Inpirational Quotes About Perseverance that Help You Take Another Step

Quotes about PerseveranceEntrepreneurship will likely be one of the most difficult things you’ve tried in your life, even if you have a high IQ. But it will also be one of the most rewarding things you’ve tried if you refuse to give up. Many people start a business, fail, and then throw in the towel. They’ve experienced the difficulty but not the side of reward. As I explained in a previous article, perseverance is one of the top five qualities of an entrepreneur.

What exactly is perseverance? As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, perseverance is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulty, failures, or opposition.” The shorter amount of time you allow yourself to lie on the ground after life knocks you down, the greater your perseverance. If you give up in the face of difficulties or setbacks, then you lack perseverance. It’s impossible to succeed if you give up, but if you try again, you could succeed. For this reason, perseverance is the most important quality of an entrepreneur. It’s what keeps you going.

What are you to do if you’re low in perseverance? Build it up through practice! For help with the mental aspect of persevering, I collected the best quotes about perseverance below. Read them when you feel like giving up and need to persevere. They will help improve your mindset. After you’re finished reading these quotes, take ONE step closer toward achieving your goal. It doesn’t matter how small that step is as long as you take ACTION.

Perseverance Always Wins in the End

“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.”

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“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

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“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein

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Push Past the Fatigue to Tap into Hidden Strength

“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never pushed through the obstruction.” – William James

“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Importance of Perseverance

“In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world, all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“It’s perseverance that’s the key. It’s persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.” – Lynn Davies

“I’ll admit it’s not easy to get an agent, but becoming successful in anything requires perseverance.” – Nicholas Sparks

“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.” – Travis Bradberry

There’s No Shame in Trying Again

“A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

Famous Quotes about Perseverance

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

Conclusion

These quotes on perseverance are a great way to improve your entrepreneurial mindset and push yourself to keep going when you feel like giving up. Pick one that stands out to you to read over it every day or come back to this list to read all of the quotes when you’re going through a tough time. Do whatever works for you to improve your perseverance. As long as you don’t forget the action side of perseverance, you’ll see the benefits. Mindset is only one side of the perseverance coin; action is the other necessary element.

Struggling to Not Give Up? Read My Article on How to Never Give Up as an Entrepreneur

What’s your favorite quote on perseverance? How have you become more perseverant? Let us know in the comments below.

5 Qualities of an Entrepreneur You Need to Develop for Success

5 Qualities of an Entrepreneur to Develop for SuccessStarting an online business when you already have a job is a difficult task, especially if you dislike your current job. You’ll return home every day from work feeling emotionally and mentally drained from your job. All you want to do is relax and take your mind off of life’s difficulties through watching TV, playing video games, or hanging out with friends.

But when you want financial freedom and a better life, you can’t do those things after work. You must work on your online business, at least for a bit. You must temporarily sacrifice in order to replace your job with your business income. There are five qualities of an entrepreneur that you must develop in order to achieve your goals:

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An entrepreneur’s perseverance is largely responsible for his success. There are few roads without obstacles, and as the saying goes “If you find a path without obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” When you’re sitting on the couch after a stressful day watching television, it’s easy to think that the stars you see were lucky or have an easy life. If you take the time to get to know them, however, you’ll be amazed to find out that they didn’t have an easy path to success. They faced their setbacks, challenges, and moments of self-doubt too. The difference is they never gave up.

Self-Discipline

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A person who lacks self-discipline will likely fail in his effort to start a business. Self-discipline is defined as “the ability to make yourself do things that should be done.” If an entrepreneur doesn’t do the necessary tasks for keeping a business running, then what’s going to happen? The business will fail. Entrepreneurs don’t always feel like getting up early or sacrificing hanging out on the weekend to grow a business, but they make themselves do it because it’s necessary for goal achievement. Self-discipline doesn’t come easy to most people, but it’s a quality that you can build within yourself.

Passion

One of the most beautiful things to witness is a passionate person doing what he loves. It’s almost magical. For me, one of the best examples of passion is Eric Thomas. The first thing that attracted me to him was his passion. Recall a person you’ve met or watched on television that obviously enjoys their job. You probably envied them and wished you had such passion or were living the life of YOUR dreams, rather than working at a job that you don’t like.

Passion is one of the qualities of an entrepreneur because he started his business to do work he enjoys. The “easier” path is to become an employee like everyone else around you. However, as any entrepreneur who has tasted the sweetness of freedom will tell you, the employee path is the tortuous one. Being an entrepreneur is more enjoyable, fulfilling, and rewarding.

Passion is a quality that can keep you going through the difficult times too. When you feel like giving up, you’ll remind yourself of how badly you want that goal. You simply can’t give up. To give up would be dying while still alive, one of the greatest tragedies.

