Let’s Talk About: A Realistic Side-Hustle

 

IF you’re at all like me you’re someone who loves to look for ways to earn extra money on top of your business and/or job. So where do a lot of us start? With a Google search that reads ‘How to make extra money?’ or “How to make money online?’ Let me tell you that I have tried many of the options that online articles offer and there has only been one way to make money fast with relatively no skill required. And no, it is not online – it will require a little bit of physical movement. Does it require a little bit of skill? Yes, it does require some know how but nothing that can’t be learned with a few YouTube videos and a few hours of experience.

 

So what is this side-hustle that can make anyone an easy extra grand a month? Interior painting. Now before you totally disregard the idea because it’s physical labor, allow me to share my experience. I am always on the lookout for money making opportunities. Back in August 2018 I had the idea to advertise myself on Craigslist as a trustworthy interior/exterior painter. I elaborated on my work experience, schooling experience, and made it clear I did not participate in vulgar talk, listened to inappropriate music, or did drugs. That same day my phone was ringing off the hook. I had 5 calls within my first day and another 5 the second day. I scheduled my first 3 jobs in 2 days of having my ad on craigslist. Then I had a real estate investor tell me he had five houses for me to paint and with that I took down my ad because I could not handle the incoming requests.

 

I should also note that the pricing I portrayed in my ad said “50-65% of the price a professional painting contractor would charge you.” I made it clear that the discount did not have anything to do with quality but rather the fact that I am a one man show, young, and willing to work longer hours than the rest. So what about my first job? The first job I scheduled was the basement of a home for some locals that were getting a divorce and were about to list their property. The basement was unfinished and was in desperate need of some color. A professional painting contractor told them he could do it for $1,200. I arranged to meet the owners at the property and threw in my bid at $500. The following Saturday I taped off the windows with masquing tape and plastic, and then all day Sunday I painted. The owners tipped me $100 so I walked away with $600 minus my $40 in materials. Not bad.

 

In only one weekend I made it so I was only $440 short of my goal to make an extra $1,000 in August. I already had my second job scheduled – sanding and painting a front door for a homeowner near where I live. She gave me $200 for about 10 hours of work total. Now I am only $240 short of my goal. I then painted a ceiling for another homeowner for $115. After that job I was only $125 short. I then painted a bedroom for a couple and I asked for $125 to get me to my goal. I did all of this work, hit my goal, and I still had 2 weeks left in the month to make more money on top of my secure job! In September I made over $2,000 painting and here in October I am scheduled to make over $3,000 from my efforts.

 

You may be thinking ‘yeah but who wants to work every weekend and every weeknight painting?’ It’s not for everyone. It’s for the people who have their sights on the future. All the money I am earning from painting is being stockpiled away and being setup for investments. If you have debt you need to payoff I truly believe this is the quickest way to pay it down. Take all the money you earn from painting and pay off that card that has been killing you with interest. Need an emergency fund? Do this for a month and you’ll have the $1,000 every person needs to have set aside in the bank no matter what.

 

Quit playing around with surveys online or trying to write a kindle book to make money fast. I am not saying those things don’t work, but if you need money now or want to invest in your future at a more rapid rate, consider my realistic side-hustle that can be done by anyone in their town.

Hustling is putting every minute and all your effort into achieving the goal at hand.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

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Let’s Talk About: Confidence

CONFIDENCE is a massive topic. Not only could so much be said about individual confidence, but it is also massively important to an individual’s journey with personal development. So what is confidence? How I view confidence, especially the confidence I have in myself, is a feeling of certainty. I have a feeling of certainty in myself, my abilities, my skills, my soul, and just who I am as an overall human being. This is a huge part of my self-identity which in turn effects my self-talk, which then has an effect on my actions. A high amount of confidence in one’s self can be seen through a person’s actions. Some people believe that they aren’t a confident person or that they don’t have what it takes to be confident. I am here to tell you that like all other aspects of personal development, one’s confidence is one of the most simple (not always easy) aspects to change.

 

How do you create confidence?

I always like to say that in order to change your mindset you need to take a physical action. By taking a physical action you are making a change that is tangible and not just a decision in your head. It’s a lot easier to disregard a decision you’ve made about lifelong habits versus when you make the decision to do something that affects you tangibly. So what sort of physical action am I talking about?

