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For those of you who do not know me so well, my name is Diggy. I started my personal
development journey 6 years ago after wanting to improve my social skills (specifically I
wanted to get better with girls).
The last few years have been a tremendous learning experience for me and I want to
share with you what I've learned.
I've realized that every single person can do so much more than what they think they can.
We are all so far from reaching our full potential and yet we settle for the way things are
I still have a lot to learn and I am not some guru that can turn your life around for you in
an instant. However, I do believe that I have quite a bit of wisdom and experience that I
can share with you, and together we can grow, inspire and motivate each other to live
our lives to the fullest and achieve whatever we set our minds to.
For many years I was incredibly shy, experienced anxiety in social situations and I could
never get dates (let alone a girlfriend). I worked hard to improve this area of my life, and
the hard work paid off because now I easily make friends wherever I go and have no
problem getting dates.
Currently I'm facing the dilemma of earning money because I want to do it in a way that
allows me to work on my own terms (my own time, my own location and about my own
topics of choice). I've been working at this for the last two years and just like I overcame
my shyness through consistent effort, I'll achieve my goal of earning a steady income that
will easily cover my expenses. I'm currently earning $1000 per month from my websites
as of 2011.
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and persistence. Fortunately, nobody said you need to reach your goals by tomorrow or
by next week. Let's take it one day at a time and one step at a time.
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Table of Contents
• Three Ways To Take Control Of Your Life Right Now
• Fifteen Ways To Boost Your Creativity
• Six Simple Steps To A More Efficient Day
• Eight Tips For Living Healthy With Ease
• Fifteen Ways To Cheer You Up When You Feel Down
• Twenty Three Creative Ways To Make Extra Money
• Fourteen Sweet Tips For Making A Good First Impression
• Thirty Three Beautiful Reasons Why Life Is Awesome
• Parting Words
3 Ways To Take Control Of Your Life Right Now
You and I both have dreams and goals that we'd like to achieve. Unfortunately we don't
take enough action on a daily basis to make progress towards achieving those goals (if we
even take action at all).
Let me give you a personal example. One of my goals is to have 10,000 subscribed
readers to my blog Upgradereality.com and have it make $5,000 per month in profit.
Sometimes I find myself thinking “I’d love to have 10,000 readers for my blog”, but then I
ask myself if I am doing everything I can to achieve that goal. Am I writing enough? Am I
collaborating enough? Am I creating enough? The answer is usually ‘No’.
It is very possible to stop waiting for life to throw the things you are looking for in your
lap and to take control. You “make your own luck” so to speak.
Here are 3 simple ways that you can use to take control of your life to shape it to the way
that you want it to be:
1-) Determine The Things You Aren't Happy With
Usually there are lots of little things (and possibly a few big things) in your life that you
are not happy with right now. It could be anything ranging from your weight to your job
to your relationship.
I've been in the same situation of being unhappy, yet half the time I didn’t even know
what exactly I was unhappy with. I knew that there were things that bothered me but I
never took the time to pinpoint the exact trouble spots and come up with a plan of action
to improve those areas of my life.
I suggest that you take some time RIGHT NOW to sit down with a notepad and write
down all the areas of your life that you are not happy with.
• Are you happy with your job?
• Are you happy with your finances?
• Are you happy with your health?
• Are you happy with you friends?
• Are you happy with your partner?
Then decide what kind of results you want in those areas and determine what steps of
action you need to take to get your results. This will give you a nice list of things that you
can actively go out and start working on to improve.
2-) What Is Standing Between You And Your Goal?
Now that you have identified areas in your life that you are not happy with and
determined goals or levels that you want to achieve, you need to figure out what is
standing in the way between where you are right now and where you want to be.
Ask yourself the question “If only…” and fill in the missing details.
• “If only I would sit down and write this article”
• “If only I went to the gym 30 minutes a day”
• “If only I spent an hour a day learning French”
By completing the ‘If only’ question, you get the answer to what is standing between you
and your goal. Once you have that answer, just do it.
The only way that you are going to get closer to your goals and eventually reach them is
by taking action. You have to make things happen!
3-) The Art Of One Hour A Day
A few months ago I wrote an article titled, ‘The Art Of One Hour A Day’. Its purpose was
to get you to realize to power of dedicating one hour every day to something you want to
learn or become good at.
Most people have jobs, families or other responsibilities that they use as an excuse to put
off learning something new (whether it be a career, language, instrument, sport or
anything else). However, I think it would be rather rare if you could not find one hour
every day (before you go to bed or when you wake up) to dedicate to learning whatever it
is you want to do. It may mean you have to give up watching TV or sitting on Facebook,
but often it can be done.
It may take a few months or even years to see significant results, but just imagine how
close you can get to your dreams or goals by dedicating this one hour every day. (If you
have more than one hour that would be even better).
You could build up a passive income online and within a few years be making enough to
quit your job and live the kind of life you always dreamed of. You could gain enough
knowledge to finally have a shot at the kind of job you have always dreamed about. You
could learn another language that would allow you to go and live in another country and
not be lost.