Confidence

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Confident people usually get more done because they don’t have as many self-doubts weighing them down. While it’s normal to have moments of low confidence, a person high in confidence knows how to quickly overcome those moments to keep working toward his goal. Like perseverance and self-discipline, you can build confidence if you don’t already have it. In fact, even confident people have to regularly tend to their “confidence account” or else it will decline until they’re no longer confident.

You must constantly do things that increase your confidence, and avoid making choices that hurt your confidence. According to Peter Voogd, every decision you make either hurts or helps your confidence. To build confidence, you must do what you said you were going to do. When you don’t honor your word, you hurt your confidence.

Peter Voogd outlined 8 ways to increase your confidence in his book 6 Months to 6 Figures:

#1 Choices
#2 Challenges
#3 Consistency
#4 Repetition and deliberate practice
#5 Courage
#6 Don’t fear people
#7 Stop comparing yourself to others
#8 Surround yourself with confident people

As you can see, anyone can be confident. It’s not a trait you need to be born with.

Wedding Rings - Qualities of an EntrepreneurDedication

The fifth quality that entrepreneurs have in common is dedication. They are dedicated to their visions, missions, and achievement of their goals. An entrepreneur knows how to commit himself to something he wants badly enough. When you don’t dedicate yourself to making something happen, you don’t give it your all. To avoid regret, you must put everything you have into it.

When you truly try your best, you can be satisfied you did all you could in the face of failure. Then, you can stand up, brush yourself off, and try again based on what you learned through failing. If you research entrepreneurs, you’ll be amazed to find that all of them have had their failures, but they were so dedicated that they refused to give up.

Conclusion

If you’re interested in starting an online business, then you must develop the qualities of an entrepreneur. Perseverance, self-discipline, passion, confidence, and dedication will lead to your success. When you first hear of the possibility that you can earn money online with your own business, you’re excited about the opportunity and don’t realize how difficult it is. Ask any entrepreneur and he’ll let you know that succeeding involves these qualities. For must of us, it doesn’t come easy, but we agree that it’s worth it.

Read my article on how to never give up as an entrepreneur, so that you can begin developing these five most important entrepreneurial qualities and reach your goals.

Which of these five qualities of an entrepreneur do you have? Is there room for improvement? Do you plan on developing a new quality? Leave a comment below.

Every Affiliate Marketer Needs an Affiliate Marketing Disclosure

Every Affiliate Marketer Needs an Affiliate Marketing DisclosureSomething that’s not often talked about in affiliate marketing is disclosures. A disclosure is a statement that lets readers or viewers know that you are either receiving compensation or have a connection to the company. If you’re interested in earning money online through affiliate marketing, then you must know what an affiliate marketing disclosure is, when you need to make a disclosure, and how to write a sufficient disclosure. This might not be the most exciting topic in online entrepreneurship but it’s a necessary one. Keep in mind that I’m not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice. The following information is based on what I read on the FTC’s website.

What Counts as Compensation for a Post?

The FTC requires all bloggers, Internet marketers, and whatever you may call yourself to disclose when you’re receiving compensation. Free gifts and commissions count as compensation. This means if you receive something free from the company, you need to reveal that when writing about it. Likewise, if you include an affiliate link in the article, you’re earning commissions each time someone makes a purchase through that link. Therefore, you must inform readers that you’ll receive a commission when they buy through the link.

Twitter Screenshot - Every Affiliate Marketer Needs an Affiliate Marketing DisclosureWhat About Social Media? How Do You Disclose on Twitter?

If you’re posting an affiliate link on Twitter or another similar site where space is limited, you can add “advertisement”, “ad”, or “affiliate link” to the post to indicate it’s an affiliate link. It’s recommended you start off the tweet as “Ad:” or “Sponsored:” because not everyone will read a hashtag at the end of the tweet, especially if it’s placed after the link.

You Need a Disclosure in YouTube Videos Too

When shooting a video for YouTube or any other platform, you should disclose if you received the item you’re reviewing free from an advertiser. Putting the disclosure in the video description isn’t sufficient because not everyone reads the description. You must state in the video itself when you bring up the product that you receive compensation or have received compensation.

Where to Position the Disclosure?

The FTC says you must place the disclosure as close to the affiliate link or product as possible. Having a disclosure at the end of your article or video is not enough because some users won’t read or watch to the end. Some people will click on your affiliate link before reaching the end of the article.

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Don’t Feel Shy About Disclosures

Confidence makes a positive difference in many aspects of life, including love, career, and sports. As Brian Clark, the founder of CopyBlogger, explained, confidence also matters when disclosing your affiliate links. If you disclose with confidence, then it will have a positive impact on brand perception and conversions. Would you rather buy from someone who feels ashamed or confident? Of course, you’ll opt for the confident person.