It’s starts with your appearance. We aren’t all GQ models or Hollywood beauties, but every individual should do everything they can to come off as well dressed, well composed, and well groomed. Are we not more confident when we feel good about the way we look? By having confidence in the way you look it will affect your overall confidence in other areas of your life. Think back to the last time you got really dressed up – maybe you talked or acted more confidently. There is a chain effect to taking the physical action of reaching your style, grooming, and overall hygiene potential.

This can be done relatively inexpensively as well. Invest in a snazzy haircut, watch some videos on styling your hair and grooming, and learn how to dress in a way that is professional and unique to you. You only got one life, why not look your best, especially when it makes you feel more confident about yourself and who you are as an individual.

 

What affects one’s confidence?

There are quite a few factors that will have an effect on your confidence but here are 3 that I find the most important. Number one, the people we think will not approve of us. Whatever idea, venture, or dream you have there is always a connected group of people or individual that you believe will disapprove of what you want to do. This immediately kills your confidence in wanting to go after whatever it is that you are wanting to do. So how do we overcome this affect? Add role models to your life! Make a list of people that inspire you and can relate to the same situation you are in. If they can defy the odds, ignore the doubters, and persevere than so can you! They are no more special than you are. Do you believe it?

Number two, unhealthy eating. How does eating effect our confidence? Well excluding being overweight due to over-eating, eating unhealthy foods and drinks has an incredible effect on our mood, anxiety, and our ability to avoid being lethargic. When we eat the right foods we feel better about ourselves overall and we have in turn have a lot more confidence in ourselves. Not to mention, the small wins that we experience when we say no to something unhealthy and yes to something healthy boosts our confidence because we experience a WIN! A lot of wins gives everybody confidence.

 

Why should everyone be confident?

My philosophy is that everyone should be confident. There isn’t a person out there who shouldn’t be confident in who they are. We were all born uniquely made. I believe I am special because I realize that I was made special, but so was everyone else. We are all special in different ways. So do you believe that you are special? You should! Once you believe you were made special, you will become special and you will have unlimited confidence that you can learn to be anyone you want to be and do anything you want to do.

“The greatest step toward success is self-confidence.” – Jim Rohn

 

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Let’s Talk About: Turning Your ‘Shoulds’ Into ‘Musts’

HOW many things can you think of that you’ve told yourself you should do but never actually develop the habits or rituals needed to get those things done? I can think of a lot that I too often never do anything about.

I should workout today.

I should save that $5 I spend on coffee.

I should make that call or write that email.

What this post is about is turning the ‘shoulds’ in your life into ‘musts’. Instead of saying “I should workout” let’s turn that into “I must work out.” This is a concept my father told me about when I was very young that he heard from Tony Robbins. Everyone has different opinions and views on Tony Robbins, but I say truth is truth. You cannot deny that this concept would change your life. When turning your ‘shoulds’ into ‘musts’, you are in fact raising the standards you have in your life. Turning your ‘shoulds’ into ‘musts’ is how you raise your standards in life. If there is any part of your life that you are unhappy with it can be sourced back to the standards you place on yourself in that particular area.

 

So what happens in your life when you turn a ‘should’ into a ‘must’?  You become in control of the quality of your life. Would the quality of your life not improve if you had to work out, or had to make that phone call with opportunity, or had to save money? It’s common sense. So what prevents us from taking this action? The problem is found in how we identify ourselves. If we have always identified ourselves as someone that is lazy or un-athletic, even when we try and change ourselves the change won’t last for long because we are ultimately whoever we believe we are.

 

So what can we do to enact long-term change if we’ve always identified ourselves in a way that is opposite of the change we want to see? We do that by raising the standards we have in our life and by turning ‘shoulds’ into ‘musts’. This gives us a completely new identity. Make these changes in your life and we redefine ourselves and cause change that will last and improve the qualities of our life.

 

This concept is incredibly important because it ties into one’s thinking and attitude. We all talk to ourselves, but everyone talks to themselves differently based on how they identify themselves. My self-talk? Every morning as I am getting ready, I take an idea from “The Power of Positive Thinking” (originally titled “The Power of Positive Faith”) and I repeat over and over again to myself, “I can handle any and all situations that come my way today.” How does someone who doesn’t have that level of confidence talk to themselves? They’ll say something like “work is going to be crazy today, I just need to get through everything without getting in trouble.” If you identify yourself as someone who just gets through the day without trying to cause too much trouble your self-talk will reflect that identity which will ultimately have an effect on your actions because you will eventually pass up opportunities.

