How A Trip To San Francisco Can Change Your Perspective

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A few months back, I was told by a few people to take a holiday. Without any real plan, I booked flights to San Francisco and LA. Having never traveled to the US before, I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the country would make me feel at the end of my trip.

When I arrived in downtown San Francisco, the city felt strangely like Melbourne where I’m from. On the first day, I hired a bike and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was only once I got near the coastline that the city felt very different.

The Golden Gate Bridge is work of art and no words can describe it. It’s simply beautiful and a marvel of modern day engineering. Getting to go over the bridge is an experience in itself. All of a sudden, all your worries and problems seem so far away, and all that matters is the current moment.

the-golden-gate-bridge-tim-denningWhen I arrived on the other side of the bridge, I took a ferry back past Alcatraz which was a strange and eerie contrast. Everyone asked me why I never bothered to visit the island; the reason was that I don’t believe in celebrating criminal activity or spending time in dark places like a prison.

Our world is shaped by the things we choose to surround ourself with, and prison shouldn’t be one of those things. The more I explored San Fran, the greater my love for Australia became. It’s easy to think that the grass is always greener, but it’s not. As it turns out, I already live in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Below are the 5 things that changed my perspective after visiting the US:

 

1. Whenever there is hype beware (Silicon Valley)

For the last few years, everyone has told me how magical Silicon Valley is. I decided on this trip to find out for myself. When I arrived in Silicon Valley, it looked like any other friendly neighborhood. I thought I must have been not quite where the action was.

tim-denning-at-googleplexAfter hopping in an Uber, I drove through the streets into the so-called hotspots. What I saw was normal houses, next to traditional business parks that happened to have the world’s most famous tech logos stuck to the side of the building.

I gazed in wondering what magic was occurring inside and what the secret cool aid was that they were all drinking. Thankfully, I got my chance to get behind the closed doors and the private security that surround these buildings like a prison.

Don’t get me wrong; Silicon Valley creates some amazing things in our world, but these same ideas, products, and services can be created anywhere across the globe. The awesomeness that is created is not just possible in Silicon Valley; it’s possible anywhere. Silicon Valley just has a high concentration of very cool companies in one place.

 

2. San Fran business culture is phenomenal

There was definitely something in the water as I visited each of the famous San Fran companies such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If I had to link this good feeling to anything, I would say it’s probably that the employees feel they’re changing the world.

What they’re working on is the stuff of dreams, and they know it. It’s not about being better than each other but it’s about working together to do seriously cool stuff. There is no real sense of ownership, and you’re free to go off and try out an idea.

Failure is celebrated, and the only must is innovation”

tim-denning-at-facebook-hq-silicon-valleyIf your business is not growing, it’s dying in San Fran. Once high-growth products like Google Adwords are begin replaced, and nobody is negative about that fact.

Declining performance in certain products is expected, and as long as you’re building the next big thing, then it’s fine. San Fran isn’t about the location itself; it’s about the people who live and work there. The attitude of “anything is possible” is infectious.

The perceived downside to this attitude is that San Fran is full of elitist snobs that think they’re better than everyone else. I for one didn’t get a whiff of this vibe and think that this idea is more of a scarcity / jealousy mindset than anything else.

 

3. Beauty is all around us

downtown-san-fran-summerOne of my friends in San Fran commented that I was always making observations about the simplest things that he never notices. The way the traffic lights change, the way the trams look – everything was beautiful to me.

As soon as I returned home, the beauty of these same basic things was all of a sudden ignored again. I learned that if you see the beauty not just when you are in a new country, but when you are home, your perspective begins to change.

You find the good in life’s small pleasures, and your mind stops racing ahead for the next bit of technological dopamine. It still bothers me how much I look at my phone hoping for the little red notification to appear.

 

4. Homelessness is psychological

I was told to expect lots of homelessness, but the size of the problem was bigger than I imagined. I’ve seen homelessness before and got used to it. In San Fran, it wasn’t just that there were people who didn’t have a home; they were also mentally ill and shouted at people for no reason.

