Create the Financial Means to Live a Life that Makes You Come Alive.

Live a joyful life!

As Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Powerful words.  You deserve to live your passion and spend more time doing something that is meaningful to you. Otherwise, you are wasting, not investing, your time

H.D. Thoreau aptly stated, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Simply existing is not enough. However, creating the life that you want can feel quite difficult. Instead of becoming tied to your job and a mundane routine consider what you could do to live your passion, pursue your interests and spend more time with the people you love.

There are multiple avenues to help create this freedom. The full benefits of being able to work from your computer anywhere, a Laptop Lifestyle, are enticing ways to attend to both quotes offered above. Let’s look at two powerful options.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is an excellent way to leverage your time and interests to sell other people’s products to earn a commission. One of the reasons this opportunity is so appealing is because you can start this business without inventory or even a website. All you need to do is find a line of products you want to sell, then you set up an affiliate agreement to let others know about those products.

Your Affiliate Marketing partner will give you a link to embed in your advertising, so you will be paid when your referrals buy the product. There are no limits In Affiliate Marketing. You are basically marketing or advertising your partner’s products and services for a fee. Once you decide what niche you want to immerse yourself in the sky is the limit. The challenge is to decide the best way to reach your target audience. Facebook advertising, blog posts, email marketing, and landing pages are a few of the most effective ways to attract buyers. 

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Freelancing

The same thing holds true for freelancing. If you have the skill and talent you can explore freelancing in numerous disciplines. Some of the obvious ones are writing, editing or photography. But why limit yourself to the obvious ones?

Do you have a talent that would benefit a target audience?

Freelancing has become a viable way to make a living for many professionals.

If you draw your joy by doing the work you love and are able to do it on your own terms, you are adding to the things that make you come alive. 

So, look around. Many companies have streamlined their organizations with fewer full-time employees, they need to hire freelancers on a regular basis. That is good news for the many people who want the flexibility that freelancing offers. 

While there is almost no limit to the number of professions that offer a way to  earn a living as a freelancer, certain types of skills are in high demand. Artists, writers, editors, software developers, photographers, administrative personnel, recruiters, accountants, IT professionals, researchers, and project managers are all freelancing opportunities that companies need on a regular basis.


Benefits of A Laptop Lifestyle

Work When You Want.

Flexible Schedule

Of course, the exact flexibility of your schedule will depend upon the option you choose to pursue. You may need to meet with clients at specific times to set up your Affiliate Marketing plans or to schedule your freelancing gigs.

However, many of the required tasks can be completed independently. In other words, once you have a deadline for your freelancing or affiliate project, you can complete it at a time that works for you. Also, depending on financial concerns, you may have the ability to turn down certain jobs. Please keep in mind that if you keep declining jobs, you may find that your business won’t grow or thrive. Still though, positions like freelancing and Affiliate Marketing give more flexibility with your schedule than jobs that require you to work from a fixed location at a corporate desk.

Avoid This Commute.

Shorter Commute.

The length of you commute can significantly affect your life. For example, if you are working 8-10 hours a day then spending one to two hours trying to get home each evening, you probably won’t have the time to really live your passion. Maybe you would really like to get to the gym, join a book club or coach your daughter’s softball team, but you simply can’t make it work with the time you have left in your day. When you opt for a job where you get to work primarily from your laptop, your concerns about the commute will vanish. You can take the time you are currently spending travelling to work and use it to live your passion.



Controlling your hours

Another way that you can live your passion is through the hours in the day that you will get back. When you are working online, you can often select the times of the day that you want to work. For example, even if you need to work 8 hours per day, you can choose to do some work in the early mornings or in the evenings after everyone has gone to sleep. When you regain hours during the day and afternoon, you may find that you have more energy to go to the gym and get in a workout. Or go to the stores you like when the lines aren’t as long. More time gives you more options.

All of these benefits can seriously improve your life. Take a look at the previous blog post about the 80/20 rule to see more on how to capitalize your time to make this come to fruition.

But don’t just dream about these ideas. Start now to take steps to achieve them.

The common question is, “But how do I start?” I say look at what others are doing.

Charles Colton said that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. When people worry about how to do something and fear they don’t know what to do or where to start, my advice is to find others who are making it work and use their example.

Once started you can begin to introduce your personality and techniques into the mix and then build something rich, personal and worthy of imitation in its own right. (Important note: Imitation should not be plagiarism.)

So now the choice. A Life of quiet desperation or one that makes you come alive.

What you choose to do next will set your course.

What Course Will You Choose?

The Benefits of Play in Life and Business

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Playing outside

All work and no play makes life a little less worth living, don’t you think? In today’s fast-paced world, though, it seems harder than ever to find time to unplug and immerse yourself in the things that bring you joy.

  Allowing yourself to not only have a good time but also to make it a valid part of your survival strategy is tough, but it can be done. I say, it must be done! You need to start by stepping back from the common paradigm and moving on to make the kind of lifestyle choices that will have a positive impact on both your business and your life.

The Health Benefits of Play


  The benefits of play vary from person to person, but there are a number of things that tend to hold true no matter what your lifestyle. Doing things that bring you joy will benefit both your physical and mental health. Being playful isn’t just something that’s meant to be a brief diversion – it’s meant to be an imperative part of your life.

  People who play more generally have a better mental wellbeing.

  The mental benefits of play include:          

  1. Being less prone to depression and anxiety.
  2. Being better able to control your physical wellness.
  3. Being able to learn how to calm your mind.
  4. Being able to focus on any given moment to become more mindful, calm and serene.
  5. Being more productive when you are doing your work.

