The One Sure-Fire Investment That Gets the Best Return on Your Money

Financial stability, business success and insurance conceptWe all want to grow our finances but most of us only dream about investing “one day”. The idea of investing money can seem like such a grown-up concept that other people do.

You may think that you’re not sophisticated enough or didn’t come from the right background.

The fear of possibly losing your hard-earned money may have you paralyzed.

Then there’s the overabundance of choices. Most people think of the stock market when the word “invest” comes up but there are as many ways to invest as there are people.

Stocks and bonds.

Real estate.

Businesses.

These are all kinds of investments. There are plenty of categories and countless variations under each category.

In real estate, you can choose to invest in commercial or residential property. If you decide to rent out residential properties then you have plenty of choices. You can focus on single family homes or multiple unit buildings or you can have a tenant in your attic or…

You get the point.

Investing is a big topic but you know you should probably get involved.

With so many options available, the most important question is:

Where should i start?

The answer is simple. [Read more…]

How to Listen: Improve Your Listening Skills

Have you ever been accused of not listening? Have you ever been involved in a conversation that turned into an argument where neither party felt they were being heard? It’s time to improve your listening skills.

You may be wondering what it means to improve listening skills. Never thought of listening as a skill before? You can’t be blamed for that. People aren’t usually taught listening skills. From childhood we’ve all been told how to speak, not to listen.

Benefits of improved listening

There are very good reasons for becoming a better listener.

You’ll be involved in less arguments.

You’ll come across as a good conversationalist even if you hardly speak. People will love talking to you.

You’ll be able to empathize with people better.

You’ll sell more to clients. Better listening leads to better understanding of what customers really need and want.

You’ll be more productive. Better listening will lead to knowing upfront what truly needs to be done to get the job done right the first time.

Here are 7 ways to become a better listener:

1- Tell yourself that what the other person is about to say is important. This automatically makes you pay attention more because who wants to miss something important? [Read more…]

Warning! Saving Money on These 3 Things is Making You Broke

Budget HelpYou are saving your way to the poorhouse. Most people are doing this so it’s safe to say you’re probably doing it too. Being penny-wise and pound-foolish. Cutting corners when spending money on stuff and having it be more costly later because the item broke prematurely or was just poor quality. Trying to save money on some items is not always a good idea.

Everybody’s heard the expression: You get what you pay for. We all know what it means. When you buy the cheapest, you usually get the worst quality. Or no quality at all.

You also shouldn’t just buy the most expensive option thinking thinking that makes the most sense. The most expensive isn’t always the best quality but it’s usually better to spend a little more for stuff.

With some items the difference in quality at different price points is drastic but you may not notice it at first. Here are a few things that can nickel and dime you all the way to the poorhouse if you go cheap:  [Read more…]

3 Benefits of Continuous Learning

never stop learningAn important key to life is personal growth. Human beings, like plants, are meant to grow. Physically, yes, but just as importantly, in other ways too. Emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth are key to a fulfilling life.

To make sure that you’re always growing you need to develop the habit of continuous learning. Constantly learning new things is a basic requirement in this day and age. Being a lifelong student will benefit you in several ways.

1- Keeps your mind sharp and your skills fresh

In today’s work environment only the learners who are constantly improving will be employable. You can’t depend on what you learned in school 4 years ago to carry you through a whole lifetime or work career. [Read more…]

How to Get the Skills to Pay the Bills

New skills concept.Everybody wants to get paid more. You do. I do. We all do. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that you can’t get paid more for doing the same old job year after year. You’ve got to keep yourself fresh, gain new skills and bring more value every year. Better income comes from better work and increased ability. In other words, you need to get the skills to pay the bills. [Read more…]

The SpongeBob Squarepants Guide to Job Satisfaction

It seems that most people don’t enjoy their work. Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you dread going to work everyday. How much do you hate your job? Let us count the ways:

  • Your job is boring
  • Your boss is demanding
  • You don’t get paid enough

If that sounds like you then it’s probably time to find the work that you love. Until then, you need to find a way to love the work you already do. Or at least like it a lot more. You may wonder how you can possibly do that. Let’s take notes from a well-known expert on job satisfaction by the name of SpongeBob Squarepants. SpongeBob is always happy at work and you can be too, here’s how: [Read more…]

Never Go Backward (quotation)

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. – Charles Simmons

Books You Don’t Read (quotation)

The book you don’t read won’t help.Jim Rohn

3 Life Lessons I Learned at McDonald’s

We’ve all had crappy jobs we wish we could forget. Maybe you have one now. Maybe you think your job is beneath you or embarassing. If you have a job you find less than thrilling, keep in mind that it’s only temporary. A stepping stone to something better.

I worked  at McDonald’s several years ago while I was “between jobs”. It was a learning experience I’ll never forget. I was only there for 2 weeks before I left for another job but I learned a lot. Here are a few things I learned that you may find useful.

1- Minimum wage is better than maximum nothing

Having a little money coming in is better than being unemployed. It’s always interesting to hear about people holding out for “better jobs”. They go for months without work because they’re being offered $25 an hour instead of $3o.

When you have bills to pay and a family to feed, it’s good to be able to at least buy a few groceries. Some people don’t seem to grasp this concept.

Don’t be one of them. [Read more…]

Not You (quotation)

Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. –Jim Rohn