Don’t Worry About Scaring Off Your Audience with Disclosures

“If you’re delivering constant value, most people won’t mind… as long as you’re honest.” – Brian Clark

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If you live in another country besides the United States, then you’ll have to check your country’s guidelines for disclosures. However, as I understand it, anyone who is targeting a U.S. audience is expected to use disclosures.

Examples of Affiliate Disclosures

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Conclusion

Anyone who posts an affiliate link needs to include an affiliate marketing disclosure with that link, so that others know you’re being compensated if they make a purchase through the link. If you’re reviewing a product that was given to you free by the company in exchange for a review, then you need to disclose that fact as well. Other instances in which you must disclose a fact are if you are a relative of someone in the company or if you’re an employee in the company.

It might sound complicated, but affiliate marketing disclosures are easy and simple to do. Some online entrepreneurs and bloggers, however, like to be creative with their disclosures. Whether you choose to give a standard disclosure or craft it into something more interesting with your brand’s voice doesn’t matter, as long as the disclosure is clear, concise, and close to the affiliate link or mention of the product.

For more information, read the FTC’s FAQ post on their endorsement guidelines.

How long did it take you to find out you need to include disclosures in your affiliate marketing? Let us know in the comments.

How to Find Your Core Values

How to Find Your Core ValuesIn a previous post, I explained the importance of knowing what your top five personal core values are. If you’re still struggling to figure out what your personal core values are, then this article on how to find your core values is for you. Although there are many ways to find your core values, I have listed three possible methods below. You may do all three or just the one that you think will work best for you.

Scott Jeffrey’s 7-Step Process to Discovering Your Personal Core Values

Scott Jeffrey, a life strategist, outlined a seven-step process for discovering your personal core values. Step one is to start with a beginner’s mind. This is very important because as he said a lot of people will begin with preconceived notions instead of diving deep into their subconscious to discover what moves them, what they need, and what makes them tick. His process is very thorough and includes questioning your list of values in order to make sure they are at your core.

Herb Stevenson’s Core Values Assessment

Another way to find your core values is to take Herb Stevenson’s core values assessment. The test asks you to assign a percentage for how important a value is in your life and how often you practice that value. Then, you narrow down the list of values until you discover your top 2-3 values.

Herb Stevenson is the founder of Cleveland Consulting Group, a company that helps executives uncover new ways of “being” in order to make important changes. He has experience as a business executive, executive coach, and management consultant.

Follow the 5-Step Process in Inc’s Article on Finding Your Core Values

Kevin Daum, an entrepreneur who has generated more than $1 billion in sales and marketing, wrote an article for Inc on how to find your core values. He believes that establishing your own personal guidelines for living your life can mitigate risk and speed up success in business. If it’s common for companies to have company core values, then shouldn’t individuals have their own personal core values too? Even if you’re not interested in business or entrepreneurship, personal core values are important. They provide you with consistency in character and help you make good decisions in life.

“Much like company core values, your personal core values are there to guide behavior and choice. Get them right and you’ll be swift and focused in your decision-making, with clear direction. Get them wrong or leave them ambiguous, and you’ll constantly wonder how you got into this mess.” – Kevin Daum

The exercise for finding your core values that Kevin Daum shared involve reflecting on your greatest achievements, failures, moments of efficiency, and moments of inefficiency. Once you’ve determined the top three in each area, you list the advice you would give yourself based on the themes from your top achievements and failures. You will find your core values through doing this process.

Write Down Your Core Values with a Short Explanation

After you have figured out what your top five core values are, write them down on a sheet of paper or in a word document with an explanation of what each means to you and why it’s a core value. You can read Mark Wright’s page on his own core values for an example. He states each as a pledge, announcing that he is committed to living his life in a certain way based on the value. You don’t have to write it exactly in that way. The important thing is you clarify exactly what the value means to you and how you will apply it to your life.

Whenever you’re faced with a difficult decision, look at the sheet of paper you wrote down your core values on. It will remind you of your guidelines in life, rendering the decision a lot easier to make because you will know what’s acceptable and what is not. The choice you make will have to be congruent with those core values.

Conclusion

There are many different ways to find your core values and no one way is necessarily better than the other. Pick the method that appeals most to you and go through the process. You can try more than one and consider your results from each method before finalizing your core values. Don’t worry about getting it right or making it permanent. It’s fine if you find out your core values are different a year later. What matters is you started the process of self-exploration and searching for your core values. You can’t find out what they are and WHY they are your core values without reflection, after all.