The problem is so big that it’s hard to ignore. Everywhere you go, you can’t avoid the issue. I found this to be a good thing because it taught me that problems shouldn’t be ignored, they should be solved. Everything I brought in San Fran had an extra tax. Initially, I had no idea why the advertised price always varied from what you paid until I asked (stupid me).

The extra tax was supposed to help the homeless people. I couldn’t see any sign of them being helped. It felt more like they were being ignored in the hope that they would take their problems elsewhere.

The lesson I learnt was that the homeless don’t need our money; they need psychological assistance if we really want to make a difference.

 

5. Being out of our comfort zone is a must

San Fran taught me that when I’m out of my comfort zone, I learn the most. It’s a nice feeling to have no idea where you’re going and to get lost once in a while. It’s funny too when you think that your destination is not far away until you discover how hilly San Fran can be in some parts.

tim-denning-oakland-bridge-successLike with any downside, the upside was I got some much-needed exercise. I’m like a kid in a new city because I love to map things out in my mind and memorise where everything is. Within a few days, people were asking me for directions because they thought I was a local.

“Our comfort zone is where we are safe in the womb of life. Our real self is everything beyond that” – James Altucher

Strangely enough, I was able to tell them where to go. Pushing beyond our comfort zone allows us to see the world in a different way and interact with new kinds of people. I met many interesting characters during my travels that shared ideas with me that will forever change me.

The rush of excitement I got when I learned where the world was heading through technology is something that is hard to forget. Seeing people’s passion for changing the world one step at a time is the type of experience I was hoping to have from the start. Anything is possible as long as we collaborate and believe in humankind.

How are you going to change your perspective of the world for the better? Let me know on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.

Introducing the ProBlogger Job Board 2.0

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Today I’m pleased to announce that we’ve given the ProBlogger Job Board a complete overhaul. It now has new features those advertising to hire bloggers, writers, editors and more, and also makes it easier for those who are applying for jobs.

The Back Story

Back in 2006 I started to notice two emerging types of questions from readers of ProBlogger:

  1. From bloggers – How do I get freelance writing jobs?
  2. From brands and established bloggers – How do I find quality people to hire to blog for me?

I realised there was emerging demand and supply for the hiring of bloggers and decided to put together a job board to help match those looking for bloggers to hire with those looking to be hired.

This started very small with a very basic system hacked together by friends and just a few jobs a week advertised but gradually in that time the ProBlogger Job Board has become more and more active.

We’ve now had almost 10,000 jobs advertised on the board, with several listings being placed every day.

Every week I get emails from advertisers telling me that they’re amazed by the numbers and quality of the applicants they get and I regularly hear stories of bloggers who have found great work listed on the boards too.

ProBlogger Job Boards 2.0

A few months ago I set my team the task of taking our job boards to the next level.

What you see launched today is stage one of that redevelopment but there’s more to come.

The first change is a new home. We’ve moved the boards to live on the ProBlogger.com domain. You can now find it at ProBlogger.com/jobs. All of the old jobs redirect to the new home and RSS feeds still work so if you’re previously subscribed you should still get alerts as usual.

New Features for Advertisers

1. Employer Registration/Profiles/Editable Jobs

The most requested feature that advertisers wanted was to be able to edit their jobs after they went live. This wasn’t possible on the hand coded previous version but it is now!

While this means one more step in the process of placing an ad it adds a lot to what we can offer advertisers. They can now edit, update and ‘mark as filled’ their ads after the ad goes live, but it also means they now have a profile page which lists company information, links to their site and lists all jobs they currently have live on the job board.

Here’s the profile page of one of our advertisers.

Problogger job board profile page

2. New Application Process

Advertisers now have a choice when they set up their ad to have people apply in a couple of ways – either sending people to a link to apply on their site, or applying directly from the job board through our system.

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This new ‘Apply Online’ option will hopefully make things easier both for our advertisers and applicants to manage the process. Advertisers choosing this option can now see all the applicants in one place and manage who they want to take forward and hire and who they wish to end the process for all in the one place.

3. Republish Ads

If after the 30 day listing an advertiser wishes to run the ad again this now is a very simple process. Rather than having to go through the full process the advertiser can simply ‘republish’ the ad in a couple of clicks.