  The benefits of play also apply to your physical health.

   These physical benefits of play include:

  1. Having lower blood pressure
  2. A stronger immune system.
  3. Being more able to recover from injury.
  4. Being able to stave off injuries and illnesses that come from being sedentary.

  As you can imagine, the benefits of play are often promoted by physicians and psychologists for those who tend to have work-related illnesses. 

  Never forget that play is supposed to be a part of the human experience. If you’re not spending time having fun, you’re cutting out a valuable part of your health. It will only benefit you to find the time to experience the benefits of play.


Using the 80/20 Rule      


  Given the health benefits of play, it only makes sense to find effective ways to be efficient in your business life, so you have more time freedom. This does not, however, mean that you can give up on the idea of earning a living. After all, you’ve got to have a way to fund your joyful adventures. But there are ways you can continue to be an efficient businessperson while still going out and living the life that you’ve always wanted.

   The key? Using the 80/20 rule to your advantage.

This is also known as The Pareto Principal. In short, this principal states that In nearly everything we do 80% of our positive results comes from 20% of our input and effort.

  The question that arises then is why has our culture pushed us to work so hard and for so long for such meager return on our time investment?

  Andrew Jensen, a business efficiency, marketing & performance expert, rightly states, “If you consistently work more than 40 hours a week it’s probably time for you to make a change. Overwhelming evidence suggests that work weeks of more than 40 hours are harmful not only to employees, but also to the company as a whole.”

  I believe that even 40 hours a week is typically not necessary. Our old school work ethic leads us to believe that if we don’t hit the ground running and keep at it for 10, 12, 16 hours a day we are somehow failing to produce properly.

  But consider the Pareto effect. If I can get 80% productivity from investing 20% of that time why would I not? If Jensen and Pareto are right, I can regularly be doing well above average by working only 8 hours a week in nearly any setting.

  This rule changes if you have a true need to be the very best at a discipline or if you are creating products in an assembly line fashion. I’ll grant those caveats. But when I look to my business model, i.e. wanting to generate a sound living and have more free time to enjoy my world, I have found the 80/20 rule to be the ideal path to follow.

  In my personal corporate experience, I watched my colleagues in a nearly constant state of frenetic activity. Always looking busy and acting as though they would never have enough time to do the work required of them.

  The Pareto Principal at work

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  I started my day hitting the ground running, got the big stuff done then pulled back. On any given day, as a salaried employee, my day was typically done in 4-6 hours. At first, I thought I must be doing something wrong. Maybe I was missing something that was required of me. But when I saw that I was turning in all the requisite deliverables to my boss and was receiving some of the highest scores on my annual reviews. I had to rethink my ethic. During certain times of the year, such as budget and staff evaluations, I worked long days, but otherwise I only stuck around because it was expected of me to be sitting at my desk.

  I was so very frustrated at the time I was wasting following the common business paradigm.

  Now that I have my own internet business I no longer have to follow these artificial rules. There is still work to be done and I must attend to it. But when I’m done I can move on to spending time on the other things that I value.

  I am driven by the desire to make a good living doing less work. I work very hard for that 20% of the time and the end result of 80% return on investment hits my goals. That, my friends, is enough.

  If what’s going through your head right now is this all seems wrong I suggest you are just reacting to the work ethic paradigm we have all been brought up with. Please don’t cheat yourself out of the possibility of using this to your advantage.

  Your work ethic still must be strong, but you gain no ground by marching in place. Do the work required to achieve your goals then occupy the rest of your time with those things you love to do. You can still be at a dead run for 60 hours a week but let most of those hours be in joyful pursuits.

  What’s the secret to success, then? It’s using the Pareto Principle in a way that frees up more of your time so that you continue earning a good income while exploring this new focus. My business is setup to have automatic systems keep things flowing whether I’m in my office or not. In fact, because what I do with my digital business requires nothing more than my having internet access, I can do my required work from my campsite in the morning before I take a hike or in the evening after my mountain bike ride.

  It can’t be overstated how important it is to apply The Pareto Principle in a digital business. Doing so will free up a significant amount of your time so that you can focus on the things that bring you joy. Once you’ve eliminated or refocused the eighty percent of the time that you’re wasting, you’ll be able to dedicate so much more of your time to leisure. Once you make this choice, all you need to do is to figure out the best way to start using The Pareto Principle to your advantage.

Creating Your Ideal Reality

Create your reality
Pursue more joy!

A huge part of creating a reality as outlined above involves applying The Pareto Principle in a digital business. For many, this means adapting to a new mode of self-employment that allows them work when it’s most profitable and to step out of the office when the surf’s up or the family is getting together.

  It can be incredibly simple to start having fun when you can bring your business with you on the go. The best way to do this, of course, is through remote work and embracing a laptop lifestyle.

  When you think about applying the 80/20, rule you’ll probably notice that you have a lot of unprofitable time. Applying the Pareto Principle will free up more time to enjoy the healthful benefits of play in your life. A laptop lifestyle will let you stay connected with those who can actually make you money without tethering you to a desk and requiring you to waste your time with long commutes and interminable office meetings. 

  If you want to improve your life start by embracing the benefits of play. Then apply The Pareto Principle in your digital business.

  Doing so will give you a unique opportunity to not only take control over your own life, but to give yourself permission to have more fun.

  It benefits everyone when we properly invest our time and money to the advantage of our family, our life and our business.