The Truth Behind Money and Happiness with Tai Lopez 

Tai Lopez and Lewis Howes sit down and speak on how money affects ones happiness

Tai reveals a lot in the interview specifically how me made his 1st million dollars, found his first mentors, and how he had $35,000 to his name but blew it all on traveling the world. A great interview that we highly suggest you watch. 
The takeaways are 

  1. Be aware and look for delusions in your life. Be aware and see what’s the real underlying message to something you are either too optimistic about or too pessimistic towards. 
  2. You only learn from mistakes, but they don’t have to be yours. Read books and find mentors. It shortens the path to your success and you will be given guidance along the way. 
  3. The 50/50 rule. Spend 50% of your life living for yourself and the other 50% living to help others. You must be selfish with time for yourself, but you must be open to take the time to care for others. 

“Greatness is your gravestone saying you were important.” – Tai Lopez 

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Creating Your Own World with Casey Neistat

Casey Neistat sits down with The School of Greatness hosted by Lewis Howes in today’s article. 

Casey Neistat is a YouTuber and American Entrepreneur and has carved his own path into the media world. He’s is the CEO of Beme social media and has over 5Million subscribers on YouTube and generates over a Billion views on his videos. So he’s definitely a person worth watching. 
Click the video below to watch into the mind of greatness

The main Takeaways were,

  1. A life not shared is a life not lived. You need family and friends to share it with .
  2. Work harder than everyone else. Be brave and do things that others won’t, you WILL succeed. It will be scary but you will suceed
  3. Health is the best gift given to you. Everything you are is facilitated by your being. Fitness and health are key. Your brain is your soul but your body is the shell. Once that shell is gone theres nothing left.

“greatness is to die broke, leaving the world a better place it was than when you were born.” 

-Casey Neistat

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Ready To Compete Against Elon Musk’s SpaceX

20160912191648-jeff-bezos-blue-originJeff Bezos on Monday unveiled a heavy-lift reusable rocket expected to compete against Elon Musk’s SpaceX and other companies for commercial satellite launches before the end of the decade.


Bezos’ Kent, Washington-based Blue Origin space company is designing two versions of the rocket, named New Glenn, a nod to John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth and the last surviving member of NASA’s original Mercury Seven astronauts.

“New Glenn is designed to launch commercial satellites and to fly humans into space,” Bezos, also the founder and chief executive of Inc., said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Monday.


Both versions of New Glenn will use a first stage powered by seven methane-burning BE-4 engines. The company is building a launch site and test facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and a rocket manufacturing plant at NASA’s adjacent Kennedy Space Center.

Blue Origin also intends to sell the BE-4 to United Launch Alliance for its new Vulcan rocket. ULA is a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.

Blue Origin intends to fly New Glenn’s first stage back to a landing pad so it can be refurbished and reflown, an approach that fellow tech billionaire entrepreneur Musk is taking with his Falcon rockets. SpaceX so far has successfully landed rockets six times, twice on the ground and four times on a platform floating in the ocean.

SpaceX had expected to try a seventh landing on Sept. 3, but its rocket was destroyed during a routine prelaunch test two days before liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The cause of the accident, which destroyed a $200 million Space Communication Ltd. satellite, is under investigation.

Blue Origin has been testing a smaller, reusable rocket and spaceship called New Shepard, which is intended to fly paying passengers to an altitude of about 62 miles (100 km) so they can experience a few minutes of microgravity and see the limb of Earth set against the blackness of space.

Blue Origin has not yet started selling tickets for rides. If test flights continue as expected, Blue Origin pilots could begin flying next year, with paying passengers to follow in 2018, Bezos told Reuters during an interview earlier this year.





Source: Reuters

Here’s How To Eliminate Stress and Anxiety in Entrepreneurship


The most successful people are exceptionally adept at handling the stresses that go with entrepreneurial leadership. They certainly have no shortage of stressful situations in their lives. In fact, they undoubtedly encounter more than their fair share.

But the most highly effective people know how to better process high-stress situations. Then, they find efficient ways to offset or counteract the stressors they face. Here are three keys to healthy stress management you can adopt in your day-to-day interactions.

1. Surround yourself with the right people.

Some events and life circumstances are simply beyond your control. Certain people, in particular, can be a major source of frustration. You encounter these stress-inducing individuals regularly and on an involuntary basis. Quitting your job or firing the customer isn’t always a realistic option. Obnoxious coworkers, an incompetent boss or the occasional difficult client all can raise your blood pressure.

