DEADLY ART OF SURVIVAL LEGENDS: GM Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief

Teacher, Competitor, Author, Actor

Born and raised in the Bronx, Ron “The Black Dragon” Van Clief started his martial arts training in his early teens. Ron Van Clief served in the U.S. Marine from 1960 to 1965 with a tour in Vietnam during that year. After military service, he became a New York City Transit Police Officer from 1965 to 1968.

Ron Van Clief was a five-time karate and kung fu world champion and 15-time All-American Champion. He competed in full-contact and non-contact tournaments in New York and several national tournaments.

He began his martial arts training in the 50’s and eventually trained with Bruce Lee. He was christened the “Black Dragon” during this time.

Van Clief was a student of Goju-Ryu masters Peter Urban, Frank Ruiz, and Moses Powell as well as WingTsun founder Leung Ting. He also studied Modern Arnis (Remy Presas) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (Joe Moreira).

On December 16, 1994, at the age of 51, he competed in the 4th Ultimate Fighting Championship. In this fight, he faced off against Royce Gracie, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion.

Van Clief is an author of many instructional books and video recordings as well as a film choreographer and actor appearing in several films. He continues to conduct seminars and attend training with his son in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Ron Van Clief’s first major acting job was as the lead in a 1974 Hong Kong film called The Black Dragon (which was renamed to Super Dragon for its US release). Playing opposite Jason Pai Piao, Van Clief had a very positive reception from audiences.

Some of his film roles during the 70s were for Blaxploitation films which capitalized on the then-novelty of an African-American martial artist. It was a style that had previously been explored by Jim Kelly in the prequel to Enter The Dragon. He starred alongside Leo Fong in a Filipino action film called Bamboo Trap in 1975. Van Clief’s roles in films earned him the nickname “The Black Dragon” and the name inspired the titles of his films The Black Dragon’s Revenge (aka The Black Dragon Revenges the Death of Bruce Lee) (1975) and Way of the Black Dragon (1979). He appeared in the 1977 Italian crime film The Squeeze opposite Lee Van Cleef and Karen Black and was also the fight choreographer for the 1985 film The Last Dragon.

Ron Van Clief provided various voice-over roles for the international TV series titled Kung Faux.

He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 3 decades.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to train with the Black Dragon at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. He will be instructing an Official Chinese Goju training on the event. 

Think Like a Martial Artist: As told by Deadly Art of Survival Magazine

Martial arts have a way of helping you deal with life and its challenges. They teach you to face them head-on, which isn’t always easy but can be rewarding if done right. While there are many different styles of martial arts out there, they all share one thing in common: they’re all about being able to control your emotions and use them to your advantage when needed. Deadly Art of Survival shared important principles of the Martial Arts and how you can apply it to your everyday life.

Embrace change

Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is challenging and exciting. It can be scary, but it’s also a good thing! The Martial Arts are a living art form that changes with the times and adapt to new situations as they arise in our world today – this means that you will always be learning something new from your training every day, even after many years of study or practice under one master teacher or another.”

Learn to love the grind

In life, we all have to learn to love the grind. It’s not easy and it won’t come easy. But if you want something in life, then you have to work for it!

The same goes for martial arts: if you want to be a great martial artist, then there will be times when your training will feel like nothing but hard work and frustration. But remember this important fact: when all else fails…the only way out is through!

The “why” matters

The “why” is what drives you to be better. It’s the reason behind your training, and it’s what keeps you going when things get tough. The “why” should be greater than the “how”, because if there’s no reason for improvement, then why bother?

The “why” is also why they use words like “legend” and “survivalist” in the magazine—because legends are legends for a reason! These people have accomplished something great; they are legends because they lived their lives with purpose and passion. They weren’t content with just surviving; they wanted more out of life than just surviving another day… They were driven by their vision of how things could be made better through hard work and determination rather than fear or apathy (the latter two being common responses when faced with challenges).

Remain humble

  • Remain humble.
  • Don’t let your ego get in the way of your success.
  • Ask for help when you need it, and don’t be afraid to admit that something doesn’t work or is not working as planned. This will help others progress faster than they would if they were stuck trying to figure out how things worked on their own.* Be humble in victory and defeat; don’t brag about yourself or others who have achieved great things (unless it’s someone else’s business). If someone asks what happened during an event—and there are plenty of situations where this could happen—tell them! But also remember that these stories belong only to those who shared them with you first.* Don’t be afraid to admit when something isn’t working well enough yet; ask questions instead of making assumptions based solely on past experiences alone (or worse yet—false assumptions).

Surround yourself with greatness

If you want to be great, surround yourself with greatness.

Greatness can come from anyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’re in your field or not. You can learn from anyone and everyone, even if they aren’t in your field!

