12 Vital Life Lessons I Wish They Taught Me In School

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Being a millennial, I have very few regrets as I was fortunate to grow up in an education system that was entrenched in technology. My one frustration with the education system though is that it didn’t prepare me well for being an adult. School still skips the fundamentals of what we all need in life to be successful.

It didn’t give me the toolbox that I discovered later on which could have made me more successful earlier on in life. The one positive thing it did though was push me off the traditional path and towards entrepreneurship in the hope that something better must have existed compared to what I was being taught at the time.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not anti-education or anything like that, I just feel that the high school and university phases of our lives still have a lot of gaps. In this blog post, I hope to address what I think should be covered and the reasons why.

Below are the twelve vital lessons I wish they taught me at school:

 

1. Passive learning doesn’t work

I’m sure we can all remember days at school where we sit and listen to the teacher speak for two hours while we listen and copy notes from the whiteboard. The reason the vast majority of this information never get’s retained in our minds is that we are consuming the information passively.

Passive learning of information without emotion means that we will not get the results from what we are learning. Every thirty minutes of learning should have a change in state to allow our bodies to wake up and stay on the ball.

The second component to this idea is the need to link more emotion to our learning. When we learn a concept through a story that is emotional, we are much more likely to retain the knowledge and understand what the message is that we should be getting.

When I was studying, I found it hard to remember the stories I was taught because the stories were often outdated and not relatable to my classmates or me. Fast forward to the present, and I am learning new ideas every day because I link emotion to the learning process.

Even if the content I am learning doesn’t have any emotion, I will throw in some emotive YouTube videos every thirty minutes to anchor my state and create emotion.

 

2. You must develop yourself every day

In school, I never heard the phrase personal development. It was only when I was in my twenties that I discovered what it meant. The concept of developing yourself every day can really affect your success in life.

By taking small steps every day to be better than you were the previous day, you very quickly compound your results, your value, and your skills. The concepts of personal development have been around for a long time, and I would love to see these become part of the school system.

Even if you learnt no facts, no mathematics, and did no sport at school, I still believe you can be highly successful if you understand the vital content of personal development. It’s a big call I know, but it’s something I have seen first hand.

 

3. Money is not power

Society, the media, and school taught me that money is power, and it’s something I should strive for. I can vividly remember back to year ten when my high school careers councillor started talking about possible careers I might want.

She tried to lure me into different careers based on the promise of money. For those of you who are in Australia, you can probably guess what she recommended – become a tradie (tradesperson).

Money Is Not Power EntrepreneurIt’s true that in Australia tradespeople make a very good income, but a lot of them are also very depressed and unhappy in their occupation. Rather than trying to help me find my purpose, school just wanted to help me find a job or an income I would settle for.

With any negative comes a positive. For me, I discovered entrepreneurship because I didn’t want someone giving me orders or telling me how much I should earn. I liked having ideas and then testing them. I liked that my annual income was determined by how much valued I added and how good I was at pleasing customers.

Money will never make you happy: finding out your dream and then pursuing it until your last day on Earth will.

 

4. Giving is the lifeblood of your success

We’ve all had an experience where we watch an awesome movie and then the first thing we want to do is call our friends and tell them how great it was. The best thing often about an experience is not the experience itself; it’s the opportunity to share it with our friends, which is why social media has exploded.

This simple idea is very similar to giving. The look on people’s faces when you give something to someone that they weren’t expecting is priceless. You will feel better than you have ever felt when you do things for other people and put a smile on their face.

This philosophy of giving was not what I was taught at school. School taught me that giving was all about charity and only giving to large, not for profit organisations. The donations made to these companies are often invisible, and the person receiving the assistance never see’s you.

Worse still, a large proportion of your donation often never get’s to the person who needs it because it’s eaten up in administrative costs. Giving is so much more than just throwing money at something and hoping it will fix itself.

“The concept of giving is to create value for other people without expecting anything in return. It’s about doing things for the greater good and not operating from a mindset of scarcity” – Tim Denning

Giving is actually not about donations at all. Giving is what makes the world go round, and if everybody did it religiously every day then, the world’s challenges would be far fewer than they are right now.

Giving involves using the gifts you have been given to make people’s lives better. Whether that’s through a blog like Addicted2Success or some other means, there are limited ways for you to give back without necessarily going down the path of charity. I wish school taught me this.