Let us know in the comments what your top five core values are and why. Also let us know how you discovered them.

Now that you know what your core values are and have them written down on a sheet of paper, read my article on how to never give up, so that you can stay patient with yourself as you work toward being a person who follows his core values.

Buffer App Review – Scheduling Your Social Media Posts

Buffer App Review - Work at Home TrailBuffer App could make your life easier as an online entrepreneur or blogger. If you’re struggling to keep up with your social media marketing plan or have some days in which you’re overly inspired and others in which you have no idea what to post, then you need to find a social media marketing tool that allows you to schedule your posts.

It’s a great feeling when you already have a week of posts planned and ready to go without even needing to click another button. You can focus on other important tasks of your business with ease rather than interrupt your workflow and become frazzled with trying to keep your social media going. Buffer App is one great, simple-to-use tool for scheduling your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ pages, LinkedIn, and Pinterest posts. This Buffer App review will cover the benefits of using Buffer, pros vs. cons, who it’s best for, and pricing options.

Product: Buffer App
Overall Ranking: 8/10
Price: Free; plans starting at $10 per month
Owners: Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich
Website: https://buffer.com/app

Schedule Your Social Media Posts with Ease

Buffer App is a great tool for scheduling your social media posts with ease. Instead of writing them in a word document or excel spreadsheet and then setting an alarm to make sure you sign on at the correct time to publish each post, you can write the posts from within Buffer and designate a time for posting them. There’s no need to make processes complex.

Save Time with Buffer

Another benefit of using Buffer to schedule your social posts is you save time. It takes more time and energy to keep up with your social media schedule on top of the other tasks you have. If you still have another job besides your online business, then it’s not always possible for you to sign onto your social media account to post at the right time. Moreover, you reduce how many brainstorming sessions you have. Instead of thinking of what to post every day, you think about it one day of the week or a few times per month.

Create Social Media Graphics with Buffer’s Image Creation Tool

Buffer has an easy-to-use image creation tool called Pablo that you can access from their homepage. Why do they call it Pablo? I’m not sure what the meaning is behind the name either, but it’s still a good tool to add to your graphic creation list. Pablo automatically recommends a new picture paired with a quote to help spark your creativity or give you a social media post without having to create it yourself.

You can check out my post 19 Quotes on Building Momentum for Success in Entrepreneurship to see what the images look like. I created every picture on that page with Pablo, except for the intro image which was created with Canva.

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Unless you upload your website logo, there won’t be a logo in the corner like in my screenshot.

Another feature of Pablo that makes image creation easier is once you upload your logo, it automatically shows up in the same position when you return to the tool or create a new image. You don’t have to reupload or manually add your logo each time.

You can directly share an image that you create in Pablo on social media. This is convenient because you don’t have to download the picture, rename it, and then post it.

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Schedule Retweets

Sometimes you see a lot of great tweets that you want to retweet but know better than to annoy your followers with too many RTs in a row. Buffer App solves that problem by allowing you to schedule retweets. Here is an example of what a scheduled retweet will look like in your Buffer queue:

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Which Social Media Networks are Integrated with Buffer?

With a free account, you can integrate Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages. In order to integrate Pinterest with your Buffer, you must upgrade to a paid membership.

Pros

  • Buffer provides an extension and apps, so that you can easily schedule posts from websites and your smartphone.
  • Buffer has a tool called Pablo for creating engaging graphics for your social media posts.
    It’s easy to use.
  • You’ll save time by scheduling your social posts with Buffer.
  • Buffer allows you to schedule retweets.
  • You can schedule posts on four of the biggest social media networks for free.
  • There is a free version for those who aren’t ready for or don’t want to pay for a scheduling tool.

Cons

  • In order to schedule Pinterest pins, you must be a paid member.
  • Pablo (Buffer’s graphic tool) only offers three different font sizes.
  • Buffer’s website design lacks consistency, so it looks like you’re going to over three different sites when clicking on different things.
  • You can’t integrate your Google+ profile, only a Google+ page.

Who is It For

Buffer App is for anyone with a professional social media account, including bloggers, big businesses, start ups, and entrepreneurs. It will really make implementing a social media plan much easier.

Support

I’ve never had to contact Buffer support, so I don’t know how well their support team is. If you need to get into contact with them, you can click on “Get in Touch” under “Help”. A box will pop up for you to type your message. In contrast to most companies, Buffer encourages you to email them even if you just want to say “hello.”

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Buffer’s 4 Payment Options

Buffer has a free version that allows you to have up to 10 tweets in your queue at a time. For a larger queue and additional features, you must upgrade to one of their payment plans:

Awesome: $10 per month
Small: $99 per month
Medium: $199 per month
Large: $399 per month

Look at Buffer’s pricing page to easily view what features you get with each plan. If you use Buffer with a non-profit organization, you can get a 50% discount.