A big part of managing stress is choosing carefully the friends, new contacts and even family members with whom you’ll voluntarily spend your time. You don’t want to fill your recreational hours with people who add to your stress. These energy “drains” have an uncanny ability to make nearly every situation seem more dire than it actually is. They’re often pessimistic and negative, and that has a way of contaminating everything they touch.

Conversely, people who handle stress the right way are deliberate in choosing their company. They surround themselves with “radiators” who have a way of uplifting others naturally. Picture the friend who can take your mind off of a tense situation, put things in perspective at the right time or help you work through a serious issue. The radiator is a crucial component of your stress-response strategy. He or she might be a supporter, a shoulder to lean on or a trusted advisor.

2. Delete items from your to-do list.

Staying occupied never is an issue for a busy professional. The real challenge is carving out the time for all the things you want to do.

Most successful people develop organizational skills to help them manage it all. They rely on their to-do lists and find a system that works for them — from scribbles on scratch paper to a sleek app for their laptop or smartphone.

Even so, it’s all too easy to fall into the habit of mindlessly adding to the list throughout the day. The leads only to an unconscious attempt to tackle each task, one by one. In the midst of emails, meetings and conference calls, the list that’s blank at 8 a.m. quickly can get out of control by lunch time.

Minimize your odds of getting overwhelmed by taking on only what you know you can deliver. Delegate some items or prioritize and delete those that aren’t truly necessary. Focus your attention on the most impactful action items, or you’ll waste all your energy slogging through a list.

3. Create an outlet for your frustrations.

It’s best to avoid stress when possible, and by now you’ve learned a few more ways to do just that. But some stressors are inevitable. When they come your way, you need a healthy way to deal with them. Some successful people exercise to blow off steam. Others unplug for a night to reset their minds.

Writing works wonders for many people. Journaling your daily experiences is a way to express your dreams and your frustrations without the anxiety of wondering what others might think. Many people draft cathartic emails without clicking the “Send” button. It allows them to vent and air the words they’d really like to say (if there were no repercussions). In this case, it’s safest to leave the “To” field blank, so an accidental keystroke doesn’t lead to even greater stress. Whatever the format your writing takes, getting these frustrations off your chest can have a therapeutic effect.

The world-shakers don’t back away from major responsibility and challenges. As a result, stress always will be a part of the package. Be smart about whom you choose to share your time, don’t take on more than you can handle and find healthy outlets that work for you. Reframe your stress as a temporary state, and you take away its power to become a permanent fixture in your life.




Why To Automate Your Business Marketing, Pro’sand Con’s.  

If you are a media brand or just a startup and are ready to start of in the world of online marketing, these are the pros and cons to automating your marketing from YC fellows. 

Marketing is key to your brand. It allows for others to find your brand, grow your audience and gain awareness. There are multiple avenues to accomplishing a great marketing strategy 

  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Email Lists
  • Advertising 

There are more avenues to go such as ClickFunnels, landing pages, AdWords etc. but these are the basics to starting and automating them will save you time. Just make sure your content budgeting genuine and relevant. 

    The Pros and Cons of Marketing Automation for an Early-Stage Startup

    Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

    What is one pro or con of marketing automation for an early-stage startup?


    1. Pro: You Can Scale Quickly With Minimal Resources

    Diana GoodwinMarketing automation can be a lifesaver for an early-stage startup that has to gain traction quickly because it allows a startup to quickly reach a large number of prospects with minimal manpower. Marketing automation has come a long way, and there are many hacks to ensure that yourcustomers still feel like they are getting a customized or personal message, despite the automation.

    – Diana GoodwinAquaMobile Swim School


    2. Pro: It Sets the Stage for Efficiency from the Start

    Peter DaisymeWhile many stress that they don’t have enough hands to take care of all the work in a startup, it’s good to think lean and efficient from the start with as many marketing automation tasks as possible. This gives you more time to develop your messaging and personalization strategies as well as access greater amounts of data than if you had focused on manual marketing tasks.

    – Peter


    3. Con: Automated Tasks Are Too Easy to Forget About

    jared-brownWhen you’re starting out it’s important to save time and work efficiently. Marketing automation makes sense, but it also makes it easy for you to forget the process. Unless you’re automating menial marketing tasks like data entry, I recommend doing your marketing manually until you get a good understanding of the process and everyone involved.

    – Jared BrownHubstaff


    4. Con: You Don’t Know Who You Are Yet

    Murray NewlandsSending out automated messages about your brand before it is fully formed is a mistake. During this time, who you are and what you offer could change. Without a personal touch, you might only confuse your audience. It’s better to wait until a later stage when this identity if more fully formed.

