed.

Maintaining this laser-like focus will require a lot of discipline on your part. You will often be the only one holding yourself accountable; there usually isn’t someone looking over your shoulder and pushing you to meet deadlines. If you do not have the discipline to push yourself and work long hours to ensure your new business succeeds, than failure is a more likely outcome. You will need to ensure that the flexibility of operating your own business venture does not impact your focus on or dedication to the job. Finally, regardless of how motivated, focused, determined, and disciplined you are, you cannot be a successful entrepreneur without careful organization.

There are often severe legal and financial implications of failing to carry out certain actions (like filing forms, fulfilling contracts, etc.). If you cannot keep your responsibilities organized, it will be almost impossible to execute your business plan successfully, no matter how hard you work. If you are not by nature an organized person, hire employees who can fill this critical gap.

Even if you believe you possess the necessary traits to become an entrepreneur, you are unlikely to fulfill this goal without a good idea. Do not become an entrepreneur because it seems trendy, fun, or flexible; only pursue this path if you have a good idea that you are passionate about. Your service or product should fill an unmet need, and ideally, be related to your field of expertise.

If you think you have a good idea, engage in exhaustive research, host a focus group or conduct an informal survey to ensure your idea is understood and creates a product or service that would be utilized by others. When you have confirmed your idea is a good one, couple it with all the determination, motivation, focus, discipline, and organization you can muster, because even the best entrepreneurs will encounter tough challenges on their road to success.


Ali Mayar’s Favorite Apps for Travel

Traveling around the world can be quite an exciting adventure. However, you can make it even more enjoyable by downloading some helpful applications. The following are my favorite travel apps to use whenever I travel anywhere. They can help you on your journey, as well:

1. Find Nearby ATMS With AllPoint

One thing that you will always need on a trip is money. Therefore, the AllPoint application is a necessity for you if you have an AllPoint card. The application allows AllPoint cardholders to find the ATMs that are closest to them. It comes in quite handy when the funds run out, and you want to replenish them without burning all your fuel to conduct a blind machine search.

2. Book a Hotel ASAP with Hotel Tonight

The Hotel Tonight application is perfect for booking immediate hotels. It is free in the Google Play store, and it is spectacular. It searches for last minute hotel deals for you so that you never have to pay full price to book a hotel again. People who used the application gave it a rating of 4.3 stars out of five stars for its usefulness.

3. Google Translate?

Yes, you will want to download Google translate onto your mobile phone if you are traveling out of the country. It can help you get through those rough situations when you come across individuals who do not speak your language. The person can speak into your phone, and Google translate can decode it for you.

4. Weather Pro

Weather Pro is a great application to have if you spend most of your time doing outdoor activities. The application lets you know details such as wind speed, humidity, cloud formation and more. It is useful because it can provide you with a full picture of what your vacation will be like.

5. Get a Comfortable Room with Airbnb

Airbnb is a wonderful application to download if you prefer cozy rooms inside of homes instead of hotels or motels. Airbnb will connect you with hosts around the world who can accommodate you during your travels. The payment system is secure and quick, and you get to read reviews before you book a room. It’s the perfect app for getting to know people in new areas.

The previously mentioned traveling apps can help you enjoy your traveling experiences more than you already are. They can turn a good trip into a great trip.


What I’ve Learnt From Being A Business Owner

Owning and operating my own business is in many ways one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done. Still, it hasn’t exactly been what one would call a walk in the park. There has been ups and downs, and many life lessons that will forever stay with me.

1. Great sacrifice precedes great reward

The rewards and successes of persevering and triumphing in business are well known. Still, actually persevering is not something everyone is able to do. This is especially true in the early stages when budgets are their most meager and profits if any are smallest. Persevering in business by learning to make temporary sacrifices now for the ultimate goal is a lesson that is transferable to other areas of one’s life and development

2. Pay attention to building relationships

Businesses are in essence about people, and they simply can’t survive without stable relationships. More than merely networking for the heck of it, solid alliances, professionally and personally, can help businesses thrive. Many of the deals and breakthroughs I’ve had in business have been as a result of relationships that I’ve formed in and outside of the boardroom. Both the quality of one’s personal and professional alliances can affect how you present yourself to the business table, and ultimately your success in business and life.

