Why Passive Income Is Like the Stock Market

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More than ten years ago, in the early days of this blog, John wrote about the concept of trading hours for dollars. If you haven’t read that post, I highly recommend you go back and read it. A lot has changed on the Internet since then, but the fundamental philosophy remains the same. Passive income is the way to go, long term.

A lot of people have the common misconception that it takes no time to earn passive income. They think this income stream just runs itself and you just wait for the cash to come rolling in. That’s not true. It’s just different, because you are no longer trading hours for dollars. Per se.

What’s Your Time Worth to You?

When you work a regular job, let’s say in retail, you can expect to earn a guaranteed amount of money (ignoring taxes and other deductions for simplicity’s sake) for the time you put in. If your job pays $15 an hour and you work a 4 hour shift, you get $60. The relationship is very straightforward and direct.

When you have a traditional salaried position, the relationship is similar, but a little more fluid. Let’s say that your annual salary is $52,000. To keep things as simple as possible, we’ll ignore vacation pay, sick days, deductions and so forth. This means, in effect, that you are earning $1,000 a week on a steady basis. However, because you’re on salary, the actual number of hours you work each week can vary. When things are slow, your boss might let you take some time off or leave the office early.

Let’s say on a slower week, you only had to work for 20 hours. If that is the case, then it means that you earned $50 an hour for that week. Not bad at all. But then your company gets pummeled with a big project that needs immediate attention. You work longer hours during the week and your boss says you have to come in on the weekend too. In that week, you worked 100 hours. Suddenly, your effectively hourly wage is only $10. Not so good anymore, but the effect is the same. You traded hours for dollars.

How Is Passive Income Different?

When you pursue a passive income stream, there is far less of a direct 1-to-1 relationship between the time you put in and the dollars you receive out the other end. Make no mistake. Earning passive income still takes time (and other resources). If you have a blog, it takes time to design the site, maintain it, write and edit blog posts, promote your content, and so on. Each of these tasks, however, don’t relate back to a specific amount of money earned, as least not directly.

Instead of trading your hours for dollars directly, you’re investing your time with the hope of better returns in the future. Let’s say that you design premium WordPress themes as our hypothetical example. Let’s say that you create this amazing theme and it takes you a total of 80 hours spread over two weeks to complete it, including all the time to create a squeeze page, a sales channel and all that other stuff that goes with it.

Before you receive your first sale, the total amount of money you’ve earned by working those 80 hours is zero. Zilch. Nada. Thus, your effectively hourly wage for that time is also $0.

Only One Direction to Go

For the sake of simplicity and convenience, let’s say you price this theme at $80. Let’s also ignore all the other costs involved — web hosting, transaction costs, income tax, etc. — so the math is as straightforward as possible. And then the first sale comes in. Your total revenue is $80 at this point, so your effective hourly wage for creating this WordPress theme is $1. Not so good, huh?

But let’s say that over the course of the next 12 months, you rake in a total of $50,000 in sales. You also put in a total of another 40 hours to promote the theme, maintain the website, and perform other related duties. Thus, for the 120 hours you’ve put in, you’ve earned $50,000. That works out to an hourly rate of $416.67. That’s much better than $1 an hour.

You invested 120 hours and got a return of $50,000. Now, let’s say that you put in no additional work at all and in year two, you manage to sell another $20,000. Your total revenue is now $70,000 for those original 120 hours invested, resulting in an effective hourly rate of $583.33. This number keeps getting better and this is the true beauty (and power) of passive income.

Risks and Rewards

However, just like investing in the stock market, your returns on passive income projects are not at all guaranteed. Let’s say that you put in the same 120 hours, but in two years, you only manage to sell $1,000 worth of your theme. That means your hourly rate works out to a mere $8.33, less than minimum wage in many places.

It’s about investing wisely and understanding the inherent volatility of the market, just like with stocks. The difference is that when you invest your time in passive income projects, your investment won’t tank to a value of zero… at least not in a direct sense (and ignoring the money and resources you may have invested in the project too). Because when you invest in a passive income project, at the very least, you gain the return of experience and insight, which you can then re-apply to another project and another project.

There are no guarantees and you need to manage your risk accordingly. But if you keep trading your hours for dollars, you’re only going to get trapped in a rat race that you’ll never escape. With passive income, the potential returns are literally limitless.