4. Expanded Job Categories

Previously advertisers could only place jobs for writers. Over the last few years we’ve seen more and more advertisers wanting to advertise for other roles (and more bloggers wanting work in other areas) so we have expanded our categories to:

  • Blog/Article Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Design/Development
  • Editing/Proofreading
  • Ghostwriting
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Miscellaneous

We’re open to adding more categories as things grow but for now use the Miscellaneous category for anything where there’s not a specific category.

5. Buy Multi Job Packages (Coming Soon)

For those advertisers who regularly publish ads with us we are soon introducing packages where you can buy more than one job listing at a time at a discount.

Single jobs will be $70USD per listing (although we’ve got a limited time launch special of $50), the 5 listings package will give advertisers a 20% discount and the 10 listing package will give a 33% discount.

6. Featured Ads (Coming Soon)

We will be adding a feature for advertisers wishing to have their job featured more prominently. We’ll update you with details of this in the coming month.

7. Launch Special

To celebrate the launch we’re offering advertisers the ability to get their first ads on the job board at 33% off ($50USD) for a limited time only.

In the coming weeks this will rise to $70 (our first price rise since 2006). So test out the job board today and save.

New Features for Job Hunters

While most of our changes so far have been made for advertisers we have added a couple of features for applicants including the previously mentioned new categories of jobs. So now if you also offer design, development, copywriting, editing, proofreading, marketing or other services you can keep an eye out for new jobs in those categories too.

Also when you’re applying for jobs with the new ‘Apply Online’ feature you’ll now be able to receive notifications of the status of the application. This feature also allows you to upload PDF files for resumes/portfolios etc.

We’ve also added:

Job Alerts for Job Hunters there are numerous ways to stay up to date with new jobs including:

  • Subscribe to our RSS feed our main RSS feed is here and it will update every time a new job is added.
  • Follow ProBlogger on Twitter all jobs are automatically Tweeted to the @ProBlogger account here.
  • Sign up for Job Alerts a new option for those hunting for jobs is to add your email address to be notified when new jobs are posted. There are two types of alerts you can set up from the widget in the sidebar:
    • Keyword alerts narrow your alerts to only jobs that contain a certain keyword (for example if you’re just after travel jobs add the word ‘travel’. You can unsubscribe from these alerts at any time.
    • Smart alerts subscribe to a personalised RSS feed based on a category search or job type search. You can opt for them to be sent to your email daily or weekly, or subscribe directly to the RSS feed.

Coming soon for applicants we’ll allow you to list your resume online. Stay tuned for this feature!

As mentioned already – what you see in the newly updated job board is just the beginning. We have plans for more changes in the future but didn’t want to overwhelm you with too much too soon.

So stay tuned, and let us know in comments below if you have any suggestions or questions.

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4 Blogging Trends You Need To Take Advantage Of

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Technology is bringing a lot of changes in the way people engage online. For bloggers, we see new trends developing in email marketing, web design, and content marketing. With visitors, we see a new search pattern developing, changing from general search phrases to more long tail keywords including LSI (latent semantic indexing). With blogging platforms like WordPress, it’s even easier to get a website up and running. I’ve put together a tutorial where I purchased a domain and setup a WordPress website in 4 minutes. However, these easy to setup blogging platforms DO NOT mean that you have to forget the main elements of a user friendly website.

More emphasis has been put on elements that produce the highest user engagement. It’s NOT enough that a visitor simply just visits your website and reads your content. You need to ensure they create some sort of conversions through social sharing, commenting, and purchasing your product.

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Increase Infographics

We are at a point that people are looking for information quickly. They are NOT limited on resources so if visitors don’t find what they are looking for, they’ll leave, jumping to the next posts. The key is to get the information they are searching in front of them quickly, but producing the same quality as lengthy text content. There was a time images were used to allow people to understand the content better. However, now infographics are popping up everywhere and there’s a good reason why.