If you’re just starting out with your first website or business, then you really only need a free account.

Final Opinion

Buffer App is a recommended social media marketing tool to use for scheduling your social media posts. You will feel less stressed out because you already know that your posts will appear in your feed on time no matter what, save for a technical glitch once in a blue moon. You will also save time by already knowing what you’ll post and when. Scheduling posts also allows you to take time off when you want to without neglecting your social media marketing plan.

Have you tried Buffer yet? What did you like and dislike about it? Share your experiences in the comments below.

3 Internet Marketing Affiliate Programs to Promote on Your Website

Internet Marketing Affiliate Programs to Promote on Your WebsiteFinding an Internet marketing program that isn’t scammy or questionable is difficult. If you’re in the online marketing niche or want to monetize a blog post that explains to your loyal readers how you earn money online with a website, then consider becoming an affiliate for one of these reputable Internet marketing affiliate programs:

Wealthy Affiliate

With values of paying it forward and community, Wealthy Affiliate is a great Internet marketing program to promote on your website. If your target audience is family-oriented, then Wealthy Affiliate is one of the best affiliate marketing training programs you can recommend for them. The co-founders, Kyle and Carson, are both family-oriented men and treat members of Wealthy Affiliate like family. They allow premium members to directly ask them questions and will actually respond.

Kyle and Carson also embrace the pay it forward concept. Paying it forward means to do something nice for another person after someone does a good deed for you. For example, if you’re homeless and someone buys a meal for you, you one day buy a meal for another person in need. A less extreme example, if someone takes the time to explain how to use keywords on your website to increase organic traffic, then you should also lend a helping hand to a beginner in your field without expecting anything in return.

For a quick overview of the difference between the starter (free) and premium (paid) memberships at Wealthy Affiliate, look at the image below:

As you can see, both starter and premium members have access to Wealthy Affiliate’s affiliate program. However, starter members earn a lower percentage of commissions than premium. If you want to get the highest amount possible for referring people to Wealthy Affiliate, then you should sign up as a premium member.

Starter members earn $11.25 per month for referrals on a monthly membership and $87.50 per year for referrals on a yearly membership. Premium members earn $22.50 per month for referrals on a monthly membership and $175 per year for referrals on a yearly membership.

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Affilorama

Founded by Mark Ling and Simon Slade in 2006, Affilorama is another great Internet marketing affiliate program to recommend for your loyal readers. Affilorama’s mission is to minimize the obstacles faced in online business and help members see success as quickly as possible. Don’t worry, they don’t have a scammy approach, as you can tell by looking at their homepage and browsing through their lessons. They don’t promise you’ll be making a lot of money without putting the work in or providing value. Affilorama provides straightforward and easy-to-follow training on Internet marketing.

As an Affilorama affiliate, you’ll earn a 50% commission on every sale you refer. Just like Wealthy Affiliate, you’re allowed to be an affiliate of Affilorama under the free membership.

Internet Marketing Ninjas

Internet Marketing Ninjas is website that provides Internet marketing services and tools, so they are great to promote if your target audience is more interested in paying someone to handle their online marketing rather than learn how to do it themselves. Some of the services they provide include:

  • SEO
  • Link building
  • Social media marketing
  • Consulting
  • Website design
  • Reputation management
  • Strategy
  • Website usability

Internet Marketing Ninjas was founded in 1999 by Jim Boykin and has grown into a corporation with over 50 employees. As noted on their “culture” page, the top five values of Internet Marketing Ninjas are responsibility, integrity, results, freedom to innovate, and fun. If any of these core values resonate with your target audience, sign up for the affiliate program at Internet Marketing Ninjas and refer your readers to them. They are likely to be pleased with the service because their values are in alignment.

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With the Internet Marketing Ninjas affiliate program, you’ll earn a 5% commission on monthly contracts for up to 12 months. According to Internet Marketing Ninjas, the average monthly contract is $5,000. There is no cost to join their affiliate program.

Conclusion

There are many Internet marketing affiliate programs you can join, including Wealthy Affiliate, Affilorama, and Internet Marketing Ninja. You want to steer your readers in the right direction, so browse the sites and try out the program or service for yourself to ensure you want to promote them on your blog. It’s important to find an affiliate program that’s reputable and helpful for your readers, so that they won’t be let down.

Did I miss out on a great Internet marketing affiliate program? Let me know in the comments. Also feel free to share your experience with these affiliate programs to help others make their decisions.