Control your attitude

  • Be positive.
  • Don’t let bad days get to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to be wrong or try new things and fail.
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand something, but also don’t be afraid of asking for help if needed!

Find balance

In order to find balance, you must first know what it means. Balance is the ability to maintain a steady equilibrium between two opposing forces or entities. For example, if there are two objects on your desk, such as a pen and an apple, one will be attracted to the other and therefore want them both in its possession at all costs—even if that means destroying everything else in its path! But if there were only one object (like say a pen) then we wouldn’t need another person who also wanted this same thing because both could just focus on getting it themselves rather than fighting over who gets what first.”

The best way we can describe what this means for us as martial artists is through our own experiences: We have learned over time that sometimes competing with others may not always be beneficial or even possible when putting yourself first – but trying harder still doesn’t guarantee success either! So instead of struggling against each other during training sessions or competitions (which only leads us further away from achieving our goals), let’s learn how important finding balance truly is; maybe then one day soon everyone around us will understand why I say “I’m not going anywhere?”

Trust your instincts and training

You should trust your instincts and training. Trust the experience you’ve had so far, trust your body, mind, and spirit. Trust yourself to know what is right for you at all times.

Trust your intuition too! Your gut feeling will tell you when something feels off or not quite right about a situation, or even if someone is lying to you or trying to trick/trickery themselves into believing something different than reality (I know from experience).

Be fearless

Fear is a natural part of life. It’s good. It keeps you safe, which is one of the things that most people want in this world. But fear can also be bad, and when it stops you from doing things that are important to you—that’s when things get tricky.

You see, it’s easy to be afraid when something bad happens: maybe there was a fire and your house burned down; maybe someone close to us died from an illness, or maybe our child was hit by a car while walking home from school one day (this last example happened). But what about the times when we don’t think anything terrible will happen at all? We just want some ice cream before bedtime! Well…maybe not so fast…it turns out that even if there isn’t any immediate danger looming over our heads (or belly), these small moments still have consequences for our lives long after they’ve passed into memory-land if we don’t take action immediately upon hearing about them first hand from someone else who witnessed firsthand how terrible our actions were during those brief moments before being forced into hiding afterward where nobody could find us because nobody knew where exactly they went off too thus preventing us from ever coming back out again ever again no matter how hard everyone tries hunting them down relentlessly through all means necessary until finally realizing what happened years later after becoming aware once again after having forgotten everything except one thing which remained constant throughout all time periods: death itself.”

Be the best you can be. Put change into perspective. Understand the grind. Know why you’re doing it and if it’s worth it, do it with sincerity and humility, surround yourself with people who push you to be great, control your attitude so you don’t let bad days get to you, and find balance in all aspects of life, trust yourself and don’t stop moving forward.

This is the mindset of those who have made it to the top. They know what they’re doing, but they also know that everyone else has a different story and journey. They understand that everyone has their own path, so they don’t judge anybody or make assumptions about others’ abilities or aspirations.

They recognize that there are no shortcuts in life; every step forward requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice—and sometimes failure along the way as well! In this case, failure can only be learned through experience gained from making mistakes along the way (which leads me to my next point).

The key thing here is attitude: Be positive when things aren’t going well; surround yourself with people who push you towards greatness instead of negativity because negative people usually drag others down too – which will lead us back around again…

Conclusion

As we close out this article, I want to share with you that Martial Arts will never be easy. You will always have ups and downs in your journey but that’s what makes it so great! So long as you keep working hard and keep believing in yourself, then there is no limit to how far you can go!

If you find that these principles are helping you in your life, then great! Deadly Art of Survival Magazine encourages everyone to keep practicing them as often as possible. The best way to stay on top of them is by keeping mindful of them and reminding yourself when they need attention.

Read more about Martial Arts in Deadly Art of Survival Magazine.

Business Do’s and Don’ts: Tips on How to Do Well on Your Business

When you’re starting your own business, it can be exciting and even a little scary. You might have tons of ideas on how to run your business, but there are also things you can do that will hurt your business before it even has a chance to succeed. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid when running a small business:

Avoid cheap fixes and work with the best.

Don’t skimp on quality. As a business owner, you need to stay on top of the latest trends in your industry and make sure that you’re always working with the best. This means that when it comes to things like products or services, you should only work with quality providers who are experts in what they do. Don’t try to cut corners or save money by cutting out an important step–ultimately this will come back to bite you in the end! It’s better to pay for something once than pay for it over and over again because it doesn’t hold up over time (or worse yet, breaks entirely).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. You can always find someone who knows more than yourself about something – so if there’s something that feels beyond your ability level then go ahead and ask someone else how they would handle such situations! Having more minds working on one problem means more ideas coming together into viable solutions which means less stress overall while also saving time spent trying different methods until one works (which could take days).

Create a business plan.