There are so many possibilities and you have the opportunity to really make your dreams
“The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step”
The journey towards reaching your dreams and goals starts with dedicating that first
hour towards them. After that one hour comes the next hour and after that the next and
so on and so forth. Don’t delay, start today!
15 Ways To Boost Your Creativity
Being creative is something that you can learn and contrary to popular belief, not
something you need to be born with. Before you judge that statement and disagree with
it, take some time to read what I have to say.
I think that every person on this planet is really good at something. Every person is
creative in one way or another. The only reason why so many people think that they are
not creative and that creativity is somehow reserved for a select few, is that society
conditions us not to be creative.
It starts from the day we get put in school (maybe even before that). We get taught to
follow rules, to follow a system. If we follow that system we get rewarded. If we go
against the system or try to stand out from it, we often get punished. The system is
designed for people to fit in and not for them to stand out. Thus, over time, people
oppress any urges to be creative and stand out, and as a result come to believe that they
are not creative at all and never will be.
I never used to think that I was creative but over the last two years I have trained myself
to be more and more creative using the techniques below:
1-) Write Your Ideas Down
Get into the habit of writing your ideas down as soon as you get them. This way you train
your brain to keep coming up with ideas, and as soon as you get them you write them
down. When they are written down you don’t have to worry about remembering them
and this allows more room for new ideas to form in your mind.
Good ideas and creativity usually do not appear under stress. When you are relaxed and
rejuvenated, creative ideas usually come rather naturally. Take a walk on the beach, take
a nap, go and play some sport or do whatever it is that relaxes you so that your brain can
be more creative when you get back to work.
3-) No Expectations
Similar to no stress, but specifically no stress from the outcome. When you create with
love and passion and no expectation of the outcome, the chances are much greater that
you will create something remarkable! Your passion will shine through in your work and
this is what makes it remarkable.
4-)Be Easy On Yourself
Stop criticizing yourself and stop being so harsh on yourself. Accept yourself the way you
are and do things to the best of your ability. You are enough and you are creative. Don’t
let self-limiting beliefs block out your creativity!
Reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to
new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become. I know that reading
can be a bore, especially if you have to force yourself to do it. My advice is to start small.
Choose a book on a topic that you like (it can even be about your favourite sport or artist)
and spend 30 minutes before you go to bed reading that book. This way you can read 1-2
new books every month without it being a lot of effort, and it will definitely contribute to
you being more creative. Here's a list of 12 great books to read.
6-)Listen to Mozart (or Binaural Beats)
Albert Einstein said he owes his creativity to listening to Mozart pieces. Certain songs and
compositions allow the brain to be more creative and function better. Albert Einstein did
not know why this was the case, but he found Mozart compositions to help his thinking.
In the present age the concept of music enhancing your thinking has been scientifically
researched and proven. Certain frequencies have a positive effect on increasing your
brain’s performance and creativity.
Today they are known as Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones. Basically, scientists have
engineered sound tracks with researched frequencies that have proven to increase brain
Every mood or state of mind that you experience (like anger, happiness, sadness etc.)
causes your brain to operate at different frequencies. This means that it's also possible to
replicate and enhance those moods at will, in other words, it's possible to induce any
state of mind whenever you want with binaural beats and isochronic tones. These sound
tracks that you listen to with stereo headphones synchronize your brain waves to
whatever state you want to achieve.
Thus there are binaural beats for dozens of purposes like:
• Increased Focus
• Stress Relief
The good binaural beats and isochronic tones usually cost a few dollars per track, but you
can get some excellent high-quality FREE samples here:
The Unexplainable Store – Free Binaural Beat Samples
It's worth your while to give it a try. When I listen to certain binaural beats I immediately
noticed an effect on my state of mind and felt more creative.
(If you want you can find out more about Binaural Beats in this article I wrote)
In combination with binaural beats, meditation can lead to a much more relaxed state of
being. This relaxed state allows creativity to naturally flow through your mind and you
will find it easier to come up with good ideas.
After exercising, endorphins (the feel-good hormone) are released into your
bloodstream. Your body may be physically tired, but you feel good and relaxed. Regular
exercise definitely contributes to creativity.
9-) Ask For Help
Don’t be scared to ask someone for help or for their opinion. The input from a friend or
stranger could be enough to jump-start a whole series of ideas and new creativity.
10-) Expand Your Horizons
Do something you have never ever done before in your life. The experience of it may be
enough to boost your creativity tenfold and give you many new ideas.
12-) Eat Blueberries
Blueberries are said to be the richest in anti-oxidants and good for your brain an thinking
abilities. Eat a handful a day, and even if you don’t get extra creativity, enjoy the taste and
the health benefits. It's not only about eating blueberries, but more about eating a
natural, healthy diet in general. The food you eat is the fuel for everything you do, and
when you give your body “junk fuel” you'll get “junk results”.
13-) Stop Doing Drugs
I’m talking about sugars, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes. (I shouldn’t
have to tell you not to do hard drugs!) These substances have a limiting effect on your
creativity and your ways of thinking.
14-) Do Puzzles
Puzzels stimulate your brain to look at a problem from different angles. The easier you
are able to open up your mind to new ideas and new approaches, the more likely it will
be that you become more creative.