 

5. The strategies you need are found in non-fiction and autobiographies

At school, there was always a strong focus on fictional stories. These stories can be great for the imagination; the challenge is the story is made up, making it hard to relate too. The books I discovered later in life were non-fiction and autobiographies.Richard Branson - Losing My Virginity Book

There is no better way to be successful in life than read about people who have already done remarkable things and learn exactly what they did to achieve their goals. These stories highlight the barriers to greatness and show how failure is critical for any pursuit of success.

School should have books like Think And Grow Rich, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, and The Alchemist as part of the syllabus.

These books are named by so many successful entrepreneurs as being a significant contributor to their success. Imagine if all school children got the same benefit as a mandatory part of their education.
I wish I were made to read these books when I was at school.

 

6. How to make an income

School is a lot about the theory of how the world should work. The part that was missing for me at school was the practical steps to make an income whether that was through entrepreneurship or working for someone else.

In school, I was led to believe that if I wanted to work for someone else, I would be asked detailed questions about my education. The reality, after having interviewed for lots of high ranking corporate jobs, is that most organisations will never ask you about your education.

There are some specialised fields like medicine and law that will ask, outside of that; it’s becoming less and less relevant. It’s quite easy for any of us to rack up a huge university debt and get a piece of paper in a field such as business or marketing, but most other people can do that as well.

Don’t get me wrong, university degrees are great to have, it’s just that they will not be the saving grace that the school system makes out they are. Experience in business, passion, rapport, strong emotional intelligence, a good imagination, and the guts to have a go will get you much further. I wish I learnt this in school and not later in life. Better late than never.

 

7. The truth about failure

Failure is your real education. Failure gives you the mental toughness. Nothing is easy, and nothing can prepare you for the challenges you will face. School taught me to try and be perfect and get straight A’s. Perfection was my downfall because it’s an impossible requirement to meet.

It was only later when I studied electronic music outside of school that I learned that imperfection is where all the beauty is. Imperfection is what makes rock music so addictive and it’s the foundation of all popular music.

Failing on a maths test was the greatest lesson I learned in my school career. Why? Because I realised I had no interest in maths, and I was able not to waste too much time on it. Had I not have failed, I could have put hours of work into something I hated which is the recipe for disaster.

It wasn’t until after I finished school that I learned this lesson. I wish I had learnt it earlier.

 

8. You whole life is about salesmanship

Everything you do every single day revolves around selling something. You are either selling your business idea, selling a concept to internal stakeholders, selling the benefits of cleaning up to your children, or selling the idea of a holiday to your partner.

I never learned any sales skills at school and I wish I had. Learning how to sell and attending yearly sales training events has allowed me to communicate an idea, and get people to join me on my mission both in business and in my personal life.

 

9. Public speaking will put you ahead of the pack

Dale-Partridge-Ted copySchool always made me think that public speaking was for politicians. To be an entrepreneur, thought leader, sales person, or just anyone that matters, you need to be able to speak in front of other people. The better you get at it, the easier it will be to get buy-in from other people to follow your vision.

I wish I had known about Toastmasters at school. I wish I were forced to do it. Since joining Toastmasters, I have learned why public speaking is so difficult and how to overcome the fear of audiences. With a little practice, it’s perfectly achievable to get good at it.

Forget about yourself, concentrate on delivering value to your audience, and not about everyone’s opinion. That pretty much sums up public speaking. Now go practice it!

 

10. Alkaline food will give you the energy you need

Thinking back to my school days, I didn’t have a lot of success with studying because I regularly suffered from low levels of energy and frequent colds. This was not uncommon, and many of my school friends had similar challenges.

If I analyse my school diet it consisted of zero water, lots of soft drink, pizza, pasta, sausage rolls, hot dogs, and ice creams. Unfortunately, not a lot has changed at schools although there is some awareness about soft drink nowadays.

In terms of nutritional education, there wasn’t a whole lot except for the lie that is the food pyramid which still appears in my doctor’s office when I see him once a year. Had I have known just how large the proportion of fruits and vegetables needed to be, and more importantly, just how good the benefits were to eating more from this food group, my health would have turned out a lot different.