A business plan is a blueprint for the future of your company. It should include the answers to questions like; What is your mission? How will you get there? Who are your competitors, and how do you differentiate yourself from them? Do you have enough money for supplies and equipment, or do you need financing to stay afloat until sales pick up?

A good business plan can help guide decisions as well as attract investors. If they see that you’ve put thought into what needs to be done in order for the company to succeed, they’ll be more likely to trust that it can happen. However, if they see that all of this information is missing from a business plan (or has yet to be written), this could indicate that it’s not going anywhere fast—and thus not worthy of investment dollars!

Create and follow a budget.

  • Create and follow a budget.
  • Be sure to set up a budget before you start your business, so you can see how much money is coming in and going out. It’s also important to make sure that the money is going where it should go, like paying rent and buying food and things for your business. You can use an Excel spreadsheet or Google Sheets to create your budget, but there are other tools available as well (like Mint). Make sure you know what expenses will be coming up so that they don’t surprise you later on! The real key here is being prepared so that when something comes up unexpectedly (and trust us—it will), then at least there won’t be any surprises about how much money has been spent on something else instead of whatever else needs attention right now.

Don’t let personal expenses overlap.

Personal and business expenses should be kept separate, but it’s not always easy to tell the difference. As a result, many small business owners end up mixing their personal and professional funds. This is not only bad for your finances but can also risk putting your business in jeopardy.

If you don’t already have an accountant on retainer, consider hiring one now to help you sort through the books. An accountant will be able to give you guidance on whether or not certain expenses are valid if they’re filed under either column; however, there are still some general guidelines as far as what types of things might fall into each category: Personal expenses include things like cell phones and cable bills; business-related expenses include office supplies (like pens) used exclusively for work purposes

Don’t become your own adversary.

One of the most important things to avoid is becoming your own worst enemy. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and don’t be unnecessarily critical of yourself. If you are starting a business today, it’s likely that there will be challenges along the way. These challenges can often feel overwhelming at first, but they will pass if you stay focused on your goals and put in the work necessary to achieve them.

So how can you avoid getting overwhelmed by these challenges? It’s simple: don’t become your own adversary! You are not your biggest critic; instead, look for allies who support and encourage you as much as possible so that when things get tough (and they inevitably do), there are people around who can help lift up your spirits and motivate you not just through words but also through example—because let’s face it: nothing beats seeing someone else succeed at something before believing in yourself enough to set out on an entrepreneurial journey yourself!

Get educated about all aspects of your business.

Learning about what you do is important. It’s how you can make sure the company is heading in the right direction and doing everything it can to succeed.

While all businesses are different, there are some things that every business needs to learn about:

  • Your industry and competitors. What makes your industry unique? How do other companies compete with each other? Who are they competing against today, and who will they be competing against tomorrow? This information helps you understand what customers expect from your company and its competitors—and how to deliver on those expectations.
  • Your customers. Who buys from your business (or services)? Why do they buy from you instead of someone else? What would make them happier as customers of yours? This information tells you how much effort should go into building relationships with these people so that they become repeat customers.
  • Your suppliers. Whom does your business rely on for supplies or services that aren’t provided internally? What would happen if one of those suppliers stopped providing their service to you (or raised prices)? By learning this information now, rather than when things go south later on in a crisis situation, it’s easier for everyone involved to work together toward solutions before any damage occurs.

Find good people to help you with things you aren’t good at.

There are some things that you just can’t do. And that’s OK. You’re a human being, not a superhero.

So find good people to help you with the things that aren’t your strengths. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and don’t be afraid to pay someone else to do something if it makes sense for the business. Getting good at hiring the right people and keeping them around is one of the most important skills any successful entrepreneur can have—and it’s a skill that takes time and practice to develop! So take this advice from someone who knows: don’t be afraid of hiring others into your team; instead, make sure they’re right for their roles before bringing them on board so both sides are happy in the long run!

Have a marketing strategy in place.

Marketing is not a one-time thing. It’s not a one-person job, either. It’s also not a one-time expense or event, and it doesn’t always happen in the blink of an eye. Marketing isn’t even always successful (or unsuccessful!).

Instead, marketing takes time, patience, and dedication to succeed. You need to have a plan in place that has multiple steps so you can keep improving over time as your business grows.

Choose the right location.

Location is a key factor in how successful your business will be. If you’re starting out, it may seem like the perfect location for retail businesses would be downtown, but if customers aren’t able to find you or get there easily, then that’s not going to work. You should choose a location that has access to utilities (electricity and water) as well as transportation options such as public transit and roads so that potential customers can get to your store easily.

Don’t expect perfection; expect good enough to do the job it needs to do while you learn and improve the next time around.

When you’re first starting out, don’t expect perfection. Instead, expect good enough to do the job it needs to do while you learn and improve the next time around.