 

Instead of saying “I should take that opportunity,” we all should say “I must take that opportunity regardless of the risk.” Make that a habit and eventually your identity begins to make a steady shift. Months, maybe years down the road, you’ll be the person that knows how to jump on an opportunity. You’ll be looking for them everywhere. You’ll identify yourself as an opportunity taker. This concept can apply to all areas of your life where you keep telling yourself you ‘should’ do something instead of you ‘must’ do something.

 

You can change your life in a matter of an instant. One decision. Decide to change your ‘shoulds’ into ‘musts’ and raise your standards. This will change your life, change the quality of your life, change your identity, and you’ll be on your way to the fulfillment that we all desire.

 

“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards.” – Tony Robbins

 

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Let’s Talk About: Leadership

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

– LEADERSHIP is an aspect of personal development that greatly effects an individual’s potential. Thankfully, like every other aspect of personal development, one’s leadership abilities are flexible. Leadership depends on an individual’s willingness and dedication to improving their leadership skills as well as their ability to have the attitude of a leader. Do you view yourself as a leader? I believe you should. I believe everyone should view themselves as a leader – you’re in charge of leading your own life aren’t you? How we think and how we view ourselves dictates our decisions, actions, and the overall management of our life. We should each view ourselves as a leader so that we act like leaders outwardly.

 

So what makes a great leader?

 

Firstly, great leaders study other great leaders. They are constantly learning about what those before them have done to become great leaders. Leaders are readers because they are obsessed with learning everything they possibly can to make them the best leaders they can possibly can be. Common sense, right? Not for everyone. How do leaders avoid making the mistakes that history’s greatest leaders have already made? Well, you can leave it up to luck and hope that you don’t make a similar decision or you can have prepared yourself by learning what they did and learning from their mistake rather than your own. Leadership is all about learning – learning about themselves, learning about the people and situations around them, and learning about what others have done before them.

 

How important is influence to a leader?

 

John C. Maxwell, named the No. 1 leadership and management expert in the world by Inc. Magazine, said, “The true measure of leadership is influence nothing more, nothing less.” How are you influencing the people around you? A point that John C. Maxwell makes is that insecure people in positions of leadership often push down the people below them in order to protect their own authority and/or status. Leadership is something that must be earned based off the influence an individual has on the people around him or her. Are you lifting people up? Are you creating leaders in the people below you and/or around you? You’ll never be considered a leader because of a title you receive, but only by increasing the influence you have with others by pushing them to their highest potential – even if that potential surpasses your own individual accomplishments.

 

How do leaders gain followers?

 

Simply put, inspiration. If you can grip the emotions of an individual in a way where they ‘buy’ into the vision you have for an idea or future they’ll follow you wherever you go. How can you get the best out of someone by demanding their help when they don’t want to give it? People give their best when they are passionate about an idea. Leaders have the ability to inspire people emotionally in regards to what they want to accomplish. What this means is that we, with all of us being leaders, must learn to understand people’s psychology. We must be able to find common ground with every individual and learn to connect with them as best as we can so that when we share our vision we are touching their emotions. Great leaders do this before they ever try to get people to follow them or follow their vision of what they want to accomplish.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

 

For More On Leadership:

 — The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John C. Maxwell 

—  Start With Why – Simon Sinek

 

 

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Let’s Talk About: My Top 5 Books To Read

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

– READING is an incredibly important aspect to personal development. There’s a reason why the top CEOs in the world are known to read an exponentially greater amount of books each year in comparison to the every day individual. They understand and reap the rewards of constantly expanding their ideas, instincts, and overall mental health by reading. Below I’ll list my top 5 book recommendations with a short summary and why I think they are so beneficial to personal development.

 

Attitude 101:

Like I’ve said in my other posts, I stand by my philosophy of it all starts with your attitude and thinking. John C. Maxwell is one of my favorite authors and speakers when it comes to personal development because of his incredible talent to tell stories and challenge your thinking without getting too complicated. In other words, he uses logic and common sense to help adjust your attitude and thinking. This is especially true in his short book ‘Attitude 101.’