3. The best things don’t come easy

Everything that is worth anything in life and business is worth fighting. High-value experiences and rewards will require high-value efforts. It is for you to first become clear on your objectives, decide what matters to you, and put in the effort required to acquire the same.

4. Balance is important

It really is true, even as adults in the business world, that all work and no play make Jack a dull boy. When I just started out in business, it was deceptively easy to work tirelessly at building my business. However as time went on, even before I began to reap the rewards of my efforts, I realized how important it is, to slow down sometimes, and take breaks. Rest and relaxation began to add to my personal and professional productivity, instead of taking away from it, as I had wrongfully assumed it would.

5. Ignorance is not bliss, endeavor to know more

As cliche as it will, sound knowledge is power. The more I knew in business, was the smarter and more efficiently I was able to work, securing for myself and my business the successes and rewards I desired. Similarly, this principle of gleaning knowledge helps in all other areas of life, as what you know will determine how you operate and apply yourself.


The Inspired Entrepreneur: Four Books That Inspire Me Everyday

For those of us who have committed ourselves to the process of self-actualization, inspirational books are lifestyle staples. It is imperative to remain inspired, both in personal and business affairs. I have come to rely on a specially curated group of inspirational books that have aided me in different areas. The books that inspire me daily have a few characteristics in common. These books are often smaller in size than many of the traditional self-help or self-actualization books, making them more portable. Portability is particularly important when one considers that I use inspiring nuggets from them each day. My favorite inspirational books are unique in angle, are memorable and are fairly easy to read, as they are written in a simple and straightforward style.

Here are four of my favorites.

1. Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese tells the delightful story of four characters – Sniff and Scurry (mice), and Hem and Haw (little people) all of whom live in a maze, hunting for cheese. As cheese runs out from one corridor to the next, the story details how the characters respond to change. The story of the characters has stuck with me as I challenge myself daily to remain flexible in the face of changes in both my work and personal life.

2. The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

This book was where it all started. One of the classics of the positive thinking school of thought, this book was the first of its kind I ever read. I found it straightforward, with great real life anecdotes, told to reinforce the power of positive thinking at work. I often remember stories and phrases from this text as I go about my days. These help me to remember that I open myself up to greater abundance and success when I keep my mind anchored in a positive place.

3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel

With quotes like “Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being half alive,” Don Miguel’s The Four Agreements is one of those inspirational books that focus on us living in the now. This book reminds me of the importance of maximizing the moment.

4. Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes Or Less by S. J. Scott

Entrepreneurs can only be as successful as our daily habits will allow. Even with this knowledge, forming new habits is not easy. With this system of habit stacking, however, we can all form new habits more easily. Best of all, forming these habits need not take more than five minutes of effort at a time. The system is a revolutionary one and very doable. I have found it effective in helping me to make the changes I want to make in my life and work, and forming new habits.


Four Entrepreneurs that Inspire Ali Mayar

Looking for your next big inspiration? When it comes to successful entrepreneurs it can seem like only those with a few million in seed money can succeed. However, more often than not, working for yourself and building a successful business require more than great ideas and luck made of venture capital. Hard work and drive are the real secrets to success. Search no further than these four amazing entrepreneurs whose journeys to success are sure to inspire you.

Blake Mycoskie

The found of Tom’s shoes, Blake Mycoskie revolutionized the way we think about businesses. Like many entrepreneurs, Blake recognized an unfilled demand in the world and sought to offer a solution. What makes Mycoskie’s story different is that he didin’t recognize a demand from American consumers, he was witnessing how poverty deprives children from basic necessities like shoes. His next step would kick-start the proliferation of a whole new kind of company, the “b-corporation”.