That’s not to say this isn’t a good time for your business—it most certainly is! However, there are going to be times when things aren’t perfect and that’s okay! You’re going through this process so that you can come out on top in the end.

If your website isn’t up yet or if something goes wrong with it (like an email never gets sent), don’t get stressed out. Take some deep breaths and remember that this is just a learning experience for your business; it’s not going to ruin anything permanently (unless someone finds out).

You can run your own business once you know what pitfalls to avoid.

As a business owner, you’ll have to make decisions on your own and often feel like you are alone in the process. You can run your own business once you know what pitfalls to avoid.

Remember: don’t be afraid to ask for help when it comes to making decisions. You’re not alone! Your friends and family may have some great ideas that could really help out with your business. Don’t be afraid of criticism or asking for advice from others because, in the end, it will only benefit your company and its growth potential down the line.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that running a business can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating and running an amazing business that will give you the freedom and flexibility you’ve always wanted. Imagine working from home or anywhere else in the world where there’s internet access! The possibilities are endless!

Do you need help or advice in setting up your business? Whether you need a website click funnel created, business structure, bookkeeping, help with your business credit, or even on getting your own virtual assistant.

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Work Smarter instead of Working Harder

When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me that if I didn’t do my chores and get my homework done by a certain time, she would have to send me to bed without dinner. She wasn’t kidding; when I missed the deadline (which was often), she’d send me upstairs with no food for the night. While it may sound harsh today, this method worked for her because it forced me to learn how to manage my time efficiently—and that’s something we all need in order to succeed at work or in our personal lives.

There are many things you can do when working smarter instead of harder: plan things out beforehand so they don’t fall through the cracks later on; learn how automation can help save time; work on organization skills so everything doesn’t turn into a disorganized mess; prioritize tasks by importance/urgency/frequency (PIF); focus on one thing at a time rather than trying everything at once; start doing small tasks before tackling big ones so they don’t overwhelm you later on; take care of problems before they happen rather than reactively fixing them later down the road. These are just some examples of ways you can boost productivity in your day-to-day life!

Remember: You have a finite amount of time and energy to work with.

You have a limited amount of time and energy to work with. You can’t do everything, so you need to prioritize. The first step is knowing what is most important. Then you can set up your day such that it maximizes the time and energy spent on those things. Once you’ve done that, then you’ll know what isn’t important enough for you to spend your valuable resources on. Last but not least, there are always tasks that are urgent but not important: these should be handled quickly so they don’t add stress or interfere with other items on your agenda—but once those things are out of the way, don’t spend any more time working on them than absolutely necessary (if at all).

Plan your time wisely.

If you’re anything like me, you’re busy. You have a job and a family life, but your schedule is still packed with responsibilities. It can be hard to prioritize what needs to get done and when. One of the most effective ways to stay on top of your workload is to plan out your day ahead of time.

If you’ve never used a calendar before, don’t worry—it’s really not as complicated as it sounds! All it means is setting aside some time for yourself every day or week so that you can do things like eat lunch, relax after work and sleep at night (I’m sure my mother would appreciate that one).

What if I told you there was an app called Google Calendar? Well there is! And if you download this app onto your phone or computer then all those appointments will be in one place so no more excuses! But wait…what am I saying? Let’s just say that there are many different ways to plan out our days including:

Use the power of automation.

Automation can be a great way to save time and avoid mistakes. For example, if you have repetitive tasks that take up your time each day, consider automating them with a tool like Zoho Recruit or another Applicant Tracking System (ATS). By automating the process of posting job ads and tracking applicants as they apply in real-time, you will save yourself hours of wasted time while still being able to track the performance of people who apply.

Another area where automation comes in handy is when it comes to avoiding boredom. When working on projects that require creativity and brainstorming sessions, it’s easy for things to get boring quickly unless there’s some form of entertainment involved. This can lead us down a path where we keep coming back over and over again without making any progress at all because we’re too busy procrastinating or getting distracted by other activities such as social media sites like Facebook or Instagram—and this kind of behavior can lead directly towards stress!

But don’t worry–we’ve got an answer: podcasts! You may think podcasts are just something for those old folks sitting around waiting for their grandchildren during the holidays but did you know that podcasts are actually very popular among young professionals who want more from life than just their jobs?

Embrace getting organized.

A simple way to get organized is to start with the basics. If you have a desk and a computer, that’s enough to get started.

Once you’re in the habit of keeping your space clean and clear, it becomes easier to keep going in that direction. Over time, organization will become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it anymore!

Always have a backup plan.

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise or promotion, or if you’re not getting along with your coworker, it might benefit you, in the long run, to transfer out of that position and into one where you can thrive!

Focus on one thing at a time.

This is a simple concept, but it’s surprisingly difficult to keep up with. If you’re like me, it’s easy to get distracted by other things and lose focus on the task at hand.