15-) Play An Instrument
I personally like playing piano. It is relaxing and it allows me to experiment with new
tones, melodies and ideas. I find it immensely satisfying and relaxing to be able to make
my own music or play a few of my favorite songs. Often while I am playing I will get an
idea for something that I want to do or write about.
6 Simple Steps To A More Efficient Day
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”
Many hours in a day are wasted simply because we have no plan of action for that day.
Life hardly ever goes exactly according to plan, but if you do not have a plan at all then
you are relying for things to come to you instead of you making things happen. That is
why I am a big fan of having a plan and having goals to work towards. If they change
along the way, then you make the necessary adjustments.
So, instead of starting the day with no real plan to get things done, these few simple
steps should boost your efficiency in a big way.
1-) Get Energized
The first step in getting your day off to a super start is to make sure your body is well-
rested and has the proper fuel for long-lasting energy.
It is recommended to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. As soon as you wake up in
the morning, drink a full glass of water (or two). Scientific studies have shown that this
method gives the body more energy for the entire day.
Eat a good and healthy breakfast (I enjoy a variety of fruits). Don’t skip it because
breakfast is the most important meal of the day and provides your body with fuel.
2-) Plan Your Day The Night Before
If you want to get the most out of your day, then I suggest you plan your actions for that
day on the night before. Once you get used to this habit, it will only take you a few
minutes every night and usually results in getting way more done the next day.
I actually have a whiteboard that I divided into columns for my tasks from Monday to
Friday. On the weekend I already plan some of the tasks and things I want to get done
during the week and write them down.
Every night I will plan my following day as much as possible, and even though I don’t
always get everything done, I feel it makes a big difference to my efficiency.
There are people who say that daily to-do lists are pointless because you never end up
doing all the things you write down. I do not agree, because by planning your day and
week ahead of the time, you can prioritize your most important tasks that will bring you
great return in the future.
3-) Optimize Your Actions
By planning your day in advance, you can very likely combine certain actions to create a
more efficient day.
For example if you need to run errands, you can plan it all out and make one trip in a
logical order instead of going back and forth like a headless chicken. This can save you a
lot of time and money.
I think it is rather senseless to do 10 unimportant things on a day and not do the one
thing that really needs to be done. Whether this is due to procrastinating or whether it is
due to lack of planning, failing to do the important things is not an efficient use of your
When you plan your day in advance you can determine the one or two things that are
essential and need to be done no matter what. After that you can dedicate any spare
time to completing less urgent tasks.
5-) Stop Procrastinating
Whatever the reason is for us to waste time and postpone getting our tasks done, one of
the best ways to make your day more efficient is to cut out all those time-wasting
activities. Some examples would include Facebook, Twitter, Checking Email and aimlessly
surfing the net for amusement.
It might seem like a difficult idea to stop doing all these things. However, once you cut
yourself off from these activities for a few days and see how much time they are taking,
you realize that it is rather senseless to keep doing them every day.
All that extra time you save by not procrastinating and doing senseless activities is time
that you can devote to completing tasks, working on your business or use to do the things
you really enjoy.
6-) Automate Where Possible
Automation is the key to efficiency. Automation does not necessarily mean that you
need to start using machines or computers to do your work for you; it simply means to
reduce your involvement in a process as much as possible (sometimes machines are
necessary for this).
Maybe you spend 5 minutes every day manually opening and closing your garage door.
Invest in automatic garage openers and save hours a year.
You might spend hours a day answering emails for support on a product you sell. Why
not set up an auto responder or an FAQ on your site or even hire a Virtual Assistant to
take care of it for you in order to minimize answering repetitive questions?
Most processes and routines that we use in our lives have some possibility of being
made simpler or most efficient. Often by just asking yourself how you can make it more
efficient, you can come up with a few steps to apply to get the desired efficiency.
To Sum Up
4. Stop Procrastinating
These 6 simple steps should make a big difference to your daily efficiency.
You may ask yourself, “What if I don’t want to be efficient?”. Well, the sooner you get the
things done that need to be done, the more time you have to do the things you really
enjoy (or work on your own projects that you are more passionate about).
8 Ways To Live Healthy & Get In Shape
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find
time for illness.” – Edward Stanley
Being healthy and getting in shape is not always the first thing on our minds. However,
when we get seriously ill and our bodies protest, everything else in this world becomes
rather insignificant and all we care about is our health.
“Prevention is better than cure”
You can spare yourself many illnesses, conditions and suffering by taking care of your
body. While it may seem like a chore, simply eating healthy and keeping your body fit and
in shape will make your quality of life much better. You'll be thankful for it later, trust me.
You may think that it is cheaper to eat fast food or processed food but I think you will be
surprised. Next time you are in a supermarket take a look what broccoli, cauliflower,
carrots, lettuce, a can of tuna or chicken breasts cost. It’s pretty affordable and cheaper
than fast food (especially when youfactor in the medical costs of doctors, medication and
surgery that come with many years of eating a lot of fast and processed food).