19 Quotes on Building Momentum for Success in Entrepreneurship

19 Quotes on Building Momentum for Success in EntrepreneurshipAccording to Peter Voogd, author of 6 Months to 6 Figures, momentum is the most powerful force in business. He also thinks that the two scariest things in life are momentum and lack of momentum. Momentum is an energy or zone in which things flow more smoothly and become easier. Just like many intangible concepts, momentum is difficult to describe but you know it when you experience it. You can easily feel unstoppable once you find your momentum.

If you are in need of momentum, read the following building momentum quotes and find which one resonates most with you. Recite the quote when you feel like you’re losing momentum and keep pushing forward. Consistent action is necessary for building and maintaining momentum.

What is Momentum?

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” – Earl Weaver

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“I think about myself as like an ocean liner that’s been going full speed for a long distance, and the captain pulls the throttle back all the way to stop, but the ship doesn’t stop immediately, does it? It has its own momentum and it keeps on going.” – Leonard Nimoy

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Getting Momentum is Harder than Maintaining It

“Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort.” – Charles J. Givens

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“We found out tonight how important and how crucial momentum swings can be. I thought we were playing very well. We were doing a lot of positive things but then we lost the puck two times in our zone and things swung their way. You can’t afford to give teams momentum.” – Saku Koivu

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“Gaining momentum in leadership is much harder than sustaining it.” – Aubrey Mcgowan

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How to Get Momentum

“If you have the guts to keep making mistakes, your wisdom and intelligence leap forward with huge momentum.” – Holly Near

If you have the guts to keep making mistakes

“When you have that window of opportunity called a crisis, move as quickly as you can, get as much done as you can. There’s a momentum for change that’s very compelling.” – Anne M. Mulcahy

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“Always work hard. Intensity clarifies. It creates not only momentum, but also the pressure you need to feel either friction or fulfillment.” – Marcus Buckingham

Always work hard. Intensity clarifies - Momentum Quotes

“One day at a time is the secret to building momentum.”

One day at a time is the secret to building momentum - Momentum Quotes

“Consistency will give you a competitive edge and will keep momentum on your side. More importantly, consistency will continually increase your confidence.”

Consistency will give you a competitive edge - Momentum Quotes

“Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.” – Bryant H. McGill

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum - Momentum Quotes

Sustaining Momentum

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

If youre going through hell keep going - Momentum Quotes

“Motivation is knowing you are learning, growing, and succeeding toward your desired outcome while sustaining positive momentum.” – Jaren L. Davis

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“The worst thing you can do in a fight is stop moving. When someone attacks, they create force, movement, momentum, but you’ll be okay as long as you can see and feel the direction of that force and travel with it.” – Victoria Schwab

The worse thing you can do is a fight is stop moving - Momentum Quotes

The Importance of Momentum

“Success is like a snowball… it takes momentum to build and the more you roll in the right direction, the bigger it gets.” – Steve Ferrante

Success is like a snowball - Momentum Quotes

“Sliding headfirst is the safest way to get to the next base, I think, and the fastest. You don’t lose your momentum, and there’s one more important reason I slide headfirst, it gets my picture in the paper.” – Pete Rose

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” – Ralph Marston

“The reason momentum is so powerful is because of the heightened sense of confidence it gives us – the most important aspect of peak performance.” – Jeff Greenwald

Conclusion

Quotes on building momentum can help remind you of its importance in entrepreneurship. You want to gain momentum in your business because it makes things easier and brings success sooner. The stop-and-go process is not only frustrating but lacks efficiency and effectiveness as well.

What are your favorite quotes on building momentum? Have you ever experienced the power of momentum? Let us know in the comments.

Building momentum is tough in the beginning and even tougher when you lose initial momentum and feel like you’re starting over. To help avoid losing momentum once you’ve got it, read my post on how to stay motivated to achieve your goals.

How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

how to stay motivated to achieve your goalsJust as emotions don’t last forever, motivation doesn’t either, but it can always return. You haven’t been happy nonstop since the day you were born. You’ve had moments of sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety. It’s normal. Losing motivation to achieve your goals is normal too. It doesn’t mean that you were on the wrong path. If you don’t give up on the goal, your motivation will eventually return. The danger with waiting, however, is you’ll lose momentum from not taking action on your goal during the period of lost motivation. To avoid losing momentum, here is a guide on how to stay motivated to achieve your goals:

#1 Accept the Fact that You Sometimes Have to Force Yourself

As stated above, motivation comes and goes for everyone. No one is pumped up and excited about their goals 24/7. During the periods when you don’t have motivation, you must force yourself to continue implementing your plan. Force yourself to complete your daily tasks that were already planned out and are necessary stepping stones to your end goal. If you don’t drive yourself, you will lose the most powerful force in business: momentum.