There’s no point dwelling too much on the past (this subject has been a frustration for me), but it’s my hope that nutrition will play a bigger part in school life going forward. Thankfully, we have ambassadors like Jamie Oliver, who are carrying the message.

 

11. Advanced computer skills will give you a voice

In adult life, you enter a very noisy world where it’s even harder to be heard. The ability to be able to put together websites, create content, and share your message on social media is critical. If you can learn basic coding, then you will be even more ahead than the average person.

I was lucky that I first got onto the Internet as a kid in 1996. Before then, I had worked on MS-Dos and Windows 95 computers. This gave me an edge because a lot of my friends didn’t have this luxury. A computer allowed me to solve modern problems far quicker and hone in on my computer skills.

I was fortunate enough to be an earlier adopter of Google, eBay, and Amazon. These websites showed me where the world was heading at its part of what has allowed me to work in tech day-to-day. It was the gentle inspiration I needed at a time in teenage life when we have no idea what our future looks like.

While traditional education has an element of IT subjects, I still wish that there was an even greater focus on the more advanced computer skills that are needed in an ever-changing global economy. These skills during my own schooling would have been very valuable to me, and many of you reading.

 

12. Everyone should try entrepreneurship

A lot of my school life centred on the fact that I should work for someone else. The idea of starting a business was almost like a taboo subject that only suicidal base jumpers would dare try. I wish school had taught me that everyone should try entrepreneurship at least once.

Even if you choose to work for someone else, you are still an entrepreneur in a way because you have a small (or large) slice of someone else’s business you have to manage. You can’t escape entrepreneurship, and I believe it’s good to try it.

You can learn anything you put your mind to even if you don’t meet the wah wah entrepreneur personality type that is portrayed on TV. Hopefully, though, you like working with other people because you can’t do everything yourself.

What do you wish you learned at school? Are any of these above skills missing for you? Let me know in the comments section below or on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook. 

How to Become a Professional Speaker when You Have No Leads or Experience

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pexels-photo-64057By Emilie Wapnick of Puttylike.

If you’re like most bloggers, you probably have a message that you want to share with the world. Speaking is a great way to expand your reach and connect with people on an emotional level. It can help you grow your community and customer base and lead to incredible career opportunities. Speaking engagements can also pay exceptionally well(!), depending on who your client is.

But how do you get started speaking professionally if you don’t have any connections or leads? What if no one’s inviting you to speak?

Over the last five years, I went from having zero public speaking experience (and zero connections) to speaking at conferences and organizations around the world. I gave a TED talk in 2015, which was a longtime dream of mine.

In this post, I will outline the exact method I used to get my foot in the door and build a speaking career from scratch.

Step 1: “Hire” Yourself

Instead of waiting for someone else to hire you, hire yourself. In other words, book a room.

Most colleges and universities have rooms that you can book for a relatively low fee. Book a room 2-3 months out, and then get to work preparing your presentation and promoting the event.

Step 2: Promote Your Event

Create a page on your website with the details for the event. Make your event free or very inexpensive. I charged $10 for my first seminar and 30 people showed up. This covered the cost of the room and camera rental.

A nominal fee like $10 ensures that the audience is at least somewhat invested. They’re more likely to show up if they’ve already purchased a ticket, and they will take the event more seriously.

Although I don’t recommend doing much free work once your speaking career takes off, making your first event free can take some of the pressure off. If you mess up or it goes terribly, at least you won’t feel like people didn’t get their money’s worth. This can help, psychologically speaking, especially if you’re nervous about the whole ordeal (which I was).

Since this will be a local event, promote it locally as well as online. Make flyers and put them up in any locations where you think your audience might spend time. This approach might feel a little old school (e.g. I used to put flyers up around town when I played in a band in high school), but it can be very effective.

Email local newspapers, community groups and organizations that you think might be interested in your event.

Don’t forget about the digital space. Promote your event on your blog, on social media, and in your newsletter.

Step 3: Record Your Presentation

Borrow or rent a camcorder and ask a friend to record your presentation. You might end up using the footage as promotional material for future events, but more likely, it will serve as some much needed feedback to help improve your speaking.

It can be hard to watch yourself speak. My TED talk has nearly 3 million views at this point, and I think I’ve only actually watched the video once or twice! It’s hard to watch yourself speak without wincing or being overly critical. Try to get through it though, because it can be tremendously beneficial, especially when you’re starting out.