I don’t want to scare you or preach to you, I just want to help you be healthy and get in
shape. Here are a few simple ways to help you achieve that:
1-) Cut Down On Processed Food
Start slowly and wean yourself off processed and fast foods like burgers, pizza, sweets,
chocolate, cakes, potato crisps, soda’s etc. This is the kind of food that tastes nice but is
killing you slowly. It contains very little nutrients and a lot of fat, sugar and artificial
ingredients. The end goal is to eliminate processed and fast food completely, but
reducing it from your diet is a step in the right direction.
2-) Cut Down On Drugs
For good health it is best to wean yourself off drugs like alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes.
Needless to say that these things are very bad for you body. The goal is to eliminate these
drugs completely or as much as possible.
3-) Eat Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain many essential vitamins and minerals that our body uses to
function correctly. You should strive to include some fruits or vegetables with every meal
that you eat. Personally I enjoy eating fruit for breakfast because it is easily digestible and
gives me good energy for the day. I enjoy vegetables with lunch and dinner.
It is said that a raw food diet is the ultimate way to live as healthy as possible.
4-) Drink Lots Of Water
Water is so important to good health. We can go for over 2 weeks without food, but
hardly 3 days without water. The fact is that most people do not drink enough water
every day. Some people never drink water and only drink coffee, juice and soda. I pretty
much only drink water, 1.5 to 3 litres a day. It keeps the body hydrated and helps filter
The quality of water is important too. Bottled water is not always good and neither is tap
water (because of TDS or the amount of additives or chemicals). From my research I have
found the best kind of water to be water filtered by a reverse osmosis system. You can
probably find a filter system like this for a few hundred dollars and it will make your water
drinkable and healthy for many years to come.
5-) Do Some Form Of Exercise Daily
You do not need to go to the gym every day or spend hours working out. However, some
form of exercise on a daily basis is beneficial to your health, body and mind. Exercise
releases endorphins which are those ‘feel good’ hormones. So, not only is exercise
healthy for your body, it usually puts you in a better mood which in turn makes you more
productive and energetic.
You can dance, go to the gym, go for a run, do some basic exercises at home, do yoga, go
swimming, do martial arts and so many more things. I find the best way to get some form
of daily exercise is make a nice combination of activities like the ones I mentioned above.
6-) Get a Dog
If you have the time and attention to take care of a dog then why not?
A dog will warn against intruders, keep you company and keep you healthy. If you are a
good owner then you will take your dog for a walk or run every day, which is beneficial
both for your dog and for you!
7-) Join a Club
Whether it be a gym, dance class, rowing club or rock-climbing group, joining a club is a
great way to stay motivated to exercise.
Everyone sometimes feels lazy or not in the mood to go out and exercise. However, when
you are part of a team or you are paying a monthly fee to be able to exercise, it is much
easier to stay motivated and keep attending that club. Find a club of an activity that you
enjoy and sign up for it.
Stress has a negative effect on our health and our bodies. The more stress we have, the
more easily we get sick. Although stress is psychological, it can manifest physical illnesses
and disruptions in our bodies. Maybe you are in a stressful environment or job that you
cannot remove yourself from. If that is the case then I would suggest that you find a
method of removing that stress from your life on a daily basis.
I find exercise to be a good stress-reliever. However, there are many other ways to get rid
of stress. You can listen to music, you can take a walk in a park, take a hot bubble bath or
do yoga. You can even learn more about meditation.
I’ve mentioned binaural beats earlier on. They are sound tracks of scientifically
engineered frequencies that are designed to enhance brain performance and create a
state of total relaxation.
15 Ways To Cheer You Up When You Feel Down
We all go through times when we feel sad or even a little depressed. It may be because
things keep going against you or because you lost something or someone you care about
or even because you regret something that you did or did not do.
Going through some moments of sadness is nothing to be ashamed of or even to fear. I
think that every now and then a bit of sadness is good to balance out the other emotions.
However, it is not good to stay sad for very long because that is emotionally damaging.
A good way to deal with sadness is to embrace it fully, let it hurt for a few days and then
let it pass through you and be done with it.
Whatever the reason for you being sad, it is always nice to have some ways to cheer you
up and that is exactly what I am about to give you; 15 ways to cheer you up when you
Take 5 minutes and consciously breathe. Count your breaths, inhale and exhale. When
you focus on breathing, you will notice that you become more relaxed and your worries
and troubles melt away.
I’m talking about the sitcom. I have probably watched every episode ten times and it
always gets a smile on my face. Feeling down? Just watch an episode or two and your
mood will lift.
3-) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Just Google ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger switchboard’ and you’ll understand what I mean. It is
an online switchboard with recorded clips from Arnold and his awesome accent.
Guaranteed to make you feel better!
4-) Saying Images
Since I found this site I’ve been in love with it. No essays or articles, just unique and
original pictures with a message. Very cool.
Stuffing yourself with your favourite flavour ice-cream always does wonders. It might not
be healthy and it might not be a solution, but damn, it tastes good and makes you feel
Get a canvas or a wall or something that you can paint on and let your emotions flow. Let
the paintbrush and colors flow freely and your mood will lift.
7-) (Real) Friends, Food and Movies
Ask your best friends to come over for the night, get some good movies and great food
and just hang out. You don’t even have to say anything to each other, just enjoy the
movies, food and each other’s company.