“The two scariest things in life and business are: 1. momentum 2. lack of momentum.” – Peter Voogd, 6 Months to 6 Figures

 

Yes, it’s difficult to make yourself to do something you don’t feel like doing. With practice, you’ll build your discipline and become better at doing the things you need to do regardless of how you feel. As motivational speaker Dr. Eric Thomas says, “At the end of your feelings is nothing, but at the end of every principle is a promise. Some of you in your life, the reason you’re not at your goal right now is because you’re all about your feelings. You don’t feel like waking up. Who does? Every day you say no to your dreams, you might be pushing your dreams back a whole six months. That one day you didn’t get up.”

#2 Imagine the Emotional Reward You’ll Receive Upon Following Through

One thing that helps you finish a task you don’t feel like doing that is necessary for accomplishing your goals is to imagine the emotional reward you’ll receive upon following through. Remind yourself of how proud you’ll feel for being disciplined enough to do what you need to do and what you said you would do. You’ll feel relieved and happy with yourself. If, however, you don’t force yourself to keep working on an important goal, then you will feel worse in the end. That loss of confidence kills your motivation more. You can find yourself trapped in a downward spiral.

Laptop - Pixabay ClkerFreeVectorImages#3 Track Your Goals

Another way to stay motivated overall to achieve your goals is to track them. If you don’t record your progress, then the goal won’t be on your mind as often. You will also lack a clear idea of how you’re progressing. Knowing the specifics of how well you’re doing and how much left you have before achieving your goal will empower you. When you’re not doing so well, you know it’s time to step it up. If you’re doing well, then you can use that as motivation to keep pushing until it’s complete.

#4 Find Your Biggest Sources of Inspiration

Determine where your biggest sources of inspiration come from and then regularly check out those sources to keep yourself inspired. Potential sources of inspiration include places, books, videos, and artwork. Learn which medium(s) inspire you the most and actively seek them out, especially when you fall into a slump.

#5 Read About Your Goal

Search for blog posts, articles, and books about other people accomplishing your goal. It will help motivate you to do the same. Seeing someone do something great can spark the excitement inside of you. You know that you can do it too. You’re filled with potential. Some ways to find these inspirational stories are to search for [goal] success stories, best [goal], and [goal] success.

Green Apples - Pixabay Julenka#6 Surround Yourself with People Who Have Similar Goals

Last, but not least, you will have an easier time staying motivated when you surround yourself with people who have similar goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, then join a health-related community online to get around other people who care about eating healthy and exercising. You can find others who want to lose weight and encourage each other along the way. It’s easier to accomplish a goal when you’re surrounded by people with similar aspirations.

Conclusion

A good environment is important for sustaining motivation as long as possible. Don’t worry when your motivation fades, despite implementing all of these techniques, because as stated in the first tip, sometimes you just gotta push yourself to keep taking action regardless of how you feel. If you implement these tips for staying motivated, it shouldn’t take long for your motivation to return full force.

Now that you know how to stay motivated to achieve your goals, read my other post on how to never give up. It will be especially helpful for learning how to keep going during periods of lower motivation.

Do you have any other tips for staying motivated? Please leave them in the comments below. Let us know how you stay motivated.

Why It’s Important to Identify Your Personal Core Values

Why It's Important to Identify Your Personal Core ValuesOn the road to self-improvement or entrepreneurship, you’ve probably heard the advice to know your core values and live by them. Eric Thomas, a motivational speaker, and Peter Voogd, an entrepreneur, are two examples of notable figures who have given this advice. They live by their own personal core values too.

Before we get into why it’s important to identify your personal core values, let’s define what they are first. Herb Stevenson gave a good definition of values: “Values are the principles or standards of behavior that are formed by life experiences and codes of conduct, implicitly and explicitly, from our family, culture(s), organization(s), institution(s), religion(s), antion(s), etc.” Examples of core values include honesty, integrity, freedom, impact, wealth, power, health, and influence.

So, why is it important to determine what your personal core values are?

#1 Core Values Guide Your Behavior and Actions

If loyalty is very important to you, it’s not likely that you’ll easily turn your back on someone. Why would you if loyalty is truly a core value? To be disloyal would be in conflict of your core values, resulting in the pain of not staying true to yourself. Or loyalty wasn’t really a value in the first place if you aren’t behaving that way.

As stated on YourDictionary, “While some people or companies might expressly publish their core values, often the best way to identify these values is to which how they act and behave. A core value is only a true core value if it has an active influence and if the people or company manage to live by it, at least most of the time.”

