With This Ring I Thee Wed

wedding ring

A wedding ring is a symbol of commitment. I remember the day of my wedding when my wife and I exchanged vows/rings. It was a special moment, but we made sure not to get caught up in the ceremony and loose sight of the marriage.

What I mean by that is a lot of couples get caught up in the hype of a fancy wedding where friends and family witness your public display of love for each other. That’s all good, but marriage isn’t as “flashy” as your wedding day, yet much more important. A lot of times we get fooled by the chase of something, but forget the work entailed after it.

Everyone wants to achieve work life balance, but few are willing to commit to the process of maintaining it. That’s why I created this 8-week online bootcamp to help you commit to making lifestyle changes and restoring freedom back in your life. It won’t be easy, but we’re together on this and with other member’s help we’ll make it happen.

Which Comes First: Achievement or Commitment?

drive to achieve

We are goal driven. It’s in our blood to achieve. It’s why we love competition; the reason why games are so addictive. But it’s easy to switch focus like A.D.D. because committing to something/someone takes time.

In our personal and professional lives, we usually make a choice to prioritize one. Focus on your career and your social life suffers. Put an emphasis on relationships and better work opportunities pass you up. It’s a constant battle and if you desire work life balance it’s even harder to achieve.

But if you’re committed to achieving work life balance you’ll make lifestyle changes. In this 8-week online bootcamp, you can join others who share in the same struggle. Together, with some added accountability, you’ll get your freedom back and life will feel like you’re driving on cruise control!

Commitment for Breakfast

Bacon and eggs

Each day when you wake up you have a decision to make: accomplish my goals or do it “tomorrow.” You and I both know what gets pushed off, doesn’t get done. Just like breakfast is your most important meal, commitment is more important than passion.

Mark Cuban famously stated, “Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort!” Everyone has hobbies they want to pursue, but few follow through and do them regularly. Insanity is defined as: doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results. If you’re life is “out of whack,” you have to try something different or things won’t change.

So if you have physical, emotional or mental challenges that you’d like to overcome, join my 8-week online bootcamp geared towards work life balance and get committed to trying new thing in order to get improved results!

Keep Calm And…

keep calm

Have you ever said something and wish you could take it back? Words come easy, but taking action is hard. What have you been putting off for a long time that is affecting your quality of life? 

Out of college, most people dive into their careers regardless if it’s in their study of major, but then you hit a point where your priorities change. It’s harder to meet people and unless you want to try a work fling or an online hookup, panic starts to arise (usually in your 30’s). It’s this ever-changing pendulum called work life balance and it’s hard to keep level.

It’s also nearly impossible to tackle alone, so that’s why I’m leading an 8-week online bootcamp to help you achieve work life balance. Not only will you have the help of others, but you’ll also come out of the program a better version of you! So make the personal investment and sign up now, you won’t regret it!

Why Graphic Design Contests Are Great For Startups

For a very long time, most companies have hired design agencies or freelance designers in order to source custom designs for their business. While it works well for multinationals such as Facebook, Microsoft and Apple that have exorbitant budgets, it proves to be a rather costly proposition for small businesses and startups as they mostly lack resources and bank balance to settle the bills of design agencies or freelance designers.But does that mean startups and small businesses don’t deserve to professional and creative logos, business cards, websites etc. for their entity? Do they necessarily dig a hole in their pockets for a professional identity? Of course not!If you’re at the helm of a startup in need of everything from a logo to a business cards, simply turn your attention to crowdsourcing design sites such as Designhill and launch a design contest. No matter how much people despise of crowdsourcing contests, it still rules the roost, especially for small businesses and startups with limited funds and resources.

Crowdsourcing design contests allow you to procure designs that share your passion, drive, and vision for your startup without spending an arm and a leg. But it’s not just that you get to save some fortune and a lot of hassle, there are numerous other benefits of holding a design contest. Let’s explore 5 of the most significant reasons why crowdsourcing design contests make for a great proposition for startups and small businesses.

1. Tap Creative Extremes:

Inc.com reveals that most design agencies are in fact marketing agencies with a heavy focus on visual media. Resultantly, when you work with such agencies, you end up getting graphic designs out of complacency. This is because design agencies are not faced with any competition when working for a client. On the contrary, crowdsourcing contests thrive on competition and ingenuity.

Competition gives birth to ingenuity. So, when you launch a crowdsourcing design contest, hundreds of designers compete against each other and come up with different unique concepts to win the competition making it easy for you to tap the creative extremes and get unique and superior quality designs for your startup or small business.

2. Get Much More than What You Pay for:

Let’s face it; graphic design firms remain the first choice for most multinationals and large corporations. Quite expectedly, design agencies often treat multinationals and large corporations with huge budgets as premium clients and offer them better service as against startups and small businesses. After all, you’re just another low-budget client in their long roster of clients. Resultantly, most startups end up getting ‘just what they pay for’.