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3 Ingredients to Create the Life of Your Dreams

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Let’s bake a cake! This recipe calls for three simple ingredients: one cup of Courage, two tablespoons of Initiative, and three teaspoons of Will. You can put the money, education, and physical attractiveness back in the refrigerator. They can help improve the taste or quality, but they are not required to bake this cake. The cake is a metaphor for the life of your dreams. If you want to create massive achievement in your life, you will need to obtain courage, initiative, and will.

The main ingredients of courage, initiative, and will are fundamental to long term-achievement. You need the courage to start. The initiative is necessary to think outside the box. Will is required to continue when it gets tough.

Whether we are talking about achieving long-term happiness via a personal relationship or individual experiences, the ingredients mentioned above can significantly increase your chances of obtaining the life of your dreams. You aren’t born with courage, initiative, or will. In fact, you are born with fear, reluctance, and other mechanisms designed to keep you safe. However, with an intentional mindset guided by positive optimism, these characteristics can be grown and cultivated in a garden of possibilities for your life!  

How can you acquire courage, initiative, and will? Check out my 3 tips below:

1. Travel or better yet move out of the country

Yes, I will give you a moment to reread the line above. My first recommendation is for you to travel or ideally move out of the country! Travel and undeniably relocating outside of the country you were born in, requires courage. You must be brave to face the unknown, and there is no better way to do this other than to get out of your comfortable home environment and see the world. The experiences with traveling or moving will automatically build the courage within you to reach toward the achievements that you desire in life.  

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

2. Learn a new language

Ideally, with the recommendation from number one, you will choose a location where a language other than your native tongue is spoken. With language acquisition, the learner must develop a spirit of initiative to do something that is not required. You can live your entire life and only communicate in one language, or you can expand your horizon and do something different. To become fluent in a new language will not be easy; the life of your dreams is worth the fight. The process of learning a language will attract the necessary skill set that accompanies initiative and ties in within my final recommendation.

3. Fail as often as possible

In traveling and undeniably with learning a new language, you will make mistakes. If you are not failing in the process of adjusting to a different culture, which will occur in traveling and language acquisition, you are doing something wrong! You must fail to adapt and ideally this will happen as frequent as possible. This does not mean that you look to fail. It does mean that you understand failure as an opportunity to learn. Failure builds your ability to develop the power of will. Possessing will can enable you to learn from your mistakes, improve, and keep pushing toward the achievements that can create the life of your dreams.  

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” – Gerard Way

If you put courage, initiative, and will into the oven responsible for making your dreams become a reality, you will be successful. It will not be easy. Occasionally you will become frustrated and want to open the door and see what’s taking so long for the cake or the life you desire. However, just stay the course and allow courage, initiative, and will to blend and bring into fruition the life of your dreams.

What other ingredients would you add?  Comment below!

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10 Part Action Plan for Writing Your Very First Book

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There’s no doubt that writing a book is an excellent way to bolster your credibility and establish yourself as an authority. A book can also help you spread ideas and is a mechanism for people to connect with you. It’s a self-contained product that you can monetize, but it can also be a vehicle to sell your products and services. In many ways, your book can be your ticket to new income streams and opportunities.

Use these 10 steps below to get going on your first book:

1. Ask Yourself How You Can Help

Your book requires an idea, but the masterpiece depends on the value you will provide to the reader. Start by asking yourself, “how can I help?” You may have experience in a particular field or a passion for a specific topic, but either way, you need to first answer this question.

In my situation, I knew I could help entrepreneurs finish things because I was already familiar with the demands of the lifestyle and regularly work in that environment. How can you help your readers?

2. Formulate Your Main Idea

Once you know how you can help your reader, the main idea should be easy. The main idea addresses how you will approach the subject. Will your book be a step-by-step guide or will it inspire your readers to higher levels? If you’re stuck figuring out your main idea, think of it in terms of a plan – you’re going to provide a specific plan to your readers to accomplish something. That becomes the main idea.

3. Remember the Three Act Play

In story writing, there’s a character arc, where the protagonist winds up in a setting, encounters tension, and then resolves that tension. You want to set up your book in the same way, even if it’s a nonfiction work. Begin by laying out the context for your reader. What problems are they facing? What obstacles are in their path? Then help them break through those problems and overcome those obstacles. Finally, don’t leave them hanging. Create a resolution that enables your readers to finish your book with a clear vision for moving beyond.