8-) Play With A Dog
Dogs never seem to have big troubles. They are always energetic and up for fun. Ask
someone who has a dog if you can borrow it for the day.
9-) Bubble Bath
Draw a nice warm bath full of bubbles and bath salts. Relax and soak your troubles in the
water and leave them behind when you get out of the bath.
You may not be in the mood to sing, because generally people only sing when they are
happy. Put on your favourite song and sing along. You will begin to feel better and it
might even change your mood completely!
11-) Create Something
I mentioned painting earlier, but you can do anything you want. Pottery, drawings,
carpentry, paper-mache, a song and Lego are some ideas. Be artistic and just make
something with your own two hands, it will make you feel better!
12-) Bake a Cake
Yep, even if you are a guy, baking a cake once in a blue moon can be fun. It can be fun to
whip up all the ingredients and create something delicious, especially when you are
feeling a little down. If your cake comes out perfectly, you can devour it to make you feel
13-) Buy Yourself Flowers.
A fresh bouquet of beautiful flowers always cheers me up. They smell amazing and look
so pretty. I can often notice a big lift in my mood when I have flower in front of me for a
14-) Blow Bubbles
So simple and yet so fascinating. Dip the little stick in the soapy water and blow on it to
make a bubble that floats through the air.
15-) Happiness Comes From Within
Even though many of these suggestions will cheer you up and put you in a better mood,
true happiness comes from within you. The only person who can ultimately make you
happy is you. I found that the less you rely on other things making you happy, the easier
it is to be happy.
23 Creative Ways To Make Extra Money
Money makes the world go 'round (or so they day). While money may not be able to buy
you happiness or love, we all need it to survive.
If you are already balling in the cash then this section most likely will not apply to you
(and I am happy for you). However, most people are not in that fortunate situation so this
section is dedicated to anybody who could happily use some extra money.
Just like with so many things in life, your mindset and beliefs play a big role when it
comes to money. If you believe that money is very hard to come by and that you will
likely never make a lot of it, then that might be exactly what life gives you.
I am not saying that by merely believing that you should make millions that you will, but
that mindset definitely opens new possibilities. When you believe that it is possible to
make a lot of money, your brain can now start to come up with ideas and ways that can
materialize that belief (which was previously not possible because you did not believe
that you could make a lot of money).
I highly recommend Rishan B's Manifest It All Today course.
It only costs $17 and Rishan will teach you how to reprogram your mind to attract and
“manifest” almost anything you desire with a few very simple steps.
Even if you're skeptical about the law of attraction, check out his free video
presentation here: Manifest It All Today
To continue with the theme of this chapter...here are some creative ways you can go
about making extra money.
Remember, even if these ways seem small, many small amounts add up to big amounts.
Try not to consider yourself too good to do any type of work. You may have to start at the
bottom, but if you don't give up you will work yourself up to the top.
Here are 23 creative ways to make some extra money:
Offline – The Real World
1-) Mow Lawns
Something very simple that everyone can do. Lawns continue to grow and people with
lawns usually have someone mow it for them. Go around in your neighbourhood and ask
your neighbours if you can mow their lawn on a weekly basis for a small fee.
2-) Paint Curb numbers
Get a can of paint and go around your neighbourhood offering to paint the house-
number clearly on the curb so that people will easily be able to find their house. Charge
$5 or $10.
3-) Au Pair
Are you good with kids? If you are trustworthy and responsible you should be able to find
people with kids who need a babysitter every now and then. Possibly even on a regular
or daily basis.
4-) Dog Walking
Start your own little business and go around offering people to walk their dogs for them
for a small fee. It will give you good exercise too!
5-) Part-Time Job
Work can be scarce in today’s economy, but if you look around you should be able to find
a part-time job somewhere. Clean windows, pack shelves, bag groceries. Just something
simple for a few hours a week and it could make you some extra money.
6-) Work In a Bar
This classifies as a part-time job but I thought I’d give it an extra mention. Bar-tending is
rather easy to learn and anybody can do it. It does require late nights but you can try to
choose nights when you are free (like weekends).
7-) Write a Book
Do you have extensive knowledge on a subject or do you have wild theories about life?
Maybe you have a vivid imagination and can come up with entertaining and awesome
fictional stories. Take a look at the ‘Harry Potter’ series that started as bedtime stories for
a mother’s children.
8-) Make Music
The effect of music is enormous. There are hundreds of different styles and many
instruments that you can choose from. Music is universal and you do not need a degree
to be able to make it. Who knows, maybe you have natural talent to write songs or come
up with amazing melodies and lyrics. What if you’re good enough to create an album?
9-) Make Jewellery
Everybody likes jewellery. Maybe you can come up with a creative or unique design that
is cheap and easy to make and hundreds or thousands of people will want to buy.
10-) Paint or Draw
Besides the fact that painting and drawing is fun, it can also bring in some extra money.
People love art and sometimes the more abstract and unique the art, the more people
will pay for it. Discover if you have a hidden Van Gogh or Picasso inside of you.