Step 4: Leverage Your First Event

The week following my first seminar, I received an email from one of the schools that I had reached out to. They thought the topic of my seminar would be relevant for their students and wanted to know if I was available to speak at their high school.

I said yes, of course, and nervously told them that my “speaker’s fee” was $1000. (I had no idea what I should have been charging at that time and was honestly terrified of asking for anything…) They offered me $500, and I happily agreed.

After this next gig, I slowly began to receive speaking offers through my website. I was continuing to blog and grow my community, and as that happened, the offers started rolling in. I no longer needed to “book myself,” (unless, of course, I wanted to. There are times when putting on your own event makes the most sense).

Step 5: If Nobody Approaches You, Repeat Steps 1-3 and Increase Your Outreach Efforts

If your first event doesn’t result in any followup speaking offers, simply repeat steps 1-3.

Expand your promotional effort. Experiment with your presentation and speaking techniques. Use these early days as an opportunity to practice the craft of speaking and refine your message.

Set up a speaking page on your website, and include one or two short videos of you speaking. Make sure all of your readers know that you are available for speaking engagements.

Most importantly, keep blogging! As your community grows, more people will begin contacting you to speak.

Step 6: Put Yourself Out There

Once you have a few speaking gigs under your belt, start applying to speak at conferences and events that interest you.

A lot of people ask me how I got to speak at a TEDx event. The answer is ridiculously simple: I applied.

A lot of TEDx events and conferences have open applications. If you’re interested in giving a TED talk, then go for it. What do you have to lose?

At the same time, keep refining your message and learning how to be comfortable on stage through other speaking engagements. And if nobody’s booking you right now, then book yourself. You will learn a heck of a lot and become a better speaker.

Do you want to become a professional speaker? If you’re already speaking, how did you get started?

Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on a single path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. Her recent TED talk, Why Some of Us Don’t Have One True Calling has been viewed 2.7 million times and translated into 34 languages.

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What Are UTM Codes and How Do You Use Them

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As you make your way around the web, particularly in the context of Internet marketing, you’ll likely encounter UTM codes as part of certain tracking URLs. They’re used extensively by all sorts of Internet marketers and major corporations. It’s part of how the Amazon Associates program works, for example, and how they’re able to attribute the referred sales to your affiliate account. But what are UTM codes exactly and how can you use them in your favor?

Let’s start with a basic definition. Just as it doesn’t really matter whether or not you know that HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, it doesn’t really matter whether or not you know that UTM stands for Urchin Tracking Module. If you were to go back into the history books of the Internet, then you’ll discover that Google bought a company called Urchin several years ago and the technology was eventually rebranded as Google Analytics.

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What you will want to know is that UTM codes are used by Google as a means of constructing trackable URLs. This technology, as mentioned, as since been adapted and adopted by other companies for the purposes of tracking too. If you use any affiliate tracking software, UTM codes might come into play there too. UTM codes are quite particular in that they are geared more toward campaigns and they come with five main attributes, three of which are required fields.

  • Campaign Source: The name of the website or other source that will be the origin of the traffic, like Google or an email newsletter.
  • Campaign Medium: To define the medium type, like cost-per-click (CPC), banner ad, text link, social media (SM), and so on.
  • Campaign Term: The keyword term(s) being used as part of a paid search campaign.
  • Campaign Content: The particulars of the traffic source as it relates to A/B split testing, like trying a red button (red) or a blue button (blue) for your call-to-action.
  • Campaign Name: To name a particular promotion, product or campaign, like a spring sale.

Of the five, the source, medium and name are required, while the term and content are not. The actual order in order you construct your trackable URL doesn’t really matter, but what you see above is the standardized order that most people use.

Even though Google Analytics is able to discern some of this information on its own and provide it to you in terms of your traffic reports, constructing these specific trackable URLs can provide a lot more data. This data can then be used to improve your conversion rates and give you a far better sense of where your traffic is actually coming from.

Let’s work through a hypothetical example to construct a trackable URL using UTM codes. Let’s say that you’re running a Facebook campaign, targeting the keyword “widgets” for your “free shipping” promotion. A possible trackable URL would then be constructed as follows:

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Many of the parameters included in this trackable URL don’t really matter all that much, as long as you keep them consistent with your other trackable URLs. If you want to generate another trackable URL that’s also promoting a “free shipping” offer, but it’s through your email newsletter, you’ll want to keep the “freeshipping” UTM_content tag so that data gets gathered together.