4. Title 15 Chapters

I’ve found that most failed author’s miss this strategy and it can make all the difference in finishing your first book. Open up a new document and give yourself numbers one through fifteen. After each number, give it a title that communicates the idea of that chapter. “1. Sleep’s Role in Weight Loss.” “2. How to Respond to a Micromanaging Boss.” You get the idea, but by giving each chapter a title, you’re essentially creating a roadmap for the completed book.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

5. Write a One Sentence Summary of Each Chapter

As you come up with titles for each chapter, you will want to start creating one sentence summaries for each. Think of these as the miniature Christmas trees that will eventually have ornaments hanging on them when Christmas rolls around. The one sentence summary will also help you remember what you wanted to write about as you proceed through each chapter.

6. Divide and Conquer

Take 50,000 words and divide it by 15. Fifty-five thousand is the target number of words in your book. Fifteen is the number of chapters. Do that math and you’ll quickly see that you’ll only need about 3,300 words for each chapter. When we see a blank screen and the need for 50,000 words, most new authors tend to give up. Can you write 3,300 words? Yes, you can. It’s almost like writing a couple of magazine articles for each chapter.

Breaking up your book into smaller chunks will give you the psychological advantage of seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Conquer one chapter at a time, and before you know it, you will complete an entire book.

7. Spell Check

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a manuscript and it’s obvious the author never even bothered to spell check. If you don’t think your writing is worth the effort, why do you think your readers will take the time? It’s a fundamental rule of writing and will go a long way in proving to your readers you care about your craft.

8. Do a Table Read

Actors will often sit around a table reading a script prior to acting out a scene. Why? It ensures the dialogue is well-developed and makes logical sense. While you don’t necessarily need to read your book out loud, you do need to actually read it before you finalize it.

If you’re like most authors, your writing will take place over weeks or months, and involve many different emotional states. You don’t want your book to sound like it was written by a schizophrenic person, so read it through in one sitting at least once before you consider it complete.

“Read your paper backward, sentence by sentence, as a final proofreading step. This technique isolates each sentence and makes it easier to spot errors you may have overlooked in previous readings.” – Claire B. May Gordon S. May

9. Don’t Forget to Edit

The table read I described above is going to highlight problems with the flow and language in your book. That’s why you will want to follow immediately with a round of edits. Editing will also give you the opportunity to improve your material and eliminate the possibility of lingering mistakes in the manuscript.

10. Make a Plan to Distribute

If you plan to write a book but make no plan to get it out into the world, you will probably stop short of finishing. After all, why finish if no one will ever read it? At the very least, you should self-publish the book in digital format which is inexpensive and easy to accomplish.

The worst that could happen is that you’ve completed your first book! Best case scenario is that your book is picked up by a major publisher and sells millions of copies. Either way, you’re unlikely to finish what you start without a plan for distribution.

Now what? Start writing. There’s no way to finish your first book without some words on the page.

Have you ever wanted to write a book? If so, let us know in the comments below!

If What You Want To Achieve is Different From The Crowd, Stay Alone.

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“You can’t win if you don’t play.”That’s true about life as well as the lottery. How often have we had our dreams crushed by thinking, “I can’t do that”?

You never know what’s possible until you try. If you don’t make an effort, you’ll never know how far you can go.

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Legally Blonde (2001), starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, and Selma Blair reminds us that determination can take you far. Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a sorority girl who has her heart broken.

Elle is determined to win back her guy. She accomplishes the incredible feat of getting into Harvard Law School to impress him.

If what you want to achieve is different from the crowd, stay alone

As a fashionable blonde with a bubbly personality, everyone doubts Elle’s abilities. Her fellow students take bets on how long she will survive law school, and people tell her that she really isn’t cut out for law.

Elle is undeterred by all of this. While she originally wanted to go to Harvard to impress her ex, she ends up finding herself along the way. Elle discovers that she has talents beyond her wildest imagining. She uses her skills to help others.

If she had given up or listened to the people who discouraged her, she couldn’t have achieved so much.

When it comes to your dreams, stand your ground

We need to chase our dreams, or we’ll never know what we can do. Many times, I’ve thought my dreams were impossible to achieve. Perhaps I need to give myself a chance to attempt a few of the things I’ve given up on in the past because of self-doubt.

