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3 Things That Hold People Back From Online Success

Starting something new is always a bit nerve-racking, especially when it involves making money.

Starting an online business can be an amazing adventure, but it can also come with some unexpected bumps in the road. You won’t get everything right when you’re first launching your business, but that’s okay as long as you have a plan in mind and know what it is you are trying to accomplish to achieve online success. Did you come up with your own product that you’re selling on an e-commerce site? Do you want to be an affiliate marketer? Are you selling your own digital products, like an e-course or coaching services?

No matter what it is you are trying to do to accomplish online, you must be aware of these 3 things that hold people back from achieving online success. If you can avoid these 3 common pitfalls, you will reach your goals and achieve the success you desire.

#1: I’m Afraid to Fail

News flash: everyone on the planet is at least slightly afraid of failure, especially those who are seeking online success. It’s part of human nature to be afraid of taking risks and falling flat on your face, but if you want to truly be a successful online entrepreneur you will have to endure failure. You need to admit to yourself out loud that becoming an online entrepreneur will come with setbacks and failures. You have to admit this to yourself before you take one step forward, because otherwise you will lose courage as the journey gets increasingly difficult. It’s not a question of if you will fail, but when. As long as you know what you’re aiming for failure shouldn’t scare you.

#2: I’m not an Expert 

The idea that you need a few fancy letters after your name to make money online is a very outdated concept. Yes, to practice medicine you do need to be a doctor—same thing goes for lawyers. But becoming an expert typically does not require you to be certified in anything other than your own life experience. If you are amazing at helping people save and invest their money, then you can make a great living teaching people online. Same thing goes for fitness. You don’t have to be a business expert to sell products online either. If you have experience in a specific area and you know how to get results for yourself and others, that’s all the expertise you need. Don’t let a few credentials keep you from living out your online business dream.

#3: I Have Things to Figure out

All of us have things to figure out. Do you think Steve Jobs knew every thing there is to know about computers and software before he started Apple? Do you think Mark Cuban knew everything about live streaming before he started his internet company Broadcast.com, and later sold it to Yahoo for billions of dollars? If you are waiting for all the stars to align and say you’re ready to launch an online business, you will be waiting forever. None of us are ready to take the next step—not really. What you need to do is have faith that with hard work, you’ll be able to learn what you need to learn to be successful. But what you need to do right now is just take the leap. There will never be a perfect time to start your online business—that perfect time is right now. Here’s to your success!!

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Kauai Hawaii

kauaiEmerald mountains, deep valleys, and jagged cliffs make Waimea Canyon of Kauai a grand sight.  This natural wonder offers majestic views of an extraordinary landscape, so beautiful you cannot fully grasp its majesty.  Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is often compared to its bigger relative (Arizona’s Grand Canyon); however, with such exquisite features, it stands on its own as a popular attraction and unique beauty of Kauai, Hawaii.  Enrooted more than 3,000 feet deep, and covering approximately 14 miles, its tremendous decor offers insight to a land before time.  Red soil and volcanic remains leave footprints of the miraculous events that have caused one of earth’s most spectacular treasures.  The Waimea Canyon is one of the reasons why Kauai is an exotic destination.  Its splendor and adventures are unparalleled, and it is an ideal location to explore life’s luxuries.

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Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands in the United States.  Sometimes referred to as the Garden Isle, this is manifested in the vast mountainsides, dense forests, and striking beaches that surround the island.  It is rich with culture and much of the heritage can be seen dotted along the island’s landscape. Painted with coconut palm trees, the popular Coconut Coast showcases different faces of culture from water activities such as mountain tubing to historic attractions like the Sleeping Giant. In Lihue, visit the legendary Alekoko Menehune Fishpond and capture the beauty of the Wailua Falls as the water tumbles 80 feet into the Wailua River. The island’s South Shore also houses McBryde Garden, which was a backdrop in the movie, Jurassic Park; and the Koloa Heritage Trail, which serves as an open history book with presentations of historical landmarks. The island’s immaculate beaches also provide a gateway into a world of oceanic adventures from whale watching and kayaking to canoeing and snorkeling.

