It's no secret that "New Age Thinking" or "The Consciousness Movement" is spreading. More and more people across the nation are using positive thinking to create drastic changes in their personal lives. But does this work in business? Is it possible to successfully bring your spiritual nature into your place of business?
In April 2002, the Harvard Business School published a piece entitled "Does Spirituality Drive Success?". The piece was based on three panel sessions held during the Mobious Leadership Forum where entrepreneurs from all walks shared their thoughts on leadership, values, and spirituality in business. The prevailing sentiment from successful business leaders across the board was that they all credited their success to believing in forces greater than themselves, to injecting an attitude of mindfulness in the workplace, and to holding themselves to higher ideals and values.
To dig deeper into the subject, I reached out to Jo-Na' Williams. Successful attorney and business/personal empowerment coach who's had her work highlighted in Forbes , Entrepreneur, and more - Jo-Na' specializes in helping propel creative entrepreneurs and their businesses to new heights. She has a fierce no nonsense approach that focuses on getting people to get out of their own way. Most of what holds us back - according to Jo-Na' - are not outside influences, but rather internal blocks, that once removed, allowed room for exponential growth. Many of her clients come to her expressing that good ol' hamster in the wheel feeling - putting in the work, committing to the grind, but still not seeing the results. This is where Jo-Na' steps in, helping clients avoid "victim mode" so that they can reclaim power over their lives. "It all starts with gratitude," she muses. Often times it's subtle shifts and taking the time to be still, be quiet, and listen to the voice within to receive answers that the mind finds otherwise unavailable. Counterintuitive though it may seem, time and time again the results have proven that taking the time for an internal shift sets you on a path for exceptional gains.
Taking the time to put your well being and your values before the almighty dollar allows you to better enjoy your success. Tony Schwartz would attest to this. Early in his career he took an opportunity with his eyes on the dollar, that he would later regret. The book the he'd co-author with a budding real estate mogul named Donald J. Trump - "The Art of the Deal", would go on to be a New York Times Bestseller and bring much financial success to Tony Schwartz's way. He's gone on record on multiple occasions stating that his sacrifice of his values would prevent him from enjoying much of that success. He states that he remained unsatisfied until he discovered and operated upon his "primary values".
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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.