Don’t let yourself get distracted! Don’t be afraid to say no when someone tries to distract you from working on that important report or project that needs your attention. Instead of saying yes and moving on to something else (which will only cause problems later), stay focused on what you need to do first: finish this thing that’s been hanging over your head for days/weeks/months/years!

Learn to accept the things you can’t change.

You can learn to accept the things you can’t change.

Acceptance is the first step in moving on. If you don’t accept something, trying to solve it won’t work. Acceptance is not resignation; it’s not giving up or being passive. The difference between acceptance and resignation isn’t a matter of degree—they’re completely different things!

If I had resigned myself to working at that job forever and not even bothering to try for another one (which would never have worked out anyway), then I’d have been stuck with that job for years longer than I was; meanwhile, my dream job would still be waiting for me until now…and I’d be older and less attractive as well as less experienced at what I do now!

Look for problems that will repeat themselves later and find ways to get ahead of them now.

Looking for problems that will repeat themselves later and finding ways to get ahead of them now is a great way to work smart. Here are some examples:

  • Every morning at work, you have coffee with your colleague who has been talking about her dream vacation for months. She always has an amazing story about the place she’s going next and what she’ll do there, but she never seems to be able to get around to booking it. You are a small-talk ninja and very good at keeping her talking without letting on that you’ve heard this same story 500 times before—and now you’re getting antsy because the two of you were supposed to meet 10 minutes ago! Wouldn’t it be better if your co-worker could actually take action toward planning her vacation instead of just talking about it? Now imagine if every day brought another opportunity like this: how many mornings would pass where your coworker was stuck in the same conversation until someone intervened? By looking ahead at recurring situations like these ones, we can find ways not only to save ourselves time but also help others become more efficient as well.

Say no to distractions (and don’t be afraid to do it often).

Focus on one thing at a time. It’s easy to get distracted when you’re in the middle of something, and it’s even easier when you have a lot of things on your plate. Instead of multitasking, try focusing on one task and finishing it before moving on to another. This is especially important while working, as it ensures that all tasks are completed efficiently so they don’t pile up later and turn into stressors when deadlines are looming.

A good way to stay focused is by setting aside dedicated time for planning: When I start working on an article or presentation, I like to set aside 30 minutes at the beginning just for research and brainstorming new ideas. And then once that first step is finished (and checked off my checklist), I can move forward with writing my draft or editing photos later—without worrying about forgetting anything critical along the way! Plus setting aside shorter blocks of time makes me feel less overwhelmed by big projects because they seem more manageable now; instead of staring down 12 hours straight until bedtime at 3am tomorrow morning (which has happened).

Smart choices are better than trying to do everything at once.

It’s tempting to try to do everything at once. You want to be productive, so you work harder and longer than you should. But it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes the opposite happens—you end up working less efficiently because you are spread too thin.

Smart choices are better than trying to do everything at once. When faced with multiple tasks on your plate, focus on one thing at a time. Give yourself permission not to complete all of them today! If there are things that will take longer than others, put them off until later in the week or even next month if need be (unless they’re urgent).

This isn’t always easy—especially when it comes from someone who’s used to putting their nose down and getting stuff done without asking for help—but if it means finishing your projects faster or better quality product, then consider delegating some tasks off to someone else who has more time than yourself (or can simply do what needs doing in half the time).

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We’ve seen how to work smart instead of hard, but there’s still one more question: is it worth it? It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. If your goal is to get more done each day, then yes! By using these tips and tricks, you’ll find yourself saving time and energy that you can use toward other tasks.

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Top Reasons on Why You Need a Business Coach

If you’ve ever owned your own business, had to make an important decision, or simply been a human being on this planet, chances are you could have used the help of a great mentor or coach. Having someone who can encourage you and support you in moving forward to achieve your goals is invaluable. That’s what coaching does for my business.

Have you struggled before with certain parts of your business?

The right coach will help you address any and every aspect of your business. They can help you with marketing, sales, workflow—any area where you feel like you need support.

Your coach can also be a sounding board to bounce ideas off of or get feedback on new products or services. They can help you with your team and hiring process so that everyone works well together, they’ll even give advice on creating an employee handbook if needed! A great coach will also advise on financial planning, including saving money for future growth opportunities and creating budgets for each department that align with the company goals.

Do you have trouble getting traction when launching a new product or service?

Is your launch a success or a failure? Does it seem like no one is buying what you’re selling, even though your product/service is great and you work hard to ensure that it’s up to par? You may be looking at the wrong thing. It could be that people are just not familiar with what you have to offer because they haven’t heard about it before. This is where having a coach can help.