Elle relentlessly pursues what she wants–no matter what people say. Legally Blonde is motivation to rethink what’s possible.

Legally Blonde gets 4 out of 5 stars for being funny and inspirational.

Embrace possibility and follow your bliss

We’re taught to avoid taking risks and making mistakes. Escape the ordinary, and welcome the possibility of doing something extraordinary.

Watch Legally Blonde and take on a challenge.

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More Common Blogging Mistakes You Could Be Making

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When starting a blog, you have to be very careful today because there is no shortage of other relevant blogs your visitor can turn to. Mistakes made during content writing and blog setup can be very costly because once a visitor leaves your domain, it will be very hard to get them back, especially when they had an initial bad experience. This is why I recommend doing your research before getting started so you can be careful what strategy you implement into your blog. I’ve made it a point to research common blogging mistakes every 2 months to ensure I’m following the fundamentals and what other experts are saying about the common blogging mistakes being made. Some bloggers have made it their initiative to do nothing but perform case studies, trying to find creative ways to either do something or avoid the common mistakes.

Today, I’d like to take some more time out to go over some other common blogging mistakes that you have to be careful about when setting up a blog or on your existing blog.

No Contact Email

The worst mistake you can make is NOT providing a way for people to get a hold of you. It adds credibility to your blog and you are genuinely trying to help people out, which is why you should always provide an email address. However, you have several ways this can be done and I encourage everyone to install a WordPress plugin that will set the entire form up for you. This form will obviously be placed on your contact page, but keep these things in mind as well.

A contact form is a great way to:

  • Get user feedback
  • Get content ideas
  • Business opportunities
  • Earn credibility

Don’t worry about people sending spam because email contact forms have evolved so much, you have “captcha” technology to protect you going forward.

Not Responding to Comments

This is a quick way to destroy your user loyalty because it’s always great to know the owner of the blog cares about your opinion. Let me ask you this: How would you feel if you leave feedback and no one replies back? It would make you feel like your opinion doesn’t matter and doesn’t count…right? If you want people to keep coming back to your blog, then it’s important you accept and reply to comments. This way, you’ll be able to get different opinions, which can lead to topic ideas and debates.

If you’re using WordPress, a simple plugin will be able to install the right comment box easily.

Slow on Social Media

If you’re starting to blog then don’t wait on social media and get your accounts setup right away. Social media will build reputations fast so if you haven’t built any profiles, then here’s something you should know: Your competition is already building their profiles, attracting readers. With competition comes the chance of you becoming obsolete faster so always stay ahead of the competition. The last thing you want is for readers to be drawn to your competition through social media because this will force them to forget about you. Social media is a great way to keep quality content in front of people so imagine the leverage your competition will have if you don’t have a social presence.

I’m not saying start spending hours, but it’s important to have some accounts on the major players like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Inconsistent Content

This is a mistake made by both beginners and existing bloggers so it’s important you keep your focus. First, you need to know your audience and the type of content they love to read. This will help guide your content writing going forward, keeping you focused on what’s most important. I like to pay close attention to the type of content my readers are sharing, looking for a pattern. Through this strategy, I can find what kind of content I should be focusing on going forward because I know my audience loves it from the social pattern. The worst mistake you can be doing is writing content that is NOT engaging enough for your readers. This is usually the case when your content topics are inconsistent, often because you don’t know your audience and their engagement pattern.

Content Formatting

With so much competition online, it’s important to give your readers what they need right away. By making your content easy to read and skim, you’ll be able to give them an immediate glance into what value you provide. I always write content in a way so if someone arrives on my page, they know they’ll find what they’re looking for. Here are a few tips I recommend:

  • Provide a breakdown of the content covered in introduction
  • Use “target” keywords in the main sub-headings
  • Breakdown the content into smaller paragraphs
  • Add images to portray your point
  • Infographics and videos work very well in illustrating the point quickly

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3 Steps to Increasing Your Confidence for Good

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As an ambitious person on the road to success, you know first hand how challenging it is to achieve your lofty goals. Let’s be honest, the road to success is littered with potholes and unexpected curves.

You need a consistent feeling of confidence if you want to make it to the finish line and rise victoriously. That’s why in this article, you’re going to learn the most simple and effective 3-step sequence to help you increase your confidence for good.