Your vacation will not be complete without shopping in the trendy shops, kauai-3boutiques, markets and retail stores.  Fashionistas can get their hands on “made in Hawaii” jewelry, fabrics, produces, and handicrafts; as well as international merchandise.  The shopping districts are also a great way to meet the friendly natives and to indulge in the Hawaiian customs.  At night, you can nestle under the stars and observe the thrilling performances of a Hawaiian luau.  After indulging in delectable Hawaiian delicacies, the hypnotizing beats of live dances and music flow through the cool air.

The culinary temptations of Kauai are extraordinary.  The gastronomy provides a taste of Hawaiian delicacies blended with multicultural influences. Throughout the island aromas from elegantly created foods like seafood, pork teriyaki chicken and beef, mango cilantro, fill the local restaurants. With the backdrops of gorgeous sceneries smooth sounds of live entertainment in the background, the vibes at the restaurants are irresistible.  No matter what foods you may be craving, there is a plethora of cuisines that will delight any pallet.

Kauai experiences a subtropical climate. During the summer (June-October) the weather averages around the high 80s to mid 70s.  In the winter (December-April) the temperatures fluctuate between the high 70s to mid 60s.

Lihue Airport is Kanai’s main gateway to the other Hawaiian Islands and locations around the world.  Renting a car is a convenient way to discover the island’s famous attractions. Shuttles also provide sightseeing journeys to of some of the major sites and there are a variety of tours that travel to various scenic locations and tourist attractions. Get a bird’s eye view of the picturesque landscape by taking a helicopter or plane ride. However, strolling on the beach or through the island’s narrow pathways is a leisurely way to enjoy the weather and overwhelming beauty.

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Turks and Caicos

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The Turks & Caicos Islands are two islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Bahamas. The islands were part of the United Kingdom’s Jamaican colony until 1959, when they assumed the title of a separate crown colony. Although independence was agreed upon for 1982, the policy was reversed and the islands are presently a British overseas territory.

Turks & Caicos is arid compared with other Caribbean destinations; the island receives less than 50 inches of rainfall annually and generally lacks the lush landscape found across other Caribbean nations. Still, the islands are consistently favored by sunshine and cooling breezes, and the beaches rank with the Caribbean’s best. The Turks & Caicos’ primary appeal is its status as a mostly undiscovered and not overly developed tourism destination.

Providenciales is the main tourism city although not the capital (which is Grand Turk). It features a handful of attractions including the Provo Golf Club, the island’s only 18-hole championship course, site of the 1999 and 2009 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. There are also various operators offering dive tours at reefs across the island. Travelers can also rent a boat for a full or half-day, or enjoy virtually every form of water sports, from parasailing to sail boarding. Picnics on exclusive private beaches can be arranged and there are multiple spots for snorkeling among the island’s exotic fish and coral. The Turks & Caicos has one of the world’s longest coral reefs, making it a premier dive destination.

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Horseback riding and kite boarding are other available activities; visitors can take in the Caicos Conch Farm to learn about the life cycle of the conch, an unofficial island symbol. Fishing excursions are also available. The Turk & Caicos has an upscale beach-side dining scene, with a wide variety of restaurants including the popular Hemingway’s at the Sands at Grace Bay hotel. Grand Turk attractions include a historic lighthouse, which features a keeper’s residence and a kerosene storage building, all built of local limestone blocks. For generations, the lighthouse served as mariners’ sole beacon to avoid the treacherous northeast reef, which extends eastward far out to sea and was responsible for multiple shipwrecks.

Cruise ships call at the Carnival Cruise Line’s beachfront terminal in Grand Turk, which represents the islands’ closest link to mass tourism. Located toward the south end of the island, the terminal complex features a tourism village with shops and restaurants, an oversized pool where guests can rent private cabana, and an 800-foot-long beach. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is one of the popular eateries featured found here.

The main airport, in Providenciales, is small and at times struggles to keep pace with the recent wave of tourist arrivals. Travelers should arrange for a shuttle or taxi to meet them after landing. Upon departing, travelers should arrive at the airport approximately three to four hours before their fight time, especially on Saturdays, when lines can extend out of the airport doors.

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Emirates First Class!

Have you ever been on an Emirates A380 Plane?

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Watch this Video to see what it’s like in First Class with Emirates!

If you haven’t been on an Emirates Plane.. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!!

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Worry Less and Smile More!

  • Anyone else tired of reading the news? It’s been a rough year on many fronts, with global economics, violent shootings and unpopular politics filling the news cycle. Some days it seems next to impossible to filter through the negativity and find good in the world.