Coaches will provide advice on how to get traction when launching any new product or service, whether it’s an app, website, physical product, or service-based business (such as coaching). They’ll provide guidance on how best to present yourself as an authority figure in your industry so that more prospects will be interested in hearing about what you do for them. Coaches are also experts at marketing — so if there’s one thing they know how to do well …

Are you looking for support in reaching the next level in your business?

Are you looking for support in reaching the next level in your business?

Do you want to achieve more and be better at what you do?

If so, a business coach can help. A business coach will work with you to identify your goals, develop a plan to reach them, keep you motivated and focused on what matters most, and help set realistic expectations for yourself.

Do you have a dream to be an entrepreneur but aren’t sure what to focus on or where to begin?

Do you have a dream to be an entrepreneur but aren’t sure what to focus on or where to begin?

Business coaching is a great way to help you focus on what is important.

It can also help you set your priorities and create a plan to achieve your goals.

Do you want to make an impact in your industry and need someone to help keep you on track?

What if you could work one-on-one with someone who has been where you want to go? Someone who knows exactly what it takes to get there. A coach can help keep you on track. They will guide and support you in setting goals and working towards achieving those goals.

A coach can help guide and support you in setting goals and working towards achieving those goals. Coaching is about creating a plan for success, then providing resources for accomplishing that plan so that the client takes ownership of their growth process.

Business coaching can help at every stage of your company’s growth.

One of the great things about business coaching is that it can help you at every stage of your company’s growth. A coach will be able to provide guidance and support as you get your business off the ground, but he or she can also be there for you when things become challenging.

When starting a new business, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the decisions that need to be made during launch. Whether it’s planning a new product launch or hiring employees for the first time, having someone on your side who knows how overwhelming this process can feel will make all the difference in helping you reach your goals.

As an established entrepreneur, one thing I hear often from my clients is how they want more clarity around what their next big step should be in growing their businesses—and sometimes even if they should grow or stay put! Having an outside perspective helps me see where they are stuck and where they might benefit from some outside guidance so we can devise a plan together based on these discoveries.

Conclusion

Just like you would train to run a marathon or hire a personal trainer to get in shape, a business coach can help you reach your goals faster, avoid making costly mistakes and stay accountable. Taking the time and investing in yourself will help you reach your entrepreneurial dreams more quickly, with more support along the way.

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How to Standout on your Social Media Accounts

We all have a lot of information thrown at us every day and it can feel like there’s no way to get your audience to see your posts, much less engage with them. But standing out is possible! Here are ten quick tips I’ve learned that will help you create posts people want to see and share.

Be original.

When you’re creating content, it’s important to not be afraid to be yourself. Don’t copy others and don’t be afraid to be unique. If you want your account to stand out in a crowded space, then the best thing you can do is express yourself creatively and boldly through your posts and stories. Don’t get discouraged if no one is following or engaging with your content at first—it takes time for people to find their way back around after being away for so long!

Be yourself.

It’s important to be yourself on your accounts. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or someone else. Don’t be afraid to share your opinions or failures; it makes you more relatable, which is what we’re all looking for!

Show your followers who you really are behind the posts.

You can even go a step further and give your followers a look into your life in real-time. Whether it’s a selfie of you at work, or a video of you cooking with friends, this will make them feel more connected to you and the brand.

Don’t overthink it! No one wants to see someone who is too afraid to be themselves online. As long as the content is relevant and interesting, there’s no need for perfectionism here!

Be careful not to get too personal though – if someone asks how much money you make per year, this may not be what they were looking for when they subscribed!

Give your followers a look into your life in real-time.

The best way to stand out on your accounts is by being yourself. When you’re posting in real-time, your followers will get a look into your life and will feel like they’re there with you.

It’s important to be authentic and honest about who you are, what you like and dislike, and what brings you joy and pain—all of this will help make an impression on the people following along with your posts. It’s also important that these posts reflect who they are as well; it doesn’t matter if they’re posting about their job or their family (or both). The goal should always be authenticity when communicating with others online because it makes for a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved!

Don’t overthink it.

It’s easy to overthink the process of standing out, but more often than not, you’ll find that your best work comes from being yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t be afraid to try something new. If it doesn’t work out perfectly right away, just keep on trying until it does (or at least until you’re happy with what you’ve created).

Some people prefer to use a “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” strategy when creating content; others are convinced that they need every piece of their digital identity (and every piece of their brand) planned out in advance before they start creating anything at all. Neither approach is necessarily better than the other—the important thing is just figuring out which one works for you!

Don’t be afraid to promote your brand, business, or product!

If you’re going to be an influencer, you have to be a human. You can’t just be a bot who posts about your brand every day and tries to sell people things. Your followers want to know who you are and what makes your life special.

To do that, show them what makes your life special! Share photos of yourself in the kitchen making food or talking about the latest episode of Game Of Thrones (if that’s something you like). Be honest about your brand but don’t be boring. When posting about something that’s part of your business or job, share it with enthusiasm; if someone asks a question about it, answer it honestly but don’t oversell either—if they want more information they’ll ask!