1. Learn One Thing

As an informed reader here, we’re skipping past the part where we harp on the importance of taking action for building confidence. You already took action by reading this article with the desire to get better. Perhaps, you made the sales call, pressed publish on your new post, did the interview, or pitched your idea.

But now it’s time to immediately learn one thing from the action you just took. The second after you take action, ask yourself, “What’s the one thing I can learn from this, to ensure I get a better result next time?”

If you’ve read Gary Keller’s powerful book, The One Thing, you know success isn’t about trying to do a million things. It’s about doing one thing — exceptionally. Similarly, instead of trying to derive 86 lessons from that sales call you just finished, start learning simply the number one best thing you can.

Here in step one, you do so by asking yourself the aforementioned question. It works like magic. When you ask yourself a question, your brain outputs an answer. This only happens if you start this sequence immediately after you take action — regardless of the result.

Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work.” – Gary Keller

2. Validate Yourself

In step two, take the time to validate yourself with positive self talk. Tell yourself, “Nice job. That took courage. Let’s keep going, baby. I’m going to do this. I’ve got this.” The key here is to speak to yourself positively and authentically. Speak to yourself the way a great mentor, coach, or friend would. Remember too, in this step, you are not pumping yourself up with empty affirmations or false hope.

You are validating yourself because you took action and you learned from that action. This deserves credit. By practicing the act of self validation here in step two, you train yourself to remain confident regardless of whether or not you achieved or came up short.

Validate yourself whether you land the client or fail to do so. Most don’t do this, it’s why they lack confidence. But you? You act, learn, then validate yourself, regardless of the external result. This trains you to feel good about yourself no matter what people say about you.

While most people crumble when they don’t get the results they desired, you feel confident even when you lose this battle. You know that the campaign is long, and, if you keep learning, you’ll get accomplish the goals you desire in the end.

3. Repeat the Action

Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it.” Carnegie said it best and it’s why step three is a simple call to action — to repeat the action you just took. By repeating the action as soon as possible, you don’t give yourself time to ruminate or overthink.

In step one, you learned one important, personalized nugget of wisdom that’ll help you perform better from now on. Then in step two, you validated yourself with positive self talk — reminding yourself that by continuing to take persistent action, success is inevitable.

Now? There’s nothing left to say. Without delay, it’s time to get back on the horse and take another crack at it! Your confidence continues to grow as you take more actions, learn more from those actions, and remind yourself that you’re a champ for taking all these actions!

“Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold. And see just how big you can blow up your life.” – Gary Keller

Why This 3-Step Sequence Increases Your Confidence for Good

By repeating this sequence, you gain important knowledge, continuously remind yourself of your positive traits, and most importantly — you desensitize yourself to any fears you once had.

You’re going to fall in love with this process of taking action. Whether that action for you is making sales calls, pitching your startup to investors, interviewing for competitive positions, or publishing new content online, the more you act using these 3-steps, the more confident you’ll become.

A key side benefit of using this sequence is you quickly enter a massive, perpetual state of action. This all but guarantees you increased real world results. These improved results become the cherry on top to your core confidence.

When you lack confidence, how do you find the confidence you need again? Let us know by commenting below!

Stepping Stones Will Get You To Your Destination

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There’s a quote that says, “Look back and see how you have far you have come through.”

It’s easy for us to forget small progresses we make each day because they don’t seems to contribute a lot to what we want. However, big things could not happen without small steps we take, just like you cannot reach the top of the ladder without stepping on the rungs.

Always remember, no matter how small your progress is, forward is forward. Appreciate yourself with every small progress you made and by doing so, you don’t need to wait until you look back to see how many great things you did!

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The Fundamentals of a Great YouTube Video Description

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YouTube isn’t new. I don’t need to tell you that. It was a revolutionary video sharing platform for the masses well before Google acquired it, effectively cannibalizing the now defunct Google Video platform. A big difference that has emerged these last couple of years, however, is the accessibility of high quality video — both as consumers and as creators — for the general public. Anyone can shoot a full HD (or even a 4K) video these days using their smartphones.

You can invest in more expensive equipment, to be sure, improving both your picture and audio quality. You can get terrific video editing software to really up your production value and you can add in all sorts of effects to really capture the attention of your audience. That’s the thing: you still need an audience. That’s why it’s so critically important that you pay attention to how you write a YouTube video description.