And while you can simply type out these URLs in a manual fashion, Google has put together an easy URL builder tool to do it for you.

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10 Signs Telling You Should Let Go Of What You Have And Move On

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The idea of letting go can seem terrifying. Strong emotional bonds and feelings can make it hard for us to move on – even when we know we are putting our happiness at stake.

However, it is important to embrace letting go and moving on. Holding on to old feelings and reliving past decisions can cause you to become stressed, upset and bitter. This can negatively affect your present and future, but you can make the conscious decision to let go so that you can live a peaceful and happy life.

Here are 12 moments that are telling you to let go and move on.

1. You’re Changing Into Someone You’re Not

Our personal values and goals and dreams define who we are as people. If you think that these things are changing for the worse, it may be that your job/partner/friend/family are trying to make you be someone you’re not. If this happens, it is time to move on – you will never be happy pretending to be someone else.

2. Your Dreams Are Getting Harder To Achieve

Your dream once seemed achievable, but now you think that it would be impossible to achieve them – or that it would be a waste of your time. If you feel this way, it means you need to take action by putting your dreams first again.

3. You’re Faking Happiness

If you feel like you have to fake a smile every day, it may be because you feel like you need to hide your true self. Let go of anything that makes you feel this way, as it clearly brings you down and lowers the quality of your life.

4. You Are Exhausted

You feel tired every day, partially because your work or the people in your life are draining your energy. If you can relate to this, find the thing that is draining your energy so you can cut it out of your life and move on.

5. You Feel Isolated

If you constantly feel misunderstood and alone, it is probably time to surround yourself with a new group of people. If people value you, they will try to make you feel important and they will accept you for who you are.

6. You Feel Bored

When you wake up you don’t feel excited for the day ahead. You mostly feel bored and resentful, as you think the day won’t go well.

7. You Don’t Feel Appreciated

You feel like you’re being taken for granted, as people expect things from you but they don’t thank you or congratulate you. If you have people in your life who don’t respect you, cut them out of your life so that you can find friends who will treat you well.

8. You Are Constantly Making Sacrifices

People always expect you to give up your time, energy and money, but they don’t return the favor. You experience all of the pain and anxiety, but the other person is unwilling to do the same.

9. You Make Excuses For Others

You justify the behaviour of others because you are scared of letting go and moving on. You say things like;

“He wasn’t being insensitive; he just had a tough day.”

“She has a short temper and I’m more relaxed, so I don’t mind dealing with her temper.”

10. You Repeatedly “Try To Make It Work” Even Though You Should Let Go

You tried over and over again to make the situation more bearable for you, but with little to no success. It is time to let go and move on.

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Top 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Optimize Your Blog For Search Engines

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Over the years I’ve been testing different things from web design, blogging platforms, content style and link building techniques. It’s been an awesome experience and I’ve learned a lot along the way. By far WordPress has been my ultimate blogging platform because of it’s simplicity and the vast options it provides for users. For example, by installing a few simple plugins you can customize your website anyway you want. They have plugins for every category like: social, SEO, content, email marketing, speed, etc. Anyways, I’ve decided to start a new series where I list my “TOP” plugins in every category so you guys have a better idea of the different plugins available to you. Not to mention, I’ve tested hundreds and have narrowed down the following. Here are my…

Top 10 WordPress Plug-ins For SEO. I would like to hear what you guys have to say.

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All-In-One SEO

I love this plug-in as it gives you complete control of your SEO and what pages, posts and categories you would like Google to index. When creating a post you’ll have options to add title, description and keywords before publishing. Next, it takes care of adding the code in the right places within your page for optimal performance. Here’s some quick options…

  • Meta tags
  • XML sitemaps
  • Permalinks
  • Canonical
  • Connect Google Analytics

HTTP Compression

This all depends on if your browser supports this feature. The basic premise of this plug-in is it will compress pages in gzip format increasing the speed of your website. When heavy pages are compressed your browser doesn’t have to display larger files. Imagine how user experience will be affected with large images, lengthy content and videos? This plug-in will compress what it can to help users get your content quickly and efficiently.