Create your own hashtag.

Have you ever seen a hashtag that had no relevance to the campaign? Or one that was too long, difficult to read, and left you wondering what it could possibly mean? This is not the type of hashtag you want to use.

You’re going to have your own unique way of standing out on social media, so why not create a custom hashtag for your brand? It should be easy to remember and easy to spell. It should be short enough that people can easily type it in their messages or comment. It should be fun. And memorable! You don’t want someone scrolling through their feed and seeing something else when they look at your post! Make sure this is unique as well; otherwise there will be confusion amongst other campaigns using similar hashtags (which may cause users to click on another post without realizing it).

Engage with others if they’re engaging with you!

When you receive a comment on your account, respond! Whether the comment is positive or negative, it’s important to acknowledge the person who took time out of their day to give you their thoughts.

Responding to comments will help build relationships with people who interact with your content and get them excited about continuing the conversation. It can also give you an opportunity to:

  • Build loyalty by answering questions related to what you do (or don’t do) well
  • Address issues head-on before they become bigger problems
  • Inspire followers by taking feedback and suggestions into consideration

Do something unexpected on social media.

What this means is that you need to do something unexpected on social media. That could mean being funny, or it could mean being informative. It could also be anything in between those two extremes (like relatable and inspirational). But whatever it is that you do, it should be unique enough to set you apart from everyone else on social media.

If you want a great example of this, look no further than our friend Taylor Swift! She’s one of the biggest stars in the world right now and she uses her Instagram account creatively while also keeping things authentic:

Post regularly — but don’t overdo it.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “Content is king.” It’s true—the more content you have, the better. But as with everything else in life, moderation is key here.

Posts that are too frequent can be annoying to users and make your page look spammy or desperate for likes — especially if they’re not related to anything going on in your profile picture or cover photo. Posts that are too infrequent can frustrate fans who want to stay up-to-date with what’s going on with their favorite brands and businesses.

In order for your content to be effective in standing out from the crowd, you’ll want to find a balance between posting too often (and being annoying) and posting too rarely (and being invisible).

There are many ways to stand out in social media, and they all require some creativity and time investment.

In today’s digital world, social media is no longer just a place to share information. It can serve as a platform for connecting with others and sharing your story. You can use it to build your brand, promote your business and make money.

As you can see, there are many ways to stand out on social media—and they all require some creativity and time investment!

Conclusion:

Following these tips will help you get on the right track to standing out on social media. Remember that social media is a dynamic environment, and it’s always changing. What works today might not work tomorrow. Be willing to experiment with new strategies, and keep trying until you find what works for you!

AVOID THESE 6 MONEY MISTAKES IN YOUR 30s!

As you get into your 30s, you’ll realize that they’re a crucial decade of your life. You may be past the point where you don’t know what to do but you can still find ways to be proactive with your money.

Here are money mistakes you should learn to avoid in your 30s:

1. NOT HAVING AN EMERGENCY FUND

It is important to have an emergency fund to avoid debt in later life. Ideally, this account should cover three to six months of your essential expenses so you can cover any unexpected events such as losing your job or costly medical issues. It is highly suggested to put your emergency fund in a saving account so you can access it immediately and do not need to worry about a downturn in the markets affecting how much money you have.

2. BEING UNDERINSURED

Most people don’t like to buy insurance because it means paying for something that they hope to never happen/use. However, the consequences of being uninsured are so large that they can wipe you out financially. One accident on the job or medical emergency can change your financial structure just in the blink of an eye.

The types of insurance that are highly recommended are:

– Term life insurance

– Health insurance

– Disability insurance

– Renter’s insurance

3. MAKING MINIMUM PAYMENTS ON HIGH-INTEREST DEBT

If you have high-interest personal loans or credit card debt, it is suggested to pay them down as aggressively as possible before you focus on a low-interest loan or a mortgage. The faster you can pay those high-interest loans off, the more money you can put towards other financial goals that become increasingly important as you progress in your 30s.

4. BUYING TOO MUCH PROPERTY/HOUSE

Home/property ownership is gratifying and can lead to wealth creation. However, it is not guaranteed. You have to make sure that your housing budget includes room for things like unexpected repairs, maintenance, and potential changes to your future income if you start a family.

5. NOT AGGRESSIVELY SAVING FOR RETIREMENT

Retirement can seem far away when you are in your 30s. But every dollar you save for retirement now will be 10 to 20 extra years to accumulate compound interest than money saved in your 40s and 50s. You can set up an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) that will automatically move money from your checking account on payday.