    – Murray


    5. Con: You Don’t Get to Know Your Audience

    Nicole MunozBrands that automate too soon may risk the advantage that comes with getting to know your audience on a deep, personal level. People buy from people. So to sell toyour ideal customer, you have to understand every single thing that motivates them to buy from you over yourcompetitors. Engagement is the only way to do this. Be certain you know exactly who your buyers are before you automate.

    – Nicole MunozStart Ranking Now


    6. Pro: No Audience Is a Bad Audience

    Andrew Namminga (1)Using automation to grow social accounts is great for early-stage startups. Whether the growth is targeted or not, having a following in itself encourages growth. Of course, engagement will be low, but it’s better to have a decent following with low engagement than it is to have no following with no engagement.

    – Andrew NammingaAndesign


    7. Con: You Can Lose Focus on the Main Objective

    Zac JohnsonAutomation is great, but it can also lead to distraction and lack of focus. A good example of this would be if you were focusing on customer support and built a knowledge base to essentially “automate” any and all support questions. If you completely automate this process, you’d be lacking in support and missing out on the user experience. This same principle applies when starting a business.

    – Zac JohnsonHow to Start a Blog


    8. Pro: It Helps Startups Define Engaging Language

    Nick EubanksWhile direct human interaction is critical in the early stages of learning about acompany‘s ideal customer profile, automation can also provide big wins in helping define engaging language and offers. With a thoughtful and well-defined conversion funnel up front, startups get the advantage of quickly gaining insight into what offers drive responses.

    – Nick EubanksI’m From The Future


    9. Pro: You Improve Efficiency

    Marcela DeVivoWith the limited resources usually associated with early-stage startups, it’s important to maximize efficiency from the beginning in order to accelerate growth. Startups that invest in marketing automation from the very beginning can do more with less. Reducing labor overhead is a massive savings for startups, who can then use savings to invest in sales and marketing.

    – Marcela De VivoBrilliance


    10. Con: You Don’t Know What a Good Lead Looks Like

    Vik PatelGood marketing automation requires an understanding of leads and their behavior, which differs for every company. The major benefit of marketing automatization is the ability to send personalized marketing content. But, unless your business understands what a good lead looks like and which content is likely to increase conversion rates, it’s difficult to design effective automation processes.

    – Vik PatelFuture Hosting


    11. Con: It’s Easy to Make Mistakes

    Myles VivesIt’s easy to spread yourself out too thinly as an early-stage startup. Marketing automation might sound great, but it takes time and expertise to set up properly. If you have no experience with automation or cannot hire an expert, you risk sendingyour customers the wrong emails at the wrong times. Your customers will know that software is really behind your email messages.

    – Myles ViveseREACH


    12. Pro: You Get Valuable Data for Later

    Patrick BarnhillUsing marketing automation as an early stage startup is the immediate collection of data. By automating your marketing processes up front, you will get data collection early on without having to spend too many hours on marketing. This data will become more and more valuable as you growyour company.

    – Patrick BarnhillSpecialist ID, Inc.

    Source: Y Combinator

    The 3 Steps to Success by Grant Cardone

    Grant Cardone (@GrantCardone on Snapchat) opened his Snapchat to a Q&A. I asked him what were 3 things he wished he had done in his 20’s that he didn’t do, and his response was very insightful.

    1. Gone Bigger
      • This was a surprise to hear from the 10X Man who has a beautiful family, lives on the beaches of Miami, has his own customized private jet and has made a name for himself in the realm of sales, real estate and public speaking. At  Alex Becker’s ’10 Pillars Of’ live event, Grant Cardone gave a touching story about his younger years. He talked about how he was hanging with the wrong crowd, doing drugs and was broke. He turned that all around years later, but to apply this into my life will be: to not be scared of going big. 10X my workouts, 10X the amount of time I put into the blog, school and running a business, 10X my goals, 10X my mindset and 10Xing any area of my life that I can.
    2. Been More Focused
      • Grant wishes he had been more fcused in his 20’s. Focus is key. Tai Lopez says if one can’t focs on a task for more than 10 minutes they will nt be sucessful, and this is laser focus. When you are fcused you gain clarity, when you gain clarity you gain a better understanding of your vision towards your end goal
    3. Collaborate With Influential People
      • The faster you learn the better. Slow learners do not get rewarded. To collaborate with people ten or twenty years ahead of you is the quickest way to learn your craft and master it ad I believe this is what Cardone was hinting towards to. Fining influential people that   It can open many doors for you.