    It begs the question: Are optimistic people living in a state of self-delusion? Where is the value of positivity? Before you give up on humanity, really take a look around. There is good everywhere. There are wonderful things that will soften even the most callous heart. The key is ending the cycle of negativity in favor of the power of positive thinking.

  • Unplugging

    Our constantly connected culture comes with some serious perks. Social media, smart phones and tablets help us connect with loved ones on a level never before dreamed possible. However, all that connectivity keeps us dialed into the outside world all the time.
    Designate a part of your day, preferably a large part, as tech-free time. Give yourself permission to disengage from cynical Facebook posts, guilt-inducing blogs, dreaming of a better life on Pinterest and following negative news stories. Use this time to engage with the people around you.

  • Take 30 minutes to read books to your kids, prepare a meal with your spouse or call a good friend. These simple acts will boost your sense of well-being. When we make a conscious effort to leave our digital life behind, we re-enter the real world where you can make priceless memories.
  • Accentuate the Positive

    You can find the good in the world. You can break the cycle of negative thinking. It all starts with where you choose to look. Some people wallow in the negative. You know the people; they are the dramatic, needy, negative, energy drainers who you feel obligated to stay close with. Let them go.

  • Surround yourself with positive people, and you will find yourself becoming more positive in the process. Choose to spend your time with those who inspire you, lift you up and help you see the world for the beautiful place it is. These good people will put your challenges in proper perspective and keep you from focusing your energy on things beyond your control.Here are some lessons we can learn from our children on being happy.

    Seeking the joy.

    Now that you’ve learned to worry less by reconnecting with the real world and ditching the negative influences, it’s time to smile more. Smile more and mean it. Smile more and feel it.

    Happiness is a choice. It’s one we make over and over, every single day. We can choose to find joy. Get outside, celebrate the big and little moments, find your passion and follow it with purpose. If you can’t find the good in your world, create it. When you dedicate your time and talents to bettering the lives of others, you become the good you want to see in the world. What a powerful sentiment.

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  • The Inevitable Conclusion

    What are the consequences of letting go of worry and choosing to see the positive? First of all, you will stand out among the crowd. Some people may categorize you as naïve or idealistic, but you can’t please everyone all the time. Don’t worry about the detractors. However, there will be an even larger number of people awed by your influence. People will flock to you, and they will follow in your footsteps.

    Don’t run from leadership. Put yourself and your positive attitude out there. Disappointment may follow, but don’t let yourself get sucked back into the vortex of worry and self-doubt. Even the best people have horrible days, but bad days do not have to become a habit.

    The world is a beautiful place, full of good people who are doing a great work. Join their ranks. You have power over your emotional landscape, and you really can choose to worry less and smile more.

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Get Bumped Up to First Class on Your Next Flight!!

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Admit it: Flying first class can make the hassles of air travel so much better. I’ve been bumped up to first class twice: once while traveling solo on a business trip to Boston and once with my husband on our honeymoon. Let’s just say I liked it very much. Who wouldn’t appreciate a glass of Cabernet while waiting for everyone else to board?

While I love flying first class, I don’t exactly want to pay for it. First-class tickets can cost four times the coach fare, and it doesn’t seem worth it for a short flight.

So how do you increase your odds of getting moved up? Here are 10 things you can do to increase your odds of flying first class for free:

1. Dress the part. Pack your yoga pants, torn jeans, and flip-flops, and wear something that belongs in first class. You don’t have to wear a suit (although it wouldn’t hurt). Just wear something professional, and shows that you belong.

Bob Atkinson, travel expert at TravelSupermarket.com, advises sticking to the “smart casual” code, and that “a cashmere shawl or linen jacket can make all the difference.”

2. Ask for an upgrade. Sometimes if you want something, all you have to do is ask. When you check in, say to the agent: “If you are upgrading passengers on this flight, I would like to be considered.” Be sure to smile. Many of the people gate agents deal with are complaining; you’ll stand out if you’re friendly and polite.

“Be nice to everybody from the moment you walk on airport property,” former flight attendant Carolyn Paddock, founder of the website Life in Flight, told Bankrate.com. “You’re talking to people who are decision makers.”

3. Be early. The early bird gets the worm. Instead of trying to get the attention of the agent while he or she is busy with other passengers, show up early and be the first one to ask. Your flight may have only one or two upgrades available.