A b-corporation is less focused on profits and more on using capitalism to help others. Tom’s shoe’s introduced the idea of a “one-to-one” program where for every pair of shoes sold, a pair of shoes is given to a child in need. This innovative business model garnered his company incredible popularity for its positive mission and gives us a look into business models of the future. In an incredibly competitive marketplace, providing an alternative to the status quo can be an incredibly effective and disruptive approach. Since the founding of Tom’s shoes the company has donated over 10 million shoes to children in need. Today companies like Warby Parker have adopted the “one-to-one” business model with great success.

Jeff Bezos

A list of inspiring entrepreneurs could hardly be complete with mentioning with incredible success of Jeff Bezos. As the founder of Amazon, Bezos has revolutionized the way we consume in the Internet age. The secret to his success lies in his willingness to take risks on a new idea. Back in 1994 the Internet was a fledgling concept, with few businesses even hosting a web page. Bezos saw the potential for an emerging market and left his six-figure Wall-Street salary to start Amazon. Sometimes the biggest risks are the best ones.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin

Another titan of the 1990’s Internet boom, Larry Page is one of the cofounders of Google. Thanks in part to a great education, Page was schooled in computer science during the formative years of the Internet. Sergey Brin was a Russian immigrant who came to Stanford to study computer science. After meeting his fellow collaborator Brin at Stanford, Page gambled his successful academic career on one geeky computer science idea.

The concept was known at the time as a “web-crawler”, and it’s application was immediately apparent. Page and Brin started exploring web-crawling software on their crappy home computers as a way to crash Stanford’s network. But quickly they discovered their work had yielded one of the world’s first search engines. Thanks to help from investors the two were able to transform a college computer science prank into one of the most successful companies of our time. Stick to doing what you love as an entrepenour and the results may surprise you.


My Featured Interview Covered by Yahoo Finance

Just a few weeks ago, I was sharing my personal story on the executive interview site RookstoolInterviews.com. I was given the opportunity to talk about everything, from how I got started, to my first big break, to the necessary steps it took to ultimately become successful. An eye-opening and overall really enjoyable interview and experience.

A few weeks pass and I learn to find out that the above mentioned interview got covered by Yahoo Finance. Really amazing to see an already great interview get written up into a live and distributed press release. Goes to show hard work does pay off. Continue pushing yourself to achieve greatness! You can read the full press release on finance.yahoo.


How to Stay Healthy as an Entrepreneur

Let’s be honest here: being an entrepreneur can take its toll on your health in the long run. Running a business is very demanding and it not unheard of for owners to work extra long hours with barely any time for exercise or meal planning. However regardless of how difficult it is, it is important for an entrepreneur to look after his or her own health. If you can manage to do so, your overall productivity, energy levels and happiness will surely increase. Learn more about how I stay healthy plus time manage with this interview on Five Hundo .

Nobody is saying that it’s going to be easy but it certainly is far from impossible. Here are some strategies to help you out:

Exercise first thing in the morning

Insert some form of physical activity into your mornings. If you say that you don’t have the time, you can simply wake up an hour earlier. And just like that, you already have more than enough time to exercise. You don’t have to hit the gym either because walking or jogging every morning should be a good place to start. As this becomes a habit, you’ll find that you will feel free and more energized throughout the day.

Turn your commute into a workout

If there’s a shower in your office, you have no excuse not to turn your daily commutes into a workout. Perhaps you can jog or run to your office or you can ride a bike. If there’s no shower, then just have it the other way and run from work to your home.

Make healthy food choices

Any food that you cook at home will be a lot healthier than anything that you can get from a restaurant. For starters, eliminate sugars from your diet so no more sodas, energy drinks or any sweets for you. Cook in bulk during the weekends so you can plan you meals for the rest of the week. Take it with you at work instead of going to fastfood chains and restaurants.

Get enough sleep

Sleep is one third of a healthy lifestyle so it’s not something that you can afford to miss out on. To ensure that you get optimal sleep, train your body to establish a sleeping routine. Sleep and wake up at the same time every day to set your body’s internal clock. Eliminate poor sleeping habits like consuming caffeine so close to bedtime and taking your gadgets like smartphones and tablets to bed.

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