WP Super Cache

An awesome plug-in I install on all my websites and works like a charm. It’s very easy to configure since much of it is right out of the box. Here’s what this plug-in does…

It creates static HTML files that are served instead of the heavier PHP scripts in WordPress and the end result is a website which loads faster in different parts of the world. Here’s something cool…

You can install this plug-in for two things: First, if you have a slow server and need to increase the speed of your load time. Next, if you have a website which has been around for years with thousands of pages, images and videos. This plug-in will help speed up even this website.

Crafty Social Buttons

No one can argue with the power of social networks and I’ve love using them to increase user engagement and SEO. The more content I can get in front of people, the higher chances I’ll have of someone clicking through to my content. Obviously, you have to make sure you have the right content published which users love to read and provides substance. Once everything is in order, you can install the Crafty Social Buttons plug-in. This gives you complete control of your social sharing…

It comes equipped with many features allowing you to add buttons anywhere. You can add them…

  • Scroll down with user
  • Top and below of content
  • In the categories

WPTouch

Many people are using mobile phones to check their emails and browse websites. Making this transition into a mobile friendly website can be difficult. Your probably wondering how this is related to SEO? I’ll tell you…

With a mobile-friendly website your increasing the chances of engagement on your website. This means more social shares and chances of a link back to high quality content. WPtouch is a mobile plug-in for WordPress and once installed it automatically turns your website into a mobile friendly theme. This means you can configure your website to be displayed correctly for mobile users.

WP Related Posts

I love this plug-in because it streamlines the process of people finding other relevant content. You have two ways you can provide additional resources to your readers. First, internal linking structure within your content or adding this plug-in and let it provide your readers content for you. You have to configure it once and your ready to go.

Interlinking has been proven to help optimize your website and link-juice does get passed through the pages.

WP Simple URL’s

When writing content frequently, you need to have a system in place to manage your URL’s. This is EXACTLY what this plug-in controls. It’s a complete URL management system that allows you create, manage, and track outbound links from your site by using custom post types and 301 redirects.

It simply streamlines the process in which you manage your URL’s by adding a screen within your admin panel to tweak URL’s. The main thing is it will display everything in order so you can go through them making changes when you feel you need to.

Google Analytics

This is a MUST and the power of Google Analytics cannot be questioned. It’s an awesome plug-in which installs the code within your pages and allows you to streamline the setup process from within your backend. The cool thing is you can track statistics from within your WordPress control panel. Here are other cool features…

  • The ability to easily track outbound links and all downloads.
  • Streamline the connection process of your Analytics account with your Google AdSense account.
  • Track metadata like author, post type, logged in users, publication year and tags.

WP Minify

Here’s a quick definition of what this plug-in does…

WP Minify grabs JS/CSS files in your generated WordPress page and passes that list to the Minify engine. The Minify engine then returns a consolidated, minified, and compressed script or style for WP Minify to reference in the WordPress header.

I have this plug-in installed on my larger websites and it does help increase the speed of my website. I actually did a cool case study and I was able to knock down load time from 5.85 to 3 seconds. However, many plug-ins do require .CSS and Java so this plug-in will block much of these files. You have to exclude a few from being minified by this plug-in. Once it’s configured correctly it will help speed up your website significantly.

Load time does help keep people on your website engaging with your content longer.

SEOPressor

I love this plug-in as it streamlines the process of choosing LSI keywords to add to your content. It’s can also be configured to automatically internally link relevant content which is very important in SEO. While writing content, insert “3” main keywords into the tool within the sidebar and it will generate LSI keywords which you can replace by clicking on them.

Here are some other cool features…

  • Automatic internal linking
  • LSI keyword generation
  • Over optimization check
  • On-page SEO Analyses
  • Rich snippet powered
  • Social SEO
  • Auto Smart linking

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Why You Should Wake up At 4 am And Beat The Zombies

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The time you wake up has a lot to do with who you become. The difference between waking up at 6 am and 4 am may seem insignificant to the average zombie, but the difference is massive. Think about the time you wake up and then by the end of this article ask yourself whether you want to wake up earlier than you currently are.

I am happy to confess that the idea of waking up at 4 am was not my own. How it came about was that I was bouncing on my trampoline at home trying to boost my energy levels before sitting down to write an inspiring article for all of you wonderful people.