11-) Offer To Advertise
Brand your car or walk around with a T-shirt promoting someone’s idea for them. The
more people you can advertise to or the smarter your advertising idea, the more you can
make with it.
12-) Teach Something
Everyone has something that they are good at. What are your skills? Offer to teach
people one-on-one or start group lessons. Maybe you can teach someone a language, or
teach guys how to get girls, or teach students how to become better writers.
13-) Sell Stuff
Chances are that you have stuff lying around your house that you never use or don’t
really need. Sell it for some extra cash. You will be amazed what you can sometimes come
14-) Sign Up For Medical Tests
Not something I would personally do (maybe giving blood) but there are people who get
thousands of dollars for being guinea pigs for medical procedures and new drugs.
15-) Cut Expenses
The easiest way to make money is by not spending it. Run through your expenses to see if
there is anything you can cut down on or even eliminate completely.
Online – The Virtual World
16-) Build An Online Business
The evolution of the internet has made it possible for everyone to start their own online
business at a fraction of the cost of a brick and mortar business.
In fact, you can start an online business for as little as $150. Add your own time and effort
to the mix and within months you can be making a few hundred to a few thousand
dollars per month.
As an example, my own personal development blog Upgradereality.com which I started
as a hobby (and now turned into more of a business) is making me between $500 and
$1000 every single month. And can you guess how much time I spend working on it? Only
about 2 hours every day.
Even if you know nothing about the internet or setting up a website, you can start an
online business today about a topic that interests you. I've set up a free tutorial with all
the steps (completely fool-proof) about setting up an online business:
I can honestly say that this is the best way I know to make extra money, and the beautiful
thing is that the amount of money you make keeps growing. You're investing your time
and effort into something that will really pay off in the future and be worth your while.
Remember that if you build an online business making $1000 per month, you're not only
making $12,000 per year, but you'll also be able to sell it for $12,000-$24,000!
17-) Start an affiliate site
An affiliate site is a website set up with the sole purpose of promoting a product and
getting commissions for a sale. You can create a site for a product and drive traffic
towards it by writing articles, advertising or getting good rankings in search engines by
building backlinks. This will also not happen overnight and will take quite a bit of effort
and persistence to master, but once you get it right you can literally make thousands of
dollars a month with it.
I wrote a detailed article about affiliate marketing here:
Squidoo is a Web 2.0 community created my marketing genius Seth Godin. Web 2.0
means that you can create your own account and set up free squidoo pages (as many as
you like). On those pages you can write about things you love and insert affiliate links. It
is similar to a website, but because it is free you are governed by the Squidoo rules.
These rules often restrict certain products and they place ads all around the page which
result in people clicking these ads and not your content or affiliate links. However, it is
still possible to make some extra money with Squidoo.
Ebay is an online market place where you can buy and sell all sorts of things. If you have
stuff lying around at home you can put it up for auction on eBay. If you are creative and
make things that you can sell, do it on eBay.
20-) Article Marketing
Have you heard about article marketing? The concept is simple and it is totally free. It
involves you writing articles that promote affiliate products and if you make sales you get
commissions. However, thousands of people do this on a daily basis, so your articles have
to be good and targeted to be able to get traffic. There is definitely potential to make
money with article marketing and all it will cost you is time (not money). Check out
21-) Offer Services
If you are good at writing articles or you have some designing skills in Photoshop, you
could offer your services on a site like Digitalpoint Forums.
Just like you can market with articles, you can also market with videos. Maybe you are a
skilled camera-person. Create funny clips or inspirational ones and you could get
thousands of views. Link to a product in your video and you may find yourself making
23-) Forex Trading
I added forex trading but purposely put it last. The reason being that forex trading is risky
and requires capital that you can afford to lose. If you don’t have money to spare then I
don’t advise trading forex.
However, if you have some money that you could afford to lose then forex trading could
be a source of incredible wealth and freedom.
I strongly advise that you spend days and weeks learning and studying the forex markets
and the ins and outs of trading before you even consider risking your hard-earned money.
I'll soon release a detailed tutorial series about forex trading and how to make money
with it. Be sure to keep an eye open when it arrives in your inbox.
14 Sweet Ways To Make A Good First Impression
Although first impressions can be totally deceiving, almost everyone judges a person
based on that first impression. This means your entire future relationship with anyone
(business,friendship or lover) can depend on it.
Often that first impression is created in just a few seconds. This is due to the fact that we
build a lot of prejudices into our minds. When you see someone the first time, our mind
subconsciously runs through a check-list of all these prejudices and picks up which ones
are present and which ones are not. That is why you will instantly be fond of certain
people and also instantly not want to be around other people.
Just remember that first impressions are not always the truth and someone that you
initially like or dislike may not be someone that you will like or dislike as you get to know
more about them.
Here are some great ways to make a good first impression:
1-) Be Well-Groomed
Not everyone will admit it but most people allow someone’s physical appearance to
make a contribution to their first impression of that person. Sloppy personal hygiene can
indicate lack of interest. The deduction (but not always the truth) from this is that if
someone does not pay attention to their own body, why would they pay attention to you
or their role towards you.