    Hope you enjoyed those words from Grant Cardone. Whenever I make the chance to learn something valuable from an influencer I will save it to this space.

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    Aaron AOG

    3 Ways To Rapidly Increase Your Sales

    Eager for more business? Need more sales? Just use any or all of these three simple methods to begin attracting more business now.


    1. Run a flash sale.

    If you’re hurting for customers right this very minute, and in sore need of cash, try one of these fast-cash methods:

    • Retailers could put a huge colorful sign in the window saying “Flash Sale – 3 Hours Only! Starts at 10 AM Tomorrow”. Change the day and the length to suit, but a Flash Sale can’t last more than a day if you want any credibility.  Buy a bunch of balloons the day before and the day of.
    • Professional Service Businesses – put a “Flash Sale” on your website – “Get a FREE 10-Minute Consultation with ” Whether you’re a lawyer, a therapist, a psychic or a publicist, a FREE 10-Minute Consultation should be followed up by an offer:  get the rest of the first hour for (25% off? 50% off?)  As they say, “Swallow Your Pride and Step Inside”.  Once they sample your wisdom, they’ll just have to buy.
    • Home Services Business – Make up a flyer that says home owners can get your services at 10-20-50% off IF they call your “special” number and order services within 24 hours of getting the flyer.  Have it printed on blue paper – and be clear about what your service is. Include a few testimonials from happy customers.   Next time you’re in a neighborhood, put a dozen flyers on the neighbors’ doors (where permitted) – that’s just 3 houses in each direction of the one you’ve been working in.  Of course, you might choose to be lenient about when those 24 hours actually began.

    A ”flash sale” gets you immediate attention and creates a memorable event in the customers’ subconscious minds.

    2. Give something for free.

    Seems counter-intuitive, right?  You need money flowing in, not time and/or merchandise flowing out.  But people love getting stuff for free, so why not make them happy?  Look around – have you got anything you could give away? Here are some ideas:

    • Free samples of your product
    • An ebook or a booklet or a workbook
    • A small scholarship to a local kid
    • A food basket to a family in need
    • One free class in your studio
    • An extra add-on service that you usually charge for

    When giving away something free, it should have a reasonably high perceived value to the customer, cost you little or nothing to give, and be branded with your company name, phone number and website.

    Some examples:

    • A boutique pet store could bake or have someone bake up a batch of doggie cookies; you could tie them with pink or blue ribbons and put a big sign in your window that this week/month/today only, every dog that comes in gets a free hand-crafted doggie biscuit.
    • A digital retailer who specializes in t-shirts could announce that “Everyone who orders today gets a free tie-dyed headband” and turn some of your cotton t-shirts into headbands.
    • A family law attorney could produce an 8-minute downloadable audio called, “The Ten Most Important Things You Should Know Before Choosing a Divorce Attorney”.  Or it could just be a simple .pdf.

    When you give something away, you activate the “Law of Reciprocity”.  This ancient law is embedded in the human psyche. If you give me something, I’m subtly obliged to reciprocate at the next appropriate opportunity.

    3. Spark the attention of your customers and create some noise.

    The more fanfare, media attention, customer attention you can get, the more new customers you will attract.  One of the best things you can do, alone or in combination with any of the above strategies, is to do something that gets immediate media attention.   The trick to getting media is, in part, looking like you’re not really trying to get media.  Journalists hate to feel used – I used to be one.

    Try doing some big, splashy, not necessarily expensive thng in your community.   Give the media fair warning, because, well, after all, it does make a good story when you:

    • Decide to donate all the flowers unsold in your florist’s shop at the end of every week to the local old folks’ home.
    • Corral a group of teenagers and lure them into picking up trash on Main Street in return for a free…whatever you can give them.
    • When your small private painting company decides to volunteer to repaint the public playground or the fence around the park.
    • You run a contest in the local schools and the winner in each school wins a bike, or a free dinner for their family, or…in return for writing an essay about why they love your town, etc.

    Of course, you’ll want to invite the mayor and any other big wig you can get your hands on to come down, shake your hand and maybe even pick up some litter herself.  And if you don’t know for certain the journalists will be there, it’s pretty cheap to hire a photographer and a video cameraperson and then share that photo with the local and regional papers.  Put the footage on your site, on your YouTube channel, you’re getting the idea.

    Sometimes, small business owners get so mired in the work and the stress of business ownership, they forget that there are billions of innovative creative ways to attract more customers – many of which cost very little money.