First, they are very easy to create, using tools like piktochart.com and https://infogr.am/ starting as low as $18/mo. With such a low price, people are actually taking advantage of these tools, creating more infographics than ever before. Neil Patel adds an infographic to his blog every 1/3 posts and they get shared by over 200 people on social networks. Infographics are a quick way to get the point across because you can pretty much divide different elements, easily adding graphs, text, charts, etc. Next, they tell a whole story and many people are ready to share them immediately. They look good within social networks and if you scroll to Pinterest.com, you’ll notice 90% of the content shared are infographics.

Going forward, start utilizing infographics to keep users engaged on your page. Help them find what they are looking for quickly.

Publish More Video

This trend started to really pick up in 2013 and will double going into 2016. The Internet is a great way to engage people all over the world. Whenever I publish anything on my blog, I have people from everywhere in the world visit my pages. However, the only thing challenging entire user engagement is the language barrier. Many people don’t speak or understand English as well as other parts of the world, especially in North America. However, adding videos is a great way to decrease the gap between people because it provides a complete different way to grasp the content. Videos are a great way to show people how to complete a task by having them follow through. Some of the best videos are “How-To”, helping people solve a common problem.

Next, videos are also easily accessible as they can be added to your website and even YouTube.com. If your web server can’t handle the load of a large video, then pointing people to YouTube.com can still get your video in front of people.

Add Personalized Widgets

Many people make the mistake of adding universal widgets to their blog. These widgets are perfect for the common blogger but if you want to stand out and create your own identity, it’s time to start personalizing your widgets. Don’t just add a widget and let it do everything for you because you’ll only get 50% of the results this way. If you’re focusing on a very precise niche and have a marketing campaign in place, then make sure you tweak widgets so they display EXACTLY the type of relevant content you want in front of people. This is not difficult because many developers already see the trend taking place.

If you do a quick search within WordPress for widgets, you’ll notice many of them give you complete control, allowing you to add/remove categories, posts, pages, etc. This way, you can pin point your strategy through your widgets, making sure you keep user engagement as relative as possible.

More Emphasis on Mobile

Mobile usage is increasing each year and application installations are doubling. Both are a clear sign that people love to browse on their mobile phones. You have to make sure your website is mobile-friendly to avoid losing any visitors as a result of poor blog display on phones. WordPress has already taken the initiative by introducing mobile-friendly themes and plug-ins that can be added to existing websites, transforming them into a mobile friendly site. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when transforming your site…

First, focus on what’s important like removing clutter, easy navigation, and converting your opt-in forms to be mobile-friendly. Next, you should make sure web colors are tweaked for both desktop PC and mobile phones. Because of limited display space, it will be a good idea to remove banner ads that will create clutter for visitors skimming through your content.

Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!

What A $2.5 Million Ring Looks Like

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No, this ring is not worth $2.5 million (it cost about $16K). So why am I calling it a $2.5 million ring? Because that is what it represent.

The $2.5 million ring is one of four rings given to seven-figure earners of MOBE. Any affiliates who earn over $1 million in MOBE commissions gets one. They get another at $2.5 million, $5 million, and $7.5 million. The solid platinum rings all have the same design except for the center stone. The $2.5 million ring uses a rare yellow diamond.

The 7-figure ring was presented to me at the recent Titanium Mastermind in Los Cabos. A total of six rings, plus one $65,000 Rolex watch, were awarded

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I am a big believer in rewarding success and the rings are one of the many rewards offered by MOBE (getting a free car is another one). Here are a few more photos. Keep reading to find out how you can get your own ring.

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How To Get Started

One of the most common questions I get from people who are thinking about joining MOBE is, “Will all of this work for me?” and “Can I really do this business?” The answer is, regardless of your age, background, where you’re from, or your experience level, you can do this business. You can start your own online business, and be successful at it.

Your first first step, if you haven’t already done it, is to download my ebook, the Ultimate Online Profit Model. This details the business systems I use to make six-figure monthly income and live the Dot Com Lifestyle. You can also get my Blogging Secrets book at Amazon.

Attend The IM Freedom Workshop

If you wish to talk to an expert face to face about Internet marketing, then I invite you attend a live IM Freedom Workshop in your area. Each workshop will have both an afternoon session and an evening session. Find the workshop that’s most convenient to you, and register now. Space is limited. Tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis. You must be pre-registered to attend. There is no on-site registration.