2-) Dress Neatly
Some people are millionaires but dress in shorts and an old t-shirt because they don’t
care and it’s comfortable. However, if you are dressed neatly or stylishly, you will often
make a good impression on someone, A suit and tie are not necessary, as long as your
clothes look good and match the occasion.
3-) Be On Time
Being on time is very important for a first impression. If you have an appointment, a
meeting or a date, it is always better to be 5 minutes early and have to wait than to be
too late. Being on time shows that you have integrity and do as you promise and that you
respect the other person’s time. Like I said, very important!
4-) Good Manners
Good manners go a long way in contributing to a good first impression. A good
introduction, holding the door open for someone, being the last to sit and speaking with
two words (yes Sir or yes M'am) are examples of good etiquette.
5-) Be Polite
Being polite kind of falls in the same category as having good manners. Don’t interrupt
people while they are talking, ask them how they are doing, be polite to the people
around that person who you are making a first impression on etc.
6-) Be Authentic
You can usually tell the difference between someone who is fake and someone who is
authentic within minutes of talking to them. People who are fake and who say and do
things only to impress others are not liked by many. Strive to let all your actions and
words be authentic. Mean what you say and do something because you believe in it and
want to do it.
A smile goes a long way and is sometimes enough to brighten someone’s entire day.
Seeing someone smile often makes me want to smile and this is a great effect to have on
other people. If you can make someone smile and laugh from the moment you meet
them, you can count on it that you made a good first impression on them.
8-) Give a Genuine Compliment
Try to notice something about someone that really stands out and give them a genuine
compliment for it. Flattery always works, especially when it comes from the heart and
you mean what you say.
9-) Help Someone
Showing that you care about others and don’t only think about yourself will definitely
help you make a good first impression. It doesn’t mean that you have to go out of your
way to try to make that good impression. If someone happens to cross paths with you
that could use some help and it won’t cost you much, then help them out.
10-) Take Initiative
People like people who take initiative. People who take initiative are often known as
leaders, because they do not wait for other people to tell them what to do and when to
do it. Leaders are respected, they make decisions and they take initiative.
11-) Take Interest In The Other Person
Don’t try to talk about yourself too much. Rather, take interest in the other person. Who
are they, what are they all about? Get them to talk about themselves, most people love
this. People want to feel important. The more personal stories you can get them to tell,
the more likely it is that they will be impressed.
12-) Be Humble
Even if you are very successful, have a lot of money or are really famous, try not to use it
as a way to impress people. Someone will be a lot more impressed if they know these
things about you but that you did not try to flaunt it in their face.
13-) Body Language
90% of communication is non-verbal. This is exactly why it is so important to have
correct body language. Here are a few tips:
• Sit up straight (don’t slouch)
• Walk erect (shoulders back)
• Maintain Eye Contact (don’t look away all the time)
• Relaxed (not fidgety or nervous)
• Confident Actions (do everything with intent and purpose)
14-) Have Fun
This is probably one of the more important things to make a good first impression. Have
fun with whatever you do and be positive. This conveys that you are not doing anything
to make an impression, you are not there to take value from the other person. Instead
you give value and your spread your positivity and enthusiasm.
33 Beautiful Reasons Why Life Is Awesome
Do not take things for granted because your entire life could change forever in just a split
second. This chapter serves as a reminder to be grateful for the things you have.
If all goes well we can expect to have a good 70-80 years of life on earth. There is an
endless list of reasons why life is totally awesome and why you should look to make the
most of it.
From something as small as a butterfly to something as majestic as being part of a huge
solar system in an even bigger universe, life is absolutely amazing and our world has so
many beautiful things to offer.
When I see people who are depressed or who hate their lives, I just can't help myself but
ask “Why?”. If you ever find yourself in a bad mood, turn to this list to remind you of why
you should be thankful for every moment of life you can experience.
1-) Being in Love
The feeling of being in love and being absolutely crazy about someone is one of the best
feelings in the world. You just want everybody to be as happy as you are and your love
shows in everything that you do.
2-) A Kiss
A soft and tender or wild and passionate kiss is another one of life’s most amazing things.
Especially if you really like the other person, the touch of their lips against yours is one to
experience as much as possible.
3-) A Hug
A hug can take away worries or fears in an instant. It can cheer you up in seconds and it is
such a nice gesture of love, friendship or compassion. Whether you hug a lover, friend or
total stranger, give and get as many hugs as you can!
4-) A Smile
Just like a hug, a smile can say and do so many things. A smile can make you feel safe, it
can cheer you up, it can invite you over, it can say ‘Hi’, it can say ‘I love you’ and it can
inspire you. Smile every day, it is free and can affect so many people in a good way!
Happiness comes from within. You can have absolutely nothing and still be the happiest
person in this world.
6-) Working Together
There are few things as amazing as working towards the same goal with other people. It
unites us and makes us feel like part of something bigger. Here in South Africa they have a
saying that people in South Africa only work together if they have to carry a case of beer.
Just take a look back in history and see all the great things that were achieved and built
by hundreds and thousands of people working together.
Being alone is not very fun. Having people to share your experiences with makes life fun.