Motivational Soccer Player In The USAWhenever I am doing something like exercise, I like to combine the activity with either education, or inspiration, or both. To achieve this, I put on a motivational YouTube video to watch at the same time. The video I watched featured the famous motivational speaker Eric Thomas.

I can’t remember exactly what he said, but the message was that if you are not waking up at three or four o’clock each morning, then your purpose and your vision for your life is off track. I thought about this idea quite a lot and realised that when I am most inspired, I naturally wake up early.

The primary goal of what I am going to tell you today is for you to not only wake up early but for you to wake up and work on your passion straight away. It’s for you to allow more time for your passion.

“The truth is that the uninspired sleep in and find it hard to wake up because they are just cruising through life without any direction or passion. These same zombies are the ones that spend their whole day complaining, and telling people why they feel tired even though they just slept for twelve hours”

The two reasons the average zombie finds it hard to wake up is because of poor diet, and zero motivation as to why they should wake up. It’s easy to just sleep your life away! It’s easy to say I will follow my dream tomorrow! The time is now. Wake up and get working on your dream!

Below are the five benefits of waking up at 4 am:

 

1. You get to start the day with what you are passionate about

Waking up at 4 am allows you to get right to your passion. This becomes possible because you most likely won’t have any commitments like work at 4 am in the morning. This gives you a good two or three hours each morning to smash at the activities that relate to your passion.

When you then start work or travelling to work at say 7 am, you have spent the first part of your morning being inspired, and this will carry through to the rest of your day. You will find yourself more positive during the day and strangely more inspired. How you start the day determines how you finish the day.

What happened to me, and why I began waking up at 4 am, is that I analysed my evenings when I got home from work. I realised that I usually had lower levels of energy and didn’t have what it took to go and do my passion (inspiring you lot).

So, because I was coming home and not being productive, I used Eric Thomas’s advice and worked out that this evening time was wasted. I realised it would be better to go to bed early, so I could wake up earlier and pursue my passion then. Since forming this habit, the game has changed for me, my friends. The game can change for you as well – I promise.

 

2. Use the time you wake up as a measurement of your passion

The time you wake up is not only crucial to your success; it’s also a measurement of your current levels of passion. Simply put, if you can’t wake up early in the morning, then you are not passionate enough.

Sleep is important, and you need eight hours of it, but living each day with passion is just as important. Your levels of passion will slide up and down like the stock market over time, but every once in a while check in with what time you are waking up.

“Speak to someone who is living their dream, and they will tell you that they wish they didn’t have to sleep” – Tim Denning

 

3. Get a head start on everyone else

While all the zombies are fast asleep, while all your competitors in business are still underneath the sheets, you have the opportunity to outwork them. The way you become successful in any pursuit in life it to outwork everyone else.

Given the amount of time I have spent writing and studying personal development, I would have to be a total freaking moron if I didn’t understand this niche and know how to share it with you all by now. I am no smarter than anyone else; I just choose to work twice as hard.

You have that same opportunity and by waking up at 4 am you can leave your competition in a burning cloud of smoke.

 

4. No one is awake, and it’s quiet

Many pursuits in life require deep thinking, focus, and often silence. The advantage of waking up at 4 am is that you can achieve all three of these things. The rest of the zombies in the world are sound asleep, and so you have the chance to maximise the silence.

I have found that there is something strangely calming and inspiring by being awake at 4 am. I have started to feel like I am doing something that will truly change the world because I want my dream so bad. I feel like one of those athletes in a Nike advertisement that is awake at the crack of dawn to train. The difference is I am not training in a field of sport; I am training in the art of personal development.

 

5. You will have more time to do what you love

On top of your normal work day, waking up at 4 am will give you extra time when your mind is the most relaxed and active to pursue your dream. You should at least find that you have an extra three hours per day that are now much more productive and focused. Three hours a day times seven days a week means you will have an additional twenty-one hours a week to play with.

Don’t tell me you don’t have time because you do. You now have the one strategy that every successful person in the world has used at one time or another; the art of waking up early. Enjoy your extra time each and thank me later.

I look forward to seeing what art you can create in the world with your passion and extra time.

What time do you wake up each day and why? I’d love to hear so let me know in the comment section below or on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.