The video description effectively serves two main purposes. First, it can provide the viewer with valuable information to supplement the video itself. Second, it can really help the YouTube algorithm determine what your video is about, what search terms it should rank for (if any at all), and what audience may be most interested in it. The question, then, is what should you include in your video description text. Let’s go over some of the basics.

Your Website Link

there are a number of different approaches to how you might want to do this. For me, I put the URL of my website front and center, even before the actual description text itself. This maximizes branding and exposure. You can see this in place with all my vlogs, like this one where I indulged in the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

A Video Description

This is probably going to sound ridiculously obvious, but it needs to be stated. Your YouTube video description needs a video description! It doesn’t need to fully spell out everything that is happening in the video (nor should it), but it should give the viewer some idea of what to expect. This also helps the YouTube search engine determine the subject matter.

Relevant Links

It may or may not always be the case that you have some supplementary material to go along with your YouTube video. When you do have something, though, you should definitely link to it in the video description. In the case of my vlog, I wrote up a quick blog post to go with it and that link is clearly provided in the description.

Similarly, I listed the locations where I went for the hot chocolate festival. This is a “value add” for the viewer, in case he or she wants to go to these places too. This inclusion was not sponsored in any way and I was under no obligation, but at the end of the day, content is king and you want to provide as much value for your audience as possible.

Music Licenses and Other Information

Don’t get caught using unlicensed music in your video. You could get a strike against your account, your video might be blocked in certain countries (especially Germany for some reason), or you might get outright banned from YouTube altogether. If you find royalty-free music that you can use in your video, that’s great. Just make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Social Links

Someone who is watching your video in YouTube and has taken the added step of expanding your video description is likely pretty interested in what else you’re doing and where they can find more information. Make it as easy as possible for them to find you.

Here’s the video description for the unboxing video I did for the Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi system on MEGATechNews. You’ll notice that the corresponding Twitter and Facebook links for MTN are provided right here. You’ll also notice that we didn’t simply use an “@username” format, so that the links would be easily clickable. Make it as easy as possible!

Affiliate Links

I’ve written before about how you can make money on YouTube. Relying solely on the AdSense revenue from the in-video ads leaves a lot of potential cash on the table. One opportunity you should definitely take advantage of is with affiliate links. Amazon Associates is one of the easiest if you feature physical products in your videos.

So, in the case of this router unboxing, I included the Amazon links (both Canada and the US) for where someone can buy the Linksys Velop. Similarly, if you get questions about the gear you use in your videos, many successful YouTubers also include a “gear I use” section in their video descriptions for that purpose.

Updated Information

Your YouTube video description does not need to be a static piece of text. It can adapt and adjust as the circumstances change. Maybe the same question keeps getting asked in the comments or you get a specific request come up again and again. You can address this in the description and tell people the answer is on the way.

In the case of my Velop unboxing, the original description said the full written review was “coming soon.” After I finished writing the review and publishing it on the site, I updated the video description with a link to the article. People who watch the video are probably interested in that material too and this keeps them within our branding loop.

Be Creative

The sky is the limit for what you can do with the video descriptions on YouTube. It’s true that the overwhelming majority of viewers will never expand the text, but there’s a huge opportunity among those who do. They’ve already demonstrated their increased interest in your material and this is your chance to cash in (and keep them around and engaged).

And remember to take advantage of YouTube cards and end screens too!

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How To Take Out The Trash In Your Head

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Having to pay attention, or focusing on what’s important is how we get things done, that is how we stay sight of what we need to do in order to get certain processes moving in a forward direction.

However, the biggest annoyance hindering people from going full steam ahead are distractions. How do we focus when there is a never ending source of distractions surrounding us? Even tasks as a whole, that we need to get done becomes a form of distraction from allowing us to focus on the individual task at hand.

The article How Do You Focus? Especially when you have lots to do by Nathan Kontny (CEO of Highrise) gives a simple insight into the development of the term ‘Priority’.

Important Things You Have To Do When You Have A Lot To Do 

Priority vs Priorities

According to Google’s Ngram Viewer, Kontny noticed that the words ‘Priority’ vs ‘Priorities’ have changed over the years. Up until 1940, no one ever used the word priorities. “If you have ‘priorities’ how many do you have. What’s the magic number? Three? Five? A dozen? The plural doesn’t make sense.” Kontny goes on to further explain that “Priority. There’s a single thing that’s most important in the things you do. Sure you can do more than one thing. But those other things aren’t as important as your priority.”