But with crowdsourcing design contests, listed designers treat every design project as an opportunity to earn prize money and in a bid to outshine their competition; they come up with dozens of unique and professional concepts. Therefore, with crowdsourcing design contests, you get ‘much more than what you pay for’.

3. Get Innumerable Choices:

Chances are that you may a design agency that would agree to work on your budget, but you would not get more than 3-5 design options to choose from limiting your choices. With limited concepts, at times, you’ll find the ideas stalled and will have no option but to compromise on your business identity.

But, for crowdsourcing design contests, diversity is the name of the game. Startups can get many design ideas, inspirations and styles. With an average of 100+ design options to choose from, you’ll be able to find more than just a few concepts to match your project needs.

4. Get Affordable Designs:

Forbes reveals in one of its articles that for most startups and small businesses, the real challenge remains getting things done in a nickel-and-dime. Well, with the price of graphic design services sky-rocketing these days, it becomes almost impossible for startups tobuild a brand around users with graphic elements that they can relate to and connect with.

This is where crowdsourcing design contests help startups and small businesses reach beyond boundaries and get quality custom designs without burning a deep hole in their pockets. But affordable price doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on quality. So with crowdsourcing design contests, you get the finest of fine graphic designs for the price that you’ll set for your design contest.

5. Save Money & Time:

Quick sprout mentions in one its insider stories that establishing a startup takes an awful lot: a lot of effort, time and money! Working with a design agency usually takes up a lot of time due to the long list of people involved in the entire process. And due to the involvement of many people, it takes a seemingly long time, a lot of energy and quite a fortune to meet people, exchange emails, arrange teleconference and personally visit the agency.

However, crowdsourcing design contest doesn’t require you to spend too much time, money and resources. And all you need to do is just fill in the design brief, name a price and relax while the ideas start to pour in from graphic artists, logo designers, illustrators and an entire community of graphic artists from across the globe, ready and willing to work for you under the tightest of deadlines. It saves you money, time and efforts that you would otherwise incur on transportation, teleconference and physical visit when working with a design firms.

So, Go For Crowdsourcing Contests And Give Wings to Your Startup:

So, if you have a big graphic design project on your plate, launch a crowdsourcing design contests and explore the endless possibilities of getting affordable logos, business cards or web designs to establish your brand identity, garner media mileage and build a loyal customer base.

From Talk to Walk

promise to reality

These days people make a lot of empty promises. Talk is cheap when you can’t back it up with action. Committing to do something means overriding your emotions and finishing what you started. It’s hard work…and most people bail out early.

So what about you? Are you commitment-phobic? There’s a cost for everything you do or don’t do. For example if you’re struggling with work life balance, it’s not going to go away by avoiding it. You either commit to resolving it or years pass by feeling guilty for not addressing it.

That’s why I want to help you with this 8-week online bootcamp where you’ll join others in the same boat. Don’t put it off…commit and you’ll reap the benefits!

 

Are You Living Passionately?

Without Passion Life Is Nothing

Follow your passion. It’s cliché right? It’s not just following what you love that’s important, but actively experiencing it is what matters.

That statement illicits the idea that we should quit our jobs and pursue something we love. Not necessarily true. But in your personal life, what are you pursuing that is a life long love? What’s something that you’ve always loved doing and will never get tired of? A hobby is an interest you have, but a passion is something you can’t live without.

If you’re experiencing a work-life crisis maybe it’s because your professional life has eaten away at your personal life. If that’s the case, you have to take steps to get it back. In this 8 week course you’ll learn how to live passionately again because without passion, life is nothing.

Who’s in Charge Of Your Time?

time management

You control your time or your time controls you. A lot of people run around like a chicken with his head cut off because achieving can be intoxicating. There’s nothing wrong with accomplishing goals, but at what expense?

If you work for a company, your schedule controls your time. If you own a business, your time is controlled by what you have to do. But what about a compromise between the two?

Time management is all about having priorities, setting boundaries and reevaluating the process. You can’t control everything, but you can choose to eliminate some “lesser” things in your schedule for more important ones. During this 8 week course I’ll show you how to manage your time better because it’s the currency that matters most.

The Tangible Benefits of Rest

Rest

We live in such a busy world that “resting” can be considered a waste of time. But if you look at the example of an athlete, there’s 3 parts that make him/her successful: training, performing and resting.

Resting? Yup. Training and performing takes a toll on you physically, emotionally and mentally, so rest is crucial for repair, recovery and rejuvenation.  Take for instance a sprinter. The amount of training and rest they do far outweighs the actual performance time. That’s because if you’re too tired to perform, you can’t do it at a high level.

9 hours of sleep per night is what’s recommended, but also 10-15 minute breaks for every 90-120 minutes worked is needed throughout the day. A lot of us pride ourselves on our ability to multi-task, but that’s actually more myth than skill set. The brain is only set up to accomplish one thing at a time. Therefore an overworked brain equals more mistakes. During this 8 week course we’ll brainstorm ways to help put “rest” back into your life…for good.