One of the greatest concepts that this book covers is the idea that “good attitudes on a team do not guarantee its success, but bad attitudes guarantee its ruin” This concept is true not only in a team aspect but in our individual lives as well. This book helps readers recognize the importance attitude plays in their personal and professional lives, identify attitude, behavior, and thinking problems in their own lives, and creates new definitions of what it means to adopt a new and constructive attitude.

This book has played a big role in shaping my development. It has opened my mind to a whole new realm of ideas in how attitude effects situations in my life. Because of the ideas discussed in this book I am now able to recognize when my attitude has affected me for the better and when attitude, if poor, has affected me negatively. This book is a great place to start in the journey of personal development.

 

Rich Dad, Poor Dad:

This book by Robert Kiyosaki, the founder of the Rich Dad Company, a financial education company, is one of the first books on personal growth my father ever had me read. Have you ever heard the idea of having your money work for you rather than working for your money? This book explores that idea in detail and destroys the idea that one has to earn a high income in order to be successfully financially. This book follows the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his Father and the Father of Robert’s best friend. Robert’s real father is the poor dad and the father of his best friend is his rich dad. Robert shares how both fathers shaped his attitude and thoughts on money and investing.

Here are the top lessons this book provides –

  • ‘It’s not how much money you make. It’s how much money you keep.’
  • ‘The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.’
  • ‘It’s not the smart who get ahead, but the bold.’
  • ‘The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth.’
  • ‘The rich focus on their asset columns while everyone else focuses on their income statements.’
  • ‘People who avoid failure also avoid success.’

I urge you to start your learning on personal finance, money in general, and investing with this book in full.

 

The Millionaire Next Door:

I’ve mentioned in the past that this book was the first book my father ever paid me to read and boy has it paid its dividends. Rich Dad, Poor Dad changes your thoughts on money and investing and this book gives you facts about how the rich actually manage their money.

What sort of person do you picture when you think of a millionaire? Do you see a garage full of sports cars, a massive mansion, wild parties, and lots of flashy items? This book debunks that idea and explores the truth that the majority of millionaires in the world, and mainly the United States, live a very simple lifestyle. The authors of this book did extensive research to provide statistics on millionaires that show pop culture’s idea of millionaires is in fact quite false.

The book makes it a point to show the fact that many people with high incomes are not actually rich. In fact, most of these individuals fail entirely to accumulate long term wealth. The authors point out the hyper-consumer lifestyle’s these people lead and just how opposite they are of the individuals who have accumulated lasting wealth.

Here are the 7 common denominators of those who successfully build wealth:

  • They live below their means.
  • Their money, time, and energy is managed efficiently in a way that supports wealth building.
  • Financial independence is more important than social status.
  • The majority of millionaires were actually not supported by their parents financially.
  • The children of millionaires are financially self-sufficient.
  • Targeting market opportunities are a specialty skill learned.
  • They choose the right occupation.

Millionaire facts:

  • 80% of millionaires are first generation rich.
  • 20% of millionaires are retired
  • 50% of millionaires own a business

 

The Richest Man in Babylon:

Through metaphors, parables, and a simple overarching story, this book provides financial education in an enjoyable and common sense manor. The stories provided help teach the reader the basics to accumulating wealth for the long-term. The book covers every area of personal finances and it has greatly affected how I manage my own finances. Other than three major take aways, there’s not much more to summarize, but I urge you to get on this fast read right away to develop your financial management abilities.

  • Live below your means
  • Save and Invest 10% of your income
  • Learn to gain knowledge and wisdom.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

One of my favorite books of all time was written by Stephen Covey, the famed personal development author and educator. This book focuses on principles that may go out of style but will never change in results they attract. The great concept of this book is that Covey writes that our perceptions of the world comes from the way we view the world — again, attitude. The book explores the idea that in order to change our situations we must change our ourselves and in order to change ourselves we must change our perceptions.

The first 3 habits focus on self-mastery, habits 4,5, and 6 are centralized around teamwork and communication, and habit 7 delves into constant growth – personal development.

The seven habits:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

 

My Top 5 Book Recommendations:

Attitude 101

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

The Millionaire Next Door

The Richest Man in Babylon

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We must become the change we want to see.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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