    6 Month to 6 Figures

    peter-voogd-683x1024At age 18, he told himself that he would never work a normal job again. Peter Voogd is a millionaire media entrepreneur and best-selling book author. But Peter always says creating his wealth was not always a glamorous path.

    “I didn’t even have money to go to the drive-thru,” Voogd recalls. His frustration with finances and his high school job forced him to find new ways to create extra income.

    He started his first business by selling things on Ebay, and made $91 in his first day (eighteen dollars more than the $63 he had been making at his minimum wage job). When he saw the opportunity in entrepreneurship and making money on his own terms, he never looked back.

    Peter Voogd

    Voogd began take roles in direct sales to learn important entrepreneurial skills like sales and management. Voogd was driven to reach one million dollars in sales, so he reached out to others who had already reached that goal (a strategy Voogd still uses and preaches today).

    “I’m consistently reaching out, adding value. I find the best of the best at what I want to do and who I want to emulate and connect with, and I reach out to them,” Voogd shares. The strategy worked and Voogd reached his sales goals. His passion for connecting and helping others fueled the launch of his Game Changers Academy, an invite-only community of entrepreneurs and young professionals.

    Now armed with his army of entrepreneurial “Game Changers,” and high-powered contacts, Voogd wrote his actionable business book Six Months to Six Figures, which has become a 27-time bestselling book on Amazon and a Top 5 audiobook on Audible. The advice has helped thousands define their dreams and reach their business goals. But life wasn’t easy for Voogd as an early entrepreneur.

    “I had a lot of drive and ambition and energy, but that’s not enough,” Voogd says today. “The key is doing the unrequired things that most people don’t do.”

    Read on to learn the “unrequired things” to which Voogd attributes his business success…

    3 Keys to Peter Voogd’s Success:

    1. Get clear on your motivating force.

    “You’ll never know how strong you really are until being strong is the only option you have,” Voogd recalls from his early days selling. “I had to really, really get clear on who I was, what I wanted.”

    Voogd suggests to write down your goals in detail and include your strongest reasons why you want to achieve those goals. When you review the goals each day, he suggests that you not only focus on the goals and the reasons why you have those goals, but also how you will feel once you reach those goals.

    Voogd suggests that consistent mental reinforcement of your goals will give you the confidence needed to reach them.  The strategy worked for him. Voogd shares, “The biggest key is, I kept faith until the last second.”


    1. Curate your circle of influence.

    Voogd operates on the strict philosophy that you become like the people you spend the most time with.

    “The quote I heard that really changed the game for me was ‘If you want to be a millionaire, who do you talk to?’” Voogd says. “The answer is ‘Billionaires – because you’ll get there faster.’” Voogd says. He recalls thinking to himself, “Oh my gosh, I’m communicating with the wrong people!”

    Voogd believes that anybody can develop a world-class network. “You have to realize that everyone who has a network now once didn’t,”  he says. The key is starting small and being persistent. To keep his network growing, Voogd maintains weekly habits. Which brings me to the third and final key to Voogd’s success…

    1. Develop the right habits.

    “Sadly, I know a lot of broke geniuses,” Voogd laments. The gap between knowledge and application, he says, is rooted in a lack of consistency.

    “Inspiration is needed to create action, but you need the habits,” he says. If you want to reach ambitious goals, Voogd recommends that you write down the three most important habits that will drive the desired outcomes. These key behaviors will become the driving force behind your progress, and by writing them down, you increase your chances of success.

    It’s clear that Voogd prioritizes his professional goals, something that has served his career well.  He believes, “Anything is possible to those who value their goals, their dreams, and their visions over their current excuses or reality.”

    You can follow Peter on Snapchat where he shares massive amounts of value every day. @Ambition23


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    Source: Forbes

    How To Build Your Best Life And Business Empire with Rob Dyrdek.

    In this episode of School of Greatness, Lewis Howes sits down with entrepreneur, athlete and media mogul Rob Dyrdek. Dyrdek is most popular for his reality TV show, Rob & Big, Fantasy Factory and his comedy show Ridiculousness. He shares how he became and entrepreneur and built a massive media empire for himself and his current and future life ventures.

    The main takeaways from Dyrdeks Interview are

    1. To Create a Buildable Business Plan. One That Can Scale To Huge Lengths and Is Not Constrained by Any Factors
    2. Find what your drive is. Find what makes you get out of bed each morning.
    3. To Love People, Learn To Understand Them and To Have FUN!





    What did you get from this interview? Let us know in the comments below!


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    Aaron AOG