Heaven Hell Stairs - Pixabay ZERIG#2 Core Values Let You Know Whether You’re on the Right Path or Not

Another reason core values are so important is they let you know whether you’re on the right path or not. Most people feel unhappy with themselves whenever they betray their core values because they’re not acting in alignment with who they are. It’s a little signal for you to get back on track and stay true to what you value the next time you’re in a tough situation.

It should be pointed out that core values are not all positive. It’s possible to have a negative core value, such as greed or violence. The question is: are you happy with the values that are guiding your life right now? If you find that the top five values you’re living by aren’t congruent with who you want to be, it’s time to determine which core values are really yours. What core values do you want to have? Who do you want to be?

Chinese Clarity - Pixabay Alexas_Fotos#3 Knowing Your Core Values Gives You Clarity

Clarity is important for having success in your business and other areas of life. Part of gaining clarity is figuring out what your personal core values are. If you don’t know what’s most important to you, how can you make good decisions?

When you clearly know how you want to live your life, who you are, who you are NOT, then you’ll have an easier time making decisions as well as following through on them. For example, if honesty is one of your core values and you tell the truth despite the fact that most people would lie, then you will not feel regret later – quite the opposite – you would feel proud of yourself for being honest.

“It’s easy to make decisions once you determine what your real values are.” – Peter Voogd, 6 Months to 6 Figures

#4 Prevents You from Falling into Bad Habits

Many people feel unhappy when they aren’t living by their core values. They escape those negative feelings that arise via bad habits. It distracts them from those uncomfortable feelings they don’t want to face and are likely confused by. When you live by your values, you will feel more fulfilled, have more energy, and be more motivated in life. Some of these bad habits that you might do when not staying true to yourself include playing video games for too long, drinking too much alcohol, and procrastinating.

Conclusion

Many problems arise from not knowing your personal core values, such as escaping into bad habits, regretting choices, struggling to make decisions, and going down a path you’re not happy with. You must do some introspection to determine what your core values are. Be aware that they are not necessarily positive, but you can change a value if you want to. In that situation, you must think about what kind of person you want to be and base your core values off of that person. Identifying your core values will help you in entrepreneurship and even other areas of life.

Share in the comments what your core values are and why.

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3 Costly Fears in Entrepreneurship

3 Costly Fears in EntrepreneurshipWhen you start off as an entrepreneur, you face at least one fear. The fear of failure, the fear of not being good enough, the fear of what others think.. There are many different fears that you may have as a new entrepreneur. Although fear can serve a good purpose to keep us alive, it’s quite crippling in other areas.

Fear will hold you back in entrepreneurship if you don’t know how to effectively handle it. These fears are costly. They slow down your progress and impair your productivity. What’s worse is you might not even realize you have a fear dragging you down. Here are the three most common fears that entrepreneurs may face and how to overcome them:

#1 Fear of Failure

A common fear entrepreneurs have is that of failure. Not only would they feel disappointed in themselves but they worry about what their family members and friends will think. The fear can be stronger if someone close to you has expressed doubt that you can build a successful business. The sooner you accept that failure is normal, and realize that even successful entrepreneurs have failed projects, the better off you’ll be.

View failure as a learning opportunity to ease its pain. A simple change in perspective on failure makes a huge difference. Learning how to think positively is another way to overcome the fear of failure. If you think negatively and doubt your abilities, it will only worsen the fear of failure.

#2 Fear of Not Being Good Enough

Another fear that will cripple you on the entrepreneurship path is the fear of not being good enough. Maybe you don’t think you’re experienced enough in your niche or you don’t think you’re smart enough. Sometimes there’s just that nagging feeling inside you that you’re not enough. Feelings of inadequacy lower your confidence; and without confidence, working on your business is more stressful than necessary.

If you feel like you don’t know enough in your niche, then write a list of what you DO know and work with that. Also write down what you don’t know but need to know. Prioritize the skills you need to develop for your business and work on one at a time until its mastered.

#3 Fear of What Others Think

Many people starting out as entrepreneurs will also worry about what others think about them. Whether they’re worried their friends will think they’re crazy, about negative reviews, or people hating on them, they fear what others think in some way. Some people will think you’re crazy for starting a business. Others will think you’re crazy for putting work into a business that isn’t showing results yet. But you’re not alone.

Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, admitted in an interview that 2/3 of his friends told him his idea was crazy and to not do it. Where would he be today if he had taken the advice of his friends? Many people operate on majority rules, but as you can tell, the majority is not always right.

Knowing what the biggest fears are in entrepreneurship is important because they may be holding you back. Once you recognize the fear, you can take steps to overcome it. Many other successful entrepreneurs have faced these same fears and learned how to work through them instead of being dragged down by them.

What’s the biggest fear you’re facing as an entrepreneur?