People who you can trust and who encourage you to be your best self, people who you
have adventures with, people who are there for you in good times and bad times, those
friendships make life totally awesome. Here's how to make friends anywhere in the
8-) New Life
Have you ever held a new-born baby? If you did then you were holding life in its purest
form. That miniature person can put a smile on anyone’s face.
If you live healthy the chances are great that you have 70 years on this planet to learn,
love, grow, teach and do what you are passionate about.
Fuzzy furry creatures or fish in an aquarium. There are so many hundreds of types of
creatures on our planet and it is absolutely amazing to see what they look like and how
they live and act. Read this story about a dog's purpose.
Sushi is one of my favourite foods! It just tastes so good and it’s rather healthy too. Going
for sushi is a good reason why life is awesome!
The Italians got it right. All sorts of pastas, macaronis and lasagnes. Yum!
These little power-berries taste delicious, are really healthy and rejuvenate your soul!
Munch a few handfuls and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
It’s not often that I eat ice-cream but every now and then I indulge. I always go to a place
that has the best ice-cream in the world (that I’ve tasted) and eating their icy cold
goodness is heavenly.
15-) Martial Arts
Few things compare to the enjoyment you can get from martial arts. Not only is it good
for exercise and physical health, martial arts are very good for spiritual strength and
cultivating discipline. Read more about the top 3 martial arts styles.
16-) No Limits
There are no limits to what you can achieve in life. No matter what environment you are
in and where you were brought up, there is always possibility for change. You could be
the person who single-handedly changes the way that the whole world thinks or does
something. You can do anything you set your mind to.
Life is a series of adventures, all totally unpredictable. That is what makes it so much fun!
You never know what is coming next. There are ups and there are downs, like a
rollercoaster ride. It’s up to you to make the most of it.
18-) Scientific Breakthroughs
Constantly discovering things we never knew and never thought possible.100 years ago
people said the automobile would never be able to go 100km/h. Hundreds of years ago
they thought that the earth was flat. Every year we are making major break-throughs in
many different fields. How amazing is that?
19-) Fly, Walk or Dive
We are lucky enough to be able to do what birds, fish and land-mammals do. We can fly
through the air (planes, hangliders, skydive), we can travel across water or be submerged
in it (scuba-diving or submarines) and we can cross land (by foot, car, train etc). Here are
100 crazy things to do before you die.
One of the world’s most beautiful sights is seeing the sun set in the horizon. The bright
orange and pink spectrum of light setting the sky on fire as you sit on the beach or lie in
the grass. Guess what, it happens every single night (except for certain places in the
world that experience only day or only night for parts of the year)!
21-) The Beach
Hearing the ocean, seeing the waves break on the shore, feeling the sand between your
toes and smelling the fresh sea air is what makes the beach so beautiful. A trip to he
beach every now and then is one of the big enjoyments of life.
22-) The Sun
That big fiery ball of gas in the sky that is responsible for life as we know it. Feeling its
warmth and rays on our faces and allowing it go give us beautiful sunrises and sunsets,
the sun makes our lives beautiful!
It’s cold but oh so beautiful. Tiny little snowflakes falling from the sky to cover our world
in a layer of white fluffy powder. Amazing to see and lots of fun to play with.
24-) Tropical Islands
There is something about tropical islands that make life totally sweet. Golden beaches,
palm tress, hot weather, aqua blue waters…
25-) The Wonders of the World
I could list them all separately but I decided to group them together. The Pyramid of Giza,
the gardens of Babylon, the Stone Henge and so on. These amzing sights are so
breathtaking and inspiring that being alive and having the possibility to see them with
your own eyes is incredible.
26-) The Eiffel Tower
There are many beautiful sites and structures around the world, but the Eiffel Tower is
one that I have been on personally. I love it and it’s really amazing to see Paris from high
The world has so much to offer. So many beautiful places, different countries, different
cultures. In today's age it's so easy to travel abroad. Seeing the beauty of the world really
makes life worth living. Here are 100 reasons to travel the world.
They’re awesome, they’re free and they take a little skill to master.
29-) Playing Piano
Making music with any instrument is wonderful. I listed piano because it is one that I play,
but guitar or violin or saxophone are options too. The ability to create beautiful tones and
combine them into a piece of music makes life worth living!
Move your body to the music and allow the beat to flow through you. Dancing is so much
fun and can be done by anyone of any age and any location. You could even dance right
now while sitting in your chair reading this article!
I would dare say that music is life. Life is rhythm, whether it be the breaking of the waves
on the shore or the beat of your heart. Music is all around us. Songs have the power to
transform moods in seconds and inspire us beyond imagination.
It may be a little strange to say that life is awesome because we can watch movies.
Personally I am a big movie fan and love kicking back with some good food and a great
33-) Life is Awesome
If you think that life is awesome, then life will be awesome! Here is a list of my favorite
inspirational and awesome quotes.
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I honestly believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. Where there is a will,
there is a way.
Do not let life pass you by while wishing for things to be different. The only way that
things will be different is if you make them different. You need to take action to get to
where you want to be. One hour a day and taking small steps will lead to huge results
Dirk de Bruin a.k.a. Diggy
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