It is probably because of this shift in mindset that we can have more than 1 priority, that creates more distraction in our lives. We simply do not know what really matters anymore. So the key to managing all our ‘priorities’ really is to be clear on what our true ‘priority’ is.

Go wide, not deep

Kontny’s second point for young working professionals or fresh graduates, is to go wide, not deep while you are still nimble. Time is still on your side, so take the advantage and try as many things as you can instead of focusing on only 1 specific area of interest.

Most of it doesn’t matter

Using the Pareto principle as an example whereby it states that 20% of the invested input is responsible for 80% of the results obtained, goes to show that when you’re buried knee deep in things, everything feels important. But from a different perspective, you’ll probably find, most of it really didn’t even matter.

An interesting read for those stressed and confused individuals who need some perspective on majoring on the major.

To read the full article (5 minutes read), find it here.

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These Books Can Save Your Time From All Unnecessary Fights With Your Relationship

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Being in a relationship with constant fights can be tedious. However, many conflicts in relationships are unnecessary, and can be avoided easily if we understand our partners’ needs.

Many people, however, overlook the need to learn about relationship. But in fact, learning relationship is paramount to a fruitful relationship; as we all come from different backgrounds and men and women are wired differently in general, without any study it is hard for us to understand, to appreciate, and to address the differences among us.

Continue to read the article, and you will see several recommended books on relationships praised by many readers which will teach you how to address conflicts in relationships, avoid unnecessary fights, and eventually enjoy a peaceful and fruitful relationship.

Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married By Gary D. Chapman

To most of us, getting married is just another “official” step forward from our current relationship. No one would think being prepared is necessary since going through a normal relationship already seems to be a prerequisite. However, there’s a huge gap between  bing in a relationship to actually building a life together. Gary Chapman has put together this practical book to teach readers how to build a healthy and loving marriage.

“I’m a 30 year old male about to propose to my girlfriend. I picked up this book on a whim. I cannot overstate how much I have learned from this book. I started highlighting things that I thought were important to me or that really hit home or made sense. I wrote notes in the margin. I ordered a copy for my soon to be fiance and she is going to do the same thing with her copy. Then we’ll switch so we can both learn from each other. Anyone that wants to be a better partner, regardless of weather or not that includes marriage, should pick this book up and read it front to back. I really can’t say enough good things about this book.”- Ryan on Amazon Review

Get Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married from Amazon at $ 8.69.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts By Gary D. Chapman & Jocelyn Green

Joined with Joycelyn Green, Gary Chapman has published this book that decodes the secret of love. It’s one of the top selling relationship books on Amazon. Gary talks about what signal us as “love”, how partners can see the same action differently and brings out the importance of understanding your partner’s love language in order to aid better communication and relationship. The love language doesn’t only apply to romantic relationship, it’s very useful to building sustainable  friendships and family relationships.

Get The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts from Amazon at $ 10.99.

Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs By Emerson Eggerichs

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs provides advice from a psychological perspective on how to maintain a healthy and loving marriage. In his book, he cracks the relationship secret by teaching readers how to shift their focus from only their relationship to the whole family perspective. He also addresses some commonly experienced marriage problems such as dealing with affairs and regain sparks and respect. More than 1 Million Copies have been sold and it’s reported to be one of the most outstanding self-help books.

Get Love & Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs from Amazon at $13.89.

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love By Sue Johnson

It’s not new that communication is the key to maintain a healthy relationship. However, when anger or sadness kicks in, it’s hard to hold a constructive conversation. In this book, clinical psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson introduces us the concept “Emotionally Focused Therapy” that talks importance communication skills we need in order to hold a useful conversation without hurting each other’s feelings.

Get Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love from Amazon at $17.48.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love By Amir Levine & Rachel Heller

Apart from decoding love from a psychological perspective, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller decided to explain love in a scentific way, just like how we rely on science to tell us what to eat and exercise. In this book, they guide us through how people with different attachment styles react differently in relationships and what we can do to make our significant others to feel secured and happy.

Get Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find- and Keep- Love from Amazon at $10.84.

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