4. Travel solo. There is a greater chance that just one or two seats will be available in first class. If you frequently travel with co-workers, your odds of getting singled out are slim. Instead, fly by yourself to improve your chances.

5. Travel during peak times. If the flight has fewer passengers, chances are no one will be moved up. Airlines are more likely to upgrade people to make room on flights they oversell.

6. Sit next to the baby or take the middle seat. If a flight attendant is moving passengers, he or she may look to make the trip more comfortable for someone by moving them from a less desirable seat.

7. Give up your spot. When the gate agent asks for people who are willing to give up their seat, volunteer if you can be upgraded on the next flight. You will experience the delay, but it might be worth it if you can fly first class. This works especially well if there aren’t other people volunteering, Jeanenne Tornatore, senior editor at travel website Orbitz.com, told Market Watch.

8. Check your seat. When you sit down, make sure your armrests, recliner, tray table, and seat belt are in working condition. If they’re broken, let the flight attendant know. Passengers in broken seats will be reassigned–and it could be to first class.

9. Join the airline’s loyalty club. Even if you don’t travel often, it doesn’t hurt to become a member of an airline frequent-flyer club. You’ll often receive upgrade opportunities, and if agents are looking to move someone, they could look to their list of members first.

“If our airport staff are looking to upgrade passengers on the day of departure, there is a process that they follow which generally sees passengers that are frequent flyers of the airline–or those that have paid for a fully flexible ticket–benefiting,” Harriet Bevis, Virgin Atlantic spokesperson, told the Daily Mail.

10. Let flight attendants know if it’s a special occasion. If it’s your birthday, anniversary, or honeymoon, let the flight attendants know. And if you don’t get an upgrade, you just might get a free drink.

Source: Inc.com

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Impress Your Team – 12 Distinctive Ways That Will Make You Stand Out

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Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, and we make a life by what we give.”

To make a great impression takes much more than just being present: It takes giving fully of ourselves. When we do, great things can happen.

Here are 12 unique ways to impress your team.

1. Be True to Yourself.

Working with a team doesn’t require a special personality or great intelligence.
The secret is to be the very best parts of who you are.

If you set the right example, you won’t need to worry about being impressive.

2. Be Appreciative.

Thinking and speaking from the heart, acknowledge and appreciate those who work hard, and have passion for what they do.
When you appreciate those around you, you show you care.

3. Be Honest.

Honesty is the ultimate competitive advantage, and the first chapter when it comes to effective relationships.
Most people don’t want perfection; they want truth. There is no stronger foundation between individuals than honesty.

4. Be Inclusive.

Give those on your team room to grow, to be themselves, and to exercise their diversity, and appreciate their differences.
Without diversity we would not be productive , and without inclusion we would not be effective.

5. Be Respectful.

Are you operating out of respect for each member of your team? If so, you are going to succeed; if not, you’re likely to fail.

6. Be Collaborative.

The strength of the team is each individual member, and the strength of each member is the team.
Those who make the biggest impression are the ones who truly understand that doing something alone
is not as powerful as doing something collectively.

7. Be Caring.

Never stop doing the little things for others. Sometimes it’s those little things that occupy the biggest part of our hearts.
If we can shift our focus away from ourselves, if we can extend our care and concern for our own well-being to those around
us, the response is likely to be immediate and overwhelming.

8. Be Excellent.

If you want to do excellent work, you must give your best to everything you do. Excellence is the gradual result of always
striving to do better and be better. We are what we repeatedly do; therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit that we
create every day in all that we do.

9. Be Supportive.

Look for ways to give each member of your team more control over their piece of the business to show that you believe in their competence.
Bet on people, not on strategies. Believe in their competence and let them surprise you.

10. Be Confident.

Confidence is not a state of mind but a way of life, not something that you turn on and off but something that you emulate every day.
Confidence breeds competence and competence breeds consistency.

11. Be Committed.

Commitment to a team is critical. It takes the commitment of everyone to truly make things happen.
One person who wants something is good; a team who works together to make something happen is great.

12. Be YOU.

Bring your best self to your team and allow them to see your gifts and potential.
When you are part of a team, you behave in a defined way to reach a common goal.

Many of us work on teams, and those of who don’t, work with others in some capacity. To be impressive,
we must care for one another without boundaries; we must acknowledge that great work requires inclusion and diversity.
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