6. SAVING FOR YOUR KIDS BEFORE SAVING FOR YOURSELF

When you become a parent, it is natural to want to put your kids’ needs in front of your own. However, saving for your children’s college education before you save for your own retirement is a terrible mistake. There are many ways to pay for college such as scholarships or applying to less expensive institutions but there is no way to pay for retirement other than saving.

When people enter their thirties, there are typically 20-30 common money mistakes they’re making. However, we’ve narrowed it down to the 6 most important money mistakes that need to be fixed if you want significant financial improvement.

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7 Ways to Increase your Income

You’re building your career and figuring out your future; amidst these processes, it’s likely that you’re encountering some periods where opportunities to make a little extra money would come in handy. Have you been saving up to buy something expensive, like a car or a house? Or maybe you simply want to have an emergency fund in place. Whatever your goals, there are lots of ways to save more on your budget by looking for ways you can make some extra money. Here are seven ways to increase your income.

Side Business

With a side business, you have another source of income. While it won’t make up for the loss of a lucrative day job, it can go a long way toward helping you as you look for another job. Plus, you can use the extra income to build up your emergency fund for just these situations.

Voiceover Work

Voiceover work is a way to make extra money by having your voice recorded.

How to Make Money at Home Using Your Voice

  • Voice Overs for Videos. One of the most popular at-home jobs using your voice is to voice over for videos.
  • Voice Overs for Commercials. Voicing commercials is another way you can make money at home using your voice.
  • Sell Radio Ads.
  • Create Audio Books.

Make money from your hobbies

If you do something you love, it can be turned into a new stream of income.

Here are 12 Profitable Hobbies that make money

  • Writing
  • Illustration and design
  • Music
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Photography
  • DIY crafts
  • Comedy
  • Coffee
  • Memberships
  • Brewing beer
  • Gaming

Share your Ride

You can apply for Uber or other rideshare companies if you have a reliable vehicle and a good driving record.

Sell clothes online

The way to bring in extra money is by listing your old clothing on an online platform like Poshmark.

Online Surveys

Many companies are hiring people to answer surveys, so you can increase your income by doing them.

Share skills

Suppose you have any unique skills. You can share your skills online like Upwork, Fiverr, and others to increase your income.

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5 Tips For Running A Successful Online Business

The ability of e-commerce to connect you directly with your customers makes it the perfect place to promote various products and services. This really comes into the spotlight due to COVID-19’s influence on this generation. Starting a business online can feel intimidating at first, Given a large amount of competition in the market, it is important to carefully evaluate your strategy and follow certain steps (listed below) to ensure that you take full advantage of the enormous benefits available in e-commerce.

Organize Your Web Assets

This extends much further than just organizing your business. Your web assets are everything from your website to your social media profiles to your hosting account. These need to be in order.

Stay On Top of the Latest Trends

The online world is one that is constantly changing and evolving. It evolves faster than anything you’ll see in the real world. Furthermore, you’ll see social media trends evolving all the time.

Listen to your loyal customers

Listening to customers gives you valuable feedback

After all, the best business decisions are based on concrete data, not guesses or estimates. You want to understand how your customers really feel about the product or service you deliver. Use this feedback to guide your business and marketing decisions.

Protect Your Brand’s reputation

  • Define your brand’s journey. …
  • Take good and positive action to build trust. …
  • Leverage three to four social media platforms to boost your brand’s likability and brand engagement efforts. …
  • Believe in your brand’s purpose and growth potential. …
  • Have fun and stay positive. …
  • Perception is powerful.

Hire the right employees

A bad performing employee will negatively impact the other employees they are around, could drive down sales, and could cost a business a lot of unnecessary expenses. By hiring the right person – the business will move in a positive direction and will become more successful in the future.

Do you need help or advice in setting up your online business? Whether you need a website click funnel created, business structure, bookkeeping, help with your business credit, or even on getting your own virtual assistant.

Take advantage of this FREE business check-up.

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5 Ways to Increase your Reach

Has your engagement dropped?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many others are feeling the pain of lower reach on posts. But these tips may help!

CREATE A HOOK

The first slide in your carousel or the headline of your post can make all the difference. Think of those items as an email subject line that would entice a subscriber to open the email!

ENTERTAIN

People are not on Social Media to get pitched products every few posts. Mix it up and find ways to surprise and delight your audience.

ENCOURAGE

Share an inspirational story or a favorite quote that impacted you in a low moment. You never know how it may encourage others.

EDUCATE

Go behind the scenes, share a tutorial, or post an industry tip that will help your audience save time.

CALL TO ACTION

End each post with some type of “call to action”. Let your audience know what the next step is!

LET’S RECAP

  • Hook
  • Entertain
  • Encourage
  • Educate
  • Call to Action

One of the best ways to implement these steps is by getting a Social Media Manager to manage your online platforms and keep track of your online presence and engagement.

Get your own Virtual Assistant today!

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