There are three types of people in this world: those who lay back, those who achieve, and those who overachieve. If you find yourself part of the first variety, you might be completely content with your laziness, or you might be wondering what is separating you from the kinds of people that achieve their dreams and more.
The problem comes when you believe work ethic to be an unchangeable given, that you are forever destined to be on the local train instead of the express. But a few changes of mind can help shine a new light on your productivity.
The enemy of productivity is distraction. And in our age of stimuli-overdrive, distraction is an easy rabbit hole into which to plunge. But you're one Tasty video away from complete detachment. Distraction is a double-edged sword. In one sense, it gives us a mental break from whatever task we're doing, and in another sense, makes it even harder to refocus. But as humans, we sabotage ourselves by even allowing ourselves the option of getting distracted.
When you add up the 30-second bursts you spend speed-scrolling in a moment of creative distress, it can amount to hours in your day. That's why, when you have a task to do, it will take you less time to do it in one shot then to break it up into a million little pieces. Turn your Internet off. Install parental controls on yourself. Set a timer, and give yourself a reward for getting through your assignment within the parameters. Eliminating distraction requires discipline.
Discipline is the next aspect that underachievers lack. But this time, you won't be motivated by good or bad grades. You will, however, be motivated by a paycheck and an overall feeling of value. Discipline is the ability to rein in your desire to do something else, and to find pleasure in the challenge of staying on task. When we're alone, however, this can be difficult to keep accounts on. That's why it's often useful to tell others about your goals, to add another level of accountability. Pressure is always a good thing.
The last aspect that separates the underachievers from the overachievers is their cognizance of what others are doing. While it's an inherent human quality to compare oneself to others, it's unproductive and can cloud your individual goals. Just because everyone else is starting a business doesn't mean that you have to, or that that's even the right path for you. If you dwell too much on what others are doing (via social media, or what have you), then it's often more of a distraction and depressant than it is a motivator.
The road to becoming an achiever or overachiever is a long one, but one that can be accomplished with a lot of effort, motivation, and drive. So put those blinders on and go!
Airbnb offers an affordable option for people looking to be more comfortable as they travel.
However, there are downsides to staying in a host's home rather than a hotel. Whereas hotels are designed for constant streams of visitors and often have furniture built to last, at an Airbnb, you may be staying on old or cheap furniture that a host is using in order to maximize their profits.
And while most reputable hotels will have regular room inspections from staff to check for any wear and tear, Airbnb damage disputes are oftentimes he said, she said situations. If you are in an Airbnb and something breaks, there are a few steps you should take in order to ensure that you are not on the hook for damages out of your control.
If you're keeping tabs on the art and tech worlds, you've probably been hearing whispers about "NFTs" for the past month. Just over the past week they've entered the mainstream lexicon.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made the news for selling his first ever tweet. The app has been teasing paid subscription models and newsletter-like features, but tweets for sale is "the next frontier."
just setting up my twttr— jack (@jack)1142974214.0
The 2006 tweet went up for auction as an NFT, and the current bid is $2.5 Million. But what does it mean to own that? Why would anyone want to? And what even is an NFT?
Long gone are the days when the majority of Americans dreamed about owning a home with a white picket fence.
The traditional American Dream may be on its deathbed, but that doesn't mean a core component of the vision can't survive. It simply takes a diverse perspective. People can still believe they can attain their own vision of success in society with hard work, knowledge, and risk-taking. Investing in today's American Dream may literally mean investing money in our modern economy, starting with our infrastructure.
Real estate investing in particular is a lucrative method that can boost income and secure a better financial future for many. There's always risk involved, but the payoffs can far outweigh the uncertainty. Selecting solid financial investments is about confidence and competence. If you're looking for some advice on this kind of investment, here are a few savvy tips for new real estate investors.
Stick To a Specific Strategy or Niche
Real estate is a challenging sphere of the business world, one that requires several key skills: groundwork knowledge, networking, perseverance, and organization. True knowledge of the real estate market will come with time and experience, but it's a smart idea to select one area of the market and stick to it. This is the best way to attain in-depth familiarity with your specific niche.
First, choose a geographical area close by and then a niche strategy within it, such as house flips, rental rehabs, or residential or commercial properties. By doing so, you can become aware of current inner working conditions in the market and you'll have a better idea of how these trends may change in the future.
Be Vigilant About Viable Financing Options
While it takes money to make money, you don't have to use all your own money. A common misconception about real estate investing is that you must be wealthy to start off. This isn't straight fact, however. A majority of people can test the waters of real estate investing without a lot of initial cash in their pocket.
Aside from traditional financing options from banks and institutions, private lending options can be worthy solutions. Hard money lenders are popular, reasonable choices, and they tend to have fewer qualification requirements upfront. However, be sure to strategically choose a hard money lender to find the best possible fit.
Master the Art of Finding Good Deals
There may be hundreds of thousands of available properties for sale on the current market, but the bulk of them will never amount to the final money-making result you desire. Another great tip for new real estate investors is to use good math to estimate profit. Taking risks is part of the process, but you have the ability to analyze properties and use networking sources to find the greatest deal. You can't win every deal, but you can steadily work towards a thriving financial future.