Apply for The 21 Step System

If you’re truly ready to move forward and make a positive change in your financial future, then go apply for UDCL. This is my 21 step program to make your first $1250, $3300, and $5500 online.

You’ll be given all the tools and training you need to get started. You’ll even get a personal one-on-one coach who will work with you and answer any questions you may have. All you have to do is follow the system and do what your coach advises.

The application fee is $49, and allows you to go through all 21 steps. I recommend you go through the steps, then decide if this is something you want to do. If it is, great! Welcome aboard. If you decided this is not something you want to do at this time, then get a refund and continue with your journey.

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The Difference Between Being Busy And Being Productive

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In today’s high-speed, ever-connected times, being “busy” is one of the most valued social currencies. If we’re busy, then surely we must be important, successful, valuable and living full lives. So “busy” becomes a proxy for inflating our egos, both for ourselves and for those around us. It’s because of this that being too busy to do something becomes such a valid excuse for not getting things done.  

In using “being busy” as an excuse for not doing scary, challenging, intimidating or important things in our lives, we turn “busy” into the new lazy. Think about it, how many times have you used “being busy” as a justification for anything from being inconsiderate to missing deadlines?

“The greatest enemy of good thinking is busyness.” ― John C. Maxwell

You want more success in life, but how productive do you really think you are? When asked how productive they are, most professionals will answer that they’re always so busy and manage to fit so many activities into their work day, they simply can’t do more.

But ask any of them to review how effectively they manage their time, and most of them are shocked at how much procrastination their activities actually involve. There’s a difference between being busy and getting things done and it influences your success directly.

How Can You Tell If You’re Being Busy Or Productive?

A study conducted by Stanford Professor Clifford Nass in 2009, showed that chronic multitaskers were consistently outperformed by non-multitaskers in a range of different tasks. Interestingly, the study found that even when the multitaskers were given activities that required them to focus on one single activity, the multitaskers still used their brains less effectively, suggesting that a cluttered, disorganised mind can have long-term effects that spread outside of multitasking situations.  So how can you tell if you’re a busy multitasker or a productive achiever?

Take a moment to go through the three questions below:

1. How long is your to-do list?

If you find yourself saying “yes” to everything and consequently having a mile long to-do list each day, chances are, you’re always very busy and rarely actually productive. Instead of filling up the time with tasks (usually ones that don’t really matter), productive people are selective about what they choose to do and plan strategically about when to do it. This typically results in a shorter to-do list with items that are actually completed effectively by the end of the day.

2. Are you prioritising?

While busy people are focused on any action, productive people are focused on the clarity and purpose of each action. Being selective about which courses of action are most important and focusing the right time and resources on those actions often results in more productive work being done in less time. You cannot jump aimlessly from one task to the next, hoping to get everything done. When you prioritise one task over another, always ask yourself, why am I choosing this task now? why must it come first? It’s a simple, but powerful question.

3. Are you tracking your progress?

Busy people have a tendency of equating action with accomplishment – you fit so many activities into one day, surely you must have accomplished something, right? If it takes you 20 steps to achieve something that could have taken you 5 steps, it’s obvious that you’re not using your time in the most productive way.

Productive people don’t stall their accomplishments by aimlessly tackling random tasks, they take the most strategic and direct path to achieving goals that are clearly defined and can therefore be tracked, measured and assessed with the help of detailed plans, deadlines and goals.  They want to see the return of investment in their time.

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” ― Carl Sandburg

Anyone can make the transition from being busy to being productive, so you have no excuse! The first step to transitioning is being honest with yourself. Why are you always so busy? Why do you want to be so busy? Why do you want others to think you’re busy? How does your ‘being busy vs being productive’ affect your success?

These are all questions that you need to answer for yourself and be honest if you want to start onto the path of developing new productivity skills and techniques and therefore, more success in.

What things do you do to stay productive? Please leave your thoughts below!

# NotePad++ Review – a Simple little Text Editor – The Best

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